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Some time in the last couple of weeks, this blog finally hit half a million visitors. I was going to make a big deal when that happened, but somehow I missed it. I was probably high.

Some blogs break half a million before breakfast, but they by-god don’t do it peddling a steady fare of chicken blogging, spotted dick and hastily constructed obscene political Photoshops.

It’s hard work flogging this crap.

SRSLY? If there’s a reason to follow this blog, it’s you guys. I have the smartest, funniest and most interesting commenters on the internet. Y’all blow me away sometimes. (Where the hell did you come from? I know I poached some readers from Ace, but you didn’t have to hang around and entertain me).

A favor? I know the blogosphere is a restless place, but when you guys wander off, would you occasionally check back in? There are a few names I haven’t seen in a while, and I worry.

You know how it is.

p.s. Wait until midnight. Go outside. Look up. It will be over a decade before Jupiter is this close to earth again.


Comment from wendyworn
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:30 pm


heh heh heh

I’m still reading every day Weas. Just keeping my snark level down, trying to be a good girl!

Comment from hemmersheim
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:42 pm

I will check in more often and am also willing to take you up on the “Wanna Rassle?”……..

after some shots of tequila perhaps 😉

gotta go see if anybody DIED lately…..and if so, WHO GOT THE DICK THIS TIME?!?!?!?!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:48 pm

Why would you want to see our names? I’m getting a bit suspicious. In fact… Oh, how did I find this place? My therapist sent me.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:54 pm

Anonymous – stop paying that therapist!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:55 pm

Yay! Wendyworn and hemmersheim. That’s two 🙂

Comment from Monotone (The Elderish)
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:00 pm

way to go Weasel!

Comment from BuckNutty
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:00 pm

Jupiter is racist

Comment from John
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:18 pm

We love you Stoaty!!
There I said it.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:21 pm

OK, I’ll do the maudlin bit–you have broadranging interests that make for fascinating posts on varied topics, you are unfailingly gracious, you make everyone welcome (and you make even us liberals feel safe and at home), and you are consistently both thought-provoking and hilarious. How people arrived here the first time is a fascinating question, but I don’t think there’s any question about why we keep coming back!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:35 pm

You’re a liberal, can’t hark?


(kidding, kidding)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:41 pm

By the way, I am *totally* willing to give Joe Biden a pass on saying he’s second in line for the presidency. He clearly meant second in line after the president.

Dude says enough balls-out retarded stuff, we don’t have to jump on him when he says something mildly clumsy.

Comment from jw
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:47 pm

OH WAIT ONE HELL THE MINUTE HERE! Oh crap! OK, searching for mah tahr an fethehs here. Stoaty, can I come raid youh shicken coop? I needs lots of fethehs. Well, I need lots of tahrs too. Shit, guess I’m chit outta luck. So’kay, though, Hark seems to be of good breed. I like her,( pretty sure she’s a she), views. Knowledgeable about lots of things too.

Oh, wait! This isn’t my friggin blog now is it. So it don’t make no never mind. If it were my blog, she would still be more than welcome.

Honeslty, Mz. Sweazle? Best blog I have found, since Mz. Rachl Lucas, and that say’z alot. You are on the top of my list. And I must say, I’ve grown pretty fond of Uncle Badger as well.

carry on.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:48 pm

In the words of Marx (The one with the eyebrows, not the commie): I refuse to belong to any club that would have me as a member!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 20, 2010, 10:58 pm

Dunno how long I’ve been visiting. Maybe it’s ‘cos I’m an expat too.

And it is pissing it down with rain so likelihood of seeing Jupiter: not good.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 20, 2010, 11:07 pm

Anyone want to play “Your favorite Weasel Art?” My all time favorite: “You have insulted the House of Weasel and now you must die.” With the truly spiffy Samurai Weasel. I was trying to find that post in the archives but couldn’t.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2010, 11:22 pm

Heh. Thanks, Allen. Uncle B bought me a drawing program called Manga Studio. Damn if I didn’t mean to play with it more than I did, but it’s on the upstairs machine. Which is waiting resurrection. Which, I just bought a motherboard on eBay that I’m hoping is compatible.

Comment from Mitchell (The Artist Formerly Known as Enas Yorl)
Time: September 20, 2010, 11:33 pm

^Hah! That was an awesome one Stoaty! Congrats on the half-million!

