By Request: Ric and Zooey’s New Vests (Open Thread)

Ric and Zooey have been wearing their new vests for two days now – ten minutes yesterday and twenty today. They are not fond of them. The vests seem to unbalance them, and they walk kind of drunkenly. Sometimes they just fall over on their sides and lie there. But there are periods in between when they act almost normal. They are also trying to figure out how to get them off, but a thick velcro band under the stomach and another around the neck are hard to get out of if I fasten them tightly enough.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    The vests of shame.

    If I tried that with my cats, there would be blood.

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    TenguPhule says:

    They are not fond of them.

    They will murder you in your sleep.

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    Do you think this vest makes my butt look big?

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    wvng says:

    OK, I laughed.

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    Warren Terra says:

    I feel like I’m missing something. The cats hate the vests, and I can’t see what useful function (for example visibility / traffic safety, warning prey creatures, or identification) these vests provide. What is the idea here, other than cat-shaming?

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    Yarrow says:

    Awww…cute kitties.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    They are also trying to figure out how to get them off, but a thick velcro band under the stomach and another around the neck are hard to get out of if I fasten them tightly enough.

    Hmm, maybe I need to modify Luna’s collar. Seems like every few months, she chews hers off in a fit of pique. Gets a trifle spendy.

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    EBT says:

    Since this is the open thread, have an updated video demo of my stupid little interactive fiction project. Video shows off most of the visible features of the engine I wrote and one path from the first cluster of prompts.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Warren Terra:

    What is the idea here, other than cat-shaming?

    High Feline Fashion.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Warren Terra: Attaching leashes so they can safely go outside.

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    rikyrah says:

    At them in their vests.
    Love it😍

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    Another Scott says:

    When I had cats as a kid, falling over on their sides was the “DO NOT WANT – TAKE THIS OFF ME RIGHT NOW” posture.

    Good luck!


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    rikyrah says:

    I just wanted to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and prayers. My sister is home from the hospital. This time last week I didn’t think that she would leave the hospital of her own volition.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    Is the vest for a leash? Good luck with that.

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    Another Scott says:

    @rikyrah: Great news! Thanks for letting us know.

    Best wishes going forward.


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    pat says:

    I wonder if it is a good idea to let them know there is an “outside.” I prefer my cats to stay indoors and not lurk at the door waiting for a chance to dash through it when it opens.
    Just my 2 cents.

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    @Warren Terra: I want to be able to take them out on leashes. I’ve trained a cat to a leash before. He started out staggering and falling on his side too and then got with the program, liked traveling with me.

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    @rikyrah:Good news! Here’s hoping your sister continues to improve!

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    Kevin the hen says:

    I missed previous posts. What is the purpose of the vests?

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    @rikyrah: Wonderful news! Glad to hear it!

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    Yarrow says:

    @rikyrah: Oh, that’s excellent news! Best wishes to her for a speedy recovery to full health.

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    @pat: These guys had two years in the outside, or something like that. Animal Control picked them up. They are less eager to get out the door now than when they first joined my household. We’ll see how controlled “outside” goes.

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    jl says:

    I didn’t know this was one of the premier cat-vest blogs too.

    ” Sometimes they just fall over on their sides and lie there ”
    Probably many BJ commenters can identify with that problem.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    @pat: Never say that in front of my cats.
    They will not take kindly to it.
    They consider the dusk to dawn curfew an imposition necessitated only by mountain lions.

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    zhena gogolia says:



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    WaterGirl says:

    @rikyrah: Wow, that is so great. What a relief.

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    Keith P. says:

    As a lifelong cat owner, I am utterly baffled by the concept of walking a cat on a leash. That’s like bathing them or taking them in the car to someone else’s house for a visit. I’ve never owned a cat who would be amenable to any of that stuff. (of those, I’ve only ever tried bathing a cat and wouldn’t ever do that again unless the cat is covered in shit or something…I’ve got 10+ year old cat-bathing scars on my stomach)

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    pat says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:
    I have to admit, my present cat Pablo got outside when he lived with his other Mommy (he goes back there when we travel) and sneaked out a couple of times here. I tried that thing with a vest but it was too small for him and the first time I took him out in it and tried to control his movements, he was all You’re Not The Boss of Me, managed to get out of the vest (it was too small to fasten tightly) and that was the last time I tried that.
    Now we close the door of the room he’s in if we are bringing in groceries, etc.
    Good luck..

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    lamh36 says:

    Mitch McConnell has privately suggested that the Trump administration may be beyond saving:

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    No matter what type of harnessing I employed, I never could get any of my cats to take to a leash. They generally put on such a display that I feared arrest for cruelty.

