Open Thread: You’re Never So Old That Your Parents Can’t Embarrass You

Without Twitter, there would be no Trump. And given what we’ve learned about Russian troll farms, there would certainly be no President Trump…

But this week gave us one of those rare occurrences when humanity in all its weirdness shines through the internet. Perhaps because of the relentlessly dark nature of how this all went down, a delightful twist on the #HimToo hashtag brought some joy to the Twittersphere earlier this week.

It was the work of @MarlaReynolds3, a.k.a. “BlueStarNavyMom3” a.k.a. former marine Pieter Hanson’s mother. In a now-deleted Tweet, Hanson’s mama wrote a note filled with self-pity for her son, who won’t go on dates because of all the false accusations out there against noble boys from terrible, lying women…

…To the delight of many, it turned out that Mama Hanson had embarrassed her son, the aforementioned marine, badly.

Amazingly, Pieter Hanson himself dissented in a delightful response, also on Twitter:

And with that, Twitter went to work. We did what we do best on Twitter, made memes and tweets that corresponded to the hashtag that inspired more people to make memes and tweets to troll these poor guy’s mother who eventually deleted the tweet, which is very much a rookie move because someone’s always got a screenshot…

Since I am an Old, can I get away with describing the cited trolling-tweets as on fleek?

139 replies
  1. 1
    HinTN says:

    Don’t do Twitter but that kid’s a mensch!

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    NotMax says:

    This is what, like the 87th time this has been mentioned or front paged?

    So old can remember the blog before Twitter.

    As for Cat Dad, blech to the nth power.


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    NotMax says:


    No edit function.

    As for the term Cat Dad

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    satby says:

    Somebody is in serious denial in that family, and it isn’t Peter.

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    Peter Hanson, classy move. And your mom will totally forgive you.

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    AryehW says:

    Long time lurker here from Houston. Last night, my kids took in a stray cat they found in a mall parking lot but we can’t keep her. A very beautiful gray cat, female, about 1 year old, I think. No collar, we took it to the vet this morning to check and no microchip. She’s extremely friendly and sweet, my kids are already attached and super upset about having to give her away, but I think I’m heading for divorce if I don’t find her a home soon. Anyone know anyone from the Houston area who might be interested in adopting?

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    karen marie says:

    @HinTN: The best part? Peter’s a cat person and proceeded to post pictures of his cat since he had a captive audience.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    When Ohio Son gets embarrassed by me — and most of the time, it’s when I am being annoying intentionally, because if you can’t have fun razzing a family member, who can you have fun with? — I tell him I’m just doing my job as his mother. He is never appreciative.

    But really, that story is going to follow Hanson’s mom to her grave. You know it’s going to be included in the eulogy as comic relief. At least I do my schtick in private.

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    captnkurt says:

    Dear techy-types: I don’t see twitter thumbnails on BJ when I use Chrome, but do with Firefox. Screenshot of what I see in Chrome here. I turned off pop-up blocking but it didn’t seem to make any difference. Any ideas?

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @NotMax: May Steve (and Tunch) haunt your dreams.

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    guachi says:

    I’ll say this again because how often do you get to say you know a meme?

    But he works (or worked) at the same base I do. A Navy Arabic linguist like me. I only interacted with him a little bit but I’m not surprised to see how Hanson handled his internet fame.

    Arabic linguists are all smart and handsome and lovable. It’s just our nature.

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    @khead: He’s looking for the onion that fell off his belt, give the old boy some time.

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    NotMax says:


    Am unusually cranky today.

    Humidity at about 712%, not a hint of a breeze. And, in the never ending battle, today is Earwax: 1, NotMax: 0.


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    WaterGirl says:

    @captnkurt: Are you using Ghostery, by any chance? I have to leave “twitter button” set to ON in ghostery in order to see tweets properly. Maybe you have Ghostery, or something like it, installed on Chrome but not on Firefox?

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    Yutsano says:

    Inb4 someone mentions Pieter isn’t a Marine.

    And honestly speculation about his sexuality isn’t really cool.

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    jeffreyw says:


    As for the term Cat Dad

    Around here it’s “Kitty Daddy”.

