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133 replies
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    NotMax says:

    Love that fresh thread smell.

    looks around

    Hmm, nice drapes.

    saunters out

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    ah, room to breathe…Thanks, Kay!

    A junior Villager notices… Will any nominal liberals on tomorrow’s round tables make the point?

    Matt! ‏@ mattyglesias 3h3 hours ago Washington, DC
    Remember when mainstream Republicans leapt to condemn Trump’s birtherism? Swift boat attacks on Kerry’s Vietnam service? Me neither.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @NotMax: Hey, where ya goin’?

    ETA: Greetings to all from rainy Southern CA.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: enough to make a difference? At least damp down fire danger for a while?

    I think Trump could keep on keepin’ it ugly

    Donald J. Trump ✔@ realDonaldTrump
    Why would anybody listen to @ MittRomney? He lost an election that should have easily been won against Obama. By the way,so did John McCain!

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    A guy says:

    Rain in SoCal? Too bad the illegals will suck it all away from those with the privilege to enjoy it

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:

    Congrats to you and SoCali on the rain.

    Here in CO we’ve had more than our share of rain. Welcome,but unexpected.

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    NotMax says:

    @>a href=”http://www.balloon-juice.com/2015/07/18/open-thread-1904/#comment-5408801″>BillinGlendaleCA

    Siesta time.

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    @BillinGlendaleCA: Hooray!

    Returning to the back bedroom shortly to continue assembling IKEA stuff. Bought a full size bed frame, mattress, mattress cover, 6-drawer chest and two night stands. Next time I’m bringing someone with me — I’ll be hurting tomorrow.

    (It’s a guest bedroom that will rarely be used. It’ll look nice, though.)

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    David Koch says:

    The RNC has issued a statement denouncing Trump’s comment saying his comments on McCain “have no place in our party or country”.

    Yet they never denounced his vicious attacks lies on immigrants and his birtherism – to them, that was kosher.

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    Baud says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:

    Hope it never stops.

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    Pogonip says:

    For those who don’t know, the autistic get fixated on things. My kid’s latest thing is discussing at length the merits of the various local Dairy Queens. Since I’m not supposed to have ice cream I view this as cruel and unusual punishment.

    I do think DQs that serve shredded chicken seem to be overall better than those that don’t.

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    Baud says:

    I miss Kay’s posts.

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    wmd says:

    Why hasn’t this been bigfooted? Cole needs to post a Thurston pic.

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    A guy says:

    Efgold-

    Lot fewer rich a holes and almonds than criminal illegals sucking the states water away. Lol

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym says:

    At long last, Balloon Juice is working. For the last couple of months, it got horribly hung up on some script when I tried to access it with Firefox, slowing things way down, and it refused to work at all in Chrome, ending with me having to kill the page. A few days ago, it started working in Chrome again. I have no idea why, or even why it wasn’t working before. Except FYWP, of course.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: I had trouble with balloon-juice for a few weeks. I think it had something to do with the podcasts. I kept getting error messages loading.

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    Chris Wolf says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym:

    Firefox and Chrome ditched Adobe Flash; no auto-play ads run now.
    Yea!

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    Death Masks of Famous People in History

    Franz Lizt, Ben Franklin, Keats, Jonathan Swift and others.

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    raven says:

    So I went and got the model of the Four Stack Destroyer of the kind my dad was on in WWII. I out the smaller model of it as an APD in front of it for scale.

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    raven says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: Yep, no chrome here.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @efgoldman: Shouldn’t that be Molotov?

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Probably not, but it should put out any existing fires and green up the grasses for a week or so.

    @A guy: For once, you’ve done something productive. That was funny.

    @A Ghost To Most: Thanks, it’s probably headed your way.

    @Karen in GA: Kamsamnida.

    @Baud: It may last through Monday. We should get a break tonight through tomorrow night, maybe I can get that hike in. The rain should wash all the haze(that’s what we call smog now) out of the sky.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Moderation, really? Did I reply to too many folk in one comment? FYWP!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @efgoldman: Shouldn’t that be Molotov?

