Open Thread: Why There Are So Many Hateful Lawyer Jokes

Because of lawyers like this guy, as reported at Raw Story:

An attorney in Austin, Texas appears to claim responsibility for targeting local businesses with stickers saying there were “exclusively for white people,” KXAN-TV reported.

“Why I did it is pretty obvious,” a shirtless Adam Reposa says in a video posted online. “Because it would be obvious that even though people know the real problem — and the real problem is that people without money are getting f*cked. They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into whites only.”…

They were quickly condemned by both local officials and state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D), who called the stickers a “tasteless” joke. In the video, Reposa suggests that he intended to provoke this type of response.

“I knew I could just bait all of y’all into being as stupid as you are,” he says…

The Austin Chronicle reported that Reposa released a separate video, shot inside a home, in which he specifically criticizes Dukes for her response to what he called a “trenchant analysis” of gentrification and segregation in the city…

“You’re a sucker. You bit it. Why? Because you give a f*ck,” he argues. “Because of your feelings. Because you have such an emotional attachment to these things that you utterly lose your perspective.”

Local authorities are reportedly looking into the videos, but it is unclear whether Reposa will be charged for his purported actions….

“Trenchant analysis”, the all-purpose justification for would-be anarchists whose courage extends only as far as attacking peple who can’t fight back — preferably women or people of color, or best of all women of color. Because this guy is edgy, y’all!

According to a 2012 Vice Magazine article, Reposa’s got a prior history as the sort of attention-seeking permanent adolescent who’s charmingly anarchic until you have to spend more than ten minutes in his company. But I’m sure he’s competent enough at weasel-wording that his video “confessions” stay in the grey area where he can’t quite be sued by the businesses he targeted for his hipster art project.
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Apart from acknowledging that everything is bigger in Texas, or at least louder, what’s on the agenda for the evening?






141 replies
  1. 1
    Tenar Darell says:

    My agenda is sushi.

  2. 2
    Baud says:

    Everyone thinks they’re Banksy.

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    NotMax says:

    What’s black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?

    Doberman Pinscher.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    “Why I did it is pretty obvious,” a shirtless Adam Reposa says in a video posted online. “Because it would be obvious that even though people know the real problem — and the real problem is that people without money are getting f*cked. They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into whites only.”

    You may disagree with his tactics Anne, but I doubt you disagree with what has him angered. This is a story as old as…. I don’t know, since I can remember anyway. A place becomes cool because it is vibrant because it is diverse, and then all the rich white people move in and push out all the diversity, all the interesting people.

    Happening now up on Cherokee Street in STL.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: And downtown Asheville NC

  6. 6
    raven says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer: I likes West
    Asheville!

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

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    WaterGirl says:

    Since this is an open thread, I would like to ask a dog question.

    My dog has always barked more than I would like, but with the spring weather he is bark-bark-bark all the time and lately he pretty much flips me off when I tell him “no”, “no bark” or “quiet”.

    It’s especially important to me to get this under control before the new pup thinks this barking thing is great fun. He has been getting a stern “no bark” since the day he arrived, and he’s pretty good so far, but I would like it to stay that way.

    Does anyone have any experience with the citronella collars that squirt citronella when a dog barks?

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    debbie says:

    He should get together with James O’Keefe.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @raven: Yeah, I lived there most of my life. But downtown, and pretty soon the Arts District, have been gentrified beyond recognition.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @WaterGirl: A water hose always works. Dogs don’t like to be wet. Except Labs. If you have a Lab you are screwed.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Shirtless Wonderlawyer Reposa isn’t “protesting gentrification”, he’s yelling fire in a crowded theatre… while holding a match & a can of gasoline. His little stickers were pure let’s-you-and-him-fight provocations; he didn’t have the guts to say (much less do) anything except at one remove, from behind a scrim of “trenchant analysis”. By Monday, he’ll be sending out publicity videos announcing that he just wanted to start a conversation

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    raven says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer: I loved that old architectural antique place downtown next to the parking deck that’s gone now.

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    RSA says:

    Huh. I suspected someone with half an education, but not a lawyer. That is, the text of the sticker reads,

    Maximum of 5 colored customers, colored BOH staff accepted

    where “excepted” (rather than “accepted”) is obviously intended.

