The View from the Potting Shed

My pack and I have been under the weather system that’s been dumping rain on the entire East Coast all week, but the sun broke through a little while ago, and we hardly know how to act.

I’m off to the grocery store soon, and after that, cocktails on the Lido deck. You?

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    trollhattan says:

    Okay, now I see the scale difference between the two. Li’l fella isn’t letting her get too far away, is he? Too dang cute.

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    Yarrow says:

    Oh, my goodness. Badger is so adorable! And so tiny.

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    trollhattan says:

    Trump takes time out of his BUSY, SO BUSY! DID I MENTION I’M BUSY? schedule to threaten Oakland’s mayor.

    During a televised White House meeting that included the attorney general, President Donald Trump called on the Justice Department to investigate Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for “obstruction of justice” after she alerted residents to impending ICE raids earlier this year.

    “That whole operation that took a long time to put together — I mean you talk about obstruction of justice, I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland, California,” the president said, directing his comments at Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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    JPL says:

    Finch’s dog walker has a concert tonight, and I’ve been invited to attend. He’s in 6th grade and play bass.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @trollhattan: I separate the dogs for most of the day so poor Daisy can get some peace and quiet. Badger wants to play all the time, and Daisy is patient with him, but she’s an old girl who is fond of her naps. I gate Badger and myself off in the office / mud room so I can keep an eye on him for house-training purposes while working, and Daisy comes and goes as she pleases. She mostly chooses to sleep on the sofa but will come hang out with us for part of the day.

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    Mary G says:

    I am splitting a can of tuna with my cats. I know I should do something constructive, but I’m having a hard time concentrating on anything.

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    dlwchico says:

    so small!

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    Mart says:

    @trollhattan: Assume the media will treat as the new normal and / or both sides…

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    Lapassionara says:

    Senate voted to save net neutrality rules, per my newsfeed. 🌟

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: Badger is so darn cute!

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    germy says:

    Funny tweet from Merrill:

    This Mother's Day I will go visit my favorite mother…this kildeer mom I see when I walk my dogs. Kildeer are the drama queens of the small bird world. Here she is distracting predators (me. Ha!) from seeing her near by nest by pretending to have a broken wing.— Merrill Markoe (@Merrillmarkoe) May 13, 2018

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    delk says:

    Today is National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

    National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is a new effort to draw awareness to and appreciation of the lifetime of contributions made by LGBT older adults. The gains made in recent years toward LGBT equality sit squarely on the backs of those whose struggles and victories, extraordinary courage and everyday authenticity, pioneered the path toward freedom.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Familiar territory. We brought Rocco home at 10(?) weeks and had to provide separate quarters from our very mature and ladylike Gracie, who it turned out had no innate mothering instincts whatsoever thank you and why have you done this to me? Rocco, as became quickly clear just wants to have fun. And fun and fun and fun. People? Yay! Dogs? Yay! We shall not discuss squirrels nor birds.

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    cope says:

    I’m making lemon squares to put in the casserole dish I have to return to the neighbors (mrs. cope says it’s bad luck to return dishes empty) and then it will be BLTs and crispy fries for dinner. This evening’s entertainment will probably be grinding through old episodes of Trading Spaces that are clogging up the DVR. In other words, an evening of retired domestic bliss.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Lapassionara: 52-47 vote (all Dems, plus Murkowski, Collins, and Kennedy of LA voting in favor). I assume that Paul Ryan will do what he normally does and just not bother bringing it up for a vote in the House, but it’s still good to see.

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    omgawwww so cute!

    Time for a job interview for me.

    @dmsilev: don’t worry I’m sure everybody will find a way to blame the democrats.

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    VeniceRiley says:

    Hm. Shut is my windowless storage closet/office that, thanks to my awesome boss, lets me work out of the county where I live instead of the fancy corp office. But it’s rather like Harry Potter under the stairs at the Dursley home. I escape by coming in early and going to Karl Strauss Brewery Resto for a long lunch in a Cheers-like ambiance. Everyone knows my name. My new place in Laguna Hills has 2 pools and 2 ‘cuzzis; so I might hit those up unless I feel like watching Maddow live in real time to *sigh* my crush out … with my chin propped in my palms like a teen girl. She is handsome.

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    trollhattan says:

    It’s true! Kildeer are ground-nesters and will go to great lengths to lead anybody or thing away from their eggs and brood.

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    rp says:

    Is this how we sit?

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    cope says:

    @germy: Is that the Merrill Marko who used to write for Letterman?

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    ruemara says:

    Staff picnic. Which is fun but annoying because I need to bill for my time so I either use my vacation hours or I fake my hours and I never know which is legal so I use comp time which now I can’t because they won’t let me put my OT down on my timecard and get comp time. But I did get a burger & new canvas shopping bags.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @dmsilev: hmmmm. Sounds like phone calls to reps are next.

