Monday Morning Open Thread: Good Dog, Bad ‘Dogs’…

Vitisak Payalaw and his crew were working on an oil rig 135 miles off the southern coast of Thailand on Friday when they spotted something unexpectedly bobbing in the gentle waves.

It was a dog.

The animal was fighting his way through the moving water, heading for the oil rig. As he approached the structure, Payalaw, an offshore planner for Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, held out a pole after the animal had splashed his way to the platform below the rig’s deck. As a video Payalaw posted to his Facebook account shows, the pup was soaked, shivering and too exhausted to whimper or bark…

Four members of the crew, including Payalaw, spent 15 minutes devising a way to pull the animal up to the rig, eventually slinging a looped rope around the dog’s neck and hoisting it to the deck. The pictures from the offshore planner’s Facebook account show the animal looking sapped after being taken aboard the rig.

According to NPR, the rig workers gave the dog water and pieces of meat. Then, they settled on a name: “Boonrod,” meaning “he has done good karma and that helps him to survive.”

“He looked extremely exhausted and ran out of energy. He didn’t move much,” Payalaw said to CNN. “He was shaking and he couldn’t stand, he had to sit all the time.”

How exactly a dog ended up paddling for his life in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand remains a mystery. According to the Bangkok Post, Boonrod may have jumped or fallen off another vessel in the water…

Payalaw told NPR he plans to adopt Boonrod if the dog is not claimed by an owner.

On the other hand… yeah, I also have the impression that these guys would be less like cybernetic St Bernards, and more like Repo Dogs…

102 replies
  1. 1
    ola azul says:

    Boonrod the glory hound!

    Trying to imagine what Boonrod musta been thinking when they were yarding him outta the water inna noose tho: “Oh great, I swam all that way for *this*.”

    Cheated death, made er back. Well done, Boonrod.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    ola azul says:


    Good morning, rikyrah. Seems like I recall you were in Chicago area? Got friends in no. Mich., where, last I knew, they still had snow. Curious, if you wanna say: Weather broke where you are, or winter still dragging on?

    Boat’s lurching inna gusty wind and lashing rain here.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @rikyrah: Blech.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    What an ordeal for that poor doggy but all’s well that ends well.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @rikyrah: Good Morning!!😃

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    ola azul says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    And considering how Boonrod was hoisted by his neck outta the water:

    All’s well that ascends well.

    (As well.)

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: A rose by any other name would still stink. ;-)

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    Baud says:


    Ooh. You’re doing macros now. Pretty.

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    JeanneT says:

    @ola azul: FWIW I’m in western Mi, lower peninsula. It was 72 degrees here yesterday – the last of the patchy snow melted last week in the rain. The UP had SO MUCH SNOW last winter, I’m sure it’s taking a lot longer to melt. Should make for some amazing waterfall displays this spring and early summer.

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    @OzarkHillbilly: It’s the Marilyn Monroe rose.

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    @Baud: I am doing macro, but that ain’t it. That’s just using my 16-50mm kit lens(it does f/2.8 at 50mm) AND using focus stacking(8 shots).

    ETA: This is Macro.

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    ola azul says:


    Hola. 72? Yowza! Shorts n sandals time!

    There’s a spot up at Taquamenon where you can duck under a cozy intimate pocket behind a small falls (not the big one!), then lay in the sun onna warm rock. Such a wonderful contrast. Reminds me of the little spillway at Leland in the river, ducked behind that for my first kiss at 13. Christine.

    You a morel picker? Had been wondering if those delectable marvels showed yet?

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    @ola azul:
    NW suburbs Chicago: last Sunday a blizzardy thing, 6 inches of wet snow, yesterday they tell me it was 80, and today predicting 76, storms in the evening.
    Gotta love it ☺️

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    raven says:

    @ola azul: I sent it to my buddy down in the Big Easy who has been a oil rig worker for 25 years.

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    raven says:

    @MagdaInBlack: Ah, the Cellar in Arlington Heights!

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    Baud says:


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    ola azul says:


    That famed spring schizo Midwestern weather. ‘Member it snowed once in June.

    Ride the rays while they last.

