Local Hero

This is really cool:

What Ryan Seidewitz lacks in firefighting experience, he made up for in courage – and timing – as he helped a family of five to safety just before flames engulfed their West Liberty home Wednesday evening.

Seidewitz, an 18-year-old junior firefighter with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, said he was driving in his personal vehicle when he noticed smoke and flames near a home in the 1100 block of North Fork Road, just off W.Va. 88, at about 6:30 p.m.

“There was no response, so I kicked the door down,” Seidewitz said.

He discovered the family – a couple and their three children, ages 21, 13 and 10 – toward the back of the house, unaware the shed was on fire. He quickly got them and their pets outside just before flames from the burning shed consumed the home.

Nobody was hurt, though the home appeared to be a total loss. Seidewitz, who will enter college in the fall, said he’s glad he was in the right place at the right time.

“It was just lucky,” he said.

As firefighters from the Bethany, West Liberty and Clearview fire departments battled the blaze, a man was seen carrying several pizzas to the scene from Domino’s, located just a few buildings away. Brooke County Emergency Management officials also contacted the Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide assistance.

I’ve known his parents, Paul and Wendy, who are 3-4 years older than me since I was a kid, and Paul and I and his brother Carl were all in the same VFD from 84-88 (I was a junior member). At any rate, Just thought it was cool someone so young would have the presence of mind to take the risk of getting in trouble with the law and just instinctively kicked the door down.

Although if you live in Florida or Texas where the crazies are, I would never under any circumstance recommend kicking a door down. You’ll get shot.

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  1. 1
    Roger Moore says:

    Although if you live in Florida or Texas where the crazies are

    Yeah, because you can be sure there are no crazies in West By God Virginia.

  2. 2
    raven says:

    Nice.

    I had that happen to me years ago in Urbana. A neighbor came running to my door yelling that the house across the street was on fire and the dog was in there. I ran across the street, kicked in the door and the little fella ran out. It turned out they had left food on the stove and it had burned enough to fill the house with smoke.

  3. 3
    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Yeah, because you can be sure there are no crazies in West By God Virginia.

    Per capita or in total?

  4. 4
    aimai says:

    Love your town, John. Its like brigadoon all up in there.

  5. 5
    Elizabelle says:

    Good on Ryan.

    Sad for the family without a home and shed tonight. But all family and pets are safe and sound, due to aforementioned Ryan.

    Good kid.

  6. 6
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Smart, brave guy. Did you bring the pizza?

    My dad was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for most of my youth. Years later, the neighbors’ (who were hoarders) house started on fire. It was midnight. My dad ran out in his boxers, ran into the house and dragged their elderly father from the fire before the fire department arrived. The house was fully engulfed by the time they could get there (they were only down the street, but…hoarders).

    My mom, bless her, was mortified, “…in his boxers!”

  7. 7
    Ruckus says:

    @raven:
    Neighbors did that (food on the stove) a couple of months ago. Came home to find an entire street filled with fire trucks and what wasn’t burning had been cut open for access. But no injuries, just damage and they are rebuilding the house. From the looks of it I figured the house was gone. (Was going to say the house was toast but that’s a newspaper pun and I hate those) So far new kitchen, at least the outside, new roof, outside painted. Have no idea what the inside looks like but they’ve hauled off at least one 20 yard dumpster and a 10 yard. That’s a lot of stuff from the inside.

  8. 8
    Ruckus says:

    @TaMara (BHF):
    Was she mortified because he wasn’t giving enough protection to the wedding tackle or at the thought of the neighbors seeing him in his boxers?

  9. 9
    Jerzy Russian says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    My mom, bless her, was mortified, “…in his boxers!”

    Were they clean? My mom was concerned with that particular detail.

  10. 10
    skyweaver says:

    Although if you live in Florida or Texas where the crazies are, I would never under any circumstance recommend kicking a door down. You’ll get shot.

    Only if you’re black, John. Jesus.

  11. 11
    Pogonip says:

    Congratulations to Ryan!

    Also, re that ad Betty mentioned–if you respond within the next 5 hours and 22 minutes, you get to discriminate against TWO races for the price of one, they throw in a bonus religion to discriminate against absolutely free, and there’s free shipping.

  12. 12
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Ruckus: Oh, neighbors for sure.

