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Late Night Punchiness

jumping-fishAs the impending government shutdown lingered into the wee hours of the morning, bleary-eyed journalists on Twitter began to read things, er, [Sen. Maj. Leader Harry] Reid things, not as they were but as they couldn’t help but see them.

The conversation, which transpired at around 11 p.m. Monday night, is between freelance foreign correspondent Jonathan Krohn and HuffPost political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui.

Jonathan Lee Krohn: “@SabrinaSiddiqui I read Reid’s name spelled as ‘Read’ in your tweet. It did not read well.”

Sabrina Siddiqui: “@JonathanLKrohn I am too tired to type. :(

Jonathan Lee Krohn: “@SabrinaSiddiqui It’s okay. I can reid how tired you are.”

AnonymASSES Go Wild

cartoondonkeyAs some figured out by my outgoing email earlier in the week, I did something unheard of in some Washington circles — I took a vacation. While I was away from the Fishbowl, some AnonymASSES had some funny notes for me. Despite my outgoing message indicating I’d be off email, my phone, away from pens, etc… for several days, some still feared something sinister had happened to me. I had to assure some distinctly non-AnonymASSES that no, I was really just on vacation. One journo texted, “Are you really on vacation away from your phone?” Another sweetly inquired, “Are you ok? I was worried sick when I didn’t hear back and Peter couldn’t find you. Just hope you’re ok.” (Special note to Peter Ogburn: What in the hell? You knew at least vaguely where I was.) And still another: “Betsy you okay? Texted, no word from you. Hoping all is well.”

And now, here’s what a sampling of AnonymASSES had on their minds. Read more

A Birthday Spanking for Slate’s Dave Weigel

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All in good fun, we’re sure, Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox is calling for a birthday Twitter roast for Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Happy Birthday Dave! We have absolutely nothing bad to say about him except he’s rather icy at parties these days. Um, Dave? Where did all the love go?

This could be a long day. Read more

Dad Flubs Date of Journo’s Birthday

Accuracy isn’t everything. It’s the thought that counts, right?

NYT political reporter Ashley Parker received heartfelt birthday wishes from her father.

There’s just one problem. Read more

TIME’s Mark Halperin Working ‘The George’

TIME Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin‘s strange facial hair, a dark mustache paired with a salt and pepper beard, is getting lots of airtime this week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Even Al Sharpton tried to get in on the antics this morning, but wound up calling him by the wrong name. MSNBC Contributor and former top aide to President Obama David Axelrod spoke of the serious matters in Syria this morning. Then, amid much laughter on set, added, “I want to welcome Mark back from the back woods where he obviously was chopping wood.”

Earlier in the week, host Joe Scarborough put up a split screen to show how much Halperin was starting to resemble Harrison Ford‘s character “Dr. Richard Kimbel”  in “The Fugitive.” He also took to Twitter to ask, “Critical question of the AM: Does Mark Halperin look more like a bearded Al Gore or Dr. Richard Kimball from the Fugitive?”

But Halperin told NBC “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie that he was really trying to achieve the look of a different Hollywood actor.

See who after the jump…. Read more

Click Bait: Chicken In The Sky With Diamonds?

Remember that episode of “Friends” when Joey’s duck ate Ross’s grandmother’s engagement ring?

Well, that actually, really happened in Berkshire, England recently, to 38-year-old Claire Lennon.  Lennon’s pet chicken, Sarah, nipped a diamond earring off Claire’s ear and swallowed it whole. Read more

Daily Caller Blogger Probably Not The Best Flack for MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher, who writes their “DC Trawler” column, probably isn’t the best advocate for MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who’s show “All in With Chris Hayes” appears to have hit a teeny snag in ratings.

Treacher answers a less-than-subtle Twitter plea from Hayes, who writes, “If you like what we’re doing (and trying to do) on @allinwithchris, now’s a good time to text or email a friend and tell ‘em to watch.”

Treach starts off, “The rest of us can just sit tight, then?” Read more

Click Bait: Free Beacon’s Buff Babes

Yesterday, the Free Beacon‘s Associate Editor Robert Charette posted this article to their Editor’s Blog.  If you’ve ever wondered what giant women carrying large catfish actually look like in real life, check out the Free Beacon (because maybe they’re into that kind of stuff). Free Beacon is actually pushing for women here — they say females are just as good as males at Noodling, a sport in the south in which enthusiasts wrangle catfish with their bare hands.

Journos Who Could Be Porn Stars (Part II)

We recently brought you 10 Washington journalists whose names (only) could qualify them for a certain other profession – the list included such great potentials as Daily Caller intern Gabe Finger, Politico‘s Ginger Gibson and CQ Roll Call‘s Jason Dick. We firmly stand by those choices. But we quickly realized there are clearly 10 more. And hey, it’s August, so if there’s a stray from Manhattan we’re still letting him or her on the list.

Graphic by Austin Price. 

See who made the cut…

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AnonymASS Tipsters of the Week

As Al Jazeera America emerged Tuesday, a few anonymASSES surfaced and wrote in to FishbowlDC with some “news” about The Daily Caller‘s outspoken White House Correspondent Neil Munro. Read more

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