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teleskiguy  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:47:17pm
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Single-handed sailor  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:47:21pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:48:00pm

re: #1 teleskiguy

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We only had one NE SB win when Obama was President too.

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:50:34pm

re: #3 HappyWarrior

THANKS, OBAMA!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:51:17pm

Welp. Here come the NE dbags on to my timeline. I bet Brady and boys get better then the Clemson kids.

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:51:47pm

re: #5 HappyWarrior

They’ll still get hamberders.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:54:16pm

re: #5 HappyWarrior

Welp. Here come the NE dbags on to my timeline. I bet Brady and boys get better then the Clemson kids.

Trump will probably go ahead and pay for the KFC this time.

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teleskiguy  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:54:39pm
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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:54:44pm

Uh oh, Dump is gonna be tweeting mad after this Tom Hanks commercial for the Washington Post.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:56:20pm

re: #9 Ace Rothstein

Tom Hanks is pitching WaPo? Even more reason to read it.

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teleskiguy  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:57:16pm

re: #9 Ace Rothstein

The Washington Post bought a Super Bowl ad, and paid Tom Hanks to be in it?!?

They must be making money in the journalism stuff. Or Jeff Bezos is trying to say something.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:57:29pm

re: #8 teleskiguy

Blobert’s Reply

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:57:39pm

re: #10 PhillyPretzel

It sounded like him. Kinda makes sense since he played Ben Bradlee in “The Post” a couple of years ago.

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:58:38pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:58:41pm

re: #13 Ace Rothstein

It sounded like him. Kinda makes sense since he played Ben Bradlee in “The Post” a couple of years ago.

And he’s a huge liberal. Have never heard a bad word about him but I’m sure Trump and his cult will.

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TedStriker  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:59:44pm

And the Patriots twisted the shiv with a field goal.

It’s over.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 6:59:49pm

Dog damn Patriots

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:00:04pm

CL’ed part one:
re: #356 HappyWarrior

I always felt awful for how Modell screwed Cleveland fans and I’m a Pittsburgh fan.

Yep. It’s a shame that the current franchise’s abysmal track record from 1999 to last year sullied the Browns-Steelers rivalry, one of the better rivalries in all of pro sports. (That and Rothlesburger is simply HOF-worthy once he retires.)

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:00:19pm

re: #17 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Dog damn Patriots

Edelman should be the MVP

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:00:34pm

Rams, look on the bright side. You don’t have to suffer a White House visit.

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:00:45pm

re: #19 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

That’s a lock.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:00:47pm

re: #19 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Edelman should be the MVP

Michel. He got the TD.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:01:26pm

I’m not even upset and I despise NE.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:02:28pm

I see I didn’t miss anything. Been playing chess and bridge on line all day.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:03:52pm

re: #21 Ace Rothstein

That’s a lock.

From during the 2nd qtr

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calochortus  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:03:55pm

Mr. C. and I had a lovely candlelight dinner this evening. We didn’t really schedule it, but apparently a tree limb fell on some power lines. Something about a wet day and live wires down made PG&E get right on it, so the power is back on.

The dinner would have been way more romantic if we hadn’t both been snuffling and coughing throughout. We’re sharing a rather nasty little virus.

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:04:51pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:04:57pm

That’s game.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:05:42pm

I will put the following statement about tonight’s episode of Victoria in a private comment.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:06:19pm
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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:06:27pm

What a clusterfuck.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:08:14pm

I live in Saints territory, so watching the Rams lose (and score only 3 points to boot) was enjoyable.

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TedStriker  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:08:19pm

re: #28 HappyWarrior

That’s game.

And I don’t really care, other than to top up my Patriots hate.

It’s going to be real interesting how Trump treats the Patriots at their presumed post-SB WH visit versus the travesty that was Clemson’s “reward”. because you know Trump’s gonna play favorites.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:08:31pm

Worst. Super. Bowl. I. Ever. Watched.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:08:48pm

re: #11 teleskiguy

The Washington Post bought a Super Bowl ad, and paid Tom Hanks to be in it?!?

They must be making money in the journalism stuff. Or Jeff Bezos is trying to say something.

It’s a big ol’ FU by Jeff Bezos after the Trump regime’s enabling of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:09:22pm

re: #33 TedStriker

And I don’t really care, other than to top up my Patriots hate.

It’s going to be real interesting how Trump treats the Patriots at their presumed post-SB WH visit versus the travesty that was Clemson’s reward. because you know Trump’s gonna play favorites.

Of course. Him, Kraft, Belichick, and Brady. The four assholes of the Apocalypse.

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Belafon  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:09:28pm

Does anyone know if there’s a way to look to see if there are any stores in a location that might sell something? I’m looking for a Novation Launchkey 61 midi controller, and I would rather buy it in person than order it.

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teleskiguy  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:09:39pm

re: #30 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

That’s the content worthy of a Super Bowl Sunday.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:10:20pm

re: #33 TedStriker

And I don’t really care, other than to top up my Patriots hate.

It’s going to be real interesting how Trump treats the Patriots at their presumed post-SB WH visit versus the travesty that was Clemson’s reward. because you know Trump’s gonna play favorites.

You can count on Tom Brady and the Pats owner endlessly kissing Trump’s ass!

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:10:32pm

WORST COMMERCIAL: Michelob Ultra Whisperer

Whispering is a horrible sound. It gives me chills: a very bad feeling, like somebody tickling your neck, not the “good chills” you get from watching something very powerful.

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calochortus  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:10:44pm

re: #34 The Vicious Babushka

Worst. Super. Bowl. I. Ever. Watched.

Sounds like my time was spent more productively elsewhere. I never really care who wins and don’t think I’ve ever watched more than a few minutes of a Super Bowl. Or, come to think, any other televised football game.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:10:51pm

A double win

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:11:07pm

re: #37 Belafon

Does anyone know if there’s a way to look to see if there are any stores in a location that might sell something? I’m looking for a Novation Launchkey 61 midi controller, and I would rather buy it in person than order it.

This Novation?
resource.novationmusic.com

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:11:46pm

re: #39 Joe Bacon 🌹

You can count on Tom Brady and the Pats owner endlessly kissing Trump’s ass!

Kraft and Trump got Putin love in common too.

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calochortus  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:13:00pm

re: #29 PhillyPretzel

Aww, I has a sad.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:13:10pm
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Targetpractice  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:13:22pm

re: #34 The Vicious Babushka

Worst. Super. Bowl. I. Ever. Watched.

I generally only watch for the commercials and even that left me feeling cheated.

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KingKenrod  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:13:42pm

re: #37 Belafon

Does anyone know if there’s a way to look to see if there are any stores in a location that might sell something? I’m looking for a Novation Launchkey 61 midi controller, and I would rather buy it in person than order it.

Go to the general location in maps.google.com and search for musical instruments, guitars, synthesizers, or something like that.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:14:01pm

re: #46 Myron Falwell

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This was the Lisa Goes Gaga of Super Bowls. Worse even because it had Tom Brady winning.

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Belafon  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:14:18pm

re: #43 jaunte

This Novation?
resource.novationmusic.com

Thanks, I’ll see what I can find.

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:14:53pm

re: #50 Belafon

It looks like there are some stores in Dallas with the brand.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:19:07pm

re: #42 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

A double win

You sure that’s a human and not a bronze statue?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:22:32pm

re: #19 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Edelman should be the MVP

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mmmirele  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:23:57pm

re: #30 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

I made queso

We celebrate all queso holidays.

(Seriously, my brother made queso, it was yummy.)

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:26:33pm

Trump-supporting, crusty old fuck.

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:26:36pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:27:22pm

re: #55 Ace Rothstein

Trump-supporting, crusty old fuck.

Wait, are you talking about Belichick, Kraft, or Brady?

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:28:39pm

Punching down. No matter what happens on the border security negotiations, Trump is determined to vandalize the butterfly sanctuary, because fuck butterflies, I guess.

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Belafon  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:28:51pm

re: #51 jaunte

It looks like there are some stores in Dallas with the brand.

It showed Guitar Center, but when I go to their site, none actually have it on hand. I’ll probably order it through them, or one of the other stores.

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mmmirele  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:29:12pm

re: #40 The Vicious Babushka

WORST COMMERCIAL: Michelob Ultra Whisperer

Whispering is a horrible sound. It gives me chills: a very bad feeling, like somebody tickling your neck, not the “good chills” you get from watching something very powerful.

That is supposed to be ASMR, autonomous sensory meridian response or “the tingles.” It’s really a thing, although not much studied. There are a couple ASMR artists I really like, but only if they speak in quiet voices. Whispering does nothing for me. I’m not much into tapping or other sound effects at all.

From my ASMR perspective, that commercial stunk. It was too noisy and too breathy. Oh well, I’ll just go back to listening to Maria Gentlewhispering.

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teleskiguy  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:33:03pm

re: #58 jaunte

Most un-thinking, dumbass disgrace of a president in United States history. This is a pivotal moment in our country. Teetering on the edges of good self governance and banana republic oligarchy.

I’m weirded out by it, have been since I found out Fuckface Von Clownstick got elected. And it just keeps getting weirder, and more dangerous.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:35:11pm

Found this really good YouTube summary of the QuadrigaCX scandal. The creator supposes Quadriga had reserves in cold storage, but as I shared downstairs, that supposition is in doubt.

QuadrigaCX - Facts From The Canadian Mt. Gox

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:35:49pm

re: #61 teleskiguy

Most un-thinking, dumbass disgrace of a president in United States history. This is a pivotal moment in our country. Teetering on the edges of good self governance and banana republic oligarchy.

I’m weirded out by it, have been since I found out Fuckface Von Clownstick got elected. And it just keeps getting weirder, and more dangerous.

As much as we may want to hope, it’s never going to be the same again now that Trump was elected. We can fix the damage but it won’t be eradicated. Which may not be a bad thing because Trump’s rise needs to be a lesson of the dangers of right wing populism in this country.

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calochortus  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:35:54pm

re: #62 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Found this really good YouTube summary of the QuadrigaCX scandal. The creator supposes Quadriga had reserves in cold storage, but as I shared downstairs, that supposition is in doubt.

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Why am I not surprised?

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:38:03pm

re: #57 HappyWarrior

Kraft.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:42:57pm

I sorta liked the Famous Clydesdales prancing through the Wind Orchard to the tune of Dylan.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:44:28pm

re: #58 jaunte

Punching down. No matter what happens on the border security negotiations, Trump is determined to vandalize the butterfly sanctuary, because fuck butterflies, I guess.

Trump has to show his red-meat morons that there’s something happening even as he has totally lost the fight.

It’s going to be tied up overall in courts over the next two years at least, which is probably the plan for Trump. After all, assuming he’s still in office next year, he can run again on the wall even as it’s turning out to be a total loser of an issue.

Anyone who get the Democratic nomination ought to pledge that they will immediately cease any of this wall construction nonsense and initiate a total purging and reform of ICP and CPB.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:45:15pm

re: #65 Ace Rothstein

Kraft.

I know. I was being a smartass.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:47:06pm

re: #60 mmmirele

Hello fellow ASMR person! I respond to ambient sounds more than I do whispers or voices.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:47:12pm

re: #66 The Vicious Babushka

I sorta liked the Famous Clydesdales prancing through the Wind Orchard to the tune of Dylan.

I can’t stand Bud’s beer but I’ll give them this, they make beautiful commercials. I really liked the one a couple years ago telling Adolphous Busch’s story. Plus my Dad’s parents raised horses and the Clydesdales are majestic.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:49:39pm

re: #70 HappyWarrior

I can’t stand Bud’s beer but I’ll give them this, they make beautiful commercials. I really liked the one a couple years ago telling Adolphous Busch’s story. Plus my Dad’s parents raised horses and the Clydesdales are majestic.

