Thursday Night Songwriter Showcase: James McMurtry at Paste Studio NYC Live

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Watching this live performance by James McMurtry for Paste Magazine, I was struck by how under-rated he is as a guitarist, because it’s no small feat to sing with this much passion and keep that 12-string guitar engine going like he does. Playing 12-string guitar all by itself can be exhausting (I speak from experience).

And the lyrics, man, the lyrics.

1. Down Across the Delaware 0:34
2. These Things I’ve Come to Know 8:10
3. Copper Canteen 11:58

Watch James McMurtry live @ Paste Studio NYC at the Manhattan Center! More performance sessions and interviews here: pastemagazine.com

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teleskiguy  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:20:53pm
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Scottish Dragon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:23:44pm
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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:25:05pm

I’m really diggin’ on James. I’ve been playing his 2013 YouTube live concert from Michigan. And you’re right, his guitar work is real good. He can rock, he can be folky, he can be country…just plain good.

And his songs are very wordy and yet he does his thing and misses nothing on the guitar.

I’ve posted this before, but here is the YouTube show I like if anyone wants to ever save the link. It is an hour 40 minutes, but all worth it. His band is pretty damn good too.

James McMurtry in Concert - July 14, 2013

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teleskiguy  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:26:23pm

re: #2 Scottish Dragon

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:29:44pm

Go, Illinois, go, Tahera Rahman:

‘My America, too.’ An Iowa TV reporter is making history as the first to wear a hijab on air

Tahera Rahman whispers the lines of her script as the Local 4 newsroom bustles around her.

With a few seconds to air, Rahman blots her lipstick and secures a runaway piece of hair under her bright white hijab. She straightens the decorative lace cascading down from the headscarf and gently nestles her microphone into its crochet work.

The newsroom quiets. The camera’s light flashes. Rahman is live.

After two years producing the station’s evening news, Rahman recently moved into an on-air role. She’s “living her dream” and, in the process, she has become the first woman to wear a hijab while reporting full-time for a mainstream American TV station, according to the Muslim American Women in Media group.

Edit: I misread, and it’s hard to figure it out, but it was Illinois, not Iowa. Still awesome.

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:30:25pm

Every time I see a photo of James McMurtry, I have to wonder “Geez, if he looks that old imagine how his dad looks.”

But anyway…

Brendan Loper
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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:30:51pm

re: #4 teleskiguy

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Well, Dana is still out of Erick’s league.

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Scottish Dragon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:31:29pm

I keep trying to change this and it does not want to….

Never mind, LOL

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:32:11pm

re: #2 Scottish Dragon

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The poor Loesch’s having to put up with so much hell, unlike those bastardly and disrespectful High School students.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:33:17pm

re: #4 teleskiguy

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He’d name his balls too, if he had any.

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teleskiguy  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:34:34pm

re: #4 teleskiguy

Literal Bohemian Rhapsody.

Literal Bohemian Rhapsody

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:35:05pm

re: #5 Belafon

Go, Iowa, go, Tahera Rahman:

And in Iowa. Wow, that is great. Good luck to her and I hope this blows Steve King’s little mind because you know it will.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:37:49pm
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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:39:55pm

re: #12 ObserverArt

And in Iowa. Wow, that is great. Good luck to her and I hope this blows Steve King’s little mind because you know it will.

Actually, I screwed up. It’s Illinois. I read the newspaper and thought it was local there.

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Scottish Dragon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:43:43pm

Calling it a night.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:44:11pm

re: #14 Belafon

Actually, I screwed up. It’s Illinois. I read the newspaper and thought it was local there.

Still good news. There are Republicans all over this country to mess with. I’m sure some bigot in Illinois will be having a fit about what they are seeing on TV.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:46:43pm

re: #2 Scottish Dragon

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And that’s why you’re part of the problem. You look for any excuse to hoard.

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teleskiguy  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:47:46pm

I am such a dork.

Mikaela has skied the same mountains I’ve skied my whole life. She’s a genuine hometown hero.

