Saturday Open Thread

There have been reports that the website is not functioning properly, particularly the mobile site, and website guru Alain is on it.

As many of you are aware, beloved gorilla Koko passed peacefully in her sleep this week (here is a great piece), so apparently Tammy decided to reproduce some images when I fell asleep last night:

Lily was protecting me by sleeping on my head:

And then there is Samantha, the most amazing little dog on the PLANET:

We’re off to the farmers markets and are going to hit a couple nurseries and ask around about rain gardens.

You all be cool and let’s not start a general hysterical panic about the website. Remain calm, keep your powder dry, we are on it.

234 replies
  1. 1
    geg6 says:


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    Cermet says:

    OK John, that is really amusing but maybe a bit sneaky.

  3. 3
    John Cole says:

    @geg6: He and Rosie sleep with Tammy- they just love her.

  4. 4
    geg6 says:

    @John Cole:

    Oh. Well, okay then.

  5. 5
    zhena gogolia says:

    And Steve? At first I thought Samantha was Steve.

  6. 6
    HRA says:

    The hard to get BJ on also exists with my PC.
    Love the photos.

  7. 7
    opiejeanne says:

    @John Cole: So, your dogs and hers are owner swapping. Is Steve too disgusted to participate?

  8. 8
    kindness says:

    Just adorable. No, not you John, the dogs.

  9. 9
    Suzanne says:

    @opiejeanne: I can’t imagine Steve being that thirsty for human validation. Maybe that is me projecting.

    I love Rosie. Rosie is my favorite Cole pet. More Rosie, plz.

  10. 10

    Lily is protecting you. She has her laser vision on.

  11. 11
    germy says:

    Melania’s Infamous Zara Jacket Seems To Be a Rip-Off of Another Designer

    I’m starting to see a pattern here.

    Starting with the plagiarized speech, the plagiarized pamphlet, and now the plagiarized display of bad taste and insensitivity.

  12. 12
    Ohio Mom says:

    Was this a posed picture or were you really asleep? If it was a candid shot, where is the apnea mask, young man?*

    We want you around for a long time, and as I am sure you already know, untreated apnea can kill.

    Sign me,
    Yesterday I realized I am old enough to be your mother

    * this is a rhetorical question, I see the mask on the nightstand.

  13. 13
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    hee hee

    Sarah Sanders @ PressSec
    Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so

    as for “respectfully”…

    During one exchange, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, a frequent sparring partner, “I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences.”

    I’m sure people who watch Jethrene Huckabeast more than I have other examples of her truculent bullying, and I’m sure those will be pointed out to her

  14. 14
    germy says:

    I used to have a neighbor who knitted a cozy for her cpap tube.

    Because the cats would claw holes in it while she tried to sleep. The cozy worked great, a good workout for the claws without puncturing plastic.

  15. 15
    Spanky says:

    For you guys that love to read Alexandra Petri’s articles in the post, too late!:

    There are two ways — I think! I was an English major! — of decreasing entropy in a given corner of the universe. One is by adding energy, and the other is by increasing order. What I am trying to say is that if you are reading this, I am married.

    Or, I will be soon. Assuming nothing goes too wrong. People have always told me that I will be late to my own wedding. So it is possible that I’ll be late. But if it’s Saturday afternoon and you are reading this, probably, I am married.

  16. 16
    NotMax says:

    the website is not functioning properly

    This is what comes of no longer having food/recipe threads on a routine basis to appease the appetite of the FYWP gods.


  17. 17
    germy says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    untreated apnea can kill.

    I wish I could invent some sort of mouth device to replace the mask.

    Not the dental things they sell nowadays that thrust the lower jaw out. I mean some sort of upper palate sling. It’s soft enough to allow the wearer to swallow, but firm enough to prevent airway collapse during deep sleep. It would be a molded mouth guard, but would feature a narrow “shoe horn” extension into the back of the mouth.

    Perhaps such a device is impossible. I don’t know.

  18. 18
    NotMax says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist

    Sounds as if Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia is about to be swamped with increased patronage.


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    Suzanne says:

    @Spanky: Petri is really funny. If anyone listened to the WaPo’s podcast “Presidential” (and I did…..every episode….and it took me a while to emotionally brace myself), she was a guest on two occasions, and she was really funny and engaging.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Here’s the thing that conservatives love to misunderstand and that we have to be very clear on: any restaurant can refuse service to any specific person at any time. What the law generally does not allow is refusing service to people as a class.

    So it’s always been 100 percent legal for a restaurant owner to say, That woman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is an asshole and I refuse service to her.

    The MAGAts refuse to understand the difference between I refuse service to you, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, based on your personal actions and I refuse service to anyone gay regardless of who they are because Jeebus.

  21. 21
    Catherine D. says:

    It’s a lovely cool and cloudy day here, and I’m wondering how many canvassers will stop by. The primary is Tuesday, and we have 5 Dems running for NY-23. I’ve heard from 4 of the 5. The fifth appears to be a Blue Dog.

    I want current congresscritter Tom Reed to go down in flames. He kisses Trump’s ass so much he’s morphed into a butt plug.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @NotMax: the MAGAts are already trashing them in Yelp et al, announcing that they are frequent patrons of high-end dining establishments in Washington DC and when they went to Red Hen there were mice in their chicken fingers and MSNBC-13 terrorists in the women’s bathroom! They will go to the trump hotel DC for the all you can eat buffet from now on!

    The restaurant is in Lexington VA which I gather is a hundred miles from DC

  23. 23
    M4 says:

    I am all packed and heading to the train for SFO! New York here I come.

  24. 24


    Today’s Daily Kos: “…Bolton is not the only one looking to take “a high level meeting.” Four United States Senators will be celebrating Independence Day in Russia and they’re all hopped up about an audience with Vladimir Putin as well. They are Richard Shelby, (R-AL) John Kennedy (R-LA) Steve Daines (R-MT) and John Hoeven (R-ND)..”.


  25. 25
    NotMax says:


    The local inner circle has been notified.


  26. 26

    I covered a social media organized protest yesterday afternoon in front of the district office of Representative Kevin Yoder (r) (KS-3) in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. Over 500 people showed up, along with two cliché counter protestors (seriously, is there a central casting requirement for guys in MAGA caps?).

    There were several iterations of Melania’s coat of a drab color.

    Immigration protest at Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (r) district office – Overland Park, Kansas – June 22, 2018

    That many people showed up in republican Johnson County, Kansas. Who’d have thought?

