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Charles Johnson  May 12, 2017 • 8:58:58pm
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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 9:03:14pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Twitter did outpace user growth over Snapchat in the last quarter. Fuckface Von Clownstick is a cash cow for the dudebros at Twitter.

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Amory Blaine  May 12, 2017 • 9:03:17pm

The Twitter dude don’t have a checkmark?

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lockjawcanbefun  May 12, 2017 • 9:03:35pm

Moving this over from the dead thread:

Apparently Lauren Southern, alt-right scumstain/Canada’s Tomi Lahren-wannabe got herself detained by the Italian Coast Guard for harassing migrant boats.

She was alongside some group that calls itself Generation Identity. With a name like that, you know they’ve gotta be well-adjusted, sane individuals.

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William Lewis  May 12, 2017 • 9:09:21pm

Ah I love this song and this version is a delight. Thank​ you.

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Joe Bacon  May 12, 2017 • 9:28:24pm

Bad enough that Birther Antonio Sabato Jr is running for Congress here in California, Holy crap so Caitlyn Jenner is tossing her hat into the ring as well?

bbc.com

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Dave In Austin  May 12, 2017 • 9:28:48pm
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Joe Bacon  May 12, 2017 • 9:30:20pm
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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 9:31:43pm

re: #6 Joe Bacon

Bad enough that Birther Antonio Sabato Jr is running for Congress here in California, Holy crap so Caitlyn Jenner is tossing her hat into the ring as well?

bbc.com

Can’t be as comical and ridiculous as the 2003 California Governor Recall Election.

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Amory Blaine  May 12, 2017 • 9:50:56pm

Erick Erickson: The Fantasy of Impeachment

More RWNJ at the NYT. Whee!

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Joe Bacon  May 12, 2017 • 9:52:18pm

re: #9 teleskiguy

Can’t be as comical and ridiculous as the 2003 California Governor Recall Election.

That was so CENSORED depressing! In reality it was a coup!

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prairiefire  May 12, 2017 • 10:05:06pm

Vitality!

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 12, 2017 • 10:10:56pm

re: #3 Amory Blaine

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:11:45pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Sure, use Twitter, which large portions of the nation don’t have access to (like mine).

Thanks, Mr. Johnson, for this version of Mr. Gabriel’s song. It is very good indeed.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:12:38pm

re: #13 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:15:18pm

Tonight’s guinea pig for Aminah, imitating Sean Spicer:

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 12, 2017 • 10:15:33pm

re: #15 Anymouse

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:18:07pm

re: #17 Eric The Fruit Bat

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 12, 2017 • 10:25:21pm

re: #18 Anymouse

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:26:39pm
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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:29:26pm

re: #19 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Funny thing about Twitter, no one in my family uses the Internet. Regardless of which state and town we live (other than my sister), there is no wireless service available.

We use ancient technology like “telephones” and “letters” to communicate with each other across the country.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:32:02pm

Jim Wright trolling in the middle of the night:

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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 10:33:13pm

re: #22 Anymouse

He’s up in Alaska right now. It’s still dusk there.

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JordanRules  May 12, 2017 • 10:33:17pm

re: #22 Anymouse

Nothing like a good midnight troll.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 12, 2017 • 10:33:51pm
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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:34:10pm
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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:36:24pm
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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 12, 2017 • 10:37:15pm

re: #21 Anymouse

We use ancient technology like “telephones” and “letters” to communicate with each other across the country.

Well, tell your friends and family to be prepared, because the good old POTS line dsys are numbered…..
Chicago Tribune: AT&T ready to hang up on traditional landline phone service in Illinois

llinois customers stubbornly hanging on to your old landline telephone service, AT&T has a new plan for you: Switch to a modern alternative or face disconnection.

With traditional landline service dwindling to less than 10 percent of Illinois households in its territory, AT&T is pushing legislation in Springfield that, pending Federal Communications Commission approval, would allow it to unplug the aging voice-only network and focus on the wireless and internet-based phone offerings that have supplanted it.

“We’re investing in a technology that consumers have said they don’t want anymore and wasting precious hundreds of millions of dollars that could be going to the new technologies that would do a better job of serving customers,” said Paul La Schiazza, AT&T Illinois president.

AT&T has 1.2 million traditional landline customers in the state — 474,000 residential and 725,000 business — and is losing about 5,000 each week, La Schiazza said.

At the current pace, the service would wind down by attrition within five years, but AT&T is seeking a more definitive and predictable end.

Critics say the bill would leave behind hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents, particularly seniors, who disproportionately rely on traditional landline telephone service for everything from connecting with family to monitoring life-threatening medical conditions.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 12, 2017 • 10:39:51pm

re: #26 Anymouse

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:42:32pm

re: #28 Eric The Fruit Bat

I’m not sure how that would work here, since most of the state is not covered by wireless service.

That would take investment by government, since corporations don’t want to do it.

CenturyLink (my telephone company) is the telephone monopoly here. The wireless monopoly (such as it is, as it only covers a couple towns) is Viero.

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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 10:43:44pm

re: #28 Eric The Fruit Bat

My folks still have a “landline,” but it’s through their internet provider. Same goddamn phone number for 30 years, I kid you not.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:43:49pm
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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 12, 2017 • 10:44:26pm

Ok, It’s bedtime up here at the Fruit Bat Cave-and what a better way to say goodnight than with one weird-ass story from our fellow travelers over at Balloon Juice…
Balloon Juice: The Gator Nation’s Long National Nightmare is Over: They Have Identified the Naked Shark Mounter

From The NY Daily News:
A freaky fish humper who got naked, straddled a dead shark and smiled for a photo is a former New York City cop, a Florida sports reporter claims.
People have been speculating on the man’s identity in recent days as the astonishing photo went viral online.
David Pingalore, the sports anchor for WKMG-TV in Orlando, said Friday he was contacted recently by a man who knows the former Finest and provided more photos of the man — clothed and not.
“This guy lives in upstate New York,” Pingalore said of the mystery man in the picture. “That photo was taken two years ago off the shores of Long Island.”
Pingalore said his source is a friend of the mystery man who while on vacation in Florida happened to be watching his newscast about the photo.
The source sent Pingalore the other photos of the cop to help disprove the theory that Florida Gators football coach Jim McElwain is the mystery man.
“The man that is naked on the shark is afraid for his life because he believes bounty hunters — I’m not making this up — and people with shark people, whatever, those people would be called.”
So New York Police Department Man!
Tweet with NSFW picture below the fold.
Open thread!
ONE OF OURS: Freaky fish hunter humping dead shark is an ex-NYPD cop nydailynews.com pic.twitter.com
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 12, 2017

Nighty night….

Scaly dreams, all!!

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:51:09pm

Is Donald Trump Recording People Like a Common Nixon? (goes to Wonkette)

Donald Trump sure does like borrowing ideas from Richard Nixon, like being the “Law & Order” president, talking to the “Silent Majority,” hanging out with Henry Kissinger, and even adopting Nixon’s “Madman strategy” approach to foreign policy — with the caveat, of course, that it’s no strategy and Trump is simply fucking nuts. So should we be even the least bit surprised Trump hinted in a Tweet that maybe — just for speculation’s sake — there might be a recording out there of his dinner conversation with James Comey? Don’t be silly! The answer to every question about Trump that starts with “Should we be surprised…?” is always “No, and it’ll turn out to be worse.” So now it’s time to ask whether Trump, like ol’ Dick, has a recording system in the White House. The answer is: He’d be a goddamned fool to repeat Nixon’s mistakes, so the odds are pretty good he has a recording system in the White House.

More at the link

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KGxvi  May 12, 2017 • 10:52:16pm

re: #31 teleskiguy

My folks still have a “landline,” but it’s through their internet provider. Same goddamn phone number for 30 years, I kid you not.

My folks are going on 26 or 27 years with the same landline number. Not sure who the provider is now.

Then again, I’m over 20 years with the same cell number (my folks got me a “for emergencies only” cell when I started driving in addition to the pager (God I’m old), still have the same number)

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 10:55:51pm

re: #35 KGxvi

My folks are going on 26 or 27 years with the same landline number. Not sure who the provider is now.

Then again, I’m over 20 years with the same cell number (my folks got me a “for emergencies only” cell when I started driving in addition to the pager (God I’m old), still have the same number)

I have a burner flip phone from TracFone and the same telephone number from 2005 from South Carolina, after I got trapped in a train tunnel in Chicago on the way to visit my mother and had to walk home at three AM because there was no taxi service.

I can’t use it here though. I can only use my cell phone in places like Cheyenne or Scottsbluff, and when I am in town the first thing on my mind is not “I need to make a call.”

In point of fact, my recorded voice mail answer message is “Do not leave me a message, as I have no cell service where I live. Please call my landline.”

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 11:04:02pm

My apologies for suddenly dropping out for a few days here.

A 33% upward adjustment of my epilepsy medication has caused me to start sleeping sixteen to twenty hours a day (that is normal when they do that). As such, the few hours I have been awake I have had a few important things to do around the home (like eat and bathe).

Give me a few days to get back on my normal ten to twelve hour sleep schedule, and I’ll be right back in the groove of trying to flip a red state blue single-handedly.