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    Jager says:

    I have to drop off some papers at the lawyers office, then on to Costco. When I get back to the old house in the canyon I’m going to make myself a martini with the excellent (and cheap) Kirkland 6 vodka.

    Betty, you need this t shirt

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    dmsilev says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Both parties are exactly the same, don’t you know?

    Good luck with the interview.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Must see TV…

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    Mart says:

    @ruemara: Also love it when the man gifts you by closing the office early the day before Holidays. Have not figured out how that goes on the time-sheet either.

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    Planetpundit says:

    Lil Badger looks a tad bewildered and forlorn. What a sweetie pie.

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    ruemara says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Must avoid TV. Good thing I’ll be in Zumba class.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Or, I could scrape my nails across my artisan chalkboard while putting cactus needles in my eye. Choices, choices….

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    Adam L Silverman says:


    Good thing I’ll be in Zumba class.

    That’s not a class, that’s a cult meeting.

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    trollhattan says:

    Grrr, these bastards.

    A California judge on Tuesday overturned the state’s physician-assisted suicide statute, ruling that lawmakers did not have the authority to pass it during a special session convened to take up healthcare legislation.

    While the ruling by a Riverside County Superior Court judge was tentative, giving California’s attorney general five days to appeal, it was hailed by opponents as a victory for terminally ill patients. [do go on]

    “The court made it very clear that assisted suicide has nothing to do with increasing access to health care and that hijacking the special session to advance an unrelated agenda is impermissible,” the Life Legal Defense Foundation, [Catholic fundys, et al] which filed the legal challenge, said in a statement.

    The organization previously represented a Florida woman, Terry Schiavo, during a high-profile legal battle over her husband’s wish to remove her feeding tube after a 1990 heart attack left her in a coma. [somebody man the Cole signal]

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    Libraryguy says:


    Just spoke with my absentee landlord. Nice person. Hasn’t kept up with bills for our place (and others). :( “A little short right now”.

    Anybody feel like some shopping (early Father’s Day?), you can do it here. We need to raise about $500 over the next few days.

    I’ll post this again later, because I have to go punch something inanimate but yielding.

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    Libraryguy says:

    @trollhattan: These people, all of them, on the right / conservative / alt-right never go away. They always come back to haunt us. It’s hard to win against people like this, it’s hard to be liberal and so angry and focused all the time.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @ruemara: You’ll also need a time machine as that tweet is from 2013.

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    ruemara says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Just because my winding & ass shaking is worthy of worship doesn’t make it a cult. However love gifts to the body are always accepted.

    @Corner Stone: If I could go back to 2013, I most certainly would. & I’d be making some changes.

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    MomSense says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Oh FFS. I can’t even with her anymore. I saw her at an event and wanted to say some things but decided not to embarrass my son (although he knows as well as anyone about my politics specific Tourette’s).

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Lapassionara: While I really don’t understand the ins and outs of repealing net neutrality, I’m happy to hear that for once the Senate did the right thing. YAY.

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    satby says:

    I finished mowing my too tall grass and did a load of laundry. I’m frankly avoiding getting products ready for yet another fundraiser my rescue is putting on (a 5k walk/times run) because I’m starting to feel taken for granted a bit, but I’ll get over it. New kitten pictures will be forthcoming.

    Dinner was cheese tortellini with ramp pesto and fresh parmesan cheese. Now enjoying 1/2 an hour quiet time before the dogs begin begging for their dinner.

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    Corner Stone says:


    If I could go back to 2013, I most certainly would. & I’d be making some changes.

    Like somehow working to prevent President Obama from nominating James Comey to Director FBI? Or maybe something easy like investing in Amazon and Facebook?

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    Corner Stone says:

    Say what now?!! Rudy, you scamp!

    The Situation Room
    ‏Verified account @CNNSitRoom

    BREAKING: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has informed President Donald Trump’s attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani

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    debit says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yeah, I’ll be mowing my lawn instead, thanks. Maybe go for gold and clean some litterboxes too.

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    trollhattan says:

    I must say, Alabama politics continue to amuse. It would seem the eh-steamed govenah did not learn LBJ’s lesson about denial.

    A little more than 12 hours after a state legislator suggested she was gay, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) issued a strong denial, the Birmingham News reports.

    Said Ivey: “This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful. It’s a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left wing liberal political operative. There is absolutely no truth to it. It’s false. It’s wrong. It’s a bald faced lie. And I’m not gonna let them get away with it.”

    Please proceed, governor.

