Wooden stakes and garlic.

With the health-care overhaul bill dead — and yes, let’s stipulate that it is merely horror-movie dead, which is to say it might not be dead at all and we won’t know until the credits roll, the house lights come up and no one announces a sequel — I think we can all agree that this was a strange moment in a half-year full of them:

That was the Rose Garden ceremony to celebrate the passage of the House health-care bill. If you remember your Schoolhouse Rock, you know that in this case “passage” means “it was sent to the Senate.” Doesn’t that photo just…speak volumes? I think my right-wing friends in Indiana are still counting on President Pence one day bringing glory to that put-upon state, but if I were compiling an ad for his opponent, I’d put together a montage of these pictures — him standing at his master’s elbow, clapping and smiling, to an appropriate piece of music. I can’t think of one now, and searching “songs about toadies” isn’t helping, Google-wise. Maybe you don’t need music; maybe you could run the montage over his opening salvo at the first cabinet meeting, the “greatest honor of my life” stuff.

But now it’s more or less over, at least this part of it. A party that dominates the legislative and executive branch couldn’t repeal a law they’ve been howling about for seven years. They’re nihilists now:

I mean, say what you want about the tenets of national socialism, at least it’s an ethos.

Hot here. Gonna be hotter tomorrow. Gonna be hot for about a week. Then: Less hot. Still summer, though. I’m enjoying it. It’s not quite the silly season, but it’s the silly shoulder season, so let’s consider some fashion-y things in the bloggage.

Like Calista Gingrich’s hair:

The men — Nathan Sales, George Glass, Carl Risch — arrived in their dark suits and their crisp white shirts. Callista Gingrich, nominated to be ambassador to the Vatican, was dressed in a bright blue jacket with a modest portrait neckline. They all looked spit-shined for the occasion. But visually, nothing could compete with Gingrich’s hair, which over the course of time has become a kind of platinum synecdoche for the woman herself. The hair — a perfectly styled chin-length bob with a side swoosh — is Gingrich. The hair arrived, and it was perfectly composed. It did not wilt under the spotlight; it did not collapse when lawmakers raised questions about climate change and refugees. The hair was controlled and proper and smooth. The hair did well at the hearing.

I guess, as a well-known adulteress, she has to dress against type. But man, that hair freaks my cheese.

Cathy Cambridge has upped her style game, T-Lo note. Love the first dress, like the second one, but she absolutely did the right thing by taking six inches or so off her hair. The only thing about the first dress I don’t like is the stiffness of the fabric, to the point that the bust darts are giving her actual nipples.

I may read nothing but T-Lo for the rest of the summer. I’m in that kind of mood. Read fashion, and watch the Russian drips continue to fall. That would work for me.

Happy Wednesday, all. Carry on.

Posted at 12:11 am in Current events |
 

79 responses to “Wooden stakes and garlic.”

  1. Diane said on July 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Loved the first dress too. The second, I don’t know, it kind of made me think of curtains.
    I hope you are right about the ad. I find the thought of President Pence to be a real nightmare, worse than the one we are in now. I don’t want Trump impeached unless Pence is gone first.

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  2. Jakash said on July 19, 2017 at 12:38 am

    The new Trump hats are here!

    https://twitter.com/RexHuppke/status/887418855269773313

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  3. alex said on July 19, 2017 at 6:57 am

    The clutch purse with the second dress looked like a plucked scrotum, and one that’s a bit ashen at that.

    Calista’s helmet is as risible as the woman herself.

    The 2020 negative ad campaign against Pence will depict him not only at Trump’s elbow but with his nose and mouth painted like the face of a clown — in brown. Just you wait. And it will be the brainchild of a Republican challenger.

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  4. Icarus said on July 19, 2017 at 7:16 am

    With regards to a previous post topic….In the elevator on the Captivate.com screen there was a blurb about something that could make sunscreen obsolete. I didn’t catch it all before the screen changed but I think it was some pill. Google isn’t helping.

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  5. Deborah said on July 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Calista and her hair, loved that link. You’d think that all of that bleaching would fry it.

    My hair is a problem, I want to get it cut but can’t decide on a style so in the meantime it grows, I rarely wear it down, I mostly use a clip or one of those vagenta denta claws to pile it up off of my neck. If anyone has any advice about a style for a woman heading into her late sixties with thin, white hair I’d appreciate it.

