So, that bobcat that was missing from the DC zoo? For which a search was recently suspended? Turns out she was hiding out on zoo property all along. Poor critter.
I saw a bobcat once when I was a kid. My family and I were driving to this church in a howling wilderness where my grandfather was the preacher. Getting there entailed traveling down a long dirt road. I saw the bobcat in a clearing as we passed by, saw its tufted ears pull back in alarm, watched it dart into the underbrush with its stubby little tail.
No one else saw it, and no one believed I did either. But I did.
We have bobcats all around my place. Usually I just see their hind ends and their little bob tails as they go loping off into the underbrush. I keep being afraid that Luna is going to find one on our rambles and want to mess with the “kitty”!
I’m at home for a second day with a nasty cold or mild flu. I tried to go into work this morning but had to come home after an hour because it still hurt to talk, and it’s almost impossible to do my job without talking. Nurse Charlotte is doing her best to keep me company and remind me to nap more.
Sunny the red panda is still missing from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. For over a week now. Come back, little Sunny.
ETA – welcome back Ollie the National Zoo bobcat.
David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch
There are people who I respect who tell me Trump displaces signs of dementia.
As mush as I hate him, I haven’t see it….. until today.
In this video (release today) he has no idea his son-in-law is sitting right next to him, he can’t find Giulianni in the room, even though he’s right in front of him, and he confuses John Kelly, who is sitting beside him, with Giulianni.
O. Felix Culpa
Reposting from below, because I want our Dems to be fierce like tiger…or at least like bobcat:
@David Canadian Anchor Baby Koch:
Thank goodness the uncompromising liberal media would dutifully inform the country…
Oh who am I kidding? They covered for Reagan for years when it was an open secret in the beltway that he was out to lunch mentally.
The Moar You Know
I’ve run across a bobcat while out mountain biking. Retreated slowly. Yeah, I’m much bigger but that fucker was pure muscle and obviously had much more experience than I did at killing things. Was built like a small pit bull. Give those critters some respect.
Glad kitty was caught without harm to any involved.
A Ghost to Most
Nice. I have yet to see one, but 9news (Denver) has been showing pix of a bobcat wandering near us (in the flats). We have seen a mountain lion in our back yard.
Are there elk in your area?
So Trump bragged about not taking MLK bust out of his WH office. Can we monitor it to see if the bust tries to wriggle and inch its way out? Stranger things have happened, surely.
@The Moar You Know: Do you mean mountain lion, or bobcat? Whenever I’ve come across a bobcat, it skeeters away so fast it is mostly a blur. I’ve never come across one that stood its ground.
@O. Felix Culpa: Best (if still so-so) theory I’ve yet heard:
-Filibuster now immediately leads to nuclear option and easy Gorsuch confirmation by simple majority.
-Trump, having held back on a rabid firebreathing I HATE ABORTIONS MORE THAN COMMIES judge this time finds exactly that with his next pick and they’re easily confirmed because nuclear option can’t be prevented by leery Republicans*.
*Scenario presumes existence of leery Republicans.
@jl: Bobcats can get really pissy, really fast.
Sen Leahy is such a Senate as an Institution Fanboi. Still talking about “COMITY”. WASF.
@O. Felix Culpa: If that’s the case, it’s probably because they’re afraid if they do filibuster that the Republicans will eliminate the filibuster. And they want to keep it “to use in emergency” or some crap. If they can’t use it because they’re afraid it’ll get taken away, then it doesn’t really exist. They should go ahead and use it and let the Republicans do what they’re gonna do. Then we all move forward. It’s not useful if it can’t be used.
Maybe there were cubs or a stashed kill nearby?
Hard to imagine confusing bobcat with mountain lion.
Mike in NC
@jl: Guessing the bust has gone to a nearby storage closet, only to be brought back out whenever a photographer is in the Oval Office.
Not buying it.
Presumes there will be a second vacancy on the SCOTUS bench prior to 2018.
Ginsberg and Breyer will only be leaving feet first as long as Trump is in office, and I think Kennedy is too vain to allow himself to be replaced by the likes of Donald Trump.
Steve in the ATL
Speaking of things you never expected: I pulled into a state park on the Oregon coast and the parking lot was full of Subaru wagons…plus a Prius with a [Wilmer] sticker. Color me shocked.
