Felix Baumgartner’s 24-Mile High Space Jump, Captured by His GoPro Camera

Baumgartner was wearing a GoPro camera, and the footage is incredible

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October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth. Felix set three world records that day—and inspired us all to reach beyond the limits of our own realities, and reimagine our potential to achieve the incredible.

GoPro was honored to be a part of this epic achievement, with seven HERO2 cameras documenting every moment. From the airless freeze of outer space, to the record-breaking free fall and momentous return to ground—see it all through Felix’s eyes as captured by GoPro, and experience this incredible mission like never before. No one gets you closer than this.

Shot 100% on the HD HERO2(r) camera from gopro.com.

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224 comments

1 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:32:20pm

It’s amazing that he managed to pull out of that spin somehow, just as he was about to black out. Terrifying to see it in real time.

2 jaunte  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:33:46pm

Wow. Incredible.

3 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:41:06pm

Had to have been pure luck at that point. His body just turned somehow that neutralized the spin - he couldn’t have been controlling it, he was on the brink of passing out.

4 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:41:22pm

[Kilgore Trout]
If this is real, it’s not any different from the overhyped Kittenger stunt a few years ago. Maddow’s interns are googling wildly.
[/Kilgore Trout]

5 jaunte  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:41:57pm

re: #3 Charles Johnson

It was probably the spin causing it, but the heart monitor actually dropped to 0 at one point.

6 RealityBasedSteve  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:42:06pm

I remember watching the livestream of the event. I can’t begin to imagine what it felt like to stand on that platform and then go off…

RBS

7 b.d.  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:43:40pm

He was spying on us from up there for the NSA. First it’s a GoPro camera, next time it’ll be a Hellfire missile. Human Dronezzz@!!

8 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:46:23pm
9 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:53:13pm
10 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:55:25pm

I have been too focused on the sexism of the dudebros and have neglected their other bigoted aspects.

11 RealityBasedSteve  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:57:23pm

re: #9 wrenchwench

[Embedded content]

Best hard drive destruction ever… Leo Laporte

Youtube Video

RBS

12 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:58:22pm

re: #9 wrenchwench

[Embedded content]

Highly privileged dudebro libertarian said what?

13 Varek Raith  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:59:12pm

I got vertigo at the spin.
Lol.

14 dog philosopher  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:59:26pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

lotta code goes into that command

15 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:00:01pm

re: #9 wrenchwench

[Embedded content]

Dick

16 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:01:38pm

re: #13 Varek Raith

I got vertigo at the spin.
Lol.

I’m thinking about watching it, haven’t decided yet. Some of these comments point to no….

17 RealityBasedSteve  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:02:10pm

Hey WW… What do you think a fair value on a Cannondale Silk Tour 800 (that’s the 2000 model with the HeadShock) frame would be? I’ve got one in really good shape I’m going to Ebay. Think 200 if I get lucky?

RBS

18 jaunte  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:02:46pm

re: #16 wrenchwench

It’s pretty impressive. Dreamlike.

19 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:03:01pm

mortarinvestments.eu

Anyone in the market for a Czech T-72? Only lightly driven.

20 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:03:56pm

re: #17 RealityBasedSteve

Hey WW… What do you think a fair value on a Cannondale Silk Tour 800 (that’s the 2000 model with the HeadShock) frame would be? I’ve got one in really good shape I’m going to Ebay. Think 200 if I get lucky?

RBS

I’d need to know more. I’m about to head out….want to discuss it tomorrow?

21 RealityBasedSteve  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:04:26pm

re: #19 Feline Fearless Leader

mortarinvestments.eu

Anyone in the market for a Czech T-72? Only lightly driven.

Yea, but it’s like buying an old Mercedes. You might get a good deal up front, but it’s a hell of a shock first time you have to have any work done and parts are 3x what you expected.

RBS

22 RealityBasedSteve  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:04:49pm

re: #20 wrenchwench

I’d need to know more. I’m about to head out….want to discuss it tomorrow?

sure. I’ll be around all day cleaning house

RBS

23 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:04:52pm

re: #18 jaunte

It’s pretty impressive. Dreamlike.

I’m concerned about the nightmares that could follow. I have a fear of heights that kind of comes and goes.

24 jaunte  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:04:52pm

re: #19 Feline Fearless Leader

About 1.19 mpg!

25 The War TARDIS  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:05:22pm

re: #21 RealityBasedSteve

On the other hand, it is a fucking tank.

26 jaunte  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:05:42pm

re: #23 wrenchwench

I found myself wanting him to open the chute higher up than he needed to.

27 Targetpractice  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:06:00pm

re: #19 Feline Fearless Leader

mortarinvestments.eu

Anyone in the market for a Czech T-72? Only lightly driven.

$50K for a T-72? Sounds great, right up until you have to pay for the first tank of diesel.

28 Varek Raith  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:06:23pm

re: #16 wrenchwench

I’m thinking about watching it, haven’t decided yet. Some of these comments point to no….

Well, I get vertigo very easily.

29 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:06:59pm

Later, lizards.

30 Varek Raith  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:07:35pm

re: #27 Targetpractice

$50K for a T-72? Sounds great, right up until you have to pay for the first tank of diesel.

That’s what the turret’s for!
Nice gas station, shame if something were to happen to it…
/

31 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:08:17pm

A certain obsessed libertarian just tried to register again. Lost track of how many times this weirdo has tried to register sock puppets. He’s like the Energizer Bunny of comment trolls.

32 darthstar  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:18:10pm

Dude was dropping faster than Christie’s presidential hopes there.

33 jaunte  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:21:36pm

Here’s a positive development:

Texas board approves textbook review rule changes

Among the changes approved Friday was a mandate that teachers or professors be given priority for serving on the textbook review panels for subjects in their areas of expertise. They also enable the board to appoint outside experts to check objections raised by review panels and ensure they are based on fact, not ideology.
………
Other changes require proposed books to be reviewed by at least two panel members, so that a single volunteer can’t raise objections. The new rules also require panelists to submit majority and minority reports about proposed material, and restrict board members’ contact with reviewers to avoid unfair influence.

34 b.d.  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:22:42pm

re: #32 darthstar

Dude was dropping faster than Christie’s presidential hopes there.

Need inserted verbal audio that says something along the lines of “Wow, look at all that traffic backup on the George Washington Bridge”

35 darthstar  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:26:53pm
36 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:28:47pm

re: #32 darthstar

Dude was dropping faster than Christie’s presidential hopes there.

I’m a bit concerned about Bush the Third. Not that Christie would be better and all. But I think the tiles are falling III’s way.

37 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:32:17pm
38 darthstar  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:35:29pm

re: #36 Stanley Sea

I’m a bit concerned about Bush the Third. Not that Christie would be better and all. But I think the tiles are falling III’s way.

New Jersey Governor Guadagno (Lt. Gov right now) will be the GOP’s next Sarah Palin. Just watch.

39 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:35:41pm

Btw, I have been in touch with Virgin Galactic about their suborbital space flight. I might actually do it. My age (65 in June) is an issue but not an insurmountable one if I can pass a comprehensive physical. Older people have flown in orbit, a far more demanding regime than a brief suborbital flight, and Dr. Storey Musgrave did arduous spacewalks at 61.

The cost is daunting, but it is a once in several lifetimes opportunity.

40 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:35:43pm

We’ll just call him 3. It will be easy.

41 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:36:41pm

re: #39 Shiplord Kirel

oh hell yeah.

42 Killgore Trout  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:39:48pm

Obama’s off to the Magic Kingdom
Obama Is Said to Plan Fence-Mending Trip to Saudi Arabia

Mr. Obama, the official said, will seek to reassure the king of American support after a tense period in which the Saudis and other Persian Gulf allies of the United States have grown increasingly frustrated with American policies toward Iran and Syria.

Saudi officials have deep reservations about the interim nuclear deal that the United States and other major powers struck with Iran. They worry that it could presage a broader shift in American alliances from the Sunni monarchs in the gulf toward the Shiite mullahs in Iran.

Saudi Arabia has also been frustrated by Mr. Obama’s unwillingness to do more to support rebel forces in Syria. The Saudis have funneled weapons and other equipment to the rebels, in part because they view the civil war there as a proxy battle between Sunni Arabs and Shiite Iran, which is an important backer of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

Prediction: Instead of a serious foreign policy discussion there will be much debate about a photo appearing to show Obama bowing to the king.

43 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:40:03pm

Got my 266.00 flight to Florida.

Cept for the baggage fee and sardineism. It will be great.

44 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:40:20pm

re: #39 Shiplord Kirel

You gotta get up to get down.

45 BongCrodny  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:41:49pm

re: #36 Stanley Sea

I’m a bit concerned about Bush the Third. Not that Christie would be better and all. But I think the tiles are falling III’s way.

