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goddamnedfrank  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:37:26pm

With all due respect to Rachel I’ve never really bought into the Trump is an intentional genius at distracting people from the thing they should be paying attention to via fresh outrage school of analysis. I think he’s just so consistently unhinged and fundamentally ill prepared for the Presidency that whatever fresh hell is being created and the scandal it ostensibly distracts from are essentially being iteratively produced on a constantly evolving assembly line of preternatural incompetence and psychotic reactionary rage.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:42:43pm

re: #1 goddamnedfrank

With all due respect to Rachel I’ve never really bought into the Trump is an intentional genius at distracting people from the thing they should be paying attention to via fresh outrage school of analysis. I think he’s just so consistently unhinged and fundamentally ill prepared for the Presidency that whatever fresh hell is being created and the scandal it ostensibly distracts from are essentially being iteratively produced on a constantly evolving assembly line of preternatural incompetence and psychotic reactionary rage.

I guess it’s like the intentionality of the skunk or the octopus. A well-honed, almost genetic response to agents of honesty.

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:48:09pm

re: #2 Barefoot Grin

I guess it’s like the intentionality of the skunk or the octopus. A well-honed, almost genetic response to agents of honesty.

In the same way that the skunk’s musk and the octopus’ ink is a defensive external projection of the self Trump projects his own darkest flaws and shortcomings upon his perceived opponents.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:49:18pm

re: #3 goddamnedfrank

In the same way that the skunk’s musk and the octopus’ ink is a defensive external projection of the self Trump projects his own darkest flaws and shortcomings upon his perceived opponents.

This will never change.

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Mike Lamb  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:52:48pm

re: #1 goddamnedfrank

With all due respect to Rachel I’ve never really bought into the Trump is an intentional genius at distracting people from the thing they should be paying attention to via fresh outrage school of analysis. I think he’s just so consistently unhinged and fundamentally ill prepared for the Presidency that whatever fresh hell is being created and the scandal it ostensibly distracts from are essentially being iteratively produced on a constantly evolving assembly line of preternatural incompetence and psychotic reactionary rage.

Agree with this. I don’t think there’s any real plan. I also don’t think he’s comfortable with negative press. This entire blow up with Scarborough destroys any notion that Trump believes any press is good press.

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Frenchy  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:53:36pm

re: #1 goddamnedfrank

Agree that there is absolutely no method to his madness, but sadly you can’t argue with the results to this point — there is some (unintentional) genius behind it.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:56:32pm

And I doubt that Trump was much tutored by Roy Cohn. More likely that they saw the bullying asshole in each other, recognized a kindred spirit. Knowing Trump now, I’d say he probably lapped up Cohn’s flattery and attention, oblivious to Cohn’s homosexuality. After all, that seems to be all that has ever mattered to this moonstruck clynchpoop.

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 30, 2017 • 8:57:04pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:00:23pm

Fireworks going on in town now. I’d rather watch the Rachel Maddow clip.

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prairiefire  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:04:05pm

re: #7 Barefoot Grin

Drumpf dropped him like a hot potato when Cohen was HIV+.

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Charles Johnson  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:06:39pm

re: #1 goddamnedfrank

With all due respect to Rachel I’ve never really bought into the Trump is an intentional genius at distracting people from the thing they should be paying attention to via fresh outrage school of analysis. I think he’s just so consistently unhinged and fundamentally ill prepared for the Presidency that whatever fresh hell is being created and the scandal it ostensibly distracts from are essentially being iteratively produced on a constantly evolving assembly line of preternatural incompetence and psychotic reactionary rage.

I don’t think that’s really her point - I think it’s more like this:

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LoonRadio  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:06:55pm

President Trump may not be that smart, but I bet someone close to him is.

“There’s a big story in the Journal tomorrow. Give him back his phone and show him this thing on Morning Joe.”

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:07:40pm

I wonder how long it will take for other nations to start paying for space on the Fox and Friends’ chyron to get Trump’s attention: “China pays $1.5million to Fox to warn Trump not to sell arms to Taiwan….”

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blueraven  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:10:20pm

Kevin Williamson is an Ass, but he is spot on here.

Trump may have his problems with women, but it is his unrequited love of the media that is undoing him.

“I always tell the president, ‘You don’t need them,’” says Sean Hannity, the self-abasing monkey-butler of the Trump regime. The president, Hannity says, can reach more Americans via Twitter than he could through the conventional media. That isn’t true, of course: Only about one in five Americans uses Twitter. Hannity might be forgiven for not knowing this, a consequence of his much more general habit of not knowing things. But he actually does know the president.
How could he possibly believe that this man — this man — does not need them?

He needs them the way a junkie needs his junk.

Read more at: nationalreview.com

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Dave In Austin  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:13:28pm
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Amory Blaine  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:14:16pm

Bummer: Giant Asteroids Not An Immediate Threat

Every few months, a journalist asks a scientist about the looming threat of Armageddon. That scientist’s quotes are then predictably blown out of proportion and turned into some iteration of “The End Is Nigh.” In light of Asteroid Day, which is today, we’d like to clarify some of the apocalyptic misinformation that’s spreading. As badly as we all want an asteroid to strike us squarely in the face at this point, that probably won’t be happening any time soon….

“There is quite a lot being done to prevent the Earth being stuck by a big asteroid, say half a kilometer across or larger,” Fitzsimmons told Gizmodo. While we know about most of the bigger asteroids, or Near Earth Objects (NEOs), in our solar neighborhood, smaller NEOs are the biggest immediate asteroid threat to certain regions on Earth, which is why scientists are trying to hunt them down.

“The past two decades have seen continuous sky surveys (almost all by the United States) find 90% of the Near-Earth Asteroids bigger than a kilometer across, and many of the sub-km asteroids. So that’s a whole bunch of asteroids we’re pretty safe from in the next 100 years.”

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:20:12pm

re: #6 Frenchy

Agree that there is absolutely no method to his madness, but sadly you can’t argue with the results to this point — there is some (unintentional) genius behind it.

New theory, through Trump we’re witnessing so many individual instances of (behavioral, moral/ethical, economic, diplomatic & geo-strategic) wrongness, scandal & failure that they’ve collectively begun to metaphysically fold in on themselves, tearing space-time apart under the collective weight and catalyzed incongruous reality of their combined inexplicably immense collective intellectual valuelessness, producing an emergent metaphysical gestalt organism comprised entirely of pure socio-polical fuckery.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:21:58pm

re: #15 Dave In Austin

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Meanwhile, his Pepe bitcoin survival-garden supporters were obsessed with another Hayek.

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goddamnedfrank  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:23:56pm

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

Meh … still more coherent than anything Seth Abramson ever produced.

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Dave In Austin  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:27:38pm

Texas will not provide detailed voter info…..

This will not work out well for Chris

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Dave In Austin  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:32:05pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:47:12pm

I’m reminded it took over two years from the Watergate break-in until President Nixon’s resignation.

Gaaa this short period since the election seems like it has been most of my life. I realise that investigations need to be done correctly because they will only get one shot at this, but I really want to see some people explain themselves in a court.

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FormerDirtDart  Jun 30, 2017 • 9:49:11pm
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mmmirele  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:00:49pm

re: #23 FormerDirtDart

One part of me is all, “do it, do it, do it” but another part of me is like, “OMG, the sideshow, and can you expect that Trump wouldn’t try to pull executive privilege during depositions and document production?”

And then I started wondering where a trial would be held—the three places I can think of (New York City, Washington D.C. and Atlanta) based on the location of CNN and Trump, I was thinking, “oh this could become a cluster very quickly.” Look at hard it was to seat a jury to try Shkreli!

ETA: On top of all that, I’m not sure we want to have New York Times v. Sullivan and that line of cases which established the “public figure” standard to be under scrutiny right now. I just foresee bad things happening.

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blueraven  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:00:51pm

Trump’s Election Fraud Commission Asked States to Send Sensitive Voter Information Over Insecure Email

The White House on Wednesday requested that every state surrender a laundry list of voter data, including partial social security numbers, using an insecure email address unprotected by even basic encryption technology.

Encouraging state election officials to transmit voter data insecurely belies the White House’s stated goal of improving the security and integrity of federal election systems.

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Barefoot Grin  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:09:18pm

re: #23 FormerDirtDart

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Do it! Depositions out the azz.

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Dave In Austin  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:17:03pm

I know a lot of yous guys don’t care for Bill Mahar, but I got to say, his monologue tonite was awesome.

The Real Housewife of Pennsylvania Avenue | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:24:09pm

re: #23 FormerDirtDart

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Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that Orange Foolius ALWAYS threatens to sue and he never goes through with it. This is yet another typical bullshit maneuver from President Shithead!

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:26:01pm

I am still convinced that Pence is dirtier than Trump in terms of Kremlin influence. Russia paid little attention to Trump before he became a candidate. The religious right, otoh, has been rotten with Russian influence since at least 2009. There is no way Kremlin influence agents would have ignored so prominent a religious right leader as Pence. Indeed, it is possible that the Russians influenced Pence’s VP selection itself.

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Dave In Austin  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:34:45pm

Yep…..

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 30, 2017 • 10:56:45pm

Well I used to put James Buchanan in the bottom slot as the Worst President we ever had with Dumbya Bush right above him.

President Pinocchio makes Buchanan look like Superman…

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Dave In Austin  Jun 30, 2017 • 11:28:34pm

More of this please..

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William Lewis  Jun 30, 2017 • 11:33:49pm

re: #32 Dave In Austin

Dang allergies…

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Ace-o-aces  Jun 30, 2017 • 11:52:20pm

fox5sandiego.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Disney will remove the infamous “bride auction” scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland next year, the company announced on Thursday.

During the planned ride refurbishment, Disney will alter the roles of the auctioneer, the redhead woman and other characters participating in the “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride” scene.

Of course the comments on this story are full of people complaining about “feminism” and “political correctness”, because some people can’t enjoy a theme park ride without a little sex slavery.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 30, 2017 • 11:54:22pm

re: #6 Frenchy

Agree that there is absolutely no method to his madness, but sadly you can’t argue with the results to this point — there is some (unintentional) genius behind it.

This is why the White House Staff is always in a permanent state of tizzle…they are trying to contain and channel the mighty force of nature that is DT’s ego for their own political ends and purposes…and are only partially successful at it.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 30, 2017 • 11:57:40pm

My wife is watching Wednesday Addams at Planned Parenthood (the adult Wednesday Addams on YouTube)

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Frenchy  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:05:39am

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

Re: Trump’s “strategy” I think Adam Gopnik said it best here:

Link

This is the habit of willfully substituting, as a motive for Trump’s latest action, a conventional political or geostrategic ambition, rather than recognizing the action as the daily spasm of narcissistic gratification and episodic vanity that it truly is.

As for it “working” maybe your theory is correct - ha ha - but I wasn’t thinking of anything that complicated. He just continues to again and again paper over old outrages with new outrages, so that we’re basically forced to forget about, and move on from, the prior outrages. Obviously the fact that this has worked for him is not in any way a credit to him, but rather a harsh indictment of (a nontrivial portion of) the American public.

