Woo doggies.

And the Trump-Kahn fiasco is entering its, what? Fifth day? I think this calls for some terrier racing.

Posted at 12:12 am in Current events |

52 responses to “Woo doggies.”

  1. Sherri said on August 2, 2016 at 2:52 am

    The research supporting flossing is weak: http://www.seattletimes.com/business/medical-benefits-of-dental-floss-unproven/

    Next time your hygienist fusses at you, tell ’em that.

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  2. Sue said on August 2, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Nothing like watching happy dogs to start your day right.
    Now, find the cat:

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  3. alex said on August 2, 2016 at 7:38 am

    In an echo of Sherri’s post at the end of the last thread, it looks like Il Douche is finally having the big meltdown people were anticipating a year ago. He’s also trying to weasel out of the debates without looking like a big coward. I remember when Ross Perot started delaminating in ’92. I guess it’s gonna be like that. Only yuge.

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  4. ROGirl said on August 2, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Trump is going to go down claiming the election is rigged. He’s already spewing that toxic load.

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  5. Suzanne said on August 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Mike Pence & why we in Indiana are so happy he’s gone: http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/Get-the-balance-right-14433248

    Hooray about flossing! I rarely do it because my I-needed-braces-in-my-youth-but-didn’t-get-them teeth are very close together resulting in broken or stuck floss. So, I tend to avoid flossing and now I can avoid guilt about it!

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  6. Claudia said on August 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Love the races. Great way to start a Tuesday. Thanks.

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  7. Julie Robinson said on August 2, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Sherri, whut?!?! I get food caught in my teeth so easily that sometimes I’ve got the floss out twice a day. Next you’ll tell me that brushing my teeth three times a day is bad. Okay, off to eat some sticky candy and wash it down with full-sugar pop!

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  8. beb said on August 2, 2016 at 10:08 am

    First it’s the Fire Marshals being against him, next thing you know he’ll claim that Hillary’s against him.

    Mr. Khan was supposed to get under Trump’s skin and he did that 200%. Trump has slammed to many people and gotten away with it but the Khan’s have such a solemn dignity that nothing Trump says can touch them. Any sane person would have changed the subject and moved on.

    Today we make a mad dash back to Detroit to vote in the primary. Weather looks good but there’s so much construction around Detroit that getting into town can be difficult.

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  9. Bitter Scribe said on August 2, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I can’t believe that flossing doesn’t help oral health. Like Julie, I get big chunks of food stuck in my teeth, and I don’t trust that brushing alone would dislodge them all.

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  10. Dorothy said on August 2, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Oh let’s please change the subject from big chunks of food stuck in teeth if you don’t mind! For some reason that is making me kind of queasy when I read those words.

    I’m auditioning for a play in three weeks. There are just three parts – husband, wife and their son. Husband is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. I’m kind of young for the part (they’re supposed to be married 50 years, and I’m 58), but I’d be willing to dye my hair gray-er than it is. I ordered a copy of the script to read ahead of time – that’s how badly I want this part. (I’ve never done that before.) I ran into a guy I did a show with two years ago who wants to audition for it, too. I mailed him the script after I read it – it would be so great to do this show with him. Fingers crossed!

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  11. adrianne said on August 2, 2016 at 11:08 am

    And the first Republican Congressman to say he absolutely can’t vote for Trump and instead he’s going to vote for Hillary is from the Great Empire State! Richard Hanna of Central New York. Here’s the top of the story from my old colleague in Syracuse, Mark Weiner (no relation to Anthony):

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a three-term Republican, said Tuesday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”

    Hanna becomes the first Republican member of Congress to publicly declare he will vote for Clinton in November.

    Other GOP members of Congress have refused to endorse Trump, but until now none had promised to vote for his Democratic opponent.

    Hanna announced his decision Tuesday morning in an op-ed and interview exclusive to Syracuse.com. The retiring congressman previously said he could never support Trump, but he had stopped short of backing Clinton.

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  12. basset said on August 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    For those of us who remember the Yugo;


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  13. Dexter said on August 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I can deal with chunks-in-teeth talk, but last spring’s Ted Cruz tonsil stone discussions skeeved me badly.
    What IS that?
    “A booger.”
    “A hunk of wet white snot?”

    No…it was a smelly disgusting tonsil stone, an indication of rotting tonsil flesh, or worse.
    Here’s a grab from the ‘nets:
    “When this happens, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to happen most often in people who have chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of tonsillitis.”
    Hah…just when you thought you’d never have to remember that night ever again.

