Bill O’Reilly: “The Left Wants Power Taken Away From the White Establishment”

Fox News: Number one with racists for a reason
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It’s really out in the open now. Fox News tweeted this white supremacist sentiment from their leading gasbag as if it’s no big deal.

But it is a big deal. The white supremacist right wing is totally out of the closet in the Trump era. No longer sublimated. No longer hidden. No longer repressed. Raging, out in the open.

Oh, America. What have you done.

UPDATE at 12/20/16 7:14:05 pm by Charles Johnson

This isn’t a new riff for Bill O’Reilly, of course.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:03:28pm

repost from downstairs:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:05:34pm
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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:08:22pm

This bullshit got normalized years ago. What we see here is Roger Ailes’ worldview in motion.

Fox News is the enemy. Plain and simple. They need to be defeated in every single way possible.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:11:26pm

re: #3 Myron Falwell (no relation)

This bullshit got normalized years ago. What we see here is Roger Ailes’ worldview in motion.

Fox News is the enemy. Plain and simple. They need to be defeated in every single way possible.

Unfortunately, with a Trump admin, Fox is basically state run media.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:13:05pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:14:03pm

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit huffing paint.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:15:46pm

re: #4 Eclectic Cyborg

Unfortunately, with a Trump admin, Fox is basically state run media.

Along with Breitbart and whatever bullshit comes out of Alex Jones.

That’s sorta my point, though. People keep saying “don’t normalize this” while at the same time, we HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG because racist Fox News viewers overpower anyone going after them. See, Keith Olbermann.

It’s like going into halftime at the Super Bowl, and you realize that your team is down by 21 points.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:19:27pm

*thud*

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:20:26pm

It’s just a matter of time before O’Reilly starts sourcing his stories with “esteemed” groups like VDARE and The Daily Stormer.

I only wish I were being sarcastic here.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:22:00pm

re: #8 Backwoods_Sleuth

“…to make 2017 Year of the Bible.”

BUT IT’S GOTTA BE MAH BAHBELLL! NOT YER HEATHEN’S BAHBELLLLLLL!!1!!!11!!eleventy!!!

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scottslemmons  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:25:59pm

There was some other Fox show where one of the hosts was in a towering fury over something MTV did, and I kept thinking, that’s a honkey who’s really inexplicably furious, considering his new president is likely to outlaw black people by March…

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:26:58pm

re: #6 teleskiguy

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit huffing paint.

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My fellow Cleveland peeps will appreciate this.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:28:22pm

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:30:20pm

re: #11 scottslemmons

There was some other Fox show where one of the hosts was in a towering fury over something MTV did, and I kept thinking, that’s a honkey who’s really inexplicably furious, considering his new president is likely to outlaw black people by March…

it was this (all the usual suspects are mightily upset about it):

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:31:33pm

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:37:14pm

re: #15 Eric The Fruit Bat

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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:37:16pm
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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:37:36pm

re: #15 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Targetpractice  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:40:45pm

Remember when the media got all sorts of pissed off that people were calling Trump supporters “racists” and argued that just because white supremacists supported his election did not mean people who supported him were racists?

Good times.

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whitebeach  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:42:23pm

I’ve talked with only two neighbors about the election. Both of course voted for Trump. One is a classic single-issue gun nut. He wanted to make sure that no one was going to come for his weapons. He’s been telling me about this concern for nearly thirty years, starting when he had only a rusty old deer rifle and a beat-up .410 shotgun for snakes. Since then he’s put together an arsenal that would outfit a platoon of special forces, and no one has taken a single piece away, but then reality doesn’t matter to these folks.

The other believes that the schoolteachers right here in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, are dedicated to recruiting the next generation of gays, and that Trump will prevent this. I wonder if he actually knows even one teacher in the parish, since they don’t strike me as such a radical group.

But the real killer is that I just learned my longtime lady friend voted for Trump. Her reasoning was the classically idiotic one that Hillary was just as bad. She’s always been pretty conservative, so we usually just avoid politics, but this is a stunner. I feel like some Jewish guy in 1930s Germany whose shiksa girlfriend just told him Hitler and the opposition were pretty much the same.

Is this relationship death, or what?

Signed,

Chagrined and Confused

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calochortus  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:43:13pm

So here’s the thing, I’m white. I’m pretty well off. I value actual democracy more than I do hanging onto white people running things. Melanin doesn’t cause people to try to destroy the country and electing people with more of it just gives a wider range of experiences and opinions. Same could be said for the lack of a y chromosome.
O’Reilly needs to find another line of stupidity to push.

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ObserverArt  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:44:06pm

re: #15 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Targetpractice  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:44:32pm

Here’s the thing: Fucking over minorities isn’t going to mean life for white folks automatically gets better as a result. If any of these morons don’t get that, they need to look up “Gilded Age” on Wiki. That’s assuming they have the neural bandwidth to use the Internet for more than porn.

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Belafon  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:46:45pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

I tweeted this earlier today:

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ObserverArt  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:47:03pm

Later on lizards.

Remember, everyone buy hip waders…gonna need them.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:49:52pm

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Belafon  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:50:03pm

re: #25 ObserverArt

Later on lizards.

Remember, everyone buy hip waders…gonna need them.

And get your team together. You can’t build a levy or bridge by yourself.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:52:41pm
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Interesting Times  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:53:44pm
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baileylamb  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:56:13pm

So okay after all the revelations of the day (which I already knew about) who here still thinks I shouldn’t do everything in my power to get my kids out of this country asap?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:57:06pm
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calochortus  Dec 20, 2016 • 7:57:19pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

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As a white voter I don’t hear anyone telling me I’m bad. Talk about being paranoid…

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:00:44pm

re: #26 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Skip Intro  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:01:55pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

She needs a gaudier cross. I can barely see that one.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:02:54pm

Interesting how as soon as I publicly criticize Russian tools like Ed Schultz, I get attacked by purported left wingers accusing me of advocating genocide for Muslims, which I absolutely NEVER DID and never would have done.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:02:57pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Not white voters, silly Laura. Trump voters of ALL colors!

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baileylamb  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:03:51pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

Here’s the thing: Fucking over minorities isn’t going to mean life for white folks automatically gets better as a result. If any of these morons don’t get that, they need to look up “Gilded Age” on Wiki. That’s assuming they have the neural bandwidth to use the Internet for more than porn.

You don’t understand the confederates/traditionalist mindset. To them there is physic value in heiarchy. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have that much bread, caste is what matters. Caste and tradition.

These ppl wrote things you all should read to understand their idealogical (and in the case of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions thr 3rd) and actual descendants.

The old south knew the value of slavery, of heiarchy, that’s why they made it their religion, that’s why the had the support of a pope “traditionalist” today still love.

These ppl dont value freedom, they don’t value material wealth for all (its actually against their values) or prosperity, and this thinking isn’t limited to the rich.

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Belafon  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:04:11pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Belafon  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:06:37pm

re: #37 baileylamb

Which, once again, should go against protestant teaching. There’s a hierarchy: God, and everyone else. Since we’re all equal under God, there is no “I’m better than you.”

Edited.

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jaunte  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:11:11pm

re: #35 Charles Johnson

Interesting how as soon as I publicly criticize Russian tools like Ed Schultz, I get attacked by purported left wingers accusing me of advocating genocide for Muslims, which I absolutely NEVER DID and never would have done.

And this in a year where the Russian air force is slaughtering Muslim civilians.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:11:55pm
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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:12:18pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

Then you realize that Laura Fucking Ingraham is raising two adopted girls, so she’s going to spread this hatred down to the youngest generation.

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retired cynic  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:14:36pm

re: #42 Myron Falwell (no relation)

Then you realize that Laura Fucking Ingraham is raising two adopted girls, so she’s going to spread this hatred down to the youngest generation.

Aren’t they all?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:15:44pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:21:50pm
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Mattand  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:28:10pm

I’m going to love the contortions that conservatives are going to make whitesplaining this idiocy.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:30:33pm

re: #14 Backwoods_Sleuth

Ach! He jinxed it!

One of the people in that video said, “2017 can’t be worse than 2016.”

Now the Gates to Hell will open!

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:31:50pm

Coming to a city near you, if Trump manages to gut EPA regulations.

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as ‘airpocalypse’ blights half a billion


Tens of thousands of “smog refugees” have reportedly fled China’s pollution-stricken north after the country was hit by its latest “airpocalyse” forcing almost half a billion people to live under a blanket of toxic fumes.

Huge swaths of north and central China have been living under a pollution “red alert” since last Friday when a dangerous cocktail of pollutants transformed the skies into a yellow and charcoal-tinted haze.

theguardian.com

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:34:52pm

Jeez, half the force is likely to respond to this…

Sorry, couldn’t help myself

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:37:27pm

re: #49 FormerDirtDart

Thinking of this scene in Robocop 3.

“What’s it like being a rocket scientist?”

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:39:28pm

Another goddamned brush fire broke out in my neighborhood today. Cops shut down the roads but no evac order was issued so I had to park at a shopping center about four miles away from home and hoof it.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:40:17pm

British luxury travel group pans Trump’s DC hotel bigly.

washingtonian.com

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Scottishdragon  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:41:15pm

re: #11 scottslemmons

There was some other Fox show where one of the hosts was in a towering fury over something MTV did, and I kept thinking, that’s a honkey who’s really inexplicably furious, considering his new president is likely to outlaw black people by March…

Rod Dreher went fucking apeshit today over that MTV bit.

Here is the relevant quote:

Hey fellow white guys, it’s about to be a new year and here are a few things we think you could do a little bit better in 2017.

First off, try to recognize that America was never great for anyone who wasn’t a white guy.

Can we all just agree that ‘black lives matter’ isn’t the opposite of ‘all lives matter’? Black lives just matter. There’s no need to overcomplicate it.

Also, blue lives matter isn’t a thing. Cops weren’t born with blue skin, right? I mean yeah, they weren’t born blue.

Stop bragging about being woke. Stop saying woke.

Learn what mansplaining is and then stop doing it

Oh, and if you’re a judge don’t prioritize the well-being of an Ivy League athlete over the woman he assaulted.

We all love Beyonce and yeah she’s black, so of course she cares about black issues. I’m talking to you Fox News.

Feel free to take Kanye West though. You guys can have him. (You know what you did, Kanye.)

Nobody who has black friends says that they have black friends. And just because you have black friends doesn’t mean that you’re not racist. You can be racist with black friends.

Look guys we know nobody’s perfect but honestly, you could do a little better in 2017. Some of you guys do a great job. Some of you don’t. Please, because 2016 is bad; 2017 can’t be worse than this, right? Because this is bad.

Rod Dreher had a fit of apoplexy following that…

There is not another ethnic or gender group in this country that MTV would dare to abuse in a bit like this. You will not see a genial clip telling black men how to clean up their act for 2017 (“Stop committing violent crimes wildly out of proportion to your numbers in the population”). You will not see one telling unmarried women to take greater responsibility for their sexuality, given the enormous numbers of births to unmarried women (“If you don’t want to get pregnant, take the pill or use the condom”). You will not see MTV offering advice to gay men to quit being so promiscuous (“Have you guys seen your STD rates lately? Pathetic”). And so forth.

But see, the people who wrote and produced this spot are no doubt all graduates of colleges that fill their heads with left-wing cant and propaganda that attributes all social evils to white men. Or at least feels privileged enough to mock them because of their race and their sex.

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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:43:53pm

re: #51 goddamnedfrank

Simi Goddamned Valley. Ugh. Glad you’re safe.

I don’t envy folks living in the hills around the Los Angeles Basin. I remember Flea lost his house in a fire a while back. Fire season in SoCal is year round, it seems.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:44:06pm

fellow travelers

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:45:58pm

re: #46 Mattand

I’m going to love the contortions that conservatives are going to make whitesplaining this idiocy.

I’m kinda not. This is who they are… there’s nothing to mask now. Their racist audience doesn’t care, and we have little recourse to stop it except by cutting the cable cord (and going after all of their advertisers).

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:46:16pm

re: #53 Scottishdragon

I watched the MTV clip and I was nodding my head agreeing with all of it. I’m a middle-aged white male.

Dreher is upset because everything they said is true, and he can’t admit it. He’s feeling guilt.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:47:09pm

re: #55 wheat-dogg

fellow travelers

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Useful idiots.

Again, this is how a country comes apart and civil wars begin. One half of the political process is actively courting a hostile foreign power to intervene.

That has not happened in America since Civil War 1.0

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Scottishdragon  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:48:02pm

re: #57 wheat-dogg

I watched the MTV clip and I was nodding my head agreeing with all of it. I’m a middle-aged white male.

Dreher is upset because everything they said is true, and he can’t admit it. He’s feeling guilt.

Envy. Dreher is far more used to being the stern scold and cannot stand to be on the receiving end.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:49:00pm

re: #57 wheat-dogg

Also, I agree that white boys should not be using the word “woke,” especially since they are from it themselves.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:49:20pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human Rights Watch says that sworn testimony from six Colombian generals implicates the former head of the U.S.-backed army in the extrajudicial killings of civilians.

The Washington-based group on Tuesday revealed the testimony against retired army Gen. Mario Montoya, saying it fears that an investigation of him launched last year has stalled and crimes by the military go unpunished under the terms of a peace deal with leftist rebels intended to judge atrocities committed on all sides during the country’s half-century conflict.

Montoya is a close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe who headed the army when the so-called “false positives” scandal broke in 2008. The revelation that security forces killed thousands of civilians from 2002-2008 to inflate body counts on which bonuses and vacations were based have tarnished the military’s reputation. But so far, it has led to only a handful of charges against high-ranking officers….

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:50:20pm

re: #59 Scottishdragon

Envy. Dreher is far more used to being the stern scold and cannot stand to be on the receiving end.

Yup. I have no patience for the man. Styles himself as an intellectual “Christian,” and manages to disprove both parts of the description.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:53:50pm

Well, the plumbing repairs to my building appear to be finished, so I’m gonna take a shower. I’ve had no water for better part of six hours.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:54:42pm

re: #58 Scottishdragon

Useful idiots.

Again, this is how a country comes apart and civil wars begin. One half of the political process is actively courting a hostile foreign power to intervene.

