Video: John Bolton Suggests Russian Election Hacks Were “False Flag” by Obama Administration

This is so bad
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And now, here comes another face from the past you were hoping you’d never see again, John Bolton, telling Fox News host Eric Shawn he thinks it’s possible that the alleged Russian interference in the US election was actually a “false flag” by the Obama administration.

One of Bolton’s arguments to back up this loony theory is that our intelligence services didn’t find Russian “fingerprints” in Hillary Clinton’s email server, so why would there be evidence that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee’s servers? Of course, the FBI investigation found no evidence that Hillary Clinton’s server was hacked at all, but Bolton fails to mention that and just assumes it was, for the sake of his spurious argument.

Bolton is being considered for deputy secretary of state by the Trump team, so of course he’s ready to float “false flag” conspiracy theories; this is pretty much standard behavior for all of the people around Trump (and Trump himself), many of whom follow conspiracy-monger Alex Jones and appear on his radio show.

We should mention that Bolton is also well-known in far right anti-Muslim circles, meeting and associating with deranged hate group leader Pamela Geller on many occasions.

I keep coming back to a feeling of absolute horror that we have a president-elect who believes in and promotes the worst far right conspiracy theories, and is appointing an entire administration that follows suit. This is so bad.

Meanwhile, Trump himself is out there on Twitter today making this laughably ignorant statement about hacking to defend Russia from these allegations:

Computer forensics — how does it work? Don’t ask Donald Trump. And the second sentence is yet another Trump lie, since the possibility of Russian interference very definitely was brought up before the election, many times.

Apparently he forgot, but Trump himself explicitly asked Russia to hack Hillary’s emails.

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180 comments

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:14:44pm

Bolton is a scumbag son of a bitch.

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lawhawk  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:18:51pm

It was raised before the election.

Trump even called on the Russians or whoever to continue hacking the election - and Clinton in particular, after Clinton raised the specter of Russian hacking during one of the presidential debates.

This ass clown wont be held to account for his own statements by anyone in the media, and certainly wont be held accountable by his political party. The GOP wont do anything since they think they got the brass ring of total power to impose their regressive political agenda.

It’s a very bad situation.

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:19:08pm

re: #1 HappyWarrior

Trump is just softening us up for his SC choice.

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bratwurst  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:20:11pm
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gocart mozart  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:20:21pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:22:09pm

re: #4 bratwurst

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:23:00pm

repost from downstairs:

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:24:32pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:24:43pm

re: #7 Backwoods_Sleuth

repost from downstairs:

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Trump will call for Markov to be the next ambassador just like he did with Nigel Farrange.

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coin operated  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:25:12pm

re: #2 lawhawk

Trump even called on the Russians or whoever to continue hacking the election - and Clinton in particular, after Clinton raised the specter of Russian hacking during one of the presidential debates.

Beat me to it. Trump was ASKING Russia to hack our systems.
Fuck this fucking fuck.

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Mike Lamb  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:26:07pm

I am no longer able to even. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:26:12pm

re: #10 coin operated

Beat me to it. Trump was ASKING Russia to hack our systems.
Fuck this fucking fuck.

Well yes, but we’re not supposed to take what he says literally, remember?

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:27:48pm

re: #3 Skip Intro

Trump is just softening us up for his SC choice.

Someone needs to do a bell curve on the possible choices, ranging from “batfuck insane” (Bolton, Pirro, Giuliani, Geller), “horrendously incendiary” (Federalist Society pick du jour, Cruz or Ben Carson), and “appallingly unacceptable” (any fucking billionaire with a first name of $teve)

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:28:03pm

Sure Donald. Let’s just forget the fact (you’re even on video) that you begged Russia to hack the Clinton campaign.

Asshole.

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lawhawk  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:29:00pm

re: #13 Myron Falwell (no relation)

And the Goldman Sachs - complete with a pocketful of Steves.

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lawhawk  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:29:34pm
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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:29:46pm

re: #5 gocart mozart

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Someone must have listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me this weekend. The panelists were discussing Goofus and Gallant. Something along the lines of “Goofus doesn’t ask before touching people.”

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:30:09pm
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Jenner7  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:33:35pm

Off topic, but wanted to share how freaking excited I am for Christmas. I just bought my kids ticket to the Jazz-Cavs game in January. They will flip. Can’t wait to see their reaction.

This was a pretty shitty year with the election and such, but I am super grateful for my husband. He’s changed jobs and got a raise, took a second weekend job, and has just been kicking ass to support us. For the first time in a long time, we didn’t have to worry about where we’ll get the money for Christmas. For that I am thankful.

And as 2017 approaches, I’m also terrified what Trump will do to our country.

But for now, I can enjoy this moment.

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KGxvi  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:33:35pm

On the one hand, I want to stay and oppose these assholes. On the other, the idea of being an ex-pat in some tropical country with good beer, Cuban cigars, casinos, and decent internet access doesn’t sound terrible, either.

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Belafon  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:36:16pm

re: #20 KGxvi

On the one hand, I want to stay and oppose these assholes. On the other, the idea of being an ex-pat in some tropical country with good beer, Cuban cigars, casinos, and decent internet access doesn’t sound terrible, either.

I’m struggling with the urge to book it out of Texas at the appropriate opportunity, 1.5 years when my middle son graduates, and move to a state that gives a shit, or stay and fight while my youngest goes through school in the hopes of turning Texas.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:38:35pm

re: #20 KGxvi

On the one hand, I want to stay and oppose these assholes. On the other, the idea of being an ex-pat in some tropical country with good beer, Cuban cigars, casinos, and decent internet access doesn’t sound terrible, either.

Eh. My family, friends and life are here, so I don’t plan on leaving. On the other hand, it’s California, so things shouldn’t get too bad.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:39:13pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:39:43pm

Trump has short term memory loss (commonly associated with dementia) so I can believe he doesn’t remember that this topic was discussed before the election.

