Late Night Open Thread

My needs-a-new-thread-dar is pinging.

Current mood:

Have at it.

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    jl says:

    Best new open thread ever! Thanks for cute pet pic of a beautiful beast. Good night, I am sleepy. The cat pic reminded me.

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    Hey, M^4, where does the name “Samewise” come from? Oh, and cute cat!

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    @๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท: Samwise is Frodoโ€™s friend in Lord of the Rings. And the real hero, of course ๐ŸŒ

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    smike says:

    Aaaah, that new thread smell!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Blurb on front page of CNN’s site:

    Monsanto loses $289 million in critical herbicide cancer case

    Headline of story:

    Jurors give $289 million to a man they say got cancer from Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller

    “Monsanto loses”? “A man they say got cancer”? Methinks someone at CNN reckons Monsanto was treated harshly.

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    BC in Illinois says:

    Great to see the new thread. . . .
    Timely picture of Samwise. . . .
    But I’m off / back to bed.

    I need to get up in 4 hours, then drive for a half an hour, to feed my son / D-in-L’s three cats.
    They will briefly wake up for my arrival.
    I will then continue on for another half-hour into Illinois.

    The things we do for grandcats.

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    JCJ says:

    Greetings M4. I was meaning to ask you about your nym. Since you were promoted to the front page shouldn’t you now be Lieutenant Colonel Major Major Major? See? There is even a Catch-22 with your new status!

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    CapnMubbers says:

    Yay Samwise. Love the souvenir bow tie.

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    Jay says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Can’t be holding Corporations accountable,

    Imagine if somebody sued CNN for a bad case of American Exceptionalism, Simpltism and Misdirection for their broadcasts?

    Or Faux News for their Granny coming down with a bad case of Racism?

    Sueing Corporations is un-American,

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    @JCJ: Isn’t that in the book? He was prematurely promoted as a joke, and then never promoted again, also as a joke?

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I think that he got his rank as a clerical error and maintained it without promotion due to mediocrity and a skill at being not present whenever anything needed to be done.

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    @Viva BrisVegas: Ah, I’m misremembering then. Apparently his promotion was by “An IBM machine with a sense of humor almost as keen as his father’s.”

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    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒŽ Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)ย  ๐Ÿ—ณ๐ŸŒท says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Oh yeah? Whoever named my cat at the shelter must have been an LOTR fan. His name is Bilbo. Never bothered to change it and now I have to explain to everyone I talk to abou him that I’ve never even read LOTR.

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    JCJ says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Hmmmm. Re-read the book four years ago. Will have to check, although Viva BrisVegas’s answer sounds right.

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    @JCJ: This is the part I’m remembering:

    There were six people and a Scotch terrier inhabiting the remote farmhouse Major Major called home, and five of them and the Scotch terrier turned out to be agents for the F.B.I. Soon they had enough derogatory information on Major Major to do whatever they wanted to with him.

    The only thing they could find to do with him, however, was take him into the Army as a private and make him a major four days later so that Congressmen with nothing else on their minds could go trotting back and forth through the streets of Washington, D. C., chanting, “Who promoted Major Major? Who promoted Major Major?

    But I guess even that promotion was actually in error.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Major Major Major Major: From memory: “I have named the boy Caleb, in accordance with your wishes.”

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    sgrAstar says:

    M^4- one of the best cat pix Iโ€™ve ever seen. Thanks!

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    @sgrAstar: thank *you*!

    Iโ€™m off to bed folks.

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    lahke says:

    Good evening! Just watched”Headin’ Home”, a 1920 silent movie that creates a fake biography of Babe Ruth, starring the Babe himself. Amazing what you can find at the library.
    Saw a few episodes of”The Good Place” on the plane coming home and it seemed fun. Is it worth seeing more?

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    Looks like a cartoon cat, singin’ on a back fence

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    Viva BrisVegas says:


    The Good Place 8.5/10.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’m spending a pleasant afternoon re-stringing The Girl. (She wears 9-gauge D’Addario strings.) The task list:
    1) De-string.
    2) Remove original string saddles and install roller saddles.
    3) Cover fretboard in masking tape. Polish frets.
    4) Remove masking tape. Clean fretboard with lighter fluid.
    5) Clean body with lighter fluid, especially parts under string path.
    6) Re-string.
    7) Set string height.
    8) Tune and intonate. (Remember to stretch strings.)
    Next week, Sister and Lady. Who knew owning guitars was so much work?

