An Incredible Piece From Snarky Puppy’s Grammy-Winning Album “Sylva:” The Curtain

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From the Grammy-winning album Sylva, backed by the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest, another outstanding live performance by today’s slamminest jazz/rock ensemble, Snarky Puppy.

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Written and produced by Michael League.
Arranged by Michael League and Jules Buckley
Published by Gumuk Limited administered by Universal Music Publishing

SNARKY PUPPY
Michael League - electric bass and Moog keybass
Bob Lanzetti - electric guitar
Mark Lettieri - electric guitar
Chris McQueen - electric guitar
Bill Laurance - piano, Wurlitzer, and Moog
Cory Henry - organ, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, and Moog
Justin Stanton - Fender Rhodes, Moog, clavinet and trumpet
Jay Jennings - trumpet and flugelhorn
Mike “Maz” Maher - trumpet and flugelhorn
Chris Bullock - tenor sax, clarinet, and bass clarinet
Nate Werth – percussion
Robert “Sput” Searight – drums

METROPOLE ORKEST
Conductor - Jules Buckley
1st Violin - Arlia de Ruiter (concertmaster), Vera Laporeva, Denis Koenders, David Peijnenborgh, Pauline Terlouw, Casper Donker, Ruben Margarita,Tinka Regter, Seijia Teeuwen, Ewa Zbyszynska
2nd Violin - Merijn Rombout, Herman van Haaren, Wim Kok, Feyona van Iersel, Pauline Koning, Polina Cekov, Merel Jonker, Christina Knoll
Viola - Mieke Honingh, Norman Jansen, Julia Jowett, Isabella Petersen, Iris Schut, Lex Luijnenburg
Cello - Maarten Jansen, Emile Visser, Jascha Albracht, Annie Tangberg, Charles Watt
Double Bass - Erik Winkelmann, Arend Liefkes, Tjerk de Vos
Flute - Janine Abbas, Mari’l van den Bos, Nola Exel
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, and Saxophone - Paul van der Feen, Leo van Oostrom, Leo Janssen, Werner Janssen, and Max Boeree
Horn - Pieter Hunfeld, Rob van de Laar, Fons Verspaandonk, Elizabeth Hunfeld
Trombone - Jan Oosting, Vincent Veneman, Jan Bastiani
Bass Trombone - Martin van den Berg
Tuba - Ries Schellekens
Percussion - Murk Jiskoot, Frank Warndenier

Recorded and filmed live in Dordrecht, Netherlands at Het Energiehuis on April 19 & 20, 2014
Mixed by Eric Hartman in Dallas, Texas
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk in New York, New York
Directed by Michael League and Andy LaViolette
Artwork by Miraphora Mina/Minalima

(P) 2015 Gumuk Limited & Stichting Metropole Orkest under exclusive license of impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
© impulse ! A Division of Universal Music France

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418 comments
1
Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:43:12pm
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stpaulbear  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:45:23pm

Does everyone get their own headphone mix? There must be 25+ people playing with headphones on. Doesn’t that kind of mess up the vibe of playing live?

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:48:06pm

I’m only three minutes in, but this kicks it. Love the flugelhorn.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:52:12pm
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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:54:24pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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Yes, enforcing a racist law would be racist.

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:55:01pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

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Manly…

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:56:11pm

Every once in awhile I miss weed, my youthful indiscretion. This SP video is one of those times.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:56:14pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

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…Cruz has been “way too nice”. Cruz.

The mind, she boggles.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:56:57pm

re: #5 Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.

Yes, enforcing a racist law would be racist.

Or, enforcing a nonracist law in a racist way, like, say the death penalty.

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Stanley Sea  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:58:00pm

The. Walking. Dead. bbl

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:58:04pm

re: #8 Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.

…Cruz has been “way too nice”. Cruz.

The mind, she boggles.

Hey, that’s a common complaint of the Right - that they’ve been too nice, been hoolding back too much, and Liberals have been riding roughshod over them.

O_o

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 5:59:25pm

re: #3 Barefoot Grin

I’m only three minutes in, but this kicks it. Love the flugelhorn.

This track is so amazing. Snarky Puppy takes it to the next level.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:00:24pm

re: #9 Blind Frog Belly White

Or, enforcing a nonracist law in a racist way, like, say the death penalty.

It’s almost like how a law in enforced is as important as what the law is or something…

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:00:36pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

This track is so amazing. Snarky Puppy takes it to the next level.

That was incredible. Thanks for introducing it to us!

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:02:49pm

re: #6 Unabogie

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:03:38pm

re: #2 stpaulbear

Does everyone get their own headphone mix? There must be 25+ people playing with headphones on. Doesn’t that kind of mess up the vibe of playing live?

Not when you’re reading tabs off of your smart phone!
//

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HappyWarrior  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:07:24pm

Manly lol. Yeah that’s the ticket.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:07:25pm

re: #2 stpaulbear

Does everyone get their own headphone mix? There must be 25+ people playing with headphones on. Doesn’t that kind of mess up the vibe of playing live?

They probably do have little personal mixing boxes. If it messes up the vibe, it sure isn’t evident from the performance. All of these guys look like they’re totally digging it.

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:08:28pm

Those LED lights on the orchestra stands are the best thing since sliced bread. The old style dumps tons of heat into your room.

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Lidane  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:08:36pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:12:14pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:14:03pm

You have to stop what you are doing and watch this video RIGHT NOW.

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Skip Intro  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:15:21pm

Just in case you may be thinking we’ve heard the last from the horrible Bush family, Jeb’s loathsome son is building his own Texas empire and filling it with Bush family hacks.

Not new news, but news nevertheless.

Jeb Bush’s Son Hiring Friends And Family As Head Of Texas Land Commission

Less than a year after being elected to lead the oldest state agency in Texas, Land Commissioner George P. Bush has dramatically remade the General Land Office by ousting most of its longtime leaders and replacing many with people with ties to his campaign and family.

Eleven of the top 18 officials on the agency’s organizational chart a year ago have been fired or forced out or have quit, and more could leave soon in an overhaul that Bush has described as a “reboot.”

In their place, Bush, a former Fort Worth resident, has given top jobs to two of his law school classmates, two relatives of members of two Bush presidential administrations and at least three others with ties to the family or other political leaders.

In all, Bush has hired at least 29 people who worked on his campaign or have political connections, according to a review of thousands of pages of personnel records. The agency did not advertise any of the openings publicly.

mintpressnews.com

I’ll give Texas one thing: they really know how to grow shit.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:15:25pm

It’s becoming a cliché to note that almost all of the top media talking heads are thin-skinned egomaniacs.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:16:24pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

Larry Craig wishes CSS3 had been codified ten years sooner.

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MsJ  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:16:45pm

re: #22 The Vicious Babushka

You have to stop what you are doing and watch this video RIGHT NOW.

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That’s so adorable. So damn cute!! Thanks!!

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:17:17pm

re: #25 Testy Toad T

Larry Craig wishes CSS3 had been codified ten years sooner.

As do I.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:18:02pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

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Clearly, Cruz should step up from merely gloating about his plans to destroy people, to actually murdering them.

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Skip Intro  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:18:53pm

re: #28 Pawn of the Oppressor

Clearly, Cruz should step up from merely gloating about his plans to destroy people, to actually murdering them.

He’d better speed it up because Trump is going to beat him to it.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:18:58pm

re: #28 Pawn of the Oppressor

Clearly, Cruz should step up from merely gloating about his plans to destroy people, to actually murdering them.

That’s what a real manly man does!

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Skip Intro  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:20:03pm

They really hate you Jeb.

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:20:26pm

re: #25 Testy Toad T

Larry Craig wishes CSS3 had been codified ten years sooner.

“Now that we know how to solve the problem, lets scrap everything and do it right.”

I’m going to get to do that this year for the first time in my programming career.

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makeitstop  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:20:41pm

re: #2 stpaulbear

Does everyone get their own headphone mix? There must be 25+ people playing with headphones on. Doesn’t that kind of mess up the vibe of playing live?

I’d assume that with that many people playing, eveyrone would get a headphone amp with the ability to control levels on sub-mixes (drums, keys, horns, bass, etc.)

I recorded at a pretty nice studio for a while and each member of the band got a headphone amp with their own 8-channel mix. We were only a 4-piece, but I’m sure the same principle would apply.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:21:11pm

[It is a very, very forced wide stance joke]

I’m not funny today.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:22:02pm

re: #30 HappyWarrior

That’s what a real manly man does!

I mean, what else is the Presidency for, anyway??

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b_sharp  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:22:12pm

re: #27 Charles Johnson

As do I.

I’m waiting for CSS 5.9

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:23:06pm

Ahh, that Megabus was on its way here. I would have self-destructed too.

Megabus catches fire on way to Milwaukee

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:23:23pm

re: #34 Testy Toad T

[It is a very, very forced wide stance joke]

I’m not funny today.

Sorry. I thought there might have been a Larry Craig I didn’t know about. I definitely didn’t catch it.

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Interesting Times  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:24:54pm

re: #31 Skip Intro

They really hate you Jeb.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:25:26pm
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Maddies Mom  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:29:10pm

re: #20 Lidane

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David Byrne is looking FINE!

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:29:26pm

re: #39 Interesting Times

Where’s my helmet?
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missliberties  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:29:27pm

Amazzzing music. The piano!! Gasp! Thanks so much for sharing Charles Johnson.

Is music becoming the conservative nightmare of diversity and multiculturalism. Oh noes.

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:32:10pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

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Wait until flexbox becomes the standard.

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Targetpractice  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:32:18pm

re: #31 Skip Intro

They really hate you Jeb.

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I believe if you add Trump’s line to the same chart, you’ll find that Jeb?’s crash through the floor happened right around the time The Donald began his “MEXICANS ARE RAPING AND KILLING!!!!” carnival barker routine to while acclaim.

46
Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:32:46pm

You guys. Now they’re arguing that Hillary Clinton doesn’t even believe in holding elections because some pundits said she was “inevitable”.

dailykos.com

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MsJ  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:32:50pm

re: #37 Amory Blaine

Ahh, that Megabus was on its way here. I would have self-destructed too.

Megabus catches fire on way to Milwaukee

Right by my place in IL. Too bad. Bus looks nicer than a Greyhound. As long as they don’t catch on fire, that is, I suppose.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:36:39pm

re: #46 Unabogie

You guys. Now they’re arguing that Hillary Clinton doesn’t even believe in holding elections because some pundits said she was “inevitable”.

dailykos.com

you
can’t
make
me

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:36:53pm

re: #46 Unabogie

You guys. Now they’re arguing that Hillary Clinton doesn’t even believe in holding elections because some pundits said she was “inevitable”.

dailykos.com

Instead of getting frustrated, when they go that far down the hole, laugh at them.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:37:33pm

re: #47 WhatEVs

Right by my place in IL. Too bad. Bus looks nicer than a Greyhound. As long as they don’t catch on fire, that is, I suppose.

Everybody’s luggage went up in smoke. Megabus only insures for $250 but some passengers were carrying stuff (including one guy who was moving with all his worldly belongings) worth $1000s

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MsJ  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:38:19pm

re: #46 Unabogie

You guys. Now they’re arguing that Hillary Clinton doesn’t even believe in holding elections because some pundits said she was “inevitable”.

dailykos.com

Alex Jones has nothing on those peeps.

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:39:04pm

re: #49 Belafon

Instead of getting frustrated, when they go that far down the hole, laugh at them.

I’m hoping that if I remain civil, some rational Bernie supporters will read it and snap out of the stupid (even if the person I’m arguing with is beyond hope).

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:39:04pm

re: #46 Unabogie

If Chuck Todd says so, I guess it’s time to wrap it up.

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:40:10pm

re: #53 Amory Blaine

If Chuck Todd says so, I guess it’s time to wrap it up.

Hey Chuck Todd said it, and some people felt sad, which is totes the same thing as canceling all elections from now on.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:45:42pm

re: #46 Unabogie

Yes. This acts as if the nomination has already been decided (ahead of voting) which tends to strongly tamp down voter participation (why vote if the decision is already made?). It is anti-democratic rhetoric.

Oh, for fuck’s sake. So now saying things that dampen your opponent’s supporter’s enthusiasm for voting are “anti-democratic”? Puh-leeeeze.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:48:14pm

re: #44 Unabogie

Wait until flexbox becomes the standard.

I’d be all about the flexbox if it were consistently supported by the main browsers. That day hasn’t arrived yet, though.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:50:24pm

O_o

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:53:10pm

re: #57 Backwoods_Sleuth

O_o

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That’s kind of funny.

On the other hand, wanting to abolish the capital gains tax shows that Norquist has no clue what Adam Smith said about his new economic system.

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b_sharp  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:53:39pm

re: #56 Charles Johnson

I’d be all about the flexbox if it were consistently supported by the main browsers. That day hasn’t arrived yet, though.

Which browsers support it now?

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Kafitrar  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:53:44pm

re: #57 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m pretty sure for Grover, IF , THEN abolish a tax.

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:53:48pm

re: #55 Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.