ETA: I may or may not have a contact high from the people hanging out here
@A Ghost to Most: Not right where I live, but I’ve seen plenty of them around the region. They tend to like hanging out on the valley floors during the fall and winter, and that’s when and where I end up seeing them!
@Corner Stone: Maybe California bobcats are shy. Anyway, I have never come across one that stayed long enough to see whether it was feeling pissy or not.
Once, and once only, saw a black puma (panther) dart across the road in the wilds of northeastern PA.
No one believed me, either.
I keep hearing Kennedy wants to retire, including from folks at McGeorge Law, and may now feel free to do so. Usual salt grain is recommended, but something to keep an eye on.
General question: How many of you have Representatives with more than one office in their district? If there is more than one office, are they all open? I had some time late this afternoon and went over to my Representative’s office that isn’t that far from me. The place looks shut down and there’s a yellow pages in a plastic bag by the door that looks like it’s been there awhile.
So I called the main office and they told me that all the other offices are shut down under orders of Homeland Security. They want the Congressional Representatives to be in an office building that itself has security. Some of the satellite offices are in stand alone buildings or other less safe places.
Has anyone else heard about this or had that experience?
Coming to you live from 34,000 feet (yay free in-flight WiFi) as I wing my way east for the third time in about a month; dad starts chemo round 2 tomorrow, and while mom is recovering steadily from the car hit, she still needs someone in the house in case of a slip-and-fall or similar. At least this time I was able to book my plane ticket in advance instead of with ~12 hours lead time. You know how in a bunch of old movies, there’s a dramatic moment when someone strides up to an airport ticket counter and says “get me on the next plane to New York!”? I’ve now done that, and it’s a lot less dramatic in this day and age when all you have to do is fill in a few numbers on a web site and your boarding pass gets uploaded to your phone.
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I have not seen a bobcat, but a bear fambly, mommeh and her two cubs.
Feel better ?
@Mnemosyne: Come over, we can watch some movies together!
@Yarrow: get some stones. Just stop. They have no respect for rules. Why should you
@Yarrow: There is absolutely no win to be had by allowing a vote on Gorsuch. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Use the filibuster, make the R’s nuke it and install Gorsuch and go Civil War on the R Congress.
If they hold back and “keep their powder dry” now, they will lose every motivated activist that has turned out. Those activists may still come out and protest, but it will no longer have any affinity for the D party. Talk about chaos.
Speaking revolution and India. Here is the 90 year Indian Freedom Struggle in 9 min from Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey, The Rising.
Jaago : Wake Up
Mangal==Auspicious, Holy in Sanskrit.
*Mangal Pandey= First martyr in the Freedom Struggle.
Aamir Khan is Mangal Pandey, Music by A. R. Rehman
P.S. Footage of Gandhi and his satyagrahis (those who insist on truth) at around 8.22 min, the real one, not the well fed Mr. Kingsley.
ETA: With the link, that I had forgotten to add.
There was a news story about an LA-area big cat about a year ago which I’m going to condense down to one, entirely true, sentence:
“Celebrity cougar suspected of breaking into zoo and killing and eating a koala.”
(The real fun part is that the story gets even better if you assume the colloquial meaning of ‘cougar’…)
@O. Felix Culpa: I believe the tired old excuse was “Keeping the Powder Dry” Or as I liked to call it back then. Preemptive Capitulation.
There was always a “worse” candidate that was going to be fought in the future, but never the one in the present.
O. Felix Culpa
@trollhattan: @Yarrow: TenguPhule #34
Thanks for your thoughts. I am distraught at the notion that our legislators might not fight the SCOTUS nomination with all the powers at their disposal. If not now, when?
Ah well, have to go pour accounting knowledge like settled cement into my students’ heads. I should have studied tap dancing. ‘Til later.
Have you guys seen this? It’s how they got all those calls against DeVos:
Everyone else probably knows about it :)
The Moar You Know
@jl: This was most assuredly a bobcat. He was about 25 yards away. He left but wasn’t in a big hurry.
@Corner Stone: let’s not go overboard. we’ll still try to reform the Democrats, it will just mean working a little harder on our side than before.