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dangerman  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:48:23pm

re: #2 Scottish Dragon

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There are other rights than just the 2a

And sometimes rights conflict. It’s quite common

You need to get a clue how all this works cause you write stuff as if you had no idea

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:48:24pm

re: #16 ObserverArt

Still good news. There are Republicans all over this country to mess with. I’m sure some bigot in Illinois will be having a fit about what they are seeing on TV.

And it occurred during Trump.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:54:01pm

I am still trying to process the newly unearthed fact about the deputy staying outside. I am seeing humanity in almost every angle and respect, am actually pretty pleased with myself that I haven’t come to a real opinion yet….

But this is pretty damn basic and makes the point plainly….

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:54:34pm
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Interesting Times  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:55:08pm
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goddamnedfrank  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:56:11pm
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jaunte  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:57:21pm

re: #24 goddamnedfrank

It’s confusing because this function is under the print option.

“Knowing how to operate software is for the little people.”

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 6:59:14pm

re: #21 bill d. (b.d.)

I am still trying to process the newly unearthed fact about the deputy staying outside. I am seeing humanity in almost every angle and respect, am actually pretty pleased with myself that I haven’t come to a real opinion yet….

But this is pretty damn basic and makes the point plainly….

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Except the point is that, in situations like this, we cannot rely on the government to be ready for an event like a mass shooting. We cannot. Offense always has the upper hand. That’s why the answer is to remove military style weapons.

Edit:

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:01:54pm
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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:06:01pm

re: #27 makeitstop

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lol

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:07:36pm

re: #21 bill d. (b.d.)

I am still trying to process the newly unearthed fact about the deputy staying outside. I am seeing humanity in almost every angle and respect, am actually pretty pleased with myself that I haven’t come to a real opinion yet….

But this is pretty damn basic and makes the point plainly….

Josh Barro

@jbarro
If we’re going to rely on the state to be our primary line of defense against mass shooters (which we should) then it’s weird to shrug at the failures of the Broward Sheriff’s Dept. This is their job — we should expect better.

9:11 PM - Feb 22, 2018

Here is what we should expect Josh.

People in the business know when they are up against a guy determined to take people down with his assault rifle…and you have your 9-shot pistol and are facing something you didn’t think you’d be doing today, the odds are not good. It’s not as easy everyone seems to try to make all this.

It’s an “Oh Shit” time Josh. And in those times the guy with the AR if competent will be very dangerous.

I think everyone would be better off without the assault rifles or at the very least make them the toughest guns to register and only after almost military grade training before you get to have one. And add insurance and a bond to have it.

That will make them only in the hands of people that want the training and the responsibility and begin to take them out of the hands that see them only ass bad-ass toys.

That is what should we expect. IMO.

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:09:31pm

Scout posted a link in the previous thread about the photographer who got the excellent shot of Trump holding the notes, and sans wedding ring. It was missing a colon, so here ya go Scout:
blog.ap.org

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:12:39pm

re: #30 BlueSpotinAL

Scout posted a link in the previous thread about the photographer who got the excellent shot of Trump holding the notes, and sans wedding ring. It was missing a colon, so here ya go Scout:
blog.ap.org

Did trump always wear a wedding ring before? I’ve been seeing talk that Melania is living with her parents now.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:12:43pm

Barro is also engaging in couterfactual thinking. The shooter stopped so he could hopefully escape in the confusion. Had he killed a cop, would he have continued shooting?

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:14:25pm
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stpaulbear  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:14:34pm

re: #25 jaunte

“Knowing how to operate software is for the little people.”

I worked for a guy who would make the office secretary print out all of his inbox messages, deliver them to him so he could hand write responses, and then give them back to the secretary to type it into the reply messages.

He was a total dick to the far-too-understanding woman that used to put together his proposal packages. He’d fuss with them until 20 minutes before they had to be delivered to the U of M, so she’d have to fly through the changes, and one of the office guys would have to run every red light for the 5 mile delivery. The one time that she asked to leave early because she had family in town from fucking JAPAN, he pulled that five minute bullshit on her. She’d been sitting there waiting for it all afternoon. All the rest of us in the office kept urging her to get out of the office - we’d stand by her - but she couldn’t do it, and the boss knew it and shafted her every time. I was so glad to quit that job.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:16:08pm

re: #29 ObserverArt

I’ve noted this before, but it bears repeating.

