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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:28:20pm
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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:28:39pm

Continuing from the last thread… .

re: #420 Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch

I make things as well - spin, weave, quilt, etc. - and my husband is a great admirer. It means everything. :-)

I admire her crafts and work. I am reminded of an old Dagwood cartoon though, where Blondie asks Dagwood if he loves her for her brains or her beauty. (A trap sort of question.)

He responds “I love you for your beautiful brains.”

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:30:09pm
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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:32:12pm

I see so far the Monster Raving Loony Party in the UK General Election hasn’t snagged any votes yet; I imagine there’s still time for them to catch up though. /s

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piratedan  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:33:28pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

it really is as if they believe their own bullshit, if they sit on the floor and embrace their knees up to their chests and keep chanting the same fucking slogans it’ll all suddenly be true

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:34:37pm
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gocart mozart  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:35:26pm
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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:36:41pm

What can one draw from this? Unease at SNP’s call for leaving the Union because of Brexit?

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:37:45pm
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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:41:07pm

re: #7 Charles Johnson

Mr. Johnson, have you considered taking a job as a political pundit?

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:43:23pm
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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:45:59pm

“C02 does not cause catastrophic disasters - actually it would be benefitical to our environment and our economy.”

-Sen. James Inhofe (R- Oklahoma) 28 June 2003

After 28 years, Camp of Champions will declare bankruptcy and return payment to campers who have already booked their week for summer 2017 due to insufficient snow levels and a rapid decline of the Horstman Glacier. According to Ken, “in 2015 alone the glacier lost 35 vertical feet of ice,” and despite snowmaking capabilities that were recently installed to help curb the melting, the damage was irreversible.

Ken made his decision so he would not break his promise to provide a world class terrain park to the campers of Camp of Champions, something that has been harder to do over the past several seasons due to a combination of warmer temperatures and lower snowfall totals.

More: After 28 years of snowboarding, Camp of Champions has closed | Snowboard Magazine

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:46:07pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

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Call themselves ‘Deplorable’, huh? At least their self-images seem accurate.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:46:50pm

No shit, Turdblossom. What was your first clue?

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:52:26pm

re: #15 Blind Frog Belly White

No shit, Turdblossom. What was your first clue?

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Uh, oh… Karl Rove hinting that Donald Trump might be a loser? Not a good sign for the GOP… .

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:54:38pm

re: #16 Anymouse

Uh, oh… Karl Rove hinting that Donald Trump might be a loser? Not a good sign for the GOP… .

Heading for the lifeboats, to muscle some woman with a kid out of the way, no doubt….

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:55:00pm
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bratwurst  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:56:05pm

This was the big takeaway today for nitwits.

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:57:16pm

Setting up a new iPhone is a monumental pain in the booteh. Yes, I have an iCloud backup, but since my old phone is dead I can’t receive the 2-factor auth text to unlock it. Argh.

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Jay C  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:57:32pm

re: #8 gocart mozart

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Good for them. New York’s Medallion taxi system has been notorious for years as a cash cow for the Russian Mob: a system intended to support the “independent” owner/driver was taken over by scamsters violent gangsters decades ago: Schniederman is (for a change) more of a credit to NYS officialdom than an embarrassment : I wish him as good luck with his probes of Donald Trump’s crooked shenanigans.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:57:59pm

Bernie Bro delusions:

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 5:58:16pm
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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:01:36pm

Imagine. Brits turning their backs on UKIP, the folks that fooled them into Brexit and then literally the next day recanted every single promise basically telling voters they were stupid twits for ever believing the promises were real.

Funny that.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:02:51pm

re: #20 Charles Johnson

Setting up a new iPhone is a monumental pain in the booteh. Yes, I have an iCloud backup, but since my old phone is dead I can’t receive the 2-factor auth text to unlock it. Argh.

You didn’t have an itunes backup?

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:04:31pm

re: #22 freetoken

Bernie Bro delusions:

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Even if that is true, Bernie had to earn the nomination which he did not. And Britain is a different country.

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A dark and stormy covfefe  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:06:04pm

Why yes, I am 12 years old.

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:07:19pm

re: #25 Eclectic Cyborg

When I plug it in, iTunes thinks it’s a new device and doesn’t offer to restore the backup.

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stpaulbear  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:07:26pm
MAXXX🍕 @StealYoRedBull
Rightwing anti-establishment populists voting for Left populism?? It’s almost like Bernie could have picked off Trump voters & won.

Instead, Trump (well, Putin) picked off Bernie voters and won.

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PhillyPretzel  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:09:18pm

re: #28 Charles Johnson

For me that would indicate that it is time to visit my local Apple Store and get some help to set up my new iphone.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:09:20pm

Could Labour form a coalition with the other not-conservative parties if this continues?

UK vote share after 87 of 650 seats
Party %
LAB Labour 45.6
CON Conservative 37.6
LD Liberal Democrat 4.3
SNP Scottish National Party 3.7
UKIP UKIP 2.6
PC Plaid Cymru 1.7

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PhillyPretzel  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:10:55pm

re: #31 Anymouse

If they are smarter than the followers of the uncouth one then yes.

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:12:51pm

re: #30 PhillyPretzel

For me that would indicate that it is time to visit my local Apple Store and get some help to set up my new iphone.

It’s probably because the previous phone is dead, Jim. This is a situation where 2-factor authentication is creating a problem, because the device that was set up to receive texts is defunct.

But I’ll figure it out. I live for moments like these.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:13:04pm
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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:14:30pm

We are living in extraordinary times.

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nines09  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:15:37pm

re: #33 Charles Johnson

Just go back to the user’s manual they had in with the Iphone when you..nevermind…You will find it and I guarantee it will be anything but intuitive. But when you find it…..dance..

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:16:29pm

Humor break
The following is Based on a True Story

Scene opens

James Comey —buttoned down, straight laced and seasoned director of the FBI stands on a helipad, the director of the DEA is standing in the helicopters open door motioning him to come aboard. The bright sun reflects off of his large aviator sunglasses.—

DEA- Lets go Jim.

James Comey is standing stiff as a board and is intently looking at his secure iPhone in his outstretched hand.

JC- Hang on the president is calling me.

DEA- The president?! Jesus Christ Jimmy, you’d better answer it.

James answers the phone.

JC- Mr. President?!

The president of the United States of America, Donald J Trump, is laying naked in a large bathtub that was originally installed for William Howard Taft. The bathtub is almost too small for his large, elephantine frame. His grayish orange hair is laying, clumped and soaking wet on the bathroom floor.

POTUS- Jimmy boy, do you know where I am calling you from right now!?

JC- *Jim covers the phones microphone and says to the DEA Director “Jesus Christ he’s in the fucking bubble bath again.”*

No Mr. President, where are you calling me from?

POTUS- I’m calling from William Howard Tafts bathtub. He was the president just like I am the president.

JC- Yes sir. What can I help you with today?

POTUS- I’ve just been thinking Jim, there’s no way I paid hookers to pee on a bed in Moscow just because the Obamas had previously slept there. I was very careful and knew I was being monitored while I was in Russia Jimbo. Ya know!?

JC- Ok sir.

POTUS- I look forward to working with you Jim.

The president hangs up the phone.

James Comey stands on the helipad stoically seemingly lost in deep, contemplative thought. He is considering the implications to his career and making mental notes of what had just transpired.

DEA- what did he want!?!?

JC- You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

He climbs into the helicopter and it flies away into the sunset.

End Scene

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:16:41pm

re: #36 nines09

Just go back to the user’s manual they had in with the Iphone when you..nevermind…You will find it and I guarantee it will be anything but intuitive. But when you find it…..dance..

User’s manual! Hah! This is joke, yes?

