Monday Afternoon Open Thread

I’ve done many rotten, inconsiderate things in my life, but I’ve never forced a dog to wear a Halloween costume. Someone made this poor bulldog dress up as Princess Leia:

princess leia bulldog

I did recently make one of my dogs wear a Tim the Enchanter hat, but just for a few seconds to get a picture. I also once put a reindeer antler headband on our late, lamented male boxer to get a picture of him out in the yard, but he shook them off, hiked his leg and pissed on the fake antlers, putting an end to that indignity forever.

But actually purchasing or constructing a Halloween costume for a pet? Nope. Have you? Will you require your pet to dress up this Halloween? Will you dress up yourself?

Open thread.

[H/T: Buzzfeed]

They grow up so fast

Toddlers love key rings, right? Give a baby some keys and she’ll shake them or put them in their mouth or run around the house waving them at the dog. So Dr. Mrs. Dr. F., Jr. gets a hold of mom’s key ring and she does this. The kid is just over one year old.

We are so screwed.


The camera had a dead battery so I took it with my phone.

Monday Morning Open Thread: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

columbus day border guard

(Matt Davies via

Or, if you prefer, you could celebrate another chip in the blockade:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Sunday struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, the latest court decision in a busy week for the issue.

The state of Alaska will begin accepting those applications first thing Monday morning, Phillip Mitchell, with the state Department of Vital Statistics, told The Associated Press in an email. Alaska has a three-day waiting period between between applications and marriage ceremonies.

The late Sunday afternoon decision caught many people off guard. No rallies were immediately planned, but some plaintiffs celebrated over drinks at an Anchorage bar…

Earlier in the week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from several states that were seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage.

The move on Oct. 6 means that gay marriage is now effectively legal in about 30 states. But much of last week was marked by confusion as lower courts and states worked through when weddings can begin.

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in the West overturned marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. On Thursday, West Virginia officials began issuing gay marriage licenses, and Kansas’ most populous county issued a marriage license Friday to a gay couple, believed to be the first such license in the state…

Apart from enjoying the teeth-gnashing word salad from Sarah Palin and/or the Westboro Baptist thugs, what’s on the agenda for a day when Friday the 13th falls on a (holiday for some) Monday?

Sunday Night Open Thread

Back to the grind tomorrow.

Open Thread: Kansas Troubles

From the BoingBoing link:

…”We are now considering entering one final race. All eyes are on the Kansas Senate race. Greg Orman is an Independent — not a Republican, not a Democrat — and he could decide who controls the Senate. He is actively campaigning as a reformer against an entrenched incumbent who has taken millions from special interests.

Should we do this? If we raise $200,000 by Monday at 11:59pm, we will be in a place to firmly say: Yes, we’re in.”

Brian continues, “To me (and I have no inside knowledge of the board’s decisions – I’m just a volunteer at this point) – this seems to be a test of whether or not Mayday PAC supporters think it is worth the risk of devoting resources an independent candidate, albeit one that is slightly ahead in the polls and which FiveThirtyEight gives a ’67 percent chance’ of Orman winning.”…

I’ll admit I’m suspicious of Lessig’s “non-partisan” PAC, because I don’t trust the GOP to be honest about a funding disarmament treaty. (And that’s even about from my reservations about “independent” Greg Orman.) But maybe that’s just me?