Hot, dawg.

Current temperature: 90 degrees. Current blog situation: A weak low-pressure front has delayed new posting, because I decided to watch “Perry Mason” last night, then vowed to clean the house today and mostly succeeded, but man. Even air conditioning doesn’t help on a day like this. After sweating through my clothes a third time, I put everything away and vowed to fight another day.

Also: Applied for a job. I’m overqualified and likely won’t get it, but the salary range is right, which tells you how much I’ve been underpaid in the past.

Man, there is something about this weather that just takes it all the way out of you, isn’t there? I walked Wendy this morning when it was 73 and came home with rivulets of sweat running down my forehead. The weather says there’s a derecho bearing down on Chicago – correction, already hit Chicago – which means our weather is likely to change overnight, too.

And with that, I’ve fulfilled the Midwestern Rule of Weather Small Talk, and we can get to the bloggage, which is rather scant today. Actually, it’s abundant, but I don’t have the energy to farm it all. The one story I read this weekend that I found really interesting, most of you won’t, although Heather probably will: Sweatpants Forever, or how the fashion industry collapsed, largely of its own accord. I’m sitting here in shorts and a grungy T-shirt, although I bought a dress recently and have been eyeing a new pair of Frye boots, and occasionally I think, why? Will you ever get dressed up again? I consider these purchases an act of faith in a more stylish tomorrow.

In the meantime, out to the kitchen to figure out dinner. Stay cool, all.

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114 responses to “Hot, dawg.”

  1. Heather said on August 10, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Indeed, it’s interesting to track how fashion responds to the pandemic. I will say I was extremely excited to dress up for a very small-scale, safe fashion event yesterday. I even wore high heels! And I also bought a pair of pants from a local designer–not sweatpants, but linen pants that manage to be both comfy and fashion-forward. I just had a pair of pants wear away at the crotch (happens a lot when you ride a bike all the time) so I actually needed a replacement.

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  2. Deborah said on August 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    So Heather, what was the wind like in Chicago when the Derecho came through? Can’t imagine 100 mph winds there.

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  3. beb said on August 10, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    “derecho?” Is the weather department ust making words up now? 70 years of midwestern weather and I never heard of that word before.

    Since the NYT doesn’t let people without a subscription read it and I don;t intend to ever subscribe to the paper I will never know what sort of fashion statement sweatpants make. Are they replacing jeans for fast-casual dressing? I did see today that some re-opened school has ruled that pajama pants will be tolerated. I can’t imagine even wanting to go to school in my pajama pants.

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  4. Peter said on August 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    How was the storm in Chicago? You know how us locals always make fun of southerners who experience their first snowstorm and don’t have the good sense to stop driving in a blizzard?

    I was talking to my coworker to see if she was OK, and she said she was looking out her front window when the winds picked up, and the trampoline set (including sides) of the neighbor’s down the street was floating past her house, followed after a few seconds by the neighbor chasing it down.

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  5. Deborah said on August 10, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I experienced a derecho when I was high school aged visiting my grandfather’s farm in NW Missouri, it was maybe 1964 (?). We watched the storm approaching from the west for a long time before we had to take shelter in the house, then the house rocked and rolled for about 15 minutes and then it was over. It was a weird straight wind that spanned hundreds of miles. I had never heard of it before that or since until today. There was wind damage on my grandfather’s farm but it wasn’t as extensive as he worried about it before and during. It was wild and very memorable.

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  6. Dorothy said on August 10, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    We live in Dayton now, but from 2007-2013 we lived in Mount Vernon OH. First time I ever heard of a derecho was there. A terrible storm came through – maybe in 2012? I’d have to look at my Facebook pictures to get the year right. We lost power for 4 days. We were on a well and had no water, so we could not shower. For a day or two we could shower on campus (Kenyon College where I worked) at the RecPlex. But when their power came back on, they shut off public (well, employee) access to the showers. I was able to fill up empty milk bottles with water at the kitchen sink in my office so our dogs were watered okay, and we stayed hydrated. So we were stinky and sweaty a couple more days.

    Look up derecho, Beb. They’re not a lot of fun.

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  7. Heather said on August 10, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    A derecho is an actual weather thing. The wind was definitely crazy and the tornado sirens were going off, so I had my cat in a harness and was ready to head to the basement. But it was a fairly short and intense experience. No damage to my building and the power didn’t go out, but around the corner a big tree came down right when someone was unlucky enough to be driving underneath it. There was an ambulance–hope they are all right. A friend’s pear tree came down in their yard but didn’t hit anything.

    From social media, it looks like it was a big mess, especially on the northwest side of the city where I am. Tons of trees down, building damage, etc.

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  8. LAMary said on August 10, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I just watched a local news story about parochial schools requiring kids to wear uniforms while doing online classes. The moms they interviewed were all very happy about it. I think it’s stupid.

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  9. Deborah said on August 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Our building in Chicago contacted my husband and said they sent someone up to our unit to make sure our windows were locked before the storm since they knew we weren’t there. The windows were locked, which I make my husband check and recheck before we walk out the door to leave for NM. We haven’t heard if there was any building damage.

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  10. Julie Robinson said on August 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    We’ve had a derecho come through here, a couple of years ago if I remember correctly. It was storming pretty good tonight and tipped a few plants before blowing through.

    I read the fashion story on Friday, and nothing really surprised me too much. The clothing produced vs. the clothing most Americans wear have been on diverging paths for years. All I’ve bought this year is a couple of pairs of yoga pants. I already have a closet full of clothes that I wore to work and church; now I do neither.

    How about the makeup industry? In the Before Times I never left the house without my face done, now I look at a drawer full of future trash. I stopped coloring my hair, so there’s another industry that won’t be getting my money.

