Afternoon Open Thread

Find someone who loves you the way Rosie loves her new doggie bed.

She has one in the living room and one upstairs in the hallway because she’s old and she’s got a hitch in her giddyup and her ups are on the decline, so she can’t get into bed on her own.






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    geg6 says:

    Lovey has five beds. And we’re getting her steps to get into our bed for Christmas. Koda has four and will, in a few years, be needing those steps herself.

    Yes, we spoil our dogs.

    That said, Rosie looks too sweet there.

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    the Conster, la Citoyenne says:

    That day you found each other is still the best day of Balloon Juice. That, and that crazy Balloon Boy thread in which the helicopters weren’t laughing. Good simple innocent times before everything was smeared in feces.

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    Eljai says:

    Rosie looks so sweet in that photo. Almost makes me wish I could curl up in a doggie bed right now, but my cubicle at work has no privacy.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Seems like a good day to stay in bed all day.

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    HeleninEire says:

    I’d like a bed like that. Seriously.

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    eclare says:

    Got a pet step years ago for my dogs to get in and out of bed, worth every penny. Vet said the step helps prevent damage to hip joints from repetitive jumping off the bed.

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    lamh36 says:

    Alright..now time for some non-politics. I had been planning to wake up this morning with the Marvel’s teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity Wars being the BIG story in Entertainment, it was still #1 trending topic, but u can guess what was a close 2nd…Thax Matt…

    Now that the buzz is down, back to the Infinity Wars teaser trailer.

    Soooo…ICYMI:

    Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Official Trailer https://youtu.be/6ZfuNTqbHE8 via @YouTube

    even the fans of the DCEU…gotta admit… Marvel is just much better at this! DCEU may have more well known heroes (many of Marvel’s heroes had to be introduced to mainstream audiences), but Marvel has the “EPIC Team” action movie down to a science…and the DCEU at this point can’t compete! Also too notice the prominence of Black Panther!!! Hopefully Marvel is paying attention to the fact that Black Panther is trending along with the Infinity Wars trailer more than any of the other heroes in the clip so far!!!

    Now I’m off to check out reaction videos on YouTube…down the rabbit hole I go!

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    TenguPhule says:

    because she’s old and she’s got a hitch in her giddyup and her ups are on the decline

    Love her while she’s still there.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    Garrison Keillor just fired, too.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @lamh36: Sorry, Last Jedi is going to consume all attention until after Christmas.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    Seems like a good day to stay in bed all day.

    That has been true of every day since Jan 19.

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    Raven says:

    @eclare: we have one too! We’re almost to Atlanta and then another hour to home. The pups have been so good, all they want is cookies and goo goo!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): she’s a hoofer

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while):

    I realize this is a silly question, but fired from what? He already left “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    speaking of movies, I like the new trailer for “The Post” (video). Bob Odenkirk as a serious reporter is inspired casting.

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    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Perfect footwear for frightening villagers out of their harvests.

    Check out the other shoes in the thread.

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    Josie says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): What’s even more amazing are some of the pictures in the comments. Who comes up with these ideas? People just do not have enough to think about.

    ETA: I love how peaceful Rosie looks in her new bed.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Maybe The Writers’ Almanac? I wouldn’t miss his wheezing and maudlin delivery.

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    the Conster, la Citoyenne says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while):

    I never realized until today that he was responsible for that – I should have recognized his voice, but man, what self-important dreck.

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    lamh36 says:

    @TenguPhule: Oh…sure…which is why it was smart of Marvel to premiere the teaser trailer for Infinity Wars BEFORE Star Wars came out.

    But after that…it’s gonna be Marvel’s year in the beginning of 2018 for sure. Black Panther in February, which. I’m betting right here that it will even surprise those folks like me who suspects that it will do even better than folks expect it to do overseas…I know the Asian market is a big deal for film gross, but I expect to see some muscle shown for the film in the African market, that even other global films haven’t seen…

    And Infinity Wars in May, opening up the Summer Blockbuster season.

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    Phylllis says:

    @lamh36: I’ll be glued to Gizmodo all evening.

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    Ruviana says:

    @Mnemosyne: He still functioned as producer of PHC. They’re also changing the name of the show since this happened and pulling rebroadcasts of shows he did.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Rosie is adorable!! My doggies chewed the hell out of the dog beds that I wasted money on when I first adopted them. They have blankets now.

