Must Read: The Breitbart Betrayals

Breitbart “News” is a nightmare
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Chris Lehmann really captures the essential creepiness of Breitbart “News” in this piece for The Baffler: The Breitbart Betrayals.

The abject failure of a news organization to back up one of its own reporters was so shocking—and so poisonous to the already shaky morale of the Breitbart newsroom—that few paused to note the irony of Breitbart positioning itself as an authority on the interpretation of videotape. Breitbart’s Big Government section, after all, was once a self-standing site that was home to the first great pseudo-scoops of conservative agitprop auteur James O’Keefe, who persuaded some gullible ACORN workers that he was a pimp in need of federal grant money (even though he never, as he claimed, documented any illegal conduct on the part of the hapless ACORN staffers). Then, less successfully, O’Keefe and Breitbart trumpeted maliciously edited footage of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod making allegedly derisive comments about white farmers. (Sherrod, who is African American, was actually summarizing stereotyped misconceptions about such people she might formerly have held, and had since outgrown—i.e., she was making the polar opposite point that O’Keefe and the Breitbart organization claimed she was crudely advancing. Sherrod was eventually fired, and sued Breitbart in a libel complaint that was settled out of court.)

In short, it says everything about the Breitbart M.O. that, when confronted with evidence of the blowback from its opportunistic, counter-journalistic alliance with the Trump campaign, the organization’s first impulse is neither to address the central issue head-on nor to call out the loathsome conduct of Trump flack Lewandowski, but rather to gin up the impression that their reporter wasn’t giving a reliable account of her own assault. This is more than simply blaming the victim—it’s framing the victim, as both an untrustworthy witness and noncredible reporter. It’s also entirely in the spirit of site founder Andrew Breitbart, once an eager student of right-wing smear-monger Matt Drudge. (Breitbart collaborated in the founding of the Huffington Post before launching his eponymous web publishing empire in 2007; he died in 2012 at the age of 43.)

And as is the case with every botched cover-up, things got worse as time went on. When Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro announced he was resigning due to his bosses’ handling of the Fields incident and because of the organization’s de facto status as a “Trump Pravda site,” the web site published a childish attack on Shapiro under the headline “Ben Shapiro Betrays Loyal Breitbart Readership in Pursuit of Fox News Contributorship.” 

The piece was promptly pulled from the site (but can be savored in all its petulant glory here); absurdly, Breitbart’s own in-house counsel Joel B. Pollak claimed authorship, even though it ran, pointedly, under the pseudonymous byline of Shapiro’s father, David Shapiro, another contributor to the site, and another writer who’s resigned from Breitbart in the wake of this clusterfuck. Piling absurdity on absurdity, Breitbart has lately claimed that the piece was never intended to be posted on the site—which of course raises the question of why, in that case, anyone should go to all the trouble of outfitting it with a compromising pseudonymous byline.

But this, too, is classic Breitbart-style agitprop: publish any scandalous material serving your pet agenda, then rapidly flee from the consequences of your action the moment any trouble surfaces.

For years I’ve been pointing out that the Breitbart “News” business model depends on encouraging the worst elements of the right wing base to get increasingly crazy, giving them license to unleash their inner racism and bigotry. It’s reached the point now where almost every comment thread at Breitbart is filled with outright racial hatred, calls for genocide and deranged conspiracy theories.

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who’s noticed it.

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407 comments

1
Charles Johnson  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:34:08pm
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Eric The Fruit Bat  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:35:02pm

It’s the Rage Furby schtik with scale. And we should be surprised?

It’s time to start deplayong a take no prisoners approach with these schmucks.

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Nyet  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:39:12pm

This is the house that Andrew built.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:42:03pm

re: #3 Nyet

This is the house that Andrew built.

Yes, it is the House that he built and if there is any justice left in the world the whole thing should be burnt to a crisp.

5
stpaulbear  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:43:42pm

Looking at that photo, it’s hard to believe that Breitbart would die at age 42.
//

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Joe Bacon  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:45:44pm

re: #5 stpaulbear

Looking at that photo, it’s hard to believe that Breitbart would die at age 42.
//

All that hate plus the cocaine deservedly sealed his fate.

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makeitstop  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:55:27pm

If this doesn’t perfectly sum up the situation, it comes damn close.

This is more than simply blaming the victim—it’s framing the victim, as both an untrustworthy witness and noncredible reporter.

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majii  Mar 20, 2016 • 6:59:44pm

re: #7 makeitstop

It a feature not a bug that the “writers” at Breitbart always choose to cover for those they like and support even if it means smearing and denigrating one of their own. As soon as Miller objected to Lewandowski’s rough treatment, she was a toast because Pollack had already chosen Trump as the candidate the site would support, and he wasn’t going to brook any person on his staff saying anything against him or a member of his campaign.

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whitebeach  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:00:27pm

Looking at that photo it hits me that the dude’s fingers are Trump stumps. What is it with these people?

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Decatur Deb  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:01:06pm

re: #9 whitebeach

Looking at that photo it hits me that the dude’s fingers are Trump stumps. What is it with these people?

Morlocks.

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retired cynic  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:01:50pm

re: #9 whitebeach

Looking at that photo it hits me that the dude’s fingers are Trump stumps. What is it with these people?

In both cases, it is the joint next to the hand that is short. Weird.

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Belafon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:02:11pm

re: #9 whitebeach

Looking at that photo it hits me that the dude’s fingers are Trump stumps. What is it with these people?

Hey, don’t get onto stumpy fingered people. We might have short fingers, but I guarantee you that you will not be able to break my grip.

Edit: It’s definitely making learning the bass guitar challenging.

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Nyet  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:03:50pm

re: #10 Decatur Deb

Morlocks.

, the common clay of the underground caverns.

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whitebeach  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:04:01pm

re: #11 retired cynic

In both cases, it is the joint next to the hand that is short. Weird.

Story of my life. The joint across the room is always longer.

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retired cynic  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:10:58pm

re: #14 whitebeach

How’s the water level?

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:14:03pm

Is that Breitbart himself? Christ, he looked like a character from a B-grade horror movie. Was he trying to summon the undead?

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Jenner7  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:15:06pm

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Serena ripped him a new one too. What an ass.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:15:11pm

re: #16 Pawn of the Oppressor

Is that Breitbart himself? Christ, he looked like a character from a B-grade horror movie. Was he trying to summon the undead?

I can’t tell if that was before or after he made his deal with The Devil…

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whitebeach  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:17:01pm

re: #15 retired cynic

How’s the water level?

Thanks for asking. With any luck, sometime late tomorrow it will fall to what the National Weather Service defines as Major Flood level. I’ll probably go into my mom’s former home then and see what can be salvaged.

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Nyet  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:17:28pm

re: #16 Pawn of the Oppressor

Is that Breitbart himself? Christ, he looked like a character from a B-grade horror movie. Was he trying to summon the undead?

He had sure summoned a lot of braindead.

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Nyet  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:20:24pm

Wonder how accurate this is:

The Vermont Democratic Party
leadership has allowed no authorized candidate to run against Bernie in
1990 (or since) and in return, Bernie has repeatedly
blocked third party building. His closet party, the Democrats, are very
worried about a left 3rd party forming in Vermont. In the last two
elections, Sanders has prevented Progressives in his machine from running
against Howard Dean, our conservative Democratic
Governor who was ahead of Gingrich in the attack on welfare.

list.uvm.edu

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:20:30pm

Somebody dug up this old tweet from Baby Whiplash. LOL.

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Bubblehead II  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:22:49pm

Night Lizards. I came , I saw and yes, I brawled. But now is a time to call it night.

Sleep well and may the Deity of your choice smile down upon you and yours,

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:22:57pm

re: #21 Nyet

Wonder how accurate this is:

list.uvm.edu

Howard Dean as a “conservative”? LMAO! Dean’s a pure-blue liberal.

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Nyet  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:24:21pm

re: #24 Dark_Falcon

Click the link.

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Archangelus  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:24:26pm

Not sure if it’s been posted here already, but if ever something deserved to be filed under a “holy crap” category…
Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat over Trump

SALT LAKE CITY — If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll.

“I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope,” said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, a top campaign adviser to the GOP’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.

The poll found that may well be true. Utah voters said they would reject Trump, the GOP frontrunner, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the Democratic candidate on the general election ballot.

While Clinton was only slightly ahead of Trump — 38 percent to 36 percent — Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist, holds a substantial lead — 48 percent to 37 percent over the billionaire businessman and reality TV star among likely Utah voters

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:25:04pm

re: #20 Nyet

He had sure summoned a lot of braindead.

His legacy is turning people into followers of the Falorangist Dictator, among other things… We’re ankle-deep in shit because of guys like him.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:30:54pm

re: #3 Nyet

This is the house that Andrew built.

That’s some legacy he left, huh? Can you imagine dying fairly young and having the creation of that cesspool be the main thing your name is remembered for? I can’t. I mean I know the dead are beyond giving a shit, but still… he has kids. *smh*

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:31:30pm

re: #21 Nyet

Wonder how accurate this is:

list.uvm.edu

It figures: That piece was written by a College-Leftie.

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Bass Reeves  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:33:40pm

re: #29 Dark_Falcon

Easy guv, glass houses and all that.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:34:43pm

re: #27 Pawn of the Oppressor

His legacy is turning people into followers of the Falorangist Dictator, among other things… We’re ankle-deep in shit because of guys like him.

The correct spelling of the word before ‘dictator’ is Falangist. And last I heard, the Falangist Dictator is still dead. Trump’s not dictator yet, and if the folks on this blog have something to say about it he never will be.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:35:59pm

re: #30 Bass Reeves

Point taken, I removed the word ‘loon’. College-Leftie stands as a fair description.

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majii  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:37:03pm

re: #26 Archangelus

I don’t think Trump did himself any favors by questioning whether Romney was a reel Mormon the other day. I would suspect that it c/would cause some Mormons in Utah to turn against voting for him or to sit out the November elections. I remember in 2012 there was a group called Mormons for Obama that had a site I used to visit quite often.They were traditional republicans who had decided that what Romney was selling they weren’t buying.
mormonsforobama.org

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Decatur Deb  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:37:10pm

re: #31 Dark_Falcon

The correct spelling of the word before ‘dictator’ is Falangist. And last I heard, the Falangist Dictator is still dead. Trump’s not dictator yet, and if the folks on this blog have something to say about it he never will be.

He was going for a portmanteau word: “Falangist” and “Orangeist”.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:38:29pm

re: #34 Decatur Deb

He was going for a portmanteau word: “Falangist” and “Orangeist”.

Oh, OK.

Francisco Franco Is Still Dead, though. ;)

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:40:33pm

re: #31 Dark_Falcon

The correct spelling of the word before ‘dictator’ is Falangist. And last I heard, the Falangist Dictator is still dead. Trump’s not dictator yet, and if the folks on this blog have something to say about it he never will be.

Trumps not a Falangist. He’s a just a dangerous & violent retread of Benito.

That’s our friend from Pennsylvania, he of the frothy mix.

Cruz would be similar but to him and the rest of the Dominionists, “Papists” are as evil as Muslims, Jews, and all other non-fundamentalists Christians.

Had one specifically say that Roman Catholics and Orthodox were not Christian the other day. These are not good people, DF.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:42:47pm

I’m outta here—later, lizards.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:43:01pm

re: #35 Dark_Falcon

Oh, OK.

Francisco Franco Is Still Dead, though. ;)

And roommates with Maggie, Ronnie & Augusto. He better hope he remembered his asbestos undies…

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gocart mozart  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:43:42pm
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gocart mozart  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:45:35pm
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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:46:08pm

re: #36 William Lewis

So you’re saying Trump’s more like Daesh’s battle monstrosity?

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gocart mozart  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:46:26pm
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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:48:20pm

re: #38 William Lewis

Nobody makes asbestos undies anymore, William. If they get holes in them they give you cancer.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:48:35pm

re: #41 Dark_Falcon

Oy! That’s … interesting. I doubt there will ever be an article like the Tankograd tome on the T72 ever written about it ;)

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gocart mozart  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:48:57pm

Lasttweetdumpipromise.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:51:39pm

re: #45 gocart mozart

Lasttweetdumpipromise.

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But think of him saying it in that gelatinous voice with that nutcracker chin bobbing up and down.

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BlueGrl21  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:53:39pm

My New Years Resolution was to eliminate as much negativity in my life as possible. To not bring any kind of hate into the world, be compassionate and empathic towards all, you know, all of that good life path stuff.

With all of these right wing institutions exploding like engorged ticks, it’s been the easiest resolution to keep I’ve ever made.

Namaste, y’all.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:53:41pm

re: #43 Dark_Falcon

Nobody makes asbestos undies anymore, William. If they get holes in them they give you cancer.

Wilmette, IL, once had a problem replacing burned out streetlights used on side-streets because parts of the long-life bulb used asbestos. The contractor who ultimately did the job solved the problem of cancer risk (which was largely non-existent, but the fears of litigation were high) by inviting in a construction union and accepting status as a union shop in exchange for the union agreeing to binding safety standards and terms of compensation for those workers doing the job.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:55:29pm

re: #44 William Lewis

Oy! That’s … interesting. I doubt there will ever be an article like the Tankograd tome on the T72 ever written about it ;)

No, but the Tankograd article on the BMP-1 may contain some of the very interesting modifications it has seen in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.

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The Ghost of a Cunning Plan  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:57:46pm

re: #36 William Lewis

Ted Cruz’s hole man is David Barton. That David Barton.

So the God is against minimum wage, environmental standards, and clean food and water.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:59:19pm

And since I mentioned Libya, its time for a Tweet Featuring the Word ‘Benghazi’ That Is Actually About Benghazi:

This particular Islamist-controlled BMP-1 was sent to the scrapyard by the Libyan National Army earlier this month. Sic Semper Tyrannis.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 7:59:53pm

re: #49 Dark_Falcon

No, but the Tankograd article on the BMP-1 may contain some of the very interesting modifications it has seen in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.

I found the one on the BMP-3 fascinating. That is probably the most interesting IFV made by anyone anywhere.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:05:09pm

The ‘Promoted Stories’ clickbait is offering a look at the Top 15 Racks in Hollywood. This had better not be IKEA.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:05:56pm

re: #52 William Lewis

I found the one on the BMP-3 fascinating. That is probably the most interesting IFV made by anyone anywhere.

Yeah, a 100mm cannon and a 30mm auto-cannon in the same turret. Add on ATGMs fired from the 100mm gun and 3 PKMT GPMGs and you’ve got enough firepower to satisfy wingnut fantasies. But its actually a practical vehicle seeing action right now in Yemen.