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Frenchy  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:18:24am

re: #32 Dave In Austin

But, but, didn’t he “fear for his life” like some of our police seem to do so often these days? Guess not, since we’re told that you have to shoot the guy when you “fear for your life”.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:21:00am

re: #38 Frenchy

But, but, didn’t he “fear for his life” like some of our police seem to do so often these days? Guess not, since we’re told that you have to shoot the guy when you “fear for your life”.

They were the same color. Mortal fear is melanin-sensitive.

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JordanRules  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:22:02am

re: #37 Frenchy

Obviously the fact that this has worked for him is not in any way a credit to him, but rather a harsh indictment of (a nontrivial portion of) the American public.

Might just be a modern quirk of human nature and not especially American.

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Cheechako  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:25:43am
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JordanRules  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:37:14am

Bunch of good comments and contributions from you sooo…
re: #27 Dave In Austin
I believe there are…
Nope, I KNOW there are really talented folks out there who can deliver a fierce monologue too and we won’t have to add that caveat about not caring for them because they aren’t misogynistic, islamaphobes who break out their bigot blazers every few shows.

re: #32 Dave In Austin

Love, love, love this! Great share!

re: #30 Dave In Austin

Yessss!!! Had a high school biology teacher who was great but bristled a bit at my super liberalism. She assured me folks get more conservative as they get older. I get where she was coming from - you really don’t shit yet young buck - but I’m happy about how I was tested as I got older and feel even more comfortable in my super liberalism.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 1:28:20am

re: #42 JordanRules

Yessss!!! Had a high school biology teacher who was great but bristled a bit at my super liberalism. She assured me folks get more conservative as they get older. I get where she was coming from - you really don’t shit yet young buck - but I’m happy about how I was tested as I got older and feel even more comfortable in my super liberalism.

My high school government teacher (my government class was the equivalent of what most call civics) was somewhere to the right of William F. Buckley, Jr. whilst I was still the same socialist leftie I am now.

We would regularly have class discussions in which he would come after my positions (it wasn’t personal). At the end of the year, he noted to the class that I was the first person he’d ever given an “A” to in the class - not because he agreed with my positions, but I defended them both in papers and in class.

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 1, 2017 • 1:34:26am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 1, 2017 • 1:35:25am

re: #43 Anymouse 🌹

My high school government teacher (my government class was the equivalent of what most call civics) was somewhere to the right of William F. Buckley, Jr. whilst I was still the same socialist leftie I am now.

We would regularly have class discussions in which he would come after my positions (it wasn’t personal). At the end of the year, he noted to the class that I was the first person he’d ever given an “A” to in the class - not because he agreed with my positions, but I defended them both in papers and in class.

I had an English and a history teacher like that…I hated them in person (and it was mutual, especially with my English teacher) but stuck it out because they were excellent, challenging teachers.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 2:03:30am

Well, it would appear computer firms are all colluding to tie my computer up with updates all at the same time (that’s why I was out earlier).

Hewlett-Packard insisted on a driver update for my camera that I don’t use and a computer re-start.

My paid version of Spybot fouled up last week, and the company said today the correction was to uninstall, shut my computer down, then re-install it. (It dropped one of its drivers, and they said there was no way to reinstall just the driver. The driver was fouled up during an update to the software.)

Mozilla insisted my version of Firefox was going to implode if I didn’t update it right away.

Microsoft wants me to have this spiffy new update Creator which I doubt I’ll never use, but they insisted on it and shut my computer down for me.

Must be a four-hundred pound guy in a basement in New Jersey directing all this.

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William Lewis  Jul 1, 2017 • 2:04:17am

I had a high school history teacher that was. Instead, an idiot. Things like getting the date of President Kennedy’s assassination wrong ( confused it with his brother’s) and wouldn’t admit the error. I stopped attending class and finally the guidance counselor arranged for me to a paper in place of the attendance. I did a long paper on the design and construction of nuclear weapons equivalent to Fat Man and Little Boy using open sources. I didn’t do too bad - got an A from the idiot and when I recently found a copy and double checked my work (lots more open now than in 1980) I found the gun type Uranium bomb would have fizzled but the implosion bomb was correct and probably would have had a higher yield than I’d originally guessed. Looking at the North Korean test results makes me wonder WTF they are really doing since they are the only ones, ever, to fail like that.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 2:56:59am

How to ruin a knock-knock joke for the next person that asks you one (I’m veering way off the topic here). (I do not claim credit for this, it came from a YouTube comment but is safe for work.)

“Knock knock”

“Come in, the door’s open.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 3:02:42am

re: #47 William Lewis

I had a high school history teacher that was. Instead, an idiot. Things like getting the date of President Kennedy’s assassination wrong ( confused it with his brother’s) and wouldn’t admit the error. I stopped attending class and finally the guidance counselor arranged for me to a paper in place of the attendance. I did a long paper on the design and construction of nuclear weapons equivalent to Fat Man and Little Boy using open sources. I didn’t do too bad - got an A from the idiot and when I recently found a copy and double checked my work (lots more open now than in 1980) I found the gun type Uranium bomb would have fizzled but the implosion bomb was correct and probably would have had a higher yield than I’d originally guessed. Looking at the North Korean test results makes me wonder WTF they are really doing since they are the only ones, ever, to fail like that.

Maybe North Korea used your paper?

My wife also did a paper on nuclear weapons in seventh grade (1975) based on information in the school and St. Louis libraries. She got an A on her paper, on how both Little Boy and Fat Man operated. She had a classmate that did a paper on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (the kid scored an interview with the head of the Fed branch there).

My wife went to a cooler school than I did (a school for gifted students - it required being in the 99th percentile based on standardised IQ tests). She had more people in one classroom than I had in my whole graduating class.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 1, 2017 • 3:17:39am

I happened to catch a little bit of the rerun of Hannity’s show this morning. A gang of 4 was having a panel discussion on “the Left’s war on Trump,” exactly as though it is literally treasonous to find fault with the orange one. Lumpy himself wasn’t even there yet but they announced in breathless tones that he would be on right after the next commercial. I changed channels at that point.

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Lupin  Jul 1, 2017 • 3:18:28am

Rachel is wrong IMHO. I had two elderly parents afflicted with vascular dementia, plus one with alzheimer. I know dementia when I see it.

As many have said, “Trump is not well.”

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William Lewis  Jul 1, 2017 • 3:18:39am

re: #49 Anymouse 🌹

Maybe North Korea used your paper?

I’m inclined towards the Hiesenburg theory: Werner Heisenberg directed the physics of the Nazi atomic bomb program until the end of the war. It was famous for chasing the dead end of heavy water reactors. Yet the story goes that while in captivity in England after VE day, when Heisenberg heard of the bombings​ in Japan, he described the physics correctly to his team (while bugged by the English) implying he knew how to build a bomb all along but chose to FUBAR the program instead. Dangerous game if true.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 1, 2017 • 3:25:07am

re: #47 William Lewis

Sabotage probably has a lot to do with the problems in the NK program, including some forms whose nature is not even suspected outside the perpetrator group.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 1, 2017 • 4:00:28am

re: #53 Shiplord Kirel

Sabotage probably has a lot to do with the problems in the NK program, including some forms whose nature is not even suspected outside the perpetrator group.

and a clique of generals who would rather cover up a mistake than admit to having made one

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lawhawk  Jul 1, 2017 • 4:33:39am

re: #11 Charles Johnson

I’ve been saying for a long time that Trump is a reactionary know nothing. I think that still holds. He reacts to stuff around him, and takes action on whatever he thinks will inure benefit to him personally.

Engage in actions that undermine national security so long as he gains power? Sure.

Engage in criminal acts that expand or preserve his wealth? Absolutely.

To me, the funniest bit is that I’ll be laughing my ass off knowing that Kellyanne will be lawyering up shortly thanks to this aspect of the story - she’s personally named as involved in all this.

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lawhawk  Jul 1, 2017 • 4:35:06am

Funny how this works:

Is anyone shocked that yet another right wing bigot in the Trump mold turns out to be a corrupt-ocrat. Taking monies not meant for them and misusing them.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:01:08am

re: #56 lawhawk

Throw Le Pen in the pen.

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Nyet  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:13:30am

Pax Dickinson founded a crowdfunding resource for neo-Nazis, one of the participants, Peter Belau, is a self-confessed neo-fascist Jewish guy who calls himself a “Court Jew” while spouting antisemitic and racist stuff:

archive.fo

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:21:05am

re: #46 Anymouse 🌹

Well, it would appear computer firms are all colluding to tie my computer up with updates all at the same time (that’s why I was out earlier).

Hewlett-Packard insisted on a driver update for my camera that I don’t use and a computer re-start.

My paid version of Spybot fouled up last week, and the company said today the correction was to uninstall, shut my computer down, then re-install it. (It dropped one of its drivers, and they said there was no way to reinstall just the driver. The driver was fouled up during an update to the software.)

Mozilla insisted my version of Firefox was going to implode if I didn’t update it right away.

Microsoft wants me to have this spiffy new update Creator which I doubt I’ll never use, but they insisted on it and shut my computer down for me.

Must be a four-hundred pound guy in a basement in New Jersey directing all this.

Uh about that Firefox update. You may be a victim of a real nasty virus.

Firefox never asks you to do an update, they happen automatically usually the first time you access Firefox after it’s last use. Once you put Firfefox on your machine it is installed. Same as Chrome and others. The software will always update itself.

If you are in Firefox and all of a sudden a page takes over that looks like a big Firefox logo and asking you to update it probably is not good.

You can tell a lot of times because the URL address in the URL window will not be Firefox at all.

Do a Google search on “Firefox is asking me to do an important update” and you can read all about it.

Sorry! First line of computer defense…do not believe anything you see. Check through Google first about something you are being asked to do, never take a pop-up or a window change you didn’t initiate as legit. Copy the URL and message (or write it down) and then do a search. Almost 100% of the time you will see a scam because they happen to everyone.

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jeffreyw  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:24:26am

Imgur
Good morning!

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Nyet  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:28:21am

re: #58 Nyet

A man who argues on behalf of feminism is a tragic figure of irony, like a Jewish Nazi.

— Pax Dickinson (@paxdickinson) October 17, 2012

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steve_davis  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:30:18am

re: #34 Ace-o-aces

fox5sandiego.com

Of course the comments on this story are full of people complaining about “feminism” and “political correctness”, because some people can’t enjoy a theme park ride without a little sex slavery.

Disney will be replacing the scene with an animatronic English professor who will sit in a poofy balloon chair and lead riders in a seminar entitled “Deconstructing Dennis Rodman.” Those who survive will be awarded a D. Ed.

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lawhawk  Jul 1, 2017 • 5:35:34am
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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:10:43am
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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:28:30am

re: #64 jaunte

As voters we are trying to hide from a snake oil salesman who stole the last election.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:36:51am

Just woke up to the news and heard about the mass shooting in Little Rock. And the Little Rock Police Department tweets this…

Just another day in NRA’s America where more blood feeds the Tree of Liberty…

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mmmirele  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:38:23am

Since I live in Arizona, generally, by the time I wake up, the short-fingered vulgarian has done his daily objectionable tweeting because he’s three hours ahead of us. I hate, loathe and despise that the first thought in my head upon waking is, “What has the short-fingered vulgarian said now?” And he’s back at it this morning, whining first about how states are pretty universally telling him NO on the information for his voter suppression committee, and then he’s got another whine going about “Morning Joe” and so on and so forth.