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    raven says:

    A relative of mine took his family to Longyearbyen to see the eclipse and Northern Lights. Today they went to this frozen ship!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I haven’t used a water hose inside the house since my first year in a house after living in the doors. We had a water fight that got out of hand and we had water hoses and water balloons in the house. The things we do when we’re 21…

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Or a squirt bottle.

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    srv says:

    Ha, you liberal enablers.

    Glad the bulldozing of East Austin’s black and Latino hoods can continue under trenchant hand of folks like Dukes.

    Ed Lee/Willie are doing a bang-up job in SF, and north Oakland will be safe for white folks in a decade or two.

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    @WaterGirl: Har! I have used a water bottle (set to stream) pretty successfully until yesterday when he pretty much just stood his ground and gave me a “fuck you” look. I am so screwed.

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    NotMax says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer

    A: A good start.

    (That joke is even hoarier than I.)

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    @WaterGirl:

    A weird thought, but is it possible your dog has spring allergies that are making him cranky and more likely to bark and to ignore you? It may be worth asking your vet.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: I tried a squirt bottle on Tucker and the kitties when they were younger. “Mmm, water, thanks!” was always the happy response.

    A friend recently suggested diluting the water with lemon juice or vinegar and squirting my dog with that.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer: I watched Cherokee go from just another South Side shopping district to a street of mostly boarded up buildings to a place where immigrants of many nations found a place they could afford to do business, to… I had to move out here to Washington Co.

    About 6 months ago I found myself driving down Cherokee and all I wanted was to get out and walk. People of all shapes, sizes, and colors were walking around buying stuff from all over the world. Inside of one block one could go from Afghanistan to Nigeria to Mexico to Chile to Cambodia. This week I was listening to the local NPR station and they did a spot on…. The gentrification of Cherokee Street.

    DOGDAMNIT!!!!! I missed all the good times on Cherokee!!

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    @efgoldman: I think it was Japan where Burger King made the all black Whopper. Cheese and everything. So I can believe it.

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    Baud says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Water just made my dog angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

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    Just enjoying our traditional Saturday home-made chili.

    Ever since I got a slow cooker I have been working to re-create my Mom’s recipe, which was my favorite comfort food growing up.

    Unfortunately she didn’t write it down so I had to rely on hazy sibling memories and my taste buds. It took a few (still tasty) tries but I think I finally nailed it.

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    scav says:

    Tossing the shirt, that sounds a bit like a Putin wannabe, Grabbing the cheap and easy cover of “populism” and “starting the conversation”, sure does smell of just a troll with actual adhesive stickers instead of socktweets.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: A better link to the story of Cherokee.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @TaMara (BHF): And here I felt so hopeful for you after your quick and happy update on the recipe thread. I had no idea that one of the cool new things he had learned was the fuck you look.

    I alternately describe that as getting “you’re not the boss of me”, “you can’t make me”, “the kitty paw” or the “doggie paw”.

    I think this barking thing has gotten worse because Tucker barks and then The Henry goes crazy and that winds Tucker up even more and suddenly i have absolutely no control over either dog. This does not make me happy.

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    raven says:

    Bohdi loves my socks.

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    Keith G says:

    Binge watching the first handful of episodes of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Tina Fey’s touch is very evident. Very fun show.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @WaterGirl: Oh… he does it INSIDE. Sorry, disregard all advice from this numbnuts.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne (tablet): Tucker is allergy boy, it’s easier to list what he can eat than what he can’t eat. And his highest reactive score on the allergy tests was to cat dander.

    So when the vet said “you’ll never guess what he’s most allergic to” and the vet tech said “the kitties”, I actually snorted with laughter (always so attractive!) and said, of course it is.

    But no, this is total dog energy (company’s here!!!) being magnified by the puppy – it’s not additive, it’s exponential – and the whole thing goes off the charts and out of control.

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    raven says:

    Miles Davis is making Georgia State Kinda Blue!

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    jeffreyw says:

    Can anyone here ID this duck? A pair of them turned up on my front pond this afternoon.

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    another Holocene human says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: 1990s New York, Boston, Chicago. DC during Bush ii admin. West coast too but I couldn’t say hood/timeline.