Beat cops have a level of training to deal with most situations, but they’re also trained that when they come into an active shooter to protect themselves and control the situation until the cavalry comes - and it comes in the form of SWAT/ESU. These are the guys with the heavy weapons, tactics, and are proficient in dealing with active shooter situations.

When civilians have a problem, they call cops.
When cops face these situations, they call in SWAT.

This officer will live with the guilt for the rest of his life knowing or thinking he could have done more. He just as easily could have ended up dead too.

The answer is not arming teachers. That’s just more people with guns that cops have to clear and delay response to stop the bad guy.

It’s just that the GOP/NRA don’t want to do anything, so they throw this out there knowing some places might take up this offer - all in the name of gun sales.

It is security theater.

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scottslemmons  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:17:29pm

re: #33 MsJ

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There’s a great thread somewhere on Oswalt’s timeline about how so many people on the hard right are frustrated comedians. Not sure I could find it with a search…

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:17:42pm

This is why 27% of the population is unreachable. They’re deluded.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:18:33pm
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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:21:04pm

re: #36 scottslemmons

There’s a great thread somewhere on Oswalt’s timeline about how so many people on the hard right are frustrated comedians. Not sure I could find it with a search…

Apparently Bannon is in there somewhere, too.

They all should have gone to fucking art school.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:22:14pm

This is why they put Dana Loesch on CNN.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:22:22pm

re: #39 MsJ

Apparently Bannon is in there somewhere, too.

They all should have gone to fucking art school.

I was debating on making that joke since I’ve done it before.

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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:23:03pm

re: #2 Scottish Dragon

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Do you suppose Erick will have a tea party with all his guns in attendance? He can call them all by their names and have the “girl guns” wear pretty hats.
Naming guns is weird.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:23:16pm

re: #40 Charles Johnson

This is why they put Dana Loesch on CNN.

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I’m sure the kids were smart enough to know that Dana wasn’t their audience.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:23:56pm

re: #42 calochortus

Do you suppose Erick will have a tea party with all his guns in attendance? He can call them all by their names and have the “girl guns” wear pretty hats.
Naming guns is weird.

It’s what happens when you don’t have body parts to name.

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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:25:17pm

re: #44 Belafon

It’s what happens when you don’t have body parts to name.

Naming your body parts is weird too.
I know a lot of weavers who name their looms, spinners who name their wheels, etc. but I just can’t make myself do it.

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scottslemmons  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:26:38pm

re: #36 scottslemmons

There’s a great thread somewhere on Oswalt’s timeline about how so many people on the hard right are frustrated comedians. Not sure I could find it with a search…

You’d think searching for “Patton Oswalt, frustrated, Republican, and comedians would get too many results to be useful, but I found the bit I was looking for. (Link goes to RawStory)

General gist: Angry Republican comics expected to be the new kings of the world, and Oswalt traced some of it back to pre-WW2, when Nazis went after Jewish entertainers particularly enthusiastically because of professional jealousy.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:28:17pm

re: #21 bill d. (b.d.)

I am still trying to process the newly unearthed fact about the deputy staying outside. I am seeing humanity in almost every angle and respect, am actually pretty pleased with myself that I haven’t come to a real opinion yet….

But this is pretty damn basic and makes the point plainly….

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Asking a supposedly well functioning adult to charge into an active shooter situation by themselves, against an unknown number of assailants, with the statistically likelihood of having to face and kill an AR-15 armed kid, is asking a lot. It’s asking even more if the responsible adult has kids of their own. No matter what, the person you are going into that situation is not going to be the same person that comes out, if you come out at all.

Studies have shown that the one thing that motivates soldiers to fight when the bullets start flying isn’t a sense of duty or patriotic love of country, it’s nothing more than the basic drive to protect the soldiers serving next to them. If these armed officers are ever going to be effective at patrolling schools, which is a ridiculous thing to even contemplate when we could obviate most of the problem with a focus on strict gun control, they’ll need to patrol in groups of two to four and they’re going to have to train and bond together for months the same way soldiers going to war have to.