This is one of my all time favorites:

9/11 Budweiser Commercial - AIRED ONLY ONCE #NeverForget

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:49:59pm

re: #70 HappyWarrior

I can’t stand Bud’s beer but I’ll give them this, they make beautiful commercials. I really liked the one a couple years ago telling Adolphous Busch’s story. Plus my Dad’s parents raised horses and the Clydesdales are majestic.

Found the Bud Light - Game of Thrones commercial very funny. But you have to be a GOT fan to appreciate it.

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Dave In Austin  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:51:15pm

re: #72 Hecuba’s daughter

Found the Bud Light - Game of Thrones commercial very funny. But you have to be a GOT fan to appreciate it.

Burn all the things….

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:52:08pm

re: #63 HappyWarrior

As much as we may want to hope, it’s never going to be the same again now that Trump was elected. We can fix the damage but it won’t be eradicated. Which may not be a bad thing because Trump’s rise needs to be a lesson of the dangers of right wing populism in this country.

He’s destroyed most of the mythos of the office being a respected one… and any illusions of conservatism being a movement that should be taken seriously.

And judging by how people are embracing the move of the Overton Window, the mythos of tax cuts generating growth got annhilated by his tax cuts on his own family.

It’s by his own incompetence that he’s sabotaging everything his supporters profess to believe… assuming they didn’t give up said beliefs so as to become a loyal supporter of him.

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retired cynic  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:52:37pm

re: #58 jaunte

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Punching down. No matter what happens on the border security negotiations, Trump is determined to vandalize the butterfly sanctuary, because fuck butterflies, I guess.

SUE THEM!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:57:25pm

re: #70 HappyWarrior

I can’t stand Bud’s beer but I’ll give them this, they make beautiful commercials. I really liked the one a couple years ago telling Adolphous Busch’s story. Plus my Dad’s parents raised horses and the Clydesdales are majestic.

I got to see the Clydesdales in Pasadena during the Rose Parade. They are so beautiful!

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 3, 2019 • 7:58:24pm

re: #74 Myron Falwell

He’s destroyed most of the mythos of the office being a respected one… and any illusions of conservatism being a movement that should be taken seriously.

And judging by how people are embracing the move of the Overton Window, the mythos of tax cuts generating growth got annhilated by his tax cuts on his own family.

It’s by his own incompetence that he’s sabotaging everything his supporters profess to believe… assuming they didn’t give up said beliefs so as to become a loyal supporter of him.

Like somebody said, Howard Schultz is the perfect controlled experiment—tax cuts for billionaires minus the hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and Medieval social policies. 4% approval. That’s the vote the GOP would be pulling without their troglodyte base, which gives them a solid floor of 45%. Everybody else is waking up now, though, and if we can just get them to the fucking polls, it’s all over for the GOP. Maybe all the people who say their votes make no difference will change their minds if they see their votes make a difference a couple of times….

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Sionainn, Warrior Mother  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:01:33pm

re: #29 PhillyPretzel

I will put the following statement about tonight’s episode of Victoria in a private comment.

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Where are you watching Victoria? I’d like to start watching it.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:02:15pm

re: #75 retired cynic

SUE THEM!

They can still do plenty of damage before the courts rule.

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retired cynic  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:03:23pm

re: #79 Eclectic Cyborg

They can still do plenty of damage before the courts rule.

INJUNCTION! I’m mad….

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Dave In Austin  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:03:59pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:05:39pm

re: #64 calochortus

Why am I not surprised?

It’s the housing finance crisis in miniature. Back in the early 2000s, real estate was booming and credit was easy, so the bright lights in investment firms got the brilliant idea of repackaging mortgages so they could sell them as securities and make even moar moneyz! All was well until the real estate market started to slow down and people couldn’t pay their subprime mortgage payments. The bubble popped, bigly.

Same thing here. The QuadrigaCX CEO apparently believed Bitcoin prices would increase forever or at least eventually recover from their year-long slump, so he allegedly used clients’ deposits to speculate in the markets and to process withdrawals by other clients. That only works up to a point.

Booms always end. It’s a fundamental truth of markets.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:06:05pm

re: #77 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Like somebody said, Howard Schultz is the perfect controlled experiment—tax cuts for billionaires minus the hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and Medieval social policies. 4% approval. That’s the vote the GOP would be pulling without their troglodyte base, which gives them a solid floor of 45%. Everybody else is waking up now, though, and if we can just get them to the fucking polls, it’s all over for the GOP. Maybe all the people who say their votes make no difference will change their minds if they see their votes make a difference a couple of times….

Schultz is also minus charisma, constant boasting, and reality show fame. Without The Apprentice, would Trump have ever become a serious candidate?

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:06:39pm

re: #79 Eclectic Cyborg

They can still do plenty of damage before the courts rule.

In the case of DAPL, it took nearly two years for the permits issued by the Trump Regime to be effectively nullified in court.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:06:48pm

re: #81 Dave In Austin

Yo! Gotta light?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:07:03pm

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:10:16pm

re: #80 retired cynic

INJUNCTION! I’m mad….

I wouldn’t be surprised to see them deliberately overreach just to get an injunction. He hasn’t any funding whatsoever, but it’s an opportunity for Trump to play victim somehow and shore up support with his red-meat base.

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BeachDem  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:12:00pm

As the (apparently) sole New England fan here, thanks for all of your kind words. Makes the Red Sox hate feel like Care Bears cuddles.

(And Brady didn’t even go to the White House the last time the Pats won.)

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Renaissance_Man  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:13:45pm

re: #88 BeachDem

As the (apparently) sole New England fan here, thanks for all of your kind words. Makes the Red Sox hate feel like Care Bears cuddles.

(And Brady didn’t even go to the White House the last time the Pats won.)

Which, I believe, was when Obama was President. Being a Trump fan, he’ll go now.

Fuck that guy.

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BeachDem  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:17:39pm

re: #89 Renaissance_Man

Which, I believe, was when Obama was President. Being a Trump fan, he’ll go now.

Fuck that guy.

Nope—Pats won it in 2017 and Brady did not go to the Trump gathering either.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:18:35pm

re: #88 BeachDem

As the (apparently) sole New England fan here, thanks for all of your kind words. Makes the Red Sox hate feel like Care Bears cuddles.

(And Brady didn’t even go to the White House the last time the Pats won.)

Compared to Golden State Warriors (bandwagon) fans, I’ll take Patriot fans any day of the week. Plus those I know who are Pats fans are natives of the region and have genuinely followed the team for a long time.

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Renaissance_Man  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:19:29pm

re: #90 BeachDem

Nope—Pats won it in 2017 and Brady did not go to the Trump gathering either.

My mistake.

Sentiment still stands though.

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danarchy  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:20:41pm

re: #88 BeachDem

As the (apparently) sole New England fan here, thanks for all of your kind words. Makes the Red Sox hate feel like Care Bears cuddles.

(And Brady didn’t even go to the White House the last time the Pats won.)

You’re not alone. I’d gladly be down with Pats winning a couple more before Tom retires.

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BeachDem  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:21:13pm

re: #91 Myron Falwell

Compared to Golden State Warriors (bandwagon) fans, I’ll take Patriot fans any day of the week. Plus those I know who are Pats fans are natives of the region and have genuinely followed the team for a long time.

Thank you. Boston born and bred and suffered through many hideous years with the Red Sox and Patriots (the Celtics were in their prime for most of my formative years.)

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:21:38pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:24:46pm

re: #94 BeachDem

Thank you. Boston born and bred and suffered through many hideous years with the Red Sox and Patriots (the Celtics were in their prime for most of my formative years.)

I hate y’all but I respect fans like yourself who know what actual adversity is. Most of the Pats fans I deal with are obnoxious bandwagoners who are the spiritual heirs of the Cowboys and Yankees fans of the 90’s. Congrats. Hopefully this is the last one for a verrrrry long time.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:27:41pm

re: #91 Myron Falwell

Compared to Golden State Warriors (bandwagon) fans, I’ll take Patriot fans any day of the week. Plus those I know who are Pats fans are natives of the region and have genuinely followed the team for a long time.

I’ve told this story before but I knew a guy here in NoVa growing up: Yankees for baseball, Cowboys for NFL, & Duke for college basketball. Saw him at the reunion but didn’t ask if his allegiances were the same. Being a dual Steelers-O’s-GMU fan makes me appreciate the little things. And that’s why I hate bandwagoners even of teams I like because they don’t understand that adversity is part of being a fan.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:40:43pm

re: #97 HappyWarrior

It really is. My Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Championship since 1967 but I am going stick with them no matter what and if (hopefully) when they do finally win it will be that much sweeter.

It’s easy to like a team when they’re winning. It’s when you can stick with them through a season where they finish almost dead last in the league that you can call yourself a true fan.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:41:52pm

re: #98 Eclectic Cyborg

It really is. My Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Championship since 1967 but I am going stick with em no matter what and if (hopefully) when they do finally win it will be that much sweeter.

It’s easy to like a team with their winning. It’s when you can stick with them through a season where they finish almost dead last in the league that you can call yourself a true fan.

You don’t have to tell me about it, I’m a Pirates fan…going on 40 years since they last made it to the World Series…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:44:21pm

re: #98 Eclectic Cyborg

It really is. My Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Championship since 1967 but I am going stick with em no matter what and if (hopefully) when they do finally win it will be that much sweeter.

It’s easy to like a team with their winning. It’s when you can stick with them through a season where they finish almost dead last in the league that you can call yourself a true fan.

Yeah. It’s the tough times that truly test your fandom. My Orioles are just getting off their worst season ever four years after playing for the pennant.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:45:10pm

re: #99 Joe Bacon 🌹

You don’t have to tell me about it, I’m a Pirates fan…going on 40 years since they last made it to the World Series…

They also went over 20 years without sniffing 500. And the Pirates are my number two team.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:46:31pm

re: #98 Eclectic Cyborg

It really is. My Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Championship since 1967 but I am going stick with em no matter what and if (hopefully) when they do finally win it will be that much sweeter.

It’s easy to like a team with their winning. It’s when you can stick with them through a season where they finish almost dead last in the league that you can call yourself a true fan.

The Cleveland Browns haven’t won an NFL title since 1964 — and have been one of the worst teams in pro sports from 1999 to 2017 — but it is THE team Clevelanders still love to follow.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:50:44pm

re: #102 Myron Falwell

The Cleveland Browns haven’t won an NFL title since 1964 — and have been one of the worst teams in pro sports from 1999 to 2017 — but it is THE team Clevelanders still love to follow.

At least they can go into next season with real hope, given how they turned this last season around.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:51:46pm

re: #102 Myron Falwell

The Cleveland Browns haven’t won an NFL title since 1964 — and have been one of the worst teams in pro sports from 1999 to 2017 — but it is THE team Clevelanders still love to follow.

And that’s why your fanbase tho we are rivals is one I respect. Doesn’t hurt I developed a soft spot for the city of Cleveland since the diocese there found my dad’s grandmother’s baptism and her parents marriage records. Plus the priest told me a bit about the part of the city where the family grew up.

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:52:19pm

Living in Houston has made me a bit dubious about giving any money to the NFL.

Final years in Houston

At the same time, Adams again lobbied the city for a new stadium, one with club seating and other revenue generators present in recently-built NFL stadiums, and he committed to pay for 25% of the cost of a new stadium. His idea called for a downtown domed stadium that could also be reconfigured to accommodate the NBA’s Houston Rockets-similar to San Antonio’s Alamodome.[3] Mayor Bob Lanier initially supported Adams’ bid for a new stadium privately, but refused to publicly support the project. Although Houstonians wanted to keep the Oilers, they were leery of investing more money on a stadium so soon after the Astrodome improvements.[4] The city was also still struggling to recover from the oil collapse of the 1980s. Adams, sensing that he was not going to get the stadium he wanted, began shopping the Oilers to other cities. He was particularly intrigued by Nashville, and opened secret talks with mayor Phil Bredesen. At the end of the 1995 season, Adams announced that the Oilers would be moving to Nashville for the 1998 season.[5] City officials there promised to contribute $144 million toward a new stadium, as well as $70 million in ticket sales.

