January 25, 2019

At the Staggering Mouse Café...



... don't give up.

79 comments:

Jupiter said...

Are you a man ....

Tom T. said...

Sorry for bringing a big downer into the open thread, but we put our family dog down today. Her liver was failing, and she'd been hit with pneumonia, and it was clear that she wasn't ever coming home. I've done this before, but Daisy was still reasonably alert and responsive, and we had to look past the temptation was to see what tomorrow would bring, and remind ourselves that she was suffering.

This was on top of losing my parrot to a sudden illness three weeks ago. We'd been together for 24 years, but their delicate little systems inevitably mean that the end is quick. We now have no pets, and a bunch of my little daily routines are gone.

My three-year-old is skating past it all, but the six-year-old had just begun to seriously wrestle with the idea of death before all this happened, and now he's paranoid that Mommy or Daddy won't be there when he wakes up. It's a rough time.

I'm kind of glad my office is reopening on Monday, so I can get back to a routine.

So what's up with all of you? Tell me you're up to something fun.

gilbar said...

eight below, and supposed to get down to -15
i'm listening to the furnace run, and hoping it don't quit :)

sorry about your pets :(

Ann Althouse said...

Sorry to hear about the dog and parrot.

mezzrow said...

el Raton looks like he's had a couple of Jager shots to battle the cold. Anti-freeze.

Cárgale semillas a la maraca pa que suenen
Cachucha cuchu cucha cucha
Échale semilla a las maracas pa que suenen
Cachucha cuchu cucha cucha
Échale semilla a esas maracas oye chacucha cucha cucha cucha
Y hace rato esta sonando sonando chacucha cucha cucha cucha
Y hace rato como esta hablando caballero
Y cha chacucha cucha cucha cucha
Chacucha cucha cucha cucha
Chacucha cucha cucha cucha ay
Rata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q4icTc0gOY

tomaig said...

"Sent shivers UP my spine."
"Sent shivers DOWN" my spine"

Which idiom do you use? Why?

Inga...Allie Oop said...

He looks defeated.

alanc709 said...

Inga's in a joyous mood, we're one day closer to the destruction of our way of life, her lifelong goal.

Lucid-Ideas said...

It's Penny, the attractive norway rat. She couldn't stand that Jeff and Cynthia are "partners" now. She's apparently found solace at the bottom of a bottle.

Poor penny.

narciso said...

So sorry to hear that.

Drago said...

Inga: "He looks defeated."

Yep....very Oct 2016.........

LOL

MadisonMan said...

Tell me you're up to something fun.

Does reading Althouse count?

Also, trying to figure out abstract submission rules for a conference I'm going to in July. All I've found so far is the cost, but nothing about the actual sessions that are running.

narciso said...

What's the name of the contest?

narciso said...

You cant be as cavalier as chuck?


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/26/melania-trump-apology/

Kathryn51 said...

Tom T. - thanks for inserting a bit of real life into our dialogue. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the hardest things imaginable. A couple of notches down from saying goodbye to a parent who has a lived a long and good life. (and WAY down the scale of losing a child).

The toughest one for us was saying goodbye to a 12 year old dog that was riddled with cancer - we waited until kids were home from college so they could hold her as she went to sleep.

walter said...

I'm just glad none of the dozen plus FBI officers were harmed by Roger Stone.
Haven't been so similarly thankful since Weiss' top men took down that lesbian couple as well as that home alone teenager here in Wisconsin.
Good work!

walter said...

And kudos to CNN. I've been on hold , then canceled for network news even after things happen. The genuine foresight to allocate a crew based solely on a hunch heralds a new era for CNN reporting.

FullMoon said...

One of the ACE of Spades morons won jeopardy tonight.
http://ace.mu.nu/


Had not heard of the guy, but was wondering why the winner was trying so hard not to laugh out loud when he won.


narciso said...

Yes he might have injured some agent with a thrown cufflink or something.

mockturtle said...