  27. 27
    Amir Khalid says:

    Javier Hernandes makes it 2-0 to Mexico. They’ve been rather better than South Korea today and deserve the lead.

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    MobileForkbeard says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Funnily enough, I think that it took THIS long to start refusing to serve highly visible liars and thieves shows incredible restraint on behalf of the public towards a racist, corrupt regime.

    It SHOULD have started immediately after the lies about in the inauguration size.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Chicken mice ARE THE WORST!

    As to where Cole acquired a pet ewok, experts disagree.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Michael Bersin:

    (seriously, is there a central casting requirement for guys in MAGA caps?).

    Crisis actors!

    Nice to hear of good people speaking out in Kansas. Seems as though they’ve been pummeled into silence for a decade or three now.

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    skerry says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: There is another restaurant in DC named “Red Hen” unaffiliated with the one in Lexington, VA. I think the DC one is being targeted as well

  32. 32
    NotMax says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist

    They’re so predictable.

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    batguano says:

    Looks like heaven. Note that Steve is in the role of an aloof and disapproving god.

  34. 34
    M4 says:

    @NotMax: ugh oh no!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Interesting TED talk that someone on my Facebook page linked to. Basically, a zookeeper from Germany explains what everyone consistently gets wrong about primate “alpha males.”

    He purposefully brings today’s politics into it, but in a reasonably subtle way.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Good luck!

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    p.a. says:

    @germy: Dentists can make a device. I have one, but I barely ‘survived’ the mold-making stage. Definitely can’t use the finished product (upper and lower that lock together.). Very trigger happy gag reflex.

  38. 38
    NotMax says:


    Should you find yourself in the neighborhood, read somewhere about what’s supposed to be a very nice food court recently opened inside the Columbus Circle subway station. On my list of places to check out come this summer’s (reluctant) sojourn.

  39. 39
    germy says:

    @p.a.: But it’s the kind of device that juts the lower jaw out?

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    Mike in NC says:

    Lexington, VA is three hours from DC. Possum Queen must have had a bigly desire to go to a Red Hen (which I’d never heard of before).

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    sixthdoctor says:

    SHS should be happy that she was confronted and kicked out of the restaurant. How many other times did everyone simply say nothing, then seasoned her food using the Tyler Durden Cookbook?

  42. 42
    Amir Khalid says:

    @No Drought No More:
    This Republican John Kennedy — he isn’t one of the Massachusetts Kennedys, is he?

  43. 43
    trollhattan says:

    @Mike in NC:
    I wonder what Possum Queen feels about the zero-gays Colorado baker now?

  44. 44
    M4 says:

    @NotMax: I oughta be although it’s Pride this weekend so who knows what’ll be busy and such.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    he isn’t one of the Massachusetts Kennedys, is he?

    Not an uncommon name n the US

  46. 46
    germy says:


    I wonder what Possum Queen feels about the zero-gays Colorado baker now?

    “A baker or restaurant has the right to decline service to anyone. Unless I walk into a Red Hen. Then I expect a whole, flash-fried red hen, which I can devour. Beak, feet and crispy feathers. It’s in the bible.”

  47. 47
    D58826 says:

    @Mike in NC: While I don’t shed a tear for the Possum Queen, I really don’t like to see this kind of conduct. Remember first they came for the possum queen, then they came for…..’

  48. 48
    M4 says:

    @germy: political belief is not a protected class correct?

  49. 49
    NotMax says:


    Stay away from the rainbow bagels.


  50. 50
    M4 says:

    @NotMax: don’t worry, I won’t be crossing the river except for the airport.

  51. 51
    Suzanne says:

    @J R in WV: I believe that social shaming is actually our most powerful weapon here. I firmly believe that the Left has won the culture, and that is a far bigger prize than the government in terms of changing society in the ways we want.

  52. 52
    efgoldman says:


    I really don’t like to see this kind of conduct. Remember first they came for the possum queen, then they came for…..’

    Too fucking bad.
    The best response to the “we won’t serve because reasons….” was the pizza place that put a sign in the window that they wouldn’t serve RWNJs


    ETA: Our commitment to fairness and process is one of the things that kills us. Bring a rubber stage knife to an artillery duel.

  53. 53
    joel hanes says:


    It should have started when Reagan opened his campaign at the Neshoba County Fair with a speech about states rights.
    It should have started when Patrick Buchanan addressed the Republican National Convention.
    It should have started when people first noticed what Phil Gramm, or Tom Delay, or Newt Gingrich were saying.
    It should have happened when RON PAUL published those newsletters.
    It should have happened when Paul Ryan first explained his budget ideas.
    It should have happened when Ollie North became a hero to the right.
    It should have happened when no WMDs were found in Iraq.
    It should have happened when the first reports came back from Abu Ghraib and Bagram

  54. 54
    Luthe says:

    @D58826: Ah yes, but that is based on people as a class usually* with immutable traits intrinsic to them. Being a famous asshole working for a bigger asshole is not an immutable trait.

    *Some traits, such as religion, can technically be changed, but are generally central enough to someone’s identity that such change would not happen. Though I suppose it could be argued being a GOP moron is central to some people’s identities…

  55. 55
    M4 says:

    @joel hanes: to be fair if you asked the average American about any of those they would say ‘huh?’ or have an inaccurate memory, eg re WMD in Iraq. This is the first time that who republicans really are has fully penetrated our consciousness.

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    J R in WV says:

    Figures that RWNJs can’t tell the difference between a restaurant in DC and one 200 miles away that actually threw Possum Queen out. I suspect she went that far so as to not be attacked by people who despise her despicable performances for trump which appear to be more common in DC now.

    But she is very recognizable, and won’t be able to go anywhere decent in the whole nation. She’s stuck at that Chicken Fingers place that serves their fried chicken sweetened. It is genuinely terrible, I went once before I learned that they were RWNJ religious crazies. It was awful stuff. Eat “Mor Chiken” with sugar on it! No thanks!

    Good luck Sarah honey~!!~

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    p.a. says:

    @germy: slightly: bottom teeth align with top, such that if you could close your jaws the incisor cutting edges would touch. I’ve considered using a dremel to shorten the molar parts of the plastic mold; that’s where my gag issue is, and that part isn’t necessary for the apnea allieviating effect.

    Funny thing is, I have no memory of being charged for the service or the gear, even though my dental plan is pretty basic. Maybe the office staff used creative coding.