Isn’t it lovely to be able to say “Welcome back” to both Ollie and Amir on the same day?
@SatanicPanic: If they cave, what is left to work on?
@David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch:
A long distance diagnosis ain’t worth crap. Not even from people who you respect.
Also no clear authority for making a president submit to medical or mental evaluation.
What actual facts do they have to reveal?
But I will give you this. Some years ago I attended a dinner with a number of newspaper people. There were a couple of side references to Reagan, with an odd whiff of arrogance, as though those present were basking in the stench of knowing something that the supposedly ignorant masses were kept in the dark about.
Betty, I’m sure you saw a bobcat. Big Cat Rescue in Florida does a rehab and release for Florida bobcats.
I went to Latta’s office once but I made an appointment and they sent a young man who works for him.
The Moar You Know
@Corner Stone: 100% agreement. This is a seat that BELONGS to Merrick Garland or anyone else Obama wanted to place in it. Use all the fucking “powder” now, because there is never going to be a better use for it than this.
@trollhattan: I’m going to call it as Trump attempting to pack the SC with 15 judges. WIth or without using the nuclear option. Remember, traditions and rules do not apply when Republicans want control of all 3 branches forever.
Anyone wants to make an over under bet with me on this? I say he does it within 90 days. I also expect all hell to break loose.
@Yarrow: Sounds to me like BS from a cowardly rep who wants to hide from constituents. My congressman has an office a mile or so from my house, and Warner has one near my office, and both are open.
If I were you, I’d gather a group of locals to go there and look up some local media people willing to cover a story about him being out of touch with constituents and lying about the reason why.
@Steve in the ATL: In my town, he won the primary vote. Its tiny town but still.
A cougar is a mountain lion, not a bobcat. The alternative name for a bobcat is usually a lynx.
One of our cats is very large, and we sometimes joke that his father must have been a bobcat that came down from the hills.
@Corner Stone: Primarying them so they don’t cave next time. What are we going to start a third party? That would be some serious foot-shooting.
All right, I think I’m now officially middle-aged.
Flight attendant: “Would you like some water. How about your son?” and then points at the college student in the next seat.
Conservatives call their congresscritters 24/7. We can’t just cast our votes and then sit back and assume our jobs are done until 2018.
And if you keep getting a busy signal and/or a full voicemail, send a fax.
Be nice if he had….
“@Brachiator: “Also no clear authority for making a president submit to medical or mental evaluation”
Yeah, sort of true, sort of not. The cabinet/VP can claim he is unfit, he can challenge that assertion, but they can overrule (I think it goes to a larger group to overrule, maybe the entire congress..I’d need re-read the 25th). With no evaluation as evidence, he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in a challenge. Most Presidents would get the hint that it’s ove, and resign, but this dumbass will fight a removal attempt (and lose).
@rikyrah: Sorry…don’t understand….??
I iz trapped under kitteh. Send help, or at least a milkshake.
(Admiringly) Wow, that Meryl Streep can do anything, can’t she?
@SiubhanDuinne: Yes. It is.
Although we suspect that Ollie has more exotic ears. Lynx ears are the bomb.
@David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch:
Can’t speak to dementia, but I saw something on FB this morning about Jared being plenty angry because he hasn’t been included in major decisions. I’d love to see a showdown between him and Bannon.
On the positive front (I take what I can get these days): There’s a great video out, a refugee aid org in the UK, where they’re singing a song about tiny fingered vulgarian being a c*nt (excellent working example of the somewhat lengthy debate held on a previous thread about its usage here). And Mr Cosima is in Paris for work this week and says that while tiny fingers is a huge topic of conversation, the French admit that they must not throw stones given their own political situation. I’d worried about how Mr would be received in those lofty circles (new fancy job for him, and may just be the only American the company has on this side of the pond). I did honestly think he’d get the full-on sneer treatment, so I’m relieved.
