Badger Aloysius McMurtry: Super Genius

This guy is three months old and already fully potty-trained:

I probably just jinxed him and he’ll shit on the rug tonight, but I don’t think so. When he needs to go out, he goes to the back door and issues a single bark and waits to be let out. He does the same to request reentry.

Badger is my first micro-dog, and as I got used to having a small dog around, I immediately understood why the Queen chose an attrition policy for her Corgi herd as she aged: it’s so easy to trip over the little guys! But their portability has advantages too.

Hubby and I are taking a motorcycle trip this weekend, and family members who are well known to both dogs will be house/dog-sitting. But I’m missing the mutts already and will worry.

Open thread!

220 replies
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    Baud says:

    He looks like a dog out of an old timey cartoon.

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    Zoey2020 says:

    That looks says otherwise. Love it!

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    Zoey2020 says:

    @Baud: Yosemite Sam the Young One.

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    Brachiator says:

    Very expressive eyes!

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    debbie says:

    Will you be carrying him in your purse? //

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    trollhattan says:

    I’m thinking fanny pack.

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    geg6 says:

    He really is too adorable.

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    Such a cutie! He’s gonna be totally spoiled while you’re gone, you know.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Like he currently lives a life of incredible deprivation and hardship?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I’m totally in love with him.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    He’s a handsome good boy.

    Interesting look at California and national politics and issues (NYT if you abstain from hat pub)

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    trollhattan says:

    A pet-dad brag: Rocco Leroy Brown Sugar Ray Charles, who landed at our casa at about 10 weeks had a scant few pee accidents before being effectively housetrained within the month. I suspect it’s in large part from spending adequate time with mom which, because we got him from the breeder he had had.

    Stealing and sometimes eating our stuff is down but damnit, he’ll still do it. He’s cost us far more in clothing than his sticker price.

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    Shell says:

    I think as time goes by, dogs,in general, are getting smarter.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    is the McMurtry for James or Larry? neither or both?

    Talking to my neighbor of ten years the other day, I found out we’re both Lonesome Dove junkies. Each read the book at least three times, neither of us could count how many times we’ve watched the movie

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    Mary G says:

    Badger is full of personality. You may have trouble getting the pet sitting family to leave after you get home!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Neither — my husband just came up with that out of the blue.

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    satby says:

    Aloysius was supposed to have been my father’s middle name, after a godfather or great uncle or something. But the honoree wasn’t able to attend my father’s baptism so my grandfather, named Sylvester, quickly informed the priest that the middle name was to be Arthur.

    I’m taking it as a sign Betty. My dad died 28 years ago today at 56 years young. He’d get a kick out of Badger’s very Irish name.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I do generally abstain from FTFNYT, but that seems like a pretty accurate take to me. Contrary to what the right wing likes to say, California is full of those dreaded technocrats and “centrists” who want to formulate actual plans to fix problems, not just make pie-in-the-sky promises.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Bostons are smart little beasts. My daughter had 2 several years ago. She didn’t even have to trsin the younger one. She just learned from the older one.

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    debbie says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I never read the book, but oh boy, Duvall and Jones on the screen together! <3

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    @dmsilev: Puppy-sitters always spoil! They’re like grandparents.

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    trollhattan says:

    Following today’s Jeff Sessions announcement of adding moar! deputy US attys to fight drugs and such, you must go see The Onion’s new Twitter banner photo.

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    @Mnemosyne: whatever, old white centrist woman

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    dmsilev says:

    @Major Major Major Major: You forgot ‘neoliberal’.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Major Major Major Major: OH! get a load of Matt Breunig over here!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Badger’s a smart little one. Sized for a cycle sidecar too. As is Daisy.

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    lamh36 says:

    Open thread…cool.

    Movies news (I know you’ve missed it…LOL)

    First look at Halle Berry as Sofia in #JohnWick3.

    Ya’ll know how much I love me some John Wick and since I find Halle Berry’s skills as an actress a bit touch an go for me, my only advice to Halle comes from RuPaul:

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    trollhattan says:

    Swore that said “Sofa” and instantly wondered what Tim Burton has been up to.

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    lamh36 says:

    I love my city…but my state…SMH. I would love to retire and die here in NOLA, but manhn…that’s at least 25+/- years from now…

    Louisiana has the worst economy in the US according to new study via @WWLTV

    ETA: I’m single with no dependants and a good paying job, so I’m doing better than average…I can’t imagine if I was doing half of what I am now.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: Shouldn’t you be boxing kangaroos and evading drop bears?

