Does my puppy roar like a lion?

This quick video clip got grabbed as we woke up today. The two speeds share very different versions of Electra

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Compare and contrast, please!! #puppy or #lion #dogsofinstagram #cute #yip #roar

A post shared by Electra (@electra___cute) on Aug 2, 2020 at 9:50am PDT

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Parody Trump 2020 ad too close for comfort

This parody ad from Juice Media might as well be the real thing. Read the rest

August 29th: Legendary jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis plays songs from 'The In Crowd'

Hands down one of the greatest of all time! Composer and pianist Ramsey Lewis will be streaming live on August 29th to support the Jazz Foundation of America.

I have already bought my ticket.

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GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis presents an exclusive concert experience Saturday August 29th at 1:00 PM Central Time - Ramsey Lewis Plays Songs From The In Crowd!

Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 81 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards in his storied career. In the mid 60’s, Lewis was the nation’s most successful jazz pianist, topping the charts with "The 'In' Crowd". The single sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Now Ramsey is revisiting this classic record with a very special Saturday Salon - Ramsey Lewis Plays Songs From The In Crowd! “The In Crowd” provided Ramsey Lewis with his biggest hit reaching the top position on the Billboard R&B Chart and No. 2 on their top 200 albums chart in 1965 and the single, “The ‘In’ Crowd” reaching No. 2 on the R&B Chart and No. 5 on the Hot 100 singles chart in the same year. The album also received a Grammy Award in 1966 for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by an Individual or Group and the single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2009.

A portion of the proceeds from each performance benefits The Jazz Foundation of America. The JFA is one of the leading non-profit organizations focused on aiding jazz musicians in this international time of need.

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New Lincoln Project ad calls Susan Collins out as a Trump stooge

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You can support Portland's street medics

Portland Action Medics is a group providing supplies and aid to the protestors in Portland. You can venmo them @ Rosehip-medics. (

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FRIENDS! Do you need a helmet? YES YOU DO. We have some freshly painted helmets as well as eye flush, chem weapons wipes, MONSTER, ear plugs, and other good protest stuff RIGHT NOW at Peninsula Park, come look for the PAM wagon-o-goods!! Find us later at the JC! 👷👷👷 And big, big thank yous to everyone who has donated to our #mutualaid project for #pandemic and #protest preparedness!! We could not be producing the stuff we do without community support. MUTUAL AID! WE TAKE CARE OF US!!! 🖤🖤🖤 #seeyouinthestreets #givecaretakecare

A post shared by PAM (Portland Action Medics) (@portlandactionmedics) on Jul 25, 2020 at 8:04pm PDT

When looking for a place to contribute, I found that the stories of Federal thugs targeting folks providing aid to injured protestors helped to guide me. Read the rest

My puppy upon waking up this morning

Before returning to her mom's home for a few weeks, my daughter taught Electra to sleep in her bed...while I was asleep in mine.

In an effort to maintain the housebreaking while acknowledging and encouraging my daughter's canine liberation efforts and subterfuge, I will be sleeping with the puppy in her room until it can be trusted in mine.

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Good morning, I love life! #puppy #salutation #goldenretriever #cute #fuzzy #adorable #dogsofinstagram

A post shared by Electra (@electra___cute) on Jul 26, 2020 at 6:17am PDT

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Portlanders use leaf-blowers to isolate and return tear gas to the thugs who threw it

Even better than a unicycle straddling, flame belching Darth Vader with bagpipes.

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Short story: Schrödinger's Hat Box

In April of 2019 I gleefully packed up my home of 11 years. While fantastical in retrospect, during the marathon packing session I remember thinking that once on the market my lovely oceanfront home would sell instantaneously, and I would be off to an exciting new life. Read the rest

Dora applies the Presidential cognitive test

The Tonight Show demonstrates that Trump is cognitively there.

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Using this balance board at my stand-up desk is fun and maybe helping my core

I have been using this balance board to build core strength and awareness.

I used to jump the hell out of my skin when my neighbor hollers over the fence and thru a window to get my attention as I work at my desk, in my home office. Now, when Alan gives a yell, I freak out and fall right down.

That's cause I am standing on a balance board! Soon I will either be hurt badly or learn to steady my reactions enough so as not to fly across the god damn room when startled.

I have the board set to the shortest possible range of travel. There are 3 levels of travel, short is for beginners.

As a regular skateboarder, I was able to balance on the board within a few tries. My daughter, an avid gymnast who trains hours and hours each week, found it slightly more challenging.

The board is a good size for skateboarding and snowboarding. Better surfers than I will eventually want a longer board. I'll never outgrow this one but I might want a ball as opposed to the roller. A ball seems really scary right now, however.

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Trump and accused child molester Maxwell are awful chummy in the Lincoln Project's new ad

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Electra loves carrots, and her play tunnel.

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Munch. Chomp. Crunch. #puppy #goldenretriever #dogsofinstagram #cute #noisyeater

A post shared by Electra (@electra___cute) on Jul 23, 2020 at 9:12am PDT

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AOC hands Rep. Yoho's cowardly nonpology right back to him

I look forward to the generation of strong women, like my daughter, inspired by Congressperson Ocasio-Cortez today.

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Puppy pools are fun for puppies and kids

My new puppy, Electra, loves this Toozey play pool. I love how easy it is to fold up and put away.

This play pool will last us a long time. Made of pretty durable feeling waterproof tarp on the bottom and strong walls, the pool requires no inflating. A strong release valve holds water in, and lets it out!

At first, Electra was reluctant to play in the water, but now she jumps in and splashes about before heading for the dirt to roll about. The photo up top shows her "adjusting face." My daughter also likes to lounge in the pool. Sometimes our Cavalier joins them, but usually prefers to stay dry.

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The 'Darth Vader in his Sith hot tub' Funko Pop

Meditation chamber?? That’s a classic Sith hot tub.

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White House decries science

When it comes to packing kids into underfunded classrooms with at-risk teachers White House spokesfraud Kayleigh McEnany says: "The science should not stand in the way of this."

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A 'Cad Bane' short story has me pre-ordering this Star Wars book

I am pre-ordering Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark because Cad Bane.

Cad Bane was my favorite of the very many excellent characters to come out of Star Wars Clone Wars. His brief near-cameo in Star Wars Rebels delighted me. I had hoped he'd be a character used like Hondo Ohnaka or that we'd see him in The Mandolorian.

Polygon has an excerpt of the Cad Bane story included in this new Star Wars book. It tells a fantastic Clone Wars arc from Bane's POV instead of the Obi-Wan centric one we got in the cartoons. Not only are the non-Jedi characters fascinating in this arc, but it is one wherein Anakin learns the Jedi Order will lie and cause him great emotional pain to reach their ends, and that Obi-Wan is more than complicit.

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