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129 comments

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Targetpractice  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:19:31pm

Ah, that new thread smell.

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:27:46pm

re: #1 Targetpractice

Yes, and a change of subject too. Thank you Charles for introducing me to Amazon. It is great. :)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:31:06pm
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Dave In Austin  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:32:31pm

My A.P. account is bookmarked thru LGF. All transactions go thru that link automatically.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:34:06pm

re: #3 Backwoods_Sleuth

Reality doesn’t mean shit any more.

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Targetpractice  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:36:08pm

re: #3 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Trump has discovered that if he says “A,” then the media will report that he said “A” and millions of our fellow Americans will quickly take “A” to be the truth regardless of what is eventually found out to be true.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:37:18pm

Amazon ad is stalking me over on the right hand side of the screen….

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:37:49pm

re: #6 Targetpractice

Exhibit “A”. Trump claims he would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for all that illegal voting.

A majority of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote.

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darthstar  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:39:08pm

I just scored a bunch of electoral votes on Amazon.

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:40:40pm

re: #9 darthstar

Cool. How did you do that?

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BeachDem  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:40:59pm

re: #3 Backwoods_Sleuth

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In addition, do we know that everyone killed was a Christian?

Gah—I can’t believe the clock hasn’t even started on 4 years of hell.

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allegro  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:43:59pm

re: #11 BeachDem

In addition, do we know that everyone killed was a Christian?

Gah—I can’t believe the clock hasn’t even started on 4 years of hell.

Because it’s almost christmas and no one else would be out but them. Or something.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:44:22pm

re: #11 BeachDem

In addition, do we know that everyone killed was a Christian?

Gah—I can’t believe the clock hasn’t even started on 4 years of hell.

We know because Trump just said so. Do want to get a visit by Trump’s Secret Secret Service over these comments disparaging our Dear Leader?

Watch yourself.

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Targetpractice  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:45:07pm

re: #8 Skip Intro

Exhibit “A”. Trump claims he would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for all that illegal voting.

A majority of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote.

Trump says “A”

Media says “Trump says ‘A’, but others say ‘B’”

Trump’s supporters go out and tell everybody they know that “A” is the truth.

In less than a week, everybody has come to believe that “A” is the truth because everybody has been told that “A” is true. And if you say “B” is true, at best you get told that “That’s just your opinion!”

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:45:14pm
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PhillyPretzel  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:45:22pm

re: #13 Skip Intro

They will not find much at my house.

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Targetpractice  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:47:05pm

re: #15 Charles Johnson

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8 years of “CONGRESS WRITES THE LAWS, NOT OBAMA!” replaced with “CONGRESS NEEDS TO WRITE THE LAW TO WHAT TRUMP WANTS IT TO BE!”

It’s gonna be a long 4 years.

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:47:20pm

re: #8 Skip Intro

Exhibit “A”. Trump claims he would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for all that illegal voting.

A majority of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote.

The first question that comes to mind for me is which Constitutional amendment do Republican try to undo first?

I fully expect to see an effort to weaken or repeal the 24th Amendment (ban on poll taxes and other methods to disenfranchise voters) as their first target - and this is going to be one of their “First 100 Days” goals.

And that is only if they don’t go all-in with Nuremberg laws and attempt to strip citizenship from birthright citizens, as well as people belonging to particular religious/ethnic groups.

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scottslemmons  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:47:22pm

re: #15 Charles Johnson

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And there was this earlier today: Newt Gingrich ramps up attacks on “propaganda media”: If you’re not with Trump, you’re the enemy.

Not sure I see any way out of this anymore.

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Targetpractice  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:48:53pm

Paging Mr. Orwell, Mr. George Orwell, you have a call on the white courtesy phone. Mr. Orwell, white courtesy phone.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:49:14pm

Just discovered that Amazon now has two-factor authentication. Finally! Wasted no time setting it up. And they support “app authentication,” so you don’t even need a cell phone connection to use it. If you have an Amazon account I highly recommend setting up two-factor auth to make sure your account can never be hacked.

