CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Some tech news to start you off:

Introducing C*ckblocked, a new online tool that allows Grindr users to see everyone who has blocked them. It was developed by Trever Faden, a tech professional from Washington, D.C. “About two weeks ago I discovered that Grindr actually gives each user the profile IDs of all the users who blocked you on the app,” Trever tells Queerty. “They don’t display it anywhere on the actual app itself, but the data is there.” “So, I decided to build C*ckblocked,” he continues. “Basically you can login with your Grindr creds and it’ll show you all the users who blocked you on the app.”

  • TuuxKabin
    • Natty Enquirer

      Swipe right!

    • JT

      Where has that gold finger been?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D1nK7q2i8I

      • Mark

        I remember going to the drive in in Asuza, CA for the gay car club and this was on the screen – what a hoot!! Over 100 classic cars and all owned by family – – what a scream….literally!

  • UrsusArctos 🐻
    • AJ Drew

      oh shit, I’ve been that cat.

  • JT
    • TuuxKabin

      Ja Boss!

  • lala

    PSA in case you still use FB… Applies to other apps too.

    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/facebook-privacy-tips,news-26798.html

  • Ninja0980

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iss0AorT32I
    Given Mondays are always no fun, enjoy this song from Nintendo.
    Helped me calm down during many stressful times of writing college papers.

  • Bluto
    • Treant

      DJT on the bottom and she’s going for what passes for his brain?

      • AtticusP

        Let’s call that one “Melania’s revenge“.

  • ColdCountry

    OK, OT it is! I followed a link to “Life-Changing Lessons in How to Pack Right for Travel” for the info, and stayed for the pics. Enjoy… both.

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2288916/outdoors-gear-makes-best-travel-gear

  • AtticusP

    Sometimes the marvels of technology turn out to be not all that marvelous after all.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c85d8a2f8ba184e0418f6dc1067f82bc65ec9c9db56465288f10acceccfe0a98.jpg

    • Treant

      You were Huck Finn?

      • JT

        Huck got it on with Tom. Oh, yeah.

        • Treant

          So I’ve always assumed. “Painting the fence” was clearly code.

          • JT

            He wasn’t the only one. Huck was ravenous. Come Back to the Raft Ag’n, Huck Honey!

          • Paula

            I didn’t see yours below. Damn! A very telling line, wasn’t it?

          • JT

            And Leslie Fiedler published the article, exploring male homoerotic bonding relationships, in 1948! He will be missed.

            So will Gore Vidal, whose novel The City and the Pillar was also published in 1948. Vidal had already been lionized for his first novel Williwaw, a war novel. But after the publication of The City and the Pillar, he was attacked for its gay content and for having a young gay man as his main character.

          • And he charged others for it so early american rent boy?

      • Paula

        Come back to the raft a’gin, Huck honey.

    • lala

      Looks lonely either way.

      • AtticusP

        I think, for me at least, loneliness isn’t the point of that meme. It’s about living in the real world. Many people alive today may get to the end of their lives and realize that they’ve spent all of their time staring at a telephone screen or a tablet screen.

        • lala

          My brain is wired differently… I feel sad that I wasn’t exposed all this technology advances when I was a kid. I feel I wasted time just running playing football (soccer) and cricket… When I could have read and learn about the world and the universe on the internet.

          • ColdCountry

            I think both are important, and both add incredible value to life. There is a time for each, and both should be treasured.

          • AJ Drew

            ah, “the grass is always greener,” blah blah blah… in counterpoint, many others romanticize their imaginings of cricket locker rooms and boarding school.

          • CanuckDon

            Can’t agree. Loss of innocence at an early age doesn’t help the creative mind. Eventually I found out how the real world works….wish I could go back to the time when I didn’t.

          • Ninja0980

            Don’t we all.

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            I think there’s different ways to use technology.

            You can use it mindlessly, or to lose your innocence, but you can also use it creatively, and as an opportunity to learn incredible things.

            I think that the new generation, raised on more interactive cell phones and computers, will turn out better than the previous generation raised on television.

            Personally, I love Wikipedia. I hated when I was a kid and had to try to convince my (usually pretty accommodating) parents to take me to the library so I could dig through dusty encyclopedias because I had developed a spontaneous interest in the pygmy marmoset.

          • CanuckDon

            Yes…I can see it both ways, of course. I grew up in a rural area so life was pretty sheltered. The ideas coming from the television were limited….although liberal ideals in comedy sitcoms were much more prevalent in the ’70s so I will always treasure that era.

            Computers definitely give a young person more leeway to satisfy curiousity and expand their mind….although there’s a lot of false info that they can get trapped into.

          • DavidAZ
          • AtticusP

            I’m just grateful that I got to live to see all of these amazing things. People walking around with telephones. Planes carrying people to other continents within hours.

            But I am even more thankful that I got to live in a time and a place in which we didn’t even need to lock our doors. When we played outside until it got dark, our moms would yell for us to come home and not call us on our cell phones.

            It wasn’t all rosy, of course. But it was a heck of a lot simpler, and I suppose that’s the appeal for me.

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            I guess it depends where you live.

            We don’t lock our doors here, even if we go on vacation for three weeks.

          • Dayglo

            I lived in an era when Walter Cronkite read us the news. We trusted and believed him. Very few of us regarded him as a traitorous liar. Of course, this was also the era when I nervously came out to my parents who instantly threatened to commit me to a “mental institution.” Now we can enjoy “Love, Simon” at the local multiplex. Things change.

          • Prost Seattle

            Grindr Jr.!

      • David Gervais

        Just because the boy fishing is alone does not mean he’s lonely. The worst day fishing is better that the best day stuck in school.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Have to differ. Hated fishing. Hated being outdoors under much any circumstance. Prefer the sound of car traffic to crickets. Prefer museums to milk cows. Love being alone in any major city; at least in the city, they can hear me scream.

          • David Gervais

            My point is that you can be alone in a museum or elsewhere in a city but you are not necessarily lonely.

          • CanuckDon

            …The chores.
            …The stores.
            …Fresh air.
            …Times Square

    • Lars Littlefield

      Now ya got me all waxing and a waning about my adolescence. Had a mean crush for the older boy who lived on the dairy farm along the north shore of Utah Lake. Our farm was a mile farther north. We would spend many weekends down at his family’s farm pretending to fish. What we were really doing was a larnin’ how to pleasure one another buck nekkid. Every time I get near the edge of that lake I get a major ache in my pants and a big ol’ hardon. Good times. Real good times.

      • AtticusP

        When I was a kid, I used to get tired of hearing my older relatives pining for “the good old days“.

        Now that I’m even older than some of those people were at the time, I know what they meant. (But I keep my mouth shut about it for the most part.) 😉

        • JWC

          I used to get pissed at “youth is wasted on the young'” now I agree but console myself with”Age and treachery will triumph over youth and skill”

      • hdtex

        Which means you’re from Provo? Orem?

        • Lars Littlefield

          American Fork. Actually, the bottom land between American Fork and Lehi. Yet for some reason, I was forced to attend AF public schools five and six miles away instead of the Lehi schools that were only about two miles from our farm.

    • Mark

      I didn’t fish but growing up on a ranch, I was outside all the time though most of it I was working – – from 8 on….

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Tru dat

    • 🐾vorpal🐾

      I grew up doing some of that, but also doing this:
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da000cd1b4be078140015ba09f5f91ea946c4ff17b7e15822668ff006e9d9bb8.png

      and now I do this:
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/808192ab981f9fd801120457aa42669d55e074f6ed17c52f913701cf6d546b65.jpg

      and I don’t think I would have developed my love of programming, logic, and math without the C64 I got when I was five. It’s been nice knowing for 35 years of my life more-or-less what I wanted to do career-wise and also knowing I would love it.

      • Tom Furgas

        Good God…5-inch floppies!!! Ancient history!

        • MusicBear88

          A 5-inch floppy can turn into something much bigger when it’s hard…

          • Paula

            You’re incorrigible.

          • MusicBear88

            So my mother said. When I was three. 😀

          • Tom Furgas

            =^0

        • kcken

          5.25″ floppies…but the 3.5″ discs were called stiffies…

        • Guffey

          Oh, at first glance I thought they were 8″ floppies! I finally purged my 8″ floppies about 15 years ago. I hadn’t actually been able to read them for 20 years prior to that… But they were soooo cool to just look at! Ahhhh… the good ol’ days when it took 15 mins to boot up.

        • 🐾vorpal🐾

          Hey, hey, mister.
          That’s 5 1/4″ floppy.
          Don’t round down. 😀

      • TheManicMechanic

        I loved my C-64.

        • Paula

          I made the jump from Vic-20 to Apple IIC

          • TheManicMechanic

            I started off with a couple different microprocessor dev boards that I would code in HEX, then between a Timex/Sinclair and the C-64, but after that it was all building my own PC clones. I dabbled with an Apple II for a while, but I was able to do more rolling my own computers. I wish I could have just half the money I poured into that hobby back.

      • 2patricius2

        So many floppy disks!

  • Treant

    I saw that article on Cockblocked. It should last about four seconds before Grindr shuts it down. 🙂

    Also, Test #2 on the sun jars. Overnight, two of the adhesive attachments of the solar cells released, so this time I used epoxy. Those puppies aren’t going anywhere. They’re merrily glowing on the windowsills like Easter candles in pastel hues.

    It’s kind of pretty, actually.

  • Lars Littlefield

    I like that idea. I like it a lot.

  • Tomcat

    In case there are some computer wizards on here tonight, I have been having a problem with Disqus forcing me to log in again any time I refresh the page or go to a different thread. Please help me if you can it is getting to be a real pain to have to log in all the time. By the way when it requires me to login again, I can go to disqus.com and it shows me logged IN already. Thanks in advance.
    And if I do not answer each comment,,, well you know why now.

    • Lazycrockett

      clear your cache and history.

    • AJ Drew

      adblocker messes with Disqus; try turning it off (hey, Joe has earned those pennies!) and sometimes it works to reset things.

      • Tomcat

        Already did that, no help but thanks for the help.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      I have been having that kind of weirdness as well. If I – open a page > click to open my profile in a tab > view comments there > reload original page – it seems to clear things up for a while. Otherwise I get a “broken comments” strip along the right of the page when I click on the comment number bubble.
      Oh, I also disabled Adblock on this domain.

      • Tomcat

        Never had that exact problem.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          The login every page seems to clear (for a while) when I do that workaround.

      • Mark

        Are you on Mac High Sierra? Disqus is all screwed up with it and I have to clear my history and come back. My older computer, that I didn’t update, works just fine. So it is a Disqus issue and has been for quite some time.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          Yep. Mac High Sierra, but this issue was intermittent with other versions.

          • Lars Littlefield

            I’ve got El Capitan running on my ancient McBook Pro, I can only add an image if I’m reading responses to one of my posts. Otherwise it logs out if I try to do it the normal route, But I can insert URLs from other sites just dandy.

          • UrsusArctos 🐻

            Disqus is a cranky beast.

          • Mark

            Interesting! I never had an issue until I put High Sierra on the iMac.

    • -M-

      It’s doing that to me too.

      • Tomcat

        So my trying three different router was a waste of my time huh. lol.

    • zhera

      Imma gonna hi-jack this thread to ask a computer question myself:

      When I try to turn off the computer the normal way, it doesn’t work. (Windows icon in lower left corner, clicking on ‘turn off’.) Nothing happens. The meny doesn’t come up. Righ-click, left-click, nada.
      So I turn off the machine by pressing the power button on the computer.

      Any idea what this is about? How I fix it?

      • Talisman

        Which version of Windows?

        • zhera

          Last one.

          • Talisman

            Maybe check the power settings?

            Control PanelHardware and SoundPower OptionsSystem Settings

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      It may have something to do with your penis.

      • Tomcat

        It ALWAYS has SOMETHING to do with the penis.

    • Tomcat

      Not many computer wizards on here tonight for sure.

  • JT

    Can we see the cocks that are blocked?

  • NZArtist

    What’s everyone reading? What’re some excellent books to read?
    I like Sci-Fi, Fantasy kinda stuff. What about y’all?

    • Gretchen

      I just finished the second book in the 7 of Spades series by Cordelia Kingsbridge. I like her writing. The series is a detective/mystery and has gay main characters. Her books are worth the read.

    • TrollopeReader

      you need to ask ??
      🙂

    • Talisman

      I’m a fantasy person. I used to read a book a week, but I just haven’t been motivated to read a whole lot, after being burned by Robert Jordan on the Wheel of Time (how dare he die!), and by the ever-more-likely burn by George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. Too many fantasy stories end up as serials, and it seems too many writers are not committed to finish them.

      • NZArtist

        I read all the books in the Malazan books of the Fallen series by Stephen Erickson. The books are amazingly well written, the characters are engaging.
        But after reading 12 (I think) books, each as thick as a phone book, the ending left me kindof uninspired. I feel I’m going to have to read them all again to make sure I understood the ending.

        • Dazzer

          I know exactly what you mean and I agree entirely.

          In terms of an epic piece of writing that takes time to read, but is worth the effort, can I recommend the Chung Kuo series by David Wingrove?

          It’s all about the warring factions of a Chinese empire that has taken over the Earth.

          • NZArtist

            Reviews often mention the brutality as ‘torture porn’. I dont mind violence as developmental or plot-important, but just for shock value it doesn’t appeal. What’re your thoughts?

          • Dazzer

            Unless it’s vital to the plot, I just skim through it. It’s like that sodding poetry in Tolkien.

          • NZArtist

            Heh. Yeah, okay, fair comment.

    • ColdCountry

      I have decided to reread Tom Jones. It’s hard to get into, but I know if I persist, it will start to flow more easily. (Two and a half page sentences, really?) I can’t believe I first read it at 14!

      • Dazzer

        Try to find the BBC series of the book from 1997. It’s faithful to the book and Max Beesley (Tom Jones) has a remarkably impressive full frontal scene.

        • ColdCountry

          I enjoyed the movie with Albert Finney. In fact, that’s what prompted me to read the book. Wait, what was I don’t watching that movie at that age? That would have been four years before Romeo and Juliet won an X rating for showing a bare butt. Not that TJ showed anything, but oh, my, you knew!

  • Talisman

    So, dinner plans?

    I made soup, and it was surprisingly good. I wanted to use chicken breasts, but the store didn’t have any, so I went with tenderloins. I put them in the pot with 4 containers of low-salt chicken broth and simmered them until they were almost ready to fall apart (I filled a tea strainer with dried rosemary and hung it over the side). Then added rice and mixed veggies (the local store has locally-sourced, fresh-frozen veggie mixes). I wanted to use a mix of peas and corn, but they were out of that mix, so I used a mix of green beans, carrots, & sweet corn. Brought it to a rolling boil, and then let it simmer for an hour or so. Didn’t need to add any extra salt.

    At the last minute, I decided I wanted to give it a bit of kick, so I added black pepper (kind of wish I’d put peppercorns in tea strainer).

    I can’t wait to fix a bowl tomorrow night – this sort of thing is always better on the second day!

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Chicken thighs are so much more tasty than breasts.

      • Lars Littlefield

        I usually butcher the chickens into less parts than most. I like to leave the thighs and legs together. They work well for fricassee, one piece being a large serving of meat rather than a bunch of smaller pieces you’re not sure of. Mmmmmmm. . . . that’s good yard bird. 🙂

      • Talisman

        A rare event, but I didn’t want to deal with bones.

      • fkevin

        Phrasing!

    • ChrisInKansas

      Nice! There is a chicken pot pie soup recipe on Food Network’s site that I make a few times over the winter that is rich but super tasty.

    • clay

      I had a diet Dr. Pepper and a small bag of peanut M&Ms. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back classes and meetings from 11:00am – 9:30pm.

      • Talisman

        I’ve had 2 diet Dr. P’s today. My kidneys are not happy.

  • Michael R
    • Cuberly Deux

      (sigh) if ever there was a news day in need of a serious ZB break.

    • Ninja0980

      ZB reminds me of Lucy, my old dog.
      I miss her.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Is that bottom photo of a young Podophyllum Peltatum?

      • Michael R

        you bet your may apples

        • Lars Littlefield

          😀

    • AC

      Hey buds below
      Up is where to grow
      Up with which below can’t compare with…

    • zhera

      ZB ♥ ♥ ♥

  • UrsusArctos 🐻

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3092a997382236b47c33a4924836ecd09bae52c88a7f0dcce5dcb8414da3ba91.gif Brexit looks like it was AWFUL for the BBC.
    What with budget cuts, here’s the new Dr Who intro.

    • Talisman

      Well, the TARDIS is certainly travelling in space…

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        It’s the sister ship, the T.U.R.D.I.S. (Toilet Underway, Roving Down In a Stream)

    • ColdCountry

      I had a bunch of work done on my barn, and the company rented a portapotty for the crew. After they finished, it sat for almost a month before the lease company came and got it. I told the construction boss that if it was going to be a lawn ornament, I was going to buy a can of blue paint for it. (It was green.) He laughed – a lot – but sent the company to come and take it away. I’ve often thought that if I had money I dind’t know what to do with, that it’d be nice to have a TARDIS tool shed at the edge of the orchard.