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  14. Jolene said on August 2, 2016 at 11:17 am

    A Twitter user posted this review of one of Trump’s books, published in 1990. The reviewer, Michael Lewis, was remarkably precise in describing the deeply flawed personality we have all seen in the past year. Consider the paragraph below:

    Mr. Trump’s relentless accumulation leads people often to mistake his motive for greed, when what drives the man seems to me to be more a pathological need for control. But control of what? Perhaps there was a time when he wanted to control his business; now he seems merely to want to control the opinion others hold of him. Mr. Trump has come to believe that if he nurtures his fame his business will follow. ”Success,” he writes, ”so often, is just a matter of perception.” That may explain why he goes berserk when a journalist tries to tinker with his image, but it still represents an odd and – it now seems – wrongheaded approach to commerce. The man whose first impulse after he buys a building is to change the facade has become nothing but a facade.

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  15. basset said on August 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

    For thise of us who remember the Yugo:


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  16. brian stouder said on August 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Basset – an interesting article, indeed. Sort of the end of the perpetual Yuoslavian Model T (or Model Tito, if you will)

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  17. alex said on August 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    No wonder the Yugo was so unpopular. It didn’t have Slovenian headlights.

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  18. Peter said on August 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    The Serbian church near my house raffles off a used Yugo every year during their outdoor festival – last year’s Yugo had all of the seats reupholstered in grey duct tape.

    And, I must add, it had a remarkably low amount of body rust!

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  19. brian stouder said on August 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Well, Slovenian headlights appear to be – delightful!

    On one hand, I think it’s unfair to Mrs Trump to be made an object of ridicule.

    On the other hand, she can forthrightly remain above it all, as the fan gently blows her hair (that was an oddly pleasant effect, at the RNC, utilized by the daughter)

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  20. Jolene said on August 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    President Obama, in a press conference with the visiting president of Singapore, is putting the screws to Republicans, saying very explicitly that Trump is unfit to serve as president. Said that what is going on with Trump is not a normal policy disagreement, that he’d, of course, have been disappointed if McCain or Romney had won, but that he respected their knowledge of the world, of constitutional principles, and their basic decency. Said, “There comes a time when you can’t go on saying ‘I object strongly to what he says,’ but go on supporting him.”

    Great to hear him speaking so forthrightly, but I fear that his doing so will make it harder for Republicans to defect.

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  21. basset said on August 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I have just added “Slovenian headlights” to my vocabulary.

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  22. Deborah said on August 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    After looking at those Slovenian headlights, there’s no way she didn’t have a boob job or two along the way. It’s obvious. She does have a nice body though.

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  23. Sherri said on August 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Given that the pictures of Melania appeared in the New York Post, I’m assuming that was a rather desperate attempt by Rupert Murdoch to draw attention away from his candidate’s continuing fight with the Khans and fire marshals.

    It didn’t work very well.

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  24. Sherri said on August 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) announces he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. He was already NeverTrump, but still, bravo, Rep. Hanna!


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  25. Bitter Scribe said on August 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Jolene, thanks for linking to that review by Michael Lewis of one of Trump’s books. A great vivisection, by someone who is exquisitely well qualified to perform it.

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  26. susan said on August 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Rep. Hanna is so brave to come out for Hillary because he’s retiring. He has nothing to lose.

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  27. Jolene said on August 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Here is a link to President Obama’s press conference with Prime Minister* Lee of Singapore.

    Very much worth your time if you can spare it, both for Obama’s denunciation of Trump and for the remarks of both Obama and the PM on TPP. The TV talkers are dumbfounded because Obama’s remarks about Trump were so blunt. Both were eloquent on why the TPP is important economically, on the interrelationship of trade and security issues, and on what it will mean to other leaders who have taken political risks to create this agreement if it is turned down.

    *l said president above, but Lee is a prime minister.

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  28. Scout said on August 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I have spent more time on Twitter this election season than the entire however-many-years I’ve had an account combined. It is endlessly entertaining; the best at it have elevated the 140 characters thing to an art form. My other appreciation for Twitter is that it has given Grump the platform to shoot himself endlessly in the foot. It’s amazing he has any teeth left.

    This tweet by John Rogers: “Trump’s superpower to turn a one day story into a week-long story because he can never just say normal human things is impressive”. Uh huh.

    And in the spirit of woo-doggies, have you brushed your meerkat today? https://www.facebook.com/BrevardZoo/videos/10154435700109216/

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  29. LAMary said on August 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    You really have to wonder why Trump didn’t just abandon the stupid Khan stuff. If he decides maybe it’s not going to be so much fun running for president any more, and he bails, what do the Republicans do?
    I don’t like this election. I have started ignoring Facebook postings by Bernie or bust people I know and I’m so disappointed by the stuff they are posting.

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  30. Scout said on August 2, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Ouch. This burn is a five alarm. Not that his idiot followers can read…


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  31. FDChief said on August 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Here’s the thing, Nance: Trump isn’t uniquely awful because he’s Trump. Yes, he’s a blabbermouthed, narcissistic, thin-skinned, moronic meathead. But…the awful thing is that, aside from that, he’s a Republican.