That has not happened in America since Civil War 1.0

That same half also now explicitly wants to enforce apartheid. It’s on Fox, so safe to say that’s what Trump wants as well.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t apartheid thrust South Africa in decades of internal war, suppression and mass incarceration of political prisoners? Not to mention humiliation and shunning by a good deal of world powers embarrassed at the backwards WWC in control of their gov’t…

But it’s not like the Republicans want a republic… they just want absolute control, no matter what the cost.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:55:43pm

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Scottishdragon  Dec 20, 2016 • 8:59:24pm

re: #64 Myron Falwell (no relation)

That same half also now explicitly wants to enforce apartheid. It’s on Fox, so safe to say that’s what Trump wants as well.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t apartheid thrust South Africa in decades of internal war, suppression and mass incarceration of political prisoners? Not to mention humiliation and shunning by a good deal of world powers embarrassed at the backwards WWC in control of their gov’t…

But it’s not like the Republicans want a republic… they just want absolute control, no matter what the cost.

Yes. We are headed in that direction. The coup here in NC last week is a template for the national GOP to destroy political resistance and move towards effective one party rule. They are not being particularly secretive or coy about it.

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Anymouse  Dec 20, 2016 • 9:04:44pm

We’re stopped outside Denver so the car can see the doctor for a check-up and a bubble bath tomorrow. Just thought I’d drop by and say hi.

“Hi.”

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Almost all the miles we’ve put on our car this year (about 10,000) are from our vacation trips this year; only 15% are local driving (local being sixteen miles to the store).

This Internet service is r-e-a-l-l-y slow, so I am not going to try to upload any trip pictures tonight.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 20, 2016 • 9:54:51pm

Hey Bill. Fuck you. If you think wanting to afford minorities the same rights and privileges you’ve been taking for granted all along means you get any of that away from you, you’re a dipshit.

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Anymouse  Dec 20, 2016 • 9:57:18pm

Wingnut legislators gotta wing, this time in South Carolina. A state legislator has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of computers in So. Car. that could access porn.

I’m not even sure how you would do that; such sites pop up every day. Moreover, someone (either in government or in computer firms) would have to keep lists of “acceptable content.”

Wonkette’s take on this guy and his bill is certainly funny (and as always not suitable for work), as is the crude title of the article (hence, it is behind privacy tags).

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Anymouse  Dec 20, 2016 • 9:57:59pm

Oops, bad privacy end tag. Fixed.

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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:03:53pm

Has the whole world gone CRAZY?!?

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Anymouse  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:05:48pm

I’m not sure if that TV report means I shouldn’t travel to South Africa, or to Denver.

/s

I’ll go get my car serviced in Regina instead.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:07:52pm

re: #69 Anymouse

It’s another example of dumbfuck legislators trying to deal with stuff they don’t understand at all. Practically speaking, there is no effective way to prevent a computer from accessing porn, because no manufacturer is going to agree to bork their products specifically for So Carolina, and in any event, someone in SC can just order a computer online with no such restrictions.

As I mentioned above, China tried the same thing with Green Dan Youth Escort in 2009, and the idea was so atrocious and offensive, the public and domestic manufacturers forced the government to back down.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:08:31pm

re: #69 Anymouse

Wingnuts who came up with bills like that one always seem to have rather telling skeletons in their respective closets.

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The Ghost of Senator Incatatus  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:09:43pm

re: #69 Anymouse

My guess?

It’s as much about that $20 fee as it is about public morals. I think we’re going to see a lot of inventing of revenue streams that aren’t part of income tax. And the nominal goal of funding “Fighting human trafficking” has been used a great deal to sell legislating social conservative morality…but not a lot of actually fighting human trafficking tends to come out of it.

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Anymouse  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:15:40pm

re: #75 The Ghost of Senator Incatatus

My guess?

It’s as much about that $20 fee as it is about public morals. I think we’re going to see a lot of inventing of revenue streams that aren’t part of income tax. And the nominal goal of funding “Fighting human trafficking” has been used a great deal to sell legislating social conservative morality…but not a lot of actually fighting human trafficking tends to come out of it.

On the part you have in italics, I would recommend reading a blog called “The Naked Anthropologist,” where said doctor goes after such people.

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The Ghost of Senator Incatatus  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:16:59pm

re: #73 wheat-dogg

Frickin’ river crabs, man.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:17:09pm

re: #68 GlutenFreeJesus

Hey Bill. Fuck you. If you think wanting to afford minorities the same rights and privileges you’ve been taking for granted all along means you get any of that away from you, you’re a dipshit.

He’s just a nazty angry old white male WASP. Always has been.

That “Killing…” book series had only one goal in mind… to humanize and normalize him. For the most part, it worked.

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Anymouse  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:19:32pm

re: #78 Myron Falwell (no relation)

He’s just a nazty old white male WASP. Always has been.

That “Killing…” book series had only one goal in mind… to humanize and normalize him. For the most part, it worked.

I heard a clip on NPR this morning where Samantha Bee and Bill O’Reilly were talking in an interview together and Mr. O’Reilly admitted he’s added to the poisoned discourse over the years.

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:23:31pm

re: #66 Scottishdragon

Yes. We are headed in that direction. The coup here in NC last week is a template for the national GOP to destroy political resistance and move towards effective one party rule. They are not being particularly secretive or coy about it.

The GOP wants the republic to explode in civil war, because they think they can win it in a matter of weeks and forcibly crush all opposition.

To that end, I triple double dog dare ‘em.

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allegro  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:24:28pm

Grrr, my phone just died. A few days before christmas. Ordered a new one with express delivery but good luck getting it here in 2 days a few freaking days before christmas.

2016 still sucks. (Yeah, I know. In the grand scheme it’s an easily survivable minor inconvenience but just… fuck.)

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Myron Falwell (no relation)  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:26:09pm

re: #79 Anymouse

I heard a clip on NPR this morning where Samantha Bee and Bill O’Reilly were talking in an interview together and Mr. O’Reilly admitted he’s added to the poisoned discourse over the years.

That was Glenn “The Human Hemorrhoid” Beck, not O’Reilly.

I just don’t believe Glenn is sincere. Now, if he fires white supremacist scumbag Tomi Lahren tomorrow, maybe I’ll think about it. But right now… no.

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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:28:43pm

Instagram

It’s good to be #home, we just need some #snow! #Megeve #FrenchAlps #SuperFrenchie #flyingbaguette

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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 10:29:06pm

Instagram

@Matt_Luczkow stomping a big ol’ cliff and leaving a magical trail behind. 📸: @JeffCricco. #FREESKIER #ThisIsSkiing #Skiing

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teleskiguy  Dec 20, 2016 • 11:00:17pm

This song will get us through the Trump Horror.

Booze Me Up and Get Me High (Live)

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The Madness of King Orange (aka Sophist)  Dec 20, 2016 • 11:40:57pm

re: #5 Backwoods_Sleuth

Alaskan delegation says Obama sided w/ environmentalists at expense of “people who actually live make obscene amounts of money in the Arctic.”

Edited for accuracy.

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The Madness of King Orange (aka Sophist)  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:09:02am

re: #45 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The Madness of King Orange (aka Sophist)  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:23:45am

re: #60 wheat-dogg

Also, I agree that white boys should not be using the word “woke,” especially since they are from it themselves.

Whenever a white person describes themselves as “woke”, I just translate it as “I deserve brownie points for acknowledging basic facts about Black peoples’ lives”. Ain’t steered me wrong yet.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:57:51am

I have some exclusive gossip from our area that I’m sharing exclusively with the members of LGF… Tommy Shaw (yes, that Tommy Shaw), much like myself, likes to take advantage of the Senior Discount Day(s) that our local department store offers.

It’s a small town, we have to take what we can get for gossip… :)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 1:33:50am

As long as the GOP draws its base of support from less densely populated states, there will be no question of them supporting the EC.

Look, a lot of people were getting tired of being told that they cannot expect to say and do racist things without facing social and economic consequences.

Donald Trump is their hero because he is living proof that you can get away with it. You just have to be blatant enough and have enough key players on your side.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 1:44:51am
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Grunthos the Flatulent  Dec 21, 2016 • 1:52:23am

re: #69 Anymouse

Wingnut legislators gotta wing, this time in South Carolina. A state legislator has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of computers in So. Car. that could access porn.

I’m not even sure how you would do that; such sites pop up every day. Moreover, someone (either in government or in computer firms) would have to keep lists of “acceptable content.”

Wonkette’s take on this guy and his bill is certainly funny (and as always not suitable for work), as is the crude title of the article (hence, it is behind privacy tags).

[Embedded content]

Charging $20 to disable the digital bowdleriser is surely unconstitutional as it constitutes a pole tax.

I’ll show myself out.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 1:55:29am

re: #92 Grunthos the Flatulent

Charging $20 to disable the digital bowdleriser is surely unconstitutional as it constitutes a pole tax.

I’ll show myself out.

And again, it involves creating a government agency to assess and decide on which content is to be banned. And it will have to permanently monitor any and all new sites opened. Great use of taxpayer money.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:00:40am

re: #93 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Too subtle? :(

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wheat-dogg  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:17:17am

re: #94 Grunthos the Flatulent

Too subtle? :(

I got it.

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William Lewis  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:23:53am

re: #89 Odie Hugh Manatee

Heh. If you’reon speaking terms with him, my first lp purchase was Pieces of Eight (I was looking for The Grand Illusion) though my tastes have gone in other directions due to learning about the Ramones and The Clash, I still appreciate that era of Styx. Give him my thanks.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:25:58am

re: #96 William Lewis

Heh. If you’reon speaking terms with him, my first lp purchase was Pieces of Eight (I was looking for The Grand Illusion) though my tastes have gone in other directions due to learning about the Ramones and The Clash, I still appreciate that era of Styx. Give him my thanks.

My first LP was Living in the Past by Jethro Tull. Other early purchases included ELP, Yes, Alice Cooper and Mott the Hoople.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:29:57am

re: #96 William Lewis

Heh. If you’reon speaking terms with him, my first lp purchase was Pieces of Eight (I was looking for The Grand Illusion) though my tastes have gone in other directions due to learning about the Ramones and The Clash, I still appreciate that era of Styx. Give him my thanks.

I was always partial to the songs James Young wrote.

Styx - Half-Penny, Two-Penny/A.D. 1958

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:29:57am

re: #94 Grunthos the Flatulent

Too subtle? :(

You pun was a wreck. Shun it was the only option.

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William Lewis  Dec 21, 2016 • 2:59:08am

re: #94 Grunthos the Flatulent

Too subtle? :(

Nah, it was fine. We just prefer ones that lead to long strings of jokes and there is only so much you can say about polish pole barns poping up…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 3:00:27am

re: #100 William Lewis

Nah, it was fine. We just prefer ones that lead to long strings of jokes and there is only so much you can say about polish pole barns poping up…

wrong time of day to get a string of puns going…

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William Lewis  Dec 21, 2016 • 3:30:09am

re: #101 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

wrong time of day to get a string of puns going…

I know but I had to take a poke at it.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 3:31:01am

re: #102 William Lewis

I know but I had to take a poke at it.

why aggravate the problem?

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William Lewis  Dec 21, 2016 • 3:36:33am

Seriously? Its boring waiting on the scrambled eggs to microwave.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 21, 2016 • 3:37:00am

re: #73 wheat-dogg

It’s another example of dumbfuck legislators trying to deal with stuff they don’t understand at all. Practically speaking, there is no effective way to prevent a computer from accessing porn, because no manufacturer is going to agree to bork their products specifically for So Carolina, and in any event, someone in SC can just order a computer online with no such restrictions.

As I mentioned above, China tried the same thing with Green Dan Youth Escort in 2009, and the idea was so atrocious and offensive, the public and domestic manufacturers forced the government to back down.

This must be part of that “less government” and “less regulation” they are always talking about.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 3:40:18am

re: #105 Eventual Carrion

This must be part of that “less government” and “less regulation” they are always talking about.

There can never be Too Much Government when it comes to regulating what consenting adults do for fun in their spare time…

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:06:06am

re: #69 Anymouse

Wingnut legislators gotta wing, this time in South Carolina. A state legislator has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of computers in So. Car. that could access porn.

I’m not even sure how you would do that; such sites pop up every day. Moreover, someone (either in government or in computer firms) would have to keep lists of “acceptable content.”

Wonkette’s take on this guy and his bill is certainly funny (and as always not suitable for work), as is the crude title of the article (hence, it is behind privacy tags).

[Embedded content]

Should this bill pass (which I highly doubt), the response from computer makers and companies that sell them will be “HAHAHAHA…no.” They’re not going to willfully install ransomware in their own devices for a single state, knowing that the end result will simply be that people take their money to companies that don’t bend over for Big Daddy Gov’t. Even Wal-Mart (that bastion of “morality”) would be quick to tell the SC legislature where to stick this new law. This would actually blow up worse than HB2, especially the first time they try to shut down a store that sells these “sinful” machines.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:20:10am

re: #39 Belafon

Which, once again, should go against protestant teaching. There’s a hierarchy: God, and everyone else. Since we’re all equal under God, there is no “I’m better than you.

HA! That’s cute that you think that.

sarc — not-sarc

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:27:09am

re: #39 Belafon

Which, once again, should go against protestant teaching. There’s a hierarchy: God, and everyone else. Since we’re all equal under God, there is no “I’m better than you.”

Edited.

We have to give those Protestants some credit: the notion that all people should be equal under the law originated in the doctrine that all people are equal before God.

And the notion that we should all be able to read the Bible and form our own opinions of it is what led to the notion that we should undertake to ensure education for everyone, not just the privileged.

Those were not widely accepted ideas before the Reformation.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:36:56am

re: #96 William Lewis

Nope, I just see him at the store on occasion. My wife works there and recently thanked him for his music, which he politely thanked her for. That will make her TS worshiping brother very jealous when he finds out…lol! Tommy and his wife live up by Gold Beach, about 30 miles north of Brookings, and frequent our department store as it’s the closest large store for them other than heading to Bandon (about 55 miles north of Gold Beach). My wife is a violinist and I’m guitarist so when we say we appreciate music, we mean it! My wife loves Styx and while I saw them in concert back in the 70’s, I like his later work.