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lawhawk  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:39:56pm

McDonalds is spreading some holiday cheer - and taking some of the pressure off Starbucks at the same time with an interesting cup design.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:40:33pm
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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:42:56pm

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:42:56pm

Well, I spent my day getting my son’s Christmas present setup. He had a Nintendo 2DS (his second) that he’d managed to break (again ;) before going to his residential last December. I wasn’t able to fix that one so I said I’d get him a new one for Christmas. He did say he wanted the 2DS rather than the higher tech 3DS because the 3DS seemed flimsy to him and with his track record he wanted the tougher one < LOL >

The fun part of that is that for modern game systems you have downloadable content and so, with the help of several calls to Nintendo tech support, I got everything transferred and downloaded to his new machine. Had a coupon for a free copy of Mario Cart 7 so I downloaded that too (and, of course, had to test it to make sure it worked right, but I digress ;)

Put it all back into the box it came in and in a day or three I’ll wrap it for him to open in a couple of weeks. After the long year he’s had and the amazing progress he’s made (last week I pray was simply an aberration) it’ll be a nice thing that he’s earned.

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Jack Burton  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:45:00pm

re: #20 KGxvi

On the one hand, I want to stay and oppose these assholes. On the other, the idea of being an ex-pat in some tropical country with good beer, Cuban cigars, casinos, and decent internet access doesn’t sound terrible, either.

Most people cannot just drop everything and move to another country. In fact only a small select privileged few, or young people just out of school with nothing to lose can do this. The vast majority of people have roots, families, careers, and responsibilities that they can’t just walk away from at the drop of a hat.

That’s why it always annoys the shit out of me when I see some partisan hack celebrity from the far left or far right say they are going to leave the country if so-and-so gets elected, especially when they do shit like bad mouth so-and-so’s viable opponent and vote for some 3rd party ass-clown…. why? Because they are rich and have the privilege to not live with the consequences of their bullshit, while the rest of us suffer.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:49:33pm

re: #20 KGxvi

On the one hand, I want to stay and oppose these assholes. On the other, the idea of being an ex-pat in some tropical country with good beer, Cuban cigars, casinos, and decent internet access doesn’t sound terrible, either.

The temptation is quite real. I imagine Belize is quite cosy this time of year.

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Interesting Times  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:52:53pm
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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:54:10pm

re: #30 William Lewis

The temptation is quite real. I imagine Belize is quite cosy this time of year.

mr. klys’s aunt lives in Guatemala for probably the majority of the year.

She isn’t well off.

Granted, I’m not sure I’d describe her as all that responsible either, but…

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Timothy Watson  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:57:43pm

The song currently stuck in my head:

Jimmy Eat World - Sure and Certain (Lyric Video)

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 2:57:57pm

re: #32 klys (maker of Silmarils)

mr. klys’s aunt lives in Guatemala for probably the majority of the year.

She isn’t well off.

Granted, I’m not sure I’d describe her as all that responsible either, but…

We have a friend who moved to Panama in October. He was going no matter which way the election went, because his SS check will make it through the month down there. He’s doing OK, according to Facebook, but I think he’s a little lonely.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:03:36pm

re: #34 wrenchwench

We have a friend who moved to Panama in October. He was going no matter which way the election went, because his SS check will make it through the month down there. He’s doing OK, according to Facebook, but I think he’s a little lonely.

I wouldn’t be surprised that one could be pretty lonely. There are expat communities in some places, but if you don’t fit in for whatever reason, there aren’t a lot of other social options.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:07:43pm

re: #34 wrenchwench

We have a friend who moved to Panama in October. He was going no matter which way the election went, because his SS check will make it through the month down there. He’s doing OK, according to Facebook, but I think he’s a little lonely.

One of the reasons Belize interests me is that it’s in the British Commonweath & English is the official language. Would help finding a place for a fat old Yankee…

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:10:08pm

re: #35 calochortus

I wouldn’t be surprised that one could be pretty lonely. There are expat communities in some places, but if you don’t fit in for whatever reason, there aren’t a lot of other social options.

He befriended a couple of expats on FB, and has been hitting the beach with them, and improving his health by swimming in the ocean, but on rainy days, he’s quieter, and his health was not great when he left. That was our biggest concern for him.

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Jenner7  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:11:08pm
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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:12:18pm

re: #37 wrenchwench

He befriended a couple of expats on FB, and has been hitting the beach with them, and improving his health by swimming in the ocean, but on rainy days, he’s quieter, and his health was not great when he left. That was our biggest concern for him.

Sounds like he has a good start, so maybe he’ll become more socially connected over time?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:12:22pm

re: #38 Jenner7

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Gotta get Vlad’s take on it first I guess.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:12:39pm

re: #38 Jenner7

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My surprise, etc.

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KGxvi  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:12:59pm

re: #22 calochortus

Eh. My family, friends and life are here, so I don’t plan on leaving. On the other hand, it’s California, so things shouldn’t get too bad.

This is exactly, including location, my situation.

re: #29 Jack Burton

Most people cannot just drop everything and move to another country. In fact only a small select privileged few, or young people just out of school with nothing to lose can do this. The vast majority of people have roots, families, careers, and responsibilities that they can’t just walk away from at the drop of a hat.

That’s why it always annoys the shit out of me when I see some partisan hack celebrity from the far left or far right say they are going to leave the country if so-and-so gets elected, especially when they do shit like bad mouth so-and-so’s viable opponent and vote for some 3rd party ass-clown…. why? Because they are rich and have the privilege to not live with the consequences of their bullshit, while the rest of us suffer.