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  6. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

    We’re up to eight in Donny’s meeting about adoptions, and Dad took a lengthy time out with just Vlad and *his* interpreter during the G20 banquet in a corner with a couple of chairs, as the other world leaders looked on, ashen faced.

    And we’re surging back up over 400 kids in care of the county mostly due to opiod-related issues (like death, or empty pantry shelves, or simple insistence that they can’t keep their kids any longer because they’re gonna use as soon as they make bail, so let’s save a step here). Since I don’t have much interest in fashion, thank you to all the posts about the northern Michigan aurora borealis. Loved the shot of the green curtain over the Mighty Mac bridge. Anything for a mental break!

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  7. coozledad said on July 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Fuck no:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-bets-on-casino-hired-gun-for-state-department

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  8. Suzanne said on July 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I like the red dress of the woman I assume is the Polish First Lady. Lovely. Not a big fan of either Kate dress. The white one has that Madonna-like pointy boob thing going on and the floral, as someone else stated, kinda looks like it’s made from somebody’s drapes.

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  9. 4dbirds said on July 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Love Cathy’s first dress and the pearls. Love, love the pearls. Second dress, meh.

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  10. Connie said on July 19, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I love the red dress too. I have an upscale wedding in early September and need to go dress shopping. Why did my Cadillac niece decide to have her wedding in Charlevoix? It’s like a destination wedding. It is years since I have been to a wedding this fancy. Not sure I know how to behave.

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  11. Sherri said on July 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I think Callista’s “hair” is actually a production of a 3D printer. It looks that plastic. Really, a wig would look more like natural hair.

    I’ve been going in for a style upgrade as well. Since I have to buy new clothes anyway because of the weight loss, I decided to use the personal stylist at Nordstrom who helped me with my dress to help me with more clothes. She’s put me in things I never would have tried on my own, and to my surprise, I’m actually enjoying it.

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  12. susan said on July 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

    My favorite photo of Noot and Calli

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  13. Julie Robinson said on July 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    LMAO, Susan. In what world is that hair considered attractive? She’s got to be a total control freak if she can’t let one lock of hair go free.

    Deborah, my mom also has very fine and thin white hair and it looks smashing in a chin-length bob. She gets it layered, which somehow magically makes it look thicker.

    Cathy’s seamstress must have been absent the day they taught proper dart construction. I’d be embarrassed to wear that dress though it’s lovely other than that. I do love that she chose a Polish designer.

    Sherri, when our daughter lived up your way, no one wore anything but jeans and fleece. Has that changed? When she moved to Orlando she needed an entirely different wardrobe.

    Horror-movie dead is such an apt description. May it be real-life dead too.

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  14. brian stouder said on July 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Frankly, I think our “I don’t own it! We won’t own it!” president (or president) is in violation of his oath of office.

    If he says a law isn’t ‘his’, and we should ‘let it fail’, then he is simply not “…faithfully execut(ing) the Office of President of the United States”, right?

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  15. Heather said on July 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

    The cut of the flowered dress saves it from being too mumsy. Don’t care for the white dress at all. Shiny and stiff, just like Callista’s hair.

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  16. Sherri said on July 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

    No Julie, that hasn’t changed. I’ve decided to change. The jeans are still there, but I’ve moved up to premium denim jeans, which really do fit better and are more comfortable than my old Eddie Bauer jeans. Wool sweaters and some stylish coats are replacing the fleece and the standard issue North Face jacket*. Some of the jeans are in colors other than blue and black. The shoes are not all black. The shirts have prints and details. I also added some nicer business suit type of pieces.

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  17. Bitter Scribe said on July 19, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Pence is starting to remind me of a slightly less popeyed Nancy Reagan. His job apparently is to stand at Trump’s elbow and nod sagely while Trump spews idiocies, rewarded by an occasional “Right, Mike?” tossed in his direction.

    A New Yorker profile of Calista a couple of years ago recorded an encounter at one of her rare public appearances. A fellow bottle-blonde about her age complimented her hair, but then added, “It’s all natural. Yeah, right.” Calista gave her an icy smile and changed the subject.

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  18. nancy said on July 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Icy is the only smile she has. Google her maiden name (Bisek) and you can find pix from when she was a little less Final Netted, but you can tell she’s always been who she is today.

