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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:29:56pm

Geraldo Rivera claims credit on Twitter for “his role” in Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize.

wonkette.com (with video from FOX News Channel)

WTF? That is what you may be asking right now! How on earth did Geraldo inspire Kendrick Lamar’s extraordinary creativity in a small, indirect way, which led to Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize in music for his record DAMN.? What did Geraldo do that in a still, small way helped Kendrick Lamar be not only the first hip-hop artist, but also the first non-classical or jazz artist, to win a Pulitzer in music?

OH THAT’S RIGHT, GERALDO SAID SOME RACIST SHIT ON FOX NEWS. Is that very surprising to you? Is it shocking that the world’s best selfie-taker who thinks guns didn’t kill Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin’s hoodie killed Trayvon Martin (and maybe a LITTLE BIT of George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, but ALSO HOODIES) said some really racist shit on Fox News about Kendrick Lamar, and about hip-hop in general, samples of which ended up on Lamar’s groundbreaking, Pulitzer Fucking Prize-winning record DAMN.?

Let’s get into our time machine and travel to Geraldo’s remarks on Fox about Lamar’s incredible performance of “Alright” at the 2015 BET Awards. We will transcribe, because we want you to know exactly what Geraldo’s important contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer was:

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HappyWarrior  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:33:41pm

re: #1 Anymouse 🌹

Geraldo Rivera claims credit on Twitter for “his role” in Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize.

wonkette.com (with video from FOX News Channel)

Modest guy isn’t he? No wonder why Rivera is pals with Trump.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:38:12pm

re: #2 HappyWarrior

Modest guy isn’t he? No wonder why Rivera is pals with Trump.

It’s like if George Zimmerman became a spokesman for Skittles.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:45:21pm

You got anything on this, Teleskiguy?

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darthstar  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:48:35pm
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teleskiguy  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:52:01pm

re: #4 Anymouse 🌹

School districts are largely funded by property taxes in Colorado, has been that way for a long time. There are very good schools in wealthy places and bad schools with high turnover in poor areas. It’s been a sad fact of life in Colorado for decades. My pops got lucky and taught for the last 31 years in a nice neighborhood near some world class skiing.

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freetoken  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:55:02pm

re: #4 Anymouse 🌹

When looking at these teacher movements currently going on, for better pay and better schools, the word that pops into my mind is “inflation”.

Now, from Reagan onward the “conservatives” in this country have tried to undermine public education, including not raising spending commensurate with increased demands (population growth) and the cost of things (labor, goods).

That latter is about inflation, and it seems to me that after several years of low to moderate inflation we may be on the verge of larger inflation.

If so, then those of us retired will have an increasingly difficult time.

One of the most damning things about the recent tax law changes is that by reducing taxes on the rich these same people will benefit from increased returns on their income determined by interest rates.

This is the old problem of the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer. One way the rich get richer is that they can charge (to the poorer) a higher cost for the temporary use (i.e., to “borrow”) of the rich people’s wealth (assets.)

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 9:58:01pm

re: #7 freetoken

It would also appear part of the problem is the usual conservative rodent copulation of public pensions in Colorado.

denverpost.com

Scott Silva, an Englewood High School English teacher, said he and his colleagues had support from the administration because the district is struggling to keep up financially. He recently used a social media fundraising site to buy new books for his literature classes.

Colorado is too wealthy of a state to have underfunded schools, he said. He rattled off statistics from the National Education Association that show Colorado was near the bottom in per-pupil-funding, spending about $2,700 less per student than the national average.

Colorado teachers also are paid less than the national average; the average salary of $46,155 in 2016 ranks 46th among states and Washington D.C., according to the National Education Association.

“It shouldn’t be this way in a state like Colorado where there’s a budget surplus,” Silva said. “Let’s start taking care of the kids a little bit.”

The teachers lined out the door Monday afternoon to attend a House Finance Committee hearing on Senate Bill 200, which would cut public employee retirement benefits to shore up PERA, the state retirement plan.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:02:31pm

It never ceases to amaze me that in the race to slash the fuck out of budgets, education is so severely targeted.

Surely there must be plenty of wasteful spending we could curb before screwing kids out of decent textbooks?

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teleskiguy  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:02:41pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:03:47pm

re: #8 Anymouse 🌹

Wow, teachers in my little red state to the north of Colorado get paid considerably more.

teachingdegree.org

There are unusual perks for certain rural areas that have one-room schools … such as an attached house provided by the school district for the teacher to live in such a rural place. (Cherry County has several such schools, and is constantly looking for teachers for them. They require experienced teachers as they would be very isolated from Valentine, the only town.)

My brother-in-law in Texas is considering moving here to teach in such an environment … he thinks it would be more challenging, pay better, and be less stressful.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:04:27pm
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electrotek  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:20:17pm

Why do people still think it’s okay to use the term “Jap” to describe anything pertaining to Japan or its culture?

I see this STILL used A LOT in the automotive community and it really pisses me the fuck off because it’s obviously not 1942 anymore.

If some British tells me that the word “Jap” is short for Japanese the same way that Brit is, I’m gonna explode in anger. They need to know that the term “Jap” has a loaded history the same way “Paki” does in their own country.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:23:10pm

Snowflake files lawsuit against Worldcon for being banned by them

file770.com

Jon Del Arroz filed suit on April 16 against the 2018 Worldcon and other defendants in San Joaquin Superior Court asking damages for claimed violations of his civil rights under California’s Unruh act, and for defamation.

The first 23 paragraphs of the Complaint lay out the history of Del Arroz’ banning by Worldcon 76 from his point of view, and allegations that he was banned because he is a Republican and Trump supporter.

Several of the causes of action quote from Worldcon 76’s announcement banning Del Arroz from the con, which said in part:

We have taken this step because he has made it clear that he fully intends to break our code of conduct. Worldcon 76 strives to be an inclusive place in fandom, as difficult as that can be, and racist and bullying behavior is not acceptable at our Worldcon. This expulsion is one step toward eliminating such behavior and was not taken lightly….

(more)

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:31:58pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:44:58pm
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freetoken  Apr 17, 2018 • 10:56:08pm

Speaking of schools and funding:

In Louisiana, there’s a way for the wealthy to avoid paying state income taxes.

[…]

Today, the rebate program no longer exists; instead of rebates, Louisiana now offers tax credits. And while that change represented an improvement, it’s still terrible public policy, education experts and good government groups argue. Now, a wealthy taxpayer can effectively avoid spending any money on state income tax if they decide to contribute enough to the renamed Tuition Credit Donation program.

In fact, according to recent reports by both The New York Times and the AASA, the country’s largest association of school superintendents, it’s possible to actually make money off of the program. “In Some States, Donating to Private Schools Can Earn You A Profit,” the Times asserted in its headline.

[…]

“Louisiana is the lone exception (in the nation) where credits can exceed tax liability,” according to the AASA. There’s very little evidence the state is receiving even a modest return on the investment.

The state first began handing out rebates in 2014, and at the time, there was only one Student Tuition Organization (or STO) that qualified to administer the program, a private, Georgia-based company named Arete Scholars. Their agent in Louisiana was Gene Mills, the head of the Louisiana Family Forum, a religious right organization known for its intense opposition to gay rights and abortion and its support for creationism in the classroom, among other things.

[…]

To many, Louisiana’s program is nothing more than a transparent attempt to publicly fund religion while privatizing the school system. The participating schools are almost exclusively parochial, and many of the program’s fiercest supporters are well-known activists from the religious right.

[…]

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:03:21pm

Bon-Ton Stores likely to close all of its stores after bidding draws only liquidation firms, Reuters says (Scottsbluff, NE Star-Herald), more:

Stores owned by Bon-Ton Stores Inc., including the Herberger’s store in Scottsbluff, looks set to close.

The parent company of the Herberger’s department store chain failed to secure any bidders for its fleet of stores across the U.S. that would want to continue to operate them. It issued a press release Tuesday.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., Herberger’s parent, likely will liquidate and close all of its stores, including the ones in Nebraska and Iowa, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by the Reuters news service.

Bon-Ton’s sales have been declining for years, and after declaring bankruptcy earlier this year, the company struggled to find a buyer that would keep the stores open, said Ken Perkins, president of Boston-based research firm Retail Metrics.

While malls across the nation are declining, Monument Mall store rentals in Scottsbluff are full, and the mall recently underwent renovation. The Herberger’s store in the mall is one of its anchor stores.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:06:46pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:09:56pm

One for WrenchWench, big news here:

How Do You Repair a Bike Tire? One Local Club Will Help You Learn

A bicycle club in Scottsbluff will be holding a clinic Thursday to teach people how to change bicycle tires. They note eight out of ten non-working bicycles don’t work simply because of a flat tire.

They also note the bane of bicyclists (and barefoot people) is the seed of the puncture vine, which is sharp enough to go through shoes.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:19:34pm

On the man who blew himself up in Wisconsin making bombs in his kitchen (causing the fire department to burn down the whole apartment complex because his apartment was too dangerous), the police chief had this to say (yeah, sure, Jan):

Beaver Dam police said the white supremacist literature didn’t necessarily mean Morrow was a white supremacist.

“It does cause me some concern but I want to make very clear just because Mr. Morrow was in the possession of this material, does not categorize in any particular light,” Lt. Terrence Gebhardt told CBS 58. “He could have been an individual that was doing research.”

“Research.”

thedailybeast.com

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teleskiguy  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:31:30pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:34:30pm

In odd news:

The Royal Canadian Mint has a bone to pick with its Australian counterpart - a possum bone that is.

The Canadian corporation is suing the Royal Australian Mint over a coin that celebrates the popular Possum Magic children’s book series.

Their issue is not with the furry marsupial but with Australia’s method for printing colour on to coins, for which Canada claims to own the patent.

But Australia claims it uses different methods, court documents show.

Canada first sued the Royal Australian Mint in an Australian Federal Court last December over an Australian Remembrance Day commemorative coin.

The AU$2 ($1.50, £1) coin bears a vermillion poppy at its centre, and Canada claims it infringes on its patent for the method of manufacturing coloured metallic coins.

In March, the Canadian mint filed additional court documents claiming there were five other infringing coins, including two more Remembrance Day coins and the Possum Magic coin, which was released through the Woolworths chain of supermarkets in 2017.

(more)

bbc.com

Also, a CAN$1,000,000 gold coin has been stolen from a museum in Berlin. The coin weighs 100 kg and is 50 centimeters in diameter.

bbc.com

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:41:17pm

re: #22 teleskiguy

Do you just send these playlist updates out, or do you have a program that links to YouTube or Spotify or something and does it for you?

(I only have a program that changes pictures of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, or other known white supremacists to kittens. Currently it’s changing photos of the “forced birther” outed as a white power supporter.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:43:04pm

re: #9 Eclectic Cyborg

It never ceases to amaze me that in the race to slash the fuck out of budgets, education is so severely targeted.

Surely there must be plenty of wasteful spending we could curb before screwing kids out of decent textbooks?

When we elect people to “run government like a business” they look on things like health care, education, public safety, environment, etc., as cost factors to be cut instead of as investments in a healthy, prosperous and well-educated society.

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teleskiguy  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:46:22pm

re: #24 Anymouse 🌹

I send out song whenever.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:49:18pm

Rude Pundit’s Twitter feed filling with derp:

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teleskiguy  Apr 17, 2018 • 11:55:13pm

My # NowPlaying search on Twitter. It’s a bunch of songs.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:07:47am

re: #27 Anymouse 🌹

You really do or you’d have a child molester representing your state in the Senate.

You really do or you would still have human slavery, for fuck’s sake.

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teleskiguy  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:11:16am
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:14:36am

re: #28 teleskiguy

My # NowPlaying search on Twitter. It’s a bunch of songs.

Is that your personal hashtag? I don’t see anyone else on there… . Interesting selection of music (some I am not familiar with).

I don’t see the Statler Bros. listed. /s

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:18:37am

Fits the current administration …

open.spotify.com

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teleskiguy  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:20:26am

re: #31 Anymouse 🌹

Is that your personal hashtag?

Yes. On Twitter.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:22:18am

Turns out Spotify embed codes don’t work here. Link fixed.

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freetoken  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:25:23am

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹

On the man who blew himself up in Wisconsin making bombs in his kitchen (causing the fire department to burn down the whole apartment complex because his apartment was too dangerous), the police chief had this to say (yeah, sure, Jan):

“Research.”

Explosives research, it appears.

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teleskiguy  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:25:25am
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:31:54am

re: #36 teleskiguy

Dueling playlists.

Now playing: “Where’s the Revolution” - Depeche Mode
open.spotify.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:34:57am

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹

On the man who blew himself up in Wisconsin making bombs in his kitchen (causing the fire department to burn down the whole apartment complex because his apartment was too dangerous), the police chief had this to say (yeah, sure, Jan):

Beaver Dam police said the white supremacist literature didn’t necessarily mean Morrow was a white supremacist.

