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I’ve been laughing at this for fifteen minutes:

Yeah, Karen.

104 replies
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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Adorable coyote though. It looks very calm.

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    danielx says:

    Works for me.

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    Yarrow says:

    You need to put back the link to the tweet because the replies to it are also excellent.

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    Mary G says:

    I like the commenter that said it’s the Acme bus line.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I assume I’m supposed to be hearing that in Ray Liotta’s voice.

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    Yarrow says:

    Open thread?

    Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos, @KateBennett_DC reports— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) January 23, 2018

    Guess she’s not that happy about the porn star.

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    laura says:

    Just another coyote, chillin’ on the bus, as one does, heading to the Petco at the Sherman Galleria.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yarrow: She’ll miss some good skiing.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mnemosyne: Now I hear it as Liotta as well. Thanks.

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    That is just what I needed after a long day of javascript, thank you.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Gives Donnie a chance to shack up with some presumably very expensive Davos talent.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Mary G: Watch out, driver, that tunnel’s just painted on the side of a cliff!

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    That’s hilarious. Second the suggestion to link the thread. Also, the @MoonPie account got game:

    They should call you MoonBye because nobody likes you— Kaela Thompson (@KaelaDianne97) December 15, 2017

    They should call you Kayla because that's how it's supposed to be spelled— MoonPie (@MoonPie) December 15, 2017

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Yarrow: Guess she’s not that happy about the porn star.

    Hee hee, “Post election addendum to prenup says you will be discreet! Clown man!”

    @Gin & Tonic: This week, on The Americans, Elizabeth’s patriotism is tested as never before…..

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I should be revising my first two chapters so I can submit them for a contest. 🤔

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    Mary G says:

    Here it is; click on the date to go to the tweet:

    why is there a coyote on the bus?— karen (@vibeahoIic) January 17, 2018

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gin & Tonic: In 1992, I got charged $8 for a Bud Light in a Davos club. My skiing buddy and I left and found a run down, dive bar that had Golden Earring’s Radar Love leaking out the door. Decent prices, ski bums, and a proper feel. Saved the night. The Davos/Klosters ski area is amaze-balls.

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    @Mnemosyne: Today, I wrote up my framework to use while preparing the MS for beta readers, and collected the miscellaneous notes about it that had been scattered around my devices. Tomorrow I need to type up the editing directions that were too big to fit in the margin, and then I can get cracking on the revision. Pretty excited!

    But right now I’m not doing anything, because today was taxing.

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    aimai says:

    @Yarrow: Or he’s planning on inviting several porn stars in her place.

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    justawriter says:

    Satanic Temple challenges Missouri Abortion Law

    While I don’t think an opposition comprised solely of Satanists would be effective, I think I am glad these guys are on our side and do good work using jujitsu to challenge extremist religion based bullshit.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Switzerland remains, to my chagrin, one of the countries I’ve not skied in.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Mary G:

    I like the commenter that said it’s the Acme bus line.


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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: Slovenian escort upset about porn star? Whatever.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I wonder how great it is being there with all those rich people in town. Seems like they might make a pain in the ass to get around–extra extra security, media, etc.

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    Spent a month in Geneva one week.

    Clean, clean, clean and dull, dull, dull. Nothing makes fondue exciting.

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    @justawriter: I think that that particular church of satan more or less exists to sue our theocrats from a satanist perspective, though I’ve seen other satanists question their commitment to satanism.

    I would also like to point out that the URL for that link ends ‘satan-satan-satan.html’, which is amazing. 🤘🏻

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Major Major Major Major: anyone going to be in the vicinity of union square tomorrow evening? Or over the weekend?

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    B.B.A. says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I don’t know that there are any unironic satanists over the age of 20. The LaVeyans, for instance, come off as atheists deliberately trolling believers.

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    NotMax says:

    Watched half of Womwood while sitting with landlady at auto shop for 3 hours earlier today, waiting for a duplicate key and fob for her vehicle.. Not disappointed except that tighter editing and fewer split screen sequences (and similar visual frippery) could easily have brought it down from a six-episode mini-series to four.

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    lamh36 says:

    Been a busy evening as i continue to plan my trip to LA…getting the plausible itenary down for the two main days with no scheduled activities is taking a bit more jan i expected, but i’ve got a good basic lost of what i want to see, the duration i want to be at each sit/attraction and the time on public transportation. the only thing now is to get everything to fit within the budget I’ve set for myself.