  13. 13

    Was just asked by a local TN Democratic Party person if I’d pay to hear James Carville speak (I guess they’re looking for speakers for the annual fundraiser), and I said no, I’m not a fan. That got me thinking who I would pay to hear speak, among people who are likely to come to TN to speak to local Dems. Obv. Obama and Bill Clinton are out (Bill was here a couple years ago, anyway).

    I said I would pay to hear Elizabeth Warren speak. Who would YOU pay to hear speak for a state Dem fundraiser?

  14. 14
    raven says:

    @Ruckus: Yea smoke can be really nasty. I had another one when I lived out in the country. The guy next door was legally blind and ran the concession stand in the Fed Poultry Research Center here. I came home pretty late one night and was just getting settled when I heard him in the driveway yelling “fire, fire”. I threw my shit on and ran over there and, no shit, his wife and daughter were sitting on the couch watching TV. I yelled “where’s Joe”? and they said, “oh he’s upstairs”! There was an electrical fire and these goobers were just planted! I got them out and shut the power off just as the volunteer FD got there!

  15. 15
    trollhattan says:

    @raven:
    Damn it, y’all have me hankering to kick open a front door.

  16. 16
    Helen says:

    @Ruckus:

    the wedding tackle

    Heh.

  17. 17
    raven says:

    @trollhattan: And then there was the flipped over log truck with the engine running full blast and fuel running all over the highway! Know where the kill switch is?

  18. 18
    trollhattan says:

    @Southern Beale:
    Handsome Joe Biden!

  19. 19
    Corner Stone says:

    Although if you live in Florida or Texas where the crazies are, I would never under any circumstance recommend kicking a door down. You’ll get shot.

    Why you gotta drop TX in there? Florida has Stand Your Ground and GA has the crazy shit where cops can’t even ask to see your gun carry permit.
    Why’s it gotta be TX you fucking asshole?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Southern Beale: Why not James Carville? I’d show up, but just not look him in the eye. That;s how he steals your soul to feed to Mary.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Who would YOU pay to hear speak for a state Dem fundraiser?

    I have heard James Carville speak, for free (in one of those he-said-she-said things with Mary Matalin) and I can assure you, you made the right call.

    Heard Bill Clinton in person — the infamous, LOOOOOONG speech at the 1988 Dmocratic National Convention (“And in conclusion….” Applause) — also free (Jesse Jackson Sr. was better).

    I would pay to hear (in no particular order) Warren, Gillibrand, Wendy Davis, Donald Berwick, Martin O’Malley, Notorious RBG, Michelle Obama, Elijah Cummings, John Lewis (have heard him speak a few times), and I’m sure I’m overlooking some who are both powerful speakers and substantive thinkers. Sandra Fluke, I’d pay to hear her.

  22. 22
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Corner Stone: Texas got all the crazy. That’s why.

  23. 23
    Tommy says:

    @raven: Nice. The only thing I’ve tried to do hero related didn’t work out so well. Left me crying on I-10 and feeling small.

  24. 24

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    Good names, all. Thanks will add them to my list!

  25. 25
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @trollhattan:

    Yes, for sure, how could I forget Uncle Joe?

    ETA: Also, either of the Castro brothers (and I don’t mean Raul and Fidel)

  26. 26

    Handsome Joe is a great suggestion. He was here in 2011 tho.

  27. 27
    Corner Stone says:

    @Southern Beale: Luis Gutiérrez spoke at the ceremony when my sister graduated with her MS Social Work at UH not too long ago.
    He was pretty good. Funny, poignant, on point. Seemed like a good guy.

  28. 28
    Ruckus says:

    @raven:
    Watched a motorcycle at Daytona catch on fire during refueling, with the rider sitting on the bike. Was standing about 15 feet away. Fire went out and the rider continued the race. Some people are just lucky.
    Have also been in small rooms with a fuel fire burning. We had to put it out before we could leave the room. Firefighter school in the navy. Being the nozzle man sucks. Inhaling is like sticking a whole pack of smokes in your mouth at once and lighting them.

  29. 29
    SFAW says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Who would YOU pay to hear speak for a state Dem fundraiser?

    Elizabeth Warren
    Mario Cuomo (when he’s “on”)
    Bernie Sanders
    Alan Grayson
    Barmey Frank (maybe – not sure how he is at speechifyin’)
    Louie Gohmert
    Marcel Marceau

    ETA: And Tina Fey, whether as herself, or “in persona.”