Other countries must look at us and mutter about how far our leadership has fallen in a scant few months.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:39:22am

Official Statements from the President of the United States of America
July 1, 2017

What’s missing?
Isn’t the nation starting a four day “Independence Day” weekend?
Ya wouldn’t know it from the “Leader” of the nation’s statements…

Oh, on a personal note..
TOUR de FRANCE!!!!

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:42:20am

Morning Lizardim.

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b.d.  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:43:23am

re: #68 FormerDirtDart

Official Statements from the President of the United States of America
July 1, 2017

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What’s missing?
Isn’t the nation starting a four day “Independence Day” weekend?
Ya wouldn’t know it from the “Leader” of the nation’s statements…

Oh, on a personal note..
TOUR de FRANCE!!!!

They’ll be so much whining that you’ll get sick of all the whining.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:43:51am

re: #66 Joe Bacon 🌹

Just woke up to the news and heard about the mass shooting in Little Rock. And the Little Rock Police Department tweets this…

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Just another day in NRA’s America where more blood feeds the Tree of Liberty…

Okay, I think we need to define the terminology, because as I understood it, “active shooter” meant that someone was actively shooting people. Which would, by definition, make any mass shooting an “active shooter” situation.

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b.d.  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:44:37am

Such class, so much dignity being brought back to the Oval Office.

So Presidential.

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sagehen  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:44:38am

re: #52 William Lewis

I’m inclined towards the Hiesenburg theory: Werner Heisenberg directed the physics of the Nazi atomic bomb program until the end of the war. It was famous for chasing the dead end of heavy water reactors. Yet the story goes that while in captivity in England after VE day, when Heisenberg heard of the bombings​ in Japan, he described the physics correctly to his team (while bugged by the English) implying he knew how to build a bomb all along but chose to FUBAR the program instead. Dangerous game if true.

That scene was included in the Einstein bio-drama I just finished watching; Heisenberg had *such* a smug look on his face when he said to his cell-mates “oh, sure, I can explain it, get me some paper and a pencil…”

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:47:07am

OK, New Yorker Trump Bot is officially a great addition to my twitter feeds…

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b.d.  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:48:48am

re: #74 FormerDirtDart

OK, New Yorker Trump Bot is officially a great addition to my twitter feeds…

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Trump had NBC bosses for a lot of years too but I guess they didn’t dare influence him?

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:51:44am

re: #68 FormerDirtDart

Official Statements from the President of the United States of America
July 1, 2017

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What’s missing?
Isn’t the nation starting a four day “Independence Day” weekend?
Ya wouldn’t know it from the “Leader” of the nation’s statements…

Oh, on a personal note..
TOUR de FRANCE!!!!

Make the bad man go away.

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sagehen  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:54:35am

re: #75 b.d.

Trump had NBC bosses for a lot of years too but I guess they didn’t dare influence him?

Jeff Zucker was his primary NBC boss, they apparently became quite close. That’s the same now-at-CNN Jeff Zucker who hired Corey Lewandowski and Jeffrey Lord, put a tight leash on Van Jones…

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:54:58am

re: #75 b.d.

Trump had NBC bosses for a lot of years too but I guess they didn’t dare influence him?

That was when NBC was Great. Trump made NBC Great. It is not Great Without Trump.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:56:00am

And…
with the most recent automatic purchase (about a minute ago) of minutes on my cheap-ass NET 10 cell phone I have officially broken 8,000 saved minutes (8,087.7)

I really need to find someone to call…

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:57:24am

Got this is the mail yesterday. Anyone else get one? Says it’s registered to me.Says it’s an “official republican party document, not to destroy. It’s pretty vile.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 6:59:30am
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jeffreyw  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:00:44am
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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:03:58am

re: #80 nines09

I did not get one as of yet. If I do get one I will forward it to my ward leader. Thanks for the warning.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:04:05am
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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:05:18am

re: #80 nines09

Got this is the mail yesterday. Anyone else get one? Says it’s registered to me.Says it’s an “official republican party document, not to destroy. It’s pretty vile.

[Embedded content]

What’s in it? What’re the survey questions?

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:05:40am

re: #80 nines09

Got this is the mail yesterday. Anyone else get one? Says it’s registered to me.Says it’s an “official republican party document, not to destroy. It’s pretty vile.

[Embedded content]

Fill the return envelope with coupons. The heavier it is, the more they’ll pay for postage.

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b.d.  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:07:26am

re: #86 darthstar

Fill the return envelope with coupons. The heavier it is, the more they’ll pay for postage.

lol, glue a brick to it.

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austin_blue  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:12:27am

re: #86 darthstar

Fill the return envelope with coupons. The heavier it is, the more they’ll pay for postage.

Hell, tape a brick to it.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:12:58am
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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:13:16am

re: #86 darthstar

No stamp on it.
re: #85 MsJ

I’ll get the pics up. It’s a treat.

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Belafon  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:13:49am

re: #68 FormerDirtDart

I like how Trump is trying to get back on Joe and Mika’s good side by now blaming NBC rather than admit he fucked up.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:15:08am

re: #90 nines09

No stamp on it.

I’ll get the pics up. It’s a treat.

Pre-addressed…ah, not postage paid. Too bad.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:16:19am

re: #92 darthstar

Pre-addressed…ah, not postage paid. Too bad.

Does that surprise you? You really think Trump would pay for return postage for anything? No, you stupid plebs, pay your own damn postage.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:16:35am

re: #90 nines09

No stamp on it.

I’ll get the pics up. It’s a treat.

In that case, fill it and send it without a stamp. Post office will toss it or notify them they have mail postage-due…

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:19:22am

My intention is to cut out the ID and mail it back with a suggestion written on it.

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:20:46am

re: #95 nines09

Make sure to remove all codes and numbers.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:22:50am

re: #95 nines09

My intention is to cut out the ID and mail it back with a suggestion written on it.

Something along the lines of GFY I assume.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:23:45am

re: #96 PhillyPretzel

Make sure to remove all codes and numbers.

Leave the ID in..fuck them. There’s nothing official about it. It’s just a fundraiser.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:24:20am

re: #97 darthstar

Yes. pix too big got to redo…minute here.

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:24:39am

re: #91 Belafon

I like how Trump is trying to get back on Joe and Mika’s good side by now blaming NBC rather than admit he fucked up.

Trump thinks strong powerful guys never admit they were wrong or apologize. The stronger he tries to look the weaker he becomes.

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:24:46am

re: #98 darthstar

I am the type who throws those things out. I even throw PBS fundraisers out even though I love PBS.

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:25:49am

re: #95 nines09

My intention is to cut out the ID and mail it back with a suggestion written on it.

Something about what they can do with it or where they might stick it?

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:26:23am

OK…….here’s the photos of the bike I picked up yesterday. It’s a locally-made bike, which was a bit of a surprise as I didn’t know there was a manufacturer so close by.

Imgur

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:27:51am

re: #101 PhillyPretzel

I am the type who throws those things out.

One thing I like about getting my mail at the local post office. There’s a giant bin in the middle of the room. As I sort my mail all coupons, credit card offers, political mailings, etc, get tossed into the recycle bin and I never even have to open them.

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:27:57am

re: #103 Dr Lizardo

Nice bike. Enjoy the ride. :)
WW might know something about it.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:29:39am

re: #103 Dr Lizardo

OK…….here’s the photos of the bike I picked up yesterday. It’s a locally-made bike, which was a bit of a surprise as I didn’t know there was a manufacturer so close by.

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Nice looking bike.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:30:46am

re: #106 darthstar

Nice looking bike.

Thanks; I did a little riding earlier today and it’s a pretty comfortable ride. Seems quite well-made.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:31:37am

re: #95 nines09

Powerful without vulgarity perhaps?

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:32:23am
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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:32:49am

Hamilton’s Choice

In the eyes of the novelist Ralph Ellison, the tragic dimension of American life could not be found in any individual story of thwarted political ambition. Rather the tragedy was the very belief that America actually constituted a worthy object of desire. To Ellison American exceptionalism was only sustainable if one willfully forgot that this comic order required a scapegoat, upon whom the vices and failures of the social order were projected. In other words, the American dream rested on the exploitation and exclusion of others—usually people of color, though certainly not exclusively. In reflecting on the interrelation of the romantic, comic, and tragic in American literature, Ellison observes:

the rising American industrialists of the late nineteenth century were to rediscover what their European counterparts had learned a century before: that the good man Friday was as sound an investment for [Robinson] Crusoe morally as he was economically, for not only did Friday allow Crusoe to achieve himself by working for him, but by functioning as a living scapegoat to contain Crusoe’s guilt over breaking with the institutions and authority of the past, he made it possible to exploit even his guilt economically. The man was one of the first missionaries. Mark Twain was alive to this irony and refused such an easy (and dangerous) way out. Huck Finn’s acceptance of the evil implicit in his ‘emancipation’ of Jim represents Twain’s acceptance of his personal responsibility for the condition of society. This was the tragic face behind the comic mask.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:35:28am

re: #108 Unshaken Defiance

Maybe not. I’ve got a zillion ideas, most are not nice.

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Romantic Heretic  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:37:47am

Happy Canada Day!

Canadian, Please ♫

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:37:57am

re: #109 darthstar

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Beautiful cinematography!

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:38:30am

re: #110 Birth Control Works

Since tickets to “Hamilton” are very expensive a good alternative is to watch the Great Performances version “Hamilton’s America.” My local PBS station WHYY is showing it this afternoon. whyy.org

You can also go to pbs.org for your local listings.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:38:31am

re: #59 ObserverArt

Uh about that Firefox update. You may be a victim of a real nasty virus.

Firefox never asks you to do an update, they happen automatically usually the first time you access Firefox after it’s last use. Once you put Firfefox on your machine it is installed. Same as Chrome and others. The software will always update itself.

If you are in Firefox and all of a sudden a page takes over that looks like a big Firefox logo and asking you to update it probably is not good.

You can tell a lot of times because the URL address in the URL window will not be Firefox at all.

Do a Google search on “Firefox is asking me to do an important update” and you can read all about it.

Sorry! First line of computer defense…do not believe anything you see. Check through Google first about something you are being asked to do, never take a pop-up or a window change you didn’t initiate as legit. Copy the URL and message (or write it down) and then do a search. Almost 100% of the time you will see a scam because they happen to everyone.

I have Firefox set to not automatically update; it simply throws up a box saying an update is available. (I then go to the “about” page to update it.)

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:38:41am

A police officer shot and killed an Asian teenager a couple of weeks back in Seattle and a friend just posted the article on her Facebook feed (written by Shaun King). Here’s the derpsplosion:

Your the last person I thought that would sit in judgement of others, you have no clue what today’s police go thru !

Yes, because the stress of being a police officer means you get to shoot somebody on sight without trying to find out whether they’re even carrying a dangerous weapon, let alone actually attack you. This is how these people think; this is the origin of “Blue Lives Matter”. Police are entitled to do whatever the fuck they want, because hero worship.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:38:51am

re: #101 PhillyPretzel

I am the type who throws those things out. I even throw PBS fundraisers out even though I love PBS.