Soon after the move was announced, support for the Oilers in the Houston area dried up almost overnight. As a result, the 1996 season was an unmitigated disaster. Only three games attracted crowds of more than 30,000 people. Games were so quiet that it was possible to hear conversations on the field from the grandstand. Meanwhile, the team’s radio network, which once stretched across the state of Texas, was reduced to flagship KTRH in Houston and a few affiliates in Tennessee. By October 1996, KTRH was cutting off games prior to their finish in favor of Houston Rockets preseason games.

en.wikipedia.org

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:53:59pm

I wonder if the City of Houston would be interested in paying 75% of the cost of a new building to house my business?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:54:42pm

re: #102 Myron Falwell

The Cleveland Browns haven’t won an NFL title since 1964 — and have been one of the worst teams in pro sports from 1999 to 2017 — but it is THE team Clevelanders still love to follow.

Unless Lebron is playing for the Cavs right?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:55:29pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:56:42pm

re: #105 jaunte

Understandable. There are still people in Baltimore that are pissed at how Irsay took the Colts from them.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:58:22pm

re: #105 jaunte

Living in Houston has made me a bit dubious about giving any money to the NFL.

en.wikipedia.org

You’d think the NFL would have learned a lesson from how the Oilers botched their own fanbase years ahead of a move.

They really haven’t.

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 8:58:54pm

re: #109 Eclectic Cyborg

I don’t mind people taking their best opportunity; it’s just all the lying about regional/city loyalty that’s annoying.

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teleskiguy  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:05:13pm
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BeachDem  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:06:02pm

re: #100 HappyWarrior

Yeah. It’s the tough times that truly test your fandom. My Orioles are just getting off their worst season ever four years after playing for the pennant.

I was 12 the first year of the Patriots’ existence. I was 37 when they got demolished in their first Super Bowl. I was 48 when they lost their second Super Bowl. I was 53 when they won their first Super Bowl.

Red Sox? My parents lived and died without ever seeing them win a World Series (folks were both born in 1919; Sox went from 1918 to 2004 without winning one.) I was 56 before I saw them win one.

Think I qualify as a true fan?

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:06:06pm

re: #107 Eclectic Cyborg

Unless Lebron is playing for the Cavs right?

///

It’s funny, even when LeBron came back to Cleveland for that four-year span, there was never any shortage of Browns talk on the radio.

The Indians of the late 1990s thrived with no competition from the Browns (due to the expansion team inheriting the “old” Browns history and IP not being active until 1999) plus they had literal all-stars in every position. That was the only time I remember the dynamic was truly different here.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:12:45pm

re: #113 BeachDem

I was 12 the first year of the Patriots’ existence. I was 37 when they got demolished in their first Super Bowl. I was 48 when they lost their second Super Bowl. I was 53 when they won their first Super Bowl.

Red Sox? My parents lived and died without ever seeing them win a World Series (folks were both born in 1919; Sox went from 1918 to 2004 without winning one.) I was 56 before I saw them win one.

Think I qualify as a true fan?

Yeah you definitely do. You’re definitely not the kind of person I’m talking about. That’s why I respect you even though I hate Boston sports teams. But the guy who has no idea about what you experienced last century? That guy drives me crazy and as I said, I direct the same ire at fans of my teams who complain about shit.

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jaunte  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:17:19pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:18:57pm

re: #116 jaunte

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Tulsi is the new Bernie. I really hope that people don’t fall for her.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:26:07pm

BeachDem, I hope you know I wasn’t questioning your fandom. I know you’re a legit fan and you’re native to the area. I’ve known fans of teams: Yankees, Lakers, yes Steelers, etc who have no ties at all or understanding of that adversity I talked about. The Red Sox alone have more championships than my Orioles have trips to the ALCS in the last ten years. You knew that 1918-2004 wait was tough and how sweet that 2004 win was. The people I’m talking about are the most obnoxious when the team is successful but jumping ship the start at trouble.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:27:19pm

re: #108 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Who else remembers the meltdown when Janet Jackson had her “wardrobe malfunction”.

Something tells me the the prudes clutching their pearls when Janet did that are silent tonight about Levine’s “wardrobe elimination”.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:28:40pm

re: #119 Joe Bacon 🌹

Who else remembers the meltdown when Janet Jackson had her “wardrobe malfunction”.

Something tells me the the prudes clutching their pearls when Janet did that are silent tonight about Levine’s “wardrobe elimination”.

Ah Michael Powell and the FCC, yes.

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sagehen  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:31:08pm

re: #83 Hecuba’s daughter

Schultz is also minus charisma, constant boasting, and reality show fame. Without The Apprentice, would Trump have ever become a serious candidate?

Even The Apprentice may have been a Russian idea…

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Dave In Austin  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:31:41pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:32:35pm

re: #121 sagehen

Even The Apprentice may have been a Russian idea…

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They do seem interested in influencing our pop culture. They definitely fed a lot of the backlash to the Star Wars movies diversity.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:33:58pm

Listening to a podcast about the history of the Klan. Fascinating and yeah I’m more convinced that Northam outta go.

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BeachDem  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:39:15pm

re: #118 HappyWarrior

BeachDem, I hope you know I wasn’t questioning your fandom. I know you’re a legit fan and you’re native to the area. I’ve known fans of teams: Yankees, Lakers, yes Steelers, etc who have no ties at all or understanding of that adversity I talked about. The Red Sox alone have more championships than my Orioles have trips to the ALCS in the last ten years. You knew that 1918-2004 wait was tough and how sweet that 2004 win was. The people I’m talking about are the most obnoxious when the team is successful but jumping ship the start at trouble.

I’m just yanking your chain because you are SUCH a Boston hater (and I am a true blue fan girl.) It was nice for me to get to watch the game with some fellow fans, as my sister and BIL are visiting. And I saved a bunch of money because I felt no compunction to have a SB party (as I usually do when the Pats are in it) and provide food and drink to hostiles!

Keep the faith in your Orioles—leading up the the Red Sox first appearance in a World Series in my lifetime (in 1967), the previous six years, when I watched or listened to just about every game, they had finished:
9th of 10 26 games out
9th of 10 40 games out
8th of 10 27 games out
7th of 10 28 games out
8th of 10 19 games out
6th of 10 33 games out

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:43:08pm

re: #125 BeachDem

I’m just yanking your chain because you are SUCH a Boston hater (and I am a true blue fan girl.) It was nice for me to get to watch the game with some fellow fans, as my sister and BIL are visiting. And I saved a bunch of money because I felt no compunction to have a SB party (as I usually do when the Pats are in it) and provide food and drink to hostiles!

Keep the faith in your Orioles—leading up the the Red Sox first appearance in a World Series in my lifetime (in 1967), the previous six years, when I watched or listened to just about every game, they had finished:
9th of 10 26 games out
9th of 10 40 games out
8th of 10 27 games out
7th of 10 28 games out
8th of 10 19 games out
6th of 10 33 games out

I just wanted that to be clear. I do put the fanatic in fan sometimes haha but yeah I dealt with 1998-2011, thirteen consecutive losing seasons. The next few years are gonna be tough but I love the new management and I think the 2020’s could be a renaissance but it’s gonna be tough since your Sox have a great young core, the Yankees are the Yankees, Toronto has a good farm system, & Tampa produces solid talent too but it’s going to be great when it all comes together.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:44:10pm

re: #121 sagehen

It may also have just been cheaper to produce the show in Russia (they were I believe the only other country with a space station in orbit at the time).

Or maybe he approached NASA and they didn’t want to assist for some reason.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:46:28pm

re: #127 Eclectic Cyborg

It may also have just been cheaper to produce the show in Russia (they were I believe the only other country with a space station in orbit at the time).

Or maybe he approached NASA and they didn’t want to assist for some reason.

The ISS was barely started at that time—only the first two modules, I think—and wasn’t continuously occupied yet. They had no time for TV shows.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:54:57pm

Podcast is talking about Grant’s civil rights work. Underrated part of his legacy imo.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 3, 2019 • 9:57:34pm

re: #129 HappyWarrior

Podcast is talking about Grant’s civil rights work. Underrated part of his legacy imo.

He trusted people he shouldn’t have, because they’d served together. When they turned out to be complete crooks, it tarnished his reputation, unfortunately.

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Belafon  Feb 3, 2019 • 10:01:41pm
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Belafon  Feb 3, 2019 • 10:07:11pm

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is on. I would love to see Nick Fury show up in Deadpool.

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Chrysicat  Feb 3, 2019 • 10:18:31pm

re: #91 Myron Falwell

Compared to Golden State Warriors (bandwagon) fans, I’ll take Patriot fans any day of the week. Plus those I know who are Pats fans are natives of the region and have genuinely followed the team for a long time.

My Nuggets are about to pick up those GSW bandwagoners, it looks like. Not sure I want them, but the other option is that Jokic continues getting no respect from the national fans.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 3, 2019 • 10:39:07pm

re: #119 Joe Bacon 🌹

Who else remembers the meltdown when Janet Jackson had her “wardrobe malfunction”.

Something tells me the the prudes clutching their pearls when Janet did that are silent tonight about Levine’s “wardrobe elimination”.

There’s one big difference between Janet and Adam Levine (or even Justin Timberlake, who apologized and seemingly got off for that mishap, while Janet’s career never really recovered).

And that difference is fairly obvious.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 3, 2019 • 11:16:46pm

re: #131 Belafon

People with genetically tan skin are often referred to as “people of color.”

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:20:38am

I was looking at the CalTrans cameras of I80 in snow country. It appears a Transformer has jackknifed and is blocking the freeway.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:35:01am

And… they’re having a good time in Donner Pass. (Soda Springs, California). Getting snowed in there has led to a few, shall we say, untoward experiences.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:43:01am

For the pedantic, Interstate 80 actually goes through what is called Donner ‘Summit’ and is a couple of miles north of the official Donner Pass.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:55:34am

And since I am talking to myself, about 50 miles east of there is the setting for the song Darcy Farrow.

Supposedly based upon a true incident.

Darcy Farrow - Ian & Sylvia

With a ‘few’ changes.

en.wikipedia.org

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:05:08am

I’m just now catching on to the queso meme. I finally saw the tweet that sparked the avalanche of replies.

Velveeta and cream of mushroom soup in queso? How White can it get?

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:06:47am

heh

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:16:55am

re: #140 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I’m just now catching on to the queso meme. I finally saw the tweet that sparked the avalanche of replies.

Velveeta and cream of mushroom soup in queso? How White can it get?

Yes. There were certainly some unusual interpretations of queso. And not what I would have chosen. Dana P. really got dragged, to my amusement.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:24:23am

re: #141 Single-handed sailor

Much of the current leadership of Iraq is based upon Shi’ite organizations supported by Iran during Ba’ath and US rule. Considering the situation, the Iraqi response seems almost gentle. Probably because they know they are dealing with an idiot.

Iran is a lot more popular than we are. The best thing we could have done would have been to shut up. Not to bluster and threaten the Iranians. I suspect that we are going to be frog marched out of the country soon enough. And the State Department is far too broken to do much about it.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:33:27am

Still looking at the picture of I-80 and trying to figure out what it is. And transformer does seem to be the best description.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:38:41am
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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:43:55am

Massive projection on the part of these sob’s. And I wonder at what point the US justice system is going to reject “I was following orders” as a legitimate defense for this behavior.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 4, 2019 • 1:59:07am

re: #86 Joe Bacon 🌹

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I was about to ask about the blackface until I saw the caption. Lol.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:00:30am

re: #145 goddamnedfrank

So the Trump regime didn’t think that it was important to track CHILDREN? The Party of Family Values strikes again.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:05:07am

re: #144 ckkatz

Still looking at the picture of I-80 and trying to figure out what it is. And transformer does seem to be the best description.

