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Charles Johnson  Dec 30, 2017 • 2:39:14pm
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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 30, 2017 • 2:42:25pm
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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 2:42:38pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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Reporters spend days defending the publishing of his delusional rant, end up looking like bigger fools when he declares that the only place he can get a fair shake is on social media.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 2:50:44pm

re: #2 Shropshire Slasher

So I brought a laser pointer home for Scout. She looked at the little red light, poked one paw at it, decided there was nothing there and ignored it after that.

Smart cat.

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A Mom Anon  Dec 30, 2017 • 2:57:18pm

Trump is a classic narcissist. The gaslighting is what freaks me out. I’ve had my share of crappy relationships and all of them shared this particular trait. Women who have been abused recognize men who behave like this, they can’t be fixed.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 2:59:41pm

Thread

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:01:04pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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To DJT: Lying liar says what?

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:01:31pm

No, not Trump/Russia or failed-Sheriff Clarke related

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:08:08pm
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FormerDirtDart  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:09:05pm

On a lighter note

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ObserverArt  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:10:58pm

Damn fine piece of music there Charles.

Who would expect a hoedown/jig with great melodic fills by Yo-Yo Ma going from classic to bluegrass and back?

I guess I should with Chris Thile. He keeps expanding what he does with a mandolin and bringing more and more great musicians along for differing rides.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:13:36pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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Waaah.

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ObserverArt  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:15:36pm

re: #7 Barefoot Grin

To DJT: Lying liar says what?

More lies of course.

Always have to back up lies with lies.
It will be his political demise.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:15:45pm

re: #9 FormerDirtDart

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Yeah because Dick Morris is so credible and has no axe to grind at all with the Clintons. You’re a loser Clarke. Can’t even defend Trump so you use some quote from 12 years ago by a bitter old hack.

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Skip Intro  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:16:10pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

I’m sure little Donny was whining about “unfair” teachers back when he was in grade school.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:16:26pm

Clarke: too much of a loser for the Trump administration.

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austin_blue  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:18:07pm

Who’s that Yo MaMa guy?

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ObserverArt  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:18:12pm

re: #10 FormerDirtDart

On a lighter note

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That was some wild Fu of some kind.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:18:21pm

re: #9 FormerDirtDart

I love how he tied the yam into his travails.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:18:39pm

re: #14 HappyWarrior

Yeah because Dick Morris is so credible and has no axe to grind at all with the Clintons. You’re a loser Clarke. Can’t even defend Trump so you use some quote from 12 years ago by a bitter old hack.

Dick Morris is unable to speak accurately about the future, so why would anyone take his word about the past?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:18:48pm

there is seriously something wrong with this person:

first responses to that tweet:

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:19:26pm

re: #19 Stanley Sea

I love how he tied the yam into his travails.

Climbed right up on that cross with him.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:20:10pm
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Eventual Carrion  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:23:52pm

re: #18 ObserverArt

That was some wild Fu of some kind.

Catnip kitty style, like Drunken monkey only spastic.

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makeitstop  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:24:45pm

re: #4 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

So I brought a laser pointer home for Scout. She looked at the little red light, poked one paw at it, decided there was nothing there and ignored it after that.

Smart cat.

Our cats love the laser. Our problem is that the dog always wants to join in, even though he has no idea what he’s doing.

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dangerman  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:26:49pm

Yup. Down there talking to myself
sighre: #4 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

So I brought a laser pointer home for Scout. She looked at the little red light, poked one paw at it, decided there was nothing there and ignored it after that.

Smart cat.

You sure she’s a cat?

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allegro  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:27:38pm

re: #25 makeitstop

Our cats love the laser. Our problem is that the dog always wants to join in, even though he has no idea what he’s doing.

My kits love the pointer too. So much they keep stealing it (it’s a little mouse-shaped thingie) and batting it under various pieces of furniture.

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ObserverArt  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:28:41pm

re: #25 makeitstop

Our cats love the laser. Our problem is that the dog always wants to join in, even though he has no idea what he’s doing.

Doesn’t sound like that would be too good for the interior furnishings.

I thought the one cat was going to jump after the laser and catch that clock’s winding weight chain hanging down and pull the clock off the wall.

That may have happened…and edited out to protect the identity of the cat.

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dangerman  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:30:29pm

re: #9 FormerDirtDart

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The entire problem in two representative tweets

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:31:27pm
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Eventual Carrion  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:33:46pm

re: #27 allegro

My kits love the pointer too. So much they keep stealing it (it’s a little mouse-shaped thingie) and batting it under various pieces of furniture.

Ours is one of those mouse shaped ones too.

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Patricia Kayden  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:45:04pm

re: #21 Backwoods_Sleuth

Clarke has overseen prisons in which 4 prisoners have died under suspect circumstances, including one who died of thirst after being deprived of water for days on end. The fact that Trump and other Conservatives are comfortable around him says a lot about their moral values. These are people who claim to be Christian for goodness sake.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:49:26pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 3:56:02pm

re: #30 FormerDirtDart

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I like the goatee.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:02:55pm

/facepalm

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A Mom Anon  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:07:39pm

re: #36 electrotek

Americans are just dumb. Our county tried to educate kids about religions beyond Christianity and parents lost their fucking minds so the school system pulled the curriculum. Then they tried basic yoga and just mindfulness for a short time each day to help kids focus and de-stress, same thing. No wonder we’re dumb and raising dumb kids. This reactionary shit is killing us.

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ObserverArt  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:07:48pm

re: #34 Stanley Sea

I like the goatee.

Kitty is cute all over…but the goatee is so cool.

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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:09:40pm

Perhaps I’m missing things by not watching the news right now, but does it seem like the wingnuts are hoping that these Iranian protests grant them a mulligan on 2009. That “this time,” Trump will intervene on the side of the protestors, the Mullahs will be brought down, and Iran will return to being our bit…er, our “ally.”

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ObserverArt  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:10:13pm

re: #35 Teukka

WOAH if true… Donald Trump aide’s booze-fuelled admission to (Australia’s) Alexander Downer ‘helped spark FBI probe into Russian election interference’

That broke as a New York Times article around here last thread.

I still have the article up…it’s long and I am going bit by bit.

Here’s that link: How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:10:56pm

re: #26 dangerman

Yup. Down there talking to myself
sigh

You sure she’s a cat?

Come to think of it… she also waits patiently for her breakfast every morning. She doesn’t even bother me if I get up late.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:12:09pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:12:28pm

re: #21 Backwoods_Sleuth

there is seriously something wrong with this person:

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He’s a child just like his hero.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:14:09pm

Trump doesn’t give two fucks about Iranians. If he did, he wouldn’t have had the travel ban which negatively impacts many Iranians and Americans of Iranian descent.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:14:48pm

I hope things do turn out well in Iran but looking to Trump to be the Iranians’ savior is pathetic and lame.

