Lo! from the desert homes

Hello, kiddies.

I live. Apparently.

What did I miss?

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  1. 1
    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    Ummm, a really ugly debate about trigger warnings?

  2. 2
    some guy says:

    Cacti’s pals in al Qaeda keep lobbing mortars at civilians. depressing, but they seem to be losing on both fronts now, so there is hope.

  3. 3
    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    Not too much. The mustard is still missing, but, on the other hand, JC has a “new” car and the family truckster is no longer in the field.

    Welcome back!


  4. 4
    Belafon says:

    Not much. Obviously some guy hasn’t changed at all.

  5. 5
    Elizabelle says:

    Hello Mrs. Sarah.

    What is your Memorial Day cocktail of choice?

    I am becoming very fond of gin and tonics made with fresh squeezed red grapefruit instead of lime. Most refreshing.

  6. 6
    some guy says:

    the Pope will be visiting the State of Palestine this weekend.

  7. 7
    some guy says:

    wisely, the police have issued restraining orders against several Jewish hate groups, keeping them out of the Old City and away from Pope Francis.

  8. 8
    Violet says:

    I’m in jury duty. Because caregiving for both my parents isn’t enough on my plate, apparently.

  9. 9


    Hello there… I’m still on a gimlet kick. I can’t get enough limey goodness.

  10. 10
    different-church-lady says:

    I live. Apparently.

    Which, really, is the only way to live.

  11. 11

    Some say we are in a dictatorship. Others, an autonomous collective.

    Also, there is a lime shortage and ppl are using lemons as substitutes.

  12. 12
    Elizabelle says:

    The guy in the second video still has John Boehner eyes.

    Also: found this parody record album cover via AL’s link for the trigger artwork. I think it’s hilarious. (Is that Gary Puckett repurposed?)

  13. 13
    Elizabelle says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall:

    Gimlet swilling. Gimlet eyed. Makes sense.

  14. 14
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Ugh, now I have weird red dots appearing on my hands. Whatever weird-ass viral infection this is, I’m fucking sick and tired of it already.

    What I’d really like is for these unsightly sores on my lips to disappear. They look hideous, they feel hideous, and I feel like a diseased clown when I walk around in public.

    Meanwhile, on my 7th cup of tea this morning. Good thing this is decaf, or I’d be fucking so high on caffeine from the past few days.

  15. 15
    MikeJ says:


    I’m in jury duty

    Got my notice that I have it next month.

  16. 16
    NotMax says:


    For change of pace, might try a Greyhound or a Salty Dog.

    Lurves a good G&T, but also admit to being a tonic snob. Schweppes or nothing.

  17. 17
    piratedan says:

    @Elizabelle: aye, I believe so, perhaps from the GP and the Union Gap Greatest Hits cover?


  18. 18
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    What did I miss?

    BENGHAZI! is still a nothingburger of truly epic proportions.

  19. 19
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @some guy: The phrase “Jewish hate group” to me means that some people do not grok what Kristallnacht was all about.

  20. 20
    NotMax says:

    What did I miss?

    The transition to the Shawnozoic Era chez Cole.

  21. 21
    Elizabelle says:



    He’s got this serial killer vibe going, doesn’t he?

    And where’s the Union Gap?

  22. 22
    Eric U. says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I know he’s just a troll, but I’m not sure what your comment means. I wouldn’t think there would be any Israeli groups that would have specific animus to this pope, the last one, sure. I suspect it’s just the places he is visiting

  23. 23
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Well, let’s see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di’s clothes. I couldn’t believe it.

  24. 24

    Just checked. My head is still lodged in my ass, nothing has changed. Welcome back.

  25. 25
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @CONGRATULATIONS!: Is that you, Chuck Todd?

  26. 26
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Doctor just called me back, apparently I am allergic to penicillin, which I never knew. Wonderful, I have learned something that will probably be useful to know down the road.

  27. 27
    piratedan says:

    @Elizabelle: the band name is regional methinks, Pacific Northwest… like the old union army outfit thang that they did. I think Puckett still tours occasionally on the oldies circuit (or at least he used to) and yeah, those songs, while stylistically soaring, well those lyrics today are just a few steps off the beaten path (although imho Lady Willpower still stands the test of time).

