Wednesday Night Acoustic Jam: Antoine Dufour, “Talk”

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This is probably the only way I’d ever enjoy a Coldplay song.

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‘Talk’ is a classic Antoine Dufour arrangement combining all the elements of a progressive rock band into a solo acoustic guitar performance. “Talk” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. Built around a motif from Kraftwerk’s 1981 song “Computer Love”.

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407 comments

1
Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:35:29pm
2
Great White Snark  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:39:13pm

As a guy that enjoys Buckethead, can’t say too much here except dude whats up with the 3d glasses?

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:39:46pm

Donald Trump leads an insane white cult — and Pat Buchanan just explained how it works

GOP front-runner leads cult of personality centered around white alienation, racial resentment and authoritarianism

what i am most afraid of is that we will sit here discussing, analyzing, and dissecting trump fascism while it marches on taking over our country

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:46:28pm

Skiing was fun today. The snow was deep. I hurled myself off a cornice and a cliff in one run (Red Square, you never disappoint). The snow was so deep in places it was hard to breathe.

I snapped one photograph on my last run. Getting deep enough for bushwhacking!

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b_sharp  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:47:32pm

Fuck, Antoine is a brilliant arranger.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:53:00pm

Tweets from Nashville:

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:53:20pm
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weave  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:55:03pm

Wow, check this out…

redstate.com

Ted Cruz on Why Conservatives are Happier than Liberals

I think “happy” is the last thing I’d use to describe conservatives after reading typical comment sections on right-wing websites.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:58:26pm

Snow is good.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 5:59:49pm
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PhillyPretzel  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:00:26pm

re: #7 Backwoods_Sleuth

re: #10 teleskiguy

It will be a very wet Christmas in Philly. forecast.weather.gov

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calochortus  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:02:04pm

re: #9 weave

Wow, check this out…

redstate.com

Ted Cruz on Why Conservatives are Happier than Liberals

I think “happy” is the last thing I’d use to describe conservatives after reading typical comment sections on right-wing websites.

The idea that conservatives are happier than liberals is based on self-reporting and may not actually be true.

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Skip Intro  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:04:50pm

You can tell how happy conservatives are by watching their presidential debates, listening to talk radio, watching Fox News, or looking at any Dana Loesch picture.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:07:02pm

re: #15 Charles Johnson

You played on this album, you’re biased!

/

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:08:09pm

re: #16 teleskiguy

You played on this album, you’re biased!

/

Inorite?

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:09:39pm

re: #14 Skip Intro

You can tell how happy conservatives are by watching their presidential debates, listening to talk radio, watching Fox News, or looking at any Dana Loesch picture.

they’re happy to be afraid of muslims, happy to believe that illegal mexican workers are taking their jobs, happy to be afraid of the national debt, happy to be afraid of “minorities” changing their culture

they are happy to be angry and upset about things that scare them, every day at at the top of their lungs

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Single-handed sailor  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:10:12pm

re: #10 teleskiguy

Snow is good.

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Tahoe got all that water because the last storm to come through had a snow level of 10,000 feet. We need snow not water.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:10:44pm

From the Letters I Keep Meaning To Write But Never Get Around To Department:

Dear Will Shortz,

I’ve never heard anyone use the word “ell” to refer to “an extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.”

Are you just fucking with us?

Awaiting your prompt reply. Thanks in advance.

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calochortus  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:12:46pm

Dinner time.

Laterz, all.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:20:02pm

I’ll never forget the day my dad brought this lp home from the record store. He was a jazz fan and thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever seen. He’d take it out once in a while and laugh so hard that tears would roll down his cheeks. I seriously doubt he ever listened to it, and who can blame him?

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:20:37pm

I have to plan tomorrow evening’s dinner:

General Tso’s Chicken
Stir-fried Green & Red Pepper
Egg Roll
Jasmine Rice

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Great White Snark  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:20:51pm

re: #18 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

they’re happy to be afraid of muslims, happy to believe that illegal mexican workers are taking their jobs, happy to be afraid of the national debt, happy to be afraid of “minorities” changing their culture

they are happy to be angry and upset about things that scare them, every day at at the top of their lungs

Happiest to be profoundly unhappy. What an ugly way to spend a life.

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b_sharp  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:20:55pm

I can’t believe a heavy metal, jazz, blues, grunge guy like me enjoys Adele so much.

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Targetpractice  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:23:08pm

re: #23 The Vicious Babushka

I have to plan tomorrow evening’s dinner:

General Tso’s Chicken
Stir-fried Green & Red Pepper
Egg Roll
Jasmine Rice

Oh, to be able to transport food through the computer…

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weave  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:25:00pm

re: #13 calochortus

The idea that conservatives are happier than liberals is based on self-reporting and may not actually be true.

So basically it’s like ignorance and incompetence. People who are stupid are too stupid to realize that they are stupid.

This tidbit from a psychology textbook by M.I. Miller explains it better.

“It is one of the essential features of such incompetence that the person so afflicted is incapable of knowing that he is incompetent. To have such knowledge would already be to remedy a good portion of the offense.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:26:00pm

9:30 p.m. and 67F here in the backwoods.
More warnings being issued.
This is nutz.

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WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:27:09pm

re: #9 weave

Wow, check this out…

redstate.com

Ted Cruz on Why Conservatives are Happier than Liberals

I think “happy” is the last thing I’d use to describe conservatives after reading typical comment sections on right-wing websites.

Anger and hate apparently make them happy. Go figure.

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b_sharp  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:27:40pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

9:30 p.m. and 67F here in the backwoods.
More warnings being issued.
This is nutz.

Is it unusual to have have tornadoes in Dec?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:29:06pm

re: #30 b_sharp

Is it unusual to have have tornadoes in Dec?

yes, very much so. Not impossible but exceedingly rare.

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:29:52pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

The weather is nuts in Philly. My DSL is going in and out. Wind and rain. :(

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:30:45pm

This song played on the local community radio station while I was changing into my ski boots today.

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WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:32:02pm

re: #26 Targetpractice

Oh, to be able to transport food through the computer…

When I was in Austin last week, I used a restaurant delivery service three times. It was awesome. Order on the phone, wait 20-30 minutes, and open hotel door. They text notices “Fred will be there in 3 minutes”, too. So loved it.

Best freaking tamales that last night, too.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:34:17pm

re: #31 Backwoods_Sleuth

ABC News is reporting 3 dead, 40 injured due to the tornadoes that spawned across 3 states.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:35:03pm

re: #32 PhillyPretzel

The weather is nuts in Philly. My DSL is going in and out. Wind and rain. :(

I’m visiting the in-laws in the northern ‘burbs of Baltimore and just a wee bit of rain here. Reports calling for scattered thunderstorms at 11 pm.

Looks like we lucked out, aside from the rain. They get some hellacious storms in these parts.

Be careful out there!

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:36:23pm
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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:36:59pm

Back from yesterday.

I found proof that Clara’s TARDIS is the Diner from The Impossible Astronaut.

I think that we were here, you know? I think that we were here together once. I’m sure I’ll remember. Over here.
(The tables by the wall.)
DOCTOR: Stupid Doctor. Amy and Rory. It was Amy and Rory.
CLARA: What about your Tardis, hey? Have you found that yet?
DOCTOR: No. Somebody’s moved it from London. I’m still looking. But this diner. It wasn’t always here, was it? It used to be on the other side of the hill.
CLARA: Well, maybe someone will find your Tardis for you.

Reports are, this next season will both be Capaldi’s and Moffat’s last series. Capaldi is recovering from on-set injuries. And Capaldi and Coleman have openly said that the end of the series was written so Clara can come back.

I think the finale episodes for the 12th will be amazing. I think most, if not all, or the Moffat era companions and major allies will be back. We still have one mystery, regarding a connection between River and Clara. Remember this from The Name of the Doctor?

RIVER: Oh, there’s one more thing.
DOCTOR: Isn’t there always?
RIVER: I was mentally linked with Clara. If she’s really dead, then how can I still be here?
DOCTOR: Okay, how?
RIVER: Spoilers. Goodbye, sweetie.

I think there is some connection here, that will link Clara and Ashildr to the Ponds. I feel confident, from the script, that Clara and Ashildr were there in the Impossible Astronaut.

As to why the restaurant had other employees, well, it could be as simple as Clara and Ashildr decided to make some cash using the TARDIS.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:37:27pm

re: #35 Eric The Fruit Bat

ABC News is reporting 3 dead, 40 injured due to the tornadoes that spawned across 3 states.

Search and rescue still going on in some places and the storms are still popping up.
Gonna be a long night.

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Great White Snark  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:38:00pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

re: #32 PhillyPretzel

Sounds like a nice night to just grab a big blanket and a novel. Maybe not a thriller though…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:39:43pm

re: #40 Great White Snark

Sounds like a nice night to just grab a big blanket and a novel. Maybe not a thriller though…

I’m keeping my eye on the radar and hoping this latest line of storms stays west of me, but it’s getting close.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:39:48pm

re: #33 teleskiguy

This song came on the local community radio station while I was changing into my ski boots today.

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This one is fucking wasted==>
Happy Tree Friends Christmas AMV - Police Nabbed My Dad

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:41:42pm

re: #23 The Vicious Babushka

I have to plan tomorrow evening’s dinner:

General Tso’s Chicken
Stir-fried Green & Red Pepper
Egg Roll
Jasmine Rice

I settled on making a leg of lamb and roasted vegetables (parsnips, carrots, squash) along with bread from a local bakery. Might get some macaroons for dessert. Christmas Day is leftovers plus a mix of snack foods (three kinds of cheese, pepperoni, smoked kielbasa, and smoked salmon.)

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:45:12pm

re: #37 Charles Johnson

Prospective cover art for an unrealized Jimi Hendrix/Gil Evens album by the same artist:

From Carsten Knoch’s blog:

After the successes with Bitches Brew and Abraxas, Klarwein worked on a cover paining [sic] for a new Jimi Hendrix record with Gil Evans. Unfortunately, this project was never completed, but the painting exists and is striking in the same style as the ones above (the equestrian marauders are both bizarre and amusing — and what exactly is it that’s attacking Jimi’s face like that? Has his afro gone rogue?)

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:45:52pm

re: #42 The Vicious Babushka

That’s fucked up!

:-P

:-)

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:49:31pm

re: #38 The War TARDIS

Not spoilery, but the last episode brought up some interesting things about Gallifrey.

For example, I think now, even with all the glitz and technology, Gallifrey was, and is, a failing society within the show.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:50:09pm

heh

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Targetpractice  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:50:54pm

re: #38 The War TARDIS

Back from yesterday.

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I honestly worry about what Moffat’s going to do for the big finale of his time in charge of the show. RTD had The End of Time and that did wrap up a few threads, but it didn’t really get nearly as up its own ass with continuity as Moffat did in just The Time of the Doctor. So if he’s going to be ending not only his run, but also Capaldi’s, I worry that it’s going to be one big snarl of continuity that will require two episodes to work out, rather than a 90 minute Christmas special. And even that might seem rushed.

