We got married in a fever.

Another late night — journalism awards; I won some non-firsts — so just a quick link salad before I get to some real work.

This guy, Jonathan Tilove, was live-tweeting the Alex Jones custody trial, and by live-tweeting I mean pretty much everything:

Alas, the judge got all judgey and banned electronics from the courtroom, but I followed him anyway because she might change her mind.

When the Trump “brand” goes up in flames, the sweetest music from the heart of the conflagration, for me anyway, will be the keening of Princess Ivanka. For many, many reasons, some of which are outlined here.

Finally, where can you find a naked woman riding on the back of a motorcycle? Duh. Jackson, Michigan, of course. I’m convinced it, and not one of the southern ones, is the one Johnny Cash was singing about.

Off to work. Enjoy Thursday.

Posted at 8:14 am in Current events |

84 responses to “We got married in a fever.”

  1. coozledad said on April 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Ivanka is a bimba’s idea of a feminist. She’s silent on her da’s pussygrabbing, and she’s silent on a bunch of old white guys deciding what happens in America’s uteri. She’s a Kapo at best. There’s nothing but moneygrubbing imbeciles in that family. They’re a textbook case of the monstrous effects of thousands of years of Pictish infuckery, coupled with the Slavic oscillation toward bovine obedience.

    One day we’ll be ruled by one of them who’s just wheeled around a golf course in a tub of its own feces, while someone does the actual golfing for it. My prediction is it will be named “Bunka” and have its own line of gold diaper pins.

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  2. 4dbirds said on April 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Not too proud to admit I had to look up keening.

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  3. susan said on April 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

    coozledad, your descriptive writing makes me swoon.

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  4. coozledad said on April 20, 2017 at 9:52 am


    Here I come again now baby
    like a hog in estrus
    Got myself an Alaskan pee-hooker
    and electric guitar Festus.

    You know I’ve been smoking me something
    makes me shit my drawers
    Gonna try and grab me some pussy
    I tell ’em “it’s just s’mores.”

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  5. Andrea said on April 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I swear to god that I cannot wait for the crash and burn of the whole Trump enterprise. And I normally think of myself as a peaceful person who tries to be understanding, but their outright shameless lying, hypocrisy, and self-enrichment are so beyond what is acceptable that I cannot contain myself. I wish horrible things on all of them — every last one of them. I used to think I hated Dick Cheney — and I still do — but this is so much more offensive. I feel helpless with rage.

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  6. brian stouder said on April 20, 2017 at 9:59 am

    4dbirds – me too!

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  7. brian stouder said on April 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Andrea – me too!

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  8. basset said on April 20, 2017 at 10:18 am

    It’s not going to crash, and it’s not going to burn. Far too many people (“real Americans”) think the kind of stuff we’re talking about is entirely appropriate.

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  9. coozledad said on April 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Your president’s fuckbuddy:

    This is what passes for intellect in the woods and vinyl clad shitholes of America. Maybe it’s time for the whole damn fraudulent edifice to come down.

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  10. john (not mccain) said on April 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Donald the IV welcomes you to his birthday celebration.


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  11. Heather said on April 20, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Yeah, I worry that Basset is right. Seems just as likely that tolerance for nonexistent ethics and bald-faced greed at the expense of your own country will reach new heights.

    Ivanka is the apotheosis of “basic”–someone who has molded themselves to match the most mainstream of tastes. Not a quirk (you know, those things that make us interesting and unique) to be seen.

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  12. brian stouder said on April 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    So, when the idea comes up that – hey – presidents really should release their income tax returns, the trumply response now seems to be “we’re not required to. Go pass a law”

    But – we see how well he conforms with the emoluments clause, in the part of the United States Constitution that they wrote with quill pens….so what good would any law that Congress might pass do? As has been said, you can’t throw a dead cat in the trumply cabinet, and not hit a paid foreign agent (or two) – and we DO have laws about – y’know – secret agents and all that!

