YouTube Gives the Boot to Far Right Anti-Vax Conspiracy Site NaturalNews

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Natural News founder Mike Adams, aka "Health Ranger," in greener days

In another sign that tech companies are finally beginning to notice that some dangerously anti-rational groups and individuals have been running amok on their web networks, YouTube has given the boot to NaturalNews trash mogul Mike Adams, also known as Health Ranger.

Here’s what Health Ranger was featuring at his YouTube page a couple of days ago (all the videos show up blank because, well, they’re gone now):

A pungent and tangy mix of far right victimhood and far left woo-woo health quackery, wouldn’t you agree? Well, YouTube has now told Adams and his quarter of a million subscribers to scram.

Expect whining, lots of it. This guy is sort of a bush league Alex Jones type and Jones himself is reportedly on his second strike at YouTube. The wingnut universe’s creepy grifting “stars” are finally facing some pushback on the poisonous garbage they’ve been feeding people without consequences for far too long.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 4, 2018 • 6:53:51pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!

*gasp*

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 6:55:20pm

I’m just shaking my head after just reading the titles of those You Tube clips and I can’t comprehend how anyone could believe anything in any one of them!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 4, 2018 • 6:56:54pm

re: #2 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m just shaking my head after just reading the titles of those You Tube clips and I can’t comprehend how anyone could believe anything in any one of them!

Motivated reasoning. That, and being a fucking moron who doesn’t know the difference between skepticism and intellectual nihilism.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:00:20pm

Good to see Youtube taking folks down. Too bad Facebook couldn’t be as vigilant. One of the Parkland students had to get off FB because of harassment and threats.

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Varek Raith  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:03:56pm

Hehehahaha.

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Varek Raith  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:06:19pm

IIRC, he had a homemade ebola cure or some such bunk.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:07:14pm

Now where am I supposed to get my quackery?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:07:30pm

Was he also one of those telling people to spray vinegar in their backyards to counteract chemtrails?

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Varek Raith  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:07:50pm

re: #7 bill d. (b.d.)

Now where am I supposed to get my quackery?

Hi Everybody

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:08:41pm

re: #7 bill d. (b.d.)

Now where am I supposed to get my quackery?

There’s plenty of quacks, cranks, and homeopaths out there if you are well and truly stubborn enough to go searching for them. I know some people who will probably start spouting this as a “conspiracy” that Big Pharma (tm) is out to silence the “natural medicine” (bowel) movement.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:08:45pm
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Belafon  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:11:49pm

Some stats about gun owners (I went to go look it up because someone blew a fuse when a joke was made about 90% of gun owners not being in the NRA):

Three-in-ten U.S. adults say they currently own a gun, and of that group, 19% say they belong to the National Rifle Association.

majority of gun owners (61%) are Republicans or lean to the Republican Party, but NRA members skew even more heavily to the political right than other gun owners. Roughly three-quarters (77%) of gun owners who say they belong to the NRA are Republicans or lean Republican, while only 20% are Democrats or lean Democratic. Among gun owners who do not belong to the NRA, by contrast, 58% are Republicans and 39% are Democrats. And among Republican gun owners, NRA members are much more likely than nonmembers to describe their political views as very conservative (29% vs. 18%).

Gun owners who say they belong to the NRA tend to own more guns, on average, than gun owners who don’t belong to the NRA: About half (52%) say they own five or more guns, compared with 24% of non-NRA members (38% of nonmembers say they own only one gun). NRA members also hunt and shoot with more frequency than gun owners who aren’t NRA members: 50% say they go hunting often or sometimes, compared with 30% of nonmembers; 66% of NRA members go shooting often or sometimes, versus 49% of nonmembers.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:11:52pm

re: #10 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

There’s plenty of quacks, cranks, and homeopaths out there if you are well and truly stubborn enough to go searching for them. I know some people who will probably start spouting this as a “conspiracy” that Big Pharma (tm) is out to silence the “natural medicine” (bowel) movement.

Aw, hell - they’ll come and find you. Just click on the picture of the odd looking food item that’s guaranteed to ‘kill your blood pressure’.

Personally - and I say this as someone with hypertension - I don’t want my blood pressure killed. 0/0 is a bad number.

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Jay C  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:12:22pm

re: #2 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m just shaking my head after just reading the titles of those You Tube clips and I can’t comprehend how anyone could believe anything in any one of them!

And yet, wild-ass nonsense as Mike Adams’ quackery is, you know there’s stuff still out there on YouTube that would make Health Ranger seem like sober, rational documentaries.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:15:22pm

Heeheeheehee…..

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:16:15pm

re: #15 Blind Frog Belly White

Heeheeheehee…..

[Embedded content]

“You are so much better than the real Donald. Can I come home with you instead? He will not mind. He will have someone else at Mar-a-Lago tonight.”

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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:16:35pm

I can’t wait to drop this sick burn on some mofo

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teleskiguy  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:16:58pm

The tech companies are unlearning their stupid libertarian beliefs little by little. I welcome the change.

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Kafitrar  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:17:56pm

Adams got his start in Y2K scams. respectfulinsolence.com

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Skip Intro  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:18:49pm

re: #7 bill d. (b.d.)

Now where am I supposed to get my quackery?

Has Fox gone out of business?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:21:36pm

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:21:58pm

Pushback indeed. This is part of what I hope is an accelerating trend toward schooling the masses in the difference between the outhouse law in which they have been indoctrinated and the real law that is the basis of civilized society. It was a revelation to many, for example, that it was not illegal to fire the outed Charlottesville Nazis from their jobs. Similarly, it is not a violation of anyone’s Constitutional rights for YouTube to reject their garbage. This, too, will surprise a good many people. This kind of education is badly needed.

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dangerman  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:22:43pm

re: #18 teleskiguy

The tech companies are unlearning their stupid libertarian beliefs little by little. I welcome the change.

They see they lose market share if they dont

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teleskiguy  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:24:44pm

re: #21 The Vicious Babushka

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:30:11pm

re: #21 The Vicious Babushka

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:30:14pm

re: #21 The Vicious Babushka

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Belafon  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:37:44pm

Get Out won best original screenplay.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:38:28pm
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Patricia Kayden  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:40:07pm

re: #28 The Vicious Babushka

Yay!! Great film.

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gwangung  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:41:48pm

re: #28 The Vicious Babushka

Consolation prize, I bet, for all the other Academy bullshit.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:45:23pm

Crybaby in chief.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:46:03pm
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Belafon  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:46:40pm

re: #31 The Vicious Babushka

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Ace-o-aces  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:48:16pm
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Mattand  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:50:08pm

Genuinely shocked and Genuinely elated that Natural News got booted from Youtube. I’m actually shocked that Google/Youtube had the spine to do this.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:50:14pm
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Belafon  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:51:01pm

re: #32 The Vicious Babushka

The long segment just a bit before was about allowing others to get their chance writing and directing. Ashley Judd was one of the women leading that segment. Weinstein really was a major weight on the industry, and was allowed to get away with it for too long.

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plansbandc  Mar 4, 2018 • 7:59:23pm

re: #31 The Vicious Babushka

Such Presidential very leadership.

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:06:59pm
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Interesting Times  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:08:28pm

re: #39 jaunte

“The morning tantrum is going to be a rager!”

So will the sound of simultaneous paper shredders.

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:09:13pm

re: #40 Interesting Times

Made complicated by the fact they have no idea what Mueller already knows.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:11:19pm

re: #39 jaunte

I really don’t know what to expect.

Either Sunday will be epic in the (short) history of Twitter, or a strange silence will fall across the land.

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dangerman  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:12:27pm

re: #31 The Vicious Babushka

Crybaby in chief.

[Embedded content]I don’t know how much longer I can take this bullshit - so terrible

Turn
It
Off

Numbskull

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Charles Johnson  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:12:49pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:13:08pm

re: #21 The Vicious Babushka

Bless you & yours!!!!!!!!!

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Charles Johnson  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:13:55pm

Great googly moogly.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:13:55pm

Q: What is the sound of a thousand paper shredders shredding?

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:14:00pm

Mueller subpoenabombs the Oscars.

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Ace Rothstein  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:14:18pm
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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:14:56pm

re: #40 Interesting Times

“So will the sound of simultaneous paper shredders.”

Which shredders will be running faster, the ones in Panama or the ones in the U.S.?

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:15:37pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:16:29pm

re: #40 Interesting Times

So will the sound of simultaneous paper shredders.

I got a feeling that a lot of paper is being shredded at Trump Tower, Mar-A-Lardo and The White House right now!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:18:22pm

Now if we could only get Facebook to ban CCJ.

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makeitstop  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:18:41pm

re: #44 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

And who got hit by this one?

Steve Bannon
Michael Cohen
Rick Gates
Hope Hicks
Corey Lewandowski
Paul Manafort
Carter Page
Keith Schiller
Roger Stone

They all better hope that their records match up.

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dangerman  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:19:08pm

re: #40 Interesting Times

So will the sound of simultaneous paper shredders.

The electronic parts are forever

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Belafon  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:19:30pm

Commercial for House of Cards had Robin Wright getting up from the president’s chair and it ending with “Hail to the Chief.”

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Interesting Times  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:20:36pm

re: #55 dangerman

The electronic parts are forever

Indeed. Good luck shredding a word doc you sent to someone else because you didn’t know how to convert it to PDF yourself :P

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:24:01pm

re: #54 makeitstop

So pretty much the Usual Suspects.

Fortunately for us, Trump ain’t no Keyser Soze.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:25:32pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:25:37pm

re: #54 makeitstop

And who got hit by this one?

Steve Bannon
Michael Cohen
Rick Gates
Hope Hicks
Corey Lewandowski
Paul Manafort
Carter Page
Keith Schiller
Roger Stone

They all better hope that their records match up.

Now Who’s Next????

McConnell?
Ryan?
Nunes?
Giuliani?
Steve King?
Gohmert?
Gaetz?
Scalise?
Hatch?
Grassley?
Gorsuch?
Sessions?
Tillerson?

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:25:47pm
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Ace Rothstein  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:26:01pm

re: #58 Eclectic Cyborg

I used to be in a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois.

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ObserverArt  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:27:12pm

Mueller wants documents back to Nov. 1, 2015. Yeow.

That means he knows something a lot further back in time than Russian hacks, the Trump Tower Meeting, before Manafort joining the campaign, before primaries, etc.

It would have been around the third debate when Trump was already getting traction in those debates.

This is very interesting. They are going to have a tough time providing documents. I wonder how many are needed to be kept by law in a campaign?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:31:28pm

re: #63 ObserverArt

Mueller wants documents back to Nov. 1, 2015. Yeow.

That means he knows something a lot further back in time than Russian hacks, the Trump Tower Meeting, before Manafort joining the campaign, before primaries, etc.

It would have been around the third debate when Trump was already getting traction in those debates.

This is very interesting. They are going to have a tough time providing documents. I wonder how many are needed to be kept by law in a campaign?

Oh I got a feeling that there’s more than an 18 minute gap that has been erased…

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makeitstop  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:32:03pm

re: #58 Eclectic Cyborg

So pretty much the Usual Suspects.

Fortunately for us, Trump ain’t no Keyser Soze.

Has Schiller been subpoenaed to this point? Or Says Who Cohen?

And maybe Hicks thought resigning would get her out of the way. Nope.

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teleskiguy  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:33:23pm

re: #53 Eclectic Cyborg

Now if we could only get Facebook to ban CCJ.

They’ve banned him dozens of times, but keep bringing him back… for those *sweet sweet* clicks.

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:33:33pm

re: #60 Joe Bacon 🌹

“Now Who’s Next????

McConnell?
Ryan?
Nunes?
Giuliani?
Steve King?
Gohmert?
Gaetz?
Scalise?
Hatch?
Grassley?
Gorsuch?
Sessions?
Tillerson?”

They should all be worried, imho. Every one of the b*st*rds.

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makeitstop  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:34:55pm

Ooh, remember it was Schiller who brought the axe down on Comey?

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teleskiguy  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:35:34pm

re: #67 majii

You won’t even type out “bastards.” You are such a genteel southern lady.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:35:52pm

re: #66 teleskiguy

They’ve banned him dozens of times, but keep bringing him back… for those *sweet sweet* clicks.

I was referring to a Perma-ban. Which is exactly what that asshole needs.

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:37:03pm

re: #64 Joe Bacon 🌹

“Oh I got a feeling that there’s more than an 18 minute gap that has been erased…”

Well, we already know that Hope Hicks, whose name is on the latest subpoena list, told Yam, Jr. and others that the emails about the NYC meeting with Russians “would never see the light of day,” but I so disagree with her, Jr., and all others who believe this. Mueller didn’t hire one of the best computer/data specialists for nothing. I suspect Mueller already has the data he’s asking these tools to turn over to him.

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dangerman  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:38:09pm

re: #58 Eclectic Cyborg

So pretty much the Usual Suspects.

Fortunately for us, Trump ain’t no Keyser Soze.

Is anyone really?

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:40:40pm

re: #69 teleskiguy

“You won’t even type out “bastards.” You are such a genteel southern lady.”

My dearly departed mama insisted that I always be a lady, but I strongly suspected when she was alive that she knew I knew how to get down and dirty when I need to. How could I not know how to be tough when she and my dad raised me with five brothers and no sister? LOL.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:41:26pm

re: #63 ObserverArt

Mueller wants documents back to Nov. 1, 2015. Yeow.

Trump was planning to run long before then. I do wonder how many years Trump had schemed about using politics as a way to further his brand.

Mueller will probably want to go back in time far enough to find out where the idea of stealing emails (of Hillary or the DNC) was hatched, and then who broached the source of that data.