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Probably not, but it should put out any existing fires and green up the grasses for a week or so.

    @A guy: For once, you’ve done something productive. That was funny.

    @A Ghost To Most: Thanks, it’s probably headed your way.

    @Karen in GA: Kamsamnida.

    @Baud: It may last through Monday. We should get a break tonight through tomorrow night, maybe I can get that hike in. The rain should wash all the haze(that’s what we call smog now) out of the sky.

    Yup, it treats the links to the original comment as links.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    I am in moderation as well. For linking to two different youtube music videos.

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    Blogging is consuming, in a way. If you’re me you get worked up because that’s how I am and it becomes really distracting and sort of draining. I’m just not a casual person in that way so I could never manage just sort of skipping lightly over things. I admire that sense of humor and distance – I just can’t do it. It’s actually what I like about my job, how intense it gets, but since I sought out my job it’s not like that’s a coincidence :)

    Remember when John had that Tunch shirt that said “FEED”? I always thought that was a good description of the feeling of having to “feed” a blog. I don’t know how he’s done it so long.

    Anyway. That’s my blogospheric navel gazing :)

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    debbie says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    When he ends up crashing, I think it will be hard enough that he won’t be back again.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Today we lost our cat Scully, who was 20 years old almost to the day. She was a wild but lovable kitten, a feisty but lovable cat, and a cranky but lovable old lady. She was also — though friends accuse me of making this breed up — the world’s only black Western Long-haired Gully Jumper.

    She’d been slowing down more and more; a couple of days ago she stopped eating, and last night she fell over several times. We’d decided that today would be the day. How I dreaded that trip to the vet … and this morning I found her lying on her favorite kitty bed. She’d died in the night, sparing me that awful task. One last gift from my old friend.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Ho hum . . . another 90 degree full sun day in Seattle, where things are alarmingly brown and dry.

    I’m sitting here asking myself if the Rs really think they’re going to get some kind of power boost out of messing with Planned Parenthood over abortion.

    I think they do believe that. Because dumb.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @debbie: It’s too early. I was hoping he’d stink up the GOP closer to the election. By the time the voting begins, this will be a distant memory.

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    lamh36 says:

    So the KKK had their rally in SC today.

    Three of the best pics I saw today bout it:

    Pic 1:@desusnice
    when ur hate is strong but your bladder’s weak

    Pic 2:crying bout the “nigras” and it’s one of “them” who has to help his old ass out the sun before he passes out.

    Finally, Pic 3: @bartboat 6h6 hours ago
    A large crowd is protesting the KKK talley on the state grounds #ColumbiaSC

    Guess what KKK figured out, this ain’t the 60s. You rally today and you’ll likely be met with another rally.

    Guess what…Black folk can rally too and the young folks today ain’t afraid to confront KKK members to their faces

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @Hungry Joe: Sorry to hear that. I bet she was a beautiful girl and a great spirit. She was lucky to have someone as appreciative as you.

    At least she went on her own terms.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Baud:

    She nailed it in this one.

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    Baud says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    I’m so sorry.

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    Kay says:

    Here’s a controversial issue you-all can discuss. My daughter is marrying a person from Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh and they have this wedding tradition:

    For as long as anyone here can remember, wedding receptions in Pittsburgh have featured cookie tables, laden with dozens of homemade old-fashioned offerings like lady locks, pizzelles and buckeyes. For weeks ahead — sometimes months — mothers and aunts and grandmas and in-laws hunker down in the kitchen baking and freezing. Then, on the big day, hungry guests ravage the buffet, piling plates high and packing more in takeout containers so they can have them for breakfast the next day.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12.....&_r=0

    It’s really been the best thing. Everyone is all excited about making cookies. They all just needed a job, turns out! Now it’s teamwork all the way because we have to get her enough cookies :)

    We needed a goal.

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    mainmata says:

    I have never had any recent problems with BJ on Chrome or Safari whether on laptop, iPad or phone. Could the problem be the Internet provider?

