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BigPapa  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:19:11pm

Music always good here but the last few have been mind blowing. Still getting my head around Battles The Yabba.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:26:43pm
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Dave In Austin  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:31:04pm
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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:31:34pm

About the opiod epidemic:

Turning the tide or riptide? The changing opioid epidemic
ABSTRACT
The US opioid epidemic has changed profoundly in the last 3 years, in ways that require substantial recalibration of the US policy response. This report summarizes the changing nature of overdose deaths in Jefferson County (home to Birmingham, Alabama) using data updated through June 30, 2016. Heroin and fentanyl have come to dominate an escalating epidemic of lethal opioid overdose, whereas opioids commonly obtained by prescription play a minor role, accounting for no more than 15% of reported deaths in 2015. Such local data, along with similar reports from other localities, augment the insights available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current overdose summary, which lacks data from 2015-2016 and lacks information regarding fentanyl in particular. The observed changes in the opioid epidemic are particularly remarkable because they have emerged despite sustained reductions in opioid prescribing and sustained reductions in prescription opioid misuse. Among US adults, past-year prescription opioid misuse is at its lowest level since 2002. Among 12th graders it is at its lowest level in 20 years. A credible epidemiologic account of the opioid epidemic is as follows: although opioid prescribing by physicians appears to have unleashed the epidemic prior to 2012, physician prescribing no longer plays a major role in sustaining it. The accelerating pace of the opioid epidemic in 2015-2016 requires a serious reconsideration of governmental policy initiatives that continue to focus on reductions in opioid prescribing. The dominant priority should be the assurance of subsidized access to evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Such treatment is lacking across much of the United States at this time. Further aggressive focus on prescription reduction is likely to obtain diminishing returns while creating significant risks for patients.

tandfonline.com

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austin_blue  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:45:09pm

re: #4 BlueSpotinAL

About the opiod epidemic:

Turning the tide or riptide? The changing opioid epidemic
ABSTRACT
The US opioid epidemic has changed profoundly in the last 3 years, in ways that require substantial recalibration of the US policy response. This report summarizes the changing nature of overdose deaths in Jefferson County (home to Birmingham, Alabama) using data updated through June 30, 2016. Heroin and fentanyl have come to dominate an escalating epidemic of lethal opioid overdose, whereas opioids commonly obtained by prescription play a minor role, accounting for no more than 15% of reported deaths in 2015. Such local data, along with similar reports from other localities, augment the insights available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current overdose summary, which lacks data from 2015-2016 and lacks information regarding fentanyl in particular. The observed changes in the opioid epidemic are particularly remarkable because they have emerged despite sustained reductions in opioid prescribing and sustained reductions in prescription opioid misuse. Among US adults, past-year prescription opioid misuse is at its lowest level since 2002. Among 12th graders it is at its lowest level in 20 years. A credible epidemiologic account of the opioid epidemic is as follows: although opioid prescribing by physicians appears to have unleashed the epidemic prior to 2012, physician prescribing no longer plays a major role in sustaining it. The accelerating pace of the opioid epidemic in 2015-2016 requires a serious reconsideration of governmental policy initiatives that continue to focus on reductions in opioid prescribing. The dominant priority should be the assurance of subsidized access to evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Such treatment is lacking across much of the United States at this time. Further aggressive focus on prescription reduction is likely to obtain diminishing returns while creating significant risks for patients.

tandfonline.com

But, but, the President says it’s a law enforcement problem.

Idiot.

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KGxvi  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:47:13pm

re: #4 BlueSpotinAL

I’m not entirely sure that’s a surprise. Someone gets hooked on prescription opioids and when the prescription runs out they talk to someone in the office that “knows a guy”. Once on the black market, the odds of being exposed to something more than oxy or Vicodin grows exponentially

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teleskiguy  Feb 11, 2018 • 8:53:37pm

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 11, 2018 • 9:37:58pm

re: #6 KGxvi

THIS. I’ve known too damned many people that have gone down that road.

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Kragar  Feb 11, 2018 • 10:02:41pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 11, 2018 • 10:06:57pm

Happy Darwin Day (Feb 12). Back to LGF

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Kragar  Feb 11, 2018 • 10:38:13pm
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Kragar  Feb 11, 2018 • 10:40:07pm
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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 11, 2018 • 10:49:18pm

re: #11 Kragar

Basically anything is charming compared to, “our new policy is to let you die as an afterthought, we’ve got self-esteem issues.”

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 11, 2018 • 11:05:26pm

G’night y’all. Village board meeting tomorrow night, so y’all will be spared of having me around in the evening.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 12, 2018 • 12:28:06am

It shall be mine……

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Feb 12, 2018 • 12:42:56am

re: #15 Dave In Austin

With your permission, I’ll save that for Christmas, call it “The Grinchosaurus.”

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Alyosha  Feb 12, 2018 • 1:06:45am

Don’t know why all my anti-far left shit ends up here. I have a lot more going on lol

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Alyosha  Feb 12, 2018 • 2:39:08am

Also, our internet-famous, anti-equal marriage rights drongo of a deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce has been revealed to have maybe improperly employed a staffer with whom he is very soon about to have an affair-baby.
But we’re supposed to respect his privacy because…. reasons.

I swear, America, your powerful hypocrites are catching.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 12, 2018 • 3:14:05am
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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:19:16am

Watching all those Olympic athletes in the prime of their lives makes me want to start exercising again.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:36:02am

I am usually a bigger fan of winter Olympics than summer, but this year I am giving it all a pass

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:39:23am

re: #21 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am usually a bigger fan of winter Olympics than summer, but this year I am giving it all a pass

Not swept away by curling?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:40:39am

re: #22 Barefoot Grin

Not swept away by curling?

curling and ice hockey are two of the things I watch, girlfriend is into ice skating so I wind up watching some of that too

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:47:06am

another campaign promise in the dust bin, forgotten, never was serious, etc

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit

quelle surprise

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SteelPH  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:50:14am

re: #24 dangerman

another campaign promise in the dust bin, forgotten, never was serious, etc

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit

quelle surprise

I call foul.
The Republican goal was never to eliminate the deficit. It’s always been to use as an excuse to destroy the social safety net.

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:52:11am

re: #23 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

curling and ice hockey are two of the things I watch, girlfriend is into ice skating so I wind up watching some of that too

I was watching some of the women’s slopestyle snowboarding today. It looked like they were controlling local gravity to stay aloft. The channel I was watching even showed one of the training sessions of an American competitor — forgot her name. One exercise had her standing in a balance ball catching a medicine ball thrown by her coach. Another was doing a side plank with the elbow resting on a small balance ball, and doing leg lifts.

The part about controlling gravity was not shown.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:19:37am

re: #25 SteelPH

I call foul.
The Republican goal was never to eliminate the deficit. It’s always been to use as an excuse to destroy the social safety net.

this was a trump campaign promise - along with the wall, peace in the middle east, etc.

he said that eliminating the deficit would be easy for a businessman like him

he also suggested that he could potentially retire the entire national debt during his presidency

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SteelPH  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:20:17am

re: #27 dangerman

this was a trump campaign promise - along with the wall, peace in the middle east, etc.

he said that eliminating the deficit would be easy for a businessman like him

he also suggested that he could potentially retire the entire national debt during his presidency

And much like everything else he does, it’s a fart in the wind.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:21:47am

re: #28 SteelPH

And much like everything else he does, it’s a fart in the wind.

Which is why I posted it
The promises were so outlandish in the first place
And those folks are it up

Now none of it is going to happen and…..
They don’t care

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SteelPH  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:24:54am

re: #29 dangerman

Which is why I posted it
The promises were so outlandish in the first place
And those folks are it up

Now none of it is going to happen and…..
They don’t care

Let’s be honest here, the big reason they voted for him was because they want non-whites persecuted.

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jeffreyw  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:42:03am

Imgur


Good morning!
Gabe reports that the feeder is running low on sunflower seed, wild bird mix, and hamburger.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:42:30am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:44:07am

re: #21 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am usually a bigger fan of winter Olympics than summer, but this year I am giving it all a pass

You’re not the only one who feels the same way. I’ve been on the edge with two shutdowns and I fear another one coming on March 23rd. All I’ve done is just decompressed after work listening to music with the TV turned off except for Rachel and Lawrence.

It’s so nice to junk the cable box go to streaming full time and have Sling to watch MSNBC. Nice to know I am no longer paying for channels I never watch (ESPECIALLY FAUX NEWS!)

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:46:52am

re: #30 SteelPH

Let’s be honest here, the big reason they voted for him was because they want non-whites persecuted.

Precisely. The folks that voted for Trump wanted to smack colored people down and they are enjoying every minute of the hate fest Trump and his pals Richard Spencer and David Duke are encouraging.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:47:09am

re: #27 dangerman

this was a trump campaign promise - along with the wall, peace in the middle east, etc.

he said that eliminating the deficit would be easy for a businessman like him

he also suggested that he could potentially retire the entire national debt during his presidency

Well yeah, declare bankruptcy and walk away leaving other people holding the bag. That’s what worked for him before.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:49:14am
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jeffreyw  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:51:14am

re: #15 Dave In Austin

It shall be mine……

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Stolen and tweeted.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:55:04am

re: #35 The Vicious Babushka

Well yeah, declare bankruptcy and walk away leaving other people holding the bag. That’s what worked for him before.