I’m not married and have no kids. I’m a lawyer, which means I’m not particularly happy with my career anyway. So really, it’s mostly that my folks, sister (and her kids), and extended family are here. But really, the idea of Belize or St Marteen or Bora Bora or Fiji is kind of appealing.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:13:49pm

Really between the left wing BoBers who are saying the DNC “deserved” the hacking for what they “did” to “poor Bernie” or saying “We did it too!” and the right wing justifying it because of their love of Trump and loathing of Clinton, I’m fucking pissed at a lot of people.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:14:58pm

The Ex-Pat life has always been tempting but it’s tough enough as is for me to find employment being on the spectrum in my own country. I can’t imagine how it would be in a country where the culture would be one I’m not too familiar with. Plus it is expensive to drop everything and leave.

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:16:23pm

re: #36 William Lewis

One of the reasons Belize interests me is that it’s in the British Commonweath & English is the official language. Would help finding a place for a fat old Yankee…

My sister (the one who picked coffee beans for the Sandinistas) always wanted the family to do a ‘Belize Navidad’ (Christmas in Belize), but the closest they got was Costa Rica, when my youngest brother was living there. Belize is very poor, but I think Venezuela has them beat at the moment for poorest to our south.

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KGxvi  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:16:57pm

re: #44 HappyWarrior

The Ex-Pat life has always been tempting but it’s tough enough as is for me to find employment being on the spectrum in my own country. I can’t imagine how it would be in a country where the culture would be one I’m not too familiar with. Plus it is expensive to drop everything and leave.

See, my other problem is I’ve read too much Hemmingway and listened to too much Buffett, so the ex-pat life I have envisioned for myself is something like bartending a couple days a week, hitting on American college girls on spring break, and writing a novel that will one day pay the bills.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:17:43pm

re: #42 KGxvi

I’ve never found tropical all that appealing. Mediterranean is more my speed, and, oh look, the Bay Area fills the bill.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:18:40pm

re: #46 KGxvi

See, my other problem is I’ve read too much Hemmingway and listened to too much Buffett, so the ex-pat life I have envisioned for myself is something like bartending a couple days a week, hitting on American college girls on spring break, and writing a novel that will one day pay the bills.

Yeah I’m guilty of reading The Sun Also Rises as well. My dream was something to the effect of writing at the beach by day and hitting up the bars at night with my wages. I do think I’m one of the only people who has dreamed of being an ex-pat in Ireland though. It’s just one of my favorite countries to visit. I also really liked Portugal.

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:18:42pm

re: #39 calochortus

Sounds like he has a good start, so maybe he’ll become more socially connected over time?

He has a good start! He and his wife were already separated for years when he left, but he left a bunch of stuff with her. (And they are cousins…)

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:19:00pm

re: #37 wrenchwench

He befriended a couple of expats on FB, and has been hitting the beach with them, and improving his health by swimming in the ocean, but on rainy days, he’s quieter, and his health was not great when he left. That was our biggest concern for him.

The medical stuff is absolutely what would worry me. On our first international trip together, mr. klys and I went to Mexico. While at San Miguel de Allende (which, coincidentally, has a large expat population), we managed to get a nasty bout of food poisoning that ended up being salmonella. Had a doctor make a house call (thanks to the assistance of the proprietors of the bed and breakfast we were staying at), discovered where my medical Spanish was and was not sufficient, and the meds we were prescribed turned out to have some potentially fatal side effects. (Fortunately didn’t happen!)

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KGxvi  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:19:22pm

re: #47 calochortus

I’ve never found tropical all that appealing. Mediterranean is more my speed, and, oh look, the Bay Area fills the bill.

It must be a SF/LA thing… I love the beach and will always love a place with good surf.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:21:12pm

re: #51 KGxvi

It must be a SF/LA thing… I love the beach and will always love a place with good surf.

Nah, I’m East Coast all the way. I love to be near the beach and body surf. I track that to how I was raised though. My Dad is a huge beach guy who did a trip from here in NoVa all the way to Panama when he was a young man. It’s too bad he never wrote about it because it’s a great story that also includes an encounter with Guatemalan cowboys and Somoza’s Army all the while being a long haired.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:21:55pm

re: #50 klys (maker of Silmarils)

The medical stuff is absolutely what would worry me. On our first international trip together, mr. klys and I went to Mexico. While at San Miguel de Allende (which, coincidentally, has a large expat population), we managed to get a nasty bout of food poisoning that ended up being salmonella. Had a doctor make a house call (thanks to the assistance of the proprietors of the bed and breakfast we were staying at), discovered where my medical Spanish was and was not sufficient, and the meds we were prescribed turned out to have some potentially fatal side effects. (Fortunately didn’t happen!)

Maybe they did, and this is Hell, and the rest of us are merely figments of your imagination.

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bratwurst  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:22:48pm

re: #44 HappyWarrior

The Ex-Pat life has always been tempting but it’s tough enough as is for me to find employment being on the spectrum in my own country. I can’t imagine how it would be in a country where the culture would be one I’m not too familiar with. Plus it is expensive to drop everything and leave.

Take it from someone who did it twice, about a decade apart: if you are serious, do it sooner rather than later. I was a LOT more resilient and able to roll with the crazy ups and downs of living abroad in my 20s…not nearly so much in my 30s.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:23:43pm

Heat and humidity suck. Freezing cold, snow and ice that come to you, rather than you going to them, suck.

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:23:47pm

re: #42 KGxvi

This is exactly, including location, my situation.

I’m not married and have no kids. I’m a lawyer, which means I’m not particularly happy with my career anyway. So really, it’s mostly that my folks, sister (and her kids), and extended family are here. But really, the idea of Belize or St Marteen or Bora Bora or Fiji is kind of appealing.

Bora Bora?!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:24:23pm

re: #54 bratwurst

Take it from someone who did it twice, about a decade apart: if you are serious, do it sooner rather than later. I was a LOT more resilient and able to roll with the crazy ups and downs of living abroad in my 20s…not nearly so much in my 30s.

