say what?

Sorry not to have had anything to say today. I've been swamped with errands, and poor Coco (who has been inexplicably sick) had to be taken to the vet for innumerable tests. She has an acute GI infection and according to the vet she is so filled with gas that they're going to have to pump her full of barium. No idea what caused it, but I worry that it had something to do with the late-night skunk encounters I mentioned previously, because her energy levels have been waning since. They don't think that a toxin is responsible, though, so I'm clueless.

Surely, there is something going on in the world. But what?

How about a "comment" that got nine passengers thrown off a plane? CNN won't say what it was.

(CNN) -- Nine passengers aboard a plane at Dulles International Airport were removed before takeoff due to a comment made to a crew member Sunday night, a United Airlines spokeswoman said.

Megan McCarthy told CNN she had no information early Monday morning about the nature of the comment. She said United employees came to the gate, spoke with the crew and then spoke with the passengers taken off the plane.

Naturally, the commenters are irate.


"Megan McCarthy told CNN she had no information early Monday morning about the nature of the comment. "....I smell COVERUP! Great reporting, CNN! up...what's for lunch, and what exaclty is that stuff on my winshield anyway?
And here's deb8891:
Uh....ok. Can I get a hint about the comment? Can we play 21 questions so I can try and guess the category of the comment? Did all nine passengers say the comment all at one time? Was it yelled? Are the nine people denying they said whatever was said? WHAT DID THEY SAY?!?!?!!?
In today's world, you are not allowed to know what it is you are not allowed to say!

That's the way it is around here.

I never know what I am not allowed to say, or when I am not allowed to say it. I never know what I am not allowed to not say, or when I am not allowed to not say it, so I have to rely on commenters to tell me what I said that I should not have said, and what I have not said that I should have said.

I also never know when I am going to be accused of saying what I didn't say, and of not saying what I did say!

It's comforting to know that there's always an inexhaustible supply.

posted by Eric on 08.30.10 at 02:09 PM


Hope Coco feels better soon! If it was one of my Goldens, I'd be worrying about "garbage gut" since Goldens like to ingest things that weren't meant to be ingested. Maybe not a toxin, but what about a bacteria/virus from the skunk? Could also just be coincidence. Tick born disease?

Karen   ·  August 30, 2010 4:43 PM

I don't usually comment here, but I'm a regular lurker, and I know how devoted you are to Coco. I do hope she is back to normal soon.

Monty   ·  August 30, 2010 5:46 PM

If Coco's the fighting type, she may have eaten some skunk. My cat got a similar-sounding infection once, when I broke up a fracas she got into and she ran off...with half a raccoon's lip in her mouth. A fistful of antibiotics took care of the cat, but the poison gas coming out of her almost killed me.
Are we allowed to say "cat fart" on a plane? "That cat fart was the bomb?" "Allahu cat fart?"

guy on internet   ·  August 30, 2010 6:15 PM

Thanks all. She's home now and seems to be better, but still not herself.

Eric Scheie   ·  August 30, 2010 8:52 PM

Hope Coco's feeling better.

I saw it at Drudge, apparently it was 9 Pakistani guys, spread out around the plane.

Veeshir   ·  September 1, 2010 8:53 AM

Apparently it was a Pakistani military delegation visiting their counterparts in Washington. It seems to me that it was a very anodyne comment that caused all the ruckus:

"I hope this is the final plane to our destination"

Something that any long distance traveller would have said on many occasions. Truly people are overly concerned nowadays.

CynicinLondon   ·  September 2, 2010 10:34 AM

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