The multimedia artist Martha Rosler created a series of prints called House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home that first spanned from 1967-1972 and again from 2004-2008, where she would juxtapose images from the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan inside idyllic American living rooms. I feel that with the alarming, almost exponential increase in mass shootings that her work has been prophetic in some way, a harbinger of a cumulative metastatic cancer that has now infected our society at nearly every level. That in repeatedly trying to find external loci for our aggression we somehow caused that aggression, fueled by the facility for mass casualty our ubiquitous access to guns provide, to bleed back more and more into our own quotidian existence.

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plansbandc  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:30:32pm

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:32:05pm

re: #48 plansbandc

We just have to make sure teachers are better trained than all these guys around President Reagan….

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wheat-dogg  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:34:33pm

Drive by news alert.

Pence has been replaced on the South Korea front.

scmp.com

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:37:11pm

re: #41 Belafon

I was debating on making that joke since I’ve done it before.

I got cher back. 😉

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plansbandc  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:39:18pm
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Scout  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:42:50pm

re: #30 BlueSpotinAL

Scout posted a link in the previous thread about the photographer who got the excellent shot of Trump holding the notes, and sans wedding ring. It was missing a colon, so here ya go Scout:
blog.ap.org

Thank you!!!

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Scout  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:46:27pm

re: #45 calochortus

Naming your body parts is weird too.
I know a lot of weavers who name their looms, spinners who name their wheels, etc. but I just can’t make myself do it.

The only “thing” I ever named and stuck with it was a pot plant.

Alice.

For the obvious reference to the Jefferson Airplane.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:48:16pm

Lawrence O’Donnell just said First National Bank of Omaha (I hope that is right) dropped their contract with the NRA to process their NRA credit cards.

That is why people noticed that service gone on the NRA website.

Good for them. I hope there are more disassociations.

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:52:02pm

re: #54 Scout

The only “thing” I ever named and stuck with it was a pot plant.

Alice.

For the obvious reference to the Jefferson Airplane.

A lot of guys name their guitars, I guess taking a cue from BB King and his iconic ‘Lucille.’ I personally never saw the point.

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Interesting Times  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:52:09pm

re: #55 ObserverArt

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The Major  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:52:21pm

re: #45 calochortus

I know a lot of weavers who name their looms, spinners who name their wheels, etc. but I just can’t make myself do it.

Several of my friends named their cars. My Prius was named Katsumi, My RAV4 was named Batou, and my Forester is named Aramaki.

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ipsos  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:52:24pm

re: #14 Belafon

Actually, I screwed up. It’s Illinois. I read the newspaper and thought it was local there.

It’s the Quad Cities. The station is on the Illinois side but most of the viewers are in Iowa.

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:53:00pm

re: #31 MsJ

Did trump always wear a wedding ring before? I’ve been seeing talk that Melania is living with her parents now.

I doubt Trump has ever worn a wedding ring. Should be a tan line (you know, where it is not orange). Maybe Trump thinks it might get caught on the devil’s doorbell when pussy grabbing.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:53:49pm

the more i interact with wingnuts, the more i think everybody in the republican party is about twelve years old

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:54:16pm

re: #2 Scottish Dragon

Here’s my standing question to gun-fuckers like E Erickson:

When you fuck yourself with your large caliber steel playmate and have it jammed right against your prostate, do you need
1) mechanical vibration
2) electrical stimulation, or
3) both
to properly get off?

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:54:43pm

re: #59 ipsos

It’s the Quad Cities. The station is on the Illinois side but most of the viewers are in Iowa.

Good to know. My oldest went to college in Indianola, south of Des Moines for others who don’t know, so I really only know that part of the state.

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The Major  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:54:47pm

re: #49 lawhawk

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:56:07pm

re: #61 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

the more i interact with wingnuts, the more i think everybody in the republican party is about twelve years old

And it’s not just that they’re mentally about 12 years old, it’s that they think they’re grown up.