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Sherlock Hound  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:05:58pm

re: #21 Nyet

It’s a hard-leftist piece, but the part about Vermont’s nuclear waste going to TX is true. An interesting fact: Around the same time that item was written, there was a secessionist movement in the state.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:06:19pm

re: #53 Decatur Deb

The ‘Promoted Stories’ clickbait is offering a look at the Top 15 Racks in Hollywood. This had better not be IKEA.

[laughing]

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:07:29pm

re: #54 Dark_Falcon

Yeah, a 100mm cannon and a 30mm auto-cannon in the same turret. Add on ATGMs fired from the 100mm gun and 3 PKMT GPMGs and you’ve got enough firepower to satisfy wingnut fantasies. But its actually a practical vehicle seeing action right now in Yemen.

And all the ammo designed for it can be fired from slightly modified T-55’s. Nasty surprise if the bad guys have the $$$ for it.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:10:43pm

Speaking of stuff from the Oryx Blog, they revealed a screw-up of Michael Brown during Hurricane Katrina level. The people who made it were members of the Syrian Army, who allowed an arms depot in Deir ez-Zor to fall into the hands of Daesh. And oh what a list of stuff Team Worst Evil got:

his is an approximate guess of the captured weapons and ammunition featured in the video of the Ayyash weapon depot, the real figures are believed to be much higher. The content of at least 2600 crates could not be identified.

Ammunition:

- 1,348,300 to 1,791,960 rounds of 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R ammunition.
- 17,140 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition.
- 158,996 rounds of 14.5mm ammunition.
- 119,768 rounds of 20mm ammunition.
- 450 rounds of 23mm ammunition.
- 223 rounds of 73mm ammunition.
- 72 rounds of 82mm ammunition.
- 2000 rounds of 85mm ammunition.
- 6 rounds of 107mm ammunition.
- 4 rounds of 120mm ammunition.
- 165 rounds of 120mm RAP ammunition.
- 576 rounds of 122mm ammunition.
- 1120 fuses for 122mm artillery rounds.
- 7 PG-2 rocket-propelled grenades.
- 10 PG-7 rocket-propelled grenades.
- 1 PG-7VL rocket-propelled grenade.
- 1 TBG-7V rocket-propelled grenade.
- 1 OG-7V rocket-propelled grenade.
- 2 PG-29V rocket-propelled grenades.
- 2 M-57 rocket-propelled grenades.
- 9025 grenades.
- 36 rifle grenades.
- 98 9M14M Malyutka ATGMs.
- 1 9M113M Konkurs ATGMs.
- 7 3M9 surface-to-air missiles.

Weaponry:

- 84 7.62mm AK(M)-47s.
- 5 7.62mm PKMs.
- 1 7.62mm RPD.
- 1 7.62mm SGM.
- 3 12.7mm DShK(M)s.
- 11 14.5mm KPVs.
- 2 23mm ZU-23s.
- 1 RPG-2.
- 13 RPG-7s.
- 1 73mm 2A28 Grom.
- 1 M40 106mm RCL.
- 122 bayonets.
- 1 pistol.
- 1 flintlock.

Vehicles (derelict trucks not included):

- 1 T-55(A)MV.
- 2 T-55As.
- 5 BMP-1s.
- 1 23mm ZSU-23.
- 1 BRDM-2.
- 1 BTR-152.
- 2 BREM-2 ARVs.
- 3 2P25 TELs.
- 1 SURN 1S19 radar.
- 6 ZiL-131s.
- 2 GAZ-3308s.
- 2 GAZ-66s.
- 2 Ural-375Ds.
- 1 KamAZ-53212.
- 1 MAZ-5336
- 1 Tatra 148.
- 1 GAZ Sobol.
- 1 UAZ-469.
- 2 excavators.
- 1 Land Rover Defender.
- 2 technicals.
- 3 trucks.
- 4 cars.

No word yet on if the depot also contained a partridge in a pear tree.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:11:06pm

re: #57 William Lewis

And all the ammo designed for it can be fired from slightly modified T-55’s. Nasty surprise if the bad guys have the $$$ for it.

Hmm. Perhaps not - low pressure gun. Heh, got to keep up, some details in that briefing were obviously not correct.

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BeachDem  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:13:45pm

re: #21 Nyet

Wonder how accurate this is:

list.uvm.edu

That’s been around awhile, but the one time I tried to check it, all the links I found led back to that original piece, and I never could find the supposed interviews referred to. Not saying it isn’t accurate—they definitely seemed to have some problems with Bernie, but I couldn’t find any corroborating info. (I didn’t do an exhaustive search, but did look around for awhile.)

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:13:52pm

You just know this image really annoys a lot people…
Man, I love it…

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whitebeach  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:14:13pm

re: #51 Dark_Falcon

Sic Semper Tyrannus.

Tyrannis, not Tyrannus. Sorry, lifelong editor.

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BeachDem  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:15:54pm

re: #31 Dark_Falcon

The correct spelling of the word before ‘dictator’ is Falangist. And last I heard, the Falangist Dictator is still dead. Trump’s not dictator yet, and if the folks on this blog people with any sanity or sense of decency have something to say about it he never will be.

FIFY

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:16:11pm

re: #62 whitebeach

Tyrannis, not Tyrannus. Sorry, lifelong editor.

Saurus?

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:16:12pm

re: #62 whitebeach

Tyrannis, not Tyrannus. Sorry, lifelong editor.

Gotcha, will edit.

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:21:49pm

re: #54 Dark_Falcon

I find it amusing that what is meant as a troop carrier has more fire power than any of the tanks used when Germany attacked France in WWII, which I am reading about at the moment.

Except for maybe the Char B1 or Char 2C.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:25:53pm

re: #66 Romantic Heretic

I find it amusing that what is meant as a troop carrier has more fire power than any of the tanks used when German attacked France in WWII, which I am reading about at the moment.

Except for maybe the Char B1 or Char 2C.

The BMP-3 has as much firepower as the Char B1bis had, while been better able to make use of said firepower via an auto-loader and a two-man turret.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:26:29pm

re: #66 Romantic Heretic

The short barrel 75 on the Pz IV & Stg III was probably fairly close all things considered. Probably very close to the same amount of HE potential in the shells IIRC.

The French gun was similar to ours - acceptable for infantry support but not as good as either the German or Russian guns of similar intent.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:32:48pm

re: #68 William Lewis

The short barrel 75 on the Pz IV & Stg III was probably fairly close all things considered. Probably very close to the same amount of HE potential in the shells IIRC.

The French gun was similar to ours - acceptable for infantry support but not as good as either the German or Russian guns of similar intent.

The Sherman’s 75mm was in all but very early models more than twice as long as that of the Char B1, but it was able to fire the same HE ammo. For that reason the Allies made restoration of French 75mm HE ammo production a decent priority from the early autumn of 1944 and such rounds were being produced again in France by the end of the year.

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:33:49pm

Trump is such a disaster for the Republican party, for the first time in 50 years the traditionally conservative state of Utah is up for grabs according to a recent Deseret News/KSL poll.

“I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope,” former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt said.

Clinton’s numbers put her only slightly ahead of Trump with 38 percent over 36 percent, however, democratic-socialist candidate Sanders enjoys more than a ten point lead over Trump (48 percent to 37 percent).

“Any matchup in which Democrats are competitive in the state of Utah is shocking,” said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

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scottslemmons  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:35:36pm

re: #62 whitebeach

Tyrannis, not Tyrannus. Sorry, lifelong editor.

Now I can’t stop imagining an alternate reality where John Wilkes Diplodocus assassinated Abraham Tyrannosaurus at Utahraptor’s Theater…

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:37:04pm

re: #71 scottslemmons

Semper Fidelis Tyrannosaurus

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:38:37pm

re: #69 Dark_Falcon

The Sherman’s 75mm was in all but very early models more than twice as long as that of the Char B1, but it was able to fire the same HE ammo. For that reason the Allies made restoration of French 75mm HE ammo production a decent priority from the early autumn of 1944 and such rounds were being produced again in France by the end of the year.

Could fire the French ammo. Our more modern ammo was actually better. OTOH, locally made and easy to supply ammo, even if not as good, would trump better stuff shipped across the medium sized pond.

It’s funny to see the legacy of the US’s unpreparedness for WWI as reflected in our hasty purchase of so many French Canon de 75 modèle 1897 and it’s impact in the next war. Just for giggles, if I worked for a defense company I’d try sneaking in a spec for a IFV with a 75 that used those case dimensions…

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:39:50pm

Season 1 had the hall fight, Season 2 has the cellblock

Facebook Post

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:41:19pm

re: #73 William Lewis

Could fire the French ammo. Our more modern ammo was actually better. OTOH, locally made and easy to supply ammo, even if not as good, would trump better stuff shipped across the medium sized pond.

It’s funny to see the legacy of the US’s unpreparedness for WWI as reflected in our hasty purchase of so many French Canon de 75 modèle 1897 and it’s impact in the next war. Just for giggles, if I worked for a defense company I’d try sneaking in a spec for a IFV with a 75 that used those case dimensions…

Ah, from wiki…

The 75mm M2 and M3 tank guns of the M3 and M4 Medium tanks, the 75mm M6 tank gun of the M24 light tank and the 75mm gun of the -G and -H subtypes of the B-25 Mitchell bomber all used the same ammunition as the M1897. The 75mm Pack Howitzer M1 used the same projectiles fired from a smaller 75x272R case.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:42:48pm

However, unlike the two other arrestees, Gonzalez, who is a citizen of the U.S., wasn’t released last night. Instead she was transferred to federal deportation agents to investigate her immigration status as a result of her Latino surname.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:43:02pm

re: #75 William Lewis

Ah, from wiki…

Thanks for the, William.

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retired cynic  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:45:49pm

re: #76 goddamnedfrank

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I’m with HER.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:46:48pm

This whole Cuba thing is enormous. This will go down as one of Obama’s finest achievements. I find it rather cool that I may be able to visit the Jewel of the Antilles legally, and soon!

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:48:08pm

re: #70 Kragar

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:49:50pm

re: #73 William Lewis

Could fire the French ammo. Our more modern ammo was actually better. OTOH, locally made and easy to supply ammo, even if not as good, would trump better stuff shipped across the medium sized pond.

Yeah, that was it. Restoring French production lines also provided employment to the people who worked them and thus made those people less willing to listen to the Communists still active in France. But the biggest reason was indeed to reduce the amount of ammo that had to be shipped from the US.

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Ace-o-aces  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:52:51pm

re: #76 goddamnedfrank

If they’re gonna transfer everyone with a hispanic surname in Arizona to ICE, that’s gonna be a lot of extra work for nothing.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:53:16pm

re: #76 goddamnedfrank

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Lawsuit. And she’d win yuuuuuge.

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:54:39pm
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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:56:16pm

re: #84 Kragar

Trump spokesperson: Rally violence is ‘American people having a head-on collision with the truth’

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:56:41pm

re: #84 Kragar

Yeah. And truth ain’t on Trump’s side.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:57:31pm

re: #82 Ace-o-aces

If they’re gonna transfer everyone with a hispanic surname in Arizona to ICE, that’s gonna be a lot of extra work for nothing.

It’s Arizona. The cost is less important to many there than is making a stinkbomb statement about “those people.” So Ms. Gonzalez is being “process punished” as a result of bigotry and butthurt.

re: #83 GlutenFreeJesus

Lawsuit. And she’s win yuuuuuge.

And when she wins the cops will whine and seethe about they’re the victims.

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Ace-o-aces  Mar 20, 2016 • 8:59:14pm

re: #87 Dark_Falcon

And when she wins the cops will whine and seethe about they’re the victims.

Surprisingly it looks like these where city cops and not Sheriff Joe’s goons.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:04:16pm

re: #88 Ace-o-aces

Surprisingly it looks like these where city cops and not Sheriff Joe’s goons.

The cop whose blue-uniformed sleeve is visible in the foregrounds is Scottsdale Police, the other two are Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies.

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:05:06pm
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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:05:31pm
For years I’ve been pointing out that the Breitbart “News” business model depends on encouraging the worst elements of the right wing base to get increasingly crazy, giving them license to unleash their inner racism and bigotry.

3,064 matches when you type “Breitbart Comments” into LGF search.

Maybe now folks will start paying more attention.

*cough*

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Jenner7  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:18:08pm

Can you guess the movie??

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Kragar  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:20:03pm

re: #92 Jenner7

Birdcage

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Jenner7  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:20:45pm

re: #93 Kragar

Winner!!

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:20:48pm

re: #74 Kragar

Jeezus. I semi-spoiled a future episode with that, but I’ll live.

I thought the stairwell fight against the bikers was the 2nd-season callback to the hall fight, but I guess they budgeted for more stunts, since twice the vigilantes means twice the butt-kicking. Clearly they’ve been studying gang-fight scenes in martial arts films too.

Jon Bernthal is soooo much better as The Punisher than he was in The Walking Dead.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:20:54pm

Took a look downstairs.

Image: shaking_head_breaking_bad.gif

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retired cynic  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:24:22pm

It’s better up here.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:25:51pm

re: #78 retired cynic

I’m with HER.

…I wonder if she’s single…

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Jenner7  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:26:13pm

G’night Lizards! Have a pleasant night.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:27:36pm

The Instagram photos Charles posted downstairs, the ones from Cuba…wow.

The one of the man carrying a double bass through Havana…

Instagram

On Sunday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba, in what will be the first trip by a sitting U.S. president to that county in nearly 90 years. Obama plans to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, attend a state dinner and speak with Cuban dissidents during the trip. Here, musician Frilal Ortiz carries a double bass in downtown Havana on March 16, 2016. Photograph by Alexandre Meneghini—@reuters

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:30:06pm

re: #84 Kragar

Or if not, a head on collision with Corey Lewandowski.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:30:09pm

re: #100 teleskiguy

I know this is self-indulgent, but this picture reminds me of myself carrying my skis through town. I had to work three or four days to earn enough money to pay for my new skis. This man saved for years to get a double bass. Puts things into perspective.

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jonhendry  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:37:11pm

re: #31 Dark_Falcon

The correct spelling of the word before ‘dictator’ is Falangist. And last I heard, the Falangist Dictator is still dead. Trump’s not dictator yet, and if the folks on this blog have something to say about it he never will be.

Trump is more of a hypophalangist.

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Mattand  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:37:14pm

When I look at the people who work at Breitbart, I try to remember that deep down, they’re still people: they love their families; gather with friends for the holidays; and try to make their through this world the best they can. In this day and age, we need to somehow reconnect with our fellow humans, despite our differences…

Just kidding. Fuck them in the ear. It’s a shitpile of lies and misery that makes Fox News look like the nadir of responsible journalism. I hope the whole goddamn organization implodes and utterly vanishes from human memory.

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jonhendry  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:40:01pm

re: #79 teleskiguy

This whole Cuba thing is enormous. This will go down as one of Obama’s finest achievements. I find it rather cool that I may be able to visit the Jewel of the Antilles legally, and soon!