Oh, for fuck’s sake. So now saying things dampen your opponent’s supporter’s enthusiasm for votinbg are “anti-democratic”? Puh-leeeeze.

And it’s not even Hillary’s rhetoric. It’s the rhetoric of some unnamed pundit somewhere, for which she’s solely responsible and which makes her a person who literally wants to end all elections.

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:54:15pm

re: #59 b_sharp

Which browsers support it now?

caniuse.com

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:54:19pm

re: #57 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s almost as if he realizes how absurd his own talking points are.

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 6:58:19pm

re: #57 Backwoods_Sleuth

Raise capital gains taxes to pay for the Smithsonian, which he seems to enjoy.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:01:20pm

Zombie Boom!

Boom Boom that is….

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Unabogie  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:04:10pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:04:35pm

gee, it’s sure great that the gop has super candidates like ted cruz and marco rubio as alternatives to donald trump!! it’s so lucky and just peachy keen for them!!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:06:26pm

Walking Dead tonight…another good one.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:10:20pm

re: #68 Backwoods_Sleuth

Walking Dead tonight…another good one.

Was there a Jeb Bush cameo?

/

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:11:54pm

re: #69 Eclectic Cyborg

Was there a Jeb Bush cameo?

/

Several.

No one clapped.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:13:21pm

what in the utter fuck

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:15:45pm

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

what in the utter fuck

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Your GOP frontrunner ladies and gentlemen…

Then Trump managed to turn the moment into a lesson about how the country should negotiate.

“That’s the way we have to negotiate for our country … the lights go off, it’s better,” he said. “We say we want the lights. Oh, it’s terrible, we take a big deduction off the rent because the lights are off, but it’s actually better. It’s the kind of sick thinking we really need for our country. Isn’t that right?”

The lights remained off for the rest of the rally, per Trump’s very loud, very public request. An audio operator told NBC News that a protester pulled the cable.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:17:11pm

re: #31 Skip Intro

The cratering of Jeb! may be the first sign of intelligence in GOP voters in many years.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:17:12pm

Donald Trump at 50%. This is insane.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:17:20pm

re: #73 Charles Johnson

Damn…

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:18:40pm

re: #75 Charles Johnson

Donald Trump at 50%. This is insane.

Somewhere, Reince Preibus is shitting his pants.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:19:14pm

He will just riff of any lame shit that pops into his head and the stupid rubes just eat it up.

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:19:30pm

re: #77 Eclectic Cyborg

Somewhere, Reince Preibus is shitting his pants.

He’ll just post a tweet talking about how the Democrats are in disarray.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:19:40pm

re: #77 Eclectic Cyborg

Somewhere, Reince Preibus is shitting his pants.

Nah…he looks extremely constipated.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:20:24pm

This next one is dedicated to Mr. Donald Trump!

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band- Blinded by the Light

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Targetpractice  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:23:02pm

re: #80 Backwoods_Sleuth

Nah…he looks extremely constipated.

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I imagine that’s a consequence of the horse tranquilizers he’s using to keep from dissolving into a sobbing mass on the floor.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:24:23pm

re: #75 Charles Johnson

Donald Trump at 50%. This is insane.

It’s all good, provided Trump does not win the general electron if he is the nominee.

Let’s see if US voters will vote for or against the racist crap of a fascist like Trump. Hopefully he loses so big that the negative coat tails flip some of those GOP gerrymandered house districts.

If he does win in the general election, there’s no need to waste time or energy having hope for things working out.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:25:31pm

re: #84 The Vicious Babushka

YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE EVIL

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HappyWarrior  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:25:56pm

re: #73 Charles Johnson

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Thought MA Republicans were supposed to be sane

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Jenner7  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:26:25pm

I think Trump’s got the nom, but so much can happen between now and election. All I can say is Democrats better get on fucking board or so fucking help me I’ll….

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:26:30pm

re: #80 Backwoods_Sleuth

Nah…he looks extremely constipated.

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Well, Rinse Prius does have a giant turd he would like to get rid of.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:27:59pm

re: #86 HappyWarrior

Thought MA Republicans were supposed to be sane

That isn’t how things have worked out for California Republicans. They are as batshit crazy as any other species of Republican.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:29:00pm

re: #89 EPR-radar

That isn’t how things have worked out for California Republicans. They are as batshit crazy as any other species of Republican.

Ah true.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:29:11pm

re: #88 BlueSpotinAL

Well, Rinse Prius does have a giant turd he would like to get rid of.

But the giant turd in question is his entire party. Ex-Lax isn’t going to shift that problem.

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TedStriker  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:30:34pm

re: #80 Backwoods_Sleuth

Nah…he looks extremely constipated.

That happens when you’re mainlining opioids.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:31:09pm

OT I just posted a page on Downton Abbey and its last episode on March 6th.

littlegreenfootballs.com

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Great White Snark  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:33:15pm

re: #75 Charles Johnson

Donald Trump at 50%. This is insane.

Come the general-Democrats best show up in droves. Trump wins the general and I’m gonna be the guy all about the value of congressional obstructionism.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:36:01pm

re: #94 Great White Snark

Come the general-Democrats best show up in droves. Trump wins the general and I’m gonna be the guy all about the value of congressional obstructionism.

It would, uh, be constitutionally interesting. I don’t think we’ve ever had a president less aware of the official limits of his power than the Donald.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:36:39pm

Donald Trump in charge of our nuclear weapons.

Oh dear…

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:37:33pm

re: #94 Great White Snark

re: #95 Testy Toad T

Is it too late to start Republicans for Hillary?

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makeitstop  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:37:50pm

re: #81 Eclectic Cyborg

This next one is dedicated to Mr. Donald Trump!

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I interviewed Manfred on the tour for that album. He told me that he had Springsteen lined up to do a cameo on that song, but then Bruce’s schedule changed and it never happened.

He got a pretty big hit out of it, even without Brooooce, though.

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:38:22pm

re: #95 Testy Toad T

It would, uh, be constitutionally interesting. I don’t think we’ve ever had a president less aware of the official limits of his power than the Donald.

Are there any limits if Congress doesn’t stop the president?

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:39:21pm

re: #99 Belafon

Good question. I would have to research it. Off the cuff I have no idea.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:39:22pm

re: #95 Testy Toad T

It would, uh, be constitutionally interesting. I don’t think we’ve ever had a president less aware of the official limits of his power than the Donald.

That’s putting it very politely. I’m sure Trump thinks ordering the US military to arrest a recalcitrant Congress is a viable option.

Congressional Republicans might even be so venal as to go on record to the effect that this would be a good idea, if only Democrats are arrested.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:39:33pm

re: #98 makeitstop

I interviewed Manfred on the tour for that albm. He told me that he had Springsteen lined up to do a cameo on that song, but then Bruce’s schedule changed and it never happened.

He got a pretty big hit out of it, even without Brooooce, though.

Though their pronunciation of the word “deuce” has confused teens for decades.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:40:48pm

re: #99 Belafon

Are there any limits if Congress doesn’t stop the president?

Speaking seriously, I think all of the various people who have sworn oaths about supporting and defending are the pertinent line of defense.

I truly cannot believe this conversation is actually happening. This shit scares the crap out of me. I think I need an adult beverage.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:41:17pm

re: #102 Feline Fearless Leader

Though their pronunciation of the word “deuce” has confused teens for decades.

Took me years to realize what that line meant.

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Kragar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:42:10pm

Sting has gone way down. Just got a pink blotch around the size of quarter now.

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Great White Snark  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:42:12pm

re: #97 PhillyPretzel

Is it too late to start Republicans for Hillary?

Now that’s a bumper sticker/logo/meme I’d love to see. .

Republicans for Hilary-Donald Trump is right behind you
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makeitstop  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:42:43pm

re: #104 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Took me years to realize what that line meant.

They actually changed the whole line - Springsteen’s original lyric was ‘cut loose like a deuce’ - which doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, either.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:42:59pm

re: #102 Feline Fearless Leader

Though their pronunciation of the word “deuce” has confused teens for decades.

Maybe it was originally supposed to be “Bruce”

:P

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:43:28pm

re: #103 Testy Toad T

Speaking seriously, I think all of the various people who have sworn oaths about supporting and defending are the pertinent line of defense.

I truly cannot believe this conversation is actually happening. This shit scares the crap out of me. I think I need an adult beverage.

Especially when it is noted that holy rollers have been trying to mess with the professionalism of the US armed forces for some time (e.g., the Air Force Academy).

Wouldn’t it be bizarre if Trump was the wrong kind of crazy to inspire oath-breaking by senior US military?

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Great White Snark  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:45:44pm

re: #99 Belafon

Are there any limits if Congress doesn’t stop the president?

Judicial branch can declare executive action unconstitutional when called for

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:46:00pm

Somebody is upset that RubioBot supposedly characterized Trump supporters as “white trash.” She claims there are non-whites who support him, too.

themarshallreport.wordpress.com

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Amory Blaine  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:46:10pm

re: #102 Feline Fearless Leader

Though their pronunciation of the word “deucedouche has confused teens for decades.

FTFY :P

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:46:57pm

Imagine who Trump might nominate for SCOTUS…

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:48:47pm

re: #107 makeitstop

They actually changed the whole line - Springsteen’s original lyric was ‘cut loose like a deuce’ - which doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, either.

From what someone told me “deuce” is a car engine reference.

Since Springsteen wrote a lot about girls, cars, and New Jersey that sounds plausible to me.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:48:51pm

re: #107 makeitstop

They actually changed the whole line - Springsteen’s original lyric was ‘cut loose like a deuce’ - which doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, either.

Deuce refers to a kind of hot rod, as in “Little Deuce Coupe.”

Youtube Video

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Joe Bacon  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:50:34pm

re: #113 Eclectic Cyborg

Imagine who Trump might nominate for SCOTUS…

Yes, imagine a Trumpified Supreme Court with John Yoo, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert, Steve King…

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:51:19pm

re: #116 Joe Bacon

Yes, imagine a Trumpified Supreme Court with John Yoo, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert, Steve King…

Robert Bork.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:52:30pm

re: #110 Great White Snark

Judicial branch can declare executive action unconstitutional when called for

This has severe limits in practice. E.g., when the Cherokee won their supreme court case, President Jackson’s response was “Judge Marshall has made the law. Now let him enforce it.” I don’t see Trump as being more reasonable than Andrew Jackson.

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TedStriker  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:52:48pm

re: #117 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Robert Bork.

That’d be a trick, since Bork’s been dead since 2012.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:53:28pm

I suppose the Founding Fathers believed that the Separation of Powers would be enough to insulate the Republic from being driven into the ground by any one Moron. I wonder what they’d have to say about half the country losing its goddamned mind.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:54:03pm

re: #118 EPR-radar

This has severe limits in practice. E.g., when the Cherokee won their supreme court case, President Jackson’s response was “Judge Marshall has made the law. Now let him enforce it.” I don’t see Trump as being more reasonable than Andrew Jackson.

Thank God, I guess, that our system of government is not an angsty preteen the way it was when the Declaration of Independence was well within living memory.

Even in my darkest hours I have no illusions that anybody could pull that today.

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Great White Snark  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:55:22pm

re: #118 EPR-radar

This has severe limits in practice. E.g., when the Cherokee won their supreme court case, President Jackson’s response was “Judge Marshall has made the law. Now let him enforce it.” I don’t see Trump as being more reasonable than Andrew Jackson.

How did that work out for Nixon? Or Pres. Clinton for that matter.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:55:37pm

re: #119 TedStriker

That’d be a trick, since Bork’s been dead since 2012.

ZOMBORK

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:56:20pm

re: #116 Joe Bacon

Yes, imagine a Trumpified Supreme Court with John Yoo, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert, Steve King…

What is Trumpified about this list? This is the short list for any Republican president.

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Belafon  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:56:33pm

I would definitely hope that a lot of Republicans would go, “Hey Trump, you’re not the only branch of government.” I suspect a lot of them will. I do see a president Trump exploring just beyond the edge of his power whenever he gets the chance.

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gwangung  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:57:40pm

re: #125 Belafon

I would definitely hope that a lot of Republicans would go, “Hey Trump, you’re not the only branch of government.” I suspect a lot of them will. I do see a president Trump exploring just beyond the edge of his power whenever he gets the chance.

Nearly damn all Presidents do that.

Trump just would be unsubtle and very public about it.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:57:52pm

re: #120 Pawn of the Oppressor

I suppose the Founding Fathers believed that the Separation of Powers would be enough to insulate the Republic from being driven into the ground by any one Moron. I wonder what they’d have to say about half the country losing its goddamned mind.

That is what is on my mind as well. A rogue president will not necessarily be curbed by separation of powers if his party has a congressional majority and a SCOTUS majority.

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Alyosha  Feb 21, 2016 • 7:58:50pm

Chief Justice Gary Busey.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:04:13pm

re: #122 Great White Snark

How did that work out for Nixon? Or Pres. Clinton for that matter.

Nixon resigned because some Republican Senators were likely to vote for conviction if he got impeached. Something like that is completely unthinkable now.

