Sunday Jam: Regina Spektor - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

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Here’s a great solo mini-concert by Regina Spektor, followed by an interview in which she discusses — among other things — the advent of the Trump Horror and what it means for musicians and artists and everyone else.

kexp.org presents Regina Spektor performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded January 6, 2017.

Songs:
Grand Hotel
Older and Taller
Black and White
The Trapper and the Furrier
Bleeding Heart

Host: Larry Rose
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D’Alessandro & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:06:55pm
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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:07:45pm

So, checking the forecasts, it looks like Tuesday’s Noreaster is going to be a big one.

Probability maps suggest 90-100% certainty of 12+ inches across a significant portion of the NYC metro area from northern NJ into lower Hudson Valley to CT and including significant parts of NYC proper.

Most of the forecasts are saying 12+ inches, though a few forecasts are suggesting 1-2 feet.

The key will be temperatures. If it’s cold enough, then you get a lighter-weight snowfall with greater accumulations. If it’s warmer, it could be less accumulation, but could mean more downed trees because the snow is heavier.

Either way, it’s gonna be a mess.

Good thing that Trump’s preliminary budget is going to shred the NOAA, EPA, and FEMA.

Because we don’t need to know weather/climate changes, protecting water/air quality, and disaster response.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:09:41pm

re: #2 lawhawk

So, checking the forecasts, it looks like Tuesday’s Noreaster is going to be a big one.

Probability maps suggest 90-100% certainty of 12+ inches across a significant portion of the NYC metro area from northern NJ into lower Hudson Valley to CT and including significant parts of NYC proper.

Most of the forecasts are saying 12+ inches, though a few forecasts are suggesting 1-2 feet.

The key will be temperatures. If it’s cold enough, then you get a lighter-weight snowfall with greater accumulations. If it’s warmer, it could be less accumulation, but could mean more downed trees because the snow is heavier.

Either way, it’s gonna be a mess.

Good thing that Trump’s preliminary budget is going to shred the NOAA, EPA, and FEMA.

Because we don’t need to know weather/climate changes, protecting water/air quality, and disaster response.

>12” = 1-2 ft. Just sayin’.

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:11:53pm

8 times in 6 weeks.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:11:55pm

This photo shows the rat before it had the babies.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:13:21pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:14:37pm

re: #4 lawhawk

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8 times in 6 weeks.

I do not begrudge the man an afternoon golfing. BUT I truly resent the racist assholes who are now silent about this after making such a stink about Obama golfing a lot less of the time.

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Ace Rothstein  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:15:59pm

re: #4 lawhawk

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8 times in 6 weeks.

Remember when the wingnuts were shrieking about the kind of FUCKING MUSTARD Obama put on his burger?

Hannity Attacks Obama For Putting Mustard On His Burger, More Fair and Balanced Reporting

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:16:13pm

re: #3 Blind Frog Belly White

I differentiated because the forecasts were looking at different things.

The probability forecast was for 12 inches plus. It didn’t have a higher accumulation total probability whereas the forecasts being put together by local forecasters were setting a range.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:17:36pm

Philly is going to get some snow. :(

weather.gov

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retired cynic  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:18:19pm

re: #5 Stanley Sea

This photo shows the rat before it had the babies.

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Is that his LIVER????

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:19:29pm

so…this is apparently happening:

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jaunte  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:19:53pm
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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:21:28pm

Moreland Commission
en.wikipedia.org
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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:21:47pm

re: #14 gocart mozart

Hmmmmmm…..

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Joe Bacon  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:23:40pm

re: #7 Blind Frog Belly White

I do not begrudge the man an afternoon golfing. BUT I truly resent the racist assholes who are now silent about this after making such a stink about Obama golfing a lot less of the time.

No matter what Obama did, Fox pissed on him. Even if the Obamas played in a bridge tournament, Fox would get a stooge on criticizing how they incorrectly bid and misplayed every hand!

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:23:55pm

re: #7 Blind Frog Belly White

He’s spending more time golfing than he is doing his fucking job. He’s spending more time going to his Emoluments Violation in Florida than he is getting PDBs. He’s spending more time going to golf courses that aren’t sufficiently secure (yeah, that’s actually a big problem that we saw first hand when the North Korean missile launch occurred and Trump was conferring in public view).

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:24:00pm

re: #13 jaunte

Ugh, these assholes…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:26:22pm
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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:26:28pm

re: #14 gocart mozart

Bharara was investigating Russian mob and potential connections to Trump could have come up. He was also investigating Cuomo and NYS legislators for corruption. He wasn’t afraid to go after people from either party.

Cuomo killed the Moreland Commission when it seemingly went too close to Cuomo interests, particularly with the Buffalo billion and the SUNY Polytech scandals.

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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:26:52pm

re: #17 lawhawk

Yeah. He’s running his business not our Government. He doesn’t even primarily use the @potus account. The whole thing is so damned blatant and criminal.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:26:53pm

re: #17 lawhawk

He’s spending more time golfing than he is doing his fucking job. He’s spending more time going to his Emoluments Violation in Florida than he is getting PDBs. He’s spending more time going to golf courses that aren’t sufficiently secure (yeah, that’s actually a big problem that we saw first hand when the North Korean missile launch occurred and Trump was conferring in public view).

This is IOKIYAR on steroids and the fucking RepubliKKKlans won’t lift a finger.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:29:02pm

re: #17 lawhawk

He’s spending more time golfing than he is doing his fucking job. He’s spending more time going to his Emoluments Violation in Florida than he is getting PDBs. He’s spending more time going to golf courses that aren’t sufficiently secure (yeah, that’s actually a big problem that we saw first hand when the North Korean missile launch occurred and Trump was conferring in public view).

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Targetpractice  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:29:03pm

re: #17 lawhawk

He’s spending more time golfing than he is doing his fucking job. He’s spending more time going to his Emoluments Violation in Florida than he is getting PDBs. He’s spending more time going to golf courses that aren’t sufficiently secure (yeah, that’s actually a big problem that we saw first hand when the North Korean missile launch occurred and Trump was conferring in public view).

And twice since he started he little weekend excursions, he’s been caught off the clock when North Korea decided to run a missile test. Imagine how much of a shitshow we’ll see if, for example, Russia decides to just annex the rest of Ukraine one weekend.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:30:06pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

“He complains about having to walk great distances inside the White House to attend meetings.”

And all those scary stairs!