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    rikyrah says:

    Badger is so cute 😄 😍

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    lamh36 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I’m done with them already…them kangaroos knew not to mess with me…LOL

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Okay, that still makes me laugh EVERY time. 😂🤣😂

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    lamh36 says:

    Thank you majority of white America…YOU did this!

    Oh and let’s not forget those who wasted their vote on 3rd party idiots…

    I don’t blame the disenfranchised, but I certainly do blame the idiots “just can’t vote for HRC” losers or the “both sides” crowds, or the “all pols are the same crowd…

    “President Trump has disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House tomorrow. Instead, Eagles fans are invited to the White House to “loudly and proudly” sing the national anthem”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    That involves a story that I’m not willing to put online, but would tell at a meetup.

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    @Mnemosyne: I always make sure to search my gmail to get the wording just right.

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    Mary G says:

    Gabriel Sherman at Vanity Fair shows not all is well at Fox News:

    Rupert’s meddling is not the only headache that Lachlan is dealing with as C.E.O. The crown jewel of New Fox—Fox News—is confronting some business headwinds. While Fox News dominated the ratings in May—a fact Trump bragged about on Saturday—the network is having new difficulties monetizing its most pro-Trump programming. According to three sources briefed on the numbers, advertising revenues for Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are down in recent months. “The pro-Trump thing isn’t working. We can’t monetize DACA and the wall and that right-wing shit,” one staffer said. “Despite all the hype on Hannity, they can’t sell it,” another insider told me. (Tucker Carlson’s show is faring better, sources said).

    They probably have a voodoo doll of David Hogg to stick pins in over there. Sad!

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    lamh36 says:

    The best thing about my Aussie VayKay…I barely heard anything Chump related…unless I looked to my social media acounts, and even then, thx to the time difference, I was too busy enjoying my time in the future!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @lamh36: You’re already back? How time flies.

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    rikyrah says:

    She betta not mess this up😕😕

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    lamh36 says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I know…ya”ll barely missed me huh…lol…Didn’t even get to notice my absence…LOL

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    lamh36 says:

    25s25 seconds ago
    More Dov Kleiman Retweeted Dov Kleiman
    Last season, after the #Patriots won the Superbowl, Tom Brady, Chris Long and others decided not to attend the White House and while Trump didn’t decide to cancel the visit, he did complain during the ceremony about Tom Brady not being there a number of times to the public.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @lamh36: I’ll excuse that by saying I was on vacation myself and only sporadically connected.

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    @lamh36: Same happened to me during my last two Asia vacations. Fun with time zones!

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    pnwjmk says:

    I take special pride in seeing Badger doing so well. Bostons are my university’s mascot. Boston U. represent!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I know that a visit to the White House is traditional for teams that have won a Superb Owl or similar, but is singing The Star-Spangled Banner usually on the programme?

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    MomSense says:

    He’s so adorable.

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: What a big fat baby.

    Glad you had a great time and got back safely. Have you readjusted to the time difference yet?

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    lamh36 says:

    Follow Follow @WWLTV
    Crowd cheers when valedictorian quotes Trump. Then he reveals it was Obama

    SOME of the kids are all right (I can’t say all, cause their are still some young repubicans out there…bleh)

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    Yarrow says:

    @rikyrah: What a coward.

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    Iowa’s primary is tomorrow too. I’m moving to Illinois early next month, so I won’t be able to contribute to how the candidates we select will do. But I really want at least my own district (IA-1, Rod Blum) and one of the state legislative houses to flip. At the moment, the all R governance is scurrying around trying to make us Kansas.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Amir Khalid: Honestly, I don’t even watch them, not even with a President I like. I end up watching a clips…so maybe the run up to the actual presentation?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Heh. I went to my niece’s graduation here in So Cal and it was all about diversity and inclusion. The student who was named “outstanding female student” (they do one outstanding student of each gender instead of valedictorian/salutatorian) was the one who organized and led their anti-gun rally this year, among many other things.

    And the Asian-American speaker who’s planning to study human biology ended her speech with a really great rap. 😍

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    The question must be asked. Badger is a genius but is he a STABLE genius?

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    VeniceRiley says:

    Small dog means small poops. They’re the best beasts.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I was acquainted with a number of Catholic boys in my youth, including an Aloysius or two, since I went to a Catholic mission school. (The name seems to be exclusively Catholic around these parts.) But everyone I knew pronounced it “Alloy see us”. I didn’t learn the correct pronunciation until I heard George Clooney say the name in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

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    JPL says:

    @lamh36: It’s my flag, and it’s my anthem, and it’s time that he stop dictating what it means. Somehow we have to take back our country from the lunatic.

