Monday Night Acoustic Excellence: Tommy Emmanuel, “Hope Street”

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Another amazing Tommy Emmanuel piece from his new album. So good.

“Hope Street” was recorded live and solo in Pensacola Florida in 2013. Tommy recorded it and it is on his new record which you can get here: iTunes: goo.gl | Physical CD or Vinyl: goo.gl
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421 comments

1
b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:08:46pm

The man’s fingers are magic.

2
Belafon  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:15:56pm

Just saw an ad for the Democratic debate. Had Clinton saying something and then it flashed:

CLINTON

then

SANDERS

then

O’Malley
Webb
Chafee

(Wish I could center the text)

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freetoken  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:24:34pm

re: #2 Belafon

(Wish I could center the text)

Well, you can. You need to use tags for a paragraph or maybe it works with a span also, and and then use a CSS calls called “Center” or something, IIRC. Maybe someone will chime in with the details I can’t remember.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:26:57pm

Just stumbled across this Tommy Emmanuel take on Amazing Grace which is fantastic:

Tommy Emmanuel - Amazing Grace - Live 2011 HD

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:28:24pm

I suspect that Charles has a class that can be used so his CSS file doesn’t just supersede what html you use.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:29:10pm

In other news, I am considering writing a romantic novel, a kind of Nicholas Sparks type story.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe, but my wife is convinced I can do it.

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:29:39pm

re: #5 b_sharp

I suspect that Charles has a class that can be used so his CSS file doesn’t just supersede what html you use.

This is a test
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Belafon  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:29:47pm

I feel a tiny amount sad that O’Malley is being lumped with the others.

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:30:26pm

re: #2 Belafon

Just saw an ad for the Democratic debate. Had Clinton saying something and then it flashed:

then

then

(Wish I could center the text)

Use the center class.

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Belafon  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:33:06pm

re: #9 b_sharp

Thanks.

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:33:19pm

re: #9 b_sharp

Use the center class.

<div class=”center”> This is text </div>

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:34:52pm

palomar, shalimar, swanee shore

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:35:33pm

re: #11 b_sharp

I thought that divs were out.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:35:48pm

45+ years of typing, and I still confuse the comma key with the period key. Thanks Obama.

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:36:20pm

re: #13 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I thought that divs were out.

But not right out.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:37:18pm

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

In other news, I am considering writing a romantic novel, a kind of Nicholas Sparks type story.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe, but my wife is convinced I can do it.

Bet you could. Go for it.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:37:56pm

re: #15 b_sharp

But not right out.

That makes sense. Wonder what that says about me.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:39:23pm

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

In other news, I am considering writing a romantic novel, a kind of Nicholas Sparks type story.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe, but my wife is convinced I can do it.

Writing a novel is also an excellent way to lose your mind.

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:40:29pm

re: #17 Higgs Boson’s Mate

That makes sense. Wonder what that says about me.

You’re heavier than a duck.

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b_sharp  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:41:41pm

re: #18 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Writing a novel is also an excellent way to lose your mind.

Ah. That explains things.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:42:11pm

re: #19 b_sharp

You’re heavier than a duck.

Ah, that would be why I need a longboard. Consternation turns to elucidation.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:44:19pm

re: #14 De Kolta Chair

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45+ years of typing, and I still confuse the comma key with the period key. Thanks Obama.

I’ll never get used to the period and comma not being the same shifted and unshifted. Thanks, IBM!

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CleverToad  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:45:32pm

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

Sure, why not! We will be waiting with interest for the snippets and details.

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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:46:30pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:52:25pm

re: #13 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I thought that divs were out.

you dont have to have a fashion conscious DOM

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:52:46pm

re: #24 teleskiguy

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Well,,,,,,that’s bizarre.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:53:22pm

re: #22 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I’ll never get used to the period and comma not being the same shifted and unshifted. Thanks, IBM!

On second thought, I blame Aquabuddha.

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Belafon  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:55:20pm

re: #26 Stanley Sea Toujours

Well,,,,,,that’s bizarre.

Needs 148 more commas.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:57:00pm

re: #28 Belafon

Needs 148 more commas.

Channeling our long lost Satty.

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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:57:38pm

We humans have to be the weirdest species this planet has had to deal with.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:58:12pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

We humans have to be the weirdest species this planet has had to deal with.

And spoiled American’s are fucking it all up.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:58:20pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

We humans have to be the weirdest species this planet has had to deal with.

Don’t worry; it’s only temporary.

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:58:50pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

We humans have to be the weirdest species this planet has had to deal with.

Only behaviorally. In terms of physical weirdness we aren’t even in the running for weirdest.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:59:45pm
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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 7:59:54pm

“The planet is fine. The people are fucked.”

-George Carlin

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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:00:41pm

re: #33 Dark_Falcon

Only behaviorally. In terms of physical weirdness we aren’t even in the running for weirdest.

Well duh!

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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:03:12pm

World’s greatest 90-year-old tweeter.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:03:33pm

re: #30 teleskiguy

We humans have to be the weirdest species this planet has had to deal with.

Agreed, but those eyelash mites are definitely in second place.

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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:04:01pm

re: #37 teleskiguy

Excuse me, 93-year old tweeter.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:04:52pm

re: #37 teleskiguy

World’s greatest 90-year-old tweeter.

May he live another 90 years!

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The War TARDIS  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:06:10pm

re: #18 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I am trying to write small things, to get stories in my head out of it.

Let’s see who can guess what. :)

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teleskiguy  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:08:13pm

re: #40 De Kolta Chair

May he live another 90 years!

1907 years and he’ll be 2000 years old!

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:09:40pm

re: #18 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Writing a novel is also an excellent way to lose your mind.

I’ve had a very detailed novel cooking in my head for several years, and I don’t mind saying it’s not a bad one. Now, if only a writer would take over my brain and put it on paper.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:10:50pm

re: #42 teleskiguy

1907 years and he’ll be 2000 years old!

Those crazy kids!
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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:11:27pm

re: #39 teleskiguy

Excuse me, 93-year old tweeter.

I read Liz Smith. She’s like 90-91. SEEN IT ALL. Love it.

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eyezofgawd  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:11:37pm

re: #41 The War TARDIS

dr who episodes?

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:13:43pm

Good News:

NYPD: Lowest level of firearms discharges since 1971

The New York Police Department released its annual firearms discharge report for 2014 on Thursday and noted an overall decline in incidents.

As detailed in the 82-page report, of the NYPD’s approximately 35,000 uniformed officers, 58 officers were involved in a total of 35 incidents of intentional firearms discharges resulting in 14 injured subjects, and eight killed. In return, two officers - Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu - were shot and killed and another two wounded while four committed suicide.

The numbers are an all-time low for a metropolis that in 1971 saw 12 officers and 93 subjects killed in gunfights around the city.

Further, the use of guns by officers against animals continues to decline to a 10-year low, with 18 incidents recorded last year compared to 27 in 2014[sic].

“These data are a testament to police officers’ restraint, diligence, and honorable performance of duty,” states the report. “But they also show that, over the past four decades, attacks on both police and citizens have steadily declined. The drastic reduction in violent crime over the past 25 years is sociologically reflexive: as crime decreases, criminals, and police enter into less criminal conflict.”

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:15:21pm

re: #45 Stanley Sea Toujours

I read Liz Smith. She’s like 90-91. SEEN IT ALL. Love it.

And she was great friends with Ann Richards and Elaine Stritch.

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The War TARDIS  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:15:57pm

re: #46 eyezofgawd

Close. :P

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:16:40pm

re: #38 De Kolta Chair

Agreed, but those eyelash mites are definitely in second place.

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Not even close!
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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:17:10pm

re: #47 Dark_Falcon

Back up documentation please. I’m not willy nilly trusting guns.com Legit?

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:18:15pm

re: #41 The War TARDIS

I am trying to write small things, to get stories in my head out of it.

Let’s see who can guess what. :)

Sorry, I blinked and missed it.
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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:18:46pm

re: #50 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

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THOSE THINGS

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Belafon  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:18:54pm

re: #51 Stanley Sea Toujours

New York does have some of the strictest gun laws: Image: wholechart.png.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:24:19pm

The most horrific thing about America’s exceptional justice system - is that it’s based on $$$. If you have money, you are out. free.

If you don’t, you are put in Rikers for 5 months for shoplifting. Ruining your life, your psyche, your everything. All because you were not born to parents with $.

Troubles.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:24:33pm

re: #51 Stanley Sea Toujours

Back up documentation please. I’m not willy nilly trusting guns.com Legit?

I just Googled the thing and the NYPD Firearms Discharge Report is being reported by several sources. The NYPD had the lowest number of discharges since 1971.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:25:34pm

re: #18 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Writing a novel is also an excellent way to lose your mind.

I’m a writer at heart, I understand.

Sometimes though, the “lost your mind” moments are where the magic happens.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:25:57pm

re: #56 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I just Googled the thing and the NYPD Firearms Discharge Report is being reported by several sources. The NYPD had the lowest number of discharges since 1971.

hmmmmmm. Thanks. & Dark, credited.

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Charles Johnson  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:26:44pm
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Stanley Sea Toujours  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:26:56pm

I’m going to rest. Must assemble shop vac tomorrow. Prayers.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:27:06pm

re: #50 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

That looks like something from a Star Wars movie.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:28:07pm

Wth is going on?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:28:25pm

re: #59 Charles Johnson

Man, they are really coming after you lately.

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Belafon  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:28:30pm

re: #59 Charles Johnson

How does that even make sense?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:28:50pm

re: #62 Dr. Matt

Either terrible lighting or he’s started going to Boehners tanning place.

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:29:06pm

re: #58 Stanley Sea Toujours

hmmmmmm. Thanks. & Dark, credited.

Thank you. And I did include a link to the report, copied over from the article. guns.com linked to the report so people would not have to take their word for it and could have the data themselves.

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Lancelot Link  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:32:52pm

re: #41 The War TARDIS

I am trying to write small things, to get stories in my head out of it.

Let’s see who can guess what. :)

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:34:03pm

re: #67 Lancelot Link

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I do hope you’re not calling PLL a brony.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:34:08pm

re: #62 Dr. Matt

Wth is going on?

[Embedded content]

He had to have been lying on his back on the beach wearing a wetsuit but no mask. WTH indeed.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:34:33pm

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

In other news, I am considering writing a romantic novel, a kind of Nicholas Sparks type story.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe, but my wife is convinced I can do it.

I read a lot of biographies of and memoirs by writers, and most of them have one thing in common: first thing in the morning they brew a pot of coffee and spend a few hours typing or penning away, letting their imaginations run wild.

Anthony Burgess had a nice bit of advice for writers who’ve had success with their first or second published books: save a bunch of money by firing your agent. If you’ve gained a readership, what’s the point of throwing your rent money away?

Ah, to be in that predicament! And to write as well and as prolifically as Burgess, who I consider to be one of the very best writers of fiction and non-fiction of the last century.

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:37:38pm

re: #64 Belafon

How does that even make sense?

It doesn’t. In his latest tweet, the jerk links to a Youtube video that pushes the “Sandy Hook was a staged event!!1 line of BS:

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The War TARDIS  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:45:06pm

re: #67 Lancelot Link

Gah, I hate that.

I decided that, since Kamala Khan is shown doing it in the comics, I can too. It is seen as acceptable. Also Moffat encourages it.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:52:52pm
Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge
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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:54:12pm

re: #11 b_sharp

<div class=”center”> This is text </div>

I just use < center > words < / center >

With no spaces.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:55:25pm

Not to distract from how awesome Tommy is, but damn. I love the O’Keefe Music Foundation.

This is an amazing rendition.

Burn by The Cure / O’Keefe Music Foundation

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 8:56:46pm

re: #71 Dark_Falcon

It doesn’t. In his latest tweet, the jerk links to a Youtube video that pushes the “Sandy Hook was a staged event!!1 line of BS:

Thomas Vaughan has followers who hopefully are under at least one doctor’s supervision…

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:05:22pm

re: #76 De Kolta Chair

Anyone else suspect that Trump isn’t one bit above hiring shills and ringers?

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Jenner7  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:06:05pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:07:21pm

re: #70 De Kolta Chair

I love writing in the morning but it’s hard to find many mornings to do that when you have to work.

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:07:41pm

This is a story from last week i didn’t get a chance to post, as Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Greenberg selling of counterfeit wine has left him in a tight spot. For this second major counterfeit wine case in recent years is not an “Electric Bugaloo” sequel, but one which leaves him facing the Wrath of Koch:

Billionaire William Koch persuaded a federal appeals court to uphold a jury verdict and $1.15 million award against Silicon Valley entrepreneur and fellow oenophile Eric Greenberg over the sale of 24 bottles of fake Bordeaux.

By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Wednesday rejected Greenberg’s argument that there was a “complete absence of evidence” that he deceived Koch into buying the wine, which Greenberg has said he thought was authentic.

SNIP

In Wednesday’s decision, the appeals court said there was evidence that Greenberg “exerted influence in selecting bottles for auction,” misrepresented chateaus and vintages, and knew his misrepresentations would be communicated to others.

“Given the evidence that the defendant intended to sell counterfeit wine, at auctions aimed at the public, no manifest injustice exists in the imposition of a punitive damages award,” the court said.

As a note, William Koch is David Koch’s twin brother. He’s not as political, but he is a major donor to Republican super PACs.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:07:53pm

re: #77 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Anyone else suspect that Trump isn’t one bit above hiring shills and ringers?

He’s already done it for his candidacy announcement.

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Jenner7  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:07:55pm

Sorry if that was posted before. Hubby was hogging the puter.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:12:29pm

re: #82 Jenner7

Sorry if that was posted before. Hubby was hogging the puter.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:12:53pm

re: #43 De Kolta Chair

I’ve had a very detailed novel cooking in my head for several years, and I don’t mind saying it’s not a bad one. Now, if only a writer would take over my brain and put it on paper.

