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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 12:14:58pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:18:59pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  May 15, 2018 • 12:22:18pm

Sean: Ok you hang up.

Donald: No. You hang up!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:22:31pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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was kinda hoping Rage Furby’s page was one of them, but no such luck. It’s still there and he has a post bragging that he got back his Stripe account.

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whitebeach  May 15, 2018 • 12:23:03pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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583 million!

Seems like a lot for a fat guy in his mother’s basement, doesn’t it?

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 12:23:55pm

Oh goody…a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect and it is growing dark outside.

Sick of this weather. Every damn day it’s been the same thing…mid-day humidity builds…right on edge of a wavering cold front…boom.

And this is the entire weeks forecasts.

What spring???

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 12:25:25pm

re: #2 Backwoods_Sleuth

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NOBEL!!! NOBEL!!! NOBEL!!!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 12:26:06pm

re: #6 ObserverArt

Oh goody…a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect and it is growing dark outside.

Sick of this weather. Every damn day it’s been the same thing…mid-day humidity builds…right on edge of a wavering cold front…boom.

And this is the entire weeks forecasts.

What spring???

Neighboring valley got washed out yesterday. Had to close the main road as it was knee-deep in water.

Similar storm hit our valley here two years ago about this time, a tree trunk got lodged in a culvert and flooded out several houses down on the creek.

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 12:26:53pm

re: #2 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Remember the wingnuts calling Obama an appeaser?

Little Rocket Man is playing him like a fiddle.

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 12:27:34pm

re: #4 Backwoods_Sleuth

was kinda hoping Rage Furby’s page was one of them, but no such luck. It’s still there and he has a post bragging that he got back his Stripe account.

Yes, but I’ve heard from other people that he actually just registered a new account. We’ll see - there’s a lot of pressure on Stripe to shut down freestartr.

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 12:28:08pm

re: #2 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Hey, Jared….”

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 12:28:35pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts.

Nooooooooo….
/Actually, I’ve never seen sex on Facebook.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 12:31:19pm

I wonder how Facebook determined the accounts and posts to delete. And by doing so, I wonder if they can create some kind of algorithm that can be used to stop them before they go up.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 12:32:22pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 12:33:08pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 12:37:30pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:38:40pm

wtf

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:40:22pm
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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 12:43:23pm

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

wtf

This will surely lower US drug prices.

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 12:45:03pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Shadow-banning!!! Sensorship!!!!

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 12:45:04pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:45:38pm
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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 12:45:52pm

re: #21 Kragar

Trump’s practically going broke in service of this great MAGA country!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:46:37pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 12:47:22pm

re: #21 Kragar

Because when you think “not in it for money and power”, people like Trump, Pruitt, Mnuchin, etc are who immediately come to mind

we were sold the image of Trump as a successful businessman, independently wealthy who does not need money or power but became president to help the little people, drain the swamp and defend us against the depredations of big government

they are not going to let go of that image

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 12:48:43pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 12:48:58pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:49:05pm
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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 12:49:25pm

DA for Manhattan

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 12:50:18pm

re: #28 Backwoods_Sleuth

North Korea warns the US

Trump. Wotta sucker.

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 12:50:31pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 12:53:33pm

re: #31 Charles Johnson

Um, Tony Perkins—longtime Religious Right figure—has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Perkins heads the Family Research Council, which Southern Poverty Law Center labels as a hate group (FRC disputes this).

The Religious Right has been biding its time since Reagan to get its people into such positions of power and influence.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:54:20pm
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 12:54:41pm

re: #29 Kragar

DA for Manhattan

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 12:56:42pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 12:58:47pm
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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 1:01:30pm
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meteor  May 15, 2018 • 1:01:42pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 1:02:00pm

re: #34 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Why wait?

I don’t think they’ve been arresting simple possession/smoking cases for a few years now.

I was caught dead to rights taking a pull off a bowl on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side three years ago. I made direct eye contact with a cop in a cruiser just as I was lighting up.

They pulled me to the car, made me empty my pockets and show ID, then let me go. They were really nice about it, they even gave me the bowl and lighter back when they were done.

I do agree with vacating convictions, though. That mistake has been screaming t be fixed for years.

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 1:07:04pm
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Belafon  May 15, 2018 • 1:09:10pm

re: #40 Charles Johnson

Who here was caught off-guard?

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:09:31pm

re: #39 makeitstop

I don’t think they’ve been arresting simple possession/smoking cases for a few years now.

I was caught dead to rights taking a pull off a bowl on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side three years ago. I made direct eye contact with a cop in a cruiser just as I was lighting up.

They pulled me to the car, made me empty my pockets and show ID, then let me go. They were really nice about it, they even gave me the bowl and lighter back when they were done.

I do agree with vacating convictions, though. That mistake has been screaming t be fixed for years.

I just read this 2 days ago.

nytimes.com

Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 1:09:43pm
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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 1:10:32pm

re: #41 Belafon

Who here was caught off-guard?

I am HUGELY Shocked, The Best Shocked, you wouldn’t believe…

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 1:11:15pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:12:21pm

Why, it’s almost as if KJU ISN’T cowed by Trump’s bluster.

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:05pm

re: #40 Charles Johnson

Bastards!

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:11pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:14pm

re: #42 JordanRules

I just read this 2 days ago.

nytimes.com

Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Truth. I am neither.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:23pm
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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:41pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Well, mine wasn’t deleted.

So I must be real.

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:51pm

re: #2 Backwoods_Sleuth

North Korea is threatening to scuttle the summit as well.

Jong Un knows how to use leverage better than Trump. Trump gave up leverage on North Korea by not first requiring North Korea give up its nuclear weapons before direct talks.

Now, North Korea is threatening to walk out of the summit over military drills.

Watch for Trump to cave and stop the training drills with South Korea so he can preserve a summit.

At the same time, Trump’s already signaling that North Korea doesn’t have to dismantle its nuclear program, or its missiles either.

Doing that leaves our allies under threat from North Korea, even if the immediate threat to the US is somewhat limited (they can still hit our bases in South Korea, Japan, and perhaps Guam and Hawaii). The North agreeing to dismantle their test site is meaningless when they basically blew up the site in proving that their designs work and can replicate without further tests. They’ve given up nothing and made it seem like they’re giving up a lot. Trump doesn’t get any of this.

Oh yeah, I’m back from vacation. A week of more limited Internet did the body good (as did hiking in a national park in 100+ degree weather).

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:13:58pm
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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:16:06pm

Trump is so easily played, and Hannity wants their followers to think that North Korea is the bad guy here.

But for Trump giving them a summit they didn’t deserve (without dismantling their nuclear program), they wouldn’t be in a position to make these demands.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:18:11pm

re: #54 lawhawk

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Trump is so easily played, and Hannity wants their followers to think that North Korea is the bad guy here.

But for Trump giving them a summit they didn’t deserve (without dismantling their nuclear program), they wouldn’t be in a position to make these demands.

Well, you know, North Korea IS the bad guy here. Trump is the DUMB guy.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 1:19:13pm

White House caught off-guard by North Korean statement.

What a bunch of dumb asses. Haven’t been watching the world for awhile have you?

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wrenchwench  May 15, 2018 • 1:20:14pm

re: #51 freetoken

Well, mine wasn’t deleted.

So I must be real.

I deleted mine.

Zuckerberg is not real.

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Belafon  May 15, 2018 • 1:20:24pm

“But we had an explicit agreement to never make Trump look bad, and now Un has gone back on his word.” - Any of them.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 1:20:57pm

re: #56 ObserverArt

White House caught off-guard by North Korean statement.

What a bunch of dumb asses. Haven’t been watching the world for awhile have you?

They thought they had it knocked.

Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they think that by opening the embassy yesterday, they’ve solved the Middle East problem.

The concept of ongoing diplomacy is way over their heads.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:21:53pm

So, NK dangled the bait by ending their successful weapons development programs and inviting Trump to meet, Trump took the bait, NK set the hook by hinting they’d ‘allow’ US/SK military exercises, and then they let Trump take the bait and run a while.

Now, they hit the brake, and the fish is wondering what the hell is going on and what’s this hook doing in his jaw.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:21:58pm
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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:24:48pm

re: #61 Backwoods_Sleuth

It was never about peace or a peace process, but Jared making sure he got a piece of the action.

There’s profit motive all over this move, just as there’s one around Trump’s ZTE shenanigans.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:25:12pm

Perfect.

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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 1:25:38pm

re: #54 lawhawk

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Trump is so easily played, and Hannity wants their followers to think that North Korea is the bad guy here.

But for Trump giving them a summit they didn’t deserve (without dismantling their nuclear program), they wouldn’t be in a position to make these demands.

Anyone who has ever paid more than thirty-five seconds worth of attention over the last two decades could have absolutely predicted that North Korea would respond like this to the joint training program. They literally say shit like this every fucking time we do joint training. They claim to consider it an act of war/hostility. Always have, always will.

This meeting next month is going to be so incredibly embarrassing.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 1:27:38pm

re: #39 makeitstop

I don’t think they’ve been arresting simple possession/smoking cases for a few years now.

I was caught dead to rights taking a pull off a bowl on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side three years ago. I made direct eye contact with a cop in a cruiser just as I was lighting up.

They pulled me to the car, made me empty my pockets and show ID, then let me go. They were really nice about it, they even gave me the bowl and lighter back when they were done.

I do agree with vacating convictions, though. That mistake has been screaming t be fixed for years.

Good. In the Chicago suburbs it depends on who you are. Be a black kid, and they’ll arrest you. Be a middle-aged white woman who accidentally displays an ounce of weed to a cop while looking for ID during a traffic stop, and they’ll tell you to put that away.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:29:09pm

A competent State Department’s response would be, “Yeah, we figured they might do something like this. It’s what they do. Summit? We think they’ll be there, but let’s just say we didn’t pay in advance for the catering.”

Trump State Department: “What? They can do that? They said we could!”

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:30:34pm

re: #65 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

One of the unintended consequences of the SCt decision yesterday on gambling is that it gives credence to states being able to address drug crimes without the feds treating marijuana in the same fashion as other drugs. At least that’s one of the hopes.

Yesterday’s decision will have far ranging unintended consequences around the 10A.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 1:31:01pm

re: #37 Charles Johnson

White Nationalist Leader Heimbach Goes To Jail For Domestic Abuse Charges

I wonder if his ancestors come from our village;

oberheimbach.de

but probably from neighboring Niederheimbach, those folks are all inbred

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 1:32:07pm

re: #39 makeitstop

I don’t think they’ve been arresting simple possession/smoking cases for a few years now.

I was caught dead to rights taking a pull off a bowl on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side three years ago. I made direct eye contact with a cop in a cruiser just as I was lighting up.

They pulled me to the car, made me empty my pockets and show ID, then let me go. They were really nice about it, they even gave me the bowl and lighter back when they were done.

I do agree with vacating convictions, though. That mistake has been screaming t be fixed for years.

I recall before the 80’s when police in Gary did not bother with anyone who was not dealing commercial amounts of the stuff.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:33:00pm
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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:34:35pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

The smirk says it all.

They know this is total bs and they’d be calling for impeachment if Obama or any Democrat suggested canceling the joint training for the sake of a summit.

As it is, the GOP and Trump are giving up every last shred of leverage and dismantling our national security apparatus all while giving our foreign policy over to Russia.

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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 1:34:45pm

Ack…. Google has changed the Youtube display layout again!

Where did all my subscriptions go?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:35:18pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 1:35:21pm

re: #52 lawhawk

At the same time, Trump’s already signaling that North Korea doesn’t have to dismantle its nuclear program, or its missiles either.

Doing that leaves our allies under threat from North Korea

NK is in a position to do a lot of damage to South Korea using conventional weapons, Seoul and its industrial areas are all less than 30 miles from the NK border and can be hit by artillery or rockets.

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Belafon  May 15, 2018 • 1:35:33pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

Actually, Paul, it changes everything.

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:35:51pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

NO APOLOGIES!!

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 1:35:57pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hey, where’s that wingnut meme from last week, with the racist depiction of KJU telling Khamenei “give Mr. Trump what he want. It better that way!”

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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 1:36:14pm

re: #67 lawhawk

One of the unintended consequences of the SCt decision yesterday on gambling is that it gives credence to states being able to address drug crimes without the feds treating marijuana in the same fashion as other drugs. At least that’s one of the hopes.

Yesterday’s decision will have far ranging unintended consequences around the 10A.

I think there’s probably some distinction that can be made on marijuana and gambling. It’s pretty hard to argue that gambling constitutes interstate commerce (at least as we traditionally think of it, online gambling might be another issue). I go to the sportsbook, place a bet, and they print a ticket, if I win, I go collect money (or make another bet). It does definitely fall within the traditional state police powers of health, welfare, and morality; I think.

Marijuana, though, because there are goods involved, probably fits better into the modern understanding of interstate commerce.

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:36:26pm

re: #77 Blind Frog Belly White

Hey, where’s that wingnut meme from last week, with the racist depiction of KJU telling Khamenei “give Mr. Trump what he want. It better that way!”

Glad I missed that one.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:36:48pm

re: #73 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya Nik!

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 1:37:24pm

re: #71 lawhawk

The smirk says it all.

They know this is total bs and they’d be calling for impeachment if Obama or any Democrat suggested canceling the joint training for the sake of a summit.

As it is, the GOP and Trump are giving up every last shred of leverage and dismantling our national security apparatus all while giving our foreign policy over to Russia.

Paul has resting smirk face. He almost always looks like that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:37:29pm

forget NK…look over here…SQUIRREL!

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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 1:37:38pm

Now the Youtube subscribed channels are back.

For a while there I was getting the dreaded mechanics monkey.

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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 1:40:24pm

I fear I got a sneak peek at a soon-to-be-near-you Youtube redesign.

Very much did not like.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:40:27pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:41:45pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:41:56pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:42:50pm
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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 1:42:52pm

re: #64 KGxvi

Anyone who has ever paid more than thirty-five seconds worth of attention over the last two decades could have absolutely predicted that North Korea would respond like this to the joint training program. They literally say shit like this every fucking time we do joint training. They claim to consider it an act of war/hostility. Always have, always will.

This meeting next month is going to be so incredibly embarrassing.

Prediction: There will be no meeting.

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:44:22pm

Super…..

Tornado watches and warnings have been going up to the far north/west of NYC.

But they’re predicting wind guts to 80mph? That’ll do plenty of damage with or without rotation.

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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 1:45:07pm

re: #89 ObserverArt

Prediction: There will be no meeting.

Kim: you have offended us for the last time! We are leaving!

Trump: What if we just gave you South Korea?

Moon: Wait, what?

Abe: Yeah, what?

Kim: We are listening.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 1:45:30pm

re: #89 ObserverArt

Prediction: There will be no meeting.

Safer prediction: The witless cocksplat in the white house will fuck things up royally, whether or not there is a US-NK summit.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:46:55pm

and the rest of the world moves on without the US…

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 1:47:57pm

re: #89 ObserverArt

Prediction: There will be no meeting.

I made this comment prior to seeing Sleuth’s #88!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:48:01pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 1:48:15pm

re: #93 Backwoods_Sleuth

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and the rest of the world moves on without the US…

It’s the fucking TPP all over again.

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:48:16pm

re: #93 Backwoods_Sleuth

and the rest of the world moves on without the US…

Such U.S. very presidential Leadership.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:48:42pm

re: #82 Backwoods_Sleuth

forget NK…look over here…SQUIRREL!

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 1:49:31pm

re: #90 lawhawk

Super…..

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Tornado watches and warnings have been going up to the far north/west of NYC.

But they’re predicting wind guts to 80mph? That’ll do plenty of damage with or without rotation.

The radar app on my phone is really scary looking. We’re gonna get slammed.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 1:49:58pm

re: #98 JordanRules

I didn’t even know Trump had an Hispanic Advisory Council. Let me guess: It was all white guys.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:50:17pm

re: #95 Backwoods_Sleuth

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:52:03pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:52:24pm
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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 1:53:15pm

I keep thinking of this story whenever I see stuff about the US-NK summit

For years, a story circulated in Washington about Donald Trump’s attempt to nab a job leading nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. His book “The Art of the Deal” had been on the Times best-seller list for forty-eight weeks. Trump apparently thought that he could do a deal one-upping anybody—and wanted to prove it. He lobbied quite hard, I was told, with the George H. W. Bush Administration. The White House instead appointed Richard Burt, the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany during the run-up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and a longtime expert on nuclear-arms talks.

Shortly thereafter, by coincidence, Trump and Burt attended the same society wedding in New York. At the reception, Trump walked up to Burt—whom he didn’t know—and said, “So you’re the guy?”

Burt, who confirmed the story to me, acknowledged his new position. Trump then said, “Let me tell you what I would have done if I’d been appointed.” He explained that he would have welcomed—very warmly—the Soviet delegation. He would have made sure the country’s envoys were comfortable—very comfortable—at the table.

Then, Trump told Burt, he would have stood up, shouted “Fuck you!,” and left the room. (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.)

I can absolutely see Trump doing the exact same thing to Kim Jung Un. And I can absolutely see it ending with Kim (and our allies) pissed the fuck off. Then, I imagine a peace process that moves forward without us.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:55:00pm
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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:56:02pm

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:56:08pm

re: #104 KGxvi

He lobbied quite hard, I was told, with the George H. W. Bush Administration. The White House instead appointed Richard Burt, the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany during the run-up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and a longtime expert on nuclear-arms talks.

I can’t believe GHW Bush didn’t appoint drUmpf instead.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:57:01pm
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gocart mozart  May 15, 2018 • 1:57:03pm

Just got a tornado alert. Should I seek shelter in Auntie Em’s storm celler or stay on twitter?

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:57:46pm

re: #105 Backwoods_Sleuth

the way to succeed in conservative media is to be a flamboyantly obsequious cheerleader for the president because that’s what gets Trump’s attention and approval
— Simon Maloy

…And?

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 1:57:55pm

re: #109 gocart mozart

Get your ass to the shelter. If it has wifi so much the better.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 1:58:12pm

re: #109 gocart mozart

Just got a tornado alert. Should I seek shelter in Auntie Em’s storm celler or stay on twitter?

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Go outside and livestream video of it!
Do it!
Do it NOW!!!

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 1:58:21pm
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Teukka  May 15, 2018 • 1:59:14pm

re: #106 lawhawk

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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 1:59:55pm

re: #113 JordanRules

What does it say…no scratch that, I don’t want to know.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:00:20pm

Woot!

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Citizen K  May 15, 2018 • 2:01:36pm

re: #36 Backwoods_Sleuth

So we’re pretty much fucked for decades at this point, aren’t we? THe courts going forward will pretty much be aTrumpian Utopia, gleefully packed by McConnell and friends, and will remain so at least for a generation.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:02:10pm
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Sir John Barron  May 15, 2018 • 2:03:14pm

re: #118 Backwoods_Sleuth

That’s actually more than I would have expected.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 2:04:28pm

re: #117 Citizen K

So we’re pretty much fucked for decades at this point, aren’t we? THe courts going forward will pretty much be aTrumpian Utopia, gleefully packed by McConnell and friends, and will remain so at least for a generation.

When judges act crazy or bigoted, they can be removed from office.

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Citizen K  May 15, 2018 • 2:06:39pm

re: #120 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

When judges act crazy or bigoted, they can be removed from office.

“Can” being the operative word. How often are they actually? Especially on the federal level?

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 2:07:28pm

re: #119 Sir John Barron

That’s actually more than I would have expected.

Ten bucks says he goes into the hotel room, bitches about everything for a half hour and leaves.

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petesh  May 15, 2018 • 2:08:45pm

re: #85 Backwoods_Sleuth

On my iMac I hear Yanny; on my iPhone, Laurel.

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Stanley Sea  May 15, 2018 • 2:12:34pm

re: #82 Backwoods_Sleuth

forget NK…look over here…SQUIRREL!

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Get John Wooden out of your fucking mouth.

pitiful.

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petesh  May 15, 2018 • 2:12:41pm

re: #104 KGxvi

I keep thinking of this story whenever I see stuff about the US-NK summit

I can absolutely see Trump doing the exact same thing to Kim Jung Un. And I can absolutely see it ending with Kim (and our allies) pissed the fuck off. Then, I imagine a peace process that moves forward without us.

Nobel jointly awarded to Kim and Moon. Trump tweets complaint.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:13:12pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:17:14pm

Guess we now know what John Kelly meant when he said “foster care or whatever“…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:19:44pm
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wrenchwench  May 15, 2018 • 2:20:20pm

re: #127 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Guess we now know what John Kelly meant when he said “foster care or whatever“…

Foster ware [houses].

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 2:21:58pm

I see there was a mention of Steve Cortes being associated with that “Winning” BS in the Washington Examiner.

I remember him being on MSNBC all through the Trump run. He always tried to come off as one of the ‘reasonable’ GOP talkers. He always agreed with anyone saying critical things about Trump and then reminded everyone Trump was a newbie and he could learn.

The mask is off. Just another Trump butt kisser with a grabbed pussy.

No news to anyone here; there are no reasonable GOP people that would try to sell Trump. Period.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:23:40pm

re: #127 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Guess we now know what John Kelly meant when he said “foster care or whatever“…

I hope the outcry against this causes them to decline moving forward. They still have to do after their “site checks”. Uggh.

I was also dismayed to learn it happened for several months under the Obama admin.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 2:23:40pm

re: #52 lawhawk

Welcome back.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:24:10pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:24:55pm
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Varek Raith  May 15, 2018 • 2:25:25pm

re: #41 Belafon

Who here was caught off-guard?

*crickets*
*distant cough*
*more crickets*

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 2:25:40pm

re: #116 JordanRules

Woot!

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LOCK HIM UP!!!

LOCK HIM UP!!!

LOCK HIM UP!!!

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 2:28:39pm

re: #117 Citizen K

So we’re pretty much fucked for decades at this point, aren’t we? THe courts going forward will pretty much be aTrumpian Utopia, gleefully packed by McConnell and friends, and will remain so at least for a generation.

Do you think that Trump actually cares about these appointments? It’s a McConnell Utopia and if the GOP retains control of the Senate, there is no limit to the damage they will do to the court system. .

