Is John Kelly the Next to Go From the Dysfunctional Trump White House?

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The ongoing chaos inside the White House is not showing any signs of settling down. Now Gabriel Sherman reports that the Trump-thing is gearing up to get rid of the guy who was touted as the Great Moderating Force, after his comments last week bashing Trump’s stupid “border wall” fantasy: John Kelly.

My favorite part of this is that Trump’s gang of incompetent amateurs and dishonest scoundrels refers to Kelly as “the Church Lady.”

Last week, Kelly reportedly infuriated Trump when he told Fox News that Trump had “evolved” on his position to build a southern border wall. Kelly further catalyzed Trump’s ire when he told Democratic lawmakers that Trump was “uninformed” when he made his campaign promise to build the wall. The next morning Trump rebutted his chief of staff with a tweet: “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it.”

Trump’s anger at Kelly’s immigration comments is the latest flare-up in a relationship that has been deteriorating for months. A four-star marine general, Kelly was never going to be an easy fit in a West Wing with a Lord of the Flies office culture. Staffers have bristled at Kelly’s rectitude, nicknaming him “the Church Lady,” a former official said.

Trump has increasingly been chafing at the media narrative that he needs Kelly to instill discipline on his freewheeling management style. “The more Kelly plays up that he’s being the adult in the room—that it’s basically combat duty and he’s serving the country—that kind of thing drives Trump nuts,” a Republican close to the White House said. In recent days, Trump has fumed to friends that Kelly acts like he’s running the government while Trump tweets and watches television. “I’ve got another nut job here who thinks he’s running things,” Trump told one friend, according to a Republican briefed on the call. A second source confirmed that Trump has vented about Kelly, mentioning one call in which Trump said, “This guy thinks he’s running the show.

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430 comments

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lawhawk  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:13:11am

Kelly, who would be the great moderating force and stabilizing presence to professionalize Trumpworld, is going to fall victim to the very anarchy, chaos, and incompetence that he was brought in to paper over.

I think most people are surprised he’s lasted this long, though the reality is that he shared Trump’s worldview so he was going to stick around so long as he hewed to the company line.

The moment he went off message with his own view about immigration and the shitshow in the West Wing, that was the beginning of the end for him. Nothing sets Trump off so much as thinking he’s not in charge and people reminding him he relies on others to keep his administration afloat in a sea of excrement.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:19:49am

Procter and Gamble has hired Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski to warn against Tide Pod ingestion. Note that Gronk goes to some effort to keep his message as simple as possible.

Gronk knows that Tide PODS® are for DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:20:01am

I see no reason for Kelly to leave. Not sure if he has actually had a significant impact on Trump’s behavior.

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KerFuFFler  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:23:03am

re: #3 Patricia Kayden

I see no reason for Kelly to leave. Not sure if he has actually had a significant impact on Trump’s behavior.

Do you mean for “Kelly *not* to leave?”

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:24:45am

re: #2 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Procter and Gamble has hired Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski to warn against Tide Pod ingestion. Note that Gronk goes to some effort to keep his message as simple as possible.

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How did this even get to be a thing?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:25:36am

re: #5 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

How did this even get to be a thing?

Internet stupidity multipliers.

the line between self-irony and self-destructive behavior has long since been erased

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lawhawk  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:25:48am

re: #5 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

How did this even get to be a thing?

People are idiots.

A person might be smart, but people are dumb and follow a herd mentality right off a Darwin sized cliff.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:26:32am

re: #7 lawhawk

People are idiots.

A person might be smart, but people are dumb and follow a herd mentality right off a Darwin sized cliff.

Lemmings, the lot of them.

[Bangs head repeatedly on the desk.]

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:26:35am

It does not help that Tide Pods resemble a lot of snack products on the market.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:27:36am

About that 80+% for DACA. I wouldn’t rely on it too much. That’s only true as long as most of those voters aren’t affected by it. If the shutdown had affected people’s SS, health care, or access to parks, it would have dropped very quickly.

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KerFuFFler  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:27:56am

re: #3 Patricia Kayden

I see no reason for Kelly to leave. Not sure if he has actually had a significant impact on Trump’s behavior.

Just another thought…. While Kelly can have only minimal control over What Trump does, he wields a lot of control over the running of the West Wing———who gets to meet with Trump or talk with him on the phone. Without Kelly there I could easily imagine Trump bringing in the likes of Alex Jones as a special adviser.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:28:07am

yup. he’s toast.

they are already quietly floating names and “interviewing”

30 maybe 60 days.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:29:49am

re: #6 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Internet stupidity multipliers.

the line between self-irony and self-destructive behavior has long since been erased

Apparently at least 10 deaths have been attributed to this idiocy.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:30:11am

re: #12 dangerman

yup. he’s toast.

they are already quietly floating names and “interviewing”

30 maybe 60 days.

Its like a game show.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:30:26am

re: #7 lawhawk

People are idiots.

A person might be smart, but people are dumb and follow a herd mentality right off a Darwin sized cliff.

remember carlin: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

i’ve been amending it lately - and yes, i know how math works:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize way more than half of them are stupider than that.”

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:31:59am

re: #8 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Lemmings, the lot of them.

[Bangs head repeatedly on the desk.]

And they vote.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:32:24am

re: #13 Hecuba’s daughter

Apparently at least 10 deaths have been attributed to this idiocy.

I’m torn. On the one hand, that is terrible and depressing, and those deaths were senseless and unneeded. On the other hand, a tiny little part of me says that if you’re stupid enough to willingly consume toxic chemicals just because somebody on the Internet said so, it might just be better for all of us that you don’t survive.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:33:11am

re: #14 Big Beautiful Door

Its like a game show.

from the article:

Trump has discussed choosing Kelly’s successor in recent days, asking a close friend what he thought about David Urban, a veteran Washington lobbyist and political operative who helped engineer Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania. Ivanka is also playing a central role in the search, quietly field-testing ideas with people.

my bold

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:33:25am

re: #4 KerFuFFler

Do you mean for “Kelly *not* to leave?”

It doesn’t matter whether or not Kelly leaves because his impact on Trump’s behavior has been negligible. If anything, Kelly has emboldened Trump. He jumped in and verbally assaulted Rep Fredricka Wilson on Trump’s behalf, even going as far as to lie about Rep Wilson. He also said some nonsense about compromising to avoid the Civil War and defended Confederate statues. He’s not a good person.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:33:28am

re: #15 dangerman

remember carlin: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

i’ve been amending it lately - and yes, i know how math works:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize way more than half of them are stupider than that.”

and imagine a political system that all but guarantees that the stupid half will be disproportionately represented in both Congress and the the Electoral College

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:34:45am

re: #9 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

re: #8 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

re: #7 lawhawk

Laundering the gene pool. Another one bit the, uh, detergent last night in Utah.

Utah State University student hospitalized after ingesting Tide Pod

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:35:53am

re: #16 Anymouse 🌹

hey anymouse:

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:37:45am

re: #20 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and imagine a political system that all but guarantees that the stupid half will be disproportionately represented in both Congress and the the Electoral College

yes

and when, oh when will the “smart half” finally get this through their collective thick skull and start acting accordingly?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:38:16am

re: #22 dangerman

hey anymouse:

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:40:14am

re: #21 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Laundering the gene pool. Another one bit the, uh, detergent last night in Utah.

Utah State University student hospitalized after ingesting Tide Pod

I had the talk with my kids even though they’re not the kind to do it. My kids, understandably, were kind of shocked I would even think they would. They’re not the type prone to taking on dares.

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Kragar  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:40:43am
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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:40:52am

re: #24 Anymouse 🌹

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exactly so

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:41:11am

re: #23 dangerman

yes

and when, oh when will the “smart half” finally get this through their collective thick skull and start acting accordingly?

for starters, it will take a demographic shift and a change in the way we elect our President and Congresspeople

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:41:21am

re: #23 dangerman

yes

and when, oh when will the “smart half” finally get this through their collective thick skull and start acting accordingly?

Because the smart half is full of idiots. There’s a guy at my engineering job that has a “Question Evolution” sticker on his car.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:41:49am

re: #17 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I’m torn. On the one hand, that is terrible and depressing, and those deaths were senseless and unneeded. On the other hand, a tiny little part of me says that if you’re stupid enough to willingly consume toxic chemicals just because somebody on the Internet said so, it might just be better for all of us that you don’t survive.

Teenagers and college students do a lot of stupid things, but most of them outgrow this behavior. Think of those college students who die of alcohol poisoning as a result of fraternity hazing.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:45:58am

re: #29 Belafon

Because the smart half is full of idiots. There’s a guy at my engineering job that has a “Question Evolution” sticker on his car.

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plansbandc  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:48:15am

re: #29 Belafon

Mr. plansbandc worked with an engineer who was a believer in young earth creationism. Boggles the mind.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:50:24am

re: #32 plansbandc

Mr. plansbandc worked with an engineer who was a believer in young earth creationism. Boggles the mind.

There are doctors who don’t believe in evolution. That astounds me.

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Jack Burton  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:51:33am

re: #32 plansbandc

Mr. plansbandc worked with an engineer who was a believer in young earth creationism. Boggles the mind.

Same here. Masters degree in Computer Science. Believed the bible literally. One conversation I had with him, he thought the sun was literally fire. Like it was made out of coal or gasoline and was burning.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:51:43am

When my wife worked at Digital Equipment, the software engineers (including her) started a Flat Earth club (mostly to drink and mock Flat Earthers).

They broke it up when they started getting people coming who believed them.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:57:54am

Charles - Best photo rendering of the yam yet!

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JordanRules  Jan 22, 2018 • 11:59:00am
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Jack Burton  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:00:17pm

re: #33 HappyWarrior

There are doctors who don’t believe in evolution. That astounds me.

It’s not really that hard to understand this though. The only reason that most (if not all) religions continue to exist is because parents and clergy ram it in the heads of children from the first day they can talk. After awhile, they let the kid know that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Krampus, Orthar the Tooth Collector, and whatever other mythical characters from childhood are not real, but they don’t say that about their adult imaginary friend(s).

By the time the child reaches anything remotely close to adulthood, it’s hardwired into their heads and logic cannot penetrate it to the point where they can hold, and be perfectly ok with, mutually exclusive views on things.

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BeachDem  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:01:56pm

re: #9 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It does not help that Tide Pods resemble a lot of snack products on the market.

I guess Tide gets the guff because they’re the biggest—wonder why no other pod products are ever mentioned—I use Cascade dishwasher pods and A&H laundry pods.

The whole pod-eating thing is one of the stupidest ever—but then, the yam is in the White House, so there’s that.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:05:58pm

re: #38 Jack Burton

It’s not really that hard to understand this though. The only reason that most (if not all) religions continue to exist is because parents and clergy ram it in the heads of children from the first day they can talk. After awhile, they let the kid know that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Krampus, Orthar the Tooth Collector, and whatever other mythical characters from childhood are not real, but they don’t say that about their adult imaginary friend(s).

By the time the child reaches anything remotely close to adulthood, it’s hardwired into their heads and logic cannot penetrate it to the point where they can hold, and be perfectly ok with, mutually exclusive views on things.

ok, im reposting this publicly

I read an article many years back that I keep around because it helps remind me how to frame language, words and “arguments” when these topics come up.

it’s a pdf: what not to look for in a religion

While it’s written from a buddhist perspective, the 10 overarching points stand on their own.

it explains how people get indoctrinated and how they are kept in.

which also helps to explain the cult of personality that is going on around trump right now.
Basically he uses evangelist tactics.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:07:59pm

Just went to my mailbox. We didn’t get nearly as much snow as predicted (one inch versus eight).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:08:41pm

re: #34 Jack Burton

Same here. Masters degree in Computer Science. Believed the bible literally. One conversation I had with him, he thought the sun was literally fire. Like it was made out of coal or gasoline and was burning.

Had a talk with a math major once at Arizona State. He said that the chances of all the Old Testament prophecies coming true was like covering Texas a foot deep in quarters and finding one specific coin on the first pull.

I did not even try to point out that if the OT had been hidden and not discovered until after the NT was written, then that might make sense, but I was not about to offend him by even implying that someone could have tweaked the NT to make things fit. Because he believed that those words were God’s Truth.

He might have been brilliant at math but he would have failed a basic course in symbolic logic.

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FormerDirtDart  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:11:35pm

re: #2 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Procter and Gamble has hired Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski to warn against Tide Pod ingestion. Note that Gronk goes to some effort to keep his message as simple as possible.

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Gronk, in many respects, is also as simple as possible…
So, a pretty good choice as a spokesperson for this foolishness

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:15:39pm

re: #43 FormerDirtDart

Gronk, in many respects, is also as simple as possible…
So, a pretty good choice as a spokesperson for this foolishness

They knew that anyone who sounded like he might be the slightest bit smarter than the target audience would only encourage them to keep doing so

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stpaulbear  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:17:35pm

re: #41 Anymouse 🌹

Just went to my mailbox. We didn’t get nearly as much snow as predicted (one inch versus eight).

I’m hoping for the best up here. It looks pretty nasty out from the sixth floor, but it’s not as bad looking at it from ground level. We may have 4 inches by the time I leave work. I took the bus in today so I wouldn’t have to drive in it.

I may have to finally fire up my snowblower today for the first time. I went on line at lunchtime to print out the operations manual and look up the purchase receipt. I’ve had it since November 9, 2014, and this may be the first time I put gas in it. We haven’t had a bad blizzard since I bought it, and if there’s been less than 4” of snow, I just go ahead and shovel it to get the fresh air and exercise.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:18:31pm
Now Gabriel Sherman reports that the Trump-thing is gearing up to get rid of the guy who was touted as the Great Moderating Force

Does this mean Stephen Miller is one step closer to running the White House?

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ThomasLite  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:20:21pm

Also, let me just say as someone with literally no emotional investment in, or even really knowledge of, american football, that “gronk sez: ‘no’” is absolutely perfect whether the guy appears to have already have had a knock over the head too many before his career or went in with a couple Ph.D.’s to spare. Catchy, it sticks, and it’s funny in the same way the whole meme itself is so it’s likely to reach the right audience.

They come out smelling like roses this way. Which is appropriate enough for a detergent, I suppose but still - it’s good messaging.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:21:33pm

The east half of the state is getting hammered. I-80 is closed, power lines down everywhere, I might not be able to go to my water class tomorrow (it depends on whether the instructor can get to Alliance - I’ll call this evening to find out if the class is still on).

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:23:09pm
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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:23:37pm

re: #44 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They knew that anyone who sounded like he might be the slightest bit smarter than the target audience would only encourage them to keep doing so

Such a shame that your statement is true, and not even directly concerning Gronk, but in many subjects.

I recently watched the PBS Frontline documentary: “Death By Fire” about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. Original fire investigators ruled his house fire arson, and Willingham was convicted and executed for the murder of his three kids. Some forensic fire experts looked at the evidence, and scientifically struck down all indicators from the original investigation. These individuals had advanced degrees and training, and face it are just smarter than the original investigators.

The original investigators, after being shown the work by the experts, shook it off, indicating that expert knowledge of a subject doesn’t matter, if it goes against what they believe. Quote from one of the investigators:

“I don’t care how many degrees you may have; how many books you have written…”

Anti-intellectualism at its finest.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:26:52pm

re: #13 Hecuba’s daughter

Apparently at least 10 deaths have been attributed to this idiocy.

8 of them were seniors with dementia. They could just as easily have poured a cup of Draino.
The issue is exaggerated by the media.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:27:42pm

re: #49 jaunte

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Max is right. The Trumpers are too oblivious to notice though.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:28:01pm

re: #50 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Such a shame that your statement is true, and not even directly concerning Gronk, but in many subjects.

I recently watched the PBS Frontline documentary: “Death By Fire” about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. Original fire investigators ruled his house fire arson, and Willingham was convicted and executed for the murder of his three kids. Some forensic fire experts looked at the evidence, and scientifically struck down all indicators from the original investigation. These individuals had advanced degrees and training, and face it are just smarter than the original investigators.

The original investigators, after being shown the work by the experts, shook it off, indicating that expert knowledge of a subject doesn’t matter, if it goes against what they believe. Quote from one of the investigators:

“I don’t care how many degrees you may have; how many books you have written…”

Anti-intellectualism at its finest.

Guilt is a hell of a motivator. Their incompetence got someone killed, so they went into denial.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:28:37pm

re: #50 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Such a shame that your statement is true, and not even directly concerning Gronk, but in many subjects.

I recently watched the PBS Frontline documentary: “Death By Fire” about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. Original fire investigators ruled his house fire arson, and Willingham was convicted and executed for the murder of his three kids. Some forensic fire experts looked at the evidence, and scientifically struck down all indicators from the original investigation. These individuals had advanced degrees and training, and face it are just smarter than the original investigators.