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
Fool me three times…holy shit, I’m a fucking idiot.

46 The War TARDIS  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:43:45pm

re: #42 Killgore Trout

The only Gulf State worth keeping close is Oman. The rest of them can rot.

If we switched, I would be rather pleased.

47 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:44:05pm

re: #37 Charles Johnson

44 Presidents, but many related to each other, starting from right off the bat.

VP John Adams becomes second President. His son, John Quincy Adams, becomes the 6th President.

The Roosevelts were cousins. FDR was related in one way or another to 11 other presidents.

The Harrisons were related (grandfather/grandson).

JFK’s brother Robert had presidential ambitions of his own before being assassinated. Teddy also had presidential ambitions, but could never get out of the primaries.

GHW Bush was VP and later became 41st President. His son George W, became 43rd President.

Now, we’re seeing that potentially include the Clintons. And the Bush family with a third member.

As exclusive a club as the presidency, when you realize just how many were related to others, the numbers are even smaller. And I don’t think it is healthy in the long term either. I get that some folks are devoted to public service, but the nation needs fresh blood in the WH, not a resumption of one of two families (Bush/Clinton). There’s got to be more - and better - out there.

48 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:47:37pm

re: #44 Charles Johnson

Youtube Video

49 BongCrodny  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:50:48pm

re: #47 lawhawk

Now, we’re seeing that potentially include the Clintons. And the Bush family with a third member.

Did you watch Fringe?

The season finale, which took place in 2036, had this little throwaway joke:

2036

50 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:58:47pm

re: #49 BongCrodny

So much for bootstraps.

That’s why Barack Obama stood out so.

51 TedStriker  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:59:52pm

re: #47 lawhawk

44 Presidents, but many related to each other, starting from right off the bat.

VP John Adams becomes second President. His son, John Quincy Adams, becomes the 6th President.

The Roosevelts were cousins. FDR was related in one way or another to 11 other presidents.

The Harrisons were related (grandfather/grandson).

JFK’s brother Robert had presidential ambitions of his own before being assassinated. Teddy also had presidential ambitions, but could never get out of the primaries.

GHW Bush was VP and later became 41st President. His son George W, became 43rd President.

Now, we’re seeing that potentially include the Clintons. And the Bush family with a third member.

As exclusive a club as the presidency, when you realize just how many were related to others, the numbers are even smaller. And I don’t think it is healthy in the long term either. I get that some folks are devoted to public service, but the nation needs fresh blood in the WH, not a resumption of one of two families (Bush/Clinton). There’s got to be more - and better - out there.

The major problem I see is one of not only a willingness to run for office, but visibility and familiarity; the Bushes and Clintons have it in spades. Honestly, I’d prefer that Hillary just put the 2016 rumors out to pasture with a definitive ‘I’m not running’ and let someone as young as President Obama (or younger) take a shot at the Dem nomination, but the big problem I see right now is that there’s not another highly visible rising star out there.

I hope that changes in the next year or so.

52 goddamnedfrank  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 6:59:55pm

re: #36 Stanley Sea

I’m a bit concerned about Bush the Third. Not that Christie would be better and all. But I think the tiles are falling III’s way.

The Freepers/Breitbarts/Tea Party faction hate him. Between his worn out family name, his atrocious history of bigotry and general bland awfulness … I didn’t even have to finish this sentence.

In any event, right now he can’t even outpoll Hillary in his home state of Florida, and any Republican that can’t carry their home state is almost certainly a done deal.

In hypothetical 2016 general election match-ups, Bush would be the strongest Republican challenger to Clinton in Florida, losing to her by a 49-to-43 percent margin. Clinton leads Rubio by 10 points, Paul by 13 points, Ryan by 13 points, Christie by 16 points and Cruz by 20.

How sad is that. The guy is actually pretty popular in FL and he’s that much behind, Hillary is just that much of a phenomenon. Add to that, there’s no way Bush comes out of the GOP primaries without taking several direct torpedo hits.

53 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:00:57pm

re: #36 Stanley Sea

I’m a bit concerned about Bush the Third. Not that Christie would be better and all. But I think the tiles are falling III’s way.

Since there aren’t any new Nixons on the horizon, the GOP will have to go with another Bush if they want to win. At least that’s the experience of the last 86 years.

54 freetoken  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:03:23pm

I wonder if people watching this will think the curved horizon has to do with the curvature of the Earth? (It’s due to the lens.)

55 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:03:24pm

Shiplord, screw all this other chit chat…..get on that space ship.

Crowdsource LGF for funds (Upon CJ approval)

The ultimate just do it.

56 Eclectic Cyborg  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:04:39pm

Maybe Bush could be on the VP side of the ticket this time around…

57 goddamnedfrank  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:13:22pm

re: #56 Eclectic Cyborg

Maybe Bush could be on the VP side of the ticket this time around…

Sure, but to who? They’re all really, really bad. The 2016 Primaries are going to be a rehash of all the old hates, none of which play well with the general electorate. Then add to that a Tea Party / GOP civil war which will be generating own goals on an assembly line.

58 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:16:19pm

re: #57 goddamnedfrank

Sure, but to who? They’re all really, really bad. The 2016 Primaries are going to be a rehash of all the old hates, none of which play well with the general electorate. Then add to that a Tea Party / GOP civil war which will be generating own goals on an assembly line.

Perfect time for Sister Sarah.

59 freetoken  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:18:33pm

Obit of the day:

World’s oldest known flamingo dies aged 83

It was born at the end of the Great Depression and survived World War II - and an attack by youths - but “Greater,” the world’s oldest known flamingo, died at a zoo in Australia Friday aged 83.

“The difficult decision was made to humanely put the flamingo to sleep this morning as its quality of life had significantly deteriorated due to complications associated with old age,” Adelaide Zoo said on its blog. “Greater is best known for being the world’s oldest flamingo and the last Greater Flamingo to have resided in Australia.”

Greater, whose sex is unknown, arrived at the zoo in 1933, although records are unclear about whether it came from Cairo or Hamburg Zoo according to the Australian Associated Press.

[…]

60 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:20:05pm

re: #57 goddamnedfrank

It strikes me that aside from Hillary Clinton, neither side has a particularly deep bench, if you will.
Every Republican in the country tried running in 2012 and it was a disaster for all of them. I suppose Scott Walker could run, and there could be another governor or 2 out there.
On the Dem. side, who is there but Hillary? I don’t think Biden has what it takes to get elected, Jerry Brown said he won’t run and I tend to believe him, because he seems to have wised up in the last few decades. The Castro brothers are promising, but on the young side.

61 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:21:09pm

re: #55 Stanley Sea

Shiplord, screw all this other chit chat…..get on that space ship.

Crowdsource LGF for funds (Upon CJ approval)

The ultimate just do it.

Many thanks. I am deeply touched by the offer and the suggestion. I actually do have the money, though, and by reasonable standards I can afford to part with it.

This video may just be the tipping point in a process that has been going for a while. Health allowing, I have made up my mind to do it. I think I have always known I would, I just had to go through an internal debate to satisfy the poor boy from the trailer park who is still the starting point of my self awareness. I have, after all, been a real live space nut since Sputnik, and have spent a big part of my life in aviation. There are 600+ people already signed up so it will be a while, probably several years. I can wait.

62 freetoken  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:21:26pm

re: #60 calochortus

I consider it a failure of the DNC that the only Democrats that people can name off the top of their head as potential candidates are Clinton, Biden, and Brown.

63 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:21:44pm

re: #61 Shiplord Kirel

Do it!

64 Skip Intro  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:21:53pm

Here’s something you don’t see every day.

Youtube Video

65 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:22:19pm

re: #62 freetoken

I consider it a failure of the DNC that the only Democrats that people can name off the top of their head as potential candidates are Clinton, Biden, and Brown.

So who would you suggest?

66 chadu  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:22:47pm

re: #47 lawhawk

VP John Adams becomes second President. His son, John Quincy Adams, becomes the 6th President.

I give JQA a little bit of a pass here, given the early USA and the fact that the man spent most of his formative years learning politics and diplomacy from Very Smart People all over the world.

But that’s me.

67 BongCrodny  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:27:03pm

re: #65 calochortus

So who would you suggest?

Mark Warner?

Not my top pick by any means, but he might play well in the south.

68 Ace-o-aces  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:28:36pm

And I thought I was cool when I brought my GoPro sledding.

69 freetoken  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:32:27pm

re: #65 calochortus

So who would you suggest?

There are currently the following top level politicians in the Democratic party:
21 Governors
55 US Senators
200 US Congressmen

plus a plethora of retired governors, several major city mayors, etc.

Why isn’t the DNC pushing some of them?

70 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:32:29pm

re: #67 BongCrodny

Mark Warner?