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    Jager says:

    Amy Goodman charges Pacifica 500k a year to run her show on their stations. They gave her start, then she outsmarted them and got ownership of the show. The Pacifica board isn’t very bright, they are in big financial trouble and are facing bankruptcy, one of the creditors is Amy Goodman to the tune of 1.4 million. I know the guy who is the interim executive director of Pacifica, I sent him an email saying, “if you can solve Pacifica’s problems, most of which are caused by in fighting by the board of directors, you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize”

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    Okay, that’s it. I am getting gyros for dinner.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Badger always looks to me like he’s asking, “I’m in the right place, right? Doing what I’m supposed to be doing?”

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Intriguing that this isn’t coming straight from Mueller.

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    trollhattan says:

    Any and all NM Juicers, vote for this guy.

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    Mary G says:

    Well, the Senate has released Paul Manafort’s notes from the famous meeting of Uday and the Russians, that was alleged to only be about adopting babies:

    “Bill browder
    Offshore – Cyprus
    Not invest – loan
    Value in Cyprus as inter
    Active sponsors of RNC
    Browder hired Joanna Glover
    Tied into Cheney
    Russian adoption by American families”

    The “Active sponsors of RNC” hit me the hardest.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    It’s a meaningless gesture. Equivalent legislation will never emerge from the House.

    No R senator risked a thing.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: I think Rudy is trying on a push/pull type of BS. He’s putting it out there so every media pundit will discuss it and begin accepting it as fact. Because he knows Mueller will never comment on it, due to the follow up questions that would invite.

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    germy says:

    @cope: Yes, she wrote for Letterman. Talented and funny writer.

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    rikyrah says:

    Badger us so freaking cute 😄😍

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    Steve in the SFO says:

    @ruemara: is your attendance mandatory? Or effectively mandatory? If so, time should be compensable.

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    germy says:

    Illici = shorthand for illicit.

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    Steve in the SFO says:

    @cope: not just writer but also long term girlfriend

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    AnotherBruce says:

    @germy: Yes, I’ve seen this behavior before. It’s kind of precious. The Killdeer also has a high pitched cry which adds to the drama.

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    cope says:

    @Steve in the SFO: Yeah, I remember that. She would appear as a guest on Carson (?) every so often and was my favorite combination in people, intelligent and funny.

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    Kay says:

    Follow Follow @MarkWarner
    More Mark Warner Retweeted Richard Burr
    CONFIRMED: After a thorough review, Senate Intel has found no evidence to dispute the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia, on orders from Putin, carried out an unprecedented election interference effort to help the Trump campaign and hurt the Clinton campaign in 2016.

    We’re used to it now, but think about how wild that is. Boy, no one saw that coming! We have a billion dollar campaign coverage industry but voters had no clue this was going on.

    They completely missed the biggest story of the 2016 campaign- biggest story by a mile- a bizarre and unprecedented event.

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    trollhattan says:

    Here I thought it was a University of Illinois grad misspelling Illini.

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    Kay says:

    carried out an unprecedented election interference

    And that should matter, right? As to newsworthiness? Under the “man bites dog” cliche?

    Because insecure email practices are not “unprecedented”. They’re as regular as rain. In fact, they matter so little no one covers them anymore.

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    piratedan says:

    @Kay: never once did anyone ask, why in the hell is anyone hacking the Democrats? The last time that happened was the biggest political scandal of the last 50 years… oh well, nvm, lets do another round on what it means to be hacked and the hidden nuances to the riosotto recipes revealed… and maybe someone can tell us why e-mails that are missing any classification in their header are somehow the responsibility of the recipient in regards to maintaining security protocols….

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    debbie says:

    I hope she doesn’t roll over on the little guy.

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    ruemara says:

    @Steve in the SFO: Usually mandatory.

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    geg6 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Jesus fucking Christ. This is why I can’t watch his show.

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    MattF says:

    Off shortly to meet a novice local politician. The race for representing my State Senate district is apparently a free-for-all, and one of my condo neighbors has a favorite candidate. So, there will be a meet-and-greet. I should say, I live in a blue district in a blue county in a blue state, so I’m expecting a politically compatible crowd.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Trump called on the Justice Department to investigate Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for “obstruction of justice”

    You can just feel the inner tyrant in Trump demanding to be let free.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Trigger Warning!

    People at risk of destroying their televisions.

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    Barbara says:

    Badger is so cute. He really reminds me of my little chihuahua mix who I think might have some terrier lineage. When outside he digs and chases any kind of animal. The face is a different shape, but those coltish legs and the inquisitive facial expression are the same as my dog’s. He is also black and white, with less white around his face. Anyway, he is adorbs.

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    Barbara says:

    @ruemara: Do you mind letting me know your estimate of the ratio of women to men in your zumba class? My fitness class is probably 200 to one, women to men. Not that it bothers me, I just wonder whether it’s just typical for all kinds of fitness classes that incorporate dance and music.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @ Betty Cracker: I expect to see a new tag: Your Daily Badger.

    Love your doggies. Lido deck. LOL.