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    I’m the same way. If I were a front pager, I would probably just link to interesting news stories, because I wouldn’t have the energy for anything else.

    And ban people. I would ban so many people.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    Congrats on the upcoming nuptials.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @lamh36:

    Pic 2:crying bout the “nigras” and it’s one of “them” who has to help his old ass out the sun before he passes out.

    Yeah, I’ve always wondered that about the racists. Every nursing home and assisted-care facility I’ve ever seen has been staffed by many black nurses and other staff. Who do the racists think are going to take care of them when they’re old and feeble?

    I remember the last scene in “Monsters Ball” when the old racist father is shipped off to the nursing home, and he finds himself with black nurses. It’s like a hell on earth for him.

    Good.

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    Kay says:

    @mainmata:

    It happened to me for weeks. It was something about a script. I have two different providers one at work and one at home so I don’t think it was that.

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    gbear says:

    @efgoldman: The burgers at DQ are still pretty good. Even better if you skip the ketchup and mustard. My latest kick at DQ has been pineapple malts. Mmm.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Kay: One of the podcast options on Elon’s posts has a script that hangs things up,

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    debbie says:

    @Germy Shoemangler:

    I think Trump’ll be around for a while. He’s been trending on Facebook, so I clicked and scrolled down until I got to a post from The Blaze. The comments there (thousands) are all very supportive of his remarks. Reading them, I can’t imagine what he’d have to say to alienate them.

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    Tenar Darell says:

    @Hungry Joe: Sorry to hear about your Scully. Condolences.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @debbie: He’d have to hug Obama. It hurt Christie.

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    debbie says:

    @Germy Shoemangler:

    Obama’d get all Kenyan on his ass if he tried that.

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    Kay says:

    @Baud:

    First I resisted the cookie table because this is getting so complicated but then it was so wildly popular I now think everyone should do it. It’s godammned genius, getting them all involved like that.

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    trollhattan says:

    @debbie:

    Reading them, I can’t imagine what he’d have to say to alienate them.

    “I think Islam has some good ideas, and their fashion sense is SUPER CLASSY.”

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Ah, so sorry about your cat. As a noted cat butler, I have felt the loss of long term feline friends too many times.

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    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    More popular than the vegetable table.

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    The Other Bob says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Sorry for the loss of your friend and companion . You wrote a nice tribute.

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    lamh36 says:

    Hmmm…watch John Wick again or nah…I’m leaning toward yes!

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @Hungry Joe: Sorry to hear about your pal Scully. That’s not a bad way to go, when so many of us humans have to spend days or weeks in a hospital at the end.

    I like the breed name. I used to have a Pie-stealing Scamp Hound, who I still miss. Anyway, condolences for your loss.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym says:

    @Hungry Joe: You have my condolences. One of mine is almost 21 years old and still going strong, but that day can’t be too far off in the future. It’s always hard.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: Abandoning Idris for Keanu? Fickle.

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    Suzanne says:

    I am walking into the Bernie Sanders rally.

    AHHHH I AM AMONGST LIBERALS. MY PEOPLE.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Hungry Joe: I’m very sorry about Scully. About two years ago, we lost our wonderful cat who was also named Scully – she was 17 – friendly, a great hunter(she caught a chipmunk when she was 16) and was my daughter’s alarm clock (she would lick her face each morning. She was just an awesome cat, as your Scully clearly was too

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    Tree With Water says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: It must be the same storm that hit Phoenix yesterday. The roof at the D-Back-Giants game was closed on account of the 92 degree outside temperature, and it leaked. It was dripping onto the field a few different places, including near-or-on the pitching mound. Both team’s pitchers had their plant foot slide out underneath once it started dripping, and hell would surely have been raised if one of them had been hurt.

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    Baud says:

    @Suzanne:

    Secret liberal handshake time!

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    SenyorDave says:

    One thing that does bring a smile to my face on this hot, muggy summer day is that Trump cost himself a ton of money and has , IMO, permanently ruined his brand. Racism sells great in the GOP, but not in the American business community anymore. Add to that he stepped on the third rail of American politics, never go after vets. Trump probably had a very slim chance of being the GOP nominee, but that is gone. And his name, which was perhaps his best business asset, now belongs with the cutout albums in the back of the record store (I actually tried to explain that reference to a 25 year od at work recently and it didn’t work).