As I said, I take what I can get these days. Also pleased that Murkowski will be a no for DeVos. I never cease to be enraged when she goes all in with the Repubs — she had to win as a write-in because she lost her primary to a sleazy douchebag that was best buddies with Palin — the R party went after her with everything they had, and it was the Dems who saved her bacon and voted her back into her seat. Also, as a former member of the la-di-dah old school R crowd in AK (Murkowskis & Stevenses at my wedding 30 years ago), I *know* that that family is above all of the bullshit that is going on with the R party these days. Alaska doesn’t have a lot of R party fanatics that are zillionaires — they have a lot of the Palin trailer-trashy types. There’s the oil issue, of course, but I do think that there will be bigger fish to fry (in the oil industry) outside of AK, and since Rex is now a done deal Lisa’s superfluous in that area. All of which means she can actually choose her battles based on what her constituents want — it could be that she sees another purity primary in her future and is thinking she may need to count on the Dems again.
That’s my 2 pence, and now, over here, it’s time for bed!
@SatanicPanic: I think you misread my statement. IMO, if the D’s cave on this with some lame ass excuse about “the fight next time” or etc, all the energy will be pushed out of the brimming next generation of potential D energy, donations, organizers, activists, etc.
There will be no primarying. Those people will turn their backs forever on the D party and move on. Because why should they give a shit? They will have been shown that their time, energy, effort and money mean nothing to elected D officials.
@dmsilev: continued best wishes to both your parents, and to you for all you do for them!
Speaking of faxing, this is the free fax I used over the weekend. No problems whatsoever.
An old girlfriend of mine was friends with a couple that had ‘pet’ mountain lions (in cages) and a house bobcat (in addition to a regular cat & a Doberman). We used to visit them every other month or so. I refused to go near the mountain lions and they had to get rid of them eventually when one attacked the female of the couple. The Dobie was afraid of the bobcat and tried to avoid it. The cat did too. That bobcat was the cutest pitbull of a cat I ever petted. Completely sweet disposition, it adored being petted and fawned over. You know in a fight it wouldn’t kill you but it would be able to tear you up enough not to go there. They had the wild animal permits. They were nuts for the mountain lions. The bobcat though…yea….it was a really good experience.
@satby: Thanks. Things are looking up, but it’s a long road to travel.
Even Darth Vader Cheney disagrees with Trump’s Muslim Ban. When you’ve lost Evil Incarnate…
@SiubhanDuinne: Oh,I missed that Amir is back! YAY, welcome back Amir!
@Corner Stone: No, I get what you’re saying, but as one of those people, I am saying I disagree. We knew the Democratic party was weak in the knees when we started. We are trying to make them stronger, but I’m not expecting that to be instantaneous. We’ve already seen them cave on stupid things, but we’re still working. It will take time and effort, but we’re not giving up based on one thing.
Along those lines, saw this:
Uh huh…sure he isn’t talking about Trump. The Republicans know he’s not stable.
I would too, except that when I first read your comment, my eyes read “Bannon” but my mind said “Barron.”
@Cacti: Nobody expected Scalia’s seat to be available. 2018 midterms – 23 dems and 8 repub senate seats. including dem seats in FL, IN, MO, MT, ND, OH, PA, VA, WI. Repub seats in NV, UT, AZ, TX, NE, WY, TN, MS.
Based on what I’ve read and heard so far, Gorsuch seems to be a more conservative version of Garland in that he’s smart, well-respected and apparently nice. He seems to be a solidly conservative judge but not a “wackadoodle” as a slate writer covering LGBT issues put it. Paraphrasing a tweet I read – Some picks/EOs/legislation will be because Trump won and some will be because a conservative won. Gorsuch seems to fall in the latter category.
Dems are obviously trying to game out whether they want to force McConnell to nuke the filibuster or preserve it as an option. RBG is 83. Kennedy is 80 and Breyer is 78. There is time value in having the filibuster option.
Gorsuch will get appointed either way unless there is a big skeleton in his closet. IMO opinion nuking the filibuster is a net plus for Bannon because he will nominate whomever he wants next time. If dems don’t force them to nuke the filibuster, Bannon also wins because he’s betting that it will demoralize the dem base. It’s a tough position to be in.
Yup, on one of the early morning threads.
We had a bobcat in the neighborhood awhile ago. We thought he had come in because a nearby woods got cleared for apartments, so the snow drifts were deeper than before without the tree cover. They say hunting gets hard for them in all deep snow. The mice trails are too far down, and whenever it gets cold the little creatures don’t come out as much. This one found the neighbors’ chicken coop and was doing quite well for himself, until the warden took him away. The downside: My neighbor says the coop has way too many rats under it now.
