Monday Morning Open Thread: Reasons to Believe

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Finally, while I’ll probably put up a dedicated post later, you will no doubt be pleased to hear that the #UniteTheReich Reunion Rally… did not live up to its proponents’ hopes

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    Aleta says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning 🌲 🌲

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


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    Schlemazel says:

    The first 3 comments should auto -populate in the morning thred

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    NobodySpecial says:

    Good morning! Bit jealous of everyone who didn’t spend their days off rearranging furniture in 80 degree 80% humidity weather.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Site is back to normal. Yay. Thanks, Alain.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Can we just skip the Mueller-trump interview and move on to charges of perjury and impeachment proceedings? It would be a real time saver.

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    JPL says:

    @Schlemazel: True. That series explains who we are.

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    Schlemazel says:

    True enough

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    Platonailedit says:

    Yes, it is awful that POTUS is a Kremlin asset. You can actually do something about it, like:

    1) Impeach

    2) Strengthen election security (which you just voted against)

    3) Do not confirm nominees of an illicit POTUS

    Without action, yours is the hollow rhetoric of a quisling.

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 12, 2018

    Sasse, the fucking quisling.

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    Quinerly says:

    Poco and his mom send their best from Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Just back from an early morning beach walk… or as Poco calls it, “campaigning.” He’s still rocking his post surgery tee shirt. Stitches on his chest just beginning to drop out. Have a great day, Balloon Juice!

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning 😊!
    And to everyone else!

    @OzarkHillbilly: 😘

    @Schlemazel: only if it includes a kissy face emoji for OH, then yes.

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    satby says:

    @Quinerly: Good to hear that Poco (and his mom) is feeling so good after his health scare! I’m trying to gear up to start a morning river walk because I sit too much, but I would already be out the door if there was a beach closer by. Have a great day!

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    satby says:

    @JPL: like a play in 3 acts 😊

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    My latest nominee for understatement of the year:

    “I gotta believe it’s easier in Vermont, Could we do this in Alabama? Probably not.”

    Christine Hallquist, transgender candidate in the VT DEM primary for Governor

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    Schlemazel says:

    Hey, I’m not setting any rules just identifying a pattern.

    My boss has been called up & will spend a year on active in the ME. The department is back in the hands of the self-involved lemon who allowed us to flounder for a year before we got a manager interested in running the department. I am so excited to relive the original year I can’t even explain it.

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: is there an actual Democratic candidate for Senate? Because I would donate to that person with no hesitation.

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    satby says:

    @Schlemazel: working with an inept, lousy manager is crazy making, at least it was for me. Good luck, and to your active duty manager as well. Hope he can come home safely and resume his duties.

    Oh, I like the new edit!

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    Kristine says:

    Good morning! ☕️🐶☀️

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: Pretty sure Mustang Bobby would do a better job than that.

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    satby says:

    I know I’m a broken record in the subject, but I hope they can fix the mobile version at some point. It’s easier to read on my tablet (bigger font) and no Taboola ads to scroll through. I know I’m not the only fan of the mobile version.

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: undoubtedly, but he’s a pro.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Good morning BJ! Our new pup (1-1/2 yrs) and kitty (3-1/2 mos) are slowly settling in, with some mixed success. The pup was a shelter dog and I don’t know his background, but I don’t think he’s never had any experience of being a pet. Aside from somewhat mixed results with housebreaking, he took a couple days to understand that I wanted to play with him. Oh well, patience, patience. I know many of you guys have worked with much more difficult situations.

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    Schlemazel says:

    I have to laugh at the thought of any GOPper taking an actual stand against Dump. It could happen but not until 80%of voters have turned on him.

    Even at that and back in the saner 70’s Nixon still hung on to most Republicans

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    debbie says:


    At some level, we’re all Waiting for Godot. ;)

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    TS (the original) says:

    Why do I have to learn over and over – leopards do not change their spots. When discussing Omarosa MJ just tied her in to Monica Lewinsky – EVERY day he mentions a Clinton or Monica so we all understand democrats are just as bad as trump.

    I think I turn it on to see how long I have to wait before he does the Clinton attack. Then I tune out. He has also started with the white racism and the lady who was employed by the NYT – I guess that will be a daily event as well.