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    Jay says:

    So, let’s see if I’ve got this right,

    @BlueStarNavyMom3 publicly publishes a lie,

    about her son,

    to push a political lie,

    in defence of Rape Culture,

    and violent serial gang rapists,

    and get’s mild pushback from the Twitteratti.

    Correct, yes?

    Anybody else see the problem here?

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    @NotMax: If you want something other than a tweet to read, you can read the excerpt of the essay I just posted on the last thread. Its a part of my love letter to Mumbai.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Who speculated about his sexuality? I’m not finding it.

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    NotMax says:


    “Tonstant Weader fwowed up.”
      – Dorothy Parker


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    And I don’t really think what his mom did was in any way, funny. NOT.

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    @jeffreyw: We are slaves to His Catness and Her Meowjesty here.

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    imonlylurking says:

    I spent the day shopping for tarps and thermal underwear, stuffed my little car to the gills, and just dropped the whole shebang off at the Franklin-Hiawatha homeless encampment. If it were January it would be a balmy almost-spring day, but it is freaking cold for October.

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    khead says:

    Also, had to run off before commenting again last night about people who let their cats run. I am sure that the jackals here at BJ make sure their kittehs are supervised. We just have some folks here in our neighborhood who let their cats roam at will…. and then freakout if Fluffy disappears for too long. Drives me nuts. I should have been clearer.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Yutsano: I don’t care which pool he plays in, but I think he looks pretty hot. Is that wrong?

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    Ken Shabby says:


    Only if you’re his mom.

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    Yutsano says:

    @zhena gogolia: satby at 4 is a bit of a wink and a nudge. Or I’m seeing things that aren’t there. Which is also possible.

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    Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman) says:

    $5 says Mom is a conservative evangelical Republican.

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    Ken Shabby says:


    Well – yes.

    The utter lack of any mention whatsoever of Bob Dole’s penis pills and Mario Cart.

    Also, too – Jesus’ views in Secks.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Yutsano: You are not seeing things that are not there.

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    debbie says:


    Well, she did it out of love, I’m sure.

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    MoxieM says:

    Welp, I swallowed a bug while cleaning up the yard for winter today. That’s a bit off topic, eh?

    And yes, people around here seem to generally let their cats roam, and then they post on NextDoor, “Where oh Where is my cat?”. It makes me worried about the cats, and annoyed at the people. This is an area with lots of cat hazards–plenty of traffic, coyotes, coy-dogs, dogs, raptors… When I lived in the eastern (metro) part of the Commonwealth (God Bless it, as CP would say), it was a foregone conclusion that the vet would tell you to keep your felines (and, I believe, small dogs as well) indoors and safely accounted for. Mine were shelter kitties, former street cats, and they acclimated very nicely to safe warm surroundings.

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    debbie says:


    Umm, first time I’ve seen this specific tweet. Or are you bitching about Twitter in general?

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    Ken Shabby says:


    It snowed here. All morning.

    Part of God’s Plan.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @debbie: I don’t know whether it’s been front-paged here or not, but I have seen it here on BJ several times already.

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    debbie says:


    That’s how BJ looks on my iPad. Sometimes after refreshing a number of times as the post grows, the photos will show up, but not always. Photos always show on my laptop.

    (ETA: I’m not a techy type.)

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    WaterGirl says:

    Still trying to find a good way to get British shows since my PBS station doesn’t have much. Has anyone here tried Britbox?

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    debbie says:


    The more I try to keep up, the farther I fall behind. :(

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    WaterGirl says:

    @debbie: For me, I’m either hopelessly behind on BJ or I am super caught up and I keep refreshing hoping for a new thread or more comments. it’s never anything in between.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Hey front-pagers, with the new fall season upon us, one of you could think about posting a “new TV shows” thread if you are so inclined.

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    debbie says:


    I know the feeling for sure.

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    eemom says:


    Try Acorn!! Tons of great stuff on there. And only $5 month.

    I am currently smitten with the 1970s Poldark series.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @eemom: Yeah, I keep seeing these links when I search on google: “which is better, Acorn or Britbox?” Figured I would ask the hive mind here. thanks.