I have plotting issues. It’s very frustrating. I write well. Have good bits, but the overall plotting (good plotting) just escapes me. It sucks.

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EmmaAnne  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:17:34pm

re: #41 The War TARDIS

I am trying to write small things, to get stories in my head out of it.

Let’s see who can guess what. :)

Fan fiction?

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No Depression  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:18:03pm

re: #78 Jenner7

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Good to see her campaign being proactive on this. This Benghazi bullshit needs to blow up in the GOP’s face.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:19:38pm

Not to harp on this moronic Twit-wit, but who died and made her god of whatev’s?

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:21:21pm

re: #87 De Kolta Chair

Not to harp on this moronic Twit-wit, but who died and made her god of whatev’s?

You rang? :-D

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:23:51pm

re: #88 WhatEVs

You rang? :-D

The game is afoot!

Meet me and Della Street, Paul Drake and Jim Morrison at the Whiskey A-Go-Go asap!

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:32:00pm

Here’s a sweet cover of Bart Howard’s “Fly Me To The Moon” by Tommy Emmanuel & Emil Ernebro:

Tommy Emmanuel & Emil Ernebro - Fly Me To The Moon

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CleverToad  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:40:27pm

re: #84 WhatEVs

Plotting issues? I got ‘em too. Can write dialogue by the yard, but fitting all the interesting scenes into a coherent plot arc is not my forte. Often wind up with lots of lovely raspberry jam bits but not enough cake to make the trifle hold together.

Speaking of writing, and problems thereunto, do any of you literary lizards know of a good/safe free Word to PDF converter? I need to turn a Word doc formatted for 6x9 pages to a PDF that retains the 6x9 size instead of floating the text in the standard 8.5x11 page. Using Word for Mac on an Airbook — will pay for the Adobe subscription if I have to, but really don’t need it. :(

(Hoping to get a few print copies of my novel for my long-suffering beta readers. Can’t publish yet, need to try to get permissions for a whole lotta song quotes.)

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:40:40pm

re: #75 GlutenFreeJesus

Not to distract from how awesome Tommy is, but damn. I love the O’Keefe Music Foundation.

This is an amazing rendition.

Is that kid really playing the drums or is that Hal Blaine? But seriously, they’re all incredibly talented, but that kid on the drums is monstrous.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:47:00pm

re: #79 Eclectic Cyborg

I love writing in the morning but it’s hard to find many mornings to do that when you have to work.

If you’re a first time novelist then you’ll probably do best to write an outline before you proceed. Don’t get bogged down in detail, just the plot points. Bonus for writing a brief sketch of each of your known characters.Those things will keep you pointed in the right direction.
Write every day, not just when you feel inspired. If you wait for inspiration you will still be thinking about writing a novel by year’s end. Write for half an hour or an hour or write one page, but do it every day so that the habit of writing becomes grooved.
Don’t edit as you write, just write the mother and then edit when your first draft is finished. You will never get to the end if you go back and fiddle with the work you’ve already done.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:47:04pm

re: #84 WhatEVs

I have plotting issues. It’s very frustrating. I write well. Have good bits, but the overall plotting (good plotting) just escapes me. It sucks.

THIS X 1000.

I am sooo the same way. Drives me mad.This time though, I’m doing character bios and a plot line BEFORE I start writing to try to keep a handle on everything.

But I am the worst, I’ll have some great set piece or dialogue pop in my head, scramble to write it down so I don’t forget it, then try to figure out how to wrap the story around it.

So not the way to be.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:47:46pm

re: #93 Higgs Boson’s Mate

If you’re a first time novelist then you’ll probably do best to write an outline before you proceed. Don’t get bogged down in detail, just the plot points. Bonus for writing a brief sketch of each of your known characters.Those things will keep you pointed in the right direction.

Apparently I was reading your mind (note my last comment).

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:48:26pm

Also, since we’re discussing writing. Here’s something that came out of some timely inspiration:

THE BEAUTIFUL SEASON

When the long, long summer is over
and it’s a bit past Labor day,
the schools are all in session,
and the football’s a breath away.

I know that it won’t be easy,
to leave the fun of summer behind.
Pack up the grill, wrap up the thrills,
it’s back to the autumn grind.

The day winds are getting cooler,
The dark of evening more intense.
Leaves strewn across my patio,
and harvested fruit on my fence.

You”ll most certain find me raking,
out in the October breeze,
sharing those annual moments,
with the fast changing color of trees.

We’ll enjoy a pie made of pumpkin,
and bread of the finest yeast.
It’s been another good year in the fields,
so should come the thanksgiving feast.

Yes, the weather is getting colder,
winter is just up around the bend.
Oh, how I love the fall season,
but this, as a good thing, must end.

The meal is just about ready,
so go out and gather the gang.
We’ll raise a glass to November,
and send her out with a bang.

Enjoy all the leaves while we’ve got ‘em,
the orange, the red and the gold
They’ll have vanished before you know it,
whisked away by the December cold.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:51:07pm

re: #91 CleverToad

Plotting issues? I got ‘em too. Can write dialogue by the yard, but fitting all the interesting scenes into a coherent plot arc is not my forte. Often wind up with lots of lovely raspberry jam bits but not enough cake to make the trifle hold together.

Speaking of writing, and problems thereunto, do any of you literary lizards know of a good/safe free Word to PDF converter? I need to turn a Word doc formatted for 6x9 pages to a PDF that retains the 6x9 size instead of floating the text in the standard 8.5x11 page. Using Word for Mac on an Airbook — will pay for the Adobe subscription if I have to, but really don’t need it. :(

(Hoping to get a few print copies of my novel for my long-suffering beta readers. Can’t publish yet, need to try to get permissions for a whole lotta song quotes.)

Foxit. Hands down. Lots of great features and it’s free.

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:51:11pm

re: #94 Eclectic Cyborg

THIS X 1000.

I am sooo the same way. Drives me mad.This time though, I’m doing character bios and a plot line BEFORE I start writing to try to keep a handle on everything.

But I am the worst, I’ll have some great set piece or dialogue pop in my head, scramble to write it down so I don’t forget it, then try to figure out how to wrap the story around it.

So not the way to be.

I’m the opposite. I have the plot and how everything works together, but try to write it all down and PBBBBT!

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:52:44pm

re: #98 Kragar

I’m the opposite. I have the plot and how everything works together, but try to write it all down and PBBBBT!

What’s the theme?

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CleverToad  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:56:42pm

re: #97 WhatEVs

Thank you ever so! Will give it a try tomorrow morning, when I have half a brain.

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 9:59:13pm

re: #99 WhatEVs

What’s the theme?

Sci-fi adventure, various groups studying an alternate dimension and how it affects our world, set in current times

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:01:06pm

re: #95 Eclectic Cyborg

Apparently I was reading your mind (note my last comment).

Either that or you were reading the mind of my writing mentor. If you’re writing great vignettes, but are having trouble weaving them into a novel I would suggest reading Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories. This is a collection of short stories that Chandler published early in his writing career. Read this book and then read The Big Sleep, or Farewell My Lovely to see how Chandler used those short stories, and pieces of them in his novels.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:01:43pm

re: #101 Kragar

Sci-fi adventure, various groups studying an alternate dimension and how it affects our world, set in current times

Sounds great! Good luck!! You can do it!!

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:02:01pm

re: #84 WhatEVs

I have plotting issues. It’s very frustrating. I write well. Have good bits, but the overall plotting (good plotting) just escapes me. It sucks.

Better to have plotting issues than plodding issues. ;-)

But seriously, have you thought of putting your ideas in the form of a short story?

I’m a watercolor painter, and sometimes when I have an idea for something large but can’t make hide nor hare of how to make it large, I’ll start off with a sketch or a small painting and expand from there.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:07:09pm

re: #104 De Kolta Chair

Better to have plotting issues than plodding issues. ;-)

But seriously, have you thought of putting your ideas in the form of a short story?

I’m a watercolor painter, and sometimes when I have an idea for something large but can’t make hide nor hare of how to make it large, I’ll start off with a sketch or a small painting.

I have eight chapters written. I know the ending. I’m totally losing the middle…the transition from youth/marriage/death of the spouse…and her life beyond that before we get to the freaky ending.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:07:10pm

re: #101 Kragar

Sci-fi adventure, various groups studying an alternate dimension and how it affects our world, set in current times

Make a list of all of the possible interactions you would see between your protagonist’s world and the alternate dimension. That will give you your plot points.
Do it and you, too, can have a Warhammer setup the size of a football field.

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:08:26pm

re: #106 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Make a list of all of the possible interactions you would see between your protagonist’s world and the alternate dimension. That will give you your plot points.
Do it and you, too, can have a Warhammer setup the size of a football field.

Already got that done, its just putting the narrative together

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:09:37pm

re: #105 WhatEVs

I have eight chapters written. I know the ending. I’m totally losing the middle…the transition from youth/marriage/death of the spouse…and her life beyond that before we get to the freaky ending.

Oh, the elusive middle. Every writer’s nightmare. Ray Bradbury used to say, if you have an ending work backwards from there. Come to think of it, I recall an interview — in Psychotronic magazine perhaps? — in which he used the phrase “sidle backwards,” like a crab.

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:12:23pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:12:30pm

re: #100 CleverToad

Thank you ever so! Will give it a try tomorrow morning, when I have half a brain.

Foxit is Windoze only.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:14:42pm

re: #100 CleverToad

Thank you ever so! Will give it a try tomorrow morning, when I have half a brain.

If that doesn’t work, feel free to ping me. I have a full copy of Acrobat and I’d be happy to convert something.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:14:45pm

re: #108 De Kolta Chair

Oh, the elusive middle.

I’m too freaking realistic. What kind of job do you give a character that allows them the ability to galavant around and solve weird the shit I’m throwing at her? Every time I think of something, it just seems stupid. I keep thinking, yeah, she’d be fired for taking time off. Or How do you run a business if you’re running around all the time? It just seems unrealistic to me. Ok, make her wealthy. I can’t relate.

I can write technical stuff, non-fiction…no problem. Creative writing is a challenge.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:15:15pm

re: #109 Kragar

Not the Onion??

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:15:16pm

Back in the late 80s I wrote a screenplay just to use this last line, shown on a computer screen: FORMAT C:

It was a blast to write and even got it optioned for $350, but it was never made.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:16:44pm

re: #109 Kragar

God Hates The Calm Before The Storm!!!1!

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:17:10pm

re: #111 klys (maker of Silmarils)

FEM+Ga9KfcVIXtXH/FmoY5g8MXhbxfnNzxnqv2JPssoS2nUtL0KM6Q==

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:17:21pm

re: #114 allegro

Back in the late 80s I wrote a screenplay just to use this last line, shown on a computer screen: FORMAT C:

It was a blast to write and even got it optioned for $350, but it was never made.

Very cool!!

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The Great Eye  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:17:45pm

re: #112 WhatEVs

I’m too freaking realistic. What kind of job do you give a character that allows them the ability to galavant around and solve weird the shit I’m throwing at her? Every time I think of something, it just seems stupid. I keep thinking, yeah, she’d be fired for taking time off. Or How do you run a business if you’re running around all the time? It just seems unrealistic to me. Ok, make her wealthy. I can’t relate.

I can write technical stuff, non-fiction…no problem. Creative writing is a challenge.

You could have get the money from a mysterious source. One day she just gets a briefcase full of money and takes off on the adventure, maybe you payoff who gave her the money, maybe it stays a mystery. Don’t let ‘realism’ get in the way of a good story.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:21:04pm

re: #109 Kragar

Though I’m not a Christian, I think that Westboro Baptist has been making a mockery of Christian values for years. Wonder why they don’t get picketed.
/

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:22:10pm

re: #112 WhatEVs

I’m too freaking realistic. What kind of job do you give a character that allows them the ability to galavant around and solve weird the shit I’m throwing at her? Every time I think of something, it just seems stupid. I keep thinking, yeah, she’d be fired for taking time off. Or How do you run a business if you’re running around all the time? It just seems unrealistic to me. Ok, make her wealthy. I can’t relate.

I can write technical stuff, non-fiction…no problem. Creative writing is a challenge.

Maybe she’s a meth manufacturer with an organization that makes and sells… oh wait. I think I’ve heard that done before. Actually, she could have been a successful real estate agent who bought office buildings and has a management company do the day to day. That would give her income without needing a whole lot of direct involvement.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:22:26pm

re: #112 WhatEVs

I’m too freaking realistic. What kind of job do you give a character that allows them the ability to galavant around and solve weird the shit I’m throwing at her? Every time I think of something, it just seems stupid. I keep thinking, yeah, she’d be fired for taking time off. Or How do you run a business if you’re running around all the time? It just seems unrealistic to me. Ok, make her wealthy. I can’t relate.

I can write technical stuff, non-fiction…no problem. Creative writing is a challenge.

Is she clever or a dolt? If she’s clever, have her do something clever. If she’s a dolt, have her surprise herself by thinking of something clever.

Just a thought. Gotta admit I like clever characters, whether they know it or not. Can you tell I’ve been reading Elmore Leonard and Ed McBain lately? ;-)

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retired cynic  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:23:17pm

re: #110 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Foxit is Windoze only.

Won’t Word make the PDF for you?

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:25:13pm

re: #118 The Great Eye

You could have get the money from a mysterious source. One day she just gets a briefcase full of money and takes off on the adventure, maybe you payoff who gave her the money, maybe it stays a mystery. Don’t let ‘realism’ get in the way of a good story.