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William Lewis  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:50:59pm

re: #23 The Vicious Babushka

I have to plan tomorrow evening’s dinner:

General Tso’s Chicken
Stir-fried Green & Red Pepper
Egg Roll
Jasmine Rice

Heh. Thanks to the quirks of things, I’ll be alone tomorrow.Perhaps I should visit the local Chinese restaurant after mass. Beef & mushroom in brown sauce?

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:51:57pm

re: #46 The War TARDIS

Not spoilery, but the last episode brought up some interesting things about Gallifrey.

For example, I think now, even with all the glitz and technology, Gallifrey was, and is, a failing society within the show.

Back in my day, when they called something The Last Great Time War, it damn well stayed The Last Great Time War!!!

//

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:52:49pm

re: #48 Targetpractice

Are you worried about a quality dip after Moffat leaves??

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:53:32pm

re: #49 William Lewis

Fa ra ra ra ra Fa ra ra ra

/

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:54:54pm

re: #49 William Lewis

Heh. Thanks to the quirks of things, I’ll be alone tomorrow.Perhaps I should visit the local Chinese restaurant after mass. Beef & mushroom in brown sauce?

We don’t have a kosher Chinese restaurant here so I have to make all this stuff at home. I usually make my own egg rolls but I’ll see if I can find frozen ones at the store because I just don’t like standing on my feet for so long.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:55:00pm

This isn’t a picture of me but I can guarantee you, dear Lizards, that this is what I looked like on the downhill on at least five runs today. One run today I submarined and lost all vision (Rasputin’s Revenge right side sneak entrance, I laughed for at least five minutes after I skied that line!).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:55:36pm

wicked wind right now

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:55:46pm

Also I am going to watch my favorite Christmas show
southpark.cc.com

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Targetpractice  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:56:08pm

re: #51 Eclectic Cyborg

Are you worried about a quality dip after Moffat leaves??

Exactly the opposite, I’m hoping whoever succeeds him gets us out of the rut we’ve sort of been stuck in. The Time War and the fate of Gallifrey are dealt with, it’s time to start moving on. The Doctor has spent too much time defined by his part in the War and his decision to burn his home. Time for him to get out there and, to borrow from Hell Bent, be a doctor once again.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:57:27pm

re: #55 Backwoods_Sleuth

wicked wind right now

Stay safe Backwoods_Sleuth! With all this high wind Mr. Sleuth will be busy, eh? Send him some good karma from me.

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William Lewis  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:57:28pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

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I remember digging through my dad’s albums and seeing that cover. That one was quite the surprise next to his Herb Alpert :) That (& his copy of Sketches of Spain) was actually the first Miles Davis I ever heard as a result. Mind blowing to put it mildly. I still prefer Birth of the Cool or Kind of Blue for listening but I’ll always have a soft for Bitches Brew.

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:58:31pm

re: #48 Targetpractice

A large chuck of the problem is that Time of the Doctor got shafted.

It had 66 minutes to wrap up the 11th Doctor’s story.

The End of Time had ~130, and the Parting of Ways about ~90.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:59:27pm

re: #59 William Lewis

Ag Harta and Theme From Jack Johnson by Miles Davis I find to be very fun listens to this day. You can really hear Jimi Hendrix’s influence on those recordings.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:59:43pm

re: #58 teleskiguy

Stay safe Backwoods_Sleuth! With all this high wind Mr. Sleuth will be busy, eh? Send him some good karma from me.

Yes he will. Hope he gets to come home for Christmas.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 23, 2015 • 6:59:48pm

re: #55 Backwoods_Sleuth

wicked wind right now

I trust you are in a lower level/safest place of your house?

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:00:36pm

re: #57 Targetpractice

I think we might have a problem.

I don’t see a writer as Good as Moffat among the current crop of writers. This last season was the best of the revival, and possibly the best season ever.

Though, Jamie Mathieson is good.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:02:11pm

re: #63 Not a Sparkly Vampire

I trust you are in a lower level/safest place of your house?

I’ll make a break for the root cellar out back if I have to.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:03:11pm

Each year I dislike the holidays more and more. The 365/24 election cycle isn’t helping.

It’s interesting watching the change in retailing over the past couple of years. Yes, they are getting merch into the stores earlier and earlier, yet the shelves are near empty in most of the stores I’ve been in this week. (shopping for other than holiday items).

And the prices are already slashed.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:05:26pm
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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:05:41pm

I never got the complaints about Miles playing with his back to the audience. Of course he did, that’s where the frickin’ band was.

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Targetpractice  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:07:01pm

re: #60 The War TARDIS

A large chuck of the problem is that Time of the Doctor got shafted.

It had 66 minutes to wrap up the 11th Doctor’s story.

The End of Time had ~130, and the Parting of Ways about ~90.

Thing is, if you compare Parting and End to Time, you sort of begin to see the error in Moffat’s plan. Nine and Ten may have got more time, but that was more time spent storytelling, giving the Doctor one last hurrah in his current incarnation, in the tradition of the old series.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:07:15pm

I haven’t been to a concert in decades, I think.

I did see the Carole King Musical Beautiful a couple of weeks ago. It was an enjoyable show.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:07:59pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:11:29pm

re: #70 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

I haven’t been to a concert in decades, I think.

I sprung for an ultra-deluxe Umphrey’s McGee show on the 1st of January just a few days ago. I’ve given thousands of dollars of my own money to that damn band. They’re playing in Las Vegas in May, on my birthday. That damn band!

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Joe Bacon  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:13:27pm

A long distance dedication to Chuck C Johnson and his KKK pals!

Akim & Teddy Vann - Santa Claus Is A Black Man

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:13:40pm

re: #69 Targetpractice

But one must evolve and keep changing, we should try to necessarily be trying to replicate the past. Heck, the 11th final speech was entirely about that. Right now, there is a trend in television towards having season, more multiple season long arcs. Doctor Who is changing for its survival.

Not to mention, Heaven Sent, which was an experimental episode, right now looks to be the best episode in New Who.

I think the last story for Moffat and Capaldi will resemble The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End to be honest.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:14:21pm

LA Times has a vomitous puff piece on the GOP front runner

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Joe Bacon  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:16:20pm

re: #75 The Vicious Babushka

LA Times has a vomitous puff piece on the GOP front runner

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Ever since The Chicago Tribune bought the LA Times, it’s gone downhill…

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Targetpractice  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:18:54pm

re: #74 The War TARDIS

But one must evolve and keep changing, we should try to necessarily be trying to replicate the past. Heck, the 11th final speech was entirely about that. Right now, there is a trend in television towards having season, more multiple season long arcs. Doctor Who is changing for its survival.

Not to mention, Heaven Sent, which was an experimental episode, right now looks to be the best episode in New Who.

I think the last story for Moffat and Capaldi will resemble The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End to be honest.

Having Twelve’s last hurrah stretched out over a two-parter, or perhaps the two-parter and a Christmas special seems to give Moffat more time to not only give him, but also his run of the series a more proper goodbye. Wrap things up, but do it in a fashion that seems less like he’s just trying to be clever and more like it’s a decade of storytelling finally coming to a close.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:20:41pm

re: #73 Joe Bacon

A long distance dedication to Chuck C Johnson and his KKK pals!

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Nice. My sis-in-law, who has a most comprehensive funky soul blues xmas collection, spun this 45 on the turntable earlier this evening

Lee Rogers - YOU WON’T HAVE TO WAIT TILL XMAS (Christmas) (1965)

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:21:24pm

Having worked retail for many years, I hate xmas music.

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:22:35pm

re: #77 Targetpractice

Weird thing is, I have also heard that the next series won’t start filming until Spring.

That could mean that the show would start around Christmas.

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plansbandc  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:24:29pm

Damn. I used to love the L.A. Times. A pity.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:24:43pm

re: #79 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Having worked retail for many years, I hate xmas music.

I noticed that the Meijer store where I normally shop has turned the volume way, way down. This is in Dearborn BTW.

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:24:58pm

Also, while I really want 8 and 12 to appear together, I just found this.

Hotel! (Peter Capaldi, Art Malik, Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, 2001)

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Targetpractice  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:25:06pm

re: #80 The War TARDIS

Weird thing is, I have also heard that the next series won’t start filming until Spring.

That could mean that the show would start around Christmas.

Well, it wouldn’t be a first. After all, Ten’s run began with a Christmas special. What would make it weird is to end this series with a special and start the next one on or near Christmas.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:25:49pm
This Christmas, Tune It All Out

Matt Taibbi

Americans are just about the safest people in the world, but we’re more frightened than ever

As for the rest of that shopaholic, mall-rushing craziness that can make this holiday so stressful, it turns out that it’s optional. Switch off the wi-fi for a few days, turn off the TV, and it’s amazing how much more reasonable the world instantly seems.

I have to say, this is true.

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Snarknado!  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:26:31pm

Heh. One local Episcopal church has put up flyers of Jesus inviting people to his birthday party. Eastern icon-style Christ, with plate halo (no wimply little rings), long hair, beard, robes, solemn look, party hat on head, paper blowout in mouth, big wrapped package in hand. Schedule printed below. “Y’all come!”

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WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:27:47pm

re: #82 The Vicious Babushka

I noticed that the Meijer store where I normally shop has turned the volume way, way down. This is in Dearborn BTW.

Makes me wish I was shopping there. My Meijer has ungodly loud xmas music.

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Reality Based Steve  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:28:21pm

I was planning on leaving for Florida to visit my Dad after work tomorrow, get on the road about 6 pm, and then spend the night south of Atlanta, and finish the trip in the morning. That would get me there about 2 pm or so probably. Now I’m thinking about simply leaving very early on Christmas Day (say NLT 5 am on the road) and doing it straight through. That would get me there about dinner time or so, and I know I can easily make that run.

Just can’t get excited about a night drive this year, even with an overnite around Macon GA.

I’ll call him tomorrow and let him know that I’ll be down later in the day than originally planned.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:28:27pm

The Rage Furby continues attacking Dave Weigel.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:29:45pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:29:48pm

good grief, what a schlonghead:

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:30:08pm

re: #81 plansbandc

Damn. I used to love the L.A. Times. A pity.

It was pretty good in the late eighties (they ran really long investigative pieces that put the NY Times to shame and won them lots of awards), until they decided to make some real dough by turning themselves into a clone of the Orange County Register.

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:32:07pm

re: #89 Charles Johnson

The Rage Furby continues attacking Dave Weigel.

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Dave Weigel doesn’t write about UpChuck, except on occasional tweets.

UpChuck is a grandiose delusional moron.

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Belafon  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:32:55pm

re: #83 The War TARDIS

Also, while I really want 8 and 12 to appear together, I just found this.

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Check out Lair of the White Worm with Peter acting along side Hugh Grant (1988). Peter wears a kilt, and at one point, mesmerises a guy whose been bitten and is acting partially like a snake by playing the bagpipes.

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calochortus  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:33:04pm

re: #88 Reality Based Steve

I was planning on leaving for Florida to visit my Dad after work tomorrow, get on the road about 6 pm, and then spend the night south of Atlanta, and finish the trip in the morning. That would get me there about 2 pm or so probably. Now I’m thinking about simply leaving very early on Christmas Day (say NLT 5 am on the road) and doing it straight through. That would get me there about dinner time or so, and I know I can easily make that run.