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  11. alex said on August 10, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Said “derecho” just blew through here. It’s done now and was nothing compared to the derecho of a few years ago that really fucked shit up. Hell, this storm didn’t even compare to one we had last week, which picked up a neighbor’s steel-framed patio canopy and sent it crashing through a second-story window.

    I’ve been fashion unconscious for years. Recently had to upgrade my work wardrobe, however, because everything was getting a little threadbare, not to mention too big in the waist after I dropped some weight. So in the better men’s departments I found nothing but peg-leg slacks and cowboy-boot pointy shoes. At first I thought it might be undignified to wear this stuff at age 58 but I’ve gotten used to it, so much so that I can’t stand to wear any of my older clothes now.

    And the pointy shoes all have gum-colored soles.

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  12. A. Riley said on August 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Deborah, it wasn’t that bad. It was a strong squall line that blew through here — about 10 miles west of the Loop — about 4 pm, and that’s when we got some wind. The NOAA chart I’ve seen said gusts about 50 downtown. And then the wind was pretty much done. (Plenty of rain and lightning for a while, though.) The storm must have mostly blown itself out by the time it got here.

    There are branches down and power outages, and it sure looked and sounded scary for a while, but as it turned out, it wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted.

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  13. Dave said on August 10, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    The derecho arrived and left Fort Wayne on June 29, 2012. I looked it up. We lost one tree but our neighbor lost his chimney, leaving a hole in his roof that was covered over with plastic sheeting for a couple of weeks before it could be fixed.

    We were out mattress shopping when it hit, in a mattress shop on Dupont Road, the skies got very dark and the wind kicked up. The manager on duty went out and took down a banner by Dupont Road but couldn’t get the one off the front of the shop. We sat on a mattress in the back of the store while it blew through in maybe ten or fifteen minutes.

    It went on toward Central Ohio, where my parents lost power for a couple of days and then within 20 miles of our family in Virginia. I’d never heard of a derecho before that, either. I think it’s safe to say hardly anyone in Fort Wayne had ever heard that word.

    Yes, we bought a mattress that day.

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  14. LAMary said on August 10, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Here’s this:

    I wish I could say it’s shocking. The LA Sheriff’s department is pretty terrible.

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  15. Heather said on August 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I would also add about that fashion story: anything that makes the industry more sustainable is good. (One of the horrifying pre-pandemic details in the piece is how Burberry literally burned millions of dollars worth of merch every year.) The concept of “seasons” is totally out of sync with how we dress and buy clothes now, and of course most affordable clothes are put together at least in part in countries where the working conditions are poor, to say the least.

    One of the reasons I decided to give up my personal styling business was how depressed I started getting in malls and shopping areas. So. Much. Stuff. I just couldn’t stop thinking about where it all went when it didn’t sell–the endless wasteful cycle, all driven by the need for people to constantly buy more, more, more.

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  16. Suzanne said on August 10, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I remember the derecho of 2012. I was driving home from somewhere and was out in the country, watching it descend Across the plains. I didn’t get scared until sticks and leaves started hitting my car but there was nowhere to pull over for shelter so I kept on. We were ok, lost power only briefly, but there was a great deal of damage in surrounding areas. Trees down all over the place and a massive power outage. It was the first time I ever heard the term derecho.

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  17. alex said on August 10, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Can’t believe it was 2012 already. I remember it because driving home from work that day was a nightmare. Trees were down and streets were blocked everywhere and traffic wasn’t moving worth a damn. A co-worker was in a car just ahead of me at a light where we’d sat through about 20 cycles without moving. She recognized me and told me to follow her. She led me through some shopping center parking lots and some subdivisions where there were also lots of trees down and streets blocked but we managed to get farther faster than if we’d stayed on the main arteries.

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  18. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 10, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I was about to start a wedding rehearsal June 29th in 2012, and the remainder of the evening and the event the next day was . . . epic. And either outdoors, generator powered, or just plain steamy hot, but they’re still married with a lovely child and have a bucketful of wonderful memories.

    Derecho was not a common term before 2012, but it’s a central Ohio regular ever since. And that’s what’s heading our way, but sunset will cut off the energy supply, thankfully, for central Ohio.

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  19. Sherri said on August 10, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    I watched part of the video with that story, LAMary, couldn’t stand to watch it all. Multiple people telling them that the boys were the victims, not the suspects, but the deputies didn’t care. The boys weren’t doing anything threatening, yet the deputies kept multiple firearms trained on them for ages. Just lucky none of them sneezed, I guess.

    We’ll be voting in November to make the King County sheriff appointed instead of elected, as it had been from 1969-1996. It’s a step.

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  20. LAMary said on August 10, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Sherri, our Sheriff’s department has been a mess for as long as I’ve lived here. Corrupt, internal racist gangs in the department, mistreating prisoners in the county jails. The guy who was Sheriff when I first moved here died while running for reelection and he still won.

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  21. Mark P said on August 10, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    It’s kind of funny. A German living in Iowa used a Spanish word to name the straight-line storm system we (sometimes) call a derecho. It looks like we get them sometimes in the South, but it seems that we like our weather twisted more than straight.

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  22. beb said on August 11, 2020 at 12:57 am

    We have had straight-line down bursts both here in Detroit and in Northern Indiana where I grew up but I never heard them called a derecho before this. It was just a line of thunderstorms. And why not call them a straight-line down burst, a term any one could immediately understand. To me it sounds like someone making up words to make them sound more professional.

