Derp State

I have nothing to add to the Wohl shitshow discussed by Tom and Cheryl, but I felt this title for a post was too good to pass up. Watching the Pens and relaxing- Genine is on a flight back to the left coast.

Thurston misses her.

111 replies
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    cain says:

    Jeezus, what a fucked up episode. That said, weaponizing the “Me Too” movement against us could be a clear and present danger and we all need to be on guard. But that was one dumb stunt. I hope the kid gets some amount of jail time out of it as a lesson.

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    dm says:

    Thurston misses her, but what does *Steve* think?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @cain: Asshole Schindler says (correctly) this is too stupid for the Coen brothers.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Be prepared. In 2020 there will be a long list of Dem candidates accused of sexual assault. The GOP see this as a huge win for them. 1) It drives down support from liberals and women. 2) In inoculated shitbags like Kavanaugh so that they can name Ted Bundy to the USSC. 3) It empowers men, particularly white men at the cost of women, whom they still feel don’t know their place. 4) it causes more hurt and anger that they live on

    MIB: Edgar: War? Good. That means more food for my family. All 78 million of them.

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    Another Scott says:

    I hope someone will front-page Carl Reiner’s PSA –

    Well said.

    6 days to go!!

    (ETA – Via Cheryl’s Twitter feed.)


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    pk says:

    I remember Jack Burkman from a Bill Maher show a long time ago. He said he was looking forward to the “balmy weather” that global warming will bring. He’s a complete moron. I’ve no idea why Maher invites these idiots on his show. They contribute nothing to any conversation.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @pk: That’s why he invites them – they do not detract from the brilliance of Bill Maher.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Another Scott: what does being “rate-limited” meanwhen you are trying to click a Twitter link? I have never seen that before.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Snow is falling here after several gorgeous days (77 yesterday). Snow always takes the edges off our American shitshow.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Another Scott: That’s great, Rob should get Dick Van Dyke and Mel Brooks to do those, too.

    The Alan Brady episodes were always my favorites of the old DVD show. He could bust me up with a “Shut up, Mel!” Even the third or fourth.

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    Thank God these assclowns are such assclowns. God only knows how far down the road to full fascism we’d be if Trump and his cast of fuckleheads were remotely competent. It’s true, incompetent clowns can do an awful lot of harm through their sheer incompetence; but I think we’d be worse off if they knew what the fuck they were doing.

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    Kelly says:

    Kitten Phoebe wants whatever appears to be moving on my laptop screen.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): we got pretty far down that path during the Bush kakistocracy

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    MazeDancer says:

    If I knew anyone cat-oriented in Chicago, I would be all over them right now. But Twitter is agog at some wretched people who dropped their 24-year-old cat – yes, 24 YEARS OLD – at a shelter because it didn’t get along with the new kitten and the Yorkie.

    This poor baby now has a foster home, but needs a forever one. I know everyone at BJ would take him in an instant. Someone must live near Chicago.

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    guachi says:

    Your link has a stray http at the end of it if you can still edit it.

    EDIT: Thanks for fixing.

    I’ve been laughing (on the inside because it would make no sense to my wife) at Jacob and SMOTI, The Gateway Pundit, at this ham-handed smear job.

    Get used to a torrent of this crap regarding the Democrats’ 2020 nominees.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    As Mary G noted below Jacob Wohl is the first replying tweet on Twitlers tweets, without fail, consistently with MAGA! etc., I usually scroll down past his twenty or so replies to get to the serious replies from people saying “fuck you Trump” etc. People who post links to refute whatever bullshit he is posting. Jacob is as reliable as the morning sun when it comes to Trump tweets. How anyone would take him seriously is beyond me.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Sorry, that the link won’t work about the 24-year-old cat. Keep trying to fix it but it won’t take.

    Here it is again:

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    MazeDancer says:

    @guachi: Thanks. Tried but couldn’t make the time cut off.

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    Barbara says:

    @MazeDancer: How awful. My daughter adopted a 9 year old dog, a mix, after someone in the family developed allergies. She is so sweet I couldn’t imagine how they could give her up, but at least they had a reasonable excuse. The dog is still traumatized when she is left alone, especially in an unfamiliar location.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Bye Genine. Please remember to come back and comment some more.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    what does being “rate-limited” meanwhen you are trying to click a Twitter link? I have never seen that before.

