Meeca Update: Squeee!! Welcome to the Balloon Juice Family

So I have a confession to make. When I saw Meeca was up for adoption, I immediately thought of Scamp Dog. Glad to know my matchmaking skills are still pretty right on:

Here she is coming home yesterday.

And here she is resting after a big day of meeting new friends.

Congratulations everyone!

Open thread

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    Yay!

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    efgoldman says:

    Site borked? (switched to Chrome)

    Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site.

    We can’t connect to the server at http://www.balloon-juice.com.

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    lamh36 says:

    Sending up prayers for Congressman John Lewis!!!

    Hope everything is ok.

    Apparently he fell ill on a plane and had to be hospitalized

    https://twitter.com/bnonews/status/1023389781869449216?s=21

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    scott alloway says:

    Such a warm, sweet picture. Much happiness to you.

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    p.a. says:

    @efgoldman: All fucking day. R U Vz? I switched to chrome also: better, but not as fast as usual.

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    lamh36 says:

    Lordt…I need this trip to Miami.

    Ok, so give a sista some input guys.

    Dates: Fri Aug 3- Mon Aug 4th (EARLY)
    Number in party: 4. I arrive in Fort Lauderdale first, round noon then the other 3 trickle in about 8-10pm.

    Our hotel is in Hallandale Beach, 1/2 way between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. I got a great deal on a car, and the hotel has complimentary parking…so I’m gonna be the designated driver for the trip.

    Tentative Itenary:

    Friday: I’m hang round hotel, and catch a movie or something while I wait to go pick up the others. Then it’s gonna be an non-touristy night for the others just sleep for Saturday.

    Saturday: We have a FULL day…I have not planned anything, but I do know my sis likes a good cocktail, and we’d love to maybe see the beach and of course experience the food! I don’t club, but they might, so suggestions on a nice club or place for dinner might be good for them. I’ll be the designated driver (i.e. pick up the drunken heathens, if they do go out…LOL).

    Sunday: The main event is the Janet Jackson SOTU tour at the American Airlines Arena for 8pm. I assume they’ll want to be fresh and clean, so we’d want to get back to the hotel, shower and dressed to leave for the concert, I’d say about…7pm? Give us time to drive, and park and head into the Arena. So that means we have about 8 hours of free time on Sunday before the concert (give or take how much fun they have on Saturday night, we may start out later?).

    Soooo…any suggestions? Please send any and all recommendations my way please…and thank you.

    I’m off to bed soon, so I’ll be checking back tmrw during a break in work. And I may repost a comment again another day to catch more ideas.

    https://i.gifer.com/QX5J.gif

    BTW…the 10 day forecast say no 50-60% rain all weekend…so guess that means a food bit of indoor activities…maybe even a foodie adventure🤔🤔

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    MattF says:

    @efgoldman: Some connection problems, but currently OK.

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    rikyrah says:

    Yeah 👏👏👏

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:
    Prayers for the Congressman 🙏🙏

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:
    I have no suggestions. But, I hope that you have a good time.🙌

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    Yutsano says:

    BIG HUSKY FLOOF!!!

    @lamh36: I have a friend who’s father is a city councilman in Miami. She might be awake so I can throw her a tweet.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Congratulations, Meeca is so sweet! You are going to have a wonderful time.

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    efgoldman says:

    @p.a.:

    All fucking day. R U Vz?

    Yup. I wonder if Cox is having the sane trouble.

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    Another Scott says:

    @efgoldman: Internet Traffic Report says that some giant router in Boston is having some troubles – http://internettrafficreport.com/history/92.htm – long response times but no packet loss – but it doesn’t look too horrible.

    Dunno.

    HTH a little.

    Hope it’s better for you soon.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    lamh36 says:

    Saw Mission Impossible yesterday. I love the franchise just for the crazy real stunts it really does up the suspense to know that in many cases Tom Cruise’s crazy azz is doing his own stunts…oh and Henry Cavill has never been better cast. I liked his turn in this more than I ever liked him as Superman!

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    @lamh36:

    That man should have statues built in his honor years ago.

    He is a goddamned hero.

    I’m not one for thoughts and prayers but I just looked skyward through the leaves of the oak tree at the sky glowing orange and salmon and palest blue from the wildfire smoke and said “God, you don’t exist and if you do you are the greatest shitstain of all time for allowing so much suffering and injustice in the world so go fuck yourself for that, but you really should take care of John Lewis. He’s better than you are.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    Meeca’s a darling. Best to her and Scamp Dog.

