Sunday Acoustic Jam: Donovan Raitt, “Pursuing the Horizon”

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Here’s a beautiful performance with excellent tone, by a guy who looks and plays like he might be related to Andy McKee (but he’s not).

Donovan Raitt Performing his original piece “Pursuing the Horizon” From the 2014 Album “Pursuing the Horizon”

Tuning: D A C G A E

CDs available at: donovanraitt.com.

Tabs available at: donovanraitt.com

MP3 downloads available at: donovanraitt.com

Performed on a Stonebridge C23CC-C stonebridgeguitars.com
Ernie Ball Aluminium Bronze Strings 13-56 ernieball.com
GruvGear Fretwraps gruvgear.com

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1 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 11:34:21am

The Supreme Court Just Told The NRA To Go F*ck Themselves, And Rightfully So

In a case that is bound to get the NRA and their band of merry ammosexuals up in arms (pun intended), the Supreme Court just sided with San Francisco by refusing to hear a case that featured gun owners in a tizzy over the fact that they are required to keep their guns locked up — in other words — well regulated.

The case titled Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco is described as such:

“Issue: Whether San Francisco’s attempt to deprive law-abiding individuals of immediate access to operable handguns in their own homes is any more constitutional than the District of Columbia’s invalidated effort to do the same.”

However, the Supreme Court decided, with only two in dissent, that they are not going to hear the case. Back in March of 2014, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2007 San Francisco regulation that requires all guns be locked up, disabled, and/or the trigger-lock must be used when stored at home. With the Supreme Court refusing to hear the case, they just upheld the lower courts ruling, and the regulation shall stand.

2 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 11:35:17am
3 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 11:38:32am

GaGa

4 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 11:42:15am

re: #2 FemNaziBitch

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Brownback is such a good “Christian.”

5 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 11:43:19am

And now, a raccoon riding on a gator.

6 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 11:45:26am

Gotta HURR HURR CARLY FOR POTUS!!!!! in my timeline.

7 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 11:47:06am

re: #6 Lord Of The Pies

I’ll take someone who is a failure in the private sector over anyone in public sector… ANYTIME.

He’s never watched Bar Rescue.

8 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 11:47:22am

Latest version of the front page reboot is now up: littlegreenfootballs.com

9 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 11:47:39am

re: #6 Lord Of The Pies

Gotta HURR HURR CARLY FOR POTUS!!!!! in my timeline.

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Yeah private sector experience is so so great and public sector so so bad. What a fucking hack.

10 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 11:49:09am

re: #6 Lord Of The Pies

Gotta HURR HURR CARLY FOR POTUS!!!!! in my timeline.

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Hey, if they didn’t work why did she make such big bucks and get a bonus?

/

11 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 11:49:24am

TEH STUPIDS IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE==>

12 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 11:50:37am

re: #11 Lord Of The Pies

Private sector folks (below the negotiated-golden-parachute level) are held accountable. For the actions of those above them.

13 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 11:51:32am

re: #11 Lord Of The Pies

TEH STUPIDS IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE==>

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Name one Banker held accountable for nearly collapsing the world economy by misusing derivatives.

14 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 11:52:37am

“Your division didn’t magically make Carly’s vision happen. You and all your people are gone.”

15 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 11:52:43am

re: #11 Lord Of The Pies

TEH STUPIDS IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE==>

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Lol someone lives in fantasyland.

16 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 11:54:14am

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Already looks much better!

17 blueraven  Jun 14, 2015 11:54:40am

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Latest version of the front page reboot is now up: littlegreenfootballs.com

Looking good!
How will the pages fit in to the new front page version?

18 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 11:55:28am

re: #17 blueraven

The plan is to have the LGF Pages in the rightmost column. Not quite ready to do that yet.

19 GlutenFreeJesus  Jun 14, 2015 11:56:54am

re: #11 Lord Of The Pies

heh

20 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 12:01:20pm

ConJeb!erates!

21 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 12:01:51pm

Glenn Greenwald is freaking out right on schedule about the Sunday Times report.

He has one good point:

He’s right - the Times got this one wrong. It hardly refutes the whole piece, though.

22 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 12:02:09pm

re: #20 jaunte

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ConJeb!erates!

Lol but I heard he was the “smart” Bush brother.

23 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 12:04:02pm

re: #22 HappyWarrior

The culture of the Bush operation will be an uphill run to failure that will be remembered for more than a century!

24 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 12:04:06pm

re: #22 HappyWarrior

Lol but I heard he was the “smart” Bush brother.

As in “dumb” to Georgie’s “dumber”?

25 William Lewis  Jun 14, 2015 12:04:15pm

re: #1 FemNaziBitch

From another web site:

don’t think the decision not to take the case ends up with an unconstitutional law, and I don’t think it disarms anyone. There are two issues, the secured gun one and the hollow point one.

It has been pointed out here the small number of brands of ammo prohibited for sale. If folks want those for what ever reason, they may drive across one of the bridges to get them; they may BART to and fro.

The secured gun law supports an idea I have supported, that of requiring “unsupervised” guns to be secured (those are my words). Naturally, there is no way to detect whether the ordinance is being followed inside the home; rather, after a “fact”, for example a child finds an unsupervised gun and shoots a neighbor’s porch light out, an incident would bring down punishment.

That four justices could not be persuaded to take the case reflects a notion that this law does not step on Heller toes: The People of San Francisco may keep handguns in their homes with some caveats: the guns must be secured unless [need exact language] they are worn—note I supported the securing of “unsupervised” guns. I believe the ordinance now forces poor People of San Francisco to cough up twelve bucks for an Uncle Mike’s holster to put on one’s hip at home. The gun, in absence of Big Bro watching, could be lying anywhere; the owner, were the gun to be used in self defense in the home—god forbid, could have placed the gun anywhere. Cops upon arrival—as with any shooting—would take the gun while an investigation was conducted. If the owner were wearing the holster when they arrived, they would note that fact in their notes—this would be even cuter were the owner to make a deer skin thigh holster to wear to bed while the gun reposed on the night stand or where ever.

This is a city ordinance. Perhaps other cities would pursue this, but it is not likely. SF has a fat tax base and can go to court repeatedly. Not so with many other cities.

I see a business opportunity for makers of deer skin thigh holsters. I see this neither as victory nor defeat for gun owners. The NRA seems to have presented a weak case.

Let’s see what appeals are filed, if any.

Stainless steel fundoshi firmly in place.

My guess is that the 2AF or GOA will file another challenge and present a different argument. THAT will probably get the requisite 4 justices to sign on to having it heard at SCOTUS.

26 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 12:05:15pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

And this, by the way, is the ONLY actual mistake/falsehood Greenwald identifies in the Sunday Times article. I just read his post at The Intercept, and it’s nothing but an extended rant.

27 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 12:05:45pm

re: #24 Nyet

As in “dumb” to Georgie’s “dumber”?

Heh now that’s a photoshop I’d like to see.

28 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 12:08:57pm

re: #25 William Lewis

From another web site:

My guess is that the 2AF or GOA will file another challenge and present a different argument. THAT will probably get the requisite 4 justices to sign on to having it heard at SCOTUS.

I don’t know. I think a lock on a closet would serve as “secured”.

As firearms are valuable possessions that are a target for thieves, I would think a person would want them “secure”.

29 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 12:09:01pm
30 blueraven  Jun 14, 2015 12:10:04pm

So, CNN did an interview with James Boulware’s father. You can see where he got his views. The dad said he told him not to blame cops for taking his son, that he should blame the liberal folks for putting these policies into place.

Another time when he was asked why Boulware didn’t get help, he answered, “Where? Where can a white male get help”?

31 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 12:10:23pm
32 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 14, 2015 12:11:35pm

re: #30 blueraven

So, CNN did an interview with James Boulware’s father. You can see where he got his views. The dad said he told him not to blame cops for taking his son, that he should blame the liberal folks for putting these policies into place.

Another time when he was asked why Boulware didn’t get help, he answered, “Where? Where can a white male get help”?

The roll of toilet paper and container of pee on the end table next to him was very much eeeeeewwwwwww TMI.

33 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 12:13:14pm

re: #29 Lord Of The Pies

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Yeah the wealthy San Diego burbs are far from liberal. Me thinks Bryan saw California and just assumed liberals since he’s a hack.

34 William Lewis  Jun 14, 2015 12:13:57pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Latest version of the front page reboot is now up: littlegreenfootballs.com

Much better. My only request is an actual time stamp on the stories, perhaps like this:

Avatar - Author name
Sun, June 14, 2015, 13:30:00
35 Minutes ago

What you have is certainly workable, I just think it would be helpful for searching for stories when they get older and fall off the front page.

35 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 12:14:30pm

re: #30 blueraven

So, CNN did an interview with James Boulware’s father. You can see where he got his views. The dad said he told him not to blame cops for taking his son, that he should blame the liberal folks for putting these policies into place.

Another time when he was asked why Boulware didn’t get help, he answered, “Where? Where can a white male get help”?

Blaming liberals, the hallmark of conservative personal responsibility.

36 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 12:24:02pm

If only something could be done about the rectangles with articles sliding up and down and, in the end, mixing up the chronological order.

37 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 12:27:20pm

Perhaps variable width instead of height?

38 stpaulbear  Jun 14, 2015 12:28:24pm

re: #36 Nyet

If only something could be done about the rectangles with articles sliding up and down and, in the end, mixing up the chronological order.

I notice that too. Could all of the boxed be made the same size so that posts line up from left to right without an odd-sized box throwing things off?

Given that we’re going to have to click through to read the whole article anyway, can you set the box size and just let the text fill the box until it’s full?

39 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 12:29:57pm
40 PhillyPretzel  Jun 14, 2015 12:31:04pm

re: #39 FemNaziBitch

He even looks guilty. “Oh shit. I am caught.”