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): Yeah, that was posted earlier. I’m very shocked at that. Seems like quite a few men are being swept up in sexual harassment scandals. This doesn’t bode well for the P**sy Grabber in Chief.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Such a sweetie.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): yikes

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    Yutsano says:

    @Patricia Kayden: To be EXTREMELY generous to Kellior, the allegations don’t say anything about sex at this point. Just harassment. And MPR is being quite mum about that.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @the Conster, la Citoyenne:

    He can make Shakespeare and Dickinson sound terrible.

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    Jeffro says:

    @lamh36: I have watched that trailer five times since this morning…so. much. coolness!

    It’ll be interesting to see which of the ‘big three’ Avengers dies/retires/disappears after INFINITY WAR is over. My bet (for ‘dies’) is Thor, but perhaps Cap as Bucky is supposed to take over for him in MCU Phase 2.

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    retr2327 says:

    Okay: Sarah Sanders has defended Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets today as follows: “”Whether it is a real video, the threat is real…”
    So now it’s time to create a fake video showing Trump assaulting women, and then nuking North Korea to distract from the Mueller investigation. Because “whether it is a real video, the threat is real…”

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    Repatriated says:

    I just had a cynical thought: Trump gets impeached for sexual impropriery alone, and the whole Russia thing gets swept under the rug.

    But Muller’s evidence will come out one way or another.

    ETA: Can’t happen that way unless Moore loses in AL. If he does, it’ll indicate harrassment (and worse) have exploitable electoral consequences.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Steven Spielberg’s The Post, the story about how the Washington Post fell behind in its coverage of the Pentagon Papers, only to make leaps ahead, was named best picture of 2017 by the National Board of Review. The pic’s Tom Hanks landed best actor and Meryl Streep best actress from the critics group today.

    Wow. Meryl could win a 4th Oscar. If only to hear her acceptance speech and see Drumpf’s meltdown.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Repatriated: Mueller will have much much more to work with than just the sexual assault allegations. But if I can be that guy, I don’t care the reason. I just want Dolt45 gone.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Deleted.

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    Brachiator says:

    @lamh36:

    even the fans of the DCEU…gotta admit… Marvel is just much better at this! DCEU may have more well known heroes (many of Marvel’s heroes had to be introduced to mainstream audiences), but Marvel has the “EPIC Team” action movie down to a science…

    Yep. Just saw the trailer today. Really made me feel a little sorry for DC. Especially since even this trailer highlights the weaknesses in Justice League (which I enjoyed, but did not love as much as I would have liked.)

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    @TenguPhule:

    Sorry, Last Jedi is going to consume all attention until after Christmas.

    Actually, there may be a few interesting movies hitting around Christmas. I just listened to a podcast in which heaps and heaps of praise were piled onto Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Phantom Thread,” which may be Daniel Day Lewis’ final film, now that he has announced his retirement. I’m hoping that “The Greatest Showman,” with Hugh Jackman is good.

    Also in theaters now, I hear good things from friends who have seen “Lady Bird” and “Wonder.”

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    @retr2327: It isn’t fucked up for me to hope that the necks of everyone in the Trump administration just spontaneously snap off their bodies, right?

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    sukabi says:

    @Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): that entire thread was frightening. Wtf is wrong with people?

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    petesh says:

    How old is Rosie? She looks very like our JRT, who is 14, and in great health except for his vision (poor) and hearing (possibly voluntarily disabled) and up-jumpiness; actually she looks like him a year or two back. We have a well-placed chair by the bed, so he can occupy it. As of course he does.

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @Brachiator: I’ve always said that Marvel is really good at live action movies, and DC is really good at feature-quality animations. Really wish that the higher ups at Warner would realize there is a lot to leverage with their properties in the animated format, aside from being Direct to Video (On Demand) things.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Yutsano: I used to listen to his program every Sunday. Great music and he has a great sense of humor.

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    No Drought No More says:

    “Everything is the same as it’s always been, except the mice today are so much faster than they used to be”. Mark Twain’s old cat told him that.

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    geg6 says:

    @TenguPhule:

    As it should. So sick of comic book movies. There is never anything else playing at our local multiplex.

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    Brachiator says:

    Some more stuff to worry about. From Bloomberg News

    Robots Are Coming for Jobs of as Many as 800 Million Worldwide

    As many as 800 million workers worldwide may lose their jobs to robots and automation by 2030, equivalent to more than a fifth of today’s global labor force.

    That’s according to a new report covering 46 nations and more than 800 occupations by the research arm of McKinsey & Co.

    The consulting company said Wednesday that both developed and emerging countries will be impacted. Machine operators, fast-food workers and back-office employees are among those who will be most affected if automation spreads quickly through the workplace.

