And Now, a Joyful Video by Sergio Altamura Featuring the Masaka Kids: “Africa”

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Sergio Altamura : Acoustic Guitars, Lap Steel Guitar, Synth, Programming
Maria Pansini : Video Editing
Masaka Kids: Camera Operator

Masaka Kids Africana sponsored children have gone through some of the worst experiences a child could face. Most of them are orphans and have experienced all sorts of threats including hunger, famine, homeless, etc. Through dance and song and sharing their love of Uganda, these children connect to each other and the world. They see their own potential — they have hope for their future. Masaka Kids Foundation support children in education and social well being, through their talents. They dance to rise and shine!

The song is available at sergioaltamura.bandcamp.com , check Sergio Altamura at : facebook.com

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309 comments

1
Single-handed sailor  May 20, 2017 • 9:54:02pm

Guess he got his walking papers.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 9:57:29pm
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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 9:57:59pm

re: #1 Single-handed sailor

What the fuck is next? Chief of Staff Hulk Hogan?

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 9:58:54pm

re: #1 Single-handed sailor

Well, there are a few things back home that need tending to.

I have also thought he’s a good inner circle leaker candidate. Kinda still want him there.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2017 • 10:01:19pm

re: #1 Single-handed sailor

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Guess he got his walking papers.

He’s not the only one who apparently is on the outs:

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 10:03:14pm

re: #5 Targetpractice

Pshhhh! She needs to re-evaluation a lot.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 10:05:53pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

What the fuck is next? Chief of Staff Hulk Hogan?

Could be worse—Chief of Staff James Woods, Chuck Norris, Tim Allen, Toby Keith, Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf, Jimmie JJ Walker, Kurt Russell, Nick Searcy, Dennis Miller, Yakov Smirnoff, Any of the Osmond Family, Pat Boone…

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 10:05:57pm
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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 10:07:08pm

I’ve been with Anymouse on this Birther/plagiarist getting any sympathy.

She didn’t stay in NY cause she knows what may be coming. Hmph.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 10:08:53pm

re: #8 FormerDirtDart

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Are we calling Killer Clarke a liar?

You bet your sweet ass we are!

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 20, 2017 • 10:10:29pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

What the fuck is next? Chief of Staff Hulk Hogan?

“Whatcha gonna do brother, when Trumpamania runs wild on you?!”

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 10:11:29pm

re: #11 Eclectic Cyborg

“Whatcha gonna do brother, when Trumpamania runs wild on you?!”

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 20, 2017 • 10:13:06pm

re: #12 teleskiguy

Fun fact: That screen cap is from an interview before a Wrestlemania match that took place at the Trump Plaza Resort.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 10:13:31pm

Damn! Everyone wants to get in on the Hulkamania Act!

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 10:15:47pm

re: #13 Eclectic Cyborg

Fun fact: That screen cap is from an interview that took place before a Wrestlemania match that took place at the Trump Plaza Resort.

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Nyet  May 20, 2017 • 10:25:56pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  May 20, 2017 • 10:26:41pm

So I’ve started seeing this dumb meme circulating lately…

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 10:27:20pm

He retweeted this sometime this afternoon. I had to follow suit and retweet it myself.

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Nyet  May 20, 2017 • 10:27:22pm

re: #17 Eclectic Cyborg

He’s literally Jesus. /

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2017 • 10:28:18pm

re: #17 Eclectic Cyborg

So I’ve started seeing this dumb meme circulating lately…

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“Save the American people”? From what, prosperity and happiness?

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HappyWarrior  May 20, 2017 • 10:30:51pm

re: #17 Eclectic Cyborg

So I’ve started seeing this dumb meme circulating lately…

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Yet another reason why I don’t want to be lectured about snowflakes. What a bunch of self-indulgant crap.

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HappyWarrior  May 20, 2017 • 10:31:21pm

re: #20 Targetpractice

“Save the American people”? From what, prosperity and happiness?

The last 228 years.

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HappyWarrior  May 20, 2017 • 10:32:48pm

And it’s not like he’s living in a fucking hermit’s cave in the WH. HE didn’t give up jackshit.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 10:34:59pm
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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 10:36:33pm

Anybody know what the golf scene is like in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Italy? Fuckface Von Clownstick might want to get a round or two in during his overseas trip. I’ll bet he jonesin for some whacking a tiny ball with a crooked stick and walking after it.

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HappyWarrior  May 20, 2017 • 10:41:56pm

re: #24 JordanRules

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I miss him and Obama so much.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 10:44:12pm

re: #26 HappyWarrior

More and more every day.
Le sigh

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 10:49:47pm

re: #1 Single-handed sailor

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Guess he got his walking papers.

Either that or he’s being sent home for damage control.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 10:55:54pm

Micro aggressions…

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 10:56:29pm

Don’t know if this is true or not. It would take a better legal person than I am to figure it out.

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Kragar  May 20, 2017 • 10:59:14pm

I didn’t even realize Bolt Thrower was still around. Back in the late 80s, they put out a couple for albums for Games Workshop.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 11:17:05pm
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Kragar  May 20, 2017 • 11:32:23pm
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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 11:44:21pm

re: #33 Kragar

She got taken down pretty hard and it was hilarious.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 11:47:18pm

Best as I can tell, that Medium article is accurate.

I sent an E-mail to my family saying if they ever do the AncestryDNA thing and the Mormons posthumously baptise my atheistic butt, I’ll come after every one of them from Kolob with Archangel Moroni’s sword in the afterlife.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 11:49:40pm
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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 11:53:14pm

Johnny Cash loved Chris Cornell. He covered one of his songs.

Rusty Cage

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 11:57:34pm

Notre Dame students plan a walkout during Vice-President Mike Pence’s commencement speech.
usatoday.com

Organizers say their actions are fueled largely by Pence’s stances against immigration and gay rights.

“The participation and degree-conferring of VP Pence stand as an endorsement of policies and actions which directly contradict Catholic social teachings and values and target vulnerable members of the University’s community,” Notre Dame student Xitlaly Estrada of WeStandforND said in a release.

It is noted elsewhere:

“Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne told CNN the university won’t attempt to stop the students from walking out, noting that organizers reached out to police and administrators ahead of time to plan the quiet proceedings.

“We’re not concerned,” Browne said. “We think they will be respectful in the way they express their differences with the administration.”“

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BeachDem  May 21, 2017 • 12:03:23am

re: #24 JordanRules

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A woman I know was part of the Morgan State demonstration to integrate the Northwoods Movie theater in 1963. She spoke at our club meeting a few months ago and her story was mesmerizing—they not only arrested the demonstrators, they took them to the state penitentiary (instead of jail.)

She’s definitely stayed engaged in the world—took a train to DC for the Women’s March this year because she just had to be there.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 12:06:30am

re: #39 BeachDem

Love it! Each one, teach one!

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Kragar  May 21, 2017 • 12:08:33am
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teleskiguy  May 21, 2017 • 12:11:43am

There will come a time that I will be able to throw this tweet back in John Cleese’s face and have some guffaws and harumphs. Maybe sooner rather than later.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 12:20:26am
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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 12:21:43am

Wingnut blogs (everyone from Breitbat to Fascist Republic to Catholic News Service to Daily Caller are all running with the same story tonight that liberal commencement speakers at colleges are outnumbering conservatives seven-to-one.

(Interesting they all cite the same number, I wonder who gave them their marching orders?)

It turns out they are churning out a number from 2012 … sort of an evergreen statistic (and that number was dubious then).

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 12:24:50am

re: #42 teleskiguy

There will come a time that I will be able to throw this tweet back in John Cleese’s face and have some guffaws and harumphs. Maybe sooner rather than later.

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McCain is not a GOP apparatchik? You can throw that back in his face now. He is always very concerned before he votes exactly the way the GOP expects him to.

Moreover, he endorsed Trump after Pumpkin Pinochet slandered both his prisoner-of-war status and Gold Star Families.

Go get him.

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piratedan  May 21, 2017 • 12:27:22am

re: #45 Anymouse

r u guys sure that you want to get into a twitter bout with John Cleese? For Crissakes, it’s not as if he’s a GOP water carrier. I’d rather save the ammo for someone waaaaay more worthy.

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Kragar  May 21, 2017 • 12:32:12am

re: #46 piratedan

r u guys sure that you want to get into a twitter bout with John Cleese? For Crissakes, it’s not as if he’s a GOP water carrier. I’d rather save the ammo for someone waaaaay more worthy.