Klaatu Gort on his side.

EDIT: Poor memory.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:07:48am

re: #149 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Klaatu on his side.

Works for me :)

But I do feel a bit dated for knowing a reference to a 1951 movie.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:08:40am

re: #150 ckkatz

Works for me :)

But I do feel a bit dated for knowing a reference to a 1951 movie.

It’s OK. I saw it when I was in college on the teevee.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:12:06am

re: #151 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

It’s OK. I saw it when I was in college on the teevee.

I saw it on my parents 19” black and white set, long ago and far away.

Klaatu barada nikto

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:16:02am

re: #152 ckkatz

I saw it on my parents 19” black and white set, long ago and far away.

Klaatu barada nikto

Dang it! Klaatu is the humanoid. Gort is the robot. I hang my head in shame.

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:18:30am

A ‘lazy ass’ President.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:19:09am

As I remember, Klaatu with the balaclava kind of looked the same.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:24:12am

re: #155 ckkatz

As I remember, Klaatu with the balaclava kind of looked the same.

Yup.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:24:43am

re: #154 Single-handed sailor

Executive time = goldbricking

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:25:14am
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:31:21am
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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:32:50am

re: #158 Single-handed sailor

It sounds to me like the 2018 election is beginning to have some effect. I suspect that the House is going to have some very interesting hearings over the coming year.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:35:50am

re: #159 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Farewell to the Master

Did not know that. And it’s apparently now in public domain.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:37:04am

Well, time for me to go forage for breakfast.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:44:21am

re: #161 ckkatz

Did not know that. And it’s apparently now in public domain.

if you go to Project Gutenberg, you’ll find an awful lot of pre-1963 magazine science fiction (with their original illustrations) whose copyrights were not renewed in a timely manner. For some reason, Farewell to the Master I had to go to Manybooks for. That and Frederic Brown’s Arena, which the Captain Kirk/Gorn StarTrek episode was based on.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:53:41am

re: #83 Hecuba’s daughter

Schultz is also minus charisma, constant boasting, and reality show fame. Without The Apprentice, would Trump have ever become a serious candidate?

It was maintained that if Trump had just invested his inheritance in a stock market fund, he would be worth more than he is now, but his fame (or infamy) basically provided the free publicity and media attention that financed his run for the Presidency.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 3:08:51am

re: #160 ckkatz

It sounds to me like the 2018 election is beginning to have some effect. I suspect that the House is going to have some very interesting hearings over the coming year.

Blatant ignorance, disrespect and disregard for the rules and duties of office are no longer being fully ignored.

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steve_davis  Feb 4, 2019 • 3:41:30am

re: #33 TedStriker

And I don’t really care, other than to top up my Patriots hate.

It’s going to be real interesting how Trump treats the Patriots at their presumed post-SB WH visit versus the travesty that was Clemson’s “reward”. because you know Trump’s gonna play favorites.

i was born in boston and even I have grown to hate the Patriots.

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steve_davis  Feb 4, 2019 • 3:52:34am

re: #62 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Found this really good YouTube summary of the QuadrigaCX scandal. The creator supposes Quadriga had reserves in cold storage, but as I shared downstairs, that supposition is in doubt.

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Video

hmmm….proe cess and off ten. I have a suspicion this fellow ain’t from around here.

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mmmirele  Feb 4, 2019 • 4:02:06am

A couple of things I’ve been needing to follow up on:

* Regarding attorneys and aid workers being stopped in Mexico and returned to the US due to an unknown annotation on their passports: yes, this is a thing. My attorney friend went to Mexico last Wednesday (is still there) and is keeping a low profile.

* Regarding the excavator just off the property of the National Butterfly Center, my college buddy who lives in Mission says that the NBC is going to court either today or tomorrow for an injunction.

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jeffreyw  Feb 4, 2019 • 4:34:19am

Good morning!

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 4, 2019 • 4:42:50am

As a late-comer to New England I don’t have any strong sentiments about the teams here. But it does help to know the schedules before venturing out to Market Basket.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 4:49:06am

Apropos to nothing…

Interesting comment by Morning Joe guest this morning.

An important and usual step for fighting a problem like Northam is facing is to have a line up of surrogates come out and defend him.

This has not happened and the few surrogates that have appeared have generally been low level.

Clearly Northam is isolated and has few friends left. That is not tenable for a political leader.

I am kind of curious how he got himself into this isolation. I suspect it happened long before the yearbook appeared.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 4:54:45am

re: #163 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

if you go to Project Gutenberg, you’ll find an awful lot of pre-1963 magazine science fiction (with their original illustrations) whose copyrights were not renewed in a timely manner. For some reason, Farewell to the Master I had to go to Manybooks vfor. That and Frederic Brown’s Arena, which the Captain Kirk/Gorn StarTrek episode was based on.

It is amazing how much content is now available on the internet.

And that for any particular topic there are knowledgeable folks who are willing to share their knowledge. Thank you!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:00:30am

re: #171 ckkatz

Apropos to nothing…

Interesting comment by Morning Joe guest this morning.

An important and usual step for fighting a problem like Northam is facing is to have a line up of surrogates come out and defend him.

This has not happened and the few surrogates that have appeared have generally been low level.

Clearly Northam is isolated and has few friends left. That is not tenable for a political leader.

I am kind of curious how he got himself into this isolation. I suspect it happened long before the yearbook appeared.

You know, the interesting thing is I was reading an article just last week about how he is personally liked even by many Republicans in the legislature. But yeah he’s totally isolated now.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:02:26am

Trumpist judges prep ‘get out of racism free’ card

Less than two weeks after President Donald Trump took office, a Republican federal judge in Alabama handed down an absolutely shocking opinion.

The legal claims in Lewis v. Bentley are, to be fair, a bit of a stretch. After the majority-black city council in Birmingham, Alabama enacted an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Birmingham, the state legislature passed a law invalidating that ordinance. Every state lawmaker who supported this law was white, as was the governor who signed it. The plaintiffs in Lewis claim that this state law was enacted with racist intent — which would make it unconstitutional — rather than simply out of a desire to maintain conservative labor policy throughout the state.

Yet Judge R. David Proctor, a George W. Bush appointee, did not simply dismiss this case. He handed down an opinion that, if embraced by higher courts, would eviscerate virtually any civil rights plaintiff’s ability to challenge a facially neutral law that was enacted in order to harm people of color. When a state can offer a “legitimate” — that is, a non-racist — explanation for why a law should exist “only the clearest proof” that lawmakers acted with racist intent will allow a court to look past that explanation.

It should be noted that none of the cases Judge Proctor cited to support this novel legal rule even come close to supporting it. And a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit tossed out Porter’s “clearest proof” standard last July. “Recklessly plucked from an unrelated line of precedent,” Judge Charles Wilson wrote of Proctor’s attempt to immunize racist lawmakers from suits, “this requirement runs contrary to decades of established equal protection jurisprudence.”

Yet there is an unhappy epilogue to this story for future civil rights plaintiffs. The full Eleventh Circuit, now flush with three Trump judges, announced on Wednesday that it was tossing out Judge WIlson’s opinion and that the full court would rehear the case. There’s now a very real risk that Proctor’s “clearest proof” test will become the law in several Southern states.

EDIT: THe article goes on to show how this is no outlier and rulings all over are basically trying to criminalize attempts to address civil rights or racism with the good ol’ projection machine.

Trump may have successfully destroyed the very concept of civil rights for decades to come. We may just be eternally fucked because this asshole got to remake the courts.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:04:26am

re: #174 Citizen K

Trumpist judges prep ‘get out of racism free’ card

Trump may have successfully destroyed the very concept of civil rights for decades to come. We may just be eternally fucked because this asshole got to remake the courts.

Right wing activist judges.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:05:10am

So, Jr., being the smart one, decided he needed to tweet about the WaPo commercial:

A response:

h/t dailykos.com

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:09:00am

re: #176 Belafon

So, Jr., being the smart one, decided he needed to tweet about the WaPo commercial:

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h/t dailykos.com

What have you and your family done to deserve credibility? You and your father hate a free press because it’s going to be instrumental in why you’ll rot in a cell.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:10:12am

Here’s your “definitely make you feel good” story: A guy on a flight has a degenerative condition taking his sight and hearing. Lots of people are very accomodating, but a 15 year old, who has been learning sign language, spent a whole lot of time on the flight spelling words into his hand so he could have someone to talk to: dailykos.com.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:18:10am

re: #178 Belafon

Here’s your “definitely make you feel good” story: A guy on a flight has a degenerative condition taking his sight and hearing. Lots of people are very accomodating, but a 15 year old, who has been learning sign language, spent a whole lot of time on the flight spelling words into his hand so he could have someone to talk to: dailykos.com.

“Kids these days” take a lot of crap but in my observations, I’ve found the current generation of kids to be more mature than mine was.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:18:17am

From the WashPost Daily 202 Newsletter this morning:

“Fox News’ Dana Perino Made ‘Queso’ And The Internet Doesn’t Want It,” from HuffPost:

“Fox News contributor Dana Perino made a classic Super Bowl snack Sunday night, but the internet isn’t sure what it was. ‘I made queso,’ she tweeted just after the kickoff, along with a photo of a slightly congealed crock pot of orange-brown glop. Upon closer look, the substance appeared to be separating, lifting from the edge of the dish. The alleged queso immediately sparked a flurry of reactions on Twitter, prompting comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival sandwich, the sarcophagus opening of 2018, sewage and just a piece of half-melted cheese lying in a bowl by itself.”

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:19:32am

re: #180 ckkatz

For the abomination in question:

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:19:37am

re: #174 Citizen K

Trumpist judges prep ‘get out of racism free’ card

EDIT: THe article goes on to show how this is no outlier and rulings all over are basically trying to criminalize attempts to address civil rights or racism with the good ol’ projection machine.

Trump may have successfully destroyed the very concept of civil rights for decades to come. We may just be eternally fucked because this asshole got to remake the courts.

This may have been the real goal of the Heritage Foundation all along. At the very least they should be tattooed with this taint.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:20:20am

re: #169 jeffreyw

What a beauty!

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sagehen  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:22:00am

So Stephanie Ruhl just had some guests on MSNBC discussing Northam, and somebody brought up a point that I’m embarrassed I hadn’t realized until now —

“A Ku Klux Klan costume is not something you pick up at Party City. The fact that somebody wore that to their party, means somebody he’s friends with has a close enough association with a domestic terror organization to know where to borrow such the outfit.”

Whoosh. Game, set, match.

The other guest was pointing out how much black people already have reason to distrust the medical profession (black patients are less likely to be given pain meds when they need it, black woman are 4x more likely to die in childbirth because doctors don’t take it seriously when they have complications, and of course the Tuskegee experiments) — so this party being at a medical school makes it an extra layer of WFT-ery.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:23:34am

re: #177 HappyWarrior

What have you and your family done to deserve credibility? You and your father hate a free press because it’s going to be instrumental in why you’ll rot in a cell.

Don-Don is poised for a massive fall under his own hubris. I’d prefer it be much sooner than later, but *looking at spray-tanned Roger Stone* it’ll happen.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:23:59am

re: #184 sagehen

So Stephanie Ruhl just had some guests on MSNBC discussing Northam, and somebody brought up a point that I’m embarrassed I hadn’t realized until now —

“A Ku Klux Klan costume is not something you pick up at Party City. The fact that somebody wore that to their party, means somebody he’s friends with has a close enough association with a domestic terror organization to know where to borrow such the outfit.”

Whoosh. Game, set, match.

The other guest was pointing out how much black people already have reason to distrust the medical profession (black patients are less likely to be given pain meds when they need it, black woman are 4x more likely to die in childbirth because doctors don’t take it seriously when they have complications, and of course the Tuskegee experiments) — so this party being at a medical school makes it an extra layer of WFT-ery.