I did get my license application off (finally) to become the village water operator. (There is a large fee for that.) At the last village board meeting when the board questioned why I had not sent it yet, I noted I was unsure I could afford it if the government was going to pull a shutdown. (My disability depends on the government actually paying its debts.)

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Puss Power  May 12, 2017 • 11:07:35pm

re: #35 KGxvi

My folks are going on 26 or 27 years with the same landline number. Not sure who the provider is now.

Then again, I’m over 20 years with the same cell number (my folks got me a “for emergencies only” cell when I started driving in addition to the pager (God I’m old), still have the same number)

I’ve had the same landline phone number for about the same time as your parents — and for reasons I don’t know, I need to keep the landline to have wifi service, so I expect I’ll have it for a while longer.

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wheat-dogg  May 12, 2017 • 11:07:50pm

re: #34 Anymouse

Is Donald Trump Recording People Like a Common Nixon? (goes to Wonkette)

More at the link

I had the thought the other day that Trump may be trying to do with Russia what Nixon did with China — be the guy who brokers a rapprochement with the enemy. The comparison fails for many reasons, not the least of which is Nixon’s sharper political acumen and intellect, and the fact that he had Kissinger on staff. Trump has none of those advantages, so he’s going to fuck everything up.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 12, 2017 • 11:10:13pm

re: #39 wheat-dogg

Trump has none of those advantages, so he’s going to fuck everything up.

Exactly-the real question now becomes how much damage can we stop Trump from inflicting?

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 11:13:21pm

LOL
Maybe He Meant That the Aircraft Would Be Launched with Fingers (Wonkville, with a picture of the USS Langley (CV-1), going to an article at the San Diego Union-Tribune on the company that developed the rail gun aircraft carrier catapult being silent on Donald Trump’s clueless ideas about aircraft carrier catapults).

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wheat-dogg  May 12, 2017 • 11:15:37pm

re: #41 Anymouse

LOL
Maybe He Meant That the Aircraft Would Be Launched with Fingers (Wonkville, with a picture of the USS Langley (CV-1), going to an article at the San Diego Union-Tribune on the company that developed the rail gun aircraft carrier catapult being silent on Donald Trump’s clueless ideas about aircraft carrier catapults).

Trump is just like Kim Jong Un, in that he hands out his advice to experts in every field, expecting them to follow it. So far, Trump has not had anyone executed for refusing his orders, though.

So far.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 11:17:17pm

re: #42 wheat-dogg

Trump is just like Kim Jong Un, in that he hands out his advice to experts in every field, expecting them to follow it. So far, Trump has not had anyone executed for refusing his orders, though.

So far.

Yup.

A comment at Wonkville:

I think what he meant to say is “The French don’t have a word for trebuchet”

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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 11:18:39pm

re: #35 KGxvi

My folks are going on 26 or 27 years with the same landline number. Not sure who the provider is now.

Then again, I’m over 20 years with the same cell number (my folks got me a “for emergencies only” cell when I started driving in addition to the pager (God I’m old), still have the same number)

When I was 21 my landlord stopped paying for the landline phone (along with a lot of other bills that they said they would pay, let’s just say it was a mess) and one day I found myself without a phone number, no way to get a hold of me personally by phone. That’s the day I got a cell phone.

That was 14 years ago. I still have the same cell phone number.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 11:22:24pm

re: #44 teleskiguy

When I was 21 my landlord stopped paying for the landline phone (along with a lot of other bills that they said they would pay, let’s just say it was a mess) and one day I found myself without a phone number, no way to get a hold of me personally by phone. That’s the day I got a cell phone.

That was 14 years ago. I still have the same cell phone number.

Your landlord paid for your telephone? In the time I was a renter I never had a landlord do that.

Everyone in my town has landline service from CenturyLink; I am doubtful that they will end landline telephone service here.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 11:26:08pm

Coal-fired aircraft carriers. Win-win for Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs.

They can all shovel coal into boilers.

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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 11:28:50pm

re: #45 Anymouse

Your landlord paid for your telephone? In the time I was a renter I never had a landlord do that.

This was in Steamboat Springs, CO in 2003. The landlord touted “all utilities included” with rent, and as it so happens a telephone was included with that. For a while. Things worked out pretty badly with that deal. I got evicted with two weeks notice in the middle of the winter about nine months after I moved into that place.

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Anymouse  May 12, 2017 • 11:30:22pm

re: #47 teleskiguy

In the middle of the winter? That had to suck.

I am off to bed again. See y’all later… .

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teleskiguy  May 12, 2017 • 11:35:04pm

re: #48 Anymouse

In the middle of the winter? That had to suck.

It SUCKED! Our landlord had sold the place and didn’t even tell us. The owners came in one morning, woke me and my two roommates up and asked us what we were doing there.

The new owner was pretty confused with the whole situation, and gave us two weeks to get our shit together.

It was stressful times, that’s for sure.

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JordanRules  May 12, 2017 • 11:52:32pm

I’m still tickled by the amateur vids of Melissa McCarthy on her Spicer podium stroll in the streets of Manhattan.

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goddamnedfrank  May 12, 2017 • 11:55:17pm

BEES!!!

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JordanRules  May 13, 2017 • 12:17:17am

re: #51 goddamnedfrank

Oh honey nooooo!!!!!

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gocart mozart  May 13, 2017 • 12:19:04am

Charles, I, you and a dozen or so of LGF regulars have been followed by @TheMajorsViews (69 following 0 followers)
Half of whom he follows are cyber security type accounts, 1/4 are liberal check marks and 1/4 are lizards. Very odd. What’s the deal do you think? If he had a 100 followers I would think nothing of it.

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FormerDirtDart  May 13, 2017 • 12:21:09am

So, did the math, and it would take 921 years to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants at that rate.
Then I looked at the article…
933 of those arrested were US citizens, 445 were foreign nationals…
280 were arrested on “non-criminal immigration violations”
So, 165 “foreign nationals”, who may, or may not have been in the country without documentation, were arrested for an actual “crime”

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Single-handed sailor  May 13, 2017 • 12:22:59am

see #13 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Single-handed sailor  May 13, 2017 • 12:24:30am

re: #53 gocart mozart

oops see above

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gocart mozart  May 13, 2017 • 12:35:59am

re: #56 Single-handed sailor

The 0 followers kind of threw me. Second time tonight I was pawned. Did you know that James Montgomery IS NOT Wes Montgomery’s brother?

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Single-handed sailor  May 13, 2017 • 12:41:31am

It happens. I thought Malcolm McDowell and Roddy McDowell were brothers for a good 30 years.

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fern01  May 13, 2017 • 12:45:23am

re: #31 teleskiguy

My folks still have a “landline,” but it’s through their internet provider. Same goddamn phone number for 30 years, I kid you not.

So I’m now feeling so old - we had the same landline for 35 years and only changed last year when we moved house. (still have a landline)

My folks had the “same” number for 50 years except digits kept being added at the front as the exchange expanded. Started off with 3 digits - went to 6 and then 8.

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William Lewis  May 13, 2017 • 1:03:11am

re: #31 teleskiguy

My folks still have a “landline,” but it’s through their internet provider. Same goddamn phone number for 30 years, I kid you not.

IIRC, my parents got SHerman 26825 50 years ago when we moved back to the family farm. Certainly we had when I memorized it in kindergarten 2 years later.

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 1:05:26am

re: #60 William Lewis

IIRC, my parents got SHerman 26825 50 years ago when we moved back to the family farm. Certainly we had when I memorized it in kindergarten 2 years later.

Try explaining the concept of a telephone exchange to a young person now. Then the quaint custom of giving them names.

“Operator, I’d like to place an international call. … Yes, I’ll wait.”

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Targetpractice  May 13, 2017 • 1:08:16am

re: #46 Anymouse

Coal-fired aircraft carriers. Win-win for Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs.

They can all shovel coal into boilers.

The Russian Navy already has one.

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JordanRules  May 13, 2017 • 1:16:29am

re: #61 wheat-dogg

Leave it to the dude in the White House, he’ll explain it in a tweet, oddly enough, and demand we go back to goddamn exchanges!

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 1:33:57am

re: #63 JordanRules

Leave it to the dude in the White House, he’ll explain it in a tweet, oddly enough, and demand we go back to goddamn exchanges!

Trump acts like a time traveler from the 1930s (or earlier), ignorant of all the modern science and technology developed since then. Yet, he uses a smartphone and Twitter, which would not exist without all the science and tech.

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freetoken  May 13, 2017 • 3:06:03am
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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 3:12:50am

The original discoverer of insulin , physician Charles H. Best (like the man who discovered the vaccine for polio) refused to obtain a patent for insulin production, instead putting it in the public domain for $1 to the University of Toronto.

However, with new techniques to develop insulin, corporations have run up the price of insulin (in non-single payer countries) far in excess of inflation rates (since they can get a long term patent and create a monopoly). Monopoly is of course the end game of capitalism. In the case of Type I diabetes, you will literally pay anything for insulin (a captive market), or reduce the amount you take (increasing risk of damage or death), or increase the length you keep a bottle around (increasing the chance of infection with bacteria or fungi).