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    @Mnemosyne: I love the endless creativity of kids. I’m kind of jealous of it, actually.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    At the abovementioned graduation, the Senior Choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” to kick off the ceremony and … yikes. Half the kids should have been given stepladders so they could hit the high notes they missed. 😳

    Their school is known for academics, not so much for arts.

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    @Mnemosyne: To be fair that song is fucking impossible to sing.

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    SFBayAreaGal says:

    49er fans, Dwight Clark passed away today from ALS. He was 61

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    different-church-lady says:

    So since I’m in a foul mood and I just read that Benedict Cumberbatch stopped a beating in NYC yesterday, and Cumberbatch played Assange, it got me thinking: it’s kind of surprising how many of our valued commenters got played by Assange at first, but it was also kind of useful to us directly here, in that we now have a better understanding of some of the weak spots in our defenses. The folks who were most anti-Hillary were also the ones who stayed on the Assange bandwagon longer than everyone else. They gave us insights into the lizard brain of the non-self-aware racist left. The next time I see someone trumpeting an anti-state cursader (or worse yet, Greenwald-class paranoia pundit) I’ll recognize them for what they are.

    (This post may or may not offer a coherent worldview.)

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    JPL says:

    @SFBayAreaGal: I was just reading about that, and so sad because he was so young

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    NotMax says:


    Skipped my high school graduation altogether. Wasn’t the least bit interested in attending or participating, and had already left the state by the time it was scheduled.

    Was guilted into going to college graduation. Yawnfest. True to form, the college president mispronounced my name when I was called up to get the sheepskin. Gave me a chance to commandeer the mic and issue a correction.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Yarrow: not at all…smh..hopefully I can remedy that a bit with the next 2 days off. I’ve somehow managed to have 2 days off a week for the next 2 weeks, and I plan to use each day to replenish what I missed on days I have to work.

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    Baud says:

    @different-church-lady: Wasn’t Ecuador supposed to kick his ass out?

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    WereBear says:

    What a good boy!

    Were I to need a micro-dog, this big dog fan would get a Papillon. I talked my mother into one and she had the best time.

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    M4 says:

    @different-church-lady: it was in London, right by 221b Baker Street.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @M4: Yeah, I’m all confusicated today.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I went to all of my graduations (high school, college, and master’s degree). My name was mispronounced every time.

    I have an uncommon first name that people are incorrectly confident they know how to pronounce, and a four-syllable last name. This is why I’m going to use a pen name for my books. 😪

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    Origuy says:


    I think as time goes by, dogs,in general, are getting smarter.

    I’ve been wondering about that. When I was a kid, dogs chasing cars was a common meme. When was the last time you saw or even heard about a dog chasing a car? Maybe it still happens in rural areas; I don’t spend much time around farms any more.

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    JPL says:

    @NotMax: I can top that. My son skipped his, but wanted me to go with him to watch his friend graduate. I hate to admit it, but although I respected his decision, I couldn’t do it. It just seemed odd to watch my son’s graduation without my son.
    Fortunately college graduation was fine.

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    Shell says:

    Just had my first sweet corn of the season (looked like it was just picked). It was fabulous.

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    NotMax says:


    Don’t recall there even being a ceremony scheduled for the graduate degree. If there was, didn’t bother with it.

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    WereBear says:

    @Shell: I think as time goes by, dogs,in general, are getting smarter.

    The more they are treated like people, the more like people they become.

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    lamh36 says:

    I swear I never really take any of these dumb azz online quiz stuff, but I did take this one and I LMBAO…at this “love style” quiz result, cause it was SOOOO accurate…LOL

    I’m an AVOIDER…if that ain’t the truth…I freely admit it!

    Lord I shouldn’t laugh, but I even LOL at the description, even though it discusses some serious stuff.

    Well at least I’m only 64% an avoider..I’m only 50% a pleaser…only 36% of a controller…only 29% of a vacillitator…only 14% of a “victim” (Common complaints about Victims: They let people walk all over them. It seems like they thrive on chaos)…

    My highest marks were between avoider/pleaser.


    Neither style like to deal with negative messy emotions. Pleasers don’t like conflict so they avoid difficult feelings. The avoider views feelings are a foreign language they don’t speak. If an avoider and pleaser marry they will likely report that they rarely fight. This is because each avoids problems as problems involve difficult emotions. Pleasers and avoiders both minimize bad news as they don’t have the skills to deal with challenging emotions.


    Pleasers are more empathetic than avoiders and will try and indirectly “fix” and make things better. They want to alleviate suffering and make it go away by excusing, distracting, minimizing, and looking at the “bright side.” To the pleaser, love equals rescuing others from difficult emotions or consequences rather than letting them learn from mistakes.

