Tuesday Morning Open Thread


Sometimes a picture is only worth two words. I realize this is a harsh way to start off the day, particularly after last night’s donnybrook, but I’m crabby.

Someone used the last of my half-and-half (and the milk!) to make herself a glass of extra-rich chocolate milk last night, so I didn’t get my coffee. I can’t drink coffee without dairy or dairy substitute. I was able to get a cup at a drive-through after I dropped the half-and-half thief off at school, but, for me at least, the positive effects of caffeine intake depend as much on timing as quantity. Weird.

Anyhoo, please feel free to discuss whatever.

69 replies
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    aimai says:

    I totally get that. I need my coffee first thing (1/2 cup in a 1/2 french press). And not after noon or I can’t get to sleep and/or reflux starts up.

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    Birthmarker says:

    There was an ironclad rule at my house growing up that NO ONE used the last couple of tablespoons of milk that my Dad needed for his morning coffee.

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    raven says:

    “Who drank the last Coke?” was the cry when I lived with my aunt and uncle many moons ago.

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    Schlemizel says:

    As unhappy as I feel about not spending much time around here recently I am actually relieved when I read a post like this and can be grateful for having no part of, or any memory from that thread. My imagination of it is more than I care to deal with anyway. I hope my mental strength returns in time for next fall but the prospects are not good at the moment.

    Betty, you need to learn to take it hot and black then the only thing that could get in your way would be a power outage – and if you have a gas stove not even a blackout can stop you from your morning fix

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    PurpleGirl says:

    I like one cup of coffee in the morning, tea in the late afternoon. I prefer half-n-half and cannot understand “non-fat” half-n-half. What’s the point?

    Woke up on the late side so I will go across the street to get coffee. Don’t have the energy yet to make it myself. (I also have a cold; yesterday’s sore throat has relocated to the nose. I’m not happy.)

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    Barry says:

    I watched Gabriel Iglesias’ show from Hawaii (‘Aloha Fluffy’?). He said that his stepson was being a teenager, and that he got back at him by resetting his clock from 5 AM to 7 AM, and rushing him to school so fast that he had no time to think.

    The janitor spotted this, and word went around the school; they made the kid’s life miserable (for a day, until the next kid did something publicly mockable).

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Schlemizel: In the mid-1970s my then church hosted a team of youth leaders from the midwest. I had one of the girls staying with me and because one young man was having dinner with us when the blackout hit, he stayed overnight. In the morning I offered to make breakfast. He was like all “but how can you cook if we don’t have power yet?” Easy, I told him, my stove is a gas range. We don’t need electric appliances to cook. Where he came from in Illinois everyone had electric stoves…

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    rikyrah says:

    Ed Schultz Roars Back to Weekdays and Obliterates Republican Obamacare Lies

    By: Jason Easley
    Aug. 26th, 2013

    On his very first show back on weekdays, Ed Schultz brought the fire back to MSNBC by tearing apart the Republicans’ anti-Obamacare summer tour of lies.

    Schultz explained that the Republicans movement to kill Obamacare is really all about power:

    Now, this summer, we’ve heard a lot of lies. Here’s what you need to know about Obamacare and nothing more to simplify all of this. The linchpin in this is that the Republicans want to give the power to the insurance companies. They want the insurance companies to control your life. They want the insurance companies to send you those letters and pick up the phone and call you and deny you because you might be sick. Think about that. this is who the Republicans want to give the power to.

    President Obama wants to give the power to you. The consumer. The sick consumer who will never be denied. You can hear everything you want about losing jobs, about what kind of care you’re going to getting and how long the lines are going to be, and the lot. Here’s all you need to know. It’s when all these real live stores come home to roost to these guys a year from now, they’ll realize how much trouble they’re in in the midterms. How will Republicans run against a popular program that they have been so vehemently against? That they have lied about, and the public’s going to know about it. You see, there are people out there right now that it’s helping.

    For Republicans, killing Obamacare is about taking power away from individuals and giving it back to powerful corporations. The goal of the Republican Obamacare misinformation campaign is to get the American people to beg for the the insurance companies to jack up rates and determine whether you live or die based on what is good for their bottom line.

    Ed Schultz has been missed on weekdays by MSNBC viewers because he is the only host on cable news who believes in the empowerment of the poor, blue collar, and middle class America.