Just imagine the Wall Street reaction if Trump devalues the deficit and redeems it at the rate of 1¢ per $1,000. reducing the 20 trillion to 20 billion…

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 12, 2018 • 5:57:41am

re: #36 Dave In Austin

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So Chuck C inspired Davey to toss his Gilette razor away and Moe Howard turns in his grave over Davey’s new coif?

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:08:04am

If you have not yet seen episode 15 of Star Trek: Discovery, be on the look out for a cameo by a former TOS guest star.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:13:11am

re: #17 Alyosha

Don’t know why all my anti-far left shit ends up here. I have a lot more going on lol

At least here in the US, the only failure of liberalism is that it only truly works if it takes care of everyone.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:23:37am

re: #23 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

curling and ice hockey are two of the things I watch, girlfriend is into ice skating so I wind up watching some of that too

I love all the X Games sports. I used to watch the X Games before those sports were incorporated into the Olympics. Some of those sports are nuts.

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Unshaken Defiance  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:26:04am

re: #40 wheat-dogg

I’ve not watched past the first Mirror Mirror episode. Kinda disappointed me there.

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:28:15am

re: #43 Unshaken Defiance

I’ve not watched past the first Mirror Mirror episode. Kinda disappointed me there.

Give it a chance. The last episode is teasing a lot. I will not discuss it further.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:29:02am

Did they shut down the Dow? It was down 450 points a couple minutes ago and now it is showing grayed out with Friday being the last report.

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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:31:24am

re: #45 MsJ

I thought it doesnt start till 9:30 EST

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I cannot.  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:32:12am

re: #45 MsJ

Nope, the actual market opens at 9:30. You were getting the pre-open numbers.

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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:32:13am

re: #46 Shropshire Slasher

Up 250

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:32:39am

re: #46 Shropshire Slasher

I thought it doesnt start till 9:30 EST

Ah. I must have been looking at…I don’t know what. The Dow closed up on Friday, didn’t it? Not sure where the -450 came from.

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Unshaken Defiance  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:33:06am

re: #44 wheat-dogg

Give it a chance. The last episode is teasing a lot. I will not discuss it further.

Will do, probably just waiting for the right afternoon to take in a few episodes in a session. Lately watching Blacklist, which Spader keeps interesting.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:36:35am

Unilever is threatening to pull its advertising from digital platforms that it says have become a “swamp” of fake news, racism, sexism and extremism.

The forceful warning to digital platforms such as Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will be delivered at an advertising conference in California later on Monday.

“We cannot continue to prop up a digital supply chain … which at times is little better than a swamp in terms of its transparency,” Unilever marketing boss Keith Weed will say, according to a copy of his speech obtained by CNN.

Unilever (UL), which owns brands including Dove, Lipton, and Ben & Jerry’s, is one of the world’s top advertisers. It has an annual marketing budget of roughly €8 billion ($9.8 billion), and 25% of its ads are digital.

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:46:15am

re: #50 Unshaken Defiance

Will do, probably just waiting for the right afternoon to take in a few episodes in a session. Lately watching Blacklist, which Spader keeps interesting.

I got kinda burned out on Blacklist, despite Spader’s acting. I stopped midway through the latest season and may just binge it when I have the chance

I also need to catch up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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plansbandc  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:46:48am

This music is gorgeous! It’s like classicalish Tangerine Dream.

Will definitely be listening to more of his work on my walks.

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:48:10am

re: #51 Belafon

Yeah, that’s gonna sting a little. Unilever makes a shit-ton of common household products and food items — your basic bread-and-butter form of ads.

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Targetpractice  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:49:53am

re: #40 wheat-dogg

If you have not yet seen episode 15 of Star Trek: Discovery, be on the look out for a cameo by a former TOS guest star.

Honestly, the finale felt like the writers throwing up their hands once they realized they had no clue where to go with the whole thing. As though they started with all these interesting ideas, realized midway through that they weren’t going anywhere fast enough, and just chopped them all short to shoehorn in a “happy ending.”

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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 12, 2018 • 6:59:23am
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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:00:42am

re: #54 wheat-dogg

Yeah, that’s gonna sting a little. Unilever makes a shit-ton of common household products and food items — your basic bread-and-butter form of ads.

Good. Companies are starting to wise up to the ramifications of letting everything go.

France dodged the bullet (even though the far right gained seats) as did the Netherlands. The UK screwed itself with Brexit and we got Trump. None of that is good for business.

Perhaps the free market will save us from fascism.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:03:11am

re: #5 austin_blue

But, but, the President says it’s a law enforcement problem.

Idiot.

Devil’s advocate. If you read that the way an authoritarian would read it:

“stopping prescribing doctors is no longer the correct thing to do. So, we must punish the users. QED.”

It’s really quite obvious that the orange bloated monstrosity is correct. Lock up the users; they can’t use and the providers of illicit narcotics are starved of business and turn to gawd and are saved. Problem solved. It especially helps when you stop reading half-way through ‘cause too long and big words.

See?

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:03:44am

re: #57 MsJ

Good. Companies are starting to wise up to the ramifications of letting everything go.

France dodged the bullet (even though the far right gained seats) as did the Netherlands. The UK screwed itself with Brexit and we got Trump. None of that is good for business.

Perhaps the free market will save us from fascism.

Maybe they can help us save ourselves from fascism. If we don’t do it, then they would just replace it with pure corporatism, which isn’t any better.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:05:56am

re: #59 Belafon

Maybe they can help us save ourselves from fascism. If we don’t do it, then they would just replace it with pure corporatism, which isn’t any better.

Well, that’s pretty much how it is now. Moreso with Trump.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:06:55am

re: #15 Dave In Austin

Here’s you purchasing link. I have to have one, too.

It shall be mine……

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:06:57am

re: #60 MsJ

Well, that’s pretty much how it is now. Moreso with Trump.

I don’t live in a company town and have to buy from a company store, so we’re not there yet.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:08:41am

re: #62 Belafon

I don’t live in a company town and have to buy from a company store, so we’re not there yet.

I don’t think we will see it go that far. I doubt companies would be willing to divy up sales like that…it would be far too volatile for profits.

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:09:11am

re: #55 Targetpractice

Honestly, the finale felt like the writers throwing up their hands once they realized they had no clue where to go with the whole thing. As though they started with all these interesting ideas, realized midway through that they weren’t going anywhere fast enough, and just chopped them all short to shoehorn in a “happy ending.”

In some ways, it was ended all too neatly, like a slew of past Trek episodes where someone talks everyone out of annihilation.

Enterprise had the same problem getting its mojo and pacing down, but by the time they had it figured out, the series ended. I read an interview of the showrunner, and he dropped hints of interesting things to come, but he also could have been just blowing smoke.

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scottslemmons  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:10:05am

Funniest makeup video I’ve ever watched.

Contouring 101

Also probably the only one I’ve ever watched? It’s funny anyway.

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Targetpractice  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:12:04am

re: #64 wheat-dogg

In some ways, it was ended all too neatly, like a slew of past Trek episodes where someone talks everyone out of annihilation.

Enterprise had the same problem getting its mojo and pacing down, but by the time they had it figured out, the series ended. I read an interview of the showrunner, and he dropped hints of interesting things to come, but he also could have been just blowing smoke.

If it was Manny Coto, then he did have a lot of ideas in store. Problem was that by the time that he’d come on as show-runner, the previous duo had so thoroughly run the show into the ground that there was little hope of saving anything. The final insult was that the job of writing the series finale was taken from him and given to them, resulting in one of the most derided episodes in the franchise.

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:16:43am

re: #66 Targetpractice

If it was Manny Coto, then he did have a lot of ideas in store. Problem was that by the time that he’d come on as show-runner, the previous duo had so thoroughly run the show into the ground that there was little hope of saving anything. The final insult was that the job of writing the series finale was taken from him and given to them, resulting in one of the most derided episodes in the franchise.

Oh, yeah, that one. Jolene Blalock had some things to say about that one.

Coto was called in too late, sidelined too early. Berman and Braga should never be allowed near a Trek project again.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:17:56am

re: #65 scottslemmons

Funniest makeup video I’ve ever watched.

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Video

Also probably the only one I’ve ever watched? It’s funny anyway.

That was absolutely hysterical.

Do you often look for videos like this? Just askin’. :-D

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wheat-dogg  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:18:46am

Time for bed. I have an early flight to Hong Kong. Gotta say goodbye to Vietnam for a while.

And, I finally finished that headache of an editing project.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:24:50am

Is there anyone that didn’t think “I wonder who Putin has had killed now?” when they heard about the plane crash outside Moscow?

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:25:30am

re: #18 Alyosha

Also, our internet-famous, anti-equal marriage rights drongo of a deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce has been revealed to have maybe improperly employed a staffer with whom he is very soon about to have an affair-baby.
But we’re supposed to respect his privacy because…. reasons.

I swear, America, your powerful hypocrites are catching.

I have an old boss, and current client that lives in Australia. Last time I saw him here in America, back in late August, he said politics over there were just as nutty as America. I guess it’s a world thing that is going around.

I guess the entire world is suffering Wingnut Nationalism Disease.

Hmmm. WND. World Nut Daily.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:27:54am

re: #71 ObserverArt

I have an old boss, and current client that lives in Australia. Last time I saw him here in America, back in late August, he said politics over there were just as nutty as America. I guess it’s a world thing that is going around.

I guess the entire world is suffering Wingnut Nationalism Disease.

Hmmm. WND. World Nut Daily.

It definitely isn’t just us. Austria, Hungary, Poland, the UK, etc. It’s a frightening new world we’re in.

