Thursday Night Jam: Courtney Barnett, “Elevator Operator”

Don’t jump, little boy!
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I love Courtney Barnett, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. She makes hard-rockin’ music with a great sense of humor, and that’s the way to my heart.

Taken from the LP: “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” - out through Milk! Records, House Anxiety/Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop

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Starring (in order of appearance)
Sleater-Kinney
Glory! Bangs
Courtney Barnett
Bones Sloane & Dave Mudie
Magda Szubanski
Tim Rogers
The Finks
Tweedy
The Drones
Garret and Will Huxley, Gabi Barton
Sunny Leunig
Vincent Juggernaut
Tain Stangret
Izzi Goldman and John
Nicholas & Thea Jones
Batpiss
Loose Tooth
Camp Cope
Jo Syme (Big Scary)
East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Paul Kelly
Michael Leunig
Meaghan Weiley, Jess Tyler, Thommy Taranto (Milk! Records)
Jen Cloher
Fraser A. Gorman
Ouch My Face
Marni Kornhauser & Radar Rad

DIRECTOR: Sunny Leunig
DOP: Matt Wood
PRODUCER: Emma Haarburger
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Danielle Thiris
ASSIST CAMERA: Anthony Rilocapro
ART DIRECTOR: Marni Kornhauser
ART DEPT: Josephine Wagstaff, Sarah Hopper
GAFFER: Thommi Hacker
BEST GIRL: Hannah Palmer
GRIP: Fraser Lever
COLOURIST: Matt Wood
VFX: Tristan Mclachlan
EDITOR: Sunny Leunig
MAKEUP/COSTUME Selena Pretzel, Lou Mclaren
DRONE OP: Christopher Lansell
SOUND: Sunny Leunig, Mark Mitchell, Jack Pender
STILLS: Helga Leunig

Thanks to: John and Izzi at the Nicholas Building, Joel Barnett, Brad @ Phoenix Post, Katie Saava, Pippa Martino

LYRICS
Oliver Paul, twenty years old, thick head of hair worries he’s going bald. Wakes up at a quarter past nine, fare evades his way down the 96 tram line. Breakfast on the run again, he’s well aware he’s dropping soy linseed Vegemite crumbs everywhere.

Feeling sick at the sight of his computer he dodges his way through the Swanston commuters. Rips off his tie, hands it to a homeless man, sleeping in the corner of a Metro bus stand. He screams “I’m not going to work today! Gonna count the minutes that the trains run late. Sit on the grass building pyramids out of Coke cans.”

Headphone wielding to the Nicholas Building, he trips on a pothole that’s not been filled in. He waits for an elevator, 1 to 9, a lady walks in and waits by his side. Her heels are high and her bag is snakeskin. Hair pulled so tight you can see her skeleton. Vickers perfume on her breath, a tortoise-shell necklace between her breasts. She looks him up and down with a Botox frown, he’s well used to that look by now.

The elevator dings, and they awkwardly step in, their fingers touch on the rooftop button…

“Don’t jump little boy, don’t jump off that roof, you’ve got your whole life ahead of you you’re still in your youth, I’d give anything to have skin like you!”

He said, “I think you’re projecting, the way that you’re feeling, I’m not suicidal just idling insignificantly. I come up here, for perception and clarity, I like to imagine I’m playing Sim City. All the people look like ants from up here, and the wind’s the only traffic you can hear” He said, “All I ever wanted to be was an Elevator Operator can you help me please?!”

“Don’t jump little boy, don’t jump off that roof, you’ve got your whole life ahead of you you’re still in your youth, I’d give anything to have skin like you!”

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103 comments

1
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:34:05pm
2
freetoken  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:35:32pm

Carrying on from the discussion downstairs about PolitiFact, Clinton, etc:

I guess what I find most disheartening is that our culture values a simple explanation (TRUE or FALSE) for every situation, every statement or claim, rather than spending time to come to an understanding of whatever is being discussed, to make a more weighted decision (if, indeed, any decision or conclusion is necessary at all.)

3
thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:36:36pm

re: #1 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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On the topic of Alton Sterling, a friend of a Facebook friend said he deserved it because he was a convicted child molester. Judge, jury, executioner.

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freetoken  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:36:39pm

In this regards, the need for a simple answer pre-packaged is very much like our society in general, where we want our food pre-packaged and ready-to-eat.

6
Barefoot Grin  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:37:30pm

Congress-critters refuse to meet with Trump: “I’d love to talk, but I’ve got to wait in the lobby for my car.”

Paul Shortino as Duke Fame

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:37:41pm

re: #3 thedopefishlives

This is why I don’t regret minimizing my exposure to Facebook.