    He doesn’t intellectually think about the theoretical outcomes of power like Chris Hayes. He doesn’t dive into the political science aspects of the applications of power like Rachel Maddow. He doesn’t get excited by the politics of power like congressional veterans Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell. The closest thing to Ed Schultz on the MSNBC evening lineup is Al Sharpton, but Rev. Al is more interested in empowerment through civic activism than the mobilization of political power.


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    Soonergrunt says:

    True, or Very True?
    The Keurig machine is the greatest thing to happen to home brewing since the resurgence of home coffee grinders.

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    rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul Tells Poor People That Food Equals Slavery

    By: Jason Easley
    Aug. 26th, 2013

    Rand Paul says that the only way the poor can be free is if they are liberated from the servitude that comes with having food.

    National Review Online reported on Rand Paul’s conversation with a group of students at the University of Louisville:

    “There’s a philosophic debate which often gets me in trouble, you know, on whether health care’s a right or not,” Paul, in a red tie, white button-down shirt, and khakis, tells the students from the stage. “I think we as physicians have an obligation. As Christians, we have an obligation. . . . I really believe that, and it’s a deep-held belief,” he says of helping others.

    “But I don’t think you have a right to my labor,” he continues. “You don’t have a right to anyone else’s labor. Food’s pretty important, do you have a right to the labor of the farmer?”

    Paul then asks, rhetorically, if students have a right to food and water. “As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give people food, to give people health care,” Paul muses. “But it’s not a right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’ then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do. . . . It really shouldn’t be seen that way.”

    Let’s follow Paul’s ideology to its logical conclusion. Poor people are enslaved when the government provides them with food or housing assistance. Thus, inn order for the poor to be free, the government must take away all assistance so that the poor are free to be homeless and starve. That is Rand Paul’s definition of freedom.

    Rand Paul views any benefit that the people receive from the government that they fund as a form of servitude. Unemployment insurance is slavery. Medicare is slavery. Health insurance for children, and medical care for pregnant women are both slavery. In Sen. Paul’s view, the government only gives people things in order to enslave them.


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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Schlemizel: I’ve tried — I just can’t drink it without milk or half-and-half. I’d rather get my caffeine fix via a coke than drink un-milked coffee.

    I do have experience making coffee without power, even though I have an electric stove. We lost power a few times (once for days) during close brushes with hurricanes in aught-four, and I made coffee on a grill with my camping percolator.

    For some reason, coffee from that old perc is the best. I suspect it’s because it is brewed with hardship.

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    rikyrah says:

    Neil Armstrong Dead; Apollo 11 Astronaut Was First on Moon

    Aug. 25, 2012

    Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became first to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11, has died at the age of 82, his family said today.

    Armstrong had heart surgery several weeks ago, and a statement from his family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

    “Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” his family said. “He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. … He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.”

    On July 20, 1969, half a billion people — a sixth of the world’s population at the time — watched a ghostly black-and-white television image as Armstrong backed down the ladder of the lunar landing ship Eagle, planted his left foot on the moon’s surface, and said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    Twenty minutes later his crewmate, Buzz Aldrin, joined him, and the world watched as the men spent the next two hours bounding around in the moon’s light gravity, taking rock samples, setting up experiments, and taking now-iconic photographs. The third member of their crew, Michael Collins, orbited overhead in the Apollo 11 command ship, Columbia.

    “Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the mission of Apollo 11,” said Aldrin today in a statement. “Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.”

    Collins said, “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.”

    President Obama issued a statement from the White House: “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time,” it said. Armstrong and his crewmates “set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable — that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible.”


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    rikyrah says:

    The Plot Thickens on Edward Snowden’s Sino-Russian Love Affair

    Monday, August 26, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 6:05 PM

    You know how Edward Snowden – the hero of the anti-security libertarians – suddenly showed up in Hong Kong and then in Russia, and how the Russian government claimed that they had no idea he would show up at Moscow before eventually granting him asylum? Well, the plot just thickened a little. It turns out – and I am sure this will completely surprise every Snowden-Greenwald worshiper – that Snowden was in contact with the Russians well in advance of his not-so-surprising arrival in Moscow.

