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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:40:08pm

The lettuce wedge salad is evidence that the universe is governed by hateful, inscrutable demiurges.

You don’t even need to cast “Detect Evil” on someone who intentionally orders them.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:42:38pm

re: #1 The Ghost of a Flea

The lettuce wedge salad is evidence that the universe is governed by hateful, inscrutable demiurges.

You don’t even need to cast “Detect Evil” on someone who intentionally orders them.

I’ll allow a pass for medical* reasons, but that’s it.

* Some GI stuff apparently hates darker greens.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:45:52pm

re: #2 klys (maker of Silmarils)

re: #2 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I’ll allow a pass for medical* reasons, but that’s it.

* Some GI stuff apparently hates darker greens.

At your risk.

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allegro  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:46:08pm

re: #1 The Ghost of a Flea

The lettuce wedge salad is evidence that the universe is governed by hateful, inscrutable demiurges.

You don’t even need to cast “Detect Evil” on someone who intentionally orders them.

I didn’t think there was any chef anywhere who would consent to making them since, like 1961.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:46:44pm

re: #3 The Ghost of a Flea

At your risk.

I mean, to be fair, it is my mother-in-law.

So that statement does apply. >.>

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:48:12pm

Well, here’s a salad that puts Trump’s Outback Clone to shame…The famous Molly Salad served at Taylor’s Steak House in Los Angeles. Iceberg wedge plus diced Vidalia onions, beefsteak tomatoes, Maytag Blue Cheese with EV Olive Oil and Vinegar. And dust that pepper on it!

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:50:48pm

re: #4 allegro

I didn’t think there was any chef anywhere who would consent to making them since, like 1961.

Somewhere in the underworld there’s a Hieronymous Bosch crown-wearing bird-headed demon pooping out fully-assembled lettuce wedge salads, blue cheese dressing, salad plates and all.

From there a sinister cabal distributes them throughout the world. Beings that ingest souls for sustenance, like commodity traders, need the fiber but can’t tolerate the spiritual purity of kale.

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:53:15pm

More gunfire. More fireworks. Dog is going crazy. I have to fall asleep soon, have to wake up at 5:30. FML.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:53:34pm

re: #6 Joe Bacon 🌹

Well, here’s a salad that puts Trump’s Outback Clone to shame…The famous Molly Salad served at Taylor’s Steak House in Los Angeles. Iceberg wedge plus diced Vidalia onions, beefsteak tomatoes, Maytag Blue Cheese with EV Olive Oil and Vinegar. And dust that pepper on it!

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Okay, I’ll shred my own soul and concede that looks pretty good.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:55:04pm

At 9:55 CST we wandered out to see the fieryworks in Austin. 28 degrees, 19 wind chill, snow showers. Nice show! Then we ran back to the house, thawed our feet, and finished watching Get Out, which was killer bee.

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allegro  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:55:31pm

re: #9 The Ghost of a Flea

Okay, I’ll shred my own soul and concede that looks pretty good.

Trade the iceberg lettuce for some fresh leaf lettuce and baby spinach and it would be yum.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:56:42pm

Yeah, sorry. You lost me at Blue Cheese. I tend to think of wedge salads as having Thousand Island Dressing or Catalina, because that’s the era I think of them coming from.

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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:56:52pm
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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:57:30pm
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Decatur Deb  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:57:39pm

CL’d from a dying thread in a dying year:

We’re 10 minutes from midnight in CST. We’re celebrating with what Daughter1 calls “Gas Station White” because it’s Sunday and I went to the market too early. Good New Year, all.

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:59:39pm
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allegro  Dec 31, 2017 • 9:59:41pm

re: #15 Decatur Deb

CL’d from a dying thread in a dying year:

We’re 10 minutes from midnight in CST. We’re celebrating with what Daughter1 calls “Gas Station White” because it’s Sunday and I went to the market too early. Good New Year, all.

I’m entirely sober. Knew I was missing something.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:00:49pm

Happy New Year, Central Time Zonians!

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William Lewis  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:00:56pm

Happy new year from frigid Hayward, WI & good night as well.

Later!

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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:01:05pm

Happy New Year from the center. Specifically Dallas.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:01:06pm

re: #11 allegro

Spinach and cress are my favorites starters for salad.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:03:11pm

re: #21 The Ghost of a Flea

Spinach and cress are my favorites starters for salad.

Found this big bed of watercress in the creekbed by the dam. Chock full of whatever crap people put on their lawns and runs down into the creek…..

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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:04:08pm
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makeitstop  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:04:16pm

Happy New Year from frigid Long Island. 9 big degrees here, and probably dropping.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:04:33pm

La Luna is la lovely tonight. Before retiring, do yourself a favor and step outside and wink back at her.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:05:43pm
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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:07:02pm

Dr. Jen the OBGYN is doing the sexy to go with smart tonight:

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:07:24pm

Fuckin’ kook making mad greenbacks on the teevee. America is fucked.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:07:26pm

Yikes! It’s 3 below in my old home town!

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BeachDem  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:07:43pm

re: #15 Decatur Deb

CL’d from a dying thread in a dying year:

We’re 10 minutes from midnight in CST. We’re celebrating with what Daughter1 calls “Gas Station White” because it’s Sunday and I went to the market too early. Good New Year, all.

And back to your “Anderson is drunk”—look how thrilled he looked to be with creepy Andy—and that was hours before the ball drop.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:07:55pm
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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:08:35pm

re: #22 Blind Frog Belly White

Found this big bed of watercress in the creekbed by the dam. Chock full of whatever crap people put on their lawns and runs down into the creek…..

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Give it a really good wash and you should be okay. I love wild cress and rocket (or arugula, given your continent), and I loves me a salad with beefsteak tomatoes and blue cheese, but I can’t tell you the last time I bought a head of iceberg lettuce. So many other greens and veggies to make a super solid salad.

To be alliterative.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:08:52pm
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allegro  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:09:09pm

re: #25 De Kolta Chair

La Luna is la lovely tonight. Before retiring, do yourself a favor and step outside and wink back at her.

Something hard just clunked and bounced on my roof. =O I think Ms Luna will have to do without my admiration tonight.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:09:32pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:09:36pm

re: #4 allegro

I didn’t think there was any chef anywhere who would consent to making them since, like 1961.

Probs one of those you get a visa to slave for me chefs

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:09:36pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:10:25pm

re: #28 teleskiguy

I gotta say, though - given the low dosage of Botox you have to use, ‘copious amounts’ are probably pretty close to picograms.

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makeitstop  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:10:35pm

re: #35 Dave In Austin

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As I asked earlier about a different topic: Is it wrong to hope for a precision meteor strike?

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:11:55pm

Like I said downstairs, I’m in a mood, and I’m not hopeful for the future.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:13:05pm

re: #34 allegro

Something hard just clunked and bounced on my roof. =O I think Ms Luna will have to do without my admiration tonight.

Yeah, we’ve got a solid overcast at 1500 feet. Keeps the fireworks smoke down at the surface, though. And the noise. Poor dogs.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:14:23pm

re: #40 teleskiguy

Like I said downstairs, I’m in a mood, and I’m not hopeful for the future.

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“If WW3 is fought with nukes, WW4 will be fought with rocks.”

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:14:36pm

re: #34 allegro

Something hard just clunked and bounced on my roof. =O I think Ms Luna will have to do without my admiration tonight.

Santa got extra drunk this year?

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:15:59pm

re: #35 Dave In Austin

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Who ya gonna call?

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allegro  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:17:18pm

re: #41 austin_blue

Yeah, we’ve got a solid overcast at 1500 feet. Keeps the fireworks smoke down at the surface, though. And the noise. Poor dogs.

Buddy is doing admirably well. Snuggled in tight with his head under a pillow. Storm is sucking and kneading like crazy on his purple mama pillow. Onyx the Fearless is like “Wut.”

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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:17:38pm

re: #40 teleskiguy

Like I said downstairs, I’m in a mood, and I’m not hopeful for the future.

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There are always people not hopeful for the future. And it happens anyway.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:19:36pm

re: #46 Belafon

There are always people not hopeful for the future. And it happens anyway.