Good suggestion. Too much nuts and bolts can bog down the book. Your protagonist could inherit a nice sum from a heretofore unknown relative. Finding out who that person was and why they left her the money could open the door to your other developments.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:27:31pm

re: #123 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Good suggestion. Too much nuts and bolts can bog down the book. Your protagonist could inherit a nice sum from a heretofore unknown relative. Finding out who that person was and why they left her the money could open the door to your other developments.

She could always marry a rich old guy with a heart condition.

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:28:44pm

re: #112 WhatEVs

I’m too freaking realistic. What kind of job do you give a character that allows them the ability to galavant around and solve weird the shit I’m throwing at her? Every time I think of something, it just seems stupid. I keep thinking, yeah, she’d be fired for taking time off. Or How do you run a business if you’re running around all the time? It just seems unrealistic to me. Ok, make her wealthy. I can’t relate.

I can write technical stuff, non-fiction…no problem. Creative writing is a challenge.

My main character is a Marine Vet who crosses paths with one of the groups and ends up working for them as a free lancer as they help pay her way thru college.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:29:51pm

re: #124 allegro

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:30:30pm

re: #126 Higgs Boson’s Mate

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Haha, yup.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:31:02pm

re: #120 allegro

Maybe she’s a meth manufacturer with an organization that makes and sells… oh wait. I think I’ve heard that done before. Actually, she could have been a successful real estate agent who bought office buildings and has a management company do the day to day. That would give her income without needing a whole lot of direct involvement.

I love both of those. Maybe I’ll revisit her squeaky clean sweetheart character and have her go bad after hubby’s death.

Interesting. Thank you!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:31:08pm

I am completely unable to write creatively. I am told I can do persuasive writing fairly well, but I’m just not creative. I admire those who are.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:33:22pm

I’m working on a book about a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac who stays up all night wondering if there is a dog.

Yes, it’s my favorite joke.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:36:12pm

Was talking to a detective/mystery fan a couple of weeks ago about a John D. MacDonald novel I’d recently read (“Murder In The Wind”), and he told me that according to the NY Times, MacDonald is considered old fashioned. I had to laugh. MacDonald is a terrific writer, and the NY Times is silly. My friend laughed too, since he’s also a devoted reader of MacDonald.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:36:13pm

re: #128 WhatEVs

I love both of those. Maybe I’ll revisit her squeaky clean sweetheart character and have her go bad after hubby’s death.

Interesting. Thank you!

She’s gotta have at least a little bad to stay interesting. ;)

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:36:49pm

re: #118 The Great Eye

re: #121 De Kolta Chair

re: #123 Higgs Boson’s Mate

re: #124 allegro

Alas, for my story she has to be single and not beholden to anyone. She meets a man whose mystery she has to solve.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:37:45pm

re: #132 allegro

She’s gotta have at least a little bad to stay interesting. ;)

And there’s such a lot of good ways to go bad.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:38:53pm

re: #131 De Kolta Chair

Was talking to a detective/mystery fan a couple of weeks ago about a John D. MacDonald I’d recently read (“Murder In The Wind”), and he told me that according to the NY Times, MacDonald is considered old fashioned. I had to laugh. MacDonald is a terrific writer, and the NY Times is silly.

Good writing is always good writing. I love Bill Pronzini (The Nameless Detective) who he’s been writing for decades.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:39:29pm

re: #133 WhatEVs

Alas, for my story she has to be single and not beholden to anyone. She meets a man whose mystery she has to solve.

You say she needs to travel around but not be rich? Make her a pilot who takes charters.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:40:48pm

re: #136 allegro

You say she needs to travel around but not be rich? Make her a pilot who takes charters.

You’re really good at this!

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:40:48pm

re: #133 WhatEVs

Alas, for my story she has to be single and not beholden to anyone. She meets a man whose mystery she has to solve.

Parents passed away and set up a trust fund for her which keeps her comfortable, but not rich. To keep busy and make some extra money, she can do free lance work; fact checking, journalism, photography, something that doesn’t have to be 9 to 5 and could allow her to travel.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:41:07pm

re: #136 allegro

You say she needs to travel around but not be rich? Make her a pilot who takes charters.

Or set it in the Carribean and make her a charter boat captain, like taking over the job when her husband dies.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:41:38pm

re: #137 WhatEVs

You’re really good at this!

:)

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:42:38pm

re: #135 WhatEVs

Good writing is always good writing. I love Bill Pronzini (The Nameless Detective) who he’s been writing for decades.

My wife, the real mystery fan in the family, likes him. Btw, she really liked Sara Paretsky’s new one, “X.” I haven’t read it yet, but I’m curious about why it’s not called “X Marks The Spot,” or “X Is a Long and Splendid Thing,” and not just “X.” The title is a mystery itself, which I think is bloody mahvelous.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:44:01pm

re: #139 allegro

Or set it in the Carribean and make herva chater boat captain, like taking over the job when her husband dies.

It’s been done:

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:44:26pm

re: #142 Higgs Boson’s Mate

It’s been done:
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Ack!

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:46:03pm

re: #143 allegro

Show me a better way to go unmolested by the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:47:02pm

re: #142 Higgs Boson’s Mate

It’s been done:
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Yeah, but that was in “Sea-Coma”. //

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:47:44pm

How ‘bout her hubby owned an import company that a manager mostly runs but she takes over traveling to do the buying?

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:48:05pm

re: #141 De Kolta Chair

My wife, the real mystery fan in the family, likes him. Btw, she really liked Sara Paretsky’s new one, “X.”

I haven’t read her in years. I got into a self-published rut of bad writing and finally said Fuck It and re-read every John Sandford and Michael Connelly book just to cleanse my brain.

I found a new author (Robert Ellis) through Kindle First and downloaded every book he’s written. Fabulous writer.

I’m always in the hunt for a good author (mystery, procedural, spy, military, action thriller are my fav genres).

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:49:27pm

re: #146 allegro

How ‘bout her hubby owned an import company that a manager mostly runs but she takes over traveling to do the buying?

They married at 18 and he dies almost right after the wedding.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:50:04pm

re: #148 WhatEVs

They married at 18 and he dies almost right after the wedding.

Oh. Poor thing!

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:51:20pm

re: #149 allegro

Oh. Poor thing!

It’s a major plot point that sets up the rest of the book.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:51:30pm

re: #148 WhatEVs

They married at 18 and he dies almost right after the wedding.

Is your story set right then? She’s that young?

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:51:39pm

re: #148 WhatEVs

They married at 18 and he dies almost right after the wedding.

“WHO THE HELL ORDERED PUFFER FISH FOR THE RECEPTION?!?!”

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:52:32pm

re: #151 allegro

Is your story set right then? She’s that young?

For the first eight chapters. Then, part two picks up 10 years later.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:55:29pm

re: #152 Kragar

“WHO THE HELL ORDERED PUFFER FISH FOR THE RECEPTION?!?!”

Nah. He gets run over by a train.

Or does he?

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:55:37pm

re: #133 WhatEVs

Alas, for my story she has to be single and not beholden to anyone. She meets a man whose mystery she has to solve.

Kind of a Jane Eyre situation? If so, don’t check out the attic! ;-)

Come to think of it, was Mr. Rochester’s wife in the attic or on another floor?

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:56:39pm

Eye rite know gud boot aye reed sum.

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:58:07pm

re: #153 WhatEVs

For the first eight chapters. Then, part two picks up 10 years later.

Oooo, how bout her parent died who was in the antique business so she grew up with it, knows all about rare goodies and has all the contacts and she travels around…

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 10:59:52pm

re: #157 allegro

Oooo, how bout her parent died who was in the antique business so she grew up with it, knows all about rare goodies and has all the contacts and she travels around…

… a few big finds could give her plenty of income to last for a bit.

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goddamnedfrank  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:00:06pm
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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:02:17pm

re: #105 WhatEVs

I have eight chapters written. I know the ending. I’m totally losing the middle…the transition from youth/marriage/death of the spouse…and her life beyond that before we get to the freaky ending.

Who was her spouse’s family? Were they arseholes?

As Tolstoy wrote in “Anna Karenina,” every arsehole family is the same, or something like that.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:05:14pm

re: #160 De Kolta Chair

Who was her spouse’s family? Were they aresholes?

Nope. Good families, good people. Well off, but not wealthy. More than comfortable, though.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:06:13pm

re: #161 WhatEVs

Nope. Good families, good people. Well off, but not wealthy. More than comfortable, though.

Maybe you’re making them too nice or bland?

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:07:41pm

Paul Ryan says he doubts Export-Import Bank is reason behind GE move

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday he doesn’t think the shuttering of the Export-Import Bank was the only reason General Electric Co. says it will stop manufacturing engines in Waukesha and move that work to Canada.

Instead he pointed to American business tax rates and government regulations that induce U.S. firms to move their operations to other countries.

“I think it’s horrible that these workers are being laid off at GE and I can’t help but think that there have to be other reasons. Canada has a 15% tax rate and we have a 35% tax rate to name one reason,” the Janesville Republican said Monday afternoon following a town-hall meeting with constituents at Snap-on Tool.

About 350 jobs will be lost at the Waukesha plant, where GE Power & Water, a division of Fairfield, Conn.-based GE, builds engines used in the petroleum industry.

The company says it will move the production to a new $265 million engine factory to be built in Canada during the next 20 months.

Something something Ayn Rand
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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:10:03pm

re: #162 De Kolta Chair

Maybe you’re making them too nice?

I wanted her youth to be perfect, fun, engaging and I wanted her to be loved by readers. To contrast with all the conflict this new guy brings in (he’s nice too, it’s conflict due to the situation which is out of his control).

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allegro  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:11:07pm

re: #163 Amory Blaine

Paul Ryan says he doubts Export-Import Bank is reason behind GE move

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I thought GE paid zero income taxes after all the deductions and loopholes.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:12:10pm

re: #163 Amory Blaine

Paul Ryan says he doubts Export-Import Bank is reason behind GE move

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Yeah, nothing to do with cost savings on worker healthcare (a big reason companies move to the great white north). Asshole.

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:13:15pm

re: #165 allegro

Ryan is a lying piece of shit. Canada doesn’t have government regulations? Red meat for his stupid followers.

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Kragar  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:14:09pm

So the UCC shooter complained in the manifesto that he couldn’t get a girlfriend.

Another fucking whiny ass man-baby who snapped because he was too fucking psycho to interact with other people and blamed them for it.

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:14:18pm

The Ex-Im bank Ryan fucked up is the reason.

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:17:10pm

Now I will concede there could be other reasons, but both of the ones Ryan posits are ludicrous and everyone knows it.

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WhatEVs  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:20:13pm

re: #170 Amory Blaine

Now I will concede there could be other reasons, but both of the ones Ryan posits are ludicrous and everyone knows it.

Aren’t they all? I’m amazed people vote in Republicans at all. They’re clueless about economics, can’t govern, do everything they can to fuck over average people. Rush, Ailes, et al, have done a hell of a job.

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:25:41pm

State ordered to pay nearly $245,000 in protester lawyer fees

They sued in November 2011 over a state administrative code that required a permit to hold a sign on state property, claiming it was unconstitutional. The state Department of Administration changed the policy in April 2013.

The citations were issued while the six protested Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation that curtailed most collective bargaining rights of most public workers in Wisconsin. The citations were dismissed soon after they were issued.

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:34:28pm

re: #163 Amory Blaine

Paul Ryan says he doubts Export-Import Bank is reason behind GE move

I get Ryan and Eric Cantor mixed up.

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freetoken  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:37:24pm

So, in TN some 11 yo boy kills a 12 yo girl with a gun, because she wouldn’t show him an animal.

Just another day in America.

The boy went and got his father’s shotgun. Obviously he knew where it was. The gun obviously had not been secured away. The father apparently was not home nor any other adult.

We could just chalk this up to trailer-park trash (yes, the kid lived in a trailer) but that’s too hard on others who live in trailers, not all of whom are gun-obsessed.

Children do temper tantrums. They don’t know how to manage their emotions. That is expected.

Leaving a gun laying around unsupervised for a kid to use in such a tantrum is negligence if there ever was one.

Perhaps it will come out that the kid was extra clever, that the gun was locked up and the kid figured out how to pick a lock. But I doubt that.

America - you want to live by the gun, then you’ll die by one too.

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Ace-o-aces  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:41:56pm

re: #168 Kragar

So the UCC shooter complained in the manifesto that he couldn’t get a girlfriend.

I couldn’t get a girlfriend either. That’s why I went to med school. Problem solved.

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Ace-o-aces  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:45:48pm

re: #163 Amory Blaine

Wait, so Canada is a better business environment than the US according to Ryan? I thought it was a socialist nightmare with all that universal healthcare. I’m confused.

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Khal Wimpo  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:46:10pm

Hm. It’s coming out that the Oregon shooter (will not name him) was a frustrated man-baby with anger issues, felt entitled, hated wimminz and was on the Asperger’s scale.

Does this not sound like CCJ?

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De Kolta Chair  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:47:14pm

Sweet dreams, lizards, and remember…

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Amory Blaine  Oct 5, 2015 • 11:55:37pm

Cost of delaying road projects pegged at $160 million

A plan by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to delay major road projects will cost drivers $160 million or more over two years, according to a projection released Monday by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The report, paid for by a transportation group, found that inflation will cause $80 million for each year of delay for four major projects. The Department of Transportation announced last week it was delaying those four projects — and one other one — for two years.

The report came as the DOT disclosed Monday it was preparing a second list of projects that would face delays. Those rehabilitation projects are generally lower profile than the costly projects already facing delays.

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goddamnedfrank  Oct 6, 2015 • 12:34:08am

re: #177 Khal Wimpo

Hm. It’s coming out that the Oregon shooter (will not name him) …

Consider that the whole “do not name him” thing comes from a wackjob gun nut Sheriff who thought the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

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Pip's Squeak  Oct 6, 2015 • 12:45:07am

re: #135 WhatEVs

Good writing is always good writing. I love Bill Pronzini (The Nameless Detective) who he’s been writing for decades.