    Here in SE AK, we hadda fabulous run in March (two solid weeks of cloudless bluebird days!), been paying for it dearly in this, the cruelest month.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    I must be honest, I’m not a native… bred import, 9 years in AH, after a short stay in Naperville, and Melrose Park….and not a wine drinker…..which means you may have mine ☺️

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    Immanentize says:

    @raven: “There wolf” best timely BJ comment referencing a great film ever. I’m still chuckling about it.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    43 degrees this morning at my house, with a high today of 80. WTF?

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    ola azul says:


    He’ll salute his rigfellows, I expect. It’s such a, ahem, buoyant story.

    And here I thought I hadda dog odyssey story when I (eventually) found my old cock in another (adjacent) county. Him and me hadda long talk after that “ooh, look, deer!” boundabout episode. Lonesome two-track, there he is, gimme a goofy look like: “Hey, man! Where ya been? You missed out on all the fun!” Never did it again. Was a wreck till I found him. Was very lucky. (And ever so thankful.)

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    @Steve in the ATL: That’ll learn ya not to keep the freezer door open.

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    Raven says:

    @MagdaInBlack: Ha, 26 years sober over here!

    Despite the fact it was a modest warehouse venue in a northwestern suburb of Chicago, The Cellar attracted national and international Rock acts, such as: The Who,[6][7] The Cream,[8] The Byrds,[9] Buffalo Springfield,[10] The Spencer Davis Group,[11] Three Dog Night, The Steve Miller Band, [12] and the MC5 [13].

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    JPL says:

    @Steve in the ATL: If you didn’t travel so much, you’d understand that is normal for GA. Saturday was particularly nice with drizzle and temps in the forties all day.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    See! Farm kids didnt get to see that good stuff !
    I had no clue 😄

    ETA: 12 years here ☺️

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    Raven says:

    @ola azul: We were at
    Chickamauga one sunrise and the Bodhi took off after a herd of those big rats. We were really lucky to get him back.

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    --bd says:

    Really? No “Oil Wells That End Well”, yet? You people need more coffee.

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    rikyrah says:

    @ola azul:
    Winter has finally broken.
    I think it’s finally safe to put up my Winter coat.

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    ola azul says:



    (Tucks head in shame, shuffles away.)

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    ola azul says:


    Brave woman. Talk of putting away yer winter coat in April suggests you don’t believe in jinxes!

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    Baud says:


    Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, could be planning to move to Africa after the upcoming birth of their first child, according to reports in British newspaper The Sunday Times.

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    Baud says:

    I missed this news over the weekend.

    Rep. Seth Moulton joins the 2020 presidential race

  36. 36
    Baud says:

    Today’s shocker.

    After Democrats Surged In 2018, Republican-Run States Eye New Curbs On Voting

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    ola azul says:


    For fuck’s sake.

    Was hoping, praying (irreligiously true, so no shot) that when I hovered my finger over that link it’d say:

    Seth Moulton surveyed the 2020 scene and sez to himself: What this race needs is one more tiresome dopey white guy. Brilliant.

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    Baud says:

    @ola azul:

    I wonder of he can catch up to Eric Swalwell in the polls.

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    raven says:

    @MagdaInBlack: Well it probably closed in abut 1969 so how would you? The Chicago burbs had a number of “teenage nightclubs” in the 60’s but them hippies ruined it with the Avalon and the Electric Theater!

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    raven says:

    @ola azul: And a jar head.

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    ola azul says:



    My guess is, inspired by Swallwell’s self-defeating Republican reach-around gesture, Moulton will *up* the ante and pledge to fill his *entire* cabinet with Republicans!

    That’ll show the MSM he’s a serious candidate with serious ideas they can take seriously!

    (And he’s gonna cut social security and Medicare, too, dammit! Gotta show the MSM that a Dem knows how to eat his vegetables!)

    Mouton 2020: Kept-Man, Infinite Stupidity!

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    Baud says:

    @ola azul:

    I was reading up on Moulton and completely missed that Tim Ryan is in it too.

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    ola azul says:


    Won’t be long before Moulton and Ryan arm-wrassle to see who gets top billing in their dream ticket.

    I guess it speaks to the death of shame. One woulda thought, after being loudly, irreparably, indivisibly wrong about supporting Nancy Pelosi, I’da been happy if these two Blue Dog clowns just took a notion to keep their heads down and try’n salvage what’s left of their reputations.

    Course, expect they’re “savvy” enough to know there’s a constituency in the MSM that’s like to carry ’em longer’n their mothers, so there’s that.