    The 800 million figure would include about 73 million Americans.

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    germy says:

    @Brachiator:

    Really made me feel a little sorry for DC. Especially since even this trailer highlights the weaknesses in Justice League (which I enjoyed, but did not love as much as I would have liked.)

    Justice League could have used another half hour. All the scenes I saw in trailers that were cut from the finished film.

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    germy says:

    @geg6:

    As it should. So sick of comic book movies. There is never anything else playing at our local multiplex.

    I think subscription TV is where the real talent is going nowadays.

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    Rosalita says:

    She’s so fortunate to have been found by you, a very gracious life she is living now. All we can do when they age is spoil them (even more) rotten.

    I had to send my elderly rescue kitty over the rainbow bridge a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t have her all that long but they get a hold of your heart no matter how much time it is.

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    narya says:

    Zippy the cat had handicap ramps up to the bed and up to two of her favorite chairs (including one that led to my lap), until the last six months . . . when I put the bed on the floor so she could get in w/o having to climb anything. She appreciated it.

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    the Conster, la Citoyenne says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    Could Marty Baron be the star of yet another movie about real reporting? Or does this pre-date his tenure there?

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    ruemara says:

    @Brachiator: Heard excellent things about Greatest Showman, Lady Bird (tbh, they’re from local actors who are in it) and CoCo.

    @geg6: This amuses me as it’s in reference to Last Jedi.

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    germy says:

    Pretty soon there are going to be breaking news alerts to announce when a famous man ISN’T a sexual predator.— Brohibition Now (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 29, 2017

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @lamh36:

    And Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time opens in March.

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    retr2327 says:

    @Yutsano: Personally, I have my doubts about whether Mueller can prove Trump’s personal involvement in collusion with Russia. Not because I have any faith in Trump, but because I can’t believe the Russians would be dumb enough to bring Trump in on whatever they were doing. He’s just too dumb and uncontrollable to be made a fellow conspirator. On the other hand, I still believe that if Flynn was negotiating with the Turks for 15M, he told Trump about it and promised him a cut. So that’s the avenue I’m putting my hopes on . . .

    @ Butthurt Jordan Trombone (fka XTPD): I hope not, because if it is, I’m in trouble.

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    germy says:

    Reality TV star who called to execute innocent black youths of Central Park Five despite exonerating evidence calls prosecutor who put KKK church bombers that killed black youth behind bars “weak on crime.” https://t.co/HZ4SO3exCJ— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 26, 2017

    Trump insisted the Central Park Five were guilty after they were exonerated by DNA evidence and a confession. But Roy Moore "totally denies it" is good enough for the next U.S. Senator apparently.— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) November 21, 2017

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    Raven says:

    Interesting day. The Southern Dragon, Brown Water Navy Nam Vet and FDL hell raiser had a birthday today. He died at least 8 years ago but he was alone and his Facebook page persists.

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    Brachiator says:

    @BlueDWarrior:

    I’ve always said that Marvel is really good at live action movies, and DC is really good at feature-quality animations. Really wish that the higher ups at Warner would realize there is a lot to leverage with their properties in the animated format, aside from being Direct to Video (On Demand) things.

    Very good point. But I don’t think that WB would ever commit to Disney or Pixar level quality animation for superhero films.

    That said, the upcoming “Gotham By Gaslight” animated movie, featuring an 1880s Batman, looks like big ol fun.

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    Repatriated says:

    @Yutsano: My point was it might be used as a pretext, thereby allowing the underlying rot to persist.

    His legal jeopardy isn’t going away, but my concern is that it becomes old news once he’s gone.

    I still think that, early on, some Three Letter Agencies told the GOP that either they had to stop Trump quietly or the agencies would do it themselves, and were rebuffed.

    That’s now playing out, laundered through the judicial and political systems.

    But perhaps it’s only a pleasant myth which I use to comfort myself.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Jeffro: Well…if you think about it in terms of contracts…my money is on the character that have already had their “trilogies” completed. So Iron Man, Cap’n America and now Thor. This is only the 3rd of the original Avengers film iineup, but there is a 4th that ends this “phase” of the MCEU. Thy still have another Guardians film, they are already filming the 2nd Ant Man film, and if Black Panther is as successful as I expect, they may even have more of those films. And that’s not counting the new films introducing new character just in time for the original Avengers lineup to change..

    (Can you tell I’m a bit obsessed with it all…LOL)

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    catclub says:

    @Eljai:

    Rosie looks so sweet in that photo.

    and here I was thinking that Rosie will bite anyone who takes her away from that dog bed.