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  23. Dexter Friend said on August 11, 2020 at 5:41 am

    Leaving the rehab hospital parking lot, I tuned in the Detroit Tigers, and Dan and Jim the radio team said they had been expecting to report on heavy storm action, but while I was driving in medium steady rain and light wind, 110 miles NE of me Dan said it was 89F and the storm petered out just west of Detroit and not a drop fell in Comerica Park. My car’s indicator read 63F at 9:05…89F at 7:00 PM when I went inside. Per Carla Lee’s orders, I tried to shove two heavy couches to the curb for trash pickup; one was a folding spring bed. I knew with my back aching I could not do it, but I have a grandson 10 miles away and a younger brother, and they moved those heavy fuckers outside. Carla Lee is nervous as she is being evaluated at 9:30 today for probably a re-start on the knee…another spacer, then more weeks of healing, THEN another knee implant. She’s holding up well, being in there with iv drips and tubes running in and out of her knee area.
    WWJ radio (Detroit ) reported this fatal accident on Lake St. Clair over the weekend:

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  24. kayak woman said on August 11, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Long time Planet Ann Arbor residents remember the terrifying Green Storm of 1980. I don’t remember hearing the term “derecho” until around 2008 but apparently that’s what the Green Storm was. Sky midnight green and trees down everywhere.

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  25. Deborah said on August 11, 2020 at 11:05 am

    New Mexico chile production and sales are in trouble because of the virus. 70% of the chiles are usually sold to restaurants and we all know what’s happening to that market, plus a lot of other factors you can read about here

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  26. Jeff Borden said on August 11, 2020 at 11:24 am

    The wind did a lot of damage in our neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Two blocks over and beyond there is no electricity. My neighbor’s pear tree split apart, crashing through our old cedar fence and hitting our garage roof, which was undamaged. There are wires down in my backyard that appear to be old telephone landlines. (We get our phone through Comcast). I’ll be shoveling the leaves and other detritus soon.

    This has certainly been a horrible year for Chicago. The derecho capped a day that began with news of tightly organized looting attacks on Michigan Avenue, Wabash Avenue, River North and Lincoln Park. Some of the same businesses looted in the aftermath of the George Floyd riots were smashed again. The police superintendent said cops were aware of the social media messages to descend on the affluent parts of the city and had 400 officers nearby, but it hardly mattered. The looters were incredibly brazen, driving caravan-style from the South Side into downtown.

    There was speculation this was related to a police shooting of a black man in the Englewood neighborhood on Sunday, but stealing from Gucci and Timberland hardly seem like a protest.

    I’ve loved my 31 years here, but have always known this is a city starkly divided by race, wealth and opportunity and it has been this way for more than a century. This is as bad as things have been in my time here. The mayor and the state’s attorney are trading accusations back and forth. . .the police chief hired in April seems to be way over his head. . .the cops simmer with anger and resentment and have backed off enforcement. . .the distrust of police in black and brown neighborhoods seems deep and implacable. And we’re already looking at an enormous budget deficit that grows by leaps and bounds with every instance of police and firefighter overtimes. It’s hard not to feel hopeless.

    And, of course, we are now waiting for the orange sac of pus to capitalize on our misfortunes for his “law and order” act.

    For me, it’s official. The year 2020 is worse than 1968.

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  27. Icarus said on August 11, 2020 at 11:37 am

    And why not call them a straight-line down burst, a term any one could immediately understand.

    why do we refer to “rapidly rotating column of air at the base of a cumulus cloud” as a tornado? One word description is simpler in many cases.

    Derecho isn’t something that comes to mind, but now I do recall hearing it the last time one was in the area. Or my mind is telling me that I remember it.

    We had a lot of branches downed as well. Our street was in fact blocked which I liked since cars tend to drive down at expressway speeds to circumvent the traffic of the larger streets.

    However, we all got out and pitched in cleared all the branches. I think the cabin fever of shelter at home made many of my neighbors happy to have something to do. It’s one thing to clear the branches and move them to the parkways; it’s another to chop them down as much as they did.

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  28. Scout said on August 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    An Arizona derecho is a haboob.
    So far we haven’t had any this year. It has been, with the exception of one very mild and short lived thunderstorm, a completely monsoon-less summer here. One benefit is that the humidity is low, but we haven’t had any measurable rain for over 100 days and the desert is thirsty.

    I buy 90% of all my clothes at thrift stores, so I’m definitely not on the cutting edge of fashion even when I can shop. I am now officially bored with my current batch of recycled threads and am looking forward to when I can feel safe enough to go treasure hunt shopping again.

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  29. Jim said on August 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    FYI Fort Wayne and library types:

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  30. Julie Robinson said on August 11, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Can you hear the strains of The Wicked Witch is Dead rising from the library branches of Allen County? My friend retired last year but I’m sure she’s rejoicing right now too.

    So when I said we had a derecho a couple of years ago, I actually meant 2012. Bad memory!

    We “suffered” four plants being tipped over. Power didn’t even blink.

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  31. Connie said on August 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I was expecting that news from the Fort Wayne library last year after all the collection issues. I remember when they hired her. She had spent most of her career at ALA, then a couple of yrs as a library director, I think in Kentucky. I remember a news article in which a trustee talked about how impressed they were that she knew so many library directors because of her years at ALA. And I thought, so?

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  32. Dave Kobiela said on August 11, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    We had a bit of damage in Dekalb County,IN last night. Large limb from neighbor’s maple tree came down on our wood fence and pool deck. Broke some boards but narrowly missed damaging LP tank and pool.
    The 2012 derecho was more exciting. I was racing the storm front on my Harley, 4 miles south on I69 then 3 more miles west to the safety of my garage. Just as I reached my home a limb blew down across the road behind me. I got into my garage and lowered the door as the slate roof of the 150 yr old church across the road blew apart and pummeled the west side of my house and garage. After the storm passed, I found pieces of slate embedded in the siding and garage door. If I had arrived thirty seconds later, I would have been riding through a storm of razor sharp shrapnel.

