A nut job weekend.

Now that we have yet another news bombshell exploding, seems time for a weekend thread. Anything else to put in there? Well, for Kirk and anyone who’s been a copy editor, there’s this:

“KOs” – I ask you. The woman was literally KO’d, but she’s also in critical condition. It got changed, I’m happy to say.

Crime in my neighborhood:

It’s either this, or contract murder.

Let’s see how the weekend goes, shall we?

Posted at 4:27 pm in Current events |

35 responses to “A nut job weekend.”

  1. coozledad said on May 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Dok Zoom brilliance:

    The black box recording

    Trump: Turn this sonofabitch around.

    Pilot: We can’t sir. She Saudis have already sent the check. Jared cashed it this morning.

    Trump: Give me that goddamn wheel!

    Pilot: It’s not a truck, sir. It’s not even parked!

    Trump: AIIEEEEE! We’re all going to die together.

    Priebus: What about Pence?

    Trump: FUUUUUUUCK.


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  2. brian stouder said on May 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Well, I’d definitely take the soap-dispenser vandal over and above the $2000-plus-an-old-Caddy wife-killer guy!

    I remember being all swept-up in the Sharron Lapp murder, on the (what I considered to be) good end of town (off West Rudisill, in a beautiful brick house) – and was sure it was all some sort of conspiracy, yaddayaddayadda…’Course, I was in my early 20’s, and was a dyed-in-the-wool Republican conservative Reagan guy, too – so there’s that!

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  3. beb said on May 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve been worked up over the death of the 16 year old kid who drank three caffeinated beverages in a two hour period. The writers are making out that the kid was killed by the caffeine but seriously that much caffeine doesn’t kill a person unless they have an underlying condition. Kids drop dead during football practice but news reports never take the position that athletics killed that kid therefore kids should be banned from exercising. They always mention him having an under condition…

    And what’s the deal with the coroner? He mentions the boy had a Mountain Dew, followed by a McDonalds coffee and finally an unnamed “energy drink.” Considering that Mountain Dew probably has 50 milligrams of caffine, coffee typically have 160 milligrams and energy drinks have upwards of 250 milligrams, thus making it the likely trigger for the boy’s death, why was the medical examiner so reticent to name that killing product? Does he own shares in Energy drinks?

    To me this seems like a lousy article mean to shame soda pop.

    Flying concrete in I-696? Is there no freeway safe?

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  4. Brad Bonham said on May 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    @beb — While this is not to say there _wasn’t_ an underlying condition, there’s deep concern among pediatricians over the other stimulants in energy drinks, including, but not limited to, guarana. I have not been following this case, but with kids there’s always the chance they were taking prescription stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall, etc.), legitimately or otherwise. If any one of those things or a combination temporarily undermines the liver’s ability to detoxify the caffeine, then you have a catastrophic outcome. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/127/6/1182.full.pdf

    I haven’t peeked in here @NN.com for a while, but today’s inbox brought two things that made me think y’all. Just for the hopper…

    Fighting plagiarism from Ohio — http://retractionwatch.com/2017/05/19/philosophy-literature-plagiarism-problem/

    Indiana boy studying at Cambridge (not Cambridge City), on Pence — https://benjaminstudebaker.com/2017/05/19/mike-pence-really-could-be-worse-than-trump/

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  5. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Re: that last link — hard not to think the Dem leadership in the House is saying slow down on impeachment, just because they’re coming to grips with what comes next should they make it work. A tough call . . . but politically, you wouldn’t want to give Pence too much time in the office before the next election. Practically, they would like to get Trump out sooner rather than later, but a quick yank would give Pence a chance to play presidential and healer enough to win his own term if he were canny and clever enough (unlike the guy who picked him) to downshift and play more to the center.

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  6. Bitter Scribe said on May 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Two questions about that last item:

    —In what newspaper does a one-sentence squib earn you a credit line?

    —What kind of name is “Ghesquire”?

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  7. alex said on May 19, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    —What kind of name is “Ghesquire”?

    A misspelled one. It’s Ghesquiere and it’s in one of the Grossy Pointies.

    KO’d. Knock outed. Such constructions always bother me. Likewise the medical acronym c/o when it appears as c/o’d for “complained of” or c/o’s for “complains of” or “complaints of.” You’ll often see “c/o’s of” which is redundant. Supremely irritating, I tell you.

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  8. Sherri said on May 20, 2017 at 12:51 am

    I want everyone to know I am not running for mayor of Seattle.

    Twenty-one people are, though: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/open-seattle-mayors-race-draws-a-long-list-of-candidates/

    I’m also not running for city council this time, but all 3 seats have races this year, and 2 of the three have 3 candidates running, including the seat of an incumbent council member. Two years ago, there were 4 seats, 3 incumbents, and only 4 candidates.

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  9. Jakash said on May 20, 2017 at 1:07 am

    I still don’t understand why, if the Russians conspired to elect Dolt 45, they didn’t also conspire to elect Pence. Whether they cared about that at all. Whether Pence knew about it, or not. If the election is tainted, HE’S tainted, too. “canny and clever enough” There are words to describe what Pence has done. Cravenly signing on to be VP to one of the most immoral, almost certainly most incompetent, boobs in U.S. presidential history, while trying to maintain one’s holier-than-thou image for the “Christian” right. Canny and clever aren’t the ones that come to mind. But maybe that’s just me.

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  10. Deborah said on May 20, 2017 at 9:06 am

    In every photo or video of Trump getting on the plane, Melania is trailing behind him by at least 3 or 4 steps. Also, with the blouse she has on with that tight, tight, orange leather (?) skirt makes it look like she had a recent boob job. She had a hard time making the first step up to the helicopter and the plane because her skirt was so snug. I know I shouldn’t be criticizing looks, but those people are so sickening, everything about them makes me disgusted. I feel that way when I see HHS Tom Price, I can’t stand to look at him, he screams “weasel”.