Better sooner than later. Go now before it becomes Americanized with #BRANDS

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:40:11pm

Forgive me for posting what Charles has already posted downstairs. We repeat ourselves around here from time to time, we can be only so fast with our keyboards and glowing rectangles.

This is eerily gorgeous.

Instagram

A taxi driver at a park in Havana. At times, Cuba can feel like a nation abandoned. The aching disrepair of its cities, the untamed foliage of its countryside, the orphaned coastlines — a half-century of isolation has wrapped the country in decay. Yet few places in the world brim with as much life as Cuba, a contrast drawn sharper amid its faded grandeur.
Ahead of President @barackobama’s 3-day visit to #Cuba — the first by a sitting president in 88 years — we’re sharing photos from a journey across the country by @nytimes journalists. Visit the link in our profile to see the full photo essay. #nytweekender

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:44:37pm

re: #102 teleskiguy

I know this is self-indulgent, but this picture reminds me of myself carrying my skis through town. I had to work three or four days to earn enough money to pay for my new skis. This man saved for years to get a double bass. Puts things into perspective.

Dude, he’s probably in a Cuban government authorized band/orchestra. If so his instrument probably cost him nothing in monetary terms. What it cost is his life - the time spent learning, practicing and becoming good enough to have gainful employment as a musician. Looking at that picture and guessing his age? Minimum of 20 years playing the bass to get to this point.

My favorite guitar cost me 5 days of work. I’ll spend the rest of my life earning it.

He already has earned his ax.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:47:03pm

re: #107 William Lewis

My favorite guitar was given to me by my father when I turned 18.

And you’re probably right about the man and his double bass. He’ll be talking to Americans soon, so we’ll see. :)

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freetoken  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:47:23pm

This one is to remind all the Americans who want to usher in the Drumpfepoche of the past:

The Atomic City / The Magic of the Atom - 1950’s Atomic Energy Documentary - WDTVLIVE42

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:49:53pm

re: #105 jonhendry

Better sooner than later. Go now before it becomes Americanized with #BRANDS

I hate to sound like some privileged twit thinking there’s nobility in poverty, because the song’s got so much soul, but I do hope the “character” of the place doesn’t get ruined.

I hope they can build a better economy on something like a New Orleans French Quarter model. Clean things up, bring things up to code, get services running, but don’t destroy it all and put up some shiny tan and silver hell-pile of a resort. Preserve, protect, and fix up what’s there, whether it dates from 1955 or 1755 or whatever. Build the prosperity AND keep the charm.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:50:58pm

re: #110 Pawn of the Oppressor

I hate to sound like some privileged twit thinking there’s nobility in poverty, because the song’s got so much soul, but I do hope the “character” of the place doesn’t get ruined.

I hope they can build a better economy on something like a New Orleans French Quarter model. Clean things up, bring things up to code, get services running, but don’t destroy it all and put up some shiny tan and silver hell-pile of a resort. Preserve, protect, and fix up what’s there, whether it dates from 1955 or 1755 or whatever. Build the prosperity AND keep the charm.

Can I get an AMEN up in this joint!?!

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retired cynic  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:51:35pm

re: #110 Pawn of the Oppressor

In other words, keep Trump the hell out.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:55:50pm

re: #108 teleskiguy

My favorite guitar was given to me by my father when I turned 18.

And you’re probably right about the man and his double bass. He’ll be talking to Americans soon, so we’ll see. :)

Of course our comments all presume that the guy in the photo is the player of the instrument. That is not necessarily a given…

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 9:56:43pm

re: #110 Pawn of the Oppressor

On another level entirely but eerily similar, the ski towns in Colorado have the same dilemma with development. I’ve noticed that the towns that were there before the ski areas showed up tend to have a more authentic feel and ambiance. The towns that were established around the ski areas are fucking Club Med. The more history around the town, the more cool it is.

A list:

Ski towns in Colorado that predated the ski areas:

1. Steamboat Springs
2. Telluride
3. Crested Butte
4. Breckenridge

Ski towns in Colorado built around the ski areas:

1. Vail
2. Copper Mountain
3. Winter Park
4. Keystone

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:15:09pm

re: #113 William Lewis

What is real, maaaaaaan?!?

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:21:54pm

I heard about the president landing in Cuba on FM rock radio. No fooling.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:24:41pm
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus admitted Sunday that his party could be headed toward a contested or brokered convention and wouldn’t commit to Donald Trump being the nominee even if he entered the July event with the most delegates.

This is going to be such an epic level shit show.

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SoundGuy 2016  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:25:14pm

re: #117 goddamnedfrank

This is going to be such an epic level shit show.

I can’t wait.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:27:49pm

As seen in my Facebook feed from a gal I’ve known since middle school.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:48:10pm

re: #114 teleskiguy

I have a split association with those lists too.

The first four, I’ve all heard about from motorcyclists and/or hippies.

The last four, I have associated with people who look like this:

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:49:05pm

re: #120 Pawn of the Oppressor

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 10:54:16pm

re: #114 teleskiguy

On another level entirely but eerily similar, the ski towns in Colorado have the same dilemma with development. I’ve noticed that the towns that were there before the ski areas showed up tend to have a more authentic feel and ambiance. The towns that were established around the ski areas are fucking Club Med. The more history around the town, the more cool it is.

A list:

Ski towns in Colorado that predated the ski areas:

1. Steamboat Springs
2. Telluride
3. Crested Butte
4. Breckenridge

Ski towns in Colorado built around the ski areas:

1. Vail
2. Copper Mountain
3. Winter Park
4. Keystone

So where should a person more happy on snow shoes and a cheap Miller beer & shot of whisky go hang out? I’d not mind giving skiing a chance past the night that nearly destroyed my knee but I’d be damned if I know where to try it.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:02:22pm

re: #110 Pawn of the Oppressor

I hate to sound like some privileged twit thinking there’s nobility in poverty, because the song’s got so much soul, but I do hope the “character” of the place doesn’t get ruined.

I think you’ll find that it’s the slums that have so much soul.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:06:07pm

re: #119 teleskiguy

As seen in my Facebook feed from a gal I’ve known since middle school.

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Mr. Orangebachev, hair down this wall!

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:07:14pm

re: #123 Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate

I think you’ll find that it’s the slums that have so much soul.

Nice to see that hasn’t been completely forgotten.

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teleskiguy  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:09:36pm

re: #122 William Lewis

So where should a person more happy on snow shoes and a cheap Miller beer & shot of whisky go hang out? I’d not mind giving skiing a chance past the night that nearly destroyed my knee but I’d be damned if I know where to try it.

Stay in South Fork, CO and ski at Wolf Creek Ski Area. You could go the Pawn of the Oppressor way and stay on the west side of the pass in Pagosa Springs, with shops, restaurants, and hot springs. All (relatively) affordable.

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:14:41pm

re: #126 teleskiguy

Stay in South Fork, CO and ski at Wolf Creek Ski Area. You could go the Pawn of the Oppressor way and stay on the west side of the pass in Pagosa Springs, with shops, restaurants, and hot springs. All (relatively) affordable.

Thank you. If I ever do really make it there I’ll remember that info.

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allegro  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:26:47pm

Just finished Daredevil - so wound up I can’t even think about sleeping though it’s nearly 1:30am. Want more! Now!

Damn that is some fine writing and fantastic performances. Can’t think of any series where I even came close to the frequency of thinking “Whoa! Did not see THAT coming!”

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William Lewis  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:31:50pm

re: #128 allegro

Just finished Daredevil - so wound up I can’t even think about sleeping though it’s nearly 1:30am. Want more! Now!

Damn that is some fine writing and fantastic performances. Can’t think of any series where I even came close to the frequency of thinking “Whoa! Did not see THAT coming!”

Reminds me of the night I watched the last episode of the first season of “The Expanse”. I’ve read the books. I know the plot. I was still jumping out of my skin and edgy the whole night. I can’t imagine how the second season will look.

The. Best. Hard. SF. Ever. On. TV. Period.

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Single-handed sailor  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:33:48pm

re: #128 allegro

Season two was even better than season one.

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allegro  Mar 20, 2016 • 11:36:50pm

re: #130 Single-handed sailor

Season two was even better than season one.

I agree. Loved season one but that was just a li’l lick of the lollipop. I am in awe of the writers particularly who crafted this. Fucking brilliant.

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Shimshon  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:00:43am

re: #9 whitebeach

Looking at that photo it hits me that the dude’s fingers are Trump stumps. What is it with these people?

These people see everything as a game. They support their team and do anything to win. They justify this by pretending the other side does it too. They are sociopaths.

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:13:33am

Still wide awake. Perhaps a lulluby?

Golden Slumbers - Carry That Weight - The End

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:17:18am
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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:18:53am

re: #134 goddamnedfrank

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Beats nose hair all hanging out and boogery.

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Single-handed sailor  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:19:59am

re: #134 goddamnedfrank

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Heh ear canal hair is just the beginning. I’m now growing earbrows on the back edge of my ears, WTF?

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The Ghost of a Cunning Plan  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:22:18am
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Single-handed sailor  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:23:23am

re: #135 allegro

Beats nose hair all hanging out and boogery.

I had nose hairs back in my 30s and early 40s. Each hair that grew out long enough to get a good grip on got yanked. Yanking nose hairs can really bring tears to your eyes. By the time I was 50 I never had a nose hair grow out that long.

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:23:26am

re: #136 Single-handed sailor

Heh ear canal hair is just the beginning. I’m now growing earbrows on the back edge of my ears, WTF?

Pretty sure you’re a werewolf. Only explanation. Really.

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:25:03am

Jeez now I did it. Beatles have always been one of my addictions. Now I gotta fix another drink and listen to more…

The Beatles, Martha my dear

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Single-handed sailor  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:29:35am

re: #139 allegro

Pretty sure you’re a werewolf. Only explanation. Really.

Well, I’m not a hairback and I only have moderate chest hair so…

/I grow a good winter beard, and this year I let it grow all winter. I’ll post a pic of it before I shave it off in April.

// I can’t eat a burger without biting through hair from my moustache.

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sagehen  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:30:11am

re: #134 goddamnedfrank

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Prehistoric people didn’t get old. Problem solved?

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:32:17am
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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:33:19am

re: #128 allegro

Just finished Daredevil - so wound up I can’t even think about sleeping though it’s nearly 1:30am. Want more! Now!

Damn that is some fine writing and fantastic performances. Can’t think of any series where I even came close to the frequency of thinking “Whoa! Did not see THAT coming!”

I watched the episode (#4?) where DD battles the motorcycle gang as he walks down the staircase, then went to bed. One of my dreams was about fighting a gang somewhere, and not doing do well, and then I woke up — at 2 am.

It’s really an intense show. Like you say, the writing and acting are top notch, but the videography is, too. The staircase scene had that dance-like feel that you get watching Hong Kong kungfu movies (wuxia).

I don’t think I’ll watch the other episodes just before I go to sleep, though.

This Elektra is a sociopath, I swear. I’d be scared shitless going out with her.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:34:51am

re: #139 allegro

Pretty sure you’re a werewolf. Only explanation. Really.

Check your moon phases. If you get more hair growth during the full moon, consult a physician.

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:35:41am

re: #141 Single-handed sailor

Well, I’m not a hairback and I only have moderate chest hair so…

/I grow a good winter beard, and this year I let it grow all winter. I’ll post a pic of it before I shave it off in April.

// I can’t eat a burger without biting through hair from my moustache.

Feel like that eating outside on windy days. I think I eat as much of my long hair blowing into my face as I do food.

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:41:28am

re: #144 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I watched the episode (#4?) where DD battles the motorcycle gang as he walks down the staircase, then went to bed. One of my dreams was about fighting a gang somewhere, and not doing do well, and then I woke up — at 2 am.

It’s really an intense show. Like you say, the writing and acting are top notch, but the videography is, too. The staircase scene had that dance-like feel that you get watching Hong Kong kungfu movies (wuxia).

I don’t think I’ll watch the other episodes just before I go to sleep, though.

This Elektra is a sociopath, I swear. I’d be scared shitless going out with her.

Everything about DD is masterful. I admit I’m more into the story and characters than fight scenes but even those are pretty magical.

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Ace-o-aces  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:45:00am
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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:45:07am

re: #147 allegro

Everything about DD is masterful. I admit I’m more into the story and characters than fight scenes but even those are pretty magical.

Exception: first “fight” scene between Murdock and Elektra - smokin’!

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allegro  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:54:40am
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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Mar 21, 2016 • 1:54:38am

re: #134 goddamnedfrank

Did prehistoric women find ear hair sexy or what? Most of the indignities that come with getting older I can wrap my head around, but this?

In prehistoric times you would have been trampled by a mammoth or suffered some other such mischief long before senescence reared it’s hoary head, so its effects on your formerly handsome visage would have been of little interest to natural selection.

In other words, you’re out of warrantee.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Mar 21, 2016 • 1:55:11am

re: #139 allegro

Pretty sure you’re a werewolf. Only explanation. Really.

It could be lupus…

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:02:23am

re: #148 Ace-o-aces

When people in Utah are like, “You know who sounds good? That Jewish Socilaist.” you know the GOP is in trouble.

I think being a sometimes marginalized and demonized religious minority (on a national level, at any rate) might make them more responsive to Trump’s targeting of Muslims. I mean, if Trump decideded it was politically expedient to go after Mormons next, would any of his base balk? They mostly think Mormons are Satan worshipers anyway.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:17:55am

re: #153 Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate

I think being a sometimes marginalized and demonized religious minority (on a national level, at any rate) might make them more responsive to Trump’s targeting of Muslims. I mean, if Trump decideded it was politically expedient to go after Mormons next, would any of his base balk? They mostly think Mormons are Satan worshipers anyway.

I wonder how Dominionists feel about Mormonism.
Dominionism is just another form of anti-Constitutional sectarianism. It is just as dangerous to minorities as whatever Trumpism is.

Maybe Mormons feel safe with Dominionists. I am reminded that Glenn Beck follows a brand of Mormonism.

And then I came back to this:
Is Glenn Beck a Christian?

This is because Mormonism not only denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith but also it reinterprets the Christian faith into something entirely new and foreign to Scripture.

It may be a shock to many people but just saying you “believe in Jesus” doesn’t make a person Christian.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:20:13am

Aren’t Trump supporters just adorable.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:29:21am
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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:31:24am

re: #155 goddamnedfrank

Aren’t Trump supporters just adorable.

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Ronald mcdonald ‎@rpknik
@vachilly64 @DumDems The Morons, oops Mormons, would stop it if Trump were going 2 win.They want illegal, by definition criminal,immigrants.