    He lived in the Russian consulaate while in Hong Kong, and depending on who you believe, he either showed up on his own or was invited by the Russians, reports the Washington Post, quoting a Russian news source:

    Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June — an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise — he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong, a Moscow newspaper reported Monday. […]

    Kommersant cited conflicting accounts as to what brought Snowden to the consulate, on the 21st floor of a skyscraper in a fashionable neighborhood. It quoted a Russian close to the Snowden case as saying that the former NSA contractor arrived on his own initiative and asked for help. But a Western official also interviewed by the newspaper alleged that Russia had invited him

    Curious choice, don’t you think, for the paragon of government transparency to show up and seek help from one of the most secretive, pro-spying, anti-free speech and anti-free press governments on earth?

    Sure, it would be a curious choice for Snowden, if he were what his worshipers and his media backers tell you he is: a modern day fearless hero who is outraged by what he sees as pervading surveillance intruding on the rights of innocent people. But his now-exposed Sino-Russian love affairs raises a lot of interesting possibilities, or at least a lot of grave questions.


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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Soonergrunt: My mother thinks so. I still prefer my electric percolator dealio for everyday use and camping model for electrical outages, but I like to make super-strong coffee. My mom bought some reusable k-pods and swears by them for customizing coffee strength AND saving money.

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    rikyrah says:

    President Obama Talks with Tom Joyner & Sybil Wilkes About Dr. MLK’s Legacy, ‘The Butler’ & More
    Aug 27, 2013

    By Blackamericaweb.com

    Radio legend Tom Joyner and co-host Sybil Wilkes of the Tom Joyner Morning Show were invited to the White House for an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office!

    President Obama opened up to the syndicated radio hosts about Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Affordable Care Act, Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and more.


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    Schlemizel says:


    only if you like very tiny cups of coffee! Not enough grounds in one of those K-cups to do the job!

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    rikyrah says:

    Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance

    As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women. With those five words, she was able to instantly zero in on why Intersectional Feminism is so necessary if the feminist movement is to progress.

    Because Miley’s performance last night, and the subsequent ignoring of the racial implications of what she did is just the latest incident in the long line of things that shows me as a black woman, that white feminism does not want me, or care to have me.

    Jezebel’s piece on the performance chose to focus on the slut shaming that has been thrown Miley’s way in the wake of the performance. All fine and good. Slut shaming is bad, don’t do it. On that we can all agree. What it didn’t acknowledge was the incredibly racist nature of that performance. So I brought it up.

    Okay…. but can we talk about the problematic and racist nature of her performance? Her literal use of people as props? Her association of her newfound sexuality with the traditional codifiers of black female culture, thereby perpetuating the Jezebel stereotype that black women are lewd, lascivious and uncontrollably sexualized? Can we talk about the straight up minstrelsy of that performance? Can we talk about how not a single black person won an award last night even though the people who did win awards have been mining black music and culture for years?

    No? Ok… I’ll just sit at the back of the bus then. #solidarityisforwhitewomen

    See the problem isn’t that they talked about slut shaming. That deserves attention. The problem is that they completely sidestepped the other glaring teddy bear in the room, and that is the commodification of black female sexuality in Miley’s performance. But it’s not a thing that white women deal with, so it didn’t warrant inclusion or discussion by the white-led mainstream feminist media.


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    Schlemizel says:


    I hate cooking on electric! A gas burner is the only way to go even though I love the look & the idea of the smooth top modern things.

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    rikyrah says:

    No, , Obamacare is NOT Forcing Thousands of UPS Spouses to Lose Coverage

    Friday, August 23, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:08 PM

    Did you catch the meltdown in conservative land yesterday when UPS announced that beginning next year, they will drop 15,000 spouses of employees off their health care plan, citing partly Obamacare? Oh, the horror! Obamacare is forcing employees to cut coverage, and Barack Obama was obviously lying when he said that under the Affordable Care Act, those who liked their health insurance plan could keep it! Obamacare is a disaster!!

    Except that UPS’ own memo and its vague mention of the ACA belies the make-belief conservative hyperventilation. First, let’s clear up the facts about who this applies to, and what, if anything, they are really losing. Kaiser helpfully provides the entire UPS memo for you to read (Heaven forbid), and here’s what you find out from it:

    Don’t tell anyone, but the change applies only to non-union employees of UPS. Union employees are covered under their union contract. So, when will we see conservatives come out swinging about how the lack of unionization is hurting health care benefits?