    Your two look quite handsome in their vests, though.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Keith P.:

    As a lifelong cat owner, I am utterly baffled by the concept of walking a cat on a leash. That’s like bathing them

    And this is one of the reasons I prefer dogs.

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    MomSense says:


    Wonderful news! I hope she continues to improve.

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    Kristine says:

    @rikyrah: Great news! May she continue to improve.

    I hope you’re doing okay, too.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    @Keith P.:
    I actually had a cat as a child that loved water, and would jump right in the bathtub with us. Never had a cat that would willingly walk on a leash.

    You must be very patient, Cheryl.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    In a series of tweets this month, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. McConnell publicly, then berated him in a phone call that quickly devolved into a profane shouting match.

    During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.


    The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.

    Dems in Disarray!


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    pat says:

    Oh, Pablo is a long-haired cat and looked absolutely ridiculous with that thing tight around his middle and his rear end sticking out.

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    42Cliff says:

    Magic the Adventure Cat has even made the news.. depends on the cat it sounds like. ‘unlike dogs cats have an opinion’ when talking about hiking with magic

    Meet Seattle’s rising social media star, Magic the hiking cat

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    MomSense says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch:

    I hope they take each other down. Also too Paul Ryan. I fucking hate that evil ass sociopath more than all the rest.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @lamh36: With any luck, McConnell will be beyond saving as well.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Just looked at that article. I’m surprised McConnell bothered to tell the reporters to pretend he wasn’t their source.

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    Ivana Whisky says:

    How long will they be in vests before you try to put the matching sport coats on?

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    Try being viciously attacked twice, once by a St. Bernard that chased me up on the roof of a car. Several other minor incidents.
    I have real trust issues with dogs, and often, their owners. Cujo was the hardest book I ever read, next to Henry James, of course, or Infinite Jest.

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    MJS says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: And yet Mitch’s wife continues to receive a paycheck due to Trump.

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    debbie says:

    Are the vests for anxiety?

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    grammypat says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Cheryl, I too travel and, when Mi’ja found me, I knew that training her to a leash would be the safest way to go. Like you, harness training was done s l o w l y before introducing the leash. However, she attempted the “well I’ll just lay down because I don’t like this” trick. This was overcome by picking up on the leash until her front feet just cleared the ground. With only her rear feet touching, she had no other choice than to get with the program.

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    feathers says:

    @Keith P.: My old house’s backyard was cat fight central, due to geography and the bruiser of a cat who used to live in our house. I knew our kitten needed to be an indoor cat only, so I followed a friend’s recommendation to leave the doors to outside open when it rained. Found the wet kitten and gave treats and hugs. Only took a few times before he gave open doors a wide berth. He’d run away from the door when we came in, then run up after the door was shut. He did like sitting on the window sill and watching outside, though.

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    Keith P. says:

    @A Ghost to Not: My brother’s Savannah (part Egyptian mau, part serval) LOVED water. She was like a dog…she ate naugahyde chews, “barked”, and would jump in the bathtub when she heard the water running.

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    lollipopguild says:

    @jl: Too much bourbon has been known to cause people to end up on their side on the floor.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Hilarious front page of NYDN (photo)

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    debbie says:


    So glad to read that your sister’s back home. Congratulations to you both!

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    debbie says:


    Based on that photo, definitely!

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    JPL says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: I think this is a tell

    But Mr. Hoffman predicted that Mr. McConnell would likely outlast the president.
    “I think he’s going to blow up, self-implode,” Mr. Hoffman said of Mr. Trump. “I wouldn’t be surprised if McConnell pulls back his support of Trump and tries to go it alone.”

    Since we have 2nd amendment rights, why not duel on the white house lawn. I would pay to watch that.

    Al Hoffman is a former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee

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    different-church-lady says:

    We now have confirmation Trump is going to pardon Joe Arpaio:

    Trump will not pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio at Phoenix rally, White House says

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    trollhattan says:

    Outstanding! Continued best wishes for her full recovery.

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    JPL says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I not surprised that NYTimes waited until Trump was safely away, and not near the tv.

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @pat: My cat has two juvenile Siamese cats for neighbors. Now he never wants to go outside.

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    trollhattan says:

    I see what you did there.

    If Bill Kristol says the WH is wrong, will the world end?

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Trump’s Afghanistan speech last night was in prime position for ratings. It aired on every major news channel and it wasn’t up against anything; its primary competition was a bad preseason Cleveland Browns game on cable.

    Trump only managed to draw an embarrassingly paltry audience of 17 million viewers, far, far less than the 41 million who watched President Obama‘s December 2009 speech on Afghanistan.

    The key here is that even Trump’s own base largely didn’t care to tune in to hear him speak last night.

    Game show host Trump obsesses over ratings and Obama. IT’s gonna kill him when he finds out the numbers. It also shows his reality show is headed to an early cancellation.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: That’s brilliant: alienate the leader of 52 of the only 67 people who can fire you.

