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Dave In Austin  Apr 28, 2017 • 11:48:13am
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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 11:53:35am

I mentioned this downstairs, but this story came out just three hours ago:
Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

“How to win friends and influence people” by Donald Trump.

This man is clearly mentally ill, and I don’t mean that as a joke.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 11:55:07am

re: #2 Timothy Watson

I mentioned this downstairs, but this story came out just six hours:
Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

“How to win friends and influence people” by Donald Trump.

This man is clearly mentally ill, and I don’t mean that as a joke.

Goddamn he’s such an ass.

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makeitstop  Apr 28, 2017 • 11:57:30am

re: #2 Timothy Watson

I mentioned this downstairs, but this story came out just three hours ago:
Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

“How to win friends and influence people” by Donald Trump.

This man is clearly mentally ill, and I don’t mean that as a joke.

Well, it would relieve him of any guilt if his stupid games with North Korea got South Korea attacked.
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:00:43pm

re: #2 Timothy Watson

Well, you know, Trump sees everything as Zero Sum, so maybe he thinks if he’s going to cut a nuke deal with NK, he has to fuck SK?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:02:21pm

Who’d have thought that putting a dishonest ideologue in as head of a ‘Think Tank’ would destroy any reputation it had as a useful source of information?

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:03:37pm
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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:04:46pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:06:14pm

re: #7 Charles Johnson

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What a pathetic loser.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:06:24pm

re: #7 Charles Johnson

But doesn’t Breitbart already exist?
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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:06:58pm

re: #10 Blind Frog Belly White

But doesn’t Breitbart already exist?
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Touche!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:09:46pm

Hey, remember back in 2002, when it looked like the US had managed to avoid the quagmire that Afghanistan had been for EVERYBODY else throughout history?

Good times.

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:17:57pm

He’s behind you! The moment Donald Trump crept up behind a saluting Marine and patted him on the back.

dailymail.co.uk

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:19:42pm

EXCLUSIVE-Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

msn.com

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:20:04pm
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CongoJack  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:22:18pm

re: #13 Skip Intro

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He’s behind you! The moment Donald Trump crept up behind a saluting Marine and patted him on the back.

dailymail.co.uk

Better than grabbing him by the… oh never mind.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:22:53pm

re: #13 Skip Intro

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He’s behind you! The moment Donald Trump crept up behind a saluting Marine and patted him on the back.

dailymail.co.uk

Impeachment proceedings would have already cleared the House if Obama had been photographed doing that.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:23:31pm
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lawhawk  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:26:19pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:26:47pm

The Enquirer keeping it real…

Also, we apparently have only 8 enemies now.

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ObserverArt  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:27:42pm

re: #2 Timothy Watson

I mentioned this downstairs, but this story came out just three hours ago:
Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

“How to win friends and influence people” by Donald Trump.

This man is clearly mentally ill, and I don’t mean that as a joke.

He’s doing this the same time he is threatening their arch enemy next door and loading them up with missiles at the same time asking them to pay a billion dollars in protection money???

I think it is beyond being only mental. I’ll add power-hungry and arrogant evil asshole.

This kind of shit can’t go on too much longer. The whole world has got to be wondering “What the hell is going on” with America.

I wish we could tell them.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:29:04pm

re: #21 ObserverArt

At this rate Trump will get us kicked out of the UN, NATO, the G8 and lord knows what else.

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:29:37pm

re: #17 Timothy Watson

Impeachment proceedings would have already cleared the House if Obama had been photographed doing that.

They would have begun on Day 2 had Obama done any of the things Trump did on Day 1.

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lawhawk  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:29:41pm

re: #20 Eclectic Cyborg

Step by Step plan on how to crush our 8 enemies.

Trump spent the campaign complaining about how we give away our plans, but the Enquirer has ‘em.

LMAO.

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:29:59pm

re: #14 Skip Intro

EXCLUSIVE-Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

msn.com

See, this is how stump-ignorant Trump really is. Everybody in America, from PhD’s to high-school dropouts to kids in kindergarten, in fact probably half of the domestic pets and farm animals as well, know that being president of the United States is a tough, tough job if you do it at all competently. It’s knowledge as etched in granite as how obviously the office ages those who hold it. Yet somehow this guy who knows science better than the scientists and generaling better than the generals, etc. etc., missed the memo about the difficulty of presidenting.

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:30:23pm

re: #21 ObserverArt

He’s doing this the same time he is threatening their arch enemy next door and loading them up with missiles at the same time asking them to pay a billion dollars in protection money???

That’s what he’s doing all right.

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:34:26pm

re: #2 Timothy Watson

I mentioned this downstairs, but this story came out just three hours ago:
Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

“How to win friends and influence people” by Donald Trump.

This man is clearly mentally ill, and I don’t mean that as a joke.

If this maniac fucks up the availability of Samsung gadgets, all my gadget money will go toward removing Republicans from office so they can’t do any more harm.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:34:50pm

If everyone had a gun none of this would ever have happened…

Police are searching for a woman who pulled a gun on a student barber who allegedly took too long cutting her son’s hair in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:37:08pm

re: #15 FormerDirtDart

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EPR-radar  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:38:00pm

re: #2 Timothy Watson

I mentioned this downstairs, but this story came out just three hours ago:
Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

“How to win friends and influence people” by Donald Trump.

This man is clearly mentally ill, and I don’t mean that as a joke.

Trump probably has some kind of age-related dementia. However, the main elements of his character are that he is:

stupid
an asshole
corrupt
incompetent
arrogant.

None of these are mental illness. He’s just an evil piece of shit.

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:38:50pm

re: #18 FormerDirtDart

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:39:37pm

Lobbyist who once sued Interior named to be department’s No. 2 official

Another day, another lobbyist gets a senior government position.

WASHINGTON

His name is David Longly Bernhardt, and he’s worked as the top lobbyist for California’s Westlands Water District, the largest agricultural entity of its kind in the nation. He’s sued the Interior Department and helped write legislation on behalf of his client. Largely because of his services, Westlands has paid Bernhardt and the law firm where he works $1.27 million since 2011.

On Friday, the Trump administration announced it was nominating Bernhardt to serve as deputy to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. If confirmed by the Senate, Bernhardt will be in a position to influence decisions that could benefit his former client.

Under a executive order signed by President Donald Trump, appointees such as Bernhardt are required to recuse themselves from matters involving former clients, although in the past, waivers have been granted for people in his situation. Zinke on Friday praised the nomination, saying in a statement that Bernhardt’s extensive experience “is exactly what is needed to help streamline government and make the Interior and our public lands work for the American economy.”

Bernhardt’s nomination, however, is already drawing fire from critics, who note that Trump, as a candidate, promised to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists’ influence over the White House and Congress. As president, Trump has placed lobbyists in key positions on his transition team and in his administration, and has adopted ethics rules looser than those of the Obama administration for appointees.

sanluisobispo.com

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:41:17pm

No honor among thieves? I just saw our building’s Raven being harassed by a murder of about 5 crows. The Raven’s been here for years and was being loudly unhappy about it.

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ObserverArt  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:41:18pm

re: #24 lawhawk

Step by Step plan on how to crush our 8 enemies.

Trump spent the campaign complaining about how we give away our plans, but the Enquirer has ‘em.

LMAO.

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It is the Enquirer. But what scares me is Trump is tight with the owner of The Enquirer is he not? That is worrisome. That sort of means Trump is behind this.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:41:25pm

re: #21 ObserverArt

He’s doing this the same time he is threatening their arch enemy next door and loading them up with missiles at the same time asking them to pay a billion dollars in protection money???

I think it is beyond being only mental. I’ll add power-hungry and arrogant evil asshole.

This kind of shit can’t go on too much longer. The whole world has got to be wondering “What the hell is going on” with America.

I wish we could tell them.

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

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Ace Rothstein  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:42:11pm

re: #12 Blind Frog Belly White

Hey, remember back in 2002, when it looked like the US had managed to avoid the quagmire that Afghanistan had been for EVERYBODY else throughout history?

Good times.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:42:25pm

re: #27 Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters

If this maniac fucks up the availability of Samsung gadgets, all my gadget money will go toward removing Republicans from office so they can’t do any more harm.

I actually went and bought a new monitor (ASUS) and video card (EVGA) because I was worried that the prices might end up going up soon.

Now I just need to get that Samsung TV before most of South Korea is rubble.

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b.d.  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:42:49pm
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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:43:56pm
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lawhawk  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:44:09pm

re: #20 Eclectic Cyborg

Is that even a US destroyer that they’re claiming?

I don’t think it is. Doesn’t have the same configuration as an Arleigh Burke (and definitely not a Zumwalt).

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:47:13pm

re: #39 Stanley Sea

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Oh, great. Maybe he can get more stars and medals to pin on his fascist uniform.

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lawhawk  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:48:41pm
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Jenner7  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:48:56pm

re: #39 Stanley Sea

This is sickening. Every day, it gets worse.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:49:13pm

Like, literally the entirety of the Texas/Mexico border.