The original investigators, after being shown the work by the experts, shook it off, indicating that expert knowledge of a subject doesn’t matter, if it goes against what they believe. Quote from one of the investigators:

“I don’t care how many degrees you may have; how many books you have written…”

Anti-intellectualism at its finest.

The modern GOP has little respect for higher education; they worship at the altar of “Common Sense”, without any awareness that “common sense” can only exist in the presence of real knowledge.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:37:25pm

re: #54 Hecuba’s daughter

The modern GOP has little respect for higher education; they worship at the altar of “Common Sense”, without any awareness that “common sense” can only exist in the presence of real knowledge.

“It’s just common sense.” Basically I’m trying to sound wise and folksy by saying a lotta nothing.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:38:21pm

re: #50 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

And that right there is the biggest reason I am opposed to the death penalty.

Folks wanted an execution and they didn’t care whether he might have been innocent of the fire. They looked for reasons to hang an arson on Mr. Willingham without ever questioning their certainty in the case.

Could he have started the fire? Maybe. Maybe should not be a good enough reason to ever execute anyone.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:39:22pm

re: #54 Hecuba’s daughter

The modern GOP has little respect for higher education; they worship at the altar of “Common Sense”, without any awareness that “common sense” can only exist in the presence of real knowledge.

Conservatives in this country have never had any respect for higher education. This is nothing new.

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FormerDirtDart  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:39:49pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:44:34pm

re: #58 FormerDirtDart

$144 a year to have a bank account?

Needz moar Postal Savings Bank.

Crap like that is why we have our two bank accounts at local agricultural banks.

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FormerDirtDart  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:45:40pm
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:46:22pm

re: #58 FormerDirtDart

Sounds like an excuse to find a local bank. They have their requirements as well, but the ones I’ve been with generally are free if you use the debit card at least ten times a month.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:46:51pm

re: #18 dangerman

from the article:

my bold

Looks like Jarvanka is the faction with the strongest hold on the idiot king.

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Woods Witch  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:48:53pm

“So, I’m not going to scream, “Sellout!” nor sing “Kumbaya.” I am just going to sum up the state of play in three questions.

Do you trust a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Do you think Paul Ryan can be trusted to control his caucus sufficiently to pass a bill based on a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Do you think the president* can be trusted to sign a bill based on a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Your mileage may certainly vary.”—The always astute Charles P. Pierce

Link

(Relative newbie question—How do I get the Link to say something other than “Link”?)

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:49:26pm

re: #61 Belafon

Sounds like an excuse to find a local bank. They have their requirements as well, but the ones I’ve been with generally are free if you use the debit card at least ten times a month.

Neither of our banks have debit cards (the one in the town of 64 people or the one in the county seat).

The one in the county seat does have an ATM card, on which they will eat the transaction cost at any ATM in North America. (They do charge for currency exchange if you use it in Canada or Mexico, though.)

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:50:48pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:51:19pm

re: #63 Woods Witch
(Relative newbie question—How do I get the Link to say something other than “Link”?)

When you first paste the link using the chain icon into the text box, it will come up with the word Link. Type over that with whatever text you want to appear there before posting your comment.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:51:58pm

re: #65 gocart mozart

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Heh. Gotta love the trolling.

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Weaselone  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:52:36pm

re: #63 Woods Witch

1. No
2. No
3. No

Which means we’ll be shutdown again February.

Now, ask me what I think the chances are that we’ll get a DACA agreement?

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scottslemmons  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:52:45pm

re: #66 Anymouse 🌹

(Relative newbie question—How do I get the Link to say something other than “Link”?)

When you first paste the link using the chain icon into the text box, it will come up with the word Link. Type over that with whatever text you want to appear there before posting your comment.

Or type up your post, highlight the words you want to link, and then click the chain icon and paste in the URL…

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DodgerFan1988  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:54:48pm

Straight out of the Stalinist playbook.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:56:36pm

re: #70 DodgerFan1988

Straight out of the Stalinist playbook.

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Or the Hitler one. I don’t think my concern last year over such things as mass-deportations (see the Polish doctor in Kalamazoo and the fellow in Detroit, the restaurant owner in Indiana, &c) was overblown.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:58:07pm

re: #29 Belafon

Because the smart half is full of idiots. There’s a guy at my engineering job that has a “Question Evolution” sticker on his car.

I guess my response, as an actual Scientist, is “Go ahead. Question it. But you have to ask actual questions and accept the answers.” I mean, the whole nature of Science is to question everything. It’s what we do.

Of course he probably doesn’t mean it that way, and the ‘questions’ would be ill-informed and almost certainly have already been answered.

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SteveMcGriftFlynnComey... ...corruptemoligate RN  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:58:50pm

re: #63 Woods Witch

“So, I’m not going to scream, “Sellout!” nor sing “Kumbaya.” I am just going to sum up the state of play in three questions.

Do you trust a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Do you think Paul Ryan can be trusted to control his caucus sufficiently to pass a bill based on a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Do you think the president* can be trusted to sign a bill based on a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Your mileage may certainly vary.”—The always astute Charles P. Pierce

Link

(Relative newbie question—How do I get the Link to say something other than “Link”?)

My two cents are that getting DACA legislation passed is going to take a few weeks shutdown or not. This “compromise” gives the Democrats some working room.
It isn’t the Democratic politicians who don’t have a spine, it’s the Democratic voters who can’t be counted on. For examples I give you the 2010 midterms and 2016.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 12:58:54pm

re: #71 Anymouse 🌹

Or the Hitler one. I don’t think my concern last year over such things as mass-deportations (see the Polish doctor in Kalamazoo and the fellow in Detroit, the restaurant owner in Indiana, &c) was overblown.

Or the American playbook. This isn’t our first time to try to restrict voting.

Edited

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Dave In Austin  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:00:40pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:00:43pm

re: #32 plansbandc

Mr. plansbandc worked with an engineer who was a believer in young earth creationism. Boggles the mind.

re: #33 HappyWarrior

There are doctors who don’t believe in evolution. That astounds me.

Neither engineers nor physicians are actually taught how to do Science, or trained to think scientifically. They THINK they are, but they largely take what Science tells them about their discipline and accept it as dogma.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:01:02pm

re: #61 Belafon

Sounds like an excuse to find a local bank. They have their requirements as well, but the ones I’ve been with generally are free if you use the debit card at least ten times a month.

Even those aren’t necessarily going to be great. I have my account at the credit union where my parents opened it when I was born; because I don’t have a monthly direct deposit, I have to maintain a fairly high balance to avoid fees.

I have strong feelings about debit cards that extend to cutting them up when I get the new one in the mail.

I still advocate for a local bank or credit union (if possible) but they’re not necessarily better in this regard. (And there is sometimes something to be said for having access to the facilities of a larger bank as well. It’s up to what works best for one’s individual situation, generally.)

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:01:40pm

re: #65 gocart mozart

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Nah, a little gold revolver or a glock.

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:03:12pm

re: #63 Woods Witch

Link

(Relative newbie question—How do I get the Link to say something other than “Link”?)

Replace the word “link” with whatever you want it to say.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:05:48pm

re: #77 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I agree. I wasn’t advocating running to the first local bank and opening an account. My local bank covers the eastern third of Texas, so I’ve got multiple branches, online access. It’s good about monitoring for fraudulent charges. It also has hours 7 days a week. But, if you’ve only got a little money, you might find what you need in a smaller one. As for debit cards, you just really can’t operate in the area I’m in without having one.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:06:09pm

re: #76 Blind Frog Belly White

Neither engineers nor physicians are actually taught how to do Science, or trained to think scientifically. They THINK they are, but they largely take what Science tells them about their discipline and accept it as dogma.

True. Never thought about it like that as a humanities guy.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:06:49pm

re: #63 Woods Witch

“So, I’m not going to scream, “Sellout!” nor sing “Kumbaya.” I am just going to sum up the state of play in three questions.

Do you trust a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Do you think Paul Ryan can be trusted to control his caucus sufficiently to pass a bill based on a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Do you think the president* can be trusted to sign a bill based on a promise from Mitch McConnell?

Your mileage may certainly vary.”—The always astute Charles P. Pierce

Link

(Relative newbie question—How do I get the Link to say something other than “Link”?)

Instead of posting the link, select a small part of the text, click the link button at the top of your edit box, and paste the link. This will put the link around the text.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:07:16pm

Hiland Dairy announces voluntary recall of Hiland Dairy Orange Juice and Tampico Citrus Punch
(Goes to the Bridgeport, NE News-Blade)
Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:00am News Staff
OMAHA, NE, January 12, 2018 — Hiland Dairy is announcing a voluntary recall of two products produced at the Omaha, Nebraska facility, over concerns the products may contain milk protein that could affect those individuals that have sensitivity to milk allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported at this time.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:08:05pm

re: #76 Blind Frog Belly White

Neither engineers nor physicians are actually taught how to do Science, or trained to think scientifically. They THINK they are, but they largely take what Science tells them about their discipline and accept it as dogma.

Agree. Physicians are human repair people: Similar to auto mechanics, just a different skillset. And, yes, engineers can use F=ma without having to understand why it’s true.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:09:33pm

re: #80 Belafon

I agree. I wasn’t advocating running to the first local bank and opening an account. My local bank covers the eastern third of Texas, so I’ve got multiple branches, online access. It’s good about monitoring for fraudulent charges. It also has hours 7 days a week. But, if you’ve only got a little money, you might find what you need in a smaller one. As for debit cards, you just really can’t operate in the area I’m in without having one.

I find most places are perfectly happy to deal with credit cards instead of debit cards and we treat them as the same thing in our house. I just prefer the extra layer of buffer between my bank account and the merchant, because fraudulent charges are a thing that happens and I would prefer to catch them before the money is withdrawn from my account.

I realize that’s not feasible for everyone for a variety of reasons, but that’s why I don’t use debit cards.

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:09:45pm

re: #65 gocart mozart

The anti semite by the way is that Nazi running against Paul Ryan in the Republican Primary.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:10:49pm

re: #76 Blind Frog Belly White

Neither engineers nor physicians are actually taught how to do Science, or trained to think scientifically. They THINK they are, but they largely take what Science tells them about their discipline and accept it as dogma.

People with high IQ’s, most physicians, engineers, or mathematicians can be just as gullible as a Liberty University graduate; you would think that at least physicians would have a basic grounding in biology, but people can filter out anything that disagrees with their preconceived notions about the world.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:10:52pm

Wingnuts, can’t decide whether to gloat about the shutdown or blame Dems for it.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:11:32pm

re: #86 gocart mozart

The anti semite by the way is that Nazi running against Paul Ryan in the Republican Party.

Yeah I remember him from two years ago. Takes a lot to be a more shitty human than Ryan.

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lawhawk  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:11:55pm

re: #88 HappyWarrior

Wingnuts, can’t decide whether to gloat about the shutdown or blame Dems for it.

Both. They think that the shutdown is great - and that it’s Democrats fault. Eric Trump was spewing this nonsense this morning too.

They really don’t have a clue what governing means.

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:12:08pm

re: #78 William Lewis

Nah, a little god revolver or a glock.

The premise is he would be executed via state capital punishment like Jesus was so electric chair or lethal injection would be the go to options.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:12:27pm

re: #90 lawhawk

Both. They think that the shutdown is great - and that it’s Democrats fault. Eric Trump was spewing this nonsense this morning too.

They really don’t have a clue what governing means.

Yep wingnut friend is sounding like Eric.

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:13:28pm

re: #89 HappyWarrior

He went full Nazi. You never go full Nazi.

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SteelPH  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:13:47pm

re: #90 lawhawk

Both. They think that the shutdown is great - and that it’s Democrats fault. Eric Trump was spewing this nonsense this morning too.

They really don’t have a clue what governing means.

They want to rule, not govern.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:14:05pm

re: #85 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I find most places are perfectly happy to deal with credit cards instead of debit cards and we treat them as the same thing in our house. I just prefer the extra layer of buffer between my bank account and the merchant, because fraudulent charges are a thing that happens and I would prefer to catch them before the money is withdrawn from my account.

I realize that’s not feasible for everyone for a variety of reasons, but that’s why I don’t use debit cards.

From what I understand, credit cards charge a higher rate to merchants than debit cards.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:14:31pm

re: #93 gocart mozart

He went full Nazi. You never go full Nazi.

Ha, yep!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:14:57pm

Matt Fuller’s take looks past the immediate ‘who won/who lost’ calculus others are employing:

CHIP is now off the table, which removes one hostage. In 3 weeks, we’ll be in the same position as we were over the weekend, except that the GOP won’t be able to claim Dems are favoring ‘illegal immigrants’ over sick kids, because the sick kids will be okay for 6 years.

So, what’s the GOP’s leverage then?

If the House passes a bill like the HFC wants, they can bring it up in the Senate and vote and it will fail - it won’t even require holding up the vote with a filibuster. It’ll fail a straight majority vote.

If the Senate passes a bill with a large bipartisan majority, and Ryan won’t put to a vote in the House because he knows it would pass, then HE’S the one shutting down government. If Ryan lets it have a vote and it passes, then Trump’s the one shutting down government.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:15:39pm

re: #97 Blind Frog Belly White

Matt Fuller’s take looks past the immediate ‘who won/who lost’ calculus others are employing:

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CHIP is now off the table, which removes one hostage. In 3 weeks, we’ll be in the same position as we were over the weekend, except that the GOP won’t be able to claim Dems are favoring ‘illegal immigrants’ over sick kids, because the sick kids will be okay for 6 years.

So, what’s the GOP’s leverage then?

If the House passes a bill like the HFC wants, they can bring it up in the Senate and vote and it will fail - it won’t even require holding up the vote with a filibuster. It’ll fail a straight majority vote.

If the Senate passes a bill with a large bipartisan majority, and Ryan won’t put to a vote in the House because he knows it would pass, then HE’S the one shutting down government. If Ryan lets it have a vote and it passes, then Trump’s the one shutting down government.

I agree.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:16:51pm

re: #95 Belafon

From what I understand, credit cards charge a higher rate to merchants than debit cards.

True. But the merchant isn’t going to get my business if they’re debit card only. I carry a limited amount of cash on me.

On the other hand, I don’t flip out about minimum purchase requirements or adding a small fee to purchases below a certain amount because I do know about the fees.

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:17:20pm

re: #91 gocart mozart

The premise is he would be executed via state capital punishment like Jesus was so electric chair or lethal injection would be the go to options.

I was suggesting that he wouldn’t get that far this time. Cop as judge, jury & executioner.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:17:39pm

re: #97 Blind Frog Belly White

Brainwrap has some nice visuals displays in his diary displaying what you said.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:18:36pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:19:25pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:19:39pm

re: #86 gocart mozart

The anti semite by the way is that Nazi running against Paul Ryan in the Republican Primary.

Here is another pwnage of the nazi idiot:

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:20:02pm

The other thing this whole kerfuffle has done? Expose Trump as a lousy, untrustworthy, basically useless negotiator. His own staff are calling up people like Schumer after the fact to tell them that nothing the President said meant anything.

The whole end of the negotiation completely ignored him, as he sat on the sidelines, because everyone knew there was no point talking to him.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:22:49pm

re: #104 The Vicious Babushka

Here is another pwnage of the nazi idiot:

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Nehlen needs to go home and get his swastika shinebox.

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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:22:58pm

re: #105 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing this whole kerfuffle has done? Expose Trump as a lousy, untrustworthy, basically useless negotiator. His own staff are calling up people like Schumer after the fact to tell them that nothing the President said meant anything.

The whole end of the negotiation completely ignored him, as he sat on the sidelines, because everyone knew there was no point talking to him.

It did make DT sit and pout in his jammies in front of the TV all weekend and miss his big celebration party he threw for himself. I rather delight in that.

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Rocky-in-Connecticut  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:23:16pm

re: #49 jaunte

the real test concerning America’s now-lost “soft power” is when Trump actually does start bombing another country and everyone in the world condemns it… and no former allies comes to help.

Trump and his Republican enablers will then initiate a ground war which will go horribly wrong and very soon.

I think we are going to see an actual military coup in this country soon after.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:23:25pm

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yawn.

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goddamnedfrank  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:24:17pm

re: #95 Belafon

From what I understand, credit cards charge a higher rate to merchants than debit cards.

Because credit cards generally have better extended warranty, fraud & return/purchase protections for the consumer.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:26:11pm

re: #86 gocart mozart

The anti semite by the way is that Nazi running against Paul Ryan in the Republican Party.