41 KingKenrod  Jun 14, 2015 12:31:46pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Latest version of the front page reboot is now up: littlegreenfootballs.com

It looks good, but I hate grid or tiled layouts. Reminds me more of something like Pinterest or Tumbr than a news site.

I don’t know why grids are becoming so popular - maybe because things are harder to find, so it increases the chance that someone’s eyeball will randomly hit an ad? For an example, see this:

mlb.mlb.com

I believe when people see information, they want to see it in 1 dimension, either horizontally or vertically, and the ordering principle should be easy to figure out - by time, alphabetically, popularity, etc. - at a glance.

With the new page, my eyes have to swoop back and forth. It takes longer and makes it easy to miss what I’m looking for, or miss a newer article if it has been bumped out of the top position. The unequal block size makes it even more difficult.

42 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 12:32:16pm

re: #38 stpaulbear

I notice that too. Could all of the boxed be made the same size so that posts line up from left to right without an odd-sized box throwing things off?

They could be of variable width, so that the chronology is always right.
While that could lead to a “ragged” right edge of the page, I suppose the summary width of all boxes in a single row could be made fixed too, and if some box doesn’t fit, it goes in the next row, while the remaining space is proportionally divided among the remaining boxes.

43 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 12:35:25pm
44 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 12:36:34pm

This asshat is now insisting that POORS CAUSED TEH SUBPRIME MORTGAGE BUBBLE BY TAKING OUT MORTGAGES THAT WERE HEAVILY MARKETED BY TEH INNOCENT HELPLESS BANKS!!!!!!!

45 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 12:36:41pm

Blocked.

46 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 12:36:52pm

I don’t usually request down-dings, but this time I’m going to because these guys are leaving turds of propaganda all over the Pages and I’m getting seriously annoyed now. If you want to know why, read this.

Luckily, most of the previous attempts have been down-dinged into invisibility.

47 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 12:39:07pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

Done and done.

48 A Cranky One  Jun 14, 2015 12:41:55pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

I don’t usually request down-dings, but this time I’m going to because these guys are leaving turds of propaganda all over the Pages and I’m getting seriously annoyed now. If you want to know why, read this.

Luckily, most of the previous attempts have been down-dinged into invisibility.

Request granted. ;)

49 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 12:42:37pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

I don’t usually request down-dings, but this time I’m going to because these guys are leaving turds of propaganda all over the Pages and I’m getting seriously annoyed now. If you want to know why, read this.

Luckily, most of the previous attempts have been down-dinged into invisibility.

Have they started having conversations with each other on those threads?

50 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 12:43:38pm

And yes, this will lead to a deliberately false whining about how “LGF supports the Iranian dictatorship!”. Eh, fuck those folks.

51 piratedan  Jun 14, 2015 12:45:03pm

re: #20 jaunte

they are aware that Pickett’s charge was a monumental miscalculation on the part of Lee at Gettysburg, right?

Essentially the desolation of entire battalion of Virginians, romantic as hell but devastatingly futile. Perhaps it’s apt after all.

52 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 12:46:37pm

re: #51 piratedan

Whoever said that must have skipped the lecture and the reading.

53 William Lewis  Jun 14, 2015 12:47:19pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

Ok.

54 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 12:50:11pm

re: #50 Nyet

And yes, this will lead to a deliberately false whining about how “LGF supports the Iranian dictatorship!”. Eh, fuck those folks.

It’s not up to us to “support” the Iranian “dictatorship” or not. Or up to the US government, either. Yes, it’s unfortunate that the Iranian people live under an oppressive régime. (At least we haven’t been propping them up for decades like we did Saddam until we suddenly turned on him.)

Refusing to make a nuclear deal with them because we disapprove of them politically would really be cutting off our nose to spite our face, though.

55 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 12:50:42pm

re: #47 Nyet

Thanks. You know, even though most people don’t like the current regime in Iran (Including many Iranians), they hate the MEK even more because they allied themselves with Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war and, towards the end, even made a military incursion into Iran with cover provided by Saddam’s air force. They’re basically viewed as treasonous for that.

56 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 12:52:30pm

re: #49 Lord Of The Pies

Have they started having conversations with each other on those threads?

They don’t say anything, they just dump & run.

57 PhillyPretzel  Jun 14, 2015 12:56:29pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

Done.

58 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 12:59:39pm

re: #48 A Cranky One

re: #53 William Lewis

re: #57 PhillyPretzel

Thanks you guys—it looks like that did it.

59 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 12:59:47pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

I don’t usually request down-dings, but this time I’m going to because these guys are leaving turds of propaganda all over the Pages and I’m getting seriously annoyed now. If you want to know why, read this.

Luckily, most of the previous attempts have been down-dinged into invisibility.

Downdinged both of them.

It never seems to occur to me to up-or-downding a post, vs. a comment. I don’t know why….

60 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 1:01:05pm
61 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 1:01:19pm
62 Romantic Heretic  Jun 14, 2015 1:01:25pm

re: #46 CuriousLurker

I don’t usually request down-dings, but this time I’m going to because these guys are leaving turds of propaganda all over the Pages and I’m getting seriously annoyed now. If you want to know why, read this.

Luckily, most of the previous attempts have been down-dinged into invisibility.

Done.

63 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 14, 2015 1:02:10pm

re: #58 CuriousLurker

Thanks you guys—it looks like that did it.

Stay vigilant. Charles said that two other new accounts (from the same IP) registered at the same time.

64 PhillyPretzel  Jun 14, 2015 1:02:52pm

re: #63 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh wonderful. //

It is a good thing that Charles checks the background of those who register here.

65 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 1:04:43pm

re: #63 Backwoods_Sleuth

Stay vigilant. Charles said that two other new accounts (from the same IP) registered at the same time.

That’s so they can upding their own posts, probably—so we need to make sure they don’t get updinged past -10 again.

66 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 1:05:15pm

These posts remind me of the Dianetics-pushing folks.

67 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 1:06:27pm

All the words seem right, but you know there’s a catch.

68 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 1:08:14pm

re: #59 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Thanks.

69 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 1:09:48pm

I’ve heard of waiting for things to blow over, but this seems a little quick.

70 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 14, 2015 1:11:04pm

re: #68 CuriousLurker

Thanks.

If you report them, or make sure Charles sees your comment, I believe he gave an ultimatum that he was not going to let his site be used for propaganda purposes and if the accounts didn’t stop posting without interacting, they were going to be gone.

71 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 1:17:00pm

re: #66 Nyet

These posts remind me of the Dianetics-pushing folks.

re: #67 Nyet

All the words seem right, but you know there’s a catch.

it’s very much built around the personality of Maryam Rajavi. Back in the day, her husband Massoud Rajavi also, but he’s been missing for some time now.

The thing that annoys me the most about this is that looking at it even from a completely selfish “realpolitik” point of view, allying ourselves with such a group makes zero sense because it’s not in our best interests (due to the reasons mentioned in previous comments). The MEK on the other hand would benefit politically.

If anyone thinks a group that previously assassinated & bombed those it disagreed with, and even turned on it’s own people during wartime would somehow be kinder, gentler, more reliable allies than the IRI, you might want to think again. Iranian politics—ugh.

72 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 1:17:43pm

re: #70 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I did but thanks for the reminder.

73 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 1:19:51pm

re: #71 CuriousLurker

Heh.

MEK and the US government[edit]
Before their exile, ‘Anti-Imperialism’ was preached by MEK both before and after revolution. The Mojahedin Organization praised writers such as Al-e Ahmad, Saedi and Shariati for being ‘anti-imperialist’.[90] Rajavi in his presidential campaign after revolution used to warn against what he called the ‘imperialist danger’.[91] The matter was so fundamental to MEK that it criticized the Iranian government on that basis, accusing the Islamic Republic of ‘capitualation to imperialism’ and being disloyal to democracy that according to Rajavi was the only means to ‘safeguard from American imperialism’.[92] However, after exile, Rajavi toned down the issues of imperialism, social revolution, and classless society. Instead he stressed on human rights and respect for ‘personal property’.[93]

74 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 1:20:19pm

Worth reading the other 2-10.

75 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 1:20:53pm
76 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 1:21:09pm

This is a creepy group and I think all those accounts/articles should be deleted.

77 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 1:21:23pm

re: #73 Nyet

Heh.

Heh, yeah, the IRI—bunch of imperialist-lovers. //

78 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 1:25:26pm

Richardson being associated with that group makes me glad Obama has kept him out of the cabinet. Never been s big Howie Dean fan either though the 50 state strategy was smart.

79 Iwouldprefernotto  Jun 14, 2015 1:27:54pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Latest version of the front page reboot is now up: littlegreenfootballs.com

Needs more cowbell.

and turn it up to 11.

80 Belafon  Jun 14, 2015 1:28:05pm

Charles, I have a request for a change in behavior that affects me when I’m using the site on my phone. When I click on a button to view the original message that a user replies ton it pops up the preview dialog. While that is great, more often than not I hit the back browser button on my phone rather than the cancel button on the dialog. Is there any way you can make the back button close the dialog? Right now it generally returns me to the main lgf page because my general usage is open lgf, click on a page, and read.

81 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 1:28:11pm

re: #78 HappyWarrior

Richardson being associated with that group makes me glad Obama has kept him out of the cabinet. Never been s big Howie Dean fan either though the 50 state strategy was smart.

“Former Democratic Presidential Candidate and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean is defending his comments on the so-called “ground zero mosque,” which he has called “a real affront to people who lost their lives.”

Writing on salon.com, Dean states he is “not going to back off” his earlier comments - but then stops short of explicitly calling for the project to be moved, as he had earlier suggested. “

cbsnews.com

82 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 1:29:42pm

re: #81 Nyet

“Former Democratic Presidential Candidate and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean is defending his comments on the so-called “ground zero mosque,” which he has called “a real affront to people who lost their lives.”

Writing on salon.com, Dean states he is “not going to back off” his earlier comments - but then stops short of explicitly calling for the project to be moved, as he had earlier suggested. “

cbsnews.com

Yeah I remember that too. Yet another strike.