    UPS is dropping optional coverage for only those spouses who have coverage available through their own employers. Employee spouses who either do not work or work for employers who do not provide coverage are still eligible under the UPS plan. UPS points out that, as a result of Obamacare, the employers of the spouses must also provide coverage that meets minimum standards so they will still have good coverage.

    Those are the facts from UPS’ own Take the quote in the USA Today/Kaiser article being used the most by right wingers to discredit and blame Obamacare, for example:


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    rikyrah says:

    Treasury gives Congress a debt-ceiling deadline

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    U..S. military intervention in Syria appears increasingly likely; a government-shutdown deadline looms; and congressional action is needed on everything from agriculture to immigration. Is there anything else that can make matters a little more complicated for Washington this fall? Of course there is.

    We’ve known for months that Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling later this year, but it wasn’t clear when, exactly. There was some speculation that action may not be necessary until November or possibly even December.

    Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that the deadline would actually be far sooner.

    Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling, the Treasury Department said on Monday that it expected to lose the ability to pay all of the government’s bills in mid-October.

    That means a recalcitrant Congress will face two major budget deadlines only two weeks apart, since the stopgap “continuing resolution” that finances the federal government runs out at the end of September.


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    Jane2 says:

    I’m amazed you let that thief off so lightly….no one messes with my morning coffee.

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    rikyrah says:

    ‘Human beings will adjust’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:14 PM EDT.

    We talked last week about one of the right’s favorite arguments: the United States doesn’t need a system in which Americans have health insurance because if the uninsured get sick, they can just go to the emergency room. Of all the awful arguments against reform, I consider this the worst of the worst.

    What I didn’t know until today is that Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) has an especially interesting take on the issue.


    A Democratic source flagged this amazing clip in which Virginia’s right-wing attorney general was asked about the health care system, and he called for limiting something called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (or EMTALA). If this sounds unfamiliar, it’s the ’80s-era law, signed by President Reagan, that requires emergency rooms to provide care regardless of citizenship, legal status, or a patient’s ability to pay.


    Cuccinelli has his own vision for what to do about it. Help Americans have access to affordable care so they won’t have to wait for a crisis and show up at the E.R. for expensive treatment? No, of course not. In Cuccinelli’s vision, we’ll just scale EMTALA back so emergency rooms won’t have to treat the uninsured facing medical emergencies.

    As he explains it in the video, “I would expect we would ratchet back EMTALA so that those are the people you’re left dealing with, not the people who come in with a cold who clog up the ER, the emergency rooms and use those facilities for maintenance…. There’s going to be a period of time where people are going to have to adjust…. Human beings will adjust.”

    In context, “Human beings will adjust” appears to be a remarkable euphemism for “We’re going to let poor, sick Americans die on the streets.”


    Adding insult to injury, in 2008 as a state lawmaker, Cuccinelli also sponsored a measure intended to make it harder for poor, sick people to avoid hospital bills. Specifically, he wanted to empower hospitals to fingerprint patients to make sure they got stuck with medical bills they couldn’t afford.


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    Schlemizel says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    PERCOLATOR!?! No wonder you need something to hide the taste! I own several different coffee makers & none insult the beans like one of those. :)

    I have a french press and one of those Italian espresso deals where the water goes in the bottom and the grounds in the middle, then the water turns to steam it is forced up through the grounds and into the pot on top. Either will function without electricity. Why, yes, I am a coffee junkie, how can you tell?

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    Dr. Squid says:

    Credibility != Ego.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    RIP Neil Armstrong.

    I remember moving the portable TV into my bedroom so I could watch that space mission and not disturb my parents. They didn’t understand the fascination I had to watch rocket take-offs. Or that I’d wake up early enough to watch them.

    One year the first set of astronauts had a motorcade into Manhattan from LaGuardia Airport. It passed on the Grand Central Parkway three blocks from my home. I stayed home from school that day to get down to the overpass so I could watch the car — a convertible — pass. Even then I was something of a nerd.

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    NotMax says:

    If you must adulterate your coffee, and can stand the non-dairy stuff, a box of like 1000 packets of the stuff runs around ten bucks. Or keep an ’emergency’ can of evaporated milk in the larder.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Why I Swear So Much

    Best graphic EVAR.

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    Jane2 says:

    @Soonergrunt: This time you’ve gone too far…Keurigs are a coffee abomination. I admit to having a Nespresso (ONLY FOR COFFEE EMERGENCIES), and have tried to love Keurig coffee, but every cup, regardless of brand, tastes burnt and old and awful.