An anti-Semitic theocrat or an Ayn Rand acolyte — what a dreadful choice in the Republican primary. If Paul Ryan really doesn’t want to run, should he abandon the race now so they can groom another economic fascist to replace him — or are the rules such that he can drop out of the race at any time and the party can substitute a generic Republican?

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:27:14pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:28:50pm

re: #112 Stanley Sea

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Is it wrong that I sort of wish Bevin would get an illness and then make him work? I’m sick of these heartless shits.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:29:15pm

re: #7 lawhawk

People are idiots.

A person might be smart, but people are dumb and follow a herd mentality right off a Darwin sized cliff.

Men in Black - People

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:29:46pm

re: #110 goddamnedfrank

Because credit cards generally have better extended warranty, fraud & return/purchase protections for the consumer.

Which is fine. I use my credit card for large purchases. But I’m not going to return my gas, my groceries, or my meal, so I tend to prefer, especially the small local places, to allow them to keep as much as possible.

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:29:49pm

re: #104 The Vicious Babushka

Here is another pwnage of the nazi idiot:

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Part of the Thomas Wictor thread:

(9) Now, Blaine says “Just study Kabbalah, and you’ll be able to defeat the Jews.”

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

(10) There’s no set definition of Kabbalah, which is a discipline that originated in Judaism.

You can’t study IT, because there IS no “it.”

There are THEM.

(11) A Kabbalist is called a “Mekubbal.”

Get two of them together, and they’ll immediately start fighting over EVERYTHING.

(12) So Jew-haters are out of luck, because there’s no playbook.

You’ll have to study ALL FORMS OF KABBALAH, and then you STILL won’t have a playbook.

He has learned the essence of Jewish political ideology: Two Jews, three opinions.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:32:27pm

re: #29 Belafon

Because the smart half is full of idiots. There’s a guy at my engineering job that has a “Question Evolution” sticker on his car.

Knowledge and expertise in one field does not make one knowledgeable or an expert in other fields. See: Carson, Ben.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:33:29pm

re: #118 KGxvi

Knowledge and expertise in one field does not make one knowledgeable or an expert in other fields. See: Carson, Ben.

That’s a great example.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:36:57pm

re: #116 Belafon

Which is fine. I use my credit card for large purchases. But I’m not going to return my gas, my groceries, or my meal, so I tend to prefer, especially the small local places, to allow them to keep as much as possible.

The flipside is the most recent time my credit card number got stolen they managed to get $125 of fraudulent charges through before we found out and let the credit card company know. They immediately scratched the fraudulent charges from the bill (and went on to sort it out with Apple, since the charges were through iTunes).

If it had been a debit card that money would have already been out of our account. We’re in a position where that wouldn’t have had a lot of impact, but I know other people who would have been. I have no way of knowing where/how the number got compromised either - it could very easily have been paying for a meal or groceries or gas.

I can see both sides of the argument. There are also a lot of people for whom the credit card is too much of a temptation and so for them having one is a bad idea. But debit cards come with their own set of risks and I choose to reduce my exposure there.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:37:00pm

re: #119 HappyWarrior

That’s a great example.

There’s honestly a million examples. I’ll trust my mechanic to fix my car, I’m not going to trust him to fix my ankle. I’ll trust my doctor to fix my ankle, I’m not going to trust him to build my house.

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Ace-o-aces  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:38:27pm

re: #70 DodgerFan1988

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:38:44pm

re: #121 KGxvi

There’s honestly a million examples. I’ll trust my mechanic to fix my car, I’m not going to trust him to fix my ankle. I’ll trust my doctor to fix my ankle, I’m not going to trust him to build my house.

Oh yeah but Carson works so well since he’s so uninformed on political matters. But yep.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:39:04pm

re: #122 Ace-o-aces

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Deport Texas to Mexico!//

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:40:04pm

re: #121 KGxvi

There’s honestly a million examples. I’ll trust my mechanic to fix my car, I’m not going to trust him to fix my ankle. I’ll trust my doctor to fix my ankle, I’m not going to trust him to build my house.

Before we even get to the sub-specialties. My cardiologist would be a bad choice to reconstruct my kneecap.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:40:50pm

re: #125 sagehen

Before we even get to the sub-specialties. My cardiologist would be a bad choice to reconstruct my kneecap.

Which is why the wingnuts citing scientists who don’t accept climate change is a con.

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FormerDirtDart  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:41:48pm

Feeling annoyed

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:43:17pm

re: #126 HappyWarrior

Which is why the wingnuts citing scientists who don’t accept climate change is a con.

“48 cardiologists come into your room and tell you you had a heart attack and that you need an angioplasty. Two dentists come in and say you didn’t. So you put your clothes on and leave the hospital.”

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MsJ  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:45:04pm

re: #75 Dave In Austin

Iron Stache better not fuck it up. This is his to win.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:45:05pm

re: #128 Belafon

“48 cardiologists come into your room and tell you you had a heart attack and that you need an angioplasty. Two dentists come in and say you didn’t. So you put your cloths on and leave the hospital.”

Ha yes!

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Ace-o-aces  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:45:24pm

Wait, am I a vampire?

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:46:05pm

re: #131 Ace-o-aces

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Wait, am I a vampire?

I hate Twitter Nazis.

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MsJ  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:46:24pm

re: #89 HappyWarrior

Yeah I remember him from two years ago. Takes a lot to be a more shitty human than Ryan.

Ryan only wants to kill the elderly, infirm and poor. This prick wants to kill them and a whole bunch more. With or without state sponsorship.

That he could get 10 votes is terrifying.

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MsJ  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:48:42pm

re: #97 Blind Frog Belly White

Matt Fuller’s take looks past the immediate ‘who won/who lost’ calculus others are employing:

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CHIP is now off the table, which removes one hostage. In 3 weeks, we’ll be in the same position as we were over the weekend, except that the GOP won’t be able to claim Dems are favoring ‘illegal immigrants’ over sick kids, because the sick kids will be okay for 6 years.

So, what’s the GOP’s leverage then?

If the House passes a bill like the HFC wants, they can bring it up in the Senate and vote and it will fail - it won’t even require holding up the vote with a filibuster. It’ll fail a straight majority vote.

If the Senate passes a bill with a large bipartisan majority, and Ryan won’t put to a vote in the House because he knows it would pass, then HE’S the one shutting down government. If Ryan lets it have a vote and it passes, then Trump’s the one shutting down government.

Leverage schmeverage. What will they want? Another Continuing Resolution? They and their GOP toadie followers won’t care. And when it affects real people they can go back to bitching about illegals.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:50:38pm

re: #95 Belafon

From what I understand, credit cards charge a higher rate to merchants than debit cards.

Our local merchants prefer cash or cheques (most don’t take cards), but we’re special.

My wife sent me to the store for cigarettes just now.

Hit the ATM for money, checked my lotto tickets (yay! I won more than I spent), bought more lotto tickets and munchies, came home, “Where’s the cigarettes?” Trudged back to the store… .

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:51:48pm

re: #126 HappyWarrior

Which is why the wingnuts citing scientists who don’t accept climate change is a con.

And there are scientists who will choose to go over to the dark side because Wingnut Welfare pays better, loaning their degrees to creationists to bolster their claims (see Dr. Michael Behe for example).

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stpaulbear  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:52:09pm

Ugh. I just looked out the sixth floor window and all of the streets are filled with cars that are not moving. I’m going to end up waiting 40 minutes for the bus and then spending another 80 minutes getting the 3.5 miles from the office to home. This is nasty. I’ll update when I get home.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:53:37pm

This will come as some surprise to my Jewish sister, whose ancestry it British Isles muddle + a little German thrown in.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:56:37pm

My wife is listening right now to a video taking apart a Ken Ham video.

In that video, Answers in Genesis has a number of biologists who work for them claiming there is such a thing as “genetic entropy.”

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:58:05pm

re: #139 Anymouse 🌹

My wife is listening right now to a video taking apart a Ken Ham video.

In that video, Answers in Genesis has a number of biologists who work for them claiming there is such a thing as “genetic entropy.”

I would want to know where those biologists got their degrees from. Liberty offers a biology degree.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:58:13pm

re: #118 KGxvi

Knowledge and expertise in one field does not make one knowledgeable or an expert in other fields. See: Carson, Ben.

or virtually any doctor or lawyer i gave scuba lessons

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:58:42pm

re: #130 HappyWarrior

Ha yes!

Now that I think about it, I need to bump the number of dentists up to 48 as well.

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A Mom Anon  Jan 22, 2018 • 1:59:34pm

re: #138 Blind Frog Belly White

Um, maybe it’s just where I am, but pretty much every Jewish person I’ve met in the 25+ years I’ve lived here has been white. So um, WTF? What about Jared Kushner and his wife and their kids? They look pretty white to me.

Hate rots your brain, as we see.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:00:02pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:00:03pm

This “genetic entropy” claim they argue disproves!!!!! evolution, causes collection of mutated bad genes to increase, killing off a species (uh, kind) quickly.

Never mind evolution by natural selection weeds out bad genes. Evolution is a dirty word to Answers in Genesis.

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Kragar  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:00:22pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:00:53pm

re: #140 Belafon

I would want to know where those biologists got their degrees from. Liberty offers a biology degree.

Some get degrees from respected and accredited universities. Wingnut welfare is a strong draw … FOX isn’t the only people who pay people to lie.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:02:29pm

re: #144 jaunte

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Wanted: An ass kisser.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:02:59pm

re: #140 Belafon

I would want to know where those biologists got their degrees from. Liberty offers a biology degree.

That’s true too.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:03:27pm

re: #146 Kragar

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Better that then what Trump wants.

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ObserverArt  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:03:32pm

re: #102 Backwoods_Sleuth

[3:39 PM] Classic comma-head structure of storm system appearing on radar in central plains / upper Midwest.

Too warm, too fast. So far, the first front was mild here in Columbus.

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fern01  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:03:38pm

re: #85 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I find most places are perfectly happy to deal with credit cards instead of debit cards and we treat them as the same thing in our house. I just prefer the extra layer of buffer between my bank account and the merchant, because fraudulent charges are a thing that happens and I would prefer to catch them before the money is withdrawn from my account.

I realize that’s not feasible for everyone for a variety of reasons, but that’s why I don’t use debit cards.

I pay everything by credit card - much easier to get refunded than a debit amount if a purchase goes wrong. I only use a debit card for withdrawing cash which I use for purchases under $10. Credit card also provides a good statement of expenditure each month.

Some merchants (not many) charge a fee for using credit - I call it a fee for security of my funds.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:03:50pm

re: #148 HappyWarrior

Wanted: An ass kisser.

Let them. The White House will be a fire hose of leaks when they do.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:04:24pm

re: #143 A Mom Anon

Um, maybe it’s just where I am, but pretty much every Jewish person I’ve met in the 25+ years I’ve lived here has been white. So um, WTF? What about Jared Kushner and his wife and their kids? They look pretty white to me.

Hate rots your brain, as we see.

Well, Irish and Slavs weren’t considered “white” by conservatives in the past (and apparently in the present with Slavs).

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:04:30pm

re: #152 fern01

I pay everything by credit card - much easier to get refunded than a debit amount if a purchase goes wrong. I only use a debit card for withdrawing cash which I use for purchases under $10. Credit card also provides a good statement of expenditure each month.

Some merchants (not many) charge a fee for using credit - I call it a fee for security of my funds.

I actually have a straight ATM card for getting cash. It took a little bit of back and forth to get, but they eventually got the point.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:04:53pm
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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:05:28pm

re: #142 Belafon

Now that I think about it, I need to bump the number of dentists up to 48 as well.

what else works:

2 cardiologists and 48 dentists

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:05:54pm

re: #152 fern01

I pay everything by credit card - much easier to get refunded than a debit amount if a purchase goes wrong. I only use a debit card for withdrawing cash which I use for purchases under $10. Credit card also provides a good statement of expenditure each month.

Some merchants (not many) charge a fee for using credit - I call it a fee for security of my funds.

I mainly use my credit cards because of the advent of cash back rewards, which I accumulate and use as essentially an interest-free savings or a bonus. I have a debit card for getting cash for those things that require it, but most everything else goes on the card. It does take pretty good discipline not to overspend, but that is the single best thing my dad did for me growing up.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:06:57pm

re: #153 Belafon

Let them. The White House will be a fire hose of leaks when they do.

Oh yeah. If they want to reenforce the idea they have no idea what they’re doing, they can go for it.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:07:04pm

re: #139 Anymouse 🌹

My wife is listening right now to a video taking apart a Ken Ham video.

In that video, Answers in Genesis has a number of biologists who work for them claiming there is such a thing as “genetic entropy.”

This is the the thing about Science - it’s about the data, not the person. Of course, because it involves people, it’s easier for a prominent scientist to get a controversial new hypothesis accepted, but in the end it comes down to whether the data support the hypothesis.

The problem is, laymen don’t see it like that.If they don’t want to believe in something, than any silly asshole with ‘Dr.’ in front of his name who says he doesn’t believe it is enough. Cripes, I knew a guy who worked in Immunology, and didn’t want to believe in AGW. He insisted that a political blogger he liked who had “a background in Science” knew better than all the Climate Scientists whether there are enough weather stations to determine whether atmospheric temps are warming.

The ‘background in Science’? A BS in Psychology.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:08:32pm

re: #153 Belafon

Let them. The White House will be a fire hose of leaks when they do.

I can’t imagine the low level of pride or character you would need to allow yourself to be recruited for your job by Ivanka Trump.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:08:37pm

re: #160 Blind Frog Belly White

Higher intelligence might give one the ability to absorb information more quickly, but it doesn’t change either emotional states nor the quality of the information absorbed.

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fern01  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:09:05pm

re: #127 FormerDirtDart

Feeling annoyed

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Yep - these two (& two others) voted for the funding bill on pass 1 - they really think such nonsense will help their re-election - it will lose them dem votes & will not gain 1 GOP vote. All that effort in electing Jones & he votes with the GOP.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:10:14pm

re: #163 fern01

Yep - these two (& two others) voted for the funding bill on pass 1 - they really think such nonsense will help their re-election - it will lose them dem votes & will not gain 1 GOP vote. All that effort in electing Jones & he votes with the GOP.

Jones was worth it. I understand the frustration but he was worth it for the simple reason he’s not a sick freak like Moore.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:10:57pm

re: #161 jaunte

I can’t imagine the low level of pride or character you would need to allow yourself to be recruited for your job by Ivanka Trump.

I can’t either.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:11:26pm

re: #163 fern01

Yep - these two (& two others) voted for the funding bill on pass 1 - they really think such nonsense will help their re-election - it will lose them dem votes & will not gain 1 GOP vote. All that effort in electing Jones & he votes with the GOP.

Manchin occasionally votes with the GOP, but is usually reliable on Democratic bills. I guarantee you if Manchin is ousted, it will be by a RWNJ not a more liberal Democrat.

As for Jones, he is still new, and he represents Alabama, not California. I’m willing to give him at least a few more days before throwing him under a bus.

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jeffreyw  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:13:46pm

re: #164 HappyWarrior

Jones was worth it. I understand the frustration but he was worth it for the simple reason he’s not a sick freak like Moore.

Absolutely! And he will vote our way much more often than not.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:14:44pm

re: #167 jeffreyw

Absolutely! And he will vote our way much more often than not.

He could be why we reverse Pai’s NN reverse.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:15:09pm

re: #162 Anymouse 🌹

Higher intelligence might give one the ability to absorb information more quickly, but it doesn’t change either emotional states nor the quality of the information absorbed.

One of the most important things my crazy ex-boss taught me was “Always be your own harshest critic,” or put another way, “Never believe your own bullshit.”

Scientists are people. We have human failings. We love our own hypotheses, and don’t want to see them proved false. But it’s our job to do our damnedest to prove ourselves wrong.

This is why Science is supposed to be about the data, not the person, and why every error in Science is ultimately self-correcting.

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ObserverArt  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:16:32pm

re: #146 Kragar

All of a sudden they are rolling Hogan Gidley out more. Is he their new clean-cut boy wonder to talk to the press?

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fern01  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:17:54pm

re: #158 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I mainly use my credit cards because of the advent of cash back rewards, which I accumulate and use as essentially an interest-free savings or a bonus. I have a debit card for getting cash for those things that require it, but most everything else goes on the card. It does take pretty good discipline not to overspend, but that is the single best thing my dad did for me growing up.

I gave up on the rewards cards cause in my world the card fee for these was massive. I now have a card with zero fees if I spend xxx each year (and that amount is easy to reach). I well admit to living on credit when I was younger & struggling with a mortgage & raising the child. I paid much interest to banks. I now enjoy the benefits of a credit card on which I pay no fees, no interest and the bank makes nothing from it. I seem to be past the age of overspending so it really has become a simple convenient, secure payment method.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:19:38pm

The principal guy they are talking about on genetic entropy is a fellow who wrote a book on the subject, Dr. John C. Sanford.