Trump is probably more likely the opportunist than the originator of the idea. To him, “EMAILS” was simply a war chant for his masses. Trump himself probably doesn’t know the difference between an email server and a ladle.

Anyway, Mueller will have to have proof of who approached the Trump campaign, and whether the campaign solicited anything from such unsavory characters.

Personally, I suspect that Jr. is the idiot who left a trail of evidence. Jared (or Bannon) may be the true guilty party, but Jr. is so dull of mind he doesn’t know when he incriminates himself.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:42:07pm

re: #71 majii

“Oh I got a feeling that there’s more than an 18 minute gap that has been erased…”

Well, we already know that Hope Hicks, whose name is on the latest subpoena list, told Yam, Jr. and others that the emails about the NYC meeting with Russians “would never see the light of day,” but I so disagree with her, Jr., and all others who believe this. Mueller didn’t hire one of the best computer/data specialists for nothing. I suspect Mueller already has the data he’s asking these tools to turn over to him.

I wonder if Anonymous is in communication with Mueller and funneling him the hacked GOP e-mails Russia held on to?????

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dangerman  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:42:43pm

re: #65 makeitstop

Has Schiller been subpoenaed to this point? Or Says Who Cohen?

And maybe Hicks thought resigning would get her out of the way. Nope.

I think Hicks leaving was to limit any continuing/new exposure to Trump’s freely running his mouth in front of anyone who isn’t his lawyer

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teleskiguy  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:44:11pm

re: #73 majii

How could I not know how to be tough when she and my dad raised me with five brothers and no sister? LOL.

I grew up with three sisters and no brothers. Heh!

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:45:52pm

re: #75 Joe Bacon 🌹

“I wonder if Anonymous is in communication with Mueller and funneling him the hacked GOP e-mails Russia held on to?????”

As Dame Judith Dench said in her role as an elemental in The Chronicles of Riddick, “Now what would be the odds of that?”

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danarchy  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:46:50pm

re: #7 bill d. (b.d.)

Now where am I supposed to get my quackery?

The “Food Babe”?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:47:54pm

Gang if you thought last week was mayhem in the White House, this week is going to accelerate that to a nuclear meltdown…Oh I bet Tweetler will whip out a record number of tweets by the time we wake up tomorrow morning!

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plansbandc  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:49:14pm

Ha! The Shape of Water won best picture, and the director grabbed the card to make sure it said The Shape of Water.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:51:26pm

re: #65 makeitstop

Has Schiller been subpoenaed to this point?

Don’t know if true, but a tweet sez:

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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:51:28pm

Finally saw Black Panther last night in a movie theater. I’m not a big comic book movie lover but it’s probably my favorite one. A very important movie with a very powerful message and social commentary. Been a big Danai Guirira fan since she’s been Michonne and she was a great character in BP.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:55:27pm

re: #81 plansbandc

Ha! The Shape of Water won best picture, and the director grabbed the card to make sure it said The Shape of Water.

:)

Well. It’s the only Oscar-nominated film I’ve seen (off first-run movies at the moment, plus traveling a lot) but I doubt it would have been my choice.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:55:55pm

Schiller undoubtedly has lots of stuff to offer, but he may not be so forthcoming. Whether Mueller interviews him, or if only electronic/paper exchanges with Schiller are of interest, is a question I haven’t seen answered yet.

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makeitstop  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:56:12pm

re: #82 freetoken

Don’t know if true, but a tweet sez:

[Embedded content]

Yeah, I saw his name and couldn’t remember whether Mueller had subpoenaed him for anything.

Says Who Cohen, too. The both of them may be breaking new ground in terms of proximity to Trump.

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DodgerFan1988  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:57:16pm

AP News: Frances McDormand wins Best Actress, Guillermo Del Toro wins Best Director at Academy Awards.

Fox News: Angry Feminist, Illegal Immigrant wins at out of touch with real America, leftist awards ceromony.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:57:57pm

Now I just got an e-mail from the West Virginia teachers indicating that they may all be fired if they don’t get back to work. Their 5% pay raise was cut to 4% in the state legislature.

And now West Virginia has a right to work law…It’s going to get ugly there real fast…

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:58:01pm

re: #83 BigPapa

Finally saw Black Panther last night in a movie theater. I’m not a big comic book movie lover but it’s probably my favorite one. A very important movie with a very powerful message and social commentary. Been a big Danai Guirira fan since she’s been Michonne and she was a great character in BP.

Also liked it. But… (spoilers follow)

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:58:32pm

Congrats to Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water winning the Best Picture Oscar.

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:58:56pm

re: #84 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

:)

Well. It’s the only Oscar-nominated film I’ve seen (off first-run movies at the moment, plus traveling a lot) but I doubt it would have been my choice.

I saw most of the films including Shape of Water — and Three Billboards was my choice.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:58:57pm

re: #86 makeitstop

Trump himself is being investigated for obstruction of justice, not the actual theft or distribution of stolen goods (at least that’s my take on this whole mess.) And of course only Congress can remove Trump from office for this.

The question is whether the campaign - Bannon or Kushner or someone else - actually solicited the Russians (or their associates) to do the electronic theft.

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BeachDem  Mar 4, 2018 • 8:59:54pm

re: #73 majii

“You won’t even type out “bastards.” You are such a genteel southern lady.”

My dearly departed mama insisted that I always be a lady, but I strongly suspected when she was alive that she knew I knew how to get down and dirty when I need to. How could I not know how to be tough when she and my dad raised me with five brothers and no sister? LOL.

That’s why I knew you were really on a roll about Huckabee, when you went “all in” on this comment. (No *s when it came to the Huckster!)

littlegreenfootballs.com

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:01:11pm

re: #92 freetoken

Trump himself is being investigated for obstruction of justice, not the actual theft or distribution of stolen goods (at least that’s my take on this whole mess.) And of course only Congress can remove Trump from office for this.

The question is whether the campaign - Bannon or Kushner or someone else - actually solicited the Russians (or their associates) to do the electronic theft.

Don’t forget Trump asked them very publicly to do this — but the theft was completed before then.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:02:34pm

re: #94 Hecuba’s daughter

Don’t forget Trump asked them very publicly to do this — but the theft was completed before then.

Yes, but Trump will always say he was just kidding, it was a joke, or a performance for his audience (of marks.)

You need actual proof that this was a solicitation.

Contact with foreign agents may be proof of this.

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:02:35pm

re: #93 BeachDem

“That’s why I knew you were really on a roll about Huckabee, when you went “all in” on this comment. (No *s when it came to the Huckster!)”

Exactly. I’ll take no prisoners when it comes to Huckabuck. Dude tried to piss on my, and some other Americans, leg and tell us it was raining. I’m not putting up with that from him or anyone else.

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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:04:31pm

re: #89 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

It’s a comic. Just go with it.

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danarchy  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:05:20pm

re: #90 Dr Lizardo

Congrats to Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water winning the Best Picture Oscar.

The Shape of Water was visually stunning, but IMO was a crap movie. Guess that’s why I’m not a movie critic.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:07:20pm

re: #97 BigPapa

It’s a comic. Just go with it.

Yeah… but it’s being hyped as so much more. Guess I’m troubled that people aren’t dreaming higher.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:08:44pm

re: #98 danarchy

The Shape of Water was visually stunning, but IMO was a crap movie. Guess that’s why I’m not a movie critic.

I don’t go that far, but I found the story pretty humdrum. (OTOH, that’s exactly what I thought about Avatar.)

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:09:02pm

There are those who claim that Trump never really believed he would be elected, and that he really didn’t want the job.

I can believe this.

Trump mentioned years ago about getting into politics.

The plan was probably only intended to make the “Trump” brand even more established.

He may have thought that by running and getting some delegates, he could be the keynote speaker at the convention, get invited to the WH on a regular basis, etc.

This in turn would open doors for him internationally, as corrupt leaders all over the world would gladly give him money if they thought Trump could give them access to the WH and influence US policy.

Instead, what happened is that the GOP ran a busload of marginal candidates, and the Democratic candidate turned out to be someone who had been targeted for 30 years in a hate campaign that successfully poisoned the well against her.

So Trump wins.

But he is the most unprepared and unqualified person to ever take that office.

And that is illustrated daily.

This investigation is so far beyond Trump’s ability to navigate it that the only reason Trump is in office is because the GOP leaders are too afraid to do anything. They know they are damned if they do (anything) and damned if they don’t so they just try to get their own pet issues addressed while they control Congress.

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teleskiguy  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:12:53pm
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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:16:27pm

re: #99 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Yeah… but it’s being hyped as so much more. Guess I’m troubled that people aren’t dreaming higher.

It is a lot more than the movie itself. On that level it met the hype.

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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:18:01pm

re: #101 freetoken

A solid take. He didn’t believe he’d win but it was a grift to build up his brand.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:20:18pm

re: #98 danarchy

The Shape of Water was visually stunning, but IMO was a crap movie. Guess that’s why I’m not a movie critic.

Del Toro also seems to have plagiarized the plot, and is facing a lawsuit from Paul Zindel’s estate.

Get Out should have won, it was the only nominee that was truly audacious, groundbreaking & that that people will be talking about for years to come.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:21:51pm

re: #98 danarchy

The Shape of Water was visually stunning, but IMO was a crap movie. Guess that’s why I’m not a movie critic.

Link to an article in The Guardian about the lawsuit…

theguardian.com

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:22:06pm

re: #89 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Also liked it. But… (spoilers follow)

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I think that I am superheroed-out. Saw the movie tonight, was actually bored for the first half hour..

more spoilers

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:22:38pm
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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:23:58pm

re: #104 BigPapa

A solid take. He didn’t believe he’d win but it was a grift to build up his brand.

The sad thing is, the last time the US elected a President because the guy was the only one left holding the short straw, we had a Civil War shortly after.

There is much to be said for leaders who are prepared to want their jobs, as well as naturally having the ego to be driven. The latter is a given in this world, the former should not be taken for granted.

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jaunte  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:24:02pm

“…The proposal initially came out of the Office of Management and Budget [Mick Mulvaney] , even though the State Department did not formally ask for it. A senior OMB official told me the administration supports the NED’s mission but wants to consolidate the funding streams to improve oversight and accountability. But the White House didn’t provide any evidence that the current model is inefficient.”

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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:24:21pm

re: #98 danarchy

The Shape of Water was visually stunning, but IMO was a crap movie. Guess that’s why I’m not a movie critic.

There have been others that did not deserve the Oscar — like Birdman a couple years ago.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:30:58pm

re: #111 Hecuba’s daughter

There have been others that did not deserve the Oscar — like Birdman a couple years ago.

How Green Was my Valley vs. Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon.

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Belafon  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:33:12pm

I wonder if Congress will do something about the tariffs?

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Jay C  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:37:36pm

re: #113 Belafon

I wonder if Congress will do something about the tariffs?

Can they even? Or would it require the sort of concerted bipartisanship that the 115th. Congress has shown itself so spectacularly incapable of demonstrating?

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austin_blue  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:39:36pm

re: #105 goddamnedfrank

Del Toro also seems to have plagiarized the plot, and is facing a lawsuit from Paul Zindel’s estate.

Get Out should have won, it was the only nominee that was truly audacious, groundbreaking & that that people will be talking about for years to come.

I can’t disagree, but you know, Del Toro grew up in Mexico, and this also rings true:

Fox Searchlight responded in a statement on Thursday, saying: “Guillermo del Toro has never read nor seen Mr Zindel’s play in any form. Mr del Toro has had a 25 year career during which he has made 10 feature films and has always been very open about acknowledging his influences. If the Zindel family has questions about this original work we welcome a conversation with them.”

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:40:27pm

re: #88 Joe Bacon 🌹

Now I just got an e-mail from the West Virginia teachers indicating that they may all be fired if they don’t get back to work. Their 5% pay raise was cut to 4% in the state legislature.

And now West Virginia has a right to work law…It’s going to get ugly there real fast…

That seems like an empty threat. If they fire every teacher, where are they going to get more? The reason for the strike is poor pay and benefits? That certainly won’t attract more teachers to come to WVa.

On the topic of Mike Adams’s YouTube channel being shut down, if you search for “Health Ranger” at YouTube and filter it for today, there are all sorts of wingnuts yowling in YouTube videos about the destruction of Internet freedom (tm), Freeze Peach (tm), and such.

Not so much people who have been hoodwinked by Mike Adams’s scams. Just right wing complainers.

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:40:32pm

re: #113 Belafon

“I wonder if Congress will do something about the tariffs?”

I’m thinking the GOPers will have to hear from AEI, the NRA, the Heritage Foundation, and other RW special interest groups before they are willing to address the matter. At least, this is usually how it works.

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danarchy  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:43:01pm

re: #114 Jay C

Can they even? Or would it require the sort of concerted bipartisanship that the 115th. Congress has shown itself so spectacularly incapable of demonstrating?

The authority was granted by an act of congress, so I am sure they could if they had the support. Question is would they have enough to override a veto, and since there are already a number of rustbelt Dems and Reps that have come out in support I wouldn’t count on it.

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Slump-chan  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:43:57pm

re: #112 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

How Green Was my Valley vs. Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon.

Then again, The 1941 Maltese Falcon was the third version of that story in 10 years.
Personally, i prefer Ricardo Cortez’s Sam Spade.

Gone With The Wind won best picture, and that movie SUCKS.

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majii  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:45:54pm

re: #116 Anymouse 🌹

“That seems like an empty threat. If they fire every teacher, where are they going to get more? The reason for the strike is poor pay and benefits? That certainly won’t attract more teachers to come to WVa.”