    When my phone does that, it means that I’ve used up all my ‘free’ streaming time for the month, and the Twitter link won’t download fast enough not to get cut off.

    If you can’t switch devices (or find a not-wireless connection), you’ll probably be cut off till Thursday.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @MazeDancer: The site is reporting a ‘firm hold’ on Socks. So there’s that.

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    Honus says:

    So I just found out Whitey Bulger got it in Morgantown, West Virginia. That’s bizarre. Used to visit some of my friends in there on drug raps.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    The site is reporting a ‘firm hold’ on Socks. So there’s that.

    No. Alas, the “firm hold” was from the Foster Home. Which was affiliated with Senior Pets United

    Sock has been relocated to a Foster Home. But needs a forever home. Poor kitty must be so freaked out from all the moving around. And abandonment.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Sticky nyms.
    Standard site loading times.
    Freedom from fucking stackpathcdn garbage.
    Is it all too much ask from bj?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I’ve never been to Pittsburgh but I think I like Pittsburgers

    WATCH: Trump’s motorcade forced to turn around after thousands of protesters flood Pittsburgh streets

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    randy khan says:

    Rachel Maddow is having a very good time with the fake Mueller scandal story. She’s extremely amused.

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    Mary G says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Me too. The protests were lovely memorials with hugging and songs.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Just read a bit about Trump’s visit to Tree of Life. Just outside on the street, someone put up a row of eleven white Stars of Davids on short stands, each inscribed with a victim’s name. It looks like they are made of wood, and they are a reminiscent of the white crosses people around here sometimes put up on the sides of the highway where there have been fatal crashes. I have never seen anything like it in front of a synagogue but then again, this is new territory.

    Melania laid a white rose on each one — No! We Jews do not do flowers at funerals or on graves; apparently the two of them also bought stones from the White House, which they also laid on the top of the stars.

    That is a real Jewish tradition, to leave stones on a graveside monument to show you have visited. Though monuments are not generally not erected until a full year has passed.

    I found it a rather odd ceremony. A take-off on Jewish traditions at an ersatz graveyard. Well, it kept them away from the mourners, and that is good.

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    Move phase one is complete! Including a $111.47 trip to the Coinstar machine. Feeling very relaxed.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I’m waiting for Trump to tweet that Soros paid them to do that.

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    Baud says:

    ABC News
    NEW: Nancy Pelosi: “President Trump’s new claim he can unilaterally end the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship shows Republicans’ spiraling desperation to distract from their assault on Medicare, Medicaid and people with pre-existing conditions.”

    When are we getting rid of her again?

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    Baud says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I would send him a thank you if he did.

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    NotMax says:

    @Ohio Mom

    The stones are not theirs to take. Public property.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Miss Bianca: 3rd Party Twitter readers have a rate limit; 15 ops (and I haven’t a clue as to what that means) per 15 minutes.

    Generally, it means come back in 15 minutes, because Twitter is trying to bork your reader for not letting it place corporate spooge advertising on your screen.

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    Ian G. says:

    Speaking of the Pens game, how about those Islanders, eh Cole? I know, I know, they’re going to make me care and then lose like 12 in a row in January because they’re the Islanders. They’re still less of a shitshow than the Mets or Giants.

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    Woo-hoo! Next round is on M⁴.

    Cat confoozled by all the changes taking place?

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    trollhattan says:

    I {heart} Nancy SMASH! I’d move to her district and vote for her if I could afford it, which I cannot so will continue to applaud her from eighty miles away. Laff at the haters.

    Although, that mister Ryan fellow is very impressive, no?

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    @FlyingToaster: I’ve gotten the rate-limit message while using the twitter app to re-open a tweet in a browser. (This is the only way I know of to get the embed code on an iPhone). So whatever they’re doing, it can affect people who aren’t using third-party software.

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    Raven says:

    I’m pissed. I bought a vacuum sealer to preserve my fish and the damn thing stopped vacuuming after the first two fish! I caught a big ass flounder and really want to take it home and serve it up later!

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    @NotMax: the cat is at a farm upstate*, generally being timid.

    *no really!

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    @Baud: I hope soon, because I’ve been told* that if we don’t we will lose badly next week.

    *It was on the internets, so it must be TRUE.