83 FemNaziBitch  Jun 14, 2015 1:32:50pm

bbl

84 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 1:35:21pm

re: #80 Belafon

Charles, I have a request for a change in behavior that affects me when I’m using the site on my phone. When I click on a button to view the original message that a user replies ton it pops up the preview dialog. While that is great, more often than not I hit the back browser button on my phone rather than the cancel button on the dialog. Is there any way you can make the back button close the dialog? Right now it generally returns me to the main lgf page because my general usage is open lgf, click on a page, and read.

Unfortunately - no, the back button is not useable in that way. But if you tap on the darkened background anywhere outside the preview dialog, it will also close the dialog.

85 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 1:36:10pm

re: #20 jaunte

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ConJeb!erates!

It’s a FAIL unless Jeb means he’s going to use a strong position and materiel superiority to pound those who attack him into ruin. That was the outcome of Pickett’s Charge, after all.

86 PhillyPretzel  Jun 14, 2015 1:37:12pm

OT the local PBS station is showing “Victor Borge’s Timeless Comedy.” No matter what I know I will be laughing my sides off.

87 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 1:40:04pm

re: #80 Belafon

Charles is a far more experienced programmer than I, but AFAIK browsers’ history is locked down for security reasons, so that can’t be changed. That said, if AJAX is regularly refreshing the page, the current URL can be replaced each time. Provided you’ve been on a given page long enough for it to refresh at least once, then that might be a viable option.

88 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 1:43:18pm

re: #71 CuriousLurker

If anyone thinks a group that previously assassinated & bombed those it disagreed with, and even turned on it’s own people during wartime would somehow be kinder, gentler, more reliable allies than the IRI, you might want to think again. Iranian politics—ugh.

Quite Concur. And frankly, I’d arguer now is not a good time for radical change in Iran. I hate to say it, but Iran is just too important to the fight against Daesh (ISIS) at the moment for me to want internal turmoil there.

89 EPR-radar  Jun 14, 2015 1:43:47pm

re: #85 Dark_Falcon

It’s a FAIL unless Jeb means he’s going to use a strong position and materiel superiority to pound those who attack him into ruin. That was the outcome of Pickett’s Charge, after all.

On the other hand, the spectacle of a GOP establishment figure badly bungling a civil war reference while campaigning to be the nominee of a party whose establishment threw out the welcome mat for neo-Confederates is thoroughly amusing.

90 Skip Intro  Jun 14, 2015 1:44:14pm

re: #29 Lord Of The Pies

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“It angers me because people aren’t looking at the overall picture,” Butler said. “What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?”

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the SF Chronicle has a series about the water hardships being felt by people in the Central Valley.

It’s really too bad that nice places like Rancho Santa Fe are completely populated with total assholes.

91 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 14, 2015 1:45:31pm
92 EPR-radar  Jun 14, 2015 1:47:59pm

re: #90 Skip Intro

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the SF Chronicle has a series about the water hardships being felt by people in the Central Valley.

It’s really too bad that nice places like Rancho Santa Fe are completely populated with total assholes.

I was really surprised to see news that senior water rights are being cut in CA. This is finally getting real. Meanwhile, the assholes in Rancho Santa Fe that feel like wasting water can go to hell. These people really do need to learn that we’re in this together.

93 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 1:49:52pm

re: #88 Dark_Falcon

I think we won’t have a choice.

The demographic pyramid in Iran is bottom heavy compared to the American One, and Iranians have ways to talk and meet others outside the country, despite Khamenei’s best efforts. Something will give eventually.

If I were to guess, when Khamenei dies, something is going to go poof.

94 Belafon  Jun 14, 2015 1:50:27pm
These people really do need to learn that we’re in this together.

The just “we” means people with money.

95 Charles Johnson  Jun 14, 2015 1:51:05pm

re: #71 CuriousLurker

I’m a little torn about these Pages because I basically agree that the current Iranian regime is pretty freaking awful. But these MEK people are just dumping these Pages and logging out, making no effort to engage or debate anything. They’re simply using LGF as a place to spread propaganda, and I find that pretty damned irritating.

I suspect that there actually are three different people registered with the same IP address - it’s probably an office in London run by the group.

Anyway, I’m pretty close to suspending the lot of them.

96 Targetpractice  Jun 14, 2015 1:53:05pm

re: #91 Backwoods_Sleuth

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97 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 1:54:33pm

re: #95 Charles Johnson

The Iranian Regime is awful.

However, we support the Saudis, who are more awful. Not to mention, it is suspected that the unreleased 28 pages in the 9/11 commission report state links between Saudi and Bin Laden.

98 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 1:54:41pm

re: #93 The War TARDIS

I think we won’t have a choice.

The demographic pyramid in Iran is bottom heavy compared to the American One, and Iranians have ways to talk and meet others outside the country, despite Khamenei’s best efforts. Something will give eventually.

If I were to guess, when Khamenei dies, something is going to go poof.

They made the mistake of setting themselves up as an Islamic “Republic” (Well, Cargo Cult Republic, better yet) with an ostensibly democratic form of government. When the demographics reach a tipping point, things could change pretty suddenly. Whether the existing power structure would quietly yield control is of course another question.

99 EPR-radar  Jun 14, 2015 1:54:56pm

re: #95 Charles Johnson

I’m a little torn about these Pages because I basically agree that the current Iranian regime is pretty freaking awful. But these MEK people are just dumping these Pages and logging out, making no effort to engage or debate anything. They’re simply using LGF as a place to spread propaganda, and I find that pretty damned irritating.

I suspect that there actually are three different people registered with the same IP address - it’s probably an office in London run by the group.

Anyway, I’m pretty close to suspending the lot of them.

Here’s a vote for dropping the ban hammer. A pure propaganda play here shouldn’t be excused simply because its target really is odious.

100 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 1:56:03pm

Is it another bot like the old CAMERA one? If so, I vote aye.

101 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 1:56:16pm

re: #95 Charles Johnson

It seems that these guys aren’t really much better than what they’re fighting against.

102 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 1:58:02pm

Two years before he was linked to a violent attack on Dallas police headquarters, James Boulware was arrested after his family reported he was armed and might attack schools and churches in an East Texas town.

Boulware’s brother, Andrew, told The Associated Press on Sunday that James Boulware talked about attacking “soft targets” in Paris, Texas, in a March 2013 incident. He was arrested on allegations that he choked his mother that same day, according to family members and police records.

Andrew Boulware said he had tried to get his brother help after that arrest, but was unsuccessful. He said his brother showed signs of mental instability, including telling people he had dreamed about events like the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, school shooting before it happened.

bigstory.ap.org

I doubt he wanted “help”—that’s what “weak liberals” do in his disordered mind.

But, I can’t understand why he didn’t do some time for his previous behavior? If he had gone to court, a psychiatric evaluation and recommendations could have been ordered as well.

103 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 1:59:12pm

re: #97 The War TARDIS

The Iranian Regime is awful.

However, we support the Saudis, who are more awful. Not to mention, it is suspected that the unreleased 28 pages in the 9/11 commission report state links between Saudi and Bin Laden.

I’m sorry, if I could choose without the distortions of geopolitics, I’d take the current Iranian regime over the Saudi one any day of the year. But that’s just me….

104 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 2:01:03pm

re: #98 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Thing is, the whole ideology of the Islamic Republic is a farce, not to different from the idea that the leaders of a nation have a direct line to God from Medieval Times in Europe.

I do understand that Iran will never be secular as we understand it. Shia Islam is hierarchical, at least to a degree, so Iran will likely end up having a State-Faith. Something like the remaining nations in Europe that have a state-church, though more intense.

105 Patricia Kayden  Jun 14, 2015 2:02:07pm

re: #81 Nyet

Sorry to hear this about Howard Dean. Always struck me as a great strategic mind given how he handled the 2008 elections (emphasizing that all 50 states should be in play for the Democrats).

He needs to apologize and not try to explain this away. The Democratic party has no reason to mimic the Islamophobia of the GOP.

106 Skip Intro  Jun 14, 2015 2:02:21pm

re: #92 EPR-radar

I was really surprised to see news that senior water rights are being cut in CA. This is finally getting real. Meanwhile, the assholes in Rancho Santa Fe that feel like wasting water can go to hell. These people really do need to learn that we’re in this together.

One of the things that struck me about the Chron reporting it that there are Central Valley cities that are using reclaimed septic tank water for drinking. One of the people doing that noted that San Franciscans fill their toilets with cleaner water than what he has to drink.

107 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 2:03:17pm

re: #103 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Ditto.

Iran has the capability to change.

Fixing our issues in regards to takfiri terrorism will require nothing short of a major war in the Persian Gulf to erase every government in the Peninsula save Oman and Yemen.

108 Patricia Kayden  Jun 14, 2015 2:03:28pm

re: #97 The War TARDIS

The Iranian Regime is awful.

However, we support the Saudis, who are more awful. Not to mention, it is suspected that the unreleased 28 pages in the 9/11 commission report state links between Saudi and Bin Laden.

Unfortunately, we need the Saudi oil so we tolerate their support for religious extremists (and terrorists). HBO’s VICE had a great segment on this in their latest episode.

109 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 14, 2015 2:06:54pm

re: #92 EPR-radar

I was really surprised to see news that senior water rights are being cut in CA. This is finally getting real. Meanwhile, the assholes in Rancho Santa Fe that feel like wasting water can go to hell. These people really do need to learn that we’re in this together.

The senior right holders are already threatening lawsuits.

In this together? Hah.

110 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 2:08:27pm

re: #107 The War TARDIS

Ditto.

Iran has the capability to change.

Fixing our issues in regards to takfiri terrorism will require nothing short of a major war in the Persian Gulf to erase every government in the Peninsula save Oman and Yemen.

Kuwait’s government can change, it doesn’t need to be ‘erased’.

