A Dog Named Verb (Open Thread)

I was going to post something about the mind-boggling hypocrisy of the current Trump-led, GOP congresscritter-abetted campaign to get Rep. Omar of MN to resign from Congress or lose committee memberships over remarks she already apologized for, but fuck those assholes. Check out this brilliant agility run instead:

I love how the announcer sounds exactly like he’s covering a downhill ski run in the (human) Olympics. Maybe someday they’ll add a synchronized farting event and my dogs can join in.

Open thread!






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    Bright eyed puppers joyfully running and jumping make me happy.

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    BobbyK says:

    Welp since democrats do nothing better than throw their own under the bus I’m not holding out much hope for Rep. Omar. Even though what she tweeted was absolutely true.

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    NotMax says:

    The Le Pétomane Open. Coming soon to ESPN. Sponsored by Beano.

    ;)

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    I want to give that critter lots of scritches!

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    No One of Consequence says:

    Doggos iz awesum.

    That is all.

    – NOoC

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    Hilfy says:

    Thank you, Betty. What a picker-upper!

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    WaterGirl says:

    Thanks for that video respite, Betty.

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    ArchTeryx says:

    That was an amazing agility run. That pooch didn’t just deserve a treat after that, she deserved the whole box of them.

    *watches again*

    Still can’t believe the speed of that dog. Verb? Just rename her Lightning McQueen and get it over with. ^.^

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    SRW1 says:

    When does the discipline go olympic?

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    catclub says:

    anybody else see this after the ‘tiny dog runs fast’ video at Slate?
    seems to be agility trials week.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    I like the Finnish obedience competition with the golden retriever who picks up every single freaking distraction. My beagle could compete at that level.

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    ArchTeryx says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: I think her canine unit had a furry little malfunction.

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    khead says:

    I am Team Winky – the dog who just strolled through that course. Also, my brother and his wife are there. They are dog lovers and this trip is a bucket list sorta thing.

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    Mandalay says:

    @BobbyK:

    I’m not holding out much hope for Rep. Omar. Even though what she tweeted was absolutely true.

    While you are right on the second count, I think that she will be left alone now. If not, the leaders in the Democratic Party better be ready for some serious whiplash.

    Millions of Americans, including those supporting Democrats, don’t give a flying fuck about Israel, and don’t like the servile boot licking and funding it receives from politicians of both parties.

    There may be undying love for Israel from Pelosi and Schumer, but they shouldn’t bank on that from voters. They better be very fucking careful about letting this fester, or they are going to get some serious blowback.

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    Mr. Mack says:

    That was really fun to watch.

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    H.E.Wolf says:

    I saw that we had a visitor early in this thread who popped in from parts unknown and sprinkled some “let’s fight” bait. Maybe it’s snowy where he is, and he’s bored.

    He’d do better to watch the dog videos with the rest of us.

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    BobbyK says:

    @Mandalay: I hope you are correct. I’m sick of watching this bull shit. Dem says something absolutely true – turds throw hissy fit – dems throw fellow dem under the bus. Rinse and repeat.

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    smintheus says:

    The buying of influence among members of Congress is now off limits to criticism? Somebody should tell Susan Collins, who has been known to describe fundraising as bribery or blackmail depending on whether it is on her or on her opponent’s behalf.

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    Have racist photos appear in a yearbook 35 years ago = resign immediately

    Dress up like musician of a different race decades ago = resign mmediately

    Rape a couple of women = we need to have an investigation

    Repeat anti-Semitic slurs yesterday = she apologized, sort of, what’s the problem?

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    Capri says:

    Sorry to drag this back to politics but – Schultz gave his first national policy speech recently at Purdue University. He picked the venue due to his close relationship with Purdue president Mitch Daniels. Turns out, admittance to the event was limited to ” invited friends” of the billionaire. Others could watch it live-streamed in a nearby room. Below is a link to the Editorial in the school newspaper about the event.

    https://www.purdueexponent.org/opinion/article_c87ac598-a1b4-5bd0-9629-3f7cd83fb2b8.html?fbclid=IwAR0jTczvWCULHx4T_4cg5FiAmLuibh6S8VgZCweLOJRzHNGnK7j5miWJTS4

    Democracy in Action

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    ruemara says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: The amount of times we played that back in the behavior office. I loved it.

    That dog is a verb. Amazing. One thing I love to do is watch the agility dogs during picnic day. They are so much fun to watch & photograph.

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    randy khan says:

    I believe that is the definition of an active Verb.

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

    @smintheus:
    I fucking remember that. I’ll always despise her just for that.

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    OT: The score of the upcoming movie, Gullyboy is out of this world. Unfortunately, you need to understand Hindi. Lyrics are scathing, the unvarnished truth about present day India.
    Its about the rap scene in Mumbai (it is supposedly based on the lives of two RL rappers). I am not overly familiar with the rap scene either here or in India but I do love this score

    The relatively light hearted, meri gully mein (in my lane)
    Is there anything Ranveer Singh can’t do? He can dance, act and now he raps!