8
EPR-radar  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:39:15pm

re: #2 freetoken

Carrying on from the discussion downstairs about PolitiFact, Clinton, etc:

I guess what I find most disheartening is that our culture values a simple explanation (TRUE or FALSE) for every situation, every statement or claim, rather than spending time to come to an understanding of whatever is being discussed, to make a more weighted decision (if, indeed, any decision or conclusion is necessary at all.)

There is an annoying flip side to this as well, where conclusions need to be drawn but aren’t. E.g., the main stream media continues to treat Republicans as if they are a normal political party when all the stories should be about how the GOP is a toxic dumpster fire.

9
thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:39:16pm

re: #7 klys (maker of Silmarils)

This is why I don’t regret minimizing my exposure to Facebook.

Yeah, I hear you. It does suck on my end, because I use Facebook to keep up with my family, but so many of my former friends are wingnuts and all I see is DERPITY DERPITY DERPITY all day, every day.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:40:02pm

re: #9 thedopefishlives

Yeah, I hear you. It does suck on my end, because I use Facebook to keep up with my family, but so many of my former friends are wingnuts and all I see is DERPITY DERPITY DERPITY all day, every day.

I have trained my mother that I don’t use it, and so she filters through whatever news I need to hear.

11
The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:40:59pm

re: #1 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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Cops in Alton Sterling shooting investigated five times in seven years

12
Charles Johnson  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:42:51pm
13
gocart mozart  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:44:03pm

re: #3 thedopefishlives

On the topic of Alton Sterling, a friend of a Facebook friend said he deserved it because he was a convicted child molester. Judge, jury, executioner.

The crime for which he was convicted was having sex with a 16 year old while being age 20.

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thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:46:19pm

re: #13 gocart mozart

The crime for which he was convicted was having sex with a 16 year old while being age 20.

This particular individual had a huge laundry list of crimes that he’d been convicted of, and was absolutely convinced that it meant that pinning him, Tasing him, and shooting him in the back until dead was the right thing to do. I just can’t even.

15
jaunte  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:46:27pm

re: #13 gocart mozart

And the 22 year old Jerry Lee Lewis had sex with his 13 year old cousin but somehow escaped execution.

16
ObserverArt  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:49:26pm

Nice. I really like how Courtney writes her songs. The tune seems to be as stream of consciousness as her lyrics. It just all flows and flows.

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stpaulbear  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:50:04pm

re: #15 jaunte

And the 22 year old Jerry Lee Lewis had sex with his 13 year old cousin but somehow escaped execution.

Yea, but he married her.
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nines09  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:50:32pm

I like Courtney Barnett too. Stumbled across her doing a Austin City Limits show. She’s got that something, offhand and easy. One song stayed with me. A cover of another Aussie band You Am I. Heavy Heart

You Am I - Heavy Heart

Then she delivers it here.

Courtney Barnett “Heavy Heart” (You Am I cover)

Yep. I like her too.

19
BeachDem  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:50:33pm

re: #15 jaunte

And the 22 year old Jerry Lee Lewis had sex with his 13 year old cousin but somehow escaped execution.

And then there’s Ted Nugent.

20
The Vicious Babushka  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:51:04pm

I am just so damn sick of hearing people say they are voting for Trump because HILLARY IS ARKANCIDE!!!! BENGHAZI!!!! EMAILS!!!11!!! and I’m like that’s bogus, and Trump is eleventy times worse than you think Hillary is.

HURR HURR ARKANCIDE BENGHAZI EMAILS!!!!!!!!

But that’s bogus…

HURR HURR ARKANCIDE BENGHAZI EMAILS!!!!!!!!

21
FormerDirtDart  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:53:09pm
22
The Vicious Babushka  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:53:56pm

“Official”

23
stpaulbear  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:55:06pm

re: #18 nines09

I’m a big fan of both bands. Paul Kelly too.

24
Blind Frog Belly White  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:56:18pm

re: #22 The Vicious Babushka

“Official”

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He must have purchased “Lying” back from Ted Cruz, who’s apparently no longer using it.

25
Skip Intro  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:57:24pm

re: #22 The Vicious Babushka

I wonder if he’ll be able to remember whether he’s talking about Lyin’ Ted or Lyin’ Crooked Hillary. Man with tiny hands also has a tiny vocabulary.

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ObserverArt  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:57:32pm

re: #8 EPR-radar

There is an annoying flip side to this as well, where conclusions need to be drawn but aren’t. E.g., the main stream media continues to treat Republicans as if they are a normal political party when all the stories should be about how the GOP is a toxic dumpster fire.

Would that be due to many in the media are actually not the liberals everyone thinks they are and are the enablers for the Republicans to do what they are doing?

27
Skip Intro  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:58:56pm

re: #22 The Vicious Babushka

I don’t suppose he explained why she gets two names, and BTW Donald, where’s that convention speaker’s list you said would be out yesterday, then today, then …….?