They could probably hire replacements, but they’d have to pass a law that repeals existing accreditation standards. I’ve been reading for at least five years about some states attempting to do something like this. Before I could teach, I needed an undergraduate degree in social studies and had to pass a state exam in my subject area to get a license. Since this is WV we’re talking about, and since the majority is GOP, anything could happen.

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William Lewis  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:49:54pm

re: #119 Slump-chan

Then again, The 1941 Maltese Falcon was the third version of that story in 10 years.
Personally, i prefer Ricardo Cortez’s Sam Spade.

I’ve always thought Cain overrated personally. Valley is the better cinema from a storyteller’s perspective. Cain was wiz bang flashy cinematography and tricks but in the end it was just a very meh story.

I’ll have to check out that other Sam Spade.

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 4, 2018 • 9:57:50pm

re: #120 majii

“That seems like an empty threat. If they fire every teacher, where are they going to get more? The reason for the strike is poor pay and benefits? That certainly won’t attract more teachers to come to WVa.”

They could probably hire replacements, but they’d have to pass a law that repeals existing accreditation standards. I’ve been reading for at least five years about some states attempting to do something like this. Before I could teach, I needed an undergraduate degree in social studies and had to pass a state exam in my subject area to get a license. Since this is WV we’re talking about, and since the majority is GOP, anything could happen.

Kansas sort of did that in 2014, by changing requirements to allow such things as “experienced in the field of study.” They also added fingerprinting requirements.

Kansas State Department of Education “Routes to the Classroom” (licensing requirements):
ksde.org

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:03:09pm

Decided to put one of those innumerable Facebook apps,
that continually show up in my timeline, to good use:

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austin_blue  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:09:25pm

re: #123 freetoken

Decided to put one of those innumerable Facebook apps,
that continually show up in my timeline, to good use:

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He ain’t 6’9”.

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whitebeach  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:19:39pm

re: #105 goddamnedfrank

Del Toro also seems to have plagiarized the plot, and is facing a lawsuit from Paul Zindel’s estate.

OFFS. Plagiarizing a plot is as old as storytelling. Shakespeare took practically every plot he ever wrote from somebody else, and others thieved his versions in countless plays, operas, etc. Where did the “plot” for West Side Story come from? There was a silly but sorta good New York gang movie called The Warriors very late in the 1970s. It was based on Xenophon’s Anabasis (roughly early 4th century BC). I watched a Pavarotti special on public TV tonight and heard at least 2 Elvis Presley hits in the original operatic Italian. Bach has made the top 40 more times than Gershwin (e.g., Whiter Shade of Pale). Plots, unless they are extremely original, which few are, are no more protected than titles, which aren’t protected at all. I haven’t seen The Shape of Water and probably won’t, but if I do, the very last thing I will care about is whether its plot was borrowed, copied, or flat-out stolen from some previous work.

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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:19:54pm
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Decatur Deb  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:21:14pm

NBC is clarifying that the headline on the document subpoena story is an overstatement. The list is for documents relating to those individuals, but only addressed to one person.

So far.

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JordanRules  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:24:00pm

re: #125 whitebeach

History is written by the winners kinda thing?

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:34:16pm

re: #125 whitebeach

Borrowing a plot with attribution, or at least acknowledging the source inspiration is one thing, and that’s what you’re describing. Presenting something created with borrowed ideas as entirely your own work, as happened here, is another. Especially when the borrowed elements in total are numerous, specific and novel (ie not clichéd) enough to have left a unique creative fingerprint, and particularly if you’re going to put that derivative work up for a Best Original Screenplay Award.

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whitebeach  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:38:38pm

re: #128 JordanRules

History is written by the winners kinda thing?

It usually is, but not always. But I wasn’t talking about history, I was talking about plots used in storytelling, which IMHO transcend history and dance and play music all around history’s stodgy lying slog.

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whitebeach  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:54:52pm

re: #129 goddamnedfrank

Borrowing a plot with attribution, or at least acknowledging the source inspiration is one thing, and that’s what you’re describing. Presenting something created with borrowed ideas as entirely your own work, as happened here, is another. Especially when the borrowed elements in total are numerous, specific and novel (ie not clichéd) enough to have left a unique creative fingerprint, and particularly if you’re going to put that derivative work up for a Best Original Screenplay Award.

Exactly where did I describe a case of “borrowing a plot with attribution, or at least acknowledging the source of inspiration”? Nowhere does Shakespeare acknowledge Holinshed or any of his numerous other sources. That was left to later scholars. Nor did I ever see a credit in West Side Story saying that it was based on Romeo and Juliet. Not having seen either of the films you’re talking about, I won’t argue whether the latter version “plagiarizes” the former in some legalistic sense, but I can tell you that there are very few if any truly original stories, and that if somebody tells the same story better than someone from whom he or she first heard it, then to me that second person is the better artist.

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BigPapa  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:56:50pm
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Big Beautiful Door  Mar 4, 2018 • 10:59:27pm

re: #84 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

:)

Well. It’s the only Oscar-nominated film I’ve seen (off first-run movies at the moment, plus traveling a lot) but I doubt it would have been my choice.

Its a nice slap at Trump combined with del Toro winning Best Director as well.

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Big Beautiful Door  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:02:04pm

re: #89 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Also liked it. But… (spoilers follow)

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austin_blue  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:04:03pm

re: #129 goddamnedfrank

Borrowing a plot with attribution, or at least acknowledging the source inspiration is one thing, and that’s what you’re describing. Presenting something created with borrowed ideas as entirely your own work, as happened here, is another. Especially when the borrowed elements in total are numerous, specific and novel (ie not clichéd) enough to have left a unique creative fingerprint, and particularly if you’re going to put that derivative work up for a Best Original Screenplay Award.

But you don’t know that, do you? The play was from ‘69, was not a major hit, and can’t reasonably be described as something the general public would know about. Just curious, but why do you have such a hard-on about this? I thought that Shape was a retiling of The Creature From The Black Lagoon from a modern perspective of Cold War paranoia.

But that’s just me.

And oh, by the way, I loved it exactly for those reasons. I jumped up and applauded it for just those reasons when it won.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:14:01pm

re: #135 austin_blue

Sorry but I simply don’t find it plausible that all of those elements ended up in both works by sheer coincidence. In my opinion it strains all credulity.

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Ace-o-aces  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:44:25pm
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goddamnedfrank  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:48:35pm

re: #135 austin_blue

P.S.

The play was from ‘69, was not a major hit, and can’t reasonably be described as something the general public would know about.

See, to me this makes it more understandable how it could be used without attribution, not less. Because it would be more tempting not to acknowledge such a marginalized, almost forgotten work as inspiration and claim sole credit. Either in thinking that one can get away with it because it is a relatively unknown work or that the creative mind behind it doesn’t really need or deserve the exposure (Zindel being dead already). This is also why I don’t find GDT being a well known, successful, and yes, an incredibly talented auteur, to be particularly exculpatory in the face of the evidence in this case. Whatever the motivation, talented successful artists, authors and academics have lifted content long after establishing themselves in their own right before.

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JordanRules  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:48:47pm

re: #130 whitebeach

I was thinking about who had access to tell and amplify the stories, who gets credit, where/how/why the chronicles catch on, like with history and I think that’s an interesting part of the borrowing narrative for art.

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freetoken  Mar 4, 2018 • 11:59:23pm

Just finished watching The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, extended cut.

The few bits of extras do help, like with LOTR extended versions, because there is so much backstory.

Anyway, Tolkien was not shy about borrowing. His epic is a melding of myths common to many, with a great deal of reworking of Norse language and lore.

Also, the music by Howard Shore, even though very good, is not fundamentally different than a thousand other pieces of music written for a large orchestra. I doubt anyone can write a measure of music and have it be original anymore.

Attribution is important, but I believe that is often hard to do in so many cases. Where someone is obviously reselling another person’s work ought to be called out. Yet I wonder how much never gets mentioned, about where so much sold truly originates.

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Kragar  Mar 5, 2018 • 12:01:15am
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Big Beautiful Door  Mar 5, 2018 • 12:05:45am

re: #141 Kragar

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 12:16:25am

The NRA reminds of an 80s con-artist who arrives at his office to find Mike Wallace and the 60 Minutes crew waiting outside the door. Their lethal scam has been exposed and they’re flailing around for a way out.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 5, 2018 • 12:25:41am
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goddamnedfrank  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:02:04am

This is the most style over functionality, design obsessed Apple thing ever.

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austin_blue  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:10:53am

re: #136 goddamnedfrank

Sorry but I simply don’t find it plausible that all of those elements ended up in both works by sheer coincidence. In my opinion it strains all credulity.

Hmmm.. It seems you are saying that every Time Travel book is a rip-off of A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court. That can’t be right, but almost all of the plots are the same. Fish out of water, &c.

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JordanRules  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:17:49am
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JordanRules  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:20:41am

Footprints in the dark.

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austin_blue  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:33:07am

re: #148 JordanRules

Footprints in the dark.

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I’ve always loved that story!

Night all. Sweet dreams.

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JordanRules  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:55:54am
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JordanRules  Mar 5, 2018 • 1:58:20am
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Dave In Austin  Mar 5, 2018 • 3:30:54am
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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 3:44:27am

re: #152 Dave In Austin

Maybe when someone goes soon to the White House Webpage they’ll get a “404 Error - Page Not Found?”

(My wife found that you can edit the 404 page when you type or link a bad URL, so she edited her 404 page on her Websites to a hilarious page of missing things. It wouldn’t be quite as funny if the White House delivered a 404 page though.)

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 3:47:36am

re: #150 JordanRules

It could also be an homage to Texas Tower sniper Charles Whitman, who took the highest position of any mass shooter. He was also the last mass shooter to primarily use a manual action gun. Though he had an M-1 semi-auto carbine and several handguns with him, he did most of the damage with a Remington bolt-action rifle.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 5, 2018 • 3:49:23am

re: #150 JordanRules

So she wants to claim the high ground after making veiled threats towards leftists in multiple videos? Alrighty then.

**rolls eyes**

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 3:50:49am

re: #154 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

She is being seriously dragged for her remark on Twitter.

Of course, for the NRA, that’s the point: Their spokespersons are supposed to draw fire, so the NRA does not. The issue is deflection. Attacking Dana Loesch means you are not attacking the NRA’s positions.

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fern01  Mar 5, 2018 • 4:09:14am
Donald Trump “emphatically” promised to exempt Australian steel and aluminium from US tariffs during a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year, it can be revealed.

Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull had a meeting last year in the so-called “Steel Cage”
The US tarrifs would impose a 25 per cent tax on imported steel and 10 per cent for aluminium Mr Trump promised Australia would be exempt during a meeting last year
The ABC understands the promise was witnessed by high-ranking officials on both sides of the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017.

abc.net.au

Hahaha - why would any world leader believe ANYTHING trump says - I’m a little old lady & I wouldn’t trust him to get up in the morning. Our PM is either naive or stupid & should - like others - never have tried to “make friends”. No-one should trust anything trump says.

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Danack  Mar 5, 2018 • 4:11:39am

re: #155 Patricia Kayden

after making veiled threats towards

I don’t think those count as veiled threats.

It’s a vague threat, but it’s not veiled.

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jeffreyw  Mar 5, 2018 • 4:26:20am

Imgur


Good morning!

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 4:35:34am

Steele wrote memo claiming that the Kremlin stomped on Romney’s selection as SoS.

newyorker.com

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Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Mar 5, 2018 • 4:36:00am

re: #88 Joe Bacon 🌹

Now I just got an e-mail from the West Virginia teachers indicating that they may all be fired if they don’t get back to work. Their 5% pay raise was cut to 4% in the state legislature.

And now West Virginia has a right to work law…It’s going to get ugly there real fast…

I wish West Virginia the best of luck in finding teachers to replace those they want to fire. Bwahahahaha.

I’m glad teachers are walking out in West Virginia. It’s against the law for teachers to do that in my state, though I think they should all break the law and walk anyway…which they won’t do because…reasons.

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:04:24am

re: #144 Dave In Austin

Awww I met my hubby at a moe. show way back when. In Austin even, at La Zona Rosa!

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Sea Mexican!  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:17:09am

re: #160 Barefoot Grin

Steele wrote memo claiming that the Kremlin stomped on Romney’s selection as SoS.

newyorker.com

I’m not surprised. They might have fear exposure by a SoS Romney.

Then again, I’m surprised how low most Republicans have fallen to kowtow to Trump.

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wheat-dogg  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:20:00am

It’s awake and tweeting about trade deficits again.

Still pretty clear Trump has no idea what trade deficits are and what they mean. He’s shitting on NAFTA and long-standing arrangements with allies Mexico and Canada.

smdh

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wheat-dogg  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:21:30am

re: #164 wheat-dogg

And American First STEEL!!

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Targetpractice  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:22:53am

re: #164 wheat-dogg

It’s awake and tweeting about trade deficits again.

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Still pretty clear Trump has no idea what trade deficits are and what they mean. He’s shitting on NAFTA and long-standing arrangements with allies Mexico and Canada.

smdh

I found myself thinking the other day that the tariffs are in part Trump’s attempt at strong-arming Mexico and Canada over NAFTA. Canada being our #1 supplier of steel, the idea that this was meant to hurt them makes total sense. What we have here is (effectively) international extortion: “Bend to my will on NAFTA or the tariffs stay.”

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wheat-dogg  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:28:24am

If you saw the movie, you’ll get the joke.

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Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:30:42am
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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:31:41am
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Targetpractice  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:32:48am

re: #168 Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch

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I suppose somebody finally broke out the hand puppets to convey to him what last night’s subpoenas mean.

