Proof of Life: Denver Meet-Up

From commentor Comrade Scotts Agenda of Rage:

Low key evening at a nice, low key microbrewery. Left to right: Scamp Dog, PsiFighter37 and moi, comrade scotts agenda of rage.

Hopefully we can pull more Denver folks out of the woodwork for another one this year.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Looks like fun!

    Wouldn’t it be hilarious to have a BJCon somewhere central? I hate conferences, but that one I would make an effort to make.

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    spudgun says:

    Very cool!

    Hi Scamp Dog! If you’re reading, would love to get an update on Meeca – how is she doing?

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    jl says:

    Looks like a nice place and a nice group.
    Too damn young. Damned kids these days. Why are they fiddling around with ye olde tymey stuff like a blog? I guess they like antiques.

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    ruemara says:

    @zhena gogolia: If we all dress up as Tunch, this should happen.

    Nice looking mini-crew, gentlemen!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @zhena gogolia: err….got an idea about that. Keeping it under my hat till I have made more arrangements, but STAY TUNED.

    Wish I could have made it, fellows!

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    zhena gogolia says:


    It’s very steampunk.

    (that term is probably old-fashioned by now)

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    Mart says:

    I recall that you only advertised under the Cincin meet-up. That could have hurt turn-out, not that I live in Denver.

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    germy says:

    Here’s an idea for the next Balloon-Juice calendar:

    Instead of pets, feature “The Jackals of Balloon-Juice”

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    Fair Economist says:

    @zhena gogolia: A Balloon Juice convention would be a hoot! Heck, just coming up with a name for it would be great.

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    CaseyL says:

    A BJNation meetup? I’m in!

    But a central location would put it somewhere in… Nebraska, I think. (I had to figure out a central point between SE and NW states for a family meetup that never happened. IIRC, Nebraska was the centralmost point.)

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Fair Economist:

    Grabthar’s Hammer?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Too obvious.


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    Fair Economist says:

    @NotMax: @zhena gogolia @Amir Khalid: : haha, those are great!

    Edit: I say hold it in Chicago: Obama’s residence and centrally located with excellent air service. It’s purely coincidental I have friends and family I’d like to visit there ;-)

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    Yarrow says:

    @zhena gogolia: @CaseyL: Well, the obvious place would be Bethany, WV. John says he’s got a big house…

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @CaseyL: Would you settle for a hot springs in CO as our “central location”? Asking for a friend.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Yarrow: But then the con would be too close to the willow…

    [ducks and runs]

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Fair Economist:

    Yes — but at some quiet time of year, weather-wise.

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    @Miss Bianca: Hot springs????!!! I’m in.

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    debbie says:

    Sharp looking group!

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    FelonyGovt says:

    Nice looking group!

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    Josie says:

    @Miss Bianca: Sounds like fun, but we would need plenty of time to make arrangements, especially those of us who live far away.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    Sounds great. Would like a post/poll of people who are interested so that we see if we have enough.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    I’m up for another Denver meet-up. I’ve said I would attend in the past and never managed to get there, but NEXT time, for reals.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    A con seems like a fine plan!

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    rikyrah says:

    Good looking bunch😊

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    Too damn young. Damned kids these days.

    I’ve got a walker I’m not using, you’re welcome to have it.

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    MomSense says:

    Maybe next year we should do a men of balloon-juice calendar. 😏

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    chopper says:



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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Okay then, Jackalcon.

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    NotMax says:


    The rest of the announcement:



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    debbie says:


    To quote @dick_nixon: “My God.”

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Wouldn’t it be hilarious to have a BJCon somewhere central?

    Yes, and I would be eternally grateful if it could more or less coincide with my 60th HS reunion in 2020. No dates announced yet, but in the past they’ve always been in late September/early October. Oak Park is where I’ll be forbidden the reunion, but anywhere in Chicagoland or the Midwest generally would be terrific! I expect to be driving, as in the past.

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    trollhattan says:

    Subaru-edition tractor pull. Requires muddy field.

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    debbie says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Did you know PBS’s Nature episode tonight is about the relationship between humans and horses?

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I would have gone, but this is dental convention week and I had another location I had to be at (work requirement). The next Denver meetup though, I will definitely be there!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Fair Economist: isn’t half the Juicetariat originally from Chicago anyway?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    this is dental convention week

    I think this is the most Balloon Juice thing I ever saw.

