Creation Festival Founder Harry Thomas Arrested and Charged With Multiple Counts of Child Molestation

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Harry L. Thomas is the pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford, New Jersey, and founder of the Creation Festival, one of the most popular Christian music festivals in America.

And tonight, he’s under arrest for sexually assaulting four children over the course of 16 years.

Come Alive Church, which “believe[s] in the entire teachings of the inspired Word of God as recorded in the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible,” according to its website, released a statement Thursday night:

“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that the board of Come Alive International and Creation Festivals along with the Elders and Trustees of Come Alive New Testament Church have indefinitely suspended Pastor Harry Thomas from all leadership positions with the church, festival and all associated ministries. While the allegations are unrelated to his roles in these ministries, leadership has determined this to be the proper course of action at this time until there can be a full investigation. It is requested that all pray for the parties involved and refrain from speculation regarding the circumstances.”

The church has responded to this news by putting their entire website under password protection tonight.

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MsJ  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:03:45pm

Is anyone shocked? All these supposed family values schmucks are anything but. Every last one is a fraud. This is just a more disgusting form.

Rot in hell. And prison.

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JordanRules  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:06:13pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:07:03pm

Makes you wonder about folks like Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, Jim Bakker, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar…

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:07:22pm

Maybe he’ll declare for the next GOP primary…

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:08:02pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Oh, I can about guarantee Fischer has some skeletons in the closet.

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MsJ  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:09:02pm

What do you get a four year old girl for Christmas? Help!

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:09:12pm

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

If I had to guess, he’s a horribly closeted gay man.

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:09:30pm

Jim Bskker’s son Jay is more of a true Christian than his old man is…so there’s hope…

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:09:47pm

re: #6 MsJ

A snare drum and some sticks.

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:11:07pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

They are, in the words of Penn Jillette: “Sky Grifters”….

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:11:34pm

re: #6 MsJ

What do you get a four year old girl for Christmas? Help!

Spirited Away (This was the first movie my middle son sat through, at 3.)

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allegro  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:12:45pm

Unrelated to his roles in these ministries? Please. That’s what enabled him, gave him access and power.

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MsJ  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:12:46pm

re: #9 teleskiguy

A snare drum and some sticks.

🙄 Mom would love that.

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stpaulbear  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:13:14pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

If I had to guess, he’s a horribly closeted gay man.

Because frustrated gay men so often turn to children…

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:13:18pm

re: #11 Belafon

My Friend Totoro is my pick.

Just make sure you spay and neuter your Cat Bus….

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MsJ  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:13:20pm

re: #11 Belafon

Spirited Away (This was the first movie my middle son sat through, at 3.)

Really?? I thought that was an adult film. I loved it!

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:13:49pm

re: #14 stpaulbear

Because frustrated gay men so often turn to children…

I was talking about Bryan Fischer.

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scottslemmons  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:14:13pm

I keep expecting someone to write some sci-fi epic about a future United States ruled by a Bizarro-world version of the Christian church, where they just adopted everything Trump did as a virtue and declared everything Trump hated was a sin.

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stpaulbear  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:14:42pm

re: #17 teleskiguy

I was talking about Bryan Fischer.

I fucked up.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:15:36pm

re: #16 MsJ

Really?? I thought that was an adult film. I loved it!

I think it plays on a lot of levels. My middle has rewatched it over the years and has found new things in it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a kid seeing it.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:15:42pm

Thoughts and prayers Christian Festival Thingie….thoughts and prayers and another beer if you’re up.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:15:44pm

re: #20 stpaulbear

I fucked up.

It happens, and I can understand the (justified) knee jerk reaction given the conversation in this thread. We good!

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:17:07pm

From Mr. Johnson’s post above:

The church has responded to this news by putting their entire website under password protection tonight.

The whole Website? The only reason I can think they would do that is they are trying to hide evidence that he might (or they might) have put there, so they can get busy trying to scrub evidence of “grooming” or whatnot.

I hope someone has a warrant for that IP or the Website.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:17:11pm

re: #20 stpaulbear

I fucked up.

So, one better than Trent Franks.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:17:29pm

All the best musicians that I know of, their first instrument they started playing was drums. Just sayin’.

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mmmirele  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:18:12pm

This is so typical of Evangelical churches—hiding, putting the church website under password protection—when something like this happens. I don’t know how many news articles I’ve read where when the pastor goes to court, the entire church is there, lined up behind pastor, and there’s nobody supporting the family/ies of the abused. Over and over and over and over again. I’m thoroughly sick of it.
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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:19:35pm

re: #26 teleskiguy

All the best musicians that I know of, their first instrument they started playing was drums. Just sayin’.

Friendly reminder!:

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:23:18pm

re: #19 scottslemmons

That’s Russia today, FWIW..Putin copied up to the Russian Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs, and managed to get Jehovah’s Witnesses declared ILLEGAL…

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:23:47pm

We had one of these locally (or at least only the one caught so far). A very respected fundie preacher, Baptist as I recall rather than evangelical, although in these woods the difference is razor thin. He loved him some youth groups and often had them over to his home. He especially liked preteen girls, eleven or twelve years old. As far as anyone knows, he didn’t physically molest them. What he did was set up hidden videocams in his bathrooms so he could record them using the toilet for his later delectation. I think he got sentenced to 12 years. And of course everybody was so amazed.

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:25:51pm

re: #27 mmmirele

I have suspected that Christ came back and wound up getting locked away into a insane asylum, and that we really are in The Tribilation…

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:25:56pm

re: #27 mmmirele

This is so typical of Evangelical churches—hiding, putting the church website under password protection—when something like this happens. I don’t know how many news articles I’ve read where when the pastor goes to court, the entire church is there, lined up behind pastor, and there’s nobody supporting the family/ies of the abused. Over and over and over and over again. I’m thoroughly sick of it.
.

Not just Evangelical churches. Catholic churches (and dioceses) do it too, as do many other Protestant churches.

There used to be a Website called Reformation(dot)com which detailed the thousands of Protestant pastors or churches busted and people sent to trial and jail for the exact same things.

This is not an Evangelical problem. It is a Religion problem.

(The Website was put out of business in June of this year. The last screen capture can be found at web.archive.org where they list all the cases against Protestant churches and ministers of all denominations)

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:26:24pm

I got CL’d two threads ago, sitting there gabbin’ away in an empty room…

So I’ll re-post here For Nines (asking about my Mississippi gig):

It went well, thanks for asking! The folks at the venue were very hospitable, the crowd was great, the food was amazing, the stage crew were total pros and made everything easy. They’re already talking about having us back in the Spring.

The only things I can complain about are the weather (hoped it would be warmer), and I got the full TSA treatment when I got back to New Orleans. Full pat-down, hand swab, the works. That kinda sucked after I got put into pre-scan on the way out of NY. That’s show biz, I guess.

And I have to work on traveling lighter as far as gear. I had to take a Line 6 Pod XT Live, and I wanted to just leave it in Gulfport. I’m thinking Santa might be bringing me a Tech21 Fly Rig for Christmas, though. That’ll come in handy for a string of Florida gigs I gotta do in January.

And for Stanley (asking about the potential meetup with Eclectic Heretic)…

The meetup unfortunately didn’t happen. It will next time. I still owe Eclectic a beer. :)

Hope they’re still around…

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:27:27pm

On the way home from dinner, my 17 and 12 year old decided to sing to this for us in the car:

Cuphead OST - Die House (Mr. King Dice Main Theme) [EXTENDED] + Lyrics

My youngest, in particular, was really getting into it. Imagine Louis Armstrong singing along. Just more things for me to figure out how to encourage.

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:28:38pm

re: #33 Anymouse 🌹

Ok, this begs the question as to why they went under?

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guachi  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:32:21pm

re: #29 Belafon

The CGI in the Battle Angel: Alita trailer is very Uncanny Valley terrible. Too much modern CGI of animate beings is just too distracting. Watched Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them in UHD on my TV earlier today and the CGI creatures were mostly bad and distracting.

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electrotek  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:32:27pm

Canadian asshole attacks Colombian family in St. Thomas Ontario for speaking Spanish:

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:32:48pm

re: #36 The Major

Ok, this begs the question as to why they went under?

I can’t say. Looking up a WhoIs doesn’t reveal the new owner of the name. It only says it was renewed this year and doesn’t expire until 2019.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:33:53pm

That Alita Trailer is why I wish Cameron had done Transformers. Cameran at least knows how to use pixels to tell a story.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:36:06pm

I love Richard Thompson, but I also wish this tribute album had gotten more recognition. Here is one of many great covers:

For Shame of Doing Wrong — Syd Straw and Evan Dando

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:36:52pm

re: #38 electrotek

That fellow’s accent sounds more from the USA than Ontario, though I could be mistaken.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:37:35pm
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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:39:47pm

re: #37 guachi

The CGI in the Battle Angel: Alita trailer is very Uncanny Valley terrible. Too much modern CGI of animate beings is just too distracting. Watched Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them in UHD on my TV earlier today and the CGI creatures were mostly bad and distracting.

I get the feeling that’s part of the point: She’s close enough to human but not quite. That would be disconcerting. There are obviously other points, but her eyes are bigger than they should be, for instance.

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jaunte  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:40:17pm
“While the allegations are unrelated to his roles in these ministries”

There’s the big lie, right in the middle.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:41:51pm

Robert Murray, the coal baron, warns if the GOP tax bill goes through as they envision it, that will wipe out thousands of coal jobs.

Murray said the Senate legislation will raise Murray Energy’s taxes by $60 million a year, “notwithstanding the other so-called benefits the Senate has proposed,” CNBC reports.

“This means that very capital-intensive, highly leveraged employers, like coal-mining companies, will be forced out of business, with tragic consequences for our families and for many regions of our country,” Murray said.

Well, the penalty for supporting Trump, I guess. Who saw this coming besides every liberal in the nation?

addictinginfo.com (with video from CNN)

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:42:23pm

I consider myself pretty environmentally friendly… except for this.

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jaunte  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:43:00pm

Authoritarian Organization Assures Public That Misdeeds Of Powerful Members Have Nothing To Do With Authoritarian Ideology.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:44:57pm

re: #47 teleskiguy

The amount of electricity needed to operate a ski resort, especially when you factor in snowmaking, is pretty astronomical.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:46:08pm

re: #37 guachi

The CGI in the Battle Angel: Alita trailer is very Uncanny Valley terrible. Too much modern CGI of animate beings is just too distracting. Watched Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them in UHD on my TV earlier today and the CGI creatures were mostly bad and distracting.

Judging from the clip, the static visuals are not bad, but the action is too abrupt (no apparent inertial effects) and cartoon-y. So, it looks like CGI. I don’t mind it, because it’s not unlike watching live action + animation flicks - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? for example. When CGI reaches the point when you can’t tell the difference between live actor and CG actor, the acting business will be toast.

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danarchy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:48:08pm

re: #33 Anymouse 🌹

Not just Evangelical churches. Catholic churches (and dioceses) do it too, as do many other Protestant churches.

There used to be a Website called Reformation(dot)com which detailed the thousands of Protestant pastors or churches busted and people sent to trial and jail for the exact same things.

This is not an Evangelical problem. It is a Religion problem.

(The Website was put out of business in June of this year. The last screen capture can be found at web.archive.org where they list all the cases against Protestant churches and ministers of all denominations)

Your bias is showing. Most studies show sexual abuse by priests are in line with sexual abuse by most professions that have regular contact with children. Organizations of all types tend to try to cover it up as well. It can be argued that churches should be held to a higher standard, because well…they’re churches, but it most certainly isn’t a religion problem.

The private school industry is rife with sexual abuse scandals that go on for decades.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:49:14pm

re: #51 danarchy

Your bias is showing. Most studies show sexual abuse by priests are in line with sexual abuse by most professions that have regular contact with children. Organizations of all types tend to try to cover it up as well. It can be argued that churches should be held to a higher standard, because well…they’re churches, but it most certainly isn’t a religion problem.

The private school industry is rife with sexual abuse scandals that go on for decades.

I’d call it a power problem. Power leads people in positions of authority to abuse.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:49:20pm

Former chairman of the Colorado GOP convicted of voter fraud and forgery, specifically the in-person kind that he (and many Republicans) accuse Democrats of.

The 58-year-old, who also was a KLZ radio host, was charged in February after authorities say DNA evidence and handwriting analysis linked him to the ballot of his ex, Kelly Curtis.

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office says court testimony during Curtis’ trial revealed that Kelly Curtis had moved to Charleston, S.C., in December 2015. When she called the county’s clerk and recorder to get her mail-in ballot, she was told she had already voted.

More at the Denver Post:
denverpost.com (Dec. 7)

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:49:41pm

re: #2 JordanRules

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Yep and it’s fucking disgusting.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:50:24pm

Again, I wonder if this dude would tweet something like this if he were running for reelection.

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Aussie Apocalypse  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:50:26pm

re: #6 MsJ

Nuclear Winter, an album by Morbid Angel or a My Little pony*.

Depending on available income/liquid assets/Material Worth: A toy from the popular franchise or a Falabella.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:52:11pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:52:13pm

re: #55 teleskiguy

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Again, I wonder if this dude would tweet something like this if he were running for reelection.

*Ron Howard* He wouldn’t.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:52:31pm

re: #55 teleskiguy

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Again, I wonder if this dude would tweet something like this if he were running for reelection.

I doubt it. But I’ll encourage him to keep saying it anyway.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:52:39pm

re: #51 danarchy

Your bias is showing. Most studies show sexual abuse by priests are in line with sexual abuse by most professions that have regular contact with children. Organizations of all types tend to try to cover it up as well. It can be argued that churches should be held to a higher standard, because well…they’re churches, but it most certainly isn’t a religion problem.

The private school industry is rife with sexual abuse scandals that go on for decades.

The problem is certainly not solely a religion problem. Like many authoritarian structures that tell people not to question what the authority says, religions make it easier, as do police departments, the military, &c.

For churches, a better term would be “it’s a hypocrisy problem” since churches preach against “sins of the flesh,” adultery, &c. Other authoritarian organisations don’t generally do that.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:53:02pm

re: #59 Belafon

I doubt it. But I’ll encourage him to keep saying it anyway.

I’ll agree with this too. I do think it would mean more though as Ski is getting at if Flake were running for re-election saying this.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:53:51pm

re: #61 HappyWarrior

I’ll agree with this too. I do think it would mean more though as Ski is getting at if Flake were running for re-election saying this.

Most definitely.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:53:55pm

re: #51 danarchy

Your bias is showing. Most studies show sexual abuse by priests are in line with sexual abuse by most professions that have regular contact with children. Organizations of all types tend to try to cover it up as well. It can be argued that churches should be held to a higher standard, because well…they’re churches, but it most certainly isn’t a religion problem.

The private school industry is rife with sexual abuse scandals that go on for decades.

Public schools, too. I’ve related the history here of my high school physics teacher, who was let go from one LI school district for alleged sexual abuse only to be hired by my high school district, which knew of the allegations at the time. He continued working in that school district as a teacher and coach for nearly 20 years, while continuing to molest girls and physically discipline boys until one girl finally stood up and reported that he had raped her during a school trip.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:55:33pm

Dispatches from the front in the War on Christmas

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:55:49pm

re: #57 makeitstop

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The next two tweets the writer adds are good:

Edit: The replies are just as awesome.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:56:23pm

re: #64 makeitstop

Dispatches from the front in the War on Christmas

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We lost a lot of good men at the Battle of Gingerbread Hill.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:58:25pm

re: #65 Belafon

The next two tweets the writer adds are good:

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I read the Fountainhead in 11th grade philosophy class and then saw Ayn interviewed by Phil Donohue. It was sickening. She was even attacking voluntary charity. I feel kind of bad for Ayn Rand since she was someone who experienced the USSR but she created a terrible inversion of Socialism that causes just as much damage. And I will say this about Marx, I don’t think he ever intended for his philosophy to be what Mao and Stalin turned it into.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:59:00pm

re: #67 HappyWarrior

I read the Fountainhead in 11th grade philosophy class and then saw Ayn interviewed by Phil Donohue. It was sickening. She was even attacking voluntary charity. I feel kind of bad for Ayn Rand since she was someone who experienced the USSR but she created a terrible inversion of Socialism that causes just as much damage. And I will say this about Marx, I don’t think he ever intended for his philosophy to be what Mao and Stalin turned it into.