Clinton faced a Congress under the control of the opposite party. If (God forbid) Trump wins the general election, he’ll have a Republican Congress, and everything will depend on the deals he ends up making with Congressional Republicans.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:04:52pm

re: #119 TedStriker

That’d be a trick, since Bork’s been dead since 2012.

but he lives on in the hearts of many, like Saint Ronnie

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:06:48pm

re: #121 Testy Toad T

Thank God, I guess, that our system of government is not an angsty preteen the way it was when the Declaration of Independence was well within living memory.

Even in my darkest hours I have no illusions that anybody could pull that today.

I can see something like this being pulled off today if it’s not as blatant as what Jackson did (plausible deniability and all). Bush v. Gore in 2000 is my main piece of evidence for this.

That said, I certainly hope you have the right of this.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:09:46pm

re: #127 EPR-radar

I’ve been thinking about this lately for the same reasons we all have: mass media, mass shootings, mass idiocy, mass hysteria. I really would like to know what those men would think if you could pay them a visit and tell them about the conditions we face in Year 240 of America the Independent.

“Gentlemen, any man with a grievance can easily acquire and use an ‘arm’ which enables him to kill dozens of people in minutes. Your fear of tackling slavery as an issue resulted in a war which nearly destroyed the country, and its effects are still being felt two and a half centuries in the future. The divide between “north” and “south” culture has poisoned our politics for generations. Religious mania grips some of our most prominent political minds. ‘Every man under his fig tree’ is extremely hard to implement when there are half as many people in Future America as there are on the entire planet at this time. And Mister Jefferson, your romantic dream of a nation of smallholder farmers will be permanently discarded by about 1830… We’re going to need some clarity about your intentions because a little legal help now would save us a lot of dead bodies in the future.”

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:09:51pm

re: #130 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

but he lives on in the hearts of many, like Saint Ronnie

Like that idiot talking head who thought pending SCOTUS cases can be decided with 9 votes because everyone knows how Scalia would have voted. Does that fool even realize how bankrupt that correct observation makes Scalia’s judicial philosophy look?

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lockjawcanbefun  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:09:53pm

Stop the planet. I want to get off.

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freetoken  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:10:47pm

I’m not surprised Trump is overwhelmingly popular in MA Republican pools.

Both Cruz and Rubio are Je$u$-talkers, and while that plays well in the South, I think it comes off very rube-ish elsewhere.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:15:16pm

re: #132 Pawn of the Oppressor

The founders would not have been able to help with the issues relating to slavery. Slavery was already an intractable issue at the time of the founding, and it steadily got worse until the civil war started.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:16:08pm

re: #134 lockjawcanbefun

Stop the planet. I want to get off.

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Arson I wonder?

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The Ghost of Bork Bork Bork Bork  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:18:40pm

re: #130 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

but he lives on in the hearts of many, like Saint Ronnie

It’s only a little poll tax.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:20:24pm

re: #136 EPR-radar

The founders would not have been able to help with the issues relating to slavery. Slavery was already an intractable issue at the time of the founding, and it steadily got worse until the civil war started.

And the nation’s development and expansion put additional pressures on it as well in unpredicted ways. Immigration, new territories (Northwest Territories, expansion to the Mississippi, and then toss the Louisiana Purchase on top of it), and a society that really wants a police state-like status quo gets more and more reactionary as it sees the writing on the wall.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:20:57pm

re: #136 EPR-radar

The founders would not have been able to help with the issues relating to slavery. Slavery was already an intractable issue at the time of the founding, and it steadily got worse until the civil war started.

To be honest, it’s amazing a modern technological free-ish functional society resulted from the gimcrack bullshit with which those old codgers saddled us.

I mean, they were way ahead of their time and obviously we owe the decidedly-non-heroic founding fathers a great deal, but tallest midget and all that.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:21:26pm

SMOTI has a smear job on Bernie up on his site. Something to the effect that Sanders was unemployed until he was 40, lived in a maple sugar shack, etc. Then SMOTI ends by saying it’s no wonder Democrats love Bernie.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:23:34pm

re: #136 EPR-radar

I know. I do wonder if they could be convinced otherwise if shown the consequences, though. Hundreds of thousands dead, an assassinated President, bloody ruin across the center of the country, animosity that will persist for centuries, god-awful racial violence and barbarism, all over racism and owning people as animals. “A decent respect to the opinions of mankind” with a little show and tell might have done some good.

It’s just fantasy, obviously, but it’s painful how short-sighted and cowardly they were.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:25:33pm

re: #141 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

SMOTI has a smear job on Bernie up on his site. Something to the effect that Sanders was unemployed until he was 40, lived in a maple sugar shack, etc. Then SMOTI ends by saying it’s no wonder Democrats love Bernie.

He’s wrong. Not surprising coming from the guy who thought “Progressive Insurance” meant the company was politically progressive. What’s he done with his life other than smearing people for dough?

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:26:07pm

re: #140 Testy Toad T

To be honest, it’s amazing a modern technological free-ish functional society resulted from the gimcrack bullshit with which those old codgers saddled us.

I mean, they were way ahead of their time and obviously we owe the decidedly-non-heroic founding fathers a great deal, but tallest midget and all that.

I think part of the reason for this is that some good ideals were put down in writing (e.g., “all men are created equal” etc.).

Even though slavery at the time of the founding made a mockery of this, the words remained as an inspiration to do better. But we can’t be slaves to the text, as Scalia would have it. Women’s suffrage shouldn’t have needed a constitutional amendment to secure.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:26:22pm

re: #135 freetoken

I’m not surprised Trump is overwhelmingly popular in MA Republican pools.

Both Cruz and Rubio are Je$u$-talkers, and while that plays well in the South, I think it comes off very rube-ish elsewhere.

Yeah I suppose you’re right. I keep on forgeting Trump is “moderate” compared to Cruz and Rubio.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:28:06pm

re: #136 EPR-radar

The founders would not have been able to help with the issues relating to slavery. Slavery was already an intractable issue at the time of the founding, and it steadily got worse until the civil war started.

Those difficulties resulted in the infamous 3/5ths rule for House apportionment. Counting the slaves as equivalent to white inhabitants would have given the South more representatives than northern states. Counting the slaves as zero would have given the advantage to the North.

And abolishing slavery before forming the Republic was a non-starter, politically speaking.

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EPR-radar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:30:18pm

re: #142 Pawn of the Oppressor

I know. I do wonder if they could be convinced otherwise if shown the consequences, though. Hundreds of thousands dead, an assassinated President, bloody ruin across the center of the country, animosity that will persist for centuries, god-awful racial violence and barbarism, all over racism and owning people as animals. “A decent respect to the opinions of mankind” with a little show and tell might have done some good.

It’s just fantasy, obviously, but it’s painful how short-sighted and cowardly they were.

The non slaveholders simply didn’t have the power to do anything about it then. Had they pressed this issue, there most likely would have been no Constitution and the US would have bumbled along with the articles of confederation. It’s hard to see how that could have turned out better for anyone.

The possibility of convincing the slavers to see the error of their ways is too remote to be worth considering, even in alt-history.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:34:01pm

We may have gotten lucky that they happened to be reasonable men who wanted to be left alone to do business, with Montesquieu, and by extension, the history of the Roman empire, to fall back on. Much is made of John Locke’s influence but when you study the history of the Roman Empire in detail, particularly the transition from Republic to Empire, there are many good and subtle lessons about separation of powers in that history.

Can you have a Democracy? Yes, but it tends to vote itself into madness without a check.

Can you have a Caesar? Yes, if he’s not too young, too old, or poorly educated, or crazy, or in the pocket of the army, or is free to make shit up as he goes along without consequences.

Can you have a Republic? Yes, but without diversified opinions at the top, and a uniform system of laws that everyone must follow, it’s not much good and will decay into venal satrapy without tending.

My understanding is that we can thank Montesquieu for an essentially anthropological study of ancient politics. Separation of powers, and checks and balances, is very under-rated in the teaching of American Revolution. We’re so hung up on treating those men as White Gods of Goodness that we ignore larger lessons about where they got their ideas from.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:41:16pm

re: #147 EPR-radar

Oh I wouldn’t even go into alt-history. It was just a thought… I don’t remember as much of their writings as I should, but I’m really surprised there wasn’t more said on how bad it was going to get.

Edit: And, if through time travel magic you could show those men what became of the slavery issue, it’s just as likely they would have said “Fuck it, let’s just have two countries then” and drawn a straight line across the map to make a Slave and Free country right then and there.

The Articles of Confederation were so useless that if I understand correctly, the Constitution was written in what was supposed to be just another review of the articles… Everybody got together and pretty much just wrote something new from scratch without much concern for the old articles. It’s a shame that direct records weren’t kept of the debates.

Stuff that seems so common sense now - unified currency, a standing army, a strong federal government - was all up for fierce and contentious debate at any given time.

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retired cynic  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:43:39pm

I wonder: if Trump looks like he is going to take the Republican nomination, if there was anything to be gained by going behind the door to get to enough Senate Rs to go along with confirming an Obama nominee for justice, just to keep Trump from having control from the start, should he get elected. (Bad sentence, sorry!) I would think a lot of them would fear him (or Cruz), too.

No, I suppose not. Sigh.

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retired cynic  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:50:19pm

The run-on sentence killed the thread!

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retired cynic  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:53:48pm

I’m digging the hole and preparing the casket….
edit!

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Kragar  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:55:33pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 21, 2016 • 8:58:26pm

re: #153 Kragar

To Serve and Protect…some of us.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 21, 2016 • 9:01:45pm

re: #149 Pawn of the Oppressor

Oh I wouldn’t even go into alt-history. It was just a thought… I don’t remember as much of their writings as I should, but I’m really surprised there wasn’t more said on how bad it was going to get.

Edit: And, if through time travel magic you could show those men what became of the slavery issue, it’s just as likely they would have said “Fuck it, let’s just have two countries then” and drawn a straight line across the map to make a Slave and Free country right then and there.

The Articles of Confederation were so useless that if I understand correctly, the Constitution was written in what was supposed to be just another review of the articles… Everybody got together and pretty much just wrote something new from scratch without much concern for the old articles. It’s a shame that direct records weren’t kept of the debates.

Stuff that seems so common sense now - unified currency, a standing army, a strong federal government - was all up for fierce and contentious debate at any given time.

The alt-history wouldn’t be that simple since a lot of the northern states didn’t end slavery until after the Constitution was adopted. Usually by 1810 using some sort of gradual emancipation mechanism. Even then that was no guarantee that the freedmen got voting rights or anything near equal treatment.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 21, 2016 • 9:13:48pm

Considering Uber’s mercenary business model I’m honestly surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

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Kragar  Feb 21, 2016 • 9:14:59pm
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teleskiguy  Feb 21, 2016 • 9:15:23pm

FEAR AND LOATHING IN NYC: HUNTER S. THOMPSON GOES TO TOWN

I LOLd when I read this.

Thompson’s first break in New York was at Time magazine, where he was hired as a copyboy. Although he described the job as “the lowest on the editorial ladder,” involving delivering magazines and ferrying copy rather than writing, it paid half of his Columbia tuition and afforded him a subsistence wage of $51 a week.

Unfortunately it would not last the year. As one of Thompson’s roommates from the period recalls: “Hunter would get absolutely smashed and go around mouthing off and insulting all of his superiors.” The occasions for these bouts of drunken belligerence were the Sunday night open bars hosted at Time’s office for employees. Specific sins include: calling the business manager a “fat lecher” to a crowd of coworkers; calling the business manager a “fat lecher” to his face; and stealing an entire box-worth of office supplies, food and books from the office of the magazine’s founder. Predictably, Thompson was fired.

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teleskiguy  Feb 21, 2016 • 10:01:11pm
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Kragar  Feb 21, 2016 • 10:26:25pm
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goddamnedfrank  Feb 21, 2016 • 10:42:44pm

re: #160 Kragar

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One thing that’s really disappointing about Sander’s supporters is that even here they don’t stick around and really argue for their candidate on the merits. They’ve got plenty of conviction but it’s spread a mile wide and only an inch deep. I don’t see much in the way of sustained reasoning or rationale, just angry feelings and attacks against Hillary. Not going to name names but we’ve seen it here lately, drop a meme and run, over and over, totally unwilling to engage with any criticism now matter how mildly and rationally presented.

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Kragar  Feb 21, 2016 • 10:45:07pm

re: #161 goddamnedfrank

All that may in fact be true, but did you know the Bernie marched with MLK?
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Lidane  Feb 21, 2016 • 10:48:34pm

Brief spoilery thoughts on tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead:

Daryl and Rick = Bill & Ted. I know they were going for a Butch & Sundance thing, but it was far too camp for that.

Carl luring Walker Deanna over to Spencer for him to end her was beautiful.

RICHONNE. I made a bunch of embarrassing noises and fangirled everywhere. That was so well done.

Bring on Negan already. If Jesus is that nuts, Negan is going to be off the chain.

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teleskiguy  Feb 21, 2016 • 10:58:27pm

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ARE A BUNCH OF BIASED CLOWNS. A ONCE FINE PRESS AGENCY THAT’S GOING DOWN THE CRAPPER. SAD! THE FACT IS I HAVE SAID NOTHING CONTROVERSIAL.