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:49:42pm

re: #39 Stanley Sea

Trump has found his Heydrich.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:51:19pm

re: #40 lawhawk

Is that even a US destroyer that they’re claiming?

I don’t think it is. Doesn’t have the same configuration as an Arleigh Burke (and definitely not a Zumwalt).

Nothing recent, I don’t think we have any ships with wood decking.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:54:14pm

re: #40 lawhawk

Is that even a US destroyer that they’re claiming?

I don’t think it is. Doesn’t have the same configuration as an Arleigh Burke (and definitely not a Zumwalt).

I believe it is a Russian Sovremennyy-class destroyer
Image: Bezuprechnyy.jpg

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:55:28pm

re: #47 FormerDirtDart

I believe it is a Russian Sovremennyy-class destroyer
Image: Bezuprechnyy.jpg

Ah, very clever of the President to send RUSSIAN destroyers to NK! Then they’ll retaliate against them, not us!
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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:55:57pm
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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:56:28pm

re: #47 FormerDirtDart

I believe it is a Russian Sovremennyy-class destroyer
Image: Bezuprechnyy.jpg

Photo guy must be a closet liberal and snuck that it.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:56:30pm

re: #20 Eclectic Cyborg

The Enquirer keeping it real…

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Also, we apparently have only 8 enemies now.

I thought Trump always said he would only do sneak attacks, not describe his tremendous plans in detail to his favorite Fake News media source.

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lawhawk  Apr 28, 2017 • 12:56:58pm

tre: #44 Blind Frog Belly White

More than 1,200 miles of the Mexico-US border is defined as what’s essentially the deep channel of the Rio Grande. There are very specific rules as to how the River must be maintained, including water rights, diverting water, etc.

A wall simply would not be built in the river. That means it’d be in the US, depriving US taxpayers with property along the river of their access (and it’d be taken via eminent domain).

What we’ve got here is another patented Trump flim-flam. He lied, of course, and his supporters bought it all.

There’s already nearly 700 miles of wall/fence, as authorized under GWB and completed under Obama. There’s already sensors and other efforts to secure the rest of the border, but a full 2,000 mile wall was just dumbassery.

It sound great to an ignorant buffoon living in a non-border state, but there’s a reason that legislators in the states affected by the fence are opposed, and that includes more than a few GOPers.

The whole notion of the wall is a serious misallocation of resources.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:00:07pm

re: #42 lawhawk

Sickening that Trump is rewarding this psychopath with a top security position. Great message to send to the world about your lack of respect for human life.

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CongoJack  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:00:15pm

re: #31 Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters

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… geez… where have I heard that the professors are the enemies. Lets also change media/elites to “jews” and we may have a nazi in our midst.

This is aggravating to the point of making me go blind.

Im out for the night lizards. Keep safe!

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:02:56pm

re: #37 Timothy Watson

I actually went and bought a new monitor (ASUS) and video card (EVGA) because I was worried that the prices might end up going up soon.

Now I just need to get that Samsung TV before most of South Korea is rubble.

Sounds like Trump has managed to boost the economy by creating uncertainty about future prices and availability of foreign products. USA!USA!USA!

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:03:07pm

re: #53 Patricia Kayden

Sickening that Trump is rewarding this psychopath with a top security position. Great message to send to the world about your lack of respect for human life.

Government of the Psychopaths, by the Psychopaths, for the Psychopaths

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:04:36pm

re: #39 Stanley Sea

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b.d.  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:05:02pm

re: #42 lawhawk

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Clarke is insane and should not have a job that involves affecting anyone’s life at all.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:05:10pm

re: #57 Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters

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Well, duh.

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:05:54pm

re: #42 lawhawk

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Citizen K  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:07:10pm

At this point, a Democrat could cure cancer and solve global warming at the same time, and they’d still be public enemy number one, because we as a country apparently have an endless capacity for enabling and accepting conservative malfeasance, while brooking absolutely no tolerance for anything Dem or Liberal, and that’s wrapped all the way around to where the far left makes Dems and Liberals out to be public enemy #1 too.

Feels like there’s literally nothing we can do that will ever be accepted, our existence is treated as wrong by default and therefore everything we do, say, or be will forever be fucking wrong. So all hail fucking Trump, because no matter how bad he’ll be, at least he’s not a Democrat, therefore he can be leader of forever long as Dems suffer.

Fuck everything. Fuck it all. I give up.

EDIT: And to add, it honest to god feels the very act of trying at this point just somehow makes things worse, because everyone is already wont to run screaming the entire fucking other way just so they can oppose you on pure spite and contrariansim. So the fact that you want something immediate means it’s the most wrong thing ever, and everyone has to support the opposite, and hey, things get worse and it’s your fucking fault anyway, so lets not listen to you all that much more.

I fucking hate this all.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:08:14pm
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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:10:49pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:13:00pm

re: #60 Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters

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Demeritocracy. Also Kleptocracy, Kakistocracy, and my favorite - Ad Hocracy.

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:14:55pm

re: #64 Blind Frog Belly White

Demeritocracy. Also Kleptocracy, Kakistocracy, and my favorite - Ad Hocracy.

You forgot Proctocracy.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:16:10pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:16:58pm

re: #62 FormerDirtDart

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AHA! Even cleverer than it at first appeared! They’re not only sending RUSSIAN destroyers, they’re sending SCALE MODEL Russian Destroyers! Their small size will allow them to easily penetrate NK’s defenses!!!

Their tiny guns MAY reduce their combat effectiveness, but as you know, the only thing Trump values in military tactics is surprise, so that’s okay!!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:18:02pm

re: #65 whitebeach

You forgot Proctocracy.

Ha! I could have said ‘Plutocracy’, but these guys are more like Goofy than Pluto.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:19:11pm
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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:21:41pm

re: #38 b.d.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:22:48pm

re: #68 Blind Frog Belly White

Ha! I could have said ‘Plutocracy’, but these guys are more like Goofy than Pluto.

Maybe Blutocracy?

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:26:03pm

re: #61 Citizen K

Might I recommend, again, a break for your mental health and some self-care?

I think you’d be surprised how much good it would do you.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:28:24pm
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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:32:27pm
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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:33:16pm

re: #74 Stanley Sea

Damn I feel old.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:34:00pm

re: #74 Stanley Sea

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That certainly does put things in perspective. Sigh. I was 14 that year. RIP Sgt.

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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:36:02pm

Watch this ad

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:36:16pm

Let me start this by saying that I’m not in favor of the Death Penalty, because even if I’d prefer not to share the planet with folks like Ted Bundy, there have been far too many innocents sentenced, and killed.

But a couple things about the Arkansas executions strike me as odd. First, the idea that you can’t use poisons after their expiration dates, to kill people. That’s just weird.

But beyond that, we’re DROWNING in heroin and other opiates. People are dying all over the place of ODs from fentanyl-laced heroin. We know pretty well how much morphine it takes to kill a person. And yet we’re using drugs that may be causing pain, etc, rather than the opiates we’re spending untold amounts of money, saving people from dying of.

But maybe we should just stop?

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:36:57pm

re: #73 Backwoods_Sleuth

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This reminded me: Have you ever read any of Spencer Quinn’s Chet & Bernie mysteries? Chet is the dog, Bernie his somewhat down-at-heel human PI partner. The beauty of it is that Chet, who is the narrator, narrates more or less like a real dog, not one of those animals in most mysteries who are oh so much smarter than the humans. For instance, like with the tweet you copy here, a jar of peanut butter can take Chet off the case for hours. There aren’t many writers these days who can make me lol, but Quinn and Chet can.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:37:45pm

re: #77 gocart mozart

Watch this ad

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I love that they spoofed the old ad.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:38:21pm

re: #78 Blind Frog Belly White

Let me start this by saying that I’m not in favor of the Death Penalty, because even if I’d prefer not to share the planet with folks like Ted Bundy, there have been far too many innocents sentenced, and killed.

But a couple things about the Arkansas executions strike me as odd. First, the idea that you can’t use poisons after their expiration dates, to kill people. That’s just weird.

But beyond that, we’re DROWNING in heroin and other opiates. People are dying all over the place of ODs from fentanyl-laced heroin. We know pretty well how much morphine it takes to kill a person. And yet we’re using drugs that may be causing pain, etc, rather than the opiates we’re spending untold amounts of money, saving people from dying of.

But maybe we should just stop?

Yep, you got it.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:38:34pm

“…The Trump administration is actively exploring options to remove controversial national security aide Sebastian Gorka from the White House and place him at another federal agency, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast.

Two senior administration officials familiar with the situation say it is exploring a new role for Gorka elsewhere in the administration. Another said he has been entirely excluded from day-to-day policy-making at the National Security Council in the meantime….”