Deep thoughts!

Jack Handy approves.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:20:12pm

re: #35 Dave In Austin

Meanwhile in the men’s room, the racist ghost housekeeper is giving a symposium on how to “correct” naughty children and wives, and properly clean wine stains.

Leave it to Stanley Kubrick to make a movie that not only for the first time in movie history features a racist ghost, but a racist ghost who knows how to properly clean wine stains. Genius!
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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:20:27pm

re: #45 allegro

Buddy is doing admirably well. Snuggled in tight with his head under a pillow. Storm is sucking and kneading like crazy on his purple mama pillow. Onyx the Fearless is like “Wut.”

Storm=boy Onyx=girl

???

haha Storm you bad ass.

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:20:59pm

re: #46 Belafon

There are always people not hopeful for the future. And it happens anyway.

I’m one of those 3.3 million adults in the U.S. that suffers from major depression. Sometimes I hope it happens anyway. If the meteor comes or Yellowstone blows, I will smile and be joyful of my and my species’ destruction.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:21:21pm

“What were you doing when 2017 ended?”

“Surreal humor about salad. And blackstrap rum with Angostura bitters.”

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allegro  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:21:26pm

re: #49 Stanley Sea

Storm=boy Onyx=girl

???

haha Storm you bad ass.

Correct.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:22:39pm

re: #51 The Ghost of a Flea

“What were you doing when 2017 ended?”

“Surreal humor about salad. And blackstrap rum with Angostura bitters.”

Hey, it’s a paying gig!

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:23:25pm

re: #53 austin_blue

Hey, it’s a paying gig!

The customers at Chaturbate disagree.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:23:29pm

re: #51 The Ghost of a Flea

“What were you doing when 2017 ended?”

“Surreal humor about salad. And blackstrap rum with Angostura bitters.”

Neighbors raging next door.

I should join, but.

Maybe for the pot.

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:25:26pm

Some fucking redneck just unloaded a 30-round magazine with an assault rifle with a bump stock not far from here. I hate these fucking holidays.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:26:18pm

re: #55 Stanley Sea

Neighbors raging next door.

I should join, but.

Maybe for the pot.

Never volunteer to placate an argument on NYE. Often fueled by booze. If you’re in Texas, often ended by gunfire.

Just sayin’.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:27:18pm

Sure would like to hit the sack and not be interrupted by any more gunfire, but I know the worst is coming in 90 minutes…

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:28:27pm

re: #56 teleskiguy

Some fucking redneck just unloaded a 30-round magazine with an assault rifle with a bump stock not far from here. I hate these fucking holidays.

I miss the good old days when we would just drink whiskey and pump-shoot five rounds from the 12-gauge holiday shotgun. Good times.

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teleskiguy  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:29:47pm

re: #56 teleskiguy

There it goes again. It sounds like a fucking fully automatic weapon. Totally legal. Just… fuck. I’m off to bed.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:32:41pm

re: #51 The Ghost of a Flea

“What were you doing when 2017 ended?”

“Surreal humor about salad. And blackstrap rum with Angostura bitters.”

The real joke is that the former prompted the latter, not vice versa.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:34:06pm

re: #60 teleskiguy

There it goes again. It sounds like a fucking fully automatic weapon. Totally legal. Just… fuck. I’m off to bed.

Bump stock. So there, Libtards!

Pull the Kevlar blanket over your head. Take care, dude. We love you.

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makeitstop  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:35:41pm

8 degrees out there now. Gonna need more blankies.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:37:09pm

re: #57 austin_blue

Never volunteer to placate an argument on NYE. Often fueled by booze. If you’re in Texas, often ended by gunfire.

Just sayin’.

Ah, raging to me is partying loud & hard. No trouble. I’ll be in bed & oblivious if it gets that far.

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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:40:57pm

Unrelated. Just putting them in one comment:

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Single-handed sailor  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:43:03pm
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Belafon  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:46:34pm

We should find a way to not only laugh at them, but to let them know they are being laughed at.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:47:40pm

OK, calling it a night.
I’m expecting an awesome headache in the AM. after guzzling nearly a whole bottle of rather cheap champagne by my lonesome.

May we survive the new year

“Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís.”
That we would be alive this time again

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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:47:59pm

I can’t wait for VB’s take on Ivanka’s dress.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:48:48pm

re: #69 Stanley Sea

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makeitstop  Dec 31, 2017 • 10:52:54pm

re: #70 Stanley Sea

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Felons and spawn.

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De Kolta Chair  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:07:41pm

re: #67 Belafon

Robot Roll Call:
Pencebot! (Pan far right!)
Omarosa! (Bye, Felicia!)
Bob Mueller! (What a cool guy!)
Truuump! (Wisecracker!)

If you’re wondering how Trump eats and breathes
and other alternate facts (la la la),
Then repeat to yourself, It’s not a reality show,
I should really just relax
For Republican Anti-Science Theater 3000!

And with that, I bid my friends a happy new year and a good Bill Nighy.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:09:52pm

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:11:34pm

re: #71 makeitstop

Felons and spawn.

But they always speak so highly of you!

And yeah, that outfit is atrocious. The dress, the totems hanging off her ears. The spikes.

Your father is the President of the United States. Why dress like a very expensive call girl at the bar at The Plaza?

Happy New Year to the Lizards in the Mountain Time Zone!

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Amory Blaine  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:20:31pm

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Amory Blaine  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:22:34pm

Green Goddess and hot bacon drizzled on the iceberg.

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austin_blue  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:23:54pm

Well, that’s it for me. Night all, sweet dreams. A Martha Grimes paperback needs some readin’. And a cuddle with She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Back in the day, Charles Dickens opened a novel with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

That’s how I kind of feel about where we are right now. It can go either way. It’s our job, I think, to push it toward the best of times. Hard work, but worth it in the end. Let’s do all we can do to make that happen.

The status quo is not sustainable.

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Amory Blaine  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:24:10pm

A friend of ours gave us a deer and we got it back from the processors last week. Been eating a lot of venison for breakfast.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:28:17pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:30:06pm

I asked Alexa to play the Eagles.

I’m sharing this selection because it is soo good & not as popular.

I CAN´T TELL YOU WHY - EAGLES

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electrotek  Dec 31, 2017 • 11:58:01pm

re: #20 Belafon

Happy New Year from the center. Specifically Dallas.

I spent my New Year’s near downtown at Nobel Rey Brewery since my friend was DJ’ing at the time (got in as his +1 lol) and holy Christ it’s insanely cold tonight. I only had one drink since I rarely drink and when I do it’s usually no more than 1-2 drinks (I know I’m a sinner of a Muslim but oh well, only God can judge me lol) but I was sold on the free fold as part of the +1 LOL

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Stanley Sea  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:01:44am
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BigPapa  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:01:50am

re: #80 Stanley Sea

My parents loved the Eagles, and Willie. Soundtrack of my youth with my parents.

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BigPapa  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:04:02am

Ya’ll are a year ahead for the next two hours. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Cheechako  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:14:06am

With loud explosions waking me up, I crawled out my sick-bed and lo’ and behold, I find myself a year behind everyone else. I hope no-one was hurt in the cosmic transmutation.

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JordanRules  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:23:02am

re: #80 Stanley Sea

Love this!!!!!

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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:24:42am
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JordanRules  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:26:50am

I loved seeing Lemon introduce his boo to the world!

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Stanley Sea  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:30:16am

re: #88 JordanRules

I loved seeing Lemon introduce his boo to the world!

Exceptional. And Brooke met her mate there too. Ah, love!

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JordanRules  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:43:26am

re: #89 Stanley Sea

I was in serious squee mode. A wonderful, happy 4some!

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BigPapa  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:53:02am

re: #88 JordanRules

I read he met him last NY’s eve. Total RomCom fodder.

My sister met her hubs on safari in Africa.

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Cheechako  Jan 1, 2018 • 1:06:48am

The annual NYE war just started. Loud explosions and gunfire in all direction. No incoming hits, so far. Buried down in the fox hole. Please check in the AM to see if I survived.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 1, 2018 • 1:11:39am

I went to sleep in 2017, and woke up in 2018. Whaddaye miss? (Scrolls up).