“Research.”

thedailybeast.com

I am sure the most cursory “research” into his personal or on-line profile would shed a lot of light on that subject.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:35:17am

A+ thread right here.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:36:09am

re: #38 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am sure the most cursory “research” into his personal or on-line profile would shed a lot of light on that subject.

Well, you know how hard it is to search a white terrorist’s patriot’s pages, especially when you post pictures of the clean-cut guy in a tux.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:44:48am

re: #39 goddamnedfrank

Wow. Meth’s a helluva drug. And that poor guy locking his keys in his car while a police raid was on … trying to get a telephone book to call his school because a real telephone looked like an alien object …

Now playing: “Saved” - An Atheist Album - Shelley Segal
open.spotify.com

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:52:31am

Time for bed … I have a trip to Cheyenne tomorrow (assuming the gale will die down enough I can drive my car). G’night y’all.

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:58:19am

re: #39 goddamnedfrank

That’s absolutely amazing. Would make a great Coen brothers movie.

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Ace-o-aces  Apr 18, 2018 • 1:02:58am

Owning the libs by…supporting socialism?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 1:14:52am

re: #44 Ace-o-aces

Turning Point USA posted this image of Nelson Mandela on Facebook with the hashtag “#BigGovSucks” and this might be even dumber than the diaper thing

They just look on it differently, namely, all they see is “Poverty…can be removed by the action of human beings” and interpret that as that “people are poor because they are lazy”

Just like folks who think “Born in the USA” is a patriotic, pro-America song.

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 1:20:51am

I’m going to kvetch about my day, so skip if you don’t want to read about petty teacher kvetching about colleagues.

This week, we are giving the freshman classes their midterm exams, and part of those exams involve listening exercises. Another teacher found some ESL recordings online and downloaded what she thought were the files. Trouble is, they would only play on the office computers and not on the classroom computers. Nobody knows why, even the self-described IT maven who heads our team. He said he even tried changing the filetype to mp3, but they still would not play on the classroom computers. Everybody is puzzled.

I had to give my exam this morning, so yesterday I asked if we had managed to solve the audio file problem, because I really did not relish reading three tapescripts three times each for four different sections of freshman English. Nope, IT maven says. The teacher who downloaded them is using a Mac and anyway she’s trying to resolve the issue. Since he says he has working copies, I save them to my USB stick. Instead of being around 500KB to 1MB in size, they are only 100 Bytes each. So, I figured they are corrupted somehow.

I leave the office, come home, and try them out on my laptop. They work! But only on my laptop and not on the used desktop I have. VLC plays them. Desktop Windows Media Player doesn’t. Big puzzle. So I ask the teacher who originally downloaded them where she found them. She tells me. And what she had downloaded were not the actual files, but Windows Media Player shortcuts (.wax files). So, naturally our classroom computers can’t play them because (1) they run older versions of WMP and (2) they are not connected to the ‘Net.

I was momentarily stumped. Then I used Notepad++ to open one of the .wax files, assuming it would contain the link to the actual file. It did. i downloaded it. And the other two. There was much joy and celebration. So, I shared them with the other teachers. They are all .wma files, which any Windows computer can play.

Today at lunch, Self-Described IT Guy swears to me the files I downloaded and shared did not work for him. I noted that they worked for me and at least one other teacher. He still asserted they did not work for him. I dropped the matter, thinking, “Dude, you’re supposed to be the IT expert and our leader. WTF?”

Meanwhile, the teacher who originally downloaded the files thanked me profusely.

Not quite as dramatic as neighbors who are meth dealers, but this is China, yo.

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VegasGolfer  Apr 18, 2018 • 1:26:37am

how long do we have to wait and mourn the death of Barbara Bush before we can bash the Bush cabal?

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 1:26:58am

Elephant in the “wild”

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Single-handed sailor  Apr 18, 2018 • 1:33:53am
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freetoken  Apr 18, 2018 • 2:33:30am
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freetoken  Apr 18, 2018 • 2:37:10am

Nostalgia is one powerful tool in the hands of the propagandist.

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 2:51:29am

re: #51 freetoken

Nostalgia is one powerful tool in the hands of the propagandist.

Ah, yes. “The good old days” when everything was rosy and bright, until “those people ruined it for us.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 2:56:41am

re: #52 wheat-dogg

Ah, yes. “The good old days” when everything was rosy and bright, until “those people ruined it for us.”

They were great because we were only aware of what was immediately surrounding us and not what was happening to the rest of the people in the rest of the world

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 3:07:13am

re: #50 freetoken

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Video

I have an image of a 60’s housewife in a knee skirt sailing down the aisles of a supermarket riding her shopping cart…

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 3:11:51am

re: #50 freetoken

My dad had this composition on an LP he played over and over. And it was the theme music for The Red Skelton Show.

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 3:13:21am

re: #53 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They were great because we were only aware of what was immediately surrounding us and not what was happening to the rest of the people in the rest of the world

Or the people on the other side of town.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 3:23:15am

re: #56 wheat-dogg

Or the people on the other side of town.

I grew up at 3775 Johnson Street in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson grew up about two miles distant at 2775 Jackson Street.

The difference? I-94 and the Little Calumet River passed between them…

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wheat-dogg  Apr 18, 2018 • 4:00:28am

re: #57 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I grew up at 3775 Johnson Street in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson grew up about two miles distant at 2775 Jackson Street.

The difference? I-94 and the Little Calumet River passed between them…

Funny how that works out.
//

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Lupin  Apr 18, 2018 • 4:06:11am

The idiot obviously doesn’t realize that (arguably) the WTO favors rich countries & multinationals to the detriment of labor and the environment.

I swear, if his real name was Anatoli Kalashnikov and his job was to destroy the US, he couldn’t act differently.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 18, 2018 • 4:46:02am

re: #59 Lupin

The idiot obviously doesn’t realize that (arguably) the WTO favors rich countries & multinationals to the detriment of labor and the environment.

I swear, if his real name was Anatoli Kalashnikov and his job was to destroy the US, he couldn’t act differently.

He also thinks South Korea was a member of the TPP.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 4:54:56am

re: #60 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

He also thinks South Korea was a member of the TPP.

And again, he can get away with clueless twit tweets like that unchallenged…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:06:38am

re: #51 freetoken

Nostalgia is one powerful tool in the hands of the propagandist.

It is. And honestly it’s usually for a past that never existed.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:17:04am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:23:43am

re: #62 HappyWarrior

It is. And honestly it’s usually for a past that never existed.

It is for one narrow aspect of the past ignoring the rest of what was going on around it.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:26:55am

re: #64 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It is for one narrow aspect of the past ignoring the rest of what was going on around it.

Yep. That’s actually more accurate and why it succeeds.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:27:44am

re: #63 Dave In Austin

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I shouldn’t ask but why is our supposed President bitching about a sketch?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:31:14am

re: #66 HappyWarrior

I shouldn’t ask but why is our supposed President bitching about a sketch?

because although he has risen to the highest office of the land, he cannot bring himself to rise above anything that involves his name…

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jeffreyw  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:50:25am

Imgur


Good morning!

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Dave In Austin  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:52:50am

re: #66 HappyWarrior

I shouldn’t ask but why is our supposed President bitching about a sketch?

Flop sweat and stress poops.

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steve_davis  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:53:52am

re: #5 darthstar

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I would possibly kill to have those binoculars for astronomy viewing. It would depend on whether or not I could steal them and get away with it.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 5:54:42am

re: #69 Dave In Austin

Flop sweat and stress poops.

For people who claim we’re “triggered”, Trumpers worship one thin skinned sob.

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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:11:40am

Good morning.
Executive wisdom-Want to make City Hall laugh? Submit your plans.

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Eventual Carrion  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:37:58am

re: #9 Eclectic Cyborg

It never ceases to amaze me that in the race to slash the fuck out of budgets, education is so severely targeted.

Surely there must be plenty of wasteful spending we could curb before screwing kids out of decent textbooks?

Like elected politicians health benefits and pensions.

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Mattand  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:49:11am

re: #73 Eventual Carrion

Like elected politicians health benefits and pensions.

I said the other day to someone if we pulled, like, 2% off of the military budget, we could probably provide education and healthcare to everyone. Like a normal Western industrialized nation.

I pulled that number out of my exhaust port, but I’m willing to bet we could shave some money from the military, and still have enough cash to take care of our own citizens, as well as destroy the world seven time over.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:52:39am

re: #74 Mattand

I said the other day to someone if we pulled, like, 2% off of the military budget, we could probably provide education and healthcare to everyone. Like a normal Western industrialized nation.

I pulled that number out of my exhaust port, but I’m willing to bet we could shave some money from the military, and still have enough cash to take care of our own citizens, as well as destroy the world seven time over.

And we need to, because, if we don’t, that military we’re spending so much money on won’t have soldiers capable of operating it.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:55:29am

re: #25 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

When we elect people to “run government like a business” they look on things like health care, education, public safety, environment, etc., as cost factors to be cut instead of as investments in a healthy, prosperous and well-educated society.

While furnishing my office and traveling in style and extravagantly as necessities

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:55:56am

re: #74 Mattand

I said the other day to someone if we pulled, like, 2% off of the military budget, we could probably provide education and healthcare to everyone. Like a normal Western industrialized nation.

I pulled that number out of my exhaust port, but I’m willing to bet we could shave some money from the military, and still have enough cash to take care of our own citizens, as well as destroy the world seven time over.

One Tomahawk cruise missile costs $1.8 million. I did the math, at an average salary of $55K per year, that would hire around 30 teachers for a year.

We launched around 90 cruise missiles at Syria last week.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:56:51am

re: #27 Anymouse 🌹

Rude Pundit’s Twitter feed filling with derp:

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Alabama governor defends Confederate monuments: We don’t need “out-of-state liberals” telling us what to do

What about in-state liberals? Can they tell you what to do?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 6:57:43am

re: #78 dangerman

What about in-state liberals? Can they tell you what to do?

Certainly not in-state minorities…

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:09:54am

re: #9 Eclectic Cyborg

It never ceases to amaze me that in the race to slash the fuck out of budgets, education is so severely targeted.

Surely there must be plenty of wasteful spending we could curb before screwing kids out of decent textbooks?

The thing is that education is one of the biggest expenditures states have. If you are going to cut, you almost have to cut education.

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plansbandc  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:11:02am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:11:04am

re: #80 Big Beautiful Door

The thing is that education is one of the biggest expenditures states have. If you are going to cut, you almost have to cut education.

only because the military is a federal budget item, to many states, it is seen as a major source of employment and tax revenue.

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NetworkKed  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:11:53am

re: #70 steve_davis

I would possibly kill to have those binoculars for astronomy viewing. It would depend on whether or not I could steal them and get away with it.

…if those are actually along the DMZ as the attached tweet says, there probably would be a significant amount of shooting involved. And maybe a second Korean War.

That said, wasn’t Pence in just in Peru, not Korea? Maybe it’s an older photo, but it doesn’t look quite as… entrenched as DMZ facilities ususally are. So you might like to use the binos exactly where they are.

I haven’t seen a good night sky in far too long. Northern IN tends to be pretty light-polluted (not like a big city, but I’ve never seen the Milky Way in my life.) And cloudy, particularly this time of year. Any suggestions (for someone who doesn’t much like camping) for where to go to see a proper starscape?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:12:46am

re: #39 goddamnedfrank

A+ thread right here.

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omg…I even know about SUV with the three bodies inside that the tow truck driver was talking about!

:D

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:13:35am

re: #74 Mattand

I said the other day to someone if we pulled, like, 2% off of the military budget, we could probably provide education and healthcare to everyone. Like a normal Western industrialized nation.

I pulled that number out of my exhaust port, but I’m willing to bet we could shave some money from the military, and still have enough cash to take care of our own citizens, as well as destroy the world seven time over.

Any money you cut from defense means lost jobs//s

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CongoJack  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:16:00am

re: #4 Anymouse 🌹

You got anything on this, Teleskiguy?

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I’m in a conservative area of CO (though it is changing rapidly). We all wore red yesterday to show support. The issue is so few teachers (in this area) are part of the union because teachers get paid so little that the $80 a month is too much for some to join. The legal MJ money doesn’t seem to be reaching schools outside Denver and the only part of the education system that is required at the state level to be funded is K-12. Keep in mind the CO economy is booming but because of TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights - aka the worst idea ever) the extra money cannot be used for anything needed unless it was mentioned when the tax revenue was passed. Thus the Rs are trying to destroy the pension (PERA) which is well funded and not tied to the stock market (they are trying to privatize and raid it).