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Hungry Joe: Aw, hugs. She sounds like a wonderful cat.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Tree With Water: That’s the normal monsoon flow, this is the remnants of hurricane Delores. Though the monsoon flow did help get it here.

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    Suzanne says:

    FEEL THE BEEEEEEEERN!!!

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    Belafon says:

    @Suzanne: Maybe someone can ask him why he cancelled the interview at Netroots Nation.

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    Suzanne says:

    I have already seen at least five times as many Black people, Latinos, and kids than at the tRump shitshow.

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    Pogonip says:

    @wmd: No, a Steve pic! I’m worried about him. I fear he went hunting Betty Cracker’s chickens and fowl play ensued.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @lamh36: Yes! Thank you for nut picking. Love the choice of the Pan-African flag. Right on.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Oh, no..still love me some Idris, but my love of Keanu has been longer than my love for Idris. On basis on longest, it goes…Keanu Reeves, Colin Firth and then Idris Elba.

    BTW, speaking of Keanu Reeves, “bish don’t seem to age”… He’s 50! But look at pics from /97 to now and dang…talk about aging well!

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/622585570477404161

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    Debbie says:

    @Suzanne:

    Happily, we won’t need to stay up late worrying about your safety.

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    Suzanne says:

    Mood of the crowd is upbeat and positive, rather than last week’s impotent rage, aka black squid-cloud of butthurt.

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    Tree With Water says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: The weather patterns down there- I’m in Sonoma county- are unknown to me. I’ve don’t recall ever hearing the term ‘monsoon’ used in describing southern Cal weather, for example. However, the Santa Anna (Santana?) winds are included in one of my favorite lines of all time, the one about them blowing while a woman holding a knife stares in contemplation at the back of her husband’s neck.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @Baud:

    Secret liberal handshake time!

    I thought it was a fist bump.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Suzanne: Nice. What I like to hear.

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    Baud says:

    @Germy Shoemangler:

    Well, tell the whole world, why don’t you? Now we need a new secret handshake.

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    Suzanne says:

    We’re in a different room, though in the same venue, from the tRump event. Crowd size looks approximately equivalent.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: Keanu and I have something in common.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @Suzanne:

    We’re in a different room, though in the same venue, from the tRump event. Crowd size looks approximately equivalent.

    Except it was a paid crowd of stock photo people at the Trump rally.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Germy Shoemangler: That’s a terrorist fist jab, sir.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Germy Shoemangler: There were definitely a lot of people at the Trump thing—the line wrapped around the convention center. Of course they may have been paid, but there are plenty of dumbasses in this city.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    Here’s my suggestion for a new secret handshake:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGaZGHsKcCM

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Suzanne: No offense to yourself, but I thought that’s why he picked Phoenix. That and easy airport access.

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    lamh36 says:

    Oooh…nvrmind.

    Gonna watch Conan the Barbarian w/the #SaturdayNightSciFi crew on twitter.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Tree With Water: The monsoon flow is moisture that comes up from the tropics, mainly in AZ and NM. Before about 1985, I’d never seen it in the basin. It get’s hot and humid. Normally, I’d be just hot or hot with Santa Ana winds. The Santa Ana’s blow from the north east and heat through compression when they come through the mountain passes.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: oh ur 50! Do you also NOT age sir…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: FWIW someone is live-tweeting her watching of 50 Shades on Twitter.

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    MomSense says:

    @lamh36:

    Oh my goodness. What is going on with that pants wetter?

    I truly enjoyed the third picture.

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    NonyNony says:

    @David Koch:

    The RNC has issued a statement denouncing Trump’s comment saying his comments on McCain “have no place in our party or country”.

    Yet they never denounced his vicious attacks lies on immigrants and his birtherism – to them, that was kosher.