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sagehen  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:15:18pm

re: #39 Targetpractice

Perhaps I’m missing things by not watching the news right now, but does it seem like the wingnuts are hoping that these Iranian protests grant them a mulligan on 2009. That “this time,” Trump will intervene on the side of the protestors, the Mullahs will be brought down, and Iran will return to being our bit…er, our “ally.”

The only hope of these protests succeeding will be if the US Stays. The. Hell. Out. Of. It.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:15:45pm

I got a c-note that says Trump thinks Iranians are Arabs.

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plansbandc  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:17:07pm

Went to urgent care and they wouldn’t see me. My case wasn’t dire enough. Apparently my city is experiencing a huge flu epidemic. Anywho, I went to the smaller hospital’s emergency room and waited and waited and waited and then dude finally got a hold of my dentist who faxed a prescription to our pharmacy. So I didn’t have to hang out at emergency anymore.

So I have big bomber antibiotics to kill this fucking infection. Whole right side of my face is swollen. Tooth pain is really quite impressive. Hoping the antibiotic takes hold quickly and the swelling goes down.

Really sweet way to usher in the new year. Tooth is going to go hopefully sometime early next week. Yea me.

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Teukka  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:17:14pm

re: #47 Ace Rothstein

I got a c-note that says Trump thinks Iranians are Arabs.

Could this be independently verified without any aide of his correcting him?
*whistles innocently*

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:17:20pm

re: #47 Ace Rothstein

I got a c-note that says Trump thinks Iranians are Arabs.

I’m certain he thinks that, In fact, I think he thinks all Arabs are Muslims and all Muslims are Arabs.

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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:18:10pm

re: #46 sagehen

The only hope of these protests succeeding will be if the US Stays. The. Hell. Out. Of. It.

Which means they’ll fail because Trump will see this as an opportunity too good to pass up. He’ll push for overt support to the protestors, arguing that that is what the Iranian people want, and instead turn the public against the protests due to their going from a homegrown expression of anger into puppets of a foreign power.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:18:20pm

re: #50 HappyWarrior

Linky no workie.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:18:42pm

re: #52 Ace Rothstein

Linky no workie.

Heh wasn’t meant to be a link.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:20:03pm

re: #51 Targetpractice

Which means they’ll fail because Trump will see this as an opportunity too good to pass up. He’ll push for overt support to the protestors, arguing that that is what the Iranian people want, and instead turn the public against the protests due to their going from a homegrown expression of anger into puppets of a foreign power.

That’s what I’m afraid of. He’ll do something really stupid and allow the Iranian government to portray these people as puppets rather than what they actually are. Trump is too stupid to realize this.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:21:39pm

re: #37 A Mom Anon

Americans are just dumb. Our county tried to educate kids about religions beyond Christianity and parents lost their fucking minds so the school system pulled the curriculum. Then they tried basic yoga and just mindfulness for a short time each day to help kids focus and de-stress, same thing. No wonder we’re dumb and raising dumb kids. This reactionary shit is killing us.

They had a big anti yoga thing in Encinitas CA schools - of all places.

The idiots lost. The kids get to downward dog.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:22:05pm
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makeitstop  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:22:45pm

Wow, Clarke is melting down on Twitter.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:24:26pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:24:31pm

re: #56 electrotek

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What makes this fucktard think they’re not? When Russia Robarcher was praising the Taliban(look it up, it’s true), the human rights organizationst that teh right detests were calling them out. If a woman wants to wear a hijab, that’s fine, if she doesn’t, that’s also fine. How fucking hard is it for these dipshits to figure out?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:25:39pm

re: #58 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yeah Sarah, you stand so much with the Iranian people that your asshole boss’s “travel ban” adversely impacted my client’s K-2 visa. You don’t give a fuck about the Iran people. You just hate Muslims. If the Iranian regime were Christian, you and your boss not to mention your pig father would defend them.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:26:22pm

re: #57 makeitstop

Wow, Clarke is melting down on Twitter.

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I wonder how the hell did he get elected sheriff? He’s such a pathetic child. Then again I know who is President.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:27:31pm
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jaunte  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:27:33pm

re: #57 makeitstop

This blusterer is afraid of people who ask him who he is in a public place.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:29:07pm

re: #62 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Easy Bob, he’s got a R behind his name. Same way Obama’s “You can keep your doctor” is the worst lie ever but Trump lying about the unemployment rate last year being near Depression numbers is perfectly fine. Right wingers and Republicans will accept any bullshit that allows their agenda to succeed.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:32:06pm
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plansbandc  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:34:18pm

re: #65 electrotek

I just tweeted to him, ‘gee you’re a dick’ and blocked him.

Seriously, what a dick.

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Citizen K  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:36:08pm

It’s almost like these fools don’t realize that most of the people fighting and rebelling in Iran are Muslim themselves. Just like most don’t realize that most of the victims of ISIS are Muslim. They think it’s some kind of monolith and that anyone who shares religion with the theocracy must agree and support the theocracy, therefore the only way to rebel is to denounce the entire religion or some dumb shit like that.

Or maybe they’re just stupid anti-Muslim bigots. You know, not exactly mutually exclusive there.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:36:54pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:37:13pm

re: #65 electrotek

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:41:32pm
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plansbandc  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:41:54pm

Two downdings in two days. I have finally arrived.

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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:42:53pm

re: #67 Citizen K

It’s almost like these fools don’t realize that most of the people fighting and rebelling in Iran are Muslim themselves. Just like most don’t realize that most of the victims of ISIS are Muslim. They think it’s some kind of monolith and that anyone who shares religion with the theocracy must agree and support the theocracy, therefore the only way to rebel is to denounce the entire religion or some dumb shit like that.

Or maybe they’re just stupid anti-Muslim bigots. You know, not exactly mutually exclusive there.

It’s the usual “when all you have is a hammer” syndrome that plagues wingnut beliefs. They’ve spent over a decade portraying everything wrong and “evil” in the Middle East as stemming from Islam, so when people are protesting corruption and grift in their government, the only conclusion wingnuts can reach is that Islam is to blame and the solution is to adopt a “secular” (read: Christian-dominated) gov’t instead.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:44:39pm
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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:45:30pm

re: #65 electrotek

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William Lewis  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:45:48pm

Hey Monkeyboy, why don’t you speak up and explain why you think PlansBandC is wrong. We try to engage in conversation around here and that requires more than + or - dings.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:47:04pm
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FormerDirtDart  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:50:17pm
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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:50:38pm

You’ll notice that most of those wingnuts who are suddenly supportive of the Iranian protests are all reaching the same conclusion: A post-Mullah Iran will magically become a Western democracy where women walk around in skimpy clothes, men will shave off their beards, and the new government wil be totally our best bud again.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:51:16pm
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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:55:58pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:56:27pm

re: #79 electrotek

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Agreed. His father’s regime was awful. Wingnuts think that just because women wore short skirts, it was some kind of a paradise.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:56:29pm

I got another c-note that says Trump has no idea that we and the Brits staged a coup of the Iranian government in 1953.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:57:09pm

re: #82 Ace Rothstein

I got another c-note that says Trump has no idea that we and the Brits staged a coup of the Iranian government in 1953.