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:16:35am

re: #85 dangerman

Any money you cut from defense means lost jobs//s

PS any money cut from education means flexibility and freedom! //S

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:19:52am
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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:22:39am

McConnell: I won’t put legislation to protect Mueller on Senate floor

though from electoral-vote.comhe

has said he will bring Pompeo up before the full Senate regardless of the Committee’s recommendation. That will be the first time that’s happened since 1925, and it may be the first time it’s ever happened—1925 is just the year that committee votes went from being strictly confidential to being publicly announced. So, it will be up to the 79 senators who are not on the Foreign Relations Committee to decide what they think about Pompeo’s qualifications, and how they feel about his extracurricular work in North Korea

my bold
eta to fix the bold

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:26:30am

still full of shite

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b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:26:44am

re: #89 dangerman

McConnell: I won’t put legislation to protect Mueller on Senate floor

though from electoral-vote.com he

my bold

We don’t need to confirm him, he has already proven that he is willing to do the job for free regardless. How does Trump find all of these guys who will work for free?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:30:05am

Fuck Trump.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:32:27am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:33:29am
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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:33:40am

re: #90 Backwoods_Sleuth

Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!

— Donald J. Trump

Dude, you’re on record saying it was the reason.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:34:09am

re: #91 b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)

We don’t need to confirm him, he has already proven that he is willing to do the job for free regardless. How does Trump find all of these guys who will work for free?

i think there’s a lot of inferiority complexes and paranoia going on there

they think the trappings of the job - the redesigned snazzy offices, the travel perks, somehow validate that they are somebody

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:34:33am

re: #94 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yep dehumanizing immigrants is a big part of the right wing MO. Fucking ashsole.

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b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:34:51am

re: #95 Sir John Barron

Dude, you’re on record saying it was the reason.

[trump] I WAS LYING THEN, I LIE A LOT [/trump]

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:35:02am

re: #95 Sir John Barron

Dude, you’re on record saying it was the reason.

He’s so stupid that he doesn’t realize how many times he’s contradicted himself.

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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:35:19am

re: #90 Backwoods_Sleuth

There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!

— Donald J. Trump

Says who?

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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:37:21am

re: #89 dangerman

[McConnell] has said he will bring Pompeo up before the full Senate regardless of the Committee’s recommendation.

There are no rules or congressional norms anymore, apparently.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:38:58am

re: #100 Sir John Barron

Says who?

Stephen Miller. He speaks for all Californians.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:39:41am

re: #101 Sir John Barron

There are no rules or congressional norms anymore, apparently.

McConnell will go down in history as one of the most craven Senate leaders in history. A total shitbag who put the needs of his party above the needs of his country.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:42:23am
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Weaselone  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:43:10am

re: #77 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

One Tomahawk cruise missile costs $1.8 million. I did the math, at an average salary of $55K per year, that would hire around 30 teachers for a year.

We launched around 90 cruise missiles at Syria last week.

The US military budget is massive, but no nation uses their military and places the requirements on it that the US does. There’s also massive sacred ratholes we keep tossing cash into, so that cuts ultimately come from other areas which impacts our readiness. There is simultaneously too much money spent on our military and too little, exemplified by the fact we’ve dropped over a trillion and counting into the F-35 program and 100s of billions into the Zumwalt, while at the same time we have ships running into things every other week. We have 10(19) aircraft carriers, but can’t keep our predators from being jammed by the Russians and our cruise missiles from being shot down by 1960s technology. Also, blowing $150 million on cruise missiles is a poor expenditure of money.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:43:58am

re: #104 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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JFC.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:45:58am

re: #104 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

All I can see is Miller’s tweet, but I’m assuming there’s a tweet the last one responds to, something with Gohmert. What does it say?

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freetoken  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:46:03am

re: #105 Weaselone

Defense budgets are definitely about jobs in Congressional districts and states.

Cruise missiles put to work many people in several states.

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Mattand  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:49:21am

re: #101 Sir John Barron

There are no rules or congressional norms anymore, apparently.

For all of the bleating about Obama being a Constitution-shredding monster, McConnell has pretty much become one. Starting with spiking Garland’s nomination. This fucker did it pretty much as a desperation move, hoping that Trump would get in and the GOP could run rampant, consolidating power and titling the playing field.

It’s an ongoing power grab with these assholes. Every fucking day. This is why I got pissy over those two sidebar Pages from a few weeks ago, particularly the one where I was supposed to glean insight from Jonah Goldberg on how to beat Trump.

Every goddamn Republican/conservative is onboard with the power grab, or too chickenshit to stand up and say “Enough”. Add in the nitwit “independents” who have their assess up the Magic Balance Fairy’s ass? We’ve got a long road ahead to fix this, assuming we can.

I guess I should take some solace from Gorsuch screwing Trump the other day, but that’s probably a one-off.

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Dr. Matt  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:52:07am

FYI…

The eggs being recalled will have either 048A or 049A printed on the carton and a best by date of April 2 or April 3. No illnesses have been reported from the Publix eggs, according to the FDA.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:53:45am

re: #107 Belafon

All I can see is Miller’s tweet, but I’m assuming there’s a tweet the last one responds to, something with Gohmert. What does it say?

No Gohmert, which is surprising

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Dr. Matt  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:55:17am

re: #110 Dr. Matt

FYI…

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The eggs being recalled will have either 048A or 049A printed on the carton and a best by date of April 2 or April 3. No illnesses have been reported from the Publix eggs, according to the FDA.

More details here: insideedition.com

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:55:32am

re: #90 Backwoods_Sleuth

still full of shite

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:55:37am

re: #99 HappyWarrior

He’s so stupid that he doesn’t realize how many times he’s contradicted himself.

because nobody in the media seems to take him to task for it

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stpaulbear  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:55:58am

re: #57 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I grew up at 3775 Johnson Street in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson grew up about two miles distant at 2775 Jackson Street.

The difference? I-94 and the Little Calumet River passed between them…

I-94 in St. Paul was built right through the middle of the neighborhood where 85% of the city’s black population lived.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:56:04am

re: #94 Backwoods_Sleuth

Wonder when he will start using “cockroaches”.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 7:58:38am
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Dr. Matt  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:00:40am

I hope they bankrupt this asshole into homelessness.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:01:59am

re: #118 Dr. Matt

I hope they bankrupt this asshole into homelessness.

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He will crawl out of it selling himself as a martyr to Free Speech

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:02:01am

re: #99 HappyWarrior

He’s so stupid that he doesn’t realize how many times he’s contradicted himself.

doesnt know
wouldnt care

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:02:20am

re: #104 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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that letter is footnoted to death so you can tell it’s legit…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:03:23am

re: #117 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Good. Though apparently Mitch doesn’t seem to care.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:03:49am

re: #120 dangerman

doesnt know
wouldnt care

it will be his downfall as soon as he is called to testify before any official board of inquiry: he will be unable to speak consistently enough not to perjure himself

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stpaulbear  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:07:17am

re: #83 NetworkKed

…if those are actually along the DMZ as the attached tweet says, there probably would be a significant amount of shooting involved. And maybe a second Korean War.

That said, wasn’t Pence in just in Peru, not Korea? Maybe it’s an older photo, but it doesn’t look quite as… entrenched as DMZ facilities ususally are. So you might like to use the binos exactly where they are.

I haven’t seen a good night sky in far too long. Northern IN tends to be pretty light-polluted (not like a big city, but I’ve never seen the Milky Way in my life.) And cloudy, particularly this time of year. Any suggestions (for someone who doesn’t much like camping) for where to go to see a proper starscape?

My favorite place for Milky Way viewing is along the north shore of Lake Superior. Are there any suitable remote areas along the shore of Lake Michigan?

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:08:32am

re: #85 dangerman

Any money you cut from defense means lost jobs//s

Republicans only believe in Keynes if its weaponized.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:09:06am

re: #117 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Somehow, it’s still the Democrat’s fault.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:09:32am

re: #118 Dr. Matt

I hope they bankrupt this asshole into homelessness.

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Good.

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:10:17am

re: #90 Backwoods_Sleuth

still full of shite

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Racist shite, at that, with his mention of breeding. His immigration policy is all about trying to keep America white.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:10:40am

re: #122 HappyWarrior

Good. Though apparently Mitch doesn’t seem to care.

If Corker, Rand, and Manchin oppose him on the Senate floor, he won’t pass anyway.

fixed

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:11:51am

re: #99 HappyWarrior

He’s so stupid that he doesn’t realize how many times he’s contradicted himself.

He just doesn’t care.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:12:14am

Something for people to keep in mind: If we manage to take the Senate, Manchin will own the Democrats for the next two years.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:12:26am

re: #129 Belafon

If Corker, Rand, and Manchin oppose him on the Senate floor, he won’t pass anyway.

fixed

Can only hope.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:13:57am

re: #131 Belafon

Something for people to keep in mind: If we manage to take the Senate, Manchin will own the Democrats for the next two years.

I just hope he’s better than Lieberman was. I understand Manchin has a difficult act to balance given he represents one of the few states that still support Trump but he’s been elected as a Democrat.

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b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:14:13am

re: #129 Belafon

If Corker, Rand, and Manchin oppose him on the Senate floor, he won’t pass anyway.

fixed

Did Pompeo already quit the CIA gig? Funny if he was suddenly unemployed.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:15:22am

re: #89 dangerman

McConnell: I won’t put legislation to protect Mueller on Senate floor

though from electoral-vote.comhe

my bold
eta to fix the bold

McConnell only cares about power and not the institutions of government. His treatment of Obama and his behavior as Majority Leader show that the only difference between him and Trump is that his demeanor is slightly more civil.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:16:12am

Obviously, this is going nowhere in Congress

Image for Belafon:
Image: DbEwYb1VQAEmOnx.jpg
(let me know if it doesn’t work for you)

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:16:57am

re: #134 b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)

Did Pompeo already quit the CIA gig? Funny if he was suddenly unemployed.

That would be interesting if he got rejected by the Senate and his replacement at CIA confirmed. I have no idea who Trump would then pick as SoS. Given his love for promoting within, it wouldn’t shock me if Bolton got it.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:18:20am

re: #136 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Obviously, this is going nowhere in Congress

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Image for Belafon:
Image: DbEwYb1VQAEmOnx.jpg
(let me know if it doesn’t work for you)

Sigh this is something that would probably be going into law if HRC were Pres.

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:18:23am

re: #131 Belafon

Something for people to keep in mind: If we manage to take the Senate, Manchin will own the Democrats for the next two years.

It won’t really matter until there is a Democrat in the White House.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:18:38am

re: #136 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Obviously, this is going nowhere in Congress

Image for Belafon:
Image: DbEwYb1VQAEmOnx.jpg
(let me know if it doesn’t work for you)

I can’t see the image, but that’s OK. The fact that they’re putting a bill out is a good thing, even if it isn’t going anywhere. Those are the kinds of things Democrats need to propose.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:19:23am

re: #140 Belafon

I can’t see the image, but that’s OK. The fact that they’re putting a bill out is a good thing, even if it isn’t going anywhere. Those are the kinds of things Democrats need to propose.

Indeed, people need to see what we stand for.

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:19:35am

re: #137 HappyWarrior

That would be interesting if he got rejected by the Senate and his replacement at CIA confirmed. I have no idea who Trump would then pick as SoS. Given his love for promoting within, it wouldn’t shock me if Bolton got it.

Rand Paul would never vote to confirm Bolton either.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:20:05am

re: #142 Big Beautiful Door

Rand Paul would never vote to confirm Bolton either.

That I know but would Corker? And we’re talking Trump here who is stubbornly stupid.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:20:59am

re: #140 Belafon

I can’t see the image, but that’s OK. The fact that they’re putting a bill out is a good thing, even if it isn’t going anywhere. Those are the kinds of things Democrats need to propose.

clicking on the image link didn’t work?

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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:21:05am

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

Fox and Trump continue their projection like IMAX wherever possible to deflect attention from Trump’s criminal wrongdoing on to others, especially Clinton.

This encapsulates the Fox position right now:

Meanwhile, Trump may have blundered into a breakthrough on North Korea, but he’s still delusional if he thinks that North Korea is going to give up their nuclear program.

North Korea wont give up the very thing that got Trump and the US to treat North Korea as an equal and got the US to come to the bargaining table with them.

That’s right. Trump fell for the North Korean position and now treats them as an equal, even though North Korea’s entire plan has been extortion all along. Get the US to make concessions, and North Korea hasn’t given up anything.

Why would North Korea give up the very thing that is getting Trump and the US to bend over backwards to say peace is on the way.

Moreover, Trump doesn’t even realize that he’s handed Jong Un a lifetime power pass - because Jong Un got what his father, grandfather, and great grandfather couldn’t - the US to the bargaining table directly instead of via 6 party talks or via intermediaries.

