The Watering Hole, Saturday, January 18th, 2014: Warning: Cuteness Ahead

I’m substituting for Wayne, as he has to go to work today and went to bed early last night. So, be warned: today is going to be a “Way Too Much Cuteness” day. Consider it a palate cleanser to start off your Saturday (or end it, if you show up late.) I’d be interested to know which is your favorite, and why? Plus, since I only included very brief descriptions under each photo, please feel free to make up a caption (or captions) for any or all of the following photos (all of which were downloaded free through bing images):

Ducklings

Ducklings


Lemurs

Lemurs


More Lemurs (Is it me, or does the one on the bottom of the pile have an opposable thumb?)

More Lemurs (Notice the opposable thumb/big toe?)


Loon mom and downy chick

Loon mom and downy chick


Panda mom and baby

Panda mom and baby


Pudu deer and fawn (world's smallest deer)

Pudu deer and fawn (world’s smallest deer)


Wombat baby

Wombat baby


Cheetah mom and cub

Cheetah mom and cub


I just called this one "Party Mice"

I just call this one “Party Mice”

This is our daily open thread–enjoy yourselves today!

62 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, January 18th, 2014: Warning: Cuteness Ahead

  1. Nun Who Gave Birth In Italy ‘Unaware of Pregnancy’

    A nun who gave birth to a baby boy in the central Italian city of Rieti, said she had no idea she was pregnant, local media report.

    The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital with abdominal pains, which she thought were stomach cramps.

    The young mother, who is originally from El Salvador, reportedly named her newborn Francis after the current Pope.

      • Watched the MSNBC stream this morning, and yep, Mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer was on. She points out how Hoboken was also screwed by Christie in re Sandy money, all because of something to do with a 4 acre development courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation . . . details still foggy, but it sure looks like another bullet in Christie’s foot. And he pulled the trigger. Again. He’s cooked himself, probably . . . although only time will tell.

      • The Rockefeller Group had a tract of land in Hoboken, and wanted the land designated as eligible for federal redevelopment. That way they get a government handout to make their property more valuable. They hired the law firm of Wolff-Samson to lobby the state on their behalf. David Samson is the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the same Port Authority that closed the lanes on the bridge.

        Mayor Dawn Zimmer wouldn’t exert influence on the city planning board to grant the special ‘redevelopment’ status for the land owned by the Rockefeller Group, which made the law firm of Wolff-Samson look bad. The board decided to only grant the land as ‘rehabilitational’, the same as 16 other blocks of land adjacent to the 3 blocks owned by the Rockefeller Group. The Christie administration, of which David Samson is a close ally, having been appointed to his post by Christie, then withheld the Sandy Relief money as political payback.

        All Dawn Zimmer did was treat the Rockefeller Group equally with the other land owners in the district, and they exacted revenge on her town because of it.

        • I keep thinking of the Simpson’s episode in which Homer forgot to pick up Bart from soccer practice, so Bart goes to the Big Brothers agency (whatever it was called) and pretends that his father is dead so that he can be mentored by a volunteer. When Homer finds out, he decides to go the agency to apply to mentor an underprivileged boy. When the caseworker asks Homer why he wants to volunteer, his brain keeps saying “Don’t say revenge, don’t say revenge…” – and of course he opens his mouth and out comes “revenge” (which did NOT disqualify him.)

          So far it seems that Chris Christie is all about “revenge” – it’s his (and his administration’s) default mode.

    • Damn, I missed it. Thanks for the updates, everyone.

      First impressions are amazingly accurate, aren’t they? The first time I saw Chris Christie (and heard him speak), I thought he was a common thug.

      • Christie started in 2002 as a Karl Rove appointee to the DoJ’s gang of thugs. He was hired to go after Democrats. The first part of Kornacki’s report talked about how Christie investigated the previous Hoboken Mayor, Peter J. Cammarano (D, of course), for corruption. Christie had already resigned to run for governor when Cammarano was convicted, but it was anti-corruption that Christie ran on to get elected the first term. Now he’s neck-deep in the same kind of shit.

  2. It’s snowing like crazy here, a wet, sticking snow that’s decorated every tree branch and, even though we’ve only got about 1-1/2 to 2″, has crowned my coneflowers with white Marge Simpson ‘hair.’
    snowconeflowersportrait2

    • I got Paris!