“Someone on the internet said something I disagree with?”

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teleskiguy  May 21, 2017 • 12:33:59am

re: #45 Anymouse

Patience. I’m waiting for the shit to get *much worse* which is an inevitability.

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 12:34:02am

re: #43 Nyet

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I read your post at Pastebin. Though your takedown is quite thorough, I’m guessing no amount of evidence will convince him he is wrong.

Holocaust denial is a religious faith just like any other religious faith (albeit a particularly heinous one). When faith is attacked, the believer must double-down.

They view the attack not as an attack on the idea, but an attack on their person. If you show their faith to be a fraud, they literally lose their identity.

It is why the only way a religious person, a cult member, &c comes to leave their faith is if they themselves arrive at the conclusion it is false. You cannot reason someone out of a position they reasoned themselves into.

That sort of attitude (I am my faith) is why you get everything from Holocaust denial to a phoney War on Christmas. They have to be right because it is faith.

While there are folk who have wholesale rejected previous denial positions on the Holocaust or Nazis or whatever, they are extremely rare, which is why they make news. It’s somewhat like finding a unicorn.

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teleskiguy  May 21, 2017 • 12:35:55am

John McCain might have to vote on conviction or acquittal during an impeachment hearing. Think about *that*!

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 12:41:02am

re: #50 teleskiguy

John McCain might have to vote on conviction or acquittal during an impeachment hearing. Think about *that*!

That might be his chance to get even over the POW remarks.

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piratedan  May 21, 2017 • 12:41:26am

re: #50 teleskiguy

I have and I fully expect Maverick to do the same dance that Collins does because his wife is now working for said same administration. TBH, I expect the same from most Republicans until someone stands up and shows them the way… and if anyone does, I expect it to be Sasse or Murkowski (perhaps Flake), anyone else and I would extremely surprised.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 12:41:38am

re: #35 Anymouse

Best as I can tell, that Medium article is accurate.

I sent an E-mail to my family saying if they ever do the AncestryDNA thing and the Mormons posthumously baptise my atheistic butt, I’ll come after every one of them from Kolob with Archangel Moroni’s sword in the afterlife.

I participated in the National Geographic Human Genome Project, and my DNA is already in the hands of the associated familytreedna.com operators. There’s no way I’m going to share even more with ancestry.com, which has monetized sharing public records to an alarming degree (though I have used those records to piece together my family history, tbh). If said possessors of my DNA wish to retroactively baptize it, I could really care less. I’m also an atheist but I’m not offended if someone wishes my immortal soul be forever happy. It’s a nice thought, but I don’t have an immortal soul to be happy or sad posthumously, so it’s more a waste of time on their part than an intrusion on my beliefs.

Besides which, the Presbyterians got to me before I was 2, so I figure that should probably still be in effect. I’m not sure there are such things as lapsed Presbyterians, but if there are, I’m for sure one of them.

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Cheechako  May 21, 2017 • 12:43:34am

re: #52 piratedan

I have and I fully expect Maverick to do the same dance that Collins does because his wife is now working for said same administration. TBH, I expect the same from most Republicans until someone stands up and shows them the way… and if anyone does, I expect it to be Sasse or Murkowski (perhaps Flake), anyone else and I would extremely surprised.

Don’t hold your breath for Murkowski. She’s a master fence walker.

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piratedan  May 21, 2017 • 12:46:21am

re: #54 Cheechako

agreed, but if anyone can smell blood in the water, it would be her… the rest of the moron squad… not so much. My guess is most anyone else in the leadership is already compromised up to their a-holes…. hence, I think she’s a good bellweather to keep track of.

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Cheechako  May 21, 2017 • 12:51:14am

re: #55 piratedan

agreed, but if anyone can smell blood in the water, it would be her… the rest of the moron squad… not so much. My guess is most anyone else in the leadership is already compromised up to their a-holes…. hence, I think she’s a good bellweather to keep track of.

I just do not have much faith in her. Yes, she does watch which way the wind is blowing but she’s more in it for herself. Since she was re-elected last year she’s pretty well protected until 2022.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 12:57:29am

re: #51 Anymouse

That might be [McCain’s] chance to get even over the POW remarks.

and he is nearing the end of his career…if he cannot show backbone, then I will settle for bile.

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 1:07:07am

re: #52 piratedan

I have and I fully expect Maverick to do the same dance that Collins does because his wife is now working for said same administration. TBH, I expect the same from most Republicans until someone stands up and shows them the way… and if anyone does, I expect it to be Sasse or Murkowski (perhaps Flake), anyone else and I would extremely surprised.

I’m reserving judgement on my senator Ben Sasse. He put up quite the spirited rejection on Trump on his Facebook page and in op-eds around the state in newspapers. To his credit he stood up to voters here who booed and jeered him for his stance against Mr. Trump during the primaries.

As Senator Sasse holds a degree in history, it could be he sees where this is going.

I will wait to see if he is willing to put party before country. So far I am not convinced as I don’t even get automated replies to E-mail or responses to letters (I am on the Republican shred-before-reading list).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 1:20:44am

re: #58 Anymouse

I will wait to see if he is willing to put party before country. So far I am not convinced as I don’t even get automated replies to E-mail or responses to letters (I am on the Republican shred-before-reading list).

Party before country will never happen. The choice has to come down to party before Trump.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 1:32:37am
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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 1:43:22am

Aside from the New York Times detailing the plight of the ultra-rich having to explain inheritances to their children, there’s this:

They Could Buy, but Why? Meet the High-Renters, where they go into the plight of the ultra-wealthy renting instead of buying property.

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 1:55:07am

Wingnuts gotta wing:

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 1:57:00am

re: #60 Nyet

This comment suddenly got liked by a hundred bots. Creepy.

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Can bots be reported to Twitter? Does Twitter even care? (I’m guessing no, another reason not to open an account there.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 1:57:12am

re: #61 Anymouse

Aside from the New York Times detailing the plight of the ultra-rich having to explain inheritances to their children, there’s this:

They Could Buy, but Why? Meet the High-Renters, where they go into the plight of the ultra-wealthy renting instead of buying property.

Home owning makes sense for families who plan to stay in one place while children attend school. For those without kids, especially young, upwardly mobile singes, the freedom and flexibility of renting weighs more heavily against the tax advantages.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 2:12:02am

Short blurb here, but it seems North Korea as at it again. Breaking story, so details are scant thus far.

abcnews.go.com

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 2:13:19am

re: #64 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Home owning makes sense for families who plan to stay in one place while children attend school. For those without kids, especially young, upwardly mobile singes, the freedom and flexibility of renting weighs more heavily against the tax advantages.

As I found in the Navy, all those taxes that landlords pay are just passed along in rent.

The article I linked is another piece of apologia for the plight of being rich, not the choice of whether to rent or buy.

My heart bleeds for the New York City wealthy whigning about housing costs.

I lived homeless for eleven years. They’d starve in a fortnight if they had to do that. Waaaaaambulance for whigning wealthy complaining about high property costs versus high rent.

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 2:16:26am

Not a big fan of Shaun King, but he’s right here. Even veterans in my little conservative village have noted this.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 2:22:24am

re: #67 Anymouse

Reminder that Sheriff Clarke never served in the military but just dresses up to look like it. Veterans are starting to speak out on it.

Even Germans used to joke about Hermann Göring’s medals: they showed his medal-filled chest with a note reading “continued on reverse side”.

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 2:28:01am

Pence Touts Trump’s Leadership in Commencement Speech (Goes to America On-Line, which still exists):

Speaking to graduating students at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said President Trump is a true example of ‘leadership and perseverance.”

He made the remarks during his commencement speech on Saturday.

“Anyone who dreams big will encounter those who think small. Anyone who dares to step forward will find those who’d rather they stay put. And anyone who thinks they can will always hear from those who are sure they can’t,” he said.

All I can say “those poor college students, having their finest hour demeaned by derp.”

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Shiplord Kirel  May 21, 2017 • 2:29:42am

re: #68 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Reminder that Sheriff Clarke never served in the military but just dresses up to look like it. Veterans are starting to speak out on it.

Even Germans used to joke about Hermann Göring’s medals: they showed his medal-filled chest with a note reading “continued on reverse side”.