  28. 28
    Elizabelle says:


    Just read Elmore Leonard’s “Swag”, and the “career ladies” hanging out at the pool were drinking Salty Dogs. Might quaff one in honor of the late great.

    “Swag”‘s original title was “Ryan’s Rules”, which fits the story better.

  29. 29

    wisely, the police have issued restraining orders against several Jewish hate groups, keeping them out of the Old City and away from Pope Francis.

    @some guy: I’m glad to hear this, actually. There’s plenty of psychos with guns who’d like to get a Pope on their trophy board, and they’re by no means all Muslim.

  30. 30
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Eric U.: Well, I’m sure there are some Jewish Randites who just hate them some Francis. Not to mention those who bristle at the thought of thinking of Palestinians as anything but mud people.

    For example, that asshole who murdered Peres.

  31. 31
    Violet says:

    @PsiFighter37: that stinks but good to find out. Are you allergic to just penicillin or a class of antibiotics?

  32. 32
    Elizabelle says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    I’m glad we don’t remember the name of Rabin’s assassin. He deserves infamy.

  33. 33
    Elmo says:

    Funny – I’m not a tonic snob, but I am terribly picky about my gin. I lurve me some Bombay Sapphire.

  34. 34

    @PsiFighter37: You’re lucky that’s your only reaction. I found out I was allergic to an antibiotic when I woke up on a gurney in an ER. The last thing I remember before that was telling my housemate I didn’t feel so good.

  35. 35
    WaterGirl says:

    Have had family visiting this week and now we are on Amtrak, heading to pick up another set of family and spend a couple days in Michigan, then we all head to Chicago to join more family gathered there. Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, and Illinois. First time we have all been together in 5 years!

    Yay Amtrak (!) for adding internet connectivity to this train!

    Violet, I can’t believe you couldn’t get out of jury duty. Bastards!

    PsiFighter37, glad they figured it out. My sister is allergic to penicillin, and her legs got the rashes and blew up like balloons. It’s a big deal, because IIRC, your sensitivity increases, so it’s bad bad bad if you ever take it again.

    What have I missed on BJ? Last thread I read was WereBear getting the awesome new kitty. Everybody okay here at BJ?

  36. 36
    Paul in KY says:

    @Eric U.: The Vatican (for awhile) has been for the establishment of a real state in Palestine. That is more than enough for the Eretz Israelers.

  37. 37
    Trollhattan says:

    Miss? Cole has taken in seven cats, five dogs, a dancing raccoon and a feral soldier, plus some new girley car. Still no mustard.

    Other than that, not much.

    Welcome back. The night shift missed you.

  38. 38
    Trollhattan says:

    IMHO he changed history as much as Sirhan Sirhan. Bastards.

  39. 39
    Ruckus says:

    Passing out and falling down while in public, while screaming about it at the loudest, shrillest voice you can muster, which no one but dogs can hear is not very comforting is it?

  40. 40

    Passing out and falling down while in public, while screaming about it at the loudest, shrillest voice you can muster, which no one but dogs can hear is not very comforting is it?

    @Ruckus: Could have happened. I really have no idea. Had I been outside, or alone at home, well, that could have gone real bad, apparently.

  41. 41
    Mnemosyne says:


    So did they actually put you on a jury, or is this the day you have to show up and explain why you can’t be on a jury?

    If you say during the voir dire that you are the sole caregiver for your two elderly parents, they will probably excuse you. That’s when they excuse people for things like having nonrefundable airline tickets.

  42. 42
    Trollhattan says:

    In my county you can be waived by responding with the needed information upon receiving the juror notice, so you never report much less get to voir dire.

  43. 43
    Mnemosyne says:


    Depends on the state, though — elder care doesn’t always count as an automatic excuse. Also, this elder care thing is a new situation for Violet, so I don’t know if she accepted the jury notice before her parents became ill.

  44. 44
    cckids says:


    I’m in jury duty. Because caregiving for both my parents isn’t enough on my plate, apparently.