Here’s a page at EFF explaining exactly how to set it up.

eff.org

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:49:15pm

re: #18 Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos

The first question that comes to mind for me is which Constitutional amendment do Republican try to undo first?

I fully expect to see an effort to weaken or repeal the 24th Amendment (ban on poll taxes and other methods to disenfranchise voters) as their first target - and this is going to be one of their “First 100 Days” goals.

And that is only if they don’t go all-in with Nuremberg laws and attempt to strip citizenship from birthright citizens, as well as people belonging to particular religious/ethnic groups.

22nd Amendment, to make Trump President for Life

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:49:19pm

Elliott Lusztig freaking rocks.

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Targetpractice  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:55:19pm

re: #23 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Elliott Lusztig freaking rocks.

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The problem: A lot of us were sure that demographics were on our side last month and went into Election Night convinced that even if turnout was poor, it would be a narrow victory in our favor. What last month proved is that it doesn’t matter how liberal the next generation is or how supportive of Dems that minority voters are if they don’t bother to show up to vote.

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scottslemmons  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:56:12pm

re: #23 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Elliott Lusztig freaking rocks.

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Well, he’s kinda right. But I don’t think the right to vote will last much past the end of next year. And I think millions of people will die in wars engineered by Trump and his cronies, and millions will go without health care. The social net is all but done for, and everything we expect from government will get curbstomped to death.

Doesn’t matter how much the demographics are on your side when the fascists are putting your side in the camps.

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 19, 2016 • 4:57:50pm

re: #23 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Elliott Lusztig freaking rocks.

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The problem is that the Trump camp is well aware of this, and will stop at nothing to consolidate their voting bloc - including wholesale stripping of voting rights en masse from ethnic/religious groups. Make no mistake about it - the “illegal voters” lie by Trump was done for a specific political reason - he wants to guarantee those people never get to vote ever again.

And with a legislative branch willing to rubber-stamp this march into fascism, and no judicial checks in place there’s nothing that anyone will be able to do to stop it.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:00:27pm

re: #18 Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos

Within two years, with a Trump Supreme Court, I’m seeing an enabling law as well as Nuremberg laws.

Trump won today. He didn’t have to put that “The Muslims did it” press release to keep his base in line. He could have been more, uh, presidential, but no.

He did it because that’s how he’s going to rule, and he will have the full backing of the GOP.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:02:28pm

re: #19 scottslemmons

And there was this earlier today: Newt Gingrich ramps up attacks on “propaganda media”: If you’re not with Trump, you’re the enemy.

Not sure I see any way out of this anymore.

Newt’s in a golden ivory tower, so he’s oblivious to the danger he’s causing.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:03:29pm
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Scout  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:04:01pm

This is a pretty interesting article from Huffington Post:

What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About The Strange Reaction To Donald Trump

One paragraph:
These reactions to Trump and his supporters have a way of separating ideas that usually move in tandem. Facts and truth are suddenly unrelated. Power no longer implies responsibility. Legitimacy and decency are now somehow passengers on separate ships. In this dynamic, People magazine can champion both the perpetrator and the victim and see no contradiction or betrayal. Lilla can use the victory of a campaign steeped in identity politics to highlight the ineffectiveness of identity politics. And Lerner can argue that a campaign “advanced” by sexism, racism and xenophobia can tell us much about the targets of that bigotry, i.e. that they need to behave differently, but little about the supporters of that campaign.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:06:29pm

re: #28 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Newt’s in a golden ivory tower, so he’s oblivious to the danger he’s causing.

No, Newt’s just a fascist asshole. Always has been.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:08:08pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

The problem: A lot of us were sure that demographics were on our side last month and went into Election Night convinced that even if turnout was poor, it would be a narrow victory in our favor. What last month proved is that it doesn’t matter how liberal the next generation is or how supportive of Dems that minority voters are if they don’t bother to show up to vote.

What we have to do is take the next step.
I drive people to the polls on election day (we have very restrictive early voting in Kentucky, so election day is it).
In states where voter suppression is a real thing (and it WILL get worse) we have to help as much as we can to get that GOP-legislated-jump-through-hoops voter ID for people. And in many cases, it will cost real money and time to get all of that mandated boondoggle paperwork.
THIS is what we are facing.

