Warren throws down the gauntlet, stomps it into the mud, squirts lighter fluid on it, sets it ablaze

Thank you, Elizabeth Warren:

I’m in for $50.

I was just informed that Easter is THIS Sunday rather than next. Fucksake! Guess I’ll be shopping and carving three butter lambs tomorrow. You?

Open thread.

Early Morning Open Thread

Here’s a post because nobody should have to wade into the two preceding threads in search of a insomniac/early riser company. I bailed about a quarter of the way through each, and I usually enjoy sniping that’s not directed at me. Jesus Christ!

Have you noticed the past several days have been especially fraught, politically speaking, remarkable even in a time of galloping craziness? It’s like we’re standing on a rickety-ass bridge over alligator-infested waters, listening to the rebar pop and watching the stress fractures spider out beneath our feet. It’s no surprise folks are a bit tense.

Sometimes looking at fuzzy things can be calming. Here’s a pair of busy limpkin parents:

And here are two of the fuzzy chicks who are keeping them busy:

I think there are five chicks altogether, but it’s hard to get an accurate count because they move fast, darting between cypress knees and taking cover in vegetation. They are guests under my dock, and I welcome my fuzzy overlords.

Dayton, Ohio Dog Rescue Assistance Needed Immediately ASAP Bleg!!!!!

This is Murrey:

From commenter CliosFanBoy:

This little guy needs a home quick! He is in the Dayton, Ohio  area. My cousin told about him. A friend of hers adopted him but decided she can’t keep him as she  lost her old dog too recently. So she is going to return him to the shelter. It’s a kill shelter though and my cousin is frantic to save him. Apparently he’s a sweet little guy and house broken.  Can anyone in the SW Ohio area help? My cousin would take him but her dog is the jealous type.

His name is Murrey. He is about 2, chipped, neutered, well behaved, house broken, smart. Please, if you can’t adopt him can you help us find a rescue group in the area to help.  Thanks.

If you live in the Dayton area, or other areas somewhat near Dayton in Ohio or West Virginia and you think you can help or know of someone who might be able to, please sound off in the comments. CliosFanBoy will be checking in to see what you all come up with to help out this exceptionally good boy.

No pressure!

Open thread!

The 2nd Plague Comes Early This Year: Florida Toad!

ABC News has the details!

A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads.

Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the infested Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood worry toxins secreted by the toads will harm their pets and children.

News stations broadcast images of the small toads clogging pool filters, hopping en masse across driveways and sidewalks, and lurking in landscaped lawns.

Resident Jennifer Quasha told WPBF her family first noticed the toads Friday. She said hundreds of them were in her swimming pool.

Mark Holladay of the pest removal service Toad Busters told WPTV that recent rains coupled with warm temperatures sent the amphibians into a breeding cycle.

Holladay said even more toads are likely to spread throughout South Florida in the coming weeks.

NBC 6 South Florida has the video!

Open thread!

* I know I promised a post on the President’s executive order regarding the Golan Heights for tonight. I got behind working on something and will endeavor to get to it tomorrow.

Florida Cat or What Steve Did During Cole’s Florida Vacation

Who’s a good kitty?

WFLA News Channel 8 take it away!

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A screened-in patio in Florida became the setting for a nature documentary about a squirrel’s tale of survival.

A video, taken by Michelle Kloese at her home in Punta Gorda Sunday morning, shows a bobcat hunting a squirrel on top of her patio.

“Woke up to a bobcat chasing a squirrel on our lanai screen!” Kloese said in a caption for the video, which she shared on Facebook.

Kloese said she watched the squirrel leap off of the screen and onto the ground, then the bobcat followed it up a tree.

She told News Channel 8 the squirrel is still alive and was last seen crawling across her pool cage around 6 p.m. Sunday night.

There is currently no word on the moose that is regularly seen hanging out with the squirrel.

Better hunting next time!

I’m just amazed that the screens over the pool didn’t give way.

Open thread!

(hat tip: TaMara the Food Goddess)