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What the hell, 2016?


Well, I’ll be damned. New Dead Pool. At least I’m not on the hook for George Michael.

Third(?) win for weaselwannabe, I think. A reminder to all winners of dick: even if you’ve won before, I need a confirmation of your address (and the nick it goes with) please. I am, in fact, starting to work down the backlog again.

The image is from Gustave Doré, one of my absolute favorite illustrators from childhood. Why someone would give a little girl an illustrated Dante’s Inferno is the question. “Weasel family” is the answer.

There’s always been a niggling doubt in my mind whether the magic of his illustrations should actually be credited to the engraver instead.

So. New Dead Pool Friday. After which, you realize, 2016 will have almost 30 hours to squeeze one more winner in.


Comment from BJM
Time: December 27, 2016, 11:40 pm

Ha! I am a huge Doré fan too. As a young reader I was gifted several Doré illustrated books. I still have Poe’s The Raven and Other Tales. I also had Michaud’s History of the Crusades, and Perrault’s Fairy Tales both of which my younger sister purloined and “lost” while I was at college. I’m pretty sure she sold them to buy weed as quite a few of our best books were unexpectedly! lost until the bookcases were locked.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 28, 2016, 1:40 am

There was a Bill Mauldin cartoon out of WWII that shows two GIs in a foxhole with bullets whizzing around their heads. One says, “I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.”

So I’m watching the news and seeing all these famous celebrities all younger than me dying. . . the famous people older than me, dying, doesn’t help ‘cuz I can’t imagine enduring another thirty years of this life.

Almost as bad as sitting in front of the TV and hearing a knock at the door, “Police, Search Warrant.” BOOM

Comment from p2
Time: December 28, 2016, 3:39 am

if my gal betty snuffs it before friday ill be bloody annoyed……..

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: December 28, 2016, 9:55 am

P2 you will address her as Her Majesty the Quoon

Comment from Timothy J. McCorkle
Time: December 28, 2016, 12:14 pm

So… I’m 60 +… How do I volunteer to be in the pool. i think it would be a Nice gesture on my part to win someone some dick. I’d arange for a family member to post my Obit to you…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 28, 2016, 10:55 pm

Dude, you ain’t the only one over 60 around here. Let’s not go tugging on the hem of anyone’s black robe, ‘k?

Comment from Niña
Time: December 28, 2016, 11:41 pm

Truly. 2016 wasn’t a great year for me, except that I’ve survived it so far.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: December 29, 2016, 12:16 am

And now I saw something about Carrie’s mother getting rushed to the hospital – potential stroke.

True story about Carrie Fisher: for the LONGEST time I thought her father was the reclusive chess champion and wondered how Debbie Reynolds ever managed to hook up with him. Yeah, wrong Bobby Fischer.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: December 29, 2016, 1:52 am

RIP Debbie Reynolds!


Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: December 29, 2016, 1:57 am

2016 started with my 93yo mother passing away. So yeah – can’t wait for it to be done and gone.

But I’ve read that maybe 2016 is just the warm-up act for 2017. If so – I’m going into my bunker and not coming out until 2018.

2017 has the potential to be off the charts – the lefties are friggin’ insane at this point and I think Trump and the Secret Service had better keep on their toes.

RE: Debbie Reynolds – she has been distraught since Carrie was first carried off the plane. I’ve heard her status is ‘serious’. Ugh. 2016, just stop it. STOP. IT.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: December 29, 2016, 1:58 am

Debbie Reynolds has passed at age 84, one day after her daughter passed.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 29, 2016, 2:02 am


One could say that Debbie Reynolds even upstaged Carrie in death.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: December 29, 2016, 4:32 am

2016 sucks. Big time. But, there’s one thing that will always make me smile, no matter what:



Thank God for small miracles.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 29, 2016, 5:00 am

The AP *Spit* has a roll call of famous folks who died in 2016…thus far.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 29, 2016, 8:37 am

Frankly, I think Carrie Fisher experienced brain death on the plane. At the hospital she was put on life support and put in a drug induced coma. After weaning off the drug induced coma, they could then test for brain activity and found none.

Debby had a long and full life. It’s Todd and Billie Lourd that have all the problems now.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 29, 2016, 3:02 pm

Here’s a factoid few people know about: Carrie Fisher talks about her husband/partner, Bryan Lourd, dumping her for a man. Who was that man? Ans: Tom Hulce.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 29, 2016, 5:54 pm

There are now rumors that the Queen has died. If she has, and I sure hope she hasnt, they wont announce it until the following morning 8 am.

Hopefully, this is just crap gossip…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 29, 2016, 6:23 pm

Whoa. That rumor hadn’t reached me.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 29, 2016, 6:41 pm

Ransquawk sources report talk of a potentially significant pending announcement regarding the Royal Family in the UK

It’s time stamped 10:29 am your time so who knows? But if they dont make announcements of a death until the following AM, it may fit.

Still hope this is BS. She’s been like one of the few constants in the world.

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