In an attempt to ban genetic manipulation in 2009 (used to create insulin), Republicans argued diabetes is a “moral failing.” (Of note. that bill would have likely killed Sonya Sotomayor, a diabetic.)

The various formulations of insulin that are now under patent are of course BS: insulin is insulin. The vast majority of physicians will point out there is no difference in the action of various brands of insulin. Each one, however, gets a unique patent and a monopoly in the marketplace.

chron.com

A Nevada state lawmaker and backers of a proposal to control insulin prices on Tuesday withdrew a key provision of the bill that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to mandate drugmakers refund diabetics or their insurance companies when the price of insulin rises more than inflation.

Sen. Yvanna Cancela, a Las Vegas Democrat, said the provision was removed from the bill she is sponsoring with backing from casino owners and unions representing casino workers after legislative attorneys warned her the refunds could violate federal patent and interstate commerce laws.

“The idea is very simply that these transactions are dealt with out of state and so, as a state, we cannot regulate them,” Cancela in an interview. “I am very thankful that it came out now rather than later. I think that it would have been really awful to pass this bill and have Nevada end up in a lawsuit with what is a very litigious industry.”

(More at the Houston Chronicle)

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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 3:20:38am

Just so you know:
As Mother’s Day approaches, we are reminded of the extraordinary women who have helped shape us into the feminists we are today.

This Mother’s Day, give a tribute to a woman who has inspired you by making a gift to the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment.

The Feminist Majority has been fighting for constitutional equality since our inception, and we’re proud to be a leader in the coalition for the ERA. In the wake of the presidential election, adding an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has become as important as ever.

Feminist Majority supported the recent ERA ratification in Nevada, the ERA’s consideration in Illinois, and the movement for a state ERA in Maine, and that’s just the beginning. We are also working on a new ERA, introduced into the U.S. House by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), that adds a sentence simply saying: “Women shall have equal rights in the U.S. and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”

Say thank you to a woman in your life by donating to a cause that you both passionately support.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 3:25:14am

re: #67 Birth Control Works

A quibble with the bill adding a line to the ERA.

If a line is added, it throws out every states’ ratification of the ERA. They would be required to ratify the new version, not the original version (it would be considered a new amendment proposal).

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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 3:27:12am
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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 3:29:45am

re: #67 Birth Control Works

Moreover, I’m not sure what Carolyn Maloney is getting at here. The Constitution and all its amendments already applies to the United States and all the territories under its jurisdiction.

The addition of the line to the ERA is redundant and unnecessary, but would certainly draw lawsuits from state legislatures saying “we ratified this amendment, not that amendment.”

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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 3:33:23am

re: #53 gocart mozart

Charles, I, you and a dozen or so of LGF regulars have been followed by @TheMajorsViews (69 following 0 followers)
Half of whom he follows are cyber security type accounts, 1/4 are liberal check marks and 1/4 are lizards. Very odd. What’s the deal do you think? If he had a 100 followers I would think nothing of it.

quite interesting how many of of those listed, I follow …

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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 3:38:38am

re: #68 Anymouse

A quibble with the bill adding a line to the ERA.

If a line is added, it throws out every states’ ratification of the ERA. They would be required to ratify the new version, not the original version (it would be considered a new amendment proposal).

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), that adds a sentence simply saying: “Women shall have equal rights in the U.S. and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”

Military bases abroad; U S Indian Reservations; Embassys; territories; private prisons; corporations; detention camps; —all have been a gray area in the law.

Sexual Assault and Violence against Women are often the crimes are often not enforced in these areas.

We have learned a lot about these crimes in the years since the original wording of the ERA.

I think the line is necessary.

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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 3:40:08am

re: #49 teleskiguy

It SUCKED! Our landlord had sold the place and didn’t even tell us. The owners came in one morning, woke me and my two roommates up and asked us what we were doing there.

The new owner was pretty confused with the whole situation, and gave us two weeks to get our shit together.

It was stressful times, that’s for sure.

If you have a lease or renter’s agreement —call a lawyer or simply have them show a copy of it to their lawyer.

I had a friend that this happened to years ago — she had a lease and all was good.

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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 3:55:47am
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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 4:00:41am

Ancient Homo Naledi May Have Walked Alongside Early Humans

Two years ago, scientists announced a puzzling find inside a South African cave: 1,500 bones, representing what they identified as a new hominin species, Homo naledi. The bones came from 15 different individuals and had a mix of primitive and modern features. At the time, the researchers didn’t know the age of the bones.

This week, the team revealed that the fossils of Homo naledi are between 335,000 and 236,000 years old, meaning that Homo naledi and early humans could have roamed Africa during the same time period. The bones were found in a chamber deep inside of the cave.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 4:14:15am

re: #72 Birth Control Works

Military bases abroad; U S Indian Reservations; Embassys; territories; private prisons; corporations; detention camps; —all have been a gray area in the law.

Sexual Assault and Violence against Women are often the crimes are often not enforced in these areas.

We have learned a lot about these crimes in the years since the original wording of the ERA.

I think the line is necessary.

That line will defeat the ERA.

As for military bases abroad, they are also subject to the US Constitution. As you noted, enforcement is the problem.

We had an interesting case when I was stationed in Rota. Spain would normally only prosecute cases when one of the persons involved was a Spanish subject.

A woman decided to kill her husband, a master chief in the US Navy, on a beach in town. The Spanish National Police arrested her and turned her over to the US Navy to deport her from the country.

The Navy could not prosecute her (a Supreme Court decision holds that the UCMJ does not apply to dependants). All the Navy could do was deport her to the USA. (Since that time, legislation has been passed by Congress that allows Americans to be prosecuted for US crimes regardless in the world where they are committed. That case was part of the impetus for the new law.)

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 4:38:50am

Five-thirty AM, so my wife is using her new air fryer to make an onion blossom. Since she got that thing, we have not used the oven for anything (except to heat the house when our furnace was out).

She also got a package last night from Penzey’s spices (after reading an article at Wonkette) a couple days ago about Penzey’s opening a shop in Paul Ryan’s district “to teach him to be kind” (I don’t think that is going to work). She wanted right away to try their spices (hence the onion blossom).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 4:41:02am

re: #27 Anymouse

Kris Kobach, vice chair of “Election Integrity” commission, has been sued by the ACLU for voter suppression 4 times.

To him and his GOP friends that is a badge of hono(u)r.

(I am indulginge your spellynge idiosycracies)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 4:43:15am

re: #42 wheat-dogg

Trump is just like Kim Jong Un, in that he hands out his advice to experts in every field, expecting them to follow it. So far, Trump has not had anyone executed for refusing his orders, though.

So far.

Jimmy Carter was a nuclear engineer and served on submarines. I would trust his advice about subs. But Trump served in the Pussy Grabbing Fields of the 80’s dating scene. I would trust him for nothing more on advice how to force himself on women using only the strength of his magnetic personality.

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 4:47:03am

re: #80 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Jimmy Carter was a nuclear engineer and served on submarines. I would trust his advice about subs. But Trump served in the Pussy Grabbing Fields of the 80’s dating scene. I would trust him for nothing more on advice how to force himself on women using only the strength of his magnetic personality.

More like the force of “submit or lose your job and reputation.” His attractive force is measured more in dollars than in teslas.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 4:48:48am

re: #81 wheat-dogg

More like the force of “submit or lose your job and reputation.” His attractive force is measured more in dollars than in teslas.

Monetary magnetism

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451_Montag  May 13, 2017 • 4:52:31am

A few days ago I commented on the fact the use of the word impeachment would start increasing. I thought it sounded like framing and anchoring to set the idea that his actions being serious.

Seems even Po!itico have noticed.

politico.com

Time for another prediction.

The message from the WH (and the RW media) seems to be shifting to the idea of no wrong doing not from the Trump campaign and organisation, but now focusing on Trump personally. Expect to see this being used as a few bad apples defence.

Obviously, as I too have a certified letter, Trump never rang Putin to pledge undying love and loyalty to him, it will be a minor and inconsequential member of his team, who hardly played a role, in fact Trump isn’t even sure that he even met him, such as Flynn, who in a misguided attempt to defeat the Evil Hillary stepped out of bounds etc etc etc

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Jay C  May 13, 2017 • 4:53:11am

re: #80 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Jimmy Carter was a nuclear engineer and served on submarines. I would trust his advice about subs. But Trump served in the Pussy Grabbing Fields of the 80’s dating scene. I would trust him for nothing more on advice how to force himself on women using only the strength of his magnetic personality.

Right: “magnetic”: like the stripe on the back of his credit cards.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 4:53:29am

re: #79 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

To him and his GOP friends that is a badge of hono(u)r.

(I am indulginge your spellynge idiosycracies)

My computer is set to Canadian English as the Canadian publisher I edit Romance novels for insists on extra letters “u” and “q” (such as honour and cheque).

I could click on the little button in the task bar and switch dictionaries from Canadian to ‘Murican, but that would take too much exercise for my index finger. (::

Uh, oh, the air fryer beeped. I’m guessing there is an onion blossom ready to eat… .

