Republican Congressman Confronted by Extreme Anti-Immigrant Protesters, Threatens to Punch Them Out

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This is one of those stories in which everybody involved sucks.

California Republican Rep. Stephen Knight was recently confronted by anti-immigrant protesters from the group “We The People Rising” at his office in Simi Valley, and the conversation got so heated that Knight threatened to fight one of the protesters.

“You told me you didn’t vote for amnesty and you did. I looked it up on the Internet. You lied to me,” a protester named Mike told Knight, before patting the congressman on the shoulder and walking away.

Knight, an Army veteran and longtime Los Angeles police officer, went over to the protester and confronted him.

“Mike, Mike,” Knight says. “Hey, if you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass. All right? Don’t, don’t touch me. Don’t, don’t touch me. Don’t touch me.”

“One more time, Mike,” he added.

Note that “We The People Rising” is not just an ordinary group; they have extensive connections to white supremacist organizations, and were involved in the ugly demonstrations in the California town of Murrieta last year, in which protesters screamed hateful insults at buses full of immigrant families. These people are so extreme they consider Rep. Knight, who is a far right conservative in every way, to be a “RINO.”

Here are some of Knight’s right wing bona fides: Steve Knight (Politician).

He supported Proposition 8, which was ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS on June 26, 2013. Knight opposed bilingual education, and voted against the images of the Confederate flag being removed from state property. Knight has consistently voted against increasing the minimum wage, gun control, and water regulations for the city.

This is where the Republican Party has ended up in 2015; the agenda is increasingly being set by overt white supremacists and xenophobic extremists.

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558 comments

1 Aunty Entity Dragon  Apr 21, 2015 4:25:47pm

I can’t blame Congressmen Knight at all on this one.

Asshat Mike needed to be warned.

2 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 4:28:41pm

Here are some of Knight’s right wing bona fides: Steve Knight (Politician).

He supported Proposition 8, which was ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS on June 26, 2013. Knight opposed bilingual education, and voted against the images of the Confederate flag being removed from state property. Knight has consistently voted against increasing the minimum wage, gun control, and water regulations for the city.

3 makeitstop  Apr 21, 2015 4:29:06pm

Republicans from now until the demise of the party will be threatened the way this guy was - ‘We’re gonna vote you out when your term is up.’

You made that bed, guys. Enjoy sleeping in it, until you’re deemed insufficiently pure of heart and replaced by a ‘purer’ candidate.

4 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 4:34:33pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Here are some of Knight’s right wing bona fides: Steve Knight (Politician).

It will never be good enough for the rabid right-wing nutjobs. These are the guys that wouldn’t vote for Rush Limbaugh because he once said a kind word about a liberal politician at some point during his voluminous tirades.

5 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 4:36:12pm

So, how do we stop it? I try to educate people. They still talk to me anyway.

I had to school a guy on disability who lives here because he got a letter (I’ll probably get one, too), that SS recipients with a certain income limit will not have their premium for doctor’s visits paid by the State starting next year. He blamed it on “Obamacare”.

The reason? NC is one of the states that refused to expand Medicaid under Republican leadership and I told him that. So all those people in the State who receive under something like $1300/mo will have to start paying.

6 Kid A  Apr 21, 2015 4:39:21pm

When wingnuts threaten other wingnuts, America wins.

7 freetoken  Apr 21, 2015 4:39:44pm

They seem to have a hard-on for rep. Knight:

8 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 4:40:47pm

Report: Increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma linked to wastewater being injected into ground from oil and gas production, Oklahoma Geological Survey says - @NBCNews

nbcnews.com

9 freetoken  Apr 21, 2015 4:42:10pm

They seem nice … (* cough *) …

10 freetoken  Apr 21, 2015 4:43:57pm

That vid I posted - really, seems like a convention of wingnuts.

11 freetoken  Apr 21, 2015 4:48:01pm

You got to say, using a bullhorn to answer someone 6 feet from you does say “grumpy old man” like little else:

12 Drive By Commenter  Apr 21, 2015 4:48:29pm

“I’M SPARTACUS!! NO!! I’M SPATACUS!!!! NO!! I’M SPLATACUS!!!” NO!!! I’M SPARKACUS!!!!…..”

13 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 4:49:50pm

re: #10 freetoken

That vid I posted - really, seems like a convention of wingnuts.

That one woman in particular was obnoxious as hell. “Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me!” as a staffer was trying to get people to leave.

Question time is over, lady.

I’d bet they’ll be back until they get their “questions” answered the way they want.

14 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 4:51:22pm

re: #11 freetoken

You got to say, using a bullhorn to answer someone 6 feet from you does say “grumpy old man” like little else:

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Video

Seems more like an attack mob to me.

15 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 4:51:29pm

re: #10 freetoken

That vid I posted - really, seems like a convention of wingnuts.

These people are completely insane with xenophobic hatred.

16 freetoken  Apr 21, 2015 4:53:49pm

They remind me of those groups that Glenn Beck was starting back several years ago.

17 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2015 4:54:33pm

Should be a fun flight!

18 lostlakehiker  Apr 21, 2015 4:55:12pm

Support for Prop. 8 wasn’t unusual. It did, after all, get a majority of the votes cast on the issue. The best evidence that someone is extreme whatever-wing is that he supports something so far out that it has next to no support at the national level. [At the time the vote was taken.]

Bilingual education isn’t a RW-LW issue. It’s a technical issue. Do kids fare better in the long run if they spend a while intensively learning English and then take their other courses in English, or do they fare better if their English education is gradual and in the meantime they take their other courses in the language spoken at home?

The answer might depend on how old they are when they start. It might depend on how gradual gradual is, and on whether the bilingual education ever actually gets around to where they can go mainstream. There will inevitably be instances where what has been called “bilingual” education turns out badly for most of the students in a school system, and who wouldn’t oppose that?

As to the answer to this technical question, my hunch is that immersion is best. That’s how the army works it, after all. And Berlitz.

The minimum wage is another technical issue. It should be clear to one and all that at some point, a minimum wage law can set wages so high that businesses despair of breaking even, give up, and close rather than go broke paying more than they can afford.

In Sweden, people do a lot more of their own work than in the US for just this reason. You may not be much good at putting furniture together, but you don’t have to pay yourself minimum wage and you don’t have to pay taxes on that wage you don’t pay yourself. This has an egalitarian upside but it has the downside that there’s little formal employment to be had in assembling furniture and a lot of people who could get more done working at something they’re actually good at end up slogging through the furniture assembly.

Minimum wage laws are just one way, and probably not even second best among the choices, for raising the living standard of the working poor. The Earned Income Tax Credit, which should be liberalized and phased out slower, would do a better job of it, by me.

And then we come to the Confederate Flag. That’s a horse of a different color. I won’t even bother to try to construct an excuse or an explanation for that one.

19 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 4:55:13pm

re: #11 freetoken

You got to say, using a bullhorn to answer someone 6 feet from you does say “grumpy old man” like little else:

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Video

OMG that annoying whiny voice “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions” “We’re just asking questions”

20 b.d.  Apr 21, 2015 4:57:57pm

There’s not a lot of difference between a Knight and a King when it comes to Steves.

21 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2015 4:58:17pm

Rep. Knight sounds like UpChuck’s kind of guy.

22 #FergusonFireside  Apr 21, 2015 4:58:46pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Here are some of Knight’s right wing bona fides: Steve Knight (Politician).

Totally not a conservative.

Not in these parts.

23 Drive By Commenter  Apr 21, 2015 5:00:12pm

re: #5 Justanotherhuman

Same thing here in Pennsylvania. I told people to go to Evil Obamacare Site and check out the prices for your county with your total income in Pennsylvania. Then I told them to type in Shelby county Kentucky with the same income and come back and tell me how great your Tom Corbett is. In a few days Governor Wolf will expand Medicaid and undo that turd Corbett dropped on his way out. All Obamas fault.

24 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 5:00:37pm

re: #18 lostlakehiker

Uh, I beg to differ. Bilingual education is absolutely a right/left issue. There’s a simple reason why every conservative politician opposes it, and it has nothing to do with improving education. The opposition is driven by xenophobia, and it’s obvious in everything they say about it.

I’ve been following this issue for years and the idea that conservatives give a rip about improving education is laughable.

25 freetoken  Apr 21, 2015 5:00:38pm

One more video - the title just drew me in:

“CA State Senator Ricardo Lara’s Drag Queen Office Party Sacramento”

The videographer acted like she was all offended when the staffer told her the truth.

26 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:02:25pm

Pseudo-randomly OT, but I bet this is going to set the “global warming denialists” ablaze: Here there be snow. Yes, in the middle of spring. No, it’s not actually that uncommon. Yes, I bet some dumbass somewhere will make a big deal of it to say, “What global warming?” Everyone else will be too busy failing to remember how to drive.

27 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:02:41pm
28 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:04:16pm

“I looked it up on the Internet.”

LOL That always ends well.

29 RealityBasedSteve  Apr 21, 2015 5:04:24pm

re: #27 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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I noticed that now they have the ‘voice over action narration’ (not sure of the technical name for it) on Daredevil on Netflix.

RBS

30 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:04:44pm

re: #24 Charles Johnson

Uh, I beg to differ. Bilingual education is absolutely a right/left issue. There’s a simple reason why every conservative politician opposes it, and it has nothing to do with improving education. The opposition is driven by xenophobia, and it’s obvious in everything they say about it.

I’ve been following this issue for years and the idea that conservatives give a rip about improving education is laughable.

The last sentence where he said he wasn’t going to try to construct an excuse for the Confederate flag was the most accurate one of the whole post.

31 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 5:05:35pm

Is it just me, or does it seem like there is a “medium-speed” police chase every day in southern California?

32 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:05:58pm

Speaking of technical issues, I heard a short interview with new IL Gov. Bruce Rauner today and noticed the subtle change of terminology from “right to work states” to “flexible employment.” This dude is such a RW jackass.

33 Aunty Entity Dragon  Apr 21, 2015 5:07:55pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Here are some of Knight’s right wing bona fides: Steve Knight (Politician).

Knight is certainly a wingnut wet dream. The tea party guy really stepped out of line with that dick move, though.

34 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 5:09:52pm

STUPIDEST TWEET OF THE DAY, EVENING EDITION==>
This, along with the HURR HURR TEH SOLIDERS GETS MINIMUMS WAGE & THERE NOT COMPLAINING!!!!!! are the Wingnut Talking Points for HURR HURR TEH WORKERS IS LAZY & WORFRESS!!!!!!!!
Except the ordering screen kiosk does not prepare food, humans do that.

35 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:16:38pm

re: #32 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

Speaking of technical issues, I heard a short interview with new IL Gov. Bruce Rauner today and noticed the subtle change of terminology from “right to work states” to “flexible employment.” This dude is such a RW jackass.

I’ve always been a bit torn on at-will employment. On the one hand, freedom to freely discharge employees allows corporations to improve efficiency easily (by way of layoffs, or by simply firing someone they find underperforming without going through the hassle of detailed documentation, performance improvement plans, etc.) On the other hand, it is so ripe for abuse and so incredibly slanted in favor of the employers, and as someone being employed rather than doing the employing, is constantly in the back of my head as I go about my work.

36 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 5:17:33pm
37 DodgerFan1988  Apr 21, 2015 5:17:55pm

Apparently Steve Knight wasn’t anti-immigrant enough for these right wing freaks.

38 Kilroy01  Apr 21, 2015 5:18:37pm
39 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Apr 21, 2015 5:19:59pm

stop the presses - i just found out why i am going to burn in hell for eternity:

since god is an “infinite” being, any transgression against him is worthy of “infinite” punishment

40 ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2015 5:20:12pm

I hope the scene in the above videos is repeated in every GOP congressperson’s office, town hall and public outing now until the end of the elections next year.

The GOP has fueled this behavior since Obama has been in office. They thought it would give them a guarantee voting block they could count. They never thought about how to answer that anger, because they never thought it would lead to anything but votes.

Now they have to please these people who they should have ignored and kept on the fringe and they know they can’t because it all is so unreasonable.

Good luck GOP. The wingnuts are turning on you and there is nothing you can do.

41 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Apr 21, 2015 5:21:07pm

if i serve wonder bread topped with miracle whip, will i have an immaculate reception?

42 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2015 5:21:35pm
43 EPR-radar  Apr 21, 2015 5:22:50pm

re: #40 ObserverArt

I hope the scene in the above videos is repeated in every GOP congressperson’s office, town hall and public outing now until the end of the elections next year.

The GOP has fueled this behavior since Obama has been in office. They thought it would give them a guarantee voting block they could count. They never thought about how to answer that anger, because they never thought it would lead to anything but votes.

Now they have to please these people who they should have ignored and kept on the fringe and they know they can’t because it all is so unreasonable.

Good luck GOP. The wingnuts are turning on you and there is nothing you can do.

In other words, the GOP Dr. Frankenstein (i.e., the GOP establishment) is finding the monster it created (i.e., the GOP base) difficult to handle.

Pass the popcorn.

44 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:23:49pm

re: #42 Backwoods_Sleuth

I have to admit one thing: If the Christian church is going to get all involved in the business of who puts what private parts where, I think they should be obligated to teach actual sex education to their youth groups (and, hell, even to young marrieds or soon-to-be-marrieds; I’ve talked about this before). However, I don’t particularly want the brand of “sex is bad mmkay” that the church collectively is trying to sell, either.

45 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:24:21pm

Free market fairies attacking the comments in an article about Amtrak. This is why we can’t have nice things.
All Of Amtrak's Problems Are Pretty Much Our Own Damn Fault

46 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:24:52pm

re: #42 Backwoods_Sleuth

W00t! A win!

47 TedStriker  Apr 21, 2015 5:27:22pm

re: #38 Kilroy01

Totally off topic


Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Wears ‘Star Trek’ Uniform in Space

Note the substitution of her astronaut pin for the standard ST insignia/combadge.

Nice touch…

48 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 5:29:03pm

re: #28 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

Yeah, but my grandson thinks everything on the internet is untrue. : )

49 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:30:45pm

re: #48 Justanotherhuman

Yeah, but my grandson thinks everything on the internet is untrue. : )

You’re on the Internet, does that make you untrue?

50 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:31:02pm

re: #45 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

Free market fairies attacking the comments in an article about Amtrak. This is why we can’t have nice things.
All Of Amtrak’s Problems Are Pretty Much Our Own Damn Fault

We will be taking Amtrak from Atlanta to DC on Friday night.

I love traveling by train, even if Amtrak in the US has its own host of problems (particularly with running on time anywhere outside of the Northeast corridor). It’s so much more pleasant.

51 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 5:31:30pm

re: #40 ObserverArt

They actually thought they could control that anger. {snort}

52 Thanos  Apr 21, 2015 5:31:49pm

Wasn’t Murrietta the same period in which a crowd of anti immigrant lunatics chased a school bus with a congress critter only to find out it was just a regular school bus with US citizen school kids on board? Who was the congress critter? Does anyone recall?

53 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2015 5:33:30pm

ack!!!

54 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:34:24pm

re: #50 klys (maker of Silmarils)

We will be taking Amtrak from Atlanta to DC on Friday night.

I love traveling by train, even if Amtrak in the US has its own host of problems (particularly with running on time anywhere outside of the Northeast corridor). It’s so much more pleasant.

I would much rather than the hassle of airline travel these days.

55 Thanos  Apr 21, 2015 5:34:27pm

Nevermind, getting states mixed up — that was Arizona

thedailybanter.com

56 ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2015 5:35:11pm

Did anyone catch President Obama on Hard Ball tonight?

The President is pretty strong in his support of the TPP trade bill and was pretty adamant that people like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown (One of my Senators) aren’t really reading the bill’s details and listening to the meetings they have had on it all. He more or less said he understood they had a political role to play and they also had to deal with the bad trade bills in the past that make everyone very wary of any new trade packages.

The man can be damn convincing. He was very strong in mentioning that this is the Pacific and it is being overrun by China’s heavy hand and if we do not compete with a fair play, then China will unfairly bump the U.S. out of the market.

Also, lots of talk about how it makes for fairer markets with people like Japan and South Korea.

I guess I need to hear more on the whole thing and it will be interesting to hear what people like Warren have to say to the President’s new criticism of her stance.

57 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:36:06pm

re: #54 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

I would much rather than the hassle of airline travel these days.

Over the distances that I travel, driving is as efficient time-wise and cheaper money-wise than the train. However, it is far more of a pain in the ass, which is why my wife makes me do all the driving.

58 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 5:36:25pm

re: #52 Thanos

Wasn’t Murrietta the same period in which a crowd of anti immigrant lunatics chased a school bus with a congress critter only to find out it was just a regular school bus with US citizen school kids on board? Who was the congress critter? Does anyone recall?

That was in Arizona: littlegreenfootballs.com

59 Thanos  Apr 21, 2015 5:36:49pm

re: #58 Charles Johnson

Yep, I found it. Thanks

60 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:38:06pm
61 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 5:38:30pm

re: #52 Thanos

Wasn’t Murrietta the same period in which a crowd of anti immigrant lunatics chased a school bus with a congress critter only to find out it was just a regular school bus with US citizen school kids on board? Who was the congress critter? Does anyone recall?

Are you talking about this incident? From which the word “ileagals” was shown on a cardboard sign. Third photo down.

thinkprogress.org

62 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:39:52pm

re: #57 thedopefishlives

Over the distances that I travel, driving is as efficient time-wise and cheaper money-wise than the train. However, it is far more of a pain in the ass, which is why my wife makes me do all the driving.

If it’s less than 5-6 hours, I figure driving is as efficient as flying, since I’m 2 hours from a nearby major airport. I can get Amtrak to Chicago (but not St. Louis) easily. Anything more, I have to fly, simply because Amtrak lines are so convoluted.

I’m thinking about taking a train trip across some scenery this summer, though.

63 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 5:40:43pm

re: #51 Justanotherhuman

They actually thought they could control that anger. {snort}

And they can’t dial it down because selling hate is FOX’s business these days and it’s a favorite of the base.

64 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:41:37pm

re: #62 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

If it’s less than 5-6 hours, I figure driving is as efficient as flying, since I’m 2 hours from a nearby major airport. I can get Amtrak to Chicago (but not St. Louis) easily. Anything more, I have to fly, simply because Amtrak lines are so convoluted.

I’m thinking about taking a train trip across some scenery this summer, though.

Denver to SF is gorgeous. I’ve posted some photos from that route in the past.

The Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Southwest Chief are all on the to-do list at some point.

65 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:42:07pm

Who’s a good dog? You’s a good dog!
Happiness Is A Man And His Dog And An Ariel Atom

66 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:42:49pm

re: #64 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Denver to SF is gorgeous. I’ve posted some photos from that route in the past.

The Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Southwest Chief are all on the to-do list at some point.

I heard the one that goes through the upper west to Seattle is very good too.

67 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:43:05pm

re: #66 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

I heard the one that goes through the upper west to Seattle is very good too.

That’s Empire Builder. :)

68 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:44:09pm

re: #67 klys (maker of Silmarils)

That’s Empire Builder. :)

lol, sorry, I only know the City of New Orleans, since it’s the one I’ve traveled. And also, the song ;)

I’ve also heard there’s a great Canadian rail line that’s very scenic.

69 Thanos  Apr 21, 2015 5:45:06pm

re: #61 Justanotherhuman

Are you talking about this incident? From which the word “ileagals” was shown on a cardboard sign. Third photo down.

thinkprogress.org

No, I was confusing that event with a similar event that happened in AZ, see the link above. The link you posted is the actual one that Charles referenced in his post.

