January 12, 2018

At the Birthday Café...

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... have a cookie to ease your sorrows.

Feel free to give me a present via PayPal — click here — or give yourself a present via Amazon and use the Althouse Portal.

And thanks to all who've supported this blog over the past year, both with direct PayPal contributions and Amazon shopping.

And this is an open thread, so talk about anything that's not already covered in the recent posts. No need to chat about cookies or discuss my birthday. Birthdays are actually pretty boring once you're not a child anymore and if you're on Facebook and are continually prompted to notice birthdays. I observe that I am older, ever older, as usual, for everybody and everything. It's rather dull! I'm more interested in my Bloggiversary, which comes up in 2 days. The blog is a teenager.

33 comments:

Rusty said...

Well. damn.
Happy Birthday , Ann.
I hope Meade makes it a good one for ya.

Meade said...

"The blog is a teenager."

Time for the blog to get a job and pay for its own damn cookies.

Gahrie said...

The only good thing about having birthdays after the age of fifty is that they're better than the alternative.

(not having anymore birthdays)

AJ Lynch said...

Happy Birthday Althouse! And Rush Limbaugh.

jimbino said...

Your blog is the first one I have gone to every day for many years and I don't mind supporting it by way of Amazon, where I must spend over $10,000 per year, mostly because every year I buy and carry expensive iPhones, musical instruments, watches, perfumes, cameras, data storage devices, computers and the like to friends in Brazil, who thus avoid the over 100% duty+shipping they pay when ordering directly. I just wish Amazon would ask me before every offer whom I'd like to credit with the bonus, since I sometimes forget.

Leslie Graves said...

Happy birthday!

Bay Area Guy said...

Wishing you a happy birthday, Althouse. I've come to admire your "cruel neutrality" - keep it going.

Ralph L said...

My spinster aunt in Towson is 94 today. Actually, she is my only aunt.

exiledonmainstreet said...

Happy Birthday, Althouse!

tcrosse said...

And a very merry unbirthday to me

Big Mike said...

I hope you have a lot more birthdays before the sad day comes when you have no more birthdays ever.

rehajm said...

If you approach the David Letterman/Obama/Netflix show do so like a pioneer or astronaut or undersea explorer. Push yourself beyond your limits, farther than you imagined possible.

I made it to 14:10.

Sebastian said...

Happy birthday!

Vance said...

Happy Birthday! Make Meade take you to a nice place for dinner or something. Of course he'll do that anyway, he's a "good un" as some places would say.

--Vance

Tim at large said...

Jimbino the smuggler! I used to smuggle GPS devices into Australia for friends, OK, three. Clients from overseas viewed the US as a giant duty free shop.

EDH said...

Is this SNL sketch "racist"?

Bad Idea Jeans...

"Normally I wear protection, but then I thought, 'When am I gonna make it back to Haiti?'"

Certainly more frivolous and directed at the people of Haiti than Trump's comments.

southcentralpa said...

You and Rush Limbaugh ... now there's a pair for you.

Okay, open topic ... I realize they're not actually trying to ensure safety, just get rid of executions by means of lawfare, but I think the solution to all the lawsuits about which drugs are used for executions is to either a) just intentionally overdose them on heroin (quick and painless, also teaches a lesson about the danger of opiods) or (in a "modest proposal" vein) 2) deem that whatever is jake for "assisted suicide" is also okay for executions.

Mark Jones said...

"You and Rush Limbaugh ... now there's a pair for you."

And me!

Re: executions. Or we could go back to hangings, or a .50 bullet to the back of the head. Gas, electrocution, the needle--these are all intended to make executions less traumatic for the witnesses (and society in general). To try to minimize the muss and fuss. Maybe we should get back to effective but violent and messy approaches. Admit what we're doing, and that it's violent.

Fernandistein said...

The only thing that a rounder needs
Is a suitcase and a cookie
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a cookie binge.

Now boys don't believe what a girl tells you
Though her eyes be blue or brown
If she's on some scaffold high
Saying "Boys, I've been sexually harassed."

Bad Lieutenant said...

Also powered Stern's birthday today. He's 64. Sadly, the Newtown Creek shooting in Connecticut is 5 years old today.

Tank said...

Althouse and Tank, almost born on the same day LOL. Really. In any event, I did my part preordering Pragers book on the Bible via your portal. Yes, Tank has passed through Althouse's portal, and yet, he does not "know" Althouse.

Happy Birthday Sweetie (a genuine southern term of endearment).

Achilles said...

Careful what you wish for Mr. Mcauliffe"

They are trying to get Trump killed now. That is when the gate to hell truly opens.

Chuck said...

Hey does anybody know if Trump’s lawyers were making six-figure payoffs to porn stars during the presidential campaign?

Khesanh 0802 said...

Happy Birthday, Ann. ...and by way of something that induces genuine schadenfreude the following: In the WSJ

German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea
[German] Navy refuses to commission frigate after it failed sea trials; critics cite fiasco in conception and execution

n.n said...

Oprah, Harvey, and a prospective "friend"

The "rape culture" originated and progressed in a socially liberal (divergent) climate.

#SheKnew

The resumption of abortion rites was necessary to avoid Obama's "punishment", as well as to facilitate friendship with benefits (e.g. prostitution, casting couch relationships), and the female chauvinist-inspired rape (not rape-rape) culture (e.g. Slut Walk) for social, political, and fiscal progress.

Fandor said...

Happy Birthday, Ann.
I do use your Amazon Portal regularly.
Best of luck and continued success.

Darrell said...

HB, Althouse.

FullMoon said...

Happy birthday.Capricorn? Explains a lot :-)

Rumorhas it Trump gonna hire Gary Busey as advisor.

Bruce Gee said...

65 years of age a week ago. However, I’ve been enjoying going around telling new clients that I’ll be retiring in another ten years and hearing them say something like, “Hey, when you’re 65?”

Happy birthday Althouse!

rcocean said...

Old age is pretty good considering the alternative.

Danno said...

Blogger rehajm said...If you approach the David Letterman/Obama/Netflix show do so like a pioneer or astronaut or undersea explorer. Push yourself beyond your limits, farther than you imagined possible.

Not worth covering. I saw a headline on Fox News saying Obama was belittling Fox viewers on this podcast. Now there's a guy who could turn the mighty U.S. into a shithole if given enough time. Can you say Zimbabwe? Kenya?

FullMoon said...

Last weak, during another pleasant conversation with toothless/ritmo, it was observed that for an assumed ladies man, Mr. TTR spent a lot of Friday and Saturday nights at Althouse blogspot instead of on dates.
I am sneaking back to this thread to predict TTR will refrain from commenting tonight until after 11 or twelve p.m., in order to facilitate the impression that he was out on a date. If he comments earlier, he will watch for opportunity to claim he was absent last night because he was on a date.

If my prediction comes true, I will use this comment to ruffle his sensitive feathers. If he does not comment at all, I can use this prediction to say he is avoiding commenting so as to pretend he is on a date.

I learn these tricks from reading and watching MSM reports on Trump.

FullMoon said...

Hmm, wonder if any of the other single people here will refrain from commenting until after dating hours?