Comment from Mark T
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:04 am

Half a million! Well done, Sweasel! Well done indeed! You’re one of the highlights of my day. Thanks!

Comment from The Dread Pirate Neck Beard
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:24 am

But I’m pretty sure you saved or created at least 3 million hits, if you dig down far enough (and aren’t a racist who likes math).

Also, Jove has walked the Earth, not so long ago. He preferred swans to chickens, at the time. Or was that Saturn?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:29 am

GodDAMNit, Allen! I had stuff I planned to get done tonight! I did NOT need to go skimming through 3 1/2 years of stoatliness!

Sigh. So, favorite Weasel Art (granting that the Honor of the House of Weasel was right up there). Well. . .was it:
Independence Day, 2007? Memorial Day, 2008? Columbus Day, 2008? Nobody wants to play Weasel and Minions with a Girl (September 2007)? Steampowered Aeroweasel (twice–most recent November 2008)? The fanged brain (September 2008)? The Day After the Election (November 2008)? The cow genome (June 2009)? The killer marshmallows (March 2010)? Polar bear Al Gore or Cyborg Scalia (August 2010)? Cockfighting (this very month as ever is)?

No, I’ll go for a tie between September 5 and 12, 2008. Sweasel really is an amazing political cartoonist!

(Oh, right. Forgot. Thankee’, JW–I’ll bear it in mind.)

Comment from cobrakai99
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:31 am

Congrats Sweasel. Now I will return to my moderate lurking while waiting for Raul Castro to kick-it.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:49 am

Um, JW? Um. So, after that last post I thought I would actually go visit your website, in a sort of double-dog-dare spirit. And, um, honest-to-God!, the INSTANT I clicked on the link in Stoaty’s blogroll my computer said “phut” and shut down. Oh, sure, Windows can claim that

a hardware device, its driver, or related software has caused a stop error, also called a blue screen error. This type of error means the computer has shut down abruptly to protect itself from potential data corruption or loss.

but I know the truth! Mighty is the disdain of JW!

Comment from EZnSF
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:56 am

God help me, I can’t remember how I got here. But is was a mutant tomato, the one with a handle that Dame Stoat grew last summer, that kept me.

And the diapered chickens.

And HEY! My Zombie Reagan Office Mug should be here tomorrow!

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:02 am

I’ve been on lurker mode as well. Too much to do, too tired to do it.
And one of my critters is recovering from bladder stone surgery he had last Monday. Like having a newborn again with full support feeding and counting poos. When I came home from work this afternoon, he started eating his hay on his own. YAY! Hopefully he is over the hump. Now to keep him flushed to push out anything that wants to reform.

Regarding your last post:

A lifetime of observing the increasing role of women in politics and the workplace has convinced me the female influence in those places has been mostly bad.

YES! Totally agree. I like you weasel. I’d give an example of what I am seeing in my corner of Alice’s trip through the looking glass, but I’m way too tired to say much more than since most of our management went female, the place began swirling the bowl. Jr. high all over again. sheesh, hire us some men.

A mother is someone who has stuck her finger down the back of somebody’s else’s pants to see if he’s shat himself.

Not this mother. Didn’t do that to my own kid’s drawers. You hold them up and sniff. No way am I going to put my finger in shit ESPECIALLY someone else’s kid’s shit. Other kid’s poo made me want to GAK!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:06 am

I wandered over from XBRADTC’s site, and I owe him a big thank you for pointing the way to such a wonderful website. How nice to find a websight that has a resident Badger, and welcomes visiting ones! Even ugly American ones.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:43 am

{I feel like I’m all over this thread, and I am a little ashamed of that, but it isn’t going to stop me from saying}

I stumbled across this blog while looking for the title of David Bromberg’s “Sharon.” I could remember every single word of the lyrics, except the dancer’s name. . .so I googled “the same rowdy crowd that was here last night is back again.” In retrospect. . .

Anyway, it took me to the thread about David Paterson, http://sweasel.com/archives/974
As a resident of New York (and long-time folky), and given that I found the thread AFTER Eliot Spitzer resigned and Mr. Paterson became governor, I naturally ended up reading the entire thread. . .and Sweasel enthralled me. I’ve been an addict ever since. And I have no interest whatsoever in seeking out a 12-step program for it.

