Wednesday Night Acoustic Guitar Excellence: Spencer Elliott, “The Tournament”

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I absolutely love the sound of this fan-fret guitar and that super-low bass string.

From the CD - Unspoken. Downloads and Guitar Tablature available at candyrat.com

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390 comments

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:38:28pm

Schlichter has now tried to troll me with that moronic “open mic” comment three (or four?) times. Nope, not gonna play.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:39:15pm
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nines09  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:40:49pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

He’s jealous.

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darthstar  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:43:31pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:43:56pm

good freaking grief

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ObserverArt  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:44:51pm

re: #4 darthstar

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Bullshitting Con Men have to hang together. They speak the same language.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:45:38pm

We all need to jump into our cars and drive.
Drive straight through to 2017.
Hanging our heads out the window the whole time.
And, just let the wind blow FUCKING 2016 clear out of our minds and souls…

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:46:42pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:47:17pm

re: #4 darthstar

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I’m sure it would go over great if Obama had a convicted murderer answering questions along his side. Really Trump is an embarrassment. He can’t even pretend to act presidential.

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worldknot  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:47:18pm

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:47:59pm

re: #5 Backwoods_Sleuth

good freaking grief

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Hey white working class voters who voted for Trump because you thought Hillary didn’t “understand” you, you built this!

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ObserverArt  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:48:04pm

re: #5 Backwoods_Sleuth

good freaking grief

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Dude’s as greasy as his hamburgers.

Good luck American workers that bought into Trump’s bullshit.

You did this to yourselves you fucking ignorant asswipes!!!

You wanted change. Well, pocket change it is you’ll be working for…and they will work to take that too.

(Sorry…getting steamed…too much Trump today)

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:48:26pm

I’m old enough to remember when BoBers told me that Trump was better on economcis than Hillary because TRADE.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:50:10pm

re: #12 ObserverArt

You wanted change. Well, pocket change it is you’ll be working for…and they will work to take that too.

(Sorry…getting steamed…too much Trump today)

I was thinking exactly that when DT started bragging about those Sprint jobs today.
I was wondering how many of those jobs were call centers. I know some here at LGF have shared their call center job horror stories.

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TedStriker  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:50:27pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Hey, don’t you have a gold record or two, at least?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:52:24pm

Here we are with organized labor at a historical weak level and Trump’s Labor Secretary thinks American workers have too many protections. Must be nice to be a multi-millionaire and think that the average American has it “too easy.”

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:52:39pm

re: #15 TedStriker

Hey, don’t you have a gold record or two, at least?

And one platinum.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:53:37pm

re: #17 Charles Johnson

And one platinum.

one more than General Crazypants does unless he’s secretly embarked on a singing career when he’s not stalking you.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:53:40pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:54:19pm

re: #19 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:56:28pm

oh dear…

The entire short article is a hoot, but this last sentence:

Conway, who brash ways mirror those of Trump, also knocked a few of the schools that promote claims of “diversity,” saying, “For some, there is a comfort in sameness.”

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:56:37pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Life Is Just a Game

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:57:07pm
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TedStriker  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:57:40pm

re: #14 Backwoods_Sleuth

I was thinking exactly that when DT started bragging about those Sprint jobs today.
I was wondering how many of those jobs were call centers. I know some here at LGF have shared their call center job horror stories.

I guarantee most, if not all, of them will be low-end call center jobs.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:58:29pm

re: #21 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh dear…

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The entire short article is a hoot, but this last sentence:

Aren’t you the same one who thinks private companies should be able to deny someone a service simply because of their sexual orientation, Kellyanne? Oh and you wouldn’t know actual diversity if it bit you on your right wing ass, Kellyanne. Going from Cruz to Trump isn’t diversity. It’s just going for someone who thinks he’s God’s choice for President who thinks he is God.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 6:59:03pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

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In other words, Orange Pinochet (h/t Charles) is afraid of the tough questions as always.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:00:08pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:00:26pm

Goes to show you that win, lose, there’s a never ending supply of white whine from wingnuts. Too bad I prefer whiskey and beer.

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ObserverArt  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:00:35pm

Anyone going to ever feel sorry for Kellyanne Conway?

Didn’t think so.

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TedStriker  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:00:43pm

re: #17 Charles Johnson

And one platinum.

Not saying you have to, but the next time someone pulls that shit, post a pic of yourself chillin’ with your gold and platinum albums.

Humblebrag, not so much, but fuck ‘em.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:01:55pm

re: #22 teleskiguy

Addendum to this comment, in case any Lizards are unfamiliar, Charles plays all the acoustic and electric guitars on this track.

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Belafon  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:02:48pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:02:57pm

re: #31 teleskiguy

Addendum to this comment, in case any Lizards are unfamiliar, Charles plays all acoustic and electric guitars on this track.

But he has a ponytail. // Seriously though, the fact that our host is a musician and knows good tunes is part of why this is one of my favorite places.

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mmmirele  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:03:52pm

Well, this should surprise nobody, but Erick son of Erick is ranting about how megachurch pastor Paula White, who Trump has apparently picked to pray at his inauguration, is “an actual Trinity-denying heretic.”

theresurgent.com

This is how I found out:

The Daily Beast does a brief overview of White:

thedailybeast.com

However, White is far more like Trump than you can believe. She and her ex-husband Randy used to be the pastors of “Without Walls International Church” in Tampa, Florida. In 2004, they were running 20K/people a week. But they overextended themselves when they bought the property that became WWIC from Carpenters’ Home Church. I also presume the 2008 economic crisis affected the church badly. The Whites divorced. Paula has remarried (new last name is Cain, I know nothing about the current husband) and is pastor at “New Destiny Christian Center” in Apopka, Florida, which is listed on the Hartford Seminary’s megachurch list with 2,000 members. Her ex-husband Randy is now running WWIC from a small site in Tampa. The big mega got bulldozed in 2015 after years of being empty and at last report was being turned into senior living.

theledger.com

And a video of the church building and it later being bulldozed, if you’re interested, but it’s from people who think what happened is God’s judgment on Paula White, so take it for what it’s worth:

Paula White and Randy White’s Without Walls Bulldozed

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:06:14pm

re: #34 mmmirele

Well, this should surprise nobody, but Erick son of Erick is ranting about how megachurch pastor Paula White, who Trump has apparently picked to pray at his inauguration, is “an actual Trinity-denying heretic.”

theresurgent.com

This is how I found out:

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The Daily Beast does a brief overview of White:

thedailybeast.com

However, White is far more like Trump than you can believe. She and her ex-husband Randy used to be the pastors of “Without Walls International Church” in Tampa, Florida. In 2004, they were running 20K/people a week. But they overextended themselves and (presumably) the 2008 economic crisis affected the church badly. The Whites divorced. Paula has remarried (new last name is Cain, I know nothing about the current husband) and is pastor at “New Destiny Christian Center” in Apopka, Florida, which is listed on the Hartford Seminary’s megachurch list with 2,000 members. Her ex-husband Randy is now running WWIC from a small site in Tampa. The big mega got bulldozed in 2015 after years of being empty.

theledger.com

And a video of the church building and it later being bulldozed, if you’re interested, but it’s from people who think what happened is God’s judgment on Paula White, so take it for what it’s worth:

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I am glad Erick is reminding us why a lot of people while they may have acknowledged his hate of Trump still have a big problem with him. I honestly don’t care about some petty inter-fundie squabble. Hell, I wouldn’t care if the President-elect had no opening prayer at all or a prayer done by someone of another faith all together. It’s not mandated in the Constitution.

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Ziggy_TARDIS  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:06:17pm

re: #24 TedStriker

And having done them, they are awful.

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lockjawcanbefun  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:07:46pm

re: #14 Backwoods_Sleuth

I was wondering how many of those jobs were call centers. I know some here at LGF have shared their call center job horror stories.

I once got called in to temp at a place that handled company health insurance benefits. They had the brilliant idea of letting employees fill out their own information. Of about 3000 employees, 1/3 of them did it correctly. 1/3 had minor typos that were fixed easily enough, and 1/3 were wannabe comedians that thought putting down that they lived at 69 Butt Street was the peak of comedy. I had to deal with those idiots when they called in wondering why they didn’t get their benefits.

On the plus side, I did encounter someone legitimately named Mike Hunt, and that there is a Bord Dell’Eau Boulevard in Valleyfield, Quebec.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:09:54pm

re: #34 mmmirele

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:11:50pm

re: #38 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Prosperity Gospel type. Figures for Trump. As I said though, I could do without an opening prayer at the inaguaration anyhow. I’d prefer a secular and all inclusive word about how we hope for the best for our country’s future and all that. I don’t need Paula White and I didn”t need Rick Whathisface for Obama either.

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William Lewis  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:12:32pm

re: #34 mmmirele

I could care less about the trinity - at it’s best it is simply a metaphor to attempt to explain the unexplainable. But aren’t they also Prosperity Gospel freaks? And that shit is is pure anti-christian garbage.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:14:19pm

re: #40 William Lewis

I could care less about the trinity - at it’s best it is simply a metaphor to attempt to explain the unexplainable. But aren’t they also Prosperity Gospel freaks? And that shit is is pure anti-christian garbage.

I always wondered what my great uncle would say about the prosperity gospel types. He was a priest for a poor African-American community in Lafayette, Louisiana and also a combat veteran. I mean I have no problem with clergy encouraging people to do well for themselves but the prosperity gospel stuff is basically right wing capitalism disguised as Christianity, it’s crap.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:15:47pm
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scottslemmons  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:16:40pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Schlichter has now tried to troll me with that moronic “open mic” comment three (or four?) times. Nope, not gonna play.

Roy Edroso has written pretty often about the GOP’s obsession with trying to politicize art, and the hostility a lot of them get about art and culture when they realize they’re just no damn good at it…

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HappyWarrior  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:16:57pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson

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Refreshing? Yeah because seeing a grown man act like a toddler whenever he doesn’t like something is so refreshing. Gah so sick of the normalization of this bastard.