  • ChrisInKansas

    I miss the music threads that Joe would post…so maybe it will fit in here.

    I’ve been listening to the 80s playlist I made for my iPod. 2800 pop songs in chronological order that includes every Billboard Top 40 pop single plus 600 others. Would anyone care to post the video for their favorite 80s song?

    • KnownDonorDad

      This is more of a favorite video (there are so many, just posted one that popped into my head), although I also like the song. Bonnie and Clyde themed video of Berlin’s “No More Words.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIb9QUGjdIc

      • ChrisInKansas

        Nice! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the video!

    • Cuberly Deux

      Not the best video, but this song is one of those ones that was a time and place thing.

      They’d play it at Traxx in Denver and whenever it came on the dance floor would FLOOD with people. It’s was such a fun danceable song. The vid however, meh.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xehOMDCH4oc

      • ChrisInKansas

        Great song! My favorite Wang Chung is Let’s Go. Was a top 10 single that gets zero airplay these days.

        • Cuberly Deux

          To Live and Die in L. A. was a good one too.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Now I feel the need to post underrated 80s videos. Nik Kershaw as a visitor from space (maybe) in “Wouldn’t It Be Good.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qH4CT4f7fk

      • ChrisInKansas

        My husband loves loves loves this song.

    • Talisman

      I don’t know that it’s my favorite, but it’s certainly the most nostalgic. I was in 8th grade, and my older sister just got her license and would drive us to school every morning. This song seemed to play every morning, and there are so many associations – I can sometimes even smell the frosty morning air when I hear it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izGwDsrQ1eQ

    • DreadPikathulhu

      The hair made them a joke but I loved the band.

      https://youtu.be/gOK3rqVgN2I

      • ChrisInKansas

        I got their first album for Xmas 1982? 83? and played it to death!

      • TuuxKabin
        • perversatile
          • TuuxKabin

            And rightly so you’d be crying at these two songs. I often cried, listening to Tim Buckley’s albums. This Mortal Coil . . . it was the last song a friend put on a tape to help me sleep. A cassette of ‘lullabies’ and that was the last song. Thing is I’d rewind it to play, again, and again. It was worth it. Thank you for the sweet reminders.

          • perversatile

            sweet dreams

        • ColdCountry

          Can’t say I care for it, but she has a remarkable vocal talent.

        • fuzzybits

          Yay Nina!

      • Outlaw Woman

        I rocked “Flock of Seagulls hair” for about three months, ha ha.

        And M.C. Hammer genie pants. I was sooooooooo coooooooool !!

    • DreadPikathulhu

      Tom Bailey was one of my first crushes.

      https://youtu.be/H9694K85Xc8

      • KnownDonorDad

        Great song!

      • ChrisInKansas

        Their whole catalog is so catchy! Love King For A Day.

    • KnownDonorDad

      From the late, great Laura Branigan and directed by William Friedkin of The Exorcist fame, “Self Control.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miGUnKWcYeo

      • DreadPikathulhu

        She had such an amazing voice.

        • Talisman

          I was such a fan of hers. I have everything she ever released. It’s really too bad her last album Over My Heart (1990) didn’t get more attention. In my opinion, it’s her best.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8s27_U8n0

          I nearly killed me when she died. She was so young (only 52).

          Rumor has it that she was a bit of a douche. She sued her label and managers when things did not go her way. It was also rumored that she succumbed to alcoholism after her husband passed away, and that was instrumental in a fall that broke both femurs. It’s a sad legacy for such a great voice.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It’s 80s cheese time! (See what I did there?)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6zstmlOjLs

    • Lazycrockett

      Man without Hats other hit.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zUUtf7gOe8

      • ChrisInKansas

        Great song!

    • ChrisInKansas

      I don’t know if I could pick “A” favorite, but this would be in the top 3. I NEVER tire of it.

      https://youtu.be/JWsRz3TJDEY

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Ha ha, I played that last weekend. Partner had never heard of it.

        • ChrisInKansas

          Women rapping dates a song like nothing else! 😊

    • DreadPikathulhu

      I Loved Romeo Void and Deborah Ayall

      https://youtu.be/4x0fPZrPV3M

      • ChrisInKansas

        I didn’t know this song til many years later. Never got airplay here in Kansas.

        • Outlaw Woman

          I was living in San Francisco at the time, but was in Lubbock Tx on a business trip.

          Imagine my surprise that Romeo Void was playing that weekend at the “New West Club” … best part of the trip !

          You shoulda come down !!

    • ChrisInKansas

      Also in my top three:

      https://youtu.be/PJwt2dxx9yg

      • TuuxKabin

        Joe Jackson, a good reason to want to ball him for his music. Damn. Thanks.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I don’t know. There’s fun songs, feel songs and sex songs.

      If I dare start playing while drinking, it will soon be 1 am.

      • Lazycrockett

        Yep Im gonna post one more and then refresh and stay above the more comments, cause I could post all night.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7352Sy_9r04

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Loved them.

          The bars used to play a vid that my then partner and I called ” Cleaning the house song ”
          Can
          Not
          find
          it

    • Cuberly Deux

      Then there was that album you’d listen to till it was dust…lol…

      https://youtu.be/2aP4GaAruws?t=14

      • TuuxKabin

        Pure joy.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Underrated Alan Parsons Project song, with such a creative video.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLvFbBR4XOg

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Music always welcome on the Nocturnal Ejaculations thread.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      This was my drive to city on a rainy day and sit in a corner and just zone out song.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYJf6CJXV8

    • KnownDonorDad

      Why do the one-hit wonders make such good videos?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2mAQPwYf7A

      • ChrisInKansas

        I think you are being generous with “hit”. 😝

        • KnownDonorDad

          Hey, it made it to 7th on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock chart, TYVM! 😀

      • Lazycrockett

        Everybody loves the pilot, except the crew.

    • Bambino

      I think we’ve all been rickrolled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman sugary pop. Rick Ashley shimmying was quite hypnotic at the time.
      https://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

      • ChrisInKansas

        Love anything Stock/Aitken/Waterman. Their Donna Summer album from 88 is SO good!

    • KnownDonorDad

      One last one, honest. Underrated song, unusual video. There was a rumor that a young Peter Dinklage appeared in it, apparently not true. And hey, motorcycles and a flamethrower!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqeKV2UYq1Q

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Was living in the city in a total lol omg apartment when this song came out.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uejh-bHa4To

    • iamvince

      R.I.P. Pete Burns
      https://youtu.be/PGNiXGX2nLU

    • jimbo65

      So many favorites. This is just one of many.
      https://youtu.be/VjEq-r2agqc

      • Lumpy Gaga

        He sang this with Tracy Chapman standing in on the 1988 Amnesty International tour.

        • jimbo65

          I kind of remember seeing the broadcast on mtv back in the day. The Kate Bush duet will always be my favoite.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • ChrisInKansas

        1990. So close. 😛

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • TuuxKabin

        Gettin’ out the hankies.

    • TuuxKabin

      You created a monster. A wonderful musical monster. Thanks.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • MikeBx2

    Scary weather in Alabama. We had storms earlier but nothing like this.
    https://twitter.com/KATVToddYak/status/975883637748060160

    • Sam_Handwich

      allah must be mad about roy moore’s loss

      • Bambino

        Roy Moore was asking god a favor. God send a storm to turn the local mall into an emergency shelter.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          God Sentorum

      • PlutoAnimus

        Allahbama?

    • Ninja0980

      Actually tornado season in that area.
      Normally not as bad as Tornado alley but still can be dangerous and deadly as this video shows.

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        Southern “Dixie Alley” tornadoes are deadlier than tornadoes on the Great Plains. They tend to be stronger, happen after dusk, are shrouded in rain. MS has the most deaths per capita because of that.
        I recall watching tornadoes in IN/IL/IA/OK from a distance. They were beautiful. The ONLY reaction to them I have here along the Coast is “WHERE the hell is it? Is that hail? Jeebus that tornado HAS to be near” even when you are in the outflow area.

    • Treant

      Yeah, and it’s heading this way.

      We’re supposed to get five to eight inches, fast and hard, tomorrow night into Wednesday.

      I’ll believe it when I see it. That last foot of hard and fast action turned into a Cheetolini-sized snowfall.

      • ColdCountry

        I hope that’s not a complaint. Weatherwise, that is.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Our biggest fast and hard amounted to 4 soft and unimpressed inches this year.

        sad

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          Well, Happy Birthday, anyway.
          Well, at least you don’t need to train another one.

        • Treant

          Covfefe and pears!

      • Mikey

        I could handle 8 inches fast and hard.

    • Talisman

      I was on I-20 for most of the day. I managed so miss all of the storms.

    • TuuxKabin

      I’d lose my reason.

    • ColdCountry

      Day-um! (Or however it’s spelled.) Not for me! I’ll stick with snow and ice, thank you very much.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      When that part of Alabama gets hit, it is usually hard. For some reason that part of the Tennessee River Valley grows monster tornadoes, like the F5s in the outbreak of 1974.

    • Menergy

      if only! (bitter laugh though)

    • Tom000

      You earn best joke of the day. Thanks.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    UGH! I haven’t been single in a long time but if I were I’d have ZERO interest in who doesn’t want to fuck me.

    Where’s the ROI?

    Grindr sucks.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      My partner phoned tonight from being on the road.
      At one point of our chat he said, ” just be lucky you don’t have to train another one “

  • AJ Drew

    Ah, many of us have been waiting for chat-away time.

    • ColdCountry

      That opioid scrips map look very similar to an obesity map I was looking at earlier.

      • clay

        Try comparing the opioid scripts map to the coverage rate of oncologists or the rate of cancer deaths. If we had universal affordable and accessible basic care, and some specialties, we might have still had an opioid overdose “epidemic”, but the geography would have probably been vastly different.

    • BobSF_94117

      Uh, you already outnumber them.

      — ed

      • I checked because it never came up, I’m a later boomer.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          I have aunts and uncles who are early Boomers. We have ZERO in common outside of DNA. Being 9 years old at the time of Woodstock gives my cohort a VERY different frame of reference. My sister was 4 then and we both cringe at being lumped in with early Boomers.

          • ColdCountry

            Nineteen the summer of Woodstock: Baez, Hendrix, Santana, Joplin, Credence, Gracie Slick, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Country Joe, The Who, all on the same stage! No, I wasn’t there, alas – or maybe it was a good thing. But Woodstock! The same weekend as the Walk on the Moon. Viet Nam, Nixon, the Concord, the Trans Am…. Sorry, what were you saying?

    • Talisman

      Being born in early 70’s makes me a part of what generation?

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        X.

    • jerry

      …and vote.

      • Talisman

        And have children.

        • Mark

          When married to their second husband but the kid is by the ex first husband – -or something – – ask Kim Davis about that….

          • Paula

            The kids are their own third cousins, twice removed.

          • Marc: The Social Gadfly

            Should have probably been removed earlier.

          • Freda Hamblin

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    • Tomcat

      Over 80% of republicans are deplorable also.

      • TheSeer

        That’s a pretty conservative estimate. So 2015.

    • pj

      and have machine guns

  • Mark
    • LeeCMH

      The hateful Christian Bible, in its first story, talks of God’s creation eating from the tree of knowledge.

      Even the Christian holy book implores adherents to avoid knowledge. Well, they and all their descendants (us) are now being punished for the original sin. Science is a discipline for gathering evidence and reasoning its meaning.

      Science is eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

    • Talisman

      You can’t argue with religion. Period.

      Religion is not rational.

      • JWC

        its America’s recognized and accepted mental illness

    • Tom000

      Saw her interviewed on TV. God is she dumb.

  • Paula

    Well, you guys will like this.
    I sold my AR-15 today. to a El Paso police officer. I am not upset. I got $$800 for the rifle, accessories, and ammo. That’s $800 more towards my trip to Europe, next year. He bought my .40 caliber Ruger automatic, also. $400 more
    Europe!!!!! Paris, Normandy, Canterbury, and London!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The zombies never came. I haven’t shot it in 4-5 years. The highest capacity rifle I have now is a six shot lever action Marlin 336 in .30-30 Wincrester.

    • perversatile

      Well done!
      I hope you wiped all your fingerprints off.
      -xoxo

      • Paula

        Of course

    • Talisman

      The real question is: was he hot, and did you make a pass?

      • Paula

        I guess and no. I’ll leave the passes to you guys.

    • Tom000

      My next door neighbor says she likes it for target practice. What was your reason for owning it. Not trying to be a prat, but just thinking about buying a gun for protection because I live in a very remote area. (But first I looked into how to keep guns safely. Ever notice when a house if robbed, the always steal the gun(s)?)

      • Paula

        It was a lot of fun to shoot. I am not one to shoot off an entire magazine as fast as I could. I practiced a combat style of shooting. It was a blast to shoot. I used to regularly compete in combat type shooting leagues.
        Burglars do go for guns. I have all of mine in a locked cabinet.
        If you do want to get a gun for protection, get a 12 gauge shotgun. They can hold 6 rounds, ammo is dirt cheap, and you don’t have to be an marksman to shoot it.

        • Tom Furgas

          I’m sure it was a “blast”. :^)

        • And at close range it’ll stop most anything.

          • Paula

            Anything In North or South America. Arica, your on your own. If you run into Bigfoot and he’s pissed, I don’t know what to say.
            Run very fast!

          • Tom Furgas

            As the old saying goes, if you see me running make sure you’re close behind me.

          • Mark

            Or, how about a date big fella?? lol

          • As Richard Pryor used to say, “Learn to RUN!! And teach your old lady how to RUN!!”

        • Scott Carpenter

          Agreed on the shotgun. I have a .40 Sig for target shooting, and a 12 gauge Remington for utility.

    • Mark

      Have my .30-.30, 12 gauge and .22….

      • Paula

        Same here. I was wrong my highest capacity rifle is now a Ruger 10-22. in .22 long rifle. I do have a bolt action 7mm-08 rifle.
        I won’t mention handguns, that is my strong area. I used to win pistol competitions all the time.

        • peacfulseas inWA

          My father had quite the collection that I inherited.He competed as well. I visit the tactical course with some LEOs with a borrowed AR.I enjoy target shooting. I have several shotguns for home protection and a couple of match pistols. But my absolute favorite is a 1944 numbers matching, pristine unmolested .303 British ” Jungle ” Carbine. Actual a shorten & lighten paratroopers weapon. Ear protection required and you better be prepared for the recoil.
          I carried when I used to ride.

          • Paula

            My dad taught us how to shoot with an .303 Enfield. That was pretty brutal at 6 years old. I have a revolver collection.

          • peacfulseas inWA

            Brutal for an 13yr old,can’t imagine at 6. I thought the truck we used to hall stuff to the local dump had quit running until a minute or 2 later it began to fade in. Last shot in Dec and my shoulder is still in recovery. Not sure why the magazine and metal looks like surface rust,there is none, in the pics. I have the original sling. Great weapon for brush and wooded areas w/short muzzle. Lot of memories associated with it. I have enough brass and equip to reload. Thanks Dad. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27ee091d8c321aa242e103f3840fe06761e9989484fec3ee7d59cdc5589f272e.jpg

        • Mark

          I don’t talk about handguns either…..

        • Prost Seattle

          So did I on underwear night at the…nevermind.

    • JackFknTwist

      And I’ve always wondered who you were defending yourself against.

      • Paula

        😉 They never showed. The bombs never fell. The economy never completely collapsed. No pandemic, riots, Alien invasion, massive geologic upheaval, ice age, Russian invasion. Damn. BORING!

        • Lumpy Gaga

          I don’t think you’re giving Trump enough time.

          • Paula

            Oh, damn!

        • Prost Seattle

          You may have been hasty. You do have a cheetomussolini to contend with”

    • 2patricius2

      I was at an organizational meeting tonight in which a minister led the conversation into talking about the benefits of conceal carry, to make people – in particular women – safer. I said I had never had a gun, and would never get one. I said if you have a gun, you have to be ready to kill someone, and I didn’t want to kill anyone. A woman there was very upset about his defense of having guns. Her mother killed herself with a gun. And the woman had herself been assaulted by someone with a gun. We both walked out of the meeting.

    • Prost Seattle

      My rule on everything: Not used in 1 yr? Sell or donate. On your birthday turn all of your hangers backward in your closet. If still backwards next year? Get rid of that mofo.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • I don’t have a car anymore to glue a plastic fish to. Does that mean I don’t get to bang as many pornstars as I want sin free?

    • Talisman

      Well, the dumpster gets a pass, because Perkins declares it so.

      Kim gets a pass because she wasn’t a Christian when she was screwing her way through the phone book.

      Isn’t that how it goes?

    • ColdCountry

      “Well, I don’t care if it rains or freezes, Long as I have my plastic Jesus Riding on the dashboard of my car.”

  • Ninja0980
    • SoCalGal20

      Illinois primaries!!!

      These are the last primaries until May. There will be some state leglative special elections in the remainder of March/April but no more primaries.