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Mattand  Feb 21, 2016 • 11:38:35pm

re: #161 goddamnedfrank

One thing that’s really disappointing about Sander’s supporters is that even here they don’t stick around and really argue for their candidate on the merits. They’ve got plenty of conviction but it’s spread a mile wide and only an inch deep. I don’t see much in the way of sustained reasoning or rationale, just angry feelings and attacks against Hillary. Not going to name names but we’ve seen it here lately, drop a meme and run, over and over, totally unwilling to engage with any criticism now matter how mildly and rationally presented.

There’s one blog I read where the regulars would regard everyone here as being to the right of Reagan; Snowden is greater than Lincoln; Obama is basically a Republican; etc. Predictably, it’s gone pro-Bernie, with pretty much the same “How will Bernie succeed? REVOLUTION!!!!” wishful thinking that is becoming characteristic of that crowd.

What’s interesting is that the owner of the blog has said he’ll hold his nose and vote for Clinton if necessary, because Big Picture. I’m not sure his rank-and-file gets the message.

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teleskiguy  Feb 21, 2016 • 11:55:08pm

This song is the business.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:10:47am

re: #156 goddamnedfrank

Considering Uber’s mercenary business model I’m honestly surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

Kalamazoo Uber driver picked up fares between killings, source says

Say what you like about Uber, at least they have a work ethic.

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:16:46am

I finally upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I have 5.1 sound on my computer and I was lamenting that I couldn’t get Dolby Digital on Netflix on a PC. With the Metro interface, Microsoft’s app store has a Netflix app and it provides DD sound. I’m in Netflix DD re-watching heaven.

So, I’m re-watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I notice that Raina really makes this white and gold dress look good….


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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:45:21am

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

With no Bush to bash, Trump rails against the light

We need a President like that to defend the sanctity of our lawns against trespassing schoolkids…

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:54:41am

re: #134 lockjawcanbefun

Stop the planet. I want to get off.

Considering how many refugees have been taken in by Germany, I find that they have been welcoming, despite incidents like this. Note that nobody was harmed, the people were just behaving like assholes.

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Usually refered to as anyways  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:54:42am

re: #168 Single-handed sailor

I finally upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I have 5.1 sound on my computer and I was lamenting that I couldn’t get Dolby Digital on Netflix on a PC. With the Metro interface, Microsoft’s app store has a Netflix app and it provides DD sound. I’m in Netflix DD re-watching heaven.

So, I’m re-watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I notice that Raina really makes this white and gold dress look good….

[Embedded content]

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I’m curious, your reference to the dress, do you not believe that it can be seen in two different colours?

I downloaded it as a jpeg, so it can not change and I have seen it as white and gold as well as purple and black, within a few minutes of each other sitting in the same position.

I do not understand why, only that I have witnessed it on numerous occasions.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:56:44am

re: #146 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Those difficulties resulted in the infamous 3/5ths rule for House apportionment. Counting the slaves as equivalent to white inhabitants would have given the South more representatives than northern states. Counting the slaves as zero would have given the advantage to the North.

And abolishing slavery before forming the Republic was a non-starter, politically speaking.

And that is why Obama should not nominate a new SCOTUS judge: he has already served out 3/5ths of his term…

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:05:02am

re: #171 Usually refered to as anyways

I’m curious, your reference to the dress, do you not believe that it can be seen in two different colours?

I downloaded it as a jpeg, so it can not change and I have seen it as white and gold as well as purple and black, within a few minutes of each other sitting in the same position.

I do not understand why, only that I have witnessed it on numerous occasions.

What I think happened was that the camera white-balance was set while looking at the blue dress, although that would most likely be outside the range of any white balance adjustment.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:08:10am

re: #171 Usually refered to as anyways

I’m curious, your reference to the dress, do you not believe that it can be seen in two different colours?

I downloaded it as a jpeg, so it can not change and I have seen it as white and gold as well as purple and black, within a few minutes of each other sitting in the same position.

I do not understand why, only that I have witnessed it on numerous occasions.

That dress is a great metaphor for how we choose to see race.

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Usually refered to as anyways  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:13:10am

re: #173 Single-handed sailor

What I think happened was that the camera white-balance was set while looking at the blue dress, although that would most likely be outside the range any white balance adjustment.

I sampled the white in gimp and it came up as #7380ad
Which is quite purple when views as a sample.

And the gold was #69594a which is quite brown.
Which looks black when seeing the dress as purple and black.

I think it may be a right brain left brain thing.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:14:13am

re: #175 Usually refered to as anyways

I think it may be a right brain left brain thing.

mostly a people-obsessing-on-the-Internet thing…

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Nojay UK  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:15:25am

re: #173 Single-handed sailor

What I think happened was that the camera white-balance was set while looking at the blue dress, although that would most likely be outside the range of any white balance adjustment.

The problem often lies in which kind of monitor people look at such pictures with. A cheap badly colour-balanced monitor is going to make the image look different to anyone viewing it on a decent (i.e. expensive) and correctly setup monitor.

I have a high-definition IPS/IZGO desktop screen which has a high colour gamut (99% Adobe, 100% sRGB). I occasionally do a side-by-side comparison of images from the web with an older lower-resolution TN-screen laptop and it’s like they’re different images, colour-wise.

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Usually refered to as anyways  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:17:12am

re: #176 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

mostly a people-obsessing-on-the-Internet thing…

I find it interesting as I have seen both on multiple occasions.

My interest is more about the brain, and what we see and how we perceive what we see.
More of a fascination than an obsession for me.

I think the human brain is an amazing thing, and so is the human body.

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Usually refered to as anyways  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:18:55am

re: #177 Nojay UK

The problem often lies in which kind of monitor people look at such pictures with. A cheap badly colour-balanced monitor is going to make the image look different to anyone viewing it on a decent (i.e. expensive) and correctly setup monitor.

I have a high-definition IPS/IZGO desktop screen which has a high colour gamut (99% Adobe, 100% sRGB). I occasionally do a side-by-side comparison of images from the web with an older lower-resolution TN-screen laptop and it’s like they’re different images, colour-wise.

I’m seated in the same position looking at the same monitor sometimes just a few minutes apart.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:19:39am

re: #178 Usually refered to as anyways

I find it interesting as I have seen both on multiple occasions.

My interest is more about the brain, and what we see and how we perceive what we see.
More of a fascination than an obsession for me.

I think the human brain is an amazing thing, and so is the human body.

My ex and I always argues about the colors of certain objects, she mostly saw them as black where I saw dark blue. She has a history of colorblindness in her family that certainly affects things.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:49:32am

re: #148 Pawn of the Oppressor

We may have gotten lucky that they happened to be reasonable men who wanted to be left alone to do business, with Montesquieu, and by extension, the history of the Roman empire, to fall back on. Much is made of John Locke’s influence but when you study the history of the Roman Empire in detail, particularly the transition from Republic to Empire, there are many good and subtle lessons about separation of powers in that history.

Can you have a Democracy? Yes, but it tends to vote itself into madness without a check.

Can you have a Caesar? Yes, if he’s not too young, too old, or poorly educated, or crazy, or in the pocket of the army, or is free to make shit up as he goes along without consequences.

Can you have a Republic? Yes, but without diversified opinions at the top, and a uniform system of laws that everyone must follow, it’s not much good and will decay into venal satrapy without tending.

My understanding is that we can thank Montesquieu for an essentially anthropological study of ancient politics. Separation of powers, and checks and balances, is very under-rated in the teaching of American Revolution. We’re so hung up on treating those men as White Gods of Goodness that we ignore larger lessons about where they got their ideas from.

They got all those ideas from teh Bible!!

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:58:26am

Seriously, though, Montesquieu did for politics what Linnaeus did for biology. We all owe Montey a huge debt of gratitude.

He’d undoubtedly place Trump in the Caesar category — one of the unhinged variety.

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Shiplord Kirel  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:33:58am

Oh no! I’ve discovered Arabic numerals imprinted right on my mailbox! Since this is Texas, we can probably have a SWAT team here in minutes and local politicians will fall over each other demanding a DHS investigation.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:42:35am

re: #183 Shiplord Kirel

Oh no! I’ve discovered Arabic numerals imprinted right on my mailbox! Since this is Texas, we can probably have a SWAT team here in minutes and local politicians will fall over each other demanding a DHS investigation.

What’s that ticking noise coming from within?

(It is the beating of his hideous heart!)

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:54:45am

re: #115 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Deuce refers to a kind of hot rod, as in “Little Deuce Coupe.”

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I know that. The whole song always seemed like more of an exercise in fee-associative rhyming than anything else to me, TBH.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:55:44am

re: #185 makeitstop

I know that. The whole song always seemed like more of an exercise in fee-associative rhyming than anything else to me, TBH.

I long ago gave up on analyzing the deeper meaning of lyrics. If I like them, I like them and simply let them wash over me with their sound and resonance.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:11:25am

re: #115 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Deuce refers to a kind of hot rod, as in “Little Deuce Coupe.”

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I remember wondering as a kid just what that “Little Doo Scoop” song was about…

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:18:40am

re: #77 Eclectic Cyborg

Somewhere, Reince Preibus is shitting his pants.

Comment of the day!

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:19:52am

re: #77 Eclectic Cyborg

Somewhere, Reince Preibus is shitting his pants.

He is resigning himself to the necessity of destroying the GOP in order to save it…

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:21:37am

re: #189 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

He is updating his resume.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:22:18am

re: #190 Kent Dorfman

He is updating his resume.

Looking for a job selling Toyota Priebuses?

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:22:38am

re: #157 Kragar

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Ow! I just rolled my eyes so hard.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:39:29am

Here’s the Little Deuce Coupe (1932 Ford Model B) as seen on The Beach Boys’ album of the same name.

With an Oldsmobile V-8!

Credit: Photo By Eric Kilby - flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0, commons.wikimedia.org

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:43:57am

And while I’m at it, another famous musical Ford Coupe, though technically not a Deuce. This one’s from 1933.

Photo By Whpq - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:59:05am

re: #193 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Here’s the Little Deuce Coupe (1932 Ford Model B) as seen on The Beach Boys’ album of the same name.

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Credit: Photo By Eric Kilby - flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0, commons.wikimedia.org

From the front grille and ‘frenched’ headlights, I’d guess that that one was done by George Barris. Barris was way into fiberglass fabrication before most custom guys, and was responsible for many of the iconic rods that made it to TV, like the Batmobile and the Munsters Koach, among many others.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:02:40am

re: #195 makeitstop

From the front grille and ‘frenched’ headlights, I’d guess that that one was done by George Barris. Barris was way into fiberglass fabrication before most custom guys, and was responsible for many of the iconic rods that made it to TV, like the Batmobile and the Munsters Koach, among many others.

The Red Baron Roadster was my fave. I did not do a lot of car models as a kid, but I remember building this one

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Tigger2  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:02:43am

re: #194 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

And while I’m at it, another famous musical Ford Coupe, though technically not a Deuce. This one’s from 1933.

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Photo By Whpq - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org

Was in a Great Video.

ZZ Top - Legs

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Tigger2  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:05:33am

re: #197 Tigger2

Was in a Great Video.

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In fact a few ZZ Top videos.

ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin’ (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:07:05am

Girls, cars, beards, legs, guitars and cheap sunglasses. Recipe for success…

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:10:12am

re: #196 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

The Red Baron Roadster was my fave. I did not do a lot of car models as a kid, but I remember building this one

I built the Munsters Koach (and ‘Dragula,’ Grandpa’s car) and the Monkeemobile.

And once I got old enough, my friends and I stuffed firecrackers in them and blew them up. Ah, to be young and stupid again…

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:13:35am

re: #200 makeitstop

And once I got old enough, my friends and I stuffed firecrackers in them and blew them up. Ah, to be young and stupid again…

.

I agree! I once built a 36’ long model of the Bismark. Set it afloat on a pond and sank it with my BB gun. Unfortunately, I am not young anymore.

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Tigger2  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:15:18am

re: #200 makeitstop

I built the Munsters Koach (and ‘Dragula,’ Grandpa’s car) and the Monkeemobile.

And once I got old enough, my friends and I stuffed firecrackers in them and blew them up. Ah, to be young and stupid again…

The last model I did was the Beverly Hillbillies Truck.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:15:18am

re: #201 Kent Dorfman

.

I agree! I once built a 36’ long model of the Bismark. Set it afloat on a pond and sank it with my BB gun. Unfortunately, I am not young anymore.

Likewise. In the swamp. Long live the Deutsche Kriegsmarine!!!

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:23:50am

re: #203 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I sang this song as it slowly sank to its underwater grave…

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:45:33am

re: #204 Kent Dorfman

I sang this song as it slowly sank to its underwater grave…

I was singing this one

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:47:57am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:51:39am

re: #206 Dr. Matt

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Libety or tranny?

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:52:00am

re: #202 Tigger2

The last model I did was the Beverly Hillbillies Truck.

Do kids even build kits anymore? Mine were not interested, even after I showed them some of my better surviving models.

