Because I love you all, here is a picture of my neighbor’s daughter walking her rabbit earlier this evening:
His name is George, and he may be the softest thing I have ever pet.
Not sure what I am going to do with myself this evening. Probably catch the new episode of Outlander from last night, and maybe catch up on True Blood. I have to wait until Shawn goes to bed, though, because he hates the show and loudly makes fun of it the whole time I am watching it tying to intentionally piss me off and shame me for viewing such garbage.
Oh- just joined the VFD again. I used to be a member in the late 80’s, but membership has dropped. My firefighting days are over, but I can drive the ambulance and will probably take the EMT course and get certified.
Love the harness on George.
Taking a rabbit for a walk makes sense to me. They’re in the house, you are just cleaning up the little raisins again and again.
Rabbits are kind of beguiling.
Shawn should get a blog.
Good! Maybe you’ll learn to manage your emergencies.
Why is Geirge wearing the green sweater?
Rabbits are indeed nice and soft.
Do you take a rabbit for a walk? Or do you take him for a hop?
Ms. Cracker and her Pretenders reference will be back later. Bigfooted with a ladybug.
Embarrassment of riches.
Well, my new cats wandered around while I slept, and found a new place to hide. Now they are both under the couch. I don’t know if they’ve eaten recently, but I put the food and water by the couch in case they get hungry. They did use the litter box last night, so that’s good.
Last night I saw them explore once. They came out of the closet with Massive Head Bobbing Action™. The black one that looks a bit like Cheyenne jumped on my bed, and curled under the cover where Chey used to spend the daytime sleeping.
Very cool! After your EMT training is completed, you can give orders to those around you, next time you injure yourself.
You ever consider taking up distance bicycling? I know as I’ve gotten older and increasing expanded horizontally, that its gotten a lot easier to trip & fall, with the injuries being more severe and taking long to heal. (OLD + OVERWEIGHT = MORE PAIN) Its a lot easier on the joints than running or jogging, great cardio, and it has the side benefit of taking you places – much further than an equivalent run in same time period. You’d be amazed what a 20 – 30 mile bike ride can do.
You seem to have a lot of nervous or antsy energy – its a great way to burn that off – and lose weight. Plus, you can get one of those child carts to pull behind if you want to bring one of the dogs along. Its tough to do in winter, but doable three seasons out of the year with the right layers.
@Elizabelle: Yeah, bigfooting a bunny seemed so wrong.
When we adopted a very shy semi-feral kitten, one of my co-workers advised that we lay on the floor on our backs to watch TV instead of sitting on the couch or in a chair. Apparently it’s a very unthreatening posture for nervous kitties and it did seem to help.
ETA: Also, the fact that at least one of them is willing to jump up on your bed is a good sign. It means that they’re probably not scared of you (since they like your scent enough to want to be on it) but are nervous about other possible hazards.
@BethanyAnne: In two weeks they’ll be all over the house, redecorating, hogging the computer, making lots of calls to the old country on your bill…
Agreed on the bicycling. Wear jeans, shorts or whatever, don’t need spandex, a helmet or special shoes. Simple calm, careful bike riding is like meditation for me.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@srv: Yeah, why does Shawn never talk to us? We’ll be nice. Mostly, or at least we’ll try.
We got CRICKETS! And since it’s such a nice cool summer, I can open a window and get the full effect of the performance.
@ Mnemosyne: our cat never slept with us for a few years, then became the most dedicated lap/chest parasite you’ve ever seen.
Can’t remember is this has been discussed, but Orphan Black is good TV. Definitely recommended if you’re looking to fall into something you can for watch several hours
A bleg addressed to any UK residents in the congregation.
Is there any strong reason to pick O2 over Vodafone, or vice versa, for service in London? The kid will be living in N4 (just west of Finsbury Park) and going to school in WC1 (LCDS, off Euston Rd between Euston and King’s Cross St. Pancras stations), and I’m not paying AT&T international roaming charges on 10 gigs of data per month. His friend who goes to RADA recommended O2, but couldn’t really say why it was better.