I don’t usually comment on women’s clothing (or men’s for that matter), but Ivanka Trump’s dress struck me as a taffeta rip off of Leeloo’s clothes in The Fifth Element.

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Cheechako  Jan 1, 2018 • 1:15:32am

Here we go again. FUCKING ANTI-VAXERS!!

Mumps outbreak spreads beyond Anchorage

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 1, 2018 • 1:20:28am

re: #94 Cheechako

Her we go again. FUCKING ANTI-VAXERS!!

Mumps outbreak spreads beyond Anchorage

Because even if MMR vaccines caused autism (they don’t), autism is so much worse than dying.

I came down with a second round of mumps (as an adult) thanks to Christmas carolers in 2012. Adult mumps is no fun.

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wheat-dogg  Jan 1, 2018 • 2:05:44am

re: #14 Belafon

I had to Google her. She was a nude model before such a thing was acceptable. Now, she could be the First Lady.

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Bubblehead II  Jan 1, 2018 • 2:58:30am
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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 4:54:43am

re: #96 wheat-dogg

I had to Google her. She was a nude model before such a thing was acceptable. Now, she could be the First Lady.

I had to look her up as well. I just thought the picture was neat to look at.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:14:37am

re: #70 Stanley Sea

She’s taking fashion tips from Leeloo from The Fifth Element. Milla Jovovich could pull it off, Ivanka not so much. And, who the hell was the tailor? That dress fits like it’s off the shelf for an entirely different body type.

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wheat-dogg  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:17:35am

re: #98 Belafon

I had to look her up as well. I just thought the picture was neat to look at.

Agreed. The high contrast makes for an eye-catching shot, plus that long hair!

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:21:27am

re: #93 Anymouse 🌹

I went to sleep in 2017, and woke up in 2018. Whaddaye miss? (Scrolls up).

I don’t usually comment on women’s clothing (or men’s for that matter), but Ivanka Trump’s dress struck me as a taffeta rip off of Leeloo’s clothes in The Fifth Element.

Well, I posted sorta the same thing, seven hours later….

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:24:26am

Ok first day of 2018, whadda ya got?

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:28:11am

It’s 8 fewkin’ degrees here in DC. ‘Tis weather fit neither for beast nor man. Damn, it’s cold.

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makeitstop  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:39:47am

[ turns on lights, looks around ]

I’m the first one in this morning? How the hell did that happen?

Still cold, sunny af though.

Happy New Year, y’all.

[ goes to clean up mess ]

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:40:15am

re: #87 electrotek

Woody Guthrie’s New Years Resolutions from 1943.

33. Wake up and fight.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:40:19am

re: #103 Colère Tueur de Lapin

It’s 8 fewkin’ degrees here in DC. ‘Tis weather fit neither for beast nor man. Damn, it’s cold.

The reading is 2F here in NW PA.

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:41:39am

re: #102 Eventual Carrion

Ok first day of 2018, whadda ya got?

The AC in my house is heating upstairs but not downstairs. It’s 16 outside, which is quite cool here in Dallas. So, right now, it’s 68 upstairs, and 62 down. I think the valve that regulates flow isn’t opening for downstairs. That kind of sucks because 1) I had it replaced about 5 or 6 years ago, and 2) when the upstairs doesn’t need the heat, the unit is pushing against the valve. Hopefully, someone can come out today and look at it.

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A Mom Anon  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:43:18am

re: #103 Colère Tueur de Lapin

It’s 16 degrees just a bit north of Atlanta. Windy, gray and cold. Blurgh. Our NYE was quiet, except for the obligatory gunfire (why America? Why?) and fireworks. We hung out, had some Prosecco at midnight and watched some movies.

Happy 2018 Lizards. I really hope this year isn’t as fraught with loss and bullshit as 2017. Not sure how much more my battered and bruised heart can take.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:44:58am

re: #107 Belafon

The AC in my house is heating upstairs but not downstairs. It’s 16 outside, which is quite cool here in Dallas. So, right now, it’s 68 upstairs, and 62 down. I think the valve that regulates flow isn’t opening for downstairs. That kind of sucks because 1) I had it replaced about 5 or 6 years ago, and 2) when the upstairs doesn’t need the heat, the unit is pushing against the valve. Hopefully, someone can come out today and look at it.

If you have manual registers to balance your flow, make sure all the upper floor are open.
Then hope the problem is just related to the unusual weather.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:49:18am

re: #94 Cheechako

Here we go again. FUCKING ANTI-VAXERS!!

Mumps outbreak spreads beyond Anchorage

“The outbreak has been strongly hitting Anchorage’s Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian populations.”

PI/Hawaiians in Anchorage? Bummer.

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:52:10am

re: #109 Decatur Deb

If you have manual registers to balance your flow, make sure all the upper floor are open.
Then hope the problem is just related to the unusual weather.

I don’t think we have what you are talking about. The entire regulation of flow is control of that three position valve I mentioned above plus the vent covers in each room.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:52:12am

re: #107 Belafon

The AC in my house is heating upstairs but not downstairs. It’s 16 outside, which is quite cool here in Dallas. So, right now, it’s 68 upstairs, and 62 down. I think the valve that regulates flow isn’t opening for downstairs. That kind of sucks because 1) I had it replaced about 5 or 6 years ago, and 2) when the upstairs doesn’t need the heat, the unit is pushing against the valve. Hopefully, someone can come out today and look at it.

Good luck. 68 is what I used to keep my temp set at. But since I started having to take blood thinners I have moved up to 72. 68 just seemed too chill anymore.

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BigPapa  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:53:48am

re: #110 Decatur Deb

Don’t know what it is but Hawaiians love AK. And Vegas.

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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:55:10am

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!
WHO WANTS SOME BREFFISST!?!

♯GET UP GET OUT OF BED♯
♯WAKE UP YOU SLEEPY HEAD♯

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:55:27am

re: #111 Belafon

I don’t think we have what you are talking about. The entire regulation of flow is control of that three position valve I mentioned above plus the vent covers in each room.

I play with little vanes that function like your vent covers. For example, the one over the Christmas tree is flipped closed to prevent drying. Guessing all your covers are off, then.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 5:57:27am

re: #113 BigPapa

Don’t know what it is but Hawaiians love AK. And Vegas.

We had a large self-selected contingent of Samoan soldiers near the DMZ in Korea, but I always thought that was because it’s the easiest place to travel home from.

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jeffreyw  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:00:03am

Imgur
Good morning!

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Chrysicat  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:08:06am

So I take it the polar vortex is weakening again, thus bringing extra-cold air as far south as Savannah?

I mean, ATL and DAL below 20F—even at the coldest time of year—yikes!

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:10:04am

re: #115 Decatur Deb

I play with little vanes that function like your vent covers. For example, the one over the Christmas tree is flipped closed to prevent drying. Guessing all your covers are off, then.

They’re the vanes like you’re talking about. And they’re all open. I don’t generally touch them because they’re in the ceilings in each room.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:10:28am

re: #118 Chrysicat

So I take it the polar vortex is weakening again, thus bringing extra-cold air as far south as Savannah?

I mean, ATL and DAL below 20F—even at the coldest time of year—yikes!

Going out to unwrap the lemon tree in a few minutes. We got down to 26, a couple hundred miles south of ATL.

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Chrysicat  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:13:41am
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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:15:11am

I duuno how low it went but it’s now (8:15am) 31 degrees in Houston with a 19 degree wind chill. I jumped outa bed long enough to turn the heaters on and hit the on button for the coffee maker. Buddy and I are staying under the warm covers in bed until the place thaws out. Brrrrr.

Good morning and happy new year and shit.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:18:14am

re: #121 Chrysicat

I put in a winter garden—mostly salad and peas. I’ll have to install a 6 mil poly cover over its protective hoop house in a couple hours.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:19:58am

Morning Lizardim and Happy New Year from the frigid, clear, and sunny wild north country. Today’s hangover is reasonably manageable, which clearly means I didn’t party hearty enough last night. How go things among the lizardfolk on this promising New Year’s Day?