    Best to John Lewis. Sounds like he might go home tomorrow. I hope it was nothing serious. Whole story from USA Today:

    ATLANTA – U.S. Rep. John Lewis was hospitalized Saturday for an undisclosed illness.

    According to a spokesperson from his office, the 78-year-old Democratic congressman and civil rights icon was in a hospital for routine observation. He’s resting comfortably and expects to be released Sunday.

    Lewis, a Democrat, played a key role in the civil rights movement and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama.

    Lewis was expected at an Atlanta event Saturday evening but did not attend.

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    Ruckus says:

    @lamh36:
    Hoping for the best for Mr. Lewis. A real world hero. Many times over.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Elizabelle:
    Maybe if I’d have read all the way down before commenting…..
    Still, hope he’s OK. Some people you’d like to have them live forever. I’d put Mr Lewis in that category.

    ETA And of course Meeca looks like she’s right at home. Hope things go smooth for her as well.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    Thanks for the kind words everybody! She’s continuing to impress, and I’m so happy to have her with me.

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    Ruckus says:

    And speaking of great dogs…
    John retweeted a video of a dog that stole a go pro from I”d guess his/her owner and is running around the yard like it’s the greatest thing ever. Which it is close to. It’s in his feed watch it. Hillllllarous

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Got some cool news from my mom. She was on a road trip back east and made a stop at Arlington to look for my great x (n) grandfathers grave (I think n=4 – I can never remember that detail). About 30 years ago I was there looking for it, not recognizing A) how fucking big the place is, and B) how far back the first burials must have been. I didn’t give myself enough time and never found the grave after finding some other family members, but she did! Great… grandpa was a Union soldier and died at one of the battles around Appomattox. Almost made it… He was one of the earlier burials there and the only one on my moms side of the family. We have a few later burials there from my dad’s side of the family from WWII. On her side we have a few older relatives that fought in the Revolutionary War, but no details beyond that, and thankfully no war casualties after the Civil War.

    We have a number of heirlooms from him as well, including his Colt 1860 revolver he had on him at the time and some other odds and ends that somehow found its way back into the family possessions. So one more piece to the family puzzle put in place.

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    OldDave says:

    @lamh36: A couple of thoughts – Jaxon’s Ice Cream is south of the airport and north of Hollywood Beach on Federal. Supposed to be very good, but I’ve not been in years. Hollywood Beach itself has a nice boardwalk area. And you may want to reserve more time Sunday to get to the arena and parked. Better safe than sorry, etc.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Ruckus: I want John Lewis to live at least as long as Jimmy Carter, and then some.

    Happy that JEC is still with us, still building houses, and wish him many more years too. We need a saner president for these aged statesmen.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Elizabelle:
    Jimmy Carter wasn’t the best president we’ve had but he was pretty damn good. I’ve never really understood the hate he garnered. Maybe it was the time frame, but really I think he took a lot of crap from the conservative noise machine for not being a complete asshole, which is of course their standard since Ike left office.
    But as a human being? Jimmy Carter is absolutely first rate.

    ETA We need a saner president for these aged statesmen.
    We need a saner president for all of us. Those of us that are aged don’t have as much time as the rest of humanity.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Ruckus: Saw it at Little Green Footballs. Kind of looks like one of my dogs and he’d do the same thing. Lol.

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    satby says:

    @Scamp Dog: Congratulations and thank you Scamp Dog, for giving senior girl Meeka a safe and happy home. I hope you both have years of joy together!

    Good thoughts for Congressman Lewis.

    Annd.. I made it to New York. Probably going to crash very soon since I got up at 5am. Looking forward to all the fun tomorrow.

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    Aleta says:

    @Scamp Dog: Congrats, very happy for you and her. I fell for her from just that first picture; she looks special, gorgeous smart and loving. Good of you to be there for her. Mine is 11 now. After 4 years we still say everyday how wonderful he is, how lucky we are.

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    Achrachno says:

    @Scamp Dog: Great that it’s working out well all around.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    John Lewis’s office has said all’s good– the Jones in question is his spokesman

    Josh Marshall @ joshtpm
    “There is no cause for alarm,” Jones said in an email to ABC News. “He will be fine. He’s resting comfortably and expects to be released tomorrow.”