Of course not.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 4:58:36pm

re: #82 Ace Rothstein

I got another c-note that says Trump has no idea that we and the Brits staged a coup of the Iranian government in 1953.

Senior NCOs were always in the line of succession.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:00:24pm

what happens when you turn wingnuts loose on the english language

Actually no - there is evidence that Stojk edited Comey’s statement exhilarating Clinton.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:00:52pm

re: #81 HappyWarrior

Agreed. His father’s regime was awful. Wingnuts think that just because women wore short skirts, it was some kind of a paradise.

Which only a small minority of women enjoyed as much of the country was still illiterate.

It’s like posting up photos of German women under Nazi Germany and claiming they were more free and joyful because they wore skirts and ‘normal’ clothing

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plansbandc  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:01:29pm

Damn. Here’s what the opioid crisis really looks like. Needle cleanup in Washington…

reddit.com

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:02:36pm

re: #86 electrotek

Which only a small minority of women enjoyed as much of the country was still illiterate.

It’s like posting up photos of German women under Nazi Germany and claiming they were more free and joyful because they wore skirts and ‘normal’ clothing

Yep. That’s true too. They just see photos of Tehran and think that’s how the whole nation was.

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:03:12pm

re: #85 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

Too much bible and not enough learning the basics such as writing.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:03:45pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent

i’ll say it again - this is yet another example of the right wing’s giant wurlitzer neutralizing a democratic criticism by expropriating it and turning it on its head

this also happened to “class warfare”, which now seems to mean dirty peasants daring to criticise their betters

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sagehen  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:04:05pm

re: #79 electrotek

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I never realized he was related to *that* Pahlavi… I thought it was just a common name.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:04:41pm
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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:04:56pm

re: #82 Ace Rothstein

I got another c-note that says Trump has no idea that we and the Brits staged a coup of the Iranian government in 1953.

count on it

i think actually very few americans are aware of that

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makeitstop  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:05:00pm

re: #91 sagehen

I never realized he was *that* Pahlavi… I thought it was just a common name.

Reza was his dad’s name as well, right?

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:05:03pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:05:39pm

re: #94 makeitstop

Reza was his dad’s name as well, right?

Yes.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:05:50pm

re: #88 HappyWarrior

Yep. That’s true too. They just see photos of Tehran and think that’s how the whole nation was.

It’s also the equivalent of posting photos of Rhodesia or apartheid-era South Africa and claim things were so much better during those times when the whites were in control.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:08:08pm

re: #79 electrotek

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ah miss th’ olden days when old ritzy palaver wuz fightin’ that feller goddam insane, while halfassed old asshole watched from syria-land

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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:09:46pm

re: #92 goddamnedfrank

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:15:38pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:20:28pm
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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:22:02pm

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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:22:28pm

re: #77 FormerDirtDart

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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:25:37pm
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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:28:54pm

I strongly suspect that Trump will attempt to find some way to directly assist the protestors for one simple reason: He won’t want to be seen as “failing” like wingnuts insist Obama did by not overtly supporting the ‘09 protests. And I’ll go further to say that I believe he’ll try to intervene by threatening to clamp down with new/stronger sanctions if the Mullahs don’t knuckle under, which will undermine the entire point of the protests.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:29:44pm

Evening Lizardim.

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m0nkeyb0y  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:30:28pm

re: #75 William Lewis

Hey Monkeyboy, why don’t you speak up and explain why you think PlansBandC is wrong. We try to engage in conversation around here and that requires more than + or - dings.

Sorry, inadvertent downding on phone, thx for heads up

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whitebeach  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:31:31pm

Well, it looks like this year is gonna suck right up to the end.

I just learned about Sue Grafton’s death.

It’s a paradox: The world is both a little less noir and a little less bright today.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:32:36pm
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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:33:27pm

re: #108 whitebeach

Well, it looks like this year is gonna suck right up to the end.

I just learned about Sue Grafton’s death.

It’s a paradox: The world is both a little less noir and a little less bright today.

They had a brief salute on NPR this evening, with some snippets of interview with her. She refused to sell screen rights to her books, and was unable to finish Z for Zero. Her children say they will abide by her wishes, so no screen rights, and no ghost-written last book. Cancer. 77.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:33:31pm

re: #108 whitebeach

Well, it looks like this year is gonna suck right up to the end.

I just learned about Sue Grafton’s death.

It’s a paradox: The world is both a little less noir and a little less bright today.

All of us, Jan 1, 2017: “2016 was the worst year ever.”

2017: Hold my beer.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:34:05pm

re: #110 retired cynic

They had a brief salute on NPR this evening, with some snippets of interview with her. She refused to sell screen rights to her books, and was unable to finish Z for Zero. Her children say they will abide by her wishes, so no screen rights, and no ghost-written last book. Cancer. 77.

From now on, the alphabet ends at Y

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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:37:14pm

re: #112 Stanley Sea

From now on, the alphabet ends at Y

I enjoyed the reason she had for starting to write about Kinsey Milhone. She was going through a bad divorce, and wanted to murder the guy, and spent time dreaming up ways of doing it. Finally she decided she was too chicken to do that, but she might as well turn those murder plans to good use. So the series was born out of homicidal rage.

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Patricia Kayden  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:38:59pm

re: #39 Targetpractice

Perhaps I’m missing things by not watching the news right now, but does it seem like the wingnuts are hoping that these Iranian protests grant them a mulligan on 2009. That “this time,” Trump will intervene on the side of the protestors, the Mullahs will be brought down, and Iran will return to being our bit…er, our “ally.”

I hope you’re wrong about that. The U.S. needs to stay out of this and let Iranians work out their internal issues by themselves. I don’t recall the U.S. intervening with troops in South Africa during the apartheid years or in Rwanda during the genocide.

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William Lewis  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:39:17pm

re: #107 m0nkeyb0y

Sorry, inadvertent downding on phone, thx for heads up

No problem, I’ve done that before too.

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William Lewis  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:40:00pm

re: #108 whitebeach

Well, it looks like this year is gonna suck right up to the end.

I just learned about Sue Grafton’s death.

It’s a paradox: The world is both a little less noir and a little less bright today.

And we’ll never get “Z is for Zero” :(

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:40:29pm

re: #115 William Lewis

I too have made those mistakes too. None of us is perfect. That is being human.

