Friday Morning Open Thread


Adam Schiff, in the Washington Post, “An open letter to my Republican colleagues”:

To my Republican colleagues: When the president attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated, you did not speak out. When he attacked the press as the enemy of the people, you again were silent. When he targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn’t like as illegitimate, we heard not a word. And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse.

Many of you have acknowledged your deep misgivings about the president in quiet conversations over the past two years. You have bemoaned his lack of decency, character and integrity. You have deplored his fundamental inability to tell the truth. But for reasons that are all too easy to comprehend, you have chosen to keep your misgivings and your rising alarm private.

That must end. The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out…

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III may soon conclude his investigation and report. Depending on what is in that report and what we find in our own investigations, our nation may face an even greater challenge. While I am alarmed at what we have already seen and found of the president’s conduct and that of his campaign, I continue to reserve judgment about what consequences should flow from our eventual findings. I ask you to do the same.

If we cannot rise to the defense of our democracy now, in the face of a plainly unconstitutional aggrandizement of presidential power, what hope can we have that we will do so with the far greater decisions that could be yet to come?

My over/under on the odds of any Republican taking up Rep. Schiff challenge is ZERO, because Republicans. But I’m sure we’ll get some interestingly baroque explanations as to why all these brave Constitutional conservatives can’t collect even a palmful of courage for this challenge.

Post Grooming Pics

Slightly less floof, no matting, coat feels amazing, plus he smells good and his nether regions have been attended to:

He even made it to the groomer and back without shitting himself and the crate, which trust me, is more traumatic for me than for him. He also got a little tuna for dinner. He’s a very good boy and he is very happy.

Pray For Me I Am Dying

Steve has been sequestered in one of the guest rooms since six am when he woke me up for breakfast. I picked him up and loved on him like I normally do every morning before walking downstairs to feed him, but instead of putting him down and heading downstairs, I carried him into the guest bedroom. We are heading to the groomers this morning, and instead of spending my usual three hours trying to find him and then showing up late, I planned ahead. I even moved his litter box into the spare bedroom last night because I knew he would be in there.

In short, I have an unfed feral bobcat who feels tricked and betrayed locked in my spare bedroom. The low growls have ceased as has the headbutting of the door, so I think he has prepared an ambush. I am going to shower and put on my overalls and gloves and I will get back to you. I hope.

There Will Be Days Like This

This morning:

This evening:

On the plus side, he moved. Tomorrow I hope to get him out of it so I can vacuum the damned thing.

Saturday Night Open Thread- LA Cat Bleg

Any of you fine people in the LA area looking for some feline companionship?

Hi there –
Trying to re-home 2 cats that belonged to our neighbor who died last week. Black-er is Sadie and Orange-er is Kiki. No idea about their vet records but we think they are around or less than 10 years old. Sadie is nicer than KiKi. Can split them up if we have to – he actually took in one of the cats from a neighbor who was evicted a year ago.

Even if anyone knows a rescue that would take them – anything before the manager takes them to the city shelter this weekend.

Thanks for any help –

I am a total dick and was supposed to put this up two days ago but hopegully we can still get Sadie and Kiki.