Saturday Morning Open Thread: Nice Weekend for A Southern Fish Fry

Dan Merica, at CNN:

It was the first time most of the sprawling Democratic field has appeared together on one stage. Clyburn’s grand gathering was short on private moments — or quiet spaces — as the candidates bounced up against each other as the program stretched late into the Columbia night.

By the time host kicked off the speeches, the fish was out of sight and the beating sun was a memory. As the humidity lingered, thousands of onlookers shuffled toward the stage for the candidates they liked — and away when some of the lesser known hopefuls took their turn…

… The evening began in earnest with representatives from 21 campaigns standing in a backroom, Clyburn presiding, trying to hash out the Democratic Party’s most pressing issue: The speaking order.

Beto O’Rourke, lagging in the polls, emerged at the top of this contest. It was the second random draw a week that began with a lottery that decided how the 20 qualifying candidates would line up, and when, during next week’s hotly anticipated debates…

If there was a clear winner on this night, it was Clyburn. The third-ranking House Democrat’s Fish Fry is a long-running rite of election season, but the turnout — of candidates and voters — seemed to exceed even his most optimistic prediction.

Asked if he’d ever planned for the scenes all around him, Clyburn’s couldn’t hide his delight.

“No!,” he said. “I never thought so. But I always hoped!”…

(click on the individual photos in the tweet below)

125 replies
  1. 1
    Mikeindublin says:

    Looks like fun.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    I can’t believe Wilmer showed up after saying the South Carolina primary “distorts reality” and should be moved to the “back of the bus calendar”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: As per Molotov Frappuccino Thrower observation, I think he would have preferred a more northern clime.

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    satby says:

    That last picture is pure Wilmer, isn’t it?

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    Baud says:

    I waited two hours at the Long John Silver’s before I realized I read the invitation wrong.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    On stage, during their individual speeches, all the candidates wore their Jim Clyburn shirts except you know who

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    satby says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: so, he’s sulking because they made him wear the T-shirt for the group picture? And boy, does he look old and frail.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Trump’s newest China tariffs will include a tax on, yes, the Holy Bible

    How can the Bible be printed in China when everyone knows God is an American.

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    Baud says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Patriot Christians will understand.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    It was supposed to rain yesterday morning. It didn’t, which was nice because that allowed me to pick 15 pounds of blueberries. But it did rain yesterday afternoon when it wasn’t supposed to, so I couldn’t do the other things I wanted to get done. Now it’s raining again, contra the forecast. Maybe I will get to mow the grass again sometime in August.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😊😊😊

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    satby says:

    Friend of the blog Valdivia made a good point in Twitter that we need to share far and wide:

    Maybe at some point someone who can gather and sustain media attention will spend every day of a month going to these facilities pushing to enter to see them with media in tow. Maybe one of those famous people who go see refugees all over the world? They’re here now. Go visit.

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: 15 lbs? Wow.
    I think even the guy who comes to mow for me has given up this year. He’s not answering my texts any more.

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning 😊

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning

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    satby says:

    🌞 is coming up. That’s my cue to leave for the market. Have a great day everyone.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: Usually I’ll pick 20 but my back was not having it yesterday. I freeze them for baking. I still have jam I made 2 years ago, otherwise I’d have to go back again.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    From the SC Post and Courier:

    No other candidate drew crowds like Biden, the front-runner popular in the state where he vacations. Glancing across the room it was easy to spot the former vice president because he brought groups of seated diners to their feet to take photos, shake hands and chat.

    Maybe he’s not as horrible as the Broder-Sally-Quinn set portrays him.

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    Baud says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Different point of view from that third tweet.

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    ET says:

    Oh DC this is just so….. A local theater is doing an 11 hour reading of the Muller Report. 11 hours!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:


    By late Friday, thousands had filled Coble Plaza to capacity, and eventually people were turned away the door.

    they served 2.2 tons of fish

    It’s good to see intensity/enthusiasm hasn’t dropped since winning the House.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Cracks me up: Boris Johnson: police called to loud altercation at potential PM’s home

    A neighbour told the Guardian they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”. At one point Symonds could be heard telling Johnson to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.