One other bit o’ gossip to contrast with the Senior Discount Days… he shops for pants in the Young Men’s department. :)

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:41:38am

re: #47 Romantic Heretic

Ach! He jinxed it!

One of the people in that video said, “2017 can’t be worse than 2016.”

Now the Gates to Hell will open!

I actually will be shocked if 2017 is not greatly worser than 2016. Maybe not as many dead musician and other people of note, but worser in many, many other ways.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:42:45am

re: #111 Colère Tueur de Lapin

I actually will be shocked if 2017 is not greatly worser than 2016. Maybe not as many dead musician and other people of note, but worser in many, many other ways.

Even in my most optimistic moments, I realize that things will have to get a whole lot worse before they can even start to get any better…

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:43:13am

“Half-blind” (“One-Eyed”?) is now A Thing.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:45:01am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

“Half-blind” (“One-Eyed”?) is now A Thing.

How about “partially pregnant” as an option for women?

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 21, 2016 • 4:57:02am

re: #73 wheat-dogg

It’s another example of dumbfuck legislators trying to deal with stuff they don’t understand at all. Practically speaking, there is no effective way to prevent a computer from accessing porn, because no manufacturer is going to agree to bork their products specifically for So Carolina, and in any event, someone in SC can just order a computer online with no such restrictions.

It will block all .gif/.jpg/.mov/.mp4/etc. ad nauseum attachments/downloads/embeds etc. that contain excessive amounts of flesh tones of any hue.

h/t - BOFH

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:02:41am

re: #115 Colère Tueur de Lapin

It will block all .gif/.jpg/.mov/.mp4/etc. ad nauseum attachments/downloads/embeds etc. that contain excessive amounts of flesh tones of any hue.

h/t - BOFH

that would be good. but it will in the end boil down to some government agent’s subjective assessment of what constitutes “acceptable content”.

I am sure that he will have to watch some sites repeatedly and very closely in order to make such a determination…

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:02:49am

re: #107 Targetpractice

Should this bill pass (which I highly doubt), the response from computer makers and companies that sell them will be “HAHAHAHA…no.” They’re not going to willfully install ransomware in their own devices for a single state, knowing that the end result will simply be that people take their money to companies that don’t bend over for Big Daddy Gov’t. Even Wal-Mart (that bastion of “morality”) would be quick to tell the SC legislature where to stick this new law. This would actually blow up worse than HB2, especially the first time they try to shut down a store that sells these “sinful” machines.

Besides the bill being thrown out on First Amendment and, possibly, interstate commerce grounds by the first court that sees it.

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Jayleia  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:04:07am

re: #115 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Too complicated and REALLY unconstitutional.

They’re going to personally review all such media before we’re allowed to view it…at least digital media can’t get sticky…

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:05:06am

re: #116 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

that would be good. but it will in the end boil down to some government agent’s subjective assessment of what constitutes “acceptable content”.

I am sure that he will have to watch some sites repeatedly and very closely in order to make such a determination…

So, pretty much this Penny Arcade comic strip?
penny-arcade.com

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:07:04am

re: #116 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

that would be good. but it will in the end boil down to some government agent’s subjective assessment of what constitutes “acceptable content”.

I am sure that he will have to watch some sites repeatedly and very closely in order to make such a determination…

I bet there will be some heavy competition from devout Christians for those gub’mint jobs as a South Carolina Porn Monitor.

Nothing like getting paid for what they would gladly do for free. :)

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:11:48am
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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:12:57am

re: #117 Timothy Watson

Besides the bill being thrown out on First Amendment and, possibly, interstate commerce grounds by the first court that sees it.

Given how brazen the GOP has gotten in recent years, they probably think they could make a serious run at getting the Trump-approved Roberts court to uphold the law.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:13:59am

I really wish liberals would stop shopping at Whole Foods Paycheck:

Whole Foods has a program that rewards employees who work in departments that generate surpluses, by giving them bonuses. The company says the fired managers shifted labor costs — a bookkeeping move that puts the cost overruns of one department on the books of a department that’s running a surplus — thus preventing employees who earned bonuses from actually getting the extra money.

The lawsuit claims the practice was going on not just at the nine stores but nationwide, and was not just a scheme by the nine managers but “a decision made at the executive level … to pad company profits.” The suit says that a program that allowed employees to float from one department to another in order to help where needed was used to shift the labor costs.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:19:05am

re: #107 Targetpractice

Should this bill pass (which I highly doubt), the response from computer makers and companies that sell them will be “HAHAHAHA…no.” They’re not going to willfully install ransomware in their own devices for a single state, knowing that the end result will simply be that people take their money to companies that don’t bend over for Big Daddy Gov’t. Even Wal-Mart (that bastion of “morality”) would be quick to tell the SC legislature where to stick this new law. This would actually blow up worse than HB2, especially the first time they try to shut down a store that sells these “sinful” machines.

It’s a hoot to walk through their video aisles and realize that Walmart is deeply involved in pushing porn, as defined by the nuns who raised me.

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Patricia Kayden  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:21:44am

re: #46 Mattand

I’m going to love the contortions that conservatives are going to make whitesplaining this idiocy.

Whitesplaining to whom? They don’t care that we see them as the racists they are. They only care about being acceptable to the folks in their circles. They are proud to let the world know that they voted for a sexist racist ignoramus. What makes you feel that they feel that they have to explain themselves for any of their positions?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:25:35am

re: #125 Patricia Kayden

Whitesplaining to whom? They don’t care that we see them as the racists they are. They only care about being acceptable to the folks in their circles. They are proud to let the world know that they voted for a sexist racist ignoramus. What makes you feel that they feel that they have to explain themselves for any of their positions?

People were tired of being told that you cannot say bigoted, threatening or sexist things without facing social, commercial, political or professional consequences.

Then Donald Trump came along and showed them that you can say and even do such things and still succeed. No wonder he is such a hero.

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:28:33am

re: #126 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

People were tired of being told that you cannot say bigoted, threatening or sexist things without facing social, commercial, political or professional consequences.

Then Donald Trump came along and showed them that you can say and even do such things and still succeed. No wonder he is such a hero.

What Trump did was prove that if you narrow the target of your bullying to a certain set of people, then you can not only get away with it, you can be praised for “telling it like it is.”

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:32:25am

2017 will be the year that the maniac elected to the highest office in the land will shoot someone in cold blood in the middle of 5th Avenue and won’t lose a single supporter.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:34:33am

re: #93 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And again, it involves creating a government agency to assess and decide on which content is to be banned. And it will have to permanently monitor any and all new sites opened. Great use of taxpayer money.

They can probably find volunteers to spend hours a day reviewing websites which may have porn to be banned.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:35:43am

re: #127 Targetpractice

What Trump did was prove that if you narrow the target of your bullying to a certain set of people, then you can not only get away with it, you can be praised for “telling it like it is.”

And that set is narrow, though not as narrow as we’d like. As a percentage of eligible voters, he drew fewer than the famous Crazification Factor. Our failure was not bringing enough of the sane majority out of their coma, especially in critical states. Four years of GOP triumphalism will either fix that, or make the fix exceedingly difficult.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:37:13am

re: #128 The Vicious Babushka

2017 will be the year that the maniac elected to the highest office in the land will shoot someone in cold blood in the middle of 5th Avenue and won’t lose a single supporter.

No.

He has people for that.

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darthstar  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:39:39am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:40:52am

Insecure maybe?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:44:47am

re: #133 The Vicious Babushka

Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!

He is right about Hillary focusing on the wrong states, and obviously someone in his campaign understood quite clearly where he had to win.

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darthstar  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:45:16am

re: #133 The Vicious Babushka

Insecure maybe?

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He just likes rubbing salt in her wounds.

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BlueSpotinAL  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:46:13am

re: #114 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

How about “partially pregnant” as an option for women?

A half-blood trust equals turning a blind eye. LOL, I’m gonna leave the autocorrect in.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:55:30am
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makeitstop  Dec 21, 2016 • 5:55:53am

re: #101 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

wrong time of day to get a string of puns going…

Why? I’d think morning would be fine.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:01:44am
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darthstar  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:02:02am

People keep acting shocked that conservatives are so easily corralled. Does anyone not know who John McCain is? Conservatives are only about principles when the cameras are on…then they fold like the insecure puppets they are.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:03:18am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:04:25am

re: #130 Decatur Deb

Our failure was not bringing enough of the sane majority out of their coma, especially in critical states. Four years of GOP triumphalism will either fix that, or make the fix exceedingly difficult.

We brought out a number, but they were not allowed to vote.

Four years of GOP is going to cement that.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:04:45am

How terrifying is it that Bill O’Reilly and Brian Kilmeade have two of the best selling books under History on Amazon?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:06:24am

re: #138 makeitstop

Why? I’d think morning would be fine.

It is morning now for most Lizards, it was like 5am when that got going

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:07:10am

re: #143 Timothy Watson

How terrifying is it that Bill O’Reilly and Brian Kilmeade have two of the best selling books under History on Amazon?

best-selling and least-read

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:07:36am

re: #141 The Vicious Babushka

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:09:10am

Trump’s still fixated on the election, which again suggests he’s trying to divert attention from other more important things.

He’s skipping security briefings by his own admission while world events continue to fly past at a rate he simply can’t comprehend. The election? Yeah, you won the electoral college. We knew that on Election Night. That was more than a month ago. But Trump is so insecure that he’s got to try and convince people that he simultaneously won the popular vote (he didn’t) and that he was just so much smarter than everyone else in the room (he isn’t).

What he did do was con enough people in enough places to support the racist, bigoted, ignoramus. They’re going to be in for a reckoning when Trump undermines everything that these people supposedly supported Trump for doing - the wall, jobs, security, all of it.

I missed out on Charles’ last post, but the title reminded me that I had to block someone yesterday who was suggesting that if only we find Jesus, everything will be okay. Ummm.. I’m Jewish. Not. Gonna. Happen. And this person was basically proving my point that Trump and his supporters are more than willing and able to trample all over the 1A to further their absolutist/authoritarian agenda.

These people are dangerous and it’s time to take them - and the GOP as the threat they truly are.

The GOP puts lives in danger. Period. Full Stop.

We see it with their ongoing attacks on access to health care - repealing Obamacare with nothing as a replacement to the attacks on access to abortion and birth control. This is all about control, power, misogyny, and it put lives in danger. This isn’t a pro-life agenda, but rather a forced birth one where women are meant to be nothing more than reproductive. Their utility and value to society is limited to reproduction so that these angry white guys can feel better about themselves.

*grrrr*

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:09:20am

re: #146 Eric The Fruit Bat

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I guess the question is, was this a staged “performance” conducted with the intention of getting thrown off the flight and going viral?

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:10:23am

He suggests that Trump, whom he proclaimed to be in “the most excellent health of any President ever!” may be in the early stages of dementia.

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Semper Fi  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:10:53am

re: #143 Timothy Watson

How terrifying is it that Bill O’Reilly and Brian Kilmeade have two of the best selling books under History on Amazon?

Ten (10) updings…but only one (1) recorded.

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makeitstop  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:10:55am

re: #144 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It is morning now for most Lizards, it was like 5am when that got going

I knew that pun wold be too subtle. :)

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:11:25am

Oh and that far-right Austrian party founded by the Nazis? Seems they’ve been busy contacting GOPers up and down the food chain, including one on Staten Island.

The fascists are truly on the march, and we still have Bernie supporters who think that the real threat was, is, and forever will be, Clinton.

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darthstar  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:13:32am
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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:15:33am

re: #148 The Vicious Babushka

Delta:

Two customers were removed from this flight and later rebooked after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort. We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect.

This occurred in Delta Flight 1, From London Heathrow (LHR) to New York City JFK.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:17:38am

re: #140 darthstar

People keep acting shocked that conservatives are so easily corralled. Does anyone not know who John McCain is? Conservatives are only about principles when the cameras are on…then they fold like the insecure puppets they are.

[Embedded content]

Screw ‘em. They don’t need significant bullying, because Trump is the Republican Party and the Republican Party is Trump. The slight crack between them closed when the NeverTrumpers went silent. Whatever that buffoon does, whoever he hurts, he is mainstream GOP now.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:19:07am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:21:07am

Why was my first thought “somebody stole this guy’s papers”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:21:51am

re: #156 The Vicious Babushka

Trump fans bombard nurse’s children with threats after pro-Trump websites publish wrong number

At some point, something like this will not just stop at phone calls…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:22:30am

re: #157 The Vicious Babushka

Berlin investigators seek man whose documents were found in truck

Was it tucked in between the pages of his Koran?

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:22:46am

re: #153 darthstar

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Which means Republicans will just blame Democrats for passing the ACA in the first place, insist that this wouldn’t have happened if we’d kept the old status quo, and then go into 2018 insisting that if they’re given even more seats in Congress, they’ll get right on passing that ACA-replacement which will be better in every way.

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Sherlock Hound  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:22:52am

Hi, Freddie!

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:24:03am

re: #149 The Vicious Babushka

Bornstein also pointed out that President Ronald Reagan suffered from “pre-senile dementia” during his time in office, but he said that it didn’t matter because no one ever brought it up.

Is Dr. Moron admitting that tRump has pre-senile dementia? Full blown dementia? Cerebellumectomy?

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:27:50am

re: #161 Sherlock Hound

Hi, Freddie!

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And yet, you can bet Freddie is one of those who believes that if other countries had just stood up to Hitler sooner, WWII would never have happened.

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:28:30am

re: #161 Sherlock Hound

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“Freddie” should then arrange to stop using middle eastern oil because there is a direct connection.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:29:23am

re: #162 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Rectal cranial inversion. Yeah, it would explain much.

And it shows that Trump has surrounded himself with liars and conmen just like himself. Because he wants people approving what he says and does. Doesn’t want to hear no - and doesn’t know what to do beyond threatening to sue if he doesn’t get his way.

This is a person who doesn’t even comprehend what limits are. That’s dangerous under ordinary circumstances, but when you’re elected president, it takes on a totally different level of danger.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:32:46am

re: #165 lawhawk

This is a person who doesn’t even comprehend what limits are. That’s dangerous under ordinary circumstances, but when you’re elected president, it takes on a totally different level of danger.