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    Platonailedit says:

    This quote from Trump is a huge lie. Other outlets have been debunking it all day. But not the NYT. They print and tweet Trump's lies as fact — over and over again.

    Unsubscribe from NYT. Propaganda should not be supported, and there's nothing else to call this but propaganda.— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) October 30, 2018

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    cain says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    But could be an Okeefe asshole award.

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    Kattails says:

    @Another Scott: That’s just wonderful, thanks for the link. I wish I could send it to my 89-year-old, Trump-voting mother. Sigh. Carl still has every last one of his marbles.
    It was a bit of a distraction from writing out my last postcards for Antonio Delgado, because of course I had to keep scrolling down and watch the clips, because self-control… but it gave my hand a rest. It’s late but I’m close enough that mailing tomorrow should get there in time. Keep on keeping on.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Platonailedit: The Times got a lot of um, immediate feedback, and have amended the tweet. I think it serves a purpose that people can see that they were called out and had to correct themselves — it’s direct evidence that they are screwing up.

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    Aleta says:

    @MazeDancer: In mid-winter an elderly guy on our street tossed out a little cat who his neighbor said was over 20 at the least. She would run out across the ice to us from under his house whenever we walked by, so I took her inside and went to talk to him. He said she’d stopped using the litter and he couldn’t get down to clean up any more. He was fighting to stay on in his house himself. It turned out her failing kidneys were the problem. The KD food and one course of fluids were enough and she settled in on a bathroom shelf for the next 3 years with us and the other cats. They gave her her space because she just took it.

    She was a great, great cat. Tough and tiny and fragile-looking as a bird. Every day around noon she walked to the door and out to sit for 30 min on the door stoop in the sun, and then back in again. She had a huge aura. Eventually she had a stroke, then carried on exactly the same at a tilt, for another year and a half. I cried hard when she was gone and buried her in her sun spot.

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    Mandarama says:

    Open thread? My kid, Thing1, submitted his application to MIT today.😱

    Snowball, Hell, etc. But damn, I am proud of him.

    Then again, he hasn’t registered any fake intelligence companies to my phone number, so the bar for motherly pride is apparently pretty low.

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    LuciaMia says:

    Six more days? Ugh, its always like this, coming down to the wire on an election. It becomes a kind of torture. Feel like a kid trapped in the back seat of an interminable car ride- “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

    Worst Twilight Zone episode ever.

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    MazeDancer says:


    Mailing tomorrow is fine. Will probably get there Sat. Worse case Monday, And NY Polls close at 9 PM on Tuesday. Who lnows – you could motivate someone who comes home on Tuesday, sees your card, and heads back out to vote.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Schlemazel: I don’t think Republicans can pull it off. Wohl’s antics aren’t going to be forgotten and if Conservatives try to weaponize the #MeToo movement against Democrats, they’re going to have to come correct.

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    NotMax says:


    A kid is a much closer relation than is an uncle. You must be a pan-scientific super genius.


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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @LuciaMia: If the House turns blue as expected, it will be all good. Trump’s recent boorish behavior isn’t going to help Republicans keep the House or governorships.

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    cain says:

    Dammit .. got all blurry for a sec

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Raven: Check to make sure it hasn’t drawn liquid into the sensors leading to the pump. Should be a safety mechanism to protect the pump. If there is liquid, things should work again once they’re cleared and dry.

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    Schlemazel says:

    I got a scam today but it really pales to the wold con. Still I hope it gives you all a chuckle like it did me.
    The email starts by saying in a few days I will be getting a VCR tape in the mail. Then it informs me my account has been deactivated
    “Your PC has been caught by the corrupting file” which the email claims he loaded a virus on a porno site. “You hit this link and urgently installed the malicious soft to your gadget.”
    “That malware make your front-facing camera capturing video” OH GAWD NO! I have images of my enraged visage filling the screen
    “I own the videotape with you dash your doodle.” Oh, is that all
    “I capture all your contact files and movie with you choke a chicken.”
    “During the next 4 hours this badware received all the contact information.”
    “In a case if you have a desire me to destroy all the data make payment 599 U.S. dollars in BTC crypto-currency. If not I will deport the videotape to all your contacts.”