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:09:13pm

Good evening y’all.

We made the shortest drive of our trip today (Moab, Utah to Palisade, Colorado). It was by far the scariest, as I drove the Smart car through Colorado National Monument (note to self: Do not take the Smart up the side of a mountain in winter that the road is covered in glaze ice for twenty-seven miles. Just don’t.)

We also drove through Drink’s Canyon (the Colorado River) in Utah east of Moab on state highway 128.

I highly recommend both locales for stunning vistas. (State road 128 is a much easier row to hoe than the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction in winter.)

I have some pictures, if anyone here is interested.

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William Lewis  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:10:17pm

re: #33 Anymouse

Yes, please!

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:12:04pm

re: #34 William Lewis

Yes, please!

It will take me a minute to download the pictures from my camera then upload them to Little Green Footballs. Probably far less time than it took me to drive twenty-seven miles through Colorado National Monument at less than ten miles per hour.

Please stand by.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:12:32pm

I’ll come out and say this in a pseudo-devil’s advocate to Elliott’s Tweetstorm:

We are in a collision course with a bloody civil war not unlike the Bosnian War. The Republicans are willing for it to happen as they have their version of ethnic cleansing on hand. It’s only a matter of how badly and how bloody it will become, and if the opposition is remotely prepared to fight. But our large cities risk winding up like Sarajevo and the red state farmland will be destroyed.

And no, the republic is effectively in a zombie state now. With one political party in Russia’s pocket, it cannot be saved.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:13:14pm

Things that will never go away.

Judge orders release of FBI search warrant into Huma Abedin emails

washingtontimes.com

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:15:11pm

re: #37 Skip Intro

Perhaps we should look into the uncouth one’s email in the same manner.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:15:40pm

re: #31 Skip Intro

No, Newt’s just a fascist asshole. Always has been.

I’m not arguing about that. He just doesn’t give two shits about what will eventually befall everyone. Sorta like Marie Antoinette.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:16:17pm

re: #39 Myron Falwell (no relation)

I think he’s actually looking forward to it.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:18:54pm
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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:19:24pm

re: #38 PhillyPretzel

Perhaps we should look into the uncouth one’s email in the same manner.

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will be getting right on that, you can bet your house on that. First up though is seeking reparations for the ancestors of honest white folk who had their property illegally taken from them by an overreaching Federal Government.

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William Lewis  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:19:25pm

Speaking of pictures, I don’t have any with it yet but I got a new lens for my camera today. It’s my Christmas present from my dad.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R Zoom Lens. On the 2x Micro4/3 crop, that’s an 80-300 equivalent. It’s a cheap lens really - $99 on sale for Christmas - but it’s optically quite good and a step up from most of the old time kit lenses. It complements the 14-42mm zoom that they ship with the cameras quite well and gives me a 28 to 300mm film equivalent while I save up and get primes for my kit. Looking forward to getting out and giving it a workout.

I hope to get myself another lens at the end of the week (payday). It’s even cheaper. Olympus makes a Body Cap that has a 9mm (18mm eq) manual focus fisheye lens in it. For less than $80 all the barrel distortion you could want ;) I’ve never been too big on the fisheye look but that’s cheap enough to give it a try.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:19:26pm

re: #40 Skip Intro

I think he’s actually looking forward to it.

Eating cake? half /

No doubt he craves civil war because he thinks that the US military will quash it in a matter of weeks and thus replace the republic with an emperor state. Thing is, that’s the same damn tunnel vision that Union states suffered from in March of 1861…

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lawhawk  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:20:00pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

What last month proved is that it doesn’t matter how liberal the next generation is or how supportive of Dems that minority voters are if they don’t bother to show up to vote.

Or it doesn’t matter how mobilized, especially if the GOP suppresses the votes of those very demographics, or gerrymanders districts so that even if Democrats win statewide elections with a majority, they still end up losing.