I’m honestly not too serious about it. Plus my 20’s are just about over. Studying abroad in Ireland for a month in my early 20’s was a hell of an experience that I’d love to be able to do again as was my late 20’s Eurotrip two years ago. Planning on doing something similiar with my kid brother this summer.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:24:32pm

re: #31 Interesting Times

Somewhere, Martha Stewart is wailing and gnashing her teeth.

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BeachDem  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:25:15pm

re: #48 HappyWarrior

Yeah I’m guilty of reading The Sun Also Rises as well. My dream was something to the effect of writing at the beach by day and hitting up the bars at night with my wages. I do think I’m one of the only people who has dreamed of being an ex-pat in Ireland though. It’s just one of my favorite countries to visit. I also really liked Portugal.

I would move to Ireland in a heartbeat if it were remotely possible. Big city, small town—anywhere would be great. I love that country—and loved all the people I met there.

I could also do Spain, around Malaga. And Bermuda—that was always my dream to live in Bermuda.

Now I’m really bummed.

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KGxvi  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:25:34pm

re: #56 We’re Way Beyond Snark

Bora Bora?!

I’ve seen too many pictures on my social media feeds lately that, honestly, make it look better than it probably is.

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:26:04pm

re: #48 HappyWarrior

Yeah I’m guilty of reading The Sun Also Rises as well. My dream was something to the effect of writing at the beach by day and hitting up the bars at night with my wages. I do think I’m one of the only people who has dreamed of being an ex-pat in Ireland though. It’s just one of my favorite countries to visit. I also really liked Portugal.

When I was in Greece, I was offered work picking olives. That’s what my middle brother did in France after his college ‘year abroad’. He met a German woman, went back to marry her after he graduated, she’d gone back to her old beau, he met someone else, he still lives with her in Berlin and has two German daughters.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:27:47pm

re: #47 calochortus

I’ve never found tropical all that appealing. Mediterranean is more my speed, and, oh look, the Bay Area fills the bill.

heh. OTOH, tropical works for me. When we were in Vietnam to adopt my son we tended to hang out with the expat community at night. The faux british pub with the Underground signs and the Premier League Football on TV while drinking ale & eating coconut shrimp for cheap was a terrible temptation :D Always warm & beautiful forests. Yeah, I don’t mind tropical at all.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:28:03pm

This doesn’t make sense, until you understand that the average WWC Trump voter really, truly believes that the Rich are better people, deserving of their wealth, whereas fast food employees who work 40 hrs and still are below Poverty level are paid too much.

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:28:21pm

re: #7 Backwoods_Sleuth

The fact that these are appearing makes me wonder if Putin isn’t suffering from buyer’s remorse. Maybe Trump is looking too wacked out to be useful — there’s no point in owning the world if it’s been blown up.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:28:44pm

re: #59 BeachDem

I would move to Ireland in a heartbeat if it were remotely possible. Big city, small town—anywhere would be great. I love that country—and loved all the people I met there.

I could also do Spain, around Malaga. And Bermuda—that was always my dream to live in Bermuda.

Now I’m really bummed.

I had this crazy fantasy of retiring to a fishing village in Western Ireland not too far from where I have roots and having a small little place and being a regular at a pub.

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:29:34pm

re: #50 klys (maker of Silmarils)

The medical stuff is absolutely what would worry me. On our first international trip together, mr. klys and I went to Mexico. While at San Miguel de Allende (which, coincidentally, has a large expat population), we managed to get a nasty bout of food poisoning that ended up being salmonella. Had a doctor make a house call (thanks to the assistance of the proprietors of the bed and breakfast we were staying at), discovered where my medical Spanish was and was not sufficient, and the meds we were prescribed turned out to have some potentially fatal side effects. (Fortunately didn’t happen!)

I spent a couple days in San Miguel de Allende. I was with a college group for a month in Mexico. We had a biology professor with us who was the most careful about what he ate. No ice, no uncooked vegetables. He got the sickest.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:29:54pm

re: #58 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Somewhere, Martha Stewart is wailing and gnashing her teeth smoking a huge fucking blunt and laughing with Snoop Dogg over some awesome fried chicken.

Adjusted for the new reality that I sure as hell did not see coming with Martha Stewart…

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:30:07pm

re: #61 wrenchwench

When I was in Greece, I was offered work picking olives. That’s what my middle brother did in France after his college ‘year abroad’. He met a German woman, went back to marry her after he graduated, she’d gone back to her old beau, he met someone else, he still lives with her in Berlin and has two German daughters.

I really do love to travel. I actually have felt more comfortable abroad among foreigners than I have among some of our fellow Americans. And man I loved being one of the only Americans at my Portuguese hostile. My one brother talks about how being in nature allows him to transcend nationality. That’s what international travel does for me.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:31:04pm

re: #65 HappyWarrior

I had this crazy fantasy of retiring to a fishing village in Western Ireland not too far from where I have roots and having a small little place and being a regular at a pub.

Save a space for me. I’ll see you there.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:31:35pm

re: #62 William Lewis

I won’t be competing with you for tropical real estate, thus keeping prices down.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:31:49pm

re: #68 HappyWarrior

Hostile? I think hostel is what you meant, hopefully…

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:32:11pm

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:32:20pm

Hearing Celtic music and I know our other Celtic music fans can relate. It makes me think about my ancestors in Ireland but it also makes me think about having a future there at the same time. Quite a paradox. I’m sure my family who fled the Potato Famine would laugh their ass off about them hearing about how many Americans and others of Irish descent have gone back “home.”

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:32:35pm

re: #71 Scottishdragon

Hostile? I think hostel is what you meant, hopefully…

Yeah hostel. Been a long long day.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:33:25pm

I just sent a text to my older brother saying we would pool our resources and move to Costa Rica. Then I open this up and there is a discussion about ex-pats.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:33:53pm

re: #72 Blind Frog Belly White

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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Yeah I never knew Merry Christmas was banned. Nice to knew DeMinted and the Heritage Foundation care about trivial bullshit like this. I’ll say Merry Christmas, if you like, I don’t fucking care honestly but I am going to say Happy Holidays when i feel it’s appropriate too you babyish fucks.