111 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:11:56pm

re: #105 Patricia Kayden

I was taken aback hearing that from him, of all people. Progressive leaders need to be just that - progressive - or get out of the way.

112 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:14:47pm

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113 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:14:47pm

re: #111 Nyet

I was taken aback hearing that from him, of all people. Progressive leaders need to be just that - progressive - or get out of the way.

I think a lot of people wrongly assumed that he was this huge liberal because he was such a big opponent of the Iraq War but so were a lot of members of H.W Bush’s national security team like General Scowcroft. I’m not saying No True Liberal Scotsman or that it wasn’t disappointing of him, it’s just that Howard Dean has wrongly portrayed as a liberal for years simply because of the Iraq War opposition.

114 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:17:35pm

115 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:17:58pm

The thing that poed me about Park-51 opponents was their implication that no Muslims were victims of 9-11 and that a mosque was akin to putting a swastika at a concentration camp site or some fallacy like that. Jon Stewart I think also destroyed the “argument” that the area was “holy ground” by pointing out that there was a strip club nearby.

116 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:20:37pm

Thing about this Iranian opposition group it seems simply an enemy of our enemy is our friend thing to these people and I am thankfulo that the Obama state department sees things differently. Just because these guys oppose the current Iranian regime doesn’t make them swell guys. Kind of like how what we call the Taliban today opposing the Soviets didn’t mean that.

117 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 2:21:00pm

“Real feel” temp here is over 100 (actual is 94). And will continue throughout the week into next.

Shit.

118 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:21:35pm

re: #117 Justanotherhuman

“Real feel” temp here is over 100 (actual is 94). And will continue throughout the week into next.

Shit.

Are the pools open yet?

119 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:22:40pm

re: #115 HappyWarrior

If “all of Islam” was responsible, then it’s arbitrary to stop just at Islam. Then “all of religion” is to blame too. Which means close all the churches, etc., around Ground Zero. By this perverse logic, of course.

120 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:24:53pm

re: #115 HappyWarrior

The thing that poed me about Park-51 opponents was their implication that no Muslims were victims of 9-11 and that a mosque was akin to putting a swastika at a concentration camp site or some fallacy like that. Jon Stewart I think also destroyed the “argument” that the area was “holy ground” by pointing out that there was a strip club nearby.

Yeah, in the beginning I didn’t think it was the best idea to try to build a new mosque there, but when people started acting as if all Muslims are Nazis and asserting that we shouldn’t have the same rights/protections as other religions it forced me to change my mind. Haters like Geller getting involved only made me more resolute.

Somewhere—don’t remember where now—I have a list of all the politicians & public figures who spoke out against it. Opportunistic, pandering asshats.

121 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 2:24:55pm

re: #118 HappyWarrior

Ha, what pools? There’s a “splash” water feature at the park. We know how to activate it now, after this morning’s visit, thanks to another parent. : )

122 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:25:47pm

re: #119 Nyet

If “all of Islam” was responsible, then it’s arbitrary to stop just at Islam. Then “all of religion” is to blame too. Which means close all the churches, etc., around Ground Zero. By this perverse logic, of course.

Precisely but the critics of Park-51 didn’t do that. By the way, I think I told you at around the time of that debate or close to it that this was what inspired my term paper on the pogroms in your country. I was re-reading that paper this morning because I was bored and it really is remarkable to me how much present hostility to Muslims resembles the hostility to Jews in that era. There are some differences mind you but the sinister outsider trying to cause home to the homeland is a biggie.

123 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:26:15pm

re: #121 Justanotherhuman

Ha, what pools? There’s a “splash” water feature at the park. We know how to activate it now, after this morning’s visit, thanks to another parent. : )

Y’all don’t have community pools down in NC?

124 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 2:26:27pm

re: #114 Nyet

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125 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:28:27pm

re: #120 CuriousLurker

Yeah, in the beginning I didn’t think it was the best idea to try to build a new mosque there, but when people started acting as if all Muslims are Nazis and asserting that we shouldn’t have the same rights/protections as other religions it forced me to change my mind. Haters like Geller getting involved only made me more resolute.

Somewhere—don’t remember where now—I have a list of all the politicians & public figures who spoke out against it. Opportunistic, pandering asshats.

Exactly, it was the people arguing against the first amendment rights of Muslims that bothered me and seeing how nasty people Pam (who I had recently became familiar with were towards Muslims). They called it the “Ground Zero Victory Mosque” which I found fucking sick because as I said there were many Muslim victims of 9/11 too and that Imam and his congregation(don’t know the correct word here, if you want to help a guy out here, feel free) but they had no connection whatsoever to Al Queda or the Taliban.

126 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 2:29:01pm

re: #123 HappyWarrior

Not in this area—only if you live in certain apt complexes or have your own pool (and a lot of people do, they don’t want to share with darker skinned folks).

127 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:29:14pm

re: #124 Dark_Falcon

I was going to write about how the type of criminal depicted in The Warriors differ from those shown in Tarantino’s first two movies, but I realized something: Given the ‘set in’ time and character age differences, the robbers of Reservoir Dogs and the hit men and crime boss of Pulp Fiction may well have been late 70’s era street gang members grown up.

His films have always had a retro feel to them. Probably why I like them. The 70’s is my favorite decade for film.

128 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:30:07pm

re: #126 Justanotherhuman

Not in this area—only if you live in certain apt complexes or have your own pool (and a lot of people do, they don’t want to share with darker skinned folks).

Agh that really is too bad. The pools were godsends on hot summer days when I was a kid. Good way to meet up with friends too.

129 SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Jun 14, 2015 2:30:08pm

Assholes like Howard Dean (I expected better from him) are the reasons Republicans have been running wild these days. Given the choice between fear mongers and pussies, i guess people would choose the fear mongers.

130 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:30:58pm

re: #114 Nyet

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131 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 2:31:43pm

re: #129 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

Assholes like Howard Dean (I expected better from him) are the reasons Republicans have been running wild these days. Given the choice between fear mongers and pussies, i guess people would choose the fear mongers.

Come on, Steve, you’re a better person than to use a misogynistic term like that. ; /

132 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:31:50pm

re: #120 CuriousLurker

It wasn’t really a mosque too. But hey, they should build 5 mosques around Ground Zero just to mess with all the bigots.

OK, that was probably a bit too instrumentalizing on my part, but what the heck ;)

133 allegro  Jun 14, 2015 2:32:02pm

re: #117 Justanotherhuman

“Real feel” temp here is over 100 (actual is 94). And will continue throughout the week into next.

Shit.

We’ve got what appears to be a tropical storm, expected to become one later tonight, heading for us. Weather guys are saying that the next few days could be worse than what we got Memorial Day. So many people who are just beginning to dry out may be fixin to go under again. :/

134 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:32:32pm

re: #125 HappyWarrior

Congregation is fine, we don’t have a special word for the member of a mosque (at least not that I’m familiar with).

135 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:32:46pm

re: #129 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

Assholes like Howard Dean (I expected better from him) are the reasons Republicans have been running wild these days. Given the choice between fear mongers and pussies, i guess people would choose the fear mongers.

To be fair, I recall and maybe CL can help me out here but he was the only really prominent Democrat I remember condemning it. The Republicans have been running wild these days though because Democratic voters don’t realize that so called off year elections are just as important as presidential ones. That’s the real problem. Now do the Democrats hurt their own cause there a bit? Yeah they do but I have to place some of the blame on the part of a base that doesn’t show up all the time. Republican voters to their credit vote whenever is possible for the most obscure office to get their guy in.

136 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:33:48pm

Hmm. Speck, meet log.

137 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:35:44pm

re: #134 CuriousLurker

Congregation is fine, we don’t have a special word for the member of a mosque (at least not that I’m familiar with).

I was actually curious if there was a word but thanks. I really need to share with you and the other iizards one of these days the paper I did on the pogroms and Russian Antisemitism from Alexander II’s assassination to the eve of WWI. Afraid it might put some of y’all to sleep though since it’s a long one even for an academic paper but it’s my crowning undergrad achievement.

138 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:36:40pm

re: #135 HappyWarrior

To be fair, I recall and maybe CL can help me out here but he was the only really prominent Democrat I remember condemning it. […]

Sorry, but I don’t have my list handy, and since that happened before my little brain IED went off, I don’t have and clear recollection beyond the loudest voices. I’m going to try to find that list again though—when/if I do, I’ll let you know.

139 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:37:09pm

re: #135 HappyWarrior

ADL is not Democratic, but it is liberal-leaning in non-Israel matters. And it didn’t pass the test too.

140 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:37:32pm

re: #137 HappyWarrior

I was actually curious if there was a word but thanks. I really need to share with you and the other iizards one of these days the paper I did on the pogroms and Russian Antisemitism from Alexander II’s assassination to the eve of WWI. Afraid it might put some of y’all to sleep though since it’s a long one even for an academic paper but it’s my crowning undergrad achievement.

You should! I, for one, would be interested in reading it.

141 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:38:24pm

re: #138 CuriousLurker

Sorry, but I don’t have my list handy, and since that happened before my little brain IED went off, I don’t have and clear recollection beyond the loudest voices. I’m going to try to find that list again though—when/if I do, I’ll let you know.

It’s cool. Don’t feel any pressure to go on a wild goose chase. What I remember were Republican candidates imporing Obama to deny the permit and I remember thinking A) first amendment attack and B) The President of the US has no say about what is built in Manhattan.

142 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 2:38:43pm
143 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:38:50pm

re: #139 Nyet

ADL is not Democratic, but it is liberal-leaning in non-Israel matters. And it didn’t pass the test too.

That is a fair point and yes that was disappointing on their part.

144 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:39:54pm

re: #140 CuriousLurker

You should! I, for one, would be interested in reading it.

I will one of these days. It actually while by far the longest paper I ever wrote was not the hardest. That honor belongs to a word origin I did for a Shakespeare course.