    The Republican congress accidently (oopsie!!) derailed their own investigation about all the Russian rubles circulating within the trumply rabble. The chances that they’ll demand his taxes are somewhere between absolute zero and infinitesimally small.

    On the other hand, who’d a thunk that Dick Nixon tape-recorded his whole presidency? Betcha there’s a steaming pile of trumply recordings/records/internet trails awaiting discovery…not even counting the crap that the producer of that Apprentice show (for example) has in his vault

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  13. Icarus said on April 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    ” Far too many people (“real Americans”) think the kind of stuff we’re talking about is entirely appropriate.”

    go read the comment section of Right-Wing sites, or look at the Memes they are posting. One of my Right Wing college friends believes that Trumph is the Adult in the room.

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  14. Suzanne said on April 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Even some of the comments on the NYTimes article about O’Reilly are of the “what is the big deal? Women lie all the time” variety. So it isn’t even just the far right sites.

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  15. Scout said on April 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Dumbfest 2017 at the White House last night featured none other than $arah Pee, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. The classiest moment might be the photo of them yukking it up by Hillary Clinton’s FLOTUS portrait. https://twitter.com/Bev_Didier/status/855071585618857984 (Princess I apparently had the good sense to avoid this Hillbilly Hoedown, unlike her ward, the acked up hairball in chief.) Meanwhile this: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/guess-what-south-koreans-are-furious-at-prez-trump

    These are not serious people and WASF.

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  16. coozledad said on April 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Once you begin to understand just how much of the dominant white male culture is closeted, the self-loathing, misogyny and racism aren’t that much of a surprise. Your Nazis, Oath Keepers, MRA’s, Republicans and Civil War reenactors are all part of a vast homobonding network that dare not speak its name.

    Some of them are more obvious than others-Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham. But others, like “Ron” Paul Ryan, have to perform feats of reproduction in order to distract from being “the cocksucker from Planet Gym”. It’s a cult whose mysteries exact a toll on the substance and character of all its members as well as the collateral damage inflicted on people of non occult status- out homosexuals, racial and ethnic minorities, women, the poor, citizens of countries that possess valuable raw materials, and countries that don’t have sufficient nuclear stockpiles to retaliate in kind.

    The single greatest hope for the universe of beings outside this cult, is the genetic subsidence of the class from which the broader membership is drawn. It takes several generations of telomeric erosion to arrive at a Mitch McConnell, Erik Prince, or Jason Chaffetz, but now that we’re there, whenever they manage to procreate, we’ll be looking at a raft of Blake Farentholds, Scott Walkers and Devin Nunes’s. Within another two or three reproductive cycles?

    Goddamn sea-monkeys.

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  17. coozledad said on April 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, and by the way, the motherfuckers are going to take away your healthcare next Wednesday. No CBO score. No preexisting conditions.

    Now tell me these people aren’t raw shit.

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  18. Deborah said on April 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Little Bird is having another round of surgery on May 3rd, in the effort to try to get this all done before she loses coverage. I won’t be there to help her out this time, but she has some wonderful friends lined up to help which makes me feel better.

    As for me 3 Drs have now told me I need surgery, but I’m holding out to hear what my PT says later this afternoon. It will probably be next week if it’s a go, I will call the neurosurgeon in the morning either way. The good news is that the surgery is the least serious of all spinal surgeries, out patient and all of that.

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  19. Judybusy said on April 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Because ya’ll need some Black Girl magic today. Be sure to read the comments in this post by Luvvie Ajayi. I love her.

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  20. brian stouder said on April 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Godspeed, Deborah!

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  21. Scout said on April 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    The best part of the sugar and chemical shitstorm Unicorn frappe by Starbucks is that stuff like this comes out of the woodwork. https://video.vice.com/en_uk/video/unicorns/562612ab9280d39a346edcc0?utm_source=vicefbuk&utm_campaign=global

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  22. Heather said on April 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Deborah, I know someone who had surgery for a herniated disk and it worked out really well–no problems. Still, I would definitely want to avoid it too if possible.