Good points all around about how the outfit was procured and the medical community. That to me has been one of the most disturbing parts of the story. There have been other photos from the yearbook.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:30:11am

Hey Happy -

I’m in the Va 86th District. We have lost or current Delegate, Jennifer Boysko to the Va Senate.

(I really liked her and am very glad that she won there! And I am so pleased that that Jennifer Wexford won the House seat. )

We have to elect a new Delegate in a couple of weeks. Heard anything about the Democratic candidate?

I know that he has really been working very hard, particularly on voter outreach, to get elected.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:32:37am

re: #146 ckkatz

Massive projection on the part of these sob’s. And I wonder at what point the US justice system is going to reject “I was following orders” as a legitimate defense for this behavior.

It almost stops being projection, and starts becoming a willful denial of reality and establishing an alternate reality with the bad actors switched around.

This isn’t accidental. Not by any means.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:35:55am

re: #186 HappyWarrior

Good points all around about how the outfit was procured and the medical community. That to me has been one of the most disturbing parts of the story. There have been other photos from the yearbook.

Yes, there is usually a yearbook editor and possibly staff. There is also generally a faculty advisor who represents the medical school and University. This means that there are supposed to be multiple redundant checks and reviews. For pictures to get past them says a lot about the school and the environment, as well as the students.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:38:37am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. Northam continues limping along despite the fact that he admitted to being in one of those racist photos before deciding that he wasn’t (and yet it was still on his yearbook page, and his nickname at VMI was coonman).

Fucker just needs to disappear at this point, and would it shock anyone if one of the fuckers who helped expose Northam’s yearbook is none other than the Rage Furby? Rick Wilson seems to think so.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:38:44am

re: #184 sagehen

So Stephanie Ruhl just had some guests on MSNBC discussing Northam, and somebody brought up a point that I’m embarrassed I hadn’t realized until now —

“A Ku Klux Klan costume is not something you pick up at Party City. The fact that somebody wore that to their party, means somebody he’s friends with has a close enough association with a domestic terror organization to know where to borrow such the outfit.”

Guest was probably overthinking. As best you can see in the photos, the Klan outfit is not very authentic. Way too little rank and klavern bling, most notably. Someone put a bit of effort into a notional outfit. Could get a sharper outfit from Klans ‘R Us.

dixieoutfitters.com

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:40:12am

re: #176 Belafon

You know how MSM journalists could avoid having to spend millions on a #superbowl comercial to gain some undeserved credibility?

How about report the news and not their leftist BS for a change.

— Donald Trump Jr.

Yeah, this really sounds like a balanced, high-minded take.

/

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:40:49am

re: #98 Eclectic Cyborg

It really is. My Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Championship since 1967 but I am going stick with them no matter what and if (hopefully) when they do finally win it will be that much sweeter.

It’s easy to like a team when they’re winning. It’s when you can stick with them through a season where they finish almost dead last in the league that you can call yourself a true fan.

LOL. My grandsons LOVE the Maple Leafs, Raptors & Blue Jays. For football, they root for the Detroit Lions.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:41:20am

re: #188 Myron Falwell

It almost stops being projection, and starts becoming a willful denial of reality and establishing an alternate reality with the bad actors switched around.

This isn’t accidental. Not by any means.

Very true

We faced a similar claim of “We define reality” from the Bush The Lesser’s administration. It got us two wars and a near repeat of the Great Depression. I fear what we will get from this fiasco of an administration.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:45:43am

Welp—

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:47:48am

re: #189 ckkatz

Yes, there is usually a yearbook editor and possibly staff. There is also generally a faculty advisor who represents the medical school and University. This means that there are supposed to be multiple redundant checks and reviews. For pictures to get past them says a lot about the school and the environment, as well as the students.

Everything about that toxic environment and racist attitudes carries over to patient care.

Everything.

Don’t think for a moment that it doesn’t. Institutional racism is a hell of a thing, and it takes many forms. It also means that nonwhites see worse care and bedside manner, and pain management is neglected. But don’t take my word for that. The medical literature shows that doctors fail nonwhites consistently on pain management.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:50:54am

…man. I want to be surprised, but I can’t really. It’s almost utterly expected at this point these days:

Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as ‘terrorism’ threat and viewed KKK as victims

The FBI opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California, labeling the activists “extremists” after they protested against neo-Nazis in 2016, new documents reveal.

Federal authorities ran a surveillance operation on By Any Means Necessary (Bamn), spying on the leftist group’s movements in an inquiry that came after one of Bamn’s members was stabbed at the white supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. The FBI’s Bamn files reveal:

- The FBI investigated Bamn for potential “conspiracy” against the “rights” of the “Ku Klux Klan” and white supremacists.
- The FBI considered the KKK as victims and the leftist protesters as potential terror threats, and downplayed the threats of the Klan, writing: “The KKK consisted of members that some perceived to be supportive of a white supremacist agenda.”
- The FBI’s monitoring included in-person surveillance, and the agency cited Bamn’s advocacy against “rape and sexual assault” and “police brutality” as evidence in the terrorism inquiry.

The FBI’s 46-page report on Bamn, obtained by the government transparency non-profit Property of the People through a records request, presented an “astonishing” description of the KKK, said Mike German, a former FBI agent and far-right expert who reviewed the documents for the Guardian.

The report ignored “100 years of Klan terrorism that has killed thousands of Americans and continues using violence right up to the present day”, German said. “This description of the KKK should be an embarrassment to FBI leadership.”

Someone more familiar with BAMN might be able to shed more light on this, but even with the possibility of the group being as extremist as the FBI figures them to be, they seem to still have went the extra step of treating the KKK like innocent victims as a whole and a group that needed protection all over. And….fuck…

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:52:38am

re: #191 Decatur Deb

From their online catalog:

Just the t-shirt for the slave-hunting, POW-slaughtering, Klan-founding history buff in your klavern. And it’s on clearance.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:53:20am

re: #140 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I’m just now catching on to the queso meme. I finally saw the tweet that sparked the avalanche of replies.

Velveeta and cream of mushroom soup in queso? How White can it get?

Ivanka Trump puts broccoli and one full cup of mayonnaise in her kugel. (I just threw up in my mouth)

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:56:49am

re: #199 The Vicious Babushka

Ivanka Trump puts broccoli and one full cup of mayonnaise in her kugel. (I just threw up in my mouth)

What in the ass fuck?!

That’s not kugel. I don’t even know what the fuck that is. Quiche? Can’t wait for the NYT to weigh in and claim that this is the new standard for kugels.

Seriously, not a single person in Trumpworld knows what food should taste like or be made.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:58:13am

re: #199 The Vicious Babushka

Ivanka Trump puts broccoli and one full cup of mayonnaise in her kugel. (I just threw up in my mouth)

I doubt Ivanka has actually cooked anything herself. Ever.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:58:42am
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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:58:49am

re: #198 Decatur Deb

From their online catalog:

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Just the t-shirt for the slave-hunting, POW-slaughtering, Klan-founding history buff in your klavern. And it’s on clearance.

Yeah, but you’ll be dead.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:59:14am

re: #199 The Vicious Babushka

Ivanka Trump puts broccoli and one full cup of mayonnaise in her kugel. (I just threw up in my mouth)

I am speechless.

Seders at the Kushner house must be a real taste treat!

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 4, 2019 • 6:59:51am

re: #174 Citizen K

Trumpist judges prep ‘get out of racism free’ card

EDIT: THe article goes on to show how this is no outlier and rulings all over are basically trying to criminalize attempts to address civil rights or racism with the good ol’ projection machine.

Trump may have successfully destroyed the very concept of civil rights for decades to come. We may just be eternally fucked because this asshole got to remake the courts.

Let’s not attribute any of this to Trump. This is a GOP issue. Trump doesn’t know or care about judges (except for those who will keep him from jail). He has zero interest in most of these issues. This is what happens if you elect Republicans to office. McConnell didn’t stand in front of a Confederate flag because of Trump; minority voter disenfranchisement didn’t happen because of Trump. The GOP is infested with racists and their think tanks are no different.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:01:36am

re: #205 Hecuba’s daughter

Let’s not attribute any of this to Trump. This is a GOP issue. Trump doesn’t know or care about judges (except for those who will keep him from jail). He has zero interest in most of these issues. This is what happens if you elect Republicans to office. McConnell didn’t stand in front of a Confederate flag because of Trump; minority voter disenfranchisement didn’t happen because of Trump. The GOP is infested with racists and their think tanks are no different.

True. But by sheer dint of which party is sitting in the Presidency right now, the GOP has managed to get away with this wholesale and there’s shit all that we can do about it apparently.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:02:51am

LOLWHUT==>

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:04:40am

re: #207 The Vicious Babushka

LOLWHUT==>

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Ugh. If Chuckles is really involved then the idea of giving him a scalp, however warranted, makes me want to throw up.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:04:45am

re: #206 Citizen K

True. But by sheer dint of which party is sitting in the Presidency right now, the GOP has managed to get away with this wholesale and there’s shit all that we can do about it apparently.

That’s true — but the judge who made the original ruling was a Bush 43 appointee. This just emphasizes that having Republicans in the Presidency and the Senate guarantees a racist judiciary; it’s not Trump who is the problem here, it’s the whole Republican party.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:07:51am

re: #209 Hecuba’s daughter

That’s true — but the judge who made the original ruling was a Bush 43 appointee. This just emphasizes that having Republicans in the Presidency and the Senate guarantees a racist judiciary; it’s not Trump who is the problem here, it’s the whole Republican party.

The original ruling, yes. But original rulings can be overturned by higher courts. And most of those seats overturning the original appeal, as well as the Supreme Court that is well set to preserve that original ruling now, all came about this term.

The Republican party is to blame, we can agree on this, but the consequences of this term in specific seem to be nothing less but devastating and soul-crushingly backwards.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:08:21am

re: #187 ckkatz

Hey Happy -

I’m in the Va 86th District. We have lost or current Delegate, Jennifer Boysko to the Va Senate.

(I really liked her and am very glad that she won there! And I am so pleased that that Jennifer Wexford won the House seat. )

We have to elect a new Delegate in a couple of weeks. Heard anything about the Democratic candidate?

I know that he has really been working very hard, particularly on voter outreach, to get elected.

No, I haven’t. You’re in the district I grew up in though. I have met Boysko and Wexton. Great ladies. I’m not really familiar with Ibraheem Samirah but he seems like a great candidate and a perfect fit for that district.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:08:24am

re: #207 The Vicious Babushka

LOLWHUT==>

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Assuming Rick’s speculation is correct, it’s not as though he’s the one who would have found this — someone else gave it to him to release to destroy Northam.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:08:40am

re: #11 teleskiguy

The Washington Post bought a Super Bowl ad, and paid Tom Hanks to be in it?!?

They must be making money in the journalism stuff. Or Jeff Bezos is trying to say something.

Try telling your writers to use the word “lie”

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:10:08am

re: #198 Decatur Deb

From their online catalog:

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Just the t-shirt for the slave-hunting, POW-slaughtering, Klan-founding history buff in your klavern. And it’s on clearance.

To which I flex my right arm to reveal Thomas Francis Meagher’s Irish Brigade.

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jeffreyw  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:11:20am

re: #183 Sir John Barron

What a beauty!

That’s Homer, an asshole kitteh. We should rename him. Ted Bundy would be appropriate.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:11:52am

I think we saw yesterday that the yearbook was shared because a former peer of Northam’s was upset about what he was saying about abortion. That should bother people. If it was revealed when he was running in the primary or GE because that classmate had legitimate concerns about putting Northam in a position of power, that would be different. I still obviously think he should resign but the ratfucking is stlil well ratfucking.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:14:03am

re: #212 Hecuba’s daughter

It’s not as though he’s the one who would have found this — someone else gave it to him to release to destroy Northam.