I really like your Rats of Color [ROC].

Dave Begley said...

More rats!

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Tom, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm certain both of your lives were better for having known each other.

Today is my birthday--it's a literary one, as I share it with Robert Burns and Virginia Woolf. We celebrated with a road trip to Costco for our bi-monthly reprovisioning (we haven't one close to us) and I had planned to let the husband and two year old sing happy birthday to me over an all-beef hot dog and berry parfait, but the ice cream machine was broken. :( I did indulge in a big tub of chocolate turtles, given that it was my birthday and all, so I had a few of those instead. :)

Tom T. said...

Thanks guys. This is the price we pay for bringing animals into our lives.

Andrew said...

I watched a friend's dog for about a month while he was out of the country. I haven't had a pet since I was a kid. I fell in love with this dog, and for the first time understood as an adult how people can bond with their pets. (I understood it before intellectually, but never on such a deep subjective level.) I always used to have a snide reaction about people talking about their pets as if they were the equivalent of a person, but not anymore. My friend's dog alleviated my loneliness once my kids were gone after the holidays. I was constantly having conversations with him, and he gave me nonstop love and affection. When the time comes, I'll get my own. I really can't afford it now, and am not home enough to be a good pet owner. Tom T, I'm sorry for your loss.

mockturtle said...

Tom T: How very sad to lose two loving companions! I'm still grieving for my dog who passed away last year. God bless you.

William said...

It's nearly impossible not to bond with a dog. Dogs have been evolving for far more generations than Homo sapiens and are far more domesticated, kindly, and loyal than the average human.

narciso said...

No they are very good judges of character, not at all like people.

JML said...

Tom T. I have had to put down dogs and it sucks. Each time I swear no more. I am watching Slush (AKA Wrecking Ball) and Mudd (The Nose) sleeping together. Slush is a year old pit bull-healer cross and Mudd is a 5 year old beagle-dachshund cross. They mostly get along. She is a runner, and the one time they made a break for it together, Slush was seen on the security camera bounding after Mudd with unbridled joy. Three minutes later he's running back to the house trying to figure out how to get in. Mudd was gone for hours. I figure Mudd will eventually get out and get eaten by a coyote or bobcat or even a big old owl that hangs around. I have some hope for Slush. Slush uses brute force if he finds something of interest. Mudd has unzipped backpacks and selectively taken out lunch items. One Friday in IL my wife asked my son if he enjoyed the WI string cheese and beef sticks she added to his lunch. He had no idea what she was talking about. I went under the deck and found the wrappers and one un-opened beef stick she was saving for later.

When Mudd does finally disappear, I'll hug Slush and swear when he goes, no more...

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Sprezzatura said...

"No they are very good judges of character, not at all like people."

This is why using the B-word re gals is a compliment. Dogs rock.

Same goes for:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/08/14/trumps-rationalization-for-calling-women-dogs-helped-define-his-campaign/?noredirect=on

It's a compliment!

Sprezzatura said...

Elect a POS, expect a lot of S.


IMHO.

Karen of Texas said...

Tom T, my condolences - the loss of their physical presence leaves an ache. We had to help our 5 year old cockapoo follow the light 3+ years ago. I still miss her. But I stumbled upon a FB group run by a wonderful, caring woman who taught me a lesson I will never forget. I hope it resonates with you as well.

"Love never dies and nothing is lost that love remembers."

walter said...

Yes 'sitter.
A President of Substance will get a lot of shit from press and investi-gators used to being complicit to an empty suit like Obama and company. (Ohhhh..just gonna keep this Obama/Farrakhan photo in my drawer)

Sprezzatura said...

Walt,

it took eight years (and another eight-ish (i.e. the BHO years)) before a lot of cons decided that: 'golly, W rule weren't so diddly dang good after all, who knew?'

But, W had the 911 bump in the first four.

DJT needs a bump.

Sprezzatura said...

