Open Thread: See That Look?

Does this look say:

“I’m sorry I dug up the flower pots.” Nope

“Yes, Yes, I did dig up the flower pots.” Nope

This is her, “I’m mad at you for scolding me” look.

No remorse. YOLO

Open thread

66 replies
  1. 1
    blackcatsrule says:

    TaMara, in a post last night you mentioned that your nurse friend gave you something that calmed you down…were you referring to CBD oil or Bach”s rescue remedy? Thanks!

  2. 2
    piratedan says:

    tried to tell you that those flower pots were too close to the willow but you just didn’t listen, so I had to take matters into my own paws and this is the thanks that I get….

  3. 3
    trollhattan says:

    With apologies to Nancy Sinatra, “These paws are made for diggin’.”

  4. 4
    waysel says:

    Love it! Great Danes are the best.

  5. 5
    NotMax says:

    “Everything on the planet is a toy.”
      – God of Dogs

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Oh Miss Jean Louise.

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    When I scold my cocker spaniels they look at me like, “What’s your problem, dude?” and walk away.

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    raven says:

    @Death Panel Truck: Mine is deaf and blind but she knows when you peel an apple!

  9. 9
    Plato says:

    'If I keep real still they won't see me'— HUMOROUS ANIMALS (@CUTEFUNNYANIMAL) June 12, 2019

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    Martin says:

    There were ghosts in the flower pots. She was protecting you.

  11. 11
    eclare says:

    Those paws!

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    CaseyL says:

    @eclare: I know!

    Is Scout done growing? Because it does NOT seem to me that she’s fully grown into her paws.

    Also: Is it just my computer, or is the post formatting really, um, disorganized?

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    @blackcatsrule: She gave me rescue remedy – which was in my cabinet, I was just not in a place to remember to take it. I did CBD oil every day those two weeks. Don’t know if it helped, but figured it couldn’t hurt.

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    ruemara says:

    I genuinely don’t believe that face could have ever taken part in a criminal act of flower pot vandalism and probably deserves a treat.

  15. 15
    rikyrah says:

    Things are heating up in Hong Kong.

    Police repeatedly fire tear gas on protesters as confrontation turns violent in Hong Kong
    PUBLISHED TUE, JUN 11 2019 10:10 PM EDT

    Large crowds of protesters gathered around the local legislature as lawmakers postponed a debate on a law that’s been condemned by hundreds of thousands in the city.

    The protesters are vowing to stop a government plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, but the heart of the demonstration is the fight against the city ceding its autonomy to Beijing.

    Police threatened action and later fired tear gas at protesters.

    Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has refused to bow to public pressure, condemned the protests as an “open and organized riot.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Awe….you can’t stay mad for long at that face….. can’t :)

  17. 17
    rikyrah says:

    The Trump Administration added a citizenship question to the census in order to benefit “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites” politically for the next decade.

    Now, @realDonaldTrump is doing everything he can to keep the public from learning the truth.

    — Bridge Project (@BridgeProject21) June 12, 2019

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    rikyrah says:

    A rare Nevada poll from Monmouth: Biden 36, Warren (!) 19, Sanders 13, Buttigieg 7, Harris 6.

    — (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) June 12, 2019

  19. 19
    rikyrah says:

    Among self-described moderates:

    Biden: 47
    Warren: 11
    Sanders: 9

    As in Iowa, the liberal vote is carved up while Biden dominating with moderates.

    This is why some of Kamala’s folks winced at her drift left: there’s more open field in the middle

    — Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 12, 2019

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    Mine is deaf and blind but she knows when you peel an apple!

    Apparently not anosmic, then.

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    tobie says:

    In March, Beto O’Rourke met a trans activist in Detroit who asked him what he was going to do to defend the rights of black trans women. The media was busy at the time laughing at him for standing on tables, but he promised the activist he would reach out to her to talk about crafting a policy. Well, today he released his LGBTQ policy and it ends up that the activist, Jeynce Poindexter, did provide input.

    I’v always found this video of O’Rourke talking to Jeynce moving.

    And the fact that he kept his word is one of the reasons I’m still sticking with him, polls notwithstanding. His policy proposals on immigration, voting rights, climate change and reproductive rights have also been superb IMO.