There’s clearly something wrong in his head, even if we can’t be sure of an exact diagnosis.
That Yates memo is completely unhinged… like something written in lipstick on a bathroom mirror as her body cooled in the other room.
Thank FSM we can finally feed the birds!
Well, I don’t know. Have you ever actually seen Amir Khalid’s ears?
@Mike in NC: Guessing the MLK bust is wearing a MAGA cap when Ivanka isn’t around to enforce decorum.
@SatanicPanic: Oh, one of *those* people.
@dmsilev: sending good wishes your way at 34,000 feet!
@Corner Stone: hey man, I’m doing my part. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be demoralizing, but it wouldn’t be the end.
@Steve in the ATL: You mean Georgia parking lots aren’t like that?
@Patricia Kayden: Only because the Dark Lord would have used better PR to hide the real intent of the action. Remember, he’s evil, not incompetent.
@Mnemosyne: With toona and gooshie fuds?
I think I’ve mentioned before how disconcerting it was for a period of a few years when I’d go to restaurants and the hostess would automatically hand me a seniors’ menu and then a minute later the server would ask to see my ID.
(Now, of course, they never ask for ID — or when I anticipate them and have it out to show them, they wave it away with a gesture that says “Never mind that, we can tell by looking at you that you’re very, very old.”)
@SiubhanDuinne: I was thinking that one Pence, we are whacked enough.
@bluehill: Gorsuch is a nutball descended from a major nutball and obviously went on his knees to the Dark One to pledge his loyal devotion with his lips in order to get the nod. Remember, Roberts was supposed to be a reasonable choice too and look how THAT turned out.
My husband saw a bobcat walk across our deck 2 weeks ago, barely 3 feet from the patio door. They’ve started being much more common in our area about 4 years ago, after floods caused some areas to be closed to hikers/bikers over the winter and some disease took out a bunch of the local coyotes. They are really pretty animals.
@XTPD: “Fred, you’ve made an amazing contribution. Stand up and get some recognition. Fred? Fred?”
When my roommate was in high school and lived in Tahoe, a friend of hers moved from NYC to close by. One night she was messaged franticly. The friend had heard an animal outside and taken a picture to look up on the internet. They were swearing up and down the animal in the picture was a puma. My friend saw the picture and gently informed him it was a red fox.
That’s P-22, the Griffith Park cougar. He’s actually quite shy, which is the only way a cougar could survive in Griffith Park these days. The most interesting one about him was the time he was found in the crawl space under a home in Los Feliz by some workers who needed to access it while working on the house. There was a huge media hubbub that probably scared him into hiding out there for longer than originally planned. If he hadn’t been spotted, he probably would have sneaked out without anyone ever realizing he had been there.
Refusing to use the filibuster in key strategic situations is like a newbie chess player hiding his queen in the back row because it’s so valuable that he doesn’t want to risk losing it, making it essentially useless. (I say this as one whose skill level stalled out at “newbie.”)
If the Dems filibuster and the GOP nukes the filibuster, the GOP gets any nominee it wants. If the Dems DON’T filibuster, the GOP still gets any nominee it wants. Since those two results are identical they cancel each other out, leaving raw political gain or loss as the only variables. I lean toward using it, losing it, and capitalizing on the resulting outrage (short term) and eventual ability to override GOP obstructionism (long term, after Dems regain the Senate and the Presidency).
@EBT: Friends living in rural Nevada County, CA got a desperate phone call from a neighbor saying she was trapped in the house by a mountain lion. My friend cautiously wandered over to investigate and spotted a large housecat perched on a boulder near the house. Mrawrrr.
Same friends now live in Sutter County a stone’s throw from the interstate and have bears and actual mountain lions mosey through their yard. Neighbor saw a lion dragging a deer through his.
It is the entire Congress, and it requires a 2/3 vote in each house to sustain the claim he’s incompetent. It’s actually a higher bar than is required for impeachment, which only requires a simple majority in the House.
@EBT: heh, we have foxes in our area and one turned up against the bldg I work in… there’s no mistaking that tail!
I spotted a mountain lion about an hour or two north of International Falls, Minnesota.