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    Steeplejack says:


    What device and operating system?

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    lamh36 says:


    So does this reeks of desperation to anyone else?

    Now I’m wondering how bad the internals must be for his campaign?

    You’re a liar and a coward who can’t even pretend to try and win an election by any means other than how I’m sure your grandpappy did it. God I still hope Abrams kicks your Lester-Maddox-like arse to pieces…

    Brian Kemp Retweeted
    My opponent is unapologetically extreme. She’s banking on illegal immigrants to secure victory for her at the ballot box. #gapol

    Kemp links to a Fox News report of course, I refuse to link to …

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    NotMax says:


    Haven’t test driven it, the reviews on the service are mixed.

    You might want to look into Acorn TV, as they cover more English-speaking programming sources (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) than just the U.K. There’s also Waller Presents, for both a British and European mix.

    Of course, it must be mentioned that there’s a cornucopia of of British shows available on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I liked it. A serious, lyrical voice praising your home.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jay: You want to beat up on somebody else’s mother? Good luck with that.

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    NotMax says:


    Teaser: Providing am awake at the proper time, I shall be noting a little known cat-related anniversary on tomorrow’s morning thread.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @WaterGirl: We have Acorn but I’ve been looking at Britbox. I like Acorn but I really HATE that at least one series is split between the two services. Seems like cheating. We paid the price to get that final season on the other service, can’t remember what it was called, then we cancelled. I don’t think it was Britbox.

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    frosty says:

    @WaterGirl: Ms. Frosty subscribes to Britbox and Acorn TV. Lots of murder mystery shows. Probably some other stuff too. Comes across through Firestick or Roku for us.

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    WaterGirl says:


    Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

    I like the sound of that! thanks.

    edit due to early accidental publish of just a cut & paste

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    Ken says:

    @WaterGirl: I’m not watching much except the new season of Doctor Who, but I heard a radio ad today that Charmed has been rebooted for some unfathomable reason.

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    Another Scott says:

    @captnkurt: Sometimes it takes a while for the Twitter pictures to get loaded and for the page to readjust. But since it works in Firefox, that probably isn’t it.

    All I can suggest is checking the Settings in Chrome:

    3-dots on the right
    Content Settings
    Images -> Show all, or make sure that Twitter isn’t blocked somehow.

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck!


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    Schlemazel says:

    I find myself at Carnegie Mellon this week. I used google to recommend places to eat & came across a really mediocre place with tap beer & pizza (Fuel & Fuddle, motto: “No crap on tap” reality: nothing really interesting on tap either)

    DO we have any jackals that can recommend places near Forbes & Oakland? I eat anything but hate boring

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    WaterGirl says:

    @opiejeanne: I agree, that doesn’t seem very sporting of them! Let me know if you end up trying Britbox.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @eemom: That Poldark series was so good! I read the first four (five?) books and was sad when it the tv series ended so I dug out at least one more book after it ends. The books are very good. It seems like this more recent series rushes through important parts of the story or leaves them out. I liked the actors in both but we lost interest in the recent iteration after the first season.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @frosty: Love British mystery shows. If I subscribe, I could get Britbox (and Acorn for that matter) through Apple TV.

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    NotMax says:

    @opiejeanne – @WaterGirl

    IIRC, Acorn generally offers a 7-day free trial but it you have a Samsung device which connects to the internet, the free trial is 30 days.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Ken: Yep. Charmed. Murphy Brown. Magnum PI. I’m sure there are others. It beats new reality shows, I guess.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Schlemazel: I have nothing to offer except condolences on the barely adequate boring food you are being subjected to. That always makes me think of Hot & Now — I have never eaten there but I figure it’s not a good sign when what you advertise is that the food is hot and you can get it now. That seems like a really low bar.

    If you are traveling as part of getting a second opinion, I hope your efforts lead to good things. I was way late to the threads where you talked about your surgeon, etc. Hope you find someone good who can lead you out of the hell you are living in.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @WaterGirl: Will do, but we really like Acorn and have only been tempted a little by BritBox.