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Skip Intro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:20:28pm

re: #41 The Vicious Babushka

Kellyanne Conway: ‘When it comes to Russia and coziness, let’s not forget Hillary Clinton’

Checkmate, libtard!

washingtontimes.com

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gocart mozart  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:21:56pm
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Joe Bacon  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:22:54pm

re: #33 Anymouse

Good evening y’all.

We made the shortest drive of our trip today (Moab, Utah to Palisade, Colorado). It was by far the scariest, as I drove the Smart car through Colorado National Monument (note to self: Do not take the Smart up the side of a mountain in winter that the road is covered in glaze ice for twenty-seven miles. Just don’t.)

We also drove through Drink’s Canyon (the Colorado River) in Utah east of Moab on state highway 128.

I highly recommend both locales for stunning vistas. (State road 128 is a much easier row to hoe than the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction in winter.)

I have some pictures, if anyone here is interested.

Please post whatever pictures you wish to choose. I really enjoy seeing them.

What I have on my Bucket List to do after I retire is to ride as Many Amtrak routes as I can. #1 is the California Zephyr which goes from Emeryville CA to Chicago. Friends have said it is the most scenic route Amtrak has.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:22:55pm

re: #45 lawhawk

Or it doesn’t matter how mobilized, especially if the GOP suppresses the votes of those very demographics, or gerrymanders districts so that even if Democrats win statewide elections with a majority, they still end up losing.

Pretty much. The fix was in. It’s why the country is pretty much FUBAR until it fractures permanently or implodes in a smoldering rubble, whichever comes first.

But there’s no coming back from this.

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gocart mozart  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:23:29pm
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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:23:35pm

Uploading pictures now.

When we were in Poland last year, a Romanian woman asked us why the heck we would want to come back to the USA, since as she saw it the nation was headed for civil war back then.

I hope she’s wrong. I’m a liberal in the wrong part of the country if that happens.

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plansbandc  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:24:39pm

re: #50 Charles Johnson

Oh shit!

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teleskiguy  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:28:13pm

BEE

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:28:41pm

re: #52 Anymouse

You can upload up to five images at once by dragging a group of files into the comment box, or the LGF Pages posting area.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:28:53pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:30:03pm

re: #52 Anymouse

Uploading pictures now.

When we were in Poland last year, a Romanian woman asked us why the heck we would want to come back to the USA, since as she saw it the nation was headed for civil war back then.

I hope she’s wrong. I’m a liberal in the wrong part of the country if that happens.

Be careful with the what-ifs.
You might have a problem if you stayed in Poland since the truck used in the attack in Berlin today was registered in Poland.

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teleskiguy  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:30:32pm
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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:32:45pm

re: #52 Anymouse

Uploading pictures now.

When we were in Poland last year, a Romanian woman asked us why the heck we would want to come back to the USA, since as she saw it the nation was headed for civil war back then.

I hope she’s wrong. I’m a liberal in the wrong part of the country if that happens.

I’m numbing myself to that likelihood. The same play has run over and over again for centuries and millennia… someone like Trump is inviting himself for such a fate.

True story: I actually knew a family that emigrated from Romania just as that revolution took place. The father was able to get stateside first, then managed to get everyone else undocumented, but thankfully unscathed, a few weeks later.

The kids changed their names into more pronounceable names, but meshed well in suburban Cleveland. (Actually I knew my classmates birthname because of school paperwork; he never wanted to use it, but I thought it was a cool name. Needless to say I’ve always honored his request.)

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:33:47pm

Aw I got a shout out at Balloon Juice. Thank y’all guys at Balloon Juice!

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:34:08pm

US-191 Bridge Over the Colorado River into Moab, Utah as Seen from State Hwy. 128

Drink’s Canyon (Colorado River) Several Miles from Moab on Hwy 128
A Rock Formation along Drink’s Canyon on Utah Hwy. 128
Fruita Colo. Vietnam War Memorial
Fruita Canyon—Colorado National Monument
Another View of Fruita Canyon at Colorado National Monument
Grand Valley from Colorado National Monument (Grand Junction Colo.)