  58. 58

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE SITE GOD HELP US, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!1!!!ahundredandeleven!!!1!!!1!!!!

  59. 59

    Seriously, though, I haven’t seen anything wrong here in forever…

    One of my best friends from high school is flying out today from Arizona to stay for three days. We’re going to do railroad archæology tomorrow.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    Say Hitler walks in. Do we refuse service?
    How much morally reprehensible behavior is enough before we stop being “courteous?”

  61. 61
    trollhattan says:

    @J R in WV:
    I can think of a Washington State coffee shop that probably doesn’t want to see her.

  62. 62
    Mnemosyne says:


    As I pointed out in #20 above, IANAL but as I understand it, merchants have always retained the right to refuse service to specific people. You can’t say, “I refuse to serve Black people,” but you are allowed to say, “I refuse to serve Kanye West because he was an asshole the last time he came in.”

    They knew exactly who SHS was and refused to serve her specifically, not all white women or even all conservative women. I don’t have a huge problem with that.

  63. 63
    lamh36 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Should be noted that Sarah Sanders used her official White House press secretary Twitter account to try and hurt a private business and settle a personal score. If anyone in the Obama administration had done that she would have called for their immediate dismissal.

    11:51 AM – Jun 23, 2018

  64. 64
    NotMax says:


    Should you want to duck inside, away from the hustle and bustle for a while, the current exhibits at the Morgan Library (Madison Ave. and E. 36 St.) look pretty neat-o.

    Probably would appeal more to the oldsters here, but will also mention one of the current exhibits at the NY Public Library main branch (5th & 42nd) – You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s.

  65. 65
    Ohio Mom says:

    @germy: I never wore an apnea mask so I don’t know. It took Ohio Dad a few tries to get the right mask setup, and when he did, all of a sudden, he was more energetic and in a better mood most of the time. But we do know several people who gave up on their apnea machines.

    Maybe someone can invent some sort of pacemaker for apnea and then everyone can toss their machines.

  66. 66
    Jager says:

    Mrs J had a long day yesterday, she went to bed to read at 9. I stayed up until 11. When I went into the bedroom I was stunned to hear a 115 ib woman snoring like a 300 pound NFL offensive tackle. I retreated to the guest room and was joined by the 100lb Anze the Dog. Not only did he take up over half of a Queen sized bed, he snores just like his mommy. I just can’t win.

  67. 67
    Tams says:

    @Ohio Mom: this was an action shot. I wouldn’t let him post a “posed” pic. But I did nudge him after to put his mask on. That’s what best friends are for!!!

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    efgoldman says:


    Say Hitler walks in. Do we refuse service?
    How much morally reprehensible behavior is enough

    Whatever the owner says it is. That’s the standard SCOTUS established.
    Shit cuts both ways


  69. 69
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Most likely she has friends and/or family there, which makes the restaurant thing even more humiliating. 😈

    Though I like to picture her thinking, I need to get away from this DC bubble and out into Real America where people will thank me for my service. I know — Alexandria! With all of the military people stationed there, I’ll probably get a standing ovation.

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    M4 says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’m pretty sure you could refuse to serve all republicans under current law but IANAL

  71. 71
    MagdaInBlack says:

    From Wonkette comments :

    “It was a pure business decision. How likely is it our other customers will stay if there’s a shambling mound of garbage drawing flies in the middle of the dining area?”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mnemosyne: @Mnemosyne: You are correct.

  73. 73
    MagdaInBlack says:

    The worlds round for a reason 😉

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Tams: Good to know!

    I hope you stay around and keep commenting. I think we’d all like to get to know you better.

  75. 75
    OldDave says:

    I see Ohio Mom has beat me to the “CPAP doesn’t work if you don’t use it” rant.

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    efgoldman says:


    I need to get away from this DC bubble and out into Real America where people will thank me for my service. I know — Alexandria! With all of the military people stationed there, I’ll probably get a standing ovation.

    Actually, Lexington, a couple hundred miles from DC/Alexandria. My kid says it’s a deep red MAGA part of the state, which makes this even more remarkable.

  77. 77
    germy says:

    "It's a miracle in a tube": Jim Bakker is now selling a "silver gel" that he claims "gets rid of all venereal diseases."— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 22, 2018

  78. 78
    The Ancient Randonneur says:


    Amazing where you’ll find those socialist libtard Small business owners.

  79. 79
    bluefish says:

    Sleeping on a Saturday to Sunday with the more evolved among us! Heaven on earth. I swear, I look at my dog these days and just kinda know that he is in fact more enlightened than I am and has already achieved a level of wisdom and transcendence that I will never know. Super cute fotos.

    PS … Fuck these people! To The Hague with their skanky too dumb to breathe asses.

  80. 80
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Yay! For once. I think I read an actual article written for laypeople that laid it all out.

    That idiot baker in Oregon could have saved everyone time and money if he’d just said, Oh, sorry, I’m already booked that weekend when a gay couple asked him to make their cake. But, no, dumbass wanted to be able to openly discriminate and dragged his ugly-ass cakes to court.

  81. 81
    Jeffro says:

    @Spanky: I just saw that one…😢😢😢

    Happy for her, I mean!


  82. 82
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    She was a guest on “Wait, Wait, Dont Tell Me” a few months ago. I enjoyed her.

  83. 83
    NotMax says:


    Hm. Mercury was the treatment for syphilis in pre-antibiotic times. (Goes almost without saying that it came with its own dangers and toxic effects.)

  84. 84
    The Ancient Randonneur says:


    That claim can be easily verified if he applied it to himself and he disappeared

  85. 85
    M4 says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: and of course she was the genius behind the Emo Kylo Ren twitter account.

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    efgoldman says:


    dumbass wanted to be able to openly discriminate and dragged his ugly-ass cakes to court.

    Overreach is one of their best things


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    Mnemosyne says:


    Yeah, that’s why I said she’s probably there visiting. Or hiding out. 😈

    I still love my vision of her driving from town to town looking for a restaurant that will serve her, though.

  88. 88
    germy says:

    Some folks got excited when they saw Tom Arnold’s tweet about Cohen. He claimed “we’re working together to bring down trump!” or some such bullshit.

    In reality, he bumped into Cohn in a hotel lobby and asked for a selfie. There was no conversation beyond that, and no promises to work together or reveal any tapes.