At least 120 lbs and and I’d guess closer to 200 lbs,
I disagree that this could be used to force a resignation. It would cause a hell of a constitutional battle.
There are all kinds of due process violations in the scenario you suggest. What would the VP/cabinet base their claim on? What would be the difference between a reasonable claim and a coup?
But it would be interesting if Trump, seemingly intent on being a disruptor, would lead us into these new areas.
@TenguPhule: Since he was a Bush nominee I would expect him to have conservative views that I don’t agree with and Gorsuch is likely to rule in ways that I won’t agree with, although ironically his views on the Chevron case (courts should generally defer to administrative agencies’ interpretation of laws that Congress has charged them with enforcing—particularly when the laws are ambiguous—unless the regulation or other interpretation is unreasonable: HT huffpo) may actually be helpful under the Bannon admin. Unfortunately, that’s one consequence of a repub winning. If Bannon nominated – I don’t know – Sean Hannity, that would be because Trump won.
Not addressed to you. Addressed to the Democrats in Congress.
Now she’s decided it’s time for me to make her a cave under the bedcovers. Silly kitteh.
@Steeplejack (tablet): Okay. Thanks. I was confused…
Maybe so, but that’s what the 25th Amendment calls for. If the VP and a majority of the cabinet agree that the President is unfit to serve, they report it to Congress, and the VP takes over as acting President. If the President thinks he is fit, he tells Congress that he is fit, and they have 21 days (plus 2 days to assemble if they aren’t in session) to determine who is right, though it takes a 2/3 majority in each house to sustain the claim the President is unfit.
As I note above, this is actually a higher bar than impeachment, which requires a simple majority in the House, and it technically only makes the VP acting President rather than removing the President from office. For both of those reasons, it’s unlikely to be invoked as a political maneuver to force the President out; it’s only likely to be invoked for genuine cause.
As far as the question of requiring the President to undergo medical tests to prove his fitness, legality is probably secondary. If Congress says it wants the President to undergo medical tests to prove the VP wrong, the he’s going to have a very hard time saying no, since they can take refusal to take the tests as confirmation the VP is correct.
@bluehill: He believes corporations have religious rights that override actual people’s rights. Like I said, a nutball.
As a loyal alum of Ohio University (Harvard on the Hocking) I’d like to say GO BOBCATS! MIAMI SUCKS!
One of our big orange tabby cats got out years ago and on a pretty cold night, too. I remember wandering around our development calling his name (yes really), walking several miles’ worth of streets and courts and all that, and then bawling when I still couldn’t find him.
Naturally, we found him under our neighbors’ deck the following morning, a little chilly but no other issues. Other than either being deaf or so cat-to-the-core that he couldn’t just come out when he heard me calling…
Oh and btw nobody’s going to go 25th amendment on Trump – as others have noted above, it’s a higher bar than impeachment.
Wait until the CI report drops and implicates half of Trump’s campaign/cabinet as being in collusion with Russia (and most, for pay). Then it’ll be “what did he know, and when did he know it?” I have a hard time believing he’d ever step down, but he might (especially if it means saving his so-called fortune).
@Jeffro: My orange tabby would pull that stunt too. Once she got out in a snow storm. Guess where I found her. On my neighbor’s bed. This was when she was a kitten.
Hey! I got a bobcat picture and everything!!!
Posted it to my library’s facebook: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10154110877931056&id=73708406055
Oh the wild cats are back. We have a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA and there have been persistent reports of cougars (aka mountain lion) but no hard evidence in at least 100 years. Bobcats, on the other hand, are definitely present as are foxes and coyotes, which are even in our urban/suburban neighborhood in Metro DC. There’s also a crazy orangutan living in a big, white home on Pa Ave.
J R in WV
I believe you. I worked with mining inspectors, who spent their careers in the distant mountain parts of WV, where the big mining permits are issued. They had pictures of bears right out the doors of their Jeeps, lions in the underbrush at the edges of the cut permitted areas, owls, you name it.
The DNR folks were bound and determined to claim there were not lions in WV, extinct for decades now, because if they were in the forests of the state, mining and O&G drilling permits were going to be much harder to get approved. Not to mention timbering, would be destroying the habitat of an endangered species, so not so much of that either.