For example: Arthur Upfield (Australia) and James McClure (South Africa). Both are great with local color.

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Scout  Oct 6, 2015 • 3:05:05am

A Japanese and a Canadian have shared the Nobel Prize in physics!

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 recognises Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, for their key contributions to the experiments which demonstrated that neutrinos change identities. This metamorphosis requires that neutrinos have mass. The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 3:15:46am

re: #180 goddamnedfrank

Consider that the whole “do not name him” thing comes from a wackjob gun nut Sheriff who thought the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

speaking of…

This is why the gun nuts win: An Oregon sheriff’s nutty conspiracy theories explains the GOP’s impotence

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goddamnedfrank  Oct 6, 2015 • 4:20:46am

re: #183 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I’m almost tempted to assign whole “let’s not say his name” thing as a clever stratagem, because of the way it works to shift the conversation. Intentional or not it works a kind of reverse psychology that serves to fixate people even more on the shooter and distracts from what makes such shooting’s statistically more common here, the perverse ease of acquiring firearms in this country. So while people are talking about whether identifying him by name gives him the notoriety that he and other shooters like him desire, they are not talking about what can be done to make it harder for lone wolf attackers to get the tools that make such efficient mass killing possible.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 4:21:31am

re: #184 goddamnedfrank

ditto for the whole (non-) issue of his skin color

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Decatur Deb  Oct 6, 2015 • 4:35:35am

re: #164 WhatEVs

I wanted her youth to be perfect, fun, engaging and I wanted her to be loved by readers. To contrast with all the conflict this new guy brings in (he’s nice too, it’s conflict due to the situation which is out of his control).

Foreign Service brat, US or GB.

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CleverToad  Oct 6, 2015 • 4:39:56am

re: #164 WhatEVs

Sounds interesting to me! Nice doesn’t automatically equal bland, and likable people coping with an unexpected situation can make for an enjoyable story.

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Doofus  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:01:42am
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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:07:16am

re: #188 Doofus

Don’t hate me

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Video

Okay, that was horrible.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:08:11am

re: #188 Doofus

Don’t hate me

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Video

don’t make us try so hard not to…

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Romantic Heretic  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:11:59am

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

In other news, I am considering writing a romantic novel, a kind of Nicholas Sparks type story.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe, but my wife is convinced I can do it.

If you need advice and support try this website; Romance Divas. When I was writing romance it was a good place to hang.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:18:10am

The rwnjs would be howling if it was Obama’s book:

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:18:29am

So, I mentioned the other day that after the rain on Friday we developed a leak in our basement. We thought it was storm-related.

But after two days of vacuuming and pumping and moving stuff (guitars, mostly) out of the basement, last night I was looking at an odd vent in the wall just above where the water was coming in. I took a hammer and chisel and pulled the vent off the wall, and we discovered an ancient radiator that we never knew was there - which was still in the heating system and had sprung a leak.

I turned the thermostats all the way down and turned off the water on the lower zone of the heating system. Boom, no leak.

Plumber is coming today, and we’re going to get him to remove the radiator from the heating lines. I cannot express how happy I was to walk into the basement this morning and have no puddle of water to vacuum up.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:32:38am

re: #193 makeitstop

You made it stop. ;-)

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:34:08am

re: #194 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

You made it stop. ;-)

Why, yes. Yes, I did. :)

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CleverToad  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:46:02am

re: #111 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Offer accepted, with somewhat guilty gratitude! Email coming from a gmail account with the subject line ‘Clevertoad’s Novel.’

I love this place. Now I want to read all these stories the lizards are talking about.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:46:33am

re: #192 Dr. Matt

The rwnjs would be howling if it was Obama’s book:

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The mom seems to be bit of an oddball.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:47:11am

re: #179 Amory Blaine

Cost of delaying road projects pegged at $160 million

Scott Walker…the name sounds familiar

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Timothy Watson  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:48:36am

Shocker, Kirk Cameron’s sister is just as big a piece of shit as he is.
wonkette.com

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:49:23am

re: #197 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

The mom seems to be bit of an oddball.

Certified. She’s a gun-nut and helped raised a psychopath murderer. Shocking.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:50:19am

re: #200 Dr. Matt

Certified. She’s a gun-nut and helped raised a psychopath murderer. Shocking.

Which will somehow be offered as proof that America’s “feminized culture” contributes to gun violence…

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:57:17am

Fox Noise bubbleheaded blonde bubbleheads show off their knowledge of foreign lands.

Co-host Anna Kooiman argued that “the number of guns in American households has actually gone down” as the number of mass shootings increase so guns could not be at fault.

“The other side of the that argument, of course, is — and what people always throw out there — is look at Australia,” co-host Clayton Morris noted. “They have no gun violence, they don’t have guns, citizens aren’t allowed to have guns.”

“They also have no freedom!” Carlson interrupted. “You can go to prison for expressing unpopular views and people do. And in Western Europe by the way. And in Canada. No one ever says that.”

rawstory.com

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:57:28am

re: #199 Timothy Watson

Shocker, Kirk Cameron’s sister is just as big a piece of shit as he is.
wonkette.com

I’m so sick of so-called “Christians” using their faith as an excuse to be a fucking asshole.

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Dave In Austin  Oct 6, 2015 • 5:59:39am

Awesome…..

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:00:19am

re: #202 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

“They also have no freedom!” Carlson interrupted. “You can go to prison for expressing unpopular views and people do.

LOLwhut?

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Timothy Watson  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:00:26am

re: #202 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Fox Noise bubbleheaded blonde shows off her knowledge of foreign lands.

rawstory.com

That’s Tucker Carlson, not Gretchen.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:00:37am

re: #202 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Fox Noise bubbleheaded blonde shows off her knowledge of foreign lands.

rawstory.com

“They also have no freedom!” Carlson interrupted. “You can go to prison for expressing unpopular views and people do. And in Western Europe by the way. And in Canada. No one ever says that.”

The only reason citizenz have any freedomz in America is because we are armed!!!

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:01:17am

re: #192 Dr. Matt

Oregon gunman’s mother: I read Trump’s book to him before he was even born @realDonaldTrump #donaldtrump t.co
— Dr. Matt

What the whut?

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Timothy Watson  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:02:48am

re: #192 Dr. Matt

The rwnjs would be howling if it was Obama’s book:

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God, I hope a couple lizards don’t read that story because it’s going to piss them off so bad.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:03:11am

re: #199 Timothy Watson

Shocker, Kirk Cameron’s sister is just as big a piece of shit as he is.
wonkette.com

Not surprised unfortunately. Fundamentalist religious belief is just an excuse to be a judgmental asshole.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:03:17am

re: #206 Timothy Watson

That’s Tucker Carlson, not Gretchen.

I fixed my post to reflect all three are bubbleheads.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:04:35am

re: #207 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

“They also have no freedom!” Carlson interrupted. “You can go to prison for expressing unpopular views and people do. And in Western Europe by the way. And in Canada. No one ever says that.”

The only reason citizenz have any freedomz in America is because we are armed!!!

But we don’t have freedom in American anymore because Obama.

////

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:05:24am

re: #207 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

“They also have no freedom!” Carlson interrupted. “You can go to prison for expressing unpopular views and people do. And in Western Europe by the way. And in Canada. No one ever says that.”

The only reason citizenz have any freedomz in America is because we are armed!!!

And here I thought we lost freedom under Obama. Tucker ignores that America the free has a much higher incarceration rate than those European nations do. So yeah they may criminalize hate speech but we more than “make up” for it by treating casual drug users like hardened criminals.

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Timothy Watson  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:06:25am

re: #211 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I fixed my post to reflect all three are bubbleheads.

If it was Gretchen, I would have probably headdesked since she studied abroad at Oxford University and graduated with honors from Stanford University.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:06:48am

And frankly it’s not freedom to go around lugging your gun. It’s a form of intimidation which is exactly why these asses want to be able to open carry.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:06:49am

re: #213 HappyWarrior

And here I thought we lost freedom under Obama. Tucker ignores that America the free has a much higher incarceration rate than those European nations do. So yeah they may criminalize hate speech but we more than “make up” for it by treating casual drug users like hardened criminals.

We have. Constitution has been gutted, we aren’t a republic anymore, etc.

//

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:07:21am

re: #216 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

We have. Constitution has been gutted, we aren’t a republic anymore, etc.

//

God stopped blessing us.//

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:09:07am

re: #214 Timothy Watson

If it was Gretchen, I would have probably headdesked since she studied abroad at Oxford University and graduated with honors from Stanford University.

She acts the part of a clueless ninny very well, when necessary, though.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:09:31am

re: #217 HappyWarrior

God stopped blessing us.//

God only blesses us if our civil laws reflect (our boneheaded, selective, fundamentalist interpretation of) God’s Divine Will.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:09:34am

re: #218 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

She acts the part of a clueless ninny very well, when necessary, though.

They all do. It’s part of their appeal.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:10:03am

re: #218 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

She acts the part of a clueless ninny very well, when necessary, though.

which is often

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Timothy Watson  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:10:27am

re: #218 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

She acts the part of a clueless ninny very well, when necessary, though.

Yeah, I’ve enjoyed watching that Daily Show clip where Stewart mocks her for about 5 minutes for years.

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:15:26am

re: #62 Dr. Matt

Wth is going on?

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Maybe one of his mega donors stopped short.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:16:30am

According to her Wikipedia entry, Anna Kooiman has actually visited Australia, where he fiancé proposed to her. I guess their romantic getaway did not include visiting the Australian gulags where outspoken Aussies are incarcerated.
/

She’s the talking head who suggested the MH370 plane crash had something to do with the metric system.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:19:21am

re: #224 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

According to her Wikipedia entry, Anna Kooiman has actually visited Australia, where he fiancé proposed to her. I guess their romantic getaway did not include visiting the Australian gulags where outspoken Aussies are incarcerated.
/

These people are educated enough to know they are talking bullshit, but they are also aware how much they are being paid to refute “leftist” talking points with all means available.

Remember, these are the people who claimed that solar energy is more widespread in Germany because it is so much sunnier there…

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:25:32am

re: #225 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

These people are educated enough to know they are talking bullshit, but they are also aware how much they are being paid to refute “leftist” talking points with all means available.

Remember, these are the people who claimed that solar energy is more widespread in Germany because it is so much sunnier there…

Sadly, their viewers wouldn’t know any better. Fox News could say the Sun revolves around the Earth, and most of their audience wouldn’t even bat an eye lash.

[It’s well known that the whole idea of a Sun-centered solar system is a liberal plot to poison our children’s minds. //]

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:27:44am

re: #226 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Sadly, their viewers wouldn’t know any better. Fox News could say the Sun revolves around the Earth, and most of their audience wouldn’t even bat an eye lash.

[It’s well known that the whole idea of a Sun-centered solar system is a liberal plot to poison our children’s minds. //]

Yeah, it is “politically incorrect” to question that theory, and those who do are persecuted like, well, Galileo…

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:32:42am

re: #227 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Yeah, it is “politically incorrect” to question that theory, and those who do are persecuted like, well, Galileo…

LOL. Exactly.

Galileo’s big problem was not so much his support of Copernicus’ theory, but his open defiance of Papal and Church authority at a time when the Counter-Reformation was in full swing.

Replace Copernican theory with climate change, and Papal authority with today’s right wingers, and then there’s a pretty good analogy. They see him in a different light, however.

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Stuff Happens  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:33:35am

re: #202 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Fox Noise bubbleheaded blonde bubbleheads show off their knowledge of foreign lands.

rawstory.com

They also have all those “no go zones”. You can’t verify, because you can’t go there.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:34:50am

re: #228 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

LOL. Exactly.

Galileo’s big problem was not so much his support of Copernicus’ theory, but his open defiance of Papal and Church authority at a time when the Counter-Reformation was in full swing.

Depends…Are we talkin’ the left-wing peacenik social justice Pope or the Kim Davis audience Pope?

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Doofus  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:35:38am

So let me tell you a long story so I can explain an observation I had this morning. Friday afternoon my wife and I picked up our freshman daughter at college so she could have a nice weekend at home. She is going for nursing, and she currently “shadows” a very nice 91 year old lady in a nursing home for part of her studies. Well, Friday night she was violently sick, you know it as norovirus, or as my mom called it, the creeping crud. By Sunday night it ravaged the rest of the house, My wife, son and I all praying to the porcelain God, the technicolor yawn. So I took Monday off and came into work today well aware of the possibility that I could still carry the virus. I sprayed everything down with Lysol in the bathroom, and then I realized, what about the button on the Lysol can? How many germs are on that? My tummy churned a little.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:36:38am

re: #230 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Depends…Are we talkin’ the left-wing peacenik social justice Pope or the Kim Davis audience Pope?

In Galileo’s time, it was the “I know we’re friends and all, Gally, but you can’t go around telling people the Church is wrong. Makes me look bad.” Pope.

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Charles Johnson  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:42:47am

re: #159 goddamnedfrank

Langdale is a very confused and dysfunctional person, a former fan of Chuck. He was trying to get me to unblock him at one point - no, I don’t think so.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:44:00am

How is it now?

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:45:31am

re: #233 Charles Johnson

Langdale is a very confused and dysfunctional person, a former fan of Chuck. He was trying to get me to unblock him at one point - no, I don’t think so.

I follow, but do not engage him.

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goddamnedfrank  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:47:30am

So … that Candace Cameron Bure shit on Wonkette really struck a nerve.

I’ve been avoiding mentioning something here, on Saturday my Uncle died of complications from AIDS, specifically septicemia. My Mom and Aunt were able to get to the hospital and be with him just before he passed. They had him cremated yesterday.