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Citizen K  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:34:07pm

re: #72 Blind Frog Belly White

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:34:18pm

re: #74 HappyWarrior

Yeah hostel. Been a long long day.

Yeah. If I wanted to stay in a HOSTILE, I’d just go home!
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Thanks folks! I’m here all week! Try the veal!

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:34:39pm

re: #67 Scottishdragon

Adjusted for the new reality that I sure as hell did not see coming with Martha Stewart…

Hey, SD, I was watching a bunch of videos on Youtube the past couple of days and thinking of you. There’s this Hungarian guy with the channel “Capandball” who does really really great black powder reviews and historical work. I really got sucked in by his stuff on Napoleonic Light Infantry/Skirmishers. He’s a great shot as well.

I figure you might already know of him but if not, well you own a Brown Bess ;)

His main page is here: youtube.com

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:34:44pm

re: #73 HappyWarrior

Hearing Celtic music and I know our other Celtic music fans can relate. It makes me think about my ancestors in Ireland but it also makes me think about having a future there at the same time. Quite a paradox. I’m sure my family who fled the Potato Famine would laugh their ass off about them hearing about how many Americans and others of Irish descent have gone back “home.”

I dunno, I think a lot emigrants dreamed of home, and would have gone back if things were better. It is their children and grandchildren who were “home” here and not there.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:35:29pm

re: #75 Dave In Austin

I just sent a text to my older brother saying we would pool our resources and move to Costa Rica. Then I open this up and there is a discussion about ex-pats.

We’re reading your texts. Don’t tell anyone.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:35:43pm
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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:35:46pm

re: #72 Blind Frog Belly White

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Ignorance, every day of the year…”

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:36:28pm

re: #60 KGxvi

I’ve seen too many pictures on my social media feeds lately that, honestly, make it look better than it probably is.

All I saw there was resorts and palm trees. Beautiful beaches, no surf because reefs. The interior is unpopulated and mountainous (population crash after European contact). Plus, it’s an island — small population, very rural.

I loved my South Pacific visits, but I’m sure I’d go mad in a few weeks if I had to live there.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:37:04pm

Wrote this for a contest Esquire did some years ago. Had to be exactly 79 words.

He stood on the ship’s rear. His whole life was contained in a bag. To say goodbye to home is never an easy proposition. His cigarette is lit and he lets out a cough. The seagulls squeak and the whales lament. The ship sets out and slowly the only land he’s ever known disappears from his eyes. The only thing ahead of his eyes is a vast ocean of blue. And then the sun goes down for the expat.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:37:26pm

re: #82 Scottishdragon

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I’d settle for Sexual Assault.

I mean, Trump being in front of a judge for Sexual Assault.

Not, “All I want for Christmas is Sexual Assault.”

That’d be weird. And pretty pathetic.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:37:28pm

re: #78 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah. If I wanted to stay in a HOSTILE, I’d just go home!
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Thanks folks! I’m here all week! Try the veal!

Take my wife, please!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:37:29pm

re: #11 Mike Lamb

I am no longer able to even. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

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BeachDem  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:38:13pm

re: #65 HappyWarrior

I had this crazy fantasy of retiring to a fishing village in Western Ireland not too far from where I have roots and having a small little place and being a regular at a pub.

When I was in Portmagee, that was when I REALLY wanted to find a job and stay in Ireland. Drank all night at the inn, went to the Skellig Islands the next day. Laid low at the inn the next night and never wanted to leave. Sigh. Just for you, a puffin from the Skelligs.

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jaunte  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:38:23pm

re: #72 Blind Frog Belly White

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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They’ll hammer away at that distracting shiny object until they finish stealing the last lump of coal from the middle class Christmas stocking.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:38:54pm

re: #83 William Lewis

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Ignorance, every day of the year…”

I swear the constant whining about the Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas crap almost puts a damper on what should be a joyful time of year. Who cares what complete strangers say to you. Who cares what the plastic coffee cup you’re going to toss anyhow says. If you want to say Merry Christmas to your loved ones, go for it, no one cares about that. But don’t complain that people who are aware that there’s more than just Christmas coming up acknowledge the New Year and Hannukah as well.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:39:57pm

re: #89 BeachDem

When I was in Portmagee, that was when I REALLY wanted to find a job and stay in Ireland. Drank all night at the inn, went to the Skellig Islands the next day. Laid low at the inn the next night and never wanted to leave. Sigh. Just for you, a puffin from the Skelligs.

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Reminds me of Guinness. I’ve been twice now but I really want to go back again now that I know exactly where I have family from.

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:40:05pm

re: #38 Jenner7

He’s not going to do anything. Who’s going to make him?

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:40:19pm
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KGxvi  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:40:55pm

re: #84 We’re Way Beyond Snark

All I saw there was resorts and palm trees. Beautiful beaches, no surf because reefs. The interior is unpopulated and mountainous (population crash after European contact). Plus, it’s an island — small population, very rural.

I loved my South Pacific visits, but I’m sure I’d go mad in a few weeks if I had to live there.

Oh, I’d probably go crazy there too. I’d need a boat that could get me around the rest of French Polynesia, for sure.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:41:20pm

re: #91 HappyWarrior

I can’t recall ever being insulted/offended by someone wishing me a happy (fill in the blank). A happy whatever is always a good thing.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:41:23pm

re: #80 calochortus

I dunno, I think a lot emigrants dreamed of home, and would have gone back if things were better. It is their children and grandchildren who were “home” here and not there.

Yeah I guess you’re right.Whenever I research my immigrant ancestors, I always wonder about what was going on in their hearts and minds when they left. No amount of research absent suddenly uncovered letters will tell that though.