I remember spending hours detailing a Hubley Deusenberg.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:53:19am

re: #208 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Do kids even build kits anymore? Mine were not interested, even after I showed them some of my better surviving models.

I remember spending hours detailing a Hubley Deusenberg.

I think I owned nearly every available Monogram 1/48 scale aircraft and tank on the market…

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:54:33am

re: #208 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Do kids even build kits anymore? Mine were not interested, even after I showed them some of my better surviving models.

I remember spending hours detailing a Hubley Deusenberg.

My grandson in Israel LOVES building models from kits. Aircraft are his favorites.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:54:57am

re: #209 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Harumpf. Revell made better models.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:55:55am

I had a veritable air force hanging from the ceiling of my bedroom. I made some model tanks, but I liked airplanes best.

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:56:27am

re: #211 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

Testors!!

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:57:03am

re: #160 Kragar

I haven’t gotten any money from Goldman Sachs to vote. I’m kind of disappointed.

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:58:39am

re: #208 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Do kids even build kits anymore? Mine were not interested, even after I showed them some of my better surviving models.

I remember spending hours detailing a Hubley Deusenberg.

My son tried them but then promptly went to trying to build the same in Legos instead. To each their own, I suppose. I did every aircraft one I could get my hands on - every thing from the P-6E to the P-40, P-38, P-39, P-47, P-51, P-61 & P-82 to the B-17, B-25, B-29, B-47 & B-52. F-86 & most of the century birds too. Many many hours of fun. My father would then hang them above the stairway going up to the bedrooms of the 2nd floor of the farmhouse.

I always wanted, but never found, a kit for an A-20. I was not a good enough modeler to scratch build that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:59:04am

morning all!

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:59:18am

I thought the coolest things were when I got the wings to fold on the naval aircraft. Also you could make the Dauntless and Helldiver drop bombs.

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:59:28am

re: #209 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I think I owned nearly every available Monogram 1/48 scale aircraft and tank on the market…

And Tamiya, don’t forget their beautiful kits.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:05:59am

re: #218 William Lewis

And Tamiya, don’t forget their beautiful kits.

Oh, yeah. I did their 1:18 scale Honda F-1 model. Really well executed model.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:06:01am

re: #218 William Lewis

And Tamiya, don’t forget their beautiful kits.

My weekly allowance after mowing the lawn/raking leaves/shoveling snow, etc. was $3.50. That covered the price of one Monogram model and some glue/paint as needed.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:07:35am

re: #211 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

Harumpf. Revell made better models.

Tamiya.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:18:11am

Ugh.

I am not a member of AltRight.

But, I have learned a great deal from these people and I appreciate their support and insight.

Political correctness is harming this country. It is demeaning and it destroys our patriotism and identity.

Frail little pseudo liberal toolbag wanted to associate with overt racists and not be called out on it.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:24:54am

re: #221 Le Lapin Tueur

Tamiya.

Nichimo. They had a model of the IJN Yamato that was a staggering 54” long. Sadly, discontinued.

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Great White Snark  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:27:26am

Video

Winter Is Trumping

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:28:16am

I’m so glad to be called intellectually lazy for calling out Chucky Todd and the rest of the so called journalists who have actively avoided addressing the 800 pound gorilla in the room that is Trump’s overt racism and xenophobia.

Trump makes no secret of this stuff. He actively quotes/tweets white supremacists (the guy he frequently quotes has a handle whitegenocide). That’s not hiding in the shadows. He’s out there.

Trump pushes a xenophobic agenda - demonizing Muslims and Mexicans. He makes all kinds of threats and baseless statements, and his supporters - GOP supporters - flock to him in ever greater numbers.

Where’s the reporting on all that? Journalists appear dumbfounded that Trump’s knocking out all the career politicians and the pretenders, but fact is that Trump is saying essentially the same thing as the rest of the candidates - only that he’s far more explicit and blunt.

That’s biting analysis, not intellectual laziness. Intellectual laziness is Chucky Todd getting his panties in a bunch about being called out for ignoring Trump’s racism/xenophobia, but only identifying when journalists are the target of Trump’s ire (*which is what happens daily, but I digress).

Guess Todd ignored what happened when Trump railed into Megyn Kelly. Trump’s ratings soared.

But the thing I’ve got to love the most is the Trump fans who think that minorities are flocking to Trump. No proof. None whatsoever. In the primaries, Trump is getting about what you’d expect based on the percentages he’s won - and most minorities simply don’t vote Republican. And with Trump’s incessant statements, he’s not going to curry favors to improve the GOP standing with minorities either.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:28:40am

re: #218 William Lewis

Let’s not forget the late lamented AMT and MPC, both from Metro Detroit!

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:29:16am

re: #223 Dr Lizardo

Only thing better than a battleship model of the Yamato would be a model of the space battleship Yamato.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:32:18am

Useless trivia: a lot of the add on parts to the Millennium Falcon (I am currently building a 1:1 replica of the model used in the Empire Strikes Back ) used Tamiya model parts. Lore says that the original model builders would collect parts sprues from a nearby packaging facility to use as external components on the fuselage.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:34:51am

re: #227 lawhawk

Only thing better than a battleship model of the Yamato would be a model of the space battleship Yamato.

Heh, nice.

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:35:27am

re: #209 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I think I owned nearly every available Monogram 1/48 scale aircraft and tank on the market…

I went for the AMC car kits. I’d get one every other week and build it. I’d end up either trading them away for other stupid stuff that caught my eye, like a baseball bat or a new single (45 RPM variety). Or, as described above, firecrackers.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:36:23am

re: #228 Le Lapin Tueur

Useless trivia: a lot of the add on parts to the Millennium Falcon (I am currently building a 1:1 replica of the model used in the Empire Strikes Back ) used Tamiya model parts. Lore says that the original model builders would collect parts sprues from a nearby packaging facility to use as external components on the fuselage.

Many of the models used in film and TV were made by model-bashing. That would be a fun job — hanging around stores selling model kits, buying what you need, and mix and matching pieces to make a one-of-a-kind ship — or whatever.

Or you can “cheat” and use CGI.

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:37:33am

re: #213 Kent Dorfman

Testors!!

Ramones - Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:42:57am

re: #201 Kent Dorfman

.

I agree! I once built a 36’ long model of the Bismark. Set it afloat on a pond and sank it with my BB gun. Unfortunately, I am not young anymore.

Maybe now that you are an adult you would appreciate this version of Sink The Bismarck:
brewdog.com

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:43:40am

Donald Trump is threatening somebody. It must be a day!

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:45:34am

re: #234 The Vicious Babushka

Donald Trump is threatening somebody. It must be a day!

There’s the threat of a dictator.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:46:46am

re: #231 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Models by kit-bashing was an advent of the plastic model industry. Supposedly (and, all lore is just that, lore of questionable heritage) the Falcon model was one of the first kit-bash models used in a major motion picture.

But, as you noted, CGI is faster, cheaper, easier to change on the fly, and what is now done.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:47:00am

re: #234 The Vicious Babushka

With his track record of BS, I think it’s a hollow threat.

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Skip Intro  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:48:37am

re: #113 Eclectic Cyborg

Imagine who Trump might nominate for SCOTUS…

His daughter or his sister or one of his wives. When you’re a thug like Trump you want to keep it in the family.

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scottslemmons  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:48:43am

re: #225 lawhawk

That’s biting analysis, not intellectual laziness. Intellectual laziness is Chucky Todd getting his panties in a bunch about being called out for ignoring Trump’s racism/xenophobia, but only identifying when journalists are the target of Trump’s ire (*which is what happens daily, but I digress).

Chuck Todd and the rest of the “elite” media know that they’ll never suffer under a Trump presidency. Most of them are white and very rich, and Trump will never do anything serious to harm rich white people. So Chuck doesn’t really care — to him, it’s all good for giggles and ratings.

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The Engineer Lobuno  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:50:10am

re: #237 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

With his track record of BS, I think it’s a hollow threat.

Trump doesn’t need to be truthful. All he needs is to sic his trained monkeys passionate followers on whoever he doesn’t like and they’ll do the rest.

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danarchy  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:51:28am

re: #113 Eclectic Cyborg

Imagine who Trump might nominate for SCOTUS…

He already dropped a couple of names at one of the debates.

businessinsider.com

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Skip Intro  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:51:49am

Trump voter in white, rich geezerville Sun City in Nevada when asked why he supports Trump: raises both hands and gives the finger with each.

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scottslemmons  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:55:14am

re: #242 Skip Intro

Trump voter in white, rich geezerville Sun City in Nevada when asked why he supports Trump: raises both hands and gives the finger with each.

That’s… pretty much the extent of it, I guess. The GOP has been cultivating its nihilist wing for a good long time. :/

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Skip Intro  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:58:53am

re: #234 The Vicious Babushka

Donald Trump is threatening somebody. It must be a day!

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This how Trump will govern. Most politicians are dirty, and Trump has it all stored away in his files. He’s like J. Edgar Hoover, Dick Nixon, and Joe McCarthy all rolled into one toxic package.

Trump will rule like a dictator, and the Congress won’t touch him.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:59:29am

re: #244 Skip Intro

Neither will the media

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:00:27am

Insert broken watch analogy:

Newt Gingrich: “You Could Say That Trump Is The Candidate Fox & Friends Invented

Gingrich Tells Fox Hosts Donald Trump Is Succeeding “Because Of You Guys”

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:02:35am

Welp, Erick the Erick has vowed to oppose Trump to the death, but only because he thinks Trump is not anti-choice enough for him.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:03:09am

re: #244 Skip Intro

I picture Damon Killan from The Running Man.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:08:08am

The drumbeat of “American primacy on the seas or the end of the era for the American aircraft carriers” has been going on for decades.

When the Soviets fielded the Kirov class cruisers, this was supposedly the end.

When the Soviets fielded Alfa class submarines, this was the end.

When the Soviets fielded Akula class submarines, this was the end.

When the Soviets fielded the Shkval torpedoes, this was the end.

We saw this when the Iranians tested their own version of Shkvals.

This is scare-mongering to gin up more support for more funding for carriers.

Just because the Iranians got an UAV to take pictures of a carrier from a distance doesn’t mean that the Navy’s carriers are no longer useful (though if that’s indeed the case, then free up the tens of billions that are going to the next generation of carriers, and move to smaller surface combatants - but we all know that’s not going to happen).

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:09:31am

re: #236 Le Lapin Tueur

Models by kit-bashing was an advent of the plastic model industry. Supposedly (and, all lore is just that, lore of questionable heritage) the Falcon model was one of the first kit-bash models used in a major motion picture.

But, as you noted, CGI is faster, cheaper, easier to change on the fly, and what is now done.

Yeah. Kit-bashing. I goofed.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:13:47am

Epidemiologic Reviews publishes once a year on review articles on a particular subject. This year’s topic is: GUN VIOLENCE: RISK, CONSEQUENCES, AND PREVENTION at Volume 38 Issue 1 2016. All articles are freely accessible.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:14:30am

re: #231 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Many of the models used in film and TV were made by model-bashing. That would be a fun job — hanging around stores selling model kits, buying what you need, and mix and matching pieces to make a one-of-a-kind ship — or whatever.

Or you can “cheat” and use CGI.

Heh. One of my first jobs was working in a Hobby Shop as a stock boy. We had a Tyco HO scale slot car track layout in the back room for entertainment when times were slow. We sold all kinds of plastic model kits, flying model airplanes, model rockets and engines, model railroad stuff, etc. For a 14 year old it was heaven.

One of my all time favorite models I built was a ‘69 Mercury Montego that I turned into a dirt track late model racer. I took a Bic lighter and lightly rumple the plastic down the sides a bit and then painted it. I took the ‘tree’ plastic and cut all the part tabs off and then sanded it smooth and then used it to built the front, side and rear ‘nerf’ bars. Scratched it up a bit and used the military “earth” paints to splatter the sides and wheel wheels with mud. Put on over size tires and the it came off just like a Saturday night special.

I think model building is great. It made me into a pretty strong scale model rocket builder and got me into the NAR (National Association of Rocketry) National Competitions two years. It teaches patience, dexterity and creativity with a little real world engineering tossed in.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:25:06am

re: #238 Skip Intro

His daughter or his sister or one of his wives. When you’re a thug like Trump you want to keep it in the family.

Or his horse.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:27:20am

Cornel West is still furious that Obama never bought him a pony.

Cornel West: ‘Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics’

Philosopher and Bernie Sanders surrogate Cornel West told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Hillary Clinton was like the disgraced band Milli Vanilli because she only gave “lip service” to social justice policies.

During a Monday interview on CNN’s New Day, West praised Sanders for supporting Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential bid, but he wasn’t as impressed with Clinton’s political pedigree.

“Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics,” West charged. “She lip-syncs, she gives lip service. But when it comes to policy, who supported the crime bill? Who supported, not just the deregulating of banks, but also pulled the rug from under welfare?”

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Nojay UK  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:27:48am

re: #249 lawhawk

Just because the Iranians got an UAV to take pictures of a carrier from a distance doesn’t mean that the Navy’s carriers are no longer useful (though if that’s indeed the case, then free up the tens of billions that are going to the next generation of carriers, and move to smaller surface combatants - but we all know that’s not going to happen).

