Late Evening Open Thread: Cats and Dogs Living Together

We’re overdue for a clean thread, so here’s some cute animal videos.

Also, a Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet. So if you live in those areas, please take appropriate precautions!

Now back to our regularly scheduled cuteness!!!



Someone Needs to Write a Vox Explainer, Kaepernick Edition

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The ability of people to get offended by shit that doesn’t impact their lives in any way is amazing:

Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand for the national anthem as part of a racial protest.

One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it was reduced to ash.

Another, who uploaded a video to Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an ‘ignorant son of a b****.’

He added: ‘People die every single day defending that flag you refuse to stand for and I won’t stand for that.’

‘This jersey was the worst $50 investment I have ever had … you should never play in the NFL again, move to Canada.’

Thousands of football fans also took to Twitter in order to shout down Kaepernick’s protests, accusing him of being unpatriotic, spoiled, and childish.

First things first- “WHO THE FUCK CARES?”

Second, there was already reason enough to burn Kaepernick jerseys before the other day:

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I’m not even going to get into whether or not his statement was right or appropriate, because whop fucking cares?

People don’t die every day defending our freedoms. The vast majority of our military exploits since World War II have been basically military adventurism and over-reactions, and/or attacking the wrong damned country. Our actual constitutional freedoms, with the exception of the 2nd amendment, have been under assault by lawmakers in the defense of the failed war on drugs and protecting Hollywood and software developers, but no foreign agent has been attacking them.

Soldiers and police do die every day defending the law and fighting the war on terror, but that hasn’t defended your freedoms. That’s kept you safe, maybe. The War on Terror itself has been used repeatedly to attack your actual Constitutional freedoms.

So if you want to thank someone for defending your freedoms, along with soldiers and police, thank the ALCU, the SPLC, the Innocence Project, and other folks who are waging a day to day unheralded battle to defend your freedoms.

And if soldiers were dying every day to defend your freedoms, they would be defending Kaepernick’s right to be a dickhead and not stand during the national anthem, for BLM to protest police, and for people and police union’s to say all live matters, and basically everything that someone says or does that pisses you off.

Because freedom means letting people do their own thing, and not sheltering you from things and get hurt feelings from things that offend you. And you know what? If the NFL and the 49ers want to do whatever they can to get rid of Kaepernick, so long as they honor their contractual obligations, fine.

That’s how things work when you are an adult.








Sunday Evening Open Thread: A Man Ahead of His Time

Apart from decrying Millennial Shaming, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?



Walter’s New Home

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An update on our boy:

Good morning! Here’s an update if you want to post it, and a bonus picture. Walter may be in Minnesota, but his support for the Steelers will never waver.

Walter is doing great. He really likes Ellie; laid down next to her at one point and went to town cleaning her ears. He’s been a perfect gentleman to the cats, and they are already acting as if he’s always been here.

He can’t make it up the stairs to my bedroom so I put him in the kitchen for the night with a pet bed. I realized when I woke up that I’d forgotten to remove the garbage can and resigned myself to a mess. Not so! He was a perfect gentleman in that regard too and left it unmolested. No accidents at all. My daughter let him out around 6:00 and he peed, then after I fed him some breakfast he went outside and pooped three times. I was going to put his meds in some cheese, but when one half skittered off the counter as I was splitting it he snarfed it up right off the floor.

He’s such a people person. He cried when Tim left last night, and it broke my heart to leave him alone when I finally crashed. He follows us from room to room; right now he’s sacked out under my feet in the family room. I was concerned at his panting and hoped it was just anxiety based, and am pretty sure that’s the case as he’s finally stretched out on his side and breathing normally.

He is such a good, sweet boy. I can’t imagine how his former owner could have abandoned him to such a horrible ordeal. All he wants is some love, some food, and comfy place to sleep.

John, I know you and your vet have already taken care of everything that needed to be done, but I’m going to try to get him to my vet tomorrow for a once over. That way my vet knows what we’re dealing with.