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:30:21pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:31:41pm
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Big Beautiful Door  May 15, 2018 • 2:31:49pm

re: #37 Charles Johnson

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The only place more appropriate for a Nazi than jail is a grave.

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Big Beautiful Door  May 15, 2018 • 2:34:06pm

re: #40 Charles Johnson

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Trump’s new BFF turning on him? Inconceivable!

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Big Beautiful Door  May 15, 2018 • 2:38:31pm

re: #64 KGxvi

Anyone who has ever paid more than thirty-five seconds worth of attention over the last two decades could have absolutely predicted that North Korea would respond like this to the joint training program. They literally say shit like this every fucking time we do joint training. They claim to consider it an act of war/hostility. Always have, always will.

This meeting next month is going to be so incredibly embarrassing.

If it even happens, which I doubt.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 2:39:27pm

re: #72 freetoken

Ack…. Google has changed the Youtube display layout again!

Where did all my subscriptions go?

There should be an “equivalent to” sign (like “equals” but with three bars) in the upper left-hand corner. Click that and the sidebar comes out.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:39:57pm
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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 2:41:57pm

re: #144 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Of course, the Neu Volkischer Beobachter and its friends will continue to tell us exactly the opposite, even when Cheeto Jesus gives them billions in cash, a permanent supply of oil and three or four states.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:42:03pm

She has a PhD in chemical engineering.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 2:42:36pm

re: #135 Varek Raith

*crickets*
*distant cough*
*more crickets*

*tumbleweed blows through*

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 2:43:03pm

re: #146 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She has a PhD in chemical engineering.

Yep, I was right to avoid Stanford.

Seriously, how does someone like this live in Palo Alto without killing herself?

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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 2:43:06pm

re: #143 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

There should be an “equivalent to” sign (like “equals” but with three bars) in the upper left-hand corner. Click that and the sidebar comes out.

What happened is the sidebar changed. It no longer had a list of subscriptions. Instead it looked like a redesign that pushed Youtube Red, and a favorites list by category. It did have a link for “subscriptions” but that took me to a page with all the videos in all my subscriptions (sorted by reverse date.)

Then I reloaded and got the mechanic monkey.

Then I reloaded again and the Youtube layout reverted to what we have been used to the past year, with, as you point out, the Subscriptions listed on the side.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:43:17pm
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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 2:44:14pm

re: #146 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She has a PhD in chemical engineering.

With a minor in bad theatrics.

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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 2:44:42pm

re: #138 JordanRules

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:44:49pm

re: #151 ObserverArt

With a minor in bad theatrics.

she flunked “Faked Tears”.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 2:44:53pm

Twitter takes new measures to quiet trolls, spammy content
money.cnn.com

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 2:45:17pm

Man, it got dark here just now. My phone just started screaming - severe t-storm watch for the next 5 hours and 24 minutes.

Weeee.

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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 2:45:28pm

re: #146 Backwoods_Sleuth

Well, it is Stanford, home of the Hoover Institution, which hosts the like of VDH.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 2:45:37pm

re: #154 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Like anything is really going to change.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:45:42pm

re: #148 Brian J.

Yep, I was right to avoid Stanford.

Seriously, how does someone like this live in Palo Alto without killing herself?

There’s hella people like her in Palo Alto. It’s 1.9% black as of 2010 per Wiki.

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William Lewis  May 15, 2018 • 2:46:14pm

re: #149 freetoken

What happened is the sidebar changed. It no longer had a list of subscriptions. Instead it looked like a redesign that pushed Youtube Red, and a favorites list by category. It did have a link for “subscriptions” but that took me to a page with all the videos in all my subscriptions (sorted by reverse date.)

Then I reloaded and got the mechanic monkey.

Then I reloaded again and the Youtube layout reverted to what we have been used to the past year, with, as you point out, the Subscriptions listed on the side.

Google loves fixing things that aren’t broken so that they become broken beyond fixing.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 2:47:08pm

re: #154 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Twitter takes new measures to quiet trolls, spammy content
money.cnn.com

Nothing this side of a 404 is going to improve things much, I suspect; nothing turns “Jack” off like reminding him that Twitter’s got an “alt-right” sewer running through it.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 2:48:07pm

re: #160 Brian J.

That sewer drives a ton of traffic to Twitter.

Damned if you do…

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Eventual Carrion  May 15, 2018 • 2:48:41pm

re: #46 Blind Frog Belly White

Why, it’s almost as if KJU ISN’T cowed by Trump’s bluster.

He knows tRump has been talking this up as if he is a hero and really needs this “win”. So KJU is just turning the screws and making tRump dance.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 2:48:43pm

re: #155 makeitstop

Man, it got dark here just now. My phone just started screaming - severe t-storm watch for the next 5 hours and 24 minutes.

Weeee.

Currently going through storm front #2 and this one is dumping a ton of rain. The street in front of my house is a lake…and I am at one of the higher points on it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:48:46pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 2:50:05pm

re: #163 ObserverArt

Currently going through storm front #2 and this one is dumping a ton of rain. The street in front of my house is a lake…and I am at one of the higher points on it.

Great. And the wife and I have to run out as soon as she gets here. Should be well into cats and dogs territory by then…

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 2:51:46pm

re: #121 Citizen K

“Can” being the operative word. How often are they actually? Especially on the federal level?

How many actually crazy judges have been appointed up to now? This is a new world we’re entering….

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Big Beautiful Door  May 15, 2018 • 2:53:00pm

re: #117 Citizen K

So we’re pretty much fucked for decades at this point, aren’t we? THe courts going forward will pretty much be aTrumpian Utopia, gleefully packed by McConnell and friends, and will remain so at least for a generation.

Its not that bad. If the Democrats gain control of the Senate and Presidency in the 2020 elections, they can start packing a lot of progressives onto the courts now that blue slips are dead letters.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:53:26pm
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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 2:54:04pm

re: #165 makeitstop

Great. And the wife and I have to run out as soon as she gets here. Should be well into cats and dogs territory by then…

The storms are going right down I-70 and then curving up toward New York. I figure by 9-10 PM you’ll be getting this one too.

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Big Beautiful Door  May 15, 2018 • 2:54:35pm

re: #120 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

When judges act crazy or bigoted, they can be removed from office.

Federal judges only get impeached for felonies. No GOP senator will vote to impeach a judge just for being a rwnj.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:55:43pm

re: #164 Backwoods_Sleuth

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 2:56:00pm

re: #116 JordanRules

Woot!

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Damn right!

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 2:56:12pm

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming Queen movie:

Bohemian Rhapsody | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

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geosherman  May 15, 2018 • 2:56:51pm

How odd is it that two people with similar last names would come up in separate stories - separated by a few comments? I was referring to Jennifer Shulte and Joshua Schulte. Not a name I am familiar with. Seeing one name in such proximity to other increased the relevance score for my overfilled memory.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 2:57:23pm

re: #174 geosherman

I noticed the same thing.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 2:59:23pm

re: #149 freetoken

What happened is the sidebar changed. It no longer had a list of subscriptions. Instead it looked like a redesign that pushed Youtube Red, and a favorites list by category. It did have a link for “subscriptions” but that took me to a page with all the videos in all my subscriptions (sorted by reverse date.)

Then I reloaded and got the mechanic monkey.

Then I reloaded again and the Youtube layout reverted to what we have been used to the past year, with, as you point out, the Subscriptions listed on the side.

Oh, Ok. I thought you hadn’t used it since the sidebar was always visible. I get the redesigned page you describe, but if I wait a few seconds, then my subscriptions show up. Weird.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 2:59:53pm

apparently this happened this morning:

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 3:01:19pm

re: #146 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She has a PhD in chemical engineering.

This is Dr. Jennifer Shulte of @Stanford university who racially profiled the black family in #oakland

A black family in Oakland? Impossible!

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freetoken  May 15, 2018 • 3:01:45pm

Since I brought up the Hoover Institution, let me rant a bit more: they make my ass tired.

Fancy attempts to add patinas of respectability to old prejudices are not, I repeat, are not great feats of humanity.

Lipstick on pigs - that’s what so much of the effort of conservative think tanks turn out to be.

Hoover Institution is a classic, perhaps the most classic, example.

The rubes will mistake the use of the language (English) as a great insight into the subject matter (foreign affairs, economics, etc.)

Just because someone has the best words, the biggest words, does not make their assertions any more true than others.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 3:01:56pm

re: #173 Eclectic Cyborg

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming Queen movie:

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I don’t go for rock biopics as a rule, but that one looks pretty good.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 3:02:10pm

re: #170 Big Beautiful Door

Federal judges only get impeached for felonies. No GOP senator will vote to impeach a judge just for being a rwnj.

Yeah I was definitely under the impression that it was difficult to impossible to get judges removed. Taxes and judges are 2 of the main reasons the GOP have been complicit in this soft coup. They already got one windfall. And they love and need the permanence of redesigning the judiciary.

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scottslemmons  May 15, 2018 • 3:04:31pm

re: #170 Big Beautiful Door

Federal judges only get impeached for felonies. No GOP senator will vote to impeach a judge just for being a rwnj.

Now see, this is why y’all elect me president. ‘Cause I’ll throw every Republican in Congress in prison, then have Trump’s judges removed because of concerns they’re taking orders from Russia-backed traitors.

After that, I’ll get to work throwing Fox reporters and NYT columnists in the ocean, just like God intended.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 3:04:35pm

Oh great…now the Tornado sirens are going off. Tornado warning until 6:30.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 3:05:55pm

Our Devolution pre-game warmups:

Yep, Bernie’s brigade is launching thirteen more candidates at an uncaring world tonight. Here’s how they line up:

One statewide candidate - Paulette Jordan, running for governor of Idaho.
Two Congressional candidates - Jess King, who will win the nomination for safely GOP PA-11… because she’s unopposed, and Greg Edwards in PA-7.
Three state senate candidates - Mark Pinsley, unopposed to face a GOP incumbent in PA-16 (Allentown and points north), Charles Gallia, unopposed to face a Republican incumbent in OR-20 (southern suburbs of Portland) and Kayse Jama, running against a Dem incumbent in OR-24 (east side of Portland).
Four state assembly candidates, all in Pennsylvania - Elizabeth Fiedler in PA-184 (Philly), Kareem Kandil in PA-30 (north of Pittsburgh), and Sarah Innamorato and Summer Lee in PA-21 and PA-34 (running against incumbent brothers, north of Pittsburgh).
Three downballot candidates - Julia DeGraw and Jo Ann Hardesty (Portland City Council, different seats), and James Barber (Lane County Commissioner - Eugene area).

So let’s see how the 10 opposed candidates fare. And for grins, let’s see how many of them OR quietly deletes once they lose.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 15, 2018 • 3:08:05pm

re: #146 Backwoods_Sleuth

For the record, I think her degree is from Stanford and not that she is currently employed by Stanford.

At least, that’s what I’ve been able to find with my poking around. There is no Jennifer Shulte listed. There is a Jennifer Schulte, alumnus, who works as an air quality and climate change specialist at Horizon Water and Environment, PhD in Chemical Engineering granted in 2006. Undergrad degree from North Dakota.

But now we’ve got lots of folks tweeting Stanford telling them to fire her, so …hooray for critical thinking and fact checking.

/

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gwangung  May 15, 2018 • 3:09:58pm

re: #184 Brian J.

One statewide candidate - Paulette Jordan, running for governor of Idaho.

Heh. Thought they weren’t into identity politics. Jordan has made hay being one of the first Native American candidates for governor, ever.

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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 3:12:32pm

re: #167 Big Beautiful Door

Its not that bad. If the Democrats gain control of the Senate and Presidency in the 2020 elections, they can start packing a lot of progressives onto the courts now that blue slips are dead letters.

If they control both houses of Congress and the presidency, they could get real creative and rearrange the courts. They could, for example, split the Ninth Circuit (Scalia did an event at my law school maybe 12 years ago, and said that would only work if you split California between two circuits, and that creates a lot of weird problems that nobody wants to deal with). They could add seats or change the rules for senior status.

I’m not a fan of partisan plays regarding the courts - FDR’s court packing scheme got real push back and he was arguably the most popular president in American history.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 3:16:23pm

re: #187 KGxvi

If they control both houses of Congress and the presidency, they could get real creative and rearrange the courts. They could, for example, split the Ninth Circuit (Scalia did an event at my law school maybe 12 years ago, and said that would only work if you split California between two circuits, and that creates a lot of weird problems that nobody wants to deal with). They could add seats or change the rules for senior status.

I’m not a fan of partisan plays regarding the courts - FDR’s court packing scheme got real push back and he was arguably the most popular president in American history.

Jimmy Carter created the 9th Circuit in 1980, and that’s why the Ninth Circuit was so much more liberal than the rest of the country- the GOP never got to replace half of the judges on it before Bill Clinton was elected.

And it should be noted that the court packing scheme didn’t actually fail until the philosophical conversion of Owen Roberts (the Switch in Time that Saved Nine) and retirement of Willis Van Devanter made it unnecessary.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 3:18:21pm

re: #126 Backwoods_Sleuth

Evangelicals will take credit for praying it safely past, or at least diverting it wholly against the Turks.

Alas, the story of Pope Calixtus’s Bull Against the Comet is apparently a fabrication, though that would scarcely stop fundies from re-cycling it.

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Scout  May 15, 2018 • 3:22:16pm

Today’s Google doodle is awesome.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 3:23:04pm

re: #185 klys (maker of Silmarils)

For the record, I think her degree is from Stanford and not that she is currently employed by Stanford.

At least, that’s what I’ve been able to find with my poking around. There is no Jennifer Shulte listed. There is a Jennifer Schulte, alumnus, who works as an air quality and climate change specialist at Horizon Water and Environment, PhD in Chemical Engineering granted in 2006. Undergrad degree from North Dakota.

But now we’ve got lots of folks tweeting Stanford telling them to fire her, so …hooray for critical thinking and fact checking.

/

Arthur Butz, an outspoken Holocaust denier, is a long-time professor of engineering at Northwestern University. He has tenure and no matter how many complaints NU has received, apparently firing a tenured professor teaching courses that are unrelated to his anti-Semitism would violate their policies. So even if she were on the faculty, she might escape dismissal anyway.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 3:26:15pm

re: #191 Hecuba’s daughter

Arthur Butz, an outspoken Holocaust denier, is a long-time professor of engineering at Northwestern University. He has tenure and no matter how many complaints NU has received, apparently firing a tenured professor teaching courses that are unrelated to his anti-Semitism would violate their policies. So even if she were on the faculty, she might escape dismissal anyway.

That is just disgusting. What about Jewish students and faculty? Where the hell are the policies to protect them?

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 3:28:35pm

This framing great.

Such a dotard.

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 3:29:37pm

Damn. This can’t be good.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 3:29:50pm

re: #193 JordanRules

This framing great.

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Such a dotard.

The media and their overlord will be equally shocked when the sun sets this evening.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 3:35:59pm

hey Art, you’ve got an all-clear from NWS:

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William Lewis  May 15, 2018 • 3:39:08pm

Just noticed on NPR

Donald Glover’s latest Childish Gambino release “This Is America,” which dropped in the late hours of Saturday, May 5 alongside a jarring, symbol-rich music video, has sparked hot takes, debate and abounding think pieces since its release. Now, the art has the metrics to back up the rhetoric: “This Is America” debuted at the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, bumping Drake to the No. 2 spot and marking the first No. 1 song in the 34-year-old’s music career.

npr.org

I don’t know how much it means but, for what it’s worth, Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” peaked at #7 in March 1967…

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 3:40:25pm

re: #196 Backwoods_Sleuth

hey Art, you’ve got an all-clear from NWS:

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Yeah, I’ve watched this one pretty close since they were saying the center of the cell was going to go right over downtown. Luckily it seemed to break up over the heat island of the center city. We got wind and rain…but no hail. So, that was good.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 3:40:44pm

re: #192 JordanRules

That is just disgusting. What about Jewish students and faculty? Where the hell are the policies to protect them?

I remember first hearing about him over 25 years ago. His book “The Hoax of the Twentieth Century” was published in the 1970’s.

From Wikipedia — the source of all knowledge //

In 2006, sixty of Butz’s colleagues from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty signed a censure describing Butz’s Holocaust denial as “an affront to our humanity and our standards as scholars”.[7] The letter also called for Butz to “leave our Department and our University and stop trading on our reputation for academic excellence.”[7]

University President Henry Bienen issued the following statement:

Northwestern University Associate Professor Arthur Butz recently issued a statement commending Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s assertion that the Holocaust never happened. Butz is a Holocaust denier who has made similar assertions previously. His latest statement, like his earlier writings and pronouncements, is a contemptible insult to all decent and feeling people. While I hope everyone understands that Butz’s opinions are his own and in no way represent the views of the University or me personally, his reprehensible opinions on this issue are an embarrassment to Northwestern.

There is no question that the Holocaust is a well-documented historical fact. The University has a professorship in Holocaust Studies endowed by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Northwestern offers courses in Holocaust Studies and organizes conferences of academic scholars who teach in areas relating to the Holocaust. In addition, Northwestern hosts a summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. And most recently, a fellowship in the political science department has been established in my name by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. In short, Northwestern University has contributed significantly to the scholarly research of the Holocaust and remains committed to doing so.

Butz is a tenured associate professor in electrical engineering. Like all faculty members, he is entitled to express his personal views, including on his personal web pages, as long as he does not represent such opinions as the views of the University. Butz has made clear that his opinions are his own and at no time has he discussed those views in class or made them part of his class curriculum. Therefore, we cannot take action based on the content of what Butz says regarding the Holocaust - however odious it may be - without undermining the vital principle of intellectual freedom that all academic institutions serve to protect.

Henry S. Bienen
President[8]

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 3:41:00pm
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Belafon  May 15, 2018 • 3:45:56pm

re: #201 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Good place to be a homeless alcoholic.

Which I would expect a good god to be.

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MsJ  May 15, 2018 • 3:46:49pm

re: #29 Kragar

DA for Manhattan

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Guy who took bribes, too.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 3:50:09pm
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 3:51:11pm

My cat just stole my Toyota and headed for the store with a 20 in his mouth.

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Eventual Carrion  May 15, 2018 • 3:53:04pm

re: #57 wrenchwench

I deleted mine.

Zuckerberg is not real.

Same here. My last facebook post was “FUCK FACEBOOK”, and then I deleted (?) my account. they sure have the “delete account” hidden in the menu system.

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austin_blue  May 15, 2018 • 3:54:24pm

re: #194 Charles Johnson

Damn. This can’t be good.

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Sure looks like a tube of a’a hitting groundwater and going boom!

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whitebeach  May 15, 2018 • 3:57:58pm

re: #127 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Guess we now know what John Kelly meant when he said “foster care or whatever“…

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

Oh, wait, we can handle both situations right here on a single site. The older kids can, oh, I don’t know, plant and pick vegetables or something, which, OK, may be what they came here to do in the first place, but the beauty part is we don’t have to actually pay them for the work, just hand out a few tortillas every day and give ‘em a mat to sleep on. Plus, some of ‘em probably have gold fillings, and we can humanely remove those for a nice profit.

As for the tykes, I’d say just ship ‘em back to Mexico with their parents, but doesn’t it gripe you? I mean, who gave illegals a right to have parents? Or children? Maybe there are some nice white straight married couples who can take them in and teach them English.

Not enough / in the universe. I wish something would come down on the Trump nuts like a plague that can be survived only by living on remote Aleutian islands, or maybe in the Sonora desert on the Mexican side of the border.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 3:58:42pm

he is so full of shit

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 3:58:59pm

Strange times.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 4:00:29pm

re: #209 Backwoods_Sleuth

he is so full of shit

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Look at real wages or the once all-important labor force participation rate and Turtle Boy’s argument breaks like the wind.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 4:00:40pm

re: #179 freetoken

Since I brought up the Hoover Institution, let me rant a bit more: they make my ass tired.

Fancy attempts to add patinas of respectability to old prejudices are not, I repeat, are not great feats of humanity.

Lipstick on pigs - that’s what so much of the effort of conservative think tanks turn out to be.

Hoover Institution is a classic, perhaps the most classic, example.

The rubes will mistake the use of the language (English) as a great insight into the subject matter (foreign affairs, economics, etc.)

Just because someone has the best words, the biggest words, does not make their assertions any more true than others.

Galbraith said it best: “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 4:05:22pm
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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 4:05:53pm

re: #212 EPR-radar

Galbraith said it best: “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

It should be noted that this refers in the US only to the small fraction of conservatives that remain capable of mimicking rational thought. The overwhelming majority just hoot and holler at their designated targets, as programmed by Fox News.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 4:08:47pm

re: #209 Backwoods_Sleuth

he is so full of shit

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Translation: “Yes, our tax bill was absolute shit, and yes none of our lies have come true, BUT the Democrats will raise taxes on our rich donors if they win and that’s bad!!!!”

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 4:09:55pm

Good evening Lizards

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 4:10:50pm
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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 4:11:09pm

re: #213 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Applying bullshit reduction techniques to GOP ‘regulatory relief’ leads to something like this: Every time a poor person in the US dies from environmental contamination, a Scott Pruitt minion gets its horns and tail.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 4:11:52pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 4:18:11pm

re: #219 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I just got the “Legislative Report” from my state Senator. She says this session passed a “Net Neutrality” bill. Do they have any authority over ISPs who want to do business in WA, or is this just posturing?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 4:19:07pm
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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 4:19:52pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 4:19:52pm

re: #220 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I just got the “Legislative Report” from my state Senator. She says this session passed a “Net Neutrality” bill. Do they have any authority over ISPs who want to do business in WA, or is this just posturing?

I really do not know the answer.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 4:21:47pm
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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 4:22:18pm

re: #217 Backwoods_Sleuth

You know, at least with Teapot Dome, they were selling out American interests to American businesses…

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Patricia Kayden  May 15, 2018 • 4:23:26pm

re: #216 b.d.

What makes it so hilarious is the way President Obama is “looking” at her. LOL.

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whitebeach  May 15, 2018 • 4:25:31pm

re: #225 KGxvi

You know, at least with Teapot Dome, they were selling out American interests to American businesses…

It’s the global economy. If you’re only stealing with both hands, you’re losing money. These days you need heavy equipment.