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The Major  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:56:50pm

re: #55 ObserverArt

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:57:27pm

re: #40 Charles Johnson

This is why they put Dana Loesch on CNN.

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How long before someone puts up video or makes statements that disprove much of what Dana is claiming?

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 22, 2018 • 7:57:44pm

*AWOOOGA AGOOOGA* Thread in progress THIS SHIT GONNA BE GOOD I CAN TELL.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:01:53pm

Heh. Now Enterprise, Alamo and National Car Rental have all cancelled discount plans with the NRA members.

Lawrence just said…and the kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School march on.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:03:01pm

re: #51 MsJ

I got cher back. 😉

What’s up with these art school jokes???

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:03:25pm

re: #70 ObserverArt

What’s up with these art school jokes???

Hitler.

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The Major  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:04:13pm

re: #64 The Major

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:06:16pm

re: #71 Belafon

Hitler.

Heh. I shoulda knowed.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:07:00pm

re: #72 The Major

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Such an obviously Russian bott!

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:09:55pm

Sigh.

So it looks like they may have to do some laparoscopic surgery on my knee. Something about “shaving of the torn meniscus”.

That sounds delightful.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:13:32pm

Is this all deflection and bullshit?

I’m not sure I know what’s real anymore.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:14:40pm
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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:15:04pm

re: #76 MsJ

Is this all deflection and bullshit?

I’m not sure I know what’s real anymore.

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I know gun owners. I know gun owning teachers. There’s a non-zero portion of each of these groups who think there’s not enough guns in schools.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:15:36pm

re: #75 MsJ

Sigh.

So it looks like they may have to do some laparoscopic surgery on my knee. Something about “shaving of the torn meniscus”.

That sounds delightful.

That is a very common sports injury knee tune up. Sometimes a player will be back in a few days if it was fairly easy.

It is an amazing procedure. I used to do some work for Grant Hospital SportsMed when they first started to get it down.

The one doctor showed me a VCR tape of an operation. Because the whole thing is done by video. It was amazing. And that was many years ago.

Edit to add: I was checking, depending on the amount of work needed on the knee common recovery is anywhere from two to six weeks. Often people can walk without a cain or assistance in a day or two. The knee needs to rebuild the fluid.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:16:55pm

re: #77 FormerDirtDart

Trump knows how to work up people to make them think he’s being sympathetic because they need him to be sympathetic. The kids don’t need him to be sympathetic.

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DodgerFan1988  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:27:48pm

What a Snowflake.

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austin_blue  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:32:46pm

re: #26 Belafon

Except the point is that, in situations like this, we cannot rely on the government to be ready for an event like a mass shooting. We cannot. Offense always has the upper hand. That’s why the answer is to remove military style weapons.

Edit:

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Maybe, but really, the guy agreed to guard a school:

Officer, YOU Had ONE Job!

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VegasGolfer  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:35:35pm
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goddamnedfrank  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:42:01pm

re: #82 austin_blue

Maybe, but really, the guy agreed to guard a school:

Officer, YOU Had ONE Job!

I’m not saying he should still be on the job, I am saying that it is fundamentally an insane job. Most people who agree to be school resource officers are probably like most missile silo launch officers, thinking that when the time comes they’ll be able to make the decision but as a practical reality that they’ll probably never have to. I know you have a much more informed perspective on what that experience is really like since you were a SAC pilot but it’s still a testament to our collective dystopian reality that it’s actually a job at all.

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allegro  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:43:07pm

re: #82 austin_blue

Maybe, but really, the guy agreed to guard a school:

Officer, YOU Had ONE Job!

I just can’t help but see him as another victim of the NRA and its blood money whores. Did he fuck up? Yes. Do I understand the anger at him? Oh yes, totally. But damn, what a choice he had to make and what guilt he will live with for the rest of his life. I can also well imagine the relief every other cop is feeling that they didn’t have that choice to make. They shouldn’t fucking have to. These weapons should not be on our streets in anyone’s hands.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:44:19pm
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Belafon  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:44:52pm

re: #82 austin_blue

Once the guy got in, though, protecting it involves police tactics, which starts with waiting for backup.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:45:13pm

Connie Schultz and David Maranis (both Pulitzer Prize Authors/professors) are on the Brian Williams 11th Hour show and they are discussing the student movement.