70 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2015 5:45:12pm

Watch each others’ backs.
Nighters everyone!

71 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:46:31pm

re: #68 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

lol, sorry, I only know the City of New Orleans, since it’s the one I’ve traveled. And also, the song ;)

I’ve also heard there’s a great Canadian rail line that’s very scenic.

Ooo, the one up in the Canadian Rockies. I was more interested in it before I found out it’s not an overnight train, but we will still probably do that at some point.

We like riding trains. If you also do, this website is a fantastic resource. The Trans-Siberian Route is on the list at some point - we actually want to try to pull off an around-the-world trip without planes (and not by cheating and just booking an around-the-world cruise, although we may cave and do a leg of that for the Pacific transit).

72 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 5:46:31pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to campaign in South Carolina in May, campaign confirms - @postandcourier
read more on postandcourier.com

73 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 5:47:50pm

So now the thread is about training lizards?

74 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:48:28pm

re: #73 A Cranky One

So now the thread is about training lizards?

Sit. Roll over.

Good lizard, here’s a fly.

//

75 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 5:48:45pm

re: #69 Thanos

No, I was confusing that event with a similar event that happened in AZ, see the link above. The link you posted is the actual one that Charles referenced in his post.

Duh!

76 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:49:25pm

re: #64 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Denver to SF is gorgeous. I’ve posted some photos from that route in the past.

The Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Southwest Chief are all on the to-do list at some point.

The Empire Builder runs through MSP. If you come through here, you darn well better stop.

77 Justanotherhuman  Apr 21, 2015 5:49:30pm

Later, Lizards!

Keep calm and no rioting. : )

78 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 5:49:43pm

re: #77 Justanotherhuman

Later, Lizards!

Keep calm and no rioting. : )

NO!

*flips desk, lights on fire*

79 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 5:50:19pm

re: #74 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Sit. Roll over.

Good lizard, here’s a fly.

//

I was expecting fly pie. ;(

80 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 5:50:22pm

A really cool new record I just discovered…

81 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:50:37pm

re: #79 A Cranky One

I was expecting fly pie. ;(

Do I look like a babushka?

82 PhillyPretzel  Apr 21, 2015 5:51:09pm

re: #78 thedopefishlives

::: Calls fire dept. :::

83 Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2015 5:53:20pm

re: #71 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Ooo, the one up in the Canadian Rockies. I was more interested in it before I found out it’s not an overnight train, but we will still probably do that at some point.

We like riding trains. If you also do, this website is a fantastic resource. The Trans-Siberian Route is on the list at some point - we actually want to try to pull off an around-the-world trip without planes (and not by cheating and just booking an around-the-world cruise, although we may cave and do a leg of that for the Pacific transit).

You can get around the world without a plane or ship, if you’re a whacked Australian with an army surplus jeep.

en.wikipedia.org

84 PhillyPretzel  Apr 21, 2015 5:53:20pm

re: #81 klys (maker of Silmarils)

How about a shoofly pie? en.wikipedia.org

I am sorry I should have tagged this for Cranky One.

85 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 5:54:28pm

re: #83 Decatur Deb

You can get around the world without a plane or ship, if you’re a whacked Australian with an army surplus jeep.

Embedded Image

en.wikipedia.org

I feel no shame in admitting my balls are not big enough to try and sail that across the Pacific.

86 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 21, 2015 5:55:43pm

re: #71 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Ooo, the one up in the Canadian Rockies. I was more interested in it before I found out it’s not an overnight train, but we will still probably do that at some point.

We like riding trains. If you also do, this website is a fantastic resource. The Trans-Siberian Route is on the list at some point - we actually want to try to pull off an around-the-world trip without planes (and not by cheating and just booking an around-the-world cruise, although we may cave and do a leg of that for the Pacific transit).

Favorited for future reference. I like the non-car nature of it. I don’t have to drive, I don’t have to pay attention to routes, I can just sit and watch the world roll by. :)

87 Kid A  Apr 21, 2015 5:56:01pm

I had to prostitute myself the other night and shoot a function that was headlined by Oliver North. Every Fox News red meat talking point was thrown out there, but the best one was when he attacked…the ACLU. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Yes, THAT ACLU that got his sentence vacated. Oh, and he’s a dick.

88 Kragar  Apr 21, 2015 5:56:01pm

state Rep. Craig. Fitzhugh (D) first offered an amendment to HB 977 that would allow doctors to exempt patients from the waiting period for mental health reasons.

That amendment was immediately tabled by Butt.

“Putting this psychological harm bypass into the bill is really a loophole for the abortion industry,” she said. “It allows someone who is going to profit from abortion to get the waiting period waived.”

A second amendment put forth by Fitzhugh would have allowed women who become pregnant through rape or incest to be exempted from the 48 hour waiting period.

Butt, however, suggested that the victims could be lying about being raped.

“This amendment appears political,” Butt asserted. “Because we understand in most instances, this is not verifiable. Let’s make sure that these women have the information and the understanding to act.”

89 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 5:56:16pm

re: #84 PhillyPretzel

How about a shoofly pie? en.wikipedia.org

Sounds delicious, but Klys is no babushka. ;)

90 BeachDem  Apr 21, 2015 5:57:54pm

re: #72 Justanotherhuman

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to campaign in South Carolina in May, campaign confirms - @postandcourier
read more on postandcourier.com

We still have a (teeny tiny) hope that she’ll show up unannounced at the Dem state convention this weekend. (hey, if you’re going to be a Democrat in South Carolina, you have to be a bit of a pollyanna.)

91 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 5:58:30pm

re: #85 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I feel no shame in admitting my balls are not big enough to try and sail that across the Pacific.

Unless it also works as a submarine I’m in full agreement.

92 Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2015 6:00:18pm

re: #91 A Cranky One

Unless it also works as a submarine I’m in full agreement.

It will perform half the functions of a submarine.

93 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 6:00:35pm
94 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 6:00:36pm

re: #92 Decatur Deb

It will perform half the functions of a submarine.

The sinking part?

95 Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2015 6:02:21pm

re: #94 klys (maker of Silmarils)

The sinking part?

To any depth.

96 thedopefishlives  Apr 21, 2015 6:02:25pm

re: #93 Charles Johnson

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There’s nothing wrong with flying private if it’s done in moderation; it’s often the most efficient way to transport a group of people a long distance. In that sense, it’s better to airpool than to take separate flights.

97 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 6:05:59pm

re: #96 thedopefishlives

There’s nothing wrong with flying private if it’s done in moderation; it’s often the most efficient way to transport a group of people a long distance. In that sense, it’s better to airpool than to take separate flights.

Dude, if I were president, I would totally invite Bill Nye to fly with me.

Because I’d get to sit there and talk to Bill Nye, duh.

98 bratwurst  Apr 21, 2015 6:08:20pm

re: #18 lostlakehiker

As to the answer to this technical question, my hunch is that immersion is best. That’s how the army works it, after all. And Berlitz.

As someone who is a linguistic professional, let me assure you that (a) those are not two organizations whose long term results I would like to emulate, and (b) you know less than nothing about this topic.

99 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 6:09:18pm

re: #79 A Cranky One

I was expecting fly pie. ;(

Shoo Fly Pie

100 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 6:11:33pm

re: #99 Lord Of The Pies

Shoo Fly Pie

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I need to go check my blood sugar after just looking at the picture. Oh, and wipe the drool off my chin. ;)

101 #FergusonFireside  Apr 21, 2015 6:11:48pm

Every day I see something that is outrageous about our so called system of justice.

Every single day.

102 Lidane  Apr 21, 2015 6:11:51pm

o_0

103 Lidane  Apr 21, 2015 6:16:24pm

Creative use of pie crust:

104 Kragar  Apr 21, 2015 6:17:15pm

re: #101 #FergusonFireside

Every day I see something that is outrageous about our so called system of justice.

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Every single day.

2500 cases under review covering a 30 year period.

26 out of 28 examiners have been found to have misrepresented the data while under oath and testifying at trial.

105 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 6:18:38pm

re: #100 A Cranky One

I need to go check my blood sugar after just looking at the picture. Oh, and wipe the drool off my chin. ;)

Meh, it was not one of my better pies.

106 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 6:18:55pm

re: #96 thedopefishlives

There’s nothing wrong with flying private if it’s done in moderation; it’s often the most efficient way to transport a group of people a long distance. In that sense, it’s better to airpool than to take separate flights.

Not to mention that we’re talking about the President of the United States here. How deranged do you have to be to think the POTUS should be flying on commercial airlines — or not flying at all? Maybe he should be cycling everywhere he needs to go?

This kind of shit really makes me crazy.

107 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 6:20:52pm

re: #106 Charles Johnson

Not to mention that we’re talking about the President of the United States here. How deranged do you have to be to think the POTUS should be flying on commercial airlines — or not flying at all? Maybe he should be cycling everywhere he needs to go?

This kind of shit really makes me crazy.

But then the wingnuts all make fun of him wearing the bike helmet and “mom jeans” because they think it looks “sissy”

You just can’t win with these fuckers.

108 jaunte  Apr 21, 2015 6:24:17pm

re: #106 Charles Johnson

How crazy do you have to be to think the POTUS should be flying on commercial airlines

That’s the problem; they’re not thinking, just screaming.

109 makeitstop  Apr 21, 2015 6:27:36pm

What the ever-loving fuck?

Pennsylvania high schoolers wear matching flannel, hang hateful posters on ‘Anti-Gay Day’

A band of Pennsylvania high schoolers in matching flannel shirts slapped hateful poster on gay students’ lockers and drafted a “lynch list” to mark their self-concocted 𠇊nti-Gay Day,” students said.

As many as 100 students at Claysville’s McGuffey High School took part in the Thursday protest a day after the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance held its Day of Silence. GSA’s day was organized to draw attention to and condemn bulling against gay students, according to the Observer-Reporter.

The homophobic students, mostly boys, wore flannel shirts on the same day and wrote 𠇊nti-gay” and drew crosses on the backs of their hands. The group stuck intimidating posters on gay students’ lockers and scuffled with Gay-Straight Alliance members and their supporters, student Zoe Johnson told WPXI.

“Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down,” she said.

Goddamn Pennsyltucky. I’m so glad I got the fuck out of there years ago.

110 Bubblehead II  Apr 21, 2015 6:31:22pm

Night Lizards.

111 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 6:35:59pm
112 Kragar  Apr 21, 2015 6:36:55pm
113 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 6:38:16pm

Yes, I am cat-shaming.

It’s not even a 2 foot jump.

114 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 6:44:55pm

re: #113 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Cats fail more often than most people realize. They get away with it because they’re so nonchalant.

115 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 6:45:36pm

re: #114 Charles Johnson

Cats fail more often than most people realize. They get away with it because they’re so nonchalant.

This was one of the least graceful fails I have seen her do.

And I’ve seen her roll off the cat tower at 5 feet.

116 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 6:46:15pm

re: #114 Charles Johnson

Cats fail more often than most people realize. They get away with it because they’re so nonchalant.

They meant to do that.

117 darthstar  Apr 21, 2015 6:46:39pm

re: #114 Charles Johnson

Cats fail more often than most people realize. They get away with it because they’re so nonchalant.

Yeah…I meant to do that.

118 austin_blue  Apr 21, 2015 6:48:26pm

re: #116 A Cranky One

They meant to do that.

re: #117 darthstar

Yeah…I meant to do that.

Wow. 24 seconds apart.
Well played, you two. GMTA.

119 GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 21, 2015 6:48:44pm

re: #117 darthstar

120 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 6:48:53pm

re: #118 austin_blue

Wow. 24 seconds apart.
Well played, you two. GMTA.

We meant to do that.

121 darthstar  Apr 21, 2015 6:48:53pm

re: #118 austin_blue

Wow. 24 seconds apart.
Well played, you two. GMTA.

Fools seldom differ.

122 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 6:49:32pm

re: #120 A Cranky One

We meant to do that.

re: #121 darthstar

Fools seldom differ.

You can stop saying the same thing now, it’s getting kind of creepy.

//

123 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 6:49:41pm

re: #121 darthstar

Fools seldom differ.

I agree.

124 darthstar  Apr 21, 2015 6:50:06pm

re: #122 klys (maker of Silmarils)

You can stop saying the same thing now, it’s getting kind of creepy.

//

This is the internet. We’re supposed to be creepy.

125 Unabogie  Apr 21, 2015 6:50:27pm

re: #106 Charles Johnson

Not to mention that we’re talking about the President of the United States here. How deranged do you have to be to think the POTUS should be flying on commercial airlines — or not flying at all? Maybe he should be cycling everywhere he needs to go?

This kind of shit really makes me crazy.

They think that whatever the President does, it’s wrong, lazy, or treasonous. Look at the golfing example. They constantly whine that President Obama plays too much golf, while they were happy to defend Bush for taking monthlong vacations and clearing brush or mountain biking. But what do they want, a president who doesn’t exercise and doesn’t take any time off for eight years? What could possibly explain such a glaring double standard? Similarly, they had no problems with Bush or Reagan flying around the world or the country doing presidential things. Whenever Obama travels anywhere, they’re furious. They expect him to never go anywhere and never say anything.

Don’t even get me started about that freakout when he wanted to address school kids about the importance of staying in school and wingnut parents took their kids out of school so they wouldn’t get those socialist cooties.

These people are nuts.

126 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 21, 2015 6:54:15pm

UCCCH NY TIMES THEY ARE A HATE GROUP NOT A “PRO-ISRAEL” GROUP.
Do some actual journalisms.

127 Belafon  Apr 21, 2015 6:57:13pm

re: #107 Lord Of The Pies

But then the wingnuts all make fun of him wearing the bike helmet and “mom jeans” because they think it looks “sissy”

You just can’t win with these fuckers.

If he rode his bike, they would just complain that he’s not supporting the military.

128 Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2015 6:57:41pm

re: #126 Lord Of The Pies

UCCCH NY TIMES THEY ARE A HATE GROUP NOT A “PRO-ISRAEL” GROUP.
Do some actual journalisms.

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Wow. Good work, Pamela Geller. Your anti-Muslim agenda is now identified as “pro-Israel.”

And it’s not only her fault. The Likud party is encouraging this bigotry too. The New York Times isn’t entirely wrong here.

129 Lidane  Apr 21, 2015 6:59:21pm
130 #FergusonFireside  Apr 21, 2015 7:09:24pm

Hey ya’ll, thanks for the thoughts on my interview call today (saw the dings in the top comments)

It went great. Next up in-person meeting hopefully this week to go over the computer program and specific job procedures - I’m being very inquisitive before I just say yeah, which is kinda new for me. I think it’s going to be great, just want to be very sure.

Thanks for the vibes!!

131 Timothy Watson  Apr 21, 2015 7:12:56pm

re: #109 makeitstop

What the ever-loving fuck?

Pennsylvania high schoolers wear matching flannel, hang hateful posters on ‘Anti-Gay Day’

Goddamn Pennsyltucky. I’m so glad I got the fuck out of there years ago.

WTF? Students claim to have a hit list and target specific students for harassment and they aren’t immediately detained by the school’s staff or police?

132 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 21, 2015 7:14:53pm

re: #36 Charles Johnson

133 Varek Raith  Apr 21, 2015 7:24:45pm

Hi.

134 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 7:25:54pm

re: #64 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Denver to SF is gorgeous. I’ve posted some photos from that route in the past.

The Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Southwest Chief are all on the to-do list at some point.

I wish I weren’t so motion-sensitive. I just can’t deal with any kind of motion where I can’t stop and get off if it gets to be too much. So I can just barely manage a local commuter train that stops every 5 minutes. Express? Not so much.

I discovered last month that I can feel the motion on an aircraft carrier that is docked in a very quiet bay. (USS Midway-actually way more interesting than I would have thought.) But really, who feels motion on a %$# parked aircraft carrier? Yeah. Me.

135 Single-handed sailor  Apr 21, 2015 7:33:56pm

re: #134 calochortus

Have you tried Transderm Scopolamine patches? It worked for my cousin when we were sailing in open ocean.

136 Belafon  Apr 21, 2015 7:35:12pm

re: #131 Timothy Watson

WTF? Students claim to have a hit list and target specific students for harassment and they aren’t immediately detained by schools staff or police?

If you look at the picture of the kids, you can easily imagine them slapping each other’s butts at sports games.

137 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 7:37:49pm

re: #135 Single-handed sailor

Have you tried Transderm Scopolamine patches? It worked for my cousin when we were sailing in open ocean.

Yes, they do help, but they have limitations. You need to start hours ahead of time, so they aren’t for the casual 2 hour trip, and they reduce but don’t eliminate the feeling of motion. Also, you need a prescription, so they’re probably great for something like a cruise, but not for ‘everyday’ situations.

Edit: In my case motion results in a feeling of falling and being unable to reduce or change the motion leads to panic attacks, so it is a bit more complex than most people’s motion issues.

138 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 7:45:09pm

re: #137 calochortus

Hmmm, I seem to have reduced the motion here quite effectively.

139 #FergusonFireside  Apr 21, 2015 7:47:18pm

re: #138 calochortus

Ha, still here.

140 Belafon  Apr 21, 2015 7:49:25pm

re: #138 calochortus

I’ve noticed that about 10:30pm eastern time commenting here all the sudden stops. Which is strange since our bloghost is on the west coast and the rest of us are pretty spread out.

141 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 21, 2015 7:51:02pm

My 16 year old daughter was singing along with “Pure and Easy” in the car today. Thing is, I have 6 mp3 filled CDs in the car so it only comes around once every couple weeks, so she really must dig the tune. Then she was singing “Give Me Love” when we got out of the car.

142 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 7:53:02pm

re: #140 Belafon

Dinner hour? Prime time TV? Who knows?

143 Belafon  Apr 21, 2015 8:00:06pm

Have you read about the woman in Kansas who’s 11 year old son was taken away from her after he spoke up at a drug awareness lecture at his school? She uses marijuana and cannabis oil to treat symptoms from an autoimmune disease. Here’s a gofundme page to help with her legal defense, which gives as good a description as anywhere else of what she, and her son, are having to deal with.

144 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 8:00:56pm

re: #140 Belafon

…and the rest of us are pretty spread out.

Glances down. Guess I have put on a few pounds.

/

145 retired cynic  Apr 21, 2015 8:03:08pm

re: #137 calochortus

Yes, they do help, but they have limitations. You need to start hours ahead of time, so they aren’t for the casual 2 hour trip, and they reduce but don’t eliminate the feeling of motion. Also, you need a prescription, so they’re probably great for something like a cruise, but not for ‘everyday’ situations.

Edit: In my case motion results in a feeling of falling and being unable to reduce or change the motion leads to panic attacks, so it is a bit more complex than most people’s motion issues.

How does driving in a car affect you? Does being in control (driving rather than riding) make any difference? That would sure be a difficult syndrome!

146 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2015 8:05:41pm

re: #140 Belafon

I’ve noticed that about 10:30pm eastern time commenting here all the sudden stops. Which is strange since our bloghost is on the west coast and the rest of us are pretty spread out.

I typically cook dinner around 7:30.

147 Tigger2  Apr 21, 2015 8:09:26pm

re: #7 freetoken

They seem to have a hard-on for rep. Knight:

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I like that one ladies stupidity “We need to help the American kids” while I agree with her that needs to happen are those American kids going to get out and work in the fields like the immigrants do, I don’t think so. We need to help both.

148 A Cranky One  Apr 21, 2015 8:13:13pm
Island Night Lizard

Night Lizards.

149 Romantic Heretic  Apr 21, 2015 8:13:52pm

re: #65 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

Who’s a good dog? You’s a good dog!
Happiness Is A Man And His Dog And An Ariel Atom
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Video

You can tell that like most well trained Rottweilers your biggest danger from him is being licked to death.