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wrenchwench  May 15, 2018 • 4:25:40pm

re: #224 Backwoods_Sleuth

[… and continue to coordinate closely with our allies,]

…the few we have remaining…

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 4:25:45pm

re: #224 Backwoods_Sleuth

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In other words, they’re stalling for time while they try to figure out whether or not to give into Kim’s demand. Perhaps they need time to call the ambassador to SK…oh, right.

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KGxvi  May 15, 2018 • 4:25:50pm

re: #209 Backwoods_Sleuth

The wind is at your back, but please do try and ignore that rocky shore it is steering you toward.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 4:27:22pm

Ocular migraines are…entertaining. First time I had one, I thought I must be having a stroke. Finding out what it was, and then having it wax, wane, and disappear as predicted, in the expected time was a huge relief.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 4:28:08pm

re: #192 JordanRules

That is just disgusting. What about Jewish students and faculty? Where the hell are the policies to protect them?

Academic freedom sometimes leads to unfortunate/scandalous results. William Shockley was a great physicist who got into ‘race science’ and eugenics late in his career while he was a Stanford professor.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 4:29:28pm

re: #231 Blind Frog Belly White

Ocular migraines are…entertaining. First time I had one, I thought I must be having a stroke. Finding out what it was, and then having it wax, wane, and disappear as predicted, in the expected time was a huge relief.

The other entertaining possibility that has occurred to me at such times was wondering if my retina was detaching.

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Dave In Austin  May 15, 2018 • 4:31:56pm

So sad…..

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 4:32:22pm

Sanity break:

Yes, in this day, age and news cycle, an otter-themed wedding cake qualifies as sanity.

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 4:32:27pm

re: #233 EPR-radar

The other entertaining possibility that has occurred to me at such times was wondering if my retina was detaching.

First time it happened to me, I thought it was something in my eye, but I couldn’t tell which one. Closed the right eye - still there. Closed the left eye - still there. THAT’S when I freaked out and thought STROKE!!!

So I found a coworker to ask an innocuous question, figuring if I were speaking gibberish, she’d say, “You’re speaking gibberish!”

Really, that was a silly thought, but the fact that I WASN’T speaking Authentic Frontier Gibberish was a big relief.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 4:32:34pm

re: #232 EPR-radar

Academic freedom sometimes leads to unfortunate/scandalous results. William Shockley was a great physicist who got into ‘race science’ and eugenics late in his career while he was a Stanford professor.

I deny that Shockley was a great physicist. John Bardeen and Walter Brattain worked in his lab when they invented the point-contact transistor. He tried to talk them out of their approach, but didn’t mind sharing their Nobel Prize. (John Bardeen is the only double physics Nobelist.)

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Stanley Sea  May 15, 2018 • 4:32:36pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 4:34:28pm

re: #235 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Sanity break:

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Yes, in this day, age and news cycle, an otter-themed wedding cake qualifies as sanity.

Otterly enchanting!

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Dave In Austin  May 15, 2018 • 4:36:12pm

The Kuwaiti source told dailymail.com that following dailymail.com’s disclosure of the court case, Al-Rumaihi called him and boasted that Cohen had asked him for money in exchange for influence in the Trump administration.

The official said: ‘He said Cohen told him to send millions to various members of the Trump family.’ Al-Rumaihi did not do so, the official added. The Trump family members were not named.

dailymail.co.uk

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 4:39:16pm

re: #240 Dave In Austin

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dailymail.co.uk

But, but…the Clintons lost money on a real estate deal! Checkmate, libtards!

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 4:39:42pm

re: #231 Blind Frog Belly White

Ocular migraines are…entertaining. First time I had one, I thought I must be having a stroke. Finding out what it was, and then having it wax, wane, and disappear as predicted, in the expected time was a huge relief.

Is there such a thing as an ocular migraine?

I thought the ocular “aura” was always a part of a true migraine? It can be more or less intense, but isn’t it always a part of it?

Also, a lot of people call a bad cluster thumping headache as a migraine, but I thought migraines have to have the three classic elements. Aura, headache and nausea.

I know I usually had all three. As I got older, I would sometimes get a bit of an aura and then it would go away without the headache and nausea.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 4:42:17pm

re: #242 ObserverArt

Is there such a thing as an ocular migraine?

I thought the ocular “aura” was always a part of a true migraine? It can be more or less intense, but isn’t it always a part of it?

Also, a lot of people call a bad cluster thumping headache as a migraine, but I thought migraines have to have the three classic elements. Aura, headache and nausea.

I know I usually had all three. As I got older, I would sometimes get a big of an aura and then it would go away without the headache and nausea.

I almost always have the visual symptoms before the pain hits. It’s an outline, curved like a circle on the left and jagged on the right, that’s blue and orange at the same time.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 4:45:28pm

re: #242 ObserverArt

Is there such a thing as an ocular migraine?

I thought the ocular “aura” was always a part of a true migraine? It can be more or less intense, but isn’t it always a part of it?

Also, a lot of people call a bad cluster thumping headache as a migraine, but I thought migraines have to have the three classic elements. Aura, headache and nausea.

I know I usually had all three. As I got older, I would sometimes get a bit of an aura and then it would go away without the headache and nausea.

It’s pretty rare, but one can have the visual symptoms of a migraine without the following headache. I’ve had the aura a few times with no headache.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 4:47:42pm

re: #243 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

I almost always have the visual symptoms before the pain hits. It’s an outline, curved like a circle on the left and jagged on the right, that’s blue and orange at the same time.

Mine was always more just white jagged edge with a white blind spot in the middle. And yes, the aura comes and then boom…headache and nausea.

Did you ever do a Google image search for migraine aura examples? Pretty big variety of auras?

Google - Migraine Aura Images

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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 4:48:42pm
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 4:49:37pm

re: #237 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I deny that Shockley was a great physicist. John Bardeen and Walter Brattain worked in his lab when they invented the point-contact transistor. He tried to talk them out of their approach, but didn’t mind sharing their Nobel Prize. (John Bardeen is the only double physics Nobelist.)

“My research leads me inescapably to the opinion that the major cause of the American Negro’s intellectual and social deficits is hereditary and racially genetic in origin and, thus, not remediable to a major degree by practical improvements in the environment.”

William Shockley, Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr., June 10, 1974

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dangerman  May 15, 2018 • 4:50:33pm

Mrs dm is out if surgery

Doc said it was textbook and unremarkable

They won’t let me see her yet so I’m antsy and bored :-(

More good news to come
I won’t allow anything else

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 4:50:38pm

re: #240 Dave In Austin

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dailymail.co.uk

Can we get Hillary or Obama to bribe Trump so the wingnuts will care about bribery again?

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 4:51:06pm

re: #248 dangerman

Mrs dm is out if surgery

Doc said it was textbook and unremarkable

They won’t let me see her yet so I’m antsy and bored :-(

More good news to come
I won’t allow anything else

Glad to hear!

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 4:51:42pm

re: #242 ObserverArt

Is there such a thing as an ocular migraine?

I thought the ocular “aura” was always a part of a true migraine? It can be more or less intense, but isn’t it always a part of it?

Also, a lot of people call a bad cluster thumping headache as a migraine, but I thought migraines have to have the three classic elements. Aura, headache and nausea.

I know I usually had all three. As I got older, I would sometimes get a bit of an aura and then it would go away without the headache and nausea.

Yes, there is. It consist of nothing but the visual symptoms, in my case a small patch of my visual field that has a zig-zag pattern of distortion and a lighter/darker ‘flashing’ effect that reminds me of looking at crystals under polarized light and flipping the polarity. It starts as a small spot and grows to be a substantial portion of my visual field before shrinking away.

No pain, no numbness, no other symptom that I really notice.

I have had migraines in in the past, with no aura, just a pain that starts behind the eye and eventually leads to nausea, then barfing, then sleeping a long time. I discovered that if I took 800 mg of ibuprofen it would stop within 20 minutes, so I haven’t gone all the way through one in decades.

But migraines are idiosyncratic. I know what mine are. Others have different experiences.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 4:53:24pm

re: #244 EPR-radar

It’s pretty rare, but one can have the visual symptoms of a migraine without the following headache. I’ve had the aura a few times with no headache.

I’ve had ocular migraines twice over the past 15 years with no accompanying pain. I’ve never had a real migraine, although my sister has experienced them a few times.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 4:54:38pm

re: #245 ObserverArt

Mine was always more just white jagged edge with a white blind spot in the middle. And yes, the aura comes and then boom…headache and nausea.

Did you ever do a Google image search for migraine aura examples? Pretty big variety of auras?

Google - Migraine Aura Images

I get the blind spot too. One time my warning was my lips and tongue tip going numb. Another time, it was aphasia.

I hadn’t ever googled those images. This one is most like mine if you flip it 180, add a half-circle on the other side to close it, and change the colors to impossible orange and blue.
I feel a little queasy just looking at those images.

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 4:55:18pm

re: #240 Dave In Austin

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[cohen] We’re going to need for you to send millions to the Trump kids, you don’t have to bother with Tiffany though. [/cohen]

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 4:55:42pm

re: #248 dangerman

Mrs dm is out if surgery

Doc said it was textbook and unremarkable

They won’t let me see her yet so I’m antsy and bored :-(

More good news to come
I won’t allow anything else

Glad it has gone well!

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 4:55:47pm

The sky to the north is a sickly yellow. Either it’s clearing up or Armageddon is upon us.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 15, 2018 • 4:57:37pm

Evening Lizardim.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 5:00:22pm

re: #251 Blind Frog Belly White

Yes, there is. It consist of nothing but the visual symptoms, in my case a small patch of my visual field that has a zig-zag pattern of distortion and a lighter/darker ‘flashing’ effect that reminds me of looking at crystals under polarized light and flipping the polarity. It starts as a small spot and grows to be a substantial portion of my visual field before shrinking away.

No pain, no numbness, no other symptom that I really notice.

I have had migraines in in the past, with no aura, just a pain that starts behind the eye and eventually leads to nausea, then barfing, then sleeping a long time. I discovered that if I took 800 mg of ibuprofen it would stop within 20 minutes, so I haven’t gone all the way through one in decades.

But migraines are idiosyncratic. I know what mine are. Others have different experiences.

I still remember my first migraine. I thought I was going blind.

I was in Mrs. Castle’s American Literature class, sophomore year high school. I was asked to read something and as soon as I looked down, boom…blind spot and glistening edges.

I didn’t say anything and the teacher was wondering what was wrong. I told her my eyes were messed up. She asked if I had a like a big white flashing spot or something like that?

I told her yes and that I was getting sick too. She explained I was getting a migraine headache and took me out of class to the home economics model apartment classroom and had me lie down with the lights off.

I had them off and on probably up through about my late 40s and then they mellowed out. On rare occasions I do get a small flash of light. If I close my eyes and relax it will go right away.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:00:22pm

re: #242 ObserverArt

Is there such a thing as an ocular migraine?

I thought the ocular “aura” was always a part of a true migraine? It can be more or less intense, but isn’t it always a part of it?

Also, a lot of people call a bad cluster thumping headache as a migraine, but I thought migraines have to have the three classic elements. Aura, headache and nausea.

I know I usually had all three. As I got older, I would sometimes get a big of an aura and then it would go away without the headache and nausea.

They can be separate.
For me, they always have been.

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Stanley Sea  May 15, 2018 • 5:01:18pm

re: #248 dangerman

:-)!!!

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 5:02:32pm

re: #248 dangerman

Mrs dm is out if surgery

Doc said it was textbook and unremarkable

They won’t let me see her yet so I’m antsy and bored :-(

More good news to come
I won’t allow anything else

Good news is always good.

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 5:04:11pm

These are the people Trump listens to. They’re busy telling him what he wants to hear.

They’re the ones who are in his head and making him play by the numbers.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 15, 2018 • 5:04:38pm

Just because the Israelis did a terrible thing does not make Hamas less terrible.

FUCK HAMAS.
FUCK BIBI.
FUCK TRUMP & HIS EVIL SPAWN.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 5:05:55pm

re: #262 lawhawk

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These are the people Trump listens to. They’re busy telling him what he wants to hear.

They’re the ones who are in his head and making him play by the numbers.

And after that, something else will come up. And another thing, and another thing… all of which Donny will be expected to pay for to get his Big Neener Neener Summit going. Someday. At some point. If enough expenses have been paid.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:06:09pm

probably doesn’t matter in the end, but:

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 5:07:41pm

re: #262 lawhawk

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These are the people Trump listens to. They’re busy telling him what he wants to hear.

They’re the ones who are in his head and making him play by the numbers.

Marc Thiessen, VDH, Rand Paul, and a host of others have shown themselves to be either ignoble or idiots —or possibly both.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 5:07:47pm

Can’t possibly be true. But it is.

We are in the hands of devils.

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CleverToad  May 15, 2018 • 5:09:06pm

re: #248 dangerman

Mrs dm is out if surgery

Doc said it was textbook and unremarkable

They won’t let me see her yet so I’m antsy and bored :-(

More good news to come
I won’t allow anything else

Whew!!!
Was just about to ask if anybody had heard from you folks
Glad to hear ‘unremarkable’ in this context

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 5:11:06pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 5:13:55pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:14:24pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:15:41pm

re: #270 Joe Bacon 🌹

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excellent response!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:19:58pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 5:21:20pm

re: #273 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I’d settle for a President who reads the PDB.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:21:23pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 5:28:31pm

Polls now closed in Pennsylvania.

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 5:29:21pm

Kerrville is a popular retirement spot west of Austin. Lots of conservatives.

The racial makeup of the city was 85.89% White, 2.99% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 8.20% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 22.73% of the population.
………………..
In the city, the population was distributed as 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years.
en.wikipedia.org

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whitebeach  May 15, 2018 • 5:31:40pm

re: #267 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Can’t possibly be true. But it is.

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We are in the hands of devils.

Tony Perkins has been one of the foulest odors in the rotting nazi outhouse that is Louisiana politics ever since he arrived here. The closest he ever belonged to Baton Rouge, dirty as that town is, was Angola.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 5:31:58pm

re: #275 Backwoods_Sleuth

The Hill

@thehill
48m
JUST IN: Trump Justice Dept, FBI launch probe into Cambridge Analytica: report hill.cm pic.twitter.com

Sideline_Observer
@Chris79699884
Isn’t it the United States Department of Justice?
6:41 PM - May 15, 2018
1 1 Reply 1 1 Retweet 2 2 likes

Sideline_observer has a somewhat suspicious address. In any case, I don’t think it’s unusual for media organizations to affix the President’s name to their description of the Justice Department. In previous administrations, didn’t they call it the Obama Justice Department and the Bush Justice Department?

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Belafon  May 15, 2018 • 5:36:13pm

re: #277 jaunte

But the polls are saying everything’s tied up. //

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:39:07pm

re: #280 Belafon

But the polls are saying everything’s tied up. //

and Democrats have no message other than anti-trump….
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:39:53pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 5:40:08pm

re: #280 Belafon

But the polls are saying everything’s tied up. //

The 2016 elections have cured me of paying attention to polls (even though Clinton’s victory was right at the low end of what was predicted). I wish people here wouldn’t quote them, but I know that’s too much to ask for. :-)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:40:48pm

re: #282 Backwoods_Sleuth

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LOL:

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 15, 2018 • 5:41:15pm

re: #281 Backwoods_Sleuth

and Democrats have no message other than anti-trump….
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Because everyone knows that the anti-Obama only message failed so miserably for the Oval Office, Senate and House owning Republican party.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 5:42:34pm

re: #274 Blind Frog Belly White

I’d settle for a President who reads the PDB.

We can start with the Declaration of Independence. Then a thorough study of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Then the Constitution itself. All before giving him a U.S. history book and a Civics lesson.

Problem is though…he really has no desire to learn. You can see that by how little he knows at 71. And he doesn’t appear to want to learn anything now.

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MsJ  May 15, 2018 • 5:42:55pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:44:02pm
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MsJ  May 15, 2018 • 5:45:19pm

I need election returns data. I’m jonesing.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 5:45:52pm

re: #286 ObserverArt

We can start with the Declaration of Independence. Then a thorough study of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Then the Constitution itself. All before giving him a U.S. history book and a Civics lesson.

Problem is though…he really has no desire to learn. You can see that by how little he knows at 71. And he doesn’t appear to want to learn anything now.

Trump truly is a witless fucking cocksplat. What passes for his intelligence is at plant-level, with only very primitive responses to outside stimuli — 1) if it’s a threat, run away, 2) if it’s exploitable, swindle it, 3) if it looks fuckable, fuck it, otherwise 4) ignore it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:49:02pm
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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 5:55:16pm

Kīlauea status update: from Orange to Red
RED WARNING, 2018-05-15 23:23:27 UTC

As of early this morning, eruption of ash from the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea Volcano’s summit has generally increased in intensity. Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest. Ashfall and vog (volcanic air pollution) has been reported in Pahala, about 18 miles downwind. NWS radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigor of activity and wind conditions.

Ash emission from the Kilauea summit vent will likely be variable with periods of increased and decreased intensity depending on the occurrence of rockfalls into the vent and other changes within the vent.

At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 5:55:58pm

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Of course we may have to add a virgin just to be sure but where would we find one in DC? Pence maybe?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 5:57:11pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 5:58:45pm

Jeff Weaver now BSing on All In.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 5:59:32pm

re: #293 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

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Of course we may have to add a virgin just to be sure but where would we find one in DC? Pence maybe?

Get one of those incel punks.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 6:00:03pm

re: #295 Joe Bacon 🌹

Jeff Weaver now BSing on All In.

Thanks for the warning.

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prairiefire  May 15, 2018 • 6:02:06pm

re: #243 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

I almost always have the visual symptoms before the pain hits. It’s an outline, curved like a circle on the left and jagged on the right, that’s blue and orange at the same time.

I’ve had a few ocular migraines, pretty trippy! Felt like I was floating above my bed, seeing double.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:02:23pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:03:23pm
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PhillyPretzel  May 15, 2018 • 6:03:41pm

OT My first election as a minority inspector was very long (13 hours) and it was very interesting. Sixty-three people voted including yours truly. Yes I did win for committee person again. I also have some very important paperwork that I have to keep for a year but that is a very small price to pay. Right now I am very tired and there is still plenty of lightening and thunder so I will get off line and get ready for tomorrow’s work. To all of those who did vote in PA and any other states thank you for voting.

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 6:03:41pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:05:42pm
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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 6:05:50pm

re: #296 makeitstop

Get one of those incel punks.

Do you want to anger the volcano gods? Because that’s how you get angry volcano gods!

//

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:08:04pm

‘Men dressed in suits.’ Erik Prince’s minions, maybe?

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Stanley Sea  May 15, 2018 • 6:09:59pm

re: #301 PhillyPretzel

Your work is appreciated.

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 6:10:48pm

re: #300 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Dave In Austin  May 15, 2018 • 6:11:22pm

re: #296 makeitstop

Get one of those incel punks.

Pele not happy. Big indigestion!

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 6:12:11pm

re: #308 Dave In Austin

Pele not happy. Big indigestion!

Yeah, those incel fuckers seem pretty greasy.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:14:02pm

re: #309 Targetpractice

Yeah, those incel fuckers seem pretty greasy.

Okay, so no volcano, then.

Can we just throw them into a crevasse?

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 6:15:16pm

re: #304 Targetpractice

Do you want to anger the volcano gods? Because that’s how you get angry volcano gods!

//

It’s got to be somebody at least as attractive as Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:16:23pm

I’m watching the Celts - Brons game.

There’s some dude in Boston who is a dead ringer for Stephen Miller. Poor ugly bastard.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 6:16:39pm

Yet another fundy story that would once have been dismissed as an outrageous fabrication. Actually, only the forthrightness is new. The Southern Baptist Convention was created in the first place to oppose social justice, by upholding slavery in the antebellum south after the American Baptist Convention had gone abolitionist.

Facebook Post

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 15, 2018 • 6:18:16pm

re: #313 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Social justice is evil? Has that man read even one word of the Bible? Even the Old Testament’s portrayal of God wasn’t strictly, “Kill ‘em all, let Me sort it out.”

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CleverToad  May 15, 2018 • 6:18:57pm

re: #301 PhillyPretzel

OT My first election as a minority inspector was very long (13 hours) and it was very interesting. Sixty-three people voted including yours truly. Yes I did win for committee person again. I also have some very important paperwork that I have to keep for a year but that is a very small price to pay. Right now I am very tired and there is still plenty of lightening and thunder so I will get off line and get ready for tomorrow’s work. To all of those who did vote in PA and any other states thank you for voting.

Not OT at all.
All of us who treasure democracy appreciate your time and effort.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 6:18:58pm

Trump’s “TV lawyer” is reading a page from The Sopranos:

“We are going to try as best we can to put the message out there that it has been a year, there has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Giuliani said. “We don’t want to signal our action if this doesn’t work — we are going to hope they listen to us — but obviously we have a Plan B and C.”

Giuliani also said that there is no reason for Mueller to interview Trump. If Mueller wants to talk to the president, the former New York mayor said that he would need to turn over the 1.2 million pages of documents cataloging White House interviews and court documents. He also intends to demand that the investigation end shortly.

Totally the words of an innocent man.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 6:20:32pm

re: #313 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Yet another fundy story that would once have been dismissed as an outrageous fabrication. Actually, only the forthrightness is new. The Southern Baptist Convention was created in the first place to oppose social justice, by upholding slavery in the antebellum south after the American Baptist Convention had gone abolitionist.

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That’s why I refer to them as the Southern Fried Baptists.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:20:53pm

re: #316 Targetpractice

Trump’s “TV lawyer” is reading a page from The Sopranos:

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Totally the words of an innocent man.

Rudy actually believes he’s got leverage here?

Senile old man hires equally senile mouthpiece.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 6:21:46pm

re: #316 Targetpractice

Trump’s “TV lawyer” is reading a page from The Sopranos:

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Totally the words of an innocent man.

Suppose they do succeed in closing down the investigation? Do they really want the case to be tried solely in the court of public opinion? Because the standards of evidence there are…lower, to say no more.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:22:47pm

Avenatti is making the wingnuts twitchy…

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 15, 2018 • 6:23:23pm

re: #316 Targetpractice

Trump’s “TV lawyer” is reading a page from The Sopranos:

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Totally the words of an innocent man.