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  19. Sherri said on July 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    *I swear, everyone hear wears some variant of the same black North Face jacket. Anytime you’re in a crowd the right time of year, you see a sea of black with the North Face logo on the back shoulder.

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  20. Jeff Borden said on July 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

    It cheeses me off that the long-time adulteress gets a sweet gig in Rome, allowing her immoral husband, Newtie, to live the good life on our dime. As more than one commentator has noted, it also appears to be a significant “fuck you” to Pope Francis. What better way to flip the bird to the leader of the One True than by sending a woman who spent six years fucking a married man and along with the thrice-married man himself. BTW, who greased the skids for that little prick to get annulments? God, I loathe Gingrich.While I lay much of the blame for the viciousness of our politics at the feet of the moldering corpse of Roger Ailes, Gingrich played a very large role by embracing the demonization of political opponents in the crassest terms possible. He ought to be living in obscure poverty for the damage he has done to our nation.

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  21. Jolene said on July 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Part of what’s strange about Callista’s hair is the contrast between its stiffness and her history as Newt’s mistress. Can you imagine going to bed with someone whose coiffure is so off-putting? Hard to imagine that anyone would find it alluring, but, of course, we’re talking Newt Gingrich. He’s been Trump’s whore for a couple of years now, so it’s clear he’s not particularly discriminating.

    Dana Milbank was unimpressed with her
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  22. Jolene said on July 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Whoops! Bumped the send key. Meant to say “unimpressed with her performance at her Senate hearing, not that her performance actually mattered.”

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  23. Suzanne said on July 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Looking at that vintage pic of Calista, all I can say is that she’s had a lot of work done. Her face is now about as plastic as Cher’s.

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  24. Julie Robinson said on July 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Sherri, sounds like a classic look, just what I love.

    MyPants has been reduced to Little Mikey.

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  25. Sherri said on July 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Julie, if you want a look, here are some pictures: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Atkosto9G5MX6DdzAqYJvzgW05KY

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  26. Julie Robinson said on July 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Looking good, Sherri. Skinny jeans really suit you. I especially like the next to last one, with the maroon scarf; very sophisticated.

    I have a summer cold and it’s left me with nothing but snot for a brain. No focus at all.

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  27. Judybusy said on July 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Sherri, you look fantastic. I love the shoes in the first pic, and the grey suede boots later on. I really like the outfits in the first few pictures too. Really classy and flattering.

    Gosh, it seems I’m always posting about me, me, me, BUT I have super news: I recently accepted a new position in which I will be coordinating behavioral health services in the jail system. There is a huge percentage of people there who have mental health and substance use disorder issues. There are a lot of players trying to do the right thing, but poor communication between systems. It’s not technically a promotion, but it is a huge increase in responsibility and an opportunity to make changes on a systems level. I have deep experience in psychiatry and already have good relationships with a lot of the players. For the last 18 months, I’ve been a social worker in the public defender’s office, which was the final piece that made this job doable for me. It is an absolutely dream job and I’m so excited.It’s tangentially related to Sherri’s post, because I think I will have to up my wardrobe game as well. I’ve also lost a little bit of weight so I will probably be bringing in stuff to get tailored. I buy fairly decent clothes and take good care of them, so I don’t want to just donate a bunch of good stuff and go shopping. Somewhere along the line, I read that French women almost always bring their new clothing to get tailored, so I’m in good company! (I did treat myself to a new leather, professional-looking backpack to haul my laptop to various meetings.)

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  28. Julie Robinson said on July 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Judybusy, congratulations on both the weight loss and the new position. I love your enthusiasm to tackle what sounds like a very tough job. We took a couple of my hubby’s suits in to be tailored after he lost 40 pounds and they came out looking really great. I’ve altered a few things and it’s not all that easy to do, when first you have to deconstruct the garment. I sure wasn’t taking on suits.

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  29. brian stouder said on July 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Marvelous photos, indeed, Sherri.

    As for me, if we ever did an NN.c group shot, I’d be sure to ease into the back row!

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  30. Jolene said on July 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Congrats on the job, Judybusy. I agree with Julie that it sounds like a tough go, so I’m glad there’s a smart, compassionate person willing to take it on.