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nines09  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:17:40pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

You didn’t get one? /////////////////////////////infinity

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:19:12pm

re: #35 HappyWarrior

We are living in extraordinary times.

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blueraven  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:19:52pm

Here is another time that Trump used the “hope” word. Doesn’t sound like a threat at all. //

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:19:53pm

re: #40 jaunte

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I really hope Ryan gets caught in some scandal too. Cannot stand him.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:19:54pm

re: #40 jaunte

Is that why Rep. Ryan cancelled tomorrow’s House session?

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:20:32pm

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A Cranky One  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:22:33pm

re: #33 Charles Johnson

It’s probably because the previous phone is dead, Jim. This is a situation where 2-factor authentication is creating a problem, because the device that was set up to receive texts is defunct.

But I’ll figure it out. I live for moments like these.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:24:05pm

re: #39 nines09

You didn’t get one? /////////////////////////////infinity

Everyone tells me Apple is supposed to be so simple! Who needs a user manual?

//

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Dave In Austin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:25:17pm

re: #27 A dark and stormy covfefe

Why yes, I am 12 years old.

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Please stay that way, I love my inner 14 yr old and wouldn’t give him up for anything.

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scottslemmons  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:26:13pm

re: #46 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Everyone tells me Apple is supposed to be so simple! Who needs a user manual?

//

You could try the illustrated version (which I’ve also seen sold in stores as a graphic novel).

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:26:53pm

re: #46 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Everyone tells me Apple is supposed to be so simple! Who needs a user manual?

//

It’s just simple enough that a 16 yo iPhone user can laugh at a 50-something android user who can’t figure out how push ads suddenly appeared on his phone. But said 16 yo can text “pick me up” without telling the 50-something a location.

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b.d.  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:27:15pm

re: #46 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Everyone tells me Apple is supposed to be so simple! Who needs a user manual?

//

Yea! Just tell Siri to do all that stuff = done.

//

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:27:54pm

re: #47 Dave In Austin

Please stay that way, I love my inner 14 yr old and wouldn’t give him up for anything.

I was riding a loaded shopping cart across a parking lot several years ago. An elderly man told my wife “she needed to get her teenage kid under control.”

She told him that (a) I was her husband and (b) it was my fiftieth birthday. Guy shook his head and left her.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:28:52pm

re: #50 b.d.

Yea! Just tell Siri to do all that stuff = done.

//

“Siri, plan me a Chuck Berryesque ‘no-particular-place-to-go’ drive.”

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:30:58pm
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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:31:02pm
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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:31:13pm

To me, an outsider, it looks like Labor is winning more from the SNP than defeating the Tories, who are now down just one seat.

This is clearly a close election and May could still end up with a very very narrow escape.

Regardless, UK elections have an air about them that escapes us here in the US. We are in many ways far less democratic, even though we are supposed to be a republic, versus the UK monarchy (yes, I know, a constitutional monarchy, but still…)

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:32:27pm

The Guardian front page:

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:32:59pm

re: #54 teleskiguy

Darwin Award Honorable Mention.

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Video

So there’s a 50/50 chance the molon lube guys will end up killing themselves.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:34:34pm

Irony meter just exploded.

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:37:16pm
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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:38:13pm

The irony of anti-Brexit Scotland saving Theresa May…

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:39:42pm

re: #58 teleskiguy

Irony meter just exploded.

While I don’t know enough about the stock market to be a wise investor, I think investment in irony meter companies might be worthwhile.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:40:28pm

If these projections hold true:

Then it seems like the Tories can form a gov’t with the Lib Democrats. It seems like they’ve been there before, but I guess the Brits like strange elections.

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(Bert the Turtle)  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:40:37pm

re: #58 teleskiguy

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:42:05pm

Concerning that Guardian page above, two article only on the front page:

- the UK’s election
- James Comey saying Trump lied about him.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:42:37pm

It’s ok. He’s new at this.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:44:03pm

Scottish unionists appear to be the Bernie Bro role for 2017.

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:45:30pm

re: #58 teleskiguy

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:46:23pm

I wish we could get a 67% voter turn out in our country.

My state’s turnout was near 80% (mail voting in Nebraska). I wonder what elections would be like if there were mail voting in every state (not just a few like Ore. or Nebr.)

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Dave In Austin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:46:25pm
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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:46:30pm
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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:46:59pm

re: #66 freetoken

Scottish unionists appear to be the Bernie Bro role for 2017.

How did Millwall vote?

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BlueSpotinAL  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:49:07pm

Anybody notice that Goofus has a bit of a Trump combover starting?

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:49:33pm

re: #70 Lidane

I like this summary of the testimony:

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:51:44pm

If McCain went into that closed session any leakers have plausible deniability.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:51:46pm

re: #71 Barefoot Grin

How did Millwall vote?

Millwall FC plays in Bermondsey, an area of London.

According to commentary (which is about as reliable as nada) it appears to be going for Labour.

southwarknews.co.uk

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:52:13pm

re: #68 Anymouse

I wish we could get a 67% voter turn out in our country.

My state’s turnout was near 80% (mail voting in Nebraska). I wonder what elections would be like if there were mail voting in every state (not just a few like Ore. or Nebr.)

We have mail-in ballots in Colorado. Turnout last year was 71.3%. Far better than the 54.7% nationally.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:52:28pm

re: #75 Anymouse

Millwall FC plays in Bermondsey, an area of London.

According to commentary (which is about as reliable as nada) it appears to be going for Labour.

southwarknews.co.uk

…and they don’t care! (Sorry, the guy who fought off the terrorist attackers said, “fuck you, I’m Millwall!”)

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:54:28pm

The minor parties are really taking a beating.

What does this tell us? That UK voters want a stronger 2 party system?

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:55:10pm

re: #78 freetoken

The minor parties are really taking a beating.

What does this tell us? That UK voters want a stronger 2 party system?

Probably a lot of people deciding they can’t afford a protest vote right now.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:55:24pm
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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:55:38pm

re: #76 teleskiguy

We have mail-in ballots in Colorado. Turnout last year was 71.3%. Far better than the 54.7% nationally.

A few years ago, Nebraska went for mail voting (just before I moved here) to save money.

Basically, the idea of dragging polling stations out to so many rural villages like the one I live in, and unincorporated places such as Lisco (down the road sixteen miles from me in Garden County) was too expensive.

Cities such as Omaha, Lincoln, and South Sioux City have regular polling stations, as do smaller cities like Scottsbluff.

The mail vote works both ways here: Voter turnout is much higher than in the past (due to the ease of voting in rural areas), but overwhelms the cities (because they have polling stations). As such, mail voting favours conservatives here.

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EPR-radar  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:56:40pm

re: #79 Belafon

Probably a lot of people deciding they can’t afford a protest vote right now.

That would be my guess, based on the example of 3rd party nitwits in the US inflicting potus* trump on the entire world.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:57:00pm

re: #79 Belafon

Probably a lot of people deciding they can’t afford a protest vote right now.

If only the Bernie Bros had realized this.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:57:15pm

theonion.com

WASHINGTON—Entering through a side door and bidding the assembled legislators, congressional aides, and members of the media to give him a moment with the former FBI director, President Donald Trump reportedly asked the entire Senate to clear the chamber during James Comey’s testimony Thursday so he could speak to him alone. “Folks, do you mind giving me just a second with this guy?” said Trump, ushering the gathered lawmakers out of the room as a visibly uncomfortable Comey silently looked on from his seat. “You too, Susan [Collins (R-ME)] and Mark [Warner (D-VA)]. This should only take a minute. Thanks.” At press time, after the last of the senators had finished filing quietly out of the chamber, the president was seen closing the door behind them.

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:57:49pm
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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 6:58:51pm

re: #83 freetoken

If only the Bernie Bros had realized this.