    Arnold is playing everyone. He’s the flipside of his ex-wife, just on a different team.

    WATCH: When you put Final Jeopardy music over Tom Arnold's awkward avoidance of @PoppyHarlowCNN's Michael Cohen question, the interview gets LIT.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 23, 2018

  89. 89
    lamh36 says:

    Following Following @keithboykin
    #BBQBecky’s sister #PermitPatty calls the police on a 8-year-old girl for illegally selling water without a permit.

    #PermitPatty: White Woman Calls Police on 8-Year-Old Black Girl Selling Water

  90. 90
    germy says:


    Hm. Mercury was the treatment for syphilis in pre-antibiotic times. (Goes almost without saying that it came with its own dangers and toxic effects.)

    “One night with Venus and a lifetime with Mercury.”

  91. 91
    germy says:

    @The Ancient Randonneur:

    That claim can be easily verified if he applied it to himself and he disappeared

    But why would anyone in his audience require such a miracle in a tube? Being that they are all so virtuous and pure. Interesting that he knows such a product would be in demand from his fans…

  92. 92
    Hitlesswonder says:

    @germy: I think liberals that want to refuse service need to use the same playbook as conservatives. In this case, I think service should have been refused “for the customers protection. While I myself am not anti-trump, many people are and I cannot guarantee your protection in this establishment. By serving you, I would open up myself to a liability problem, and that would infringe on my rights as a small business owner.”

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    NotMax says:


    Mentioning this solely for informational purposes and not as a recommendation. There’s a kind of offbeat superhero series from South Africa on Amazon Prime called Jongo. Any commonalities with Black Panther are tenuous at best, and the acting often tends to veer towards, shall we say, unpolished. Occurred to me it might be something you’d want to give a glance at for curiosity’s sake sometime if have nothing better going on. Trailer

  94. 94
    scav says:

    Should be some peoples needing distraction here so . . . the BBC’s got an audio drama series of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies going (episodes available about 30 days). Right now there are 5 episodes of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings up.

    Oh, and @germy: this miracle in a tube is probably all about building the base. They’re not making enough mad as hatters naturally anymore, so lapsed traditional methods of production need to be brought back online.

  95. 95
    ixnay says:

    @germy: oh, please pursue this.

  96. 96
    Ruckus says:

    @Catherine D.:

    he’s morphed into a butt plug

    Are you sure he wasn’t always one but just hadn’t found the right ass yet?

  97. 97
    zhena gogolia says:


    Ochen’ interesno, as Arte Johnson used to say.

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    lamh36 says:

    @NotMax: Thx, I’ll check it out.

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    oldster says:

    samantha: remember ball, the kitten?
    lily: yeah, i’ve read about her
    samantha: yeah, so remember how her gorilla was really good at learning sign language?
    lily: don’t even start. we’ve been trying to teach this one for years.
    samantha: because i am totally doing the sign for “get your mammoth paw off me i’m dying down here”
    lily: and he’s like “snork ubba stillers wuh” and doesn’t move.
    samantha: so can we get a different gorilla? a trainable one?
    lily: oh, he’s trainable.
    lily: hopeless at sign-language. but we have had some success in other areas.
    lily: i’ll have my boy steve fill you in on details.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Michael Bersin:

    Great post.

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    Barbara says:

    @efgoldman: I know this might be hard to believe, but nearly every incorporated city in rural Virginia is like a little blue island in a sea of red.

  102. 102
    zhena gogolia says:


    Yeah, Alexandria is not a meaningful distance from DC, it’s across a bridge.

  103. 103
    Platonailedit says:


    Seriously, you are gonna Godwin this?

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    germy says:

    The owner didn't want a liar in the establishment. That's not bigotry, that's Biblical.

    No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes. – Psalms 101:7

    — MizFrizz ❄ (@MizFrizz) June 23, 2018

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    zhena gogolia says:



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    JPL says:

    @lamh36: The pres. asked Corey Lewandowski to fly on Air Force One today, so Sarah’s tweet will get praise at his little rally.

  107. 107
    Gex says:

    @D58826: And this is how they have such a great advantage over us. We insist on not drawing a line even when tolerating intolerance will obliterate the concept of tolerance.

    I for one can see a huge moral difference between how society used to be (and sometimes still is) towards queers where social stigma and rejection pushed us out of the social sphere all together versus social stigma making people ashamed to publicly be Nazis. The inability to see the qualitative difference between such things is what let them rebuild and come back out in the open.

    No judgment. Just unthinking rule following. Yuck.

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    efgoldman says:


    I think liberals that want to refuse service need to use the same playbook as conservatives. In this case

    Assholes don’t understand consequences and follow thru. Like the OK lege that put ten commandments on the capitol grounds, then were gobsmacked when satanists sued to put up a statue of Moloch

  109. 109
    JPL says:

    @efgoldman: Both republicans running for governor of GA said that they support the right to discriminate law (religious liberty). The owner should have simply said that her faith made her feel uncomfortable.

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    efgoldman says:


    nearly every incorporated city in rural Virginia is like a little blue island in a sea of red.

    I believe it. My daughter (and hubby) have lived in Arlington 10+ years, and she’s told me that.

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    Kelly says:

    @germy: Probably colloidal silver a long standing “alternative” to antibiotics. Turns your skin blue permanently if you take enough. Not even an effective antibiotic.

  112. 112
    NotMax says:


    Sarah chats with Daddykins each morning before 6 a.m. to discuss what she’s going to spout that day, and he helps her craft the garbage as well.

    “I’ll call and say, ‘What do you think if I say this?’ He’ll say, ‘That’s really good. You might try to say it a little bit more like X,'” she said.

    (Fair warning: Linked AP article is overtly fawning.)

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    JPL says:

    Sarah’s treatment was mild compared to what happened pre-civil war.

    Philemon T. Herbert sauntered into the Willard Hotel in search of breakfast. Then things got weird.
    It was a little after 11 a.m. on May 8, 1856, when the famished congressman, a first-term Democrat from California, strolled into the hotel’s dining room. After ordering breakfast, Herbert left to buy a couple of newspapers. When he returned, he found part of the meal he ordered but was told the hotel office would have to approve serving a complete breakfast at that hour, according to the Washington Evening Star.