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    randy khan says:

    @the Conster, la Citoyenne:

    It’s about the Pentagon Papers, so he was around 17 at the time it happened.

    The funny thing about this movie is that the NY Times had the Pentagon Papers first, and published first. The Post only published after a court issued an injunction against the Times, although both papers ended up going to the Supreme Court. There never was an injunction against the Post because the court in D.C. refused to grant it.

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    catclub says:

    @germy: I would just add: “none of this happens by accident”.

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    debit says:

    Rosie! She looks so sweet and happy in her new bed.

    Since this is a pet open thread, here’s a pic of Dani passed out on Oliver. Pretty soon she’s going to be too big. I swear, I can see her getting bigger every day.

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    @Brachiator: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo. is very good as well.

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    Suzanne says:

    @the Conster, la Citoyenne:

    Good simple innocent times before everything was smeared in feces.

    Rotating tag AHOY.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @debit:

    Our youngest cat Charlotte still tries to sleep on our oldest cat Keaton even though he’s 11 and she’s 8.

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    catclub says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    This doesn’t bode well for the P**sy Grabber in Chief.

    I wish I could agree. But more chaos just means less attention for any one transgression. Gish gallop of offensiveness.

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    Suzanne says:

    I should note that Rosie is my favorite Cole pet because it seems like the’s the only one in the household smarter and crankier than he.

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    @Suzanne: I like Lily because we could all use a little more Lily in our lives.

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    debit says:

    @Mnemosyne: My late and dearly missed Rufus was that way. It didn’t matter if he was welcome or not, he’d drape himself over another cat and somehow manage to charm them into laying still for it.

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    Brachiator says:

    @ruemara:

    Heard excellent things about Greatest Showman, Lady Bird (tbh, they’re from local actors who are in it) and CoCo.

    I have not seen Lady Bird yet, but will catch it this weekend. I think that the film’s star Saoirse Ronan, is one of the finest women actors working today, along with Amy Adams, Emma Stone and (yes) Jennifer Lawrence. And I want to see more of her work, but I am also very impressed by Tessa Thompson.

    @Mnemosyne:

    And Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time opens in March.

    Yep. Another movie that looks like a lot of fun. I really hope it’s good and does well.

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    Jim, Fooilsh Literalist says:

    trump is about to speak about taxes. The stage is set with flags and Xmas trees, and two “Merry Christmas” signs. I wonder how he’ll manage to make Christmas gross

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    trump is about to speak about taxes. The stage is set with flags and Xmas trees, and two “Merry Christmas” signs. I wonder how he’ll manage to make Christmas gross

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    Aleta says:

    Rosie baby.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I got a new tattoo because of Trump. This wouldn’t have been legal a year ago (photo)

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    Brachiator says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo. is very good as well.

    Thanks for the reminder. Adding it to my list.

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    Kay says:

    Dave Weigel Retweeted

    Ezra Klein‏Verified account
    @ezraklein
    31m31 minutes ago
    More
    “The bill also includes tax cuts so large that they would trigger across-the-board spending cuts — including billions for Medicare. The last time Medicare was hit with cuts like this, patients lost access to critical services like chemotherapy treatment.”

    I’m trying to be generous to Trump voters but jesus christ. They believed him when he said he wouldn’t cut Medicare?

    BILLIONS. They are cutting BILLIONS. Every word out of his mouth was a lie.

    They did one of those daily “let’s check in with the Trump voters” 2 weeks ago. Mother and daughter. The daughter said she didn’t care about Obamacare because she was almost eligible for Medicare.

    Ooops! Big mistake there, sister. Where did you think those giant tax cuts were coming out of?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @debit: oh, teh cute! It burrrrns!

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    Doug R says:

    @lamh36: Darkseid is three years older than Thanos.
    Looks like a lot of other identical story beats to Justice League as well.

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    Aleta says:

    @Rosalita: Sorry for the loss of your friend. Such a deep good act to surround an older cat with a home for the last part of her life.

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    JPL says:

    @the Conster, la Citoyenne: Yes they were. I laughed out loud during the balloon boy escapade.
    Rosie is a sweetie.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: oh lord. Did you see Melania’s decorations?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Kay:

    They thought he would only cut Medicare for Black and brown people.

    I am not joking.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I saw photos. They look like a really expensive yet tasteless wedding at an anonymous banquet hall.

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    rikyrah says:

    Rosie looks so sweet :)

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    rikyrah says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    They thought he would only cut Medicare for Black and brown people.

    I am not joking

    I know you’re not. Had that piece from a few months ago, talking about White Socialism.