  30. 30
    Corner Stone says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: It can’t possibly have all the crazy. Some almost 50M people voted for Romney in 2012. They don’t all live in TX.
    And, FWIW, GA has been resolutely bringing the fucking crazy lately.

  31. 31
    Tommy says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’d take Joe. My father has amazing stories about the man. Dad worked at high levels in the DoD. Not in the DC area. One day at like 7 AM he picks up the phone and Joe Biden is on the other end. He has a request that will hurt your head. Dad says nope, not going to happen. Then every few months, and this is in the 90s, Bidden would call my dad and just ask how the weather was.

  32. 32
    Ruckus says:

    @TaMara (BHF):
    LOL
    As suspected but with mom’s you never know. Some of them will surprise you.

  33. 33
    Corner Stone says:

    @Tommy:

    Then every few months, and this is in the 90s, Bidden would call my dad and just ask how the weather was.

    Well, how was it?

  34. 34
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Nancy SMASH. Keith Ellison. Al Franken.

    Connie Schultz. And her ever-so-attractive husband, Sherrod Brown.

    What a great question you’ve posed here!

  35. 35
    joel hanes says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Who would YOU pay to hear speak for a state Dem fundraiser?

    Elizabeth Warren
    Al Franken
    Wendy Davis
    Stephen Colbert
    Heather Partington (“digby”)
    Henry Waxman
    Jackie Speier
    Tom Harkin
    Hilary Bok (“hilzoy”)
    Billmon
    Robert Reich
    Lawrence Lessig
    Paul Krugman
    Kirsten Gillibrand
    Charles P. Pierce

    and oh damn how I wish I could put Molly Ivins on that list. Peace be upon her.

  36. 36
    Helen says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Hi Boyfriend. Be calm. Know you love your State. I love mine too. But, Texas. Mine is NY. We are way hated too but for different reasons. Also; let’s bond. Watch this.

  37. 37
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @SFAW:

    Marcel Marceau

    Okay, I just had a horrible/ridiculous flash of Tweety “interviewing” Marcel Marceau!!

    In my fantasy, MM screams “STFU!!” at high decibels.

  38. 38
    Tommy says:

    @Corner Stone: Often clear. Other times thunderstorms. My dad likes to joke he hates Biden, cause when a US Senator calls you there is a lot of paperwork to be done in the DoD :). Not something that happens that often.

  39. 39
    Ruckus says:

    @Tommy:
    If it left you feeling any other way you did whatever for all the wrong reasons. Anytime someone needs to step up it’s a shit situation. And it frequently doesn’t work out. Heroes aren’t heroes, they are people at the right (or sometimes the wrong) place at the right time who did what they could and got lucky. Even trained people at the right place at the right time aren’t successful a lot of the time.

  40. 40
    Keith G says:

    Although if you live in Florida or Texas where the crazies are, I would never under any circumstance recommend kicking a door down. You’ll get shot.

    There are heroic fire fighters in my hometown of Houston who disagree with your advice.

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    SFAW says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    In my fantasy, MM screams “STFU!!” at high decibels.

    You’re my kind of girl.

  42. 42
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @SFAW:

    Bernie Sanders

    You know, I love Bernie Sanders, I really do. I agree with almost all his positions, and I’m glad he’s in the Senate.

    But I’m not at all sure I’d pay to hear him speak. He seems to lack one attribute that I value a lot, and that is a sense of humor. Maybe I’m completely misjudging him, and I don’t mean he needs to be knee-slapping funny, but he just always seems so kind of grim and earnest, and I always find myself wishing for a little lightness as leavening to the substance. If anyone has actually heard him give speeches, I’d be thrilled to be corrected.

  43. 43
    Corner Stone says:

    @Tommy: Heck that doesn’t sound all that bad.

  44. 44
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @SFAW:

    You’re my kind of girl.

    Aww. Thanks.

  45. 45
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @trollhattan:

    Anybody else follow “Motivational Biden” on the Book of Faces?

    “Know who’s awesome? YOU are!!!”

  46. 46
    Citizen_X says:

    a man was seen carrying several pizzas to the scene

    I swear, I started to read this phrase, and expected it to end with “naked, mopping up the mess.”