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

    @Brickley Paiste:
    If you hate it here so much, why do you come back?

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    trollhattan says:

    Happy dog is happy!

    I’d love to know how they teach that zig-zag pole thing.

    ETA, forthcoming NorCal sheep doggie trials.

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    Kent says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: Susan Collins is the poster child for what is wrong with Congress. I respect Ted Cruz more than I do her. At least he is real and you know what you get. She wants to enable Trump and McConnell while maintaining a moderate veneer to maintain her electability in ME. Eventually all the fake hand-wringing has to wear thin.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Can we get a “So the President demands the resignation of anyone in government who makes racists statements?” from the Press?

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    The Moar You Know says:

    As part of some much-needed behavioral modification (serious doggie anxiety) I ran through almost two years of rally and agility training with my dog.

    He’s never going to win any awards (although my trainer did want us to register him with AKC and show him, she thought he would win as he is just a beautiful animal) but that wasn’t the point. It was a great bonding experience for the dog, my wife and I, and all three of us have a much better relationship as a result. He pays far more attention to us now. We’ve learned to read him a lot better. He’s far more relaxed and happier. Training is good for dogs AND people.

    I appreciate the absolutely incredible amount of work it takes to get any dog to competition level – it’s your entire life. And for agility I wouldn’t consider any other dog save a border collie, just like the one in the clip. As a pet, no. Too hyper, too much energy. But if you’re running practice like this every day, it would work. A tired dog is a happy dog.

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    Edmund dantes says:

    So Qatar is now circling back and saying “ooops we may have accidentally unknowingly somehow bailed out the presidents son in law” in relation to 666 building in New York.

    Something tells me there is a break coming into that’s story soon. Otherwise why draw attention to it when almost everyone has forgotten about it.

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    raven says:

    We got an Assisi Loop for Lil Bit yesterday.

    The Assisi loop is an FDA cleared, evidence based therapy for non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatment of pain and swelling. The therapy has proven effective on pain for decades. Pulsed electromagnetic fields are highly effective in a diverse range of therapeutic applications with no side-effects or adverse reactions.

    Conditions that can benefit from the Assisi Loop:
    • Post-operative pain & swelling
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
    • Tendon/Ligament damage – increases tensile strength
    • Soft Tissue Trauma & Wound Care
    • Bone Union/Growth
    • IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease)

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    trollhattan says:

    @The Moar You Know:
    Great story. We’ve considered agility for our GSP–will be three this spring–for some of the reasons you outline. Not especially neurotic but they’re working dogs who need a damn jerb and an opportunity to empty the gas tank once in awhile. Plus, he outruns everything at the dog park that isn’t a coursing hound so might be pretty good. Finding a place not out in the boonies is proving a challenge.

    ETA–tonight is Westminster night #2. Totally missed yesterday’s, darn it. Yelling unkind things at the frou-frou dogs brings the family together.

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    Jay says:

    @H.E.Wolf:

    Seems to be a bit of that shit stirring going round in all the threads.

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    kindness says:

    Who wants a quick doggie story?

    I went to the local Supermarket to get a sandwich for lunch. At the door are these two older ladies with a small shivering dog in one of their arms looking at the pups collar saying it must be lost. I saw they were trying to read the collar and call the person. On my way out after purchase made a man comes up to the two ladies and asked how they happen to have his dog. Apparently the pup left the car with the owner and didn’t tell the owner. Everyone went home safe and happy.

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    NotMax says:

    @raven

    Got the Nero back or is the shop still fiddling with it?

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    AThornton says:

    Jump to 6:56 to see an amazing run by Sunflower a then 2 year American mini Shepard at the 2017 Crufts Nationals

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    trollhattan says:

    @kindness:
    Aww. Stealthy puppy is stealthy. Would have been a shocker returning to the car and finding the dog missing.

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    Mary G says:

    @raven: Wow, will have to see if they have them for people. The cold, set weather (relatively) is kicking my ass this year. The gas co. sent me a letter that we were using too much and I was “screw it, I’ll pay for it.”

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    ruemara says:

    @raven: I hope she heals up soon.

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    @Edmund dantes: Dare we hope for an indictment Friday?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: Maybe it’s snowed in like we are, and bored (which we are not).

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    Mike in NC says:

    synchronized farting event

    That is something Trump might actually do well!

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    @Jay: I haven’t pied anyone in a long time, but I’m doing it now with people who never comment in normal ways. I don’t mind people who disagree with me. I do mind people who come here to spit on the rest of us.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Mary G:
    Using too much? If you were a billionaire would you not be entitled to an amount equal to all the gas used by San Jose? What comprises “too much?”

    Our electricity utility occasionally send us shaming letters comparing our usage to neighbors with homes of similar square footage, evidently unaware we added about 500 sf more than a decade ago. I’m-a just going to go turn on a few more lights.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @AThornton: That dog is a rocket! Holy cow!