Unlike the owner/director of a company, a President does not have the ultimate authority to tell anybody under him what to do or to fire them if they don’t. We will soon see endless temper tantrums coming from his Twitter feed over that.

All I can say to the Democrats is that they owe DT all the respect and cooperation that the GOP showed Obama…

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:34:33am

Yesterday, Obama issued an EO that protects some of the most threatened offshore waters around the US - in the Arctic and off the East Coast - from offshore drilling. The right wing got the vapors, including nitwits claiming that Obama abuses EOs and has issued 1,000 of them.

Nice try. That’s off by a factor of four. Obama has issued exactly 260 of them to date. That’s not just fewer than GWB or Bill Clinton or even Ronald Reagan, but it’s the fewest by any 2-term president since Grover Cleveland.

Far from being a president who expands power and is using EOs to trump Congressional obstructionism, Obama’s actually pushed a more limited view of the powers of the presidency - a position far more in line with the Founders than the so called constitutionalists in the GOP who are obstructing Obama’s nominee for Scalia’s replacement by refusing to even hold a hearing or a vote on Merrick Garland. That’s absolutely unprecedented in US history, but these right wing nitwits think that this is exactly what needs to be done. It’s the absolute pursuit of power and crushing all those before them.

All that’s left is for the GOP to revel in the hearing of the lamentations of the women (and they’re working on that with all due haste).

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jeffreyw  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:36:04am

Good morning!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:37:03am

re: #167 lawhawk

Yesterday, Obama issued an EO that protects some of the most threatened offshore waters around the US - in the Arctic and off the East Coast - from offshore drilling. The right wing got the vapors, including nitwits claiming that Obama abuses EOs and has issued 1,000 of them.

Nice try. That’s off by a factor of four. Obama has issued exactly 260 of them to date. That’s not just fewer than GWB or Bill Clinton or even Ronald Reagan, but it’s the fewest by any 2-term president since Grover Cleveland.

That statement simply reflects the Larger Truth that Obama is a usurper and a dictator. The factuality of it is of secondary importance.

When will you guys learn?

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:38:35am

re: #163 Targetpractice

And yet, you can bet Freddie is one of those who believes that if other countries had just stood up to Hitler sooner, WWII would never have happened.

And, of course, that Jews could have prevented the Holocaust if only they had possessed some Walther PPKs and Mauser 98s of their own.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:39:27am

re: #170 Shiplord Kirel

And, of course, that Jews could have prevented the Holocaust if only they had possessed some Walther PPKs and Mauser 98s of their own.

and a few panzer divisions and an air force…

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:40:01am

re: #130 Decatur Deb

And that set is narrow, though not as narrow as we’d like. As a percentage of eligible voters, he drew fewer than the famous Crazification Factor. Our failure was not bringing enough of the sane majority out of their coma, especially in critical states. Four years of GOP triumphalism will either fix that, or make the fix exceedingly difficult.

AAAKKK. This comment is off-kilter because of a mis-read of TP’s #127. The set that is “narrow” was intended to be the set of Trump voters, not their targets. PIMF.

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Citizen K  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:48:30am

I feel like I want to take a nailbat to something this morning.

It’s going to take for-fucking-ever for people to accept that Hillary was not the one-and-only singular reason for everything going tits up, and that a different candidate in the same situation would not have made everything all peaches and fucking cream. But no, apparently all we have to do is crucify Hillary and disavow her as anything but History’s Greatest Monster and everything will be hunky dory.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:49:31am

re: #170 Shiplord Kirel

And, of course, that Jews could have prevented the Holocaust if only they had possessed some Walther PPKs and Mauser 98s of their own.

A somewhat-restored History Channel (AHC) ran a look at the Hess trial at Nuremberg last night. It went into his final statement—that the Holocaust was a deliberate Jewish ploy to make the Nazis look bad.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:50:37am

re: #173 Citizen K

I feel like I want to take a nailbat to something this morning.

It’s going to take for-fucking-ever for people to accept that Hillary was not the one-and-only singular reason for everything going tits up, and that a different candidate in the same situation would not have made everything all peaches and fucking cream. But no, apparently all we have to do is crucify Hillary and disavow her as anything but History’s Greatest Monster and everything will be hunky dory.

And the fact that she won the popular vote by 2.6 million is also irrelevant, right?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:51:32am

re: #174 Decatur Deb

A somewhat-restored History Channel (AHC) ran a look at the Hess trial at Nuremberg last night. It went into his final statement—that the Holocaust was a deliberate Jewish ploy to make the Nazis look bad.

And Dylan Root shot up that church in a deliberate attempt to make White Nationalists look violent.

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John Hughes  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:52:06am

How perceptive, Mr O’Reilly.

Of course the left wants power taken away from the “white establishment”. Is this a new discovery for you?

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:54:13am

re: #174 Decatur Deb

A somewhat-restored History Channel (AHC) ran a look at the Hess trial at Nuremberg last night. It went into his final statement—that the Holocaust was a deliberate Jewish ploy to make the Nazis look bad.

Slavery was an African plan to discredit the south….

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:54:48am

re: #167 lawhawk

Yesterday, Obama issued an EO that protects some of the most threatened offshore waters around the US - in the Arctic and off the East Coast - from offshore drilling. The right wing got the vapors, including nitwits claiming that Obama abuses EOs and has issued 1,000 of them.

Nice try. That’s off by a factor of four. Obama has issued exactly 260 of them to date. That’s not just fewer than GWB or Bill Clinton or even Ronald Reagan, but it’s the fewest by any 2-term president since Grover Cleveland.

Far from being a president who expands power and is using EOs to trump Congressional obstructionism, Obama’s actually pushed a more limited view of the powers of the presidency - a position far more in line with the Founders than the so called constitutionalists in the GOP who are obstructing Obama’s nominee for Scalia’s replacement by refusing to even hold a hearing or a vote on Merrick Garland. That’s absolutely unprecedented in US history, but these right wing nitwits think that this is exactly what needs to be done. It’s the absolute pursuit of power and crushing all those before them.

All that’s left is for the GOP to revel in the hearing of the lamentations of the women (and they’re working on that with all due haste).

Many, if not most, of those EOs are simply updates of long-standing instructions by former presidents telling the executive agencies how to implement laws established by Congress. Every president has to refresh a bunch of them, usually after one or two administrations skip an update.

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Citizen K  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:55:46am

re: #175 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And the fact that she won the popular vote by 2.6 million is also irrelevant, right?

Of course it is, she still lost, therefore every single terrible horrible no-good thing about her was proven true and the idea of her as a vampire harpy that killed the Democratic party is now gospel or some shit.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:55:46am

re: #173 Citizen K

I feel like I want to take a nailbat to something this morning.

It’s going to take for-fucking-ever for people to accept that Hillary was not the one-and-only singular reason for everything going tits up, and that a different candidate in the same situation would not have made everything all peaches and fucking cream. But no, apparently all we have to do is crucify Hillary and disavow her as anything but History’s Greatest Monster and everything will be hunky dory.

The fact that Clinton’s press was relentlessly negative in the last two weeks of the campaign, in large part thanks to the FBI, while Trump’s press became much less negative, probably didn’t help. As Matthew Yglesias wrote, the email “scandal” was bullshit, but the “scandal” was almost the only thing people heard from the media about Clinton.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:56:00am

Welp

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:56:30am

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

And Dylan Root shot up that church in a deliberate attempt to make White Nationalists look violent.

re: #178 Barefoot Grin

Slavery was an African plan to discredit the south….

Now you’re catching on. Don’t get me started on Wounded Knee.

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John Hughes  Dec 21, 2016 • 6:57:01am

re: #4 Eclectic Cyborg

Unfortunately, with a Trump admin, Fox is basically state run media.

Not quite. Anglicanism is the official religion of the UK, Shia Islam is the official religion of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The difference is that that means that Anglicanism is controlled by the UK crown, but the Iran is controlled by Shia Islam.

Fox/Brietbart : Pravda as Islamism : Anglicanism.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:08:58am

So hard to believe this guy.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:17:38am

re: #185 JasonA

So hard to believe this guy.

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I watched the video of them getting removed from the flight for “causing a disturbance” which they claim is just for “speaking a different language” and knowing about the previous stunts, have to ask: was this staged O’Keefe-style “performance art” for the intention of 1) going viral 2) lawsuit against Delta for $$$$

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:19:31am

re: #179 Decatur Deb

There you go with facts and logic. These people consider everything Obama did and does as illegitimate - the original sin being he is a black guy in a White House.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:21:12am

re: #186 The Vicious Babushka

I watched the video of them getting removed from the flight for “causing a disturbance” which they claim is just for “speaking a different language” and knowing about the previous stunts, have to ask: was this staged O’Keefe-style “performance art” for the intention of 1) going viral 2) lawsuit against Delta for $$$$

I don’t know, but I feel it’s justifiable to have doubts.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:21:24am

re: #187 lawhawk

There you go with facts and logic. These people consider everything Obama did and does as illegitimate - the original sin being he is a black guy in a White House.

As I mentioned, that is the Larger Truth; therefore anything negative you can or could say about him must be viewed and ultimately accepted (and re-tweeted) in the light of its Higher Truthiness.

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Thanos  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:27:10am

From “The Unknown Punster” on Facebook.

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:30:47am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

Welp

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The Pinto lives on in spirit.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:32:00am

re: #191 Shiplord Kirel

The Pinto lives on in spirit.

Ford Pinto Explosion

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:33:50am
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wheat-dogg  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:35:22am

The cynic in me says Erdogan is using this photo op for political purposes, but I’m glad Bana and her family are safe.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:36:53am

re: #194 wheat-dogg

The cynic in me says Erdogan is using this photo op for political purposes, but I’m glad Bana and her family are safe.

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Of course he is, that’s what politicians do.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:37:02am

re: #193 JasonA

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Christ.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:39:43am

re: #192 Dr Lizardo

Naw, that’s top secret.

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:40:19am

re: #193 JasonA

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What this election did was give the racists among us the courage to let their freak flag fly.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:41:01am

Winter is here.

time.com

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:43:00am

re: #199 Decatur Deb

Winter is here.

time.com

The Starks are always right…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:43:54am

re: #198 Targetpractice

What this election did was give the racists among us the courage to let their freak flag fly.

And it is only going to go downhill from here, especially when they see that they can get away with this sort of acts and utterances…

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Dave In Austin  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:44:26am

re: #193 JasonA

The nitwit has been banned from the mall where this happened.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:46:14am

re: #202 Dave In Austin

The nitwit has been banned from the mall where this happened.

Looked like the counter clerk tried to tamp her down.

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:50:36am

re: #192 Dr Lizardo
Hemmings actually has 6 Pintos listed right now, along with all the hundreds of Rolls-Royces and Ferraris. hemmings.com
2 of these are hot rods of sorts but 4 appear to be fairly stock machines. In contrast, there are only 5 Chevrolet Vegas, all “specials” of one kind or another (V-8 conversions or the rare Cosworth types). There are no Chevrolet Chevettes at all, so that unlamented product may be almost gone as well as forgotten. I had 2 Chevettes. I still think it was a better car than the Vega but that bar could not be any lower.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:50:47am

re: #199 Decatur Deb

Winter is here.

time.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:51:26am

re: #202 Dave In Austin

The nitwit has been banned from the mall where this happened.

Oppressing Free Speech!!!

Again again, supporters love Donald Trump because they see in him someone who can say and do all sorts of offensive things and not face any serious consequences. They all want to be like him

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:52:31am
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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:54:49am

re: #207 Timothy Watson

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What awful CGI! Looks like something made in the 70s!

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:56:34am

Trump will probably use twitter to shame the Jefferson Mall into reinstating the woman’s shopping and free speech “rights.”

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:56:45am

re: #208 Targetpractice

What awful CGI! Looks like something made in the 70s!

True, but they did do a hell of a make-up job on those geezers.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:57:26am

re: #204 Shiplord Kirel

Hemmings actually has 6 Pintos listed right now, along with all the hundreds of Rolls-Royces and Ferraris. hemmings.com
2 of these are hot rods of sorts but 4 appear to be fairly stock machines. In contrast, there are only 5 Chevrolet Vegas, all “specials” of one kind or another (V-8 conversions or the rare Cosworth types). There are no Chevrolet Chevettes at all, so that unlamented product may be almost gone as well as forgotten. I had 2 Chevettes. I still think it was a better car than the Vega but that bar could not be any lower.

My dad bought a Chevette, I think to replace his aging VW Microbus. He hated the Chevette. He said it wasn’t much faster than the bus, and my first reaction when I saw it coming home from college was, “Shit, what an ugly car!” He kept it six months and then bought an AMC Hornet with a V8. Substantially quicker, but being an AMC product, somewhat less than reliable and the V8 was crappy on gas. His last car before he passed was a Renault Encore (when AMC and Renault had some kind of partnership). It was actually not bad: 4 cylinders and 5-speed trans.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:58:11am

re: #208 Targetpractice

What awful CGI! Looks like something made in the 70s!

I am still waiting for the novelization of the screenplay of Lord of the Rings to come out…

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 7:59:20am

re: #211 wheat-dogg

My dad bought a Chevette, I think to replace his aging VW Microbus. He hated the Chevette. He said it wasn’t much faster than the bus, and my first reaction when I saw it coming home from college was, “Shit, what an ugly car!” He kept it six months and then bought an AMC Hornet with a V8. Substantially quicker, but being an AMC product, somewhat less than reliable and the V8 was crappy on gas. His last car before he passed was a Renault Encore (when AMC and Renault had some kind of partnership). It was actually not bad: 4 cylinders and 5-speed trans.

And then Lee Iacocca got on TV and hectored the American people for preferring reliable, gas-efficient Japanese cars. Those were the days.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:00:03am

re: #204 Shiplord Kirel

Hemmings actually has 6 Pintos listed right now, along with all the hundreds of Rolls-Royces and Ferraris. hemmings.com
2 of these are hot rods of sorts but 4 appear to be fairly stock machines. In contrast, there are only 5 Chevrolet Vegas, all “specials” of one kind or another (V-8 conversions or the rare Cosworth types). There are no Chevrolet Chevettes at all, so that unlamented product may be almost gone as well as forgotten. I had 2 Chevettes. I still think it was a better car than the Vega but that bar could not be any lower.