    Unlike pleasers, avoiders lack empathy and think every mistake should have a consequence because they put such high value on responsibility. While pleasers can be too soft, avoiders can be too harsh. While pleasers “fix” difficult emotions, avoiders dismiss difficult emotions by saying things like, “Settle down,” “Stop crying, it won’t change anything,” “Forget it and move forward.”

    I found this fascinating…

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I would probably end up with a herding dog of some kind, because for some reason dogs in that breed category love me. They run right up to me and want to sit in my lap. Shelties and border collies seem to think that I’m the best. 🤷‍♀️

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Do you have any idea how many people don’t know how to pronounce “Mnemosyne”?

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I can’t even spell it. Copy and paste sure, but that’s about it.

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    Baud says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You should talk, Suburu.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: i love the working group. Herding dogs are very smart: maybe that’s why they like you :)

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    lamh36 says:

    The fact that MSM rather talk about Bill C instead of what happened to Sen Merkley last night!

    The Department of Health & Human Services officially responded and uh… well, this is nuts.

    “someone allegeding to be a Senator”…WHAT DA FUQ!

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    khead says:


    From the actual press release:

    The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.

    Kinda hard to believe but it gets worse.

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    satby says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’m guessing about as many as those who don’t know how to pronounce Shivon Dunn.😊

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I have blood relatives who can’t pronounce my real first name correctly. 🙄

    I probably mispronounce my own nym anyway. I’m terrible at figuring out pronounciations.

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    lamh36 says:

    @lamh36: this tells me they need time to clean up the place…which is even MORE uncomfortable to think about

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I always assumed it was pronounced Throatwarbler Mangrove.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I think they sense my ADHD and realize that I’m a human who actually needs their everyday help. 😂

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    NotMax says:


    Have been toying with the idea of changing my nym.

    The Artful Codger. Too immodest?

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    M4 says:

    @satby: I thought it was Subaru Dianne.

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    lamh36 says:


    27m27 minutes ago
    More Dov Kleiman Retweeted Dov Kleiman
    A massive number of #Eagles players didn’t want to go to the White House, per @MikeGarafolo less than 10 players were going to attend [Nick Foles was going to be one of those to attend].

    Trump really ruined visiting the White House for championship teams.

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    @Mnemosyne: In fairness to them, the national anthem is hard to sing, for anyone.

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: I like it! I always lose track of who is who when people change nyms, at least for a while.

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    satby says:

    @M4: archaic Gaelic is my thing, my second son is named Padhraic.

    Edit: he goes by Pat and has a different last name.

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    HumboldtBlue says:


    Same with me, it was written by a Santa Cruz columnist that’s why it made sense.

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    The Lodger says:

    @NotMax: Too derivative.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I have just learned from Wikipedia that it’s “Knee moss innie”. I too had been mispronouncing it up to now.

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    NotMax says:

    @The Lodger

    A Mr. Hitchcock on line one….


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    Kay says:

    Follow Follow @jdawsey1
    Wow. A statement from the president: “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem…”

    Forced patriotic displays from the President! Only apply to black people, though.

    Do we still own the White House, or have the Trumps transferred title to their sleazy real estate company? I want them to come to the property we own. They should appear outside the gates to this ridiculous castle he’s invented.

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    M4 says:

    @satby: my name is Gaelic, though mostly phonetic. Still people sometimes struggle.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Depends. How much of a codger are you?

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    Speaking of national anthems, I love this instrumental and vocal versions of India’s national anthem arranged by A. R. Rahman in the early to mid aughts with the best of India’s musicians and vocalists, some who are not with us anymore.

    Jana Gana Mana written by Rabindranath Tagore.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid


    As the saying goes, close enough for government work.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @khead: What a pathetic petulant child.

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    Humdog says:

    My “super genius” Blue gave me quite a laugh. She is newly trusted off leash on our forest walks. She zooms everywhere and comes back to my whistle, unless there is deer poop to be had. Last week, she was off somewhere and i whistled just as I was coming upon the steep trail we do not take after a rain – too much clay soil it becomes a slip and slide. Anyway, she was sitting atop the clay hill, and she never sits. I whistled her down and she tilted backwards, beginning to slide down the hill on her bum! Her eyes got big enough to see the whites and her back feet were stuck in her ear holes. Her ears were flying back like Snoopy flying his dog house. She landed at my feet and bounded up. I called her back over to smack the “mud” off her bum, found she had slid over a stick that left a painful scratch on her tender parts and I laughed at her some more. The last laugh was on me, however, as the “mud” was dog doo. She must have had a long dingleberry, hence the sitting down. But now I had poop all over both my hands a good two miles from home.
    I love her all the same!