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Targetpractice  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:41:46pm

re: #94 wrenchwench

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Hey now, none of that. It detracts from the oil company stooges and their promises that oil pipelines never leak or that only leak in tiny quantities.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:42:16pm

re: #96 calochortus

I can’t recall ever being insulted/offended by someone wishing me a happy (fill in the blank). A happy whatever is always a good thing.

Yeah I always appreciate it.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:43:15pm

If you want to say “Merry Christmas” because it’s Christmas, and the whole thing makes you happy, and you want to share that happiness, I don’t think anyone especially minds.

If you want to say “Merry Christmas” so you can prove this is still a ‘Christian Nation’, then you’re an asshole, and you really, REALLY don’t have a clue what Christ, Christian, or Christmas even mean.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:44:43pm

re: #98 Targetpractice

Hey now, none of that. It detracts from the oil company stooges and their promises that oil pipelines never leak or that only leak in tiny quantities.

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But the new pipeline will be new! And shiny! It probably won’t leak for decades! Seriously, I heard a spokesman say pretty much that.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:45:27pm

re: #73 HappyWarrior

Hearing Celtic music and I know our other Celtic music fans can relate. It makes me think about my ancestors in Ireland but it also makes me think about having a future there at the same time. Quite a paradox. I’m sure my family who fled the Potato Famine would laugh their ass off about them hearing about how many Americans and others of Irish descent have gone back “home.”

If you have an apple account…this album by Charles Guard is amazing. Manx Celtic harp music from the Isle of Man

#3…Tra Va Ruggit Creest, is simply one of the best authentic Celtic Christmas tunes I have ever heard (and not simply a warmed over 20th century standard played with a fiddle etc). Guard playing a wire strung Clarsach is one of the best treats to give yourself.

His one time student, Emma Christian, is now helping speard Manx Celtic harp music as well.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:45:46pm
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Interesting Times  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:45:57pm
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BlueGrl21  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:46:23pm

Don’t interrupt Bolton or Trump and their Russian hacking denials.

They are pissing off the CIA even worse because they’re calling their facts, research, motives, and agents into question.

One of my closest friends is CIA. She disappears on me from time to time. I am her “contact” (no family, unmarried, whole life devoted to keeping us safe). I get a call from someone that she’s ok. Then she’s back and I don’t ask.

I love her. She’s scary as hell.

Let them piss off the CIA as much as they want.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:47:41pm

re: #100 Blind Frog Belly White

If you want to say “Merry Christmas” because it’s Christmas, and the whole thing makes you happy, and you want to share that happiness, I don’t think anyone especially minds.

If you want to say “Merry Christmas” so you can prove this is still a ‘Christian Nation’, then you’re an asshole, and you really, REALLY don’t have a clue what Christ, Christian, or Christmas even mean.

QFT. As a theologically radical Christian, all I can say is “This”.

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electrotek  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:48:12pm

This guy is “retired” infantry, how the fuck do these imbeciles get recruited to the military?

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:49:00pm

re: #102 Scottishdragon

If you have an apple account…this album by Charles Guard is amazing. Manx Celtic harp music from the Isle of Man

#3…Tra Va Ruggit Creest, is simply one of the best authentic Celtic Christmas tunes I have ever heard (and not simply a warmed over 20th century standard played with a fiddle etc). Guard playing a wire strung Clarsach is one of the best treats to give yourself.

His one time student, Emma Christian, is now helping speard Manx Celtic harp music as well.

One of the few times I have wished for a linux version of iTunes… : /

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:49:04pm

re: #94 wrenchwench

Cue the predictable whining from oil company execs and privileged rich white people like Paul Ryan about how this is conspiratorial speculation meant to kill DAP once and for all.

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Targetpractice  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:49:15pm

re: #101 calochortus

But the new pipeline will be new! And shiny! It probably won’t leak for decades! Seriously, I heard a spokesman say pretty much that.

I’m be assured that these new pipelines have super sophisticated sensors that can detect a minute leak and immediately shut down the entire pipeline until it can be fixed. A bucket’s worth will get out, that’s all!

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:50:04pm

re: #72 Blind Frog Belly White

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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Since this is the Heritage Foundation we’re talking about I’m a little bit surprised that the graphic didn’t say that they were proud of dreaming of a “White” Christmas again.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:50:28pm

re: #107 electrotek

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This guy is “retired” infantry, how the fuck do these imbeciles get recruited to the military?

There was a period in the middle of the Bush admin where they were running a different kind of “don’t ask, don’t tell” at the recruiting stations alas.
- said as a former Infantry NCO.

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Targetpractice  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:52:43pm

Yes, the only way we can feel more Christian is to insist on the proper label of a pagan holiday that we co-opted with a completely ridiculous story about it being the birth date of an historical figure that even today we can only assume existed but cannot actually prove. And we must do this by shouting it in the faces of as many people as possible, because that’s a very Christian thing to do: try to force others to convert to our way of thinking.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:53:43pm

NSFW. High satire from an interesting woman who has used her body as a protest canvas. Moderate female nudity.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:54:35pm

Sorry Private feature mis step there. NSFW

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electrotek  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:54:47pm

re: #112 William Lewis

There was a period in the middle of the Bush admin where they were running a different kind of “don’t ask, don’t tell” at the recruiting stations alas.
- said as a former Infantry NCO.

And we are paying the price for it. We are really going to witness an attack by ex-military nuts who are drunk off the rants of Breitbart, Allen West, and Pamela Geller sometime in the future.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:56:42pm
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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:58:46pm
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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 3:59:09pm
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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:00:06pm

re: #119 Skip Intro

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Getting less funny the more true this satire account becomes…

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Charles Johnson  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:01:45pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:02:20pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:03:49pm

re: #113 Targetpractice

Yes, the only way we can feel more Christian is to insist on the proper label of a pagan holiday that we co-opted with a completely ridiculous story about it being the birth date of an historical figure that even today we can only assume existed but cannot actually prove. And we must do this by shouting it in the faces of as many people as possible, because that’s a very Christian thing to do: try to force others to convert to our way of thinking.