    That is to say, he’s against civil rights, women not being property, equal prosperity at home and an absence of punitive violence abroad. His “positions” (those that aren’t utter nonsense, like the shitgibbonesque “border wall”) are bog-standard GOP positions, which is to say utterly Gilded Age punching-down punishment of anyone not in the two-yacht family.

    So I have no new outrage about Trump that isn’t tempered by my overall loathing of the renegade madness of the bizarre mashup of economic royalism and theocratic triumphalism that is the current GOP. I can watch the latest metastsization of the brain-cancer that has destroyed the higher functions of the GOP since Reagan conned it into submission and Gingrich fed it the monkey brains with the ruminative calm of an arsonist contemplating where to place the accelerant so as to ensure that the shitheap of a madhouse goes up quickly and thoroughly enough to roast as mano of the vile coterie of malicious gibbering loons inside as possible.

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  32. FDChief said on August 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    “mano” = many. Guh.

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  33. brian stouder said on August 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    FDChief – well said; and Scout’s Newsweek article was good stuff.

    We’re stuck with this race, and when I complain (and I will!) – please remind me to go to hell.

    Afterall – what if this was 1968, and you have Richard Nixon, on the one hand, and RFK on the other….right up until you don’t have RFK anymore, and it’s HHH.


    As long as the dedicated women and men of the various agencies (Secret Service, FBI, etc) keep everyone safe, I’m happy as a pig in mud

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  34. brian stouder said on August 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    By the way – the heading of nance’s post rattled around in my brain today, and THEN it hit me!!

    Jed Clampett!!


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  35. brian stouder said on August 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    breaking news –


    the lead:

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is refusing to back House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in his upcoming primary election, saying in an interview Tuesday that he is “not quite there yet” in endorsing his party’s top-ranking elected official.

    Trump also said he was not supporting Sen. John McCain in his primary in Arizona, and he singled out Sen. Kelly Ayotte as a weak and disloyal leader in New Hampshire, a state whose presidential primary Trump won handily.

    With Ryan’s Wisconsin primary scheduled for next Tuesday, Trump praised the House speaker’s underdog opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign.” Trump said that Ryan has sought his endorsement, but that as of now he is only “giving it very serious consideration.”

    “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country,” Trump said. “We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”

    on one hand, what good is an endorsement, anyway?

    On the other, refusing to endorse (and once again – “punching down”, and burning bridges that he would otherwise need, in the event he is elected) pisses all over his own news-coverage.

    We already know that shit-for-brains Sean Hannity and Oxy-Rush (et al) will instantly shift into conspiracy mode, right after HRC hands the Donald his over-sized head…and this will be another in their supporting case.

    Donald can’t possibly be that stupid, right? (alienating the Speaker of the House, bodes ill for anyone who would be President of the United States)

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  36. Sherri said on August 2, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    If the equivalents of today’s Busters hadn’t turned their noses up at HHH, maybe we could have been spared Nixon.


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  37. Peter said on August 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Brian Stouder you are correct sir!

    I would have said that earlier but I was in the root cellar and the internets is not so good down there.

    Did Nancy think that up while she was in the cement pond?

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  38. Peter said on August 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    A comment on the Wash Po article made my day: “They must be running out of celebration music at Clinton HQ”

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  39. nancy said on August 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I must have had the Beverly Hillbillies on my mind, because the other day Alan and I explained to Kate the key relationships between the B.H., Oliver and Lisa Douglas and the Bradley sisters/mother of “Petticoat Junction.” All three had the same creator (more or less — “Green Acres” is credited to Jay Sommer, but Paul Henning was the granddaddy of them all). Of course, this required that we find the theme songs for all three and play them at the dinner table.

    This all came from an offhand remark one of us made about Kate’s Daisy Duke shorts.

    Basically, all three shows are a variation on a farmer’s daughter joke.

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  40. FDChief said on August 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Brian – I was going to say I was a trifle too young – only 11 in ’68 – but I seem to recall that my parents thought that Hump was a fairly decent guy and couldn’t understand the hating. But, then they;

    1) had been young marrieds in California and still remembered Nixon’s dirty tricks (the infamous pink-paper leaflet among them) in his race against Helen Douglas. He was proud of loathing Nixon long before loathing Nixon was cool. But…

    2) also didn’t think much of the Kennedys, so the whole RFK-as-candidate left them kinda meh.

    What I REALLY remember was their appalled hatred of Wallace and LeMay – “the bigot and the looney”, I remember my father calling them, between Wallace’s open racism and LeMay saying that he’d use nukes to win wars.

    My sister and I set up our Halloween pumpkins in the backyard on election day, dubbed one “Wallace” and the other “LeMay” and pincushioned them with arrows with the old wooden bow my father had made back in the Thirties…

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  41. Sherri said on August 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    The thing about selling your soul is, you never get a good price for it.


