Another Open Thread

It doesn’t matter how big or how small the ottoman or foot stool is, I still only get a couple inches. Ridiculous.

Devon left today, so I am at the mercy of the dogs. Speaking of, these are the laziest dogs ever- I have never met two dogs less motivated or interested in walks than these dachshunds. They lie down on the elevator ride downstairs. On the other hand, if I even walk in the direction kitchen they race in there hoping for food.

I really need a pool in my life. I need to hit the powerball. Or maybe join a gym.

85 replies
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    TomatoQueen says:

    Lily! Give her a treat.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Are the doxies stoners? Are you sure?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Andrew Lawrence @ ndrew_lawrence
    Tucker Carlson says women making more money than men leads to “more drug and alcohol abuse, higher incarceration rates, fewer families formed for the next generation”

    Tucker Carlon’s father married the Swanson TeeVee Dinner Heiress. She is Tucker’s stepmother. I think ol’ Tuck may just be working out some old issues at this point.

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

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    The more I read these social conservative types the more I see them as authoritarian freaks. It’s like they’re aliens or something.

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    ChuckInAustin says:

    don’t join a gym, it’s a trap.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    …working out some old issues at this point.

    Oediputz complex?

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    Shrillhouse says:

    Regular physical activity has worked miracles for my stress and anxiety issues. Just sayin’….

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    zhena gogolia says:

    RIP Bob Einstein (Officer Judy). This is not breaking news, but I just heard about it.

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    Gvg says:

    My grandmother had doxies and a cat. The cat thought it was a doxie, and copied their funny jumping gait when in tall grass even though the cat had long enough legs, he didn’t need to. It was very funny looking to watch the cat and two dachshunds chasing each other through the tall grass.
    Doxies are pretty high energy when young. Your pictures seem to just be elderly dogs. Most of my extended families experience with the breed is that they are pretty long lived.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Tucker Carlson is inadequate in many ways, and he knows it. Women making more money than men means fewer women want to stay married to inadequate men.

    God, it must be kind of amazing to be a white dude. Y’all really lucked out. You’ve had millennia to be just completely mediocre and yet got all the power and money. I can imagine that the prospect of now having to put forth as much effort as minorities and women is a bit disconcerting to dipshits like Tucker.

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    JR says:

    @zhena gogolia: Super Dave Osborne

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    Yarrow says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: @Suzanne: Tucker Carlson actually calls it “Men in Decline.” It would be hilarious if it weren’t also sad and dangerous.

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    plato says:

    House passes stopgap spending bill for DHS, and five Republicans break ranks to support it.Bill passes 239-192.

    — Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 4, 2019

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    plato says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of first acts for Democratic majority, House passes bills to re-open government without funding border wall.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 4, 2019

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    JanieM says:

    They lie down on the elevator ride downstairs.

    My laugh of the day….probably of the week. It’s such a great image!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    But she is Lily, to whom you shall ever belong, and she and you both know it.

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

    So I was reading about recessions on Wiki and came across this:

    Some recessions have been anticipated by stock market declines. In Stocks for the Long Run, Siegel mentions that since 1948, ten recessions were preceded by a stock market decline, by a lead time of 0 to 13 months (average 5.7 months), while ten stock market declines of greater than 10% in the Dow Jones Industrial Average were not followed by a recession.

    The real-estate market also usually weakens before a recession. However real-estate declines can last much longer than recessions.

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

    @Amir Khalid:
    I don’t think John would have it any other way : )

    Lily is best doggie

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @plato: Lawrence O’Donnell just updated that to seven, but I gather there were a couple of bills to vote on so I’m not sure which he was referring to

    and Susan Collins noticed that 19 is just one away from 20 and joined Cory Gardner in the HEEEEELP! caucus

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    Amir Khalid says:

    So will Mitch McConnell make his “Fuck the Democrat House” statement today or tomorrow?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I think we are going to have some legendary BJuice meetups in Maine in 2020.