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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:41:11pm
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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:46:21pm

lolwut

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bratwurst  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:48:58pm
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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:49:55pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:52:56pm
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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:58:40pm

re: #118 teleskiguy

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Video

Damn.

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plansbandc  Dec 30, 2017 • 5:59:23pm

re: #122 teleskiguy

Sad to read about that lift mechanic who died at Loveland. denver.cbslocal.com

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I cannot.  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:00:05pm
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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:02:59pm

re: #125 I cannot.

And then you get secret police, but no skirts. And tens of thousands of young people are asked to die for the difference.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:04:24pm

I would hope that all of the people who thought that we fake the moon landing, pre-wired the World Trade Center, snuggled up to aliens at Roswell and killed Kennedy are paying attention on how shit doesn’t and can’t secret for very long.

Lock the Trumps up.

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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:05:49pm

re: #124 plansbandc

That’s the first I’m hearing about it. Damn. What a bummer. Those guys are arguably more important than Ski Patrol.

Dude was killed working on one of those magic carpets for beginners, sounds like it was a messy freak accident. Father of four. 😪

The ski area is getting heat from employees, and rightly so.

The accident left other co-workers feeling uneasy about the ski area’s operational safety.

“They hire people at low dollar. And they don’t pay them enough. And they don’t train them enough to protect their lives,” said Tyler Harbert, who has worked at Loveland Ski Area for about three years.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:06:45pm

So everyone that couldn’t find Iran on a map is now an expert on Iran?

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:07:10pm
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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:07:34pm

re: #129 Ace Rothstein

So everyone that couldn’t find Iran on a map is now an expert on Iran?

Or believe Iran’s original name was Persia…while having no idea what Iranshahr means.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:07:46pm

Ooops duplicate tweet

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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:07:46pm

re: #129 Ace Rothstein

So everyone that couldn’t find Iran on a map is now an expert on Iran?

If by “expert,” you mean “I saw some pictures of ladies in skirts from the days of the Shah and think that a perfect representation of a ‘free’ country.”

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Charles Johnson  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:08:10pm
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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:08:21pm

re: #133 Targetpractice

If by “expert,” you mean “I saw some pictures of ladies in skirts from the days of the Shah and think that a perfect representation of a ‘free’ country.”

Ironic as they freak out over bare shoulders of women in the workplace

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:10:16pm

I’ve been “drumming” on my steering wheel for thirty years and decided to do something about it. I take my first lesson next Friday.

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makeitstop  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:10:42pm

re: #133 Targetpractice

If by “expert,” you mean “I saw some pictures of ladies in skirts from the days of the Shah and think that a perfect representation of a ‘free’ country.”

It makes an idiotic kind of sense, though - considering they equate hijab as the ultimate representation of repression.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:11:19pm

tcm failing to observe my papal bull declaring that no movie made after 1962 can be sanctifed as “classic”

must excommunicate

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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:12:12pm

re: #135 electrotek

Ironic as they freak out over bare shoulders of women in the workplace

Ayep, the crowd that declares that if women come to work dressed “provactively” then they are asking to be harassed/raped holds up skirts as the symbol of a “free” nation.

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jaunte  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:12:26pm

re: #136 Ace Rothstein

Don’t forget to switch off your turn cymbals.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:13:28pm

re: #134 Charles Johnson

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when i was studying computer science, i tried to name a function in pascal ‘repeat()’

nuh uh not happening

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:13:32pm

re: #138 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

tcm failing to observe my papal bull declaring that no movie made after 1962 can be sanctifed as “classic”

must excommunicate

In the last few weeks of cruising classic films, I’ve hit this DVD series:

criterion.com

Lots of stuff worthy of the Thalia of the 60s.

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Charles Johnson  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:14:22pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:15:50pm

Jeff Lynne - Mercy Mercy

Lynne and Dylan, the only Traveling Wilburys left.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:15:53pm

re: #143 Charles Johnson

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Faux News said the President was the “best troll”. I got a bit too much exposure to derp over the last week, please send help (or whiskey, or both).

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wheat-dogg  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:15:58pm

re: #136 Ace Rothstein

I’ve been “drumming” on my steering wheel for thirty years and decided to do something about it. I take my first lesson next Friday.

Gonna learn how to drive? Great job!

{I’ll show myself out.}

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:17:45pm

re: #143 Charles Johnson

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Comparing Trump to the Lizard People is an insult to the Lizard People.

However, I am somewhat disappointed that even they were lulled into thinking that Trump couldn’t win. I cannot imagine all of the Lizard People who were lined up for plum gigs in the Hillary administration.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:23:27pm

If I can learn how to eventually play 15% as well as Stewart Copeland and Steve Gadd (my two favorites), I will consider it a success.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:23:45pm

re: #142 Decatur Deb

In the last few weeks of cruising classic films, I’ve hit this DVD series:

criterion.com

Lots of stuff worthy of the Thalia of the 60s.

the thalia! i grew up within ten blocks of it

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:24:35pm

re: #74 The Major

TheMajor
@TheMajorsViews
Time for today’s history lesson…it’s called “Operation Ajax” (US) and “Operation: Boot” (UK) where The US and UK staged a coup d’etat of the Democratically elected Minister of Iran and re-installed the Shah of Iran….
6:44 PM - Dec 30, 2017

My history is very weak but wasn’t the overthrow of the government actually at the behest of BP, because the new rulers were going to nationalize the oil industry? BP should have been dissolved after the Deepwater Horizon disaster but somehow they manage to wreak havoc and escape any real consequences for their behavior.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:25:53pm

re: #149 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

I lived a long walk away, on 75th and 77th. It was an extremely critical part of growing up.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:26:41pm

What is astonishing to me is how few people, when talking about Iran, understand that it is entirely possible - even likely - that a popular revolution against a repressive regime will end up creating another repressive regime.

Tsarist Russia was a terrible place. The USSR that replaced it? Terrible place.

Hating the current regime does not require pining for the one it replaced.

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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:27:03pm

re: #148 Ace Rothstein

If I can learn how to eventually play 15% as well as Stewart Copeland and Steve Gadd (my two favorites), I will consider it a success.

Here’s all six members of Umphrey’s McGee trying the drums backstage before a show.

drUM

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Charles Johnson  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:28:29pm
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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:30:13pm

re: #150 Hecuba’s daughter

Other way around. Mohammad Mosaddegh threatened to nationalize it if they didn’t open up the books. BP (it was called something else back then) said no, and Mosaddegh told them to get the fuck out. The CIA and MI6 tried to sell the coup to Truman but Truman said no. They then sold it to Ike using the “red scare” and Ike said yes.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:33:55pm

re: #154 Charles Johnson

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It wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t just so f*cking stupid.