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  33. basset said on August 11, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Just spent a substantial portion of the day online and on hold, trying to sort out a trip we had to cancel due to Covid. Mrs. B and I were supposed to be in Sweden about now, got the tour refunded without a problem but, having booked it through Priceline, the price of the flights is not refundable and can only be used toward other flights on the same airline, booked by the end of this month and taken by the end of the year.

    So, let’s see (and this map has been useful:, who doesn’t have restrictions right now? Well, there’s Afghanistan, and Yemen, and Mexico, but Lufthansa doesn’t go to the first two and going to Cancun, which we never wanted to, through Frankfurt is kinda out of the way… or Serbia, that’d just be an extra $800 apiece.

    Or we could always apply the credit toward a trip to someplace with restrictions through sometime this year and hope they don’t get extended, in which case we would lose both the cost of the original tickets and whatever we had to add. First world problem, I know.

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  34. Deborah said on August 11, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Our monsoon season has been pathetic here too. In Abiquiu especially. We see rain clouds all around for miles and none of it ever gets to our land. It’s not very good in Santa Fe either. Thank goodness the condo building got a new drip irrigation system this summer or we would have a crispy property.

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  35. Jakash said on August 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I’m not that familiar with the word derecho, but I’ve heard it at least a few times. Of course, I’ve never heard wind sound like it did (very briefly, a couple times) yesterday afternoon, either. Lots of tree debris on the streets and sidewalks around us in Chicago, with multiple side streets blocked for a while. I was reminded of Sherri calling maple trees “junk trees” a few weeks ago — a lot of the downed big branches were from either maples or cottonwoods, in addition to a maple which popped the sidewalk and just fell over.

    And in 7 years, we’ve never had any problems with the power or internet, but the internet was out for 16 hours this time.

    Dave K. @ 32: “more exciting,” indeed! That’s a good story and sounds like it would have been a bit *too* exciting for me…

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  36. jcburns said on August 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Breaking news! Biden has almost…wait…he’s made his decision! And now sources tell CNN he is telling some people that he has made his decision! And…wait…now he is making some other calls, telling…yes, telling some of the prospects that he chose someone else! We can reliably speculate he may be getting close to…it may be today…it may be…

    Kamala Harris. Of course. Yay!

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  37. Scout said on August 11, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    IT’S HARRIS!!! Happy dance!

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  38. Deborah said on August 11, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Yay Harris! In 4 years she’ll be president Harris.

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  39. alex said on August 11, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    A librarian friend just took her too-early retirement last Friday (a mutual friend of me and Connie) in no small part due to the reign of the wicked witch. Too bad they didn’t drive a stake through her empty heart cavity sooner. Imagine having Trump as your president and his mini-me as your boss.

    As for the veepstakes, I was hoping for Susan Rice, personally. She has the competence to take over when that doddering fart’s brain explodes as it probably will under duress. But whatevs.

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  40. David C said on August 11, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I think Kamala is the best choice. I see a lot of talk about tRump dumping Pence. I don’t see how that happens and doesn’t look like panic on his part so he’ll probably do it. He’ll have Nikki Haley, the popcorn Karen, as his running mate.

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  41. Deborah said on August 11, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Trump will probably do something outrageous this evening, to desperately try to put the attention on him, even if it’s harmful to his campaign. Any one want to bet?

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  42. kayak woman said on August 11, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Looking through the comments a couple of people were kvetching a bit about using long strings of words to describe weather events like tornadoes. I tend to agree but on the other hand, it reminds me of my beloved aunt “Radical Betty”. Toward the end of her life she sometimes struggled to pull words out and we all still laugh about the time she called tornadoes “those things that spiral and create great devastation”. Cheers to Kamala!

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  43. basset said on August 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    And if you were a radio hippie in the Sixties and Seventies you remember this guy:

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  44. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 11, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I was watching this closely, Deborah, because I’m not so sure about the four year part. But I can see her picking up the portfolio smoothly.

    In fact I have to think that’s part of the Biden team decision making process, otherwise a California senator doesn’t make quite as much sense. But as a successor planning choice, she is fairly sensible. Now, to win this thing. And it needs to be a solid, big, unmistakable win.

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  45. nancy said on August 11, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Driving around this weekend, I saw as many Trump signs, and *only* Trump, w/out Pence, as we did the ones with both names. Made me wonder what might be up.

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  46. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 11, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Oh, and Perseids tonight! 2 am to dawn the best viewing, but even 11 pm this evening might be rewarding for seeing meteors out of the east…

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  47. James said on August 11, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    I was hoping for Susan Rice, personally. She has the competence to take over … .

    Some competence! Everyone knows about her role in leaving Libya in ruins, but what about her cozy relationship with Rwandan president Paul Kagame?

    The New York Times questions likely Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice’s handling of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and examines her relationship with Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame:

    “While President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have taken some of the blame, critics of the Obama administration’s Africa policy have focused on the role of Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations and a leading contender to succeed Mrs. Clinton, in the administration’s failure to take action against the country they see as a major cause of the Congolese crisis, Rwanda. …

    “Support for Mr. Kagame and the Rwandan government has been a matter of American foreign policy since he led the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front to victory over the incumbent government in July 1994, effectively ending the Rwandan genocide. But according to rights organizations and diplomats at the United Nations, Ms. Rice has been at the forefront of trying to shield the Rwandan government, and Mr. Kagame in particular, from international censure, even as several United Nations reports have laid the blame for the violence in Congo at Mr. Kagame’s door.”

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  48. Sherri said on August 11, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I look forward to the day when my worries as a civil libertarian are what terrible things are President Biden and Vice President Harris going to propose to a Democratic Congress.

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  49. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 11, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    See the meteor, Danny. Be the meteor.