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jaunte  Jul 7, 2016 • 6:59:44pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:01:51pm

im sorry but just exactly HOW stupid are wingnuts anyway ferkrissakes

Twelve Ways to Upset Your Liberal Xmas Guests
Are your left-leaning family members going to ruin your Christmas? Ruin theirs first!
by Keith Koffler
You know who they are. They’re siblings who believed their professors in college. They’re in-laws you can do nothing about. They are “friends” who secretly think you are a mindless, evil philistine.

These liberals love to ruin your dinner with sanctimony and moral superiority. Well, on the theory that the best defense is a good offense, here are 12 things you can say to pre-empt the inevitable attack.

1.) Did you know that the earth hasn’t really warmed for almost 20 years?

2.) So, how much did your health insurance premiums go up this year?

3.) Would you mind if 20 young, male Syrian refugees moved into a rooming house next door to you and your children?

4.) What’s worse, an 18-minute gap in a tape recording or 30,000 missing emails?

5.) How’s the Obama presidency been working out for black Americans?

6.) Donald Trump is worth $4 billion. How much are you worth?

7.) Who’s smarter, you or Ted Cruz?

8.) What are you doing “owning” on land that belongs to Native Americans?

9.) How’s that whole hopey-changey thing working out now?

10.) Did you know that the immigration enforcement authorities removed 76,000 criminals apprehended at or near the border or other points of entry this year?

11.) Would you rather experience a terrorist attack in a place that allows concealed carry or one that doesn’t?

12.) Merry Christmas!

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30
ObserverArt  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:02:04pm

re: #15 jaunte

And the 22 year old Jerry Lee Lewis had sex with his 13 year old cousin but somehow escaped execution.

And then there is The Nuge.

31
Reality Based Steve  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:02:14pm

re: #21 FormerDirtDart

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well the line “the shores of tripoli” in the Marine Corp Anthem are talking about the Barbary Coast Pirates, who were Muslim, which just proves my point. Game, Set and Match LIBTARD!!!!!”

RBS

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BeachDem  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:02:39pm

re: #22 The Vicious Babushka

“Official”

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Does he think that’s clever? It’s about equal to poopyhead. At least “Lyin’ Ryan” had some style back in the day.

Trump is the George Costanza of quips.

33
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:04:26pm
34
Skip Intro  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:04:47pm

re: #32 BeachDem

I wonder how many names she’ll have by November. Will he be able to remember them all, and most important how’s he going to tweet insults when he only has 10 characters left?

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:04:48pm

re: #32 BeachDem

Does he think that’s clever? It’s about equal to poopyhead. At least “Lyin’ Ryan” had some style back in the day.

Trump is the George Costanza of quips.

Trump lies more than Hillary. Math!

36
Barefoot Grin  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:06:09pm

re: #23 stpaulbear

I’m a big fan of both bands. Paul Kelly too.

I’ve been a huge fan of Paul since the 1980s. More recently Weddings, Parties, Anything. So much great Aussie music!

37
ObserverArt  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:07:38pm

re: #19 BeachDem

And then there’s Ted Nugent.

Heh. I was right behind you.

I still want my money back. I saw Ted too many times and now knowing how much a jerk he is I want my money back.

38
jaunte  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:07:42pm

re: #29 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

1.) Did you know that the earth hasn’t really warmed for almost 20 years?

My father has become a regular Fox news watcher in his advanced age, and can be relied on to repeat whatever spin the broadcast day has delivered.
Tonight at dinner he told me the earth was actually entering a cooling period. It didn’t really “ruin” dinner as that author supposes, but it was sad that he’s now so easily taken in.

39
Skip Intro  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:08:10pm

re: #31 Reality Based Steve

well the line “the shores of tripoli” in the Marine Corp Anthem are talking about the Barbary Coast Pirates, who were Muslim, which just proves my point. Game, Set and Match LIBTARD!!!!!”

RBS

ARRRGH matey!

40
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:09:22pm

re: #38 jaunte

My father has become a regular Fox news watcher in his advanced age, and can be relied on to repeat whatever spin the broadcast day has delivered.
Tonight at dinner he told me the earth was actually entering a cooling period. It didn’t really “ruin” dinner as that author supposes, but it was sad that he’s now so easily taken in.

I keep my mouth shut on extended family because it is absolutely not worth the effort but if that ever happens with my dad or mom I don’t think I’m going to be able to.

You cannot raise me with an appreciation for science and see me get my fucking Ph.D. and expect me to keep my mouth shut while you spout off scientific nonsense.

42
wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:10:56pm

Apparently there is a subculture of men (and some women) who own 1.4-meter or taller silicone female dolls, and treat them as real people. It’s not always a sex thing. The dolls serve as surrogate daughters, girlfriends or companions., and even take them on outings on the subway or to the countryside for photo shoots.

sixthtone.com

The article highlights several Chinese men and their dolls, but it seems these dolls are also popular in Japan, the USA and Europe.