    The neighbour said that after becoming concerned they knocked on the door but received no response. “I [was] hoping that someone would answer the door and say ‘We’re okay’. I knocked three times and no one came to the door.”

    The neighbour decided to call 999. Two police cars and a van arrived within minutes, shortly after midnight, but left after receiving reassurances from both the individuals in the flat that they were safe.

    When contacted by the Guardian on Friday, police initially said they had no record of a domestic incident at the address. But when given the case number and reference number, as well as identification markings of the vehicles that were called out, police issued a statement saying: “At 00:24hrs on Friday, 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in [south London]. The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour.

    “Police attended and spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well. There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.”

    “Oh, you mean that 1434 Flopsweat Way. Our bad.”

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    Lapassionara says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: So I woke up at 4 with the thunder and lightening. It just never ends.

    Plans underway for a St Louis area meetup, Thursday night. Any interest?

    Good morning, everyone.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    As Bernie’s supporters frequently reminded us in 2016, black people are too dumb to vote the right way.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Lapassionara: It depends on where, when, and how my day goes. Depending on where (and traffic), I am an hour to as much as 2 hours away. My pumpkin hour is 8 pm which means I have to leave the prerequisite 1-2 hrs before that necessary to get home by then. As far as how my day goes, that’s a crap shoot.

    eta I am not optimistic

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    Betty Cracker says:

    If there’s a worse place than Florida to spend the longest day of the year, it’s Columbia, South Carolina.

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    Baud says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I can’t believe Biden said that in his speech. He really is a gaffe machine.

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    Keith P. says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: British white trash…how quaint!

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    Barbara says:

    I think every debate should have an official t-shirt so nobody can focus on what the women were wearing.

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    JPL says:

    @Barbara: They’d write about who wore the t-shirt the best.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Baud: He might have moved into my top 15 list if he was honest enough to say that! My grandma used to drag my sister and me to Columbia every summer to visit her relatives, and we’d say, “Do we have to go? It’s soooooo hot!”

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    Lapassionara says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: where is that BBQ place you mentioned as being the best in the area? I recall it being toward the west.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: BAUD! 2020!

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    @satby: Yup. Plaster your signs on top of everyone else’s. Double win.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Lapassionara: Missouri Hick, just east of Cuba, an hour and a half west of STL, depending on traffic.

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    JPL says:

    I have to mow today, and out of respect for my neighbors, I’m going to wait until after eight. If they are still sleeping in at that late hour tough. It’s suppose to rain later on.

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    Lapassionara says:

    Hmmmm. Sounds like that will be too far for this time, because we are trying to get a group together to meet up with Opiejeane, who will be staying downtown.

    But maybe for lunch sometime.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: You aren’t expecting any dew?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Lapassionara: Yes, I know.

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    Baud says:


    Like I’d be wearing a t-shirt.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: You could always put your trademark wife beater over it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    They say a rat can get thru any hole large enough for his head. The same can not be said for squirrels.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: At this point, I’m more concerned about the high temps and rain. hmm I just checked and they changed the forecast for tomorrow so that’s a possibility.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: That poor thing. I’m amazed when I see bunnies jump through a chain link fence.

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    plato says:

    Boris Johnson “get off my fucking laptop” Carrie Symonds “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.”

    To the surprise of no one the Boris premiership is unravelling before it's begun 🤯— dave M ❄️ 🥕 (@davemacladd) June 21, 2019

    This ratfucker was free loading in his GF’s apartment and then refused to leave?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: I have found that mowing wet grass can be problematic. Good luck, the rain just started up again here.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: So I just went out to see how wet it was, and I’m gonna wait awhile.

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    plato says:

    Suppose if the future prime minister gets locked up for domestic abuse at least it might raise awareness…But seriously, how do such blatantly incompetent and immoral men come to litter the higher echelons of power in society?— Luke & Ryan Hart (@CoCoAwareness) June 21, 2019

    It’s a question people world over ask and yet keep electing these assholes.