  22. 22
    Gravenstone says:

    I didn’t realize that they made dogs in urban camouflage pattern. //

  23. 23

    @TomatoQueen: She really fits her moniker. LOL

  24. 24
    blackcatsrule says:

    @TaMara (HFG): OK, thank you! Wine ain’t working anymore, I need to explore alternatives!

  25. 25
    Jeffro says:

    Great presentation this morning by retired admiral Jim Stavridis on cyber threats to the country…now if we only had some actual leadership working to protect us instead of ignoring the threats while they line their pockets/promote white supremacy/both.

    Here’s hoping Democratic President Whomever makes it a major priority to re-educate the country that we already had a cyber 9/11 back in 2016, in the hopes that we don’t have another, far worse one in the near future

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    @blackcatsrule: Depending on what you need, I’m also a big proponent of Sleepy Time Extra – the valerian seems to take my nerves down a notch or two and I feel less “stabby.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Top issues for Nevada Democrats in 2020 race, per Monmouth poll:

    – Health care: 41%
    – Immigration: 19%
    – Climate change: 17%
    – Jobs: 17%
    – Reproductive rights: 15%
    – Beating Trump: 14%

    — MJ Lee (@mj_lee) June 12, 2019

  28. 28
    rikyrah says:

    Well, this is interesting…..hmmmm…
    gotta laugh at them asking for information about the new wife so bluntly in the story.

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Meet Hunter Biden’s new wife! Just weeks after splitting up with his brother Beau’s widow, the vice president’s son secretly marries world-traveling South African activist
    Joe Biden’s son Hunter, 49, married Melissa Cohen, from South Africa, in Los Angeles in mid-May

    Hunter used an instant marriage company to marry Cohen, and the hasty vows hint that Joe and the rest of the Bidens were not in attendance for the big day

    A friend of Cohen said she lives in Los Angeles and the newlyweds met in early in May, having a whirlwind romance and getting matching tattoos

    On Sunday, Jill Biden posted a family photo celebrating Hunter’s daughter Maisy’s graduation from high school but Hunter’s new wife was absent

    In late April, reports surfaced Hunter had called it quits with his late brother Beau’s widow Hallie after two years of dating

    At the beginning of their relationship, Hunter was still married to his then-wife Kathleen, though they had been estranged. That divorce was finalized in 2017

    Do you know Melissa Cohen? Email


    PUBLISHED: 12:44 EDT, 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:51 EDT, 12 June 2019

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    Martin says:

    @rikyrah: The moderate support will die off. Biden is going to get crushed once Warren starts dropping detailed policies into Biden’s ‘I’ll compromise with Republicans’.

    Dems can go left because the GOP has gone so hard right. There’s no moderate position any longer, and most of the Dem field will call that out. McConnell destroyed the Senate long before Trump showed up. McCain went along with it and Biden couldn’t even convince his bud to resist. Biden is only leading because voters don’t want to risk losing in 2020 and they think he’s a sure thing. He’s not, and as soon as the polls begin to show that, his support will collapse.

    I’m all-in on Harris, but I think Warren is our nominee. She’s killing it.

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    Peale says:

    So if Trump sanctions constructions firms working on a LNG pipeline so that Germany is forced to buy our freedom gas or else, I wonder at what point the rest of our trading partners tell us to actually fuck off and start just putting levyies on exports and embargoing goods. Or just confiscating Trump properties and turning them into homeless shelters.

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    blackcatsrule says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Yes, that is another thing that seems to have lost effectiveness for me, along with L-Theanine which worked very well until recently. Want to try any and all alternatives before even considering prescription drugs.

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    @rikyrah: The Daily Mail is one of the world’s worst newspapers.

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    ruemara says:

    @Martin: Yes, because as we know, Americans really gravitate to policy.

    I don’t think we know who Americans will pick.

  34. 34
    trollhattan says:

    WWC host action: France and Norway are having a doozie of a match–zeros at the half.

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    trollhattan says:


    I’m all-in on Harris, but I think Warren is our nominee. She’s killing it.

    Seems about right. We’re still in the silly season with our team of two dozen, but our professor is schooling everybody else on how to run an effective campaign.