@Doc Sportello: If you can understand a goddamn thing they say when they fall into that limey accent.
Yeah, I remind myself they were in that shelter 15 months. It was home. When the tortoiseshell is out, she is really affectionate. Last night she jumped up on the futon, and got some petting, then jumped back down to look around more.
@a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): I have a theory on that.
It’s duck season.
@burnspbesq: via duck
Gin & Tonic
@Jeff: Wearing jeans while cycling, for a dude, is a profoundly bad idea. Look at your jeans. Look at where those four panels come together, resulting in that massive seam underneath. That ends up fitting precisely between the bicycle seat and the soft part right below your nuts. For Cole, who can be hospitalized going to get his hair cut, that’s a recipe for untold levels of disaster.
@Gin & Tonic: one hung low
@Gin & Tonic:
Agreed. If one doesn’t like the black spandex look, get a pair of touring shorts (i.e., cargo shorts with the right padding). And abso-byGod-lutely get a helmet.
@ Gin & Tonic: good point. But I wear jeans and ride my bike all the time.
30 years ago I had a French lop rabbit named George who lived in my cabinet shop. He weighed more than Steve.
My girlfriend kinda flips out a little if I say anything even slightly critical of her shows. “You’re ruining it! You’re ruining it! Stop ruining it for me!” She’s pretty cool about my musical tastes, so I’m learning not to screw with her very generous suspension of disbelief.
BJ synchronicity. I just heard about Outlander yesterday from a friend I travelled to Indiana from Boston for, to celebrate her birthday. She said nothing had captivated her like that series had, and I hadn’t heard of it. So, it’s on my list.
Also regarding the VFD, one of the best books I’ve ever read is Population: 485. It’s about as great a read as a nonfiction book could be – funny, sad, educational, heart warming, profound and mundane – as told from the perspective of a small town VFD/EMT who can fucking WRITE. The story about the July 4th parade float they want him to ride on as a writer is pantswettingly funny, IMHO. Read it Cole – it’s in your wheelhouse.
I don’t know anything about “True Blood” except it’s more of the vampire fad that has completely taken over pop culture. I loved the bit about Lauren Bacall and vampires as quoted in The Guardian
Somebody told me today that Claire de Lune is now the number 1 best-selling classical piece, and it has something to do with “Twilight”. Never having seen any of those, I don’t know what the connection is.
I can’t pretend to be completely innocent of vampire stuff. I just finished the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, in which vampires (along with witches and daemons, collectively called “creatures”) feature very prominently.
@wasabi gasp: I could half-ass go for one dupe in Orphan Black but when 2 and 3 showed up I was done for.
“I’m not only a member of the VFD, I’m also a client…”
A few years ago, my neighbors (the big Ron Paul fans) bought a rabbit. They also had a dog. After maybe a week or two, one night I was chatting with them in the hallway when the dog started chasing the rabbit. The rabbit freaked out and jumped off the stairs, landing on the concrete below. The rabbit seemed shaken and bruised, but otherwise OK. Turns out it died less than 48 hours later from internal bleeding.
At the same time, make everyone who’ll be working a shift with you get certified as well… cuz they’ll need the training…
It’s a harness, because (I’m guessing, from experience with cats & small dogs) bunnies are agile enough to fight their way free of mere straps when they’ve frightened.
@Gin & Tonic:
I’ve heard excellent reports about Duluth Trading Co’s Ballroom Jeans, and men can also wear them for purposes other than bike-riding.
Lotsa tree frogs in Atlanta this time of year. I love their song.
@SiubhanDuinne: We got a frog choker for about 10 minutes that was just enough to break up the garden club party.
Closed captions are your friend.
@Steeplejack: It’s weird. We have a sony bluray that gets Amazon Prime but doesn’t seem to be able to pull the CC’s. I was able to use Apple TV and stream it from my mac and I could get subtitles.
Yeah, there was a wicked one over here for about 10-15 minutes late this afternoon.