She’d be a great Republican today: Take from the government (SS Disability) and shame everyone else.

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Targetpractice  Dec 8, 2017 • 8:59:07pm

re: #37 guachi

The CGI in the Battle Angel: Alita trailer is very Uncanny Valley terrible. Too much modern CGI of animate beings is just too distracting. Watched Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them in UHD on my TV earlier today and the CGI creatures were mostly bad and distracting.

I was talking with a friend earlier about this, as both of us read the original manga years ago. In fact it’s been so long since I read them that I had to do a Google image search just to remind myself that her eyes really are that large in proportion to her face. It’s one of the downsides to adapting anything drawn/animated to live-action, that the proportions that we’re willing to accept in that medium don’t work really well outside it.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:00:20pm

It’s one thing if you think the government shouldn’t be involved in charity. It’s another to attack the very idea of helping out your fellow man which is what Rand did.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:01:20pm

re: #67 HappyWarrior

I read the Fountainhead in 11th grade philosophy class and then saw Ayn interviewed by Phil Donohue. It was sickening. She was even attacking voluntary charity. I feel kind of bad for Ayn Rand since she was someone who experienced the USSR but she created a terrible inversion of Socialism that causes just as much damage. And I will say this about Marx, I don’t think he ever intended for his philosophy to be what Mao and Stalin turned it into.

It seems to be something to do with Ayn Rand and not the government of the Soviet Union.

My sister-in-law (my wife’s brother’s wife) was born in the Soviet Union as well, worked in the Soviet government, and didn’t turn into a wingnut libertarian when she came here. (She tends not to involve herself in politics at all here, but with Trump running, she went out to vote for Clinton.)

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Stanley Sea  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:01:50pm

re: #34 makeitstop

I got CL’d two threads ago, sitting there gabbin’ away in an empty room…

So I’ll re-post here For Nines (asking about my Mississippi gig):

And for Stanley (asking about the potential meetup with Eclectic Heretic)…

Hope they’re still around…

Oh, so SAD

Happy it was a good gig.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:03:11pm

re: #71 Anymouse 🌹

It seems to be something to do with Ayn Rand and not the government of the Soviet Union.

My sister-in-law (my wife’s brother’s wife) was born in the Soviet Union as well, worked in the Soviet government, and didn’t turn into a wingnut libertarian when she came here. (She tends not to involve herself in politics at all here, but with Trump running, she went out to vote for Clinton.)

Oh no doubt but no offense to your SiL but those early years were really really bad. It doesn’t justify her philosophy at all anymore than those people who witnessed Communism and became Fascists. The funny as hell thing in class was seeing the people who were conservative on the bio-ethics issues we discussed- we discussed euthanasia and Dr. Kevorkian, a lot of those people loved hearing Rand’s diatribes on economics.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:04:47pm

I read Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead, the summer before I started college, when I stayed with my grandmother and step-grandfather. One of his sons had read them. I wasn’t terribly impressed, though I actually took slightly more away from the Fountainhead, mainly pursue what you want to do, which was probably the wrong lesson. Sadly, her sex scenes were so bad even me as a horny 18 year old in 1988 didn’t get much out of them.

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allegro  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:05:13pm

Got a new neighbor a few months ago, older guy, almost creepily polite and… calm (I don’t have another word for it). From my first meeting I was put on a weird kind of alert. The same feeling I get when in the presence of a predator, like a coyote or bobcat. Muscles slightly tensed, prepared, an autonomic response. Wait. Watch. Do. Not. Trust.

He soon befriended another neighbor in the spot next to him. Sweet guy with issues, deeply religious, working to start a ministry and service charity. Very into animal rescue - the reason I now have two cats. Quite inept really but his heart is in the right place. So the creepy guy is also into starting a ministry, some weird thing about getting a donated boat and doing revivals along the Mississippi River or some shit. Elmer Gantry immediately came to mind as he was describing his plans to me. He gets with the sweet guy with issues and starts making plans with him to do events, especially events with kids. Sweet guy is all excited thinking he’s got help for his mission, a true believer.

One night I’m out walking Buddy and all hell is breaking loose over there. Sweet guy is hysterical, screaming at creepy guy incoherently (he drinks a lot and loses it when he does). Found out why the next day. Creepy guy recently got out of prison. 25 years for aggravated sexual assault of a 9 year old girl, according to the registry. Sweet guy finds out and realizes the creepy guy is using him to get to kids.

I’ll just leave it there.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:05:41pm

re: #71 Anymouse 🌹

My brother-in-law was born in the Soviet Union as well, came to the states when he was 12, right before the government collapsed. He’s largely apolitical.

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jaunte  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:05:47pm

But Trump digs coal.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:06:14pm

re: #74 Belafon

I read Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead, the summer before I started college, when I stayed with my grandmother and step-grandfather. One of his sons had read them. I wasn’t terribly impressed, though I actually took slightly more away from the Fountainhead, mainly pursue what you want to do, which was probably the wrong lesson. Sadly, her sex scenes were so bad even me as a horny 18 year old in 1988 didn’t get much out of them.

Fountainhead lost me when Roark destroyed his buildings. I just thought. What a whiny asshole. We saw the Gary Cooper version that Rand herself I believe either produced and or wrote the screenplay for.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:07:56pm

re: #77 jaunte

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But Trump digs coal.

“Why didn’t all those countries come to me. We could have worked out the best deals, one on one.” I realize some of those words are too big for Trump.

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Amalthea's Shadow  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:08:56pm

Hey teleskiguy, the resort you are now working is the place where my kid learned to ski. Her dad moved to that area when she was eight. He was in construction and got a job with a crew that did most of their work in Aspen. So, I’d fly her out for every other Christmas and Easter and they would spend day on the slopes. Her summers with him were spent hiking and camping…when she wasn’t riding horses somewhere.
She has also been complaining about the lack of ski-able snow. But she’s been happy that the droves of ski-tourists haven’t arrived yet. A bit of a breather between seasons is nice, no?

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:09:36pm

re: #78 HappyWarrior

Fountainhead lost me when Roark destroyed his buildings. I just thought. What a whiny asshole. We saw the Gary Cooper version that Rand herself I believe either produced and or wrote the screenplay for.

I’ve also read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Fixed the title.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:09:58pm

What I love about Rand though? How many so called devout Christians give her credit for influencing their view of the world and especially economics. I mean don’t get me wrong. I have my problems with Christianity but the founders of Christianity did not intend for Rand’s views to be the foundation of Christian inspired economics. I guess it’s why I prefer non-religious economic conservatives, they don’t hid behind religion. They’re greedy, yes, but they don’t pretend to be pious either. I hate fake piety if you can’t tell.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:11:16pm

re: #81 Belafon

I’ve also read Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

I preferred Dubliners. Had a hard time getting in to Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. I like Joyce and appreciate his influence and I even have used it a little in my own short stories but sometimes he’s a big chore. I much prefer reading Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:11:43pm

re: #82 HappyWarrior

What I love about Rand though? How many so called devout Christians give her credit for influencing their view of the world and especially economics. I mean don’t get me wrong. I have my problems with Christianity but the founders of Christianity did not intend for Rand’s views to be the foundation of Christian inspired economics. I guess it’s why I prefer non-religious economic conservatives, they don’t hid behind religion. They’re greedy, yes, but they don’t pretend to be pious either. I hate fake piety if you can’t tell.

Rand inverts the equation, making economics the most important part of the system. It’s why Republicans love it. But it’s wrong. Capitalism is not a goal.

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coin operated  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:12:26pm

re: #47 teleskiguy

OK..reason #2 I follow you…you’re real. Been skiing since the days of rope tows and T-bars. Someone other than myself realizes there is an environmental impact to snowmaking.

Edited for clarity

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:13:06pm

re: #84 Belafon

Rand inverts the equation, making economics the most important part of the system. It’s why Republicans love it. But it’s wrong. Capitalism is not a goal.

I believe our own Romantic Heretic has described Rand’s views as “Satanic Marxism.” But you are correct.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:13:25pm

I just took the dog out. Sure does feel like snow out there.

Forecast says 4-6 inches. Weee.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:14:10pm

re: #80 Amalthea’s Shadow

Hey! Small world. Yeah, the lack of snow is ugh! When you work for the ski industry, as I have directly and indirectly since I was 17, the snow is essential, it brings the tourists who pay through the nose play in the snow. Davey Gorsuch (no relation to the new SC Justice*) said it best to me years ago, “We’re snow farmers.” With big snows comes big harvests ($$) and the less snow we get the more skimpy the harvest ($$).

*stolen

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:14:17pm

re: #34 makeitstop

During my Australia trip, I was hit for random additional screening for three of my four flights in the country.

ETA: Four trips through security, I mean. Three flights.

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:14:22pm

re: #81 Belafon

re: #83 HappyWarrior

OK, I’m a lit perv but it comes from a life of editing. The title is “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:14:27pm

re: #83 HappyWarrior

I preferred Dubliners. Had a hard time getting in to Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. I like Joyce and appreciate his influence and I even have used it a little in my own short stories but sometimes he’s a big chore. I much prefer reading Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

I had a goal at one time of reading at least one book from every author. I read the Dubliners, and decided that since it was good, I would also read Portrait. Barely. Made. It. Through.

I had the same experience when reading World According to Garp (great), and a Prayer for Owen Meany (just not interesting to me).

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:15:16pm

re: #90 whitebeach

OK, I’m a lit perv but it comes from a life of editing. The title is “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

Cut me some slack, I’ve had a few tonight :).

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:16:06pm

re: #91 Belafon

I had a goal at one time of reading at least one book from every author. I read the Dubliners, and decided that since it was good, I would also read Portrait. Barely. Made. It. Through.

I had the same experience when reading World According to Garp (great), and a Prayer for Owen Meany (just not interesting to me).

I love short stories. As for Hemingway, I preferred The Sun Also Rises to the Old Man and the Sea. The Sun Also Rises inspired my trip to Espana a few years ack.

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:16:26pm

re: #92 HappyWarrior

Cut me some slack, I’ve had a few tonight :).

You think I fuckin haven’t?

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:16:35pm

re: #90 whitebeach

OK, I’m a lit perv but it comes from a life of editing. The title is “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

I fixxed it.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:16:49pm

re: #94 whitebeach

You think I fuckin haven’t?

Ha, true, true.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:17:05pm

re: #85 coin operated

OK..reason #2 I follow you…you’re real. Been skiing since the days of rope tows and T-bars. Someone other than myself realizes there is an environmental impact to snowmaking besides yours truly.

I truly hope reason #1 you follow me is because I’m a smart funny motherfucker who provides extra-quality #content. 😛

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:17:43pm

Silly genealogy nerd fact: I have a cousin named James Joyce.

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Belafon  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:18:18pm

re: #97 teleskiguy

I truly hope reason #1 you follow me is because I’m a smart funny motherfucker who provides extra-quality #content. 😛

I thought it was because you get riled up at things that seem kind of random. :)

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:19:50pm

re: #99 Belafon

I thought it was because you get riled up at things that seem kind of random. :)

Eh? That shit, of which I’m aware, tends to piss people off more than anything. Hey, downdings aren’t the end of the world, I got karma to burn.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:21:44pm

re: #100 teleskiguy

Eh? That shit, of which I’m aware, tends to piss people off more than anything. Hey, downdings aren’t the end of the world, I got karma to burn.

You’re a good dude and mean well. I only give downdings to those who truly deserve them.

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jaunte  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:21:54pm

re: #90 whitebeach

OK, I’m a lit perv but it comes from a life of editing. The title is “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

“Mistakes are the portals of discvery.”

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jaunte  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:22:22pm

O?

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:28:35pm

re: #103 jaunte

O?

Nah. Stet. Worked better with the error.

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I cannot.  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:29:12pm

So, a couple of threads back someone was like “OMG, something crazy happened at 4:36 in the Pensacola speech!”

They did not elaborate as to the crazy that happened, or whether it was 4:36 in the pre-fuckery show, or 4:36 in the speech itself. What did I miss, and will it result in us all dying in nuclear fire, or just facepalming so hard we need to wear protective gear?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:30:00pm

re: #105 I cannot.

So, a couple of threads back someone was like “OMG, something crazy happened at 4:36 in the Pensacola speech!”

They did not elaborate as to the crazy that happened, or whether it was 4:36 in the pre-fuckery show, or 4:36 in the speech itself. What did I miss, and will it result in us all dying in nuclear fire, or just facepalming so hard we need to wear protective gear?

I thought that was referring to something at hte Luntz talk with the Moore supporters?

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:32:05pm

re: #100 teleskiguy

Eh? That shit, of which I’m aware, tends to piss people off more than anything. Hey, downdings aren’t the end of the world, I got karma to burn.

Start putting together some lyrics, because “Karma to Burn” is one of the best rock song titles I’ve ever seen.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:33:40pm

re: #106 HappyWarrior

I thought that was referring to something at hte Luntz talk with the Moore supporters?

Yeah, the reference to ‘Soros assassins’ or some such nonsense.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:34:50pm

re: #108 makeitstop

Yeah, the reference to ‘Soros assassins’ or some such nonsense.

Man, he’s got money to pay for assassins but not money to pay me to support liberal causes?!!? Thanks Soros.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:35:34pm

I erally do blame the RW media for the nasty lies they’ve spread about Soros. I don’t like what the Kochs and Mercers stand for by the way but I do NOT think they’ve got hired hitmen for fuck sake.

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The Great Eye  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:36:26pm

re: #35 Belafon

On the way home from dinner, my 17 and 12 year old decided to sing to this for us in the car:

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My youngest, in particular, was really getting into it. Imagine Louis Armstrong singing along. Just more things for me to figure out how to encourage.

YouTube

I love this remix. Cuphead is the best

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:37:22pm

That Hoarse Whispered dude is pretty funny.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:42:43pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:43:56pm

re: #113 makeitstop

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I love how the people who rag on young people for participation trophies love the man who actually posts about himself having an approval rating of below 50%. It’d be like if a sports team bragged about making 500.

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allegro  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:47:06pm

re: #114 HappyWarrior

I love how the people who rag on young people for participation trophies love the man who actually posts about himself having an approval rating of below 50%. It’d be like if a sports team bragged about making 500.

Well a 45% approval rate would look pretty good to a narcissist whose real approval rate is 32% and dropping weekly. He has to crow about that number so his cult followers can call the real number fake news.

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:48:32pm

Since I was talking karma with teleskiguy, I thought I’d check mine. It came up 6,666. Fuckin Trump and his Jerusalem shit.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:48:55pm

re: #115 allegro

Well a 45% approval rate would look pretty good to a narcissist whose real approval rate is 32% and dropping weekly. He has to crow about that number so his cult followers can call the real number fake news.

Yeah, I know his actual approval rating is even lower. What a sad loser.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:55:05pm

re: #114 HappyWarrior

Participation trophies are another one of those things where it’s all projection.

They love being coddled and told they’re special.

That’s what their “faith, not deeds” religion does. That what the mythos of welfare queens does. That’s the entire point of AM radio shouters and FOX News.

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stpaulbear  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:55:36pm

re: #41 Barefoot Grin

I love Richard Thompson, but I also wish this tribute album had gotten more recognition. Here is one of many great covers:

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I was off watching videos so I’m late with this, but there’s also another compilation of Richard Thompson songs called “The World is a Wonderful Place”. The artists aren’t as high a profile as “Beat the Retreat”, but it’s still very good.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:56:12pm

re: #115 allegro

Well a 45% approval rate would look pretty good to a narcissist whose real approval rate is 32% and dropping weekly. He has to crow about that number so his cult followers can call the real number fake news.

Which is why Republicans are so hell bent on Voter ID laws coupled with purging voter rolls to keep the poor, disabled and people of color from being able to vote.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:56:24pm

re: #118 The Ghost of a Flea

Participation trophies are another one of those things where it’s all projection.