Unlike Clarke, Goring served in wartime and quite a few of his medals were legit, at least the older ones were. He was an ace in the First World War and in fact led the Richtofen circus after the freiherr’s untimely, though not unexpected, demise.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 2:31:00am

re: #69 Anymouse

Pence Touts Trump’s Leadership in Commencement Speech (Goes to America On-Line, which still exists):

All I can say “those poor college students, having their finest hour demeaned by derp.”

Trump is a great role model: start out with a modest million-dollar loan from your dad and go out and make it on your own…

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 2:37:51am

Donald Trump declares in proclamation National Maritime Day. (The day was declared by Congress as May 22 in 1933 to honour the contributions of the Merchant Marine in war and peace.)

Surprisingly, Mr. Trump did not make it about his Electoral College victory.

whitehouse.gov

While National Maritime Day is not declared in the US Flag Code, it is declared by a US Joint Resolution, honouring the first trans-Atlantic steamship USS Savanah in 1833.

Naval and Merchant Marine vessels in port are ordered to dress ship. As is customary, Americans are encouraged to fly the National Ensign.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 3:05:06am

re: #72 Anymouse

Donald Trump declares in proclamation National Maritime Day. (The day was declared by Congress as May 22 in 1933 to honour the contributions of the Merchant Marine in war and peace.)

Surprisingly, Mr. Trump did not make it about his Electoral College victory.

whitehouse.gov

While National Maritime Day is not declared in the US Flag Code, it is declared by a US Joint Resolution, honouring the first trans-Atlantic steamship USS Savanah in 1833.

Naval and Merchant Marine vessels in port are ordered to dress ship. As is customary, Americans are encouraged to fly the National Ensign.

And aircraft carriers are to give a 21-steam catapult salute!

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 3:09:27am

re: #73 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And aircraft carriers are to give a 21-steam catapult salute!

LOL. We could launch a paddlewheel/sail vessel using a rail gun… .

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 3:11:31am

My local proclamation by E-mail launched.

National Maritime Day was set in law in 1933, to honour the United States Merchant Marine on May 22, and the sailors who contribute to the nation in war and peace.

As such, President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation declaring National Maritime Day, (goes to the White House Press Office Website with a copy of the proclamation) created by a joint resolution of Congress in 1933 to honour the first trans-Atlantic voyage by a steam-powered ship, SS Savannah in 1819. SS Savannah was a combination sail vessel/paddlewheel steam vessel.

Today, ceremonies are held aboard NS Savannah, one of only four nuclear-powered merchant vessels ever built. NS Savannah is presently docked in Baltimore, since 2008. NS Savannah was deactivated in 1971.

The history of the SS Savannah is available at Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org

SS Savannah was decried as a “steam coffin,” and as such, the owners of the ship had difficulty in hiring a crew. President James Monroe was invited by the captain of Savannah to sail aboard the vessel, and President Madison did so.

Because of the fear of technology ginned up by the press, no passengers or cargo were embarked for Savannah’s voyage to Liverpool, as no one was willing to risk their lives or cargo on such a novel vessel.

The history of the NS Savannah is also available at Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org

All persons and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at full mast on National Maritime Day, unless otherwise modified by Presidential or gubernatorial proclamation.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 3:14:23am

re: #75 Anymouse

My uncle served in the Merchant Marine during WWII. He was disqualified for military service because of his very bad stammer. He used to joke that the Army wouldn’t want him on sentry duty, because he’d be shot before he could ask “Who goes there?”

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Scout  May 21, 2017 • 3:23:06am

re: #65 Dr Lizardo

Short blurb here, but it seems North Korea as at it again. Breaking story, so details are scant thus far.

abcnews.go.com

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 3:23:36am

re: #76 wheat-dogg

My uncle served in the Merchant Marine during WWII. He was disqualified for military service because of his very bad stammer. He used to joke that the Army wouldn’t want him on sentry duty, because he’d be shot before he could ask “Who goes there?”

The Merchant Marine has proved its valour and patriotism over and over again. There is no shame in serving in the Merchant Marine versus the Navy; one might argue that it takes more courage to serve on a merchant vessel, since those ships are either lightly armed or unarmed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 3:28:07am

re: #78 Anymouse

The Merchant Marine has proved its valour and patriotism over and over again. There is no shame in serving in the Merchant Marine versus the Navy; one might argue that it takes more courage to serve on a merchant vessel, since those ships are either lightly armed or unarmed.

Ever since I read “HMS Ulysses” by Alistair Maclean, I have admired the bravery of all those fellows who served on convoys, especially in the North Atlantic and Arctic.

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Anymouse  May 21, 2017 • 3:29:05am

Well, it’s time for rum; I’ve had too much bed.

Good-y’all, night. Catch everyone later.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 3:38:13am

re: #77 Scout

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

They’re busy little bees rocket scientists, aren’t they?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 3:54:30am

re: #81 Dr Lizardo

They’re busy little bees rocket scientists, aren’t they?

They are busy keeping themselves relevant by provoking and annoying the rest of the civilized world, yes.

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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 4:12:13am

re: #78 Anymouse

The Merchant Marine has proved its valour and patriotism over and over again. There is no shame in serving in the Merchant Marine versus the Navy; one might argue that it takes more courage to serve on a merchant vessel, since those ships are either lightly armed or unarmed.

Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Cisco Houston served in WWII, and made the Murmansk Run.

The Merchant Marine also has its own service academy, on Long Island. We used to use it for commercial photo shoot locations.

usmma.edu

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 4:26:22am

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

Ever since I read “HMS Ulysses” by Alistair Maclean, I have admired the bravery of all those fellows who served on convoys, especially in the North Atlantic and Arctic.

Thanks for this recommendation. I just finished reading 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline, and now I have a new history book to read.

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William Lewis  May 21, 2017 • 4:39:51am

HMS Ulysses is fiction, though highly accurate. It started MacLean on a career of writing adventure novels. The early ones are much better than the later ones as his drinking habit did in his storytelling.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 4:43:22am

re: #85 William Lewis

HMS Ulysses is fiction, though highly accurate. It started MacLean on a career of writing adventure novels. The early ones are much better than the later ones as his drinking habit did in his storytelling.

Oh, I got that. I’ve read MacLean before, but not this one.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 4:46:29am

re: #84 wheat-dogg

Thanks for this recommendation. I just finished reading 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline, and now I have a new history book to read.

HMS Ulysses is Alistair Maclean’s first novel, and still my favorite of anything I have read by him.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 4:52:39am

1177 BC: The Year Civilisation Collapsed is more of an academic work, in contrast. Cline examines the many factors that led to the collapse of an international network of vibrant Mediterranean cultures by the end of the 12th century BC. There’s no one cause, and he does not propose to know the answer, but he suggests there are parallels between that world and the world of today.

One possible explanation was a cascade effect. As each of the Mediterranean cultures was dependent on the others for trade, food, olive oil and so on, if any one link in the chain broke, the others suffered. Climate change was one problem — droughts and famine in some places. Raids by the mysterious Sea Peoples could have been another. Also, there were a series of earthquakes in the region, plus the usual assortment of wars and other conflicts.

Tin back then was as important to Bronze Age civilisations as petroleum is now to us. No tin, no bronze, and therefore no weaponry. Cultures that had developed iron smithing could then come in and take over.

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darthstar  May 21, 2017 • 4:53:27am

Salon has an article about Jimmy Fallon and his apolitical style.

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Patricia Kayden  May 21, 2017 • 4:58:44am

re: #46 piratedan

r u guys sure that you want to get into a twitter bout with John Cleese? For Crissakes, it’s not as if he’s a GOP water carrier. I’d rather save the ammo for someone waaaaay more worthy.

Agreed. Cleese does not support Republicans from what I see. He’s been very critical of Palin and Trump.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:00:16am
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darthstar  May 21, 2017 • 5:00:23am
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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 5:01:04am

re: #90 Patricia Kayden

Agreed. Cleese does not support Republicans from what I see. He’s been very critical of Palin and Trump.

Cleese holds Trump with the same regard as he does Piers Morgan.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 5:02:07am

re: #90 Patricia Kayden

Agreed. Cleese does not support Republicans from what I see. He’s been very critical of Palin and Trump.