I always hope these storms will cool things off, but everything always seems just as hot and even steamier than before.
Bill E Pilgrim
Now now. If there’s a fire, you could always trip and fall on it.
@SiubhanDuinne: 98 Thursday. I have MOHS on my face Friday and I know it’s heating up just for me.
When I was at Ft Knox, winter of 67 (insane blizzard) they asked for volunteers to be firemen. Like a dumb ass I did and it turned out that meant that you were responsible for keeping the coal fired furnaces in the old wood barracks going all night. It sucked.
@raven: Hope that goes well! Is ambient temp a factor with that kind of surgery or is it just a matter of comfort?
I use closed captioning often on some specific shows. Don’t think my hearing is going, but who knows? It seems to be shows that alternate between loud action scenes and “intense” but quiet conversation, and I suspect (or have made up the story) that the sound mix is tuned for surround-sound systems, whereas I’m listening to the internal speakers on the big-ass TV.
Reminder to get off my ass and deploy the stereo receiver and fairly good bookshelf speakers I have sitting in a closet.
@raven: Hope that goes well! Is air temp a factor with that kind of surgery or is it just a matter of comfort?
(Obligatory FYWP for not allowing me to use a perfectly good and appropriate word because it happens to contain the brand name of a patent medicine.)
@raven: Neither she nor I have ever seen that show, but I’m so nice that now I’ll probably tell her about it, while I prepare to cringe and fidget.
@SiubhanDuinne: Nah, I’m just worried about the Clemson game a week and a day after the surgery. I called them Friday and made certain I’d be able to go. It’s a 5:30 kickoff and my seats will be in the shade so I should be ok.
@Gin & Tonic:
That seam hits everyone to some degree or another but yes men will react to that with howls pretty fast. On the other hand a full sit up and beg bike with a really soft saddle does allow some latitude.
I still don’t understand why people are so against proper cycle shorts. Good ones are very comfortable, great ones can not be beat and make ridding a rail out of town tolerable. If you are so vain that you think wearing spandex makes you look gay, I’d say you really have much deeper issues.
@Ruckus: not gay, doofus
@BruinKid: Sigh. That’s why I have to resist bringing home a bunny from the Topsfield Fair every autumn… our papillon/probably-border-collie rescue gets absolutely mental about introducing new pets into the household. We’ve brought in two cats, one a year after she came to live with us, and the second a year after that, and both times Gloria’s reverted back to the “unadoptable, resource-guarding biter” mess that stuck us with her in the first place. She’s never injured (been left in a situation where she could) either of the cats, but she melts the fvck down for weeks on end, attacks the other two dogs, goes back to threatening us & spending a lot of time in her crate (much of it self-imposed).
On the other hand, I’ve known plenty of rabbits who coexisted successfully with dogs — including a friend of my brother’s back in high school, who had a Belgian Lop that absolutely terrorized their toy poodle!
That bunneh looks like a Mini Rex. They are indeed very soft and velvety…….
Cole: I saw a few commercials for Outlander and, as it turns out, had never cancelled my subscription to Starz. So I’ve able to watch it. Having read the first two books of the Outlander series I was interested in it. So far so good. (I didn’t like at all the adaptation job that was done with Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth.)
Joining the VFD: Good idea. Yeah, they do need people who can drive the trucks. During one snowstorm, my friend N volunteered to drive nurses to the hospital and take people home who needed to get home. He had a good pick-up truck that could handle the hills of Peekskill and the surrounding area.
JOHN IS SO FREAKING HIP!
I’ve been avoiding all things Ferguson on Facebook because I just don’t have the energy to argue with people about my Lord and Master Jesse Jackson; but today a little liked article from an old high school friend popped up identifying a black St Louis officer as Michael Brown’s shooter. Completely false. The office is white, but I checked the person’s fb page for giggles. Retired old white woman, and damn. All she needs is a white robe and burning cross. All talk and posts about ghetto people and thugs, and my personal favorite, and pic wondering longingly about an, and I’m quoting, “white President who was a citizen.”