They want to close it down after a year? So when are you right-wing assholes going to wrap up with BENGHAZI!!!!!11!11 BUTTER EMAILS!!!1!1, then?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:24:33pm
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Stanley Sea  May 15, 2018 • 6:29:19pm

re: #316 Targetpractice

Trump’s “TV lawyer” is reading a page from The Sopranos:

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Totally the words of an innocent man.

Every time they scream no collusion I say Don jr trump tower. they are trying so hard to memory hole this actual event.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 15, 2018 • 6:31:19pm
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retired cynic  May 15, 2018 • 6:31:49pm

re: #244 EPR-radar

It’s pretty rare, but one can have the visual symptoms of a migraine without the following headache. I’ve had the aura a few times with no headache.

Mine were jagged circles, rough all the way around, in colors and pulsating. Start small and get bigger and bigger until they covered everything, and then were gone. If I’d had headaches to match those, whoa baby! Fortunately, I did not have the headaches.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:32:20pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:33:57pm

re: #326 retired cynic

Mine were jagged circles, rough all the way around, in colors and pulsating. Start small and get bigger and bigger until they covered everything, and then were gone. If I’d had headaches to match those, whoa baby! Fortunately, I did not have the headaches.

Same here. I get them every so often, but no subsequent headache.

One time I got mildly nauseous, but that was about it. (Knocks wood)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:34:12pm

hahahahahahaa
Fun with Photoshop!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 6:34:37pm

thread continues

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 6:34:53pm

Meanwhile, the Democrats will apparently have a Congressman whose name should always be pronounced with air quotes, as Rich Lazer, I mean Rich “Lay-zer” has won the now very safe 5th District.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:35:37pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  May 15, 2018 • 6:36:52pm

re: #323 Backwoods_Sleuth

Any Bernie picks run in PA?

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 6:36:59pm

re: #332 Backwoods_Sleuth

I know it’s Nebraska but…any chance of her going down in the midterms?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:37:22pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:39:31pm

re: #333 GlutenFreeJesus

Any Bernie picks run in PA?

a few:
ourrevolution.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:40:41pm

re: #334 Eclectic Cyborg

I know it’s Nebraska but…any chance of her going down in the midterms?

no idea

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 6:41:03pm

re: #333 GlutenFreeJesus

Any Bernie picks run in PA?

Tracking the OR candidates from upthread:

In Congressional races, Berner Greg Edwards narrowly trails Susan Wild in PA-7. Jessica King is unopposed in PA-11.

In state house races, OR endorsees are running 3 for 4, believe it or not. Sarah Innamorato and Summer Lee in PA-21 and PA-34 are beating the Costa brothers, and Elizabeth Fiedler is ahead in PA-184. Kareem Kandil is in third place in PA-30.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 6:43:02pm

re: #316 Targetpractice

Trump’s “TV lawyer” is reading a page from The Sopranos:

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Totally the words of an innocent man.

Yo’ Rudy?

What you are doing; yeah that looks like you are delaying, a form of obstruction.

Besides big guy…where do you have the right to demand a damn thing?

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 6:43:28pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:43:37pm
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William Lewis  May 15, 2018 • 6:44:05pm

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yes it is quite false, attendance and membership in all Christian churches, even in conservative denominations, is dropping like an anvil was tied to them. Even in “Megachurches” attendance is dropping. Why? Because the so-called Evangelicals have poisoned many (if not most) of the wells of Christianity so thoroughly that most Americans are unwilling to try finding a church that won’t poison them or their loved ones. This is especially true for our LGBT brethren and it’s why I am glad to have been a part of making my parish a Welcoming church, safe an accepting of all who wish to be there.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 6:45:57pm

re: #322 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I know smoke and mirrors have worked so far for Trump to con his believers.

But you cannot smoke and mirror wages. People know if they have more money or if they are still where they were or worse off.

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mmmirele  May 15, 2018 • 6:46:36pm

re: #313 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Yet another fundy story that would once have been dismissed as an outrageous fabrication. Actually, only the forthrightness is new. The Southern Baptist Convention was created in the first place to oppose social justice, by upholding slavery in the antebellum south after the American Baptist Convention had gone abolitionist.

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Oh, the SBC annual meeting has far more issues than just this “social justice” thing. They’ve got Paige “stay with your husband even if he beats you up” Patterson giving the convention sermon, for example. If I didn’t hate driving in Dallas with the heat of a billion suns, I would have seriously considered picketing. But I HATE DALLAS TRAFFIC.

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Charles Johnson  May 15, 2018 • 6:47:12pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:47:25pm

my two dogs (100# coonhound and 25# JRT) are hiding in the small space under my computer desk…no room for my feet.
One of the cats is staring out the window and growling at the thunder.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 6:47:38pm

“Ron Reagan … not afraid of burning in hell”

FFRF Ron Reagan Ad

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 6:49:06pm

re: #344 mmmirele

Oh, the SBC annual meeting has far more issues than just this “social justice” thing. They’ve got Paige “stay with your husband even if he beats you up” Patterson giving the convention sermon, for example. If I didn’t hate driving in Dallas with the heat of a billion suns, I would have seriously considered picketing. But I HATE DALLAS TRAFFIC.

I wouldn’t waste any time coming into contact with such a conclave of crackerheads.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 6:50:35pm

re: #330 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Yeah, downgraded expectations is pretty much all this administration has given to its supporters. That it’s now saying “NK nukes are okay, but they gotta give up ICBMs” would have caused all sorts of screeching with Obama in the White House, but with Trump it’ll be seen as a “major accomplishment.”

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 6:51:33pm

re: #346 Backwoods_Sleuth

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my two dogs (100# coonhound and 25# JRT) are hiding in the small space under my computer desk…no room for my feet.
One of the cats is staring out the window and growling at the thunder.

Scout has zero fucks to give about thunder. It simply does not faze him.

Our last dog, Cody, was terrified of thunder. When that first rumble came, he went straight to the basement and stayed there until it was over.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:52:24pm
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mmmirele  May 15, 2018 • 6:52:29pm

re: #348 Joe Bacon 🌹

I wouldn’t waste any time coming into contact with such a conclave of crackerheads.

Yeah, why should I bother, not when I have Mark Driscoll in Scottsdale (oh so many things with him) and the Sovereign Grace churches (which got another negative mention in a NYTimes op-ed piece last weekend).

Speaking of, I’m having dinner at a BBQ joint with the local Sovereign Grace pastor and his wife tomorrow evening. I think they’re still trying to figure out why a fat, middle aged white woman would come out every Sunday and stand on their sidewalk with a sign asking for an independent investigation into covering up child abuse. Why, because you have a meeting with the head honchos of Sovereign Grace Churches every week, and I know you report on this! :)

ETA: I know they mention “Dee is out on the sidewalk again” every Sunday. They’re very nice but they really want me gone.

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 6:52:42pm

re: #39 makeitstop

Friend of mine got pulled over mere miles from the Colorado/Utah border two winters ago on his way to Park City for some skiing. Cop smelled weed, because they had just got done smoking ten minutes prior. Cop did field sobriety tests on my friend, same ones they do for drunk driving. Cop found no outward signs of impairment that would affect driving, had to let him go. But first, they searched his car. Found two containers of cannabis (one belonged to my friend, the other a passenger) some rolling papers and a pipe. Cop put it all out on the hood. And then explained how cannabis is legal in Colorado and that they were free to take all the stuff back. Cop sent them on their merry way. Fucking wild.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 6:53:41pm

re: #332 Backwoods_Sleuth

BREAKING: Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska wins Republican primary in re-election bid. @AP race call at 8:30 p.m. CDT

re: #334 Eclectic Cyborg

I know it’s Nebraska but…any chance of her going down in the midterms?

re: #337 Backwoods_Sleuth

no idea

There were five candidates including Sen. Fischer in the GOP Primary. Most of the votes have yet to been counted, but as of now she is leading with over 75%.

In the Democratic Primary, Jane Reybould is leading over three others with 67%.

Turnout for the GOP was higher, so Ms. Reybould has work to do in the November election.

In NE-1, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry ran unopposed for reëlection for the GOP.
In the Democratic Primary, two people are running, Jessica McClure has 2/3 of the vote counted so far.

In NE-2, Rep. Don Bacon ran unopposed. For the Dems, Brad Ashford is trailing his opponent Kara Eastman by nine votes.

In that district, the Democratic Primary drew more voters than the GOP (so far).

In my district, Rep. Adrian Smith has 2/3 of the vote against three other candidates.
Democrat Paul Theobald ran unopposed, but runs way behind the GOP candidates.

Most of the vote is not counted yet. The polls closed at 8PM CDT/7PM MDT.

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Renaissance_Man  May 15, 2018 • 6:54:24pm

re: #343 ObserverArt

I know smoke and mirrors have worked so far for Trump to con his believers.

But you cannot smoke and mirror wages. People know if they have more money or if they are still where they were or worse off.

No they don’t.

We cannot underestimate the ability of people to fool themselves. In Elkhart, after the bailout in the first year of the Obama administration, people who were out of work returned to work, and the economy improved manyfold. Yet people in Elkhart watched FOX, and they believed their economy was woeful, and that the black man was to blame. They literally did not believe they were better off with a job, and more money, than they were before. Once Trump was elected, they finally believed. They pointed to their jobs and said that this was the result of Trump.

Reality does not matter. Personal gains and losses, personal injuries and benefits, don’t matter. Democrats could literally walk up to FOX viewers and give them jobs and money, and they will tell you that Democrats didn’t do it, and that all their blessings flow directly from Trump, because of the media they consume. People can be convinced of anything. ANYTHING. You can show them two numbers and they will be unable to tell you which is higher if it conflicts with their inculcated beliefs. You can physically harm them and they will insist that it isn’t happening, if they are indoctrinated enough.

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ObserverArt  May 15, 2018 • 6:54:28pm

re: #346 Backwoods_Sleuth

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my two dogs (100# coonhound and 25# JRT) are hiding in the small space under my computer desk…no room for my feet.
One of the cats is staring out the window and growling at the thunder.

Looks like that damn cold front line dipped all the way down below Cinci and you’re getting the storms now.

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 6:54:32pm

re: #351 Backwoods_Sleuth

Within 72 hours, the bulk of Fox viewers will see Mueller as a Russian tool, and not protecting and defending the US Constitution from a clear and present danger in the form of Trumpworld.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 6:55:22pm

re: #319 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Suppose they do succeed in closing down the investigation? Do they really want the case to be tried solely in the court of public opinion? Because the standards of evidence there are…lower, to say no more.

Avenatti vs. the Trump clown show in the court of public opinion? After six months of that, Trumpco would probably be begging Mueller to resume his work.

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Jay C  May 15, 2018 • 6:55:22pm

re: #343 ObserverArt

I know smoke and mirrors have worked so far for Trump to con his believers.

But you cannot smoke and mirror wages. People know if they have more money or if they are still where they were or worse off.

Yeah, but when the Trumpers control the narrative, the S&M* message is that, if wages DO rise (or can be spun as “rising” - more likely) it’s all due solely to Trump/GOP’s brilliant policies: and if they, don’t? Then, of course, it’s Somebody Else’s fault (Dems/libs/”illegals”/”welfare”, etc.)

*apt acronym, I think

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:57:19pm

re: #356 ObserverArt

Looks like that damn cold front line dipped all the way down below Cinci and you’re getting the storms now.

I’m right on the edge. Most of the storm is on the east and south sides of the ridge, so lots of thunder but very little rain.
So far.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 6:57:48pm

re: #351 Backwoods_Sleuth

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So their desperation has reached the point where they’re accusing Mueller of being a Russian agent.

I thought the Faux talking point is nobody cares about Russia and it’s all falling apart?

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lawhawk  May 15, 2018 • 6:58:54pm

re: #361 Targetpractice

They don’t care about logical consistency. They’re too busy with the next talking point.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:58:55pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 15, 2018 • 6:59:21pm

re: #363 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Nobody likes a loser. Especially in the GOP.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 6:59:42pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 7:02:16pm
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Anymouse 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 7:03:26pm

So a story about my call to my state senator today.

I called Steve Erdman’s office and spoke with his legislative aide. After identifying myself I inquired why the state governor had not issued a disaster declaration from my village or the county, and if the senator could make such a request.

The aide noted that Sen. Erdman had been through town recently and saw the damage here. However, state officials may not make such requests.

He informed me that those requests must come from a mayor/village chair. A declaration is not made if the local authorities do not request one.

He gave me the telephone number of the governor’s aide.

I also inquired about the heavy damage outside town (though that is not our jurisdiction). He said that our chairwoman should bring that up as well.

I then called the chairwoman and passed along the information. She put in the call to the governor’s office. We’ll see what happens next.

I’m going to drop a thank you card to the legislative aide for steering me through how to get this done.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 7:04:58pm

re: #361 Targetpractice

So their desperation has reached the point where they’re accusing Mueller of being a Russian agent.

I thought the Faux talking point is nobody cares about Russia and it’s all falling apart?

I think Lumpy’s getting a little sweaty over that investigation, too.

His hands are not clean, nor are his network’s.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 7:05:07pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 7:05:30pm

re: #368 makeitstop

I think Lumpy’s getting a little sweaty over that investigation, too.

His hands are not clean, nor are his network’s.

Yes, Slumlord Sean is starting to feel the heat!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 7:06:23pm
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stpaulbear  May 15, 2018 • 7:06:40pm

re: #367 Anymouse 🌹

…I’m going to drop a thank you card to the legislative aide for steering me through how to get this done.

That’s what the deep state is for.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 7:08:28pm

re: #370 Joe Bacon 🌹

Yes, Slumlord Sean is starting to feel the heat!

Lumpy…Slumlord Sean…or should we just call him ‘Mrs. Trump?’

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Anymouse 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 7:08:58pm

My regional newspaper is only covering GOP Primary results as they come in.

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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 7:09:46pm

re: #351 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yeah Lumpy because Mueller and not your gossip buddy Donnie is the one constantly praising Putin.

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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 7:10:14pm

re: #373 makeitstop

Lumpy…Slumlord Sean…or should we just call him ‘Mrs. Trump?’

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Put him on Ivanka’s body.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 15, 2018 • 7:10:18pm
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Patricia Kayden  May 15, 2018 • 7:10:24pm

re: #357 lawhawk

Within 72 hours, the bulk of Fox viewers will see Mueller as a Russian tool, and not protecting and defending the US Constitution from a clear and present danger in the form of Trumpworld.

If you’re watching Fox News, you believe all kinds of crap. Those are lost people.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 7:11:39pm

re: #376 HappyWarrior

Put him on Ivanka’s body.

You have a sick mind. Do you have a journal I can subscribe to?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 7:12:13pm

re: #377 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I want Lamb to KO Rothfus. Never forgave what that asshole did to my parents.

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 7:13:27pm
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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 7:13:33pm

re: #379 EPR-radar

You have a sick mind. Do you have a journal I can subscribe to?

Ha!

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 7:14:56pm
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Anymouse 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 7:16:23pm

If you were following my newspaper’s Website tonight, you wouldn’t know the Democrats had a primary today.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 7:17:58pm

re: #383 jaunte

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If we are, then we can only shake our heads at how cheap Trump is selling America away for.

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 7:20:05pm

One can dream, right? Truth be told, like the Haberman’s of the world, Twitter *needs* Fuckface Von Clownstick. It’s making them money.

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 7:20:49pm
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stpaulbear  May 15, 2018 • 7:22:36pm

re: #378 Patricia Kayden

If you’re watching Fox News, you believe all kinds of crap. Those are lost people.

This has probably been posted already, but it’s the longer explanation of your comment.

Why Democrats can’t win the ‘respect’ of Trump voters

…It’s more than an industry, actually; it’s an industry, plus a political movement. The right has a gigantic media apparatus that is devoted to convincing people that liberals disrespect them, plus a political party whose leaders all understand that that idea is key to their political project and so join in the chorus at every opportunity.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 7:24:26pm
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TedStriker  May 15, 2018 • 7:24:57pm

re: #287 MsJ

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Well, the other ways to go would be “Trumpity” or “Trannity” (that last one may not be looked upon well by trans folks).

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 7:25:55pm
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stpaulbear  May 15, 2018 • 7:27:06pm

re: #389 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

The White House press can spend their day talking to leakers instead. There are 500 better ways to spend their time than listening to SHS.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 7:27:07pm
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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 7:28:35pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 7:30:16pm
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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 7:30:19pm
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stpaulbear  May 15, 2018 • 7:30:31pm

re: #393 Kragar

NK is snuffing out it’s cigarette on Trump’s tie.

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 7:31:04pm
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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 7:31:05pm

re: #389 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Side benefit: No reporters in the White House, no one to leak to.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 7:33:56pm

I guess this means that the nickname ‘Lil’ Kim’ will start showing up in someone’s tweets once again.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 7:34:10pm

re: #397 stpaulbear

NK is snuffing out it’s cigarette on Trump’s tie.

Don’t worry, I’m sure that Storting committee will still give him his Peace Prize….

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 7:34:14pm
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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 7:37:00pm

re: #401 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Don’t worry, I’m sure that Storting committee will still give him his Peace Prize….

He’ll make his own, with blackjack and hookers.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 7:37:33pm

re: #402 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

That’s the G-rated and heavily censored version of what Bolton is presently up to. A more realistic scenario involves video of US napalm strikes, footage from old nuclear bomb tests, three fleshlights and a cattle prod fitted with an anal probe.

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 7:37:40pm

BREAKING: KCNA says North Korea turns to Iran and says “this is how major powers do it.”

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 7:39:04pm
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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 7:40:55pm

re: #350 makeitstop

Scout has zero fucks to give about thunder. It simply does not faze him.

Our last dog, Cody, was terrified of thunder. When that first rumble came, he went straight to the basement and stayed there until it was over.

If it were at night, my guy would hyperventilate by my bedside until I awakened and I got out of bed and followed him wherever he wanted to go — which was hunting throughout the house until he found a safe spot, which he never succeeded in doing.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 7:42:15pm

re: #406 Kragar

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Now that China has procured Trump’s reversal on ZTE, they’ve loosened Kim’s leash….

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 7:43:50pm

re: #408 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Now that China has procured Trump’s reversal on ZTE, they’ve loosened Kim’s leash….

And if Trump reverses himself, they’ll just point to it as another example of him being untrustworthy and weak.

And they would be right.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 7:43:59pm

re: #398 jaunte

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 7:44:19pm

re: #408 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Now that China has procured Trump’s reversal on ZTE, they’ve loosened Kim’s leash….

Interesting since their big pay for play ploy was getting some shine.

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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 7:44:28pm

NK played Trump to the surprise of none.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 7:46:00pm

re: #412 HappyWarrior

NK played Trump to the surprise of none.

Except every single journalist in New York and Washington. Maybe you meant no sentient beings.

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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 7:46:48pm

re: #413 Brian J.

Except every single journalist in New York and Washington. Maybe you meant no sentient beings.

Ah true.

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 7:47:19pm
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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 7:48:11pm

Beautiful reunion with my niece today.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 7:48:27pm

re: #410 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Could we get them to award Trump an IgNobel Prize? I’m sure he’d never know the difference. (Nor would FAUX Noise viewers.)

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 7:50:00pm

My 2007 Toyota Corolla - which I bought with cash brand new and the thing had 32 miles on it - just rolled over 200,000 miles today.

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calochortus  May 15, 2018 • 7:50:27pm

re: #417 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Could we get them to award Trump an IgNobel Prize? I’m sure he’d never know the difference. (Nor would FAUX Noise viewers.)

No. IgNobels first make you laugh and then make you think. Totally unsuitable for anything Trump related.

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 7:53:07pm

re: #418 teleskiguy

Only 38,900 more miles and my car will have traveled to the moon!

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 15, 2018 • 7:53:47pm

The SOUTH Koreans may be as much behind the summit cancellation as the North and Kim. The two Koreas have been making considerable progress in their own bi-lateral talks. The southerners in particular may resent Donald moving in like a bitch and trying to grab all the credit. In the meantime, the bi-lateral talks will continue below the radar screen of most American media.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 7:54:44pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 7:55:00pm
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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 7:57:12pm
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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 7:58:02pm

re: #424 Kragar

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I pity whoever else is in the room when he figures this out. Of course, this could take weeks.

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Feline Fearless Leader  May 15, 2018 • 7:58:14pm

re: #397 stpaulbear

NK is snuffing out it’s cigarette on Trump’s tie.

NK pulled a Trump negotiation. They set things up for a cozy meeting, walked in, yelled “Fuck You!”, and walked out. Expect they did it via press releases rather than actually coming into proximity to Trump.

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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 7:58:27pm
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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 8:01:05pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 8:02:44pm
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Renaissance_Man  May 15, 2018 • 8:03:51pm

re: #426 Feline Fearless Leader

NK pulled a Trump negotiation. They set things up for a cozy meeting, walked in, yelled “Fuck You!”, and walked out. Expect they did it via press releases rather than actually coming into proximity to Trump.

Like Trump is actually confident enough to have a meeting like that. He is like every other bully - a miserable coward at heart, only willing to act like a thug towards people he knows can’t fight back.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 8:06:18pm
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Patricia Kayden  May 15, 2018 • 8:07:29pm

re: #383 jaunte

And Congressional Republicans shrug and turn their heads.

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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 8:07:58pm

Oregon’s returns are coming in. Again referencing the OR candidates in #184 above, the BernieBros are 1 for 4 out west after the early returns. Jo Ann Hardesty is winning her race to be a Portland Commissioner, but Julia DeGraw is losing hers, and state senate candidate Kayse Jama and Lane County Commission candidate James Barber trail badly in their races.

So for the night, OR went 4 for 10 in competitive races. Given the amount of “cripple shooting” inherent in the endorsement game, and the fact that OR still has never endorsed a nominee for a statewide office or Congress in a competitive primary, I’m still unimpressed.

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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 8:07:59pm

Trump really thought he was so fucking clever and would be able to solve Korea.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 8:08:45pm
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jaunte  May 15, 2018 • 8:11:26pm

re: #435 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

“It is a ridiculous comedy…”

Can’t fault them on that analysis.