0_o

43
Ziggy_TARDIS  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:12:02pm

re: #42 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

All aboard the NOPE-Train!

44
FormerDirtDart  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:12:21pm
45
jaunte  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:12:43pm

re: #40 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It’s tough to resist, but I prefer to talk to my folks about things that make them happy; they just get agitated by watching the news. Bad cess to Roger Ailes and his whole business strategy.

46
Reality Based Steve  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:12:45pm

OMG this is bad. Apparently shots have been fired from someone with a rifle at the protest in Dallas. At least 3 cops down.

wfaa.com

RBS

47
thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:12:47pm

re: #44 FormerDirtDart

Ugh. Shooting cops isn’t going to do anyone any good.

48
BeachDem  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:13:04pm

re: #42 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Apparently there is a subculture of men (and some women) who own 1.4-meter or taller silicone female dolls, and treat them as real people. It’s not always a sex thing. The dolls serve as surrogate daughters, girlfriends or companions., and even take them on outings on the subway or to the countryside for photo shoots.

sixthtone.com

The article highlights several Chinese men and their dolls, but it seems these dolls are also popular in Japan, the USA and Europe.

0_o

Lars and the Real Girl

49
Charles Johnson  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:13:29pm

Two police officers reportedly shot in the Dallas protest.

50
jaunte  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:13:55pm

re: #47 thedopefishlives

Ugh. Shooting cops isn’t going to do anyone any good.

Just raise the future body count.

51
The Vicious Babushka  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:14:29pm
52
FormerDirtDart  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:14:50pm
53
GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:15:41pm

re: #44 FormerDirtDart

This is why nothing ever gets accomplished re: police brutality/murderour cops.

54
freetoken  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:16:35pm

Well, this went well:

Peacemaking Goes Awry as Donald Trump Lashes Out at G.O.P. Senators

A peacemaking summit meeting between Republican lawmakers and their renegade presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, descended on Thursday into an extraordinary series of acrid exchanges, punctuated by Mr. Trump’s threatening one Republican senator and deriding another as a “loser.”

55
blueraven  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:16:49pm

re: #49 Charles Johnson

Two police officers reportedly shot in the Dallas protest.

Was listening to live coverage on Fox. Many shots were fired. Someone with a rifle is on the loose. Scary.

56
The Vicious Babushka  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:17:18pm

A sniper in Dallas?

57
calochortus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:17:45pm

I couldn’t resist answering those questions. And I’m not upset. Amazing.

re: #29 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

im sorry but just exactly HOW stupid are wingnuts anyway ferkrissakes

Twelve Ways to Upset Your Liberal Xmas Guests
Are your left-leaning family members going to ruin your Christmas? Ruin theirs first!
by Keith Koffler
You know who they are. They’re siblings who believed their professors in college. They’re in-laws you can do nothing about. They are “friends” who secretly think you are a mindless, evil philistine.

These liberals love to ruin your dinner with sanctimony and moral superiority. Well, on the theory that the best defense is a good offense, here are 12 things you can say to pre-empt the inevitable attack.

1.) Did you know that the earth hasn’t really warmed for almost 20 years?
No. Please provide evidence.

2.) So, how much did your health insurance premiums go up this year?
Less than it used to.

3.) Would you mind if 20 young, male Syrian refugees moved into a rooming house next door to you and your children?
No more than any other boarding house being next door.

4.) What’s worse, an 18-minute gap in a tape recording or 30,000 missing emails?
Depends on the content and reason for the gap.

5.) How’s the Obama presidency been working out for black Americans?
Probably better than the Bush presidency.

6.) Donald Trump is worth $4 billion. How much are you worth?
Less. In what way is that relevant? Shall we select leaders based on wealth?

7.) Who’s smarter, you or Ted Cruz?
Me.

8.) What are you doing “owning” on land that belongs to Native Americans?
Unfortunately the ownership of land does not stay stable through all of history. Ask the Celts (among others) about that.

9.) How’s that whole hopey-changey thing working out now?
I can only speak for myself, but I’d say ‘well.’

10.) Did you know that the immigration enforcement authorities removed 76,000 criminals apprehended at or near the border or other points of entry this year?
Fascinating fact. Link to source?

11.) Would you rather experience a terrorist attack in a place that allows concealed carry or one that doesn’t?
One that doesn’t.

12.) Merry Christmas!
Thanks. Have a joyous Solstice, yourself.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:18:19pm

re: #45 jaunte

It’s tough to resist, but I prefer to talk to my folks about things that make them happy; they just get agitated by watching the news. Bad cess to Roger Ailes and his whole business strategy.

I can sympathize. I have a hard and fast rule about not talking politics with my in-laws.