Comment from steve
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:43 am


Jupiter will NEVER be this close to earth again….

The Mayan calendar says so….Add If I have deciphered his gibberish correctly, drawing and quartering his quatrains or whatever….Nostril Damus says everything goes all kaput in a couple of dozen months, too…

Comment from Nicole
Time: September 21, 2010, 2:09 am

Of the things I miss about not living in the country, lack of light pollution is up at the top. Sigh. No Jupiter for me.

Large conga rats on the milestone, ma’am.

Comment from Elphaba
Time: September 21, 2010, 2:24 am

Congratulations, Stoaty! I haven’t been commenting a whole lot because I’m so freaking busy right now (got a wild hair and enrolled in college), but I do lurk about. Obviously, so do a lot of other people! <|:D

Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 21, 2010, 2:31 am

Congrats on 500K. Can’t remember how I found you, but glad I did. Love the chickens. Was hoping to win some Dick, but no one seems anxious to leave this mortal coil. Keep on keeping on.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 21, 2010, 3:16 am

*lurk mode off*
Congratulations on the half-million hits, Weasel!

Your Cats-O’-Phone composition is still my fav! Naturally!

*lurk mode on*

Comment from Sarah
Time: September 21, 2010, 3:23 am


(Mostly, I lurk. But I read. Religiously. Because this blog is awesome.)

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: September 21, 2010, 3:34 am


Um… that’s it. It’s the brain’s night off. Yeah. Just one night.

Comment from Monotone (The Elderish)
Time: September 21, 2010, 3:38 am

S. Weasel, are you sure Biden didn’t mean after palin?

Comment from Pete Wilcox
Time: September 21, 2010, 5:17 am

Congratulations! You’ve provided a lot of entertainment while I’ve been lurking!

Comment from Mags
Time: September 21, 2010, 5:27 am

Congrats on the infamy! I can think of quite a number of Badgers here in the States who giggle at your posts daily.
Also, Scott T Badger, from your train knowledge and locale, I suspect you are my mother in disguise…hmm…If not, there should be a meeting of the mustelids someday in ye olde cheeseland.

Comment from Bob Sledd
Time: September 21, 2010, 5:32 am

It was Iowahawk that sent me here the first time. I keep returning for the slap-in-the-face creativity.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 21, 2010, 6:10 am

Acksherly, I do remember how I got here. It was Rachel Lucas, foshizzle, before she went dark. Lucas I think was via Frank J., back long before he was (fingers crossed) a baby-daddy. Frank, no idea.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: September 21, 2010, 10:33 am

Mags, I are a male Badger, but Badger Moms are very important, thank you for thinking I might be that good.

Stoaty, the katana is the cultural weapon of the weasel? The cultural weapon of the American Badger is the Colt Government Model.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: September 21, 2010, 10:59 am

I’m still here, and threads from here are often mentioned on GCP.

Comment from David Bain
Time: September 21, 2010, 11:24 am

I think I came over from Samizdata – or obnoxio – or was it one of many pron sites? Whatever, well done and keep up the good work. Your interweb needs you.

Comment from surly ermine
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:41 pm

Grats Stoaty! Your artwork brought me to Auntie Weasel then ta here. Weasel on!

Comment from Pavel
Time: September 21, 2010, 12:46 pm

Congrats on the milestone, stoaty. This is my favorite evening blog. Trains, chickens, coins, politics, owies, tidbits and photos from England, and a literate, funny community: what’s not to like?

Comment from Mark
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:01 pm

Pavel: Who you be callin’ literate? Them’s fightin’ words!

Comment from Becca
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:59 pm

*raises hand*

Daily reader of your Stoatiness, for a couple of years now.

Love your blog AND the comments section.


Comment from Glen Richards
Time: September 21, 2010, 5:44 pm

Hi, fair Stoatie! I’m still around, but I’m content to lurk. You, Uncle Badger and all the commenters make this my favorite blog! 🙂

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: September 21, 2010, 6:42 pm

Here I am, pretending I matter!

Comment from Deborah
Time: September 21, 2010, 7:45 pm

Over half-a-million served Stoaty! That’s wunnerful! I think I found you via Rachel Lucas, also, or maybe from that guy who writes about pencils—around the time you got married I think. Though I did go back and read old postings occasionally.