I donated a lot when the kid was young. As much as I hated Barney, he allowed me to take a shower.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:39:38am

Happy Canada Day

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:40:15am

Ok here’s the novel. I think it’s repulsive. But look who it’s from. #8 is particularly vile. Who am I kidding? It’s ALL VILE.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:41:03am

Nice to know I’m considered Patriotic….

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:41:38am

re: #119 nines09

I love #2. I don’t want to do ANY of those things. In fact, I’d prefer to do the opposite for almost all of them.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:42:48am

re: #119 nines09

#8 & #11: Building the ranks of the anti-media brownshirts.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:42:55am

re: #121 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I love #2. I don’t want to do ANY of those things. In fact, I’d prefer to do the opposite for almost all of them.

There is no check box for “Get Bent”.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:43:16am

re: #123 nines09

There is no check box for “Get Bent”.

The “Other” box would work just fine.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:43:26am
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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:43:35am

re: #124 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

No.

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Belafon  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:43:49am

re: #118 FormerDirtDart

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It’s pretty well known, except maybe by Trump, that the US has contingency plans for all of these situations.

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b.d.  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:43:51am

re: #119 nines09

Ok here’s the novel. I think it’s repulsive. But look who it’s from. #8 is particularly vile. Who am I kidding? It’s ALL VILE.

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Good Lord, that’s deranged.

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sagehen  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:45:57am

re: #114 PhillyPretzel

Since tickets to “Hamilton” are very expensive a good alternative is to watch the Great Performances version “Hamilton’s America.” My local PBS station WHYY is showing it this afternoon. whyy.org

You can also go to pbs.org for your local listings.

And if you are willing to spend big for the tickets, “Hamilton’s America” pledge breaks are where they’ll offer you excellent seats for scalper prices, but instead of a sleazy scalper profiting the difference between face value and what you pay is a tax-deductible donation to PBS… (that’s where I got my tix. 15th row, just off-center, worth every penny.)

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Belafon  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:46:17am

re: #119 nines09

Ok here’s the novel. I think it’s repulsive. But look who it’s from. #8 is particularly vile. Who am I kidding? It’s ALL VILE.

[Embedded content]

Push poll in paper form.

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:48:34am

re: #115 Anymouse 🌹

I have Firefox set to not automatically update; it simply throws up a box saying an update is available. (I then go to the “about” page to update it.)

Ah, well that is good. I thought the way you explained it you had one of those outside links that come in acting and looking like they are from Firefox. Lots of people have been victimized by them.

I visit a British Auto Racing (Formula 1) site that had that issue late last year. You could be on the site and suddenly the page you were on would be hi-jacked to a browser update notice. They had all the graphics right. I never had that happened, so I did a search and up came the explanation of the scam.

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:48:53am

re: #119 nines09

Quite a novel of derp there.

First question: will you work for us (for free) to elect more Republicans?

Proof that Republican’s only represent Republicans. The rest of us, fuck us.

I really loathe these people.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:51:24am

re: #113 Birth Control Works

Beautiful cinematography!

Yes, though the song is a bit overworked and overproduced. Would have been better as a solo acoustic.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:52:56am

re: #128 b.d.

Good Lord, that’s deranged.

My wife claims the GOP has moved away from her (she was originally a Reagan supporter before becoming a Libertarian, then a Democrat - funny the older she gets the more liberal she gets).

I point out that the GOP has always been like this. Nixon’s Southern Strategy, Reagan kicking off his campaign on the site of slain civil rights leaders and inviting wingnut evangelicals into party positions, people like Grover Norquist and Frank Luntz, &c.

The party hasn’t moved rightward leaving the moderates behind. The party went rightward in Goldwater’s day, Buckley Jr.’s day, or even in McCarthy’s day. There has never been a time in either of our lives that the GOP was not moving further right.

It fascistic tendencies now are the logical outcome of decades of strategy by the party itself. What happened is some people (like her) did not want to be dragged along with the natural movement of the party. That is not the same thing as the “party leaving her.”

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:53:41am

re: #119 nines09

Ok here’s the novel. I think it’s repulsive. But look who it’s from. #8 is particularly vile. Who am I kidding? It’s ALL VILE.

[Embedded content]

Are you wearing a hazard suit?

That is quite the toxic survey.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:53:46am

re: #119 nines09

You only have seven days to send them money. Seven days!

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:54:07am

Any Female Lizards: Do you have any doubt that if you were to meet Donald Trump, he would try to dominate you? —probably try to get you into bed?

I have no doubt.

Nothing is slimier than a married man who tries to seduce another woman —married or not. I’ve had it happen and I can almost see the man turn into one of those bar reptiles Hunter S. Thompson talked about in Fear and Loathing.

That is how I see Trump.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:54:44am

re: #131 ObserverArt

Ah, well that is good. I thought the way you explained it I thought you had one of those outside links that come in acting and looking like they are from Firefox. Lots of people have been victimized by them.

I visit a British Auto Racing (Formula 1) site that had that issue late last year. You could be on the site and suddenly the page you were on would be hi-jacked to a browser update notice. They had all the graphics right. I never had that happened, so I did a search and up came the explanation of the scam.

I was not aware of the scam, so I will keep my eye out for it, thanks.

I never do updates to any of my software except through the software’s own update service (the about menu in Firefox, the HP Support Assistant for my computer’s drivers, Windows Control Panel for Windows and Office, &c.)

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Belafon  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:54:56am

theintercept.com

There was a question the other day about why it would cost so much to do single payer, and the answer is that California law requires 40% of all revenue to go for education. Thus, you have to take that into account any time taxes need to go up.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:54:59am

re: #133 darthstar

Yes, though the song is a bit overworked and overproduced. Would have been better as a solo acoustic.

It’s kinda unicorns and lollypop for me, but overall good.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:55:16am

re: #136 darthstar

You only have seven days to send them money. Seven days!

On the eighth day, they will refuse your cheque or money order and return them, because they won’t have a use for them. /s

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:55:42am

re: #137 Birth Control Works

He is on the power trip of a lifetime. And I do not want to be in any part of it.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:56:42am

Quite the survey/incitement/manifesto. I have people I know who are GONE. Cannot reach them.
My wife and a few of family friends are going to a rally today against gerrymandering. I was invited, and knowing me, I do not wish to be put in a position to have someone say anything remotely insulting to me or my wife. Because I am in no mood. Bad juju. So I will abstain.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:56:48am

Rachel did a good job of explaining the Red Herring.

Distract, but do not disgust.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 7:59:58am

Thought you may find that interesting/revolting/disgusting/typical.
Off to do a few things. Maybe I’ll wipe my dogs backside with it and send it off….

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:00:18am

re: #134 Anymouse 🌹

My wife claims the GOP has moved away from her (she was originally a Reagan supporter before becoming a Libertarian, then a Democrat - funny the older she gets the more liberal she gets).

I point out that the GOP has always been like this. Nixon’s Southern Strategy, Reagan kicking off his campaign on the site of slain civil rights leaders and inviting wingnut evangelicals into party positions, people like Grover Norquist and Frank Luntz, &c.

The party hasn’t moved rightward leaving the moderates behind. The party went rightward in Goldwater’s day, Buckley Jr.’s day, or even in McCarthy’s day. There has never been a time in either of our lives that the GOP was not moving further right.

It fascistic tendencies now are the logical outcome of decades of strategy by the party itself. What happened is some people (like her) did not want to be dragged along with the natural movement of the party. That is not the same thing as the “party leaving her.”

There was a time when the party recognized the Establishment Clause.

“I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass. - Barry Goldwater.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:00:33am

re: #145 nines09

Okay but give the dog a bath after.

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:01:32am

re: #147 Unshaken Defiance

Okay but give the dog a bath after.

Good thought. Why would I subject my mutt to that. Maybe my neighbors dog….But if I get caught…

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:03:16am

re: #80 nines09

Got this is the mail yesterday. Anyone else get one? Says it’s registered to me.Says it’s an “official republican party document, not to destroy. It’s pretty vile.

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Oh dog, I hope I get one soon.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:03:29am

re: #141 Anymouse 🌹

On the eighth day, they will refuse your cheque or money order and return them, because they won’t have a use for them. /s

Fill it out(answering NO to every question), wait 8 days, then mail it with a post-it saying, “Sorry I missed the deadline to send money.”

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nines09  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:03:35am

re: #147 Unshaken Defiance

Okay but give the dog a bath after.

Think I may have to bleach my hands…

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:04:52am

DEAD MALLS:

DEAD MALL SERIES : Super Dead, Creepy Owings Mills Mall at Night **DEMOLISHED**

More at the link —it’s the article that lead me to the video.

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covfefe  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:06:25am

re: #119 nines09

I’d run that filth through the shredder and send it back to them.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:06:25am
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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:07:54am

re: #154 darthstar

It’s easy to get burned around fireworks…be careful.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:08:16am

re: #152 Birth Control Works

DEAD MALLS:

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Video

More at the link —it’s the article that lead me to the video.

Malls are still big here in the Czech Republic - it’s like 1980’s America in some ways. But eventually, what’s happening in the US will ultimately happen here.

Give it another 20 to 25 years.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:08:37am

re: #152 Birth Control Works

DEAD MALLS:

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More at the link —it’s the article that lead me to the video.

We have one by use —been pretty dead for 20 years. I’ve always called it the “Ghost Mall.”

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b.d.  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:09:12am

When reality eclipses sarcasm

This can’t go on much longer, can it?

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:09:21am

re: #119 nines09

WE NEED TO UNITE NOW TO COUNTER THIS LIBERAL ONSLAUGHT!!!!

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:09:37am
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sagehen  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:12:43am

re: #118 FormerDirtDart

[Embedded content]

transcript excerpts from West Wing, s.6 ep 17 “A Good Day”
in which we accidentally invade Canada

Unless you want an update on the Canada situation.
Right.
Canada.
Go on.
As you know, tensions along the 49th parallel have been growing.
- What’s their beef? - Good one.
Our ban on live Canadian cattle exports is a catalyst but I wouldn’t reduce this to a simple mad-cow conflict.
- I’ll avoid that.
- Hostilities escalated dramatically at the start of snow goose hunting.
Certain Canadian ranchers posted - “no trespass” signs on property.
- Canadian property? Yes, but where their Montana neighbors had hunted quarry for generations.
- Are you from Interior? - Fish and Wildlife, ma’am.
While an American party was setting out decoys this morning Canadians surrounded them. It’s unclear whether Americans have been taken hostage.
- Hostage? - Well, that’s affirm.
- Local law enforcement can’t? - Before officials could respond one of the hunters, a retired Montana state trooper, called in backup.
Off-duty officers responded, and they infiltrated - the swath demarking the border.

- Shots been fired? Yes, but there were geese in the air at the time.

The prime minister wishes to emphasize the unofficial nature of the ranchers ’ declaration of war against the United States.
- Thank you.
- You have seen their demands - on Canadian television? - We have.
Security officers at Waterton-Glacier National Park are on ready response.
Reinforcements may be crossing over through Peace Park.
We’re concerned about reports of escalation.
An effigy burning in Alberta.
A response to your governor of Montana.
He mentioned calling in the National Guard.
He referred to a contingency plan to invade Canada.
That is absurd.
There is no U.S. contingency plan to Are you there? I was saying, we trust that local officials will resolve this very soon.
We’ll be in touch.
We have a contingency plan to invade Canada? - Would you like to be briefed? - Other developments? - A sawmill in Climax is piling on.