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Weaselone  May 13, 2017 • 4:55:27am

re: #84 Jay C

Right: “magnetic”: like the stripe on the back of his credit cards.

Wait. Is there a credit card company stupid enough to give him one?

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 5:00:10am

Landover Baptist Church on James Comey’s firing (humo[uuuuuu]r) (::

landoverbaptist.net

Patently obvious that Comey had to go. Edmund Burke (unfortunately a catholic..so in hell) once said that “when good men do nothing..evil triumphs”. If Trump had not stepped in and got rid this usurper who knows what despotic regime is around the corner.

The President twice sought an oath of loyalty from this man, and it was refused. A traitorous act which disrespects the Constitution, the American People, and God.

I rejoice that our President has The Strength, The Will and The Means to stop evil doers like Comey.

(comments follow)

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Jay C  May 13, 2017 • 5:02:59am

re: #62 Targetpractice

The Russian Navy already has one.

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OK: since LGF is as good (and likely) a place to find out things on the Internet: do you know (or can provide a link to) exactly WTH is wrong with the Admiral Kuznetzov? Wiki merely states that its propulsion system is run by four “gas-fired boilers”: but is it normal that a “gas-fired” system would emit clouds of black smoke like some Great War dreadnought?

I mean, Kuznetzov was, reputedly, built to the usual standards of Soviet-era engineering (i.e. one short step up from junk), but that black cloud doesn’t seem normal anywise….

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 5:09:39am

re: #83 451_Montag

A few days ago I commented on the fact the use of the word impeachment would start increasing. I thought it sounded like framing and anchoring to set the idea that his actions being serious.

Until Trump becomes a threat to the GOP’s continued grip on power and not just an embarrassment to the nation, they are not about to move against him.

And if nobody is going to investigate him, we are not going to find out anything.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 5:10:12am

re: #84 Jay C

Right: “magnetic”: like the stripe on the back of his credit cards.

He was a real estate magnet

real estate, how does it work?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 5:11:10am

re: #85 Anymouse

My computer is set to Canadian English as the Canadian publisher I edit Romance novels for insists on extra letters “u” and “q” (such as honour and cheque).

I could click on the little button in the task bar and switch dictionaries from Canadian to ‘Murican, but that would take too much exercise for my index finger. (::

Uh, oh, the air fryer beeped. I’m guessing there is an onion blossom ready to eat… .

I also have to translatte into UK Englishe for manye of my custoumerres.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 5:11:41am

re: #88 Jay C

All the way at the bottom of the page:
naval-technology.com

The ship is conventionally powered and has eight boilers and four steam turbines, each producing 50,000hp, driving four shafts with fixed-pitch propellers. The maximum speed is 29kt, and the range at maximum speed is 3,800 miles. The maximum range is 8,500 miles at a speed of 18kt.

I’m not a shipwright but did serve in the Navy on conventional (non-nuclear) aircraft carriers Saratoga, America, and John F. Kennedy. Conventional power in the US Navy’s terminology is ship’s oil. (Gas turbine engines are referred to by that term in US ships.)

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 5:13:26am

re: #82 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Monetary magnetism

I am sure Trump can be very charming when he wants to be. Combine that with his money, and that’s more than enough to attract the kind of woman who wants financial security at nearly any price. Now. he’s got a trophy wife who spends as much time as she can AWAY from him, while he’s either cooped up in the WH watching TV and trolling on Twitter, or out golfing with the boys somewhere.

Not sure who is the bigger loser in that marital arrangement.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 5:14:13am

re: #93 wheat-dogg

Not sure who is the bigger loser in that marital arrangement.

They both entered into it fully aware of what they were getting into…

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 5:20:52am

re: #94 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They both entered into it fully aware of what they were getting into…

Considering Mrs. Trump is originally from Slovenia, it is possible that she did not have information that Americans do that Mr. Trump has been a selfish douche for most of his life.

I don’t really know enough about Mrs. Trump to know whether she went in “eyes open” with all the information available. That said, she entered into an adulterous relationship with him while he was still married to Marla Maples (as I understand it), so she’s not exactly a winner in the integrity part of life either. (She also went all-in on the Birther Conspiracy nonsense herself about President Obama.)

I don’t really give a hoot about their relationship, personally. I just object to taxes being paid for their de facto separation.

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 5:21:46am

re: #94 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They both entered into it fully aware of what they were getting into…

No doubt. I don’t feel sorry for either of them. Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 5:28:51am

re: #91 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I also have to translatte into UK Englishe for manye of my custoumerres.

In writing my regular column for a journal, the editor asked if it was okay if he printed my columns in a font using “long s” (ſ) as it appears in XIX Century English print.

After I ſaid “why not,” he printed one column that way. He got a huge number of proteſt letters complaining that the article was extremely difficult to read (kids theſe days).

My wife beat out of me uſing the curſive form of the letter in my handwriting.

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jeffreyw  May 13, 2017 • 5:29:36am

Imgur
Good morning!

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 5:35:52am

Now my wife turned out chicken from the air fryer.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 5:42:14am

telegraph.co.uk

An article on the Kuznetsov travelling through the English Channel last year, showing the ship belching smoke.

The Telegraph notes the history of problems with the aircraft carrier (so bad that wherever it travels, part of its task force is an ocean-going tug to take it under tow if it breaks down).

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 13, 2017 • 5:55:27am

re: #53 gocart mozart

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 6:00:15am

re: #95 Anymouse

I don’t really give a hoot about their relationship, personally. I just object to taxes being paid for their de facto separation.

And the same people who whined out loud about how much we taxpayers were spending every time Obama left the White House are oddly quiet about this arrangement…

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:14:19am

re: #102 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And the same people who whined out loud about how much we taxpayers were spending every time Obama left the White House are oddly quiet about this arrangement…

Like budget deficits, it only matters if a Democrat is in power.

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DuckDharma  May 13, 2017 • 6:15:05am

Ha ha. “Showboat”

Mr. Comey made no comment, but later in the day he declined a request to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. According to a close associate of Mr. Comey, he is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public.

nytimes.com

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:19:43am

re: #104 DuckDharma

A public testimony would certainly be interesting.

“Mr. Comey, did you have discussions about an unconstitutional loyalty oath with President Trump?”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 6:25:13am

re: #103 Anymouse

Like budget deficits, it only matters if a Democrat is in power.

and again, imagine the outcry if Obama had five kids from three wives…

Of if Hilary had five kids from three husbands.

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jaunte  May 13, 2017 • 6:28:00am

“…The trouble is that while Rosenstein got what he wanted, Trump’s idea of correcting the record was to say publicly exactly the thing about a law enforcement officer that makes his continued service in office impossible: That Trump had used his deputy attorney general as window dressing on a pre-cooked political decision to shut down an investigation involving himself, a decision for which he needed the patina of a high-minded rationale.

Once the President has said this about you—a law enforcement officer who works for him and who promised the Senate in confirmation hearings you would show independence—you have nothing left. These are the costs of working for Trump, and it took Rosenstein only two weeks to pay them.

The only decent course now is to name a special prosecutor and then resign.”

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:36:07am

Republicans still representing their core constituency (big business):

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lawhawk  May 13, 2017 • 6:39:02am

re: #62 Targetpractice

And that Russian carrier doesn’t even rely on catapults. That’s how advanced they are! ///

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:41:59am

re: #109 lawhawk

And that Russian carrier doesn’t even rely on catapults. That’s how advanced they are! ///

Skijumps are reliable technology./s

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lawhawk  May 13, 2017 • 6:42:19am

re: #66 Anymouse

That’s perhaps one of the most galling aspects of the way drug companies manipulate the market.

Compound the drug, you get a new patent for the same old drugs.
Reformulate to deliver in a new fashion, new patent.

Each time, the drug companies get to run the exclusive use of the drug and jack up the prices for a time, until they come around with a new formulation that extends their exclusivity.

Mind you, many of these compoundings and formulations make dosing easier, reduce the need for multiple injections, etc., but the cost can price people out of getting the doses they need.

There should be a generic version of insulin that’s easily and widely available for low cost precisely because it is in the public domain.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:46:32am

This Is Not a Crisis Republicans Say as a Large Spider Slowly Devours Them (op-ed at the Washington Post, more follows at the link):

I would recognize a crisis if it were happening.

When the president seized me, stunned me with his venom and covered me with digestive fluid from his chelicerae, I was initially taken aback, but I reassured myself with this thought: President Richard Nixon never did that.

I know history.

This is clearly not the end of the world. That would be more clearly labeled and would be brought about by the other party. And the weather would be more ominous. Ravens would squawk, and the sky would turn red. It would not occur on a Tuesday when I had made other plans.

Okay, the firing of FBI Director James Comey looked bad. And when the president stunned him, pierced him with his fangs, wrapped him in a thick cocoon of impenetrable webbing and left him to hang there for days, that timing was also poor. It doesn’t seem as though it was what the FBI wanted or what the deputy attorney general wanted, either. But the American people voted for change! And the president is not Nixon. Nixon fired people on a Saturday, whereas this happened on a Tuesday.