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  50. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 11, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    North Korean PR office makes a good point here:

    (Don’t make me put #irony on this, okay?)

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  51. Julie Robinson said on August 11, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Mom said she’s looking forward to Harris toy with Pence at the debate like a cat with a scared little mouse.

    In other news, Dennis announced his retirement yesterday. It’s six months earlier than originally planned and he couldn’t be happier. One month of the working life left, then he’s already booked a trip to Orlando.

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  52. susan said on August 11, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Jeff(tmmo) – DPRK also made this cogent point.

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  53. James said on August 11, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Mom said she’s looking forward to Harris toy with Pence at the debate like a cat with a scared little mouse.

    The liberals assuming that Kamala Harris will crush Mike Pence must have missed what Tulsi Gabbard did to her.

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  54. jcburns said on August 11, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Reading your link in detail, James, that doesn’t sound like much of a crushing on either side.

    And, of course, Pence is…well, uniquely crushable.

    Personally, I really don’t care about debates this time. Get out and vote. The change will come.

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  55. Dexter Friend said on August 12, 2020 at 3:23 am

    I was walking Pogo Labbie out in a rural field when my i Phone reported it was Harris. No sense in being dramatic here, so I’ll just say my heart sank and I stopped walking for like ten seconds to let it sink in. Of all those women he had to choose from, Biden picked Kamala Harris, my last choice. Pundits, reporters, and regular folks are having trouble defining her as in how to describe her firsts; some call her African American, some say Indian American. One man said Jamaican Indian American, and some said Black. I did not know Jamaicans necessarily call themselves African Americans, now I guess I do. I just thought she was a heavy-handed prosecutor who recommended max sentences for minor drug offenses and believed in making sure the prisons were always packed. Maybe I can get used to her by reading her glowing biography hilites.

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  56. alex said on August 12, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Came across this last night totally by accident. Must have inadvertently clicked on it and it started playing while I was reading a different screen. It made me laugh harder than I’ve laughed in the last four years:

    Obama’s final White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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    • nancy said on August 12, 2020 at 7:26 am

      That was a great one. I’m sure he didn’t write his own material — I think the Daily Show writers’ room was his main source — but as anyone can see, he’s got the timing and delivery of a natural.

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  57. Deborah said on August 12, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I kind of forgot about the Perseids this year. Nothing can top 3 or 4 years ago in Abiquiu when we saw about one meteor every 7 seconds or less, we were out for maybe 2 hours then and saw over 300. Every year after that has been a disappointment. Photos often show more than one at the same time, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen that.

    I’ve officially ended my keto diet this week, I’ve lost the weight I wanted to lose. This morning we’re having tamales for breakfast, we buy them frozen but made locally, they’re delicious. I have to reintroduce my body to carbs gradually so each day I get to have something with more carbs. Next week LB is going to make bread again, I’ve been looking forward to a BLT sandwich on toast, maybe add avacado to that.

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  58. Jeff Borden said on August 12, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I had a front row seat to the bungling and bumbling of Mike Dense when he was governor of Indiana. His prissy morality led to an epidemic of HIV cases while his god bothering bullshit giving businesses cover to discriminate against gays cost the state hundreds of millions in lost business. He’s not particularly bright, which makes him the perfect stooge for a clown like tRump. And fucking A, he is as unctuous as any politician around.

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  59. Sherri said on August 12, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    I think that when the GOP gets trounced this fall, they’re going to go full QAnon.

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  60. Scout said on August 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Yes, what Sherri said. We can count on the Q people being the 2020 iteration of the tea party. A bunch of mendacious bomb throwers with no solutions to governance, just bitchin’ and conspiracy crap. And like everything else about 2020 so far, it will be virulent and dangerous.

    Dexter, I disagree with your assessment of Harris. She was the VP runner-up with the experience, policy chops, clean personal backstory, relative youth and charisma to give a real shot of pizazz into Biden’s campaign. She is ready to step in to the top job if needed or in 4 years. She ticks every box, including but definitely not limited to her ethnicity. I was very surprised that you have issue with that. Also that you have fallen for the bad cop stuff the right keeps banging on about. We can’t let the conservative fever swamp define her without push back.

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  61. Sherri said on August 12, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Kamala Harris’s Senate office softball team is named the Oxford Kamalas.

    I’m sold.

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  62. Brandon said on August 12, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    @Jeff Borden, #58

    Some call him Mike Pence None the Smarter (inspired by Sixpence None the Richer).

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  63. Scout said on August 12, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Am I a bad person for hoping this halfwitted shitstain is the next Herman Cain?

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  64. David C said on August 12, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    The Rs can seem to figure out is Kamala is a cop or the leftiest liberal of all time. That alone is a big plus in my book. Their messaging people are in the shit anyway because the orange one can’t stick to anything, even when the Adderall is fully kicked in, so she’s going to give them fits.

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  65. Sherri said on August 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Pay attention to the WNBA. Sports is never just about sports, and they know it.

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  66. Jakash said on August 12, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Following up on the derecho from Monday. There was a tornado in Rogers Park, a far north-side neighborhood in Chicago that borders Lake Michigan. It had a path length of about 3 miles, and peak winds of 110 mph.

    Here’s a video of a couple folks out in a grassy area just as it passes over them and moves to the lake.

    Here’s a National Weather Service compilation of what the radar looked like as the derecho traveled from Nebraska at 8 a.m. to oh, let’s say Ft. Wayne at 7 p.m.

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  67. Dexter Friend said on August 12, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Progressives and Liberals are clamming up but they were disheartened at the selection of Harris. The Republicans are calling her “left of Bernie”. That is completely off base. But sour grapes have already rotted and it’s time to do all we can to rid the nation of the Trump disaster.
    No sense in bemoaning my choices were passed over by Biden…I am done with it.