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allegro  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:30:52pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

“He complains about having to walk great distances inside the White House to attend meetings.”

Golf carts won’t fit down the halls.

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BigPapa  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:31:31pm

Sooner or later something will happen while he’s at the golf course and he’ll finish the round.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:32:53pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

And twice since he started he little weekend excursions, he’s been caught off the clock when North Korea decided to run a missile test. Imagine how much of a shitshow we’ll see if, for example, Russia decides to just annex the rest of Ukraine one weekend.

Don’t worry! Fox News will say it’s of no consequence…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:34:09pm
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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:34:14pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Targetpractice  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:35:32pm

I don’t think Trump will finish out his first term, but I don’t think it will be because the GOP finally gets it in their heads to oppose him. It will either be his health or his ego that forces him to leave early.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:35:49pm

Trump is so afraid of stairs that I’m waiting for him to star in a new version of this!

Lady in a Cage (1965) (HQ Theatrical Trailer)

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:36:23pm

re: #17 lawhawk

He’s spending more time golfing than he is doing his fucking job. He’s spending more time going to his Emoluments Violation in Florida than he is getting PDBs. He’s spending more time going to golf courses that aren’t sufficiently secure (yeah, that’s actually a big problem that we saw first hand when the North Korean missile launch occurred and Trump was conferring in public view).

In some ways, given what he sees as his job, I prefer he golf.

What bothers me, like you, is his openly doing things as President to enrich himself at our expense, while the GOP looks the other way. And that China trademark thing - what the actual fuck! He publicly renounces his flirtation with Two Chinas, and within days they award him trademark protection he’s been seeking for a decade? Holy Shit!

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b.d.  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:36:25pm

re: #30 lawhawk

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LOW ENERGY!

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:37:05pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

That’s no coincidence. Any of our nation’s rivals or enemies are likely to time whatever aggression, events when Trump is away from the White House because they know he’s least likely to be prepared for those actions.

Whereas Obama and his predecessors showed interest/understanding of foreign policy and how government needs to work to protect the nation. Trump thinks Infowars is more reliable than the CIA, NSA and other parts of the USG.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:38:04pm

And I bet Trump is too cheap to buy his ass a Segway or a scooter.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:38:40pm

re: #29 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yeah, man, I had never heard of Indonesia before. Is that next to Freedonia?

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:39:00pm

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

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b.d.  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:39:07pm

[trump] I’m the President, the meetings should come to ME! [/trump]

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Targetpractice  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:39:29pm

re: #35 lawhawk

That’s no coincidence. Any of our nation’s rivals or enemies are likely to time whatever aggression, events when Trump is away from the White House because they know he’s least likely to be prepared for those actions.

Whereas Obama and his predecessors showed interest/understanding of foreign policy and how government needs to work to protect the nation. Trump thinks Infowars is more reliable than the CIA, NSA and other parts of the USG.

Russia will invade and occupy Ukraine on Saturday, and by Monday Bullshit Spice will be telling the press that it was all due to Democrats because Trump totally did not drop the ball. In fact, he knew what Russia was going to do, but he was held back by the “Deep State” and that’s why we need to move forward with the purge.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:39:33pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

And twice since he started he little weekend excursions, he’s been caught off the clock when North Korea decided to run a missile test. Imagine how much of a shitshow we’ll see if, for example, Russia decides to just annex the rest of Ukraine one weekend.

Or he’s trapped there when NYC gets bombed.

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ObserverArt  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:39:57pm

Breaking News Just In: White House too big for Trump!

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:40:27pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:42:05pm

This is what happens when you have no sense of humor and take yourself entirely too seriously:

1) Sister buys house in Florida, posts picture on FB of back yard fronting a lake.

2) Numerous FB friends comment on presence of alligators.

3) Sister blows top, swears at people, calling them killjoys.

Seriously, what was she expecting? If I were a worse person than I am, I’d poke the bear a little more.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:43:20pm
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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:43:39pm

These dumbasses don’t realize what they say and do will be used against them in a court of law. Steve King just showed that the intent and purpose of the new Trump travel EO is the same as the last one. A Muslim ban.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:43:57pm

re: #33 Blind Frog Belly White

In some ways, given what he sees as his job, I prefer he golf.

What bothers me, like you, is his openly doing things as President to enrich himself at our expense, while the GOP looks the other way. And that China trademark thing - what the actual fuck! He publicly renounces his flirtation with Two Chinas, and within days they award him trademark protection he’s been seeking for a decade? Holy Shit!

See above, Mexico just did the same.

$$ wins. Always.

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:44:48pm

re: #37 Timothy Watson

Fredonia is near Buffalo.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:45:21pm

re: #46 lawhawk

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These dumbasses don’t realize what they say and do will be used against them in a court of law. Steve King just showed that the intent and purpose of the new Trump travel EO is the same as the last one. A Muslim ban.

I wasn’t familiar with the word “hijrah”. Given some of the Google results, I am regretting the decision to look it up.

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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:46:14pm

We’re going to need so many great lawyers, judges and journalists to repair all of the damage from the GOP over the last half century.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:46:23pm

re: #48 lawhawk

Fredonia is near Buffalo.

Indeed, the reason why the country in “Duck Soup” is named Freedonia has to do with the Marx Brothers being banned their for obscenity, in their Vaudeville days.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:47:41pm

Silly Billy! It’s the party of liberty FOR big business!

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thecommodore  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:48:27pm

re: #19 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I did a screen cap of that in case King zapped it. Good to see it’s been done.

King, like Wilders, is a fascist. Pure and simple.

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bratwurst  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:48:42pm
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EPR-radar  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:49:37pm

re: #53 thecommodore

I did a screen cap of that in case King zapped it. Good to see it’s been done.

King, like Wilders, is a fascist. Pure and simple.

The GOP is transforming into an American neo-Nazi party at breathtaking speed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:50:54pm

re: #55 EPR-radar

The GOP is transforming into an American neo-Nazi party at breathtaking speed.

Once they openly embraced it, they saw how many supporters came out of the woodwork. Recipe for success.

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Targetpractice  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:50:54pm

re: #52 Blind Frog Belly White

Silly Billy! It’s the party of liberty FOR big business!

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GOP: Working to make Gattaca a reality.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:52:42pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:56:03pm

re: #44 Blind Frog Belly White

I decided to play peacemaker and posted a nice comment. Prodding her to get a reaction stopped being fun when we were pre-teens.