Wow. In the end we might have to thank Trump for breaking the fever and letting all the pus and decrepitude to fester and be addressed. (If this isn’t the start of Armageddon and all)

I had no idea that Mormons were so reviled in some circles.
Now that the Mormons are openly targeted they will reflect on what it means to vote for people with toxic political beliefs.

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Nyet  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:36:48am

BeachDem’s #60 has 6 downdings from a single person, IOW something is buggy.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 2:52:49am

re: #158 Nyet

BeachDem’s #60 has 6 downdings from a single person, IOW something is buggy.

Whoa!

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:13:36am

In my sphere, the PM is bringing the budget forward, recalling Parliament early in order to try and pass what has been framed as an ‘anti-union corruption’ bill, reinstating a construction industry watchdog opposed by Labor and the Greens.
When this ultimately fails, a double-dissolution election will be triggered and we’ll likely be going to the polls on July 2nd. It will be the first such election since 1987.
It will be made a little more interesting this time in that new Senate election laws will be in effect.
Last week, Labor and a small group of crossbench Independents filibustered the passage of the bill for 28 hours knowing it would ultimately come to naught.
Now preference changes mean that voters will have more control over where their vote goes and cuts off the microparties from being able to negotiate complicated preference swaps which, in the last election saw the election to the Senate of a candidate from the Motoring Enthusiasts Party.
Long story short, the conservative Coalition is likely to win government because Labor’s leader is pretty tepid. Think Rubio soundbites but delivered in a languid Australian drone.
But still, short election season for us.
I can get sick of the ads and electioneering, vote, get a result and all before the respective US parties’ conventions are even held ;)

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:26:07am

re: #158 Nyet

BeachDem’s #60 has 6 downdings from a single person, IOW something is buggy.

WTH? Buggy indeed. I had never read that message until you brought it to my intention just now. I didn’t knowingly give it even one downding, let alone 6. (I rarely downding anyway).

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:47:52am

re: #161 Shiplord Kirel

WTH? Buggy indeed. I had never read that message until you brought it to my intention just now. I didn’t knowingly give it even one downding, let alone 6. (I rarely downding anyway).

I tried downdinging it just to check and it only registered mine once. I removed it after. Weird.

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:49:47am

re: #162 goddamnedfrank

I tried downdinging it just to check and it only registered mine once. I removed it after. Weird.

[Embedded content]

I managed to upding it twice to cancel out 2 of the downs, but it would not allow any more than that. Two is extraordinary though. Something is really haywire with this.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:56:58am
Army Pvt. Jameson T. Hazelbower went AWOL after learning he was suspected of raping a 15-year-old girl. Despite the potential threat to the public that he posed, the self-described sex addict roamed free for nearly three months before local police collared him in Winnebago, Illinois, near where he grew up.

And that was only by chance, according to interviews, police reports and court-martial records obtained by The Associated Press.

An officer responded to a call late on a Friday night in March 2014 about a suspicious vehicle parked in a cul-de-sac outside an apartment complex. Hazelbower, his pants down to his knees, was in the car with a girl, barely 14. She was unharmed.

Hazelbower’s case is a window into an obscure but significant aspect of the U.S. military’s legal system. Deserters suspected of serious crimes are to be prioritized for capture based on the severity of the offenses. But the Army never searched for Hazelbower and the U.S. Marshals Service was not called in, even though marshals have arrested more than 200 deserters over the past five years alone.

wtop.com

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:58:30am

re: #157 Ming5000

Wow. In the end we might have to thank Trump for breaking the fever and letting all the pus and decrepitude to fester and be addressed. (If this isn’t the start of Armageddon and all)

I had no idea that Mormons were so reviled in some circles.
Now that the Mormons are openly targeted they will reflect on what it means to vote for people with toxic political beliefs.

On the surface, you’d think Mormons, Pentecostals, Catholics, etc., all seem to get along with each other just fine. In fact, there’s animosity simmering below the surface wherever these religious sects intermingle. In some parts of the world, that animosity has turned into outright bloodshed (N. Ireland, Kosovo, India, for example). In the USA — mostly in the great interior between the Rockies and the Appalachians — it’s waiting for the right opportunity to rear its ugly head.

I was surprised, for example, that in some parts of Western Kentucky, the Baptists still do not trust the Catholics, even though the latter have been there for 200 years or more. And the Mormons are even more suspect, since they have an extra holy book or two and some historically odd ideas about marriage and Jesus.

Mormons are used to being reviled. But the days of stringing up Mormons from trees, and burning down their homes have long since passed. Maybe.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:02:56am

I stumbled across this British documentary series about Central Asia. It’s pretty good. The first two nations are Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan, where the filmmakers meet a Beatles cover band that ends up performing at Castle Club in Liverpool.

MEET THE STANS — episode 1&2: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

My VPN has been very stable today. I guess the “Two Sessions” national congress in Beijing has ended, and China’s net nannies can take a break.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:18:34am

re: #164 Timothy Watson

wtop.com

Your link didn’t load. The issue of AWOL and deserter status is tricky—someone who disappears is normally carried as AWOL for 6 months before being ‘dropped from rolls’ and placed in a deserter status. No effort is usually spent on AWOLs, only apprehending them if they come to the surface in an unrelated police incident. That seems to be what happened.

Note the case of SGT Bergdahl—he wasn’t charged with desertion while missing in Afghanistan—he was AWOL/Missing for a time then moved to DUSTWUN—Duty Status and Whereabouts Unknown. He even was promoted in cycle while absent.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:33:47am

re: #167 Decatur Deb

I have read about that type of thing. It is a sort of Catch 22, if you will. //

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Decatur Deb  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:37:05am

re: #168 Ming5000

I have read about that type of thing. It is a sort of Catch 22, if you will. //

The relaxed attitude works—most of the sad sacks turn themselves in to try to get their lives back on track.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:39:28am

re: #168 Ming5000

I have read about that type of thing. It is a sort of Catch 22, if you will. //

Ambiguous liver complaints are quickly dismissed these days ;)

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:41:47am

re: #119 teleskiguy

As seen in my Facebook feed from a gal I’ve known since middle school.

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I think that is actually the Israel/Sinai border fence.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:42:19am

re: #160 Alyosha

Interesting stuff.
An Australian buddy of mine turned me on to Jim Jeffries after a dinner with another buddy who is a RWNJ. (He was telling us Obama was in the process of outlawing charcoal).
Jeffrie’s take on gun control was insightful. It is good to get perspectives from other cultures.

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:50:29am

re: #86 GlutenFreeJesus

Yeah. And truth ain’t on Trump’s side.

When he’s done with it it will be.

Hey, in Trump and his supporter’s minds ‘murdered and buried in a shallow grave in the desert’ is the same as ‘on our side’.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:52:13am

re: #172 Ming5000

Interesting stuff.
An Australian buddy of mine turned me on to Jim Jeffries after a dinner with another buddy who is a RWNJ. (He was telling us Obama was in the process of outlawing charcoal).
Jeffrie’s take on gun control was insightful. It is good to get perspectives from other cultures.

His bit on the 2nd Ammendment is good precisely because he has that drunken forthrightness that cuts through all the bullshit padding that surrounds the issue.

As for antipodean politics, mostly we’re as process-averse as any people. I drop that stuff here because parliamentary procedure just looks so quaint beside the bare-knuckle and increasingly shiv-happy nature of US politics.
Unless anyone thinks this is a diss, at least you’ll have a progressive federal government come Christmas.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:52:29am

re: #173 Romantic Heretic

When he’s done with it it will be.

Hey, in Trump and his supporter’s minds ‘murdered and buried in a shallow grave in the desert’ is the same as ‘on our side’.

Funny that you should mention Catch 22:

In Yossarian’s words:
The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don’t you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:53:45am

re: #174 Alyosha

Keepers:
Drunken forthrightness
shiv-happy nature of US politics.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:56:28am

re: #166 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I stumbled across this British documentary series about Central Asia. It’s pretty good. The first two nations are Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan, where the filmmakers meet a Beatles cover band that ends up performing at Castle Club in Liverpool.

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Video

My VPN has been very stable today. I guess the “Two Sessions” national congress in Beijing has ended, and China’s net nannies can take a break.

Looks interesting, but says it’s not available in this country.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:56:35am

re: #176 Ming5000

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 4:57:32am

Kinda reminds me, haven’t seen De Kolta Chair about lately.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:02:59am
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Romantic Heretic  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:05:27am

re: #172 Ming5000

Interesting stuff.
An Australian buddy of mine turned me on to Jim Jeffries after a dinner with another buddy who is a RWNJ. (He was telling us Obama was in the process of outlawing charcoal).
Jeffrie’s take on gun control was insightful. It is good to get perspectives from other cultures.

I thought Jeffries routine on gun control was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen.

A perfect example of John Ralston Saul’s observation that, “Comedy is the most uncontrolled form of language and thus the most dangerous to those with power.”

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:11:24am

Dude just fucked up his whole life.

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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:27:09am

OT: So my kids love Kidz Bop (think Menudo for the 21st century) and we were looking through the old group members and I came to find out the Zendaya was a past member.

My girls know her from KC Undercover (a Disney kids show). My oldest (8yo) is very interested in the history of the Civil Rights movement. So when I showed her the quotes from Zendaya about the comments made about her on the Academy Awards red carpet she was pumped. So glad she has role models like that.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:29:46am

re: #177 Barefoot Grin

Looks interesting, but says it’s not available in this country.

Really? My VPN routes through the UK, so I didn’t know.

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A Mom Anon  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:30:03am

re: #182 goddamnedfrank

These stupid rallies are giving people a bizarre sense of “herd immunity”. They’re right to do whatever they want in that setting because Fearless Leader says so. Not nipping it in the bud, in fact just the opposite, is going to end in someone dying before this is over. The supporters keep touting their Second Amendment Solutions, how long before a handgun makes it into one of these venues and ends up being used? It’s really only a matter of time. And THIS is something I really hope I’m wrong about.

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Alyosha  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:32:24am

Once more before retiring.

Dissidents came out, got arrested.
Now tell me that the hundreds we saw in pictures today were not, in their hope for what Obama’s presence in their country meant for the future, already dissidents in their hearts.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:32:36am

re: #182 goddamnedfrank

Don’t these servicemen have a clue that doing shit like that while on active duty is a really bad idea?

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Danack  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:33:46am

re: #187 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Don’t these servicemen have a clue that doing shit like that while on active duty is a really bad idea?

He’s a black man who is apparently supporting Trump enough to feel that beating up protestors against Trump is a good idea.

I strongly suspect he might not have the best judgement.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:37:50am

re: #177 Barefoot Grin

For the video, “Meet the Stans,” try simonreeve.co.uk. Reeve is the journalist who created the docu. Maybe you can find it elsewhere.

He visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, meeting Muslim dissidents, drug warlords, border patrols, and just regular people. Plus he visited Samarkand (nearly devoid of people), Tashkent, a gold mine, oil fields, former Soviet radioactive waste dumps, and what’s left of the Aral Sea, among other places. It’s worth watching if you can manage it.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:38:28am

re: #188 Danack

He’s a black man who is apparently supporting Trump enough to feel that beating up protestors against Trump is a good idea.

I strongly suspect he might not have the best judgement.

Now that you mention it …

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:38:44am

re: #182 goddamnedfrank

Dude just fucked up his whole life.

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And if he’s still in jail as of 7:30 this morning and misses morning roll, he can be charged with unauthorized absence.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:40:14am

re: #184 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Really? My VPN routes through the UK, so I didn’t know.

I’m going to try to find it later (don’t have time to search now), but I get a message “contains content from shootandscribble, not available in your country.” I’m sure there are other sources. Always looking to know more about Central Asia.

Edited: just saw new source; thanks.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:40:35am

re: #189 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

For the video, “Meet the Stans,” try simonreeve.co.uk. Reeve is the journalist who created the docu. Maybe you can find it elsewhere.

He visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, meeting Muslim dissidents, drug warlords, border patrols, and just regular people. Plus he visited Samarkand (nearly devoid of people), Tashkent, a gold mine, oil fields, former Soviet radioactive waste dumps, and what’s left of the Aral Sea, among other places. It’s worth watching if you can manage it.

Thanks!

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:42:16am

re: #182 goddamnedfrank

re: #191 Dr. Matt

Trump is whipping up mob mentality. These people lose all sense of perspective and common sense, and start acting on their emotions. He’s playing with nitroglycerin here.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:42:55am

Via a comment at RedState, the end is nigh!

Load up on popcorn. :)

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:43:08am

re: #193 Barefoot Grin

Thanks!

About 2.5 hours long. The UK YouTube site has it split into two parts.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:43:41am

re: #195 Odie Hugh Manatee

Via a comment at RedState, the end is nigh!

Load up on popcorn. :)

Kneel before Zod!

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:48:30am

Speaking of wingnut civil warfare, Rage Furby is now accusing Erick Son of Erick’s The Regurgitant of taking money from a Rubio donor to bash Trump. A whole $10,000!! Definitely a game changer.

Plus Rage Furby refers to himself again in the third person while writing the article himself.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:51:13am

ROFL

Chuck is bent, not biased, OK?
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No Depression  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:51:53am

re: #195 Odie Hugh Manatee

Via a comment at RedState, the end is nigh!

Load up on popcorn. :)

“The Resurgent”, huh? Personally, I like the sound of “The Repugnant” better.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:52:29am

re: #200 No Depression

“The Resurgent”, huh? Personally, I like the sound of “The Repugnant” better.

The Regurgitant

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:55:52am

re: #169 Decatur Deb

The relaxed attitude works—most of the sad sacks turn themselves in to try to get their lives back on track.

Which is fine as long as they are not dangerous sexual offenders.

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BeenHereAwhile  Mar 21, 2016 • 5:56:16am

re: #134 goddamnedfrank

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Ferengi

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:00:37am

re: #194 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Trump is whipping up mob mentality. These people lose all sense of perspective and common sense, and start acting on their emotions. He’s playing with nitroglycerin here.

What no one has reported is that the right/Trump is doing exactly what they been accusing the Left of doing for decades: dividing the Americans, causing riots, wanting to create a civil war, racial divisions, cult-like following, candidate worship, dumbing of America, causing violence, etc., etc.,

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:07:44am

But you see what Erickson & Co. are getting at here. They think Perry “would win Texas and at least obstruct Trump.” He’d get Texas’s 38 electoral votes and deny Trump (and Hillary Clinton, presumably) the 270 votes necessary to win the presidency outright. At that point, the race goes to the House of Representatives, with each state’s congressional delegation getting one vote. According to the Twelfth Amendment, the House would choose from the top three electoral vote getters. So it’s important that the third-party candidate win one state at least. Erickson thinks Perry would win Texas and House Republicans would then automatically make him president.