Exactly. Whatever you have to say about McCain’s politics, his military record is beyond reproach, and anyone who would belittle it is beneath contempt

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:06:15am

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

Don’t think his military rep came up here, just whether he’s really of the “Maverick” variety of simply perpetually “troubled”.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 5:10:44am

re: #95 JordanRules

Don’t think his military rep came up here, just whether he’s really of the “Maverick” variety of simply perpetually “troubled”.

He also tried to sell himself as the “outsider” who could “shake things up” when he first campaigned. But that was before the Keating Five scandal, where he showed his true colors as a system politician.

I voted for him in the 2000 Primaries (was a registered Republican back then) and probably would have voted for him over Al Gore had it come to that.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:11:45am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 21, 2017 • 5:14:41am

re: #97 JordanRules

Trump-Netanyahu dinner cancelled amid revolt by Israeli ministers

Who’s your friend, Israel?

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Dom  May 21, 2017 • 5:18:13am

Just a note on the thread topic, what a great cause!

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:23:21am

Depending on candidates being rational, good-faith actors who have a default belief in democracy doesn’t work.

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Joe Bacon  May 21, 2017 • 5:28:06am

re: #69 Anymouse

Pence Touts Trump’s Leadership in Commencement Speech (Goes to America On-Line, which still exists):

All I can say “those poor college students, having their finest hour demeaned by derp.”

As someone who was born and raised in Western PA, I know that Grove City College is a hotbed of reactionary radical RepubliKKKlans!

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 5:31:16am

re: #30 Anymouse

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 5:31:50am

re: #100 JordanRules

Dershowitz, for such an obviously smart man, seems much more wedded to the letter of the law than to the spirit of it. And I suspect if Obama had fired Comey while Comey was investigating his administration, Dersh would be singing a different song.

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Joe Bacon  May 21, 2017 • 5:35:38am

re: #103 wheat-dogg

Dershowitz, for such an obviously smart man, seems much more wedded to the letter of the law than to the spirit of it. And I suspect if Obama had fired Comey while Comey was investigating his administration, Dersh would be singing a different song.

I lost all respect for him when he supported Bush’s torture policy.

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Eventual Carrion  May 21, 2017 • 5:36:16am

re: #69 Anymouse

Pence Touts Trump’s Leadership in Commencement Speech (Goes to America On-Line, which still exists):

All I can say “those poor college students, having their finest hour demeaned by derp.”

Grove City college is a VERY conservative, christian college (I live just north of Grove City, about a half hour southeast away). I turned down a job interview from a headhunter after I looked at the company and their owner and employee listings. Most everyone was from Grove City college, and I just knew what the atmosphere there was going to be like. I told the headhunter that I wouldn’t fit in.

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Belafon  May 21, 2017 • 5:36:26am

re: #100 JordanRules

Depending on candidates being rational, good-faith actors who have a default belief in democracy doesn’t work.

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Maybe the FBI director and AG, since they can possibly investigate the president, should only be able to be fired if the president recommends, and a majority of the Senate agrees.

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Belafon  May 21, 2017 • 5:37:14am

re: #103 wheat-dogg

He didn’t really answer Joe’s question.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:37:26am
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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:38:58am

re: #106 Belafon

Yes. I’m floored a bit by how many loopholes, I guess you’d say, there are for an autocrat to exploit.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 5:45:10am

re: #107 Belafon

He didn’t really answer Joe’s question.

Dersh is also very slippery in that regard.

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Eventual Carrion  May 21, 2017 • 5:45:48am

re: #101 Joe Bacon

As someone who was born and raised in Western PA, I know that Grove City College is a hotbed of reactionary radical RepubliKKKlans!

You know it Joe.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 5:48:53am
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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 5:49:34am

re: #97 JordanRules

Trump-Netanyahu dinner cancelled amid revolt by Israeli ministers

The Israeli press reporting on that issue seems very shaky, with the usual POV split between Ha’aretz and JPost. Best guess is that a ministerial-level dinner was cancelled but that the Trump/Netanyahu feed is still on.

jpost.com

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 5:53:18am

re: #113 Decatur Deb

Thanks. I figured it wasn’t 100% based on that first report and 2nd tweet, but very interesting behind the scenes shake up.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 5:58:39am

Look at this slimy POS.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:00:23am
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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:04:50am

re: #115 Nyet

BOOM!

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Belafon  May 21, 2017 • 6:07:16am

re: #109 JordanRules

Yes. I’m floored a bit by how many loopholes, I guess you’d say, there are for an autocrat to exploit.

The founders weren’t expecting us to elect someone who wanted to destroy the country. Trump is what you get when you elect a con man who pretends to be a businessman.

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MsJ  May 21, 2017 • 6:08:57am

re: #35 Anymouse

Best as I can tell, that Medium article is accurate.

I sent an E-mail to my family saying if they ever do the AncestryDNA thing and the Mormons posthumously baptise my atheistic butt, I’ll come after every one of them from Kolob with Archangel Moroni’s sword in the afterlife.

That was hysterical. Like truly LOL funny.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 21, 2017 • 6:16:00am

re: #20 Targetpractice

“Save the American people”? From what, prosperity and happiness?

Not to mention healthcare.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 6:17:38am

re: #120 The Vicious Babushka

Not to mention healthcare.

Save them from people who are not white or Christian or rich

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goddamnedfrank  May 21, 2017 • 6:20:32am

re: #115 Nyet

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PhillyPretzel  May 21, 2017 • 6:20:42am

To save the village we had to destroy it mentality.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:22:46am

re: #42 teleskiguy

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jeffreyw  May 21, 2017 • 6:24:18am

Imgur
Good morning!

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PhillyPretzel  May 21, 2017 • 6:25:08am

re: #125 jeffreyw

What type of snake it that?

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goddamnedfrank  May 21, 2017 • 6:28:53am

re: #100 JordanRules

Apparently motives don’t matter anymore. Dersh is now just another glib authoritarian.

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darthstar  May 21, 2017 • 6:31:11am
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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 6:36:46am

re: #128 darthstar

Perhaps what they’re trying to say is that they essentially view Trump as a lame duck president, hobbled by an unceasing series of crises that prevent him from governing.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 6:37:17am

re: #128 darthstar

Donnie Two Scoop’s Russian pals are letting him twist in the wind.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:38:50am

re: #127 goddamnedfrank

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The Vicious Babushka  May 21, 2017 • 6:40:18am
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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 6:40:23am

re: #127 goddamnedfrank

Going full authoritarian, after starting during Dubya’s tenure, is pitiful to watch.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 6:40:53am

re: #128 darthstar

This is the guy who threatened to turn the US into radioactive dust.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 6:45:28am
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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:46:16am
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Eventual Carrion  May 21, 2017 • 6:51:25am

re: #132 The Vicious Babushka

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Caption: “Why does this person smell of gin and flop-sweat?”

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:52:41am
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darthstar  May 21, 2017 • 6:53:25am
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jeffreyw  May 21, 2017 • 6:54:37am

re: #126 PhillyPretzel

What type of snake it that?

I believe it to be a Northern Water Snake, also called a common water snake. Not venomous, you can tell by the round pupil in its eye.

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PhillyPretzel  May 21, 2017 • 6:55:53am

re: #140 jeffreyw

Thanks for the info.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:56:05am
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Colère Tueur de Lapin  May 21, 2017 • 6:58:52am

re: #42 teleskiguy

There will come a time that I will be able to throw this tweet back in John Cleese’s face and have some guffaws and harumphs. Maybe sooner rather than later.

I think that was Cleese being very British and sarcastic.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 6:59:51am

re: #139 darthstar

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:04:40am

I’ve never heard of a lynch mob that did independent investigations. Meanwhile chanting lock her up! lock her up! is more lynch mob mentality. But I wouldn’t compare either to actual lynching.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:12:15am

This should go over well … Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia against “Islamist extremism.” WaPo will have a live feed.

washingtonpost.com

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 21, 2017 • 7:12:38am

re: #145 HappyWarrior

I’ve never heard of a lynch mob that did independent investigations. Meanwhile chanting lock her up! lock her up! is more lynch mob mentality. But I wouldn’t compare either to actual lynching.

THAT’S DIFFERENT!!!

Though, to be fair, promising to lock someone up without evidence, or even an actual identified violation of the law is a lot like lynching.

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Teukka  May 21, 2017 • 7:12:54am

re: #146 wheat-dogg

This should go over well … Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia against “Islamist extremism.” WaPo will have a live feed.

washingtonpost.com

I just hope we won’t remember this day as the day when shit went sideways in a pearshape into the fan.