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    Baud says:

    @jeffreyw:

    I think that’s Frank.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Interesting. The only thing that stops Tucker now is if I literally shout louder than he barks, and I HATE that. I am not a yeller, so that make me angry, and I’m pretty sure that’s not helping, either. When I yell, he gets scared, and that’s really bad, too.

    I used to be a great dog mom, and now it all just feels out of control.

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    NotMax says:

    @WaterGirl

    Could be (emphasizing the could) an ear blockage or low-grade ear infection.

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    Violet says:

    @WaterGirl: Could you hire a dog trainer for a session or two? Maybe they’d have some insights after seeing you together. Might be worth the investment.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Yep, you can always tell Frank by that brown head and the scary side-eye. Oh Frank, I’ve missed you!

    Edit: you made me laugh, which is good because right now I’m all wound up thinking about the barking/yelling problem.

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    MikeS says:

    @jeffreyw: female common goldeneye

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    Baud says:

    @WaterGirl:

    According to every Dog Whisperer show, getting angry and stressed is the exact opposite of what you want to do.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: It’s not just that he’s barking, which is bad enough, but he’s barking SO LOUD. I mean, even the first bark is so loud that if I’m close it hurts my ears.

    So, maybe.

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    shelley says:

    @jeffreyw: Has kind of a loon-like look.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    His little stickers were pure let’s-you-and-him-fight provocations; he didn’t have the guts to say (much less do) anything except at one remove,

    Anne? It can’t be “in your face” at “one remove”. Just not possible. One or the other. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in lack of other evidence. You aren’t. OK. But I remember “Whites Only” signs from my childhood and have come to recognize their equivalent in today’s society. And yeah, there have been times when I too wanted to cut thru all the dogwhistle bullshit and just scream what it is they are afraid to say with their own voices.

    I am also willing to be proved that I am too generous a man, but until that time…

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Yeah, I know that, which explains why I get so angry and frustrated with myself.

    In the distant past, when I got really frustrated I would say “this is why there’s a 3-day waiting period for a gun”, and then I could laugh. Now that’s not so funny, so I don’t even have that outlet for my frustration.

    Edit: I guess The Henry isn’t the only one who gets riled up by Tucker’s barking.

    Edit 2: And then I tell myself there are no bad dogs, only bad owners, and then I feel even worse. It’s a bad spiral.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MikeS: Her name is Francine, but she goes by Frank, short for Frankie.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @MikeS: Thanks! Spot on.

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    BBA says:

    Gentrification is old news. Oligarchification is the new trend. Soon every desirable neighborhood will be full of empty gleaming condo towers, bought up by foreign billionaires for investment purposes. They don’t live there – that could give them tax residency, god forbid!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @jeffreyw: Looks like a male Pintail to me.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer: A start…

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @WaterGirl: Talk to the pros, not us amateurs.

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    Violet says:

    @WaterGirl:

    I used to be a great dog mom, and now it all just feels out of control.

    This may be your the biggest problem–you feel out of control and it’s getting telegraphed to the dog. Work on staying calm yourself and see if that changes things.

    If you can’t afford to hire a trainer for a few sessions, or you can’t find one you like, then maybe pick one of the well-regarded dog training books and see if you can follow their suggestions.

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Pretty much this.

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    shelley says:

    Movie heads-up. ‘Julie & Julia’ on PBS tonight.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    What’s black and brown and looks good on a lawyer? A Rottweiler.

    Why don’t sharks eat lawyers? Professional courtesy.

    when does a …. din din calling, ya’ll play nice now.

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    Ruckus says:

    @WaterGirl:
    Try putting a couple of drops of ammonia in the water. You want it real diluted so a large squirt bottle with a couple of drops works. All you want is the smell. Had neighbors who would put the pup they got for their kid, who had no interest in the pup, in their very small side yard which was next to my living room and ignore the barking for hours. Spray bottle with water worked for a while, then no effect. Couple drops of ammonia and dog would stop. The training worked only had to spray in his general direction a couple of times and the incessant barking was over. BTW the neighbors could have cared less that the dog was just lonely and needed attention, it was just something else they bought to amuse the kid. Should have sprayed them and let the dog be.