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William Lewis  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:18:21pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson

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Just another fucking Quisling.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:21:07pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:21:46pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:23:56pm
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mmmirele  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:25:25pm

re: #40 William Lewis

I could care less about the trinity - at it’s best it is simply a metaphor to attempt to explain the unexplainable. But aren’t they also Prosperity Gospel freaks? And that shit is is pure anti-christian garbage.

Yes. She’s big on the prosperity gospel circuit. But apparently that didn’t work in keeping her marriage and her church together.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:26:47pm

re: #5 Backwoods_Sleuth

good freaking grief

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During their interview, Puzder called California a socialist state, adding that “You can’t be a capitalist” there. He then complained about workers regulations and overtime laws, boasting his belief that “workers are overprotected.” He also claimed that workers should not have breaks.

It seems there are a lot of billionaire capitalists operating out of Silicon Valley who would disagree. Also this week I ordered a business to pay back wages to employees whose pay was docked for taking their legally protected breaks, so fuck you Puzder.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:27:38pm

re: #48 teleskiguy

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:29:01pm

re: #51 Unshaken Defiance

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:34:14pm
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scottslemmons  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:34:32pm

re: #50 Big Beautiful Door

It seems there are a lot of billionaire capitalists operating out of Silicon Valley who would disagree. Also this week I ordered a business to pay back wages to employees whose pay was docked for taking their legally protected breaks, so fuck you Puzder.

On one hand - Yay, we’ll be able to use the inevitable failure of this administration’s fanatical libertarianism to shout down libertarian greedheads from now on.

On the other hand - Lolol, libertarians will ignore us and keep cheerleading for fucking over everyone for the sake of rich people’s money.

On the other other hand - at least all laws will be revoked and we’ll be allowed to throw libertarians into iron smelters for fun and profit.

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MsJ  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:36:36pm

Now 2016 took Debbie Reynolds?

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:38:56pm

re: #55 MsJ

Now 2016 took Debbie Reynolds?

Yes. Medical emergency. Dead at 84.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:40:11pm

re: #56 wheat-dogg

Yes. Medical emergency. Dead at 84.

Kinda afraid this is not 2016 getting in late hits, thinking it’s 2017 as an impatient orange haired vulgarian getting an early start. Why are these people dying? ‘Cause no where on earth is far enough to move to now.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:40:45pm

re: #56 wheat-dogg

Yes. Medical emergency. Dead at 84.

Died of grief.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:42:35pm

re: #58 The Vicious Babushka

Died of grief.

That’s what her son, Todd, said. I can believe it. Although she and her daughter were sometimes at odds with each other, there was a deep love between them. Losing Carrie so suddenly would have been hard for Debbie — or any mother, FTM.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:44:45pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:48:29pm

re: #60 teleskiguy

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:48:32pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:49:01pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:49:19pm

Discussion in stereo ith Teleskiguy-Right Channel Twitter, Left channel LGF

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:50:12pm
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allegro  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:54:35pm

re: #62 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I kinda love it when the bulls win. Feels like justice.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:55:42pm

re: #65 Backwoods_Sleuth

These cretins are lashing out because they see their glorious vision of Armageddon slipping away.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:57:44pm
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Teukka  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:58:06pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 7:58:31pm

jeebus

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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:00:12pm
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ObserverArt  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:01:00pm

re: #68 Charles Johnson

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So tomorrow we all will need umbrellas, boots and rain slickers to ward off all the wingnut crying that is going to follow this announcement of Russian punishment.

And of course, leader of the cry will be Donny Trump.

Oh joy.

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makeitstop  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:02:07pm

re: #68 Charles Johnson

The administration is finalizing the details, which also are expected to include covert action that will probably involve cyber-operations, the officials said. An announcement on the public elements of the response could come as early as this week.

Hey, if Putin’s vast fortune ended up being 20 or 30 billion short tomorrow, I wouldn’t really mind a bit.

And if, in the spirit of generosity, some of the missing funds could be traced to, let’s say, Trump’s kids…that would be a nice little year-end bonus.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:05:29pm

re: #73 makeitstop

Hey, if Putin’s vast fortune ended up being 20 or 30 billion short tomorrow, I wouldn’t really mind a bit.

And if, in the spirit of generosity, some of the missing funds could be traced to, let’s say, Trump’s kids…that wold be a nice little year-end bonus.

The Panama Papers data dump provided the US government with a lot of information about Putin’s shell corporations. No doubt they know even more details than the Papers revealed.

Hurting Russia financially will not go over well among Trump’s Cabinet, since many of them have financial ties to Russia, including Donnie himself. His creditors might demand accelerated payments of his loans.

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Teukka  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:08:22pm

re: #74 wheat-dogg

The Panama Papers data dump provided the US government with a lot of information about Putin’s shell corporations. No doubt they know even more details than the Papers revealed.

Hurting Russia financially will not go over well among Trump’s Cabinet, since many of them have financial ties to Russia, including Donnie himself. His creditors might demand accelerated payments of his loans.

His creditors might demand accelerated payments of his loans if he’s lucky. Remember what tends to happen to people who displease TPTB over there…

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:12:27pm

re: #75 Teukka

His creditors might demand accelerated payments of his loans if he’s lucky. Remember what tends to happen to people who displease TPTB over there…

And 2016 (aka The Year of Death) is not yet over.

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Joe Bacon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:15:13pm
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Charles Johnson  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:19:31pm
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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:24:31pm

re: #21 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh dear…

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The entire short article is a hoot, but this last sentence:

Bet she doesn’t even have a clue how hypocritical she is.

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sagehen  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:24:59pm

re: #50 Big Beautiful Door

It seems there are a lot of billionaire capitalists operating out of Silicon Valley who would disagree. Also this week I ordered a business to pay back wages to employees whose pay was docked for taking their legally protected breaks, so fuck you Puzder.

As secretary of labor, he’ll end that legal protection in a hurry.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:25:00pm

re: #79 Big Beautiful Door

Bet she doesn’t even have a clue how hypocritical she is.

of course she doesn’t

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:26:26pm

re: #80 sagehen

As secretary of labor, he’ll end that legal protection in a hurry.

Fortunately its protected by state law in many states, at least for now.

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Belafon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:30:19pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus

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Joe Bacon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:31:23pm

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:35:47pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:39:33pm

re: #84 Joe Bacon

Kinda wishing Trump would eschew the WH for his own digs. Costly as hell. But on the upside and in my (highly impractical) opinion rather he hardly if ever sleeps in the peoples house, eats in the peoples kitchen or craps in the peoples bathroom. If I wanted him there I’d have voted for him. Most of the time shrug and walk away. No big deal other side won. This time? Nope. Rather he kept to all his own stuff. Bedrooms, cars, planes. Dishes. Especially the once infamous china.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:39:52pm

Derp.

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Belafon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:42:09pm

re: #87 teleskiguy

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Joe Bacon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:43:53pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:47:01pm

Even if Obama sanctions the fuck out of Russia, can’t Trump just roll it back after he takes office?

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Joe Bacon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:47:31pm

re: #86 Unshaken Defiance

Kinda wishing Trump would eschew the WH for his own digs. Costly as hell. But on the upside and in my (highly impractical) opinion rather he hardly if ever sleeps in the peoples house, eats in the peoples kitchen or craps in the peoples bathroom. If I wanted him there I’d have voted for him. Most of the time shrug and walk away. No big deal other side won. This time? Nope. Rather he kept to all his own stuff. Bedrooms, cars, planes. Dishes. Especially the once infamous china.

Watch him turn it into the Trump White Manor and charge $25,000 a night for the Lincoln Bedroom.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:49:07pm

ummmmm

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:51:36pm

A must read from a music industry insider on the passing of George Michael. Sample:

The holidays are a bitch.

It’s the same media disconnect we experienced with the election. The stories say one thing, the truth is another. We read about all the shiny, happy people sitting around the fire surrounded by their loved ones and we wonder what happened to us, alone, or tolerating those we are related to by blood.

My source says it’s suicide. And I’m believing that. Because the odds of dying at 53 on Christmas Day are infinitesimal. But does it make a difference? He was here and now he’s gone. He entertained us but it did not make him happy, it did not solve all his problems, yet the music lives on, hermetically sealed, evidence of a different day when Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou could do no wrong, when he dominated, when the music he made not only soothed our souls, but was grease for our bodies to…

That’s when Wham! first resonated for me. I woke up after the first night with my ex-wife and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was playing on the MTV. When that channel defined the culture, with a power not seen since. We Americans were still trying to figure out the transition from classic rock. We thought we killed disco, but we did not know what came next. Then the Brits came along and stole our lunch, not only Soft Cell and Human League, but Culture Club and George Michael. The sensibility was different. It was not about being coolly attached to what once was, but throwing out the baby with the bathwater and starting anew. Pop was no longer a dirty word. Synthesizers were as important as guitars. Limits were being tested and the acts seemed to be having so much fun, we found them irresistible.

And the winners, like Wham!, were bigger stars than ever before. Their clips played around the world, where they could tour and become even more famous and ever more rich and the rumor was that Andrew Ridgeley was just a pretty face and George Michael was the real talent and in 1987 George dropped his first solo album and therein started a juggernaut wherein he became the biggest star in the world. Michael Jackson had already peaked, with “Off The Wall,” with “Thriller.” It was now 1987. And…

Suddenly we all had faith.

Music, when done right, is undeniable. It doesn’t matter what the critics say, it doesn’t matter what you believed yesterday, it doesn’t matter what your friends have to say, you’re immediately infected, the sound just makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, makes you glad to be alive.

The title track jitterbugged through your brain, a rhythm that got your limbs twitching, with a vocal that yanked you out of your seat and took you along for a ride wherein…

You were fully realized, you were your best self, the definitive exponent being “I Want Your Sex.” This was not Madonna begging for our love, we jumped right in, feet first, we couldn’t get enough of this.