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mmmirele  May 21, 2017 • 7:13:16am

re: #61 Anymouse

Aside from the New York Times detailing the plight of the ultra-rich having to explain inheritances to their children, there’s this:

They Could Buy, but Why? Meet the High-Renters, where they go into the plight of the ultra-wealthy renting instead of buying property.

That, at bottom, is why I won’t subscribe to the Times. It’s not just the bothsiderism, or the fact that its editorial page is stacked full of white men, but that it caters to the very wealthy. I see no reason to encourage that shit.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:14:02am

re: #148 Teukka

I just hope we won’t remember this day as the day when shit went sideways in a pearshape into the fan.

He is going to offend nearly every Muslim, somehow, especially the extremists (and the Saudi’s who fund them).

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 21, 2017 • 7:14:16am

Gee, why DON’T women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted come forward? It’s a mystery!
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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:14:48am

re: #147 Blind Frog Belly White

THAT’S DIFFERENT!!!

Though, to be fair, promising to lock someone up without evidence, or even an actual identified violation of the law is a lot like lynching.

Oh for sure.

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:16:17am

re: #151 Blind Frog Belly White

Gee, why DON’T women who have bee sexually harassed or assaulted come forward? It’s a mystery!
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So I see who will be running interference for Eric/Donald Jr 2040.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 7:17:14am

re: #151 Blind Frog Belly White

Gee, why DON’T women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted come forward? It’s a mystery!
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I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the horse’s ass, does it?

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:21:08am

re: #149 mmmirele

That, at bottom, is why I won’t subscribe to the Times. It’s not just the bothsiderism, or the fact that its editorial page is stacked full of white men, but that it caters to the very wealthy. I see no reason to encourage that shit.

The Times has been the newspaper of the NYC elite for nearly its entire existence. Its readership’s median income is probably in the six-figure range, or close to it, so the feature articles are targeted toward that demographic, plus the upwardly mobile. Newspapers have to do what they do to stay in business, so writing for the typical Times reader is forgivable, in my book (as a native New Yorker and a longtime Times reader).

The Daily News and the NY Post take care of the regular folks: the News takes the Dems and the Post the RWNJs.

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I cannot.  May 21, 2017 • 7:21:49am
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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:22:09am

re: #154 Dr Lizardo

I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the horse’s ass, does it?

He’s a kid who lost his father. I feel bad but at the same time, threatening women who settled with his father is fucking crass.

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Amory Blaine  May 21, 2017 • 7:22:29am

re: #125 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Looks delicious!

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:28:13am

Al-Arabiya has excerpts of Trump’s speech online.

english.alarabiya.net

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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 7:28:43am
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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:28:50am

Yo guys, this is a private link, don’t share.

officialmikepence.com

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:31:57am

If Trump manages to stick to the script, this address may not be a total disaster. But that’s a big if.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 21, 2017 • 7:32:15am

I’m just gonna leave this here….

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mmmirele  May 21, 2017 • 7:32:34am

re: #155 wheat-dogg

The Times has been the newspaper of the NYC elite for nearly its entire existence. Its readership’s median income is probably in the six-figure range, or close to it, so the feature articles are targeted toward that demographic, plus the upwardly mobile. Newspapers have to do what they do to stay in business, so writing for the typical Times reader is forgivable, in my book (as a native New Yorker and a longtime Times reader).

The Daily News and the NY Post take care of the regular folks: the News takes the Dems and the Post the RWNJs.

Thing is, I am in their class of readers. I make the income, I have the education. However, for some strange reason, I am not of a “I’ve got mine, screw you” mentality, and there’s a lot of that in the Times.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:33:21am

re: #163 Blind Frog Belly White

Good one.

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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 7:34:04am

Because twitter polls equate to “facts”
And, the libtards can’t hijack the poll since there are no biased responses

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:34:34am

NY Times feed is live, too

nytimes.com

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:35:34am

re: #166 FormerDirtDart

Because twitter polls equate to “facts”
And, the libtards can’t hijack the poll since there are no biased responses

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His own words and actions?
And man do I love that wingnuts want to make this about racism. Yes because we never opposed Sheriff Joe for doing the same things that Clarke did. Not to mention these are the people who like clockwork shut down any liberal conversation about racism.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:36:22am

re: #164 mmmirele

Thing is, I am in their class of readers. I make the income, I have the education. However, for some strange reason, I am not of a “I’ve got mine, screw you” mentality, and there’s a lot of that in the Times.

I’ve never been in that demographic, and I have to admit some of the hoity-toity articles bother me. So I don’t read them. I figure they’re just wrapper around the ads for high-end goods.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 21, 2017 • 7:36:57am
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The Vicious Babushka  May 21, 2017 • 7:37:13am

Has he uttered the magic words yet?

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:37:30am

Liberals are always crying racism!

Liberal criticizes a prominent conservative who is a racial minority.

LIBS IS RACIST!

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:37:44am

re: #171 The Vicious Babushka

Has he uttered the magic words yet?

JOBS!!

Oh, you mean, the other magic words

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Jay C  May 21, 2017 • 7:37:47am

re: #148 Teukka

Morning, Lizards….

I’m gonna go out on a limb and make a contrarian prediction about Our Preznit’s “Islam” speech: i.e., that it’s more likely to be a generous serving of pablum: bland boilerplate Telepromptered out with Trump’s usual wooden delivery. Even ignoring the presumption of making a speech about “Islam” in Saudi F——n’ Arabia, I don’t think the Yam’s people are going to want to make many, if any waves over there: especially as the Saudis have gone out of their way to do several of the main things that are important to Donald Trump:

1. Impress him with a gaudy display of affluence.
2. Flatter his ego.
3. Spend money (lots of it), seemingly for his benefit.

Hope he’s enjoyed his stay in KSA; I don’t think the reception he’s going to be getting at his next stop (Israel) will be quite as “comforting”.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 7:37:56am

re: #171 The Vicious Babushka

Has he uttered the magic words yet?

I was just thinking that if he doesn’t, the Bigot Brigade is gonna lose their shit.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 21, 2017 • 7:38:47am

re: #175 Dr Lizardo

I was just thinking that if he doesn’t, the Bigot Brigade is gonna lose their shit.

Nah. He’s being a “statesman”.

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caseyjr  May 21, 2017 • 7:39:05am

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

Exactly. Whatever you have to say about McCain’s politics, his military record is beyond reproach, and anyone who would belittle it is beneath contempt

McCain did not exactly clothe himself in glory during the USS Forrestal disaster.
But he was the admiral’s son, so he was given a third jet, and when that one was shot down, his hero narrative (99.9% deserved) was to commence.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:39:27am

I suspect she’s drunk.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 21, 2017 • 7:40:10am
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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:40:17am

Trump is making a hash of the Sunni-Shia-Wahhabi alignments with this speech. Putting an anti-extremist center in the RSA cannot be viewed positively by every Muslim.

OMFG

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:40:22am

re: #171 The Vicious Babushka

Has he uttered the magic words yet?

You mean radical Islam? Well, he is in the very fucking Mordor lair of radical Islam, of course he’ll chicken out.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 21, 2017 • 7:41:31am
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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:42:40am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

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Can’t wait to see his supporters heads explode over this or excuse it.

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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 7:43:12am
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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:43:22am

Most of the gentlemen listening to him are stony faced. Gonna be interesting to see if he gets applause, and how much.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:43:24am

*gag*

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 7:44:00am

re: #186 Nyet

Yup. Drunk.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:45:15am

Now he’s telling them that Mecca is in Saudi Arabia, and Muslims go on hajj there. Plus, there are lots of famous places in the Middle Eastern countries!

smdh

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 7:46:14am

re: #188 wheat-dogg

Now he’s telling them that Mecca is in Saudi Arabia, and Muslims go on hajj there. Plus, there are lots of famous places in the Middle Eastern countries!

smdh

I just can’t watch - I’d give myself a hernia, I’d be laughing so hard.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:47:09am

One man’s “terrah” is another man’s fight for freedom. Just ask people in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 7:47:49am

re: #188 wheat-dogg

Now he’s telling them that Mecca is in Saudi Arabia, and Muslims go on hajj there. Plus, there are lots of famous places in the Middle Eastern countries!

smdh

So he’s doing his third grade report again.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:48:15am

re: #187 JordanRules

Yup. Drunk.