This one’s in nice shape, actually: hemmings.com

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:01:25am

re: #207 Timothy Watson

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wheat-dogg  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:04:24am

re: #213 Barefoot Grin

And then Lee Iacocca got on TV and hectored the American people for preferring reliable, gas-efficient Japanese cars. Those were the days.

My son retired his ‘94 Honda Accord recently. He bought it in 2006, and when he sold it to another buyer, it had over 350,000 miles on the original engine and 5-speed trans. He replaced the timing belt as a precaution around 150,000 miles, but decided he didn’t want to deal with replacing the half-shafts or CV joints.

Now he drives a Triumph motorcycle, or his bicycle.

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Jayleia  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:07:23am

re: #215 lawhawk

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:08:27am

re: #213 Barefoot Grin

And then Lee Iacocca got on TV and hectored the American people for preferring reliable, gas-efficient Japanese cars. Those were the days.

I used to really be proud of American Capitalism. Then I saw the US government doing exactly what the USSR did with its industries: baling them out to keep people employed instead of letting inefficient industries fail.

But nobody in America wanted to face the social and political consequences of letting the Invisible hand jerk us around…and we still don’t, unless the people getting jerked are already poor or dark-skinned.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:08:53am

Trump team boycotts a FAR RIGHT ISRAELI OFFICIAL in order to snuggle up with neo-Nazis.

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Interesting Times  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:10:54am

Ha:

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:13:28am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

Trump team boycotts a FAR RIGHT ISRAELI OFFICIAL in order to snuggle up with neo-Nazis.

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How long until Bibi tells her to suck it up so Israel gets the embassy move?

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:16:24am

re: #216 wheat-dogg

My son retired his ‘94 Honda Accord recently. He bought it in 2006, and when he sold it to another buyer, it had over 350,000 miles on the original engine and 5-speed trans. He replaced the timing belt as a precaution around 150,000 miles, but decided he didn’t want to deal with replacing the half-shafts or CV joints.

Now he drives a Triumph motorcycle, or his bicycle.

We bought a ‘92 Accord in 2002 with 140k miles for $4000. It seemed too much at the time, but we got it to 250K before we opted for a used Nissan Quest for our growing family. I did have to replace CV joints and brakes once in those miles. Later I inherited a ‘92 Volvo. In some ways I loved that car, but I spent thousands keeping it going. Now we have a Civic.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:18:52am

re: #218 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I used to really be proud of American Capitalism. Then I saw the US government doing exactly what the USSR did with its industries: baling them out to keep people employed instead of letting inefficient industries fail.

But nobody in America wanted to face the social and political consequences of letting the Invisible hand jerk us around…and we still don’t, unless the people getting jerked are already poor or dark-skinned.

The irony was that the attempt to protect Detroit through tariffs was just the fillip to get Subaru-Isuzu (at the time) to build in Lafayette, Honda into southern Ohio, and Toyota into Kentucky—followed of course by German and South Korean makers. So, in some ways, I guess it worked. Not so much for the union guys, though.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:18:53am
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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:19:17am

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Decatur Deb  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:20:47am

re: #216 wheat-dogg

My son retired his ‘94 Honda Accord recently. He bought it in 2006, and when he sold it to another buyer, it had over 350,000 miles on the original engine and 5-speed trans. He replaced the timing belt as a precaution around 150,000 miles, but decided he didn’t want to deal with replacing the half-shafts or CV joints.

Now he drives a Triumph motorcycle, or his bicycle.

Would gladly surrender my ‘80 Yamaha 500 for a mid-70s Triumph Trident. (Like, who wouldn’t?)

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:20:57am

Car driven into Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:22:35am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:25:18am

LIBRULS & THERE STUPID MATH

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:28:08am

Trump won the pop vote by a fuckton if you don’t count states with almost 20% of the country’s population.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:28:19am

re: #229 The Vicious Babushka

LIBRULS & THERE STUPID MATH

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Too bad New York and California last I saw are still part of the United States, Matty. But i get it, they’re not “Real America” because they saw through the hateful yam that you blindly support.

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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:29:02am

To advance a 50-state strategy, somebody’s put together a website
runforoffice.org

Hey Anonymouse, if you step up to try to run in your deeply red district… many people here will donate to your campaign. We promise.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:29:37am

re: #230 JasonA

Trump won the pop vote by a fuckton if you don’t count states with almost 20% of the country’s population.

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I am so fucking sick of conservative hypocrisy on this bullshit. They love to accuse Dems and Liberals of “looking down” on so called flyover country and the heartland but here they are looking over two states that as you say make up 20% of our population but also play a big role in our economy as well. It’s so fucking stupid.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:30:11am

re: #231 HappyWarrior

Too bad New York and California last I saw are still part of the United States, Matty. But i get it, they’re not “Real America” because they saw through the hateful yam that you blindly support.

Huh? Yglesias is making fun of them.

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Jayleia  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:31:03am

re: #234 JasonA

Yeah, but it came from the Drudge report, Matt Drudge. Too many Matts.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:31:04am

re: #234 JasonA

Huh? Yglesias is making fun of them.

The original Drudge post that Matt is making fun of is what I’m talking about. I kow Yglesias is making fun of Drudge.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:32:04am

re: #235 Jayleia

Yeah, but it came from the Drudge report, Matt Drudge. Too many Matts.

I didn’t even realize that heh. But yeah Jason, I meant Drudge and not Yglesias. Trust me, I’m well rested heh since I actually got the day off today.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:34:33am

re: #235 Jayleia

Yeah, but it came from the Drudge report, Matt Drudge. Too many Matts.

Doh.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:34:54am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:36:26am

You know though regarding the OT, there’s something funny about a man named O’Reilly crying about the “white establishment” losing its influence because hey BillO once upon a time, they were bitching about people LIKE you but I guess you forgot about that.

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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:41:43am

re: #239 JasonA

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:41:48am

Yeah, if you just ignore two of the most heavily populated states in the Union, Trump totally won the popular vote./////

“I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:42:51am

re: #242 Targetpractice

Yeah, if you just ignore two of the most heavily populated states in the Union, Trump totally won the popular vote./////

“I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

If you ignore the people who didn’t vote for Clinton, Trump won in a landslide. //

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Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:49:18am

How many Charles Johnson’s are there?

Here’s a horrifying story of one killed in Chicago as bystanders did nothing.
thedailybeast.com

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:51:32am
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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:54:57am

Happy solstice

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:56:19am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:57:39am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:57:53am

Took me a second…

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 21, 2016 • 8:59:20am

re: #242 Targetpractice

“I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

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makeitstop  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:00:14am

A Former Apprentice Producer Responds to Donald Trump Being Elected President

There’s a larger issue at hand: non-fiction or “reality” television has obviously become a huge force in shaping the minds of the populace. The Apprentice contributed to that. People lapped up what the producers were putting out, and the danger became real as news directors, desperate to compete with ratings, started putting music under soft news stories. Facebook started pushing altogether fake news. Opinions on Twitter became truths over lies. People were prone to clickbait no matter how salacious or factually questionable it was, and the entire journalism world turned on its head.

At the very same time, some clever producers were putting forth a manufactured story about a billionaire whose empire was, in actuality, crumbling at the very same time he took the job, the salary, and ownership rights to do a reality show. The Apprentice was a scam put forth to the public in exchange for ratings. We were “entertaining,” and the story about Donald Trump and his stature fell into some bizarre public record as “truth.” This is nothing new, and the impact it’s having on the history of the world is best depicted in the Academy Award-winning film Network, a satire.

Emphasis mine.

So these guys invented the ‘Trump is a big successful businessman’ story, and people believed it.

Also, this.

Now that the lines of fiction and reality have blurred to the horrifying extent that they have, those involved in the media must have their day of reckoning. People are buying our crap. Make it entertaining, yes. But make it real. Give them the truth or pay the consequences.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:00:44am
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The Ghost of Senator Incatatus  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:00:45am

re: #233 HappyWarrior

I am so fucking sick of conservative hypocrisy on this bullshit. They love to accuse Dems and Liberals of “looking down” on so called flyover country and the heartland but here they are looking over two states that as you say make up 20% of our population but also play a big role in our economy as well. It’s so fucking stupid.

Bear in mind that half of “flyover country” talks shit about, and down to, the other half of “flyover country” even as they fuss about being condescended to by “coastal elites.” It’s not like the “values”-having people stint themselves on labelling their neighbors trash (for various reasons) and moochers (because in the post-Reagan era there’s always somebody that’s the scapegoat for bad budgeting). Or the suburban white collar folks actually respect the remaining rural folks (that actually do farm labor, not cosplay with a large truck). And that’s not even getting into the regional stuff. I have people literally just across a river that’s a state border who think they’re somehow better than me.

I’ve watched this in my part of Kentucky for…26 years.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:04:20am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:05:14am

re: #193 JasonA

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:06:47am

re: #253 The Ghost of Senator Incatatus

Bear in mind that half of “flyover country” talks shit about, and down to, the other half of “flyover country” even as they fuss about being condescended to by “coastal elites.” It’s not like the “values”-having people stint themselves on labelling their neighbors trash (for various reasons) and moochers (because in the post-Reagan era there’s always somebody that’s the scapegoat for bad budgeting). Or the suburban white collar folks actually respect the remaining rural folks (that actually do farm labor, not cosplay with a large truck). And that’s not even getting into the regional stuff. I have people literally just across a river that’s a state border who think they’re somehow better than me.

I’ve watched this in my part of Kentucky for…26 years.

Yeah good points.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:07:49am
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Stanley Sea  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:11:56am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:14:22am

re: #256 HappyWarrior

hey HW, a while back I recommended a Kindle book to you and it’s free today.
Shadow of a Century: An Irish Love Story about a family’s story over the decades from the Easter Rising in Ireland to America and back to Ireland for the centennial ceremonies.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:16:18am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:18:02am

I’m getting a bunch of Tweets as a result of Mark Ruffalo’s RT of my NY Times “End The Electoral College” article, complaining that if we eliminate the EC “California and New York will determine every election”

I’m like NO YOU DUMBASS because states will no longer be a factor, just individual votes.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:22:12am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:24:40am

re: #261 The Vicious Babushka

I’m getting a bunch of Tweets as a result of Mark Ruffalo’s RT of my NY Times “End The Electoral College” article, complaining that if we eliminate the EC “California and New York will determine every election”

I’m like NO YOU DUMBASS because states will no longer be a factor, just individual votes.

I would be in favor of keeping the EC, just weighting it so that electoral votes represent the states’ actual share of the population and not their seats in congress, and only having it kick in if no candidate receives an uncontested majority of votes.

But that is only a pipe dream as long as the GOP continues to draw its core support from less densely populated states.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:24:54am

If it turns out this was just another prank then this motherfucker should be banned from all airlines. This is too dangerous.

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retired cynic  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:25:28am

re: #253 The Ghost of Senator Incatatus

Bear in mind that half of “flyover country” talks shit about, and down to, the other half of “flyover country” even as they fuss about being condescended to by “coastal elites.” …

Actually, around here, which is similar to small towns all around, if your parents or grandparents weren’t born here, instead of the small town 5-20 miles away, you will never belong.

I managed that when I married my husband by ignoring it and smiling at everybody, and if they muttered behind my back, it was no skin off of it. I hope that eventually this country will grow up, but I probably won’t see it in my lifetime.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:27:02am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:27:53am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:29:16am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:31:06am

re: #267 The Vicious Babushka

Me, to folks who say we have to “unite” behind Trump:

We should show him all the respect and cooperation that the GOP showed Obama.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:31:10am

re: #268 Backwoods_Sleuth

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[Duterte]
“He is a son of a whore! I will never play ‘Fire and Rain’ again!”
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:31:28am
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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:32:05am

re: #262 JasonA

Whatever happens, dude is getting far more publicity now than he could ever dream of.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:33:11am

re: #261 The Vicious Babushka

It means that candidates will go where the votes are - high population states. So places like Iowa, Delaware, NH have much less value in the general election.

But battleground states will remain as such - FL, IN, IL, PA, OH, MI, VA, CO, etc. because they have value as higher population states.

How does this work out? Consider Wyoming. It has 3 EC votes. With its population, you’re talking about 1 EV for every ~180,000 residents.

California? It’s got over 37 million people and 55 EC votes. That translates to 1 EC vote for every 672,000+ residents. NY has a similar ratio. That gives the Wyoming residents more than 3x as much clout in the EC as California.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:34:48am

OH LOOK A BLITHERING IDIOT==>

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Patricia Kayden  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:35:30am

re: #264 JasonA

If it turns out this was just another prank then this motherfucker should be banned from all airlines. This is too dangerous.

And pranks are supposed to be funny. This is not.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:35:33am

re: #273 lawhawk

It means that candidates will go where the votes are - high population states. So places like Iowa, Delaware, NH have much less value in the general election.

Keeping the EC but weighted by population instead of congressional seats would still compel candidates to seek majorities in as many states as possible.

But again, that is a mere pipe dream as long as the GOP is strong in less densely populated states.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:36:44am

re: #274 The Vicious Babushka

Behold the Clinton archipelago. Looks like Indonesia, not the United States.

If only we could get global warming to work that way for us…

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:37:10am

re: #264 JasonA

If it turns out this was just another prank then this motherfucker should be banned from all airlines. This is too dangerous.

So he is basically just an O’Queef clone.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:37:41am

re: #274 The Vicious Babushka

OH LOOK A BLITHERING IDIOT==>

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Indonesia which has 250 million people living there. Nice try Bry but you fail again. One man, one vote, why should my vote be less than yours because you live in a sparsely populated area and I live in a more dense? As I said, it’s typical conservative hypocrisy.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:38:58am

re: #279 HappyWarrior

Indonesia which has 250 million people living there. Nice try Bry but you fail again. One man, one vote, why should my vote be less than yours because you live in a sparsely populated area and I live in a more dense? As I said, it’s typical conservative hypocrisy.

Because you don’t live in real America!!!!

You know, the places terrorists actually bother to target…

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:39:18am

re: #273 lawhawk

It means that candidates will go where the votes are - high population states. So places like Iowa, Delaware, NH have much less value in the general election.

But battleground states will remain as such - FL, IN, IL, PA, OH, MI, VA, CO, etc. because they have value as higher population states.