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    jeffreyw says:

    Another photo of the two. I called them a pair because I just made an assumption they were a mating pair looking for a friendly puddle. It seems they are both female.

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    Suzanne says:

    My mom just got her Chihuahua/terrier mix a citronella no-bark collar, and it’s been very effective so far. Mr. Suzanne and I have not been dealing with the yapping well.

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    NotMax says:

    Little things to be thankful for:

    That the stridulent, vapid Drew Barrymore is no longer co-hosting “The Essentials” with Robert Osborne on TCM.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    @WaterGirl: Her name is Francine, but she goes by Frank, short for Frankie.

    Don;t judge…

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    shelley says:

    @jeffreyw: Lesbian ducks? Isn’t this threatening the traditional pond arrangement?

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    Woodrowfan says:

    don’t squirt your dog with water that has anything in it (like lemon juice!) that would sting if it got in their eyes..

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    Baud says:

    @shelley:

    It’s Daisy and Donald, not Daisy and Dawn.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions on the dog barking problem*.

    Edit: Which may also be a watergirl problem at this point. Step one: chill out and stop making the problem worse. Step 2: everything else.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Why don’t sharks eat lawyers? Professional courtesy.

    One year my friend N wanted help making a Halloween costume for himself. It was to be a shark. N was 6’3″ and about 300 lbs at the time. He bought a child’s bear pattern and I helped redesign portions of it into shark. The shark head and fins were original designs.

    I spent 3 weekends (Friday night to Sunday night) helping him and didn’t have time to make my own costume for the party. I designed and made a small black fin which I tacked onto a black suit jacket. I wore a cream slik shirt and a floppy foularde tie. I also carried a laws dictionary. From the front you couldn’t really tell what I was. So I told people look at my back and then would say “I’m N’s cousin, he’s a shark, I’m a lawyer.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    This properly belongs on JCole’s thread below. Blurb on top left of WaPost website just now:

    Camp David just isn’t Obama’s kind of retreat
    Juliet Eilperin

    Many of his predecessors saw the retreat as a presidential refuge, but he prefers more urban pursuits.

    Urban. Uh huh.

    Actually, it’s a well written story, but had to laugh at the shorthand.

    Kudos to the WaPost for this:

    Shortly after Obama took office, his top aides identified Camp David as a setting that could be used to forge legislative deals …. But since the retreat often ranks as the last resort in any negotiation, and Republicans showed little interest in backing the administration’s most ambitious proposals, there was no opportunity to use it.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @shelley: We run a family friendly puddle around here.

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    JPL says:

    @WaterGirl: A golden I had would bark every time I was on the phone. A squirt of lemon juice in him mouth broke the habit.

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    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Have you noticed an improvement in WaPo since it was sold?

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    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: I saw that earlier. Bush at this time during his presidency, had used Camp David for a year. Between his ranch and Camp David, was he ever at the White House? No wonder why he gave up golf, he didn’t have time.

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    @shelley:

    We lived on a lake when I was growing up and one year we spotted an interspecies ménage a trois between a pair of Canada geese and a white duck that had probably escaped from a farm. They would all go paddling by in a line: Dad Goose, goslings, white duck, and Mom Goose. It lasted for a couple of seasons at least.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Baud: Saw you mention that last night (?), and think you might be on to something.

    Prob is, I let the paper sub go and haven’t set up digital just yet. So not reading it very closely and watching the clicks. Get most of my news from the NYTimes and LATimes, which I do pay for now.

    But it’s possible the WaPost has improved.

    It needed to.

    We should put up links to good journalism they publish.

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    NotMax says:

    @PurpleGirl

    Friend occasionally brings this out at parties.

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    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I don’t have a subscription and don’t read it regularly. It seems, however, that I’ve been coming across more good stories lately. More evenhanded in reporting on the GOP and politics in general.

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    Baud says:

    @efgoldman: Agree. So far, I haven’t noticed any improvement in the op/ed section.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @efgoldman: @Baud:

    Yeah, the editorial page is still neocon central. With Eugene Robinson and EJ Dionne for “balance.”

    One prob with newspapers now: they’re covering potential GOP prez candidates, and I have no interest in reading anything about them. Nothing. It’s a whack job planet I’d like to pretend does not exist. I’ll hear what I need to from you guys.