A couple of comments on the article about Al Sharpton and har har libtards, then nothing when a couple other folks said it was fake. I’m still steering clear on FB because I might be forced to riot like those other thugs, but it is very interesting to me to see little glimpses of someone else’s mind. I’m finding I liked some people more when they were a casual waive at a super market or a distance memory from High School.
As the king of Mohs surgery—receiving it, not performing it—I will venture to say that you will probably be good to go. The whole point of the Mohs techniques is to scar your craggy good looks as little as possible, so typically there aren’t even any stitches. You will have a bandage of appropriate size, but it will be as small as possible.
The one weird thing is that all three times I have had Mohs surgery on my face I experienced really lurid bruising over a surprisingly large area. Can’t remember how long it lasted, but there’s a chance you will look fugly for a bit.
Would a front pager kindly release my #46 from moderation? Or delete it?
Liveleak of Michael Brown after shooting
@Elizabelle: And delicious.
@Anne Laurie: I’ve found (anecdotally but confirmed over and over and over again) that Lops think they themselves are dogs, and act as such. My ex’s male mini-lop absolutely adores her dogs and considers himself part of the pack. Still probably not a good idea to have a rabbit around a dog like you describe. Shame, really, that kind of breed mix would seem ideal for a rabbit companion.
Gin & Tonic
@raven: There are non-doofus shorts, too. I don’t get why people are against it. You wouldn’t wear dress shoes to hike the Appalachian Trail, you wouldn’t go swimming in a business suit, you wouldn’t go (snow) skiing in a bathing suit. Why not wear the clothing that’s actually designed for the activity you’re going to engage in?
John, your plan about VFD makes me happy. It’s one of the things people who don’t abuse drink get to do (cause they’re going to be reliably functional) & if you’re anything like me, letting go of the sauce opens up all kindsa shit that used to seem like a bad idea — even when I would NOT admit to myself just why.
The VFD is awesome.
You know, Driftglass could work that up for you and you could share on her timeline.
It’s what DougJ would do.
@srv: who took something. What did they take.
Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name)
@Gin & Tonic: Wearing proper biking shorts damn near doubled the distance I could ride when I was starting out. The things make a difference.
@raven: One nice thing about being a woman of a certain age is that I couldn’t really give a fuck if someone thinks I look like a doofus for wearing proper cycling attire.
Edited for missing words.
This is awesome. John must have taken a wrong turn in Albuquerque.
Do rabbits like going out for walks? On a leash I mean. I know they like the back yard.
Every guy I’ve heard complain did so, “Those are so gay”. Now owning a bike shop showed those people to be the outliers. Sold shorts and bibs more often than saddles when someone wanted to be more comfortable. What do I care what others think of my clothes? Anyone who is more worried about what I wear than I am has some serious problems. And yes I’ve had people yell at me from their cars about my gay pants. Fuck them, metaphorically speaking of course.
Cheryl from Maryland
Hey, personal bleg here because of all of the Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, etc. wit. If you are in the NYC area between now and mid-January 2015, go to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens to see a museum exhibition – What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones. I worked on the exhibition — it has original drawings by Mr. Jones, original backdrops from the films (like the Kill the Wabbit scene from What’s Opera, Doc?), clips, full cartoons, animation cels, and an interactive where you can manipulate Bugs, Wiley and Michigan J. Frog. For images, go to twitter – #wabbitExhibit. If you aren’t able to go to NYC, the exhibition is touring the US through 2019 — the itinerary is at sites.si.edu. That’s All Folks!
We could have a kick starter to get one of these kinds of bikes. Then worrying how one looks in the shorts would be a second order concern.
@Cheryl from Maryland:
That’s great, thanks!
I am frequently in NYC and will make it a point to catch the exhibit.
How much time do you think one should allow? Is there a sequence through the exhibit that would work especially well for youngsters?