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Lupin  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:31:07am

re: #57 MsJ

France dodged the bullet (even though the far right gained seats) as did the Netherlands.

If I may, France dodged a bullet because (like Germany & other countries) we have an array of laws that severely punishes hate speech, libel, defamation, etc, etc.

Most of the alt-right/russian trolls “arguments” would be illegal here.

Enjoy your freedoms.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:31:20am

Charles, I have a question for you. Would your Amazon affiliate link work with Subscribe & Save items?

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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:31:55am

I kinda don’t like Michelle’s official portrait just unveiled… but I love the dress the artist is wearing to make her speech. So, mixed reviews?

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:32:10am

CNN has a very informative (and not shocking) article about mass shootings.

cnn.com

The main graphic:

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Lupin  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:35:49am

re: #72 HappyWarrior

It definitely isn’t just us. Austria, Hungary, Poland, the UK, etc. It’s a frightening new world we’re in.

You may add Italy as embroiled in fighting the fascists, and course virtually all of western europe.

The language barrier helps somewhat. I understand Russian trolls had to hire unemployed Venezuelans to spread their chaos in Catalunia. (They could tell because quirks in languages, like Quebecois and French.)

The fight is here; you in the US have already lost the battle, sort of like the French initially lost WWI and WWII, by fighting a new century’s war with the methods of the previous century. We’re a little wiser this time.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:38:02am

re: #73 Lupin

If I may, France dodged a bullet because (like Germany & other countries) we have an array of laws that severely punishes hate speech, libel, defamation, etc, etc.

Most of the alt-right/russian trolls “arguments” would be illegal here.

Enjoy your freedoms.

We’re also not as strict on religious headgear, so there’s that.

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Lupin  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:40:03am

re: #76 GlutenFreeJesus

CNN has a very informative (and not shocking) article about mass shootings.

cnn.com

The main graphic:

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As regards France, CNN seems to amalgamate “mass shootings” with “terrorist attacks”. Is the CHARLIE-HEBDO “mass shooting” really like Sandy Hook?

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scottslemmons  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:40:04am

re: #68 MsJ

That was absolutely hysterical.

Do you often look for videos like this? Just askin’. :-D

A friend posted it on her Tumblr account. I never woulda found it otherwise. :)

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:40:08am

Plus, it’s not as if the conversations aren’t happening. They’re just not necessarily public. And that means they’re hidden.

IIRC, one of the things that helped Macron was that they’d seen what happened in the US. Macron had a response team set up to deal with Russian attempts to influence the election.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:41:37am

I don’t think I want the Trump WH, Ryan Congress, and Roberts Supreme Court to get to define ‘hate speech’.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:43:13am

re: #64 wheat-dogg

In some ways, it was ended all too neatly, like a slew of past Trek episodes where someone talks everyone out of annihilation.

Enterprise had the same problem getting its mojo and pacing down, but by the time they had it figured out, the series ended. I read an interview of the showrunner, and he dropped hints of interesting things to come, but he also could have been just blowing smoke.

Enterprise was never as bad as Discovery.

I’ve been watching Voyager. I was not a fan when it first came out, but if you can look past the the bad Sci-Fi, there’s some good story-telling there.

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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:44:54am

re: #75 sagehen

I kinda don’t like Michelle’s official portrait just unveiled… but I love the dress the artist is wearing to make her speech. So, mixed reviews?

I like Barack’s portrait a little better, but his artist is dressed like a clown.

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Semper Fi  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:45:04am

re: #75 sagehen

I kinda don’t like Michelle’s official portrait just unveiled… but I love the dress the artist is wearing to make her speech. So, mixed reviews?

Michelle is prettier, stronger and softer than reflected on her portrait.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:48:27am
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Renaissance_Man  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:49:10am

re: #71 ObserverArt

I have an old boss, and current client that lives in Australia. Last time I saw him here in America, back in late August, he said politics over there were just as nutty as America. I guess it’s a world thing that is going around.

I guess the entire world is suffering Wingnut Nationalism Disease.

Hmmm. WND. World Nut Daily.

Australians say that a lot, because by their standards it’s true. But as with most things, it’s nothing like the real thing, because it still gets distilled through the Australian system and national identity. Australian Nazis make some news, but the news media is not pro-Nazi and doesn’t explicitly aim to glorify middle-class white people as it does here. While it’s true that the religious and fascist right is growing in strength, and Australian politics has been something of a mess for the past 10 years, it’s been a mess more in the Italian style of no strong leaders and constant change, rather than a mess in the idea of massive, widespread authoritarianism like the US has. The system is not perfect, but it’s a more robust one, and fascists and racists find it almost impossible to get real traction.

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Lupin  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:50:32am

re: #78 Belafon

We’re also not as strict on religious headgear, so there’s that.

It’s a little more complicated.

There is a French law banning face covering (2010), including masks, helmets, balaclavas, niqābs and other veils covering the face in public places (with some exceptions). The ban applies to the burqa, but only if it covers the face.

Prior to that there was/is another law passed in 2004 that banned conspicuous religious symbols, but only applicable in schools. It expands on principles found in the French Constitutional regarding the strict separation of state and religion. The European Court found it OK as long as it applied only to public services/spaces.

At the end of the day, when it comes to freedom(s) we have CHARLIE-HEBDO, and you don’t, and even at the time of the massacre, most American newspapers self-censored their reporting. Whether or not this is a good barometer of freedom I don’t know, but IMHO it’s telling.

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:50:53am

re: #31 jeffreyw

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Good morning!
Gabe reports that the feeder is running low on sunflower seed, wild bird mix, and hamburger.

…and birds!

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:53:00am

re: #72 HappyWarrior

It definitely isn’t just us. Austria, Hungary, Poland, the UK, etc. It’s a frightening new world we’re in.

Or perhaps nationalism’s last gasp before the advancing tide of globalization.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:56:06am

re: #88 Lupin

It’s a little more complicated.

There is a French law banning face covering (2010), including masks, helmets, balaclavas, niqābs and other veils covering the face in public places (with some exceptions). The ban applies to the burqa, but only if it covers the face.

Prior to that there was/is another law passed in 2004 that banned conspicuous religious symbols, but only applicable in schools. It expands on principles found in the French Constitutional regarding the strict separation of state and religion. The European Court found it OK as long as it applied only to public services/spaces.

At the end of the day, when it comes to freedom(s) we have CHARLIE-HEBDO, and you don’t, and even at the time of the massacre, most American newspapers self-censored their reporting. Whether or not this is a good barometer of freedom I don’t know, but IMHO it’s telling.

Is CHARLIE-HEBDO a major newspaper? As for what we have, I guarantee you there are numerous smaller publications that make fun of all religions. Even South Park got in on the act, Viacom just filtered it at the last moment.

I’m sure we could argue this over and over, but, at the end of the day, you still have restrictions we don’t, and they prevent some things that we here would like to find a way to prevent without hurting other speech. Because, what happens when an authoritarian tries to take over the country, kind of like what happened on your continent in the 1920s and 30s?

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:57:36am

re: #90 Dr Lizardo

Or perhaps nationalism’s last gasp before the advancing tide of globalization.

As long as we don’t give up here in the US, I think that’s true. Trump is what happens when too many whites feel threatened by minorities, and too many other whites don’t think we could take a step backwards. But I think the second group is starting to see the light.

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 7:59:00am

re: #51 Belafon

Unilever is threatening to pull its advertising from digital platforms that it says have become a “swamp” of fake news, racism, sexism and extremism.

Good!

It seems if you want political change in this era, you need to get Corporate America to help. They have the money, so they have the power.

And the people have the power over Corporate America with our purchasing and influence over others that purchase.

Unilever might be understanding that if they advertise on funky sites they hurt themselves with the people they want as customers.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:01:06am

re: #88 Lupin

We have a tradition of anti-facecovering laws originating in the anti-KKK efforts as early as the reconstruction era. Many are still on the state and federal books, though they’ve not been applied to recent arguments over religious (or AntiFa/militia) wear.

Yet.

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Broad With Sass  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:02:17am

re: #61 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Here’s you purchasing link. I have to have one, too.

LOL My Valentines Present :) I just grabbed one, my sister is going to freak when it shows up in the garden

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:02:38am

portuguese sausage kale potato soup and whole wheat biscuits

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Lupin  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:02:48am

re: #91 Belafon

Is CHARLIE-HEBDO a major newspaper? As for what we have, I guarantee you there are numerous smaller publications that make fun of all religions. Even South Park got in on the act, Viacom just filtered it at the last moment.

I’m sure we could argue this over and over, but, at the end of the day, you still have restrictions we don’t, and they prevent some things that we here would like to find a way to prevent without hurting other speech. Because, what happens when an authoritarian tries to take over the country, kind of like what happened on your continent in the 1920s and 30s?

You have tons of restrictions too, but they’re meaningless and do nothing to help. We protect what’s important. In other words, in case of fire, you have fans and we have fire extinguishers, precisely because we learned our lesson in the 1930s etc.

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Lupin  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:03:19am

re: #94 Decatur Deb

We have a tradition of anti-facecovering laws originating in the anti-KKK efforts as early as the reconstruction era. Many are still on the state and federal books, though they’ve not been applied to recent arguments over religious (or AntiFa/militia) wear.

Yet.

That is interesting. I did not know this.

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:05:46am

re: #68 MsJ

That was absolutely hysterical.

Do you often look for videos like this? Just askin’. :-D

You don’t have to look for them…they show up here!

That one has been posted here before. So, I didn’t have to look…I remembered.