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    Ash Can says:

    @rikyrah: May he rest in peace. And thanks for keeping us informed.

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    Schlemizel says:


    That is sad news. I was in grade school & clearly remember watching Sheppard, Grissom and Glenn defy death in real time. The night of the moon landing was unbearably hot in our non-air conditioned home, by then a high school puke trying to be jaded. We sweltered in the dark because the picture quality made seeing it live difficult but I remember tearing up just like Cronkite

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    jayackroyd says:

    thanks betty. Best chart ever.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    rikyrah — you are on fire this morning with things for us to read. I’ll have to come back later. I really do need to go get coffee.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Guys, Neil Armstrong died LAST year. It’s a 2012 story.

    RIP Neil, though.

    PS: Andrew Breitbart is still dead, too.

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    NotMax says:

    A wise person once quipped, “You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.”

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @Schlemizel: Check the dateline. It’s sad news from a year ago.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Jane2: I don’t know how you’re fucking up your coffee… :)
    Seriously, our Keurig machine is a Cuisinart that’s switch selectable from 4 oz to 12 oz in 2 oz increments. I brew 2×6 oz runs with new k-cups each run in my over-sized coffee cups. My wife brews one 10 oz run with one k-cup, leaving room for her cream and sugar. This has saved our marriage. For 18 years, the coffee was either too strong for her or too weak for me.
    When I was still active duty, I had a butane stove that I carried around and brewed coffee in a canteen cup but you could never get it right in an open-top cup with instant coffee. Then Folgers came out with instant coffee singles (coffee in teabags) and that was awesome. Then I went to a mechanized infantry unit, and we heated our coffee in a percolator pot on the engine manifold in the BIFV. Then I did a staff tour in Germany and as the only enlisted man in the office, one of my daily responsibilities was to make coffee. I used Tchibo.
    Most Infantry units will keep a large 5-gal coffee urn, called a “silver bullet” constantly filled in the field somewhere in the vicinity of the First Sergeant, so that’s good if you can get to it. I started drinking french press, and I got a nice stainless one for use in the field, and that was pretty epic, even though it took up a relatively large amount of space and weight in my ruck.
    In Bosnia, I inherited an up-armored hummvee that had an electric percolator drip coffee maker strapped to the rear bulkhead and wired into the vehicle’s electrical system, and that was pretty fucking cool. In Iraq and Afghanistan, I made sure to bribe the mechanics to hook me up with a similar setup and I’m certain that the judicious hyperloading of coffee, while shortening my overall lifespan, helped me get out of those places alive.

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    PaulW says:

    Support your local libraries.

    Also support the Miami-Dade Public Libraries. The mayor, who had been looking to close 22 branches (!) alongside 4 fire stations (! is he NUTS?!), got hundreds of residents up in arms to where he whittled the closing down to 4 branches and then to zero. However, he’s still keen on cutting 169 librarian positions, severely damaging the library system’s ability to provide customer services, programming, tech support, etc. Keep up the pressure on the Miami-Dade commission and insist that no librarian positions be lost. If these jokers can scrounge up $500 million to build an empty baseball stadium for the world’s worst team owner, they ought to be able to find $18 million to afford effective service at one of the best libraries (2008 Library of the Year winner) in the nation.

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    HelloRochester says:

    At the risk of oversharing…. oh, fuck it, here it goes: I drink coffee with milk. Purists find this offensive and can take a flying fuck at a rolling donut. But the main reason I need milk in my coffee is that, much like @Betty Cracker , the timing is as important as the amount and I need to get the coffee into my stomach within 10 minutes of waking up so that the wonders of the gastrocholic reflex enables me to swab the poop decks before I leave for work since having my AM/BM at work is The Worst Thing Ever. No milk= coffee too hot . But I do like coffee black the rest of the day. Betty, I suggest the next time you lack milk that you make your coffee extra extra strong. I know it seems paradoxical, but when coffee is weak, the tannins dominate (bitter, acidic) and when it’s strong it can taste almost sweet. And I don’t drink the extra-fancy cinders that most coffee snobs drink. I go for the middle-ground of Melitta.

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    […] The graphic is priceless. […]

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Joey Maloney:

    Huh, I assumed I had just misremembered it.