How does this work out? Consider Wyoming. It has 3 EC votes. With its population, you’re talking about 1 EV for every ~180,000 residents.

California? It’s got over 37 million people and 55 EC votes. That translates to 1 EC vote for every 672,000+ residents. NY has a similar ratio. That gives the Wyoming residents more than 3x as much clout in the EC as California.

This is a damn good point. Wyoming has one EV per 180,000 residents while California has one per 672,000. That’s a problem. I admit that making it just popular vote wouldn’t solve everything but it would be at least I feel in the principle of one man, one vote. Democratic states and regions shouldn’t be punished since they’re more densely populated.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:40:07am

re: #280 JasonA

Because you don’t live in real America!!!!

You know, the places terrorists actually bother to target…

And I’ll go there, those densely populated areas that conservatives hate are a large part of why our country is so successful.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:41:00am

I’ll add another thing but the Democratic coalition actually looks like America as a whole while the Republican coalition doesn’t even look like the America of 40 years ago.

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Belafon  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:41:35am

re: #258 Stanley Sea

The media need to take notes: this is your job. You are how we prevent the worst excesses by making sure it’s out in the open.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:41:51am

re: #281 HappyWarrior

Wendell”s point addresses that - tie the EC to population, rather than Congress (538), and divide the EC equally across the states, so you don’t get a massive swing between states like CA and WY - where WY residents vote has 3x the weight as CA.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:42:18am

Fact is the rural residents and red staters look down just as much if not more so than urbanites and blue staters.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:42:21am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:42:53am

re: #285 lawhawk

Wendell”s point addresses that - tie the EC to population, rather than Congress (538), and divide the EC equally across the states, so you don’t get a massive swing between states like CA and WY - where WY residents vote has 3x the weight as CA.

I like that idea. It won’t happen but it’s reasonable.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:43:55am

re: #285 lawhawk

Weldel’s point addresses that - tie the EC to population, rather than Congress (538), and divide the EC equally across the states, so you don’t get a massive swing between states like CA and WY - where WY residents vote has 3x the weight as CA.

Give WY 1 EV while CA keeps 55. Or let WY keep its 3 EV but give CA 165.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:45:15am

re: #288 HappyWarrior

I like that idea. It won’t happen but it’s reasonable.

Not as long as the GOP dominates predominantly rural states.

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:46:37am

re: #274 The Vicious Babushka

OH LOOK A BLITHERING IDIOT==>

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You know, when you go to most people outside the US and ask them to describe what America is, they’ll tell you about places like New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, the major cities of our nation where millions live together and the “Great Melting Pot” is on display every day.

They don’t talk about Bum Fuck, Iowa, where the cattle outnumber the humans and the number of minorities can be counted on one hand.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:49:42am
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iossarian  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:50:39am

re: #292 The Vicious Babushka

Shorter Ryan: we want to gut Obamacare because black president but we have no fucking clue what to do after that.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:50:46am

re: #290 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Not as long as the GOP dominates predominantly rural states.

Yeah exactly. Just saying it’s a reasonable idea on your part.

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:51:13am

re: #292 The Vicious Babushka

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Once again, the GOP wants the country to rush headlong into a crisis with no exit strategy and no end goal.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:51:32am

re: #292 The Vicious Babushka

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You’ve had six years to plan out a replacement Paul. You’ve been trying to repeal ACA for the past six years without an alternative in mind because you just wanted to fuck over Obama? Fuck you.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:51:35am

re: #292 The Vicious Babushka

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:51:58am

re: #289 The Vicious Babushka

Give WY 1 EV while CA keeps 55. Or let WY keep its 3 EV but give CA 165.

Yeah one of those two.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:52:02am

re: #292 The Vicious Babushka

Once we repeal Obamacare, we want to make sure there is a stable transition to a better system.

The main thing is to repeal it…then they can talk about “transitioning” to a system that guarantees “access” to health care.

Which is what we had before, it’s just that the financial hurdles to access were too high for millions of Americans.

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iossarian  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:53:43am

re: #299 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Once we repeal Obamacare, we want to make sure there is a stable transition to a better system.

The main thing is to repeal it…then they can talk about “transitioning” to a system that guarantees “access” to health care.

Which is what we had before, it’s just that the financial hurdles to access were too high for millions of Americans.

I know that, you know that.

Bob in rust belt America is about to find out what his vote for Trump means in conjunction with his diabetes.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:55:40am

re: #300 iossarian

I know that, you know that.

Bob in rust belt America is about to find out what his vote for Trump means in conjunction with his diabetes.

Bob will just turn on FNC and see the talking heads blaming the left for that and he’ll keep on voting Republican until it’s too damn late.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:56:14am

re: #300 iossarian

I know that, you know that.

Bob in rust belt America is about to find out what his vote for Trump means in conjunction with his diabetes.

And just wait until he turns 65 and finds out there is no Medicare and no Social Security.

But there will be no estate tax on inheritance of >$10million!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:58:23am

Sorry for sounding so cynical. It’s just that in my observations these people will keep on voting Republicans because right wing propaganda has them convinced they’re superiro tho “those people.” I’ve seen with one of my own friends and a friend of my dad’s. These aren’t wealthy people. They’re not poor too but they’re people who if they really looked at Democratic policies without their hate tinted glasses would realize that the right plays to their prejudices to get their support.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:58:34am

AUTOMATIC BLOCKING FUNCTION TRIGGERED

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:58:43am
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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:59:12am
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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:59:13am

re: #263 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I would be in favor of keeping the EC, just weighting it so that electoral votes represent the states’ actual share of the population and not their seats in congress, and only having it kick in if no candidate receives an uncontested majority of votes.

But that is only a pipe dream as long as the GOP continues to draw its core support from less densely populated states.

Or we could enlarge Congress.

It’s been the exact same size since a time when our population was less than half what it is now; more districts, with smaller population, would make it easier for a broader range of people to run for office. They would be more representative. Also, it would cut in half the lobbyist/congressman ratio.

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Targetpractice  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:59:35am

Basically, the GOP is engaged in the sort of behavior you usually see in a shady repair shop, diagnosing a non-existent problem so they can sell us on a very expensive repair that we don’t need. The kind that is not above deliberately sabotaging your car just so you’re forced to come back and get that expensive repair out of desperation.

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BlueSpotinAL  Dec 21, 2016 • 9:59:43am

Good morning! Not as good a photograph as jeffreyw, chicken bratwurst on sourdough with Bavarian mustard and grilled peppers and onions.

Merry Christmas, almost!
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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:00:53am

re: #308 Targetpractice

Basically, the GOP is engaged in the sort of behavior you usually see in a shady repair shop, diagnosing a non-existent problem so they can sell us on a very expensive repair that we don’t need. The kind that is not above deliberately sabotaging your car just so you’re forced to come back and get that expensive repair out of desperation.


You see the problem you got here is that transgendered people want to use the bathroom of their choice not our steadfast opposition to spending more on schools and infrastructure.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:03:55am

re: #299 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The GOP has spent years trying to repeal Obamacare, and couldn’t even be bothered with a replacement plan. They’ve had years to craft one, and the only thing they can agree upon is repeal.

HSAs? That’s no help to someone who can’t afford to save money for health care in the first place.

Across state lines? Race to the bottom for minimum coverage that wont help most people. But they’ll claim it will give everyone cheaper coverage - apples to oranges comparison.

The CBO is already working to make sure that any ACA replacement plan offered by the GOP has to be an apples to apples comparison - it has to meet similar coverage requirements - and the GOP will fail this test miserably.

Gut the preexisting conditions or coverage for dependents through age 26? Those are two of the most popular provisions.

Individual responsibility for obtaining coverage (in the form of the taxes/penalties imposed by the ACA for failing to get coverage)? GOP now hates that even though they’re the ones who crafted the idea in the first place - as an alternative to the Clinton proposals back in the day.

The CBO/JCT continues to find that the ACA repeal will cost more than it saves, and yet the GOP pushes this as fiscal responsibility. Words have lost all meaning with the GOP.

But the base fact is that uninsured rate is lowest we’ve had as a direct result of the ACA. It would be lower still had states expanded Medicaid coverage but the GOP blocked that in many of the states that would have had the biggest benefit - Texas for one. So, hospitals and doctors in those places get saddled with higher costs because indigent care costs aren’t getting picked up by ACA coverages.

ACA also began process of making health care costs more transparent, but right now the biggest problem with health care costs (that have been rising but at a slower rate as compared to pre-ACA) is rising drug costs - see the Epipen gouging for instance.

There’s no easy answer there either - but the GOP doesn’t care about answers. It has easy to digest slogans - “REPEAL OBAMACARE!” - and the consequences aren’t spoken by them (and understood even less by their supporters).

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:08:48am

re: #311 lawhawk

Let’s not forget the oft-repeated but totally bogus talking point that COMPETITION LOWERS PRICES!!!!1!!!

There is no such thing in the actual, unregulated “free market” that wingnuts worship. Ask them to explain why all the competition dried up and blew away everywhere Walmart opened, without any government interference whatsoever.

Unregulated “free market” just means the creation of monopolies or territorial fiefdoms.

Anyone remember “Atlas Shrugged”? There was no competition in Galt’s Gulch, just one of everything.

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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:12:46am

re: #309 BlueSpotinAL

Good morning! Not as good a photograph as jeffreyw, chicken bratwurst on sourdough with Bavarian mustard and grilled peppers and onions.

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Protip: Food looks more appetizing when photographed at an angle.

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:13:09am

re: #306 JasonA

Iranian embassies won’t be able to avoid the targeted attacks against them either.

Unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before Tehran gets hit with a Paris-style Da’esh assault.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:13:16am

re: #312 The Vicious Babushka

Let’s not forget the oft-repeated but totally bogus talking point that COMPETITION LOWERS PRICES!!!!1!!!

There is no such thing in the actual, unregulated “free market” that wingnuts worship. Ask them to explain why all the competition dried up and blew away everywhere Walmart opened, without any government interference whatsoever.

Unregulated “free market” just means the creation of monopolies or territorial fiefdoms.

Anyone remember “Atlas Shrugged”? There was no competition in Galt’s Gulch, just one of everything.

Competition lowers prices?

The ACA marketplace is a marketplace where insurers get to put their product in competition with other insurers. It didn’t exist before the ACA. Some insurers have done well with the ACA. Others have dropped out because they aren’t making as much money as they want to make on those lines of business.

But that’s competition for you.

And if you’re looking to get insured through the marketplace, you can shop around in many of those states and find lower cost plans from those insurers if you might be willing to switch docs (which could happen even with your employer-based insurance when they change insurance companies, hike premiums, and pass costs on to the employee).

In fact, the ACA is more transparent with costs, plan coverages, and other metrics than employer-based insurance, so it’s easy for the GOP to holler about how the ACA costs are rising, death spiral, etc., ignoring that employer based coverages are rising b/c insurers are continuing to pass costs to insureds - higher drug costs being a major factor.

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Skip Intro  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:14:45am

I’m starting to get the feeling that the spalpeens are going to be the ones who get El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago’s keister in a crack for him. They are young and energetic versions of Himself, and their desire to hoover up every last dime from the opportunity that fate and the Electoral College has dumped in their laps appears to be bottomless. Ivanka’s going to be OK, I think, but the B’wana Twins would sell the Oval Office for parts and use the money to shoot up the National Zoo.

esquire.com

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:16:11am

re: #312 The Vicious Babushka

Let’s not forget the oft-repeated but totally bogus talking point that COMPETITION LOWERS PRICES!!!!1!!!

There is no such thing in the actual, unregulated “free market” that wingnuts worship. Ask them to explain why all the competition dried up and blew away everywhere Walmart opened, without any government interference whatsoever.

Unregulated “free market” just means the creation of monopolies or territorial fiefdoms.

Anyone remember “Atlas Shrugged”? There was no competition in Galt’s Gulch, just one of everything.

Yes! and carteling bigly. Most of us who were at all infatuated with Ayn Rand grew out of it by the time we left college.

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Interesting Times  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:18:44am
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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:19:22am

re: #317 Barefoot Grin

Yes! and carteling bigly. Most of us who were at all infatuated with Ayn Rand grew out of it by the time we left college.

This classic:

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:21:23am

re: #319 Timothy Watson

This classic:

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Hahaha!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:21:23am

re: #317 Barefoot Grin

Yes! and carteling bigly. Most of us who were at all infatuated with Ayn Rand grew out of it by the time we left college.

I never got into Rand thankfully. I had to read some of her crap for philosophy class and saw her interviewed. What I saw was a bitter old woman who called charity immoral but one I later learned was taking social security. Rand had a tough early life I concede but her response to Bolshevism was to create something just as bad.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:21:39am

re: #319 Timothy Watson

This classic:

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Oldie but a goodie.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:22:46am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:23:20am

Oh look he has Milo hair!

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:24:08am

re: #324 The Vicious Babushka

Oh look he has Milo hair!

So definitely a point towards not believing his account?

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:24:37am

re: #323 The Vicious Babushka

He gets a lot of hate from conservative Muslims as well due to his antics.

Either way, he was merely speaking Arabic to his mother, so no one else should have freaked out in such a manner.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:24:41am

re: #289 The Vicious Babushka

Give WY 1 EV while CA keeps 55. Or let WY keep its 3 EV but give CA 165.

Easiest fix is to increase the size of the House from 435 so that big states have the same number of per capita congressmen as the smallest states, which would also increase their electoral votes. It doesn’t require a constitutional amendment, but the Democrats would have to regain control of Congress to pass the law.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:25:38am

re: #321 HappyWarrior

I never got into Rand thankfully. I had to read some of her crap for philosophy class and saw her interviewed. What I saw was a bitter old woman who called charity immoral but one I later learned was taking social security. Rand had a tough early life I concede but her response to Bolshevism was to create something just as bad.

I didn’t know that stuff until later. One summer between sophomore and junior year I rented a room outside DC while playing in a band and working full time in a bagel restaurant. At night I read whatever books I could get my hands on, and somehow found Rand. The other college kids at the restaurant sure fit the pattern of lazy workers I found in the books, but I was too stupid to recognize that they were entitled pricks from frats and sororities who had to take summer courses because they couldn’t manage to pass regular class and that they were lazy because they probably had jobs locked in after college anyway. It really didn’t take me long to see through all of it. I can’t believe I wasted time on those stupid extended monologues….