Mostly.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:58:39pm

re: #57 Targetpractice

GOP: Working to make Gattaca a reality.

Personally, I’m more a fan of AGATCT, myself. Nothing like a nice Bgl II.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 12, 2017 • 1:59:37pm

re: #58 gocart mozart

Porn bots on Twitter. Wow.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:00:12pm

re: #59 Blind Frog Belly White

I decided to play peacemaker and posted a nice comment. Prodding her to get a reaction stopped being fun when we were pre-teens.

Mostly.

Does she have a small dog?

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EPR-radar  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:00:37pm

re: #56 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Once they openly embraced it, they saw how many supporters came out of the woodwork. Recipe for success.

In Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, the end of the world comes about because one small crystal of ice-9 is accidentally dropped into the ocean and all water on earth instantly crystalizes into this fictional ice-9.

We’re seeing an all too real political version of this right now. Trump’s open embrace of fascist white nationalism is the single crystal of ice-9. The ocean here is the well-programmed pig people of Fox News.

Now we have POTUS* Trump at the head of an American fascist party, and we’re going to see if this is the end of the world or not.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:00:55pm

re: #38 Stanley Sea

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:06:00pm
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EPR-radar  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:07:32pm

Here’s what an honest annual report for Fox News would look like this year:

“Our ongoing propaganda operations in the US have been a complete success. Fascism has come to America, and its support among Fox News viewers is sky high.”

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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:10:25pm

I’ve got some beef short ribs I need to make today but I’ve suddenly come down with a case of the lazy Sundays.

I usually always sear them stovetop before the long braise in the oven. I’m thinking about trying the oven broiling method instead of the sear; then braise as usual.

I’ve seen it done a lot on TV with great results, but they were always restaurant-grade ovens.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:11:44pm
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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:18:07pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:19:58pm

re: #62 Stanley Sea

Does she have a small dog?

Yep.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:21:36pm

I would bet he hasn’t seen Barron since the inauguration.

Someone else’s young kids (Priebus?) were at his & Melania’s table for the super bowl.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:22:14pm

re: #70 Blind Frog Belly White

Yep.

Don’t go there, but she needs to be aware!

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blueraven  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:23:07pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:25:13pm

re: #72 Stanley Sea

Don’t go there, but she needs to be aware!

Oh, she is. What set her off was that after she mentioned for the second or third time that they were planning to build a fence, somebody commented that gators climb fences.

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retired cynic  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:25:15pm

If you have the time to read it, this is an excellent article about the Trump Ocean Club in Panama, and the legal troubles of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli, and all of the various connections. A microcosm (a big microcosm??) of the DT phenomenon.

fastcompany.com

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:26:28pm

It’s a big, hairy spider (but looks like a nice one).

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Targetpractice  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:30:39pm

re: #76 wrenchwench

It’s a big, hairy spider (but looks like a nice one).

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:31:20pm

re: #44 Blind Frog Belly White

Meanwhile in Florida, the alligators have developed sign making skills.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:32:49pm

re: #74 Blind Frog Belly White

Oh, she is. What set her off was that after she mentioned for the second or third time that they were planning to build a fence, somebody commented that gators climb fences.

Sorry, this story is making me laugh.

Good luck to her!

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Targetpractice  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:37:45pm

re: #79 Stanley Sea

Sorry, this story is making me laugh.

Good luck to her!

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“Can I offer you a copy of the Watchtower?”

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thecommodore  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:45:20pm

Look at Trump’s job approval polling among Republicans!

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:46:27pm

re: #81 thecommodore

They did not ask me. Hmm. They must know what I think of him.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:48:24pm

re: #81 thecommodore

I am curious about the methodology on this one.

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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:50:30pm

re: #83 Eclectic Cyborg

I am curious about the methodology on this one.

*cough* selection bias *cough*

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:54:26pm
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Citizen K  Mar 12, 2017 • 2:56:32pm

Seriously. Fuck Steve King and all his fellow travelers.

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thecommodore  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:02:56pm

re: #83 Eclectic Cyborg

I am curious about the methodology on this one.

Pollster is a polling aggregator, like Real Clear Politics, but unlike RCP, it allows you to create your own data in a number of different ways. For example, when looking at Trump’s overall approval numbers, I take out Rasmussen because they are a ridiculous outlier (they’ve always had a steep GOP lean, but with Trump it’s almost off the charts).

I created this particular chart by taking out all but Republicans, whether in the “adult,” “registered voters,” and “likely voters.” I also reduced the smoothing.

Any way you slice it, what does it tell you that Trump - TRUMP - has such a high approval rating amongst his own party. From what I understand, none of his recent predecessors could boast numbers like that.

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:09:55pm

re: #36 Eclectic Cyborg

And I bet Trump is too cheap to buy his ass a Segway or a scooter.

On the other hand, if he does walk, he may end up improving his fitness level. Perhaps we should chip in for that scooter for him?

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:10:30pm

re: #62 Stanley Sea

Does Did she have a small dog?

Fixed it for you.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:19:29pm

To make up for the HUGE spider, here’s a tiny snake.

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Interesting Times  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:20:44pm

re: #81 thecommodore

Look at Trump’s job approval polling among Republicans!

Related:

~45% is roughly the floor for GOP support in a general election. They could run a serial killer in a ski mask and still get make that percent of the vote.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:21:07pm

Oops, I didn’t hide it. Oh, well. It’s so tiny.

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thedopefishlives  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:22:14pm

re: #92 wrenchwench

Oops, I didn’t hide it. Oh, well. It’s so tiny.

My boss’s daughter works for the MN DNR. At the last company party, she brought in two pet snakes to introduce them to the crew. I let one of them climb on me. Snakes don’t bother me so badly.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:25:44pm

re: #93 thedopefishlives

My boss’s daughter works for the MN DNR. At the last company party, she brought in two pet snakes to introduce them to the crew. I let one of them climb on me. Snakes don’t bother me so badly.

Fellow scaly things!

I’ve been known to jump and scramble when I heard one rattle, but I’ve also been known to creep closer for a better look. I’m not good enough at IDing anything without a rattle.

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:26:51pm

re: #93 thedopefishlives

My boss’s daughter works for the MN DNR. At the last company party, she brought in two pet snakes to introduce them to the crew. I let one of them climb on me. Snakes don’t bother me so badly.