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    currants says:

    @Ash Can: YES!

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    bemused says:

    If anyone is still around, I think our dog has a couple of hot spots…can’t get into the vet until tomorrow am. She’s a Samoyed so I am going to trim her long hair near the hot spots as best I can so it gets air. Any suggestions on what is best to clean and apply to the spots until the vet can see her?

    It’s been hot here for the last several days, high 80’s to 90 with a lot of humidity.

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    aimai says:

    @rikyrah: Even in purely christian terms Rand Paul gets it wrong. There’s nothing wrong with servitude in the Christian tradition–God commands you to do certain things. Neither the Jewish nor the post Jewish/Christian god is all about Ayn Randian like freedom. You need to be serving others–Jesus says it over and over.

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    rikyrah says:

    First lady to pay tribute to Whitney Young during civil rights documentary

    By Katherine Skiba Tribune reporter
    1:05 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2013

    WASHINGTON—First lady Michelle Obama, an alumna of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, will pay tribute to the school’s namesake Tuesday at a screening of a documentary film depicting his crusade for civil rights.

    Obama will make remarks at the screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” at 3 p.m. Chicago time.

    The event will be live-streamed at http://www.whitehouse.gov//live.

    The film, which aired on PBS stations beginning in February, chronicles Young’s civil rights battles during the 1960s and his journey from segregated Kentucky to the leadership of the National Urban League, aides to the first lady said. He lived from 1921-1971.

    The film was written and produced by Bonnie Boswell, Young’s niece and an Emmy Award-winning journalist, aides said, and Boswell will introduce the first lady before her remarks.

    The film is narrated by actress Alfre Woodard.

    The event is on the eve of the 50th anniversary, on Wednesday, of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in Washington.

    The first lady, who is 49, was born the following year. She graduated from the Chicago high school in 1981.

    She’s invited students from Washington, D.C., and Virginia to the screening

    Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/.....8Hau3xK.99

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    Scott S. says:

    @rikyrah: Year-old news, actually. I’ve seen the same news posted on Facebook multiple times.

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    Jane2 says:

    @Soonergrunt: I have a burr grinder, French press, a drip machine, a Nespresso, and one of those fancy Italian jobs. My addiction should be a source of shame, but isn’t…my life’s work is to find ever better ways to make the perfect brew.

    What kind of K cups do you buy? I considered that maybe the fill-your-own might work, but I read too many horror stories of having to clean the entire machine.

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    sparrow says:

    @aimai: Also, ‘freedom’ means something different to protestants vs. the orthodox christians. I like the latter take on it much more. Achieving freedom means you are free from your animal nature. It is an internal thing, it has nothing to do with slavery or external conditions. You know the story about the frog that agrees to carry the scorpion across the stream, but the scorpion cannot avoid his nature and stings the frog, killing them both? The orthodox freedom is to stop being a scorpion.

    In the words of Kazantzakis, “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I’m free.”

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    I hate cooking on electric! A gas burner is the only way to go even though I love the look & the idea of the smooth top modern things.

    You need to try induction. I got an induction range when I moved to my new place, and I’m never going back to gas. It gives you the ability to throttle the temperature as rapidly as gas, but with precise, reproducible digital controls and that easy to clean smooth surface- which is even easier to clean because stuff that spills on it doesn’t burn on. Oh, and it wastes much less heat than gas, so it’s much, much friendlier to cook on when it’s over 100 outside and the last thing you want to do is heat up the kitchen.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    I use a no-name electric grinder and a Delonghi drip. What makes the difference for me is what I put into it. Two fifths Colombian dark roast, two fifths PNG medium roast, one fifth trellis-grown Kona or Ka’u medium. And served with a just a little whole milk.

    But that’s just me.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Jane2: Recently, I’ve started buying whole beans by the pound and having it ground for espresso machines, and using it with an Ekobrew Reusable K-Cup. With the attached lid and the filter on top, it’s a lot less messy than the official 2-piece My K-Cup thing that Keurig has.
    As far as standard K-cups go, I have the Folger’s Black Silk extra bold at work and home, as well as different teas and cocoas. I generally shop them at the Commissary because it’s a HELL OF A LOT LESS expensive there.

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    Jean says:


    This is what my vet recommended (it worked well for my dog): dab the hot spot with Betadine and then witch hazel. The Betadine stains, so be careful.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    There’s a whole conversation about this in the thread below (though I think I’ll need to wake up a bit more before I can really participate).