He got a BSc in Horticulture at UMinn. He then went on to get an MSc and PhD in genetics at UWisc.

He claims he was formerly an atheist but gradually became a creationist through his studies.

One of the issues with scientists who go to work for Wingnut Welfare is generally they are failed as scientists (as evidenced by a lack of papers, or papers which are not cited by other works). They still have the degree though, so folks like the Heartland Institute or Answers in Genesis will hire them. (The folks who follow those organisations do not know that PhD does not equal successful scientist.)

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jeffreyw  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:20:02pm

re: #168 HappyWarrior

He could be why we reverse Pai’s NN reverse.

uh… that went WHOOSH!

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:21:13pm

re: #173 jeffreyw

uh… that went WHOOSH!

Ha sorry. Basically Jones supports Net Neutrality, Pai’s decision from what I understand can be reversed by a simple majority vote in the Senate.

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fern01  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:22:10pm

re: #164 HappyWarrior

Jones was worth it. I understand the frustration but he was worth it for the simple reason he’s not a sick freak like Moore.

No doubt you are right but it was disappointing to see how he voted on his first important issue. I remember Pres Obama having to fight so hard to get his 60 votes for the ACA - and it was democrats he was having to convince to vote with him. I find it disappointing regardless as to the how and why.

Edit: As for meeting with the president* I hope they don’t expect him to carry through with any ideas/promises.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:22:49pm

How the fuck would anyone know what he opposes or supports? Somebody distract Stephen Miller for half an hour*, and Trump will sign it.

*For example, by telling him someone is out on the WH lawn shooting kittens, and if he hurries there will still be some for him.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:23:54pm

re: #175 fern01

No doubt you are right but it was disappointing to see how he voted on his first important issue. I remember Pres Obama having to fight so hard to get his 60 votes for the ACA - and it was democrats he was having to convince to vote with him. I find it disappointing regardless as to the how and why.

No argument there. I hate that reps from poorer states and regions often ironically often have to vote against stuff that would benefit those regions heavily.

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jeffreyw  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:24:51pm

re: #174 HappyWarrior

D’oh! Gotcha.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:25:31pm

re: #177 HappyWarrior

No argument there. I hate that reps from poorer states and regions often ironically often have to vote against stuff that would benefit those regions heavily.

The idea is to move the ball down field a little bit at a time. Using a football analogy because I hate football, not every play is a Hail Mary pass; a lot of them are on the ground moving the ball only a couple yards at a time.

The problem is purity ponies who want their pony right now.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:27:37pm

re: #179 Anymouse 🌹

The idea is to move the ball down field a little bit at a time. Using a football analogy because I hate football, not every play is a Hail Mary pass; a lot of them are on the ground moving the ball only a couple yards at a time.

The problem is purity ponies who want their pony right now.

I don’t disagree with that either. I just wish rural voters realized that so called big government can and does improve their lives.

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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:27:47pm

re: #169 Blind Frog Belly White

One of the most important things my crazy ex-boss taught me was “Always be your own harshest critic,” or put another way, “Never believe your own bullshit.”

Scientists are people. We have human failings. We love our own hypotheses, and don’t want to see them proved false. But it’s our job to do our damnedest to prove ourselves wrong.

This is why Science is supposed to be about the data, not the person, and why every error in Science is ultimately self-correcting.

This. Over the years I’ve been asked for my thoughts on AGW (beyond those in my field) and other issues for support or non-support. My stock answer is:

1. I have not seen all of the data.
2. If I had seen the data, it is not my field of expertise so my conclusions are not trust-worthy.
3. At this point I accept the conclusions of the majority of experts in that field. And so should you.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:27:59pm

re: #178 jeffreyw

D’oh! Gotcha.

Wasn’t your fault. I suck at phrasing.

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scottslemmons  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:28:08pm

re: #170 ObserverArt

All of a sudden they are rolling Hogan Gidley out more. Is he their new clean-cut boy wonder to talk to the press?

We should have a countdown to see when he’s discovered boinking barnyard animals.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:30:14pm

re: #180 HappyWarrior

I don’t disagree with that either. I just wish rural voters realized that so called big government can and does improve their lives.

I do to, though I use the phase “effective government” rather than “big government.” Big is not equal to effective.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:32:05pm

re: #184 Anymouse 🌹

I do to, though I use the phase “effective government” rather than “big government.” Big is not equal to effective.

Hence so called. But yes effective government exactly.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:32:27pm

re: #179 Anymouse 🌹

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:33:27pm

On the agreement in the Senate, does the House also have to agree to it?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:40:11pm

Here’s a restaurant chain to avoid if you live in New York:

New York Restauranteur Wishes Servant Waitstaff Still Knew Their Place (goes to Wonkette, more at the link):

William Jack Degel, the founder of the “Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse” chain of restaurants in New York City and star of the Food Network’s Restaurant Steakout, stopped by Fox & Friends today to whine about a recent hike in the minimum wage. In doing so, he somehow managed to suggest that his customers were stupid and ripped his employees for going to school. Nice!

His customers, he explained, would be personally insulted if he had to raise prices in order to pay his employees in accordance with the law, explaining “they’re not educated, they don’t understand what’s happening.”

Let us take a moment and look at the menu for “Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse,” shall we? Apparently, they are already charging $10 for a “house salad” consisting of lettuce, Bermuda onions, carrots and dressing. They are charging $10 to split an entrée. They are charging $8 for a side of mashed potatoes.

Now, perhaps these are normal New York steakhouse prices. My editrix says they are. All I can tell you is that if someone told me they paid $8 for a side of mashed potatoes I would demand to know if the place they dined at sent a damn car over to get them first. I am actually somewhat inclined to agree with Degel on how smart his customers are, only I personally do not think that a person who is already paying $10 for a side salad is going to balk at an $11 side salad. His prices are already ridiculous, so if he can’t pay his own employees, that’s on him.

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ObserverArt  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:40:24pm

re: #187 Anymouse 🌹

On the agreement in the Senate, does the House also have to agree to it?

I think they want it that way, yes. They want a joint resolution.

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plansbandc  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:41:09pm

Breaking Bad’s 10th anniversary this year…

Breaking Bad cumple 10 años y AMC le rinde tributo

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:41:24pm

re: #189 ObserverArt

I think they want it that way, yes. They want a joint resolution.

As I understand the Constitution, spending bills have to be approved by the House, which is why I asked.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:41:28pm

re: #181 allegro

This. Over the years I’ve been asked for my thoughts on AGW (beyond those in my field) and other issues for support or non-support. My stock answer is:

1. I have not seen all of the data.
2. If I had seen the data, it is not my field of expertise so my conclusions are not trust-worthy.
3. At this point I accept the conclusions of the majority of experts in that field. And so should you.

this is very good

personally i avoid using “majority” or my pet peeve re agw, “vast majority”, because that starts to move into argument by popularity territory

im very comfortable with “the experts in that field”.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:42:23pm

re: #188 Anymouse 🌹

Here’s a restaurant chain to avoid if you live in New York:

New York Restauranteur Wishes Servant Waitstaff Still Knew Their Place (goes to Wonkette, more at the link):

If he’s going to charge prices like that, he can afford to pay his employees a decent wage.

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DodgerFan1988  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:43:20pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:43:24pm

re: #186 jaunte

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The other thing? If you’re disappointed with how little power Democrats have as the minority party, GET OUT AND FUCKING VOTE!!!!!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:43:39pm

re: #192 dangerman

this is very good

personally i avoid using “majority” or my pet peeve re agw, “vast majority”, because that starts to move into argument by popularity territory

im very comfortable with “the experts in that field”.

one of the things that kept me coming back to this site back when it was a lot more conservative was that they did not suffer anti-evolutionist fools lightly. I saw that as a positive sign.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:44:54pm

re: #194 DodgerFan1988

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She’s a bigoted crank.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:45:31pm

re: #195 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing? If you’re disappointed with how little power Democrats have as the minority party, GET OUT AND FUCKING VOTE!!!!!

Seriously.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:45:58pm

re: #195 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing? If you’re disappointed with how little power Democrats have as the minority party, GET OUT AND FUCKING VOTE!!!!!

Butbutbut PURITY PONIES!!!

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:48:01pm
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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:48:04pm

re: #194 DodgerFan1988

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I love Bill Weir

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:48:44pm

Another reason to avoid that guy’s restaurants, courtesy of his Wikipedia entry:

At the age of 27 Degel was involved in legal troubles and spent time in prison for credit card fraud. He was sentenced to five years in prison but was released after serving only six months for cooperating with the government. His witness testimony against his friends/codefendants helped the government in prosecuting them, including Louis Ferrante, which lead to their incarceration, and Degel, a shortening of his sentence.

I think the credit card fraud would do it for me, particularly if I was going to use a credit card in his restaurant where a side dish of potatoes costs more than a steak here.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:49:56pm

re: #200 The Vicious Babushka

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Yeah let’s mock the PM of an important ally in Asia. What a stupid man but hey I bet his Indian accent is hilarious.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:50:12pm

re: #201 Stanley Sea

I love Bill Weir

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Oh burn.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:50:37pm

re: #196 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

one of the things that kept me coming back to this site back when it was a lot more conservative was that they did not suffer anti-evolutionist fools lightly. I saw that as a positive sign.

for me, in the beginning it was the snacks and pizza sans pineapple ;-)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:51:21pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:52:05pm

re: #206 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Probably too busy picking a fight on Twitter.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:52:24pm

re: #206 Backwoods_Sleuth

Issue the warrant for his arrest.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:52:31pm

re: #192 dangerman

this is very good

personally i avoid using “majority” or my pet peeve re agw, “vast majority”, because that starts to move into argument by popularity territory

im very comfortable with “the experts in that field”.

It doesn’t hurt to acquaint yourself with a few key points.

1) The infrared absorption spectrum of Carbon Dioxide is an incontrovertible fact.
2) The amount of CO2 we pump into the environment yearly is easily calculable from known global fossil fuel usage.
3) The rise in atmospheric CO2 is an incontrovertible fact.

So, then you ask, “Which of these do you not accept? Why not?”

They’ll fall back on “It’s a cycle!”, but remember - 10 years ago, the argument was that warming had stopped. 10 years before that, that warming wasn’t happening at all. When you keep changing the argument you use to deny something, you’re just starting from a conclusion and trying to twist the facts to fit it.

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MsJ  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:54:02pm

re: #194 DodgerFan1988

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What did Megyn step into with both mouths this time.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:54:41pm

re: #188 Anymouse 🌹

What a douche.

Degel then goes on to rip on his employees, who go to school instead of wanting to be servants.

“They used to be servants. When I first opened years ago, people took great pride in being a servant. Today, they have a more sense of entitlement… the younger people, they’re not used to working. They’re starting later. They’re going to school, and then they don’t want to work.”

Oh, entitlement, you say? Entitlement? I would say that it is pretty “entitled” to think that just because you chose to open a restaurant rather than literally any other kind of business in the world, you shouldn’t have to pay your workers a fair wage. That is a scam if there ever was one. Maybe he should just think of all the money he saved by barely having to pay his workers himself for the vast majority of the time he has been a restaurant owner, and be grateful for that.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:56:30pm

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:56:33pm

re: #211 Eclectic Cyborg

What a douche.

Degel then goes on to rip on his employees, who go to school instead of wanting to be servants.

“They used to be servants. When I first opened years ago, people took great pride in being a servant. Today, they have a more sense of entitlement… the younger people, they’re not used to working. They’re starting later. They’re going to school, and then they don’t want to work.”

Oh, entitlement, you say? Entitlement? I would say that it is pretty “entitled” to think that just because you chose to open a restaurant rather than literally any other kind of business in the world, you shouldn’t have to pay your workers a fair wage. That is a scam if there ever was one. Maybe he should just think of all the money he saved by barely having to pay his workers himself for the vast majority of the time he has been a restaurant owner, and be grateful for that.

He sounds like someone who deserves to have high taxes on him for simply being a greedy douchebag.

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prairiefire  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:56:58pm

re: #201 Stanley Sea

Stanley, do you want to go to London this summer?

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ObserverArt  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:57:10pm

Is Megyn Kelly trying to create some outrage to get some viewers?

Maybe that is exactly what NBC wants. I’ve never watched her, never will, call it her legacy. But from what I could tell of seeing her on The Today show to plug her show, it appeared they tried to soften her for NBC viewers. That has not worked out well, as ratings struggle.

So maybe they are all in on her being Fox Megyn Kelly. Maybe that will not work either and she will just be gone from mainstream TV eventually.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 2:58:44pm

re: #200 The Vicious Babushka

Senior administration officials tell WaPo that Trump has been known to affect an Indian accent and imitate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

he speaks the language of the forgotten people

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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:00:02pm

re: #209 Blind Frog Belly White

It doesn’t hurt to acquaint yourself with a few key points.

1) The infrared absorption spectrum of Carbon Dioxide is an incontrovertible fact.

Right there most people’s eyes glaze over and their ears slam shut. LOL I keep it simple: AGW is a fact. Your belief in it or not doesn’t change that fact. I don’t argue the point any longer.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:00:11pm

re: #215 ObserverArt

Is Megyn Kelly trying to create some outrage to get some viewers?

Maybe that is exactly what NBC wants. I’ve never watched her, never will, call it her legacy. But from what I could tell of seeing her on The Today show to plug her show, it appeared they tried to soften her for NBC viewers. That has not worked out well, as rating struggle.

So maybe they are all in on her being Fox Megyn Kelly. Maybe that will not work either and she will just be gone from mainstream TV eventually.

I sure there is a niche for her somewhere

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:00:13pm

re: #211 Eclectic Cyborg

What a douche.

Degel then goes on to rip on his employees, who go to school instead of wanting to be servants.

“They used to be servants. When I first opened years ago, people took great pride in being a servant. Today, they have a more sense of entitlement… the younger people, they’re not used to working. They’re starting later. They’re going to school, and then they don’t want to work.”

Oh, entitlement, you say? Entitlement? I would say that it is pretty “entitled” to think that just because you chose to open a restaurant rather than literally any other kind of business in the world, you shouldn’t have to pay your workers a fair wage. That is a scam if there ever was one. Maybe he should just think of all the money he saved by barely having to pay his workers himself for the vast majority of the time he has been a restaurant owner, and be grateful for that.

Fuck this guy with a flaming cheese encrusted chainsaw.

People take pride in their work when they’re vested in it. You pay people shit wages, you treat them like shit, they aren’t going to care. I did the restaurant thing in college (pizza place), and when we felt like we were being treated well we worked well, when we felt like the boss didn’t care, things went to shit.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:02:02pm

re: #200 The Vicious Babushka

why piss off a country trying to gain a nuclear weapon (Iran, North Korea) when we can piss of a country that already has nuclear weapons?

Jesus fucking Christ, we really somehow managed to elected the worst of us, didn’t we?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:02:16pm

That’s what I have - resting Biotech face.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:03:18pm

Lmao. Saw in my feed that Suzanne Somers praised Trump on FNC and said “That means my career is over.” Lol she hasn’t had a role for seventeen years. I have nothing against her but conservative entertainers are some snowflakes man.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:03:19pm

re: #214 prairiefire

Stanley, do you want to go to London this summer?

YES.

I do!!!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:03:31pm

re: #217 allegro

Right there most people’s eyes glaze over and their ears slam shut. LOL I keep it simple: AGW is a fact. Your belief in it or not doesn’t change that fact. I don’t argue the point any longer.

This is more intended for people who style themselves as ‘trained in Science’, i.e. engineers.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:04:10pm

re: #219 KGxvi

Fuck this guy with a flaming cheese encrusted chainsaw.

People take pride in their work when they’re vested in it. You pay people shit wages, you treat them like shit, they aren’t going to care. I did the restaurant thing in college (pizza place), and when we felt like we were being treated well we worked well, when we felt like the boss didn’t care, things went to shit.

I wish people got that. But too many employers think like this fuck.

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prairiefire  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:06:25pm

re: #223 Stanley Sea

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ObserverArt  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:06:42pm

re: #222 HappyWarrior

Lmao. Saw in my feed that Suzanne Somers praised Trump on FNC and said “That means my career is over.” Lol she hasn’t had a role for seventeen years. I have nothing against her but conservative entertainers are some snowflakes man.

You gotta be a victim of a liberal to be considered a true conservative.

I think that has become the philosophy of the entire G.O.P.

We are seeing it has nothing to do with legislation and governing.