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:38:40pm

On the mad rich-person festival:

Festival-goers paid anywhere from $450 for a no-frills day pass to up to $250,000 for the full VIP experience. One widely-advertised festival package cost $12,000. There were even packages that included a private yacht.

washingtonpost.com

I see stuff like this and can’t help but think that we deserve civilization to collapse. We’ve earned it with the mad economic disparity we’ve allowed to happen. People live on the streets when others pay $12,000 - $250,000 to party for a weekend.

Bring on the meteor.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:38:57pm

re: #77 gocart mozart

Watch this ad

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Any questions?

Why is a thin white woman giving this presentation?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:39:37pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:39:45pm

re: #82 FormerDirtDart

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Gorka needs to go-rka.

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freetoken  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:40:04pm

re: #49 Charles Johnson

It’s just the creationism battle all over again.

Change “climate” in that quote with “evolution” and you’ve got a discotute slogan.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:41:26pm

FLIPS DESK. SETS IT ON FIRE. THROWS IT OUT THE WINDOW.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:41:46pm

re: #84 The Vicious Babushka

Any questions?

Why is a thin white woman giving this presentation?

So people will listen to it?

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:41:50pm

re: #78 Blind Frog Belly White

Let me start this by saying that I’m not in favor of the Death Penalty, because even if I’d prefer not to share the planet with folks like Ted Bundy, there have been far too many innocents sentenced, and killed.

But a couple things about the Arkansas executions strike me as odd. First, the idea that you can’t use poisons after their expiration dates, to kill people. That’s just weird.

But beyond that, we’re DROWNING in heroin and other opiates. People are dying all over the place of ODs from fentanyl-laced heroin. We know pretty well how much morphine it takes to kill a person. And yet we’re using drugs that may be causing pain, etc, rather than the opiates we’re spending untold amounts of money, saving people from dying of.

But maybe we should just stop?

We wouldn’t want the people that the state kills to go out feeling fantastic, now would we? Think of the bloodthirsty Conservatives who just really want to hurt people!

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Dave In Austin  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:42:32pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:42:35pm

re: #88 The Vicious Babushka

FLIPS DESK. SETS IT ON FIRE. THROWS IT OUT THE WINDOW.

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Hey, guess what? Harry Truman was the last not-rich guy we elected President.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:43:50pm

re: #82 FormerDirtDart

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“…The Trump administration is actively exploring options to remove controversial national security aide Sebastian Gorka from the White House and place him at another federal agency, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast….”

just shuffle the deck chairs…

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:44:48pm

How is it not 5:00 pm yet?

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TedStriker  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:46:17pm

re: #71 Blind Frog Belly White

Maybe Blutocracy?

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I’d follow this Bluto anywhere…
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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:46:38pm
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I Would Prefer Not To  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:47:02pm

re: #7 Charles Johnson

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I find it hard to believe that Milo has 12 million in secret investors. Does he have backers. Of course, but the same way that the stupid CCJ has backers. I suspect that he will be begging for funds in the near future.

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Le Coquí Résistance  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:47:05pm

This week I’ve been tinkering with Laravel, learning the framework1. One hard lesson I learned: if you’re ever considering having users on the app you’re making, make it your priority #1, even if you’re not ready to accept users in version 1.

1. It’s quite popular among students here, when they need to select a framework for PHP.

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:47:24pm

re: #94 Timothy Watson

How is it not 5:00 pm yet?

Just a few more minutes as long as you’re on the east coast.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:48:01pm

Mentioned this yesterday:

Virginia State Police shut down its email system on Wednesday night to strengthen its defense against a sophisticated new form of malware that infected the law enforcement agency’s network at the end of last week.

State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty said the agency hopes to restore email service early today, allowing computer communication with its public affairs office and updates to the Sex Offender Registry that have been disrupted since the shutdown after 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

[…]

The incident has brought together state police and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency as well as its estranged contractor, Northrop Grumman, to fortify the email system’s defenses. State police is one of the last remaining state agencies to not fully transition to VITA control, although they share responsibility for the department’s desktop and laptop computer operations.

richmond.com

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:48:11pm

re: #97 I Would Prefer Not To

I find it hard to believe that Milo has 12 million in secret investors. Does he have backers. Of course, but the same way that the stupid CCJ has backers. I suspect that he will be begging for funds in the near future.

There are lot of really toxic libertarian types in silicon valley.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:48:54pm

re: #99 Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters

Just a few more minutes as long as you’re on the east coast.

I am, but Jesus, it feels like 9:00 pm to me.

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Jeff!  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:50:01pm

re: #102 Timothy Watson

I am, but Jesus, it feels like 9:00 pm to me.

At least you don’t have to move to make it almost 5. It’s not even 4 here.

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:51:03pm

re: #94 Timothy Watson

How is it not 5:00 pm yet?

Since Nov. 8, 5:00 a.m. has been plenty late enough for me.

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ObserverArt  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:52:09pm

re: #82 FormerDirtDart

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They like Gorka for his fiery TV performances.

That is so Trump. TV is everything. Fucking scripted fantasy reality land.

Hey, wars look great on TV!

Uh oh…

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:52:52pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:53:23pm

re: #93 Backwoods_Sleuth

just shuffle the deck chairs…

In Spike Milligan’s WWII memoirs, he writes about the phenomenon of ‘Posting’, in which a thoroughly useless soldier isn’t tossed out of the Army, but rather is posted to another unit, where he becomes THEIR problem. This happened repeatedly to some especially bad soldiers.

Looks like Gorka’s getting posted.

It also reminds me of something I’ve seen done in the corporate world - where an underperforming executive is relieved of the duties that actually affect the company, and is given what is clearly an insulting assignment, clothed in corporate-speak, with the goal of shaming him into resigning. In one case, the new assignment was described as ‘articulating the critical cultural norm’. It was a few months, but that guy was soon ‘pursuing other opportunities, and we wish him luck’.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:55:11pm

re: #94 Timothy Watson

How is it not 5:00 pm yet?

You too? It’s easily 2-3 hours earlier than it feels.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:55:32pm

re: #92 Blind Frog Belly White

Hey, guess what? Harry Truman was the last not-rich guy we elected President.

And he probably would have lived more comfortably if the presidential pension which was established because HST left the presidency in massive debt. I don’t care how Obama chooses to live his post-presidential life as long as he follows the law. As for elitist and 1%er? Can’t get anymore elitist than Trump and his gaudy gold house and acting like a million dollar loan in the 70’s was no big deal. Obama meanwhile paid off his student loans debts while he was in the Senate. This kind of “populism” really pisses me off. There’s nothing wrong with Obama being able to enjoy a nice post-presidential life.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:57:55pm

re: #94 Timothy Watson

How is it not 5:00 pm yet?

3 more minutes…

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Timothy Watson  Apr 28, 2017 • 1:59:32pm

re: #108 Blind Frog Belly White

You too? It’s easily 2-3 hours earlier than it feels.

It wouldn’t be that bad if I had something to do at work, but Jesus…

And I would leave early, but my boss decided he was going to nickel and dime me over being 15 minutes late the other day because of a traffic accident on I-95…

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Amory Blaine  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:02:35pm

The right has a bottomless pit of money. I have no doubt Milo has backers.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:03:27pm

re: #111 Timothy Watson

It wouldn’t be that bad if I had something to do at work, but Jesus…

And I would leave early, but my boss decided he was going to nickel and dime me over being 15 minutes late the other day because of a traffic accident on I-95…

Jesus that sucks. I got lucky today. I got the complete day off but I was doing work stuff late into the night. Good news is it impressed my boss and I really wasn’t that tired when I woke up this morning.

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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:03:43pm

re: #92 Blind Frog Belly White

Hey, guess what? Harry Truman was the last not-rich guy we elected President.

The Clinton’s weren’t rich in 1992

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:04:25pm

re: #112 Amory Blaine

The right has a bottomless pit of money. I have no doubt Milo has backers.

That’s the post Citizens United world for you when money equals speech and right wing multi-millionaires can fund their pet projects left and right. Sometimes these pet projects are candidates.

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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:05:38pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:06:07pm

re: #109 HappyWarrior

And he probably would have lived more comfortably if the presidential pension which was established because HST left the presidency in massive debt. I don’t care how Obama chooses to live his post-presidential life as long as he follows the law. As for elitist and 1%er? Can’t get anymore elitist than Trump and his gaudy gold house and acting like a million dollar loan in the 70’s was no big deal. Obama meanwhile paid off his student loans debts while he was in the Senate. This kind of “populism” really pisses me off. There’s nothing wrong with Obama being able to enjoy a nice post-presidential life.

The other thing? I’m really not cool with the idea of demonizing rich people, because that’s just the flip side of the coin of worshiping them.

We need to stop thinking of whole swaths of people as EVIL!!!!!! It’s what I was getting at with my post about the financial crisis of 2008. So many people want to see folks in jail because it was such a huge thing, but instead of imagining villains, it’s easier to understand if you look at it as everyone thinking SOMEBODY would stop them if it were a bad idea.