The truth is no matter how much money you’ve got, that does not mean you can have a satisfying relationship, a good sex life, arguably it’s worse if you’re famous, because you can’t be sure of another’s motives, whether they love you for your status or…

That’s something George Michael had to battle for decades. You think you make it and all your problems will be solved. But the truth is they’re just beginning. You can never recover your anonymity, oftentimes you’re not built for your dreams, and when your sexual preference does not square with societal mores

RIP, George.

George Michael - A Different Corner

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:51:40pm

re: #92 Backwoods_Sleuth

SMDH.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:51:48pm

re: #92 Backwoods_Sleuth

ummmmm

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Maybe a pretty Mexican actress. Two for one, and she would look good at the cabinet meetings.

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lockjawcanbefun  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:53:34pm

re: #92 Backwoods_Sleuth

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makeitstop  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:53:38pm

re: #90 Eclectic Cyborg

Even if Obama sanctions the fuck out of Russia, can’t Trump just roll it back after he takes office?

According to TPM:

Obama would need to expand his authority to enact sanctions against Russia in order to retaliate for the country’s attempts to meddle in the U.S. elections, and the Post reported that the administration has been looking at ways to expand a 2015 executive order granting Obama power to respond to certain cyber attacks. The White House is also working to make sure that the actions they take cannot be easily rolled back by Donald Trump, according to the report.

I think Obama is going to try to make the sanctions as Yam-proof as possible.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:53:43pm

re: #89 Joe Bacon

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Oh, the cartoonist thinks he’s a Scientist. How precious!

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Scottishdragon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:56:36pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:57:48pm

re: #91 Joe Bacon

Watch him turn it into the Trump White Manor and charge $25,000 a night for the Lincoln Bedroom.

Beyond embarrassing.

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Scottishdragon  Dec 28, 2016 • 8:58:08pm

My spouse get an unexpected call today. She was asked to interview tomorrow at a high school to teach honors chemistry and physics!

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Scottishdragon  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:00:17pm

Back to bed for now. See you all tomorrow.
Also…

RIP, Debbie Reynolds. You and your daughter are missed.

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Belafon  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:00:59pm

re: #93 Eric The Fruit Bat

The odds of dying on Christmas day are the same as dying on any day.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:02:50pm

re: #103 Belafon

The odds of dying on Christmas day are the same as dying on any day.

Yep. My great-grandmother died on Christmas day.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:03:23pm

Instagram

It was still Christmas yesterday for @sammocohen @altaskiarea 📷 leecohen_pics #powderinfocus #powdertothepeople

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scottslemmons  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:04:14pm

re: #98 Blind Frog Belly White

Oh, the cartoonist thinks he’s a Scientist. How precious!

He can’t even draw! Ernie Bushmiller had better artistic style than Adams.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:05:00pm

re: #105 teleskiguy

That’s a fancy development technique!

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:05:04pm

re: #101 Scottishdragon

My spouse get an unexpected call today. She was asked to interview tomorrow at a high school to teach honors chemistry and physics!

Congradumalashuns!

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:05:33pm

re: #107 retired cynic

Pretty, ain’t it?

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:06:40pm

re: #103 Belafon

The odds of dying on Christmas day are the same as dying on any day.

And the same odds as being born on Christmas Day. (I have both a first cousin once removed and a first cousin born on the same Christmas Day; my first cousin and her mother were even in the same hospital room together.)

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:06:48pm
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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:11:22pm

re: #103 Belafon

The odds of dying on Christmas day are the same as dying on any day.

The writer is trying to negate the possibility of that coincidence, I suppose, because it’s just tooo meaningful for Michael to have died on *that* particular day.

TBH, if I were suicidal and looking for a particular day to do myself in, I would NOT choose a major holiday, especially one with so many emotional ties to family and belief. George Michael does not strike me as the kind of fellow who would choose Christmas just to punish his loved ones for, what? The writer does not make it clear.

A more likely explanation is he died, by chance, at Christmastime. My aunt was killed in a car wreck about a week before Christmas in 1977. My mom died two weeks before Christmas of a fatal stroke in ‘94. The Grim Reaper cares not for mortals’ holidays or calendar systems.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:17:32pm

re: #112 wheat-dogg

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austin_blue  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:19:13pm

re: #112 wheat-dogg

The writer is trying to negate the possibility of that coincidence, I suppose, because it’s just tooo meaningful for Michael to have died on *that* particular day.

TBH, if I were suicidal and looking for a particular day to do myself in, I would NOT choose a major holiday, especially one with so many emotional ties to family and belief. George Michael does not strike me as the kind of fellow who would choose Christmas just to punish his loved ones for, what? The writer does not make it clear.

A more likely explanation is he died, by chance, at Christmastime. My aunt was killed in a car wreck about a week before Christmas in 1977. My mom died two weeks before Christmas of a fatal stroke in ‘94. The Grim Reaper cares not for mortals’ holidays or calendar systems.

Yup. Days are days. You’re going to die on one of them, guaranteed.

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Joe Bacon  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:21:11pm

re: #34 mmmirele

Well, this should surprise nobody, but Erick son of Erick is ranting about how megachurch pastor Paula White, who Trump has apparently picked to pray at his inauguration, is “an actual Trinity-denying heretic.”

theresurgent.com

This is how I found out:

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The Daily Beast does a brief overview of White:

And she was one of the Pulpit Pimps who laid hands on Trump anointing him as Gawd’s Next President…

Paula White, Kenneth Copeland and Others Lay Hands On, Pray for Donald Trump
thedailybeast.com

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ckkatz  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:21:49pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:22:54pm

re: #116 ckkatz

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William Lewis  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:23:51pm

re: #113 retired cynic

{{{RC}}}

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Belafon  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:23:57pm

If they’re getting people who are even just 75% Farenthold, they’ll be busy, and the country will be better for it.

I was thinking about this earlier. I think all of us who have grown used to the internet as a news source may have failed to realize something: They news we’ve been getting is exactly what we’ve been paying for.

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:25:15pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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Belafon  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:26:48pm
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Dave In Austin  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:28:27pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:29:19pm

Thanks, everyone, for your kind thoughts!

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:29:52pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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TedStriker  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:30:12pm

When even George RR Martin thinks too many people of note are dying this year, it’s pretty fucking bad:

“Please, let this wretched year come to an end”

George R.R. Martin agrees 2016 was an overwhelming year.

“Death, death, and more death… this year just keeps getting worse and worse,” the Game of Thrones scribe wrote on his Live Journal blog yesterday. He wasn’t giving a sneak peek of the new season of Game of Thrones or of the action in the next installment of his A Song of Ice and Fire books—instead, he was bemoaning the loss of Carrie Fisher and Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, who both passed away on Tuesday.

time.com

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Joe Bacon  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:31:36pm

re: #123 retired cynic

I’m so sorry…

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makeitstop  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:32:52pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:33:13pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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austin_blue  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:38:45pm

{{{RC}}}

My deepest sympathies.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:39:43pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:41:50pm

re: #130 wheat-dogg

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allegro  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:42:04pm

re: #112 wheat-dogg

The writer is trying to negate the possibility of that coincidence, I suppose, because it’s just tooo meaningful for Michael to have died on *that* particular day.

TBH, if I were suicidal and looking for a particular day to do myself in, I would NOT choose a major holiday, especially one with so many emotional ties to family and belief. George Michael does not strike me as the kind of fellow who would choose Christmas just to punish his loved ones for, what? The writer does not make it clear.

A more likely explanation is he died, by chance, at Christmastime. My aunt was killed in a car wreck about a week before Christmas in 1977. My mom died two weeks before Christmas of a fatal stroke in ‘94. The Grim Reaper cares not for mortals’ holidays or calendar systems.

My very close cousin died on Christmas Day in 1989 from AIDS, my mom the following Dec. 24 from cancer. Yeah, it’s just another day for biology. For us, the holiday becomes a grim reminder.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:48:24pm

Not sure what the point is to this GIF, but I like it anyway.

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austin_blue  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:49:48pm

re: #133 wheat-dogg

Not sure what the point is to this GIF, but I like it anyway.

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Jean Luc Picard in the back seat? Make it so, Number One!

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:50:38pm

Something humorous (at least to my wife):

I wanted to put pepper on a bowl of soup I heated. The peppermill was empty, so I asked for more peppercorns.

She handed me this industrial size bottle of peppercorns. Opening this, I could not figure out how to put the peppercorns in the peppermill except one-at-a-time.

She suggested a funnel … duh.

I get out a funnel, and all the peppercorns clogged the narrow end. I turned over the funnel to fill it that way, and they spilled all over the counter to her peals of laughter.

Undeterred, I picked them up one-at-a-time and put them in (the way I wanted to do it in the first place).

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:54:16pm

re: #135 Anymouse

Something humorous (at least to my wife):

I wanted to put pepper on a bowl of soup I heated. The peppermill was empty, so I asked for more peppercorns.

She handed me this industrial size bottle of peppercorns. Opening this, I could not figure out how to put the peppercorns in the peppermill except one-at-a-time.

She suggested a funnel … duh.

I get out a funnel, and all the peppercorns clogged the narrow end. I turned over the funnel to fill it that way, and they spilled all over the counter to her peals of laughter.

Undeterred, I picked them up one-at-a-time and put them in (the way I wanted to do it in the first place).

Use a small spoon next time. Or make a paper funnel with a larger spout.

Experience speaking here.

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austin_blue  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:54:29pm

re: #135 Anymouse

Something humorous (at least to my wife):

I wanted to put pepper on a bowl of soup I heated. The peppermill was empty, so I asked for more peppercorns.

She handed me this industrial size bottle of peppercorns. Opening this, I could not figure out how to put the peppercorns in the peppermill except one-at-a-time.

She suggested a funnel … duh.

I get out a funnel, and all the peppercorns clogged the narrow end. I turned over the funnel to fill it that way, and they spilled all over the counter to her peals of laughter.