Both are saying it is odd that the older generation (boomers) are the ones letting the students down since many were the youth protesters of their day.

Connie (being from Cleveland - The Plain Dealer writer) brought up Kent State and some of the same reactions from local Kent/Akron/Cleveland/Canton people to the protesters then and how there were letters to local papers as venomous as the Tweets we see today.

Maranis said the kids will do well because almost all good change protest are led by youth because they are basically pure in their intentions and unencumbered by the politics.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:45:16pm
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The Major  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:47:23pm

re: #86 Ace-o-aces

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Amory Blaine  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:48:58pm

I’m pretty sure this deputy is going to be “doxxed” as a democrat, and then the smear campaign.

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jaunte  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:49:56pm

re: #88 ObserverArt

kids will do well because almost all good change protest are led by youth because they are basically pure in their intentions and unencumbered by the politics.

For one thing, they have no ‘access’ to protect.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:50:33pm

re: #79 ObserverArt

Thank you. That makes me feel better.

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The Major  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:51:54pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:52:05pm
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Kragar  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:57:10pm
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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 8:59:42pm

re: #58 The Major

Several of my friends named their cars. My Prius was named Katsumi, My RAV4 was named Batou, and my Forester is named Aramaki.

I don’t name cars either, but I consider that less weird as one names things like boats, trains and horses.

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allegro  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:01:55pm

re: #97 calochortus

I don’t name cars either, but I consider that less weird as one names things like boats, trains and horses.

Horses? Horses are people. Mechanical stuff isn’t.

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sagehen  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:02:19pm

re: #88 ObserverArt

Maranis said the kids will do well because almost all good change protest are led by youth because they are basically pure in their intentions and unencumbered by the politics.

Plus, they have a lot more free time than most of us.

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allegro  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:04:15pm

re: #99 sagehen

Plus, they have a lot more free time than most of us.

Passion and idealism assists much as well.

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jaunte  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:05:43pm
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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:10:48pm

re: #98 allegro

Horses? Horses are people. Mechanical stuff isn’t.

Transportation. ;)

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allegro  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:17:20pm

re: #102 calochortus

Transportation. ;)

True. But only cuz they agree to it.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:18:07pm

A Russian Olympic Athlete From Russia figure skater won the gold medal. So what song are they going to play at the medals ceremony since the Russian anthem is right out?

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:21:49pm

re: #104 The Vicious Babushka

A Russian Olympic Athlete From Russia figure skater won the gold medal. So what song are they going to play at the medals ceremony since the Russian anthem is right out?

Boney M - Rasputin

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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:22:25pm

re: #104 The Vicious Babushka

A Russian Olympic Athlete From Russia figure skater won the gold medal. So what song are they going to play at the medals ceremony since the Russian anthem is right out?

I think they play the Olympic anthem

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:22:55pm

Back later; off to work.

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JordanRules  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:24:23pm
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Ace Rothstein  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:24:54pm

re: #104 The Vicious Babushka

“Russians” by Sting (?).

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majii  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:25:23pm

re: #42 calochortus

“re: #2 Scottish Dragon

[Embedded content]

Do you suppose Erick will have a tea party with all his guns in attendance? He can call them all by their names and have the “girl guns” wear pretty hats.
Naming guns is weird.”

Erickson lives in the same middle GA city that I live in. He’s a deacon at a rather prominent church here. What pisses me off about his tweet is that his wife has cancer and he’s on social media talking about buying and naming guns. Plus, he has kids he could be spending time with. I’m quite sure they’re worried about their mom while he goes on social media and acts the fool. Erickson is an awful person and has always been an awful person.

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JordanRules  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:25:48pm
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JordanRules  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:29:30pm
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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:30:33pm

re: #110 majii

“re: #2 Scottish Dragon

[Embedded content]

Do you suppose Erick will have a tea party with all his guns in attendance? He can call them all by their names and have the “girl guns” wear pretty hats.
Naming guns is weird.”