Culture of Truth
Nope, Cole is live tweeting Ferguson PD latest use of tear gas
I saw Magic in the Moonlight today. It’s amusing but held together by paper clips and 1920s music and clothes. But I love Colin Firth and he’s in every scene so I don’t care.
Just watched Sherlock “Sign of Three” for the third time and would watch it again ten times every week.
GHayduke (formerly lojasmo)
@Gin & Tonic:
There are also very fine biking shorts that look like actual shorts, not a spandex body suit.
I probably bike 60 miles a week, and I just wear regular walking shorts. They have a gusseted crotch, so they don’t have that knobby thing right at the taint like jeans do.
I second biking, and walking, and jogging, and yoga, and meditation.
I think it should be “have ever petted,” not “have ever pet.”
@Suffern ACE: Love the idea. Great protest action. I like that he kept pictures of the building process.
My Sunday nights consist of watching True Blood and The Strain. Both disappointing but at least they are disappointing in different ways.
There’s always The Leftovers and Masters of Sex though. I just have yet to get into them.
I ran into a former customer from my bookstore clerking days who invited me to try a class at the local gym. Since she’s, like, ripped, cut, hawt and etc. and I’m stuck at a monster plateau and workout bored-I went. Turns out she teaches it and it’s kickboxing. One, I can’t kick for shit, despite ability to get height and two, whole parts of my arms & chest feel like rubberbands. Shadowboxing is tomorrow and weights is Tuesday. Remember me at my wake.
it’s 9:25 pm.
the curfew begins at MIDNIGHT.
It’s 9:25 pm
W-T-F are they shooting tear gas at protestors?
Cheryl from Maryland
@Cervantes: I’d allow an afternoon/two hours – not just for the exhibition, but because the museum has about 6 great inter actives on film making/animation — including one using Monty Python/Terry Gilliam imagery. Check the museum’s schedule — they generally have special drawing workshops for children on Saturdays and also plan screenings of additional cartoons. The exhibition itself also has a theater area with a BIG SCREEN where there is about 30 minutes of Chuck Jones cartoons – including One Froggy Evening and the Dot and the Line.
@rikyrah: To incite a real riot, which is nothing like what’s been going on. They’ve been itching to use all those military weapons on people for years.
I know that John’s sister is an avid cyclist and could probably show him all the local trails.
@raven: Sorry if I came off as bitchy in my earlier reply. Cycling clothing looks the way it does for a reason; the padding in the shorts for comfort on pressure points, the material for its quick dry properties, the bright and sometimes garish colors for safety (so we are seen). I know people who avoided biking (or swimming, or hiking, or whatever) because they felt like people would think they looked stupid or unattractive in the proper outfit. Yes, we should all be mature enough not to care what others think, but it’s hard sometimes to not feel self conscious when the mocking of those outfits is so common.
@rikyrah: Just turned on the TV and saw this mess. WTF? That’s a helluva lot of cops. What a mess.
@Cheryl from Maryland:
Sounds great, thanks.
Now I have to find an afternoon!
Culture of Truth
@ruemara: It takes practice.
Ideal biking would probably be naked with a little bit of virgin olive oil. Else spandex.
The Pale Scot
Rabbit Season, Duck Season
The Pale Scot
OOP! Betty’s is better.
Shaun King @ShaunKing
I need to remind you that the police started this THREE HOURS BEFORE the curfew. Kids and families were out. Gave 5 second warning.
9:37 PM – 17 Aug 2014
VFD? Has anyone else read the Lemony Snicket books, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”?
anyone else wanna open up their muthaphuckin’ mouth about how folks are supposed to hold their noses and vote for Nixon.
Amy K. Nelson ✔ @AmyKNelson
one man. screaming crying at cops: “there are kids in there how could you do this???”
The police have been challenged and they are determined to enforce subservience.
It’s just fucking hopeless.