It’s not a good look for Trump to get played, but Trump doesn’t even realize it yet. He still thinks North Korea is going to make peace with the South and give up their nuclear program.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:24:54am
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danarchy  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:25:09am

re: #74 Mattand

I said the other day to someone if we pulled, like, 2% off of the military budget, we could probably provide education and healthcare to everyone. Like a normal Western industrialized nation.

I pulled that number out of my exhaust port, but I’m willing to bet we could shave some money from the military, and still have enough cash to take care of our own citizens, as well as destroy the world seven time over.

The government already spends more on health care than the military. The problem isn’t spending it is a complete lack of willingness to address costs. Between medicare, medicaid and VA the US government already spends more per capita than Canada does for healthcare. That is more per person, not more per person covered. Never mind the additional money spent by individuals.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:27:05am
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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:27:08am

re: #144 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

clicking on the image link didn’t work?

It still goes to twitter, which I cannot do.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:27:37am

re: #145 lawhawk

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

Fox and Trump continue their projection like IMAX wherever possible to deflect attention from Trump’s criminal wrongdoing on to others, especially Clinton.

This encapsulates the Fox position right now:

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Meanwhile, Trump may have blundered into a breakthrough on North Korea, but he’s still delusional if he thinks that North Korea is going to give up their nuclear program.

North Korea wont give up the very thing that got Trump and the US to treat North Korea as an equal and got the US to come to the bargaining table with them.

That’s right. Trump fell for the North Korean position and now treats them as an equal, even though North Korea’s entire plan has been extortion all along. Get the US to make concessions, and North Korea hasn’t given up anything.

Why would North Korea give up the very thing that is getting Trump and the US to bend over backwards to say peace is on the way.

Moreover, Trump doesn’t even realize that he’s handed Jong Un a lifetime power pass - because Jong Un got what his father, grandfather, and great grandfather couldn’t - the US to the bargaining table directly instead of via 6 party talks or via intermediaries.

It’s not a good look for Trump to get played, but Trump doesn’t even realize it yet. He still thinks North Korea is going to make peace with the South and give up their nuclear program.

Trump is not getting played; he really doesn’t care. His servile press and Trumpster base will support him no matter what he does in Korea. He is a fan of dictators world over and will treat any agreement, no matter how much it is to our detriment, as proof of his success as a negotiator.

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Eventual Carrion  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:31:45am

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹

On the man who blew himself up in Wisconsin making bombs in his kitchen (causing the fire department to burn down the whole apartment complex because his apartment was too dangerous), the police chief had this to say (yeah, sure, Jan):

“Research.”

thedailybeast.com

Bet if he had a Koran in the place he would be a “fucking radical Muslim terrorist” tho’.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:32:04am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:32:51am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:33:53am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:33:58am

re: #153 Backwoods_Sleuth

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If he’s going to treat Mar a Lago like a second WH, he should be doing stuff like that. Fucking ignorant toad.

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:34:28am

re: #150 Hecuba’s daughter

Trump is not getting played; he really doesn’t care. His servile press and Trumpster base will support him no matter what he does in Korea. He is a fan of dictators world over and will treat any agreement, no matter how much it is to our detriment, as proof of his success as a negotiator.

If he accepts a deal on Kim Jong Un’s terms, the US will withdraw its troops from Korea, withdraw the US nuclear umbrella from South Korea and Japan, and then in a decade or two the North may feel secure enough to give up its nuclear weapons. That’s North Korea’s concept of “denuclearization.”

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:36:20am

re: #154 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She’s a very mature little girl. I’m glad she got the puck. Props to Connolly. He just made a fan for life with his actions.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:36:25am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:38:28am

good grief

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout has hit Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory.

Electric Power Authority spokeswoman Yohari Molina tells The Associated Press that crews are investigating the cause. Officials said Wednesday it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power.

It’s the first time since Category 4 storm hit on Sept. 20 that Puerto Rico has experienced a full island-wide blackout.

Some 40,000 power customers were still without normal electricity service as a result of the hurricane.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:38:40am
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Teukka  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:39:23am

Today’s Evening Noms: (Falu) Sausage Stroganoff

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:39:37am

re: #159 Backwoods_Sleuth

good grief

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Maybe the guy who is too busy bitching at Comey could focus on this. But nah he’s an incompetent asshole.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:39:54am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:41:16am

re: #163 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Not a huge Cuomo fan but props to him on this. They’ve done their time.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:44:50am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:44:50am

re: #164 HappyWarrior

Not a huge Cuomo fan but props to him on this. They’ve done their time.

Apparently the NY legislature had just voted down a bill to accomplish the same thing.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:45:02am

re: #124 stpaulbear

My favorite place for Milky Way viewing is along the north shore of Lake Superior. Are there any suitable remote areas along the shore of Lake Michigan?

I first saw the Milky Way when camping in Arizona

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:45:21am

re: #160 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

And remember folks, if you’re not called up to heaven, then you’re stuck here with me.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:45:32am

re: #134 b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)

Did Pompeo already quit the CIA gig? Funny if he was suddenly unemployed.

The Final Days of Pompeo?

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makeitstop  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:46:40am

re: #159 Backwoods_Sleuth

An island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory.

Meanwhile, the supposed leader of this country is playing with his phone.

This is a goddamned disgrace.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:47:36am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:47:54am

re: #170 makeitstop

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:48:19am

re: #169 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Final Days of Pompeo?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:48:33am

re: #170 makeitstop

Meanwhile, the supposed leader of this country is playing with his phone.

This is a goddamned disgrace.

Again, the counter argument is that they brought this on themselves by not working hard enough, which is why they don’t deserve to be a state.

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danarchy  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:51:49am

re: #164 HappyWarrior

Not a huge Cuomo fan but props to him on this. They’ve done their time.

Technically, if they are on parole aren’t they still doing their time, just in a less restrictive environment?

I don’t have a problem with this, but it seems to me that voting rights are set out in law and not the sort of thing an EO could overturn..

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:54:23am

re: #175 danarchy

Technically, if they are on parole aren’t they still doing their time, just in a less restrictive environment?

I don’t have a problem with this, but it seems to me that voting rights are set out in law and not the sort of thing an EO could overturn..

That’s true. But they’ve been deemed fit to be released back into society. I’m not sure if an EO cold overturn this or not but I imagine the governor looked over that carefully.

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MsJ  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:55:53am

re: #89 dangerman

McConnell: I won’t put legislation to protect Mueller on Senate floor

though from electoral-vote.comhe

my bold
eta to fix the bold

I tweeted that for all y’all. What complete bullshit.

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:57:32am

re: #174 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Again, the counter argument is that they brought this on themselves by not working hard enough, which is why they don’t deserve to be a state.

God wouldn’t have let Maria hit them if they had only trusted in him instead of the gubmint.//

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Weaselone  Apr 18, 2018 • 8:58:11am

re: #176 HappyWarrior

That’s true. But they’ve been deemed fit to be released back into society. I’m not sure if an EO cold overturn this or not but I imagine the governor looked over that carefully.

It’s interesting. The governor of New York technically has the authority to pardon/reprieve everyone guilty of state crimes, correct? So technically, wouldn’t the ability to restore voting rights also fall under that authority?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:00:16am

re: #179 Weaselone

It’s interesting. The governor of New York technically has the authority to pardon/reprieve everyone guilty of state crimes, correct? So technically, wouldn’t the ability to restore voting rights also fall under that authority?

I’m not sure about NY state law to be honest.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:01:30am
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danarchy  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:02:45am

re: #176 HappyWarrior

That’s true. But they’ve been deemed fit to be released back into society. I’m not sure if an EO cold overturn this or not but I imagine the governor looked over that carefully.

This is from his own statement:

Cuomo made the announcement at the annual convention of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. He decried the state’s current law blocking those who have been released from prison but are still on parole from voting, saying it didn’t square with the goals of parole and reentry.

“At the same time, we’re saying we want you a part of society, we want you to get back into the community,” he said.

Cuomo had proposed legislation to grant voting rights to parolees, but it was shot down by the State Senate — leading Cuomo to argue the state needs a new Legislature. But he said he wouldn’t wait that long.

“I’m unwilling to take no for an answer,” he said. “I’m going to make it law by executive order and I announce that here today.”

nydailynews.com

I’m sorry, but executives overriding the legislature is not something I am cool with even if I may agree.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:02:58am
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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:05:32am

re: #39 goddamnedfrank

A+ thread right here.

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First time I’ve seen that as an understatement. And for something with under 500 retweets.

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plansbandc  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:05:52am

re: #181 Backwoods_Sleuth

The comments do NOT disappoint.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:12:32am

re: #181 Backwoods_Sleuth

I am certain the the shoebill didn’t even try saying “excuse me”

that is how a shoebill says “excuse me!”

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:12:46am

re: #177 MsJ

I tweeted that for all y’all. What complete bullshit.

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MsJ for comms director

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NetworkKed  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:14:04am

re: #167 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I was in Arizona one christmas break as a kid. …it rained and snowed. Still, that would be a fun road trip, and I could probably deal with desert camping.

Most of the Lake Michigan shoreline I’m familiar with is too close to cities (particularly the dunes - Gary to the left, Michigan City to the right, and Chicago skyline just barely peeking over the west horizon) but it’s a long coast and I should see what there is further north.

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plansbandc  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:16:03am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:16:10am

re: #182 danarchy

This is from his own statement:

nydailynews.com

I’m sorry, but executives overriding the legislature is not something I am cool with even if I may agree.

I tend to agree with you on that since I think legislation is the best way to get long lasting change.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:16:53am

re: #183 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I’ve seen that line a lot. It’s a good one.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:16:56am

re: #189 NetworkKed

I was in Arizona one christmas break as a kid. …it rained and snowed. Still, that would be a fun road trip, and I could probably deal with desert camping.

Most of the Lake Michigan shoreline I’m familiar with is too close to cities (particularly the dunes - Gary to the left, Michigan City to the right, and Chicago skyline just barely peeking over the west horizon) but it’s a long coast and I should see what there is further north.

This was camping up in the forest on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim at 5,000 feet elevation.

And I grew up in Gary, so you can imagine what sort of skies I was used to.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:17:55am

re: #192 HappyWarrior

I’ve seen that line a lot. It’s a good one.

“I wish I had spent more time in the office!” is something nobody ever says on their deathbed…

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:18:01am

re: #191 HappyWarrior

I tend to agree with you on that since I think legislation is the best way to get long lasting change.

However if the EO holds up in court, its unlikely that NY will elect a GOP Governor to reverse it.

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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:18:20am

re: #152 Backwoods_Sleuth

are you going to believe Drump or your own lying eyes?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:18:27am

re: #186 plansbandc

The comments do NOT disappoint.

teehee

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:19:51am
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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:20:54am

re: #134 b.d. (Untruthful Slime Ball)

Did Pompeo already quit the CIA gig? Funny if he was suddenly unemployed.

Look, I appointed the guy to be State to replace Rex, who was great by the way, the best SoS ever. But I appointed the guy so now he’s the State, OK? The Senate has no role, believe me.

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:21:23am

re: #193 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This was camping up in the forest on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim at 5,000 feet elevation.

And I grew up in Gary, so you can imagine what sort of skies I was used to.

A lot of people think the only forest Arizona has is petrified or Saguaros.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:22:02am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:22:04am

re: #200 wrenchwench

A lot of people think the only forest Arizona has is petrified or Saguaros.

let them

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gocart mozart  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:22:23am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:22:25am

re: #194 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

“I wish I had spent more time in the office!” is something nobody ever says on their deathbed…

Nah but she said it well.

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sagehen  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:23:02am

re: #174 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Again, the counter argument is that they brought this on themselves by not working hard enough, which is why they don’t deserve to be a state.

The fear/assumption that something like this could happen, the idea that the US would abandon them and obstruct their efforts to do their own economic development (we told them at the time it was paranoia) … is exactly why FALN had so much support (including violent, terrorist support) in the 1940’s-19780’s.

Before there was PLO, before there was ETA, before there was Red Hand… FALN was doing bombings and hijackings in the continental US, there was that time they shot up Congress, the time they tried to assassinate President Truman and one of his bodyguards died shielding him from the bullets.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:23:39am

re: #204 HappyWarrior

Nah but she said it well.

yes, I liked her take on it, but I have seen it before

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:24:32am

re: #203 gocart mozart

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Sorry American Conservative, I’ll listen to people who actually know music rather than right wing hacks with an agenda. He did and there’s no shame in it and it’s honestly why your ideological ancestors in the 50’s were so scared by his music.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:25:26am

re: #205 sagehen

The fear/assumption that something like this could happen, the idea that the US would abandon them and obstruct their efforts to do their own economic development (we told them at the time it was paranoia) … is exactly why FALN had so much support (including violent, terrorist support) in the 1940’s-19780’s.