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whitebeach  May 15, 2018 • 8:15:59pm

re: #401 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Don’t worry, I’m sure that Storting committee will still give him his Peace Prize….

Maybe the Piece Prize. Not that the idiot would know the difference.

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EPR-radar  May 15, 2018 • 8:19:26pm

re: #437 whitebeach

Maybe the Piece Prize. Not that the idiot would know the difference.

“Here we go, Mr. Trump. The ceremony for you to receive the Pee Prize will be in a classy resort hotel in Moscow, with the award presented to you by very attractive women…”

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 8:20:12pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 8:20:18pm
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Brian J.  May 15, 2018 • 8:20:34pm

Susan Wild has just been projected the winner of the Democratic primary in PA-7 ahead of Cheetohead John Morganelli and BernieBro Greg Edwards. This is the kind of race that receives hype as being about the future of the Democratic Party and is ignored as soon as it’s over because the centrist won, again.

The Democrats lost a PA state house race in Washington County (part of Conor Lamb’s old congressional district) but still outperformed Hillary by 6 points; they’re still winning the race in Bucks County and outperforming her by 12.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 8:21:29pm
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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 8:23:29pm

re: #442 JordanRules

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So much for Kim being honorable. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s toilet tweet Trump tandrum.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 15, 2018 • 8:30:43pm

Trump gonna win the novel piss prize for this shitshow.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 8:33:50pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 15, 2018 • 8:36:12pm

This is the only Nobel Prize that the Marmalade Shitcannon deserves!

SCTV - The Nobel

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 8:38:07pm

Yes, you are doing it right.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 8:39:01pm
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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 8:41:38pm

re: #448 JordanRules

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Refreshing to see that.

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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 8:42:19pm
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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 8:43:05pm
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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 8:44:46pm
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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 8:45:15pm

re: #451 teleskiguy

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Idiots.

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 8:47:54pm

What do you want to bet that there won’t be any press briefings at all this week?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 8:48:03pm

Death panels

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 8:49:22pm

re: #454 makeitstop

What do you want to bet that there won’t be any press briefings at all this week?

Yup. Was just about to type the same thing!

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retired cynic  May 15, 2018 • 8:50:12pm

re: #455 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Death panels

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It’s got to be a joke, it’s got to be a joke, it’s got to be …

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 8:50:20pm
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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 8:50:54pm

This tweet has aged well

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 15, 2018 • 8:53:51pm

re: #459 Single-handed sailor

This tweet has aged well

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Life Trump comes at you fast

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ipsos  May 15, 2018 • 8:55:00pm

re: #459 Single-handed sailor

If Don Blankenship gave us nothing else from his fizzled little fart of a campaign, we’ll at least always have “Cocaine Mitch” to remember him by.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 8:55:08pm

re: #459 Single-handed sailor

This tweet has aged well

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makeitstop  May 15, 2018 • 8:56:39pm

re: #456 JordanRules

Yup. Was just about to type the same thing!

Not even Sarah the Prevaricating could spin this shit.

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HappyWarrior  May 15, 2018 • 8:58:27pm

re: #459 Single-handed sailor

This tweet has aged well

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I know McConnell is a GOP hack but it surprises me even he was that stupid.

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Scout  May 15, 2018 • 8:59:09pm

re: #282 Backwoods_Sleuth

What’s the big deal? I go through that every weekday morning and evening?

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goddamnedfrank  May 15, 2018 • 8:59:19pm

re: #434 HappyWarrior

Trump really thought he was so fucking clever and would be able to solve Korea.

The only things that surprise me are A.) that North Korea has pulled the rug out so early and B.) they didn’t specifically cite Trump leaving the Iran deal as a reason the US can’t be trusted, though I’m guessing they’re saving that one so Un can use it to dunk on Trump personally in Singapore.

Blaming Bolton is smart though, a nice way of smacking Trump by proxy.

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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 8:59:45pm

He tripped and fell on the money.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 9:03:16pm

re: #466 goddamnedfrank

The only things that surprisee me is A.) that North Korea has pulled the rug out so early and B.) they didn’t specifically cite Trump leaving the Iran deal as a reason the US can’t be trusted, though I’m guessing they’re saving that one so Un can use it to dunk on Trump personally in Singapore.

Blaming Bolton is smart though, a nice way of smacking Trump by proxy.

And Trump might really cuss out Bolton and make him shave his ‘stache.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 9:09:24pm
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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 9:12:06pm

Given his wife’s ties to China, could Cocaine Mitch have been involved in Trump’s decision to lift sanctions on ZTE?

—minor grammar edit

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 9:13:35pm

OK
All Sunday I had sewer gas burping up from my toilet and tub drain.
Cut the on-call maintenance guy a break, he lives all they way out by the beaches and it was Mothers Day. Called in urgent work order Monday morning to snake the gay-water line and clear the lake of sewage at the clean-out port below my next-door neighbors bedroom window.
Line snaked, sewage residue cleared.
This morning there’s a small pond of sewage at the clean-out port below my bedroom window. Stopped at office on way to store to report problem.
By lunchtime line snaked, residue cleared.
Little while ago I have sewer gas burping up from toilet and tub drain. Flush toilet and it almost reaches the brim, and gray water flows up from tub drain.. looked out window, small pond of water and TP over clean-out port.

Oh yeah. Had sewer line snaked mid last week after two days of toilet burping and slow draining.

This has been a regular, every month and a half-or-three occurrence, for the last two years. But, this is ridiculous

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 9:20:45pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 15, 2018 • 9:21:02pm

re: #471 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

OK
All Sunday I had sewer gas burping up from my toilet and tub drain.
Cut the on-call maintenance guy a break, he lives all they way out by the beaches and it was Mothers Day. Called in urgent work order Monday morning to snake the gay-water line and clear the lake of sewage at the clean-out port below my next-door neighbors bedroom window.
Line snaked, sewage residue cleared.
This morning there’s a small pond of sewage at the clean-out port below my bedroom window. Stopped at office on way to store to report problem.
By lunchtime line snaked, residue cleared.
Little while ago I have sewer gas burping up from toilet and tub drain. Flush toilet and it almost reaches the brim, and gray water flows up from tub drain.. looked out window, small pond of water and TP over clean-out port.

Oh yeah. Had sewer line snaked mid last week after two days of toilet burping and slow draining.

This has been a regular, every month and a half-or-three occurrence, for the last two years. But, this is ridiculous

We used to have frequent problems of that nature, then finally realized that it wasn’t that the sewer line was blocked, it was that the vent on the roof was plugged up with fir needles. Cleaned it out and everything instantly started running freely again.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 9:22:54pm

“Trump’s gonna negotiate peace in Korea! He’s gonna get Kim to give up his nukes!”

“Kim is not saying anything new, everything we’ve heard is the same shit we’ve been hearing for decades.”

“Look at how he got Kim to release those 3 prisoners! He’s getting shit done that Obama and Clinton never could have!”

“Oh, by the way, Kim just blew up any talk about getting rid of his nukes and is publicly pissing on Trump’s reputation.”

“Well, Obama wouldn’t have been able to do any better. Let’s talk about something else…”

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 15, 2018 • 9:28:32pm

re: #474 Targetpractice

“Trump’s gonna negotiate peace in Korea! He’s gonna get Kim to give up his nukes!”

“Kim is not saying anything new, everything we’ve heard is the same shit we’ve been hearing for decades.”

“Look at how he got Kim to release those 3 prisoners! He’s getting shit done that Obama and Clinton never could have!”

“Oh, by the way, Kim just blew up any talk about getting rid of his nukes and is publicly pissing on Trump’s reputation.”

“Well, Obama wouldn’t have been able to do any better. Let’s talk about something else…”

Who did not see this coming? I mean, apart from the State Department, Trump, and all his idiot followers.

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whitebeach  May 15, 2018 • 9:29:03pm

re: #471 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Oh yeah. Had sewer line snaked mid last week after two days of toilet burping and slow draining.

This has been a regular, every month and a half-or-three occurrence, for the last two years. But, this is ridiculous

You mean ever since the Republican convention, or the election itself?

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thecommodore  May 15, 2018 • 9:31:34pm

D’Souza is the very picture of cynicism.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 15, 2018 • 9:32:32pm

re: #476 whitebeach

You mean ever since the Republican convention, or the election itself?

Since I moved in on April 5, 2016.
Actually had sewage back up into my tub, and over flow my toilet the very first weekend I lived here.

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teleskiguy  May 15, 2018 • 9:34:18pm
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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  May 15, 2018 • 9:39:20pm

re: #477 thecommodore

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D’Souza is the very picture of cynicism.

Convicted felons gotta stand together.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 9:44:09pm

CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC all have front page stories on Kim effectively killing the talks unless Trump backs down from total nuclear disarmament.

Faux? They have nothing more recent on NK since the war games announcement and their top story is the eruptions in Hawaii.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 9:45:44pm

re: #481 Targetpractice

CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC all have front page stories on Kim effectively killing the talks unless Trump backs down from total nuclear disarmament.

Faux? They have nothing more recent on NK since the war games announcement and their top story is the eruptions in Hawaii.

“Cue the pandas. CUE THE FUCKING PANDAS!”

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austin_blue  May 15, 2018 • 9:50:39pm

Has KJU actually said anything? Is this a NORK dart to see how the west reacts?

If so, it has been a brilliant move, in that every press corps in the west has just had their hair set on fire.

Someone in North Korea is laughing their ass off to see how well this press release has smacked the hornet’s nest.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 9:50:58pm

re: #482 Kragar

“Cue the pandas. CUE THE FUCKING PANDAS!”

The hilarity is they still have Lumpy’s opening monologue, where he declares that Trump is “already winning” with Kim because NK released 3 prisoners and is dismantling a nuclear test site that can’t be used anymore. And saying that Mike Pompeo’s already laid out our iron-clad demand for the total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula else there will be “consequences.”

I’m already looking forward to tomorrow night, where he magically spins around and declares that Kim is totally untrustworthy, it was foolhardy to ever try to negotiate with them, and Trump was right for threatening him to begin with.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 15, 2018 • 10:01:41pm

re: #481 Targetpractice

CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC all have front page stories on Kim effectively killing the talks unless Trump backs down from total nuclear disarmament.

Faux? They have nothing more recent on NK since the war games announcement and their top story is the eruptions in Hawaii.

Their listeners will know and understand nothing of what has actually transpired. They are fed a constant stream of lies and, on the rare occasion they are exposed to the truth, they dismiss it as fake news. Our side tends to be constrained by reporting the truth and correcting errors when we uncover them.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 10:04:31pm

re: #482 Kragar

“Cue the pandas. CUE THE FUCKING PANDAS!”

I still can’t believe that Panda shit was real. Tucker is such a smug, constipated-faced dipshit.

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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 10:05:40pm

re: #482 Kragar

“Cue the pandas. CUE THE FUCKING PANDAS!”

Why do I hear that in John Oliver’s voice?

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 10:11:56pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 10:17:13pm
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Single-handed sailor  May 15, 2018 • 10:34:36pm

Rat fucker still fucks rats.

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Targetpractice  May 15, 2018 • 10:40:12pm

As much as Trump will try to deny it tomorrow, Kim has him by the balls. There’s no real way out now that won’t cause a loss of face.

If he’d downplayed expectations, if he’d acted as past administration had in taking anything Kim said with a grain of salt, he might have been able to walk away entirely without looking like he’d been fooled. But instead he played up the transparent promises of denuclearization, he talked up how great a guy Kim is, and he portrayed the talks as some major accomplishment in themselves.

So now he can only move forward because to do otherwise would be to admit he got played and played hard. Which means Pompeo’s remarks this past Sunday were prophetic: The White House will begin downplaying the chances of getting much of anything from Kim, lowering expectations to perhaps dismantling some ICBMs in exchange for sanctions relief and some economic support. Trump and his sycophants will insist that it’s “better than nothing” and that he got it through “strength,” but the reality will be that NK will never uphold its side of the bargain and he’ll join Obama and Clinton as “failures.”

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 10:47:15pm

David Brooks always deserves some flowery scorn.

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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 11:03:39pm

Because Kim has only been in power since 2011 and was virtually shielded from the world before that, there is still so much we don’t know about how he will use his newfound leverage. Sure we can draw a lot from NK history and dictator’s templates, but I feel like there is still so much room for surprise. It’s going to be so interesting to watch how this all continues to develop. Hopefully peacefully.

He knows he’s smarter than Trump and I’m super curious about how he uses that.

*obligatory - still a gross, cruel, murderous regime that should not be in power

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wheat-dogg  May 15, 2018 • 11:08:39pm

re: #237 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I deny that Shockley was a great physicist. John Bardeen and Walter Brattain worked in his lab when they invented the point-contact transistor. He tried to talk them out of their approach, but didn’t mind sharing their Nobel Prize. (John Bardeen is the only double physics Nobelist.)

Second that. Shockley from all accounts focused only on his own projects, and to his colleagues was an insufferable boor. He tried to get Bardeen and Brittain to abandon their approach in favor of his own, but they were sure Shockley’s method would fail. So, they essentially ignored him. Of course, they were right, and Shockley insisted he should share in the prize because reasons.

I have met Shockley. He was undeniably an intelligent man, but arrogant and — when I met him — very paranoid. He believed he was the smartest guy in the room, even in rooms full of smarter people than he. Admitting error or fault would not have been possible for him.

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Ace-o-aces  May 15, 2018 • 11:24:37pm
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JordanRules  May 15, 2018 • 11:35:44pm

re: #495 Ace-o-aces

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Rewarding unskilled people one painter and president at a time.

Woot!! Oww!! We tha best!! MAGA!! —- mediocre assholes getting advantages

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wheat-dogg  May 15, 2018 • 11:50:30pm

re: #496 JordanRules

Rewarding unskilled people one painter and president at a time.

Woot!! Oww!! We tha best!! MAGA!! —- mediocre assholes getting advantages

Mediocrity and conservatism seems to go hand-in-hand. If McNaughton didn’t have a RWNJ clientele already baked in, he’d have to get a real job. Ditto people like Tomi Lahren, although she’s probably more photogenic.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 15, 2018 • 11:53:20pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts

With very few exceptions, I friend nobody that I do not know from Real Life (R) with whom I wish to remain in real-life contact…

And as a rule, I delete anything that looks like a political comment, regardless of orientation and block or drop people who persist indoing so.

For me, FB is about friends, family, kids, pets and cultural events. If I want to discuss politics, I come to a site like this one.

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Kragar  May 15, 2018 • 11:54:19pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 12:07:18am

re: #351 Backwoods_Sleuth

Okay Sean Hannity is now seriously arguing that Robert Mueller is the one who is colluding with Russia

That argument came up on newsmax the other day: that Mueller’s involvement with Russia in a previous investigation is somehow a form of collusion or conflict of interest.

It will play well in the right circles, and that’s all that counts.

At some point, Mueller will present his findings. Congress will be compelled to act on them or appear to be complicit.

The strategy is to discredit Mueller and his findings as best they can so they can ignore them.

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Dr Lizardo  May 16, 2018 • 12:24:13am

re: #482 Kragar

“Cue the pandas. CUE THE FUCKING PANDAS!”

“Fuck it, we’ll do it live! I’LL WRITE IT AND WE’LL DO IT LIVE!!”

Well do it live family guy

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Dr Lizardo  May 16, 2018 • 12:25:40am

re: #497 wheat-dogg

Mediocrity and conservatism seems to go hand-in-hand. If McNaughton didn’t have a RWNJ clientele already baked in, he’d have to get a real job. Ditto people like Tomi Lahren, although she’s probably more photogenic.

Tomi would be posing for Hustler.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 12:31:36am

re: #495 Ace-o-aces

What I love most about this profile of Trump loving painter Jon McNaughton is that even he thinks his art sucks

He is a successful businessperson selling a product. Give him credit for that, he has a loyal audience.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 12:32:43am

re: #502 Dr Lizardo

Tomi would be posing for Hustler.

or be a trophy wife for a “successful businessman”

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 12:34:09am

re: #503 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He is a successful businessperson selling a product. Give him credit for that, he has a loyal audience.

So does Fox and somehow I am reluctant to give them credit.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 12:36:53am

re: #505 JordanRules

So does Fox and somehow I am reluctant to give them credit.

What they are offering is toxic, but that is another matter.

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Dr Lizardo  May 16, 2018 • 12:38:19am

re: #504 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

or be a trophy wife for a “successful businessman”

I could totally see that.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 12:47:20am

re: #506 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

What they are offering is toxic, but that is another matter.

Divorcing their success from its toxicity is not my kinda party.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 12:48:41am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 12:49:51am

re: #508 JordanRules

Divorcing their success from its toxicity is not my kinda party.

I look at things in categories. My mind is a big Venn diagram. Does not mean that I am unaware of the damage that they do, but I also keep i mind that they would not exist unless there was already some demand in the audience for what they are offering.

Which again does not justify what they do or make it any less toxic.

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Patricia Kayden  May 16, 2018 • 1:01:32am

re: #455 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Death panels

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They all do. He just said it out loud.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 1:02:46am

re: #511 Patricia Kayden

They all do. He just said it out loud.

A mental leak.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 1:11:42am

Watching an episode of “Murder She Wrote” from 1993. Candidate for NY Governor, Cynthia Nixon, is playing an agoraphobe. What a journey!

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freetoken  May 16, 2018 • 1:17:09am

I find that as I grow older it is becoming harder and harder to not be very cynical about my society around me.

Mostly I suppose that is just old age creeping up on me.

Still, there is enough evidence, I propose, to support that idea that our society is not doing as well lately as some would have hoped 50 years ago that 2018 would turn out to be.

On the positive note, I believe that people under 40 today are less bigoted than their grandparents’ generation.

On the negative side, though, I see a society where young and old alike are not so interested in building for the future. We’ve become very much centered on the immediate, the now.

Mostly, on instant gratification. Hedonism.

Part of the angst I feel when watching popular portrayals of science is that I see a very clear attempt to entertain, and not to educate.

Those are two different things.

Entertainment is about meeting that need for instant gratification.

Education is about two things: learning how to think differently, and discipline. One needs both to learn.

BBC has had a very long running astronomy show called The Sky At Night.

It’s changed over the years, of course, and some have lamented the changes, as the long-running host (Patrick Moore) was around for so long and his departure upset some folk.

The new presenters are fine, but I find myself cringing a bit now in the presentations, as the effort is clearly to make the show more entertaining, more wow, and less cerebral.

Anyway, latest episode covers the latest release of Gaia data and some topics such data can be used to explore:

The Sky at Night - Gaia: A Galactic Revolution 13 May 2018 (ENG SUB)

I think it is neat that such a show exists, but as I watch it I find myself lamenting how sloppy the language is, as far as science is concerned.

For example, the talking heads keep mentioning “accuracy”, but that is misleading. The improvements brought about by Gaia are in precision in measuring quantities previously measured, as well as just new measurements that simply were not possible before.

Some important, arguably the most important ideas, are skipped entirely.

Misleading ideas, such as black holes “magnifying” a star behind it during transits, are stated as if that is what is happening. No, what is happening is that the bending of spacetime is FOCUSING light towards us that otherwise would go in a different direction if the black hole wasn’t between us the more distant star. (Note that in some cases such bending of spacetime can indeed result in a proper magnification, but that is not what Gaia is measuring. Gaia is measuring the change in apparently brightness of a star.)

One idea that is repeated has to do with these black holes somehow being weird because they are floating in space and going in different directions. Well, guess what, we are all floating in space, we’re all going different directions..

The biggest thing about reality missing from the program is that there are no such things as fixed points in space (or time for that matter). It’s as if the presenters are living in an almost medieval view of space-time.

The word most missing in this episode, of the description of the Gaia data, is “relative”.

What a lay person will not immediately think upon is exactly what the specialist needs to emphasize.

This is a goal of an educator - to get their student to think what they have not thought before.

And this is what Gaia is really doing: looking at the past. And each star from which light is gathered is in the past a different distance (in time) than the other stars being measured. Thus the snapshot that Gaia gives us is not how the galaxy every really existed. Gaia is giving us a picture how the galaxy (and some more distant objects) looks to us at this (our current) time.

Anyway, I could go on curmudgeonly …

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 1:18:25am

This profile is really, really good.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 1:20:03am

re: #514 freetoken

If you really want science, you read a science journal or textbook. They are clear and concise in their language, but a bit, well, boring.

This BBC series, like all other historical/scientific documentaries is first and foremost broadcast for entertainment purposes.

That does not mean that it cannot be highly informational, but that is not how it was conceived. I try to make that point to people all the time.

Me and my mental Venn diagrams again.

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freetoken  May 16, 2018 • 1:23:24am

re: #516 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

There have been, and are, BBC shows that do a pretty good job at explaining science to the general population.

But those are not as common as they used to be.

More of the shows today really are about keeping viewing numbers up.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 1:26:57am

re: #517 freetoken

There have been, and are, BBC shows that do a pretty good job at explaining science to the general population.

But those are not as common as they used to be.

More of the shows today really are about keeping viewing numbers up.

I noticed a real decline in the quality of TV broadcasting in the UK over recent decades, I used to really look forward to watching it when I was visiting, now I find a lot less that is worth viewing.

I like Philomena Cunk’s schtick, but it kind of wears thin after about three minutes.

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fern01  May 16, 2018 • 1:44:16am

re: #31 Charles Johnson

There is no way he can represent us or our values on the international stage

He IS representing the values of the US president* and his administration and the US Republican party.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 1:49:00am

re: #519 fern01

He IS representing the values of the US president* and his administration and the US Republican party.

It really shows how the Fundamentalist Christians scored a coup in getting Trump elected. They have been biding their time ever since Reagan tossed them aside after he got elected and Nancy’s house astrologer took over their spiritual guidance.

So now they have a Fundamentalist theocrat one heartbeat away from the Presidency and people in key positions in government, education, the military and public administration.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 2:30:51am

My wife is busy planning the Alaska part of our Yukon trip … she is reserving ferry space for our car to go to Juneau from Haines, and back via the Alaska Marine Highway to Prince Rupert.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 2:34:35am

huffingtonpost.com (auto-play video)

Pauley Perrette (NCIS, played Abby) let out a series of tweets alleging she was sexually assaulted in the workplace while at CBS.