They love being coddled and told they’re special.

That’s what their “faith, not deeds” religion does. That what the mythos of welfare queens does. That’s the entire point of AM radio shouters and FOX News.

Most importantly and I’ll say this as a Millenial, it’s not like we begged for those trophies. 20 years later. I remember not the trophies I got but playing baseball or basketball with friends. Still hate that I couldn’t learn to hit a curve though!

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Aussie Apocalypse  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:57:10pm

re: #115 allegro

Well a 45% approval rate would look pretty good to a narcissist whose real approval rate is 32% and dropping weekly. He has to crow about that number so his cult followers can call the real number fake news.

Cult Followers wouldn’t mention an percentage below 52. Even then they would say the most agree.

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Kragar  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:57:23pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:58:29pm

Interesting local news, primarily because of the secrecy surrounding it:

Scottsbluff Fire Chief Placed on Administrative Leave (goes to KNEB radio, Scottsbluff, Nebr.)

[Fire Chief Dana] Miller says he was told not to talk to city employees or be on city property during the investigation. Miller wouldn’t disclose what the investigation was about, but said he was told the investigation would not take long.

Neither City Manager Nathan Johnson nor Mayor Randy Meininger would confirm or deny the administrative leave, citing personnel matters.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:59:12pm

re: #114 HappyWarrior

It’d be like if a sports team bragged about making 500.

Easy, there, dude. I’m a Knicks fan, and we’re kinda doing that this year. :)

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 9:59:34pm

re: #123 Kragar

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These are the same people who think homosexuals should be arrested because “gay people go after children.” For fuck sake, these people. And they without any irony hate Islam because they think its leaders are pedophiles.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:00:49pm

re: #116 whitebeach

Since I was talking karma with teleskiguy, I thought I’d check mine. It came up 6,666. Fuckin Trump and his Jerusalem shit.

Fixed that for you. Now you’re at least at 6667.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:00:50pm

re: #125 makeitstop

Easy, there, dude. I’m a Knicks fan, and we’re kinda doing that this year. :)

Yeah but you’re not acting like your shit don’t stink. You’re relived no doubt. BTW happy to see that. Basketball’s better when the Knicks are relevant but go Wiz none the less- only DC team I root for since Pittsburgh don’t have a team.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:01:12pm

re: #114 HappyWarrior

I love how the people who rag on young people for participation trophies love the man who actually posts about himself having an approval rating of below 50%. It’d be like if a sports team bragged about making 500.

Hey, you were never a Cubs fan like my wife is. Showing up at the park would be a victory in a lot of cases for the Cubs.

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Aussie Apocalypse  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:01:49pm

re: #121 HappyWarrior

The truth of the matter was that kids who have something a go, that they know they were not good at (I didn’t get a trophy but a certificate for public speaking. I joined in to make up the numbers, the award was for giving it a go when the other kids wouldn’t), but still tried, was worthy of an award for trying by going outside their comfort zones.

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danarchy  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:02:49pm

re: #114 HappyWarrior

I love how the people who rag on young people for participation trophies love the man who actually posts about himself having an approval rating of below 50%. It’d be like if a sports team bragged about making 500.

2 things:

First, you don’t have to love Trump to think participation trophies are silly.

Second, participation trophies are nothing new. I remember 30+ years ago getting a trophy at our season wrap up BBQ for little league and turning to my mom and asking why they were giving us trophies if we lost. She told me to just take it and say thank you.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:05:53pm

My standing theory is about trying to give kids something to be proud of because there’s like a 50% chance their parents will rain shit on them for not winning.

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Kragar  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:06:22pm
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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:07:30pm

re: #128 HappyWarrior

Yeah but you’re not acting like your shit don’t stink. You’re relived no doubt. BTW happy to see that. Basketball’s better when the Knicks are relevant but go Wiz none the less- only DC team I root for since Pittsburgh don’t have a team.

John Wall is one of my favorite NBA players. Dude is so damn quick.

I’m glad the Wiz are turning it around, too. Their fans deserve better than that team with Arenas and those guys. They were out of control and giving the league a black eye.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:07:38pm

re: #129 Anymouse 🌹

Hey, you were never a Cubs fan like my wife is. Showing up at the park would be a victory in a lot of cases for the Cubs.

Eh the Cubs have been a lot closer to a pennant in my lifetime than the O’s had before last year. Overall? Sure.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:08:26pm

re: #134 makeitstop

John Wall is one of my favorite NBA players. Dude is so damn quick.

I’m glad the Wiz are turning it around, too. Their fans deserve better than that team with Arenas and those guys. They were out of control and giving the league a black eye.

Yeah I remember seeing Wall as a rookie at training camp when they had it at GMU’s Patriot Center. I really like Bradley Beal too. Otto Porter too since I have a soft spot for Georgestown.

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I cannot.  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:09:01pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:09:54pm

re: #131 danarchy

2 things:

First, you don’t have to love Trump to think participation trophies are silly.

Second, participation trophies are nothing new. I remember 30+ years ago getting a trophy at our season wrap up BBQ for little league and turning to my mom and asking why they were giving us trophies if we lost. She told me to just take it and say thank you.

I think you didn’t get my joke. I was mocking people who love Trump and mock my generation for the trophies which as you correctly say happened 30 years ago but think nothing of him having a tweet bragging about a 45% approval rating. I didn’t care about the trophies. In fact, I know where none of my trophies are at the moment but I sure do have the memories.

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whitebeach  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:10:23pm

re: #127 makeitstop

Fixed that for you. Now you’re at least at 6667.

Thanks. I can sleep now without worrying about spinning my head around and puking green. Although actually that wouldn’t be a completely unfamiliar experience.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:10:47pm

re: #137 I cannot.

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I would think most parents would eb severely disturbed by such a thign since a fourteen year old was and still is a child. This is such bullshit.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:13:08pm

re: #131 danarchy

2 things:

First, you don’t have to love Trump to think participation trophies are silly.

Second, participation trophies are nothing new. I remember 30+ years ago getting a trophy at our season wrap up BBQ for little league and turning to my mom and asking why they were giving us trophies if we lost. She told me to just take it and say thank you.

Yeah I remember us all getting trophies at each end of the season of my first youth soccer team. Later on after I moved to Redmond and got on a select team they were more serious and frugal with that stuff.

I also remember that my Dad had a bunch of medals from his rifle team days in the early 50’s. I think he maybe had one 3rd place medal and the rest were 4th, 5th & 6th, even 7th & 8th place ones. He’s the first to admit that he was a rubbish marksman and mostly just stayed in because he had a crush on one of the girls on the team.

Point being you’re right, participation trophies aren’t anything new. Everyone just wants to be able to say they had it rough compared to “kids these days.”

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:13:13pm

re: #128 HappyWarrior

Yeah but you’re not acting like your shit don’t stink. You’re relived no doubt. BTW happy to see that. Basketball’s better when the Knicks are relevant but go Wiz none the less- only DC team I root for since Pittsburgh don’t have a team.

Happy, I remember the Pittsburgh Pipers and later the Pittsburgh Condors winning an ABA championship…

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Targetpractice  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:13:40pm

re: #137 I cannot.

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Good God, 40 years ago was 1977, not 1877. Even in Alabama, that shit was not tolerated by 1977. Yes, people got married young…to other young people. A middle-aged man cruising for pre-teen girls in 1977 was every bit as creepy and perverted as it is today. Which is why he was banned from a shopping mall.

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allegro  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:13:44pm

re: #123 Kragar

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Love the 50-something guy talking about how his grandmother was married at 13 to support his argument that it was a great thing 40 years ago, like that was the same era. No.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:14:49pm

re: #141 goddamnedfrank

Yeah I remember us all getting trophies at each end of the season of my first youth soccer team. Later on after I moved to Redmond and got on a select team they were more serious and frugal with that stuff.

I also remember that my Dad had a bunch of medals from his rifle team days in the early 50’s. I think he maybe had one 3rd place medal and the rest were 4th, 5th & 6th, even 7th & 8th place ones. He’s the first to admit that he was a rubbish marksman and mostly just stayed in because he had a crush on one of the girls on the team.

Point being you’re right, participation trophies aren’t anything new. Everyone just wants to be able to say they had it rough compared to “kids these days.”

Honestly, I think the revisionist bullshit and this whole idea that “We encourage losing” or something like that. I love winning. I’m a fiercely competitive person but that’s not the lessons you want to teach kids in youth sports and most sports professionals would agree with that. I just get tired of older generations using the trophies as an excse to shit on young people. That’s what I was mocking there.

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Kragar  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:15:22pm

re: #144 allegro

“40 years ago, Alabama was still fucking terrible.”

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:15:30pm

re: #144 allegro

Love the 50-something guy talking about how his grandmother was married at 13 to support his argument that it was a great thing 40 years ago, like that was the same era. No.

NO kidding. His grandmother probably got married in the 20’s or 30’s?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:16:02pm

re: #142 Joe Bacon 🌹

Happy, I remember the Pittsburgh Pipers and later the Pittsburgh Condors winning an ABA championship…

I wish the Burgh had a NBA team, I really do. More a football town as you know.

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sagehen  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:16:04pm

re: #51 danarchy

Your bias is showing. Most studies show sexual abuse by priests are in line with sexual abuse by most professions that have regular contact with children. Organizations of all types tend to try to cover it up as well. It can be argued that churches should be held to a higher standard, because well…they’re churches, but it most certainly isn’t a religion problem.

The private school industry is rife with sexual abuse scandals that go on for decades.

Except that churches, the Catholic church in particular, has SO. MANY. MORE. places than any other organization to transfer their miscreants and hide them…

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Single-handed sailor  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:17:36pm

It seems as if Alabama is comprised mainly of kiddie diddlers.

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Targetpractice  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:17:54pm

re: #146 Kragar

“40 years ago, Alabama was still fucking terrible.”

Seriously, it’s like folks in Alabama are using Moore’s candidacy as an opportunity to reinforce every fucking stereotype about the people living in their state at once.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:18:02pm

Participation trophies and you Millennials. *Points to the fact that silver and bronze medals have existed sicne the 1896 Athens Olympics* and that division champions and league champions who don’t go on to win the entire thing are still recongized. Teh trophy is more a keepsake anyhow. I really never caerd about the trophy. I did like the team party at Fuddruckers though. That was fun!

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:18:18pm

re: #141 goddamnedfrank

The first recorded “kids these days” lament is from Ancient Egypt. I kid not.

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makeitstop  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:19:14pm

Okay, off to sleepyland. The wife says it’s supposed to start snowing by 4 am, so I’ll prolly wake up to a couple of inches of snow. Can’t wait. ///////

Everyone have a good night.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:19:49pm

re: #153 The Ghost of a Flea

The first recorded “kids these days” lament is from Ancient Egypt. I kid not.

I did see that heh. I really don’t mind because I know my generation will do it too to my niece’s generation but man no offense to the boomers and Gen Xers here, I just want to shout “Shut the fuck up already” sometimes to these people because people said the same thing about their generation. I don’t hate boomers or Gen Xers for it’s worth. I really do judge people on their own individual merits regardless of generation.

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:19:55pm

re: #60 Anymouse 🌹

The problem is certainly not solely a religion problem. Like many authoritarian structures that tell people not to question what the authority says, religions make it easier, as do police departments, the military, &c.

For churches, a better term would be “it’s a hypocrisy problem” since churches preach against “sins of the flesh,” adultery, &c. Other authoritarian organisations don’t generally do that.

At the same time, many corporations state they have an “anti-retaliation policy”-but at the same time when someone from such a corporation reaches the end of the line in the corporation and then decides to “air it out” to the media - well, all you have to do is look at what happened to many whistle-blowers during The Great Recession -demoted, then laid off, and have to fight through the judicial system for speaking out in the first place….

PBS’s Frontline episode “The Warning” is a must-watch….

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:20:18pm

re: #145 HappyWarrior

Reminds me of the high school chess club— wanted to play but I was turned away because the football coach hated me. I got even with that pompous asshole when I played in bridge tournaments partnered with his wife and won a bunch of matches with her. I didn’t care about awards or trophies, I just enjoyed seeing his wife get those trophies and rub them in his CENSORED face!

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Kragar  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:21:35pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:22:36pm

re: #157 Joe Bacon 🌹

Reminds me of the high school chess club— wanted to play but I was turned away because the football coach hated me. I got even with that pompous asshole when I played in bridge tournaments partnered with his wife and won a bunch of matches with her. I didn’t care about awards or trophies, I just enjoyed seeing his wife get those trophies and rub them in his CENSORED face!

I finally won my first championship last winter…………as an assistant coach and yeah I was fucking thrilled. I love to win as I said but I don’t think it’s right to teach kids that they suck if they’re not winning. The only people who say that are fake macho assholes who never actually learned a goddamned thing from playing sports.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:23:56pm

re: #158 Kragar

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There’s thing called the first amendment Dotard. You don’t have to like that they’re not standing but they’re free not to stand just as I’m free to call you a fake patriotic asshole who panders to people who I think do love their country but don’t know they’re being taken advantage of by a pathetic con man who has Putin’s jizz all over his ugly face.

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Targetpractice  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:24:47pm

re: #158 Kragar

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Better yet, ask him if “Under God” was always in the pledge (it wasn’t), where it appears in the anthem (it doesn’t), and when it was added to the former (1950s as part of the Red Scare).

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:24:51pm

In high school during my junior and senior year, the soccer team I played for (I was a halfback) won the 3A state championship both years. We got two big trophies in a glass case at the high school, with a picture of our teams and names of the players. In high school jazz band (I played electric bass guitar) we won some competition in Aspen and we got a trophy, I don’t know where that one is, band is dorky and sports is jocky and I dabbled in both worlds.

I won a few *medals* skiing. And that’s it. That’s my extent of trophies and awards for sports or whatever.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:25:27pm

re: #141 goddamnedfrank

Yeah I remember us all getting trophies at each end of the season of my first youth soccer team. Later on after I moved to Redmond and got on a select team they were more serious and frugal with that stuff.

I also remember that my Dad had a bunch of medals from his rifle team days in the early 50’s. I think he maybe had one 3rd place medal and the rest were 4th, 5th & 6th, even 7th & 8th place ones. He’s the first to admit that he was a rubbish marksman and mostly just stayed in because he had a crush on one of the girls on the team.

Point being you’re right, participation trophies aren’t anything new. Everyone just wants to be able to say they had it rough compared to “kids these days.”

I got a participation ribbon in 2010 (well, seventh place in the National Hammered Dulcimer Competition). I was fifty years old, hardly a millenial.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:28:01pm

Here’s the thing about the trophies and Millenials though guys. We didn’t beg for them. I certainly was never unhappy to get one but I never said “Yay trophy!” necessarily either. The trophy if anything was more something to remember the team for, kind of like a team photo I guess.People who shit on Millennials are the same people who call us ultra sensitive but can also be found bitching about Starbucks on Twitter and Facebook for using a paper cup with a decoration they don’t like.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:29:43pm

Other thing people with the whole “participation trophy” whinge don’t think about: people that organize competitive events want participants to feel valued, because without their efforts there’s no fucking event (and no funding, no community, etc).

It’s a “you put in effort to get here and share something with us, and most people don’t do that” ribbon.

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SteveMcGriftFlynnComey... ...corruptemoligate RN  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:30:22pm

How long does anybody really keep those participation trophies anyway?

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:31:40pm

re: #153 The Ghost of a Flea

The first recorded “kids these days” lament is from Ancient Egypt. I kid not.

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders…. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers.”-Aristotle

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William Lewis  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:34:02pm

re: #119 stpaulbear

I was off watching videos so I’m late with this, but there’s also another compilation of Richard Thompson songs called “The World is a Wonderful Place”. The artists aren’t as high a profile as “Beat the Retreat”, but it’s still very good.

If I ever have a band, we will do “I Want To See The Bright Lights”.

And I have a ruff that might work right with a refrain of “I got Karma to Burn”… Hmmmm
….

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:34:44pm

re: #167 Anymouse 🌹

Aristotle.