The next photo is Independence Monument. The original caretaker of Colorado National Monument spent years trying to figure out how to climb this formation (the upside down hang to get to the top is particularly difficult). When he figured out how, he planted a flag at the top (hence the name). It is now a popular climbing destination on Independence Day.

Independence Monument—Colorado National Monument
Ute Canyon—Colorado National Monument, Looking Downward. Piffle, who needs guard rails on the road?
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William Lewis  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:35:28pm

re: #48 Joe Bacon

Please post whatever pictures you wish to choose. I really enjoy seeing them.

What I have on my Bucket List to do after I retire is to ride as Many Amtrak routes as I can. #1 is the California Zephyr which goes from Emeryville CA to Chicago. Friends have said it is the most scenic route Amtrak has.

Made me go look at the Amtrak site again… California Zephyr then Coast Starlight then Empire Builder back home. Sigh…

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:36:13pm

re: #61 Anymouse

Those are beautiful pictures.

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Joe Bacon  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:37:42pm

re: #60 The Vicious Babushka

Love your recipes! Please keep them coming!

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:38:32pm

re: #63 PhillyPretzel

Those are beautiful pictures.

After getting into Grand Junction, I had to empty my car’s chamberpot and smoke a carton of cigarettes. That road covered in ice (and conveniently not wide enough to turn around and bail out) was the second most terrifying thing I have done. (That includes face down a fellow armed with a loaded rifle. The most terrifying thing I have done is land at Gibraltar Airport in a passenger jet.)

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Joe Bacon  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:39:10pm

re: #61 Anymouse

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Beautiful pictures! Thank You!!!!!

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William Lewis  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:39:43pm

re: #61 Anymouse

Very nice. Love the Ute Canyon one but the rest are all lovely.

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makeitstop  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:40:06pm

re: #60 The Vicious Babushka

Aw I got a shout out at Balloon Juice. Thank y’all guys at Balloon Juice!

Happy Birthday!

(Am I on time, or a day late?)

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Joe Bacon  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:50:35pm

re: #62 William Lewis

Made me go look at the Amtrak site again… California Zephyr then Coast Starlight then Empire Builder back home. Sigh…

My regret is that I’ve never been able to go on a trip to actually see this country from cost to coast. I’ve flown a lot over it. But when I rode the Coast Starlight last January I realized for the first time that there is a difference betwen looking down and looking at the countryside!

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:53:23pm

re: #69 Joe Bacon

My regret is that I’ve never been able to go on a trip to actually see this country from cost to coast. I’ve flown a lot over it. But when I rode the Coast Starlight last January I realized for the first time that there is a difference betwen looking down and looking at the countryside!

My wife is over the moon about her lifelong ambition to ride the Hudson Bay Railway this summer to Churchill, Manitoba.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:54:15pm
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allegro  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:56:13pm

re: #69 Joe Bacon

My regret is that I’ve never been able to go on a trip to actually see this country from cost to coast. I’ve flown a lot over it. But when I rode the Coast Starlight last January I realized for the first time that there is a difference betwen looking down and looking at the countryside!

That’s why I’ve always preferred road trips, especially in an RV. Destinations are great, but journeys are the most fun when you can stop and see stuff, explore, visit with locals. We always allowed plenty of extra time for little side trips to see the two-headed snakes and World’s Largest Ball of String. Or an afternoon at Gettysburg or trip to Langtry to see Judge Roy Bean’s courtroom or…

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TedStriker  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:56:31pm

re: #71 Charles Johnson

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Yeah, definitely CGI…

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:56:38pm

HIPPO CRUSH CHEETAH

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Kragar  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:58:03pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 5:59:44pm

re: #73 TedStriker

Hippos really are amazingly fast underwater.

HIPPO - Amazing Hippo run under water, excellent footage.

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:02:09pm

According to the Berlin police, the person found in the passenger seat dead was a Polish citizen.

The driver of that truck is in custody. CNN is calling it terrorism, though the police have not said anything about what happened or what the motive (if any) the driver had. The company that owns the truck (carrying steel) says he was out of contact with his driver for some time.

