Late-Night Open Kitteh Thread

There has been some rearranging of schedules in the house lately. Ric (on the left) usually owns this top shelf in the morning, Zooey (on the right) in the evening. But Ric was getting into it earlier in the evening than Zooey does, presenting Zooey with a difficult decision. He finally just decided to jump up there and let the chips fall where they may. Ric made an effort of comity, recorded here, but space limitations and Zooey’s persistence won out.

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    trollhattan says:

    Looks like a cat flume–device for delivering lots of cats to a particular spot. Me-wow!

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    Mike in NC says:

    We have two male ragdolls — 11 and 14 months old — and now no way will they share that perch together.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    At 0537 this AM, and I know that it was this exact time because I could see the clock when my eyes opened, Ruby decided to sit on my head to alert me to the following to facts:
    1) It had started to monsoon again.
    2) She was unhappy that it had started to monsoon again.

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    JGabriel says:

    An only in New York moment that literally just happened. As I’m sitting here browsing the news and ignoring the usual evening street noise (light traffic & occasional pedestrian chatter, not all that different from the suburbs really), I hear a tenor singing opera.

    A beautiful clear tenor, singing in Italian, increasing to stage volume at the pace of a brisk walk, then fading away at the same pace, over the course of maybe a minute and a half.

    And there’s probably someone a few blocks away listening to him right now. because, as I said, this literally just happened.

    I love my city.

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    @Mike in NC: Ric and Zooey are almost three years old, or that’s the estimate from the shelter. They came to live with me in February and have been mellowing out since then.

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    trollhattan says:

    Oh my.
    /Sulu voice

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Our kitty Annie is responding nicely to the steroid we’re giving her for probable pemphigus (an autoimmune disease that attacks the skin cells). She lost too much weight while we were trying to get this figured out, so hopefully the daily dose she’s on for another week will help her re-gain some of that.

    Apparently they can’t be 100 percent sure it’s pemphigus without doing a biopsy, but that would end up being somewhat disfiguring (they would have to take a chunk out of her ear or remove a claw!) and she has all of the classic symptoms, so we’re going with that diagnosis until the treatment stops working.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Elizabeth Landers‏Verified account @ ElizLanders
    The President’s schedule for tomorrow has no events on it until 12 pm.
    Comey’s testimony starts at 10am.

    Owen Ellickson‏Verified account @ onlxn 2h2 hours ag
    Owen Ellickson Retweeted Elizabeth Landers
    it is with a heavy heart that i announce he bout to do it

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    @Adam L Silverman: The only thing that would make that story better would be if she farted on you.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    You’d think that even the Giant Orange Toddler would understand the concept of not incriminating yourself, but apparently not.

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    Kelly says:

    The cats have finally decided the grandchildren are not dangerous and it is safe to come out of our closet. The elder cat hopped up for petting while I read a dinosaur book to the 5 year old this afternoon.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Not really. Actually she’s a hiccup girl.

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    Aleta says:

    Antonia Noori Farzan @antoniafarzan
    Did a little research into Arizona’s confederate memorials. Turns out, half of them went up over the past 20 years.
    Here’s the Real History Behind Arizona’s Confederate Monuments

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    Mnemosyne says:


    My BFF brought her two girls over a few months ago (they’re 12 and 10) and our oldest cat Keaton came out to say hello. There’s a reason one of his nicknames is “Mr. Charm and Personality,” and the girls did not want to stop petting and playing with him.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Funny story, when Bixby was a puppy (he’ll be three!! next week) he used to get the hiccups so badly he’d hiccup off the bed. I was all concerned (new to puppies, I was) but the vet said it was common for puppies and helped build their abs.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @liberal: And there was no Russian hacking involved? Look deeper.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Ruby did the same thing a couple of times. My favorite though was when Rosie was a puppy. Her big sister Kylie would sneeze and Rosie would startle into motion right off the bed.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: If you hear a repetitive thumping sound coming from the general direction of Washington DC, that’s Trump’s attorney team collectively banging their heads against the wall.

    Before anyone is tempted to feel sympathetic, remember that they did decide to work for Trump.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Aleta: Given that Arizona wasn’t a state and that the farthest west battle in the Great Rebellion was held in New Mexico, this shouldn’t be surprising.

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    @Adam L Silverman: I love it when they fart and scare themselves. :-) Constant entertainment they are…stinky, hairy, drooling entertainment.