That is why this site is a great clearing house. Just go through a thread and in about a half-hour you have a pretty good feel for what’s up in the world. Or, what’s down.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:07:14am

re: #90 Dr Lizardo

Or perhaps nationalism’s last gasp before the advancing tide of globalization.

That’s one way of looking at it and I hope you’re right.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:08:08am

re: #98 Lupin

That is interesting. I did not know this.

Note Klan photos from before and after the 1960s era (when enforcement was re-established). You never/rarely see current Klan at events with their masks down. You do see masking on RW militia webcasts, and it’s normal for Black Bloc wannabe ninjas.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:13:26am

re: #11 Kragar

We should compile a list of things less charming than Mike Pence. But it’s hard to come up with stuff. Is rancid mayo on stale toast more or less charming than Mike Pence?

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:17:06am

re: #102 KGxvi

We should compile a list of things less charming than Mike Pence. But it’s hard to come up with stuff. Is rancid mayo on stale toast more or less charming than Mike Pence?

If you only have to smell it, less. If you have to eat it, more.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:17:32am

re: #50 Unshaken Defiance

OT

i tracked down a copy of one six right and watched it over the weekend.
thanks for the recommend

i miss flying

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:21:19am

re: #24 dangerman

another campaign promise in the dust bin, forgotten, never was serious, etc

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit

quelle surprise

Shit, someone told Trump about sovereign default didn’t they?

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:23:21am

re: #97 Lupin

You have tons of restrictions too, but they’re meaningless and do nothing to help. We protect what’s important. In other words, in case of fire, you have fans and we have fire extinguishers, precisely because we learned our lesson in the 1930s etc.

We do have restrictions, our first amendment isn’t absolute. And there are things we are protecting by allowing Nazis to speak, because, as our current president would like to take away, we allow statements against our president to be made by anyone. But, while we protect speech, we don’t protect them from consequences like losing their jobs.

The whole idea of how to protect freedoms while restricting certain content is tough. At what point does a statement become more than a statement? Where’s the line on what can and cannot be said?

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:24:27am

re: #11 Kragar

I just clicked through to the article. It amazes me that someone can be this bad at diplomacy:

So, while Vice President Mike Pence has made no effort to extend a diplomatic hand — he actually avoided shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attending the Winter Games — and refused to stand up for any national anthem other than that of the U.S., North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Jae-in Moon are planning to meet in Pyongyang.

Avoid shaking her hand, confirm that we would prefer war. Annoy every other country in the world by failing to show the same respect that they show us… FUCKING BRILLIANT. Oh, and get left out of what is arguably one of the most important diplomatic meetings of this century!

Well, Pax Americana was fun, wonder who is next?

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Sir John Barron  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:24:47am

re: #24 dangerman

another campaign promise in the dust bin, forgotten, never was serious, etc

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit

quelle surprise

I can’t wait for the next round of Austerity Now! when a Democrat is president again.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:26:12am
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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:26:23am

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:27:23am

I just did a little reading on the Obama portraits.

If people were expecting complete life-like renderings of them with the artists they chose they needed to have the artists use a camera.

That’s not to say you cannot not like them, just that there is more to what is being said than capturing photo-realistic images, especially Michelle’s.

The artists were making some statements with their creations. If you want a little understanding of what their intentions were you need to dig in to the artists.

The Hill gives a very brief explanation.

The Hill - Obamas’ portraits unveiled at Smithsonian

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:29:11am

re: #109 FormerDirtDart

All Art, little Obamas.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:30:11am

re: #110 sagehen

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Why are the Obamas always getting paintings of themselves!

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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:32:08am

re: #111 ObserverArt

I’m fine with all the symbolism etc, I just think Michelle’s painted-face should have been as pretty as her real-life face.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:32:44am

I don’t think a lack of our first amendment would have prevented Trump from being elected. I also don think that the US is unique in having an authoritarian undercurrent, not even among western nations. We’re just the noisiest nation right now.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:33:52am

re: #95 Broad With Sass

LOL My Valentines Present :) I just grabbed one, my sister is going to freak when it shows up in the garden

I assume you mean that you’re just going to put it in her garden? I love that.

I am in the process of building a garden for my bonsai that will have Japanese’esque overtones ‘cause bonsai. So, having a miniature Godzilla nomming on gnomes is perfect. I am going to look for some more small (to this scale) gnomes to be running away to add to the effect.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:33:53am

re: #25 SteelPH

I call foul.
The Republican goal was never to eliminate the deficit. It’s always been to use as an excuse to destroy the social safety net.

When the next Democratic President is sworn in and they all magically turn into fiscal hawks again, we know to call them on their bullshit. The mainstream media, of course, won’t, and will take them seriously.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:34:04am

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area.

Right wingers will go apoplectic over Obama’s official portrait being made public.

Big fucking deal.

It’s art. Like it or hate it; the fact is that they hate the subject - Obama because he was president and his successor is never ever going to be able to fill his shoes.

You hate everything about Obama, so just add this to your white power grievances. Because at it’s base, it’s racism driving your hate of Obama.

Meanwhile, Trump’s getting to tout his infrastructure vaporware scam this week (again?).

The same problems exist with this scam as they did when first revealed. The media needs to stop calling this a $1.5 trillion plan. It’s $200 billion. That’s what Trump commits to with the federal government spending over 10 years. It’s less than previous amounts and is insufficient to bring infrastructure to a state of good repair.

Instead, he adds $1.3 trillion in state/local/private sector investment, which is wishful thinking at its very worst. States and localities don’t have the money, and the private sector isn’t going to do anything either without incentives - and even when it comes to stuff like tolling roads, it’s going to fall short.

Why? Because these are public goods and the private sector doesn’t do them well. We’ve seen what happens when privately built toll roads are built - they lose the builder vast sums and the state has to bail them out.

Reducing red tape is great, and we shouldn’t spend years seeking environmental clearance on a subway or rail tunnel that is parallel to the existing infrastructure and would reduce car travel and emissions.

Trump again shows he has no clue what he’s doing and it’s a mishmash of fantasy thinking and sheer ignorance.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:36:02am

re: #118 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area.

Right wingers will go apoplectic over Obama’s official portrait being made public.

For better or worse, it’s a color-blindness test.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:38:45am
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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:39:56am

re: #120 jaunte

[official Obama portrait by Kehinde Wiley revealed by the National Portrait Gallery today. I am starting an early lobbying effort to do the Trump portrait when the time comes, hopefully soon.

I’d be satisfied with a simple mug-shot.

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JordanRules  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:40:15am

re: #70 FormerDirtDart

Update:

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bratwurst  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:40:28am

These are all left of center groups that will be ignored, but still important to take a stand.

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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:41:26am

re: #118 lawhawk

Instead, he adds $1.3 trillion in state/local/private sector investment, which is wishful thinking at its very worst. States and localities don’t have the money, and the private sector isn’t going to do anything either without incentives - and even when it comes to stuff like tolling roads, it’s going to fall short.

If he wanted states and localities to come up with money for this… probably wasn’t useful or productive to remove the SALT deduction from our federal income tax.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:43:04am

Jeff Sessions, witlessly encouraging more shootings of police by sovereign citizens.

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makeitstop  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:44:12am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:44:20am

re: #86 FormerDirtDart

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:44:40am

re: #125 jaunte

Jeff Sessions, witlessly encouraging more shootings of police by sovereign citizens.

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Sessions is the sort who rooted for the Sheriff of Nottingham over Robin Hood.

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:45:24am

re: #114 sagehen

I’m fine with all the symbolism etc, I just think Michelle’s painted-face should have been as pretty as her real-life face.

I understand. It seems Michelle knew what she wanted and what she was going to get.

I only bring it up because of my art background. Even though my career has been in commercial art and design, I also took painting and printmaking classes (Lithograph and Serigraph) and hoped to be able to retire and do both. I am working toward that now.

The thing about “art” is its understanding. Most people want to see things as they are because that is what they see and accept. That is why I tell some people so hung up on things have to look real to buy a camera.

I want the emotion, the abstract, the look into and behind things which good art can provide. I want an interpretation of what an artist saw or understood about the subject matter…if there is subject matter. An artist can give you something your eyes and a camera cannot.

Think of all the different styles and flavors of music. Art can be that too, if you allow yourself to absorb the piece and stop thinking of how you should see it in real life. Art can be jazzy, it can rock, it can be country, it can be vicious, sudden or clam.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:45:44am

re: #125 jaunte

We must never erode this historic office

Well, as long as they leave True Trumpoids alone. Otherwise they’re Deep State.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:46:27am

re: #127 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Mallrats sailboat

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:46:45am

re: #88 Lupin

We have the freedom to read or watch whatever corporate media source is available to us. We have full freedom of religion without fear as long as it’s fundamentalist Christianity. The richest among us are free to buy elections at will.

We are free to post outrageous lies as truth, join neo Nazi hate groups, demand that our white supremacists be heard and protected at any venue they choose, and kill tens of thousands of people each year thanks to our sacred 2nd Amendment.

So, how hard is it to get into France as a political refugee?

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:48:37am

re: #129 ObserverArt

Most people want to see things as they are because that is what they see and accept. That is why I tell some people so hung up on things have to look real to buy a camera.

I went to a school district art exhibit the other night; one of the sad takeaways was the diminution of adventure and experiment as the kids got into higher grades, because the teachers tended to reward the most realistic renderings.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:49:40am

re: #132 Skip Intro

We have the freedom to read or watch whatever corporate media source is available to us. We have full freedom of religion without fear as long as it’s fundamentalist Christianity. The richest among us are free to buy elections at will.