145 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 2:39:54pm

re: #143 HappyWarrior

I still hold that against them.

Good to know that the ADL is fine with the persecution of Muslims.

146 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:40:45pm

re: #135 HappyWarrior

OK, I shouldn’t have forgotten that.

Reid speaks out against Ground Zero mosque location

Frankly, I would have expected him, as a member of a minority religion, to be more sensitive.

147 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 2:41:13pm

I really wish those Daesh assholes would stop giving Pam “Shrieking Harpy” Geller free publicity:

ISIS threaten Pamela Geller by posting anti-Muslim activist’s New York City apartment address with message to #GoForth

Pamela Geller’s life is at risk yet again from ISIS, after a leader of the radical Islamist terrorist group tweeted her address.

On Friday, a twitter account connected to British-born jihadi Abu Hussain al-Britani posted the address of Geller’s apartment in New York City - complete with apartment number - with the message #GoForth.

That account has since been suspended by Twitter.

The message comes less than two weeks after a Muslim man named Usaamah Rahim was shot and killed by police officers in Boston before he could carry out of a plot to behead Geller for the Islamic State.

These assholes just keep empowering Geller by going after her.

148 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 2:42:44pm

re: #143 HappyWarrior

Not to mention, their reaction to the recent Supreme Court case shows they don’t think Muslims should have rights in Jerusalem either.

149 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:43:13pm

re: #146 Nyet

OK, I shouldn’t have forgotten that.

Reid speaks out against Ground Zero mosque location

Frankly, as a member of a minority religion I would have expected him to be more sensitive.

I would too. That’s disappointing as well so I do take back my comment about Dean being the only Dem given that Reid was and still is the most important Senate Democrat. As for being him part of a minority religion. We’re so strange when it comes to that since in the early years of the Republic, some of the biggest supporters of separation of church and state are of the same religion that want to narrow the gap now. Jefferson’s famous letter regarding separation of church and state was written to Baptists after all.

150 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:43:19pm

Add these assholes to the list:

politico.com

151 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:43:22pm

re: #139 Nyet

ADL is not Democratic, but it is liberal-leaning in non-Israel matters. And it didn’t pass the test too.

Yeah, Foxman tried to carefully parse what he said later, and even started an interfaith coalition to help American Muslims facing opposition to mosque building, but the damage had already been done at the height of the… noise.

152 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 2:43:25pm

re: #146 Nyet

OK, I shouldn’t have forgotten that.

Reid speaks out against Ground Zero mosque location

Frankly, as a member of a minority religion I would have expected him to be more sensitive.

Harry Reid’s an asshole, pure and simple, so don’t be surprised when he acts like one.

153 Lidane  Jun 14, 2015 2:44:53pm

I finally finished the comprehensive, end-of-campaign ad report for the campaign I got hired for back in March.

From March to June we ran 132 ads across Google, YouTube, and Facebook. Official ads, attack ads, you name it. The final report was 75 pages long and is a 30MB PDF.

Shoot me now. Or at least give me a very, very strong drink. I need it. O_O

155 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:45:22pm

re: #152 Dark_Falcon

Harry Reid’s an asshole, pure and simple, so don’t be surprised when he acts like one.

Oh, don’t latch on.
He is an asshole because of this. Not any other things.

156 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 2:45:41pm

re: #150 Nyet

Add these assholes to the list:

politico.com

Not surprising, though, since its politicians in swing districts making sure their positions align with those of the voters. But you’ve got to remember that most members of the House aren’t brave leaders, they’re just hacks who want to stay in office.

157 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:46:42pm

re: #148 The War TARDIS

Not to mention, their reaction to the recent Supreme Court case shows they don’t think Muslims should have rights in Jerusalem either.

? What decision would that be?

158 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:46:42pm

re: #147 Dark_Falcon

I really wish those Daesh assholes would stop giving Pam “Shrieking Harpy” Geller free publicity:

ISIS threaten Pamela Geller by posting anti-Muslim activist’s New York City apartment address with message to #GoForth

These assholes just keep empowering Geller by going after her.

And she them. They need each other, feed off of each other’s hatred.

159 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:48:02pm

re: #158 CuriousLurker

And she them. They need each other, feed off of each other’s hatred.

It to bring sports into is like when the Yankees and Red Sox play, it’s like fuck both y’all.

160 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 2:48:07pm

re: #157 HappyWarrior

This one.

I don’t think they like Arabs very much.

161 Jenner7  Jun 14, 2015 2:48:39pm

re: #154 The War TARDIS

Well, I’m a ex Mormon and my hubby is a non Mormon and we have always been treated just fine.

I don’t agree with their doctrine, but they are mostly good people. Utah is no exception. This is a great place to live regardless of their religion and politics.

162 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:49:04pm

re: #160 The War TARDIS

This one.

I don’t think they like Arabs very much.

Need to learn more about this issue and I’m having dinner soon but thanks.

163 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:49:13pm

re: #150 Nyet

Add these assholes to the list:

politico.com

Thanks. ;)

164 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 2:49:33pm

re: #162 HappyWarrior

“and I’m having dinner soon”

That’s the right approach. :)

165 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 14, 2015 2:49:48pm

re: #161 Jenner7

Well, I’m a ex Mormon and my hubby is a non Mormon and we have always been treated just fine.

I don’t agree with their doctrine, but they are mostly good people. Utah is no exception. This is a great place to live regardless of their religion and politics.

Well, unless you like craft beer on tap.

>.>

166 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:50:10pm

re: #164 Nyet

“and I’m having dinner soon”

That’s the right approach. :)

I’m having that traditional of Muslim meals, corned beef and cabbage. Alas no Guinness to wash it down.

167 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:50:43pm

re: #158 CuriousLurker

And she them. They need each other, feed off of each other’s hatred.

I guess you could kinda say they’re “hate vampires”—LOL.

168 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:50:55pm

re: #165 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Well, unless you like craft beer on tap.

>.>

That’s why I would move to its neighbor. Colorado is craft beer heaven. Utah is a pretty state though. Too far away from the ocean for me to want to live tho.

169 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:51:36pm

re: #164 Nyet

“and I’m having dinner soon”

That’s the right approach. :)

First things first! ;)

170 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 14, 2015 2:52:05pm

re: #168 HappyWarrior

That’s why I would move to its neighbor. Colorado is craft beer heaven.

My favorite single-note gin comes from a micro-distillery in Ridgway, CO. Just juniper. Amazingly well done.

171 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:52:59pm

re: #170 klys (maker of Silmarils)

My favorite single-note gin comes from a micro-distillery in Ridgway, CO. Just juniper. Amazingly well done.

I need to try some good gin one of tehse days. I haven’t had it much. My favorite brewery though is New Belgium based out of Fort Collins.

172 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 2:53:06pm

Okay, now you guys have managed to make me hungry and thirsty.

BBL

173 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 2:53:49pm

re: #161 Jenner7

My info of Mormonism comes from reading the exMormon reddit, (along along with the history of the Mormon Church (Mountain Meadows Massacre especially)). So my point of view may be biased.

174 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 2:56:06pm

I actually knew quite a few more Mormons than average growing up. Same with Muslims actually. Mostly nice people both ways. I think they’re both missing out by not drinking and in the case of Muslims not enjoying pork too but never had any problems with them. The most intolerant people I knew growing up were ultra conservative Catholics(think Frothy) and I come from a culturally Catholic family- even got a great uncle who was a priest and my Dad and his siblings were parochial school kids.

175 blueraven  Jun 14, 2015 2:56:40pm

re: #155 Nyet

Oh, don’t latch on.
He is an asshole because of this. Not any other things.

I sometimes like it when Harry Reid is an asshole.
:)

176 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 14, 2015 3:00:13pm

re: #171 HappyWarrior

I need to try some good gin one of tehse days. I haven’t had it much. My favorite brewery though is New Belgium based out of Fort Collins.

They do tours, if you are ever in the area, but they are hard to get into - sell out all the time.

We couldn’t get one on the right day the last time we passed through that way, so hoping for next trip.

As for gin, it can definitely be an acquired taste. There are times where it is definitely worth paying for the premium stuff. If you drink it with tonic (my preferred), the tonic ALSO plays a huge role.

Occasionally mr. klys and I toss around the idea of opening a gin bar. Offering both gin samplers and tonic samplers. I’m playing around with the possibility of writing up gin reviews on my blog too.

177 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:00:20pm

Around 2002, give or take a couple of years, I seriously delved into everything Mormon. History, apologetics, counter-apologetics, original diaries, old books, forgotten and censored sermons, etc.

It’s simply a very fascinating phenomenon that also shows almost “in real time” how a religion is created and evolves. It’s sort of a potential mini-model for some other religions.

178 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 3:00:54pm
179 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 3:01:31pm

re: #173 The War TARDIS

My info of Mormonism comes from reading the exMormon reddit, (along along with the history of the Mormon Church (Mountain Meadows Massacre especially)). So my point of view may be biased.

Yannow, I remember reading about Mormons in history class, about the origin of Utah, “And then another locust came”, blah, blah, blah—but I know I’d been out of high school for years (Class of ‘69—Go Spartans!) before I realized that there were still Mormons running around loose in the 20th century.

180 prairiefire  Jun 14, 2015 3:01:46pm

re: #176 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I believe that was Dorothy Parker’s favorite drink.

181 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 3:02:07pm

re: #174 HappyWarrior

When I was growing up, I think there was maybe 1 Muslim and 1 Jewish kid in the Middle School, then High School I went to.

I did know a few mormons, and they were nice people. However, learning more about them through time, I think they represent the minority of Mormons.

I did meet Muslims in College. but no one Jewish. After my Sophmore year,Muslims and Jewish students did not talk to one another. Namely because the Jewish organization thought it would be funny to call the police on us (This was before I converted, but did attend MSA events, though I was not at that particular meeting).

Safe to say, I am still sore about that, and that was 4-5 years ago.