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A Mom Anon  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:20:36am

re: #123 Decatur Deb

I am hoping my lavender plants survived, but I am not at all hopeful.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:22:32am

re: #125 A Mom Anon

I am hoping my lavender plants survived, but I am not at all hopeful.

Note to self: Move spice pots into the hoop house.

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:22:33am

re: #121 Chrysicat

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I’m 48, and I grew up in Abilene, but for as long as I can remember, we always had one or two small stretches where it got really cold (I can even remember it hitting zero a few times). Last year was actually a bit of an anomaly, we had a mild winter and went barely below freezing only a couple of days.

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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:22:34am

re: #82 Stanley Sea

That was a fun trip into into Patty Smyth’s wiki page. Reminded me of a few good songs I haven’t heard in a while, including:

The Hooters - All You Zombies

I am quietly waiting for the glorious return of the all powerful mullet!
May the mullet be with you.

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makeitstop  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:26:38am

re: #128 Shropshire Slasher

That was a fun trip into into Patty Smyth’s wiki page. Reminded me of a few good songs I haven’t heard in a while, including:

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I am quietly waiting for the glorious return of the all powerful mullet!
May the mullet be with you.

Hooters came up at dinner last night. The two principals of the band were largely responsible for Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She’s So Unusual’ album.

Fun fact: Hooters started out in Philly as a ska band.

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A Mom Anon  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:28:54am

re: #126 Decatur Deb

Mine are in the ground and about 2 yrs old. I have always had lavender here, I bought a dozen teeny plants 19 yrs ago and planted them in beds around the patio. They grew really well there, but after 17 yrs or so, they began to die back way too much to clip back and hope for regrowth. My gardens and yard are a mess. We didn’t even rake leaves or anything yet. The year got away from me and clouded up with too much sad stuff for me to focus on it. My spring is going to be busy.

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wheat-dogg  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:31:23am

re: #121 Chrysicat

On the bright side, cold winters might kill off some kudzu. /

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:33:39am

good new year to all
i’m coming out of my coughing induced haze. more oxygen to the brain maybe and i can focus on some stories

this one, the swatting death of Andrew Finch is burning me. Here’s why and it won’t take long:

Forget that SWAT didnt know. let them assume the threat at the house was real
they surround the house - SWAT
Andrew comes to the door. let’s also forget his confusion, fear and all that
neither side really knows what’s going on - forget it all

He “reaches for his waistband” (whatever that means) and bang. That’s it.

My question:
Surround by SWAT
X guns trained on him
How long could they have waited to see what he was really doing?
Which individual cop was threatened? Who felt his life was so in danger he could not have waited? 1 second? 5?

Say he actually did start to draw a gun - kill him then.

SWAT - guns, armor, helmets, shields - every tactical advantage there is
maybe determine it was just a twitch or whatever

How does a move toward the waistband SURROUNDED BY SWAT justify that immediate, instantaneous and irrevocable decision to kill without verification?

BEFORE getting into the fact that they go in assuming the threat is real and that they are at the right place

1 second more, 5? 10? no cop’s life threatened, no one dead

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The Major  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:33:43am

Hello 2018….I think I’ll start off my year and join Archer if he’ll share his pitcher….

Archers “Bloody Mary prayer”

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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:34:45am

Good Morning!

And Happy New Year.

I hope 2018 brings a good year and some decent political results.

I forgot to say that last night…I went out to check out the midnight noise and came back in and proceeded to nod off.

Pretty quit evening as far as the big firecrackers and gun shots. Seems like the bitter cold cut that back. You could tell, there was a 2 minute barrage and then it went mostly quiet. Usually it lasts 15 minutes to a half hour.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:40:22am

re: #132 dangerman

Cops is decidedly a pro-cop show. Watching the LEO screaming ‘instructions’ to their subjects makes it obvious that no one is going to react adequately to their induced chaos.

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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:42:39am

re: #132 dangerman

Don’t forget the distance. The officers seemed far away to me. I wonder if the murderer had gloves on.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:45:48am

re: #132 dangerman

In the words of Lt. Enzo Hawker, “You have to know exactly what you are doing before you decide to use guns.”

From David Drake’s At Any Price.

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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:46:15am

I must have a dozen fluffy mooching birds at the bird feeder. I like the hull-less sunflower seeds, as they don’t make a mess, but a little more expensive. These slacker birds sure like their handouts. The cats would sit in their cat tree by the window and bark at them, now they just lay in front of the wood stove.

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Chrysicat  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:50:08am

re: #132 dangerman

OTOH, it appears that it may soon be open season on cops, if too many people copy the guy in Highlands Ranch.

Because it’s not like intentionally setting off a noise complaint to draw cops into your free-fire zone is beyond the average MAGAt’s frame of knowledge…

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A Mom Anon  Jan 1, 2018 • 6:55:55am

re: #132 dangerman

Surely cops, especially those trained for SWAT, would know this shit is happening, the idiotic swatting thing, right? This isn’t the first time assholes have done this sort of shit to someone they have issues with. If SWAT teams around the country aren’t aware of this shit, then someone’s failing to do their job.

I hope everyone responsible for this murder end up in jail.

I know people love their video games, but maybe online gaming isn’t the best thing for some people.

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Varek Raith  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:10:52am

Who broke the sun?

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FormerDirtDart  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:11:04am

Nuked glass of Iced Tea.
Nice morning pick me up, and pleasantly warming after a cold rainy beast walk

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wheat-dogg  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:12:00am

re: #141 Varek Raith

Who broke the sun?

It’s the Germans and the Chinese with those danged solar panels.

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Mattand  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:12:49am

Hey, gang:

Happy New Year!

And for those of you in Freedonia: Blessed Sock Garter Eve!

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FormerDirtDart  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:14:59am
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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:16:19am

Happy New Year, everybody.
Somehow an exotic flu bug made it past this year’s vaccination and made me sick for the long weekend, so the year can only get better.

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I cannot.  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:19:26am

re: #146 jaunte

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

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freetoken  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:26:46am

re: #143 wheat-dogg

It’s the Germans and the Chinese with those danged solar panels.

THEY’RE SUCKING UP ALL OUR SUNLIGHT!!

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:29:16am
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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:29:43am
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wheat-dogg  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:33:11am

re: #150 jaunte

Replace Trump’s name with Louis XVI, and it would carry the same meaning.

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wheat-dogg  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:33:49am

And with that, I bid you all adieu for the night.

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Chrysicat  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:34:06am

re: #151 wheat-dogg

I take it you think his family will be a”head” of the game sometime before 2024?

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:38:52am

re: #141 Varek Raith

Who broke the sun?

Woopsy. That was me. I was testing out a Dyson sphere concept.

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Ace Rothstein  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:40:24am

re: #150 jaunte

What an awful dress.

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I cannot.  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:42:07am

re: #155 Ace Rothstein

I’ve yakked up stuff that looked better than that.

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:42:57am

Lawfare blog just posted a series of interesting essays:

“The Survival of Norms: The Department of Justice and the President’s ‘Absolute Rights’”

“On President Trump and the Intelligence Community “

“Why Trump’s War on the Deep State Is Failing—So Far”


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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:50:22am

re: #157 jaunte

Lawfare blog just posted a series of interesting essays:

We have to get to a point where we can do something about that first point. There needs to be a part of the DOJ that is independent of the president. I haven’t thought enough yet how to do that, though.

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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:50:27am

re: #145 FormerDirtDart

The Hill

@thehill
JUST IN: Trump begins 2018 with seventh consecutive day at his private golf club hill.cm

9:37 AM - Jan 1, 2018

Did he play this much golf prior to running and becoming President?

I still have a feeling he is playing this much golf to escape the pressure he is under.

Maybe his golfing is picking up because the pressure of Mueller is also picking up.

If he refuses to come off the course some day soon we will know it has all gotten to him.

Here is a suggestion. Resign. Play golf and go away.

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 7:54:16am

re: #158 Belafon

Reading the war on the deep state essay; they say things are shaky, but still holding, both because there is resistance, and that Trump is incompetent and not so bold as he pretends.

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plansbandc  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:00:51am

Happy New Year everyone!