Undeterred, I picked them up one-at-a-time and put them in (the way I wanted to do it in the first place).

Cosi fan tutti.

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:55:15pm

re: #136 wheat-dogg

Use a small spoon next time. Or make a paper funnel with a larger spout.

Experience speaking here.

Thanks. Apparently I need to take my brain cells out for a walk more often.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:55:39pm

So much ridicule…. I wonder how Princess Noschoolformykids spins this tomorrow?

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:58:09pm

re: #71 Charles Johnson

So, Obama made a shoe, and Trump loudly proclaims that it fits.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 28, 2016 • 9:59:29pm

re: #139 Dave In Austin

So much ridicule…. I wonder how Princess Noschoolformykids spins this tomorrow?

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Someone needs to start Photoshopping Trump’s face on those photos of Kim Jong-un visiting factories and farms to bestow his wisdom on the local experts.

“Exalted President Trump visits local corn festival, advises corn farmers on how to increase yields.”

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:00:27pm

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:00:56pm

re: #103 Belafon

The odds of dying on Christmas day are the same as dying on any day.

Actually, they’re rather worse.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:01:27pm

re: #142 teleskiguy

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:02:02pm

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, who appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on FOX News Channel and called him a “partisan hack” is now receiving rape threats (apparently from the special snowflakes that can’t take being called “deplorable”):

cbsnews.com

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:03:56pm
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Romantic Heretic  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:08:35pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:08:47pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:09:40pm

re: #90 Eclectic Cyborg

Even if Obama sanctions the fuck out of Russia, can’t Trump just roll it back after he takes office?

Depends on how he does it. Doesn’t have to just be economic sanctions, he can order cyber strikes on Russian systems and other deniable forms of covert action that inflict real and lasting damage.

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Moebym  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:25:32pm

re: #145 Anymouse

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, who appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on FOX News Channel and called him a “partisan hack” is now receiving rape threats (apparently from the special snowflakes that can’t take being called “deplorable”):

cbsnews.com

Deplorables gotta deplore.

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allegro  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:25:40pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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Alyosha  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:26:36pm

re: #149 goddamnedfrank

Depends on how he does it. Doesn’t have to just be economic sanctions, he can order cyber strikes on Russian systems and other deniable forms of covert action that inflict real and lasting damage.

My mind keeps coming back to deep cover assets in Russia itself.
Does Obama tell them, for the time being, your handlers are joining you in basically being off the grid. Until we figure out how much of this Trump business is involved in just burning agents for Putin.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:29:08pm

re: #151 allegro

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Alyosha  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:29:59pm

re: #152 Alyosha

I mean, presumably Obama doesn’t even have to give an explicit order. The intel people probably know what they’re doing.

Just weird now that they have to run interference on two governments.

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retired cynic  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:35:38pm

Good night, lizards. Thank you for your support!

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:36:10pm

Man bursts into Catholic Church in Philadelphia accusing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama of running a child sex ring out of the pizzeria in Washington.

addictinginfo.org (with video)

This is one of the people who went to Washington to picket the pizzeria.

“Pizzagate is real! Pizzagate is real!” Caplan yelled at shocked onlookers who were simply trying to enjoy church. “The Catholic Church has been sexually abusing children—thousands of them for decades. Pizzagate is real!”

While he is correct that there is an epidemic of child molestation in the Catholic church, Caplan somehow fails to see that even in the most deranged versions of the “Pizzagate” story, the Church is uninvolved.

In November, Caplan and an army of other stupid people traveled to Washington D.C. to protest Comet Ping Pong. In an interview with the Philly Voice, he explained that the conspiracy goes above even Clinton, whom many believe to be the ringmaster of this fictitious child sex ring.

Caplan explained that the “emails are not the story.” According to him, the real story is “a child pedophilia ring that goes all the way up to Obama.”

More at Addicting Info

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Anymouse  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:46:38pm

Jim Wright continues his discussion of how to determine if something is true with a second instalment:

stonekettle.com

In it, he notes the African-American church in Mississippi that was recently burned and sprayed with graffiti praising Donald Trump.

Jim Wright reveals he was biased about this story, that it was indeed a Trump supporter. After all, it was an African-American church in Mississippi (no history of arsons there). Mr. Trump played on racism throughout his campaign.

The police arrested the arsonist today. It turns out he was a member of the church. The police believe the burning and graffiti were to cover up him robbing the church.

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allegro  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:49:17pm

re: #153 retired cynic

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allegro  Dec 28, 2016 • 10:58:48pm

TFW you want to turn off the TV that is already on mute but you can’t find the freaking remote that is somewhere on the bed and likely under the snoring dog who you don’t want to disturb because he’ll insist on going out for a walk.

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MsJ  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:01:23pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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Dave In Austin  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:03:54pm

re: #159 allegro

Hey……

Congrats on the new ride. You should run down the coast to Corpus for some fresh seafood just for the hell of it.

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MsJ  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:08:32pm

Bristol palin upset that no one wants to perform at trump’s inauguration.

rawstory.com

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:09:49pm

re: #74 wheat-dogg

The Panama Papers data dump provided the US government with a lot of information about Putin’s shell corporations. No doubt they know even more details than the Papers revealed.

Hurting Russia financially will not go over well among Trump’s Cabinet, since many of them have financial ties to Russia, including Donnie himself. His creditors might demand accelerated payments of his loans.

What I’d like to see for sanctions is cutting Russia out of SWIFT.

That’s a financial kick to the balls. With an iron boot.

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BeachDem  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:12:10pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

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So now the press corps are supposed to be the red carpet paparazzi ?

Too bad Joan River is dead—now she can’t do fashion police Mar A Lago edition.

Spit.

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BeachDem  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:15:23pm

re: #95 retired cynic

Maybe a pretty Mexican actress. Two for one, and she would look good at the cabinet meetings.

Alicia Machado? Winning.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:18:13pm

re: #162 MsJ

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:27:22pm

re: #162 MsJ

Bristol palin upset that no one wants to perform at trump’s inauguration.

rawstory.com

Oh boo fucking hoo.

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MsJ  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:34:21pm

re: #167 Eclectic Cyborg

Oh boo fucking hoo.

Yeah. That was my take. 😎

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allegro  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:35:20pm

re: #161 Dave In Austin

Hey……

Congrats on the new ride. You should run down the coast to Corpus for some fresh seafood just for the hell of it.

Funny you should mention that. Tomorrow I’m heading to Galveston with a friend to spend the afternoon/evening at Moody Gardens - I have yet to do the aquarium pyramid and the light thing sounds way cool - and afterwards pig out on seafood at a restaurant TBD. We’re going to the wharf before our trip home Friday to get fresh shrimp. My attempt at a playful tease and surprise in which I insisted on driving us down there I think hurt his feelings (even though he knew I was imminently buying a new car and I thought he’d get the clue I inserted in the email) because he thought I didn’t trust him or his car (he’s 80, and truthfully no, I don’t really trust his driving anymore but that wasn’t my intent). I should know better. I feel like a heel. But it’s cleared up now and I know we’re going to have a wonderful time.

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VegasGolfer  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:36:31pm

re: #162 MsJ

Waaaaa. White trash grifter pissed that a con man cant get celebs to perform at his inauguration.

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:41:09pm

The Palins, an All-American family.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:48:25pm

re: #169 allegro

Awesome!! Enjoy your day but you better get some rest (I’m struggling on the nite shift). If you do go south anytime soon, the Mayfield (Mayfare?) in Port Lavaca has a seafood menu to die for and it doesn’t get much fresher. It’s just south of the causeway on the right hand side. Whenever we go to Port O’conner on a fishing trip, it’s a standard stop, they will also cook my trout or redfish on the way home.. Nom!!

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:52:34pm

re: #113 retired cynic

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MsJ  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:55:08pm

Benjamin Netanyahu subject of criminal investigation - report

theguardian.com

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teleskiguy  Dec 28, 2016 • 11:59:06pm
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allegro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:01:59am

re: #172 Dave In Austin

Awesome!! Enjoy your day but you better get some rest (I’m struggling on the nite shift). If you do go south anytime soon, the Mayfield (Mayfare?) in Port Lavaca has a seafood menu to die for and it doesn’t get much fresher. It’s just south of the causeway on the right hand side. Whenever we go to Port O’conner on a fishing trip, it’s a standard stop, they will also cook my trout or redfish on the way home.. Nom!!

Mayfaire, perhaps? Is that still there? It’s been so long since I’ve been down that way. Most of my coast visits have been oil spill recoveries over the years, scrubbing pelicans and such. Lavaca Bay is pretty protected from the tide so I’m not as familiar.

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Scout  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:19:26am

re: #119 Belafon

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If they’re getting people who are even just 75% Farenthold, they’ll be busy, and the country will be better for it.

I was thinking about this earlier. I think all of us who have grown used to the internet as a news source may have failed to realize something: They news we’ve been getting is exactly what we’ve been paying for.

I signed up for digital subscription to both the Washington Post and New York Times earlier this year. I also get the print New York Times folded into my hometown paper. I’d prefer getting the Post’s print version, but it’s not available here.

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lockjawcanbefun  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:22:54am

re: #162 MsJ

Is Bristol offering to perform? Unfortunately for her, the only thing she appears to be good at really shouldn’t be performed publicly.

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Alyosha  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:23:31am

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allegro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:29:21am

re: #179 Alyosha

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That guy always looks to me like early CGI.

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Alyosha  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:35:29am

re: #180 allegro

That guy always looks to me like early CGI.

Coincidentally, Uncanny Valley is where they bottle the very worst Pinot Grigio you’re ever likely to scrub out off your bathroom ceiling.

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allegro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:39:55am

re: #181 Alyosha

Coincidentally, Uncanny Valley is where they bottle the very worst Pinot Grigio you’re ever likely to scrub out off your bathroom ceiling.

I’ve have the great misfortune of scrubbing used wine from time to time but have never looked up to find more. I’m glad now.