If we think of rich people as EVIL!!!!, we’re inclined to think in terms of punishment for being EVIL!!!!. Instead, we should think of them as people who, like all other people, pursue their own self interest, but who have WAY more power in achieving that than everyone else. Viewed that way, the goal becomes not to punish them, but just to limit their ability to make the system work for theeir benefit at everyone else’s expense.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:06:55pm

They could call it ‘The Trumpsucking Hour’.

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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:07:43pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:07:53pm

re: #116 gocart mozart

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Terrific article. I happen to agree with her. It’s the loss of perspective and the rise of feelings over facts.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:10:55pm

re: #117 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing? I’m really not cool with the idea of demonizing rich people, because that’s just the flip side of the coin of worshiping them.

We need to stop thinking of whole swaths of people as EVIL!!!!!! It’s what I was getting at with my post about the financial crisis of 2008. So many people want to see folks in jail because it was such a huge thing, but instead of imagining villains, it’s easier to understand if you look at it as everyone thinking SOMEBODY would stop them if it were a bad idea.

If we think of rich people as EVIL!!!!, we’re inclined to think in terms of punishment for being EVIL!!!!. Instead, we should think of them as people who, like all other people, pursue their own self interest, but who have WAY more power in achieving that than everyone else. Viewed that way, the goal becomes not to punish them, but just to limit their ability to make the system work for theeir benefit at everyone else’s expense.

Absolutely. And I really don’t want to hear it from supporters of a guy who is worth quite a bit of coin himself and has more than one house. I’ve often said that as a product of America’s upper middle class, I want everyone to have a chance to enjoy what I’ve had. I want a poor child on the spectrum to be able to enjoy the programs in school that made my educational experience better, I want a less well off child to not have to worry about student loans, etc. The politics of resentment left and right are not the answer. I don’t like it when Trump does it and I’m increasingly bothered by an element of the left’s alternative side of the coin.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:13:03pm

re: #121 HappyWarrior

Absolutely. And I really don’t want to hear it from supporters of a guy who is worth quite a bit of coin himself and has more than one house. I’ve often said that as a product of America’s upper middle class, I want everyone to have a chance to enjoy what I’ve had. I want a poor child on the spectrum to be able to enjoy the programs in school that made my educational experience better, I want a less well off child to not have to worry about student loans, etc. The politics of resentment left and right are not the answer. I don’t like it when Trump does it and I’m increasingly bothered by an element of the left’s alternative side of the coin.

It’s like taking the Right’s criticism of Al Gore (He’s fat! And he doesn’t live in a cold, unlit cave!!!) and accepting it as valid.

There’s nothing wrong with being rich, if you didn’t fuck other people up to get that way.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:13:12pm
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Jenner7  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:14:12pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:15:42pm

re: #122 Blind Frog Belly White

It’s like taking the Right’s criticism of Al Gore (He’s fat! And he doesn’t live in a cold, unlit cave!!!) and accepting it as valid.

There’s nothing wrong with being rich, if you didn’t fuck other people up to get that way.

Problem is the far left has bought this idea that “behind every fortune, there is screwing of other people.” I just hate that mentality. You’ve no doubt seen me with irateness in my tone liken what Sanders does to folks on Wall Street that the right does to folks like my own mother who made her livelihood from the Federal Government. I don’t like it at all. Wall Street needs reform, the rich need to pay income taxes in a progressive tax structure but that doesn’t mean everyone who works for WS is bad and nor does it mean that being rich is bad.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:15:44pm

re: #94 Timothy Watson

How is it not 5:00 pm yet?

Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett - It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:15:49pm

re: #124 Jenner7

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Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

Evening Lizardim.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:15:50pm

re: #117 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing? I’m really not cool with the idea of demonizing rich people, because that’s just the flip side of the coin of worshiping them.

and the flipping flipside of that is shaming poor people by blaming them for being poor.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:16:29pm

Kim Jong Un just daring Trump to come at him.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:17:53pm

re: #128 Backwoods_Sleuth

and the flipping flipside of that is shaming poor people by blaming them for being poor.

Absolutely, we shouldn’t do that either. I hate saying it but there’s an element of the left that just bugs the hell out of me. i see it in my TL when people rant about how capitalism is awful. My more libertarian leaning brother pointed out to me the humorousness of people bitching about capitalism on their iPhones. I mean does capitalism have its flaws? Absolutely. But not every or even most capitalism practiced is that Laissez-Faire shit that the right wants.

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:18:05pm

re: #116 gocart mozart

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Once again, Teen Vogue stands at the last rampart of real journalism.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:18:35pm

re: #129 Eclectic Cyborg

Kim Jong Un just daring Trump to come at him.

이리와. 형.

No idea how accurate that is.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:18:43pm

re: #128 Backwoods_Sleuth

and the flipping flipside of that is shaming poor people by blaming them for being poor.

“I know it’s no shame being poor, but it’s no great honor, either!”

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TedStriker  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:18:46pm

re: #109 HappyWarrior

And he probably would have lived more comfortably if the presidential pension which was established because HST left the presidency in massive debt. I don’t care how Obama chooses to live his post-presidential life as long as he follows the law. As for elitist and 1%er? Can’t get anymore elitist than Trump and his gaudy gold house and acting like a million dollar loan in the 70’s was no big deal. Obama meanwhile paid off his student loans debts while he was in the Senate. This kind of “populism” really pisses me off. There’s nothing wrong with Obama being able to enjoy a nice post-presidential life.

The BoBers and Jillbots (and the people in the squishy middle that they have converted to their views) will never be satisfied with anything President Obama does post-presidency short of him wearing cilices and living in extreme poverty for the rest of his life to atone for his supposed sins against “real” progressivism…and, even then, I still think they’ll bitch to high heaven that he still isn’t “pure”.

Fuck them.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:21:22pm

re: #134 TedStriker

The BoBers and Jillbots will never be satisfied with anything President Obama does post-presidency short of him wearing cilices and living in extreme poverty for the rest of his life to atone for his supposed sins against “real” progressivism…and, even then, I still think they’ll bitch to high heaven that he still isn’t “pure”.

Fuck them.

I honestly don’t want lectures about what it means to be progressive from a nearly 80 year old man who left the most diverse city in our nation for one of the most white states in the Union. I’m an American of European descent. I have a Hispanic niece. I have an Iranian-American boss. I’ve worked with people on school and work projects of many different backgrounds. I consider myself a staunch liberal but I also believe in listening to people. The Jillbot/Sanderbro contingent only seems to want to hear people who think the problem is the capitalist system.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:21:34pm

re: #129 Eclectic Cyborg

Kim Jong Un just daring Trump to come at him.

But who would be harmed if Trump “comes for” North Korea? South Koreans, of course. And now Trump is threatening that if South Korea doesn’t pay the U.S. $1 billion, the U.S. won’t protect South Korea.

Trump is acting like he’s part of the Mafioso. South Korea is an ally for goodness sakes.
salon.com

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:21:41pm

re: #132 HappyWarrior

이리와. 형.

“Come at me, bro.”

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:23:26pm

And let’s not bullshit ourselves. Talking about the “white working class” is just as much identity politics as talking about the concerns of women, racial minorities, sexual minorities, etc. But they matter more for some reason.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:23:40pm

re: #131 whitebeach

Once again, Teen Vogue stands at the last rampart of real journalism.

And boy, doesn’t THAT add to the sense of unreality!!!

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:24:39pm

re: #134 TedStriker

You could take it a step further and state that Bernie Bros and Steiniacs hate Democrats and therefore nothing our side does will satisfy their desire for “purity politics”. I think we can write them off just like we write off the racists who vote for Republicans because they hate Black and Brown people. Even if President Obama didn’t take $400,000 for this Wall Street speech, he would have done something else to piss them off and give them an excuse to rail against Democrats. I guess they’re okay with Trump getting two terms to destroy this country.

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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:27:02pm

The hypocrisy of right-wing dipshits exposed yet again, this time with Marine Le Pen:

Instead, more than half of the essay focused on what she called “a much more profound threat to the condition of women in our country today,” which she identified as “the rise of Islamist fundamentalism in our neighborhoods and in our cities.”

French feminist groups — a significant number of which have publicly rejected Le Pen — frequently say that her use of Muslim immigrants exposes a deep hypocrisy in her beliefs.

After reports from German authorities that “North African or Arabic” migrants assaulted women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve in 2015, Le Pen published an op-ed in which she wrote that “the migrant crisis signals the beginning of the end of women’s rights.”

But Claire Serre-Combe, a spokeswoman and activist for the prominent organization Osez le féminisme! (Dare to be feminist!), said that Le Pen has remained comparatively silent when reports of domestic violence perpetrated by white men have similarly captivated the public eye.