We are free to post outrageous lies as truth, join neo Nazi hate groups, demand that our white supremacists be heard and protected at any venue they choose, and kill tens of thousands of people each year thanks to our sacred 2nd Amendment.

So, how hard is it to get into France as a political refugee?

You have to know what a “royale” is.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:50:35am
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Dr Lizardo  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:51:35am

re: #121 Decatur Deb

I’d be satisfied with a simple mug-shot.

You mean something like this?

Yeah, I could live with that.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:52:03am
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Sir John Barron  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:53:55am

re: #125 jaunte

“The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office”: Sessions, speaking at National Sheriffs Association Conference

OK, but what if a sheriff or a sheriff’s department contains people who didn’t support Trumpy? Shouldn’t they be purged, “cleansed”, as Paul Ryan likes to say?

/

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:53:57am

re: #133 jaunte

I went to a school district art exhibit the other night; one of the sad takeaways was the diminution of adventure and experiment as the kids got into higher grades, because the teachers tended to reward the most realistic renderings.

Sad isn’t it?

Our current education system seems to want to reward being robots that only stick to the program. Not just in the arts…it is everything.

Killing creativity…kills individuality, kills humanness, kills dreams.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:56:06am

re: #117 Big Beautiful Door

“When the next Democratic President is sworn in and they all magically turn into fiscal hawks again, we know to call them on their bullshit. The mainstream media, of course, won’t, and will take them seriously”

“your last guy ran on eliminating the deficit and the debt.

barely one year in, after the tax thing you all pushed through reconciliation and the 300bn budget bill 2 mos later, he abandoned both ideas.

you want to vote against what we’re doing today, go right ahead.

do not, i repeat, do not try to claim this has always been you and your party’s principled stand”

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:57:01am

re: #139 ObserverArt

Sad isn’t it?

Our current education system seems to want to reward being robots that only stick to the program. Not just in the arts…it is everything.

Killing creativity…kills individuality, kills humanness, kills dreams.

The bit of art that most deeply engages us is probably going to be our screen-saver. Mine was made by a semi-autonomous robot probe on its way past Jupiter.

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:58:11am

The ongoing attack by Republicans on everything that keeps us from becoming a dictatorship.

Courts Getting in the Way? Time to Sink the Courts

Yet, so far this year, legislators in at least 14 states are considering at least 42 bills that would diminish the role or independence of the judicial branch, or simply make it harder for judges to do their job - weakening the checks and balances that underlie our democratic system. The Brennan Center reviewed legislation identified by CQ StateTrack, provided by Piper Fund, the National Center for State Court’s Gavel to Gavel website, and a review of media reports. The bills threaten this balance of power in a variety of ways. Many seek to give the legislature or governor more power over judicial selection, often for partisan advantage; others give the legislature the power to override court decisions and decide the constitutionality of laws they themselves wrote; still others exert political, financial, or other pressures on courts to change the outcome of future cases.

It is well-known at this shebeen that an elected judiciary generally is the second-worst idea in American politics. Throwing a judiciary more deeply into the money-soaked abbatoir that is our current politics is monumentally worse. Yet, that’s what these state legislatures are trying to do.

In two states, North Carolina and Oklahoma, legislative proposals betray a concerted effort by legislators to gain a partisan advantage in the courts. In North Carolina, these proposals follow the Republican legislature’s loss of the governorship and a conservative majority on the state supreme court in the 2016 election. In Oklahoma, bills follow high-profile rulings on the death penalty, abortion and religion that ran against the state’s conservative politics, and continue a trend in the state which saw 15 bills to change how judges are selected in 2016 alone. And in Iowa, a dispute between the legislature and judiciary over allowing guns in courthouses is at least partially fueling a number of the new proposals.

And, of course, some of the stuff is right off the stable floor at the InfoWars nut farm.

A bill in Idaho (HB 419) would deem a court ruling unenforceable if it relied in part on foreign law. The legislation is part of a national trend of bills put forth by anti-Muslim groups aimed at prohibiting Sharia law from being considered in state courts. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 14 states have enacted such legislation since 2010.

The motive is obvious. These legislatures have found themselves caught between the hammer of judicial review and the anvil of what may be coming in state elections in November, and in the 2020 census. So, as with all good smash-and-grab artists, they’re making off with as much of their loot as they can. Read the whole thing.

esquire.com

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:58:58am

re: #118 lawhawk

re just the infrastructure part,

it’s not even 200bn in “new money”

a lot of that is on paper / journal entries - “moving money around” / reallocating funds that are already earmarked for infrastructure projects

its moving money from one pocket to another in the pants you’re wearing.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 8:59:15am

re: #139 ObserverArt

Sad isn’t it?

Our current education system seems to want to reward being robots that only stick to the program. Not just in the arts…it is everything.

Killing creativity…kills individuality, kills humanness, kills dreams.

My son won second place with a piece where he made a very elongated form of his hand with sharp edges painted gold. The first place was a piece done as a tunnel consisting of pieces of colored paper, spread just a little ways apart, where the maker cut the hole in the next page just a little bit smaller than the previous one. It’s way cooler than it sounds, and must have taken forever to do. There were at least 50 pages.

Some of that hyperrealism is actually the kids. As I’ve seen and read, a reason a lot of kids stop doing art is they can’t draw people or animals. It’s why kids draw eyes all the time.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:00:52am

I’m not entirely sure this is what you want to say if you are actually vested in trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but acknowledging that Israel might not actually be interested in peace is kind of shocking (even if it’s true):

“Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace,” the President said. “So we are just going to have to see what happens.”

Obviously there are portions of both populations that aren’t interested in peace, or have a definition of peace that would not work. I wonder what the angle is here… is it just too hard for Trump and his minions? Do they not care because they don’t see either side as appropriately human (white nationalists are going to white national)? In an ordinary administration, saying something like this would be an attempt to bring Israel to the table. But with Trump, words are wind, as they say in Westeros.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:00:58am

re: #137 lawhawk

more importantly, the Department of Homeland Security and our state and local partners will continue our mission to secure the nation’s election systems.

“To our state and local partners in the election community: there’s no question we’re making real and meaningful progress together. States will do their part in how they responsibly manage and implement secure voting processes. For our part, we’re going to continue to support with risk and vulnerability assessments, offer cyber hygiene scans, provide real-time threat intel feeds, issue security clearances to state officials, partner on incident response planning, and deliver cybersecurity training. The list goes on of how we’re leaning forward and helping our partners in the election community. We will not stop, and will stand by our partners to protect our nation’s election infrastructure and ensure that all Americans can have confidence in our democratic elections.”

So, uh, can you tell us what you actually do here?

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:01:35am

I see DPRK News got their site back.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:03:26am

Russian Scientists Arrested For Cryptomining With Supercomputer (Tom’s Hardware)

Have you ever wondered how much money you could make mining cryptocurrency with a supercomputer? Multiple people in Russia who had access to one of the country’s most powerful computers allowed their curiosity to get the best of them, and they wound up in jail for it.

Russian news agency, Interfax, reported that multiple employees of the Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics, which is part of the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, Russia, have been “detained for mining cryptocurrency in the workplace.”

In America you lose your job for doing this. In Russia, you get “detained”.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:04:40am

re: #148 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Russian Scientists Arrested For Cryptomining With Supercomputer (Tom’s Hardware)

In America you lose your job for doing this. In Russia, you get “detained”.

Their mistake was not cutting Putin in on the profits.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:05:04am

re: #148 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Russian Scientists Arrested For Cryptomining With Supercomputer (Tom’s Hardware)

In America you lose your job for doing this. In Russia, you get “detained”.

The government just wants it so they can fund operations.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:05:54am

Thread now up to 64 “things”

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:06:20am

re: #131 KGxvi

That actor, Ethan Suplee is really scary in the Hugh Laurie series Chance, and of course American History X.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:08:59am

re: #152 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

That actor, Ethan Suplee is really scary in the Hugh Laurie series Chance, and of course American History X.

I never got around to seeing American History X, and haven’t seen Chance. So it’s funny because I just know him from the Jay and Silent Bob movies and My Name is Earl where he has comedic roles.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:12:50am

re: #145 KGxvi

I’m not entirely sure this is what you want to say if you are actually vested in trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but acknowledging that Israel might not actually be interested in peace is kind of shocking (even if it’s true):

Obviously there are portions of both populations that aren’t interested in peace, or have a definition of peace that would not work. I wonder what the angle is here… is it just too hard for Trump and his minions? Do they not care because they don’t see either side as appropriately human (white nationalists are going to white national)? In an ordinary administration, saying something like this would be an attempt to bring Israel to the table. But with Trump, words are wind, as they say in Westeros.

It’s Trump’s way of saying he gives up without even trying.

The great negotiator (his words) can’t be bothered to actually negotiate between the parties. So, instead he says it’s impossible to do because they don’t want peace.

This is the same witless wonder who complained it would take a great negotiator to make peace and he’s the guy to do it.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:13:12am

Like I was saying about Gingrich….

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Decatur Deb  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:14:24am

re: #154 lawhawk

It’s Trump’s way of saying he gives up without even trying.

The great negotiator (his words) can’t be bothered to actually negotiate between the parties. So, instead he says it’s impossible to do because they don’t want peace.

This is the same witless wonder who complained it would take a great negotiator to make peace and he’s the guy to do it.

Wasn’t Jared supposed to solve the Israeli/Palestinian impasse to earn his Foreign Policy merit badge?