    Maybe they’re raising their profiles to get a gig on Fox. (Only half-joking, sadly.)

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    Immanentize says:

    They rarely do anything on their own. I think Ryan declared when you were on break. Jerks.

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    raven says:

    @Immanentize: Ha, I wondered if anyone noticed!

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    Baud says:


    Makes me wish I had stayed on break.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: Sadly, I did. Fortunately I was able to forget. But now I have been reminded. Sad. :-(

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    rikyrah says:

    No kidding 😒😒

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    rikyrah says:

    VICE News (@vicenews) Tweeted:
    This is how black @GameOfThrones fans have built their own universe out of Westeros with #DemThrones

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    Baud says:

    @ola azul:

    Agree 100%.

    My paean to bipartisanship is to let every Republican voter know they can vote for me. If not, fuckem.

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    rikyrah says:

    Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) Tweeted:
    Huge lie. Obama deployed retaliatory measures, expelled Russian spies from Maryland and NY, signed additional sanctions, and Obama warned Putin in person to stop– or else. McConnell blocked him from doing more. What have you done to defend the nation, Biff? Hand job for Putin?

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Actually I was replying to my Werewof. . .therewolf comment last night but I was too lazy to go back to Imm’s post so I just answered on that one.

  54. 54
    rikyrah says:

    Denise Oliver-Velez (@Deoliver47) Tweeted:
    Please keep Puerto Rico in your prayers on this #EasterSunday and take action by calling your Senators to demand food and recovery funds for our fellow citizens on the island. It has been 577 days since Puerto Rico had full power. via @NYDNi

  55. 55
    rikyrah says:

    VoteForWomen ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@AnnAnnChe) Tweeted:
    Be honest. If Kamala Harris breached Bernie’s server to steal all his voter data, it would end her campaign. Probably even her career.

    But nobody bat an eye when Bernie did it.

  56. 56
    rikyrah says:

    Tommy (@Tommy_tometich) Tweeted:
    @wesgeorgia951 @docrocktex26 Well in January Ivanka received patents for voting machines and the @GOP Senate blocked $250 million proposed by Democrats to beef up voter security. They’re already hard at work.

  57. 57
    rikyrah says:

    Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) Tweeted:
    Cannabis criminalization disproportionately impacts communities of color. We must finally legalize cannabis nationwide and expunge records for those incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses.

  58. 58
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: My bad.

  59. 59
    rikyrah says:

    Sergio Siano (@sianoresist) Tweeted:
    ‘26% of current Bernie Sanders supporters said that they would rather vote for President Donald Trump over Senator Elizabeth Warren, if that were the eventual 2020 matchup.’

    That is pure misogyny.

    If you’d vote for Trump – YOU. ARE. NOT. A. DEMOCRAT.

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    rikyrah says:


    “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) Tweeted:
    If you lose by 4 million votes nothing is rigged, you just fucking lost (by a fucking lot)

    Also, it’s 20-fucking-19, come up with new talking points.

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    Baud says:


    To be fair, fifty percent of Sanders supporters would vote for Trump over Sanders.

  62. 62
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Imagine coming to the plate for your first Major League at bat and hitting a home run.

    “Sorry kid, it’s all down hill from here.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) Tweeted:
    Notes on the Mueller Report, Update #4: Russian Government Links to and Contacts with the Trump Campaign
    Wherein I reflect on what all those contacts between the Russians and Trump world mean and moralistically find a profound failure of patriotism.

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    Baud says:

    There was some kid who hit a game slam for the Red Sox in his first at bat. Had a chance for a second grand slam in his next at bat but struck out.

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    SFAW says:


    Well in January Ivanka received patents for voting machines

    WTF? Is that from The Onion? I can’t tell if that guy is joking, or there was some under-the-radar BS regarding the Traitorette and voting machines.

    No, I’m not going to Goggle it.

    ETA: OK, I lied, I did Goggle it. Trademarks? For voting machines in China? WTF? I will be SO happy when they all have cells next to each other at Alcatraz.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @rikyrah: 26%? That is not an accident.

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: How would you have known?

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    rikyrah says:


    Andrew Goss ✊USAF✊ (@Goss30Goss) Tweeted:
    I just need to say this once.

    Ken Starr can take his opinion & go fuck himself.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: From the highest highs to the most humbling of humbles, that’s baseball for you.