BTW Walt,

The NYT did do a deep dive into BHO. They tracked down all the folks he hung w/ when he was a yoot.

The big revelation?

His closest friends said that BHO's jabber about drug use was untruthful. It was inflated/exaggerated in his book.

Ha.

narciso said...

And the khalidi tape and tell squirrel about arming two Mexican cartels and look the other way when an ambassador is executed by al queda on September 11th.

Sprezzatura said...

BTW,

This is an open thread.

So, let me relay that in the background I started w/ the Wrays video playing in an adjacent tab, then it kept autoplaying through a few other videos, then Lyin' Ted started jabbering on the Senate floor. Regardless of the content, that guy is hideous to listen to.

IMHO.

Wray:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/fbi-video-message-to-employees-from-director-wray/2019/01/25/650df75e-d952-4fcc-a1cd-94729b9ffdd4_video.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.26f06bbc4c35

Sprezzatura said...

Walt,

That NYT piece was in 2008, during the election.

walter said...

You're off on a tangent. (surpriser!)
But in short, it's all..and always relative.
Enjoy police state tactics...guaran-damn-teed to continue to at least election day 2020.
Because that's how yer folks roll.
Sleep well with Stone in and out of cuffs today.
Got yer footage/perp walk.

narciso said...

Right up there with bill Ayers just being a guy in the neighborhood. Both remnick and garrows doorsteps were remarkably scarce in some areas.

walter said...

Oh FFS sitter.
Get real.
NYT put the hammer down..under the scope!

narciso said...

Ah Mike and the mechanics I haven't heard that song in ages.

narciso said...


Are they still touring:


https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1PJ22M?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR3uedtEofswEsDrpMHbVPzBNPam1fouHtz2hkFvceiHkWoUk38-9I1k8iA

Churchy LaFemme: said...

The politics of geology

Bay Area Guy said...

The 3 Cs: Capitalism, Christianity and The Constitution. I've taught my kids that these 3 things made America great.

I've also taught them that, Yes, the Nazis were evil, but the Communists were just as evil.

Every Presidential aspirant should be asked generally about their views on these broad topics.

Sprezzatura said...

BTW, I've avoided listening to the Bennet breakdown cause the reported descriptions (incl (actually, especially) the favorable ones) seemed uncompelling, imho. But now that I've suffered through a three minute Lyin' Ted clip, I went fer equal (loon) time.

This, starting at 1 min 30 sec, is good, imho:

"https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/bennet-slams-ludicrous-border-wall/2019/01/24/6590bf7c-6a16-400c-a972-1cefc16c549e_video.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.26f06bbc4c35"

The line about the H rule is notable, and the stuff lamenting cons not focusing on new innovation rather than fussing re oil-type stuff and jobs that were important in the past.

P.S. re lamenting: RIP doggie/birdie

walter said...

Lizzie Warren "gonna" use rich folks' money to build "opportunities" for US!

walter said...

(butt-first..she's gonna get herself a..a beer)

Sprezzatura said...

Bag,

Up yur game by one, and you'll raise bankers:

character, capacity, credit and collateral

Up to you to determine if ya think that's a good thing.

Can be a rich thing. According to rumor.

narciso said...

As opposed to wind power like Solyndra tell me another one.

Sprezzatura said...

"(butt-first..she's gonna get herself a..a beer)"

After the last two sober POTUSs, the selling point is going to be who is the biggest drunk.

walter said...

How is Sean Penn these days?

narciso said...

Trump doesn't drink or smoke, neither has w since 1986

walter said...

Man o'the peeps that he is, he should be on those Venezuelan streets capturing and interpreting the extended Chavez hang-over joy.

walter said...

narciso, with Choomer in da middle, that's what he's yakkin' bout.

walter said...

Yeah..should check in with my Venezuelan ex about frequency of family hostage events...and her thoughts on AOC posters...(she warned me about Obama)

narciso said...

What I wouldn't for him to be archetypically fisked (like in afghaniatan)

Sprezzatura said...