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    maya says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has informed President Donald Trump’s attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

    However, they can slap him in irons and gator march him across the greens while putting.

    The Badger/ Daisy pic conjures up Wind Beneath My Wings as, Wasatch Blocking My Warmth

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    Corner Stone says:

    @geg6: I am not sure why Adam did not clarify that Chris Hayes tweet was timestamped 2013., but I am sure he has reasons. Evergreen tweet, maybe? Teasing a post Adam has coming shortly? Just firing for effect?

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    MattF says:

    @maya: So, ‘unindicted co-conspirator’?

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    maya says:

    @MattF: Nah. Holding 3 Russian orphans (who all look remarkably like Ivankalanka!) without proper papers in the WH Situation Room.
    Which proves the meeting was about adoptions!

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    Steeplejack says:

    I’m settling down with a margarita after a pleasantly gray, rainy day here in NoVA. I am becoming a human dynamo of activity. For the third day in a row I donned my tactical gear (pants) and went out to face the harsh, judgmental world that sees me as a crabby geezer and probable Trump voter. Not true, I want to yell, which of course would feed into the crabby-geezer vibe. Zounds. Maybe I just have resting crab face. I try to be nice to one and all, but I feel like I get treated with “Careful, he could blow at any moment!” gingerliness. Maybe just a result of getting old.

    Anyway, it gives me a chance to work on my eroding social skills and also keeps me away from all Trump all the time in the news. Definitely a plus.

    I had lunch with my brother Monday at Mexican restaurant Le Unión, followed by running some errands. Lunch yesterday with a between-jobs friend at the Liberty Tavern in Clarendon, followed by more errands. Just errands today, prompted by the need to go to UPS “pickup facility” to get a package that they tried to deliver while I was out and about yesterday.

    The “pickup facility” turned out to be a bank of lockers on the side of a seedy 7-Eleven in Annandale with an ATM-like installation where you could unsuccessfully try to scan/​enter your notification code and then call a UPS rep who sort of grudgingly did the process remotely and opened a locker so I could get my package. Definitely an experience I don’t want to repeat.

    High point of the errands today was splurging on some new windshield wiper blades for the doughty Kia. The previous ones were fine one day and then the next time it rained they were totally shot. No gradual degradation—weird. So I nipped into an auto-parts store and upsold myself on some pricey Bosch wipers. Totally worth it, because both the guys working the store were extremely friendly, and one of them practically insisted on installing them for me. Yeah, thanks, man. Then I almost wanted to take the long way home, because the new blades looked so luxurious on the windshield and did such a great job.

    I’m also happy because I got new batteries in a couple of my watches—one of the few ways a gentle­man can acces­sorize—and now I can wear them again. So there’s that.

    Now I feel like I may be able to face a bit of the MSNBC lineup tonight, although I will be switching over to The Blacklist for appointment TV. I think the show may have jumped the shark, or be about to, but I loves me some Ray­mond Redding­ton. I fantasize about him going up against the Kochs, Mercers, GOP Congress et al. in real life.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Adam L Silverman: No, Crossfit is the cult meeting.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Steeplejack: Enjoy that margarita.

    I like a grey rainy day too, from time to time. Seems we have a week of them.

    And the horsies will be running in the slop again, at the Preakness this weekend.

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    Corner Stone says:


    For the third day in a row I donned my tactical gear (pants)

    Booo! Hisss! Booooo!!!

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    Platonailedit says:

    Badger: Ok, you got your fucking foto. Can I go and fucking play now?

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    J R in WV says:


    The first year in our new office a Kildeer laid her eggs in the gravel between sections of the new parking lot. She worked her butt off trying to keep parkers and walkers away from her nest, which was eggs lying in the gravel in the sunshine. They aren’t big nest builders.

    Best I recall she hatched her eggs and mothered the chicks up ’til they could fly…

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    J R in WV says:


    Hey! Martinis are made with gin, vodka is vodka, and is NOT a martini. I like them all, but definitions are what they are!

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    J R in WV says:


    MSM management bought and paid for, seeing to their financial interests, taking care of their strategic political interests, not interested in real democracy, which depends upon a fully and accurately informed voting population.

    Went to the local YMCA gym today for the first time. After swimming a little, got back into the mens locker room, which has couches and such to hang out. Two older guys (remember, I’m an old retiree!) were apparently acquainted, one said “I don’t know if Trump is a good president, but if he can tweet and get 50 or 60 people shot dead there’s something wrong!”

    Then the other old conservative guy said “He cheated on his first wife, left her for a second wife, cheated on her with his third wife, cheated on her with a porn star while she was having his baby, and will be hosting National Prayer Day! There’s something bad wrong with that, too!”

    I wasn’t expecting that, actually. Glad to hear that locker room chat, not like Trump’s locker room chatter at all, gave me some hope!

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