      You are an artist, a philosopher, a daydreamer. Your friends have told you before you seem to have been born in the wrong era, and they’re right. You want to live a life of passion and vigor, filled with good wine, great coffee, and world-class food. Bon voyage, you belong in Paris!

    • I could only answer the one about the bucket list. I could go to Monaco for the race, but none of the other questions had anything remotely relevant to me.

      I wanted to answer the question, what’s your jam, with strawberry, but it wasn’t a choice.

    • Since most of my answers are “none of the above” I have to conclude that I don’t belong in any city. Considering that most of the happiest moments of my life have been spent knee deep in a stream or swamp, trekking across deserts, or out in the middle of nowhere trying to locate thermals with a model glider while miles from the nearest human habitation; I guess the poll is accurate in my case.

    • I made a couple random selections and ended up with Paris. In my fantasy I’ll live in this beautiful city with a beautiful butterfly, on the Left Bank of course! 😉

    • Cape Town

      You have never been able to sit still a single day in your life. An avid adventurer you are always looking for the most unconventional way to do things. You love city life, but couldn’t imagine life without getting out into nature every once in a while. Cape Town is calling.

      Yeah, right. 😆

  3. Geno Auriemma, UConn women’s basketball head coach, and my hero:

    “I don’t give a [expletive] about religion when it comes to sports,” Auriemma said. “In fact, I think it’s stupid [to involve it]. I think everyone that goes on national television, and is asked why do you win, says ‘I want to thank God [for giving them the strength to perform].’ Really? Like God gives a [expletive] that you made 18 jump shots. I have always had a problem with that [thinking]. I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that. And I don’t care what religion it is.

    “And it’s funny. When I was in high school, we prayed before every game. And we prayed after every game. That’s part of the school you are at, part the religious experience of going to a Catholic school. I get that. I did that. I was all in favor of it. And, if I coached at a Catholic high school right now, I’d be doing the same thing.

    But ever since I left high school, and ever since I have been a head coach, I don’t pay any mind to that stuff. We don’t pray in the locker room. We don’t pray in the hotel room, pregame or after a game. If you asked me the religion of my players, I would say I have no idea. I really don’t care. It’s none of my business. And I have tried to keep it that way.”

  4. I want to know why that adorable baby wombat is out in the daylight?
    [They’re crepuscular (• Zoology (of an animal) appearing or active in twilight) and nocturnal]

    • Bobby Vinton’s ‘There! I’ve Said It Again’ was the final Billboard number one single of the pre-Beatles era, when it was replaced by ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.

    • I loved the story of how Brian Epstein, who came from a wealthy family, used to go to record stores and buy up all the Beatles’ records which, in addition to their incredible talent, helped propel them to number one.

  5. I can’t count the ways that this clip is funny, sad, and maddening. It really pisses me off that I have to share a planet, much less a county, with such brutally ignorant people. I would even be willing to bet dollars to stale doughnuts that this woman Believes the same Buybull that asserts rainbows were placed in the sky by God as a promise He would never wipe out all of humanity, again, with another deluge.

      • Well, climate change and higher humidity levels due to the melting ice caps, could actually be a contributing factor. But I suspect she won’t want to hear that.

      • I was wondering about the sirens too but the most astonishing thing, to me, is that i would bet dollars to stale doughnuts that this poor woman really and truly believes that rainbows, except when they are caused by sprinklers, were placed in the sky by God as a promise that he wouldn’t flood out every human being on earth with a Deluge. Again.

    • I’m concerned that there IS something in the water, and it’s making them stupid! “This…is…not…natural.” YES, IT FREAKIN’ IS! Whatever is in the water can certainly cause spelling errors. There are so many in the graphics before and after the video, and that’s not counting the misplaced or absent commas.

  6. I was a bit bummed out to learn that Darrell Issa no longer follows me back on the Twitter. Maybe it was getting my tweet saying I wanted to subpoena him on Chris Hayes that did it, not that I suspect he watches it. maybe one of his staffers noticed, maybe even the one who runs his Twitter feed. He was still following me a couple of weeks ago.

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