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:09:25am

re: #204 Dr. Matt

What no one has reported is that the right/Trump is doing exactly what they been accusing the Left of doing for decades: dividing the Americans, causing riots, wanting to create a civil war, racial divisions, cult-like following, candidate worship, dumbing of America, causing violence, etc., etc.,

I know we call it projection, but I also wonder if they accuse us of this because they know we’ll try to provide proof that we’re not, effectively changing the subject?

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:10:58am

re: #205 Dr. Matt

That’s funny. Democrats don’t need Texas.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:12:23am
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b.d.  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:22:53am

re: #205 Dr. Matt

[Embedded content]

In a 3 way race Erickson thinks Perry would win Texas?

In 2012:

Romney = 4.5 million votes
Obama = 3.3 million votes

How is that supposed to work again?

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:26:13am

re: #209 b.d.

In a 3 way race Erickson thinks Perry would win Texas?

In 2012:

Romney = 4.5 million votes
Obama = 3.3 million votes

How is that supposed to work again?

Marco would have won, too, if people would have just voted for him.

//

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:27:23am

re: #209 b.d.

In a 3 way race Erickson thinks Perry would win Texas?

In 2012:

Romney = 4.5 million votes
Obama = 3.3 million votes

How is that supposed to work again?

The GOP is never good with math. That much is clear.

Whether it’s budget matters (see Kansas, Louisiana, NJ, or the federal budget), or reproductive health (hey, you can still get an abortion at the sole clinic across state lines hundreds of miles away as though that is reasonable, or that TRAP laws save lives of women, even though there’s a much greater chance of complication from having plastic surgery at less regulated ambulatory surgical centers), or that voter ID only serves to depress voter turnout and doesn’t address problems with fraud - that there’s only a handful of documented cases where someone may have actually voted as someone else in more than a billion votes cast), etc.

Math and statistics aren’t GOP strong suits.

Neither is logic and reasoning (an extension of math/statistics), and being fact-challenged doesn’t help either.

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b.d.  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:28:12am

re: #209 b.d.

In a 3 way race Erickson thinks Perry would win Texas?

In 2012:

Romney = 4.5 million votes
Obama = 3.3 million votes

How is that supposed to work again?

Ahhhh:

Trump got 26% of the vote in the GOP primary, if he get 26% of Romney’s total that puts him at 3.3 million votes which would be a tie with a 2012 Barack Obama and Perry will get 11 millionty votes and become president?

I think I got it.

Wow.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:29:31am

Well I heard back from the grandson, he wants a “professional quality lens and zoom” to prepare for his future career.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:32:11am
BUSTED: Erick Erickson’s The Regurgitant caught getting a whole ten grand from anti-Trump donor

Conservative pundit and Pillsbury mascot Erick Erickson’s Regurgitant website got a $10,000 donation from the anti-Trump Our Principle PAC, GotNwes can report.
So no wonder Erick has turned against Trump, the cheapskate. We would have held out for more dough.

Wait, ignore that remark.

But this website is reader supported, so if you want to donate money to test our limits, here’s the link.

Erickson did not disclose this massive donation to his readers. We are shocked, shocked that lack of transparency exists in the right wing shill industry media!!

More at GotNwes.com

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:32:40am

re: #212 b.d.

Ahhhh:

Trump got 26% of the vote in the GOP primary, if he get 26% of Romney’s total that puts him at 3.3 million votes which would be a tie with a 2012 Barack Obama and Perry will get 11 millionty votes and become president?

I think I got it.

Wow.

because a candidate’s primary vote is the same exact proportion they get in the general election.

/

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:33:44am

re: #212 b.d.

Ahhhh:

Trump got 26% of the vote in the GOP primary, if he get 26% of Romney’s total that puts him at 3.3 million votes which would be a tie with a 2012 Barack Obama and Perry will get 11 millionty votes and become president?

I think I got it.

Wow.

The Rick Perry for President dream that just won’t die.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:34:01am

re: #213 The Vicious Babushka

Well I heard back from the grandson, he wants a “professional quality lens and zoom” to prepare for his future career.

If he’s talking Sigma, Nikkor, Tamron or Canon, pro quality is in the 4-figure range.

Tell him pros started out with cheaper equipment, and paid for their pro-quality lenses with the money they made selling their pix.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:35:05am

re: #202 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Which is fine as long as they are not dangerous sexual offenders.

Was he even charged? From the details here he freaked because he suspected he was a suspect. That doesn’t give his commander much to work with. In fact, the relevant commander might not even have been informed of a CID case against him. There’s too much missing from the story.

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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:38:28am

re: #217 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

If he’s talking Sigma, Nikkor, Tamron or Canon, pro quality is in the 4-figure range.

Tell him pros started out with cheaper equipment, and paid for their pro-quality lenses with the money they made selling their pix.

And from selling their used glass as they upgrade. The good ones (as you probably already know) hold value pretty well.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:38:56am

re: #217 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

If he’s talking Sigma, Nikkor, Tamron or Canon, pro quality is in the 4-figure range.

Tell him pros started out with cheaper equipment, and paid for their pro-quality lenses with the money they made selling their pix.

Yesterday some photographic lizards recommended the Nikon D3300 as an affordable entry-level DSLR.

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Nojay UK  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:42:52am

re: #216 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

The Rick Perry for President dream that just won’t die.

There’s a bit in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy about Bistromathics, the field of numerical computation involved in divvying up the bill for a meal (“Who had the garlic mushrooms? You and Ted, yes?”) which is capable of warping space, time and reality (and sanity too for all that). Republicans like Erikson are frantically scribbling on napkins trying to make the numbers come out right somehow, just like a lot of gung-ho Sanders supporters in the other camp. Good luck with that.

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:44:43am

re: #213 The Vicious Babushka

Well I heard back from the grandson, he wants a “professional quality lens and zoom” to prepare for his future career.

Almost all of us start on humble gear. For some it takes a long time to learn that the person, not the gear is The Thing. Looking ahead, the DSLR is in trouble. The mirrorless are already in professional still and TV/Cable/Documentary use.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:45:18am

re: #218 Decatur Deb

Was he even charged? From the details here he freaked because he suspected he was a suspect. That doesn’t give his commander much to work with. In fact, the relevant commander might not even have been informed of a CID case against him. There’s too much missing from the story.

Not sure why the link won’t work:

For the two incidents in Illinois, Hazelbower pleaded guilty in the civilian court system to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child and received 30 months of probation.

Hazelbower was then returned to the Army. By that time a third sexual assault victim from the Fort Campbell area had been identified, although the court-martial records don’t state when the authorities first learned of her. She was 15 and lived in Kentucky, according to the documents.

He pleaded not guilty in military court to all the charges. But he was convicted by a military judge in May 2015 of child rape, possession of child pornography, sexual abuse of a child, desertion and other charges. For those crimes, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

bigstory.ap.org

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Timothy Watson  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:46:13am

re: #218 Decatur Deb

Also:

In fact, there was a lack of urgency to locate Hazelbower despite strident warnings from his superiors at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the records show. The military’s version of an arrest warrant described him as a “sexually violent predator” and a known drug abuser. Also, he had gone AWOL before. “CAUTION - ESCAPE RISK” is stamped in bold letters on the right side of the document.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:46:19am

Another right-winger is finding out who their erstwhile allies really are.

My Trump Tweets Earned Me So Many Anti-Semitic Haters That I Bought a Gun

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:47:31am

re: #225 goddamnedfrank

Another right-winger is finding out who their erstwhile allies really are.

My Trump Tweets Earned Me So Many Anti-Semitic Haters That I Bought a Gun

Related New Page…
littlegreenfootballs.com

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:47:47am
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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:48:21am
OUTVETS at St Patrick’s Day Parade

Weather was decent for most of the parade in South Boston yesterday. Was pleased to hear a resounding applause for the brave OUTVETS as they marched for just the second time. Bigger applause than last year. Funny that it was also the year they commemorated “Whacko” Hurley’s 50 years of parade organization and he fought tooth and nail to keep the gays from marching.

I remember an old saying from when the drinking age was 18 that if you were old enough to die for you country then you could drink. Well, if you are gay enough to fight for your country, you should be able to march.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:50:03am

re: #222 Great White Snark

Almost all of us start on humble gear. For some it takes a long time to learn that the person, not the gear is The Thing. Looking ahead, the DSLR is in trouble. The mirrorless are already in professional still and TV/Cable/Documentary use.

I haven’t even looked a mirrorless. What’s a good entry-level system? If you recommended one yesterday I apologize for not saving it.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:51:01am

re: #220 The Vicious Babushka

Yesterday some photographic lizards recommended the Nikon D3300 as an affordable entry-level DSLR.

That’s my camera, in fact. I love it. The kit lens is pretty good. After he learns how to take good pix with the kit, he can lobby for a portrait lens (85-135 mm range) or a zoom lens.

Some pros argue that all you need is a sharp, fast 50 mm. That’s what my late, lamented Nikon FM had as standard equipment.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:52:06am

re: #222 Great White Snark

Almost all of us start on humble gear. For some it takes a long time to learn that the person, not the gear is The Thing. Looking ahead, the DSLR is in trouble. The mirrorless are already in professional still and TV/Cable/Documentary use.

Some pros rave about the Sony mirrorless cameras, but the high end ones cost a pretty penny.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:55:13am

re: #223 Timothy Watson

Not sure why the link won’t work:

bigstory.ap.org

(I got a blank screen, no load.)

That sounds like the actions after he was apprehended by the civ LE. I’m more interested in the Army response to his disappearance. The ‘strident warnings’ from from his superiors, if timely, point to a breakdown in communication between CID and the civilian authorities—not always a smooth relationship. If an on-post case had been made, he should have been reported as any dangerous fugitive.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:56:46am

re: #229 The Vicious Babushka

If you’re looking towards Canon, the 70D or 80D are now around $999 to $1300 depending on vendor. The differences are best indicated here.

Nikon v Canon? How about the Nikon D500 v. Canon 80D.

Stepping down a level (more in price than specs, since all these cameras could be used by a pro and have capabilities pros would have dreamed of years back).

The Canon T5 v. Nikon D3300. Note that the numbering systems are wonky, particularly with Canon (the T5 is designated the 1200d internationally).

Whatever camera you get among this batch, your grandson is pretty lucky to have a grandma who’s thinking about all this and making an informed decision in cultivating his interests. Mazel tov!

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:57:04am

re: #226 Great White Snark

The New York Times article you linked hit the nail on the head.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:58:16am

re: #230 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

A 50mm 1.8 on my Canon was actually pretty reasonably priced, and it’s great for portraits. Sometimes the simplest is the best.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:58:41am

re: #229 The Vicious Babushka

I haven’t even looked a mirrorless. What’s a good entry-level system? If you recommended one yesterday I apologize for not saving it.

The secret is Nikon and maybe Canon use Sony image chips, so getting a Sony is a wise choice for now. The a5000 is a few hundred bucks and for a little more the a6000. Both have gotten positive reviews.

The thing about buying a camera is the long-term use. You’re buying into a system with Nikon, Olympus, Canon, Sony, etc. Once you start adding lenses and flash attachments, it’s hard to justify the cost of switching to a new system. That’s why I bought a Nikon D3300, so I could use the lenses I already have, and not a new Sony a5000.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:59:12am

re: #222 Great White Snark

Almost all of us start on humble gear. For some it takes a long time to learn that the person, not the gear is The Thing. Looking ahead, the DSLR is in trouble. The mirrorless are already in professional still and TV/Cable/Documentary use.

DSLR will always rule the sports / action still market. Mirrorless autofocus has gotten much better but the shutter lag problem is insurmountable, you’ll always have to close the shutter, produce a uniform dark frame then reopen and close it again.

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Nojay UK  Mar 21, 2016 • 6:59:21am

re: #231 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Some pros rave about the Sony mirrorless cameras, but the high end ones cost a pretty penny.

Sony are still pushing the envelope in sensors which makes them a good buy if the shooter is doing interesting things technically (low-light, extreme exposures etc.) Then again an acquaintance of mine is doing exhibition-quality human portraiture using a 4x5 film camera and homebrew lens setups — I fabbed a lens mount for him a while back to take an ex-WWII Aero-Ektar photo-reconnaissance camera lens. Other folks have done the same thing with other film cameras.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:01:30am

Well there goes that retarded plan.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:01:35am

re: #235 lawhawk

A 50mm 1.8 on my Canon was actually pretty reasonably priced, and it’s great for portraits. Sometimes the simplest is the best.

I wish I still had my Nikkor 50mm AI lens. Nikon’s kit lenses are now all zoom models and they just don’t have the sharpness or build quality of the old prime lenses.

I have a nice Nikkor 200mm AI that has lens fungus inside. I’m going to try to clean it once I get the right teeny tiny screwdriver for the set screw.

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b.d.  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:02:56am

re: #239 goddamnedfrank

Well there goes that retarded plan.

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Sounds about right. Erickson spends a week and thousands of bucks of grifted money working out a plan for Perry to become president and doesn’t even ask the guy if he’d want to do it.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:03:31am

re: #238 Nojay UK

Sony are still pushing the envelope in sensors which makes them a good buy if the shooter is doing interesting things technically (low-light, extreme exposures etc.) Then again an acquaintance of mine is doing exhibition-quality human portraiture using a 4x5 film camera and homebrew lens setups — I fabbed a lens mount for him a while back to take an ex-WWII Aero-Ektar photo-reconnaissance camera lens. Other folks have done the same thing with other film cameras.

Petapixel had a piece about a guy shooting video through a lens made in 1880 or thereabouts. The results were fascinating.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:05:02am

re: #242 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

And on the processing side, you see a lot of people playing around photo editing to get results that mimic certain types of film - precisely because they liked the grain, saturation, hue, etc of those films.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:07:29am
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Decatur Deb  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:09:30am

re: #238 Nojay UK

Sony are still pushing the envelope in sensors which makes them a good buy if the shooter is doing interesting things technically (low-light, extreme exposures etc.) Then again an acquaintance of mine is doing exhibition-quality human portraiture using a 4x5 film camera and homebrew lens setups — I fabbed a lens mount for him a while back to take an ex-WWII Aero-Ektar photo-reconnaissance camera lens. Other folks have done the same thing with other film cameras.

I’ve got the 7” Aero Ektar in a barrel mount that fits an old R-series Canonflex bellows, hence also my FD ‘A’ series. Got it on eBay just as silver photography became difficult, so I’ve never shot it. I’ve been waiting to make the leap to digital, but my old glass won’t easily adapt, and it’s a whole different way of thinking about photography.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:10:11am

re: #243 lawhawk

And on the processing side, you see a lot of people playing around photo editing to get results that mimic certain types of film - precisely because they liked the grain, saturation, hue, etc of those films.

Like a Kodachrome effect. I think some cameras offer it now.