182 prairiefire  Jun 14, 2015 3:03:12pm

re: #178 goddamnedfrank

Good one, Frank.

183 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:03:32pm

Also, my first time learning about Mormons [or rather, noticing Mormons among the many other groups] was, of course A Study in Scarlet.

184 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 3:03:34pm

re: #175 blueraven

I sometimes like it when Harry Reid is an asshole.
:)

Meh, most Senate Majority Leaders are assholes. Its a requirement for the job that one must be either a successful asshole or a successful cat-herder.

185 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 3:03:35pm

This City Is Fighting Against Public School Privatization

thinkprogress.org

More of Walker and the Rs dismantling of public schools.

186 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 3:04:31pm

re: #177 Nyet

Around 2002, give or take a couple of years, I seriously delved into everything Mormon. History, apologetics, counter-apologetics, original diaries, old books, forgotten and censored sermons, etc.

It’s simply a very fascinating phenomenon that also shows almost “in real time” how a religion is created and evolves. It’s sort of a potential mini-model for some other religions.

It also shows a religion being invented based on the science fiction of the day (Indian burial mounds, Ten Lost Tribes, etc.), that’s analogous to a certain mid-20th-century invented religion….

187 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 3:04:45pm

re: #179 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

And they didn’t accept the Civil Rights act in regards to BYU until the 70s, and there is still talk of racial discrimination on Campus.

188 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:05:18pm

sigh

189 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 14, 2015 3:07:37pm

re: #181 The War TARDIS

I did know a few mormons, and they were nice people. However, learning more about them through time, I think they represent the minority of Mormons.

If I wrote this sentence, and replaced the word “Mormons” with “Muslims,” I think we can both agree that would be bad.

You’re doing that group-blame thing again.

190 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 3:08:23pm

re: #183 Nyet

Also, my first time learning about Mormons [or rather, noticing Mormons among the many other groups] was, of course A Study in Scarlet.

Doyle may have turned out to be a nut, but he was a storyteller, you’ve got to give him that.

191 teleskiguy  Jun 14, 2015 3:08:45pm

Who didn’t see that coming? ProLifeLiberal getting all Holier-Than-Thou on us.

192 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:09:13pm

re: #183 Nyet

Also, my first time learning about Mormons [or rather, noticing Mormons among the many other groups] was, of course A Study in Scarlet.

Not the best intro to the topic, granted. But in USSR/Russia in those years it was either some atheistic encyclopedia (where Mormons were lost among numerous other groups) or Sherlock Holmes.

193 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 3:09:14pm

re: #181 The War TARDIS

I did know a few mormons, and they were nice people. However, learning more about them through time, I think they represent the minority of Mormons.

Stop with the bigoted pronouncements already. It’s tiresome and so are your apologies when you keep doing it over and over again. Multiply that by a factor of 10 when you then turn around and complain about anti-Arab or anti-Muslim bigotry. Grow the fuck up.

*smh*

194 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 3:09:49pm

re: #181 The War TARDIS

Don’t be sore about some asshole Joe College stunt from that long ago. Yes, that student group was wrong to phone in a false report to the police, but that’s not something Jewish student groups normally do and I’m assuming no one got hurt.

I’m not saying you should forget it (forgiving such an act is not possible without a sincere apology), but you shouldn’t dwell on it. Given our similarities, I suspect its much harder for you than for most people to put the past behind you, but it’s something I’ve come to accept as essential.

195 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 3:11:35pm

Must have had a call on a passenger. Or something.

Passengers, luggage return to Alitalia plane after being removed for ‘safety check’ at John F Kennedy Airport; no other details available - @ABC7NY
7online.com

196 The War TARDIS  Jun 14, 2015 3:13:21pm

re: #194 Dark_Falcon

I tend to hold on to things for about a decade.

197 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 3:13:25pm

re: #181 The War TARDIS

I did meet Muslims in College. but no one Jewish. After my Sophmore year,Muslims and Jewish students did not talk to one another.

Jesus Fucking Christ man how can you type shit like this back to back and not see the inherent fallacy? You admit you met no Jews in college but pretend you know who the fuck these Jews you never met were not talking to.

198 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 3:14:37pm
Pffft!
199 teleskiguy  Jun 14, 2015 3:15:09pm

re: #193 CuriousLurker

Grow the fuck up.

Asking ProLifeLiberal to do this seems to be an exercise in futility. I’ve all but given up, I just scroll on by when I see him in the comments. He’s too bitter, life’s too short for that bullshit.

200 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 14, 2015 3:15:39pm

re: #196 The War TARDIS

I tend to hold on to things for about a decade.

I don’t know much of your situation, but I have learned through painful personal experience that holding on to things for an extended period of time is usually far more harmful than helpful.

201 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:16:34pm

re: #198 goddamnedfrank

202 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 3:18:08pm

re: #200 Eclectic Cyborg

Reminds me of that Confederate saying I sometimes see on bumper stickers along with the flag: “Fergit? Hell no!”

203 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 14, 2015 3:19:55pm

re: #198 goddamnedfrank

204 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 3:23:08pm

re: #193 CuriousLurker

Stop with the bigoted pronouncements already. It’s tiresome and so are your apologies when you keep doing it over and over again. Multiply that by a factor of 10 when you then turn around and complain about anti-Arab or anti-Muslim bigotry. Grow the fuck up.

*smh*

There are roughly between 4.4 - 6.1 million Mormons in the U.S. I can count the number I’ve met personally on one or two hands, and even then some of those were people who converted to Islam.

How many Mormons has any one person actually met, including anyone who is (or was) Mormon? Hundreds, maybe thousands on a causal level? Now how many out of those hundreds or thousands have they gotten to know well enough to judge that person’s values/character. I’d venture to guess a tiny fraction. That’s what makes this type of bigotry and group blame so stupid—it’s making assertions about things you cannot possibly know.

Edit: link added.

205 teleskiguy  Jun 14, 2015 3:23:43pm
206 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:26:10pm
207 Romantic Heretic  Jun 14, 2015 3:26:39pm

re: #96 Targetpractice

Its vision is based upon motion. If you stay absolutely still, it won’t see you.

Too late! I opened my eyes!

208 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 3:29:05pm

re: #181 The War TARDIS

Stop this shit.

209 teleskiguy  Jun 14, 2015 3:32:35pm

Dudebro butthurt is pretty epic today on Twitter. Greenwald’s flying monkey army have been busy.

210 Romantic Heretic  Jun 14, 2015 3:34:17pm

re: #119 Nyet

If “all of Islam” was responsible, then it’s arbitrary to stop just at Islam. Then “all of religion” is to blame too. Which means close all the churches, etc., around Ground Zero. By this perverse logic, of course.

There is a person running for President on just this platform. He intends to make religious people second class citizens.

I rarely agree with Francis Fukuyama. I read his End of History and laughed. But on this I agree with him. Transhumanism is one of the most dangerous ideas in the world.

211 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 3:37:06pm

re: #204 CuriousLurker

There are roughly between 4.4 - 6.1 million Mormons in the U.S. I can count the number I’ve met personally on one or two hands, and even then some of those were people who converted to Islam.

How many Mormons has any one person actually met, including anyone who is (or was) Mormon? Hundreds, maybe thousands on a causal level? Now how many out of those hundreds or thousands have they gotten to know well enough to judge that person’s values/character. I’d venture to guess a tiny fraction. That’s what makes this type of bigotry and group blame so stupid—it’s making assertions about things you cannot possibly know.

Edit: link added.

This, this, and again THIS.

212 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 3:37:28pm

re: #210 Romantic Heretic

Wow, I’d never even heard the term transhumanism before, had to look it up. Sounds kinda creepy.

213 Nyet  Jun 14, 2015 3:39:20pm

re: #210 Romantic Heretic

“Transhumanism” is something from the same series as “libertarianism”, “communism” and other utopian toys for big kids.

214 Romantic Heretic  Jun 14, 2015 3:42:17pm

re: #147 Dark_Falcon

I really wish those Daesh assholes would stop giving Pam “Shrieking Harpy” Geller free publicity:

ISIS threaten Pamela Geller by posting anti-Muslim activist’s New York City apartment address with message to #GoForth

These assholes just keep empowering Geller by going after her.

They’re just returning the favour. Who knows how many recruits she’s driven to them with her foaming hatred?

215 urbanmeemaw  Jun 14, 2015 3:43:46pm

re: #178 goddamnedfrank

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You go, GDF!!!! Great question.

216 teleskiguy  Jun 14, 2015 3:46:26pm

Oh look, another rain storm.

I’ve turned on the sprinkler system only twice this summer.

Sorry, California.

217 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 3:49:00pm

re: #213 Nyet

“Transhumanism” is something from the same series as “libertarianism”, “communism” and other utopian toys for big kids.

Pretty much every -ism/ideology/philosophy/whatever is like that, including religion, democracy, etc. They sound great on paper, but the minute they crash into reality and we humans get our grubby little hands on things, we start competing with each other and mucking it all up. *sigh*

As a species, we kinda suck. We may have managed to claw our way to the top of the food chain, but we may also be too clever by half for our own good. Time will tell, I suppose.

218 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 3:50:38pm

re: #214 Romantic Heretic

Well, they’re about to have a harder time getting those recruits into Syria:

Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State for town at Turkish border

The Kurdish-led YPG, working with the U.S.-led alliance and small Syrian rebel groups, has pushed into Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa province, threatening one of its supply lines to the jihadists’ de facto capital, Raqqa city.

While dealing a blow to Islamic State, seizing Tel Abyad would also help the YPG to link up Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria. Turkey is worried about the risk of separatist sentiment among its own Kurdish minority in the southwest.

At least 13,000 people have fled into Turkey over the past week to escape the fighting near Tel Abyad.

On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to come across.

Local media said Islamic State militants had tried to prevent refugees from crossing into Turkey.

Attacking Tel Abyad is a very shrewd move: Daesh can’t really afford to lose it and their ‘capital of Raqqa is near enough for its garrison to attempt to counter-attack.