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    JPL says:

    @NotMax: Some reporters acted with shock at Huckabee’s tweet about Nancy Pelosi, because he was so nice and folksy when they covered him.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @NotMax:(Fair warning: Linked AP article is overtly fawning.)

    the Fournier taint remains

    The site failed to catch on, however, and Fournier returned to the AP in March 2007 as its Online Political Editor, after considering “a senior advisory role” with Republican Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign.[3]
    In May 2008, Fournier was named the acting Washington bureau chief, replacing his “mentor” Sandy Johnson.[4] Michael Calderone wrote that since taking over the position, Fournier has led a dramatic shift in the AP’s policy, moving it away from the neutral and objective tone it had become known for and toward a more opinionated style that would make judgments when conflicting opinions were presented in a story.[4]

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JPL: This doesn’t have anything to do with the recent bakery case. A business owner has always had the right to refuse service to anyone (except if they are discriminating against a protected class) The owner could refuse to serve a drunk, a person wearing Bears jersey, or an obvious asshole.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    I invite you all to google Ms Huckabees fathers latest racist tweet re Pelosi.
    It really turned my stomach and I’m going off to read some fluff to recover.

    ETA: I see its been mentioned, but none the less, ugh.

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    efgoldman says:


    No judgment. Just unthinking rule following.

    For starters: Gay probably is genetic, being a nazi is absolutely a [bad] choice.
    People of any age need to be punished for bad choices.

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    NotMax says:


    Presumably her previous stance and statements regarding keeping families intact are now non-operative.

    In 2010 Time named her one of their 40 Under 40 notables. In the accompanying interview she applauded president Obama’s efforts on behalf of broken families.

    “America needs more fathers taking an active role in their children’s lives,” she told Time. “Kids who are the victims of broken families are more likely to end up in poverty, rehab, or jail.

    “I’m a Republican, but I respect President Obama for setting the right example and addressing this problem. I hope more people will join him in his efforts.” Source

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    WereBear says:

    @No Drought No More: Next step: loot the treasury and run.

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    JPL says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I know, but it would be funny for Sarah to be upset if the owner cited religious reasons.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I like this guy

    Brian Schatz @ brianschatz
    I just heard about a restaurant kicking Sarah Sanders out of a restaurant and it’s got me thinking that Democrats have to be talking about health care today and every day till the election.

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    efgoldman says:


    it would be funny for Sarah to be upset if the owner cited religious reasons.

    Nothing about her or any member or this maladministration has ever been, is, or will ever be funny.
    Pure malign evil. They don’t do “funny”, they don’t do irony

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @germy: check out the Zyppah

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    My mother just was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two weeks and ago opted for hospice care only. (She’s 84 and decided that she’s had a good life, and that chemo and/or surgery weren’t worth it.) My brother and I flew into town to be with her in her final days.

    It’s shocking how fast it’s progressed. Thankfully, she’s spending most of her time sleeping, although we’re able to get short bits of time where she’s awake and alert. Hoping that things are mercifully quick.

    At least she decided to move into a retirement community about a year-and-a-half ago. She has her own apartment, which she’s able to stay at, but being here has meant things are far, far easier than had she been living on her own. There’s nurses and nurses aides available to give her pills, and more importantly, check in on her every two hours overnight, so at least my brother and I can try to get some sleep (and we can have them watch over her for short periods of time if we need to run errands). Still need separate hospice nursing services as well, but made the day-to-day manageable.

    I can’t imagine how we’d handle things if she was still living on her own (let alone have settled her estate, since she’s a packrat and had lived in her prior house for 47 year).

    Just trying to embrace the suck.

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    raven says:

    My dear ex pat friend and her wife, sis and mom stopped in for some HUACHINANGO A LA VERACRUZANA
    that I rustled up from my gulf snapper stash!

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    raven says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: The folks who just visited me lost their husband/father to that 6 years ago. He was a biology prof and made the same decision your mom did except that he was only 68.

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    Barbara says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: So sorry to hear this. My father and several colleagues died of pancreatic cancer. It doesn’t leave many survivors. I hope you can spend meaningful time with your mother in her waning days.

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    frosty says:

    @efgoldman: Arlington is a bright blue island in a small sea of pale blue that extends more or less to the Rappahannock.

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    lamh36 says:

    SMH…if you claim to have a blanket policy of askin for ID then you DAMN sure better do it for EVERYONE!

    And if you don’t and claim that the law is on your side, then you damn well better be correct, and if not, when called on your incorrectness…you dont’ then treat a paying customer like shit…smh

    Last night, I was told by the manager of @CubaLibreDC that I couldn’t use the women’s restroom, and after challenging his discrimination with D.C. law and responding to his threat of calling the police w/ “please do so”, I was forcibly removed from the restaurant. (thread)

    1:14 PM – Jun 23, 2018

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    germy says:


    it would be funny for Sarah to be upset if the owner cited religious reasons.

    No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes. – Psalms 101:7

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    MobileForkbeard says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: That’s awful. Your mom is a very brave lady. and she’s lucky to have you there to help.

    If there’s anything we can do, let us know.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    Am so very sorry. I hope her journey is a kind one and that you and your family find peace.

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    JPL says:

    The owner has spoken, and she’d do it again. Several of the staff members are gay. The entire article is good.

    Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening — nearly 200 miles from the White House — when the choice presented itself.
    Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned just off Main Street in Lexington, Va.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just walked in and sat down, the chef informed her.
    “He said the staff is a little concerned. What should we do?” Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “I said I’d be down to see if it’s true.”
    It seemed unlikely to her that President Trump’s press secretary should be dining at a 26-seat restaurant in rural Virginia. But then, it was unlikely that her entire staff would have misidentified the woman, who had arrived last to be seated at a table of eight booked under Sanders’s husband’s name.“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    I’m sorry. I hope she passes peacefully.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Man, that looks good. You’re giving JeffreyW a run for his money.

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    raven says:

    @zhena gogolia: Nah, he’s a pro and I’m just a hacker.

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    germy says:

    @JPL: I notice the washington post link to the photo of the “86 Sanders” note was either taken down or made private on facebook.

    I assume that employee is already dealing with harassment and threats, unfortunately.

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    Jeffro says:

    @frosty: um it’s a rather royal blue here in Fairfax County 😉

    ( harrisonburg and Charlottesville are rather dark blue themselves )

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jeremy Peters (NYT) on MSNBC right now talking about his latest “but what do trump supporters think of trump?” piece, “Democrats need to take these people into account,” says Peters

    I wonder if MSNBC producers are on the ball enough to pick up that the featured MAGAt in his piece is the founder of a pro-confederate PAC

    southpaw @ nycsouthpaw
    Is this the most informative way to describe the cofounder of a pro-confederate monuments astroturf PAC?