I still have to wonder how much of this is active neglect and how much is simply incompetence and cluelessness.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:25:32am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:25:52am

re: #201 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Deplorably Scottish eh? Somehow I don’t think they’d fit well in actual Scotland that hates Trump and yeah TRump is freaking out over this.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:26:20am

re: #208 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I still have to wonder how much of this is active neglect and how much is simply incompetence and cluelessness.

pretty sure it’s “all of the above”

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:26:39am
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Stanley Sea  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:26:46am

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:27:35am

re: #209 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Awful and I was afraid of these things happening. What an awful excuse for a doctor. For fuck sake, let your prejudices go and be a decent human being. No one’s telling you can’t believe gay people are sinful but to deny someone medical services because you disapprove of their parents’ sexual orientations is ghoulish.

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Teukka  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:27:45am

re: #213 Stanley Sea

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:27:51am

re: #203 gocart mozart

On a music-related noted, one thing I learned not long ago is that no one really knows for sure who wrote “House of the Rising Sun”; it’s a traditional folk ballad, and like so many songs like that, the authorship is lost to history. The version by The Animals is certainly the most well-known version, but it’s a cover/arrangement, not an original song.

The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun Mafia III Trailer 3 Casino !!!

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Teukka  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:28:54am

And now for a PSA for you fellow Lizardim:
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Stanley Sea  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:29:07am

re: #215 Teukka

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:29:09am

re: #210 HappyWarrior

Deplorably Scottish eh? Somehow I don’t think they’d fit well in actual Scotland that hates Trump and yeah TRump is freaking out over this.

if that really is Stormy’s bf and not a photoshop he does look remarkably like the sketch.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:29:26am

re: #216 Dr Lizardo

On a music-related noted, one thing I learned not long ago is that no one really knows for sure who wrote “House of the Rising Sun”; it’s a traditional folk ballad, and like so many songs like that, the authorship is lost to history The version by The Animals is certainly the most well-known version, but it’s a cover/arrangement, not an original song.

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I think it’s actually pretty cool how a lot of the Brit invasion bands grew up listening to American blues and then reinterpreted it. It’s because of the Stones that I got into Robert Johnson. Everyone knows the Stones but not everyone knows Johnson.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:30:07am

re: #219 Big Beautiful Door

if that really is Stormy’s bf and not a photoshop he does look remarkably like the sketch.

He does.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:31:04am

re: #216 Dr Lizardo

On a music-related noted, one thing I learned not long ago is that no one really knows for sure who wrote “House of the Rising Sun”; it’s a traditional folk ballad, and like so many songs like that, the authorship is lost to history The version by The Animals is certainly the most well-known version, but it’s a cover/arrangement, not an original song.

But the story is that Alan Price got sole authorship to it and sole rights to the royalties, which led to the Animals splitting up.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:31:58am

re: #220 HappyWarrior

I think it’s actually pretty cool how a lot of the Brit invasion bands grew up listening to American blues and then reinterpreted it. It’s because of the Stones that I got into Robert Johnson. Everyone knows the Stones but not everyone knows Johnson.

I got into Robert Johnson because of Eric Clapton - he highly praised Johnson, so I figured it might be worthwhile to check it out. Glad I did.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:32:53am

re: #222 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

But the story is that Alan Price got sole authorship to it and sole rights to the royalties, which led to the Animals splitting up.

That’s messed up - and unfortunate.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:34:43am

re: #223 Dr Lizardo

I got into Robert Johnson because of Eric Clapton - he highly praised Johnson, so I figured it might be worthwhile to check it out. Glad I did.

I have an Artist’s choice CD from the Stones. that includes his 32-20 Blues and I just fell in love with it. It sounds so raw and real. Plus one of my favorite songs on Let It Bleed is Love in Vain which I didn’t know was a cover. I think lots of music comes from appropriation. I don’t see it as a bad thing really. I mean definitely give credit where credit is due which is what guys like Clapton, Keith, and others did to the old time Blues guy but don’t deny it either.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:35:10am

Speaking of music, one of my students here was genuinely shocked that I enjoy hip-hop music.

I think she may have been under the illusion that white folks don’t listen to hip-hop - at least not here in the Czech Republic. EDM, Drum and Bass, sure….but not hip-hop, LOL. That’s for those other folks (and by ‘other folks’, Czechs mean Roma).

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sagehen  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:35:13am

re: #208 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I still have to wonder how much of this is active neglect and how much is simply incompetence and cluelessness.

The Jones Act is deliberate, overt sabotage. Special tax rules and diluted safety standards for pharma companies if they do their R&D and clinical testing in PR, is deliberate. Not letting them vote in federal elections is deliberate.

(DC isn’t a state either, they still don’t have home rule, they have no senators or members of congress, but they sure as hell get to vote for President and they have electoral votes — they got that from the 23rd Amendment in 1961)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:35:59am

re: #223 Dr Lizardo

I got into Robert Johnson because of Eric Clapton - he highly praised Johnson, so I figured it might be worthwhile to check it out. Glad I did.

Ditto here with Willie Dixon via Led Zeppelin.

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sagehen  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:38:56am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Ditto here with Willie Dixon via Led Zeppelin.

My favorite Willie Dixon:

Dead Presidents

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:39:25am

re: #226 Dr Lizardo

Speaking of music, one of my students here was genuinely shocked that I enjoy hip-hop music.

I think she may have been under the illusion that white folks don’t listen to hip-hop - at least not here in the Czech Republic. EDM, Drum and Bass, sure….but not hip-hop, LOL. That’s for those other folks (and by ‘other folks’, Czechs mean Roma).

The hostility towards the Romani seems to be an uniting spot among the Eastern European peoples I’ve noticed sigh. Honestly, what I enjoy more about music compared to sports is that there’s not as much hostility involved if you have a different preference. Like yeah there’s some bands I don’t like but I realize that”s subjective. My dad, myself, and my brother were talking the other night about how we can appreciate Prog Rock but also the raw energy of Punk too.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:40:30am

I hope no Lizards are planning to come to Prague sometime in the next few months, because Prague is pretty much closed.

Long story short, Prague needed to do a shit ton of desperately-needed infrastructure repairs……so they decided to do them all at once.

Chaos has ensued.

Here’s a photogallery.

zpravy.aktualne.cz

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:41:54am

re: #226 Dr Lizardo

Speaking of music, one of my students here was genuinely shocked that I enjoy hip-hop music.

I think she may have been under the illusion that white folks don’t listen to hip-hop - at least not here in the Czech Republic. EDM, Drum and Bass, sure….but not hip-hop, LOL. That’s for those other folks (and by ‘other folks’, Czechs mean Roma).

hey, hey, HEY!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:42:20am

Kristen Wiig, right?

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:44:02am

re: #225 HappyWarrior

I have an Artist’s choice CD from the Stones. that includes his 32-20 Blues and I just fell in love with it. It sounds so raw and real. Plus one of my favorite songs on Let It Bleed is Love in Vain which I didn’t know was a cover. I think lots of music comes from appropriation. I don’t see it as a bad thing really. I mean definitely give credit where credit is due which is what guys like Clapton, Keith, and others did to the old time Blues guy but don’t deny it either.

i am embarassed that i never read the album covers or liner notes when i was a kid
i “assumed” all music was original to the band/performers
what an eye opener

gregg allman didnt write stormy monday
the allman brothers didnt write mountain jam
emerson lake and palmer pictures at an exhibition (just kidding)
and then it exploded from there in 1000 different directions

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:44:43am

true story:
when my parents got married, neither of their families were pleased.
Dad’s family was bent out of shape that Mom was Rom/Slovak.
Mom’s family was appalled that Dad was Irish.

Both families were Roman Catholic…go figure.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:46:08am

re: #231 Dr Lizardo

I hope no Lizards are planning to come to Prague sometime in the next few months, because Prague is pretty much closed.

Long story short, Prague needed to do a shit ton of desperately-needed infrastructure repairs……so they decided to do them all at once.

Chaos has ensued.

Here’s a photogallery.

zpravy.aktualne.cz

Will this still be the case in August? Some of my cousins are planning to go to Prague after we visit Slovakia.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:46:38am

re: #230 HappyWarrior

The hostility towards the Romani seems to be an uniting spot among the Eastern European peoples I’ve noticed sigh. Honestly, what I enjoy more about music compared to sports is that there’s not as much hostility involved if you have a different preference. Like yeah there’s some bands I don’t like but I realize that”s subjective. My dad, myself, and my brother were talking the other night about how we can appreciate Prog Rock but also the raw energy of Punk too.

A British folkie was telling me that Bluegrass has been co-opted by Northern Irish Folk bands because they do not want to be associated with Irish folk music because it is to nationalist and Republican.

So they go as far as to claim that Bluegrass music was invented in Northern Ireland (its Scotch-Irish heritage is undeniable, but the claim is ridiculous) but now I guess that Bluegrass bands are a common fixture at Ulstermen rallies and the like.

What a fucked up place and a fucked up thing to do with music that is, like almost all American music, a racial and cultural hybrid.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:47:11am

re: #234 dangerman

i am embarassed that i never read the album covers or liner notes when i was a kid
i “assumed” all music was original to the band/performers
what an eye opener

gregg allman didnt write stormy monday
the allman brothers didnt write mountain jam
emerson lake and palmer pictures at an exhibition (just kidding)
and then it exploded from there in 1000 different directions

and the Monkees did not play on their own albums

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:47:46am

re: #233 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Kristen Wiig, right?

Tammie Jo Shults, who landed crippled Southwest plane, was one of first female fighter pilots in U.S. Navy.

a perfect example of why competence / expertise is way more important than gender/sexual orientation, religion and other irrelevant insanity

not quite landing on the hudson
she had one engine and a runway / airport
close though - they were bracing for impact
coulda turned out way different

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:47:56am

re: #235 Backwoods_Sleuth

true story:
when my parents got married, neither of their families were pleased.
Dad’s family was bent out of shape that Mom was Rom/Slovak.
Mom’s family was appalled that Dad was Irish.

Both families were Roman Catholic…go figure.

same issue with my Croatian-American mom and my Slovak-American dad. His family pretty much disowned us after he died.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:48:02am
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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:48:27am

re: #238 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and the Monkees did not play on their own albums

blasphemy!

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:49:44am

re: #241 Backwoods_Sleuth

NEW: Pres. Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen suggests four former federal prosecutors serve as special master to review material seized from his home and office in FBI raid.

this is what flailing looks like

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:49:45am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:50:24am

re: #243 dangerman

this is what flailing looks like

really, who does Cohen think he is? Manafort?

:)

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:50:58am

re: #236 HappyWarrior

Will this still be the case in August? Some of my cousins are planning to go to Prague after we visit Slovakia.

Parts of Prague, mostly in the center, will be affected. Unfortunately, it’s where a lot of the touristy things are.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:51:49am

re: #235 Backwoods_Sleuth

true story:
when my parents got married, neither of their families were pleased.
Dad’s family was bent out of shape that Mom was Rom/Slovak.
Mom’s family was appalled that Dad was Irish.

Both families were Roman Catholic…go figure.

I do wonder if there was some friction when my great grandparents married. My great grandfather who I get my last name from was from a Lutheran German family but his bride was from a Catholic family. She was orphaned by then but he wasn’t. From what a cousin who knew them both told me, my great grandfather was an open minded man who had no problem raising his children including my grandfather Catholic. Must have worked because I was shocked finding out my Lutheran roots. And then my German grandfather, same one mentioned here ended up marrying an Irish Catholic girl from a more tougher part of town. Wonder if there was some conflict too since Mom’s Mom was Eastern Rite Catholic and her Dad, RCC. There was apparently but from what my grandfather told me, his father in law didn’t like that he drank too much. So there’s me, product of Germans, Irish, Slovak Rusyns, and Slovenes, why on earth would I be a supremacist to anyone whether it’s race, religion, or class.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:52:47am

re: #237 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

A British folkie was telling me that Bluegrass has been co-opted by Northern Irish Folk bands because they do not want to be associated with Irish folk music because it is to nationalist and Republican.

So they go as far as to claim that Bluegrass music was invented in Northern Ireland (its Scotch-Irish heritage is undeniable, but the claim is ridiculous) but now I guess that Bluegrass bands are a common fixture at Ulstermen rallies and the like.

What a fucked up place and a fucked up thing to do with music that is, like almost all American music, a racial and cultural hybrid.

That’s too bad. I have to say. I do enjoy hte Irish folk music but I’m a nationalist when it comes to the Irish question. :).

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MsJ  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:53:39am

re: #213 Stanley Sea

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:53:39am

re: #246 Dr Lizardo

Parts of Prague, mostly in the center, will be affected. Unfortunately, it’s where a lot of the touristy things are.

Damn that sucks. I’m landing in Vienna and taking the bus to Bratislava and then we’re headed for my grandmother’s dad’s home village in the Carpathians and then finishing up in Krakow.