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Old Liberal  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:03:00am

re: #160 jaunte

Reading the war on the deep state essay; they say things are shaky, but still holding, both because there is resistance, and that Trump is incompetent and not so bold as he pretends.

I wonder how compromised the Republican Senators and Representatives are vis a vis Russia. It seems to explain their behavior better than simply getting their agenda passed. The idea that some are being blackmailed seems likely to me.

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:05:17am

re: #162 Old Liberal

Maybe a few, but I think the more likely explanation is their primary politics. If they’re in safe R districts, it doesn’t pay to disturb the radicals by going against Trump.

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Teukka  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:05:29am

re: #162 Old Liberal

I wonder how compromised the Republican Senators and Representatives are vis a vis Russia. It seems to explain their behavior better than simply getting their agenda passed. The idea that some are being blackmailed seems likely to me.

Me too. :(

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:06:56am

Happy New year from where the bullets fall in winter. My word who had the balls to fire clips of full auto around here? I should check the pool and roof, lol.

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Teukka  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:07:43am

re: #162 Old Liberal

I wonder how compromised the Republican Senators and Representatives are vis a vis Russia. It seems to explain their behavior better than simply getting their agenda passed. The idea that some are being blackmailed seems likely to me.

Another idea would be that they have been conned into some “Global Conservative World Order” sort of scam by Putin & Co.

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:08:18am
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A Mom Anon  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:08:18am

re: #159 ObserverArt

I bet this is his normal. I don’t get why anyone would think for a second this is a guy who spends 8-12 hours a day actually working. He inherited wealth and has used his connections to find people to work for him (most of whom have to be more competent than he is or we’d have never heard of his stupid ass), including his kids- who I highly doubt spend much time working either. He’s not a smart businessman, barely made it through business school, and is mostly it seems a figurehead for his business “empire”. So what else would he be doing? Charity work? (hahahaha, oh, look, I made a funny joke)Helping raise his young son? I’d bet he’s pissed because being President interrupts his fucking golf routine.

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Mike Lamb  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:09:59am

re: #16 teleskiguy

Unfortunately, the ski season close to being a total bust. I’m just hopeful we can get a couple of good dumps, particularly in the spring, to wet everything down. Given how wet we were in the mountains last winter, there’s a lot of potential fuel. We are going to have a really bad fire season if we don’t get precipitation.

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Old Liberal  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:12:17am

re: #163 jaunte

Maybe a few, but I think the more likely explanation is their primary politics. If they’re in safe R districts, it doesn’t pay to disturb the radicals by going against Trump.

I agree that primaries are a consideration, I also would acknowledge that getting their agenda is a consideration. But the way they have drawn back, refuse to pass anything protecting Mueller, most refuse to comment on anything, Nunes is hosting secret plotting sessions, all are standing by as Trump tries to destroy the FBI’s reputation, Lindsey Graham’s turnaround, it all smells to me of a fear that is more primal than political calculation.

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Mike Lamb  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:13:10am

re: #159 ObserverArt

I think it’s possible he’s playing more golf as president because his club makes so much money off every visit.

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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:13:57am

re: #160 jaunte

Reading the war on the deep state essay; they say things are shaky, but still holding, both because there is resistance, and that Trump is incompetent and not so bold as he pretends.

An excellent article. Highly recommended read for today for a more hopeful 2018.

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Old Liberal  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:14:13am

re: #165 Unshaken Defiance

Happy New year from where the bullets fall in winter. My word who had the balls to fire clips of full auto around here? I should check the pool and roof, lol.

I remember when we in America cast derision on those third world cultures that celebrate by firing of weapons. We are now them. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:15:03am

re: #156 I cannot.

I’ve yakked up stuff that looked better than that.

…said every cat everywhere

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I cannot.  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:20:00am

lawfareblog.com

And some, like Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have simply vanished from public view.

I…had forgotten the position of DNI even existed. I mean, Dan Coats was never a super-obvious person in Washington, he wasn’t loud and obnoxious, he had some nice committee assignments…but, the dude just plain ghosted this year.

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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:24:57am

re: #169 Mike Lamb

Unfortunately, the ski season close to being a total bust. I’m just hopeful we can get a couple of good dumps, particularly in the spring, to wet everything down. Given how wet we were in the mountains last winter, there’s a lot of potential fuel. We are going to have a really bad fire season if we don’t get precipitation.

I am not a follower of snow seasons in Colorado. But I seem to remember sometimes things are not so good for skiing prior to the holidays and then it all changes and you guys have snow all through April.

For the skiing industry and for teleskiguy’s piggy bank I hope you all get hammered soon.

Of course, I understand it is best to have tons of snow prior to Thanksgiving so you get the crowds on holiday vacations. So, there is that.

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:25:30am

re: #140 A Mom Anon

Surely cops, especially those trained for SWAT, would know this shit is happening, the idiotic swatting thing, right? This isn’t the first time assholes have done this sort of shit to someone they have issues with. If SWAT teams around the country aren’t aware of this shit, then someone’s failing to do their job.

I hope everyone responsible for this murder end up in jail.

I know people love their video games, but maybe online gaming isn’t the best thing for some people.

this wasnt one cop in a hallway with a ‘perp’

it saddens me that even when i take away all the gamer stuff - who knew what, should have known, couldn’t have known, wrong house. take away that they dont even try to validate the situation, etc:

they executed this man from behind a wall of shields and armor that easily could have protected every cop there for at least the 10 seconds it took to see what his hand was doing, if anything

well, on to the next outrage

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nines09  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:28:17am

Happy New Year all. Didn’t hear any noise at all last night, the witching hour passed uneventful. It was brutal cold. Right now it’s a balmy 6 degrees.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:29:54am

re: #178 nines09

You think bubbles freezing is cool, wait till you see the cryogenics at -25 degrees F (-32 degrees C):

Instant reaction-boiling water freezing in mid air temprature | mpemba effect | shockwave

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:32:30am

re: #175 I cannot.

lawfareblog.com

…, the dude just plain ghosted this year.

Think that’s in the job description.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:35:57am

There’s usually quite a bit of noise here on New Years Eve, but not this time — it was eerily quiet. Well, 2017 was exhausting. Here’s to a more hopeful 2018.

Take care of yourselves and Resist.

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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:36:06am

re: #177 dangerman

this wasnt one cop in a hallway with a ‘perp’

it saddens me that even when i take away all the gamer stuff - who knew what, should have known, couldn’t have known, wrong house. take away that they dont even try to validate the situation, etc:

they executed this man from behind a wall of shields and armor that easily could have protected every cop there for at least the 10 seconds it took to see what his hand was doing, if anything

well, on to the next outrage

I think we have to acknowledge the role of the NRA, right-wing media, and its political cover for our outa control gun culture. LEOs have to assume that everyone is armed and dangerous for their own protection. Hyper alert and ready to fire. This is directly causative of deaths of innocents, such as this man and so many others.

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Alephnaught  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:39:00am

Happy New Year from Glasgow!

Was pretty quiet at our end, compared to what I’ve gathered from some of you upthread: spent Hogmanay (As we call New Year’s Eve in Scotland.) in the house with BBC Alba’s Hogmanay Ceilidh on the telly. Best Hogmanay show in Scotland, excellent musicianship from Manran, although the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band were no slouches either. (You can get it the iPlayer here, although you’ll need to IP spoof it to pretend you’re from the UK.)

The only noises outside were the of burst of fireworks, and the odd burst of singing drunks in the streets outside after midnight.

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sagehen  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:39:58am

re: #183 Alephnaught

Happy New Year from Glasgow!

Was pretty quiet at our end, compared to what I’ve gathered from some of you upthread: spent Hogmanay (As we call New Year’s Eve in Scotland.) in the house with BBC Alba’s Hogmanay Ceilidh on the telly. Best Hogmanay show in Scotland, excellent musicianship from Manran, although the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band we’re no slouches either. (You can get it the iPlayer here, although you’ll need to IP spoof it to pretend you’re from the UK.)

The only noises outside were the of burst of fireworks, and the odd burst of singing drunks in the streets outside after midnight.

Do you guys still do that “first foot” thing?