The other day, a FB friend of an FB friend asked why ‘certain groups’ were celebrating holidays like Christmas, Easter, Passover, or Hannukah. His point being that atheists shouldn’t celebrate religious holidays, if we really didn’t believe. Like a lot of anti-atheist crap, it’s really stupid. Not one of these holidays is SOLELY religious. WTF do TREES have to do with the birth of Christ? Or bunnies and eggs to do with the resurrection? And how much of Passover and Hanukkah are about tradition and identity, more than religion?

I get SO, SO TIRED of how SOME believers insist on telling me what I must, or how i must think, or telling me I can’t be a moral person if I don’t believe in a god or gods - usually meaning specifically THEIR god.

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:03:51pm

Once he’s in he isn’t going to divest shit.

SUCKERS!!!!

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:04:23pm
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Timothy Watson  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:04:56pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

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And the Vaporware Award for 2016 goes to…

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:05:19pm

Too late for this? I don’t care any more.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:05:29pm

re: #125 Unshaken Defiance

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So I guess now there WEREN’T millions of illegal votes?

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gocart mozart  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:05:55pm
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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:08:19pm

re: #123 Blind Frog Belly White

Heh. Should have seen the looks on the faces of the congregation when I preached (er, “spoke on the gospel” - I’m not ordained so I can’t officially preach. A distinction without meaning. ) recently that we needed to act as if the Atheists were right but that we believed in Christ anyway. To do what’s right without any hope of an “eternal” reward. I think it got through to a couple of them so it was worth the hassle.

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Belafon  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:08:23pm

re: #72 Blind Frog Belly White

I really want to know where they got the idea that they weren’t ‘allowed’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’.

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electrotek  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:09:01pm

Oh God:

Ironic how Megyn defended the shrieking harpy while Trump (whom she now supports) blasted her for the stupid exhibit.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:09:22pm
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Targetpractice  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:10:24pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Every bit as phony as “the check’s in the mail” or “of course I’ll still respect you…”

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TedStriker  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:10:33pm

re: #133 Charles Johnson

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Right, it’s “God’s will”.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:11:13pm

re: #132 electrotek

Oh God:

Ironic how Megyn defended the shrieking harpy while Trump (whom she now supports) blasted her for the stupid exhibit.

Megyn Kelly knew better than to work for Fox in the first place. I don’t have any sympathy or pity for her.

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Scout  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:12:00pm

I was poking around and ran across this:

It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.
— Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain

Don’t know why, but had a whim to look it up. A very brief burst of research tells me there is no authenticated source confirming that Mr. Clemens actually said or wrote this.

That doesn’t make the statement any less true, of course.

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electrotek  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:12:31pm

re: #136 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Some people have to learn the hard way man. That’s just human nature.

I still have sympathy for her. I have hope she will jump ship from Fox sooner or later.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:13:18pm

re: #136 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Megyn Kelly knew better than to work for Fox in the first place. I don’t have any sympathy or pity for her.

I caught Megyn Kelly on Fresh Air the other day. She was talking about Trump, his hate-tweeting at her, and the Flying Monkeys he unleashed. I felt sorry for her.

But she’s still an asshole.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:13:24pm
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Targetpractice  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:16:16pm

The media spent months obsessing about the Clinton Foundation, demanding that the Clintons close it down and totally divest themselves of any part of it before they could ever be taken as anything other corrupt…and even then the media would talk about how they’d made money off it from foreign donations.

But Trump has basically pulled the same shit with the media as he did with his tax returns, promising transparency and then repeatedly reneging on it, and the media lets him get away with it. In six months, he won’t have divested and they’ll have stopped talking about it.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:16:37pm

re: #140 The Vicious Babushka

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The coup is over. The Russian’s won. It’s their revenge for 19-21 August 1991.

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:16:52pm

re: #138 electrotek

Some people have to learn the hard way man. That’s just human nature.

I still have sympathy for her. I have hope she will jump ship from Fox sooner or later.

Supposedly she’s been trying. No takers.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:18:24pm

re: #143 Skip Intro

Supposedly she’s been trying. No takers.

Well, she made her bed.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:19:01pm

re: #143 Skip Intro

Supposedly she’s been trying. No takers.

Burned too many bridges before the Trump thing?

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:20:14pm
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compound_Idaho  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:20:27pm

re: #142 William Lewis

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:22:02pm

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wrenchwench  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:22:20pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

Posts the dick.

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Targetpractice  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:22:35pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

Physician, heal thyself.

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TedStriker  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:26:40pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

Me thinks thou doth protest too much.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:26:40pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

Keep trying son. There might yet be someone who thinks you aren’t just as sharp as bowling ball.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:27:52pm
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Dave In Austin  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:28:53pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

By by……

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Belafon  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:29:47pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

What the newspapers need to do is periodically post a detailed account of his holdings, emphasizing countries he owes money to.

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:30:31pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

Is Free Republic still down?

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bratwurst  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:31:35pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:31:37pm

re: #155 Belafon

What the newspapers need to do is periodically post a detailed account of his holdings, emphasizing countries he owes money to.

With a background image of the Russian Federation’s flag.

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:32:00pm

And the evidence mounts that the Russian hacks were orchestrated to put Trump in the White House:

Russia hacked GOP groups, US intel believes

Washington (CNN) Russian hackers breached accounts of GOP individuals and organizations prior to the election — including GOP House members, thought leaders and non-profits tied to the Republican party — a former senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN Monday.