Our last great act as the sole superpower - now we return to a multipolar world - is to be an example of pure idiocy that will go down in history.

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:00:12pm

re: #85 Lidane

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That link will be my reply to any Tr(h)umper.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:01:22pm

I was just doing a little googling of voter turnout by state. I’m not surprised in the least that the bottom states are hard core conservative. Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Utah, Tennessee, Oklahoma, West Virginia, none of those states broke 55%.

It’s just an observation. California had 58% turnout. New York had 57%

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whitebeach  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:01:51pm

re: #84 Barefoot Grin

theonion.com

WASHINGTON—Entering through a side door and bidding the assembled legislators, congressional aides, and members of the media to give him a moment with the former FBI director, President Donald Trump reportedly asked the entire Senate to clear the chamber during James Comey’s testimony Thursday so he could speak to him alone. “Folks, do you mind giving me just a second with this guy?” said Trump, ushering the gathered lawmakers out of the room as a visibly uncomfortable Comey silently looked on from his seat. “You too, Susan [Collins (R-ME)] and Mark [Warner (D-VA)]. This should only take a minute. Thanks.” At press time, after the last of the senators had finished filing quietly out of the chamber, the president was seen closing the door behind them.

I feel so bad for the writers at The Onion. As short a time ago as Jan. 19, this would have been cutting-edge satire. Now you wouldn’t be surprised to read it on the AP wire.

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EPR-radar  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:01:52pm

Some entertainment from Dailykos dailykos.com

How’s this for a fine introduction?

Donald Trump, a YouTube comment section who became a real boy and was recently elected President of the United States, is an avid Twitter user. Trump, who is dumb, likes to share his various dumb thoughts with the world via often ill-advised and dumb tweets. His staff, many of who are also dumb, are at least smart enough to know that Trump’s dumb tweets are often counterproductive and make the job of enabling the Republican Party to rob their own supporters blind all that much more difficult. Trump’s dumb tweets have become such a problem that it was recently rumored that a team of outside attorneys would vet Trump’s dumb tweets before he actually tweeted them.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:02:06pm

re: #85 Lidane

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My wife works now in elder care. Honestly, this is part of her job.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:02:15pm

re: #86 Belafon

Our last great act as the sole superpower - now we return to a multipolar world - is to be an example of pure idiocy that will go down in history.

I’m still behind the idea the USA is not going to give up its leadership role in world politics.

Perhaps I am just too much of an optimist. My wife thinks we’re going to see a big Roman candle display from all the ICBM silos around us.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:04:27pm

re: #92 Anymouse

I’m still behind the idea the USA is not going to give up its leadership role in world politics.

Perhaps I am just too much of an optimist. My wife thinks we’re going to see a big Roman candle display from all the ICBM silos around us.

We already did. It’s whether we can get it back again. That’s the question.

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:05:23pm

re: #88 teleskiguy

I was just doing a little googling of voter turnout by state. I’m not surprised in the least that the bottom states are hard core conservative. Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Utah, West Virginia, none of those states broke 55%.

It’s just an observation. California had 58% turnout. New York had 57%

Adding insult to injury, Texas just ended straight ticket voting:

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:05:40pm

This Twitter silence from Fuckface Von Clownstick is deafening.

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:05:44pm

re: #92 Anymouse

I’m still behind the idea the USA is not going to give up its leadership role in world politics.

Perhaps I am just too much of an optimist. My wife thinks we’re going to see a big Roman candle display from all the ICBM silos around us.

I don’t think we’re going to disappear from world politics, we’re just too big and powerful. But, and it’s not entirely a bad thing, a lot more countries are going to ask themselves if following the US is in their best interests. We’re the third largest country in land area, the third largest country in population, still the largest economy, and the largest corn grower in the world. Of course we will still wield some major influence. But a question for a while will be “Can we count on your country to hold that position for the next four years?”

Edit: And the worlds most powerful Navy, or as I like to call my former branch, “The Coast Guard to the World.”

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:06:12pm

re: #95 teleskiguy

This Twitter silence from Fuckface Von Clownstick is deafening.

Maybe it will come in the late hours of the night.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:06:30pm

re: #93 MsJ

We already did. It’s whether we can get it back again. That’s the question.

Well, the USA is still by far the world’s most powerful economy, and has the world’s most powerful military.

If things such as France’s offer for four-year sinecures for climate scientists spreads to other nations, a brain drain will finish us.

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:06:48pm
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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:07:57pm

When I talked to my cousin in Slovenia yesterday, I asked him to be honest with me as a resident of a smaller nation about the perception of the US. He pretty much said that while we’re respected for our technology and being a place where people can succeed, we are seen as pushing our weight a lot and Trump is seen as a joke. He said that Iraq really left a bad impression with many.

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:08:01pm

Meanwhile, Lumpy’s writing fanfiction again:

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:08:18pm

re: #97 HappyWarrior

Maybe it will come in the late hours of the night.

Tweetdeck is open, I check periodically. Will tell him to shut the fuck up as soon as it goes down.

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jhncsy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:08:57pm

re: #92 Anymouse

I think we’ll still remain some kind of power, due to our military size. I really have no idea what our economy will look like after Trump, and I doubt any nation is going to trust us for a long time, especially with Republican traitors running around. And of course, “both sides” have problems thinking about foreign policy. On the left, you have too many people who don’t realize that other nations have agency, and of course the right refuses to think beyond “kill them all.”

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:08:58pm

re: #101 Lidane

Meanwhile, Lumpy’s writing fanfiction again:

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I wonder if Lumpy will ever go “Fuck it, this is too much bullshit for even me.” Seriously though? That’s some great dedicatio to the cause. Lumpy would have made a great Orwell character.

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kirkspencer  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:09:18pm

re: #58 teleskiguy

Irony meter just exploded.

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I just double-checked. My oaths of office were to support and defend the constitution, not to the president.

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:09:49pm

re: #105 kirkspencer

I just double-checked. My oaths of office were to support and defend the constitution, not to the president.

That’s what I told her.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:09:53pm

re: #94 Lidane

Adding insult to injury, Texas just ended straight ticket voting

I don’t know whether straight-ticket voting is a good or bad thing. We don’t have it here - our elections are nominally non-partisan (except Federal positions).

Eliminating straight-ticket voting means you can’t tick the “D” box, but it also means you can’t tick the “R” box. I don’t know whether that would help Republicans in Texas or no (I’m guessing the Republicans think it will, which is why the bill was written). Considering the demographic shift that is coming for Texas, it may turn out to hurt Republicans.

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BeachDem  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:10:37pm

Lawrence is really trying to goad the yam into tweeting. It is hilarious.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:12:12pm
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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:12:13pm

re: #100 HappyWarrior

When I talked to my cousin in Slovenia yesterday, I asked him to be honest with me as a resident of a smaller nation about the perception of the US. He pretty much said that while we’re respected for our technology and being a place where people can succeed, we are seen as pushing our weight a lot and Trump is seen as a joke. He said that Iraq really left a bad impression with many.

If I had a cousin in Slovenia, I might be asking for asylum. (Actually, no, I am going to stand and fight for my home.) I did note a few days ago that when my wife and I were in Poland, a number of people in Gdansk asked why the hell we would return to the USA rather than stay in Poland, as they saw a civil war brewing from their point of view.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:14:43pm

re: #110 Anymouse

If I had a cousin in Slovenia, I might be asking for asylum. (Actually, no, I am going to stand and fight for my home.) I did note a few days ago that when my wife and I were in Poland, a number of people in Gdansk asked why the hell we would return to the USA rather than stay in Poland, as they saw a civil war brewing from their point of view.

Well I just met him. And honestly I’m not prepared to be an exile. My job, my family, etc are all here. I also don’t speak any Slovene. Besides being an exile isn’t a snap process.