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    Yarrow says:

    @Capri: Schultz is doing a town hall tonight in Houston. CNN is covering it and is pimping the hell out of it.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @trollhattan: We get those letters too, and I haven’t been able to let them know that we added 300 sf several years ago, but right now we’re doing better than our most efficient neighbors. No idea why.
    We get them for the cabin praising us for our low water usage. There’s only someone there for about 12 weeks out of the year, spread out in two or three week chunks. There’s no lawn to water, but we do water the periwinkle and the sad little apple tree in the summer when we visit.

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    Jay says:

    @opiejeanne:

    There’s bigger, newer things to shit stir about, and if it’s a bored lurker/never poster, then they would understand that this is a nothingburger,

    Been seeing a bunch of recent pop ups trying to shit stir with yesterdays news, and of course, the return of some infamous nym’s trying to rebuild presence now that Primary runs have started.

    It’s best to just talk past them.

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    Yarrow says:

    @raven: You take the best care of her! She is so lucky to have you.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: I agree. I smirk and ignore a couple of them, I’ve pied a couple of them to remind me to not respond.
    Sometimes I take a look, and it has resulted in me recently removing someone from the pie filter because he was only there because of his inane verbosity (I should talk). He’s much less inane and less verbose, and I find I am not annoyed now.

    ETA: I missed the post by the troll/shit-stirrer in this thread.

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    @opiejeanne: It was one in the last thread that made me reach for pie.

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    Op-ed in the Vichy Times

    No Texan Is a Match for Trump. Not Even Beto.

    Who the fuck is this Richard Parker?

  53. 53

    I saw that first thing this a.m. and it started my day off great. Too bad it went downhill from there.

    Just got off a conference call with a total TOOL. And why is the excuse, he’s a New Yorker? I lived on the east coast for years, it’s not an excuse for being a condescending misogynistic tool. Fucker. And I was in no mood, so I called him on his BS and told him I would not participate in this call if he continued to be nasty.

    I literally fired a client last year with no notice (and tax time looming) because they thought it was okay to demand my time without an appointment and then scream at me on the phone. Guess where they were from? It’s not an excuse. And you live in freakin’ Colorado now, we don’t behave that way.

    This. Girl. Don’t. Play.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    White House just sent out a tweet saying that “free riders” in the rest of the world are to blame for America’s high prescription costs. How fucking stupid do the think people are?

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    @Litlebritdifrnt: That’s rhetorical, right? Because we KNOW how stupid his cult is.

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    @Litlebritdifrnt: Russian puppet in the WH says what?

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    jacy says:

    Moved from the thread below because I had to go pick up the kid and didn’t get to thank anybody:

    . I want to thank everybody for the congrats. This is the final stage in nearly five years of agony. The hardest thing I ever did was not have my kids full time. And this means everything for Nick’s future. This it literally one of those forks in a kid’s life where everything will be different. He would have been crushed being sent to that awful school (think that Catholic school in Kentucky and you’ve got it), and now he can go to an award-winning, progressive school filled with kids like him, where he can dress how he wants and wear his hair long and study music. And he gets to live at home with his brother and his cat and his turtle, too. I can’t tell you the weight this lifts off me.

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    Jay says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    I don’t use the pie filter, even when discussions get heated or sideways. I want to see the raw meat they are throwing out as bait, to figure out where it’s coming from and the agenda.

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    @jacy: Thanks for the update and {{{ }}} to you and your family.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Someone advising us to go to blue in a particular year? Yeah, I pied that guy in the previous thread. I’m not sure he’s a troll but he sure acts like one. There’s another guy currently circling the drain towards pie filterdom. He’s insulting and as much of a pain is the guy I just pied.

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    Yarrow says:

    @jacy: Didn’t get to respond in the last thread. Congratulations and so glad it worked out. Going to be great for both of you. And to hell with your ex.

    Just a reminder for anyone who still might want to donate. Here’s Jacy’s GoFundMe to help her keep her home: https://www.gofundme.com/5b5c5m-keeping-my-home

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    Jay says:

    @jacy:

    So glad you won the good fight.

    @TaMara (HFG):

    So many hero’s here. Baby.🐕

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    opiejeanne says:

    It’s snowing again, thank goodness. Wouldn’t want to run out.

    I couldn’t make it to the driveway earlier, let alone to the mailbox. My boots aren’t tall enough. It’s not that cold, somewhere between 34 and 39F, but the snow coming down doesn’t seem to know it’s supposed to be rain. We live in a “convergent zone”. We have our own weather.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: Crossing my fingers!

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    @jacy: That sounds wonderful. What a relief.

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    Chip Daniels says:

    We liberals need to develop a new way to talk about Israel, where it is a fine ally with admirable democratic structures, while also being honest about the times when the Israeli government does actions that are unjust.
    We don’t need any more of the Manichean “Israel pro or con” stuff or “Israel= Jews” framing.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @raven: I hope this helps her be more comfortable. You do so much for your pup, it’s really good of you.