Film is hanging on. As soon as some hipsters re-discover it, as they have vinyl, it will make a comeback — at about 10x the original price, of course.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:10:59am

re: #157 Ming5000

Wow. In the end we might have to thank Trump for breaking the fever and letting all the pus and decrepitude to fester and be addressed. (If this isn’t the start of Armageddon and all)

I had no idea that Mormons were so reviled in some circles.
Now that the Mormons are openly targeted they will reflect on what it means to vote for people with toxic political beliefs.

When I first moved out to California, I lived with relatives who attended a Foursquare church. I had to go to those insane church services where the preacher constantly lashed out at “Unchristian cults” such as Unitarians, Catholics, 7th Day Adventists and especially Mormons.

BTW—the preacher, Paul Risser, eventually was elected to run the Foursquare Church. Like every other Pulpit Pimp I’ve seen in action, he got caught in a scandal where the church’s pension fund got fleeced by Millken’s disciples on Wall Street. Of course, Risser got a “commission”, er, kickback from Wall Street that put a tidy sum in his Chri$t- Centered Bank Account.

Risser got bounced out of the Foursquare Presidency, but like a good Ayn Randian, er, ¢hri$tian, he got the marks to forgive him for “backsliding”.

So sick and tired of these pulpit pimps. It’s time to tax the churches!

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ObserverArt  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:11:17am

re: #222 Great White Snark

Almost all of us start on humble gear. For some it takes a long time to learn that the person, not the gear is The Thing. Looking ahead, the DSLR is in trouble. The mirrorless are already in professional still and TV/Cable/Documentary use.

The most important thing for a photographer is the eye and some two-dimensional design study. A good eye with an inexpensive camera will go a lot further than someone that thinks the more they can spend on the camera the better they will be.

2D design is important because it helps you judge shapes quickly and helps with looking at both positive and negative shapes, how to deal with dominant, secondary and accenting shapes and arranging them for dynamic images.

Get good enough and you might get a job where they will provide you with the better equipment.

(And the same goes with musical instruments! Well, in music you don’t need 2D design…)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:12:02am

Shooter in Fort Wayne identified

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:14:23am
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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:14:59am

re: #249 Backwoods_Sleuth

And FoxNews is silent over the fact that the overwhelming majority of the cop killers in 2016 have been white guys. Same as 2015 and before.

All lives matter? Blue lives matter? Not really. Some matter more than others.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:16:51am

re: #248 ObserverArt

The most important thing for a photographer is the eye and some two-dimensional design study. A good eye with an inexpensive camera will go a lot further than someone that thinks the more they can spend on the camera the better they will be.

2D design is important because it helps you judge shapes quickly and helps with looking at both positive and negative shapes, how to deal with dominant, secondary and accenting shapes and arranging them for dynamic images.

Get good enough and you might get a job where they will provide you with the better equipment.

(And the same goes with musical instruments! Well, in music you don’t need 2D design…)

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic. My second camera was a Nikon FM, which my dad bought me as an employee of Ehrenreich Photo-Optical, back when they owned Nikon. When Iearned how to take halfway decent photos, I bought a portrait lens and a wide angle, both by Vivitar. Used that system for nearly 30 years, then I got a Nikon D60, and last year, a D3300.

Meanwhile, Chinese guys with more money than sense are walking about with $2,000 cameras and mega-zooms, and I bet my shots are as good or better than theirs.

Even cellphone cameras do a decent job now.

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Jenner7  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:20:54am

Morning, Lizards.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:21:24am

re: #252 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

A friend of mine shoots with a small point and shoot, and I marvel at her shots, which are consistently awesome and unique. She doesn’t need more (though she could probably do quite well selling them). Yet she thinks I take amazing shots, but it’s different styles and I’m my own worst critic. Stuff that I think doesn’t make the cut gets kudos from friends and family or accolades when submitted to local photo contests.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:22:26am
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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:24:15am

Some good news:

With Donald Trump steamrolling towards the GOP nomination, the political chatter is increasingly focused on whether Trump could win a general election by making surprise inroads into states in the industrial Midwest. Many Democrats and nonpartisan observers see this as probably the only plausible (if that’s even the right word for it) path for Trump, who might do this mainly by running up huge numbers among white voters — particularly blue collar whites.

But a new examination of the demographics and projected voting patterns in some of the key Rust Belt states underscores just how unlikely this really is. To succeed, this analysis finds, Trump would likely have to improve on Mitt Romney’s advantage over Barack Obama among blue collar whites by double digit margins, which is an astronomically high bar — in almost all of these states.

The rub of the matter is that Trump’s goal of winning by running up big margins among whites could be made even harder by ongoing demographic shifts that are slowly rendering even whiter Rust Belt states less white. The CAP report found that in a number of these states — Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio -the blue collar white share of the vote is projected to decline by at least two percentage points, and the overall white share is projected to drop by around one point.

The GOP is fucked y’all.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:25:19am

re: #256 goddamnedfrank

SHIT, Jenner7 beat me to it.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:26:02am

Can’t stop laughing at Tom Tomorrow’s latest!

The Incredible TRUMP!
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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:27:33am
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Jenner7  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:28:18am

c-span.org

Hillary speaking now at AIPAC

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makeitstop  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:29:27am

‘Morning, Lizards,

Thankfully, the Big Pile O’Snow that they were forecasting late last week didn’t materialize here, but we did get maybe an inch - just enough to make the trees look interesting this morning.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:30:07am

Baby Whiplash isn’t fooled by Hillary’s pro-Israel speech. HE KNOW TEH TROOF!!!!!

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makeitstop  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:32:36am

re: #260 Jenner7

Clinton hits Trump “We need steady hands, not a president who says he’s neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday and who knows on Wednesday”

Hands! Ha!

Hillary knows exactly which buttons to push here.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:32:55am

re: #254 lawhawk

A friend of mine shoots with a small point and shoot, and I marvel at her shots, which are consistently awesome and unique. She doesn’t need more (though she could probably do quite well selling them). Yet she thinks I take amazing shots, but it’s different styles and I’m my own worst critic. Stuff that I think doesn’t make the cut gets kudos from friends and family or accolades when submitted to local photo contests.

I took this photo with my cellphone, because it has a wider field of view than my Nikon. I was surprised at the result.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore, Feb. 2016
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PhillyPretzel  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:34:00am

re: #264 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

That is a great shot.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:35:02am

re: #265 PhillyPretzel

That is a great shot.

Thanks! It’s a 8MP cellphone camera, shot using manual mode.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:40:15am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:40:31am
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goddamnedfrank  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:40:34am
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Jenner7  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:41:22am

re: #269 goddamnedfrank

::snort::

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Jay C  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:44:08am

re: #262 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash isn’t fooled by Hillary’s pro-Israel speech. HE KNOW TEH TROOF!!!!!

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So THIS is what Shapiro considers an “Anti-Israel” record? Man, I’ve heard just as much, and just as bad, criticism of Israeli policies from my (Jewish, pro-Israel) relatives and friends: which, unlike Ben’s gibberings, are at least somewhat based in reality. Fool.

ETA: btw, who are these Blumenthals Ben seems to loathe so much? (And I’m assuming that Mrs Climton’s connection with them is, in reality, probably tenuous at best)

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:45:35am

re: #271 Jay C

So THIS is what Shapiro considers an “Anti-Israel” record? Man, I’ve heard just as much, and just as bad, criticism of Israeli policies from my (Jewish, pro-Israel) relatives and friends: which, unlike Ben’s gibberings, are at least somewhat based in reality. Fool.

Ben Shapiro—still terrible

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ObserverArt  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:46:00am

re: #257 goddamnedfrank

SHIT, Jenner7 beat me to it.

But as a team you both work well together. Jenner7 has the tweets and a link, you have a link and more of the meat of the article!

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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:47:16am

re: #272 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

Ben Shapiro—still terrible since 1984

Edited for bumper sticker fodder.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:49:02am

re: #262 The Vicious Babushka

He’s still on the case of who the real Juice is.

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:52:30am

re: #229 The Vicious Babushka

I haven’t even looked a mirrorless. What’s a good entry-level system? If you recommended one yesterday I apologize for not saving it.

I linked a Sony.
bhphotovideo.com

Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White) B&H # SOA5000WK MFR # ILCE5000L/W

Big bang for the bucks imo. Great crisp lens. Sony takes the camera division very seriously.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

20.1 MP Exmor APS HD APS-C CMOS Sensor-Same size as what I use. More megapixels.
BIONZ X Image Processor-
3.0” 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor-When sun glare is an issue just tilt the viewer
Full HD 1080 Video at 60i & 24p HD video at 60 frames per second.

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:58:45am

VB that system is one he can build on. He can get a better lens if needed. Which would fit a future better Sony camera body. And so on. If he goes another direction, well it is a started setup. $$ wise

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:59:05am

re: #276 Great White Snark

I linked a Sony.
bhphotovideo.com

Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White) B&H # SOA5000WK MFR # ILCE5000L/W

Big bang for the bucks imo. Great crisp lens. Sony takes the camera division very seriously.

That’s the one I was considering buying last year, but I got a better deal on the D3300.

The a6000 has a 24MP sensor, but the difference in resolution is probably not that important for amateur use.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 21, 2016 • 7:59:17am

re: #275 Timothy Watson

He’s still on the case of who the real Juice is.

Remember the useful formula: anything less than unquestioning support of Israel’s policies = anti-Semitism

(except for policies on abortion or gays in the military)

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:05:21am

re: #276 Great White Snark

I think having the tilt/turn LCD screen on the back is indispensable. Great for low angle, dealing with glare, etc. You don’t realize how good it is until you have an opportunity to shoot with it. And with my Canon, it’s good to have the tilt/turn so you can actually protect the back too.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:05:22am

Really Really PROUD of our Pres.!

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:10:17am

re: #280 lawhawk

I think having the tilt/turn LCD screen on the back is indispensable. Great for low angle, dealing with glare, etc. You don’t realize how good it is until you have an opportunity to shoot with it. And with my Canon, it’s good to have the tilt/turn so you can actually protect the back too.

A tilting LCD screen is great for candid photography. You can get shots of people looking natural. Once they see someone pointing a camera at them, they freeze or act self-conscious.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:10:49am

re: #281 Dave In Austin

Really Really PROUD of our Pres.!

Inorite?

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:11:34am

re: #282 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

A tilting LCD screen is great for candid photography. You can get shots of people looking natural. Once they see someone pointing a camera at them, they freeze or act self-conscious.

or pull their trousers back up

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BeachDem  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:12:06am

re: #158 Nyet

BeachDem’s #60 has 6 downdings from a single person, IOW something is buggy.

Talk about some bad karma! (Not sure why it had any downdings—seemed pretty inoffensive.)

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:12:15am

re: #284 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

or pull their trousers back up

LOL

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ObserverArt  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:12:28am

re: #281 Dave In Austin

Really Really PROUD of our Pres.!

Did he do some kind of a speech or address from Cuba? I’m not paying attention to any of the news today…trying to work up a new web site.

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ObserverArt  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:14:04am

re: #285 BeachDem

Talk about some bad karma! (Not sure why it had any downdings—seemed pretty inoffensive.)

The computer internet gods did it!

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:16:08am

re: #285 BeachDem

Talk about some bad karma! (Not sure why it had any downdings—seemed pretty inoffensive.)

Ah the secret “really, really mad” feature has gotten out.
//

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:21:42am

ICYMI, John Oliver tackled Trumpy’s border wall fantasy:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO)

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Le Lapin Tueur  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:24:20am

re: #248 ObserverArt

The most important thing for a photographer is the eye and some two-dimensional design study. A good eye with an inexpensive camera will go a lot further than someone that thinks the more they can spend on the camera the better they will be.

My niece went to Drexel and graduated the last year (I think) they offered a degree in photography. She did her summers with Jock Sturges and all that entails. Is a brilliant technician in the darkroom and with Photoshop. She bought one Drexel’s Hasselblad cameras for (from what I understand) for a song. Moved to Vencie, CA, to become one of the glitterati. Decided to skip bread-and-butter projects and jump straight to ‘high-art’ photography. Her work is not good. She has no eye for composition and the arty stuff doesn’t make any point.

She has, reluctantly, moved to doing weddings and some portrait work, but doing it kicking and screaming. It doesn’t help that the photography clique she is in reinforces the poor decisions. As far as I can tell, she does lots of assistant work and she’s been doing a photo-a-day project for the last three or four years. Every once in a while, she does nail something (she was published in some Baltimore City magazine) but.

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Eventual Carrion  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:24:39am

re: #244 Backwoods_Sleuth

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They must think everyone just sits behind a desk and orders people around like they do. “Here grandpa, go dig that 4 ft deep, 45 yard long ditch. And be quick about it or I’ll find someone else that can.”

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:25:11am

Heh:

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Dave In Austin  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:28:04am

re: #287 ObserverArt

Did he do some kind of a speech or address from Cuba? I’m not paying attention to any of the news today…trying to work up a new web site.

Just following events in Cuba.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:32:55am

re: #291 Le Lapin Tueur

My niece went to Drexel and graduated the last year (I think) they offered a degree in photography. She did her summers with Jock Sturges and all that entails. Is a brilliant technician in the darkroom and with Photoshop. She bought one Drexel’s Hasselblad cameras for (from what I understand) for a song. Moved to Vencie, CA, to become one of the glitterati. Decided to skip bread-and-butter projects and jump straight to ‘high-art’ photography. Her work is not good. She has no eye for composition and the arty stuff doesn’t make any point.

She has, reluctantly, moved to doing weddings and some portrait work, but doing it kicking and screaming. It doesn’t help that the photography clique she is in reinforces the poor decisions. As far as I can tell, she does lots of assistant work and she’s been doing a photo-a-day project for the last three or four years. Every once in a while, she does nail something (she was published in some Baltimore City magazine) but.

I cut my teeth shooting for newspaper work. Only recently have I realized I might be able to make money shooting photos if I were more self-dsiciplined about reviewing my work and you know actually trying to sell it to people.

I still have a LOT to learn, though. The trouble with everyone having digital cameras and cellphone cameras at their disposal is getting a shot that’s unusual and appealing, but not too arty as to make it in unmarketable.

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sagehen  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:35:54am

re: #271 Jay C

So THIS is what Shapiro considers an “Anti-Israel” record? Man, I’ve heard just as much, and just as bad, criticism of Israeli policies from my (Jewish, pro-Israel) relatives and friends: which, unlike Ben’s gibberings, are at least somewhat based in reality. Fool.

I’ve heard just as much, and just as bad, criticism of Israeli policies from Netanyahu’s opponents in his last election…

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:36:13am

What with all the photo stuff gotta post my latest Want. I don’t own a pro wide angle. My good consumer one needs work and the kit lens from my 40D is wearing.

petapixel.com

For lens nerds

Depth of field scale on the lens, focus locking ring. Luxury features Canon forgot.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:38:24am

It’s not even noon and people are overdosing on their stupid pills today. I’ve already had at least one RWNJ troll tell me that Trumpy’s wall is totally feasible because Israel has a wall and it works just fine so there.