Complete fucking knob.

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allegro  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:37:13pm

re: #165 The Ghost of a Flea

Other thing people with the whole “participation trophy” whinge don’t think about: people that organize competitive events want participants to feel valued, because without their efforts there’s no fucking event (and no funding, no community, etc).

It’s a “you put in effort to get here and share something with us, and most people don’t do that” ribbon.

Those who have an issue with participation trophies that are given out to LOSERS are assholes like Trump and his cultists who like think they’re winners without getting off the sofa because reasons. LOSERS should be punished, not rewarded.

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prairiefire  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:39:26pm

re: #93 HappyWarrior

I love short stories. As for Hemingway, I preferred The Sun Also Rises to the Old Man and the Sea. The Sun Also Rises inspired my trip to Espana a few years ack.

“A Moveable Feast” is quite good.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:40:59pm

re: #171 prairiefire

“A Moveable Feast” is quite good.

I need to read that one.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:41:44pm

re: #170 allegro

Those who have an issue with participation trophies that are given out to LOSERS are assholes like Trump and his cultists who like think they’re winners without getting off the sofa because reasons. LOSERS should be punished, not rewarded.

Yep and it doesn’t hit them. We’re talking about kids. Stupid idiots.

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prairiefire  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:42:25pm

re: #172 HappyWarrior

It’s very good. He shows a bit of his homophobia in regards to Gertrude Stein and Alice, tho.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:46:38pm

re: #170 allegro

LOSERS should be punished, not rewarded.

That’s a bingo.

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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:50:51pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:52:44pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 8, 2017 • 10:58:24pm

re: #153 The Ghost of a Flea

The first recorded “kids these days” lament is from Ancient Egypt. I kid not.

Fifteen Historical Complaints about Young People Ruining Everthing (goes to Mental Floss)

If you have thirty minutes to burn, this is a 1995 edition of Computer Chronicles which was funded by Hewlett-Packard and Intel. It talks about the wonders of the Internet.

Cyber-cafes and espresso! Floppy discs! FTP! Mosaic!

For those of us who were around before the Internet (well, I was around for MILNET, way before then), it’s a long thirty minute ride of “get off my lawn” to young people complaining about things like auto-start videos on news sites.

Computer Chronicles - The Internet (1995)

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The Major  Dec 8, 2017 • 11:23:46pm

Egads….

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Kragar  Dec 8, 2017 • 11:30:55pm
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Ace-o-aces  Dec 8, 2017 • 11:31:54pm

re: #78 HappyWarrior

Fountainhead lost me when Roark destroyed his buildings. I just thought. What a whiny asshole. We saw the Gary Cooper version that Rand herself I believe either produced and or wrote the screenplay for.

She wrote the screenplay. Even the director and stars of the movie admit it makes no sense.

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Ace-o-aces  Dec 8, 2017 • 11:35:34pm

re: #165 The Ghost of a Flea

Other thing people with the whole “participation trophy” whinge don’t think about: people that organize competitive events want participants to feel valued, because without their efforts there’s no fucking event (and no funding, no community, etc).

It’s a “you put in effort to get here and share something with us, and most people don’t do that” ribbon.

I hate participation trophies because I see them as a physical manifestation of failure. It’s bad enough to lose, but now you’re gonna give me an object to put in my room to remind me of that loss? Thanks a lot asshole!

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Targetpractice  Dec 8, 2017 • 11:52:30pm

#2018PredictionsIn5Words: “We’re all going to die.”

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:01:49am

re: #179 The Major

Sounds like he needs to be added to the goprapeadvisorychart.com

I’ll do the honours of sending them a link if I can find a credible source for the quote.

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Lupin  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:04:20am

re: #19 scottslemmons

I keep expecting someone to write some sci-fi epic about a future United States ruled by a Bizarro-world version of the Christian church, where they just adopted everything Trump did as a virtue and declared everything Trump hated was a sin.

Apologies if someone already mentioned it:

If this goes on…

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I cannot.  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:09:01am

re: #185 Lupin

Link slightly broke.

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Varek Raith  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:09:18am

Testing.

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Varek Raith  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:09:46am

Geez, for the first time in a week or so I can stay connected long enough to post.
Verizon sucks.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:12:01am

The quote from Mr. Lockman was addressed in 2014, where he gave a non-pology.
huffingtonpost.com

There was a blogger in Maine who’s been collecting the Dumpster fire of hateful statements from this guy since the 1980’s. At the time he made that statement, he was president of a group called Pro-Life Educations (which apparently promotes rape).

The entire quote is:

“If a woman has [the right to an abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [in most cases] result in anyone’s death.”

That was not on the GOP Rape Advisory Chart, so I submitted it.

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Targetpractice  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:12:06am

re: #187 Varek Raith

Testing.

I was promised there would be no math!

//

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Lupin  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:16:52am

re: #186 I cannot.

Link slightly broke.

If this goes on

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Varek Raith  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:42:31am

Good Timezone everyone.
:)

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:51:20am

I do hope that Robert A Heinlein’s collection of short stories “Revolt in 2100” is not what we’re looking at right now (a racist, populist, Evangelical theocracy).

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Kragar  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:52:11am

re: #194 Anymouse 🌹

Where the exalted leader was executed in a popular revolt

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I cannot.  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:57:43am

re: #195 Kragar

Wasn’t it that the popular revolt found him dead at the hands of his own virgins?

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:59:56am

re: #196 I cannot.

Wasn’t it that the popular revolt found him dead at the hands of his own virgins?

Yup. The revolutionary group broke into his bedroom dead, where his “virgins” had already slaughtered him.

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Kragar  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:00:29am

re: #196 I cannot.

Wasn’t it that the popular revolt found him dead at the hands of his own virgins?

Synergy in action.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:02:11am

re: #165 The Ghost of a Flea

Other thing people with the whole “participation trophy” whinge don’t think about: people that organize competitive events want participants to feel valued, because without their efforts there’s no fucking event (and no funding, no community, etc).

It’s a “you put in effort to get here and share something with us, and most people don’t do that” ribbon.

I have found that children do not need to be constantly praised or rewarded for their accomplishments, they just need to be recognized for them. Instead of “What a beautiful picture of a house!” it suffices to say “Wow, look, the house is blue and there is smoke coming from the chimney and an apple tree next to it!”. To a child, those comments are received as praise.

A nice group photo of the team that the child played in would be similar level of recognition and the child could be just as proud of it as if it were a participation trophy.

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Targetpractice  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:05:28am

Are we sure that the whole Mayan “End of the World” business didn’t just happen and we’re all currently in Hell?

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I cannot.  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:08:07am

re: #200 Targetpractice

No. Because Hell wouldn’t have Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert for entertainment.

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Lupin  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:14:33am

re: #194 Anymouse 🌹

I do hope that Robert A Heinlein’s collection of short stories “Revolt in 2100” is not what we’re looking at right now (a racist, populist, Evangelical theocracy).

When I think that when I first read it in the mid-1960s I though Heinlein was way way off base! How little did I know!

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:16:07am

re: #38 electrotek

Canadian asshole attacks Colombian family in St. Thomas Ontario for speaking Spanish:

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Good news - they caught this violent racist jackass and he can look forward to an extended stay within the Canadian penal system.

Man in southwestern Ontario charged after family attacked with bat amid shouts of ‘ISIS’

Mark Phillips, 36, denied bail as police investigate the attack as ‘racially motivated’

They came to Canada to get away from war in Colombia, and are teaching their teenage son to stand up for others when he sees injustice.

But Sergio Estepa is still nursing a cracked rib and large bruise after a baseball bat attack Thursday afternoon in a busy parking lot in St. Thomas, Ont.

He and his family got little help from bystanders as a man charged at him, unprovoked, yelling about terrorists and ISIS.

A video of the attack was widely shared on social media on Friday.

Mark Phillips, 36, was charged with aggravated assault and three counts of assault with a weapon. He was denied bail and will remain in jail until Monday.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:21:34am

re: #167 Anymouse 🌹

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders…. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers.”-Aristotle

“Get Off My Lawn”.

Apparently, as old as recorded history.

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Kragar  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:25:42am
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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:26:41am

Article summarizing the conservative Protestant obsession with Jerusalem:

theconversation.com

It’s an idea first popularized in mass media by Hal Lindsey in the 1970s, and nowhere found in Christian theology until the 19th century. So, if you know anyone with this peculiar obsession, ask them where in the Bible it says the US embassy has to be in Jerusalem.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:29:35am

My wife just made pretzels … time to eat

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:30:14am

re: #206 wheat-dogg

Article summarizing the conservative Protestant obsession with Jerusalem:

theconversation.com

It’s an idea first popularized in mass media by Hal Lindsey in the 1970s, and nowhere found in Christian theology until the 19th century. So, if you know anyone with this peculiar obsession, ask them where in the Bible it says the US embassy has to be in Jerusalem.

Ah, John Darby and “The Late Great Planet Earth” (fuck you, Hal Lindsey, you crank).

I read the book by Lindsey - it was so wildly off in its predictions as to be little more than the ravings of a lunatic…..a would-be modern Nostradamus.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:34:10am

re: #208 Dr Lizardo

Ah, John Darby and “The Late Great Planet Earth” (fuck you, Hal Lindsey, you crank).

I read the book by Lindsey - it was so wildly off in its predictions as to be little more than the ravings of a lunatic…..a would-be modern Nostradamus.

There was a spate of those kind of books in the ’70s. I didn’t read the Lindsey book, but I did read the Immanuel Velikovsky fiction, Worlds in Collision. Although I was still in high school, I knew it was total bullshit. Then, as a freshman, I met a girl who said she had helped Velikovsky prepare the manuscript, and she worshiped the guy. She said it was all true. I lost interest in her very quickly.

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teleskiguy  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:34:26am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:51:12am

re: #209 wheat-dogg

There was a spate of those kind of books in the ’70s. I didn’t read the Lindsey book, but I did read the Immanuel Velikovsky fiction, Worlds in Collision. Although I was still in high school, I knew it was total bullshit. Then, as a freshman, I met a girl who said she had helped Velikovsky prepare the manuscript, and she worshiped the guy. She said it was all true. I lost interest in her very quickly.

I remember a Baptist girlfriend in the 8th grade (around 1970) giving me “666” by Salem Kirban. a Christian graphic novel about the Apocalypse. Even back then, I recognized that it was total crap.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:01:57am

re: #209 wheat-dogg

There was a spate of those kind of books in the ’70s. I didn’t read the Lindsey book, but I did read the Immanuel Velikovsky fiction, Worlds in Collision. Although I was still in high school, I knew it was total bullshit. Then, as a freshman, I met a girl who said she had helped Velikovsky prepare the manuscript, and she worshiped the guy. She said it was all true. I lost interest in her very quickly.

The 1970’s really was the Golden Age of Woowoo. From books, to TV “documentaries” (LOLOL) to feature films. I enjoy watching the UFO/Ancient Astronauts/cryptid/paranormal phenomenon woowoo on YouTube, but for me, it’s a good chuckle (and a bit of nostalgia, to be fair, as I remember watching some of them when I was a kid).

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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:02:04am

re: #211 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I remember a Baptist girlfriend in the 8th grade (around 1970) giving me “666” by Salem Kirban. a Christian graphic novel about the Apocalypse. Even back then, I recognized that it was total crap.

Yet, there are full-grown adults in the 21st century who believe all of it to be true. Some of these adults serve in government. They could bring about an apocalypse, just not the one they anticipate.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:03:26am

re: #213 wheat-dogg

Yet, there are full-grown adults in the 21st century who believe all of it to be true. Some of these adults serve in government. They could bring about an apocalypse, just not the one they anticipate.

And when Jesus doesn’t come flying out of the clouds like Superman, they’ll be left behind (pun fully intended) wondering WTF is going on.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:03:59am

re: #213 wheat-dogg

Yet, there are full-grown adults in the 21st century who believe all of it to be true. Some of these adults serve in government. They could bring about an apocalypse, just not the one they anticipate.

And the bulk of the “pro-Israel” sentiment you hear from the Right has nothing to do with any concern for Israel or the Jews, it is all about creating conditions to kick-start the Apocalypse.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:05:17am

re: #215 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And the bulk of the “pro-Israel” sentiment you hear from the Right has nothing to do with any concern for Israel or the Jews, it is all about creating conditions to kick-start the Apocalypse.

And they see the current unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere as part of that process.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:11:28am

re: #216 wheat-dogg

And they see the current unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere as part of that process.

yes, some spokesmen are already getting a boner over it

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:25:30am

re: #208 Dr Lizardo

Ah, John Darby and “The Late Great Planet Earth” (fuck you, Hal Lindsey, you crank).

I read the book by Lindsey - it was so wildly off in its predictions as to be little more than the ravings of a lunatic…..a would-be modern Nostradamus.

I read that book as a teenager. It made no sense to me at all.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:27:38am

re: #143 Targetpractice

Good God, 40 years ago was 1977, not 1877. Even in Alabama, that shit was not tolerated by 1977. Yes, people got married young…to other young people. A middle-aged man cruising for pre-teen girls in 1977 was every bit as creepy and perverted as it is today. Which is why he was banned from a shopping mall.

I’ll open up a bit about myself and say that this Roy Moore stuff brings back some memories that I’ve forgotten over the years. In the mid 80’s I was a single guy who was living the good life; long hair, single, good job, a nice car and motorcycle, money to spend and playing guitar in a local band for fun. All of the ladies I had dated up to then were in my age group (+- 3 years) and I was enjoying my dating life. Then I met the person that I would be marrying two years later.

Long story short, at the time I was 25 and she was 17. We briefly met at a friend’s house and after that, her mind was made up but I had no idea what I was in for. She looked a hell of a lot older than the 17 years of age she was and I never thought to ask her age right away because she was hanging around peeps in my age group. After talking to her a few times, my Spidey sense started tingling so I asked her age and just about crapped my pants when she told me. A few more questions quickly established that she was sweet 17 and never been -ahem-… anything. By this time it was clear that she was very interested in me and let me just say that I would have been a fool not to have been interested in her. If she had been in my age group.

I thought about this for about two seconds and then told her “I’m the guy that your Mom warned you about. I smoke weed, I have long hair, I play guitar in a band, I ride a motorcycle and drive a hot car. I also have left a long trail of ex-girlfriends in my wake and even if you were old enough, I wouldn’t want you to become another one.” I didn’t see or hear from her until two weeks later when she showed up at my job and dropped off a note for me. I won’t go in to what the note said but I will say that it did lead to us eventually becoming friends. That later led to meeting her Mother (her Dad had passed away from cancer two years before we met) when her Mom was having transmission problems with her Olds. I replaced the trans with a junkyard unit that I rebuilt, saved her a lot of money and unknowingly scored some future Mother in law points.

My point in telling this is that at that time I had to do some things that made me feel real creepy. The first was taking my future wife to her Junior prom. She didn’t have a date and she asked me to take her. I think her problem with guys her age was that she is tall (5’ 10”) and either looked other guys in the eye or looked down at them, because it sure wasn’t her looks. Either way, I told her that I would as long as it was OK with her mom. For some reason her mom was OK with it as long as she was home afterward, which I had no problem with at all.

That prom was something I will never forget. Damn was I ever out of place. I’ll never forget the discomfort I felt but I did my part and made sure that she had a nice evening. I felt better after a bit but I was glad when it was over. I took her home right afterward, as promised. I also took her to her Senior prom but by that time we knew that we had a future together, so that one went much better. Especially since it was the last one!

After she graduated she told her Mom that we were going to get married. Her Mom said “NO!” and asked if she was pregnant (NO!). My (now) wife told her that we were planning to get married the following spring and that it was her choice to make. My wife was 19 when we were married and I would guess that it took about eight years of marriage before her mom decided that I was good enough for her daughter. Her Mom passed in our 13th year of marriage and we are now in our 31st. I am happy to say that we were the best of friends when she passed and I dearly miss her friendship.