I want to thank everyone again. Thank you all so much for the donations that allowed Walter to get her, for the emails of support and offers for help, for the comments and encouragement. John, thank you so much for trusting me with Walter’s care going forward. I don’t know when his journey will be over, but I do know it will end here. He is home.

I just got off the phone with Debit, and she is sitting on the couch with two cats and with two pooches on the floor, so it sounds like things are going well. I was surprised to learn that Walter was a Steelers fan- he neglected to tell me that, but Debit says he is!








Sunday Morning Garden Thread: Hot Hot Hot

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From ever-faithful Garden Commentor Marvel:

We’re doing well and getting busier by the day, harvest-wise.

Our run of cool days changed with a vengeance last week (highs over the weekend of 103, 106[!] and 101 followed by a couple of century-marked days this week) so, breaking out an assortment of umbrellas purchased over the years at End-of-Summer Sales, we opened Bistro Gardens. We spent much of our time hosing down the guests.

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We harvested the onions last month and they’ve been drying/curing in the breezeway, getting ready for their off-season stay in the garage. This year a fair number of them bolted (you can thee the hollow flower/seed stalks here) and won’t be suitable for long-term storage. We’ll dice & freeze about half of these and (here comes the yummy part) the rest I’ll cook into quarts of French onion soup (which I’ll freeze). Sometimes garden failures work out OK.

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Yesterday I brought in some of those odd-but-lovely veggies, kohlrabi….. (Kohlrabi????? What the heck do you DO with it?????)

I’m peeling and slicing them mighty fine, saute-ing a few chopped-up leaves, then cooking it all in a pie with bacon, cream and nutty cheese. We may or may not pick the kohlrabi slices out before eating. The orbs’ll last a long time in the crisper, so I’ll probably just chop up some and toss ’em in soups later on.

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The first batch of pears are out of cold storage & done with their photogenic ripening work on the counter (I caught them sitting here with the dramatic late-day sun blazing through the kitchen window)– it’ll be cool enough tomorrow to make some pear bread and maybe I’ll steam a big slug of pear juice (for jelly later on).

No pictures of tomatoes — so far this year, with our very cool Spring & early Summer, the plants are full of green, will-they-never-ripen-? fruit and I don’t know if any will ever get red. I have a swell recipe for a savory green tomato & apple chutney….

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What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?








Mai Tai Early Morning Open Thread

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Have your man place, into a large cocktail shaker, a jigger each of fresh lime juice, Diplomatico aged Venezuelan rum (for the flavour), and British Navy Pusser’s rum (for the kick), along with half a jigger of Cointreau, a heaping half of orgeat and a small spoonful of brown molasses sugar. Have him add tons of ice and shake like buggery. Pour into glasses and serve in the afternoon sun with a selection of snacks and the new Ball Park Music album.

Cheers to Walter, and his new mum Debit, and especially to our blogmaster, Cole – a fine and decent man who makes the world a better place.








Guess Who Made It Home!

Here’s a rare treat for you late night/early morning juicers! The driver and Debit decided to just get everything done tonight so Tim could head out early tomorrow when he woke up, so Deb put on a pot of coffee and I stayed up to get some pictures. So here you go, hot off the presses:

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She said he kept moving a lot, exploring everything, so it was hard to get a good picture. That made me rejoice, because it will be nice reading you all complain about someone else’s photography for a change. Then she sent me this adorable picture, which kind of screwed that all up:

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I dunno if I did a good enough job with my descriptions and pictures of Walter, but this really captures his essence. He’s just a happy boy and sweet old fellow. Like I said, he’s got a little hitch in his giddyup because of the mistreatment and the three bad knees, but he’s chock full of spirit, got a million dollar smile, adorable summer teeth (some are here, some are there), and a real twinkle in his eye. He’s got a life in him for an older dog, and he’s going to make Debit a good companion. The cats are going to be sleeping with the old gentle fellow in no time.

Now y’all control yourselves and give Debit until noon tomorrow to fill you in and don’t raise a fuss in every comment thread. She needs to get some sleep. You know how we olds are when we stay up past our bedtime.