    You’ve got a valid reason to be excused. Use it.

    Here in NV, at least once every 18 months, I have to get my son excused from jury duty. He’s 30, multiply handicapped with a mental age of 5-6, uses a respirator. And there is no mechanism to get him permanently off the jury rolls. Oy.

  45. 45
    Mnemosyne says:


    This probably makes me a bad person, but I’m picturing what would happen if you actually wheeled your son into the courthouse and announced to the judge that he was there for jury duty. Maybe that’s the way to get him permanently off the rolls. ;-)

  46. 46
    Steeplejack says:


    Schweppes or nothing.

    Amen to that. Dunno why, but truth.

  47. 47
    kdaug says:


    I am becoming very fond of gin and tonics made with fresh squeezed red grapefruit instead of lime. Most refreshing.

    In Austin, we have Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red vodka. It’s seasonal-ish. But there are lines when it’s available. Best hurry if you want some.

    ETA: Welcome back, SP&T. Looking forward to being regaled by stories of your time with the Mongol hordes, or maybe the Prussian front.

  48. 48
    Violet says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’ve never heard of those two things being separate. You show up, wait, maybe get called to a panel and taken to a courtroom and then voir dire starts and you might get picked. There are places where those things happen on separate days?

    I read through the list of excuses and the caregiver issue is pretty stringent–like they need to be an invalid. My parents don’t fit that description. They can be on their own for awhile but not for multiple days. So although I could have checked that box I would have been lying to actually qualify. So I didn’t.

    It turns out I was called for Municipal court for things like traffic violations. We all sat there in the morning, nothing happened and they sent us for lunch. Came back after lunch, they called in one panel and then the rest of us got to leave. So it was really boring but I’m glad I did it because now I don’t have to worry about being rescheduled at an even worse time. I arranged things so I could go today and it’s done.

  49. 49
    Mnemosyne says:


    It depends on the state. Here in California (LA County), you can call or go onto the jury website and get an excuse or change your date if circumstances change before your reporting date. I had to do that because my jury date ended up being the same week that my brother-in-law was coming out for a visit, so I went on the website and got a postponement. That’s why I was asking if you had just gotten your jury summons or were actually in the courthouse.

    Also, in California, they have the “one and done” rule, so if you don’t get on a jury that day, you’re done for the year. It sounds like your state probably has the same rule.

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    Ruckus says:

    It did happen to me. I was trying to sympathize with you. I may have failed.

  51. 51
    Violet says:

    @Mnemosyne: I could have rescheduled my jury duty, but the parental caregiving stuff happened after I got the summons and once it happened I was so swamped I didn’t take time to even look at it. I’m glad I got it over with today.

    I believe I’m only excused from jury duty for the next three months and maybe not even that. It might only apply if I got on the jury. Plus, this was Municipal court and there’s civil, criminal and federal as well that I could be called for. Those are all separate so being called for one doesn’t have any bearing on your eligibility for the others.

  52. 52
    Ruckus says:

    I once lived in a county with 250K residents, you could be called a lot more often than some realized. It felt like I spent more time in the county courthouse than a lawyer.

  53. 53
    muddy says:

    @Ruckus: I have never been called. I’ve been 13 years at this address. 11 years at the last one. Vote every time, have drivers license, own property. I have a really flexible schedule, and would not mind doing it. Probably because I am both nosy and argumentative, lol. But really I’d be happy to, especially so that someone else didn’t have to do it.

    It’s just typical, isn’t it?

  54. 54
    Mnemosyne says:


    You may want to call the county clerk’s office and see if getting a doctor’s note (or two doctors’ notes, one from each parent’s doctor) would help you get a deferral next time your receive a notice. Usually if you have some kind of documentation, they’re willing to let you defer for a year at a time but, as cckids said above, they’re never going to let you slide entirely.

    If not, the worst case scenario is probably that you have to report for a day, you say when they’re picking the jury (the voir dire) that you have elder care responsibilities, and you get excused from that jury, because no lawyer wants a distracted juror on their case. Annoying, but workable.

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