    I will say that I think most of the Australian shows don’t have the production quality (or tight writing) we’re used to from most British series and I tend to shy away from them, but I watched several episodes of one a couple of months ago on Acorn that was very good, and another really tightly contained paranoid mystery series that left us wanting the next season soon.
    The Welsh series are remarkably good if a bit dismal, and I think the Shetland series had to make at least one episode a bit less so than the source material which was so depressing neither of us could finish the book.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @MoxieM: Bah. We have mountain lions as well as coyotes. Our cats have learned (one from a close call) to come in at dusk, and to stay away from the road. They are 9 and 7, so it must be working.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @NotMax: I have that now, didn’t have it at the time I wanted that last season. I’m trying to remember what the show was and which service it was on.

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    WaterGirl says:


    we really like Acorn and have only been tempted a little by BritBox.

    That’s a recommendation in itself!

    I tend to like Canadian shows a lot, which is why my ears perked up earlier.

    Was “paranoid mystery series” an autocorrect of paranormal?

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @khead: Some cats refuse to be confined. My current cat, in his youth, would knock you over trying to get out the door or, if that wasn’t successful, claw through the window screens. His preference was to spend the warmer months on the hunt and return for warmth and kibble when the chill set in or it rained for too many days in a row. He had been pretty much a feral cat when he decided to move into my house on a permanent basis but only on his terms. The vet said he was remarkably healthy for a cat living as he did and he is now nearly 20 as far as we can determine. He did have to train us not to freak out if he didn’t come home for weks at a time. He occasionally tries an outdoor jaunt now but quickly realizes why a gentleman of his years should remain indoors. Right now the old coot is sleeping on top of the dog’s toys just to piss off the dog.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @imonlylurking: Cool

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    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: No samsung. :-( But thanks for the tip!

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    Steeplejack says:


    I highly recommend Mr. and Mrs. Murder. Crime-scene cleaners solve murders with off-kilter humor and cute Aussie accents.

    Also Janet King. Pretty good cops-and-lawyers show, a little darker than, say, Law and Order.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I read somewhere that the average lifespan of an outdoor cat is 1-2 years. That was enough for me to make a choice.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Who has those series, Steep?

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    Kay says:

    Dave Weigel
    ‏Verified account
    1h1 hour ago
    I’m at the #OHSen debate, where Renacci (R), elected in the 2010 wave, said “the Affordable Care Act needs to be changed” (not “repealed”) and said he’d protect pre-existing conditions.
    It’s an old story, but still amazing how “repeal” has faded from the front lines.

    Elected in the 2010 wave. And what did Republicans run against in the 2010 wave? Obamacare.

    It’s really not an “old story”. Or if it is not other national political media are telling it. If you listened to Republicans in this state in 2010 it is amazing how they have done a 180 on Obamacare.

    There’s a lot going on in this midterm! We”re talking about healthcare and how much Trump’s tax plan sucks and all kinds of things. And it gets next to NO national coverage. Because Republicans have absolutely nothing to say.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @A Ghost To Most: We lived for years on a corner with one busy street, and our cats managed to not get hit. They didn’t go out in the street when we were watching, and we had a wonderful large yard to hunt in. I know that doesn’t always mean they will stay home but they must have done so most of the time.
    When we were getting to move e lost one of our then current cats. We think it had an undiagnosed thyroid condition and crawled off somewhere to die. We had her for 8 of the 9 years we lived there, and she was about 6 when she came down the hill and decided she liked us better than her owners. We didn’t know where she came from for a couple of years when her owner, out for a walk, spotted her on our front porch when we were in the front yard. He told us to keep her. She’d been hit by a car and broken her leg, and as soon as the cast came off she moved in with us. There was that one time when I looked out front and an electrician’s van pulled up and deposited her on our front lawn. He’d been parked in front of our house earlier while he worked on the place across the street, and left the van doors open. Weirdo cat.

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    captnkurt says:

    @Another Scott: You get the Gold Star! I had whitelisted BJ for uBlock but, duh, forgot to do the same for Chrome.