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    Shell says:

    They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand

    I love that kind of pouty sound of ‘their’ rather than ‘the’ President. Like “now you’ve made Mommy sad.”

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    satby says:

    @M4: my name isn’t particularly Irish. I always wanted to be a Siobhan or Eithne

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    Badger has the cute. How is Daisy?

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    JPL says:

    @Kay: The news media should not cover the event, but they will. We are in such dangerous territory, and somehow we have to fight back. It’s our flag too.

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    NotMax says:


    Talk about things that would instantly go viral on YouTube!


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    lamh36 says:

    8m8 minutes ago
    JUST IN: U.S. Special Counsel Mueller says ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has attempted to tamper with potential witness – court filing

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    burnspbesq says:

    Duke is in the super-regionals in baseball for the first time ever. Came from behind in four straight games, including twice today against Georgia in Athens. On to Lubbock to face Texas Tech this weekend.

    Not bad for a women’s golf school.

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    M4 says:

    @lamh36: that guy just can’t fucking help himself!

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    burnspbesq says:

    Macron ripped Trump a new one over the phone last week, and Theresa May piled on today. Loving it.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Rich Hofmann @ rich_hofmann
    “In the end, Jeff Lurie decided that he didn’t want to make it a sideshow and wanted to keep this contingent really small. I did not get an exact number, but I was told it wasn’t 20, it wasn’t 10, it was going to be less than that.”

    Adam Schefter @ AdamSchefter
    A large group of Eagles players had decided not to attend White House, including most — if not all — of the black players, a source told ESPN.

    I gotta say, this is one of the ceremonial aspects of the presidency that always made me roll my eyes, like the entire concept and institution of “First Lady”. But trump has managed to turn it into a weapon of racist politics.

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    NotMax says:


    Helping himself (to whatever he could lay his hands on) is what got him into this pickle.


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    lamh36 says:

    16m16 minutes ago
    Plenty of athletes refused to visit Barack Obama at the White House.

    Matt Birk. Tim Thomas. Three 1972 Dolphins (Obama honored their perfect season). Seemingly all of NASCAR.

    Obama never threw a fit and uninvited teams or athletes to save face like Trump did with the Eagles.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @M4: If only the courts would help the traitorous tax dodger with that. Instead of just handing down wrist slaps.

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    lamh36 says:


    9m9 minutes ago

    Follow Follow @kyledcheney
    🚨 Mueller moves to rescind Manafort’s release conditions over alleged witness tampering (h/t @joshgerstein)

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I love the NPR Sunday Puzzler, and have been playing it for decades. So far, have never been the weekly winner, but I live in hope.

    Next week’s (two-week) challenge: Television today can be so derivative — and so is this two-week creative challenge. The object is to pitch an idea to one of the networks, either broadcast or cable, in which your show’s title is just one letter different from an existing show’s title, past or present. Name your TV show and summarize it in 15 words or less.

    N.Y.P.D. CLUE — Manhattan crime investigation in which each case hinges on a single, unexpected piece of evidence

    HAVE GUT, WILL TRAVEL — Portly host tours the best all-you-can-eat restaurants in America

    Entries will be judged on their sense, naturalness of wording, humor and overall effect. No more than three entries per person, please. The person who sends the best TV pitch, in my opinion, will play the on-air puzzle in two weeks.

    I have almost two weeks to submit, and will surely refine my entries, but here’s the first pass.

    TIE WALTONS. A loving family of Arkansas backwoodsmen kidnaps and torments the richest family in the state.

    FATTER KNOWS BEST. Bud, Princess, and Kitten eat brownies, cake, pie, doughnuts, and cookies nonstop.

    CHEEPS. Feral chickens invade a Boston bar “Where Everybody Thinks You’re Tame.”

    FAMILY TOES. Kinky son of normal parents attempts to convert them politically by licking their feet.


    Would love your reactions. Please, do your own entries. I promise I won’t steal.

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    lamh36 says:

    Soooo this explains Chump’s distancing of himself from Manafort!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh36: Dan Hampton, of the ’85 Chicago Bears, who said he disapproved of Obama’s policies, and his wife wasn’t invited–“and such small portions!”

    Julian Sanchez @ normative
    One of the many disturbing things about this whole business is this notion that standing for the National Anthem is centrally about paying tribute to the military. “Bombs bursting in air” notwithstanding, that seems both wrong and sort of creepy.

    more than sort of, we aren’t fucking Sparta

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    Platonailedit says:

    "Mueller… asked the judge overseeing the case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort ahead of his trial.

    "— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 5, 2018

    Yup. Lock him up.