      • Ninja0980

        There is a DINO who could lose tomorrow and I won’t feel bad if he goes.

  • Bambino

    Don’t use Grindr = no peepee blocking.

  • Leo

    So what the fuck is happening in London right now?

    Are we witnessing real-time attempted evidence tampering from Facebook at Cambridge before the UK gov. attempts to stop it?

    • Dazzer

      No-one is entirely sure.

      I get the impression that the politicians (backbench MPs who are on Intelligence and Information committees, rather than govt ministers) have stepped in and started getting heavy with the UK Information Commissioner (Claire Denham – the most feckless, fucking useless ‘Commissioner from a crowded field) and told her to start using her legal powers to get a search warrant tonight and draft in the police to stop Facebook destroying information at Cambridge Analytica.

      There seems to be a major power struggle going on behind the scenes – and I wouldn’t be surprised if MI5 were launching a strike on some of the powers of MI6. Cambridge Analytica was employing ex-spies from MI6, but not MI5 – and it’s revealing some home truths about the intelligence communities that they’d rather not have displayed in public.

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    Yeah, I’ll take a McPounding with lots of meat and extra choking, please.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5960c78d0e6ec6e25e7c775e7f24972aae50753d1f1478d945fdb48f86042905.jpg

    • narutomania

      your “McPounding” got the heartiest laugh out of me today !!

  • RainbowPhoenix

    I’m really getting tired of people fawning over Jim Carrey because of that picture of Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. Don’t forget, the man is a prominent anti-vaxxer, probably because he wanted to get in that bitch Jenny McCarthy’s pants. In general, those of us on the autism spectrum really don’t appreciate being told that we would be better off dead from easily preventable diseases.

    • zhera

      I had no idea he was an anti-vaxxer. That’s disappointing.

      The painting is excellent though, regardless of who made it.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        He’s gotten in trouble at least once for spreading around pictures of autistic children as “proof” that vaccines are dangerous, without the permission of the parents.

        • zhera

          Damn, that’s nasty. 🙁

          • Lars Littlefield

            That’s my old male stripper name. How’d you know?

    • Treant

      For that reason, Carrey is pretty much dead to me. He and Jenny can DIAF for all I care.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        No joke, if I met Jenny in person I would seriously have to suppress the urge to deck her. Her son isn’t even autistic; he was misdiagnosed. He actually has Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Fuck her for presuming to speak for us even after learning that.

        • Treant

          I’m not big on any anti-vax movement post the Wakefield fiasco and outbreaks (and deaths) from treatable childhood crap.

          Even my father (who was not well) needed to have his whooping cough re-upped (and hope it worked with his sort-of-immune-system) because so many parents around here can’t be arsed to vaccinate their kids.

          • RainbowPhoenix

            My paternal grandfather lost two of his younger brothers to whooping cough during an epidemic when he was thirteen; his brothers were roughly eight and ten. One of them literally died during the other’s funeral. We’ve had vaccines for so long that fewer and fewer people directly remember what things were like before them, and now we have idiots trying to claim that whooping cough is a “mild” disease that people don’t need to make a big deal over.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Whooping cough vaccine (as do most vaccines) wears off or otherwise no longer afford protection after 1-20 years. I came down with a vicious attack of pertussis a few years ago that required I sit in an emergency room for three days with IVs of a strange concoction of steroids, antivirals, and antibiotics dripping into my veins. It was hell. I also was given a whole new series of the mumps, measles, and whooping cough shots after I recovered.

            Subsequently, because of foreign travel to strange places around the world, I’ve had polio and various boosters twice in my 70 years. And then there are the yellow fever shots, equine encephalitis vaccinations every two years and the dengue vax that only works for 30% of those who get it. I’ve learned to say “My butt is sore” in several languages.

          • Talisman

            That’s not an invitation for a salacious comment, at all.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Never cared for him in the first place, not my kind of humor.

  • DaddyRay

    If they blocked me then they are obviously not interested – not sure I need to know who they are

    • AJ Drew

      Unless it were one’s husband, then oh crap.

      • DaddyRay

        Could also be a co-worker or worse a relative

        • AJ Drew

          Or you discover that your neighbor is hosting a gh, with mutual instant logging-off upon the “50 feet away” notification. Next morning going to the car greeting in the parking lot is… awkward.

    • RainbowPhoenix

      I don’t use Grindr, but I’m not sure what purpose this new feature serves unless you want to cyberstalk someone who rejected you.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It’s more like fetuses deserve more rights than female adults.

  • BobSF_94117

    If only I could remember my password…

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      mine is DoME

      • clay

        There used to be two hotel bars in the mid-century Chicago Loop in the sailors would cruise/be cruised. One was in the Palmer House (Hilton, still with lovely accents), and the other was in the Sherman (now demolished for the James R. Thompson Center). The bar in the Palmer House was “The Town & Country”. The bar in the Sherman had a large dome over the bar and was thus named “The Dome” (or “The Do Me Room”).

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/JoshABlock/status/9758346994St81473031
    And two of the judges who did it are St.Ronnie appointees.
    Republicans had a plan to take over the courts and they’ve executed it very well I’m afraid.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Are you sure you got the right tweet, there?

      • Ninja0980

        ….No idea how that happened since I’ve never seen that before..hmm..

  • Sam_Handwich

    i did it with a pepper grindr once

    https://i.imgur.com/nxvpYew.jpg

    • lala

      Spicy!

    • DaddyRay

      We always suspected there was something up between you and Candidate Jalapeño Business

    • AJ Drew

      Unless that… thing… has WiFi, you’re probably safe.

    • Bambino

      A different kind of burning sensation after?

    • Treant

      Slut. I bet you didn’t even use a condiment.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Back in the 70s a brave soul opened an adult book store in the Sugarhouse area of SLC. Sadly it only lasted six months until the city fathers closed it down. But while it was open, my boyfriend and I were thrilled. During one visit I bought a huge and very long pink silicone dildo as a joke, threatening my boyfriend with it. He didn’t think it was funny. I put it away until one day I was able to give it away as a Halloween gift at the old Sun Tavern. A couple of years later I discovered it glued on a friend’s top dresser drawer. He had the base permanently cemented at his particular butt height. It was a marvel to see it hang about two feet from that dresser drawer. Prior to that I had no idea there were dildo aficionados who could actually insert something that gigantic up their butts. I was even more surprised that my friend was one of them.

      Note: this was many years before the prevalence of fisting and other fetish videos where it’s possible to see people insert a Buick Electra up their butts. Go figure.

      • Tom000

        My friend attached a dildo to the wall at butt height.

    • Ninja0980

      Not in my nightmares..

    • Robincho

      You’re not old unless you remember when they were known as rubirosas…

      • pluky

        Ay! Porfirio!

    • Tom000

      Seriously???

    • unsavedheathen

      Once?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Say “when”.

  • Leo

    Facebook just met at Cambridge Analytica before the Uk stopped it. I keep trying to find stuff on Guardian twitter, etc. Any luck from anyone else?
    https://twitter.com/jnmulholland/status/975073353768886272

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    This Friday afternoon I have to terminate a long-time employee and I’m not looking forward to it. My only comfort is that she’s 66 so she’s already on Social Security. Why am I terming her? Because ehe’s been a “cancer” on our office for the last eight years. She comes to my office every week and complains about something. She’s been unhappy and miserable since the business changed ownership eight years ago, and I’m tired of her poisoning the office with her negativity. She’s very competent at what she does, but our other employees run away from her. If you know Eeyeor from “Winnie the Pooh”, that’s her personality. It’s the worst part of my job and I always dread it. I probably won’t sleep well on Thursday night.

    • AJ Drew

      Umm, if she’s competent at her job, do you really have cause to fire her?

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        Yes. She got into a screaming fight with another employee last week. It was the last straw. I told her several years ago that if a person is miserable in the employment it’s best to look elsewhere just for their mental health. If I were miserable I’d find a different job. She’s totally miserable.

        • AJ Drew

          AH. Maybe. But… I’ve both had to fire people because they deserved it, and had to fire people because I was told I had to do so… either way it’s always awful.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Not always.

          • AJ Drew

            In my personal experience, it was always awful.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            I think eight years to give someone a chance to get a better attitude is more than enough. I make it a point to greet her every day and be nice to her, as I do all my employees. Unlike many bosses I never turn down an employee request for time off. I let them go early on Fridays just because. I buy them all lunch once a month. And unlike many bosses I still do their “grunt” work to show that I’m not above them or too good to do the hard work.

          • AJ Drew

            It seems clear that you’re still feeling bad about this decision, so yes, I do believe you’re a decent person. But, if you’ve made the decision, and it’s aching you, why wait until Friday?

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            Because I’m out of town until Friday.

      • Gretchen

        Tennessee is an “at will” state. He can fire an employee for any reason other than protected class discrimination.

        • AJ Drew

          I’ve been fired for “no reason” and had to fire others for “no reason” and it just is awful. Sounded like he may have had some power over whether he “had to” or “wanted to” and either way was feeling bad about it, so that’s how my question was meant.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            I do have a say-so. In this case, the owner (my boss) is fully behind me on it. If he weren’t I wouldn’t do it.

          • Gretchen

            I didn’t mean to come across critical. It’s a rather unpleasant fact of life here that employers have all the power regardless of your performance or temperament. Not all employers are as principled as our friends here.

          • AJ Drew

            True in many states. I remember vividly (and awfully) one instance when I was truly told I had to fire someone or be fired… it was petty, but I needed that weekly income, so I did it; and I’ve never forgiven myself for it.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Sounds like she should have been put down years ago. BTW, she needs yo be 67 years old to collect full SS benefits.

      • ColdCountry

        Nope. Sixty six for those born between 43 and 54.

    • kelven

      More than anything, frame it as a major benefit to her emotional well being. Keep bringing it back to her obvious unhappiness about her current situation and how much relief she will feel at no longer staying somewhere that no longer pleases her. It emphasizes that her behavior has forced you to make a choice she should have made for herself.

    • NZArtist

      I feel your pain. Going through the same thing with an employee of mine as well. Bah.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Well, it seems that everyone on Grindr has cockblocked me. Or I just never signed up for that. 🙂

  • DaddyRay

    I hope Rachel has more on the Cambridge Analytica story

    • TrollopeReader

      i feel sorry for the magic eraser on her whiteboard ….

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • Treant

      Although it’s interesting to note that, so far, he’s really been pretty incompetent about it. There’s only one real success up there.

    • CanuckDon

      Watched the segment of Velshi and Ruhle this evening where Rick Tyler…the Republican strategist….predicts that Trump will fire Mueller and nothing will be done about it. That scares the shit out of me.

  • JWC

    Trump is a failed social experiment fostered by the Mercer Family and aided by a ne’er do well Steve Bannon to destroy the Washington machine. Media and the general public were mesmerized by the orange clown with the weird hair. Trump was not an unknown but more of an enigma of his own creation . He said and did things that no one had heard of or imagined. He was a buffoon that attracted attention. He was not viewed as a serious contender. Then he won. He didn’t expect to. They didn’t expect him to. Everyone was surprised. Then he got away from them. The buffoon started to do what he said he would do. He did not perform like they were used to. He soon drained the swamp and restocked it with with his own people.The media kept up the hype hoping one day he would act “presidential”, to date he still hasn’t. They never saw his Russian involvement, they never saw his insecurities, they never saw the 7 year old man child. His rudeness became increasingly apparent, his womanizing, his poor business practices. The wrapping began to fall away and they realized all to late that he was a liar, a hater, a white supremacist . He liked Putin. Through all this where are his handlers, the Mercers, Bannon, the computer hackers. long gone. Several of his cohorts are either under investigation or are criminally charged. Political winds are shifting and blowing strong. The GOP and the the spineless Ryan and McConnell may finally stand up but its doubtful as its more a party over country attitude. It is an experiment that has sorely tested the American way, its democracy,its global standing in the eyes of the world have all been diminished . I suppose the lesson for America to learn from this, is not to be complacent. Be careful what you wish(vote) for. You may get it. That’s why its imperative, even for the voters who could not relate to any of the candidates. There will never be a fully satisfactory one, its imperative to get out and VOTE. You do not realize how perilously close you are to loosing your most precious possession . Your freedom, all squandered by a non caring fool

    • AJ Drew

      If I may tl/dr… please respect and use your right to VOTE, and vote DEM.

      • JWC

        I will only say to VOTE vote your choice but VOTE a no vote is a total and utter waste and belongs to the one who will bitch the loudest later

        • AJ Drew

          SO… not voting bad. Please VOTE.

          • JWC

            Yes its your right to vote use it I would almost wish that a vote was obligatory as a citizen

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Sadly, you’ve very succinctly summed up the fucked up current state of affairs and how we got here.

    • Ross

      I agree with all that you wrote except: he won.

      Did he win the vote?

      Or did Russia steal the vote for their puppet?

      • JWC

        “he won” only in the fact that he is in the Oval Orifice How he got there is always up for debate

        • Ross

          What I most want from Mueller is proof that the vote was stolen.

          • teeveedub

            The orange shitgibbon is so sensitive about that subject that it makes me believe even more that the election was stolen with his knowledge and/or participation.

          • JWC

            I question that only in the momentary surprise by Trump that he won . However Putin knew he had won

          • Galvestonian

            … and a hell of a lot of Republican politicians – they knew, they know and their not doing a damn thing about it.

          • JWC

            That my good man you will receive in time

    • Tom000

      My siblings are all college educated and they all STRONGLY support Trump. Whenever I point out something, they say I was lied to and watched lying news. Very frustrating. Did I mention even with college, they are all dumb as a box of rocks like my bitch of a mother. Thank God I took after Dad the Democrat.)

      • Talisman

        Being college-educated no longer means being able to think critically. Often, it means being trained for a profession. I’ve known – and still know – a lot of college-educated people who couldn’t think themselves out of a paper bag. And they often have either personal interest (i.e. money) that relies on repuglicants being in power or are told by their religious reason to support the repuglicant.

  • MBear

    Grindr is still a thing…?

  • boobert

    Night thread, alcohol or ice cream ?

    • RainbowPhoenix

      I don’t drink, so ice cream for me.

      • JWC

        they were all out of Breyers French vanilla so reluctantly it’s Scotch

        • TrollopeReader

          Breyer’s has a Scotch ice cream? Cool beans!!

          • JWC

            sadly where i live the only flavor is French Vanilla

          • Lars Littlefield

            LOL! Now that you mention it, Utah is probably the only place you can find ice cream call Canadian Vanilla. Snelgroves, a local brand with 18% butter fat makes it.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Try a rich Canadian Vanilla ice cream in a goblet with a shot or two of Canadian Club blended whiskey or Jack Daniels splashed over it and sprinkled with a pinch of instant coffee.

    • Talisman

      You really have to ask?

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      No matter what part of the country you live in, it’s past 4:20.

    • TrollopeReader

      can’t you pour some liqueur over the ice cream?

    • Bambino
      • Lars Littlefield

        I like drizzling Kahlua mixed with hot fudge sauce over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

      • worstcultever

        I am just devouring those gorgeous pixels, becoming both electronically drunk AND fat *swoon*

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        You.

        You are a very very good person.

    • LeeCMH

      Ambien.

    • boobert

      I like the ice cream/liquor thing. So is it baileys over chocolate or chambord over vanilla ? lol

      • TrollopeReader

        yes.

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      Haagen Dazs Trio (Vanilla Blackberry Chocolate)

    • clay

      frozen Limoncello?

  • TrollopeReader

    I tweeted back : is #CatchAndRelease an adultery game??

    https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/975107683287257094

    • Treant

      In his case, “the little man” seems to mean “my meandering penis.”

      • TrollopeReader

        just noticed he spelled #fishing wrong.

        • Mikey

          oh I also see he invited his lawyers: #sharks

        • Snarkaholic

          I think he meant:
          Fucking
          In
          Another’s
          Hole

    • MBear

      Fiahing for covfefe

    • ColdCountry

      Keep it classy, Junior!

  • gaycuckhubby

    Cockblocked seems like a horrible fucking idea

    • Bambino

      It’s for bitter queen to have something to talk about. Use to be at a certain corner in a local bar reserved for trash talking.

    • Lazycrockett

      Stalker written all over it.

    • lala

      So is the block button.

      • gaycuckhubby

        I think you should be able to block people who are rude or harrass you

  • gaycuckhubby

    Check out “Occupation”
    A great Norwegian Netflix show

    Edit… OCCUPIED, not Occupation.
    Brainfart

    • worstcultever

      could you describe what it’s about a little? thx

      • gaycuckhubby

        Russia takes over control of Norway… first by taking over oilfields and pipeline… finally fully occupying (just not in name)
        Leaving behind a small group of resistence fighters

        • lala

          Aren’t we living it?

          • gaycuckhubby

            The show feels completely plausible

        • TrollopeReader

          sounds like a war about 70 years ago ….

          • gaycuckhubby

            Or right around the corner?

          • TrollopeReader

            i hope not …..

    • zhera

      You mean Occupied?

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yes!

        • zhera

          I haven’t watched it. The scenario is one of my biggest fears these days. I escape into silly fiction instead so I don’t have to think.