Ambassador, listen carefully.
An hour ago I reviewed the U.S.
contingency plan to invade your country.
- There’s a contingency plan? -1789, amended in 1815.
The calligraphy is beautiful.

- An American helicopter entered Canadian airspace and emergency-landed half a click from the standoff? - Yes, ma ‘am.
- This was a UH-1 H helicopter? - Yes, ma ‘am.
- A Huey? They make civilian aircraft.
We have deniability.
Not deniability.
I want absolute assurance - this was not part of a military action.
- I can’t vouch for Black Ops.
Enough.
This is stopping now.
The problem is not a few rowdy outlaws blowing off testosterone.
The problem is us.
We’re the Wild Bunch.
The higher we go, the hotter the risk.
I just threatened the Canadian ambassador.
Someone on the ground has got - Okay, officer, are you still there? - I am.
Who is the ranking Canadian officer at the scene? - The Grasslands EcoRegion director.
- Does he have access to a bullhorn? - It could be arranged.
- Okay.
What if? It’s just past midnight, Mountain time.
Announce the end of hunting season.
- Not till next week.
- It just ended at midnight.
Anyone discharging a firearm is subject to immediate, permanent loss - of their hunting license.
- That could work.
- They don’t fool around with hunting.
- Give it a shot.

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covfefe  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:13:03am

Watching this now. Pretty cool. And we got sciency people trying to figure out a way we can harness bioluminescence.

PBS Nova - Creatures of Light (2016) 1080p

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:13:07am

re: #152 Birth Control Works

Good article. And although it is sad news I was happy to see that the JCK (Jewelers’ Circular Keystone) is still around.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:13:42am

I thought my sarcasm was pretty blatant here, but it went right over this ‘hedge fund manager’s’ head…

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:16:15am

re: #164 darthstar

“do some research!”

Always a good sign they haven’t thought their argument through.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:16:48am

“Everybody knows.”

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:17:07am

re: #164 darthstar

Hedge fund managers take things literally. Sarcasm is lost on them.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:17:58am

re: #160 jaunte

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WAR ON TRUMP —ok, now we’ve truly gotten to the level of ridiculous.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:18:01am

Trilby abuse:

I just went out to the store, then took out the trash.

There was a Fifties-style trilby in the Dumpster. (The hat is no longer suitable for wear.) I have three trilbies (a pink one my wife bought from Target, a white paper one I bought in Alliance, and a handmade felt black one my wife bought for me in Poland). I would never throw away a trilby, they should either be memorialised with a funeral pyre, or buried with honour.

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mmmirele  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:19:31am

re: #137 Birth Control Works

Any Female Lizards: Do you have any doubt that if you were to meet Donald Trump, he would try to dominate you? —probably try to get you into bed?

I have no doubt.

Nothing is slimier than a married man who tries to seduce another woman —married or not. I’ve had it happen and I can almost see the man turn into one of those bar reptiles Hunter S. Thompson talked about in Fear and Loathing.

That is how I see Trump.

Well, I’m a fat, middle-aged, mouthy woman and I don’t think the short-fingered vulgarian would like me very much. He probably wouldn’t even consider me “female” in his eyes. I find Trump absolutely repulsive and I’d likely slug him if he tried to touch me.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:20:10am

VOCABULARY WORD OF THE DAY:

tril*by
ˈtrilbē/Submit
nounBRITISH
a soft felt hat with a narrow brim and indented crown.

Think Frank Sinatra

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:20:59am

re: #170 mmmirele

Well, I’m a fat, middle-aged, mouthy woman and I don’t think the short-fingered vulgarian would like me very much. He probably wouldn’t even consider me “female” in his eyes. I find Trump absolutely repulsive and I’d likely slug him if he tried to touch me.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:21:04am

re: #137 Birth Control Works

Any Female Lizards: Do you have any doubt that if you were to meet Donald Trump, he would try to dominate you? —probably try to get you into bed?

I have no doubt.

Nothing is slimier than a married man who tries to seduce another woman —married or not. I’ve had it happen and I can almost see the man turn into one of those bar reptiles Hunter S. Thompson talked about in Fear and Loathing.

That is how I see Trump.

I’m not female so I put the question to my wife. She doesn’t think he would have anything to do with her because she would not fit his “ideal woman” (Also, I note she is far-and-away more intelligent and better educated than him.)

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:21:36am

re: #169 Anymouse 🌹

re: #171 Birth Control Works

Lord Grantham liked them too. (Downton Abbey reference)

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:22:38am

re: #167 PhillyPretzel

Hedge fund managers take things literally. Sarcasm is lost on them.

I have a pretty dry delivery style in person too. Was at an event with my wife and a bunch of her fellow Ivy League alums and someone asked me where I went to school. I said “Trump University”…pregnant pause was palpable.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:23:04am

Joy talking about Jay Sekulow now.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:23:58am

re: #157 Birth Control Works

We have one by use —been pretty dead for 20 years. I’ve always called it the “Ghost Mall.”

The Monument Mall in Scottsbluff was dying. A development firm bought the mall, rehabilitated it both in and out, got new anchor stores for the ones that had closed, rebuilt the streets around it at their expense, and did a grand re-opening.

The mall now is an anchor for business in that part of Scottsbluff, but curiously is not affecting the downtown businesses.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:24:10am

Last summer, we bought a “man chair” for the hubby. Lazy Boy electric recliner -his size.

When my husband is not in it, The Brat Puppy is.

He seems to like that it rocks.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:24:25am

I see this and I think, why is there a picture of an Australian?

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William Lewis  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:24:45am

OT:

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:26:12am

re: #177 Anymouse 🌹

The Monument Mall in Scottsbluff was dying. A development firm bought the mall, rehabilitated it both in and out, got new anchor stores for the ones that had closed, rebuilt the streets around it at their expense, and did a grand re-opening.

The mall now is an anchor for business in that part of Scottsbluff, but curiously is not affecting the downtown businesses.

I’d think they would be great medical centers — A place for the elderly to do their walking, good jobs for conserage types and wheel chair pushers (like at the airport). The big anchor stores could be surgical centers or office buildings.

Buses and public transportation already have mall service.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:26:37am

re: #179 darthstar

I see this and I think, why is there a picture of an Australian?

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and a Whacko Catholic.

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:27:47am

Trumpers are out defending his Saturday morning tweetstorm. By god, before this is all over I think he WILL shoot a guy on 5th ave just to watch them defend him.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:28:07am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:28:45am

re: #47 William Lewis

I had a high school history teacher that was. Instead, an idiot. Things like getting the date of President Kennedy’s assassination wrong ( confused it with his brother’s) and wouldn’t admit the error. I stopped attending class and finally the guidance counselor arranged for me to a paper in place of the attendance. I did a long paper on the design and construction of nuclear weapons equivalent to Fat Man and Little Boy using open sources. I didn’t do too bad - got an A from the idiot and when I recently found a copy and double checked my work (lots more open now than in 1980) I found the gun type Uranium bomb would have fizzled but the implosion bomb was correct and probably would have had a higher yield than I’d originally guessed. Looking at the North Korean test results makes me wonder WTF they are really doing since they are the only ones, ever, to fail like that.

Well, I posted before about my trip through High School Hell. It was an endless torture in a school whose sole focus was producing a winning football team. Teachers made it clear they did not like me, mainly because they hated my liberal Democratic Grandfather who was on the Borough Council. My skin got chitinous from all of the insults and screaming I had to deal with them on a daily basis. As for the students, well if you played football and made the team every teacher kissed your ass. Didn’t make the team, well, you were a non-person. I was very good at chess, but the teacher who ran the chess club wouldn’t allow me to participate. I did get even by becoming a sharp bridge player and partnering with the football coaches wife. We won a bunch of tournaments held in the Moose and Elks clubs in town. Oh, it was such a pleasure to see Coach Asshole SEETHE at that.

The happiest day of my life is when I walked out of that concentration camp for the last time.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:28:54am

Congrats. But you just stuck an earworm in my head so now I have to share…

Thousand Dollar Car-The Bottle Rockets

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:32:31am

re: #185 Joe Bacon 🌹

Pretty much how I felt about HS. Different reasons, same feelings.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:33:42am
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PhillyPretzel  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:34:22am

re: #187 MsJ

Same here. When I graduated I did not want to go back to any type of school. Then I went to college. What a huge difference. I am glad to have my college diploma.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:34:53am

Sean Hannity is moving right up the line (along with the maladministration) of declaring all other media outlets “enemies of the State.” (We’re getting into Nazi Germany territory now, where opposition media outlets were enemies of the State, then shut down.)

Right now the courts are still upholding the law, and the FBI and intelligence agencies are still digging and investigating, but what happens if those also come under attack from State Media (FOX)?

For now, Voice of America is still (mostly) free of influence from the maladministration (though they’ve promoted both Trump’s hotels and Ivanka Trump’s book). You know President Bannon has to be looking at a way to gain control of VOA. (Proposals have already gone out for restructuring the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the controlling body of VOA.)

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:39:12am

re: #180 William Lewis

OT:

Yay for you!

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:39:29am

You would think a man who spent time with his young son would get this one… oh yeah.

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:39:33am
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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:41:38am
“It has to be something… but it could be infinity, right?”

Imagine that, carved into the wall of a presidential library.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:42:02am

re: #189 PhillyPretzel

Same here. When I graduated I did not want to go back to any type of school. Then I went to college. What a huge difference. I am glad to have my college diploma.

Pitt was a whole world of difference compared to High School. There are many professors I remember fondly.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:42:15am

re: #187 MsJ

Pretty much how I felt about HS. Different reasons, same feelings.

I was persona non grata amongst the teachers and the students in my high school. (I had to do American History in my senior year because I was out of the country as an exchange student in my junior year so I was particularly harassed in that class.)

One week after I graduated I was in boot camp.

Now, following those I graduated with on a certain high school alumni Website, I see that the majority of them are stuck in lives of “quiet desperation” and have really done little in their lives. Most have never travelled farther than the state capital.

Though I live in a rural area now, I am really glad I got out of central Michigan. After my Navy tour, I am much happier here than I ever would be in the place I grew up.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:43:37am

Down here in Trump’s America (Montgomery County, Texas) while spying on right wing radio, there’s been an NRA ad with Dana MahGunz for “Carry Guard.” It’s an insurance policy in case “you have to use your Second Amendment rights.” In 2012, there were 259 justifiable homicides, and not one of them were sued. Such a great scam I’m surprised Jay Sekulow didn’t come up with it.
thetrace.org

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:45:28am

re: #197 Ace Rothstein

Down here in Trump’s America (Montgomery County, Texas) while spying on right wing radio, there’s been an NRA ad with Dana MahGunz for “Carry Guard.” It’s an insurance policy in case “you have to use your Second Amendment rights.” In 2012, there were 259 justifiable homicides, and not one of them were sued. What a great scam.

What exactly is the insurance supposed to be for? Defending you in court in case you are charged with criminal use of a firearm?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:45:30am

re: #193 darthstar

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I’ve lost count of how many disability claims I’ve handled from Mr. Olympia wannabees who overdid it with the steroids and wound up with brain tumors, liver failure, kidney transplants, degenerative arthritis, strokes and mental illness…and it’s not only limited to men…

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darthstar  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:45:37am
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Ace Rothstein  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:46:28am

re: #198 Anymouse 🌹

Yes. And they only pony up 20% up front, and the rest if you’re acquitted.