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Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:34:08am

re: #170 Targetpractice

I’ve noticed that he will tweet something that actually has to do with the running of the country and then have his meltdown. I expect more to come. LOL.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:35:34am

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:42:57am

Did Putin veto Romney’s Secretary of State bid?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:45:30am

re: #173 Joe Bacon 🌹

Did Putin veto Romney’s Secretary of State bid?

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Hmmm.

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wheat-dogg  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:46:40am

re: #173 Joe Bacon 🌹

In any other time of history, I would have said this allegation was complete nonsense. Now, it just seems par for the course.

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:51:12am
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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:53:51am
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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:53:52am

A very important DK article: Morning Digest: As 2018 election cycle begins to heat up, it’s time to beware of fake polls

On Friday, you may have seen a poll from a group called Blumenthal Research Daily, or BRD, purportedly showing a close race in the March 13 special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th District. Political observers like Elliott Morris quickly noted that there was almost no information about who they were online, nor a record of their founder “Timothy Blumenthal” anywhere. Back in October, when BRD released numbers for Virginia’s gubernatorial race, there were also plenty of unanswered questions about whether BRD was even a real outlet. Those questions were answered on Friday when they released a statement declaring, “Yes, Blumenthal Research Daily is a fake pollster. The numbers used were random and I did little to no research before piecing together a rather sloppy google doc.”​

This new Blumenthal Research Daily “poll” is a good reminder that, especially in this day and age when it’s incredibly easy to spread “poll results” far and wide, it’s important to be careful not to get taken. Enten also wrote an article that we highly recommend about questions you should ask when looking at a poll from a group you’ve never heard of, or otherwise know little about. These include whether the poll looks professional (BRD and Delphi’s crappy websites were good indications that they weren’t professional operations); whether the pollster was revealing important details about the sample, like when it was conducted and what means were used; and what type of questions were being asked.
As the cycle goes on, we’re expecting to see a whole lot more polls from dubious sources. And while it’s easy (and appropriate) to laugh at the Greg Abbotts of the world who instantly share pro-Republican numbers, we need to be just as skeptical when a firm we don’t know anything about shows Democrats doing well in races we badly want to win.

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 5:56:50am

re: #167 wheat-dogg

If you saw the movie, you’ll get the joke.

Which is also funny because, back when Finding Nemo came out, people in charge of sanitation commented on the scene where he escapes, and joked the movie would be called Grinding Nemo.

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:10:07am

LOLGOP wrote an article for Eclectablog entitled: This Is About Defending Democracy from Racist Thieves Like Trump and Putin

Confessions of a liberal who was afraid to call out Trump/Russia connections in 2016

A few days before a New York Times poll of expert executive branch watchers collectively rated Donald Trump as the worst president in American history, The Intercept’s James Risen made an observation that still chills me:

“One year after Trump took office, it is still unclear whether the president of the United States is an agent of a foreign power. Just step back and think about that for a moment.”

To see a Pulitzer Prize-winning national security journalist, who had been targeted for prosecution for his work by both the W. Bush and Obama Administrations, make this observation shivered my spine for two reasons:

We know that Trump, at the very least, invited help from the Russians who were trying to elect him president and sought to reward them for that help. That’s obvious.

We know he is an agent of foreign powers — oligarchy and Illiberal democracy.

(more at the link to Eclectablog)

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:11:52am

re: #147 JordanRules

Breaking (Israeli news): Former Netanyahu advisor Hefetz signed agreement, turns state witness and avoids jail time

ynetnews.com
(updated with English)

Also breaking (in the background in near-perfect timing): Netanyahu’s administration due to unrelated political strife.

Bibi’s career and his administration are about as cooked as one of Trump’s preferred borderline-charcoal steaks…

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:14:48am

re: #181 Archangelus

I don’t know about that article: It looks like it could be (((Jewish controlled media))). /s

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:19:50am

re: #182 Anymouse 🌹

I don’t know about that article: It looks like it could be (((Jewish controlled meda))). /s

You know what, I think you maybe on to something - I was at their office in the oddly-named city of Tel Aviv more than once and while I obviously didn’t say anything at the time, I could swear there were a lot of (((those people))) inside the place… and all around the premises now that I think about it… ///

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:22:06am

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0. New York Times, the lede of the article:

WASHINGTON — As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.

As a result, not one of the 23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center — which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign — speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Russian efforts.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:23:13am

re: #159 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Swallowed a canary didja?

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:25:54am

re: #168 Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch

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“The Obama administration rigged the election that I won by not doing anything!!”

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:27:22am
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jeffreyw  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:30:58am

re: #185 dangerman

Swallowed a canary didja?

That’s Homer, he came to us as a foster with a broken leg in a cast. Of course, he is still here, albeit a tad bowlegged. He is more comfortable with dogs than with the other kittehs.

Imgur

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:33:37am

What if we find out that:
1. Trump received money from Putin
2. The GOP received all of the DNC emails directly from Russia.
3. Russia has been blackmailing the GOP with their emails.
4. Russia hacked the election rolls of the four deciding states.
5. The NRA knew the money was coming directly from the Kremlin?

A response to this will require more than impeaching a few people, it will involve punishing one of the two major parties. It will involve serious changes to laws.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:41:23am

re: #189 Belafon

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What if we find out that:
1. Trump received money from Putin
2. The GOP received all of the DNC emails directly from Russia.
3. Russia has been blackmailing the GOP with their emails.
4. Russia hacked the election rolls of the four deciding states.
5. The NRA knew the money was coming directly from the Kremlin?

A response to this will require more than impeaching a few people, it will involve punishing one of the two major parties. It will involve serious changes to laws.

Define electoral interference into cyber-warfare.
Doctrinally put cyber-warfare with NBC in the ‘special weapons’ category.
Schedule and announce an exercise.
Sit back and watch.

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jeffreyw  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:41:39am

re: #189 Belafon

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What if we find out that:
1. Trump received money from Putin
2. The GOP received all of the DNC emails directly from Russia.
3. Russia has been blackmailing the GOP with their emails.
4. Russia hacked the election rolls of the four deciding states.
5. The NRA knew the money was coming directly from the Kremlin?

A response to this will require more than impeaching a few people, it will involve punishing one of the two major parties. It will involve serious changes to laws.

John Harington: Treason doth neuer prosper? What’s the Reason? for if it prosper none dare call it treason.

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Eventual Carrion  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:43:11am

re: #181 Archangelus

Breaking (Israeli news): Former Netanyahu advisor Hefetz signed agreement, turns state witness and avoids jail time

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ynetnews.com
(updated with English)Also breaking (in the background in near-perfect timing): Netanyahu’s administration due to unrelated political strife over two pieces of legislation, the former involving the IDF draft affecting previously exempted Yeshivas and the latter for the state budget, which is being held hostage by religious parties due to the former.
By all accounts, it looks as though by this time next week, the administration will either be greatly crippled due to capitulation or dismantled and en route to elections.

Bibi’s career and his administration are about as cooked as one of Trump’s preferred borderline-charcoal steaks…

At least he (Netanyahu) and tRump have something in common to discuss during the US visit. Their mutual pending indictments.

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:43:52am

Sam Seder has a clip of a speech in the Virginia House of Delegates elected from the DSA, Lee Carter. Delegate Carter is addressing the issue of public-private partnerships and how they do not really address the issues of poverty.

During that speech, a Democratic delegate (Mark Keam, district 35) sitting behind him starts making stupid gestures, then holds up a tablet computer with a Soviet hammer-and-sickle for view by the cameras.

(That appears at 4:35 in the video)

The first comment: With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans.

Delegate Keam was a lobbyist for Verizon before being elected.

Corporate Democrat Trolls DSA With Hammer And Sickle

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Anymouse 🌹  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:54:18am

Wow, I killed the thread. My work here is done. Time for bed… .

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 6:56:11am

For those interested in the Israeli political mess I mentioned above that’s seemingly eclipsing the Netanyahu investigations: it’s all about two pieces of legislation that now have Netanyahu and the administration in a major bind.
The former involves the IDF service draft now affecting Yeshiva students who were previously exempt from service (due to an old law passed in the 1960s).
The latter is the legislation for the state’s annual budget, which is now being held hostage by minority religious parties in the Israeli coalition government due to the potential passing of the former.
It’s essentially extortion - the minority religious parties have just enough representatives to be able to threaten to kill the budget law and leave the government if the IDF draft bill passes as it is (which would bring about the administration’s and new elections as a result).
On one hand, the administration for the most part doesn’t want early elections, and has capitulated in the past to different demands to avoid that. On the other hand, the vast majority of the population supports the draft law, in part because IDF service is meant to be equal to all yet it still exempts hundreds of thousands (and was originally intended for just a few thousand religious scholars back in the 60s); this is an issue that also stems from a supreme court ruling stating that the previous arrangement was no longer acceptable in modern times. Not to mention that it would send the message that no one in the government has a shred of a spine.

There’s about a dozen more reasons both for why the government should surrender due to political concerns as well as for why doing so would be nothing short of catastrophic. In short - seriously damned if they do, only slightly less damned if they don’t.

By all accounts, based on reports from the past couple of hours, it looks as though by this time next week, the administration will either be greatly crippled due to capitulation or finished and the country en route to elections.
All while Bibi - who would have to face potential contenders from within his party before the elections - faces multiple police investigations.

Have the popcorn ready and within reach….

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:01:48am

re: #195 Archangelus

For those interested in the Israeli political mess I mentioned above that’s seemingly eclipsing the Netanyahu investigations: it’s all about two pieces of legislation that now have Netanyahu and the administration in a major bind.
The former involves the IDF service draft now affecting Yeshiva students who were previously exempt from service (due to an old law passed in the 1960s).
The latter is the legislation for the state’s annual budget, which is now being held hostage by minority religious parties in the Israeli coalition government due to the potential passing of the former.
It’s essentially extortion - the minority religious parties have just enough representatives to be able to threaten to kill the budget law and leave the government if the IDF draft bill passes as it is (which would bring about the administration’s and new elections as a result).
On one hand, the administration for the most part doesn’t want early elections, and has capitulated in the past to different demands to avoid that. On the other hand, the vast majority of the population supports the draft law, in part because IDF service is meant to be equal to all yet it still exempts hundreds of thousands (and was originally intended for just a few thousand religious scholars back in the 60s); this is an issue that also stems from a supreme court ruling stating that the previous arrangement was no longer acceptable in modern times. Not to mention that it would send the message that no one in the government has a shred of a spine.

There’s about a dozen more reasons both for why the government should surrender due to political concerns as well as for why doing so would be nothing short of catastrophic. In short - seriously damned if they do, only slightly less damned if they don’t.

By all accounts, based on reports from the past couple of hours, it looks as though by this time next week, the administration will either be greatly crippled due to capitulation or finished and the country en route to elections.
All while Bibi - who would have to face potential contenders from within his party before the elections - faces multiple police investigations.

Have the popcorn ready and within reach….

Thanks. Not a lot of focus on that here in the US.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:02:10am

Those Italian elections are tomorrow?

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:04:31am

re: #196 HappyWarrior

Thanks. Not a lot of focus on that here in the US.

Probably because it’s a relatively “new” development from the past few days and only really heated substantially in the past ~48 hours.

I could write more about this in greater detail - you folks think I should do a dedicated page later?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:05:26am

re: #198 Archangelus

Probably because it’s a relatively “new” development from the past few days and only really heated substantially in the past ~48 hours.

I could write more about this in greater detail - you folks think I should do a dedicated page later?

Yes, please do. Thanks.

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Jay C  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:08:32am

re: #195 Archangelus

[DISCLAIMER]* - but isn’t the main problem in Israel that a new election - despite the “bright spot” that Bibi Netanyahu might be finally given the sack - wouldn’t return a Knesset/form a new Government substantively different from the current one? Or worse, change just enough so that the minor religious parties end up with (even if only one or two MKs) even more leverage over the government’s policies?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t indeed….

* IANAEOCIP - I Am Not An Expert On Convoluted Israel Politics

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:12:19am

re: #193 Anymouse 🌹

Sam Seder has a clip of a speech in the Virginia House of Delegates elected from the DSA, Lee Carter. Delegate Carter is addressing the issue of public-private partnerships and how they do not really address the issues of poverty.

During that speech, a Democratic delegate (Mark Keam, district 35) sitting behind him starts making stupid gestures, then holds up a tablet computer with a Soviet hammer-and-sickle for view by the cameras.

(That appears at 4:35 in the video)

The first comment: With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans.

Delegate Keam was a lobbyist for Verizon before being elected.

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I’ve actually met Del Keam a couple times. That’s disappointing behavior. Even if Keam disagrees with what Carter was saying, better way to do it.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:27:00am

re: #148 JordanRules

Footprints in the dark.

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Thanks for that link JordanRules.

I am going to send that to a friend that formerly worked at Brown-Forman in their accounting office which is (was?) here in Columbus for a long time. It will be a test to see if a former employee of Jack Daniels’ parent company knew of this history. She will find that fascinating.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:31:00am

re: #152 Dave In Austin

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Ooooo. Fried Trump Lawyer Michael D. Cohen seems to be the point this whole conspiracy will turn on. I wonder if he will buckle under or go down protecting His Don?

And it is interesting Carter Page is one of the email contacts.

This is getting good.

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makeitstop  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:34:16am

re: #203 ObserverArt

Ooooo. Fried Trump Lawyer Michael D. Cohen seems to be the point this whole conspiracy will turn on.

Says who?

(sorry, I can never resist doing that.)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:34:29am
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Ace-o-aces  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:35:59am
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makeitstop  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:39:20am

re: #206 Ace-o-aces

There is no place in Hollywood anywhere 4 conservatives-except as the butt of jokes.