          • gaycuckhubby

            It’s so good

          • Bambino

            Sounds like The Handmaid’s Tales or The Man in High Castle. Too close to reality.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Thank ya

  • Greg B.
    • Greg B.

      Is anyone else having problems with the JMG website over the past few days? The page keeps refreshing and giving me this message. The culprit seems to be Disqus. I’m unable to type a comment in the box — I had to type this elsewhere then paste it into the window. I’m on an iPhone8.

      • Yeah, it seems to be a problem right now with iPhones. My battery also gets burnt up on this site. My laptop is working fine though, so I’ve switch completely over to that.

        • Greg B.

          Thanks. Hope they fix it soon.

      • Bambino

        I find Disqus is unstable especially when use on devices like tablets and phones. The app seems to have conflict with many browsers. I can’t view you tube posted here using tablet.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        No real problems on computer.

        I can’t stand using it, or anything else on my mini tiny wee wee phone

    • RainbowPhoenix

      It’s happening to me a lot too. On two separate computers.

    • Ross

      This never happens on my computer.

      This ALWAYS happens on my iPhone. And it has been much worse these last few weeks.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      More lube

  • Leo

    Friday 9pm Rachel was #1 in total and demo audience, the former by ~500K.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    I just realized the vintage scuttle I got for my dad is a reproduction Blue Willow, not a genuine one. Since I know pretty much nothing about collecting antique ceramics, I had no idea it wasn’t the real deal until I looked up Blue Willows today and realized that mine didn’t have the right kind of mark on the bottom, and that the piece looks to have been handpainted rather than printed or transferred on like on a genuine one.

    I was already apprehensive about getting something that was previously used, and now I find out it’s a repro. The seller, who has a perfect feedback rating, did not claim it was genuine, and I got the exact item as in the pictures, so it’s my own fault for not doing more research. Dammit.

    • Talisman

      🙁

      I’m sure he won’t know the difference, but I know you’re disappointed.

    • AJ Drew

      Well, that stinks. But, sounds like you were trying to get a present for your Dad? I think that gives you a pass, not like you were trying to buy something to resell or such. Maybe… maybe… telling your Dad about it could be a bonding moment? (Maybe?)

      • Moebym of the Returners

        Still, I feel terrible that I got him a fake, even if it wasn’t intentional. I’m just hoping he will find a use for it.

        • AJ Drew

          Still not sure if you’ve given it to him or not, but tell him the story about it either way. Unless he’s truly evil, he’ll appreciate your honesty and that you care.

        • Dazzer

          Ummmm… if it’s hand-painted rather than transfer, it’s definitely not a fake.

          It might not be the genuine article, but in antique circles it would be described as “in the style of” and wouldn’t be regarded as a rip-off.

          If it’s hand-painted, it’s not only not repro, it’s worth more than repro and – theoretically – should increase in value.

          • Moebym of the Returners

            You make a good point. Like I said, I know next to nothing about collecting antiques, so I’ve definitely learned something new.

            There’s not a clue to be found about where it was made, though, and it’s not all that old since the glaze is intact. And even though it’s painted, the design looked like it was painted by an amateur. Oh, well.

    • John30013

      I know you’re disappointed, but please don’t be too hard on yourself. It even happens to “pros”. My parents were long-time antique collectors and owned several antique railroad lamps, but they still managed to purchase two reproductions at an antique show.

      • Moebym of the Returners

        Thanks for the reassurance. Some repros are done incredibly well like the ones your parents got, but I don’t think mine was based on the rough appearance of the blue willow design. I was just totally clueless about antiques.

  • Leo

    HAMILTON 68 UPDATE

    One of the top 10 URLs being linked-to between 3/12-3/14 was a 1999 New York Times story that highlighted a U.S.-Uzbek agreement to cleanup a chemical plant in the former Soviet Republic that was linked to the nerve agent used in the attack. Interestingly, promotion of the NYT story on Twitter proceeded an article that appeared in Sputnik on 3/14 on the same report titled “US Had Access to Substance Allegedly Used to Poison Skirpal Since 1999—Report.” The obvious implication being that the U.S. could have been responsible for a false flag operation on UK soil.

    • Barry William Teske

      Excellent.
      More homework to study.
      Thank you.

  • Mark

    I saw this video at BS West, when I lived in Scottsdale. Don’t know what made me think of it but….gotta love Tammy!! 1992 I think it was…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPjggN-KByI

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      She took so much heat from the usual insecure suspects for doing this, but I loved how she just basically told the haters to fuck off and die.

      Love this video, Hip Hop, Rock, traditional elements with visuals that speak volumes and country singer Tammy Wynette. Art and music will always transcend boundaries.

      • Mark

        I know! She was one of a kind and did things her own way and to hell with everyone else.

    • fuzzybits

      Love Tammy and the KLF. We used to dance to this in the clubs. Makes me sad to know how Tammy’s last years were.

    • Barry William Teske

      I loved putting that track on the dancefloor.
      Even when the music was phased, her voice came thru so clearly.
      I did it for the tears.

  • Hank

    Anyone wonder now, why Robert Bork was DENIED a seat on the Supreme Court??
    Who will be the NEXT Bork???

    • Bambino

      Bork Blocked!

    • jimbo65

      What’s scary is, today he probably would’ve been confirmed

      • Hank

        With the Turtle in charge of the Senate, you bet!!!

    • Ninja0980

      It should have been Clarence Thomas.

  • Hank
    • lala

      The sacrificial 🐐!

    • Cuberly Deux

      He’s wanted broader transparency, it was part of the reason he left Yahoo before starting at Faceborg. He was concerned about their lax user privacy controls.

    • Barry William Teske

      Executive you say?
      Take the money and run?
      Did I say that?

      • Barry William Teske

        Let us be totally clear here.
        Lives have been lost, but not the money.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Facebook stock lost more than 10 billion in value today. That’s according to the Rachel and she’s good at math,

          • Barry William Teske

            I am leaning towards chump change on that assessment.

  • Marc: The Social Gadfly

    But, that requires having an account, doesn’t it? I’ll pass.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/975823965158625280?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    And yet people in Blue states can be dumped on until the cows come home and we’re supposed to just take it.
    Fuck off.

    • Leo

      Fuck the concept of Hillary going quietly into the night. She correctly cited 2 studies in her comments on white women voting with their conservative husbands for supposed and misguided economic stability.

      If Claire loses Missouri for Hillary’s “politically incorrect” (cough TRUE) comments in India, Missouri is lost. I’m done capitulating and pretending these people aren’t dense or racist. DONE.

      I love Claire and love winning elections but at some point, enough is enough.

      • Talisman

        I heard many a women say she voted for the dumpster because her husband said so.

        Think for yourself, people!

    • Treant

      That was pretty much the argument of a delicate Bernie Bro earlier today. They needed to be coddled. They needed to be encouraged into the fold. They needed to be catered to. Regardless of how badly they acted toward Clinton supporters, we’re supposed to forget the dumping and lick their boots.

      I can answer those demands in two words: “Fuck you.” Honestly, if they couldn’t pick sane over crazy, then why exactly are we ever going to be interested in coddling, encouraging, or catering? They’re fucking nuts.

      By the self-same argument, we’re at the end here. If you can’t choose sane on your own, go away. If you choose to dump on me as a voter, go away. And the red states should expect no more quarter in the future when the worm turns.

      And the worm always turns.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        “Regardless of how badly they acted toward Clinton supporters,”

        Not just Clinton voters. Even their fellow Sanders voters caught hell if we dared to say that we wouldn’t hesitate to vote for Clinton if she wan the nomination.

        • Treant

          That, too. Although I was vocal that I’d probably be able to drag myself to the voting booth if Sanders was nominated. Depending on the weather, of course. And my left knee.

          /s

          It’s hardly uncommon; I’ve hit up against a contingent of womyyyn or whatever that expect a man to instantly believe a female victim of anything she utters, but disparage and disregard male victims as “not that bad” or “I don’t care and now you see how women feel.”

          Well, no, I see tons of hypocrisy and I’m withdrawing my syppyrt of any of your particular clyms of abyse. I’m going to assume that, like the worst of the Bros, you’re simply projecting the fact that you’re lying onto the rest of us.

          Fortunately, blocking them seems to drive them nearly as nuts as criticizing these delicate little flowers.

          And that’s universally the case with any True Believer contingent. Although it is fun to pull them apart and lay the logic bare…and self-contradictory.

    • Barry William Teske

      Well, the under cover revelations regarding Cambridge’s sales calls are potent too.
      Very potent if one knows who paid for the dinner and where.
      Best to keep looking forward.

      HATE never looks forward.
      It lives in the past.
      Always has.
      Always will.

    • clay

      Hell, people in Red states can be dumped on (by the GOP) until the cows come home and they’re supposed to just take it.

    • Blake J Butler

      She literally said that 90 percent of her campaign funds comes from grassroots, and the berniebots and presumably some russians are on the attack saying its not enough, with a few exceptions that are saying it isn’t enough they are supporting Hawley or Peterson for the republican nomination.

      She’s going to put up a fight like hell, she’s not dumb, or complacent, she’s not taking anything for granted.

    • TheSeer

      Hillary said the truth.

  • Hank

    FaceBook = Cambridge Analytica = Russian Collusion = Herr Drumpf

  • JCF

    So help me: as Rachel is covering the Cambridge Analytica-Kremlin-Drumpf connections…

    Really not liking this supposed info that Mueller is only looking at obstruction after the election. Dammit, it IS The Crime, and NOT “just the cover-up”!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3b52839bc6e6dfb5d6df6488f95d83daa5d6b508f4ddf19380cfbebe9ee10c2d.jpg

    • Lazycrockett

      Honestly we don’t KNOW what Mueller is looking into.

      • JCF

        I agree—just reporting what I heard today.

    • Hank

      He IS most likely, looking into Trump Org and Herr Drumpf’s FINANCES and Money Laundering!!!

    • SoCalGal20

      We know he’s not only looking at that. He has experts in financial crimes on his team. The obstruction of jutice is one of the more straightforward cases so it’s farther along. Rachel even said the “first phase” of Mueller’s questions that were sent to Trump’s team focus on obstruction, not that they’re the only questions.

    • kelven

      I read some analysis early on that said even though he is investigating obstruction they are legally obligated to follow any other evidence of crimes. That is why he hired money laundering experts and other people you wouldn’t find connected to a simple case of obstruction. The reason I think it has taken so long is because of the sheer volume of evidence his team has been uncovering and sorting and organizing into a strategic timeline.

    • William

      Let Mueller take Trump out, then the new DOJ can tear into all the illegal mess in the election.

  • fuzzybits

    This cockblocked thing is either for masochists or stalkers.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Yeah that whole idea gives me the hee bee gee bees.

    • William

      They must be the most desirable misunderstood studs on the planet.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Thank you.

  • AJ Drew

    Today I had a registered mail letter I had to pick up at the post office. It was a subpoena to testify as a witness for a car accident two years ago. So, any legal folks or others who have had a similar event: I’m willing to testify, but letter says I have to be in court for however long the trial goes on before I may or may not have to testify. Is that true? I’m not in a work situation that will let be still be employed for multiple day absence… (Jury Duty, sure, but, as a pending witness?)

    • Hank

      Talk to whoever sent the Subpoena: Defense vs Prosecution. They should be able to give you some idea as to WHEN you will be needed. It happened to me once, and I was there for the day, that the Prosecution needed me, and I was done!

      • AJ Drew

        Thank you!

        • Hank

          👍 Good Luck!!!

      • Prost Seattle

        I’m all about the bench warrants. Okay, fûck bench warrants, but still!

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/SteveKopack/status/975906446524276741

    He actually thinks he alone can save himself.

    • Sam_Handwich

      #winning

    • Cuberly Deux

      “Where’s my Roy Cohn?!”

      — Donald J. Trump

      • Hank

        DEAD! DEAD! DEAD!!!! Thanks Goodness!!!!

      • Bryan

        His Roh Cohn was inside Donald all along…

        • JCF

          Ew, I see what you did there.

      • JCF

        Why don’t you follow him where he is, Drumpf? [In the physical and/or metaphysical sense. >;-/ ]

    • Treant

      I’ll start the music, somebody remove another chair for the next round.

      • Bambino

        Don’t waste your effort. No one is going to stay around long enough to park their asses on the chair. Just watch them walk in and out.

    • Leo

      O_O

    • Bambino

      He know so well about the laws he should represents himself. The best of the bestest.

    • Treant

      Also, I’m noticing that he’s looking bloated and as though his kidneys aren’t working quite right and he’s getting gouty. He’s developing the “loose skin” look of the terminally unhealthy.

      Good.

    • fuzzybits
    • SoCalGal20

      I’m waiting for Trump to go pro se.

    • Tulle Christensen

      He wants to rid himself of the lawyers that tell him firing Mueller would be a very bad idea

    • coram nobis

      Ty Cobb has struck out?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        His moustache brings all the goys to the dock.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/975813532166991872?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    Did you see where the money John Oliver gets from the book is going?
    It’s needed because of people like Pence and his ilk who spew hateful garbage about LGBT people every day, something the “parents” of most of the people who call the Trevor Hotline have taken to heart.
    Fuck off with your fake outrage Damian.

  • Leo
  • worstcultever

    So anyway, what’s the purpose of this ckblock thing, except to provide a means of creating pointless mischief for those so inclined?

    • gaycuckhubby

      It seems mean spirited

      • worstcultever

        I’m not seeing any other point myself

      • Prost Seattle

        Online hook up apps ARE mean spirited.

        • gaycuckhubby

          True

    • BobSF_94117

      It might cause some to realize that their online persona is more obnoxious than they realize.

      OK, nah…

      • Lars Littlefield

        It never stopped he who must not be named three times on JMG.

    • Bambino

      Let’s hope the NRA does not promote it’s product on the app.

      • LeeCMH

        Okay, I had to think about that one. If they did, they could harvest IDs of all those who think they are obnoxious. Enemies list.

        • Bambino

          The Chinese will sell them the list for a price.

    • LeeCMH

      I think one purpose could be to demonstrate vulnerability of data in the cloud.

      • worstcultever

        but hardly the selling point

  • gaycuckhubby

    Have we talked about Renee Zellweger playing Judy Garland yet?

    • Hank

      Yuch!!!

    • Treant

      Please tell me you’re kidding. Please.

    • fuzzybits

      Eeek,no!

    • Sam_Handwich

      well someone’s gotta do it

      • Hank

        No they do not!!! Garland should be remembered by her movies, albums and the clips of her TV show on Youtube!!!

      • carrot festival

        I’d set through a Robot Chicken production of Meet me in St Louis.

    • Ninja0980

      Puke!

    • Lars Littlefield

      what happened to her face? Last I saw her she was all puffed up and unrecognizable on the Academy Awards a few years ago.

      • Talisman

        Plastic surgery is no one’s friend.

      • coram nobis

        Judy Garland was puffy looking in 1961 when she was in “Judgment at Nuremberg.” Nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

    • Talisman

      She surprised me in Chicago, so why not. It’s not necessarily about the look, but the ability, and Zellweger can be amazing.

    • Robincho

      Good luck with that. Judy Garland never ate an ant in her entire life…

  • Lazycrockett
    • DaddyRay
      • lala

        OMG how cute!!!!

      • Blake J Butler

        Huh ? i found this pic and i had no idea you picked the same one i did.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Political discourse ascends to new heights.

      • AJ Drew

        or lows, or… beh.

      • JCF

        …or shrivels up inside the body politic.

        • TrollopeReader

          pubic…

    • Bambino

      I’m not sure I should recommend the cockblocked app in this scenario.

      • AJ Drew

        And yet your stories about it might amuse us? Go for it.

    • Talisman

      No.

      NO

      NO!

      NO!!

      • LeeCMH

        But now the image of the oval office tryst is replaced by…

        No…No….No…..No…..No.

        I do like the reference to “forced perspective.”

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      His powerful manhood? Really? Is he a bodice ripper writer?

      I hope he has to use excuses like “forced perspective” or whatever.

    • Come on Kurt, if you’re gunna get dicknotized you can do SOOOOO much better than that teenie orange peenie.

    • DaddyRay
      • Jon Doh

        I believe you mean whip it out.

    • Ninja0980

      And this guy wore the same uniform members of my family did.
      They’re rolling in their graves as we speak.

      • Tulle Christensen

        The cleaning bills must have been astronomical

    • Blake J Butler

      Intimidated by this size ? I’m no size queen, i tend to take the goldilocks approach when it comes to that area, but come on, the guy has a neon sign for Napoleon’s complex, its obvious to see.

      https://i.redd.it/syeyvxn74w3z.jpg

      • Bambino

        It’s not the size. If all a guy has to talk about is his penis size, there is nothing to look forward to even if he is hung like a donkey. I could get my own dildo without listening to heavy breather doing the standard porn dialogue.

    • TrollopeReader

      Kurt is one weird (and mean) dude …

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Oh my gawd!!! No!!!!!!

    • DaddyRay
      • AJ Drew

        I suddenly want to re-visit DC. Better chance for me with the white one.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Oh, dear. That’s a hell of a sub headline for a story.