There’s an adage popularly circulated by the US military to the effect “On a battlefield, if you can be seen you will be killed.” Carriers can’t be unseen, they’re giant radar-positive targets, billions of dollars and thousands of personnel requiring billions more dollars of escorts and thousands more personnel to (perhaps) keep them afloat in a real fight. However they’re also a rung on the promotion ladder the same way battleships were to a previous generation of flag officers so they’re not going to go away any time soon

There’s only been one real shooting war between navies with approximately equal capabilities since WWII, the Falklands War. The result was that virtually no surface ships engaged each other and the greatest single loss was down to a submarine, HMS Conqueror which had a shooting solution on the Belgrano for over 24 hours before permission to fire was given by the civilians in charge in London. After that the Royal Navy, probably the top experts in anti-submarine warfare on the planet at the time barely managed to keep a single obsolete diesel Argentinian submarine from successfully attacking RN ships and never managed to press home a successful attack on it on the few occasions the could find it.

The British through-deck cruisers (aka Harrier carriers) were forced to stand off well to the east of the islands meaning the Harriers had long over-water flights to reach their area of operations over the islands but even then the carriers came under attack from air-launched Exocet anti-shipping missiles. Those missiles have gotten even better since then, in range and effectiveness. The carriers haven’t improved their survivability. Maybe a camouflage net would help…

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:29:51am
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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:31:06am

re: #254 Dr. Matt

Um, he voted for the crime bill.

Jeebus.

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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:32:10am

Maybe Bernie surrogates know his record before spouting off? Just a suggestion.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:36:43am

re: #255 Nojay UK

I was on a carrier during my time in the Navy. What they told us was that, in a war, the only requirement was that we got close enough that our planes could finish the job. There was no requirement that the planes return to us or that we return to base.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:37:25am

re: #257 Jenner7

Heck I would have voted for the crime bill.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:38:27am

re: #258 Jenner7

Maybe Bernie surrogates know his record before spouting off? Just a suggestion.

West has always been a petulant child. He’s the sort of “progressive” who throws electable Democrats under the bus because they are not as “principled” as himself. He probably still has a faded Nader bumper sticker on his Volvo.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:38:50am

Does anyone really expect Cornell West to play it straight? He loves to stir people up. I wonder how much impact he actually carries in the African American community.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:40:16am

I think some people believe they have more credibility if they criticize other Democrats.

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:41:24am

re: #255 Nojay UK

There’s an adage popularly circulated by the US military to the effect “On a battlefield, if you can be seen you will be killed.”

Bingo. This is also one of my reasons for wanting to cut the number of US carrier task forces drastically. The savings are huge and because of the realities of modern combat, little difference in our abilities to force project will happen.

It’s an obscenity that 50% don’t understand that we aren’t just the most powerful military force in the world, we are more powerful than multiple otherwise major military forces. We can cut huge amounts and STILL be more powerful than anyone else in the world.

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:42:36am

re: #261 Dr. Matt

West has always been a petulant child. He’s the sort of “progressive” who throws electable Democrats under the bus because they are not as “principled” as himself. He probably still has a faded Nader bumper sticker on his Volvo.

Who’s he kidding? He’ll vote Green or the like if he even votes in November.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:44:31am

re: #264 William Lewis

Bingo. This is also one of my reasons for wanting to cut the number of US carrier task forces drastically. The savings are huge and because of the realities of modern combat, little difference in our abilities to force project will happen.

It’s an obscenity that 50% don’t understand that we aren’t just the most powerful military force in the world, we are more powerful than multiple otherwise major military forces. We can cut huge amounts and STILL be more powerful than anyone else in the world.

I have always wanted to know what the profit margin is military items. Like how much does a multi-millions Jet fighter actually cost?

It must be good business! /

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:45:35am

re: #262 ObserverArt

Does anyone really expect Cornell West to play it straight? He loves to stir people up. I wonder how much impact he actually carries in the African American community.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:46:18am

Morning Lizardim from the sunny and mild wild north country. I’m home recuperating from a nasty stomach flu that had my whole family sidelined for the weekend. NOT the way to spend a beautiful, spring-like weekend, let me tell you. How go things among the lizardfolk today?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:47:52am

re: #254 Dr. Matt

Cornel West is still furious that Obama never bought him a pony.

Cornel West: ‘Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics’

Didn’t Bernie actually you know vote yes on that same crime bill?

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Nojay UK  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:48:30am

re: #259 Belafon

I was on a carrier during my time in the Navy. What they told us was that, in a war, the only requirement was that we got close enough that our planes could finish the job. There was no requirement that the planes return to us or that we return to base.

Ah, Operation Ten-Go, the IJN Yamato’s last mission, a suicide attack. A failure, of course even with its massive AA refit mid-war but a GLORIOUS failure.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:49:47am

I’ve never been anti-Bernie. I like many of this policies and stances. I tuned into Thom Hartman’s program for years to hear the Brunch with Bernie segments. I’d gladly support and vote for him if he was the Dem candidate. But, Bernie Sander’s surrogates and his supporters are slowing making me become anti-Bernie. It’s ashame.

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gwangung  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:49:51am

re: #267 Backwoods_Sleuth

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That was painful to read…but predictable.

I think Sanders’ is seen as insincere and out of touch by the black community. He started out badly and made only halting steps to patch them up. And that comment about being a better uniter than Obama just did not help. He’s reaping what he sowed, I’m afraid…

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:51:05am

re: #266 ObserverArt

I have always wanted to know what the profit margin is military items. Like how much does a multi-millions Jet fighter actually cost?

It must be good business! /

It’s been getting worse the more consolidated the industry gets. There’s only one tank maker anymore. 2 real aircraft makers - Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. There is no competition. At least when Grumman, Lockheed, McDonnel Douglas, Martin, North American, Republic and Northrup were all fighting for a single contract the taxpayer usually got a better deal. Ship building is even worse.

First thing that would help is a constitutional amendment banning retired government employees, to include military personnel, from working for any company that provides services or products to any government entity. That would put a screeching halt to one of the biggest sources of graft in the US: the use of high salary jobs as bribery.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:51:16am

re: #264 William Lewis

Bingo. This is also one of my reasons for wanting to cut the number of US carrier task forces drastically. The savings are huge and because of the realities of modern combat, little difference in our abilities to force project will happen.

It’s an obscenity that 50% don’t understand that we aren’t just the most powerful military force in the world, we are more powerful than multiple otherwise major military forces. We can cut huge amounts and STILL be more powerful than anyone else in the world.

The US has more full size carriers than most nations combined - and most of the rest are operated by our allies like France and the UK.

Our carrier fleet numbers includes both the full size Nimitz class carriers and the helicopter carriers like the USS Wasp. Most other nations have carriers that are on par with the Wasp. China has 1 carrier, with a possible second in development. Russia has one. The UK has 4. France has 5. India has 4.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:51:42am

re: #255 Nojay UK

Keep in mind that the previous generation of admirals who had a battleship rung on their promotion ladders fared very well with carriers. Before WW2 started, the professionals knew that battleships weren’t the ultimate naval weapon. The Navy even required commanders who would command carriers to be aviators. Bull Halsey had to get his wings or he would have commanded a destroyer squadron for his career.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:52:04am

re: #259 Belafon

I was on a carrier during my time in the Navy. What they told us was that, in a war, the only requirement was that we got close enough that our planes could finish the job. There was no requirement that the planes return to us or that we return to base.

Airman, fill out an ID-Ten-T form to get me a left-handed torque wrench.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:52:50am

re: #271 Dr. Matt

I’ve never been anti-Bernie. I like many of this policies and stances. I tuned into Thom Hartman’s program for years to hear the Brunch with Bernie segments. I’d gladly support and vote for him if he was the Dem candidate. But, Bernie Sander’s surrogates and his supporters are slowing making me become anti-Bernie. It’s ashame.

I don’t really pin the actions or statements of followers of someone unless the person’s statements/actions encourage it. I don’t really care about Bernie’s supporters. On the other hand, Trump owns all of his.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:53:07am

re: #271 Dr. Matt

I’ve never been anti-Bernie. I like many of this policies and stances. I tuned into Thom Hartman’s program for years to hear the Brunch with Bernie segments. I’d gladly support and vote for him if he was the Dem candidate. But, Bernie Sander’s surrogates and his supporters are slowing making me become anti-Bernie. It’s ashame.

I know the feeling. Bernie has kind of bothered me himself though. He just seems oblivious that he’s also running to effect be leader of his party, one that he just joined. We’re seeing the difference between caucusing with a party and actively being a member of a party and that’s his problem if his supporters don’t like the party honchos seeing that.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:53:40am

re: #277 Belafon

I don’t really pin the actions or statements of followers of someone unless the person’s statements/actions encourage it. I don’t really care about Bernie’s supporters. On the other hand, Trump owns all of his.

Trump by far is the worst when it comes to that since he eggs that shit on.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:54:37am

re: #276 Dr. Matt

Airman, fill out an ID-Ten-T form to get me a left-handed torque wrench.

I was a nuke electrician. I should have gotten sub pay.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:56:06am

re: #275 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

Keep in mind that the previous generation of admirals who had a battleship rung on their promotion ladders fared very well with carriers. Before WW2 started, the professionals knew that battleships weren’t the ultimate naval weapon. The Navy even required commanders who would command carriers to be aviators. Bull Halsey had to get his wings or he would have commanded a destroyer squadron for his career.

You still have to be a pilot to be the captain of a carrier. To be the head of the reactor department of a carrier, you have to have been a captain on a smaller nuclear ship, like a cruiser.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:57:34am

re: #274 lawhawk

We aren’t going to war against other navies. The navy has other strategic tasks. For example, bringing a strike capability to just about anywhere in the world we deem it necessary. You don’t always have air bases where you want them and an aircraft carrier has a deterrent effect that a submarine or intercontinental bomber doesn’t.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:57:46am

re: #280 Belafon

I was a nuke electrician. I should have gotten sub pay.

Boot and nuke school in O-town?

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:58:02am

re: #283 Dr. Matt

Boot and nuke school in O-town?

Yep.

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Franklin  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:59:48am

re: #256 lawhawk

There are so many good Oliver segments, and this one is no exception. If any of you skipped by it when scrolling, click back to #256 and watch it.

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gwangung  Feb 22, 2016 • 7:59:50am

re: #278 HappyWarrior

I know the feeling. Bernie has kind of bothered me himself though. He just seems oblivious that he’s also running to effect be leader of his party, one that he just joined. We’re seeing the difference between caucusing with a party and actively being a member of a party and that’s his problem if his supporters don’t like the party honchos seeing that.

This article articulates part of my unease with him. He’s simply not a good manager:

vox.com

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:00:38am

re: #281 Belafon

The US no longer fields nuclear cruisers (all since retired after the 1990s). Only nuclear powered ships in the active fleet are subs and the CVN carriers.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:02:47am

re: #287 lawhawk

The US no longer fields nuclear cruisers (all since retired after the 1990s). Only nuclear powered ships in the active fleet are subs and the CVN carriers.

Then I’m dated. I got out in ‘98. I’d be curious to know what they require now. The head of my department was a former cruiser captain.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:03:24am

re: #278 HappyWarrior

I’m not anti-Bernie, but I am anti-Bernie for President. I don’t think he has any business being President, and I think he should know that as well. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton prepared themselves for a run for the office and they prepared themselves to be President. The way I see it, Bernie saw an opportunity to contend for the office and ran with it.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:05:08am

re: #289 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

I saw a Daily Kos diary this morning where it seems Sanders said his ideas must be popular because Clinton keeps repeating them, and I thought “wasn’t that the point of your candidacy even if you don’t win?”

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:05:09am

Just got a Berniebro in my mentions Bernsplaining why so many Bernie memes contain spelling errors.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:05:53am

re: #280 Belafon

I was a nuke electrician. I should have gotten sub pay.

My old factory manager was a submarine electrician. In 1943 his boat rendezvoused with a tender and he got plucked off his sub and put on another. The original sub never came back.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:07:06am

re: #291 The Vicious Babushka

How brilliant can you be if you can’t pay attention to detail?

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:09:25am

Besides, aren’t Bernie Sanders’ ideas kind of self-evident?

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:10:19am

Assholes continue to shit on graves for the sake of slamming Hillary. What a dick.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:15:02am

Doubling down==>

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:17:17am

re: #296 The Vicious Babushka

That almost makes me want to consider thinking about maybe signing up for Twitter.

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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:18:08am
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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:18:32am

re: #296 The Vicious Babushka

Doubling down==>

I can’t tell what the original statement was, but I have posted tweets and then realize that I’ve misspelled something or used the wrong version of their/there/they’re even though I check over and over. And I rely on the red underline in my browsers these days a lot.