(I could do with an update on the little chickens, when you have the time, because I am charmed by anyone who raises chickens for joy.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 21, 2010, 7:48 pm

Awwww…shucks, y’all.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: September 21, 2010, 8:51 pm


Now I’ve gotta recompute my tag…

Comment from Michael
Time: September 21, 2010, 9:34 pm

Hi Weasel, and congrats. I’m still a faithful reader.

Comment from hemmersheim
Time: September 21, 2010, 10:36 pm




I’ll do some splainin on that later…….

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 21, 2010, 10:43 pm

Hey Weasel…thanks for the tip about Jupiter, even though I’m a day late and we’re overcast here in eastern Canada 🙁

Good luck with your new/old ‘puter fixing. I went whole hog on a Core i7-920 with 12 gigs ram last September…it was worth every penny. Motherboard was an ASUS P6T Deluxe V2…I swear by ASUS.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 21, 2010, 10:50 pm

Jeez, QuasiModo! I’m sure the space programme is safe in your hands 😉

Comment from Rodent
Time: September 21, 2010, 11:21 pm

(waves paw)

Greetings Weasel, Badger and fellow minions. I’m still here, but never seem to have anything not silly, trite, or just plain stupid to say.

Been a long summer with too much of the W-word and too little reward.

Looking forward to November, even though I’m no fan of cold weather. 😉

Congrats on the half-mil, too bad you can’t charge a buck (or a pound, even better) a view. But you’d have a better chance at that than the NYT, lol…

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: September 21, 2010, 11:54 pm

I love it here! I feel like I fit right in!

Sad, ain’t it? 🙂

Comment from Cathy
Time: September 22, 2010, 12:03 am

Congratulations on hitting half million. This is a charming place and I wanna visit again.

Comment from MCPO Airdale
Time: September 22, 2010, 12:13 am

I have no idea how I found this place, but I check in daily. It is a gem and your experiences remind me, fondly, of my 4 years in Old Blighty.

Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: September 22, 2010, 12:44 am

A half-million?

We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Comment from Frit
Time: September 22, 2010, 1:52 am

Congratulations, Stoaty! 😆

I was pointed this direction by an Insane Journal friend, who showed me your “Yes, I’m a girl…Wanna Rassle” artwork. (At which point I promptly had to see more, being of the Mustelide family m’self, and picked up a couple weasel-art hoodies from Zazzle for bragging rights.)

I enjoy your articles and commentary; much of which is thought-provoking and most of which is amusing to downright hilarious.

I’m still going through the archives – slowly – as I’m also currently in the last frantic scamperings of wedding prep. @wheee!

Comment from skinbad
Time: September 22, 2010, 2:14 am

Is this where we request more naked pictures of your mom? Congratulations on your milestone.

Comment from harrison
Time: September 22, 2010, 2:27 am

Congrats. I like this place.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: September 22, 2010, 3:13 am

Weasel sez:

Man, I can’t believe you said something this stupid:

Just wait. It gets worser. 😉

Comment from Retired Geezer
Time: September 22, 2010, 1:55 pm

Half a million visitors!
If you only had a Flag Counter…
I bet you would have put the Innocent Bystanders counter to shame.

Comment from lauraw
Time: September 22, 2010, 3:22 pm

*squeezes the Weasel*


Comment from Frit
Time: September 22, 2010, 6:30 pm

Non sequitur side note: Have you seen this site, Stoaty?


Might be worth having a look at.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: September 22, 2010, 7:22 pm

Come for the booger haiku,
Stay for the peanut fuck lady.

Comment from XBradTC
Time: September 22, 2010, 8:55 pm

I wandered over from XBRADTC’s site, and I owe him a big thank you for pointing the way to such a wonderful website. How nice to find a websight that has a resident Badger, and welcomes visiting ones! Even ugly American ones.

Wow. Cool. My blog has actually accomplished something useful!

I found Her Stoatyness via DPUD, when I first started getting into the whole Moronosphere thingy (gee, who made the Moronosphere News Network graphic?). Mostly I lurk, but I’ve sounded off once or twice. Still haven’t won any spotted dick. **pouts**

Also, I’ve got about 1.5 million hits on my blog. The secret? Tag every post “Olivia Wilde Nude.”