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bratwurst  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:16:53pm

Glenn “The Ultimate Alpha Male” Greenwald is retweeting J.K. Rowling’s anti-Corbyn tweets from 21 months ago.

Classy.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:17:45pm

re: #112 bratwurst

Glenn “The Ultimate Alpha Male” Greenwald is retweeting J.K. Rowling’s anti-Corbyn tweets from 21 months ago.

Classy.

Glenn certainly is a fucked up fellow.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:18:37pm

re: #112 bratwurst

Glenn “The Ultimate Alpha Male” Greenwald is retweeting J.K. Rowling’s anti-Corbyn tweets from 21 months ago.

Classy.

I don’t have all that many accounts blocked on Twitter (amazing, you can stay beneath the radar of an awful lot of people if you choose to) but his is one so I don’t have to ever see his shit pop up on my timeline.

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fern01  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:18:38pm

re: #8 gocart mozart

They never seem to learn - always caught on the taxes.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:19:23pm

re: #111 HappyWarrior

Well I just met him. And honestly I’m not prepared to be an exile. My job, my family, etc are all here. I also don’t speak any Slovene. Besides being an exile isn’t a snap process.

I don’t have a job (besides unpaid village trustee and unpaid public water system operator). I don’t speak Polish (but my wife does). And being an exile doesn’t appeal to me either.

Poland is a beautiful country, from which my paternal grandparents fled just before the Nazi invasion. However, I’m an American. I will try to fight the good fight here in the middle of Red State, USA.

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nines09  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:19:46pm
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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:19:59pm

Does Glenn ever talk about the rampant corruption that exists in his adopted homeland of Brazil? // Just asking for a friend.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:21:25pm

re: #116 Anymouse

I don’t have a job (besides unpaid village trustee and unpaid public water system operator). I don’t speak Polish (but my wife does). And being an exile doesn’t appeal to me either.

Poland is a beautiful country, from which my paternal grandparents fled just before the Nazi invasion. However, I’m an American. I will try to fight the good fight here in the middle of Red State, USA.

I mean I do want to visit obviously but I really have no desire to go. I’m not going to let Trump take away my American dream.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:22:08pm

re: #114 klys (maker of Silmarils)

amazing, you can stay beneath the radar of an awful lot of people if you choose to

Here, for the people in the back…

amazing, you can stay beneath the radar of an awful lot of people if you choose to

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:22:25pm
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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:22:51pm

re: #117 nines09

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b.d.  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:23:12pm

re: #122 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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Elmo got 3 votes

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:23:42pm

re: #124 b.d.

Elmo got 3 votes

Scottish Elmo sounds like he’d be fun.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:24:49pm

re: #121 teleskiguy

Here, for the people in the back:

amazing, you can stay beneath the radar of an awful lot of people if you choose to

I suspect that is only if you spend a lot of time blocking wingnuts and don’t ever venture a political opinion. Even if you don’t venture political opinions, others will impose them on your Twitter feed.

Nope, funding a libertarian dudebro’s Freeze Peach arguments to provide a platform for Klansmen and Nazis is not the way I want to spend my time.

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:25:13pm

re: #122 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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Is it Christmas in Britain already? I’ve heard their nativity scene plays get kind of weird.

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nines09  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:26:50pm

re: #123 teleskiguy

And hot tubes…..that go to…….eleben
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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:28:23pm

re: #126 Anymouse

I suspect that is only if you spend a lot of time blocking wingnuts and don’t ever venture a political opinion. Even if you don’t venture political opinions, others will impose them on your Twitter feed.

Nope, funding a libertarian dudebro’s Freeze Peach arguments to provide a platform for Klansmen and Nazis is not the way I want to spend my time.

Again, my block list is relatively short and I do venture the occasional political opinion.

I just find your anti-twitter stance amusing as all hell given the number of tweets you post here every day. Like making them a highly trafficked website is really sticking it to the man.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:30:13pm

re: #129 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Again, my block list is relatively short and I do venture the occasional political opinion.

I just find your anti-twitter stance amusing as all hell given the number of tweets you post here every day. Like making them a highly trafficked website is really sticking it to the man.

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whitebeach  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:30:22pm

I have to admit that the congressional committees don’t interest me that much, even Comey’s testimony. What matters here isn’t whether Trump’s people had untoward contacts with the Russians, or that Trump tried to fuck with an investigation, or that Russia screwed with our elections. All those things are, or should be, obvious. But the real story is the old one in international crime, and I hope someone, maybe the special prosecutor, is investigating it. It can be summed up easily: Follow the Fucking Money.

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Belafon  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:31:51pm

re: #124 b.d.

Elmo got 3 votes

How many did the Black Knight get?

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:32:36pm

re: #58 teleskiguy

Irony meter just exploded.

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The responses are pretty wacky too. The kind of people who like Coulter are complete nitwits who call reality-based people “sheeple”

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:32:41pm

re: #131 whitebeach

Follow the Fucking Money.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:32:55pm

re: #132 Belafon

How many did the Black Knight get?

Man, I missed him. Why can’t our elections be more fun like that? Our third party candidates are always kooks, theirs are probably too but they wear costumes!

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:33:19pm

The forlorn hope of a defense.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:34:15pm

re: #126 Anymouse

Consider the amount of time our esteemed host Mr. Johnson spends dealing with wingnuts on his own Twitter feed, and the number of “automatic blocking function activated” posts people put here.

Jim Wright (Stonekettle) seems to spend at least a third of his time on Twitter hammering Twitter twits.

It seems that anyone who is a liberal (or simply cites a fact, like Neil deGrasse Tyson) spends a considerable amount of time playing Whack-a-Mole with wingnuts.

And we’re still left with the problem of libertarian dudebros at Twitter seeming to feel the need to allow racists, other bigots, misogynists, &c a platform on their site.

I see no need to go to Twitter except as an observer, and to find guinea pig pictures.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:34:41pm

re: #136 jaunte

The forlorn hope of a defense.

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I should have not studied for a math test and blamed the teacher- Hey you only said “I hope you study for this!”

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Charles Johnson  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:34:57pm
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HappyWarrior  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:35:24pm

re: #139 Charles Johnson

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Need to catch it. This has been a great season hasn’t it?

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:39:12pm

re: #130 teleskiguy

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Well, I suppose you could look at it like that.

Posting a tweet from Jim Wright or Rebecca Shoenkopf or my wingnut congressman might make Twitter some money in some way (though I don’t know how).

Not having a Faceplant account or a Twitspace account so my stalker ex-wife can harass me might also be a reason, just spitballin’ here. Not wanting to give up diddly of my private information to corporations that I don’t have to, so I can be served up tailored news or adverts might also be a reason.

I’ll have to think on my stance on having a Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ account.

Okay I thought about it. Nope.

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William Lewis  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:41:43pm

re: #117 nines09

My dream amp is a silver face Princeton Reverb.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:42:41pm

A question concerning Border Patrol’s apparent push to have people cough up their social media accounts to enter the country:

Does Little Green Footballs qualify as a “social media account” that border patrol would want you to cough up your account?

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:44:30pm

re: #143 Anymouse

A question concerning Border Patrol’s apparent push to have people cough up their social media accounts to enter the country:

Does Little Green Footballs qualify as a “social media account” that border patrol would want you to cough up your account?

I’m pretty sure they’d start with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. They’d only dig deeper if they thought they had a reason to.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:45:45pm

re: #144 Lidane

I’m pretty sure they’d start with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. They’d only dig deeper if they thought they had a reason to.

Although, to be fair, if you use the same user name here or post your real name or enough detail that it’d be incredibly easy to identify you, well, these pages are accessible to Google.

Just something to think on.