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    tobie says:

    @Edmund dantes: Is the story about the Qataris bailing out Jared for his 666 Fifth Ave boondoggle related to the case of the state owned foreign bank refusing to honor a subpoena that went all the way to the Supreme Court? Rumor had it that the institution refusing disclosure was the Qatari Sovereign Wealth Fund.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Chip Daniels: Thank you. Amen.

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    I just had to take Baby’s toy away, reluctantly. But despite my best efforts, he was becoming aggressive about it and went after Scout, who was just standing there.

    So no toy for the rest of the day, we’ll try again tomorrow. I’m a monster.

    (No matter what, that toy is going with him when he’s adopted, he loves it).

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    tobie says:

    @jacy: So happy to hear things are looking up for you and your kids.

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    @opiejeanne: He hasn’t been around in months and now he shows up only to be snotty. It’s the absence followed by the snot that made me roll my eyes and pie him. I have other things to do.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: How in the ever living Hades would he even come close to understanding prescription drug pricing? Who the fuck has his ear this time?

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    chris says:

    @jacy: You won? Cool!

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    Jay says:

    @opiejeanne:

    He’s a Purity Troll, just like Brickley.

    The post you missed was a short sentence trying to shit stir about Iilan Omar, so probably a Deplorable/4chan/Incel.

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    JPL says:

    @jacy: That is great news and I’m so happy for you.

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    bemused says:

    @jacy:

    I love reading happy endings.

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    Yutsano says:

    @opiejeanne: We’re about to get hit by that later tonight, then have it drop right below freezing and snowy again. I’m not even sure why I’m bothering to risk my neck coming to work. All my appointments have either not shown up or been way late.

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    JPL says:

    @TaMara (HFG): You are my hero.

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    @jacy: Yay!!

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    JoyceH says:

    I take Jazzy to agility class and she loves it. Her biggest weakness is going off course to run over to the people and try to get some attention. After over a year, we pretty much have that licked.

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    Josie says:

    @jacy:

    I’m happy for you. You are such a good Mom, and your persistence has paid off.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Verb does my heart good. What a grand dog.

    WaPost story on Verb and the agility trials:

    Border collies and Australian shepherds have won every time since agility was added to the annual show in 2014.

    the 50 finalists also included such relative rarities as a keeshond, a Bedlington terrier, a lowchen, and an Irish red and white setter.

    Also a Parson Russell Terrier, a chihuahua, a bulldog. They are all good dogs.

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    Yutsano says:

    @jacy: I hadn’t commented on your situation much, and I have been remiss in not doing so. I’m very glad this point finally fell in your direction. May both you and Nick go on into brighter and better futures!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @jacy:

    Yea jacy! Yea jacy’s son. All good news.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: So, nothing missed. I think Ilhan will be fine, this will die down soon especially when they find out Klobuchar has never eaten a corn dog at the fair, or something.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Yutsano: I have a dentist appointment tomorrow at 9am and I don’t think I’m going to make it. The weather report that is usually correct tells me it’s raining right now, but looking out the window I see a lot of big snowflakes. At this rate we aren’t going anywhere for a couple more days, because there’s more snow and freezing overnight temps coming our way.

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    Jay says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    It’s actually a good/bad thing that he’s become posessive about “something” that he’s never had before and started out ignoring.

    Once he realizes that the “house rules” are that it’s his, and that you will ensure that it’s his, and that he doesn’t have to protect it, it will get better.

    Digger went from ignoring his turtle, to being posessive, to making sure that everybody got to admire his turtle. When Casey was recovering from TPLO surgury, he would tuck it in bed with her, under her chin. When I wound up lying at the bottom of the basement stairs, on the cold concrete, back spasming so bad I couldn’t even crawl. Digger brought me his turtle, Casey her bone pillow and blankie, and laid down beside me until T came home.

    Sometimes, we don’t deserve dogs.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: It’s done, they had to order seven wheels to get the right one!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Chip Daniels: I agree we have to be sensitive to anti-Semitic tropes when discussing Israel. I don’t agree that Israel is a fine ally, at least not since Netanyahu decided that Israel is the ally of Republican Americans only. I believe that history will show what a huge mistake that was someday.

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    jacy says:

    @chris:

    He quit! He’s being a baby and whining about it, but I don’t care — he caved. So we don’t even have to go to court.

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    Yarrow says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Aww…poor Baby. He’ll be okay. He’s doing so well. That photo of him on your blog where he’s looking at the camera and wearing Scout’s tag is too much. What a sweetie.

