Late Evening Diversionary Open Thread

For your late evening, Eastern Daylight Time, diversionary enjoyment pleasure.

Open thread!

84 replies
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    That’s a quality ungulate right there.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: The cuteness, it burns!!!!

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    West of the Rockies says:

    Open thread, so for any basketball fans here, why is Jimmy Butler so highly regarded? 22 points a game last year, five assists, five rebounds… Those don’t sound like superstar numbers to me.

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    Mike J says:

    Every time somebody posts a video like this it turns out that an animal only engages in whatever cute behavior it is if it has spina bifida or croup or something.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Beach pronking! Adorableness in motion. Because I’m legally required to be pedantic, I must point out that the correct term for that particular gait is “pronking” rather than “prancing.”

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    guachi says:

    Seven hours until the eye of tropical storm Michael passes a few miles north of my house.


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    Walker says:

    Deer are large rodents. I hate them.

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    JCJ says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    He is a very good individual defender and can get his shot in the fourth quarter. Having said that, I would not have made the trade that sent Lauri Markkanen for him. Also, at age 29 I would be reluctant to commit to a long term deal as few NBA players maintain high levels of productivity past age 30 or 31.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    That is some fancy prancing!

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    oldgold says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    Jimmy B’s O numbers, while not superstar quality, are good numbers. Add these good O numbers to his lockdown defensive skills and you have a very solid player.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Adam, have you heard about this? Commenter Jay posted it below and it disturbed me:

    I think the the Democrats if and when they gain control of the House/Congress should open investigations into the military’s handling of white supremacists at the unit level as well as how they screen recruits. I plan on writing to my Rep and Dem Senator about this.

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    eemom says:


    How are you defining “rodent”?

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    Another Scott says:

    Daniel Dale Retweeted Carol Leonnig Verified account @CarolLeonnig
    47 minutes ago

    This previously unreported standoff is big news, explains a lot.

    Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe each wanted the other out of the Russia probe.



    ‘night all.


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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    Are you kidding? They’re beautiful creatures. That doesn’t mean I’m against hunting them but they are nice animals.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: I saw the ProPublica report when it came out. I had a discussion with senior personnel at the US Army’s Provost Marshal General’s Office about this back in 2014. My understanding is that they do screen for them and if they manage to still get through, then as soon as they know about them they get rid of them. The Marines in the ProPublica story have been courts martialled already. It’s like everything else, some are going to sneak through. Some will become radicalized once in. But by and large the military’s culture is antithetical to being a white supremacist because of how it is structured, how the military is generated to include training and education, as well as how units are put together.

    Is it a problem? Yes. Is it the military’s top personnel problem? No. Is it in the top five? I’m not sure. I’m far more concerned about infiltration of white supremacists and anti-government extremists into civilian law enforcement. Especially at the local level.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @eemom: Apparently very broadly.

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    Jay says:

    Not a big fan of carefree deer, having been run over recently, twice.

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    You guys are being weirdly hard on deer.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    What was most disturbing was that a Military Times survey found that 25% of all active-duty military personnel had claimed to have encountered white supremacists within their ranks. That’s a very high number all things considered and suggests to me that the either army regs aren’t sufficient or aren’t being enforced well at the unit level, which is what the article suggests.

    I’m far more concerned about infiltration of white supremacists and anti-government extremists into civilian law enforcement. Especially at the local level.

    I can’t argue with you on this. We need to have people on the police force that are committed to the rule of law and serving the public trust. Having nazis on it undermines that public trust at a time when relations between civilian law enforcement and those they serve is at all time low, due to the latter’s actions.

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    Man, this year’s flu shot is hard on my arm.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Motherfucker taking on airs like he’s Rudolph.

    He’s one Disney shotgun blast away from woe.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Major Major Major Major: A few days ago the Japanese maple seedling in our front yard suddenly looked different – most of the bark was stripped from the trunk. My running hypothesis is that one or more deer did it.

    Yeah, ‘big rodents’ is a decent short hand for them, in cases like that.



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    Jay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Recently, deer have been harder on me.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    I got mine over a week and half ago. It hurt like hell when I’d move it for the first few days and I’d get shooting pains in my hand. But I’m glad I got it (I also had to get it for school anyway). The union evidently footed the bill since I was able to get it for free at my job. AND I got $5 off my next grocery purchase.

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    Duane says:

    @West of the Rockies: Seems like a lot of hype doesn’t it. NBA season starts soon, might be part of it. Or a good agency.