He acquired HIV in prison, because apparently our prison system just wasn’t hellish enough without it. He’d been a prison guard before he went in, so the time he served was something nobody can or wants to imagine. He was diagnosed with full blown AIDS about a decade ago, but he couldn’t stop his drug habit and as a result lived in the kind of abject squalor that goes along with that and poverty.

I’ve just been pushing the whole thing aside and not dealing with it because how exactly do you grieve for a family member you were never close to, never wanted to be that close to and honestly were surprised lived this long? I felt sorrow for my Mom and Aunt because they lost a brother, but managed to keep a tight lid on whatever sadness I was experiencing until now. Suddenly I’m overwhelmed, it’s washing over me mixed with a nauseating disgust at moralizing scolds like Cameron Bure, who perpetuate the kind of shame that get in the way of us from treating drug abuse and social diseases as the public health crisis they are.

My uncle kind of looked like a monster, he was a six foot four hulking brute of a man and years of very hard living etched a handsome face that looked like Stalone when he was a young man into something resembling Mickey Roark’s character from Sin City. Every now and then I’d get news of a new petty theft mugshot when he’d get caught stealing some stupid shit like tube socks from Walmart, and at just sixteen years my senior he looked far older than his father, my Grandfather, when he died of lung cancer in his late seventies. But of course in spite of his appearance he wasn’t a monster, he was just another easily marginalized victim of a society that is set up by and for true monsters like Candace Cameron Bure. These are people who’ve made it to a very comfortable place in life without acquiring a shred of basic empathy for their neighbor, they are humans with no humanity.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:49:02am

Charles could create a separate category in Pages for Police Crime. Sad, but true.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:50:07am

re: #236 goddamnedfrank

So … that Candace Cameron Bure shit on Wonkette really struck a nerve.

I’ve been avoiding mentioning something here, on Saturday my Uncle died of complications from AIDS, specifically septicemia. My Mom and Aunt were able to get to the hospital and be with him just before he passed. They had him cremated yesterday.

He acquired HIV in prison, because apparently our prison system just wasn’t hellish enough without it. He’d been a prison guard before he went in, so the time he served was something nobody can or wants to imagine. He was diagnosed with full blown AIDS about a decade ago, but he couldn’t stop his drug habit and as a result lived in the kind of abject squalor that goes along with that and poverty.

I’ve just been pushing the whole thing aside and not dealing with it because how exactly do you grieve for a family member you were never close to, never wanted to be that close to and honestly were surprised lived this long? I felt sorrow for my Mom and Aunt because they lost a brother, but managed to keep a tight lid on whatever sadness I was experiencing until now. Suddenly I’m overwhelmed, it’s washing over me mixed with a nauseating disgust at moralizing scolds like Cameron who perpetuate the kind of shame that get in the way of us from treating drug abuse and social diseases as the public health crisis they are.

My uncle kind of looked like a monster, he was a six foot four hulking brute of a man and years of very hard living etched a handsome face that looked like Stalone when he was a young man into something resembling Mickey Roark’s character from Sin City. Every now and then I’d get news of a new petty theft mugshot when he’d get caught stealing some stupid shit like tube socks from Walmart, and at just fifteen years my senior he looked far older than his father, my Grandfather, when he died of lung cancer in his late seventies. But of course in spite of his appearance he wasn’t a monster, he was just another easily marginalized victim of a society that is set up by and for true monsters like Candace Cameron Bure. These are people who’ve made it to a very comfortable place in life without acquiring a shred of basic empathy for their neighbor, they are humans with no humanity.

(((((goddammedfrank))))

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:50:24am

re: #230 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Depends…Are we talkin’ the left-wing peacenik social justice Pope or the Kim Davis audience Pope?

Pope Francis can’t be easily classed according to the categories used in the US, in large part because he’s not an American and so is not shaped by American political coalitions and pressures. So he may speak about peace making and ‘social justice’, but at the same time he is firm about standing on his authority and he will no more brook direct challenges to said authority than would his two immediate predecessors.

The pope stands for the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and just because he doesn’t want to emphasize culture war issues like abortion, that does not mean he is willing to allow clergy and Catholic institutions to flout church doctrine.

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ObserverArt  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:53:09am

re: #234 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Embedded Image

How is it now?

Very sore wrist this morning. It is barking at me!

Too much repetitive motions of brushing, sanding and working with epoxy wood repair too many days in a row.

Getting older…no damn fun. Sigh.

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:53:35am

The Russians have decided to return to Cold War form along the Syrian border and are playing “Red Rover” with NATO aircraft:

Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend “does not look like an accident”, Nato has said.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia had not provided “any real explanation” of the violation, which “lasted for a long time.”

Russia says Saturday’s incursion was brief and due to bad weather. It is examining claims of another violation.

Turkey’s army also says an unidentified fighter jet locked its radar on to eight of its jets on Monday.

It echoes a similar incident on Sunday, when an unidentified Mig-29 - which analysts say may have been Syrian - locked its radar onto Turkish jets for more than five minutes over the Turkish-Syrian border.

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sagehen  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:55:18am

re: #112 WhatEVs

I’m too freaking realistic. What kind of job do you give a character that allows them the ability to galavant around and solve weird the shit I’m throwing at her? Every time I think of something, it just seems stupid. I keep thinking, yeah, she’d be fired for taking time off. Or How do you run a business if you’re running around all the time? It just seems unrealistic to me. Ok, make her wealthy. I can’t relate.

I can write technical stuff, non-fiction…no problem. Creative writing is a challenge.

She’s a temp. Short-term assignments in lots different places, different shifts, days off at various intervals…this also gives her an unusually broad range of acquantances.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:55:18am

Get Stopped by the Police? There’s an App for That

This year the ACLU of California, the joint branch of the ACLU of Southern California and the two other ACLU affiliates in the state, launched an app to make it safe and easy for citizens to exercise their right to record police interactions. The free app, Mobile Justice CA, allows Android and iPhone users to record and automatically send video of police encounters to ACLU servers, preserving the footage even if officers try to destroy the phone or delete the video. A copy of the video is also saved to the user’s camera roll.

Villagra revealed that the goal was to get 100,000 downloads in a year, a goal the group exceeded in five months with over 160,000 downloads. Five additional ACLU offices—Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York and Oregon—have launched the app. Comments in the Google Play and Apple stores indicate that users want to know when the app will be available in their state.

“I think there is a big group coming on very soon, a group of about nine or 10 affiliates,” Villagra said. “I want people to know that it will hopefully be coming to their state very soon.”

There are three main functions of the app: record, report and witness. After users record an encounter, they can submit a confidential incident report, including details of what they observed, which can also be submitted without a video. The witness feature allows users to receive notifications in real time to indicate when people around them are recording an incident.

mobile justice in app store

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:55:32am

re: #239 Dark_Falcon

Pope Francis can’t be easily classed according to the categories used in the US, in large part because he’s not an American and so is not shaped by American political coalitions and pressures. So he may speak about peace making and ‘social justice’, but at the same time he is firm about standing on his authority and he will no more brook direct challenges to said authority than would his two immediate predecessors.

The pope stands for the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and just because he doesn’t want to emphasize culture war issues like abortion, that does not mean he is willing to allow clergy and Catholic institutions to flout church doctrine.

I was amused at how the Pope went from hero to villain to hero again in the RW press depending on what was being reported about him.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 6:55:51am

re: #240 ObserverArt

Very sore wrist this morning. It is barking at me!

Too much repetitive motions of brushing, sanding and working with epoxy wood repair too many days in a row.

Getting older…no damn fun. Sigh.

I feel your pain. My fingers —eeeoooouuuccchh!

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Belafon  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:01:55am

re: #242 sagehen

She’s a temp. Short-term assignments in lots different places, different shifts, days off at various intervals…this also gives her an unusually broad range of acquantances.

Reporter
UN Investigator
Attached to the US State Department
Part of a corporation (Clive Cussler novels)
Education and research (Indiana Jones)
Someone doing research for a book

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:02:49am

11-year-old Ohio boy accidentally kills 12-year-old brother while ‘target shooting’

If guns don’t kill people, how can this be an “accident”? A person (a child in this case) actually had to pick up up the firearm and then pull the trigger of said firearm.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:09:48am

re: #247 Dr. Matt

11-year-old Ohio boy accidentally kills 12-year-old brother while ‘target shooting’

If guns don’t kill people, how can this be an “accident”? A person (a child in this case) actually had to pick up up the firearm and then pull the trigger of said firearm.

Shouldn’t “target shooting” be done under adult supervision?

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:11:12am

I’ve gotta say, I’m a little surprised that there seems to be very little reaction from the GOP about two things - Hillary’s Benghazi ad and the release of testimony from the Select Committee yesterday.

This is starting to look like a one-two punch that has rendered Gowdy, McCarthy et al very quiet. They’re clearly not used to pushback like this, and I’m not sure they know what to do about it.

Elijah Cummings made a great move yesterday. I hope they continue to lean on the Benghazi Committee for the farce it is, and completely destroy it as a line of attack next year.

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Dark_Falcon  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:11:39am

re: #244 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I was amused at how the Pope went from hero to villain to hero again in the RW press depending on what was being reported about him.

The American media has trouble making sense of people who don’t fit American political templates. The thing to understand about Pope Francis is that he’s a firmly believing Jesuit. Which brings things back to to the Counter-Reformation, since that was when then Society of Jesus was founded. It was intended as an elite within the clergy, under the direct control of its general, who in turn answered only to the pope, that could be deployed to fight to fight corruption, disprove heresy, educate the youth, or gain conversions as the situation warrants.

Pope Francis is from the ecclesiastical version of the Guards regiments of the UK and Russia.

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:12:13am

In case you haven’t seen the Benghazi spot, here it is.

Admit | Hillary Clinton

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:12:15am

re: #236 goddamnedfrank

Wow, sorry to hear this

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:14:15am

re: #251 makeitstop

In case you haven’t seen the Benghazi spot, here it is.

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Glad to see Hillary finally hitting back at these assholes.

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Tigger2  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:14:26am

re: #251 makeitstop

In case you haven’t seen the Benghazi spot, here it is.

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Video

Good ad

Now she just needs to keep hitting them over the head with ads like that.

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:15:35am

Oh, wait - McCarthy has responded. But it smells like pure damage control.

Democrats better work this like a dog with a soup bone. They drew a little blood here.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:17:22am

re: #253 Dr. Matt

Glad to see Hillary finally hitting back at these assholes.

Why is hitlery politicizing BENGHAZI and are four brave heroes who died there????

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:18:54am

Just imagine if a Democratic politician admitted on live TV that they used congressional hearings as way to bring down poll numbers of a republican.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:19:05am

re: #250 Dark_Falcon

Pope Francis is from the ecclesiastical version of the Guards regiments of the UK and Russia.

You mean God’s Marines?

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:20:32am

re: #247 Dr. Matt

11-year-old Ohio boy accidentally kills 12-year-old brother while ‘target shooting’

If guns don’t kill people, how can this be an “accident”? A person (a child in this case) actually had to pick up up the firearm and then pull the trigger of said firearm.

As I said yesterday, a child that age should not be given a gun.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:22:51am

Publisher of a local conservative newspaper in Roseburg, Oregon, says Obama is ‘not welcome’ in the town

Ah, nothing more “American” by stating a sitting president is not welcome to an American city. Fucking assholes.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:24:28am

re: #260 Dr. Matt

Publisher of a local conservative newspaper in Roseburg, Oregon, says Obama is ‘not welcome’ in the town

Ah, nothing more “American” by stating a sitting president is not welcome to an American city. Fucking assholes.

KKKlassy.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:26:42am

re: #236 goddamnedfrank

So … that Candace Cameron Bure shit on Wonkette really struck a nerve.

I’ve been avoiding mentioning something here, on Saturday my Uncle died of complications from AIDS, specifically septicemia. My Mom and Aunt were able to get to the hospital and be with him just before he passed. They had him cremated yesterday.

He acquired HIV in prison, because apparently our prison system just wasn’t hellish enough without it. He’d been a prison guard before he went in, so the time he served was something nobody can or wants to imagine. He was diagnosed with full blown AIDS about a decade ago, but he couldn’t stop his drug habit and as a result lived in the kind of abject squalor that goes along with that and poverty.

I’ve just been pushing the whole thing aside and not dealing with it because how exactly do you grieve for a family member you were never close to, never wanted to be that close to and honestly were surprised lived this long? I felt sorrow for my Mom and Aunt because they lost a brother, but managed to keep a tight lid on whatever sadness I was experiencing until now. Suddenly I’m overwhelmed, it’s washing over me mixed with a nauseating disgust at moralizing scolds like Cameron Bure, who perpetuate the kind of shame that get in the way of us from treating drug abuse and social diseases as the public health crisis they are.

My uncle kind of looked like a monster, he was a six foot four hulking brute of a man and years of very hard living etched a handsome face that looked like Stalone when he was a young man into something resembling Mickey Roark’s character from Sin City. Every now and then I’d get news of a new petty theft mugshot when he’d get caught stealing some stupid shit like tube socks from Walmart, and at just sixteen years my senior he looked far older than his father, my Grandfather, when he died of lung cancer in his late seventies. But of course in spite of his appearance he wasn’t a monster, he was just another easily marginalized victim of a society that is set up by and for true monsters like Candace Cameron Bure. These are people who’ve made it to a very comfortable place in life without acquiring a shred of basic empathy for their neighbor, they are humans with no humanity.

Frank, I am so sory for your loss. Unlike you I have never lost a loved one to AIDS but like you I am disgusted by people like Candence who don’t see people like your uncle as people but rather props in their pathetic faux morality play.

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Tigger2  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:27:04am

re: #260 Dr. Matt

Publisher of a local conservative newspaper in Roseburg, Oregon, says Obama is ‘not welcome’ in the town

Ah, nothing more “American” by stating a sitting president is not welcome to an American city. Fucking assholes.