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sagehen  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:47:59am

re: #181 Birth Control Works

I’d think they would be great medical centers — A place for the elderly to do their walking, good jobs for conserage types and wheel chair pushers (like at the airport). The big anchor stores could be surgical centers or office buildings.

Buses and public transportation already have mall service.

Admit it, you got that idea from Better Call Saul!

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:48:15am

voanews.com

VOA is reporting Kris Kobach’s “request” to the states to provide voter information straight. They note (as of the time of the article) that twenty states have now refused on state law or privacy grounds.

They also quote the Mississippi AG’s memorable slap in the face to Kobach, “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from.”

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:50:18am

I’ve neverheard of either of these pubications —two articles same subject.

Multnomah County Republican Party Approves Oath Keepers and Three Percenters as Private Security

Multnomah County Republicans Formally Allow Militia Groups to Run Security

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:51:11am

re: #202 sagehen

Admit it, you got that idea from Better Call Saul!

No, I said that before Saul.

I think I saw somewhere, doctors offices connected to malls.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:52:38am

re: #196 Anymouse 🌹

My 45th high school reunion comes up next year. I’ve never attended but I’ve had friends send pictures and gave me the latest scoops. Seems that the class brain who got a scholarship to Princeton flunked out in his first semester, then started taking a lot of LSD and wound up in an assisted living facility. The Big Jock has been divorced several times and is up to his neck in child support and alimony payments. The Cheerleader Captain has multiple divorces that left her fondling the grape in mass quantities. The football players who were the pampered puppies foud out that their lives peaked at 18 and they’ve gone downhill ever since. And it’s shocking to me to realize that of the 365 in my graduating class, 2/3 have passed away…and AIDS took a large chunk of the boy’s lives…

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:52:51am

re: #173 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not female so I put the question to my wife. She doesn’t think he would have anything to do with her because she would not fit his “ideal woman” (Also, I note she is far-and-away more intelligent and better educated than him.)

Mrs. Fish would say the same thing. She’d also kick his ass if he tried.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:54:00am

I have no idea about most high school. I went to two different schools in different states and from suburbs ot BFsmalltown.

I ignore those years. It was boring.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:54:33am

re: #200 darthstar

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He’s got the pot belly to go with the Stuperhero suit…

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:54:50am

re: #200 darthstar

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I think all the Computer Generated Graphics used in all the Fantasy Super Hero movies have rotted quite a few minds. These idiots are all out play-acting. Sorta how Trump is play acting he is President.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:55:29am

re: #173 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not female so I put the question to my wife. She doesn’t think he would have anything to do with her because she would not fit his “ideal woman” (Also, I note she is far-and-away more intelligent and better educated than him.)

I think he’d try just to how much you reacted —he loves to have everyone wanting him, even if he doesn’t want them.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:55:51am

re: #201 Ace Rothstein

Yes. And they only pony up 20% up front, and the rest if you’re acquitted.

As I’ve noted, I own a shotgun.

If state or Federal law required me to obtain liability insurance (negligent handling resulting in injury or property damage, &c), I would have no complaint about that. (I am actually in favour of such a policy programme - it could potentially offer premium discounts for proof or continuing training in firearms safety, &c.) It would be liability insurance however (like a car), not a legal defence fund.

This NRA plan doesn’t sound like it would cover things like injury or property damage due to negligence or unlawful discharge of a firearm, is that correct?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:58:34am

re: #204 Birth Control Works

I’ve neverheard of either of these pubications —two articles same subject.

Multnomah County Republican Party Approves Oath Keepers and Three Percenters as Private Security

Multnomah County Republicans Formally Allow Militia Groups to Run Security

“One of the things we did before going down this road is research these groups,” Buchal tells the Mercury on Friday. “Because of all this gross disinformation in the media that they’re racist, white supremacists, Nazis and so forth — I was very pleased to find their bylaws and internal procedures say that nobody’s going to tolerate racism and that kind of stuff. That’s not what it’s about. They are concerned that with the government overstepping its constitutional bounds.”

Didn’t research very hard then, since there are tons of photos and film of these groups marching or flying Dixie Swastikas, White Power flags, &c.

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 8:58:55am

re: #206 Joe Bacon 🌹

My 45th high school reunion comes up next year. I’ve never attended but I’ve had friends send pictures and gave me the latest scoops. Seems that the class brain who got a scholarship to Princeton flunked out in his first semester, then started taking a lot of LSD and wound up in an assisted living facility. The Big Jock has been divorced several times and is up to his neck in child support and alimony payments. The Cheerleader Captain has multiple divorces that left her fondling the grape in mass quantities. The football players who were the pampered puppies foud out that their lives peaked at 18 and they’ve gone downhill ever since. And it’s shocking to me to realize that of the 365 in my graduating class, 2/3 have passed away…and AIDS took a large chunk of the boy’s lives…

My 45th is this year and the class is holding a get-together in September. I haven’t gone to any of them since my 5th. Probably not going to this one either. Never part of the big group…something to do with being from the wrong part of town.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:00:24am

re: #214 ObserverArt

My 45th is this year and the class is holding a get-together in September. I haven’t gone to any of them since my 5th. Probably not going to this one either. Never part of the big group…something to do with being from the wrong part of town.

I was one of the nerds in high school. I had a few nerd friends, we touch base on rare occasions. When the high school reunion came up, there was an argument between everyone about where to hold it… seems that the rift between the rich kids and the poor kids hadn’t healed in the previous 10 years. We wound up not even having a reunion at all. Pretty typical for us.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:00:58am

re: #214 ObserverArt

My 45th is this year and the class is holding a get-together in September. I haven’t gone to any of them since my 5th. Probably not going to this one either. Never part of the big group…something to do with being from the wrong part of town.

My thirty-ninth graduation anniversary is this year (I don’t feel so old now).

I have never been invited to a class reunion, though my high school has always had my current address. Guess they don’t want me there.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:04:48am

re: #216 Anymouse 🌹

My thirty-ninth graduation anniversary is this year (I don’t feel so old now).

I have never been invited to a class reunion, though my high school has always had my current address. Guess they don’t want me there.

Oh, I know the feeling. Still remember the prom when I was told I wouldn’t be welcome. I didn’t care because I had tickets to see Frank Zappa the same night. Frank and The Mothers really put on a show filled with “audience participation”.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:06:36am

re: #163 PhillyPretzel

Good article. And although it is sad news I was happy to see that the JCK (Jewelers’ Circular Keystone) is still around.

*Sigh* Sure will be glad when growth rather than contraction comes back to the industry.

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sagehen  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:07:08am

re: #214 ObserverArt

My 45th is this year and the class is holding a get-together in September. I haven’t gone to any of them since my 5th. Probably not going to this one either. Never part of the big group…something to do with being from the wrong part of town.

I went to my 10th. I have to say, it was quite rewarding to see that all the girls that were such hot stuff in high school, the cheerleaders and beauty queens, were fat and divorced. And the studly guys, the jocks, were fat, divorced and bald.

(except one. There was a football player/prom king/valedictorian who played varsity at Stanford, then spent 8 years as a 49er while attending Stanford Med School in the off-season. He’s now an orthopedic surgeon with 3 Super Bowl rings.)

I missed the 20th, 30th. The 40th is coming up this year, and I won’t be going.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:08:26am
An obvious trend? The top viral emotions tend to be extremely positive, which echoes previous research. However, although negative emotions like hate, reproach, and resentment were reported far less than positive emotions, our data indicates that they can still generate a viral hit — you just have to strike the right combinations of arousal and dominance.

The Role of Emotions in Shareable Content: An Analysis of 100 Viral Reddit Images

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BeachDem  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:09:21am

re: #200 darthstar

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I particularly like the “My shirt is brighter than your future” on the dweeb with no chin.

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:10:01am

re: #189 PhillyPretzel

Same here. When I graduated I did not want to go back to any type of school. Then I went to college. What a huge difference. I am glad to have my college diploma.

I went from getting D’s in algebra in HS to tutoring algebra in college. I hated everything about HS. The way the teachers treated us (not all, I had a few I liked quite a lot) to the punk ass kids (much like real life today, some people are good, some suck). HS was tortuous where college was freeing.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:12:24am

re: #222 MsJ

I went from getting D’s in algebra in HS to tutoring algebra in college. I hated everything about HS. The way the teachers treated us (not all, I had a few I liked quite a lot) to the punk ass kids (much like real life today, some people are good, some suck). HS was tortuous where college was freeing.

You’re absolutely right about college. Nice to go to a Univeristy that encouraged you to actually think and reason!

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:12:34am

re: #200 darthstar

Tron cosplay.

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:13:41am

re: #204 Birth Control Works

I’ve neverheard of either of these pubications —two articles same subject.

Multnomah County Republican Party Approves Oath Keepers and Three Percenters as Private Security

Multnomah County Republicans Formally Allow Militia Groups to Run Security

That’s terrifying if you think about it.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:14:42am

re: #217 Joe Bacon 🌹

Oh, I know the feeling. Still remember the prom when I was told I wouldn’t be welcome. I didn’t care because I had tickets to see Frank Zappa the same night. Frank and The Mothers really put on a show filled with “audience participation”.

I was specifically told I was not welcome at my prom either.

I didn’t have tickets to Frank Zappa (I’m jealous) … I was not allowed to go to concerts as a teenager (I went to John Denver once because my mother took us for my sister’s birthday - my sis is a Denver fan, and once to a Yes concert in Rio when I was out of the country).

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:15:58am

re: #219 sagehen

I was undecided on my 10th anyway. I didn’t like any of my high school classmates with the exception of my friends. The “cool club” let me into their group during school hours simply because I was brilliant and they could leech off of me to help boost their grades. I have no respect for any of them and don’t really give a shit what happened to any of them. If I never see them again, I would die a happy man.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:17:02am

re: #225 MsJ

That’s terrifying if you think about it.

Many famous political parties interested in civil rights and civil discourse throughout history have hired private militias or formed their own. Nothing to see here.

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Timothy Watson  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:19:59am

re: #179 darthstar

I see this and I think, why is there a picture of an Australian?

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Uh…that must be why most states had state-sponsored churches at the time of the Revolution?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:21:20am

re: #227 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I was undecided on my 10th anyway. I didn’t like any of my high school classmates with the exception of my friends. The “cool club” let me into their group during school hours simply because I was brilliant and they could leech off of me to help boost their grades. I have no respect for any of them and don’t really give a shit what happened to any of them. If I never see them again, I would die a happy man.

I had no friends in high school. (Literally, no friends.) In my senior year (where I was at a new school), in a maths class I caught on to others copying from quiz papers.

After I caught that out, I went through my next quiz and intentionally marked all wrong answers on the quiz. I hung back to the end of class and changed all my answers in the last few minutes after most had turned in their tests.

I was really hated when most of the class flunked the quiz and I aced it. After that, the word spread very quickly in my new school I was to be shunned. (No one ever copied off my papers again though.)

On team class projects, no one wanted to be a teammate with me.

I didn’t give a hoot about what they thought though. I wasn’t there for a popularity contest, I was there for an education.