So I know what it’s like to have that creep factor feeling, it’s what drove me away from my future wife. It took her time to convince me to get me talking to her again and to knock down that barrier I had. That Roy was actively and repeatedly breaking that barrier makes it clear that he never saw it. Men in their 30’s chasing teenage girls wasn’t appropriate in the 80’s, nor the 70’s. Hell, I was creeped out by a 17 year old when I was 25 because it wasn’t the norm.

Roy had no problem pursuing teens while in his 30’s because he is a creep.

Some interesting family notes: My wife had her Mom over a barrel regarding our age difference; her Mom and Dad were nine years apart in age and we are “only” eight. Her Mom lost the argument after that. One thing that attracted me to my wife was that she i ‘old school’, like she was from my age group or even earlier. I think this was because her Dad was born in 1919, her Mom in 1928 and she was born in 1967. My Dad was born in 1934, my Mom in 1939 and myself in 1959. Our birthdays are a week apart and we turn 50 and 58 this month.

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Teukka  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:27:40am

Theological scholar explains horrifying reason Trump’s supporters celebrated Armageddon in Pensacola

In a Pensacola, Florida rally Friday evening, Republican state Senator Doug Broxson suggested to supporters of Donald Trump that the president’s controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.
[…]
“Of all the possible theological dog-whistles to his evangelical base, this is the biggest,” she continued. “Trump is reminding them that he is carrying out God’s will to these Last Days. They’ve been waiting for this, praying for this. They want war in the Middle East. The Battle of Armageddon, at which time Jesus Christ will return to the Earth and vanquish all God’s enemies.”
[…]
“And Trump is taking them there. To the promised judgment, to their sure victory. The righteous will be ushered to heaven; the reprobate will be banished to hellfire,” Bass went on. “People believe this. Really believe this. Have given their lives to these ideas, sing about them in their churches, evangelize others, teach them in Sunday schools. And, this morning, with the news of Jerusalem, these people are ecstatic. This is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. And Donald Trump is not only acting on a campaign promise, but enacting a theological one.”
[…]
“They believe that Donald Trump is God’s instrument to move us closer to the Rapture, the Judgment, and the End,” she wrote. “Because to them, that’s actually the beginning — the beginning of their reward and heavenly bliss.”

We’re so fucked.

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Kragar  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:37:00am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:51:20am

re: #219 Odie Hugh Manatee

had similar experiences when a college sophomore (age 19-20) and we had bevy of young “groupies” (ages 15-16) who used to come over and hang out at our shared apartment. But we had sense enough not to get too involved with them, not so much for the moral aspects as for the legal ramifications.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:57:09am

re: #222 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Yeah, that was first and foremost on my mind at the time. That and when I found out what a nice girl she was, I had to make it clear that I wasn’t the guy she was looking for.

She thought otherwise and it’s a good thing for our kids that she did. Me too but boy did it take some convincing…

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:16:15am

re: #161 Targetpractice

Better yet, ask him if “Under God” was always in the pledge (it wasn’t), where it appears in the anthem (it doesn’t), and when it was added to the former (1950s as part of the Red Scare).

My wife has a picture of her Dad and another worker setting up a window display in a store during the early 50’s (I think it was a Payless store). It was for the 4th of July and the display has the Pledge of Allegiance as it was originally written.

No “under God”.

re: #165 The Ghost of a Flea

Other thing people with the whole “participation trophy” whinge don’t think about: people that organize competitive events want participants to feel valued, because without their efforts there’s no fucking event (and no funding, no community, etc).

It’s a “you put in effort to get here and share something with us, and most people don’t do that” ribbon.

Hell, the adults can even look at their own events for participation trophies. How about a motorcycle poker run? Trophies for longest distance, oldest/youngest rider, worst luck, worst breakdown and numerous other categories.

All to make people feel like they had a part in the event.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:18:22am

re: #224 Odie Hugh Manatee

My wife has a picture of her Dad and another worker setting up a window display in a store during the early 50’s (I think it was a Payless store). It was for the 4th of July and the display has the Pledge of Allegiance as it was originally written.

No “under God”.

IIRC when the Pledge was first proposed, there were some who said it smacked of totalitarianism to require school children to say it every day.

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sagehen  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:22:45am

re: #199 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I have found that children do not need to be constantly praised or rewarded for their accomplishments, they just need to be recognized for them. Instead of “What a beautiful picture of a house!” it suffices to say “Wow, look, the house is blue and there is smoke coming from the chimney and an apple tree next to it!”. To a child, those comments are received as praise.

According to supposed child psych/developmental psych “experts” — they need to be praised for effort. “What a beautiful picture” if it actually is, tells them to only do things they’re already good at. And if it’s not, it tells them that you’re too biased for your feedback to be meaningful. But “wow, you must have worked really hard on this, I can tell, that’s awesome” encourages them to apply themselves to things they can improve.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:23:23am

re: #225 wheat-dogg

Yeah, I remember having to say it at the start of every day in school until I reached high school. I usually mumbled it or changed the words to make the kids around me laugh (and get us in trouble).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:24:57am

re: #225 wheat-dogg

IIRC when the Pledge was first proposed, there were some who said it smacked of totalitarianism to require school children to say it every day.

and do not forget how children stood and gave the Bellamy salute as they recited it

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:26:55am

re: #227 Odie Hugh Manatee

Yeah, I remember having to say it at the start of every day in school until I reached high school. I usually mumbled it or changed the words to make the kids around me laugh (and get us in trouble).

We would recite the Monty Python lines from the Australian philosophy department sketch: “This here is the wattle, the symbol of our land. You can stick it in a bottle or hold it in your hand. Australia! We love you!” just loud enough to be drowned out by the rest of the class.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:33:39am

re: #229 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Bruce? ;)

I love my Python too. I even have some Python albums, including the Instant Record Collection. It came with a fold out box that looked like some albums so you could stick it on a shelf.

ETA: The record has writing on the ring around the center on both sides. Something about winning a prize and being home late because they were recording another Monty Python album.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 3:43:32am

re: #227 Odie Hugh Manatee

Yeah, I remember having to say it at the start of every day in school until I reached high school. I usually mumbled it or changed the words to make the kids around me laugh (and get us in trouble).

I’m sure most RWNJs believe the Pledge was written by the Founding Fathers and has been required since 1789.

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Odie Hugh Manatee  Dec 9, 2017 • 4:09:18am

re: #231 wheat-dogg

One thing I do know is that forcing a bunch of kids to mumble words they don’t give a shit about isn’t the best way to instill patriotism. If anything, it breeds indifference because it’s just something you have to do at times.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 4:15:22am

re: #231 wheat-dogg

I’m sure most RWNJs believe the Pledge was written by the Founding Fathers and has been required since 1789.

I have a large-size $1 1923 silver certificate. (No “in God we trust”)

Some people think it’s fake because:
a) Large-size currency
b) No In God We Trust

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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 4:26:54am

re: #233 Anymouse 🌹

I have a large-size $1 1923 silver certificate. (No “in God we trust”)

Some people think it’s fake because:
a) Large-size currency
b) No In God We Trust

The money we have now is what we have always had since Washington was president. MAGA!

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 4:40:35am

re: #234 wheat-dogg

The money we have now is what we have always had since Washington was president. MAGA!

Lemme go to the bank and get a 2017 $20 gold piece. /s

I need to get off and get some sleep… . g’bye y’all.

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steve_davis  Dec 9, 2017 • 5:46:13am

re: #38 electrotek

Canadian asshole attacks Colombian family in St. Thomas Ontario for speaking Spanish:

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He was clearly mentally ill.

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Teukka  Dec 9, 2017 • 5:51:58am

re: #236 steve_davis

He was clearly mentally ill.

Really? I think he looked like your average Trump fan… semi-///

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jeffreyw  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:00:54am

Imgur


Good morning!

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A Mom Anon  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:08:15am

Northwest of Atlanta we have a foot of snow. A foot! Miss Dog loves it. Won’t swim in the pool during warm weather, but she has no problem staying out in cold, very wet snow til she’s shivering. And like a little kid, l have to force her to come inside,lol. I’m worried about trees and power lines breaking. The Kid is bummed he’s going to miss a show in Atlanta, but I don’t think anyone should be driving in this crap. I think there’s going to be a fight about this later.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:25:37am

re: #230 Odie Hugh Manatee

Bruce? ;)

I love my Python too. I even have some Python albums, including the Instant Record Collection. It came with a fold out box that looked like some albums so you could stick it on a shelf.

ETA: The record has writing on the ring around the center on both sides. Something about winning a prize and being home late because they were recording another Monty Python album.

I have “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” in my car on CD. The middle schooler likes to listen to it from time to time. Particularly love the Thomas Hardy sketch.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:27:33am

By the way, if anyone is going to be raptured this weekend and you have a nice gas grill or slow cooker, um, could you let me know where I could pick them up? I know it will be hell on earth for the rest of us, but I’d like to do hell in style.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:34:16am

re: #210 teleskiguy

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When it comes to Fucked Up Frank Luntz—Burn, Baby, Burn!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:41:04am

re: #225 wheat-dogg

IIRC when the Pledge was first proposed, there were some who said it smacked of totalitarianism to require school children to say it every day.

From Kindergarten to 12th grade, I just mouthed the words. Remember the Jehovah’s Witnesses who refused to stand because it violated their religion. Of course the teachers and kids picked on them for being “un-American”, forgetting about a certain Supreme Court decision.

Also remember the School Prayer decision Until 2nd grade we were required to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Big fight at the School Board about what version was recited. Several people lost their School Board seats because they voted to force all students to recite the Catholic version…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:46:06am

re: #243 Joe Bacon 🌹

Also remember the School Prayer decision Until 2nd grade we were required to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Big fight at the School Board about what version was recited. Several people lost their School Board seats because they voted to force all students to recite the Catholic version…

The very thing the Founding Fathers were trying to avoid with the Establishment Clause

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:47:02am

re: #243 Joe Bacon 🌹

From Kindergarten to 12th grade, I just mouthed the words. Remember the Jehovah’s Witnesses who refused to stand because it violated their religion. Of course the teachers and kids picked on them for being “un-American”, forgetting about a certain Supreme Court decision.

Also remember the School Prayer decision Until 2nd grade we were required to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Big fight at the School Board about what version was recited. Several people lost their School Board seats because they voted to force all students to recite the Catholic version…

I read recently that the Pope wants the Lord’s Prayer rewritten because the “lead us not into temptation” implies that God and not Satan is the one deliberately leading humans astray. That line always bugged me, too. The “debts” versus “trespassers” thing threw me for a loop when I left my Presbyterian church and encountered the LP in the wild.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:48:45am

re: #245 Barefoot Grin

I read recently that the Pope wants the Lord’s Prayer rewritten because the “lead us not into temptation” implies that God and not Satan is the one deliberately leading humans astray. That line always bugged me, too. The “debts” versus “trespassers” thing threw me for a loop when I left my Presbyterian church and encountered the LP in the wild.

In German “Schuld” means both debt and guilt, which explains a lot about the German psyche.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 6:58:27am
The Trump effect: not only in the form of rockets from Gaza, but now also a hit to the local economy, as high-tech delegations from Japan and China cancel their trips to Israel following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Chinese delegation cited a travel warning by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, forbidding large groups from traveling to Israel. Japan is concerned about the security situation following Trump’s announcement, and expects the conflict to impact its investment programs in Israel.

On Saturday morning, a number of Israeli Start-Ups were notified that Shen Haiyin, CEO and founder of the Chinese company Sigulato currently developing a miniature electric car, had cancelled his visit just 6 hours before his flight. Shen was supposed to arrive for a series of meetings with Israeli high-tech companies.

The situation is expected to worsen, as cancellations are not limited only to China. TheMarker was also notified that the Japanese company Toyota’s investment fund also cancelled its trip to Israel, which had been scheduled for Sunday.

haaretz.com

Way to go, Donnie.

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makeitstop  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:22:32am

It’s looking more and more like there were deals in place with Russia regarding various aspects of foreign policy - and Trump knew of at least one of them.

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SpikeDad  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:30:07am

re: #48 jaunte

Authoritarian Organization Assures Public That Misdeeds Of Powerful Members Have Nothing To Do With Authoritarian Ideology.

Right Wing Political Party Assures Public That Their New Tax Laws will Benefit Middle Class Because….. Oh Look - Brown People Over There. Get Them..

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:36:59am

re: #249 SpikeDad

Right Wing Political Party Assures Public That Their New Tax Laws will Benefit Middle Class Because….. Oh Look - Brown People Over There. Get Them..

Look at right wing websites. Listen to Rush, Fox, Pulpit Pimp Preachers and this is exactly what they are saying!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:38:44am

re: #248 makeitstop

It’s looking more and more like there were deals in place with Russia regarding various aspects of foreign policy - and Trump knew of at least one of them.

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Sold Ukraine out. Lovely.

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scottslemmons  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:45:25am

If Republican voters believed in anything aside from killing black people and fucking children, they’d be angrier about wages being stagnant while prices for everything else are skyrocketing.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:48:12am

eejit

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:51:21am

re: #253 Backwoods_Sleuth

eejit

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We can count on that asshole to go off script again!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:51:51am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:54:47am
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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:55:11am

re: #252 scottslemmons

If Republican voters believed in anything aside from killing black people and fucking children, they’d be angrier about wages being stagnant while prices for everything else are skyrocketing.

Here’s the money quote (pun intended):

Since 1980, America has been struggling with chronic shortfalls in aggregate demand.

The federal government can raise aggregate demand, either through direct public investment or by getting more money into consumers’ pockets through welfare state spending. But the conservative turn in American governance inaugurated by Ronald Reagan pulled way back on that. The Fed itself also went nuclear to fight inflation around 1980: It jacked interest rates into the stratosphere, causing a massive recession and a wipeout for the working class. Unions collapsed, we stopped raising the minimum wage, and we cut taxes on the wealthy. That meant a lot less money went to lower- and middle-class Americans, and a lot more went to the wealthy, where it sits uselessly in financial markets rather than being recycled into new economic activity.

To that I would add banking deregulation. Banks were once required by law to pay at least 5.25% on savings accounts, and as the author notes, CD rates were often twice that or more. After deregulation, banks could pay whatever they pleased, which nowadays is seldom more than 1%. With inflation being 2-3%, it doesn’t take an econ degree to understand why people have no incentive to stash money in bank savings accounts. Plus, banks have all kinds of punitive fees now, even more reason to be wary of banks.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 7:56:15am
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wheat-dogg  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:02:51am

re: #257 wheat-dogg

As a personal postscript to this comment, deciding to leave the USA to work abroad turned out to be a very wise financial decision, though at the time I thought I was mad to take such a huge pay cut, as measured in US dollars. Two of my biggest expenses — housing and utilities — were eliminated, since Chinese schools typically supply both, or at least pay most of the costs. I don’t need a car, since I live within walking distance of my workplace. Food and clothing are remarkably cheap. And I am fortunate not to require any expensive medication or medical care.

So, I can save most of my pay, meager as it is by US standards. When I did the math several years ago, I was astounded to find my net pay in China was more than my net pay (after expenses) had been in the USA, even with an income five times greater.

Being an empty nester helps, too.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:05:00am

re: #258 Backwoods_Sleuth

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That’s not a resistance. This is a resistance.

We’re not there, yet.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:05:15am

re: #123 Kragar

I mentioned yesterday that my favorite part is when the woman starts talking about the George Soros assassins and the old woman in the background with the Trump shirt on starts enthusiastically nodding in agreement. I spit my wine laughing so hard.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:06:19am

re: #205 Kragar

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:08:02am
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:08:24am

re: #261 Decatur Deb

That’s coming.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:10:40am

re: #265 Unshaken Defiance

That’s coming.

If we fuck up Doug Jones, 2018, and 2020. It will also almost certainly fail, to great slaughter.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:11:47am

re: #266 Decatur Deb

As soon as the secret political police start up, it’s on. Truly what the 2nd was designed for. I hate to say it but the Blackwater guys are killers.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:18:13am

re: #267 Unshaken Defiance

As soon as the secret political police start up, it’s on. Truly what the 2nd was designed for. I hate to say it but the Blackwater guys are killers.