// (or maybe we’re lucky they are?)

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:35:35pm

re: #156 bill d. (b.d.)

It wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t just so f*cking stupid.

// (or maybe we’re lucky they are?)

Yeah, that’s actually a good thing. If they weren’t drooling morons, they might actually do something painful and evil.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:37:29pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:40:30pm

re: #155 Ace Rothstein

Other way around. Mohammad Mosaddegh threatened to nationalize it if they didn’t open up the books. BP (it was called something else back then) said no, and Mosaddegh told them to get the fuck out. The CIA and MI6 tried to sell the coup to Truman but Truman said no. They then sold it to Ike using the “red scare” and Ike said yes.

So basically BP was the reason for the coup. BP was dishonest then and it remains dishonest to this day. Oil companies want to preserve their power regardless of the damage done to the planet.

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stpaulbear  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:40:31pm

re: #136 Ace Rothstein

I’ve been “drumming” on my steering wheel for thirty years and decided to do something about it. I take my first lesson next Friday.

Your learning how to drive?

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:42:21pm

What an imbecile:

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makeitstop  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:43:50pm

Trolls and bots are putting in work on Iran tonight. The hashtag ‘iranianprotests’ is up nearly 15000% in the past 24 hours.

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gocart mozart  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:44:27pm

re: #150 Hecuba’s daughter

This is correct.

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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:44:39pm

re: #161 electrotek

What an imbecile:

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Perhaps google could suggest a link or twelve?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:48:30pm

My plan is to sit back and watch what happens in Iran. I know little enough about Iran and its internal politics, and I’m pretty sure that whatever happens there will happen without my cheering either way.

What concerns me, though, is the timing, in the light of the arrest in Jordan of members of King Abdullah’s family members supposedly involved in a Saudi-backed coup. I don’t like coincidences like that, especially with what’s going on in KSA already, right after Kushner’s ‘secret’ visit.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:49:17pm

re: #157 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Yeah, that’s actually a good thing. If they weren’t drooling morons, they might actually do something painful and evil.

The administration that couldn’t shoot straight.

ht: Breslin

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:50:36pm

re: #162 makeitstop

Trolls and bots are putting in work on Iran tonight. The hashtag ‘iranianprotests’ is up nearly 15000% in the past 24 hours.

I can’t wait to win the Powerball, buy Twitter and shut it down.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:50:44pm

re: #158 electrotek

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The Iranians are quoting Robert Heinlein and Cesar Chavez. Always read the comments.

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Semper Fi  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:55:03pm

re: #136 Ace Rothstein

I’ve been “drumming” on my steering wheel for thirty years and decided to do something about it. I take my first lesson next Friday.

Driving is important and 30 yrs is a long time.
My aunt was in her late 60’s when her husband died…great guy but ?? She could not get to the store for groceries as children were grown and gone and had to learn how to write a check to pay utilities. She learned to drive and eventually did her own taxes. She lived to 102 having an active life that included annual cruises.

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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:56:07pm

re: #169 Semper Fi

I think Ace is talking about drum lessons….

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calochortus  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:56:45pm

I knew a woman who met the head of the Savak. She said he was the most evil man she ever met-and she had an extremely wide and varied acquaintance, so I figure he must be right up there.

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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:57:10pm

re: #169 Semper Fi

However, I admire your aunt more than I can say!

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Semper Fi  Dec 30, 2017 • 6:57:29pm

re: #170 retired cynic

I think Ace is talking about drum lessons….

Drum lessons…thanks.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:00:17pm

re: #169 Semper Fi

Driving is important and 30 yrs is a long time.
My aunt was in her late 60’s when her husband died…great guy but ?? She could not get to the store for groceries as children were grown and gone and had to learn how to write a check to pay utilities. She learned to drive and eventually did her own taxes. She lived to 102 having an active life that included annual cruises.

I was snarking on his phrasing.

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jaunte  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:00:25pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:01:07pm

My Mom tried to take cello lessons in her 70s. Problem was, living in a tiny town it was hard to find a teacher, and I don’t think she ever found on who took her seriously.

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calochortus  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:03:36pm

Also, with regard to people not having heard of the ‘53 Iranian coup-I live in what was as of a couple years ago, apparently the most educated town in California (excluding incorporated University towns like Stanford.) According to Business Insider, anyway. Our book club read All the Shah’s Men by Stephan Kinzer last year and I was shocked at the number of people who hadn’t heard of the coup. I won’t claim I was an expert on it, but I had heard of it.

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Targetpractice  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:05:11pm

re: #175 jaunte

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The real story: Wingnuts who have spent most of the past year bitching about how liberals won’t just sit down and accept that Trump won legitimately are supporting the overthrow of a legitimate government by the functional equivalent of an angry mob.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:05:12pm
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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:06:00pm

re: #177 calochortus

I have that book.

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Semper Fi  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:07:10pm

I think we’ve all seen the commercial with the Sloth and chalkboard…that’s me I guess.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:08:37pm

re: #177 calochortus

Also, with regard to people not having heard of the ‘53 Iranian coup-I live in what was as of a couple years ago, apparently the most educated town in California (excluding incorporated University towns like Stanford.) According to Business Insider, anyway. Our book club read All the Shah’s Men by Stephan Kinzer last year and I was shocked at the number of people who hadn’t heard of the coup. I won’t claim I was an expert on it, but I had heard of it.

I think that the 1979 Revolution and the hostages left many Americans needing to hate the Iranian regime as virulently and inexplicably anti-American. This has led to people not looking very closely at Iran before the Revolution.

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jaunte  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:09:48pm
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prairiefire  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:10:03pm

re: #142 Decatur Deb

In the last few weeks of cruising classic films, I’ve hit this DVD series:

criterion.com

Lots of stuff worthy of the Thalia of the 60s.

Lots of good stuff there. Have you seen that “Beauty and the Beast” before?

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:11:06pm

re: #184 prairiefire

Lots of good stuff there. Have you seen that “Beauty and the Beast” before?

Don’t have it in front of me. Was it Cocteau’s?

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calochortus  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:11:17pm

re: #182 Blind Frog Belly White

I think that the 1979 Revolution and the hostages left many Americans needing to hate the Iranian regime as virulently and inexplicably anti-American. This has led to people not looking very closely at Iran before the Revolution.

That and the fact that the US didn’t exactly cover itself in glory and adherence to democratic principles there, so it wasn’t much covered in our history books, even before 1979.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:11:37pm
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prairiefire  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:13:28pm

re: #185 Decatur Deb

Oui, I’d like to have a wall sconces made of arms for a party sometime.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:14:26pm

re: #182 Blind Frog Belly White

I think that the 1979 Revolution and the hostages left many Americans needing to hate the Iranian regime as virulently and inexplicably anti-American. This has led to people not looking very closely at Iran before the Revolution.