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    raven says:

    Thanks for the good wishes for my girl. I don’t know that she’s going to get a lot better. She lays around until it’s food time and then she’s underfoot and that’s as good as it gets. The vet wants us to use the loop on her back legs and see if her mobility increased. The thing is expensive but clods laser therapy was an even more expensive therapy is here’s hoping.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Edmund dantes:
    Because of the Deutsche Bank recent coming clean reports to the German regulators. The dominoes, they fall

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    Yarrow says:

    @raven: Keep us posted on how it works for her. Fingers crossed it helps her be more comfortable.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    I want to see the raw meat they are throwing out as bait, to figure out where it’s coming from and the agenda.

    @Jay: I never pie those people. That’s always good info. I pie time-wasting dipshits, whether it’s because they’re too stupid/unmotivated to use Google to answer questions or write page-long posts in an affected hick dialect. Poorly.

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    Jay says:

    @opiejeanne:

    Don’t bother trying, call and cancel. Even if you can drive, the issue on the Wet Coast is all the people who can’t drive, but try anyway.

    We are getting your yesterday storm, so we are sitting tight. The wind will have blown the snow off the lake into big drift piles, ( 3-6 feet), so until the wind stops and the plow has been by, ( 2 days now, no plow, so they are all working The Highway From Hell).

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    laura says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Good on ya gal!!!!
    For a month that started out dire, you’ve really turned it around. Here’s a ((((HUG)))).

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    laura says:

    @laura: Dorothy, you are swell, but the accolades were meant for Jacy.

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    satby says:

    @raven: anything that can help make her comfortable is a good thing! Best of luck and scritches to Lil Bit!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Baby has probably NEVER before had anything that was his, and just thinking that brings tears to my eyes. So I can forgive him this, and I know you know that, too. It’s hard being the mom and the teacher and the enforcer.

    Baby will learn more tomorrow when he gets it back and it’s still his.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @The Moar You Know:

    I never pie anybody. I just scroll through as needed. I like to answer obvious trolls in Russian, but since Cyrillic puts me in moderation I have to transliterate it, which kind of ruins the fun.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Oh, God, yes, that’s so sad.

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    germy says:

    Mr. Doctorow is on a roll:

    After promising health care execs that Medicare for All was dead, Pelosi’s team plans toothless pharma deal

    If there’s one issue that the Democrats could win votes with, it’s limits on pharmaceutical prices, because virtually every American agrees that we’re being ripped off by Big Pharma (and that goes double for Obama Democrat voters who switched to being Trump voters in 2016).

    But the Democratic establishment doesn’t want the Democrats to win, they want Democrats to win without upsetting the donor class, and pharma spends like crazy.

    Pelosi runs a big organization and it’s full of people who have their hearts in the right place on at least one issue, even if they’re fatally compromised on other issues. Think of Pelosi health aide Wendell Primus, who hates the pharma industry and its price gouging, but is willing to help kill Medicare for All and replace it with ACA expansion, ensuring that poor Americans are insured by private companies who get to bill the US government virtually unlimited sums in exchange.

    But even if Pelosi’s staff are good on one issue, that issue will be undermined by someone else in her circle, creating a virtually unbeatable obstacle course for any progressive policy.

    Take the pharma deal Pelosi is cooking up: to rein in pharma prices, Pelosi will ask pharma companies to voluntarily enter into a nonbinding arbitration system on pricing. Seriously, that’s it: voluntary, nonbinding controls on pricing, versus the vast army of Martin Shkrelis who have already made 2019 one of the worst years for multi-hundred-percent pharma price increases, and it’s only been 6 weeks.

    The number of Americans who will vote Democrat on the strength of this policy would fit comfortably into an exclusive Caribbean resort (spoiler: they’ll all be there this time next year, spending one percent of the bonuses they’ll earn if this deal passes). Pelosi’s hope isn’t that American’s will vote Dem after this deal is done — it’s that they won’t be so angry over this deal that they’ll stay home and let Trump and McConnell win another election.

    This is a shitty, self-defeating strategy that will — no hyperbole — kill people.

    https://boingboing.net/2019/02/12/fraying-fig-leaf.html

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @raven:

    I hope it helps. She is such a sweetie.

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    lamh36 says:

    Evening BJ.

    Had to take a mini-break after the madness of last week.

    Anywho…

    Two big developments on the LAMH family front.

    I don’t know if I posted here or not, but…

    First up, Thx to my lil sister and my BIL. I am now the proud new owner of an Apple MacBook Air! I’ve been trying to get me a MacBook for YEARS, but they are too damn expensive like $1000😳😳 but thanks to brother in law I gots me a nice fairly new refurbished MacBook for $375!! It’s my first MacOS system…so it’s taking some getting used to to adjust from PC to Mac…but I’m still playing around with it.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c07b831c2b9dee8f62c8cd408898119e7b20b5c0eed341c62f443e39708996b7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbe373059d178a5cb8222fb08ead7afc3a4174de65330b3f4a1aa4c6a8f3c8d6.jpg

    Second, I’m going back to London. This time with my nephew (if you recall I had promised him a trip to London for his high school graduation but the Australia trip fell into my lap), my sister (his mother) and my brother cousin D!’