Indubitably.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 7:49:11am

I hope Trump cites the Shahada to say how great it is.

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nines09  May 21, 2017 • 7:49:22am

re: #188 wheat-dogg

I just turned this 3rd grade book report on and the faces on the assembled seems to be abject realization that Trump is an imbecile.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:49:56am

re: #189 Dr Lizardo

I just can’t watch - I’d give myself a hernia, I’d be laughing so hard.

He’s trying to contrast the terrorists to everyone else, and telling the nations of the Middle East to get on the stick and crush those terrorists — incredibly patronizing.

Drive them out … he says.

I’m going to go with the idea he’s managed to offend nearly everyone in the assembly.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 7:49:58am

re: #193 Nyet

I hope Trump cites the Shahada to say how great it is.

LOLOL

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:51:08am

re: #193 Nyet

I hope Trump cites the Shahada to say how great it is.

He referred to the RSA twice as ancient and sacred land.

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mmmirele  May 21, 2017 • 7:51:44am

re: #169 wheat-dogg

I’ve never been in that demographic, and I have to admit some of the hoity-toity articles bother me. So I don’t read them. I figure they’re just wrapper around the ads for high-end goods.

Oh, I should make it clear I wasn’t born middle class. My dad was the epitome of the American Dream—a sharecropper’s son with a high school diploma who left Oklahoma for California. He landed in an industry (internal PBX systems) that was growing and was freed from regulation monopoly (fixed that) by court order. He was good at what he did and he worked hard and moved into the middle class. Along the way, he pushed us kids to get educations. My sister and I are both college graduates and I graduated from law school. *sigh* Wish he’d pushed my brother more, but them’s the breaks.

What my dad became is what Trump sold to people in parts of the country that have seen their jobs become automated or flee outside the country. But I would tell them: that would is gone. My brother only has a high school diploma and he is at a severe disadvantage if he goes back to work.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:51:59am

That meeting room is gorgeous. Acoustics probably suck, though.

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nines09  May 21, 2017 • 7:52:32am

“Remember all those guys who you sent out to kill infidels and nonbelievers? Yes. The radicals? Throw them out.”

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:52:47am

i swear I saw one of the African delegates taking a nap.

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stpaulbear  May 21, 2017 • 7:54:20am

re: #149 mmmirele

That, at bottom, is why I won’t subscribe to the Times. It’s not just the bothsiderism, or the fact that its editorial page is stacked full of white men, but that it caters to the very wealthy. I see no reason to encourage that shit.

The New Yorker could be accused of those things too, but their writing is so good that they’re worth the subscription. It’s mostly their ads that identify their audience.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:55:30am

He’s naming Hezbollah by name, as well as ISIS.

“The oppression of women, the slaughter of Jews … barbarism will bring you no glory.”

Now he’s threatening the terrorists with death.

0_o

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mmmirele  May 21, 2017 • 7:55:30am

re: #202 stpaulbear

The New Yorker could be accused of those things too, but their writing is so good that they’re worth the subscription. It’s mostly their ads that identify their audience.

And I do subscribe to the New Yorker, too. :) I keep wondering when they’re going to show me a purse I want to buy.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:56:18am

re: #204 mmmirele

And I do subscribe to the New Yorker, too. :) I keep wondering when they’re going to show me a purse I want to buy.

Or a watch I can afford.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:57:46am

Yegods, this speech is really patronizing — the American way is the best, so you guys better fall in line, or else!

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Teukka  May 21, 2017 • 7:58:16am

re: #151 Blind Frog Belly White

Gee, why DON’T women who have bee sexually harassed or assaulted come forward? It’s a mystery!
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Witness intimidation?
Or is it witless intimidation?*
*ducks*

*On part of Ailes’ son, that is.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 7:58:45am

Trump will fix the Israeli-Palestinian problem! Buhlieve me!

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 8:00:10am

re: #208 wheat-dogg

Trump will fix the Israeli-Palestinian problem! Buhlieve me!

Actually maybe he can, maybe if you put Abbas and Bibi in the same room with him, they’ll discover they hate him more than they do each other. // Maybe.

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goddamnedfrank  May 21, 2017 • 8:00:28am

re: #206 wheat-dogg

Yegods, this speech is really patronizing — the American way is the best, so you guys better fall in line, or else!

At the same time it’s incredibly cynical. He said the American way doesn’t matter, that we’re forming relationships based purely on shared geopolitical interest and not things like human rights or ideology.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 8:00:29am

Oh, shit! He’s calling out Iran as a funder of terrah. By name! And isn’t Iran’s representative there? And going after Assad, too.

oy vey

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 8:01:20am

re: #210 goddamnedfrank

At the same time it’s incredibly cynical. He said the American way doesn’t matter, that we’re forming relationships based purely on shared interest and not things like human rights or ideology.

Yeah, I see that, too.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 8:01:33am
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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 8:01:52am

JOBS!!

Thanks to the Saudi royal family!

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 8:02:36am

2 takeaways so far. And very Drumpf they are.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 8:04:22am

re: #215 JordanRules

You will see how these words will be supported by his fans on the strength of “well, Allah is not God”.

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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 8:05:40am

He ends by saying “God bless the United States of America.”

wha?

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 8:06:25am

re: #216 Nyet

Oh those cheeky bigots!

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Stanley Sea  May 21, 2017 • 8:08:32am
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goddamnedfrank  May 21, 2017 • 8:08:39am
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wheat-dogg  May 21, 2017 • 8:09:13am

Well, maybe WWIII has been delayed a few more months. I’m going to bed, but I suspect “radical Islamists” will be restive following this speech.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 8:09:52am

re: #220 goddamnedfrank

They already got their arms deal. They’re all good.

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 8:10:20am

re: #219 Stanley Sea

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Low expectations. He didn’t shit himself on stage ore refer to OSama Bin Laden as Sam and talk about Albert Qaida.

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 8:10:40am
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Jay C  May 21, 2017 • 8:12:51am

re: #174 Jay C

OK, wrong again: pablum was seasoned with the usual Trumpian garnish: idiotic pronouncements: the idiocy of which:

1. Wasn’t/Won’t be apparent to him.
2. Will make him angry when pointed out in subsequent reporting.
3. Lead to more angry idiocy when he finds out original idiocy was called out.

The Circle Of Derp is more like a Moebius Band with this one……

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 8:13:55am

re: #225 Jay C

More like an Ouroboros.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 8:14:17am
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Teukka  May 21, 2017 • 8:14:38am

re: #225 Jay C

OK, wrong again: pablum was seasoned with the usual Trumpian garnish: idiotic pronouncements: the idiocy of which:

1. Wasn’t/Won’t be apparent to him.
2. Will make him angry when pointed out in subsequent reporting.
3. Lead to more angry idiocy when he finds out original idiocy was called out.

The Circle Of Derp is more like a Moebius Band with this one……

Moebius band, is that like an eight someone has toppled? ?

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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 8:15:29am

re: #228 Teukka

Nah, it’s a one-sided surface.

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Jay C  May 21, 2017 • 8:17:51am

re: #229 Nyet

Nah, it’s a one-sided surface.

Yep: all sides, every surface: it’s all derp, all the way down.

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Teukka  May 21, 2017 • 8:18:41am

re: #229 Nyet

Nah, it’s a one-sided surface.

re: #230 Jay C

Yep: all sides, every surface: it’s all derp, all the way down.

Ah.

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 8:20:06am
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Nyet  May 21, 2017 • 8:21:19am

re: #230 Jay C

Trump is a walking Klein bottle of derp.

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 8:22:31am

re: #233 Nyet

One surface, and it’s all combover.

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 8:23:15am
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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 8:23:31am

The Trump clan is looting our foreign policy.

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Stanley Sea  May 21, 2017 • 8:25:28am
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Belafon  May 21, 2017 • 8:27:32am

re: #163 Blind Frog Belly White

I’m just gonna leave this here….

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“Truncating the y-axis” needs to apply to any situation where a glass equivalence is made, such as prying one climate scientist against one climate denialist.

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scottslemmons  May 21, 2017 • 8:28:28am

re: #237 Stanley Sea

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Wild animals are not fucking teddy bears.

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Jay C  May 21, 2017 • 8:28:33am

re: #236 jaunte

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The Trump clan is looting our foreign policy.