Since most of the GOP material was not released, whereas the emails of Democratic Party groups and officials were made public, the intelligence community has growing confidence that hacking of US entities was meant to steer the US election toward Trump.
In addition, there is evidence that entities connected to the Russian government were bankrolling “troll farms” that spread fake news about Clinton, according to the former official.
Investigators also found digital footprints of individuals tied to the Russian government who had been on intelligence agencies’ radar before, as was acknowledged when the intelligence agency put out a public statement in October.

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Arkansawyer  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:33:29pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

The only thing the Russians did (maybe, big maybe) was expose what a bunch of dicks the democrats are. If you don’t want people to think you’re a dick, don’t act like one.

Bless your heart.

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gocart mozart  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:33:55pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:35:15pm

re: #147 compound_Idaho

If you think we’re a bunch of dicks you can eat us.

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:35:28pm

re: #156 Skip Intro

Is Free Republic still down?

No, it’s not. I know this because half an hour ago I looked to see if they were discussing Trump cancelling his news conference. There was a shiny new topic with 4 or 5 replies. I just went back to see how it was going and that thread had been pulled. People must have been saying unpleasant things about Trump.

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BeachDem  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:35:51pm

re: #141 Targetpractice

The media spent months obsessing about the Clinton Foundation, demanding that the Clintons close it down and totally divest themselves of any part of it before they could ever be taken as anything other corrupt…and even then the media would talk about how they’d made money off it from foreign donations.

But Trump has basically pulled the same shit with the media as he did with his tax returns, promising transparency and then repeatedly reneging on it, and the media lets him get away with it. In six months, he won’t have divested and they’ll have stopped talking about it.

Many of them have already adopted his definition of a blind trust, which is the polar opposite of a blind trust. Now they’re talking about SIL, the lovely Jared, putting his fucking newspaper in a blind trust—just how the fuck can you put a newspaper in a blind trust? It’s easy, I guess, when you redefine words to mean what you want them to mean—just like Humpty Dumpty (TRUMPTY)

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:37:24pm

Trickle down corruption, continued.

John Bolton’s Super PAC Spent Millions On Senators Who Might Vote To Confirm Him

Bolton launched the John Bolton Super PAC in 2013, which some speculated was a way to promote himself ahead of a potential 2016 president run. That run never materialized, but the PAC, which could raise an unlimited amount of money, enabled Bolton to bring in huge contributions from wealthy benefactors while lending his hawkish credentials to congressional candidates. In the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, Bolton raised $11.3 million and spent $5.6 million on independent expenditures in support of Republican candidates.

huffingtonpost.com

Will Cotton, Tillis, and Burr recuse themselves? Not a fucking chance.

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compound_Idaho  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:37:40pm

re: #157 bratwurst

Just want to lob an occasional hand grenade into the echo chamber. Hope you had your opposing view hearing protection on.

BTW OSHA and MSHA (hearing protection) were both signed into law by a republican president.

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:38:36pm

re: #163 calochortus

It had been down most of the weekend while Rimjob Jr. searched for parts for their Pentium servers.

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:39:14pm

re: #153 Backwoods_Sleuth

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How long before the Securities and Exchange Commission takes notice of Trump’s blatant attempt at stock manipulation? Especially since there have been massive short orders placed roughly a half hour before the tweets he sent out about Boeing and Lockheed-Martin?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:39:47pm

magic word was uttered…

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Skip Intro  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:40:04pm

re: #168 Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos

Trump will release his taxes first.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:40:24pm

re: #162 The Vicious Babushka

If you think we’re a bunch of dicks you can eat us.

Salted?

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William Lewis  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:40:53pm

re: #166 compound_Idaho

Just want to lob an occasional hand grenade into the echo chamber. Hope you had your opposing view hearing protection on.

BTW OSHA and MSHA (hearing protection) were both signed into law by a republican president.

Who has been hated for it ever since. Try again child. Unless mommy has your Kraft Dinner ready upstairs?

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calochortus  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:41:36pm

re: #167 Skip Intro

It had been down most of the weekend while Rimjob Jr. searched for parts for their Pentium servers.

Well, I wasn’t bored enough to try to look at anything there over the weekend.

I also note anything some Freeper doesn’t like is now being labeled “Fake news.” Seems odd, but then it is FR.

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compound_Idaho  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:45:17pm

re: #172 William Lewis

Hey Bill. re: #172 William Lewis

Hey Bill, I didn’t think the // were necessary. Guess I was wrong.

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jaunte  Dec 12, 2016 • 4:48:37pm
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jaunte  Dec 12, 2016 • 5:07:19pm

Here’s a good thread to leave this on.

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 12, 2016 • 5:42:41pm
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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 12, 2016 • 6:01:27pm

re: #166 compound_Idaho

Your “opposing view” is completely afactual.

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palomino  Dec 12, 2016 • 8:55:30pm

re: #166 compound_Idaho

Just want to lob an occasional hand grenade into the echo chamber. Hope you had your opposing view hearing protection on.

BTW OSHA and MSHA (hearing protection) were both signed into law by a republican president.

And you’re calling OTHER people dicks?

So what about OSHA? Now it and MSHA will be weakened/overturned by a gop congress and prez. The EPA was Nixon’s baby, and the gop has their sights on that too.

Why are you right wingers always pissed off? My side won the last two elections, and I actually ENJOYED it, I celebrated…I didn’t spew bile at the losing side. Sore fucking winner.

Try to enjoy it for now, because the times are a changing, and we may never see another Great White Backlash like 2016.

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reidr  Dec 13, 2016 • 1:35:32pm

re: #20 KGxvi

On the one hand, I want to stay and oppose these assholes. On the other, the idea of being an ex-pat in some tropical country with good beer, Cuban cigars, casinos, and decent internet access doesn’t sound terrible, either.

Indeed, though one of the bigger problems (first world style) in the tropics is that you don’t generally find good beer there. Hawaii is one exception, of course. (Yeah, I’m a hophead!)


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