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    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Same here. I’m not voting for any of them in the primary or the general, so why should I care? Whoever they pick will need to be defeated.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Baud: Prezactly.

    I wonder if the stories about GOP contenders get many clicks. I think there’s a lot of (dysfunctional) politics fatigue out there.

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    Cervantes says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Does anyone have any experience with the citronella collars that squirt citronella when a dog barks?

    Maybe St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco?

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    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I don’t know, but here are some pictures of a baby gorilla to take our mind of all that.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Cervantes: That flew right over my head!

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    Baud says:

    @WaterGirl: Just like Frank.

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    Tree With Water says:

    “Why does the hearse horse snicker
    Hauling the lawyer away”?

    Robert Frost must have been worked over once or twice by the legal system to have come up with a line like that.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Baud: Yes. Baby animals, Law & Order, taking walks, trying to get back into reading actual books. Anything but micromonitoring politics.

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    Gvg says:

    You may want to try crating the one who starts the barking and then “ignoring” him till he calms down. He may be doing it for attention, even though it’s “bad” attention. Both children and dogs act out for attention. My parents sheltie gets pretty wound up sometimes and they try to make him behave. Yelling doesn’t seem to help. crating or being locked in another room helps. when we used to take him for their vacations Merlin seemed to get better after a few days if we flat out ignored the barking and didn’t react at all which at first was mainly because we were just to busy to take time to yell what with getting ready for work, kids ready for school and pets fed etc. If he is getting the other dog into you can’t just ignore but you can exclude. also after he calms down, he may need to reassurance. this could involve some anxiousness on his part being the source of the misbehavior.

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    Cervantes says:

    @raven:

    I like the cheerful London-omnibus-turned-into-a-café much better than the ridiculously pretentious shop selling olive oils a few streets over.

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    Rob says:

    @jeffreyw
    Confirming that the ducks are female Common Goldeneyes.

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    raven says:

    @Cervantes: On Wall Street?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Baud:

    Thanks for that! I’m in the process of planning a small family reunion in late September with all my siblings and the cousin who was raised with us. We’re staying in our home town of Oak Park, but planning to do lots of trips into and around Chicago to visit childhood haunts (Art Institute, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Marshall Field & Co., and both Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoos). A new baby gorilla should be a big draw, and I’ve already told the kids to pencil in a visit to LPZ.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: do the architectural boat tour

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    Cervantes says:

    @Tree With Water:

    That was Carl Sandburg, not Robert Frost, and I don’t think he had a particular animus towards lawyers as a species. In fact, as a socialist and a strong supporter of civil rights, I think he knew only too well what the Constitution and the law could do when marshaled in a good cause.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: Did it in 2008, may very well do it again this year. It’s wonderful.

    ETA: One thing I like about the otherwise completely forgettable movie “The Lake House” is the prominent role Chicago architecture has in the film. I enjoy watching it now and then just to feast my eyes on the great buildings.

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

    @WaterGirl: Take a look at the late Dr. Spohia Yin’s work; she was an amazing behavorist who wrote extensively about training. Here’s an online article about barking and how to discourage it, and another about barking types. I’ve had extremely good results with her approach to training.

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    satby says:

    I mean, you ever try to run around squirting 6 barking dogs?
    I like methods that work without me having to get up at 2 in the morning to train everyone.

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    satby says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Sounds like we need to have a Chicago Balloon Juice meet up while you’re in town!

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    another Holocene human says:

    @Baud: not local papers. Rw hell. LA Times is that way as well. Bbc morning broadcasts. (I like world have your say. ) I found myself on the Guard/us this week.

    The big city Florida papers actually aren’t that bad but the med-small-rural papers are terrifying.

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    JMT says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Go visit http://www.peaceablepaws.com and look for the articles in the resource section – there’s one on “When Voice is a Vice” that could be useful for your barky dog problem.

    Pat Miller (who owns Peacable Paws Training and writes for Whole Dog Journal) is one of the foremost positive trainers in the country. I’ve gone to three of her seminars, and found her training approach and problem solving really helpful. I teach my dogs Pat’s positive interrupt cue, and if I use it consistently, it is very effective. She has three or four books out on dog training. I think I own them all and kept them even after I gave away most of my dog training library.