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    TriassicSands says:

    Badger has got to be the spawn of Satan. Anything that cute simply must be evil. (Of course, Annie, my feline overlord opines that all canines are evil and must be smacked down immediately to show them their proper place.)

    While small dogs may present a very real tripping problem, I think cats are probably much worse — dogs get in the way because they’re enthusiastic and want to be right there with you. Cats get in the way because they want to see if, when you trip, you can do a triple somersault with a half twist and still land on your feet — like they can.

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    jacy says:


    My second youngest is named Lochlainn. The youngest missed Conochobar by just a hair.

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    Raoul says:

    @lamh36: Yup.

    So Manafort sent encrypted messages to former employees to encourage them to make “materially false” claims about his lobbying for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians. While under house arrest!

    Using electronic means to try to avoid detection while on house arrest. Indeed Trump did (and still does) hire the best people.

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    Baud says:

    @Raoul: The Bros are going to freak out because the feds outwitted the encryption.

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    M4 says:

    I mean it’s fairly safe to say that they let Manafort out on house arrest over and over specifically to catch him doing this shit, right?

    @Baud: encryption only safeguards messages in transit. And doesn’t do shit if you send them to an informant.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I should make Gabriel Sherman a more regular part of my media diet, I think

    Rupert’s meddling is not the only headache that Lachlan is dealing with as C.E.O. The crown jewel of New Fox—Fox News—is confronting some business headwinds. While Fox News dominated the ratings in May—a fact Trump bragged about on Saturday—the network is having new difficulties monetizing its most pro-Trump programming. According to three sources briefed on the numbers, advertising revenues for Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are down in recent months. “The pro-Trump thing isn’t working. We can’t monetize DACA and the wall and that right-wing shit,” one staffer said. “Despite all the hype on Hannity, they can’t sell it,” another insider told me. (Tucker Carlson’s show is faring better, sources said).

    Gotta say, I never would’ve thought Carlson would outperform Hannity in the Battle of the Angry Lumps. I mean, Hannity is filled with a rage he doesn’t understand but it’s real, Tucker is a trust-fund-baby playing at it because he’s desperate to be on TeeVee.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: So, so dumb. Manafort, that is.

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    JPL says:

    @Baud: haha My uneducated guess is that Manafort’s bail is revoked and he is going back to jail.

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    Baud says:

    @M4: I doubt that logic will prevent Greenwald from tweeting his concerns.

    ETA: #slipperyslope

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    dmsilev says:

    So, that’s bail rescinded and some extra charges thrown in for good measure?

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    catpal says:

    my new favorite dog video walter the singing french bulldog

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I wouldn’t either, if I hadn’t written a long research paper in university about “Western Musical Depictions of the Muses.”
    (Mnemosyne, deity of Memory, was the mother of the nine Muses: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe,
    Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.)

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    Platonailedit says:

    Manafort tampered with witnesses, plural! (Reuters original report only listed one)— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 5, 2018

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    dmsilev says:

    @Baud: Nothing, not even a pack of wild boars, would keep Greenwald from tweeting his concerns.

    However, in the interests of science, I think we should run the experiment anyway. Anyone have a pack of wild boars they’re willing loan out?

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    satby says:

    @dmsilev: wonder how safe he’ll be there. I assume he’s going to need to be kept in solitary for his own safety. I have no doubt Putin could get him while incarcerated.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: THE TWINIGHT ZONE – Nostalgia-fest set in those long-ago days when you could see two MLB games for the price of one & still get home before you turned into a pumpkin…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    And to think that this maroon managed the most recent winning presidential campaign.

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    TenguPhule says:


    My uneducated guess is that Manafort’s bail is revoked and he is going back to jail.

    Depends. The judge has been kinda slow on the uptake with Manafort.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    #140 is meant for you.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @SFBayAreaGal: How very sad. Thanks for sharing the news.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Nothing, not even a pack of wild boars, would keep Greenwald from tweeting his concerns.

    Drone strike might.

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    Calouste says:

    @dmsilev: That’s be animal cruelty almost as bad as throwing the lions to the Christians.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dmsilev: I think I could rootle up a number of bores. Would that help?

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    randy khan says:


    Stupid, desperate, both?

    I mean, this is a really dumb thing to do.

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    Puddinhead says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Nice. Here’s two:

    Nunsmoke – These Sisters of Mercy try to get their uptight Mother Superior to chill out

    The Farts of Life – Jack eats the magic beans and miraculous hilarity ensues.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:
    Ahem … 15-word limit on the pitch.

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    Baud says:

    @Amir Khalid: We’ve learned that hate is a powerfully effective organizational tool.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TenguPhule: What is the purpose of bail?

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    TenguPhule says:

    New report finds no evidence that having sex with robots is healthy

    Wapo article title.