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piratedan  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:28:19pm

re: #140 Patricia Kayden

I really think some of them would rather behave like Republicans, forever sniping but never doing any of the actual work. You want Progessive things… seems like they either have to:

a) take over the Dems and elect “better” Dems and win elections
b) form their own party and do the ground/spade work to build it
c) stfu
d) snipe from the sidelines

and in most cases, they appear to choose option D

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:29:03pm

re: #130 HappyWarrior

Absolutely, we shouldn’t do that either. I hate saying it but there’s an element of the left that just bugs the hell out of me. i see it in my TL when people rant about how capitalism is awful. My more libertarian leaning brother pointed out to me the humorousness of people bitching about capitalism on their iPhones. I mean does capitalism have its flaws? Absolutely. But not every or even most capitalism practiced is that Laissez-Faire shit that the right wants.

The problem is binary thinking again. Capitalism has to be either The Way!, or it has to be EVIL!!!!! It can’t just be a useful tool, the basis for an economic system we the people can adjust and tinker with to maximize the benefit for the greatest number. We have to either UNLEASH IT!! or DESTROY IT!!

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:29:56pm

re: #141 electrotek

The hypocrisy of right-wing dipshits exposed yet again, this time with Marine Le Pen:

Raise your hand, if you’re shocked. Nope. She’s simply an exploiter of bigotry just like her disgusting father.

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Wile E. Coyote's mom  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:31:20pm

For folks who like puzzles, a little something to lighten up your Friday nights.
insidehook.com

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:31:26pm

The President of the United States, y’all…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:32:01pm

re: #143 Blind Frog Belly White

Absolutely, it’s the binary thinking. I believe we’ve joked before about how the only difference between how diehard capitalists and leftists see capitalism is whether they think it’s good or not.

CAPITALISM OPPRESSES ALL WORKING PEOPPLE- Lefty asshole

HEY FINE BY ME, LET THEM STARVE- Righty asshole

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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:32:30pm

re: #144 HappyWarrior

Raise your hand, if you’re shocked. Nope. She’s simply an exploiter of bigotry just like her disgusting father.

Exactly.

I’d be just as pissed if someone from the left did the same thing, but in reverse. Highlighting ills within the Muslim community isn’t inherently Islamophobic…but if you use it as a stick to attack all Muslims while ignoring your own then yes you are Islamophobic and opportunistic.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:32:38pm

re: #146 Blind Frog Belly White

The President of the United States, y’all…

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What a pathetic douchebag but he’s in campaign mode of course. Fucking asshole.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:33:32pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:33:46pm

re: #148 electrotek

Exactly.

I’d be just as pissed if someone from the left did the same thing, but in reverse. Highlighting ills within the Muslim community isn’t inherently Islamophobic…but if you use it as a stick to attack all Muslims while ignoring your own then yes you are Islamophobic and opportunistic.

Correct, just as the right pretends to be concerned about homophobia in the Muslim community. Tehre’s nothing wrong with pointing that out but when you ignore the role of Christianity in promoting state sanctioned homophobic policies in places like Uganda, hel lyeah I’m gonna call you on it.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:35:56pm

Fortunately, not something I need to be concerned about…

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:37:34pm

re: #146 Blind Frog Belly White

Why would he change and stop calling her a slur when it’s part of why he’s in the White House in the first place? His base loves him for his political incorrectness, otherwise known as racism by decent people.

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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:38:22pm

re: #151 HappyWarrior

Correct, just as the right pretends to be concerned about homophobia in the Muslim community. Tehre’s nothing wrong with pointing that out but when you ignore the role of Christianity in promoting state sanctioned homophobic policies in places like Uganda, hel lyeah I’m gonna call you on it.

Exactly.

And to be honest, there is just as much of a problem within certain segments of the left who are hesitant to call out Muslim homophobia for fear of being labelled Islamophobic. But the fear of weaponization by your opponents should never detract from doing the morally right thing.

When lives are at stake due to homophobia, you can say “The hell with weaponization” and do what you have to do in order to initiate change.

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TedStriker  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:38:55pm

re: #138 HappyWarrior

And let’s not bullshit ourselves. Talking about the “white working class” is just as much identity politics as talking about the concerns of women, racial minorities, sexual minorities, etc. But they matter more for some reason.

re: #140 Patricia Kayden

You could take it a step further and state that Bernie Bros and Steiniacs hate Democrats and therefore nothing our side does will satisfy their desire for “purity politics”. I think we can write them off just like we write off the racists who vote for Republicans because they hate Black and Brown people. Even if President Obama didn’t take $400,000 for this Wall Street speech, he would have done something else to piss them off and give them an excuse to rail against Democrats. I guess they’re okay with Trump getting two terms to destroy this country.

Fuck, many of them are more than OK with President Trump fucking the country up, because, in their heart of hearts, they truly believe that the destruction that Trump wreaks will herald the Glorious Revolution they crave.

Again, fuck them. Us Democrats are being forced to fight a two-front war to preserve and extend the rights and protections we have: one against the GOP and conservative assholes and another against the BoBers/Jillbots and other assorted extreme leftists.

We can’t afford to concede any more ground now.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:39:10pm

re: #155 electrotek

Exactly.

And to be honest, there is just as much of a problem within certain segments of the left who are hesitant to call out Muslim homophobia for fear of being labelled Islamophobic. But the fear of weaponization by your opponents should never detract from doing the morally right thing.

When lives are at stake due to homophobia, you can say “The hell with weaponization” and do what you have to do in order to initiate change.

Taht too. Need a sensible middle ground.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:42:43pm
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451_Montag  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:43:36pm

re: #53 Patricia Kayden

Sickening that Trump is rewarding this psychopath with a top security position. Great message to send to the world about your lack of respect for human life.

Remember Groucho Marx’s quote about how he would never join a club that was willing to have him?

Same thing is happening with The Ignorant Tangerine. The more awful he gets, the less willing qualified (and sane-ish) candidates for posts will accept. So anyone willing to work for him has to be worse than him. In the next round of appointments, then they have to be exponentially worse, cascade down into chaos and stupidity.

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:44:36pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:45:42pm

re: #158 FormerDirtDart

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Well, to be fair, 3/2 is still considered a fraction….

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:46:53pm

re: #145 Wile E. Coyote’s mom

For folks who like puzzles, a little something to lighten up your Friday nights.
insidehook.com

The kaleidoscope one is beautiful!

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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:52:19pm

re: #161 Blind Frog Belly White

Well, to be fair, 3/2 is still considered a fraction….

There is a whole in that concept…

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:54:03pm

re: #162 Stanley Sea

The kaleidoscope one is beautiful!

Kinetic picture by WOODEN.CITY

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:54:05pm

re: #25 whitebeach

Hey, Dave in Austin, I don’t wanna argue, but I’m curious what you found to downding about this.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:56:24pm
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Shiplord Kirel  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:57:43pm

re: #20 Eclectic Cyborg

The Enquirer keeping it real…

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Also, we apparently have only 8 enemies now.

This is really a little alarming because the Enquirer isn’t just any sleazy tabloid, it has a direct connection to our sleazy POTUS and has been his most ardent cheerleader for years.
The very cozy relationship between Donald Trump and the National Enquirer
When it comes to Donald Trump, tabloid won’t Enquire too deeply

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:58:28pm

re: #161 Blind Frog Belly White

Well, to be fair, 3/2 is still considered a fraction….

Beat me to it.

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Shiplord Kirel  Apr 28, 2017 • 2:59:17pm

With Gorka giving advice and the Navy deploying surplus Soviet ships, I am a little concerned about how the North Korea campaign might go.
/

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:01:59pm

re: #170 Shiplord Kirel

With Gorka giving advice and the Navy deploying surplus Soviet ships, I am a little concerned about how the North Korea campaign might go.
/

Oh, come on, what could POSSIBLY go wrong?!?

…Oh. Shit.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:02:16pm

re: #170 Shiplord Kirel

With Gorka giving advice and the Navy deploying surplus scale model Soviet ships, I am a little concerned about how the North Korea campaign might go.
/

FTFY.

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Shiplord Kirel  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:04:27pm

Trump’s 8 enemies:

North Korea
South Korea
Canada
Mexico
California
The New York Times
The Washington Post
snopes.com

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:08:23pm

re: #173 Shiplord Kirel

Trump’s 8 enemies:

North Korea
South Korea
Canada
Mexico
California
The New York Times
The Washington Post
snopes.com

Missed one: Reality.

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Wile E. Coyote's mom  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:08:45pm

re: #165 Stanley Sea

I love all of them. I put a reminder so I can save up enough for the big package. Sigh! Love puzzles. Did you see that they have hidden compartments to hide stuff or to just drop off your keys?
O

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Wile E. Coyote's mom  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:12:39pm

Also MIT just 3-D printed an igloo in 13+ hours. Says solar robot can be used to create homes on Mars or the moon.

insidehook.com

BBL have to charge my iPhone

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bratwurst  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:15:20pm
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Patricia Kayden  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:21:04pm

re: #160 FormerDirtDart

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And purity tests are only applied to your side. Interesting.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:22:53pm

re: #174 thedopefishlives

Missed another one: The American people who aren’t part of the 1%.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:26:50pm

re: #177 bratwurst

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WH looking to place Gorka in some other agency; agencies looking at Gorka like passengers on a bus with an empty seat next to them look at the feces-smeared crazy guy who just got on the bus.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:27:25pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:31:10pm

re: #164 Unshaken Defiance

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:31:12pm
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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:32:07pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:32:29pm

re: #173 Shiplord Kirel

Trump’s 8 enemies:

North Korea
South Korea
Canada
Mexico
California
The Failing New York Times
The very, very unfair, dishonest Washington Post
snopes.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:32:52pm
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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:35:18pm

re: #183 Charles Johnson

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What’s funny about that article? I just read an article from one of my Christian FB friends about the “crisis of leadership in the Christian blogosphere.” Apparently, evangelical women are now “unruly” because they have taken to blogging instead of shutting up and letting their husbands do the preaching.