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    MomSense says:

    Many years ago I had a black cat I rescued from the hotel parking lot where I parked my car as a summer employee. I would sit in my car with the door open and share my lunch with him until one day he got in my car and came home with me. He used to go for long walks with me without a leash and follow me wherever I went hence his name – shadow. He was my cat until my oldest son was born and then he decided to adopt the new baby as his own. You are supposed to keep cats away from babies in their cribs but somehow he always found a way to sneak in and sleep in his room. When my son started walking he would follow him. When my son was on the swing set the cat would sit under the slide. When he had friends over playing, the cat would be there too.

    He lived until my son was in 1st grade. By that time he only had a few teeth and his shiny black coat was full of white. He followed my son everywhere and always greeted him when he got off the bus. One of the seven great cats

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @rikyrah: This is very good news. My best wishes to her, and to you.

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Exactly what I was going to say!

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    JPL says:

    @rikyrah: Good News!

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    Millard Filmore says:


    He did like sitting on the window sill and watching outside, though.

    Windows are TV for cats.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    On a completely different note I walked by the local country club golf course this afternoon and there was a giant fan swiveling away near the green closest to the road. Why would you create a big wind where one has to putt, no matter how hot & humid the afternoon?

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    sharl says:

    @rikyrah: That’s great news about your sister! May she continue toward a full recovery and stay that way for a long time thereafter.

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    efgoldman says:

    My daughter’s indoor cat loves to go outside and chase bugs and smell the outside air. They put a harness and leash on him, which he accepts pretty well.

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    bystander says:

    @rikyrah: Glad to hear.

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    Mel says:

    @rikyrah: So thankful to hear that your sister is home. Sending good thoughts and hugs to you, your sister, and all of your family!

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    trollhattan says:

    Yesterday’s eclipse prompted a lot of energy production planning due to the impact on solar. Here’s California ISO’s renewable’s production graph for the day, the yellow line being solar. Energy outlook page is here for a comparison to a typical summer day.

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    debbie says:


    What a great cat! I had a cat that would have grown up to be the same, if she hadn’t thought she could leap off the roof of my three-story apartment building.

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    sharl says:

    @Tenar Arha: I haven’t worked in golf course maintenance since my school years decades ago – and that was a city-owned course to boot – but my speculation would be a waterlogged portion of the green that they are trying to dry out, or maybe trying to dry out an area where they applied a chemical solution (fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide). The latter may make more sense, because “natural” waterlogging would be a bigger issue that would require turf addition to eliminate a low spot (or something along those lines).

    Even on a cheap city course, golfers get cranky when their rolling ball gets slowed down by flooded turf (and in the worse cases may kick up a rooster-tail)… Anyhoo, like I said, just a couple guesses on my part.

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    MomSense says:


    Oh no!! That must have been devastating for you.

    My middle son also had a cat like Shadow but he snuck out one night and I think was killed by coyotes.

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    JPL says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Although his aides are busy hiding the NYTimes
    article and the latest ratings, if he sees them, there will be hell to pay. The rally should be interesting.
    I do think he announces that unless there is money for the wall, he is not signing extension of the debt ceiling.

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    tobie says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: All we’re hearing these days is that Trump’s base is sticking with him so it’s actually heartening to see how few people tuned in to his address last night. Yes, it’s the horse race side of politics and all the rest but I’m happy for any occasion for Schadenfreude when it comes to the shitgibbon.

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    bystander says:

    Market closed up 196 points so count on that being mentioned tonight as proof of the Midas touch.

    Love the NYTimes story about McConnell and Trump having a profanity laden argument. Love when the vipers turn on each other.

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    JPL says:

    @MomSense: I love that story. My son had a stray that he allowed in the house, but it was terrorizing the maltese. He went door to door looking for the owner, while the cat walked along side him. No one claimed the cat, but they did find friends to take him in. It never dawned on my son that cats don’t normally follow you.

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    rikyrah says:

    Dolt45 doesn’t even comprehend how much protection that the Turtle has provided.

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    lamh36 says:

    Has Melania become the most powerful and respected representative of the administration at home and abroad?:

    C’mon son…smh

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    Another Scott says:

    @MomSense: That’s a great cat.



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    debbie says:


    Yeah, she was my first pet and I had to go by myself (stupid boyfriend) to get her put down. Pets are better than people sometimes.

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    JPL says:

    Trump + a senator he doesn’t like + a big story on McConnell questioning his competence + 107 degrees in AZ. What could go wrong?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I vary as to whom I hate the most. McConnell for the sake of Garland, I guess. Ryan for his sanctimoniousness that discredits Christianity every time he opens his mouth. But Trump above all.