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    satby says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: congratulations on the new family members! Lots of puppy mill and formerly hoarded dogs were never given the chance to play since most were caged their entire lives. He’ll catch on. You’re giving him his puppyhood back a little.
    My late, beloved Biggie never fully got the concept after spending his first two years in a cage at a puppy mill but he loved to play anyway. Tug of war he managed ok, but I needed lots of toys to throw for him to go fetch, because he would carry them to his bed to drop off before coming back for me to throw another one to “fetch”. He loved it though!

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    Platonailedit says:


    The rot started with him and now it is permanently set. Voters too share the blame for this.

    Aaargh, login disappeared again.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: You know better than that.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Trump keeps yelping about “wrapping up the investigation “. Well, if he’d go be interviewed it would probably wrap up a lot faster. Probably not to his liking, but faster.

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I was hoping Giordano was serious about running against Wilmer. But I don’t track Vermont politics at all.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @satby: The late Snarla never got the concept of fetch. You could toss things and she’d look at you as if to say “If you wanted it, why did you throw it over there?”

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    I want to give a plug for you indie movie buffs. Check out the 48 Hour Film Project. There are some amazingly talented local filmmakers in my city, and yours, and all over the world.

    Filmmakers are given one weekend to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Then a couple weeks later they are screened and voted on by us, the viewing public. We stumbled into this by accident in Seattle on our vacation as our hotel was about 10 feet from the theater where they were screening them. We watched one of the five groups of films and were just blown away by the creativity and talent, on screen and behind it.

    We looked for Philly’s event, and watched it yesterday. Also our first time away from the new pup. We watched all the films, 35-40 of them, and again were just blown away. Because much of the audience is the filmmaker teams, their friends and family, you also look around you and see faces you just saw on screen, which is fun.

    I don’t know what happens to these films after the event, or to the filmmakers. I can’t even find the titles for the Philly films. I would definitely spend money to get copies of many of these, and watch them again. That’s the one big weakness in the concept, that all that work seems to vanish from the face of the earth afterward. But definitely check it out, see if there’s one coming to your town.

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    satby says:

    @Gelfling 545: 😆!
    I still have the lab female that came with Biggie, she’s about 14 now. She loves to play too, and she knows she’s supposed to bring the toy back, but then she won’t drop it or give it to me. She thinks the game is “fetch and keep away”. Her tail wags wildly with joy as she evades my attempts to get the toy away to throw again.
    Rosie is my good girl.

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    rikyrah says:

    Morning to Poco and the tribe 😄 😺

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    Good morning, Friends. Yesterday a lightning strike next door took out the digital adapter box on the old analog TV in the bedroom but left the TV intact. It left the digital adapter box for the LED TV in my office okay but took out the TV, and it took my VOIP landline out but left the internet alone on my AT&T modem. So I got a new TV at Best Buy on sale and now the fekakte Comcast remote is gefluggen; it changes channels and adjusts the volume but won’t turn the TV on or off. AT&T is sending a new modem, Comcast is sending a new remote, and digital adapters, and I’m going to raise hell if they charge me for either.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @satby: I often feel with dogs like there are rules to the game, but I don’t know what they are. Keep away seems to be a common one. Our old lab (last dog we had in the house) now gone more than 10 years, loved tag-keep-away. First you chase down the human who is holding a stick, leap and grab the stick out of their hand, and then taunt them with it for the rest of the game.

    Sammie’s first play involved him dropping toys then diving at them and running away again. Yesterday he finally seemed to start understanding tug of war, but he’d drop it right away after I gave it a couple tugs. Won’t pull back hard. I never thought about it before, but it’s probably hard to figure out the difference between “OMG drop that expensive thing in your mouth! Give me that!” and “I’m pulling on this but I want you to fight to keep it”. I guess I’ve always counted on the dog to be sensitive to my attitude, without thinking about it.

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    Aleta says:

    @Quinerly: What happened with Poco?

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    lamh36 says:

    Good morning

    Good morning!


    ‪Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer via @YouTube‬

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mustang Bobby: I’d sue your neighbor. Obviously it was his fault for having such an attractive location for lightning.

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: The Woofmeister loves to play a game of “Keep Away-Tug of War-Fetch” with his squeaky toys.

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    Platonailedit says:

    The same administration that didn’t know Omarosa was tapin’ folks in the Situation Room wants us to trust them to ensure the integrity of our next election.

    — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 13, 2018

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    Elizabelle says:

    @lamh36: Good morning and thank you. Loved the Aretha video. No lip synching.

    Loved the backup singers and their eyelashes too. Saving that one.

    All the best to Aretha, who is — it sounds like? — nearing the end of her battle with pancreatic cancer?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @lamh36: No better way to start the day.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Platonailedit: Why isn’t there a White House security officer or FBI special agent talking to Omarosa about this little bit of espionage? The general attitude anyplace I’ve ever worked was “if you can’t even remember the rules enough to keep your recording device outside the classified space, to avoid even ACCIDENTALLY bringing a device in, then you don’t deserve a clearance.”

    If I’d done what she’d done I’d be in the federal pen.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    I was hoping Giordano was serious about running against Wilmer.

    Giordano dropped that idea when he was diagnosed with cancer.

    There’s gotta be other Vermont political types considering it, but I suspect they’re waiting to see what happens this November.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Anne Laurie: Al Giordano has cancer? Sorry to hear that.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Anne Laurie: Oh dear. Al Giordano also has what sounds like numerous credible accusations against him for sexual harassment by young female journalists. HuffPo has a story. Sounds like an alcohol addiction too.

    Sad to hear this, too.

    Will no one take on Saint Bernard from the actual Democratic party?

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Nice to see that the ‘phony diploma’ story surrounding Melissa Howard in FL 73rd is finally getting some traction. It would be good if we could get some national media scrutiny on the disappearance of Brett Kavanaugh’s mysterious $200G credit card debit.
    P.S. – Good morning.

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    Baud says:

    @Anne Laurie: Bernie’s up this year. He’s not going to be seriously challenged.

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    @Elizabelle: Is taking Wilmer on the only way to ….shut him up, I suppose. Make him keep his eyes on the prize? I hope someone in the party is working on him.

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    Baud says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I see you’re fully acclimated to “The Chicago Way.”

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    @Baud: Do I sound ominous? It’s my Detroit girlhood coming through.

    When we first moved to Iowa, I called the landscaper who’d just put the bushes in my front yard and told him one of them looked dead or dying to me. He said he’d check and do a “drive-by” on my house. I could only assume that meant something different than it did where I came from. Otherwise, thanks for the warning I guess.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Aleta: We had a cancer scare. Lump in his chest that originally tested positive when the vet took a needle sample. Once out, the vet school said it was just a fibroid tumor. Surgeon cut him 6inches across his chest. He was okayed for travel but the surgeon used the stitches that come out on their own since we were going to the beach. Tee shirt protects the stitches so he didn’t pull them out prematurely. No “cone of shame.” 😎Thanks for your interest. He’s been a rock star through the whole thing.

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    Quinerly says:

    @rikyrah: ♥️💙💜

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    Anne Laurie says:


    Al Giordano has cancer?

    Last I heard — haven’t checked in a while — he said he’d been treated successfully. But by that point, it was too late to ramp up a campaign against a long-term incumbent.

    I tell myself the best candidate will come along, when the time is right.

    (And now, since I’m getting the ferkaktah ‘database error’ on the FYWP dashboard again — guess Alain must be working on things — I’m taking it as a sign to drag my insomniac arse to bed!)

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    NotMax says:


    Wilmer is listed on the ballot as and running as a Democrat this time, for whatever that’s worth.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @satby: I used to see him on Twitter but I just checked and he has’t posted in a year. He had cancer and I think the treatment kicked his butt hard.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: Oh yes. Florida Woman bait for sure. Adam Silverman bat alert going out.

    WaPost had a big writeup this weekend on the honesty-challenged Melissa Howard, GOP candidate for the Florida state House. Florida candidate tried to prove she’s a college graduate. The school says her diploma is fake.

    Howard’s campaign consultant, Anthony Pedicini, said in a statement that Howard’s husband suffered a cardiac incident Friday night and is at a Florida hospital. She is “focused on him right now,” he said, and not on “fake news.” Asked why the campaign is calling the recent development fake news despite the information revealed by Miami University, Pedicini said, “That’s all I got for you right now.”

    Howard, a 46-year-old small-business owner from Lakewood Ranch, Fla., is running in the Republican primary for the Florida House of Representatives’ 73rd District, near Sarasota. According to her campaign website, she was born to a blue-collar family in “Middle America” and is the first in her family to attend college.