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 6:47:08am
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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:54:14am
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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 6:55:11am
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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 6:57:12am
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Skip Intro  May 13, 2017 • 6:59:17am

re: #108 Anymouse

Republicans still representing their core constituency (big business):

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I wonder how many of the affected will turn around and vote GOP again? My guess is most of them.

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 7:01:08am

re: #116 Anymouse

All those dudes getting recreational abortions.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 7:01:21am

re: #115 darthstar

See? Even Michelle Obama likes the letter “u” (from the Guardian article):

“We need to look our neighbours in the eye and kind of go: ‘What is going on?’

/ſ

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 7:03:59am

re: #117 Skip Intro

I wonder how many of the affected will turn around and vote GOP again? My guess is most of them.

Well, the bill reverses a St. Louis ordinance - I don’t know the makeup of Democrats and Republicans in St. Louis.

In the recent mayoral election in Omaha (Omaha has a majority of registered Democrats), virtually every registered Republican turned out to vote, whilst the percentage of Democrats was less than 20%.

I’m guessing St. Louis will do the usual “what, vote again” bit with Democrats.

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Anymouse  May 13, 2017 • 7:06:58am

Need another nap (yawn). Gaa.

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Skip Intro  May 13, 2017 • 7:08:50am

Pooh bear gets radical.

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Eventual Carrion  May 13, 2017 • 7:10:38am

re: #27 Anymouse

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Why did the date on my PC change to 5/13/1984?

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 7:12:41am

re: #123 Eventual Carrion

Why did the date on my PC change to 5/13/1984?

Are the eyes in pictures on the walls following you as you pass by?

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 7:16:27am
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Eventual Carrion  May 13, 2017 • 7:18:59am

re: #35 KGxvi

My folks are going on 26 or 27 years with the same landline number. Not sure who the provider is now.

Then again, I’m over 20 years with the same cell number (my folks got me a “for emergencies only” cell when I started driving in addition to the pager (God I’m old), still have the same number)

The person that still has the landline line number I grew up with using in the 70’s is the person we shared it with as a party line. He has kept it all these years.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 7:22:00am

re: #125 darthstar

“Liberty University”

Libety or Tranny?

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lawhawk  May 13, 2017 • 7:23:03am

re: #125 darthstar

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 7:25:24am

re: #128 lawhawk

Where Trump will be greeted [at Liberty University] with cheers despite fact that he’s a serial adulterer and liar. You know all the things they claim to hate.

He is a “flawed vessel”, but he is doing the Lord’s Work of helping implement the Free Market Gospel of Supply-Side Jesus.

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Unshaken Defiance  May 13, 2017 • 7:27:20am

Good Morning from sunny southern California. I’m a code challenged guy. Malware scares the heck out of me. Backups only help that a little. Yesterdays assault from wannacry seems to have had an unlikely solution.

However, a UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and activated a “kill switch” in the malicious software.

The switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to - just as if it was looking up any website - and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading.

“I saw it wasn’t registered and thought, ‘I think I’ll have that’,” he is reported as saying. The purchase cost him $10.69. Immediately, the domain name was registering thousands of connections every second.

“They get the accidental hero award of the day,” said Proofpoint’s Ryan Kalember. “They didn’t realize how much it probably slowed down the spread of this ransomware.”

Apologies, late with the link. theguardian.com

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Belafon  May 13, 2017 • 7:32:33am

I just started Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. If you have read it:

Imagine Chris Hemsworth at the ticket counter.

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Belafon  May 13, 2017 • 7:33:43am

I see Liberty University ads here in Dallas. The tagline is “If you love liberty, Liberty loves you.” It’s part of the reason my blood pressure is through the roof.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 7:34:29am

re: #131 Belafon

I just started Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. If you have read it:

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I was rather disappointed by the Netflix (or was it Amazon) serilalization of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: trying way too hard to be hip and edgy.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 13, 2017 • 7:35:31am

re: #132 Belafon

I see Liberty University ads here in Dallas. The tagline is “If you love liberty, Liberty loves you.” It’s part of the reason my blood pressure is through the roof.

Corollary: “If you disagree with our views, then you hate Liberty and we hate you!”

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 13, 2017 • 7:37:25am

A little too late I suppose, but kudos to the “evil empire” for doing the right thing….
Krebs on Security: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP

Microsoft Corp. today took the unusual step of issuing security updates to address flaws in older, unsupported versions of Windows — including Windows XP and Windows 8. The move is a bid to slow the spread of the WanaCrypt ransomware strain that infected tens of thousands of Windows computers virtually overnight this week.

On Friday, May 12, countless organizations around the world began fending off attacks from a ransomware strain variously known as WannaCrypt, WanaDecrypt and Wanna.Cry. Ransomware encrypts a victim’s documents, images, music and other files unless the victim pays for a key to unlock them.

It quickly became apparent that Wanna was spreading with the help of a file-sharing vulnerability in Windows. Microsoft issued a patch to fix this flaw back in March 2017, but organizations running older, unsupported versions of Windows (such as Windows XP) were unable to apply the update because Microsoft no longer supplies security patches for those versions of Windows.

This should serve as an object lesson to everyone who uses computers-sadly, it probably won’t stick….

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Belafon  May 13, 2017 • 7:39:26am

re: #133 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I was rather disappointed by the Netflix (or was it Amazon) serilalization of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: trying way too hard to be hip and edgy.

It ran on BBCA, so I’m not sure it was either of them.

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Schweppes7  May 13, 2017 • 7:39:45am

Oh god I have no idea why I am watching this Liberty University speech live. Morbid curiosity maybe…..

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 13, 2017 • 7:40:35am

re: #137 Schweppes7

Oh god I have no idea why I am watching this Liberty University speech live. Morbid curiosity maybe…..

LOLOLOLOL

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caseyjr  May 13, 2017 • 7:42:38am

re: #88 Jay C

OK: since LGF is as good (and likely) a place to find out things on the Internet: do you know (or can provide a link to) exactly WTH is wrong with the Admiral Kuznetzov? Wiki merely states that its propulsion system is run by four “gas-fired boilers”: but is it normal that a “gas-fired” system would emit clouds of black smoke like some Great War dreadnought?

I mean, Kuznetzov was, reputedly, built to the usual standards of Soviet-era engineering (i.e. one short step up from junk), but that black cloud doesn’t seem normal anywise….

That Russian carrier does not go anywhere w/o a fleet of tugboats to tow it when the engines are down.Which is often.

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 7:44:28am

re: #62 Targetpractice

The Russian Navy already has one.

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Hang on….THAT’S what we’re up against? No wonder the Afghans kicked their asses for 11 years and sent them home.

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 7:45:04am

re: #139 caseyjr

That Russian carrier does not go anywhere w/o a fleet of tugboats to tow it when the engines are down.Which is often.

Or a barge full of coal and some extra shovels.

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 7:45:24am

re: #78 Anymouse

Five-thirty AM, so my wife is using her new air fryer to make an onion blossom. Since she got that thing, we have not used the oven for anything (except to heat the house when our furnace was out).

She also got a package last night from Penzey’s spices (after reading an article at Wonkette) a couple days ago about Penzey’s opening a shop in Paul Ryan’s district “to teach him to be kind” (I don’t think that is going to work). She wanted right away to try their spices (hence the onion blossom).

I love my Philips Air Fryer. First time I cooked a burger in it was surprised to see how much grease it took out—far more than the George Forman grill it replaced!

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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 7:46:31am

re: #135 Eric The Fruit Bat

A little too late, but kudos to the evil empire for doing the right thing….
Krebs on Security: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP

That update came to my Win8.1 machine yesterday morning (my time), and the system gave me a warning that it would reboot at a certain time. So I finished my work and just shut it down for the day. This morning the update was installed on bootup. Took less than 5 minutes.

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 7:47:38am
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Puss Power  May 13, 2017 • 7:48:20am

re: #143 wheat-dogg

That update came to my Win8.1 machine yesterday morning (my time), and the system gave me a warning that it would reboot at a certain time. So I finished my work and just shut it down for the day. This morning the update was installed on bootup. Took less than 5 minutes.

I still have a Windows XP machine — internet turned off. Guess I’ll have to fire it up and turn on the web to get the patch. Another damned thing to worry about…

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 7:48:50am

re: #86 Weaselone

Wait. Is there a credit card company stupid enough to give him one?

Joke I heard—American Express sent Trump a Black Amex Card. He sent it back with a note demanding a White one..

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Schweppes7  May 13, 2017 • 7:49:54am

“Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic” - Donald Trump, frequent moronic critic of the Obama administration.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 13, 2017 • 7:51:40am

re: #142 Joe Bacon

First time I cooked a burger in it was surprised to see how much grease it took out—far more than the George Forman grill it replaced!

You ought to see the magic the Panasonic NX-100S bring to the kitchen. It’s an expensive beast, but it makes a burger from a frozen patty so flawless in 6:30 it’s incredible. And frozen pizza’s come out in 14:10 just fine as well. It’s a Breville-killer.

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lawhawk  May 13, 2017 • 7:53:20am
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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 7:56:01am

re: #145 Puss Power

I still have a Windows XP machine — internet turned off. Guess I’ll have to fire it up and turn on the web to get the patch. Another damned thing to worry about…

If it’s a machine that rarely faces the Internet, you’re probably not going to get hit by the malware. But better safe than sorry.