Snakes are good. I do worry a bit about rattlesnakes when out hiking around here because they are pretty used to people and may or may not be in a hurry to quit sunning themselves in the middle of the trail when you come along. I really don’t want to step on one.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:31:55pm

re: #89 calochortus

Fixed it for you.

HA! They haven’t moved in yet. Just got their offer accepted, so they’ve still to Escrow to go through. They already sold their house in the Philly suburbs in New Joisey.

That sister is weird. While I was dying in the heat and humidity of Southern Pennsylvania summers, she was enjoying it. So, now she’s moving to the Gulf Coast of Florida, so she can have heat and humidity all the time.

Yeesh.

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:35:07pm

re: #96 Blind Frog Belly White

HA! They haven’t moved in yet. Just got their offer accepted, so they’ve still to Escrow to go through. They already sold their house in the Philly suburbs in New Joisey.

That sister is weird. While I was dying in the heat and humidity of Southern Pennsylvania summers, she was enjoying it. So, now she’s moving to the Gulf Coast of Florida, so she can have heat and humidity all the time.

Yeesh.

Yeah, we lived near Lancaster, PA for several years. Beautiful area, but this CA girl was glad to come home to the Bay Area, both for the weather and the politics.

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scottslemmons  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:36:45pm

Off-topic: Felt like taking pictures of my dice.

Instagram

There are times when, for sanity’s sake, you need to get all your dice out and take pictures of them.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:38:34pm

re: #98 scottslemmons

Maybe I should take a picture of all of my pocket knives. No that will be too much trouble.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:39:06pm

re: #97 calochortus

Yeah, we lived near Lancaster, PA for several years. Beautiful area, but this CA girl was glad to come home to the Bay Area, both for the weather and the politics.

35 years of living out here after spending the first 24 in PA and NY. Don’t miss snow, don’t miss heat and humidity.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:40:21pm

70 degrees today, 80 in a week. I’m looking forward to 90.

Humidity? Is that when there’s a cloud?

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scottslemmons  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:40:42pm

re: #99 PhillyPretzel

Maybe I should take a picture of all of my pocket knives. No that will be too much trouble.

That… actually sounds like it’d make a bunch of excellent pictures. Good colors and textures and shapes, and you could take one with the blades out and pointed at the camera, which would probably be really striking. (I’m wishing I collected knives so I could take a pic like that.)

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:40:54pm

re: #100 Blind Frog Belly White

I can understand. Here is a look of the mess headed to Philly. forecast.weather.gov

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:45:16pm

re: #103 PhillyPretzel

I see, and raise.

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BigPapa  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:47:46pm

re: #104 lawhawk

I don’t know what that means. Is that bad?

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:48:36pm

re: #104 lawhawk

New York usually gets more snow than Philly. And all I have to say is I hope you are prepared and have all of the extra supplies you may need; and that you do not have to use them.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:48:48pm

re: #91 Interesting Times

Related:

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~45% is roughly the floor for GOP support in a general election. They could run a serial killer in a ski mask and still get make that percent of the vote.

Still not proven that they didn’t.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:50:36pm

re: #105 BigPapa

Very. Think of a blizzard as a hurricane/typhoon. Lots of wind and in this case lots of snow.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:50:47pm

re: #105 BigPapa

I don’t know what that means. Is that bad?

We’re so ignorant. (Snort)

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:52:57pm
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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:55:16pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:55:58pm

re: #94 wrenchwench

Fellow scaly things!

I’ve been known to jump and scramble when I heard one rattle, but I’ve also been known to creep closer for a better look. I’m not good enough at IDing anything without a rattle.

Copperheads aren’t too hard to ID. They smell like cucumbers.
Seriously, they do.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:56:51pm
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Barefoot Grin  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:57:06pm

For freetoken, scout, and maybe others—a funny look at the historical reasons for and distribution of use of “baka” and “aho” in Japan:

探偵ナイトスクープ 全国アホバカ分布図の完成

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:57:35pm

re: #112 Backwoods_Sleuth

Copperheads aren’t too hard to ID. They smell like cucumbers.
Seriously, they do.

How close do you have to get?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:58:05pm

re: #104 lawhawk

I see, and raise.

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I told MrBWS about that this morning.
He’s askeert that when they finish up in Detroit (hopefully by tomorrow) that he gets to come home instead of heading to the east coast.

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:58:16pm

re: #113 Timothy Watson

Maybe I should invest in a good telephoto lens and a super sensitive mike. //

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:58:17pm
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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:58:28pm
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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 3:58:43pm

Heh

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:02:04pm

re: #105 BigPapa

re: #106 PhillyPretzel

A blizzard means winds in excess of 35mph for 3 hours sustained.

They’re projecting wind gusts in excess of 50-60mph, and those high winds also mean whiteout conditions with visibility of a 1/4 mile or less.

In other words, hazardous weather conditions that makes going outside, let alone driving, pretty dangerous.

12-18 inches of snow is going to make for a difficult Tuesday. High winds increase chances for power outages, especially along coastal areas.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:02:16pm
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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:05:35pm

re: #121 lawhawk

If Mayor Kenney and Governor Wolf are being practical they will close down the city and perhaps the State. We will see what happens.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:06:54pm
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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:07:13pm

re: #111 gocart mozart

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Given classical antisemitic canards, could this be an anti-semitic statue?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:08:41pm

re: #115 wrenchwench

How close do you have to get?

if you can smell them, you are pretty close.

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Interesting Times  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:14:55pm

Rhetorical question is rhetorical:

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:18:26pm

re: #126 Backwoods_Sleuth

if you can smell them, you are pretty close.

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:20:18pm

re: #112 Backwoods_Sleuth

Copperheads aren’t too hard to ID. They smell like cucumbers.
Seriously, they do.

Blue state Trump supporters? Copperheads

In the 1860s, the Copperheads comprised a vocal faction of Democrats in the Northern United States of the Union who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates. Republicans started calling anti-war Democrats “Copperheads”, likening them to the venomous snake. Those Democrats accepted the label, reinterpreting the copper “head” as the likeness of Liberty, which they cut from Liberty Head large cent coins and proudly wore as badges.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:21:20pm

re: #126 Backwoods_Sleuth

if you can smell them, you are pretty close.

I might have to be carrying a cucumber, too, for comparison.

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TedStriker  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:23:35pm

re: #127 Interesting Times

Rhetorical question is rhetorical:

Why would they? If they’re not all-in with King, Trump, and their ilk, they’re too chickenshit to oppose them, because they’ve benefited from the “Trump Wave” all the same.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:26:12pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:30:23pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:31:38pm
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thedopefishlives  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:32:33pm

re: #133 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I think that’s King’s point… which still makes him a dumbass.