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    Kelly says:

    @Mnemosyne: Elder cat has always been a fraidy cat. Younger cat took her cue from that at first but has grown independant. Elder cat always considered TV a lap opportunity and now that younger cat has proved it’s safe decided storytime is lap time to.

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    Peale says:

    I’m a little giddy tonight because I found out that an actor who I like will actually be attending a movie screening that I’m going to. I’m kind of debating whether I should plan to try to stand up and ask an intelligent question, or just let my inner fan girl out and scream.

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    rikyrah says:

    the cats look cute

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    ruemara says:

    @JGabriel: That’s very New York and definitely why it deserves love.

    *sigh* I think I may foster. The incoming roommate would like to and since we both love having cats to spoil and he’s home more than me…

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Aleta: Seems that most Confederate monuments were erected between 1890 and 1920, when the federal government and KKK were both dedicated to segregation.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    For the animation fans, Pixar released a full trailer for Coco today.

    My department has a bit of sibling rivalry with them, and I don’t get a dime if their movie does well, but it looks pretty cool.

    And I liked the retort someone had on Facebook when people were getting all whiny about there being another Day of the Dead movie: So when are they going to stop making Christmas movies? 😂

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @Mike in NC: and people wonder why my communities are so adamant now about getting rid of them. At this point we need to be doing everything we can in cities and states that we control tho show that the era of White Supremacy/Defaultism will die by our hands.

    But we also have to steel ourselves against the inevitable backlash, which will come from Congressional toadies destroying federal assistance programs and Sessions destroying civil rights enforcement.

    If you thought the tumult of the 1960s was bad, we maybe in for worse now.

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    jl says:

    @Aleta: Ah, the famous Arizona battles of the Civil War! They were just squads of Confederate raiders and irregulars trying to ambush gold shipments coming out of California. That, and whatever trouble the Union stagecoach guards and Confederates encountered along the way.

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    efgoldman says:


    Did a little research into Arizona’s confederate memorials. Turns out, half of them went up over the past 20 years.

    Fucking heritage not hate? Bull fucking shit. Fucking place was part of New Mexico from 1848 until 1863, when it was made its own territory; not A STATE until fucking 1912.
    Bad enough what they did to the Native American tribes.
    Fuckers. Goldwater, Flake, Brewer, Grandpa Walnuts, all racist fuckers, every fucking one of them.

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    jl says:

    @Mnemosyne: I didn’t know that Day of the Dead movies was a genre. I need to check out the current cinema more often. What is the first Day of the Dead movie I should see?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    It was Book of Life. Most of what I heard about it was that the production design was gorgeous but the story wasn’t great.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman: Man, you are cranky tonight.

    I will make a mild defense, well, there were some attempted hijackings of Union gold shipments coming out of California. Having lotta gold in the bank to finance a war was an official thing back then. And Union pulled interesting tricks to keep the financing going.

    OTOH, seems like there are more monuments than there were ‘battles’ (aka hijacking attempts). I think only one attempt amounted to anything.

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    Mary G says:

    LA Times may be owned by a horrible company, but tomorrow’s four-alarm front page is awesome:

    Tomorrow's front page of the @latimes sets the stage for what might become one of the most fascinating days in American political history.— John Myers (@johnmyers) June 8, 2017

    I am particularly fond of the headline “Brown’s climate message: Don’t be like U.S.”

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    efgoldman says:


    Man, you are cranky tonight.

    I’m cranky every fucking night, but stuff like this makes me absolutely ripshit.
    Bad enough that my kids live on a street still named after Robert E Lee, and the main drag of US1 is still Jefferson Davis Highway, both literally within sight of the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. And there’s no movement afoot to change any of it, because the state is still run by gerrymandered rural goobers.
    Fucking N’awlins can tear down their monuments, but Arizona, which wasn’t even part of the damned country, raised some?
    I repeat: fuck all the racist fuckers.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman: @Aleta:
    Dammit. I gotta remind myself, ALWAYS check wiki first.

    There was a real battle in Arizona, after a small force of long range Confederate raiders took over Tucson and tried to make Arizona part of the Confederacy. They expected thousands of southern sympathizers from California would come to support them. Instead some federal troops and thousands of volunteers came from California to chase them off. Sounds like something out of a Mel Brooks tragicomedy.

    I’ll see if I can find something about the Confederate raids on the gold shipments.

    Battle of Picacho Pass

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @efgoldman: as a thirty something black guy, it infuriates me to no end that so many people would rather side with Lost Causers and Neo-Confederates rather than people who dare put people of color on the same level as them.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Mary G:

    They even worked the latest news about human evolution onto the front page, right under the headline about Trump’s pick to replace Comey.