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Eventual Carrion  May 13, 2017 • 7:57:24am

re: #138 Backwoods_Sleuth

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LOLOLOLOL

Unless it’s “I do”.

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 13, 2017 • 7:57:43am

re: #145 Puss Power

This is the link for the fixes: catalog.update.microsoft.com

Download them from a separate machine and install them on your XP machine before you reconnect it to the internet.

Remember, people: Practice personal OpSec like a raving paranoid maniac.

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FormerDirtDart  May 13, 2017 • 7:59:32am
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lawhawk  May 13, 2017 • 7:59:55am

Trump is urging the fact free supporters to continue their fact free assault on government. It’s worked for Trump so far, and yet when minorities challenge the systemic racism and discrimination as a result of government actions, Trump and these mindless ignoramuses will demand absolute fealty to government action.

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Puss Power  May 13, 2017 • 8:00:59am

re: #152 Eric The Fruit Bat

This is the link for the fixes: catalog.update.microsoft.com

Download them from a separate machine and install them on your XP machine before you reconnect it to the internet.

Thanks. MUCH faster than doing a full backup before connecting the machine (although I have one already. Kind of old, but you’ll gather I don’t do much mission-critical work on this machine.)

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 13, 2017 • 8:03:34am

re: #155 Puss Power

Kind of old, but you’ll gather I don’t do much mission-critical work on this machine.

Treat your computers like they are firearms with all the respect they deserve-they are; after all, very powerful weapons should they fall into the wrong hands.

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darthstar  May 13, 2017 • 8:08:30am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 13, 2017 • 8:10:36am
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Timothy Watson  May 13, 2017 • 8:11:25am

re: #129 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He is a “flawed vessel”, but he is doing the Lord’s Work of helping implement the Free Market Gospel of Supply-Side Jesus.

What does Supply-Side Jesus think of Keynesian theories like “priming the pump”?

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The Major (fka Eric The Fruit Bat)  May 13, 2017 • 8:11:56am

Well, if Bret Stephens piece on climate change wasn’t enough reason to cancel your NYTimes subscription, his latest odious piece just may be the last straw….
NYTimes: How Trump May Save the Republic
by Bret Stephens

In corporate life, the usual practice when firing someone is either to say nothing or to say something nice, on the theory that the unlucky person is likelier to respond in kind. Trump has now given his former director the opportunity and incentive to do the opposite. Congressional hearings, should they happen, will be fun.

What makes all this so much more astonishing is how unnecessary it is, at least from Trump’s point of view.

If the president has nothing to fear from a Russia investigation, then why not let it run its course toward exoneration or irrelevance? If he does have something to fear, then Comey — distrusted by Republicans and Democrats alike — would have been his ideal foil. Trump’s critics can now take heart that, no, we won’t soon be moving on from l’affaire russe.

On Friday, I asked an astute source with long experience in the intelligence community if he suspects a smoking gun.

“I would guess there is something on paper or derived through witness questioning that has given the bureau an opening, assuming that Trump’s actions are in response to growing concern about the Russian probe,” he replied, while adding the caveat, “Since we’re talking about Trump, a rampantly insecure ego, such an assumption isn’t mandatory.”

I’d add another caveat: Incompetence may protect us — but as Madame Sebastian knew, only for a while. The blunders may often be self-defeating, but not always. Trump is our president. The enormity of his stupidity, inescapably, is also our own.

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FormerDirtDart  May 13, 2017 • 8:14:35am
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wheat-dogg  May 13, 2017 • 8:15:09am

re: #155 Puss Power

Thanks. MUCH faster than doing a full backup before connecting the machine (although I have one already. Kind of old, but you’ll gather I don’t do much mission-critical work on this machine.)

This discussion reminded me to check what files are being backed up to my cloud storage, and I found I was not backing up everything I needed. Now corrected.

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Skip Intro  May 13, 2017 • 8:23:01am

re: #132 Belafon

I see Liberty University ads here in Dallas. The tagline is “If you love liberty, Liberty loves you.” It’s part of the reason my blood pressure is through the roof.

“Get half the education at twice the price. Go Liberty!”

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Skip Intro  May 13, 2017 • 8:23:51am

re: #157 darthstar

He can put that in his library along with his unearned Purple Heart.

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 8:26:03am

re: #111 lawhawk

That’s perhaps one of the most galling aspects of the way drug companies manipulate the market.

Compound the drug, you get a new patent for the same old drugs.
Reformulate to deliver in a new fashion, new patent.

Each time, the drug companies get to run the exclusive use of the drug and jack up the prices for a time, until they come around with a new formulation that extends their exclusivity.

Mind you, many of these compoundings and formulations make dosing easier, reduce the need for multiple injections, etc., but the cost can price people out of getting the doses they need.

There should be a generic version of insulin that’s easily and widely available for low cost precisely because it is in the public domain.

Why do I have a feeling Republicans won’t lift a finger because they hope this will force Sotomayor off the Court since she’s diabetic…

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 8:27:12am

re: #149 lawhawk

But the “Law” Liberty U follows is the Law of Ayn Rand!

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Puss Power  May 13, 2017 • 8:34:00am

re: #165 Joe Bacon

Why do I have a feeling Republicans won’t lift a finger because they hope this will force Sotomayor off the Court since she’s diabetic…

Won’t work — her health insurance benefits are “generous.” Also, she has a six-figure salary.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 13, 2017 • 8:35:54am
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Skip Intro  May 13, 2017 • 8:38:58am

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

Well that’s not new.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 13, 2017 • 8:40:34am
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Timothy Watson  May 13, 2017 • 8:41:55am

re: #170 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Did he mention his Two Corinthian friends today?

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 8:42:37am
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Hecuba's daughter  May 13, 2017 • 8:43:46am

re: #129 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He is a “flawed vessel”, but he is doing the Lord’s Work of helping implement the Free Market Gospel of Supply-Side Jesus.

It’s not the economics that motivate them —it’s appointing judges who will reverse Roe v Wade, who will reverse the progress gays made under Obama, who will promote “religious freedom” for Christians and limit rights for those who disagree, who will promote “intelligent design” in the science classrooms — that’s what motivates them

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 8:44:30am
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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 8:45:37am

Gosh, I’m so old I can still remember that all it took to be impeached was getting a blow job from an intern…

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I cannot.  May 13, 2017 • 8:49:05am

re: #175 Joe Bacon

Well there were other factors…he did lie about it under oath…but the most important factor was that he was a D.

Actually, now that I think about it, I think the D was the only factor.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 13, 2017 • 8:50:49am

re: #175 Joe Bacon

Gosh, I’m so old I can still remember that all it took to be impeached was getting a blow job from an intern…

No — the rule is a President can only be impeached if the opposition party is in control of both houses of Congress. The one exception: it is possible that a Democratic Congress would actually impeach a Democratic President who was as willfully negligent, ignorant, and hostile to our system of governance as Trump.

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ObserverArt  May 13, 2017 • 8:52:39am

Damn, does anyone else find it tougher and tougher following Trump?

I feel like he is taking a toll on my brain. I can’t process what the hell he is up to and how far he is willing to go with whatever he is doing. There really is no sense to any of it.

It’s all muck and just trying to be aware of his actions drags you down to his level. I don’t wanna go down to his level!!! Help!!!

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ObserverArt  May 13, 2017 • 8:53:42am

re: #175 Joe Bacon

Gosh, I’m so old I can still remember that all it took to be impeached was getting a blow job from an intern…

No…it was about him lying about the blow jobs.

Oh wait…

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Timothy Watson  May 13, 2017 • 8:54:11am

re: #178 ObserverArt

This has badly misled us with Trump. Much of the dialogue around him, the journalism and analysis, even the statements of his own surrogates, amounts to a desperate attempt to construct a Theory of Trump, to explain what he does and says through some story about his long-term goals and beliefs.

We badly want to understand Trump, to grasp him. It might give us some sense of control, or at least an ability to predict what he will do next.

But what if there’s nothing to understand? What if there’s no there there? What if our attempts to explain Trump have failed not because we haven’t hit on the right one, but because we are, theory-of-mind-wise, overinterpreting the text?

vox.com

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ObserverArt  May 13, 2017 • 8:56:47am

re: #180 Timothy Watson

vox.com

Thanks Tim…looks like I am not the only one.

It’s the Trump Malaise.™

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JordanRules  May 13, 2017 • 8:58:15am

re: #178 ObserverArt

Yessss! We’re all being abused by a freakin mad man.

For Bannon and the like, the mental toll and loss of confidence is a feature of their deconstruction plans, not a bug.

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JordanRules  May 13, 2017 • 9:00:39am
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Ace-o-aces  May 13, 2017 • 9:07:16am
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ObserverArt  May 13, 2017 • 9:09:26am

So since Sinclair is more or less taking over local TV can we finally kill the “Liberal Mainstream Media” bullshit?

It was never true, and is even more untrue now than ever.

By the way, I caught about two minutes of Bill O’Really crying that the liberal media and cabal had a many years long campaign to slime him and take him down.