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  68. Mark P said on August 12, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I saw a Facebook post by my wife’s hairdresser celebrating the primary win by the QAnon believer in the 14th district in Georgia. She said she had voted for her. In Georgia. My wife’s hairdresser used to live in Georgia. She lives in Alabama now.

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  69. Jakash said on August 12, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Well, Dexter has already explained himself. I was about to note that him saying “I just thought she was a heavy-handed prosecutor who recommended max sentences for minor drug offenses and believed in making sure the prisons were always packed” doesn’t sound like something that “the right keeps banging on about” to me, Scout. It sounds like something the right would *love*. I thought all during the primaries Harris had a problem with certain lefties, such as those Dexter seems to be referencing.

    As far as I’m concerned, she’d be fine, whatever her ethnicity or how you pronounce her name. If the country could go for Barack Hussein Obama, Kamala doesn’t seem like much of a hurdle at all. Well, except for being a woman, of course. Fortunately, she seems to smile a lot. 😉

    As for her being too far left; of course, the Trumpeters are gonna go with that — they think freaking Biden is too far left. Look, the Democratic electorate has given the Lincoln Project folks and their Never-Trump Republican buddies the most mainstream choice available in Ole Joe. Seems pretty freaking greedy to think that they should get to have both halves of the ticket tailored to suit their fancy.

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  70. Brandon said on August 12, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    The list of 2020 Presidential Candidates.

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  71. Mark P said on August 12, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Apparently Donald and Ivanka contributed a couple of thousand dollars to Harris’s attorney general campaign in California.

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  72. Deborah said on August 12, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Dexter, I’m not seeing that about progressives and liberals clamming up about Harris, not the ones I read, and I read a lot of them, also the never Trumpers are on board 100%. You may not agree with everything Biden and Harris are about but like taking a bus it may not get you to your doorstep but it gets you closer to where you want to be going than where the republicans have been driving us, by a long shot. We’ll get there eventually but it will take a lot of hard work and being super squeaky wheels.

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  73. alex said on August 12, 2020 at 6:59 pm


    Probably thought it would immunize him from any pussy-grabbing charges in California.

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  74. Scout said on August 12, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Yeah, I kinda knew it was more the Berniestans than the wingnuts kvetching about her DA record, but didn’t want to say. As for enthusiasm, I think the numbers tell a pretty decent story.

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  75. James said on August 12, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Kamala Harris was one of the members of Congress who signed an open letter calling on Donald Trump to expand US military intervention in Syria, intensifying the brutal 9-year war.

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  76. Dorothy said on August 13, 2020 at 5:56 am

    I’m kind of stunned we’ve reached close to 80 comments on this post and no one said anything about Perry Mason. Isn’t it a great series?! We really loved it. Looking forward to more, when productions can safely start filming again.

    I mentioned my neighbor recently, who is having issues with her traumatic brain injured husband. He’s been legally denied entry to their home, and she is taking steps to leave him and vacating their house. She needed to go to court a few days ago and asked if I could watch her 6 year old. Of course I said yes. She was loving on Nestle, and we talked about her pets – a dog and two cats. She mentioned she’d seen a black kitty somewhere recently but her mom said they could not get it. “We need lots of money for a BIG truck and after we get the truck, maybe we’ll have some money for another kitty.” My heart almost broke in two, hearing her say that. The things that poor little one has seen and heard….

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  77. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 13, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I gave the Perseids five minutes after midnight on Tuesday, and saw one good fireball, a couple of faint streaks, and decided to go to bed. Probably better after 2 am, but that wasn’t happening! Cleaning out an office is tiring in more ways than one . . . last phase today, then I turn in my keys tomorrow. And maybe I’ll sleep better then.

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  78. Julie Robinson said on August 13, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Dorothy, what platform is Perry Mason on? I remember reading about it a while back, but there’s so much on I have trouble tracking it all. We are always behind, in fact last night we finished season 2 of Jack Ryan on Prime. Hubby enjoyed it immensely and when it got done I asked if we could have a discussion about what a Republican wet dream it was.

    Jefftmmo, are you taking your traumatized self off to a professional?

    Kamala Harris is a fine VP pick, and if I’m not excited, I don’t look to any politician with excitement. The important thing is to win.

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  79. alex said on August 13, 2020 at 9:24 am

    So is “James” a new troll or an old troll in disguise?

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  80. Heather said on August 13, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Voting rights are a “liberal wish list,” says Larry Kudlow.

    Meanwhile this morning Trump outright admitted he’s defunding the USPS to prevent people from voting by mail.

    I wish I knew what to do with this anger and frustration. My reps are Democrats and I sure wish they’d start playing hardball.

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  81. Mark P said on August 13, 2020 at 11:28 am

    So when does the Republican Party officially change its name to the Banana Republican Party?

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  82. basset said on August 13, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Perry Mason’s available to us on MeTV, but it’s on at the same time as the local news so we don’t see it. Most weeknights we’re there for two Andy Griffiths and one each of Gomer Pyle and Green Acres, though.

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  83. Sherri said on August 13, 2020 at 11:39 am

    The remake of Perry Mason, which is what I assume Dorothy is referring to, is on HBO. It’s on our list, but we haven’t watched it yet.

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  84. Scout said on August 13, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Alex @ 79 – I was just wondering the same thing. At this point, I don’t want to hear why Biden and Harris don’t measure up to people’s favored primary candidate who didn’t make it this far. The choice is Biden or Trump or apparently Kanye, and as for the latter, we already found out what happens when people elect a joke candidate with no experience and mental health issues.