That didn’t stop Americans from attacking Iranians during and after the hostage crisis:

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:14:29pm

re: #181 Semper Fi

I think we’ve all seen the commercial with the Sloth and chalkboard…that’s me I guess.

It’s a coin slot!!!!

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:16:28pm

re: #188 prairiefire

Oui, I’d like to have a wall sconces made of arms for a party sometime.

How To Set The Mood For a Donner Party…

Saw it at the Thalia, probably on a nightly double bill with Fleurs du Mal.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:19:46pm

re: #187 electrotek

Words don’t matter any more in this context than they do any other time.

They’ll call Neda Agha-Sultann a martyr only to use her as a bludgeon against their opponents. They especially don’t care about the details of what she wanted and who she was, because living and dead people only exist as consumable units.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:20:15pm

re: #190 Stanley Sea

It’s a coin slot!!!!

Seen that commercial prob 1k times. I still guffaw every single time.

Bravo Madison Avenue!

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makeitstop  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:23:44pm

re: #190 Stanley Sea

It’s a coin slot!!!!

That sloth is starting to get more commercial work - I saw him in a mattress commercial last night.

Wonder who his agent is…

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:27:08pm

re: #194 makeitstop

That sloth is starting to get more commercial work - I saw him in a mattress commercial last night.

Wonder who his agent is…

William Loris Agency

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:27:19pm

re: #185 Decatur Deb

Don’t have it in front of me. Was it Cocteau’s?

I’m about to dive in, but I would assume so. Criterion released a lot of the classic Kurosawa films.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:27:52pm

re: #194 makeitstop

That sloth is starting to get more commercial work - I saw him in a mattress commercial last night.

Wonder who his agent is…

Someone in Panama. Well, that’s where I saw em. Amazing creatures.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:28:06pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:29:29pm

re: #198 electrotek

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Wait, we are with the people on the streets.

That person is an idjit.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:30:29pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:30:39pm
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VegasGolfer  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:34:10pm

re: #201 Stanley Sea

“The squirrel ran all over the place, but eventually officers were able to catch it. The rambunctious rodent was released outside, and no one was hurt.“

If only African Americans were shown as much respect as squirrels.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:34:21pm

re: #196 Barefoot Grin

I’m about to dive in, but I would assume so. Criterion released a lot of the classic Kurosawa films.

Been seeing that “Essential” packaging recently. I was checking out Ashes and Diamonds for its contemporary value. TCM had Jules and Jim last night (even if they are excommunicated.)

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:35:28pm

At the boozer, this younger woman is grooving to Biggie Small’s “Big Poppa.” She asked me if I knew what song he’s sampling. I replied “Between the Sheets” by the Isley Brothers. She replied “That’s before my time.” I feel….older.

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ipsos  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:37:19pm

re: #204 Ace Rothstein

I took my teenage daughter to see “Lady Bird” tonight. There’s a scene where the characters are listening to Alanis Morrissette and talking about her.

Daughter leans over to me and says… “Dad, who was Alanis Morrissette?”

I’ll…um….just be crawling into my grave any minute now.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:37:20pm

Our Govt has zero standing with the Iranian protesters when they are grouped without any consideration on a fucking Muslim ban list.

ZERO.

Shut up now.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:37:51pm

Dear God, can we get over the fascist Trumpian wingnuts claiming credit for every single piece of news that happens to blow in their favor?

How f*cking disgusting.

Isn’t humility some sort of conservative virtue, even if you have no reason to claim it?

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:41:02pm

re: #206 Stanley Sea

Out Govt has zero standing with the Iranian protesters when they are grouped without any consideration on a fucking Muslim ban list.

ZERO.

Shut up now.

Unless the Trump administration admits to meddling in foreign affairs then he’d have to also admit that foreigners could possibly meddle with our affairs…..

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:41:17pm

Trump is the white version of Homey the Clown.

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JordanRules  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:41:54pm

re: #209 Joe Bacon 🌹

LMAO!

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Belafon  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:46:25pm

re: #193 Stanley Sea

Seen that commercial prob 1k times. I still guffaw every single time.

Bravo Madison Avenue!

The slow turn and the face is awesome.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:47:58pm

re: #184 prairiefire

Lots of good stuff there. Have you seen that “Beauty and the Beast” before?

I got to see many of the films in that Criterion release when I was an undergrad at Pitt. If they weren’t shown on campus there was a fine arts theater called the Guild that screened them. There are two films not included in that collection that bring back very bittersweet memories for me—King of Hearts and Harold and Maude. My best friend from college loved those two and he saw them over and over again with me.

He died from an undiagnosed brain aneurysm in March 1997 less than a month after my Mother passed on. I can’t bear to watch either film without thinking of Jim…

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JordanRules  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:48:10pm

Watching Hamilton’s America again.
I just love it!

Long live PBS!

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:53:59pm

re: #213 JordanRules

Watching Hamilton’s America again.
I just love it!

Long live PBS!

I’m casting MST3K “Boggy Creek 2 And The Legend Continues” to my TV from youtube. They crack me up.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:55:27pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:56:34pm

re: #213 JordanRules

Watching Hamilton’s America again.
I just love it!

Long live PBS!

I got into words with friends again.

I’ve probably played 10 games today!

LOL. This weekend is total relax for me & I’m not finding anything on netflix or Am prime to stick with (still taking recs)

Even though, I worked this morn, got quite a bit done. Prepping for a breezy January.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:57:05pm

re: #215 electrotek

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“While the Pahlavi monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah, is remembered as a Westernizing ruler, he also presented himself as a Muslim king. He went on Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, incumbent on Muslims to perform at least once in their lifetimes and undertook other minor pilgrimages around the Islamic world, including the pilgrimage to Mashhad in eastern Iran.

He saluted when he heard the call to prayer and began Nowruz, the Persian New Year, with a ceremony featuring a prayer and sermon by leading religious authorities. And he gave his sons, the heirs to his throne, names that honored the patron saint of modern Iran, the eight Shi’a Imam buried in Mashhad, as well as his father, Reza Shah’s name: Reza and Ali-Reza. In a waqf, or an institutionalized religious donation, to the shrine of the 8th Twelver-Shi’ite Imam Reza in 1948, he called Iran “an Islamic country” and made numerous references to the Qur’an and Hadith. He praised God’s greatness and thanked Him for allowing him to strive so that “the sun of the Shari’ah of the Best of Messengers rises higher.”

In turn, many of the ulema expressed their affection for the King openly. The ulema played key roles in multiple rituals of the court, many of which included praise and prayers for the king. They were involved at his crowning in 1967, as well as the yearly celebrations of Nowruz.”