    So far nothing big or major to snag…to worry about… well except just happened to find out that the Black Panther premiere is supposed to take place on the Monday of my LA Trip. So, if i don’t have my Will & Grace tickets. I could get there early enough and actually be in the crowd that stands around (or across the street) as the stars hit the red carpet at the premiere at the very least maybe some great pics!!!

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    Timurid says:


    I have no idea at this point why she doesn’t just go YOLO and divorce his ass. Sure, with the prenup she’ll be left with a pack of Camels and a sixer of Pabst Blue Ribbon… but the book and movie deals would set up her and Barron for life. Is he holding kompromat on her? Or is there a credible threat that if she leaves, she’ll end up falling down an elevator shaft onto a bunch of bullets?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Davos/Klosters in underrated. Long, long cruisers if you want them.

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    @Steve in the ATL: I mean I live three muni stops away.

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    rikyrah says:

    Peanut is now in a ‘joke’ phase. She’s telling jokes all the time. She bought a joke book, and I am the audience.

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    @B.B.A.: the LaVeyan I was close to in high school is now a Byzantine catholic monk.

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: That sounds fun! When is your trip?

    @Timurid: I’d guess she’s worried she’d lose custody of Barron. Also seen speculation that her immigration wasn’t above-board and that could throw her citizenship into question. Maybe she’s nervous about that.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Yarrow: Friday evening to Tuesday morning

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: Oh, wow. That’s coming up quick. Good luck with the Will and Grace tickets. The Black Panther premiere sounds good too, so either would be fun.

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    danielx says:


    “Shot in the head three times, worst case of suicide I ever saw.”

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    NotMax says:


    Turnabout is fair play. Bet if you put your mind to it you could come up with a couple of dozen long unthought of elephant jokes without breaking a sweat.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Major Major Major Major: if you are up for a meet up, let me know. Adam has my contact info.

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    Timurid says:


    Yeah, if there’s kompromat on her that could flip what would otherwise be a slam dunk custody case in her favor.

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    BQuimby says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I work in Union Square…what’s up?

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    @Steve in the ATL: what are your dates? Can see who we can wrangle up.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Adam has my contact info.

    No doubt.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Timurid: I saw rumors that she and Trump had divorce papers drawn up and ready to file once he lost the election. Except he didn’t lose so they didn’t file them.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Yarrow: yep…it was WAYYYYYY last minute.

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    lamh36 says:

    Alright…good night BJ

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    Mike in NC says:

    Wife has directed me to start the logistical planning for a mini-vacation (four nights) on Nantucket in late September. Going to a wedding for folks who actually live in Australia, but the mother of the groom owns property there. Sharing a cottage with several people. Never been there, but did a quick trip to Martha’s Vineyard while still in high school circa 1970. Google will be our friend. We’ll fly into Boston or Providence and rent a car to reach Hyannis, then play it by ear…

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    Mnemosyne says:


    For the premiere, you probably won’t be able to get close enough to any of the actors for a good picture, but you would probably be able to get some cool ones of how they decorated for the red carpet. Is it supposed to be at the Chinese Theatre?

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    JCJ says:

    That sounds adorable. I am sure you are enjoying this immensely. I remember one of my nephews always wanting to share his latest jokes. Heck, my daughter is 26 and she still tells me jokes she has come across. Not as cute as a little kid like Peanut, though.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Timurid: I’d be willing to bet that she knows that she would never work again and may even be in danger. Trump fanbois are fuckin’ CRAAAAAAZY and nothing would enrage them more. And Barron would be humiliated and it would be awful for him.

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    NotMax says:


    Memorable corrupt sheriff pronounces it suicide scene. (Link should go directly to beginning of the scene.)

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    Pete Downunder says:

    @Mike in NC: My brother lives on Nantucket, and I tease him that the only redeeming feature is that it is the setting for half the world’s limericks (There was a man from Nantucket…).

    September is a good time to go, as most of the tourist hoards have left. Four nights are plenty in my experience. I can put you in touch with him if you want some local insight. I assume a front pager has my email address, feel free to get in touch.

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    Yarrow says:

    Neil Diamond has Parkinson’s. :(

    Singer Neil Diamond has announced he will retire from touring, after a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

    Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, cancelled his March tour dates for Australia and New Zealand on medical advice.