Just can’t get excited about a night drive this year, even with an overnite around Macon GA.

I’ll call him tomorrow and let him know that I’ll be down later in the day than originally planned.

Whatever is safest for you.

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calochortus  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:35:46pm

re: #82 The Vicious Babushka

I noticed that the Meijer store where I normally shop has turned the volume way, way down. This is in Dearborn BTW.

Stores everywhere should do that-all year long. I get the need for some background noise to kind of mask the sounds of people dropping soup cans or whatever, but I don’t go the store, grocery or otherwise, because it’s a fun, ‘happening’ place. I go to buy stuff and go home.

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:39:02pm

re: #94 Belafon

Of course he’s wearing a kilt, he’s Scottish.

Funny, though,, during the last two seasons, the Head Writer, the Actor playing the Doctor, and the Actress playing and Missy all have Scottish backgrounds.

I’ve heard Coleman has Scottish background too, somewhere.

A Welsh Show, produced by the Scots.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:39:34pm

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:39:42pm

Some light reading:

U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time

According to 1956 Plan, H-Bombs were to be Used Against Priority “Air Power” Targets in the Soviet Union, China, and Eastern Europe

Major Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings

Plans to Target People (“Population”) Violated International Legal Norms

SAC Wanted a 60 Megaton Bomb, Equivalent to over 4,000 Hiroshima Atomic Weapons

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:42:33pm

re: #98 Charles Johnson

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William Lewis  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:43:33pm

re: #99 Eric The Fruit Bat

Some light reading:

U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time

According to 1956 Plan, H-Bombs were to be Used Against Priority “Air Power” Targets in the Soviet Union, China, and Eastern Europe

Major Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings

Plans to Target People (“Population”) Violated International Legal Norms

SAC Wanted a 60 Megaton Bomb, Equivalent to over 4,000 Hiroshima Atomic Weapons

In this respect SAC = LeMay so no surprises here.

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Belafon  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:45:22pm

re: #97 The War TARDIS

Of course he’s wearing a kilt, he’s Scottish.

Funny, though,, during the last two seasons, the Head Writer, the Actor playing the Doctor, and the Actress playing and Missy all have Scottish backgrounds.

I’ve heard Coleman has Scottish background too, somewhere.

A Welsh Show, produced by the Scots.

Peter and Michelle Gomez (Missy) are both from Glasgow. That’s part of the fun of the references she keeps making about where they’re from.

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:46:39pm

re: #102 Belafon

Somehow doubt the Glasgow Smile will ever be brought into the show though.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:47:35pm

re: #100 Backwoods_Sleuth

ICxWujKRgO7FB+Jy/Lf88S9PJsFqDlYx0ySRS3V6uZTTkVNg+PF3ygjIFnO0zqjHq1cQeWTVEgpwvGMAlBFq87FRyZpyEk5F4uB61VU8RvWOPb42SNKxJT4gcMmzUEpNrjE1li1rYFIcV2Dj/xlowA==

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:52:43pm

re: #29 WhatEVs

Anger and hate apparently make them happy. Go figure.

Those emotions do make a person high, which can be mistaken for happy.

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Reality Based Steve  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:55:37pm

re: #95 calochortus

Whatever is safest for you.

Actually driving straight through during the day is the easiest for me. I break it into 3 hour blocks (or about 200 miles or so). At that time, the car is ready for a drink, I’m ready to stretch my legs and get a quick nibble. 15 minutes later I’m back on the road. Lets me cover a good distance and not get beat up in the process.

RBS

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The War TARDIS  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:56:32pm

re: #105 Romantic Heretic

Hey look, it describes my problem.

Well, to a point, because if I am honest, I just tend to lash out to protect myself, because I am so emotionally sensitive, that I fall apart just out of loneliness.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 23, 2015 • 7:59:19pm

re: #75 The Vicious Babushka

LA Times has a vomitous puff piece on the GOP front runner

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They’re hoping that if Trump wins the election they won’t be included in the ‘librul media’ roundups.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:01:27pm
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Teukka  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:01:57pm

re: #29 WhatEVs

Anger and hate apparently make them happy. Go figure.

re: #105 Romantic Heretic

Those emotions do make a person high, which can be mistaken for happy.

And like any high, fear, anger and hate drastically lowers an individuals judgement, making them much easier to control. Hence why they almost invariably lead to suffering.

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WhatEVs  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:04:55pm

re: #105 Romantic Heretic

Those emotions do make a person high, which can be mistaken for happy.

Wow. I mean, really, wow! I completely cannot relate. At all.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:05:58pm

Haven’t been able to track down who did this, but my hat’s off to ‘em.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:06:43pm

Hugely Christmassy, and Absolutely The Classiest

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:07:50pm

re: #112 De Kolta Chair

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Haha, Thor’s reaction.

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Reality Based Steve  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:08:38pm

re: #113 FormerDirtDart

Hugely Christmassy, and Absolutely The Classiest

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That looks familiar….

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teleskiguy  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:14:10pm

Thank you @umphreysmcgee for conducting yourselves in a dignified manner when you visited my home state 14 years ago. I love you guys!

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:14:56pm

re: #113 FormerDirtDart

Hugely Christmassy, and Absolutely The Classiest

The electronic equivalent of a lump of coal in one’s stocking.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:17:28pm

re: #117 De Kolta Chair

The electronic equivalent of a lump of coal in one’s stocking.

The electronic equivalent of a re-gifted stale fruit cake

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:19:01pm

re: #99 Eric The Fruit Bat

Major Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings

Um, had they somehow managed to figure out some way of keeping an atomic explosion confined to just East Berlin? Cuz, like, West Berlin is right next to it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:19:27pm

Looks like the worst of the storms have passed, and now there’s a steady rain.
So I’ll try to get some sleep before the next thunderstorms show up.

laterz, lizardz!

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:20:29pm

re: #119 Romantic Heretic

Um, had they somehow managed to figure out some way of keeping an atomic explosion confined to just East Berlin? Cuz, like, West Berlin is right next to it.

Nope.
West Berlin was to go with it.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:24:31pm

This guy is one of those incredibly weird “neo-reactionary” monarchists.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:24:34pm

re: #121 Not a Sparkly Vampire

Nope.
West Berlin was to go with it.

The atomic bombing of East Berlin and its suburbs would very likely have produced fire storms, among other effects, with disastrous implications for West Berlin. Whether SAC conducted studies on the vulnerability of West Berlin to the effects of nuclear attacks on East Berlin or in other East German targets is unknown.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:25:13pm
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Romantic Heretic  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:29:05pm

re: #121 Not a Sparkly Vampire

That sure sounds like LeMay. Batshit psychotic. Probably the inspiration for General Ripper in Doctor Strangelove.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:29:29pm

re: #123 Not a Sparkly Vampire

After the Castle BRAVO test. the whole notion of a clean nuke went right out the window.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:31:48pm

re: #126 Eric The Fruit Bat

After the Castle BRAVO test. the whole notion of a clean nuke went right out the window.

The numbers are excised from the report, but SAC would have dropped 1000+ bombs given the number of targets.
We’d have been boned.

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Snarknado!  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:34:19pm

re: #127 Not a Sparkly Vampire

The numbers are excised from the report, but SAC would have dropped 1000+ bombs given the number of targets.
We’d have been boned.

Schlonged.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:36:14pm

re: #127 Not a Sparkly Vampire

Well, if you want to act like LeMay, there’s NUKEMAP.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:37:47pm

I find is astounding that people thought (some still do!) we could ‘win’ a nuclear war.

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Amory Blaine  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:42:45pm

Please keep the schlongs out of the onion dip.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:43:16pm

Somewhere in Connecticut, Philip Roth is kicking himself for not copywriting “schlonged” years ago.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:43:27pm

This Christmas is ridiculous here in Virginia, there are mosquitoes out, frogs are croaking, the grass is green, and the A/C is running.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 8:57:47pm

Salon headline: The “Star Wars” fandom menace: The glaring emotional blind spots that power “The Force Awakens”

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Snarknado!  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:02:46pm

re: #133 Timothy Watson

This Christmas is ridiculous here in Virginia, there are mosquitoes out, frogs are croaking, the grass is green, and the A/C is running.

Here in the San Francisco bay area it’s been raining (thank heavens!), and, for the first time in years, we’ve actually had cold weather.

(You think I’m kidding? I was packing for my trip, opened a drawer I haven’t opened for years, and realized that I have sweaters! It had been so long since I’ve worn them that I’d forgotten they were there.)

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:03:10pm

I think someone needs a competency hearing

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TedStriker  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:10:16pm

re: #136 FormerDirtDart

I think someone needs a competency hearing

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Warm up the bus, Huck, because the game is all but over for you.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:25:27pm

What the liberal media doesn’t want you to know: Donald Trump died for his country during the Tet Offense while defending your freedoms!

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darthstar  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:28:43pm

re: #138 De Kolta Chair

What the liberal media doesn’t want you to know: Donald Trump died for his country during the Tet Offense while defending your freedoms!

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The least he could have done is trim his eyebrows.

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Scout  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:29:07pm

re: #47 Backwoods_Sleuth

As I’ve written here before, Rubio is the only one of these goobers running on the GOP side who scares me as actually having a real chance of winning the White House.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:31:03pm

re: #99 Eric The Fruit Bat

Some light reading:

U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time

According to 1956 Plan, H-Bombs were to be Used Against Priority “Air Power” Targets in the Soviet Union, China, and Eastern Europe

Major Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings

Plans to Target People (“Population”) Violated International Legal Norms

SAC Wanted a 60 Megaton Bomb, Equivalent to over 4,000 Hiroshima Atomic Weapons

Don’t know if any of you watched the second season of Manhattan. On the target committee the lead scientist, Charlie Isaacs, argued the target had to be a populated city where they could maximize civilian casualties, not to win this war, but prevent the next one. He said they had to be the monsters, because people couldn’t imagine how awful a nuclear war would be, they had to be shown. Its obviously monstrous logic, and I don’t even know if any real person on the real target committee said such a thing, but we did get through the Cold war without nuclear weapons ever being used again.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:46:55pm

re: #141 Big Beautiful Door

“Monstrous logic” was the order of the day during the cold war.

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BeachDem  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:47:26pm

re: #138 De Kolta Chair

What the liberal media doesn’t want you to know: Donald Trump died for his country during the Tet Offense while defending your freedoms!

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What is with wingers and apostrophes?

(or in winger vernacular, winger’s and apostrophe’s)

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retired cynic  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:52:08pm

re: #138 De Kolta Chair

Gag me!!

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plansbandc  Dec 23, 2015 • 9:54:33pm
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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 23, 2015 • 10:09:46pm

re: #129 Eric The Fruit Bat

Well, if you want to act like LeMay, there’s NUKEMAP.

Both fascinating and horrifying; I can’t stop playing.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 23, 2015 • 10:41:54pm

re: #143 BeachDem

What is with wingers and apostrophes?

(or in winger vernacular, winger’s and apostrophe’s)

Not only that, it’s the use of periods where commas are correct - “When History write’s our story. It will speak about a man…”

But seriously, this is almost masturbatory in its level of puffery.