    Well. She attended.

    On Tuesday, FLA News, which describes itself as “the conservative choice for Florida news & politics,” reported that Howard does not have the academic credentials she claims to have. Citing records obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit that verifies enrollment and graduation, FLA News reported that Howard attended Miami University from August 1990 to May 1994, but she did not obtain a degree.

    … Events reported by local media over the past week showed that Howard seemed to have gone to great lengths to prove the story wrong.

    She traveled to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, earlier this week to get copies of her transcripts — and “to catch my opponent in yet another lie!” according to a now-deleted Facebook post published by the Herald-Tribune. She shared pictures of her framed diploma, which she told FLA News was in her mother’s storage in Ohio, and provided the website with a picture of her in a cap and gown at what appears to be a graduation event. She also posted a partial picture of her transcript on her campaign Facebook page.

    … By Sunday, Howard’s Facebook page has been deleted.

    The statement from Parker, the university’s general counsel, cited several reasons as to why the diploma was fake:

    Howard claimed she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. The university has “no record of such a degree,” and has always awarded marketing majors with a bachelor’s degree in business.

    Howard’s major at Miami University was not marketing, but retailing. The degree for that program would’ve been a bachelor’s in family and consumer sciences.

    One school official’s name on Howard’s diploma is wrong. The diploma has signatures from James C. Garland, university president and Robert C. Johnson, dean. Although Garland was, in fact, the president of Miami University in 1996, Johnson was dean of the graduate school, not of the university’s business college.

    The university also allows students “to walk” during ceremonies even if they did not complete graduation requirements, Parker said, which might explain the picture of Howard in a cap and gown.

    WaPost reader commenters were musing on how these types of fabulists seem to end up in the Republican party. How is that?

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    Baud says:

    @NotMax: He said he would so that (to avoid there being another Democratic nominee) but would refuse the nomination after he won.

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    Raven says:

    @Baud: Barrington ain’t exactly Chicago.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: Heh:

    However, Claire Webster, director of university news and communications for MU, told WTSP that Melissa Marie Fox – Howard’s name before she married – does not have a degree from the college, though she was enrolled at the school.

    Webster pointed out other discrepancies with the diploma seen in the photo, including:

    * The picture of the diploma does not appear to be an accurate Miami University diploma.
    * MU has no record of the degree pictured in the photo.
    * The marketing degree shown in the photo was not what Fox studied while she was enrolled at MU.
    * The pictured diploma contains the signatures of James C. Garland, President, and Robert C. Johnson, Dean. While Garland was president of MU at the time, Johnson was dean of the Graduate School, not the dean of either the Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration nor the School of Education and Allied Professions.

    The photo has since been deleted from Howard’s Facebook, and her Twitter account has been deactivated. The story was first reported by the website Florida News Online, which bills itself as “the conservative choice for Florida news & politics.”

    “Melissa Howard is helping her husband recover from a cardiac event which occurred last night,” campaign consultant told WWSB. “We won’t be responding to allegations and fake news until he fully recovers.”

    WTSP reached out to Howard’s campaign for comment Saturday but received no response

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    @Raven: Indeed not. It’s R central.

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    Walker says:


    Because they know Republicans are easy marks.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    @Elizabelle: Isn’t that ‘Flori-duh woman’? Am I doing it right?
    We really need to turn the national spotlight on Kavanaugh. That guy’s dirty.
    And boy, the republicons really play the ‘fake news’ card every time they read something they don’t like.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Anne Laurie: Al may have worse problems than cancer bedeviling his attempt at a bid for Vermont Senate.

    From Dan Abrams’ website Law & Crime, from February 2018. Famed Liberal Journalist Al Giordano Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    Multiple sources, and sounds credible. Maybe years of alcohol and drugs (and self-viewed righteousness?) took their toll on Al’s judgement? His gringo male colleague is also accused.

    The HuffPost story is worse. Some lucky young women were required (or asked) to clean up Al’s pee bottles during his illness, and do personal errands.

    Sorry to hear this. He did some good work, and I like the idea behind his School for Authentic Journalism, if not what it devolved into.

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    satby says:


    Barrington ain’t exactly Chicago.

