Early Morning Open Thread: Happy Thought

From the NYTimes, “Technology Leads More Park Visitors Into Trouble“:

… “Because of having that electronic device, people have an expectation that they can do something stupid and be rescued,” said Jackie Skaggs, spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
“Every once in a while we get a call from someone who has gone to the top of a peak, the weather has turned and they are confused about how to get down and they want someone to personally escort them,” Ms. Skaggs said. “The answer is that you are up there for the night.”
The park service itself has put technology to good use in countering the occasional unruliness of visitors. Last summer, several men who thought they had managed to urinate undetected into the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone were surprised to be confronted by rangers shortly after their stunt. It turns out that the park had installed a 24-hour camera so people could experience Old Faithful’s majesty online. Viewers spotted the men in action and called to alert the park.

However little you may be looking forward to the rest of your Monday, there is this consolation: You’re not as much of an idiot as these guys.

Or if you are, at least you don’t have people all over the World Wide Web making fun of your wee-wee.

Open Thread: Cat (Plus) Rescue

From commentor Chris S:

Tara and I have two special rescue kitties with their own distinct personalities and quirks. Here is Aisha, a Siamese (darker), and Amiya, a Balinese (lighter), snuggled up in their favorite spot in the house: our bed after we get out of it in the morning. They’re moderately healthy cats, but both suffer from kitty viruses picked up from their SPCA shelter stay where Tara worked as an outreach coordinator. They’re very well-behaved cats and they don’t care much for human food or get on counters. I could leave a steak sitting on the counter and they don’t care. However, Aisha can smell watermelon and strawberries before you can even take a bite and she loudly demands her tribute. Amiya is the princess and has effectively claimed me as her own. She sleeps next to my head or my feet at night, pouts and cries when I leave for work, and gets very pissy when I’m gone for a few days. To the point where she won’t even acknowledge me for a day or so when I return.
We’ve recently adopted a young brittany spaniel mix from a rescue center and get him on August 23rd. We’re very excited to open our home to another wayward animal that’s just looking for some love.

Speaking of weird dietary quirks, over the past 40 years I have known three cats, in three different states, who would kill — or at least bite your hand — for jelly-donut filling. All three were old-fashioned “Louis Wain” round-faced, plush-coated girls of great beauty and extremely random background. Always wondered if it was an actual genetic glitch or just my pattern-seeking instincts.

Best wishes (keep us posted) on your new soon-to-be-housemate, Chris!

Very Late Night Open Thread

Dinner party was a smashing success. Everyone has finally left, the leftovers are put away, the dogs have all gone potty, and I’m ready for bed, and I just can’t get over how good I have it. It really doesn’t get better than having good family, good friends, and good pets.

And Little Feat still sounds good:

RIP, Richie Hayward.

Open Thread: Rescue Dog

From commentor Michael:

This is Lucy. She is three now. My fiance got her when I went to Iraq. (I am a cat person, nominally, so this was the ultimate outflanking maneuver) Lucy was six months old and 45 pounds then; the shelter estimate she’d grow to be 90. She’s a Boerboel (South African mastiff), probably (some kind of mastiff, certainly). She’s also the sweetest girl in the world, totally content to lie on her back and accept belly rubs virtually all day. A stranger’s just a pettin’ you haven’t cajoled yet.

Looks like Lucy has your number, sir…

Jon Stewart on Park51 and the NRA

Balko describes Jon Stewart in this clip as ‘brilliant’. He writes that Stewart was:

Eloquent, earnest (in a good way), and funny. He even showed some humility, pointing out his own inconsistency, and admitting he was wrong about the NRA-Columbine controversy.

Stewart is so often so good but this really is excellent.

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