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Dark_Falcon  Dec 23, 2015 • 11:04:57pm

re: #125 Romantic Heretic

That sure sounds like LeMay. Batshit psychotic. Probably the inspiration for General Ripper in Doctor Strangelove.

Having too many of your comrades die can do that to you. Prior to commanding the B-29 raids from the Marianas, Curtis LeMay commanded B-17s in Europe. His willingness to lead from the on of the bombers means he was part of several missions which suffered horrible casualties. Lots of men he know died on those missions, and though he survived it changed him into someone who wanted to destroy the enemy entirely if that enemy would not surrender.

Note: LeMay did not fly any of the B-29 missions because shortly after taking command in the Marianas he was informed about the Manhattan Project. Like ULTRA and its Pacific counterpart MAGIC, no one who knew what any of those three programs really were doing was allowed into combat. Any risk of such a person being captured was deemed too high.

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Dark_Falcon  Dec 23, 2015 • 11:07:19pm

re: #126 Eric The Fruit Bat

After the Castle BRAVO test. the whole notion of a clean nuke went right out the window.

Interestingly, the Soviet Tsar Bomba bomb had an even greater yield than Castle BRAVO, but it created a great deal less fallout. Still, it was only ‘clean’ by the standards of H-Bombs.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Dec 23, 2015 • 11:14:25pm

re: #79 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Having worked retail for many years, I hate xmas music.

Word.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Dec 23, 2015 • 11:16:06pm

re: #89 Charles Johnson

The Rage Furby continues attacking Dave Weigel.

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It’s all about him, and the people he doesn’t like.

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William Lewis  Dec 23, 2015 • 11:51:40pm

re: #149 Dark_Falcon

Interestingly, the Soviet Tsar Bomba bomb had an even greater yield than Castle BRAVO, but it created a great deal less fallout. Still, it was only ‘clean’ by the standards of H-Bombs.

Tsar Bomba was air dropped (highly modified Bear IIRC) whereas Castle Bravo was detonated on the ground. Lots of coral turned into radioactive ash to fall on the (Un) Lucky Dragon.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 23, 2015 • 11:52:52pm

re: #142 De Kolta Chair

“Monstrous logic” was the order of the day during the cold war.

Now thinking of this quote from Andromeda.

Worlds governed by artificial intelligence often learned a hard lesson: Logic Doesn’t Care.

Yin-Man Wei
“This Present Darkness: A History of the Interregnum”
CY 11956

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Nojay UK  Dec 24, 2015 • 2:09:06am

re: #152 William Lewis

Tsar Bomba was air dropped (highly modified Bear IIRC) whereas Castle Bravo was detonated on the ground. Lots of coral turned into radioactive ash to fall on the (Un) Lucky Dragon.

The weird thing about the Lucky Dragon 5 incident is that at least one of the crewmembers of the fishing boat was still alive in 2013 (and may be still alive today, I don’t know — they were in their 80s according to the press report I saw a little while back). The fallout affected all of the crewmembers who suffered extreme radiation sickness but only one of them died promptly, a few weeks after the test. Radiation sickness is surprisingly survivable although the long-term chances of getting cancer are much higher of course.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 24, 2015 • 2:16:01am

This guy.

Facebook Post

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 2:18:30am

re: #154 Nojay UK

The weird thing about the Lucky Dragon 5 incident is that at least one of the crewmembers of the fishing boat was still alive in 2013 (and may be still alive today, I don’t know — they were in their 80s according to the press report I saw a little while back). The fallout affected all of the crewmembers who suffered extreme radiation sickness but only one of them died promptly, a few weeks after the test. Radiation sickness is surprisingly survivable although the long-term chances of getting cancer are much higher of course.

Only if your exposure is moderate at most. For high exposures, you will linger for an indeterminate period of time (Cecil Kelly lasted 36 hrs, Louis Slotin 9 days, Harry Daghlian 20 days or so), time which is chock full of suffering. To give you a hint, even the most potent painkillers like Fentanyl will only take the edge of the pain off.

Also, Castle Bravo, wasn’t it the bomb they misjudge the yield on, i.e. it was a coupla times bigger *KABLOIE* than expected?

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 2:18:49am

re: #155 Charles Johnson

This guy.

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WAT.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 2:26:37am

re: #22 De Kolta Chair

I’ll never forget the day my dad brought this lp home from the record store. He was a jazz fan and thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever seen. He’d take it out once in a while and laugh so hard that tears would roll down his cheeks. I seriously doubt he ever listened to it, and who can blame him?

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Push Push is not one of Herbie’s better works, otherwise I was a fan of his

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Nojay UK  Dec 24, 2015 • 2:29:50am

re: #156 Teukka

Only if your exposure is moderate at most. For high exposures, you will linger for an indeterminate period of time (Cecil Kelly lasted 36 hrs, Louis Slotin 9 days, Harry Daghlian 20 days or so), time which is chock full of suffering. To give you a hint, even the most potent painkillers like Fentanyl will only take the edge of the pain off.

Apparently about half of the Lucky Dragon 5 crew were still alive on the fifty year anniversary of the test in 2004, when the youngest of them would be in their early 70s. Radiation exposure knocks out the immune system as well as causing organ damage but given time and treatment such as barrier controls to prevent opportunistic infections it’s often possible to get the victims through the early days into some kind of recovery. Really large doses are going to be fatal though no matter what but they’re very rare.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:03:20am

re: #99 Eric The Fruit Bat

Some light reading:

U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time

According to 1956 Plan, H-Bombs were to be Used Against Priority “Air Power” Targets in the Soviet Union, China, and Eastern Europe

Major Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings

Plans to Target People (“Population”) Violated International Legal Norms

SAC Wanted a 60 Megaton Bomb, Equivalent to over 4,000 Hiroshima Atomic Weapons

Note that the doc is a very early plan, and only includes strategic targets. It was normal to target high-value areas redundantly, more than one weapon.

This is Vicenza, Italy, a UN World Heritage city stuffed to the rafters with art, architecture, and 100,000 delightful people. It also had a couple tiny US/NATO headquarters and some tactical weapons. Ranking officer was only an Army 2-star.

en.wikipedia.org

After the wall came down we got access to Warsaw Pact declassified lists. Vicenza had two 500KT IRBMs coming our way from Hungary.

MAD execution would have been ‘generous’.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:03:25am

New page up about the Lunch Lady that got fired for seeing a child got a decent lunch.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:12:32am

Some real early morning humor.

What do you do when your Taco Store has been burglarized ? Why you make a commercial touting how good your Tacos are of course.

WATCH: Las Vegas taco shop owners mock burglars caught on camera

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:33:04am

Seriously, never heard this one before:

VOCABULARY WORD OF THE DAY:

jayhawker

PRONUNCIATION:
(JAY-haw-kuhr)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A robber. 2. A native or resident of Kansas.

ETYMOLOGY:
Originally, a Jayhawker was a member of antislavery guerrillas in Kansas or Missouri during the US Civil War. It’s not clear why they were called Jayhawkers. Earliest documented use: 1860.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:35:52am

re: #153 Romantic Heretic

Now thinking of this quote from Andromeda.

I like the computer’s answer from War Games: “The only way to win is not to play.”

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:38:02am

re: #163 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Seriously, never heard this one before:

VOCABULARY WORD OF THE DAY:

I take it you have never read any Louis L’amour westerns then.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:38:47am

re: #110 Teukka

And like any high, fear, anger and hate drastically lowers an individuals judgement, making them much easier to control. Hence why they almost invariably lead to suffering.

CAN YOU SAY: FOX NEWS?

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:41:44am

re: #165 Bubblehead II

I take it you have never read any Louis L’amour westerns then.

Sounds like Zane Grey.

(Stuff My Dad Read)

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:45:27am

re: #167 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Sounds like Zane Grey.

(Stuff My Dad Read)

Pretty much.

Louis L’maour

Started reading him when I was about 15yo. Still have that (paperback) collection.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:46:30am

Our overnight low was 73 degrees, a couple local communities measured 5.5 inches of rain in 3 hours. Low-laying roads are beginning to close.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:50:26am

re: #169 Decatur Deb

Our overnight low was 73 degrees, a couple local communities measured 5.5 inches of rain in 3 hours. Low-laying roads are beginning to close.

31 degrees here and snowing. We might get a semi-white Christmas.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:54:03am

morning lizards!
Got more rain here in the backwoods overnight (total over 2 inches) and waiting for the sun to rise so I can assess damage outside.
Just saw this from NWS Memphis…that’s one heck of a long track for a supercell:

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 3:57:55am

re: #159 Nojay UK

Apparently about half of the Lucky Dragon 5 crew were still alive on the fifty year anniversary of the test in 2004, when the youngest of them would be in their early 70s. Radiation exposure knocks out the immune system as well as causing organ damage but given time and treatment such as barrier controls to prevent opportunistic infections it’s often possible to get the victims through the early days into some kind of recovery. Really large doses are going to be fatal though no matter what but they’re very rare.

In peacetime, really large doses would be rare. Not in war time though. Also, IIRC, the crew members who died early on did something those who survived didn’t (was a long time ago I read up on Lucky Dragon V).
Also, even if you do manage to get over the initial mortality hump of ARS, it regularly is the case that your quality of life is diminished due to lingering effects and treatments, if you listen to Chernobyl survivors and Hibakushas stories.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:04:10am

re: #156 Teukka

Only if your exposure is moderate at most. For high exposures, you will linger for an indeterminate period of time (Cecil Kelly lasted 36 hrs, Louis Slotin 9 days, Harry Daghlian 20 days or so), time which is chock full of suffering. To give you a hint, even the most potent painkillers like Fentanyl will only take the edge of the pain off.

Also, Castle Bravo, wasn’t it the bomb they misjudge the yield on, i.e. it was a coupla times bigger *KABLOIE* than expected?

Castle Bravo Nuclear Test

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:11:59am
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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:16:16am
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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:36:22am

Good News, thought I was going to have to move Mom to a new Senior Living Facility —as I found one just as nice for $800 a month less. Seems the current place is willing to match the price.

we shall see …

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:38:19am

bbl

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:39:27am

You wanna see something really, really retar….stupid?
Nuclear Hoax - Nukes Do Not Exist!
See how long you’d last before your brain shuts down.

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:41:31am

re: #178 Not a Sparkly Vampire

You wanna see something really, really retar….stupid?
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See how long you’d last before your brain shuts down.

8 seconds.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:42:14am

re: #178 Not a Sparkly Vampire

You wanna see something really, really retar….stupid?
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Video
See how long you’d last before you brain shuts down.

1:50 before the stupidity meter overloaded.

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:48:35am

re: #180 Bubblehead II

1:50 before the stupidity meter overloaded.

Overloaded? Mine spontaneously exploded right around when he mentioned Masons, with such violent force that I think parts of it probably fell in international waters…

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:49:49am
FilmForceStudio 6 months ago (edited)
Please tell me this is fake. I refuse to live on the same planet as people as ridiculous and paranoid as this.

Yeah…:(

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:49:57am

re: #160 Decatur Deb

Note that the doc is a very early plan, and only includes strategic targets. It was normal to target high-value areas redundantly, more than one weapon.