Although VA governors are limited to one term* anyway, this wouldn’t affect a potential re-election. It would affect a future senatorial run, or a higher office, should that have ever been on the table.

*Not sure if VA prohibits the serving of multiple, non-consecutive terms.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:15:05am

re: #215 jeffreyw

That’s Homer, an asshole kitteh. We should rename him. Ted Bundy would be appropriate.

Oh noes—

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:15:28am

Reports out this morning that there are sexual assault allegations against Justin Fairfax now.

Man, Virginia politics are really fucked up right now.

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William Lewis  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:15:28am

re: #191 Decatur Deb

A place like that just make me wish that we had made the English treatment of the Highlands look gentle…

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:17:11am

re: #219 Eclectic Cyborg

Reports out this morning that there are sexual assault allegations against Justin Fairfax now.

Man, Virginia politics are really fucked up right now.

Ugh. This one feels absolutely too convenient, right on the heels of the Northam stuff. i’m really hoping it’s not legit.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:17:23am

re: #220 William Lewis

A place like that just make me wish that we had made the English treatment of the Highlands look gentle…

They’re in Missouri—Confederate wanna-bes.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:17:33am

re: #217 Sir John Barron

Although VA governors are limited to one term* anyway, this wouldn’t affect a potential re-election. It would affect a future senatorial run, or a higher office, should that have ever been on the table.

*Not sure if VA prohibits the serving of multiple, non-consecutive terms.

We allow multiple non-consecutive. It hasn’t happened in my lifetime but it’s allowed. I’d like to point something out about Northam that differentiates him from previous Dem governors in the last 20 years. Northam unlike Kaine, Warner, and McAuliffe is a Virginia native and unlike them he doesn’t have too many ties to NoVa. Obviously I’m not saying that makes him a racist but I think it would explain that while he’s close in age to all three of them, his upbringing during the Civil Rights years certainly would have been different. I don’t know. I’m still trying to digest all this. Why the hell he thought it was okay for one thing. And what the hell is wrong with Eastern Medical school.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:17:49am

re: #219 Eclectic Cyborg

Reports out this morning that there are sexual assault allegations against Justin Fairfax now.

Man, Virginia politics are really fucked up right now.

Jesus Christ.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:18:53am

re: #224 HappyWarrior

Jesus Christ.

“Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax fired back against allegations of sexual assault Monday morning.

Fairfax’s office released a statement on Twitter saying in part, “Tonight, an online publication released a false and unsubstantiated allegation against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.”

The statement addressed allegations that were sent to the Washington Post more than a year ago during the time of Fairfax’s inauguration. The Post proceeded to investigate the claims presented and ultimately denied to publish the story due to inconsistant statements.

Fairfax’s team said they believe the allegations come as a part of “sad and dark politics.”

The statement goes on to say Faixfax has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above.

Fairfax plans to take legal action against those spreading the defamatory and false allegations.”

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:19:08am

wtvr.com
Okay. I’m definitely going to have a wait and see attitude on the Fairfax story but if true, I’m just going to puke in the corner a little bit here.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:20:03am

re: #225 Eclectic Cyborg

“Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax fired back against allegations of sexual assault Monday morning.

Fairfax’s office released a statement on Twitter saying in part, “Tonight, an online publication released a false and unsubstantiated allegation against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.”

The statement addressed allegations that were sent to the Washington Post more than a year ago during the time of Fairfax’s inauguration. The Post proceeded to investigate the claims presented and ultimately denied to publish the story due to inconsistant statements.

Fairfax’s team said they believe the allegations come as a part of “sad and dark politics.”

The statement goes on to say Faixfax has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above.

Fairfax plans to take legal action against those spreading the defamatory and false allegations.”

Yeah I found it. Agh. I really hope that isn’t true.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:21:30am

re: #219 Eclectic Cyborg

Reports out this morning that there are sexual assault allegations against Justin Fairfax now.

Man, Virginia politics are really fucked up right now.

We’re battling an opponent that has figured out how to weaponize our need to deal with past actions against some group. If you don’t believe me, understand that Kavanaugh’s nomination was going downhill because of issues related to his finances. So the GOP leaks the issue of his childhood actions, and it completely changes the topic. There’s no way Democrats could not pursue it, but the GOP doesn’t care about that.

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retired cynic  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:22:06am

re: #115 HappyWarrior

Yeah you definitely do. You’re definitely not the kind of person I’m talking about. That’s why I respect you even though I hate Boston sports teams. But the guy who has no idea about what you experienced last century? That guy drives me crazy and as I said, I direct the same ire at fans of my teams who complain about shit.

It’s the same dynamic that drives some conservatives, and even some liberals. Wrong team, right team. Myself, of course, I have used sheer brain power as well as emotion to choose my team. /////

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:22:26am

50% of GOPers actually support Warren’s 2% wealth tax.

That’s pretty startling by itself. It looks like the GOP base is more progressive than the leadership that thinks only to help the 1%.

Taxes are the third rail, and the Trump tax scam has exposed the GOP for what they are economically speaking - a party for the 1%. Now, if only the GOP could be purged of their white supremacists, but that’s something that runs through the core of the party from the base all the way up to Trump. The 1% have used race to further their agenda for decades, and that hate runs deep - even deeper than the tax scam that people are realizing is a scam.

Even now we’ve got people like Cruz shilling for the 1%ers in claiming that the estate tax will hurt farmers, when there’s no evidence farmers are hit by the estate tax (it’s the convenient story that mom and pop businesses get screwed by the estate tax, but the reality is that few ever reach the threshold).

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:22:30am

Ratfucking is a GOP artform, so “Resign on Accusation” is not a workable strategy.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:22:34am

re: #228 Belafon

We’re battling an opponent that has figured out how to weaponize our need to deal with past actions against some group. If you don’t believe me, understand that Kavanaugh’s nomination was going downhill because of issues related to his finances. So the GOP leaks the issue of his childhood actions, and it completely changes the topic. There’s no way Democrats could not pursue it, but the GOP doesn’t care about that.

The Dr. Ford allegations did rally them around him. It’s sick but it is what happened.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:23:45am

Drew Magary says the Pats winning the Super Bowl again is like Trump winning the Powerball. :D

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:24:03am

re: #227 HappyWarrior

The statement addressed allegations that were sent to the Washington Post more than a year ago during the time of Fairfax’s inauguration. The Post proceeded to investigate the claims presented and ultimately denied to publish the story due to inconsistant statements.

I guess somebody thought now was the time to trot this story out again in the hopes it might get the benefit of a new outrage.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:24:20am

re: #230 lawhawk

50% of GOPers actually support Warren’s 2% wealth tax.

That’s pretty startling by itself. It looks like the GOP base is more progressive than the leadership that thinks only to help the 1%.

Taxes are the third rail, and the Trump tax scam has exposed the GOP for what they are economically speaking - a party for the 1%. Now, if only the GOP could be purged of their white supremacists, but that’s something that runs through the core of the party from the base all the way up to Trump. The 1% have used race to further their agenda for decades, and that hate runs deep - even deeper than the tax scam that people are realizing is a scam.

Even now we’ve got people like Cruz shilling for the 1%ers in claiming that the estate tax will hurt farmers, when there’s no evidence farmers are hit by the estate tax (it’s the convenient story that mom and pop businesses get screwed by the estate tax, but the reality is that few ever reach the threshold).

We’ve entered the stage of our politics and economy where populist ideas are going to be popular. If only most of those voters weren’t racist.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:24:38am

re: #230 lawhawk

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50% of GOPers actually support Warren’s 2% wealth tax.

That’s pretty startling by itself. It looks like the GOP base is more progressive than the leadership that thinks only to help the 1%.

Taxes are the third rail, and the Trump tax scam has exposed the GOP for what they are economically speaking - a party for the 1%. Now, if only the GOP could be purged of their white supremacists, but that’s something that runs through the core of the party from the base all the way up to Trump. The 1% have used race to further their agenda for decades, and that hate runs deep - even deeper than the tax scam that people are realizing is a scam.

Even now we’ve got people like Cruz shilling for the 1%ers in claiming that the estate tax will hurt farmers, when there’s no evidence farmers are hit by the estate tax (it’s the convenient story that mom and pop businesses get screwed by the estate tax, but the reality is that few ever reach the threshold).

Okay, I’m going to play skeptic here. I have seen Republican voters express support for proposals like this before only to rage against it once the right wing noise machine creates its response. I do have more optimism since I think we are better at communicating that increasing the taxes of the very wealthy isn’t going to impact the average American than we have in the past but I’m still a little skeptical. That doesn’t mean I think Warren, AOC, etc should shut up. In fact, it means they need to keep on pressing away.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:25:12am

re: #234 Sir John Barron

I guess somebody thought now was the time to trot this story out again in the hopes it might get the benefit of a new outrage.

Yeah I saw that.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:25:35am

re: #234 Sir John Barron

I guess somebody thought now was the time to trot this story out again in the hopes it might get the benefit of a new outrage.

More likely to further demoralize Democratic voters in VA.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:25:39am

re: #234 Sir John Barron

I guess somebody thought now was the time to trot this story out again in the hopes it might get the benefit of a new outrage.

Or the whole cycle was planned as a contingency a year ago.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:26:09am

It’s going to be a lonnnnng year. I’m convinced more than ever we need a woman on the ticket preferably at the top.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:26:47am

re: #239 Decatur Deb

Or the whole cycle was planned as a contingency a year ago.

VA GOP definitely isn’t taking well to the fact that they’re no longer competitive here.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:26:50am

re: #233 plansbandc

Drew Magary says the Pats winning the Super Bowl again is like Trump winning the Powerball. :D

Rich getting richer and benefiting from an institutional bias in their favor? Sounds about right.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:27:36am

re: #200 lawhawk

What in the ass fuck?!

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That’s not kugel. I don’t even know what the fuck that is. Quiche? Can’t wait for the NYT to weigh in and claim that this is the new standard for kugels.

Seriously, not a single person in Trumpworld knows what food should taste like or be made.

“Light” mayonnaise is an abomination. At best—at best—it’s Miracle Whip without all the sugar, and at worst…well, words fail.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:28:50am

re: #208 Citizen K

Ugh. If Chuckles is really involved then the idea of giving him a scalp, however warranted, makes me want to throw up.

It’s possible, who knows how much shit on others Rage Furby has accumulated over the past few years.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:29:26am

re: #244 Myron Falwell

It’s possible, who knows how much shit on others Rage Furby has accumulated over the past few years.

It’s the floor.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:29:52am

re: #244 Myron Falwell

It’s possible, who knows how much shit on others Rage Furby has accumulated over the past few years.

I used to laugh when he said he knew high up people but now I’m not sure. Someone definitely has this guy in their employ.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:31:17am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:31:42am

Ratings for the Super Bowl last night were the lowest in 10 years.

The NFL appears to be on an extended decline.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:32:05am

re: #247 plansbandc

The typo in that image is driving me NUTS

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:32:15am

re: #248 Eclectic Cyborg

Ratings for the Super Bowl last night were the lowest in 10 years.

The NFL appears to be on an extended decline.

New Orleans and KC would have been such a better game.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:32:21am

re: #247 plansbandc

I see a misspelling. Who do I contact, Webster’s?

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:33:28am

re: #240 HappyWarrior

It’s going to be a lonnnnng year. I’m convinced more than ever we need a woman on the ticket preferably at the top.

Not unless she’s the best candidate. Democrats are going to have to evolve their strategy. They can’t just immediately jump to resign. Every accusation needs to be verified. In Northam’s case, the moment he declared that was him, but didn’t apologize properly or explain himself, that should have been the end. In this case, we already know what has been found out about the accusation.