    ” ‘We’re a nation in need of an assassin’: Sean Penn’s debut novel”

    I guess someone wants a visit from the US Secret Service. 🙂

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/19/sean-penn-debut-novel-trump-bob-honey-stuff

    • Treant

      Seen (the) Pen is right. And if he keeps it up, it’s right back to the pokey with him.

    • BobSF_94117

      What a jackass.

  • Thumpger 7
  • dcurlee
  • Blake J Butler
  • safari
  • safari
    • Bambino

      No real lawyers who worth their weight would want to represent a dumb criminal who can’t keep his mouth shut. The willing ones are just there to spin bullshit for optic purposes.

  • Barry William Teske

    Phildel – Moonsea -The Disappearance of the Girl

    https://youtu.be/EZVzMTt2UTk

    • DaddyRay

      Even C-3PO and R2D2 couldn’t make it in Kentucky without drinking

      • Why they have dry counties.

        • safari

          Don’t want to cut into the meth sales.

        • DaddyRay

          Probably why they hooked up to make their own

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      Wow

    • Lars Littlefield

      This will keep us entertained with scary shit for years to come.

  • Hue-Man

    U.S. retailers, shoe companies urge Trump not to hit China with tariffs
    The letter was signed by 24 companies, which also included Abercrombie
    & Fitch Co, American Eagle Outfitters Inc, Big Lots Inc, Chico’s FAS
    Inc, Columbia Sportswear Co, Costco Wholesale Corp, Dollar Tree Inc,
    Gap Inc, Havertys Furniture Cos Inc, J.C. Penney Co Inc, Jo-Ann Stores
    Llc, Kohl’s Corp, Ikea North America Services Llc, Levi Strauss &
    Co, Qurate Retail Group, Sears Holdings Corp, The Michaels Companies
    Inc, VF Corp, and Wolverine World Wide Inc.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-retail/u-s-retailers-shoe-companies-urge-trump-not-to-hit-china-with-tariffs-idUSKBN1GV1F4

  • MikeBx2
  • David Gervais

    I had an idea this afternoon that I’d like to throw out to the people here who are so good at graphics.
    The phrase “Trumpus Fugit” came to mind. I think we should have some images ready for the time the resident flees the White House.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    There’s a bill pending in the Kentucky legislature requiring all public schools to have a mandatory Day of Prayer every September. This is the kind of shit you get when you put Evangelicals in office.

    • Ninja0980

      Would like it better if it was Barney.

    • Talisman

      Don’t you mean extinct?

    • safari

      And eventually we got the beloved Picky Pecker.

    • greenmanTN

      For whatever reason birds really creep me out. I think it was too many viewings of The Birds as a child.

      I have no problem believing they used to be dinosaurs.

  • AJ Drew

    IF Disqus makes me chase the upvote button one more time, I’ll… (sigh) be right back.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yeah. It does that.

    • John30013

      It has been freaking out lately, hasn’t it?

  • safari
  • Lazycrockett
    • clay

      See, this new face/body duplication porn software is just one step too far.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Trying a new formula for Complicit?

    • coram nobis

      Testing a batch of Novichok?

    • Bambino

      It’s just a pregnancy testing to make her look smarter.

    • AJ Drew
      • Grumpy Old Man

        It looks like her lips are sewn shut.

    • greenmanTN

      Put glasses on anyone and they immediately look smarter. Just ask Rick Perry, but don’t use any words with more than two syllables.

    • sadoldguy

      The only time she wore latex gloves involved jared’s junk.
      jared isn’t the father of her children.

  • Hue-Man

    Reposted from earlier: The whistleblower who exposed the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story. (Interesting tidbits in the Guardian article)

    At 24, he came up with an idea that led to the foundation of a company
    called Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that went on to claim a
    major role in the Leave campaign for Britain’s EU membership
    referendum, and later became a key figure in digital operations during Donald Trump’s election campaign.

    Or, as Wylie describes it, he was the gay Canadian vegan who somehow ended up creating “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump

  • Lars Littlefield

    Luis fed me a very good homemade spaghetti alla carbonara along with fresh crusty French bread baguettes and a couple of bottles of a naughty little pinot noir. And he made a very nice garlic butter for slathering on the French bread. Simple, sweet and full of love is this boy. (flutter, flutter, flutter)

    • Talisman

      Are you sure he’s not trying to kill you slowly?

      • coram nobis

        What a way to go.

        Besides, this sounds like the Mediterranean diet, which seems to be healthy enough.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Except olive oil in place of butter.

          • coram nobis

            Yes, well, we’re not talking extra-virgin here.

      • safari

        Orgasms are called the little deaths.

    • Ninja0980

      Hope you saved room for dessert.

    • Bambino

      You mean fluff, fluff, fluff :p

    • AJ Drew

      Psst… it’s just really good bacon.

    • safari

      This has the weirdest rendering. When I opened it in a new window it worked perfectly.

      • Ya, was just noticing that.

      • AJ Drew

        It’s Jazz, safari, it’s Jazz!

      • John30013

        My guess: it’s a GIF89a, which supports transparency, and the color index assigned to full black was also designated as the transparent color.

        • Lars Littlefield

          And I say it’s witchcraft magic Woooooooooooooooo. . . . ooooooooo!

          • John30013

            It could be that.

          • Lars Littlefield

            😀

  • fuzzybits
    • Lars Littlefield

      I wanted him to be appointed so much that I never once called him Garlic Maryland.

  • DaddyRay

    I can’t wait until the IL election is over tomorrow, the political ads and calls have been really annoying

  • bkmn

    Drumfy is not going to be happy about the CA exec claiming they won the election for him. He will be in high tantrum mode after that report airs in the UK.

  • SoCalGal20
    • AJ Drew

      I’ll be honest here. Celebrity dick picks… I’ve gone there. DT? Nope, nope, nope. I don’t wanna know one way or the other, or ever see that at all.

    • Bambino

      Or Trump’s dick leaking pics. Like those images shown under STI section in Google.

      • Mikey

        I was going to say that I’m sure Trump is used to his dick leaking, considering how much of a man-slut he is.

  • safari
    • AJ Drew

      I sense snark from David. /s

  • Natty Enquirer

    Here is Channel 4’s exposé on Cambridge Analytica.

    https://youtu.be/mpbeOCKZFfQ

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    This is an argument that we serves ourselves best when we help others as well.

    https://youtu.be/rvskMHn0sqQ

  • bkmn
    • Talisman

      Not until Fox News is shut down.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Not broken. Treacherous.

      • sadoldguy

        Complicit.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    The Bible that Trump used at his inauguration is on it’s way to the Museum of the Bible. It’s the Bible his mother gave to him as a child. It’s still wrapped in the original plastic and has a “25 cents” sticker on it from Woolworth’s. OK – the last sentence may or may not be true.

  • Grumpy Old Man

    I grew up in rural Montana; we used to stay out until dark – considering twilight, this was 10:30 or so. We played all the late night games: kick the can, various forms of tag, and an odd form of hide and seek we called ”cougar”. One person was chosen to be cougar and that person would disappear into the twilight; after a count to one hundred, we would go out after him/her with lassos. Since the first person touched by the cougar was the next cougar, there was a little bit of a threat. If you were the first to lasso the cougar, they would just climb the rope and tag you. The point of the game was to drag the cougar to the base – it always took more that 2 ropes to safely drag the ‘ít’ to the base. The game made the twilight ‘scary’ fun because if the cougar tagged you, you were frozen until un-tagged; if you were tagged, you also could not report where the cougar was.

    Good times, good times.

    • greenmanTN

      The boys all played Hide and Seek using most of the neighborhood. What happened in the Simpson’s chickenhouse stayed in the chickenhouse.

    • AJ Drew

      Methinks you might be leaving out something else?

    • Lars Littlefield

      I used to visit an old boyfriend up in Cut Bank who stayed with his ancient grandmother for a few weeks every summer. When it got dark he’d join up with some local friends and they would drive around in a pickup with a spotlight and shoot stray cats with their .22s.

      Kind of different, but in some ways very similar.

  • JohnJay

    Someone yesterday posted a piece of “PDQ Bach” … that spoof on classical music.
    Thank you. I hadn’t thought of that in over 40 years. I think it was 1969 in music class in high school that the teacher played some hysterical pieces for us. I looked around on YT and found some I remember I liked.

    The first is calling Beethoven’s 5th Symphony like a sports game. The second is queued up for the 2nd movement of the Pervertimernto. I find the other movements annoying… but I do like the bagpipe part in the 2nd movement.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRBdP8GepyQ

    https://youtu.be/RjqW3ec5_Nk?t=4m45s

  • fuzzybits
    • bkmn

      Will Forte is one hairy little fella, who has he been dating?

      • fuzzybits

        Not sure,but I always though he was pretty cute.

      • Talisman

        Rumors say January Jones, Jaimie Alexander, and Sarah Chalke.

        Unfortunately heterosexual.

        • Lars Littlefield

          🙁

        • bkmn

          Such a shame.

    • LosFelizGuy

      Thanks! I needed that laugh.

    • greenmanTN

      Bigfoot was kept next to the unicorns, both male unfortunately.

      • AJ Drew

        oh oh oh, please give us even a quick-drawn imagining of an offspring of Bigfoot and a Unicorn.

        • greenmanTN

          Big Hoof maybe? Or Big Horn, but that sounds more like a porn story….

          • AJ Drew

            don’t overthink it, just do it !

  • Lazycrockett
    • AJ Drew

      When NC’s WRAL is willing to throw pro-DEM shade, they’re onto something.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I notice that not many of them ever do the whole “throws back his head & laughs going, ahahahaha, so what!”

    • bkmn

      I don’t look at it as a breach or theft of data, I look at it as Facebook monetizing the pile of data they have on people. CA and FB were very tight.

      • John30013

        AFAIK, Facebook didn’t make money* on that transaction, since the original data gathering was done by a British professor for “academic research” purposes. The professor then sold the data to Cambridge Analytica (in violation of Facebook’s terms of service).

        *Not any significant amount of money, anyway.

        • bkmn

          FB and CA had people inside the Trump campaign, as part of their data operation and candidate services.

        • AJ Drew

          In terms of money, a whole other world than most of us. Noted must be that FB fired one of the supposed “enemy” front, yet hired another.

    • Talisman

      Ouch.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I always notice that nobody pushes the idea of everybody carrying around swords.

      • AJ Drew

        Visited Breitbart in the past 10 years?

      • Paula

        That’s allowed in Texas now.

    • sadoldguy

      Kids these days, haven’t grown up and lost touch with reality.

  • fuzzybits

    59 degrees today and sunny. The first day of Spring,3 to 4 inches of snow with ice.

  • SoCalGal20

    David Hogg and Jaclyn Coryn are guests on the Pod Save America episode that came out today. Excellent interview. The Pod Saves guys are going to be in DC on Saturday for the March.

    Also in the episode the Pod Saves guys talk about Cambridge Analytica and weekend events.

    https://crooked.com/podcast/witch-hunt/

    • fuzzybits

      Watched the interview from 60 Minutes. I sure hope Emma keeps support around her.

  • Gretchen

    My pet peeve has been activated tonight. It drives me crazy when I KNOW something because I have studied the information and spent time actively using this information in my volunteer work, and yet the grouse spouse wants to argue and tell me I’m wrong because he “heard” something from a co-worker who “heard” something from another non-expert. The g.s. needs to go to sleep and leave me alone tonight.

    • Talisman

      How dare you expect facts to trump belief!

    • fuzzybits

      I know the feeling. I’m used to hearing,”no,that’s not how it is.”

      • Gretchen

        Sometimes I really want to just blurt out that I am the brains of this operation. That would be mean…but true.

        • Jon Doh

          It has taken some years, but my husband never questions what I say anymore, now that he knows about my always being right. In fact, when I point out any error of his ways, he responds with “I’ll try and do better”. I now have a near perfect man. 🙂

          • AJ Drew

            Is “dick-whipped” a phrase? (I don’t dare google it.)

          • Gretchen

            I believe it leaves a rather distinctive mark. Something about mushrooms if I recall correctly.

          • Jon Doh

            He tells people he’s just clumsy.

          • AJ Drew

            oh!

          • Gretchen

            I have clearly failed with my training program…or has he?

    • AJ Drew

      “This is *supposed* to make you…” [fill in the blank]

    • Bambino
    • sadoldguy

      Does the spouse consult the UPS driver on medical issues?

      • Gretchen

        He would if the driver didn’t knock and flee back to his truck like the hounds of hell are on his heels.

        • Prost Seattle

          He should find out what brown can do for him.

          • Gretchen

            This is actually a funny story. The grouse spouse is a large man. He was tired of cheap toilet seats that broke almost as soon as they were installed. One day he stumbled over a product in the Living XL catalog called the Big John toilet seat. He had to have it, and 3 weeks and $125 later it arrived via UPS. For whatever reason it was in the original box with the label proudly on display. We saw the UPS man leave it on the front porch and take off running like he was afraid to meet the man who would purchase such an item. We have things delivered at least several times every month, and the UPS driver always flees like we are going to kidnap him or something.

    • Prost Seattle

      We have a rule in my house ‘’m usually right’. When you insist you ‘know’ something and you’re wrong, you have to stop what you’re doing, and say loudly ‘You were right, I was wrong, whatever was I thinking.’

      • Gretchen

        The trick to not having to admit you were wrong is to actually be right. The most valuable lesson I have ever learned was courtesy of my 8th grade U.S. history teacher. He pointed a wooden flag pole at my nose and said, “Miss Sharp, Do not talk about things you know nothing about.” I took that lesson to heart.

    • DaddyRay

      Or do they….

  • DaddyRay

    Voting for the GOP hero
    https://i.imgur.com/NyBivBT.gifv

  • DaddyRay

    Nope – you couldn’t get me to do this job
    https://i.redd.it/8u0xs1pq5nm01.gif

  • coram nobis

    It’s 32 and raining here this evening.

    https://youtu.be/t1ckMwU2ta4?t=21

    • AJ Drew

      Central NC and a bit of snow here… my equal-payment electric bill is fooked. 30F in March? So, I’m back to working for tips.

      https://youtu.be/iG3VfKlfDEk

  • Leo
  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/AG_Conservative/status/975933102278238208
    Put it bluntly..as much as I loathe this guy and his tweets, Cameron’s dad did him no favors here by saying this about the proposal one of the victim’s fathers has been pushing, even if he is 100% right.
    The fact is without discussing gun control, this is nothing more then a feel good bill, period.
    P.S. AG guy, if you want to talk about kids getting a pass, the one you’ve been propping up has gotten one for way too long.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    I have to get up early and drive 550 miles for a very important meeting to try and save one of our firm’s largest clients. I l-o-a-t-h mornings, so getting up early really sucks. But it’s necessary to save the account. My first stop in the a.m. will be the gas station to get some 5-Hour Energy (I don’t drink coffee). I spent 4 days writing the proposal to save the account. I hope it works!

    • Talisman

      Luck, faith, or whatever works!

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        Voodoo (/s)

    • bkmn

      Get some shuteye, you will need it.

    • Talisman

      It’s days like these you wish for a star-trek style transporter.

      • Gretchen

        Good luck, and stay safe on the highway. I hope you don’t have to go through Knoxville. Traffic on I-40 on the west end has been especially awful lately.

        • ‘Til Tuesday

          No – it’s I-59 up through Mississippi and Alabama and home to Chattanooga.

          • Gretchen

            Hopefully there won’t be as much construction. Be safe.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            There is construction in Tuscaloosa but mostly smooth sailing. I’ve driven it hundreds of times. I live on the road.

          • Prost Seattle

            Streetwalker?

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            Heh! Truck stops (/s). My job puts me on the road about 3 weeks a month. I drive all over the South, from South Carolina to Louisiana.

          • Talisman

            I’d offer lunch if you ever make it to Augusta, but I’d screw it up, and you’d be disappointed by an ugly, fat host.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            I doubt you’d screw lunch up! And I wouldn’t care what you look like my friend. I DO NOT look like Lola Loud (my avatar). Can you get me tix to The Masters? Heh! I know they’re impossible to get.

          • Talisman

            What’s the Masters?

            Is that when all the streets are impassible and the hotels are full?

            I’m not actually in Augusta, and The National is a bit too fancy for the likes of me. I learned long ago that even tempering expectations about myself is not enough.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            Yeah, it’s the big golf tournament at Augusta National. I happen to love watching golf (not playing it). I know some people find it boring as hell.

          • thatotherjean

            I watch it (well, more like listen) as background noise while I quilt. It’s great–there’s no plot to get distracted by, and if something really fantastic happens, I can look up because of the cheering, and watch the replay. It’s good to see Tiger Woods playing decent golf again, even though I never liked him at his best. He’s a lot less arrogant now that he’s had to struggle for a while.

          • Talisman

            There’s a lot of construction through B’ham. The technical speed limit is 40.

            It might be worth just taking the by-pass.