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:47:06am

re: #182 allegro

I think we have to acknowledge the role of the NRA, right-wing media, and its political cover for our outa control gun culture. LEOs have to assume that everyone is armed and dangerous for their own protection. Hyper alert and ready to fire. This is directly causative of deaths of innocents, such as this man and so many others.

you are right
i dont want you to be

its as if the only tool they had was to shoot
all those other special weapons and tactics? i didnt see any tactics. awol

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:51:41am

re: #185 dangerman

re: #182 allegro

I think we have to acknowledge the role of the NRA, right-wing media, and its political cover for our outa control gun culture. LEOs have to assume that everyone is armed and dangerous for their own protection. Hyper alert and ready to fire. This is directly causative of deaths of innocents, such as this man and so many others.

Those guys get wound too tight. We have training problem in many agencies. Hyper alert yes, predisposed to shoot before assess, no.

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Alephnaught  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:56:14am

re: #184 sagehen

Do you guys still do that “first foot” thing?

Oh, definitely, hence the singing after midnight. It’s not as common as it used to be, as Hogmanay parties tend to be more of a get together of friends and family these days, so there’s less need to travel between houses or venues, but it still is a tradition, usually between nearby neighbours that are having their own parties.

You know that tradition about first foots bringing a lump of coal as a gift? Our local branch of Lidl’s actually had a small open bag of coal at the exit on Dec 31st, so that departing customers could get a lump as they left for their first foot gift. Me and the other half paid a visit to the next door neighbours in our close, only in this case the gift wasn’t a lump of coal, it was use of a corkscrew in order to get a bottle of wine open.

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Sea Mexican!  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:57:12am

Happy new year!! May this be better than we expect.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 1, 2018 • 8:58:32am

re: #188 Sea Mexican!

Happy new year!! May this be better than we expect.

Happy New year!

Jewish men singing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”

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Sea Mexican!  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:05:13am

This Christmas season has been a bit of a downer, if expected (our Christmas season doesn’t end until at least January 6). Few people decorated, and the air just doesn’t feel like Christmas.

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Mike Lamb  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:05:34am

re: #176 ObserverArt

I am not a follower of snow seasons in Colorado. But I seem to remember sometimes things are not so good for skiing prior to the holidays and then it all changes and you guys have snow all through April.

For the skiing industry and for teleskiguy’s piggy bank I hope you all get hammered soon.

Of course, I understand it is best to have tons of snow prior to Thanksgiving so you get the crowds on holiday vacations. So, there is that.

We are usually good for some big dumps between now and early May, but we are way behind pace right now.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:07:37am
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Semper Fi  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:12:38am

Happy New Year Lizardom it has been another delightful year following all of you. All is never 100% favorable and I’ve heard of many sad times and always wished you well. You guys are winners regardless and possess a beautiful sense of humor that sometimes has me crying with laughter. Thank you and c’mon 2020.

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Skip Intro  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:12:59am

Happy New Year from the NRA.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:13:38am

re: #192 The Vicious Babushka

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Mrs. Fish is baking ribs for lunch. Nom.

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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:15:41am

I’ve got a peach cobbler in the oven to be followed by jalapeno corn muffins. The black-eyed peas and ham are already cooked and ready to be warmed at supper time. Just gotta put a salad together that will NOT be a wedge salad and chop some green onions to garnish the entree. Advancing the schedule today since our water is going to be shut off at 5. Better one day without water than burst pipes and many days without. At least that’s how I console myself for the inconvenience.

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Ace-o-aces  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:17:35am
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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:19:48am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:22:48am

re: #199 jaunte

I wish Lieu could run for President.

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Alephnaught  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:25:06am

re: #157 jaunte

Lawfare blog just posted a series of interesting essays:

I’ve been reading some of the essays. I notice Mr Trump (mis)quoted one of them, which is pretty funny, considering this essay said about Trump:

Trump has another personality liability for the project at hand, one that fewer people notice: He is ultimately a wuss. He talks about his boldness all the time, and a lot of people—including his enemies—lap up the self-description. He likes to talk in sweeping, grandiose terms about the things he is going to do and the things he has done. In practice, however, he’s actually very cautious most of the time. Think about it this way: Leaving aside Trump’s words and claims about himself, do the actions of his first year in office generally bespeak boldness? Yes, he left the Paris Climate Agreement. And yes, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. And yes, he did the travel ban. But think about all of the bold things Trump has promised and backed away from: scrapping NAFTA and waging a trade war against the Chinese, ditching the Iran deal, walking away from Europe, draining the swamp, and confronting conservative orthodoxy on taxation.

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:26:36am

re: #195 Skip Intro

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Happy New Year from the NRA.

allegedly used a semi-automatic rifle owned by a family member

ie an unsecured weapon was likely turned on its owner

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sagehen  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:30:41am

re: #201 Alephnaught

But think about all of the bold things Trump has promised and backed away from: scrapping NAFTA and waging a trade war against the Chinese, ditching the Iran deal, walking away from Europe, draining the swamp, and confronting conservative orthodoxy on taxation.

Did he back away from those because he’s a wuss, or is it (more likely I think) that he just never intended to in the first place, he just said what he thought those potential voters wanted to hear.

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:31:53am

re: #201 Alephnaught

I’ve been reading some of the essays. I notice Mr Trump (mis)quoted one of them, which is pretty funny, considering this essay said about Trump:

he speaks in a bullshit and bluster way that comes out sounding like jabberwocky.
it seems like a language. it isnt.

hes not clever or devious or machiavelli
he is, in fact, ignorant and rambling, faking it - whether he is self aware and thinks so or not doesnt matter

the receivers - listeners, enough of them - also dont know *or* care!! when its pointed out objectively that he’s an idiot; that emperor has no clothes.

that he is in truth a liar, idiot, manipulator (at some level) empty suit, anything but a sort of once in a hundred year’s prescient genius

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:38:23am

electoral-vote has a summary of a bunch of op-heads assessing trumps first “year”
read the whole thing - see where reality is based

at least take a moment and read the right leaning ones - it wont take long

they couldnt for a moment admit there’s a two year old in the driver’s seat and by shear luck we havent left the hightway yet. nor can they admit how close we may have come several times.

no - they see brilliance, i tell ya, just “i meant to do that” brilliance

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:44:46am

re: #205 dangerman

Richard Baris, Rasmussen Reports
Trump’s First Year Accomplishments Compiled In Shockingly Long List: “Looking back on President Donald Trump’s first year in office, he has compiled a shockingly strong record and long list of accomplishments. As was also the case with his rise to the presidency, President Trump has broken several records for a first-year commander-in-chief and fulfilled many of his key campaign promises. Now, that’s not to say he hasn’t had failures and it’s not to mask the fact that many of these accomplishments were unilateral. But it is also true that President Trump has faced an unprecedented level of never-ending obstruction throughout the year. He was the first president in memory to be deprived of the ‘honeymoon’ period after Inauguration Day and, frankly, opposition at times has risen to levels that could arguably constitute downright treason.”

Hmm.

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:47:36am

re: #206 jaunte

Hmm.

Tell me about Obama’s honeymoon period. Also, where in the Constitution does that exist.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:47:46am

re: #206 jaunte

Hmm.

President Obama got a honeymoon period? That’s news to me.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:49:19am

re: #208 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

President Obama got a honeymoon period? That’s news to me.

Forget it Jake, it’s Rasmussen.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:49:27am

re: #195 Skip Intro

Clearly this could have been avoided had the whole family been armed to the teeth.

///

Also, speaking of gun stupidity, I came across this from a “2nd Amendment enthusiast” on FB last week:

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Ace Rothstein  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:50:50am

re: #208 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

President Obama got a honeymoon period? That’s news to me.

If I remember correctly, Mitch McConnell said on day one that his job was to make sure that Obama was a one-term president.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:50:56am

re: #209 Decatur Deb

Forget it Jake, it’s Rassmussen.

I’m pretty sure they’re all doing their damnedest to forget that Obama was even President at all.