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fern01  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:45:55pm

re: #94 Lidane

Adding insult to injury, Texas just ended straight ticket voting:

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It has taken me years to understand the US voting system - especially the fact that so many positions are via a vote. In my parliamentary democracy we vote for politicians, local, state and federal. Each is elected at a different time. Voting usually takes about a minute (the only exception being the Senate which involves a slightly complicated voting system. We also have elections on a Saturday, with options for both early and postal voting.

There seem to be so many ways in which those in power in the US can make it difficult for people to vote. Until you get a standardized voting system, administered by a non-partisan commission, this will continue.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:49:27pm

Long as muic is a topic… Just caught this and very impressed

String Cheese Incident - Joyful Sound

Iframe

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Unshaken Defiance  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:52:10pm

re: #143 Anymouse

A question concerning Border Patrol’s apparent push to have people cough up their social media accounts to enter the country:

Does Little Green Footballs qualify as a “social media account” that border patrol would want you to cough up your account?

As a citizen just want to point out that you are asking the wrong question. They want to exclude this citizen from coming home? Show cause without me giving up a thing.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:54:49pm

re: #148 Unshaken Defiance

As a citizen just want to point out that you are asking the wrong question. They want to exclude this citizen from coming home? Show cause without me giving up a thing.

They can’t keep you out if you’re a citizen. They can take you’re phone for a few weeks just to be dickheads. But as a citizen you do not have to cough up a password or let them into browse your history.

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Skip Intro  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:55:42pm

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:57:04pm

OT personal news.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:57:04pm

re: #149 MsJ

They can and do for a day or two. Which is the leverage they use to make you give it up.

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:57:09pm
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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:57:14pm

re: #150 Skip Intro

That’s a big headline. NYT doesn’t do that often at all.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:57:19pm

Sinn Fein has increased their seats by 2 so far. A 50% increase.

WTF is happening in the UK election?

SNP is falling on its face. UKIP is down for the count. So those nationalist parties would indicate a weakening of nationalistic sentiment.

Sinn Fein surging…

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Skip Intro  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:58:20pm

re: #154 teleskiguy

That’s a big headline. NYT doesn’t do that often at all.

Probably not since Watergate regarding politics.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:59:09pm

The thing about the UK parliament is that many seats were held with small margins.

Here, with our skills at gerrymandering, we’re trying to stamp that out.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 7:59:31pm

Jesus fucking christ.

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Lidane  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:01:03pm

Lumpy giving sage advice:

What could possibly go wrong?

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:01:14pm

re: #158 teleskiguy

The one that keeps getting me is Republicans (yes, Republicans) saying the DNC rigged the primaries. Like, the fuck do you care, you stupid smug assholes? Your guy won the general. Why does it matter what happened to the Democratic Party?

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:03:20pm

re: #145 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Although, to be fair, if you use the same user name here or post your real name or enough detail that it’d be incredibly easy to identify you, well, these pages are accessible to Google.

Just something to think on.

Well, my name here is also my account name on my wife’s private E-mail server. That said, I don’t use is other than here as a social media name; the only other place I post is Wonkette and there I go by my (very common) first name.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:04:07pm

It appears as if the Tories can remain in power in some sort of coalition… but since the leader of the Liberal Dems lost his own election to Labor, would LD be so happy with the Tories? It seems to me the LD have been damaged by their coalition with the Tories a few years back.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:04:26pm

re: #160 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

The one that keeps getting me is Republicans (yes, Republicans) saying the DNC rigged the primaries. Like, the fuck do you care, you stupid smug assholes? Your guy won the general. Why does it matter what happened to the Democratic Party?

The entire exercise is to sow discontent within democratic ranks. Period. It’s an extension of the party of no and the inability to govern.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:05:28pm

Irish progressives seem to be the big loser tonight.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:06:53pm

re: #161 Anymouse

Well, my name here is also my account name on my wife’s private E-mail server. That said, I don’t use is other than here as a social media name; the only other place I post is Wonkette and there I go by my (very common) first name.

You could get five throwaway email addresses in 90 seconds and use different handles everywhere. No one would have any idea who you are. There are a million @joeblow20000’s out there.

Not wanting it is one thing. Just stick with that.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:08:10pm

Corbyn calls on May to resign.

washingtonpost.com

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:08:33pm

re: #160 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

The one that keeps getting me is Republicans (yes, Republicans) saying the DNC rigged the primaries. Like, the fuck do you care, you stupid smug assholes? Your guy won the general. Why does it matter what happened to the Democratic Party?

They’re following Putin’s lead: spread chaos.

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bratwurst  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:12:22pm

Left-leaning Twitter is now a dumpster fire of Bernie bros sure that Corbyn’s result tonight means Bernie would have won.

I don’t have the heart to explain to them that Corbyn hasn’t actually won, nor is he likely to.

Goodnight.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:13:41pm

re: #166 MsJ

Because she probably won’t make it to 323. BBC projects at most 322 for her, so she won’t be able to win a majority for PM.

However, the Tories will just offer up a replacement who’ll negotiate with some of the ministers in smaller parties.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:14:20pm

re: #168 bratwurst

They’re as wrong about Corbyn as they are about Bernie.

Corbyn is not going to win.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:14:59pm

Here’s BernieBro logic:

Theresa May has egg on her face, so Bernie would have won.

It’s so silly.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:15:46pm

The Tories look like they will win a plurality but not a majority.

This does not mean Bernie would have won.

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:16:25pm
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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:16:58pm

Sinn Fein is now up 3 seats!

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:17:00pm

Unusual, to say the least.

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dangerman  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:17:45pm

Am I the only one who hasn’t met with the Russians?

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:18:04pm

re: #176 dangerman

Da.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:20:08pm

UK politics ought to be a lesson to self-styled progressives here in the US: politics is about building coalitions, not winning Twitter wars.

Progressives lost in this election. Progressives in Scotland and Ireland lost ground. Labor is picking up some seats in this election compared to the last one, but an incumbent party losing a few seats to the number two party is hardly a rousing affair.

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:20:30pm
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Shiplord Kirel  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:20:45pm

New page:
The Troubled History of Horse Meat in America
Too expensive to feed? Just kill ‘em. To save money on feeding them, the Trump gang wants to resume the sale of wild mustangs to slaughter houses.

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I cannot.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:21:39pm

re: #176 dangerman

Nyet, Comrade dangerman. Are NOT only one to not meet Russians.

Remainder ARE Russian.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:22:21pm
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Shiplord Kirel  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:22:49pm

re: #171 freetoken

Here’s BernieBro logic:

Theresa May has egg on her face, so Bernie would have won.

It’s so silly.

RWNJ media would have crucified Bernie.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:22:57pm

re: #176 dangerman

Am I the only one who hasn’t met with the Russians?

Вы позади, товарищ!

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:23:59pm

re: #176 dangerman

Am I the only one who hasn’t met with the Russians?

Comrade, you have been lacking. We must send you to Moscow for … retraining program.

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dangerman  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:27:26pm

I feel so left out and lonely

Though not being under investigation is a perk

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:29:17pm

re: #186 dangerman

I feel so left out and lonely

Though not being under investigation is a perk

Go for a run. That’ll cheer you up.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:29:46pm

re: #187 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Go for a run. That’ll cheer you up.

Ugh. I mowed half the back yard and I felt like laying down and dying. Running? No thank you.

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DanielKi  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:30:00pm

re: #162 freetoken

It appears as if the Tories can remain in power in some sort of coalition… but since the leader of the Liberal Dems lost his own election to Labor, would LD be so happy with the Tories? It seems to me the LD have been damaged by their coalition with the Tories a few years back.

I’m not a Brit, but: I think a Tories/LibDem coalition would be the least likely combination of all this time around. The LibDems are the most anti-Brexit, and the Tories are now aiming for the hardest possible Brexit. No way in hell is that coalition going to happen.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:30:03pm

re: #187 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Go for a run. That’ll cheer you up.