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danarchy  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:26:41am

re: #263 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I would be in favor of keeping the EC, just weighting it so that electoral votes represent the states’ actual share of the population and not their seats in congress, and only having it kick in if no candidate receives an uncontested majority of votes.

But that is only a pipe dream as long as the GOP continues to draw its core support from less densely populated states.

I am probably in a minority of 1 here, but I am fine with the electoral college the way it is. We are the United States and I have no problem with the states themselves coming into play for the election.

Giving those smaller states a slightly louder voice just really doesn’t seem to be a problem to me especially since you basically still have to win most of them as a block to make much of a difference. It isn’t like those small red states are a monolith. Wyoming is very different from Alabama, Utah is nothing like Tennessee. I don’t think it should be that heavy of an ask for a presidential candidate to manage to pick up one or more of those states by actually addressing their concerns.

Meanwhile larger states like California and Texas and NY basically have a bullhorn all year long. If the voters of California decide they want to change emission standards they are in essence changing standards for the country because car makers aren’t going to make different models just for california. If Texas makes school book decisions the publishers make those changes and they become standards for large sections of the country etc.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:28:20am

re: #326 electrotek

He gets a lot of hate from conservative Muslims as well due to his antics.

Either way, he was merely speaking Arabic to his mother, so no one else should have freaked out in such a manner.

Because of his history of pranking, his narrative should be given extra scrutiny.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:29:51am

re: #328 Barefoot Grin

I didn’t know that stuff until later. One summer between sophomore and junior year I rented a room outside DC while playing in a band and working full time in a bagel restaurant. At night I read whatever books I could get my hands on, and somehow found Rand. The other college kids at the restaurant sure fit the pattern of lazy workers I found in the books, but I was too stupid to recognize that they were entitled prick from frats and sororities who had to take summer courses because they couldn’t manage to pass regular class and that they were lazy because they probably had jobs locked in after college anyway. It really didn’t take me long to see through all of it. I can’t believe I wasted time on those stupid extended monologues….

I read most of Atlas Shrugged in between classes at college (I was commuting and would bring a book or my laptop to have something to do between classes), but I was older and knew enough history to realize how off a lot of her stuff was.

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Patricia Kayden  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:30:53am

re: #319 Timothy Watson

This classic:

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One was made into a three-movie box office hit while the other was made into a three-movie box office flop. Rightwing propaganda doesn’t film very well.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:31:32am

Hello,
Kinda sucks to be this late to this thread but day job work is a killa right now. Long days. Better late than never?

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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:31:41am

re: #327 Big Beautiful Door

Easiest fix is to increase the size of the House from 435 so that big states have the same number of per capita congressmen as the smallest states, which would also increase their electoral votes. It doesn’t require a constitutional amendment, but the Democrats would have to regain control of Congress to pass the law.

mises.org

the size of the House of Representatives has been locked at 435 since 1929 with the Permanent Reapportionment Act of 1929. Ever since then, Congressional representation has been reapportioned based on relative population growth across the states, and not on growth in population.

When fixed at 435 Representatives (plus 96 Senators from 48 states), the population in the United States was 123,000,000. So, at the time, the average number of constituents per member of Congress was 231,000. That’s a constituency size smaller than all but three states today. The size has grown about 156 percent from 1930 to 2010.

When looking at Congressional delegations at the state level, we find the largest constituency size in 1930 was in New York with 267,000, and the smallest was found in Nevada with a constituency size of only 30,000.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:33:35am
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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:34:15am

re: #329 danarchy

Meanwhile larger states like California and Texas and NY basically have a bullhorn all year long. If the voters of California decide they want to change emission standards they are in essence changing standards for the country because car makers aren’t going to make different models just for california.

I guess you’re not familiar with the “smog device”??

Car makers build for the entire country; California makes people add a gadget to their vehicle and pass an extra emissions test.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:35:05am
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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:35:06am
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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:37:20am

re: #332 Patricia Kayden

One was made into a three-movie box office hit while the other was made into a three-movie box office flop. Rightwing propaganda doesn’t film very well.

But the art direction and costumes on Atlas Shrugged were *AWESOME*. Everything else about the movie sucked, but at least there was that.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:38:53am

re: #332 Patricia Kayden

One was made into a three-movie box office hit while the other was made into a three-movie box office flop. Rightwing propaganda doesn’t film very well.

I would lose my Nerd Card if I shared my feelings on the LOTR films.

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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:39:02am

re: #335 The Vicious Babushka

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Denny’s/Baskin-Robbins.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:39:07am

re: #312 The Vicious Babushka

Anyone remember “Atlas Shrugged”? There was no competition in Galt’s Gulch, just one of everything.

But, it was the bestest one, evah.

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The Ghost of Senator Incatatus  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:39:13am

re: #331 Timothy Watson

Rand’s capitalists are as realistic and three-dimensional as characters in a porn script.

The irony is that her writing is frankly Soviet in its with-a-hammer didacticism, clumsy speechifying, and sentimentality dressed up as “reason.”

Like, go read “What is to be Done”—the novel, not the Lenin screed—and compare it to Howard Roark or any of the wish-fulfillment characters in Atlas. Clunky fucking homonculi crafted by people that start with the assumption that they can’t be wrong.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:39:22am

re: #307 sagehen

Or we could enlarge Congress.

It’s been the exact same size since a time when our population was less than half what it is now; more districts, with smaller population, would make it easier for a broader range of people to run for office. They would be more representative. Also, it would cut in half the lobbyist/congressman ratio.

what a silly notion. Lobbyists would just double/triple in number…

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:41:41am

re: #339 sagehen

But the art direction and costumes on Atlas Shrugged were *AWESOME*. Everything else about the movie sucked, but at least there was that.

There is a blog at patheos (“Daylight Atheism”) that did a chapter by chapter review of Atlas Shrugged that took over 3 years.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:42:18am

re: #315 lawhawk

Competition lowers prices?

The ACA marketplace is a marketplace where insurers get to put their product in competition with other insurers. It didn’t exist before the ACA. Some insurers have done well with the ACA. Others have dropped out because they aren’t making as much money as they want to make on those lines of business.

But that’s competition for you.

In America we are still sold on the notion that “personal freedom” means that you and your family, with limited income and assets, get to try to negotiate with multi-million/billion-dollar (inter)national corporations for terms of insurance coverage, employment or financial services…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:43:33am

re: #317 Barefoot Grin

Yes! and carteling bigly. Most of us who were at all infatuated with Ayn Rand grew out of it by the time we left college.

I had a roommate at Indiana University in the late 70’s who was crazy big into Ayn Rand, even back then i could not figure out what the big deal about her was.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:43:43am

re: #346 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

In America we are still sold on the notion that “personal freedom” means that you and your family, with limited income and assets, get to try to negotiate with multi-million/billion-dollar (inter)national corporations for terms of insurance coverage, employment or financial services…

Not to mention minimum wage jobs.

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JasonA  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:43:57am

Best thing to happen as a result of Ayn Rand: Bioshock.

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nines09  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:44:20am

re: #335 The Vicious Babushka

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They say that like it’s a good thing….For the ultimate late night, after hours freak show have a 24/7 Dennys’ slash Waffle House.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:44:28am
A Massachusetts high school hockey program has had its season canceled because of what one administrator called a “toxic” culture of anti-Semitism among players.

The team had students from Keefe Regional Technical School and Marian High School , both in Framingham. Marian is an independent Catholic school.

Administrators started investigating Friday after they learned of anti-Semitic activity directed at one player. Letters were sent to parents Monday informing them of the decision.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that Keefe Principal Shannon Snow said the anti-Semitism was “not an isolated instance,” and that “an overall toxic and negative culture” permeated the team.

The Boston Globe reports that Marian Principal John Ermilio found “a pattern of locker room activity in which the players admitted to participating in these types of comments and actions.”

abcnews.go.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:46:28am

Keep ‘em coming good folks, thanks to your good graces I am only 74 updings away from 75K!!! Can I get there in time for Xmas (Santa is not getting me anything else this year, I am afraid…)

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:47:02am

re: #223 Barefoot Grin

The irony was that the attempt to protect Detroit through tariffs was just the fillip to get Subaru-Isuzu (at the time) to build in Lafayette, Honda into southern Ohio, and Toyota into Kentucky—followed of course by German and South Korean makers. So, in some ways, I guess it worked. Not so much for the union guys, though.

Honda is in central Ohio. Marysville, which is about 30 miles northwest of Columbus. There was a reason for that too. Ohio had what was called the Ohio Transportation Research Center which was built back in the 60s for Ohio State University to test vehicles, etc. It has a huge 7+ mile oval with many lanes and progressive banking.

Honda was located just down the road from it so they had free reign to use the test facility. Honda had several plants in that area now.There is their engine facility, another car building plant and a motorcycle factory too. I know a few Honda engineers and workers being around racing and car stuff most of my career.

I used to manage our companies graphics shop and we used to do decals and graphics for a bunch of Honda of America engineers that also raced Honda cars. Honda had a program to help them with some bucks and even gave them garage space at the facility.

So one time making a delivery to a guy that was a Rally racer I was going across the bridge that gets you to the inside of the track and a big old Volvo Semi Trailer with all kinds of aero doodads on was whipping under the bridge and there was an Accord tucked up behind it doins some kind of high-speed areo testing or something. Pretty damn cool.

Here is a link about TRC: Ohio TRC

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:47:26am

Because the anti-Semitism we’re seeing unleashed here courtesy of Trump isn’t stopping at the border. It’s been percolating all along around the world, and it’s bubbling up with more regularity and more strident propagandists.

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The Ghost of Senator Incatatus  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:47:56am

re: #332 Patricia Kayden

As a Lord of the Rings kid now an adult…it’s a book that actually says a whole bunch about being a moral actor, and how it comes down to individual kindness and acts of generosity. I mean, an evil demigod and his empire are brought down by two short guys in a serious bromance, a great deal of cardio-intensive walking, and their elvish shortbread. (Plus or minus a meth goblin).

It gets even more visible if you read his “mythic” percursor stories where it’s all elf kings and great Men…whose stories almost all become tragedies because they’re proud, angry, and clever clogs and don’t really get the Chuck Tingle axiom that “LOVE IS REAL.”

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retired cynic  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:48:46am

re: #344 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

what a silly notion. Lobbyists would just double/triple in number…

You’d also have to do something about the costs of offices and staffs and pensions, or it would break us!

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:50:58am

re: #231 HappyWarrior

Too bad New York and California last I saw are still part of the United States, Matty. But i get it, they’re not “Real America” because they saw through the hateful yam that you blindly support.

Doesn’t Drudge live in New York???

I suggest he better leave ASAP. Maybe he would like it in Mississippi or Idaho or somewhere like that.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:51:26am

re: #357 ObserverArt

Doesn’t Drudge live in New York???

I suggest he better leave ASAP. Maybe he would like it in Mississippi or Idaho or somewhere like that.

He’s in Miami, Florida.

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:53:48am

Legendary house producer from the old school era Roger Sanchez shares his take on the events at Delta today:

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 10:56:21am

re: #353 ObserverArt

Honda is in central Ohio. Marysville, which is about 30 miles northwest of Columbus. There was a reason for that too. Ohio had what was called the Ohio Transportation Research Center which was built back in the 60s for Ohio State University to test vehicles, etc. It has a huge 7+ mile oval with many lanes and progressive banking.

Honda was located just down the road from it so they had free reign to use the test facility. Honda had several plants in that area now.There is their engine facility, another car building plant and a motorcycle factory too. I know a few Honda engineers and workers being around racing and car stuff most of my career.

I used to manage our companies graphics shop and we used to do decals and graphics for a bunch of Honda of America engineers that also raced Honda cars. Honda had a program to help them with some bucks and even gave them garage space at the facility.

So one time making a delivery to a guy that was a Rally racer I was going across the bridge that gets you to the inside of the track and a big old Volvo Semi Trailer with all kinds of aero doodads on was whipping under the bridge and there was an Accord tucked up behind it doins some kind of high-speed areo testing or something. Pretty damn cool.

Here is a link about TRC: Ohio TRC

Thanks for the link. That’s interesting stuff. My geography is off, indeed. I knew a few Japanese families in Lexington, KY who worked not for Toyota directly but for parts makers in the area. They seemed to stretch between Honda and Toyota (and of course Toyota has a plant in southern Indiana, too). I toured the Toyota plant at Georgetown twice. No, the workers aren’t union. But probably better than anything else that might have come along in that area.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:01:36am

re: #359 electrotek

Legendary house producer from the old school era Roger Sanchez shares his take on the events at Delta today:

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We still don’t know what the actual events were, we only have one narrative from a known prankster.

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:05:54am

re: #255 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Damn Democrat mayor speaking up for “those” people and ignoring the concerns of an elderly white woman. That’s what is wrong with this country.

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:09:06am

re: #361 The Vicious Babushka

True. But even if it was “staged”, the conversation about discrimination on flights has been sparked.

And much needed. Hell, I’m afraid of speaking Urdu with my family when at the airport because of paranoid idiots.

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danarchy  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:11:14am

re: #361 The Vicious Babushka

We still don’t know what the actual events were, we only have one narrative from a known prankster.

This. Until we get statements from other passengers or Delta can we withhold the outrage. It sounds like there was a verbal altercation at least and depending on how that went down maybe he is the aggrieved party or maybe he got so belligerent they felt they had to remove him. Maybe he had reason to be belligerent, I don’t know. I do know he isn’t above being provoctative for hits though…

Back in February, Saleh also produced a video in which he counted down in Arabic on a plane in what he termed an experiment.

After Wednesday’s incident, Metropolitan Police questioned the two men, but released them after determining that they did not do anything illegal.

Eyewitness News has learned, based on their conversations with Metropolitan Police, it appears that Saleh first claimed to be talking to his mother on the phone in Arabic and then to Albaher in Arabic. During an ensuing back in forth with a woman seated in front of them, Saleh asked her if she had ever heard another language. The verbal dispute continued with her and with another man. After it escalated, the captain came back and asked that the two men leave the plane, which they did.

abc7ny.com

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:13:42am

re: #223 Barefoot Grin

The irony was that the attempt to protect Detroit through tariffs was just the fillip to get Subaru-Isuzu (at the time) to build in Lafayette, Honda into southern Ohio, and Toyota into Kentucky—followed of course by German and South Korean makers. So, in some ways, I guess it worked. Not so much for the union guys, though.