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Timothy Watson  Dec 29, 2016 • 1:31:54am

I once shot a year just to watch it die.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 1:51:08am

re: #82 Big Beautiful Door

Fortunately its protected by state law in many states, at least for now.

We spit on States’ Rights! Unless we are fighting to defend them!!!

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Lupin  Dec 29, 2016 • 2:36:37am

I want to float out the notion that our Constitution, and indeed our democratic experiment as a whole, has now failed, by being unable to adapt to 21st century politics. Our elections and indeed our entire political system have become totally dysfunctional and would require a consensus on massive constitutional changes which, frankly, I don’t see as happening any time soon.

Living in France, I have a better insight into French politics. I noted that since de Gaulle established the French Firth Republic and formulated a new Constitution in 1958, the French have amended/updated said Constitution 24 times, last in 2008.

(If you’re really interested here is a list of their Constitutional Amendments.))

My point here is, our Constitution has failed you because we ourselves have failed it. The recent example of Congress refusing to confirm/not confirm Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court is but one example of such failure. The Electoral College debacle is another one.

When Stephen Colbert recently did a feature on what is NORM vs what is LAW vis à vis the President, I was flabbergasted by how many things were not LAW but merely NORMs. When I told my friends here, they too were surprised. This is not the 1800s any more.

When we finally emerge from the long, dark tunnel ahead, we’re going to have to seriously think about reforming our institutions.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 2:43:16am

re: #185 Lupin

I want to float out the notion that our Constitution, and indeed our democratic experiment as a whole, has now failed, by being unable to adapt to 21st century politics.

Our Constitution did not foresee multi-billion-dollar international corporations exerting a major influence on political discourse or on the daily lives of nearly every American.

It certainly did not foresee that the USA would develop into the world’s leading economic and military power.

And it did not foresee the Internet.

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Lupin  Dec 29, 2016 • 2:47:16am

re: #186 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

My point exactly. We have failed to adapt & are reaping the consequences.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 29, 2016 • 3:49:20am

re: #186 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Our Constitution did not foresee multi-billion-dollar international corporations exerting a major influence on political discourse or on the daily lives of nearly every American.

It certainly did not foresee that the USA would develop into the world’s leading economic and military power.

And it did not foresee the Internet.

The Founders also presumed that Congress, the courts and the executive branch would work together in a spirit of cooperation and compromise. They did not expect that one branch (our Republican-controlled Congress) would seek to subvert the Constitutional powers of the executive by adamantly refusing to cooperate with it, and additionally to subvert the proper working of the judicial branch by refusing to consider the executive’s nominations to the bench.

There are no provisions in the Constitution to break such deadlocks, other than the voters exercising their power at election time. If the Fourth Estate were doing its part, it would hammer home the clear fact that our government is not working because one political party has held it hostage because a black Democrat dared be president.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 4:12:40am

re: #188 wheat-dogg

If the Fourth Estate were doing its part, it would hammer home the clear fact that our government is not working because one political party has held it hostage because a black Democrat dared be president.

The Fourth Estate is a dead entity, it has been replaced by 24/7 infotainment.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 29, 2016 • 4:17:17am

re: #189 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Fourth Estate is a dead entity, it has been replaced by 24/7 infotainment.

There are a few outlets that try to fulfill their unofficial role as the fourth branch, but the ones that most voters watch — cable news — have devolved into partisan rip-and-read clown shows.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 4:18:32am

re: #190 wheat-dogg

There are a few outlets that try to fulfill their unofficial role as the fourth branch, but the ones that most voters watch — cable news — have devolved into partisan rip-and-read clown shows.

And public discourse has boiled down to Tweets, Internet memes and bullet points.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 29, 2016 • 4:22:26am

re: #191 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And public discourse has boiled down to Tweets, Internet memes and bullet points.

Indeed. People like the Rage Furby brag about creating memes, as if they are some sort of serious contribution to political and social discourse. The president-elect uses Twitter as a vindictive tool, while he avoids holding press conferences or issuing substantive policy statements.

The American public has this stupid idea that complex problems have simple solutions, and all that is required is a “strong” (white) president with all the right answers.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 4:45:12am

re: #192 wheat-dogg

The American public has this stupid idea that complex problems have simple solutions, and all that is required is a “strong” (white) president with all the right answers.

The logic behind it is simple and perverse: a black president rules our country dictatorially and has ruined it. Therefore, a white president ruling dictatorially can save it.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 29, 2016 • 5:25:17am

re: #193 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The logic behind it is simple and perverse: a black president rules our country dictatorially and has ruined it. Therefore, a white president ruling dictatorially can save it.

Up is down. Right is wrong. Freedom is slavery. And so on.

Orwell if he were alive today would be saying, “I told you so.”

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wheat-dogg  Dec 29, 2016 • 5:35:37am

re: #194 wheat-dogg

Up is down. Right is wrong. Freedom is slavery. And so on.

Orwell if he were alive today would be saying, “I told you so.”

I’ve just finished episode 5 of The Crown. Spoiler alert: Elizabeth had her coronation on the telly.

Joking aside, it never occurred to me that the fuddy-duddies on the coronation committee would have objected to televising the investiture. It also occurred to me that I have never seen a British monarch’s coronation, aside from historical footage, because Elizabeth has been Queen four years longer than I’ve been alive.

Also, the portrayal of David Windsor (formerly King Edward VII) and Wallis Simpson Windsor is pretty spot on. I remember seeing those two make appearances on TV talk shows when I was a kid, and even then I recognized what a pair of snobbish, overly entitled bores they were. But the series does suggest how he may have been inwardly conflicted about giving up the Crown to remain with “the love of his life.” It also shows how his decision to abdicate was deeply resented by his own family, who obviously regarded it as a betrayal of them and the institution of the monarchy.

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I cannot.  Dec 29, 2016 • 5:46:06am
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wheat-dogg  Dec 29, 2016 • 5:50:47am

re: #196 Jayleia

Adams is a nitwit. He represents every science denier extant.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:02:32am

re: #38 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Her tweets are a hoot.

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jeffreyw  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:02:58am

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Good morning!

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:15:18am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. Yesterday, Obama extended National Monument status to 1.65 million acres of land in Nevada and Arizona. This includes land sacred to Native Americans in the Canyonlands/Arches region, and it surprises no one that the GOP is bitching something fierce right now.

They can’t believe Obama would have the audacity to do this on his way out, even though other presidents have used the Antiquities Act to protect land. They can’t believe that Obama would stop energy companies and mining companies from going after lands adjacent to national parks (causing those parks lasting harm) by setting aside those lands as national monuments in their own right.

I was out in Canyonlands and Arches a few years back, and it struck me just how close those oil companies were drilling and setting up pipelines to the parks - and they would drill and mine inside the parks if they had their chance (and some did, until they were declared national parks).

The GOP isn’t interested in conservation or tourism, even though it’s better for environment, protects the land, and raises the standards of living for those in those gateway communities. They want to sell off federal lands and gut environmental protections. This has been their stated goal all along, and Obama is giving them one parting shot of a FU.

The GOP, of course, is threatening lawsuits to block the designation, or otherwise gut the Antiquities Act to prevent future presidents from being able to set aside lands for preservation. The GOP has gone from the party of Roosevelt, who worked to pass the Antiquities Act and designated the nation’s national park system as a priority for posterity to one where they want to dismantle the national park system, undermine preservation of our heritage, and sell off federal lands to corporations and taxpayers get shafted.

It’s yet another reason that I chose to donate to Sierra Club along with the NP Foundation to help them fight encroachment on these preserved lands.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:18:32am

re: #197 wheat-dogg

Scott Adams is a living, breathing example of Dunning-Kreuger Syndrome.

And an asshole to boot.

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Joe Bacon  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:35:31am

re: #199 jeffreyw

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What? No Bacon???????

Good morning!

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mmmirele  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:40:47am

It took me the better part of an hour today to come up with the trivia to end our morning technology call at the too big to fail bank. I personally could do without having a trivia question, but the people who come to our call really like it. Today’s trivia is about one Emma Snodgrass, who was arrested in Boston on this day in 1852 for—wait for it—wearing pants. Ultimately, Snodgrass disappears from the historical record in 1853, after a last sighting in Louisville, KY, where she was dressed as a guy and headed for California. Presumably she perfected her cross-dressing after that.

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jeffreyw  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:51:02am

re: #202 Joe Bacon

I made a 10lb batch of garlic pepper sausage yesterday. I think it may feature in the days to come. It needs a little time to itself so maybe an a day or two.

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jeffreyw  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:52:51am

re: #203 mmmirele

I believe she may have had a role in an episode or two of “Hell on Wheels”.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:56:19am

re: #196 Jayleia

Dillhole: Doesn’t sound as complicated to me.

I love it when ignoramuses proclaim their stupidity for the world to see. “I know nothing about the science in the field, so I shall proclaim my ignorance for all to see”

And, the responses:
Do you know about non-Keplerian forces like the Yarkovsky effect & what keyholes do to uncertainty?

That burn caused a measurable and significant change in the predicted orbital path.

Were beauties to behold.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 29, 2016 • 6:57:09am

re: #204 jeffreyw

I made a 10lb batch of garlic pepper sausage yesterday. I think it may feature in the days to come. It needs a little time to itself so maybe an a day or two.

Are you fermenting them, or just melding flavors?

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:09:10am

re: #162 MsJ

Bristol palin upset that no one wants to perform at trump’s inauguration.

rawstory.com

Instead of complaining Bristol and her mom should pack their stripper polls and show those commie leftturds how it’s done in God fearing America.

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jeffreyw  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:12:34am

re: #207 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Are you fermenting them, or just melding flavors?

I like to think of it as newlyweds needing some quality together time.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:28:39am

re: #208 Skip Intro

Instead of complaining Bristol and her mom should pack their stripper polls and show those commie leftturds how it’s done in God fearing America.