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  85. Jakash said on August 13, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Sorry, Dorothy, but no sale here. I haven’t mentioned it because I don’t feel like it’s worth mentioning. Now that you bring it up, though! 🙂

    I was leery about Perry Mason after reading the early reviews, which were mildly positive, but I’m nothing if not suggestible. So, they’re gonna do a remake of a show that’s been significant to me my whole life? I was enough of a sucker to take the bait. And bait it surely was, since this show bore so little resemblance to the bones of the old TV show. Which is fine, though kinda silly it seems to me. Why pretend that it’s “Perry Mason” if it’s going to be nothing like Perry Mason? Oh, so folks like me will watch it — duh. So, we’ll leave aside our Black and White TV buddies — maybe it would be a good show on its own merits. Uh, no.

    It was certainly a very 21st-Century way to tell a story set in the 30s, I’ll give it that. Unfortunately, that’s not appealing to me, as I’ve had plenty of the antihero / conflicted resolution genre. Without going into any spoilers, this was a stellar production — you could surely tell that they spent a lot of money on it, HBO style, and the actors were all very good. (I especially liked Shea Whigham, Perry’s investigator buddy, who seemed like he’d just time-traveled to the set from the actual 1930s.) But the story certainly didn’t interest me much — particularly sprawled out over a leisurely 8 episodes. Raymond Burr would have had that wrapped up in 52 minutes, easy, if he didn’t have to pause for the commercials… The ending was very disappointing and didn’t make it seem like it was worth the ride. It does, however, make me pretty confident that I don’t need to watch any more and provides me the benefit of not feeling like “Oh, I can’t wait for this to come back,” as is sometimes the case with a season finale.

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  86. Jakash said on August 13, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Alex, Scout: There are plenty of trolls in the forest, so I don’t know why this wouldn’t be a new one. I *was* wondering, though, whether this guy has his pilot’s license already, or is still in flight school. 😉

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  87. basset said on August 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    I didn’t even know there was a remake of Perry Mason. Sorry.

    Don’t know how anyone but Raymond Burr could be the real Perry, though.

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  88. Jakash said on August 13, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Trump, “reaching out” to Black citizens, many times: “What have you got to lose?”

    Larry Kudlow, as noted by Heather: “So much of the Democratic asks… are really liberal, left wish lists … we don’t wanna have, you know, voting rights … that’s not our game, and the president can’t accept that kinda deal.”

    Also, Trump: “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots … But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”

    This crew, always saying the quiet parts out loud, yet never paying a price for it.

    At long last, can’t at least some of the 38% see that destroying the Postal Service in order to screw the libs is not really in their best interests? I gotta believe that efficient mail delivery is more important to many in Trump’s base than it is to the stereotypical Amazon Prime – supplied, snail-mail averse Dem.

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  89. ROGirl said on August 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I was also wondering about “James.” Seems to have it in for Kamala Harris.

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  90. 4dbirds said on August 13, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Oh please not another JTFP or a Danny in waiting. My brother-in-law restores old cars. Has been doing it for thirty years and several of his cars were used in The New Perry Mason and Penny Dreadful, City of Angels. I liked City of Angels better for the different story lines in pre-WWII Los Angeles. My BIL cars are in another series but I can’t remember which one.

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  91. Deborah said on August 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Speaking of TV series, I mentioned here a couple of days ago (a week, a month, again I lose track of time so easily these days) that my husband and I started watching The Bridge, a Danish TV series. It started out spectacularly and now we’re on episode 6 of season 1 and it’s already getting pretty far fetched. We’ll probably stick with it through the first season (there were 4) but may not continue after that. There was a US remake of it in 2014 that maybe had a few seasons. The premise of the series in the Danish version is that there is a body found on the bridge between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden, exactly at the spot where the two countries meet. The US version apparently has a body being found on a Bridge Between El Paso TX and Juarez, Mexico exactly at the place where the two countries meet. The one we’re watching is full of intrigue and surprises and revolves around the personalities of the two detectives investigating the crime, one from Denmark a man, the other from Sweden a woman. It gets pretty crazy, as I said.

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  92. LAMary said on August 13, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    James, introduce yourself. We all know each other here in a distant bloggish sort of way. Tell us about yourself.

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  93. Jakash said on August 13, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Huh. Never saw either version of The Bridge, but those descriptions sounded just like a show we watched a few years ago on PBS called The Tunnel. A British – French production in which the body is found in the middle of the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK. It was on for 3 seasons, 24 episodes, and was good enough that we watched it all. It did get pretty crazy and was rather gruesome, but the two main actors were excellent.

    Just looked it up and it turns out that it was, indeed, adapted from The Bridge.

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  94. Joe Kobiela said on August 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Sorry jackash, never hid never will. Pretty funny how cnn lost their mind over Tucker Carlson mispronouncing Kamala on Tuesday night, then Biden mispronounced it the same way Wednesday, might want to get to know your V.P. a little better Joey.
    Pilot Joe

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  95. Jim said on August 13, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    The US version of The Bridge was very good. So is the new Perry Mason, and once again I loved Watchmen. It had me in the first 20 minutes.

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  96. Heather said on August 13, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Where are they selling these glasses that apparently allow you only to see events that confirm your existing worldview and filter everything else out?

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  97. Jim said on August 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Heather: Dumbasses ‘R Us

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  98. Jakash said on August 13, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Joe, you seem to have misunderstood my comment. I didn’t think it *was* you, but that he seems *like* you, from what we’ve seen.

    Are you proud to see your president attempting to cripple the Postal Service, BTW? Do you care about other things provided for in the Constitution, or is the Second Amendment about the only part that matters?

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  99. beb said on August 13, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Perry Mason? The Raymond Burr shows were not that much like the early novels. In those Mason was very much a hands-on person, investigating the crime and messing with evidence to defend his clients. Those early stories would make a great series. I haven’t seen this new series, though. From what I’ve heard it’s not much like the books.