    This trip is 5 days in London, during the 3rd week in May! We’ve already booked our flights (w/credits from previously cancelled trips, we ended up paying $519, RT, as with most things, it includes a layover, and a longer travel day, but still), and now I’m looking for accomadations. It’s 4 of us, so I’m looking at Vacation Rentals as well as hotels.

    So any suggestions for family lodgings would be greatly appreciated.

    Anyway…big things happening and I can’t wait!

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    Immanentize says:

    @raven: You are a good friend to Lil Bit.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @germy: PLAN FOR SMALL PROGRESS NO IS BIG PROGRESS AND GIVE US DEATH

    Yes, if there’s someone who’s an enormous obstacle to progressivism, it’s definitely [:checks notes:] Nancy Pelosi.

    What a fucking nincompoop.

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    trollhattan says:

    @germy:
    By “no hyperbole” I presume he means “Come see the hyperbole.”

    It’s like when Trump entones “believe me.”

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: Good to see you back! I’ve been missing your voice. Congrats on the Mac and another trip to London. How exciting! No suggestions on lodging but maybe Brexit will make London even cheaper.

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    Brachiator says:

    @lamh36: Very cool. Congratulations on the Mac and the upcoming trip.

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    Jay says:

    @germy:

    What ever the Democrats propose, will never pass the Senate or Needy Amin’s desk.

    99.9% of what the House is doing, bill wise, is simply shifting the Overton window.

    After the 2020 Primaries, then you are going to see an actual platform, and what happens in the Senate and Presidential elections will determine what you actually get for policy.

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    germy says:

    @FlipYrWhig: @trollhattan: I agree with him that there’s a vast army of Martin Shkrelis. The question is, what do we do with them?

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    germy says:

    @Jay:

    what happens in the Senate and Presidential elections will determine what you actually get for policy.

    Exactly.

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    trollhattan says:

    @lamh36:
    Dang, that’s two, two, two bargains at once! And now a trip to look forward to.

    A good week and it’s only Tuesday.

    Please note: the former BSOD now takes the form of a multicolor twily disk. Part of the new OIS landscape. (don’t own one but used them in classes)

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    MomSense says:

    Y’all should see my pup (only part border collie) run in the woods. She has that same intense look as she leaps over tree trunks and streams and darts around all kinds of rocks and things. I love just watching her play. I can only think of one dog who can sort of keep up with her and he is an Australian Shepherd.

    I love watching agility trials. Lately that’s about the extent of my internet activity. There are a bunch of Instagram accounts that are fun. One of the ones I really enjoy is @bordercolliedash She is a young woman who trains and competes Dash the Wonder Dog. It’s fun to see what a mind meld they have.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @NotMax:

    Got the Nero back or is the shop still fiddling with it?

    ISWYDT, although it would have been even funnier if Raven lived in Rome instead of Athens.

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    @jacy: That just set me day back on the right track. So good to hear.

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    MomSense says:

    @germy:

    Guillotines

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    trollhattan says:

    @germy:
    Intellectual property and patent protections have to be part of it. I don’t know how to tackle that mountain.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @jacy:

    Oh, how wonderful! Haven’t read the earlier threads yet for details, but that sounds like great news! Big congratulations.

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    MomSense says:

    @raven:

    Sending all my best to you and Lil Bit.

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    Jay says:

    @Yarrow:

    Probably not, you might have to bring your own food, fuel, medicine and transportation.

    On the other hand, you might have the opportunity to squat in Buckingham Palace.

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    MomSense says:

    @jacy:

    Congrats, Jacy. I’m so happy for you.

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    jacy says:

    @lamh36:

    Hope you all have a wonderful trip! London is one of the places I would really love to visit (if I stop being a hermit). Sounds like you guys will have a blast.

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    Brachiator says:

    @germy:

    Mr. Doctorow is on a roll

    It’s going to be a long slog to 2020. Every purity progressive will be crawling out of their fantasy chambers to lambast the Democrats for not leading us to political Nirvana. I also sense so strange rumblings from Never Trumpers who find that they can love His Orange Awfulness after all, because the Democrats are worse and would raise their taxes.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Jay: It really is impossible to know how it’s going to work out. They might be in the middle of a second referendum.

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    germy says:

    Here’s one of the reader comments on Doctorow’s essay:

    Turns out we don’t know what “Pelosi will ask” because the details are still being worked out, and members of Congress who dislike the arbitration idea have yet to weigh in on them.

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    trollhattan says:

    California water nerds (you know who you are) will be interested to know Gov Gav proposes scaling WaterFix back to a single tunnel. Half a water loaf? Not sure the metaphor works, but anyhoo.

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    @raven: So it’s like a tens machine? I love mine. I bet that will help her have better days. Give her a scritch for me.

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    CaseyL says:

    @jacy: Wonderful, wonderful news! Congrats to you and Nick!

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    rp says:

    @germy: He’s a f*ckin’ idiot.