Thankfully this is not so far an issue with my parents, although we don’t really talk politics. But I just can’t let scientific nonsense pass unchallenged, not there. (The rest of their politics, well, typically I do, because keeping the peace.)

59
No Depression  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:19:02pm

re: #53 GlutenFreeJesus

This is why nothing ever gets accomplished re: police brutality/murderour cops.

Actually, it’s plain and simple racism that prevents anything from getting done. Shooting cops certainly doesn’t help, but they’ll continue to kill black people with impunity regardless of whether cops get shot or not.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:19:53pm

re: #13 gocart mozart

The crime for which he was convicted was having sex with a 16 year old while being age 20.

Wouldn’t even be a crime in many states.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:20:29pm

re: #48 BeachDem

Lars and the Real Girl

I was thinking of Blade Runner and Ex Machina — android sex workers. I’ve never seen the Lars movie.

62
Shimshon  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:21:00pm

re: #29 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

im sorry but just exactly HOW stupid are wingnuts anyway ferkrissakes

Twelve Ways to Upset Your Liberal Xmas Guests
Are your left-leaning family members going to ruin your Christmas? Ruin theirs first!
by Keith Koffler
You know who they are. They’re siblings who believed their professors in college. They’re in-laws you can do nothing about. They are “friends” who secretly think you are a mindless, evil philistine.

These liberals love to ruin your dinner with sanctimony and moral superiority. Well, on the theory that the best defense is a good offense, here are 12 things you can say to pre-empt the inevitable attack.

1.) Did you know that the earth hasn’t really warmed for almost 20 years?

2.) So, how much did your health insurance premiums go up this year?

3.) Would you mind if 20 young, male Syrian refugees moved into a rooming house next door to you and your children?

4.) What’s worse, an 18-minute gap in a tape recording or 30,000 missing emails?

5.) How’s the Obama presidency been working out for black Americans?

6.) Donald Trump is worth $4 billion. How much are you worth?

7.) Who’s smarter, you or Ted Cruz?

8.) What are you doing “owning” on land that belongs to Native Americans?

9.) How’s that whole hopey-changey thing working out now?

10.) Did you know that the immigration enforcement authorities removed 76,000 criminals apprehended at or near the border or other points of entry this year?

11.) Would you rather experience a terrorist attack in a place that allows concealed carry or one that doesn’t?

12.) Merry Christmas!

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Is this the war on war on Christmas?

Because I’m a little bored and haven’t had any beer yet
1. What does “hasn’t REALLY warmed” Is that a scientific measurement?

Factual response: climate.nasa.gov

2. Not by much if at all ncsl.org

Yet for 2016 among the roughly 85 percent of healthcare.gov consumers with premium tax credits, the average monthly net premium increased just $4, or 4 percent, from 2015 to 2016, according to an HHS report.

3. First why would 20 people moving into a house be okay no matter who they are? I’d rather Syrian refugees move in than 20 rednecks flying the Confederate flag and blasting Ted Nugent. And do they not know that many refugees are very educated, and Christian?

4. Hillary is worse than Nixon? I don’t even…

5. Black unemployment rate is at 2008 levels npr.org

But it’s nice to pretend the right wing cares about black people *snicker*

6. His worth is imaginary and tied into real estate deals he inherited from his father as well as other shady dealings. Also the party of Christianity is telling me wealth is a measure of a man? Do they not read the Bible or what?

7. How do you measure, smart? Do you do it like your #6 question and go by net worth just like Jesus would? Cruz was so smart but he couldn’t run a campaign better than Donald Drumpf

8. Owning on land? Speaking of smart, who didn’t pass basic English?

9. Pretty damn well, especially for the educated bloomberg.com

Now how about Congress get to work to help “real America?”

10. That is impossible. I was told the borders are wide open. So how can the DHS apprehend ANYONE at the border? Is the right wing lying to me?

11. Why would that matter? Were there no gun attacks or mass shootings in red states? How is that CCW law doing to bring down Chicago gun violence by the way?

12. Sick burn! Did you know Jesus was a Jew and not even born in December? And what does the Bible say about respecting other beliefs?

On that note with this amount of ignorance, I need a drink.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:22:01pm

re: #59 No Depression

Of course. But this just keeps the narrative the same. That those “thugs” deserve it.

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William Lewis  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:22:38pm

re: #57 calochortus

4) What about 3,000,000 emails as deleted by W?

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:23:31pm

I was lucky enough to see this woman perform last night as she opened for a friend of mine. Syn-pop that I actually enjoyed. Big departure from my usual stuff and it was great. Here’s a lengthy sample. Lillie Lemon.