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Belafon  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:57:18pm

re: #214 Eventual Carrion

I’m casting MST3K “Boggy Creek 2 And The Legend Continues” to my TV from youtube. They crack me up.

KERA here in Dallas is showing MST3K on Saturday.

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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:57:53pm

Emoluments Clause violation.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 7:59:53pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:07:01pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:08:45pm
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Belafon  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:09:34pm

re: #222 Backwoods_Sleuth

That was my question yesterday: Why did the cops pull the trigger when the guy walked out?

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:10:57pm
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calochortus  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:11:24pm

re: #222 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Also, TPing the shrubs is a “prank.” Swatting is a crime.

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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:11:44pm

re: #223 Belafon

That was my question yesterday: Why did the cops pull the trigger when the guy walked out?

They were told that the man inside had already shot the others in the family, and was preparing to set fire to the house. When the man came out, they said they say him reach for his waist, and feared he would draw a gun. That’s what they said. I wonder if there were any cameras on.

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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:13:51pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:14:26pm

re: #223 Belafon

That was my question yesterday: Why did the cops pull the trigger when the guy walked out?

Because terrified, untrained cops.

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meteor  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:15:04pm

re: #100 electrotek

Chills went down my spine when I found out those were guards at Auschwitz.

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meteor  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:20:12pm

re: #116 William Lewis

I HAS A SAD

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Interesting Times  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:27:47pm

I’m just posting this for the photo of Little Marco since it looks like whoever’s in the background portrait is literally trying to pound some sense into his head:

Facebook Post

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:30:13pm

re: #215 electrotek

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If that one SOB hadn’t had dropped the Ayatollah’s body then we never be in this place.

//

Seriously, f*ck a bunk of “conservative” religions on all of their fronts, they seem to be the thrust of everything that is all f*cked up.

disclaimer: the shah, and how he got to be shah was bs too.

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JordanRules  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:33:17pm

re: #227 teleskiguy

Same with Cali. One of the states he’s supposed to help lead as part of this nation.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:36:26pm

re: #227 teleskiguy

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He prefers Russia to Canada and the Brits.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:37:24pm

re: #231 Interesting Times

I’m just posting this for the photo of Little Marco since it looks like whoever’s in the background portrait is literally trying to pound some sense into his head:

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Rubio should have been given his unemployment slip this past fall. He clearly only saw the Senate as a stepping stone to the Presidency and has shown that he cares more about being the GOP Establishment’s favorite child.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:38:53pm

re: #220 electrotek

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Yeah everyone Pinochet was a commie who deserved it. These fucking people. Oh and even commies and yes fascists do are entitled to life. But to Pinchoet, anyone who was left of his fascist ass was a Commie.

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:39:13pm

Oh and why don’t the Pahlavi fanboys point out that he renamed the country from Persia to Iran in 1935 to appease the Third Reich?

Why not mention the fact that Iran was home to an actual Nazi party during World War 2, named Hezb-e-Sumka?

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electrotek  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:40:26pm

re: #236 HappyWarrior

Yeah everyone Pinochet was a commie who deserved it. These fucking people. Oh and even commies and yes fascists do are entitled to life. But to Pinchoet, anyone who was left of his fascist ass was a Commie.

Which is why they shouldn’t have a problem when being equated with the likes of Breivik as he too killed those of the ‘leftist’ persuasion if they continue to extoll the virtues of Pinochet’s reign.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:42:52pm

re: #238 electrotek

Which is why they shouldn’t have a problem when being equated with the likes of Breivik as he too killed those of the ‘leftist’ persuasion if they continue to extoll the virtues of Pinochet’s reign.

Yep. A lot of em are also apologists for the Processo regime in neighboring Argentina. Dead leftists are okay with them. The Iranian regime is fucked up but it’s that fact it’s Islamic not tyrannical is the wingnuts’ problem with it. Just like they’d be fine with Chavez and Maduro if they were capitalist. The right took all the wrong lessons from the Cold War. They opposed Communism only ebcause of economics rather than the tyrannical nature of regimes like the USSR and PRC.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:44:04pm

...

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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:45:09pm

re: #240 Dave In Austin

We have a hummingbird working the feeded at 36’. We haven’t decided if it’s a young ruby throat that missed the migration or a female Anna’s

facebook.com

Poor thing! Wrong place, wrong time!

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Dave In Austin  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:47:52pm

If you were able to see it. I’ll keep it fed thru the coming cold snap. If it’s an Anna’s, it should have no problem.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:47:55pm
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JordanRules  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:48:51pm

And still this world is quite a wonder!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:49:38pm

re: #244 JordanRules

And still this world is quite a wonder!

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With all respect to Elon Musk and his Mars ambitions, that’s why I’m not in a big rush to get to Mars.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:51:19pm

re: #244 JordanRules

And still this world is quite a wonder!

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It will outlive the assholes & destroyers.

No doubt.

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Belafon  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:51:44pm

re: #245 HappyWarrior

With all respect to Elon Musk and his Mars ambitions, that’s why I’m not in a big rush to get to Mars.

You’re just not in a big rush because you haven’t found a golden ticket yet.

I’m glad we’re discovering new species, but, personally, I’d rather be trying to get to Mars.

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JordanRules  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:51:47pm

re: #246 Stanley Sea

No freaking doubt!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:52:41pm

re: #247 Belafon

You’re just not in a big rush because you haven’t found a golden ticket yet.

I’m glad we’re discovering new species, but, personally, I’d rather be trying to get to Mars.

Honestly traveling in space would scare the hell outta me.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:54:08pm

HA…….!

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:54:24pm

re: #249 HappyWarrior

Honestly traveling in space would scare the hell outta me.

Mrs. Fish has a big bugaboo about space. She’s terrified of the idea of getting sucked out of a spacecraft. Myself, I think the long-term radiation damage would be more insidious, but hey, that’s why I’m the scientist and she’s the practical thinker.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:55:36pm

Someone good with Photo editors might work wonders with that hat.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:56:49pm

re: #251 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Mrs. Fish has a big bugaboo about space. She’s terrified of the idea of getting sucked out of a spacecraft. Myself, I think the long-term radiation damage would be more insidious, but hey, that’s why I’m the scientist and she’s the practical thinker.

Does anyone remember the Stephen King short The Jaunt?

Freaked the fuck out of me

en.wikipedia.org

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:58:08pm

Beautiful day up the coast. Paged a few images I took. Kinda rural road location. Gaviota beach. littlegreenfootballs.com

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 8:58:36pm

re: #251 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Mrs. Fish has a big bugaboo about space. She’s terrified of the idea of getting sucked out of a spacecraft. Myself, I think the long-term radiation damage would be more insidious, but hey, that’s why I’m the scientist and she’s the practical thinker.