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:52:04am

re: #206 jaunte

Hmm.

that plus “deprived of a honeymoon” my ass

From Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the US House of Representatives”

GOP members met on the eve of the inauguration, 2009 During the four hour meeting:
The senior GOP members plotted to bring Congress to a standstill regardless how much it would hurt the American Economy by pledging to obstruct and block President Obama on all legislation.
These Republican members of Congress were not simply airing their complaints regarding the other party’s political platform for four long hours. No, these Republican Congressional Policymakers, who were elected to do ‘the People’s work’ were literally plotting to sabotage, undermine and destroy the U.S. Economy.

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:52:46am

re: #210 Eclectic Cyborg

“…A leaflet of the period sarcastically observed of the venture that “they’re only wounded who hold shares therein”. Production was highly limited and may have been as few as just two guns, one a crude prototype made of iron, the other a finished weapon made from brass.”
en.wikipedia.org

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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:52:49am

re: #210 Eclectic Cyborg

This early automatic weapon was rather bizarrely designed to fire round bullets at Christians and square bullets at the Muslim Turks.lets at the Muslim Turks. Square bullets were believed to cause more severe wounding than round ones, and according to the 1718 patent, ‘would convince the Turks of the benefits of Christian civilisation’.

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:54:14am

re: #215 Belafon

Square bullets. “What problem with jamming?”

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:54:33am

re: #211 Ace Rothstein

If I remember correctly, McConnell said on day one that his job was to make sure that Obama was a one-term president.

actually that quote came some 2 years later -
the sentiment was from day one - see what i just posted above:

re: #213 dangerman

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Ace Rothstein  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:55:37am

I’m looking around trying to find the Founders’ vision and transcripts for the internet back in the 18th century, but I’m not having any luck.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:55:59am

re: #216 jaunte

Square bullets. “What problem with jamming?”

Accurate to approximately 16 inches, at which point the tumbling aerodynamics would cause the projectile to be completely unpredictable.

220
jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:57:44am

re: #205 dangerman

The conservatives agree that Trump has achieved a lot of administrative, judicial and (some) legislative scores that they continue to believe, contrary to all the best evidence, will be good for the country, or at least their narrow interests.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 9:58:42am

re: #215 Belafon

Oh, no wonder the wingnuts are all about it.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:00:18am

re: #220 jaunte

The conservatives agree that Trump has achieved a lot of administrative, judicial and (some) legislative scores that they continue to believe, contrary to all the best evidence, will be good for the country, or at least their narrow interests.

Oh, it’s definitely good for their interests. It isn’t good for the country as a whole, or for anyone else other than themselves, but who cares? Let them pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, right?

///////////////////

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:02:03am
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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:03:05am

re: #222 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Reading this Krugman thread earlier. It seems we have a problem with conservatives who don’t believe in E Pluribus Unum.

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William Lewis  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:04:26am

re: #210 Eclectic Cyborg

Clearly this could have been avoided had the whole family been armed to the teeth.

///

Also, speaking of gun stupidity, I came across this from a “2nd Amendment enthusiast” on FB last week:

[Embedded content]

Never mind that no one bought the worthless things or that our founding fathers would have even heard of it. The 2nd amendment was designed to require all white male property owners (ie voters) to own a military class longarm because the whole militia fantasy was that they could replace the standing army that they feared after the English Civil Wars (aka “New Model Army”) as a threat to their freedom. If they were doing it today, they would have, I believe, happily authorized AR class weapons. That said, support weapons (MGs, mortars, artillery, armor, etc) would have been stored in centralized armories that required federal orders to open and the weapons in civilian hands would have been subject to regulation and training along the lines of the Militia Acts of 1792 & the Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States : to which is added, an appendix, containing the United States militia act, passed in Congress, May, 1792 printed in 1794 by Baron (Von) Steuben. archive.org

Now modern equivalents would be different but the acts and this manual show the detail to which the militia member was supposed to be trained in order to have that military grade long arm. That’s what most of these 2nd amendment nutjobs forget.

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William Lewis  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:06:06am

re: #214 jaunte

“…A leaflet of the period sarcastically observed of the venture that “they’re only wounded who hold shares therein”. Production was highly limited and may have been as few as just two guns, one a crude prototype made of iron, the other a finished weapon made from brass.”
en.wikipedia.org

There is an excellent “Forgotten Weapons” episode on Youtube about the Puckel Gun. The Puckle Gun: Repeating Firepower in 1718

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sagehen  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:06:15am

re: #220 jaunte

The conservatives agree that Trump has achieved a lot of administrative, judicial and (some) legislative scores that they continue to believe, contrary to all the best evidence, will be good for the country, or at least their narrow interests.

Their judicial “achievements” are totally on Mitch McConnell’s shoulders; Trump has zero responsibility (or understanding) of them at all.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:08:48am
229
Unshaken Defiance  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:12:06am
230
ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:13:59am

re: #202 dangerman

ie an unsecured weapon was likely turned on its owner

Who was most likely “the good guy with a gun.”

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:15:30am

re: #225 William Lewis

Never mind that no one bought the worthless things or that our founding fathers would have even heard of it. The 2nd amendment was designed to require all white male property owners (ie voters) to own a military class longarm because the whole militia fantasy was that they could replace the standing army that they feared after the English Civil Wars (aka “New Model Army”) as a threat to their freedom. If they were doing it today, they would have, I believe, happily authorized AR class weapons. That said, support weapons (MGs, mortars, artillery, armor, etc) would have been stored in centralized armories that required federal orders to open and the weapons in civilian hands would have been subject to regulation and training along the lines of the Militia Acts of 1792 & the Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States : to which is added, an appendix, containing the United States militia act, passed in Congress, May, 1792 printed in 1794 by Baron (Von) Steuben. archive.org

Now modern equivalents would be different but the acts and this manual show the detail to which the militia member was supposed to be trained in order to have that military grade long arm. That’s what most of these 2nd amendment nutjobs forget.

Forget or ignore?

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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:16:10am
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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:16:26am
234
Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:16:36am

re: #210 Eclectic Cyborg

Puckle Gun

The Puckle gun was fired in a similar fashion to a conventional flintlock musket; however, after each shot, a crank on the threaded shaft at the rear would be unscrewed to release the cylinder to turn freely. The cylinder would then be advanced by hand to the next chamber, and the crank turned back again to lock the cylinder into the breech of the fixed barrel. The flintlock mechanism could then be primed for another shot: it was triggered using a lever which was separate from the crank assembly.

And, then it was disassembled and reloaded. It’s a musket with some bells and whistles.

It also had a Christian and Muslim configuration. Square bullets for the Muslims to cause Mose damage and show that Christianity was better. Uh, ok.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:17:44am

re: #231 dangerman

Forget or ignore?

Yes.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:19:12am
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Varek Raith  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:19:34am

re: #210 Eclectic Cyborg

Clearly this could have been avoided had the whole family been armed to the teeth.

///

Also, speaking of gun stupidity, I came across this from a “2nd Amendment enthusiast” on FB last week:

[Embedded content]

9 rounds a minute.

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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:19:40am

re: #212 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I’m pretty sure they’re all doing their damnedest to forget that Obama was even President at all.

Now, because by contrast Obama makes The Orange Creep look petty, ignorant and classless.

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dangerman  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:21:25am

re: #229 Unshaken Defiance

[Embedded content]

Gee
Every republican president has taken more vacation in year one than all the democrats

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:23:19am

Noticed that, too, huh?

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jaunte  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:24:37am
242
Ace-o-aces  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:26:47am

He’ll get to work….right after this next round.

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William Lewis  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:31:30am

re: #231 dangerman

Forget or ignore?

Mostly “never knew”. It’s not like the NRA has done any real historical teaching and groups like Appleseed have been far more interested in their propaganda version of the ARW than history.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:45:50am

re: #182 allegro

The Tree of Liberty must be watered with blood!

Sorry to keep going on about this but from here in Canada it looks like the American faith is as bloodthirsty as that of the Aztecs.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:47:44am

re: #244 Romantic Heretic

The 2nd Amendment is not the problem. The PERVERSION of the 2nd Amendment is a problem.

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gocart mozart  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:51:13am
247
Stanley Sea  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:51:44am

Happy New Year LGF!

Woke at 8, went back & slept till 10!!!! Nice!