    Thanks Another Scott, Watergirl, debbie and Steeplejack for all your suggestions.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @WaterGirl: Nope, paranoid was exactly what I meant. Mystery involving college age kids as victims of both imprisonment by China and murder that eventually involved at least one government minister. It was the kind of story that makes you feel angry and also helpless because of the powerful at the center of things.

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    @opiejeanne: Thanks. It is still a work in progress and it hasn’t been my home for over two decades. But will always have a special place in my heart.

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    Kathleen says:

    @WaterGirl: I’ve had to skip posts/threads because I’ve been so far behind. Hate that!

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    Steeplejack says:


    There is a lot of good stuff on Acorn: Vera, Jack Taylor (Irish P.I.), all of Foyle’s War, George Gently (’60s police), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Austrailia circa 1930), Murder in Suburbia, Pie in the Sky, etc. And that’s just the “mysteries.”

    . . . Holy shnikeys! I just saw that they have The Last Days of Chez Nous, Gillian Armstrong’s excellent 1992 movie with Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz and Kerry Fox. Highly recommended! Trailer here.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Thanks on both counts. I have come to the conclusion that the worst med school grades do not go into proctology as I assume but urology. This has been a comedy of blundering and lack of consideration.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Ken: Magnum PI has been resurrected with new cast. Trailers I’ve seen look super meh.

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    WaterGirl says:


    It was the kind of story that makes you feel angry and also helpless because of the powerful at the center of things.

    I don’t need to watch that — it’s what we are living through! i need something to escape that. :-)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Kathleen: Yeah, I hate that, too. Those are always the threads where you just know there’s important information about one of the jackals.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Thaks. Fuel and Fuddle was the mediocrity I suffered through tonight. Will try Primanti Brothers tomorrow, Pamalas was closed, not sure if they only do lunch or are dead.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Access to UK TV. If you buy a Virtual Private Network like PIA (7 bucks a month) you can access TV Catchup which runs BBC 1 (The Doctor) and 4 sort of live along with ITV and some others. With PIA I can currently get UK Netflix, but NF tries to block proxies. I haven’t had a problem with PIA for a year or so though, YMMV.

    If you get a VPN you could Bitorrent whatever show you want without IPS troubles.

    But the solution is to get a BBC license so you can use BBC iPlayer and watch whatever you want. You need a UK address, I’m looking into getting a PO box and paying for it with a gift card. If it works I’ll talk about it

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Schlemazel: That you can call it a comedy while I call it a nightmare is a testament to the grace with which you are handling this.

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    @AryehW: Make sure to let the local shelter knows you have the cat, incase the owner is looking for it. Also, if you have NextDoor, that’s a good place to let people know you’ve found a kitty. I have reunited quite a few strays that way.

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    Steeplejack says:


    They’re both on Acorn! That’s why I brought them up.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Kathleen: Actually, I (surprisingly) like the new Magnum guy. I had very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. If you check it out, let me know what you think.

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    NotMax says:

    As it’s mystery/private eye related, will give a mention of something which shouldn’t work but does.

    If you have Roku, add the Dust X channel (it’s free, and the X is superscipted, but FYWP) if only just to watch Automata*. Indie production (so the acting is perfectly passable but not necessarily all it could be) set in the 1930s. As a genre? Call it robo noir.

    *Not to be confused with an earlier movie with the same title.

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    @Schlemazel: I hope you get some answers and a path forward that doesn’t take forever.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @WaterGirl: I have BritBox. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue. It has a lot of older stuff which was fun to watch but doesn’t seem to add new material very often. Also, as one example the Poirot series is only svailable for the first 6 seasons. To watch the rest you have to buy/ rent it or subscribe to Acorn which I think is a rip off. That’s 7 more seasons you can’t see without paying more.

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    captnkurt says:

    Ugh. Who else is tired of all of these “Man Tries To Kill Son With Chainsaw, Loses Leg When Run Over By Lawnmower” stories these days?

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    @Kay: NYT has a new mission, to mock Beto as a fad candidate. Their words not mine. Alex Burns called him faddish. I have no idea what that means. Because having an inspirational candidate instead of the personification of malevolence is somehow bad.

