Sorry, Oliver.

Man on Dog and Dog on Car are staying in, but Sunglasses on Dog is going home…

Michele Bachmann yesterday:

As Iowans begin the process of caucusing tonight, I am confident that our message of consistent conservatism will resound across all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Iowans, this is our chance to take our country back. Let’s get started.

Michele Bachmann today suspending her campaign:

Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside. I have no regrets. None whatsoever. We never compromised our principles. … While a congresswoman by title, a politician I never have been, or will I ever hope to be.

There may be a hint of regret there, seeing as she also noted that:

I didn’t tell you what the polls said you wanted to hear.

Never mind, Michele – at least your little dog got some darling accessories out of the trip. Don’t let the door hit you on the crazy on your way out.

H/t to commenter JGabriel for the “Dog” meme, which will (I suspect) be entertaining us all (and Josh Marshall) for weeks, and to suzanne, who got there first with “Sunglasses on Dog”, damn her.

Open Thread: Merry Xmas, Monkeythumbs

From commentor BD in MN:

Guinness is the latest in the BD household menagerie, currently down to one dog; Bruno, and two cats; Guinness and Tigger. All of our dogs have been Humane Society rescues, and all of the cats just sort of found their way to our house. Guinness just showed up meowing at the door early one very cold MN morning. When we went to see what all the commotion was, he walked right in the door, took a look at the pair of 100lb dogs, jumped up and batted Bruno on the nose… We led him to food, water, and litter boxes and he hasn’t left since… After treatment for frostbit paws and an admittedly half-hearted attempt to find his previous owner, he’s been happily sharing space with the rest of the crew for five years now… We only rarely subject him to such trauma as the pics indicate…

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Balloon Juice 2012 Calendar

I just got word from Beth S. that she has completed the Balloon Juice 2012 calendar, and it is now available for purchase. I hope each and every one of you takes a moment to than Beth S. for all the hard work she did putting this together for us, as she picked up where Laura W. left off last year. Also, take a moment to thank Laura W. and Ahab for really getting this started and allowing us to help all those wonderful animals. All three of them have given up a great amount of time to make this possible, and I thank them.

As a reminder, every penny from sales of all Balloon Juice store items and the 2012 Calendar will go to support Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, a truly wonderful charity that helps a ton of needy animals.

BTW- we did something different and have a Where’s Waldo sort of thing going, with a picture of Tunch in every month. Why? Because he said so.

‘Tis the Season of Giving

I was sitting here in the lazyboy, enjoying the solace, and my guilty conscience kicked in. You’ve been begging for pics for days, so I got up and took some:

Speak and Whisper are hiding in the basement, and Rosie is guarding/chewing a chew toy underneath the spare bedroom bed and won’t come out.