But damn, they can hang themselves on crosses better than anyone.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:06:42pm

re: #225 HappyWarrior

I wish people got that. But too many employers think like this fuck.

because we look on employees as a cost factor to be minimized, like staples or toner.

we look on education as a cost factor to be minimized, not as investment in developing human capital

ditto with health care

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:07:38pm
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prairiefire  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:07:40pm

re: #223 Stanley Sea

Is that, this private?

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:09:55pm

re: #225 HappyWarrior

I wish people got that. But too many employers think like this fuck.

I can honestly understand how that happens. Employers (small business owners) usually have to bust their asses for years before they really see the fruits of their labor. And more often than not, it’s been a long time since they were on the other side of the equation of the employee-employer relationship. But this guy goes above and beyond when it comes to being an asshole. He is so incredibly dismissive of his employees (servants? really?) and his customers that his business deserves to fail.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:10:00pm

re: #226 prairiefire

Nothing’s there - dm me on the twitter!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:10:06pm

re: #229 Backwoods_Sleuth

Bullshit. Trump wants everything to be about him.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:10:44pm
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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:11:45pm

re: #224 Blind Frog Belly White

This is more intended for people who style themselves as ‘trained in Science’, i.e. engineers.

That works. :)

I’m reminded of a recent, post-Harvey conversation I had with a guy who was staying here at the park while his house was being repaired. It went something like this:

Him: It’s all the over-building that’s causing these floods. That whole climate change is nonsense.
Me: How do you explain two 100-year level floods and a 500-year level flood happening in 3 years?
Him: It’s the over-development!
Me: That may explain some of the severity of the damage within the city and environs but what about the rural areas that were also flooded?
Him: It’s the over-development!
Me: Have a nice day.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:12:25pm

re: #217 allegro

Right there most people’s eyes glaze over and their ears slam shut. LOL I keep it simple: AGW is a fact. Your belief in it or not doesn’t change that fact. I don’t argue the point any longer.

Same with evolution by natural selection. I am not a biologist, geneticist, geologist, or any other sort of person who could have an expert opinion on the subject.

It does seem amazing to me how many folk will argue variants of “you’re an atheist so you must believe in evolution” (as if both are religions and are actually related to each other).

I accept what those who study the overwhelming mountain of evidence have to say on the subject. (And there are atheists who do not accept evolution.)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:12:34pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:13:52pm

re: #231 KGxvi

I can honestly understand how that happens. Employers (small business owners) usually have to bust their asses for years before they really see the fruits of their labor. And more often than not, it’s been a long time since they were on the other side of the equation of the employee-employer relationship. But this guy goes above and beyond when it comes to being an asshole. He is so incredibly dismissive of his employees (servants? really?) and his customers that his business deserves to fail.

I think contempt for both employees and customers is common to many business owners, large and small. Consumers are sheep, they just buy whatever you sell; employees are moochers who don’t contribute anything; business owners are the ones who do everything, who take all the risk, they deserve all the rewards.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:14:40pm

re: #236 Anymouse 🌹

Same with evolution by natural selection. I am not a biologist, geneticist, geologist, or any other sort of person who could have an expert opinion on the subject.

It does seem amazing to me how many folk will argue variants of “you’re an atheist so you must believe in evolution” (as if both are religions and are actually related to each other).

I accept what those who study the overwhelming mountain of evidence have to say on the subject. (And there are atheists who do not accept evolution.)

one of the first things we learned in science class was the scientific method: how a hypothesis is tested and if confirmed independently, can become a theory

we learned the historical method: confirmation by independent, original sources

those things are obviously no longer taught or these sorts of asinine discussions would never arise.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:17:08pm

re: #238 Blind Frog Belly White

I think contempt for both employees and customers is common to many business owners, large and small. Consumers are sheep, they just buy whatever you sell; employees are moochers who don’t contribute anything; business owners are the ones who do everything, who take all the risk, they deserve all the rewards.

Ayn Rand’s producers, not to be confused with Mel Brooks’s producers.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:19:08pm

re: #236 Anymouse 🌹

Same with evolution by natural selection. I am not a biologist, geneticist, geologist, or any other sort of person who could have an expert opinion on the subject.

It does seem amazing to me how many folk will argue variants of “you’re an atheist so you must believe in evolution” (as if both are religions and are actually related to each other).

I accept what those who study the overwhelming mountain of evidence have to say on the subject. (And there are atheists who do not accept evolution.)

Everyone believes in evolution by natural selection, because it makes sense on such a deep level. They grasp the basics right off. All you have to do is show them the black vs white moths and the soot-blackened vs unstained bark they live on and people get it. That’s how simple evolution is.

In order to disbelieve descent from common ancestors by natural selection on naturally occurring genetic variation, you have to actively engage in mental gymnastics - you can accept that radically different forms of cat evolved from a common ancestor, but you have to deny that cats and dogs could have evolved from a common ancestor. There’s no reasonable argument against it, so you have to go biblical, with ‘Kinds’.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:19:42pm

re: #240 Anymouse 🌹

Ayn Rand’s producers, not to be confused with Mel Brooks’s producers.

You now own 50% of ‘Prisoners Of Love’.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:19:49pm

re: #70 DodgerFan1988

Which is a dumb move even from a crass, partisan point of view given that Latino surnames include “Cruz”, “Nunes” and “Rubio”.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:19:50pm

re: #238 Blind Frog Belly White

I think contempt for both employees and customers is common to many business owners, large and small. Consumers are sheep, they just buy whatever you sell; employees are moochers who don’t contribute anything; business owners are the ones who do everything, who take all the risk, they deserve all the rewards.

There’s probably some truth to that. I think there was a culture shift in the 90s (the age of everyone getting degrees in business administration and MBAs) that built off of cultural touchstones like the movies Wall Street and Boiler Room.

Again, it’s also a personality/experience thing - business owners really do put in insane hours and don’t always see grand returns (I remember as a kid having to listen to the Super Bowl on the radio because my parents were working that Sunday in the office)

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Jay C  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:20:32pm

re: #229 Backwoods_Sleuth

What a crock-o-crap! Trump is most-likely staying out of camera range because he doesn’t want to have to face questions he can’t answer. Like anything to do with legislation - outside of crowing over “triumphs” where he can look like The Brilliant Fucking Hero, of course….

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:20:50pm

re: #241 Blind Frog Belly White

Ken Ham even addresses the black moth/white moth issue in a video. He says the data is flawed, and brings in one of his failed PhD’s to cite a thirty-year old paper that was debunked.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:21:00pm

re: #235 allegro

That works. :)

I’m reminded of a recent, post-Harvey conversation I had with a guy who was staying here at the park while his house was being repaired. It went something like this:

Him: It’s all the over-building that’s causing these floods. That whole climate change is nonsense.
Me: How do you explain two 100-year level floods and a 500-year level flood happening in 3 years?
Him: It’s the over-development!
Me: That may explain some of the severity of the damage within the city and environs but what about the rural areas that were also flooded?
Him: It’s the over-development!
Me: Have a nice day.

So, the overdevelopment caused the water to go higher than it would otherwise?

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Skip Intro  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:21:31pm

re: #208 Anymouse 🌹

Issue the warrant for his arrest.

Depends on whether his attorney was there in his place.

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ObserverArt  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:21:35pm

Watching a bit of Ari Melber. I’m getting a feeling the Democratic/Progressive side has a lot of people that are disappointed with the vote.

I have seen this before. I hope it doesn’t start the same thinking that hurt us in 2016.

The biggest trait the Republicans have is they stand almost 100% for their candidates and their “values.”

The Democrats forget that while fighting over the details, and if the details aren’t just right, the break-up starts.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:24:25pm

re: #249 ObserverArt

Watching a bit of Ari Melber. I’m getting a feeling the Democratic/Progressive side has a lot of people that are disappointed with the vote.

I have seen this before. I hope it doesn’t start the same thinking that hurt us in 2016.

The biggest trait the Republicans have is they stand almost 100% for their candidates and their “values.”

The Democrats forget that while fighting over the details, and if the details aren’t just right, the break-up starts.

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BlueSpotinAL  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:25:18pm

re: #246 Anymouse 🌹

Ken Ham even addresses the black moth/white moth issue in a video. He says the data is flawed, and brings in one of his failed PhD’s to cite a thirty-year old paper that was debunked.

Which it turns out was not debunked. LOL.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:28:15pm

re: #250 Backwoods_Sleuth

They’re complicit w/ every single young person living in fear. Every pain Latino & immigrant families feel from here out is 100% due to @TheDemocrats not fully embracing us as American. Implicit racism is equally as harmful. I’m done

especially that Democratic President who reminds us that Mexico is sending us its rapists and drug gangs and wants to build a wall and round up children born and raised here to send them back to where they “belong”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:28:53pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:30:00pm
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SteveMcGriftFlynnComey... ...corruptemoligate RN  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:31:04pm

re: #250 Backwoods_Sleuth

This is what I mean about the Democratic Party. In 2010 and 2016 too many Democratic voters stayed home or voted third party. Democratic voters are going to have to realize that their party has very little leverage when they’re in the minirity, and a big reason they’re in the minirity is because their voters.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:31:07pm

re: #251 BlueSpotinAL

Which it turns out was not debunked. LOL.

On the issue of the original peppered moth study which creationists tried to debunk.

pandasthumb.org

There were in fact flaws in his initial study, but those can be accounted for, and his experiment has been repeated.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:33:00pm

30% tariffs on solar panels, 20% on Samsung and LG washing machines.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:33:26pm

“The Suniva-SolarWorld request for protection was opposed by much of the domestic U.S. solar industry. Tariffs that made solar panels more expensive, and thus discouraged their use, will cause 23,000 installers, engineers and project managers to lose their jobs as billions of dollars in planned investment evaporates, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.”

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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:34:57pm

re: #247 Blind Frog Belly White

So, the overdevelopment caused the water to go higher than it would otherwise?

There is some merit to the fact that concreting over swampland has negative consequences. Also merit to the fact that the city of Houston has allowed subdivisions to be built within high risk areas including within the Addicks flood reservoir (that never over-topped since it was built until Harvey, but still). Both of these result in increased damage. But yeah, they have nothing to do with the amount of fucking water that dropped on us and the shocking increase of the severity of the storms we have been seeing the past decade that are continuing to worsen.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:35:23pm
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A Mom Anon  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:36:20pm

re: #222 HappyWarrior

All she does now is sell bullshit “fitness” and “women’s health” products. She’s not exactly roughing it like us peasants.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:37:28pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:37:34pm

re: #257 jaunte

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30% tariffs on solar panels, 20% on Samsung and LG washing machines.

Of course. RIGHT as I am planning on possibly buying a new washing machine.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:37:35pm

re: #260 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Breaking the Glass Elephant” sounds like a book about Republican women.

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Jack Burton  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:38:27pm

re: #255 SteveMcGriftFlynnComey… …corruptemoligate RN

There are way too many unicorn hunters on the left side.

Right now, where there’s a Republican president, house, and senate, that are all openly racist against all brown people and pushing horrible policies that are *right now* ruining lives, isn’t when you call out the Democrats for not being perfect on the race and immigration issue. Seriously…

First you get rid of the damn Nazis, then you have your fucking bitch fit with the democrats. This is almost like if we refused to work with the Soviets in WW2.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:38:45pm

Well, I am not going to the water class in Alliance tomorrow. I just called the instructor, and he says he wrecked his car in the blizzard in eastern Nebraska. He won’t be making it to Alliance.

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petesh  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:39:06pm

re: #255 SteveMcGriftFlynnComey… …corruptemoligate RN

This is what I mean about the Democratic Party. In 2010 and 2016 too many Democratic voters stayed home or voted third party. Democratic voters are going to have to realize that their party has very little leverage when they’re in the minirity, and a big reason they’re in the minirity is because their voters.

They did get CHIP through (for six years) and they still have a good shot at forcing DACA through, in less than 3 weeks. Let’s not panic yet.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:39:08pm

re: #257 jaunte

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30% tariffs on solar panels, 20% on Samsung and LG washing machines.

ex girlfriend just started working for LG in Frankfurt…

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:40:34pm

re: #268 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Trump might cancel the tariff if he finds out LG means Lucky Goldstar.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:44:21pm

re: #257 jaunte

“The President’s action makes clear again that the Trump Administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in announcing the moves.

Except for those workers and businesses that rely on imported goods for their work and/or business

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:44:33pm

So it is also that Ivanka Trump is trying to run shit again, because if Ivanka Trump’s time in the White House has taught us anything, it’s that she runs shit:

Ivanka is also playing a central role in the search, quietly field-testing ideas with people. “Ivanka is the most worried about it. She’s trying to figure who replaces Kelly,” a person who’s spoken with her said.

Sure.

What about Jared? He probably can handle yet another job, on top of curing opioids and saving the Middle East. Or young Arabella Kushner! She is about kindergarten age, so she is on the president’s level, plus she speaks Mandarin, so she’s probably well-positioned to make Grandpa look like less of A Idiot next time President Xi comes a-callin’.

What about Hope Hicks? Tom Cotton? Kevin With The Red Starbursts? A funny clown in a Big Mac costume? Stephen Miller? Trump does whatever he says anyway, because they are in love.

Read more at wonkette.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:44:47pm
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Jay C  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:44:47pm

re: #250 Backwoods_Sleuth

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This crap is really painful to read. What political party does Ms. Garcia imagine is going to be a better vehicle for Latino political/social aspiration/expressions than the Democrats (whatever their perceived flaws)? The Republicans? Whose views of Hispanic-Americans vary only in the range between exploitation and outright contempt? Some left-wing “third party”, or some ethnic mini-party virtually guaranteed to self-marginalize?

The two-party system that America has lived with for 160+ years may have its flaws, but it has provided a notably stable framework for keeping our politics on a “normal” footing despite its flaws. Alida Garcia - who sounds like she should really know better - seems to be missing a significant point in this “Ima gonna walk” post: and she seems to have a lot of the online Left as company….

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:45:44pm

re: #206 Backwoods_Sleuth

Good on Black for taking on a (murderous) bully which is all Sheriff Clarke really is. Hope he wins this case.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:46:34pm

re: #258 jaunte

“The Suniva-SolarWorld request for protection was opposed by much of the domestic U.S. solar industry. Tariffs that made solar panels more expensive, and thus discouraged their use, will cause 23,000 installers, engineers and project managers to lose their jobs as billions of dollars in planned investment evaporates, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.”

they can go work in the coal mines

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:47:46pm

re: #264 jaunte

“Breaking the Glass Elephant” sounds like a book about Republican women.

sounds like a unique form of sexual gratification that will cost you five big ones

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:48:41pm

re: #273 Jay C

Send her Clint Smith’s tweet up there.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:49:06pm

“Breaking the Glass Elephant in Cleveland”

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:50:16pm
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meteor  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:50:19pm

re: #260 Backwoods_Sleuth

Wow, ouch.

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:50:41pm

re: #250 Backwoods_Sleuth

Did Ms. Garcia hear Trump promise to repeal DACA during his campaign? Does she understand that President Obama was forced to sign an executive order enacting DACA because Republicans refused to do so?

Democrats aren’t as aggressive as many of us want them to be but they’re the better of the two parties when it comes to immigration and so many other issues. Vote for them and continue to push them to do the right thing. Leaving the Democratic Party does what exactly?

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DodgerFan1988  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:51:14pm

Remember when Ugandan dictator Idi Amin expelled 60,000 asian citizens, expropriated their businesses and properties, and distributed them to his party supporters? It was rightly called a crime against humanity but that is what Trump and his supporters are calling for against 800,000 Dreamers.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:52:40pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:53:25pm

re: #244 KGxvi

There’s probably some truth to that. I think there was a culture shift in the 90s (the age of everyone getting degrees in business administration and MBAs) that built off of cultural touchstones like the movies Wall Street and Boiler Room.

Again, it’s also a personality/experience thing - business owners really do put in insane hours and don’t always see grand returns (I remember as a kid having to listen to the Super Bowl on the radio because my parents were working that Sunday in the office)

I’d push that back to the 80s. Watch the popular movies, starting back during The Depression, and businessmen were generally viewed with suspicion, the larger the business the greater the suspicion. Think Frank Capra movies, for example.

Enter the Reagan Era, and suddenly entrepreneurs become all the rage.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:55:27pm

OT:

Interestingly, I got an MSDS sheet in the mail on my epilepsy medication. Doesn’t do a whole lot to make me feel safe.

I presume it is for industrial handling of the medication, but I’m not going to dive into barrels of the stuff. I’m more concerned about a cop hassling me over a controlled substance. (Or border patrol, which does that every time I cross the border.)

sciencelab.com

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:56:27pm

Remember when some on the left were saying ‘at least Trump isn’t a hawk like Clinton’?