Not my top pick by any means, but he might play well in the south.

I don’t know a lot about him, but of course, at this stage in the election cycle I didn’t know a lot about Obama either.
I have no particular objections to Hillary Clinton, but I would like to see a slightly more robust field out there in case she doesn’t declare her candidacy, or as a back-up if things tank.

71 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:34:46pm

re: #69 freetoken

I assume the DNC is holding out for Hillary, and I do understand that urge. Also, not every one of those assorted Democrats wants to be, or is qualified to be president.
I wonder if a lot of potential candidates are holding back to see if Clinton is really inevitable.

72 freetoken  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:36:16pm

Who’s buried in Grant’s Charlemagne’s tomb?

Charlemagne’s bones are (probably) real

Researchers confirmed on Wednesday evening - 1,200 years to the day since Charlemagne died - that the 94 bones and bone fragments taken from the supposed resting place of the King of the Franks and founder of what was to become the Holy Roman Empire came from a tall, thin, older man.


The team first opened the sarcophagus of the first emperor in western Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire in secret in 1988 and presented their results for the first time on Wednesday.

[…]

The greater part of the skeleton was found in the king’s elaborate tomb, while parts of the skull were found in a bust of the emperor. One of the shin bones was discovered in Charlemagne’s reliquary - a ceremonial container for remains.

While most of the bones are accounted for, it is believed some of those missing were given away as relics at the time of the emperor’s death.

73 freetoken  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:38:00pm

Hillary Clinton is a suicide pill for the Democratic Party.

Remember, she lost to Obama. For the Democrats to run with her would be pulling a Romney, so to speak.

74 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:38:08pm

re: #72 freetoken

Because, who wouldn’t want a piece of a dead emperor’s bones?

75 Higgs Boson's Mate  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:38:17pm

re: #65 calochortus

There are, I believe, 22 Democratic governors. Maybe it’s time to start grooming some of them for a run. Sure, Clinton is likely to run this time but, who will it be after Clinton?

76 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:40:04pm

re: #75 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the Castro brothers ran eventually, but while they’re old enough to fulfill the Constitutional requirement, I suspect they are too young to be likely to be elected.

No, not governors, but I think they have potential.

77 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:43:29pm

re: #61 Shiplord Kirel

Many thanks. I am deeply touched by the offer and the suggestion. I actually do have the money, though, and by reasonable standards I can afford to part with it.

This video may just be the tipping point in a process that has been going for a while. Health allowing, I have made up my mind to do it. I think I have always known I would, I just had to go through an internal debate to satisfy the poor boy from the trailer park who is still the starting point of my self awareness. I have, after all, been a real live space nut since Sputnik, and have spent a big part of my life in aviation. There are 600+ people already signed up so it will be a while, probably several years. I can wait.

YOLO.

Applies here so much.

We’ve got your back!!! Cheer squad galore.

78 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:45:20pm

re: #75 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Hmmm, I wonder if Steve Bashear of KY would be a possible? He’s gotten good press over the ACA in his state. But I really don’t know much about him.

79 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:47:45pm

re: #19 Feline Fearless Leader

mortarinvestments.eu

Anyone in the market for a Czech T-72? Only lightly driven.

The BTR is more practical.

Watched the film. Holy crap. That was one hell of a trip.

80 goddamnedfrank  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:48:21pm

re: #65 calochortus

So who would you suggest?

Claire McCaskill
Tammy Duckworth
Elizabeth Warren
Kirsten Gillibrand
Sherrod Brown
John Tester
Bill Nelson

re: #69 freetoken

There are currently the following top level politicians in the Democratic party:
21 Governors
55 US Senators
200 US Congressmen

plus a plethora of retired governors, several major city mayors, etc.

Why isn’t the DNC pushing some of them?

Maybe they don’t see any value in pushing them before the Primaries and giving the Republicans time to sharpen their opposition research. The DNC knows that all viable ammunition against Hillary has already been fired ages ago and that the the GOP isn’t moving the needle with their continued focus on her. Also gives the Republicans more time to focus on tearing each other down.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

81 Chrysicat  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:49:12pm

re: #38 darthstar

New Jersey Governor Guadagno (Lt. Gov right now) will be the GOP’s next Sarah Palin. Just watch.

You really think so? She’s the one who delivered the bribe ultimatum to the Hoboken mayor! If Christie goes down, she probably does too…

82 thedopefishlives  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:52:08pm

Evening Lizardim.

83 Chrysicat  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:53:10pm

re: #50 Stanley Sea

So much for bootstraps.

That’s why Barack Obama stood out so.

Well, he certainly came from middle-class to lower-middle-class origins, but he’s also one of those 11 Presidents related to FDR, IIRC, so, no, really, there’s a certain closeness you still have to have genetically… :-p

84 Higgs Boson's Mate  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:54:30pm

re: #78 calochortus

I’d like to think that the Democratic party can come up with another someone who isn’t a Boomer - and I’m a Boomer myself so it isn’t ageism. It’s that electing another Boomer, even one with HRC’s experience, seems like a step backwards to me.

85 goddamnedfrank  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:55:20pm

re: #73 freetoken

Hillary Clinton is a suicide pill for the Democratic Party.

Remember, she lost to Obama. For the Democrats to run with her would be pulling a Romney, so to speak.

LOLWUT? You think it’s some kind of fluke that her polling is at unprecedented highs this far in advance. I can’t find any candidate in the history of polling that dominates like she’s doing right now. I think you’re conflating your personal antipathy for her with an honest assessment of her standing.

She lost to Obama, narrowly, because 2008 became a referendum on the Iraq War AUMF vote, and her popularity has gained an immense boost via her tenure as Sec State. She is in no way similar to Romney.

86 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:56:22pm

re: #80 goddamnedfrank

Do any of them want to be president? I truly believe you have to have the “fire in the belly” (and a very accommodating spouse) to run.

87 Chrysicat  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:57:06pm

re: #52 goddamnedfrank

Wait. George P. Bush is a bigot?!?

88 Stanley Sea  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 7:59:12pm

re: #83 Chrysicat

Well, he certainly came from middle-class to lower-middle-class origins, but he’s also one of those 11 Presidents related to FDR, IIRC, so, no, really, there’s a certain closeness you still have to have genetically… :-p

LOL I’m probably related to John Quincy Adams. Got me no where cept for my Patriot fandom. Obama earned every piece of his success.

89 palomino  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:04:02pm

Not only does Jeb carry that albatross of a last name around, he would negate the rationale of the GOP’s likely 2016 message. He’s just as much a political insider, part of a dynasty, and nearly as old as Hillary. Furthermore, he’s been out of politics for quite a while.

The “appeal” of Christie (before this month, anyway) as well as Paul, Cruz, Rubio, Ryan, et al. is that they’re young, fresh, and haven’t been completely corrupted by DC. One of these guys could theoretically be a gop version of the “hope and change” figure that Obama became. (Though the gop version would be more like “despair and regression”, but that’s beside the point.)

To beat her, the Republicans will probably have to field an “anti-Hillary” candidate. That’s not Jeb. He doesn’t provide enough contrast. The others on the current short list provide plenty of contrast, but most are clowns and/or lightweights. If the GOP manages to win in 2016, it might be with a nominee who’s not currently on the radar.

90 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:05:06pm

I believe if we end up with any permutation of a Clinton/Bush race, I will just slit my wrists and save myself the trouble of doing it later.

91 Higgs Boson's Mate  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:12:15pm

re: #90 calochortus

You must stop holding back! Considering the good time and trouble that this nation took to rid itself of a dynastic ruler I get the creeps when anything even like it crops up.

92 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:13:26pm

re: #91 Higgs Boson’s Mate

So, you’re suggesting I just go ahead and slit my wrists now? LOL…

93 palomino  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:13:48pm

re: #73 freetoken

Hillary Clinton is a suicide pill for the Democratic Party.

Remember, she lost to Obama. For the Democrats to run with her would be pulling a Romney, so to speak.

People forget how close she came to winning the 2008 nod, and why she lost. First, she voted for the Iraq War, one of the central issues of the whole campaign. That pissed off a lot of Dems, and Obama opposed Iraq from the start. Second, her campaign strategists severely miscalculated. Their bungling of caucus states cost her the nomination, and the WH.

Sure, there are plenty of dead enders left over from the 90’s who still hate the Clintons. But they lean right, and wouldn’t vote Dem anyway. And every year, for the last decade, she polls as the most respected woman in America.

Finally, Romney isn’t married to the most popular living ex-president. Hillary is. Bill would be a huge asset, since the country has moved past its squeamishness over his affair. He’s quite popular with moderates and independents, and the Party still loves him. His speech at the 2012 convention was epic. No one else in either party could pull off something like that at this point in history.