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Citizen K  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:15:24am

The concept of de-escalation is not only being discouraged in police departments, but actively and consistently punished…

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:15:28am

re: #153 KGxvi

I never got around to seeing American History X, and haven’t seen Chance. So it’s funny because I just know him from the Jay and Silent Bob movies and My Name is Earl where he has comedic roles.

I knew him from MNIE before his violent roles. I’m only 3 episodes into Chance, but it looks like it’ll be a good series.

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:15:40am

Limbaugh will be fine with this. Fox will be fine with this. Every you name it pundit and website will be fine with this because Trump.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:17:24am

re: #154 lawhawk

It’s Trump’s way of saying he gives up without even trying.

The great negotiator (his words) can’t be bothered to actually negotiate between the parties. So, instead he says it’s impossible to do because they don’t want peace.

This is the same witless wonder who complained it would take a great negotiator to make peace and he’s the guy to do it.

Negotiation is a laborious, detail oriented process of working through every single part of the contract so that each side feels abused, but also satisfied that the other side was similarly abused. It’s an iterative process that isn’t fun.

Dealmaking, in Trump parlance involves wining and dining and promising things you have no intention of doing to get the deal signed. This is why he’s all at sea in the M.E. He thinks he can promise both sides the same land.

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:18:13am

re: #160 Blind Frog Belly White

And make a 20% commission on the deal.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:18:26am

re: #159 Skip Intro

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Limbaugh will be fine with this. Fox will be fine with this. Every you name it pundit and website will be fine with this because Trump.

such great leadership! Trump is sending an actual budget unlike that loooooossssseeeerrrrr Hussien Obama. It’s a return to normalsee, a real butget by a real preznit.

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plansbandc  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:19:28am

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:20:46am

re: #157 Citizen K

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The concept of de-escalation is not only being discouraged in police departments, but actively and consistently punished…

He did the right thing. Terrible that he was fired. We need more not less cops like him.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:21:33am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:23:01am

re: #164 HappyWarrior

He did the right thing. Terrible that he was fired. We need more not less cops like him.

Maybe not.

City officials held a news conference shortly after the Post-Gazette story was published, saying the Williams shooting was not the only reason they fired Mader. A news release from the city described two other incidents that officials say led to Mader’s termination. One involved allegedly mishandling a death investigation by failing to determine that it was a homicide. The other involved allegedly searching a man’s vehicle without probable cause or a search warrant and cursing at the man’s wife. In the Williams shooting, officials said, Mader “froze” and did not communicate with the other officers at the scene.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:25:26am

re: #165 FormerDirtDart

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:26:19am
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ThomasLite  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:27:49am

re: #166 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Maybe not.

O’Brien added that he had talked to the woman who was cursed at and that she said she complained about the conduct of another officer, not Mader.

Yeah, at that point I’m not exactly inclined to give much weight to the improper search allegation either to be honest.

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plansbandc  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:30:19am

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:31:17am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:35:19am

re: #166 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Maybe not.

Thsnksz

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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:36:06am

re: #112 Decatur Deb

All Art, little Obamas.

and the Garfunkel completely forgotten about.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:36:28am

re: #168 FormerDirtDart

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Agh. Fuckers.

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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:37:55am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:38:14am

Since we’ve discussed domestic violence lately, I’m proud to say I discovered a provision that allows victims of DV to seek asylum.

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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:38:48am

re: #158 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

I knew him from MNIE before his violent roles. I’m only 3 episodes into Chance, but it looks like it’ll be a good series.

I’ve watched the whole first season, not yet started 2nd season. Definitely worth the time.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:41:54am
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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:43:40am
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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:46:17am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:49:39am

re: #178 lawhawk

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Debts are fine as long as we screw the poor basically.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:50:46am

re: #180 Skip Intro

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Ryan has made a career out of raging against the public sector…….in the public sector. He needs a permanent Congressional retirement.

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makeitstop  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:52:23am

re: #179 lawhawk

Trump in Dec. 2015: “If we don’t … balance up our budget — at least get it damn close and soon — we’re not going to have a nation anymore.”

Starting to look like that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Putin put Trump in charge of the one thing he does well - going into bankruptcy.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:54:16am

re: #183 makeitstop

Starting to look like that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Putin put Trump in charge of the one thing he does well - going into bankruptcy.

But he’s a great businessman.//

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:54:57am
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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:55:10am

National Priorities Project:

“The Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund - sometimes referred to as war funds - is a separate pot of funding operated by the Department of Defense and the State Department, in addition to their “base” budgets (i.e., their regular peacetime budgets). Originally used to finance the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the OCO continues to be a source of funding for the Pentagon, with a fraction of the funds going to the State Department.

Since the OCO fund has very little oversight and is not subject to the sequestration cuts that slashed every other part of the budget in 2013, many experts consider it a “slush fund” for the Pentagon. For example, Todd Harrison, senior fellow for defense studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, found that the Pentagon was stashing an estimated extra $20 billion worth of non-war funding in the “operation and maintenance” accounts of its proposed 2014 war budget.”
nationalpriorities.org

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Dr. Matt  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:55:42am

Brilliant.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 9:56:58am
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Teukka  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:00:37am

Great! What next?///

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:02:24am

re: #185 lawhawk

Democrats should push that this is going to force the interstate highways to become toll roads.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:02:55am

Frightening long read: an orwellian private prison system that refuses to admit it’s a prison.

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DodgerFan1988  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:03:08am

The real Pizzagate.

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Citizen K  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:03:10am

re: #188 FormerDirtDart

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In other words, destroy everything that might contribute to some public good, bloat the military further, and prepare the rest of the country for the privatized utopian fire sale for the eventual transformation to Trump America: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

They may very well destroy this fucking country before we even get to the elections this year.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:03:55am
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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:04:23am

re: #190 Belafon

Democrats should push that this is going to force the interstate highways to become toll roads.

It’s absolutely where this is headed - it’ll be a hike on consumers who use roads (which are most of us).

It’ll be an increase in trucker costs, which means higher costs to consumers.

So much for the tax cuts. It’s just redistributing the burdens to everyone else.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:06:08am

re: #178 lawhawk

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Trump’s budget is DOA; just red meat for the rightwing extremists.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:06:25am

Randy Prine now up to 69 “things”

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:07:06am

re: #193 Citizen K

In other words, destroy everything that might contribute to some public good, bloat the military further, and prepare the rest of the country for the privatized utopian fire sale for the eventual transformation to Trump America: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

They may very well destroy this fucking country before we even get to the elections this year.

That’s the plan, and it’s working. By 2020 the country will be unrecognizable.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:10:47am

re: #198 Skip Intro

That’s the plan, and it’s working. By 2020 the country will be unrecognizable.

Ivanka said this was a transformative Presidency. Did anyone expect Trumps to transform us to something better?

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Archangelus  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:11:20am
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Dr. Matt  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:13:09am

The Dems should let the GOP hang themselves with Trump’s budget.

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plansbandc  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:14:35am

I hate Trumpland.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:15:17am

re: #198 Skip Intro

That’s the plan, and it’s working. By 2020 the country will be unrecognizable.

Well no. This budget can’t even pass the House, much less the Senate. Except for the loons of the Freedom Caucus in ultra-safe seats, even Republicans don’t want to vote for such savage cuts in an election year. Even if they could pass it in the House, it can’t get 60 votes in the Senate. They just passed a two deal budget deal, so its possible the next time Congress actually has to vote on a budget that the Democrats will control the House.

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:15:55am

re: #199 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Ivanka said this was a transformative Presidency. Did anyone expect Trumps to transform us to something better?

Only the morons.

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:16:43am

re: #203 Big Beautiful Door

You keep forgetting the Russians.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:16:53am

re: #200 Archangelus

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That is one savage puppy assault!

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:18:02am

re: #205 Skip Intro

You keep forgetting the Russians.

There is no electoral college to give the loser the election in congressional races.

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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:18:50am

re: #195 lawhawk

It’s absolutely where this is headed - it’ll be a hike on consumers who use roads (which are most of us).

It’ll be an increase in trucker costs, which means higher costs to consumers.

So much for the tax cuts. It’s just redistributing the burdens to everyone else.

It’ll also slow us down, a lot. Not everybody’s going to have a scannable pass in their windshield, there’ll have to be a pay-as-you-go lane.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:19:02am

re: #201 Dr. Matt

The Dems should let the GOP hang themselves with Trump’s budget.

The Dems need to point out every terrible thing in the budget and remind voters that this is what Republicans in Congress support. Because letting the GOP hang themselves is too passive, it lets Republicans frame the issues in their terrible ways. Dems, if they want to win, should beat Republicans over the head with this budget. Either force daylight between Congressional Republicans and Trump, or make Trump an albatross for the midterms.

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Jay C  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:20:33am

re: #203 Big Beautiful Door

Well no. This budget can’t even pass the House, much less the Senate. Except for the loons of the Freedom Caucus in ultra-safe seats, even Republicans don’t want to vote for such savage cuts in an election year. Even if they could pass it in the House, it can’t get 60 votes in the Senate. They just passed a two deal budget deal, so its possible the next time Congress actually has to vote on a budget that the Democrats will control the House.

So why is the Admin even presenting this new “budget” if the old one is a “two [-year?] deal”?

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:20:44am

kelly ward sez in re john mccain:

I think that anybody who is not able to do their job should step aside and allow the process to continue in Washington, D.C., because there is such important work to be done.”

trump?