Good times.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:56:47pm

re: #282 DodgerFan1988

Remember when Ugandan dictator Idi Amin expelled 60,000 asian citizens, expropriated their businesses and properties, and distributed them to his party supporters? It was rightly called a crime against humanity but that is what Trump and his supporters are calling for against 800,000 Dreamers.

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Wow, Wil Wheaton? He was, at one point, pretty much the epitome of a dudebro, but it’s nice to see him have a moment of sanity.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:57:04pm

And, by holding new technology back, Trump is also causing millions of dollars of investment and innovation to get sent to OTHER COUNTRIES.

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The Major  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:57:59pm

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:58:03pm

re: #285 Anymouse 🌹

OT:

Interestingly, I got an MSDS sheet in the mail on my epilepsy medication. Doesn’t do a whole lot to make me feel safe.

I presume it is for industrial handling of the medication, but I’m not going to dive into barrels of the stuff. I’m more concerned about a cop hassling me over a controlled substance. (Or border patrol, which does that every time I cross the border.)

sciencelab.com

Remember to piss into a polypropylene jug and label it properly for HazMat. Remember to put the date started and the date finished. Oh, and close the container when not in use!!
//////////////

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 3:58:36pm

re: #281 Patricia Kayden

Did Ms. Garcia hear Trump promise to repeal DACA during his campaign? Does she understand that President Obama was forced to sign an executive order enacting DACA because Republicans refused to do so?

Democrats aren’t as aggressive as many of us want them to be but they’re the better of the two parties when it comes to immigration and so many other issues. Vote for them and continue to push them to do the right thing. Leaving the Democratic Party does what exactly?

During the gay marriage debate, I remember telling someone that change takes time and you need patience. Their response was that it’s easy to be patient when it’s not your civil rights at stake.

DACA is a policy that has a supermajority of support, EVEN REPUBLICAN VOTERS SUPPORT IT, and yet the best the Democrats could get on it was a promise that there’s going to be a vote… eventually, unless McConnell decides the Democrats aren’t acting right. I can sympathize with those who feel betrayed on this, and the Democratic Party isn’t entitled to her and those like her being a member or working for them if they aren’t willing to act on issues important to her and those like her.

Hopefully this deal goes through and a permanent solution for DACA is passed. But the Democrats in Congress have to decide what they stand for and communicate that to people, because “anti-Trump” isn’t going to be enough come November.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:00:18pm

re: #250 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Let me know how that works out for you.

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Jay C  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:02:22pm

re: #283 jaunte

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Yeah: even an amateur keyboard economist like me can figure out the flaw(s) in Trump’s solar-panel tariff plan. This is like 19th-Century economic doctrine: applying a tariff to foreign-made products does little good* unless there is a domestic industry in place to take advantage of the new cost/price differential. Which doesn’t seem to be the case with the solar panel industry. What it sounds like the Trump Tariff** will do is simply make solar more expensive vis-a-vis “conventional” power-generation sources: which is probably its intended effect anyway: boost economic advantage for the fossil-fuel sector, and punch those dirty “renewable”-obsessed hippies at the same time.

*outside of raising money for the government, that is.
** He probably WILL want his name on this one.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:03:01pm

re: #259 allegro

There is some merit to the fact that concreting over swampland has negative consequences. Also merit to the fact that the city of Houston has allowed subdivisions to be built within high risk areas including within the Addicks flood reservoir (that never over-topped since it was built until Harvey, but still). Both of these result in increased damage. But yeah, they have nothing to do with the amount of fucking water that dropped on us and the shocking increase of the severity of the storms we have been seeing the past decade that are continuing to worsen.

That hurricane was a Lone Wolf!

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:03:50pm

re: #293 Jay C

Yeah: even an amateur keyboard economist like me can figure out the flaw(s) in Trump’s solar-panel tariff plan. This is like 19th-Century economic doctrine: applying a tariff to foreign-made products does little good* unless there is a domestic industry in place to take advantage of the new cost/price differential. Which doesn’t seem to be the case with the solar panel industry. What it sounds like the Trump Tariff** will do is simply make solar more expensive vis-a-vis “conventional” power-generation sources: which is probably its intended effect anyway: boost economic advantage for the fossil-fuel sector, and punch those dirty “renewable”-obsessed hippies at the same time.

*outside of raising money for the government, that is.
** He probably WILL want his name on this one.

This is his master plan to bring back coal: Make it so expensive to build anything else that it becomes economically feasible to run coal-fired power plants again.

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SteveMcGriftFlynnComey... ...corruptemoligate RN  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:04:46pm

Solar panels I get (even though it’s stupid) but washing machines?

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:06:38pm

re: #296 SteveMcGriftFlynnComey… …corruptemoligate RN

Solar panels I get (even though it’s stupid) but washing machines?

I think the logic is along the lines of:

somethingsomethingsomething China, Merikan made parts, somethingsomethingsomething MAGA!

Also, Trump doesn’t understand how international trade works.

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Jack Burton  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:08:43pm

re: #297 KGxvi

I think the logic is along the lines of:

Also, Trump doesn’t understand how international trade works.

Trump doesn’t understand.

Anything.

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Cheechako  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:09:07pm

Tariffs on solar power are going to be a major step backwards for the use of renewable resources. Take a look on the potential impacts:

Xcel Energy receives shockingly low bids for Colorado electricity from renewable sources

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petesh  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:09:08pm

re: #294 Blind Frog Belly White

That hurricane was a Lone Wolf!

A Black Swan!
[What’s the code for that font?]

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The Vicious Babushka  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:09:09pm

re: #203 HappyWarrior

Yeah let’s mock the PM of an important ally in Asia. What a stupid man but hey I bet his Indian accent is hilarious.

Most Indians that I know speak several languages. Mango Mussolini can barely speak even one (English, kinda)

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Jay C  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:09:48pm

BTW, it may be a dumb question (see #293 for disclaimer), but are tariffs of this sort unilaterally applicable by the Executive, or does Congress have any say in the matter?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:09:53pm

Jane Kleeb weighs in on the latest in fighting off the Keystone XL project here:

This pipeline will never be built.

After TransCanada last week announced shockingly weak support from customers looking to transport tarsands on its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it has become more clear than ever that this pipeline is not needed, and will never be built.

The company could only secure commitments for 500,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) for KXL, which has a capacity of 830,000 bpd — and that’s only after the Canadian government gave TransCanada a giant gift subsidy to boost the numbers.

TransCanada and its investors also still have not made a Final Investment Decision (FID) on whether or not the company will even move forward with the project, despite saying it would make the announcement in December — a testament to the unlikely alliance standing strong in opposition — including the Nebraska landowners who filed a legal challenge to the Public Service Commission’s approval of the “Mainline Alternative” route for the pipeline through Nebraska.

Oral arguments in the landowners’ court case challenging the PSC’s approval of an *illegal* route for KXL are expected to be scheduled in late 2018.

Chip in to help cover legal costs for Nebraska landowners fighting KXL.
In the meantime, Bold is helping the Nebraska Easement Action Team (N.E.A.T.) identify and contact newly affected landowners on the “Mainline Alternative” pipeline route, to grow the collective of farmers and ranchers united in refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for KXL.

Bold is also continuing to partner with landowners to build solar installations on land directly in the path of Keystone XL, and the next installations are scheduled to take place in March — after the ground thaws a bit here in Nebraska. The Solar XL resistance sends a powerful message about the clean energy future we all want for our children and grandchildren.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:09:57pm

re: #295 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

This is his master plan to bring back coal: Make it so expensive to build anything else that it becomes economically feasible to run coal-fired power plants again.

and get rid of all those pesky health, safety and environmental regulations that jut drive up costs. and those pesky unions that drive up wages

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:10:49pm

re: #160 Blind Frog Belly White

This is the the thing about Science - it’s about the data, not the person. Of course, because it involves people, it’s easier for a prominent scientist to get a controversial new hypothesis accepted, but in the end it comes down to whether the data support the hypothesis.

See: Linus Pauling, he went down the batshit “mega doses of vitamin C cures colds and other shit” path. People still believe that shit.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:11:14pm

re: #291 KGxvi

During the gay marriage debate, I remember telling someone that change takes time and you need patience. Their response was that it’s easy to be patient when it’s not your civil rights at stake.

DACA is a policy that has a supermajority of support, EVEN REPUBLICAN VOTERS SUPPORT IT, and yet the best the Democrats could get on it was a promise that there’s going to be a vote… eventually, unless McConnell decides the Democrats aren’t acting right. I can sympathize with those who feel betrayed on this, and the Democratic Party isn’t entitled to her and those like her being a member or working for them if they aren’t willing to act on issues important to her and those like her.

Hopefully this deal goes through and a permanent solution for DACA is passed. But the Democrats in Congress have to decide what they stand for and communicate that to people, because “anti-Trump” isn’t going to be enough come November.

People keep saying this, but it seems to me that Trump’s agenda is primarily destructive, whether it’s trying to destroy the ACA, or regulations for the environment or worker safety or consumer protection, or women’s rights, or immigration. It’s all about negating what the Democrats have put in place.

Anti-Trump is actually a positive agenda, the same positive agenda Dems have long stood for. So, what do we stand for is pretty goddam easy to see.

And I’d note, the GOP managed to take over the House and the Senate on nothing more than simple obstruction.

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retired cynic  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:12:47pm

re: #274 Patricia Kayden

Good on Black for taking on a (murderous) bully which is all Sheriff Clarke really is. Hope he wins this case.

It doesn’t sound like he will. The jury has been restricted according to defense wishes, and the judge narrowed the focus of the trial, apparently, according to that article. Clarke is not involved, since he is no longer sheriff (or a resident of Wisconsin). It is a civil trial against the office of sheriff. I think!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:12:55pm

re: #305 Colère Tueur de Lapin

See: Linus Pauling, he went down the batshit “mega doses of vitamin C cures colds and other shit” path. People still believe that shit.

Or, how to destroy a legendary reputation built over a decades long career in a few ill-considered actions.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:13:09pm

I apparently don’t understand how tarriffs work. The President has the authority to put up tariffs for whatever reason? I thought taxes, excises, fees, tariffs, &c had to go through the House.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:15:07pm
Potential Acute Health Effects: Extremely hazardous in case of ingestion. Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant, sensitizer), of eye contact (irritant), of inhalation. Severe over-exposure can result in death.

I better sleep with my tablets under my pillow.

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Scout  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:15:52pm

Welp, looks like I have my new cause:

With Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat

Mr. Lamb just got a few thousand yen sent into his coffers.

Is Mr. Lamb a candidate with whom I agree on 100 percent of the issues? Not even remotely close. But I want a Blue Wave, and I want it bad. All momentum in our favor is good.

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Jack Burton  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:16:27pm

re: #308 Blind Frog Belly White

Or, how to destroy a legendary reputation built over a decades long career in a few ill-considered actions.

See also: Frank Tipler

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:17:09pm

re: #301 The Vicious Babushka

Most Indians that I know speak several languages. Mango Mussolini can barely speak even one (English, kinda)

Yeah that’s been my experience as well.

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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:17:23pm

re: #291 KGxvi

During the gay marriage debate, I remember telling someone that change takes time and you need patience. Their response was that it’s easy to be patient when it’s not your civil rights at stake.

DACA is a policy that has a supermajority of support, EVEN REPUBLICAN VOTERS SUPPORT IT, and yet the best the Democrats could get on it was a promise that there’s going to be a vote… eventually, unless McConnell decides the Democrats aren’t acting right. I can sympathize with those who feel betrayed on this, and the Democratic Party isn’t entitled to her and those like her being a member or working for them if they aren’t willing to act on issues important to her and those like her.

Hopefully this deal goes through and a permanent solution for DACA is passed. But the Democrats in Congress have to decide what they stand for and communicate that to people, because “anti-Trump” isn’t going to be enough come November.

This is truth. Goes waaaay back here in Texas which is why we can’t get our millions of Hispanic citizens especially to vote. They just don’t see any advantage to either party and it can be difficult to argue against their beliefs. If the Democrats want Texas, it’s actually theirs if they are willing to fight. DACA is an ideal place to do it.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:21:11pm

It’s tough. I certainly do understand the frustration. I just don’t think that going Indy solves a damn thing. The Greens and Libertarians have never elected anyone to Congress and they’re not exactly great immigrant adovcates. I just hate that we are where we are.

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KGxvi  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:21:29pm

re: #309 Anymouse 🌹

I apparently don’t understand how tarriffs work. The President has the authority to put up tariffs for whatever reason? I thought taxes, excises, fees, tariffs, &c had to go through the House.

From the article:

In both cases, Trump acted under a provision of U.S. trade law authorizing global or “safeguard” tariffs, which had not been used since President George W. Bush levied tariffs on imported steel in 2002.

The safeguard process leaves the final decision on whether to impose trade remedies to the president rather than to the apolitical trade experts who normally adjudicate trade disputes.

Special category of tariffs.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:23:08pm

re: #291 KGxvi

During the gay marriage debate, I remember telling someone that change takes time and you need patience. Their response was that it’s easy to be patient when it’s not your civil rights at stake.

DACA is a policy that has a supermajority of support, EVEN REPUBLICAN VOTERS SUPPORT IT, and yet the best the Democrats could get on it was a promise that there’s going to be a vote… eventually, unless McConnell decides the Democrats aren’t acting right. I can sympathize with those who feel betrayed on this, and the Democratic Party isn’t entitled to her and those like her being a member or working for them if they aren’t willing to act on issues important to her and those like her.

Hopefully this deal goes through and a permanent solution for DACA is passed. But the Democrats in Congress have to decide what they stand for and communicate that to people, because “anti-Trump” isn’t going to be enough come November.

So, you want them to make Sophie’s choice: They should have stood firm on DACA until Republicans caved, even if that meant all of the parents of children needing CHIP turned away from Democrats. Remember, if Democrats had caved, CHIP would have been funded (it was in the House version already) and there would have been no action on DACA. This at least keeps DACA in the news. And by not agreeing to a long term resolution, but a two week one, the next vote is about DACA.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:23:20pm

What I hate is that the majority of this country can approve of DACA and immigration reform and yet we go and elect someone like Trump and we get held up in immigration reform by Senators like Cotton and Perdue and unelected people like Miller, a literal protege of Richard fucking Spencer.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:23:44pm

re: #304 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and get rid of all those pesky health, safety and environmental regulations that jut drive up costs. and those pesky unions that drive up wages

On the one hand, my brother is highly critical of the terrible air quality in the areas of China that he visits for his employer; OTOH, he supports Trump’s efforts to boost the fossil fuel industry. He really doesn’t see the contradiction in holding these two views. Wasn’t that called dialectical materialism by Marx?

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:24:01pm

re: #318 Belafon

So, you want them to make Sophie’s choice: They should have stood firm on DACA until Republicans caved, even if that meant all of the parents of children needing CHIP turned away from Democrats. Remember, if Democrats had caved, CHIP would have been funded (it was in the House version already) and there would have been no action on DACA. This at least keeps DACA in the news. And by not agreeing to a long term resolution, but a two week one, the next vote is about DACA.

My hope is it really puts pressure on McConnell big time.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:25:08pm

re: #320 Hecuba’s daughter

On the one hand, my brother is highly critical of the terrible air quality in the areas of China that he visits for his employer; OTOH, he supports Trump’s efforts to boost the fossil fuel industry. He really doesn’t see the contradiction in holding these two views. Wasn’t that called dialectical materialism by Marx?

It’s called being a jackass. Kind of like how conservatives constantly bitch about welfare and public assistance yet refuse to even consider wage floors.

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Jack Burton  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:27:57pm

re: #316 HappyWarrior

It’s tough. I certainly do understand the frustration. I just don’t think that going Indy solves a damn thing. The Greens and Libertarians have never elected anyone to Congress and they’re not exactly great immigrant adovcates. I just hate that we are where we are.

Libertarians “sort of” are good on immigration on paper, but the reality is that the ones that actually run for office or have any sway in any manner at all, are all glibertarian white dude bros that don’t give a shit about brown people, libertarian on economic issues but religious kooks, or alt-right wanna be Republican trolls. Those that aren’t do a lot of pseudo-intellectual masturbating that puts open borders immigration between “Driver’s Licensing and Car Registration is like HITLER!” and “Anarcho-Capitalism would work great if we just tried it.”