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wrenchwench  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:32:37pm
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Ace Rothstein  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:33:36pm

re: #134 Backwoods_Sleuth

Grifters gotta grift. You will never, ever see any proof of it. Ever.

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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:34:04pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:34:42pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:35:46pm
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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:36:52pm

re: #127 Interesting Times

Rhetorical question is rhetorical:

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This is a pretty mainstream idea now. It probably has 90%+ approval among Republicans, and 95%+ among all Trump voters.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:38:04pm

re: #140 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I confess, I’m somewhat nonplused.

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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:46:39pm

re: #133 Backwoods_Sleuth

Well, Julian sure got that one 100% wrong.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:47:14pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:47:45pm

So now my sister has gone so far as to put up a post on FB warning people not to mention alligators, or she’ll block them.

Tempting…..

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Ace Rothstein  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:48:24pm

re: #145 Blind Frog Belly White

So now my sister has gone so far as to put up a post on FB warning people not to mention alligators, or she’ll block them.

Tempting…..

Do it.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:49:03pm

re: #140 Backwoods_Sleuth

Imagine this scenario: Breitbart ruins enough Republicans that Democrats take over both chambers and begin investigations and possibly impeachment. Trump tries to retaliate which will get his supporters all gun shoot you and stuff.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:49:14pm

re: #145 Blind Frog Belly White

So now my sister has gone so far as to put up a post on FB warning people not to mention alligators, or she’ll block them.

Tempting…..

“See ya later [fill in the blank]”

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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:49:20pm

re: #137 Ace Rothstein

Grifters gotta grift. You will never, ever see any proof of it. Ever.

Trump will “donate” it to his foundation, take a tax writeoff for it, then pay himself through the back door. He’s been operating that way for years and no one’s called him on it yet.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:49:28pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:53:20pm

re: #146 Ace Rothstein

Do it.

Nah. It’s not as much fun when you can’t see her face turn red. I did post the alligator at the door picture, but with a humorous caption.

When we were growing up, the family rule on arguments was, ‘The first to throw a punch is the loser’. For her, we had to amend that to ‘The first to throw a punch, or object, is the loser’.

She’s one of those who needs to take this frame from Pogo to heart…

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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:54:33pm

re: #139 Backwoods_Sleuth

Lot’s of 52-48 confirmation votes coming up, I see. Trump could get his son Barron approved as a US Attorney.

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:55:41pm

It’s funny because it’s true.

Through Donald’s Eyes - SNL

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CleverToad  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:56:02pm

re: #148 Barefoot Grin

“See ya later [fill in the blank]”

No, don’t do it now — she’s expecting it now. Give it a few days or even a week, THEN make the sneaky ‘gator reference and watch her shriek.

Then you might be able to get away with the wide-eyed innocent oh-sorry-I-forgot look.
(I have three sisters, can you tell?)

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gocart mozart  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:56:55pm

Weels within weels man

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 12, 2017 • 4:59:59pm

re: #145 Blind Frog Belly White

So now my sister has gone so far as to put up a post on FB warning people not to mention alligators, or she’ll block them.

Tempting…..

But she didn’t say anything about crocodiles…

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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:02:11pm
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Joe Bacon  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:03:20pm

I’m on my way home after Chez’s memorial service. So moved by hearing Bob, Stephanie Miller, Ben and Taryn’s family talking about Chez.

We’re gonna miss you, fella! 😥

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:04:44pm

re: #1 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Hustling. Hustling. Hustling.

We are all so screwed. This man is President strictly to make $$$ for him and his children.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:06:58pm

re: #157 Kragar

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I’m sure the wealthy would love to have middle class taxpayer money to pay for their own security forces.

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nines09  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:07:06pm

re: #90 wrenchwench

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:11:26pm

The Younger Boy was vacuuming the living room, and stacked two of the dogbeds to vacuum under them.

Zeena thought he’d done it to make an extra comfy bed.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:13:07pm

re: #145 Blind Frog Belly White

So now my sister has gone so far as to put up a post on FB warning people not to mention alligators, or she’ll block them.

Tempting…..

Post the photo of the one at the door. “knock knock”

do it for me

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A Cranky One  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:13:56pm

re: #163 Stanley Sea

Post the photo of the one at the door. “knock knock”

do it for me

New neighbors stopping by to say hello?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:15:51pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:16:51pm
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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:16:52pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:18:27pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:19:47pm
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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:21:15pm

re: #170 Backwoods_Sleuth

Blame everything on the previous administration so that they will not notice your hand in the cookie jar.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:22:27pm

re: #170 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Considering how many help wanted signs there are in my area, and the fact that salaries have gone up at those places, the Obama numbers were telling the truth.

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TedStriker  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:24:06pm

re: #163 Stanley Sea

Post the photo of the one at the door. “knock knock”

do it for me

“Candygram…”

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William Lewis  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:24:47pm

re: #169 gocart mozart

Old footage

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Nice. Here’s some _new_ footage

Blondie - Fun (Official Video)

NEW BLONDIE SONG “GRAVITY” 2017

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:26:06pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:26:20pm

re: #163 Stanley Sea

Post the photo of the one at the door. “knock knock”

do it for me

I already posted one, but with a humorous caption.

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austin_blue  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:26:59pm

re: #94 wrenchwench

Fellow scaly things!

I’ve been known to jump and scramble when I heard one rattle, but I’ve also been known to creep closer for a better look. I’m not good enough at IDing anything without a rattle.

Pro tips:

A snake can only strike half its length. A BIG Copperhead is 4’ long. From three feet away, you can easily see if a snake has cat eyes or round pupils. All indigenous poisonous snakes have vertical slits EXCEPT for the Coral Snake. Then it’s “red touch yellow, kill a fellow, red touch black, friend of Jack.”

Snake venom is largely hemotoxic in the US. Think of it as extremely strong Drano. It blows cell walls to pieces. Coral Snake venom is neurotoxic, like a cobra’s. It stops your autonomic nervous system, killing you by suffocation. A couple of rattler species, like the Mojave Green, have hemotoxic venom with a smaller neurotoxic component.

Many non-poisonous snakes rattle their tails when disturbed. A big Rat Snake can sound as loud as a rattlesnake if it is on dry forest duff.