There is more of that “party of responsibility” bullshit from a former Fair and Balanced Fox Fool.

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Timothy Watson  May 13, 2017 • 9:09:32am

re: #184 Ace-o-aces

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Heh, iTunes just played “If You Really Love Me” which is a weird coincidence.

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Ace-o-aces  May 13, 2017 • 9:10:56am
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Ace-o-aces  May 13, 2017 • 9:11:45am
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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 9:13:00am

re: #185 ObserverArt

So since Sinclair is more or less taking over local TV can we finally kill the “Liberal Mainstream Media” bullshit?

It was never true, and is even more untrue now than ever.

By the way, I caught about two minutes of Bill O’Really crying that the liberal media and cabal had a many years long campaign to slime him and take him down.

There is more of that “party of responsibility” bullshit from a former Fair and Balanced Fox Fool.

Art, you will NEVER be able to kill the “Liberal Media” lies that the 24/7 Republican Bullshit Machine spreads until we repeal the Communications Act of 1996, reinstate ownership limits and codify the Equal Time and Fairness Doctrine into law instead of FCC regulations. We should also codify the Public Service notifications that the FCC used to require every broadcasting station to have.

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Ace-o-aces  May 13, 2017 • 9:14:25am
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wrenchwench  May 13, 2017 • 9:21:52am

re: #190 Ace-o-aces

[The man giving the commencement address at Liberty University lives a life that would get him expelled from Liberty University. Hypocrisy.]

I think ‘hypocrisy’ is a sacrament at Liberty U.

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FormerDirtDart  May 13, 2017 • 9:24:51am
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ObserverArt  May 13, 2017 • 9:25:27am

re: #191 wrenchwench

I think ‘hypocrisy’ is a sacrament at Liberty U.

It may be even considered a tenet.

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 9:35:18am
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Hecuba's daughter  May 13, 2017 • 9:37:20am

re: #192 FormerDirtDart

Mark Joseph Stern ✔ @mjs_DC
This is dangerously stupid. It propagates the Trumpian lie that voters in states with more land mass deserve to have their votes count more.


11:13 AM - 13 May 2017

It propagates more than that: if 95% of the population votes D but the cities they live in occupy 5% of the space, the circle will be 95% red. It’s people who vote, not acreage though I am sure the Republicans are working on a way to reverse that.

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thedopefishlives  May 13, 2017 • 9:38:23am

re: #195 Hecuba’s daughter

It propagates more than that: if 95% of the population votes D but the cities they live in occupy 5% of the space, the circle will be 95% red. It’s people who vote, not acreage though I am sure the Republicans are working on a way to reverse that.

Well, duh. Remember, the Republican’s idea of an ideal voter is the rich white landowner. People in cities? Fuck them.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 13, 2017 • 9:42:15am
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thedopefishlives  May 13, 2017 • 9:44:03am

re: #197 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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I’m sick and fucking tired of the idea that we shouldn’t take care of those who make poor life choices. You know why? Because bad people use it as an excuse to repress the poor and the less well-off. Fuck it. I’m in favor of giving welfare to the welfare queens. I’m all for universal health care for the people who sit on their ass and eat 50 lbs of McDonald’s every day. Yes, I am, if that means you won’t take health care away from the terminally ill, or welfare from the homeless and destitute. Fucking assholes.

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ObserverArt  May 13, 2017 • 9:44:31am

re: #197 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Atul Gawande ✔ @Atul_Gawande
This is real: “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes,” Mulvaney said.


12:17 PM - 13 May 2017

So, we can cut Trump off the government healthcare plan too?

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scottslemmons  May 13, 2017 • 9:45:23am
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Puss Power  May 13, 2017 • 9:50:11am

re: #198 thedopefishlives

I’m sick and fucking tired of the idea that we shouldn’t take care of those who make poor life choices. You know why? Because bad people use it as an excuse to repress the poor and the less well-off. Fuck it. I’m in favor of giving welfare to the welfare queens. I’m all for universal health care for the people who sit on their ass and eat 50 lbs of McDonald’s every day. Yes, I am, if that means you won’t take health care away from the terminally ill, or welfare from the homeless and destitute. Fucking assholes.

Let he who has never made a poor life choice cast the first stone.

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JordanRules  May 13, 2017 • 9:50:26am

re: #198 thedopefishlives

This!!!

It’s always an easy conversation with me and right wingers who go there. Yup, I’ll pay for some of the inevitable corruption in a large human system subject to human frailty. No problem at all. Let’s take care of everyone!
And we can challenge ourselves to make better systems too.

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BigPapa  May 13, 2017 • 9:51:05am

re: #201 Puss Power

Let he who has never made a poor life choice cast the first stone overcooked McNugget.

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Puss Power  May 13, 2017 • 9:52:22am

re: #203 BigPapa

Let he who has never put bleu cheese dressing on a wedge of iceberg lettuce and served it to the Japanese Prime Minister cast the first stone.

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Teukka  May 13, 2017 • 9:53:52am

re: #198 thedopefishlives

I’m sick and fucking tired of the idea that we shouldn’t take care of those who make poor life choices. You know why? Because bad people use it as an excuse to repress the poor and the less well-off. Fuck it. I’m in favor of giving welfare to the welfare queens. I’m all for universal health care for the people who sit on their ass and eat 50 lbs of McDonald’s every day. Yes, I am, if that means you won’t take health care away from the terminally ill, or welfare from the homeless and destitute. Fucking assholes.

You could appeal to their sense of money. It costs much more to deal with problems at a later stage than it does to deal with them immediately. I sadly suspect appealing to their empathy is a lost cause.

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Charles Johnson  May 13, 2017 • 9:54:33am
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Teukka  May 13, 2017 • 9:55:56am

re: #206 Charles Johnson

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Also, aren’t the neighbors begining to wonder about the random gunshots and the pile of computer monitors with holes in them on the sidewalk?

*ducks*

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thedopefishlives  May 13, 2017 • 9:57:40am

re: #207 Teukka

Also, aren’t the neighbors beggining to wonder about the random gunshots and the pile of computer monitors with holes in them on the sidewalk?

*ducks*

As well as the ever-growing mound of charred wood from flipping desks and lighting them on fire.

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Teukka  May 13, 2017 • 9:58:34am

re: #208 thedopefishlives

As well as the ever-growing mound of charred wood from flipping desks and lighting them on fire.

Yeah. And the ATF and FBI asking questions about the Napalm deliveries at odd times of the day….

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thedopefishlives  May 13, 2017 • 10:03:03am

re: #209 Teukka

Yeah. And the ATF and FBI asking questions about the Napalm deliveries at odd times of the day….

Smells like… VICTORY.

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 10:08:52am

re: #197 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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I hope he contracts diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis like I did. That worthless motherfather wouldn’t last 24 hours if he had an RA attack!

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FormerDirtDart  May 13, 2017 • 10:14:58am

How is loon still walking free?
6 tweet thread from JJ
Start:

Finish:

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PhillyPretzel  May 13, 2017 • 10:15:22am

re: #211 Joe Bacon

I agree. I hope Judge Sotomayor tells him that she has had Type 1 diabetes since childhood.

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 10:18:14am

re: #200 scottslemmons

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If JC made a return appearance to Earth today Pat Robertson would press the crown of thorns on his head, Kenneth Copeland and Paula White would be whipping him with the lash, Bill Donahue, Robert George, Althea King and Robert Tilton would force JC onto the cross provided by Franky, Billy and Anne Graham KKKraKKKer while Joel 0$teen, Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn and Jimmy Swaggart would be pounding the nails into the him!

And FOX News would cover the execution of this Communist 24/7!

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 13, 2017 • 10:19:31am

Man, I am really looking forward to cleaning out the garage shelves that have been untouched in all the time I have lived here. OH BOY.

(But first, must have ramen.)

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Hecuba's daughter  May 13, 2017 • 10:20:18am

re: #198 thedopefishlives

I’m sick and fucking tired of the idea that we shouldn’t take care of those who make poor life choices. You know why? Because bad people use it as an excuse to repress the poor and the less well-off. Fuck it. I’m in favor of giving welfare to the welfare queens. I’m all for universal health care for the people who sit on their ass and eat 50 lbs of McDonald’s every day. Yes, I am, if that means you won’t take health care away from the terminally ill, or welfare from the homeless and destitute. Fucking assholes.

And don’t forget those with opioid addictions — no treatment for them. Mulvaney and the other Trump acolytes want a return to the Dickensian world we are headed to. Premature death and no rights for those with no money.

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Charles Johnson  May 13, 2017 • 10:20:48am
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thedopefishlives  May 13, 2017 • 10:23:09am

re: #215 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Man, I am really looking forward to cleaning out the garage shelves that have been untouched in all the time I have lived here. OH BOY.

(But first, must have ramen.)

I am prepping a grill-fest for Mother’s Day tomorrow. I have some sirloin steaks marinating in a brown sugar bourbon mix that is one of my favorites. I am going to do a Memphis pit BBQ dry rub on a rack of ribs. And I believe Mrs. Fish might be coming home with some more meat, as well. Needless to say, calorie count is going out the window.