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Skip Intro  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:20:56am

re: #209 KGxvi

They should do that. When are they going to start? They’ve already got a years worth of stuff to be pounding Trump and the GOP with, but except for a small group on Twitter where are they?

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steve_davis  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:21:05am

re: #33 Joe Bacon 🌹

You’re not the only one who feels the same way. I’ve been on the edge with two shutdowns and I fear another one coming on March 23rd. All I’ve done is just decompressed after work listening to music with the TV turned off except for Rachel and Lawrence.

It’s so nice to junk the cable box go to streaming full time and have Sling to watch MSNBC. Nice to know I am no longer paying for channels I never watch (ESPECIALLY FAUX NEWS!)

I just ditched the satellite for Directv Now. Saves me about 50 bucks a month on equipment costs alone. Plus I dispense with 90 bucks for channels I don’t need or want and get 3 months of the lowest-tier Now package for 5 dollars a month.And for some reason, HBO is only 5 bucks a month as part of the Now stuff.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:21:32am

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

Stella the night I got her
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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:21:55am

re: #208 sagehen

Cashless tolling is the wave of the future. They’ll have overhead gantries and they’ll photograph your license plate and send you the bill in the mail.

It’s how they’re doing it in NYC bridges and tunnels for cars that don’t have EZ Pass.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:22:07am

re: #207 Big Beautiful Door

There is no electoral college to give the loser the election in congressional races.

The Russian hacking was about targeted scams/ads that shifted the vote in close states, they can do that in Senate elections and close House districts. The electoral college shifted because of about 100,000 votes in three states.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:22:56am

re: #214 MsJ

condolences.

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Mike Lamb  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:23:16am

re: #200 Archangelus

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The mom had zero time for the last pup who was just not getting it…

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Stanley Sea  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:23:22am

re: #214 MsJ

Very sorry.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:23:28am

re: #212 Skip Intro

They should do that. When are they going to start? They’ve already got a years worth of stuff to be pounding Trump and the GOP with, but except for a small group on Twitter where are they?

This would be the part where we point out that Democrats are historically bad at politics?

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Jay C  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:24:19am

re: #214 MsJ

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:24:56am

Gary Emineth, a Republican candidate for US Senate in North Dakota

religious freedom only means christians:

“So I just made a statement, I’m a Christian that believes we ought to propagate our Christian faith. So I see an article and I retweet, ‘no more mosques in America,’ you know, and like, and share. So I retweeted it. So yeah. So what? I believe in Christian — I believe in liberties, freedom, free speech, and Christian values is kind of my base. And so yeah, I posted it, so no big deal. I’m not that stressed out over it.”

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rhuarc  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:25:39am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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So sorry. :(

Did they figure out the issue? Was it a stroke?

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plansbandc  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:26:26am

re: #214 MsJ

I’m so sorry.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:26:29am

re: #216 KGxvi

The Russian hacking was about targeted scams/ads that shifted the vote in close states, they can do that in Senate elections and close House districts. The electoral college shifted because of about 100,000 votes in three states.

So, they now have to overcome a +30 Democratic shift. The biggest reason those worked were because so many people decided they didn’t have to participate. GOTV.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:26:32am

re: #214 MsJ

Very sorry for you.

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makeitstop  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:26:35am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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Oh, no.

{{{ MsJ }}}

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:27:04am

re: #222 dangerman

Gary Emineth, a Republican candidate for US Senate in North Dakota

religious freedom only means christians:

Religious freedom for me but not thee.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:27:36am

re: #214 MsJ

So sorry MsJ

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:27:49am

People are assholes. This is a dangerous act, no matter who the target is and how vile he or she may be.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:27:59am

re: #220 KGxvi

This would be the part where we point out that Democrats are historically bad at politics don’t own a network?

So, we do it differently.

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Sea Mexican!  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:29:23am

re: #193 Citizen K

In other words, destroy everything that might contribute to some public good, bloat the military further, and prepare the rest of the country for the privatized utopian fire sale for the eventual transformation to Trump America: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

They may very well destroy this fucking country before we even get to the elections this year.

In a completely unrelated matter … are there any countries willing to offer asylum? Asking for a friend. :)

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:29:30am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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My deepest sympathy. The hardest decision I ever made was putting my guy to sleep. He had cancer for several years and, for the last 2 weeks of his life, was spending one day at home followed by a 2 day stint in hospital.

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Sea Mexican!  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:29:53am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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{{{MsJ}}} My deepest condolences.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:30:35am

re: #223 rhuarc

So sorry. :(

Did they figure out the issue? Was it a stroke?

He thinks it was a stroke or a brain aneurysm. It only affected her right side. She lost vision in her right eye and her whole right side is affected. She can’t really stand up well and she wabbles to the right (kinda in circles) when she tries to walk. She falls down a lot.

Our option is to keep her locked up so she doesn’t hurt herself. He didn’t see any drugs that could help her. Locking her up would be cruel. We couldn’t do that to her.

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Kragar  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:31:06am
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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:31:17am

re: #210 Jay C

So why is the Admin even presenting this new “budget” if the old one is a “two [-year?] deal”?

Its some thing every administration does every year to signal their policy preferences. Obama did one every year, even though after the 2010 midterms they were always DOA.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:31:27am

re: #222 dangerman

Gary Emineth, a Republican candidate for US Senate in North Dakota

religious freedom only means christians:

I’m going to assume he’s not a Catholic: “So, you think the Pope is the absolute judge of what is holy, right? I mean, if we’re going Christian, we should stick with the first one.” If he is, I’m sure we can come up with something similar. Also, what are his views on synagogues?

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Unshaken Defiance  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:32:31am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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So sorry to hear that. Sad day indeed. A kind exit is a huge gift and blessing. For any of us.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:32:49am

re: #230 lawhawk

People are assholes. This is a dangerous act, no matter who the target is and how vile he or she may be.

I’m 10% leaning towards staged. Sorry, that’s just where we are.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:33:21am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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So sorry.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:34:44am

re: #216 KGxvi

The Russian hacking was about targeted scams/ads that shifted the vote in close states, they can do that in Senate elections and close House districts. The electoral college shifted because of about 100,000 votes in three states.

I actually think the Comey letter was most responsible for that. The Russian stuff mostly got passed around among people who hated Clinton and would never vote for her anyway.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:34:49am

re: #236 Kragar

Just for a minute, consider the republican response to Obama proposing this. They lost their shit about Michelle talking about good nutrition.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:35:28am

re: #214 MsJ

So sorry to hear….

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Dave In Austin  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:36:13am

re: #65 scottslemmons

Funniest makeup video I’ve ever watched.

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Also probably the only one I’ve ever watched? It’s funny anyway.

Damn she’s funny……..

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Kragar  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:36:21am

OK, I have to give credit to Sessions for saying this:

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:36:35am

re: #193 Citizen K

In other words, destroy everything that might contribute to some public good, bloat the military further, and prepare the rest of the country for the privatized utopian fire sale for the eventual transformation to Trump America: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

They may very well destroy this fucking country before we even get to the elections this year.

Trump ran as a faux populist but his budget is straight out of the Paul Ryan - Koch Bros playbook. Too bad his idiot supporters worship him like a god and endorse anything he does, as long as he disparages those who are not white or Christian.

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MsJ  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:36:45am

re: #239 Unshaken Defiance

So sorry to hear that. Sad day indeed. A kind exit is a huge gift and blessing. For any of us.

I know. I always pray I have a nice, quick heart attack. I watched my mother waste away from pancreatic cancer almost 30 years ago. While people would go crazy over Dr. Kevorkian, I always thought he was an angel helping people who had no voice or options.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:36:56am

re: #230 lawhawk

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People are assholes. This is a dangerous act, no matter who the target is and how vile he or she may be.

I hope whoever did it is caught and handed a lengthy prison sentence, even if it was just talcum powder.

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Kragar  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:37:40am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:38:49am

re: #246 Kragar

OK, I have to give credit to Sessions for saying this:

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Pleasantly surprised by this.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:39:53am
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sagehen  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:40:07am

re: #222 dangerman

Gary Emineth, a Republican candidate for US Senate in North Dakota

religious freedom only means christians:

“If you look at the context of some of these posts, I just retweeted it. I never made a comment on it, right?”

That’s one of Trump’s go-to excuses when he doesn’t want to be responsible for what he said.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:40:17am

re: #252 FormerDirtDart

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Why?

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:41:25am

re: #252 FormerDirtDart

Selling real estate and accumulating a lot of debt are the two things Trump knows how to do.

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:41:42am

re: #213 steve_davis

I just ditched the satellite for Directv Now. Saves me about 50 bucks a month on equipment costs alone. Plus I dispense with 90 bucks for channels I don’t need or want and get 3 months of the lowest-tier Now package for 5 dollars a month.And for some reason, HBO is only 5 bucks a month as part of the Now stuff.

I’m looking into that too. Spectrum jut raised my rates to a ridiculous level for the actual channels I watch. They are gone at the end of this month.

Let us know how you like it once you get it all up and going.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:42:35am

damn….

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:42:48am

re: #214 MsJ

Very bad news about my dog. She’s at the vet and we’re going to join her later to say good bye.

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Awwww. Sorry to hear that MsJ.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:43:50am

re: #246 Kragar

OK, I have to give credit to Sessions for saying this:

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Yes, but he still doesn’t think African-Americans should be equal to whites.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:44:09am

re: #253 sagehen

“If you look at the context of some of these posts, I just retweeted it. I never made a comment on it, right?”

That’s one of Trump’s go-to excuses when he doesn’t want to be responsible for what he said.