    I apologize to any jackal on my contact list that gets a copy of a video captured from my taped over camera

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    Platonailedit says:

    Joe Biden: "Americans already know who Donald Trump is. The question is: Who are we? Who are we? … We haven't been clear on that the last year and a half." (via ABC)— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2018

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    Avalune says:

    I spent a good 6 hours driving back and forth (and I’m an anxious driver so my nerves are shot) but Leto filled out his ballot today! And ate real food! And did some PT!

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    MazeDancer says:


    Awww…what a story.

    Many blessings upon you for lovng that sweet kitty. Though it sounds like she was a blessing herself.

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    NotMax says:


    Couldn’t get through watching it all, found it too repetitious and derivative.


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    Platonailedit says:

    @Schlemazel: My guy demanded 799 bucks to ‘release my email account’. Bummer. For him.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Twitter can be brutal. Thank god

    Jacob Wohl’s Mom @wohl_mom
    What a monumental f*cking disappointment you’ve turned out to be Jacob.
    6:59 PM – 30 Oct 2018

    Check out the profile pics….. /extremely Halloween voice/ if… you… dare!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    That’s beautiful.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Avalune: That’s some damned encouraging news! Thanks so much for letting us all know.

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    tobie says:

    @trollhattan: I heart Nancy too and have been in mourning since I learned via khead that the local House candidate I’ve been canvassing for has a grotesque ad up showing him and his wife at target practice while rhetorically targeting Pelosi to appease the voters in this ruby red district. Yuck. Why do so many of the newbies hate Pelosi?

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Platonailedit: What, not bitcoins? I thought that’s what all the best extortionists were asking for these days?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Schlemazel: I’m pretty sure we could crowdfund 599 bucks so none of us would have to watch you choking a chicken.

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    Schlemazel says:

    WOW! That is great news.

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    Mary G says:

    @Avalune: That must be such a relief! And out of the ICU is always great.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Oh, that’s great!

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Oh great! Now they’re going from borking third-party readers to borking their own app.

    Here’s the official explanation: Link

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    chopper says:


    “dash your doodle”…?

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    tobie says:

    @Avalune: Leto’s a model citizen! I hope you took a video of him filling out his ballot.

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    tomtofa says:

    @Major Major Major Major: OK I’m maybe behind things, but where exactly did you move to – Manhattan, Brooklyn, elsewhere? I’m pretty sure it was NYC…

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Avalune: Very good to hear!

    Is the hospital that far from you or did you go several times today? I also tend to be a nervous driver, I feel for you.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Yay for Leto! And yay for you!

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    Obvious Russian Troll says:

    @MazeDancer: You have to be fucking kidding me.

    I found one of my cats dead this morning. There is no way in hell I would ever take his brother to the shelter.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll: My condolences. What a shock that must have been.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    I think you could add many zeros to the end of that & people would gladly give!

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    Schlemazel says:

    Hoisting my own petard? Polishing the cannon? Poor guy just is not familiar with English vernacular.

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    Obvious Russian Troll says:

    @Ohio Mom: Thank you. It certainly was. He was in his “I’m lying on the floor looking at you with my paws in the air and I am so adorable” position and I actually stepped over him once before I realized he wasn’t moving.

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    frosty says:

    @tobie: I saw your comment on a dead thread yesterday. Is that the guy running against Harris in MD-1? Yuck!. Sounds like he wouldn’t be much of an improvement

    Come on up to South Pennsyltucky. George Scott in PA10 has a 1 in 3 chance* of beating the odious Scott Perry. It’s a Swing Left district. My district, PA11, newly attached to Lancaster has a great long shot* candidate, Jess King. We need canvassers!

    * 538

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll:

    So very sorry you lost your kitty. How hard. Many condolences.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Why the supermarket-style amounts? $599, $799 … Are they offering you a discount? Is there some reporting threshold they’re trying not to trigger?

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll:
    trite I know but at least the dear didn’t suffer. Sorry for your loss, my condolences.

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    Mary G says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll: Sorry for your loss.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll:
    Oh, that’s hard. My condolences.

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    tobie says:

    @frosty: Will try. I’m coming from the Eastern Shore, so York county is a bit of a hike. I agree, though, that victories in PA-10 and PA-11 would be great.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    I think they are just trying to sound specific, as if they would not take 1 penny less. My guy wanted bitcoin so stating it as 599 US is just stupid, that would be 0.095599090292 of a bitcoin today. It would sound more informed to say 0.1 bitcoin which would be ~626.50US

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    Mandarama says:

    @NotMax: Ha! Unfortunately, I have to live on Planet Reality, where I teach poetry. No miraculous solutions for climate change forthcoming from me! Unless you want me to quote “The Second Coming” at you.