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    Yarrow says:

    @Scamp Dog: Yay! So glad it worked out. She is absolutely gorgeous and looks like such a good pup.

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    SectionH says:

    OMG, Squeee! (Something I’ve never said before, much less typed & posted, and hopefully never will again) but she is just adorable. I’m so glad you’ve adopted her, Scamp Dog, and I’ll repeat my best wishes for many happy years together.

    Pleeeease send TaMara pix regularly though, so we can has a Meeca fix!

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    Aleta says:

    @Ruckus: I’ve never really understood the hate he garnered.

    What I think is, for a start they were determined to fight energy conservation, which he promoted. They were still angry at MLK’s leadership, the anti-war movement, the Black Power movement, and at protesters in general. They wanted Reagan so much that they lied and broke laws to make Carter look weak. It was the start of their fight against New Deal and civil rights legislation; against equal rights, organizied labor, and the war on poverty. They used economic fear and the fear of homelessness to scare people back into obedience.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Ruckus: Oh, lord. That video is awesome and hilarious. The dog’s ears. The dog’s eyes. The human popping up occasionally behind the dog waving his or her arms. I think I laugh more every time I watch it. Glorious.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Aleta:
    I call it complete fucking conservative bullshit. Nothing has to be true but they say it enough times and have it repeated every where enough times and it becomes a fake truth. It’s fake like everything else conservatives have believed in for ever. Conservatives have always been about money in their pockets and the others not getting even. Since long before this country existed. The locations, countries, types of wealth and the others to put down have changed over the years but conservatives haven’t. Honesty is not a prerogative of conservative culture and never has been. What we are seeing is nothing new. This is who they are and who they have been. The names and faces change, the tactics have been modernized with the advent of TV, instant communications and social media but this is them, world wide.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Ruckus: The media absolutely hated Jimmy Carter, and there are a bunch of theories why. But he also stepped on a rake regarding the actions of the Shah of Iran, whom he never quite grasped.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Yarrow:
    This is not the first time I’ve seen a dog do this but this one is the best by far. This dog is not stopping for anyone, any dog, anything. It’s like he knows he’s on camera and is looking for a spot on Let’s Make a Star or something like that, maybe the doggy alternative. I especially like that he/she stops at a corner, checks out the terrain and bam, is running again.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Ruckus: I know! I loved that bit where the dog stops and checks things out and is off again. I also love the other dogs who show up to run block and keep the pesky humans from stopping all the fun. The whole thing is awesome.

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    SectionH says:

    @Aleta: I think the Village had the same sort of reaction to Carter they did to Bill Clinton – he wasn’t One of Them, he talked funny, and they basically were out to get him from before he won the election. He was who he was, and when he said things like “lusted in my heart” they just went into frenzies of mockery.

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    Aleta says:

    @Ruckus: @Yarrow: It’s like a modern old time silent movie chase scene.

    @Ruckus: That’s the part where I just collapse

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mike in NC:
    Yes I know. A lot of people never really got the Shah. I had a youngish guy working for me 30+ yrs ago, his dad owned a company in Iran and the entire family had to get out of Dodge the moment the shit hit the fan. He figured they would all be shot if they stayed. We used to talk about it a bit. We stuck our noses in where they never belonged and Carter took shit for it. Shrub went in full of piss and vinegar and made things far worse. Countries have stuck their noses in the middle east for how long now and it’s always worked out badly. No ones ever seen a history book or read one?

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    Aleta says:

    @SectionH: They didn’t like Ford either did they? From Nebraska and Michegan, and married to a feminist.

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    SectionH says:

    Don’t think my edit took. It was: Oh, I see Mike in NC got there first. And well, I’m not knowledgeable enough to say what if anything Carter could have done in the developing crisis in Iran, but when the Revolutionary Guards took the hostages, he was kind of stuck. Just maybe Ronnie Rayguns’ secret deal with Iran to keep the US hostages until after the election may possibly have made Carter look worse than he really was?

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    eclare says:

    @Ruckus: Could you post a link? I’ve tried to find and can’t. And yes, John Lewis, please get better quickly, we need you!