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mmmirele  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:21:28am

re: #222 MsJ

I went from getting D’s in algebra in HS to tutoring algebra in college. I hated everything about HS. The way the teachers treated us (not all, I had a few I liked quite a lot) to the punk ass kids (much like real life today, some people are good, some suck). HS was tortuous where college was freeing.

Man, I hated high school. And I was a serious, serious non-conformist. I refused to wear the “muff” (bared shoulders for girls with this fuzzy muff thing for a “neckline”) for the high school senior picture because I thought it was indecent and it went against my (then) religious beliefs. As a result, my picture did not end up in the 1978 yearbook. Nearly 40 years later, I’d do the same thing, because I would not want anyone thinking I wasn’t wearing a bra.

Some things never change. :)

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:23:05am

re: #230 Anymouse 🌹

I had no friends in high school. (Literally, no friends.) In my senior year (where I was at a new school), in a maths class I caught on to others copying from quiz papers.

After I caught that out, I went through my next quiz and intentionally marked all wrong answers on the quiz. I hung back to the end of class and changed all my answers in the last few minutes after most had turned in their tests.

I was really hated when most of the class flunked the quiz and I aced it. After that, the word spread very quickly in my new school I was to be shunned. (No one ever copied off my papers again though.)

On team class projects, no one wanted to be a teammate with me.

I didn’t give a hoot about what they thought though. I wasn’t there for a popularity contest, I was there for an education.

Part of the reason for my serious unpopularity - besides being a nerd - was that I moved into the area during 3rd/4th grade. (I skipped 3rd grade, but that was where I would have been placed at the time I moved.) Obviously, most people were already friends with each other by then, and I was the new kid. I never really got accepted.

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:27:28am

re: #231 mmmirele

Man, I hated high school. And I was a serious, serious non-conformist. I refused to wear the “muff” (bared shoulders for girls with this fuzzy muff thing for a “neckline”) for the high school senior picture because I thought it was indecent and it went against my (then) religious beliefs. As a result, my picture did not end up in the 1978 yearbook. Nearly 40 years later, I’d do the same thing, because I would not want anyone thinking I wasn’t wearing a bra.

Some things never change. :)

Nobody’s business what you wear under the top layer…

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Birth Control Works  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:27:36am

bbl

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:30:06am

High Schools are torture chambers. You can tell how a lot of the trauma sticks after so many years. Teenagers are mixed up and having difficult times finding themselves and where they fit in society. High Schools should help one find their way through it all. Instead it seems to make it worse in many ways.

I can only imagine what it is like today with all the politics making the whole country crazy, all the internet sites where the problems of school can be made even worse and all the crazy stuff available out on the streets.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:30:11am

I gotta say, this “Dead Malls” series on YouTube is quite the AV rabbit hole.

DEAD MALL SERIES : FOREST FAIR VILLAGE MALL Ft. Music by Dan Mason ダン·メイソン

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:32:09am

re: #232 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Part of the reason for my serious unpopularity - besides being a nerd - was that I moved into the area during 3rd/4th grade. (I skipped 3rd grade, but that was where I would have been placed at the time I moved.) Obviously, most people were already friends with each other by then, and I was the new kid. I never really got accepted.

Being a Navy brat, I frequently went to different schools. The longest time I went to a single school was in Michigan from 7-10th grade.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:32:32am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:35:14am

re: #233 Birth Control Works

Nobody’s business what you wear under the top layer…

Well, to be fair I didn’t wear a bra in school either. /s

I tended to wear whatever my school deemed unacceptable (everything from dashikis to wrap pants to platform shoes to bell bottoms). I do not appear in any of my school annuals (when I was in Brazil, that school didn’t do the American annual book).

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wrenchwench  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:35:56am
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scottslemmons  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:36:07am

In high school, I was the kid who wanted to be liked and worked hard at getting schoolwork done. I didn’t even realize how much I’d actually hated high school until I got to college and realized how bizarre and screwed-up everyone had been back home.

This year’s my class’ 30th reunion. I haven’t been to any of them. I’ve seen the pictures they posted of the previous reunions, and it was mostly full of people I didn’t know or didn’t like.

Really, most of my high school classmates turned out to be wingnuts. What’s depressing is how many of my friends from college turned out to be even crazier. :/

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BeachDem  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:36:08am

I love this exchange in the WaPo comments about the voter suppression commission:

Comment: Didn’t the DNC, through their attorneys, just request and receive (last year) this same information in preparation for their multi-state lawsuit regarding voter ID laws?

Response: No. This has been another edition of short answers to stupid questions.

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:36:34am

re: #228 Anymouse 🌹

Many famous political parties interested in civil rights and civil discourse throughout history have hired private militias or formed their own. Nothing to see here.

The article first talks about how the press maligned the poor militias. Strike one.

Lied about neo-Nazism and white supremacy. Strike two.

They’re protecting the Republican party that is actively trying to kill democratic institutions. The government that is breaking laws left and right is what militias are supposedly supposed to protect us from. Strike three.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:37:33am

VOA series on rural voters that voted for Democratic candidates in the past that voted for Trump this time round (the arguments offered are usually based around wealthy areas are ignoring and leaving behind rural areas)

projects.voanews.com

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:37:51am
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KGxvi  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:45:50am

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

New theory, through Trump we’re witnessing so many individual instances of (behavioral, moral/ethical, economic, diplomatic & geo-strategic) wrongness, scandal & failure that they’ve collectively begun to metaphysically fold in on themselves, tearing space-time apart under the collective weight and catalyzed incongruous reality of their combined inexplicably immense collective intellectual valuelessness, producing an emergent metaphysical gestalt organism comprised entirely of pure socio-polical fuckery.

So Trump is the abyss at the center of the wingularity?

Yeah, I can get behind this

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:46:38am
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Fineday  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:47:37am

For those interested in the Tour, Geraint Thomas is in the lead, with only a few riders remaining in the time trial who can threaten him. Valverde had an ugly crash on the rainy and slippery road and is out of TDF.

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KGxvi  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:48:04am

re: #247 FormerDirtDart

What are they trying to hide?

Privileged and confidential information that you’re not allowed access to without a court order

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scottslemmons  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:48:50am

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

New theory, through Trump we’re witnessing so many individual instances of (behavioral, moral/ethical, economic, diplomatic & geo-strategic) wrongness, scandal & failure that they’ve collectively begun to metaphysically fold in on themselves, tearing space-time apart under the collective weight and catalyzed incongruous reality of their combined inexplicably immense collective intellectual valuelessness, producing an emergent metaphysical gestalt organism comprised entirely of pure socio-polical fuckery.

“The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.”
—“The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:49:46am

Watching The Matrix for the umptybillionith time. I can literally day every line from that film.

Remains my favorite film.

I watched Loving last night. Such a sad and uplifting film. Made sadder that he died a mere seven years after the decision. Sad that they never had what anyone could call a good life. Even after the decision people continued to show how much humanity blows

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Stanley Sea  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:49:59am

re: #247 FormerDirtDart

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We knew this, but it helps with the courts

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:50:23am

re: #248 Fineday

For those interested in the Tour, Geraint Thomas is in the lead, with only a few riders remaining in the time trial who can threaten him. Valverde had an ugly crash on the rainy and slippery road and is out of TDF.

Wasn’t last year pretty bad for bad crashes, broken bones and withdrawals due to injuries?

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:54:18am

OT joke I saw this morning at Balloon-Juice:

Where does a mansplainer get water?

From the Well, actually…

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BeachDem  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:55:32am

re: #245 FormerDirtDart

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The only thing Republicans hate more than voting (by people they don’t like) in general is Motor Voter. Of course, it’s only logical that once you’ve jumped through the DMV hoops (took me three trips to come up with the proper documentation to change my license) that voter registration is a perfect next step. Which is why they hate it.

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Fineday  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:58:01am

re: #253 ObserverArt

Yes, but 2015 was much worse.

There were a few crashes today, which was bound to happen with the very wet roads, but Valverde crashed straight into a fence. I won’t be surprised to learn if he has broken something.

Valverde was the only one to leave the race today on the first stage.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:58:25am

re: #248 Fineday

For those interested in the Tour, Geraint Thomas is in the lead, with only a few riders remaining in the time trial who can threaten him. Valverde had an ugly crash on the rainy and slippery road and is out of TDF.

Yeah, Valverde crash was nasty.
have to wonder is the foot on that barrier caused some sort of puncture injury when he smashed into it.
Thomas in yellow tomorrow, Very early, but Sky looking formidable…again…

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plansbandc  Jul 1, 2017 • 9:58:46am

re: #235 ObserverArt

I am so glad the internet/social media wasn’t around when I was in high school. I would have become a statistic.

No way would I have survived the bullying.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:02:19am

re: #258 plansbandc

I got through it by having a few good friends and teachers, and being blissfully ignorant of what other people thought of me. Social media has changed that, not for the better.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:07:44am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:08:43am

re: #258 plansbandc

I am so glad the internet/social media wasn’t around when I was in high school. I would have become a statistic.

No way would I have survived the bullying.

I remember the “slam book” that home rooms passed around. DETESTED them, filled with absolute hate for me. And the teachers encouraged it. Which is why I believe vouchers should be there as a last resort. Honestly, I wish I had a cyberschooling option when I was in that concentration camp. At least computer instruction programs won’t insult you.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:09:00am
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BigPapa  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:09:27am

re: #17 goddamnedfrank

New theory, through Trump we’re witnessing so many individual instances of (behavioral, moral/ethical, economic, diplomatic & geo-strategic) wrongness, scandal & failure that they’ve collectively begun to metaphysically fold in on themselves, tearing space-time apart under the collective weight and catalyzed incongruous reality of their combined inexplicably immense collective intellectual valuelessness, producing an emergent metaphysical gestalt organism comprised entirely of pure socio-polical fuckery.

I need at least half a bottle of big pinot to unpack all that GDF unctuous succulence.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:13:36am
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Lidane  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:13:47am

Heh.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:15:56am

re: #260 jaunte

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I’m not surprised.

I still remember how the Jesus Camp movie scared the #2 out of me when the Xtian School teachers had kids pray to a cardboard cutout of Bush.

I remember when my Dad literally had a nuclear meltdown when he went to visit my aunt and saw that she had a prayer altar in her bungalow with a big picture of Reagan on it. She actually prayed to Reagan.

And now we have every Pulpit Pimp treating Trump the same way. Just listen what comes out of the mouths of these assholes as they anoint Trump to be our King…And remember that 80% of “born again” Xtians voted for Trump!

Paula White, Kenneth Copeland and Others Lay Hands On, Pray for Donald Trump

Honestly who would actually step in a church knowing that a whole bunch of Pulpit Pimps are kissing this liar’s ass every chance they can while reciting the latest Frank Luntz tested GOP talking points?

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:17:13am

In which Lavrov admits Russia is a combatant in Eastern Ukraine, despite years of pretending otherwise:

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Timothy Watson  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:18:36am

I am trying to remember the last time I actually talked/saw someone I went to high school with and I am only 29 and live in the same area where I grew up. I guess you can say I didn’t form many long-term friendships in high school.

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TedStriker  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:24:17am

re: #181 Birth Control Works

I’d think they would be great medical centers — A place for the elderly to do their walking, good jobs for conserage types and wheel chair pushers (like at the airport). The big anchor stores could be surgical centers or office buildings.