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    debbie says:

    The more I hear about Biden and what seems to be his strategy, the less I like him and what he’s doing.

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    debbie says:


    It seems like something O’Keefe et al. would do.

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    debbie says:


    Heh, and I was feeling triumphant because I snagged two pints of black raspberries at the farmer’s market. :/

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    Quinerly says:

    @Lapassionara: Good morning! Glad we caught up by email. Think we have some great options: Schlafly Tap Room (Tom Schlafly, a great Dem, sued by Phyllis et al b/c she didn’t want her name associated with beer), McGurks in Soulard (beautiful beer garden, Irish pub owned by a solid Dem atty, Teddy Kennedy’s favorite bar whenever he was in St. Louis back in the day) Sqwires in Lafayette Square (HH music by some musicians that Ozark happens to know), the eclectic Venice Cafe (see the actual physical bar that Ozark built!) or The Royale (I have a message into them, I think they will have a smallish Dem debate watch party). Poco is lobbying for the new doggie bar in Soulard. Told him that only becomes a possibility if Baud makes his way from the Long John Silver’s to our neighborhood. 😎

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    debbie says:

    sued by Phyllis et al b/c she didn’t want her name associated with beer

    Seriously? She thought she had control over the last name?

    Pity she’s dead; I’d have loved to see every dissolute soul wearing a t-shirt saying, “I’M SHAFLY” a la Spartacus.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: That would make me feel triumphant too. My favorite raspberry memory occurred along some out in the wilds dirt road in Canada when my mother realized that all those little pink dots in the bushes lining the road were wild raspberries whispering “Eat me, eat me…” Not sure how she heard them over the screams of the 4 or 5 or 6 kids in the back of the station wagon.

    Nothing quite like ‘right off the vine and into my mouth.”

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    Quinerly says:

    @Lapassionara: Best barbecue in the city is Bogart’s in my neighborhood. The local Sugar Fire chain is also good. Ozark and my mutual friend does their trademark mosaic work for the interiors. As I have mentioned, she is doing the stone, slate, marble, and pebble mosaic work in my never ending “Salle Roche” AirBnB project in my walk out basement. She did a lot of work at City Museum and if you are ever in the Venice Cafe you can see her mosaic work there. Oops, I digressed from barbecue… I prefer Eastern NC barbecue….Give me PORK !

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    rikyrah says:

    Morning to Poco and the tribe 😎😻

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Quinerly: The Venice would certainly leave an impression on them. They would also be thinking, “Now we understand where OH went wrong.”

    ETA: also need to point out that while I “built” the bar I had nothing to do with the mosaics on it. They gotta blame somebody else for that.

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    Immantize says:

    Hello All. Wish I could join you in St. Looooey this Thursday. So many great possibilities, Q.

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    Quinerly says:

    @debbie: She was Tom’s aunt by marriage. I’ll pull a link for you. Tom started the microbrew craze in St. Louis (I think we are now up to 60 small breweries now) Tom is an atty and was a bit of a heavy hitter in a silk stocking firm. Think he’s mostly retired now. The company also has “The Bottle works” in Maplewood. Also a great place. I didn’t even think about it until now… I might could call them and get one of their small rooms for our own private watch party for the St. Louis Meet up. Good food, great beer.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Immantize: maybe we should have a BJ convention in St Louis… Spend 4-5 days rotating from bar to bar. Ozark can host, I’ll provide consultation on the club and bar scene. “Everybody talks about my drinking, nobody talks about my thirst.” 😈

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    Quinerly says:

    @rikyrah: Tail wags, soft meows, waves back!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Wish I was meeting y’all in St. Louis instead of hosting Trumpster relatives this weekend. Le sigh. It’s not even 9 AM, and I am already looking forward to the giant pitcher of margaritas I plan to serve this evening. It’s entirely possible I will become uncivil while making tacos…

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    BC in Illinois says:

    @Quinerly: @Lapassionara:
    Schlafly Tap Room,
    Venice Cafe,
    The Royale,
    Sugar Fire . . .
    It’s gonna take a while to crawl through all of them.