    ETA: segment winding down… MSNBC weekend crew don’t follow Southpaw
    ETA, A: MSNBC host “can’t commend that piece enough”, because it’s such an original idea, I guess. Sweet jesus.

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    JPL says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Thinking of you.

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    Joe Miller says:

    Yes, Balloon Juice, one of my favorite sites, the one with the Eternal Loading Wheel, spinning in perpetuity.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: When I lived in the US one of our local and very well respected attorneys Walter Vatcher (I loved him, he was the epitome of a southern gentleman, so much different from my arsehole boss) complained of a slight pain in his side while playing golf in April. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and by May he was dead DESPITE every medical procedure and treatment known to man conducted at Duke Medical Center. I often wonder if he would have been better off ignoring the pain and carried on playing golf for a couple of months. As it was he spent his last six or so weeks in bed and in unspeakable pain after surgery and procedure after procedure. He went from playing on the golf course with a “slight pain” to being bed ridden and in agony for the rest of his life. I think your Mom made the right decision.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @M4: is this the move, or just more scouting?

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    Peale says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: this is just silly. The democrats do not need to focus on trump supporters. I will feel awful if it turns out that the blue wave never materializes, but if it doesn’t, it’s because our voters stayed home at mid terms. If they do, it won’t be because the democrats weren’t right wing enough on trade and should have demonized Somalis more and cut Medicaid.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @JPL: but if Wilkinson says her restaurant is her art Jethrene et al have to STFU, right?

    @Peale: If I googled this woman now, I guess the results would be skewed by the attention she’s already getting, but wouldn’t you think that is, at this point, some pretty basic reporting about someone you’re going to present as representative of some political movement? Just last week there was a similar case, where the case study in trump loyalty turned out to be a former chair of her county R party. No mention of it in the original piece

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    raven says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: If Jobs couldn’t buy his way out of it no one can.

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    frosty says:

    @Jeffro: True enough about Fairfax. The statement of islands of blue in a sea of red describes most of the US, I expect.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    People, People, The Johnsonville Cornhole Championships are being broadcast on ESPN! Man/women/etc your TVs

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    Denali says:

    @John Cole,

    Since it is an open thread, I’d like to congratulate you on your trip across the pond to sing along with Paul McCartney on Carpoool Karoake using your James Cordon alias. Its all over UTube.

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    M4 says:

    @RedDirtGirl: interview Monday.

    @Sister Golden Bear: oh dear. Glad it’s at least on her terms; hang in there.

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    JPL says:

    @The Pale Scot: What is a cornhole championship? It doesn’t sound like something I wanna google.

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    Cckids says:


    The best response to the “we won’t serve because reasons….” was the pizza place that put a sign in the window that they wouldn’t serve RWNJs

    I like Azucar bakery in Denver; they baked a giant rainbow wedding cake & made T-shirts that said “ Love is Love. Eat good cake!”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    I’m so sorry. It sounds like she was able to make her decisions and prepare in a way that will make it easier on your family, so that’s something to be grateful for.

    One thing to keep in mind: if the final moment happens when you and/or your brother are out of the room, do not feel guilty. Sometimes people who are dying feel like they have to continue holding on while their loved ones are present, so they wait until a nurse or a less-close relative is in the room. This happened with both my father-in-law and my own father when they were dying, and we heard many stories afterwards of other people experiencing the same phenomenon. If that happens, it’s not because you failed to be there — it’s because your mother chose to spare you that particular pain.

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    Peale says:

    @JPL: basically bean bag tossing, but with bags of dried corn. Midwest picnic thing. Now it’s gone pro in the same way someone tried to make dodgeball or hopscotch professional years ago.

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    Tazj says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I’m sorry, that’s hard. I’m glad your mother is at a facility where she’s well taken care of and you and your brother can visit her.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I am so sorry.

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    JPL says:

    @Peale: I made 100 bean bags filled with corn for my sons gym teacher in elementary school decades ago. That might have been the start of something big.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I don’t have a Twitter account, but I get on there daily to read various threads (usually linked from here). I was looking at Jethrene’s account (@PressSec), and it struck me how partisan it is. I don’t know whether you can even have an “official” account on Twitter, but there is a note saying “tweets may be archived:” So there is the whiff of something official there.

    The top three items in her “Who to follow” list are: GOP (“Join our team and get official updates from the Republican National Committee”), Seb Gorka (“Order my NEW book”) and Marco Rubio (“U.S. Senator for Florida”—snooze). I can’t see any more than that because Twitter insists that I log in.

    I wonder if Rubio is on there because the Huckabee clan has decamped en masse to Florida. I know Papa Huck built a big mansion there, but I don’t know if Jethrene and her family were living there before she got called up to the bigs.

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    p.a. says:

    Open thread, let’s talk something pleasant: tacos (friend, 52 y.o. was just diagnosed w stage 4 pancreatic, just so you don’t think I’m being callous. He’s declining treatment also.)

    Is there a ‘book’ on which fillings verde or rojo go with? Or personal preference?
    A friend from San Diego claims here in New England the meat, especially carne asada, is overcooked. Says in S.D. the meat often comes off a spit, gyro-like, which I’ve never seen here (and I patronize Mexican owned places, not national chains or Johnson & Wales wannabes.) Personally I don’t mind lettuce, dislike queso, find radish weird but tolerable, and like the option of pico, which some places don’t offer.

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    Tazj says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: There’s video out there of Peters, in the car with Steve Bannon of all people, and in the video Bannon congratulates Peters on his book deal. I think it’s from a Showtime documentary(I saw the clip on the Twitter Feed of Oliver Willis). It’s all about access, entertainment and money making with these people. They don’t care about the country at all.

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    I know this is trivial but I want to know if Sarah HS was wearing her pearls when she entered the Red Hen. I’m fascinated by her old lady jewelry.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    The Michael Caine version of Get Carter just started on TCM.

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    sukabi says:

    @JPL: the current administration and their enablers are competing on who can corn hole the country the hardest.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    “Democrats need to take these people into account,”

    Fuck them, fuck him.
    We’re democrats, we don’t truck with racists and fascists.
    Even if we try somehow to appease them, there are no votes to be had there, ever.
    The man is a delusional asshole.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Dorothy Winsor: Pearls are old lady jewelry? I saw them as ageless. If anything, more a class marker.