Yeah, but unlike the Clinton Foundation, donors to Ivanka’s fund will probably get a permanent 20%-off on all jewelry and accessories at her boutiques!
And it will be good for both in-store and online sales!

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 8:29:33am

re: #237 Stanley Sea

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From Wikipedia:

Sea lion attacks on humans are rare, but when humans come within approximately 2.5 meters, it can be very unsafe.[19] In a highly unusual attack in 2007 in Western Australia, a sea lion leapt from the water and seriously mauled a 13-year-old girl surfing behind a speedboat. The sea lion appeared to be preparing for a second attack when the girl was rescued. An Australian marine biologist suggested that the sea lion may have viewed the girl “like a rag doll toy” to be played with.[20][21][22] In San Francisco, where an increasingly large population of California sea lions crowds docks along San Francisco Bay, incidents have been reported in recent years of swimmers being bitten on the legs by large, aggressive males, possibly as territorial acts.[23][24] In April 2015, a sea lion had also attacked a 62-year-old man who was boating with his wife in San Diego. The attack left the man with a punctured bone.[25]

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 8:31:26am
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GlutenFreeJesus  May 21, 2017 • 8:33:01am

re: #242 jaunte

That’s because he hates democracy.

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HappyWarrior  May 21, 2017 • 8:34:13am

re: #243 GlutenFreeJesus

That’s because he hates democracy.

Stephen Miller too. He wrote this.

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 8:35:26am
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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 8:37:25am

And Cali will have to subsidize their sorry asses.

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 8:39:46am
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Patricia Kayden  May 21, 2017 • 8:42:40am

re: #242 jaunte

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I guess that’s okay since his audience is not pro-democracy seeing that it’s an Islamic kingdom. And then his American supporters in the audience are also not pro-democracy seeing that they support King Trump and his fascist tendencies.

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Unshaken Defiance  May 21, 2017 • 8:44:22am

By Saturday I seem to hit my fill of Trump news. I mean geez, where is the positive moment? A break from disaster? Anyone else doing a no/low Trump Sunday?

For us it’s brunch then Guardians Of The Galaxy over at one of Hollywood’s great modern theaters. Not interested in 3d, so seeing it in one of the Atmos sound theaters. Did I say not interested? At this point I’m avoiding 3d showings entirely. The look from 6k and 8k cameras taken down to 4k for the theater is a great look given capable DP, cinematography people. For those interested Guardians was shot with Red cameras and Leica glass.

Red of course is almost a household brand, especially the Red Epic. Funny story, always the edgy marketeers, they named one model the Red Weapon. Instantly making that model extra problematic to ship or travel with across international borders. Imagine explaining that to customs, law enforcement, anyone that check the paperwork from the airline, the pilot… through a few not allied nations?

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Patricia Kayden  May 21, 2017 • 8:46:58am

re: #246 JordanRules

And Cali will have to subsidize their sorry asses.

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Disgusting. I really feel that the NAACP and other Black civil rights organizations need to be making more of a stink about actions like these. Organize demonstrations and boycotts of the state. Do something!! We keep allowing the racists to win.

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Unshaken Defiance  May 21, 2017 • 8:48:25am

re: #250 Patricia Kayden

I would expect pro sports and big public corporations to respond. Celebrating slavery should be no more welcome than protecting discrimination

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I cannot.  May 21, 2017 • 8:48:47am

re: #249 Unshaken Defiance

For us it’s brunch then Guardians Of The Galaxy over at one of Hollywood’s great modern theaters.

I WANT to watch Guardians so bad I can taste it.

But with the way Marvel has behaved with Captain ‘Murica, I’ve sworn off all Marvel stuff.

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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 8:48:49am

re: #250 Patricia Kayden

Yeah. Higher profile opposition needs to happen. Entertainers should not play there.

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scottslemmons  May 21, 2017 • 8:49:42am
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JordanRules  May 21, 2017 • 8:52:21am

A new Rabbi I suppose, but still shady as usual.

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Unshaken Defiance  May 21, 2017 • 8:54:00am

re: #252 I cannot.

I’m close to done with comic book derivations. Not interested in Wonder woman. Or another downtown superhero battle that turns LA or NYC into a pocket of rubble. Can’t complain as a science fiction fan, it has been a good couple years.

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Dr Lizardo  May 21, 2017 • 9:02:40am

re: #256 Unshaken Defiance

I’m close to done with comic book derivations. Not interested in Wonder woman. Or another downtown superhero battle that turns LA or NYC into a pocket of rubble. Can’t complain as a science fiction fan, it has been a good couple years.

Because some of these comic-book superhero films have been enormously financially successful, naturally, Hollywood’s gonna fuck that chicken until it disintegrates. That’s just the way it goes.

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Barefoot Grin  May 21, 2017 • 9:03:04am

re: #246 JordanRules

And Cali will have to subsidize their sorry asses.

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“banjos playing through the broken glass.”

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I cannot.  May 21, 2017 • 9:17:35am

re: #256 Unshaken Defiance

Wonder Woman? You won’t be able to get me out of that seat. Dr. Poison? World War ONE?!

Dr. Poison has the potential of being a non-blow-the-city-up villain. YAY!
WWI is almost never used as a setting for anything, so that’s great. It looks like a nice mix of humor and action, yep, I’m in for this. I also like them using an actress with an accent (wrong accent for Greek IIRC, but at least its not “generic ‘murican accent”, besides, Thermiscira hadn’t been seen in centuries etc.)

Besides, every ticket sold will piss off MRAs…that would be enough for me to buy several tickets alone.

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Interesting Times  May 21, 2017 • 9:21:01am

…and the MSM is reacting to the Saudi speech exactly as you’d expect -_-

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PhillyPretzel  May 21, 2017 • 9:24:24am

re: #256 Unshaken Defiance

re: #259 I cannot.

All I can say is that this week marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and I for one have bought the digital six film collection. I am going to enjoy watching those movies.

amazon.com

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Skip Intro  May 21, 2017 • 9:27:22am

Eric Bauman named new chairman of the California Democratic Party — but his rival refuses to concede

The rival is a Bernie asshole, of course.

latimes.com

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Ace Rothstein  May 21, 2017 • 9:27:36am

The things you hear in Trump country, last night at he boozer: “Bears stand on their hind legs because they’re imitating humans.”

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stpaulbear  May 21, 2017 • 9:31:16am

re: #262 Skip Intro

Eric Bauman named new chairman of the California Democratic Party — but his rival refuses to concede

The rival is a Bernie asshole, of course.

latimes.com

Well fortunately the Bernie assholes still lost. They didn’t drive everyone else away.

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Skip Intro  May 21, 2017 • 9:32:24am

re: #264 stpaulbear

Well fortunately the Bernie assholes still lost. They didn’t drive everyone else away.

Their plan is to splinter the Democratic vote and turn CA red again.

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Stanley Sea  May 21, 2017 • 9:33:35am
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Skip Intro  May 21, 2017 • 9:35:32am

re: #266 Stanley Sea

Why would Trump care? He didn’t give a damn when Turkey thugs beat up people in the US last week. Doesn’t affect him at all.

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stpaulbear  May 21, 2017 • 9:39:18am

re: #265 Skip Intro

Their plan is to splinter the Democratic vote and turn CA red again.

Ahhhh…ratfuckers.

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Interesting Times  May 21, 2017 • 9:39:21am

trump’s relationship with Saudi goes way back, so no wonder he decided to visit them first:

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makeitstop  May 21, 2017 • 9:47:13am

The wife and I headed out to The Bronx Botanical Gardens last night to catch an exhibit by the Seattle artist Dale Chihuly. Mind, blown. The scale and detail of his works are astounding. I took the camera and actually got some pretty cool pics this time.

And the ‘Glass House,’ as it’s called, is a wonder all its own. I spent time between shooting these crazy glass sculptures and the building many of them were housed in. We’re going to go back during the day sometime and see them in daylight. Here’s a few pics.

The Onoin’s ‘White Hot Ball of Screaming Rage made flesh
Note the humans, lower left, for size comparison.

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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 9:47:31am
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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 9:48:17am
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piratedan  May 21, 2017 • 9:50:10am

re: #271 FormerDirtDart

i just want to emphasize that this is EXACTLY NOT what the Clinton Foundation does…

with the Clinton Foundation, there’s no quid pro quo… what the Trump/Ivanka thing does is nothing more than a shakedown.