Slight correction.

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Jay C  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:40:22am

re: #203 ObserverArt

Ooooo. Fried Trump Lawyer Michael D. Cohen seems to be the point this whole conspiracy will turn on. I wonder if he will buckle under or go down protecting His Don?

And it is interesting Carter Page is one of the email contacts.

This is getting good.

“Fried” or “Fired”?

Works either way for me….

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:40:29am

re: #175 wheat-dogg

In any other time of history, I would have said this allegation was complete nonsense. Now, it just seems par for the course.

I sometimes wonder if Trump tries to be outrageous in plain sight so that everyone thinks it is all Trump being over-the-top, no one could try to do this…and meanwhile he is doing just that.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:43:23am

Christopher Steele is trending because of Jane Mayer’s excellent article, but of course it’s infested with dopes.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:43:33am

re: #177 Anymouse 🌹

Stonekettle
@Stonekettle
FL teacher, Dayanna Volitch, has a While Nationalist podcast. Besides being a racist, she promotes the genocide of Muslims. She also hates Jews. She brags about influencing kids to same.

I saw a report on this White Nat Teacher and she tried to excuse her writings and thoughts by saying it is just an old teacher trick to bring up a hot topic so that you incite people into discussion.

Neat trick eh?

No, not her teaching method, the fact she thinks that explanation would fly?

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:45:29am

re: #210 Barefoot Grin

Christopher Steele is trending because of Jane Mayer’s excellent article, but of course it’s infested with dopes.

[Cough.]

AHEM.

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lawhawk  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:45:49am

Cue the schadenfreude.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:46:38am

re: #188 jeffreyw

That’s Homer, he came to us as a foster with a broken leg in a cast. Of course, he is still here, albeit a tad bowlegged. He is more comfortable with dogs than with the other kittehs.

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Hopefully he is a friend of birds too.

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Ace-o-aces  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:48:14am
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bill d. (b.d.)  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:50:55am

re: #206 Ace-o-aces

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All wingnuts know how to do are whine and attack.

How wearisome.

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jeffreyw  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:52:43am

re: #214 ObserverArt

Hopefully he is a friend of birds too.

I can confirm that he does, indeed, love birds.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:53:02am

re: #206 Ace-o-aces

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Glenn fell out of the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:53:23am

re: #211 ObserverArt

I saw a report on this White Nat Teacher and she tried to excuse her writings and thoughts by saying it is just an old teacher trick to bring up a hot topic so that you incite people into discussion.

Neat trick eh?

No, not her teaching method, the fact she thinks that explanation would fly?

She get canned yet?

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:53:46am

re: #206 Ace-o-aces

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Glenn Beck. Has been that should never have been.

Sure is good to know he has but cut down to pretty near irrelevance. Not good enough though. Having to never hear from him ever again would be better.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:54:07am

re: #205 Backwoods_Sleuth

So much classy very Leadership

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:54:23am

The strange metamorphosis of Bill Kristol continues:

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:55:13am

re: #208 Jay C

“Fried” or “Fired”?

Works either way for me….

Fried. He has apparently entered a very hot skillet on the Mueller burner. I like him crisp and burnt.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:55:38am

re: #197 HappyWarrior

Those Italian elections are tomorrow?

I thought they were yesterday? I read something about them in the NYT this weekend.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:56:23am

re: #212 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

[Cough.]

AHEM.

With many notable exceptions, of course….

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:57:36am

re: #184 Anymouse 🌹

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0. New York Times, the lede of the article:

“Well, if the Russians are going to meddle, they’re going to meddle, and there’s not much we can do, oh well, MAGA.”

/

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:58:01am

re: #219 Sir John Barron

She get canned yet?

No I don’t think so. I think she was just recently exposed by the parents of a student of hers.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:59:11am

Middle East expert Jared Kushner, despite having his security clearance curtailed, will be in meetings with Trump and Netanyahu.

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:59:22am

re: #200 Jay C

Really long-winded explanation I’ll avoid, but in a nutshell:
1) Yes, the elections can always result in a political shift (right-wing has been in charge for nearly 2 decades, new elections could place the left-wing parties in charge). It’s what the current government doesn’t want, since there’s signs of left-wing resurgence after many years in the opposition.

2) The religious parties are generally represented the same way; think of big families where everyone votes for dad in a representative election, but never get votes from the neighbors or anyone else in town. So long as dads have the family votes, they represent accordingly. So the numbers they get are fairly consistent.*
Their main goal is generally not to be in charge but just secure specific objectives like securing budgets & legislation for their communities. So they’ve been in both right-wing & left-wing admins where having them along meant they got what they wanted & major parties got reinforcement on key issues.
In the end, it’s a numbers game, where any figure under 60/120 means the government is dust; if they regularly account for 8-12 together and leaving means the admin stands at 59/120, that gives them considerable bargaining power despite their really small standing.
3) Lastly, due to the Israeli law defining a minimum voter requirement, no party can have just 1-2MKs - minimum is 4 since 2013.

* This is barring splinter groups taking away votes, an issue of itself since Israeli law states that parties need to have a minimum number of votes to qualify for Knesset representation - so if there’s a big party X and a splinter-party Y, then Y can steal away say 110K votes from X and then not make it at all if the minimum is 120K, leaving X with 3/120 fewer seats compared to what they got originally).
My figures here may be a bit off but the rule is basically the same…

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:59:35am

re: #206 Ace-o-aces

Thnk U, @jimmykimmel. It’s official: There is no place in Hollywood 4 conservatives-except as the butt of jokes.And that’s fine. We’ll make our own Hollywood.We won’t be victims, We will not react,We will create.From this, Magic. Life is happening for us, not to us

hollywood used to have a bunch of conservatives

john Wayne, Ronald Reagan, charlton Heston etc - lots more

wonder what happened

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 5, 2018 • 7:59:52am

YAM: IT NEVER HAPPENED!!!

ALSO YAM: WHY DIDN’T OBAMA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT???!!!!

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:01:41am

re: #226 Sir John Barron

“Well, if the Russians are going to meddle, they’re going to meddle, and there’s not much we can do, oh well, MAGA.”

/

There is a certain scary logic in moving the responsibility for stopping foreign subversion to the Defense Department. If we were serious about remaining an independent country, of course.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:01:47am

re: #217 jeffreyw

I can confirm that he does, indeed, love birds.

erm friend of or loves (yum, smack)

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:01:52am

re: #231 The Vicious Babushka

He thinks the Russians were involved…with the Clinton campaign.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:02:24am

re: #230 dangerman

Thnk U, @jimmykimmel. It’s official: There is no place in Hollywood 4 conservatives-except as the butt of jokes.And that’s fine. We’ll make our own Hollywood.We won’t be victims, We will not react,We will create.From this, Magic. Life is happening for us, not to us

Too late

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:03:32am

re: #230 dangerman

Thnk U, @jimmykimmel. It’s official: There is no place in Hollywood 4 conservatives-except as the butt of jokes.And that’s fine. We’ll make our own Hollywood.We won’t be victims, We will not react,We will create.From this, Magic. Life is happening for us, not to us

That’s fine, sir, but I still need you to step out of the car

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:04:36am

re: #235 Sir John Barron

Too late

About 5 or 6 years ago I remember hearing Beck say he was calling for a “Galt’s Gulch” for conservatives because they have all the talent and ability. I’ve waiting for them to disappear, but so far no such luck.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:04:42am

Trump is the embodiment of the Talmudic proverb כל הפוסל במומו פוסל “Whoever accuses others of a particular fault, has that fault”
Every time he calls someone “crooked” he is screaming I AM A CROOK.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:04:43am

re: #231 The Vicious Babushka

YAM: IT NEVER HAPPENED!!!

ALSO YAM: WHY DIDN’T OBAMA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT???!!!!

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He may have started the investigation because, oh, I don’t know, he wanted to avoid the scandal of Russians actively interfering with a Presidential election? Because unlike you, Mr. Trump, Obama actually wanted to serve the country that elected him?

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:05:29am

Trump 2016: AMERICA IS DISASTER ONLY I CAN FIX!

Trump 2018: We can’t do anything about Russian meddling, even with the millions Congress gave me, what do you want me to do? Hire analysts that speak Russian?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:06:10am

re: #237 Barefoot Grin

It was called The Citadel. It wasn’t Becks idea but he did do a lot to help promote it.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:06:27am

re: #233 dangerman

erm friend of or loves (yum, smack)

I was going to ask, but sometimes it is best not to for fear of the answer.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:07:20am

re: #241 Eclectic Cyborg

It was called The Citadel. It wasn’t Becks idea but he did do a lot to help promote it.

Wow, so it was really a thing? Hahahaahahahahahaha!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:09:08am

re: #243 Barefoot Grin

Shockingly, yes. Google “Glenn Beck Citadel” for some interesting results.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:11:02am

re: #213 lawhawk

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Cue the schadenfreude.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:11:03am

re: #241 Eclectic Cyborg

It was called The Citadel. It wasn’t Becks idea but he did do a lot to help promote it.

That one was run by a con artist named Kerodin, once a power in the III Percenter world. His blog has shrunk to a few posts/comments per month, largely because he can’t play well with RWNJ others.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:13:36am

re: #222 Decatur Deb

The strange metamorphosis of Bill Kristol continues:

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:14:05am

re: #244 Eclectic Cyborg

Shockingly, yes. Google “Glenn Beck Citadel” for some interesting results.

I can see it being kind of fun as a III Percenter “Truman Show” for the rest of the country to watch.

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calochortus  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:14:06am

re: #241 Eclectic Cyborg

It was called The Citadel. It wasn’t Becks idea but he did do a lot to help promote it.

Beck had one too. Independence USA I don’t think it was more than a concept.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:16:09am

re: #244 Eclectic Cyborg

Shockingly, yes. Google “Glenn Beck Citadel” for some interesting results.

I wonder how long it would take for a libertarian enclave where you had to have a gun to turn into a crime scene with it’s first gun death a shooting of another libertarian? And, would one shooting be the end of it, or would it just turn into a free-for-all spurred on by the original shooting?

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:16:28am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

Ryan’s trying to bring everything back to “Conservatism can only be failed” territory.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:17:38am

re: #250 The Vicious Babushka

Devin Nunes thinks this Colbert skit is A DANGER TO THE COUNTRY so please do not share it whatever you do!

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Behold my clenched fist of Truth four page memo that is all about the truth about FISA abuse of Trump and dossier I shall not be criticized for the Truth!

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:18:06am

re: #249 calochortus

Beck had one too. Independence USA I don’t think it was more than a concept.

The one in Idaho might have gone as far as to sell a couple lots. It was linked to a shadetree arms fabricator that produces a couple AR and 1911 style weapons/accessories.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:18:57am

re: #249 calochortus

Beck had one too. Independence USA I don’t think it was more than a concept.

Oh you mean some far-fetched idea of Glenn Beck’s to create a special community of wingnut snowflakes hasn’t panned out?

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Unshaken Defiance  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:18:59am
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calochortus  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:19:58am

re: #255 Sir John Barron

Oh you mean some far-fetched idea of Glenn Beck’s to create a special community of wingnut snowflakes hasn’t panned out?

Who’d have thunk it?

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:20:03am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

If only Ryan held a political office that could affect things like tariffs.

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Jay C  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:20:45am

re: #248 Barefoot Grin

I can see it being kind of fun as a III Percenter “Truman Show” for the rest of the country to watch.

Wasn’t another problem (among myriads of others) with “The Citadel” the fact that the site in Idaho they had picked out (bought??) was only about ten acres or so? IOW, either way: fewer “liberty-loving” wingnuts than expected, or population densities up there with Hong Kong squatter-colonies.

A big tell was the fact that “III Arms” - the putative corporate sponsor of this Utopia - advertised their wares as “The Only Guns Specifically Designed To Kill Tyrants” (AR-15 and 1911 Colt pistol knockoffs)…

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:20:58am

re: #252 Belafon

Ryan’s trying to bring everything back to “Conservatism can only be failed” territory.

For this week on the tariff issue DJT is a Democrat-donating plant by the Clintons.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:22:58am

re: #243 Barefoot Grin

Wow, so it was really a thing? Hahahaahahahahahaha!

Well, maybe since their hero DJT was elected they didn’t have to resort to this extreme going galt scheme.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:23:10am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:26:35am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:28:15am

NO.

Next question…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:30:58am

heh

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:34:20am

re: #264 Backwoods_Sleuth

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NO.

Next question…

No. No. No. And Hell NO!

The problem is, Trump is so awful it makes Kasich look reasonable by comparison.

Do not fall for it America.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:34:27am

re: #222 Decatur Deb

The strange metamorphosis of Bill Kristol continues:

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Eh, neo-cons tend to be free market types who don’t like tariffs. Also, anyone who has been paying attention for the last 25-30 years or so as free trade has come to dominate the international order can see that it’s generally good policy for everyone involved.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:35:01am
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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:35:21am

re: #264 Backwoods_Sleuth

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NO.

Next question…

All options? Perhaps he heard back from the Peace Corps.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:36:50am
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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:36:58am

re: #267 KGxvi

Eh, neo-cons tend to be free market types who don’t like tariffs. Also, anyone who has been paying attention for the last 25-30 years or so as free trade has come to dominate the international order can see that it’s generally good policy for everyone involved.

The notable part is Kristol yanking Ryan’s chain.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:37:08am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

2) Paul Ryan is a leader in Congress, which the Constitution explicitly gives power over things like tariffs

im guessing there’s a lot of people in congress who in fact do not understand exactly what their job is, what the congress does, can do, and can’t do

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jeffreyw  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:38:18am

re: #233 dangerman

erm friend of or loves (yum, smack)

I shall leave the interpretation to the reader. Maybe it will spur another enjoyable discussion of “word vs thing”.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:38:47am
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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:38:58am

re: #264 Backwoods_Sleuth

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NO.