    /Must be five o clock somewhere

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    NotMax says:


    Feel free to steal.

    Funsmoke – follows the adventures and foibles of a combination clown/forest ranger
    One Gay at a Time – (it’s obvious and requires no explication, do the math)
    Northern Sexposure – Keeping a brothel a going concern in a Yukon gold rush ghost town is a full time job
    Dame of Thrones – Both family and business life are draining for this female plumber
    Tight Gallery – Tales of corporate espionage and monkeyshines in the cutthroat lingerie business
    The Big Fang Theory – An extended family of werewolves keen on adapting to suburban life

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    rikyrah says:

    This is a ready made AD.
    Put it on the air-AS IS
    Let the 18 seconds be right there.
    Put this on tv
    Put it on radio ads

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:

    Perfect, but you need to get your pitch/description down to 15 words or fewer per the instructions. But great concept!

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    LAO says:

    @JPL: Jesus Christ, could the plot of this dystopian novel get any dumber? All the best people, right.

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    Baud says:

    @TenguPhule: Is there evidence that it’s unhealthy?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    All fabulous. Knew I could count on you!

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    Lapassionara says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: These are great! I like Cheeps and Fatter Knows Best a lot.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    What is the purpose of bail?

    Allowing him to post bail in the first place given his prior bad behavior was not exactly the smartest thing to do. He then started the whole frivolous challenges in court to boot.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    1000% off topic but I found a video you might appreciate.
    I know you do electric but this is too good, the making of a Goodall Guitar.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Is there evidence that it’s unhealthy?

    I would assume that sticking soft fleshy bits in metal orifices and vice versa tend to end badly.

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    JPL says:

    @TenguPhule: He wasn’t sending encrypted love notes, so I don’t see how that happens. As I said I am not one of our legal eagles, but it seems clear there was witness tampering.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TenguPhule: Do you know the answer to the question?

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: Magic 8 ball says yes.

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    Baud says:

    @TenguPhule: I’m not talking about the cheap ass robots with exposed metal and wires. I’m talking about the high quality stuff.

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    LAO says:

    @TenguPhule: Bail is almost always granted in non-violent cases.

    @JPL: attempted witness tampering.

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    lamh36 says:

    Look at what’s happening now:

    Mueller seeking to jail Trump campaign chair for *witness tampering*

    Trump aides admit they *lied* about Trump’s Don Jr defense

    Trump lawyers say a President can obstruct justice

    And Trump says he can pardon himself — pardons are for criminals.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Yes.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    You should talk, Suburu.

    The late, and deeply-lamented, General Stuck used to call me Sub Diane.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Puddinhead: Nunsmoke – These Sisters of Mercy try to get their uptight Mother Superior to chill out

    Starring Cheech, Chong and Snoop Dogg in nun drag and DAME MAGGIE SMITH as MOTHER SUPERIOR ST GERTRUDE OF THE BLEEDING CHRIST
    or maybe Willie Nelson

    The Farts of Life

    You just know Farley and or Adam Sandler pitched that to Lorne Michaels more than once.

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    LAO says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Do I win anything if I know the answer?

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    burnspbesq says:

    I think it’s safe to bet on a second superseding indictment.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    DOY-neh. Sheesh.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Not long ago you were thinking about switching to your more easily pronounceable real name.

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: whoops. We actually wouldn’t know if he was successful.

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    Aleta says:

    @lamh36: That cheers me up. Thanks.

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    lamh36 says:

    Maddow saying the Manafort filing was done in DC and the VA prosecutor was made aware of the filing…does that mean anything important that it’s in DC and NOT VA?

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    Shana says:

    @Mnemosyne: Very cool! I just got back late last night from younger daughter’s graduation where she got a Master’s in Art History. At her school, all three student speakers said they were wearing red ribbons to support the effort to convince the school to start an Asian Studies program which they said has been in the works for 27 years. Given that it’s a very selective small liberal arts college there were a surprising number of students of color. My understanding is that the school makes a concerted effort to increase diversity, both in economic and ethnic areas.

    BTW, she’s moving to Dallas this summer to start a year-long internship at the Dallas Museum of Art. Any Dallas-area folks want to weigh in with advice about areas to look for apartments? She won’t be making a lot of money….

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    Aleta says:

    Trump’s Lawyers Argue That He Cannot Be Impeached Because He Was Never Actually Elected (Andy Borowitz)

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    LAO says:

    @JPL: I’m just assuming the contacted witnesses ratted PM out within seconds of being contacted. It really doesn’t matter whether he was successful or not. Ignore me, I’m feeling super bitchy tonight.