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Charles Johnson  May 21, 2017 • 9:55:37am
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Interesting Times  May 21, 2017 • 9:58:40am

re: #274 Charles Johnson

See the tweets from Sarah Kendzior I posted in my #260 - she’s had their number for ages in this respect.

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mmmirele  May 21, 2017 • 10:01:54am

What’s going on?

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Barefoot Grin  May 21, 2017 • 10:03:12am

Obama administration not entirely clean in arms sales to KSA, but they did exercise some discretion about what could be sold. Now it’s purely transactional (the word of the last few months).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 21, 2017 • 10:06:45am
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mmmirele  May 21, 2017 • 10:07:13am

The Grauniad has gotten hold of secret manuals governing Facebook’s moderation policies.

Facebook has 4,500 “content moderators” - and recently announced plans to hire another 3,000.

Though Facebook has its own comparatively small in-house moderating team, most of them work for subcontractors. There are moderating hubs around the world, but Facebook refuses to disclose their exact number or locations.

Moderators get two weeks’ training plus prescriptive manuals devised by Facebook executives based at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

It is these documents that have been leaked to the Guardian.

They show the breadth of the issues being dealt with by Facebook - from graphic violence to terrorism and cannibalism. If Facebook users are talking about a controversial issue, the company has to have a policy on it to guide moderators.

theguardian.com

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Weaselone  May 21, 2017 • 10:08:02am

re: #274 Charles Johnson

At this point, I almost see it as damning with faint praise. He’s the president. He’s supposed to be presidential. That he needs to be giving a speech surround by the pomp and trappings of the office to appear that way speaks to how horrible he is. There was no need for the press to point out that President Obama was presidential every time he gave a speech.

It’s sort of like someone intoxicated to the point of unconsciousness trying some processed cheeze snacks and exclaiming, “Wow these almost taste like real cheese!”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 21, 2017 • 10:08:17am
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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 10:08:45am

re: #253 JordanRules

Yeah. Higher profile opposition needs to happen. Entertainers should not play there.

Dylan played Ozark AL once. No one ever figured out why.

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petesh  May 21, 2017 • 10:11:42am

re: #282 Decatur Deb

Dylan played Ozark AL once. No one ever figured out why.

He’s on a mission to play everywhere. As to why … inscrutable artist cannot be scruted.

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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 10:13:07am

re: #279 mmmirele

The Grauniad has gotten hold of secret manuals governing Facebook’s moderation policies.

theguardian.com

Let’s not baste all cannibals with the same brush.

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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 10:14:17am

OK, what’s going on in that vehicle?
And, I doubt the electrical system is covered by the manufactures warranty any longer…

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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 10:16:45am

re: #285 FormerDirtDart

OK, what’s going on in that vehicle?
And, I doubt the electrical system is covered by the manufactures warranty any longer…

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A buddy was deep into emergency uses of ham band, field days and all. We called his pickup “The Russian Trawler”.

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Jay C  May 21, 2017 • 10:20:13am

re: #285 FormerDirtDart

OK, what’s going on in that vehicle?
And, I doubt the electrical system is covered by the manufactures warranty any longer…

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Can’t see the license plate, but what are odds that this is in Florida?

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Bear  May 21, 2017 • 10:20:19am

Another windy and rain day here. Will have to forget driving out to the boardwalk today and just take a virtual walk on my treadmill.

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TedStriker  May 21, 2017 • 10:23:00am

re: #282 Decatur Deb

Dylan played Ozark AL once. No one ever figured out why.

re: #283 petesh

He’s on a mission to play everywhere. As to why … inscrutable artist cannot be scruted.

Heh, I just drove through the outskirts of Ozark to get into Ft. Rucker to visit the Army Aviation Museum last Monday on my way down to PCB last week.

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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 10:24:28am

re: #289 TedStriker

Heh, I just drove through the outskirts of Ozark to get into Ft. Rucker to visit the Army Aviation Museum last Monday on my way down to PCB last week.

You passed within a mile of here.

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 10:27:00am
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Ace Rothstein  May 21, 2017 • 10:27:39am
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TedStriker  May 21, 2017 • 10:28:49am

re: #290 Decatur Deb

You passed within a mile of here.

Damn…if I’d known you were that close to the route I was going, I could’ve asked if you were up for a meetup.

Eh, c’est la vie…

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The Major  May 21, 2017 • 10:29:05am

re: #266 Stanley Sea

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jaunte  May 21, 2017 • 10:29:58am
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makeitstop  May 21, 2017 • 10:32:42am

re: #285 FormerDirtDart

OK, what’s going on in that vehicle?
And, I doubt the electrical system is covered by the manufactures warranty any longer…

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My wife works for a company that runs real-time tracking systems for public transit. When surveying a new system, they’ll send out a car with a setup like that (she says they usually have 4 antennae), but she said it could be some kind of cellular survey.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 21, 2017 • 10:36:00am
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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 10:36:33am

re: #293 TedStriker

Damn…if I’d known you were that close to the route I was going, I could’ve asked if you were up for a meetup.

Eh, c’est la vie…

Picked up your PCB trip from a comment, but too late. The turf from here to PC is where we did a lot of carpetbagging.

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Romantic Heretic  May 21, 2017 • 10:37:26am

re: #272 FormerDirtDart

The MSM are not Americans!

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scottslemmons  May 21, 2017 • 10:37:41am

Cool article from NPR about the end of the Ringling Bros. circus and the last ringmaster.

I haven’t seen a circus in probably 30 years, and I know they’ve been severely problematic in how they deal with animals. But I’ll miss having them around. I’ve been reading fantasy and horror for ages, and it’s hard to imagine a world where new readers might not understand what the hell “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is about.

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calochortus  May 21, 2017 • 10:39:00am

re: #295 jaunte

I don’t think anyone in the wingnut-o-sphere will need to twist themselves into anything. They’ll be all “Take that, evil reporters! Hahahahaha, Trump wins again.”

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Romantic Heretic  May 21, 2017 • 10:39:05am

re: #278 Backwoods_Sleuth

Don’t bork? Is that particular breed of dog Swedish?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 21, 2017 • 10:41:08am
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Decatur Deb  May 21, 2017 • 10:41:37am

re: #302 Romantic Heretic

Don’t bork? Is that particular breed of dog Swedish?

No, but it has very strong opinions about the Supreme Court.

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FormerDirtDart  May 21, 2017 • 10:51:20am

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

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ObserverArt  May 21, 2017 • 11:16:03am

re: #270 makeitstop

The wife and I headed out to The Bronx Botanical Gardens last night to catch an exhibit by the Seattle artist Dale Chihuly. Mind, blown. The scale and detail of his works are astounding. I took the camera and actually got some pretty cool pics this time.

And the ‘Glass House,’ as it’s called, is a wonder all its own. I spent time between shooting these crazy glass sculptures and the building many of them were housed in. We’re going to go back during the day sometime and see them in daylight. Here’s a few pics.

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Columbus has been collecting his works for quite a few years. I am not sure if his works in a plant conservatory starteds here or not, but Columbus sure has been good for him. The fact my old college, Columbus College of Art & Design has a glass blowing program probably helped. I think he has even given some classes to the glass students.

Here is one of the Columbus pieces. We have most of them at The Franklin Park Conservatory, but there are others at the Columbus Museum of Art and in private collections.

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EmmaAnne  May 21, 2017 • 11:29:46am

re: #100 JordanRules

Depending on candidates being rational, good-faith actors who have a default belief in democracy doesn’t work.

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Regarding Lusztig’s comment on needing to codify stuff - that happened after Nixon. If you look at statute changes in the following years, it’s like scar tissue through the legal system.

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makeitstop  May 21, 2017 • 3:21:05pm

\re: #297 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Is it me, or does the out-of-focus figure on the far right look like Jill Stein?

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whitebeach  May 21, 2017 • 6:38:09pm

re: #75 Anymouse

re: #78 Anymouse

re: #83 Decatur Deb

Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Cisco Houston served in WWII, and made the Murmansk Run.

The Merchant Marine also has its own service academy, on Long Island. We used to use it for commercial photo shoot locations.

usmma.edu

To the best of my knowledge, the service that suffered the highest casualty rate during WWII was the merchant marine.

It’s a national disgrace that we no longer have more than a trace of a merchant marine, but hey, that’s what you get when your nation’s leaders make unions the enemy.


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