    Word on Twitter is that Chaffetz is not only not going to run for reelection but is going to resign–perhaps because someone has serious dirt on him. https://twitter.com/LauraJSilverman/status/855120880627625985

    Take it with several grains of salt.

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  23. Jakash said on April 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Sorry if this is uncalled for, but Coozledad posted a hilarious link this morning, right before Nancy’s new post went up, including in his comment an on-the-nose reference to Mr. Tea, a classic old SNL bit that I loved. This “Juicero” and the fact that it warranted big-time investment are so appalling, so ridiculous, but so apropos of the current epoch that it’d be a shame for folks to miss it: http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/i-just-love-this-juicero-story-so-much-1794459898

    If everybody saw that and just carried on, well, carry on! ; )

    Sadly, I must join those who fear that the collapse of the Trump brand is not imminent, in a culture filled with people who voted for and still support him.

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  24. Suzanne said on April 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    So that Juicero thing is real?? Someone really invented a machine that squeezed bags of juice? I glanced at it on the earlier post and thought it was fake news. Wow.

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  25. Deborah said on April 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I know, it makes you wonder, doesn’t it Heather. I’m trying not to be a conspiracy theorist but it seems so odd, so out of the norm for a Congressman (and a Republican) to just up and quit, or at least announce he’s possibly quitting early. I figure it will all come out eventually. I wonder where the story will break?

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  26. Sherri said on April 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Suzanne, the Juicero thing is completely real. I read about it when it first got funding.

    Too much money in too few hands chasing unattainable returns. It can’t be sustainable, but what do I know?

    I do know a friend who needed to rent an apartment in Redmond because of a divorce just told me that she was finally able to rent a one bedroom loft for $2400/month. Meanwhile, people who live I. Single family houses they’ve lived in for 20 years are convinced that all the apartments being built in Redmond are sitting empty, and we should stop building.

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  27. Deborah said on April 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, Sherri, a one bedroom in Redmond for $2,400 is pricey even for Chicago standards. We had rented an apartment for Little Bird in Chicago in the building next door to us (one of the Mies buildings on Lake Shore Drive) and it was about $1,750 for a one bedroom. That was 5 years ago when it was that rate, she lived there for about 9 years and the rent went up about $50 each year so that would make it about $2,000 now. My husband’s brother lives in Bellvue, WA and he and his new wife are tearing down their current house (it was his, kind of a ramshackle little cottage) and my husband is designing a new house for them on the same property because they do have a great location on a lake. My Brother-in Law wants to have it built for $150sf and my husband has been having a hard time convincing him that it can’t be done for that. Even if it’s concrete and plywood it can’t be done, and of course they want nice materials with lots of glass and sf. The Seattle area is expensive for sure.

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  28. Sherri said on April 20, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    If your brother-in-law doubles that number, he might be close. If they’re on Lake Washington, the land alone might easily be worth over $1 million, depending on the size of the lot; a large lot would be considerably more than that.

    Redmond has more jobs than people, thanks largely to Microsoft, and the tech companies here are hiring. Puget Sound seems to have become the center of development for cloud software, so all of the companies that do cloud development have substantial presences up here, and growing. Amazon has exploded in growth, Google, Facebook, and Apple have all come up here, and Oracle apparently just opened an office up here somewhere, because they’ve been poaching cloud guys from Microsoft.

    That makes housing affordability challenging, and we have substantial homelessness issues. We’re not the Bay Area, and I don’t think we’ll become the Bay Area, because there is a more proactive, regional approach here. Washington passed an Urban Growth Management Act back in the 90s that restricted sprawl, and forces cities to accept certain growth targets. That doesn’t mean some don’t drag their feet; Redmond did under the previous mayor. But there is a stronger sense of regional cooperation here.

    Nevertheless, we obviously haven’t kept up with the demand for housing.