RGP’s Almost LIVE Featuring Lillie Lemon

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:24:13pm

re: #29 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

im sorry but just exactly HOW stupid are wingnuts anyway ferkrissakes

Twelve Ways to Upset Your Liberal Xmas Guests
Are your left-leaning family members going to ruin your Christmas? Ruin theirs first!
by Keith Koffler
You know who they are. They’re siblings who believed their professors in college. They’re in-laws you can do nothing about. They are “friends” who secretly think you are a mindless, evil philistine.

These liberals love to ruin your dinner with sanctimony and moral superiority. Well, on the theory that the best defense is a good offense, here are 12 things you can say to pre-empt the inevitable attack.

1.) Did you know that the earth hasn’t really warmed for almost 20 years?

antarctica is melting then why?

2.) So, how much did your health insurance premiums go up this year?

mine went down

3.) Would you mind if 20 young, male Syrian refugees moved into a rooming house next door to you and your children?

no. you live next to a “rooming house”?

4.) What’s worse, an 18-minute gap in a tape recording or 30,000 missing emails?

who cares? let’s talk about your children’s college costs…

5.) How’s the Obama presidency been working out for black Americans?

it seems the are very, very proud of him

6.) Donald Trump is worth $4 billion. How much are you worth?

as much as my spouse and children love me

7.) Who’s smarter, you or Ted Cruz?

you won’t catch me losing arguments with donald trump

8.) What are you doing “owning” on land that belongs to Native Americans?

i was taught in grade school we stole the whole place from them. is that true or isn’t it?

9.) How’s that whole hopey-changey thing working out now?

excuse me what exactly does that mean?

10.) Did you know that the immigration enforcement authorities removed 76,000 criminals apprehended at or near the border or other points of entry this year?

good! so trump is wrong when he says we have no control of our borders?

11.) Would you rather experience a terrorist attack in a place that allows concealed carry or one that doesn’t?

where are all those “good guys with guns” who are supposed to be saving us from gun massacres? also, how do you stop a concealed bomb with a handgun?

12.) Merry Christmas!

merry christmas! why are you looking at me with that weird expression?

lifezette.com

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blueraven  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:25:06pm

re: #38 jaunte

My father has become a regular Fox news watcher in his advanced age, and can be relied on to repeat whatever spin the broadcast day has delivered.
Tonight at dinner he told me the earth was actually entering a cooling period. It didn’t really “ruin” dinner as that author supposes, but it was sad that he’s now so easily taken in.

Fear is a feature, not a bug. This is the Fox business model. Their core audience is mainly older, scared, and vulnerable. It is despicable.

68
FormerDirtDart  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:25:10pm
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Reality Based Steve  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:25:16pm

apparently the SWAT team has at least one shooter located, and is talking with him at this time.

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thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:25:30pm

re: #69 Reality Based Steve

apparently the SWAT team has at least one shooter located, and is talking with him at this time.

That means he must be white.

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Reality Based Steve  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:25:55pm

...

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No Depression  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:26:00pm

re: #63 GlutenFreeJesus

Of course. But this just keeps the narrative the same. That those “thugs” deserve it.

And that’ll continue until the until the white community confronts its racism. It literally doesn’t matter what black people do; they’re thugs no matter what in the eyes of a sizable portion of white people.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:26:04pm

re: #42 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Apparently there is a subculture of men (and some women) who own 1.4-meter or taller silicone female dolls, and treat them as real people. It’s not always a sex thing. The dolls serve as surrogate daughters, girlfriends or companions., and even take them on outings on the subway or to the countryside for photo shoots.

sixthtone.com

The article highlights several Chinese men and their dolls, but it seems these dolls are also popular in Japan, the USA and Europe.

0_o

That’s kind of sad.

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blueraven  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:28:39pm

re: #71 Reality Based Steve

[Embedded content]

Video

live streams

WTF kind of shit is this? Our president inspired the shootings?

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William Lewis  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:29:45pm

From tweets seen elsewhere:

Follow

Maureen JohnsonVerified account
@maureenjohnson Maureen Johnson Retweeted Xeni Jardin
This sentence got me. The whole thing gets me but this one somehow just gets in there. He cared for 500 children.Maureen Johnson added,
Xeni Jardin @xeni
What kind of man was #PhilandoCastile? He memorized names of 500 kids he served daily, with their food allergies. boingboing.net

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:30:07pm

re: #74 blueraven

WTF kind of shit is this? Our president inspired the shootings?

I suspect RBS just grabbed a livestream without necessarily looking at the source too closely. The patriotic eagles for their screengrab is kind of a giveaway that maybe it is not the most neutral source ever.

I have declined to give them any views, personally.

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Shimshon  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:30:13pm

re: #74 blueraven

WTF kind of shit is this? Our president inspired the shootings?

That has been their argument, besides Obama being the cause of “racism” he is also to blame because he wasn’t 100% behind every police officer in every shooting. These are the authoritarians that turn their back on DiBlasio because he had the nerve to tell his kid to respect the police and don’t do anything around them that might bring attention to you.