    Very sad news re the shooting of the Australian woman in your community. Will be interesting to hear what the cop says when he eventually speaks and how the situation plays out.

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  31. Sherri said on July 19, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Congratulations, Judybusy!

    Another motivation for upping my wardrobe game beyond the jeans and fleece look is that I’ve been accepted into the next class of Leadership Eastside, a community leadership development program. Figure I’d better look more like a leader!

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  32. Jolene said on July 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Cathy has another outfit, this one cornflower blue. Have to say, however affected it is, I love the very traditional way her kids are always dressed. So, so cute.

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  33. Deborah said on July 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Sherri, great looks, I like the one with the scarf best too.

    Judy Busy, good for you.

    The first Cathy Cambridge dress reminded me of a cotillion dress that I wore when I was in 7th grade. It was a hand me down from a neighbor girl, it was white organza with thin black piping. I felt like a million bucks wearing it. We were poor as church mice but for some reason my mother thought it was really important to pop for cotillion lessons for me and my sister, for two years. I hated it, of course, except for the hand me down dresses we got.

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  34. brian stouder said on July 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    So this is the 4th in the past 6 or 8 days –

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/19/ex-teacher-on-trial-for-alleged-sex-acts-with-8th-grade-student.html

    I say – the old white guys (and their long-suffering wives, presumeably) who love Fox News (as much as I love MSNBC) salve their Trump-culpability by getting diverted by these stories.

    How else is this front-page, headline news, on their website?

    God bless ’em; it ain’t “fake news” (a term which we need to debate) – it’s strategic editorial decision making…which is as old as the penny press, and probably older than that

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  35. Deborah said on July 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I’m making bourbon bread pudding. It’s not really the right kind of day for it because it’s warm and sunny, but I bought a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread at WF the other day from their bakery dept, had one slice toasted for breakfast but found it way too sweet for my tastes. LB found a New Orleans type bread pudding recipe so I thought I’d give it a try, I’ve never made bread pudding before. I bought some cheap ass bourbon at Trader Joe’s, I mean who’s gonna use the good stuff. I kind of messed around with the ingredients a bit, added more bourbon and butter and less sugar (since the bread was already too sweet). It called for 4 cups of half and half, which I didn’t have but I did have heavy whipping cream (but not 4 cups). That’s one of the reasons I added more bourbon. And more butter, because butter. Five eggs are in there too. It’s soaking now, then it bakes for 50 minutes at 350 but I’ll have to adjust that for altitude. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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  36. Kim said on July 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Was it LAMary who said Callista’s ‘do looked like Lego hair? I think it was one of you clever people if not LAMary.

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  37. Charlotte said on July 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    So funny how people think the little Cambridge tots clothes are so “old-fashioned.” Places like Lake Forest, Darien, Hillsborough etc … those are still the standard dressed up outfits for all little rich kids. Although American boys might get long pants sooner than George will …

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  38. Heather said on July 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I personally love the royal tots’ clothes–nice to see kids in something other than T-shirts.

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  39. LAMary said on July 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It may have been me. I think you can search Nancy’s history of everything and find out.

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  40. Deborah said on July 19, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Well the bourbon bread pudding turned out ok, LB is having a friend over and we’re serving it with a butter cream bourbon sauce drizzled over it. Can’t wait to taste that.

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  41. Deborah said on July 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I keep meaning to mention how irritating Pence’s facial expression is, I’ve tried to express it as an extremely annoying fake concerned squint. LB says he looks constipated. How would you describe it?

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  42. Julie Robinson said on July 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I would describe it as the existential angst of a man who knows he’s damning his eternal soul by supporting the work of the devil incarnate.

    Somewhere, and maybe even here, I read that when the royal kids aren’t on duty they wear what we’d consider to be normal clothes. They’re kind of like uniforms for them, which must help with the kids’ expectations. Although in the shots today it looked like they were both hell on wheels. That’s not a criticism, it’s exactly the way both of mine would have behaved in similar situations.

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  43. Sherri said on July 19, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Soul? What evidence do we have that My Pants has a soul?

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  44. Jolene said on July 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I would describe it as the existential angst of a man who knows he’s damning his eternal soul by supporting the work of the devil incarnate.