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    @lamh36: London! You’ll have a great time.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Jay: I left a message on their answering machine during their open hours because no one answered. I said I need to reschedule, but to give me a call back. Then I sent them an email. I haven’t heard a thing yet. It’s been snowing hard for the past two hours, but now it’s slowing down and we’re getting wind.
    I’ll call them again tomorrow in case someone is there to answer the phones. I’ll let them know I’m not coming in.

    I hear them blame ex-Californians for the bad driving in wet weather here, but really it’s just people who think they’re really good at driving when it’s raining or when there’s ice on the roads or too much snow. Those are the idiots that cause problems. They rush past us on the freeway in icy or wet conditions, exasperated that we’re driving a little slower than the limit.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @germy: One of the first comments on that article basically sums it up: The whole thing is stupid because this approach is one of many that’s going through the system and most Democrats that would be opposed haven’t had a chance to weigh in yet. It’s a stupid nothingburger of a story and Doctorow is basically just whining.

    In addition – the only thing Pelosi CAN do right now is get non-binding argreements, because she can’t get laws past the Republican Senate. So given a choice between a bad solution that may help some people and NOTHING AT ALL, apparently the choice is to do nothing at all.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @FlipYrWhig: He’s been one for a while, and he’s posted crap like this before.

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    ab in pa says:

    @Elizabelle:
    Rudy the Bulldog!
    https://youtu.be/DhWC9R3IA0Y
    (Hope this works..)

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @ab in pa:

    Very cool!

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    ruemara says:

    @lamh36: Faintly jealous. Congrats on the new Mac & heading back to London!

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    PIGL says:

    @Mandalay: It’s been said that support for Israel in the west is a mile wide and an inch thick. You’d think some people would tread more carefully. Or at least less often.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @ab in pa: That was fun, and unexpected.

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    Jay says:

    @Yarrow:


    But Tusk’s remarks were revealing of something else, far more uncomfortable for remainers for all that they may agree with his diagnosis of Brexiter vandalism. His comment was clearly unhelpful to their cause – for example, if there were to be another referendum it would be quoted endlessly – but as his other remarks made clear, he now regards this cause as a lost one.

    The dynamic of the relationship between the EU and the remain campaign has been shifting for a while, and changed decisively once the Withdrawal Agreement was completed. From then on, for the EU polity, Brexit was a done deal. Remainers may be pro-EU, but the EU is no longer pro-remain. I don’t mean, of course, that there are not plenty of individuals, including politicians, in the EU who still hope that Brexit might be reversed. But the institutional logic has now shifted, and Tusk’s remarks are a reflection of this.”

    http://chrisgreybrexitblog.blo.....n.html?m=1

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @opiejeanne: @Brachiator: I sometimes call this tendency “masturbating with sandpaper.”

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    chopper says:

    pelosi got her to apologize, but nancy is not going to let it go any farther than that. given all the anti-semitic horseshit that’s come out of all manner of goopers, including trump, that’s far worse than what omar tweeted (and honestly, it was more tone-deaf than anything else), there’s no reason whatsoever to give the GOP a scalp here. pelosi is smarter and tougher than that.

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    PIGL says:

    @TaMara (HFG): three cheers for you.

    Also, you deserve beatification for what you’ve done for that sweet doggie.

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    piratedan says:

    @germy: I guess no one thought to ask Mr. Doctorow who would pay for the room and board of his purity ponies or just how those ponies would magically pass across the desks of Mitch McConnell and Donald J Trump? So we’re busy trying to muck the fucking stables and this asshole is asking where are his unicorns?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @jacy:

    I think you buried the lead:

    Since this is an open thread, the ex has caved on custody! He’s being an utter asshole about it, but that was expected. The important thing is Nick gets to go to his fantastic high school without a court fight!

    And congratulations!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @ab in pa: Rudy!

    And I love the underbite. What a good run. Good boy, Rudy. Now I want to see more of the agility dog trials.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @jacy:

    I’m so relieved for you. I hope Nick loves his new school and (artistically) kicks ass there!

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    debbie says:

    @Mandalay:

    Omar shouldn’t be penalized more severely than Steve King, who was only censured.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @opiejeanne:

    That’s the dude who told me in 2016, “Your vagina is not magic.”

    Not only did I laugh my ass off at the time, I am NEVER going to let him live it down. Ever. 😈

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    Jay says:

    @opiejeanne:

    My fishing buddy and I had a tradition of steelhead fishing every New Years Day on one of the “local” rivers. When the New Years Day storm hit, we still headed out at 3am to go fishing.

    No biggie, lifted Toyota 4×4 turbo diesel pickup, lockers, studded 34” mud tires, winches, plus winter weights, shovels, jacks, chains, extra fuel and full winter survival kit. We got as far as Abbotsford, by 10 am , when they started shutting the highways down. We turned around, headed over to the other side of the Fraser, and only got through the roadblock because the RCMP officer, figured we knew what we were doing.