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    Ruckus says:

    @SectionH:

    he wasn’t One of Them

    This is the sum total of the issue. He sounded like a cracker but is anything but a racist. They couldn’t help themselves, it’s in their DNA. I was told long ago that DNA stood for Dumb Nut Asshole. In the case of conservatives it’s true. It’s one way I know god doesn’t exist, no one could create conservatives and think it was a good idea.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Ruckus:

    I’ve never really understood the hate he garnered.

    At its basest level, it was the same as the Bill Clinton problem: He isn’t one of us. The Dems were still large and in charge on the Hill (and it looked like Tricksie had sent the RWNJs into the wilderness for a generation – HAH!). Carter was not a very good politician (unlike Bill) and a lot of the GA people he brought with him grated the old Dewm power structure the wrong way.
    But if he’d accomplished nothing else than the Camp David accords, his presidency was a success.

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    efgoldman says:

    Can’t edit/ Edit window comes up, but empty. Typos stay.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Ruckus: The economy sucked through Carter’s whole term. Like Obama, he inherited a terrible recession, not as bad in unemployment terms as the 2008 recession, but this one had scary-high inflation going on at the same time. And things really didn’t get better– there was an anemic recovery for a few years, but in 1980 a whole new recession started, with inflation still high. Meanwhile (and related), there was the second big oil shock of the 1970s caused by the Iranian revolution, with gasoline rationing and empty pumps and sky-high prices (for the time). A lot of this was outside of Carter’s control, but of course he got blamed. And all that is aside from the hostage crisis.

    There were a few things he did that were just bad decisions. At one point he fired several of his Cabinet members simultaneously, in what he probably intended as a fresh start, but it just looked like he was a bumbler and the White House was in chaos (of course this kind of thing sounds like an ordinary Tuesday in the Trump administration).

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    Aleta says:

    @eclare: Here’s the original. I like the 1st one (at JC’s) too. This has sound and better qual.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Zoomies/comments/928k30/the_only_reason_we_have_a_gopro/?st=JK66LQ8T&sh=457e4bb8

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    SectionH says:

    @Aleta: Yeah, but with Ford it was more the way you talk about an old bumbling uncle you’re actually fond of. At least that’s how I remember it. Ford lost me when he pardoned Nixon, I’m afraid, so I don’t have fond memories of him at all, but omg, compared to Ronzo, and the subsequent specimens…

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:
    I agree. Like I said he’s not the best president we had in over 200 yrs but he was a good one and worked well within the political framework of the time. He’s so far ahead of the current occupant that a comparison can’t even be made. He is far ahead of bush the lessor, you know the one all the conservatives are trying to forget because up until the shitgibbon he was vying for the bottom spot. shitgibbon moved bush the lessor up the list 5 notches. And while there may be someone inbetween those two, the shitgibbon is still at least 5 notches below bush the lessor. That’s how bad the shitgibbon is, out of 45 possibles he ranks 50th worst.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    (In technical terms the recession was actually over in 1975, and the economy was in recovery through Carter’s whole term–but unemployment was still high, as was inflation.)

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    Suzanne says:

    Oh, she is just absolutely splendiferous. I have been trying to get Mr. Suzanne to consent to getting a Husky or Malamute, and he just got pictures shoved in his face.

    God, I love floof.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Aleta: It is! I just love it. The humans waving their arms just leave me howling every time. That dog knows what it’s doing.

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    SectionH says:

    @Matt McIrvin: Oh yeah, all that too. But wasn’t WIN (Whip Inflation Now) a Ford stupidity? Of course Carter got the blame – and then he made a speech about “the moral equivalent of war” which got almost as much contempt as the Attack Rabbit episode. The whole meme of Carter being incompetent was embedded in the public consciousness. I wasn’t even that big a fan of Jimmy’s then, but I voted for him twice, and was fine doing so.

    The more I consider the idiots in the national media, the more I’m in agreement with Villago.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Ruckus:

    We stuck our noses in where they never belonged and Carter took shit for it.

    All those what-ifs.

    If the CIA had left Mossadegh alone, what sort of country would Iran be today? Probably freer and friendlier.

    If LBJ had left the Vietnamese to sort out their own civil war, would there be any difference except that a couple of million Vietnamese and 50,000 Americans would have had a chance at living full lives?

    If the CIA hadn’t treated Guatemala and Honduras as vassal states and killing zones, would there be as much pressure on the border right now?