            I just went through down-town B’ham today.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            I always take the bypass! There’s an apple store at the Mountain Brook exit where I can take a break and lust after things I can’t afford like a new 15″ MacBook Pro.

          • Talisman

            Taking 459 would add too much time to my trip, even with construction on I-59.

            My father keeps trying to convince me to take 285 around Atlanta, but I cannot convince him that that would add 70 miles and 2-3 hours to my trip. I-20 through Atlanta is really not that bad (I cannot say the same for 75/85).

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            285 is a nightmare! So is 75/85. There is no good way through/around the ATL. I’ve driven in Atlanta since I turned 16 and it’s just nuts. I swear driving in Los Angeles isn’t as bad as Atlanta.

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        Wouldn’t that be awesome!

      • Bryan

        But would it be a legit transporter or a machine that creates a copy of you at the destination and kills the original. Are you you? Am I just stroking out or something? Do I smell toast?

        • Talisman

          Have you met Thomas Riker?

          • Bryan

            N…not in this timeline iteration I haven’t… not yet anyway. Shit….uhhh did I just see Spoilers?

            ….The time eaters/anomaly bitey-things aren’t gonna come now are they? SCIENCE DAMNIT, where the hell is my portal gun?

          • whollyfool

            There will be cake.

          • Bryan

            Yeah yeah yeah, that’s what MiCROBOx said about the punch. It was a lie then and it’s a lie now… Screw it if I can’t find a good portal gun then I’ll just find me a TARDIS….or a time manipulator….actually y’know what just bring me John Barrowman and I’ll cling to his arm while we travel through spacetime together.

      • Ninja0980

        Or one of those cars from the Jetsons.

    • AJ Drew

      And when you return, you get to fire someone! /s

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        I wouldn’t be a good person or boss if I didn’t agonize over that.

    • Bryan

      5ies are one of the greatest caffenated things ever invented (seriously buy em wholesale if you want them cheaper, $3.50 in stores, $1.89 wholesale)

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        I’ve been eyeing them on Amazon. Lots cheaper by the dozen or even 24 pack.

        • CharlestonDave

          Costco sells ’em by the crateful.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            Costco has their own brand of it. I tried one – yuk! Kirkland I think is their brand.

        • Bryan

          Yeah, I didn’t mean for a single-shot haha, I meant after wholesaling 6-7 of the 12 paks. If you get it down to about $20-22 for a 12pak then bulk-buy.

          • ‘Til Tuesday

            Heh! I knew what you meant. I’ve seen them in Sams and Costco, and I’ve looked at them on Amazon too. Also, 5-Hour Energy has their own online store too for bulk buying.

    • thatotherjean

      Good luck with the client. I’m not a morning person, either. I’d much rather watch the sun come up as I’m going to bed, not as I’m getting up.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Finally watched 3 Billboards.
    It was very good, if a little rough around the edges

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      I’ve been wanting to see it just because of Frances McDormand. Is it off the wall like “Fargo”? I like off the wall.

      • hdtex

        Twisty but not “off” like Fargo.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Not really… it’s pretty grounded

  • Bambino

    Re: John Oliver’s best seller A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo Amazon review. I find it funny with one exception all the one star rating were trolling messages for the deplorables to read. Lol!
    https://www.amazon.com/Day-Life-Marlon-Bundo/product-reviews/B07BFJF8PP/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_hist_1?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&pageNumber=1&filterByStar=one_star

    • Talisman

      *Christian Love

      in action.

  • ChrisMorley

    Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin on Cambridge Analytica: the real crime was getting caught

    First Dog on the Moon [cartoonist]

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/20/brenda-the-civil-disobedience-penguin-on-cambridge-analytica-the-real-was-getting-caught

    • bkmn

      I see Sarah is ready for her sleepover with KellyAnne Conjob.

  • safari
    • AJ Drew

      Wherever she went, murder happened. Don’t follow her.

      • Prost Seattle

        I dunno, she might help with the editing of the family reunion list.

      • Talisman

        The most prolific serial killer in TV history.

    • jimbo65

      The new Infinity War trailer looks awesome.

      • Talisman

        Captain America has a new haircut.

        • jimbo65

          Yep and beard. Looks quite rugged.

    • Ninja0980

      She wasn’t happy about having to do this either from what I’ve heard.

    • bkmn

      TrumpForPrison2018!

    • Talisman

      Collusion is irrelevant. The crime does not matter. He is guilty of obstruction of justice.

      Unfortunately, we are stuck with this nightmare for 2 more years. A repuglican House won’t indict him, and there will not be enough votes in the Senate to remove him from office.

      The best we can hop is for a House controlled by the democrats. And they will block the worst impulses of the dumpster.

      • blackstar

        I think it all depends on Mueller’s timing . He may be out of office sooner than later.

    • TheSeer

      Where’s Money Laundering and Rape?

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    The dog has spoken, sort of, time for bed.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48cd1c0661ec3d4bdff37ce27d0e477396b917aa6826fbab7ef08cb8d20865f1.gif

    I get almost the same room as Woodstock.

    • KnownDonorDad

      “I’m doing my part!”

  • gaycuckhubby

    The FBI today announced that they now have 500 agents working on the Austin serial bomber.

    I think there was a lot of unjustified complaints that they weren’t taking it seriously

  • boobert

    I just asked hubby what was on tcm, He said some movie called Hong Kong. I asked “What?” This was the same person that once told me he liked mrs smiths fish sticks and mrs pauls apple pies ! lol

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      Dyslexic?

      • boobert

        Silly ! lol

  • bkmn
  • AJ Drew

    A nice story here: my neighborhood has had a feral dog wandering about, and we’ve been trying to catch him as he has seemed to be such a nice dog overall, just skittish. But, he’s been a Houdini for MONTHS. He escaped attempts at lassoing him, leashing him, and he even escaped a food-baited trap (*with* the food) twice. Just got a text that a neighbor got him to come inside and he’s safe now.

    • thatotherjean

      Best news of the night! Thank you!

    • whollyfool

      Aw! That’s great. Poor dog finally able to trust someone enough to get help.

  • safari
  • Jon Doh

    If only they had changed the TP roll this room would have been ready for the open house.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/59bfbaab024cda6a290bc5b12937dcf3b282300ac16374eda06e7d4425aa9984.jpg

    • bkmn

      Well, Don Jr. was busy porking one of the chicks on daddy’s show.

    • Talisman

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

    • boobert

      Is that a black dildo on the toilet?

      • Jon Doh

        Maybe.

      • AJ Drew

        Maaybe, or one of Treant’s trying-too-hard soap sculptures.

  • Palmer

    Just a little project I’m helping with.

    https://youtu.be/TRQYDKVVUJk

  • Slippy_World
  • bkmn
    • William

      Has he moved to Dubai?

  • Gretchen

    Tomorrow is the second anniversary of my mom’s death. As luck would have it, my dad is going to drive me to my ortho appointment tomorrow afternoon. He is still having a very difficult time since losing her, and I worry about him. He has an alarm set on his phone for 12:05 every afternoon to remind him of the time she died. I don’t think that’s healthy, and I would like to talk to him about it. Is this one of those things where it’s not my business to say something about how he chooses to grieve, or is it time to step in and try to help?

    • My advice would be to let him work it out himself, unless his commemoration is hurting himself or hurting someone else, which this does not sound like it is doing. I would simply be supporting of him. My mother’s grandparents died within three weeks of each other way back when, her grandfather simply gave up living. If this is the only way he can go on living let him.

      • Gretchen

        I worry that it is hurting him, but I don’t know how to help. He seems to be moving on in some ways, but so stuck in others. I won’t say anything about it tomorrow, but I’m glad we will be together. He says he feels better when we talk about her, so at least this should give us some time to remember her.

        • Setting an alarm at the time she died every day does sound very odd. If he goes to a church or synagogue it might be time to talk to a pastor, or even a family doctor. That does sound off to me — certainly not modern judeo-christian practice (for what that is worth). I would also think he might need to be evaluated for depression to be honest about it. I now see your concern.

          • Gretchen

            My sister is personal friends with his family doctor. She has shared our concerns. He is on an antidepressant, but it doesn’t seem to be effective. I’m going to broach the subject of seeing a grief counselor even if I have to get him to go to “help me”.

          • My mom has Type 2 diabetes. It is managed with medication. When she is injected with insulin for it. she goes completely bonkers — the crashing of her blood sugar is to much for her to handle. Also she was put on prednisone (steroids) at her place for a chest cough and it affected her blood sugar levels — which really has a huge impact on her moods. She is normally upbeat — but the bottom line is blood sugar had a huge impact on her psychological well being. It is a common problem n the elderly. Are you sure your father’s overall health is not affecting his moods? Mom and I just met with her dietician today, nutrition is so important as you age —

          • Gretchen

            That’s a good point. I’m not sure when he last had a physical. My sister would know. She takes him to his appointments. He isn’t actually very old at all. He just turned 60 in December. He’s my step dad for the record.

          • AJ Drew

            I have used the “it’s to help me, not [mumble… just] you” before, and it did work. BUT, a grief counselor would be good for you as well. Even if you think it’s BS for you, it’s at least a “stranger” to express stuff to. (Whether or not your Dad follows your lead, do it for yourself.)

          • Gretchen

            I have a therapist of my own that I have seen for years. We don’t necessarily do grief work now, but my relationship with my mother got plenty of air time while she was alive. My sister and I agree that the only thing worse than being codependent on your mother is being codependent on your dead mother.

        • AJ Drew

          It IS hurting him, but it’s his to deal with. However, you being there IS a help, it truly is. He’ll respond or not, but in the end, you care about him, and whether he responds or not is not your fault; but you trying does matter, for both of you, especially for you.

    • AJ Drew

      Grief is a bitch, no joke. No matter what any “experts” say, it has it’s own timelime. Period.

      • Barry William Teske

        PTSD.
        Became a friend, in my case.
        We are still getting to know each other.
        All good things take.
        Time.

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      If his life is otherwise relatively normal, not a problem. If he’s depressed and not getting better, that’s a problem. Either way, I’m sure you are good to him. All the best!

    • Marc: The Social Gadfly

      How long were they together, Gretchen?

      I’d say bring it up but without a design of an outcome in your own mind from it. Let him know you’re worried for him and let him do most of the talking. Try to ask open-ended questions that he’ll need to respond to with more than just a yes or no answer.

      It took me years to resolve both my mother’s and my father’s deaths. I’m only 53. Everyone grieves in their own way, and in their own time frame. And sometimes, even when we’re past grief and we’ve encountered resolve, we still cling to tools to cope with it.

      In short, just be present for yourself, and for him.

      • Gretchen

        They were married for 27 years. They treated each other horribly and barely tolerated the other until she was diagnosed with cancer. She even left him and lived alone during her first round of treatment. She left him with a “to do” list that must have been pages long. It took him the first year to finish it. Now he is very depressed and drinking heavily. He has a girlfriend, but he swears she is just a friend with benefits. I definitely worry about him. I would like for him to see a therapist, but I don’t think he will.

        • Lazycrockett

          To be horrible rude, sounds like he’s using her death to justify his drinking.

          • Gretchen

            You may be right. It’s like he has reverted to the 27 year-old he was when they met. Some of the nonsense has improved since he met the new girlfriend, but I was horrified by his behavior for a while. Now he just seems sad. I still have days when I hurt and grieve, but it’s getting easier. I don’t think it is for him.

        • ‘Til Tuesday

          http://www.adultchildren.org may be of some help.

          • Gretchen

            Thank you.

          • Barry William Teske

            Thank you.

        • Marc: The Social Gadfly

          27 years is a long time. It sounds like he believes that he needs someone, or something to help him direct his life. He could certainly use a therapist for that. This may be the first in a long time that he needs to be responsible for just himself. That’s a difficult thing to process for anyone. The one thing that I tell most people in this kind of stressful situation is just talk. I’m no therapist of course but, allowing someone to know that you are willing to just listen can really help. The downside is, you don’t always know if it did or not. Listen, give him suggestions, not advice, and you won’t go wrong either way.

          • Gretchen

            Thank you. That’s excellent advice. He tells me it helps when we talk, so perhaps we just need to do more of that.

    • Ninja0980

      Grief has its own timeline and one never truly gets over losing a loved one.
      IMO, this might be his way of helping to cope with that pain.
      I would say watch for other signs that his depression could lead to something but otherwise, I’d let him be.

    • Prost Seattle

      No one can tell you how to grieve. Even children. The bond they had was obviously amazing. I’d just ask him if he wanted to do something to mark that anniversary. Perhaps something that takes a negative and work towards something your mom cherished, either some volunteer activity, her favorite park, just something meaningful for the two of them.

      I’m coming upon the second anniversary of my sister’s death. Growing up it was just my sis, my mom and myself. When mom goes, there isn’t anybody who remembers me as a child. I still find myself wanting to call her over something trivial, but it was a memory of our youth.

      I wish you and your father the best. Grief changes us, it adds depth, sorrow, and a new appreciation of memories we make in the here and now. I wish you peace.

  • safari

    Hmmm

    Describing the process, Wylie says Steve Bannon, former head of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and White House Chief of Staff, believed gay people were the key to success.

    Speaking of Rebekah Mercer, daughter of billionaire Cambridge Analytica backer Robert Mercer, Wylie said: “The gays. She loved the gays. So did Steve [Bannon].”

    He added: “He saw us as early adopters. He figured, if you can get the gays on board, everyone else will follow. It’s why he was so into the whole Milo [Yiannopoulos] thing.”

    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/03/19/christopher-wylie-the-gay-vegan-who-made-steve-bannons-psychological-warfare-tool/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=PinkNews&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1521509655

    • AJ Drew

      And yet, they’ve been so friendly to us. Grrr. Yet another reason to despise LCRs.

    • Outlaw Woman

      I’m not really surprised … rich girl knows one gay guy and thinks she’s an expert on all things gay.

      I can totally see Milo convincing them that he would be the “oh so fabulous” pied-piper for the gay vote, and them buying it (literally buying it, for big money).

      • William

        I wouldn’t piss on Milo if he was on fire.

      • Ninja0980

        Not to mention all of the gay guys she would know and be friend with run in her right wing circles..hence the reason she barely knows any.

    • Barry William Teske

      HA-HA!
      So they still haven’t found our agenda.
      Sucks to be the them!
      HA-HA!

      I was blocked on Pink News almost two years ago.
      I happened to be the Pied Piper.
      For rats.
      Man those rats HATE me.
      They haven’t a clue as to how pride works either.
      HA-HA!

      • Barry William Teske

        One More Time.

        HA-HA!

  • SoCalGal20
    • Lazycrockett

      Beto needs to campaign that Ted Cruz was all over working with Cambridge Analytica to steal facebook information.

    • William

      Ted will be asking for his Canadian passport back.

    • TheSeer
  • Lazycrockett

    I just rewatched Last Week Tonight Pence bit and seriously its is tight as fuck.

  • SoCalGal20

    The John Oliver children’s book is #1 on Amazon of ALL books. I await its arrival on the NYT Bestseller list next week lol.

    • Lazycrockett

      I almost bought one tonight but shipping is 1 to 2 weeks.

      • Ninja0980

        Have it on Amazon Prime for next week.

      • SoCalGal20

        You could get the audio version. It’s got a great cast including Jim Parsons and RuPaul.

        • Lazycrockett

          True but I think this is something you want to physically own.

          • AC

            Are you a three-year old? or just “limited”?
            If you can’t have “something you want to physically own” immediately, then you don’t want it?

          • Lazycrockett

            Depending on the demand, this book could be sold out for weeks or months. Why not wait till the availability is updated to purchase?
            why you are being saucy, hollandaise is beyond me.

          • Gretchen

            I bought the Kindle version. I don’t actually need a children’s book, but I wanted to contribute to the cause.

    • whollyfool

      I thought this headline of Fox being insulted over it was great.
      “John Oliver slammed for ‘controversial and partisan’ mockery of Pence family bunny”

  • Ninja0980
    • AJ Drew

      Yeah, just after he posted about meeting POTUS and FLOTUS and other GOPs, DT went full-on pro-NRA, so… perhaps he should consider that and everything he previously posted.

      • Ninja0980

        He’s made it clear he will never agree to any kind of gun control bill or anything else that will make it tougher for folks to get their hands on guns.
        Given that, what is the point of listening him talk about both sides have to work together.

        • AJ Drew

          Yup, and DT, having caved to NRA, has disproved all of his both-sides chatter.

    • SoCalGal20

      I know which side of this issue I’m on and Kyle isn’t on isn’t on it. Cameron, Emma, David, Alex, Jacklyn, etc are. So Kyle can make the rounds at Fox News and enjoy his 15 minutes while the rest of us get some work done.

      • Ninja0980

        Not only that but by themselves, the reforms Kyle and others are pushing will mean nothing without reasonable gun control, simple as that.

  • SoCalGal20
    • safari

      A right to be forgotten law and a law that requires the ability to transfer information off the site could kill facebook.

      • SoCalGal20

        Would be the best thing to happen to the US in years.

    • TheSeer

      Facebook is evil.