The GOP has already promised to accuse any Democratic men of assault. We’re going to have to be ready.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:33:49am

Dumbass Hoft tweeted this:

These people don’t get that all vehicles see their fuel economy suffer in the winter, not just electrics. My Subaru gets 5 mpg less in the winter, because it takes longer for the car to warm up to optimal engine temp even if I’m doing the same drives I do during the summer. That’s a 10-20% drop in fuel economy. But range anxiety isn’t a thing because there are gas stations?

These know nothing extremists are tiring.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:34:01am

re: #249 Eclectic Cyborg

The typo in that image is driving me NUTS

Me too.

I saw another meme the other day about signs of the zodiac, and besides getting them in the wrong order, it had the Water Bearer as “Aquarious, who is always right.”

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:34:29am

re: #250 HappyWarrior

New Orleans OR KC would have been such a better game.

I think last night is what happens when the refs get to pick a team.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:34:35am

re: #247 plansbandc

Caucasion? Eesh.

The biggest tell someone may engage in gun violence? Domestic violence claims.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:35:36am

re: #174 Citizen K

Trump may have successfully destroyed the very concept of civil rights for decades to come. We may just be eternally fucked because this asshole got to remake the courts.

Each year of Trump’s Presidency will take us at least a decade to recover from…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:36:26am

re: #252 Belafon

Not unless she’s the best candidate. Democrats are going to have to evolve their strategy. They can’t just immediately jump to resign. Every accusation needs to be verified. In Northam’s case, the moment he declared that was him, but didn’t apologize properly or explain himself, that should have been the end. In this case, we already know what has been found out about the accusation.

The GOP has already promised to accuse any Democratic men of assault. We’re going to have to be ready.

True. I hope Booker and the other men running are ready.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:37:14am

re: #255 Belafon

I think last night is what happens when the refs get to pick a team.

Well NO and KC would have been playing each other heh. Brady’s style of play frankly is boring. NE is boring.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:38:02am

re: #256 lawhawk

Caucasion? Eesh.

The biggest tell someone may engage in gun violence? Domestic violence claims.

That really seems to be a constant in all the stories we read. Not ethnicity or race but domestic abuse.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:38:34am

The dumbing down of America will some day result in all spellings being acceptable. Those who insist on such things as proper spelling and grammar will be ostracized.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:38:39am

What we are seeing though is the revenge they vowed for Kavanaugh though guys. Hang on to your seats.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:38:52am

re: #259 HappyWarrior

Well NO and KC would have been playing each other heh. Brady’s style of play frankly is boring. NE is boring.

I have nothing necessarily against the team’s play style, so much as the preferential treatment and inevitability that continually surrounds them.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:39:02am

re: #253 lawhawk

Dumbass Hoft tweeted this:

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These people don’t get that all vehicles see their fuel economy suffer in the winter, not just electrics. My Subaru gets 5 mpg less in the winter, because it takes longer for the car to warm up to optimal engine temp even if I’m doing the same drives I do during the summer. That’s a 10-20% drop in fuel economy. But range anxiety isn’t a thing because there are gas stations?

These know nothing extremists are tiring.

He’s been on a tirade recently about solar and wind power, disseminating all sorts of lies about how bad they are. I guess electric vehicles are next on the dumbifying agenda.

Most people who own Teslas already know that cold weather reduces their range. The control systems give you an estimate as soon as you switch the car on.

Regular car batteries don’t like cold weather either. If your battery is not fully charged, is low on fluid, or just plain old, it will not start your car. So, following Jim’s line of thought, we should go back to horse and carriage days.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:39:34am

re: #261 plansbandc

The dumbing down of America will some day result in all spellings being acceptable. Those who insist on such things as proper spelling and grammar will be ostracized.

We are already Grammar Nazis

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:40:25am

re: #263 Citizen K

I have nothing necessarily against the team’s play style, so much as the preferential treatment and inevitability that continually surrounds them.

Ditto that.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:41:32am

re: #253 lawhawk

Dumbass Hoft tweeted this:

These people don’t get that all vehicles see their fuel economy suffer in the winter, not just electrics. My Subaru gets 5 mpg less in the winter, because it takes longer for the car to warm up to optimal engine temp even if I’m doing the same drives I do during the summer. That’s a 10-20% drop in fuel economy. But range anxiety isn’t a thing because there are gas stations?

These know nothing extremists are tiring.

We should definitely not try to find or develop alternative energy sources because gasoline and oil will be cheap and available forever.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:42:28am

re: #267 Sir John Barron

We should definitely not try to find or develop alternative energy sources because gasoline and oil will be cheap and available forever.

///

You jest but I think Hoft really believes that about gas and oil.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:43:03am

re: #264 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

He’s been on a tirade recently about solar and wind power, disseminating all sorts of lies about how bad they are.

Real Americans use fossil fuels.

We measure our prosperity and progress in terms of how many resources we consume.

Like the USSR used to report its production of electronics in tons and was always pleased to announce a 5% increase over plan…

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:43:06am

re: #261 plansbandc

The dumbing down of America will some day result in all spellings being acceptable. Those who insist on such things as proper spelling and grammar will be ostracized.

Standardized spelling did not really catch on until the 1800s, at least in the USA, with the publication of Webster’s dictionary, and then with the spread of public education. So, in that sense, we are devolving.

en.wikipedia.org

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:43:57am

The phrase Hoft and anti-environmental zealots miss is “alternative energy.” Why conservatives have such an indifference to the planet is one of the things that confounds me the most about the movement. I mean the homophobia, bigotry, yeah all awful but that comes from generations of bigotry. Concern for our planet should be universal.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:44:49am

re: #268 HappyWarrior

You jest but I think Hoft really believes that about gas and oil.

Liberals favor renewable energy sources, so automatically he believes renewable energy is bunkum. If liberals said the sky was a pretty blue, Jim would say it’s gray and always has been.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:45:10am

re: #270 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Standardized spelling did not really catch on until the 1800s, at least in the USA, with the publication of Webster’s dictionary, and then with the spread of public education. So, in that sense, we are devolving.

en.wikipedia.org

Imagine if we hadn’t adapted a form of universal public education. I really think that is one of our nation’s largest successes that isn’t talked about enough.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:46:37am

re: #273 HappyWarrior

And, of course, Republicans are taking it away piece by piece.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:46:40am

We are sold the image of environmental whackos who want us to live in lean-tos and wipe our asses with leaves.

But it is alternative energy that represents the cutting edge of technology while fossil fuels are in fact, well, dinosaur technology.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:47:16am

re: #268 HappyWarrior

You jest but I think Hoft really believes that about gas and oil.

There is also a belief in certain religious quarters that God put an inexhaustible supply of oil underground just for humans to use. All we need to do is keep drilling deeper and we will find it.

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William Lewis  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:47:23am

re: #248 Eclectic Cyborg

Ratings for the Super Bowl last night were the lowest in 10 years.

The NFL appears to be on an extended decline.

Couldn’t possibly be anything to do with neither best team getting in and neither team that did having a very large fan base?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:48:01am

re: #271 HappyWarrior

… I mean the homophobia, bigotry, yeah all awful but that comes from generations of bigotry. Concern for our planet should be universal.

Solar power cannot be monopolized by a few corporations run by rich white men.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:48:18am

re: #275 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We are sold the image of environmental whackos who want us to live in lean-tos and wipe our asses with leaves.

But it is alternative energy that represents the cutting edge of technology while fossil fuels are in fact, well, dinosaur technology.

Yep. The environmentalist gets painted as the other and the guy indifferent to the environment gets painted as Regular Joe in his pickup truck. Even though, the military has actually in recent years been trying to call to attention the importances of alternative energy sources because it is a national security question as well.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:48:30am

re: #252 Belafon

Not unless she’s the best candidate. Democrats are going to have to evolve their strategy. They can’t just immediately jump to resign. Every accusation needs to be verified. In Northam’s case, the moment he declared that was him, but didn’t apologize properly or explain himself, that should have been the end. In this case, we already know what has been found out about the accusation.

The GOP has already promised to accuse any Democratic men of assault. We’re going to have to be ready.

Sherrod Brown had to deal with Jim Renacci’s attempt to relitigate his divorce from 25 years ago during last year’s elections. Thing was, Renacci wasn’t a serious campaigner and it came off so ridiculously ham-fisted that it never left a mark of any sort. And even Sherrod’s ex openly campaigned for Renacci to knock it off.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:49:21am

re: #234 Sir John Barron

I guess somebody thought now was the time to trot this story out again in the hopes it might get the benefit of a new outrage.

Who did the the ratfucking this time—Stone…or Ginger Snapped?????

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:49:31am

re: #277 William Lewis

Couldn’t possibly be anything to do with neither best team getting in and neither team that did having a very large fan base?

I dunno. NE seems to have a pretty big fanbase. They’re not quite the Cowboys, Steelers, or Packers but I encounter their fans often and we’re far from Boston. I even got jabbed a little by one of them yesterday when I was clocking a basketball game because I was wearing my Steelers pullover.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:49:58am

re: #277 William Lewis

Couldn’t possibly be anything to do with neither best team getting in and neither team that did having a very large fan base?

The Rams are a testament to the folly of the NFL’s desire to re-enter a market that flat-out didn’t care for the sport in the first place, while screwing over a market that did.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:51:02am

re: #274 plansbandc

And, of course, Republicans are taking it away piece by piece.

I don’t want to contemplate what this country would be if conservatives had ruled it from the start.

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Amory Blaine  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:52:29am

Zerohedge is the Breitbart of Bloombergs.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:53:21am

re: #280 Myron Falwell

Sherrod Brown had to deal with Jim Renacci’s attempt to relitigate his divorce from 25 years ago during last year’s elections. Thing was, Renacci wasn’t a serious campaigner and it came off so ridiculously ham-fisted that it never left a mark of any sort. And even Sherrod’s ex openly campaigned for Renacci to knock it off.

If Brown runs for President, it will come out again. That the ex Mrs. Brown has openly campaigned for him and stood by him I think is a good sign but we have to be ready.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:53:30am

re: #279 HappyWarrior

Yep. The environmentalist gets painted as the other and the guy indifferent to the environment gets painted as Regular Joe in his pickup truck. Even though, the military has actually in recent years been trying to call to attention the importances of alternative energy sources because it is a national security question as well.

The logistics of supplying power to distant bases, powering tanks, equipment, etc., means the military knows what the problem with fossil fuels are.

It’s why the military is investing in alt energy to make sustaining forward deployments easier - solar power is more cost effective in generating power than a diesel powered generator that needs constant resupply of fuel.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:53:50am

re: #281 Joe Bacon 🌹

Who did the the ratfucking this time—Stone…or Ginger Snapped?????

Who knows what, or how much, info was exchanged between those two.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:56:59am

Trump: We won and beat IS.
CENTCOM: Hold the fucking phone. We didn’t win, and withdrawal will give IS opportunity to not only regroup, but allow IS ability to claim victory. At same time, we’re ceding ground so IS can regroup:

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:57:00am

re: #287 lawhawk

The logistics of supplying power to distant bases, powering tanks, equipment, etc., means the military knows what the problem with fossil fuels are.

It’s why the military is investing in alt energy to make sustaining forward deployments easier - solar power is more cost effective in generating power than a diesel powered generator that needs constant resupply of fuel.

TBH I wasn’t just thinking of logistics of maintaining power but also how an energy crisis could cause resource scarcity and resource sacristy is an age old cause of conflict.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 7:57:11am

re: #273 HappyWarrior

Imagine if we hadn’t adapted a form of universal public education. I really think that is one of our nation’s largest successes that isn’t talked about enough.

And the Right Wing is trying to dismantle that, too.

I watched a video on YT today by a young man whose parents “unschooled” him. It was surprisingly frank and even-handed. He does not see unschooling as necessarily better than regular schooling, and says he regrets not having a typical school life as a teenager. (He’s 18 now.)