Yup. And they will own the spectrum.

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BeachDem  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:19:00am

re: #215 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And the bulk of the “pro-Israel” sentiment you hear from the Right has nothing to do with any concern for Israel or the Jews, it is all about creating conditions to kick-start the Apocalypse.

Sorry if a repeat:

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:20:33am

re: #269 BeachDem

Sorry if a repeat:

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White Evangelicals just want to see the world on fire.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:23:02am

re: #268 Decatur Deb

Yup. And they will own the spectrum.

They may have a lot of things on their side. What they are not necessarily masters of is a longer list of possible actions, many not at all kinetic let alone violent activities. Violence is always the last worst option.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:27:25am

Stupid fucker probably doesn’t even know what a rafter is…

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Decatur Deb  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:27:39am

re: #271 Unshaken Defiance

They may have a lot of things on their side. What they are not necessarily masters of is a longer list of possible actions, many not at all kinetic let alone violent activities. Violence is always the last worst option.

We’re going to have to have to fall back on the folk singers. Probably not in English.

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Belafon  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:27:41am

re: #255 Backwoods_Sleuth

Has he had multiple events there? I see people pointing out that at his event his tie was bright red, but his tie in that picture doesn’t looked red.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:29:49am

OK, if we’re boarding the last escape rocket, off the dying planet Earth, some human is getting the boot so those two have a seat.

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meteor  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:36:10am

Tottenham 5 - Stoke 0, late on the second half.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:37:56am

re: #273 Decatur Deb

We’re going to have to have to fall back on the folk singers. Probably not in English.

Imagine the reaction.

Alya Al-Sultani - Foug El-Nakhal - Iraqi folk song - فوق النخل - العراق

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:43:48am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:48:20am

re: #278 FormerDirtDart

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I’d be happy to check out Norway for a few months, thanks! How about we develop time machines and send smug conservatives like you to the U.S. before the New Deal.For fuck sake, most millennial socialists who identify that way see Scandinavia not Venezuela as their model nation. I think they’re a little naive since those nations can get by with it since Norway, Sweden, etc are much smaller than ours but that is what they want, they don’t want Maduro’s Venezuela.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:51:01am

re: #278 FormerDirtDart

One of the odd qualities of my fellow Americans is their absurd conviction that life in other countries is necessarily worse.

There are lots of countries where it is. But there are lots of countries with affordable health care, child care and reasonable labor rules and vacation times.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:56:16am

re: #280 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

There are lots of countries where it is. But there are lots of countries with affordable health care, child care and reasonable labor rules and vacation times.

My greatest annoyance and I’m not even a socialist is how every single economic conservative thinks that those who want a more involved government in the economy want us to be Venezuela. Scandinavia is their model and those countries do a good job providing for their citizens. Now if the conservatives want to debate the fact that those countries have much smaller economies than ours and thus can do things like that, that’s one thing but I wish these people would shut the hell up about how every country that is more socialist than we are is some kind of hellhole and that every or even most socialist wants the U.S. to be Venezuela.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:59:33am
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 8:59:53am

re: #281 HappyWarrior

Selfish tax expense resentment.

The very guys that like to stereotype jews as cheap want great streets and effective help from government only when it’s for them, and someone they don’t like pays.

Trumps tax simplification.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:00:05am

re: #238 jeffreyw

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Domestic bliss.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:01:15am

re: #282 FormerDirtDart

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Then yes you should oppose caucuses. My brother who actually did support Bernie wasn’t able to vote for him because of the caucus system. Primaries are more democratic. Turner just wants to change all the rules to favor Sanders. She’s a hack.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:01:47am

re: #239 A Mom Anon

Northwest of Atlanta we have a foot of snow. A foot! Miss Dog loves it. Won’t swim in the pool during warm weather, but she has no problem staying out in cold, very wet snow til she’s shivering. And like a little kid, l have to force her to come inside,lol. I’m worried about trees and power lines breaking. The Kid is bummed he’s going to miss a show in Atlanta, but I don’t think anyone should be driving in this crap. I think there’s going to be a fight about this later.

And not a spec on the ground here in Columbus. As you know, that is very odd. We are supposed to get a dusting a little later today.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:01:55am

re: #283 Unshaken Defiance

Selfish tax expense resentment.

The very guys that like to stereotype jews as cheap want great streets and effective help from government only when it’s for them, and someone they don’t like pays.

Trumps tax simplification.

Nailed it.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:04:42am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:05:15am

Honestly I get tired of conservatives who complain about the quality of our roads, schools, etc and then you suggest something like “Well we may need more taxes” to pay for this and they go berserk. They say you can’t solve a problem by throwing money at it and yeah that’s actually true but the opposite is true too, you create problems by totally ignoring a problem. If I don’t improve my house(country’s) foundation, it’s going to go to shit. I firmly believe a nation that invests in its people is a successful nation-state. Do we need socialism? I don’t think so but we sure as hell don’t need conservative interpretations of capitalism either which actually embolden socialists. The only real difference between a diehard socialist and diehard capitalist is the former believes capitalism exploits people and is terrified by that, the latter believes that too and is okay with it cuz the MARKET!

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:05:30am

re: #287 HappyWarrior

Ask any of these guys how much time they spent in whatever nation they pine for. Paper comparisons only have merit on paper at that wishful thinking level.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:05:41am

re: #288 FormerDirtDart

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:08:50am

re: #290 Unshaken Defiance

Ask any of these guys how much time they spent in whatever nation they pine for. Paper comparisons only have merit on paper at that wishful thinking level.

Exactly. I’d love to know this since they’re constantly telling us to live in Venezuela. Economically? My ideal is probably the mid 60’s but with respect for the rights of all regardless of national origin, race, gender, etc. These guys are stuck in the past.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:09:03am

re: #289 HappyWarrior

One realistic worry for economic conservatives (or maybe any objective viewpoint) lives here in California. Vast amounts of tax money for infrastructure and schools went to pension obligations. “Fixed amount” pensions. The market crashed and the pension payments stayed high.

So the new taxes are filling that gap, in a way double taxed for the roads and schools.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:09:07am

re: #288 FormerDirtDart

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Fucking man baby.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:10:13am

re: #258 Backwoods_Sleuth

olly O’Reilly

@AynRandPaulRyan
“They call themselves ‘the resistance’.”

We’re getting under his skin.
He only mocks people he can’t control.

We need to keep it up and resist twice as hard now. ❤️❤️❤️
10:03 AM - Dec 9, 2017
268 268 Replies 1,555 1,555 Retweets 3,852 3,852 likes

Fat ass is really getting cranky these days. What the hell was that “resistance” thing he was doing??? But it made the idiots laugh, they love him.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:11:57am

re: #295 ObserverArt

Fat ass is really getting cranky these days. What the hell was that “resistance” thing he was doing??? But it made the idiots laugh, they love him.

I looked at every empty seat as a middle finger for Trump. Every other President in my lifetime would have filled the place three times over.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:13:29am

re: #293 Unshaken Defiance

One realistic worry for economic conservatives (or maybe any objective viewpoint) lives here in California. Vast amounts of tax money for infrastructure and schools went to pension obligations. “Fixed amount” pensions. The market crashed and the pension payments stayed high.

So the new taxes are filling that gap, in a way double taxed for the roads and schools.

And that’s legit. My problem is thinking government has no place in improving economic welfare. It always has in this country.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:18:42am

He also was calling one of Moore’s accusers a liar because Gloria Allred is representing her. Dude you had Roy fucking Cohn as your attorney for a long time, STFU. Gloria wasn’t ever disbarred but Cohn sure as hell was.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:18:58am

re: #297 HappyWarrior

There is a meme, a cliche of sorts that really must be dispensed with. The idea that one or the other between corporations or governments are better managers of the commerce or disaster or money at hand is patently false. This is a fact highly discouraging to those that seek to shape the message in their favor. A more objective view of governance and management is the obvious truth of the matter.

Surely there is a way to exploit the facts of the matter to advantage.

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:19:15am

re: #269 BeachDem

Sorry if a repeat:

Conrad Hackett

@conradhackett
White evangelicals are twice as likely (82%) as US Jews (40%) to believe God gave Israel to the Jewish peoplehttp://pewresearch.org
1:09 PM - Dec 7, 2017
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A little deceptive. My guess is that if the poll were of Jews who voted for Trump, the numbers would closer to the response of white evangelicals.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:20:24am

re: #296 Unshaken Defiance

I looked at every empty seat as a middle finger for Trump. Every other President in my lifetime would have filled the place three times over.

The photographer of the images from the rally was very good at using the clumps of people in a few sections and with the right exposure to have the darkened arena cover for the rest of the open space.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:20:28am

re: #219 Odie Hugh Manatee

I’ll open up a bit about myself and say that this Roy Moore stuff brings back some memories that I’ve forgotten over the years. In the mid 80’s I was a single guy who was living the good life; long hair, single, good job, a nice car and motorcycle, money to spend and playing guitar in a local band for fun. All of the ladies I had dated up to then were in my age group (+- 3 years) and I was enjoying my dating life. Then I met the person that I would be marrying two years later.

Long story short, at the time I was 25 and she was 17. We briefly met at a friend’s house and after that, her mind was made up but I had no idea what I was in for. She looked a hell of a lot older than the 17 years of age she was and I never thought to ask her age right away because she was hanging around peeps in my age group. After talking to her a few times, my Spidey sense started tingling so I asked her age and just about crapped my pants when she told me. A few more questions quickly established that she was sweet 17 and never been -ahem-… anything. By this time it was clear that she was very interested in me and let me just say that I would have been a fool not to have been interested in her. If she had been in my age group.

I thought about this for about two seconds and then told her “I’m the guy that your Mom warned you about. I smoke weed, I have long hair, I play guitar in a band, I ride a motorcycle and drive a hot car. I also have left a long trail of ex-girlfriends in my wake and even if you were old enough, I wouldn’t want you to become another one.” I didn’t see or hear from her until two weeks later when she showed up at my job and dropped off a note for me. I won’t go in to what the note said but I will say that it did lead to us eventually becoming friends. That later led to meeting her Mother (her Dad had passed away from cancer two years before we met) when her Mom was having transmission problems with her Olds. I replaced the trans with a junkyard unit that I rebuilt, saved her a lot of money and unknowingly scored some future Mother in law points.

My point in telling this is that at that time I had to do some things that made me feel real creepy. The first was taking my future wife to her Junior prom. She didn’t have a date and she asked me to take her. I think her problem with guys her age was that she is tall (5’ 10”) and either looked other guys in the eye or looked down at them, because it sure wasn’t her looks. Either way, I told her that I would as long as it was OK with her mom. For some reason her mom was OK with it as long as she was home afterward, which I had no problem with at all.

That prom was something I will never forget. Damn was I ever out of place. I’ll never forget the discomfort I felt but I did my part and made sure that she had a nice evening. I felt better after a bit but I was glad when it was over. I took her home right afterward, as promised. I also took her to her Senior prom but by that time we knew that we had a future together, so that one went much better. Especially since it was the last one!

After she graduated she told her Mom that we were going to get married. Her Mom said “NO!” and asked if she was pregnant (NO!). My (now) wife told her that we were planning to get married the following spring and that it was her choice to make. My wife was 19 when we were married and I would guess that it took about eight years of marriage before her mom decided that I was good enough for her daughter. Her Mom passed in our 13th year of marriage and we are now in our 31st. I am happy to say that we were the best of friends when she passed and I dearly miss her friendship.

So I know what it’s like to have that creep factor feeling, it’s what drove me away from my future wife. It took her time to convince me to get me talking to her again and to knock down that barrier I had. That Roy was actively and repeatedly breaking that barrier makes it clear that he never saw it. Men in their 30’s chasing teenage girls wasn’t appropriate in the 80’s, nor the 70’s. Hell, I was creeped out by a 17 year old when I was 25 because it wasn’t the norm.

Roy had no problem pursuing teens while in his 30’s because he is a creep.

Some interesting family notes: My wife had her Mom over a barrel regarding our age difference; her Mom and Dad were nine years apart in age and we are “only” eight. Her Mom lost the argument after that. One thing that attracted me to my wife was that she i ‘old school’, like she was from my age group or even earlier. I think this was because her Dad was born in 1919, her Mom in 1928 and she was born in 1967. My Dad was born in 1934, my Mom in 1939 and myself in 1959. Our birthdays are a week apart and we turn 50 and 58 this month.

Congrats.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:22:38am

re: #298 HappyWarrior

He also was calling one of Moore’s accusers a liar because Gloria Allred is representing her. Dude you had Roy fucking Cohn as your attorney for a long time, STFU. Gloria wasn’t ever disbarred but Cohn sure as hell was.

Not many have the knowledge of history you and a lot here have, In fact I bet less than 10% of a Trump rally “crowd” would know even the name Roy Cohn. Those that do of course would lie about him anyway.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:24:00am

re: #299 Unshaken Defiance

There is a meme, a cliche of sorts that really must be dispensed with. The idea that one or the other between corporations or governments are better managers of the commerce or disaster or money at hand is patently false. This is a fact highly discouraging to those that seek to shape the message in their favor. A more objective view of governance and management is the obvious truth of the matter.

Surely there is a way to exploit the facts of the matter to advantage.

My economic views are simple- there are some things I trust the government better with, there are some things I trust the market with, there are yet other things I think both are trusted with. I see diehard anti-government people and die hard socialists in the same realm. They’re too stuck up on their theories to realize that not everything can be easily pigeon-holed but you’re either an evil capitalist or a godless commie depending on which one you talk to. They have more in common in how they see the world than tehy don’t.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:24:22am

re: #303 ObserverArt

Not many have the knowledge of history you and a lot here have, In fact I bet less than 10% of a Trump rally “crowd” would know even the name Roy Cohn. Those that do of course would lie about him anyway.

That’s very true.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:24:45am

re: #301 ObserverArt

The photographer of the images from the rally was very good at using the clumps of people in a few sections and with the right exposure to have the darkened arena cover for the rest of the open space.

I’d love to get a photo pass for a Trump rally. You can be sure it would be once only after publication.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:28:01am

re: #289 HappyWarrior

Honestly I get tired of conservatives who complain about the quality of our roads, schools, etc and then you suggest something like “Well we may need more taxes” to pay for this and they go berserk.

We have started to look on health care, environment or education from a macroeconomic business sense, as expenses to be cut to a minimum to increase profits, instead of as investments in a sound economy environment and society

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:28:55am

re: #281 HappyWarrior

My greatest annoyance and I’m not even a socialist is how every single economic conservative thinks that those who want a more involved government in the economy want us to be Venezuela. Scandinavia is their model and those countries do a good job providing for their citizens. Now if the conservatives want to debate the fact that those countries have much smaller economies than ours and thus can do things like that, that’s one thing but I wish these people would shut the hell up about how every country that is more socialist than we are is some kind of hellhole and that every or even most socialist wants the U.S. to be Venezuela.

Years ago I got into an argument with Mr Chile the leader of the Chicago Boys Milton Friedman over Chile. I pointed out that he always said that free markets are a cornerstone of a free society. I then asked him if that was so why was Chile under Pinochet a police state. He kept saying, “You have to understand that Chile is a special case.” and I replied, “A special case for WHAT? Proving that you’re wrong about market aboslution?”. He continued to act as your typical communist conservative pushing the mantra that conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed…

Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand and James M. Buchanan are the Holy Trinity of why America is fucked up to the point that it will self destruct.

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plansbandc  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:30:10am

re: #78 HappyWarrior

Friend and I went to a Rand discussion group on campus many many years ago. Never had I or have I since been in a room with more insufferable blowhards.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:30:44am

re: #307 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We have started to look on health care, environment or education from a macroeconomic business sense, as expenses to be cut to a minimum to increase profits, instead of as investments in a sound economy environment and society

Precisely.

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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:30:56am

I think we need to stop using the word socialism completely and talk about quantity of scale. This is something most everyone understands and relates to. We know that if you buy a case of 24 cans of something that the individual cost per can is reduced. It’s why Big Box stores have lower prices than small shops, because as large corporations buying thousands or millions of units they can get them cheaper than someone buying only a few.