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  29. Sherri said on April 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Charlie Pierce on the NYTimes and Clinton: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54602/new-york-times-clinton-coverage-book/

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  30. Sherri said on April 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Judybusy, that Serena link was awesome. The only other thing was that Serena won the Australian Open 8 weeks pregnant at 35 years old!

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  31. LAMary said on April 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Connie, do you have relatives in LA? I just found out that there’s a couple in my neighborhood with the same last name as yours. It’s not a very common name.

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  32. Sherri said on April 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    This is a pretty astute analysis of surveillance capitalism.


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  33. beb said on April 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    What the point of putting up a video of the naked bike rider if you’re going to blur the woman?

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  34. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on April 20, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    beb, you almost made bourbon come out my nose.

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  35. Crazycatlady said on April 21, 2017 at 3:53 am

    If I saw a naked woman on a motorcycle I would say “Oh, honey. You’ll catch your death from cold! At least wear a jacket, dear!” (Mom mode talking.)

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  36. Deborah said on April 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Crazy Cat Lady, I had the same thought, about how cold it would be and also if there was an accident she would have some mighty skin abrasion. My husband used to have a large touring BMW motorcycle that I used to ride on the back of, always in full leathers, helmet and boots. If it’s the slightest bit cold, when you’re on a moving motorcycle it’s magnified by a lot. I had a vest that I’d wear under my leather jacket that plugged in to the bike for heat.

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  37. basset said on April 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Reminds me of a campground we passed once which held an annual nude-biker event and called it… “Hooters on Scooters.”

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  38. Connie said on April 21, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Lamary, I don’t have relatives out there. There are about 600 people named Ozinga in the world, about half in this country so running into one is not an everyday thing.

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  39. Connie said on April 21, 2017 at 8:24 am

    My husband has been invited to a nude midnight 5K this summer. It is part of a larger event near Pinckney. I don’t think he plans to go.

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  40. brian stouder said on April 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

    (sounds like the opening sentences of a “what could possibly go wrong?” essay!)

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  41. Julie Robinson said on April 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    How does that even work? The jiggle factor makes it sound painful.

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  42. Connie said on April 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

    That’s pretty much what he thought.

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  43. coozledad said on April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    When a Jeebus spouting righty tells you he’s pro-lfe, it only means he’s racist. There’s no pro life movement. It’s pure white nationalist bullshit.

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  44. coozledad said on April 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Those secret rites for Republicans just get weirder and weirder. I wonder if it was Ron Ryan or John Boehner who popped Chaffetz’ puddin’ cherry.

    Chaffetz: “I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine.

    I wonder if anyone got a gift certificate for washing his guts, and how they could tell which hole to put the hose in.

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  45. coozledad said on April 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Putin’s rubbing his little orange puppet’s nose in his own shit.


    We’re #3! We’re #3!

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  46. Suzanne said on April 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Chaffetz must have been more unnerved than he seemed about that town hall meeting he held a while back that didn’t go well, so get out now and get that fancy lobbyist job while you can.

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  47. Jakash said on April 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    The way of the world seems to be such that, in a Venn diagram containing “people one might like to see naked” and “people who enjoy showing up naked,” the intersection is about the size of a belly button.

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  48. brian stouder said on April 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Well, all I know is that today is my lovely wife’s birthday, and we’ll have a great dinner out this evening, and a pleasant weekend.

    I’m pretty sure neither one of us would be up (so to speak) for a midnight 5K run, let alone without any clothes on

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  49. Deborah said on April 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It looks like Tuesday, the 25th is surgery day for me. I’m relieved that it’s sooner rather than later. I had a scare last night, my right hip started hurting and I was afraid I was exhibiting bilateral sciatica which is more rare and can mean some pretty serious stuff is going on. It went away and I think now that it was just sore from the fact that my gait has changed all around and various muscles and such are being used in ways they’re not used to. I spent about 2 hours googling bilateral sciatica and freaking out. It will be good to get this over with and if it turns out after surgery that my foot drop is indeed permanent, at least I’ll know and can plan my life with that in mind.