CBS acknowledged she came to the network with a “workplace concern.”

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LastYearsMan  May 16, 2018 • 2:45:26am

Regarding the latest NK blowup… The KCNA has always been blustery and confrontational, especially when the annual South Korean-US military exercises are going on. This is SOP for them.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 2:47:13am

re: #523 LastYearsMan

Regarding the latest NK blowup… The KCNA has always been blustery and confrontational, especially when the annual South Korean-US military exercises are going on. This is SOP for them.

I do not understand why some people think that awe of Trump is going to get them to change their tone.

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wheat-dogg  May 16, 2018 • 2:59:23am

re: #524 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I do not understand why some people think that awe of Trump is going to get them to change their tone.

Because to them Trump is a demigod. They do not see the reality everyone else can see.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 3:01:00am

re: #525 wheat-dogg

Because to them Trump is a demigod. They do not see the reality everyone else can see.

He sold himself as the anti-politician. And at least during the campaign, he got away with things that would have derailed the career of any professional politician.

But that does not make him exempt to the way that international diplomacy works.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:01:19am

re: #523 LastYearsMan

Regarding the latest NK blowup… The KCNA has always been blustery and confrontational, especially when the annual South Korean-US military exercises are going on. This is SOP for them.

If we only had an ambassador to South Korea or a State Department that wasn’t gutted, or John Bolton wasn’t shoved out an airlock… .

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:04:42am

Got an advert for “Travel Oklahoma” on this one. AI needs a tweek.

Johnny Horton - North to Alaska

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wheat-dogg  May 16, 2018 • 3:05:13am

re: #526 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He sold himself as the anti-politician. And at least during the campaign, he got away with things that would have derailed the career of any professional politician.

But that does not make him exempt to the way that international diplomacy works.

Trump is a one-trick pony thrust into a job that requires the pony to successfully manage several complex tricks all at the same time. If he had capable people around him to pick up the slack (assuming he would let them), his one-trick pony shtick might almost work. As it is, this particular circus only has Donald the One-Trick Pony and a motley assortment of clowns. The ringmaster (Kelly) is only there for show.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:08:59am

My wife is concerned about bar fights along the way though … or maybe finding millions of dollars in gold … or freezing to death in Yukon … or all of them, Katie.

Stan Rogers - Canol Road

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 3:09:12am

re: #529 wheat-dogg

Trump is a one-trick pony thrust into a job that requires the pony to successfully manage several complex tricks all at the same time. If he had capable people around him to pick up the slack (assuming he would let them), his one-trick pony shtick might almost work. As it is, this particular circus only has Donald the One-Trick Pony and a motley assortment of clowns. The ringmaster (Kelly) is only there for show.

I do not get into discussion of Trump with people I do not know beyond to say that I find him unqualified for the office as he has no background or record of public service, and his private business record is not completely known to us.

But that does not seem to bother most Trump supporters.

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wheat-dogg  May 16, 2018 • 3:18:44am

re: #531 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I do not get into discussion of Trump with people I do not know beyond to say that I find him unqualified for the office as he has no background or record of public service, and his private business record is not completely known to us.

But that does not seem to bother most Trump supporters.

Yup. They are as blind to his faults as Berniebots are to Bernie’s. I mean, I supported Hillary and I voted for her, but jeez louise she was not perfection. Flowers did not spring from the ground she trod upon. She was just the best candidate for the job. Trumpettes and Berniebots, OTOH, worship idols.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:25:49am

re: #532 wheat-dogg

Yup. They are as blind to his faults as Berniebots are to Bernie’s. I mean, I supported Hillary and I voted for her, but jeez louise she was not perfection. Flowers did not spring from the ground she trod upon. She was just the best candidate for the job. Trumpettes and Berniebots, OTOH, worship idols.

I supported Mr. Sanders during my state caucus, but later switched to Mrs. Clinton.

No politician is perfect, but some are more imperfect than others. It became clear to me later that Mr. Sanders was far more imperfect, and Mr. Trump was a Dumpster fire.

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Dr Lizardo  May 16, 2018 • 3:26:24am

Considering the source, I’m going to take this with a grain of salt but if it’s true - and that’s a big “if” - well, all I can say is buckle up and hold onto your butts, because here we go.

presstv.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 3:30:44am

re: #532 wheat-dogg

re: #533 Anymouse 🌹

All that I have to say in public is that Trump had no record of public service until he was elected and he refused to release his tax returns to give us some insight into his private record, and if you see that as a plus, then I have to totally disagree.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:34:12am

re: #535 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

All that I have to say in public is that he had no record of public service until he was elected and he refused to release his tax returns to give us some insight into his private record, and if you see that as a plus, then I have to totally disagree.

You mean Trump or Sanders? I was fully aware Trump had no record of public service. Sanders does, but I was not aware of his tax issues until after the election.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 3:39:10am

re: #536 Anymouse 🌹

You mean Trump or Sanders? I was fully aware Trump had no record of public service. Sanders does, but I was not aware of his tax issues until after the election.

I never considered Bernie for a minute, and I saw that a great deal of his “support” was in the form of Machivellian ratfuckers who just wanted to see him attacking Hillary.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:48:12am

re: #537 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I never considered Bernie for a minute, and I saw that a great deal of his “support” was in the form of Machivellian ratfuckers who just wanted to see him attacking Hillary.

Well, one thing I certainly want to see going forward is “you must be a Democrat” to run in a Democratic primary.

In the three state primaries we have here (Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians), the GOP and LP require you to be registered as a voter of those parties to vote. In the Dem primary here, those registered as Independents can request a Democratic ballot (per the rules of the Nebraska Democratic Party). I would like to see that rule tossed.

In the upcoming election, we have a decent chance in NE-2 of tossing Don Bacon from the House (the Dems are putting attention on that seat as one that is flippable). In the Senate, Jane Reybould has an uphill battle against Deb Fischer, but it’s not impossible. Fischer was one of the first people to endorse Trump.

For now, Reyboud is running against Trump’s policies hurting agriculture and business (NAFTA, tariffs) rather than Trump directly. That’s getting her attention. (My own newspaper is still treating the Democratic Primary as if it didn’t happen.)

For example, the latest article on primary races and voter turnout only mentions the Republican races and the pilot programme in Garden County of all-mail voting boosting turnout in the Republican Primary.

starherald.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 3:48:26am

re: #534 Dr Lizardo

Considering the source, I’m going to take this with a grain of salt but if it’s true - and that’s a big “if” - well, all I can say is buckle up and hold onto your butts, because here we go.

presstv.com

But if the US really tries to impose secondary sanctions on European countries who continue to trade with Iran, that move is all but inevitable.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 3:50:44am

re: #538 Anymouse 🌹

Well, one thing I certainly want to see going forward is “you must be a Democrat” to run in a Democratic primary.

In the three state primaries we have her (Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians), the GOP and LP require you to be registered as a voter of those parties to vote. In the Dem primary here, those registered as Independents can request a Democratic ballot (per the rules of the Nebraska Democratic Party). I would like to see that rule tossed.

Yes, I recall a number of Berniebros whining over closed primaries, but I find something like that to be in the Party’s interest, especially after 2016. They were in effect fighting a two-front war.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 3:58:38am

re: #540 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Yes, I recall a number of Berniebros whining over closed primaries, but I find something like that to be in the Party’s interest, especially after 2016. They were in effect fighting a two-front war.

One of the village trustees registered as an independent (she is generally liberal-leaning) was complaining of the same thing after the meeting. She says she likes to be “no label” but the independent primary ballot is generally very sparse in candidates running. She complained she’d like to have a choice in the main candidates.

I gave her an analogy as why that doesn’t seem to me to be a good idea.

Say we have a rose fancy club and an iris fancy club in town. They are both running candidates for their board amongst their members, and the winners will get to run to be the representative flower club in our annual village party.

Why should people who don’t care about flowers at all, prefer growing poppies, or doesn’t do any of the work in either flower fancy club get to choose their board members?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 4:03:53am

re: #541 Anymouse 🌹

One of the village trustees registered as an independent (she is generally liberal-leaning) was complaining of the same thing after the meeting. She says she likes to be “no label” but the independent primary ballot is generally very sparse in candidates running. She complained she’d like to have a choice in the main candidates.

wow: “I want to be ‘no label’ but still be part of something whenever it suits me”

that attitude contributed significantly to the debacle in 2016

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Shropshire Slasher  May 16, 2018 • 4:08:52am

One must not rely on spell check alone, proofread your work!

After returning home late Sunday night from an ice cream shop, Rachael DelTondo stepped on to the driveway of her mother’s Buchanan Street home and into a hail of bullets.

“I counted six shots that I heard,” said Fred Poore, a neighbor.

The 32-year-old school teacher was shot and died in the driveway. The Beaver County Coroner’s Office has ruled DelTondo’s death a homicide, saying she died of multiple gunshots to the trunk.

pittsburgh.cbslocal.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 4:21:13am

re: #543 Shropshire Slasher

One must not rely on spell check alone, proofread your work!

The 32-year-old school teacher was shot and died in the driveway. The Beaver County Coroner’s Office has ruled DelTondo’s death a homicide, saying she died of multiple gunshots to the trunk.

If she were British, it would have been “multiple gunshots to the boot.”

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 4:25:24am

re: #544 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

If she were British, it would have been “multiple gunshots to the boot.”

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Well, “trunk” does mean “torso” or the odious term “centre-mass,” but there are better word choices. A thesaurus would be helpful to stenographers.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 4:30:42am

re: #545 Anymouse 🌹

Well, “trunk” does mean “torso” or the odious term “centre-mass,”…

Unless we are referring to an elephant.

Language is an amazingly slippery tool…

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 4:32:18am

My wife has about a dozen gross provincial and national parks she wants to visit in Canada. (We’ll probably have to pare that down a bit.)

We do have a Parks Canada annual pass, so that should cut down some of the cost. Most important to her is seeing Dinosaur Provincial Park in Jasper, Alberta. That’s followed by Kaluane National Park in Haines Junction, Yukon.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 4:43:08am

Linda Harvey (religious wingnut) hates Disney’s rainbow mouse ear hats for the upcoming Pride celebration. (Utah Outcasts, 7:00, caution for adult language)

Linda Harvey Hates Disney’s Pride Celebration Rainbow Mouse Ears

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Dave In Austin  May 16, 2018 • 5:12:30am

Good Morning! Unexpected showers in CenTex last night with bluebird skies this morning.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 5:17:17am

Greets and saluts from the recovering NYC metro area. We saw quite a bit of storm damage in the area from yesterday’s severe storms. An 11 year old was killed when a tree came down on a car and crushed it. Quite a few homes saw trees come down and around 200,000 lost power in NY, NJ, and CT from the storms. There’s also indications of possible tornado damage in upstate NY. The NWS will be out investigating today. At least one tornado was confirmed to have struck in Sullivan County.

Closer to home, we had downed branches, but thankfully nothing more damaging than that even as neighboring towns saw scattered outages and downed trees.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 5:20:05am

re: #549 Dave In Austin

Had a guest over tonight. I mentioned one little thing about the economy and he says Obama ruined the economy for 8 years. I looked at him square in the face and said “Get the fuck out of my apartment”.

Am I doing it right?

No point in wasting time with delusional people.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 5:25:53am

re: #550 lawhawk

I’m glad to hear you’re okay.

Of just about any weather system, tornadoes upset me the worst. There is little chance to prepare for one, or even be warned of one.

In a small area they can do just as much damage as a major hurricane, and take as long to recover.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 5:29:40am

re: #549 Dave In Austin

Good Morning! Unexpected showers in CenTex last night with bluebird skies this morning.

Had a guest over tonight. I mentioned one little thing about the economy and he says Obama ruined the economy for 8 years. I looked at him square in the face and said “Get the fuck out of my apartment”.

Am I doing it right?

— MK Genest

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steve_davis  May 16, 2018 • 5:31:07am

re: #69 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I recall before the 80’s when police in Gary did not bother with anyone who was not dealing commercial amounts of the stuff.

a cousin who was at an art school in philadelphia back in the 70’s recalls having the cops show up at the apartment for some situation involving a roommate. cocaine all over the coffee table from where people had been doing lines. cops took a look at it and then pointedly ignored that. the assumption was that it wasn’t altruism about cocaine, but simply that philadelphia cops in the 70’s were so corrupt that seeing cocaine out on a table for recreational use just didn’t rise to a level that they wanted to spend time writing up an arrest report for.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 5:36:02am

Trumpworld takes to Fox to proclaim Trump’s a great negotiator all while Jong Un’s mugging Trump for all the world to see and is doing what they’ve done for years.

North Korea isn’t going to give up their nuclear weapons. They’re the ones making demands and watching to see who blinks first. They know Trump is so vain that he’ll likely blink and cave to North Korea. Trump’s more likely to leave our allies hanging than he is to drop the idea of a summit.

All the while, his followers still think he deserves a Nobel Prize.

Trump repeatedly negotiates against himself; as president that means he keeps making concessions to foreign powers and gives up leverage and strategic and tactical advantages with nothing in return.

Trump single handedly elevated Jong Un to parity by giving up precondition North Korea must first give up nuclear weapons before meeting with the US in direct talks. We got nothing in return.

GOPers think this is excellent negotiating skill? They’re still pushing this nonsense.

Of course, it’s on Fox, where the audience that matters still watches: Trump himself. He wants to hear how great a negotiator he is all while everyone snickers behind him.

Then there’s the ongoing leaks from this admin as everyone is trying to get in pot shots at everyone else, because that’s how they show loyalty to Trump by turning on everyone else. Sanders warned staffers not to leak, and indicated that the details of that meeting would leak - it did: 5 people independently confirmed that the secret talk with staff occurred and that it dealt with how people are leaking. You can’t make this stuff up.

No one in this admin knows what they’re doing and it shows.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 5:36:08am

re: #554 steve_davis

a cousin who was at an art school in philadelphia back in the 70’s recalls having the cops show up at the apartment for some situation involving a roommate. cocaine all over the coffee table from where people had been doing lines. cops took a look at it and then pointedly ignored that. the assumption was that it wasn’t altruism about cocaine, but simply that philadelphia cops in the 70’s were so corrupt that seeing cocaine out on a table for recreational use just didn’t rise to a level that they wanted to spend time writing up an arrest report for.

I still recall getting busted by officer Ridig at a party on a lake in Hobart, Indiana, the cop tossed our pot out into the lake, poured out the whiskey “That shit makes you crazy!” he said to us, but let us keep the beer and then went off.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 5:37:47am

re: #555 lawhawk

No one in this admin knows what they’re doing and it shows.

And nobody who is capable or has any kind of reputation worth keeping intact is about to come and work for them, just has-beens, losers, grifters and other hangers-on. (and family members)

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  May 16, 2018 • 5:38:32am

This is a lovely person. Wishing her family the best.

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steve_davis  May 16, 2018 • 5:44:05am

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

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“murder 60 palestinians in cold blood….” these would be the 60 Palestinians who were warned repeatedly not to break past barriers, and whose stated goal is to retake lands that the Palestinians lost when they cut off the water supply to West Jerusalem in 1947 and preemptively went to war with the new UN-sanctioned nation of Israel, correct?

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Mike Lamb  May 16, 2018 • 5:49:14am

re: #559 steve_davis

“murder 60 palestinians in cold blood….” these would be the 60 Palestinians who were warned repeatedly not to break past barriers, and whose stated goal is to retake lands that the Palestinians lost when they cut off the water supply to West Jerusalem in 1947 and preemptively went to war with the new UN-sanctioned nation of Israel, correct?

Ya, they totally deserved to be shot. Give me a fucking break.

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makeitstop  May 16, 2018 • 5:49:28am

re: #550 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the recovering NYC metro area. We saw quite a bit of storm damage in the area from yesterday’s severe storms. An 11 year old was killed when a tree came down on a car and crushed it. Quite a few homes saw trees come down and around 200,000 lost power in NY, NJ, and CT from the storms. There’s also indications of possible tornado damage in upstate NY. The NWS will be out investigating today. At least one tornado was confirmed to have struck in Sullivan County.

Closer to home, we had downed branches, but thankfully nothing more damaging than that even as neighboring towns saw scattered outages and downed trees.

I’m pretty sure the bulk of the storm swung to our north - we got a good amount of rain and some pretty dazzling lightning, but damage on the island was pretty minimal, thank Dog.

There was one point just before sundown where the sky went from a sort of mauve color to a weird shade of yellow. That made me a little nervous because I’d never seen quite that color sky before.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 5:49:56am

re: #559 steve_davis

“murder 60 palestinians in cold blood….” these would be the 60 Palestinians who were warned repeatedly not to break past barriers, and whose stated goal is to retake lands that the Palestinians lost when they cut off the water supply to West Jerusalem in 1947 and preemptively went to war with the new UN-sanctioned nation of Israel, correct?

Israel has a right to defend its border. The problem is that they used deadly force when the circumstances didn’t call for it. Instead, Israeli security killed 60 and wounded more than 2000 in the process, and gave the Palestinians yet another bunch of martyrs.

And no, these aren’t the same Palestinians. They’re the grandchildren/great grandchildren of the Arabs who fought to stop the creation of Israel.

There’s an intervening 70 years of history. And that includes all the mistakes made by Palestinians and Israelis to forge a deal. After Rabin’s death, Israeli leaders have shown little interest in peace with the PA, and Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist - same as always. Netanyahu’s government chose the most dangerous course of action here with nothing to gain.

Trump’s action precipitated all of this, without a care for the consequences. Jews around the world are now at much greater risk thanks to both Trump and Netanyahu’s actions.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 5:50:50am

re: #559 steve_davis

“murder 60 palestinians in cold blood….” these would be the 60 Palestinians who were warned repeatedly not to break past barriers, and whose stated goal is to retake lands that the Palestinians lost when they cut off the water supply to West Jerusalem in 1947 and preemptively went to war with the new UN-sanctioned nation of Israel, correct?

Shooting unarmed people protesting being in the world’s largest open air prison.

But you know, “those people.” There isn’t a whole lot of daylight between conservatives in any nation.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 5:51:55am
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Weaselone  May 16, 2018 • 5:52:34am

re: #559 steve_davis

“murder 60 palestinians in cold blood….” these would be the 60 Palestinians who were warned repeatedly not to break past barriers, and whose stated goal is to retake lands that the Palestinians lost when they cut off the water supply to West Jerusalem in 1947 and preemptively went to war with the new UN-sanctioned nation of Israel, correct?

Given that anyone alive in 1947 is going to be over 70 years old, and several of the victims were children, I’m going to go with no, they were not the same Palestinians.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 5:54:13am

re: #559 steve_davis

“murder 60 palestinians in cold blood….” these would be the 60 Palestinians who were warned repeatedly not to break past barriers, and whose stated goal is to retake lands that the Palestinians lost when they cut off the water supply to West Jerusalem in 1947 and preemptively went to war with the new UN-sanctioned nation of Israel, correct?

Israel insists that they were Hamas terrorists who were invading Israel.

There is a partial case for that, but there were also civilians and children engaging in a protest march.

Israel was justified in taking measures to stop them, and had they posed a clear threat to the lives and safety of Israel, then such extreme measures might have been justifiable.

And Israel was well aware of the situation and took very few steps to avoid use of extreme force.

I do not find Israel’s use of extreme force there fully justifiable.

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 5:56:16am

Israel unfortunately just seems to isolate itself further and what happened Monday made it worse. Over 50 people are dead, many more wounded.

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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 5:56:44am

I think a lot of Democrats are finally starting to understand:

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 5:59:08am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 5:59:28am

re: #568 Belafon

As of last night, grassroots donors have raised more this election cycle than in the ENTIRE 2016 cycle.

People uniting against People’s United

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:00:10am

re: #566 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Israel insists that they were Hamas terrorists who were invading Israel.

There is a partial case for that, but they were also civilians and children engaging in a protest march.

Israel was justified in taking measures to stop them, and had they been a clear threat to the lives and safety of Israel, then such extreme measures would have been justifiable.

And Israel was well aware of the situation and took very few steps to avoid use of extreme force.

I do not find Israel’s use of extreme force there fully justifiable.

Certainly not when they were shooting infants. You know, in conservative parlance, “future terrorists.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:00:34am

re: #569 Anymouse 🌹

As of last night, grassroots donors have raised more this election cycle than in the ENTIRE 2016 cycle.

Again, imagine the reaction to Obama consenting to talks with NK without precondition of losing nukes…

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:01:59am

re: #572 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Again, imagine Obama consenting to talks with NK without precondition of losing nukes…

Well, considering the reaction to a tan suit or using Dijon mustard on a hamburger …

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Targetpractice  May 16, 2018 • 6:02:36am

re: #555 lawhawk

Trumpworld takes to Fox to proclaim Trump’s a great negotiator all while Jong Un’s mugging Trump for all the world to see and is doing what they’ve done for years.

North Korea isn’t going to give up their nuclear weapons. They’re the ones making demands and watching to see who blinks first. They know Trump is so vain that he’ll likely blink and cave to North Korea. Trump’s more likely to leave our allies hanging than he is to drop the idea of a summit.

All the while, his followers still think he deserves a Nobel Prize.

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Trump repeatedly negotiates against himself; as president that means he keeps making concessions to foreign powers and gives up leverage and strategic and tactical advantages with nothing in return.

Trump single handedly elevated Jong Un to parity by giving up precondition North Korea must first give up nuclear weapons before meeting with the US in direct talks. We got nothing in return.

GOPers think this is excellent negotiating skill? They’re still pushing this nonsense.

Of course, it’s on Fox, where the audience that matters still watches: Trump himself. He wants to hear how great a negotiator he is all while everyone snickers behind him.

Then there’s the ongoing leaks from this admin as everyone is trying to get in pot shots at everyone else, because that’s how they show loyalty to Trump by turning on everyone else. Sanders warned staffers not to leak, and indicated that the details of that meeting would leak - it did: 5 people independently confirmed that the secret talk with staff occurred and that it dealt with how people are leaking. You can’t make this stuff up.

No one in this admin knows what they’re doing and it shows.