I never used to feel this way but I am starting to think Republicans are pure trash.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:28:58am

re: #263 Tigger2

I never used to feel this way but I am starting to think Republicans are pure trash.

It has gotten harder me I confess to separate ideology from people. Now I would never go out of my way to be a dick to someone I know to be a conservative or Republican but I’d be lying to you and everyone else here that I wasn’t getting fed up with pathetic right wing bullshit.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:33:45am

Donald Trump says we need a wall to keep people from immigrating to our country but nope we can’t do anything about mass gun violence at all because these mass killers are “geniuses.” They’re not geniuses. They are following the law right until the minute where they fire on innocent people.

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ObserverArt  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:35:48am

re: #260 Dr. Matt

Publisher of a local conservative newspaper in Roseburg, Oregon, says Obama is ‘not welcome’ in the town

Ah, nothing more “American” by stating a sitting president is not welcome to an American city. Fucking assholes.

Sad. And again it goes to show we have stupid thinking going on all over this country. It is not regulated to the south, or to a state like Texas, to fly-over country, to any coast…it is everywhere.

And there is no longer any boundary to being an asshole. I guess media, reality shows, talk radio has made it okay to be an idiot. Hell, it even pays well. You can even run as President being a loud-mouth crack pot bigoted asshole.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:35:56am

re: #263 Tigger2

I never used to feel this way but I am starting to think Republicans are pure trash.

The GOP missed a chance to refute or at least distance themselves from the utter trash that formed a lot of the original TPGOP. Now the party cannot afford to offend them.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:36:51am

re: #267 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

The GOP missed a chance to refute or at least distance themselves from the utter trash that formed a lot of the original TPGOP. Now the party cannot afford to offend them.

Cowards is what they are. They cared about power more than standing up to bigotry.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:37:52am

re: #264 HappyWarrior

It has gotten harder me I confess to separate ideology from people. Now I would never go out of my way to be a dick to someone I know to be a conservative or Republican but I’d be lying to you and everyone else here that I wasn’t getting fed up with pathetic right wing bullshit.

You’re a bigger person than many of the right. Having live in Southern Red States (and Purple) for the last two and half decades, one thing is clear is conservatives uniformly have no problem being a dick to someone that votes Democratic.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:38:32am

Hating the president really isn’t new. What does seem new in the age of Obama is the culture of hatred and the lie that not only are the president’s policies merely bad, that he’s implementing them because he hates our country and wants to destroy it.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:39:28am

There was a time when members of the opposing party would at least respect the office of the Presidency, even if they didn’t like the man sitting in it.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:39:44am

re: #248 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Shouldn’t “target shooting” be done under adult supervision?

Yeah.

I understand that in some places young people do go out on their own still to hunt. My Dad did in the 1930’s in the mountains to literally get dinner.

In my world (suburbs), anyone under 18 does not shoot alone.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:40:20am

re: #269 Dr. Matt

You’re a bigger person than many of the right. Having live in Southern Red States (and Purple) for the last two and half decades, one thing is clear is conservatives uniformly have no problem being a dick to someone that votes Democratic.

I try to be. Some of the stuff I hear said about our president though by other people within earshot. Man.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:40:27am

re: #236 goddamnedfrank

I am very sorry for your loss. {{{ hugs }}}

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:41:14am

re: #251 makeitstop

In case you haven’t seen the Benghazi spot, here it is.

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Video

youtube has a warning “this video is unlisted, please think twice about sharing”

WTF?

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:41:37am

re: #271 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

There was a time when members of the opposing party would at least respect the office of the Presidency, even if they didn’t like the man sitting in it.

They would at least acknowledge that the president’s intentions were good. Obama doesn’t even get that benefit of the doubt. I want to know from MBFers how Obama is supposed to realistically deal with people who don’t even think he loves our country.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:41:41am

re: #240 ObserverArt

Very sore wrist this morning. It is barking at me!

Too much repetitive motions of brushing, sanding and working with epoxy wood repair too many days in a row.

Getting older…no damn fun. Sigh.

Getting older is definitely not for the faint of heart. It sucks.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:42:04am

re: #263 Tigger2

I never used to feel this way but I am starting to think Republicans are pure trash.

I think it’s an abject lack of leadership from the right wing. The last time I can remember anybody telling somebody to “cool it” was John McCain waaay back in 2008. And with that I have to come back later. I had to enable Flash to take practice tests for the nursing boards, and with Flash running it looks like it’s gonna take around 10 minutes just to type this:(

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:43:10am

re: #278 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

I think it’s an abject lack of leadership from the right wing. The last time I can remember anybody telling somebody to “cool it” was John McCain waaay back in 2008. And with that I have to come back later. I had to enable Flash to take practice tests for the nursing boards, and with Flash running it looks like it’s gonna take around 10 minutes just to type this:(

Good luck with your tests. I agree with you about the lack of leadership being part of the problem. They’re too afraid to offend the nutjobs that are the rank and file of the party.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:44:10am

re: #249 makeitstop

I’ve gotta say, I’m a little surprised that there seems to be very little reaction from the GOP about two things - Hillary’s Benghazi ad and the release of testimony from the Select Committee yesterday.

This is starting to look like a one-two punch that has rendered Gowdy, McCarthy et al very quiet. They’re clearly not used to pushback like this, and I’m not sure they know what to do about it.

Elijah Cummings made a great move yesterday. I hope they continue to lean on the Benghazi Committee for the farce it is, and completely destroy it as a line of attack next year.

What did Cummings do? I was on a 12 hour work bender yesterday and didn’t start playing catch up until almost midnight.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:45:19am

re: #268 HappyWarrior

Cowards is what they are. They cared about power more than standing up to bigotry.

and poor strategists. they did not see how pandering to absolutists like that could come back to bite them in the ass.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:45:34am

someone describing themselves as a “natural born citizen” just followed me on twitter.

heh

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:46:13am

re: #269 Dr. Matt

You’re a bigger person than many of the right. Having live in Southern Red States (and Purple) for the last two and half decades, one thing is clear is conservatives uniformly have no problem being a dick to someone that votes Democratic anyone who is to the left of them on any issue.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:46:21am

re: #281 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

and poor strategists. they did not see how pandering to absolutists like that could come back to bite them in the ass.

Yeah it’s gonna bite them. They’ve alienated a whole generation of immigrants and their children.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:46:49am

re: #283 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

That’s true too. They’re just as nasty to their own when someone dares to deviate from precious conservatism.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:47:07am
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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:47:56am

re: #286 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

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Her mother would be proud of her.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:53:19am

re: #263 Tigger2

I never used to feel this way but I am starting to think Republicans are pure trash.

I have been feeling that way for a while. I wasn’t happy with the Bush admin but he was always my president (whether I liked him or not was besides the point). But how they treated Clinton turned me off, and how they have treated not just Obama but the American people makes me hate them. They are liars who will lie simply for the pleasure of fucking over Americans. They have no empathy, no conscience, and are just horrible people. Reading almost anything a conservative writes these days shows the level of hatred they have for anyone they consider Other (black, woman, liberal, gay, everything not conservative). It - and they - are appalling.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:53:28am

I gotta accomplish something today.

Have a great one all!

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:54:59am

re: #276 HappyWarrior

They would at least acknowledge that the president’s intentions were good. Obama doesn’t even get that benefit of the doubt. I want to know from MBFers how Obama is supposed to realistically deal with people who don’t even think he loves our country.

Shit. A lot of them don’t even believe he was BORN in this country.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:56:46am

re: #294 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Shit. A lot of them don’t even believe he was BORN in this country.

Yeah that too.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:57:50am

re: #294 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Shit. A lot of them don’t even believe he was BORN in this country.

And the GOP refused to refute or at least distance themselves from people who believe that. Heck, even Karl Rove tried to warn them that it was not a good idea…

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:58:23am

re: #280 WhatEVs

What did Cummings do? I was on a 12 hour work bender yesterday and didn’t start playing catch up until almost midnight.

He released parts of the Benghazi testimony by Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, in order to point out how Gowdy and his goons have been leaking damaging info from the hearings.

Savvy move on his part.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 7:59:14am

re: #270 HappyWarrior

Hating the president really isn’t new. What does seem new in the age of Obama is the culture of hatred and the lie that not only are the president’s policies merely bad, that he’s implementing them because he hates our country and wants to destroy it.

I just remember how the RWNJ hated Clinton, or rather, the Clintons. I was younger then and maybe a little more sensitive to things, but it was pretty scary, not to mention kind of sickening. Their reaction to Obama isn’t anything knew, IMHO.

[Of course, I frequented many a left blog during the W years and there were some unkind things said there, too, and not everyone was altogether rational all the time. ]

But as I no longer watch cable news or listen to CSPAN radio or watch the Sunday gabfests it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:00:20am

re: #298 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I just remember how the RWNJ hated Clinton, or rather, the Clintons. I was younger then and maybe a little more sensitive to things, but it was pretty scary, not to mention kind of sickening. Their reaction to Obama isn’t anything knew, IMHO.

[Of course, I frequented many a left blog during the W years and there were some unkind things said there, too, and not everyone was altogether rational all the time. ]

But as I no longer watch cable news or listen to CSPAN radio or watch the Sunday gabfests it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to.

Add to that I’m no longer a Christian fundamentalist, I don’t have to endure that form of crazy on a regular basis, either.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:00:58am

re: #298 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I just remember how the RWNJ hated Clinton, or rather, the Clintons. I was younger then and maybe a little more sensitive to things, but it was pretty scary, not to mention kind of sickening. Their reaction to Obama isn’t anything knew, IMHO.

[Of course, I frequented many a left blog during the W years and there were some unkind things said there, too, and not everyone was altogether rational all the time. ]

But as I no longer watch cable news or listen to CSPAN radio or watch the Sunday gabfests it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to.

I was much younger in the Clinton years but I never saw the questions about Clinton’s nationality that I do Obama’s and I too was part of many a left wing blog in the Bush years that wasn’t too kind to him either.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:03:04am

re: #300 HappyWarrior

I was much younger in the Clinton years but I never saw the questions about Clinton’s nationality that I do Obama’s and I too was part of many a left wing blog in the Bush years that wasn’t too kind to him either.

I disliked Bush but generally disagreed with anyone who compared him to Hitler or called for his impeachment.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:05:06am
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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:05:12am

re: #300 HappyWarrior

I was much younger in the Clinton years but I never saw the questions about Clinton’s nationality that I do Obama’s and I too was part of many a left wing blog in the Bush years that wasn’t too kind to him either.

Bill was white, and spoke like a fella from Arkansas.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:06:01am

re: #303 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Bill was white, and spoke like a fella from Arkansas.

Exactly.

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Varek Raith  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:11:03am

Hello.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:11:13am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I disliked Bush but generally disagreed with anyone who compared him to Hitler or called for his impeachment.

Yeah I hated the Nazi comps then as I do now.

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sagehen  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:16:25am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I disliked Bush but generally disagreed with anyone who compared him to Hitler or called for his impeachment.

Same here. I’d shake my head sadly, say “America’s survived bad presidents before, we’ll survive this one too”, and change the subject. If the person was really determined to keep it on politics, there’s always a governor or mayor could use more scrutiny — which is also an opening to remind people of the importance of off-year elections.

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Jenner7  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:17:08am

Jerk face.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:17:24am

re: #297 makeitstop

He released parts of the Benghazi testimony by Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, in order to point out how Gowdy and his goons have been leaking damaging info from the hearings.

Savvy move on his part.

Thank you! And good on them.

This politics and party above all else, including the entire country, sucks.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:18:12am

re: #300 HappyWarrior

I was much younger in the Clinton years but I never saw the questions about Clinton’s nationality that I do Obama’s and I too was part of many a left wing blog in the Bush years that wasn’t too kind to him either.

No, the RWNJ didn’t bother with Clinton’s nationality, since he was white, but he was called a draft dodger, a serial rapist, a murderer, a pro-abortionist baby killer and there was generally the all around claims of being insufficiently pro-real-American-Christian, Hillary was a Radical Feminist and there was Whitewater and all the “Arkansas Scandals”, and on and on. And of course most of the hatred wasn’t even about any of these things, but he was the Democrat in office and Democrats represented those people.

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:19:09am

re: #308 Jenner7

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Jerk face.

So Ben would charge him and be the first shot.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:19:10am

re: #308 Jenner7

Jerk face.

“I would tell this young man I was a brain surgeon and ask if he had read any of my awesome books about me.”

/

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:19:20am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I disliked Bush but generally disagreed with anyone who compared him to Hitler or called for his impeachment.

I agree with the former but the latter should have had an investigation into the lies that led to us invading Iraq. I think that could have been an impeachable offense.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:20:03am

re: #308 Jenner7

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Jerk face.

Again Carson loves to show the ways he’s worse than Trump. This is one of them.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:20:25am

re: #310 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

No, the RWNJ didn’t bother with Clinton’s nationality, since he was white, but he was called a draft dodger, a serial rapist, a murderer, a pro-abortionist baby killer and there was generally the all around claims of being insufficiently pro-real-American-Christian, Hillary was a Radical Feminist and there was Whitewater and all the “Arkansas Scandals”, and on and on. And of course most of the hatred wasn’t even about any of these things, but he was the Democrat in office and Democrats represented those people.

True you’re right about that.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:20:35am

re: #312 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

“I would tell this young man I was a brain surgeon and ask if he had read any of my awesome books about me.”

/

Ben could just deliver a talk about his campaign platform, and the shooter would just nod off.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:21:00am

Carson is what happens when you let an imbecile convince himself he’s qualified to be president because he gave a speech denouncing something you hate.

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:21:08am

re: #316 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Ben could just deliver a talk about his campaign platform, and the shooter would just nod off.