150 Tigger2  Apr 21, 2015 8:15:12pm

re: #11 freetoken

You got to say, using a bullhorn to answer someone 6 feet from you does say “grumpy old man” like little else:

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He’s leaving because you fucking people are crazy.

151 BeachDem  Apr 21, 2015 8:17:53pm

You all must have broken the Amazon supply chain. My Kindle Fire order says it won’t be shipped until May 14.

Won’t be a big deal if I decide to keep it for myself, but the birthday I was thinking about giving it for is 4/27. I guess it will be HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY.

152 Romantic Heretic  Apr 21, 2015 8:19:02pm

re: #68 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

lol, sorry, I only know the City of New Orleans, since it’s the one I’ve traveled. And also, the song ;)

I’ve also heard there’s a great Canadian rail line that’s very scenic.

There is.

My wife and I hope to take it someday, late spring we think

153 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 8:19:14pm

re: #145 retired cynic

How does driving in a car affect you? Does being in control (driving rather than riding) make any difference? That would sure be a difficult syndrome!

I have had occasional times when driving was a problem, but if I’m driving, or even riding with a friend or family member, if I have a problem I can slow down a bit, or ask the driver to slow down. It is an intermittent problem so just a brief reduction of motion is usually enough and then I’ll be OK.

It is a pain. I can take Dramamine and tolerate mass transit as long as the motion varies and there are stops every few minutes, but I don’t enjoy it. If I flew more, I’d be OK with that, but I have very few occasions to do so, so flying is very difficult for me, but way better than boats or trains.

154 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 8:24:02pm

re: #151 BeachDem

You all must have broken the Amazon supply chain. My Kindle Fire order says it won’t be shipped until May 14.

Won’t be a big deal if I decide to keep it for myself, but the birthday I was thinking about giving it for is 4/27. I guess it will be HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY.

They may ship it sooner-sometimes they seem to just pull shipping dates out of the ether.
In any event, belated birthday gifts (through no fault of the giver) are usually acceptable, as are early gifts.

I just bought a new-to-me floor loom (note that I already have a perfectly functional floor loom, but this one is different!) My husband perked up and said “I guess I don’t have to buy you a birthday present?”
My birthday is at the end of May. And no, he doesn’t have to buy me a present.

155 #FergusonFireside  Apr 21, 2015 8:33:09pm

Nighty LGF.

156 BeachDem  Apr 21, 2015 8:33:55pm

re: #154 calochortus

They may ship it sooner-sometimes they seem to just pull shipping dates out of the ether.
In any event, belated birthday gifts (through no fault of the giver) are usually acceptable, as are early gifts.

I just bought a new-to-me floor loom (note that I already have a perfectly functional floor loom, but this one is different!) My husband perked up and said “I guess I don’t have to buy you a birthday present?”
My birthday is at the end of May. And no, he doesn’t have to buy me a present.

I think they ran out of on-hand product. I ordered something else in the same order and it’s supposed to be here tomorrow. (Season one of “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman.” So bummed that they don’t seem to be compelled to dvd the second season.)

You’re right about gifts being good whenever—plus, if I give her the Kindle, it will be a combined birthday/graduation gift, so I have a little time.

157 calochortus  Apr 21, 2015 9:01:23pm

Good night. Hasta mañana, lizards.

158 goddamnedfrank  Apr 21, 2015 10:02:47pm
If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing…I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America because of the pro-Israel funding,” Graham reportedly said, chuckling.

What.the.fuck?

First, Lindsey’s whole “gee those Jews are good with money” stereotype message here isn’t even trying to be subtle. Second, this a just a gigantic promise of quid pro quo and official corruption, “pay me money and you’ll have representation in my cabinet.” Third, pro-Israel funding doesn’t actually mean Jewish donations. It mostly means catering to a lot of hyper dispensationalist Christian nutjobs. So literally everything about his statement is grotesque.

159 Amory Blaine  Apr 21, 2015 10:53:34pm

W is a liberal. Ask any conservative.

160 Kragar  Apr 21, 2015 11:02:17pm
161 Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 21, 2015 11:05:37pm

re: #152 Romantic Heretic

The wife and I are hoping to do the same. I feel sad to say I’ve never seen the western part of my country before.

162 Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 21, 2015 11:07:04pm

re: #160 Kragar

Ummm, Donald’s got a shitload of money. Why can’t he step in and save it himself?

163 Amory Blaine  Apr 21, 2015 11:08:45pm

re: #160 Kragar

Failing in the casino business or from the RWNJ hate machine pretty much proves you’re too fucking stupid to be in business.

164 Amory Blaine  Apr 21, 2015 11:24:33pm

Senate votes to end Wisconsin’s handgun waiting period

Taking action as gun violence captures particular attention across the state and especially in Milwaukee, the state Senate on Tuesday approved a repeal of the state’s two-day waiting period for handgun purchases, sending the bill to the Assembly on a voice vote.

Current state law prohibits consumers from taking a handgun from the store until 48 hours after a background check is started, with that waiting period extended three additional days in certain cases. Under the bill proposed by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and supported by Gov. Scott Walker, handgun purchasers could take possession of them as soon as they clear state background checks that with today’s technology typically take a matter of hours.

“There’s no statistical evidence that it reduces violence whatsoever,” Wanggaard said of the so-called cooling off period.

165 Kragar  Apr 21, 2015 11:32:17pm

re: #164 Amory Blaine

“There’s no statistical evidence that it reduces violence whatsoever,”

The NRA sabotaging of any studies related to gun violence is really paying off.

166 William Barnett-Lewis  Apr 21, 2015 11:53:12pm

Two thoughts:
1) it can only have any effect on the first purchase. As has been noted here, many if not most gun owners have more than one firearm already.
, 2) this will be very popular in the rural parts of the state and will possibly be enough to counter Walker’s urban unpopularity much as his signing of the CCL law gave him the extra votes that carried him in the recall election.

167 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 21, 2015 11:57:41pm

re: #165 Kragar

The NRA sabotaging of any studies related to gun violence is really paying off.

I’m beginning to wonder if there are some states in the USA I should just plain avoid visiting, for my own safety.

168 Kragar  Apr 22, 2015 12:11:41am

re: #167 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I’m beginning to wonder if there are some states in the USA I should just plain avoid visiting, for my own safety.

I made this decision years ago.

169 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 12:20:52am

re: #168 Kragar

I made this decision years ago.

Wiser than I am, I guess.

It’s fear — and fear-mongering — driving people to demand they be permitted to carry weapons wherever they go. They’re afraid of immigrants, Muslims, gays, liberals, Obama, blacks, independent women — that’s just a partial list. I guess they cling to their weapons as some kind of “security blanket” to scare off the baddies.

It would be a lot safer for the rest of us if they’d switch to rabbit’s feet, St. Christopher medals, or crosses. For all the RW pronouncements of faith in God, the nutters don’t seem to have a lot of confidence in Him protecting them.

170 Kragar  Apr 22, 2015 12:25:08am

re: #169 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I’m agnostic, with 2 girls, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to live in a state run by theocrats who want to make them 2nd Class citizens

171 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 1:19:13am

re: #170 Kragar

I’m agnostic, with 2 girls, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to live in a state run by theocrats who want to make them 2nd Class citizens

They would make you into a 2nd class citizen, too, you godless heathen, you.

It’s not even a question of 2nd class citizenship. They want to reduce women into chattel, with no rights of their own. They would be expected to go from dependence on daddy, to dependence on husband, then son, etc.

172 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 1:29:32am

I just watched CCJ’s interview with Jeremiah True. Talk about two guys being all butthurt about not be able to get laid whenever and with whomever they want. True even advised young men not to go to college, especially a liberal arts college like Reed, until the government (!?) tells colleges to put an end to what he says is a “rape culture” mythos.

UpChuck of course managed to work in mentions of Jackie Coakley, Emily Renda and U Va — twice even.

It bugs me whenever I see Emily Renda’s name, because I know another Emily Renda who’d be just a few years older than the UVa Renda. I had to go a-googling to make sure they weren’t the same woman.

Both True and Johnson sure do love their Aristotle and Plato, I’d say. Two birds of a feather.

173 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 2:17:32am

The sign tested for only a miniucule amount of radiation and could have been a protest against the re-opening of a nuclear plant in the southwest.

174 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 2:23:38am

He is also a suspect in murder of 32 yr old fitness instructor in a Paris suburb on Sunday.

Man ‘planning terror attack on Churches’ arrested in Paris

france24.com

175 Varek Raith  Apr 22, 2015 2:24:11am

re: #160 Kragar

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Boom

176 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 2:25:40am

Another day and more unknowns, like who’s going to be the latest to cram into the RW Klown Kar Kontingent?

177 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 3:07:27am

Morning Lizards.

178 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 3:07:44am

Do we want to revive the middle class and enlarge it or not? Do we want our children and future children to get a good education? How do we protect workers? Should we get beyond 20th century thinking about who American workers are, such as industrial types and concentrate on what is increasingly becoming a service economy of both “white” collar and “blue” collar workers in organizing efforts without sacrificing those in traditional unions?

The world is changing and we have to change our thinking about how our society is structured or the rest of the world will sail on without us. We’ve already seen how unregulated trade has worked as mfgrs have shipped jobs overseas, taking advantage of both cheap foreign labor and decimating mfg in the US. Time to try something else and work on enlightening those who see education as a worthless exercise as well. We should be excelling in science, technology, and other advanced thinking without neglecting those who need help in achieving a decent living as well, putting political differences aside. We simply can’t “rest on our laurels” because we’ve experienced what that means.

Obama on Pacific Trade Deal: Opponents Are ‘Wrong on This’

nbcnews.com

“I’ve spent the last six and a half years yanking this economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Every single think I’ve done from the Affordable Care Act to pushing to raise the minimum wage to making sure that young people are able to go to college and get good job training to what we’re pushing now in terms of sick pay leave,” Obama told Matthews. “Everything I do has been focused on ‘how do we make sure the middle class is getting a fair deal.’ Now I would not be doing this trade deal if I did not think it was good for the middle class.” More

179 Dave In Austin  Apr 22, 2015 3:21:47am

Ugh…..
Donuts. That is all.

180 Dave In Austin  Apr 22, 2015 3:24:28am
181 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 3:25:16am

Another example of fossilized thinking: Russia, which jumped the chasm from communism to their version of capitalism.

European Union opens antitrust case against Russian energy giant Gazprom amid worsening EU-Russia relations - @AP, @WSJ
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182 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 3:38:07am

Life expectancy in Germany reaches all-time high

Newborn boys in Germany can now expect to live until roughly the age of 78, and girls five years more than that. Both of those assessments are record-breaking, according to the government’s latest analysis.

dw.de

183 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 3:50:17am

SpaceX has discovered what caused its Falcon 9 rocket to crash land and explode

The rocket fell on its side because the legs could not support its weight. The landing legs are designed to help keep the rocket upright, but are not strong enough to either support the rocket if it lands too fast and hard on the platform or prevent it from tipping once that process has begun.

184 William Barnett-Lewis  Apr 22, 2015 3:54:38am

re: #183 Bubblehead II

Which means that they either have to strengthen the legs (increase lift mass and decrease payload) or give up trying to touch down at sea.

Perhaps they would be better off with a launch facility at White Sands and recovering on land?

185 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 4:01:20am

re: #184 William Barnett-Lewis

Which means that they either have to strengthen the legs (increase lift mass and decrease payload) or give up trying to touch down at sea.

Perhaps they would be better off with a launch facility at White Sands and re overnight on land?

Don’t think landing on the barge is in and of itself the problem. If the legs are buckling under the stress of landing on the barge, they would probably do so on land. Wonder what material they are using for the legs.

186 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 4:07:10am

re: #185 Bubblehead II

Don’t think landing on the barge is in and of itself the problem. If the legs are buckling under the stress of landing on the barge, they would probably do so on land. Wonder what material they are using for the legs.

Nothing on here about the composition of the legs, but the tanks are an aluminum-lithium alloy.

spacex.com

187 William Barnett-Lewis  Apr 22, 2015 4:07:23am

The barge is in constant motion. If it’s coming up as the stage is coming down, the stresses on the legs will be greater and probably asymmetric as well.

Material, I’d bet on aviation grade aluminum.

188 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 4:08:37am

US mortgage applications rose in latest week as interest rates declined - @Reuters
end of alert

189 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 4:12:18am

“Returning anything from space is a challenge, but returning a Falcon 9 first stage for a precision landing presents a number of additional hurdles. At 14 stories tall and traveling upwards of 1300 m/s (nearly 1 mi/s), stabilizing the Falcon 9 first stage for reentry is like trying to balance a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a wind storm.”

spacex.com

190 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 4:12:26am

Something you don’t see every day:

Delays were caused on a busy stretch of motorway earlier “due to a dog taking control of a tractor”.

The bizarre incident was reported by Traffic Scotland at J13 of the M74 near Abington in South Lanarkshire.

It later emerged that a sheepdog called Don, owned by a local farmer, had leaned on the controls of a tractor, taking it from a field on to the road.

Police and the farmer later recovered Don, who was unhurt, and the tractor, from the central reservation.

(Traffic Scotland’s twitter TL tweets and replies are pretty funny about this incident.)

191 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 4:15:28am

re: #190 Backwoods_Sleuth

That’s hilarious! So is this:

Michelle Muirhead asked: “Will the dog have points on his licence? Was he breathalysed? Did police arrest him?”

No doubt the farmer left the tractor running and “Don”, used to the thing, thought he’d go for a solo ride.

192 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 4:16:46am

re: #185 Bubblehead II

Don’t think landing on the barge is in and of itself the problem. If the legs are buckling under the stress of landing on the barge, they would probably do so on land. Wonder what material they are using for the legs.

re: #187 William Barnett-Lewis

The barge is in constant motion. If it’s coming up as the stage is coming down, the stresses on the legs will be greater and probably asymmetric as well.

True about the barges motion. That is way the previous attempt was scrapped. Sea was to rough for a successful landing

Material, I’d bet on aviation grade aluminum.

Not being an engineer, I can’t say for sure, but wouldn’t a titanium alloy of some sort be a better albeit, more expensive, choice? You get the benefits of light weight and strength over that of aviation grade aluminum.

193 Teukka  Apr 22, 2015 4:21:05am

re: #190 Backwoods_Sleuth

Something you don’t see every day:

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(Traffic Scotland’s twitter TL tweets and replies are pretty funny about this incident.)

Man, UK road traffic is going to the dogs…

194 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 4:21:17am

“A key upgrade to enable precision targeting of the Falcon 9 all the way to touchdown is the addition of four hypersonic grid fins placed in an X-wing configuration around the vehicle, stowed on ascent and deployed on reentry to control the stage’s lift vector. Each fin moves independently for roll, pitch and yaw, and combined with the engine gimbaling, will allow for precision landing - first on the autonomous spaceport drone ship, and eventually on land.”

spacex.com

195 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 4:22:06am

BBL.

196 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 22, 2015 4:24:16am

re: #185 Bubblehead II

Don’t think landing on the barge is in and of itself the problem. If the legs are buckling under the stress of landing on the barge, they would probably do so on land. Wonder what material they are using for the legs.

Their ultimate plan is to push the stage backward and land near the launch site. That would eliminate the problem of the barge moving up and down. They depend exclusively on GPS for both the rocket and the barge—there’s no communication between them or radar or anything like that on the rocket.

GPS is only accurate to ±3 meters—which is fine horizontally, but may be too coarse vertically, especially with up-and-down motion by the barge. Then there’s the matter of throttle response. They only plan on three short burns to reduce speed to a survivable point before landing, not continuously regulating the thrust till touchdown. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they’d thought this whole thing out sufficiently, but now I don’t know.

197 nearly-headless smith25  Apr 22, 2015 4:29:34am

Morning all.

198 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 4:38:49am

re: #196 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Their ultimate plan is to push the stage backward and land near the launch site. That would eliminate the problem of the barge moving up and down. They depend exclusively on GPS for both the rocket and the barge—there’s no communication between them or radar or anything like that on the rocket.

It has to have some sort of altimeter. If it isn’t using radar, then I suspect that it is using some sort of atmospheric pressure sensor. But I could be wrong and it uses a cut off switch on the landing gear to tell the computer it has touched down.

GPS is only accurate to ±3 meters—which is fine horizontally, but may be too coarse vertically, especially with up-and-down motion by the barge. Then there’s the matter of throttle response. They only plan on three short burns to reduce speed to a survivable point before landing, not continuously regulating the thrust till touchdown. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they’d thought this whole thing out sufficiently, but now I don’t know.

Well Musk said to expect failure from the get go. He knew this wasn’t going to be easy. They learn something new from every attempt and will eventually get the bugs worked out.

199 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 4:39:03am

re: #197 nearly-headless smith25

Morning all.

Morning.

200 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 4:43:25am

Moving on from space to the more mundane world, but still staying with Musk.

Tesla plans to show off its home battery next week
Along with a ‘utility scale’ battery

A note from the company’s VP of investor relations, which was obtained by BuzzFeed, says Tesla “will introduce the Tesla home battery and a very large utility scale battery,” adding that “we will explain the advantages of our solutions and why past battery options were not compelling.”

201 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 4:50:48am

Courtesy of Pam Geller and her xenophobic and Islamophobic pals:

202 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 4:53:13am

Wingnuts getting into the spirit of “Earth Day”

203 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 4:53:56am


If you are even considering a run for the WH, that’s a question that Americans deserve to have answered. If you punt, you’re not presidential material. This isn’t an issue you can weasel out of.

Foreign policy and warmaking is an essential and critical aspect of being president. If you can’t tell people your views on a lengthy conflict entered into by a prior president, you have no business in the WH. Yeah, you might not win a lot of support from your fellow GOPers, but all Americans deserve to know what you think - because it informs as to what you might do going forward.

This is just another symptom of the GOP clown crazy train (because a car simply isn’t big enough to hold that amount of crazy).

204 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 4:55:24am

re: #202 Lord Of The Pies

205 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 5:00:54am

re: #204 lawhawk

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Oh right, every environmentalist is Ira Einhorn.

Just like every Republican is Ted Bundy amirite?

206 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 5:02:08am

re: #179 Dave In Austin

Ugh…..
Donuts. That is all enough.

207 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 5:06:26am

re: #205 Lord Of The Pies

Well, every GOPer certainly isn’t like Ike. Because far too many GOPers are openly racist, xenophobic, and want to destroy the safety net for all Americans, and glorify war and the South, ignoring the consequences to everyone.

Eisenhower would be a RINO and wouldn’t be able to run for the WH in this current environment.

208 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 22, 2015 5:10:13am

re: #207 lawhawk

Well, every GOPer certainly isn’t like Ike. Because far too many GOPers are openly racist, xenophobic, and want to destroy the safety net for all Americans, and glorify war and the South, ignoring the consequences to everyone.

Eisenhower would be a RINO and wouldn’t be able to run for the WH in this current environment.

Eisenhower probably couldn’t get nominated as a Democrat nowadays.

209 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 5:17:33am
210 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 5:18:29am

Well it looks like wingnuts have got their HURR HURR IRA EINHORN WAS A MURDERER, TEH HOLE ERF DAI IS INVALID!!!!!1!!!!! talking point.

211 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 5:19:57am

OH LOOK, a wingnut has stolen copyrighted art from “Assassin’s Creed” for their stupid meme==>

212 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:20:43am

Good Morning Lizards!

Google’s title page lets you answer a few questions and be assigned an animal. I ended up with a giant squid.