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:30:02pm

Knowing the kind of people around me that “support” DACA, their support extends only to the point it becomes a burden to them. And by burden, it had better not affect their VA, their SS, their Medicare, their pay, their kids’ pay, their access to sports on TV, garbage collection, etc.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:30:29pm

re: #323 Jack Burton

Libertarians “sort of” are good on immigration on paper, but the reality is that the ones that actually run for office or have any sway in any manner at all, are all glibertarian white dude bros that don’t give a shit about brown people, libertarian on economic issues but religious kooks, or alt-right wanna be Republican trolls. Those that aren’t do a lot of pseudo-intellectual masturbating that puts open borders immigration between “Driver’s Licensing and Car Registration is like HITLER!” and “Anarcho-Capitalism would work great if we just tried it.”

Yeah I know some libertarians who actually do give a shit about PoC but they’re minorities within their movement because their movement is full with smug assholes who think they know more than everyone else about economics and the Constitution. The Greens to me lost any moral credibility on immigration when Stein defended Brexit. Stein may not be a racist like the right but she’s sure as hell indifferent ot the politics of nativism.

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teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:33:00pm

These strange edits from skier god Candide Thovex are so ridiculous. This will be one of the weirdest things you’ve seen today.

Candide Thovex - quattro 2

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:35:00pm

In my experience many but not all self-proclaimed libertarians are often conservatives in denial, I know a lot of anti-immigrant, anti-choice, anti-LGBT, etc people who call themselves that label. They’re like Ron Paul. they simply hate the federal anti-drug laws which I should add, I agree with them on but Ron Paul is one of the biggest charlatans in politics of the past 20 years. He has not said one word about the rise of xenophobia becaues he doesn’t care about bigotry. In fact, until Trump came along, he was the favorite of people like Spencer, Duke, and the others.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:39:50pm

Water class is back on: The instructor just called me to tell me he bought another car and is continuing on his way to Alliance.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:43:17pm

re: #323 Jack Burton

The libertarian in our statehouse is a former Republican woman who left the GOP when Trump was elected.

There is also a libertarian woman in the Iowa statehouse, but I don’t know anything about her.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:46:20pm

I do find libertarians an interesting bunch. Some of them honestly can be fairly reasonable even if I think they’re unpractical on economic matters and some social matters. Some of them, they’re just a Republican in denial who doesn’t totally hate on the idea of legal weed. I don’t believe the libertarian is a Republican pothead idea but some people who call themselves libertarians, yeah they certainly are.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:49:11pm

re: #311 Scout

Welp, looks like I have my new cause:

With Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat

Mr. Lamb just got a few thousand yen sent into his coffers.

Is Mr. Lamb a candidate with whom I agree on 100 percent of the issues? Not even remotely close. But I want a Blue Wave, and I want it bad. All momentum in our favor is good.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:49:54pm

re: #330 HappyWarrior

I do find libertarians an interesting bunch. Some of them honestly can be fairly reasonable even if I think they’re unpractical on economic matters and some social matters. Some of them, they’re just a Republican in denial who doesn’t totally hate on the idea of legal weed. I don’t believe the libertarian is a Republican pothead idea but some people who call themselves libertarians, yeah they certainly are.

We must be encountering different Libertarians. Mostly I find them to be insufferable prigs.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:50:15pm

re: #331 Stanley Sea

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Good, it’s about time Western Pa go back to the Dems.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:50:43pm

re: #330 HappyWarrior

I do find libertarians an interesting bunch. Some of them honestly can be fairly reasonable even if I think they’re unpractical on economic matters and some social matters. Some of them, they’re just a Republican in denial who doesn’t totally hate on the idea of legal weed. I don’t believe the libertarian is a Republican pothead idea but some people who call themselves libertarians, yeah they certainly are.

Libertarians are also totally fine with private companies discriminating against people because of race, religion, gender. It’s not that they recommend those policies but the government should basically not interfere with the operation of private organizations.

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Citizen K  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:51:12pm

Yeah, this brand new exodus seems so much like cutting off their noses to spite their faces shit at this point. It’s just…fuck, they pretend like DACA is completely dead and Trump and folks are giggling maniacally at how ‘played’ Dems got with Dems none the wiser, or Dems gleefully shitting on DACA families or something.

I…ugh. I get the play here, especially if the GOP is really going to be as intractable as they probably are. But it seems like even our side is quick to assume the GOP position is the default truth and that the Dems just screwed everyone because they can or some fucking shit. It’s fucking impossible and makes me wonder if we really have a fucking chance in November at this point.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:52:34pm

re: #332 Blind Frog Belly White

We must be encountering different Libertarians. Mostly I find them to be insufferable prigs.

We might well be. The ones I like are mainly of the Radley Batko type, very sincere about police abuses and that sort of thing. But you ain’t wrong. A lot of them can be insufferable especially when talking about economics. Too many economic dogmatists out there these days. People who think capitalism is the best thing ever and to even consider socialism is evil. Just want to laugh because I wonder how much these guys enjoy their weekends, bonuses, and 40 hour work weeks.

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teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:52:59pm

Sad news. A skier died in an avalanche north of Silverton near Red Mountain Pass yesterday, first avalanche death in Colorado this year.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:53:07pm

re: #334 Hecuba’s daughter

Libertarians are also totally fine with private companies discriminating against people because of race, religion, gender. It’s not that they recommend those policies but the government should basically not interfere with the operation of private organizations.

Oh for sure. My biggest problem with the movement is they overlook excesses committed by business while they think the government can’t be trusted at all.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:53:31pm

re: #337 teleskiguy

Sad news. A skier died in an avalanche north of Silverton near Red Mountain Pass yesterday, first avalanche death in Colorado this year.

Damn. Poor guy.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:55:52pm

re: #336 HappyWarrior

We might well be. The ones I like are mainly of the Radley Batko type, very sincere about police abuses and that sort of thing. But you ain’t wrong. A lot of them can be insufferable especially when talking about economics. Too many economic dogmatists out there these days. People who think capitalism is the best thing ever and to even consider socialism is evil. Just want to laugh because I wonder how much these guys enjoy their weekends, bonuses, and 40 hour work weeks.

My wife the former Libertarian Party member doesn’t really talk about economics much (now). She did when we first met.

During the 2016 campaign she left the LP and became a Democrat. (Now she says it’s my fault that she gets all this “leftie” mailer stuff.)

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:57:30pm

re: #340 Anymouse 🌹

My wife the former Libertarian Party member doesn’t really talk about economics much (now). She did when we first met.

During the 2016 campaign she left the LP and became a Democrat. (Now she says it’s my fault that she gets all this “leftie” mailer stuff.)

Well everyone’s different.

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teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:57:32pm

re: #339 HappyWarrior

Damn. Poor guy.

I’ve been to four funerals, four guys I knew (they were all guys, it’s quite crazy how disproportionate avalanche deaths are among the sexes). Three of them suffocated, one was buried under almost five feet, the other two were buried under less than three feet of snow. The other died of blunt force trauma from being carried over cliffs into a thick stand of trees.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:58:33pm

re: #335 Citizen K

Yeah, this brand new exodus seems so much like cutting off their noses to spite their faces shit at this point. It’s just…fuck, they pretend like DACA is completely dead and Trump and folks are giggling maniacally at how ‘played’ Dems got with Dems none the wiser, or Dems gleefully shitting on DACA families or something.

I…ugh. I get the play here, especially if the GOP is really going to be as intractable as they probably are. But it seems like even our side is quick to assume the GOP position is the default truth and that the Dems just screwed everyone because they can or some fucking shit. It’s fucking impossible and makes me wonder if we really have a fucking chance in November at this point.

But that’s because of the message the average voter is hearing from the media. Cnn has an opinion piece titled: A big loss for Schumer and the Democrats. Of course, if you actually read the piece, you will realize the author is just another Republican shill, who worked for W and Mitch McConnell.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:58:37pm

re: #342 teleskiguy

I’ve been to four funerals, four guys I knew (they were all guys, it’s quite crazy how disproportionate avalanche deaths are among the sexes). Three of them suffocated (one was buried under almost five feet, the other two were buried under less than three feet of snow, the other died of blunt force trauma from being carried over cliffs into a thick stand of trees.

Man, I can’t imagine. My brother as you know is an outdoorsy guy, I always worry a bit about him even if he is responsible. I worry about him now especially because he’s got a little girl that loves him very much.

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Targetpractice  Jan 22, 2018 • 4:59:16pm

re: #318 Belafon

So, you want them to make Sophie’s choice: They should have stood firm on DACA until Republicans caved, even if that meant all of the parents of children needing CHIP turned away from Democrats. Remember, if Democrats had caved, CHIP would have been funded (it was in the House version already) and there would have been no action on DACA. This at least keeps DACA in the news. And by not agreeing to a long term resolution, but a two week one, the next vote is about DACA.

It wasn’t just parents who depend on CHIP for their children. There were numerous households like my own who have either active military, civil servants, or federal employees who don’t have emergency stashes of money ready to wait out a weeks long government shutdown. I actually found myself wondering if I could help keep my household afloat on my paycheck alone if this went on for 3 weeks like it did in 2013.

Eventually there’s gonna have to be a recognition by the far-left that we can’t always get a perfect ending to every confrontation with the GOP, that we’re gonna have to pick the battles we can win and take what we can get rather than holding out in the hopes that we’ll get everything. Polls were already squishy on the subject of making the shutdown about the DACA and if it had gone on for weeks, we might have actually soured that public support and given Donny the leverage he needed to extract painful concessions just to reopen the government.

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VaughnIAM  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:04:13pm

re: #80 Belafon

As for debit cards, you just really can’t operate in the area I’m in without having one.

In my town of about 7000 people our water office will only take a check or cash.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:07:08pm

re: #311 Scout

Welp, looks like I have my new cause:

With Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat

Mr. Lamb just got a few thousand yen sent into his coffers.

Is Mr. Lamb a candidate with whom I agree on 100 percent of the issues? Not even remotely close. But I want a Blue Wave, and I want it bad. All momentum in our favor is good.

Why is this so hard for people to get?

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Charles Johnson  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:08:36pm

re: #326 teleskiguy

These strange edits from skier god Candide Thovex are so ridiculous. This will be one of the weirdest things you’ve seen today.

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Video

Wow, that’s wild! It’s all real, too, isn’t it? Doesn’t look like CGI.

That’s gotta be rough on skis.

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retired cynic  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:09:28pm

Some shutdown reading, all from the Washington Monthly:

D.R. Tucker says the shutdown really started 11/8/16, because of the people who voted for DT to “shake things up,” and that the shutdown was on them.

Nancy LeTourneau’s article is on Stephen Miller, and his long-term goal of using DACA to force big changes to long-established legal immigration.

The president didn’t describe a merit-based immigration system; he was talking about a race-based immigration system centered on countries of origin.

What this comes down to is that there is, in fact, an urgency to the Dreamers’ situation, instigated by this administration’s decision to end the DACA program. Stephen Miller’s plan all along has been to use that urgency to force changes to the legal immigration programs that currently benefit what Trump called “shithole” countries and replace them with programs that favor immigrants from countries like Norway (read: white) and Asia (whom many of the nativists see as so-called “model minorities”).

This country’s priorities for legal immigration should be debated in the daylight so that the American people know the stakes. Instead, it is happening behind closed doors via negotiations over a government shutdown, couched in the dog-whistle language of words like “merit-based,” which masks the underlying racism. It is probably safe to assume that people like Miller know they would lose this argument if it were to be held out in the open. Let’s shed a little sunshine, shall we?

And more Nancy LeTourneau on the fault-finding after the shutdown:

If you think that Democrats have a strong case to make on the Dream Act, that fight is now on, with a showdown vote in the Senate amidst a government shutdown if a broader deal isn’t reached. On the other hand, if you think that standing up for Dreamers is a weak hand for Democrats, then today’s agreement is a major cause for concern and could be characterized as a cave.

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Citizen K  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:10:44pm

re: #343 Hecuba’s daughter

Sigh. Yeah. That is a massive part of it. Which is exactly why I’m not immediately faulting Dems or their messaging either, because as I’ve noted it’s hard to get your ‘messaging’ out when the media immediately casts your message as a default lie and the GOP’s as the default truth on reflex, with barely any budge, ever.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:10:57pm
352
Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:11:13pm

Dallas Republicans one-up the voter suppression efforts and start a new campaign to remove as much opposition as possible from ballots - and it should come as no surprise at all that the targeted districts are all represented by minorities:

Dallas County Republicans file lawsuit to kick 128 Democrats off election ballot

Dallas County Republicans have filed a lawsuit to have 128 Democrats kicked off the March 6 primary ballot.

The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County late Friday, contends that Dallas County Democratic Party Chairman Carol Donovan didn’t sign the petitions of 128 Democratic Party candidates before sending them to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, as required by law.

Dallas County Republicans have filed a lawsuit to have 128 Democrats kicked off the March 6 primary ballot.

The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County late Friday, contends that Dallas County Democratic Party Chairman Carol Donovan didn’t sign the petitions of 128 Democratic Party candidates before sending them to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, as required by law.

[…]

“This is just Republican shenanigans,” said state Sen. Royce West, one of the names Republicans want tossed off the ballot. “Republicans are trying to drive a wedge in the Democratic Party because they can’t be competitive in the county.”

State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, is also one of the candidates targeted by Republicans.

“Texas Republicans are constantly looking for ways to disenfranchise minority voters,” Johnson said. “They have done it at the state level in Austin and now they are trying to do it at the local level in Dallas County. The vast majority of the Democratic candidates who were targeted by the DCRP’s frivolous lawsuit are minorities. This is just the latest attempt by Texas Republicans to take away the ability of minority voters to elect candidates of their choice.”

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allegro  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:12:12pm

Why there is any assumption that the DACA issue is dead? It didn’t go this round but there’s another coming in a couple of weeks and this time with greater strength since CHIP is off the table with a Dem win. Dems have no reason to fold on it and every reason to stand strong.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:12:20pm

re: #352 Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos

Dallas Republicans one-up the voter suppression efforts and start a new campaign to remove as much opposition as possible from ballots - and it should come as no surprise at all that the targeted districts are all represented by minorities:

Dallas County Republicans file lawsuit to kick 128 Democrats off election ballot

The Republicans are chickenshits.

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stpaulbear  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:12:33pm

re: #137 stpaulbear

Ugh. I just looked out the sixth floor window and all of the streets are filled with cars that are not moving. I’m going to end up waiting 40 minutes for the bus and then spending another 80 minutes getting the 3.5 miles from the office to home. This is nasty. I’ll update when I get home.

I was way wrong about how long I’d have to wait for the bus - I was at the stop for an hour and 40 minutes before the bus showed up. It’s supposed to come by every 20 minutes. Seven buses should have come by in the time I waited. When it did come, it was packed to the gills with similarly frozen and snow covered riders.

The amount of snow in my neighborhood is impressive. Cars are stuck everywhere and there’s a school bus stuck outside my house. There’s well over a foot of snow in my street and 9-10” on the back sidewalk, and it’s still coming down. We haven’t had a snowfall like this for at least five years.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:12:49pm

re: #335 Citizen K

Yeah, this brand new exodus seems so much like cutting off their noses to spite their faces shit at this point. It’s just…fuck, they pretend like DACA is completely dead and Trump and folks are giggling maniacally at how ‘played’ Dems got with Dems none the wiser, or Dems gleefully shitting on DACA families or something.

I…ugh. I get the play here, especially if the GOP is really going to be as intractable as they probably are. But it seems like even our side is quick to assume the GOP position is the default truth and that the Dems just screwed everyone because they can or some fucking shit. It’s fucking impossible and makes me wonder if we really have a fucking chance in November at this point.

Seems to me you’re too stressed over a few angry tweets. Did you see the women’s marches?

DACA isn’t dead yet, and if Democrats can pull it through in the next couple of weeks, those same people are likely to come back. Without admitting that they ever doubted.

It’s not the fringes we need to worry about, anyway.

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teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:13:20pm

re: #344 HappyWarrior

Man, I can’t imagine. My brother as you know is an outdoorsy guy, I always worry a bit about him even if he is responsible. I worry about him now especially because he’s got a little girl that loves him very much.

Your brother is more likely to die on a highway than in the backcountry. Sad as these deaths are, they are quite rare. I just happen to live in a world where I know too many people who are gone now, both complete strangers and good friends. Too many people. People like Shane McConkey.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:13:42pm

re: #346 VaughnIAM

As for debit cards, you just really can’t operate in the area I’m in without having one.

In my town of about 7000 people our water office will only take a check or cash.

Our village only takes water payments in cash, cheque, or money orders. No credit, no debit.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:14:43pm

re: #332 Blind Frog Belly White

We must be encountering different Libertarians. Mostly I find them to be insufferable prigs.