    I also like the approach of Turid Rugaas, who wrote two small books: Calming Signals and Bark: The Sound of a Language. Both will give you good ideas about how to communicate better with your dog.

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

    @jeffreyw: My guess is greater or lesser scaup, depending on size.

    @Baud I think it’s Johnny; Frank’s hair is never that neat.

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    Cervantes says:

    @raven:

    No, isn’t the bus right on Biltmore? Anyhow, it’s not too far from my favorite bookshop in Asheville, the Book Exchange, in the old Grove Building.

    The pretentious shop selling olive oils and, come to think of it, balsamic vinegars, is down the other end near where Biltmore turns into Hendersonville.

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    raven says:

    @Cervantes: Better than Malaprops?

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    NotMax says:

    @SiubhanDuinne

    Those not history buffs may find it surprising to learn that at the period just prior to and during the Civil War, the city of Chicago was jacked up higher to alleviate flooding and concomitantly provide space for civic infrastructure.

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    Nicole says:

    @WaterGirl: The Humane Society has somehow good training tips for excessive barking:

    http://m.humanesociety.org/ani.....rking.html

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    NotMax says:

    @raven

    A great example of the law of unintended consequences, as the contributing factor to the rollover (while docked!) was the unbalancing caused by the mandated (but obviously poorly engineered) installation of more lifeboats after the Titanic went down.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: Well there ya have it!

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    JMT says:

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

    Oh no! Sophia Yin is dead? I have one of her video’s sitting here on my desk, and she looks so young and vital. As you say, her work as a behaviorist was excellent. That’s a terrible loss.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: And that Grant Park is built on the debris from the Chicago Fire.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @satby:

    I absolutely want to have a BJ meetup while I’m there! I was hoping Anne Laurie would put the word out closer to the time I’m there.

    I’ll be driving (pretty standard with me unless my destination is on the other side of a large body of water) so can be flexible with my itinerary, and am hoping to see Tommy and jeffreyw and any other Juicers who live in southern Illinois or otherwise on my route.

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    NotMax says:

    @raven

    Speaking of historical maritime disasters, the Halifax explosion in 1917 was so massive (one ship’s anchor was found two miles inland) that it created a tsunami.

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

    @JMT: She died in the fall, and it’s an enormous loss. And tragic at 48, just like David Foster Wallace.

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    rikyrah says:

    @raven:
    I know about it because of one of those PBS local specials

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    Cervantes says:

    @raven:

    They’re both good. Most towns would (maybe even should) kill to have either one.

    I like the Exchange better as there is good food, good tea, decent champagne, and other comforts. Plus I’m biased: I know and like the owner from his previous bookshop, over in Little Switzerland.

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    Heliopause says:

    Fascinating how the rules of basketball don’t seem to apply to certain individuals. I mean Josh Smith of Georgetown. Traveling, elbowing, charging, moving pick. And that’s just one possession. And they’re still losing. When one of your players is exempt from the rules, you get a 4 seed, and you still can’t get out of the round of 32, that’s pretty pathetic.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven:

    No, I don’t think I knew about that. Wow!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @NotMax:

    So many cool historical facts.

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    WaterGirl says:

    I had a friend over for a little more than an hour, and after she left I came back here and found more great resources and suggestions. I have my work cut out for me tomorrow.

    you guys are the best.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: The Chicago Fire was the same day as the Pestigo Fire in Wisconsin. The resulting fire storm killed more people that any other fire in US history – 1500-2500 people.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I never knew that. We Chicagoans tend to be pretty parochial about “our” fire. But that is a huge and tragic loss of life, and I am sorry I didn’t know about it.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I saw your earlier post about Brookfield Zoo. When was the last time you were there?

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    We’ve got an even more dickish lawyer here in CA, one that beats even Orly Taitz.

    An attorney from Huntington Beach, McLaughlin in late February spent $200 to propose a ballot measure that authorizes the killing of gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head,” or “any other convenient method.”

    McLaughlin’s “Sodomite Suppression Act” now is testing the limits of free speech and raising the question: Why can’t the state’s initiative process screen out blatantly illegal ideas?