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    trollhattan says:

    An entire week. Of dentists.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Well, the best half, anyway. :-)

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    WaterGirl says:

    Looks like a great group!

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    J R in WV says:

    No hot springs in WV, a couple of warm springs with water around 70, quite high a temp for a spring, which usually run about 55 around here…

    Will attend any conference with a hot spring, though. Esp in a 420 legal location!!! You guys in CO are SO lucky!! Hot springs and legal pot!!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @WaterGirl: you need to add a disclaimer:

    *does not apply to White Sox fans

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Excuse me, I seem to hear a buzzing sound.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @CarolDuhart2: There you are! Missed you at the Cincinnati meet up, had a ride for you but didn’t have any way to contact you about it. Well, maybe next time…

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Cottonwood Hot Springs is near Buena Vista. It is not hoidy toidy (looking at you, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs), has several rooms, and has the advantage of not stinking like rotten eggs. It is also well situated .

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    Yarrow says:

    Well, this could be a disaster.

    60% of coffee species found in the wild could soon go extinct, new research shows.

    The researchers warn that climate change, deforestation, droughts and plant diseases are putting the future of coffee at risk.
    — CNN (@CNN) January 16, 2019

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @MomSense: Please no ;-).

    Nice pictures! Maybe I will drag myself and my husband to an LA meetup someday.

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    poleaxedbyboatwork says:


    An entire week. Of dentists.

    Is it safe?

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    Starfish says:

    @Miss Bianca: Glenwood Springs. Yes.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    An entire week. Of dentists.

    Boggles the mind.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Is it safe?

    Have you ever actually seen Marathon Man?

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    aliasofwestgate says:

    @Yarrow: For you coffee drinkers who live on the stuff, sure. I’ll be over here with my tea and hot chocolate, thanks.

    I’d do chicago since a major amtrak hub is there too. Especially from my neck of the woods in MI. Not as if i don’t go there once a year already for Anime Central!

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    Baud says:

    Why is the cover of GQ at the top of this post?

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    Baud says:


    Isn’t every week dental convention week?

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    poleaxedbyboatwork says:


    That were the joke.

    (Don’t use emojis, but if I did, spose that was the place for one.)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Thanks for the laugh.

    edit: by which I mean I appreciated your clever comment, which was kind of apt because all three of the guys above are quite good looking.

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    Aleta says:

    @Starfish: Glenwood Springs

    Where the deer and the infamous dentist Doc Holiday roam

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    Elizabelle says:

    Nice looking crew. Could only be improved by Meeka tagging along.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Fair Economist: Held in West Virginia in honor of our Blog Host, John.

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    comrade scotts agenda of rage says:

    Meeca’s doing great. If we hold one these when it’s warmer, there’s tons of microbreweries here that are very dog friendly.

    Scamp Dog and I talked mostly about Denver and Colorado in general. We started getting into politics when PsiFighter showed up.

    I’ve been to the last two Netroots Nation so it’s always great meeting people from blogs I haunt, all three of em.

    Now that I’m the hell outta Misery (still haven’t sold the property there, sigh), it’s nice to be able to meet folks.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Patricia Kayden: the Homestead or the Greenbrier?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @comrade scotts agenda of rage: the Blue Ash meetup had WAY more gray hair than the Denver one!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @comrade scotts agenda of rage: What are the other two blogs?

    ETA: Not being judge-y. Just curious.

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    @Steve in the ATL: Holiday Inn by the interstate, it’s West(By God) Virginia.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: what exactly is the treatment for bedbugs?

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    John S. says:

    Has there ever been a meetup in South Floriduh? I know Mustang Bobby and a few other regulars are down here with me.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Holiday Inn? Aren’t you fancy. In reality it’s the Quality Inn. Bar is dark but they have live music on Thursdays.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Steve in the ATL: They die at temperatures over 130°F. Or you can risk mutagenic/carcinogenic exposure with DDT.

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    Bar is dark but they have live music on Thursdays.

    I”m guessing that Steve in the ATL won’t be in attendance then.

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    geg6 says:

    OT, but just found out a former student of mine is running for county commissioner here. He’s a wonderful young man. He was a captain of our USCAA national champion basketball team and graduated with a business degree. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served for four years and is now in grad school. Married with one child. Great personality and just an all around good guy. And if there is anything this county can use, it’s some youth and new ideas. Only problem is he’s African American in a county with less than 8% minority population. I’m going to go all out for him though. I’m so proud of him!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: is it a dark chocolate bar? Those are my favorite.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    There seems to be something weird/buggy going on with the site – this thread showed 67 comments on the front page but 74 when I clicked through.