I need more coffee. I can’t deal with these morons just yet.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:39:11am

re: #297 Great White Snark

Cool. And you are correct it is for lens nerds. ::: shakes head :::
::: walking away throughly confused :::

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:39:17am

re: #298 Lidane

3 words.

How many miles?

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:41:19am

re: #299 PhillyPretzel

Cool. And you are correct it is for lens nerds. ::: shakes head :::
::: walking away throughly confused :::

Translated-Lens flare less pronounced, and more attractive when it happens. Aspherical means not so fisheyed as other optical designs for the wide angle.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:41:52am

re: #300 Great White Snark

I think Israel uses kilometers.

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:43:11am

re: #303 PhillyPretzel

Yes, but that would require math for the poor wingnuts.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:44:22am

re: #297 Great White Snark

Looks expensive. But I’d have to buy a full-frame Nikon to use it, which ain’t happening any time soon.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:45:19am

re: #300 Great White Snark

3 words.

How many miles?

Well, yes. I pointed that out and then they started babbling at me with this:

Teh wall would bring a lot of good paying jobs for unemployed youth specifically black youth. Or would you prefer for the ancestors of slaves to be wholly dependent on the government all while illegal immigrants push them out of the manufacturing and construction sectors. Just curious…

More coffee is needed. I can’t handle this level of stupid yet.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:45:28am

re: #303 PhillyPretzel

I think Israel uses kilometers.

And it’s a much smaller country than either Mexico or the USA

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:45:55am
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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:46:58am

George Will, Captain Oblivious, speaks.

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:47:48am

re: #306 Lidane

That’s a drain on the soul over there. See if cheap Mexican labor throws then into a illegals to build anti illegal wall loop.
//

It’s gotta suck over there.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:48:14am

re: #309 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

George Will, Captain Oblivious, speaks.

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He’s been on a roll lately:

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:51:33am

re: #311 Lidane

He’s been on a roll lately:

It’s like he just woke up after 40 years and noticed what the GOP electorate looks like.

Meanwhile, I note from my brief perusal of Twitter that the right wingers are really upset that Obama is in Cuba, as it spells the end of “American values” or something to that effect.

“Only Nixon could go to China.” —Ancient Vulcan proverb

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:51:38am

re: #310 Great White Snark

That’s a drain on the soul over there. See if cheap Mexican labor throws then into a illegals to build anti illegal wall loop.
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It’s gotta suck over there.

I gave up on that idiot. They’re a Trumpy fan which means they’re beyond reason. Nothing I say would get through to them.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:51:48am

re: #311 Lidane

He’s been on a roll lately:

Obama is playing the GOP perfectly. By most accounts, with Merrick Garland the SCOTUS will get a moderate. If the GOP refuses to vote on any nominee and then Hillary wins, she gets to put up a card-carrying Leftist/Progressive. If Trumps wins, he gets to put up Dennis Rodman.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 21, 2016 • 8:53:23am

Time for sleepy time here. Also, it got cold again, so I’m retreating to my duvet covered bed.

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:00:03am

re: #314 Dr. Matt

Obama is playing the GOP perfectly. By most accounts, with Merrick Garland the SCOTUS will get a moderate. If the GOP refuses to vote on any nominee and then Hillary wins, she gets to put up a card-carrying Leftist/Progressive. If Trumps wins, he gets to put up Dennis Rodman.

On guns Garland is no moderate, given the blatantly unconstitutional DC law he was willing to sign off on, and that means no Garland. Frankly, I think Republicans should vote him down on that basis, rather than block him, but before doing that the NRA should spread the word is states like West Virginia and Montana and force some Blue Dog Democrats to announce their opposition to Garland, on pain of being of being declared failures on their NRA Report Card.

Because on firearms, Garland should be Pass/Fail: Vote for him, you FAIL, vote against him and you won’t get an ‘F’ this year regardless of other votes. I think the NRA has a good chance to Bork Judge Garland and I think it should be done. The majority of the American public does not agree with DC’s draconian gun laws, and that can be used to build support for Republicans and gun rights.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:01:01am

re: #301 Dr. Matt

This is painful on so many levels:

Donald Trump Danced Onstage With Ben Carson While a Man Serenaded Them With a Special Song

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I got to the 2:45 mark and shut that thing off.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:02:32am

re: #317 The Vicious Babushka

It seemed so cringe inducing I couldn’t watch. It is like those “Fail” videos on YouTube. Can’t do it

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:02:42am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

On guns Garland is no moderate, given the blatantly unconstitutional DC law he was willing to sign off on, and that means no Garland.

For fuck’s sake, there are 26 other Amendments in the Constitution. Try learning about them sometime.

I swear the GOP obsession with the Second Amendment is tiresome. I get it, you like guns. Good for you. But there are other issues at stake here that go beyond guns.

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Danack  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:04:14am

re: #301 Dr. Matt

This is painful on so many levels:

It will be a legitimate strategy for the Democrats to just run lightly edited clips of Donald Trump being Donald Trump, to win this election.

And I still think both he will get bored of running soon, as well as the general public getting really bored of his antics way before the election.

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:04:25am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

On guns Garland is no moderate, given the blatantly unconstitutional DC law he was willing to sign off on, and that means no Garland. Frankly, I think Republicans should vote him down on that basis, rather than block him, but before doing that the NRA should spread the word is states like West Virginia and Montana and force some Blue Dog Democrats to announce their opposition to Garland, on pain of being of being declared failures on their NRA Report Card.

Because on firearms, Garland should be Pass/Fail: Vote for him, you FAIL, vote against him and you won’t get an ‘F’ this year regardless of other votes. I think the NRA has a good chance to Bork Judge Garland and I think it should be done. The majority of the American public does not agree with DC’s draconian gun laws, and that can be used to build support for Republicans and gun rights.

And this, D_F is why I take nothing you say seriously. In other words, there is no nuance on guns: You either allow people killing machines or you’re not an American.

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TedStriker  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:06:48am

re: #321 Belafon

And this, D_F is why I take nothing you say seriously. In other words, there is no nuance on guns: You either allow people killing machines or you’re not an American.

Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, His chosen ones.
Exterminators: We are the chosen ones!
Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!
Exterminators: The Gun is good!
Zardoz: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals. Go forth, and kill! Zardoz has spoken.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:10:08am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

For fuck’s sake, your obsession with firearms is fucking creepy.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:10:35am

re: #298 Lidane

It’s not even noon and people are overdosing on their stupid pills today. I’ve already had at least one RWNJ troll tell me that Trumpy’s wall is totally feasible because Israel has a wall and it works just fine so there.

I need more coffee. I can’t deal with these morons just yet.

The Israel security fences? You mean comparing the US-Mexico border, which is just about 2,000 miles long with a country smaller than New Jersey (and whose borders with all of its neighbors is well under that length.

In fact, the West Bank security fence is all of 430 miles, and ranges in type from concrete barrier to razor wire.

That barrier was built to stop suicide bombers from carrying out attacks. It worked so well, that the terror groups started carrying out rocket attacks. Or attempting to blow up segments of the wall.

Oh, and the Gaza-Israel fence/barrier? That’s all of 37 miles in length. And a good portion of that fence is razor wire.

There’s huge issues with having a fence along the entire 2,000 mile border, not the least of which is that the Rio Grande makes up the entire TX portion of the border, and since Mexico doesn’t want the fence, you’ve got to locate the border inside US territory - the river can’t be disturbed per treaty and federal law. So, you’re losing territory to a no-man’s land between the physical border and the fence.

But Trump knows this since he’s also stated he would use natural barriers as border in portions - rivers, mountains, and deserts. In other words, he BSes his way through demanding we build a yuge wall, but the reality is he’s not doing a damned thing more than we already have - 700 miles of wall previously authorized by Congress.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:12:15am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

BTW, the law he affirmed was before Heller took effect. You’re trying to revise history by claiming that Garland did something out of the ordinary with his two rulings on gun-related issues. Garland actually acted consistent with federal law as in effect during the time he ruled.

Trying to retroactively treat Garland’s decision under Heller is inaccurate and frankly BS.

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Great White Snark  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:12:48am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

I have not looked yet, but gotta point out a single data point is useless. What is his record overall?

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Dark_Falcon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:13:18am

re: #319 Lidane

For fuck’s sake, there are 26 other Amendments in the Constitution. Try learning about them sometime.

I swear the GOP obsession with the Second Amendment is tiresome. I get it, you like guns. Good for you. But there are other issues at stake here that go beyond guns.

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:14:19am

re: #320 Danack

It will be a legitimate strategy for the Democrats to just run lightly edited clips of Donald Trump being Donald Trump, to win this election.

And I still think both he will get bored of running soon, as well as the general public getting really bored of his antics way before the election.

I don’t know, it does not seem to be turning out that way.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:14:43am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

LOL! What!? SMH

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:14:45am

re: #322 TedStriker

Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, His chosen ones.
Exterminators: We are the chosen ones!
Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!
Exterminators: The Gun is good!
Zardoz: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals. Go forth, and kill! Zardoz has spoken.

I love that movie.

Even though I’m pretty sure it was written with the assistance of about 3 kgs of cocaine.

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gwangung  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:14:48am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

So what about lahawk’s point about Heller? Isn’t that a mite bit relevant? It seems like ignoring that is more than a little disrespectful.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:14:58am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

What a bunch of horseshit. No wonder it’s so easy to market to Republicans. All I have to do is find a way to babble about Obama threatening [insert pet issue here] and people lap it up like starving dogs.

Garland isn’t going to take your guns. FFS.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:15:13am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

Heller wasn’t in place before Garland ruled on the two decisions to come before his court. And he followed the law as in effect at the time of those decisions.

If anything, it was the Supreme Court that upended the whole firearms law as it was understood by the Courts. Garland was consistent in applying the law to the cases at issue.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:16:16am

re: #333 lawhawk

Heller wasn’t in place before Garland ruled on the two decisions to come before his court. And he followed the law as in effect at the time of those decisions.

If anything, it was the Supreme Court that upended the whole firearms law as it was understood by the Courts. Garland was consistent in applying the law to the cases at issue.

See, now you’re bringing facts into the discussion. Can’t allow that. ///////

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:16:57am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

So, that means that the Court violated the right to vote in upending the VRA Section 5.

And the Court likewise upended the 1A by saying corporations are people.

On and on it goes. Your understanding of the jurisprudence here is, um, nuanced.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:17:52am

re: #330 Dr Lizardo

3 lbs of coke; 3 lbs of LSD; and enough amphetamines to fuel MLB for a year.

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:18:25am

re: #332 Lidane

What a bunch of horseshit. No wonder it’s so easy to market to Republicans. All I have to do is find a way to babble about Obama threatening [insert issue here] and people lap it up like starving dogs.

Garland isn’t going to take your guns. FFS.

Didn’t you hear? Garland has said he is personally going to go to D_F’s house and take his guns on the first day he’s in office.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:18:27am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

He is not moving against it. He is interpreting it in light of modern society.

The arms mentioned in the constitution were muzzle-loading muskets.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:19:48am

re: #333 lawhawk

Heller wasn’t in place before Garland ruled on the two decisions to come before his court. And he followed the law as in effect at the time of those decisions.

If anything, it was the Supreme Court that upended the whole firearms law as it was understood by the Courts. Garland was consistent in applying the law to the cases at issue.

Irrespective of those minor factual details, Garland should have been ruling in a way to make the NRA happy.

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:20:03am

re: #338 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

He is not moving against it. He is interpreting it in light of modern society.

The arms mentioned in the constitution were muzzle-loading muskets.

More importantly, the second amendment was highly influenced by the slave owning southern states and their right to prevent slave revolts.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:21:10am

re: #337 Belafon

Didn’t you hear? Garland has said he is personally going to go to D_F’s house and take his guns on the first day he’s in office.

I thought Obama, Soros, and HIllary were doing the personal confiscations??

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:21:44am

re: #341 Dr. Matt

I thought Obama, Soros, and HIllary were doing the personal confiscations??

Lists are being made

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:22:02am

I’ve just always wondered how my grandfather was able to own guns considering all the restrictions that were actually in place in the 70s and 80s. Not only that, people would ride with them hanging in their windows.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:22:19am

re: #339 Dr. Matt

Irrespective of those minor factual details, Garland should have been ruling in a way to make the NRA happy.

The NRA opposition to Garland is full of baffling BS that ignores reality. And facts.

Figures that the GOP would jump on it as their last gasp chance to derail even holding hearings on an obviously well qualified nominee who even GOP senators have lauded over the years (up to and including this past month).

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:23:16am

re: #317 The Vicious Babushka

I got to the 2:45 mark and shut that thing off.

You’re a brave soul to last that long.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:28:39am
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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:31:17am

re: #344 lawhawk

The NRA opposition to Garland is full of baffling BS that ignores reality. And facts.

Figures that the GOP would jump on it as their last gasp chance to derail even holding hearings on an obviously well qualified nominee who even GOP senators have lauded over the years (up to and including this past month).

I thought the GOP was opposing him because a POTUS SCOTUS nom in an election year is unconstitutional.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:34:30am

re: #347 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I thought the GOP was opposing him because a POTUS SCOTUS nom in an election year is unconstitutional.

/

The turtle tipped his hand:

McConnell: No New Supreme Court Justice Until The NRA Approves Of The Nominee

Republicans don’t care about the Constitution. They just need to make sure the NRA is happy.

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Ming5000  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:34:50am

Lena Dunham says that she has received “more hostility” for supporting and campaigning for Hillary Clinton than she has ever gotten from the American right.

“I have received more hostility for voting for a qualified female candidate than I have ever received anywhere from the American right wing,” she said at a Clinton campaign event at NeueHouse in Hollywood.

“The fact that other members of the Democratic Party have spoken to me like I was an ill informed child for voting for someone who represents everything I think this country should be is outrageous.”

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:35:49am

re: #347 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

I thought the GOP was opposing him because a POTUS SCOTUS nom in an election year is unconstitutional.

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That’s the Secret Constitution that includes Article .5, which herein states:
Any act by a President not of the GOP can be automatically declared unconstitutional. All such acts can be opposed and must be treated with no respect. Other provisions of the Constitution will be interpreted with this Article .5 taking precedence. Where any other Constitutional provision or Amendment conflicts with Article .5, this Article .5 governs.

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Jenner7  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:36:10am

It’s worth the click.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:38:32am

re: #348 Dr. Matt

The turtle tipped his hand:

McConnell: No New Supreme Court Justice Until The NRA Approves Of The Nominee

Republicans don’t care about the Constitution. They just need to make sure the NRA is happy.