    The Solitary Man singer was midway through his 50th anniversary tour.

    In a statement he said he took the decision “with great reluctance and disappointment”.

    “I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” he said.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @BQuimby: @Major Major Major Major: I’ll be at the Inn at Union Square Tuesday night, then in the east bay for a couple of days, then at some hotel at Embarcadaro from Friday evening to Monday morning.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yarrow: Not really a fan, but I am sorry to hear this.

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    @Steve in the ATL: we should have somebody put up a thread.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Yeah, Parkinson’s is a terrible disease. Some forms of it are more responsive than others to certain treatments. I hope he can be treated and can continue to do what he loves.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Yarrow: @ davidfrum
    It’s their 13th wedding anniversary today

    I should’t find this so funny

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yarrow: My ex’s dad has it. He is a great guy, but I am away from any info. I do wish him well though.

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    Yutsano says:

    There are in the world coyote furries. I took it upon myself to mock them gently with this. Regret, I do not.

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    danielx says:


    The classics never fade.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @lamh36: I am so excited for you!

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Mike in NC: If you are planning to use a car on the island, then the ferry tickets for the car should be purchased soonish.

    I haven’t been to Nantucket, but I can report that bus service between Boston and the ferry port is quite good, and much less annoying than driving Boston-Hyannis. Depends on your timing (weekend?) and how much you like having your foot on the brake for long stretches.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @danielx: Or like Crazy King Ludwig: shot and drowned while trying to escape his psychiatric “handlers”.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Oh….that is hilarious.

    @Omnes Omnibus: A friend’s dad had it and watching his decline was rough. I’m around a lot of older people on a regular basis and see quite a few who struggle with it.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Yarrow: It’s so unpredictable in its progression and even the modern treatments don’t always work. I wish Neil well here.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Wife has directed me to start the logistical planning for a mini-vacation (four nights) on Nantucket in late September.

    Bring LOTS of money and/or a huge credit card available balance.
    Also be prepared to see people who are so preppy, they look like preppy parodies

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    efgoldman says:


    I can report that bus service between Boston and the ferry port is quite good, and much less annoying than driving Boston-Hyannis

    If you need to drive for some reason, flying into Providence gives you a less aggravating driving experience. 114 miles; essentially same distance/time as from Boston without I-93 and MA Rt 3, which are teeth grinding experiences.

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    ruemara says:

    I decided you guys deserve some evening cat. Here’s Odo-chan, and here’s Hime doing nothing in particular.

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    teeth grinding experiences

    Oh you simple New Englanders, ya’ll don’t know the joy of driving the 405 at rush hour.

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    Ruckus says:

    If the docs are right, and unfortunately they seem to be, I’m so looking forward to it getting to be even more fun.

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    Ruckus says:

    Couple of cutie pies you got there.

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    ruemara says:

    @Ruckus: Cute, destructive and able to fart some of the most eyewatering gas…

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    Ruckus says:

    I’ve driven in Bean Town during rush hour and the 405 is a piece of cake comparatively. And it’s far more fun to try and find a parking space, any where within the city limits.

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    Ruckus says:

    I didn’t know they’d been in the navy. OK all but the cute part. 80 guys in the space of a 2 bedroom apt…….. I’ll leave the rest of your description about the navy to your imagination.

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    ThresherK says:

    @ruemara: Is Odo a mackerel tabby? Wife’s cat is also grey tabby over white and we were wondering when that beomes “mackerel”?

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    AxelFoley says:


    Alright…good night BJ

    There’s a joke there somewhere…;)

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    patrick II says:

    @Mike in NC:

    If you take the bus, be sure to be careful of the coyote in seat 4.

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    Origuy says:

    If there’s an SF meetup this weekend, I could probably come up from San Jose.

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    PIGL says:

    @ruemara: I love your kittehs! Thank you for sharing

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    PIGL says:

    @ruemara: I love your kittehs! Thank you for sharing

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    sukabi says:

    @Yarrow: p0rñ star is old business…speculation on Nikki Haley as the current concubine of the tangerine terror.