:)

Back to coffee and checking to see what got screwed up in the user security this morning. (NOT MY FAULT!)

213 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 5:21:34am

re: #212 Feline Fearless Leader

Good Morning Lizards!

Google’s title page lets you answer a few questions and be assigned an animal. I ended up with a giant squid.

:)

Back to coffee and checking to see what got screwed up in the user security this morning. (NOT MY FAULT!)

I, too, am a giant squid.

Must be something in the water…

214 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 22, 2015 5:26:20am

I honestly didn’t know who founded Earth Day, and I don’t give a shit. I’d just like to enjoy the earth as long as we can keep it functioning. I’ve seen mountaintop removal coal mining, seen photos of the shit that gets done in huge ore mining digs, read of the toxic chemicals that get dumped in our streams and rivers, and giving the Earth one day of recognition seems like the LEAST we could do for raping (a term I don’t use lightly) our natural resources so consistently.

215 William Barnett-Lewis  Apr 22, 2015 5:26:41am

Mammoth, which makes even less sense but whatever makes Google happy :)

216 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 22, 2015 5:27:39am

re: #209 lawhawk

Ah, the old “with no admittance of wrongdoing” dodge.

217 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 5:29:57am

re: #209 lawhawk

Haha, she doesn’t want to sully her “brand” by appearing not to be a “maverick” and “rogue”.

I hope the judge makes her sign the settlement because she’s always said that she’ll do whatever she wants to do until “until the courts make me”, or words to that effect.

218 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 5:30:54am

re: #214 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

I honestly didn’t know who founded Earth Day, and I don’t give a shit. I’d just like to enjoy the earth as long as we can keep it functioning. I’ve seen mountaintop removal coal mining, seen photos of the shit that gets done in huge ore mining digs, read of the toxic chemicals that get dumped in our streams and rivers, and giving the Earth one day of recognition seems like the LEAST we could do for raping (a term I don’t use lightly) our natural resources so consistently.

It’s not a question of us keeping the Earth, it’s a matter of the Earth keeping us.

219 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 5:30:58am
220 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 5:32:38am

re: #212 Feline Fearless Leader

Damn! Is everyone a squid?

221 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:33:49am

re: #220 Justanotherhuman

Damn! Is everyone a squid?

There’s a mammoth about here somewhere - but I think the squid made him into a pie. (A very large pie, mind you.)

222 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Apr 22, 2015 5:34:52am

as with any puritanical, demagogue ideology, there can never be enough purity. There will always be those who are not the “right sort” of people, not “pure” enough, or those more “pure” than all others.

It doesn’t matter if it is hardcore Communism, Islam, Christian, Libertarian, Tea Party, etc etc there are lunatics in each of these entirely man-made belief systems. There those that will place themselves at the top as “most pure” to the belief and xenophobic to the “other.” We are witnessing a historic movement in today’s America where a large percentage of the American public is waging war against the majority, and also amongst themselves as the guardian of their Utopianist Teabagger belief system.

223 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 22, 2015 5:35:07am

re: #220 Justanotherhuman

Damn! Is everyone a squid?

I am….

224 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 5:36:47am

re: #223 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Yeah, I think that’s 5 of us now. : )

225 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 5:38:50am

re: #220 Justanotherhuman

I am a honey badger. Bwhahaha!

You’re a honey badger!Your true friends know they always can call on you to scare away lions or fight a king cobra.

226 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:39:42am

re: #225 lawhawk

I am a honey badger. Bwhahaha!

I already have a rock for scaring away tigers.
;p

227 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 5:40:34am

re: #220 Justanotherhuman

Damn! Is everyone a squid?

Nah. I came back as a Pangolin

228 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:41:09am

re: #222 Rocky-in-Connecticut

as with any puritanical, demagogue ideology, there can never be enough purity. There will always be those who are not the “right sort” of people, not “pure” enough, or those more “pure” than all others.

It doesn’t matter if it is hardcore Communism, Islam, Christian, Libertarian, Tea Party, etc etc there are lunatics in each of these entirely man-made belief systems. There those that will place themselves at the top as “most pure” to the belief and xenophobic to the “other.” We are witnessing a historic movement in today’s America where a large percentage of the American public is waging war against the majority, and also amongst themselves as the guardian of their Utopianist Teabagger belief system.

Yep. America has a big asshole problem right now. Come in various flavors, but still an outsized issue. And the normal methods for keeping them tamped down and limited in their influence are currently compromised and/or dysfunctional.

229 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 5:42:09am

You’re a komodo dragon!

230 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:44:54am

re: #227 Bubblehead II

Nah. I came back as a Pangolin

Useful for insect control and sports as well.

Lion Football

231 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 5:45:31am

re: #225 lawhawk

I am a honey badger. Bwhahaha!

It’s your legal training. : )

232 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:46:11am

re: #231 Justanotherhuman

It’s your legal training. : )

Or some sort of New Yorker default status. ;)

233 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Apr 22, 2015 5:48:27am

I’m Coral. WTF?

234 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:50:15am

re: #233 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

I’m Coral. WTF?

Not very mobile, but community oriented as animals go.

235 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 5:50:21am

re: #229 Amory Blaine

You’re a komodo dragon!

Do you swallow live goats? : )

236 BeenHereAwhile  Apr 22, 2015 5:51:49am

The transformation is nearly complete.

Media references to the Kardassian family are no longer associated with Gul Dukat.

237 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 5:53:20am

HURR HURR TEH ERF DAYS IS A CELEBRATION OF MURDERS!!!!!!

238 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 5:53:24am

re: #236 BeenHereAwhile

The transformation is nearly complete.

Media references to the Kardassian family are no longer associated with Gul Dukat.

Kris Jenner could probably give Dukat a good run for his money in terms of cold-hearted manipulation for personal gain. And she is not fictional.
///

239 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 5:58:36am

re: #237 Lord Of The Pies

HURR HURR TEH ERF DAYS IS A CELEBRATION OF MURDERS!!!!!!

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That’s funny, because when I went to my first Earth Day, way back, we didn’t even know Einhorn existed.

Denis Hayes was the first coordinator of Earth Day in 1970.
en.wikipedia.org

Einhorn was simply a “host” at the Philadelphia event.

Philadelphia

U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie speaking to an estimated 40-60,000 at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia on Earth Day, 1970
The event was hosted by environmentalist Ira Einhorn.[10] U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie was the keynote speaker on Earth Day in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Other notable attendees included consumer protection activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader; Landscape Architect Ian McHarg; Nobel prize-winning Harvard Biochemist, George Wald; U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Hugh Scott; and poet, Allen Ginsberg. Photos, video, and other previously unpublished information are available to the public at earthweek1970.org.

en.wikipedia.org

241 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 5:59:43am

re: #237 Lord Of The Pies

HURR HURR TEH ERF DAYS IS A CELEBRATION OF MURDERS!!!!!!

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Well that totally invalidates the ideas of Earth Day for me. I’m buying the biggest SUV I can find.

242 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 6:07:53am

Very interesting report about how US DOE facilities, including Livermore and Oak Ridge didn’t just model out Iran’s nuclear program, but duplicated aspects of it and came up with ways to transition it from a potential nuclear weapons facility to a research oriented one. They also worked on reconfiguring an Iranian nuclear reactor so that it would not be able to produce plutonium without reconfigurations that would be noticeable.

243 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 6:10:06am

re: #235 Justanotherhuman

With a nice bottle of Chianti.

All the lizard talk of telecasters is more than I can take. I was thinking about staying up until the guitar store opens and picking up one of these (red). Any opinions? Uncle Sam kicked me in the pills pretty good on the 15th but man it sure looks like fun.

244 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 6:12:07am

re: #240 Varek Raith

That’s about twice as fast as China’s fastest high speed rail trains. I’m impressed.

A while ago, I mentioned the new high speed rail service from a city about 90 minutes from here to Changsha and points south and east. It took 1h40m from Huaihua to Changsha; the bus ride is about 6h and the regular train almost 8. To build this rail line, they had to tunnel through several mountains, which is why the westward extension to Kunming is going to take quite a while to complete. HSR rights of way avoid steep inclines, so the only way to go is through the mountain ranges running through this part of China.

245 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 6:15:23am
246 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 6:20:59am

Trey Gowdy has gentle hands.

247 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 6:23:43am
248 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Apr 22, 2015 6:25:20am
Note that “We The People Rising” is not just an ordinary group; they have extensive connections to white supremacist organizations, and were involved in the ugly demonstrations in the California town of Murrieta last year, in which protesters screamed hateful insults at buses full of immigrant families. These people are so extreme they consider Rep. Knight, who is a far right conservative in every way, to be a “RINO.”

These are just lovely, lovely people.

/

249 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 6:26:46am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m just looking forward to Ted Cruz getting asked about hymens in a press conference.

250 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Apr 22, 2015 6:26:52am

re: #237 Lord Of The Pies

HURR HURR TEH ERF DAYS IS A CELEBRATION OF MURDERS!!!!!!

Sounds like someone Dana and the other ammosexuals would look up to as a hero.

251 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 6:28:08am

re: #250 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

Sounds like someone Dana and the other ammosexuals would look up to as a hero.

If Ira Einhorn was a gunfucker who shot an innocent Black person, Loesch et al would worship him as a hero.

252 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 6:28:23am

re: #242 lawhawk

Ernest Moniz is a fucking genius.

253 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Apr 22, 2015 6:29:15am

re: #210 Lord Of The Pies

Well it looks like wingnuts have got their HURR HURR IRA EINHORN WAS A MURDERER, TEH HOLE ERF DAI IS INVALID!!!!!1!!!!! talking point.

Did he kill his girlfriend with a Patriotic Gunz? I imagine these Troubled Hearts would have been OK with that.

254 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 6:29:42am

re: #246 darthstar

Trey Gowdy has gentle hands.

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And a pointed head.

255 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 6:32:18am
256 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 6:40:10am
257 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 6:45:46am

re: #256 Backwoods_Sleuth

That is such a “so what?” issue.

258 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 6:47:06am

re: #256 Backwoods_Sleuth
Deos Ben Affleck own slaves? No? Then why is this even a thing?

259 Timothy Watson  Apr 22, 2015 6:47:17am

re: #256 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Do I have to address my slave-owning ancestor(s) too?

260 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 22, 2015 6:50:18am

re: #258 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Deos Ben Affleck own slaves? No? Then why is this even a thing?

If you had an ancestor that did X, then saying X is bad makes you a hypocrite, and that proves liberalism is invalid. Have I got it now?

261 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 6:50:56am

re: #260 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

If you had an ancestor that did X, then saying X is bad makes you a hypocrite, and that proves liberalism is invalid. Have I got it now?

yep

262 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 6:53:39am

re: #260 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

re: #261 Backwoods_Sleuth

Because we all are destined to think and act exactly as our ancestors did. So, I should go back into the whaling business.

Oh, wait …

263 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 22, 2015 6:54:15am

Well, some of my ancestors on my mother’s side undoubtedly owned slaves. OTOH, my father’s ancestors were probably slaves (thralls) in Norway at some point, judging by the ending of their surname. Does that balance out?

264 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 6:56:19am

re: #260 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

If you had an ancestor that did X, then saying X is bad makes you a hypocrite, and that proves liberalism is invalid. Have I got it now?

Pretty much. I think the big hullabaloo is over the fact he didn’t want this guy brought up in the show as he was embarrassed by him.Hell, we all have relatives, living and dead that are an embarrassment to the family. That’s why we generally try to keep them confined to the attic or cellar.

265 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 6:57:26am

re: #263 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I have the same situation among mine, as well. But my slave-owning ancestors were Quakers, and manumitted their slaves in the 1700s, and my enthralled ancestors were Swedes.

Enthrallment was a pretty bad deal, from what I can gather. Almost like slavery, because there was little hope of escaping servitude. No wonder so many Swedes and Norwegians emigrated.

266 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 6:58:08am

Having slave owning ancestors makes liberal movie star Ben Affleck a hypocrite. Having slave owning ancestors would make conservative politician Ben Affleck a shoo-in.

267 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 6:58:53am

re: #266 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Having slave owning ancestors makes liberal movie star Ben Affleck a hypocrite. Having slave owning ancestors slaves would make conservative politician Ben Affleck a shoo-in.

268 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 7:11:59am

re: #213 Backwoods_Sleuth

I, too, am a giant squid.

Must be something in the water…

Strange, so did I.

269 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 7:14:34am

This is Floyd Dent’s hearing.

Live video: Judge expected to dismiss criminal drug charge against Michigan man seen Tasered and bloodied during arrest after traffic stop - @NBCNews
see original on nbcnews.com

270 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 7:16:52am

Of course he did.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduces bill to reauthorize Patriot Act until 2020; law is set to expire June 1 - @nationaljournal
read more on nationaljournal.com

271 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 7:20:03am

Watched my first Mexican political debate last night because work.

As annoying and full of bullshit as American debates are, they’ve got a few things going for them, like an audience. The debate I watched took place in an empty studio with all the candidates standing at podiums in front of a white screen. The moderator would tell them what the topic was and then go down the line for each party’s candidate to articulate their position on that topic. Then they’d get another round to be able to respond to anything that someone else said. Once that was done, they’d move on to the next topic.

ZZZZZzzzzzzzz….TOTAL snoozefest.

272 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:21:48am

re: #271 Lidane

Watched my first Mexican political debate last night because work.

As annoying and full of bullshit as American debates are, they’ve got a few things going for them, like an audience. The debate I watched took place in an empty studio with all the candidates standing at podiums in front of a white screen. The moderator would tell them what the topic was and then go down the line for each party’s candidate to articulate their position on that topic. Then they’d get another round to be able to respond to anything that someone else said. Once that was done, they’d move on to the next topic.

ZZZZZzzzzzzzz….TOTAL snoozefest.

Sounds like a discussion of policy and view rather than personality and soundbites.

No reason we’d want to do that in the US.
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273 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 7:21:56am

re: #259 Timothy Watson

Do I have to address my slave-owning ancestor(s) too?

And the Bush’s have some explaining to do about their nazi collaborating relatives.

274 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 7:24:09am

Doesn’t this whole Affleck-affair get filed under “DARVO”?

275 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 7:26:36am

re: #272 Feline Fearless Leader

Sounds like a discussion of policy and view rather than personality and soundbites.

No reason we’d want to do that in the US.
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Well, yes. It was a lot more policy driven, but there’s a reason for that. Mexican election law actually prevents them from attacking each other directly in ads. They have to either dance around any allegations or just talk about the party that the candidate they’re attacking is from. And since they’re all going to want to use a soundbite from the debate in their official ads, they’re very limited in what they can and can’t say.

FWIW, they also all create fake unofficial ad campaigns that are designed to look like cheap DIY “concerned citizen” videos, but that’s another story. Hah.

276 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:27:04am

Some company spokesperson needs a refresher.

Consumer Reports says the safety risk is low and the magazine does not know of any reported injuries. Even so, no grill should have this flaw, Nanni told NBC News. And none of the other 136 grills tested did.

The editors shared their findings with Brinkmann. The company said the Patio Grill meets industry safety standards and does not pose a risk. Even so, the company told Consumer Reports it made design improvements to prevent any burner from going out and the change has been made at the factory for future production.

Gas Grill fails safety test

Sort of translates as “Our grill is not a risk and meets the standards. We’ll fix it anyways.”

277 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 7:27:09am

re: #270 Justanotherhuman

Of course he did.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduces bill to reauthorize Patriot Act until 2020; law is set to expire June 1 - @nationaljournal
read more on nationaljournal.com

Doesn’t that authorize all this “spying” and “listening to all our phone/email/twitter/utterances” that had everyone’s knickers in a twist a while back?

278 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 7:28:41am

re: #275 Lidane

In other words, those Mexican candidates are quite like US Congressmen, who convene “hearings” with “witnesses” but then just ignore the witnesses in order to give little 3 minute speeches that get recorded and put on Youtube and used in campaigns.

279 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 7:29:27am

re: #270 Justanotherhuman

Of course he did.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduces bill to reauthorize Patriot Act until 2020; law is set to expire June 1 - @nationaljournal
read more on nationaljournal.com

And the bill will pass quietly and with a solid majority on both sides, then get little notice as the President signs it.

280 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 7:29:37am

re: #277 Eventual Carrion

Doesn’t that authorize all this “spying” and “listening to all our phone/email/twitter/utterances” that had everyone’s knickers in a twist a while back?

That was during the Ed Snowden news cycle. People have forgotten all that stuff by now.

281 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 7:30:50am

re: #277 Eventual Carrion

Doesn’t that authorize all this “spying” and “listening to all our phone/email/twitter/utterances” that had everyone’s knickers in a twist a while back?

Yes it does and it precludes any reforms. Republicans just hate intrusive big government - except when they don’t.

282 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 7:31:01am

Well of course they did.

283 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:31:05am

re: #277 Eventual Carrion

Doesn’t that authorize all this “spying” and “listening to all our phone/email/twitter/utterances” that had everyone’s knickers in a twist a while back?

That’s only important when a Democrat is residing in the White House.
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284 FemNaziBitch  Apr 22, 2015 7:31:16am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

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what is the patriarchal male obsession with the hymen?

I think Laci Green should be required viewing for EVERYONE:

285 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 7:32:00am

re: #278 freetoken

In other words, those Mexican candidates are quite like US Congressmen, who convene “hearings” with “witnesses” but then just ignore the witnesses in order to give little 3 minute speeches that get recorded and put on Youtube and used in campaigns.

Yes. But it’s very boring. Although I appreciated one of the left wing candidates using sarcasm to skewer the other parties. He was great. He knows he’s really got no chance of winning, so he basically walked in and said fuck it. He was going to hit the major parties with impunity.

Imagine if American debates forced the R’s and D’s to have Greens, Libertarians, and other third parties standing right next to them.

286 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:32:32am

re: #284 FemNaziBitch

what is the patriarchal male obsession with the hymen?

I think Laci Green should be required viewing for EVERYONE:
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It’s an obsession due to belief that it is property and that is supposedly the way to insure there has not been trespass that might affect the value of said property.
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287 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 7:32:34am

re: #284 FemNaziBitch

I like Laci Green.

288 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 7:32:44am

re: #239 Justanotherhuman

That’s funny, because when I went to my first Earth Day, way back, we didn’t even know Einhorn existed.

Denis Hayes was the first coordinator of Earth Day in 1970.
en.wikipedia.org

Einhorn was simply a “host” at the Philadelphia event.

Philadelphia

U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie speaking to an estimated 40-60,000 at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia on Earth Day, 1970
The event was hosted by environmentalist Ira Einhorn.[10] U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie was the keynote speaker on Earth Day in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Other notable attendees included consumer protection activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader; Landscape Architect Ian McHarg; Nobel prize-winning Harvard Biochemist, George Wald; U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Hugh Scott; and poet, Allen Ginsberg. Photos, video, and other previously unpublished information are available to the public at earthweek1970.org.

en.wikipedia.org

I was there. Rode my bike in from the ‘burbs.

And FTR, Google says I am a Red Capped Manakin!

(Hope that doesn’t bring back C_L’s creepy laughing mannequin heads…)

289 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 7:33:57am

re: #243 Amory Blaine

With a nice bottle of Chianti.

All the lizard talk of telecasters is more than I can take. I was thinking about staying up until the guitar store opens and picking up one of these (red). Any opinions? Uncle Sam kicked me in the pills pretty good on the 15th but man it sure looks like fun.

Ooooh. I say go for it!

290 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 7:34:19am

Another wingnut who needs a class of subhuman to look down on:

291 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 22, 2015 7:34:34am

Good night, squids, manakins, lizards and what have yous, from the land of the Monkey King.