This is Vicenza, Italy, a UN World Heritage city stuffed to the rafters with art, architecture, and 100,000 delightful people. It also had a couple tiny US/NATO headquarters and some tactical weapons. Ranking officer was only an Army 2-star.

en.wikipedia.org

After the wall came down we got access to Warsaw Pact declassified lists. Vicenza had two 500KT IRBMs coming our way from Hungary.

MAD execution would have been ‘generous’.

There are wind turbines all over the hills outside our village of oberheimbach.de
They used to be Pershing missile sites, they used the empty silos as foundations for the pillars.

But yeah, our little valley would have been totally plastered in the first strike.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:50:54am

re: #181 Teukka

Overloaded? Mine spontaneously exploded right around when he mentioned Masons, which such violent force that I think parts of it probably fell in international waters…

BUT THE CAMERA!

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:51:28am

re: #181 Teukka

Overloaded? Mine spontaneously exploded right around when he mentioned Masons, which such violent force that I think parts of it probably fell in international waters…

I have sister who is 9/11 truther/chemtrail nut so I am somewhat inoculated agains stupidity.

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Joe Bacon  Dec 24, 2015 • 4:56:34am

re: #178 Not a Sparkly Vampire

You wanna see something really, really retar….stupid?
[Embedded content]

See how long you’d last before your brain shuts down.

I work at Social Security’s 800 number where I deal with insane callers who spout the latest InfoWars bullshit endlessly. And they’re the typical teabaggers who hate the government yet cash their Social Security and/or SSI checks.

We have a full moon tonight which always means that the crazies will be on the phones yelling…

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:01:00am

re: #186 Joe Bacon

I work at Social Security’s 800 number where I deal with insane callers who spout the latest InfoWars bullshit endlessly. And they’re the typical teabaggers who hate the government yet cash their Social Security and/or SSI checks.

We have a full moon tonight which always means that the crazies will be on the phones yelling…

Try to reacquire your Zen…
Breathe in… 1… 2… 3… 4…
Breathe out… 1… 2… 3… 4…

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freetoken  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:02:17am
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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:02:30am

re: #186 Joe Bacon

I work at Social Security’s 800 number where I deal with insane callers who spout the latest InfoWars bullshit endlessly. And they’re the typical teabaggers who hate the government yet cash their Social Security and/or SSI checks.

We have a full moon tonight which always means that the crazies will be on the phones yelling…

A second thought… Aren’t these the same guys who are harping on about how Social Security and SSI recipients are lazy deadbeats who don’t want to work?????

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ausador  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:02:54am

re: #184 Not a Sparkly Vampire

BUT THE CAMERA!

Because obviously the people setting up the tests were too stupid to have thought of building revetments to protect the cameras from the blast, right?

What idiots…sigh. :(

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:05:40am

MrBWS just called. The guys are busy repairing storm damage and restoring power.
At least the weather should be OK today.

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:12:00am

re: #190 ausador

Because obviously the people setting up the tests were too stupid to have thought of building revetments to protect the cameras from the blast, right?

What idiots…sigh. :(

Shockproof glass, another method often used was using mirrors or periscopes.

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William Lewis  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:31:35am

So our motel got sold. I was worried about my child support being taken out properly on the change over. Well, the change over happened, we got our last payroll for one week from the old owners and the second week from the new owners and…

BOTH took out the whole child support amount. LOL! At least I’ll get paid back eventually and that’s better than not taking it out but still … SMH.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:36:01am
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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:42:29am

re: #30 b_sharp

Is it unusual to have have tornadoes in Dec?

Tornadoes can happen in any month, but this year’s December outbreak is highly unusual. And it’s not over yet. Not by a long shot.

I’ve even seen reports that one of the tornadoes that struck yesterday was on the ground for 100 miles. But NWS observers will be out to scout out the path to determine if that was a long duration tornado, or a bunch of shorter lived ones (not that it matters to those affected). That’s extraordinary, even during the spring and peak season.

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:46:58am

re: #180 Bubblehead II

I got about 30 seconds in… and when they were talking that the Masons were siphoning off the money from the nuclear program and NASA. And claiming that the Tsar Bomba footage was “real” but faked - as are all the rest of the bomb test footage.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:50:21am

Bryan is saying he can read NASA raw data better than NASA. Nice try, shlong.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:50:23am

Had a great birthday yesterday. Thanks for the karma. Took the kids/GF to the Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ribs. Had a beer.

Back to work and the world is still a mess.

So it goes *

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:51:45am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:53:11am

re: #199 lawhawk

What’s happening is that Graham and others are breaking with GOP because ~it isn’t extreme enough~ - not that it is too extreme

Because for these people, it is all about ideological purity, not about governing a nation.

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Teukka  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:53:19am

So in other news, has the Reich Wing said anything about the Amnesty International report about possible war crimes by Russia in Syria?
The ones the Kremlin Crew are claiming are “politicized” accusations?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:53:26am

There was quite a lot of damage there last night, including a mobile home that was blown off its foundation and down a steep hill, trapping three people inside (including a couple in their 70s).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 5:54:16am

re: #200 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Because for these people, it is all about ideological purity, not about governing a nation.

And winning no matter what it takes to do so.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:00:31am

WORST CHRISTMAS SONG EVER
The Christmas Shoes

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:01:14am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:01:26am

SECOND WORST CHRISTMAS SONG
Diana Krall-Jingle Bells

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:02:43am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:03:17am
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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:13:48am

re: #105 Romantic Heretic

Those emotions do make a person high, which can be mistaken for happy.

And that’s how Fox News and hate radio keep their audience.

Think about it - in an hour’s worth of programming (in dual senses of the term), they’ll deliver a new dollop of outrage every few minutes, keeping their viewers hyped up on outrage. When they’re nearly down from the temporary high of being pissed off at one thing, they get another. Then another. All Day. Every day.

That crazy woman from Luntz’ focus group in New Hampshire is the typical result. The President lies to her. He goes on TV and lies! To her! She knows he lies!! On TV!!! To her!!!

In other news - it’s 65 degrees here on Long Island, on Christmas Eve. You kiddin’ me?

Also - Antoine Dufour uses Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings, Medium gauge. I’m gonna pick up a couple of sets and string up my Martin with them because they sound so good.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:16:57am

Every religion has its ISIS contingent==>

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:19:06am

Chinese food tonight and since I have tomorrow off, I haven’t made a pie in a long time.

I’m thinking apple.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:20:12am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:21:06am

re: #212 Dave In Austin

Obama greets starstruck hikers as he treks one of Hawaii’s most difficult trails

outrage because Obama, etc.

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CuriousLurker  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:23:00am

re: #210 The Vicious Babushka

Every religion has its ISIS contingent==>

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Yeah, I saw this earlier this morning. *SIGH*

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:24:20am

Tonight’s meal:

Sushi, followed by Star Wars, TFA. Any spoilers will result in force choking. Don’t make me destroy you. I’ll show you what a hokey religion will do against a set of blasters.

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darthstar  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:24:52am

re: #210 The Vicious Babushka

Every religion has its ISIS contingent==>

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Remember what happened last time there was a King of the Jews?

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:26:20am

re: #216 darthstar

Remember what happened last time there was a King of the Jews?

It did not end well.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:26:24am

re: #170 Bubblehead II

31 degrees here and snowing. We might get a semi-white Christmas.

That is what we should have here in NW PA. But it is 56F and overcast at 9:20 am on xmas eve day.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:27:11am

re: #215 lawhawk

Tonight’s meal:

Sushi, followed by Star Wars, TFA. Any spoilers will result in force choking. Don’t make me destroy you. I’ll show you what a hokey religion will do against a set of blasters.

I liked the part where _________ _________ed ____________ right in the ________ but was surprised to see ____________ ____________ing _____________ before the __________s _______ed.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:28:15am

re: #219 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I liked the part where _________ _________ed ____________ right in the ________ but was surprised to see ____________ ____________ing _____________ before the __________s _______ed.

Why, you _________!

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:28:42am

Yesterday it was 63° in SE Michigan. It’s in the 40’s today, still unseasonably warm.

But it’s Michigan, so we’re all waiting for the other shoe (full of snow) to drop.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:29:15am

re: #220 makeitstop

Why, you _________!

________ my ___________!

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:30:09am

re: #212 Dave In Austin

Why is Obummer always on vacation to forin countries with Taxpayer money??!!?!??

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:30:57am

re: #208 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yeah but it’s cold and snow in Colorado so….

///

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:31:51am

re: #219 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I liked the part where _________ _________ed ____________ right in the ________ but was surprised to see ____________ ____________ing _____________ before the __________s _______ed.

Heh. I have gotta get my mind out of the gutter with all those _________ and s________ing .

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:32:50am

re: #215 lawhawk

Tonight’s meal:

Sushi, followed by Star Wars, TFA. Any spoilers will result in force choking. Don’t make me destroy you. I’ll show you what a hokey religion will do against a set of blasters.

You know, you’ll really love that great scene where….

*cough* *gack!* *grrrg*

*falls on floor unconscious*

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Dark_Falcon  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:32:59am

re: #194 Bubblehead II

Bagley Cartoon: Star Trek Trump

So Bagley is saying Donald Trump is a Calamarain?

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Dark_Falcon  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:36:09am

re: #226 Dr Lizardo

You know, you’ll really love that great scene where….

*cough* *gack!* *grrrg*

*falls on floor unconscious*

[Dark_Falcon places a thermal detonator on the unconscious Dr. Lizardo, sets it for low yield, then clears the area as it disintegrates DL.]

Sorry, but it was the only way to be sure he would spill any spoilers.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:37:29am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:38:37am

re: #229 Backwoods_Sleuth

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just doing modern haiku format

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:38:46am

Seal the borders!!! Build a big wall! Damn 0bama! There may be ISIS Reindeer in that mix! Or diseased Reindeer!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:41:39am
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Dark_Falcon  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:43:12am

re: #231 b.d.

Seal the borders!!! Build a big wall! Damn 0bama! There may be ISIS Reindeer in that mix! Or diseased Reindeer!

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Calm down, will you?! There’s no threat, Santa is white and Christian. If there were a danger, he’d be brown, black, or Muslim.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:43:17am

Jim Wright on Facebook. LOL:

Report from the Front

I had to do some last minute holiday shopping. At every store, I met secret members of the The Resistance - at least I assume that’s what they were. “Merry Christmas,” they each wished me. But it wasn’t a cheerful nonchalant salutation as in more peaceful times. No, there was a note of flinty aggression in each greeting. Merry Christmas, then they’d hold defiant eye contact for a moment as if waiting for me to recoil in horror and signal for the Politically Correct Gestapo. Merry Christmas? MERRY CHRISTMAS?! Spicy Flying Spaghetti Monster! Help! Help! Police! And the unsmiling secular men in black would arrive, Vat haf ve here, ya? And I’d be all, this person wished me a Merry Christmas! TAKE HER AWAY! And as they dragged her away she’d be screaming, Thaaat’s right, I said it, Down With The Oppressors, Merry Christmas, hah hah, Merry Christmas, you can give me a lump of coal in my stocking but you’ll never take our Little Baby Jeeeeeesus!

