Shhhhhh! It's starting...
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It started out innocently enough... just a casual aside in a pootie diary...
Then came this shocking revelation from StateOfGrace:
Andy's reaction did not inspire confidence.
Despite the poor optics of his quick getaway, Andy still had some supporters — notably, the vaguely underworld pair known as "the twins".
With them, it was hard to tell where the support ended and the aiding-and-abetting began...
At last the fugitive was discovered.
And in the next day's pootie diary, there was an impromptu press conference.
Questions were asked.
And the battle for hearts and minds was fierce.
A cloud remained over Andy's name. Was redemption possible?
The next day...
The evidence was overwhelming. The tide turned.
Andy was welcomed back into the fold... at least for now.
TO BE CONTINUED...?????
Just want to take a second to say THANK YOU again to the anonymous angel who gave me the gift subscription last year. It has made a world of difference!
And to anyone who happens to have the wherewithal-with-which, you can support the site AND make somebody very, very happy (trust me) by giving a gift subscription.
Well, the holidays are upon us, and chances are good that at some point -- at an office party or family gathering -- you'll find yourself seated next to a Republican.
Going on the way they do...
Hating on everything...
Just remember, they've had a rough couple of weeks.
Things are not going their way.
Their nerves are frayed. Some are having what you might call a breakdown.
So just hold your peace...
...and let them rattle on.
This year triciawyse (aka the Pootie Queen) went to Netroots Nation. Everyone was thrilled for her, of course, but it meant that she would be absent from the pootie diaries for several days.
Andy bore the deprivation stoically—for about ten minutes.
Then he knew he had to act.
He made himself right at home...
Ahem... If ai cud haz yor attenshun please...
Juss a brief announcement before our panel beginz…
Would teh person who left half a tuna sammich sittin’ on top uff teh VERY ESPENSIVE audio-video equipment in teh lobby, please return there IMMEDIATELY…
…an leave teh uther haff. Tank yus.
And he began bumping into people he knew...
Pootie Padz! Git yor pootie padz here! Winglion of the Community Quilt Project
Hello and welcome to Tail Talk...
I'm your host, Andy's Tail, and back with us to cover this event is the inimitable Rory's Tail.
Well, RT – isn't this exciting? So many progressives gathered together in one place—bloggers, activists, organizers—and most of all Kossacks! The place is awash in them!
But what exactly IS a Kossack? And HOW does a Kossack spend his or her time at the biggest progressive shindig of the year?
We intend to find out.
RT is going to select a random Kossack and surreptitiously follow him or her all day long. That's right...
WE'RE PUTTING A TAIL ON SOMEONE!
OMG – LOOK, RT! It's longtime Kossack sidepocket!
Later that day...
Of course it wasn't all a bed of roses...
Life size cutout!
Mebbe if ai climb to teh top, ai can spot Trissa in teh crowd...
Nope... Still can't see her nowherez...
After fleeing the angry mob, Andy sat down for an interview.
Welcome back to Tail Talk... live at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
For our next interview, we have a surprise guest.
The cat himself!
Well, Andy, how do you like the conference so far?
Itz a big disappointment.
Furst, ai cant find Trissa nowhere. Secont, dere wuznt a single edible in mah swag bag. Not a scrap uff toona. Not a stem uff nip. Not a single kibble. Not so much az an after-dinner moth!
DIS frum a conference dat callz itself Num-Num Nashun!
Yesh. NN12 for short.
I see. Yes, well...
Nice name tag.
Meanwhile, close at hand, a photo was being taken...
|OK, you two cutie pies… smile for the camera!
Um… Hold on a sec…
Let's try this again. In three... two... one...
Alright – third time’s a charm. Say cheese!
And for those of you thinking of attending NN13 next year, Andy says...
Last Friday I was frantically running errands, and just as I got in my car to zoom off to the next stop on my list, I saw a homeless woman who had two dogs with her, a Rottweiler and a smaller dog whose breed I'm not sure of (looked like a long-haired Doxie). She had just stepped into a nearby restaurant and come out with a cup of water for them.
I stopped just long enough to admire the pups and give her some money (which she did NOT even ask for). As I was leaving she said, "Oh, wait. Could you do me a favor?" She rummaged around in her bag, found a piece of paper, and handed it to me. "Could you please pass this along to any dog lovers you know?"
I didn't even look at the paper until I got home. This is what it said:
Gabriel is my 9 year old Rottweiler
With gastrointestinal disease (so
far). His Pancreatic Enzyme
medication alone is $200.00!
The SPCA has been wonderful
about treating him, though, he
Does have a bill!
Any amount will help!
Thank you so much and have a
Happy Holiday Season!
2500 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
How do you like that? At no point did she ask for anything for herself, even though she's sleeping on a dusty bedroll and rolling her belongings around in a cart. She just wants help giving back to the people who have been treating her dog!
I knew I'd be passing this along to all of you, so as a precaution, I called the San Francisco SPCA to verify that they were treating the dog. It was a bit difficult, because they take patient confidentiality very seriously, but over the course of several phone calls we worked it out. Gabriel the Rottweiler is indeed being treated as described. SFSPCA apparently makes special accommodations for homeless pets, and does not refuse them treatment. They were a little bit stunned when they heard about the note -- It's the first time one of their homeless clients has tried to recoup costs for them this way.
So far, treatment for Gabriel has amounted to $1,413. If you would like to help chip away at that balance, here's how you can do so:
Send a check to the SPCA, and mention in the memo section that the money is for Gabriel Hall, Rottweiler. The address is given in the note above.
Make your contribution by credit card by calling the number shown in the note. Make sure to say it's for Gabriel Hall the Rottweiler, who they have been treating for free.
Thank you for reading this. I know that times are really tough for a lot of us, and that
there are a hundred extremely worthy causes we would love to give to if only we could.
So -- NO PRESSURE. Just putting it out there in case somebody is in a position to help.
UPDATE: Compare and contrast the SF-SPCA's policy to the Arizona Humane Society "Compassion Campus", which euthanized an animal because its owner could not pay for treatment. (See the news clip in Ed Tracey's comment in today's pootie diary.)
Becauz sumthin' about dis place lookz different.
Cant quite put mah paw on WUT.
Look ober dere. Teh litter box ad iz gone. Teh wun where teh cat butt sticks waaaaay outside teh box. Dey must haz sent dat wun back to teh focus group.
An dere uzed to be a luggage ad ober dere..
An dere wuz a BUNCH uff adz ober yonder..
Teh big banner ad iz missin' too.
OMG!! Ai tink ai know wutz goin' on here!
Ai’ve been BURGLARIZED!
An dey took all teh stuffs ai DIDDENT LIKE!
Republicans are proclaiming a great holy war against the federal deficit. It’s all fake because nobody in our history has inflicted more deficit damage than the Republicans under Bush; and Dick Cheney himself declared, "Deficits don’t matter." Nevertheless, our vestigial news media have bought into the crusade.
Then the co-chairs of the President’s fiscal commission issued a report filled with draconian remedies (e.g. removing the tax deduction on home mortgage interest) that angered everyone, left and right, but would resolve less than a third of the problem even if every last tablespoon of caster oil in the whole package were swallowed.
The only real deficit problem is the future of Medicare, and the only reason that’s a problem is the insane rise in healthcare and health insurance costs – which the co-chairs largely ignored.
So it’s time for us amateur kibitzers to take over and tilt with the deficit. Here’s a starter list of ideas (to which we hope you will add):
Hello an welcome to today’s pootie diary.
Trissa asked me to sing yus a song, but dat not work out so good for me last time.
Dat is why yu wuz all asked to check yor shoes at teh door
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