Say what you will about her intellect, her life choices, her famous family, Bristol really does “batshit crazy hot”pretty well.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:32:06am

re: #210 Barefoot Grin

Except that she’s still below the Barney Stinson invented Vicki Mendoza Crazy-Hot line.

HIMYM Hot Crazy Scale

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darthstar  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:34:49am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:36:38am

re: #195 wheat-dogg

Also, the portrayal of David Windsor (formerly King Edward VII) and Wallis Simpson Windsor is pretty spot on. I remember seeing those two make appearances on TV talk shows when I was a kid, and even then I recognized what a pair of snobbish, overly entitled bores they were. But the series does suggest how he may have been inwardly conflicted about giving up the Crown to remain with “the love of his life.” It also shows how his decision to abdicate was deeply resented by his own family, who obviously regarded it as a betrayal of them and the institution of the monarchy.

You cannot enjoy the benefits of an archaic system (hereditary monarchy) without accepting all the other aspects of said system (a church that refuses to recognize or allow divorce).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:37:12am

re: #197 wheat-dogg

Adams is a nitwit. He represents every science denier extant.

That shit started to creep over into his comic strip, but thank god he backed off. I still enjoy it.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:49:27am

He should stick with doing silly office stuff.

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EmmaAnne  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:51:43am

re: #208 Skip Intro

Instead of complaining Bristol and her mom should pack their stripper polls and show those commie leftturds how it’s done in God fearing America.

Could we not? There are plenty of awful things about Sarah and Bristol Palin to comment on without talking about their looks or “sluttiness”. I admit that Bristol’s sexualy history is relevant when discussing her abstinence work, but otherwise it isn’t the issue.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:53:04am

re: #216 EmmaAnne

Could we not? There are plenty of awful things about Sarah and Bristol Palin to comment on without talking about their looks or “sluttiness”. I admit that Bristol’s sexualy history is relevant when discussing her abstinence work, but otherwise it isn’t the issue.

Exactly, a person’s personal moral virtues are irrelevant unless they themselves make a public issue out of morality and virtue.

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I cannot.  Dec 29, 2016 • 7:57:29am

shareblue.com

I’m not reading it as a threat, but given how incredibly brazen they’ve been already, I can easily see that as a possible threat.

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:07:27am

Surely we will witness right-wingers exhibit their moral outrage and condemn this asshole with the same tenacity as they did towards Castro last month, right?

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:14:33am

re: #219 electrotek

Surely we will witness right-wingers exhibit their moral outrage and condemn this asshole with the same tenacity as they did towards Castro last month, right?

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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:19:07am

re: #113 retired cynic

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:21:15am

re: #220 Big Beautiful Door

No-one in the US knows who he is, or cares, so no. Plus he wasn’t a commie.

Sadly, you’re right. After all, the record of right-wing fascists in Latin America is horrific enough.

The only reference to Uruguay that America would know about is from The Simpsons:

Homer Simpson vind u-are-gay (Uruguay)

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:29:20am

re: #219 electrotek

Do you do stand-up? Because you should. That joke is hilarious…

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mmmirele  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:34:38am

re: #103 Belafon

The odds of dying on Christmas day are the same as dying on any day.

I dunno. I was born on Father’s Day and was my dad’s first child. My dad died on my birthday.

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:34:43am

re: #223 GlutenFreeJesus

Do you do stand-up? Because you should. That joke is hilarious…

hahaha man I was sarcastic and serious at the same time. I end up making people laugh unintentionally when I rant about politics and world affairs to friends IRL so it’s one of those things I can’t force myself to do.

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:42:03am

re: #217 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Exactly, a person’s personal moral virtues are irrelevant unless they themselves make a public issue out of morality and virtue.

You mean like calling yourself a “born again virgin”? That kind of public issue of morality and virtue?

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CuriousLurker  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:43:14am

re: #113 retired cynic

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I cannot.  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:50:11am

Oven heating up, pizza stone in the oven, 45 oz pizza from the store, along with some fresh diced tomato and sliced pepper and onion because I’m fcking lazy…though I did toss the tomato in the pan and cook off some of the extra water.

All that and two days off.

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nines09  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:50:32am

re: #113 retired cynic

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:51:48am

re: #185 Lupin

When we finally emerge from the long, dark tunnel ahead, we’re going to have to seriously think about reforming our institutions.

That will probably be in the several nations that the US will break up into. The Midwest and Bible Belt will have no need of a constitution since they will be no more that a dense scattering of warlords each claiming legitimacy on ‘Christian principles.’

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:53:40am
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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 8:57:31am
France Poised for Pro-Russia Pivot

PARIS—When France elects a new president in the spring, Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely gain an ally in the heart of Europe.

The two leading candidates, François Fillon and Marine Le Pen, are both avowed opponents of sanctions meant to punish Moscow for its annexation of part of Ukraine and its support for rebels in the country’s east.

Russia’s bombing of Syria’s onetime commercial capital of Aleppo—called a war crime by France’s current leaders—hasn’t deterred either politician from urging closer ties between Paris and Moscow.

The victory of either candidate in the May election threatens to blow a hole in Europe’s sanctions against Moscow, which are a centerpiece of the Continent’s strategy for containing Russia’s military assertiveness. …

“Is it intelligent, with a sanctions policy that has done absolutely nothing but ruin French farmers, to push Russia both into diplomatic mistakes and at the same time toward Asia?” Mr. Fillon said in a debate, referring to retaliatory import bans Moscow has imposed on European farm exports. “I think this policy has failed.”

wsj.com

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:00:11am

re: #232 Skip Intro

Ah, they think this is still the 19th Century and that they’d better outflank Prussia before those upstarts upset the international order.

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:00:19am
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retired cynic  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:06:12am

re: #221 ObserverArt

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:08:39am

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:16:01am

Mrs. FBW is visiting her Dad, who took a tumble right before Christmas. Like my Dad, he’s got dementia. He’s in the stage Dad was a couple years back where he realizes he is losing touch with reality, and the confusion upsets him. Not knowing what’s real is one thing. Knowing that you don’t know, and probably can’t do anything about it is another.

He’ll turn 91 tomorrow. Currently he’s in a rehab facility, not at home, so he doesn’t have the usual ties to his normal life. That’s when Dad had the worst problems - he had one knee replaced at 91, and then the other at 96. Sounds crazy, but the concern was that if he had to use a wheelchair, he’d forget that he couldn’t walk, and try to, and fall.

Between this, and Carrie Fisher’s death, only a year older than me, I’m feeling distinctly old. I think I need to get out on the bike this afternoon.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:23:57am

Helicarriers wont be coming from SHIELD, but from Amazon.

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I cannot.  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:34:21am

re: #238 lawhawk

Well, Jeff Bezos DOES hate Trump, so now might be a good time for Amazon to start deploying Helicarriers…

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:36:30am

re: #232 Skip Intro

wsj.com

If I was one of the Baltic states, I’d be getting very worried. It appears the West is getting ready to abandon them to the tender mercies of Russia, NATO membership be damned.

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:36:30am

re: #113 retired cynic

LUQyKA5+zLHJST+W3CZafQ==

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Stanley Sea  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:50:18am

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retired cynic  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:51:49am

re: #242 Stanley Sea

re: #241 Resistance Is Not Futile

Thank you!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:53:01am
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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:56:19am

Pro-Choice Signs Are Taking Over Mike Pence’s Neighborhood

D.C. went blue during the election, with a whopping 76 percent of its voters registered as Democrats. It’s no surprise that Gordon says the signs were a hit with the community and dozens of Pence’s neighbors requested signs of their own.

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:58:38am

Milo Yiannopoulos Inks Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

Hey, we’d publish Hitler if we could make a buck.

huffingtonpost.com

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 9:59:30am

re: #246 Skip Intro

Milo Yiannopoulos Inks Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

Hey, we’d publish Hitler if we could make a buck.

huffingtonpost.com

Fucking bullshit.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:01:35am
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Timothy Watson  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:02:54am

Can’t wait for the wingnut freakout…
NYPD changes policy, will allow officers to wear turbans

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:03:58am

re: #244 Backwoods_Sleuth

If they get that through, no matter what the term, it should make the midterms interesting. “Vote for Republicans and lose your health care. Guaranteed.”

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:04:03am

Kellyanne Conway Says It’s a “Bad Idea, Bad Idea” for Mothers to Work in the White House

But wait, there’s more! Conway expressed uncertainty about taking a full-time job in the White House because she’ll be too busy being a mom. “My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for mom going inside.”

It’s different for dads though, she says, explaining that she’s had to really break it down for the men who’ve asked her if she’s going to work in the White House. “And I do politely mention to them the question isn’t would you take the job, the male sitting across from me who’s going to take a big job in the White House. The question is would you want your wife to. Would you want the mother of children to? You really see their entire visage change. It’s like, ‘Oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job.’ But it’s, it’s all good.”

VOCABULARY WORD OF THE DAY:
hypocrite

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:04:51am

re: #249 Timothy Watson

Can’t wait for the wingnut freakout…
NYPD changes policy, will allow officers to wear turbans

And wingnuts say they support Sikhs because Muslims, ya know?

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:06:57am

re: #244 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:08:33am

Scarlett Johansson Beat Out Two Male Costars to Be the Highest Grossing Actor of 2016

Johansson’s two movies brought in $1.2 billion in ticket sales globally. The full list of top-grossing actors, four of whom are women, is below:

1. Scarlett Johansson ($1.2 billion)

2 (tie). Chris Evans ($1.15 billion), Robert Downey Jr. ($1.15 billion)

4. Margot Robbie ($1.1 billion)

5. Amy Adams ($1.04 billion)

6. Ben Affleck ($1.02 billion)

7. Henry Cavill ($870 million)

8. Ryan Reynolds ($820 million)

9. Felicity Jones ($805 million)

10. Will Smith ($775 million)

From: Esquire

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:08:38am

re: #246 Skip Intro

Milo Yiannopoulos Inks Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

Hey, we’d publish Hitler if we could make a buck.

huffingtonpost.com

Well, shit. Star Trek novels are among the few books I regularly buy these days (too many books! too much stuff!), to support the brand — I don’t have time to actually read them. If this deal goes through, I will have to consider giving that up. Bummer.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:08:47am
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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:09:43am

re: #255 Resistance Is Not Futile

Well, shit. Star Trek novels are among the few books I regularly buy these days (too many books! too much stuff!), to support the brand — I don’t have time to actually read them. If this deal goes through, I will have to consider giving that up. Bummer.