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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:37:05pm

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

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Dave In Austin  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:38:52pm

re: #166 whitebeach

Hey, Dave in Austin, I don’t wanna argue, but I’m curious what you found to downding about this.

Butt ding. Sorry. I punched it back up.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:39:18pm

re: #187 thedopefishlives

Because they’re putting out a statement that they “need to do better” with their opinion pieces on a day when they published an absolutely horrendous anti-science climate change denying op-ed by right wing hack Bret Stephens.

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:40:10pm

re: #190 Charles Johnson

Because they’re putting out a statement that they “need to do better” with their opinion pieces on a day when they published an absolutely horrendous anti-science climate change denying op-ed by right wing hack Bret Stephens.

Sorry, I should have prefaced that as a rhetorical question, but thank you for answering anyway.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:41:39pm

re: #173 Shiplord Kirel

Trump’s 8 enemies:

North Korea
South Korea
Canada
Mexico
California
The New York Times
The Washington Post
snopes.com

An occasional Australia

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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:42:13pm

I just met a bicycle tourist with a TBI, whose seizures are down to one every other week. He said people are always asking him, ‘What if you have a seizure while you’re riding your bike? Isn’t that dangerous?’ And he tells them, ‘What if I have a seizure while I’m cooking dinner at home?’ and he sketches out a scenario where he lands on the stove, snuffs the flame out on the gas burner, and the apartment fills with gas…’Now what?’

He only gets peace when he rides his bike, and only sleeps after all day on his bike.
I was more uplifted by his visit than by the Jehovah’s Witnesses tract given to me a half hour earlier.

He had a lizard in his map case on his handlebar bag. Plastic, but the story with it was real.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:43:33pm

re: #193 wrenchwench

I keep hitting the upding button…

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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:44:37pm
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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:47:10pm

re: #194 Backwoods_Sleuth

I keep hitting the upding button…

But with a different nic every time! Good trick!

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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:51:24pm

What do you guys think?

I personally identify myself as a ‘secular’ Muslim [shrug]

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:51:30pm

re: #196 wrenchwench

But with a different nic every time! Good trick!

my superpower

:D

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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:53:00pm

re: #198 Backwoods_Sleuth

my superpower

:D

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whitebeach  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:53:24pm

re: #189 Dave In Austin

Butt ding. Sorry. I punched it back up.

Thanks.

I think … ya know … I could get to like it.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:53:42pm

Someone here was looking for his name

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nines09  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:55:05pm

play this loud….they will hear you coming…

Red Devils - King King (Full Album) 1992

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:55:36pm

Joel Dongsteen might be the best twitter bot ever. (No offense meant to those who believe; I think we can all agree that Joel Olsteen is a fraud.)

BTW my 66 year old aunt turned me on to Joel Dongsteen. :)

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William Lewis  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:55:53pm

re: #197 electrotek

What do you guys think?

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I personally identify myself as a ‘secular’ Muslim

Why not? I know secular Jews and more than a few secular Catholics. Identifying with your culture of origin does not require or imply belief.

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Jebediah, RBG  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:56:21pm

rudepundit.blogspot.com

Why am I telling you these stories from a town you’ll never visit, a place you probably haven’t thought of more than once or twice in your life? Why this instead of a long primal scream about how the Trump presidency has been a nonstop assault on everything that we believed was “American” for ages?

Because we live in a mean time. We are living through a coarsening of our country that will haunt us for the rest of our lives, even if this damned presidency were to end today, just 100 days in. That’s the nuclear bomb that has gone off. One split second and we will suffer its corrosive effects for years.

Here, in this purplest of states (Nevada closely mirrored the popular vote and just went for Clinton), that meanness hasn’t gotten to everyone, and, no, it never will, yet we know darkness when we see and feel it. But there are grace notes of light to be found along the moonless road we’re on in our American night. And another way to resist is to pause to recognize the people who, despite everything they are being told, despite the growling dogs of this mongrel age threatening to devour us, find the good in each other.

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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:57:28pm

re: #197 electrotek

What do you guys think?

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I personally identify myself as a ‘secular’ Muslim

I think Italy needs to become a secular nation.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:57:58pm

re: #199 wrenchwench

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:58:53pm

re: #199 wrenchwench

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electrotek  Apr 28, 2017 • 3:59:41pm

re: #204 William Lewis

Why not? I know secular Jews and more than a few secular Catholics. Identifying with your culture of origin does not require or imply belief.

There’s another term for it: ‘cultural’ Muslims. Those who are born into the faith tend to fall under that umbrella. Sure they may not adhere to all tenets of Islam, but nonetheless it forms a part of their identity that they can’t just break the shackles of.

At least that’s how I feel with my case. I don’t pray 5 times a day (only on Friday afternoon), I drink alcohol on occasion (but very rarely anyways), eat non-halal meat (as long as it is not pork) from time to time and I consider myself pretty Westernized. But I still do identify myself as a Muslim because it forms a part of my identity that I’m not willing to let go of.

Also would add this: in spite of my liberal leanings, I flat-out REFUSE to be tokenized and championed by the right wing asshats.

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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:01:31pm

re: #208 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:05:12pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:07:53pm

re: #173 Shiplord Kirel

Trump’s 8 enemies:

North Korea
South Korea
Canada
Mexico
California
The New York Times
The Washington Post
snopes.com

You can add facts, reason, and diplomacy to that as well.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:08:15pm

re: #186 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Okay Mr. President. So it’s like this: North Korea plus missile equals boom. VERY big boom.”

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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:08:17pm

re: #211 Backwoods_Sleuth

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This one’s older, but lacks the kitty.

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:09:07pm

re: #213 Eclectic Cyborg

“Okay Mr. President. So it’s like this: North Korea plus missile equals boom. VERY big boom.”

TL;DR

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:09:59pm
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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:11:19pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:11:24pm
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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:11:33pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:19:20pm

re: #219 Charles Johnson

Sure he could have cited Gallup but that would have killed his whole narrative so…

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EPR-radar  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:19:26pm

re: #97 I Would Prefer Not To

I find it hard to believe that Milo has 12 million in secret investors. Does he have backers. Of course, but the same way that the stupid CCJ has backers. I suspect that he will be begging for funds in the near future.

Peter Thiel could fund this all by himself and never notice it.

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gocart mozart  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:21:05pm

Good.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:23:46pm

re: #216 Charles Johnson

The galling thing about it is that the argument he’s making isn’t even a real argument. It’s handwaving bullshit. The whole field of climate science is HUGE, and includes everything from the dead certainty of the infrared absorbtion spectrum of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, as well as the anthropogenic increase in atmospheric CO2, through the almost-as-certain increase in surface atmospheric temperature as a result, through the less certain question of the exact amount of warming, to the far less certain question of the exact climatic and weather pattern affects in any given place.

So, if one scientist is wrong about, say, how much snowfall is likely in Britain as the climate changes, he uses it to invalidate EVERYTHING. That’s bullshit. Not science, not journalism, but propagandizing.

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EPR-radar  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:25:05pm

re: #117 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing? I’m really not cool with the idea of demonizing rich people, because that’s just the flip side of the coin of worshiping them.

We need to stop thinking of whole swaths of people as EVIL!!!!!! It’s what I was getting at with my post about the financial crisis of 2008. So many people want to see folks in jail because it was such a huge thing, but instead of imagining villains, it’s easier to understand if you look at it as everyone thinking SOMEBODY would stop them if it were a bad idea.

If we think of rich people as EVIL!!!!, we’re inclined to think in terms of punishment for being EVIL!!!!. Instead, we should think of them as people who, like all other people, pursue their own self interest, but who have WAY more power in achieving that than everyone else. Viewed that way, the goal becomes not to punish them, but just to limit their ability to make the system work for theeir benefit at everyone else’s expense.

Bingo. Letting a plutocracy form and then trying to deal with it by massive wealth redistribution is a rotten solution compared to not letting a plutocracy form in the first place.

However, that is much easier said than done.

With respect to the banking crisis, I think it certain that some malefactors of great wealth profited enormously from their crimes. That doesn’t mean that all rich people are evil or all bankers are evil, but some are and they can act with impunity in the system we have.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:25:19pm

re: #222 gocart mozart

They’ll still vote for him.