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    Yarrow says:

    Bring me more of this:

    Adam Schiff on the Trump-Putin meetings on CNN: "It looks to me on the surface that they don't have much of an executive privilege claim to make … We certainly could subpoena the interpreter. We could subpoena the interpreter's notes."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 17, 2019

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    There seems to be something weird/buggy going on with the site – this thread showed 67 comments on the front page but 74 when I clicked through.

    @geg6: Nice – I liked his statement of candidacy – hope he does well in the primaries.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: tabernac! (I’m practicing my québécois French in case there’s a Montreal meet up soon)

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    joel hanes says:

    Promoted from previous moribund thread :

    Doug R asks the musical question

    When are we going to target McConnell?

    Ady Barkan, the terminally ill guy who organized the successful $3M+ gofundme for Susan Collins’s next Democratic challener,
    is eyeing doing the same for ol’ Yertle.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Felanius Kootea: like a top notch management consultant, this blog underpromises and overdelivers!

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @Steve in the ATL: LOL! Well I requested the deletion of that comment because I now have a duplicate one. Let’s see what happens.

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    MomSense says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Put everything in the dryer?

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    Yarrow says:

    @Steve in the ATL: It’s also by the state highway, not the interstate. Because West Virginia. You’ll be lucky if you’re not dodging coal, timber, or fracking trucks on the way there.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Felanius Kootea:

    I’ve had that “feature” for several months now. I have to look at every thread to see if there are new comments. Sometimes it will say 64 and then I find 74, or sometimes it will say 64, and when I go to the comments I see 64, but I refresh within the comments and there are actually 74. Sometimes the number on the post will be accurate. IT’S EXTREMELY ANNOYING. But let’s not make it all about me.

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    Aleta says:

    @Steve in the ATL: throw everything away before you get home

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Oh, no, that’s not enough.

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    Yarrow says:

    @geg6: He sounds great.

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    Yarrow says:

    @zhena gogolia: It also takes awhile for a new post to show on the front page. It’ll be on John’s Twitter feed, you can see the arrow on the previous post showing the new post but it’s not visible on the front page.

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    Aleta says:

    @zhena gogolia: It’s like a party where you go to your door and 15 more people rush in at once. (I have it too.)

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    Another Scott says:

    @Felanius Kootea: I see the same thing. I think it’s related to the “caching” of pages to take load off the database, etc. It was an enhancement that was done a few months ago. But there seem to be some issues with it.

    I refresh pages frequently, especially when moving between threads. That seems to be the only way to be sure that I see all the replies.

    John’s looking for new developers for the next New and Improved version of B-J. I don’t recall hearing when we’ll get to gripe about the new version… ;-)

    HTH a little.


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    @Steve in the ATL: Yarrow said no, but a Dark Chocolate bar does sound really good.

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    silvery says:

    @Miss Bianca: I would totally be in for that too

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    @Yarrow: You have to refresh the front page.

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    Aleta says:

    @Miss Bianca: will there be horses ?

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I refresh the front page and it doesn’t show up. A hard refresh will make it show up. Usually a lag time of 2-5 minutes for me for a new post to show up on the front page with a regular refresh. Sometimes the only way I can access it is to go to the previous page and use the new post arrow on the right side.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: It’s West Virginia. Just how dark chocolate do you expect this bar to be?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: well, as long as I get up the holler to collect my corn squeezin’s I’ll be ok.

    Isn’t there a Mandarin Oriental or a St. Regis in Mingo County?

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    cain says:

    Do any of the denver jackals have access to people who can help this woman? Asshole judge gives her 30 days for talking back to a cop. You know it wouldn’t have gone down if she was a white woman. She’s really an amazing person, spending her time and money paying bail for black men and women in jail to get them out. I’m hoping that people can help pay it forward.