I like my bike better.

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whitebeach  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:31:00pm

re: #186 dangerman

I feel so left out and lonely

Though not being under investigation is a perk

Not being under “investigation” is not same as not being under … observation.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:32:36pm

re: #190 teleskiguy

I like my bike better.

And I prefer Mrs. Fish’s ‘79 Lincoln even more.

/Oh wait, that’s not exercise
//Well, it can be, if I’m working on it instead of driving it
///Although driving it can be a fair bit of work with it weighing 5000+ lbs, even with power steering and an automatic transmission

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:33:17pm

re: #189 DanielKi

I don’t know enough about UK politics to know where the LD will end up. But if the Tories offer them a share of power, like they did to Clegg a few years back, then the LD may decide it’s better to have a little bit of power than remain in the distant back benches?

The other option for the Tories is with the Irish conservatives (relatively speaking.) Not only did Sinn Fein pick up seats, but so did the DUP. SF will sit out like always, but if the Tories just need one or two votes for their PM, why not offer the DUP some carrots?

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:33:17pm

re: #190 teleskiguy

I like my bike better.

Ah but see, I know the audience to which the comment was aimed. ;) You, I’d tell to go ski.

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dangerman  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:33:31pm

re: #187 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Go for a run. That’ll cheer you up.

Waters finally gone down. Roadway has reemerged Set for a 6am jaunt

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:34:11pm

re: #195 dangerman

Waters finally gone down. Roadway has reemerged Set for a 6am jaunt

I’m debating between 5, 8, and 10 miles tomorrow.

(Ten will probably win. I had more food tonight than I should have.)

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dangerman  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:35:24pm

re: #196 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I’m debating between 5, 8, and 10 miles tomorrow.

(Ten will probably win. I had more food tonight than I should have.)

4.122 sigh

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:35:46pm

re: #194 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Ah but see, I know the audience to which the comment was aimed. ;) You, I’d tell to go ski.

Snow is melting quickly. It’s A-Basin’s last weekend. It’s been bicycle weather for weeks now.

Skiing is so fun, though.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:36:19pm

re: #196 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I’m debating between 5, 8, and 10 miles tomorrow.

(Ten will probably win. I had more food tonight than I should have.)

Might as well go for broke. I pushed myself to the absolute limit mowing the back yard (it is on a 30-degree sloped hill, and is 4’ tall.) When I ran out of gas in the mower, I knew I was not going to finish today. Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:37:28pm

re: #197 dangerman

4.122 sigh

I could add two more miles on for you.

(No, I won’t. I did 12 last Friday and then got shit done on my work for the rest of the day.)

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:37:52pm

Wholly crap, my regional conservative newspaper published a letter in support of polyamory (in response to a letter from a Catholic entitled “Happiness Is Not Found in Pursuit of Pleasure). The letter was from a pastor of a Unitarian-Universalist church.

This gives me hope they will publish my letter on Eric Trump’s genocide-justifying statements on FOX News Channel, because I live for people showing up with pitchforks and torches at my home. /s

starherald.com (goes to the Scottsbluff, Nebr. Star-Herald opinion page.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:39:10pm

re: #198 teleskiguy

Snow is melting quickly. It’s A-Basin’s last weekend. It’s been bicycle weather for weeks now.

Skiing is so fun, though.

I should see about fixing mr. klys’s bike.

Changing a tube can’t be that hard, right?

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DanielKi  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:39:54pm

re: #193 freetoken

I don’t know enough about UK politics to know where the LD will end up. But if the Tories offer them a share of power, like they did to Clegg a few years back, then the LD may decide it’s better to have a little bit of power than remain in the distant back benches?

That coalition was led by a prime minister who did not want to leave the EU at all — although he ended up being responsible for it to happen, but not by choice.

Nick Clegg is a committed European through and through. He even was a member of the European parliament many years ago. The LibDems would stay in the EU if they had the power to make that happen.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:40:12pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:40:22pm

re: #202 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I should see about fixing mr. klys’s bike.

Changing a tube can’t be that hard, right?

Inner tube, I assume you mean? That’s actually not too bad. The fun part is if you ever have to work on tubeless tires… Just Youtube for rednecks seating tires on rims and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of reasons to NOPE out of ever trying to repair tires on your car or tractor.

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dangerman  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:40:30pm

re: #200 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I could add two more miles on for you.

(No, I won’t. I did 12 last Friday and then got shit done on my work for the rest of the day.)

Nah. Stick to your program.

Curfew here. I’m out

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:41:13pm

re: #158 teleskiguy

Jesus fucking christ.

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We know from the most recent, complete analysis that turnout by black voters was back down to 2004 levels, and Hillary was their preferred candidate. Bernie lost BIG with black voters through out the primaries. The Berniebots think that they can take every Clinton voter for granted, and just add some of Trump’s. It’s not that simple.

And again, as always, Bernie never had to face any serious oppo. Clinton held fire, mistakenly thinking Bernie’s supporters would note and appreciate this. You KNOW the GOP would not.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:42:36pm

re: #205 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Inner tube, I assume you mean? That’s actually not too bad. The fun part is if you ever have to work on tubeless tires… Just Youtube for rednecks seating tires on rims and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of reasons to NOPE out of ever trying to repair tires on your car or tractor.

…yeah, my bike maintenance experience is zero. Zilch. Nothing. I have no idea what the hell I am doing.

Maybe not the best plan after a margarita.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:42:37pm

re: #202 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I should see about fixing mr. klys’s bike.

Changing a tube can’t be that hard, right?

It’s all about getting the bead to make its way 100% around the rim, which is easier to do with tire wrenches. With my mountain bike I’ve gotten good enough to just use my hands to reattach the tire to the wheel, I still use tire wrenches to remove the tire.

And when you put a new tube in, check the tire for any shit that might be hiding out on the inside of the tire before you put the tire back on.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:43:42pm

re: #208 klys (maker of Silmarils)

…yeah, my bike maintenance experience is zero. Zilch. Nothing. I have no idea what the hell I am doing.

Maybe not the best plan after a margarita.

Blowing a tubeless tire onto the rim with accelerant is a spectacular, but dangerous, trick. Mythbusters also proved it was effective, although it needs to be followed up with properly filling the tire, because the heat will quickly fade and result in a seriously deflated tire.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:44:22pm

re: #202 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I should see about fixing mr. klys’s bike.

Changing a tube can’t be that hard, right?

Nope. But you need tire levers, and a floor pump with gauge.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:44:22pm

re: #203 DanielKi

That coalition was led by a prime minister who did not want to leave the EU at all — although he ended up being responsible for it to happen, but not by choice.

Nick Clegg is a committed European through and through. He even was a member of the European parliament many years ago. The LibDems would stay in the EU if they had the power to make that happen.

Ok. But that all seems like water under the bridge now.

That Clegg lost his own seat - does not that mean the “leave” campaign was right, and Clegg wrong, about the sentiment of his own people?

Was not Corbyn an “insipid” campaigner to stay in the EU, according to his critics?

UKIP losing tonight could just be a sign that their job is done, they’ve won the Brexit war, and now the more socialist of them can feel free to vote for Labour again.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:45:23pm

re: #210 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Blowing a tubeless tire onto the rim with accelerant is a spectacular, but dangerous, trick. Mythbusters also proved it was effective, although it needs to be followed up with properly filling the tire, because the heat will quickly fade and result in a seriously deflated tire.

It involves a tube, I’m pretty sure. At least, I think that’s what we bought. And I’m pretty sure that’s what he said.