  47. 47

    @joel hanes:

    Good ideas. Don’t know some of those folks. I suggested Rachel Maddow, too.

  48. 48
    Cassidy says:

    Best thing about Texas is looking at it in the rear view mirror.

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  50. 50
    Randy P says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I remember very little about Mel Brooks’ silent movie (called “Silent Movie”), except that Marcel Marceau had the only spoken line in it.

    Which was (in response to being asked to appear in the movie-within-a-movie): “Non!”

  51. 51
    SFAW says:

    @MikeJ: (and Randy P)

    Exactly

  52. 52
    Helen says:

    @Tommy: Hey Tommy – saw you here earlier – forget which thread. You said your dad has a PhD in Civil War history. Earlier you said you were an Army Brat. Is that your dad too or your mom that you followed around the world? And did your Dad get his degree at West Point? My nephew got his degree at the Air Force Academy in CO Springs. Dunno what in. I think they give history degrees there. I envy those people. I have a Masters in government policy from Columbia and Whew they wanted me to continue on for an advanced degree, but even without children I thought it would be too much.

  53. 53
    rikyrah says:

    sweet story, Cole

  54. 54
    Keith G says:

    @Cassidy:

    Best thing about Texas is looking at it in the rear view mirror.

    Need some gas money?

  55. 55
    rikyrah says:

    @Southern Beale:

    I said I would pay to hear Elizabeth Warren speak. Who would YOU pay to hear speak for a state Dem fundraiser?

    The President.
    The First Lady.
    Elizabeth Warren
    Sherrod Brown
    If she’d give us stories, Nancy Pelosi.
    I’d like to see O’Malley for myself.
    Deval Patrick
    Either Castro brother.

  56. 56
    Roger Moore says:

    @Ruckus:

    Heroes aren’t heroes, they are people at the right (or sometimes the wrong) place at the right time who did what they could and got lucky.

    I think it’s the doing what they could that makes them heroes. They heard the call and they answered. There are plenty of people who heard the call and let it go to voice mail, and they aren’t heroes.

  57. 57
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @MikeJ:

    OUI!

  58. 58
    joel hanes says:

    @Cassidy:

    Best thing about Texas is looking at it in the rear view mirror.

    Well, I’m partial to the chicken-fried-steak and fried jalapeno rings at the Old West Cafe in Sanger.

    And back when they had water, I’ve had some good times sailing on Lake Travis.

    And some of my family members more or less live for SXSW.

    And the real-estate prices sure are lower than here in Silicon Valley for comparable property.

    And there’s Texas BBQ. And Tex-Mex food.

    And I have a couple excellent cow-orkers in Austin.

    And there’s Juanita Jean’s.

  59. 59
    askew says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Who would YOU pay to hear speak for a state Dem fundraiser?

    Martin O’Malley
    Deval Patrick
    Amy Klobuchar
    Elizabeth Warren
    Joe Biden
    Michelle Obama
    Kristen Gillibrand
    Either Castro brother
    President Obama (but I couldn’t afford it)
    Wendy Davis

    I’ve seen Bill Clinton (totally smarmy), Al Gore (stilted but earnest), Tom Harkin (awesome), Howard Dean (good), and John Edwards (even more smarmy than Bill).

  60. 60
    joel hanes says:

    @Southern Beale:

    I don’t know some of those folks

    All eminently google-able.

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    JPL says:

    I probably wouldn’t pay to hear someone speak, sing yes, but speak no. Since 2004 I have supported the democratic candidate for President but that’s it. I do feel that the President in power selects members to the Supreme Court. I’m not saying that I haven’t put $25.00 dollars here or there but I haven’t invested a lot except for the candidate running for President.

  62. 62
    Helen says:

    @Southern Beale: Someone with boatloads of money. Tired of being behind the money curve.

    A few weeks (months?) ago someone here asked “name the 5 persons with whom you would like to have a dinner party”. I didn’t answer. I thunk ’bout it. And came up with only two. Eleanor Roosevelt. I would ask her where she got the guts to say and do what she did. After reflection I think I know the answer. 1. She had nothing left to loose (Freedom is…thank you Janice). Her husband cheated on her and she could not divorce him. And she was rich. Didn’t matter; she would not lose her livelihood.

    Still – she was a brave woman for her time.

    Also? George Clooney cuz well GEORGE CLOONEY.