Yes, 2017 is a good year to read science fiction.

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nines09  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:11:06am

Come on 2017 and Summer…….

Stephen Bishop - On and On

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mmmirele  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:12:14am

re: #245 Birth Control Works

Pro-Choice Signs Are Taking Over Mike Pence’s Neighborhood

I’d like to note that this is ELLE (a fashion magazine) doing hard news.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:12:25am

re: #249 Timothy Watson

Can’t wait for the wingnut freakout…
NYPD changes policy, will allow officers to wear turbans

“But, he noted, these officers will not be allowed to carry any weapons beyond the traditional kirpan.” (Just kidding)

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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:14:38am

So, any word on when the Russia sanctions are going to be announced?

I want to see the entire Republican party cry about how unfair it all is. You know it’s coming.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:15:18am

re: #261 makeitstop

So, any word on when the Russia sanctions are going to be announced?

I want to see the entire Republican party cry about how unfair it all is. You know it’s coming.

Maybe get Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin to announce them from Times Square?

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:15:58am

The Antiquities Act gives the President exclusive power to declare the land protected as a National Monument. The GOP is intent on gutting the Act and no doubt they’ll claim that this is not the smallest possible area needed to protect the area.

There’s such butthurt by the GOP over every single legal and constitutional execution of presidential power by Obama all while the GOP obstructs at every opportunity and has ignored its own constitutional obligation to advise and consent on the judicial nomination of Garland to the Supreme Court.

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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:16:09am

re: #262 Barefoot Grin

Maybe get Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin to announce them from Times Square?

I dunno about Cooper, but I’m pretty sure K-Griff would enjoy the hell out of that.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:16:23am

re: #258 nines09

Come on 2017 and Summer…….

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Video

Such a beautiful sad song.

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:17:36am

re: #259 mmmirele

I’d like to note that this is ELLE (a fashion magazine) doing hard news.

Yes, as are many such mags.

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:19:10am
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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:20:10am
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retired cynic  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:28:11am

Good reading, and bias confirming:

washingtonmonthly.com

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:30:07am

Trump’s Presidency Could Be Life-Threatening to Women All Over the World

There are a lot of unpredictable ways that threat may metastasize, but the easiest, and most likely, is through American foreign aid. USAID, the international agency that works to alleviate poverty and improve global health, has a $22.7 billion budget, of which $2.9 billion goes to improving health, mostly in developing countries — things like reducing maternal and child deaths, combating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, preventing and treating malaria, and vaccinating children. The United States government remains the world’s largest donor to, and implementer of, global health programs.

Kenya, where I live, is a prime example of the influence of U.S. funds: According to USAID, “USAID/Kenya’s health and HIV/AIDS budget is equal to approximately 50% of the budget for the entire [Kenyan] Ministry of Health.”

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gocart mozart  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:31:30am
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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:35:39am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:46:49am

welp…

M.D. Harmon, a conservative columnist who frequently wrote in favor of gun ownership rights for the Portland Press Herald, died this week after being accidentally shot by a teenage boy.

As the Press Herald itself reports, the 71-year-old Harmon was showing off one of his guns to a 16-year-old boy in his home in Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday. Harmon apparently let the teenager handle the weapon, which went off while the boy was holding it.

Both the teenager and his father were visiting Harmon for undisclosed reasons, and Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”

Harmon was a dedicated defender of gun ownership rights and would regularly rail against attempts to regulate firearms or even make the use of firearms safer.

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gocart mozart  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:48:50am
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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:52:49am

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

welp…

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Karma

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electrotek  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:53:29am

re: #277 Big Beautiful Door

Karma

Live by the gun, die by the gun…right?

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Timothy Watson  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:55:06am

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

welp…

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Poor kid.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:55:17am

re: #278 electrotek

Live by the gun, die by the gun…right?

He opposed making guns safer, so I guess he died for his principles.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:56:06am

re: #279 Timothy Watson

Poor kid.

It was not his fault, but the fault of the dumbass who gave him a loaded weapon.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:57:03am

re: #280 Big Beautiful Door

He opposed making guns safer, so I guess he died for his principles.

and this:

In a 2013 column, for instance, Harmon attacked proposed legislation in Maine that would have required gun owners to take a firearm safety course — in fact, he referred to this section of the legislation as “the worst part of the bill.”

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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:58:27am

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

welp…

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Sometimes the universe sends messages.

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 10:58:36am

Estrogen Wednesday

“After a long plane ride, let me just crouch in stilettos, put the fear of God in my older child while holding my younger on my legs — in a dress and hat in front of foreign dignitaries — and then gracefully stand up without falling over…”
Said no man ever

from my fb

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nines09  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:02:04am

re: #265 Stanley Sea

Woke up with this in my head. Then remembered Stephens song

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - American Dream

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:02:25am

DAVID BRIN: The Legacy of Hard Science Fiction

CORRECTION: The author is not David Brin. It was from David Brin’s fb feed .

my bad

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Timothy Watson  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:03:52am

re: #246 Skip Intro

Milo Yiannopoulos Inks Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

Hey, we’d publish Hitler if we could make a buck.

huffingtonpost.com

Too good to check:

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Timothy Watson  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:04:25am

re: #281 Big Beautiful Door

It was not his fault, but the fault of the dumbass who gave him a loaded weapon.

Not argument here, doesn’t change how traumatic it probably was for him.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:04:48am
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retired cynic  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:05:19am

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

Oh ho….

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:05:22am

re: #286 Birth Control Works

DAVID BRIN: The Legacy of Hard Science Fiction

One of my favorite hard sci-fi flicks of recent years was Moon.

imdb.com

Directed by David Bowie’s son, btw. He did a great job, I’d say.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:07:17am

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Good. We need to get them out of here until we figure this out! Isn’t that what The Don says?

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b.d.  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:08:10am

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

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What is a PzFeed?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:08:34am

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I’m not seeing that reported anywhere else yet.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:09:28am

re: #293 b.d.

What is a PzFeed?

It’s a breaking news feed that is usually pretty reliable.

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:09:35am
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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:09:57am

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Interesting that San Fran is in with DC. Is this a connection to the hacking? Silicon Valley and all right in the area…DC where the info was used. Hmmmm.

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:10:12am

re: #291 Dr Lizardo

One of my favorite hard sci-fi flicks of recent years was Moon.

imdb.com

Directed by David Bowie’s son, btw. He did a great job, I’d say.

will look for it, thanks!

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:11:02am

re: #295 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:11:28am

U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds: officia

The United States on Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Russian diplomats would be given 72 hours to leave the United States. Access to the two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday, the official added.

“These actions were taken to respond to Russian harassment of American diplomats and actions by the diplomats that we have assessed to be not consistent with diplomatic practice,” the official told Reuters.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:11:37am

re: #298 Birth Control Works

will look for it, thanks!

I highly recommend it.

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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:14:15am

re: #300 Backwoods_Sleuth

U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds: officia

So how soon before Don “The Twit” Trump starts Tweeting how Obama is hassling his new friends and January 20th is coming?

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:14:19am
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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:16:10am

re: #287 Timothy Watson

Too good to check:

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Clearly Tori’s fault.
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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:17:05am

re: #289 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Oh, boy.

Now I’ll wait for the embarrassing personal details to come out. :)

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:17:22am

re: #300 Backwoods_Sleuth

Too bad we can’t eject a couple of thousand conspiracy hacks.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:17:37am

re: #303 Birth Control Works

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God won Twitter that day.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:18:20am
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William Lewis  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:19:40am

Can’t post this gif here because it’s too big :(

But it’s too funny for those photographers here not to share…

Image: giphy.gif

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:23:30am
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Jenner7  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:24:46am

This puts Trump in a bind.

Good on Obama.

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Jenner7  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:25:19am
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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:26:22am

re: #310 Backwoods_Sleuth

The FBI and Homeland Security Department will release evidence showing Russian hacking, sources say

Trumpers, shortly: FAKE NEWS!!!11

Bros, shortly: FAKE NEWS!!11

Ain’t none of them gonna want to face the truth.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:26:28am
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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:26:41am

re: #309 William Lewis

Can’t post this gif here because it’s too big :(

But it’s too funny for those photographers here not to share…

Image: giphy.gif

And then there is Fujichrome and Ilford…

(I’ll see myself out…of this one William)

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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:30:54am

re: #314 Backwoods_Sleuth

These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized.

Trump’s boys better be damned careful who they talk to in the next couple of weeks.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:32:07am
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William Lewis  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:32:43am

re: #315 ObserverArt

And then there is Fujichrome and Ilford…

(I’ll see myself out…of this one William)

The ones I miss are Fuji Reala (glorious ISO100 color neg film that was best at getting my Asian son’s skin right) and Kodak Plus-X pushed to 400 and developed in Diafine. Beautiful tones.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:33:09am

re: #246 Skip Intro

Shit. I can’t even make beer money from my scribblings. Yet this walking colostomy bag gets money equivalent to twenty five years of my disability for being what he is.

And some people wonder why I’ve lost faith in our social system.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:38:50am
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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:40:29am

re: #318 William Lewis

The ones I miss are Fuji Reala (glorious ISO100 color neg film that was best at getting my Asian son’s skin right) and Kodak Plus-X pushed to 400 and developed in Diafine. Beautiful tones.

I used a lot of Fujichrome Provia 120 transparency rolls for shooting both products and people. Good stable product that could always be counted on. And it scanned well.