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    Ruckus says:

    @Matt McIrvin:
    I call bullshit on the gas crisis. During that I took a trip to Canada that lasted for a week and a half. Buddy and I. Buddy had just gotten a divorce and I’d just been discharged. We celebrated by getting the hell out of Dodge. Of course gas was a problem, till we drove over the Canadian border at the eastern edge of WA. There was an intersection about a block into Canada, 2 gas stations and if I remember correctly a liquor store. It was 11 pm on a Tuesday. Both gas stations were open, both trying to wave us in, holding up toasters and such as come ons. We stopped, we asked, they had all the gas we could buy and it was far cheaper than in the US. There was no gas crisis, there was a concerted effort to fuck over Carter, make him the blame for everything. The middle east was a guise, not a reality, as far as the gas crisis was concerned.
    ETA And I know about the early 80s recession. I owned a mfg company at the time and we finished our contracts about 4 months before it was over. I paid my workers for 4 months out of my pocket, we painted, we cleaned, we made tools, some of which I still use. It almost broke me. Almost

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    Ruckus says:

    @SectionH:
    This.
    And even Bush Sr. was better than his kid. Not good mind you but then that used to be a low bar. Now you can’t even tell where the bar is buried.

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    JohnO says:

    She is truly beautiful. Congrats to all.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Viva BrisVegas:
    Xactly!.
    My entire adulthood has been one political clusterfuck after another until President Obama. Look where that got us. Clusterfuck de jour.
    And almost all of them with the exception of the Vietnam build up were republican clusters. And Nixon clusterfucked that. Even President Clinton, while he did OK got clusterfucked by republicans. Which led pretty directly to the massive clusterfuck we have today. And all of those clusterfucks were about getting our noses in the way of others. I’m not looking to be an isolationist at all but we have to realize that we are a part of the world, not the fucking owners or the people who can get away with stealing it all.

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    Mary G says:

    @Scamp Dog: So happy for you both. Good to see her sleeping peacefully in her new home.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Another Scott: Balloon-Juice and *only* BJ has been giving me fits for the last 24 hours — for a while early Saturday morning, I couldn’t access it on either PaleMoon (FireFox spinoff) or Internet Explorer (but I could read it on my cell phone. Of course I can’t post or even comment from my cell phone… ) I suspect poor Alain/Majorx4 are condemned to spit-and-chewing-gum repairs on one of the political internet’s most crash-obsessed web sites!

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Suzanne:

    Oh, she is just absolutely splendiferous. I have been trying to get Mr. Suzanne to consent to getting a Husky or Malamute, and he just got pictures shoved in his face.

    That she is, but please: Get outta Phoenix before you adopt a floofy dog! Those summer temps are just too much punishment for a dog designed for nine months of snow and three months of mud…

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    @Anne Laurie: This poor thing is not doing great.

    It’s not anybody’s particular fault; this is a hard problem.

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    SectionH says:

    @Ruckus: LOL! I love 50th of 45 presidents. (Missed that earlier.) And I so agree, the -5 will always continue.

    @Ruckus: Afaict, the gas crisis in the ’70s was much worse on the East Coast (esp, in Balto-Wash) than it ever was elsewhere. Hmmm… Gas got more expensive, but in Lexington or Cincinnati “lines” were rarely more than 2-3 cars, which of course we all thought was horrible. There may have been occasion exceptions, when a supplier didn’t deliver, but realIy, it was a bit of a hassle is all. I remember when a lot of East Coast fans made it to Midwestcon and they were croggled at how easy it was to buy gas in Cincinnati. Sadly, people often didn’t seem to believe their own eyes or experience then either, and Lexington and Cincinnati people hyperventilated about the gas crisis about as much as Balto-Wash ppl did.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @SectionH:

    I think the Village had the same sort of reaction to Carter they did to Bill Clinton

    Has the media ever acted otherwise towards Democratic Party Presidents – Obama, Clinton, Carter – non stop attack.

    trump, who should be attacked for his treatment women, including his wives, for his lack of knowledge, lack of ability to even read a speech, let alone understand what it says, for his zero understanding of anything outside of the USA, for playing golf and visiting his properties rather than working, for killing off health care, locking up children – and that completely omits the Russian connection – for which he should have been impeached at least a year ago. The man hasn’t stopped lying since he started his campaign & the media and the GOP congress treat this as a normal activity.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    It’s not anybody’s particular fault; this is a hard problem.

    Sounds like that should be one of the revolving taglines, doesn’t it?