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unproven innocence  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:25:26pm

re: #215 thedopefishlives

TL;DR

There was a time, not long ago, when I had google that. :)

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:26:40pm

re: #226 unproven innocence

There was a time, not long ago, when I had google that. :)

Me too, my friend, me too. There are still days when I have to turn to Urban Dictionary to look up some stuff.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:27:20pm
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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:29:15pm

Read this story - beyond releasing the children’s names etc., they released everything about anyone in custody.

The matches reveal the detention facility the immigrant is housed in, custody status, age, country of birth, date of birth, race, gender and aliases. There doesn’t appear to be any way to distinguish between someone who may have perpetrated a crime beyond being in the country illegally.

Insane

Bryan Johnson, the Long Island, N.Y., lawyer who first noticed the error, called the release “reckless incompetence on the part of the Trump administration.”

“In their haste to pretend like they care about victims of immigrant crimes, the Trump administration released personally identifiable information regarding vulnerable children at risk of human trafficking and other crimes,” said Johnson, who defends children brought into the United States from abroad, many escaping violence.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:30:09pm
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Jebediah, RBG  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:33:21pm
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austin_blue  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:33:56pm

re: #228 Charles Johnson

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Probably should have gone with “

Laughed my ass off when I read Stephens’ screed. I don’t mind if they print shit like this, I just object that it isn’t scientifically spell-checked for accuracy, in the copy.

Even CNN has updated it’s chyrons to do this.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:34:12pm
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wrenchwench  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:35:33pm

re: #229 Stanley Sea

Read this story - beyond releasing the children’s names etc., they released everything about anyone in custody.

Insane

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Now I’m mad.

There doesn’t appear to be any way to distinguish between someone who may have perpetrated a crime beyond being in the country illegally.

Being here without documents is a civil infraction, not a crime. And there’s no excuse for putting babies in jail, which is being done in NM and Texas and all over.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:35:34pm

So like I said, I was doing some crafting this afternoon in CL’s memory and I promised pictures.

This was a project that had caught my eye *mumblemumble* years ago and I’d bought the supplies *mumble* years ago and I finally did something with it today.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:35:56pm

re: #233 Charles Johnson

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:36:01pm

re: #224 EPR-radar

Bingo. Letting a plutocracy form and then trying to deal with it by massive wealth redistribution is a rotten solution compared to not letting a plutocracy form in the first place.

However, that is much easier said than done.

With respect to the banking crisis, I think it certain that some malefactors of great wealth profited enormously from their crimes. That doesn’t mean that all rich people are evil or all bankers are evil, but some are and they can act with impunity in the system we have.

I am less convinced of this, largely because money makes money. Yeah, there are people who profited handsomely from what happened. But I’m not sure I see crime there. Most of the institutions that profited eventually were also put in existential danger during the crisis itself. That smacks more of stupidity than bad intent, to me.

I fall back on “It is not necessary to ascribe to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity”, which suits this situation in spades. Add to that Upton Sinclair’s saying, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

If you’re making money hand over fist, and NOBODY you know is saying there’s something fishy going on, very few people are going to go looking for the downside.

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austin_blue  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:38:02pm

re: #235 klys (maker of Silmarils)

So like I said, I was doing some crafting this afternoon in CL’s memory and I promised pictures.

This was a project that had caught my eye *mumblemumble* years ago and I’d bought the supplies *mumble* years ago and I finally did something with it today.

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I think they are lovely and appropriate. Good thing the materiel had a shelf life of *mumblemumble* years!

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:38:31pm

re: #238 austin_blue

I think they are lovely and appropriate. Good thing the materiel had a shelf life of *mumblemumble* years!

If I’d gone with real eggs this would have worked less well. >.>

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freetoken  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:40:14pm

As I noted earlier, this whole NYT blowup is a rerun of the “ID” scenario. Simply replace “climate” with “evolution” in that NYT quote and you’ve got the war over biology.

This is classic, and simple, theatre. It’s part of the WWE-ization of America under Trump. Set up a dynamic of A vs. B and draw in the viewers.

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b.d.  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:40:15pm

So we fucked up another N. Korea launch? Trump playing our trump card for no reason?

That technology that we “might” have shouldn’t be exposed to the whole world over this petty sh*t….

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Targetpractice  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:40:26pm

re: #233 Charles Johnson

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We went from a man who could make reading the weather report seem like the reading of the Gettysburg Address…to a man who sounds like he struggles reading the instructions on a bottle of Asprin.

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austin_blue  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:40:26pm

re: #239 klys (maker of Silmarils)

If I’d gone with real eggs this would have worked less well. >.>

Unless you had some of then Chinee Hunnert Year Aigs…

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calochortus  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:42:00pm

re: #239 klys (maker of Silmarils)

If I’d gone with real eggs this would have worked less well. >.>

Actually, real eggs dry out over time. As in months or years. They can kind of explode in the intervening period, especially if it is hot, which is suboptimal, but I made pysanky many, many years ago and didn’t blow the eggs first. It worked out fine. Mostly.

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freetoken  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:43:25pm

The NYT is just a company, that depends upon viewers/readers to generate advertising revenue.

We should not put our hope in such things.

As I noted some time back, to fight the Trump-ization of America we should not hope in scientists but the artists. I will extend that here to say that we should not put our hope in scientists or media companies, but in the independent artists.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:44:01pm

re: #244 calochortus

Actually, real eggs dry out over time. As in months or years. They can kind of explode in the intervening period, especially if it is hot, which is suboptimal, but I made pysanky many, many years ago and didn’t blow the eggs first. It worked out fine. Mostly.

My cats would have chosen the least opportune time to do anything with them.

There are plastic. I’m fairly certain they won’t be nearly as attractive to the kitties.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:44:13pm

re: #244 calochortus

Actually, real eggs dry out over time. As in months or years. They can kind of explode in the intervening period, especially if it is hot, which is suboptimal, but I made pysanky many, many years ago and didn’t blow the eggs first. It worked out fine. Mostly.

I made those too! They turned out beautiful. We had one that went bad - noticed a smell emanating from where they sat & found the culprit.

I want to do it again. Need to buy all the supplies.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:45:44pm
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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:46:08pm

re: #118 Blind Frog Belly White

They could call it ‘The Trumpsucking Hour’.

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What “liberal” networks would those be? I can’t think of a single one.

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calochortus  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:46:47pm

re: #246 klys (maker of Silmarils)

My cats would have chosen the least opportune time to do anything with them.

There are plastic. I’m fairly certain they won’t be nearly as attractive to the kitties.

Depends. My grand kitty (daughter and son-in-law’s cat) loves him some #4 plastic. Other kinds? Meh. But Scotch tape, and other crinkly plastic just make his teeth itch to get into it.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:47:10pm

Wut?

I’m making Trump feel important? Huh?

Like it or not, he’s the president. (Gag.) That means he IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:47:38pm

re: #250 calochortus

Depends. My grand kitty (daughter and son-in-law’s cat) loves him some #4 plastic. Other kinds? Meh. But Scotch tape, and other crinkly plastic just make his teeth itch to get into it.

I haven’t met a cat yet who likes to gnaw on ping pong balls.

(I’m sure the Internet would be happy to introduce me to one, but.)

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:53:22pm

I keep catching myself thinking “CuriousLurker’s take on this will be interesting.” And then it hits me again that she’s gone. I guess I’m still having a really hard time facing it.

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b.d.  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:54:01pm

re: #251 Charles Johnson

Wut?

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I’m making Trump feel important? Huh?

Like it or not, he’s the president. (Gag.) That means he IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.

Well, the guy is so insecure in himself that your opinion of him does matter.

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calochortus  Apr 28, 2017 • 4:55:38pm

I got things ready for summer around the homestead. Shade cloth up on back patio, screens in the windows, patio umbrellas on the deck. Bring on the sunshine!

I also replaced the towel holders and the robe hook in one of the bathrooms. Let’s see how long it takes for Mr. C. to notice. I need to replace the TP holder as well, but I didn’t like the one that came with this particular line of stuff. It’s a pretty basic design, so I should be able to find one that doesn’t clash-important because the whole reason for the replacement is that the hardware in there before was 3 completely different designs and I’m sick of that.

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Interesting Times  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:00:38pm

When I talk about more effective messaging for Democrats and the end of buying into idiotic and evil GOPer frames, this is what I mean:

All the more relevant in the age of trumpcare and the GOP budget.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:03:25pm

re: #253 Charles Johnson

I keep catching myself thinking “CuriousLurker’s take on this will be interesting.” And then it hits me again that she’s gone. I guess I’m still having a really hard time facing it.

I feel you. She was a very beloved voice around here.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:03:52pm

re: #253 Charles Johnson

I keep catching myself thinking “CuriousLurker’s take on this will be interesting.” And then it hits me again that she’s gone. I guess I’m still having a really hard time facing it.

I went back today and saw her last tweet reply to me.

I just figure I’m going to keep trying to emulate the parts of her that I admired so much, and hopefully become a better person in the process.