Next question…

Define “good.” There’s like maybe three Republicans currently in office that I would consider voting for. Kaisch is definitely not one of them.

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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:40:05am

Facebook isn’t sure. Could you help them out?

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:40:25am

re: #272 dangerman

im guessing there’s a lot of people in congress who in fact do not understand exactly what their job is, what the congress does, can do, and can’t do

As my AP Government teacher said many, many years ago: a politician’s number one job is to get re-elected. That’s all they need to know.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:40:28am
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:41:00am

re: #276 Skip Intro

What… what the…

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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:41:20am

re: #274 Backwoods_Sleuth

Should we also re-familiarize ourselves with the role that the media played in spreading and promoting those smears?

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:41:45am

re: #276 Skip Intro

Facebook isn’t sure. Could you help them out?

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Is Chris Hanson chumming the waters again?

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:42:04am

re: #277 KGxvi

As my AP Government teacher said many, many years ago: a politician’s number one job is to get re-elected. That’s all they need to know.

This is also, not coincidentally, the number one problem with government.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:42:20am

re: #276 Skip Intro

Facebook isn’t sure. Could you help them out?

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Pretty sure the correct answer to that is “the adult man should be reported to the police.”

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:43:22am

re: #283 KGxvi

Pretty sure the correct answer to that is “the adult man should be reported to the police.”

But should you report by Twitter or gMail?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:43:26am
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lawhawk  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:44:08am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:44:13am

Maybe, but I think Jackie Speier is doing a good job, so I’ll keep my hat out of the ring.
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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:44:19am

re: #282 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

This is also, not coincidentally, the number one problem with government.

That class probably started me on the road to being a cynic. Which is also why I tend to want to figure out other people’s motivations.

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makeitstop  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:45:18am

This ISIS propaganda story and the accompanying video taken from a US soldier’s helmet cam is royally pissing me off.

This son of a bitch Trump does not fucking care, and all those assholes who yowled for fucking years about Benghazi can’t be bothered to get even a little mad about it.

Trump, and all his brain-dead POS ‘supporters of the military’ can go straight to hell. This never should have been allowed to happen. Assholes.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:46:01am
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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:46:16am

re: #286 lawhawk

Every day, in every way, Trump comes up with a new way to demean the presidency.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:46:54am

re: #274 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:47:10am
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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:47:33am

re: #277 KGxvi

As my AP Government teacher said many, many years ago: a politician’s number one job is to get re-elected. That’s all they need to know.

If that were still the case, we wouldn’t be in as deep of doodoo as we are now. Job one appears to be to appease massive donors (at least on the Republican side) so that when you ultimately loose your seat due to term limits, infidelity/pedophilia, a primary challenge by an even crazier wingnut, or the election of a Democrat there will by a nice, cushy job on the wingnut welfare circuit waiting for you.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:48:41am

re: #293 Backwoods_Sleuth

These elites threaten our very survival, and to them we say: We don’t trust you, we don’t fear you, and we don’t need you. Take your hands off our future.” #NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. #Oscars90 pic.twitter.com

— NRATV

Wow, sounds pretty serious. Obama and Hillary are coming for your guns?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:49:35am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:50:57am

re: #274 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Thanks Jake. A lot of people read Unfit for Campaign and it was a bs smear job on a good man.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:52:13am

re: #293 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Dude you’re an elite too, stfu. Elites can afford to gun hoard like your members do.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:55:18am
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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:57:42am

At Every Corner, Mueller Finds More Corruption

It was about quarter-to-Frances McDormand on Sunday night when Oscar Twitter was interrupted by what back in the day would have been called a hail of writs from the office of Robert Mueller, Special Counsel. And, as LBJ once put it to a reluctant legislator, it’s like being out on the road in a Texas thunderstorm—can’t run, can’t hide, can’t make it stop. From NBC News:

….

Here’s what all this means. This means that Mueller and his staff have likely concluded now that the entire Trump For President campaign was a corrupt enterprise in one way or another almost since the moment it was first conceived and that the same can be said of the Trump presidency*. It’s the money. It’s the Russians. The whole damn dirty deal is one great writhing ball of poisonous snakes and Mueller seems to be perilously close to untangling it.

esquire.com

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:59:26am

re: #294 Weaselone

If that were still the case, we wouldn’t be in as deep of doodoo as we are now. Job one appears to be to appease massive donors (at least on the Republican side) so that when you ultimately loose your seat due to term limits, infidelity/pedophilia, a primary challenge by an even crazier wingnut, or the election of a Democrat there will by a nice, cushy job on the wingnut welfare circuit waiting for you.

That’s because Citizens United and other decisions have supplanted the electorate with the donor class.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 8:59:55am
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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:00:39am

re: #282 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

This is also, not coincidentally, the number one problem with government.

And yet tends to be far better than all other forms of representation. The problem is when too many people decide they’d rather not participate in the selection process.

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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:00:55am

re: #299 Backwoods_Sleuth

Margaret Hamilton did it better and even looks better than you, Dana.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:02:37am

If a corporation is a person, it should register for the draft when it turns 18.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:03:55am

re: #293 Backwoods_Sleuth

These elites threaten our very survival, and to them we say: We don’t trust you, we don’t fear you, and we don’t need you. Take your hands off our future.” #NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. #Oscars90 pic.twitter.com

— NRATV

So…the scary, oppressive elites at the Oscars are threatening the NRA’s ‘very survival’ but nonetheless the NRA doesn’t “fear” them. And oh, here is a special NRA video where we try to scaremonger about the Oscar award show elites.

/

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lawhawk  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:05:28am

re: #300 Skip Intro

It was always conceived as a money-making operation for Trumpworld, and because Trump was so highly leveraged, this opened him up to needing money and made him susceptible to anyone who had money for him or gave him business opportunities.

What Mueller’s in the process of unspooling is just how damaged Trumpworld is and how Trumpworld is up to their eyeballs in wrongdoing. They’re using everything at their current disposal to loot/fleece/profit personally from actions they’re taking/omitting.

And what’s worse is that the entire GOP has gone along with all this. They too are complicit.

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makeitstop  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:05:39am

re: #306 Sir John Barron

So…the scary, oppressive elites at the Oscars are threatening the NRA’s ‘very survival’ but nonetheless the NRA doesn’t “fear” them. And oh, here is a special NRA video where we try to scaremonger about the Oscar award show elites.

/

I have to admit, I love seeing the NRA so completely shook.

And I love more that it’s a bunch of high school kids without guns that are doing it.

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lawhawk  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:06:26am
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CongoJack  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:06:33am

Just heard on the radio news update that the FL teacher who had the White Nationalist podcast is suspended pending and investigation into the matter.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:09:00am

re: #308 makeitstop

I have to admit, I love seeing the NRA so completely shook.

And I love more that it’s a bunch of high school kids without guns that are doing it.

You’re trying to kill us but, but, but we’re not Afraid! I said we’re not afraid! You’re trying to kill our survival!!!

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wrenchwench  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:09:31am

re: #305 Decatur Deb

If a corporation is a person, it should register for the draft when it turns 18.

Do they require that of women yet? Should they?

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:09:38am

re: #306 Sir John Barron

So…the scary, oppressive elites at the Oscars are threatening the NRA’s ‘very survival’ but nonetheless the NRA doesn’t “fear” them. And oh, here is a special NRA video where we try to scaremonger about the Oscar award show elites.

/

If you used the subjunctive, you would be NRA-elite.

(This statement is self-evidently elite.)

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:09:43am

re: #302 Backwoods_Sleuth

Apparently European cars sell better in Japan than American cars. It probably has something to do with consumers there wanting more fuel efficient cars and smaller cars to deal with smaller roads in Japan.

The US is something of a unique market since most of our cities were built, historically, recently. We tend to have wider roads in general. I mean, hell, all you have to do is watch a few episodes of The Grand Tour (or older episodes of Top Gear) and watch them try to navigate through old cities.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:11:09am

re: #307 lawhawk

What Mueller’s in the process of unspooling is just how damaged Trumpworld is and how Trumpworld is up to their eyeballs in wrongdoing.

To use a surf measurement, I’m going to say double to triple overhead in wrongdoing.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:11:31am

So did Dana and Wayne survive the terror of Oscar’s Night? I know it must have been scary for them. Almost as bad as the Bowling Green Massacre.

/

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:11:41am

re: #312 wrenchwench

Do they require that of women yet? Should they?

If there is ever a call-up, the existing rules would immediately fall to court challenge from either men’s-rights or women’s-rights groups.

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freetoken  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:12:46am

One of Art Bell’s favorite advertisers:

Inventor’s firm says creator of the wind-up radio has died

Using a wind-up device to store energy was hardly any new thing, yet no one apparently had bothered to sell a radio with a wind-up energy storage device before.

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wrenchwench  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:13:05am

re: #317 Decatur Deb

If there is ever a call-up, the existing rules would immediately fall to court challenge from either men’s-rights or women’s-rights groups.

Can’t we have both?

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:13:54am

re: #319 wrenchwench

Can’t we have both?

There’s that ‘convergence’ in action.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:14:09am

re: #314 KGxvi

Apparently European cars sell better in Japan than American cars. It probably has something to do with consumers there wanting more fuel efficient cars and smaller cars to deal with smaller roads in Japan.

The US is something of a unique market since most of our cities were built, historically, recently. We tend to have wider roads in general. I mean, hell, all you have to do is watch a few episodes of The Grand Tour (or older episodes of Top Gear) and watch them try to navigate through old cities.

There was a joke I heard in the 1980s when Detroit was really getting clobbered about a guy who was given one wish by a genie. “Give me a Japanese car dealership!” was the wish. The genie answered “your wish is my command; you now own a Chrysler dealership in Yokohama!”

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wrenchwench  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:15:16am

re: #320 Decatur Deb

There’s that ‘convergence’ in action.

While they’re at it, raise the age to 21.

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lawhawk  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:15:27am
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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:16:22am

re: #277 KGxvi

As my AP Government teacher said many, many years ago: a politician’s number one job is to get re-elected. That’s all they need to know.

what’s the last line of “the candidate” - with robert redford

something like “what do we do now….?”

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:16:34am

re: #302 Backwoods_Sleuth

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A Cavalier???

I see Donny must know as much about cars as he does governance.

I wonder who fed him that BS story…Carl Icahn?

Note: Icahn is chairman of Federal-Mogul, a very large auto parts manufacturer.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:18:17am

re: #314 KGxvi

Apparently European cars sell better in Japan than American cars. It probably has something to do with consumers there wanting more fuel efficient cars and smaller cars to deal with smaller roads in Japan.

The US is something of a unique market since most of our cities were built, historically, recently. We tend to have wider roads in general. I mean, hell, all you have to do is watch a few episodes of The Grand Tour (or older episodes of Top Gear) and watch them try to navigate through old cities.

We routinely took a Chevy Suburban through the bridge gate of the medieval town of Cittadella. It required folding in the mirrors and a ground-guide.

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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:21:08am

re: #326 Decatur Deb

We routinely took a Chevy Suburban through the bridge gate of the medieval town of Cittadella. It required folding in the mirrors and a ground-guide.

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Why? Why would you do such a thing?

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:22:27am

re: #308 makeitstop

I have to admit, I love seeing the NRA so completely shook.

And I love more that it’s a bunch of high school kids without guns that are doing it.

You, me, Little Green Footballs and 100+ million American citizens.

And the neat trick is they have framed it in a non-political way as far as favoring any party. That takes away the typical conservative ploy of blaming liberals. It puts the pressure equally on all politicians and undercuts a lobby group like the NRA.

The students don’t want to hear it and run right over any of that political BS.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:22:52am

re: #327 Weaselone

Why? Why would you do such a thing?

It’s the only way into the only parking in town. They have a petting zoo, and now the kids know what a “murder-hole” is.

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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:23:20am

re: #329 Decatur Deb

It’s the only way into the only parking in town. They have a petting zoo, and now the kids know what a “murder-hole” is.

ah. makes sense.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:23:28am

re: #299 Backwoods_Sleuth

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dana:

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:31:04am

re: #302 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“we have a carburetor that can deliver 300 mpg”

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:31:27am

re: #304 Skip Intro

Margaret Hamilton did it better and even looks better than you, Dana.

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beat me by a few

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:32:07am

re: #305 Decatur Deb

If a corporation is a person, it should register for the draft when it turns 18.

if a corporation is a person why dont it get to vote?

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:33:15am

re: #334 dangerman

if a corporation is a person why dont it get to vote?

Or receive the death penalty?

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:37:25am

re: #309 lawhawk

Trump is unfit to be president. He doesn’t uphold his oath, and worse - the GOP refuses to hold him accountable.

If a Democrat did a fraction of what Trump has already done, they’d be writing up articles of impeachment.

picture under obama / clinton:

some guy deep in some obscure job in any department - state, epa, education, hud, wherever

reporters start digging and find something literally no one knew before. the guy is actually related to the pres, 6 times removed. they dont know each other and never met.

they’d be screaming nepotism from the treetops

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:37:40am

re: #323 lawhawk

dammit, I forgot to watch that last night. Guess I’ll watch it tonight. I still chuckle over his joke from last week (or the week before) about Germany taking a leading role and the rest of Europe going “No! No! They are still in time out and they know what they did!”