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allegro  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:02:11pm
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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:04:37pm

CNN is now interviewing Jan Hollitzer, the editor of Berlin’s “Morning Post.” He was a witness to the incident in Berlin.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:05:15pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:07:02pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:07:09pm

re: #77 Anymouse

According to the Berlin police, the person found in the passenger seat dead was a Polish citizen.

The driver of that truck is in custody. CNN is calling it terrorism, though the police have not said anything about what happened or what the motive (if any) the driver had. The company that owns the truck (carrying steel) says he was out of contact with his driver for some time.

No, that news is old and was updated a while ago.
The truck was from Poland.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:11:09pm

re: #71 Charles Johnson

That’s pretty amazing footage-too bad it looks fake.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:13:00pm

These attacks in Turkey and Berlin are too close to be simply random. Especially with the Electoral College vote occurring simultaneously.

What’s actually scary is that Trump still thinks that he can get away with private security as detail. That is an open invitation for wholesale sabotage, and if today’s news about the Russian ambassador doesn’t make him change his mind, then we could be in for something truly bigly ugly.

Something that fascism won’t be able to overcome.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:16:06pm

I’ve been to all lower 48 at least once by car, and to Alaska technically by plane stopping on the way to Japan. Now when I look down and see those vast expanses with a long road and few lights I get that same strange feeling I always got driving between Bloomington, IN and my hometown in east-central Illinois with towns of probably 100 or 200 out on the former prairie—where do the teachers live? Where do they shop? Do they have little league? It’s just my ignorance, as Anymouse can attest. And I grew up within 30 miles of some of those towns.

But I have some clues. I spent summers with my grandparents in Georgia in their town of 250. We caught sunfish in ponds and smoked cigarettes turning green and rode bikes on red clay roads and did battle with fire ants. The adults lingered a lot, and that was back in the 1960s and 1970s. There was a church for every 20 residents in that town. But some were for whites and some for blacks. Not really different from my city upbringing in Illinois, come to think of it. But my grandmother went to the Methodist Church and my grandfather to the Primitive Baptist. And at their funerals the black population came out and stood in the churchyard, because they knew (somehow) not to try to come into the church to sit in the pews. This was the 1980s. Herman Talmadge showed up at my grandfather’s funeral at the small church. I never knew the connection. I think there was a dark past. A dark southern Democrat past. We think we know America; I don’t even really know my own family.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:18:01pm

And anyone who knows the actual Kanye lyrics, knows this is even more hilarious.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:19:39pm

re: #61 Anymouse

Thanks for the gorgeous photos. I’m glad you got to see it before it all gets strip mined.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:20:25pm

re: #64 Joe Bacon

Love your recipes! Please keep them coming!

They’re not “my” recipes, they are all from the NYT Cooking Section.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:21:06pm

re: #84 Myron Falwell (no relation)

These attacks in Turkey and Berlin are too close to he simply random. Especially with the Electoral College vote simultaneously.

What’s actually scary is that Trump still thinks that he can get away with private security as detail. That is an open invitation for wholesale sabotage, and if today’s news about the Russian ambassador doesn’t make him change his mind, then we could be in for something truly bigly ugly.

1. Random events often cluster and the human mind has a tendency to perceive gestalt patterns whether or not the underlying data is related.

2. Trump isn’t replacing the Secret Service with his private security detail, he’s adding to it. His private goons will do things the SS would actively balk at, like investigating journalists and actively suppressing non-violent protest movements.

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:23:10pm

re: #85 Barefoot Grin

If you look at a map of the USA lit up at night, I live in the part that looks like North Korea.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:23:47pm

For some great levity, read this.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:24:06pm
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goddamnedfrank  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:27:37pm
In the early fall, the Kuwaiti Embassy signed a contract with the Four Seasons. But after the election, members of the Trump Organization contacted the Ambassador of Kuwait, Salem Al-Sabah, and encouraged him to move his event to Trump’s D.C. hotel, the source said.

Kuwait has now signed a contract with the Trump International Hotel, the source said, adding that a representative with the embassy described the decision as political.