94 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:14:04pm

re: #83 Chrysicat

Well, he certainly came from middle-class to lower-middle-class origins, but he’s also one of those 11 Presidents related to FDR, IIRC, so, no, really, there’s a certain closeness you still have to have genetically… :-p

Nixon and I are something like 8th or 9th cousins. So, I guess I can be president. Who knew?

95 blueraven  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:15:16pm

re: #73 freetoken

Hillary Clinton is a suicide pill for the Democratic Party.

Remember, she lost to Obama. For the Democrats to run with her would be pulling a Romney, so to speak.

Hyperbole much?
Please, you may not like her, but she is more than qualified and there is no reason for her not to run if she wants to.

96 Higgs Boson's Mate  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:16:27pm

re: #92 calochortus

Oh hell, no. Clinton/Bush would leave me gobsmacked at our nation’s complete lack of imagination.

97 goddamnedfrank  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:16:56pm

re: #87 Chrysicat

Wait. George P. Bush is a bigot?!?

Jeb Bush, opposes hate crimes status for sexual orientation, opposes gay marriage. As governor he actively defended a law outlawing gays adopting children.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has maintained that the children, often products of troubled and unstable backgrounds, should have a father and a mother.

“It is rational to believe that children need male and female influences to develop optimally, particularly in the areas of sexual and gender identity, and heterosexual role modeling,” justices were told in a filing by Florida’s attorney, Casey Walker.

Of course in many cases the children don’t have either. The cases in question involved gays who’s been allowed to be foster parents, who’d raised the children from infancy, and then had the children taken away much later. In one case the State only took the kid out of the home and put them up for adoption after tests showed they hadn’t inherited their mother’s HIV positive status, a risk the gay couple had taken for years while loving and caring for the child.

Fuck Jeb Bush. The man is a disgusting piece of trash.

98 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:17:05pm

re: #94 wheat-dogghazi

I’m vaguely-and I do mean vaguely-related to Hannibal Hamlin. Lincoln’s first vice president and apparently arguably one of the worst vice presidents ever.

99 palomino  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:19:15pm

re: #98 calochortus

I’m vaguely-and I do mean vaguely-related to Hannibal Hamlin. Lincoln’s first vice president and apparently arguably one of the worst vice presidents ever.

I wish I could say something cool like that. Only political relation of mine was a shitty unknown state senator in NH who died 20 years ago.

100 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:21:09pm

re: #99 palomino

I wish I could say something cool like that. Only political relation of mine was a shitty state senator in NH who died 20 years ago.

At least it was a shitty state senator, not just some boring average one. ;)

101 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:22:38pm

re: #96 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Oh hell, no. Clinton/Bush would leave me gobsmacked at our nation’s complete lack of imagination.

I’m afraid most of us lack imagination. The familiar is also the comfortable. (Except maybe in the case of the Bushes.)

102 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:22:59pm

One branch of my family and one branch of Nixon’s family were NY Quakers. Since Quakers tended to marry within the Society in the early days, his branch and mine intersect somewhere back in the mid-1700s.

103 palomino  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:27:02pm

re: #101 calochortus

I’m afraid most of us lack imagination. The familiar is also the comfortable. (Except maybe in the case of the Bushes.)

And she’s remained familiar for good reasons. For the 12 years after Bill’s term ended, she was a very capable Senator for 8, then a strong Sec of State for 4. She’s got the whole skill set needed.

104 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:29:42pm

re: #103 palomino

Indeed. Nothing I’ve said tonight should be taken as a comment on her qualifications for office. I’m likely to vote for her in the primary and would be happy to see her as president. It is, however possible that she won’t run for some reason and I’m just poking around to see who else people think is out there.

105 Political Atheist  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:32:16pm

re: #39 Shiplord Kirel

Btw, I have been in touch with Virgin Galactic about their suborbital space flight. I might actually do it. My age (65 in June) is an issue but not an insurmountable one if I can pass a comprehensive physical. Older people have flown in orbit, a far more demanding regime than a brief suborbital flight, and Dr. Storey Musgrave did arduous spacewalks at 61.

The cost is daunting, but it is a once in several lifetimes opportunity.

In the immortal words of Mr Walter Cronkite himself-Go Baby Go!

106 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:33:33pm

Foaming at the mouth crazy from the GOP base:

A video released by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and posted at World Nut Daily, shows town hall participants demanding the execution of President Obama, calling him “an enemy combatant” and claiming that he “has no authority.”

Someone get some rabies vaccine to Oklahoma, if it’s not already too late.

107 Tsuga  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:38:40pm

It’s worth mentioning that the person whose records Baumgartner broke, Joseph Kittinger, was a consultant to Baumgartner during his preparations for the jump and helped him break the records Kittinger had set back in 1960. That’s class.

108 palomino  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:40:45pm

re: #104 calochortus

Indeed. Nothing I’ve said tonight should be taken as a comment on her qualifications for office. I’m likely to vote for her in the primary and would be happy to see her as president. It is, however possible that she won’t run for some reason and I’m just poking around to see who else people think is out there.

It’s weird. It’s like her possible candidacy has sucked all the oxygen out of the room. Other Dems seem afraid to jump in because her stature is so great within the Party. I don’t think many want to take her on. Which might be a good thing for all, since it would prevent her from having to take a lot of shots from other Dems. And it could give the Dems a big head start as they would have a “unity candidate” and could roll forward while a bunch of Republicans are still slugging it out with each other.

109 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:44:09pm

re: #108 palomino

I think you are right about sucking all the oxygen out of the room. Whether that’s good or bad, only time will tell.

110 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:45:42pm

re: #106 Shiplord Kirel

Foaming at the mouth crazy from the GOP base:

A video released by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and posted at World Nut Daily, shows town hall participants demanding the execution of President Obama, calling him “an enemy combatant” and claiming that he “has no authority.”

Someone get some rabies vaccine to Oklahoma, if it’s not already too late.

Was Bridenstine trying to quiet them down, or did he just let them carry on like maniacs?

111 kirkspencer  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:53:13pm

Part of the problem is the second term president problem. It’s a major reason we have had this habit of flipping which party was in the white house every couple of terms.

That second term the president runs for is essentially unchallenged by any of his party members. That in turn is catastrophic for the turnover term as that makes any serious contenders eight years out of memory.

The only people who nudged the national memory hard enough to stand out in 2012 were Hillary and some people who spoke at the convention. And most of the people in the convention haven’t been heard of since. So what you’ve got right now is Hillary, some senators, maybe a couple of congresscritters, and a handful of governors.

For what it’s worth the handful of names I think could have enough name recognition to start the run against Hillary - maybe win, maybe lose - include Warren (who right now says she’s not running), Pelosi (who at over 70 has age issues), Kerry (yes, again), and Franken (did you say “who” or “no way”?),. That’s not to say there aren’t a bunch of canny and capable other contenders, but their number one goal is to make their names national without ruining their reputation.

They’ve got a year, give or take. This time next year the potential names will be out, and if they’re not getting more than “who?, oh yeah him/her” by June of next year they’re done.

112 Tsuga  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:54:03pm

re: #109 calochortus

Agreed. The lack of visible challengers is uncanny.

113 blueraven  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:58:29pm

I think, for the moment, it is way more important to concentrate on 2014 and the Senate. Also try to elect more Dem governors.

114 calochortus  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 9:01:55pm

I’m out for the night. Hasta Mañana, lizards.

115 Aunty Entity Dragon  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 9:55:46pm

re: #106 Shiplord Kirel

Foaming at the mouth crazy from the GOP base:

A video released by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and posted at World Nut Daily, shows town hall participants demanding the execution of President Obama, calling him “an enemy combatant” and claiming that he “has no authority.”

Someone get some rabies vaccine to Oklahoma, if it’s not already too late.

Jesus Christ. That is actually clinical insanity running loose at that link.

116 sagehen  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 9:56:48pm

re: #95 blueraven

Hyperbole much?
Please, you may not like her, but she is more than qualified and there is no reason for her not to run if she wants to.

She was born in 1947. That’s reason enough.

117 Kragar  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 9:58:21pm

Best description I’ve seen for Biden and Boehner during the SoTU.

The Comedy and Tragedy masks as old men.

118 Kragar  Fri, Jan 31, 2014 11:17:45pm
119 dog philosopher  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:14:38am

this here russian is like to kill me with all the durn palatalization

120 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:20:16am

Yeah, I’m probably related to some of those English guys from long ago. Many of us probably are.

Six degrees of separation and all that.

121 Varek Raith  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:23:16am

re: #73 freetoken

Hillary Clinton is a suicide pill for the Democratic Party.

Remember, she lost to Obama. For the Democrats to run with her would be pulling a Romney, so to speak.