The War on Christmas, where every register is defended by Braveheart.

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:46:15am

re: #233 Dark_Falcon

Calm down, will you?! There’s no threat, Santa is white and Christian. If there were a danger, he’d be brown, black, or Muslim.

Have you ever seen Santa in church or praying!?!? Santa looks more like the Ayatollahs than Huckabee, Pat Robertson or Kirk Cameron! Don’t fall for it DF!

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:47:44am

I automatically say “Happy Holidays” because that’s what I’ve been used to saying my whole life but DOES NOT MEAN I’m “offended” when people say “Merry Christmas”

I mean the whole point of these greetings is to say you want people to be happy!

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:48:25am

re: #236 The Vicious Babushka

I automatically say “Happy Holidays” because that’s what I’ve been used to saying my whole life but DOES NOT MEAN I’m “offended” when people say “Merry Christmas”

I mean the whole point of these greetings is to say you want people to be happy!

The whole point of living is to go from one outrage to the next.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:49:29am
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Eventual Carrion  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:51:29am

re: #231 b.d.

Seal the borders!!! Build a big wall! Damn 0bama! There may be ISIS Reindeer in that mix! Or diseased Reindeer!

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I don’t know that we should do that. He has no visible means of support, he hangs around with “those” people, and it is rumored that he is into playing “games” with his pets. I think he needs more vetting.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:52:36am

re: #239 Eventual Carrion

I don’t know that we should do that. He has no visible means of support, he hangs around with “those” people, and it is rumored that he is into playing “games” with his pets. I think he needs more vetting.


what’s in pipe that he’s smoking?

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:54:40am

re: #239 Eventual Carrion

I don’t know that we should do that. He has no visible means of support, he hangs around with “those” people, and it is rumored that he is into playing “games” with his pets. I think he needs more vetting.

There’s also that red suit and his off-the-grid headquarters/sweatshop in international waters. What is he hiding?

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:54:43am

re: #239 Eventual Carrion

I don’t know that we should do that. He has no visible means of support, he hangs around with “those” people, and it is rumored that he is into playing “games” with his pets. I think he needs more vetting.

The guy GIVES stuff away! Santa is indoctrinating a whole generation of the moocher class looking for handouts! He’s a dirty Lib! Bernie Sanders with a beard!

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:56:25am

re: #229 Backwoods_Sleuth

Carson really means business, then.

///

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:56:54am

Wow such classy very leadership

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 6:59:28am

re: #244 The Vicious Babushka

Wow such classy very leadership

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I love the people who demand that you say “Merry Christmas” while simultaneously acting like a complete schlong.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:00:12am

ummmm…nope.

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ausador  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:00:48am

Merry Christmas Syria

Your friend
Putin

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:00:51am

re: #244 The Vicious Babushka

Wow such classy very leadership

[Embedded content]

I asked him if she is running a sham educational facility ripping off kids and the government also.

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No Depression  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:01:22am

re: #246 Backwoods_Sleuth

ummmm…nope.

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Who the hell spends $50 on campaign swag?

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darthstar  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:01:29am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:01:58am

re: #249 No Depression

Who the hell spends $50 on campaign swag?

seriously stupid people

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:04:21am

LOL NOPE.

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:05:04am

re: #250 darthstar

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I am still rather flabbergasted on just how pitiful a campaign Jeb! has ran.

There must be lots of disappointed ex-W staffers who were counting on him for a job that are screwed.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:07:11am

re: #251 Backwoods_Sleuth

seriously stupid people

This is getting seriously F’d up. Branding, product placement, merchandising, WTF. It’s an election, not a fucking Hollywood premier.

They sell us the president
the same way
they sell us our cloths and our cars
they sell us everything from youth to religion
the same time they sell us our wars
- Lives in the balance

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:07:28am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:07:31am

marco flogging his campaign swag for Christmas gifts too.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:07:47am

Ladies and Gentlemen, Eric Idle!

NSFW due to multiple F-bombs. Enjoy!

Eric Idle - Fuck Christmas

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:12:31am

I wonder if there is a competition among singers over WHO CAN MAKE THE SUCKIEST COVER OF A LAME CHRISTMAS SONG.

Whose great idea was “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” as a slow, romantic ballad.

Kill it with fire.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:12:45am

So, Happy Holidays to all, and here’s my present to all you Lizards: Barney Miller.

Barney Miller “The Radical” S5E11 Full Episode

You can watch a lot of episodes. This was one of my faves growing up, and Dennis Farina, who was a real-life Chicago policeman before he became an actor, once called Barney Miller the most realistic cop show ever on TV.

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:12:50am

I would rather get a real lump of coal than a gift card from any wingnut candidate. I would be force to use it so they don’t get to keep all of that money but as soon as the merchandise arrived I would hand it to some needy person on the street.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:13:38am
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Timothy Watson  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:14:44am

I just spent over an hour trying to figure out why a .htaccess Rewrite rule wouldn’t work before realizing that it wasn’t enable by default on my Ubuntu Server virtual machine.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:18:33am

re: #258 The Vicious Babushka

I wonder if there is a competition among singers over WHO CAN MAKE THE SUCKIEST COVER OF A LAME CHRISTMAS SONG.

Whose great idea was “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” as a slow, romantic ballad.

Kill it with fire.

I used to work at a gas station/gift shop/restaurant and they used to pay a local radio station that would play Christmas music 24/7 from the day after Thanksgiving to New Years Eve.

I developed an unending hatred of Christmas music to say the least. I am not sure what was worse, hearing the same song every couple hours or the awfully recorded local Christmas choirs they would play.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:21:29am

re: #263 Timothy Watson

I used to work at a gas station/gift shop/restaurant and they used to pay a local radio station that would play Christmas music 24/7 from the day after Thanksgiving to New Years Eve.

I developed an unending hatred of Christmas music to say the least. I am not sure what was worse, hearing the same song every couple hours or the awfully recorded local Christmas choirs they would play.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:22:46am

re: #155 Charles Johnson

The wingers obsession with the mechanics of gay sexy times is quite illuminating.

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:22:46am

The list of Christmas music I can tolerate is very slim:

I believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake);
Ode to Joy; and
Little Drummer Boy (David Bowie and Bing Crosby version).

That’s it.

I Believe In Father Christmas - single by Greg Lake

Oh, and the Lake song is actually a critique of the commercialization of Christmas. The need for going back to basics. That appeals to me. Finding the real meaning of the day. Guess that means that I’ve declared war on Christmas (commercialization).

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freetoken  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:23:30am

re: #263 Timothy Watson

Oh, don’t worry… we’ve got plenty of Christmas music that is outside the usual playlist…

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ausador  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:24:46am

Unpossible what about Benghazi??!?!!

Wingnuts haz a sad…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:24:52am

I could have told them this months ago.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:25:26am

This one. Still the best groove out of the approximately 55,000 covers of the song.

Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run (1958)

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darthstar  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:25:56am
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Dr Lizardo  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:27:41am

re: #270 makeitstop

I prefer this one by the great Vince Guaraldi:

Charlie Brown Christmas Album ~ Vince Guaraldi

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freetoken  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:29:22am

re: #258 The Vicious Babushka

I wonder if there is a competition among singers over WHO CAN MAKE THE SUCKIEST COVER OF A LAME CHRISTMAS SONG.

Whose great idea was “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” as a slow, romantic ballad.

There’s a lot of competition for that award.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:29:51am

The great Roy Wood channels Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound - and does a damned fine job of it.

Wizzard ~ I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:33:16am

yowser…

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freetoken  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:33:50am

When the desire to produce yet another cover of an over-recorded Christmas song runs headlong into the merchandising of Hollywood blockbusters:

MP3 Audio

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:36:25am

Hypocrite is hypocritical? Shocking.

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freetoken  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:36:55am

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

Raw Story requested clarification from Uhoh Monkey about whether this encounter was part of a comedy routine, but the performers did not respond by the time of publication.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:39:23am

re: #164 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

I like the computer’s answer from War Games: “The only way to win is not to play.”

That’s also my answer to being asked why I have never played Magic: The Gathering.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:43:55am

re: #278 freetoken

If that is the case, it is totally not funny.
At all.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:44:44am

re: #234 makeitstop

Jim Wright on Facebook. LOL:

I wished a liberal co-worker “Merry War on Christmas” yesterday and got a side-eye as a response. Then he grinned and chuckled.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:45:07am

re: #215 lawhawk

Not a spoiler but SW related.

There is a Darth Vader comic, and in it some idiot insist Vader dance with his daughter.

It turned out about how you expect.

You have to admire Vader’s inability to put up with petty bullshit.

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:47:25am

re: #282 Romantic Heretic

Yeah, his dealing with the Death Star Canteen is the exception to that rule.

Eddie Izzard - Darth Vader at The Canteen

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freetoken  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:48:35am

As a genre, Christmas music is much, much larger than that indicated in the graph VB posted earlier, a graph that reflects the mass produced Americana industry which exists to culture a population of consumers… those same consumers that feed all those polls showing Trump and Cruz leading the GOP race.

Our meeting places these days are almost always commercial - stores and malls - and the taste in music cultured for such a society will by nature tend to serve its master, the marketing specialists who know how to manipulate people.

Remember, Charles’ favorite (ahem) song was part of a marketing campaign by one of America’s major retailers back in the post-war era.

In previous times people gathered either in homes or in religious venues, and the music was different:

MP3 Audio

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:49:13am

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

yowser…

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Epic if real. Seriously uncool if not.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:50:47am

re: #282 Romantic Heretic

Not a spoiler but SW related.

There is a Darth Vader comic, and in it some idiot insist Vader dance with his daughter.

It turned out about how you expect.

You have to admire Vader’s inability to put up with petty bullshit.

I like the comment, “Moves like Vader.”

[Insert YouTube video of Maroon 5 song, Moves Like Jagger, here.]

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:51:27am

Also…The Pogues, with the late, great Kirsty McColl. Maybe the only contemporary Christmas song worth its salt.

The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (Official Video)

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:51:56am

re: #266 lawhawk

My favourite Christmas song.

The Pogues & Kirsty McColl Fairytale Of New York

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:52:09am

re: #244 The Vicious Babushka

Wow such classy very leadership

Tried and convicted. Of something…

///

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:52:46am

Shorts weather (high 60s) here in Philly and on-and-off rain. Last outside errands ran to get food (bread, macaroon as a gift), and an eggnog latte for myself. :)

Cooking work kicks off around 4pm. All I have to do between now and then is wrap gifts.

So I kick back with the coffee and read comments. I demand to be amused.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:53:47am

re: #288 Romantic Heretic

My favourite Christmas song.

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Gotcha by one! Merry Christmas! :)

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:53:48am

re: #287 makeitstop

Great minds and all that. :)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:54:17am

re: #290 Feline Fearless Leader

Shorts weather (high 60s) here in Philly and on-and-off rain. Last outside errands ran to get food (bread, macaroon as a gift), and an eggnog latte for myself. :)

Cooking work kicks off around 4pm. All I have to do between now and then is wrap gifts.