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    @captnkurt: If you think its awful why do you keep linking to it again and again.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’ve spent some more time looking through what Acorn has. Definitely worth $5 a month, in my opinion.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @WaterGirl: Our current outdoor cat is 16.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Steeplejack: Silly fun and murder with Agatha Raisin, the exasperating and eternally exasperated Doc Martin, the charming Midsomer Murders where they always have a horse being ridden or led through a chocolate box town, Loch Ness, the darkly funny No Offence, the harrowing single season called Hidden. Keeping Faith with Eve Myles, the actress who played Gwynnie on Torchwood, shot in Wales. Only one season so far but there will be more because it’s just too good to let go at one, and there’s unfinished business. And there’s always a fox yelping in the night scenes no matter which series you’re watching.

    Then there’s Hamish MacBeth. Three short seasons and so much fun. There are mysteries but mostly not ending in violence or murder.

    Can’t remember if Death in Paradise is on Acorn or someplace else. Long-running series and pretty good too.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @WaterGirl: Yes. I felt that way while watching it. I don’t think I’ll bother with a second season. They solved it, that’s fine, I don’t need more dreariness and despair than I have in Real Life.

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    janut says:

    @WaterGirl: Yes, and I watch it every night. As a matter of fact, I’m going there soon. :)

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    gwangung says:

    I have a friend who is a cast member on Magnum PI Ergo.I HAVE to see it.

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    chris says:

    A reminder that many shows can be seen online just by googling them.

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    Yutsano says:

    @opiejeanne: Oh God I miss Eve’s accent.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Really it is just the only thing keeping me from opening a vein.
    I joke because the alternative is too dark to face. Rage turned inward is depression

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Most of our indoor/outdoor cats live to 14 or 15. We lost Tommy to a coyote after we moved here and he slipped out past my husband when he was bringing a pizza home. We think it was coyotes, we really don’t know. He was about 13 and after we moved here he only went outside with us and stayed close to us while he was outside. It was the first warm day of spring after too many weeks of ice and snow, and the sun hadn’t set yet. He was a big boy, a Maine coon. There was evidence of a struggle or a fight. We papered the neighborhood and got lectured about not doing the thing we had not done: we had not let him outside without us.

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    geg6 says:


    No. Head into downtown Pittsburgh. Love Meat and Potatoes. It’s in the cultural district, about a five to ten minute drive.

    In fact, lots of great places in the cultural district. Or the Strip District. All close by, within a five minute drive.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Yutsano: I use her accent as kind of a marker to decide if someone is Welsh on other shows. The one or two series that were shot in Wales were fun because their accents mostly matched hers. Hinterland comes to mind.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    @WaterGirl:We really like Acorn TV for British shows as well as Australian, Canadian etc.

    ETA I see eemom beat me to it.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Schlemazel: We were in Pittsburgh about five years ago. I remember no food so can’t help you there, but I remember the Mattress Factory (contemporary art museum) very fondly, especially the James Turrell installations. Very much worth seeing if you have time for a short adventure.

    Sorry to hear you haven’t yet found the right doctor. I wish we knew how to conjure one up for you.

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    Schlemazel says:

    can you give me street names to drive down? If I google “strip district” will I find gems of NSFW places?


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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @opiejeanne: My son found the 9 year old wandering the streets of Denver as an 8 week old kitten. She is the smartest cat I’ve ever known, and was fearless until she met the mountain lion. The other we picked up from the local shelter in the wake of Tunch’s untimely passing as a 2 yr old. She freaked out the first time we put in the grass; I don’t think she’d ever been outside. Being outside is easily their favorite thing.

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    Jay says:

    @Ken Shabby:

    Mild pushback,


    If you don’t correct the dog, swiftly and every time, it will keep crapping on the carpet,

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    Steeplejack says:

    Acorn also has Raised by Wolves, a hilarious 12-episode comedy about a scrappy, down-and-out family. Highly recommended (but keep closed captions turned on!).