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MsJ  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:54:42am

re: #233 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Kristen Wiig, right?

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Jewel Saite (Firefly).

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:54:53am

re: #245 Backwoods_Sleuth

really, who does Cohen think he is? Manafort?

:)

he’s going with “since i’m the president’s lawyer, i should get special treatment”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:54:54am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:55:26am

re: #242 dangerman

blasphemy!

The Monkees never really recovered from reports that they hired studio musicians to play parts on their albums, but they did not have time to tour, make a TV show and record albums.

But that was a time when bands were supposed to be heavy and serious and singer-songwriter bands were gaining ascendancy.

People said they were monkeying around…

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MsJ  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:56:23am

re: #241 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:56:24am

re: #254 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Monkees never really recovered from reports that they hired studio musicians to play parts on their albums, but they did not have time to tour, make a TV show and record albums.

But that was a time when bands were supposed to be heavy and serious and singer-songwriter bands were gaining ascendancy.

People said they were monkeying around…

They did eventually get to perform, and they made the movie Head.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:58:17am

Related story but a positive one. But when my Dad’s cousin got married. His grandmother asked her son’s brother in law, my Uncle the RCC priest if it was okay if she went to the ceremony since it was held in an Episcopal church, he gave her his blessing. I know that’s not a big deal to us now but this was in the early 50’s when there was still some friction between Catholics and Protestants on that sort of thing. Same Uncle also was the priest of a poor black congregation in Louisiana. I never knew the man but his life and actions in it are part of why I dislike the Religious Right. Uncle Bill was open minded to people of all backgrounds. He also served honorably in WWII as a chaplain and bravely confronted his alcoholism. We’re not sure if he struggled with alcohol before the war or the war was the catalyst.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:58:23am

suckup

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:59:24am

re: #251 MsJ

Jewel Saite (Firefly).

Jewel Staite.
But still think Wiig, it’s the eyes

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 9:59:53am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:00:11am
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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:00:19am

re: #254 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Monkees never really recovered from reports that they hired studio musicians to play parts on their albums, but they did not have time to tour, make a TV show and record albums.

But that was a time when bands were supposed to be heavy and serious and singer-songwriter bands were gaining ascendancy.

People said they were monkeying around…

yeah, but they were too busy singing….

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:01:45am

re: #256 Belafon

They did eventually get to perform, and they made the movie Head.

that was an attempt to prove their creds, but it failed…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:03:21am
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Dr. Matt  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:05:38am
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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:06:12am

re: #257 HappyWarrior

Related story but a positive one. But when my Dad’s cousin got married. His grandmother asked her son’s brother in law, my Uncle the RCC priest if it was okay if she went to the ceremony since it was held in an Episcopal church, he gave her his blessing. I know that’s not a big deal to us now but this was in the early 50’s when there was still some friction between Catholics and Protestants on that sort of thing. Same Uncle also was the priest of a poor black congregation in Louisiana. I never knew the man but his life and actions in it are part of why I dislike the Religious Right. Uncle Bill was open minded to people of all backgrounds. He also served honorably in WWII as a chaplain and bravely confronted his alcoholism. We’re not sure if he struggled with alcohol before the war or the war was the catalyst.

The first clue I had that all this shit was too weird for me (way before I was an atheist) was when my mom’s older brother’s family (which was well on its way to 10 kids) specified on their Christmas card that they were ROMAN Catholic.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:06:17am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:07:07am
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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:07:42am

Fucknut Mulvaney lies again - this time before Congress:

The grid was in poor shape before the hurricane.

It’s even worse now, and on the very day Mulvaney testifies about how more people have power than before the storm, there was yet another major blackout on the island.

More than that, Mulvaney ignores that a significant number of Puerto Rico residents have moved to the mainland because the island’s infrastructure is FUBAR. This administration has screwed millions of Americans because of their depraved indifference to the plight of the island and ignored the need for immediate assistance to get the infrastructure functioning and rebuilt.

Oh, and we’re just about 45 days from the 2018 Hurricane Season.

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stpaulbear  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:08:05am

re: #203 gocart mozart

Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips called Elvis in for a live interview when Phillips first played “That’s Alright” on the radio. Phillips asked Elvis what high school he attended because it was the most convincing way to convince the audience that Elvis was actually a white guy. Schools (hell, everything) in Memphis were segregated back then. Dewey’s radio show was an early attempt to ‘mix the races’.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:08:23am

re: #266 wrenchwench

The first clue I had that all this shit was too weird for me (way before I was an atheist) was when my mom’s older brothers family (which was well on its way to 10 kids) specified on their Christmas card that they were ROMAN Catholic.

For me, I remember at an early age thinking there was just some weird stuff about the Bible. I mean whatever gets one through the night but it wasn’t for me from an early age and I know my family while nominally Catholic was resented by some of the more conservative Catholic families in the neighborhood because I only had one brother (my second brother was born much later) and we of course were public school kids. The judgemental bs just turned me off.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:08:27am

re: #268 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hmmm……sounds like some rather shoddy maintenance. Of course, I know that not all metal fatigue can be easily detected.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:10:14am

re: #269 lawhawk

Fucknut Mulvaney lies again - this time before Congress:

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The grid was in poor shape before the hurricane.

It’s even worse now, and on the very day Mulvaney testifies about how more people have power than before the storm, there was yet another major blackout on the island.

More than that, Mulvaney ignores that a significant number of Puerto Rico residents have moved to the mainland because the island’s infrastructure is FUBAR. This administration has screwed millions of Americans because of their depraved indifference to the plight of the island and ignored the need for immediate assistance to get the infrastructure functioning and rebuilt.

Oh, and we’re just about 45 days from the 2018 Hurricane Season.

and he says that while there is an ISLAND-WIDE POWER OUTAGE.
The only places with power are the ones with generators.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:12:21am
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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:12:26am

re: #271 HappyWarrior

For me, I remember at an early age thinking there was just some weird stuff about the Bible. I mean whatever gets one through the night but it wasn’t for me from an early age and I know my family while nominally Catholic was resented by some of the more conservative Catholic families in the neighborhood because I only had one brother (my second brother was born much later) and we of course were public school kids. The judgemental bs just turned me off.

When I was confirmed, it was the beginning of the end. The family we went to dinner with afterwards were, along with my parents, saying, ‘Who does that bishop think he is, telling us to be like Jesus, up there in his red slippers with his gold-encrusted staff?’

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:14:34am

re: #275 wrenchwench

When I was confirmed, it was the beginning of the end. The family we went to dinner with afterwards were, along with my parents, saying, ‘Who does that bishop think he is, telling us to be like Jesus, up there in his red slippers with his gold-encrusted staff?’

I only got out of CCD. It was just a boring way to spend my Monday night. I joke to my younger brothers that as oldest brother, I endured that month so they didn’t have to.

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:16:12am

re: #276 HappyWarrior

I only got out of CCD. It was just a boring way to spend my Monday night. I joke to my younger brothers that as oldest brother, I endured that month so they didn’t have to.

My shit-stirring mom sent me to CCD with questions to ask, like, ‘What about the dinosaurs?’

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:17:07am

re: #263 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

that was an attempt to prove their creds, but it failed…

i saw the monkees (sans Mike) on their 1986 20th anniversary reunion tour at Jones Beach in NY

they played then ;-)
of course they had 20 years to learn…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:17:46am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:18:48am

re: #277 wrenchwench

My shit-stirring mom sent me to CCD with questions to ask, like, ‘What about the dinosaurs?’

I got kicked out because I kept asking about Mary’s other children.

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Sea Mexican!  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:19:28am

re: #178 Big Beautiful Door

God wouldn’t have let Maria hit them if they had only trusted in him instead of the gubmint.//

We do, but most put faith in the Catholic God, not the “right” one.

/

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:20:13am

re: #277 wrenchwench

My shit-stirring mom sent me to CCD with questions to ask, like, ‘What about the dinosaurs?’

re: #280 Backwoods_Sleuth

I got kicked out because I kept asking about Mary’s other children.

You shit stirrers :). I was just bored.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:21:23am

re: #282 HappyWarrior

You shit stirrers :). I was just bored.

we do what we can…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:23:22am

re: #283 Backwoods_Sleuth

we do what we can…

Someone had to do it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:24:24am

re: #284 HappyWarrior

Someone had to do it.

at least we did our part to keep it from being boring.

;)

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William Lewis  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:24:29am

re: #207 HappyWarrior

Sorry American Conservative, I’ll listen to people who actually know music rather than right wing hacks with an agenda. He did and there’s no shame in it and it’s honestly why your ideological ancestors in the 50’s were so scared by his music.

This. So very this.

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:25:36am

re: #274 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Maybe a mixed blessing.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:26:49am

re: #286 William Lewis

This. So very this.

And it’s why in an earlier time, so many of those same types were terrified - and I mean genuinely scared - of jazz.

And of course, today hip-hop makes them apoplectic.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:27:16am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:28:09am

re: #278 dangerman

i saw the monkees (sans Mike) on their 1986 20th anniversary reunion tour at Jones Beach in NY

they played then ;-)
of course they had 20 years to learn…

they played live at their concerts, just did not have time to record in the studio

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:28:43am

re: #286 William Lewis

This. So very this.

TEHY WUZ DEMOCRATS!! DEMOCRATS DUH REAL RACISTS!!1!1

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:29:40am

re: #285 Backwoods_Sleuth

at least we did our part to keep it from being boring.

;)

They had a give-away in each class to keep us showing up. The teacher would write down a number and let the kid guess until one of them got it. I watched the eraser as she wrote. I got it. That’s when I was pretty sure I was going to hell. For being smart.

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Sea Mexican!  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:29:47am

Quick update: overheard that the blackout was caused by an accident involving construction machinery.

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William Lewis  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:30:53am

re: #220 HappyWarrior

I think it’s actually pretty cool how a lot of the Brit invasion bands grew up listening to American blues and then reinterpreted it. It’s because of the Stones that I got into Robert Johnson. Everyone knows the Stones but not everyone knows Johnson.

I got into Robert Johnson because my ex was far more into hardcore blues than I ever was and she had a copy of the Complete Recordings with that photo of him on the cover. I gave a listen and became far more interested in real blues than I ever had before. Still can’t play em worth a damn though.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:31:00am
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stpaulbear  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:31:37am

re: #238 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and the Monkees did not play on their own albums

Jim McGuinn was the only Byrd who played his instrument on Mr. Tambourine Man. The rest were the same group of studio musicians who played on The Monkees records.

Edit: The song MTM, not the album.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:31:46am

re: #291 Big Beautiful Door

TEHY WUZ DEMOCRATS!! DEMOCRATS DUH REAL RACISTS!!1!1

I like how they totally ignore how the deep South went from being Democratic to Republican as if all those former lifelong Democrats just disappeared. And I’ll point out another thing most of the Jim Crow Democrats were staunch conservatives not just on race but on other issues too. Look up the Conservative Coalition. A lot of Jim Crow Dems were Dems but not in line with their Presidents. And I’m sorry but you don’t get to cry but but Robert Byrd when Jesse Helms was a racist pig until the day he died. Oh how, I wish he could have seen Obama elected. It would have been a direct repudiation of his entire life’s work.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:32:13am

re: #294 William Lewis

I got into Robert Johnson because my ex was far more into hardcore blues than I ever was and she had a copy of the Complete Recordings with that photo of him on the cover. I gave a listen and became far more interested in real blues than I ever had before. Still can’t play em worth a damn though.

Dude, I can’t play anything. I just appreciate.

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gocart mozart  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:32:57am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:33:40am

re: #299 gocart mozart

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You know, I like horror movies but I may pass on this one.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:34:50am

re: #296 stpaulbear

Jim McGuinn was the only Byrd who played his instrument on Mr. Tambourine Man. The rest were the same group of studio musicians who played on The Monkees records.

The Wrecking Crew, as it turned out played on nearly all my favorite albums as a kid, from the Association to the Beach Boys to Herb Alpert, Sonny and Cher, Mamas and the Papas, Fifth Dimension, Glen Campbell (who was a member)

basically the soundtrack of my childhood was comprised of their backing tracks to various singers.

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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:35:47am

An optimist’s view of Ryan and McConnell saying they won’t bring legislation to protect Mueller would Ben that’s they are both smart enough to know that Nixon’s Saturday Night Masacre was enough to end his presidency and that the same would happen to Trump. You can’t win elections with 23% of the vote.

But until someone’s in the Republican leadership comes out and says “firing Robert Mueller or otherwise restricting his investigation is grounds for impeachment and removal from office”, I just can’t Ben that optimistic

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William Lewis  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:36:16am

re: #288 Dr Lizardo

And it’s why in an earlier time, so many of those same types were terrified - and I mean genuinely scared - of jazz.