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    debg says:

    John, thanks for linking the New Yorker piece. You’re right–it’s great. And I would have missed it if not for you.

    Hugs to Miss Lily and all the zoo.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I saw them as ageless. If anything, more a class marker

    They always look great on you

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: Everything looks great on me. I am just lucky that way.

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    Chet Murthy says:

    @Spanky: She’s one of the small-digit number of name-checked reasons I subscribed to WaPo. National treasure, that woman.

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    Brachiator says:


    I liked parts of the essay, disagreed with much of it. But this part really resonated with me.

    Though the most popular strategy of the left for doing nothing, so far as I can tell, is perfectionism: “I would support it but it’s flawed, I would work with them but they are impure, I would join but they’re not good enough (so I’ve written myself a ticket to the sidelines).” It’s another form of border patrol that in pretending to keep out everything imperfect keeps out every obligation to act or even justifies tearing down those who do.

    It is good to know that people are fighting back, and that empathy is not dead.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: The younger women I see wear jewelry that’s more artsy, more one of a kind.

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    Chet Murthy says:

    @germy: The copy writes itself: Not just the President of “silver gel for VD”, I’m a client!

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    @Omnes Omnibus: It depends on what else you pair it with. They can look elegant or fuddy-duddy. I have a lot of pearl jewelry that I have inherited. My peeps are known for their love of pearls. My great grandfather owned pearl fields outside Mumbai.

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    tobie says:

    @Tazj: I can’t say it surprises me to hear that the NYT’s Jeremy Peters associated with Bannon. While Haberman has always struck me as someone who would do anything for access and didn’t have much in the way of political convictions (save insensitivity to her own enormous privilege), Peters always seemed to me to be something of a true conservative believer. I guess my instincts were right.

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    lamh36 says:

    Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened.

    11:20 AM – Jun 23, 2018

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    Peale says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: it’s the size of the pearl that matters. Women achieve the right to wear larger pearls as they age. Buying the “biggest south seas pearls” available because they are expensive isn’t the right thing for a woman under 50 to do.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Peale: That makes sense in a way. Most of what I see is an almost choker-like thing of smallish pearls.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Okay just watched Victoria and Abdul. Blubbering.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    That’s a good movie. Sorry I missed the start.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Good. As people were saying in the replies, if politicians and the MSM are going to shut down dissent, people are going to (peacefully but angrily) take it into their own hands.

    You could see that the one bearded dude wanted to get into it with the protesters, but the cops wouldn’t let him. Ha!

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I wish I lived somewhere where these people eat out. I’d really enjoy screaming at them. (Husband would crawl under a rock — but he wouldn’t stop me.)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Did you see the remake? I studiously avoided it.

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    @lamh36: Wow. I love the way these people are being shown that outside their bubble, people think they’re monsters.

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    @Mnemosyne: Thank you all, and thank you Mnemosyne for that particular piece of advice.

    She’s stated repeatedly that she doesn’t want to live any more, so we’re hoping it will be quick. We’re having to steadily increase the pain meds, so it’s likely that soon she’ll be asleep and not feeling pain for the duration, which is a close as we can get to her desires. (She’d wanted to pursue assisted suicide — which thanks to a court stay, is temporarily legal in California — but she won’t last the 15-day waiting period anyway, so at this point it’s moot.)

    Just to add extra stress, I’m leaving in less three weeks for major surgery in Thailand. Something I can’t really move because the surgeon’s waiting list is at least 18 months. Mom gave her blessing to go, but it means my brother will have to settle her estate single-handling in my absence (I’ll be gone five weeks, and even when I return I won’t be in shape to do that much for at least a couple months). Thankfully, he’s understanding about it, but I still feel guilty about that.


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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    this cracked me up

    James Poniewozik @ poniewozik
    The Red Hen should have just taken Sarah Sanders’ order, then spent an hour saying, “We’ll get back to you on that.”

    and when she complains, say “I haven’t spoken to the chef directly on that, but I would refer you to your busboy, or to an outside server”, then pivot to the next table and ignore her

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Spanky: Alexandra Petri married?

    I am guessing that is where Baud is.

    Somebody is a lucky dude.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    also, too

    Sarah Sanders @ PressSec
    Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so

    John Dinkel @ JohnDingell

    and I really hope Nixon’s twitter-ghost is right about this

    Richard M. Nixon Retweeted John Dingell
    Some people try to say a kid runs this for Dingell but I don’t believe it. He’s a real son of a bitch.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Elizabelle: He would have to wear pants.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Damn. And Damn.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: For the wedding, maybe.

    Is Baud a mermaid? With wifi?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Elizabelle: It is possible that he is a sea monster.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Possible. Yes.

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    germy says:

    Pearls are old lady jewelry? I saw them as ageless.

    Wilma Flintstone wore them.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: I also like a long station necklace with tiny pearls like 2 to 3mm in diameter. The string of pearls like SHS wears seems too formal in a work setting for some one her age. YMMV.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Is this the Burn Unit? You’ve got incoming!

    @Dorothy Winsor: They may consciously invoke the “fake news” reality distortion field, but I’m glad that somewhere their lizard brain is aware they’re despised.

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    sukabi says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: sending hugs…my uncle had pancreatic cancer 20 years ago, opted for chemo, and other treatments. Let’s just say his quality of life was horrible, and don’t think he bought any time, just misery. He went fast.

    Wishing Peace, hugs and a peaceful final journey surrounded by family and friends for your mom.

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    Elizabelle says:

    WaPost:The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave

    If you’ve ever heard the term “to 86 someone,” it comes from the restaurant industry — code for table eviction.

    “86 – Sara Huckabee Sanders,” read the note, below the reminder to buy more Pellegrino.

    The unmarried ones find it harder to date.

    They’re getting kicked out of restaurants, and this could become a trend.

    Get a clue, Trumpanzees.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Best to you and your brother.

    Wishing your mom a peaceful passage, and I hope hospice can keep the pain at bay.

    Your mom made a lot of good decisions with you two in mind.

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    cs says:

    @Michael Bersin: Johnson County split its vote almost evenly between Trump & Clinton. People in the county, and their politicians, have been at the forefront of the revolt against Brownback & the tax cuts. Johnson County was one of the key places where Brownback radicals were kicked out in 2016. They’re not so Republican any more.