    As we canvass to retire Susan Collins’ sorry ass.

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    Mary G says:

    You even got a bit of color on those pasty white legs of yours. Good to see Lily still loves you and wants to be on your footrest despite her new beau.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Susan Collins says she plans to run for reelection in 2020. She is at the top of my list of seats to flip. I cannot stand her.

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    Frankensteinbeck says:

    Two utterly minor amusements for an open thread, both about Twitter:

    Twitter released a set of legal guidelines for their copyrights. It included the instructions ‘Do not anthropomophicize the mascot.’ Furry artists pounced and while I do not think many people here want to see the results under #TweetFur, the fact that Twitter is now drowning in busty blue bird art is pretty funny.

    The other thing that amuses me is that Wendy’s official account is so notorious for sarcastic burns, artists started making ‘smug anime Wendy’ pictures. Well… now it’s official.

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

    Neither can I. I’ll never forget her whining about the 2020 Challenger Fund after the Kavanope fiasco, calling it a “bribe”, and then trying to get the courts to go after the organizers. She’s such a phony fake and I hope she does go down in 2020. She really should just stop bothering pretending to be a moderate; nobody believes that anymore after her vote for the rapist.

    I feel most sorry for Christine Blasey-Ford. She sacrificed so much for nothing in the end.

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

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    and Susan Collins noticed that 19 is just one away from 20 and joined Cory Gardner in the HEEEEELP! caucus



    I guess those speculations about McCarthy being a weak leader are turning out to be true.

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    mad citizen says:

    Loved Bob Einstein for Super Dave and Marty Funkhouser on Curb. Spent a good half hour last night watching a couple Judge Judy clips and whatnot of him talking about the Smothers Brothers days.

    Once the gym is joined, the key is to go there. I have been less than motivated recently but am going to get it in gear this weekend.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Yarrow: If men are declining because women and minorities are doing better, then maybe they should, you know, work harder. Pick themselves up by their bootstraps.

    An observation: many of the non-truly-poor white dudes I have known in my life all seem to have been raised with this baseline expectation that life would be okay without any heroic or out-of-the-ordinary effort. Not to say that they didn’t expect to have to work, but that they didn’t really have to strive or push themselves hard or make big sacrifices to better themselves in order to compete. Whereas many of the minorities and women I’ve known seem to have more of a sense that life was probably going to be tough and that they had to be tougher.

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    Avalune says:


    Just caught up on comments in previous thread about our BCBS situation.

    I have all the paperwork stating his stay during that time was preapproved and medically necessary. I think the issue here is that because it’s a car accident the claims have to be submitted with someone from our insurance saying yeah they exhausted our pip so you guys pay this bill. Why we have to keep having this particular conversation for every bloody bill I don’t know – how many ways do they need to say we blew through that in the first few hours of the first day… but I am reasonably sure that’s the deal. So they get the letter, it’s resubmitted and then BCBS should pay the bloody things. I have been really busy at work so I haven’t had the opportunity to send every bill over to lawyer and I really really need to because I’m pretty sure they didn’t submit the claim right for his x rays either. Anyway it’s dumb and frustrating and I too want to burn it all down but I am pretty sure it’s just a matter of them submitting the claim properly so it gets paid. 🙄

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    NotMax says:

    I really need a pool in my life.

    Nature was working on it, then you went and filled it in and stuck a willow in the middle of it.


    @zhena gogolia

    One of the sons of character actor Parkyakarkus.

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    zhena gogolia says:

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

    It wasn’t nothing. She put a real dent in Kavanaugh.

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    dr. luba says:

    John, don’t know if you’ve considered this, but a friend shared it today on the book of faces: New Giant Mattress Is 12 Feet Across, Perfect for All the Pets!

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    Regular physical activity has worked miracles for my stress and anxiety issues. Just sayin’….

    I also have been feeling lots better since I started going to the gym.