That they’re not stepping back and reassessing, they’re trying to push forward with the talks, shows that there is absolutely nothing driving this whole shitshow aside from Donny’s need to score a “win” here. Kim’s already setting the parameters for those talks, removing “denuclearization” from the table, but the White House wants to go forward acting as if it’s a real possibility that they’re gonna get him to agree to dismantle his nukes in exchange for the 2018 equivalent of a handful of beads.

However, their big talking point is “We’ve gotten all these concessions and given nothing!” But that’s not true, because Kim wanted international recognition and relevance, and Donny’s insistence on having one-on-one talks has given him both. It doesn’t matter if the talks now end up being called off, that America was prepared to negotiate with him as an equal shows that that nuclear program has paid off and he’d be a fool to give it up.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 6:03:54am

re: #572 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Again, imagine Obama consenting to talks with NK without precondition of losing nukes…

Obama wouldn’t have done that: he wasn’t stupid enough to give up leverage like first demanding and getting the North to dismantle their nuclear program before direct talks.

Obama wouldn’t have left our regional allies and partners twisting in the wind with the consideration that the US would be okay with a nuclear North Korea that still had ability to drop nukes on Japan and/or South Korea.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:06:21am

re: #575 lawhawk

Obama wouldn’t have done that: he wasn’t stupid enough to give up leverage like first demanding and getting the North to dismantle their nuclear program before direct talks.

Obama wouldn’t have left our regional allies and partners twisting in the wind with the consideration that the US would be okay with a nuclear North Korea that still had ability to drop nukes on Japan and/or South Korea.

I changed phrasing to “imagine the reaction to Obama…” because as you stated, he would never have done such a stupid thing.

But I have given up on “Imagine the reaction to Obama….” after we elected a President with five children by three different wives.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:07:37am
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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 6:08:46am

re: #577 Anymouse 🌹

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Cronius Maximus.

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steve_davis  May 16, 2018 • 6:10:14am

re: #121 Citizen K

“Can” being the operative word. How often are they actually? Especially on the federal level?

re: #200 Hecuba’s daughter

I remember first hearing about him over 25 years ago. His book “The Hoax of the Twentieth Century” was published in the 1970’s.

From Wikipedia — the source of all knowledge //

In 2006, sixty of Butz’s colleagues from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty signed a censure describing Butz’s Holocaust denial as “an affront to our humanity and our standards as scholars”.[7] The letter also called for Butz to “leave our Department and our University and stop trading on our reputation for academic excellence.”[7]

University President Henry Bienen issued the following statement:

Northwestern University Associate Professor Arthur Butz recently issued a statement commending Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s assertion that the Holocaust never happened. Butz is a Holocaust denier who has made similar assertions previously. His latest statement, like his earlier writings and pronouncements, is a contemptible insult to all decent and feeling people. While I hope everyone understands that Butz’s opinions are his own and in no way represent the views of the University or me personally, his reprehensible opinions on this issue are an embarrassment to Northwestern.

There is no question that the Holocaust is a well-documented historical fact. The University has a professorship in Holocaust Studies endowed by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Northwestern offers courses in Holocaust Studies and organizes conferences of academic scholars who teach in areas relating to the Holocaust. In addition, Northwestern hosts a summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. And most recently, a fellowship in the political science department has been established in my name by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. In short, Northwestern University has contributed significantly to the scholarly research of the Holocaust and remains committed to doing so.

Butz is a tenured associate professor in electrical engineering. Like all faculty members, he is entitled to express his personal views, including on his personal web pages, as long as he does not represent such opinions as the views of the University. Butz has made clear that his opinions are his own and at no time has he discussed those views in class or made them part of his class curriculum. Therefore, we cannot take action based on the content of what Butz says regarding the Holocaust - however odious it may be - without undermining the vital principle of intellectual freedom that all academic institutions serve to protect.

Henry S. Bienen
President[8]

“Arthur! So glad you could come in this morning. As you know, we can’t dismiss you for your odious views. We can, however, move your office to the second floor custodial cabinet. No, we’re not actually moving the custodial stuff out of the cabinet. You’ll just need to work around. Now, about the fiber optic cable you’re using for your government grant…..here’s an empty tin can and a ball of string……”

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Unshaken Defiance  May 16, 2018 • 6:15:00am

re: #559 steve_davis

Myopic much?
Nobody had anything to be proud of here, all is shame and needless violence. By Israel, Hamas and whatever number of Palestinian people were out there taking part. The least proud party here is US, citizens of the USA who somehow foisted a fascist onto the international scene.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:15:40am

re: #577 Anymouse 🌹

Trump picks McConnell’s brother-in-law to lead pension agency

They will tell us that they are bringing in an outsider to spare us the depredations of Deep State careerists.

They will not tell us that there is nobody qualified with a reputation worth maintaining that wants to work for them.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:16:08am

re: #579 steve_davis

“Arthur! So glad you could come in this morning. As you know, we can’t dismiss you for your odious views. We can, however, move your office to the second floor custodial cabinet. No, we’re not actually moving the custodial stuff out of the cabinet. You’ll just need to work around. Now, about the fiber optic cable you’re using for your government grant…..here’s an empty tin can and a ball of string……”

There are other ways to deal with it as well (though that is quite ingenious).

Students can protest or refuse to take his courses. Universities tend to thrown that whole “private speech would chill academic freedom thing” right under a bus when it costs them money.

Students considering Northwestern can reject the college on the grounds they harbour a Holocaust denier (costing them more money).

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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 6:16:39am

re: #555 lawhawk

Trumpworld takes to Fox to proclaim Trump’s a great negotiator all while Jong Un’s mugging Trump for all the world to see and is doing what they’ve done for years.

North Korea isn’t going to give up their nuclear weapons. They’re the ones making demands and watching to see who blinks first. They know Trump is so vain that he’ll likely blink and cave to North Korea. Trump’s more likely to leave our allies hanging than he is to drop the idea of a summit.

All the while, his followers still think he deserves a Nobel Prize.

Trump repeatedly negotiates against himself; as president that means he keeps making concessions to foreign powers and gives up leverage and strategic and tactical advantages with nothing in return.

Trump single handedly elevated Jong Un to parity by giving up precondition North Korea must first give up nuclear weapons before meeting with the US in direct talks. We got nothing in return.

GOPers think this is excellent negotiating skill? They’re still pushing this nonsense.

Of course, it’s on Fox, where the audience that matters still watches: Trump himself. He wants to hear how great a negotiator he is all while everyone snickers behind him.

Then there’s the ongoing leaks from this admin as everyone is trying to get in pot shots at everyone else, because that’s how they show loyalty to Trump by turning on everyone else. Sanders warned staffers not to leak, and indicated that the details of that meeting would leak - it did: 5 people independently confirmed that the secret talk with staff occurred and that it dealt with how people are leaking. You can’t make this stuff up.

No one in this admin knows what they’re doing and it shows.

They can only think in terms of the barrel of a gun, and they don’t understand why NK isn’t afraid of it. And because of that, and not how previous successful administrations worked - get international pressure to bear - they’re going to teach a whole lot of the world to ignore the US.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 6:18:13am

re: #581 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 6:22:07am

Morning!

So, any Twitter activity from The Greatest Negotiator Ever this morning?

I kinda went through the thread from overnight and didn’t see any.

It will be interesting to see what they cook up as an excuse. And excuse they will. This will not be Trump’s fault. It can’t be.

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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 6:22:55am

re: #585 ObserverArt

Morning!

So, any Twitter activity from The Greatest Negotiator Ever this morning?

I kinda went through the thread from overnight and didn’t see any.

It will be interesting to see what they cook up as an excuse. And excuse they will. This will not be Trump’s fault. It can’t be.

It’s never an abuser’s fault.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:22:59am

Judge overturns California’s “right to die” law.
huffingtonpost.com

A California judge has overturned the state’s right-to-die law, which allows terminally ill people to take their own lives with the aid of a physician.

Judge Daniel A. Ottolia of the Riverside County Superior Court ruled Tuesday that the End of Life Option Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law in 2015, was passed improperly and was therefore invalid. The plaintiffs argued that the legislature had violated the state constitution by passing the law during a special session called specifically to handle matters of health care funding ― and not end-of-life issues.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) has five days to challenge the decision before it goes into effect.

“We strongly disagree with this ruling and the State is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal,” Becerra said in a statement Tuesday.

(more)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:24:40am

re: #584 lawhawk

And when they’re not explicitly incompetent, unqualified, or worse, they’re saboteurs looking to destroy the very departments and programs they’re supposed to be overseeing. The GOP approves of all this because it means more tax cuts for millionaires like Trump.

And the Fundamentalist Christian wing cheers this serial adulterer on because he is bringing us ever closer to Armageddon.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 6:28:53am

Had Junior said that he didn’t discuss the meeting with Trump and he did, it would have opened the door to charges for lying to Congress. Had he said that he had discussed the meeting, it would have opened the door to even more criminal charges for both his dad and himself. This was the least bad answer.

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 6:31:14am

Happy Warrior, if you are reading.

Your favorite Cleveland baseball outfielder hit a grand slam last night in the first inning against Detroit.

Unfortunately they did not win the game though…losing 9 to 8.

Cleveland is struggling with their bullpen this year. They’ve lost a lot of games in the 8th and 9th inning.

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steve_davis  May 16, 2018 • 6:31:26am

re: #284 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOL:

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Petals on a wet, black bough, the apparition of these faces in a crowd.

(wish I wrote that. it’s actually in the other direction.)

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:32:48am

Personal programme note: Trip to Cheyenne, Wyo. today for our monthly dine-out …

Considering how fast gas prices have been going up here I’m glad we don’t own an SUV or a pickup truck.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:37:13am
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The Vicious Babushka  May 16, 2018 • 6:39:34am

re: #562 lawhawk

Israel has a right to defend its border. The problem is that they used deadly force when the circumstances didn’t call for it. Instead, Israeli security killed 60 and wounded more than 2000 in the process, and gave the Palestinians yet another bunch of martyrs.

And no, these aren’t the same Palestinians. They’re the grandchildren/great grandchildren of the Arabs who fought to stop the creation of Israel.

There’s an intervening 70 years of history. And that includes all the mistakes made by Palestinians and Israelis to forge a deal. After Rabin’s death, Israeli leaders have shown little interest in peace with the PA, and Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist - same as always. Netanyahu’s government chose the most dangerous course of action here with nothing to gain.

Trump’s action precipitated all of this, without a care for the consequences. Jews around the world are now at much greater risk thanks to both Trump and Netanyahu’s actions.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 6:41:23am
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The Vicious Babushka  May 16, 2018 • 6:42:31am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:44:56am

re: #596 The Vicious Babushka

Gaza - Hamas Rejects Medical Aid From Israel

This is some sick shit. On the part of both sides. Not MBF either.

If Hamas gave a shit about its people it would accept the aid.

If Israel gave a shit about humanity, they would not have used such deadly force.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:46:06am

re: #329 Backwoods_Sleuth

hahahahahahaa
Fun with Photoshop!

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My friends who fled the Soviet Union laugh at his paintings.

They saw the exact same thing in the USSR where third rate hacks endlessly produced paintings and posters glorifying the Party Chairman.

My Russian friends tell me that is more proof that there is now no difference between the Republican Party and the Communist Party of the old USSR.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 6:47:56am
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Feline Fearless Leader  May 16, 2018 • 6:48:38am

re: #597 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is some sick shit. On the part of both sides. Not MBF either.

If Hamas gave a shit about its people it would accept the aid.

If Israel gave a shit about humanity, they would not have used such deadly force.

Individual people are simply props to them at this point.

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 6:48:48am

re: #597 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is some sick shit. On the part of both sides. Not MBF either.

If Hamas gave a shit about its people it would accept the aid.

If Israel gave a shit about humanity, they would not have used such deadly force.

I still say that part of the world is The Great Religions Biggest Test…and they all seem to fail. Three major religions come out of the same region. All teach love and acceptance.

Yet…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:49:42am

re: #598 Joe Bacon 🌹

My Russian friends tell me that is more proof that there is now no difference between the Republican Party and the Communist Party of the old USSR.

I follow Fox and newsmax for the same reason I used to read Pravda and Izvestia: to find out the party line and the accepted official topics and talking points.

Another odd parallel: when I was in Moscow in 1992/93, I found the best reporting in to be in Komsomol’skaya Pravda, the Communist Youth League publication. Nowadays some of the best political reporting in America is to be found in Teen Vogue

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:50:01am

Nice to check the PA election returns and seeing Rick Saccone getting his ass kicked again. Brother in law lives in his district and said that the GOP knives were out in full force to take that fool out.

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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 6:50:35am

re: #602 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Teen Vogue.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 6:51:45am

re: #601 ObserverArt

I still say that part of the world is The Great Religions Biggest Test…and they all seem to fail. Three major religions come out of the same region. All teach love and acceptance.

Yet…

Frank warned us.

FRANK ZAPPA — DUMB ALL OVER

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:53:59am

re: #601 ObserverArt

I still say that part of the world is The Great Religions Biggest Test…and they all seem to fail. Three major religions come out of the same region. All teach love and acceptance.

Yet…

All three religions are instrumentalized by outside interest groups who do not give a fuck about the religions.
We have American Christian Fundamentalists trying to precipitate the End Times Prophecies, we have parts of the Arab world using Palestinians to fight a proxy war against Israel and people like Nethanyahu using Biblical property claims to expand settlements and keep Palestinians living in a giant prison camp.

I really wonder if the problems can ever be solved without everyone abandoning religion as we know it…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 6:54:52am

re: #604 Belafon

Teen Vogue.

thank you, I was thinking of the German teen mag

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Big Beautiful Door  May 16, 2018 • 6:59:59am

re: #598 Joe Bacon 🌹

My friends who fled the Soviet Union laugh at his paintings.

They saw the exact same thing in the USSR where third rate hacks endlessly produced paintings and posters glorifying the Party Chairman.

My Russian friends tell me that is more proof that there is now no difference between the Republican Party and the Communist Party of the old USSR.

I read the Washington Post article, and noticed that McNaughton lied to the journalist, who didn’t pick up a key detail in the painting “You are not Forgotten” which McNaughton claimed was not a heroic portrait of Trump. In it, Trump is crushing the head of a serpent under his heel,showing that McNaughton is depicting Trump as the Messiah, which his fan base would pick up on, but the journalist, probably not well-versed in fundamentalist theology, missed.

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b.d. (Witch Hunt!!)  May 16, 2018 • 7:00:12am

re: #593 Anymouse 🌹

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[cilliza] YOU TREAT ME LIKE THIS AFTER ALL I’VE DONE FOR YOU GUYS!?!?!? [/cilliza]

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:01:17am

re: #608 Big Beautiful Door

I read the Washington Post article, and noticed that McNaughton lied to the journalist, who didn’t pick up a key detail in the painting “You are not Forgotten” which McNaughton claimed was not a heroic portrait of Trump. In it, Trump is crushing the head of a serpent under his heel,showing that McNaughton is depicting Trump as the Messiah, which his fan base would pick up on, but the journalist, probably not well-versed in fundamentalist theology, missed.

He knows what his fans want to see and gives it to them.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:03:00am

re: #608 Big Beautiful Door

I read the Washington Post article, and noticed that McNaughton lied to the journalist, who didn’t pick up a key detail in the painting “You are not Forgotten” which McNaughton claimed was not a heroic portrait of Trump. In it, Trump is crushing the head of a serpent under his heel,showing that McNaughton is depicting Trump as the Messiah, which his fan base would pick up on, but the journalist, probably not well-versed in fundamentalist theology, missed.

Just more “lying for the Lawd” shit…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:04:55am

re: #611 Joe Bacon 🌹

Just more “lying for the Lawd” shit…

You mean Christian taqiyyah?

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Big Beautiful Door  May 16, 2018 • 7:06:30am

I assumed this has been mentioned in the last 600 posts, but Don Trump Jr. testified that he “doesn’t remember” telling Daddy about the Russia meeting to get Hillary dirt, which of course means he immediately told Trump all about it.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:07:03am

Hump Day

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:07:50am

re: #612 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

You mean Christian taqiyyah?

Not in The Marmalade Shitcannon’s America where two racist Anti-Semite Pulpit Pimps are dispatched to bless the new US Embassy in the name of JC and his Sonshine Band!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:09:12am
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The Vicious Babushka  May 16, 2018 • 7:11:40am

I’m baking New York-style Cheesecake. Who wants some?

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:13:04am

re: #610 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He knows what his fans want to see and gives it to them.

All the cliches.

He should paint on black velvet. That is an art form that needs revival.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:13:43am

re: #617 The Vicious Babushka

I’m baking New York-style Cheesecake. Who wants some?

DOG YES

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:14:12am

re: #613 Big Beautiful Door

I assumed this has been mentioned in the last 600 posts, but Don Trump Jr. testified that he “doesn’t remember” telling Daddy about the Russia meeting to get Hillary dirt, which of course means he immediately told Trump all about it.

The old “I’m a dumb ass and don’t know shit” defense.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:14:29am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:15:24am

re: #617 The Vicious Babushka

I’m baking New York-style Cheesecake. Who wants some?

Yummy memories of the Carnegie Chocolate Cheesecake!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:15:37am

re: #618 ObserverArt

All the cliches.

He should paint on black velvet. That is an art form that needs revival.

my mom had a black velvet bullfighter painting

until she tried to vacuum the dust off it

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:16:17am

re: #622 Joe Bacon 🌹

Yummy memories of the Carnegie Chocolate Cheesecake!

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you bastard

I just licked the screen

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:16:43am

I’m getting very tired of my brother-in-law in Texas claiming “both siderism” in politics, which is why he is uninterested in the upcoming election.

Normally I blow it off, but this time I responded. My wife agreed with my response, and I may have just alienated her brother from me.

——- ——-

Except that both parties aren’t the same; that’s a trope pressed by Republicans since Nixon (I’m rubber and you’re glue).

Which political party keeps having politicians going to jail or resigning for things like paedophilia, corruption, &c.

While any individual politician in any party might be found guilty of a crime or forced to resign, because people sometimes do crappy things, one needs to look at the overall arc of corruption and crimes.

One of the best sells of propaganda conservatives ever made is “both sides are just the same.” No they’re not.

Name a Democratic politician who laid a wreath at the tomb of Nazi SS soldiers and launched his campaign on the site of slain civil rights workers. I can name a Republican one (Ronald Reagan).

Name a Democratic politician who undermined foreign negotiations to end war or a hostage crisis. I can name two Republicans (Nixon in Vietnam and Reagan in Iran).

Name a recent Democratic politician who launched a war against a country that did us no harm. I can name a Republican who did that (George W. Bush).

Name a recent Democratic politician who called up the National Guard over a bogus conspiracy theory about the Army planning a takeover of states. I can name a Republican one (Rick Perry, Governor of Texas over the Jade Helm exercise. By the way that also got soldiers killed in Mississippi by R politicians spinning up conspiracy theories about that exercise.)

Name a Democratic president with five children by three wives, two of whom he cheated on, while at the same time belonging to a party claiming “family values.” I can name a Republican one (Donald Trump).

Name a Democratic presidential candidate that openly welcomed bigots in the party after the Republicans threw them out. That didn’t happen of course, but I can name the Republican politicians who welcomed them in (Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan).

Name a Democratic politician who wants to take the children of those fleeing violence and seeking political asylum away from their parents, and put them in warehouses on military bases. I can name a Republican (Donald Trump, two days ago).

Name the Democratic politician who supported forced birth and jailing women who seek abortions. None, but lots of Republicans (and lately Libertarians, who also justify hanging women) do.

Name a Democratic politician campaigning on a platform of killing the disabled because it would be cheaper. I can name a Republican one (Christopher Barnett, current GOP gubernatorial candidate for Oklahoma). That’s straight out of the Nazi playbook.

Name a Democratic politician who thinks “there are good people on both sides” of Nazi protests. I can name dozens of GOP politicians playing that theme. There aren’t good people on both sides. We fought a war over this. The whole world was involved.

Name a Democratic politician engaging in nepotism. I can name two (Donald Trump, who’s children cannot get security clearances, and Mitch McConnell, who’s wife was named Transportation Secretary and who’s brother-in-law was named yesterday to be in charge of Federal pensions).

If you are going to make an assertion with me (both parties are the same), you will have to respond to me exactly like I expect any person promoting a religion (and conservatism is a religion). You will have to provide evidence or withdraw your claim.

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Big Beautiful Door  May 16, 2018 • 7:17:10am

re: #618 ObserverArt

All the cliches.

He should paint on black velvet. That is an art form that needs revival.

Trump is the new Elvis! (The old, fat, drug addled version, of course).

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:17:30am
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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:18:11am

re: #623 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

my mom had a black velvet bullfighter painting

until she tried to vacuum the dust off it

Did the paint come off it?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:19:10am

re: #628 ObserverArt

Did the paint come off it?

everything came off, yes. I saw her start to do it, but said nothing, I was tired of looking at it…she replaced it with an oil of a Spanish seniorita in a lace mantilla

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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 7:20:11am

re: #625 Anymouse 🌹

The only thing you got wrong is that it was Greg Abbott, not Rich Perry.

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:22:24am

re: #625 Anymouse 🌹

Name a recent Democratic politician who called up the National Guard over a bogus conspiracy theory about the Army planning a takeover of states. I can name a Republican one (Rick Perry, Governor of Texas over the Jade Helm exercise. By the way that also got soldiers killed in Mississippi by R politicians spinning up conspiracy theories about that exercise.)

That Texas Governor was Greg Abbott. Perry was already out of office.

You know, it is amazing that all happened in 2015. And it seems like so long ago.

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Jay C  May 16, 2018 • 7:25:26am

re: #608 Big Beautiful Door

I read the Washington Post article, and noticed that McNaughton lied to the journalist, who didn’t pick up a key detail in the painting “You are not Forgotten” which McNaughton claimed was not a heroic portrait of Trump. In it, Trump is crushing the head of a serpent under his heel,showing that McNaughton is depicting Trump as the Messiah, which his fan base would pick up on, but the journalist, probably not well-versed in fundamentalist theology, missed.