    (Also a pretty good motto for Balloon Juice jackal commentary in general… )

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    Ruckus says:

    @SectionH:
    Just how people hyperventilate about crime in their neighborhoods. People getting shot on the street and in their homes every day! Gangs roaming the streets killing young boys and raping young girls and old women on every block! The only shooting I knew of in my town was the murder/suicide of the parents of kids I went to school with, lived up the street. I worked just east of Watts and the only actual problems we had was that the cops would drive around 6 to a car and stop any black person they saw on the street and harass them. If they got any lip a beating ensued. This of course was the precinct that got the DOJ to file a lawsuit against the LAPD. And people wonder why all the rioting of the 60s and from the Rodney King trial. Fucking racists is why.

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    Ruckus says:

    @TS (the original):

    the media and the GOP congress treat this as a normal activity.

    The rot is deeper than the assclown at the top. A lot deeper. One reason the discourse is so slanted, it’s the entire concept of the conservative side of the aisle. I like Al Franken as an example. Many democrats called for his ouster before any trial or anything proven. Did we need him? Yes. Had he become or would he become a liability? Most likely and that would be true if he was found innocent. We don’t own much of the press, those across the aisle do. So they get to lie and cheat and steal and we don’t. We can’t even if we wanted to. Conservatives have spent the last 50-60 yrs rigging the system in their favor. It’s the only way they can stay in power. Cheating. Lying. Stealing.

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    @Anne Laurie: I dunno most of what we talk about here is pretty clearly somebody’s fault.

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    SectionH says:

    @Ruckus: Oh yeah – was it your link I followed earlier to the Best of NextDoor? Whosever it was, I was weirdly fascinated/horrified. Not following that shit, even the stuff being mocked.

    I grew up in St. Louis, when it was the 8th or 10th largest city in the country. I took a fucking City bus to school and back daily when I was 8. I got all the “stay alert, don’t be stupid” advice my mother thought was useful. NONE OF IT involved the skin color of the people I might need to be careful of. Quite a lot of it involved gender…

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    SectionH says:

    @TS (the original): Um, it’s way late for me even in PDT (no that’s not an airport code) – but at least in terms of broadcast media, there was actually the Fairness Doctrine, which of course the Rses destroyed as soon as they could, and since most ppl would rather watch TV than read the news, well yeah. I think the Fairness Doctrine made a huge amount of societal progress possible. So the Rses got rid of it as soon as they could.

    eta: PDT is an airport code, for Pendleton, OR. Have been there, but not tonight.

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    raven says:

    Fuck, Lil Bit has been coughing on and off since midday. I don’t want to be too far away from her incase she really goes into distress so my ass is on the couch with her on the deck next to me. I talked to the vet today and he feels coughing is less of an indication of aspiration pneumonia but lots of websites list it first. She also is pretty susceptible to congestive heart failure so I may have to try to bump up her next heart doc appointment that’s three weeks out. I’m glad this pup found a home.

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    Mel says:

    @Scamp Dog: She’s beautiful! That fluffy white star on her forehead is adorable.

    Thank you for making her a part of your family.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @raven:

    Sorry to hear about Lil Bit. Hang in there. Sending good thoughts from the housecat and me.

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    SectionH says:

    @raven: Fingers crossed.

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    Mel says:

    @raven: I’m sorry that you and Lil Bit are going through this. It is hard enough to see them in any discomfort, but when they have a chronic / serious condition it adds another level of worry. Hopefully the vet will get answers for you guys quickly, and the news will be good.

    I’m up with my girl Jane, second night of an upper respiratory infection. She was rescued from a bad situation, and has some chronic issues related to the neglect and malnutrition she had suffered. Antibiotics started this morning, so now it’s keeping her calm and hydrated, and riding out this round.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @SectionH: I don’t remember them mocking Jimmy Carter over that PLayboy interview, more like pearl clutching.
    “Oh, my Lord, did you read that he said he lusted in his HEART? SWEET JESUS, TAKE ME NOW. I have the fantods and need to lie down somewhere cool.”

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    SectionH says:

    @Mel: Awww, best wishes from one Jane to another. Rescue kittehs are the best.