    Send me mail if you know something…

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Aleta: yes, steak au cheval will be on the menu

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    cain says:

    Glad y’all could make it. I’m sitting here in Indiana, and missed another one. I’ll organize one in Portland when I get back there if there are any readers from PDX?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @cain: I was in Indiana earlier today. Which rather surprised me, as I was driving from Cincinnati to the Cincinnati airport across the river in Kentucky.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I believe they’re just outside the county. You can stay at the Hatfield McCoy House Inn, though.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: deep thought: Hatfield/McCoy is West Virginia’s version of Auburn/Alabama. Discuss.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @cain: Mr. Municipal Court Judge in low-end suburb of Denver may be on a wee little power trip. And also may be racist AF.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Sounds like Rudi’s putting on quite a show on CNN

    Manu Raju @ mkraju
    “If the collusion happened, it happened a long time ago. It’s either provable or it’s not. It’s not provable because it never happened … There’s no chance it happened with the president of the United States,” Rudy Giuliani said. “I have no idea what other people were doing.”

    Rudy Giuliani to ChrisCuomo: “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign. I have not. I said the president of the United States,” adding that Trump “didn’t commit a crime.”

    John Weaver @ jwgop
    I wouldn’t want my lawyer to slam down three Red Bulls after six martinis on the way to a tv interview. #HyperCrazy

    “I have no idea what other people were doing.”
    Did he just toss Junior under a bus? I’ll wait for the tubes to provide highlights

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: ha! Closest you’ll get is white chocolate that’s blackened with coal dust

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    rikyrah says:

    Good luck for him.
    Tell him to go out and ask for their votes. Lauren Underwood -never thought that she had a chance, but, she did the shoe leather.

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    Kelly says:

    This afternoon I overheard a federal employee at my credit union trying to make arrangements for if she missed another paycheck. The staff were keeping their voices down but I don’t think she cared who heard her. Sounded like she’s OK right now but if the closure runs thru the end of the month she won’t be able to make payments. Staff couldn’t give any answers but said upper management would contact her.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Is that anything like Lawrence/Lake Forest?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: yes, but without the proper grammar and full sets of teeth.

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    plato says:


    “The only thing that can happen in the next two months that would change … is something at the Supreme Court level, or the governor’s office,” she said. “And this governor’s not going to commute my sentence. I might try, I might ask him to, but he’s not going to.”

    That piece was from Sep 21, 2018. Doesn’t CO have a new progressive gov now?

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    JPL says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: There’s something about Rudy’s eyes when he’s lying. This is the link of that part of the interview. Mediaite
    President Trump didn’t collude.. He never mentioned whether candidate trump did.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Kelly: As those people leave the government, it’ll be very difficult to fill behind them.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @JPL: President Trump didn’t collude.. He never mentioned whether candidate trump did.

    I wondered if Rudi is clever/sober enough to try to split that hair.

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    There’s something about Rudy’s eyesmouth when he’s lying, it’s moving.

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    RandomMonster says:

    Newly arrived in Baltimore. Others here interested in a meetup?

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    Martin says:

    Just catching up on things – and seeing the segment on AOC and #wheresmitch. Fuck me, AOC is brilliant. I’m jealous that she’s not from CA.

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    Sab says:

    Cool. So you can have a successful meetup without steveinthewtf. Good to know, since he came to Cleveland and told nobody.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Sab: I don’t always have free time on my trips, such as last year when I was in downtown Cleveland the night of the Lady Gaga concert (I seriously thought downtown was overrun with teenage hookers. So much glitter!).

    But when I have a free night, I love to meet fellow Juicers! Sadly, there were none in Demopolis or Eutaw, Alabama. Happily, there were several in Blue Ash, Ohio (which I’m still not convinced is a real place).

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @RandomMonster: Go to the top of the front page, to the search icon/magnifying glass. Type in “Contact a front pager.”

    You want to write to Anne Laurie and ask her to put up a post for you. You write the post’s content, “I’m new in Baltimore and I need a meet-up” or however you want to phrase it, she posts it, and you’ll be on your way.

    One piece of advice, once you are at the meet-up, get everyone’s nym and real name and contact info, else you are going to have a hard time following up with your new IRL friends. Not like that’s ever happened to me…

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Steve in the ATL: You don’t think Blue Ash is real? You think you were in Brigadoon? It’s not that idyllic here, though there might be a touch of unreality among my standard-red-State neighbors.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Ohio Mom: I did suspect it was Brigadoon or somewhere in Scotland when both you and Bella Q ordered haggis and then cintibud and Bill started throwing punches.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Steve in the ATL: NB: this post may not entirely factual

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    Fair Economist says:

    @FlyingToaster: DDT rarely works against bedbugs anymore. They’ve become resistant.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    We attracted the most posts on a ‘Proof of Life’ post because we’re hot studs. Fight me

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