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    MomSense says:


    It’s so great that your son found a home for the cat.

    @Another Scott:

    I find myself of late preferring the company of dogs and cats to people.


    Amazing how they stick with us. Do you have cats now?

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    Mary G says:

    geg6 is probably too busy to be reading Balloon Juice right now, but the video in this tweet of a chocolate Lab and his raccoon friend made me think of her. ETA: and Koda.

    take a little time out of your day to watch this 🐾— c8ybug (@_CaitlynNicole_) August 21, 2017

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    debbie says:


    I do not, but I am auntie to a number of cats and dogs.

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    lamh36 says:

    Oh, hey guys, check out the “future” Senator from Michigan…

    Kid Rock at Iowa State Fair: ‘F*ck Colin Kaepernick!’
    12:17 PM – Aug 22, 2017

    No FUQ you Kid Rock

    BTW, did you know Kid Rock has a Black son…smh…here’s hoping the Lord see’s fit to make the son more WOKE than the father…smh

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    So glad she is home! Very, very good news.

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    trollhattan says:

    What do I switch to when I’m sick from all the popcorn?

    If an email exchange that reportedly took place between Breitbart’s editor and an email prankster is any indication, it looks like the answer is “yes.” As CNN wrote Tuesday, someone with the Twitter handle @SINON_REBORN appears to have used the extremely convincing email address to catfish Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, who said he could have Javanka “out by end of year.”

    “Reading online about how i’ll be bringing forth my wrath on Ivanka and Jared,” fake Bannon wrote on Sunday. “I’d be doing this great nation a service if I did.” Marlow replied, “I spooked em today. Did five stories on globalist takeover positioning you as only hope to stop it.”

    In a later exchange, fake Bannon asked Marlow if he could have Ivanka and Jared “packed and shipping out before Christmas.” “Let me see what I can do … hard to know given your description of them as evil,” Marlow wrote. “I don’t know what motivates them. If they are semi normal, then yes, they out by end of year.”

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    ruckus says:

    Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!
    I wish I could say that I’ve never said that.

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    Mike J says:

    Jonathan Martin‏ Verified account @jmartNYT 1 hour ago
    News: WH told Capito she couldn’t fly on AF One to Boy Scouts w/o committing to ACA repeal vote.

    She didn’t go.

    The Boy Scout jamboree was held in West Virginia. And the Trumpsters tried to use it to threaten Capito. How shitty do you have to be to make Capito look sympathetic?

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    MomSense says:


    The cool aunt!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MomSense: My hand flew to my heart as I read your amazing story. So touching. Heartbreaking to lose a one in a million cat like that.

    Do you remember the story of the cat (I think it was a cat, not a dog) that was such a big help to the autistic boy? (I may well be remembering details wrong.)

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    ruckus says:

    Good ole Mitch, still can’t believe that a republican is beyond saving. Even one as fucked up as drumpf.

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    @rikyrah: Wonderful news!

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    Lapassionara says:

    @rikyrah: very good news! Thx

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    MomSense says:


    I do remember a story like that. I’ll have to go look for it.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @JPL: Why am I thinking the timing of the article is intended to help throw Trump off balance tonught? As if he needs any help.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Mike J: Didn’t she vote yes?

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    eric says:

    @lamh36: why not? the bar is immeasurably low! I mean: Tillerson? Haley? Jared? it is entirely possible

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    different-church-lady says:

    @trollhattan: Now that Breitbart has eclipsed Fox as wingnut disinformation central, it ought to be verrrrrrrrrry interesting to see which side of this spite-war prevails.

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    Mike J says:

    @lamh36: She did, but she was rumored to be wavering. McCain’s vote meant she wouldn’t have to vote against it and face WV Republicans.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Mike J: All she has to face now is her constituents.

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    Gravenstone says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but those vests tend to enhance their … posteriors.

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    I wish I could say that I’ve never said that.

    Me too.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @A Ghost to Not:

    I have real trust issues with dogs, and often, their owners.

    There are no bad dogs, just bad owners.

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    Laura says:

    @rikyrah: best part of this long day is your good news of Rikysis!
    Here’s to more getting better!!

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    Sab says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: If they are happy inside why would you want them outside? My four rescues are horrified by the thought of outside, where they used to live with meager food and bad weather.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Hooray! I hope she continues to improve and ends up better than before.

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    AdamK says:

    Sometimes I fall over on my side and just lie there.

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    Mel says:

    @MomSense: What a good kitty, and what a great childhood feline friend for your son. So sorry he didn’t have more time with his kitty, but thank you for having given that sweet kitty a loving home and giving your son the loving menories of such a fine companion.

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    J R in WV says:


    So glad to hear your sister is going home… what a relief for everyone!

    So late, we have been on the road til late yesterday.

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