Fuck Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP.

Garland is an solid pick that they had no problem with just a couple of weeks ago.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:38:39am

re: #351 Jenner7

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It’s work the click.

Loser!! Sad!

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:38:45am

re: #349 Ming5000

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Some of it’s probably her perception (kind of like people thinking that this season has been worse than 2008, when I think it’s been about the same), but a lot of this really does fit into my idea that because there really isn’t much difference between two candidates in a primary, every difference must be magnified and made into the worst thing ever. It is kind of frustrating that people you would think should know better will act that way.

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A Mom Anon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:41:18am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon
So the NRA is allowed to pick SC Justices now? Oh Hell No. What a bunch of crap that is.

I have never heard anyone in any place of being able to make changes EVER talk about banning guns. Ever. Not once. But you know what? If you want to own military or SWAT type weapons, JOIN THE MILITARY. Go through SWAT training. The average person doesn’t need that shit because this isn’t freaking Somalia.

What sensible people want is background checks, restrictions on people with a history of violence, mental illness/PTSD and maybe, oh, once you own a couple hundred guns you ought to slow the fuck down.

It’s all bullshit to distract from the fact that we have a problem with firearms in this country. Hell, the NRA has made sure the CDC can’t even STUDY gun violence and in some places pediatricians can’t even approach the subject of gun safety when you have a toddler in the house. The answer is NOT more guns. It just isn’t.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:41:45am
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BeachDem  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:47:57am

re: #344 lawhawk

The NRA opposition to Garland is full of baffling BS that ignores reality. And facts.

Figures that the GOP would jump on it as their last gasp chance to derail even holding hearings on an obviously well qualified nominee who even GOP senators have lauded over the years (up to and including this past month).

But, don’t you know, “the NRA has a good chance to Bork him”/

That statement alone truly makes me SMH.

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wrenchwench  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:48:21am

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

Downdinged for the four or five suicides by firearm in this county in February.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:53:55am

re: #357 BeachDem

But, don’t you know, “the NRA has a good chance to Bork him”/

That statement alone truly makes me SMH.

Bork, who got his committee hearing. The committee voted not to confirm. Reagan and Bork wanted the full Senate to vote. They voted not to confirm.

So again, tell me how the GOP is Borking Garland. That would require hearings and votes, which the GOP refuses to do at all.

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:55:33am

I learned something new about Texas today: The state does not require companies that make car loans to notify the state when the loan is paid off. All the car company has to do is put that information on the title when it is sent to the owner.

This might be OK except when you lose the title and need to get a new one from the state. Then, you have to find a way to track down the loan company, because the state will only accept a letter with original signatures (no faxes or PDFs). In my case, the loan company was bought out by another company and all their branches in the area were closed. So, I’m having to get the letter Fed Ex-ed in order to take it to the one DMV in the area (60 miles from my house) so that I can give the title to the car company I traded the car into over the weekend.

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makeitstop  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:58:17am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

Tell it to your conservative heroes who wants to roll back voting rights. Or civil rights. Or women’s rights.

No problems fucking with those parts of the Constitution, because yay team, right?

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 9:59:35am

re: #361 makeitstop

Tell it to your conservative heroes who wants to roll back voting rights. Or civil rights. Or women’s rights.

No problems fucking with those parts of the Constitution, because yay team, right?

I’m pretty sure it’s more along the lines of “doesn’t affect me.”

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A Mom Anon  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:00:47am

re: #358 wrenchwench

There’s a channel on our cable system (XFinity) called Viceland, run by VICE. They’re doing a series called Weedicate, about the pot debate. It’s really well done, they are covering all kinds of aspects of the issue. The last episode was about PTSD in soldiers and how weed helps. They also went into detail about how the VA is getting in the way of this and prescribing HUGE amounts of pills to vets with no therapy, not so much as a referral to a therapist. If a vet gets caught using weed, they lose their VA benefits.

One vet they interviewed was in bad shape. Instead of guns, he collected knives, there was a pile of a hundred at least in his bedroom. He rarely leaves the house, his wife left him, he can’t see his daughter, can’t work, etc. They talked with other vets, some have been on up to 35 pills a day, A DAY, for years.

All of this is my long winded way of saying, we’re losing at least 22 vets a day to suicide. This doesn’t even count the ones dying of drug overdoses. How many of those vets have a cache of weapons in their homes? More than a couple. I have seen it myself. I’ve lost two people I know in the last year to suicide by firearm. My son in law killed himself with all the pills they gave him. When they found him he had a gun by his side, just in case the pills didn’t work. (my daughter just told me about the gun this last weekend)

Guns have one use. To Kill. Period. There need to be strict rules in place with penalties. If we can put people in jail for 13 years over a couple of joints then I think a few more strict regulations on guns shouldn’t be too damned difficult. GAH.

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The Ghost of a Cunning Plan  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:03:04am

re: #335 lawhawk

So, that means that the Court violated the right to vote in upending the VRA Section 5.

And the Court likewise upended the 1A by saying corporations are people.

On and on it goes. Your understanding of the jurisprudence here is, um, nuanced.

It’s not judicial activism because…Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!

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sagehen  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:05:37am

re: #326 Great White Snark

I have not looked yet, but gotta point out a single data point is useless. What is his record overall?

Moderate enough that both Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley *suggested* he be the nominee.

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A Mom Anon  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:16:20am

Dog walkies, I shall return, since it’s really too blessed cold out for painting and gardening today. Just when I put my winter coat away too (since it was 85 degrees last week, silly me)….

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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:16:28am

re: #327 Dark_Falcon

A judge who would move against any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights moves against all of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution, as amended, must be respected as a whole.

Hold on. So the logic is, the Constitution was flawed so they had to amend it. But the Constitution as amended is perfect?

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wrenchwench  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:17:03am

re: #363 A Mom Anon

I have a new customer who is a vet on disability. He’s the nephew of a guy who’s been my customer since I opened. He came to visit his uncle, for reasons. The uncle said ‘The disability is not physical, if you know what I mean.’ He’s had a run in with the law here that could get his ‘enormous’ collection of guns back home removed from his possessions if it goes against him. I don’t know where the case stands, and right now I’m getting along better with the nephew than the uncle, but it would be a good thing if he were disarmed. And on better supervision of his meds.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:18:05am

when will the next trump protester aggressively shove their face into the fist of an peaceful, innocent trump supporter?

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:19:02am


Walid Phares is the big name on that list. He was among Mitt’s advisers, and had links to Lebanese militia groups that advocated partitioning that country into a separate ethnic enclaves. Extreme right wing views.

As for the rest:

Kellogg, a former Army lieutenant general, is an executive vice president at Virginia-based CACI International, a Virginia-based intelligence and information technology consulting firm with clients around the world. He has experience in national defense and homeland security issues and worked as chief operating officer for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad following the invasion of Iraq.

Schmitz served as inspector general at the Department of Defense during the early years of George W. Bush’s administration and has worked for Blackwater Worldwide. In a brief phone call Monday, Schmitz confirmed that he is working for the Trump campaign and said that he has been involved for the past month. He said he frequently confers with Sam Clovis, one of Trump’s top policy advisers, and that there has been a series of conference calls and briefings in recent weeks.

Papadopoulos directs an international energy center at the London Centre of International Law Practice. He previously advised the presidential campaign of Ben Carson and worked as a research fellow at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington.

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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:19:05am

re: #351 Jenner7

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It’s worth the click.

Yep, he went after her, tried the “fauxcahontas” smear. So yeah, fuck that guy.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:24:22am
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stpaulbear  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:24:28am

re: #370 lawhawk

With a team like that, the neocons are going to have to reconsider not voting for Trump.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:27:34am

re: #373 stpaulbear

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:34:11am

re: #374 lawhawk

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makeitstop  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:34:19am

re: #351 Jenner7

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It’s worth the click.

Women seem to have a much more keen sense of how to get under Trump’s skin.

Warren is baiting the fuck out of him. He will not be capable of any type of measured response.

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Belafon  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:36:11am

re: #376 makeitstop

Women seem to have a much more keen sense of how to get under Trump’s skin.

Warren is baiting the fuck out of him. He will not be capable of any type of measured response.

It’s hard to get into a dick measuring contest with someone who doesn’t have one.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:36:42am

re: #370 lawhawk

#Trump foreign policy team: Walid Phares, Carter Page, George Papadopoulo, Joe Schmitz, & General Keith Kellogg t.co
— lawhawk (@lawhawk) March 21, 2016

Looks like we now know who will be pimping new right-wing books next year after Trump gets crushed in the general.

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sagehen  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:37:57am

re: #372 Lidane

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What I always found amusing about the Longoria/Parker pairing was how totally anti-stereotype their immigration histories are — the “Mexican” woman whose family has been in San Antonio since before the Mayflower landed, and the “African-American” guy who’s actually Belgian French, came to this country in 2001 on a special-talent visa sponsored by his employer.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:39:39am
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Dr. Matt  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:41:35am

Liveblogging Apple’s Big Tiny iPhone Event Right Here

Had no idea Apple was having an event today. It’s sad because at one time the entire planet was aware of such events.

Here’s what you need to know: “The iPhone SE basically sounds like a smaller iPhone 6S, in terms of features.”

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sagehen  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:42:04am

re: #376 makeitstop

Women seem to have a much more keen sense of how to get under Trump’s skin.

Warren is baiting the fuck out of him. He will not be capable of any type of measured response.

Check out the latest New Yorker cover…

newyorker.com

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:42:32am

re: #380 lawhawk

I see you found a preview photo of the GOP convention this July.

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sagehen  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:43:47am

re: #377 Belafon

It’s hard to get into a dick measuring contest with someone who doesn’t have one.

A woman can have as many dicks as she wants…

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:48:11am

re: #376 makeitstop

Women seem to have a much more keen sense of how to get under Trump’s skin.

Warren is baiting the fuck out of him. He will not be capable of any type of measured response.

He’s a misogynist, so a woman beating the hell out of him rhetorically is intolerable.

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ObserverArt  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:49:05am

re: #337 Belafon

Didn’t you hear? Garland has said he is personally going to go to D_F’s house and take his guns on the first day he’s in office.

Last time he was asked, Dark didn’t own any guns. Maybe that has changed.

I know one thing. It is pointless to discuss guns with Dark. Might as well go talk to a Trump wall.

And fuck the NRA Report card. That organization has too much power and the best thing that could happen to this country is to see them gone.

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The Ghost of a Cunning Plan  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:50:34am

re: #384 sagehen

Technically, so can anyone with a knife and some Mason jars.

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:52:30am

re: #383 Dr Lizardo

I see you found a preview photo of the GOP convention this July.

Helps to have a Tardis at my disposal. /

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lawhawk  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:53:11am

Awwww…. the circular firing squad continues.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:53:54am
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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:54:50am

re: #389 lawhawk

Awwww…. the circular firing squad continues.

JRube is gonna wake up with a horse’s head in her bed pretty soon.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:56:03am

re: #389 lawhawk

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Awwww…. the circular firing squad continues.

Well, you knew when they hired Jim DeMint, Heritage was giving up on being taken seriously.

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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 10:58:30am

President Obama and Raul Castro about to speak live from Cuba

whitehouse.gov

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:03:35am
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Franklin  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:06:05am

re: #393 Franklin

President Obama and Raul Castro about to speak live from Cuba

whitehouse.gov

It’s amazing, I don’t even have to look at #TCOT to know they are saying “SPEEK INGLISH!!!!”

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:07:15am

So, this movie’s opening here at my local cinema next month, and I gotta see it. Looks pretty good.

The Witch Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson Movie HD

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:10:03am

Ted Cruz, #EvenStupiderThanDonaldTrump

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:12:40am

re: #397 The Vicious Babushka

.@POTUS is cutting a deal to give away the #Internet to China, Russia and Iran. Keep the Internet free t.co
— Senator Ted Cruz

LOLwhut?

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piratedan  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:14:05am

re: #397 The Vicious Babushka

well that is probably is what it will take to bring Snowden home safe and sound… /////

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HappyWarrior  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:16:26am

re: #397 The Vicious Babushka

Ted Cruz, #EvenStupiderThanDonaldTrump

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And this is the guy that the GOP establishment is leaning on to “save” their party. Their party ain’t worth saving.

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Eventual Carrion  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:22:42am

re: #355 A Mom Anon

So the NRA is allowed to pick SC Justices now? Oh Hell No. What a bunch of crap that is.

[snip]

It’s all bullshit to distract from the fact that we have a problem with firearms in this country. Hell, the NRA has made sure the CDC can’t even STUDY gun violence and in some places pediatricians can’t even approach the subject of gun safety when you have a toddler in the house. The answer is NOT more guns. It just isn’t.

At least the government isn’t putting themselves between the doctor and patient with some kind of “death panels” or anything.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:38:41am

re: #398 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

LOLwhut?

claims by republicans are not required to be meaningful english statements

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TedStriker  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:43:41am

re: #377 Belafon

It’s hard to get into a dick measuring contest with someone who doesn’t have one.

I dunno, she seems to have a bigger pair than Trump does.

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Lidane  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:50:51am

re: #397 The Vicious Babushka

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Jebediah, RBG  Mar 21, 2016 • 11:55:04am

re: #319 Lidane

I get it, you like guns.

Sorry to get pedantic, but you seem to have mis-spelled “love with a filthy, energetic passion.”

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EPR-radar  Mar 21, 2016 • 12:17:09pm

re: #316 Dark_Falcon

On guns Garland is no moderate, given the blatantly unconstitutional DC law he was willing to sign off on, and that means no Garland. Frankly, I think Republicans should vote him down on that basis, rather than block him, but before doing that the NRA should spread the word is states like West Virginia and Montana and force some Blue Dog Democrats to announce their opposition to Garland, on pain of being of being declared failures on their NRA Report Card.

Because on firearms, Garland should be Pass/Fail: Vote for him, you FAIL, vote against him and you won’t get an ‘F’ this year regardless of other votes. I think the NRA has a good chance to Bork Judge Garland and I think it should be done. The majority of the American public does not agree with DC’s draconian gun laws, and that can be used to build support for Republicans and gun rights.

The one question I have about this nonsense is why? Why try out GOP talking points at LGF? Republican talking points don’t do well here because fantasy and reality are incompatible.

Everyone knows the reason the GOP is being obstructionist on the SCOTUS nominee. They think they will keep the Senate, win the presidency and appoint some 25 year old RWNJ talking point dispenser (grown in a vat at Liberty U) that is several parsecs to the right of Scalia on all issues.

Plus they get a chance to be gigantic assholes to the black guy in the white house.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Mar 21, 2016 • 3:02:01pm

re: #205 Dr. Matt

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That scheme will get you a revolution a lot faster than Bernie Sanders.


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