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    @Jay: an elk almost killed me one time but I still don’t go around saying mean things about elk!

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    JAFD says:

    Greetings from New Jersey,

    Got letter from Board of Elections ‘You have been appointed… a board worker for the General Election’. And below in Big Red Letters ‘election laws changed, please attend training course even if you don’t legally have to this year’.

    Anyway, hockey season finally begins in Nuuk tonight. As you know, whenever a NHL team gets snazzy new uniforms, they ask the league office to bring the Devils for their home opener, so they can hold a promotion for ‘New Jersey Night’.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    So, the DOW dropped 800 points today. Those predictions for a recession in 2019 are looking on point.

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: random-seeming one-day slumps don’t usually mean much.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    You choose to respond to that comment and not the flu shot one?

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: we shared flu shot stories, I didn’t have anything to add!

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    West of the Rockies says:


    His numbers compare with James Worthy’s, so, yeah, I guess he’s better than I thought. He’s no Westbrook or Michael or Magic or Bird though.

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    Schlemazel says:

    stay dry

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    Jay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    These were deer that know me. I’m the nice guy, the guy with the safe place on weekends and hunting season. The guy who saves their fawns. The guy who keeps them from being hit by cars.

    The assholes just didn’t care.

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    Yutsano says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: In the immortal words of Douglas Adams: Don’t Panic. Unless the sell-off continues or goes world-wide. Then still: Don’t Panic. The stock market is not the economy.

    Having said that, the softening housing market and Ford cutting production does worry me some.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    I think we should have a funky dance line contest.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Those of us who thought we might retire in a couple of years probably should panic.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Not good enough Jerry, not good enough!


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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:

    If that deer is actually from Melbourne, then it’s introduced vermin and a plague on the ecosystem.

    And cute too.

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    CaseyL says:

    A friend of mine moved to Port Townsend (lovely, lovely town). She loved deer, and at first loved that so many live in town. I mean, LOTS of deer, all over the town, gathering on corners and strolling up the middle of the street. Very picturesque.

    Then she tried to plant a rose garden.

    She didn’t know deer eat roses. Apparently, deer love to eat roses. Her husband had to build an arbor to protect the roses.

    Now she understands why all the vegetable gardens in Port Townsend are enclosed in fences-with-roofs.

    And she calls deer “long-legged rats.”

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:


    Ford cutting production does worry me some.

    Is this related to Ford’s decision to focus only on trucks and SUVs?

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    sigyn says:

    @Jay: So are you gonna tell us the whole story?

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    eemom says:

    I saw a heartbreaking thing at the Outer Banks in August. It hurts me to even recount it.

    A deer being chased by a doggie ran into the ocean, and got carried out. A couple of guys dashed in and tried to save it but it was hopeless.

    Really fucked up my first day on the beach.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Are you referring to comment 46 or 43?

    Yeah, Ford in two years is going to stop selling sedans. I think it’s stupid and not sustainable but what do I know?

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    I’m still not sure if I can accurately repeat a Dave Matthews lyric.

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    @Another Scott:

    Yeah, ‘big rodents’ is a decent short hand for them, in cases like that.

    Rodents with hooves, and cuter outfits.

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    @Sister Golden Bear: this 👏🏻 is 👏🏻 not 👏🏻 how 👏🏻 taxonomy 👏🏻 works

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: was responding to comment it links to.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Looks like Ford has been taking it on the chin for several reasons, not all necessarily due to the trucks only focus. But any time a company does a reorg that’s usually not a positive sign.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Yutsano: In the land down under the market followed the dow and went down 3%

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Oh, sometimes links get screwed up and I wasn’t sure.

    I also thought about your advice from last night. I’m just going to portray the future GOP as they pretty much are now: an alliance between social conservatives and businessmen who are rabidly far-right and willing to use authoritarian tactics to maintain their power mixed with Putin’s United Russia Party under the illusion of electoral democracy. Also incredibly xenophobic and racist.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    @CaseyL: @Sister Golden Bear: My mom, veteran Northern California gardener, calls them “rats on stilts.” I hate the bastards anywhere except my dinner plate, but I recognize that I’m a bit extreme on that point.

    My flu shot yesterday was actually easier on my arm than in past years. I managed to relax instead of clenching every muscle – maybe that helped?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Rodents get a bad rap. There are some pretty cool ones that people don’t realize are part of the rodent family, like this guy:

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:
    However, I might call them something else. Don’t know for sure. I know I definitely want it to be a near-future dystopia, so many will have memories of the system from before. Maybe it will be a successor to the GOP?