    They didn’t have a problem with Government programs…
    Until NON-WHITES began getting the benefits from them.

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    Jeffro says:

    @lamh36:

    Well…if you think about it in terms of contracts…my money is on the character that have already had their “trilogies” completed. So Iron Man, Cap’n America and now Thor. This is only the 3rd of the original Avengers film iineup, but there is a 4th that ends this “phase” of the MCEU. Thy still have another Guardians film, they are already filming the 2nd Ant Man film, and if Black Panther is as successful as I expect, they may even have more of those films. And that’s not counting the new films introducing new character just in time for the original Avengers lineup to change.

    My bad – I should have been more specific. All three of them are going away, one way or another – I’m just curious to see which one retires (Iron Man?) which one dies (Cap?) and which one disappears (Thor?)

    After that, yes, Marvel has announced that the next phase will focus on other, less-known heroes. Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, and the upcoming Black Panther are part of that. There’s a Ms. Marvel movie coming as well. I’m holding out for Alpha Flight (BUT IT HAS TO BE THE ORIGINAL TEAM! lol)

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    rikyrah says:

    In moderation….please help.

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    debit says:

    @Miss Bianca: My daughter constantly spams me with picture tests of her because she is just so adorable all the time.

    @Rosalita: I’m so sorry. {{hugs}}

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    @Mnemosyne: the hallway of doom with the branches is hilarious.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Kay:

    I’m trying to be generous to Trump voters but jesus christ. They believed him when he said he wouldn’t cut Medicare?

    BILLIONS. They are cutting BILLIONS. Every word out of his mouth was a lie.

    They did one of those daily “let’s check in with the Trump voters” 2 weeks ago. Mother and daughter. The daughter said she didn’t care about Obamacare because she was almost eligible for Medicare.

    Ooops! Big mistake there, sister. Where did you think those giant tax cuts were coming out of?

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    But, I’m not generous. Phuck all those muthaphuckas.

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    Aleta says:

    GothamGirlBlue‏ @GothamGirlBlue
    Only to people who don’t regularly employ critical thinking skills.
    Matthew Yglesias @mattyglesias
    The most surprising thing about the Trump presidency is how much of a hard-rightist he’s proven to be on economics.

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    debit says:

    @JPL: The helicopters are not laughing.

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    Emma says:

    OK all you Marvel enthusiasts (whisper fanatics ends whisper). Which movies and in which order? I have a friend who is a fanatic and I’ve decided to catch up with her during the Christmas holidays.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Jeffro:

    MCU Phase 2.

    er, Infinity War opens Phase 4

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    ruemara says:

    @Mnemosyne: Bingo.

    @Mnemosyne: It looks like a dumber reboot of “The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe”.

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:

    Can’t wait to watch reaction videos…I love them.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Major Major Major Major: no, but I saw the Beast’s tweet about how much she loves being first lady and living in the White House, which means someone showed him the (Vanity Fair?) article about how miserable she is

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Kay: Ooops! Big mistake there, sister. Where did you think those giant tax cuts were coming out of?

    according to one of the totally not racist totally not a bumpkin in a Nick Kristof thumb-sucker of a few months ago, Obamaphones and them illegals

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @debit: OK, why isn’t *that* line a rotating tag? Or is it, and I’ve just missed it.

    I forget who reposted the link to the balloon boy thread, but I remember laughing my ass off the first time it appeared and laughing even harder the second time.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Yutsano:

    @Repatriated: Mueller will have much much more to work with than just the sexual assault allegations. But if I can be that guy, I don’t care the reason. I just want Dolt45 gone.

    I am with you. The sexual allegations…nope. Treason and financial crimes….orange jumpsuit for Dolt45.

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    Immanentize says:

    I am a Marvel fan, but VERY UPSET that their new Editor in Chief pretended he was Asian in the noughts because being a Japanese anime artist was cooler than being a fat slav

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    Emerald says:

    If you are a fan of Charles Dickens, do not miss The Man Who Invented Christmas. It’s a Dickens lovefest, full of allusions to not only Christmas Carol but to other Dickensian stuff as well. It has Dan Stevens, who is pretty much perfect in the part of Dickens himself, Christopher Plummer who was born to play Scrooge, Johnathan Pryce as John Dickens, the best Marley I’ve ever seen (Donald Sumpter), and just a host of fun lines.

    It’s really a story within a story and an examination of the creative process. Imagine these and other marvelous actors playing these characters, who follow Dickens around as his story develops. Includes lots of Dickensian sentimentality, but really the thing is just a feast.