I’ll have what he’s smoking.
XD

122 Varek Raith  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:26:57am

Ex-Boy Scout leaders involved in pushing over ancient Utah boulder charged

He is not likely celebrating now, nor is his friend who videotaped then publicized the episode, after both were charged Friday with third-degree felonies.

123 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:37:35am

Say, I wonder if Felix will try for 25 miles next? I almost got sick watching that video.

And reading about the 16 yr old girl in OK who fell didn’t correct her parachute 3,000 ft up and wound up in the hospital and not actually killed by it. Her parachute did open but there was some type of malfunction which was correctable, and she evidently panicked.

cbsnews.com

Even though her father agreed to allow her to jump and was with her, he’s probably going to sue.

“I don’t think she should have been allowed at 16 to go up there and perform that type of jump, no matter what I say or she says, she shouldn’t have been allowed,” Joe Wethington said at the news conference. “I find it very hard to believe that the rules and regulations in Oklahoma are that lax. I think there is a flaw there somewhere, and I don’t think it’s through the state of Oklahoma. I think it’s the company. I’m not sure.”

“Nancy Koreen, director of sport promotion at the Fredericksburg, Va.-based U.S. Parachute Association, said its safety requirements allow someone who is 16 to make a dive with parental consent, though some drop zones set the age higher.

“Robert Swainson, the owner and chief instructor at Pegasus Air Sports Center in Chickasha, defended the company Tuesday. He noted that the father went up with his daughter and was the first to jump.”

Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to push your kids.

124 Varek Raith  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:48:04am

re: #123 Justanotherhuman

He crossed state lines in order to do this???
Yeesh.

125 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:49:37am

re: #124 Varek Raith

He crossed state lines in order to do this???
Yeesh.

Yeah, she probably wouldn’t have been allowed in TX. Now the father wants to hold the jump people responsible even though he signed a waiver for her.

What a douchebag. Now the poor girl is maimed for life.

126 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:56:58am

I had a lot of problems w/GWB, but wouldn’t want him dead. This is why former presidents have SS protection to protect them from nutters and other killers like this one.

Man with rifle, machete arrested for threatening ex-President Bush

reuters.com

Can we start getting mental health funding increased and some laws changed? Please?

127 Varek Raith  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 12:59:26am

re: #126 Justanotherhuman

I had a lot of problems w/GWB, but wouldn’t want him dead. This is why former presidents have SS protection to protect them from nutters and other killers like this one.

Man with rifle, machete arrested for threatening ex-President Bush

reuters.com

Can we start getting mental health funding increased and some laws changed? Please?

Wowzers.

“I’m going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon,” the note said, according to the government. “I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine.”

128 Varek Raith  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 1:01:08am

re: #126 Justanotherhuman

Seconded on the funding increase and laws changed.

129 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 1:14:07am

WTF is wrong with the NYT editorial board. Who the hell is writing these awful things?

Time for a Deal in Ukraine

nytimes.com

Obviously, “facts” don’t matter to them—they simply want their “superior” opinion in print.

The point is, Yanukovych and his entire cabinet have to go, he needs to be investigated along with his pals who should be stopped from raiding the treasury, and brought to trial. The elite are getting rich while common people are doing without.

This brings out all kinds of political viewpoints but let’s not fault those who are suffering at the hands of these bureaucratic oligarchs who are under Russia’s influence. It will be a difficult handover, but it can be monitored by the EU and done for the people of Ukraine without further bloodshed.

130 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 1:23:23am

This Ukrainian has a good grip on why Ukrainians took to the streets in the first place. He writes on his FB page about what he calls the “Anticriminal revolution”. I think you can get the gist in this Google translation.

“It all goes to the fact that soon everyone will forget why a crisis in Ukraine began .

“For the first people came to the square to failure to sign the Association Agreement and has almost all of December 1 Kyiv rose against the brutal beating of students. January 16th Parliament adopted dictatorial laws but already January 19 people went for their own dignity and the right to freedom of expression .

“January 22 power activist killed first and the next day began the rebellion even in regions where European integration through which started square , does not enjoy absolute popularity.

“So , now people struggling with the phenomenon that has affected people in all regions of Ukraine - gang violence that is present in business, in government , the police , and which became the main writing in the government. So now we have it in Ukraine Anticriminal revolution.”

facebook.com

131 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 2:00:31am

This appears to be a good development as some in Yanukovych’s own party start to abandon him.

Tihipko opposes state of emergency, calls for compromise

Feb. 1, 10:25 a.m. Regions Party moderate Serhiy Tihipko categorically opposes a state of emergency, calling the idea “radical actions by the authorities,” and asks for such actions from abroad.

“Compromise is the only correct resolution today,” he added.

His comments further illustrate the strong internal disagreements inside President Viktor Yanukovych’s political base and have led to speculation that more Regions Party members will break with the president and organize an independent force inside the parliament. — Brian Bonner

kyivpost.com

132 Lidane  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 2:14:53am
133 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 4:29:38am

Secy Kerry and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Lavrov in Munich. What other country did you discuss, Mr. Lavrov?

134 Dr Lizardo  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 4:31:50am

re: #132 Lidane

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One day in the 23rd century, people will look back at that photo and say, “So that’s what tribbles evolved from!”

135 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 4:33:53am

Govt thugs trying to intimidate and immobilize opposition and anyone favorable to them?

Feb. 1, 2:12 p.m. — AutoMaidan activists have reported that overnight seven of their cars were burnt in Kyiv. The news comes on the back of similar incidents happening overnight to a Canadian Embassy vehicle. Last week Canada enforced travel bans for top Ukrainian officials deemed responsible for violence against EuroMaidan protesters. Also, a Channel 5 television journalist also reported that her car was torched by three unknown individuals during the same period. — Mark Rachkevych

kyivpost.com

136 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 4:35:48am
137 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 4:57:45am

My surprise… Amazing that these charges just iterate part of what the Euromaidans are protesting. Criminalizing a legitimate protestor, then kidnapping and torturing him are the real crimes.

Feb. 1, 2:23 p.m. — The Interior Ministry announced today that AutoMaidan leader Dmytro Bulatov figures in two criminal cases. In addition to being the victim in a kidnapping case, an eight-day ordeal that left him beaten and mutilated with nail puncture wounds in his hands, Bulatov is suspected of taking part in a riot which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence. The accusation is presumably in connection to the roving protest-on-wheels that Bulatov has marshaled during which the residences of top Ukrainian officials, including President Viktor Yanukovych’s palatial mansion, were visited with calls for their ouster.

Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said that after Bulatov was discovered alive on Jan. 30, the investigator in the riot case asked a judge to place him under house arrest, instead of behind bars. He added that police visited the hospital on Jan. 31 where the Kyiv native is recuperating to “provide security.”

Zakharchenko said police have not yet been allowed to notify Bulatov of either criminal case. — Mark Rachkevych

kyivpost.com

138 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 5:31:32am

Really, just really, how stupid is the Yanukovych govt?

Feb. 1, 3:15 p.m. Police on Jan. 31 said that they have preliminary evidence based on dozens of terrabytes of data that the EuroMaidan movement was planned from the outset.

During a news conference, Oleksandr Hnativ, deputy head of the investigation department of the Interior Ministry, said that based on information gleaned from servers it seized on Dec. 9 from an information technology firm next door to the opposition Batkivshchyna Party headquarters in Podil, that the Nov. 21 demonstration — which marks the first day when people took to the streets in central Kyiv when Ukraine rejected an Association Agreement with the European Union — was “not spontaneous and was planned in advance.”

He added that that one of the scenarios that Batkivshchyna had envisioned was a “forceful” development of events during which “force would be used against protesters which would then cause widespread (public) anger and undermine the credibility of the current government and President (Viktor Yanukovych).”

Hnativ concluded that the data has been sent for further forensic study to determine if a coup d’etat was attempted.

In parallel, the State Security Service is also investigating whether an “attempt to seize state power” was made by an unspecified number of politicians, according to a statement the KGB-successor agency made on its website on Dec. 8. — Mark Rachkevych

kyivpost.com

139 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 5:44:57am

re: #138 Justanotherhuman

Outside agitators? We know how to deal with ‘em. Time for a necktie party!

140 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 5:48:19am

re: #12 Charles Johnson

Highly privileged dudebro libertarian said what?

Snowden said something that would sound good to the ears of a member of the English Defence League (EDL), Pam Geller, or other “counter-jihad” types.

Which raises the question: If he thinks Sharia is a threat, why does Edward Snowden oppose anti-terrorist surveillance so much?

141 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 5:51:13am

re: #140 Dark_Falcon

Snowden said something that would sound good to the ears of a member of the English Defence League (EDL), Pam Geller, or other “counter-jihad” types.