292 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 22, 2015 7:35:09am

re: #283 Feline Fearless Leader

That’s only important when a Democrat is residing in the White House.
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Exactly—but they figure there’ll be a Republican in there pretty soon. The unskewed polls never lie!

293 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 7:36:20am

re: #282 lawhawk

That House committee is going to have more leaks than the SS Minnow.

294 FemNaziBitch  Apr 22, 2015 7:36:31am

re: #256 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Kinda cool that a grown man admitted he was embarrassed.

295 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 7:36:40am

I’d take up needlepoint just to make something like this:

Heh.

296 FemNaziBitch  Apr 22, 2015 7:37:23am

re: #258 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Deos Ben Affleck own slaves? No? Then why is this even a thing?

because we still have the whole “sins of the father” mentality creeping around our brains and our society.

297 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 7:37:26am

re: #269 Justanotherhuman

This is Floyd Dent’s hearing.

Live video: Judge expected to dismiss criminal drug charge against Michigan man seen Tasered and bloodied during arrest after traffic stop - @NBCNews
see original on nbcnews.com

Prosecute asshole cop hard for planting evidence. Check all his previous arrests & throw em out for planted evidence.

Just one of many corrupt cops. If not for the camera and Mr. Dent’s being ready to fight the system, he would still be planting evidence and beating random people.

298 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:40:59am

re: #293 Higgs Boson’s Mate

That House committee is going to have more leaks than the SS Minnow.

Ideally (for them) they delay the report until after the election while claiming all sorts of anti-Hillary information is being suppressed. Then, post-election, they can release the big nothing-burger while no one cares.
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299 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 7:41:25am

I do believe that if Affleck had not been associated with Skip Gates then the wingnuts would not be all over this to the extent they are.

300 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 7:42:44am

re: #290 Lord Of The Pies

Another wingnut who needs a class of subhuman to look down on:

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I made myself valuable to my first boss, busted my ass for months. What did I get for it? The knowledge that no matter how hard I worked, I wouldn’t be able to receive that few cents more an hour for another 6 months, because corporate policy was reviews happened annually, and then you had to wait for the regional manager to make the rounds to sign off on any proposed raises. So in reality, you could be waiting 18 months between raises. In the mean time, they’d just keep dumping more and more responsibilities on your head so they could have you work virtually any shift.

301 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 7:43:35am

re: #296 FemNaziBitch

Yet many of the same ppl complaining about Affleck’s ancestor have no problem touting their affiliations and relations to the Confederacy, whose chief aim was protecting the institution of slavery and slaveholding.

302 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:43:45am

re: #297 #FergusonFireside

Prosecute asshole cop hard for planting evidence. Check all his previous arrests & throw em out for planted evidence.

Just one of many corrupt cops. If not for the camera and Mr. Dent’s being ready to fight the system, he would still be planting evidence and beating random people.

Sounds like police academies and departments need to do a lot more in terms of teaching and then reinforcing ethics. Along with repeatedly pointing out that falsifying evidence *once* can lead to all your previous police work being questioned and a lot of cases being thrown out or appealed.

(And if you’re not in the field out of a sense of serving justice and the community you should be weeded out of the program then and there.)

304 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 7:47:02am

re: #297 #FergusonFireside

Prosecute asshole cop hard for planting evidence. Check all his previous arrests & throw em out for planted evidence.

Just one of many corrupt cops. If not for the camera and Mr. Dent’s being ready to fight the system, he would still be planting evidence and beating random people.

I’d personally like to know why his buddies who were there with him are not also facing charges for, if nothing else, falsifying their official reports. I guess the department wants to dump all this on one cop.

305 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 7:47:19am

re: #303 FemNaziBitch

Religious Leaders On Same-Sex Marriage: “No One View Speaks For ‘Religion’”

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That’s good to see. I am not religious at all myself but I’m tired of the bigots claiming opposing LGBT rights is their “religious freedom.”

306 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 7:47:22am

re: #298 Feline Fearless Leader

Ideally (for them) they delay the report until after the election while claiming all sorts of anti-Hillary information is being suppressed. Then, post-election, they can release the big nothing-burger while no one cares.
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That’s what I meant. Those anonymous source so beloved by today’s MSM will be accusing Clinton of cannibalism by the time the primaries are over.

307 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 7:47:25am

re: #302 Feline Fearless Leader

Sounds like police academies and departments need to do a lot more in terms of teaching and then reinforcing ethics. Along with repeatedly pointing out that falsifying evidence *once* can lead to all your previous police work being questioned and a lot of cases being thrown out or appealed.

(And if you’re not in the field out of a sense of serving justice and the community you should be weeded out of the program then and there.)

All good intentions.

But we are talking about a cop that carries around a bag of crack.

It’s way beyond teaching him some ethics. He and many others like him are beyond rehabilitation.

308 gwangung  Apr 22, 2015 7:49:31am

re: #290 Lord Of The Pies

Another wingnut who needs a class of subhuman to look down on:

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A) The twit doesn’t know a minimum wage doesn’t get you an education anymore.

B) Any time you get gains is BECAUSE you demand it. Why should an owner pay more if you don’t demand it?

309 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 7:49:32am

re: #246 darthstar

Trey Gowdy has gentle hands.

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I’ll say it again - his hair makes me wants to punch things.

310 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 7:50:52am

re: #305 HappyWarrior

And what about the freedom of LGBTs to exercise their religion, also?

Sometimes, it’s the same religion as their detractors and condemners.

311 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 7:51:39am

re: #309 makeitstop

I’ll say it again - his hair makes me wants to punch things.

Trey Gowdy represents South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. When in Rome…

312 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 7:52:12am

re: #307 #FergusonFireside

All good intentions.

But we are talking about a cop that carries around a bag of crack.

It’s way beyond teaching him some ethics. He and many others like him are beyond rehabilitation.

Those who hide the most behind “the thin blue line” are often those who least deserve said protection.

It’s pretty common in most groups and communities unfortunately. They all seem to have those that abuse the protection of membership and mutual loyalty while not actually acting as a loyal or ethical member of the community. Seen it more than once in my fraternity experiences, and also got one of the infamous “not a team player” reviews as a result of not tolerating it in one group.

313 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 7:52:25am

re: #308 gwangung

A) The twit doesn’t know a minimum wage doesn’t get you an education anymore.

B) Any time you get gains is BECAUSE you demand it. Why should an owner pay more if you don’t demand it?

Don’t demand it? So I am assuming this twit has never asked for a raise before? Honestly, I think it’s telling and it’s because conservatives are a bunch of corporate ass kissers that they flip their shit out at fast food employees wanting better pay but have nary a word for the executives of those same establishments who give themselves six and sometimes seven figure raises.Kind of like how they think unions are “greedy” but Mr. Executive giving himself a generous bonus is just “rewarding a provider.” Well Mr. Provider wouldn’t be jackshit if he didn’t have workers.

314 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 7:53:43am

re: #310 Justanotherhuman

And what about the freedom of LGBTs to exercise their religion, also?

Sometimes, it’s the same religion as their detractors and condemners.

Exactly. I think the bigots know they have a losing battle on their hand. Their arguments get more and more absurd. Saw something on facebook yesterday I think where anti-gay marriage people argued in front of the Supreme Court no less that gay marriage would cause 800,000 abortions. These people know they’re losing and they’re getting more extreme and desperate because of it.

315 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 7:54:29am

re: #313 HappyWarrior

Don’t demand it? So I am assuming this twit has never asked for a raise before? Honestly, I think it’s telling and it’s because conservatives are a bunch of corporate ass kissers that they flip their shit out at fast food employees wanting better pay but have nary a word for the executives of those same establishments who give themselves six and sometimes seven figure raises.Kind of like how they think unions are “greedy” but Mr. Executive giving himself a generous bonus is just “rewarding a provider.” Well Mr. Provider wouldn’t be jackshit if he didn’t have workers.

All the while those types have their lips firmly pressed against said executives’ bung hole.

Everyone always knows who the ass-kissers are.

316 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 7:55:17am

Why I teach evolution to Muslim students

Maybe she could come on over to Texas and do some good there too?

317 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 7:56:55am

re: #289 makeitstop

I must say your latest project looks awesome. Well done.

bbiab

318 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 7:57:03am

I mean to me, it’s simple. You pay someone decently, they’re going to put their best effort into the work. Pay them like crap and they’re not going to care. You really want to pay people working with food that poorly?!?! Of course, corporate asskissers are also okay with the bosses refusing to give time off to sick employees or those injured on the job.

319 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 8:04:13am

re: #317 Amory Blaine

I must say your latest project looks awesome. Well done.

bbiab

Thank you! It’s right here next to my desk so I can pick it up and noodle a bit while waiting for phone calls and emails from clients.

Or when I need a break. ;)

320 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 8:12:55am

re: #300 Targetpractice

I made myself valuable to my first boss, busted my ass for months. What did I get for it? The knowledge that no matter how hard I worked, I wouldn’t be able to receive that few cents more an hour for another 6 months, because corporate policy was reviews happened annually, and then you had to wait for the regional manager to make the rounds to sign off on any proposed raises. So in reality, you could be waiting 18 months between raises. In the mean time, they’d just keep dumping more and more responsibilities on your head so they could have you work virtually any shift.

The wingnut meme is that if you “work hard” you will “earn more”

This is bullshit.

People who work at menial jobs in retail and fast food “work harder” than degreed, experienced professionals who sit around in a cubicle writing code (while posting to LGF & Twitter).

321 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Apr 22, 2015 8:14:49am

re: #320 Lord Of The Pies

People who work at menial jobs in retail and fast food “work harder” than degreed, experienced professionals who sit around in a cubicle writing code (while posting to LGF & Twitter).

I highly resemble this remark.

322 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 8:16:39am

re: #321 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I highly resemble this remark.

Me too.

323 withak  Apr 22, 2015 8:18:43am

re: #321 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I highly resemble this remark.

My high school grocery store gig was “harder” in the physical labor sense than any job I’ve had since, but I make eight times as much now as I did then. I use a little of that extra money to pay a business to let me do physical labor for free in their gym.

324 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:20:49am

Underemployment is another issue. And it’s something I’ve struggled with. Wingnuts think the guy working the fast food counter is just some bum who didn’t work hard enough in college but underemployment does happen and I blame a lot of it on wingnut jackass employers who refuse to take chances on people.

325 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 8:21:01am

If there is any justice at all, this person will face a long jail term.

Man charged with murder in Stafford for death of 12-month-old foster child

nbc12.com

326 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 8:21:56am

re: #308 gwangung

A) The twit doesn’t know a minimum wage doesn’t get you an education anymore.

B) Any time you get gains is BECAUSE you demand it. Why should an owner pay more if you don’t demand it?

I don’t suppose the wingnut ever asked for a raise?

327 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:24:07am

My favorite was the one wingnut Congresswoman who apparently didn’t learn adjusting for inflation in the time since she’s been elected who talked about how she did just fine I think making two dollars a hour in the late 60’s and it was pointed out that adjusted for inflation, she would be well making above the minimum wage.

328 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 8:27:13am

re: #320 Lord Of The Pies

The wingnut meme is that if you “work hard” you will “earn more”

This is bullshit.

People who work at menial jobs in retail and fast food “work harder” than degreed, experienced professionals who sit around in a cubicle writing code (while posting to LGF & Twitter).

I’ve noticed most of those who push the “work harder” line are Boomers whose most recent familiarity with minimum wage labor was hectoring the kid at the McDonald’s for there being pickles on their burger. They seem to think, almost to a person, that things are just as they were in the 60s and 70s, between the ease of finding a job (“Just walk in and ask!”), the ease of getting a raise (“Just work hard!”), and the affordability of basic necessities (“You kids don’t know how good you got it!”).

329 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:27:43am

I swear if I don’t get a decent paying job once I get my paralegal certificate. I’m going to be pissed. For all the talk about hard work, I don’t think some employers appreciate hard work at all given the number of times I’ve been turned down. I mean I get that a BA can only get you so far these days but a BA that graduated with honors? Surely that’s worthy of being taken a chance on.

330 withak  Apr 22, 2015 8:28:03am

re: #327 HappyWarrior

My favorite was the one wingnut Congresswoman who apparently didn’t learn adjusting for inflation in the time since she’s been elected who talked about how she did just fine I think making two dollars a hour in the late 60’s and it was pointed out that adjusted for inflation, she would be well making above the minimum wage.

Do you have a source for this?

331 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:28:35am

re: #328 Targetpractice

I’ve noticed most of those who push the “work harder” line are Boomers whose most recent familiarity with minimum wage labor was hectoring the kid at the McDonald’s for there being pickles on their burger. They seem to think, almost to a person, that things are just as they were in the 60s and 70s, between the ease of finding a job (“Just walk in and ask!”), the ease of getting a raise (“Just work hard!”), and the affordability of basic necessities (“You kids don’t know how good you got it!”).

Image: oh-get-a-job-charlie-day.jpg
Charlie Kelly had it right.

332 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 8:28:46am

At my first real job at Arthur Treacher’s, the manager would always add up the day’s hours and multiply it by the minimum wage and expect that it would generally add up to about 10% of the day’s sales, give or take a little. A lot of businesses have different expectations of how much labor should comprise the cost of sales (or % of gross sales, either way its the same concept). This was in the early 80s. Since then productivity has increased tremendously, and I’m sure that 10% figure is far lower by now.
Shouldn’t the wingnuts ask themselves “Wouldn’t increased productivity merit a pay raise?” I guess that would involve something they lack.

333 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:29:40am

re: #330 withak

Do you have a source for this?

Sure do and I actually was generous to Blackburn. The wage she made adjusted for inflation today would be between 12 and 14 bucks per hour.
thinkprogress.org

334 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 8:34:13am

re: #324 HappyWarrior

In a world of 7 billion people and millions of robots and billions of machines, a single person’s labor isn’t so important.

And thus, that is how said laborer is treated.

We have to look at our society with an eye of how we want to live the rest of our lives and how we want the next generation to start off.

That’s why I think we ought to focus more on taxes than wages. Money is not a physical substance but an abstract expression of power. The increasing share of the total wealth into fewer hands means a smaller group of people are gaining more power over the majority.

It’s my position that we need to recycle that wealth through massive re-investment in infrastructure designed to be sustainable.

We’re fighting an uphill battle here, as the current way of life started with agriculture and that means control over land like the hunter-gatherers never could conceive. He who owns the land rules, and the real problem with 7, moving to 10, billion people on the planet is that controlling land and natural resources is now even more central to control over the masses.

And yet one can’t discuss these things without the average hyper-individualistic American shouting COMMUNIST!

335 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 8:35:04am

Fucking Google has one of their Google doodles wishing me a Happy Birthday :( Not comfy with that one little bit.

336 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:36:00am

I really think older wingnuts think getting a job for today’s young people is simple as going up to old Mr. so and so who runs the shoe store and saying “Hey Mr. so and so, my family’s been a customer of yours for as long as I can remember, I’d like a job” and he responds “Of course, when can you start?” Modern Job hunting is an endless avalanche of resumes, cover letters, references, interviews, and follow ups. And then you have the younger ones who by good fortune and sometimes by good connections got into a good position fairly soon out of school who look down on the rest of us still looking for that right position as just being “lazy” and “entitled.” Maybe I am entitled a little bit but I challenge those who claim that to ask themselves if they worked any harder than I did for their degrees. If they too didn’t spend sleepless nights writing papers and preparing for tests.

337 EmmaAnne  Apr 22, 2015 8:36:32am

The one that infuriates me is the baby boomers who worked their way through college and have no clue that you would have to work 100 hours a week to pay current tuition amounts.

Kids these days can and do work their asses off and still have staggering amounts of student loans.

338 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 8:37:15am

Via Jim Wright on Facebook: Another Christianist asshole heard from:

Don Boys: Christ Would Not Vote to Increase the Minimum Wage!

Wright’s comment:

You want to know why I pick on religion so much? This, this right here. When religion starts shouting down assholes like this, when religion stops allowing itself to be hijacked by assholes just like this, when religion tosses assholes like this out the airlock, that’s when I’ll start cutting religion some slack.

Christians like Don Boys? To them their God is a sock puppet, they shove their hand up his almighty ass and work his bearded mouth and unsurprisingly their deity says exactly what they want him to say. Every time without fail.

339 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:37:57am

re: #334 freetoken

In a world of 7 billion people and millions of robots and billions of machines, a single person’s labor isn’t so important.

And thus, that is how said laborer is treated.

We have to look at our society with an eye of how we want to live the rest of our lives and how we want the next generation to start off.

That’s why I think we ought to focus more on taxes than wages. Money is not a physical substance but an abstract expression of power. The increasing share of the total wealth into fewer hands means a smaller group of people are gaining more power over the majority.

It’s my position that we need to recycle that wealth through massive re-investment in infrastructure designed to be sustainable.

We’re fighting an uphill battle here, as the curren way of life started with agriculture and that means control over land like the hunter-gatherers never could conceive. He own owns the land rules, and the real problem with 7, moving to 10, billion people on the planet is that controlling land and natural resources is now even more central to control over the masses.

And yet one can’t discuss these things without the average hyper-individualistic American shouting COMMUNIST!

Good points and yeah you’re sadly right. The second you talk about recycling or redistributing wealth, people flip their shit and you get screams of COMMUNIST before you can even make your argument. Very frustrating.

340 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:38:55am

re: #337 EmmaAnne

The one that infuriates me is the baby boomers who worked their way through college and have no clue that you would have to work 100 hours a week to pay current tuition amounts.

Kids these days can and do work their asses off and still have staggering amounts of student loans.

I don’t have anything against the boomers but I do get tired of them acting like my generation is excessively lazy and entitled.

341 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 8:38:58am

I am amused. I just saw a press release from a group looking for more state highway funding here in Texas with the complaint that the funding gap they’re talking about exists because we’ve got “stagnant revenue resources that haven’t increased in 24 years”.

Well gee… maybe if we didn’t keep slashing budgets and gutting taxes fucking year in a RWNJ feeding frenzy we wouldn’t be facing any funding gaps. And maybe if we weren’t run by a bunch of idiot Republicans we’d have sound economic ideas over at the capitol.

342 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 8:39:07am

The greatest failure of today’s political discourse in America, I believe, is the unwillingness to discuss openly that the future can’t be like the past.

Oh, people will come up with fancy slogans and all.

But a real discussion is lacking. I believe this is so because once one really gets into the details the changes needed require people to give up things - wealth, maybe some “freedoms”, status.

343 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 8:39:30am

A Kanawha County judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a woman who claimed her abortion was botched at a clinic on Charleston’s West Side.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit entered an order Monday dismissing the lawsuit filed by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia on behalf of Itai Gravely. The judge dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it can never be refiled.

Gravely, who was 26 at the time her lawsuit was filed, sued the Women’s Health Center and Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens. The Family Policy Council, a conservative evangelical group that opposes abortion, held a press conference across the street from the health center the day the lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit also prompted West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to begin a review of abortion regulations statewide.

Dr. Byron Calhoun, who treated Gravely at Charleston Area Medical Center after her abortion and served as the expert in her lawsuit, is the national medical advisor for the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, an anti-abortion organization that trains and provides legal counsel to “life-affirming” pregnancy resources centers, according to the group’s website.

later in the article, we come to the out and out lying parts:

In her 12-page order, Tabit concluded that Gravely didn’t tell healthcare providers at the clinic she was addicted to heroin “which may have caused later complications when pain-relieving measures were employed during the procedure.”