It just sounds so uncomfortable. I don’t even like flying much here on Earth anyhow. If there were transcontinental train travel, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:00:02pm
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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:00:11pm

re: #242 Dave In Austin

If you were able to see it. I’ll keep it fed thru the coming cold snap. If it’s an Anna’s, it should have no problem.

Sorry; requested joining the group, but it wasn’t automatic, so I deleted the request. Run a group on FB, and know how that goes!

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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:01:31pm

re: #142 Decatur Deb

In the last few weeks of cruising classic films, I’ve hit this DVD series:

criterion.com

Lots of stuff worthy of the Thalia of the 60s.

back in the heady days of LaserDiscs Criterion Collection were THE discs to have…

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allegro  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:02:38pm

Just watched Spider-Man: Homecoming. ($5.99 rental on Amazon) Loved it! A most excellent addition to the Marvel Universe. May watch it again tomorrow with a friend.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:03:23pm

re: #255 HappyWarrior

It just sounds so uncomfortable. I don’t even like flying much here on Earth anyhow. If there were transcontinental train travel, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

I used to be a big fan of flying. Two 13+-hour flights across the Atlantic (one of them under the influence of the stomach flu) later, and I’ll take a hard pass. Hell, I’d sail on the Titanic before I get on another A380.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:05:00pm

re: #260 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I used to be a big fan of flying. Two 13+-hour flights across the Atlantic (one of them under the influence of the stomach flu) later, and I’ll take a hard pass. Hell, I’d sail on the Titanic before I get on another A380.

I’d rather fly than do a transatlantic boat rip TBH. But I don’t blame you. Long flights are exhausting. My brother had two long layovers on his latest trip. L love traveling. I just hate flights heh. I don’t mind the airport itself even if the food is always meh.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:06:34pm

re: #261 HappyWarrior

I’d rather fly than do a transatlantic boat rip TBH. But I don’t blame you. Long flights are exhausting. My brother had two long layovers on his latest trip. L love traveling. I just hate flights heh. I don’t mind the airport itself even if the food is always meh.

Back-to-back-to-back flights of 4 hours, 13 hours, 4 hours really just did me in. 22 hours is a long time to be in the air, and the layovers didn’t really do me any favors. Although I must say that the airport in Dubai is a fantastic place to be laid up for a few hours.

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scottslemmons  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:07:59pm

re: #253 Stanley Sea

Does anyone remember the Stephen King short The Jaunt?

Freaked the fuck out of me

en.wikipedia.org

“The Jaunt” is a daaaamn freaky story. Almost as creepy as “Survivor Type.” King does some of his best work in short story formats…

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:11:22pm

And that reminds me that I owe all of the Lizardim pictures from my expedition to the Indian subcontinent… I will try to work on that tomorrow.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:12:39pm

re: #262 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Back-to-back-to-back flights of 4 hours, 13 hours, 4 hours really just did me in. 22 hours is a long time to be in the air, and the layovers didn’t really do me any favors. Although I must say that the airport in Dubai is a fantastic place to be laid up for a few hours.

Yeah that’ll do it.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:13:09pm

re: #263 scottslemmons

“The Jaunt” is a daaaamn freaky story. Almost as creepy as “Survivor Type.” King does some of his best work in short story formats…

JFC I remember Survivor Type but my mind hid the horror!! Fantastic.

The shorts were the best. Maybe. I’ll argue with myself later.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:14:24pm

re: #266 Stanley Sea

Okay one more…

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scottslemmons  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:16:45pm

re: #266 Stanley Sea

JFC I remember Survivor Type but my mind hid the horror!! Fantastic.

The shorts were the best. Maybe. I’ll argue with myself later.

It’s easier to do horror as a short story. Short formats keep things focused, without the wandering and tangents you might get in a novel. There are plenty of great horror novels, but a good horror short is often damn good. :)

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Dave In Austin  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:18:48pm
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Single-handed sailor  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:21:14pm

re: #269 Dave In Austin

We need to talk about your flair.

Office Space - Joanna - Your Flair

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BeachDem  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:25:00pm

re: #216 Stanley Sea

I got into words with friends again.

I’ve probably played 10 games today!

LOL. This weekend is total relax for me & I’m not finding anything on netflix or Am prime to stick with (still taking recs)

Even though, I worked this morn, got quite a bit done. Prepping for a breezy January.

Have you watched “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon yet? I made it last as long as I could. Finished tonight. Started “Fearless.”

I have two projects that need to get done this week/next week. A video script that’s due Tuesday (that I haven’t started yet) and a direct mail campaign that I have to figure out how to reach specific demos in the eastern part of San Bernardino County. Can’t work up the energy to get either one done.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:27:41pm

re: #271 BeachDem

Have you watched “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon yet? I made it last as long as I could. Finished tonight. Started “Fearless.”

I have two projects that need to get done this week/next week. A video script that’s due Tuesday (that I haven’t started yet) and a direct mail campaign that I have to figure out how to reach specific demos in the eastern part of San Bernardino County. Can’t work up the energy to get either one done.

THANK YOU. I wanted to watch, but was hesitant.

Good luck friend with the energy.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:29:14pm

re: #271 BeachDem

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Stanley Sea  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:37:20pm

re: #268 scottslemmons

I’m going to re-read Survivor Type tonight.

Why not & TY for bringing it back.

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The Major  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:37:31pm

re: #260 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

A380

Looks like If Emirates doesn’t pony up another order for some more of the super-jumbos the line will be shut-down and planes will start heading to the scrap yard…

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teleskiguy  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:39:20pm
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retired cynic  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:40:44pm

re: #276 teleskiguy

Yow!

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BeachDem  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:41:53pm

re: #273 Stanley Sea

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scottslemmons  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:43:17pm

re: #274 Stanley Sea

I’m going to re-read Survivor Type tonight.

Why not & TY for bringing it back.

Now you’ve got me trying to think of other story collections worth recommending. Some of Lovecraft’s old stuff is good (and some is problematic). Ramsey Campbell often does great horror short stories. I love M.R. James, but his stuff is super-old and maybe an acquired taste.

I think the best anthology editor is Ellen Datlow. I nearly never see a bad anthology that she’s put together. Any of her “Best Horror Stories of the Year” collections are guaranteed to be filled with show-stoppers.

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sagehen  Dec 30, 2017 • 9:53:54pm

re: #255 HappyWarrior

It just sounds so uncomfortable. I don’t even like flying much here on Earth anyhow. If there were transcontinental train travel, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

There is; it’s just slow.

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fern01  Dec 30, 2017 • 11:45:22pm

re: #223 Belafon

That was my question yesterday: Why did the cops pull the trigger when the guy walked out?

Because they think everyone is now carrying guns. 2nd amendment in action. Shoot first, ask later.

Now they are going to blame the caller because someone is dead. Sure the calls are stupid but the caller didn’t pull the trigger.


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