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    geg6 says:

    Schlemazel @112

    For the Strip, it’s between 11th and 33rd Streets with the Allegheny River to the north and Liberty to the south. Smallman Street is loaded with great places.

    For the Cultural District, the Allegheny is north, Tenth Street to the East, Stanwix to the West and Liberty to the South. Lots of great places catering to the theater, ballet, opera and symphony crowds.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @AryehW: I think most people missed your request for cat help. Try emailing a front pager to see if they’ll do a post on your situation.

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    Schlemazel says:


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    geg6 says:


    Oh, and the Mattress Factory is in the Strip. An awesome gallery. Also recommend the Heinz History Center, which is sort of on the border between the Cultural and Strip Districts on Liberty Avenue.

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    @Jay: she was embarrassed by her own son and family. that’s probably worse for her than being twitter-nuked by strangers

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    debbie says:


    Renacci is full of shit. He’s taken money from pharmaceuticals.

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    stinger says:

    @guachi: Why, thank you!

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    AryehW says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Thanks – I’ve contacted the local shelters and posted a picture on a couple of lost and found pet websites.

    @StringOnAStick: Thanks – I emailed Anne Laurie and she said she’ll do a post tomorrow.

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    Jay says:


    Mildly embarassed on social media for publishing lies about her own son in support of rape culture and a violent serial gang rapist.

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    Origuy says:

    I just signed up for BritBox. I looked at Acorn but BritBox has QI and Mock the Week, two comedy panel shows. Some of them are on YouTube but BBC has been cracking down. BritBox has more of the documentaries I like, too. I was using TunnelBear as a VPN, but BBC and the other UK channels block the IPs as they detect them. I think the CBC still works on TunnelBear, but I don’t watch that much.

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    burnspbesq says:


    The problem is that you’re overthinking something that, in the grand scheme of things, is pretty trivial.

    Eyes on the puck, eh?

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    Belafon says:


    Not only did her tweet get deleted, her whole account did. I’m not quite sure of the details, but it was either her or her other son that did it.

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    opiejeanne says:

    If anyone’s still reading this, I want to recommend The Detectorists. It’s only three short seasons long and it’s hilarious. I don’t remember if it’s on Acorn or Netflix but it’s very good.

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    Jay says:


    It’s not that trivial. Ask the women in your life if nomalizing rape culture and providing political support for a violent serial gang rapist by publishing lies about their own children is trivial.


    She’ll be back, none the wiser, still selling lies and hate.

    ReThug’s only learn from their own experience or that of a loved won. Until she’s violently raped or someone she loves is violently raped, she will continue to dismiss the existence of Rape Culture and support violent serial gang rapists who are White, Male, ReThugs.

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    NotMax says:


    Spooky. It’s on in the background from Amazon Prime while I was resting my eyes..

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    AnotherBruce says:

    @khead: I’m a cat person who thinks it’s criminal to let cats run wild. For one thing, cats get in nasty fights. For another thing, cats kill billions (I’m not kidding) of birds. I let my cat go out on a leash. He’s a very loving cat. But I know he would be able to pick off bird’s daily. That’s not the kind of cat food I want him to have.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @NotMax: Are you sure you’re watching the Detectorists? Because there’s nothing spooky about that show at all.

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    Kathleen says:

    @WaterGirl: Because I value your opinion I will check it out.

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    NotMax says:


    The coincidence of your mentioning it and it being streamed at the same time was what was spooky.

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    Procopius says:

    Didn’t read all the comments, so maybe somebody already pointed this out, but the picture of the guy in uniform of of a sailor, not a Marine. The Marines I have known would be furious to see a pogey-bait swabby called a Marine. Sailors look down on Marines as a waste of space. Or at least they used to.

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    different-church-lady says:

    We did what we do best on Twitter, made memes and tweets that corresponded to the hashtag that inspired more people to make memes and tweets…

    My god, that’s a pathetic thing to be proud about.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Gelfling 545: Thank you for your feedback on Britbox. Very helpful!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @janut: Wow, that’s helpful too.

    Thanks to everyone for the Britbox info.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    It’s Molly Jong-Fast. You might want to get your snark detector checked.

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