  • Max_1

    Trump’s meme: NO COLLUSION…

    1) Cambridge Analytica was HIRED by the TRUMP organization

    2) They (CA) developed a program for a FACEBOOK AP that collects all your user information and all of your friend’s information, ALL W/OUT CONSENT!

    2) Once they got that information they collected, they run it through algorithms that can determine what and HOW you will react to PROPAGANDA.

    3) They feed YOUR information to a RUSSIAN TROLL FARM set up to design the type of information that you would react to the best to sway you to change your vote.

    4) See #1 and #3 and tell me again, NO COLLUSION?

    • boobert

      They preyed on the weak minded. It wouldn’t have mattered what I saw on the computer, I would not have voted for the moron.

      • William

        A coworker warned me about Trump in 1987.

        • Snarkaholic

          My neighbor used to work at Chump Marina.
          Chump’s brother was staying there once, and someone stole personal belongings from his room.
          To “solve” the problem, Chump tried to fire Every Single Housekeeper on that floor.

          • William

            Shades of Leona Helmsley.

          • Snarkaholic

            A different co-worker worked in one of her hotels. He said he personally witnessed a tantrum from her, the likes of which he had NEVER seen before…from anyone.
            The in-house upholsterer had redone some chairs for her, and they weren’t exactly to her liking.

        • whollyfool

          Seriously? What did they say?

    • William

      Do you mind if i tweet this to trump tomorrow?

      • Max_1

        Combine the #2’s to make one #2…

        • William

          Right. Thanks!

  • Lazycrockett
  • Max_1

    Again,
    FACEBOOK NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN!

    They allowed an application to be hosted on their platform that invaded your information WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT!

    50+ million profiles compromised…

    What is the American Government doing to protect your identity?

    • Lazycrockett

      Plus that is not even taking into account what was liked or sent to friend and family from that 50 + million once the propaganda was in place. Facebook which knew about this in 2015 did nothing. They aren’t complicint, they help steal a presidency.

      • Zuckerberg wants to run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination (as incredible as it sounds, he actually is considering a run). He is beginning to staff up. If he decides to do it, he can easily blow 20 billion to make it happen. Now, what if he decides to turn Facebook into a platform against Trump in his bid? https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/15/mark-zuckerberg-could-be-running-for-president-in-2020.html

        • William

          Id probably vote for John McCain over Zuckerberg.

        • Lazycrockett

          The way this is blowing up Zuck is cooked for at least 16 years.

          • Max_1

            Gilded in a cage…
            … A cooked goose.

          • bzrd

            that laid his golden egg
            now stinking of sulfur

          • Who the hell knows what the Bernie people will do if Bernie does not to run or is defeated in the early primaries. I can see them getting being Zuck. Why not? They can decide Elizabeth Warren is too whore big money since she is a she, right? (I am being a little bit snarky but am I?)

          • William

            He can afford to buy a passport in a country without an extradition treaty.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, they cared more about $$$ then anything else but given what an asshole Zuckerberg is, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

    • William

      How will Putin fix the midterm elections?

    • What you personally need to do if you are concerned is pull out of Facebook if you maintain an account there. Huff ran an article on this today. I find it creepy — I have not been active there for years (hence Eddi Haskell in social media also, I do not want to use my real world identity online).
      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/want-to-delete-your-facebook-account_us_5aafee8ae4b00549ac7df36f

      • Lazycrockett

        From my understanding even if you delete your account it never actually goes away.

      • Max_1

        I never set up any FB account… so no history with them at all.

        I never joined FB because… ID THEFT!

        • Max_1

          edit: I don’t even like to allow anyone to post my picture on FB because…
          FACIAL RECOGNITION ALGORITHMS…

          • Snarkaholic

            I never post pics of myself online.
            I once worked with someone who posted a pic on FB. There was a person in the background of the pic, and FB asked, “Who is theat person in the background? Is it (the person’s name(!)?”
            Creepy AF.
            I did a Google Image search on my name, and no pic of me came up (although some of the people who did are GHASTLY)!

        • Barry William Teske

          Oh if it were only that simple.
          Look for my post this side of 24hours ago.
          They call them cookies.
          I call it force feeding.

      • William

        Change your profile to say you are an alcoholc 87 year old miner in Nevada, waiting to be abducted by aliens. Unless you are an alcoholic 87 year old miner in Nevada who is waiting to be abducted by aliens.

  • fuzzybits
    • bzrd

      love this film

      • William

        The German version (Out of Rosenheim) is slightly longer.

  • safari

    According to BuzzFeed quizes, my choice of ice cream places me at 99 years old; that I should be in Seattle in the 1970s; my favorite color is black; and I have the personality of a Toblerone bar.

  • BeaverTales

    I decided to build C*ckblocked,” he continues. “Basically you can login with your Grindr creds and it’ll show you all the users who blocked you on the app.”

    Disqus should also allow people to know if they are blocked and by whom..

    • Lazycrockett

      Oh to find that russian troll who down votes me, what fun.

    • Barry William Teske

      I’m so lonely, I’m so lonely.
      Nobody ever needs to see me cry.

      • BeaverTales

        “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.”
        ― Charlotte Brontë

    • AJ Drew

      Why? Seriously, why?

    • Treant

      Noooo thank you. If they blocked me, they are clearly worthless human beings and I don’t care that they exist, much less that they’ve blocked me.

  • Max_1

    How long will it be that we discover that iPhone’s allowed an ap to be placed on their platform that captures your fingerprint?

  • safari

    Great. A space station might fall on me.
    https://twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/975962950816141317

    • bzrd

      it was 1953 or 54 when Life magazine showed a picture of a woman’s thigh which had been hit by a large meteorite about the size of a volley ball. Crashing through the roof and the attic floor slowed it down enough so it didn’t crush her leg

      • Lars Littlefield

        My favorite meteorite photo is of a little early American maple boot bench in the entrance hallway of a early 20th Century Connecticut home. The meteor is about the size of a big softball and it’s trajectory was slowed down as it crashed through the roof of the house just enough that it embedded into the bench. Talk about scaring the cat.

    • whollyfool

      Somebody’s got it out for Michigan….

    • Bambino

      Lets hope it falls on an idiot playing golf say on a weekend in Florida at Mar-a-largo?

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Keep Austin in your thoughts and lets hope they catch the mad person (or persons) who’s terrorizing the city quickly. It has to have people, especially those with kids, scared. The bombs seem random.

  • BeaverTales

    Ok, urban Canada, I love you, but why is it so damn hard to eat healthy in this country? Vegetables won’t kill you, I promise…and it’s not a requirement that breakfast sausages be all pork/red meat and that carb loading be the only option. Tomatoes and beans are a nice touch. Smoked salmon is yummy for breakfast too. Yes, I’m willing to pay for substitutions.

    • I like a little smoked salmon and sauteed onions with scrambled eggs, so good! Old family recipe. But use a little water in the eggs and not milk or cream, it makes them fluffier. Why you should not use milk in eggs – My Lithuanian grandma cooked like Paula Deen apparently —
      https://www.popsugar.com/food/Scrambled-Eggs-Water-43048421

      • BeaverTales

        I like it too, but soft-scramble the eggs please… add a roasted tomato with feta cheese and spinach, and you’ve won my heart 🙂

    • William

      It sounds like British food is part of their legacy.

    • Barry William Teske

      I will always pay into a living wage.
      Always.

    • Canadian Observer

      3 words: RED RIVER PORRIDGE

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/ConorLambPA/status/975876908792582144
    If only more folks were like this, like in California for example..

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    The lady in this article asked for her amputated leg and managed to get it. I’m a little surprised it didn’t go right into the furnace of bio waste container despite her request.

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/took-amputated-leg-home-can

    “Maybe you’ve had a part of your body removed, a kidney stone or a
    frostbitten toe, and the hospital disposed of it after the procedure.
    But what if you had wanted to keep it for your mantle or to scare your
    friends at Halloween?”

    • Snarkaholic

      My grandfather asked for (and received) a kidney stone he’d had surgically removed. He kept it in a jar of alcohol (with the date 1953 written on the label).
      The thing was huge (approx. the size of one of those small, foil-wrapped chocolate Easter Eggs), and it looked like it was made of tan, compressed gravel. It must have hurt like hell!

    • William

      They have to give it to you if requested. Some religions don’t allow any body parts to be buried separately or destroyed. The hospital isn’t supposed to ask if it’s a religious thing.

      • Lars Littlefield

        I have my appendix, my tonsils in two small jars and two rather large gallstones in a little medical plastic bag. They wouldn’t let me keep my gallbladder. So, three out of four and I still can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery?

        • William

          Check with your Rabbi. A reform Rabbi might be more forgiving.

          The last couple surgeries I’ve had, there was a box to check for whether I wanted to keep any tissue removed. It wasn’t enough to feed the dogs for dinner, so I said no.

          • Lars Littlefield

            I was kidding, but still curious. I’ve prepaid for the cremation of my remains with a tidy bit left over to generously offset the cost and inconvenience to be scattered at a spot I’m fond of. Kuis refuses to talk about it, so I’ve made certain he’s included but not obligated to do anything. He just has to show up and enjoy the party.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I think the problem is that often they take explicitly religious requests more seriously.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Dang, the preservation job they did on the original King Kong is striking. Its on TCM, gonna watch it again…lol…

  • We’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and there is no bottom…
    no Wonderland… just the bottomless rabbit hole of weird.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc966a0d8af37529295f77d55eb4998f86f06eb63e971da4a3617ef59f87dd16.jpg

    • Bryan

      I don’t think I’m ready for that jelly.

    • Max_1

      SEX TAPES!!!

  • AJ Drew

    If you have Netflix, like gardens, and have a heart… uff… “Love Your Garden” Other than how ridiculously upbeat and happy all the major players are, and how tear-worthy their “clients” are, holy carp they have an unlimited budget to create actual amazing spaces. (and ya might cry, too.)

    • Lazycrockett

      Which makes me ask a question, my mom always kept the seeds in a freezer in the winter months before planting her garden. She last week bought a bag of different seeds with that fertilizer and pellet kinda thing .

      One of these.

      https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51j2%2B8F7IjL.jpg

      and asked if they should to be kept in the freezer for a bit before planting.

      What say you?

      • AJ Drew

        I say “good for her” and if you love your Mom, give an hour or so to help her plant those seeds. If nothing else, future memories. (no snark, at all.)

      • Treant

        No need. I never freeze or refrigerate seeds if I’m only storing over the winter; my office is fine, which never falls below about 65 and always has moderate humidity. I’ve used two year old seed and had no problem under those conditions.

        Freezing–particularly a freezer, which is very cold–can either help some seeds, like pine, or kill others, like most tropicals. At most, dehumidified storage, as in a glass jar, in the refrigerator is required and best.

        But for shorter periods, it’s not necessary.

        • Lazycrockett

          K I thought the same since it was available now.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Just found it – started watching the first episode with my coffee. Thanks!
      Edit: Just finished the first episode, thanks for turning me onto it. But what’s with the reveal? The producers didn’t have any uplifting music, just pure silence while the camera does a close-up of these stoic Brits saying “oh it’s really quite lovely…”

  • fuzzybits
    • Bryan

      Never interrupt your enemy when they’re in the process of making a mistake.
      If he takes all of them over the cliff then we won’t have to deal with them anymore.

      • Cackalaquiano

        That would be SO nice wouldn’t it?

  • The Meghan and Harry Lifetime! channel May 13 “A Royal Romance” actors look just like the real Meghan and Harry. Huff calls the movie “A Schmaltzy Extravaganza”.
    https://youtu.be/jV6RicRcjW0

    • Lazycrockett

      If Ghost Force Princess Di doesn’t show up telling Harry to sign a Pre nup, wha’ts the point?

      • AJ Drew

        a moment of reality-free romance?

  • coram nobis

    From the Balkinization legal blog, regarding Stormy Daniels and New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. The implications go beyond this dispute.

    https://balkin.blogspot.com/2018/03/stormy-daniels-and-new-york-times-co-v.html

    Non-disclosure agreements are inconsistent with the policy when they prevent speech on matters of vital public interest solely because that speech may place powerful people in a bad light. The alternative would allow the most affluent citizens, who already have the right to buy as much favorable speech as they wish, to buy the right to silence as much unfavorable speech as they desire.

    • AJ Drew

      For anyone wondering, I went there, and YES, Balkinazation legal blog actuallly is a thing. (Surpised, here, coram, surprised!) and… yes, go read it.

    • Max_1

      Free speech ain’t “FREE” anymore…

      • coram nobis

        Besides the fact that a public official shouldn’t use NDAs to choke off speech via contract law any more than — see Sullivan — defamation torts, I’m rather hoping this dents the NDA abuse of employment law generally.

      • Bryan

        Common man, freedom t’aint never been free, you know as well as I do freedom costs a buck o’five.

        • Max_1

          It’ll cost ya at least $20 to even see my taint…

          • Barry William Teske

            Law Mart rarely has sales and that is a good thing in my opinion.

      • Barry William Teske

        I’m happy with the consequences price tag.
        No such thing as free.

  • Max_1

    Imagine…
    Someday soon, you’ll be able to go to PornHub and search for ‘penis’ and get three whole pages of Donald J. Trump’s sex tape. I’m not looking forward to that.

  • Max_1
  • blackstar
    • Lazycrockett

      Dont trust Palmer.

      • blackstar

        don’t trust anyone. Palmer’s a Russian agent ?

  • AJ Drew
  • blackstar
  • William

    Moonbeam is here to debunk the Camebridge Analytica story. He looks totally believable.

    https://youtu.be/xBGEwIGii5E

    • blackstar

      lol .. I could only take 10 minutes of his voice. He didn’t convince me.

      • William

        You made it farther than I did.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • William

      Did they collect his sperm?

    • Max_1

      RIP to an ancient beast…
      … The face of extinction.

      • Barry William Teske

        The face of pain. So easy to walk on by?

    • JCF

      :-(…

    • zhera

      Yay humans! We kill beast! We soopeeriorrrrr!

      🙁

    • safari

      The gene pool really is too small. The species is functionally extinct.

  • SoCalGal20

    Here is the video of Lin-Man Miranda and Ben Platt’s beautiful duet/mashup of “You Will Be Found” and “The Story of Tonight”, called “Found Tonight”. Proceeds from song sales go to March For Our Lives. The song is currently #1 on iTunes.

    https://youtu.be/2aQykuIaJVI

    • JCF

      Pretty. I’m afraid I don’t know either of the songs being mashed. One from Hamilton, one from Evan Handler, I assume?

      • SoCalGal20

        “The Story of Tonight” is from Hamilton. “You Will Be Found” is from Dear Evan Hanson.

        • JCF

          Hanson, Handler…one of those!

  • blackstar
  • Lazycrockett
    • zhera

      I quite like your obsession with this guy.

  • Harveyrabbit

    Well, that was oddly weird and confusing. The grocery store I regularly go to, for some inexplicable reason, decided to switch all items on their shelves from one side of the aisle to the other. The shelves are all the same height and length so there doesn’t seem to be any reason other than to have simply done it.

    Very disorienting. I bet the store’s shelf packers were pissed. It would be the sort of meaningless make work job they’d give you to do in a prison… move that pile of rocks from here to over there.

    • Bryan

      The Resets? When I was at Safeway it was fucking annoying even when I wasn’t the one helping do it. Yeah, the shelf-packers are usually pretty pissed off. Reset day is not a happy night crew day.

      • Harveyrabbit

        Was there actually a reason to do it? Only thing I can think of is to make customers take more time to look for what they want and maybe get them to buy extra items/groceries they hadn’t noticed before or something like that.

        • Treant

          That’s what I’ve figured. Once every eighteen months or so, my store redesigns all the aisles. All the employees are annoyed for a week or so and clots of customers hang at the ends of the aisle trying to figure out if what they need is down there.

          • Harveyrabbit

            I did a google search about this sort of thing and it was suggested that it is often done to move seasonal or new products to a more obvious location, and that makes sense, but in this case that wasn’t done.. it was just making the aisles mirror images of what they were the day before. Bizarre.

        • Bambino

          It’s part of the marketing strategy. Manufacturers pay major money for those eye level shelf spaces for their products. The less influential and least sellers are relegated to the bottom shelves. Also manufacturers are regularly expanding and refreshing their brands by replacing and discontinuing slow products.

        • Bryan

          They switched the soft-drinks aisle. Sodas used to be on the left facing the front with the gatoraide and flavored sparkling waters on the right. For no reason whatsoever, they decided to switch one side with the other and vaguely the placement of the items in relation to where they were. No reason to do it other than to stomp a boot on the slaves of Slaveway. Remind ’em what they are.

          • I volunteer at our local library and they keep shuffling books about. Each move makes no more sense than the previous placement. It’s just crazy, and the patrons hate it, staff hates it as they spend days helping people find materials they need. But the management wants it so those who do the actual work have no voice.

        • That is exactly why they do it! And on the flip side of that, the gas station chain QuickTrip, advertises that every store has the same layout so to help you have a…..quick trip in and out of their stores.

          We had a local market that shuffled their stock around so often, that I stopped shopping there. And I must not have been the only one, because they went out of business. I truly missed shopping there, they carried items Safeway and Kroger didn’t.

