In a great mood, and I think it is because the sun is out and all my windows are open and for once I woke up with a pleasant ear worm:

That’s more like it.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    Something about spring finally kicking winter’s ass out that puts me in a good mood too. Had the balcony door open most of the weekend.

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    Librarian says:

    This is pleasant? Not for me- it reminds me of a broken romance I had in the 80s. If I wanted a pleasant earworm from the 80s, I’d choose something from Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.”

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    Saw him on tour back in the day.

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    quannlace says:

    Over 80 degrees here in NJ. I’m not complaining! But it’s just another bit of our yo-yoing weather this winter. I mean, just two normal Spring days in a row would have been just fine.

    And in a couple of days it’ll be back in the 40’s. It’s like there are two people fighting over the thermostat on a cosmic level.

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    lamh35 says:

    Hmm, so i see Rubio is jumping on the Bey & Jay Cuba trip bandwagon.
    Wow. Rubio doesn’t want this fight. JayZ and Beyonce fans are hardcore as Bieber fans. If Rubio thinks this is a GOP version of the Sista Soldja moment, he’s badly mistaken.
    Also, yes, JayZ is a “rehabilitated” rapper, but there is a reason he’s still on top an this couple has the money and power within not just the youth community, but with young Hispanics that if they chose to make a “beef” out of it would make Rubios life hell.

    Just sayin’. In what universe is this a fight the GOP wants to have right now during their “re-branding”?

    Or is this just a Florida Republican thing?

    Plus, I get hat Rubio wants to keep his national profile up, but how does it make his national profile seem serious to join with 2 non serious pols from Florida. Also wont this just make him more unacceptable to non-Cuban Hispanics, i.e. Cuban are more important than other Latinos? Def not the way to win the youth vote.

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    I thought from the title you were gonna drop some Ce Ce Peniston on us.

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    Foxhunter says:

    If you open the windows or doors in Atlanta, the yellow pixie dust coats everything.

    Horrible pollen this year.

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    Slumpbuster Douglas J says:

    through the ballon juice filter that song sounds like “john cole and the retard co-bloggers are worthless psychotic scumcunts who should all murder each other with pick axes.

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    Violet says:

    @Librarian: Agreed. How is this pleasant? Fucking depressing is more like it.

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    Violet says:

    @lamh35: Rubio is Cuban. He kind of can’t not make a stink about it. He’s probably going too far, but then this will most likely blow over quickly and his Cuban constituents will be happy he didn’t ignore it.

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    dewzke says:

    Terrible tune but i have terrible taste.

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    John Cole says:

    @Violet: Because it is a beautiful song.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh35: From the deadly serious (the gun safety filibuster) to the important (immigration) to the absurd (this), I really think Rubio has a tin ear and poor judgment. Unless we’re all wrong about his ambition and his ultimate career goal isn’t the WHite House but to take his TV sports anchor looks to take over O’Reilly’s slot when Poppa Bear’s face finally explode.

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole: Do not agree.

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    some guy says:

    today is the 65th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre. here’s a nice story recollecting memories from one of the survivors:

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Ah, Thatcher-era English pop. To my ears, too much of it was clumsy lyrics indifferently sung to a Casio-keyboard accompaniment. I find it dreary.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Boss gave me the afternoon off so I got the planting of the veggie garden finished Huzzah! Now all I need to do is watch it grow.

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    muddy says:

    I’ve had the doors and many windows open the last couple of days. The dogs and cats are thrilled. Especially the cats, as I don’t have the screens in yet. There has been less barking from the junior dog as well, not sure if she thinks I am supervising the passers-by, or whether she is more aware that I am supervising her.

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    muddy says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I love the dog shower! What a beautiful creature. What is the green plastic grid for? Does it keep animals from wanting to step there?

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    lamh35 says:

    Pulling Back Already?

    JOSH MARSHALL APRIL 9, 2013, 2:58 PM 536
    Just tweeted by TPMer Sahil Kapur: “McConnell spox says he wasn’t accusing ProgressKY of bugging his hq – he was blaming the ‘political left.’”

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    Kathleen says:

    @John Cole: I love this song. I agree with John.

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    John Cole says:

    @muddy: There are two sweet spots of the year for me, which are basically now through 1 June, and then about 15 September through the end of October, and I just leave all the windows and back porch sliding door open. The girls and Tunch love it because they just come and go as they please.

    We don’t have many bugs here during that time, and even so, I have a colony of bats that patrol my back yard at night and I never kill any of the spiders I find anywhere (my house is a spider safe zone and I will kick someone out if they so much as look sideways at a spider- in my personal bathroom, I had a daddy long legs shower buddy for like two months last year, and it was to the point I was trained to delicately open the shower curtain so as not to crush it), so the few bugs that are out there meet an untimely death.

    If I could figure out what they wanted, I would built bat homes in the pine trees in my backyard. They are just great, nonthreatening, and productive animals and really keep things clean bugwise.

    I know I am alone in this, but there is a no kill rule for spiders and bats and other helpful critters. Hell. Who am I fooling. I even cup stink bugs and other noxious bugs and throw them outside rather than kill them. It’s not their fault I chose to live here, and they must have some biological and evolutionary purpose or they would not exist. So I co-exist as best I can.