    ETA: Or what Quinerly said, or the Maplewood Schlafly.
    (The last time I was at the Schlafly Tap Room in the city, was to hear the Ariana String Quartet. Beer and Strings. A great combo.)

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    Immantize says:


    The Ultimate Balloon Juice Meetup of Ultimate Destiny: Blueberries and Beers, 2020!

    But won’t Poco be too busy with Baud on the campaign trail?

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    Immantize says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    I hope they are bringing their own humility.

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    OldDave says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Damn. That’s even further west than Du Kum Inn. Oh well, another name to add to my “places to eat, sometime” list. For those in St. Louis proper, Pappy’s BBQ is good, but busy.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That photo of Bernie sulking to the side and no one being friendly with him is pitch-perfect. Fuck that guy.

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    dnfree says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I live in northwestern Illinois, where we’ve had similar problems with the amount of rain. We were surprised to see our lawn-mowing service show up the other day during a brief interval between rainfall. It was a surprise because the grass was long and our swale was more than soggy, but it seemed to work okay. They are just desperate to get lawns mowed when they can.

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    OldDave says:


    Best barbecue in the city is Bogart’s in my neighborhood.

    … and another one to add to the list. :-)

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @dnfree: Did they pick up all all the donuts of clotted grass that fell out of the mower decks as they were mowing when they finished?

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    MomSense says:

    I love Kamala. That is all.

    Expecting house full of guests from Europe today. Of course I didn’t get all the chores done in advance. So today is busy!

    Is there a name for whatever that gross stuff is that collects between the window sill and the screen? If it weren’t open weather season I would just shit the window and run away.

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    Quinerly says:

    @BC in Illinois: @Lapassionara: I just emailed Lapassionara with some thoughts. Think we are zeroing in. I can put some calls in about our own private watch party per that email. Don’t have as much sway at McGurks as I did back in the day, but now that I think about it has tvs in most of the adjoining rooms. Might can see if they would stick us in one of the rooms with our own TV if we are going the “private” watch party route. Just need to know if we have enough folks staying to justify special treatment. McGurks starts their live Irish weeknight music around 8. We would have to be several rooms over from the stage and the main bar. Those rooms generally aren’t used on week nights.

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    Immantize says:

    I think Bernie should adaptadopt Depeche Mode’s song for his campaign:

    Your own Vermont Jesus
    Someone to hear your prayers
    Someone who cares
    Your own Vermont Jesus
    Someone to hear your prayers
    Someone who’s there (in Vermont)

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    Immantize says:


    I would just shit the window and run away.

    That seems — extreme?

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    Quinerly says:

    @OldDave: plus great name. If in St Louis ever, come spend a day eating and drinking through my Soulard neighborhood. 32 bars and restaurants… Not counting the bike bar that takes you around Soulard while you peddle and drink with others. (The Barcycle)

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    Immantize says:

    @Quinerly: The funniest thing in that article? Baptists don’t drink! Ha!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Quinerly: It was my name first! (or not, really don’t know which came first, the chicken or the egg twice removed)

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    Baptists don’t drink!

    Ahem…. Baptists don’t drink in front of other Baptists. There’s an old joke that goes something like this:

    How much beer does one need to bring for a day of fishing with 2 or more Baptist friends?
    A six pack should do.
    How much beer does one need to bring for a day of fishing with 1 Baptist friend?
    At least a case. Maybe more.

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    BC in Illinois says:

    Starting to realize what next week is looking like . . .
    –Wednesday: watch debate with an Elizabeth Warren group
    –Thursday: BJ pub crawl
    –Friday: see g’daughter’s Theater Camp play
    –Saturday: “The Macklind Mile” and g’son birthday party

    The Macklind Mile, “St Louis’s Fastest Mile,” is a one-mile race, just south of StL’s “Hill” (Italian neighborhood, think Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola). A down-hill run.

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    Immantize says:

    That has been my experience fer sure.

    My resident woodchuck is out mowing the clover. He is no goat, but he does his part even when the grass is wet.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @BC in Illinois: Right past the Drunken Brick Layer House!