The Hognose Snake can spread its neck ribs like a cobra and make a really loud hiss. If that doesn’t work, it’ll roll over and play dead.

The only really mean indigenous poisonous snakes are the Timber Rattlesnake and the Water Moccasin (aka Cottonmouth). Most others, especially Copperheads will get away from as you fast as they can.

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Ace Rothstein  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:27:07pm

re: #170 Backwoods_Sleuth

Why would Obama do something like that when it would be so easy to get caught?

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PhillyPretzel  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:27:22pm

re: #175 Backwoods_Sleuth

Oy Vey. Here me go again with this stuff. :(

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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:30:23pm

re: #178 Ace Rothstein

Why would Obama do something like that when it would be so easy to get caught?

If a window was broken or a drain was blocked up, someone was certain to say that Snowball had come in the night and done it, and when the key of the store-shed was lost, the whole farm was convinced that Snowball had thrown it down the well. Curiously enough, they went on believing this even after the mislaid key was found under a sack of meal. - Animal Farm

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:30:31pm

“Our numbers, showing that the unemployment rate went from 30% to 4.9% in 2 months, those aren’t a lie.”

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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:31:01pm

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

When you say ‘We Can’t Restore Our Civilization With Somebody Else’s Babies’ make sure you have a confederate flag in case it’s too subtle.

While allegedly representing a state that contributed more soldiers, per capita, to the Union Army than any other state.

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Ace Rothstein  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:31:51pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:34:29pm

HURR HURR WE CANS HAV MOAR GARBAGE AVALANCHE WHEN WE GETS RIDS OF TEH REGULASHUNSES!!!!!!

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thedopefishlives  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:40:57pm

re: #184 The Vicious Babushka

HURR HURR WE CANS HAV MOAR GARBAGE AVALANCHE WHEN WE GETS RIDS OF TEH REGULASHUNSES!!!!!!

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Okay, I’m not trying to make light of the situation, but that has got to be THE worst way to go.

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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:42:58pm
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thedopefishlives  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:43:15pm

re: #186 Kragar

Not by a long shot.

Yellowstone Park accident victim dissolved in boiling acidic pool

Oh. …Damn. I sit corrected.

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:45:25pm
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Moebym  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:46:42pm

re: #186 Kragar

That’s rather unpleasant.

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:46:54pm

re: #185 thedopefishlives

Bhopal disaster.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:47:36pm

Today in Brentwood.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:48:38pm

re: #191 Charles Johnson

The Trump cultists in this video are completely insane. This is a picture of how bad things have gotten on the right.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:48:58pm
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thedopefishlives  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:51:44pm

re: #190 lawhawk

Bhopal disaster.

We’re going to have one of those here, if the Republicans get their way. Regulations? What regulations?

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:53:45pm

re: #194 thedopefishlives

Odds are that it happens in Texas, Louisiana, or Mississippi. They already have lax regulations (see West Texas for starters), though we could get a rail disaster most anywhere given railroads’ refusal to put new double-lined tanker cars into service to replace the old single layer cars (which increases puncture/release risk), and slow implementation of PTC.

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:57:00pm
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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:58:47pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 5:59:02pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:01:51pm

re: #197 Kragar

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retired cynic  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:02:10pm

re: #198 Backwoods_Sleuth

I keep wanting to say, “What a b*st*rd!” But I would just have to keep saying it all day. Every day.

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thedopefishlives  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:02:56pm

re: #199 Backwoods_Sleuth

God. Why do they have to be such fucking assholes? I mean, on the one hand, it will make it extremely easy to make a case to get rid of the whole lot, but I mean, this isn’t American. This isn’t how we behave in this country. Maybe Spicer should go home to Dumbfuckistan where he belongs.

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retired cynic  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:02:59pm

re: #199 Backwoods_Sleuth

See! There’s another one!

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lawhawk  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:05:01pm
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Timothy Watson  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:14:58pm
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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:19:14pm

I watched Arrival last night. My son and I thought it was good. My wife and mom, not as much. I did like the poke at people like Alex Jones creating dangerous situations.

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Moebym  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:21:50pm

re: #203 lawhawk

They deserve no less than a bloodbath. My most fervent wish is to see the Republican Party get its comeuppance.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:23:24pm

re: #198 Backwoods_Sleuth

A reporter should be asking “Why does the government data match private sector assessments? Why are there so many help wanted signs?”

It’s going to be interesting to see, if Republicans manage to crash the economy, how they’re going to keep propping up the employment rate compared to what people are seeing.

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William Lewis  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:25:45pm

re: #206 Moebym

They deserve no less than a bloodbath. My most fervent wish is to see the Republican Party get its comeuppance.

GOP Delenda Est!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:29:10pm
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Pawn of the Oppressor  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:39:05pm

re: #205 Belafon

I watched Arrival last night. My son and I thought it was good. My wife and mom, not as much. I did like the poke at people like Alex Jones creating dangerous situations.

I thought the human reactions to the Arrival felt very real. Empty classrooms, people running, glued to their media sources, etc. And I enjoyed the FILTHY LIBURL HOLLYWOD jibes at Fox and lunatic media. :)

I saw it with friends at the local small theater a week before the oscars - they make it a point to watch all the nominated films every year, and I tagged along - and we all felt that the big turn in the story at the end was disappointing. I liked all the communicating-with-aliens stuff, but the metaphysical wrap-up was disjointed and not in the spirit of the first 3/4ths of the story IMO.

Still good overall, though.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:40:08pm

re: #204 Timothy Watson

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Meh. In Michigan Mother Nature can fit all seasons into ONE DAY.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:44:59pm

re: #209 Backwoods_Sleuth

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My kids look a little bit like that. Grinnell in Iowa is a great school and has had some stellar Asian History profs. But I can tell you anecdotally that it sucked ass living in rural Iowa for their families.

ETA: Sorry, I should have looked it up: Grinnell’s rep is Rod Blum; not Steve King. Anywhoo….

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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:55:52pm

OT, but this is a Swedish hospital bill. Currency is SEK.
Image: 17308835_1455656877820296_1681415898189215156_n.jpg

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:58:30pm

re: #213 Teukka

OT, but this is a Swedish hospital bill. Currency is SEK.
Image: 17308835_1455656877820296_1681415898189215156_n.jpg

That’s $22.00 USD

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:58:49pm

re: #213 Teukka

OT, but this is a Swedish hospital bill. Currency is SEK.
Image: 17308835_1455656877820296_1681415898189215156_n.jpg

What is that for, one aspirin?