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    Nelle says:

    I’m mostly a lurker and even at that I’ve been gone for a bit. I took an emotional journey to central Ukraine, to the site of my father’s birth and his youthful stories, first of mischief and then terror of civil war and the dull ache of famine. But he survived, came to North America and created a family of strength and love.

    One thing he did not get, one thing totally mystified him. The racial divide..he said, “I was not taught to hate.”

    I thought of him in seeing BlackkKlansman tonight. Anyone else see it yet? It is brilliant, funny, and horrifying all at once. And that isn’t just my loyalty to my friend who co-wrote it with Spike Lee. My friend, Kevin, came to the theatre last night too and that was a fine way to see it. They’ve made the past and present a seemingly complete whole and the persistence of vile racism the sick reality. Haunting to see it on the anniversary of Charlottesville and with a man (my husband) whose attitude toward his own Jewish identity mirrors that of one of the main characters.

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    DissidentFish says:

    Look up for meteors tonight. I saw one with a tail looked like a Jerry Garcia design. Perseids are on.

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    Raven says:

    3:30am is NOT to early to get to Logan for a 6:30am flight!

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Your devotion to your girl is inspiring. Have you ever listened to “Six String Belief” by Son Volt?

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    ding7777 says:

    Major Major Major Major: If you want a witty caption for the Samwise photo try Paul Bromks at

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    Jack the Second says:

    @Amir Khalid: Eh, I think Monsanto probably was treated unfairly.

    I mean, it’s possible that Monsanto has successfully covered up evidence that Roundup causes cancer for the last 30 years, the tobacco companies did, after all, but the evidence is a lot less slam dunk so it basically comes down to assuming the lack of evidence is evidence that Monsanto is just that good.

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    otmar says:

    I’m at Vienna Airport again. Same procedure as last year: two weeks with the family on Mallorca.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @otmar: My condolences.

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    otmar says:

    @Elizabelle: looking forward to it.

    (It’s not MiL or similar, but wife and kids)

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    Haroldo says:

    @Amir Khalid: Singin’ the guitar maintainence blues, you are. You should borrow from history to create your moniker, Amir ‘Guitar’ Khalid.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Josh Dawsey jdawsey1
    Omarosa just said on Meet the Press that she recorded John Kelly in the Situation Room. (They are playing the tape.)

    Some old phrases come to mind… extreme carelessness with classified information, four-star Marine general, can’t be trusted….

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    J. says:

    You can never have too many cat-themed open threads. Also, Samwise is a very handsome — and well-dressed — boy. :-)

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    WaterGirl says:

    That is a great yawn!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    All done. It’s the ugliest job I’ve done of winding strings around the tuning posts, but it’ll work. The Girl deserves better from me next time.

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    RedDirtDirl says:

    @Nelle: dead thread, but want to say hi, and thanks for de-lurking. Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing that movie this week!

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    So, Dennis Miller tweeted:

    I believe Paul Ryan will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020 and he will select Omarosa as his running mate.

    Why do I quote this? Because it’s ‘Clint Eastwood lecturing an empty chair’ bizarre. Conservatives live in a world of imagination where even their humor makes no sense, because their straw man fantasies are so far from reality it’s hard to figure out where they come from. After considerable thought, in this case I think it’s ‘Paul Ryan and Omarosa have criticized Trump. Democrats have no traits other than criticizing Trump. Therefor, naming these famous people who have criticized Trump and I have no respect for as if Democrats like them is funny satire.’

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: to say nothing of the idea of Ryan as a trump critic. Only Miller and Ryan think that, trump knows he’s got Ryan’s testicles in the pocket of his jacket

    Miller had a fairly highly rated– for premium cable in the 90s– show on HBO, I believe sold out tours– I went to one of his stand up shows, now he’s the opening act for internet-TV’s Bill O’Reilly’s speaking tour.

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