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    debbie says:


    O/T, but I’m still considering a cigarette for the first time in decades after reading your DNA post last night.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Ooopps, @Immantize: I have a very good caver friend in Arkansas who is very devout and never drinks and My SAunt Jeanne (pronounced “saint” because she truly was) was a very devout Baptist who never let alcohol in her house (the driveway was OK, which is where my parents parked their camper trailer when visiting and took their cocktail hour), but they are the only 2 that I can come up with.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Baud: Baud has the “interested, but not paying quite enough attention” vote locked up!


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    BC in Illinois says:


    Drunken Brick Layer House!

    Okay, I’ve missed that . . .

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    Immantize says:

    @debbie: Thanks but I just don’t get that kind of speaking not listening. Almost every day I learn stuff here. But for some, well, as my Dad used to tell me (often before I was grounded):
    “We buy you books, we give you books! and still you do not learn.”

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    Another Scott says:

    @satby: Thanks for the pointer. She’s missed around here.


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    Immantize says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: When I was quite young, we lived in a rural part of upstate NY. Our near neighbors were prim Baptists, but boy were they happy, especially the Mister, that a Catholic family with a liquor cabinet lived nearby.

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    Kelly says:

    The Oregon House passed a greenhouse gas cap and trade bill that Gov Brown has promised to sign. Oregon Senate Republicans have hid out or left the state to deny the Democrats a quorum because adding 17 cents a gallon to gas prices for the libs climate change fantasies would collapse the state economy, impinge on their freedom to drive gigantic pickups etc. Quorum denial is an old tactic for minority parties. Sen Brian Boquist took it a step further. If the Gov sends the state police to dragoon him back to the capitol “they better come heavily armed”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @BC in Illinois:On the east side of Macklind, just north of Chippewa, I think at the corner of Lindenwood. It’s hilarious and an absolute work of art. And when one considers the difficulties of laying brick like that, it’s a wonder that they managed to keep their sanity, if they did. I long ago came to the conclusion that he must have been drunk when he signed the contract and tried to chew his arm off the next morning so he could swear it was impossible to be his signature. Either that or he just had the time of his life breaking all the rules he’d been following his entire working life.

    It must be seen to be believed, as it is quite indescribable. Well worth walking a few blocks to see it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immantize: Heh, far more the norm. My Southern Baptist Grandmother always kept a bottle of sourmash in a cabinet, for ‘medicinal’ purposes of course.

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    debbie says:


    It’s almost as if refusing to back down in the face of superior knowledge is the new pastime.

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    Quinerly says:

    @BC in Illinois: @OzarkHillbilly: @Lapassionara: OK, The Royale at Kingshighway and Arsenal (by Tower Grove Park) is having a debate watch party. They are putting together the particulars, will welcome us with open arms and adult beverages. That’s a possibility if people want to stay

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: Now you guys got me curious.

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    BC in Illinois says:

    I think I’ve found it.
    In a Reddit item under “Ugliest House in St Louis.”

    I’ve been by that corner hundreds of times (daughter lives in the area) and never looked at it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @BC in Illinois: That’s it, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I love that house. It is easy to miss If you’re just driving by. I don’t recall exactly when I first spotted it, at least 10+ years ago, but still after I had moved out here, and I found it while walking.

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    Quinerly says:

    @BC in Illinois: @Lapassionara: @OzarkHillbilly: OK, message just received from owner of The Royale welcoming us if we want to attend their debate watch party for our meet up: “Cool. We will have sound on inside and out. I’m reserving tables already. If you are looking for dinner we can reserve a big table for that number. Just let me know if the table plans on dining and if you prefer indoor/outdoor for seating placement. We are going to use a giant projected screen and a couple extra screens throughout the building. It’s usually a vibrant scene.”
    Let me know your thoughts. I think everyone has my email or just get it from a Frontpager.We can do further planning that way. My only hang up is Baud’s running mate is afraid of storms and needs his mommy home if thunderstorms. We are in full Poco freak out right now and his mommy is missing her favorite band this AM at Tower Grove Farmers Market because of it.