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  50. David C. said on April 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I hope all goes well, Deborah.

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  51. brian stouder said on April 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    What David C said!

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  52. Judybusy said on April 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Best wishes on the surgery, Deborah!

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  53. Jolene said on April 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Chaffetz was anticipating an opportunity to have his face on TV as he led one investigation after another of the Clinton administration. The responsibility of being the chair of the government oversight committee in the Trump administration is not as much fun as he expected to be having.

    I think the rational explanation for his departure is the most likely: His position in the House is not working out as he hoped. Washington politicians are unpopular. If he leaves before the 2018 election, he has time to position himself for the 2020 gubernatorial election in Utah, which he has previously expressed interest in doing. Reportedly, he has been buying up the web addresses that would be needed for such a campaign.

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  54. LAMary said on April 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    2400 for an apartment here in LA won’t get you much. My son and his roommate pay that and they live in a pretty crappy apartment. My mortgage and the attached monthly insurance and property tax payment is barely 2k. It’s still hard to get mortgage here so rentals are very expensive.

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  55. Joe K said on April 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I actually ran in a naked 5k at turtle creek resort just north of Coldwater Mich some years back, it was clothing optional, wore sunglasses, and a hat, lots of total nude runners, after a few minutes of being there it wasn’t that big a deal, sorta natural in a way.
    You did want to pay attention to where you sat.
    Still have the t-shirt, kinda strange to give away clothes at a nudist colony though.
    Pilot Joe

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  56. David C. said on April 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I suppose it takes away the chance of chafing, but things bouncing around that ought not bounce around too much would seem to cancel that positive.

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  57. basset said on April 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Looks like the 5k is on June 24 this year, as part of a week of “naked olympics.” Y’all go ahead.

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  58. Sherri said on April 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    The comic itself is only so-so, but read the box of onions: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/04/21/25098499/police-reports-illustrated-two-women-wait-for-cake/

    All the members of the incoming class at Whitman get a box of Walla Walla sweet onions about a month before school starts.

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  59. Sherri said on April 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Attention, Dems: Do Not Fuck With The Women.


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  60. Sherri said on April 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    $9 billion tax break.


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  61. beb said on April 22, 2017 at 6:38 am

    How does Boeing plan to design new airplanes if they plan to fire several thousand engineers? Don’t you need engineers to design airplanes? Sounds like a death-spiral to me

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  62. Suzanne said on April 22, 2017 at 7:09 am

    The Boeing thing. Ugh. Making a company competitive always means cutting expenses which mean the employees. I am beginning to think capitalism is in a death spiral, especially with so many people who seem to think that competition improves everything. Gladiators competed, too, we must all remember.

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  63. coozledad said on April 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

    End stage capitalism is just some old bastard running naked through a park, enjoying the breeze on his nuts.

    Like the man says, all it’s good at is showing its ass.

    Listen. Many features of life in this, the Ham-Fisted Satire Of Late Capitalism Dimension, are stupid. Donald Trump got to be president by holding up the wallet his dad gave him and yelling “I fuck this wallet.” The police will beat the shit out of you for using your flight ticket. Miami Beach is literally dissolving. The only thing this dimension does well is show its ass. We might as well applaud it!

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  64. coozledad said on April 22, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Here’s an idea. Next time we get a Dem in the White House, march through and set all of these old Confederate embarrassments to the country alight. Burn Crackerwood down and let the native Americans have it back. Dixie trash ain’t shit.

    And let’s not have any more racist pink elves at the DOJ.

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  65. Sherri said on April 22, 2017 at 11:38 am

    The Washington legislature agreed on that Boeing tax break in less than a week. The legislature is headed to yet another special session with no signs of any agreement on a plan on how to meet their constitutional obligation to fund basic education in the state.

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  66. Sherri said on April 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Attention, Dems. Do Not Fuck With The Women.