78
No Depression  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:30:32pm

re: #75 William Lewis

From tweets seen elsewhere:

Follow

Maureen JohnsonVerified account
@maureenjohnson Maureen Johnson Retweeted Xeni Jardin
This sentence got me. The whole thing gets me but this one somehow just gets in there. He cared for 500 children.Maureen Johnson added,
Xeni Jardin @xeni
What kind of man was #PhilandoCastile? He memorized names of 500 kids he served daily, with their food allergies. boingboing.net

:(

79
Reality Based Steve  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:30:34pm

re: #74 blueraven

WTF kind of shit is this? Our president inspired the shootings?

I just caught that….

I had no idea at all who or what was sponsering it.

RBS

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jaunte  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:31:47pm

Many shots.

81
thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:32:00pm

I’ve graduated from the Honey Jack to straight Seagram’s. Yeah, it’s just that kind of night.

82
teleskiguy  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:32:12pm

I was in downtown Dallas in April, I recognize all the landmarks from the videos.

It sounds like a semi-automatic rifle firing 5.56X45 mm ammunition. Assault rifle.

Jesus fucking christ.

83
blueraven  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:32:32pm

re: #76 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I suspect RBS just grabbed a livestream without necessarily looking at the source too closely. The patriotic eagles for their screengrab is kind of a giveaway that maybe it is not the most neutral source ever.

I have declined to give them any views, personally.

Well yeah. Don’t mean to impugn RBS. But that is some garbage right there.

84
GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:32:35pm

They better find these fuckers in Dallas doing this. That’s fucking scary.

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thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:32:53pm

re: #82 teleskiguy

I was in downtown Dallas in April, I recognize all the landmarks from the videos.

It sounds like a semi-automatic rifle firing 5.56X45 mm ammunition. Assault rifle.

Jesus fucking christ.

Semi-automatic? 5.56mm? 3 guesses as to what it is, and the first 2 don’t count. And a 30-round clip would fit perfectly with the model I have in mind.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:33:03pm

re: #83 blueraven

Well yeah. Don’t mean to impugn RBS. But that is some garbage right there.

I suspect he agrees, but I wouldn’t want to put words in his mouth. :)

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:33:07pm

re: #82 teleskiguy

Definitely large caliber.

88
Joe Bacon  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:34:30pm

Getting my mind off if this insanity. Experimenting with the new Mac OS Sierra Beta on my backup Mac Mini.

89
calochortus  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:34:53pm

re: #64 William Lewis

4) What about 3,000,000 emails as deleted by W?

5 million admitted to. Possibly as many as 22 million. But who is counting?

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Shimshon  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:35:05pm

re: #77 Shimshon

That has been their argument, besides Obama being the cause of “racism” he is also to blame because he wasn’t 100% behind every police officer in every shooting. These are the authoritarians that turn their back on DiBlasio because he had the nerve to tell his kid to respect the police and don’t do anything around them that might bring attention to you.

Also these types of people are blind authoritarians who think questioning (conservative) authority is treason but questioning Democrats is your God given duty. They probably think the stopping of the Mai Lai massacre was a mistake and Guantanamo should be expanded. Anyone who questioned going into Iraq was an anti-American traitor and terrorist sympathizer as well. These people are clinically insane and dream of a day when a military dictatorship runs America and they can machine gun non white Christians in the streets.

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majii  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:37:11pm

re: #74 blueraven

Of course, he’s responsible. He’s not like other presidents and entitled to his own opinion. When cops keep shooting black males without having a valid reason, this president isn’t permitted to address the matter. He’s supposed to either keep his mouth shut or ignore the fact that race definitely plays a role in how willing cops are to shoot blacks faster than they do whites. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a retired professional, but if I go into certain neighborhoods here in Macon, GA, cops are called immediately, and I stand a good chance of being arrested, even though I might be there to visit a former co-worker. This is what life is like for millions of POC on a daily basis. If anyone says these shootings don’t have a racial component, s/he is lying or doesn’t want to admit that a double standard exists in America in regard to how law enforcement deals with POC. Even black police officers are more suspicious of blacks than they are of whites.

92
No Depression  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:37:17pm

re: #80 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Many shots.

The number of shots in that video is leading me to think that there’s a very real possibility the gunman is targeting black people not cops. But I’m not jumping to conclusions quite yet.

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Reality Based Steve  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:37:33pm

re: #86 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I suspect he agrees, but I wouldn’t want to put words in his mouth. :)

thank you. I’m going to pull that stream if I can still delete the posting.

RBS

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:39:04pm

re: #93 Reality Based Steve

thank you. I’m going to pull that stream if I can still delete the posting.