Single payer healthcare is simply taking advantage of quantity of scale to provide services, prescription drugs, etc. at reduced costs over a bunch of individual for-profit insurance companies. One entity in charge of highways and infrastructure can do the job less expensively than a bunch of individual contractors. Ditto most anything that we need collectively.

It’s just… wait for it… capitalism.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:31:06am

re: #309 plansbandc

Friend and I went to a Rand discussion group on campus many many years ago. Never had I or have I since been in a room with more insufferable blowhards.

They think they’re the only ones who understand economics. So smug.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:31:31am

re: #309 plansbandc

Friend and I went to a Rand discussion group on campus many many years ago. Never had I or have I since been in a room with more insufferable blowhards.

My second year roommate at Indiana University was a total Ayn Rand fan. Only reason we could stand each other was similar taste in music, from Rolling stones to Miles Davis.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:32:28am

re: #308 Joe Bacon 🌹

Years ago I got into an argument with Mr Chile the leader of the Chicago Boys Milton Friedman over Chile. I pointed out that he always said that free markets are a cornerstone of a free society. I then asked him if that was so why was Chile under Pinochet a police state. He kept saying, “You have to understand that Chile is a special case.” and I replied, “A special case for WHAT? Proving that you’re wrong about market aboslution?”. He continued to act as your typical communist conservative pushing the mantra that conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed…

Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand and James M. Buchanan are the Holy Trinity of why America is fucked up to the point that it will self destruct.

Yeah, my wingnut friend uses Cuba to rag on socialism and socialists all the time and he just uses “crony capitalism” as an excuse for capitalism’s excesses. I doubt he even knows a damn thing about Pinochet and Friedman’s involvement in that regime’s practices.

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wrenchwench  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:33:38am

Yesterday I revived a 47 year old bicycle that spent the last 30 years in somebody’s rafters, or rather I finished it yesterday. Worked on it for a week. Stared at it for a week before that. Never overhauled one of those coaster brakes before, buy it’s in the book, so I was fine. Not the original rear wheel, but old enough to go with the bike. I revived the original front wheel with an axle and two spokes. It’s a Schwinn Stingray. Stem wouldn’t move, but I put a new bolt in it in case it ever wanted to move, it won’t. Original grips and front tire, new sissy bar and banana seat with a velour cover. Man it looked good on the guy’s matching green SUV roof. Then he laid it down and tied it. After he paid and gave me a $10 tip. Not the first tip I ever got, but maybe the biggest. Since I was a dishwasher in the best restaurant in Portland, OR, at least.

Sorry to interrupt all the philosophizing and politicking. This used to be a bike blog. Sort of.

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nines09  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:35:24am

re: #34 makeitstop

Great! Good to hear. Airplane + musical equipment= PITA and accident waiting to happen. Personally I would prefer the Tech 21 stomp to anything Line 6 in the “all in one” category.
I have to run out here. BBL

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Skip Intro  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:35:34am

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scottslemmons  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:35:38am

Once I get my time machine working, the first stop’s going to be to grab Roger Ailes out of his crib. Second stop is going to be on the boat carrying Ayn Rand to America. Any other requests for folks to drop into a volcano in the Cambrian Age before I get done?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:37:19am

re: #318 scottslemmons

Once I get my time machine working, the first stop’s going to be to grab Roger Ailes out of his crib. Second stop is going to be on the boat carrying Ayn Rand to America. Any other requests for folks to drop into a volcano in the Cambrian Age before I get done?

It isn’t about killing people, just like you said, turning the boat around or making sure that young Adolf Hitler gets accepted into the Vienna Art Academy instead of being forced to turn to politics to augment his paperhanger’s income.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:38:05am

re: #311 allegro

I think we need to stop using the word socialism completely and talk about quantity of scale. This is something most everyone understands and relates to. We know that if you buy a case of 24 cans of something that the individual cost per can is reduced. It’s why Big Box stores have lower prices than small shops, because as large corporations buying thousands or millions of units they can get them cheaper than someone buying only a few.

Single payer healthcare is simply taking advantage of quantity of scale to provide services, prescription drugs, etc. at reduced costs over a bunch of individual for-profit insurance companies. One entity in charge of highways and infrastructure can do the job less expensively than a bunch of individual contractors. Ditto most anything that we need collectively.

It’s just… wait for it… capitalism.

Oh no you don’t!!! You can’t take away our trigger words just like that. We rely on words like socialism to make people scream we’re all gonna die. Besides, it’s great to have words that most don’t even have a clue to their true meaning be used to drive reactions.

Where would Fox News and Wingnut World Radio be without ‘em?

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:38:28am

re: #318 scottslemmons

Entropy is a bitch. We may get far worse instead. Works like that in SciFi anyway. :-)

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meteor  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:39:37am

Newcastle 1 - Leicester 0. First half.

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I cannot.  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:44:52am

re: #321 Unshaken Defiance

And then there’s the problem of what if the plan works really well and turns the world into a utopia…up to your present while setting in motion events that don’t create a Hitler, but a Giga-Hitler, farther down the timestream?

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plansbandc  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:45:01am

re: #322 meteor

Oh Leicester.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:45:04am

re: #257 wheat-dogg

Here’s the money quote (pun intended):

To that I would add banking deregulation. Banks were once required by law to pay at least 5.25% on savings accounts, and as the author notes, CD rates were often twice that or more. After deregulation, banks could pay whatever they pleased, which nowadays is seldom more than 1%. With inflation being 2-3%, it doesn’t take an econ degree to understand why people have no incentive to stash money in bank savings accounts. Plus, banks have all kinds of punitive fees now, even more reason to be wary of banks.

Also explains a lot of the money in stocks. Banks won’t pay, Wall Street does. With all the risk that carries.

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I cannot.  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:50:22am
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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:52:16am

re: #315 wrenchwench

Yesterday I revived a 47 year old bicycle that spent the last 30 years in somebody’s rafters, or rather I finished it yesterday. Worked on it for a week. Stared at it for a week before that. Never overhauled one of those coaster brakes before, buy it’s in the book, so I was fine. Not the original rear wheel, but old enough to go with the bike. I revived the original front wheel with an axle and two spokes. It’s a Schwinn Stingray. Stem wouldn’t move, but I put a new bolt in it in case it ever wanted to move, it won’t. Original grips and front tire, new sissy bar and banana seat with a velour cover. Man it looked good on the guy’s matching green SUV roof. Then he laid it down and tied it. After he paid and gave me a $10 tip. Not the first tip I ever got, but maybe the biggest. Since I was a dishwasher in the best restaurant in Portland, OR, at least.

Sorry to interrupt all the philosophizing and politicking. This used to be a bike blog. Sort of.

Ahhh…the Schwinn Stingray. I raced against a many of those, as they were The Big Thing when I was about 10 or so. Some of them had a “cheater” slick big rear tire on them.

I learned a lot about fashion and its influence on the brain. A lot of kids thought the stingray the baddest bike on earth and the fastest. How could they not be, they were Stingrays…like the Corvette.

But if you had a 26” bike, you could dust them. Something to do with geometry and even torque, etc. Science. They were pumping their hearts out with the little tires…the big bikes would just stroke on by.

Then Schwinn upped the game with the 5-speed gearshift models. I think some had names like “Orange Crate” and the like…after hot rods drag racers of the day. Look out!

I went with an “English Racer” 3-speed (out of the hub center) 27” narrow tires and a nice deep red. Good looking bike. Still could handle the Stingrays.

They really were all great bikes. Great exercise and around my neighborhood, we were on our bikes all day, going to the parks to play ball, to friends houses, and the almost daily race around the big block…which included two hills and two dips and one flat finish line street.

Good times.

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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:54:22am

One of the biggest and most unexpected results of having a home with cats is waking up in the morning to find my house in very different shape than it was when I went to bed. Not used to that at all. This morning I saw this as I left the bedroom…

He was not there last night. Kinda creeped me out. At least I hope it was the cats.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:56:26am

Here’s your uranium story.

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meteor  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:56:56am

Leicester just tied it. 1-all.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 9:59:47am

re: #328 allegro

One of the biggest and most unexpected results of having a home with cats is waking up in the morning to find my house in very different shape than it was when I went to bed. Not used to that at all. This morning I saw this as I left the bedroom…

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He was not there last night. Kinda creeped me out. At least I hope it was the cats.

They are now old enough to start plotting against you. Beware!

Besides, after you go to bed it really is their house. You get to sleep there though.

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William Lewis  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:01:03am

re: #276 meteor

Tottenham 5 - Stoke 0, late on the second half.

Yow.

Arsenal vs. Southampton tomorrow at 6.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:03:11am

Today a lil later I get a first hand look at the burned area and range. I gotta say kudos to our anonymous executive that started a Gofundme for the employees that all lost their jobs before the holidays. Not linking yet as they need to change the text to make it clear monies are for the employees, not the facility.

I may Page that after I came back later. Certain to publish photographs of the scene.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:03:56am

As seen on FB

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Charmingly Persistent  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:04:50am

re: #282 FormerDirtDart

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In 2017 it all depends on the definition of “people”. At least given it is Nina Turner it doesn’t mean white people this time, but it doesn’t mean people in general either.

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mmmirele  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:06:51am

re: #285 HappyWarrior

Then yes you should oppose caucuses. My brother who actually did support Bernie wasn’t able to vote for him because of the caucus system. Primaries are more democratic. Turner just wants to change all the rules to favor Sanders. She’s a hack.

Is she even in the Democratic Party? Or are we pandering to her?

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:09:08am

re: #308 Joe Bacon 🌹

Years ago I got into an argument with Mr Chile the leader of the Chicago Boys Milton Friedman over Chile. I pointed out that he always said that free markets are a cornerstone of a free society. I then asked him if that was so why was Chile under Pinochet a police state. He kept saying, “You have to understand that Chile is a special case.” and I replied, “A special case for WHAT? Proving that you’re wrong about market aboslution?”. He continued to act as your typical communist conservative pushing the mantra that conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed…

Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand and James M. Buchanan are the Holy Trinity of why America is fucked up to the point that it will self destruct.

Pinochet is one of Ann Coulter’s heroes. She’s been praising him for decades now. I remembered when she said we need an American Pinochet. Looks like she got her wish with one in the White House now.

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:09:14am

re: #332 William Lewis

William:

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:09:26am

re: #336 mmmirele

Is she even in the Democratic Party? Or are we pandering to her?

She was an Ohio elected official.

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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:09:32am

re: #336 mmmirele

Is she even in the Democratic Party? Or are we pandering to her?

Who knows. I get the feeling it is all subject to change based on current emotions and loyalties.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:09:59am

re: #337 DodgerFan1988

Pinochet is one of Ann Coulter’s heroes. She’s been praising him for decades now. I remembered when she said we need an American Pinochet.

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She’s an Authoritarian freak.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:10:06am
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ObserverArt  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:11:47am

re: #339 HappyWarrior

She was an Ohio elected official.

That was before she became Super Nina Turner, sidekick to Super Bernie in 2016.

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:11:55am

re: #341 HappyWarrior

She’s an Authoritarian freak.

Totalitarian freak.

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:12:05am

re: #315 wrenchwench

Yesterday I revived a 47 year old bicycle that spent the last 30 years in somebody’s rafters, or rather I finished it yesterday. Worked on it for a week. Stared at it for a week before that. Never overhauled one of those coaster brakes before, buy it’s in the book, so I was fine. Not the original rear wheel, but old enough to go with the bike. I revived the original front wheel with an axle and two spokes. It’s a Schwinn Stingray. Stem wouldn’t move, but I put a new bolt in it in case it ever wanted to move, it won’t. Original grips and front tire, new sissy bar and banana seat with a velour cover. Man it looked good on the guy’s matching green SUV roof. Then he laid it down and tied it. After he paid and gave me a $10 tip. Not the first tip I ever got, but maybe the biggest. Since I was a dishwasher in the best restaurant in Portland, OR, at least.

Sorry to interrupt all the philosophizing and politicking. This used to be a bike blog. Sort of.

velour cover….heh

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William Lewis  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:13:59am

re: #338 dangerman

William:

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BeachDem  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:14:33am

re: #300 Hecuba’s daughter

A little deceptive. My guess is that if the poll were of Jews who voted for Trump, the numbers would closer to the response of white evangelicals.

The #s are from a 2013 survey, so it has nothing to do with Trump.

pewresearch.org

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:17:14am

re: #346 William Lewis

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William Lewis  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:20:46am

re: #337 DodgerFan1988

Pinochet is one of Ann Coulter’s heroes. She’s been praising him for decades now. I remembered when she said we need an American Pinochet. Looks like she got her wish with one in the White House now.

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I take this seriously. My parents as union members and university employees would be been first in line to be murdered. At 10 I would have been forcibly adopted by an Good Acceptable family if not otherwise “disappeared”.

Has there been any post WWII intervention by the US that did more good than bad? The Berlin Airlift is all I can think of offhand…

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jeffreyw  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:32:26am

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mushroom soup

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:32:38am

re: #349 William Lewis

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I take this seriously. My parents as union members and university employees would be been first in line to be murdered. At 10 I would have been forcibly adopted by an Good Acceptable family if not otherwise “disappeared”.

Has there been any post WWII intervention by the US that did more good than bad? The Berlin Airlift is all I can think of offhand…

Argentina too. Another right wing regime legitimatized in the name of @anti communism.”

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wrenchwench  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:33:55am

re: #350 jeffreyw

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mushroom soup

Hungarian? It’s all in the Paprika…

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Charles Johnson  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:35:23am
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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:36:47am

Fuck this scum.

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jeffreyw  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:38:32am

re: #352 wrenchwench

Hungarian? It’s all in the Paprika…

That’s the one! I would give equal weighting to the sour cream and the dill.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:39:50am

re: #354 DodgerFan1988

Fuck this scum.

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Racist against whites which is why he’s campaigned for Doug Jones, Jon Ossoff, Hillary Clinton, etc. Maybe just maybe it’s Trump. Lewis has more honor in his pinky than Trump does in his bloated body.

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wrenchwench  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:41:05am

re: #355 jeffreyw

That’s the one! I would give equal weighting to the sour cream and the dill.

The recipe I have (Moosewood) specifies Hungarian Paprika. It’s a little hotter.

I gotta make that again sometime…

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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:41:41am

re: #352 wrenchwench

Hungarian? It’s all in the Paprika…

Dill and sour cream with the mushrooms seems more Russian to me. Whatever the inspiration it looks beautiful and delicious. :)

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:43:44am

re: #354 DodgerFan1988

Fuck this scum.

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Trumpists are delusional.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:44:52am

re: #359 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Trumpists are delusional.

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Opposing a president who has David Duke constantly praising him isn’t racist.

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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:46:17am

Huh. Finding out that I’m racist against white people. Who knew.

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sagehen  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:46:30am

re: #349 William Lewis

Has there been any post WWII intervention by the US that did more good than bad? The Berlin Airlift is all I can think of offhand…

1973, Yom Kippur War.
1994, Bosnia.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:48:32am

re: #359 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Trumpists are delusional.

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Her bio is hilarious.

Reiki Master Teacher - Usui & Karuna; Lover of nature. Energy Work with Feng Shui, Cranial Sacral, Essential Oils, Flower Essences, Crystals! OneLove* #MAGA

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:48:34am

re: #359 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Trumpists are delusional.

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It’s a talking point I’ve been hearing on right wing talk radio for over 20 years now, if you’re opposed to white nationalists then that makes you a racist against whites.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:48:51am

re: #361 allegro

Huh. Finding out that I’m racist against white people. Who knew.

People who oppose white supremacy are the real racists.

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wrenchwench  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:51:39am

re: #363 goddamnedfrank

Her bio is hilarious.

Local entrepreneurs often combine enterprises to make the rent. Down the street one can find Reiki and dog grooming.

I do bicycles and cast iron.

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mmmirele  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:52:43am

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Skip Intro  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:55:12am

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:56:04am

re: #364 DodgerFan1988

It’s a talking point I’ve been hearing on right wing talk radio for over 20 years now, if you’re opposed to white nationalists then that makes you a racist against whites.