    Wow – I couldn’t imagine a better attempt at damage control by the RNC. For the Democrats. Are these guys amateurs? The way to do this is to denounce Trump the person, not specifically anything he says. Denounce him as an individual and then there’s nothing specific on the record about which of his positions you find odious and which you find okay. But specifically denouncing his angry tirade against Grampa Walnuts while not saying anything about his racist screeds about Mexico and Mexicans is just stupid.

    (My prediction is that everyone is going to be surprised to find out that Trump’s statements about Grampa Walnuts’s heroism will only have a slight positive improvement in his polling numbers. Trump’s base HATES McCain and Romney almost more than they hate Obama. They’re eating this up with a goddamn spoon and are so happy to have someone standing up there saying all the things they’ve been saying for years and not talking in dogwhistles or codewords. His base are the Republicans who are crazy enough to think that voting for Donald Fucking Trump is a good idea. My suspicion is that this group is about 27% of the GOP primary voting base – and Trump’s recent polling has him at 18% of likely GOP primary voters. He’s still got about 9% of the voting base that isn’t quite convinced yet that he’s their kind of crazy – this kind of shit talk will help get a few of them onto his side.)

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    lamh36 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Lord…you couldn’t pay me to watch 50 Shades of Grey…shudders…nope, nope, nope

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Many, many heartfelt condolences for loss of your kitty. So glad she got to go peacefully at home. What a sweet life you gave her.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    My favorite people at campaign announcement events are still the two guys who stood on either side of Rick Perry and squinted belligerently at the crowd. They looked like they just woke up after a long inebriated slumber and found themselves surrounded by crocodiles.

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    Suzanne says:

    The crowd is getting charged up listening to Muse’s “Uprising”. Fitting lyrics.

    @Another Holocene Human: I’m sure that is true. Also we have a relatively early primary. Tucson and Flagstaff would be far less welcoming.

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    @Germy Shoemangler:

    Yeah, I’ve always wondered that about the racists. Every nursing home and assisted-care facility I’ve ever seen has been staffed by many black nurses and other staff. Who do the racists think are going to take care of them when they’re old and feeble?

    I don’t think that’s a problem for them. They think that’s exactly how things are supposed to be. Whites are at the top, and Others are there to serve them. Rich plantation owners didn’t have any problem being waited on hand and foot by their slaves.

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    Emma says:

    @Hungry Joe: I’m so sorry. It’s always hard when a beloved old companion leaves us. But it sounds like you have tons of good memories.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Suzanne:

    The crowd is getting charged up listening to Muse’s “Uprising”. Fitting lyrics.

    Hope Bernie paid to use it.

    I can understand that wrt Flagstaff, but Tucson has UofA; I’d think Bernie would play well there.

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    MomSense says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Sending condolences on the loss of your kitty.

    @Suzanne:

    Yay! Have fun and don’t forget to report back to us on the rally.

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I don’t think that’s a problem for them. They think that’s exactly how things are supposed to be. Whites are at the top, and Others are there to serve them. Rich plantation owners didn’t have any problem being waited on hand and foot by their slaves.

    I only have experience with northern racists. Folks out in the exurbs, in the malls, in their SUVs and trucks. They don’t want to be anywhere near black people. Not in the same neighborhood, not in the same room.

    I suspect they’ll be profoundly uncomfortable with a black nurse or helper walking into their room and asking “And how are YOU today?” every morning.

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    MomSense says:

    @Suzanne:

    I’m just relieved to hear they are not playing Journey or Fleeteood Mac.

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    Suzanne says:

    He says this event has the largest crowd attendance of any of his events so far.

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    Suzanne says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I mean Tucson would be less welcoming to tRump. Tucson loves Bernie.

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    SarahT says:

    Anyone in or near NYC from now until 8/7 really needs to check out this amazing show:

    http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-.....lery-.html

    You will be glad you did. Also, the John Singer Sargent show @ the Met is gorgeous.

    Meant to post this yesterday but went to a BBQ and got frunk insted, d’oh !

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Hungry Joe: So sorry for you and Scully.