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:40:27am

re: #293 Backwoods_Sleuth

“These elites threaten our very survival, and to them we say: We don’t trust you, we don’t fear you, and we don’t need you. Take your hands off our future.” #NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. #Oscars90

he and his ilk are on the outside of this particular thing
this is envy
nothing more

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:42:43am

re: #293 Backwoods_Sleuth

What’s funny about the NRA focusing on the Oscars is the actors were more focused on Weinstein and changing their industry.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:43:45am

re: #339 Belafon

What’s funny about the NRA focusing on the Oscars is the actors were more focused on Weinstein and changing their industry.

The NRA are a bunch of snowflakes.

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:44:49am

Heh, just caught a bit of The Don with Benji Netanyahu and Trump’s eyes look more puffy than ever. And as lilac-colored as possible. He must have just been sprayed too, the goggle eyes are very noticeable.

How can anyone look at themselves in the mirror and not see how clownish you look.

Talk about separated from reality.

And how does another slimeball like Netanyahu not laugh at what he sees in Trump’s face?

I guess you can keep a straight face if you know you are getting over on Trump.

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darthstar  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:45:58am

$250,000 to build the new embassy in Israel. Not $1,000,000,000.
Trump is off his meds.

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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:46:46am

re: #333 dangerman

I should have added that Margaret also landed real acting jobs, something Dana has never been able to do.

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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:47:31am

re: #334 dangerman

if a corporation is a person why dont it get to vote?

They do, with money.

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BeachDem  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:48:18am

re: #302 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I had a Cavalier once—after my IROC Camaro got stolen twice, I wanted a car that nobody would even think of stealing, so I got a Cavalier.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:48:48am

whoever posted “i eat cannibals” the other day….

it earwormed in my head till i figured it out - similar, not the same

YouTube

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BeachDem  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:50:18am

re: #306 Sir John Barron

So…the scary, oppressive elites at the Oscars are threatening the NRA’s ‘very survival’ but nonetheless the NRA doesn’t “fear” them. And oh, here is a special NRA video where we try to scaremonger about the Oscar award show elites.

/

I took a break during the Oscars to watch John Oliver and his main story was about the NRA and their creepy NRATV crap. Seemed appropriate. (The Dana and the Beet Juice section is hilarious.)

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7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:50:21am

re: #345 BeachDem

I had a Cavalier once—after my IROC Camaro got stolen twice, I wanted a car that nobody would even think of stealing, so I got a Cavalier.

Get a stick.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:50:25am

re: #345 BeachDem

I had a Cavalier once—after my IROC Camaro got stolen twice, I wanted a car that nobody would even think of stealing, so I got a Cavalier.

MrBWS has a 2004 Cavalier and he loves it.
It looks like crap, but the gas mileage is pretty good and it gets him where he needs to go (usually).

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:50:43am

I am fascinated by Trump’s alleged negotiating skills. Basically he’s threatening to breach NAFTA and other trade agreements by imposing across the board tariffs. But now he’s saying he will consider pulling back on them if Canada and Mexico come to the table to renegotiate NAFTA. He’s basically holding a gun to his own head and threatening to shoot the hostage.

In other, more terrifying news of general incompetence:

The State Department has spent $0 of $120 million allocated by Congress to combat foreign efforts to influence U.S. elections, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Despite the massive budget, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has done little to thwart a sweeping influence campaign by the Russian government, and an office tasked with countering such efforts has no employees that even speak Russian due to an ongoing hiring freeze.

Tillerson himself has continued to doubt the ability of his department to combat Russia, and just last month said that if Moscow wanted to meddle, it was “going to find ways to do that.”

Sorry guys, nothing we can do, just going to have to learn to speak Russian, I guess.

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makeitstop  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:52:57am

re: #341 ObserverArt

Talk about separated from reality.

I had limited internet over the weekend, but I did see somewhere that Trump is telling his friends that he believes the public is really coming around to believing that Clinton colluded with the Russians.

That is fucking insane. Full stop.

And the craziest thing is, all these people who he’s saying this too are too afraid of him throwing a tantrum or being left out of those sweet Russian deals or whatever or fucking complicit to tell him that they think he’s full of shit.

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:54:07am

re: #351 makeitstop

It takes a kid to tell the emperor he’s nude.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:56:01am
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Interesting Times  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:56:08am

re: #352 Belafon

It takes a kid to tell the emperor he’s nude.

That’s why the Parkland kids’ troll game vs Dana Muhgunz and Loony LaPierre is on point.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:57:26am
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BeachDem  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:57:42am

re: #349 Backwoods_Sleuth

MrBWS has a 2004 Cavalier and he loves it.
It looks like crap, but the gas mileage is pretty good and it gets him where he needs to go (usually).

Mine was a “first generation” Cavalier—1986. Ironically, I never got a speeding ticket in my IROC, but got one in the Cavalier hot-footing it from Columbus to Cincinnati.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 9:59:06am

re: #356 BeachDem

Mine was a “first generation” Cavalier—1986. Ironically, I never got a speeding ticket in my IROC, but got one in the Cavalier hot-footing it from Columbus to Cincinnati.

LOL! A few months ago, while driving his Cavalier, MrBWS got a ticket from one of the tiny Ohio town speed traps.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:00:54am
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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:01:17am

President Donald Trump’s family hotel business ousted from luxury hotel offices in Panama amid business dispute

IF only we could do that here.

abcnews.go.com

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:02:33am

re: #356 BeachDem

Mine was a “first generation” Cavalier—1986. Ironically, I never got a speeding ticket in my IROC, but got one in the Cavalier hot-footing it from Columbus to Cincinnati.

I’ve managed to get a speeding ticket in every vehicle I’ve owned: ‘89 Toyota pick up; ‘99 Mustang; ‘05 F-150; ‘13 Challenger. I apparently like to drive fast.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:02:41am
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Ace-o-aces  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:03:06am

I have no idea how to process this information.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:03:09am

re: #350 KGxvi

I am fascinated by Trump’s alleged negotiating skills. Basically he’s threatening to breach NAFTA and other trade agreements by imposing across the board tariffs. But now he’s saying he will consider pulling back on them if Canada and Mexico come to the table to renegotiate NAFTA.

He’s basically holding a gun to his own head and threatening to shoot the hostage

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:03:45am

re: #352 Belafon

It takes a kid to tell the emperor he’s nude.

(and fat, apparently)

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Dizzy  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:05:39am

The way Joy Reid takes apart Matt Gaetz is a thing of beauty.

YouTube

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:05:57am

re: #353 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:07:02am

re: #363 dangerman

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“Hey, it worked in Blazing Saddles.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:07:06am
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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:08:17am

re: #355 Backwoods_Sleuth

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when i was in college (‘75) one year someone called in bomb threats during finals week, in the middle of exams - everyone knew it wasnt real - was all for disruption

so they had to keep emptying out the building with all the lecture halls and search it
then reschedule the tests and start over

it happened 3 or 4 times. dont know whether the person gave up, or bought themselves enough time to study

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:10:05am

re: #358 Backwoods_Sleuth

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If you don’t want me commenting on your religion, stop waving it in my face. Simple as that claiming the country is based on it

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:11:10am

so full of shit

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:11:34am

re: #366 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Whoa, this Yossi fellow is really out there.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:13:00am
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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:13:34am

re: #367 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

“Hey, it worked in Blazing Saddles.”

cause he was so talented and they were so dumb

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electrotek  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:14:34am

re: #314 KGxvi

Apparently European cars sell better in Japan than American cars. It probably has something to do with consumers there wanting more fuel efficient cars and smaller cars to deal with smaller roads in Japan.

The US is something of a unique market since most of our cities were built, historically, recently. We tend to have wider roads in general. I mean, hell, all you have to do is watch a few episodes of The Grand Tour (or older episodes of Top Gear) and watch them try to navigate through old cities.

American cars in Japan are only limited to a specific niche (i.e. enthusiasts).

And we all know that you can’t make profits from vehicles sold exclusively to such a small subset of the population.

But there are plenty of big-body Japanese vehicles that are popular in the country. The Toyota Crown, Crown Majesta, Lexus LS600, Century, and the Nissan Cima/Fuga immediately come to mind.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:15:02am
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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:15:42am

Back in the 70s AMC was the only American car company that produced right hand drive models for the Japanese market. Hard to believe that there were Pacers and Gremlins in Japan but there were. The Pacer in fact attracted a short-lived cult following. Another AMC operation, in Thailand, figured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. This featured James stealing a Hornet from the Bangkok AMC dealer and going on a wild chase highlighted by the famous “barrel roll” scene:

The Man with the Golden Gun: Car Jump

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electrotek  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:18:47am

re: #377 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Back in the 70s AMC was the only American car company that produced right hand drive models for the Japanese market. Hard to believe that there were Pacers and Gremlins in Japan but there were. The Pacer in fact attracted a short-lived cult following. Another AMC operation, in Thailand, figured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. This featured James stealing a Hornet from the Bangkok AMC dealer and going on a wild chase highlighted by the famous “barrel roll” scene:

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Well, there was GM with Holden-sourced vehicles for Mazda and Isuzu, but they were the exception rather than the norm.

I wouldn’t mind getting a Mazda Roadpacer, as it’s historically significant being the only GM vehicle to have a rotary engine from the factory. They don’t come across Japanese auctions often sadly.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:19:46am
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Hecuba's daughter  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:19:50am

re: #335 Decatur Deb

Or receive the death penalty?

Enron and Arthur Anderson both received a death penalty

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:20:42am

re: #378 electrotek

Well, there was GM with Holden-sourced vehicles for Mazda and Isuzu, but they were the exception rather than the norm.

I wouldn’t mind getting a Mazda Roadpacer, as it’s historically significant being the only GM vehicle to have a rotary engine from the factory. They don’t come across Japanese auctions often sadly.

Guess I should have spelled out “American produced” as well.

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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:20:44am

re: #371 Backwoods_Sleuth

so full of shit

[Embedded content]

This is totally doable:
1. Borrow millions from investors while kicking in the 250K as your skin in the game
2. Use that cash to make initial payments to contractors
3. Once built, stiff the contractors, default on the debt
4. Remind the contractors and debtors that drones are known to take down wedding parties and innocent groups of civilians from time to time

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darthstar  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:21:26am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:22:32am
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calochortus  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:23:06am

re: #369 dangerman

when i was in college (‘75) one year someone called in bomb threats during finals week, in the middle of exams - everyone knew it wasnt real - was all for disruption

so they had to keep emptying out the building with all the lecture halls and search it
then reschedule the tests and start over

it happened 3 or 4 times. dont know whether the person gave up, or bought themselves enough time to study

When my brother was at UC Santa Barbara in the early ’70s the college library got so many bomb threats that they took to just noting them on a chalk board in case anyone wanted to leave.

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electrotek  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:23:20am

re: #381 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Guess I should have spelled out “American produced” as well.

Australian-built vehicles are badass though. Ford Australia built some amazing vehicles that would have given Ford America a run for its money.

And don’t know if anyone else knows this, but GM also exported RHD vehicles to mostly Commonwealth nations in the 50s and 60s. They were exported from Canada, not America, as Canada is a Commonwealth nation and GM could save money from tariffs by having them built in Canada for export to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and even the UK.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:24:21am

re: #371 Backwoods_Sleuth

so full of shit

Pres says he’s rejected $billion pricetag for US Embassy in Jerusalem. “I said we’re not going to spend a billion dollars. We’re actually doing it for about $250,000.” Says it’ll be built “very quickly and very inexpensively.”

US Embassy, Jerusalem

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:25:23am
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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:25:34am

re: #371 Backwoods_Sleuth

so full of shit

When my oldest was four years old, he would say that everything cost $5. My kid grew up.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:25:39am

re: #386 electrotek

Australian-built vehicles are badass though. Ford Australia built some amazing vehicles that would have given Ford America a run for its money.

And don’t know if anyone else knows this, but GM also exported RHD vehicles to mostly Commonwealth nations in the 50s and 60s. They were exported from Canada, not America, as Canada is a Commonwealth nation and GM could save money from tariffs by having them built in Canada for export to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and even the UK.

We had a 1939 Ford when we lived in Japan, ca. 1958. It was RHD but I don’t know the sourcing. It was a V-8 though, I definitely remember that.

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:26:36am

re: #388 Backwoods_Sleuth

“But why did the Obama administration start investigating us?”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:26:41am
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electrotek  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:27:04am

re: #390 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

We had a 1939 Ford when we lived in Japan, ca. 1955. It was RHD.

Interesting that you mention that.

Ford almost finished building a flaghship factory in Yokohama that would have also oddly enough, made Japan the center of automotive export for the rest of Asia, modeling it after a factory in the UK. Of course, this was in the mid to late 1930’s, so we all know what transpired in that timeframe.

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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:27:30am

re: #379 Backwoods_Sleuth

Even if this were true…solar panel, steel and aluminum tariffs are a horrible way to address this. All it does is raise the prices of inputs for much larger and important industries/industry segments which will cost far more jobs then what are generated. That’s before we end up with retaliatory tariffs on our goods. We get a few more domestic solar panel manufacturing jobs, while losing 10s of thousands of installation jobs. We get a few more aluminium and steal smelting/mining jobs but lose 10s of thousands of machining, automobile and other manufacturing jobs. It’s stupid.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:28:01am
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:28:13am

re: #394 Weaselone

Even if this were true…solar panel, steel and aluminum tariffs are a horrible way to address this. All it does is raise the prices of inputs for much larger and important industries/industry segments which will cost far more jobs then what are generated. That’s before we end up with retaliatory tariffs on our goods. We get a few more domestic solar panel manufacturing jobs, while losing 10s of thousands of installation jobs. We get a few more aluminium and steal smelting/mining jobs but lose 10s of thousands of machining, automobile and other manufacturing jobs. It’s stupid.