    Gee whiz, Julie. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

    Pence on Twitter is the absolute worst. He is sooooooo sincere and sanctimonious. I gag every time one of his nauseating tweets enters my field of vision.

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  45. Suzanne said on July 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I think there is no real My Pants. I think he acts and looks like he thinks a caring, concerned Christian politician should act. But he looks so strained because he has to constantly think about how he is portraying himself. There is no core; just a facsimile.

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  46. Jolene said on July 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Bad news for John McCain. This is the kind of cancer that killed Ted Kennedy.

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  47. coozledad said on July 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Mueller needs to take his findings directly to the joint chiefs, so they can start rounding up and hanging Republicans. Maybe the military will respect its oath to defend the Constitution. These traitor fucks sure as fuck won’t.

    https://twitter.com/CharlesMBlow/status/887826279113924608

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  48. St Bitch said on July 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    McCain’s bewildering meanderings during the Senate hearing is now explained.

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  49. coozledad said on July 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    He’ll have access to the best medical treatment available, courtesy the US taxpayer (and no lifetime caps).

    This will not strike any Republicans as inconsistent or unjust.

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  50. alex said on July 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    McCain’s wife also has Calista hair. And now she can go fuck her pool boy guilt free, and being friends with the ambassador to the Vatican I’m sure she can get absolution for it too.

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  51. CathyC said on July 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Two thumbs up to Sherry @43 from an Indiana Hoosier.

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  52. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Judybusy, congrats. That’s good and worthwhile work. May you be blessed by doing it.

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  53. ROGirl said on July 20, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Whenever I saw pictures of Nancy Reagan, I thought to myself, “So lifelike.”

    A new generation of Republican wives has been replicated and released.

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  54. Jolene said on July 20, 2017 at 5:58 am

    This WaPo article reminded me that it was glioblastoma that killed Beau Biden, as well as Ted Kennedy.

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  55. coozledad said on July 20, 2017 at 6:36 am

    The Pile it Jimly persidency:
    https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/887888449629442050

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  56. coozledad said on July 20, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Trump:The Japanese you know, China. They had it sewed up. Sewed up. Then Tora Bora Tora came along. He was at Wharton for a while. He had those round glasses, everybody thought he was a geek. But he came to the US and torpedoed Arizona and West Virginia. It was a New Deal. The CCCP hadn’t even finished building the highways.

    We showed the the nuclear weapon. They were become death. It was Cameras and wristwatches from there on out. Cars. Cute pencil sharpeners. I ate a raw fish. It was no good let me tell you with that hot ravish. They are good people in little paper houses, but we’re going to get them back someday.

    Haberman: What?

    Trump: People don’t know this. It scares them.

    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/887882957049831424

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  57. 4dbirds said on July 20, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I too am underwhelmed by all the praise for McCain. He did nothing to advance anything good for Americans. He will receive the best possible care and never see the irony of wanting to deny it to other Americans. I don’t want him to suffer but I don’t know him personally and I see it as a man who had 80 years on Earth and the journey is ending for him.

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  58. LAMary said on July 20, 2017 at 9:42 am

    McCain brought us Sarah Palin.

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  59. Julie Robinson said on July 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Palin notwithstanding, I wouldn’t wish brain cancer on anyone. Even Trump, whose latest remarks have somehow made me feel a squidge of sympathy for Jeff Sessions.

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  60. Jolene said on July 20, 2017 at 11:04 am

    The alt-right is celebrating McCain’s cancer. I could happily have gone to my own death without knowing those people exist.

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  61. Deborah said on July 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I can’t tell if that was Coozledad being clever in #56 or if Trump really said that.

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  62. Deborah said on July 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    We should get Scout to weigh in on who might replace McCain. Do the Democrats have any chance there?

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  63. Kim said on July 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Deborah@61 – such is the brilliance of Coozledad, a NN.C treasure.

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  64. Peter said on July 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Julie, I would almost completely agree with you, but I could make an exception for Trump. Then again, if he had brain cancer, how would we know?

    I’m sorry if this doesn’t open – I’m pretty bad at this – but the Post had this photo of Donald at the NY Times interview – check out the credenza behind him! Do you think he and Pence put those on after hours and dance around the office?