    If you love Dickens. I thought it was a pretty good movie just otherwise. Too bad it’s a Xmas movie, and it’s not really for kids. No doubt folks here will spot the serious mistake in the first scene, but after that it’s all upside.

    Most fun I’ve had in a movie in years. There was applause in the theater at the end.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    according the MSNBC chyron, the Beast is ranting about bankers.

    Oh, this is a good one: “Trump: focused on helping “people that like me best”

    ETA:I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered someone so eager to brag about ignorance

    The Anon Journal‏ @ TheAnonJournal
    TRUMP: “I didn’t know about Louis and Clarke until two days ago…look who’s watching, it’s the fake news look at the fake news…”

    I’d like to think he somehow spelled Louis that way while speaking

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    catclub says:

    OT

    As the Wall Street Journal notes, key, last-minute modifications to the bill that allow for tax increases in the event of deeper deficits managed to attract the support of several key Senators who had previously been on the fence.

    Exactly pro-cyclical tax policy; Raise taxes during a recession, when tax receipts go down. But Bob Corker thinks it might be ok.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Jeffro:

    I’m holding out for Alpha Flight (BUT IT HAS TO BE THE ORIGINAL TEAM! lol)

    Written by John Byrne.

    I had hopes for the New Mutants movie. But the one trailer I’ve seen sort of dashed those …

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    Yutsano says:

    @debit: The spirit of Michael Gass will live on forever!

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    Roger Moore says:

    @lamh36:
    What’s painfully obvious is that Marvel has spent the time building their franchise before breaking out the big guns rather than just trying to drop the big crossover at the beginning. Marvel spent a lot of time building up their characters in individual movies and teasing The Avengers before they did their first crossover, and they’ve spent the time since then getting people ready for Infinity War. DC is trying to jump in late and get something big going before they’ve built up their individual franchises.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    The good thing about the firings is that it helps tear down this notion that our celebrities are monarchs who can do no wrong, which will help drive them toward some better behavior as the public learns to accept that they are not entitled to their favorite personalities at the expense of someone else’s wellbeing.

    That said, politics is a different bag if for no other reason than the alternatives to your favorite candidate are so limited. So while we may get used to this for celebs, I don’t expect anything with respect to politicians to change. The only thing that will matter is the calculus of whether burning Trump helps or hurts in 2018, and that’s still an open question. If the GOP burn him, odds are the GOP voters will go for the most rabid pack of racist fuckwads in the primaries and then lose everything in the GE. There’s just no way to win if you’re a leader of the GOP – you’re just picking the method you’re going to leave the political world.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @catclub: I’m seeing tweets now that it will actually be triggered spending cuts, which I think is even worse.

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    MoxieM says:

    So sweet– that’s a lovely photo. I have never had a dog who wanted to sleep on an actual dog bed. Dunno why–maybe the heavy coats? (Almost all mine were Newfies). But even Murphy the Murphaletta, of Heinz 57 unknown origin (who has a black Yak coat and teeny tiny white freckled feetsies) refuses to sleep on a “dog bed”.

    Of course, she has adopted my daughter’s lovely mid-19th c. walnut Renaissance Revival wonderfulness as her own. She knows who’s a princess, yes she does.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Emerald: ooh, is this a theatrical release? I’ve been waiting for word on it, because I am DickensFanGirl to the max!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @catclub: And it cuts taxes if the economy improves, again counter-cyclical.

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    catclub says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: great! super-duper pro-cyclical tax and fiscal policy.

    I have also noticed they haven’t actually shown anyone their work on those trigger mechanisms. ( or all the economists they have shown them to have stroked out.)

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    catclub says:

    @TenguPhule: counter cyclical is actually good. makes recessions less bad rather than more bad. keeps booms from booming too much.

    These are pro-cyclical.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @lamh36: I am impatient for Black Panther but finding it hard to care about Infinity War. It kind of feels like something I’d go see solely for completeness’s sake, and after a zillion Marvel movies that isn’t a good enough reason any more. The trailers for Black Panther, on the other hand, actually invite awe and curiosity.

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    Yutsano says:

    @MoxieM:

    Almost all mine were Newfies

    Newfies will only sleep in two places: the floor next to your bed or in your bed.

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I’m seeing tweets now that it will actually be triggered spending cuts

    Nahgunna happen. Doesn’t fit under reconciliation rules.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @ruemara:

    All right, now I can’t unsee that. Where’s Mr. Tumnus?