The day after her abortion, Gravely called the clinic complaining of severe cramping and heavy bleeding, Tabit wrote. Clinic personnel asked her to come in to be examined, but instead Gravely called an ambulance and went to CAMC, because she didn’t have the money to get herself to the clinic.

While at CAMC, Calhoun performed an ultrasound, where he testified he found a fetal skull of about 13 weeks gestation in her uterus — but Calhoun didn’t tell Gravely of his alleged findings at the time, and a follow-up procedure at CAMC found no fetal remains.

344 BeachDem  Apr 22, 2015 8:41:23am

re: #220 Justanotherhuman

Damn! Is everyone a squid?

I’m coral.

345 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 8:41:24am

re: #336 HappyWarrior

I really think older wingnuts think getting a job for today’s young people is simple as going up to old Mr. so and so who runs the shoe store and saying “Hey Mr. so and so, my family’s been a customer of yours for as long as I can remember, I’d like a job” and he responds “Of course, when can you start?” Modern Job hunting is an endless avalanche of resumes, cover letters, references, interviews, and follow ups. And then you have the younger ones who by good fortune and sometimes by good connections got into a good position fairly soon out of school who look down on the rest of us still looking for that right position as just being “lazy” and “entitled.” Maybe I am entitled a little bit but I challenge those who claim that to ask themselves if they worked any harder than I did for their degrees. If they too didn’t spend sleepless nights writing papers and preparing for tests.

Just finding a minimum wage job these days is no longer a simple matter of walking in and asking for an application. Paper applications are an endangered species, mostly only seen in start-ups or small businesses without a major net presence. If you want to work for a major chain, you better be prepared to sit for 20-30 minutes online filing out an application and dealing with a long questionnaire. The last part in particular is a way a lot of kids are getting screwed over, because they don’t tell them up front that that questionnaire is pretty much a pre-interview.

346 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 8:41:30am

re: #326 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

In 1969, I was making $100/wk ($5/hr) and raising 2 kids on it, and we didn’t really want for a lot, except maybe trying to buy a house. And because I paid for everything in cash and had no credit, I couldn’t get one. I didn’t try again until 1978 when I bought my first house.

$100.00 in 1969 had the same buying power as $661.44 in 2015.

I was actually making $700+/wk in 1995 because I asked for a huge raise of 20% a couple of years before. And had already bought my second house after selling the first one for twice what I paid for it.

Before that, though, I worked at jobs that paid far less, esp in the 80s and was treading water. Luckily, the house pmt for that first house was only $220/mo, PITI. I’m practical and was lucky it was so low, since I was out of work a couple of times in the 80s.

347 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 8:41:43am

re: #328 Targetpractice

I’ve noticed most of those who push the “work harder” line are Boomers whose most recent familiarity with minimum wage labor was hectoring the kid at the McDonald’s for there being pickles on their burger. They seem to think, almost to a person, that things are just as they were in the 60s and 70s, between the ease of finding a job (“Just walk in and ask!”), the ease of getting a raise (“Just work hard!”), and the affordability of basic necessities (“You kids don’t know how good you got it!”).

Janie Johnson @jjauthor is the most ferocious hate-the-poors meme-spewer on Twitter, and she is a rich pampered asshole WHO HAS NEVER WORKED A DAY OF HER LIFE.

348 Decatur Deb  Apr 22, 2015 8:41:46am

Small nearby Alabama city hears from its new police chief.

“The incidents at Ferguson , Missouri and North Charleston , as terrible as they are, I feel like we can learn from them,” Parrish said. “Social pressures have forced law enforcement to redefine community policing. The public wants results, not talking on community policing.”
“It’s a systematic approach to multiple communities to make a more approachable police department,” Parrish said. “It’s continuing to build trust between the police and the community.”

One can hope.

349 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:45:47am

re: #345 Targetpractice

Just finding a minimum wage job these days is no longer a simple matter of walking in and asking for an application. Paper applications are an endangered species, mostly only seen in start-ups or small businesses without a major net presence. If you want to work for a major chain, you better be prepared to sit for 20-30 minutes online filing out an application and dealing with a long questionnaire. The last part in particular is a way a lot of kids are getting screwed over, because they don’t tell them up front that that questionnaire is pretty much a pre-interview.

Yep.

350 Dr. Matt  Apr 22, 2015 8:46:45am

re: #18 lostlakehiker

Support for Prop. 8 wasn’t unusual. It did, after all, get a majority of the votes cast on the issue. The best evidence that someone is extreme whatever-wing is that he supports something so far out that it has next to no support at the national level. [At the time the vote was taken.]

Bilingual education isn’t a RW-LW issue. It’s a technical issue. Do kids fare better in the long run if they spend a while intensively learning English and then take their other courses in English, or do they fare better if their English education is gradual and in the meantime they take their other courses in the language spoken at home?

The answer might depend on how old they are when they start. It might depend on how gradual gradual is, and on whether the bilingual education ever actually gets around to where they can go mainstream. There will inevitably be instances where what has been called “bilingual” education turns out badly for most of the students in a school system, and who wouldn’t oppose that?

As to the answer to this technical question, my hunch is that immersion is best. That’s how the army works it, after all. And Berlitz.

The minimum wage is another technical issue. It should be clear to one and all that at some point, a minimum wage law can set wages so high that businesses despair of breaking even, give up, and close rather than go broke paying more than they can afford.

In Sweden, people do a lot more of their own work than in the US for just this reason. You may not be much good at putting furniture together, but you don’t have to pay yourself minimum wage and you don’t have to pay taxes on that wage you don’t pay yourself. This has an egalitarian upside but it has the downside that there’s little formal employment to be had in assembling furniture and a lot of people who could get more done working at something they’re actually good at end up slogging through the furniture assembly.

Minimum wage laws are just one way, and probably not even second best among the choices, for raising the living standard of the working poor. The Earned Income Tax Credit, which should be liberalized and phased out slower, would do a better job of it, by me.

And then we come to the Confederate Flag. That’s a horse of a different color. I won’t even bother to try to construct an excuse or an explanation for that one.

You forgot to rant about some unhinged Clinton conspiracy. I’m disappointed.

351 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 8:47:01am

FUCKING IDIIOT==>

352 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 8:47:14am

Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you. But twice in four years?

Man survives second bear attack in 4 years: ‘I just had this deja vu’

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The chances of being attacked by a bear are extremely slim. It’s even less likely it would happen twice. But the victim of an attack last week also came face-to-face with an aggressive bear four years ago. And both times, it was a fight for his life.

353 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 8:47:15am

re: #332 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

At my first real job at Arthur Treacher’s, the manager would always add up the day’s hours and multiply it by the minimum wage and expect that it would generally add up to about 10% of the day’s sales, give or take a little. A lot of businesses have different expectations of how much labor should comprise the cost of sales (or % of gross sales, either way its the same concept). This was in the early 80s. Since then productivity has increased tremendously, and I’m sure that 10% figure is far lower by now.
Shouldn’t the wingnuts ask themselves “Wouldn’t increased productivity merit a pay raise?” I guess that would involve something they lack.

Nope. They construe increased productivity as increased profits (for themselves due to their efficient management). And decreased productivity as having too many moochers who need to be laid off in order to be taught a lesson.
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354 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 8:48:40am

re: #329 HappyWarrior

I swear if I don’t get a decent paying job once I get my paralegal certificate. I’m going to be pissed. For all the talk about hard work, I don’t think some employers appreciate hard work at all given the number of times I’ve been turned down. I mean I get that a BA can only get you so far these days but a BA that graduated with honors? Surely that’s worthy of being taken a chance on.

You will get work with the paralegal cert.

355 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 8:49:55am

re: #340 HappyWarrior

I don’t have anything against the boomers but I do get tired of them acting like my generation is excessively lazy and entitled.

I think all righthtinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not! And I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.
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356 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:50:11am

re: #354 #FergusonFireside

You will get work with the paralegal cert.

I feel optimistic about it. One of the women in my class recently got a nice job and some of the stuff we learned in class gave her the edge over the other candidates. I’ve just been feeling really discouraged lately.

357 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 8:50:38am

re: #329 HappyWarrior

I swear if I don’t get a decent paying job once I get my paralegal certificate. I’m going to be pissed. For all the talk about hard work, I don’t think some employers appreciate hard work at all given the number of times I’ve been turned down. I mean I get that a BA can only get you so far these days but a BA that graduated with honors? Surely that’s worthy of being taken a chance on.

I’m in a similar boat with nursing school. I get done this summer.

358 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:50:50am

re: #351 Lord Of The Pies

FUCKING IDIIOT==>

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If they didn’t look down on people, they wouldn’t be conservatives. Modern conservatism is an exercise in looking down on people.

359 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:51:03am

re: #357 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

I’m in a similar boat with nursing school. I get done this summer.

Good luck.

360 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 8:52:12am

re: #329 HappyWarrior

Paralegals are making pretty decent money these days. Depending on where you are and what firm hires you, you should make, on average, just above $50K/yr, but w/o experience, would probably start at less.

money.usnews.com

361 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:53:26am

re: #360 Justanotherhuman

Paralegals are making pretty decent money these days. Depending on where you are and what firm hires you, you should make, on average, just above $50K/yr, but w/o experience, would probably start at less.

money.usnews.com

Yeah going to need the experience. It’s an attractive field. I am going to look at firms that specialize in my interests after I get my certificate next month.

362 freetoken  Apr 22, 2015 8:54:34am

For those who missed it, yesterday Kopplin ran a piece on Louisiana creationism:

Dismissing Darwin

The contents are not surprising. Yet I am once again struck by the Lying For Jesus ethical system of the creationists.

I mean, really.

363 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 8:54:40am

re: #353 Feline Fearless Leader

Nope. They construe increased productivity as increased profits (for themselves due to their efficient management). And decreased productivity as having too many moochers who need to be laid off in order to be taught a lesson.
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A report I heard on NPR the other day confirms your first sentence. Americans are the most productive in the world right now, but wages have stagnated since the Reagan era.

364 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 8:55:59am

re: #361 HappyWarrior

Yeah going to need the experience. It’s an attractive field. I am going to look at firms that specialize in my interests after I get my certificate next month.

If you get with a decent employer who appreciates your skills, you will see how much you’re valued after a couple of years. Stick with it. : )

365 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 8:56:58am

re: #364 Justanotherhuman

If you get with a decent employer who appreciates your skills, you will see how much you’re valued after a couple of years. Stick with it. : )

I plan on it. It really seems like it will be a great use of my skill-set.

366 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 8:58:52am

re: #365 HappyWarrior

I plan on it. It really seems like it will be a great use of my skill-set.

Even with the basics, you could go anywhere—private firms, govt, corporate, etc. If you have research and statistical skills, those are in great demand, too.

367 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 8:59:42am

re: #362 freetoken

For those who missed it, yesterday Kopplin ran a piece on Louisiana creationism:

Dismissing Darwin

The contents are not surprising. Yet I am once again struck by the Lying For Jesus ethical system of the creationists.

I mean, really.

They take a pretty liberal interpretation of one their precious commandments, don’t they?
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368 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 9:00:22am

re: #363 Justanotherhuman

A report I heard on NPR the other day confirms your first sentence. Americans are the most productive in the world right now, but wages have stagnated since the Reagan era.

369 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:01:19am

re: #368 Lord Of The Pies

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Graphs say it better, don’t they? : )

370 allegro  Apr 22, 2015 9:01:33am

re: #367 Feline Fearless Leader

They take a pretty liberal interpretation of one their precious commandments, don’t they?
//

I think their interpretation of all of them means that anything goes if it’s fer Jesus.

371 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 22, 2015 9:01:35am

:(

372 Decatur Deb  Apr 22, 2015 9:02:16am

re: #368 Lord Of The Pies

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Iron Law of Derp

en.wikipedia.org

373 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:02:24am

It still amazes me that Twitter will only let you use 140 characters but you can put in a picture which prolly has far more data that 140 characters ever will. Or a picture of a text block with lots of characters!

374 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:03:13am

re: #368 Lord Of The Pies

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Seems like until 1980, the two mirrored each other but since then while productivity has continued to increase, wages have not, in fact it looks like wages even decreased in the late 80’s.

375 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 9:04:43am
376 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 9:04:56am

re: #374 HappyWarrior

Seems like until 1980, the two mirrored each other but since then while productivity has continued to increase, wages have not, in fact it looks like wages even decreased in the late 80’s.

Thanks, Dutch.

377 Decatur Deb  Apr 22, 2015 9:04:59am

re: #374 HappyWarrior

Seems like until 1980, the two mirrored each other but since then while productivity has continued to increase, wages have not, in fact it looks like wages even decreased in the late 80’s.

When the unions faded and the Democrats went Walmart, there was no fist to grab the workers’ share of the pie.

378 Bear  Apr 22, 2015 9:05:42am

re: #374 HappyWarrior

Seems like until 1980, the two mirrored each other but since then while productivity has continued to increase, wages have not, in fact it looks like wages even decreased in the late 80’s.

However as far as I can tell prices have skyrocketed on most things.

379 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:06:06am

I wonder if there is similar data comparing productivity and real wage growth for minimum wage workers. I bet that would show an even greater divergence, and would probably include a significant downward trend on real wages.

380 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:07:03am

re: #377 Decatur Deb

When the unions faded and the Democrats went Walmart, there was no fist to grab the workers’ share of the pie.

Which is why I get amused at the Republicans flipping out whenever the NLRB has the “nerve” to issue pro-labor rulings. Administrations since Ronnie’s election or really to tell the truth Nixon have been favoring management over labor.

381 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:07:43am

re: #376 makeitstop

Thanks, Dutch.

Don’t blame my parents, they voted for Jimmy and Mondale.

382 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:08:10am

re: #378 Bear

However as far as I can tell prices have skyrocketed on most things.

Sure have.

383 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:08:16am

re: #335 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

Fucking Google has one of their Google doodles wishing me a Happy Birthday :( Not comfy with that one little bit.

I bet it has something to do with autofill. Chrome will autofill forms and at some point I must have entered my DOB.

384 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:08:35am

re: #375 darthstar

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Dicks.

385 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 9:09:21am
386 Nyet  Apr 22, 2015 9:09:45am

re: #338 makeitstop

Everyone wants a piece of Jesus for himself. Some cherrypick the gospels to make Jesus into some sort of a liberal or even a commie. Others cherrypick with the opposite aim and end up with a capitalist Jesus.

387 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:10:04am

re: #385 Lord Of The Pies

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Little Ben Shapiro: Manages to be a pathetic little dick even on Earth Day. Why don’t you grow the fuck up Ben?

388 Ace-o-aces  Apr 22, 2015 9:10:11am

re: #290 Lord Of The Pies

Another wingnut who needs a class of subhuman to look down on:

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Because I’m guessing she was in high-school, getting an education while her parents paid for housing, food, ect. I doubt she was raising a family on $4/hr.

389 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:10:49am

re: #386 Nyet

Everyone wants a piece of Jesus for himself. Some cherrypick the gospels to make Jesus into some sort of a liberal or even a commie. Others cherrypick with the opposite aim and end up with a capitalist Jesus.

Same is done with historical figures like Washington and Lincoln. Even JFK which is hilarious given how much American conservatives despised him in JFK’s lifetime.

390 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 9:11:13am

re: #371 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I’m hogging all your rains again today…

391 Decatur Deb  Apr 22, 2015 9:11:29am

re: #380 HappyWarrior

Which is why I get amused at the Republicans flipping out whenever the NLRB has the “nerve” to issue pro-labor rulings. Administrations since Ronnie’s election or really to tell the truth Nixon have been favoring management over labor.

Robert Reich made some progress, but didn’t get deep commitment.

392 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:11:31am

re: #379 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

I wonder if there is similar data comparing productivity and real wage growth for minimum wage workers. I bet that would show an even greater divergence, and would probably include a significant downward trend on real wages.

Well, I found this:

Between 1979 and 2013, productivity grew 64.9 percent, while hourly compensation of production and nonsupervisory workers, who comprise over 80 percent of the private-sector workforce, grew just 8.0 percent. Productivity thus grew eight times faster than typical worker compensation.

And this:

Labor market policies and business practices have large, though often underappreciated, potential impacts on wages. While this set of policies and practices includes many discrete parts, the common thread of the past generation is that practices, institutions, and standards that have boosted bargaining power for low- and moderate-wage workers have been targeted for weakening—and have been replaced by policies that put more power in the hands of corporations and their CEOs.

Policies that rebuild institutions to provide bargaining power to these workers should hence be a top priority for those looking for better wage outcomes. These policies include raising the minimum wage, strengthening unions, reducing wage theft, updating overtime protections, and correcting worker misclassification.

epi.org

393 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:12:12am

re: #388 Ace-o-aces

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Because I’m guessing she was in high-school, getting an education while her parents paid for housing, food, ect. I doubt she was raising a family on $4/hr.

She probably definitely did have help and this is the problem with people like her, they probably did work hard but they delude themselves into thinking that they did all on their own. They ignore the student loans, that Mom and Dad helped out, etc. They think all their success is thanks to them alone. Of course, when they do fail, it’s the big bad government’s fault.

394 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:12:16am

re: #383 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

Welcome to the “gathering all your information” age.

395 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 9:12:24am

re: #383 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

I bet it has something to do with autofill. Chrome will autofill forms and at some point I must have entered my DOB.

Well happy birthday Steve!!!

396 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:12:43am

re: #391 Decatur Deb

Robert Reich made some progress, but didn’t get deep commitment.

I’m a fan of his. It’s too bad that he did not last longer.

397 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 9:14:10am
Artist: Ruben Bolling
398 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:14:27am

re: #395 #FergusonFireside

Thanks. I really had to come up with a reason because I’m not always wrapped properly and my imagination can get away from me.

399 lostlakehiker  Apr 22, 2015 9:15:07am

re: #24 Charles Johnson

Uh, I beg to differ. Bilingual education is absolutely a right/left issue. There’s a simple reason why every conservative politician opposes it, and it has nothing to do with improving education. The opposition is driven by xenophobia, and it’s obvious in everything they say about it.

I’ve been following this issue for years and the idea that conservatives give a rip about improving education is laughable.

I realize you hold all the power cards here, but here are some facts which point toward the possibility that conservatives do care about education.

(1) Democrats control California, Republicans control Texas. On the whole.
(2) NAEP scores do not place California head and shoulders above Texas. It’s rather a tie, but if one has to break the tie, then the advantage goes to Texas.

Here’s the numbers for 8th grade reading as of 2013:

W: TX 279, CA 275
B: TX 253, CA 247
H: TX 255, CA 252
A: TX 285, CA 280
L: TX 254, CA 251
N: TX 276, CA 276

Here W=white, B=black, H=Hispanic, A=Asian, L=Low priced lunch eligible, N=Low priced lunch not eligible.

Somehow or other, the richer state, with the Democrats in charge and calling every last shot, have managed only to stay close. The Republicans, in the poorer state, and making all the wrong decisions and not even caring, have managed to equal or exceed Democrat results.

400 BeachDem  Apr 22, 2015 9:16:27am

re: #333 HappyWarrior

Sure do and I actually was generous to Blackburn. The wage she made adjusted for inflation today would be between 12 and 14 bucks per hour.
thinkprogress.org

Thanks—I was thinking of Virginia Foxx (R-Mean as a Snake) who said that nobody should have college loan debt because she didn’t.

“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt. I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money.”

• Virginia Foxx went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1968. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 1968, the average yearly cost for tuition, room, and board for a public university was $1,245 which, in today’s words, is one thousand two hundred and forty-five dollars for a year’s worth of college. For today’s average college student, that dollar amount is roughly equivalent to the cost of a textbook and a garbage bag.

dailykos.com

Republicans—so attuned to today!