In much the same way that a cop who catches you speeding with a radar gun is the REAL speeder, or the cop who catches you emerging from the jeweler with a big bag of stolen jewelry is the REAL burglar.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:58:53am

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 10:59:12am

re: #361 allegro

Huh. Finding out that I’m racist against white people. Who knew.

Yeah, same here…………and I’m a white guy!

*headdesk*

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:00:30am

re: #363 goddamnedfrank

Her bio is hilarious.

That’s some first-rate woowoo right there.

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:01:23am

re: #354 DodgerFan1988

Fuck this scum.

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Wow
To go through life that ignorant

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:03:29am

re: #373 dangerman

He has plenty of company:

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:03:51am

re: #363 goddamnedfrank

Her bio is hilarious.

Oh a woodiot

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William Lewis  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:06:36am

re: #362 sagehen

1973, Yom Kippur War.
1994, Bosnia.

Thank you. Both are reminders I needed today.

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freetoken  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:10:46am

Today the Okeanos Explorer is doing archeology, a discovered wreck on the ocean floor.

Location and depth are sekrit, but they’re still streaming the video live:

Camera 1: Gulf of Mexico 2017

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:11:41am

Just noticed that my karma mileage passed 40,000. I thank all you fellow Lizards. Also…

Registered since: Dec 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I forgot about my 7-year anniversary! I’ve learned more and laughed harder because of this place than in my entire life.

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:12:40am

re: #374 jaunte

He has plenty of company:

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That Right Winger is so full of shit to bring up MLK. I’m old enough to remember when The GOP opposed the MLK Federal Holiday because he was “an adulterer, a race hustler, and a communist!”

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sagehen  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:13:19am

re: #374 jaunte

“Trump doesn’t see color.”

Really? His followers believe that?

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:14:13am

re: #380 sagehen

Despite all evidence to the contrary. It’s a cult.

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sagehen  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:15:05am

re: #377 freetoken

Today the Okeanos Explorer is doing archeology, a discovered wreck on the ocean floor.

Location and depth are sekrit, but they’re still streaming the video live:

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They just think it’s sekrit. Somebody’s already hacked the GPS coordinates and is planning a salvage trip.

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:15:20am

re: #380 sagehen

Really? His followers believe that?

“Trump doesn’t see color.”

Well just the one

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:15:48am

re: #374 jaunte

He has plenty of company:

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Trump doesn’t see color? Lol. And Moore did slight blacks but also women and children who had no protection against domestic abuse then.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:15:57am
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BeachDem  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:16:14am

re: #379 DodgerFan1988

That Right Winger is so full of shit to bring up MLK. I’m old enough to remember when The GOP opposed the MLK Federal Holiday because he was “an adulterer, a race hustler, and a communist!”

The HuffPo main header says it all—a pic of the yam and

CIVIL RIGHTS ZERO

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:16:28am

re: #380 sagehen

Really? His followers believe that?

Yes. They also think they don’t, while rattling on about the Democratic Plantation, Black-On-Black Crime, how Trayvon Martin beat George Zimmeran within an inch of his life, and how black people have nothing to fear from the cops if they just comply.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:17:21am

such bullshit

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:18:34am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:19:12am

re: #388 Backwoods_Sleuth

such bullshit

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Which is why I have Jeff Sessions as my AG and was sure by DOJ for housing discrimination.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:19:16am

re: #389 Backwoods_Sleuth

All hat, no living prisoners.

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:19:22am

re: #388 Backwoods_Sleuth

Trumpers may like the idea of a Civil Right Museum because they can now pretend that the struggle for equal rights is all in the past.

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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:19:35am

re: #388 Backwoods_Sleuth

such bullshit

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Those words coming from that ass mouth are made ugly.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:19:56am

re: #389 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Clarke is an asshole. Sick of that Arpaio wannabe pig.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:20:54am
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jaunte  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:23:36am

re: #389 Backwoods_Sleuth

This Sheriff Clarke guy. It’s like the bigger the hat, the smaller the brain.

Judge Roy, Sheriff Joe, Sheriff Clarke. What is it with the right wing and their costumed fantasy crime fighters?

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:27:17am

Heely’s Twitter bio reads, “Disney Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.”

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:29:31am

re: #389 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Ex sheriff Clarke who?

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:29:46am

re: #396 jaunte

Judge Roy, Sheriff Joe, Sheriff Clarke. What is it with the right wing and their costumed fantasy crime fighters?

Form over substance.

The other, other theme of the reactionary wing.

[The others being “most people don’t matter,” “cruelty is both fun and just when it happens to other people.”]

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:30:45am

re: #399 The Ghost of a Flea

When he takes off the cowboy gear, Clarke is working deep cover.

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:31:13am

re: #387 Blind Frog Belly White

Yes. They also think they don’t, while rattling on about the Democratic Plantation, Black-On-Black Crime, how Trayvon Martin beat George Zimmeran within an inch of his life, and how black people have nothing to fear from the cops if they just comply.

And they also don’t believe blacks are humans in the scientific sense. Just go to any Alt-Right, white nationalists sites like VDare or American Renaissance and you’ll find that they believe blacks are not homo sapiens but diverged from a different primate homo erectus, and have less intelligence. That pretty much expains the Alt-Right’s views on blacks, “They’re still apes!”

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:31:51am

re: #400 jaunte

But if he did that, he’d be written up for not having enough flair.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:33:50am

re: #396 jaunte

Judge Roy, Sheriff Joe, Sheriff Clarke. What is it with the right wing and their costumed fantasy crime fighters?

They’re really into cosplay, apparently.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:33:59am

re: #401 DodgerFan1988

And they also don’t believe blacks are humans in the scientific sense. Just go to any Alt-Right, white nationalists sites like VDare or American Renaissance and you’ll find that they believe blacks are not homo sapiens but diverged from a different primate homo erectus, and have less intelligence. That pretty much expains the Alt-Right’s views on blacks, “They’re still apes!”

Yeah, but I’m thinking more of the run-of-the-mill wingnuts who don’t think they’re espousing racism when they say all those racist things. They don’t even know the term ‘racial realist’. They just know ‘Racist’ is bad, and they’re not bad, so they can’t be racist.

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dangerman  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:35:59am

re: #404 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah, but I’m thinking more of the run-of-the-mill wingnuts who don’t think they’re espousing racism when they say all those racist things. They don’t even know the term ‘racial realist’. They just know ‘Racist’ is bad, and they’re not bad, so they can’t be racist.

I can’t be a racist because I don’t think I am

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freetoken  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:36:01am

The wreck looks like it’s home to many eels.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:40:25am

re: #397 jaunte

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Must be Roy Moore’s god.

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:41:33am

re: #404 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah, but I’m thinking more of the run-of-the-mill wingnuts who don’t think they’re espousing racism when they say all those racist things. They don’t even know the term ‘racial realist’. They just know ‘Racist’ is bad, and they’re not bad, so they can’t be racist.

“Affirmative Action is reversed racism!”
“Blacks commits over 70% of violent crimes
but are only 10% of American population!”
“Majority of blacks are born to unwed
crack-addicted mothers!”
BUT
“I’m not racist against blacks. My favorite idol
as a kid was Michael Jordan!”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:43:00am
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Eventual Carrion  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:43:08am

re: #98 HappyWarrior

Silly genealogy nerd fact: I have a cousin named James Joyce.

In the early 60’s in Glendale CA I lived next door to a kid named Charlie Brown.

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freetoken  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:43:11am

re: #408 DodgerFan1988

CHICAGO!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:44:03am

re: #351 HappyWarrior

Argentina too. Another right wing regime legitimatized in the name of @anti communism.”

don|t forget the mess we made in Iran

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:50:46am

re: #409 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Lol sure Donald.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:51:00am

re: #408 DodgerFan1988

Reminds me of that scene in “Do the Right Thing.”

Do The Right Thing (Race Rant Scene)

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:51:07am

re: #412 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

don|t forget the mess we made in Iran

Of course. Sigh or Guatemala.

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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:51:24am

re: #404 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah, but I’m thinking more of the run-of-the-mill wingnuts who don’t think they’re espousing racism when they say all those racist things. They don’t even know the term ‘racial realist’. They just know ‘Racist’ is bad, and they’re not bad, so they can’t be racist.

They don’t have to be wingnuts. I see this all. the. time. in friends who are not at all wingnuts. These are good people who I have never seen treat any others with a lack of respect or compassion, who are horrified by hate and absolutely believe in civil rights for all. Then they come out with racist stereotype comments that make my jaw drop. They think they are just stating facts and cannot be deterred from them even when I point out how stupid it is and support it with facts that contradict them with their agreement.

Example: a friend of mine in a discussion of Dancing With the Stars.

her: You know how blacks have rhythm. They have an advantage.
me: C’mon, that’s a ridiculous stereotype. How many black celebrities have we seen on the show who couldn’t keep a beat if their lives depended on it?
her: Well, that’s true.

A few months later…

her: You know blacks have rhythm…
me: *facepalm*

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jeffreyw  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:51:39am

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Cookies! Cookies for the house, on me!

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Charles Johnson  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:52:08am
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allegro  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:54:58am

re: #417 jeffreyw

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Cookies! Cookies for the house, on me!

Upload now please.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:56:50am

re: #418 Charles Johnson

A dozen Diet Cokes a day?

The guy is living on borrowed time. He’s a coronary waiting to happen - and he’s in what’s arguably one of the most stressful jobs in the world.

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:57:34am

re: #327 ObserverArt

I went with an “English Racer” 3-speed (out of the hub center) 27” narrow tires and a nice deep red. Good looking bike. Still could handle the Stingrays.

I think you and I had the same bike.

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jeffreyw  Dec 9, 2017 • 11:59:38am

re: #420 Dr Lizardo

- and he’s in what’s arguably one of the most stressful jobs in the world.

I don’t think the job is stressing him because he doesn’t give a shit about the actual job.

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wrenchwench  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:00:33pm

re: #421 Jebediah, RBG

I think you and I had the same bike.

I have them all now. Except for the 1,000 the found in a tunnel in Santa Ana.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:01:59pm

A Twitter thread, in which an idiot accuses Tom Nichols and the rest of us Coastal Elites of being bad for not practicing moral relativism while denying that’s what he’s calling for.

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freetoken  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:04:45pm

99 bottles of beer on the (ocean) floor,
99 bottles of beer….

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:08:05pm

re: #420 Dr Lizardo

A dozen Diet Cokes a day?

The guy is living on borrowed time. He’s a coronary waiting to happen - and he’s in what’s arguably one of the most stressful jobs in the world.

It would be if he were actually doing his job

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makeitstop  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:13:17pm
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meteor  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:13:59pm

And Leicester wins it 3-2, after some weirdness.

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City - bbc.co.uk

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:14:17pm

re: #142 Joe Bacon 🌹

Happy, I remember the Pittsburgh Pipers and later the Pittsburgh Condors winning an ABA championship…

Yeah, teams come and go in some areas. In 76 or 77 our stage/jazz band director got us a gig playing during a game for the Cleveland Barons hockey team. The Barons didn’t hang around very long. Was cool getting the crowd dancing to Sweet Georgia Brown, even the Zamboni driver was doing a little seat dancing.

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William Lewis  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:19:59pm

re: #428 meteor

And Leicester wins it 3-2, after some weirdness.

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City - bbc.co.uk

Own goals can get strange in footie. I think it’s one of the things that confuses Americans the most after the fact that draws are a normal outcome as well.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:21:08pm

re: #430 William Lewis

Own goals can get strange in footie. I think it’s one of the things that confuses Americans the most after the fact that draws are a normal outcome as well.

yes, another reason I gave up trying to gain any appreciation for the sport.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:25:00pm

re: #418 Charles Johnson

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What’s Glenn’s point? The average American isn’t president nor trusted with the power Trump is. Sick of his pedantic bs.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:26:42pm

re: #424 Blind Frog Belly White

A Twitter thread, in which an idiot accuses Tom Nichols and the rest of us Coastal Elites of being bad for not practicing moral relativism while denying that’s what he’s calling for.

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“Coastal elite”, anyone who doesn’t live in the bubble of “real America.” Not a fan of Nichols but he’s not wrong.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:27:20pm

re: #432 HappyWarrior

What’s Glenn’s point? The average American isn’t president nor trusted with the power Trump is. Sick of his pedantic bs.

it shows how hard trump works, he gives up a whole hour of TV viewing!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:34:30pm
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The Major  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:39:01pm

re: #435 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:41:19pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:41:37pm

re: #435 Backwoods_Sleuth

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OFFS already. I’m sure you can criticize Jones from the left. One could easily go after Sanders from the left too and I honestly hope should he run in 2020, he IS attacked from the left so the purity brats that support him know that their guy has a shitty record on immigration matters.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:42:08pm

re: #436 The Major

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They’re like the far right. They prefer to be out of power because it’s easier to just bitch.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:42:34pm

re: #437 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Gay black guy. It would be an added bonus if Don were a Muslim.

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William Lewis  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:42:58pm

re: #435 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Freaking moron. Mike Harrington would be disappointed in that Bernie Bro shit. He was always about moving the Dems further left but always getting some progress is better than no progress. This twit would rather piss away the progress we have made because we can’t have it all now.

This is also why I get so fucking frustrated with the puritopians.

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The Major  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:43:23pm

re: #418 Charles Johnson

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:43:36pm

I agree with Daou. This is where Sanders has poisoned the party. It’s one thing to offer yourself as a progressive alternative, it’s another to do as he’s done to offer him and him alone as the only progressive alternative. He’s created a sub-generation of young American lefties who think someone has to agree with them on every issue to be viable for office.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:44:15pm

re: #441 William Lewis

Freaking moron. Mike Harrington would be disappointed in that Bernie Bro shit. He was always about moving the Dems further left but always getting some progress is better than no progress. This twit would rather piss away the progress we have made because we can’t have it all now.

This is also why I get so fucking frustrated with the puritopians.

It all does the left and the country a huge disservice.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:45:46pm

re: #430 William Lewis

Own goals can get strange in footie. I think it’s one of the things that confuses Americans the most after the fact that draws are a normal outcome as well.

Then comprehending cricket, where a draw and a tie are two completely different things, is going to be out of the question.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:48:37pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:51:12pm

re: #435 Backwoods_Sleuth

DSA organizer in Alabama says she won’t vote for Jones because he’s not for Medicare for All, not for $15 min wage, ran bad ads that didn’t respect black voters enough.

.

what is the sound of two rats fucking?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:52:06pm

re: #446 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Probably. You criticize the Bern, you deserve to be fired in their eyes.

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The Major  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:52:27pm

re: #439 HappyWarrior

hey’re like the far right. They prefer to be out of power because it’s easier to just bitch.

Sanders has always been a Socialist first and foremost, and his best shot at grabbing the Brass Ring was to hijack the Democratic Party for his Quixotic Quest. Well, needless to say, the Neo-Liberals weren’t going to let THAT happen to their Brand, of course.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2017 • 12:55:47pm

re: #449 The Major

Sanders has always been a Socialist first and foremost, and his best shot at grabbing the Brass Ring was to hijack the Democratic Party for his Quixotic Quest. Well, needless to say, the Neo-Liberals weren’t going to let THAT happen to their Brand, of course.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:15:03pm

re: #435 Backwoods_Sleuth

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7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Dec 9, 2017 • 1:39:30pm

re: #420 Dr Lizardo

A dozen Diet Cokes a day?

The guy is living on borrowed time. He’s a coronary waiting to happen - and he’s in what’s arguably one of the most stressful jobs in the world.

I drink more than that and my cardiologist says I am the healthiest patient she has. She wants me to cut back just because I need to cut back on liquids in general.

You know, 12 cans of Diet Coke have in total about as much caffeine as one large coffee.

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Jebediah, RBG  Dec 9, 2017 • 2:38:49pm

re: #423 wrenchwench

I have them all now. Except for the 1,000 the found in a tunnel in Santa Ana.

Can I get mine back? I’m feeling all nostalgic about it.


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