Don’t get me started on that stupid “chicken tax” instituted by LBJ in 1964 as a knee-jerk reaction to West Germany instituting a tariff on American chickens back then. It was originally meant to hit Volkswagen since they were selling the Kombi pickups in that time (split-window era still), but manifested itself into an act that affected the importation of compact pickups from overseas.

Because of this stupid tax, we are denied fuel-efficient compact pickups that are sold elsewhere, including the Ford Ranger with a turbodiesel engine of all things! Sure it helped protected jobs here in the U.S., but at the cost of stifling automotive innovation on the home front.

If only we could receive Thai-built compact pickups from the big automakers, we would be so much better off.

That is why I was a staunch supporter of the TPP deal to begin with, because it was the most serious legislation aimed at dismantling a relic of the Cold War once and for all.

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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:14:50am

For the coffee (or caffeine) fanatics - know your limits:

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:15:01am

re: #268 Backwoods_Sleuth

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As it is well known. Taylor had his own bad drug problems. SO, it makes sense he wouldn’t want to play that concert.

Think of it this way, had James Taylor grown up in a Philippines the ways it is governed these days he probably would not have had the long career and lived to the age has.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:17:47am

HT CL,
Is this elsewhere here? If so, sorry.
indivisibleguide.com

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:18:48am

re: #364 danarchy

This. Until we get statements from other passengers or Delta can we withhold the outrage. It sounds like there was a verbal altercation at least and depending on how that went down maybe he is the aggrieved party or maybe he got so belligerent they felt they had to remove him. Maybe he had reason to be belligerent, I don’t know. I do know he isn’t above being provoctative for hits though…

abc7ny.com

Reminds of me this.

The Dictator - “Helicopter” Scene whit text/subtitles - Official [1080p HD]

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allegro  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:19:20am

re: #367 ObserverArt

As it is well known. Taylor had his own bad drug problems. SO, it makes sense he wouldn’t want to play that concert.

Think of it this way, had James Taylor grown up in a Philippines the ways it is governed these days he probably would not have had the long career and lived to the age has.

I don’t think one needs to have suffered from drug issues to be appalled at what is going on there. I applaud his stand regardless of his motivation.

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:19:46am

re: #291 Targetpractice

You know, when you go to most people outside the US and ask them to describe what America is, they’ll tell you about places like New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, the major cities of our nation where millions live together and the “Great Melting Pot” is on display every day.

They don’t talk about Bum Fuck, Iowa, where the cattle outnumber the humans and the number of minorities can be counted on one hand.

Awww, that’s just because when they visit America they fly over the Real America. /

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:20:18am

re: #363 electrotek

True. But even if it was “staged”, the conversation about discrimination on flights has been sparked.

And much needed. Hell, I’m afraid of speaking Urdu with my family when at the airport because of paranoid idiots.

I have traveled on many international and domestic airplane flights and listened to other passengers chatting with one another in various languages, yes including Arabic. No one ever caused a disturbance or was removed from the flight for speaking in their native language. I don’t believe it is a “thing” that happens on a regular basis.

WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED all we have is a narrative which may or may not be bogus, by a person who is a known prankster.

Maybe, just maybe, he was shouting at the top of his lungs (as sometimes people chatting on cellphones in public will do) at the same time that the flight crew was telling passengers to shut off all electronics in preparation for takeoff.

People who ignore the flight crew’s request to shut down electronics will be removed from the aircraft no matter what language they are chatting in.

This is just a speculation BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:21:03am

I read back in the late 70’s that it would have been cheaper and made more economic sense to shut down Detroit and re-train all the auto workers than to subsidize a group of dying companies

But that was not socially or politically feasible. America was based on the idea that you did not need a fancy education: you just went to work, learned a specific job, did it well, gained seniority and you could live well, own a house and car, and maybe even a boat or a vacation home, and even put your kids through college.

DT won the Midwest and Middle America on the empty promise of bringing those sorts of jobs back.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:22:25am

re: #372 The Vicious Babushka

I have traveled on many international and domestic airplane flights and listened to other passengers chatting with one another in various languages, yes including Arabic. No one ever caused a disturbance or was removed from the flight for speaking in their native language. I don’t believe it is a “thing” that happens on a regular basis.

It was not long after 9/11 that I found myself on a flight seated next to a Middle Eastern-looking gentleman in a suit, and I really had to overcome my urge to look under his shirt to see if he had shaved and perfumed his body…

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:23:31am

re: #373 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I read back in the late 70’s that it would have been cheaper and made more economic sense to shut down Detroit and re-train all the auto workers than to subsidize a group of dying companies

But that was not socially or politically feasible. America was based on the idea that you did not need a fancy education: you just went to work, learned a specific job, did it well, gained seniority and you could live well, own a house and car, and maybe even a boat or a vacation home, and even put your kids through college.

DT won the Midwest and Middle America on the empty promise of bringing those sorts of jobs back.

And as automation - and one day, AI - ramps up, more jobs are going to disappear. What’s the answer going to be? Some kind of neo-Luddite solution? The prohibition of technological innovation? Subsidizing obsolete industries?

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Bass Reeves  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:25:42am

re: #372 The Vicious Babushka

We do know that this alleged situation has actually occured multiple times in the recent past. Basically, a person spoke Arabic, someone complained, Arabic speaker was removed. We know that has happened, and there has been no actual push to resolve that. We know Islamophobia is currently okay in America.

So sure we don’t know all the details here. We still need to make sure it’s not okay for people to complain about Arab speakers on airplanes. Or the policy should be to remove the complainer and reflight THEM.

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nines09  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:25:48am
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lawhawk  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:25:54am

re: #375 Dr Lizardo

Paging the Mentats after the Butlerian Jihad….

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:26:29am

re: #375 Dr Lizardo

And as automation - and one day, AI - ramps up, more jobs are going to disappear. What’s the answer going to be? Some kind of neo-Luddite solution? The prohibition of technological innovation? Subsidizing obsolete industries?

This is why I’m training here as a content provider.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:26:31am

re: #375 Dr Lizardo

And as automation - and one day, AI - ramps up, more jobs are going to disappear. What’s the answer going to be? Some kind of neo-Luddite solution? The prohibition of technological innovation? Subsidizing obsolete industries?

Guaranteed minimum income to allow people to pursue creative interests?

But that means subsidizing freeloaders with rich people’s hard-earned inheritances.

Soylent Green, I guess.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:27:02am

re: #374 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It was not long after 9/11 that I found myself on a flight seated next to a Middle Eastern-looking gentleman in a suit, and I really had to overcome my urge to look under his shirt to see if he had shaved and perfumed his body…

In 2008 I was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Frankfurt on which there was a large family, with 3 niqab’ed women, a pater familias dressed up in camo like Osama Bin Laden, and a bunch of children.

This family took a long time to settle down and take their seats, with the children constantly getting up and changing seats, even being passed down the rows over the heads of other passengers so the flight crew could not get an accurate head check.

Finally we took off. I never thought the family might be terrorists but I did suspect that they occupied more seats than they paid for.

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:28:19am

re: #376 Bass Reeves

We do know that this alleged situation has actually occured multiple times in the recent past. Basically, a person spoke Arabic, someone complained, Arabic speaker was removed. We know that has happened, and there has been no actual push to resolve that. We know Islamophobia is currently okay in America.

So sure we don’t know all the details here. We still need to make sure it’s not okay for people to complain about Arab speakers on airplanes. Or the policy should be to remove the complainer and reflight THEM.

Plus.

In addition, non-Arabic speakers from the Middle East need to stop pretending that they won’t be affected by it just because they jump on the Islamophobia bandwagon. You will still suffer the same treatment if you speak Assyrian, Farsi, Turkish, Kurdish, etc..

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:29:29am

re: #380 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Guaranteed minimum income to allow people to pursue creative interests?

But that means subsidizing freeloaders with rich people’s hard-earned inheritances.

Soylent Green, I guess.

Maybe The Second Renaissance.

The Second Renaissance: Part I

The Second Renaissance: Part II

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:29:44am

re: #375 Dr Lizardo

And as automation - and one day, AI - ramps up, more jobs are going to disappear. What’s the answer going to be? Some kind of neo-Luddite solution? The prohibition of technological innovation? Subsidizing obsolete industries?

Probably the creation of jobs in which the human touch is wanted or needed.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:30:01am

And then there is this==>

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:31:59am

re: #318 Interesting Times

LOLGOP @LOLGOP
When Trump backers say he would have won the popular vote if we’d disenfranchise 25 million Americans, it’s not a boast. It’s their goal.
12:37 PM - 21 Dec 2016
426 426 Retweets 625 625 likes

Funny. Just like Matt Drudge the Trumps live in New York. How does that work?

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:32:04am
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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:32:07am

re: #375 Dr Lizardo

And as automation - and one day, AI - ramps up, more jobs are going to disappear. What’s the answer going to be? Some kind of neo-Luddite solution? The prohibition of technological innovation? Subsidizing obsolete industries?

What is the point of all this automated production if there are fewer and fewer customers who can afford the product? Our society is based on the value of labor.

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electrotek  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:32:33am

re: #388 The Vicious Babushka

What is the point of all this automated production if there are fewer and fewer customers who can afford the product? Our society is based on the value of labor.

Universal basic income has to come sooner or later then.

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wrenchwench  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:33:13am

The guy who got down here with a hose instead of a tube in his tire two weeks ago came back for another tube. This time, it is to replace the tube we put in two weeks ago. He has an adjustable wrench to do most of the work himself, but indoors, ‘cause it’s cold outside. He flipped his bike, and I brought out the hose we took out two weeks ago. He laughed, so I handed him a tube in a box and put the hose back in the trash.

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makeitstop  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:34:14am

re: #377 nines09

I think FZ would have enjoyed this.

Frank Zappa - Peaches en Regalia (Orchestral performance)

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

re: #389 electrotek

Universal basic income has to come sooner or later then.

Not in Free Market Jesus America.

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:35:34am

re: #328 Barefoot Grin

I didn’t know that stuff until later. One summer between sophomore and junior year I rented a room outside DC while playing in a band and working full time in a bagel restaurant. At night I read whatever books I could get my hands on, and somehow found Rand. The other college kids at the restaurant sure fit the pattern of lazy workers I found in the books, but I was too stupid to recognize that they were entitled pricks from frats and sororities who had to take summer courses because they couldn’t manage to pass regular class and that they were lazy because they probably had jobs locked in after college anyway. It really didn’t take me long to see through all of it. I can’t believe I wasted time on those stupid extended monologues….

I saw the Rand books, and heard my school buddies talk about them. I shrugged and never read them.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:36:36am

re: #385 The Vicious Babushka

And then there is this==>

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This is the single biggest issue: his inability to learn any fucking thing.

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:37:34am

re: #335 The Vicious Babushka

[Embedded content]

All I know is it would not be an I-hop and an Applebees.

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sagehen  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:38:00am

re: #375 Dr Lizardo

And as automation - and one day, AI - ramps up, more jobs are going to disappear. What’s the answer going to be? Some kind of neo-Luddite solution? The prohibition of technological innovation? Subsidizing obsolete industries?

UBI

cnbc.com

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:38:08am

re: #388 The Vicious Babushka

What is the point of all this automated production if there are fewer and fewer customers who can afford the product? Our society is based on the value of labor.

We will have to rethink society at some point if mass automation comes to pass.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:39:04am

re: #396 sagehen

UBI

cnbc.com

I just can’t see that happening in the USA.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:42:39am
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austin_blue  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:43:21am

re: #398 Dr Lizardo

I just can’t see that happening in the USA.

Shit, we can’t even get universal health care here.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:44:26am

I just bought a ten-pound frozen turkey.
Since outdoor temperatures won’t get above normal freezer/refrigerator temperature range (20F-40F) until Friday, I figured I’d just leave locked in my pickup truck until Friday. That’ll give me time to make room in the fridge.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:45:34am

re: #397 Dr Lizardo

We will have to rethink society at some point if mass automation comes to pass.

Unless you think WestWorld level robots are right around the corner, there are going to be plenty of jobs for human beings. The service sector is going to keep expanding, especially in the health care sector.

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:46:56am

re: #358 Timothy Watson

He’s in Miami, Florida.

What??? Miami has a lot of gays and “others.” /

He was east coast raised though was he not…I think he even had Jewish Democratic parents if I remember correctly.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:48:33am

re: #404 ObserverArt

What??? Miami has a lot of gays and “others.” /

He was east coast raised though was he not…I think he even had Jewish Democratic parents if I remember correctly.

The rumor for years has been that he’s gay.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:50:08am

re: #404 ObserverArt

What??? Miami has a lot of gays and “others.” /

He was east coast raised though was he not…I think he even had Jewish Democratic parents if I remember correctly.

He’s from Tacoma Park, Maryland IIRC.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 21, 2016 • 11:55:04am

re: #406 Timothy Watson

He’s from Tacoma Park, Maryland IIRC.

Very liberal area. A lot is made about NOVA being liberal but I’d actually call it center-left whereas MC is more liberal.

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ObserverArt  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:00:04pm

re: #370 allegro

I don’t think one needs to have suffered from drug issues to be appalled at what is going on there. I applaud his stand regardless of his motivation.

Well of course. But how could he not be sensitive about the issues of drug use since they are killing drug users. He would have never had a career and a chance to get out of the drug use and have a long career if he had lived under such a murdering despot.

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Single-handed sailor  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:00:26pm

Gingrich: Trump dropping ‘drain the swamp’

“Drain the swamp” was a refrain of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, but Newt Gingrich says the president-elect “doesn’t want to use it anymore” now that he’s knee-deep in alligators.
“I’m told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore,” Gingrich, who informally advises Trump, said Wednesday on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

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Mike Lamb  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:01:01pm

re: #399 The Vicious Babushka

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Whoops. Someone showed up with a toothpick to a nuclear bomb fight.

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 21, 2016 • 12:13:02pm

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