  63. 63
    raven says:

    @Tommy: Oh there was nothing heroic in any of it. The situations were there and it mad sense to help.
    eta John’s guys actions were heroic because of the risk to him.

  64. 64
    Corner Stone says:

    @askew: How about HRC? Did her goat hooves come out for display?
    Did she engoaten the audience and bray at the top of her lungs while displaying her powerful cankles?

  65. 65
    raven says:

    @Ruckus: Ding.

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    NotMax says:

    @TaMara (BHF)

    My mom, bless her, was mortified, “…in his boxers!”

    Whose boxers should he have been wearing?

    /Groucho

  67. 67
    Helen says:

    @NotMax: Once again dude. Thank you. Who are you? Are you a BJ ghost? Are you my BJ ghost?

  68. 68
    Ruckus says:

    @NotMax:
    LOL

  69. 69
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I think in his zeal to be inclusive, Chris Hayes has had Ben Shaprio on his TeeVee show and treated him like a grown up person with a brain:

    Sam Stein
    ‏@ samsteinhp
    “@ megynkelly: “It’s borderline a Jew-hating administration,” @ benshapiro adds on #Obama response to #Hamas in Middle East.” -Just borderline

  70. 70

    @Southern Beale: Julian Castro, John Lewis, Kirsten Gillibrand, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, Martin O’Malley

  71. 71

    Shorter Cole:

    Everyone in Texas and Florida should DIAF.

    Sorry Betty and CS.

  72. 72

    @Southern Beale: Kamala Harris. John Lewis.

  73. 73
    Helen says:

    Deleted

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    gbear says:

    I’ve known his parents, Paul and Wendy, who are 3-4 years older than me since I was a kid

    Well, yeah, they’ve probably been three or four years older than you for your entire life.

  75. 75

    @Helen: He’s introduced a bill for permission to file a lawsuit. The bill has neither been finalized nor passed.

  76. 76

    @gbear: Well, we now know that neither Cole nor the Seidewitz’s have spent any appreciable time traveling near the speed of light.

  77. 77
    gbear says:

    @SFAW:

    Barney Frank seems to be best at Town Hall meetings. He’s got a zinger for every occasion.

    I’d be interested in hearing Al Franken. He’s been so quiet since he became a senator.

  78. 78
    gbear says:

    @⚽️ Martin: Pretty safe bet.

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    JPL says:

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole: So if you had two thousand, would you spend it supporting the office of the Presidency or spread it far and wide?

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    Cassidy says:

    @joel hanes: I grew up in the south. Was stationed in Texas. Texas BBQ is meh. Concerts happen everywhere. Prefer Mexican to tex mex. The only thing I’ve missed from my time in Texas is fresh, homemade tamales from my wife’s co-workers, but I don’t doubt I could learn to make those.

  81. 81

    I just found out that my next door neighbor is originally from W. Va, she seems pretty nice.

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    CONGRATULATIONS! says:

    The only thing I’ve tried to do hero related didn’t work out so well. Left me crying on I-10 and feeling small.

    @Tommy: I have saved one guy from drowning and performed first aid on three people who did not (in retrospect, this was probably for the best) survive their injuries. It sucks. I have a better record with animals but sometimes, they die too. May be just some weird thing in my own head but for some reason that always hits me worse.

  83. 83
    Helen says:

    @⚽️ Martin: SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP. (not you of course) Honest to FSM. Shit or get off the pot.

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    CONGRATULATIONS! says:

    So if you had two thousand, would you spend it supporting the office of the Presidency or spread it far and wide?

    @JPL: I don’t know what Cole’s answer would be, but my choice would be this:

    I can find 20 people for which $100 bucks would make a serious difference in their lives in a few hours. Anyone who makes a serious run for the office of the presidency has financial backing to the tune of at least a half-billion dollars. They might like the money but they don’t need it.

    No brainer.

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    KS in MA says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    That would be Vermont humor. Nobody thinks it’s funny but Vermonters.

  86. 86
    Corner Stone says:

    @joel hanes: He’s just a douche. Pray for his wife to not get charged when she defends herself next time he tries beating on her.

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    JPL says:

    @CONGRATULATIONS!:
    Act Blue does a good job but that ends up with more phone solicitation than one would hope for. Locally my rep is Tom Price and that is not going to change so I don’t bother wasting money there. I have been thinking about supporting Jason Carter for Governor though.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Corner Stone:

    [Cassidy] is just a douche

    Familiar with his oevre; I read this blog every day, although I comment little.