"How is Sean Penn these days?"

"Turn that thing off or I'm gonna go
Sean young on your ass!
- (beeps)
- I think she means Sean Penn.
- That's good. Sean young scares me."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6DPbztWi8U

Crazy World said...

so sorry Tom T, very sad to lose our loved ones.

Ralph L said...

hot dog and berry parfait

I suppose it depends on the berry, but BLEUUH!

Wince said...

Roger Stone was also charged with two counts of Facecrime: that tattoo of Nixon on his back and his David Farrie eyebrows.

tim maguire said...

I’m sorry for your loss, Tom. I know birds are a bit different because they are potentially very long lived, but with dogs and cats, they live long enough to become eeply entwined in your life, they are a part of major moments. But you will out live thrm. When I had to put my last dog down, it was a long time coming and I had to wrestle with the same question—can we get more time out her? Vs. She’s suffering and her quality of life is gone. She made it easy, the day she was done, she was done. There was no question, it was time.

Recently, I was looking through old photographs to find one to blow up and frame for a bare wall and I found a batch of her in her younger days. In life, she was a tough nut and decrepitude came slowly. She was old for so long I forgot what she was like when she was young. Seeing those pictures reinforced that it really was her time. At the end she was such a shadow of the dog she used to be.

Mr. Forward said...

Bob Dylan’s drinking Bud and Virginia Wolfe and Robert Burns are shopping at Costco. Hard Times.

Mr. Forward said...

You don’t need to be afraid of Virginia Wolfe but don’t get between the free samples and Robert Burns.

Humperdink said...

Looking forward to the State of the Union* address. This should be a classic with San Fran Nan sitting directly behind Trump. Her facial expressions will be fun to watch. And of course I expect Trump to turn around and address her directly.

*Assumes Pelosi permits the SOTU to occur.

Mr. Forward said...

“Staggering Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain; The Shopping Carts o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain”

BUMBLE BEE said...

I'm fascinated by the leftists claim of Trump being evil, fascist and a piece of shit, while ignoring the totality of the Clinton's doings. Hillary has got the demonstrated history of a sociopathic liar and felon. Not remotely moral, either of them.

tim in vermont said...

It's about power, BUMBLE BEE. Don't try to apply reason to their purported reasoning, it's not about that. They have to say something, and it can't be "We are your natural rulers," which is their actual reasoning.

tim in vermont said...

It's like Hillary said to Vince Foster in that meeting a week before he offed himself. "You're just a hick lawyer who will never understand." He was applying legal reasoning to some scheme of hers to take more power.

tim in vermont said...

narciso, there you go thinking it's about facts. They believe everything they think.

Bob Boyd said...

"I don't feel no ways tired" - Staggering Mouse

gilbar said...

remember! it was the FBI's anti terrorism task force that was trying to destroy Trump.
While they were doing that, Ilhan Omar (rep, ISIS) was working on getting reduced jail sentences for ISIS recruits in Minneapolis.

She said that they should receive reduced sentences because of Why they were enlisting in ISIS

"I was not going there to pass out medical kits or food. I was going strictly to fight and kill on behalf of the Islamic State.”
— Abdirahman Yasin Daud"


https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rep-ilhan-omar-plea-for-lenient-sentences-for-men-accused-of-trying-to-joining-isis-resurface

Meade said...

"He looks defeated."

He looks determined.

Original Mike said...

-5 at Space Science but -20 ar Truax?

tcrosse said...

Meade said...
"He looks defeated."

He looks determined.


It's the disinvited mouse who refuses to go away.

Meade said...

(I'm working on a big beautiful mousetrap. Hopefully, we can avoid a shutdown.)

Andrew said...

@Karen of Texas,
Thanks for sharing that beautiful quote.

Marc said...
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walter said...

Human-sized mouse trap would definitely kill you

walter said...

Dog whistle!

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‏Verified account @ScottWalker
Jan 24

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