401 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:17:45am

re: #400 BeachDem

Thanks—I was thinking of Virginia Foxx (R-Mean as a Snake) who said that nobody should have college loan debt because she didn’t.

“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt. I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money.”

• Virginia Foxx went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1968. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 1968, the average yearly cost for tuition, room, and board for a public university was $1,245 which, in today’s words, is one thousand two hundred and forty-five dollars for a year’s worth of college. For today’s average college student, that dollar amount is roughly equivalent to the cost of a textbook and a garbage bag.

dailykos.com

Republicans—so attuned to today!

Never heard about that one but it doesn’t surprise me she said that given like many in her party/ideology is woefully out of touch with reality. Modern education is expensive.

402 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 9:18:40am
403 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:18:50am

re: #388 Ace-o-aces

Yeah, I was raising a family on $5/hr in 1969 and being told I couldn’t get a promotion because “men had families to support”. Even male meter readers and service guys w/no office experience were brought in the office to do better paying jobs than the female office workers at the gas company, and I resented the hell out of that, even after I aced the mgmt tests they purported to use in evaluating people for mgmt. It’s also why I posted an EEOC article on the bulletin board, was called in about it, given a harder time, made fun of, and subsequently told them to shove it. : )

404 Dr. Matt  Apr 22, 2015 9:19:41am

re: #399 lostlakehiker

How exactly do those cherry-picked numbers suggest they are “facts which point toward the possibility that conservatives do care about education”?

405 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 9:20:12am

re: #399 lostlakehiker

LOLOLOLOL!!!!

406 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 9:20:18am

re: #388 Ace-o-aces

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Because I’m guessing she was in high-school, getting an education while her parents paid for housing, food, ect. I doubt she was raising a family on $4/hr.

Minimum Wage was $4 in the ‘90’s.

407 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:21:23am

From: huffingtonpost.com

“The minimum wage should have reached $21.72 an hour in 2012 if it kept up with increases in worker productivity, according to a March study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. While advancements in technology have increased the amount of goods and services that can be produced in a set amount of time, wages have remained relatively flat, the study points out.

Even if the minimum wage kept up with inflation since it peaked in real value in the late 1960s, low-wage workers should be earning a minimum of $10.52 an hour, according to the study.

Between the end of World War II and the late 1960s, productivity and wages grew steadily. Since the minimum wage peaked in 1968, increases in productivity have outpaced the minimum wage growth. “

408 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 9:21:34am

re: #400 BeachDem

Thanks—I was thinking of Virginia Foxx (R-Mean as a Snake) who said that nobody should have college loan debt because she didn’t.

“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt. I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money.”

• Virginia Foxx went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1968. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 1968, the average yearly cost for tuition, room, and board for a public university was $1,245 which, in today’s words, is one thousand two hundred and forty-five dollars for a year’s worth of college. For today’s average college student, that dollar amount is roughly equivalent to the cost of a textbook and a garbage bag.

dailykos.com

Republicans—so attuned to today!

When I graduated in 1986, my total student loan debt was $5000. When my daughter graduated Columbia 2 years ago, she owed 10x that!

409 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 9:22:41am

re: #385 Lord Of The Pies

After you Ben.
/

410 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 9:22:49am

re: #381 HappyWarrior

Don’t blame my parents, they voted for Jimmy and Mondale.

“Dutch” Reagan, that is.

411 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 9:23:18am

re: #386 Nyet

Everyone wants a piece of Jesus for himself. Some cherrypick the gospels to make Jesus into some sort of a liberal or even a commie. Others cherrypick with the opposite aim and end up with a capitalist Jesus.

Mitt Romney is the Second Coming!
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412 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:23:58am

re: #410 makeitstop

“Dutch” Reagan, that is.

I know, I got it. Just having fun with the old “Don’t blame me, I voted for so and so” given that I wasn’t around to be able to vote against Dutch in even a mock election.

413 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 9:25:15am

*facepalm*

For those of you who don’t live in Alex Jones paranoia-land, this is Jade Helm.

414 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:25:34am

I mean it’s frustrating. You want a good job? Okay go to college and get an education. Done, you are now accepted into the University of so and so. So you spend the next four years working towards that degree and accumlating a ton of debate along the way. I would like to see our legislators and administrators look at how other Western countries handle education. Because it seems that modern education and career development is a hole.

415 Kilroy01  Apr 22, 2015 9:27:09am

re: #399 lostlakehiker
Texas vs California on the latest SAT scores — a dimmer Lone Star

State education officials have attributed the declining SAT scores in Texas to an increase in the number of minority students taking the exam. Minorities generally perform worse than white students on standardized achievement tests like the SAT and ACT, the nation’s two leading college entrance exams.

However, California students outperformed Texans by big margins this year — 15 points in math and 22 points in reading. Demographics of the student populations in the two states are similar: California is 52.7 percent Hispanic and 25.5 percent white, while Texas is 51.3 percent Hispanic and 30 percent white.

Amazing what a standardize test can do.

416 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:28:01am

re: #381 HappyWarrior

Don’t blame my parents, they voted for Jimmy and Mondale.

Jimmy and Walter opened the door for Ronnie and his cabal. If the Democrats hadn’t been so incompetent in the 70s and 80s this shit might have gone differently. It isn’t enough to have reason and justice on your side. Even now many people whom you would expect to vote Democratic vote against their own interests. That’s a very paternalistic thing to say, but the fact is the Democrats have done a piss poor job of fighting the Republicans. And don’t give me any Koch Brothers shit. This stuff was happening long before SCOTUS ruled that corporations were people too.

417 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 9:28:52am

re: #333 HappyWarrior

Sure do and I actually was generous to Blackburn. The wage she made adjusted for inflation today would be between 12 and 14 bucks per hour.
thinkprogress.org

I did the calc on an inflation calculator and it came up with $2.00 in 1967 had the same buying power as $14.06 in today’s environment.

418 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 9:28:55am

All of these assholes talking about how they didn’t have student debt have not tried to get an education in the last few years. It’s expensive as shit.

People are having to borrow the kind of cash you used to get for buying a house, and that’s just for a bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Forget law school or medical school. Those are even more expensive.

419 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 22, 2015 9:29:03am

re: #405 Backwoods_Sleuth

The subtle insult implying Charles might ban him for disagreeing was a nice touch, I think.

420 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:29:25am

re: #416 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

Jimmy and Walter opened the door for Ronnie and his cabal. If the Democrats hadn’t been so incompetent in the 70s and 80s this shit might have gone differently. It isn’t enough to have reason and justice on your side. Even now many people whom you would expect to vote Democratic vote against their own interests. That’s a very paternalistic thing to say, but the fact is the Democrats have done a piss poor job of fighting the Republicans. And don’t give me any Koch Brothers shit. This stuff was happening before SCOTUS ruled that corporations were people too.

I know, it was a joke.

421 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:29:26am

Happy Birthday, Steve!

422 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:29:32am

re: #415 Kilroy01

Texas vs California on the latest SAT scores — a dimmer Lone Star

Amazing what a standardize test can do.

And amazing how teachers hate standardized tests.

423 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 9:29:55am

re: #419 klys (maker of Silmarils)

The subtle insult implying Charles might ban him for disagreeing was a nice touch, I think.

Preemptive martyrdom.
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424 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 22, 2015 9:30:16am

re: #423 makeitstop

Preemptive martyrdom.
/

Cookies sound good. I want cookies.

425 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:30:21am

re: #417 Eventual Carrion

I did the calc on an inflation calculator and it came up with $2.00 in 1967 had the same buying power as $14.06 in today’s environment.

560 bucks a week. NOt bad.

426 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 9:30:29am

re: #414 HappyWarrior

I mean it’s frustrating. You want a good job? Okay go to college and get an education. Done, you are now accepted into the University of so and so. So you spend the next four years working towards that degree and accumlating a ton of debate along the way. I would like to see our legislators and administrators look at how other Western countries handle education. Because it seems that modern education and career development is a hole.

That’s because the model got broken due to the hippie liberals making it easy for all the hoi polloi to go to college. Since that degraded the value of a college degree and the proper old boy network there had to be alternative control and secret society networks built up to compensate. With corresponding expense and hand-wringing in how to reestablish exclusivity. Requiring an MBA was only a stop-gap measure.
//

427 Snarknado!  Apr 22, 2015 9:32:11am

The “test” wouldn’t work on my phone, so I couldn’t get to it before now… am I the first mantis shrimp?

428 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 9:33:08am

re: #427 Snarknado!

The “test” wouldn’t work on my phone, so I couldn’t get to it before now… am I the first mantis shrimp?

I think so. Someone will need to post a YouTube video in your honor.

429 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 9:33:32am

NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED:

430 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 9:34:37am

re: #429 Lidane

NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED:

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Yeah how convenient.

431 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:35:47am

re: #427 Snarknado!

The “test” wouldn’t work on my phone, so I couldn’t get to it before now… am I the first mantis shrimp?

Bwahahahaha!

432 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 9:35:55am

re: #429 Lidane

We should have a pool for the release date. I choose the week of the Democrat Convention, to use RWNJ vernacular.

433 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 9:36:05am

re: #419 klys (maker of Silmarils)

and not even on a dead thread for a change.

434 Dr. Matt  Apr 22, 2015 9:36:28am

re: #415 Kilroy01

Texas vs California on the latest SAT scores — a dimmer Lone Star

Amazing what a standardize test can do.

435 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 22, 2015 9:39:26am

re: #424 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Dammit, I knew mentioning cookies was a bad idea.

436 Decatur Deb  Apr 22, 2015 9:39:46am

re: #425 HappyWarrior

560 bucks a week. NOt bad.

I was probably the last guy to make the “Midcentury Model” work. After getting out of the draft Army I quickly married and started a family. Our combined 80 hour income was under $100. Working on a unionized assembly line and the GI Bill let us eat and let me get most of a Master’s in 5 years. Total school debt was about $2000. A third kid and the Nixon recession put me out of school and into (very) odd jobs. No one can expect to do that today.

437 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 9:40:14am

As if some do enough to earn the current salary. Or do more damage than good.

No pay raise for Congress in $3.3 billion appropriations bill released by House panel - @thehill
read more on thehill.com

438 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 9:41:44am

According to Google’s test, I am a sea otter. Bask in my cuteness:

Heh.

439 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 9:44:06am

re: #429 Lidane

NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED:

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𠇏actors beyond the committee’s control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations𠅊ll of which are controlled by the Executive branch𠅌ould continue to impact the timing of the inquiry’s conclusion,” a committee spokesperson said.

Gee, Trey, in light of the “leaks” from this committee and those of Issa’s, I can’t imagine why the White House would be hesitant to give you guys security clearances.

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440 Dr. Matt  Apr 22, 2015 9:44:37am

re: #438 Lidane

According to Google’s test, I am a sea otter. Bask in my cuteness:

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Video

Heh.

I’m a giant squid…..

You can achieve anything to which you put your mind and/or your massive tentacles.

I’ve been called worse.

441 withak  Apr 22, 2015 9:45:35am

I got honey badger. That fits my mood today.

442 Snarknado!  Apr 22, 2015 9:46:42am

re: #428 Feline Fearless Leader

I think so. Someone will need to post a YouTube video in your honor.

I won’t have time — too busy avoiding all the giant squids.

443 Kragar  Apr 22, 2015 9:47:35am

re: #438 Lidane

Apparently, I’m a scaly anteater

444 Snarknado!  Apr 22, 2015 9:48:56am

re: #438 Lidane

According to Google’s test, I am a sea otter. Bask in my cuteness:

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Heh.

On one of the naturalist talks on my last cruise, a picture of a sea otter came up, everyone said, “awwwww,” and the Naturalist said, “everyone does that… proves you’ve never worked with the little bastards.”

445 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 9:50:14am

re: #444 Snarknado!

On one of the naturalist talks on my last cruise, a picture of a sea otter came up, everyone said, “awwwww,” and the Naturalist said, “everyone does that… proves you’ve never worked with the little bastards.”

So cute but a total pain in the ass? Sounds about right. Hehe.

446 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 9:51:29am

Apparently, Google believes I’m a Komodo Dragon.

Geez, you swallow a whole goat one time and nobody ever lets you forget it.//

447 A Cranky One  Apr 22, 2015 9:51:50am

re: #399 lostlakehiker

Now explain how the Republicans care about education by trying to kill science education (especially with regards to evolution and climate change) and rewriting history to be propaganda.

When propaganda and religion trump actual science, what kind of education is that?

448 Charles Johnson  Apr 22, 2015 9:54:04am

This is the criminal Chuck is talking about: mobile.reuters.com

449 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 9:55:43am

re: #443 Kragar

So what you’re saying is that you’re a Pokemon.

Heh.

450 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Apr 22, 2015 9:55:49am

so apparently I am a Woolly Mammoth…

451 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 9:56:04am

re: #448 Charles Johnson

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This is the criminal Chuck is talking about: mobile.reuters.com

How is Chuck planning to get him out of a Romanian jail?

452 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 9:56:30am

re: #451 Backwoods_Sleuth

How is Chuck planning to get him out of a Romanian jail?

He’ll disguise himself as a Gypsy!

453 CuriousLurker  Apr 22, 2015 9:56:37am

I’m a pangolin, otherwise known as a scaly anteater.

Damn, they’re fugly—downright weird looking, even weirder than an armadillo.

454 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 9:56:39am

re: #443 Kragar

Apparently, I’m a scaly anteater

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littlegreenfootballs.com

455 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 9:57:04am

re: #448 Charles Johnson

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This is the criminal Chuck is talking about: mobile.reuters.com

He’s just angling for a free trip to Bucharest.

456 Iwouldprefernotto  Apr 22, 2015 9:58:06am

re: #455 #FergusonFireside

He’s just angling for a free trip to Bucharest.

I hope it’s one way.

457 Decatur Deb  Apr 22, 2015 9:58:06am

re: #451 Backwoods_Sleuth

How is Chuck planning to get him out of a Romanian jail?

Think he’s just going to buy lunch for a Romanian evidence clerk.

458 CuriousLurker  Apr 22, 2015 9:58:13am

re: #443 Kragar

Apparently, I’m a scaly anteater

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Yay, I’m not alone!

459 Charles Johnson  Apr 22, 2015 9:59:50am

I’m thinking this might be Chuck’s SECRET OPPO PROJECT.

460 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 10:00:33am

I’m a Komodo Dragon. Fits, because I’m draggin’ today.

461 gwangung  Apr 22, 2015 10:00:59am

re: #447 A Cranky One

Now explain how the Republicans care about education by trying to kill science education (especially with regards to evolution and climate change) and rewriting history to be propaganda.

When propaganda and religion trump actual science, what kind of education is that?

A communist one (i.e., Lysenkoism).

462 sagehen  Apr 22, 2015 10:01:19am

re: #399 lostlakehiker

I realize you hold all the power cards here, but here are some facts which point toward the possibility that conservatives do care about education.

(1) Democrats control California, Republicans control Texas. On the whole.
(2) NAEP scores do not place California head and shoulders above Texas. It’s rather a tie, but if one has to break the tie, then the advantage goes to Texas.

I’m a product of California public schools, pre-Prop 13.

My schools were extremely well-funded, and the quality was the nation’s best. Small classes, honors and AP for high schoolers, gifted and talented programs at the elementary school level. New textbooks every 3 or 4 years, well-stocked library, well-equipped science labs, arts and athletics and field trips. Other than the Catholic schools, there was zero demand for private education. My classmates were the doctors’ kids, lawyers’ kids, engineers’ kids, along with the maids’ kids, the gardeners’ kids and the mechanics’ kids. In my graduating class of 400 students, 8 had perfect SAT scores (I was not one of them). 85% of us went on to college. I went to a highly selective private college, where I was as well-prepared as the Andover and Exeter kids.

My sister was 7 grades behind me; by the time she got to high school (a few years post-13 budget cuts), the classes were double the size they’d been for me. There was no honors or AP, no chemistry lab, no biology lab. The textbooks hadn’t been replaced since passage, the library hadn’t gotten new stock since then, there was no art or theater, no field trips, and athletes/band/drill team had to buy their own uniforms and equipment. Barely half the kids got into college; meanwhile, most of the doctors’ and lawyers’ and engineers’ kids transferred to the newly opened private school.

And oh, yeah, that was when California was a swing state. It was Conservatives who pushed and passed 13, with sob stories about elderly widows and 3rd-generation shopowners losing their property to taxes.

Conservatives care about education for their own children, not for anybody else’s. Especially not for The Help’s kids, who would need taxpayer funding for quality schools.

463 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 10:01:37am

re: #458 CuriousLurker

Yay, I’m not alone!

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That makes 3 of us. Not only are we weird looking, but we also make for great sports equipment.

littlegreenfootballs.com

464 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 10:02:05am

re: #459 Charles Johnson

I’m thinking this might be Chuck’s SECRET OPPO PROJECT.

If that’s the case, I wonder what it is that about this project that he had to consult four different legal experts. He doesn’t seriously think he can get Guccifer out of prison, does he?

465 BeachDem  Apr 22, 2015 10:02:55am

re: #451 Backwoods_Sleuth

How is Chuck planning to get him out of a Romanian jail?

Details. Details.

466 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 10:04:58am

Reuters from June 6, 2014:

(Reuters) - A Romanian court sentenced hacker “Guccifer”, who broke into the emails of former U.S. president George W. Bush’s family, entertainment figures and the head of the Romanian secret service, to four years in jail on Friday.

Marcel Lazar Lehel, a cab driver by trade and known by his aliases “Guccifer” and “Small Fume”, was arrested in January in Bucharest and could spend a total of seven years behind bars as he also carries a previous three-year suspended sentence.

So, Chuck plans to break him out of a Romanian jail? Or is he fluent in Romanian jailbreak bribery methods?

467 CuriousLurker  Apr 22, 2015 10:05:38am

re: #463 Bubblehead II

That makes 3 of us. Not only are we weird looking, but we also make for great sports equipment.

littlegreenfootballs.com

We pangolins are gonna have to stick together. ;)

468 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 10:09:49am

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY, LUNCHTIME EDITION
Math is Hard!

469 BeachDem  Apr 22, 2015 10:10:12am

Ah, the blazing intellect of the AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST. (Do Armenian Jews count twice?)

470 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 10:10:35am

Oh, well that makes it okay then.

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471 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 10:12:05am

re: #466 Backwoods_Sleuth

Reuters from June 6, 2014:

So, Chuck plans to break him out of a Romanian jail? Or is he fluent in Romanian jailbreak bribery methods?

He’s fluent in Beganese and he knows a smattering of Griftic.

472 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 10:12:13am

re: #469 BeachDem

FRESNO WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

473 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 10:13:03am

re: #319 makeitstop

Picked it up. Got a dented one (dent in back by buckle area). Gig bag and elixers out the door for 400. Woot!

474 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 10:14:24am

D’oh!

475 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 10:14:57am

Well, $40K US dollars are just under $165K Romanian leu, depending on when exchanged, so perhaps Chucky is looking to bribe some officials?

//

476 BeachDem  Apr 22, 2015 10:16:18am

re: #471 Higgs Boson’s Mate

He’s fluent in Beganese and he knows a smattering of Griftic.

And he’s bribed border guards in multiple countries, is fluent in any number of languages, and can pass countless lie-detector tests, so breaking somebody out of a Romanian jail should be a piece o’cake (as long as somebody else pays for it, does the actual legwork, and suffers the consequences, but whatever, dude.)

477 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 22, 2015 10:17:41am

re: #468 Lord Of The Pies

I didn’t know government workers didn’t pay income tax.