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    dexwood says:

    I have always been a fan of large dogs, still am, but 30 years ago, a 12 pound terrier/weasel mix came into my life and I understood the big dog heart and soul little dogs can possess. Since then, we have always had a large dog and small dog combo. Yay, Badger.

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    JPL says:

    @lamh36: Here is his statement in full

    “The Eagles call the birthplace of our democracy home, so it’s no surprise that this team embodies everything that makes our country and our city great. Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to an historic victory this year. Fans all across the country rallied behind them because we like to root for the underdog and we feel joy when we see the underdogs finally win. I’m equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field. These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation—a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.
    Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend. City Hall is always open for a celebration.”

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    NotMax says:


    One more, for the “Christian’ channel.

    Fig Brother – that pesky Satan plans to change history: kidnap Adam and replace him with a clone

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    LAO says:

    @JPL: I can’t believe I have to root for the Eagles. Fucking Trump.

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: I just want to know what encryption he used.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Scots Gaelic for me!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Jesus, but I hope Paul Fucking Manafort gets tossed in the can. I promise if I get that, I won’t ask for anything else for Christmas.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @LAO: I was going to turn to you when I failed to get an answer. So, yes, if unpaid resident expert status counts.

    @TenguPhule: Do say then.

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    LAO says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I think you’re going to get your Christmas wish, he was already under very restrictive release. Pretrial detention is the next step.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:



    Might also be able to do something with “Big Brothel.”

    Battery is at 1% so shall be away for a while. See y’all on the other side!

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    Jackie says:

    @LAO: I’m a Seahawks fan. And, an underdog fan. My Seahawks family 100% rooted for the Eagles to beat the Patriots. NFC rules!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: It just appears to be such a stupid move, and he had to know that he would be caught. Maybe one of his encrypted notes was to a white house staff member.

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    lamh36 says:

    Alright…more movie pop news.

    Here’s a movie to put on my Fall Movie watchlist!

    From Academy Award winning director of 12 Years A Slave, Steve McQueen and the writer of Gone Girl:

    Widows | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX via @YouTube

    Not for nothing, but Viola Davis and Liam Nelson play a married couple in this film? They had me at Viola amd the kick azz female cast, but I gots secret crush on Liam Neeson…so even if he is nothing but first bit of the film..this makes me a happy woman!!!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Might also be able to do something with “Big Brothel.”

    If that Will Shortz has any guts, you will be playing the puzzle live on tape this Sunday.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JPL: They haven’t watched any spy movies or even one episode of The Wire.

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    LAO says:

    @Jackie: I’m a NY Giants fan (to the extent that I call myself a fan these days), I was rooting for a meteor.

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    NotMax says:


    Big Brothel

    And the spin-off series, Madam-12.


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    Jackie says:

    @LAO: I’m an Eli fan – for the same reason: Any team that beats Brady and the Pats… 👍🏻👍🏻

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    something fabulous says:

    @lamh36: Welcome back! Hope you had a great time! When we met at the meet-up, you were just getting planning started– how time flies! Did you post about it anywhere? We want PHOTOS!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @NotMax: You and Subaru Diane are good.

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    LAO says:

    @Jackie: Yeah, I get it. The Patriots are really easy to hate, especially now in the Age of Trump.

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    lamh36 says:

    @something fabulous: thank you. I haven’t posted pics yet, but I’m planning to compile them all into a few picture post over at my blog once I get some well needed rest.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Not long ago you were thinking about switching to your more easily pronounceable real name.

    And I think I actually tried it, but was dissuaded by commenters I respect (God only knows who they are; I can’t remember.)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @LAO: Hey, have you seen the BBC series Silk? It is about a female criminal defense barrister. If you have access to Amazon Prime, check it out. I think you will like it.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Baud: You guys! LOL!

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    LAO says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I have, I loved it. Thanks. (I love British police procedurals/legal shows because I don’t know enough about their system to constantly be saying, “oh come! that’s not how that’s done.”)

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Betty don’t miss the chance to take Badger with you on the motorcycle trip! You just need a harness and a rad set of googles like Merlin the ‘cycle riding scottie

    This is probably a dead thread, oh well

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    Calouste says:

    The Twilight Loan: a documentary about the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @LAO: I am rewatching it now. It invalidates the “Hey. you can’t ask that” problem that US based procedurals have.

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    Brachiator says:


    49er fans, Dwight Clark passed away today from ALS. He was 61

    Just recently saw that. Very sad. RIP, Mr Clark.

    Watched a YouTube video about The Catch, which marked the beginning of the 49er dynasty.

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    pluky says:

    @Major Major Major Major: The trick is to start as low as one can. It is built on a drinking song after all, not Wagner.

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