Of course, the YPG want Daesh to try a counter attack, since any such move will have to be over up ground under heavy drone surveillance. Thus such a move would likely be seen coming and then be pounded into scrap by coalition air power. But if Daesh does not act, they’ll lose their primary border crossing.

So here we see once again how moving against your enemy’s sources of supply can force them to fight you on your terms.

219 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 3:51:21pm

re: #213 Nyet

“Transhumanism” is something from the same series as “libertarianism”, “communism” and other utopian toys for big kids.

I agree. But it was kind of fun to see Ray Kurzweil take on the Discovery Institute. When you can be totally pwned by someone who’s a thorough lunatic himself, it may be time to reevaluate your philosophy.

220 Romantic Heretic  Jun 14, 2015 3:54:22pm

re: #212 CuriousLurker

re: #213 Nyet

Yeah. They think by turning themselves into something like this they’ll be better people. As Fukuyama pointed out they never discuss the ethics of it. It’s assumed better equipment = better people.

How many times have we heard that in history? How many people died so that it could be proven?

221 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 3:56:54pm

re: #176 klys (maker of Silmarils)

They do tours, if you are ever in the area, but they are hard to get into - sell out all the time.

We couldn’t get one on the right day the last time we passed through that way, so hoping for next trip.

As for gin, it can definitely be an acquired taste. There are times where it is definitely worth paying for the premium stuff. If you drink it with tonic (my preferred), the tonic ALSO plays a huge role.

Occasionally mr. klys and I toss around the idea of opening a gin bar. Offering both gin samplers and tonic samplers. I’m playing around with the possibility of writing up gin reviews on my blog too.

When I was in Dublin, I ahd to get my Guinness brewery tix well in advance. I think the brewery is the most popular attraction in Dublin after the Book of Kells IIRC. Whenever I travel, I try to buy a city pass.

222 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 3:58:42pm

re: #204 CuriousLurker

There are roughly between 4.4 - 6.1 million Mormons in the U.S. I can count the number I’ve met personally on one or two hands, and even then some of those were people who converted to Islam.

How many Mormons has any one person actually met, including anyone who is (or was) Mormon? Hundreds, maybe thousands on a causal level? Now how many out of those hundreds or thousands have they gotten to know well enough to judge that person’s values/character. I’d venture to guess a tiny fraction. That’s what makes this type of bigotry and group blame so stupid—it’s making assertions about things you cannot possibly know.

Edit: link added.

Late to this but have to agree with everything already said. There are good and bad people of any group and I wish PTL would stop this. He would hate if someone broadbrushed Muslims and I for the life of me do not know why he finds it acceptable to do other groups that he dislikes.

223 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 3:59:53pm

re: #210 Romantic Heretic

There is a person running for President on just this platform. He intends to make religious people second class citizens.

I rarely agree with Francis Fukuyama. I read his End of History and laughed. But on this I agree with him. Transhumanism is one of the most dangerous ideas in the world.

No one should be made a second class citizen because of what they believe or don’t believe. What a scary idea. Never heard of transhumanism before.

224 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:02:33pm

re: #212 CuriousLurker

Wow, I’d never even heard the term transhumanism before, had to look it up. Sounds kinda creepy.

Yeah, same here. Creepy libertarian types who ruin everything.

225 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:05:03pm

re: #220 Romantic Heretic

Sounds so…/Nietzschean-Third Reichish.

226 The Vicious Babushka  Jun 14, 2015 4:05:09pm

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

227 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:08:10pm

So in anticipation for season 2, I’ve been rewatching True Detective. Just started with the pilot last night and man I can’t get over how well written both McConnaughey and Harrelson’s characters of Cohle and Hart were. I love Cohle’s bit about how human consciousness is a misstep of evolution. It’s definitely a cynical take but it is something to think about it and I think the shows writers did that for a reason. The set too. Cannot wait for season 2. I don’t like Vince Vaughn’s politics at all but I am excited to see what he does with Season 2. I’ve also come to like Colin Farrell more as I’ve gotten older too.

228 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 4:08:18pm

re: #226 Lord Of The Pies

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

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I don’t know what those goobers are bitching about. The only problem I have with those images is that White Sox jacket.

/North Side, if it takes forever!

229 piratedan  Jun 14, 2015 4:08:36pm

re: #130 CuriousLurker

Riffs Leader: You Warriors are good, real good…..
Swan: The Best….

230 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:09:47pm

re: #227 HappyWarrior

So, as usual, white guys are getting all the good parts in TV these days? ; /

231 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:10:07pm

re: #226 Lord Of The Pies

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

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Uh yes, when did we start judging leadership by how they open an umbrella or throw a baseball? And Obama’s first pitch I will say as a former pitcher wasn’t the best I’ve seen but it was far from the worst either. But that said, the fact that George W. Bush can throw a “strike” on his first pitch doesn’t make him a better leader than Obama. If we want to judge athletic prowess, I bet Obama would own any Republican president or presidential candidate on the basketball court but because I’m not a TCOT moron, I don’t use that as a factor in judging them.

232 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:11:23pm

re: #230 Justanotherhuman

So, as usual, white guys are getting all the good parts in TV these days? ; /

Well Vaughn’s character is a Russian-American mobster trying to straight IIRC.

233 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:13:57pm

re: #228 Dark_Falcon

I don’t know what those goobers are bitching about. The only problem I have with those images is that White Sox jacket.

/North Side, if it takes forever!

Heh I remember he got some flack for not wearing a Nationals jacket and I thought why the hell should he. He’s a Sox fan through and through. But hey good on you for being true to the Cubs through good times and bad. Buccos are my defacto NL team but I am impressed with the job Maddon is doing. Really need to catch a game in Wrigley one of these days.

234 allegro  Jun 14, 2015 4:15:13pm

re: #230 Justanotherhuman

So, as usual, white guys are getting all the good parts in TV these days? ; /

Now that you mention it… I just finished weekend binging on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black. One thing I so appreciate about it is the wonderful diversity of characters and a distinct lack of Sweet Young Things. These women are real, their stories are real. It’s such a pleasure to watch.

235 freetoken  Jun 14, 2015 4:16:03pm

The Baron of Boobs speaketh:

Rupert Murdoch: LGBT Advocacy In Clinton Speech “Almost Fascist”

Addled, perhaps more so due to age.

236 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:16:31pm

I am looking forward to Making of the American mob too. Probably won’t be Boardwalk Empire good but it could be interesting.

237 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:16:36pm
238 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:17:03pm

With the A/C not working I did the obvious thing and went and took a walk out in the hotter outside.

Took the camera along though.

Came across an interesting bloom on a low bush. Had both a blue and a red variant.

Bloom in the Azalea Garden

Other creatures found them interesting too.

Bee - not so in focus
Bee - in focus, but not a good angle
239 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:17:51pm

re: #235 freetoken

The Baron of Boobs speaketh:

Rupert Murdoch: LGBT Advocacy In Clinton Speech “Almost Fascist”

Addled, perhaps more so due to age.

Actually Rupert trying to deny them advocacy and equal rights is more closer to fascism. I’d like you to name one fascist state where LGBT rights were tolerated let alone respected.

240 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:18:11pm

re: #237 Justanotherhuman

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Of course.

241 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:19:08pm

Just outside the Azalea Garden is a fountain featuring playful seahorses.

242 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:19:19pm

re: #238 Feline Fearless Leader

Hydrangea?

243 freetoken  Jun 14, 2015 4:20:34pm
244 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:20:41pm

Really I think it’s adorable seeing people of the ideology that actually embraced fascism as a counter to communism crying fascism everytime a group advocates something they don’t like. Just because Rupert opposes rights for LGBT people and Hillary supports them doesn’t make Hillary a fascist.

245 b.d.  Jun 14, 2015 4:21:17pm

He’s trying to fit in by running straight towards the bottom

246 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:21:32pm

re: #242 Justanotherhuman

Hydrangea?

Going by the wiki page that seems likely that is what they are. Especially since one of the blooming patterns matches what I saw.

Thanks for the ID suggestion.

247 blueraven  Jun 14, 2015 4:21:33pm

re: #176 klys (maker of Silmarils)

They do tours, if you are ever in the area, but they are hard to get into - sell out all the time.

We couldn’t get one on the right day the last time we passed through that way, so hoping for next trip.

As for gin, it can definitely be an acquired taste. There are times where it is definitely worth paying for the premium stuff. If you drink it with tonic (my preferred), the tonic ALSO plays a huge role.

Occasionally mr. klys and I toss around the idea of opening a gin bar. Offering both gin samplers and tonic samplers. I’m playing around with the possibility of writing up gin reviews on my blog too.

Ever tried making your own?

This sounds good.

jeffreymorgenthaler.com

Anyway, a really good bartenders blog. I got lost there for a while and feel I need a to go mix up a cocktail, like right now.

Think I will go with vodka, cucumber/lemon water, mint and ginger beer.
Or…maybe a mojito.

248 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:23:20pm

re: #245 b.d.

He’s trying to fit in by running straight towards the bottom

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He looks like such a fake.

249 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:23:58pm

Walking along the river I took a side trail that went closer to the water and is not paved. Less traffic, and quieter as well. Saw a group of geese with goslings.

Also got a nice photo of a blooming thistle.

Pining for the moors
250 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:24:53pm

re: #247 blueraven

Ever tried making your own?

This sounds good.

jeffreymorgenthaler.com

Anyway, a really good bartenders blog. I got lost there for a while and feel I need a to go mix up a cocktail, like right now.

Think I will go with vodka, cucumber/lemon water, mint and ginger beer.
Or…maybe a mojito.

You know what’s a good and simple drink, ginger ale and whiskey with a sprinkling of lime. Don’t know the official name for that but I called it an O’Malley after an Irish woman named Grace O’Malley who was pretty much Queen Elizabeth’s Irish counterpart.