Not sure why McNaughton’s “symbolism” would be so hard to miss: the guy is basically a hack political cartoonist - sort of a Ben Garrison type, only working in an “elevated” medium (oil? Acrylic?) rather than scrawled drawings.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 16, 2018 • 7:25:51am

I have nothing to do with the Russians.

Ok. I talked to them. It was about adoptions. So what?

Ok, so it wasn’t about adoptions. I wanted dirt on Hilary to help my dad get elected.

He didn’t know, btw. Stop this witch hunt!!!!

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Jebediah, RBG  May 16, 2018 • 7:26:18am

re: #38 meteor

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re bear:
I’m not crying, I have aggressive eye-leaking syndrome

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:28:04am

re: #632 Jay C

Not sure why McNaughton’ “symbolism” would be so hard to miss: the guy is basically a hack political cartoonist - sort of a Ben Garrison type, only working in an “elevated” medium (oil? Acrylic?) rather than scrawled drawings.

I especially like the one that shows a bone-spurred draft dodger collaring a decorated Vietnam veteran…

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 7:28:27am

re: #632 Jay C

Not sure why McNaughton’ “symbolism” would be so hard to miss: the guy is basically a hack political cartoonist - sort of a Ben Garrison type, only working in an “elevated” medium (oil? Acrylic?) rather than scrawled drawings.

McNaughton’s “art” would fit in great in the former USSR.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 16, 2018 • 7:29:55am

re: #625 Anymouse 🌹

Name a recent Democratic politician who launched a war against a country that did us no harm. I can name a Republican who did that (George W. Bush).

Righteous! I would add the other Bush to this graf, however.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:30:39am

re: #630 Belafon

The only thing you got wrong is that it was Greg Abbott, not Rich Perry.

You’re correct. I shouldn’t write E-mail out of anger.

That said, if he is so much into the “both sides” nonsense, he probably doesn’t know. If he calls it out, I will correct it.

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Ace-o-aces  May 16, 2018 • 7:31:24am
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jeffreyw  May 16, 2018 • 7:32:25am

re: #638 Anymouse 🌹

You’re correct. I shouldn’t write E-mail out of anger.

That said, if he is so much into the “both sides” nonsense, he probably doesn’t know. If he calls it out, I will correct it.

Yeah, you’re right, it was a different Republican.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:32:42am

re: #633 GlutenFreeJesus

About a year in, Richard Nixon was calling to stop the witch hunt, too. Worked out well for him.

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 7:34:15am

re: #639 Ace-o-aces

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You sure worry a lot about the media for someone who is supposed to be running a business.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 7:37:06am
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Ace-o-aces  May 16, 2018 • 7:39:26am

re: #569 Anymouse 🌹

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Jay C  May 16, 2018 • 7:39:46am

re: #642 HappyWarrior

You sure worry a lot about the media for someone who is supposed to be running a business.

And Junior really thinks the Daily News’ snarky headlines are likely to boost Daddy’s contributions? And he (Jr.) lives in NY?

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:40:23am

re: #643 JordanRules

She took that job to promote her business interests.

By the way, Mrs. DeVos, how’s the investigation into Spectrum Health and Russia going?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:41:03am

re: #641 Anymouse 🌹

About a year in, Richard Nixon was calling to stop the witch hunt, too. Worked out well for him.

We did not have Fox News back then, we had Walter Cronkite.

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:41:17am

re: #632 Jay C

Not sure why McNaughton’s “symbolism” would be so hard to miss: the guy is basically a hack political cartoonist - sort of a Ben Garrison type, only working in an “elevated” medium (oil? Acrylic?) rather than scrawled drawings.

It’s acrylic. He cranks that crap out so fast it could never be oils. They take some major time to properly dry before you can work over or around already painted parts.

And after seeing that image of how small the actual “canvas” is, I think he is more an illustrator than painter. He even uses those little pre-stretched canvases you can get at a craft shop.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 7:41:47am
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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:43:26am

re: #633 GlutenFreeJesus

I have nothing to do with the Russians.

Ok. I talked to them. It was about adoptions. So what?

Ok, so it wasn’t about adoptions. I wanted dirt on Hilary to help my dad get elected.

He didn’t know, btw. Stop this witch hunt!!!!

Sounds like it all could be made into a fun one act farcical play.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:48:27am

re: #625 Anymouse 🌹

Name a recent Democratic politician who called up the National Guard over a bogus conspiracy theory about the Army planning a takeover of states. I can name a Republican one

.

From what I read, that was an early exercise for foreign hackers to start spreading the most ridiculous bullshit through social media channels and see it resounding through the echo chamber with such force that it brought out the Texas National Guard.

That inspired them to spread more totally unfounded, ridiculous and spurious claims because they saw they could never go too far as long as it was anti-Obama or anti-Hillary, like pedophile pizza parlors…

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:48:33am

re: #642 HappyWarrior

Happy…did you see my #590 post meant for you?

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:49:44am

re: #647 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We did not have Fox News back then, we had Walter Cronkite.

We also had the same crazification factor of conservatives then too. Nixon’s polling when he went out of office still had a hard-core group of conservatives who believed he was railroaded.

My wife just sabotaged me.

She made breakfast (yay, eggs and bacon). Afterward, I went to get coffee.

I frequently leave coffee cups on the range, and there was one there, so I poured coffee into it.

She’d used it to pour bacon grease into. I didn’t discover that until I tried to drink it. She is laughing at me.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 16, 2018 • 7:50:40am

re: #613 Big Beautiful Door

I assumed this has been mentioned in the last 600 posts, but Don Trump Jr. testified that he “doesn’t remember” telling Daddy about the Russia meeting to get Hillary dirt, which of course means he immediately told Trump all about it.

It won’t be long until we find out it was daddy who set the whole thing up to begin with.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 16, 2018 • 7:51:45am

re: #650 ObserverArt

Sounds like it all could be made into a fun one act farcical play.

Mr. Bean would be a great Don Jr.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:52:30am

The summer heat hasn’t even started yet.

“… According to an arrest report, Ahmad told investigators she was upset with her children “because of the way they were reading and looking at her.” Police said Ahmad bound and gagged her three daughters, then attacked the eldest. Police have not said what the girls were reading. …”

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 7:53:13am

re: #651 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

From what I read, that was an early exercise for foreign hackers to start spreading the most ridiculous bullshit through social media channels and see it resounding through the echo chamber with such force that it brought out the Texas National Guard.

That inspired them to spread more totally unfounded, ridiculous and spurious claims because they saw they could never go too far as long as it was anti-Obama or anti-Hillary, like pedophile pizza parlors…

And it worked.

I was just looking up some of that on Wiki since it came up here to remind myself of some of the craziness.

And I saw this:

Polls
A survey by Public Policy Polling in May 2015, found that one-third of Republicans believed the conspiracy theory that the Jade Helm exercise is about “the government is trying to take over Texas”, while another third had not made up their minds yet about it.[57]

Wiki - Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 16, 2018 • 7:53:49am

re: #649 JordanRules

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All this trouble for a short spur-of-the-moment meeting about adoptions.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:54:05am

re: #653 Anymouse 🌹

We also had the same crazification factor of conservatives then too. Nixon’s polling when he went out of office still had a hard-core group of conservatives who believed he was railroaded.

Our major news networks were not agenda-driven.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 7:55:16am

re: #658 GlutenFreeJesus

All this trouble for a short spur-of-the-moment meeting about adoptions.

And we know they don’t give a damn about kids.

“…foster care or whatever…”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 7:56:41am

re: #660 JordanRules

And we know they don’t give a damn about kids.

“…foster care or whatever…”

keep them in military bases

operation turquoise toque

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 7:56:46am

re: #659 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Our major news networks were not agenda-driven.

Well, even then they were driven by the same agenda they are now (making money).

That said, Reagan’s scotching of the Fairness Doctrine (which Nixon wanted) put conservative propaganda on steroid.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 16, 2018 • 7:57:37am

re: #656 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

The summer heat hasn’t even started yet.

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That is fucking horrible. I’m amazed the kid is still alive right now, even if in critical condition.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 7:59:48am
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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 8:00:45am

re: #656 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

The summer heat hasn’t even started yet.

Sounds like something snapped in her brain.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 8:01:05am
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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 8:02:07am

re: #666 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Iron Man armor or nothing.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 16, 2018 • 8:02:20am

re: #625 Anymouse 🌹

If he bothers replying to you, it will be chock full of “HILLARY and OBAMA”.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:04:11am
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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:06:14am

I just got an E-mail in German. It appears to be spam. (Though I get E-mail from German speakers in Germany and Switzerland, this was not form any of them.)

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 16, 2018 • 8:06:24am

re: #667 Belafon

Iron Man armor or nothing.

Why not turn all the kids into Daleks? They’ll be armored, and can exterminate any shooters.

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Weaselone  May 16, 2018 • 8:06:32am

re: #625 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not sure this is the correct way to go. Yes, the Republicans are more corrupt and have their crazies in the cockpit, but the real difference between the parties is policy and approach to government.

Simply put, Republican policies are designed to stuff cash into the pockets of the wealthy, while dumping toxic waste in everyone else’s backyards. They also either through sabotage or neglect make government ineffective, while Democrats try to make it work.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 16, 2018 • 8:08:04am

re: #670 Anymouse 🌹

I just got an E-mail in German. It appears to be spam. (Though I get E-mail from German speakers in Germany and Switzerland, this was not form any of them.)

Someone probably stole a contact list from one of them.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 8:08:51am

re: #670 Anymouse 🌹

I just got an E-mail in German. It appears to be spam. (Though I get E-mail from German speakers in Germany and Switzerland, this was not form any of them.)

then one of your correspondence partners overseas has probably had their address list hacked

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:09:20am

re: #668 GlutenFreeJesus

If he bothers replying to you, it will be chock full of “HILLARY and OBAMA”.

He doesn’t do that with his magicbalancefairyism, but my harsh response may cause him to stop writing me altogether.

I corrected the mistake over Jade Helm and Gov. Abbot, and added a few things:

Correction: The Jade Helm conspiracy theory was driven by a different Republican: Your current governor Greg Abbot.

Corrected for accuracy.

How many of the religious grifters get put in places of power from Democrats, such as Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association yesterday by Donald Trump? Oh that’s right, the Democrats don’t put religious grifters who belong to known hate groups into positions of power.

How many Democrats have been Fundamentalists who want to have a theocracy? I can name a bunch of Republicans (Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Tex. Rep. Louie Gohment, Tex. Rep. David Farenthold who resigned over using tax money to pay off mistresses, and now our Vice-President, one heartbeat from seizing the highest office in the land).

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:09:38am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 8:10:08am

In my ongoing series of horrible humans being horrible

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BeachDem  May 16, 2018 • 8:10:13am

re: #645 Jay C

And Junior really thinks the Daily News’ snarky headlines are likely to boost Daddy’s contributions? And he (Jr.) lives in NY?

Fox was OUTRAGED at the headline, and called on that so-well respected “journalist” Britt McHenry and some other person I’ve never heard of who described it as “journalistic abortion.” Nice crowd there.

I don’t often read Fox crap, but it popped up, unbidden, on my tablet. The hysteria level was so over the top it was almost like a parody.

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lawhawk  May 16, 2018 • 8:10:35am

re: #671 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Why not turn all the kids into Daleks? They’ll be armored, and can exterminate any shooters.

Sonic Screwdrivers for all. Who needs a gun when you can disarm them with the sonic.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:11:06am

re: #672 Weaselone

I’m not sure this is the correct way to go. Yes, the Republicans are more corrupt and have their crazies in the cockpit, but the real difference between the parties is policy and approach to government.

Simply put, Republican policies are designed to stuff cash into the pockets of the wealthy, while dumping toxic waste in everyone else’s backyards. They also either through sabotage or neglect make government ineffective, while Democrats try to make it work.

I don’t see a difference between stuffing cash in the pockets of the wealthy and corruption.

That said, Democrats do tend to try to make government work for more people (less corruption).

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 8:11:44am

re: #678 BeachDem

Fox was OUTRAGED at the headline, and called on that so-well respected “journalist” Britt McHenry and some other person I’ve never heard of who described it as “journalistic abortion.” Nice crowd there.

I don’t often read Fox crap, but it popped up, unbidden, on my tablet. The hysteria level was so over the top it was almost like a parody.

FNC who pushed terrorist fist bumps as a serious thing.

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 16, 2018 • 8:13:17am

re: #677 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

In my ongoing series of horrible humans being horrible

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I don’t want get banned so let me just say that’s utterly despicable.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:13:28am
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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:15:00am

Bullet proof backpacks (even if they did work) would likely not be clear backpacks (such as Florida mandated recently) and would not work if you’re not wearing the backpack.

This sounds like a money-making opportunity for a Republican politician’s business crony.

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 8:15:27am

re: #683 JordanRules

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Browder eh.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:16:07am

re: #682 Eclectic Cyborg

I don’t want get banned so let me just say that’s utterly despicable.

And you wanted to come back here.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 8:16:50am

re: #684 Anymouse 🌹

Bullet proof backpacks (even if they did work) would likely not be clear backpacks (such as Florida mandated recently) and would not work if you’re not wearing the backpack.

This sounds like a money-making opportunity for a Republican politician’s business crony.

and a lame-ass attempt at “solving the problem” that does not in any way involve restricting access to firepower

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 8:17:41am

re: #684 Anymouse 🌹

Bullet proof backpacks (even if they did work) would likely not be clear backpacks (such as Florida mandated recently) and would not work if you’re not wearing the backpack.

This sounds like a money-making opportunity for a Republican politician’s business crony.

It’s an idea like most wingnut solutions for gun violence that is done by someone who hasn’t been in a school. I only had my backpack on the 5-10 between classes and furthermore that bullet proof backpack isn’t going to help a damn if you’re shot at from the front.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 16, 2018 • 8:19:22am

re: #687 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and a lame ass attempt at “solving the problem” that does not in any way involve restricting access to firepower

Yep. When people consider a real solution to be unacceptable, they’ll come up with all kinds of stupid alternatives.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:20:01am

re: #683 JordanRules

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This sure looks like sanctions-Magnisky discussions kicked the meeting off. Possible that the 133 milli shares refers to Roseneft. GOP is all up in there!

And that last line about adoption….LOL

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Belafon  May 16, 2018 • 8:21:01am

So, a backpack to protect maybe 20% of your body, which you will have to get to, which won’t stop all kinds of ammunition. And if you are lucky enough to get shot in the backpack, it will hurt like mad, incapacitating a child making them an easy target.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  May 16, 2018 • 8:21:03am

re: #271 Backwoods_Sleuth

There’s a reflection of Godzilla in the glass of the building. I think that is more problematic…

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 16, 2018 • 8:24:37am

re: #691 Belafon

So, a backpack to protect maybe 20% of your body, which you will have to get to, which won’t stop all kinds of ammunition. And if you are lucky enough to get shot in the backpack, it will hurt like mad, incapacitating a child making them an easy target.

No problem. We’ll make the backpacks much bigger, and put a zipper on the inside, so they can hide in their backpacks.

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 8:25:44am

re: #662 Anymouse 🌹

Well, even then they were driven by the same agenda they are now (making money).

That said, Reagan’s scotching of the Fairness Doctrine (which Nixon wanted) put conservative propaganda on steroid.

That is not entirely correct.

TV back in the 50s, 60s and 70s didn’t have all the channels that came with cable TV in the late 70s.

The major networks were the only game in town so the only place for advertisers to get that big an audience. They were making money in their regular programming they could do what they wanted in their news divisions without suffering revenue loss.

That allowed the guys like Cronkite to be so against the war in Vietnam.

The news then was a lot more pointed, critical and editorial.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:26:25am

Senate Panel Releases Details From Its Trump Tower Meeting Probe (caution for auto-play video, which should die in a fire)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday released hundreds of pages of transcripts and other details from its investigation of a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Russians who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump’s Democratic rival for the presidency.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Chuck Grassley, released its interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and Moscow-based developer Ike Kaveladze.

(more)

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makeitstop  May 16, 2018 • 8:26:32am

re: #643 JordanRules

I took it to serve students.

With fava beans and a nice chianti, probably.

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Flying Squirrel Girl  May 16, 2018 • 8:26:42am

re: #644 Ace-o-aces

He just wants victory for the world, okay?

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:26:57am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 16, 2018 • 8:27:03am

re: #684 Anymouse 🌹

Bullet proof backpacks (even if they did work) would likely not be clear backpacks (such as Florida mandated recently) and would not work if you’re not wearing the backpack.

This sounds like a money-making opportunity for a Republican politician’s business crony.

No problem. We’ll make them with transparent aluminum.

Computer!
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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 8:29:03am

re: #698 JordanRules

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It amazes me that in all our nation’s history, it hasn’t happened. I’ve read on her. I’ll be rooting for her to succeed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 8:32:02am

re: #700 HappyWarrior

It amazes me that in all our nation’s history, it hasn’t happened. I’ve read on her. I’ll be rooting for her to succeed.

I am not amazed or surprised. But I will be following this particular race closely.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:32:21am

re: #694 ObserverArt

That is not entirely correct.

TV back in the 50s, 60s and 70s didn’t have all the channels that came with cable TV in the late 70s.

The major networks were the only game in town so the only place for advertisers to get that big an audience. They were making money in their regular programming they could do what they wanted in their news divisions without suffering revenue loss.

That allowed the guys like Cronkite to be so against the war in Vietnam.

The news then was a lot more pointed, critical and editorial.

I can’t say since most of the time my family was too poor to own a television.

There were also lots of newspaper outlets. (It was the Washington Post that did the digging on an obscure hotel break-in and found much more. The same paper did that with Roy Moore, with help of local newspapers.)

Cable doesn’t matter here, since we don’t have it. Broadcast stations are all Sinclair outlets and our regional paper is conservative-aligned. Satellite is very expensive and not many people have it.

With virtually no Internet service here, we have a captive audience. My regional paper’s Website is still reporting as if there was no Democratic Primary yesterday, and GOP results was all print edition readers are seeing today as well.

We’re not alone in this: Lots of areas of the nation are just like this. It is difficult to get news when the available news outlets all report the same thing.

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Patricia Kayden  May 16, 2018 • 8:33:04am

re: #698 JordanRules

Go Jordan!!! Hope she is elected and makes history.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 16, 2018 • 8:34:58am

re: #687 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and a lame-ass attempt at “solving the problem” that does not in any way involve restricting access to firepower

Well, if the Second Amendment is about “self-defense” (not mentioned) or “resisting tyranny” (also not mentioned), isn’t people wearing any sort of protection a violation of the “keeper and bearer’s” Constitutional rights?

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HappyWarrior  May 16, 2018 • 8:37:17am

re: #701 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am not amazed or surprised. But I will be following this particular race closely.

I guess I shouldn’t be either but in a nation that prides itself on individual accomplishment and supposed color blindness.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:37:48am
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Anymouse 🌹  May 16, 2018 • 8:38:41am

This is a wrinkle I hadn’t heard about in the Wanacry ransomware case.

Cyber expert seeks to suppress statements in malware case (Goes to the Scottsbluff, Nebr. Star-Herald, more at the link):

A British cybersecurity expert credited with stopping the worldwide WannaCry computer virus was headed to court Wednesday for a hearing about statements prosecutors say he made in a recorded jailhouse phone call acknowledging that code he wrote wound up in malware.

A grand jury indictment accuses Marcus Hutchins of creating and distributing malware known as Kronos, designed to steal banking passwords. Hutchins, 23, has pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors in Milwaukee want to introduce as evidence statements he made to an unidentified person hours after FBI agents detained him in Las Vegas before he boarded a flight home to England last year. The statements are included in a transcript filed in court Tuesday, on the eve of the hearing where Hutchins will ask for the phone conversation to be suppressed, along with a two-hour FBI interview.

Prosecutors have said Hutchins also made incriminating statements during the FBI interview. His attorneys have argued Hutchins didn’t fully understand Miranda warnings because he’s a foreigner and was also sleep-deprived after a week partying in Vegas.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 16, 2018 • 8:38:48am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 8:39:46am

re: #702 Anymouse 🌹

With virtually no Internet service here, we have a captive audience. My regional paper’s Website is still reporting as if there was no Democratic Primary yesterday, and GOP results was all print edition readers are seeing today as well.

We’re not alone in this: Lots of areas of the nation are just like this. It is difficult to get news when the available news outlets all report the same thing.

That is something that scares me about America and its long-term viability. A rural workforce can be tapped into through education and the Internet but those are two components that are being awfully neglected in modern America.

Hard to compare with Germany, no place here is half as rural as parts of America, but everybody enjoys high-speed connections and without the ability to work from home, I would be rightly f*cked.

Although I enjoy tour guiding and teaching jobs that get me out of the house and interacting. But the tourist work is seasonal and the teaching is mostly far away in town and is only worth the trouble getting there when I have a course or seminar consisting of several whole-day classes and can go crash at freinds’ places for a few nights.

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ObserverArt  May 16, 2018 • 8:40:41am

re: #698 JordanRules

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Yay!

I hope Paulette wins.

It would be great to have a real American to be a governor of a state like Idaho.

Might be some life in this ol’ country after all.

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JordanRules  May 16, 2018 • 8:41:12am

re: #705 HappyWarrior

I guess I shouldn’t be either but in a nation that prides itself on individual accomplishment and supposed color blindness.

The other day I heard a good pithy response about why colorblindness is not what we should be striving for. If you don’t see color (which is BS anyway really) you’re never going to see the problem and never going to be able to fix it.

I know you know this and touched on it the other day. Thought it was good enough to share though.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 16, 2018 • 8:42:57am

re: #705 HappyWarrior

I guess I shouldn’t be either but in a nation that prides itself on individual accomplishment and supposed color blindness.

remember how proud conservatives were that Obama proved that the American Dream was real and that anyone, regardless of color or social background could rise to the highest office in the land if they worked hard enough?

so proud that they insisted he was a Kenyan Muslim Manchurian candidate affirmative action baby who bought the office by voter fraud and his party offering free phones…

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BeachDem  May 16, 2018 • 8:42:58am

re: #688 HappyWarrior

It’s an idea like most wingnut solutions for gun violence that is done by someone who hasn’t been in a school. I only had my backpack on the 5-10 between classes and furthermore that bullet proof bac