I should probably watch some Youtube videos. Maybe tomorrow. Later.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:45:53pm

I’m getting my first bike (trike, actually) in years and years. This maintenance thing you refer to… wha? Do I have to know this stuff? I can’t just get on and ride it?

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:45:58pm

re: #213 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It involves a tube, I’m pretty sure. At least, I think that’s what we bought. And I’m pretty sure that’s what he said.

I should probably watch some Youtube videos. Maybe tomorrow. Later.

Yeah, bike tires are tubed. I’m mostly just rambling now. Perhaps I should sign off myself.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:46:20pm

re: #211 Blind Frog Belly White

Nope. But you need tire levers, and a floor pump with gauge.

We have the floor pump but I have no idea on the tire levers. Or really what I’m doing at all.

But he’s swamped with work and I thought it would be nice if I got it fixed so he could go for a ride if he ever has enough time off on the weekend again.

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jaunte  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:46:21pm

re: #204 freetoken

That timeline is like the Return of Timecube

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b_sharp  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:46:53pm

We have a bicycle expert here. Where is wrenchwench?

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:47:47pm

re: #218 b_sharp

I suspect she’ll be around tomorrow.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:48:58pm

re: #176 dangerman

Am I the only one who hasn’t met with the Russians?

Well, my wife’s brother’s wife was a Soviet citizen, so I guess I’m compromised. (My SIL despises the GOP: She sees them as a more open version of the CPSU.)

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:50:21pm

Over the years I’ve danced with many beautiful Russian women… so I guess I’ve “met” with the Russians…

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:50:31pm

re: #208 klys (maker of Silmarils)

…yeah, my bike maintenance experience is zero. Zilch. Nothing. I have no idea what the hell I am doing.

I’ve changed flats in the middle of nowhere, I’ve patched up tubes in the middle of the desert. You know what sucks? When your chain breaks! I’ve put together a broken chain miles away from the nearest town. And don’t even get me started on drivetrains! Derailleurs, chain rings, and cassettes, those things are fuckin’ finicky!

If you mountain bike long enough, you get to be pretty good at bicycle maintenance.

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Targetpractice  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:50:47pm

re: #176 dangerman

Am I the only one who hasn’t met with the Russians?

What? No, I totally haven’t met with them.

*mutters to wireless mouse* The yankee knows too much.

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DanielKi  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:52:40pm

re: #212 freetoken

That Clegg lost his own seat - does not that mean the “leave” campaign was right, and Clegg wrong, about the sentiment of his own people?

Maybe. But he lost to Labour, not the Tories, and there was a lot of tactical voting going on in this election from what I’ve read. The LibDems still gained overall, and apart from the SNP they are the only party unabashedly representing the pro-EU constituency.

UKIP losing tonight could just be a sign that their job is done, they’ve won the Brexit war, and now the more socialist of them can feel free to vote for Labour again.

I mostly agree with that. It was always likely that UKIP would become irrelevant after Brexit, especially since Tories have now adopted 100% of their positions.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:52:44pm

re: #199 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Might as well go for broke. I pushed myself to the absolute limit mowing the back yard (it is on a 30-degree sloped hill, and is 4’ tall.) When I ran out of gas in the mower, I knew I was not going to finish today. Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well.

You should use a scythe. That sort of terrain is much easier to mow than with a lawnmower.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:53:16pm

re: #222 teleskiguy

I’ve changed flats in the middle of nowhere, I’ve patched up tubes in the middle of the desert. You know what sucks? When your chain breaks! I’ve put together a broken chain miles away from the nearest town. And don’t even get me started on drivetrains! Derailleurs, chain rings, and cassettes, those things are fuckin’ finicky!

If you mountain bike long enough, you get to be pretty good at bicycle maintenance.

I have a road-ish bike with big fat wheels. I mean, not like HUGELY fat wheels, but not the skinny little road bike wheels either.

A casual bike, really.

I want to take it over to the coast and do some riding there but I also want to run some of those paths too. Except that’s a long drive to then go for a run. I’m lazy. The fewer obstacles between me and going for a run, the more likely the run is to happen.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:53:23pm

re: #225 Anymouse

You should use a scythe. That sort of terrain is much easier to mow than with a lawnmower.

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I’ve used the weed eater to great effect, although I find I go through trimmer line like crazy when I do that. Plus, using the lawn mower is fantastic cardio and arm exercise.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:53:28pm

Because Sinn Fein is up to 7 seats, that means Parliament will have 643 voting members. Which means the Tories need just 322 seats. BBC was projecting them to win 321, just one short needed to place a PM.

Surely among the misc parties, the Tories can find one vote.

No, Bernie Bros, this is not a “win” for Bernie.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:54:53pm

re: #226 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I have a road-ish bike with big fat wheels. I mean, not like HUGELY fat wheels, but not the skinny little road bike wheels either.

A casual bike, really.

I want to take it over to the coast and do some riding there but I also want to run some of those paths too. Except that’s a long drive to then go for a run. I’m lazy. The fewer obstacles between me and going for a run, the more likely the run is to happen.

Come to the wild north country. We have hundreds of miles of lakeshore trails for you to run and ride and enjoy. There is terrain to suit any challenge you wish to put yourself to, and scenery beyond compare.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:54:57pm

re: #222 teleskiguy

On this ride (35 miles, 2000’ elevation gain, almost 5000’ elevation downhill) I had to replace a tube on my rear wheel and my buddy (who snapped the photo) broke his chain. That was some epic mountain biking.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:55:48pm

re: #226 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I have a road-ish bike with big fat wheels. I mean, not like HUGELY fat wheels, but not the skinny little road bike wheels either.

A casual bike, really.

I want to take it over to the coast and do some riding there but I also want to run some of those paths too. Except that’s a long drive to then go for a run. I’m lazy. The fewer obstacles between me and going for a run, the more likely the run is to happen.

Hmmm. Running for miles and being lazy do not go together well. I hardly think you’re lazy. Me on the other hand….

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Interesting Times  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:56:05pm

re: #55 freetoken

To me, an outsider, it looks like Labor is winning more from the SNP than defeating the Tories, who are now down just one seat.

Here’s something that might help explain that:

From what I understand, the UK has the same craptastic first-past-the-post election system as Canada, which means if the vote in a progressive riding splits between several progressive (or at least non-conservative) parties, the conservative can eke out a plurality win. That’s how Steven Harper’s wannabe-republicans won a majority government with only 39% of the popular vote.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:56:32pm

re: #229 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Also, we use fat-tired bikes to ride across lakes in the winter. I have a friend who is an avid biker and I’ve seen his photos and videos. Crazy motherfucker.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:56:55pm

re: #231 MsJ

Hmmm. Running for miles and being lazy do not go together well. I hardly think you’re lazy. Me on the other hand….

It’s a really weird dichotomy. I hate the first mile and then it falls into zen land.

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Dr Lizardo  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:57:04pm

re: #228 freetoken

Because Sinn Fein is up to 7 seats, that means Parliament will have 643 voting members. Which means the Tories need just 322 seats. BBC was projecting them to win 321, just one short needed to place a PM.

Surely among the misc parties, the Tories can find one vote.

No, Bernie Bros, this is not a “win” for Bernie.

In all fairness, Labour has performed far better than I’d anticipated. But, it’s certainly not a “win” for Bernie.

As for PM May, this is a debacle; I’m pretty sure that metallic scraping sound I’m hearing all the way over here near the border of Poland is the sound of Tory knives being sharpened.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:58:02pm

re: #234 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It’s a really weird dichotomy. I hate the first mile and then it falls into zen land.

It’s the same with anything, really. When I work on a mechanical project, the biggest hurdle is just getting started. I hem and haw pulling together my tools and fussing around with arranging the environment. Once I actually start execution, everything flows freely until the job is done.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:58:03pm

re: #230 teleskiguy

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:58:24pm

re: #232 Interesting Times

It’s BernieBro-itic: eating away at your own.