FYI this is flagrant tortious interference, the Trump Organization is actively using their political conflation with the US executive to strong arm clients away from competition.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:30:52pm

re: #89 goddamnedfrank

2. Trump isn’t replacing the Secret Service with his private security detail, he’s adding to it. His private goons will do things the SS would actively balk at, like investigating journalists and actively suppressing non-violent protest movements.

That’s still not reassuring by any stretch. (Not that anything really would be reassuring.)

Plus I wouldn’t trust him or his team to hire the best people… the brightest people… if they are Big Dumb Goons ‘R Us, there will be no standards for employment whatsoever.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:33:04pm

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

FYI this is flagrant tortious interference, the Trump Organization is actively using their political conflation with the US executive to strong arm clients away from competition.

That’s why Nutzi Newt wants Trump to immediately pardon his family. Because why fucking not.

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allegro  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:34:18pm

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

FYI this is flagrant tortious interference, the Trump Organization is actively using their political conflation with the US executive to strong arm clients away from competition.

Not to mention a seriously direct violation of the emoluments clause.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:35:35pm

re: #95 Myron Falwell (no relation)

That’s why Nutzi Newt wants Trump to immediately pardon his family. Because why fucking not.

Pardons only work against criminal convictions, not civil torts.

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:36:58pm

re: #96 allegro

Not to mention a seriously direct violation of the emoluments clause.

Good luck getting that enforced. It would require impeachment. While the GOP might prefer Gov. Pence in Mr. Trump’s position, Mr. Trump can be induced to sign literally anything as President, as long as you stroke his ego correctly.

Democrats can howl about it all they want in Congress, but they are in the minority.

This is why off-year elections are just as important as regular ones.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:38:20pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:40:38pm
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goddamnedfrank  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:41:32pm

re: #99 Charles Johnson

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It’s the South Park Prius episode with everyone addicted to the smell of their own farts all over again.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:42:08pm

re: #99 Charles Johnson

I saw there “What will he (Trump) do? … This is why you watch” newspaper ad and wanted to hurl. It’s why I simply cannot watch the news on television anymore.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:42:37pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:46:13pm
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retired cynic  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:47:43pm

re: #104 Backwoods_Sleuth

The b*****d!

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:48:49pm

re: #104 Backwoods_Sleuth

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retired cynic  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:50:24pm

Good one:

esquire.com

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Belafon  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:51:42pm

A quick post, but I think this is the entire model for Democrats everywhere: lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:52:39pm

re: #104 Backwoods_Sleuth

Look, I know Diana Rehm is retiring and has likely checked out… but she should have immediately pulled a Dorothy Fuldheim and thrown Newt out of the studio.

Dorothy Fuldheim vs Jerry Rubin 1970 3718

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Partisan22  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:52:51pm

First comment here. I’m surprised to not see an Electoral College headline. To me this is the turning point. They voted for hate and treason. They are truly faithless when it comes to the American people.

I love pineapple on pizza and I consider any assaults against, fascism.

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retired cynic  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:53:27pm

re: #110 Partisan22

First comment here. I’m surprised to not see an Electoral College headline. To me this is the turning point. They voted for hate and treason. They are truly faithless when it comes to the American people.

I love pineapple on pizza and I consider any assaults against, fascism.

Welcome!

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retired cynic  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:54:50pm

About the photo of the journamalists at Mar-A-Lago, Charlie Pierce goes on to say:

“That it was produced by Mike (Payola) Allen is no surprise. And off-the-record schmoozing during the transition is not unprecedented, either. But the key thing to remember about covering this particular president is that this particular president is sui generis. He has decided that none of the political norms apply to him because he is a superior human being to the other 44 slackers who’ve held this office.

“There is no reason, therefore, that the press should conduct itself as though a Trump presidency is in any way business as usual. It is going to be more important than ever to resist the temptations of access journalism. The people in this photo should have discreetly run from the room. “Relaxed and chatty”? Please to be fcking off now. You also will note that, because of a photographic glitch, all the subjects in the photo have no color in their eyes.” esquire.com

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:55:34pm

re: #110 Partisan22

First comment here. I’m surprised to not see an Electoral College headline. To me this is the turning point. They voted for hate and treason. They are truly faithless when it comes to the American people.