    In unrelated news, further proof that we are in the darkest timeline:

    Mexican Archaeologists Discover Pre-Hispanic Temple of ‘The Flayed Lord’

    Mexican archaeologists have discovered what they say is the first temple of a pre-Hispanic fertility god known as the Flayed Lord who is depicted as a skinned human corpse.

    The discovery is being hailed as significant by authorities at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History because it is a whole temple, not merely depictions of the deity, which have been found in other cultures […]

    “It had an extra hand dangling off one arm, suggesting the god was wearing the skin of a sacrificial victim,” the Associated Press reports.

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    jonas says:

    Hey, you got that big back yard that fills with water all the time anyway. Just sayin’.

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    MomSense says:

    Anyone heard from Omnes Omnibus lately?

    Hope you are doing well, OO.

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

    Adam has been in touch with him. He’s just busy.

    Also, holy shit, the blog was down for a like half an hour. I don’t think duct tape is going to hold this place together much longer.

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

    @Major Major Major Major:

    The discovery is being hailed as significant by authorities at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History because it is a whole temple, not merely depictions of the deity, which have been found in other cultures […]

    Sounds super Lovecraftian.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: I thought it was just me. I kept getting a database error.

    @MomSense: Night time crew isn’t the same without OO. Also efg.

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    Mike J says:

    What’s up with the meetup?

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

    @zhena gogolia:
    That’s true, but it wasn’t enough to derail his nomination. But honestly, given the ruthless partisanship of the modern GOP and how badly Kavanaugh wanted to be a justice, I doubt much could have stopped it. Some people thought he would withdraw his nomination to save himself but that never happened. And his wife and kids stood by him proudly when he was sworn in.

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    rikyrah says:

    That is quite the image

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    rikyrah says:

    Glad to hear from you, Cole😋😋

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    NotMax says:

    That was passing weird. All comments disappeared for several minutes.

    @Major Major Major Major

    Archaeologists frantically working on theories to explain testing confirming remains of fava beans and chianti found in residue inside some pottery vessels on the site.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Given his wife’s religious background, it seemed unlikely she would have done anything but stand by him. It would have taken something really awful and video proof of it to keep that from happening. Don’t bring the kids into it. They’re minors and it’s unfair to do that.

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

    That was exactly what I got. I thought the database error was a thing of the past.

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    NotMax says:


    Noticed you inquiring as to which soup I ended up going with, however by then that thread was long expired.

    Began with the recipe for cabbage and caraway soup partway down this page as a starting point and tweaked it.

    Universal plaudits.

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    Yarrow says:

    I somehow ended up following the SurvivingRKelly hashtag on Twitter, which is for the Surviving R. Kelly documentary on Lifetime. Tough stuff to read.

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


    Don’t bring the kids into it. They’re minors and it’s unfair to do that.

    Sorry. I wasn’t intending to bring them into the equation. I was mostly referring to the wife. And why does Mrs. Kavanaugh get a pass and Hillary Clinton didn’t when she decided to stick with Bill? It should be noted he did sexually assault anyone.

    I’m really just mad that Kavanaugh suffered no concrete consequences and got away scot-free. He won’t even face any consequnces for serious ethics violations while he was on the DC Circuit simply because he’s a Supreme Court Justice now.

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    jl says:

    ” I have never met two dogs less motivated or interested in walks than these dachshunds. ”
    The dachshunds I grew up with lived for walks. They sensed a walk in the offing, they went nuts.
    OTOH, it was in the country, so walks meant they could get closer to critters outside the yard that they had been watching and wanting to kill all day, so maybe that gave them motivation.

    Edit: and Cole is always at the mercy of his pets. but if having other people hanging around makes him feel better about it, I guess that’s OK.

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    jl says:

    And I forgot: thnx 4 petpic.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Ah, Herb Kelleher, co-founder and eventually chairman of Southwest Airlines, has died at 87. I always thought he was a cool guy. Certainly built a good airline. And no layoffs. Treated his employees well.