    It was fun to have a reason to say nice things about Texas. Some of my favorite people live there.
    And I’ve never understood the kind of regional partisanship that won’t allow someone from, say, San Diego from enjoying New Mexico Mexican, NorCal Mexican, or Tex-Mex.

    And my Mom says “If you can’t say anything nice, best not to say anything at all.”

    Here’s a Flash From The Past: a ha-ha-only-serious reminder of one reason that so many bad things are said about Texas:
    http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jo.....efing.html

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    @joel hanes: What if someone is talking through their hat, should you call them on their BS or just let it pass?

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    joel hanes says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    My Mom lets it pass. You’d like her; most people do.

    I am not so nice, but Cassidy’s schtick is not usually interesting enough to inspire me to creative insults.
    IMHO best ignored unless your response suits some other purpose of your own.

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    Violet says:

    @Helen:

    Also? George Clooney cuz well GEORGE CLOONEY.

    I’d pay to hear George Clooney speak at a Democratic fundraiser. He’s an entertaining speaker, he’s passionate about important causes and he’s easy on the eyes.

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    Mnemosyne (iPad Mini) says:

    @⚽️ Martin:

    If it goes to a vote, I would like each and every House Democrat to walk up to the microphone for the debate and say, “Are you fucking kidding me?” Over and over.

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    Mnemosyne (iPad Mini) says:

    @⚽️ Martin:

    Or, alternatively, have the Dems gather on the steps of Congress for a rousing chorus of this song:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DqAdlkJDt7k&feature=kp

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    I don’t understand state defensiveness myself. All of them are weird or screwed up in some way. I lived most of my life in a state where the north is a hotbed of generational inbred corruption, gangs, and violence, and that’s still better than the south where it’s nothing but neo-confederate corn sodomizers. And while I don’t hate that state, I can’t respond to bashing with anything more than a ‘meh’.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @A Humble Lurker: Illinois?

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    Lee says:

    a man was seen carrying several pizzas to the scene from Domino’s,

    I’m pretty sure the editor trimmed down part of this.

    It should have said

    “a fat man was seen carrying several pizzas to the scene from Domino’s, he was complaining about how his pets were missing him while he was out in public.”

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    MomSense says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Add Marian Wright Edelman to the list!

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    mai naem says:

    Dems I would pay to hear speak:
    David Plouffe, Jim Messina, Stephanie Cutter, Neera Tanden, John Podesta – I think you would get some awesome campaign anecdotes and future strategery from these guys.
    Also: either Obama, John Hickenlooper, Biden, Deval Patrick, Steve Beshear, Howard Dean, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Eric Holder(don’t think he’s allowed to do it), Caroline Kennedy, Bill Clinton(i don’t care if he’s smarmy), Nancy Pelosi, Gillibrand, Harry Reid, Durbin, Sherrod Brown, Franken, Christine Roemer, Paul Volcker, Patty Murray, Jennifer Granholm, Russell Simmons, any number of comedians – Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Chris Rock,Denis Leary, Marc Maron, Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang etc.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @mai naem: good lists, but I’m surprised no one’s mentioned Sheldon Whitehouse. I’ve only heard him speak in brief TV interviews, but I’d be curious because he seems to be an under-the-radar good guy. And I would not only pay to hear Wanda Sykes speak, I think she should run for Congress. I want to see her on a Meet The Press roundtable.

    Who would I not pay to hear speak: Chelsea Clinton

    Chelsea Clinton has followed her parents’ footsteps into the paid lecture circuit, earning as much as $75,000 per speaking engagement.
    The New York Times reports that Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is giving all her earnings to the family’s nonprofit Clinton Foundation.

    Not a Clinton hater, but why would anyone pay to hear Chelsea Clinton speak? Maybe a double bill with Luke Russert or Megan McCain on choosing your parents as a career strategy?

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    CONGRATULATIONS! says:

    And I’ve never understood the kind of regional partisanship that won’t allow someone from, say, San Diego from enjoying New Mexico Mexican, NorCal Mexican, or Tex-Mex.