So I kick back with the coffee and read comments. I demand to be amused.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:54:18am

re: #291 makeitstop

Merry Christmas!

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:54:24am
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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:54:27am

re: #292 Romantic Heretic

Great minds and all that. :)

Indeed, sir.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:58:46am

AND THE WINGNUT OUTRAGE MACHINE WINDS UP AGAIN FOR ANOTHER ROUND==>

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 7:59:38am
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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:00:20am

With 1 minute to go before the midnight hour, I want to wish all lizards who observe such a holiday a very Merry Christmas.

The rest of you can just have a very Merry Friday, have some eggnog and be grateful you don’t need to put away all those Christmas decorations sometime in the next six months.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:01:13am

re: #299 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

With 1 minute to go before the midnight hour, I want to wish all lizards who observe such a holiday a very Merry Christmas.

The rest of you can just have a very Merry Friday, have some eggnog and be grateful you don’t need to put away all those Christmas decorations sometime in the next six months.

fa la la la la

To You!

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:06:57am

The cats have critiqued the tree decorating by knocking a few off. Need to shift them higher, or away from the sideboard. Their requests for the stepladder to be placed in a strategic location have been ignored.

(And currently late morning catnap time, so all is temporarily quiet.)

I iz snoozin’
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:11:00am

This is even lamer than Ted Cruz’s craptacular Christmas ad. Huck sucks so hard.
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and Liberals Were Smiling…

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:12:19am

Here’s a little Christmas Django, with his friend Stephane Grapelli on violin.

Django Reinhardt Christmas Swing.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:12:21am

Police across Texas are bracing for a spike in 911 calls when the state’s open carry law takes effect Jan. 1 and panicked citizens start seeing handguns on people’s hips.

“For a while we’ll be in a transition period, but it’s something everyone’s going to have to get used to,” said Lt. Pedro Barineau, a Garland police spokesman.

Police will have to contend with the law’s gray areas that experts say will have to be settled in court. The law is unclear, for example, on when officers can demand to see a gun owner’s license or whether they can arrest people who refuse to show the license.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:13:20am

re: #302 The Vicious Babushka

This is even lamer than Ted Cruz’s craptacular Christmas ad. Huck sucks so hard.

Huck’s hitting the sauce pretty early

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ausador  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:14:02am

lol…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:20:09am
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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:30:47am

re: #307 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m stuck in Folsom Prison….

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No Depression  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:31:40am

re: #304 Backwoods_Sleuth

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This is such a poorly conceived law; allowing open carry is already stupid enough as its in most circumstances, but this law takes the cake. I’m glad I only have to be in Texas for about 10 days a year for Christmas. This place is fucking insane.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:32:24am

re: #308 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I’m stuck in Folsom Prison….

Well, if you hadn’t shot that man in Reno… Why’d you do that, anyway?

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:32:51am

re: #308 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

Shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die, did ya?

And for those we lost in 2015 (Fargo edition):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynF3-oFD7dw

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:32:55am

re: #310 Blind Frog Belly White

Well, if you hadn’t shot that man in Reno… Why’d you do that, anyway?

Just to watch him die.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:33:18am

re: #307 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Though from my understanding snowpack in the Sierras is much more important than just the reservoir levels. How many days of irrigation is that 15’ of lake level worth? Not to mention getting enough groundwater absorption going to help the aquifers.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:34:17am

re: #312 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

Just to watch him die.

Now when you hear that whistle, do you hang your head and cry?

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Joe Bacon  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:41:48am

re: #189 Teukka

A second thought… Aren’t these the same guys who are harping on about how Social Security and SSI recipients are lazy deadbeats who don’t want to work?????

Why, yessiree! And with a lot of them, you hear Alex Jones, Rush, Fox News or Jesus TV in the background as they yell bout all them “N-CLANGS” goofing off on welfare…

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Dark_Falcon  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:50:07am

re: #315 Joe Bacon

Why, yessiree! And with a lot of them, you hear Alex Jones, Rush, Fox News or Jesus TV in the background as they yell bout all them “N-CLANGS” goofing off on welfare…

Jesus TV?

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:57:49am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

Jesus TV?

Anything by Trinity Broadcasting Network?

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Dr. Matt  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:59:36am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 8:59:38am

re: #317 Nyet

Anything by Trinity Broadcasting Network?

There’s also Christian Television Network

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:02:11am
Gingerbread metaphysics
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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:03:19am

re: #210 The Vicious Babushka

seek to overthrow Israel’s gov’t and crown a king

Acc. to mainstream defs of fascism (whether as palingenetic ultranationalism or similar alternatives) it presupposes a conservative revolution - replacing democracy with a new order as a means of causing a “national rebirth”.

The ideology of these guys fits these defs to a tee.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:05:33am

re: #317 Nyet

Don’t forget Daystar.

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:06:40am

Haven’t read yet, but seems interesting.

How Saddam Hussein Gave Us ISIS

WHOM should we blame for the Islamic State? In the debate about its origins, many have concluded that it arose from the American-led coalition’s errors after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In fact, the groundwork for the emergence of the militant jihadist group was laid many years earlier by the government of Saddam Hussein.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:25:00am

“ILLIGALS”

good grief

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:27:09am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

Dumb idiot, he should of written “illeagles”!

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:27:10am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“ILLIGALS”

good grief

HURR HURR EVERYWUN KNOW IT ILLEAGLES!!!!!11!!!!

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calochortus  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:28:08am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“ILLIGALS”

good grief

From a parody site, I think.

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Alephnaught  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:28:13am

re: #222 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

________ my ___________!

Now, now, stop that _______, it’s Christmas!

Mommy Did What?!?

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:29:20am

Your in America. Speek Engish.

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calochortus  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:29:57am

Meanwhile, the Robin-pocalypse is upon us here in the Bay Area. The toyon berries are ripe, delicious, and rapidly disappearing. If the cedar waxwings don’t hurry there won’t be any left for them.

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Snarknado!  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:30:34am

re: #313 Feline Fearless Leader

Though from my understanding snowpack in the Sierras is much more important than just the reservoir levels. How many days of irrigation is that 15’ of lake level worth? Not to mention getting enough groundwater absorption going to help the aquifers.

More important for irrigation systems and such (the snowpack is above normal at this time, hurrah!), but I also think of an entire state of stressed and dying trees and other wildlife. This will help a lot.

(On the UC Berkeley campus, the fern I mourned in summer has actually put out a couple of tiny new leaves, and the grassy areas they didn’t water are turning green again. Not only that, some of the lawns they covered with tree choppings in preparation for the low-water new plantings have green poking up through them. Evidently it’s not so easy to kill off grass — if almost a year of total dryness didn’t do it.)

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b_sharp  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:30:42am

re: #325 Nyet

Dumb idiot, he should of written “illeagles”!

Should ‘have’ written.

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:32:47am

re: #332 b_sharp

Should ‘have’ written.

You don’t say…

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:33:23am

re: #326 The Vicious Babushka

HURR HURR EVERYWUN KNOW IT ILLEAGLES!!!!!11!!!!

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:33:51am

LOLWUT

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b_sharp  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:35:29am

re: #333 Nyet

You don’t say…

I turned my pedant on high this morning.

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calochortus  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:36:51am

re: #331 Snarknado!

More important for irrigation systems and such (the snowpack is above normal at this time, hurrah!), but I also think of an entire state of stressed and dying trees and other wildlife. This will help a lot.

(On the UC Berkeley campus, the fern I mourned in summer has actually put out a couple of tiny new leaves, and the grassy areas they didn’t water are turning green again. Not only that, some of the lawns they covered with tree choppings in preparation for the low-water new plantings have green poking up through them. Evidently it’s not so easy to kill off grass — if almost a year of total dryness didn’t do it.)

Grass is really hard to kill. A nasty weed where you don’t want it.
The native plants will be fine. It reminds me of the end of Steinbeck’s “To a God Unknown” where the protagonist spends a lot of time watering moss on a rock with the very last water from a spring during a drought. Umm, every tried to kill moss? It grows on the composition shingle roof of our house where I can assure you it gets no water at all whatsoever all summer long-just blazing sun. First bit of rain in the fall and it’s green and happy.

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:37:03am

re: #336 b_sharp

I turned my pedant on high this morning.

And you still didn’t catch the mistake in “illeagles”!

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:37:38am

re: #336 b_sharp

I turned my pedant on high this morning.

I could use a mani-pedant….

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Alephnaught  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:38:09am

The Senior Dads have recreated their “Xmas Card ‘97” demo in HTML5 and JavaScript. (It was originally released on the Atari Falcon 030, which had already been discontinued by the time of the demo’s release, so it’s a bit of a niche production. )

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:40:20am

There is a whole yooge Internet conversation on multiple blogs & forums about the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which is some people’s ABSOLUTELY MOAST FAVORITEST CHRISTMAS SONG EVER and to others its DISGUSTING CREEPY RAPEY KILL IT WITH FIRE.

Personally I never liked it and yes it’s hella creepy but then so is the iconic “Times Square WW2 Victory Photo” so we will have to take it in the context of its time in history. You know like “Gone With The Wind”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:41:48am

Looks like it’s wearing crocs.

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b_sharp  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:42:25am

re: #338 Nyet

And you still didn’t catch the mistake in “illeagles”!

I knew that was intentional.

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Snarknado!  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:44:20am

re: #337 calochortus

Grass is really hard to kill. A nasty weed where you don’t want it.
The native plants will be fine. It reminds me of the end of Steinbeck’s “To a God Unknown” where the protagonist spends a lot of time watering moss on a rock with the very last water from a spring during a drought. Umm, every tried to kill moss? It grows on the composition shingle roof of our house where I can assure you it gets no water at all whatsoever all summer long-just blazing sun. First bit of rain in the fall and it’s green and happy.

Oh, the native plants aren’t bothered (the only green parts of people’s lawns in the last couple of months were the weeds). Our hills are also covered with native grasses, which turn brown — excuse me, golden! — every summer and green when the rains come, if they come. But the grass on the campus isn’t native, as far as I know, and I’m surprised at how well it’s held up.

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:45:18am

There’s a song by a Russian punk band on the same topic, but it’s more honest: the male warns the dame that he pees his pants in his sleep. Not as romantic, I know.

Король и Шут - Екатерина + текст песни

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wrenchwench  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:46:44am

Since it’s Christmas Eve, on my way into the shop I stopped at the bakery for TWO black bottom cupcakes, and since it’s Christmas Eve, the woman behind the counter said, ‘I’m paying for them for you’, and since it’s Christmas Eve, I tossed my too-large-for-the-purchase bill into the tip jar.

Good start to the day.

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sagehen  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:47:01am

re: #314 makeitstop

Now when you hear that whistle, do you hang your head and cry?

Folsom Prison Gangstaz Eazy E Johnny Cash DJ Topcat

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:47:27am

re: #343 b_sharp

I knew that was intentional.

As intentional as “should of”.

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b_sharp  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:49:54am

re: #348 Nyet

As intentional as “should of”.

Well, I didn’t know.
People here have made the of/have error before.

Mind you, your command of English is better than mine, so I should have known.

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b.d.  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:50:01am

Would all of you quit being grammar Trumps?

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:50:54am

re: #350 b.d.