    We were moving so slow because we were pulling people out of stranded vehicles or pulling SUV’s out of the ditch every few km.

    One girl we “rescued”, was wearing a miniskirt and heels, figuring all she had to do was drive from garage to garage in her Dad’s SUV, with the heated seats. She hit a small snowdrift, swapped ends and blew out into the meridian.

    Some people think their all season’s can handle the 8” of wet snow that packs down into ice.

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    debbie says:

    @jacy:

    Missed the announcement, but I’m glad you can begin to un-anxious yourself.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @germy: he’s Canadian so this isn’t even his issue. He can fuck right off.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Jay:

    But Tusk’s remarks were revealing of something else, far more uncomfortable for remainers for all that they may agree with his diagnosis of Brexiter vandalism. His comment was clearly unhelpful to their cause – for example, if there were to be another referendum it would be quoted endlessly – but as his other remarks made clear, he now regards this cause as a lost one.

    I don’t quite understand this. As far as I can see, Remainers don’t really have much room to move. Everything seems to be moving either toward No Deal BREXIT or some face saving deal that will make the exit look like something less than total stupidity.

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    Jay says:

    @debbie:

    Omar apologized. The End.

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    debbie says:

    @Jay:

    You must not be very familiar with the GOP. //

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    Jager says:

    Sent the Dog video to a friend. He showed it to Rocket, his Border Collie
    Rocket watched it and then hid behind the sofa. Been back there for an hour

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    NotMax says:

    @FlipYrWhig

    Talk about true grit….

    ;)

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    Brachiator says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    I sometimes call this tendency “masturbating with sandpaper.”

    Ha! Harsh, but true.

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    Shana says:

    @Jager: That is so funny. Even if it isn’t true, it should be.

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    Bumper says:

    @jacy: what a huge relief. Congratulations to your son for getting into the school of his choice and to you for winning this fight for him.

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    debbie says:

    That is one intense dog!

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    Singing Truth to Power says:

    I hope everyone saw Gabby the Papillon making her agility run: https://slate.com/culture/2019/02/gabby-andrea-samuels-westminster-agility-tiny-dog.html

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    Jay says:

    @Brachiator:

    Chris Grey explains it better than I can.

    34 days remain on the clock.

    May’s Deal is dead because the Brexit Ultra’s have the votes to kill it.

    Labour’s position is shifting, and if Labour goes all in, there’s enough Tory Remainers to kill Article 50, but this just creates limbo. The EU’s fed up, is already setting policies and procedures for May’s Deal and a Hard Brexit.

    As Brexit is based in racism, resentment, anger, fear and belief in the existence of rainbow skittles farting flying unicorns, both May’s Deal and an Article 50 repeal, feeds these “feelings” and will just harden and entrench Brexiteer’s “positions”. So a new vote or a new election won’t solve anything because the lies, shitthrowing and hysteria will get cranked up to 11, making the origional Leave Campaign look informed and moderate in contrast.

    So, Hard Brexit it is.

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    Original Lee says:

    @jacy: Hurray for you and your kid! Glad things are starting to turn around.

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    Jay says:

    @debbie:

    They’ll have to find a “spokesperson” to push this issue who hasn’t celebrated the Holocaust, Nazi’s, blackface or slavery, to get any traction, hint, there are none,

    As long as the Democrats stay on message and push back against the MSM trolling.

    It’s not gonna get any traction outside of Still Dead Briebart and Stormfront.

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    trnc says:

    Maybe someday they’ll add a synchronized farting event and my dogs can join in.

    With the dogs I used to have, it wasn’t so much being synchronized as it was that they farted so much, there was almost a non-zero chance that they wouldn’t be at the same time.

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    Originsl Lee says:

    @lamh36: It’s been a whil since I was last in London, but this place is nice.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I went to watch a friend’s Border Collie compete in agility, but the breed competing when I walked in was miniature dachshund, which was a total hoot. Those little guys are fast and they were loving the thrill of running the course. When it came time for the Border Collie competition, my friend’s dog Ellie paid intense attention to every other Border Collie’s run. Previously, if it wasn’t a fellow Border Collie, she was not the least bit interested so she knew who her group of competitors was. That breed is often scary smart and that combined with their hyper nature means it’s a dog that requires a lot of work from the owners in order to keep them occupied and not creating “work” for themselves that you’re going to hate. Unfortunately Ellie wants to work so hard that she’s developed some competition injuries so her mom has to keep her working at a much lower level than she wants to work.

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    debbie says:

    @lamh36:

    You’ll love your Mac!

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    Mike in Pasadena says:

    That is one amazing dog! I doubt that the fastest human on the planet could duplicate that performance either for accuracy or speed. I made my significant other come watch the video.

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    Raoul says:

    I live in Ilhan’s district. No way in hell she’s resigning because the Orange menace said to. Nancy Pelosi asked for an apology. Omar gave one that I think was more generous than it even needed to be.

    Case, closed.

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