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    Mandarama says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll: Oh no! You poor thing…that’s a terrible shock. Bless you and your kitty’s spirit.

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    Mandarama says:

    @rikyrah: Thank you so much! It’s a good worry to have, but all I can think is that he’s going to move far away next summer. 😔

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    Obvious Russian Troll says:

    @Schlemazel: I gotta agree with that. There are definitely worse ways to go.

    And thanks everyone for your condolences. His brother is nuzzling my foot, so I think it’s time for bed.

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    Canadian Shield says:

    The Republicans have already successfully weaponized #metoo. Al Franken

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    @Obvious Russian Troll: oh lord, so sorry to hear.

    @tomtofa: currently between homes, but we have a sublet all queued up in TriBeCa (thanks autocorrect) in mid-November. The reason it’s complicated is we have to attend sequential weddings in Hawaii and New York, and the flight leaves from SFO—so we’re just taking that vacation and ditching the return flight. Samwise went on ahead of us to a friend’s.

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    Ella in New Mexico says:

    @Aleta: That was a most beautiful story. Thank you for it, Aleta. :-)

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    dww44 says:

    @Aleta: As one who lost an 18 year old cat last July, I loved your cat story. Thank you.

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    dww44 says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll: So sorry you lost your cat. Obviously unexpected.

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    dww44 says:

    @LuciaMia: I’m with you there. I’m too old to be wishing any more of my life away, but I so so wish it were a week from tomorrow, the results were satisfactory, and we could all look forward to a relaxing weekend for a change.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @tobie: No real understanding of how the House works? Of what makes an effective Speaker? Doesn’t know her recent history as dem leader in the House? Stupid??

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    burnspbesq says:


    I’d move to her district and vote for her if I could afford it, which I cannot

    Nobody can.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Ladyraxterinok: Probably under the delusion that since blue voters got nowhere else to go he might shake free enough of the KDMBs (knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers) in that blood-red CD to win. Dream on – if it nets him more than 30 votes I’d be the most surprised person in MD. The Abominable Anesthesiologist Andy Harris will probably wipe the floor with him – par for the course when you shove so many KDMBs into one CD like that. I just feel bad that tobie wasted so much time & energy (& probably not a little $$$) on this sumbidge’s campaign.

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    Ruckus says:

    Reason he brings them on.
    They make Bill look better by comparison.

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    Dan B says:

    @Avalune: Wonderful news about Leto. Now to go dry off my eyes. His big grin is in my mind. Glad he’s got you to give him another reason to pull through.

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    Dan B says:

    @Obvious Russian Troll: Kitteh nuzzles, so important.
    We’ve put so many in the ground since my partner cares for a colony on a big greenbelt acriss the street from his rental house. They get spayed and food but it’s still a short life. Those left after one dies react in many ways but they each show signs of some sort.

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    Aleta says:

    @Ella in New Mexico: @dww44: Thanks, I really appreciate your saying that. She was something. Amazing how they all are.

    @Obvious Russian Troll: So sorry for your loss.

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    Avalune says:

    Omgosh sorry to hear about the kitty 😭

    @Ohio Mom: The hospital is 1.25 hours from apartment but I’ve been driving the dog to my sons hotel room because it’s closer to the hospital for taking her out. The court house made me go back to the hospital and each way for that was 45 mins 4x. A buttload of driving much of it in an area I didn’t really know. Hopefully I just go the once more to deliver ballot.

    Next week the kid goes back to Hawaii so I’ll have to drive from the apartment every day and go back early enough to get the dog.

    As aggravating as the in-laws can be it will be good to know they are close or there to keep an eye on things when I can’t be. 😩

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    A Ghost To Most says:


    Sorry for the confusion. If Socks still needs a home, and can tolerate two other crotchety cats, I will take him/her. A relay from Chicago to Denver would be preferable to a full road trip, but not a show stopper.

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    Genine says:

    @Ohio Mom: Hi, Ohio Mom. I will!

    @ John, I miss Thurston, too! :(

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