I’ve Been A Terrible Blog Host

I have been busy in meat space doing people things. Here is a video of Seth’s kittens to make up for my absence:

Also, this has been a great summer for birds. I went to the fern today to take a picture of you all, and the third bird harvest had already been completed and they were gone! Grand total of 11 birbs hatched on the front porch this summer. Not bad.

55 replies
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    Seth says:

    Bonus content: my hair knee and one of the many scratches from the kittens.

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    laura says:

    How many fledged from your beard?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    One of them is shy!

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    Squee. My cat is Zen, she meditates

    ETA: Video needs more light.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Is that White Stripe and Grey Feet tussling? I’m having some trouble putting names to faces.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Seth: You have a non-hair knee? Odd.

    Cats mean scratches. I don’t have them because the entire Toaster household is dreadfully allergic (both parents => WarriorGirl is worse than either of us). But I spend holidays at my SILs with 5 boys, 2 cats and a dog. The scratches are part of the territory.

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    trollhattan says:

    Better than a hair-knee ah.

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    trollhattan says:

    One benefit I love from the puppy-dog transition is the point point (heh) they lose those damn needles and get actual teeth. Once the hands heal it’s all good from there.

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    chris says:

    A fine crop of kittens! This is fun too:

    The petition to rename the stretch of 5th Ave in NY in front of Trump Tower #ObamaAve has gone viral and almost reached its goal. If the street is renamed the new address for Trump Tower will be 725 Barack H. Obama Ave. pic.twitter.com/1ZXQLJePem— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) 17 August 2019

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    Jay says:

    Any Jackals in Portland tonight, be careful.

    The Nazis are drunk, didn’t get the violence they wanted, many are staying in town and will be taking to the streets again after dark.

    To everyone who helped #DefendPDX today, remember people from all over the country spent money on travel and lodging to start violence with anti-racists and antifa. Stay alert! They're not gonna leave peacefully. They want to get their money's worth thru violent actions. ✊🖤❤— Steve Ogden (@Steve_Ogden) August 17, 2019

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    debbie says:


    Filling in for NotMax tonight?

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    debbie says:


    The comments and clips are hilarious!

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    Jay says:

    BTW, the FEC has quietly killed off an investigation into the Russians and the NRA Campaign Finance Violations,

    BREAKING: @FEC's Republicans block all investigation of & enforcement against Russians Torshin & Butina re the NRA & the 2016 presidential election. Result: FEC does nothing to find out the truth behind one of the most blockbuster campaign finance allegations in recent memory. pic.twitter.com/KgrJLJTuZY— Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) August 16, 2019

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    JC, please me send an address to send the spoon.

    That is all.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Can you e-mail him directly? He almost never replies in blog comments. He does reply to e-mails.

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    Baud says:


    725 Barack H. Obama Ave. 

    They should spell out the Hussein.

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    trollhattan says:

    Lack of quals is no barrier!

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    chris says:

    @Baud: Agreed but maybe there’s a signage rule or something?

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    @zhena gogolia:

    He does reply to e-mails.

    Especially when the emails are in all caps, he loves that.

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    @Baud: The local freeway here is named President Barack Obama Highway. They should add the President part.

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    Baud says:


    Yeah, as a sign, the H is better.


    They don’t do that with the FDR so I doubt they’ll make an exception here.

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    Jay says:

    Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left https://t.co/5JO2bYwbl9My memo to GOP: Own it, reverse it and help bring America together. Stop playing with fire simply to divide and conquer.— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) August 17, 2019

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    chris says:

    This is just funny. The Mountain goes car shopping, perhaps for one he can carry with one hand.

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    Baud says:


    Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left 

    Not exactly breaking news.

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    debit says:

    KITTENS! Where is Momma cat?

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    Jay says:


    Documented in writing, not just suspected.

    Hopefully Prosecution Exhibit #21,398.

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    Baud says:


    We left “suspected” many years ago.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I hope Cole posts a photo of your spoon, I’d like to see it.

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    Jay says:

    Guy with thick chicago accent helps coyote pup pic.twitter.com/RJB9sqkrxl— derek (@eedrk) August 15, 2019

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    Dan B says:

    @Jay: Another asprct of The Family is their connection to Russia. It ties the link between high powered pols, mostly GOP, and Russia so the FEC blocking the investigation of laundering Russian money by the NRA makes sense fir several reasons.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Would you take and post a photo of the spoon before you ship it off to John? I’d love to see your work!

    ETA: Or what OhioMom said at #28. GMTA!