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    MomSense says:


    Thanks! Remember about a week before the nightmare in November 2016 when we were saying how we couldn’t wait until the election was over and we could have a music thread to celebrate? We need to have a fun music thread one of these nights.

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    eemom says:

    Cole, we only get to see pieces of you at a time….but the pieces are so CUTE. 😘

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    Yarrow says:

    OMG, in all the excitement about Nancy SMASH and the incoming Democratic House I somehow missed that Trump tweeted an image of a fake campaign poster for Elizabeth Warren that says “Warren” and then “1/2020th.” Sometimes he still shocks me, even after everything. Ugh. Such an ass.

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

    So I came across this today:
    Donald Trump’s Real Estate Tycoon

    Donald Trump’s Real Estate Tycoon is a business simulation game developed by RedCap and published by Activision Value. It was released for Microsoft Windows on November 7, 2002. It was later published in Europe by Xplosiv on September 3, 2004. On October 20, 2004, Activision Value published a version of the game that was developed by Airborne Entertainment for J2ME and BREW-enabled mobile phones, as well as the N-Gage QD. It is named after American business magnate and politician Donald Trump, who also provided his voice for both versions of the game.


    Donald Trump’s Real Estate Tycoon is a single-player video game. The player’s goal is to beat Donald Trump by becoming the most influential business magnate. In the Windows version, the player must choose the best real estate location in one of five cities: Los Angeles, New York City, Atlantic City, London and Paris. The mobile version consists of only one city. Each city is viewed from an isometric perspective. Each of the five cities contain an office, which opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 10:00 PM. Because of this, the player will sometimes have to focus on other cities or wait.

    I wonder if it had a bankruptcy mechanic?

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

    He’s definitely scared of her. And I miss when an adult was in charge.

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    eemom says:


    My heart weeps at the memory of our expected rejoicing back then.

    Never has there been such a horrible shock, at least in my 56 years.

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

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:
    Shit, that should be “he did not sexually assault anybody”, referring to Bill Clinton.

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    CaseyL says:

    @Mike J: Not much as yet: we may go to the same place, since Ruemara liked it, but we haveb’t set a date or time.

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: The LA Unified School District beat out Trump on a deal, Real Estate Tycoon(spits).

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    MomSense says:


    I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

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    Ruckus says:

    It’s not effort in his case, it’s ability.
    He’s zeroed out in that area.
    Among others.
    I always pronounce his name sarcastically, Fucker Carlson. As if.

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    eemom says:


    Fucker Carlson

    I like Fucker Tarlson. But yeah, as if.

    Does he still wear that stupid bow tie?

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    Suzanne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: DOOD. Trump tried to build not far from me, in Scottsdale. Couldn’t get a height restriction variance from the city council.

    I have gotten a variance from the Scottsdale city council. And I can see Russia from my house. Apparently I’m a magnate. Or Trump is that fucking incompetent.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Raucous reception for Rep. Rashida Tlaib at MoveOn reception near the Hill. Her closing remarks: “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker.”


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    Ruckus says:

    I have no idea. I try to avoid having any major annoyance, like seeing, hearing assholes like FC. And it’s not like there are too few assholes like FC, the world is stuffed full of them. Pompous, arrogant assholes. It’s like an entire species all by themselves, sent here to stink up the place.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Oh, man, I just saw the rerun of Rachel Maddow’s show and the clip of “openly bisexual” senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema being sworn in by Mike Pence. Definitely making him uncomfortable in his swimsuit area. (H/t to @jvanleir.)

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

    He apparently stopped wearing them

    An transcript from an Alex Jones interview of him:

    Alex: We are here with Tucker Carlson. He does not have the customary bow tie. Why did you get rid of the bow tie?

    Tucker: I joined the mainstream, Alex…I’m just like everyone else[Sarcasm]. No, if you wear a bow tie it’s like wearing a middle finger around your neck. You’re just inviting scorn and ridicule.

    Alex: Like Louis Farakan.