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    rikyrah says:


    Talking Points Memo (@TPM) Tweeted:
    Rep. Seth Moulton enters 2020 race: “I’m running because I’m a patriot”

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    Baud says:


    That certainly distinguishes him from Trump.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: I guess I couldn’t have. I thought I had neglected to click the link to Imm and had just assumed you were talking about Moulton/Ryan.

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    Immanentize says:


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    burnspbesq says:

    You never know. Moms has a photo of bringing me home from the hospital with several inches of snow on the ground (in Albany, NY).

    My birthday is three weeks from tomorrow.

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    Immanentize says:

    I’m not trying to be doltish, or cause a rumble, but today I think our ticket might well be Biden/Harris.

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    Baud says:


    Biden has an advantage in the sheer number of people essentially chasing him.

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    rikyrah says:

    Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) Tweeted:
    Actually my mom and dad both passing has reminded me: be bold, accomplish the sh*t you set out to accomplish. Fear no man. And if you have a platform and you’re in a position to speak up: do it. You’ll have some occasional bruising, but you won’t die a coward. Happy Monday!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    CNN will have 5 back-to-back town halls tonight

    7PM Klobuchar
    8PM Warren
    9PM Rat fucker Wilmer
    10PM Harris
    11PM Mayor Pete

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    raven says:

    @raven: ACK Aragon not Avalon!!!!!

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    Baud says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    I would occasionally see our friend efgoldman comment on LGM and he would refer to Bernie as Wilmer. I’m sure that confused a number of commenters over there.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immanentize: DEMs FIGHTIN’ WORDS!!!

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    raven says:

    @MagdaInBlack: Actually Mellencamp’s “Cherry Bomb” is about a teen night club complete with film!

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    Immanentize says:

    I understand he has had trouble getting backers. I was hoping that would suppress his desire to run…

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    Immanentize says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I see you have been on this site before….

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Rocky Mountain Mike
    On TCM, watching the Last Supper scene in “King Of Kings”, the part where Jesus says “This is the end of my Kingdom. I’m fucked”


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    Baud says:


    Me too, but he has the highest poll numbers without even trying.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immanentize: Just a few times and only in the AM when all the commenters are unfailingly polite and considerate of other people’s feelings.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @rikyrah: Ken Starr can also fuck himself with everything else under the sun, including his opinion.

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    @Baud: My prediction: When he declares, he’ll have a moment and then his numbers will start to slide. He’s sort of like an admired woman. That lasts as long as you’re not ambitious.

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    JPL says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a Harris/Buttigieg ticket because that would mean a Pence/Buttigieg debate. That would be awesome.

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    raven says:

    @JPL: I didn’t last on the Vets for Mayor Pete FB group. Sone dickhead wanted to get all pissy about the 2nd Amendment and Pete’s anti AR 15 comments. I fought it for a bit but when the fucker told me I rude and argumentative I said “good, you stay here and I’ll leave”!

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    JPL says:

    @raven: Life’s to short.

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    Immanentize says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: oh, perhaps you haven’t been here before. 😎

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    rikyrah says:

    There is literally nothing in American history that hasn’t been stained by this country’s racisn😠😠

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    Immanentize says:

    @raven: So this guy didn’t like Buttigieg’s AR 15 position? You would think that on a “Vets for Mayor Pete” site, commenters would kind of expect others to support Mayor Pete’s positions. Or at least not get too personal when people do support his position. The internet is a wonder.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:
    I hope you are right.

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    raven says:

    @Immanentize: It was they typical “there are lots of other weapons with the same functionality but they focus on the scary black rifle” and Pete was pandering on that. The topper was when he said he was giving and equal amount to the NRA and Pete. You can imagine what I said.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    “Impeach Donald Trump” is currently trending world wide

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    satby says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: if the world got to vote on the question he would never have gotten into office to be threatened by impeachment.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Wow, in addition to being more photogenic and more quotable, now my truck is more trending than I too.

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    Procopius says:

    @rikyrah: From 2015????

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    J R in WV says:


    Dude: “…rude and argumentative…” — that’s a barge of honor, heh. ;-)

    Seriously, you should feel complemented, rude and argumentative indeed! The way to be on Balloon-Juice — rude and argumentative. Raven? Really!?!?

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