Which raises the question: If he thinks Sharia is a threat, why does Edward Snowden oppose anti-terrorist surveillance so much?

Thank you for using “raises the question” instead of the incorrect but all-too-common “begs the question”.

It is clear that the gov’t is allowed to spy on Islamists and foreigners, just not domestic dudebros.

142 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 5:54:03am

re: #138 Justanotherhuman

Really, just really, how stupid is the Yanukovych govt?

Feb. 1, 3:15 p.m. Police on Jan. 31 said that they have preliminary evidence based on dozens of terrabytes of data that the EuroMaidan movement was planned from the outset.

During a news conference, Oleksandr Hnativ, deputy head of the investigation department of the Interior Ministry, said that based on information gleaned from servers it seized on Dec. 9 from an information technology firm next door to the opposition Batkivshchyna Party headquarters in Podil, that the Nov. 21 demonstration — which marks the first day when people took to the streets in central Kyiv when Ukraine rejected an Association Agreement with the European Union — was “not spontaneous and was planned in advance.”

He added that that one of the scenarios that Batkivshchyna had envisioned was a “forceful” development of events during which “force would be used against protesters which would then cause widespread (public) anger and undermine the credibility of the current government and President (Viktor Yanukovych).”

Hnativ concluded that the data has been sent for further forensic study to determine if a coup d’etat was attempted.

In parallel, the State Security Service is also investigating whether an “attempt to seize state power” was made by an unspecified number of politicians, according to a statement the KGB-successor agency made on its website on Dec. 8. — Mark Rachkevych

kyivpost.com

That’s not stupid, not really. The Euromaidan people know its BS, but they aren’t the audience for this. The audience is Yanukovych’s supporters and those who really haven’t firmly taken a side yet. It is intended to inflame his own supporters and prepare them for the task of crushing Euromaidan while discouraging those who have not yet fully sided with Euromaidan from doing so.

143 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 5:54:30am

A story from last year with a shocka or 2 (but not if you pay attention).

A surprising map of the best and worst countries to be born into today

washingtonpost.com

Countries with violence, poverty or political oppression all rank poorly, but the variance within the bottom fifth or so is fascinating. The worst three countries to be born into, in order from the bottom up, are Nigeria, Kenya and Ukraine.

144 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:02:03am

re: #142 Dark_Falcon

No, it’s stupid. To call Euromaidan “planned” and the protests, which by necessity must be planned, then saying it could be a coup d’etat is just stupid. A coup d’etat would have happened months ago and would mean those involved were acting violently to overthrow the govt. This is not what is happening in Ukraine.

Yanukovych is really overplaying his hand there.

145 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:04:27am

re: #144 Justanotherhuman

Yanukovych is really overplaying his hand there.

As DF said, Yanyukovich is trying to rally his own low-information supporters and scare off possible opposition recruits.

146 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:08:28am

About time. How about it, US Congress? Yanukovych deserves world-wide condemnation.

147 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:11:16am

Berkut advertising for tituski/recruits in Crimean newspapers?

148 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:12:52am

re: #144 Justanotherhuman

No, it’s stupid. To call Euromaidan “planned” and the protests, which by necessity must be planned, then saying it could be a coup d’etat is just stupid. A coup d’etat would have happened months ago and would mean those involved were acting violently to overthrow the govt. This is not what is happening in Ukraine.

Yanukovych is really overplaying his hand there.

I don’t agree. The “coup” part is part of the idea being planted of “sinister foreign influence”.

The supposed “sinister foreign leader” already alluded to has been George Soros. Soros has provided money and organizational aid to small-d democrats in the Ukraine in the past, so it will seem plausible to some there, and the fact that he is Jewish allows Yanukovych to point an accusing finger at “TEH JUICE!!!11”, which still has some modest currency in the Ukraine I’m sad to say.

Moreover, shouting “SOROS!!1” might be a ploy by Yanukovych to try to gain sympathy from Fox News viewers. He might be hoping he can create support for himself in the US by depicting himself as guarding tradition from the “Euroleft”. I don’t think that will work but as a secondary goal its worth trying from his point of view.

149 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:19:56am

“Soros has provided money and organizational aid to small-d democrats in the Ukraine in the past…” Source? Amounts, etc?

I’ve seen that meme about Soros financing “the revolution” and it’s simply not true, so not true that it’s disappeared, except in certain quarters.

This is an organic movement, consisting of parliamentarians and other groups, that has been in the making for a long time. People are fed up with the criminal bureaucratic oligarchs that rule Ukraine and the effect they have on the ordinary people’s livelihood and well being. We’ve already seen how oppressive and suppressive the Yanukovych govt has been on protestors.

BTW, I don’t think Yanukovych is concerned with Fox News viewers. He’s more concerned with keeping Moscow’s support and money.

150 Eventual Carrion  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:24:34am

re: #127 Varek Raith

Wowzers.

Quaker Oats fetish?

151 chadu  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:31:56am

O/T

Going in for an interview for a part-time position as an Obituary/Newsroom Clerk at my hometown paper at 2 pm.

Would be a good fit for my life-change plans, especially the writing/editing self-employment part.

Happy thoughts and crossed fingers from any and all Lizardim appreciated!

Thanks!

152 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:32:00am

re: #150 Eventual Carrion

Quaker Oats fetish?

He wants the daughter of GWB, not grandma. : )

153 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:32:12am

re: #149 Justanotherhuman

To be clear, I have believed from the first that Euromaidan is an authentic and grassroots movement. I was not trying to portray it as anything else.

moreover, even if George Soros had given it some money it would not bother me because its cause is righteous and I will not condemn a man for legitimate support of a righteous cause.

I’ve got more to say, but I can’t say it now.

BBL

154 chadu  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:33:26am

re: #152 Justanotherhuman

Quaker Oats fetish?

He wants the daughter of GWB, not grandma. : )

Nah, I can see a Babs-sex-sandwich…

/ or no-/ — you be the judge!

;)

155 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:33:51am

re: #151 chadu

O/T

Going in for an interview for a part-time position as an Obituary/Newsroom Clerk at my hometown paper at 2 pm.

Would be a good fit for my life-change plans, especially the writing/editing self-employment part.

Happy thoughts and crossed fingers from any and all Lizardim appreciated!

Thanks!

Good luck!

156 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:35:54am

Borscht for lunch, everyone!

157 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:36:02am

re: #151 chadu

O/T

Going in for an interview for a part-time position as an Obituary/Newsroom Clerk at my hometown paper at 2 pm.

Would be a good fit for my life-change plans, especially the writing/editing self-employment part.

Happy thoughts and crossed fingers from any and all Lizardim appreciated!

Thanks!

Sounds like a dead-end job.

158 Eventual Carrion  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:39:24am

re: #152 Justanotherhuman

He wants the daughter of GWB, not grandma. : )

Yeah, but when I hear Barbara Bush, the Quaker Oats guy appears in my minds eye.

159 chadu  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:39:56am

re: #157 Decatur Deb

Sounds like a dead-end job.

Eh, it’s a living.

160 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:40:57am

Germany says it can admit Ukrainian activist Bulatov for medical treatment, says Yatseniuk

en.interfax.com.ua

But will Ukrainian authorities allow him to go?

161 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:41:12am

re: #159 chadu

Eh, it’s a living.

Don’t start all your pieces “Alas, poor (insert name here), I knew him well…”

162 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:42:54am

re: #158 Eventual Carrion

Yeah, but when I hear Barbara Bush, the Quaker Oats guy appears in my minds eye.

Heh. Yes.

wikiality.wikia.com

163 Dr Lizardo  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:45:39am

re: #161 Decatur Deb

Don’t start all your pieces “Alas, poor (insert name here), I knew him well…”

Or, “In breaking news, Generalissimo (insert name here) is still dead!”

164 Eventual Carrion  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:45:58am

re: #161 Decatur Deb

Don’t start all your pieces “Alas, poor (insert name here), I knew him well…”

Tad Finster was a good man. Always adventurous and full of fun. He will always be remembered by his last words “Hey y’all watch this!”

165 wheat-dogghazi  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:51:45am

re: #151 chadu

Good luck! You’ll get to know all the local morticians. A whole new social circle!

166 chadu  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:02:01am

re: #163 Dr Lizardo

Or, “In breaking news, Generalissimo (insert name here) is still dead!”

I promise nothing.

167 chadu  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:02:33am

re: #165 wheat-dogghazi

Good luck! You’ll get to know all the local morticians. A whole new social circle!

Actually… I already do.

Went to HS with a goodly number of the ones here in the area.

168 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:05:08am

re: #151 chadu

I’ve been a small town newspaper obituary writer for more than 25 years.
They’re interesting to write because you get to include all sorts of things about the person that make it a celebration of the person’s life instead of the basic information only that is the big city paper version. It’s more like an obituary that a big city paper does for famous people.
My first publisher (RIP and, yes, I wrote his obituary) told me that the obituary is the “last, best thing” we can do for someone, so make it great.