    @joel hanes: I’m from San Diego. New Mexico Mexican is epic. Tex-Mex is pretty epic as well. But NorCal Mexican? I lived there for 15 years, am proud of it, but the worst Mexican food I have ever had – and this includes the time in Germany – is in the Mission District of San Francisco. Every single damn place. Awful. Truly sad for a city that has so much else going for it concerning food.

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    patrick II says:

    @Corner Stone:
    I lived in Texas for one year. The guy in the apartment next to me, who I knew and played softball with, had left his keys in the door one night. It was about 10 p.m. and when I saw them I took them out of the door, opened the door and threw them on the floor inside.
    When I saw him the next day he asked if it was me who had thrown the keys in, and I said yes. He said it was a good thing I had been quick because he had already pulled out his bedside gun and was ready to shoot. He wasn’t kidding.
    Fucking Texas.

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    GregB says:

    @joel hanes:

    Not too many people know that Jackie Speier was gunned down by Jim Jones thugs and lived to tell the story. Her boss Leo Ryan was not as lucky.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @patrick II: Why wouldn’t you just knock and let the guy know? It’s what I have done.

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    gian says:

    @askew:

    Fidel or Raul?

    (I bet I’m late to that joke, but I had to try)

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @gian: Fidel just goes on and on and on….

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Helen:

    A few weeks (months?) ago someone here asked “name the 5 persons with whom you would like to have a dinner party”. I didn’t answer. I thunk ’bout it. And came up with only two.

    Jane Austen. Once she got over the superficial style changes, I love to imagine how awesomely bitchy she’d be at a dinner party.

    Even better, Jane Austen, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Abigail Adams, and Joanna Russ. We’d let Gore Vidal in as the token Dead White Male, but only if he promised to behave himself (no mansplaining). If you’ve ever read Vidal’s essay on “Miller-Mailer-Manson Man”, I think he’d cooperate just for the chance to witness!

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    patrick II says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    I should have. However, in my feeble defense I knew he woke early for work and I figured he would be asleep, so I didn’t want to wake him. Poor judgement on my part.

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    seaboogie says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I adore me some Bernie Sanders. And I think that he is beyond exasperated on behalf of all of us. It’s a tough row to hoe, and I am glad that he has taken it on. If I wanted to get all of my angst out, it would be a double header with Bernie and Barney (Frank). That would be some serious straight talk. Add in Elizabeth Warren, and they could launch the “You have to be fucking kidding me!” tour. Might get our base riled up with deep energy.

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    Sir Laffs-a-Lot says:

    Rachel Maddow

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    Glocksman says:

    Let’s not forget General Phil Sheridan’s opinion about Texas:

    19 April 1866, The Independent, pg. 4:
    But these states are not yet reduced to civil behavior. As an illustration, Gen. Sheridan sends word up from New Orleans, saying, “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell.” This is the opinion of a department commander.”

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    Cassidy says:

    @Corner Stone: And you’re just a shit dunk. I’ve had 15 good years with my wife. So whatever you may think of me, Im not such an awful person that mine would leaver her kid just to get away.

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    Cassidy says:

    @joel hanes: It’s not regional partisanship. Texas BBQ does one thing unique and that’s beef ribs. Other than that it’s nothing special. In my two years in Texas I found nothing that stood out. Tex mex? Again, I said I prefer Mexican. Didn’t say I wouldn’t eat it or don’t like it, but would much prefer a mom and pop on the south side of San Antonio serving traditional Mexican food.

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    tybee says:

    @Pogonip:

    thanks for starting out my day with a chuckle.

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    Glocksman says:

    @Cassidy:

    That’s a benefit here of the influx of legal and illegal immigrants over the last 15 years or so.
    My best friend married a legal immigrant and her church makes and sells the best tamales available for the price.

    Unluckily for me because cost reasons, they’re made with chicken instead of beef, but they’re still the best available locally without going to a small Hispanic owned restaurant that caters to the Hispanic trade.

    That said, the cost difference between the eating establishments and the ones from her church make them worth buying.

    Wonderful stuff, though I still spice them up with Frank’s because I prefer spicier food.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Glocksman: I hear ya. To me, tex mex is something you get at a chain restaurant with a Mexican theme. I like earthier dishes.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Biden is right: You are Awesome!

    This page made me laugh out loud–no small feat while I listen to plumbers in my basement and bathroom dealing with 80+-year-old pipes. (They do excellent work, but also showed up earlier than planned this morning.)

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