    One reason I didn’t see this show is because it’s on a streaming service. Which would be alright if there were only the one but everybody seems to have their own streaming service — Netfliks, Hulu, HBO, CBS, NBC, Paramount, Disney (I may have missed some) each wanted a paltry $10 a month for the service, or thereabouts. But if you signed uo for all of them that adds up to real money and we’re already paying through the nose for cable and internet.

    Ghe thing about Tucker Carlson was how snotty he got when a guest on his show tried to correct his pronunciation. He seemed to hate Harris that the common courtesy of pronouncing her name correctly was beyond the pale.

    It’s less than 90 days to the election so the idea of impeaching Trump seems a little pointless (setting aside that the Senate would acquit him again) but it also seems incumbent that if Trump is trying to wreck the Post Office to screw over the election then impeachment is in order.

    I’m also in favor of big trials after the election of everybody — Trump, Barr, Pompeo, DeVos, Jared, Ivanka, Kellyanne Conway (Hatch Act) Neomi Reo (an insane judge) and so on. Lock then up, all of them.

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  100. Heather said on August 13, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I never really believed in the existence of literal evil, but I’m beginning to.

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  101. Jakash said on August 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Well, I’m getting a bit carried away with the posting today, but I do wonder how those who pride themselves on being patriotic and supportive of the military are managing to delude themselves about this.

    “After five draft deferments Donald Trump has finally found a war he wants to fight – against the USPS!
    If he had served, he’d know veterans rely on the USPS for voting, medication, and employment.
    We take this VERY personally, and so should you.”

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  102. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 13, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    YOLO on your . . . I don’t get it. Is it backwards so you can read it when brushing your teeth? It’s certainly an Underwoodish couple there.

    Julie, I’m regularly seeing a professional. Unfortunately, it’s a plumber. And I will need counseling if my sis and I have to put much more money into getting my parents’ house sold. On the upside, I’ve moved past the “my childhood home” wistfulness to the “damn house that needs work” which we want to sell before we find out what the property taxes for 2021 are.

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  103. LAMary said on August 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    I was not a brilliant student in high school. Good at tests and quizzes, but inimpressive otherwise. When the senior class was invited to a college bowl sort of quiz with a neighboring town’s high school, I applied and was immediately turned down. I attended the event. It was a close game. The last question was, “what was the name of the famous TV detective played by Raymond Burr?” Someone got it right as asked. But out in the audience someone, maybe me, said kind of loudly, “He was a lawyer, not a detective.” Paul Drake was the detective on that show. My high school won with this incorrect answer to an incorrect question.
    This has kept me from being interested in the new Perry Mason. He’s a detective in the new series.

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  104. Jim said on August 13, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    LAMary: “This has kept me from being interested in the new Perry Mason. He’s a detective in the new series.”

    Well, I definitely think you would become interested…

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  105. Deborah said on August 13, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Perry Mason was my first inkling what a lawyer was and did. My family came from a long line of farmers, what did we know.

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  106. Joe Kobiela said on August 13, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Let say you won a couple million in a lottery and you had your choice to either show up in person to collect your winnings or mail in your ticket to be validated, what would you do? The postal service is a money loosing fucking train wreck.
    Pilot Joe

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  107. Deborah said on August 13, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Since when Joe? You have no idea what you’re talking about as usual.

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  108. Sherri said on August 13, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    I wasn’t aware that the purpose of institutions set forth in the Constitution, like the USPS, was to make money. Or any other government agency. Want to talk about a money-losing organization, let’s talk about the Pentagon.

    Or maybe the FAA. Why aren’t they making money?! Talk about a train wreck! Why are our airport systems so outdated, and airport security so ridiculous?!

    But, the USPS was making enough money to pay its bills until Republicans, as part of a long-running attempt to destroy it, forced through legislation to make the USPS overfund its pension obligations far in excess of anything any other organization does,

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  109. Dorothy said on August 13, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Well Raymond Burr was in another t.v. series and he was sort of a detective in it – he was actually a FORMER chief of detectives named Robert Ironside. His character was in a wheelchair. It debuted in 1967 so maybe the quiz show was wrong, too?

    I never read the novels that the show was based on, so I found the story to be interesting. Yes Perry is a detective in the new series. But what’s fascinating is how he changes jobs during an investigation. Matthew Rhys is really good in the part, but the supporting actors are just as good or better than he is. It was nice to get lost in a new series that was really well done.

    I can’t believe you guys are still arguing with that empty headed pilot. Seriously, just ignore him.

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  110. LAMary said on August 13, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    This was pre Ironside, Dorothy. The teachers, the ones who rejected me, got it wrong.
    Sherri, you beat me to it asking if the post office was supposed to turn a profit. Um. No. Give this concept a little thought, Joe.

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  111. Mark P said on August 13, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    This right-wing hatred of the Postal Service is just one more nutcase BS full-of-lies pile of crap. Republicans repeat back what they are told because they aren’t smart enough to come up with their own excuses to kill any government program that actually works, at least unless it profits them. A government program that works and benefits ordinary people is an offense to what passes for conservative philosophy. It puts the lie to their entire belief system.

    Sherri is right about the Pentagon. It’s mainly a money printing machine for contractors. I have personally seen the truth of this statement: if you want to get rich, start a military contracting company.

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  112. Joe Kobiela said on August 13, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    The faa is funded thru taxes on aviation fuel, tickets and other aviation based endeavors, the atc, system is the envy of the rest of the world, and homeland security runs the security at airports not the faa.
    Pilot Joe

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  113. LAMary said on August 13, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Does the FAA make money Joe? Do they turn a profit?

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