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:22:44am

re: #299 Belafon

Me too, but if somebody calls me on it I own the mistake instead of saying it was meaningless. A small gesture but I think it’s important because it doesn’t shut down dialog and it means you’re otherwise considerate. “Yeah, I understand the difference and I made a spelling/grammar mistake.” Then move on with the discussion. I guess on Twitter that eats up a lot of real estate.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:25:30am

Ted still going to bat for the Bundys

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:26:15am

re: #300 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

Me too, but if somebody calls me on it I own the mistake instead of saying it was meaningless. A small gesture but I think it’s important because it doesn’t shut down dialog and it means you’re otherwise considerate. “Yeah, I understand the difference and I made a spelling/grammar mistake.” Then move on with the discussion. I guess on Twitter that eats up a lot of real estate.

Agree.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:28:30am

re: #286 gwangung

This article articulates part of my unease with him. He’s simply not a good manager:

vox.com

Good piece.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:29:13am

re: #289 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

I’m not anti-Bernie, but I am anti-Bernie for President. I don’t think he has any business being President, and I think he should know that as well. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton prepared themselves for a run for the office and they prepared themselves to be President. The way I see it, Bernie saw an opportunity to contend for the office and ran with it.

Yeah, that’s just it. Nothing he’s shown me shows me he’s ready to be President.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:29:31am

re: #301 The Vicious Babushka

Ted still going to bat for the Bundys

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:32:12am

re: #296 The Vicious Babushka

Doubling down==>

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He makes a good point. My dad can’t spell for shit, but he’s one of the smartest people I know. But…

Poor spelling indicates inattention to detail and lack of technological acumen (autocorrect, spellchecking), neither of which is a good thing, especially on Twitter. I’ll be one of the first people to advocate paying attention to the message and not the way it is presented, but I’m also the kind of guy that throws out a resume if it has spelling and formatting errors. If you can’t learn how to spell words and use them correctly, or at least rely on a machine to do that for you, don’t expect to be taken seriously.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:33:48am

re: #301 The Vicious Babushka

Ted still going to bat for the Bundys

Eighty five percent of Nevada is owned and regulated by the federal government…

So is two-thirds of Alaska. Makes sense. Who else is gonna manage this wilderness responsibly?

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:35:13am

re: #307 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

So is two-thirds of Alaska. Makes sense. Who else is gonna manage this wilderness responsibly?

And who put up the money for the land in the first place? Even if it was a folly.

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Great White Snark  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:37:58am

So does anyone think Bernie might win the primary? Seems to me less likely than a Trump win in the general. Of course I’m not at all skilled in reading the tea leaves like some of you here or Nick Silvers crew. Kinda the opposite. The only thing I had right was that Jeb was not a lock as many thought for good reason some time ago. The GOP “Establishment” whatever that means is drowned. Reality now lives in the Democratic Party spectrum, sane right to far left.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:41:09am
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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:44:21am

re: #310 FormerDirtDart

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Trump should have to prove he is actually human, and not a sentient hairpiece, before running.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:44:51am

re: #310 FormerDirtDart

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Seriously?

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japa21  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:45:01am

re: #301 The Vicious Babushka

Note the wording “owned and regulated”. The key word is regulated.

The more appropriate phrasing is “owned and managed”, but that doesn’t have the same scary connotation as regulated.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:46:51am
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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:47:53am

re: #314 FormerDirtDart

“I kid, but seriously…” Huh?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:48:02am
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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:48:10am

re: #314 FormerDirtDart

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This is a great follow up

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:49:05am

LOLWHUT==>

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:51:08am

re: #316 Backwoods_Sleuth

Many people are now saying I won South Carolina because of the last debate. I showed anger and the people of our country are very angry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016

Goddamn it, I really wish someone would tell Trump to his face that he sounds like a 6 year old.

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:51:18am

Just made a quick run to the store for the usual things (bread, eggs, noodles, etc) and noted they had Progresso soups on sale for a buck a can (limit 5). For canned soup, they’re pretty good especially for things like Minestrone and Beef-Barley. On sale all week. I’ll have to stop by again as finances permit and stock up on the better ones.

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CleverToad  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:52:25am

re: #301 The Vicious Babushka

Ted still going to bat for the Bundys

…and the Kochs

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:54:41am

celebrate accordingly:

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:55:11am

re: #319 Dr. Matt

Goddamn it, I really wish someone would tell Trump to his face that he sounds like a 6 year old.

Hell, even my boss has said that, and he’s a New Yorker. From Queens, originally.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:55:24am

re: #320 William Lewis

Progresso’s Tomato Basil soup is excellent.

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William Lewis  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:58:00am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

Progresso’s Tomato Basil soup is excellent.

I’ll look for it, thanks!

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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 8:58:54am

re: #320 William Lewis

That’s all my Dad eats for lunch. Beef Vegetable. That’s a really good deal. I usually get them for 1.50 at Wal Mart.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:00:09am

LOLWHUT==>

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:09:21am

re: #327 The Vicious Babushka

Fox News Raising Money For Alleged Black-On-White Hate Crime Victim?

Didn’t you predict last week this was going to be a right-wing rallying cry?

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:09:36am

re: #327 The Vicious Babushka

LOLWHUT==>

I wonder how long it took these women to find their shoes.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:13:16am

re: #329 Belafon

I wonder how long it took these women to find their shoes.

hard to see their feet with their pregnant bellies…

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Nojay UK  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:20:22am

re: #330 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I presume their owners unlocked their chains from the ringbolt on the front of the kitchen stove.

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retired cynic  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:20:42am

re: #306 withak

He makes a good point. My dad can’t spell for shit, but he’s one of the smartest people I know. But…

Poor spelling indicates inattention to detail and lack of technological acumen (autocorrect, spellchecking), neither of which is a good thing, especially on Twitter. I’ll be one of the first people to advocate paying attention to the message and not the way it is presented, but I’m also the kind of guy that throws out a resume if it has spelling and formatting errors. If you can’t learn how to spell words and use them correctly, or at least rely on a machine to do that for you, don’t expect to be taken seriously.

That is not true in all cases. I know people that are very bright, very long-headed, but do make spelling and grammar errors. I think there are differences in how brains are wired, including a wide range of dyslexia. In fact, sometimes I wonder how many people are normal!

As an example, take Stonekettle. His essays are usually full of glitches, and has told his readers to let him know so he can clean it up.

I am an editor, under one hat, and it always bothers me, but I don’t hold it against the person expressing the ideas.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:24:01am

re: #203 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Likewise. In the swamp. Long live the Deutsche Kriegsmarine!!!

HMS Hood and an M-80 in my case.

Many of my tank models got finished off by BB or pellet rifles. Plus some .22 SR using a target rifle in a few cases.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:26:02am

re: #327 The Vicious Babushka

LOLWHUT==>

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Oh that’s nothing…just John Kasich revealing how he really thinks. All the ‘little women’ in the audience are supposed to be impressed that Johnny helped free them from the kitchen to go out and do some truly meaningful work. /

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:28:28am

re: #231 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Many of the models used in film and TV were made by model-bashing. That would be a fun job — hanging around stores selling model kits, buying what you need, and mix and matching pieces to make a one-of-a-kind ship — or whatever.

Or you can “cheat” and use CGI.

There’s a model of the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” mothership on display at Udvar-Hazy (Smithsonian Annex out near Dulles Airport.) They also list some of the “odd” items on the model that you can find, such as aircraft, R2-D2, etc. And just looking at it and having some experience with plastic scale models I could spot lots of bits that I recognized as being car or ship kit parts.

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Nojay UK  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:30:43am

re: #334 Feline Fearless Leader

HMS Hood and an M-80 in my case.

Just like the real one, then.

My Dad had a pocket “Ships of the Royal Navy” which he carried throughout WWII. The page describing HMS Hood had an X written on it. Then again the destroyer he ended the war serving on was one of only two ships of its class not sunk in action.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:31:37am

re: #335 ObserverArt

Oh that’s nothing…just John Kasich revealing how he really thinks. All the ‘little women’ in the audience are supposed to be impressed that Johnny helped free them from the kitchen to go out and do some truly meaningful work. /

They must be so grateful that he cares so much about their health…
//

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:32:18am

Watch for federal prosecutors to file superseding indictments against the Bundy welfare queen domestic terrorist cell that operated out of Malheur NWR in March. The feds are likely to be adding names to the indictment as well.

The potential for new charges in a superseding indictment and naming of other defendants will depend on the federal government’s ongoing investigation, according to court records filed late Friday.

Defense lawyers representing 25 people already indicted on a federal conspiracy charge stemming from the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge want the government to turn over the evidence they have obtained so far as part of discovery in preparation for a trial.

Further, each defendant wants to be informed whether FBI agents captured any of them on electronic surveillance equipment.

Prosecutors counter that evidence will be turned over 14 days after the defendants are arraigned on the indictment, scheduled for this Wednesday.

This is going to be fun - a bunch of sovereign citizens who regularly posted all kinds of crap on Twitter, YouTube, and other electronic sources, want the feds to indicate whether they were captured on electronic surveillance equipment.

Lest we forget, the domestic terrorists also tampered with utilities’ equipment, possibly tampered with webcams and other electronic gear on the NWR, and did tremendous damage to the NWR - in the name of all Americans, even though the NWR is already held in trust for all Americans.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:32:49am

re: #336 Feline Fearless Leader

There’s a model of the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” mothership on display at Udvar-Hazy (Smithsonian Annex out near Dulles Airport.) They also list some of the “odd” items on the model that you can find, such as aircraft, R2-D2, etc. And just looking at it and having some experience with plastic scale models I could spot lots of bits that I recognized as being car or ship kit parts.

That’s not all that’s on the CE3K mothership….apparently, the crew members have a nice little final resting place in the event they buy the farm on those long voyages:

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:36:06am

re: #239 scottslemmons

Chuck Todd and the rest of the “elite” media know that they’ll never suffer under a Trump presidency. Most of them are white and very rich, and Trump will never do anything serious to harm rich white people. So Chuck doesn’t really care — to him, it’s all good for giggles and ratings.

The problem comes in when one of his unhinged supporters crosses the line that Trump drew with a big red Sharpie. That line will turn into blood.

You see all these people getting riled up over nothing. It’s a short trip from nothing to tragedy.

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:40:17am

re: #333 retired cynic

That is not true in all cases. I know people that are very bright, very long-headed, but do make spelling and grammar errors. I think there are differences in how brains are wired, including a wide range of dyslexia. In fact, sometimes I wonder how many people are normal!

As an example, take Stonekettle. His essays are usually full of glitches, and has told his readers to let him know so he can clean it up.

I am an editor, under one hat, and it always bothers me, but I don’t hold it against the person expressing the ideas.

I totally agree. The difference here is that people like Stonekettle are aware of their shortcomings and are gracious about corrections.

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Skip Intro  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:43:40am

re: #341 WhatEVs

The problem comes in when one of his unhinged supporters crosses the line that Trump drew with a big red Sharpie. That line will turn into blood.

You see all these people getting riled up over nothing. It’s a short trip from nothing to tragedy.

The day Trump supporters actually physically attack a reporter, his poll numbers will jump above 80%.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:46:40am

re: #204 Kent Dorfman

If I’d known about it I would have used this song when I blew up my U-boat.

Das Engellandlied (Deutsch English Subtitles)

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BeachDem  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:46:45am

re: #319 Dr. Matt

Goddamn it, I really wish someone would tell Trump to his face that he sounds like a 6 year old.

I’d like to point out that in south by dog carolina, every state office is held by a Republican; most local offices are held by Republicans; 6 out of 7 US House seats and both Senate seats are held by Republicans. If the folks here are so ANGRY, perhaps they should become Democrats.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:52:38am

re: #206 Dr. Matt

There a whole town of ‘em in Maine. They’ve declared ‘food sovereignty’. That is they no longer pay any attention to state or federal regulation regarding food preparation.

Personally, when food borne diseases start showing up in their town the state and federal governments tell the town, “You’re on your own. Have fun.”

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allegro  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:52:41am

re: #345 BeachDem

I’d like to point out that in south by dog carolina, every state office is held by a Republican; most local offices are held by Republicans; 6 out of 7 US House seats and both Senate seats are held by Republicans. If the folks here are so ANGRY, perhaps they should become Democrats.

Not enough updings. This being so obvious, why isn’t it a major Democrat talking point?

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:55:31am

re: #347 allegro

Not enough updings. This being so obvious, why isn’t it a major Democrat talking point?

Because they know that the local GOP is protecting them from the Federal government, FEMA, and the god-less liberals.
////

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:57:00am

John Legend’s wife:

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 9:59:24am

re: #349 Backwoods_Sleuth

John Legend’s wife:

[Embedded content]

Oh snap! She went there!

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Ming5000  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:01:38am

re: #340 Dr Lizardo

I wonder why they made those pieces two-ply

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:02:34am

re: #270 Nojay UK

And the only time it got within gun range of surface ships it was chased off by some tin cans and assorted aircraft fitted out for CAS and anti-submarine work.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:02:42am

re: #328 Dr. Matt

Fox News Raising Money For Alleged Black-On-White Hate Crime Victim?

Didn’t you predict last week this was going to be a right-wing rallying cry?

Why do I get the feeling that this gentleman won’t be doing the rounds, or even discussed on all the FAUXNews shows?