I worked with one of those. Get your block together to repair your road and build a sidewalk, that’s the problem with paying property taxes, you expect someone else to do something your community should take care of…

First blockage, what kind of sidewalk do you build? Asphalt, brick, concrete, stone…… Well, that was easy.

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teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:15:50pm

re: #348 Charles Johnson

Wow, that’s wild! It’s all real, too, isn’t it? Doesn’t look like CGI.

That’s gotta be rough on skis.

Honestly, I think there’s some fantastic trickery going on here. I think it’s explained in this link, but it’s in German. Hey German speaking Lizards, what does this say?!?

EDIT: Nevermind. I found the English link.

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Targetpractice  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:15:58pm

re: #353 allegro

Why there is any assumption that the DACA issue is dead? It didn’t go this round but there’s another coming in a couple of weeks and this time with greater strength since CHIP is off the table with a Dem win. Dems have no reason to fold on it and every reason to stand strong.

Binary thinking at its best, that you either “won” or you “lost.” Thus if we didn’t get DACA made law, then we “lost” and now we’re looking for someone to blame for that “loss.” To use a sports analogy, there’s still time on the clock and we have possession of the ball still, but the fans can only look at the scoreboard and declare that the game is “over.”

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:15:59pm

re: #357 teleskiguy

Your brother is more likely to die on a highway than in the backcountry. Sad as these deaths are, they are quite rare. I just happen to live in a world where I know too many people who are gone now, both complete strangers and good friends. Too many people. People like Shane McConkey.

[Embedded content]

Yeah you’re very right. Sucks to lose a friend no matter what.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:16:52pm

re: #356 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Seems to me you’re too stressed over a few angry tweets. Did you see the women’s marches?

DACA isn’t dead yet, and if Democrats can pull it through in the next couple of weeks, those same people are likely to come back. Without admitting that they ever doubted.

It’s not the fringes we need to worry about, anyway.

And then they will claim they pushed the Democrats left and take credit for what they didn’t do.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:17:18pm

re: #347 dangerman

Why is this so hard for people to get?

Last December I saw a miracle in Berkeley: the left united. (Sure some extremists stayed away, but we’ll never please everyone.) And we’re still working together. Just keep plugging, and don’t let a few whiners distract you.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:18:34pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:19:19pm
367
teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:21:16pm

“Let’s ski on the top of the Great Wall of China!”

“Far out, dude!”

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Ace-o-aces  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:21:46pm

Go ahead, read the article. Tell me if my summary is incorrect.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:22:33pm

re: #368 Ace-o-aces

[Embedded content]

Go ahead, read the article. Tell me if my summary is incorrect.

Won’t.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:27:12pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:29:46pm

re: #370 Anymouse 🌹

[Embedded content]

She has no room to talk given Bernie’s record on immigration. Fuck her. She’s a narcissistic nut who cares more about dividing the left than anything else.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:33:35pm

Your revolution founded by a guy whose immigration record drew Steve Nuremberg Laws King’s Praise.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:34:27pm

My Daily Kos Diary about this weekend:

If You Aren’t Angry at Republicans, Then Get Angry at Republicans

None of what went on this weekend would have been necessary if Republicans had been a responsible party.

A responsible president would not be willing to kick people out who have only known one country. A responsible president would not be supporting white supremacists and Nazis. A responsible president wouldn’t be trying to cripple our ability to innovate by trying to keep people out of the country based on their skin color. A responsible president wouldn’t be ending health care for millions of people.

A responsible Congress wouldn’t have cut taxes on the rich and made the rest of us pay for it. A responsible party wouldn’t hold millions of children’s lives for months as a threat to try to get people to vote a certain way. A responsible party wouldn’t pit one group against another. A responsible party would stand up to their leader if he was acting in ways that violated the constitution and hurt the country.

Pitting CHIP against DACA was not a choice made by Democrats. It was made by Republicans. Going back on their word to help Dreamers was not a choice made by Democrats. It was made by Republicans.

There is only one party, one group in this country, to be mad at. And that is the Republican party.

I need to yell at them.

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VaughnIAM  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:34:37pm

re: #369 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

re: #368 Ace-o-aces
[Embedded content]
Go ahead, read the article. Tell me if my summary is incorrect.
Won’t.

I haven’t read anything by that ass since he cheated me out of over half of my subscription.

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Kragar  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:38:03pm
376
Kragar  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:40:54pm
377
Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:41:15pm

re: #373 Belafon

I just gave you an upding at Daily Kos, and the first comment.

(You’re welcome.)

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:41:40pm

re: #348 Charles Johnson

Wow, that’s wild! It’s all real, too, isn’t it? Doesn’t look like CGI.

That’s gotta be rough on skis.

Well they did get a nice rinse when he went surfing.

BTW just pulled the trigger on a nice 55 inch Samsung 4k led TV. Through your Amazon link of course. Next up will be a 4k BR player.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:41:52pm

re: #376 Kragar

[Embedded content]

Lol so sensitive.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:42:39pm

re: #376 Kragar

More appropriate for the MRA’s:

Tiki Torch Protest (courtesy Juanita Jean)
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:47:05pm

If you haven’t seen Lego Batman, watch it. It’s a hoot.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:48:45pm

Hot take from the New York Times:

Schumer Sells Out the Resistance

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:49:34pm

re: #382 Anymouse 🌹

Hot take from the New York Times:

Schumer Sells Out the Resistance

Sigh.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:51:12pm

re: #382 Anymouse 🌹

Hot take from the New York Times:

Schumer Sells Out the Resistance

The guy who does the weekend APR has completely dropped NYT from his sources.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:52:11pm

re: #385 Belafon

The guy who does the weekend APR has completely dropped NYT from his sources.

They really lost me when they wrote that glowing profile of that white suoremacist.

387
Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:53:59pm

re: #386 HappyWarrior

They really lost me when they wrote that glowing profile of that white suoremacist.

Just keeping with their traditions since they wrote two glowing profiles of Adolph Hitler back in the day.

The Times has never been a “liberal” paper.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:54:18pm

Absolutely insane.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:54:37pm

re: #387 Anymouse 🌹

Just keeping with their traditions since they wrote two glowing profiles of Adolph Hitler back in the day.

The Times has never been a “liberal” paper.

I know.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:55:03pm

re: #388 Charles Johnson

Absolutely insane.

[Embedded content]

Dude just dude.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:57:51pm

re: #388 Charles Johnson

Absolutely insane.

[Embedded content]

Hang 10,000’

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:58:21pm

All this caturwaling from the purity pony left is mostly noise: The overwhelming majority of voters don’t pay much attention to politics day-to-day. If they do, it’s usually close to elections.

Senator Schumer has been around for a while, I’m sure he knows this. He has a promise from Senator McConnell to deal with the DACA issue in the next few weeks, and another CR to use as leverage.

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:58:24pm

re: #388 Charles Johnson

WOW!!!!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:59:17pm

re: #359 Colère Tueur de Lapin

I worked with one of those. Get your block together to repair your road and build a sidewalk, that’s the problem with paying property taxes, you expect someone else to do something your community should take care of…

First blockage, what kind of sidewalk do you build? Asphalt, brick, concrete, stone…… Well, that was easy.

What the fuck does he think a government is, besides your community taking care of it? That’s what governments ARE, you get your town together to repair roads and build sidewalks, install sewer lines and water lines, hire police and fire fighters, etc.

This is the thing about all the Libertarians I’ve ever talked to - they always treat any government - ANY government! - as if it were an alien force imposed on them by someone from outside, rather than deriving its authority from the just consent of the governed.

395
teleskiguy  Jan 22, 2018 • 5:59:41pm

re: #388 Charles Johnson

That’s pushing it to the absolute limit, trying to find the edge. I’ve seen feats like that on skis and snowboards too.

But that shit, that shit is fucking intense!!!

396
Targetpractice  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:00:09pm

re: #382 Anymouse 🌹

Hot take from the New York Times:

Schumer Sells Out the Resistance

Seriously, fuck this noise. The Gray Lady should be considered on the same level as Russia Today, as in it is actively working to undermine the DNC in support of Trump.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:00:27pm

re: #388 Charles Johnson

Absolutely insane.

[Embedded content]

That’s a brown-pants moment if ever I saw one. Dude. That’s not a wave, that’s a mini-tsunami.

398
HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:00:40pm

Portugal has some good surf. Beautiful country and nice people and if you like seafood.

399
retired cynic  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:01:37pm

Read all the way to the end! It’s a Trick!

driftglass.blogspot.com

400
Charles Johnson  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:03:49pm
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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:04:10pm
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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:04:41pm

re: #400 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

You ain’t kidding. I miss Bushisms. They were silly but seldom ever crass.

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Citizen K  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:05:12pm

re: #356 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

And….this is exactly why

re: #382 Anymouse 🌹

Hot take from the New York Times:

Schumer Sells Out the Resistance

The narrative is set, and even if it’s ‘just a few angry tweets’, it’s enough that we’re going to get months of this shit, and it seems like there’s never getting back anyone ‘driven off’ like this even when they’re driven off by their own mistaken bullshit impressions.

We need every warm body we can get this year, and if people are going to go even further Berniac over the great infallible narrative and become full-set on ‘burning down the Dem party’ like this, it’ll only help the GOP skirt on by, and we can’t survive that shit. And I don’t know what the fuck to do about that since messaging doesn’t seem to fucking work ever because the message is set: |”Dems are forever to blame, whatever the problem is, so might as well just destroy the whole fucking thing.”

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:05:55pm

re: #396 Targetpractice

Seriously, fuck this noise. The Gray Lady should be considered on the same level as Russia Today, as in it is actively working to undermine the DNC in support of Trump.

But they have a great arts section. ///

405
Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:06:08pm

re: #401 Stanley Sea

My cat would have called the company

But, later, after you’d succumbed.

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dangerman  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:08:12pm

re: #398 HappyWarrior

Portugal has some good surf. Beautiful country and nice people and if you like seafood.

Sounds like a shithole////———>/

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:09:10pm

re: #406 dangerman

Sounds like a shithole////———>/

Heh. I loved it there. I’d love to go back.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:09:39pm

re: #404 dangerman

But they have a great arts section. ///

I get the daily recipe because of VB.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:09:55pm

A little late, but here’s a small sampling of signage from the Houston Women’s March on Saturday. Of this group, all but one are new to marching in these events.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:10:15pm

re: #406 dangerman

Sounds like a shithole////———>/

But isn’t Portugal part of Yurp? Or are “Yurpeeans” only from NORTHERN Yurp?

411
HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:10:29pm

re: #409 jaunte

A little late, but here’s a small sampling of signage from the Houston Women’s March on Saturday. Of this group, all but one are new to marching in these events.

[Embedded content]

Damn feminazis.//

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:11:32pm

re: #411 HappyWarrior

Embrace the Humanity!

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:11:57pm

So what’s the consensus? Shoulda held out, kept it all shut down? I thought that was the better play.

414
Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:12:57pm

re: #410 Blind Frog Belly White

But isn’t Portugal part of Yurp? Or are “Yurpeeans” only from NORTHERN Yurp?

I suspect Spanish speaking white people would confuse Trump to no end.

415
HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:13:11pm

re: #413 Unshaken Defiance

So what’s the consensus? Shoulda held out, kept it all shut down? I thought that was the better play.

Gimme time to think about it. I think they may have put McConnell in a difficult spot in a couple weeks if he goes back on his word. Saving the CHIP kids was a plus too.

416
HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:13:39pm

re: #414 Belafon

I suspect Spanish speaking white people would confuse Trump to no end.

Send him to Argentina.

417
Belafon  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:13:52pm

re: #413 Unshaken Defiance

So what’s the consensus? Shoulda held out, kept it all shut down? I thought that was the better play.

I’m going with “Be angry at Republicans.” I refuse to let them win by splitting us.

418
HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:14:16pm

re: #417 Belafon

I’m going with “Be angry at Republicans.” I refuse to let them win by splitting us.

That too.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:14:30pm

re: #413 Unshaken Defiance

So what’s the consensus? Shoulda held out, kept it all shut down? I thought that was the better play.

Not sure, but the deal that was struck funds CHIP for 6 years, which takes 8.9 Million kids healthcare off the table. Republicans were always much more willing to let them go without coverage. Hell, a lot of them, if they were honest, don’t believe in CHIP anyway.

Now, they don’t have that as leverage over the Dems, who actually DO care.

420
jaunte  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:15:03pm

re: #414 Belafon

I suspect Spanish speaking white people would confuse Trump to no end.

In that case he would apply the “how much money have they got” scale.

421
Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:15:50pm

re: #416 HappyWarrior

Send him to Argentina.

They have a history of accepting escaping Nazis.

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:16:21pm

re: #420 jaunte

In that case he would apply the “how much money have they got” scale.

Funny story but my niece who tans well in the summer but gets pale like an Anglo in the wintervwabted to know “why is my face white like that?”

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HappyWarrior  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:16:36pm

re: #421 Blind Frog Belly White

They have a history of accepting escaping Nazis.

Yep.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:17:42pm

Facebook Admits It’s Probably Not Good for Democracy (goes to Huffington Post)

Within the article, they link to the Facebook company blog. HP also pulls together other statements from former investors and developers at Facebook.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:18:19pm

re: #414 Belafon

I suspect Spanish speaking white people would confuse Trump to no end.

Well, they speak Portuguese in Portugal, at least when I drove there… .

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majii  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:24:41pm

re: #53 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

“Guilt is a hell of a motivator. Their incompetence got someone killed, so they went into denial.”

True, and Rick Perry went even further. He replaced members of the state board who wanted the experts’ report to be released to the public, signed Willingham’s death sentence, and shut it all down. He was running for another term in office at the time he did these things. He wanted it all to go away, and thanks to him, it did.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:25:44pm

re: #415 HappyWarrior

Gimme time to think about it. I think they may have put McConnell in a difficult spot in a couple weeks if when he goes back on his word. Saving the CHIP kids was a plus too.

You know McConnell will try to weasel out of it.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jan 22, 2018 • 6:48:00pm

re: #419 Blind Frog Belly White

Not sure, but the deal that was struck funds CHIP for 6 years, which takes 8.9 Million kids healthcare off the table. Republicans were always much more willing to let them go without coverage. Hell, a lot of them, if they were honest, don’t believe in CHIP anyway.

Now, they don’t have that as leverage over the Dems, who actually DO care.

And federal workers get paid during the next stage of the conflict.

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stpaulbear  Jan 22, 2018 • 7:08:47pm

re: #414 Belafon

I suspect Spanish speaking white people would confuse Trump to no end.

My Portuguese-speaking car pool person would tell you that “Portuguese is NOT Spanish!!”

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plansbandc  Jan 22, 2018 • 7:34:14pm

re: #405 Blind Frog Belly White

Call the police to come collect the body.


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Your Medicine Cabinet Knows What AIls Youblog.timesunion.com HOFFMAN FILESYour medicine cabinet knows what ails you.By Rob Hoffman on February 15, 2018 at 5:27 AM1We all fancy ourselves experts when it comes to the human condition. We see our fellow human beings as open books, and we ...
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A.G. Schneiderman Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against the Weinstein Companies, Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today filed suit against The Weinstein Company (“TWC”), Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein for egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws. The suit, filed ...
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Portugal. The Man - Keep on (Official Video) Portugal. The Man - Keep On Video conceptualized, created and directed by Paulin RoguesFollow Paulin at instagram.com Catch Portugal. The Man on tour:portugaltheman.com WOODSTOCK available now!atlantic.lnk.to Follow Portugal. The ManWebsite: portugaltheman.comFB: facebook.com IG: instagram.comTW: @portugalthemanSC: SoundCloudYT: youtube.comTumblr: portugaltheman.tumblr.com ...
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Marvel’s Jessica Jones - Season 2 Jessica Jones is back as New York City’s tough-as-nails private investigator. Although this time, the case is even more personal than ever before. Fueled by a myriad of questions and lies, she will do whatever it takes to uncover ...
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Deadpool 2 Teaser Trailer - Red Band (2018) Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin The Merc with a Mouth takes a pop at Cable, Toy Story and Justice League in this teaser for the upcoming Deadpool sequel. Watch more entertainment and game trailers here!YouTube Watch the latest from IGN here!YouTube ------------------------------­----Follow IGN for ...
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Poll: Number of Conservative-Leaning States Drops to 39 (CN) – The number of conservative-leaning states has dropped from 44 to 39, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. The survey, conducted over a number of polls taken throughout the year, found that 35 percent of Americans ...
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Shock Tactics: Why ‘Higher Risk’ Human Targets Get Stunned With Tasers NEW YORK – The maker of the Taser says the electroshock weapon is the safest tool on a police officer’s belt – with a few caveats. In pages of warnings, Axon Enterprise Inc advises police to beware that some ...
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