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EPR-radar  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:04:15pm

The Rude Pundit’s reaction to reading through a transcript of Trump’s recent AP interview is excellent: rudepundit.blogspot.com

Can’t you speak in regular sentences, you fucking dumb douche? No, no, no, Angela Merkel thinks you’re a goddamned baby. She’s not your pal now. Lie. Lie. Lie. Oh, fuck you, the Chinese give a shit about you. You’re talking about the planes still? Nothing new to mention, huh, sparky? You know, you don’t have to shit on Obama every time you wanna make some stupid point. Fuck you. Fuck you. You’re offering a Coke? What are you, 12? Grown-ups drink coffee, asshole. Wait, what? China didn’t change shit for you. You just bitched out on confronting Xi. Fuck you. Fuck. You. No, fuck you. Oh, really, you spunk monkey, you didn’t realize how big the government was? Oh, good to know that you were heartless in your business dealings. Oh, my god, I hate you. I haaaate you. Fuck how long is this? (Scroll, scroll, scroll) Son of a bitch. (Scrolls back. Big sigh.) I think I’m getting dumber reading this. Fuck, this prick is pathetic. Really, man? You’re talking about the election again? It’s because Melania still won’t fuck you anymore, isn’t it? Oh, great, we’re gonna build a cheap, shitty wall. Well, at least it’ll be easy to fucking dynamite once you’re arrested. Fuck you. Fuuuuck you. I wouldn’t let Jeff Sessions lick my scrotum. Really? You’re attacking Hillary Clinton again? Goddamnit, Godzilla, you beat Mothra. Deal with it. You’re a shitty human being, man. A shitty, shitty human being. I’m thirsty. I miss R.E.M. pretty much every day. Oh, c’mon, you totally watched something on Tucker Carlson or some other Fox show about MS-13. You’re too fucking dumb to know anything the TV men don’t tell you. ‘Single best speech ever made’ to Congress? Dude. You’re not selling shitty steaks here. Blah. Blah. Blahhhhhh. You don’t have any fuckin’ plan for ISIS so shut the fuck up. The election? Again? Someone should give you a cattle prod to the nuts every time you mention the election. Jesus, I’d rather felch a porcupine than read anymore of this. No, Elijah Cummings is not your new boyfriend. Put your dick away. Wait, what? Highest ratings ‘since the World Trade Center came down’? That’s some evil shit right there. Boo-hoo, the media was mean to me. Maybe Ivanka will let you suckle for a while to make you feel better.

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:08:04pm

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austin_blue  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:09:40pm

re: #253 Charles Johnson

I keep catching myself thinking “CuriousLurker’s take on this will be interesting.” And then it hits me again that she’s gone. I guess I’m still having a really hard time facing it.

I think we all do.

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austin_blue  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:10:52pm

re: #255 calochortus

I got things ready for summer around the homestead. Shade cloth up on back patio, screens in the windows, patio umbrellas on the deck. Bring on the sunshine!

I also replaced the towel holders and the robe hook in one of the bathrooms. Let’s see how long it takes for Mr. C. to notice. I need to replace the TP holder as well, but I didn’t like the one that came with this particular line of stuff. It’s a pretty basic design, so I should be able to find one that doesn’t clash-important because the whole reason for the replacement is that the hardware in there before was 3 completely different designs and I’m sick of that.

We hit 95 in Austin, beating an old record of 94 set in 1955.

Progress!

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calochortus  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:11:50pm

re: #262 austin_blue

We hit 95 in Austin, beating an old record of 94 set in 1955.

Progress!

Yay?
Just one of many reasons I don’t want to live in the southern part of the country.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:11:54pm

re: #201 Stanley Sea

Someone here was looking for his name

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Thanks. Not the person I was thinking of (I’ve been gone four years).

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Charles Johnson  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:14:51pm

Wow.

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Interesting Times  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:17:59pm

Hahahahaha…okay, for those who were wondering what all this “Fyre Festival” fuss was about, wonder no more (and read the whole long, glorious thread):

It’s next to impossible to choose a favorite, but I’m leaning toward this:

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:18:03pm

re: #217 gocart mozart

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Interesting. I was just listening to a podcast (sinica) on Russian and Chinese nationalism. The guy speaking about Russia said that they basically grafted French postmodernism onto Euroasianism cynically: whereas Michael Foucault said “knowledge is power”; they said “power is knowledge.” The “spread as many lies as you can” because there is no truth but the Russian soul has worked remarkably well for Putin and seems to be working for Team Trump, too.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:19:33pm

re: #264 Barefoot Grin

Thanks. Not the person I was thinking of (I’ve been gone four years).

That’s a relief. Glad you saw the post.

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:19:37pm

Here are the accomplishments of the Trump administration’s first 100 days.

A policy that limited student loan fees is out. So is a rule against internet providers selling consumer data without the user’s permission and one that prohibited states from withholding federal funds from Planned Parenthood. And so on.

Trump may have been thwarted so far in his bid to repeal Obamacare, restrict travel from Muslim-majority nations or build a wall on the southern border. But he’s been a rousing success in his little-noticed but aggressive drive to undo rules and regulations imposed during the presidency of his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama.

“We’ve lifted one terrible regulation after another at a record clip, from the energy sector to the auto sector, and we have many more to go,” Trump said last week.

Since Inauguration Day, the Trump administration has delayed or outright repealed a multitude of Obama-era regulations that affect everything from workers’ exposure to cancer-causing substances to hunters’ rights to kill bear or wolf cubs in national wildlife refuges.

Among the changes:

▪ Employers can no longer be held accountable for keeping accurate workplace injury records for at least five years.

▪ Student loan companies can levy hefty fees on borrowers trying to get out of default.

▪ Internet service providers can collect and sell information about customers’ browsing habits without their permission.

▪ About 75,000 mentally ill people determined by the Social Security Administration to be incapable of handling their own finances won’t be barred from purchasing guns.

▪ Coal companies don’t have to obey new restrictions on pollution, nor do they have to monitor water quality in nearby streams.

▪ Federal contractors won’t have to disclose safety, health and labor violations prior to being awarded government contracts, a requirement companies have criticized as a “blacklisting rule.”

▪ Publicly traded oil, gas and mining companies won’t have to disclose payments to foreign governments.

▪ Financial advisers get a reprieve from stricter standards designed to prevent conflicts of interest when they make investment recommendations to people saving for retirement.

sanluisobispo.com

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austin_blue  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:19:52pm

re: #263 calochortus

Yay?
Just one of many reasons I don’t want to live in the southern part of the country.

On the other hand, we had a grand total of 80 hours below freezing this “winter”. And we’ll be back down to 73 for a high by Sunday.

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bratwurst  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:21:53pm

re: #266 Interesting Times

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thedopefishlives  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:22:29pm

re: #266 Interesting Times

Hahahahaha…okay, for those who were wondering what all this “Fyre Festival” fuss was about, wonder no more (and read the whole long, glorious thread):

[Embedded content]

I heard a spot about it on Mrs. Fish’s favorite talk radio segment while I was driving home from work. That … didn’t do the thread justice by a long shot. Holy hell.

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calochortus  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:23:29pm

re: #270 austin_blue

On the other hand, we had a grand total of 80 hours below freezing this “winter”. And we’ll be back down to 73 for a high by Sunday.

We had a few nights when it got below freezing, but not enough that sheltered areas froze. The neighbor’s flat roof had some standing water freeze, but our birdbath, which is under a tree never got ice on it. I enjoy the climate of the SF peninsula. Because I’m a wimp.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:24:18pm

re: #268 Stanley Sea

That’s a relief. Glad you saw the post.

Kind of a relief. The nut job I was thinking of is still out there. (He was more of a grifter nut job than a violent one, though.)

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Interesting Times  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:26:43pm

re: #271 bratwurst

And Sarah Kendzior also retweeted a near-literal example of that:

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Skip Intro  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:30:04pm

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calochortus  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:30:48pm

Must make dinner. BBL.

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EPR-radar  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:31:44pm

re: #266 Interesting Times

“feral dogs”. Very entertaining.

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stpaulbear  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:33:22pm

re: #262 austin_blue

We hit 95 in Austin, beating an old record of 94 set in 1955.

Progress!

On Monday I have to drive 300 miles for a Tuesday morning meeting. I checked WeatherUnderground and it looks like a big chunk of the drive is going to be thru snow. The current forecast is for 3-5 inches in Duluth and 5-8 inches at other locations along I-35. There may be some snow at the meeting location (an unfinished building) on Tuesday. I’m hoping that the forecast changes for the better (or for the worse so that we’re forced to reschedule). I don’t feel like driving alone for hours in heavy snow.

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Varek Raith  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:33:36pm

NK seems to have a bad (sabotaged) batch of missile parts there.

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Shiplord Kirel  Apr 28, 2017 • 5:35:01pm

re: #271 bratwurst

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I see that our population is well prepared for the rigors of nuclear warfare, a Yellowstone eruption or some other calamity.


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