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    @B.B.A.: Deathspell Omega ((mostly) French avant-garde/black metal band; the vocalist is probably Finnish and some sources have claimed the bassist is Japanese, but no one really knows for certain) is the only example I can think of where I’m 100% convinced of their sincerity. They’re also extraordinarily reclusive, to the point where no one is really entirely certain who they are, but the one interview I’m aware of shows that they are (1) quite sincere, (2) very intelligent, and (3) absolutely barking mad. Oddly, they also come across as surprisingly respectful of Christianity (they’re one of at most a handful of metal bands I’ve ever heard that actually engages with the religion in full, rather than just attacking a caricature of it, and it’s extremely obvious that they’ve spent decades making a detailed study of it). Bandcamp here, but as they play black metal, their music is most assuredly not for the faint of heart.

    Apart from that, I suspect most of them are at least as concerned with tweaking the noses religious folk as they are with any actual religious beliefs they may or may not have. Which isn’t to say there probably aren’t some others with religious beliefs, but I think most are just impressively dedicated trolls.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Got to love a coyote who believes in public transit.

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    @Elizabelle: I think most jackals do as well.

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    opiejeanne says:

    This is what I was yammering about earlier today, an excerpt from WaPo:
    “In their effort to continue dismantling Obamacare, the Republican continuing resolution does not include funding for community clinics and private hospitals that care for large numbers of low-income patients,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) told me. The impact of this budgetary slight was made plain by one of her constituents in an email she shared with me.

    Wanted to touch base about CR that doesn’t include health Center funding. St. John’s will lose 10% of our budget ($8.4 million a year). We’ll have to close 6 of our 15 clinics in your district.

    It’s also self defeating to fund CHIP but not health centers since most kids with CHIP receive their care at community health centers. So they may have CHIP but they won’t be able to access services because their Health Center is closed.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    One of my favorite uncles died of complications from Parkinson’s.

    Sucks hard in every direction!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @sukabi: Nikki Haley Nimrata Randhawa

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    Sab says:

    @Elizabelle: I think it’s kind of sad. What if that coyote left a family behind that will never know what happened to him?

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @opiejeanne: The bigger problem is that a lot of Congressional Republicans are just fine if everything that wasn’t explicitly for the betterment of the Masters of the Universe and the MIC were to wither and die; and apparently their voters are just fine with it too.

    There are a lot of perverse incentives for Republicans letting everything tank and it makes having an honest negotiation effectively impossible. I wouldn’t be surprised if Democrats staged a walk-out at some point to TRY and get someone outside of our ‘bubble’ to realize that the reason why the federal government is having problems is due to active sabotage and not because of some nebulous inability for the two sides to come to an agreement.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @BlueDWarrior: They think they’re clever with this “funding” CHIP without actually funding the clinics. I hope this blows up BIG for them. WaPo was quoting someone from a hospital in Los Angeles, unless I’m mistaken. The population there is large enough to cause a lot of noise.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Sab: He took the A Train 197 Bus.

    Out for a spell; catch you jackals later. Gonna stay off the intertubes and all the derision against Democrats and their deal. Let’s see what happens in 3-4 weeks. Sick of the press corpse. They should take a bus. As if.

    Incidentally: why was this coyote on the bus? Did we ever find out?

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    Sab says:

    @Elizabelle: Early on in the thread somebody linked to the video. He was just minding his own business eating trash at a remote train stop. A train pulled up, its door opened and he wandered in to check it out. The doors slammed, and he was trapped in it for a miles long train ride into the city. When the doors finally opened he ran off, miles from home and in the city.

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    Sab says:

    @Elizabelle: Mary G at comment 17 has the link.

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    Sab says:

    @Sab: Sorry. You have to follow the link through and halfway down that thread somebody links to the video.
    It’s Youtube- Modest Mouse -coyotes

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    Do not ever touch a wild canine. They sometimes carry a disease on their fur both deadly and so gross and nightmare fuel I will not describe it here.

    They just had to slip in a budget detail so small no one would notice it until too late, with no purpose but to fuck poor people over. Republicans are such assholes. At least it will be addressed in the Feb 8th bill.

    A lot of Republican voters are not only just fine with it, they demand it. It’s a friggin’ death cult, determined to kill as many people as possible until whites are the only ones left.

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    And I’m not talking ‘can kill you.’ 100% fatal unless caught and aggressively treated.

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    @Frankensteinbeck: R policies are going to kill them too unless they are in the R donor class.

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    SWMBO says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: What is the name of this dread disease?

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