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    Yutsano says:

    @TS (the original): Oh boy. Someone watch Turkey. If they collapse two of Spain’s banks feel a lot of pain. And Europe is gonna feel it hard.

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: Mine too. I usually get the muscle pain in my shoulder for a couple days but this time the only discomfort was the initial poke. Kinda worried now.

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    @West of the Rockies: Just heard someone on the tee vee say Butler’s not “really great”, but really plays hard. Or plays really hard.

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @M. Bouffant: I wouldn’t consider Butler a Tier I player, more Tier II.

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    Jay says:


    Neither’s much of a story.

    First time, changing the leader on my flyline on the shore of Edith Lake, got run over by a deer, ( Patches, due to the scarred pelt), “pronging” as kids seem to call it these days, along the shore, got away with cuts and bruises.

    A week later, “Big Momma”, ( 4 fawns in tow), two does, “pronged” me while sharpening the chainsaw. That time I got stitches.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice:

    I managed to relax instead of clenching every muscle – maybe that helped?

    It definitely helps if you relax. I clenched one time when I was a kid and initially rejoiced because I didn’t feel it, but then I felt it for a week. OW!

    It also helps if the shot giver is good at it and knows that trick about grabbing some of your arm and giving the shot in that area. The guy at Costco didn’t do that but still didn’t hurt us. I noticed a little soreness if I explored that area of my arm the next day, but not otherwise.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: Ouch! Do you have any idea what provoked them, other than you breathing their air?

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    CapnMubbers says:

    @Walker: @Jay: @Another Scott: @CaseyL: Wretched ruminants. (NorCal here.)

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    raven says:

    Damn, It’s blowing and pouring but the power is still on and the internet works in Athens, GA!

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    otmar says:

    I’m in Brussels this week. 6 days of training plus a short meeting at the EU commission.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    So we can look forward to lovely pictures of that city? Cool!

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    JPL says:

    @raven: It rained most of the night, and nextdoor says some trees are down, but the streets
    listed so far are in Cobb. I’ll check out my yard at daylight.

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: I’m really surprised we’re up and running. Clarke County Schools are closed and UGA opens at 10.

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: Fingers crossed that it stays that way.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Wierd. For a period of time, Cole’s twitter feed has said there is an OtR post up. I keep refreshing the page but the OtR post never shows. I click thru to this comment thread (where the comment count hasn’t changed from 67 thru several refreshes) just to see if I can get something to change around here and VOILA!

    71 comments and the OtR post shows to the right.

    Never to early to start drinking.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Trade you! I get 6 days in Pittsburg :)

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: It’s been squirrely, when I hit BJ home page it’s not there but when I’m in this thread the button for Otr is there,

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    germy says:

    NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna students watching Tuesday’s varsity girls soccer game against Schenectady were heard using racial slurs toward black Schenectady players during the game, according to school officials.

    Niskayuna administrators are investigating reports of the incident, and in a statement posted on the district’s website said such behavior is a violation of “everything that we stand for as a school district.”

    Schenectady schools athletic director Steve Boynton on Wednesday confirmed that Schenectady soccer players were targeted with racist comments from the Niskayuna fans section. He said he was proud of how the Schenectady players handled themselves during the game and that some of the players broke down in tears after the game.

    “That did occur from a small portion of the Niskayuna student body,” Boynton said of the racist remarks. “[The Schenectady players] handled themselves like young ladies.”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: And here I thought it was me.

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    JPL says:

    @germy: That is so sad.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Coles Twitter feed is psychic!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    She said she interpreted the attitude from the Niskayuna side as a “flex of privilege.”

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    otmar says:

    @Amir Khalid: we’ll see. Up to now I had no time for walking around.

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    otmar says:

    @Schlemazel: Pittsburg? I haven’t been there yet and somehow it isn’t on my bucket lists of things to see.

    So: nah. The beer is better here in Brussels.

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    zeke says:

    Uhhmmm, that’s not a deer, that’s a pronghorn or prairie antelope

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    J R in WV says:


    Good call, deer don’t pronk like that at all.

    Saddest deer thing I ever saw was a deer that ran out onto a tall bridge just outside Beckley, WV. Traffic all slowed way down, then the deer danced along to the edge of the bridge and happily bounced off the bridge something like 300 feet in the air. Was very elegant jump.

    Everyone stopped… and then went on, nothing to do to help after that.

    Sort of like the US in November, 2016. Jumped, never looked first!

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