    That is some tasty trolling.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: I enjoyed it. Both the animation/art and the story.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mary G: I see in the tubes that Rich Lowry and Charles Krauthammer are taking victory laps based on Comey’s written testimony. That strikes me as… premature

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I am very far behind on my movie viewing. If they don’t show it to me at work for free, I probably haven’t seen it. But I think we have the DVD somewhere.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman: OK, I still object to your crankiness, but you are right this time. None of the attempted gold shipment hijackings in New Mexico Territory ever amounted to anything. Confederates got lost, or couldn’t find the wagon train or whatever it was. Were two skirmishes near Placerville, CA by local Confederate sympathizers trying to get some gold, and SFPD shut down a plot off a ship in SF Bay.

    Looks like the battle of Picacho Pass is really all there was in Arizona.
    There was a small but serious campaign with real but small number of Confederate and Union troops in what is now New Mexico.

    Other than the battle of Picacho Pass, seems to be commemorating some fake history.

    New Mexico Territory in the American Civil War

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    Mary G says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I was just looking at the talking points Republicans are distributing in advance of tomorrow:

    Here are the RNC talking points to Trump allies on Comey's testimony tomorrow— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 8, 2017

    Two pages single-spaced that can be summed up as “bafffle ’em with bullshit.” Also, too, if I had the energy, I’d get a red pen to mark all the copy errors and put it up with a big red “F” – where’s Steeplejack when we need him?

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    jl says:

    @Mary G:

    President Brown is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.

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    dexwood says:

    I hear you. We’re going to a screening of The Big Lebowski Saturday. Jeff Bridges and T Bone Burnett will be there.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I see in the tubes that Rich Lowry and Charles Krauthammer are taking victory laps

    I have a feeling a lot of us are going to be disappointed tomorrow. We’ve already heard everything that Comey has to say, at least to the senate; I wouldn’t expect any smoking gun or OMIGAWD!! revelation. Comey is much too careful a lawyer (and doesn’t want to put his gonads in a wringer) to deal in a surprise gotcha’ at that time.
    I think what we’re looking at is a process similar to Watergate: little bits of revelations at a time, leading to some lower-level indictments (probably starting with the known miscreants of the campaign) leading slowly but surely up the ladder. But it’s going to take many months, maybe a couple of years, before anything looking like resolution is in sight.
    Tangerine Torquemada and his merry band stepped in so much shit so fast, that it seems it should resolve itself just as quickly. That’s not how a careful prosecutor works, especially unraveling complex financial transactions.

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    piratedan says:

    @Adam L Silverman: always thought the battle at Picacho Peak held that distinction….

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    Mary G says:

    @jl: He’s been my governor through a not-inconsiderable part of my life now, and he just gets better and better with age. NFLTG may be his new middle name. I imagine the pictures of him with President Xi of China set up a nice burst of rage from Twitler.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Mary G:

    I imagine the pictures of him with President Xi of China set up a nice burst of rage from Twitler.

    Oh, I hope so.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @efgoldman: I wouldn’t expect any smoking gun or OMIGAWD!! revelation.

    I’d say we already have it in what Comey more-or-less stated was trump’s attempts to ‘create a patronage’ relationship, which is why Krauthammer’s spin that trump was trying to “seduce” Comey is particularly weak. It’s not enough to make Republicans consider impeachment, but enough to make them uncomfortable. And I think this continued discussion of Russia is helping Ossoff– keeping him in a close race, which is just my gut– and grinding away on trump and GOP numbers. I agree that Mueller is where any real legal action will happen, assuming it does, and i think it will come from, wrt the trump family, from banking relationships rather than provable collusion during the campaign.

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    jl says:

    @piratedan: No! The SFPD raid on the Confederate privateer JM Chapman from the USS Cyane in San Francisco Bay.

    San Francisco values!

    March 15, 1863. We should make that a local holiday here and put up a monument.

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    That’s wayyyyy too cute.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    which is why Krauthammer’s spin that trump was trying to “seduce” Comey is particularly weak.