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    bemused says:


    Thanks. I dabbed the spots with half hydrogen peroxide/half water to clean them. Witch hazel would help dry the spots and I did find I had some so will dab a little of that.

    After I clipped some hair away, they don’t look too bad. One is scabby and not oozing. The other is a bit oozy but not horrible looking. She may do just fine but I will still take her in to make sure the spots are clearing up ok and they are not something else.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Soonergrunt: You have the best coffee story of the year, in my book. Mr. Q and I drink 2 different blends (mine’s darker and more complex) made in 2 different brewers for that reason and we actually have more coffee grinders than people in the household. Coffee junkies? Why do you ask?

    I love your tales of military make do for caffeination. Thank you.

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    I need my tea the first thing in the morning and am quite cranky without it. I make a pot of strong black tea, with both milk and sugar and drink at least two cups before starting my day.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    Because Russia simply isn’t anti-gay enough for their tastes yet:

    Russia could soon reintroduce the ban on blood and organ donations for gay men, but offer them free treatment facilitating ‘conversion’ to heterosexuals, a senior Russian MP has said.

    “We will suggest amendments to the law on donors that reintroduce homosexuality to the list of contraindications for blood donations in Health Ministry instructions,” said State Duma MP Mikhail Degtyarev, who is also a Moscow mayoral candidate from the populist-nationalist party LDPR.

    Degtyarev also added that the lower house was working on the initiative to offer gays voluntary anonymous consultations with psychologists, psychotherapists and sexologists that would help them to “return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens.”

    The fun thing? This asshat cites OUR existing laws as justification for re-instituting the ban on gay donors.

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    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik:

    Well, it’s true that we don’t allow gay men to donate blood, or at least men who have had sex with another man once since 1977. Maybe seeing Russia act this way will finally convince us to relax our outdated restrictions.

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    shortstop says:

    @PurpleGirl: Great story!

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Yep, I realize that (which is why the mention at the end). It’s just…frustrating, knowing we’ve had problems getting that undone even 20-30 years on from the AIDS crises, then to see Russia use it as justification to further marginalize gays as abominations-by-law.

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    Bruce Lawton says:

    @rikyrah: Bullsit. No racism here unless you perceive it. She wishes she could actually be a slutty stripper. The problem is that she has a girl’s figure not a woman’s and can’t dance but still craves the attention.

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    CorbinDallasMultipass says:

    Can anyone read the source on that image?

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    Jane2 says:

    @rikyrah: What does white feminism have to do with Miley Cyrus?

    I don’t think that the racial implications of her performance have been ignored at all. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known what twerking is, or the connections to Jamaican dancehall (I didn’t see them, but there you have it). I knew nothing of the former, and something of the latter due to a) So You Think You Can Dance Canada, which was much more inclusive in its choice of performances; and b) the Jamaican community in my city.

    Neither will ever convince me that I could do dancehall, but I sure love to watch it.

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    Pete Mack says:

    Whew! Just looked at the comments on Cole’s post. I didn’t initially understand his headline. Now I do. Whoo boy, looks like FDL around here.

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    Girlfriend spent over a hundred bucks on a coffee burr grinder. It worked for two days. This morning I staggered up the hill to a coffee shop and got a bag of coffee and staggered back and made a pot, but my caffeine rhythm was fucked up, so four hours later I’m on my second cup and still can’t seem to map out the day aside from eventually taking the coffee grinder back for a refund. Need my jitter juice.

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    Long Tooth says:

    I thought to myself, “If I drink coffee black, I’ll never be disappointed if the milk and/or sugar is unavailable”. So I reasoned when I first began sipping life elixir in the mornings. I was truly brilliant when I was 18. Where did that kid go? What the hell went wrong?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Long Tooth: I wish I’d been that smart, but I apparently started stealing my mom’s coffee when I was around three. She says she’d set a cup down, and the minute she turned her back, I drained it. My mom did (and still does!) drink milky, sugary coffee, and I weaned myself off the sugar, but I just can’t quit the milk.

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    jayackroyd says:

    I just got a manual burr grinder, trying to get it right for a french press. Well, was trying. It’s in storage right now. But I was pleased to see that it will be possible to get an espresso grind out of it as well.

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