    “This is unprecedented,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, the progressive organization that trains and recruits women to run for political office. During the 2016 cycle, her group spoke with about 900 women interested in running for school board, state legislature or Congress. This year, they’ve heard from more than 11,000 women in all 50 states — with a few dozen seriously considering House races, she said.


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  67. Deborah said on April 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I wasn’t able to make it to the March for Science in Chicago this morning. I made it about halfway there and then realized my foot wasn’t going to cooperate. I hope it made a big splash, beautiful weather for it.

    It looks like Little Bird will be heading to Chicago tomorrow to help out with my surgery recovery etc. It was a last minute thought, it didn’t occur to us until this afternoon. This coming week is about the most important one for my husband’s teaching duties. His students give their final project presentations on Friday and it’s a busy week for him. Since my surgery was unexpected this quick, we were scrambling to try to figure out how to cope. The irony is that about 5 days after she returns to Santa Fe after helping me out, she has surgery herself, and I can’t be there. She will have great friends help her though, I’m so thankful. Crazy.

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  68. Deborah said on April 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Scout or somebody, please get on Photoshop and make an image of Sessions as a pink racist elf. As Coozledad said “And let’s not have any more racist pink elves at the DOJ.”

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  69. Deborah said on April 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    One of the commenters here, Jill, also a Facebook friend, was recently awarded the honor of Citizen of the Year, in Glenview the city where she lives (near Chicago). That’s impressive!

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  70. basset said on April 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Raining hard here in Nashville and has been for awhile, Earth Day observance was cancelled and the river out back is getting near flood stage. 13.68 right now on the nearest gauge to us, forecast high of 19.5 later this evening, minor flood stage is 20 and back when our house got flooded in 2010 the high was 33-something… which is misleading because the gauge is under a highway bridge and the water was running chest deep over the bridge deck.

    Mrs. B and I continue to look for a rescue kitten. Thought we had one lined up today with a local rescue group… $49.99 adoption fee was reasonable but they also require that you enroll in a year-long maintenance program with a vet across the street, all of that added up to $565 and some which was a little too much for us. The local shelter and humane assn. keep saying they’ll have some in a couple of weeks, we’ll see how that goes.

    Big crash of thunder just now. Hmmmmm.

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  71. Joe K said on April 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Over night in Charlevoix Mich,
    Flew some people up from Detroit that just purchased 500 acres behind their house on torch lake, they have declared it a conservation habitat not to be developed, flew them down the torch lake shore line over the water at 500ft so,they could really see what they had purchased, I think that must have cost a few bucks.
    This area is definitely high rent.
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  72. Jolene said on April 22, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Was rainy in DC too, but the March for Science seems to have gone off more or less as planned. Here’s a set of photos from the march), most of which are from D.C., and here’s waPo’s main article about it.

    Sounds like a lot of planning went into it. I think it’s terrific that they included kids with real achievements and big plans. saw some video this AM of the young African American girl who aspires to be an astronaut. She was very sharp and confident and seemed to be having a lot of fun.

    basset, I am astonished that you are having trouble finding a rescue kitten. I thought kittens needing homes were everywhere. A modest contribution to a shelter seems reasonable, but hundreds of dollars for likely unnecessary veterinary care sounds like a racket. Cat owners, does a year of care for a healthy animal cost that much?

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  73. Jill said on April 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Julie, congratulations on your retirement. (I was a couple of days behind reading here.)

    And Deborah, glad to hear the surgery’s scheduled and you’ll be heading in the right direction by this time next week.

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  74. basset said on April 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    No, a year of care for a healthy animal does not cost nearly that much. Mrs. B is a certified vet tech and has been since the late 70s, she kept up her license even after retraining and transitioning to humans so we have a good line on that situation… it is indeed a racket. Would have been well over $600 after we got the cat spayed.

    Lots of rescue cats around but not kittens, the shelters keep telling us “there’ll be some in a couple weeks.”