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:04:54am

re: #337 Nojay UK

Just like the real one, then.

My Dad had a pocket “Ships of the Royal Navy” which he carried throughout WWII. The page describing HMS Hood had an X written on it. Then again the destroyer he ended the war serving on was one of only two ships of its class not sunk in action.

What class was that? I wasn’t aware of an DD class in the RN that took that sort of losses. I know their light cruiser classes got beat up. And the IJN DDs had a rough time, with I think a few classes totally lost by the end of war, mainly to aircraft or submarines.

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BeachDem  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:06:28am

re: #347 allegro

Not enough updings. This being so obvious, why isn’t it a major Democrat talking point?

When I talk to Republicans here, they often say, “I’m socially liberal but fiscally conservative.” I answer, “Oh, so you’re a Democrat? Because Republicans are certainly not fiscally conservative.” They either smile or walk off in a huff. Heh.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:07:04am
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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:07:06am

But what if we’re not AA and we approve?

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:07:33am

They had better be careful of running afoul of state laws

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:07:59am

re: #357 WhatEVs

But what if we’re not AA and we approve?

[Embedded content]

In that case you’re anti-white.
(spit)

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:08:03am

re: #356 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

29 seconds

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gwangung  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:08:27am

re: #358 FormerDirtDart

They had better be careful of running afoul with state laws

[Embedded content]

Yeah….Georgia charged black activists with voter fraud.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:08:31am

re: #357 WhatEVs

Eric Bolling: African-American voters only approve of Obama “because he’s African-American” t.co pic.twitter.com

— Media Matters (@mmfa) February 22, 2016

This is the 2016 version of “Black people only voted for Obama because they want free stuff” from circa 2008.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:08:33am

re: #318 The Vicious Babushka

LOLWHUT==>

What is Erick son of Erick complaining about? Who endorsed Kasich?

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:08:55am

re: #351 Ming5000

I wonder why they made those pieces two-ply

Who knows? I thought it was funny though.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:10:16am

re: #359 Feline Fearless Leader

In that case you’re anti-white.
(spit)

white guilt.
////////////////////

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:11:09am
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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:12:10am

re: #363 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

What is Erick son of Erick complaining about? Who endorsed Kasich?

Teh wimmens?

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:14:09am

re: #361 gwangung

Yeah….Georgia charged black activists with voter fraud.

Yeah, Florida enacted some “ACORN” legislation a few years ago crippling voter registration drives. Registration paperwork has to be dropped at the Supervisors of Elections offices or posted in the mail within 24 hours of the documents being signed.

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gwangung  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:14:46am

Um….ow…..that’s not a good way to outreach to folks…

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:15:30am

re: #366 Backwoods_Sleuth

And what does her singing ability have to do with politics?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:16:15am

re: #370 Belafon

And what does her singing ability have to do with politics?

who knows.
it’s Cornel…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:16:22am
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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:16:37am

re: #366 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s like Bernie is completely disconnected from those who speak on his behalf.

Someone says something awful - as a Bernie surrogate.

He gets called on it.

He apologizes.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Again.

And again.

And yet again.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:17:25am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:18:09am

re: #366 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

OFFS.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:18:18am

re: #327 The Vicious Babushka

LOLWHUT==>

[Embedded content]

Kaili Joy is on it.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:18:43am

re: #376 WhatEVs

Bahahaha, that’s awesome.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:19:55am

re: #376 WhatEVs

Kaili Joy is on it.

[Embedded content]

Kasich seems to have a habit patronizing women. He had a story about his college age daughter questioning him about his stance on an issue and the way he described the story, he just talked down to her and she suddenly saw things his way. This is what passes for a moderate in today’s GOP.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:20:33am

re: #378 HappyWarrior

Kasich seems to have a habit patronizing women. He had a story about his college age daughter questioning him about his stance on an issue and the way he described the story, he just talked down to her and she suddenly saw things his way. This is what passes for a moderate in today’s GOP.

Well, he did actually talk to her, instead of just staring blankly at her and then saying, “Where is your husband…?”///

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:22:18am

Worried about Real Dr. Ben Carson. Super Tuesday coming up, so many states. He’s bound to fall asleep in the wrong state.

////

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:23:05am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:23:07am
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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:23:35am

Keeps him out of North Korea, I guess.

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Alephnaught  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:23:46am

re: #360 FormerDirtDart

29 seconds

Or is it 21 Seconds? (Not so subtle link to musical break…)

So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds (Official Video)
(Actual UK no. 1 single from Aug 2001!)

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retired cynic  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:24:44am

Charlie Pierce has a good piece this morning that starts with Jeb Bush checking out, but goes much further: esquire.com

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Nojay UK  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:25:45am

re: #354 Feline Fearless Leader

K-class, my dad’s ship was the Kimberley. You can see a photo of it here that I scanned in from a print he had on the wall for years.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:27:53am

On the topic of feminism and stay-at-home moms: Mrs. Fish is definitely a feminist. That being said, she and I have had many discussions on women that actually want to stay at home. I think the popular right-wing meme of “femi-nazi” (I know, we all hate that term) comes from women who think that a stay-at-home mom is doing something wrong, or is hurting the cause somehow. I think that’s only true if she’s feeling forced into staying at home by a controlling husband or social circumstances; sometimes, there is no allowance made for women who are happy at home and want that for their career choice. I think we wind up focusing too much on the end result and not on the means by which a woman arrived there.

/rant mode off

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jaunte  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:29:49am

Ted’s the smart one.

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ipsos  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:31:00am

re: #356 Backwoods_Sleuth

This is a great thing.

But as new voters get registered, there really needs to be some kind of coordinated effort to remind them that elections take place more often than once every four years. As so many have said so well - if the Democrats could figure out how to get their voters to midterms, this would be a very different sort of political game indeed.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:31:41am

Bee sting status: got a patch of skin around the size of silver dollar that is bright pink and slightly puffy, but the welt has disappeared completely

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Le Lapin Tueur  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:31:48am

re: #346 Romantic Heretic

There a whole town of ‘em in Maine. They’ve declared ‘food sovereignty’. That is they no longer pay any attention to state or federal regulation regarding food preparation.

The federal government has no say in how local food is locally produced and sold; they do care what goes into it that is not “food.” It’s when it enters interstate commerce that the Feds care. E.g., raw milk is legal in many states (those where it is not is by state law) ya just can’t go from MD to PA and back to buy your listeria or tuberculosis laden milk.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:32:17am

re: #390 Kragar

Bee sting status: got a patch of skin around the size of silver dollar that is bright pink and slightly puffy, but the welt has disappeared completely

A bee sting? It’s February!

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:32:52am
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Le Lapin Tueur  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:33:59am

re: #393 Dr. Matt

Blink … blink … blink……

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Timothy Watson  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:34:10am

re: #388 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Ted’s the smart one.

You can send your kids to a private special education school after their development has been stunted by lead poisoning.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:35:07am

re: #392 thedopefishlives

A bee sting? It’s February!

Its San Diego, its been sunny and in the 70s since …

Well always.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:36:07am

re: #396 Kragar

Its San Diego, its been sunny and in the 70s since …

Well always.

People always wonder why winter is my favorite season. Let’s just say that nature’s genocide against insects is sweet, sweet music to my ears.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:36:30am

LOL==>

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:36:37am
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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:36:53am

re: #394 Le Lapin Tueur

Blink … blink … blink……

Romney had a binder-full of women. John Kasich has kitchens full of women.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:38:37am

re: #374 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

So Kasich is mad because wages are so bad and prices so high that both partners have to go out to work, so no one is there to answer his calls? Maybe he should do something about that.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:38:59am

re: #385 retired cynic

Ted Cruz, who essentially ran on the Leviticus-Deuteronomy ticket

That’s pretty good.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:40:16am

re: #388 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Ted’s the smart one.

“School choice,” that Orwellian phrase for bankrupting public schools in favor of diploma mills.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:40:22am

re: #401 Eventual Carrion

So Kasich is mad because wages are so bad and prices so high that both partners have to go out to work, so no one is there to answer his calls? Maybe he should do something about that.

School choice!

//

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:41:18am

re: #401 Eventual Carrion

So Kasich is mad because wages are so bad and prices so high that both partners have to go out to work, so no one is there to answer his calls? Maybe he should do something about that.

Sell Health Insurance Across State Lines!!!11

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:42:35am

re: #403 Targetpractice

“School choice,” that Orwellian phrase for bankrupting public schools in favor of diploma mills Jesus Bible schools that don’t teach that evolution & that Communist Core science stuff.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:43:19am

re: #398 The Vicious Babushka

The WonkBaby has the most interesting ‘net presence of any highly photographed babby.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:44:04am
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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:44:08am

re: #385 retired cynic

Even if you add Bush’s votes to those of Marco Rubio, who posted another triumphant third-place finish, Rubio still loses to Trump pretty handily. (Of course, Rubio has now picked up the endorsement of political juggernaut Willard Romney.)

Rubio actually did finish second, the last I saw. Beat Cruz by 1000 votes. And Mittens hasn’t endorsed Rubio, yet. But he probably will. Establishment Lane wants to roll their dice on Marco Polo Rubio.

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Khal Wimpo (not-so-Super Tuesday's Child)  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:46:26am

re: #246 Dr. Matt

Insert broken watch analogy:

Newt Gingrich: “You Could Say That Trump Is The Candidate Fox & Friends Invented

The attitude of Fox & Friends to Trump is like that of Sgt. Schultz to apple strudel. He knows it’s bad for him, knows that by taking it, he is betraying everything that he is supposed to stand for …

But ze strudel (ratings) … it is just so delicious!!!!

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:48:03am

re: #339 lawhawk

This is going to be fun - a bunch of sovereign citizens who regularly posted all kinds of crap on Twitter, YouTube, and other electronic sources, want the feds to indicate whether they were captured on electronic surveillance equipment.

Oh, the irony of the PATRIOT act’s ability of granting all sorts of suvreillance powers to be used against these patriots….

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:49:23am
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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:51:10am

re: #403 Targetpractice

In a related note, all these GOPers who are railing on and on about how Common Core is a federal program, and that as President they’ll end Common Core are lying through their teeth, eyes, and arses.

Common Core has absolutely nothing to do with the federal government. It was and remains a state-centric compact to improve and standardize goals and accountabilities. Business got behind it in a big way, because some states simply don’t know/care whether their children are properly educated.

So, this apparently pissed off folks who are ignorant about education (like some who think home-schooling is only way to avoid stuff like science, evolution, and keeping religion out of science classrooms), and demanded that this “federal” program be ended. People like Gov. Christie have said that they’d end it too - or that they’ve ended Common Core in their states.

No, what we’ve seen happen is that at most these states have simply changed the names, but the curricula remains the same because the years of work to make these changes happen aren’t going to go away. The GOP has gotten behind anti-Common Core in a big way, and their way to address it is quite like how some would have treated Obamacare had Obama lost in 2012 to Romney - they’d simply rename it Romneycare and call it a day.

Oh, and the hilarity of it all is that it’d be a whole lot more fed government invasiveness if the president tries to end Common Core, because as I noted at the top that Common core is a state compact. It’d take efforts at the state level in the 40+ states that adopted Common Core (or renamed Common Core) programs.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 10:52:23am

re: #339 lawhawk

Watch for federal prosecutors to file superseding indictments against the Bundy welfare queen domestic terrorist cell that operated out of Malheur NWR in March. The feds are likely to be adding names to the indictment as well.

This is going to be fun - a bunch of sovereign citizens who regularly posted all kinds of crap on Twitter, YouTube, and other electronic sources, want the feds to indicate whether they were captured on electronic surveillance equipment.

Lest we forget, the domestic terrorists also tampered with utilities’ equipment, possibly tampered with webcams and other electronic gear on the NWR, and did tremendous damage to the NWR - in the name of all Americans, even though the NWR is already held in trust for all Americans.

Best comment from a Letter to the Editor:

Bundividual (n): a person who seemingly favors total independence from government and authority, while simultaneously lives off the largess of others, including, most prominently, the government.

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Stanley Sea  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:15:02am

re: #398 The Vicious Babushka

“I’m not eating anywhere named after these dead slaver fucks!” he growled. It was lucky we had people in Athens, then, or we would have starved. But my husband amended his thought: “I’d eat at the Fuck Stonewall Jackson Grill, if it were owned by black people,” he relented.

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originalben  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:52:24am

re: #254 Dr. Matt

Which would make Bernie Terence Trent d’Arby?

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originalben  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:30:29pm

re: #333 retired cynic

As an example, take Stonekettle. His essays are usually full of glitches, and has told his readers to let him know so he can clean it up.

Isn’t the point that accepting the mistake/s gracefully is key?

-As Stonekettle and most here do vs. claiming to be above spelling accuracy and/or punctuation?

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:39:07pm

re: #386 Nojay UK

K-class, my dad’s ship was the Kimberley. You can see a photo of it here that I scanned in from a print he had on the wall for years.

Ah. And The Med was a particularly dangerous place for RN ships in 1940-41 when they were essentially operating alone vs both the Germans and the Italians.


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