Merry Christmas from Zooey and Ric!

Ric KNOWS that those chicken liver treats must still be in the bag, while Zooey enjoys the afternoon sun.

Here are some other things now in progress.

Every Christmas, Brandon Friedman does a thread of photos of people with their Christmas guns and their fingers on the trigger, in contravention of gun safety. Looks like this is the first tweet.

Greetings from your love interest in North Korea

And a memory of better days

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    debbie says:

    Is that black strap part of Ric’s walking harness or will he be involved with that bag much longer than he thinks?

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    @debbie: Both cats are pretty cool about getting bag handles wrapped around them. I think it’s because they’re accustomed to their outdoor vests. After the photo session, Ric just calmly stepped out of the handle. Both are quite skilled at avoiding getting tangled in the leash.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Merry Christmas, Zooey, Ric, and Cheryl!

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    Schlemazel says:

    I would kill to be as relaxed & comfy as Zooey. Seriously, just point out the target

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    Amir Khalid says:

    As I understand it, it is sometimes an ammosexual thing to deliberately flout the rules of gun safety e.g. them two idiots in that photo, or the knuckleheads who parade in public armed to the teeth, on the principle that guns are actually safer than THEY would have you believe and that the common precautions are for the wusses who have swallowed whole THEIR scare stories.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Amir Khalid: And then a kid dies in a wholly preventable accident and nobody criticizes the parents because “they’ve suffered enough”.

    If they’re white.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Here’s a happy story.

    Daughter (28) and her partner of the last 5 years are visiting his family in the midwest for xmas. They’re the kind of young people who give me hope, and that she’s also the girl we raised is some sort of miraculous accident. She texted us on the day they flew out to ask if we could join them in a skype on Friday afternoon.

    Sure, what’s up?

    Nothing, just want to talk.

    Very unlike her … something was up.

    On Friday we got the technology functioning, and there they were, with his parents, all standing in front of the local courthouse. Waiting for the judge they’d make an appointment with. Smiling So. Hard.

    About 10 minutes later, there’s the judge (a nice woman in a black robe, also very smiley), who promptly marries them in a ceremony that lasts less than 2 minutes and during which all the participants and viewers wept out of sheer wonder and gladness.

    So there you go! My son in law is now officially in law, my son.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @hitchhiker: Congratulations, how sweet!

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    oldgold says:

    Day after day, week after week, month after month ………

    This morning:
    Trump: “It’s a Disgrace What’s Happening in Our Country, But Other Than That I Wish Everybody a Very Merry Christmas.”

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    @hitchhiker: How lovely! Congrats to all involved.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Amir Khalid: The “rules” of gun safety have changed dramatically over the past few decades. 30-40 years a go the first rule of deer camp was that when the hunt was done, all firearms were unloaded and stowed away. I visited one I helped build and used to hunt at a couple years ago and they’re all walking around with a beer in one hand, a chicken leg in the other, and their trusty old *six shooter* on their hips. It was so comical, I had to bite my tongue to keep from asking if they thought the ‘possums were going to attack that night.

    **more likely a semi auto in any caliber from .380 to ,45

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    MomSense says:


    This happy news made me a little weepy. Such a good feeling for your whole family.

    Because we are all such news junkies, we sometimes forget how much joyful living is still happening in our world. It’s good to be reminded of happiness.

    Congratulations to your family!

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    cliosfanboy says:

    @hitchhiker: that’s sweet. Mazle tov.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    That got the warm-fuzzies going 💖
    Lovely …as in full of love.
    Thank you.

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    Brachiator says:

    I love Jerry Brown’s evolution as a governor and human being. He has given more pardons than he did before.

    The outgoing governor has now granted 1,332 pardons and 283 commutations during the last eight years — the most of any governor in modern state history, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    During his 1975 to 1983 gubernatorial stint, the paper reported, Brown pardoned 404 inmates and granted one commutation.

    The governor leaves office next month.

    Brown’s pardons on Monday included Cambodian and Honduran immigrants facing deportation, according to published reports.

    I will miss him, as I miss Obama, and wish him well.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    And then a kid dies in a wholly preventable accident

    A predictable event is not an accident.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @hitchhiker: Congratulations, what a great present!

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    Emma says:

    @hitchhiker: Oh, so wonderful!

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    Jay C says:

    What a nice “Christmas story” for all! Best wishes all around!!!