169 William Barnett-Lewis  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:06:45am

re: #151 chadu

I’ll say a few happy words for you. Have a great interview!

170 Eventual Carrion  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:07:51am

re: #167 chadu

Actually… I already do.

Went to HS with a goodly number of the ones here in the area.

Our county coroner was a classmate of mine. Got our 35th reunion coming up later in the year so I will probably see him and his wife (who was in our class also).

171 Dr. Matt  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:27:20am

Is it an understatement to call Ann Romney a bitter and classless asshole?

172 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:29:00am
173 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:29:51am

Press briefing by Jay Carney

ukraine.usembassy.gov

Don’t know who the reporter “Andrei” is, but he’s being upbraided pretty well by Carney. Russian?

174 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:36:42am
175 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:40:47am

Chart at the linked site.

Feb 1, 5:25 p.m. —Austrian newspaper Format released an infographic that examines a complex trail of western companies involved in ownership schemes behind the properties that belong to Ukraine’s elite, including President Viktor Yanukovych.

Ukraine’s largest river is not the Dnieper, but seemingly inexhaustible stream of money flowing in the direction of Austria, Liechtenstein, England and the the Caribbean, writes the paper, and Vienna is the hub of transfers.

The story lists significant assets of Andriy and Serhiy Klyuev, two high-ranking Party of Regions members who are tied into the ownership scheme behind Mezhyhirya, the president’s vast real estate north of Kyiv. Andriy Klyuev heads the president’s administration and leads his team of negotiations with the opposition to solve the political crisis.

It also lists the assents (sic) of President Viktor Yanukovych’s son Oleksandr and Oleksiy Azarov, also a Party of Regions deputy and son of former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov who flew off to Austria just hours after his resignation last week. (my emphasis)

One of the characters who seems to be involved in managing these fortunes is Reinhard Proksch, a 51-year old manager tied up to companies in in London and Liechtenstein that own assets in Ukraine.He maintained that his business is fully legal and transparent, though. “My business is just that, to maintain or manage real estate and investment for foreign customers. Here I usually have a function as a controller, which means I watch that no irregularities happen,” he said. He also said he was not a money manager, and his role is down to “technical tax and administrative activities.”

kyivpost.com

176 Feline Fearless Leader  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:40:49am

re: #174 Justanotherhuman

Given that those pictures seem to be blending into footage from some sort of post-apocalyptic landscape I am sort of awaiting the appearance of Lord Humongous appealing to the protesters to just “walk away”.

177 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:51:12am

Morning Lizardim. How go things in the wider world outside of my little snow globe?

178 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:51:25am

re: #176 Feline Fearless Leader

Given that those pictures seem to be blending into footage from some sort of post-apocalyptic landscape I am sort of awaiting the appearance of Lord Humongous appealing to the protesters to just “walk away”.

It really does look rather post-apocalyptic in some of those areas (esp in the central area) and where you find burned out vehicles, recently suspected as done by tituski and the Berkut for revenge, most owned by Euromaidans but one from the Canadian Embassy and one belonging to a Channel 5 journalist.

179 sattv4u2  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:51:43am

re: #177 thedopefishlives

Morning Lizardim. How go things in the wider world outside of my little snow globe?

Unshaken!

180 makeitstop  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:56:12am

re: #179 sattv4u2

Unshaken!

But stirred.

181 Dr Lizardo  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:57:01am

re: #176 Feline Fearless Leader

Given that those pictures seem to be blending into footage from some sort of post-apocalyptic landscape I am sort of awaiting the appearance of Lord Humongous appealing to the protesters to just “walk away”.

He’ll need a toady to announce his presence.

I wonder how you say, “The warrior of the wasteland, the Ayatollah of Rock-‘n-Rolla…” in Ukrainian?

182 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:09:33am

This is just an excellent piece.

5 Things You Should Know About Crisis In Ukraine

forbes.com

With this update: “A group of Ukraine’s most respected journalists just released this video. If you click the “CC” button in the bottom of the player, you can choose to have English subtitles appear and you can see, in their own words, what the crises in Ukraine is about.”

183 Killgore Trout  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:30:47am

Being pinned down by a sniper has never been so much fun
Youtube Video

184 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:37:45am

Yanukovych is losing badly.

I’m sure Mr. Kohzara is a physician and has examined Mr. Bulatov thoroughly—and found only one scratch on his cheek. It was all a ruse, people!

“Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara dismissed claims of torture of activist Dmytro Bulatov, and said his disappearance for eight days may have been staged.”

Who set this group up?

“A newly created group called Red Sector claimed responsibility for cars that were set on fire recently. Emergencies Ministry said that at least 23 cars, often with western Ukrainian number plates, were set on fire on the night of Jan. 29. Last night, a car that belongs to a Ukrainian employee of the Canadian Embassy, was also burned.”

kyivpost.com

I don’t think this kind of PR is going to get the Ukraine govt any kudos.

185 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:43:46am

US and EU slug it out with Russia over Ukraine

google.com

The Easter Bunny made an appearance in Kiev today…

google.com

186 Feline Fearless Leader  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:47:14am

re: #185 Justanotherhuman

US and EU slug it out with Russia over Ukraine

google.com

The Easter Bunny made an appearance in Kiev today…

google.com

If he sees his shadow tomorrow it means six more weeks of protests.

187 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 9:10:43am

Good Saturday to you or Good Sunday if you are over that dateline.

Income inequality-A less partisan opinion piece from the LA Times, Paged with this humble indy voters take.

188 William Barnett-Lewis  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 9:19:48am

Argh. Trying to get my son to do his homework…

He’d be great at procrastination if he’d ever try it…

189 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 9:22:42am

re: #140 Dark_Falcon

He’s just a run of the mill Libertarian.

I hope we don’t allow him back in. Russia can have him.

190 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 9:56:48am
191 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 9:58:21am

re: #133 Justanotherhuman

Secy Kerry and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Lavrov in Munich. What other country did you discuss, Mr. Lavrov?

[Embedded content]

I’m hoping that’s not a case of history rhyming.

192 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:01:59am

re: #190 wrenchwench

Love the tease for the next story just underneath that screenshot.
This Bra That Only Unhooks For “True Love”… LOL Wut?

193 Chrysicat  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:04:58am

re: #192 Political Atheist

Love the tease for the next story just underneath that screenshot.
This Bra That Only Unhooks For “True Love”… LOL Wut?

It has a heart-rate sensor, and will only unclench if it senses that your heart rate has risen above a certain level. Seems like a good way to get trapped in your bra for longer than you want to me :-P

194 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:05:20am

re: #192 Political Atheist

Love the tease for the next story just underneath that screenshot.
This Bra That Only Unhooks For “True Love”… LOL Wut?

Can somebody call for a locksmith?!

195 Teukka  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:10:22am

<rant>
Okay, this is off-topic, but I need to vent and you guys might need assurance that the retrobulbarly evacuating derpes* pandemic is not limited to conservatives in the United States.

Just got the news that the conservative-led administration in my municipality (Stockholm, Sweden) in its infinite wisdom has decided to close down the last place where people with mental problems could have something to do rather than fester at home with their problems.

I’ve seen them close down two other units like this one during their 8-year reign. And they haven’t changed the slogan under which they have closed things down. Wait for it …

*drumroll*

“Freedom of Choice!”

Right now, people with mental problems in my borough who are too ill to work are left with two choices:

a) Fester at home with their problems.
b) Work for a unit which basically is a janitorial service, only the pay is one micro-wave meal the days you work.

And the conservative party that leads (Moderaterna) still claims that the following bumper sticker is a socialist fraud perpetrated to make them look bad.

Image: arbete-ger-frihet.jpg

Yes, the text in Swedish on top is the same as the text in German below, and you all know what the text below stands for.

Somehow, with the emphasis on work the conservative-led admin has used in its rhethoric during the past 8 years, I am not convinced the bumper sticker is a fake, nor a mistake to begin with.

As a note to the side, the time delay between a US wingnut Hurr! Durr!-ing to a Swedish wingnut Hurr! Durr!-ing is decreasing rapidly.

*: The expresssion “retrobulbarly evacuating derpes” is hereby placed in the public domain. No warranty given or implied. Do not inhale, etc. etc. etc.
</rant>

196 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:13:33am

re: #192 Political Atheist

Love the tease for the next story just underneath that screenshot.
This Bra That Only Unhooks For “True Love”… LOL Wut?

Huh, I wonder why you got that and not me?