I love pineapple on pizza and I consider any assaults against, fascism.

I updinged you, hatchling, even though pineapple on pizza is gross.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:56:13pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 19, 2016 • 6:57:04pm

re: #110 Partisan22

A new pledge!

Giphy

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:03:00pm

gaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:04:00pm

re: #110 Partisan22

Pineapple on pizza is of the devil, but I believe in freedom of expression.

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retired cynic  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:04:11pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

gaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

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I don’t know that rule. Is it subject to a filibuster?

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teleskiguy  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:05:50pm

Mmm! Love me a pizza with ham, pineapple, green peppers and jalapeños. Dee-lish!

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:05:52pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

Mutant Russian turtles like McConnell drink water differently than you and me.

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calochortus  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:06:25pm

re: #61 Anymouse

Thanks for the trip down memory lane-it’s been years/decades since I’ve been in those areas.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:06:51pm

re: #118 retired cynic

I don’t know that rule. Is it subject to a filibuster?

don’t know. The article says it can be rejected by a majority vote.

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:06:52pm

re: #118 retired cynic

I don’t know that rule. Is it subject to a filibuster?

Resolutions are like any other bill: They can be filibustered. Whether the Democrats wish to expend energy in that area is another matter. (As long as a filibuster is going on, nothing else happens in the Senate. Moreover, Senator McConnell can simply wait until the next session for his resolution, or for Mr. Trump to rescind the rule.)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:07:39pm

re: #120 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Mutant Russian turtles like McConnell drink water differently than you and me.

He doesn’t live in coal country, so his water is just fine.

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Sherlock Hound  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:07:41pm

re: #120 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Mutant Russian turtles like McConnell drink water differently than you and me.

Cue water guy from Mad Max: “What’s a little fly ash?”

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Stanley Sea  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:09:25pm

re: #107 retired cynic

Good one:

esquire.com

Very good one. Thanks for posting.

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calochortus  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:10:21pm

re: #72 allegro

That’s why I’ve always preferred road trips, especially in an RV. Destinations are great, but journeys are the most fun when you can stop and see stuff, explore, visit with locals. We always allowed plenty of extra time for little side trips to see the two-headed snakes and World’s Largest Ball of String. Or an afternoon at Gettysburg or trip to Langtry to see Judge Roy Bean’s courtroom or…

You haven’t lived until you’ve driven from eastern PA to the SF Bay Area with an 11 year old, a 13 year old and a hamster. (We were moving…)

1vNUTyzqHlpKuBs06rNtgwHH/vvmS8hwt9c6WipP8i+FVw21IBNsvlk1hXIhdAxSG3hSwukTvb1Gh6ltSYsN9hK1kNVrtQScPJoqDTx0LULwz2ZWD/8wd+Jb3k/LDQW0nXgEdODBRfWNt1oHo0aQmShlLHAF2f8KXjycRJk2AuGaT0Z1BuVjEiPUITkfEOhkOteB+UWd2zwz7iphj9iwM+xH7mbH9sEjCZCoJuWSlPNMSfEqsT3qs9tcRrSP5VudycG8dRBbtWuoO4+7xKYiQ7zxZxd2Jh3uYbUBZtkepI69VS7q2/nCzV5zJPa4BsOfoGV2vpx1PH5/IcTGJg6r9vPsgCRcBJpf+jtG/IAqTKcgjOvB5yPbFkYeimd4y9va

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makeitstop  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:10:57pm

re: #110 Partisan22

First comment here. I’m surprised to not see an Electoral College headline. To me this is the turning point. They voted for hate and treason. They are truly faithless when it comes to the American people.

I love pineapple on pizza and I consider any assaults against, fascism.

Welcome, Hatchling. Where’s the beer?

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Anymouse  Dec 19, 2016 • 7:24:37pm

re: #121 calochortus

Thanks for the trip down memory lane-it’s been years/decades since I’ve been in those areas.

You’re welcome. I have never been in this area before; it was my wife that travelled here in the past.


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