    It’ll likely advance to the signature collection stage. Anyone wanna bet he can get the 360,000 signatures needed to put it on the ballot?

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

    @🚸 Martin: Sucker bet; no thank you.

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    NotMax says:

    @🚸 Martin

    Mentioned here several times previously. However, as the title and summary of the proposition has to be made by the Attorney General, perhaps she could officially dub it the “Allow Cold-Blooded Hate Murders By Bigots” initiative.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @raven: I have watched a number of the TV documentaries about the Titanic. I was watching a show about saving the Costa Concordia. One thing that can be said about the Titanic is that she didn’t roll-over. She stayed upright — quite an engineering feat.

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    Heliopause says:

    @NotMax:

    Am I the only one who wants to see this go forward? In fact, we need an initiative like this in every state. Just who of our fellow citizens are in favor of summary, extrajudicial murder? Wouldn’t you rather know than not?

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    different-church-lady says:

    I never thought we’d reach a point where most people on the internet would make Jeffery Goines appear sane. But here we are.

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    But I’m sure he’s competent enough at weasel-wording that his video “confessions” stay in the grey area where he can’t quite be sued by the businesses he targeted for his hipster art project.

    Back in the day, his house would be toilet-papered. Maybe, his mailbox would be stolen.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Her name is Francine, but she goes by Frank, short for Frankie.

    But everyone knew her as Nancy.

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    @scav: “I just want to start the conversation” = “I don’t give a fuck in hell about the topic, I just like the attention”.

    Fuck these little O’Keefe’s. Go set yourself on fire, there’s a conversation I’ll join in.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Called it as a Poe – so there.

    CLUE FOR THE CLUELESS: no real racist would have put the name of one of the most liberal cities in Texas on their little fantasy sticker.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @🚸 Martin: Considering how badly abused the ballot initiative has become in California (recall the “lets split the state five ways” one?) something like this might be what it takes to trigger some reform.

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    JPS says:

    By coincidence yesterday I came across many lawyer jokes from a lawyer at Wickersham’s Conscience,

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    @different-church-lady:

    Audrey Farber? Susan Underhill?

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @🚸 Martin: The wording of the petition sounds to me like a terroristic threat. Maybe Harris could get a court injunction barring her from publishing the title and summary?

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Heliopause: Well, no, because there are people out there who might not have the idea until they see the petition. It’s the same problem as undercover FBI officers instigating terrorism. Making “shoot gays in the head” something it’s possible to discuss in polite company has an effect.

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    ursine says:

    I know I’m late to this, but in answer to your original question: because the nice ones aren’t as funny.

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    J R in WV says:

    Our front door opens into a short small hallway, leading into the “great room” which is just a “design” way of saying the kitchen is in the living room. But that short hall, with a tile floor and drywall all around, lets the dogs’ barking echo and amplify, til it hurts!

    What I learned, long ago, is that dogs understand and speak “turn your back”! Once we gave our first rescue, Muffin, a bath, and then went away in the car without her. First time she ever had a bath without going on a trip with us.

    So for the next several days, she would turn her back to Mrs J, who was the primary human pack leader for Muffin. It was funny, Mrs J would speak to her, and she would stand up, turn carefully until she was facing away, and then sit down, with her back to.

    So I started going into the hall, yelling very briefly at the dogs to get their attention, and then turning my back, and if they continued making noise, I would slowly walk away from them. (The whole pack is two, a 2+ year old white lab mix and a 13 YO blonde lab mix.) Eventually they got the drift – the more noise, the longer they wouldn’t be getting outside!

    Now they make snuffle noises, not quite barks, but a sharp whuff, and once they know I’m coming, they go quiet, and don’t make a sound until they’re out the door. Best behavior you can ask for from puppies who think they’re going to go outside and conquer some forest monster, like a Chipmonk or Squirrel. Or maybe a deer…

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    EthylEster says:

    Again…guess I’m just old but for the life of me, I can’t fathom what is going on here. And I don’t give a fuck. If I can’t figure it out on the first reading, life is short so I’ll move on.

    AL’s posts almost always elicit this response from me. Well, at least she’s stopped posting those stupid comics that I never laugh at.

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