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  75. Julie Robinson said on April 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you Jill; it’s only been a few days and I already feel so much more relaxed even though it was a super-busy week. And congratulations to you for your award.

    Basset, I wish you could send that rain down to Orlando and vicinity, where they’re in the middle of a drought and having fires. Our kids will be okay but many others aren’t.

    And I’m amazed both at the cost and unavailability of kittens. At the shelter here it’s name your own cost. I’ve been watching online since my mother has decided it’s time for a new cat too, only she’s looking for a senior cat like her. She’s got her name in at the vet and is hoping to rescue a cat that might have gotten put down when its owner died or went to a nursing home. I’m sure we’ll find one soon.

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  76. Sherri said on April 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Tommy Brady and trump have more in common than a love of golf. They don’t like to hand over their own money to their charitable foundations.


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  77. Heather said on April 22, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve adopted three cats from a shelter and I’ve never heard of a vet maintenance program–although kittens can be surprising delicate, so I can see the reasoning here. At the shelter I go to, the Tree House in Chicago, they do ask if you can afford at least $500 in vet costs per year if necessary. And frankly costs can add up quickly, so I think that is a fair question. I just had to take my cat to the vet for a pretty basic urinary tract infection and it ended up costing $500 for two visits–the initial one, which included the exam, a urinalysis, and medication, and then the followup for a urine culture to make sure the infection was gone. I could have skipped the followup, but figured it could have ended costing me more money if the infection came back.

    With my last cat, it ended up costing me about $2500 to eventually find out he had FIV and the most humane thing to do was to put him to sleep. You always think you’re not going to spend a lot, but when your pet is in distress and you don’t know what is wrong, what can you do?

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  78. David C. said on April 23, 2017 at 6:52 am

    When we were looking for our new kitten, we looked at a some of the private cat rescue places. I think child adoption agencies have fewer rules and regulations. One had a vet maintenance, which was around $400. Another had monthly, unannounced home visits for a year. We finally found our guy at the shelter where they only checked with our vet to see if we got our other cats vaccinations. They were OK with us even though we didn’t vaccinate the cat we had recently put to sleep because he had bad autoimmune problems and reacted badly to the shots. I know the private places hearts are in the right place, but their obsessiveness is getting in the way of their goals.

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  79. basset said on April 23, 2017 at 7:04 am

    We did dog rescue for many years and used to make home visits before adopting one out but I had never heard of maintenance plans or unannounced home visits.

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  80. coozledad said on April 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Glenn Thrush and Chris Cilliza understand their job is to get a face full of that Republican ass and keep motorboating until the money comes out. It’s the irreducible function of late American journalism.

    Anything else is people who don’t properly revere the value of money getting between Chris and Glenn and that sweet sweet moneydripping ass.

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  81. coozledad said on April 23, 2017 at 8:43 am


    After the media has exhausted its “sucking off Trump voters” storyline, it can move to the pasty white “Bernie or die” asscrawlers in its self-exculpatory postmortems. They’ll find plenty of the Neofascism they’ve grown so fond of there. They’ll also be able to help sell a few hundred more Juiceros.

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  82. coozledad said on April 23, 2017 at 9:20 am

    One of Jeff Sessions’ “Good people.”


    Republicans are the most likely to assault people in a bathroom or fuck kids. It’s the psychology of authoritarianism.

    But the media will always call them daddy.

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  83. alex said on April 23, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Jill is from Glenview? Two of my best buds grew up in Glenview in the subdivision right behind the Swedenborgian Institute. Both also attended Loyola Academy and became sworn atheists.

    Well, my 89-year-old mother has taken to watching Rachel Maddow and is wildly optimistic that the fourth estate is going to bring Trump down. I don’t have the heart to tell her that she’s watching the liberal equivalent of Fox, but better that I suppose. I have friends who’ve lost their parents to Bill O’Reilly. Maybe now that he’s gone, they’ll get to spend some quality time together again.

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  84. Jill said on April 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I’m likely to know them, Alex. Matthew and Michael by chance?

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