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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:59:34pm

re: #213 Teukka

OT, but this is a Swedish hospital bill. Currency is SEK.
Image: 17308835_1455656877820296_1681415898189215156_n.jpg

For clarification, that is for 2 days in hospital @ 100 SEK ($11-ish) each.
The only other cost would be the ER admission fee of 350 SEK ($42-ish).
So. $64 total.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 6:59:55pm
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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:01:05pm

re: #215 The Vicious Babushka

What is that for, one aspirin?

For two days in hospital, all inclusive.
I had a 12-day stay in hospital last fall, set me back 1200 SEK ($145-ish).

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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:03:00pm
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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:17:54pm

re: #195 lawhawk

Texas City Disaster 1947
en.m.wikipedia.org
My mother, then 18, was an eyewitness. They were almost a mile from ground zero but their windows were blown out and a severed arm landed in the street in front of their house.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:18:01pm

re: #212 Barefoot Grin

My kids look a little bit like that. Grinnell in Iowa is a great school and has had some stellar Asian History profs. But I can tell you anecdotally that it sucked ass living in rural Iowa for their families.

ETA: Sorry, I should have looked it up: Grinnell’s rep is Rod Blum; not Steve King. Anywhoo….

I’m in Texas. My oldest is going to Simpson College in Indianola for chemistry. My middle one, whose more of a writer/history type, is still deciding on what he’s going to do, but Grinnell looks like it might be a good possibility for him.

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freetoken  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:18:52pm

re: #221 Belafon

These small colleges often get very high reviews.

But I wonder how the young people do, living in the country?

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Charles Johnson  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:20:05pm
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majii  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:22:18pm

re: #208 William Lewis

I’ve been thinking that the reason Ryan & Co. wrote their bill so that the damaging, life-destroying effects don’t begin in 2018 is to protect their seats in midterm elections. This way, they can claim to have fulfilled their pledge to destroy the PPACA while not mentioning that many of those who vote for them in 2018 will lose their healthcare coverage after November 2018.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:23:10pm
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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:24:17pm

re: #224 majii

I’ve been thinking that the reason Ryan & Co. wrote their bill so that the damaging, life-destroying effects don’t begin in 2018 is to protect their seats in midterm elections. This way, they can claim to have fulfilled their pledge to destroy the PPACA while not mentioning that many of those who vote for them in 2018 will lose their healthcare coverage after November 2018.

And none of their voters will remember why they can’t get health care by 2020.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:27:39pm

re: #222 freetoken

These small colleges often get very high reviews.

But I wonder how the young people do, living in the country?

If you’re wondering how they stay sane and stuff, my oldest is doing pretty well. He’s close enough to Des Moines to go in there for some of the bigger things. Indianola, while not huge by Dallas standards, has it’s own movie theater, two grocery stores, and a number of restaurants. Looking at Grinnell, the town, it looks like they have similar options. And I just found an incentive for my son: There’s a comic book store right off campus.

Edit: My oldest managed to stay sane enough that he’s going into the University of Kentucky PhD program in the fall, and they’re paying him. I am so jealous.

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:27:48pm
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FormerDirtDart  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:33:46pm

Always remember…We don’t need any damn burdensome federal regulations

A landslide killed at least 46 people at a waste dump outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Interesting Times  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:46:47pm
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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:55:22pm

re: #231 Interesting Times

Ha:

[Embedded content]

#RepublicanInsurancePlan and #RIP it is XD

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:55:51pm

re: #231 Interesting Times

Snerk.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:56:09pm

re: #228 FormerDirtDart

[Embedded content]

Ready for the court case

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Interesting Times  Mar 12, 2017 • 7:59:10pm

Ouch *_*

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Skip Intro  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:01:16pm

re: #234 Stanley Sea

Ready for the court case

[Embedded content]

If we’re looking for potential terrorists the odds of success would improve by searching trailer parks in rural areas.

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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:09:40pm
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retired cynic  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:11:19pm

re: #237 Kragar

THAT scares me. Look what he’s done for everything else!

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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:11:34pm

re: #237 Kragar

Oh fuck.

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Belafon  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:13:06pm

re: #237 Kragar

Ought to be a hoot since Congress will have to approve it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:15:38pm

In a wide-ranging interview Sunday at her home in Alpine, where she lives with her husband — a possible nominee for U.S. solicitor general — and their four children, Conway, who managed Trump’s presidential campaign before taking the job as one of the president’s closest advisers, suggested that the alleged monitoring of activities at Trump’s campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in Manhattan may have involved far more than wiretapping.

“What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said as the Trump presidency marked its 50th day in office during the weekend. “You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways

Conway went on to say that the monitoring could be done with “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “We know this is a fact of modern life.”

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Kragar  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:15:44pm

re: #238 retired cynic

Purge didn’t test well with focus groups.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:20:24pm
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Cheechako  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:21:08pm

re: #241 Backwoods_Sleuth

This administration is nothing more than a big-assed smoke-screen.

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:22:30pm

re: #178 Ace Rothstein

Why would Obama do something like that when it would be so easy to get caught?

Because the wingnuts think that they’re the only smart people around. Everyone else is an idiot.

As always, IMAX level projection.

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mmmirele  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:24:22pm

re: #216 Teukka

For clarification, that is for 2 days in hospital @ 100 SEK ($11-ish) each.
The only other cost would be the ER admission fee of 350 SEK ($42-ish).
So. $64 total.

As opposed to the $53.22 I paid last Tuesday to see a PA for a diabetes checkup. And I have insurance. Yes, I was shocked. I haven’t seen the bill come through my insurance so I can’t figure out why it’s so much. I went ahead and paid it because I know the front end women don’t have any control over what my insurance will pay or how the copay is handled.

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:26:53pm

re: #183 Ace Rothstein

[Embedded content]

I recently realized that ‘conservative thought’ is inspired by the Melian Dialog. Specifically this line.

The strong do what they will and the weak suffer what they must.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:27:41pm
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Charles Johnson  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:28:21pm
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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:29:35pm

re: #249 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

I concur.

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freetoken  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:32:37pm

re: #250 Teukka

Unless by “Executive Branch” Trump means the furniture in his office.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:34:55pm

wait…what?

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:37:04pm

Why would Trump be signing a plan? Wouldn’t an order be a more worthy target for his Sharpie? I don’t suppose he can completely change the structure of the executive branch on a whim.