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  11. coozledad said on May 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Republicans always look like they crawled out from under something. Their current top lizard is a GMO cross between a grapefruit and a mole rat. Mitch McConnell is a sweaty vellum sack of chicken fat and piss.

    Actually, they all pretty much pass the “Russians on the reviewing stand at May Day parade” test.

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  12. Sherri said on May 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

    If you haven’t been following this case, Anthony Lewandowski was a self-driving car guy at Google, specifically working on lidar, a sensing mechanism. He’s now at Uber, after a brief stop at his own startup, Waymo, which Uber bought. Google is alleging that Lewandoski stole information from Google to take to Uber.

    Lewandoski has been pleading the Fifth and not answering questions. The judge wants Uber to comply with court orders. Shit is starting to get real here.


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  13. coozledad said on May 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

    We’ve been restricting the voting rights of the wrong subgroup. It’s time to mass incarcerate, intimidate, and disenfranchise dumb white shit:

    There’s precedent for it. Let’s work for it.

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  14. alex said on May 20, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Whooda thunk Bob Woodward would turn into Irv Kupcinet in his twilight years?


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  15. LAMary said on May 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Alex, it drives me crazy. All the acronyms used in healthcare get apostrophes when pluralized it seems. I get emails about RN’s, ICU’s, MRI’s.

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  16. Kirk said on May 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    That headline reminds of heads that say someone was killed in a traffic “mishap.”

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  17. Kirk said on May 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    For some reason, proper use of apostrophes seems to be beyond the comprehension of most Americans. Go down a suburban street and you’ll see signs next to the street number that say “The Smith’s.”

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  18. basset said on May 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Quotation marks as well… so many times we see them used as emphasis.

    Customer Parking Only
    “Violators Will Be Towed”

    and I know some marks are missing there.

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  19. Deborah said on May 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Wouldn’t it be correct if what they meant was the Smith’s house?

    I almost put the Smith’s house within quotation marks but thought better of it.

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  20. Sherri said on May 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Economic anxiety, Troy, NY edition: https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertsamaha/policing-and-race-in-troy-new-york

    Until we stop pretending that fixing the economy will paper over the racism built into every strand of our society, we’ll always be prone to an authoritarian.

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  21. Sherri said on May 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    The Toronto Star will talk to people who aren’t white residents of the Ohio Valley: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/05/20/black-voters-say-theyre-already-losing-under-trump.html

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  22. Jolene said on May 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Wouldn’t it be correct if what they meant was the Smith’s house?

    Usually, a sign on the house would refer to the family, so it should say “The Smiths.” To refer to their house, you say, “the Smiths’ house,” as you need the plural possessive.

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  23. Jakash said on May 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Well, unless a blacksmith lives there alone. ; )

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  24. coozledad said on May 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Seriously, folks. I think it’s time we joined the presnit in suckin’ some wahabbi dick. What say ye, pilot Jimly Joe? Any mild mannered fascists out there?

    We got to have them oils.

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  25. Sherri said on May 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    trump doesn’t care about oil. He likes the Saudis for the same reason he likes Putin and Erdogan and Duterte: they are rich, free to steal from their country, and kill anybody who annoys them. trump can’t believe he got elected president, and he still has all these annoying people around, and not only can’t he kill them, when he fires them, people get all mad about it.

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  26. coozledad said on May 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Sherri: He’s the wet dream of every white supremacist clown who posts out here. They can’t begin to deny it.

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  27. LAMary said on May 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Here’s this.


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  28. coozledad said on May 20, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The Republicans will disavow Trump while they undo the safety net. The creeps out here think that’s smart. They fancy themselves some kind of hardass judges of fiscal morality, even though they’re dumbass white poors.

    I would like to deny them the services they want to deny others, but that’s the nutshell of their policy. It’s the legislation of assholery.

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  29. Peter said on May 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

    IRV KUPCINET???? Alex, my computer almost shorted out with all the liquid I spat out when I saw that.

    Oh, I probably have a VHS of Kup’s Show from the ’70’s – “where we will engage in the lively art – of conversation”.

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  30. coozledad said on May 21, 2017 at 10:15 am


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  31. basset said on May 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

    A slightly different take on Detroit ruin porn – two old-car guys work up their courage and go looking for cars in the trashed-out part of town:


    A question for the group – if I’m in Detroit with some time to spare, is there any reason to go to Windsor or anywhere else on the Canadian side? Haven’t been there since the late 70s and all I remember from that is seeing a Lada sedan on the street, don’t believe I’ve encountered one since.

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  32. alex said on May 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, Basset, that’s some slumming I could get into.

    As for visiting Windsor, my only advice is be sure to take a vehicle that has metric readings on the speedometer in addition to MPH so you don’t get busted. The road signs over there are KPH only.

    Canada used to be fun for car-spotting because the Canadian counterparts to American cars wore different names and different trim. A Chevy or Pontiac in Canada might have grilles and taillights borrowed from other GM divisions. Ford products were also similarly modified for the Canadian market. They stopped doing this in recent years and both markets get the same product now.

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  33. basset said on May 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    And they had Fargo (Dodge) trucks, and Mercury pickups, and diesel Toyota Land Cruisers.

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  34. LAMary said on May 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    A good friend is working on this project:


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  35. Sherri said on May 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    A proud new college graduate: https://1drv.ms/i/s!Atkosto9G5MX5wGia4fBbRj3E9mA

    Needless to say, parents are happy and proud, too.

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