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    OldDave says:

    On unusual bricklaying in St. Louis, I found this…

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Quinerly: Unless there is something happening much earlier than the debate, I won’t be there.

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    Ken says:


    Maybe I will get to mow the grass again sometime in August.

    By then you’ll need a machete, or a brush hog.

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    BC in Illinois says:

    @Quinerly: @Lapassionara: @OzarkHillbilly:
    I can go with any time — early for OH, later for the debate —
    (Maybe earlier?)
    I’m going to be away from the computer for most of the day, until tomorrow afternoon. So I’m good with whatever works for the others.

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    debbie says:


    This is the specific post, but there’s a back-and-forth that starts somewhere around the 13th comment.

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    Ruviana says:

    @Immantize: Your nym has lost a syllable! At first I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it!

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    MomSense says:


    God dammit! My thumbs and my trump adjusted auto correct are out to get me!

    The funny thing is that IRL I am considered super reserved and proper. They don’t know my secret is the B-J outlet for my outrage and profanity.

    I’m actually wiping down the baseboards, trim and doors. This is stuff I rarely do since I became a recovering neat freak – or anal repulsive as my good friend used to call me. The dog, in all her long fur glory, is looking at me like you do realize I will undo this 7 1/2 minutes after you finish, right?

    I managed to get my good friend’s lobsterman husband to bring me a bucket full of lobsters at the end of the day tomorrow. I didn’t have to do anything really because the poor guy can’t sell the things anyway. He won’t learn his lesson either. His wife just rolls her eyes at him when he tells her trump knows what he’s doing. I’m amazed this marriage has lasted this long.

    Listening to the SC convention as I clean. Harris got a grand slam with her speech! Honestly it was a thing of beauty. Go watch it if you can!

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    debbie says:


    I didn’t have to do anything really because the poor guy can’t sell the things anyway.

    Has he considered shipping them to land-locked losers?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Ruviana: he’s casual on the weekends

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    opiejeanne says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Not sure where you are, but would you be up for lunch on Wednesday in your area if St Louis is just not working for you? We will be snooping around to the east of Camden County, probably. I need to look at a map.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Quinerly: Thank you for doing this for us, since we know nothing about St Louis other than the botanical gardens.

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    Gillibrand sure likes talking about whiskey!

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    Cacti says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Maybe it soothes her conscience when throwing fellow Dems under the bus.

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    J R in WV says:


    Have a good friend whose former brother-in-law lives next door in a brick house like that. Nothing square, nothing flat, round curves, artistic slants and waves, unique to me when I first saw it. Now there are some large buildings in Columbus OH like that. . . .

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    Quinerly says:

    Dr. John’s memorial is being livestream broadcast at WWOZ. 1 to 3 NOLA (Central) time. There’ll be performances.

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    Quinerly says:

    @opiejeanne: @Lapassionara:
    I just emailed Lapassionara with two links and my final thoughts. She has my email and cell #. They can be shared.

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    J R in WV says:


    My Southern Baptist Grandmother always kept a bottle of sourmash in a cabinet, for ‘medicinal’ purposes of course.

    My Baptist Grandma helped local distillers with anonymous corn purchases back in the 20s and 30s, and her son, my uncle, actually drove the product into town in the years just prior to WW II, when he joined the Army Air Corps. Cousin still has the 1903 model Colt pistol he carried for that chore. It kept him out of the mines, which grandma approved of.

    Later in life she kept a bottle of rum on hand on her doctor’s recommendation, to help her sleep…

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Quinerly: Thank you very much.

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    Quinerly says:

    @opiejeanne: Poco sends tail wags… I have lied to him. He thinks Baud is meeting him to plan strategy, lick babies, and to sniff around at Soulard’s new doggie centric bar… The Dog Haus

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    dopey-o says:

    @Lapassionara: interested in st louis meetup. please post time / location.

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    Quinerly says:

    @dopey-o: I think McGurks in Soulard ended up being the choice. Starting at 5. Hope you can make it.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:


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