Or just shoot himself to end it all.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:22:42am

So you got NR whining that Obama wouldn’t meet with Chris Mintz while Mintz was and I think still is in the hopstial and now you got Dr. Shit for brains whining that Obama did meet with victims families. Face it RWNJs, nothing Obama does will make you happy.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:23:12am

re: #302 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court’s New Term: Here’s What To Watch

really, bbl

Fuck. That is a terrifying read.

There is a strong likelihood that the court will revisit the abortion question, as well as the issue of birth control coverage under Obamacare. “The worry is, does what goes around come around?” said Tom Goldstein, Supreme Court advocate and publisher of SCOTUSblog. “And the writing on the wall sure seems to be up there that has got the left scared bejesus.”

The court, for instance, for the first time is being asked to determine the meaning of the one-person, one-vote principle in Evenwel v. Abbott. Does it mean that state legislative districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters? Does the population count include children, noncitizen immigrants both in the country legally and illegally, and others like those with a criminal record who are thus ineligible to vote? Or does the population count include only those eligible to vote, or even just those registered to vote?

Virtually all state and local governments currently draw districts based on total population. But if those challenging that practice prevail, it could dramatically shift political power away from districts with lots of children and immigrants, and it would likely give Republicans a big boost in state legislative elections.

Also likely to come before the court are election cases involving strict voter ID laws and other provisions that make it more difficult to vote.

And that’s just part of it.

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Interesting Times  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:23:56am

Hey, I just saw the article downstairs show up in my FB feed, posted by someone who definitely doesn’t follow this site but posts various articles from various places as she finds them. So it’s gaining traction :)

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:23:57am

re: #313 WhatEVs

I agree with the former but the latter should have had an investigation into the lies that led to us invading Iraq. I think that could have been an impeachable offense.

It could have been…theoretically. Practically it would have been a political/media circus that wasted a lot of time and money and produced no real results.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:23:57am

re: #311 Eventual Carrion

So Ben would charge him and be the first shot.

ok.

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bratwurst  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:24:02am

Regarding the “scoop” that Biden is himself the source of his son’s dying wish:

Where did we think this came from? Eavesdropping hospital staff? Beau speaking to reporters from the afterlife?

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retired cynic  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:24:38am

re: #320 WhatEVs

Listened to a show on it on NPR yesterday, and my hair stood on end. Definitely not good.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:25:43am

There are parts about the Roberts court that make the Rehnquist court look like the Warren court. Roberts’ contempt for voting rights is one of those things.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:26:27am

re: #322 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

It could have been…theoretically. Practically it would have been a political/media circus that wasted a lot of time and money and produced no real results.

Like Benghazi? 52+ votes to repeal Obamacare?

I get what you’re saying but Dem’s don’t dick around like Repubs do. Pelosi immediately took it all off the table…right or wrong. I am just saying that it deserved an investigation.

I miss Leahy.

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Romantic Heretic  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:28:42am

re: #202 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

“They also have no freedom!” Carlson interrupted. “You can go to prison for expressing unpopular views and people do. And in Western Europe by the way. And in Canada. No one ever says that.”

This is actually now true. Although it’s under the aegis of ‘preventing terrorism’. And the bill that made things that way, Bill C51, was only passed recently by a ‘conservative’ government.

I’m guessing Mr. Tucker isn’t going to say anything about that though.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:31:19am

re: #126 Higgs Boson’s Mate

We both like soup…

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:31:52am

I need help from you guys.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:35:44am

re: #328 Romantic Heretic

This is actually now true. Although it’s under the aegis of ‘preventing terrorism’. And the bill that made things that way, Bill C51, was only passed recently by a ‘conservative’ government.

I’m guessing Mr. Tucker isn’t going to say anything about that though.

Oh, I am sure not. He would also neglect to point out that the last PM of Australia was also conservative.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:36:44am

Astros fans have loooong memories. My twitter TL blew up yesterday because of a snarky tweet I sent Dec 11, 2014. Oops. I’ll enjoy crow. :)

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:38:26am

re: #313 WhatEVs

I agree with the former but the latter should have had an investigation into the lies that led to us invading Iraq. I think that could have been an impeachable offense.

Nancy Pelosi preemptively took impeachment off the table and, later, Obama wanted us to look forward. The neocons and cold warriors who ginned up Bush’s disaster in the ME were never exposed and so they’re still sufficiently influential that Jeb has 18 of them as advisers. I didn’t hope that anyone would be indicted behind the lies that led us into Iraq. I would have hoped for a dispassionate and thorough investigation in the interest of preventing another such debacle.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:42:28am

re: #333 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I didn’t hope that anyone would be indicted behind the lies that led us into Iraq. I would have hoped for a dispassionate and thorough investigation in the interest of preventing another such debacle.

The lies were obvious enough to anyone capable of critical thinking. As for the rest, they saw and see nothing wrong…

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:42:37am

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

Should I not pick up the new iPhone after work today then?

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Romantic Heretic  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:43:02am

re: #331 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Oh, I am sure not. He would also neglect to point out that the last PM of Australia was also conservative.

Our Dear Leader has also stated that if he is re-elected he will start up a tip line for reporting ‘barbaric cultural practices’. By which he means anything that frightens the shit out of the rubes.

For some reason no one up here has started calling it by its real purpose which is ‘snitch line.’

Canadians on Twitter had a lot of fun with that idea.

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sagehen  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:45:29am

re: #335 Dr. Matt

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

Should I not pick up the new iPhone after work today then?

You should run up all your credit cards to the limit with luxury spas, 5-star restaurants, charter a flight to the Caymans for some snorkeling, that sort of thing.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:45:59am

re: #336 Romantic Heretic

Our Dear Leader has also stated that if he is re-elected he will start up a tip line for reporting ‘barbaric cultural practices’. By which he means anything that frightens the shit out of the rubes.

For some reason no one up here has started calling it by its real purpose which is ‘snitch line.’

Canadians on Twitter had a lot of fun with that idea.

Pro football is a barbaric cultural practice…

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:46:16am

re: #337 sagehen

You should run up all your credit cards to the limit with luxury spas, 5-star restaurants, charter a flight to the Caymans for some snorkeling, that sort of thing.

And add a 25 year old bottle of Scotch.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:47:07am

My niece has been published in a student journal of history.

The Most Dangerous Weapon of All
By
Katie Richardson
Senior
History Major, French Minor

PDF link: — page 50ff

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:47:41am

re: #335 Dr. Matt

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

Should I not pick up the new iPhone after work today then?

Looks like maybe my buddies and I should do our shots ‘n jam night tonight rather than the usual Thursday night.

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:52:05am

re: #341 Eventual Carrion

Looks like maybe my buddies and I should do our shots ‘n jam night tonight rather than the usual Thursday night.

We’ve got tickets to see Metalachi on Thursday. These dorks had better be wrong.

Metalachi LIVE covering Dio’s Rainbow In The Dark

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:52:41am

re: #334 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

The lies were obvious enough to anyone capable of critical thinking. As for the rest, they saw and see nothing wrong…

And all the Dems got for bowing to political expediency back then was the loss of the House in perpetuity. They let the Republicans know that no lie was so damaging that it would even cause them to raise their voices.

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Slap  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:52:50am

re: #84 WhatEVs

This may be helpful.

Sometime after the release of American Tabloid, I attended a reading by James Ellroy. In the course of a Q&A session, he was asked something about how he kept track of all of his plot threads. (And his plots certainly deserve the description “labyrinthine”!) He smiled and held up a copy of American Tabloid, saying: “this book started out as a 250-page outline”.

A 250-page outline. For one novel.

Even the pros need help keeping track.

Keep plugging away!

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:54:03am

bloomberg.com tells the story of two Lubavitcher loan sharks.

bloomberg.com

Zeines and Hurwitz made their money in a field that’s now called merchant cash advance. It’s a legal way to lend money to small businesses at interest rates higher than Mafia loan sharks once charged. Completely unregulated, last year it surpassed the U.S. Small Business Administration as a source of loans for less than $150,000, according to the industry newsletter DeBanked, one of the few places with reliable information. The business was developed a decade ago in a boiler room full of ex-Lubavitcher Jewish teenagers in downtown Manhattan. They figured out how to hook people such as florists and pizzeria owners with promises of fast cash and discovered just how ridiculous the profits could be—even if it meant driving their borrowers into bankruptcy.

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Barefoot Grin  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:59:17am

re: #340 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Very cool. One of my students is writing her senior capstone essay on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I just can’t get her to get beyond the binary of “should have” and “shouldn’t have” to deeper questions. Anyway, I look forward to giving this a read after I finish grading the never-diminishing stack of tests that…hey, isn’t the world supposed to end on Wednesday?

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Doofus  Oct 6, 2015 • 8:59:41am

re: #342 makeitstop

No, just no.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:01:12am
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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:03:00am

re: #348 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Whoa dude.

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:04:10am

re: #347 Doofus

No, just no.

It gets better!

The band opening for them is none other than NYC’s Tragedy - a metal tribute to the Bee Gees! We’ve seen them three times already, they’re hilarious.

Tragedy- All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees. Stayin’ Alive

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:05:46am

re: #348 Backwoods_Sleuth

Was Ant-Man floating along with them?

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Doofus  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:07:58am

re: #350 makeitstop

oh stop it hurts to laugh!

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Varek Raith  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:10:57am

re: #348 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Nope.

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Slap  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:10:57am

re: #352 Doofus

Try THIS on for size….

Mac Sabbath - Sweet Beef, Phoenix, AZ 7-10-15

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:11:39am

re: #350 makeitstop

I think I like this version better than the original.

I remember when the Gibbs said they were going to be the next Beatles, even bigger than the Beatles.

Hahaha

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:12:52am

meanwhile, in Kentucky:

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Doofus  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:13:10am

re: #354 Slap

Thank you for the nightmares

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:13:32am

re: #352 Doofus

oh stop it hurts to laugh!

Tragedy is something to see - three singers with full-on metal voices, which happen to be perfect for Bee Gees harmonies.

And after nearly a full set of this Bee Gees song done like Iron Maiden and that one done like Sabbath, they turn around and do ‘Crazy Train’ like a 70s soft-rock ballad.

And I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work perfectly. They are truly warped. It akes lot for my wife and I to see any band three times, but we’re going again. Can’t wait.

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:15:11am

re: #355 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I think I like this version better than the original.

I remember when the Gibbs said they were going to be the next Beatles, even bigger than the Beatles.

Hahaha

Barry Glibb’s voice is a near-ringer for Bon Scott. Crazy good guitar player, too.

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Lidane  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:22:57am

*facepalm*

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sagehen  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:28:38am

talkingpointsmemo.com

In 1996, Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AZ) spearheaded a piece of legislation that effectively put an end to government-funded research of gun violence. Now 75, the retired congressman admitted in a Huffington Post interview, “I have regrets.”

(snip)

Dickey now finds himself at odds with the current crop of conservatives in Congress, who he says are over-interpreting his law. He told the Huffington Post that safety barriers along highways are the kind of common-sense life-saving measures that research can produce.

“If we had somehow gotten the research going, we could have somehow found a solution to the gun violence without there being any restrictions on the Second Amendment,” Dickey said. “We could have used that all these years to develop the equivalent of that little small fence.”

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Lidane  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:32:07am
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ObserverArt  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:43:40am

re: #330 WhatEVs

I need help from you guys.

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I am not quite sure what you are asking. Can you just use YouTube and link your help files to YouTube videos?

I did some small videos of my dog trainer buddy and put them up on his web site. I just uploaded them to YouTube and linked to them from his site.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:47:29am

re: #361 Lidane

*facepalm*

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That’s not how statistics work dimwit. Goddamn the gun lobby is filled with people who want to do anything possible to divert from reality that their dick substitutes cause problems.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:49:00am

re: #362 sagehen

talkingpointsmemo.com

It’s too bad that it takes him being out of Congress and away from being attacked to say this. That said, I appreciate it.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:51:27am

re: #363 Lidane

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I think we discussed this yesterday but the whole idea that slavery and later Jim Crow had was to tell white Southerners “Well at least you’re free.” Kudos to this guy.

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Archangelus  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:56:08am

re: #348 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Blind Frog Belly White  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:57:51am

re: #368 Archangelus

Hey, at least they’re prepared!
///

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Oct 6, 2015 • 9:58:14am

re: #365 HappyWarrior

That’s not how statistics work dimwit. Goddamn the gun lobby is filled with people who want to do anything possible to divert from reality that their dick substitutes cause problems.

Italy still leads the world in stabbings if you count the Second Punic War.

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wrenchwench  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:00:18am

One example:

Suffragette: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815-1902 (Social activist, abolitionist, author)
Hooray: “The best protection any woman can have is courage.”
Wait, What: “What will we and our daughters suffer if these degraded black men are allowed to have the rights that would make them even worse than our Saxon fathers?”

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:01:07am

re: #370 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Italy still leads the world in stabbings if you count the Second Punic War.

Britain leads in deaths by archers because of the War of the Roses and English Civil War.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:01:26am

re: #351 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Was Ant-Man floating along with them?

Ant Man Bee

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Lidane  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:02:36am
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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:02:46am

re: #371 wrenchwench

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One example:

What’s sad about CAdy Stanton is she started out as an abolitionist too. One of my big heroes from that time period is Frederck Douglass.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:03:37am

re: #374 Lidane

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It’s Macro’s party and he can cry all he wants.

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WhatEVs  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:04:36am

re: #364 ObserverArt

I am not quite sure what you are asking. Can you just use YouTube and link your help files to YouTube videos?

I did some small videos of my dog trainer buddy and put them up on his web site. I just uploaded them to YouTube and linked to them from his site.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:06:58am

re: #374 Lidane

WATCH: Man Accuses Marco Rubio of Adultery at NYC Event t.co pic.twitter.com
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) October 6, 2015

Must be a CCJ follower.