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    debit says:

    @Jay: That story has a sad ending. :(

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    R-Jud says:

    I’m at a BBQ near Boston with a bunch of tipsy pet-loving lefties. I just made 11 of them watch the kitten video.

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    Jay says:

    This is a deceptively edited video, but that’s not surprising given that Andy is tweeting it. The more interesting detail is that The Post Millennial — a right-wing Canadian publication — was on the ground in #Portland today…. Rebel Media 2.0? https://t.co/r4HIhGMSbm— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) August 18, 2019

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    Jay says:

    Staying ahead of the propaganda:

    This is John Turano and his daughter, Bianca, the ones Andy Ngo is tweeting about. They’ve been doing this for years. They’re not random bystanders; they’re agitators. pic.twitter.com/uhs2R4gfuY— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) August 17, 2019

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    NotMax says:

    Cross your fingers, toes and anything else crossable. Came inside out of the sweltering heat to wait for first coat of paint on surface-damaged area of landlady’s car’s bumper I prepared for painting earlier today to dry. Figure three light coats ought to do it. Shall decide on whether or not to forego a clear coat over it later on.

    Once again reminded that I suck at spray painting.

  38. 38
    Jay says:


    18’inches, layer until smooth, work your way along, building a coat.

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    satby says:

    @A Ghost To Most: if you don’t hear back send me a message at my shop. No bonus fingers to go with the super long spoon, I hope.

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    SectionH says:

    @Baud: How about Nobel Prize Winner Barack Obama Ave?

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    NotMax says:


    Somehow comforting to know, to the depths of my being, I would make an absolutely terrible grafittoist.

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    SectionH says:

    @NotMax: Thoughts and Prayers, even. No, I shouldn’t snark at all, that’s a serious challenge you’re into. Laki maika’i!

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    Jay says:

    We would like to thank the HEROS of the Team BubbleWrap who protected the fragile fragile egos of the grifter "press." THANK GOODNESS their fragile egos were untouched by milkshakes or harsh words. https://t.co/1kTjgNVFch— (Pop)ular (Mob)ilization (@PopMobPDX) August 17, 2019

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    ruemara says:

    Some excellent kitty content tonight

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    Steeplejack says:


    I am in a barbecue funk. I went to my favorite, very convenient place—only a couple of miles from my house—a few weeks ago and found that it had been sold (owners retired) and renamed. Gave it a go and thought it was nowhere as good. Went back today to confirm. Same: definitely not as good. Maybe not even “good” at all. So now the search begins again.

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    rikyrah says:

    Seth’s 😻😻😻 are adorable 🤗😚😏

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    Jay says:

    Apparently Devin Nunes, scourge of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and special secret emissary of the White House to the Hill, has gotten tired of all those people mocking him for claiming he’s a Tulare County family farmer just because the family dairy farm moved to Iowa some years ago without him, where it’s generally worked by undocumented immigrants, while he himself stayed in California growing fragrant and multi-flowered paranoid fantasies about President Trump and the FBI, so he’s bought himself a spread of acres in his district, well, maybe half an acre:


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    Jay says:


    Bbq aint easey

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    Steeplejack says:


    Inorite. Liberty Barbecue is relatively close, but they’re a bit lah-di-dah. I discovered a fantastic place last December, Shawn’s Smokehouse, but it’s 40 miles west in Warrenton, VA.

    Maybe this will get me going on the hive of Korean barbecue places in nearby Annandale, which I haven’t checked out yet. Not the same, but it’s a good excuse.

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    SWMBO says:

    @debit: Watch the whole video. They cut to Momma and sibling kitten then back to the action.

    ETA. Nevermind. That’s the other kitten in a litter box.

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    evodevo says:

    @Steeplejack: Yes. This. Ever since Corky’s left Lexington ky I have been bereft….

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    Skepticat says:

    Lots of sounds of nature today. Just stepped out on the porch to be greeted with very loud baby bird noises, which made me think of Cole. The purple finches build a nest in the soffit, so I can’t see into it, but they must have hatched a brood very recently–and are the li’l ones ever noisy. Earlier, I heard a lot of frantic splashing; turns out it was caused by two seals tag-teaming a large school of fish. The seals kept popping up with their mouths full of big fish–and big smiles. The fog has cleared, the sun’s out, and it’s warm, probably from the tropical depression spinning up. It’s supposed to stay off the New England coast, as I hope it does so it will avoid snarling up our national championship regatta this coming week.

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