    I wouldn’t give Krautface credence if he told me that Saturday follows Friday. A bitter old lying RWNJ.
    More bitter than I ever dreamed of being.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @efgoldman: a profoundly warped and blood-thirsty racist, IMHO, but on talking point with that line

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    Mel says:

    @ruemara: We have fostered 15 kitties and several dogs over the years, and have never regretted a minute of it. It can be difficult to say goodbye when they find their permanent homes, but there is also joy in seeing how thrilled their families are to adopt them. There are so many excellent, well-run rescues and shelters out there that desperately need loving foster homes, and would be so happy to work with you.

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    @efgoldman: He certainly has the face he deserves.

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    SoupCatcher says:

    And then there are the rumors of Julia Bulette single-handedly keeping Nevada out of the Civil War battlefield lists by thwarting Confederate-sympathizer-Comstock-Lode-silver-shipment-robbery plans simply by her presence on the stagecoach.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: I watched it at home. I thought it was a worthwhile diversion. Was it the best animated movie I’ve ever seen? No. Was the artwork really interesting? Yes. Was it entertaining? Yes.

    And now to bed!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @jl: What’s interesting is that most of the stuff you’ve referred to isn’t actually even considered to have been formal Civil War activity. The Battle of Glorieta Pass in what is the state of New Mexico today is considered to be the westernmost battle of the Civil War and where the Union forces prevented the westward expansion of the Confederacy from Texas:

    The historical irony of course is that the US Army commander in Santa Fe prior to the Great Rebellion was a colonel from Arlington, Virginia named Lee.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @piratedan: Nope Glorieta Pass:

    The stuff in what is now Arizona is what happens when people decide they need to invent history by elevating activity into something more than it was. Got to justify instituting a SW version of Jim Crow, segregation, and putting up those monuments? Hype a bunch of stuff that was so low level it barely amounted to a skirmish.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: Especially if he brought the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake from Ghirardelli that anyone had ever seen. I understand Xi is very particular about his chocolate cake!

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    Redshift says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    That strikes me as… premature

    Premature celebration does seem to be a theme with this crowd.

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    Redshift says:


    And there’s no movement afoot to change any of it, because the state is still run by gerrymandered rural goobers.

    Hey! There is so movement afoot to change the appalling Jefferson Davis Highway! (Finally!)

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I see in the tubes that Rich Lowry and Charles Krauthammer are taking victory laps based on Comey’s written testimony.

    Because suddenly the GOP will come to Jesus and discover the wonders of impeachment.

    If we’re not at war with Iran and Qatar by Friday, I’ll count that as a win.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    which is why Krauthammer’s spin that trump was trying to “seduce” Comey is particularly weak.

    Did not need that image to spring into mind.

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    @Mnemosyne: Yay Annie! I’m glad she’s starting to feel better.

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    Gvg says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Comey’s letter seems to stop short of accusing Trump of obstruction only if you pretend the events in the letter aren’t followed with the facts of Trump fired Comey, Trump said to the Russian’s he did it because of the Russian investigation and then he tweeted some confirmation and there was a public interview too. that’s where it add’s up to a smoking gun.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Gvg: Exactly. The Lester Holt interview is about as close to a public confession as I’ve ever seen:

    “And in fact when I decided to just do it [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said ‘you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won’.”

    He says it on video. Boom.

    Have y’all seen the GOP talking points for the hearing today? Just pathetic. Full-blown denial of reality and bald-faced lies. Here’s a particularly egregious (and poorly written) sample:

    President Trump knew firing Director Comey would be detrimental to his presidency, but he knew it was the right thing to do for the country so he did it anyways.

    That’s a straight-up lie. Trump claimed more than once that he was surprised at the blow-back to the Comey firing.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Buried in all the bombshells is today’s UK election.

    Latest polling average has Bernie Corbyn losing by double digits to race baiting Teresa Trump.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Victory laps? Are they anti-Trump? Nothing Comey said in his statement helps Trump.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Some three years after coming to live with us, our rescue Zevon decided this was the proper way to let me know if there was a thunderstorm approaching. Since Zeev’s only about 20 lbs, my immediate thought was ‘This is like wearing a hat made of elbows’.

    (After some six years of being afraid of thunder, Zevon’s decided it’s no longer a personal threat to him. Possibly because our youngest rescue, Sydney, had decided that he’s afraid of the angel-bowling noises… )

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    Lurker From Beyond the Canadian Border says:

    Ric and Zooey look like they’re practically from the same litter as my cats.

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    manyakitty says:

    @Adam L Silverman: One time my cat Heisenberg was half dozing next to me. I sneezed and startled him. He jumped like a foot in the air and let out a pooplet the size of my thumbnail. Guess I scared the shit out of him!

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