    Looks like they’re following the pattern of many prosperous suburban counties across the country. Once solid red, now revolting against Trump.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I saw at least part of it on cable. You did well to avoid it.

    Even worse than Stallone as “gritty noir remake” poison is Mel Gibson. Ransom? Sucked. Payback? Sucked.

    And the remake of the remake—Parker (Jason Statham, 2013)—sucked too. Just stop. You’re not going to beat Lee Marvin in Point Blank.

    Recommended as a palate-cleanser is A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson. Pretty damn good.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Okay, that’s funny.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Sorry to hear about your mother. I hope her path is easy and pain-free.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    The acoustics of the alley that runs behind our apartment must be great, because we seem to get at least one or two people outside practicing their singing every weekend. It mostly seems to be show tunes I don’t recognize, probably in preparation for a performance on a Disney Channel or Nickelodeon live-action kids’ show.

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    Sherparick says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: She is such an asshole. She put this on social media to torch this restaurant.

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    Even if I were some sort of Steve King Republican (typing that makes me ill), I’d be shocked by the incompetence with which the policy was carried out. No wonder Trump’s businesses went bankrupt.

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    sukabi says:

    A different level of “Freeway Blogging”

    Activists in California altered a billboard on a busy highway to remind citizens what the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s priorities are all about.

    “We make kids disappear’ – I.C.E.” the billboard, changed Wednesday night, reads on Emeryville’s Shellmound St, referring to the U.S. law enforcement agency by its acronym. It previously read “We Make Junk Disappear” for an ad for trash removal, CBS San Fransisco reported.

    Video at the link.

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    sukabi says:

    @Dorothy Winsor: re his bankrupt businesses…quick grifts is all he’s ever been about…he’s never tried to succeed long term in his enterprises. His whole goal seems to be to cheat as many people as possible and squeeze as much money out of them for his personal use.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    On the Freeway Blogger’s Twitter feed, he explained how he’s able to get his signs up and get away before the cops catch him in the act — he uses bungee cords to secure the signs to the chain link rather than relying on tape.

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    Gexmobile says:

    @Elizabelle: they won’t. They just add mor and more people to the list of people who don’t count. Who can be eliminated.

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    Gexmobile says:

    @sukabi: and plan b is inmidate with lawyers and lawsuits. He doesn’t have to have a case. He just needs to bankrupt someone who tries to wn.

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    sukabi says:

    10 newborns and toddlers taken from mothers & incarcerated in “tender age prisons”

    At least 10 newborns and toddlers taken away from their parents after crossing the the U.S.-Mexico border are being housed in so-called “tender-age shelters” near Miami, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Miami Herald on Saturday.

    The Florida lawmaker said the children — from newborns to 5 years old — are being sheltered at His House Children’s Home near Miami Gardens and Catholic Charities’ Msgr. Bryan Walsh Children’s Village in Cutler Bay, formerly known as Boys Town

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    Platonailedit says:

    US officials who have committed felonies — provable felonies like lying on clearance forms, which should have led to their dismissal long ago — are imprisoning parents who committed misdemeanors, and abducting and abusing children who did nothing.

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 22, 2018

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    sukabi says:

    @Mnemosyne: yeah, he’s been busy too. I think the above is a different group…they are “re-imagining” existing billboards. ☺

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    sukabi says:

    @Platonailedit: it would be awesome if Rosenstein would implement a zero tolerance policy on the felonies being committed daily by the corrupt assholes in the administration.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I have a question: I should be able to clean dried superglue off a polyurethane finish without damaging the finish, right?

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Not necessarily. Isn’t acetone what is used to dissolve the polyurethane stickum used for press-on nails?

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    FYI, some alternatives to using acetone:

    1) mineral spirits
    2) blot with olive oil (let it soak a bit and you may be able to peel the dried glue away a little at a time)
    3) laundry detergent (1:4 ratio mixed in hot water)
    4) petroleum jelly (rub vigorously, repeat as needed)

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    sukabi says:

    @Amir Khalid: this board suggests either scraping it off with a razor, or squirting wd 40 on and then scraping…

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Amir Khalid: This suggests that acetone is safe on polyurethane. I’d find a spot to test.

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    I had a lengthy conversation at the protest with a newly graduated high school student from Overland Park (going to college in the Fall). He was heartened by the protest and the turnout.

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    stinger says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Went through something very similar last year. My heart is with you.

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    jl says:

    Thnx 4 petpix. Nice to know that Cole’s adorable pets have a fun chew-toy to entertain them through the night.

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    mad citizen says:

    @WereBear: Just read this. Thanks for linking. It is extraordinary. Side note, I love the Nonstop Metropolis books.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    Sorry for your mother😥
    Just be there for her
    Cancer sucks.

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    Ruckus says:


    Get a clue, Trumpanzees.

    They can’t find, purchase or steal a clue.
    Which doesn’t matter as they are not capable of understanding a clue even if one smacked them upside the head.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    Sorry about your mom.
    Cancer is……. I’m out of words and I didn’t think that was possible.

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    frosty says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: My mom spent a few years with vascular dementia and in addition to a DNR notice she had one to not hospitalize and not treat. When she came down with a gall bladder infection my brother, sister, and I had to make the decision against surgery (easy) then decide to drop the antibiotics. She’d been living in a continuing care place for 20 years and had good hospice care. None of us were there af the end but some of the staff were.

    Your mom has made her choice, and probably a good one. Do your best to support her while she lets go of the world. It’s all you can do.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    So sorry to see this.

    Don’t worry about going to do your business abroad, it was all arranged long ago, and you Mom has already told you to go ahead. And the estate business to deal with won’t even have started by the time you’re back and on your feet, ready to go.

    My dad was in Hospice care, they did a great job both his helpers at his assisted living center and his doctor and nurse from Hospice. Caring people who helped us children as well as my dad.

    Best of luck going forward!!!

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    singing truth to power says:

    @NotMax: My daughter was in D.C. this weekend. Apparently there is another Red Hen in the city, that is not the same ownership, but she said it was indeed swamped anyhow.

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    singing truth to power says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I just finished my volunteer training for a biggish hospice in Madison, WI. My father, brother-in-law, and half-sister all died there. Lovely, peaceful, thoughtful care. I hope that your mother’s passing is as peaceful as my relatives was. I couldn’t wish for more for myself. The volunteering is something I have wanted to do since I read Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s “On Death and Dying” maybe 40 years ago. My best to you and your family –

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