Erickson lives in the same middle GA city that I live in. He’s a deacon at a rather prominent church here. What pisses me off about his tweet is that his wife has cancer and he’s on social media talking about buying and naming guns. Plus, he has kids he could be spending time with. I’m quite sure they’re worried about their mom while he goes on social media and acts the fool. Erickson is an awful person and has always been an awful person.

Gah. I suppose he thinks he needs to stay visible on social media for his career or something. Or maybe he’s just a total jerk…

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:35:09pm

re: #58 The Major

Several of my friends named their cars. My Prius was named Katsumi, My RAV4 was named Batou, and my Forester is named Aramaki.

My car is named Maxwell. The only other car I ever named was my Vega over thirty years ago, which I named Betsy.

My computer is named Lilith.

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austin_blue  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:38:18pm

re: #84 goddamnedfrank

re: #85 allegro

re: #87 Belafon

I agree with all of you, it’s a tough call, and I don’t know how Broward County is set up. In Austin, we have Austin Independent School Police, Austin PD, Travis County Sheriff, Airport Police, and Park Police, all pretty independent of each other.

The fact that the Broward County chief was able to suspend the two officers on-site indicates to me that the LEO’s were on rotation to that school rather than being full time school Resource Officers.

If that is the case, they were fully trained LEO’s and certainly knew the risk, including the possibility that some zipperhead could walk into the school, yank out an AR and start shooting kids.

I’m sorry, but your job is to run to the sound of the guns and stop the shooter. Full stop. If you take him down, good for you. If he takes you down, so be it. Either way, that’s the job, and you did your job.

I’m sorry, but when you are charged with protecting children, your life is forfeit in extremis.

It’s you goddamned job.

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majii  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:40:44pm

re: #77 FormerDirtDart

Damn! Just damn! Ms. Fuentes saw right through his BS. I’m glad she shared her impression of him with the rest of us. I’m still saying to myself, “Damn. Just Damn.” Trump needed written talking points when he talked to Ms. Fuentes, and just the thought of talking points being necessary for a president to have to talk to victims of a tragedy is a damn shame.

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calochortus  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:45:44pm

Hasta mañana, Lizards.
May tomorrow bring good things-like more indictments, or the Parkland kids showing up the gun nuts.

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TedStriker  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:46:25pm

re: #104 The Vicious Babushka

A Russian Olympic Athlete From Russia figure skater won the gold medal. So what song are they going to play at the medals ceremony since the Russian anthem is right out?

re: #106 calochortus

I think they play the Olympic anthem

Correct.

The Russian athletes allowed to compete at this Winter Olympics are competing under the auspices of the IOC (since the IOC suspended the Russian Olympic Committee back in December for massive amounts of doping and corruption going back many years, but in particular for what they did for the 2014 Sochi Games), which means they are represented by the Olympics flag and anthem.

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majii  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:51:26pm

re: #112 JordanRules

Robert Weaver, another failure in extreme vetting in the Trump administration. I guess Weaver knew someone closely connected to the Yam, had worked on the Yam’s campaign, or knew the Yam in some way or another himself. These appear to be the main criteria for employment in the Yam’s administration.

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TedStriker  Feb 22, 2018 • 9:54:21pm

re: #119 majii

Robert Weaver, another failure in extreme vetting in the Trump administration. I guess Weaver knew someone closely connected to the Yam, had worked on the Yam’s campaign, or knew the Yam in some way or another himself. These appear to be the main criteria for employment in the Yam’s administration.

All of the above, plus complete and total fealty to Hair Furor.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 22, 2018 • 10:38:05pm

Police Seize 400 Kilos of Cocaine from Russian Embassy in Argentina (goes to Raw Story)

A spokesperson for the embassy said that a gang of criminals was trying to use the embassy’s diplomatic courier service to smuggle the cocaine into Europe.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 23, 2018 • 4:21:44am

re: #68 goddamnedfrank

That’s poetry….


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