And of course, today hip-hop makes them apoplectic.

Which is why Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize is so very delightful. Only classical and jazz had won that award previously. No pop. No rock. Hip-hop? Yep :D

I’m not a big rap/hip-hop listener but, damn, he’s good.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:36:18am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:37:10am

‘Merica

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makeitstop  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:37:33am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Wrecking Crew, as it turned out played on nearly all my favorite albums as a kid, from the Association to the Beach Boys to Herb Alpert, Sonny and Cher, Mamas and the Papas, Fifth Dimension, Glen Campbell (who was a member)

basically the soundtrack of my childhood was comprised of their backing tracks to various singers.

Carol Kaye tells a story in which she played the session for ‘Good Vibrations’ at one studio in the morning, broke for lunch, then went to another studio to record ‘Strangers In The Night.’

I believe Glen Campbell did both of those sessions, too. That’s a hell of a way to make a living.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:37:59am

re: #288 Dr Lizardo

And it’s why in an earlier time, so many of those same types were terrified - and I mean genuinely scared - of jazz.

And of course, today hip-hop makes them apoplectic.

Absolutely. Honestly the history of music just like the history of any pop culture is forward thinking people pushing forward and conservative minded people afraid of any change. Doesn’t amtter if that’s music, visual art, or whatever medium.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:38:31am
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William Lewis  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:38:51am

re: #298 HappyWarrior

Dude, I can’t play anything. I just appreciate.

Yeah, but I do have a guitar next to me right now and I can barely play a 12 bar shuffle pattern. < hangs head in shame >

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:38:54am

re: #306 makeitstop

Carol Kaye tells a story in which she played the session for ‘Good Vibrations’ at one studio in the morning, broke for lunch, then went to another studio to record ‘Strangers In The Night.’

I believe Glen Campbell did both of those sessions, too. That’s a hell of a way to make a living.

my fucking dream job

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:40:08am

re: #305 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

‘Merica

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Fuck.

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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:40:35am

re: #304 Backwoods_Sleuth

McCain’s husband was one of the founders of Red State. Not sure that means they’re Mercer patrons or just fellow travelers

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William Lewis  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:41:38am

re: #306 makeitstop

Carol Kaye tells a story in which she played the session for ‘Good Vibrations’ at one studio in the morning, broke for lunch, then went to another studio to record ‘Strangers In The Night.’

I believe Glen Campbell did both of those sessions, too. That’s a hell of a way to make a living.

Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones were an equivalent in the English recording scene before Zepp.

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makeitstop  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:41:54am

re: #310 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

my fucking dream job

You and me both.

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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:42:20am

re: #312 KGxvi

Had to edit wasn’t to was due to my phones autocorrect

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stpaulbear  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:42:36am

re: #256 Belafon

They did eventually get to perform, and they made the movie Head.

I saw The Monkees in concert when I was in 8th grade. I can’t say I heard them. All I heard was screaming.

I saw them at an auditorium where rows of seats were brought in for the main floor. All of the kids were standing on their seats, and then they started standing on the backs of the seats to get up higher. When I attempted to stand up on the back of my seat, it caused the whole row of seats to tip over backwards. I remember about 10 seconds of chaos as we got our row of seats back upright so that we could stand on them and jump up and down again. I have no memory of how the band sounded.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:43:00am

ummm…pretty sure this isn’t how it works, Tom.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:43:22am

re: #312 KGxvi

McCain’s husband wasn’t one of the founders of Red State. Not sure that means they’re Mercer patrons or just fellow travelers

Actually per wiki, he was. MM confuses the hell out of me.

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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:44:03am

re: #318 HappyWarrior

That was autocorrect on my phone striking

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:44:43am

re: #306 makeitstop

re: #313 William Lewis

re: #310 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Y’all gotta watch this:

‘Sidemen: Long Road to Glory’ Trailer (2016)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:45:15am

re: #313 William Lewis

Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones were an equivalent in the English recording scene before Zepp.

Yep, they played for Tom Jones and for Donovan just off the top of my head

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:45:24am

re: #319 KGxvi

That was autocorrect on my phone striking

Ah okay. Yeah I’m not quite familiar with him tbh.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:45:26am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:46:29am
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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:47:08am

re: #322 HappyWarrior

Ah okay. Yeah I’m not quite familiar with him tbh.

Neither am I. Had to look him and the federalist up on wiki. As for McCain, she strikes me as someone who grew up in the conservative movement but maybe doesn’t believe all of it but can’t really leave because of her family. Sort of like the preacher’s son who doesn’t quite believe

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:47:08am

re: #323 Backwoods_Sleuth

What is it with Trump Cabinet and expensive furniture? His trade rep Robert Lighthizer spent over $900,000 on office furniture. And like his boss, Lighthizer can’t accept responsibility for anything - he’s blaming the furniture deal on Obama

In private industry, one of the big perks is that you can spend shitloads on office furniture and write it off as a business expense. That is not possible in government, but it does not seem to deter these fellows.

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Mike Lamb  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:47:16am

re: #317 Backwoods_Sleuth

ummm…pretty sure this isn’t how it works, Tom.

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Fuck all of them.

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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:47:55am

re: #305 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:48:57am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Beto’s coming for you, Ted.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:49:41am

re: #328 lawhawk

There are no accidents with guns. There are either purposeful shootings or negligent ones.

The negligence here is entirely on the father who failed to properly secure the gun all while knowing there was a child in the house.

and should be charged with criminal negligence and second-degree assault.

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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:49:52am

That’s from the Weekly Standard… they think Trump is delusional to think that North Korea will get rid of their nukes.

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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:50:13am

re: #324 Backwoods_Sleuth

We go now, live, to Ted Cruz for comment:

Imgur

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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:50:41am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:52:13am
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KGxvi  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:52:31am

re: #331 lawhawk

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That’s from the Weekly Standard… they think Trump is delusional to think that North Korea will get rid of their nukes.

There’s no incentive to get rid of nuclear weapons. Nuclear powers don’t get invaded. It is entirely rational for countries to pursue nuclear weapons.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:53:29am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:54:10am

re: #334 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Should be higher.

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William Lewis  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:54:54am

re: #328 lawhawk

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I would have to say almost no accidents. I have seen broken firearms that have casued true accidents. But as you say, that isn’t the case here and the father needs to face criminal negligence charges and every time a child dies because a parent leaves a gun unsecured, there needs to be negligent homicide charges filed and none of this “oh they’re suffering enough” bullcrap.

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petesh  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:55:02am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Wrecking Crew, as it turned out played on nearly all my favorite albums as a kid, from the Association to the Beach Boys to Herb Alpert, Sonny and Cher, Mamas and the Papas, Fifth Dimension, Glen Campbell (who was a member)

basically the soundtrack of my childhood was comprised of their backing tracks to various singers.

The other half of the soundtrack was the Funk Brothers, most notably James Jamerson. According to Robert Christgau, Greil Marcus once described The Motown Story as “the history of James Jamerson’s bass playing, on fifty-eight hits.” Per wikipedia, Jamerson played the bass for Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” lying flat on his back because he was too drunk to stand. I wonder if Carol Kaye ever tried that — I bet she could have!

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Ace-o-aces  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:55:06am

re: #304 Backwoods_Sleuth

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plansbandc  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:58:11am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Wrecking Crew made some beautiful records.

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jaunte  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:58:39am

re: #340 Ace-o-aces

What are Meghan McCain’s qualifications again?

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:58:43am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 10:58:50am

re: #340 Ace-o-aces

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Kind of how when they as pundits tell people not to politicize stuff. Cupp is useless. OF course, Comey’s going to sound political, the fucking President has made it his mission to go after him. For a Senator’s daughter, Meaghan sure acts dumb about how politics works.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:00:08am

These people are not right in the head.

Yeah, who ever heard of a 92-year old woman dying of natural causes? Unpossible!

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jaunte  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:00:18am

re: #331 lawhawk

Graduates of Trump University believe NK will denuclearize, but that’s about it.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:01:01am

re: #345 Charles Johnson

These people are not right in the head.

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Yeah, who ever heard of a 92-year old woman dying of natural causes? Unpossible!

WTF. Does everything have to be a conspiracy with these morons?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:02:13am

And yeah this one pisses me off because my grandmother was the same age when she died. Show some goddamn consideration to her family for fuck sake.

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stpaulbear  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:03:06am

re: #347 HappyWarrior

WTF. Does everything have to be a conspiracy with these morons?

Who wants to know?

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Big Beautiful Door  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:03:27am

re: #331 lawhawk

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That’s from the Weekly Standard… they think Trump is delusional to think that North Korea will get rid of their nukes.

If Trump thinks that, he is delusional.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:03:55am

re: #349 stpaulbear

Who wants to know?

I really hate the Alex Jonesification of a good chunk of our country. People die. It’s not always a conspriacy.

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Ace-o-aces  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:04:07am
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gocart mozart  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:04:11am

re: #345 Charles Johnson

If you can’t beat them with a tire iron, might as well play along.

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BeachDem  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:05:06am

re: #278 dangerman

i saw the monkees (sans Mike) on their 1986 20th anniversary reunion tour at Jones Beach in NY

they played then ;-)
of course they had 20 years to learn…

And, apropos of nothing, I saw Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger in “Oliver” on Broadway in 1964.

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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:05:31am

re: #347 HappyWarrior

WTF. Does everything have to be a conspiracy with these morons?

Yes. And that too is a conspiracy.

It’s conspiracies all the way down (including this post - and the poster).

/where’s my Soros paycheck?!

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jaunte  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:05:52am
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gocart mozart  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:06:48am

Father is a jokester i think.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:08:27am

re: #343 wrenchwench

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Jarrar was active on Twitter for at least five hours Tuesday, responding to some critics, retweeting others who also were critical of the Bush family and taunting those who attacked her physical appearance.

She also provided a telephone number as if it was her contact number. But the listed number ended up going to a suicide/crisis line.

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Kragar  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:08:47am
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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:09:11am

re: #334 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

If we could only get that second group to vote.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:09:33am

re: #345 Charles Johnson

These people are not right in the head.

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Yeah, who ever heard of a 92-year old woman dying of natural causes? Unpossible!

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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:09:57am

o__O

Trump’s pick for NASA might not get confirmed because they couldn’t get the votes, and Pence is out of DC.

The incompetence of this administration is beyond the pale (and we should be thankful that the damage is being limited due to sheer dumbassery? No, because it’s still going to take a long time to recover from this mess).

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Kragar  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:11:13am

re: #356 jaunte

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Kragar  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:12:20am

re: #362 lawhawk

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jaunte  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:12:53am

Californians are so unhappy it’s hard to pry them away from their state.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:13:54am

re: #362 lawhawk

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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:14:06am

re: #364 Kragar

Wth? Flake wanted to make a principled, although unessential vote, and then he realized his vote mattered he changed it? lol

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Sir John Barron  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:14:58am

re: #365 jaunte

Californians are so unhappy it’s hard to pry them away from their state.

Everybody’s leaving California, nobody lives there anymore.

///

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petesh  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:15:09am

re: #367 Sir John Barron

Wth? Flake wanted to make a principled, although unessential vote, and then he realized his vote mattered he changed it? lol

Just living up to his last name

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:15:27am

re: #367 Sir John Barron

Wth? Flake wanted to make a principled, although unessential vote, and then he realized his vote mattered he changed it? lol

Republican mavericks to a tee.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:15:27am

re: #357 gocart mozart

🚨BREAKING: @realDonaldTrump squats over @RealAlexJones and plops wet loafs 🚨

That genuinely made me cackle with laughter.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:15:51am
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Mike Lamb  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:18:22am

re: #345 Charles Johnson

These people are not right in the head.

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Yeah, who ever heard of a 92-year old woman dying of natural causes? Unpossible!

Leaving aside statistics and probabilities, why would she be a threat?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:18:58am

re: #368 Sir John Barron

Everybody’s leaving California, nobody lives there anymore.

///

The food is inedible, and the portions are too small.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:19:41am

re: #373 Mike Lamb

Leaving aside statistics and probabilities, why would she be a threat?

Most people her age have been dead for 13 years.

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:20:20am

re: #374 Blind Frog Belly White

The food is inedible, and the portions are too small.

Nobody goes there, it’s too crowded.

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scottslemmons  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:20:24am

Heidecker is a comedian — he did the “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Good Job” program for Adult Swim. Of course, he might still be a lunatic, but this could just be a gag…

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:20:45am

re: #368 Sir John Barron

Everybody’s leaving California, nobody lives there anymore.

///

Reminds me of the (apocryphal?) Yogi Berra quote:

“Nobody Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded”

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Mike Lamb  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:20:51am

re: #364 Kragar

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Oh wait…my vote actually means something? Shit. Toe the line it is.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:21:14am

re: #347 HappyWarrior

WTF. Does everything have to be a conspiracy with these morons?