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  42. beb said on August 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    We’re back in The D, voted at 5 and were numbers 24 and 25 in our precinct. That does not bode well.

    Trump can not let a challenge lie. When Cruz refused to endorse him at the RNC, Trump went on a tear the next day. He’s spent five days trying to browbeat a man of infinite dignity, He’s going after Paul Ryan for siding with the Khans. He’s going after fire marshals who are only doing their job. The man seems on the verge of mental breakdown.

    Early reports on Rep Hanna’s refusal to vote Trump forgot to mention he’s retiring and so doesn’t have to worry about blowback. It’s easy to take a moral stance when there’s no downside…

    Mind you, daisy dukes come from another TV show (Dukes of Hazzard) that I don’t think was related to the Beverly Hillbillies/Green Acres/Petticoat Junction. (I was especially disappointed that there wasn’t more about petticoats in that show.)

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  43. LAMary said on August 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    You do know you can sing the Green Acres theme song words to the tune of “A Day in the Life.”

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  44. alex said on August 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Ellie Mae was rockin’ the Daisy Dukes before they were known as Daisy Dukes.

    Some Farmer’s Daughter fun.

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  45. nancy said on August 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    You’re right, beb — Daisy Duke was a Dukes of Hazzard character. But Daisy Mae Yokum wore those shorts, too. Confused, I am.

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  46. Dave said on August 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Now, my head is trying to set “Green Acres” to “A Day in the Life”.

    We watched BEST OF ENEMIES on Netflix the other evening, the story of William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal, and the 1968 convention debates they had on ABC. One of the people who showed up briefly in the documentary was Al Capp, Daisy Mae Yokum’s creator. I hadn’t thought of Al Capp or Lil’ Abner in forever and also was surprised to see that Al Capp didn’t look like an old man in 1968. Somehow, I think of people like that as always being old. Uh, kind of like I am now.

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  47. TheGardenFairy said on August 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    On the flossing thread — NPR has a piece this evening that includes a dentist making the case that studies on effectiveness are short-term, but gum disease takes years to take hold. I’ll take a water-irrigator over floss any day (though admit to loving all the design & tech changes in floss over the decades… geeky…)

    On the Slovenian headlamp front — In this short piece, The Advocate shines light on the use of homophobia and anti-feminist baiting in political attack — http://www.advocate.com/media/2016/8/01/melania-trump-latest-victim-homophobia-politics

    Returned to lurking here a couple weeks ago. It’s been 6 or 8 years since the last stint — what a relief to find that Midwestern common sense still prevails. 😉

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  48. Julie Robinson said on August 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Me too, Dave, can’t quite fit it in.

    I’m just old enough to remember the 68 election and though Nixon was the One in our household, Humphrey said a lot that resonated with me even at 12. He was the politician who started me on the road to being a Democrat. He wasn’t very flashy but he talked about caring for all–the disadvantaged, the elderly, children–those who are vulnerable. He was the anti-Republican and I still admire him deeply.

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  49. Sherri said on August 2, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Meg Whitman is backing Hillary Clinton, with her vote, her money, and her fundraising network. She had been Chris Christie’s fundraising chair this cycle, but when he endorsed Trump, she cut him cold, and hasn’t spoken to him since. She really, really doesn’t like Trump.


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  50. Basset said on August 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I recall reading somewhere, might have been in “Boys on the Bus,” that Humphrey’s solution to campaign fatigue was fifty One-a-Day vitamins and a shot of bourbon.

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  51. brian stouder said on August 2, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I was 7, in 1968, and my mom always loved “Hubie-bird”, as she called him. My dad was a Republican, but he was a huge Kennedy man – and I have no idea who he went for in ’68.

    Another rock-solid belief in our house was: CBS News/Walter Cronkite = truth, period.

    I suppose that was a fairly safe assumption, but thinking a bit further (and given the “Woo doggies” title here), our 3-channel B&W TV always showed us a North Carolina small town (Mayberry) with a marvelous, unarmed white sheriff, and no non-white people at all!

    Indeed, Jed Clampett (spelling) takes the white-folks out of the backhills of Hooterville (or wherever) and plunks the former mudsills (with hearts of gold) into Beverly Hills – and again, if there’s any non-white folks anywhere, I don’t remember them.

    So the world I grew up was the same place (more or less) as it is now, but our TV was pretty much non-stop untruths, punctuated by the occasional – jarring! – bit of actual reality (Morley Safer in Vietnam, or Dan Rather on the convention floor, getting punched, or post-MLK assasination riots).

    By way of saying, yes – Trump’s rise is jarring, but not terribly new.

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  52. Jenine said on August 3, 2016 at 9:31 am

    @FDChief: thanks for the image of your pumpkins shot full of arrows!

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