But the coal jobs! WHAT ABOUT THE PRECIOUS COAL INDUSTRY?!?!?!?!

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:29:59am

re: #388 Backwoods_Sleuth

Breaking from @WSJ: “The bank used by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer to wire $130,000 to a former adult-film actress flagged the transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department”, Cohen also complained about reimbursement wsj.com

— Steve Kopack

Reimbursement? From?

/

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:31:41am

re: #379 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Just saw that in a local food joint that has a big TV screen near the entrance (usually sports stuff for most of the day, but they always put one of the evening news broadcasts since everyone watches one of them). Literally EVERYONE there reacted the same, variations of:
1) “מה הוא מתכוון גם אלינו?” (“What, seriously? He means us too?”)
2) “גם כשביבי שמה לידו? (“With Bibi right there beside him?!”)
3) “בואנה הבנאדם מה זה דפוק/מטומטם/מצונזר” (“Jeez, that guy is seriously messed up/stupid/*censored*”)

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:31:50am

re: #397 Sir John Barron

Trump.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:32:30am

re: #368 Backwoods_Sleuth

I thought conservatives hated forced volunteering?

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electrotek  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:33:45am

About Ford and GM’s activities in Japan in the 1930s:

Restructuring the Global Automobile Industry

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Jay C  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:34:30am

re: #352 Belafon

It takes a kid to tell the emperor he’s nude.

Maybe the Stoneman Douglas High School kids can provide….?

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:34:33am

re: #379 Backwoods_Sleuth

He still doesn’t understand how trade works.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:35:13am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:36:34am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:37:25am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:38:26am

yep, pretty much this

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BeachDem  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:38:27am

re: #404 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]


Trump’s untrue, upside-down assessment of the investigation into Russian interference
In one tweet, the president gets almost everything wrong. Let’s go line by line.

washingtonpost.com

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Belafon  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:38:48am

re: #406 Backwoods_Sleuth

They really ought to try harder to not sound like Nixon.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:43:06am

re: #409 Belafon

They really ought to try harder to not sound like Nixon.

Yeah, but they can’t, because, well, this is basically Watergate on a grander scale. Here, the coverup might not necessarily be worse than the crime.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:43:24am

re: #407 Backwoods_Sleuth

Shorter Wilbur Ross: None of us know what the fuck he’s going to do.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:44:04am

re: #406 Backwoods_Sleuth

.@David_Bossie: “The American people are sick and tired of this… nearly two year investigation.” #OutnumberedOT pic.twitter.com

— Fox News

Crap. Oh well, guess Mueller will have to stop.

/////

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dirkdigglerjr  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:44:35am

Former Russian colonel who spied for the UK now critically ill after exposure to unknown substance.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:45:53am

re: #413 dirkdigglerjr

Former Russian colonel who spied for the UK now critically ill after exposure to unknown substance.

[Embedded content]

Putinite

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jaunte  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:46:03am

re: #407 Backwoods_Sleuth

Wilbur Ross to Chuck Todd: “Your jobs to me are like pennies added to the cost of a can of soup.”

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Kragar  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:46:28am
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jaunte  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:48:18am
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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:48:33am

re: #410 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Yeah, but they can’t, because, well, this is basically Watergate on a grander scale. Here, the coverup might not necessarily be worse than the crime.

Interesting question: if Nixon (or more likely someone at the RNC) comes out early and admits they knew and/or authorized the break in, what happens? Let’s say Nixon comes out and says something along the lines of “somebody mentioned this as a possibility but I didn’t take it seriously, that was my mistake.” Or someone at the RNC says “I was the one to authorize this action, the president knew nothing about it.”

Stupid Watergate, however, there’s just no way that this doesn’t end terribly for Trump. They’re engaged in a cover up because they know how bad the crime truly is.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:49:56am

re: #416 Kragar

Proud to unveil the design which won the bid for the brand new state of the art $250k US Embassy in Jerusalem…

Mexico is going to pay for that, too.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:49:57am

re: #413 dirkdigglerjr

Former Russian colonel who spied for the UK now critically ill after exposure to unknown substance.

[Embedded content]

Polonium, I would imagine.

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Skip Intro  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:50:08am

re: #417 jaunte

I’m old enough to remember that Trump never pays back anybody.

Tough shit, Mike. Hope you like jail.

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:50:32am

re: #413 dirkdigglerjr

Former Russian colonel who spied for the UK now critically ill after exposure to unknown substance.

[Embedded content]

Sounds like another unfortunate case of Putinitis.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:50:34am

re: #416 Kragar

The irony of this is that Trump’s stupidity/cheapness is going to mean the embassy isn’t going to get moved before the next administration can announce that it’s not actually being moved.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:51:07am

re: #419 Decatur Deb

Mexico is going to pay for that, too.

Nah, the Palestinians will pay for it.

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Dr Lizardo  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:51:23am

re: #420 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Polonium, I would imagine.

If it can be traced back to Russia, Britain needs to do something. Perhaps expel the Russian diplomatic corps?

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Weaselone  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:51:38am

re: #396 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

But the coal jobs! WHAT ABOUT THE PRECIOUS COAL INDUSTRY?!?!?!?!

I would have mentioned it, but I think the coal jobs generated/saved will be miniscule if not nonexistent.

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KGxvi  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:52:19am

re: #425 Dr Lizardo

If it can be traced back to Russia, Britain needs to do something. Perhaps expel the Russian diplomatic corps?

Stop the Brexit process, since Russia was probably behind that?

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:52:29am

re: #406 Backwoods_Sleuth

“The American people are sick and tired of this… nearly two year investigation.”

rosenstein appointed mueller on 5/17/17
it’s not even one year

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:52:30am

re: #417 jaunte

So what is Shaub saying here? It sounds like Cohen did pay the money, and in fact because he did make the payment he wanted DJT to reimburse him.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:53:53am

re: #411 KGxvi

Shorter Wilbur Ross: None of us know what the fuck he’s going to do. we’re talking about

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:54:21am
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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:54:48am

re: #428 dangerman

rosenstein appointed mueller on 5/17/17
it’s not even one year

Yeah but the investigation started in July 2016 which is not quite two years ago when we didn’t know the investigation was going on so we have backdated our sick and tiredness of this investigation to March 2016 just to be on the safe side.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:55:22am

re: #416 Kragar

[Embedded content]

Proud to unveil the design which won the bid for the brand new state of the art $250k US Embassy in Jerusalem…

$250,000 wouldn’t even be enough for furniture if Ben Carson had his way.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:55:56am

re: #431 Archangelus

“People have to understand, our country on trade, has been ripped off by virtually every country in the world whether it’s friend or enemy. Everybody.” pic.twitter.com

— NBC Politics

And by “people” DJT means himself, as he has no idea what he’s talking about.

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lawhawk  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:56:19am

re: #429 Sir John Barron

So what is Shaub saying here? It sounds like Cohen did pay the money, and in fact because he did make the payment he wanted DJT to reimburse him.

Cohen paid the money and now wants Trump to reimburse him.

This goes back to the original problem with Cohen’s statements. Cohen paid off Daniels, which is an act that should disbar Cohen. Throw in campaign finance law violations too.

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:56:53am

New Thread upstairs!

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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:57:00am

re: #428 dangerman

rosenstein appointed mueller on 5/17/17
it’s not even one year

True… it only feels like a decade…/

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Sir John Barron  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:57:37am

re: #435 lawhawk

Cohen paid the money and now wants Trump to reimburse him.

This goes back to the original problem with Cohen’s statements. Cohen paid off Daniels, which is an act that should disbar Cohen. Throw in campaign finance law violations too.

It sounds like Shaub and the NYT article were saying the same thing, so I wasn’t sure what Shaub was objecting to.

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 10:58:41am

re: #432 Sir John Barron

Yeah but the investigation started in July 2016 which is not quite two years ago when we didn’t know the investigation was going on so we have backdated our sick and tiredness of this investigation to March 2016 just to be on the safe side.

so
the senate
the house
(the) mueller
is all one investigation is it?

plus whatever the fbi, cia and anyone else is doing
just one big “investigation”?

//

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dangerman  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:00:42am

re: #434 Sir John Barron

And by “people” DJT means himself, as he has no idea what he’s talking about.

“People have to understand” - is another way of saying “trust me”, i know what im talking about and you dont

“people” dont have to understand

you have to explain yourself
then “people” can accept or reject what you say

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Jay C  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:00:47am

re: #429 Sir John Barron

So what is Shaub saying here? It sounds like Cohen did pay the money, and in fact because he did make the payment he wanted DJT to reimburse him.

Yeah? And for a lawyer - supposedly a smart lawyer - and also a smart lawyer who has worked for Donald Trump before, he didn’t get anything in writing? Or does he know his client too well?
If not, then Cohen is out $130M, and Trump can just blow him off (like he does with every other “contractor”).
But If he does have documentation, he’s just proved himself and President Trump out to be public liars - although that doesn’t seem to be much of an issue anymore….

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:03:11am

Acchhhh! Found another gun I want, though the ammosexual crowd would probably not approve, since it is unsuitable for hammering whole throngs of “others” and, worse yet, it is made in CANADA!
Double Barrelled Flintlock Shotgun

The vent is not drilled on these so they are non-functional as shipped. This allows them to be sold in almost any jurisdiction. They can be made functional just by having a proper hole drilled in the vent, a simple job but one best left to an actual gunsmith. These guys have a whole line of reproduction muzzle loaders and are a leading source of Hollywood prop guns.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:09:48am

re: #413 dirkdigglerjr

Former Russian colonel who spied for the UK now critically ill after exposure to unknown substance.

[Embedded content]

Sending a message.

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gocart mozart  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:10:58am
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Barefoot Grin  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:11:22am

re: #436 Sir John Barron

New Thread upstairs!

Now you tell me….

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ObserverArt  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:24:44am

re: #406 Backwoods_Sleuth

ox News ✔
@FoxNews
.@David_Bossie: “The American people are sick and tired of this… nearly two year investigation.” #OutnumberedOT

1:07 PM - Mar 5, 2018

Nearly two year investigation says Trump excuser.

Uh, Trump hasn’t been in office two years and the Mueller investigation only started after Trump fired Comey which was in May of 2018.

I guess it is just another Fox attempt to speed things up, but you just can’t do that by adding a year that never was.

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darthstar  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:26:21am
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Archangelus  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:28:07am

re: #436 Sir John Barron

New Thread upstairs!

Giphy

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Eventual Carrion  Mar 5, 2018 • 11:40:51am

re: #349 Backwoods_Sleuth

MrBWS has a 2004 Cavalier and he loves it.
It looks like crap, but the gas mileage is pretty good and it gets him where he needs to go (usually).

In fact we just sold our 2002 Cavalier this Saturday. Was just getting too old and rusted out to mess with anymore, even for the kid to drive. Would have cost more than I wanted to spend to get it inspected. Looking for another cheap car to pick up so the youngest boy has something to drive that I really won’t care if he puts it in a ditch :-)


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Day After Neo-Nazi Is Convicted of Murder, Associates of a Violent Skinhead Group Charged With Hate Crimes Travis David Condor, a member of the band Birthrite and head of hate-music record label American Defense Records, was among nine people arrested at a bar in Lynwood, Washington, early Saturday morning. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in ...
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Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea Is Skirting State Law to Funnel Campaign Funds to Far-Right Groups Shea uses his office and campaign funds to spearhead a partitionist effort to split Washington into two states, and may have violated state laws by using surplus campaign funds to make at least $5,500 in contributions to far-right nonprofit ...
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The Outer Worlds - Official Announcement Trailer Watch the official announcement trailer for The Outer Worlds, a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. In The Outer Worlds, you awake from hibernation on a colonist ship that was lost in transit to ...
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The Umbrella Academy When it rains, it pours. Here's your first look at The Umbrella Academy. Coming to Netflix February 15. A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father's death, the threat of the apocalypse and ...
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Elvis Costello & the Imposters - Suspect My Tears The new deluxe album ‘Look Now’ out now, order here: elviscostello.lnk.to Explore more music from Elvis Costello: lnk.to Follow Elvis Costello:Facebook: facebook.comInstagram: instagram.comTwitter: twitter.comWebsite: elviscostello.com Director & Original Story - MustashrikExecutive Production - Whitney JacksonProduced by Partizan VFX Supervisor ...
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VULFPECK /// Half of the Way (Feat. Theo Katzman) VULFPECK /// Half of the Waybuy on bandcamp → vuuulf.com Theo Katzman — vocalsLarry Goldings — piano, composerRyan Lerman — guitar, composer, engineerJoey Dosik — saxWoody Goss — tambourineJack Stratton — drums, mixingJoe Dart — fender bassCory Wong — ...
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Storyhill - Blazing Out of Sight (Live at Radio Heartland)Storyhill perform "Blazing Out of Sight," from their 2007 self-titled album as well from the 2018 compilation, "Stages," live at Radio Heartland.
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How Smooth Jazz Took Over the ’90s You should give smooth jazz a chance. Subscribe to our channel! goo.gl Smooth jazz has gotten a bad rap for decades. It’s often associated with background music for elevators or the soundtrack at the dentist office. Smooth jazz is ...
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Feds Target Butina’s GOP Boyfriend as Foreign Agent Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican politico whose Russian girlfriend is in jail on charges she acted as a covert foreign agent, has been informed that he may face similar accusations. The Daily Beast reviewed a so-called “target letter” that ...
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Police: Charge Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu With Bribery in Telecom Case - Israel News - Haaretz.com The police and Israel Securities Authority on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau and his wife, Sara, as well as media mogul Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, for bribery and other corruption charges in the investigation dubbed ...
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