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retired cynic  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:37:57pm

re: #253 calochortus

Why would Trump be signing a plan? Wouldn’t an order be a more worthy target for his Sharpie? I don’t suppose he can completely change the structure of the executive branch on a whim.

Who would stop him, now?

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freetoken  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:38:16pm

re: #253 calochortus

Very few parts of the government are actually at the discretion of the President. Basically, his office staff is it. The rest are all offices created by law.

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TedStriker  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:39:32pm

re: #226 calochortus

And none of their voters will remember why they can’t get health care by 2020.

They’ll have been told it’s the Democrats’ fault.

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:39:43pm

re: #254 retired cynic

Who would stop him, now?

Good question.

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jaunte  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:40:01pm
Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., Trump signs EO entitled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”

He’s going to reduce it to five bullet points on one piece of paper.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:41:48pm

re: #253 calochortus

Why would Trump be signing a plan? Wouldn’t an order be a more worthy target for his Sharpie? I don’t suppose he can completely change the structure of the executive branch on a whim.

The plan is to outrage everyone.

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freetoken  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:42:42pm

re: #259 Stanley Sea

It could simply be a distraction, Monday’s shiny object.

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:44:04pm

re: #259 Stanley Sea

The plan is to outrage everyone.

Wonder what he’s trying to distract us from now?

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makeitstop  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:45:14pm

re: #253 calochortus

Why would Trump be signing a plan? Wouldn’t an order be a more worthy target for his Sharpie? I don’t suppose he can completely change the structure of the executive branch on a whim.

I had the same thought. Why issue an EO for a plan, unless it’s already drawn up and he implements it effective immediately?

I’ll be watching this with equal parts interest and dread.

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Cheechako  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:45:53pm

Don Young calls on Trump to sell Mexico ‘Wall Bonds’

He says he’s just kidding. Maybe, but he’s close to being senile. Last year he voted against a bill he co-sponsored.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:54:51pm

I don’t even begin to totally understand this:

Russian Espionage Piggybacks on a Cybercriminal’s Hacking

To the F.B.I., Evgeniy M. Bogachev is the most wanted cybercriminal in the world. The bureau has announced a $3 million bounty for his capture, the most ever for computer crimes, and has been trying to track his movements in hopes of grabbing him if he strays outside his home turf in Russia.

He has been indicted in the United States, accused of creating a sprawling network of virus-infected computers to siphon hundreds of millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world, targeting anyone with enough money worth stealing — from a pest control company in North Carolina to a police department in Massachusetts to a Native American tribe in Washington.

In December, the Obama administration announced sanctions against Mr. Bogachev and five others in response to intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russia had meddled in the presidential election. Publicly, law enforcement officials said it was his criminal exploits that landed Mr. Bogachev on the sanctions list, not any specific role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

A flow chart of all this stuff would look like a ball of yarn after a kitten got ahold of it.

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calochortus  Mar 12, 2017 • 8:58:32pm

I’m going to say good night.

Hasta mañana, when we find out what fresh weirdness awaits us.

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majii  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:02:35pm

re: #246 mmmirele

“As opposed to the $53.22 I paid last Tuesday to see a PA for a diabetes checkup.”

I know what you’re talking about. I also have diabetes and a few other serious medical conditions which means I have to see several doctors. Every time I go to have my diabetes checked, the co-pay is $68.00. This sometimes happens twice a month. My primary care doctor wants to make sure I don’t have to have heart surgery like my mom had to have due to her diabetes or have to go on dialysis like my older brother did due to his diabetes. The reason my co-pay is as high as it is is because the GOPers, who control the state government here in GA, won’t lift one finger to help make any type of insurance more affordable in the state. They love themselves some insurance lobbyists and take advantage of every free anything they offer to them.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:05:32pm
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majii  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:06:44pm

re: #255 freetoken

“Very few parts of the government are actually at the discretion of the President. Basically, his office staff is it. The rest are all offices created by law.”

None of these things matter any longer. Trump reps have said many times that he can do anything he d*mn well pleases, and none of us has the right to question him. If PBO had done something like this, GOPers in Congress would have vilified him, then, they would have sued him, but they remain eerily silent when Trump does sh*t they know is wrong.

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Anymouse  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:09:28pm
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Teukka  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:15:45pm

So, this song came across my feeds:

First Aid Kit - You are the Problem Here (Audio)


The Local SE arkle on the background: First Aid Kit just released a furious anti-rape anthem: listen here

Lyrics (dunno quality) from the YT page:

[Verse 1]
I am so sick and tired of this world
All these women with their dreams shattered
From some man’s sweaty, desperate touch
God damn it, I’ve had enough
When did you come to think refusal was sexy?
Can’t you see the tears in her eyes?
How did you ever think you had the right to
Put your entitled hands up her thighs?
[Chorus]
You are the problem here
You are the problem here
No one made you do anything
You are the problem here
You are the problem here
No one made you do anything
[Post-Chorus]
And I And I hope you fucking suffer
[Verse 2]
Do you really expect anyone to feel sorry
That you ruined your own life?
You did it when you thought you had the right to
Put your entitled hands up her thighs
And we don’t need to be diminished
To sisters or daughter or mothers
I am a human being, that is how you act to me
[Chorus]
You are the problem here
You are the problem here
No one made you do anything
That’s not how liquor works
You are the problem here
You are the problem here
No one made you do anything
[Post-Chorus]
And I
And I
And I
And I
And I
And I hope you fucking suffer

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:17:12pm
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Anymouse  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:18:03pm
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Apocalypse  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:19:41pm

re: #269 Anymouse

The pic will never make any kind of sense.

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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:27:34pm

Oh ffs!!

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wheat-dogg  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:31:19pm

re: #274 JordanRules

Let’s have a contest to see who can make the most babies! It could be televised, even.

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JordanRules  Mar 12, 2017 • 9:33:17pm

re: #275 wheat-dogg

I think the winners already had a show and one of them was a sexual abuser and Huckabee pal. Ick.

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Fineday  Mar 12, 2017 • 10:24:17pm

re: #216 Teukka

For clarification, that is for 2 days in hospital @ 100 SEK ($11-ish) each.
The only other cost would be the ER admission fee of 350 SEK ($42-ish).
So. $64 total.

In Denmark, the bill would be 0. Hospital stays and ER admissions are paid for by our taxes. I am actually surprised that you have charges for these kind of things in Sweden.


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