I loved Ilford Black and White films when I was in art school and running the darkrooms where I could play. Iford just had a real nice graceful range of tones to it that really covered the greyscales fully. There was a softness to the light and the tones that just lent a warmth.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:40:39am

This pic is begging for some love from the LGF meme generator.

Twilight Zone
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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:41:07am

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:41:47am

re: #322 I Would Prefer Not To

This pic is begging for some love from the LGF meme generator.

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So tweeted this!

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:43:25am

re: #318 William Lewis

Kodak Plus-X pushed to 400 and developed in Diafine.

Kodak Panatomic-X and Agfa Rodinal.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:45:35am

re: #310 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Only Trump doesn’t view his role as protecting all Americans. So he’ll just hrumpf these sanctions and “findings”.

But Trump’s bringing people together, uniting us all! MAGA MAGA!!!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:46:42am
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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:48:10am

re: #327 Backwoods_Sleuth

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America as usual is overreacting by demonizing Russia what about all the spying US does?!?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:50:16am
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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:50:35am

re: #320 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Greenwald and The Intercept are probably frothing at the mouth in rage. At our FBI and DHS.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:51:05am

re: #329 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Resign from what? That numbnuts holds an official position?

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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:51:43am

re: #325 Eric The Fruit Bat

Kodak Panatomic-X and Agfa Rodinal.

Rodinal. I remember using that.

This is bringing back some memories. There was nothing like developing film and prints and trying to manipulate with dodging and burning, a little solarization flash of light and even playing with b&w transparency film to do extra edge sharpening, etc.

Now I have Photoshop and thankfully the background with real films to really understand the tools it has.

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calochortus  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:51:44am

re: #331 Sir John Barron

Resign from what? That numbnuts holds an official position?

School board.

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:51:48am
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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:52:16am

re: #327 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Hurr hurr why don’t Obama expel all the illegals immigrants aliens?!??!?

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calochortus  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:53:10am

re: #330 Sir John Barron

Greenwald and The Intercept are probably frothing at the mouth in rage. At our FBI and DHS.

See? Trump will bring moonbats and the wingnuts together! It’s sane moderates that will be shut out.

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William Lewis  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:54:42am

re: #321 ObserverArt

Ilford is still very much around. I don’t shoot much of it because it costs much more than the stuff I get from freestylephoto when I do use film.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:57:07am
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Charles Johnson  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:58:22am

re: #322 I Would Prefer Not To

This pic is begging for some love from the LGF meme generator.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:58:25am

re: #338 Backwoods_Sleuth

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… today, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on two Russian individuals for engaging in malicious cyber-enabled activities pursuant to E.O. 13694. Specifically, Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev and Aleksey Alekseyevich Belan are being designated for their activities related to the significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for private financial gain. As a result of today’s action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons within U.S. jurisdiction must be blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 11:58:51am

re: #337 William Lewis

Ilford is still very much around. I don’t shoot much of it because it costs much more than the stuff I get from freestylephoto when I do use film.

I’ve got a couple packs of Ilford papers to print with, and I’ve got to say that I’m impressed with their quality (using HP 8600 inkjet printer). Consider it better than the HP papers, and I don’t think I’ve noticed any washing out of color or fading either.

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:00:04pm

re: #299 lawhawk

So has Bibi sided with Putin yet?

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:00:25pm
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unproven innocence  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:00:29pm

re: #339 Charles Johnson

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“The Bucks Never Stop Here”

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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:02:19pm

re: #341 lawhawk

I’ve got a couple packs of Ilford papers to print with, and I’ve got to say that I’m impressed with their quality (using HP 8600 inkjet printer). Consider it better than the HP papers, and I don’t think I’ve noticed any washing out of color or fading either.

Wow. I didn’t know Ilford makes photo grade printing paper. I’m going to have to check that out.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:03:05pm

re: #342 Skip Intro

So has Bibi sided with Putin yet?

Bibi isn’t going there, because that’d be an admission that Bibi failed to get Russia to veto, let alone abstain on the measure that he’s busy complaining about with the US.

Israel does need relations with Putin, but Putin doesn’t need Israel (except as a perpetual threat to gin weapons sales to its remaining client states in the region).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:03:05pm
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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:04:03pm

re: #345 ObserverArt

This is where I first saw the paper, and bought up a bunch.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:04:31pm

re: #347 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Nothing to see here! Fake news! Obama’s corrupt FBI just blaming Russia for election loss! MAGA!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:04:53pm
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Romantic Heretic  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:05:07pm

re: #248 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’d put it out of our misery right now, if I could.

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:05:22pm

re: #347 Backwoods_Sleuth

Did they set up offices in Trump Tower?

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Birth Control Works  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:05:58pm

bbl

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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:06:02pm

re: #350 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Anyone who continues to deny WikiLeaks as a wholly owned subsidiary of Putin, Inc. needs to get their head examined.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:07:23pm

re: #339 Charles Johnson

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Love it. True to the orginal.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:07:42pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:07:44pm

Ryan can just STFU

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William Lewis  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:08:30pm

re: #345 ObserverArt

Wow. I didn’t know Ilford makes photo grade printing paper. I’m going to have to check that out.

It was spun off from the film concern, then went bankrupt back in 2013 unfortunately. They were really really nice papers for inkjets.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:08:34pm

re: #350 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Wikileaks wanting to beat RT to the punch.

/

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Belafon  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:12:06pm

re: #359 Sir John Barron

Wikileaks wanting to beat RT to the punch.

/

Russia probably hasn’t even officially made the statement yet.

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:15:50pm

Charles Pierce on the president-elect:

If the president-elect had been hanging around Galilee back in the day, he’d have charged 20 bucks for each loaf and 50 for every fish. And the bread would have been stale and the fish, rotten.

esquire.com

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:16:28pm

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”

To quote Stonekettle Station, “There are no accidents when it comes to guns.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:16:28pm

jeebus

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Jenner7  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:17:24pm

re: #363 Backwoods_Sleuth

Sound familiar?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:18:20pm

re: #364 Jenner7

Sound familiar?

oh yes…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:19:26pm
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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:23:12pm

re: #363 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus

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Translation: We’re chomping at the bit for our friend Trump to take over so we can do whatever we want.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:23:48pm

Trump, ripping off Jewish Israelis with non-kosher Trump Vodka.

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Skip Intro  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:24:14pm

re: #366 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s going to take Trump’s people days to explain what all those big words and long sentences mean.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:33:14pm

re: #368 The Vicious Babushka

As much as I want to slam Trump for that, it seems that the problem is the Kashrut authorities playing favorites and ignoring the kosher certifications of other organizations around the world. If you don’t get a stamp from the Israeli authorities to import the food or beverage as kosher, it isn’t permitted, no matter who certified it elsewhere.

So, if a US manufacturer got an OU for their food product, unless they get a certification from the Israeli authorities, they can’t sell it in Israel as kosher.

And that opens the door to graft and corruption too.

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Shiplord Kirel  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:38:50pm

As part of our continuing program of preparing viewers for the Trump administration:

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:39:23pm

re: #357 Backwoods_Sleuth

Ryan can just STFU

The spin on it is that yeah, they might well have hacked us, but if they did, it was Obama’s fault!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:40:32pm

@SputnikInt is spinning so fast right now, it’s gonna implode.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:41:48pm

re: #370 lawhawk

So, if a US manufacturer got an OU for their food product, unless they get a certification from the Israeli authorities, they can’t sell it in Israel as kosher.

And that opens the door to graft and corruption too.

So you mean this here kosher label ain’t kosher?

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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:42:12pm

re: #372 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The spin on it is that yeah, they might well have hacked us, but if they did, it was Obama’s fault!

Always ‘blame the victim’ with these guys, unless one of their own is a victim.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:42:55pm
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Belafon  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:42:55pm

re: #363 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:44:09pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:44:22pm

re: #376 Backwoods_Sleuth

Russia’s first official reaction to sanctions: “not just an agony of the ‘lame ducks’ but of the ‘political corpses’”

It being a Russian political tradition that those freshly out of power are often physical corpses as well…

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Belafon  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:45:49pm

Can you be a populist leader and lose the popular vote? And no, I don’t mean “Populist leader” as a title.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:45:53pm
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Belafon  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:47:50pm

re: #381 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m pretty sure Obama already knew that.

If Russia were to do something like, say, disrupt the power grid, would the scaredy cats on the right say “If Obama had only been nice to Russia”?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:49:49pm

re: #382 Belafon

If Russia were to do something like, say, disrupt the power grid, would the scaredy cats on the right say “If Obama had only been nice to Russia”?

No, but they would offer it again as proof of how weak we are against them because of his faulty leadership.

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Belafon  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:50:55pm

re: #381 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Sir John Barron  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:51:20pm

re: #376 Backwoods_Sleuth

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So Russia not denying the allegations?

Not that what they say means anything either way.

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ckkatz  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:51:34pm

re: #382 Belafon

I suspect that if Russia can do something to us, we can do the same back at them. They would have to shut down all digital communication outside the borders of their country in order to protect themselves. Or perhaps we would do that for them.

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lawhawk  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:53:06pm

re: #374 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

So you mean this here kosher label ain’t kosher?

That’s a bingo.

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ObserverArt  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:53:15pm

re: #364 Jenner7

Sound familiar?

re: #365 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh yes…

Right out of the mouth of someone like Boris Epshteyn, Trump talker…if not Trump himself. But then maybe a lot of those Tweets are from his “poeple” after asking the boss if they can send it out.

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makeitstop  Dec 29, 2016 • 12:56:22pm

re: #381 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I think the public dressing down of Russia is probably mostly done at this point.

But I also believe that we’ll learn that a couple of Trump’s main dudes were directly involved. Obama has gamed this out to make a point but still shield the country from further escalation.

I think it’s more about crippling Trump than anything else at this point. There are a lot of people in high places who really want that to happen.

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 29, 2016 • 5:48:32pm

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