    I’m watching a movie on MeTV names “The Shadow of the Cat”. A family matriarch is killed and the only witness is her cat, who is determined to exact revenge. The family members are trying find the cat who keeps giving them the slip. I don’t often watch the Svengolie show but the movie sounded really good. Svengolie comes on right after original Star Trek.

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    RSA says:

    @Germy Shoemangler:

    Yeah, I’ve always wondered that about the racists. Every nursing home and assisted-care facility I’ve ever seen has been staffed by many black nurses and other staff. Who do the racists think are going to take care of them when they’re old and feeble?

    Speaking from a little bit of experience, I think that the client/caregiver relationship will seem traditional enough to make it tolerable for some racists. (Though they can easily make the staff angry and miserable.) The separatists, though, they’re out of luck.

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    Suzanne says:

    Biggest applause line: “Their greed has got to end, and we are going to end it for them.”

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    geg6 says:

    @Kay:

    Cookie tables are extremely important and competitive here in the Burgh. Not only must you have one, but the cookies must all be homemade and pizelles and lady locks are required. Kolache and and canolli are also de rigeur. The more labor intensive, the more memorable.

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    @Roger Moore: Yep. Jefferson Davis:

    You too know, that among us, white men have an equality resulting from a presence of a lower caste, which cannot exist where white men fill the position here occupied by the servile race. The mechanic who comes among us, employing the less intellectual labor of the African, takes the position which only a master-workman occupies where all the mechanics are white, and therefore it is that our mechanics hold their position of absolute equality among us.

    Equality among whites was achieved by having a lower class. You might be cooking meth in your single-wide, but by virtue of being white you were more respected than a black doctor or black CEO. What’s what the tea-party chants of socialism are really about – that we would dare put a black president above any white voter. They can’t have it. That’s what that confederate flag is really about – why it was dragged out in 1962, why they waved it outside the President’s hotel – “know your place, Obama”.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I am unfortunate enough to have been represented by John McCain through his whole electoral career(he was a USRep. before the Senate.) I kind of agree with what Trump said. I’ve always thought McCain overdid on the War Hero thing. There have been rumors that he cracked and gave up info to the enemy. He caused deaths on the carrier ship by being a fuck up. He graduated towards the bottom of his Naval Academy class. BTW, he also treated his first wife like shit after he came back. I have no idea what Cindy McCain sees in him. She’s way younger than him, rich, attractive and seems to have a brain. She could have found better presidential material if thats what.she wasooking for. I also don’t think he’s all that intellectually smart.

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    Suzanne says:

    “If it is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.”

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    Kay says:

    @geg6:

    The more labor intensive, the more memorable.

    Hah! I’m so glad you showed up. I knew you’d know all about them.

    I don’t make cookies but I assigned them the work :)

    It’s been fun. We have some of the men making some. One of my sisters makes a lot of money and she doesn’t make cookies either so she hired someone to make her quota of homemade cookies. I told her she can lie if she wants to.

    Pittsburgh people are great to work with. I’m also in charge of the cake and I ordered it w/in what I think is plenty of time but people told me “OMG, you’re doomed, no one will make it”. I called the bakery in Pittsburgh and apologized for “short notice” and she said “it’s a big white layer cake. It’s not brain surgery. Of course we can make it”.

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    @Kay: I approve of your goal. So what cookies are you making and can we come?

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    Baud says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Not a chance. You’re one of the classy ones!

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    ThresherK (GPad) says:

    @Hungry Joe: Condolences from our cat staff to you.

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    @Baud: Thanks, I am touched!

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    MomSense says:

    @lamh36:

    I wanted to watch it tonight but I was outvoted.

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    Suzanne says:

    @efgoldman: This crowd loves the shit out of him. Fired up and ready to go.

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    Glidwrith says:

    O/T current discussion, but I just checked my rain barrels and they are overflowing from the storm that just came through. Hoorah!