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Stanley Sea  May 13, 2017 • 10:26:00am
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Hecuba's daughter  May 13, 2017 • 10:27:47am

re: #218 thedopefishlives

I am prepping a grill-fest for Mother’s Day tomorrow. I have some sirloin steaks marinating in a brown sugar bourbon mix that is one of my favorites. I am going to do a Memphis pit BBQ dry rub on a rack of ribs. And I believe Mrs. Fish might be coming home with some more meat, as well. Needless to say, calorie count is going out the window.

Brunch with fish— no meat in our house for Mother’s Day. Ordered food for 15 which my sister assured me would feed the 19 who promised they were coming — and 4 hours later realized that I forgot 2 others who are supposed to be here. And am praying that the 2 who did not respond will not suddenly show up!

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PhillyPretzel  May 13, 2017 • 10:28:24am

re: #219 Stanley Sea

$10.69. Not only a good thing but also a good bargain.

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KGxvi  May 13, 2017 • 10:28:32am

re: #214 Joe Bacon

If JC made a return appearance to Earth today Pat Robertson would press the crown of thorns on his head, Kenneth Copeland and Paula White would be whipping him with the lash, Bill Donahue, Robert George, Althea King and Robert Tilton would force JC onto the cross provided by Franky, Billy and Anne Graham KKKraKKKer while Joel 0$teen, Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn and Jimmy Swaggart would be pounding the nails into the him!

And FOX News would cover the execution of this Communist 24/7!

Remember, when asking “what would Jesus do?”, in the case of Pharisees the answer could include “open a can of whoop ass”

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Charles Johnson  May 13, 2017 • 10:28:38am
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makeitstop  May 13, 2017 • 10:30:08am

Today’s project: In my office, I’ve got a locking closet where my ‘valuable’ guitars go (most aren’t really that valuable, although I do have a couple of vintage pieces that are worth some money), and I’m installing a shelf above the guitars where I can store my tool and parts boxes along with other stuff that’s just in the way.

Shelf is installed, now I’ve got to move the guitars and stuff back in there. It should open up a good bit of floor space here in the office, which tends to get overtaken with guitars and tools and parts and other stuff. After moving the vintage stuff back into the closet, I’ll only have about a half dozen guitar cases in the office proper. I can deal with that, because with the closet emptied there are about 18 guitar cases in here and it gets hard to move after a minute.

This is project Plan B, because I had planned to do yard work but the lovely LI ‘Spring’ weather (feels like October) scuttled that plan. So…shelf

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Charles Johnson  May 13, 2017 • 10:36:48am
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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 10:37:16am

re: #216 Hecuba’s daughter

And don’t forget those with opioid addictions — no treatment for them. Mulvaney and the other Trump acolytes want a return to the Dickensian world we are headed to. Premature death and no rights for those with no money.

President Asshole and Steve KKKing keep saying that their wall will stop opioids coming into the US. That wall will NOT stop PhRMA from forcing doctors to overprescribe them.

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Joe Bacon  May 13, 2017 • 10:39:13am

re: #222 KGxvi

Remember, when asking “what would Jesus do?”, in the case of Pharisees the answer could include “open a can of whoop ass”

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Well, according to our Right Wing Pulpit Pimps, this is what American Christians MUST do!

Praise Ayn Rand!
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Birth Control Works  May 13, 2017 • 10:42:54am

And Cyprus?

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scottslemmons  May 13, 2017 • 10:45:11am

re: #214 Joe Bacon

If JC made a return appearance to Earth today Pat Robertson would press the crown of thorns on his head, Kenneth Copeland and Paula White would be whipping him with the lash, Bill Donahue, Robert George, Althea King and Robert Tilton would force JC onto the cross provided by Franky, Billy and Anne Graham KKKraKKKer while Joel 0$teen, Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn and Jimmy Swaggart would be pounding the nails into the him!

And FOX News would cover the execution of this Communist 24/7!

I’ve always been a bit amazed that Andy Schafly’s “Conservative Bible Project” didn’t get more support from the fundamentalist types. In fact, I’m constantly surprised that various wingnut groups don’t publish their own translations of the Bible to try to push the religion deeper into their particular mindsets…

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jeffreyw  May 13, 2017 • 10:47:00am

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Tacos!

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BeachDem  May 13, 2017 • 10:48:17am

re: #192 FormerDirtDart

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A. Simple. Explation. (That Cillizza probably can’t understand.)

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mmmirele  May 13, 2017 • 10:48:25am

re: #227 Joe Bacon

Reminds me of “prophetess” Cindy Jacobs, who prayed over the Wall Street bull in October 2008—you know, right in the middle of the financial crisis.

Yeah, it’s idolatry.
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lawhawk  May 13, 2017 • 10:52:55am

re: #231 jeffreyw

Where’s the truck?!

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thedopefishlives  May 13, 2017 • 10:53:13am

re: #234 lawhawk

Where’s the truck?!

On the next corner.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 13, 2017 • 10:53:37am

oh…my…

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metropolitan Government has filed a complaint seeking an injunction to permanently close a controversial swingers club in Madison.

The filing made Thursday in General Sessions court, states that a permit had been issued to operate a church at 520 Lentz Ave in Madison, but instead the owners have been operating a sex club.

The complaint states that Freedom 4 All, Inc. is “maintaining a public nuisance by permitting acts of lewd conduct” and is in violation of city ordinances and state law which prohibit operation of the club within 1,000 feet of a school

In March, two inspectors from the city’s Codes department paid $40 each to enter the club where they witnessed numerous sex acts being performed inside.

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bratwurst  May 13, 2017 • 10:55:40am

Some on Twitter were tut-tutting those of us who were finished with The New York Times over publishing climate change denial.

NOW am I allowed to be done with the NYT?!?!?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 13, 2017 • 10:56:29am

:D

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wrenchwench  May 13, 2017 • 11:10:02am
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bratwurst  May 13, 2017 • 11:10:40am

Another case of “voting while black” nipped in the bud in Scott Walker’s Utopia:

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jeffreyw  May 13, 2017 • 11:14:58am

re: #234 lawhawk

Where’s the truck?!

I just got a tortilla press, still working out the best dough recipe and doing practice runs. I think I’ve got it down fairly well tho I did tear one of eight this morning. Dough recipe? Use lard, 1 tbs per cup of masa, and only enough water to form a ball, ~ 3/4 to 1 cup water per cup of flour. It takes some practice to get the flop of the raw tortilla onto the griddle right, you don’t want folds in the dough.

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Single-handed sailor  May 13, 2017 • 11:15:59am

re: #140 darthstar

Hang on….THAT’S what we’re up against? No wonder the Afghans kicked their asses for 11 years and sent them home.

They’ve kicked our asses for 15.

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Le Coquí Résistance  May 13, 2017 • 11:21:07am

re: #219 Stanley Sea

If I watched this in a movie, I would have screamed , “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. And I’ve seen all of Bay’s Transformers.”

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JordanRules  May 13, 2017 • 11:22:11am

re: #240 bratwurst

SMH, we are up against some evil shit.
This thread should keep being circulated far and wide…

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sagehen  May 13, 2017 • 11:26:28am

re: #233 mmmirele

Reminds me of “prophetess” Cindy Jacobs, who prayed over the Wall Street bull in October 2008—you know, right in the middle of the financial crisis.

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Slacktivist had a great post about that at the time, the spectacle of hordes of so-called Christians worshipping a literal golden calf…

my google-fu is insufficient to find said column for reposting.

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sagehen  May 13, 2017 • 11:31:23am

re: #241 jeffreyw

I just got a tortilla press, still working out the best dough recipe and doing practice runs. I think I’ve got it down fairly well tho I did tear one of eight this morning. Dough recipe? Use lard, 1 tbs per cup of masa, and only enough water to form a ball, ~ 3/4 to 1 cup water per cup of flour. It takes some practice to get the flop of the raw tortilla onto the griddle right, you don’t want folds in the dough.

Tortillas are the easiest recipe in the world, and you got it wrong. NO LARD!!

Masa harina + water. If it’s too runny, add more of the corn flour. If it’s too dry, add more water. Repeat as necessary until you get the right consistency.

A handful of the mix, smush down on a wooden cutting board as much as you can with your hand, then use a rolling pin to thin it the rest of the way.

Put it on the griddle. Then turn it over. Then put it on a plate. Elective extra — put some butter on it while it’s still hot, then salt.

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jeffreyw  May 13, 2017 • 11:44:10am

re: #246 sagehen

Tortillas are the easiest recipe in the world, and you got it wrong. NO LARD!!

Masa harina + water. If it’s too runny, add more of the corn flour. If it’s too dry, add more water. Repeat as necessary until you get the right consistency.

A handful of the mix, smush down on a wooden cutting board as much as you can with your hand, then use a rolling pin to thin it the rest of the way.

Put it on the griddle. Then turn it over. Then put it on a plate. Elective extra — put some butter on it while it’s still hot, then salt.

When I use lard the plastic peels away from the pressed dough quite nicely, when I use no lard it does not.

Imgur

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allegro  May 14, 2017 • 10:29:57am

re: #236 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh…my…

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Was Valentine Michael Smith the pastor?


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