@Suffern ACE: While the biking enthusiasts are around — anybody want to offer opinions on adult tricycles? Even when I was young & in much better shape, my balance just wasn’t good enough for me to be comfortable on a two-wheeler. Now I am old & fat & my congenitally dysplastic right hip is matched with an arthritic left knee, so “just tough it out, you’ll get used to it eventually” is not helpful…
The Pale Scot
If ya’ll are chatting about True Blood let me mention that “The Strain” has been pretty interesting. Vampire Nazis trying to rule the world, the plot hangs together.
@burnspbesq: @goblue72: screw that shit, the dogs should pull the cart, (sled in season), end of prob.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Anne Laurie: An older gay couple (male) near us, one of them has one of those three wheeled bikes (trike, I guess). They ride in the mornings. Seems to work well for him.
The Pale Scot
Concerning bicycles I find that a stationary bike with magnetic resistance is good for working out the muscles and ligaments. Bikes were my primary transportation before I moved to FL but the heat and road idiots and the distances its just impossible.
With a stationary you can watch TV or whatever, it takes some getting use to and I still go out and ride at night but there’s no way to do 20 miles in the summer down hear outside in the heat.
The New York Times ✔ @nytimes
Breaking News: Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times http://nyti.ms/1oI3RAl
10:02 PM – 17 Aug 2014
Just head on @MSNBC: PD in #Ferguson are threatening media that they will be maced.
10:11 PM – 17 Aug 2014
@Anne Laurie: I don’t know what your $ limit is but I have one of their Greenway trikes and just love it. As an old fat guy the gearing is such that I was able to make it most of the way up Going-to-the-Sun pass (Logan Pass) in Glacier NP with no trouble, just a lot of time. They also make others.
He’s term-limited, so unless he runs for Senate he won’t be on a ballot in 2016.
He’s stupid now if he wants to run for Senate…
In the more horrible news category, Al Jazeera reports that a medical facility in Liberia that was treating ebola patients has been attacked and looted. Many of the patients are missing and some of the items taken were likely contaminated with the virus.
Link to AJ.
@rikyrah: Another night of teargas is one more terrible development. As far as the curfew…
Since this is as-it-happens reporting, it may take a while to know how accurate this reporter has been.
I’ve got some wild bunnies living in my backyard, there a lot of fun to watch.
Mari Brighe @MariTheTNF
Just watched an officer point an automatic weapon at a reporter and scream “I will shoot you if you dont turn that camera off!” #Ferguson
10:10 PM – 17 Aug 2014
Charles M. Blow ✔ @CharlesMBlow
Ppl keep waiting for these protesters to get tired. Problem is, being tired is why they’re out there… #Ferguson
9:37 PM – 17 Aug 2014
@The Pale Scot: I don’t ride regularly anymore, but when I did it was on the road, and found the hotter the better. (That would be New England heat.) The evaporative cooling effect under the heat would really make for a good ride. As opposed to when temps would get below the lower eighties and I could expect to catch the chills at some point or another.
I no longer recognize my country. I am in shock, and in tears.
@Cheryl from Maryland: It’s coming to the EMP at least twice! Once for my birfday!!!
@rikyrah: this makes me want to cry
Mike in NC
MSNBC showing some crazy shit going down in Ferguson tonight. Cops on the loose again. Anybody surprised?
The Pale Scot
I understand staying warm and lose but that ain’t me.
I use to shovel snow wearing shorts, boots and a T-shirt. Riding in the 50’s wearing shorts, a long sleeve shirt and gloves is perfect for me. Except for 3 weeks or so in the winter it never gets that way here, even if cools of the humidity makes for a wet ride, so I reluctantly stay inside here more than I did up north.
And it’s hard to come up with an excuse since the stationary is right next to the stereo.
Seeing on Twitter that other countries are sending their war correspondents to cover Ferguson. Seriously.
Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian
Those reports of “shots” which sent cops into roid rage? MT @chrislhayes: Police now saying reports of shots fired are fireworks.
10:43 PM – 17 Aug 2014
@srv: NYTimes says family autopsy shows 6 shots, all supposed to be from the front. Two head shots, one on top of head a definite kill shot. The County has to charge the officer, but I do not think they will.
Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian
Remember: Curfew isn’t for another 90 minutes. What we’re seeing is unprovoked violence against men, women, and children.
10:24 PM – 17 Aug 2014
@GregB: Shit. That is bad. I bet it’s family members trying to reclaim bodies.
And Ebola is going to spread further and wider.
Did scuba dry suit training in a cold quarry this weekend.
The cold at the middle thermocline was intense.
Speaking of charging:
@Violet: War correspondents? Why not?
That’s Glenn Greenwald, writing a few days ago.
When I had my shop I had lots of customers who were not what you might call hardcore. They just wanted to ride a bike and/or get some exercise. My thoughts are whatever floats your boat. You need a three wheeler, it’s far better than a lounge chair. Riding is the important part, what and how fast is way down the list.
Interesting how the Ferguson PD can’t release an autopsy, but this independent one has been finished.
Frances Robles @FrancesRobles
A federal medical examiner will conduct a separate autopsy. How often does that happen? I can’t say I have ever seen that before. #ferguson
Alex Little @AlexLittleTN
@FrancesRobles @juliebosman It’s incredibly rare. And only would happen if first autopsy was considered potentially unreliable.
11:12 AM – 17 Aug 2014
@Mandalay: If the kid is un-armed – Taser him? No shoot him in the head.
When I wrote I did not read the linked report where Brown was alledged to have grabbed the gun from the cop. If that is the case, and Brown was charging at them with the officer’s gun, the shooting is likely justified. Then why all the report and autopsy delays. Family autopsy says six shots, all from the front. Maybe that’s the deal, the kid was coming at them. But with what? Were the authorities scared how folks would react to the truth? Can not figure out what they are hiding and why.
Be nice if the cops had guns that needed finger prints to fire…
Unfortunately I do recognize my country. This shit has been going on my entire life and I’m pretty close to you in years. We are just seeing more of it because of the digital world. And the militarization just makes it easier for the cops to be assholes.
This is our country. It was our country in 65 in LA, in 67 in Detroit, and on and on, and it is every year in the confederacy. You say that was abolished 150 yrs ago? In name only it was.
People say there are good cops. What happened to the highway patrol capt that was in charge? Did they replace him? Did he just get pushed out of the way? Isn’t it time for the president to declare an emergency and just take over? The governor obviously is useless, what other choice is there? The MO national guard?
Nope.He’s out there Arrested or detained some reporters tonight.
So the one “good” cop there has given in and is doing that fat blue line a solid?
Yep this is our country. I see it clearly now. This is who we are. FUCK.
Cheryl from Maryland
@Yatsuno: Hurrah! It is a double booking at the EMP — I’ll be there before the opening and after the closing to set it up. I’ve not been to Seattle, so I’m looking forward to going there.
This reminded me of something I wish I had a picture of – in my old neighborhood, I once took our basset hound for a walk, and our cat followed us, and the little girls next door had their bunny behind the cat. If someone else had been walking the dog, I would had made a video!
OMG! That bunny has a vest on! That has to be the cutest thing I ever did see.
@Cheryl from Maryland:
We did an installation with EMP a few years ago — they were pretty easy to work with, FWIW. I think we mostly had reproductions, though.
Good for Shawn. “True Blood” worked for me for awhile what with all the foreign actors doing southern accents but then you notice that its just another bad soap opera that doesn’t bother to pretend to make any sense, i.e. be consistent in its premises.
Which is also true of “Orphan Black”, I’m sorry to say. Got through the first season and about half of the second, but when the script writers stop caring and just start pressing different buttons in hopes of accidentally getting somewhere I also stop caring.
Not that there’s a lot in this crazy world that makes sense – take Ferguson – please – but maybe if we tried harder there would be.
Probably because the personality type drawn to firefighting is not the personality type that’s going to get fulfillment from inspections, paperwork, and the like that are 90% of what fire departments actually do. There’s also always the dudebro contingent that joins the fire department – or the police or the military – for an archetypically masculine experience and will quickly become convinced that it’s being litigated and integrated away.