    ETA: these are over 55 gallons apiece. My garden will live! LIVE I tell you!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @efgoldman: has Kasich got any billionaires? I think Kasich would get the kind of media support Christie used to get

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    Kay says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I’m a terrible baker, so “none”. I have to get there days early too so I can’t be doing any of my lame attempts at baking in a hotel, thank God. The experienced cookie bakers are freezing theirs. One of the male guests said he would make “a dozen” and the cookie bakers just jeered- “you don’t turn on the oven for less than 2 dozen!” He’s also making M & M cookies and I felt they didn’t approve of that. Now I’m picturing sad cookies with bleeding M & M colors on a paper plate from him. I may have to avoid him completely at this reception.

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    Suzanne says:

    He is amazing. He has this crowd charged up.

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    redshirt says:

    @lamh36: John Wick was pretty cool, if thin, plot wise.

    Have you seen Mad Max: Fury Road? If not, do so ASAP.

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    satby says:

    @Hungry Joe: so sorry for the loss of Scully. She went in her own good time after a wonderful, long, well loved life. You gave her heaven on earth for a pet. She will be missed. Deepest condolences.

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    redshirt says:

    @MomSense: John Wick? It’s super violent, you know.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Matt Viser ‏@ mviser 1h1 hour ago
    McCain has called Kerry “a human wrecking ball” and “delusional.” Kerry tonight came to McCain’s defense amid Trump attacks on war record.

    I get that friendship and loyalty are one way streets with McCain, I just don’t know why so many Dems choose to play along.

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    dww44 says:

    @debbie: Anecdotal proof that Trump may indeed be around for some time, as long as he doesn’t alienate all his supporters: on a trip to Lowe’s today I let an older but squeaky clean bright red Ford Explorer into my lane and adorning the driver’s back window was a pretty spiffy new Trump 2016 sticker. What was interesting though was the sticker on the other side, a mostly blue sticker spelling out EBOLA with the O being a replication of the Obama logo from 2012. Underneath was this text: “Obama’s legacy to America”. I didn’t even get mad. Stands to reason that someone sporting a Trump sticker would have no problem sporting one that denigrates this President.

    However, for all us OBOTS, I’m sharing a link my niece in VA-DC area sent to me today:

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/d.....-thank-you

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    MomSense says:

    @redshirt:

    I know, but I love Keanu. I’ll probably end up watching with my hands mostly over my eyes while pacing around the living room.

    My pup is going nuts. I have her a pig’s ear and she is trying to bury it in the slipcover of the couch. She is using her nose to push the cover over the mostly buried ear.

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    redshirt says:

    @MomSense: The movie is not gorey but is very violent in a fight/gun way – in a manner you’ve never seen before, I guarantee. That’s what makes it an interesting film, but again, super violent. It deserves the R.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jeb Bush sent the “Swifties”– his word, isn’t that cute?– a personal thank you note, on official FL gov stationary

    Eric Boehlert ‏@ EricBoehlert 9h9 hours ago
    truly vile stuff here from @ JebBush, thanking Swift Boat smear merchants for “standing up” to Kerry;

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    cckids says:

    @Hungry Joe: I’m so sorry for your loss of Scully. The love you have for her just shines through your description. She surely had a wonderful life with you.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Sorry for your loss. But, 20 years..lived a long life.

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    seaboogie says:

    @lamh36: Suweeeet!!!

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    ruemara says:

    @lamh36: THe answer is always yes.

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    john fremont says:

    @mai naem mobile: I remember reading things like this in a conservative magazine called Insight when McCain was campaigning for President, the Straight Talk Express, back in 1999. Trump is just speaking to that now, but this is what some conservative publications have written about McCain for years. This is the same constituency that ate up the Swift boat BS and yet think Ted ” I Deceived My Draft Board by Crapping my Pants for a Month” Nugent is more patriotic then Kerry.

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    mclaren says:

    @mainmata:

    I have never had any recent problems with BJ on Chrome or Safari whether on laptop, iPad or phone. Could the problem be the Internet provider?

    Read between the lines, and you’ll discover that the lusers who are having these problems are the ones running shite OSs like Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    People running linux or XP never have these kinds of problems.

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