Would all of you quit being grammar Trumps?

Never.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:50:55am

Crowder is binge tweeting about global warming/climate change and other stupid Republican “facts”.

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lawhawk  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:52:45am

re: #352 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:54:30am

re: #352 Backwoods_Sleuth

Crowder is binge tweeting about global warming/climate change and other stupid Republican “facts”.

I took Crowder off my “Derp” list because he was just repeating lame shit plagiarized from Rush, over and over again.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:55:18am

This morning Bryan LIZARDS GREW SO BIG THEY TURNED INTO DINOSAURS!!!!!! Fischer was telling NASA how to do science.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:55:55am

My boss just came by and told everybody to get the fuck out.

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calochortus  Dec 24, 2015 • 9:58:22am

re: #344 Snarknado!

Oh, the native plants aren’t bothered (the only green parts of people’s lawns in the last couple of months were the weeds). Our hills are also covered with native grasses, which turn brown — excuse me, golden! — every summer and green when the rains come, if they come. But the grass on the campus isn’t native, as far as I know, and I’m surprised at how well it’s held up.

I’m sure the lawn grass isn’t native, but grass is still a nasty weed. All the lovely wild oats that turn “golden” in the summer aren’t native either, but with poor grazing practices they have crowded out the native perennial grasses in a lot of places.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:00:14am
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calochortus  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:08:01am

Time to get some stuff done.
BBL

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Amory Blaine  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:13:23am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:17:39am

re: #352 Backwoods_Sleuth

Crowder is binge tweeting about global warming/climate change and other stupid Republican “facts”.

Meanwhile, my family in Virginia are running their A/C on December 24th.

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Snarknado!  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:17:50am

re: #357 calochortus

I’m sure the lawn grass isn’t native, but grass is still a nasty weed. All the lovely wild oats that turn “golden” in the summer aren’t native either, but with poor grazing practices they have crowded out the native perennial grasses in a lot of places.

Happens the hills I’m looking at are noted for their native grasses (of course there are interlopers even there). Although you’re right in general….

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:18:02am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:19:57am

re: #363 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Apparently when they get really big, modern lizards also gain Sauropod characteristics.

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wrenchwench  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:23:24am

[…]

Roberts’s question about the “benefits” minorities might bring into a physics classroom suggests a classroom in which nothing outside physics may usefully impinge. That is, at best, a fatally narrow view. Roberts is thinking only about the answers, not the process of arriving at them. Actually doing science involves everything about the person doing the work—as, for example, the way Einstein turned his anger and pity for his father, a casualty of the rat race, into the goad that led him to so much of modern physics.

The case for diversity in American education (and life in general) turns on any number of reasons, from the historical to the instrumental (why throw away so much talent?). Einstein’s story suggests another: Physics, like any worthwhile inquiry, is not just a body of facts and methods. It is a way of being in the world that requires the full range of human experience.

[…]

Chief Justice Roberts’s view of the physics classroom is too narrow to admit this diversity of human experience. If such a view prevails, minority students will feel the blow first, but so will science, which is, after all, a search not just for knowledge, but for meaning.

RTWT. It’s all good.

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b_sharp  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:26:38am

re: #364 Blind Frog Belly White

Apparently when they get really big, modern lizards also gain Saurian characteristics.

The lizards of 6000 yrs were the original kind which rapidly evolved, oh wait, ‘adapted’ to become modern lizards.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:28:47am

re: #366 b_sharp

The lizards of 6000 yrs were the original kind which rapidly evolved, oh wait, ‘adapted’ to become modern lizards.

And the more fabulous ones added feathers and became birds.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:28:52am

Ya know, seeing pants-shitting draft dodger Ted Nugent posting “Pray for our warriors” stuff just rankles (wingnut cousin liked it on FB).

As the proud son and brother of Conscientious Objectors (WWII and Vietnam, repectively), it’s not the draft dodging that rankles with me. It’s claiming the undeserved mantle of the warrior - he had his chance, and he made his choice. An honest man might say, “I chose badly because I was young and foolish.”, or he might say, “It was a different time, and a different war.”

No, he says things like that it’s good he didn’t go, because he’d have killed everybody.

This claim to be such hardasses, the only ones tough enough to defend this country, coming from people who had the chance and dodged it - how can they look in the mirror?

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Alephnaught  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:29:28am

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

just doing modern haiku format

Starting off with “100 percent confidence in my campaign”. That should have been a warning sign.

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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:43:37am
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wrenchwench  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:44:13am
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Alephnaught  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:45:16am

@scrowder
Tell me again about “The Republican Fear of Facts”…

Does that include facts like “Comedians are supposed to be funny”?

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Charles Johnson  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:46:17am
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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:54:14am

re: #373 Charles Johnson

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He and his followers do seem to really dwell on teh ghey. Just saying.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 24, 2015 • 10:55:11am
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makeitstop  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:03:42am

College Humor outdo themselves…

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Trump (Grinch Parody)

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allegro  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:17:36am

I had one thing to do today and thought it would just be a quick errand. Liquor store run for the weekend festivities. O.M.F.G. It was terrifying. Finally made it out alive and grateful that I don’t have to go out again. It’s insane.

But now I have a replentished wine supply. Whee!

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Great White Snark  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:22:02am
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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:23:23am

An interesting development (for those paying attention to the Russian church matters): Chaplin, the voice of the Patriarch, has been fired and immediately began to criticize the Patriarch.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:23:28am

After a visit from an electrician, who tightened a loose screw on the breaker panel, and then PG&E, who replaced a connector between the pole and the breaker box, we now have reliable electricity. Nothing quite like approaching a holiday with 3 circuits occasionally going dead for seconds to minutes!

And then this morning, I fixed the slow-draining sink in the front bathroom.

It’s amazing how much happier one is with working plumbing and electricity!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:26:38am
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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:27:18am

Fuck.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:28:24am

Maybe it’s just shelves falling again.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:30:12am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:34:40am

Here is Baby Whiplash, telling Christians how to Jesus==>

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No Country For Old Haters  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:36:09am

re: #385 The Vicious Babushka

Here is Baby Whiplash, telling Christians how to Jesus==>

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:36:58am

re: #385 The Vicious Babushka

He was (if he was at all) neither a big government Marxist, nor a small government capitalist, neither a liberal, nor a conservative. Modern political labels are ill-suited to describe what happened 2000 years ago…

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:37:30am

re: #385 The Vicious Babushka

For all you leftist morons tweeting to YouAintNoChristianBruv, Jesus was not a big government Marxist. Pick up a Bible sometime.

He was certainly no fan of bankers and rich people…

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jaunte  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:37:42am

re: #385 The Vicious Babushka

What Would Jesus Tweet?

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Jenner7  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:38:56am

Happy Holidays Lizards!

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Jenner7  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:39:28am
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jaunte  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:40:32am

re: #390 Jenner7

Happy Holidays! I’ve been out raking leaves, waiting for the snow to start falling.

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jaunte  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:41:27am

Inhofe promised me a snowball.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:42:25am

re: #393 jaunte

Inhofe promised me a snowball.

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jaunte  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:42:56am

re: #394 Backwoods_Sleuth

Redistribution Now!

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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:43:16am

re: #388 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Not so fast.

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

half-/

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:44:22am

re: #377 allegro

I had one thing to do today and thought it would just be a quick errand. Liquor store run for the weekend festivities. O.M.F.G. It was terrifying. Finally made it out alive and grateful that I don’t have to go out again. It’s insane.

But now I have a replentished wine supply. Whee!

Gotta do what you gotta do.

SS travel update. I’m at my Mom’s for the next few. She lives in this apt complex with the coolest diverse group of people. My brother lives here too. Keeps an eye on her & all’s good.

Last night we had Festivus. It was so much crazy fun. My grievance was all the cute winter clothes & boots I brought, only to wear my jean capris and tank tops the whole time. Too damn hot! Otherwise I couldn’t think of anything more grievy which is good.

It’s turning out to be an extremely extravagant holiday. Today we went to Publix & picked up Christmas dinner: a huge prime rib & lobsters. (my brother’s idea and contribution) We were a disaster at the store, my 79 year old Mom heading one way, me another, my brother another. Hey! Where the fuck are you!!!???

I’m chilling before I have to get to work, we’re having an open house tonight with everyone invited. My task is making traditional English sausage rolls.

I’m going to need a month off when I return, this trip is out of hand.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:46:53am

re: #377 allegro

Saw that yesterday. Line of cars waiting to get into the parking lot of a local LCBO.

Madness.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:46:53am
We were a disaster at the store, my 79 year old Mom heading one way, me another, my brother another. Hey! Where the fuck are you!!!???

U don’t all have cell phones?

Well there’s always “Marco!” “Polo!”

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:47:52am

The kosher grocery had a selection of takeout Chinese food. I got some egg rolls but the rest of the stuff looked kinda lame, I prefer to make it myself.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:50:17am

Reports that there are other suspects in the mall. SWAT on the way.

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Skip Intro  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:52:41am

re: #383 Backwoods_Sleuth

Maybe it’s just shelves falling again.

Probably just some good guys with guns celebrating New Years Eve early.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:55:39am

re: #385 The Vicious Babushka

Here is Baby Whiplash, telling Christians how to Jesus==>

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‘Render unto Caesar’, ‘What you have done for the least of these,’ ‘Sell all that you have and give to the poor’, ‘It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven’…

Shut the fuck up, Benny.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 11:55:45am

re: #395 jaunte

Redistribution Now!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 24, 2015 • 12:04:15pm
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Nyet  Dec 24, 2015 • 12:13:00pm

‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs’, ‘For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me’, ‘And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes’, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters - yes, even their own life - such a person cannot be my disciple’, ‘Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’, ‘Do not resist an evildoer’, ‘So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate … And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery’, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.

Yep. Gospel Jesus is a total dick.

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sagehen  Dec 24, 2015 • 1:51:29pm

re: #365 wrenchwench

There was an excellent point made in the comments section to that article:

Einstein also said that imagination was far more important than knowledge. How true. For some it may come as quite a shock that imagination has anything to do with science. But, Buckland’s comment notwithstanding, I have never heard a scientist dispute this. Here’s another instance from Richard Feynman:

“I was in the cafeteria and some guy, fooling around, throws a plate in the air. As the plate went up in the air I saw it wobble, and I noticed the red medallion of Cornell on the plate going around. It was pretty obvious to me that the medallion went around faster than the wobbling. I had nothing to do, so I start figuring out the motion of the rotating plate. I discovered that when the angle is very slight, the medallion rotates twice as fast as the wobble rate—two to one. It came out of a complicated equation! I went on to work out equations for wobbles. Then I thought about how the electron orbits start to move in relativity. Then there’s the Dirac equation in electrodynamics. And then quantum electrodynamics. And before I knew it… the whole business that I got the Nobel prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate.”’

Now some might argue that this has nothing to do with imagination - but they would be wrong. Imagination is critically linked with HOW you choose things to think about - what details you pick up on from the information that surrounds you and how you interpret their importance.

It becomes clear then that Roberts’ error is in fact looking at physics, or any other science, as a set of solutions, not as a set of questions.


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