    Tucker: I don’t mind scorn and ridicule but I work in New York during the week so I have to walk through Penn Station and the number of people screaming the F word at me wore me down so I just gave in and became conventional.

    Alex: You got told off for wearing a bow tie?

    Tucker: Literally everyday. People will scream obscenities at you. Try it for a week.

    What’s incredible is that he thinks people were calling him names because of his bow-tie. How oblivious/stupid do you have to be to think that?

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


    Someone wondered if his experience with the LAUSD had soured him on the Los Angeles market.

    He spotted Los Angeles Daily News on my press pass and directed a stern gaze my way.

    “I think the school board in Los Angeles has to be one of the dumbest entities ever,” he said. “I had a chance to do something great for Los Angeles and then these stupid people come along from the school board and said they wanted this site.”

    Things did not go all that well for Trump with the Rancho Palos Verdes folks, either, at least initially.

    They didn’t want him to build his luxury homes and block their ocean views.

    In 2008 he sued the city for $100 million. It was settled for an undisclosed sum four years later.

    LA Unifed later pulled a charity gold tournament at his Trump National Gold Club after his “Mexicans are rapists” comment back in 2016.

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    Ruckus says:

    FC and individual 1 belong to the sub species, “Stupid assinskie humanoids.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Synchronicity! Something someone posted a week or so ago made me go back and look up a late-night music thread from 18 months ago. Some good tunes and some good thoughts.

    We definitely need to have some fun music threads again. I am working myself out of a slough of holiday despond, and I think music needs to be part of that.

    Not looking to start one tonight, because I think I’m winding down toward bed, but here’s a long, hypnotic oldie from the Velvet Underground that I was listening to last night: “What Goes On.”

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    Steeplejack says:


    Eh, what the hell, worth a link. (Found it again as I was pruning open tabs.)

    LOL!!! What are you trying to do, make Pence uncomfortable in his swimsuit area?

    — Jim Van Leir (@jvanleir) January 3, 2019

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    @Steeplejack: I hadn’t heard this song in about 40 years, but bought it on Amazon(along with 3 others), The Beatles-It’s All Too Much.

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    I can imagine that the prospect of now having to put forth as much effort as minorities and women is a bit disconcerting to dipshits like Tucker.

    He just need to pay closer attention to what he wears and smile more, amirite?

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    eemom says:


    swimsuit area

    #ew #ew #ew #ew #ew #ew #ew #ew

    That said, I ADORE that image. I guess that “no dinner with any woman except Mother” thing will have to be extended to “no SWEARING IN,” etc. 🤣

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

    @Sister Golden Bear:
    Well, he did stop wearing those stupid bow-ties, so he’s at least taking that advice! However, he needs to learn to smile more since he always has that constipated look on face.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Love the deep cuts! I heard “Long, Long, Long” in the car today and it got a little dusty in there.

    When I was looking at that thread from ’17 I found the Pretenders doing “Not a Second Time.” Didn’t see that coming.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Inorite. “Can we get a spouse?” That cracked me up (in the Sinema clip).

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    eemom says:


    Yep. And if you ask me, old Pencie was enjoying it rather more than he should. Which leads us back to the “swimsuit area”. #eeeeeeewwwwww

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    Steeplejack says:


    Let us never speak of it again. But we will hang on to “swimsuit area.” Somehow I think it will come in handy at some point in the future. And I felt I had to post that as a public service.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I keep telling all y’all that Pence is a cheater and that’s why Mother keeps him on a short leash. It’s not that he’s oh-so-pious, it’s that he can’t be trusted alone with another woman, and they both know it.

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


    It’s not that he’s oh-so-pious, it’s that he can’t be trusted alone with another woman, and they both know it.

    Plausible and very pathetic.

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    kathyp says:

    You don’t need to join a gym. You have the Knight Natatorium available for your use. As Nike says Just Do It.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Elizabelle: I may have to squirrel away some cash towards this purpose…and it gives me a chance to visit Favorite Sis, a natural Jackal ally…

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