    Users/perdelyi/Desktop/Big Chief Donny.jpg

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  65. Scout said on July 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    My insider sources tell me that Gov Ducey may appoint himself to Sen McCain’s seat. He would not serve the full term but would have to run in 2018. This could be a big opportunity for Dems in this purple state. Same sources tell me Mayor of Phx Greg Stanton may want to run for Senate as well as Kirsten Synema who is currently in Congress.

    That aside, I am struck by how classy Barack Obama, (‘John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.’) Bill Clinton, HRC and other prominent Dem pols have been in their public messages to McCain, while the current president* had someone else post the usual mindless thoughts and prayers blather.

    It is worth mentioning that it is ironic that Sen McCain will have nothing but the best health care available and yet, he intended to vote for McConnell’s abominable mess that would deny the same to others.

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  66. Hattie said on July 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Six months of Trump and cancer. 5th round of chemo. But I’m still fairly OK.

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  67. Suzanne said on July 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I heard the most disturbing interview this morning on NPR. A conservative discussing that the Trump administration wants to privatize much of the military in Afghanistan. Mercenaries. To the conservative guy’s credit, he thinks it’s a bad, bad idea.
    Makes me sick.

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  68. Peter said on July 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    And Suzanne, one of the primary beneficiaries of the mercenary corp in Afghanistan is Betsey DeVos’ brother.

    Hattie, good for you! Hoping for the best.

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  69. brian stouder said on July 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Keep on keepin’ on, Hattie!

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  70. Deborah said on July 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Hattie, I’ve been following your progress on your blog, good to see your comment here.

    I’m off to Abiquiu again for a few days. I picked up my husband this morning at the airport in Albuquerque. Listened to some interesting stuff on the radio while driving. Terry
    Gross interviewed a woman about how unsecure from hacking many State’s voting machines are. Scary stuff.

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  71. Sherri said on July 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Good to hear from you, Hattie! Hoping for better things ahead.

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  72. brian stouder said on July 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    You couldn’t give the criminal in this article a more fitting name, if you invented him for your novel

    http://wane.com/2017/07/20/man-again-charged-with-hiding-hiv-status-from-sexual-partner/

    and not for nothing, but the guy deserves a public-stoning

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  73. alex said on July 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I can kinda see it, Brian. Spoor conjures all kinda icky like spore and spooge and boor, but I still don’t think that even comes close to Guy R. Cumming, the pasty ginger exhibitionist who likes to do his thing at the Apple Glen Walmart. Glad there are no candid pix, just a mugshot, although I’m not sure what the fuss is when you consider all the areolae and scrota and bootay peeping out of ill-fitting cheap clothing on the People of Walmart site.

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  74. coozledad said on July 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    More Republican dudes acting out in the shitcan. The Shitcannister family, if you will.
    http://www.joemygod.com/2017/07/20/kentucky-republican-party-chair-fights-cops-get-tasered-indecent-exposure-arrest-mens-room/

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  75. Suzanne said on July 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    And now Trump, apparently, is asking who he can pardon, including himself. His legal team spokesman has resigned and they are going after Mueller. If Trump fires him, will anyone do anything? I’d place bets on “no”.

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  76. Judybusy said on July 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Hattie, I hope things continue to go well!

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  77. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 21, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Lots of dog people here, and I thought folks might appreciate how a message is delivered in this column — these days, I would have easily imagined the poor guy having to deliver a message saying “after a number of unfortunate incidents the board of managers has determined that no pets are allowed at the farmer’s market other than rescue animals. We regret the restriction, but . . . blah blah blah, no exceptions.”

    Instead, they came up with this: http://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/local/granville/2017/07/19/column-market-st-edwards-word-canine-friends/103770754/

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  78. Dorothy said on July 21, 2017 at 8:25 am

    That was very nicely done, Jeff. Our new pup is very awkward socially – she does okay in small numbers of people, like meeting the neighbors, but in crowds she panics. It would be cruel to subject her to a farmer’s market environment. And even for very friendly dogs, it seems unnecessary to drag them along when you’re trying to shop. WE love our pets but not everyone likes dogs. Some people are downright frightened, so it’s usually best to just leave them at home. That being said, I’m the goober who goes up to people’s dogs and puts my hand out flat so they can sniff me. Then I give them an appreciative pat on the head or side if the owner says I may.

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  79. coozledad said on July 21, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Mueller has Trump’s tax returns.
    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/888210656549371905

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