  36. 36
    rikyrah says:

    .@RashidaTlaib on fire at census contempt hearing: “Is it really about citizenship? No. it’s about reducing the number of people of color in this country being counted in the census. That’s exactly what it’s about. Because you want to cheat”

    — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 12, 2019

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    trollhattan says:

    Aaaand, France takes 40 seconds to break that scoreless tie.

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    Ruckus says:

    I do believe though that the campaign she is running is for senate majority leader. And personally I think she would be amazing at that. Not that I don’t think she could do a good job in the WH, it just sounds more senatorial to me.

  39. 39
    trollhattan says:

    Don’t you need a lily pond to run for Senate majority leader? :-)

  40. 40
    trollhattan says:

    Norway equalizes! [whoa, a France own-goal]

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    rikyrah says:

    Everyone should watch this @AOC video from today’s census contempt hearing. As she notes the addition of any new census question usually requires 5 years of testing. Trump admin violated every established procedure to add citizenship question

    — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 12, 2019

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    “Oh! Pots of dirt for digging?! You shouldn’t have!” *digdigdigdigdig*

  43. 43
    rikyrah says:

    An Ohio federal judge this morning awarded comedian Dean Obeidallah $4.1m in damages in his libel suit against neo-Nazi Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin. Almost $3m more than Obeidallah was seeking. Doom is nigh for Anglin and DS.

    — Luke O’Brien (@lukeobrien) June 12, 2019

  44. 44
    rikyrah says:

    just in: Parisa Dehghani-Tafti OUSTS Arlington’s prosecutor Theo Stamos.

    She said she was running to “dismantle” mass incarceration. She told me she’ll never seek death penalty nor prosecute pot, that she’d treat “addiction as a medical problem,” & more.

    — Taniel (@Taniel) June 12, 2019

  45. 45
    rikyrah says:

    You NEVER know what you can do that will make a difference in someones life.
    ‘Old Town Road’ spurs boy with nonverbal autism to sing @CNN

    — 🐝 RCMhere (@RCMhere) June 12, 2019

  46. 46
    rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) Tweeted:
    The wheels are totally off now and there are no backstops. The President is wholly above the law. He’s asserting privileges in contexts where none exist.

  47. 47
    Kattails says:

    I am now the proud godmother to robin quadruplets! Must go turn the compost pile every now and again to provide extra worms for the parents. And since they built the nest on the header directly over my shed entrance, (doesn’t have a door per se) I have dutifully moved all my tools outside so I have to disturb them only minimally.
    @TaMara (HFG): @blackcatsrule: Wine still does OK for me and not yet in worrisome quantities, but it would probably be smart to get some Rescue Remedy in. Never heard of Sleepy Time Extra, is that a tea? Maybe with a teensy splash of Jamesons… Also, naps with cats, working self into stupor in the garden, and the screen shot I took of TaMara’s pic of Gabe the day he knocked over the plants. I pull it up off the desktop every now and again, the look just makes me smile. Hope you don’t mind. (And black cats indeed rule, although the torties I’ve had would definitely argue with that.)

  48. 48
    Barbara says:

    @rikyrah: A lot of people were surprised to find that Stamos held pretty regressive views in a number of areas. She joined with Republican prosecutors in the state to publicly oppose the restoration of voting rights to those who had completed their sentences — Virginia having one of the most restrictive policies among states overall. I told her friend of 20 years at an event on Saturday that her public position on that issue was a non-starter. Did she really think her position represented the people who had voted for her in Arlington? It also turns out that she has incredibly restrictive policies for allowing defense counsel to get copies of records. That’s in addition to having supported an independent candidate for the Board (in Arlington, you don’t get elected as a Republican) against Democrats who were running. I think a lot of people just found all of that to be perplexing and offputting. Parisa will have to prove herself, however. I am sure police and others will be more than willing to make her life difficult.

    ETA: It’s also true that some of what Parisa wants to do is really state level stuff, a point Stamos made repeatedly.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    If there’s anything you can do to keep crows away, please do. We lost our little brood of robins to them and I was heartbroken, after watching the mother build the nest and sit on it for many days.

  50. 50

    The House passed their civil-contempt resolution against Barr and Ross, which is super weird because I was told that Democrats were unwilling to fight and their refusal to instantly scream “contempt!” as soon as possible proved that Pelosi was a corrupt incompetent.