    I love that pic of Obama and the little kid: he always seem to take good pictures with the young’uns: maybe it’s because he’s so tall and skinny? But I couldn’t help but put some dialogue to that shot:

    KID: “Are you Santa Claus??”
    OBAMA: “No, son: I’m Barack Obama”
    KID: “Wow! You’re Obama? No sh*t???”

    Happy Holidays to all!

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Amir Khalid: These people suffer from a disease that the only cure is a cranky, middle aged range master who’s had to deal with to many teens can cure. What is it with these Ammosexual dorks find it to hard to understand guns aren’t toys or fashion accessories?

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    tobie says:

    @hitchhiker: What glad tidings! How appropriate for the season. Congratulations!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Congratulations! I don’t want to get your hopes up too high, but one of my cousins got engaged and there was a months-long debate about where they were going to get married until we suddenly got an email in September informing everyone that they had had a quick and small wedding with only a few family members in attendance.

    The baby is due in January. 😘

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    Mary G says:

    @hitchhiker: We need more news like this. Congratulations on growing your family.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    And another child has died in U.S. custody. Merry Christmas in the Trump era.

    I know people say Obama was tough on immigration, but I don’t recall this happening in his administration.

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    Kelly says:

    When I was a boy a gun nut was a guy that took pride in tightly grouped long range shots with bolt action rifle and hand loaded ammunition. Now I hear bozos in the hills a few miles away emptying their high capacity magazines as fast as possible.

    The missus and I are resting quietly by the fire nursing colds acquired during a three day visit from the grandchildren. Played board games. Watched Kurt Russell as Santa in netflix’s Christmas Chronicles and Danny Kaye in White Christmas. Yes I know there’s a few other people in the movie but I’ve loved Danny Kaye since I was a child. Kitten Phoebe is bored and thinks the kids should stay more often.
    Merry Christmas to all!

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    @Jay C: Mr DAW has a full grey beard and is kind of chubby. A few years ago, on a business trip flight, he was playing peek -a-boo with a little girl in the seat in front of him who kept looking at him. She turned to her mom and asked, “Santa?”

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    Mike in Pasadena says:

    I miss President Obama.

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    Suzanne says:

    @hitchhiker: Dawwww, that’s so romantic! What a great way to celebrate the holiday season.

    Merry Christmas, jackals! I shall raise a glass of lemonade in y’all honor this evening.

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    @zhena gogolia: Obama was tough as was Clinton, but nothing like the malevolence that permeates through this administration where immigrants are concerned. Did you see the latest, T’s minions at the USCIS are fucking up the F-1 visa as well.

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    tobie says:

    @zhena gogolia: Here’s a link to the Washington Post story about the 8-year old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody today. I feel such shame.

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    JMG says:

    @oldgold: That’s totally going on my Christmas cards next year.

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    Ruckus says:

    First time he’s ever been right.
    He is a disgrace to the country. And the human race as well.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Jay C:
    Nice conversation there. Likely more true than many would admit.

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    japa21 says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I’ve met him. He’s not that chubby.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: Nailed it.

    And on that cheery thought, Merry Christmas to the Juiceitariat.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @oldgold: I wish Donald and his vile Ivana spawn 10-25 in a Federal prison.

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    Bess says:

    @Mike in Pasadena:

    The world misses President Obama….

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    @japa21: He’s certainly less chubby than Santa. Also less jolly.

    Hope you and Mrs. japa had a good holiday.

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    japa21 says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: We have. Any time spent with grandchildren, specially young ones, is good. And may your next year be less stressful than this one has been.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Why do you put vests on them outdoors? Because they’re going hunting? 😄

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    Skepticat says:

    Zooey in the bookcase reminds me of this fall, when I took the cats to the vet for their export exams and paperwork. One of them (who looks a great deal like Zooey) hopped up and “hid” in the bookcase, and when later I scooped her up and handed her to the vet, I noticed she’d managed to poop on a book–a book titled “The Dog Book.” I cleaned up the mess, the book wasn’t (too) damaged, and the vet was very understanding. I was mortified; she seemed pleased.

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    rikyrah says:

    The cats are so cool 😻😻

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    J R in WV says:


    Very late congratulations, how wonderful for you, and cheap too!!! So thoughtful.

    Our wedding cost between $1-200 and has lasted for nigh on to 50 years now!! What a cost benefit ratio!!

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