I wonder if the BernieBros will notice that progressivism went down in flames tonight in Ireland?

Or that eating-your-own doomed progressives in Scotland?

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:58:32pm

re: #227 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I’ve used the weed eater to great effect, although I find I go through trimmer line like crazy when I do that. Plus, using the lawn mower is fantastic cardio and arm exercise.

A scythe is better for cardio and arm exercise. A scythe requires aerobic exercise (swinging at the waist to move the implement) as well as arm exercise (aiming and holding the scythe in a position to mow grass or weeds within an inch of the ground requires real exercise).

I am glad I gave up my gasoline lawnmower: No gasoline, no noise, and can cut closer to obstacles than my lawnmower could reach.

My farmer neighbours also give me a thumbs-up for tradition.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:59:18pm

re: #239 Anymouse

A scythe is better for cardio and arm exercise. A scythe requires aerobic exercise (swinging at the waist to move the implement) as well as arm exercise (aiming and holding the scythe in a position to mow grass or weeds within an inch of the ground requires real exercise).

I am glad I gave up my gasoline lawnmower: No gasoline, no noise, and can cut closer to obstacles than my lawnmower could reach.

My farmer neighbours also give me a thumbs-up for tradition.

Then perhaps I shall have to train with a new implement. I can already handle a bo staff.

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mmmirele  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:59:28pm

re: #235 Dr Lizardo

Yeah, even though May won her seat, she may be out as PM rather quickly.

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Interesting Times  Jun 8, 2017 • 8:59:35pm

re: #235 Dr Lizardo

As for PM May, this is a debacle; I’m pretty sure that metallic scraping sound I’m hearing all the way over here near the border of Poland is the sound of Tory knives being sharpened.

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MsJ  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:00:49pm

re: #234 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It’s a really weird dichotomy. I hate the first mile and then it falls into zen land.

That makes you doubly not lazy. Most people don’t have that get up and go to make the first mile. Kudos! Seriously!

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Dr Lizardo  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:01:02pm

re: #241 mmmirele

re: #242 Interesting Times

The Tories are now 2 for 2 on their party’s PM taking a strategic electoral gamble and having it blow up in their face in truly spectacular fashion.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:01:25pm

re: #240 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Then perhaps I shall have to train with a new implement. I can already handle a bo staff.

If you can use a staff, a scythe should be no problem.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:02:34pm

re: #237 MsJ

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:02:47pm

re: #245 Anymouse

If you can use a staff, a scythe should be no problem.

On that topic, some years ago, I got Mrs. Fish a custom-made staff for her black belt graduation present. I need to find it. It is a lightweight and powerful weapon.

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Targetpractice  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:04:00pm

re: #244 Dr Lizardo

The Tories are now 2 for 2 on their party’s PM taking a strategic electoral gamble and having it blow up in their face in truly spectacular fashion.

I was about to say that Brexit seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, bringing down David Cameron, sabotaging Boris Johnson’s hopes at being PM, and now may be the end of May’s short time on the throne.

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KGxvi  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:05:34pm

re: #238 freetoken

It’s BernieBro-itic: eating away at your own.

I wonder if the BernieBros will notice that progressivism went down in flames tonight in Ireland?

Or that eating-your-own doomed progressives in Scotland?

From what I understand, Scotland is sort of a weird thing politically. The SNP dominates because the overarching issue is Scottish independence, but that the party doesn’t have a unifying economic policy.

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DanielKi  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:05:46pm

re: #248 Targetpractice

I was about to say that Brexit seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, bringing down David Cameron, sabotaging Boris Johnson’s hopes at being PM, and now may be the end of May’s short time on the throne.

There’s the small catch that it also means leaving the EU…

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plansbandc  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:07:05pm

re: #42 HappyWarrior

I think he’s the worst of the lot. Ruthlessly soulless. Like a young Cheney.

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freetoken  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:09:13pm

re: #249 KGxvi

From what I understand, Scotland is sort of a weird thing politically. The SNP dominates because the overarching issue is Scottish independence, but that the party doesn’t have a unifying economic policy.

By American standards, they seem pretty liberal. Surely they are not like the hard core socialists in the UK, but most SNP voters wouldn’t vote for Trump, I propose.

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stpaulbear  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:10:44pm

re: #229 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Come to the wild north country. We have hundreds of miles of lakeshore trails for you to run and ride and enjoy. There is terrain to suit any challenge you wish to put yourself to, and scenery beyond compare.

I’ll second that. MN has created a ton of great biking trails and it’s a very bike friendly state. I’ll put in a vote for the Root River Trail in SE MN. Really beautiful ride with small towns to explore along the way.

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teleskiguy  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:11:23pm

I’ve got some okay Instagram posts of my bike named Big Red. I really like this one, taken on Mad Creek above Elk River outside of Steamboat Springs, CO.

Instagram

Kurt V. and I rode 36 miles and 3600 feet elevation gain. 28 June 2014

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stpaulbear  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:14:20pm

re: #244 Dr Lizardo

The Tories are now 2 for 2 on their party’s PM taking a strategic electoral gamble and having it blow up in their face in truly spectacular fashion.

I hope Andrew Sullivan is rolled up into a gently sobbing ball this evening.

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Joe Bacon  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:14:34pm

Just been listening to the BBC all night and am amazed to see May just blunder her majority away. Now Six of her Ministers have lost their seats. She’s probably going to have to depend on Northern. Ireland Unionists to keep the Tories in office.

But she’s toast. She’s going to get dumped.

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Dr Lizardo  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:15:24pm

re: #250 DanielKi

There’s the small catch that it also means leaving the EU…

However, it looks like the Tories may need support from Northern Ireland’s DUP and the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) wants a soft Brexit.

The end result of this could well be that a hard Brexit is off the table.

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Dr Lizardo  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:15:50pm

re: #256 Joe Bacon

Just been listening to the BBC all night and am amazed to see May just blunder her majority away. Now Six of her Ministers have lost their seats. She’s probably going to have to depend on Ulster Unionists to keep the Tories in office.

But she’s toast. She’s going to get dumped.

Yes, see my #257.

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Jebediah, RBG  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:16:31pm

re: #117 nines09

New acquisition?

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:20:47pm

re: #240 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Your nickname here, if Edgar Allan Poe were alive today.

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:23:44pm

re: #247 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

On that topic, some years ago, I got Mrs. Fish a custom-made staff for her black belt graduation present. I need to find it. It is a lightweight and powerful weapon.

Agricultural implements are frequently cited as the source for many martial arts weaponry. (For example, nunchucks were a flail for threshing grain.)

My sister (a Tang Soo Do black belt) says she wouldn’t come anywhere near me if I had my scythe in my hands.

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Jebediah, RBG  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:23:52pm

re: #128 nines09

Warm tubes, crackly pots
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Blind Frog Belly White  Jun 8, 2017 • 10:16:21pm

re: #216 klys (maker of Silmarils)

We have the floor pump but I have no idea on the tire levers. Or really what I’m doing at all.

But he’s swamped with work and I thought it would be nice if I got it fixed so he could go for a ride if he ever has enough time off on the weekend again.

Tire levers plastic thingies that usually come in packs of 3 - because it’s a lot easier to change a tube using 3 than using fewer.

You use them to flip the bead over to the outside of the rim. You DON’T use them to put the bead back over to the inside, unless you absolutely have to.

Here’s a step-by-step.

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mmmirele  Jun 8, 2017 • 10:24:54pm

re: #255 stpaulbear

I hope Andrew Sullivan is rolled up into a gently sobbing ball this evening.

Am I just wrong for loving this sentiment? I’ve so disliked that unrepentant Tory for so long.


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