    @opiejeanne: Really? Wow. I’d have expected comments like that where I was – in Lexington KY, not, what LA then? Of course, LEX is a Blue Island, and California (been living in SD for more than a decade and been part-time since c. 1983) is nothing if not a patchwork of deep blue and wtf idiots, at least here. Anyway, Kentucky, the whole state, went for Carter in ’76 so no, no one was having fainting spells. I think Ronzo (spits) carried KY in ’80, but he didn’t carry Fayette Co, nor even Bourbon County up the road where I was working by then.

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    sharl says:

    Meeca is one beautiful girl. Excellent adoption!

    (note: had to re-install Chrome, and I don’t remember what e-mail I used before; the one I entered for this comment may be different.)

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    compacom says:

    What a cute dog :)

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    Gvg says:

    Carter made a particular mistake that set the Washington elites against him for actual cause. He bought into and ran on Washingtom is corrupt, but I am an outsider who resists temptation and will hire outsiders to clean things up. Well of course their is truth to the corruption accusation but people don’t like being told that and it’s not everyone so it’s unfair. Also frankly Carter really was being a self righteous prude. I despise those street corner type preacher nuts who yell out all women are sluts…..Then Carter did hire outsiders he knew who honestly weren’t experienced enough to handle their departments in our huge complicated country. So things kind of didn’t really get done well. Of course her was also honest and well meaning and see how things go when the leader isn’t…
    But he didn’t respect expertise enough and regarded Washington as an enemy so it’s not surprising he got flack back. I remember the economy being a big issue as well, the biggest in fact.
    The whole GOP has this same problem now without the honesty and good intentions. Trump also ran on this anto Washington theme tho other things were bigger and the whole GOP has been drifting anti expert for awhile. That really worries me. Anti vax is one aspect. Electing a President with no prior political experience is an example too.

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    Orchid Moon says:

    Yay for Mecca and her new dad! She looks like such a sweet dog.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Oh, MEECA!

    Yay, Scamp Dog and TaMara!

    Said it before, I’ll say to again: I think our next scheduled CO BJ meet-up needs to be at a dog park. Specifically, *this* dog park: Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado Springs. It’s amazing! : )

    Congratulations, Scampi! Can’t wait to meet Meeca!

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    J R in WV says:

    @Scamp Dog:

    A belated but big thank you for taking in such a big floofy pretty dog! I hope she settles in quickly and loves everyone in reach for many years. Such good karma from taking in a wonderful person who needed a safe place to land.

    Sorry and amazed a family crashed so hard they somehow couldn’t take care of someone utterly dependent upon them. What’s up with that?

    Best of luck with the big dog, she looks right at home with you.

    And thanks again!

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    Another Scott says:

    @Matt McIrvin: Dead thread, but…

    Along those lines (IIRC for all):

    1) He submitted a budget, some politicians got on their high horse and said it was “dead on arrival” (or were similarly dismissive) and his team took it seriously and submitted another budget. His team didn’t understand the standard posturing. He didn’t have enough experienced people in his team early on, and didn’t know enough about the importance of keeping Congress on-side and stumbled a lot as a result.

    2) The Federal Reserve didn’t understand the difference between a one-off step-change in prices (the oil shock(s)) and continuing exponential inflation (wage and price increases that feed on each other). The FED being (in general) wired for Republicans and Republican ideology (it’s a creature of the banks and the banksters, after all) didn’t help. The FED made things worse rather than better. The extended high inflation and high interest rates contributed to the “malaise” feelings that people were having – they didn’t know the solutions, but they knew that something was very wrong.

    3) Imprudently declaring that (roughly) he wasn’t leaving the White House until the captives in Iran were home was another own-goal. He never should have given his opponents in Iran (and the GOP) control like that.

    Carter did many good things, but he made too many bone-headed mistakes as well.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Ruckus says:

    @raven:
    I hope she’s OK. I’m glad she’s with you, and that you care for her as much as you do. She’s a lucky pup.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @J R in WV: Even though it’s a dead thread, I’ll mention that a divorce was involved, and the husband is now in a community that doesn’t allow big dogs. His ex has over-fed and under-exercised Meeca, and then the ex’s mom dropped Meeca off at his place with no warning. I probably have some of these details wrong, but the guy who passed her on to me seems like a good guy, and really loves her, but was in no position to keep her given his current circumstances. Plus Meeca is well behaved, which makes me think he was doing right by her as long as he could.

    And thanks to everyone for their best wishes for Meeca. I’ll keep you all posted on her adventures!

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