Yes.

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:21:46am

re: #376 wrenchwench

Nobody goes there, it’s too crowded.

Oops! You were faster. (I had to verify the spelling of apocryphal.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:22:42am

I didn’t do it and stop talking about my mother!

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:23:28am

re: #381 ckkatz

Oops! You were faster. (I had to verify the spelling of apocryphal.)

‘Apocryphal’ is Yogi Berra’s middle name.

Proper spelling is for sissies. Or is it sissys?

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:25:44am
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lawhawk  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:26:26am
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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:27:04am

re: #383 wrenchwench

‘Apocryphal’ is Yogi Berra’s middle name.

Proper spelling is for sissies. Or is it sissys?

Heh, I moved from Washington DC to Pittsburgh between 1st and 2nd grade. Apparently some spelling was taught in the DC schools in 2nd grade, that was taught in the Pittsburgh schools in 1st grade. My spelling has always been ‘interesting’.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:28:03am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:28:15am
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ObserverArt  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:29:01am

re: #238 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and the Monkees did not play on their own albums

You’d be surprised of how many bands didn’t record their “own” albums.

The producers did production with studio musicians. Like these guys who I am somewhat familiar with because of the bands I did some roadie and sound work from my old hometown.

Super K Productions

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danarchy  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:29:12am

re: #345 Charles Johnson

These people are not right in the head.

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Yeah, who ever heard of a 92-year old woman dying of natural causes? Unpossible!

I am pretty sure he was being tongue in cheek there

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:29:58am

re: #386 ckkatz

Heh, I moved from Washington DC to Pittsburgh between 1st and 2nd grade. Apparently some spelling was taught in the DC schools in 2nd grade, that was taught in the Pittsburgh schools in 1st grade. My spelling has always been ‘interesting’.

What a trauma! ‘DC’ is so much easier to spell than Pitsboighhhh.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:30:49am

re: #391 wrenchwench

What a trauma! ‘DC’ is so much easier to spell than Pitsboighhhh.

You mean Pixburgh?
Or maybe Pissburgh?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:31:57am

re: #390 danarchy

I am pretty sure he was being tongue in cheek there

Poe’s Law is becoming a dominant force in our political discourse.

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Belafon  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:32:11am

re: #372 Charles Johnson

Is there a California street in DC that he’s talking about?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:32:40am
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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:33:14am

re: #392 Blind Frog Belly White

You mean Pixburgh?
Or maybe Pissburgh?

Speaking of apocryfal, Washington state was going to call itself Columbia, but was afraid it would be confused with the District of Columbia.

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A Mom Anon  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:34:15am

re: #338 William Lewis

I personally think the kids or the negligent adults need to be removed from the home in addition to charges being filed.I’m over hearing about this shit All. The. Time. Fuck their feelings. Guns are not fashion accessories or toys. Treat them as such and you pay a price for being a stupid asshole.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:34:46am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:35:05am

re: #395 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Goddamn she’s stupid. Btw Louis Freeh, one of Comey’s predecessors did.

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Scottish Dragon  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:36:14am

At the end of the day, I don’t know what I think of how Comey handled the Clinton email investigation. I go back and forth about whether the best of bad options worked out badly or whether this was a string of bad moves and unforced errors. My concern is that an inability to see whatever errors Comey made as the good-faith failings of a decent man trying his best under extraordinary circumstances affects the ability to process his interactions with Trump

Um, no.

I’m not in a forgive and forget mood, and Comey didn’t make good faith errors.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:36:18am

re: #396 wrenchwench

Speaking of apocryfal, Washington state was going to call itself Columbia, but was afraid it would be confused with the District of Columbia.

IIRC Colorado was nearly called Jefferson. Ski or any other Colorado lizards verify that?

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:36:49am

re: #391 wrenchwench

What a trauma! ‘DC’ is so much easier to spell than Pitsboighhhh.

What surprised me was how they spoke such a different dialect. (Called ‘yinzer’ these days.)

Rubberbands are ‘gumbands’. A jerk is a ‘jagoff’. A thornbush is a ‘jaggerbush’. And then, of course, there is chipped ham.

By the way, proper Yinzer pronunciation for Pittsburgh is “Pitz-burk”. Aka “Ahrn Siddy”

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:36:52am

re: #298 HappyWarrior

Dude, I can’t play anything. I just appreciate.

i play the stereo

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Dr. Matt  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:38:14am

re: #353 gocart mozart

If you can’t beat them with a tire iron, might as well play along.

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The funeral will be nothing but crisis actors.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:38:18am

re: #301 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The Wrecking Crew, as it turned out played on nearly all my favorite albums as a kid, from the Association to the Beach Boys to Herb Alpert, Sonny and Cher, Mamas and the Papas, Fifth Dimension, Glen Campbell (who was a member)

basically the soundtrack of my childhood was comprised of their backing tracks to various singers.

heck, look at all the recordings duane allman showed up on

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:38:51am

re: #392 Blind Frog Belly White

You mean Pixburgh?
Or maybe Pissburgh?

Ahem….

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:40:06am

re: #396 wrenchwench

Speaking of apocryfal, Washington state was going to call itself Columbia, but was afraid it would be confused with the District of Columbia.

Heh, there is a neighborhood in DC called Takoma Park. Supposedly to bring to mind the high mountains of Washington State… Well, Takoma Park does sit on a hillside.

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Mike Lamb  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:40:32am

re: #387 Backwoods_Sleuth

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That’s not hypocrisy. It’s lying. Not that difficult to differentiate.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:40:56am

All this talk of da Burgh makes me want my Carpatho soul food of pierogis and kielbasa.

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:41:17am

Ry Cooder paid tribute to J. Edgar Hoover at least three times. Here’s one:

J. Edgar

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ObserverArt  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:41:40am

re: #276 HappyWarrior

I only got out of CCD. It was just a boring way to spend my Monday night. I joke to my younger brothers that as oldest brother, I endured that month so they didn’t have to.

You got off easy!

Try a full 12 years of Catholic school if you want the full treatment.

But as I have always said in my posts, I got one hell of a college prep liberal arts education.

And a huge lesson from the nuns about passion and never saying you can’t do something.

The religious aspects did not stick though. I never got the whole Bible thing other than I saw it as a book written by men. And as I learned more about the world, that book by men grew into one of the first books on politics and control.

Hmmm. I don’t think that was the intention, but that is what I really learned.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:41:51am

re: #305 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

‘Merica

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i am losing my patience with “family members” (no not the 3 year olds) who know that hubby has a gun(s) and dont verify for themselves that it’s controlled at all times

on some level they are choosing to endanger their own lives

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:42:11am
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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:42:21am

re: #406 Joe Bacon 🌹

Ahem….

Hey, my family’s Pittsburgh history goes back to at least 1820. In fact my generation were the first Smiths not born on the South Side.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:43:05am

re: #402 ckkatz

What surprised me was how they spoke such a different dialect. (Called ‘yinzer’ these days.)

Rubberbands are ‘gumbands’. A jerk is a ‘jagoff’. A thornbush is a ‘jaggerbush’. And then, of course, there is chipped ham.

By the way, proper Yinzer pronunciation for Pittsburgh is “Pitz-burk”. Aka “Ahrn Siddy”

I didn’t know jagoff was Pittsburghness. No wonder why I use it sometimes! All four my grandparents were from Western Pa. I think only my moms dad had the accent noticeable tho. More subtle with my moms mom and dad’s Mom moved around due to Dads Dad whom I never knew’s work.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:43:56am

re: #309 William Lewis

Yeah, but I do have a guitar next to me right now and I can barely play a 12 bar shuffle pattern. < hangs head in shame >

puts you head and shoulders above those of us who dont even know what one is

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allegro  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:44:16am

I’ve been thinking about how lovely it was for Mrs. Bush and her family to be able to choose to cease life-enabling treatment, the very best available, so she could pass comfortably in her home surrounded by her loving family. Such a gift of sweet memories and a peaceful end.

Then I think about another family in Florida who wanted such a peaceful, dignified end for their loved one and the governor at the time of that state who denied them this gift. The same brother who helped his own brother become POTUS to deny this gift to hundreds of thousands of Iraquis and thousands of American military families whose pain didn’t rate bothering Mrs. Bush’s “beautiful mind”. I think about the thousands who lost everything, including their lives and those of their loved ones during Katrina and Mrs. Bush’s comments about how much fun they must be having getting to camp out in the Astrodome.

For some reason I just can’t muster a tear in grief for this family.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:45:25am

re: #414 Blind Frog Belly White

Hey, my family’s Pittsburgh history goes back to at least 1820. In fact my generation were the first Smiths not born on the South Side.

Well I got you beat. My fourth great grands were in Ross as early as 1800. I’m a son of the North side. Dad’s paternal grandparents lived in Deutechtown and his mom grew up in Manchester which DD told me was a tough neighborhood.

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:48:26am

re: #398 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yup, supposedly Hafez Assad’s (daddy of current Syrian dictator) Syrian intelligence waited until there was a meeting of the Beirut Station CIA team and then activated a car bomb under the window. The replacement chief sent to rebuild the station was kidnapped by Syrian allies in what is now Hezbollah. The kidnappers spent a long time time torturing him to death and sending tapes of the torture to the CIA. Lovely folks.

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Eventual Carrion  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:50:20am

re: #368 Sir John Barron

Everybody’s leaving California, nobody lives there anymore.

///

Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:52:09am

re: #346 jaunte

Graduates of Trump University believe NK will denuclearize, but that’s about it.

their nukes gave them a shot at legitimacy
trump gave them legitimacy
that’s how they’re getting trump to the table
they’re not giving that up unless the payoff is huge (and even then)

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BeachDem  Apr 18, 2018 • 11:57:43am

re: #395 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

Meghan McCain has always been an idiot. The ultimate (imo) illustration of it was this exchange with Paul Begala. A classic

Paul Begala Schools Meghan McCain

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dangerman  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:03:26pm

re: #402 ckkatz

What surprised me was how they spoke such a different dialect. (Called ‘yinzer’ these days.)

Rubberbands are ‘gumbands’. A jerk is a ‘jagoff’. A thornbush is a ‘jaggerbush’. And then, of course, there is chipped ham.

By the way, proper Yinzer pronunciation for Pittsburgh is “Pitz-burk”. Aka “Ahrn Siddy

i think there’s a beer with a similar name
they spell it differently
;-)

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wrenchwench  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:04:00pm

re: #420 Eventual Carrion

Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.

Nobody posts that any more.

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:09:14pm

re: #423 dangerman

i think there’s a beer with a similar name
they spell it differently
;-)

True Dat. :)

For a while it was reportedly made in a Sam Adams Brewery. The brand disappeared for a while. Do you know if it is back?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:16:55pm

re: #425 ckkatz

True Dat. :)

For a while it was reportedly made in a Sam Adams Brewery. The brand disappeared for a while. Do you know if it is back?

It is.
pittsburghbrewing.com

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ckkatz  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:19:01pm

Cool! I will need to head over to Total Beverage and pick up some for old times sake.

Now, if the DC area just had a Primanti’s Brothers. :(

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 18, 2018 • 12:38:18pm

re: #425 ckkatz

True Dat. :)

For a while it was reportedly made in a Sam Adams Brewery. The brand disappeared for a while. Do you know if it is back?

Other way around. Sam Adams had some of their beer brewed their in Pittsburgh due to available brewing and bottling capacity. You used to be able to check the labels on the bottles and see that it was brewed/bottled in Pittsburgh rather than Boston. Sam Adams eventually enlarged their capacity in Boston and stopped using Pittsburgh.


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Welles - Rock N Roll [Audio Only] PreOrder Welles Album "Red Trees and White Trashes" featuring "Seventeen" and "Rock N Roll"ffm.to Listen to Rock N Roll: ffm.toListen to Seventeen: ffm.to CONNECT: wellesmusic.comfacebook.cominstagram.com@wellesmusic--ROCK N ROLLdoesn't eatdoesn't sleepdoes drugsjus shrugs & says leave me beROCK N ROLLis a ...
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WALK the MOON - Kamikaze (Official Video) Get WALK THE MOON's new album 'What If Nothing' featuring "Kamikaze" and "One Foot":iTunes - wtmband.comSpotify - wtmband.comApple Music - wtmband.comAmazon - wtmband.comGoogle Play - wtmband.comMerch Store - wtmband.com Catch WTM On Tour - wtmband.com Follow WALK THE MOON:walkthemoonband.comfacebook.com@WALKTHEMOONbandinstagram.com ...
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Trump Is Watching You Closer Than You Watch Him, Thanks NSA I would love to see my friends offer a string of sensible suggestions for protecting our meta data, our digital privacy as best we can in the comments. Technology cuts both ways. Corporation and governments have scale, money. We ...
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