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    Brachiator says:

    @Roger Moore:

    What’s painfully obvious is that Marvel has spent the time building their franchise before breaking out the big guns rather than just trying to drop the big crossover at the beginning. Marvel spent a lot of time building up their characters in individual movies and teasing The Avengers before they did their first crossover, and they’ve spent the time since then getting people ready for Infinity War. DC is trying to jump in late and get something big going before they’ve built up their individual franchises.

    DC has made bad movies. Not terrible stinkers, and sometimes movies that were ambitious. But still bad.

    I go against some of the conventional wisdom in that I don’t think that DC needed to spend an excessive amount of time on individual movies before they did Justice League, not if they were going to bore us with endless rounds of origin films. Even Marvel mixed it up some. They did not do an origin film before they did a stand-alone Black Panther movie.

    And to its credit, the Joker is scarier in DC’s “The Dark Knight” precisely because he seems to come from out of nowhere, or to have multiple, disputed origins.

    And DC should have been able to benefit from the fact that their trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman (and maybe throw in Aquaman) are already known to most average film goers. But they squandered this opportunity. Oh, well.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mnemosyne: Are you SURE you want to see this White House’s version?

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @Brachiator: First things first… make a good movie. You can worry about how to franchise it once you’ve established you can make a good movie. DC and WB have not established clearly that their characters = good movies.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Yutsano: I hope you’re right, but isn’t reconciliation just a fable agreed upon? Can’t McConnell and Ryan just blow it up?

    Phil Mattingly‏Verified account @ Phil_Mattingly
    Several GOP senators coming out of today’s lunch talking about the idea of an auto spending cut trigger instead of a tax increase trigger if growth doesn’t hit target

    Ezra Klein‏Verified account
    “The bill also includes tax cuts so large that they would trigger across-the-board spending cuts — including billions for Medicare. The last time Medicare was hit with cuts like this, patients lost access to critical services like chemotherapy treatment.”

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    Emerald says:

    @Miss Bianca: Yup. It started last week!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Jim, Fooilsh Literalist:
    Same way he makes everything creepy. By just breathing.

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    ruemara says:

    @Gravenstone: That trailer made me so mad.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Brachiator: DC makes bad movies because they tried to be darker then Marvel, while using traditional heroes (Aside from Batman) and that just doesn’t work.

    Superman is supposed to be fun and hopeful, not nihilistic, gritty and dark.

    Basically they tried to make everything Batman and it failed miserably.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Jim, Fooilsh Literalist:

    I wonder how he’ll manage to make Christmas gross

    Just by his existence.

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    catclub says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I hope you’re right, but isn’t reconciliation just a fable agreed upon?

    It sure looks like there a million ways this does not fit into reconciliation, but it keeps rolling along.

    Alaska Oil drilling. Johnson Amendment, deficits after 10 years,

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    LongHairedWeirdo says:

    I wouldn’t join twitter just to respond to this, but I was tempted for a moment:

    (refused sex because of clean sheets, freshly changed…) or because I didn’t want to move the dog or I ate too much dinner or hell because I got a new sleep apnea mask and finally have a really good seal.

    It must be said.
    “Hot damn! I didn’t know you could *do* that with a sleep apnea mask! Gives a whole new meaning to the concept of a blow…”

    More seriously: sometimes sleeping together should, in fact, involve sleeping!

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    SgrAstar says:

    @Emerald: gack! Hate Dickens with a passion. It all started when my mother forced me to read David Copperfield when I was 8 or 9 years old. As a kid I thought Dickens was terrifying and grotesque, and I’ve never wanted to revisit. Oliver Twist, David Copperfield…..UGH! Too old now for a reboot of my bad attitude. :)

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    geg6 says:

    @germy:

    It seems that I only darken the doors of a theater when a Star Wars movie comes out. Everything else they are showing is crap.

    Saw Wonder Woman over the Thanksgiving break. Not sure I get what all the fuss was about. It really didn’t do anything for me. Of course, I’m most definitely NOT a comic book fan, so I’m a tough customer for any film with superheroes. But everyone I knew was raving about it. I thought it was less stupid than most, but that’s about it.

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    sharl says:

    @Raven: Ah, the Southern Dragon – sad to learn that he passed on alone.
    I used to enjoy the back-and-forth among you guys over at FDL, at least up until the time you were banished, for reason(s) I don’t think I ever learned. The long-forgotten commenter who had some long-forgotten point to make with you guys about “The Nam” still cracks me up.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Ooops! Big mistake there, sister. Where did you think those giant tax cuts were coming out of?

    according to one of the totally not racist totally not a bumpkin in a Nick Kristof thumb-sucker of a few months ago, Obamaphones and them illegals

    So let’s see. This gets so confusing. The illegals were all on welfare, sucking up taxpayer provided benefits. Except that the illegals were all taking jobs away from real Americans, so when we throw them all out, regular folks will have high wage jobs. Even though bosses were exploiting illegals by being able to pay them less for jobs that real Americans don’t want. But those bosses will happily pay real Americans higher wages with the extra loot they will be getting from the massive GOP tax cuts.