    F’real. It’s even snootier than the average snooty suburb 😄

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @NotMax: He does that every time he runs so he doesn’t have to run against a real DEM in the general. Then he disavows the DEM party.

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    NotMax says:

    6:30 p.m. Sunday – stretched out on the couch to shut and rest the eyes for “a few minutes.”
    1:30 a.m. Monday – woke up.
    2:00 a.m. – ate a light din-din.

    C’est la vie.

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    satby says:

    @Baud: the dickishness runs deep in that one. Hoping his shouty waggy finger is stilled by the vicissitudes of old age soon.

    And to stave them off in me, I’m heading out to try to establish a more healthy morning routine, now that I’m fully caffinated.

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    Zinsky says:

    Unite the Right – what a joke! In my 60+ years on this planet, I have found most conservatives to be abject cowards. They pretend to be brave, from behind the anonymity of their computer keyboards, but few are willing to confront anyone face-to-face. Unless they are armed and their opponents are not, which is the only time they really seem to feel secure. It takes courage to be a liberal – to speak out against injustice; to face people who oppose your ideas with no weapons to defend yourself; to go up against seemingly impossible odds, just because it is the right thing to do. These are the greater angels of our human existence. It is very easy to be a conservative. You only need to be greedy, selfish and hateful – the most base and primitive aspects of our nature.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    @Zinsky: Just like all bullies… they have their reign of terror until somebody pops them in the nose, then they immediately bust out cryin’ and declare they’re the victim!

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    Montanareddog says:


    Don’t know if anyone else has posted this yet (I am at work so Youtubing too much may present problems!), but this is my favorite Aretha version of “I say a little prayer”; live, on “The Tom Jones Show”. I have seen another clip of it which cuts to Tom at the end and he looks at the camera and just says “Wow!”

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    germy says:

    Can't wait for the new york times article tomorrow about how cruel and petty it was of the counterprotesters today to outnumber the nazis.
    — Megan Amram (@meganamram) August 12, 2018

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    otmar says:

    Fun. Thunderstorm with a bit of hail just now at the resort on Mallorca.

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    germy says:

    NYT tomorrow: "millennials are killing the nazi industry"— Megan Amram (@meganamram) August 12, 2018

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    The Midnight Lurker says:


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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Raven: True dat.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @otmar: Where abouts are you? (my wife was raised there)

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @satby: But we still cherish Ms. Winsor, despite her unfortunate residency choices. I mean, Iowa and then Barrington? Who does that – voluntarily? //

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    Just One More Canuck says:


    We won’t be responding to allegations and fake news until he fully recovers.”

    There’s your guilty tell

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Answer: 30 micrometres a minute.

    Question? What is the speed of death?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just One More Canuck: He was on the road to recovery when suddenly he felt the icy hand of death upon him

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    otmar says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: NE Coast. A bit south of Alcudia. Playa de Muro.

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    Doug R says:


    I know I’m a broken record in the subject, but I hope they can fix the mobile version at some point. It’s easier to read on my tablet (bigger font) and no Taboola ads to scroll through. I know I’m not the only fan of the mobile version.

    If that Taboola block was gone, or even moved to the end I would probably turn off adblock on my phone.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @otmar: Alcudia… Beautiful port. Loved walking the walls of the old town. I have about 2 dozen photos of the tile roofs of Alcudia, something about the geometry and varying shades of tile and lichens fascinated me. The Roman ruins were a bit of a disappointment but only because they didn’t measure up to the Coliseum in Rome. :-)

    One of the most fascinating things I have visited there is the Castell de Alaro. If you haven’t seen it I can’t recommend a visit highly enough. The hike is a bit strenuous (IIRC you have to climb 1500-2,000′) but well worth it.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: this is supposed to be a happy occasion – let’s not bicker and argue about oo killed oo

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    scav says:

    @satby: Which for some reason resulted in its familial moniker of “Bah-bah-bahh-baarrrrrringgron” using our best Buh-Buh-buckley stutter (we only drag it out for special occasions). Has a handy train station though.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Goes on the list for next trip to Spain and parts thereabout. Gracias.

    Alcudia. Did not know about it, or the Castell.

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    J R in WV says:

    Otmar – you’re on vacation in Mallorca, and you’re fussing about a thunderstorm with hail?

    That’s pretty funny, actually. Enjoy all the weathers, just don’t stay out in the hail, it can be hurty.

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