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    rikyrah says:

    Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) Tweeted:
    Truly amazing. The GoFundMe Wall was ordered opened by the feds: “a U.S. agency ordered that a gate in the steel fencing be kept open during the day because it blocks access to a U.S.-owned levee road, dam and a historic monument.”

  52. 52

    @zhena gogolia: Well if you need some payback – my crows had a nest and one youngun – and something got it. I was kinda sad, but they stopped eating the duck food after that, so not too sad.

  53. 53
    rikyrah says:

    Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) Tweeted:
    Good news out of New York, where Democrats in the state Senate & Assembly have agreed on a single proposal to pass automatic voter registration, reconciling various proposals into two identical bills, #S6457 & #A8280

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Major Major Major Major: You’ll have TenguPhule along shortly to say, “How are they going to enforce it?” People who have a visceral need to despair will find a way to do so.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Yes she does, perfectly so.

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    Kattails says:

    @zhena gogolia: Oh no, I don’t blame you for being heartbroken, that would be awful. In fact, the robins built quite wisely, as the wood shed has a wide doorway. The roof peak on one end is open and I store some lumber up in this top area, so there’s a second exit point for them, yet the placement of the nest is on a wide framing piece above the door; and the stored lumber above helps hide the whole thing. Out of the elements as well. The only thing it might be susceptible to could be a rodent, weasel or such. But thanks for the considered warning! Hawks can be an issue too. Had one go after my Phoebe fledglings a couple of years ago but couldn’t see what finally happened.
    I had worse luck last year when a thrush built right in front of the house in a dense rose bush, and then two youngsters must have missed the fact of “glass” and slammed into the front windows. I wanted to cry, as I adore thrushes and their beautiful music; didn’t have decals up because it’s never been a problem. I have a white linen curtain up now.

  57. 57
    rikyrah says:

    Ari Berman (@AriBerman) Tweeted:
    Trump’s census cover up:

    1. Lie about reasons for citizenship question

    2. Hide role of GOP gerrymandering guru

    3. Ignore Congressional subpoena

    4. Invoke executive privilege over key docs

    Why House Oversight voted to hold Barr & Ross in contempt

  58. 58
    rikyrah says:

    The GOP needs a voter registration drive in Texas??🤨🤨😒

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    Jay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    They pulled the criminal contempt charges and passed the civil contempt charges only,

    The was part of the negotiations with the DOJ and disBarr, so while the Commitee gets some unredacted documents ( after White Supremacy House Review),

    disBarr get’s a “does not play well with others” in his permanent record.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch,

    Faced with a bevy of precedents establishing that Trump has no legal case whatsoever, Trump’s lawyers appeal instead to a bizarre kind of solidarity between the sitting president and the members of the Supreme Court — protect my corruption, the lawyers write, and you’ll also shield corruption by the justices themselves.

    “Replace ‘President’ with ‘Justices,’” Trump’s lawyer’s write, “and the ruling below would, without question, authorize a congressional subpoena for the Justices’ accounting records — even for many years before they joined the Court.”

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    zhena gogolia says:


    This has made me scrupulously avoid bird-watching. Too rich for my blood.

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    blackcatsrule says:

    @Kattails: .Yes, it is a tea, Celestial Seasons I believe. I love all shades of kitties but currently have two panthers ruling my heart and home, hence the nym.

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    Dan B says:

    @rikyrah: AOC, Tlaib, Katie Porter, and other newbies are breathtaking!

  63. 63
    J R in WV says:

    @Dan B:

    Katie Porter blows me away… Her statements, her questions, so well said, so hard to weasel around her point.

    Plus so unassuming looking, so cute, you can’t expect the cut-throat question from such a pretty young woman. But there it is.

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    seaboogie says:

    @blackcatsrule: Try GABA – a natural brain enzyme that inhibits anxiety…can get it in the natural supplement section of your local pharmacy. My acupuncturist recommended it for me years ago and it helped – should probably go back to it.

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    seaboogie says:

    Tamara – is it possible that Scout saw you digging in the flower pots originally and just thought that she was uniquely qualified to help out on that front? 😉

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    blackcatsrule says:

    @seaboogie: Oh, thank you! Will look into this as well.

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