Now brandy in my coffee & Hoppin John heating up on the stove.

I’ll survive.

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gocart mozart  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:53:33am

re: #241 jaunte

Just found him on the twitters

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William Lewis  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:53:38am

re: #244 Romantic Heretic

The Tree of Liberty must be watered with blood!

Sorry to keep going on about this but from here in Canada it looks like the American faith is as bloodthirsty as that of the Aztecs.

The Aztecs had a theology that explained why they believed that the sun would die or the rain would not come without the various types of human sacrifice they practiced (flaying children’s corpses so that priests could wear their skins to propitiate Tlaloc is possibly the worst).

The 2nd amendment fools don’t even have a false mythology to give these deaths any meaning.

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William Lewis  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:54:02am

Off to work. L8ter!

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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:55:49am
252
electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:57:14am
253
jeffreyw  Jan 1, 2018 • 10:58:20am

Imgur
Hoppin’ John

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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:00:12am
256
gocart mozart  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:03:21am
257
Stanley Sea  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:03:39am

re: #253 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Hoppin” John

Yassss!

Your’s is way prettier than mine will be but still yum!

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:07:10am

re: #226 William Lewis

That was a fascinating bit of firearms history.

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gocart mozart  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:14:01am
260
allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:14:06am

Buddy is angst-ridden, looking for a place to hide that big ass ham bone he’s been gnawing. What are the odds I’ll find it under my pillow and freshly laundered flannel sheets tonight?

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:15:01am

re: #253 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Hoppin” John

Love black-eyed peas, but my blood thinner doesn’t. So many things I like that I have had to kick out of my diet because of these damn pills.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:15:13am

re: #249 William Lewis

I’m afraid I have to disagree with that.

The American faith feels the same way about the universe as the Aztecs.

Thanks to their neo-Calvinist theology the American faithful know they are the last bastion of goodness in the world and that they are constantly at war with ‘evil’. Evil being any idea they don’t understand and/or dislike.

This is why I misquote that Tree of Liberty bit. The American faithful believe if the blood stops flowing the Tree of Liberty will die and evil will win.

To me the similarity between the American faith and the Aztec is striking.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:17:39am

re: #260 allegro

Buddy is angst-ridden, looking for a place to hide that big ass ham bone he’s been gnawing. What are the odds I’ll find it under my pillow and freshly laundered flannel sheets tonight?

Tuck your sheets in!

264
allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:19:02am

re: #263 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Tuck your sheets in!

As if that would stop a truly talented and accomplished burrower.

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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:20:42am

re: #264 allegro

As if that would stop a truly talented and accomplished burrower.

Have you ever posted pics of Buddy? I don’t remember seeing any.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:20:56am
267
jeffreyw  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:24:30am

re: #257 Stanley Sea

Yassss!

Your’s is way prettier than mine will be but still yum!

I used the traditional Betty Crocker recipe, modified for InstaPot.

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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:24:40am

If Da’esh gets involved and starts creating even more bloodshed with their attacks like in Tehran, you know VERY well that Iran will have an even greater pretext to crack down forcibly…and put the West, and Trump, in a tight spot.

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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:28:45am

re: #265 ObserverArt

Have you ever posted pics of Buddy? I don’t remember seeing any.

Buddy in his natural habitat:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:30:41am
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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:32:13am

re: #269 allegro

Buddy in his natural habitat:

[Embedded content]

Thanks. Buddy looks comfy.

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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:35:44am

And bad ass Buddy takes on furry Godzilla:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:37:36am
274
Stanley Sea  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:37:54am

re: #267 jeffreyw

I used the traditional Betty Crocker recipe, modified for InstaPot.

I do this one - with kielbasa

epicurious.com

I’m a little disappointed with the lack of heat - I put in two unseeded jalapenos & it’s not enough. I just chopped more fresh for the top. I think the grocer had weak jalapenos.

275
Ace Rothstein  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:38:40am

re: #270 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:39:51am
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gocart mozart  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:41:24am
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ObserverArt  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:41:32am

re: #273 Backwoods_Sleuth

The Hill

@thehill
Homicides, shootings fall in Chicago in 2017 despite Trump saying city’s crime hit “epidemic proportions” hill.cm

2:33 PM - Jan 1, 2018
21 21 Replies 28 28 Retweets 48 48 likes

They were up in Columbus. I think we got to 141 or so. Of course they city has grown since the late 80s/early 90s when it was pretty bad…but still a sad stat.

As far as Chicago…that is such a common thing to mention to a Trump supporter the truth doesn’t matter one bit. It’s Chicago.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:43:13am

re: #268 electrotek

If Da’esh gets involved and starts creating even more bloodshed with their attacks like in Tehran, you know VERY well that Iran will have an even greater pretext to crack down forcibly…and put the West, and Trump, in a tight spot.

Daesh may soon be said to be involved whether that ever really happens or not. Unsurprising, but I’m upset at how that government jams cell phones and essentially silences the witnesses at least until its over. Very troubling.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:47:47am

Happy New Year to everyone from freezing cold Philly.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:56:55am
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nines09  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:58:12am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:58:28am

re: #162 Old Liberal

I wonder how compromised the Republican Senators and Representatives are vis a vis Russia. It seems to explain their behavior better than simply getting their agenda passed. The idea that some are being blackmailed seems likely to me.

If Russia was smart, they’d make sure more than Trump himself was compromised. My bet is it’s the majority of the GOP. Russia has all their emails/communications as well. If they don’t cooperate by protecting Trump, poof. It all comes out.

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calochortus  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:58:59am

Happy New Year from sunny CA.
The house is un-Christmased, with the probable exception of one little item somewhere I haven’t noticed and will have to deal with late, the new calendars are in place and I’m ready to hide under the table from whatever the New Year will bring us.

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jeffreyw  Jan 1, 2018 • 11:59:22am

re: #274 Stanley Sea

I do this one - with kielbasa

epicurious.com

I’m a little disappointed with the lack of heat - I put in two unseeded jalapenos & it’s not enough. I just chopped more fresh for the top. I think the grocer had weak jalapenos.

I used a jar of copycat Rotel recipe tomatoes in mine, made using my own jalapenos and serranos. For service, I add a healthy sprinkle of creole spices to my bowl, Mrs J lacking a desire for any heat cramps my whole pot seasoning regime. I sneak in as much heat as I can and I think her tolerance has increased from”ketchup is hot enough for me” to “half a jalapeno is OK, but NO MORE”

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The Major  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:03:22pm

re: #262 Romantic Heretic

Thanks to their neo-Calvinist theology the American faithful know they are the last bastion of goodness in the world and that they are constantly at war with ‘evil’. Evil being any idea they don’t understand and/or dislike.

That’s why I love me some Bette Davis’s epic quote in “All About Eve” as she ascends the stairs….

Fasten Your Seatbelts

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The Major  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:06:44pm

re: #266 Backwoods_Sleuth

(LOLCAT translation….)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:08:26pm
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Belafon  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:08:48pm

re: #282 nines09

That was…interesting.

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Interesting Times  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:09:17pm

“Swiffer duster” FTW :D

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allegro  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:12:12pm

re: #290 Interesting Times

“Swiffer duster” FTW :D

[Embedded content]

That’s actually a pleasing look from shoulders to waist. Kinda goes downhill in the fit from there down.

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electrotek  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:13:39pm

Never thought I’d welcome 2018 with seeing a tweet by a Sufi with a manbun praising the murderer of Salman Taseer:

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:13:46pm

re: #291 allegro

Some folks do not know what a girdle is and how to use it.

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calochortus  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:15:25pm

re: #291 allegro

That’s actually a pleasing look from shoulders to waist. Kinda goes downhill in the fit from there down.

To paraphrase from First Wives Club, couldn’t he afford to buy her a whole dress?

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 1, 2018 • 12:41:36pm

re: #234 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Puckle Gun

And, then it was disassembled and reloaded. It’s a musket with some bells and whistles.

It also had a Christian and Muslim configuration. Square bullets for the Muslims to cause Mose damage and show that Christianity was better. Uh, ok.

The king is coming for your Puckle guns. Stock up while you can!


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Dark Phoenix In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she ...
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