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Dr. Matt  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:11:06am

The Gun Control Movement Needs Its Own Pro-Life “Fanatics”

Disturbing photo below

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Eventual Carrion  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:12:38am

re: #374 Lidane

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Is Monica in town for the event?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:14:36am

re: #379 Dr. Matt

That’s powerful dude.

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Kryptik  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:18:20am

re: #379 Dr. Matt

I’m really loath to want to go as far as what this guy is proposing. At the same time…the point he makes stands: the anti-abortion movement has only got more and more extreme, and all that’s given them is more and more wins all across the board. Same with the gun-nuts. I just think the problem is if we tried it, we’ll get the media hordes to villify us in a way they’d never do properly for anti-abortion activists and gun nuts.

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Shiplord Kirel  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:18:38am

re: #372 HappyWarrior

Britain leads in deaths by archers because of the War of the Roses and English Civil War.

Yet archery is still legal in the UK. Hypocrites.
///

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sagehen  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:30:37am

It occurs to me that the Roseburg shooter’s mom and the Sandy Hook shooter’s mom, were both pro-gun fanatics, amassed arsenals, told all their friends and talked constantly about their fetish, they knew their sons were mentally ill and did this anyway… I know two data points is a little thin for a generalization, but it’s worth looking into other mass shooters’ parents. What do we know about the Aurora shooter’s parents, or the Tuscon shooter, or Virginia Tech, or others?

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:31:53am

re: #384 sagehen

It occurs to me that the Roseburg shooter’s mom and the Sandy Hook shooter’s mom, were both pro-gun fanatics, amassed arsenals, told all their friends and talked constantly about their fetish, they knew their sons were mentally ill and did this anyway… I know two data points is a little thin for a generalization, but it’s worth looking into other mass shooters’ parents. What do we know about the Aurora shooter’s parents, or the Tuscon shooter, or Virginia Tech, or others?

Good points. I didn’t hear much about the parents of those shooters you mentioned.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:32:24am

re: #361 Lidane

*facepalm*

Gun lobbyist: Europe has more gun violence than US if you count World War II

I must admit that a similar comparison could have applied during the Balkan Wars of the 90’s.

But we would still be comparing apples and oranges: namely about civilian violence vs. political or semi-governmental agencies.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:34:07am

re: #363 Lidane

Southerner says the Confederacy was a con-job on white people — and its legacy still is today

It was a case of the ruling elite (plantation owners) playing one group of disadvantaged (poor whites) off against the even more disadvantaged (slaves)

It is a strategy that is perpetuated to this day.

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Kafitrar  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:36:10am

re: #91 CleverToad

/snip/
Speaking of writing, and problems thereunto, do any of you literary lizards know of a good/safe free Word to PDF converter? I need to turn a Word doc formatted for 6x9 pages to a PDF that retains the 6x9 size instead of floating the text in the standard 8.5x11 page. Using Word for Mac on an Airbook — will pay for the Adobe subscription if I have to, but really don’t need it. :(
/snip/

Did you try the built-in “Print to PDF” option? Go to File/Print… In the bottom left corner of the Print dialog window there should be a pull-down menu for printing to PDF directly. I’m not in front of my Mac, so this is off the top of my head.

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jaunte  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:39:22am

re: #387 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

It is a strategy that is perpetuated to this day.

Immigrants Are Taking Your Jobs!

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:41:01am

While we are wandering off into literature, I might mention that my girlfriend just republished an out-of-print novel by her late uncle, The Kryptonite Kid, as a kindle e-book.

It was mostly as a tribute to her late uncle Joey, the black sheep of the family, who ran off to join the Peace Corps in the 60’s and then wound up an author, journalist and photographer for the Village Voice in San Francisco, later dying of AIDS in the 90’s…

It is a semi-autobiographical story based on a young boy’s letters to Superman.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:42:28am

re: #388 Kafitrar

Did you try the built-in “Print to PDF” option? Go to File/Print… In the bottom left corner of the Print dialog window there should be a pull-down menu for printing to PDF directly. I’m not in front of my Mac, so this is off the top of my head.

Having tackled the conversion, there were actually some interesting quirks going on with trying to convert via “print to PDF” options, at least on my Windows machine, where it was coming out on a standard letter size despite having a custom paper size defined.

Creating the PDF through Acrobat itself worked just fine, however.

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jaunte  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:42:55am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:43:53am

re: #392 jaunte

in report on how Carson said he wouldn’t have “cooperated” w/ Ore gunman, NYT labels Carson “thoughtful.”

America’s gun laws “cooperated” with the shooter

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:44:36am

re: #392 jaunte

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“Thoughtful” because Carson has so much experience in these type situations. It’s easy as hell to say especially when you’re a hack for a party and ideology that worships the allmighty gun that you would have done differently. Carson has no idea what he’s talking about yet again.

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jaunte  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:48:50am
“Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Mr. Carson said, explaining that he would defend his faith at any cost. “I would say: ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.’”

Fantasist.

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jaunte  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:49:44am

It takes a real asshole to blame shooting victims for not defending themselves more aggressively.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:49:49am

re: #395 jaunte

Fantasist.

So brave. // I one time stood up against a dwarf wielding a shotgun but it was in a dream.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:50:18am

re: #396 jaunte

It takes a real asshole to blame shooting victims for not defending themselves more aggressively.

Yep. Carson somehow managed to be even more insensitive than Trump, Rubio, and Jeb with this. Quite impressive.

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freetoken  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:51:56am

Limbaugh goes for the white-nationalist gimmick:

Limbaugh: “Western Civilizations Are … Erasing Themselves” Through “Illegal Immigration, Normal Immigration”

LIMBAUGH: Do you know what the fastest growing language in the United States is? Nope. It’s Arabic. Fastest growing, not the most spoken. The fastest growing language in the United States is Arabic. Here’s another headline. World’s first lesbian bishop calls for church to remove crosses and to install Muslim prayer space instead. There is a creep, creep, creep, creep, creep that is happening throughout western nations, western cultures, and western civilization countries. It is a creep, creep, creep, creep, creep through various means: illegal immigration, normal immigration, intimidation, political correctness, what have you. But Western civilizations are pretty much in the process of erasing themselves, in my view anyway. The people who wish to erase Western civilization in many cases are not even firing a shot. Some are, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda and all that. But illegal immigrants are not firing a shot. La Raza is not firing a shot. Number of the domestic upheavals in this country are happening not because of any kind of force. They’re happening because of political correctness, fear, intimidation, you name it.

Besides the multi-dimensions of idiocy in there, one that stands out to me is the misunderstanding of what is “western civilization”.

Only in a medieval Papal view is the eastern Mediterranean not part of “the west”.

But a more accurate view of our past shows that the people on the east side of the Med and in North Africa are part of the course of western civilization.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:53:09am

re: #399 freetoken

Limbaugh goes for the white-nationalist gimmick:

Limbaugh: “Western Civilizations Are … Erasing Themselves” Through “Illegal Immigration, Normal Immigration”

Besides the multi-dimensions of idiocy in there, one that stands out to me is the misunderstanding of what is “western civilization”.

Only in a medieval Papal view is the eastern Mediterranean not part of “the west”.

But a more accurate view of our past shows that the people on the east side of the Med and in North Africa are part of the course of western civilization.

Well given how Coulter sounds, it’s no surprise that El Rusbo sounds the same way. I am glad that conservatives like Rush are being more and more honest about the white supremacists they are.

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Timothy Watson  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:55:08am

re: #399 freetoken

World’s first lesbian bishop calls for church to remove crosses and to install Muslim prayer space instead

lolwhut

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Blind Frog Belly White  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:55:14am

re: #372 HappyWarrior

Britain leads in deaths by archers because of the War of the Roses and English Civil War.

“Just like a wop frog - bringing a knife lance to a gun bow fight.” (in my best Sean Connery voice)

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:55:57am

re: #401 Timothy Watson

lolwhut

I think Rush is hitting the hillbilly heroin again.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:56:34am

re: #403 HappyWarrior

I think Rush is hitting the hillbilly heroin again.

Or drinking that Martian water.

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CuriousLurker  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:57:09am

re: #392 jaunte

Carson:

“I am Christian.” […] “When you give away your identity, you give away your soul,” he said.

Yet he expects Muslims to renounce Sharia, which would be exactly equivalent to demanding that Orthodox Jews renounce halakha.

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wrenchwench  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:57:54am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:59:01am

re: #406 wrenchwench

I’m an angry, devout, practicing Arab American Muslim AND I DEMAND MY RIGHT TO OWN SEMI AUTOMATIC WEAPONS! (and carry them in public, even at airports) *waits for new gun legislation*

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:59:03am

re: #405 CuriousLurker

Carson:

Yet he expects Muslims to renounce Sharia, which would be exactly equivalent to demanding that Orthodox Jews renounce halakha.

He’s made it pretty clear through his statements and rhetoric that he thinks Chistians like him should get special rights and privileges.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Oct 6, 2015 • 10:59:07am

re: #405 CuriousLurker

Carson:

Yet he expects Muslims to renounce Sharia, which would be exactly equivalent to demanding that Orthodox Jews renounce halakha.

Well yeah, you’re only a real person if you’re Christian.

/// for me, probably real for him.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:00:45am

re: #405 CuriousLurker

If you’re a Christian, and you put your faith above the law, you’re a patriot.

If you’re not, and you put your faith above the law, you’re a dangerous zealot.

Fuck that noise.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:01:20am

re: #410 Blind Frog Belly White

If you’re a Christian, and you put your faith above the law, you’re a patriot.

If you’re not, and you put your faith above the law, you’re a dangerous zealot.

Fuck that noise.

Precisely.

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CuriousLurker  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:06:07am

re: #410 Blind Frog Belly White

If you’re a Christian, and you put your faith above the law, you’re a patriot.

If you’re not, and you put your faith above the law, you’re a dangerous zealot.

Fuck that noise.

THIS. I was commenting on that in the pages the other day:

These people truly seem to think they’re above the law. The courts need to bring them back down to Earth, hard.

littlegreenfootballs.com

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:09:46am

re: #412 CuriousLurker

THIS. I was commenting on that in the pages the other day:

It’s dangerous and frankly why I wory about “Christianist law” than Shariah. Why because the number of Christians who think their faith should be above the law in this country far outnumbers the amount of Muslims who do both in sheer number and percentage.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:16:13am

re: #413 HappyWarrior

Not to mention that the places most worried about Creeping Shariah have the smallest Muslim populations, AND the greatest tendency towards Creeping Dominionism.

It’s not Theocracy they’re worried about. It’s competition.

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HappyWarrior  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:17:22am

re: #414 Blind Frog Belly White

Not to mention that the places most worried about Creeping Shariah have the smallest Muslim populations, AND the greatest tendency towards Creeping Dominionism.

It’s not Theocracy they’re worried about. It’s competition.

Yeah that’s what I have been feeling for some time. And you’re right. The biggest fear of Muslims comes from people residing in areas where there are but a handful of Muslims. Areas like where I live you don’t see it because we have lived with Muslims for years.

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makeitstop  Oct 6, 2015 • 11:56:40am

re: #399 freetoken

There is a creep, creep, creep, creep…

But enough about you, Rush….

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CleverToad  Oct 6, 2015 • 12:19:56pm

re: #388 Kafitrar

Trouble is that the PDF is in 8.5x11 instead of the desired 6x9. There may be a way to change that, but this luddite couldn’t figure it out.

(with eternal gratitude to Klys who did a conversion for me this morning using her full copy of Adobe. love the lizards!)

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ObserverArt  Oct 6, 2015 • 12:28:57pm

re: #417 CleverToad

Trouble is that the PDF is in 8.5x11 instead of the desired 6x9. There may be a way to change that, but this luddite couldn’t figure it out.

(with eternal gratitude to Klys who did a conversion for me this morning using her full copy of Adobe. love the lizards!)

If you go under page layout in Word, click on the “size” icon. At the bottom of that drop down you’ll see “More Paper Sizes.” On that window that opens you can type in your actual document size and it will show as custom.

Here is a quick screen shot from my computer to show you.

How to set up a custom Word Document Size
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CleverToad  Oct 6, 2015 • 1:05:42pm

re: #418 ObserverArt

Works in Word — I have a template set up for the novels in progress that’s set to 6x9 paper size. But when I try to save to PDF using the Word default, the 6x9 image comes out in an 8.5x11 format, with acres of white space surrounding. That’s what Klys was able to fix with her functional copy of Acrobat.

Looks like I shall probably have to invest in Acrobat in future, but it was tremendously helpful to get a good copy today.

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Jebediah, RBG  Oct 6, 2015 • 1:08:26pm

re: #130 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I’m working on a book about a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac who stays up all night wondering if there is a dog.

If he is a veterinarian, he could worry about his purpose in life, too.

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ObserverArt  Oct 6, 2015 • 1:46:49pm

re: #419 CleverToad

Works in Word — I have a template set up for the novels in progress that’s set to 6x9 paper size. But when I try to save to PDF using the Word default, the 6x9 image comes out in an 8.5x11 format, with acres of white space surrounding. That’s what Klys was able to fix with her functional copy of Acrobat.

Looks like I shall probably have to invest in Acrobat in future, but it was tremendously helpful to get a good copy today.

Strange. I did a one page 6 x 9 word document as a test. Then I saved it as an Adobe PDF and it is 6 x 9.

I then took and opened the document up in photoshop to the “art box” (original page settings) size it renders it as a 6 x 9 document. So, it appears to be holding the 6 x 9 format in the PDF saved as an Adobe PDF out of Word.

And I did all that without Acrobat…which I also have. When I open the PDF from Word in Acrobat, it is 6x9 format as shown in the Acrobat properties.

Not sure what is going on.


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