SIGN ME UP!

478 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 10:20:24am

Florida, again…

479 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 10:20:42am

re: #472 Backwoods_Sleuth

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FRESNO WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

You have to hand it to those plucky Armenians: they built Fresno a full thirty years before they went back to Armenia for the genocide.

480 Mike Lamb  Apr 22, 2015 10:22:04am

re: #429 Lidane

NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED:

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That is still breathtakingly brazen.

481 Nyet  Apr 22, 2015 10:23:11am

Too bad the infamous “Armenian quote” was never proven to be authentic…

482 Kragar  Apr 22, 2015 10:23:13am
483 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 10:23:50am

re: #474 Lidane

D’oh!

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Rather reminds me of Dr. Strangelove. Without the talent of Peter Sellers, however.

Of course, you expect a libertarian to steal someone else’s product, although they’d sue you over a thousand times if you stole theirs.

484 Ace-o-aces  Apr 22, 2015 10:23:56am

re: #388 Ace-o-aces

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Because I’m guessing she was in high-school, getting an education while her parents paid for housing, food, ect. I doubt she was raising a family on $4/hr.

I got some replies from her. She was a college grad, married w/o kids, working a desk job.

I doubt she payed for that degree with a $4 job. I don’t think some people realize they had opportunities others didn’t.

485 Snarknado!  Apr 22, 2015 10:24:37am

re: #478 Backwoods_Sleuth

Florida, again…

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Moral: never kiss a snake on the mouth on a first date.

486 goddamnedfrank  Apr 22, 2015 10:25:05am

re: #459 Charles Johnson

I’m thinking this might be Chuck’s SECRET OPPO PROJECT.

I still think he’s going to try to go after Chelsea and Bill’s DNA, to try and show that Hillary cuckholded him, or to drug test Hillary and see if she’s on anti-depressants or whatever.

This is because of his reference to his need to both hire private investigators and do “expensive tests.” Then he’s said he wants to produce a slick video production of the his results. Publishing her stolen email’s wouldn’t require any of those things.

He also has a sick obsession with DNA.

487 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 10:25:23am

re: #478 Backwoods_Sleuth

Florida, again…

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There’s a reason Fark has a “Florida” tag, and it’s because of stories like this.

488 Kragar  Apr 22, 2015 10:25:39am

re: #481 Nyet

I don’t think “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!” really counts as recognizing it.

I know, that is terrible, but I have to make fun of Chuck.

489 jaunte  Apr 22, 2015 10:25:41am

re: #450 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

so apparently I am a Woolly Mammoth…

Brother!

490 Mike Lamb  Apr 22, 2015 10:26:32am

re: #448 Charles Johnson

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This is the criminal Chuck is talking about: mobile.reuters.com

Creating a fund to “free” someone imprisoned in Romania and under indictment in the US, while implying he would do so in order to pay the hacker to access Clinton’s emails? Good god, I feel like that was an issue spotting exam for introductory Crim Law.

491 jaunte  Apr 22, 2015 10:28:27am

re: #474 Lidane

Paul’s merch store is still selling branded flip-flops, throw rugs, Beats headphones, a $1000 Constitution, and more.

I wonder if Dre is on board with that.

492 Ace-o-aces  Apr 22, 2015 10:28:50am
493 GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 22, 2015 10:29:02am

50 years from now, I bet the current-day Conservatives will be all “We told you so!” when all hell breaks loose.

2 Degrees

494 b.d.  Apr 22, 2015 10:29:17am

re: #492 Ace-o-aces

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Ha! That made me laugh.

495 GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 22, 2015 10:30:53am

re: #481 Nyet

The only genocide he should care about is the one he’s committing against his brain cells.

496 Kragar  Apr 22, 2015 10:31:20am

I found another Pangolin

497 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 10:31:47am

re: #473 Amory Blaine

Picked it up. Got a dented one (dent in back by buckle area). Gig bag and elixers out the door for 400. Woot!

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Likelikelikelikelike! Congrats! Great deal.

Is that Dakota Red or Candy Apple? Kinda hard to tell from the photo.

498 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 10:32:12am

re: #484 Ace-o-aces

I was an adult of 26 working in 1967. A HS diploma would get you an office job back then, no need for a college degree. I know, as I did bookkeeping, secretarial, the entire gamut of clerical work.

I’ll bet it was her daddy’s company and her major wasn’t business related.

The photo she uses doesn’t compute, either. If she was 21-22 in 1967, then she’s closer to 70 than 30.

499 goddamnedfrank  Apr 22, 2015 10:32:22am

re: #496 Kragar

I found another Pangolin

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Cloverfield would have been a lot better with this monster design.

500 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 10:33:07am
501 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 10:33:30am

Developing:

Situation at Fort Benning, GA.

Authorities at Fort Benning, the U.S. Army post in west Georgia, say they’re dealing with an ongoing “emergency situation” at the post’s Warrior Transition Battalion.

Fort Benning officials said Wednesday afternoon on the base’s official Facebook account and on Twitter that officials have secured the area and that personnel were safety evacuated as a precaution.

Base officials said in the social media posts that children in a child development center were safe but were being moved to another site due the emergency.

The base provided no other details, and Fort Benning officials could not immediately be reached or did not give further information Wednesday afternoon.

502 RealityBasedSteve  Apr 22, 2015 10:33:42am

re: #499 goddamnedfrank

Cloverfield would have been a lot better with this monster design. almost anything

503 Dr Lizardo  Apr 22, 2015 10:35:51am

re: #500 Bubblehead II

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Wingnut Science:

504 goddamnedfrank  Apr 22, 2015 10:36:38am

re: #502 RealityBasedSteve

Cloverfield should have been a buddy movie with another wisecracking monster who doesn’t play by the rules and together they fight crime.

505 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 10:38:03am
506 Dr Lizardo  Apr 22, 2015 10:38:17am

WINGNUT SCIENCE PROJECT:

507 Justanotherhuman  Apr 22, 2015 10:38:37am

re: #500 Bubblehead II

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Hell, we’ll gain that 2 degrees in record time at the rate the Republicans keep denying climate change.

508 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 10:39:44am

re: #505 Lidane

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Someone might ask Bryan if he’d prefer something like what the Saudis have, with a force that goes around making sure that women aren’t driving, wearing anything revealing, or in any way acting like a “whore.”

509 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 10:40:31am

re: #478 Backwoods_Sleuth

Florida, again…

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Sometimes when a man and a snake meet they know it is just destiny. Then the snake starts to get cold feet, feels a little caged in, and so it strikes out.

510 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 10:42:52am
511 makeitstop  Apr 22, 2015 10:42:57am

re: #504 goddamnedfrank

Cloverfield should have been a buddy movie with another wisecracking monster who doesn’t play by the rules and together they fight crime.

My wife loved Cloverfield, because all of the hipsters finally got theirs.

512 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 10:43:58am

re: #505 Lidane

The religious police are operating out of all of those FEMA camps.

513 Timothy Watson  Apr 22, 2015 10:44:27am

re: #496 Kragar

I found another Pangolin

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Animal transformers? That was Beast Wars back in the ’90s, no cities since it took place on prehistorical Earth.

514 CuriousLurker  Apr 22, 2015 10:44:29am

On the subject of Armenia, this slideshow over at Deutsche Welle landed in my inbox a little while ago: The ghost city of Ani

It has a very interesting (and unfortunate) history, according to Wikipedia.

515 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 10:45:38am

re: #478 Backwoods_Sleuth

Florida, again…

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He’s lucky that the snake stopped him before he got bit where it’s really painful.

516 jaunte  Apr 22, 2015 10:45:50am

re: #509 Eventual Carrion

Then the snake starts to get cold feet

You should alert @TakethatDarwin

517 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 10:46:04am

KFI News Radio Click the play button at the top.

518 goddamnedfrank  Apr 22, 2015 10:47:20am

re: #486 goddamnedfrank

This other reason that I think this is Chuck’s big plan is that technically Chelsea isn’t a Secret Service protectee since she’s over 18, and he can theoretically get Bill’s DNA from Lewisnky’s dress and therefore doesn’t have to deal with Secret Service protection for that.

If I’m right he’s skating on the very narrow edge of legality, which would explain his concern and need to run his scheme by several lawyers before going forward with it. He’s also likely to incur some severe Secret Service heat anyway, because getting Chelsea’s DNA is going to involve some incredibly creepy stalkerish behavior that the Agency might involve itself in anyway despite the technical limitations on who they overtly protect.

519 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 10:48:24am

re: #497 makeitstop

Candy Apple. Older guy working asked me if I play out, etc. I said no, I’m a bedroom player that does it sling blade style a couple times a year. He had a chuckle.

520 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 10:48:57am

re: #516 jaunte

You should alert @TakethatDarwin

They just hide them well, like clams.

521 Higgs Boson's Mate  Apr 22, 2015 10:50:24am

re: #518 goddamnedfrank

This other reason that I think this is Chuck’s big plan is that technically Chelsea isn’t a Secret Service protectee since she’s over 18, and he can theoretically get Bill’s DNA from Lewisnky’s dress and therefore doesn’t have to deal with Secret Service protection for that.

If I’m right he’s skating on the narrow edge of legality, which would explain his concern and need to run his scheme by several lawyers before going forward with it. He’s also likely to incur some severe Secret Service heat anyway, because getting Chelsea’s DNA is going to involve some incredibly creepy stalkerish behavior that the Agency might involve itself in anyway despite the technical limitations on who they overtly protect.

A dastardly plan indeed. Unfortunately, Chuck couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel - let alone pull this off.

522 HappyWarrior  Apr 22, 2015 10:50:32am

re: #505 Lidane

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Bryan wishes. This guy wants to be a martyr so bad when he’s not even a pimple on the president’s ass.

523 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 10:52:12am

Situation at Fort Benning appears to be over - there was a suspicious vehicle that looks like it has been cleared.

524 A Cranky One  Apr 22, 2015 10:52:25am

re: #496 Kragar

I found another Pangolin

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You non-squids get off my ocean!

525 Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 22, 2015 10:54:51am

re: #524 A Cranky One

You non-squids get off my ocean!

Now, now, a Pangolin might be the right size and texture to make a good loofah for a giant squid.

526 Romantic Heretic  Apr 22, 2015 10:56:01am

re: #401 HappyWarrior

Never heard about that one but it doesn’t surprise me she said that given like many in with her party/ideology pathology is are woefully out of touch with reality. Modern education is expensive.

That’s how my tired mind read that sentence.

527 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 10:58:57am

re: #500 Bubblehead II

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528 Romantic Heretic  Apr 22, 2015 10:59:05am

re: #414 HappyWarrior

I mean it’s frustrating. You want a good job? Okay go to college and get an education. Done, you are now accepted into the University of so and so. So you spend the next four years working towards that degree and accumlating a ton of debate along the way. I would like to see our legislators and administrators look at how other Western countries handle education. Because it seems that modern education and career development is a hole.

Modern education, in the States at least, is profitable.

Once the consumers are separated from their money their fate is of no concern to the profit making entity.

529 Amory Blaine  Apr 22, 2015 10:59:14am

re: #500 Bubblehead II

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He does it on fucking Earth Day!!

Fifty-seven DNR staff receive layoff notices amid talk of budget cuts

Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget for the next two fiscal years.

DNR spokesman Bill Cosh said that of that number, 27 employees are in the Bureau of Science Services, a unit of the DNR where Walker is proposing significant cuts.

The bureau performs significant research duties for the DNR, and the cuts have come under fire from wildlife and environmental groups who say research is the underpinning of many agency activities.

DNR officials have said in recent weeks that it’s premature to say what cuts will actually occur, and how science and research will be handled at the DNR in future years. Cosh has said that science is carried out across the DNR, and not just in the Bureau of Science Services.

530 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 11:00:34am

Now talking about re: #527 Backwoods_Sleuth

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You listening to Alice on KFI?

531 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 11:01:54am

re: #516 jaunte

You should alert @TakethatDarwin

Ooh…this person could be entertaining…

532 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 11:02:30am

Interview over.

533 Targetpractice  Apr 22, 2015 11:03:10am

re: #529 Amory Blaine

He does it on fucking Earth Day!!

Fifty-seven DNR staff receive layoff notices amid talk of budget cuts

He’s actively trying to turn the DNR into a rubber-stamp for his plan to sell off the resources of the state whole-sale to the highest bidder. The same budget basically strips the DNR of any role besides “adviser,” and transfers the duties of the DNR to yay/nay such deals to (who else?) the governor’s office.

534 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 11:03:22am

re: #496 Kragar

I found another Pangolin

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Hey, I’m a pangolin in Google’s what critter are you? quiz…

535 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Apr 22, 2015 11:03:36am

I don’t remember the Bible saying anything about God creating air.

536 Romantic Heretic  Apr 22, 2015 11:04:42am

re: #447 A Cranky One

Now explain how the Republicans care about education by trying to kill science education (especially with regards to evolution and climate change) and rewriting history to be propaganda.

When propaganda and religion trump actual science, what kind of education is that?

One that guarantees those with power keep that power forever. Ignorant peasants are much easier to rule than educated citizens.

537 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 11:07:35am
538 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 11:08:12am

re: #530 Bubblehead II

Now talking about

You listening to Alice on KFI?

my internet connection took too long to connect.
:(

539 Ace-o-aces  Apr 22, 2015 11:10:31am

re: #498 Justanotherhuman

I was an adult of 26 working in 1967. A HS diploma would get you an office job back then, no need for a college degree. I know, as I did bookkeeping, secretarial, the entire gamut of clerical work.

I’ll bet it was her daddy’s company and her major wasn’t business related.

The photo she uses doesn’t compute, either. If she was 21-22 in 1967, then she’s closer to 70 than 30.

She says it was in the 90’s

540 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 11:14:21am

re: #538 Backwoods_Sleuth

my internet connection took too long to connect.
:(

Bummer. She wrapped him up and put him away very nicely.

541 lawhawk  Apr 22, 2015 11:15:07am

More often than not, Christie’s comments are half-true, if not out-and-out pants on fire.

542 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 11:15:22am

re: #540 Bubblehead II

Bummer. She wrapped him up and put him away very nicely.

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maybe there will be a podcast later.

543 darthstar  Apr 22, 2015 11:16:31am

re: #541 lawhawk

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More often than not, Christie’s comments are half-true, if not out-and-out pants on fire.

He’s also polling behind Ted Cruz and Ben Carson…oh, but how the mighty have fallen…

544 CuriousLurker  Apr 22, 2015 11:17:03am

E gad, I’m old. Elain Gonzalez is going to be 22 years old in December. He’s pretty much a carbon copy of his dad.

Elian Gonzalez: What the Boy Once in the Middle of a US-Cuba Tug of War Is Up to Today

Gah, it was so awful when they went in with guns and dragged him out. I hate that a six-year-old got turned into a political pawn.

545 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 11:19:44am

re: #542 Backwoods_Sleuth

maybe there will be a podcast later.

She’s doing another interview tonight on WDBM

546 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 11:23:30am

re: #477 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I didn’t know government workers didn’t pay income tax.

SIGN ME UP!

GUBMIT WORKERS DON’T EVEN WORK!!!!! THERE ALL UNEMPLOYED!!!!!! WELFARE MOOCHERS BECUZ THEY IS PAYED WITH UR TAX MONEYS!!!!!!

547 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 11:25:30am

In the brief personal message below, I exhort fellow Christians and ministers to take a STAND. The time for languishing on the sidelines of the battle for Liberty is over. There can be no spectators. All Christians and fair-minded citizens must enlist in this war. Either we will fight for our liberty or we will lose it!

548 Lord Of The Pies  Apr 22, 2015 11:26:29am

re: #498 Justanotherhuman

I was an adult of 26 working in 1967. A HS diploma would get you an office job back then, no need for a college degree. I know, as I did bookkeeping, secretarial, the entire gamut of clerical work.

I’ll bet it was her daddy’s company and her major wasn’t business related.

The photo she uses doesn’t compute, either. If she was 21-22 in 1967, then she’s closer to 70 than 30.

Did you look at her bio? BELLY DANCER!! Yeah shake it off shake it off.

549 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 11:27:15am

re: #547 Lidane

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“hoards”?
Somebody is stocking up on teh gays? Will there be a shortage?

550 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 11:31:11am

re: #532 Bubblehead II

Interview over.

Can’t listen here anyway. :( Was it good?

551 Eventual Carrion  Apr 22, 2015 11:31:56am

re: #549 Backwoods_Sleuth

“hoards”?
Somebody is stocking up on teh gays? Will there be a shortage?

There will be a shortage of everyone once the ghey get their way and the 900 trillion abortions a year start.

552 #FergusonFireside  Apr 22, 2015 11:35:18am

re: #545 Bubblehead II

She’s doing another interview tonight on WDBM

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I think KFI carries Rush. Nah.

553 Bubblehead II  Apr 22, 2015 11:37:17am

re: #550 #FergusonFireside

Can’t listen here anyway. :( Was it good?

Yeah it was. Host was trying to make it seem as if she had over reacted with her tweets and was being disrespectful but was unable to.

554 Ace-o-aces  Apr 22, 2015 11:45:02am

re: #544 CuriousLurker

so awful when they went in with guns and dragged him out. I hate that a six-year-old got turned into a political pawn.

Republicans are pro-family…unless that family is a bunch of dirty commies.

555 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 22, 2015 11:51:06am
556 Lidane  Apr 22, 2015 11:52:09am

The comments all over teh internets about this are hilarious. I love when football fans start losing their shit:

557 lostlakehiker  Apr 22, 2015 1:15:37pm

re: #404 Dr. Matt

How exactly do those cherry-picked numbers suggest they are “facts which point toward the possibility that conservatives do care about education”?

Cherry picked? You pick it, then. Fourth grade math, eighth grade math, fourth grade reading.

The results will be about the same. I picked the first one I came across.

The numbers suggest that either conservatives do care about education, or that instead, nobody anywhere gives a lick. Because if Democrats cared and had effective answers, and Republicans didn’t care and thus didn’t implement effective answers, then the comparison between these demographically similar states would be a hands-down win for California. It is not.

As to the notion that nobody gives a lick, that’s just absurd. It’s incompatible with human nature. For that matter, the claim that conservatives don’t care is incompatible with human nature. it demonizes and dehumanizes conservatives. It is, moreover, factually wrong as evidenced by the proof I just gave. Twice.

558 jamesfirecat  Apr 23, 2015 6:06:24am

re: #557 lostlakehiker

Cherry picked? You pick it, then. Fourth grade math, eighth grade math, fourth grade reading.

The results will be about the same. I picked the first one I came across.

The numbers suggest that either conservatives do care about education, or that instead, nobody anywhere gives a lick. Because if Democrats cared and had effective answers, and Republicans didn’t care and thus didn’t implement effective answers, then the comparison between these demographically similar states would be a hands-down win for California. It is not.

As to the notion that nobody gives a lick, that’s just absurd. It’s incompatible with human nature. For that matter, the claim that conservatives don’t care is incompatible with human nature. it demonizes and dehumanizes conservatives. It is, moreover, factually wrong as evidenced by the proof I just gave. Twice.

How about if I pick SAT scores for 2014?

testprep.about.com

testprep.about.com

Texas

Critical Reading: 476

Mathematics: 495

Writing: 471

California

Critical Reading: 498

Mathematics: 510

Writing: 496

California scores 22 points better in critical reading.

California scores 15 points better in Math.

California scores 25 points better in writing.

Huh, it’s almost like when you standardize the tests, California scores better than Texas three times out of three.

What do you think of that evidence?


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