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    Brachiator says:

    @TenguPhule:

    DC makes bad movies because they tried to be darker then Marvel, while using traditional heroes (Aside from Batman) and that just doesn’t work.

    Superman is supposed to be fun and hopeful, not nihilistic, gritty and dark.

    Basically they tried to make everything Batman and it failed miserably.

    No. DC just made bad movies. There is no such thing as “Superman is supposed to be fun and hopeful.” Hell, the first Superman of the comics was a sometimes brutal smart ass.

    And there is a long line of people who will insist that Batman is supposed to be FUN! CAMP! POW!! just like the tv series.

    There are even some fans of the DC films who will insist that Zack Snyder is a brilliant visionary. They loved the director’s cut of “Batman v Superman.”

    These people are deluded, but I understand where they are coming from.

    OTOH, I liked the dark tv Arrow and the bright and sunny, hopeful and more optimistic Flash. At least the first seasons of each show.

    But I will agree with you about one thing. Dark or gritty, hopeful and optimistic, you gotta make the films fun. The Snyderverse films are joyless. They tried to correct this in Justice League, but the shift is inelegant and jarring.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @geg6:

    But everyone I knew was raving about it. I thought it was less stupid than most, but that’s about it.

    That’s why they were raving.

    Compared to the prior DC films, it was a work of art.

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    raven says:

    @sharl: When Jane decided she’d hook up with Norquist about the healthcare bill I drilled her daily until she banned me.

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    J R in WV says:

    I can’t read Dickens. Terrible boring wordy crap. No character development!

    Don’t make me tell you what I really think!

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    Emerald says:

    @SgrAstar:
    What a shame!

    Hmmm. One thing might help. Tim Curry did an audiobook of Christmas Carol that’s available on Audible. I listen to it every year when I drive up to my Sis’s for Xmas. Try that. Delicious words in a delicious performance that doesn’t miss any of Dickens’ sly humor.

    Yeah, the best way to get kids to hate reading and certain authors, often permanently, is to require reading them. And Dickens’ sentence structure is perfect but archaic, so it’s difficult especially for kids to read, frankly. The only way to appreciate it is to savor every line, and kids don’t read like that. Plus, kids don’t have anything close to the sophistication it takes to really appreciate Dickens.

    Yeah, try the Curry audiobook. If that penetrates at all, try a print copy and just savor a paragraph or two. That’s how you learn to love Dickens: you have to savor it!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Yutsano:

    Good point. I’m assuming this is the universe where the White Witch wins.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: I think the White Witches husband did win. The electoral college, anyway.

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    woodrowfan says:

    we have at least 12-14 beds for our 3 dogs, some on every floor (basement, main, top).

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    woodrowfan says:

    DC makes bad movies because most DC comic characters are DULL. (other than Batman).

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    sharl says:

    @raven: When Jane decided she’d hook up with Norquist about the healthcare bill I drilled her daily until she banned me.

    Ah, that brings it all back!
    Also, I do now recall the news of Southern Dragon’s passing, though I’d forgotten the details. I also I think I was – for some reason – confusing him with another of your fellow VN war vets, “Norsk-something-or-other“, whose signature style was typing his comments in ALL CAPS with an over-the-top blustery delivery. (Definitely not SD’s style, so don’t know why I would confuse the two.)

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    Shell says:

    she’s got a hitch in her giddyup

    Awwww, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Evil City Woman.

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    tejanarusa says:

    @raven — If it’s any small comfort, Southern Dragon died in the VA hospital. Worse, perhaps, than “at home surrounded by family and friends,” but not “alone in his apartment, unnoticed.”
    It was five years ago, and many who were still having conversations with him in the “Diner” he moderated on the morning of the day he went to the VA clinic about his headaches and dizziness and were stunned to learn he’d been admitted with a bad prognosis (it was just a few weeks later) still remember him fondly on, yes, facebook and elsewhere. He won’t be forgotten as long as any of us is alive.
    It did my heart good to see you call his name here.
    (I am delurking just because of your lovely comment.)
    On edit to add : he may have been physically alone, but he was loved and I hope he knew it.

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