Comment from Gromulin
Time: September 22, 2010, 10:40 pm

Comment from lauraw
Time: September 22, 2010, 3:22 pm

*squeezes the Weasel*

God, I love it when she talks dirty.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 22, 2010, 10:46 pm

But DON’T tag anything “Olivia deHavilland nude.” Because she’s still alive. And that’s probably pretty nasty by now.

Comment from eddiebear
Time: September 23, 2010, 3:35 am


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: September 23, 2010, 4:09 am

Can’t remember how I got here, but then I frequently can’t remember things. Weasel on!!!

Comment from jwpaine
Time: September 23, 2010, 2:57 pm

** adds ‘squeeze the weasel’ to his list of euphemisms **

Comment from XBradTC
Time: September 23, 2010, 5:03 pm

But DON’T tag anything “Olivia deHavilland nude.” Because she’s still alive. And that’s probably pretty nasty by now.

No, I get a fair bit of traffic from that. And a hit is a hit.

Comment from Bill (now the .000357% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: September 23, 2010, 6:06 pm

Yeah, right. You get *most* of your traffic from that.

[memo to self: check url before clicking links to “OdeH nude” in future…]

Comment from jwpaine
Time: September 23, 2010, 9:01 pm

I don’t recall where I found that first fateful link to the Weez, but I do recall spending the rest of the day reading through her archives. Laughing my ass off, of course. My only intermission was when I stopped to add the Weez to my site’s blogroll. Then it was right back to the reading-guffawing-spotting.

Comment from sippican cottage
Time: September 24, 2010, 12:55 am

I may have moved farther away from Rhode Island than you did.


Comment from jw
Time: September 24, 2010, 1:45 am

Oh dear!

Hark? I don’t have a website. I hope you didn’t think I was being nefarious, what, with your computer problem. Who ever you clicked on wasn’t me.

I truly do enjoy reading your comments.

I hope this reaches you.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 24, 2010, 1:50 am

Oopsie! jw, I must have confused you with someone else (looks casually to right and attempts to whistle to establish total innocence. . .not terribly successfully, as can’t whistle). So, it seems that you can actually take control of OTHER PEOPLE’s websites in order to make my computer go all poopsie by remote control! Truly mighty is the disdain. . .

OK. All kidding aside. Nefarious? You? Naw. Never thought that, I was just joshing. And now I’m blushing, because when I read my own comments I am convinced NOONE could possibly enjoy them except me. So. Reached me, touched me, friended me.

Now, can we get out of here quick before someone tries to turn it into a Hallmark moment?

Friends. . .

Comment from jw
Time: September 24, 2010, 2:09 am


Definitely friends! *Hallmark moment*

Now I can go back to being faux indignant with my liberal friends and learn better how to use the sarcasm tag.

Serious though? I’m glad that it reached you or it would have bothered me, and then I would have had to bother Madame Weasel to make sure you saw it.

Take care and carry on! 🙂

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 24, 2010, 2:30 am

Oh, good to know there’s another undiagnosed mild case of OCD here!

Move ’em on, head ’em up,
Head ’em up, move ’em out,
Move ’em on, head ’em out Rawhide!
Set ’em out, ride ’em in
Ride ’em in, let ’em out,
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in Rawhide

Movingrightalong. . .

(Damn, I wish we had an eyerolling weasel! But that is neither hint nor demand. . .just eyerolling is what I do most of!)


Comment from dawn
Time: September 24, 2010, 4:03 pm

I found sweasel because she gave some serious props to my husband for a brilliant idea he had. I stayed because of the short bus retard post and I have loved her ever since. I even had a little crush when I thought she was a boy. 🙂

Good to see Steamboat!

Comment from Jill
Time: September 25, 2010, 1:52 am

Mucho congratso on the half-bazillion mark, favorite Olde-Stoat-‘O-Mine. :0)

Comment from Big Blue Bug
Time: September 25, 2010, 9:08 pm

Sorry I haven’t been here in a while.

There was this thing with a hobo and a cursed monkey
paw and it was totally not my fault.

Congorats on the 0.5M vagabonds.

Oh, and if you need tree branches for growing mushrooms.
I suggest a bowsaw and a rainy night. And one of them Hogan’s Heroes black outfits and the shoe polish thing.

Comment from Vmaximus
Time: September 28, 2010, 2:06 am

Hi Weasel,

(saw the post at IB)

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)

Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.

<< carry me back to ol' virginny