RBS

Breaking news is tricky. I definitely give the benefit of the doubt to folks I know when something seems off.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:39:36pm

re: #73 Big Beautiful Door

That’s kind of sad.

Indeed. And it may be a byproduct of the one-child policy and male-child preference in China, which has skewed the male-female ratio to something like 130:100, with the gap increasing over time. There aren’t enough women around. Most parents of teenagers actively forbid boy-girl relationships, ostensibly to foster better study habits, so teens are denied chances to deal with each other romantically. It can continue even in college. Then parents want them to hurry up, find a partner, get married and have a kid or two. Family pressure is really overwhelming once a girl reaches 25 or a boy 27.

But another factor, I suspect, is the unwillingness or inability of Chinese people, especially men, to discuss feelings of sadness or isolation or vulnerabllity, because that would entail losing face. Any bad feelings or emotions are internalized, leading to bizarre and sometimes dangerous behavior.

96
thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:40:07pm

re: #94 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Breaking news is tricky. I definitely give the benefit of the doubt to folks I know when something seems off.

Wait, you mean you don’t immediately jump to conclusions, like the Blue Lives Matter folks?

97
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:41:49pm

re: #96 thedopefishlives

Wait, you mean you don’t immediately jump to conclusions, like the Blue Lives Matter folks?

Haha, nope.

Breaking news is one of those places where you have to be aware of your own biases. Extremely aware. So many folks fail at this on a regular basis.

98
thedopefishlives  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:43:41pm

re: #97 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Haha, nope.

Breaking news is one of those places where you have to be aware of your own biases. Extremely aware. So many folks fail at this on a regular basis.

I generally try to observe the 24-hour rule on breaking news. I try not to weigh in too much with speculation or opinion until more of the facts have been established. But it’s so tempting, dammit!

99
wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:45:11pm

re: #75 William Lewis

From tweets seen elsewhere:

Follow

Maureen JohnsonVerified account
@maureenjohnson Maureen Johnson Retweeted Xeni Jardin
This sentence got me. The whole thing gets me but this one somehow just gets in there. He cared for 500 children.Maureen Johnson added,
Xeni Jardin @xeni
What kind of man was #PhilandoCastile? He memorized names of 500 kids he served daily, with their food allergies. boingboing.net

That last one right there tells me Castile was more than a food worker. He was a teacher and surrogate parent. One of the most powerful skills of a great teacher is to remember the names of their students, because it shows the teacher cares.

The staff of a school are often as influential on a child’s life as their teachers. It can extend into college. I have very fond memories of the custodian of our dorm freshman year, Jim Green, who addressed every student as “young man” or “young lady,” and probably had to put up with all kinds of shit in the 30 or 40 years he worked there.

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Shimshon  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:46:42pm

I spent a lot of time answering those 12 dumb “gotcha” comments and there’s a new story already. :(

101
Shimshon  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:47:08pm

re: #91 majii

Of course, he’s responsible. He’s not like other presidents and entitled to his own opinion. When cops keep shooting black males without having a valid reason, this president isn’t permitted to address the matter. He’s supposed to either keep his mouth shut or ignore the fact that race definitely plays a role in how willing cops are to shoot blacks faster than they do whites. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a retired professional, but if I go into certain neighborhoods here in Macon, GA, cops are called immediately, and I stand a good chance of being arrested, even though I might be there to visit a former co-worker. This is what life is like for millions of POC on a daily basis. If anyone says these shootings don’t have a racial component, s/he is lying or doesn’t want to admit that a double standard exists in America in regard to how law enforcement deals with POC. Even black police officers are more suspicious of blacks than they are of whites.

Obama committed 2 sins in his life, 1. being black and 2. being a DemocRAT

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Kryptik: Just Done With It.  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:50:43pm

re: #2 freetoken

Our current media and political atmosphere raises the ability to turn things into stark dichotomies regardless of how complex the issue is as a virtue rather than a vice, as well as discouraging any attempts to handle more than one idea or concept at a time. The GOP and their media shills have successfully turned the idea of being able to walk and chew bubble gum into a negative, and nuance into a four letter word

re: #29 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

And this shit….ugh. That’s the thing that makes me hang my head the most. It’s like they absolutely define themselves solely on the basis of how much the can piss off the ‘other’ and the ‘enemy’. Anything to treat someone they hate as an outcast is an immediate objective plus and something to be celebrated. Exclusion, exclusion, sweet sweet exclusion, never let the evil other feel comfortable or else Baby Jesus will cry.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 7, 2016 • 7:55:30pm

re: #98 thedopefishlives

I generally try to observe the 24-hour rule on breaking news. I try not to weigh in too much with speculation or opinion until more of the facts have been established. But it’s so tempting, dammit!

There are only three possibilities: a BLM terrorist, a Muslim terrorist, or a mentally ill person.//


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