    Fruit flies, on the other hand.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @lamh35: ah. No one in particular. Just strange forces and spirits from out if state.

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    raven says:

    These parts are covered in the annual green dust. It’ll look good at Augusta but the pine pollen is swallowing us.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @lamh35: Because they found out they weren’t bugged, already. They swept the area where the meeting was held, according to reports. And I bet anything that there’s already news of how the tape actually came about, and it probably doesn’t include bugs by a “political left” organization.

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    raven says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: What a sweet pup!

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    muddy says:

    Your house so often reminds me of my house, John. It’s a little weird actually. ;-) I also have the spider rule, and there are bats that thrill me when they come out from the pines across the road at dusk. I have heard that old shutters make good bat houses. I have been planning to hang some under the eaves at the second story in the back by my bedroom window. They like old rough ones, or rough sawn wood, so they can hold on. They go between the slats and hang in the back is the idea. If you wanted them in the trees perhaps you could build a box with some sides made of shutter, and a ventilated lid?

    Those 2 times of year are my favorite as well. My house is not set N-S, and the sun comes in at a really wonderful angle in the middle seasons. Perfect for spring cleaning, I couldn’t even see that dirt until the light changed! In the summer it is very shady. There are hella mosquitos in the summer, I can’t go without screens. But the dogs love the magnet screen for the door in the summer, I recommend it.

    I found a great fruit fly trap by accident, I had one of those vinegar bottles for the table that has the little metal cap with a hole. Found my good vinegar full of dead flies (my dad would have said they don’t drink much), right inside the cabinet! Hate flies. Also hate ants, I know they do good work but there was a childhood trauma, so pissmeyers die!

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole: Did you get to see the bats depart from under the Congress Ave. bridge when you were in Austin? Quite a sight.

    I’m pretty much no-kill inside the house, although fleas are another matter entirely. And outside, if a tomato hornworm is decimating my tomato plants, it’s got to go. Usually only one of those per season. Stink bugs get deposed of as well, since they destroy my tomatoes. I’m working on creating a habitat that will attract predators so I don’t have as many pests to deal with. That takes time. Moving up the food chain though–have seen snakes this year!

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Slumpbuster Douglas J: Derp Mk 23? In any event, pie to thee, scum.

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    eemom says:

    Pay no mind to teh haters, Cole. I love that song, EVEN THOUGH I associate it with a sucko ’80s romance.

    AC/DC earlier was also too splendiforous.

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    John Cole says:

    @eemom: We’re dangerously close to getting along here so I would like to discuss Obama’s drone wars and the fact that the Supreme Court is full of right wing hacks who really don’t rule on the law.

    I hope that returns us to the normalcy we both need.

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    muddy says:

    This thread is probably dead but I wanted just to say that Tweety has on a lot of lipstick tonight.

    ETA: Also the reporter from the WH has on an Op Art shirt. Don’t they have rules on tv about patterns so everyone doesn’t get nauseated? Oh, I know, everyone is nauseated already from what is being said, so it doesn’t matter.

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    muddy says:

    @eemom: @John Cole: I have never ever heard of that song.

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    Kathleen says:

    @eemom: Wow! I, too, had an, um, “difficult” 80’s romance to which I connect this song. But I still love it. Interesting that a few of us relate romantic experiences to this song.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Heh. I associate that song not with a broken romance, but with the time I was in Junior Achievement in high school and our treasurer ran off to Florida with the money we made from our stupid trouble light sales.

    To each their own, I guess.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    I danced my first real boy-girl dance to that song.

    I just remember the guy had these huge zits on his face, and I was afraid of stepping on his toes.

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    handsmile says:

    (fretful inner monologue)

    ….don’t watch the tv shows most people here watch, don’t see the movies most people here see, don’t have any pets, never heard or even heard of that song before….

    but here’s the soundtrack to my 1980s heartbreak:

    and I listened a lot to these guys around that time:

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Wait, you grew up in the 1980s, listened to pop music like the Talking Heads, and never heard of Howard Jones? Were you actively avoiding British pop music? Have you at least heard of these guys?

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    handsmile says:


    You’re very kind to take pity on me. I checked Mr. Jones’ Wiki and YouTube offerings to see if any memories could be jarred loose, but nope, never.

    Now The Smiths I did know, but never cared for all that much. Respected their music, but Morrissey’s voice/persona irritated me.

    And as for “growing up,” I suppose that was first attempted in the 1970s. My early-mid ’80s were the post-collegiate, sculptor manque years in NYC.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Ah, okay. I was a teenager without a car in the 1980s, which meant I spent a lot of time listening to the radio in my room and grumping about how my parents were so mmmeeeaaannnn when they wouldn’t give me my allowance early so I could buy the new Duran Duran record.

    There used to be a Brit pop show on WXRT in Chicago that I was obsessed with called (I think) “London Calling,” but I can’t seem to find any evidence that it ever existed. Hmph.

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    LayedBackGuy says:

    Thanks for the song. Have not heard this one in a while. Glad you are in your happy place today!

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    tonese says:

    At work right now but I know you can order premade bat-houses like bird houses -I have seen them on Amazon…

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