/

197 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:20:40am
198 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:22:23am

re: #197 Justanotherhuman


Some extra characters in there or something…

199 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:22:39am

re: #198 wrenchwench

Some extra characters in there or something…

The link goes to the hard drive. Something borked in the drag-and-drop.

200 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:24:10am

re: #199 thedopefishlives

The link goes to the hard drive. Something borked in the drag-and-drop.

I fixed it. Not good at this sort of thingy. At all.

201 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:27:42am

re: #198 wrenchwench

Some extra characters in there or something…

Edit that out, will you. : )

202 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:27:56am

re: #197 Justanotherhuman

Image: top.jpg

That’ll keep you warm on a cold Ukrainian night.

203 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:31:43am

The guard tower is finished. “The boundary of freedom”

204 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:32:17am

Why is it that whenever I see images of the Ukrainian protests, I hear the soundtrack to Les Miserables?

205 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:33:27am

Live long and prosper!

206 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:34:23am

re: #204 thedopefishlives

Why is it that whenever I see images of the Ukrainian protests, I hear the soundtrack to Les Miserables?

That didn’t end as well as it might.

207 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:34:54am

re: #206 Decatur Deb

That didn’t end as well as it might.

One can certainly hope this will end a lot better. I don’t like sad endings.

208 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:34:57am

Whew. So Glad It’s Saturday. Friday evening really went sideways on us. First, I was on a subway train that hit a man on the tracks. Train stops half into the station, it’s power goes out, lights all go out and the doors won’t open. Crowded train, a few people get twitchy and claustrophobic. One young lady goes down clutching her chest, spasming some and says in spanish “heart murmur” over and over. Poor thing is terrified. The doors still won’t open so I open the door between train cars to let air in. Meanwhile metro guys are ignoring our shouts for help. (I had no idea they were working a badly hurt man upfront) I reach out from between the cars and grab one metro guys sleeve and force him to look at me and hear me say or maybe shout “lady down with a seizure” His eyes get big I let go and we evacuate our car finally.

I walk up onto Hollywood bl. and find a place for a drink and a snack, waiting for the wife to come down and pick me up and another “red line refugee” who we gave a lift to.

I get home and a dear friend is in tears, she has just found solid evidence her husband is a serial cheater, and just got a DUI. Ya know I get consenting adults and all that but the damage done by that kind of betrayal is soul wrecking.

Maybe it’s a good day to take the truck and camera gear out for an afternoon.

209 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:41:35am

(Google translation)

“In the European area near the hotel “Dnepr” an exhibition of works by the group leader Yuri OT VINTA Crane. As the author says, the exhibition will continue until victory and will be updated with new pieces.
“Once caught myself because I come into the house, I start to draw, and somewhere half in the morning and I’m still in the coat, bots sit at the table and draw something!” - Said Yuri Crane. “

Youtube Video

210 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:41:45am

re: #208 Political Atheist

Whew. So Glad It’s Saturday. …snp

I reach out from between the cars and grab one metro guys sleeve and force him to look at me and hear me say or maybe shout “lady down with a seizure” His eyes get big I let go and we evacuate our car finally.

Piss-poor photojournalist you’d make.

PJ!: “I saw an old lady lying in the gutter, with one hand raised begging for bread.”

PJ2: “What did you give her?”

PJ1: “F/16 at 1/125th second.”

211 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:41:48am

re: #208 Political Atheist

I get home and a dear friend is in tears, she has just found solid evidence her husband is a serial cheater, and just got a DUI. Ya know I get consenting adults and all that but the damage done by that kind of betrayal is soul wrecking.

Nothing to do with “consenting adults and all that” - it’s that a marriage is supposed to be a social contract. The wife had expectations of monogamy and the husband didn’t meet them. That’s the real problem with infidelity - it’s a breach of the marital contract.

212 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:42:57am

re: #208 Political Atheist

I hope everybody heals up, eventually.

Ya know I get consenting adults and all that but the damage done by that kind of betrayal is soul wrecking.

I think only 2 out of at least three adults involved were consenting in that scenario. And no kids, I hope…

213 Charles Johnson  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:43:02am
214 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:48:45am
215 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:54:24am

re: #208 Political Atheist

I get home and a dear friend is in tears, she has just found solid evidence her husband is a serial cheater, and just got a DUI. Ya know I get consenting adults and all that but the damage done by that kind of betrayal is soul wrecking.

re: #212 wrenchwench

I think only 2 out of at least three adults involved were consenting in that scenario. And no kids, I hope…

Bingo.

That kind of dishonesty in relationships is a killer, AFAIC. At least allow me to choose before you destroy it yourself. It should be my choice, not yours, if I want to go along with it or not.

216 CuriousLurker  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:56:04am

re: #208 Political Atheist

Sheesh, that was like six months worth of drama all in one day. O_o

Maybe it’s a good day to take the truck and camera gear out for an afternoon.

Indeed.

217 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 10:59:42am

re: #215 Justanotherhuman

Bingo.

That kind of dishonesty in relationships is a killer, AFAIC. At least allow me to choose before you destroy it yourself. It should be my choice, not yours, if I want to go along with it or not.

I may not personally agree with the idea of an open marriage, but it fits with what I said earlier: When both partners agree to the terms of the relationship.

218 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:03:10am

re: #212 wrenchwench

Thanks WW. From scant news reports everyone got out okay, and the man that got hit went to the hospital in stable condition.

No kids, and yes I’m sure my young friend will make good use of her personal strengths. Her numerous friends got her covered as and when she needs any support.

Oh and Kudos to the staff at the Delphine Eatery for accommodating a sudden crowd quite unlike their usual very wealthy tourist or celeb customers. High end bar right next to the subway station at Hollywood & Vine. People helping people.

219 A Mom Anon  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:05:13am

re: #208 Political Atheist

Goodness, what a day. Yeah, I’d think a nice distraction or three is in order. Hope the coming week is better for you. As for your friend with the serial asshole husband, at least she’s got friends like you to help her through it. When I went through that with the first husband I was alone in a state away from family and friends and it was horrible. ((((hugs to all of you))))

220 thedopefishlives  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:07:47am

re: #218 Political Atheist

Thanks WW. From scant news reports everyone got out okay, and the man that got hit went to the hospital in stable condition.

No kids, and yes I’m sure my young friend will make good use of her personal strengths. Her numerous friends got her covered as and when she needs any support.

Oh and Kudos to the staff at the Delphine Eatery for accommodating a sudden crowd quite unlike their usual very wealthy tourist or celeb customers. High end bar right next to the subway station at Hollywood & Vine. People helping people.

Glad everyone seems to be okay from the train. That’s some scary stuff. And hugs to your friend from all the lizardfolk.

221 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:08:35am
222 Justanotherhuman  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:12:58am

re: #219 A Mom Anon

Goodness, what a day. Yeah, I’d think a nice distraction or three is in order. Hope the coming week is better for you. As for your friend with the serial asshole husband, at least she’s got friends like you to help her through it. When I went through that with the first husband I was alone in a state away from family and friends and it was horrible. ((((hugs to all of you))))

That was my story, also. I was 19, having my second baby and alone in CA with no family there. There is a real reason I never got married again. I saw little point to it after that.

223 TedStriker  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:14:37am

re: #221 wrenchwench

[Embedded content]

It’s like Cougar Town…except they have guns, tanks, planes, and hundreds of thousands of soldiers at their command.

[Austin Powers]Yeah, baby, yeah![/Austin Powers]

///

224 A Mom Anon  Sat, Feb 1, 2014 11:24:58am

re: #222 Justanotherhuman

In my case, the marriage lasted 18 months and he talked me into moving to FL for a job. HA. His college sweetheart was doing grad work at UF and that’s the real reason he wanted to be there. Jerk. He also cheated with anyone who looked at him sideways. I finally had enough and left his ass. It was awful, I had to stay there for awhile because I couldn’t afford to go anywhere else. I had just been through a horrible custody battle for my first child (I never married her dad, smartest move I ever made) and the asshole knew I was hurting still from that. It turns out he only married me because he thought that somehow he’d have to pay less taxes as a married guy and when that didn’t happen, he no longer had any use for me. Last I heard his dad was in prison for tax evasion and some sort of fraud and they had investigated him for being a part of that. Good riddance. Ahh the mistakes of our misspent youth, lol.


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Trump Says He and Trudeau Disagree on Trade Deficit. U.S. Stats Seem to Be on the PM’s SideHair Furor just can't seem to catch a break these days....Despite Trump's insistence the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada, statistics from the website of the office of the U.S. Trade Representative -- the office handling NAFTA negotiations -- ...
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Blondie - Doom or Destiny (Official Video)Blondie performing "Doom or Destiny" from the new album "Pollinator".Out Now: blondie.lnk.to Follow Blondiefacebook.cominstagram.com@BlondieOfficial vevo.ly
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