          • netxtown

            Locally Kroger puled that crap. And, also set the aisles closer together. Now, the aisles are just barely wide enough for two shopping carts. they also changed the product association formula – which has left me so aggravated that i just left the cart sitting and walked out. I have zero desire to go on a damned scavenger hunt at a grocery.

            I give their weekly sales flyer the once over – but unless there is something that is a super deal – i just don’t go there anymore.

          • Our local grocery is clean and has wider aisles and for the most part, things are logically placed. There are a few things that make zero sense. The Hawaiian Rolls are up at the front of the store with the rotisserie chickens, not back with the other dinner rolls…..? And the crackers aren’t all kept together, but divided up by snack sort and just cracker types. But, they carry a nice selection of gluten free items and their meat and produce aisles are fresh and kept well stocked. Luckily this is our closest grocery so it works out.

      • Barry William Teske
        • Barry William Teske

          NSFW?

    • TuuxKabin

      When visiting my mother in Phoenix, after settling in we’d ask if she wanted to go shopping. She used to. Then it became just too much. Getting to the car in the heat, even tho we’d drive it around to the door of the building. The rest of it. So she’d make a list and send us on our way. I didn’t notice, but el HubCap noticed it . . . “see how Emma writes her list? Everything on it is in the first aisle we enter, to the end, turn around and back down the next aisle.”

      What your grocery store did is going to throw a lot of people off kilter. Not good.

  • blackstar

    “People are already spending less time on Facebook. The danger is that members may unfriend it altogether.”

    https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/975985308247445504

    • Harveyrabbit

      I despise Facebook. I sometimes need it for work though and have a fake identity so I can look at it and see the entire page without constant popups telling me to join or log in.

      My brother uses it constantly. He has thousands of “friends” most of whom he does not know at all and tells everyone every single fucking thing he does all the time, every day. And makes sexist and juvenile, politically incorrect jokes. All of which get great guffaws from his apparently nearly illiterate and neanderthal buddies.

      One time he complained about a hospital visit he made and actually showed a copy of the release papers that showed his name, address, SSN number and other things that could be easily used for identity theft. He took it down after I told him he was an idiot for doing that but it hasn’t stopped him from telling the world when he and his wife will be away from their home for weeks at a time on vacation etc. Just what thieves would want to know.

      • Mikey

        He’s adopted.

    • TuuxKabin
      • I have a Facebook account, under a false name, with mostly false info about myself. I post no photos, “check ins” or anything else. The only thing they can glean from my account is that I’m a celiac who likes to travel and plays a few games. I don’t like anything, and accept no friend requests.

        • TuuxKabin

          Ditto here. El HubCap at the request of a friend to view everything they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and vacation trips. From the get go I thought it a perfect stalking tool. Any travel plans in the near future?

  • Barry William Teske

    Phildel – Afraid of the Dark – The Disappearance of the Girl

    https://youtu.be/N-o04MhuoMY

  • John Davenport
    • Treant

      Ugh, I hate child sacrifice days. It’s impossible to get change for an eight-year-old.

      • John Davenport

        I believe that there are no crimes most Americans won’t allow these fascists to commit once they’ve finished consolidating power.

        • Treant

          So I assume; so far, nobody’s done jack shit about any crimes already committed. Some of which have been confessed to on Twitter by the dipshit in chief.

          • John Davenport

            I’m losing hope–I’ve retired my bear (for several reasons), and JD is on his last legs.

          • John Davenport

            I should change the avatar to a picture that doesn’t include a musical instrument.

          • John Davenport

            For the time being, what posting I do will probably be limited to the wee hours.

          • You will be missed!

          • John Davenport

            XOXO

          • DaddyRay

            BB something made me get out of bed an hour early and I think you are why

          • John Davenport

            A bear’s second sight?

          • DaddyRay

            A fellow friend who knows the other is hurting. Love you BB and would miss you and your music.

          • John Davenport

            XO–I will miss many of you! I think the time for music is passing, but there are people who are still posting it, for the time being. Terrible things are coming that few will forcefully protest against–I can’t watch, up close, as a democracy commits suicide. It would push me totally over the edge, Daddy R.

          • DaddyRay

            I have to hold out hope. Several of the republicans who I work with who originally were for Trump because they thought he would shake things up are no longer supporting Trump. We have to stop thinking the ones that shout and consume our airwaves are a majority. We have been seeing in these last few special elections that people are saying enough is enough

          • John Davenport

            People (who are able) should be protesting, in big numbers and relentlessly, most especially to achieve TWO things, in particular: public access to that monster’s financial history (which his own people think would lead to his downfall) and SECURE elections.

          • DaddyRay

            Agreed – I also want to see action from Democratic states. There was a proposal not long ago to force a candidate to disclose tax returns to get on the ballot. I don’t know why that hasn’t gone anywhere. I feel there are things that can be done to protect us from future Presidents like Trump

          • Bomer
          • John Davenport

            XO

          • I believe that our country will fight against the coming dark days. Take comfort in the growing women’s movement, and now our teens are fired up for change. They aren’t going to become bored with it and let it go, and many parents, teachers and the local community are behind them and their desire for a sea change in how we view guns.

            While a dark noxious cloud flows from the White House and in the corners and cracks of Congress, there are still good humans willing to fight this to the end to keep our country free. This has just taken the vast majority of our country by surprise. It found us asleep at the switch, but we are waking up!

          • John Davenport

            I hope so, Biki!

            Yes, there IS much evidence people are waking up, but, as of right now, this illegitimate, criminal government is NOT protecting the elections from Russian (and other) attacks.

          • That’s is indeed a very pressing problem, that will not get solved until SCOTUS slaps down every gerrymandered state, and more democrats are voted into office. If the turn out to elections are massive and the democrats win by a landslide their is no room for tampering. It’s only when the stakes are close is there a chance for tampering. We will pull through this, we will defend our country and we will defeat outsiders meddling in our elections.

          • John Davenport

            It will take unflagging courage like yours, biki!

            I’m afraid I’m prone to bouts of severe melancholia. This degrading and unrelenting circus triggers them, easily.

          • Giant hugs right back at you!

          • TuuxKabin

            Yes. If he goes away. He will be. Good morning biki.

          • Good morning! Woke up after only a few hours of sleep, sigh. How are you??

          • TuuxKabin

            Irked with another nor’easter bearing down on us. I’m not ‘mobile’ enough to go out in it with a five lb boot on my right foot/leg, so I had to postpone M.D. f/u. Other than that. Fair to meddlin’, is it?

          • Oh my! Did you have ankle/foot surgery? Hubby had his ankle fused two years ago, and it was a terrible time for him with that crazy boot he had to wear.

            I’m trying a new pollen allergy med as the old one didn’t keep my symptoms at bay now that it’s springtime here in AZ.

            So sorry about your crappy weather. That’s one reason I left Alaska, just couldn’t deal with the endless snow and dark and cold. They have had 81 inches this winter, and it’s still snowing.

            Get well soon!

          • TuuxKabin

            Three middle toes, 2, 3 & 4, right foot. Hammertoes. From bein’ a dancin’ foo’ in 2″ stacked heel Cuban cha cha boots. Looked good. Was fun. But oh the price.
            The heel has a ledge to it that easily catches on the ‘lip’of stairs and steps. Here in the five floor walk up. Subway stairs. Most every set of stairs. So it has me on edge navigating down stairs. Suppose to come off April 22. May 22 I have knee surgery. Out of the frying pan . . . onto the tortilla griddle.
            So many people moved to AZ because of allergies, only to find them worse, all the planting people do.
            Do you read theguardian? Came across this just before seeing your reply. Timely. Not meaning to be doom and gloom, but PHX is just one of many sites facing this. Why there’s no planning, we’re a doomed bunch of dummies, or, our leaders rather have doomed us.
            Anyway. I’m healed, just this boot thing. No fun. Hope your allergies are minimal, or better yet, non existent. Take care.

            https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/mar/20/phoenix-least-sustainable-city-survive-water

          • Oh my! That does not sound good at all! Those boots are a help, but damn they are dangerous on stairs. Hubby had issues going from hard flooring to carpet, he always tripped/stumbled. And now your knee? You poor dear! There is no winning for you, is there?

            Yes, I knew that when I moved here, and was concerned about putting more pressure on an already stretched thin resource. The reason that we ended up moving here was the climate. It’s hot and dry and nearly non-stop sunshine. I suffer from SAD, and began to freeze at temps of only 50! My health, notwithstanding allergies is much better here. And I had tree/grass allergies in Alaska, so all same same really. We do try to limit our use of water. We don’t have grass and are slowly changing over the landscape to full desert plants that won’t need to be watered much if ever.

          • TuuxKabin

            If you must. But please do not go away.

          • John Davenport

            Actually, I’ll keep this avatar, or people won’t know it’s me!

            All I do is repeat myself, to no avail. I posted this morning mainly because I thought that gif from Alexander Nevsky made a powerful point.

          • TuuxKabin

            It does. You mentioned Tread? Or Treant? Tread doesn’t appear, to me, to be as nasty as the other.

          • medaka

            Is there are “Tread” ??

          • TuuxKabin

            Yeah. That’s why I mentioned the name.

          • medaka

            Check!

          • John Davenport

            No, not Treant–we were speaking this morning–Treant has NEVER been abusive to me!

            Tread said he wanted to punch me in the teeth, not Treant. Treant is my friend.

          • TuuxKabin

            It IS a powerful point. That’s why I searched for more images similar to it and put it there. re: to our Liberty Bell. Because YOU inspired my thought this morning. More so than usual.

          • JCF

            Are you sure this isn’t clinical? More than ever, this is a time for self-care. Dark & scary times? Yes. But there IS cause for hope…as long as one has brain chemistry capable of perceiving it. [Selfishly: I want my Bear back!]

          • John Davenport

            Tread said I was a self-righteous prick he wanted to punch in the teeth. I will not have my old bear exposed to that kind of violent abuse, JCF.

            For what time remains, I’ll use my John Davenport account. Sadly, disqus often takes down pictures and gifs I try to post using this account. This morning, it left 3 up, and took 1 down.

          • DaddyRay

            {{{HUG}}}

          • John Davenport

            XO

          • Barry William Teske

            Either it is my bad or that is quite out of character for you.
            I relish your patience.
            It helps make my hot dog.

        • Barry William Teske

          I am going to put you on the spot here.
          Is that a sincerely held belief?

          • John Davenport

            It is a sincerely held fear, yes.

          • Barry William Teske

            Why are you making friends with something that will probably be only part of the journey?

          • John Davenport

            Giving in to despair? We’ll see what happens–I’m not optimistic.

            I will promise you all one thing, though–I’m not going to post nonstop doom and gloom. I’ll stop posting altogether before I do that.

          • Barry William Teske

            Despairs only the hair colour, yes?
            We are talking BFF’s, no?
            It is OK if they go do their own thing some where else.
            That is the point of fear.
            Not always direct but usually undetected.

          • John Davenport

            I’m not sure I would have posted, but that gif from a film made a big impression on me–it immediately made me think of where this country’s headed.

          • Barry William Teske

            I am going to do the spot thing again.
            Thinking.
            And.
            Knowing.
            Two very different things if I try to see it from your perspective.
            I will try harder.

          • John Davenport

            Well, I can’t KNOW what’s going to happen, but I see very clearly that the gangster oligarchs in this country (in league with those in Russia and probably elsewhere) want a banana republic, and they have many, MANY lackeys, in politics, in the media, in the military and police forces, in the government bureaucracy. And from the “defenders” of the Republic, what I see, predominantly, is prevarication–an unwillingness to clearly and forcefully call things what they obviously are, to sound the alarm–and FEAR, from those afraid they’ll lose their jobs if they speak out.

          • Barry William Teske

            I sacrificed a couple jobs for the need to speak out.
            In one situation, I ate mouldy discount bin food for 6 months before I could put better (yet still strangely segregated food on my plate).
            It was worth every bite.
            May you be true to your higher power.

          • John Davenport

            You’re a GOOD man, Barry–I wish there were a lot more like you!

          • Barry William Teske

            Thank you.
            But I be but just a man.
            Whose mother taught him at a very young age to do the right thing.
            That it is my higher power.
            I have strayed, but always end right back where I started from.
            My mother looking into my eyes.
            Being the love I needed to remember.

          • jimbo65

            I feel the same way Bill. It’s like watching crime happening that no one will do anything about. I try to have some slivers of hope. It’s hard I know. Part of me doesn’t want to give in to the abyss. Please don’t disappear totally from here. To me you’re a valuable voice here.

    • JCF

      BillBear, is that you? [What movie is this, anyway?]

      • John Davenport

        Yes, it’s me.

        It’s from Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky, JCF.

    • TuuxKabin
      • John Davenport

        I fear so, yes.

    • Mikey
  • John Davenport
    • TuuxKabin

      disquietingly I’m pulled into that.

      • John Davenport

        Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)–a short 18-minute film (another site says 14 minutes). We haven’t seen it yet.

        • TuuxKabin

          Yes. I did a ‘search Google for image’ search. Found it. And more. Leaving the tab open for further study of the images. As grim as they are. Fitting.

          • John Davenport

            It seems to be on YouTube–I’m getting ready to watch it.

  • Dazzer

    A sad, sad story about the world’s last male white rhino:
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/20/last-male-white-rhino-is-put-down

    • Not reading that. I’m depressed enough as it is.

      • Dazzer

        Good idea on your part.

        I hope life gets better for you and starts strewing rose petals (and money) in you path for every step you take. 🙂

    • TuuxKabin

      Hmmmm, opened a tab for it, but can’t read it right now . . . I’ll

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bM0wVjU2-k

      • greenmanTN

        Try and tell me that isn’t a song about oral sex.

        2 Dozen dirty lovers must be a sucker for it
        Just hold my hands until I come
        To a decision about it
        Save it for later (fellator)
        Your legs give way you hit the ground

        I’m just saying….

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-cbUW2EY4KE

        • TuuxKabin

          And I was just doin’ that when that song landed, so . . .

  • John Davenport
  • Joe, please fix this. Your site won’t load. It’s only here. IPhone 6. ITs bEven days now now.

  • DaddyRay

    Today is election day here in IL, you better bet I will be there to vote.

    • JCF

      Kick that homophobic misogynist DINO Lipinski out, ‘kay?

      • DaddyRay

        Not my district but I sure hope they do kick that sob out

  • In tradition bound Japan, where sameness is stressed in schools to the point where many have a policy that every student must have black hair so as not to be a disruptive influence, a ray of hope appears. Any student, regardless of gender, may wear any pieces of the uniform they wish, because they don’t want their clothing to stifle their true gender!. So, girls may wear pants and a tie, and guys the skirts and neck bow.

    https://soranews24.com/2018/02/09/japanese-public-school-to-allow-male-students-to-wear-skirts-chest-ribbons-as-part-of-uniform/

    • whollyfool

      That is fantastic news. That is really really good news.

  • DaddyRay

    Another explosion at a Fedex facility in Austin over night

    • JCF

      🙁

    • Chris H.

      And not a peep or a tweet from our pResident. I wonder why???? Hmmmm.

      • JCF

        I’ll take “Can’t Blame Muslims” for $200, Alex.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          It’s surprising he hasn’t tried.

      • DaddyRay

        Well the prior bombs involved brown people, this FedEx facility was in a white neighborhood so maybe now tRump will take notice

      • Because he has zero compassion. And if it’s not about him, he doesn’t give a fig about it.

      • whollyfool

        fox didn’t have anything on it maybe. I’m waiting for him to add Hannity as Minister of Peace and Alex Jones as Minister of Truth.

  • BeaverTales

    anyone have google pixel? like it? i’m going to buy one i think

    • netxtown

      Many a year ago I was in love with google. They really were pulling data from around the world and placing it at our fingertips. Now? I avoid google at every move. I will not use their search engine. I will not use their browser. I even disabled anything google on my phone that i could. They just kinda went from “power to the people” to “power from the people”.

      • BeaverTales

        What are you using instead? I feel the same way about apple that you do about google. i’m ditching my iphone just not sure what i will replace it with yet…i used to use samsung but not likely to go back.

        • netxtown

          My phone is LG/Verizon – who does attempt to force feed google. I disabled everything google that i could. My desktop is Win7, with firefox/duckduckgo. I have firefox set to dump everything at close, and i keep a copy of CCleaner to identify and delete all other cookies – including that flash cap. (Even java gets the ‘install as needed – then delete’)

          Anything I install on the desktop always gets its snoopy-shit clipped by blocking any of the ‘call home’ for updates. Even microsoft gets the “I’d rather do it myself”. Nobody gets carte blanche. No updates. no crash reports. Nothing. I’m not their informant, or the guinea pig, and they don’t pay me when they resell my data. Fuck ’em.

    • lala

      I love it. Pixel 2 xl here. love everything Google.

    • whollyfool

      My bf has one. He really likes it. But he doesn’t use it 24/7 like i do.

  • whollyfool

    Looks like Ben Carson is in front of Congress about his furniture now…