1. you took responsibility when you forwarded it
2. you abdicated responsibility by not publicly decrying it

asshat

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Jay C  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:44:18am

re: #250 Kragar

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Just as a precaution, according to more-fleshed-out reports:

After the letter was opened, three people at the residence were taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center strictly as a precaution, the New York City Fire Department said.

There is no indication anyone suffered any injuries and no sign that the substance was a hazardous material or a biological agent.

Regardless, I hope this gets investigated to the max, and if found, the perps get a nice long vacation at Club Fed. Though, as with the anthrax scare of 2001, anonymous letters seem to be one of the least-discoverable forms of “terrorism”.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:45:37am

re: #251 HappyWarrior

Pleasantly surprised by this.

They occasionally mouth the right words, even while promoting their racist agenda.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:48:17am

re: #252 FormerDirtDart

Better managed by state/local/private entities.

Right.

It’s about selling off multibillion dollar assets for a fraction of their worth to entities that will profit while taxpayers are left holding the bag.

We’d just have to ignore that many private/locally managed facilities, like some airports, are run like crap. That includes Port Authority of NY/NJ’s JFK, LGA, and EWR airports. Everyone expects someone else to pay the bill for upgrading infrastructure over time, and corporations expect handouts to make that happen - witness the nonstop fight to build stadiums for sports teams owned by multibillionaires or the 300 cities that sought to get Amazon’s second hq built in their town - all offering up some kind of massive tax breaks/infrastructure improvements.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:50:02am

re: #257 bill d. (b.d.)

damn….

We’re also the third largest country in terms of square miles behind Russia and Canada.

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ObserverArt  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:50:12am

I’d like to pound the idiots that sent that “white powder” letter to Trump Jr.

We don’t need that crap. They will turn all of that into a howl about how bad lefties are and will cry about it from now until whenever.

Arrrrrgh! People!

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Jay C  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:50:16am

re: #261 Jay C

And to be clear: much as I dislike any Trump, this is about as bad an example of journalistic malpractice as I can recall:

Trump Jr.’s wife hospitalized after opening envelope of white powder

OK, it’s the New York Post, but still….

ADD: *Sigh* most of the headlines re the Trump/white powder story are some variation of this formula.

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:51:09am

How about it being a requirement when filing for office with board of elections

“… The test questions would come from the 100 question civics portion of the naturalization test created by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. …”

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:51:12am
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Dr Lizardo  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:51:30am

re: #214 MsJ

Very sorry to hear that. My condolences.

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lawhawk  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:51:47am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:53:23am

re: #270 lawhawk

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$178 Billion in cuts to Transportation - Welcome to Infrastructure Week!!

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Interesting Times  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:53:24am

re: #265 ObserverArt

I’d like to pound the idiots that sent that “white powder” letter to Trump Jr.

We don’t need that crap. They will turn all of that into a howl about how bad lefties are and will cry about it from now until whenever.

Arrrrrgh! People!

And that’s why, until proven otherwise, I’m inclined to believe this was a false flag/Putinesque ratfucking.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:55:27am

re: #267 FormerDirtDart

“… The test questions would come from the 100 question civics portion of the naturalization test created by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. …”

I know Americans who would fail the civics portion of the naturalization test miserably. Seriously - one guy I worked with years and years ago didn’t know that Italy was part of the Axis Powers in WWII and had never heard of Benito Mussolini.

*sigh*

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Interesting Times  Feb 12, 2018 • 10:57:55am

re: #272 Interesting Times

Reminder:

The only consolation I’ve had thus far is the suspicion they might be too incompetent to pull it off
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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:01:11am

re: #274 Interesting Times

Reminder:

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All we have to do is remember how many rally-behind-the-president calls there were when the Obamas were threatened.

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KGxvi  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:01:35am

re: #274 Interesting Times

Not only are they too incompetent to pull it off, Trump will brag about wagging the dog in a tweet or a speech and blow up the entire thing.

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Interesting Times  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:02:23am

re: #275 Belafon

All we have to do is remember how many rally-behind-the-president calls there were when the Obamas were threatened.

Of course there weren’t - he wasn’t a white GOPer.

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Belafon  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:03:53am

re: #276 KGxvi

Not only are they too incompetent to pull it off, Trump will brag about wagging the dog in a tweet or a speech and blow up the entire thing.

Jr. will smile during the entire interview about it.

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jaunte  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:05:49am
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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:07:09am

re: #270 lawhawk

The budget cuts $178 billion in cuts to transportation. And this doesn’t include cuts to things like water, broadband, VA, and energy. This means that he’s giving $200 billion with his left hand but taking away that much with his right. The infrastructure investment is a lie

yup - journal entries
on paper only
no real money
no new money

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:07:51am

re: #279 jaunte

And yet the wingnuts were ceaselessly whining about Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunches plan.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:08:08am

re: #279 jaunte

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HappyWarrior  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:08:25am

re: #270 lawhawk

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So the infrastructure was just talk.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:08:54am

re: #273 Dr Lizardo

I know Americans who would fail the civics portion of the naturalization test miserably. Seriously - one guy I worked with years and years ago didn’t know that Italy was part of the Axis Powers in WWII and had never heard of Benito Mussolini.

*sigh*

based on that daca tweet the other day, trump proved he would fail miserably

democrats controlled all three branches of government etc

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:09:50am

re: #236 Kragar

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But Michelle Obama suggesting kids eat more vegetables is COMMUNISM.

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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:10:01am

re: #274 Interesting Times

Reminder:

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it’s mad libs (as it were)

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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:10:20am
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makeitstop  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:13:01am

A fellow guitarist passed this guy’s name along this morning. New UK blues sensation, Jack Broadbent doing Jimi. He’s pretty damned good.

Jack Broadbent - The Wind Cries Mary (Live at Montreux)

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Kragar  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:14:06am
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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:15:23am
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FormerDirtDart  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:15:55am
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dangerman  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:17:10am

re: #289 Kragar

Tillerson announces mandatory sexual harassment training reut.rs

Kragar
@Kragar_LGF
For or against it

causing or preventing? (eta to add question mark)

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Unshaken Defiance  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:22:42am

Looks like the air war over Syria is on cool down. The bottom line looks like Israel owns the airspace despite Syrians using dozens of missiles to little avail. With non stealthy older aircraft. Israel made it clear Russian forces did not fire on them, I suspect a (wise) hands off policy.

Did Syria just lose about half its SAM force? Maybe. What’s clear is Israel can strike at will with near impunity. I don’t trust Bibi any more than I do Trump. Risky days.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:25:26am

Time to call it a day. Have a good one, Lizards.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Feb 12, 2018 • 11:33:08am

re: #215 lawhawk

Cashless tolling is the wave of the future. They’ll have overhead gantries and they’ll photograph your license plate and send you the bill in the mail.

It’s how they’re doing it in NYC bridges and tunnels for cars that don’t have EZ Pass.

All toll roads in New Zealand (there’s only three, mind you) use this system, but the default mechanism is payment online (tollroad.govt.nz) with any other payment method attracting a surcharge. I guess it’s easier to implement something like this when it’s government-run.

On the other hand we still have ticket collectors on our commuter rail services, so there’s plenty of room for inprovement.

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austin_blue  Feb 12, 2018 • 12:29:05pm

re: #248 MsJ

I know. I always pray I have a nice, quick heart attack. I watched my mother waste away from pancreatic cancer almost 30 years ago. While people would go crazy over Dr. Kevorkian, I always thought he was an angel helping people who had no voice or options.

{{MsJ}}

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 12, 2018 • 12:36:05pm

re: #236 Kragar

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So a true NANNY STATE!

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 12, 2018 • 12:42:24pm

re: #261 Jay C

Just as a precaution, according to more-fleshed-out reports:

Regardless, I hope this gets investigated to the max, and if found, the perps get a nice long vacation at Club Fed. Though, as with the anthrax scare of 2001, anonymous letters seem to be one of the least-discoverable forms of “terrorism”.

How does an un-inspected letter get to her? I would take it that the letter didn’t have a return address, or at least a bogus one.

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Jebediah, RBG  Feb 12, 2018 • 12:52:25pm

re: #214 MsJ

Oh no! I’m so very sorry.
I know I am sort of a broken record when it comes to this but repetition doesn’t make it any less true: what’s important is that you gave a sweet critter a lot of love and happiness and I hope that very soon you will be over your initial grieving and be able to focus on that fact - that you did right by your pup and gave Stella a very good life.

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Renaissance_Man  Feb 12, 2018 • 1:03:04pm

re: #214 MsJ

piXTK8NC/gXMJSYJo3mgXXdQEYRNjZzSbIG8WQBLr1bRCpr3R1RIPgnU60PXu/8MJ273NnGZyS2YyxCt/ZIoH88BOpP56HwrF3pgw+2SzgtGQ9iYgb6bkZfW9BHDKwBQzWgrrdx1IitXxOaXvKeoIoR+clpMgYNpqXcHm27GAXzJv6zUZc7bAw==

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 12, 2018 • 1:14:05pm

re: #200 Archangelus

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Death by cuteness

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 12, 2018 • 2:29:08pm

re: #279 jaunte

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late response but want to keep it in the same thread; there already are separate SNAPS in existence:
1) farmers market SNAP for WIC (fresh locally-grown produce only).
2) farmers market SNAP for senior citizens (fresh locally-grown produce only).
3) SNAP for WIC recipients (these are for specific products).

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gocart mozart  Feb 12, 2018 • 4:19:43pm

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