Buses and public transportation already have mall service.

re: #202 sagehen

Admit it, you got that idea from Better Call Saul!

re: #205 Birth Control Works

No, I said that before Saul.

I think I saw somewhere, doctors offices connected to malls.

It may have been said (partially) in jest, but it has been done; as a matter of fact, we here in Nashville have an older mall (100 Oaks) that was leased out long-term by Vanderbilt University and turned into mixed medical/retail space, with the majority of space serving as a satellite location of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (mostly for doctor’s offices).

en.wikipedia.org

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wrenchwench  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:25:35am

re: #268 Timothy Watson

I am trying to remember the last time I actually talked/saw someone I went to high school with and I am only 29 and live in the same area where I grew up. I guess you can say I didn’t form many long-term friendships in high school.

When I got out of college, I decided it was enough work to stay in touch with my 6 siblings (w/spouses & kids) and two (divorced) parents, so I wouldn’t try to add folks from HS and college. Then I realized my family is crazy. Oh, well.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:26:34am

re: #266 Joe Bacon 🌹

The thing about that photo is he’s doing whatever it takes to get elected & they know it.

Frauds up and down.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:28:35am

Florida man….

news4jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man accidentally shot himself in the penis early Friday morning when he sat on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, police said….

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BigPapa  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:31:01am

re: #272 Barefoot Grin

Florida man….

news4jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man accidentally shot himself in the penis early Friday morning when he sat on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, police said….

He Glock’d his cock, what a shock.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:31:19am

re: #268 Timothy Watson

I am trying to remember the last time I actually talked/saw someone I went to high school with and I am only 29 and live in the same area where I grew up. I guess you can say I didn’t form many long-term friendships in high school.

The only time I ever talked to anyone I went to high school with after I graduated was my eldest cousin. (Saw her last summer during our Hudson Bay-Great Lakes trip.)

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:32:36am

re: #273 BigPapa

He Glock’d his cock, what a shock.

LOL!

And in less funny Florida news, antiscience bill becomes law:

Florida’s House Bill 989, aimed at empowering Floridians to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 26, 2017, according to the Tampa Bay Times (June 26, 2017). The bill was previously passed by both chambers of the Florida legislature in April and May 2017.

As NCSE previously reported, climate change and evolution were clearly among the targets of HB 989. Supporters of the bill submitted affidavits that complained, “I have witnessed students being taught evolution as fact … rather than theory … I have witnessed children being taught that Global Warming is a reality.”

With the law now in place, any county resident — not just any parent with a child in the country’s public schools, as was the case previously — can now file a complaint about instructional materials in the county’s public schools, and the school will now have to appoint a hearing officer to hear the complaint.

Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science commented on the organization’s blog (June 26, 2017), “This means our fight is only just now beginning. Each and every one of us has to be on alert. You must keep an eye on your local school board and everyone who brings forth a complaint about textbooks. If you don’t, we truly lose.”

Haught also expressed concern that a recently enacted “religious liberties” law — Senate Bill 436 — would be wielded in conjunction with HB 989 to undermine evolution education in Florida, citing a Frontline article (May 8, 2017) that quoted a backer of both bills as vowing to do just that.

ncse.com

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:33:40am

“…Frederick Douglass ended his Independence Day jeremiad in Rochester with steadfast optimism (“I do not despair of this country”). Read his closing lines, and what despair you might feel when listening to a President who abets ignorance, isolation, and cynicism is eased, at least somewhat.”

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Timothy Watson  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:34:08am

re: #270 wrenchwench

When I got out of college, I decided it was enough work to stay in touch with my 6 siblings (w/spouses & kids) and two (divorced) parents, so I wouldn’t try to add folks from HS and college. Then I realized my family is crazy. Oh, well.

Yeah, I don’t talk to people from college either. I was commuting to school everyday (about an hour each way) so I didn’t really hang around the campus that much anyway.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:34:18am

re: #270 wrenchwench

When I got out of college, I decided it was enough work to stay in touch with my 6 siblings (w/spouses & kids) and two (divorced) parents, so I wouldn’t try to add folks from HS and college. Then I realized my family is crazy. Oh, well.

My family is tiny, but I’ll share it with you if you need a sane family.

You get:

My mother, who is a clinical psychologist who decided she’d rather play Irish and French folk music in the airport.
My sister (sorry, she has a wife), who works with a military consulting firm for Hollywood films (they ensure when the military is depicted in films, the depiction is as accurate as possible).
Me. (You poor devil.) My wife: software engineer, public librarian, recovering Libertarian.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:34:24am

re: #272 Barefoot Grin

Florida man….

news4jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man accidentally shot himself in the penis early Friday morning when he sat on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, police said….

We got us yet another Darwin Award Winner, folks!

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:35:24am

2-ball in the glove compartment.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:35:54am

When I was a freshman in HS my brother was a senior. He was one of the cool kids in his own way, so even though he didn’t want to acknowledge me, his friends looked out for me. It really was like “Dazed and Confused.” I was extremely insecure, but I got through it with weed-induced aloofness.

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goddamnedfrank  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:42:12am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:42:48am

re: #281 Barefoot Grin

When I was a freshman in HS my brother was a senior. He was one of the cool kids in his own way, so even though he didn’t want to acknowledge me, his friends looked out for me. It really was like “Dazed and Confused.” I was extremely insecure, but I got through it with weed-induced aloofness.

Oh, that reminds me when several teachers alleged I was smoking grass (which I wasn’t) and I was taken out of a class and forced to watch a film that had Sonny Bono talking about Marijuana. After I was forced to watch the film, DAMN, I actually wanted to try grass!

Marijuana Educational Film with Sonny Bono

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:44:55am

re: #280 jaunte

2-ball in the glove compartment.

No balls and two strikes.

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jaunte  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:45:50am

re: #282 goddamnedfrank

“AmericanStrong” is another one of those credulous Trumpers that loves the map showing how much dirt voted for the red team.

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Lidane  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:49:26am

Finished the second season of Narcos today. Really well done show. I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to the next season.

Mild spoiler under the cut:

I thought showing the real DEA agents clinking their glasses in a toast in a bar after Escobar’s death was a nice touch, especially since they faded from the real photo from the rooftop shootout to the real agent as he looked now. Very cool way of connecting the dots. between the show and real life.

Up next: Binging through Rick & Morty on Hulu so I can be ready for Season 3. I’ve seen random episodes of the show but I want to watch the whole thing in order before the next season.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:50:53am

re: #275 Barefoot Grin

Can’t have education. Throughout history, without exception, conservatism has stood in the way of progress and enlightenment.

It will take fights by individuals in local school boards to ward this off, which means people who care about things such as truth over religious inculcation with tax money will have to be politically engaged. If they do not engage in local politics (all politics is local), they will race to the bottom with Mississippi and Texas (and that isn’t far for Florida to go).

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:55:13am

re: #285 jaunte

“AmericanStrong” is another one of those credulous Trumpers that loves the map showing how much dirt voted for the red team.

Until the Constitution is revised to eliminate the Electoral College, like it or not square miles get votes. While Democrats have to keep an eye on the voters, running up the score in California or Massachusetts does not win elections. Democrats must win square miles.

Wasn’t that long ago President Obama took an electoral vote in my state, and we had a Democratic representative. Then Dems got lazy in 2010, the Tea Party got out the vote everywhere and ran candidates in every place they could, because they understood square miles actually matter.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Jul 1, 2017 • 10:58:20am

re: #286 Lidane

Finished the second season of Narcos today. Really well done show. I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to the next season.

Mild spoiler under the cut:

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Up next: Binging through Rick & Morty on Hulu so I can be ready for Season 3. I’ve seen random episodes of the show but I want to watch the whole thing in order before the next season.

Rick and Morty is so dark, and so good.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:03:53am

re: #281 Barefoot Grin

When I was a freshman in HS my brother was a senior. He was one of the cool kids in his own way, so even though he didn’t want to acknowledge me, his friends looked out for me. It really was like “Dazed and Confused.” I was extremely insecure, but I got through it with weed-induced aloofness.

Amazingly, I did not run into maryjane (nor ever saw it) before my mid forties.

I’m a drag, man.

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BeachDem  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:05:16am

re: #282 goddamnedfrank

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Love the gif, but I wonder why the WaPo is promoting a year-old story.

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mmmirele  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:06:50am

re: #266 Joe Bacon 🌹

Honestly who would actually step in a church knowing that a whole bunch of Pulpit Pimps are kissing this liar’s ass every chance they can while reciting the latest Frank Luntz tested GOP talking points?

Speaking of Trump and pulpit pimps, he’s supposed to be joining Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, for a “Celebrate Freedom” concert at the Kennedy Center today. The whole thing is completely barftastic to me.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:10:13am

re: #272 Barefoot Grin

Florida man….

news4jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man accidentally shot himself in the penis early Friday morning when he sat on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, police said….

Darwin Award Honorable Mention candidate?

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austin_blue  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:20:13am

re: #260 jaunte

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I’ll be missing that one.

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ObserverArt  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:27:02am

re: #290 Anymouse 🌹

Amazingly, I did not run into maryjane (nor ever saw it) before my mid forties.

I’m a drag, man.

Heh. I first saw it when my father and I were walking through a mall parking lot and he stopped looked down and said “looks like someone dumped their pot” and I ran up and looked. I remember the little round seeds. They stood out, because the rest was all wet and mushed down.

Years later, I was already in college (and it was art school in the 70s so yeah I had seen quite a lot of pot, etc. by then) and I had the chance to ask my dad about that.

it was the perfect set-up. At a family get-together my conservative blockhead brother was going on about pot one day and I knew his kids (my niece and nephew) smoked, so they were cowering and looking down.

To break it up, I asked my dad about that day in the parking lot and I told him I always wondered how he knew it was marijuana. He said he and his brothers (my uncles) smoked it back in the 30s in the bootleg days. I kind of figured that, how else did he know and identify it so quickly?

Shut my brother right up. He was stunned. So were my niece and nephew.

I think a lot of people like my brother think marijuana was discovered in 1966 and was a huge problem that would end the world as they knew it.

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Jebediah, RBG  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:33:41am

re: #103 Dr Lizardo

Cool!

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:34:58am

re: #272 Barefoot Grin

Florida man….

news4jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man accidentally shot himself in the penis early Friday morning when he sat on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, police said….

Hopefully he won’t reproduce. Darwin award potential there.

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MsJ  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:36:11am

re: #279 Joe Bacon 🌹

We got us yet another Darwin Award Winner, folks!

I believe you gotta die to actually get the award.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:37:23am

re: #290 Anymouse 🌹

Amazingly, I did not run into maryjane (nor ever saw it) before my mid forties.

I’m a drag, man.

It was pervasive at my school in the late 70s, early 80s. Ounce for $35. It made me a dull boy, though.

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dell*nix  Jul 1, 2017 • 12:59:30pm

re: #295 ObserverArt

This was a little sooner than the 1960’s. Sweet Marihuana

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vgranucci  Jul 1, 2017 • 11:29:38pm

re: #127 Belafon

It’s pretty well known, except maybe by Trump, that the US has contingency plans for all of these situations.

Up to and including a space alien invasion and the Zombie Apocalypse


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