251 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:25:35pm

re: #246 Feline Fearless Leader

I saw one very similar at a friend’s house yesterday. : ) And I’ve had hydrangeas before, also, at previous houses.

252 b.d.  Jun 14, 2015 4:25:50pm

re: #248 HappyWarrior

He looks like such a fake.

What on earth is he even thinking running for president? Ben Carson will beat him.

253 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:26:22pm

Last stop on the way home was a pass by some beds maintained by the PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society). I also checked the spot where I saw the black bees last year, but no activity while I was there.

Very small flowers
254 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:26:51pm

re: #252 b.d.

What on earth is he even thinking running for president? Ben Carson will beat him.

Ego and a book deal. I don’t get it either. He is going to bomb big time.

255 blueraven  Jun 14, 2015 4:27:35pm

re: #250 HappyWarrior

You know what’s a good and simple drink, ginger ale and whiskey with a sprinkling of lime. Don’t know the official name for that but I called it an O’Malley after an Irish woman named Grace O’Malley who was pretty much Queen Elizabeth’s Irish counterpart.

I used to drink those a lot in my younger days. Simple enough that it cant be messed up too much in a packed club.

256 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:30:34pm

re: #255 blueraven

I used to drink those a lot in my younger days. Simple enough that it cant be messed up too much in a packed club.

Yeah I like it for its simplicity. I typically don’t like drinks with too much in them. Then it becomes sort of like a slurpee with multpille favors. I enjoy Cuba Libres, Dark n Stormies, etc too.

257 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 4:32:14pm

re: #253 Feline Fearless Leader

Beautiful shots all of them, lots of great color.

258 Dark_Falcon  Jun 14, 2015 4:32:26pm

re: #237 Justanotherhuman

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Yeah, CNN had a story about that. The report also noted that until the cops actually got close to Tamir Rice, everyone except his sister though he was at least 16, not 12. Rice had the misfortune to be both big and black, and that plus a pullet gun was all it took to get him killed (given the poor instincts and training of the cop who shot him).

259 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:35:57pm

re: #257 CuriousLurker

Beautiful shots all of them, lots of great color.

Best of a set from today. I also need to look up the manual settings to use on the Nikon to see if I can “freeze” a bee shot. Wings show up as a blur.

Of course there was also one “resting” on a flower in one spot and sitting real still. Facing away from me, three feet into a large bush, and two feet higher than my head. :p

260 b.d.  Jun 14, 2015 4:37:04pm

re: #253 Feline Fearless Leader

Beautiful

261 CuriousLurker  Jun 14, 2015 4:37:29pm

re: #259 Feline Fearless Leader

Best of a set from today. I also need to look up the manual settings to use on the Nikon to see if I can “freeze” a bee shot. Wings show up as a blur.

Of course there was also one “resting” on a flower in one spot and sitting real still. Facing away from me, three feet into a large bush, and two feet higher than my head. :p

Heh, it never fails.

262 #FergusonFireside  Jun 14, 2015 4:39:00pm

re: #18 Charles Johnson

The plan is to have the LGF Pages in the rightmost column. Not quite ready to do that yet.

I just got here, forgive the late comment. Can you have a date stamp of the last comment made visible? Tks Charles!

263 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 4:42:42pm

Hyperbolic bullshit posted by GG of an interview with Sky News. Comments, of course, were disabled. Still trying to protect his “asset”, Snowden, and Omidyar’s money. “It’s the kind of reporting that has destroyed journalism around the world.”

264 allegro  Jun 14, 2015 4:43:02pm

Cool segment on dogs on 60 minutes starting now.

265 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 4:46:05pm
266 GlutenFreeJesus  Jun 14, 2015 4:51:18pm

re: #264 allegro

This is really cool stuff. “Dogs are scammers”. Yup. lol

267 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 4:52:10pm
268 HappyWarrior  Jun 14, 2015 4:53:47pm

re: #267 goddamnedfrank

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Yeesh. I get that he was “joking” but joking about shooting your colleague isn’t funny. You’d think tehse guys would learn after the Giffords shooting.

269 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 4:57:18pm

Pouring rain in central Philadelphia right now. Practically no effect on the temp outside. Still 82F.

270 allegro  Jun 14, 2015 4:59:44pm

re: #266 GlutenFreeJesus

This is really cool stuff. “Dogs are scammers”. Yup. lol

Just proves to me that when my dogs give me what I call the “I love you, mom” face that I’m totally not making it up. Hubby and I even had a term we called the “eye hug”. It was funny to hear the guy say that the look was the doggie equivalent of a hug. Well duh, I’ve known that since I was a kid. Love that I can now say “see? Proven right!”

271 freetoken  Jun 14, 2015 5:04:58pm

Same old story, new name:

Embattled senator wrote of giving up evils in life

The senator accused of embezzling more than $1 million to support a hidden gambling habit encouraged friends in January to give up the evils in their lives — like gambling […]

To those who know [eds: but do they really?] him, Brinkley, 53, is the least likely legislator to be at the center of the biggest political scandal in Oklahoma in years.

“I refuse to believe that he would do anything dishonorable and dishonest. That is not the Rick Brinkley that I know,” said a longtime friend, retired schoolteacher Gail Ballinger, 71, of Owasso. “I’m convinced there’s a witch hunt.”

Before the scandal broke June 2, he was best known as the senator who led others in prayer at the Capitol, the former church pastor who still did weddings and funerals, and the loving grandfather whose favorite pastime was to watch his teenage grandson play soccer.

[…]

On Friday, his troubles got worse. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted to investigate him for possible personal use of campaign funds. He is accused in the lawsuit of sending both campaign funds and embezzled funds to CTW Inc., a fake entity created to pay personal expenses.

[…]

272 Kragar  Jun 14, 2015 5:05:32pm
273 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 5:13:43pm

re: #272 Kragar

Wasn’t he handing out those docs like candy? Greenwald, Poitras (both of whom he met in Hong Kong), the Chinese, the Russians. Wonder who else? And who says he didn’t keep them on one of his several laptops or on thumb drives himself?

274 b.d.  Jun 14, 2015 5:14:09pm

re: #272 Kragar

That is weapons grade stupidity there, Glenn’s base.

275 Targetpractice  Jun 14, 2015 5:15:16pm

re: #273 Justanotherhuman

Wasn’t he handing out those docs like candy? Greenwald, Poitras (both of whom he met in Hong Kong), the Chinese, the Russians. Wonder who else? And who says he didn’t keep them on one of his several laptops or on thumb drives himself?

IIRC, he had three laptops with him every step of the journey, but we were assured that even if the Chinese or Russians got a hold of them, they’d be useless because the encryption was so tight that it would take years to crack it.

276 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 5:16:39pm

re: #275 Targetpractice

IIRC, he had three laptops with him every step of the journey, but we were assured that even if the Chinese or Russians got a hold of them, they’d be useless because the encryption was so tight that it would take years to crack it.

And yet GG is saying Snowden had no docs with him in Russia. Bullshit.

277 allegro  Jun 14, 2015 5:19:07pm

re: #276 Justanotherhuman

And yet GG is saying Snowden had no docs with him in Russia. Bullshit.

So he and his girlfriend are living in Russia on Putin’s dime without giving him anything in return?

278 b.d.  Jun 14, 2015 5:19:10pm

re: #276 Justanotherhuman

And yet GG is saying Snowden had no docs with him in Russia. Bullshit.

There is no reason to believe a word that the lot of them say.

279 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 5:20:37pm

re: #278 b.d.

There is no reason to believe a word that the lot of them say.

Of course, but as you see above, news outlets are giving GG the means to do it, although I think he makes an ass out of himself in the process.

280 Decatur Deb  Jun 14, 2015 5:20:38pm

re: #250 HappyWarrior

You know what’s a good and simple drink, ginger ale and whiskey with a sprinkling of lime. Don’t know the official name for that but I called it an O’Malley after an Irish woman named Grace O’Malley who was pretty much Queen Elizabeth’s Irish counterpart.

Welcoming Grace O’Malley back to ireland:

281 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 5:22:07pm

re: #275 Targetpractice

IIRC, he had three laptops with him every step of the journey, but we were assured that even if the Chinese or Russians got a hold of them, they’d be useless because the encryption was so tight that it would take years to crack it.

Does he include The Guardian and the NYT in that comment he made about journalism in the Sky New report above?

282 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 5:24:15pm

Morrissey GODDAMN!

283 Justanotherhuman  Jun 14, 2015 5:27:07pm

Later, Lizards!

Keep calm…

284 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 5:32:30pm
285 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 5:34:10pm

re: #283 Justanotherhuman

Later, Lizards!

Keep calm…

Keep Clam™:

286 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 5:40:18pm
287 goddamnedfrank  Jun 14, 2015 5:43:33pm
288 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 14, 2015 5:46:18pm

re: #287 goddamnedfrank

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Or at least tell you what your blood alcohol level needs to be to read it….

289 jaunte  Jun 14, 2015 5:57:47pm
290 BeachDem  Jun 14, 2015 8:58:56pm

re: #271 freetoken

Same old story, new name:

Embattled senator wrote of giving up evils in life

Three things:

1. Article reads more like a love letter than a news article

2. Guy sure looks old for 53 (either some really hard living or the strain of being as “godly” as he proclaims himself)

3. He listed alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling and “spending money you don’t have” as among the issues that keep “you from living your best life.” Wonder how he came up with that list if he is oh, so innocent.

Heh

291 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 14, 2015 9:04:14pm

re: #290 BeachDem

Three things:

1. Article reads more like a love letter than a news article

2. Guy sure looks old for 53 (either some really hard living or the strain of being as “godly” as he proclaims himself)

3. He listed alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling and “spending money you don’t have” as among the issues that keep “you from living your best life.” Wonder how he came up with that list if he is oh, so innocent.

Heh

God has obviously forgiven him already. And awaits another million or so to be dumped into the Jesus-slot-machine.


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