As I watched it, I realized only people of a certain means can manage to “unschool” their kids, because it requires parents to provide the necessary tools for their kids to learn with (computer, Internet, books, art supplies, etc.), to drive the kids various places for activities like sports or dance, and even to take their kids to unschooling conventions, so that they can meet other kids in similar situations. The filmmaker said he has several good friends, but they all live so far away that he can’t just drop by their house and go to the mall or movies. Unschooling is a symptom of middle-class entitlement and selfishness. My kid is special, so special that I want him or her to learn only what they want when they want it.

John Holt came up with this concept. I remember reading his books as a high school teacher and thinking which planet he grew up on.

Here’s the video. It’s about 45 minutes long.

Life Is. | A Look Into the World of Unschooling

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:00:21am

re: #285 Amory Blaine

Zerohedge is the Breitbart of Bloombergs.

I take a peek every once in a while for its contrarian views on finance, but lordy some of their stories are way out there in conspiracy theory land. There’s also a strong “anti-globalist” atmosphere there.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:01:13am

re: #277 William Lewis

Couldn’t possibly be anything to do with neither best team getting in and neither team that did having a very large fan base?

That certainly didn’t help, but I think it’s growing apathy about Football as a whole factoring in there, too. We’ve certainly learned a LOT about the effects of CTE over the last decade.

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The Ghost of Quesos Past  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:04:51am

I made queso.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:05:06am

re: #293 Eclectic Cyborg

That certainly didn’t help, but I think it’s growing apathy about Football as a whole factoring in there, too. We’ve certainly learned a LOT about the effects of CTE over the last decade.

Yeah I do think Americans are turning away from football.

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Sufficient unto the day...  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:05:16am

re: #285 Amory Blaine

Oh god. What bullshit did they come up with this time?

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:07:05am

re: #283 Myron Falwell

The Rams are a testament to the folly of the NFL’s desire to re-enter a market that flat-out didn’t care for the sport in the first place, while screwing over a market that did.

I’m still blaming Andy Reid.

He has home field advantage for his Chiefs. Patriots come to town for conference championship game. He. wins. the. toss. And then he….gives the ball to Tom Brady whose offense sucks up the first eight minutes of the first quarter, ending the drive with a TD. The Chiefs never really recovered.

Look, I don’t care if Brady is 50 years old and plays with a cane. You don’t give him the ball first. You just don’t.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:08:08am

re: #291 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

And the Right Wing is trying to dismantle that, too.

I watched a video on YT today by a young man whose parents “unschooled” him. It was surprisingly frank and even-handed. He does not see unschooling as necessarily better than regular schooling, and says he regrets not having a typical school life as a teenager. (He’s 18 now.)

As I watched it, I realized only people of a certain means can manage to “unschool” their kids, because it requires parents to provide the necessary tools for their kids to learn with (computer, Internet, books, art supplies, etc.), to drive the kids various places for activities like sports or dance, and even to take their kids to unschooling conventions, so that they can meet other kids in similar situations. The filmmaker said he has several good friends, but they all live so far away that he can’t just drop by their house and go to the mall or movies. Unschooling is a symptom of middle-class entitlement and selfishness. My kid is special, so special that I want him or her to learn only what they want when they want it.

John Holt came up with this concept. I remember reading his books as a high school teacher and thinking which planet he grew up on.

Here’s the video. It’s about 45 minutes long.

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I remember my first exposure to home schooling. A neighborhood friend was briefly homeschooled by his mother and I just remember thinking it really did more harm than good since to be frank his mom wasn’t cut to teach him. I think the reason why education as it does now works is we get multiple perspectives and people. School is probably the first place we go where we get opinions and observations different than our immediate families. And that I think is why wingers hate the public school system. At the same time, I think a parent who is a trained educator and or dedicated to teaching their kid, home school could benefit that kid but I’m not a fan of isolating kids socially and I have seen that in the home school community. They’re not completely isolated but often times they are separated from kids who aren’t in that community.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:10:13am

re: #297 Sir John Barron

I’m still blaming Andy Reid.

He has home field advantage for his Chiefs. Patriots come to town for conference championship game. He. wins. the. toss. And then he….gives the ball to Tom Brady whose offense sucks up the first eight minutes of the first quarter, ending the drive with a TD. The Chiefs never really recovered.

Look, I don’t care if Brady is 50 years old and plays with a cane. You don’t give him the ball first. You just don’t.

I’m not sure that’s the issue, as giving up the ball in the first half means getting it at the start of the second, which can be key. The problem was the constant defensive collapses right at the end that let the Patriots squeeze on by.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:10:27am

This is a fantastic read:

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retired cynic  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:11:24am

re: #264 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

He’s been on a tirade recently about solar and wind power, disseminating all sorts of lies about how bad they are. I guess electric vehicles are next on the dumbifying agenda.

Most people who own Teslas already know that cold weather reduces their range. The control systems give you an estimate as soon as you switch the car on.

Regular car batteries don’t like cold weather either. If your battery is not fully charged, is low on fluid, or just plain old, it will not start your car. So, following Jim’s line of thought, we should go back to horse and carriage days.

Horses need more fuel in the winter, too. And special shoes, and maybe even a blanket.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:12:18am

re: #299 Citizen K

I’m not sure that’s the issue, as giving up the ball in the first half means getting it at the start of the second, which can be key. The problem was the constant defensive collapses right at the end that let the Patriots squeeze on by.

Yeah that, too, but at the end of the game, both defenses were tired.

And while getting the ball first in the second half is usually advisable, I just felt in this case that that opening drive, being so long and coming away with the TD, was just energy sucking. And for the first three quarters there was very little scoring, so that score really stood out for me.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:12:35am

re: #299 Citizen K

I’m not sure that’s the issue, as giving up the ball in the first half means getting it at the start of the second, which can be key. The problem was the constant defensive collapses right at the end that let the Patriots squeeze on by.

Brady completed so many third and longs in that game. Mahomes overall had the better game than Brady but Brady got it done when they needed him to and as much as I hate the bastard, he always does that. Everytime I hope Brady is done for good. He’s back. I’m already dreading that NE will be playing for the record next year.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:14:25am

re: #303 HappyWarrior

Brady completed so many third and longs in that game. Mahomes overall had the better game than Brady but Brady got it done when they needed him to and as much as I hate the bastard, he always does that. Everytime I hope Brady is done for good. He’s back. I’m already dreading that NE will be playing for the record next year.

Yeah, beyond defense struggles in general, the inability to get off the field on third down really killed the Chiefs. A shame in that on the first two downs, they played pretty respectably. But both defenses were really warn down by the end. Pats getting the ball first in the OT and burning a lot of time made it difficult for the Chiefs to hold.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:14:42am

re: #298 HappyWarrior

I remember my first exposure to home schooling. A neighborhood friend was briefly homeschooled by his mother and I just remember thinking it really did more harm than good since to be frank his mom wasn’t cut to teach him. I think the reason why education as it does now works is we get multiple perspectives and people. School is probably the first place we go where we get opinions and observations different than our immediate families. And that I think is why wingers hate the public school system. At the same time, I think a parent who is a trained educator and or dedicated to teaching their kid, home school could benefit that kid but I’m not a fan of isolating kids socially and I have seen that in the home school community. They’re not completely isolated but often times they are separated from kids who aren’t in that community.

There are situations and families where home schooling or even unschooling (no structure at all) can be better than classroom education. But it requires the parents to know their limitations, and often parents do not. If their own education or understanding of a subject is deficient, they end up passing that on to their children. I’ve taught kids who were home schooled, and usually their math and science skills were the weakest. But they were able to catch up quickly because most had a very good work ethic and were self-disciplined.

The bad side of home schooling is when parents want to shelter their kids from the reality of the world, whether it be modern science or people of a different religion or color.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:15:23am

re: #304 Sir John Barron

Yeah, beyond defense struggles in general, the inability to get off the field on third down really killed the Chiefs. A shame in that on the first two downs, they played pretty respectably. But both defenses were really warn down by the end. Pats getting the ball first in the OT and burning a lot of time made it difficult for the Chiefs to hold.

I mean I give the Chiefs credit. They did battle back better and I think the Mahomes kid is going to be a star for a long time but yeah they couldn’t get off the field when they needed to.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:16:13am

re: #301 retired cynic

Horses need more fuel in the winter, too. And special shoes, and maybe even a blanket.

Ah, forget it. Let’s just stay in our caves and draw pictures of animals on the walls.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:16:34am

re: #305 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

There are situations and families where home schooling or even unschooling (no structure at all) can be better than classroom education. But it requires the parents to know their limitations, and often parents do not. If their own education or understanding of a subject is deficient, they end up passing that on to their children. I’ve taught kids who were home schooled, and usually their math and science skills were the weakest. But they were able to catch up quickly because most had a very good work ethic and were self-disciplined.

The bad side of home schooling is when parents want to shelter their kids from the reality of the world, whether it be modern science or people of a different religion or color.

The bolded is what I worried about with my friend I was talking about. I haven’t seen him in well over a decade now so I don’t know how he turned out but when we were kids, he definitely wasn’t open to views that weren’t based on conservative Catholicism.

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danarchy  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:18:00am

re: #277 William Lewis

Couldn’t possibly be anything to do with neither best team getting in and neither team that did having a very large fan base?

Sure, find a systematic fan base rating in the past decade that doesn’t place the Patriots in one of the top few spots. There is a reason the crowd at the game sounded like a patriots home game crowd.

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Amory Blaine  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:18:12am

re: #296 Sufficient unto the day…

I was just commenting from the tweet about Tesla.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:18:35am

re: #307 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Ah, forget it. Let’s just stay in our caves and draw pictures of animals on the walls.

Since somebody was dissing Steely Dan yesterday:

Steely Dan - The Caves of Altamira + lyrics

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:20:46am

re: #300 plansbandc

Follow the money.

I read one report postulating the mystery firm in the sealed indictment was a Qatari outfit involved with Kushner somehow. Whoever it is, they have plenty of money to spend.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:21:02am

As much as I hate the Patriots, there is no substitute for experience. Undoubtedly the deep playoff experience of many of the Pats helped them against the Chiefs and the Rams who aren’t exactly perennial contenders.

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Amory Blaine  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:21:06am

My sister tried homeschooling and when she announced it I was like OMG I know her! Please don’t be true. Thankfully she gave it up.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:23:24am

re: #313 Eclectic Cyborg

As much as I hate the Patriots, there is no substitute for experience. Undoubtedly the deep playoff experience of many of the Pats helped them against the Chiefs and the Rams who aren’t exactly perennial contenders.

That definitely does count. Mahomes and Goff were in grade school when Brady won his first SB. And Belichick was coaching in the NFL no less when LA’s coach was born. I hate NE perhaps more than any team in sports, yes even the Yankees but they’re legitimately experienced. They’re not going to be done until they start missing out on the playoffs. But the thing is they seem to be setting up pretty well for life after Brady since the Michel kid is a talented young RB.

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CongoJack  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:23:52am
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:24:04am

re: #311 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Since somebody was dissing Steely Dan yesterday:

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I remain quite fond of Steely Dan after all these years. Thanks for the tune!

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:25:10am

re: #176 Belafon

So, Jr., being the smart one, decided he needed to tweet about the WaPo commercial:

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h/t dailykos.com

So Donny Jr., who wasn’t even involved in politics and probably wasn’t even an active voter prior to Big Don’s run for President, is suddenly a deep conservative worried about leftist BS.

What a “me too” poser.

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retired cynic  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:28:12am

re: #311 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Since somebody was dissing Steely Dan yesterday:

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My brother’s favorite group…. he owned their VINYL.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:30:31am

re: #316 CongoJack

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That ad needed to be done because in the age of Trump we have forgotten why a free press is essential. I get annoyed by the media and we all do but damn it, a free press is essential.

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retired cynic  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:31:11am

This

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:31:11am

re: #318 ObserverArt

So Donny Jr., who wasn’t even involved in politics and probably wasn’t even an active voter prior to Big Don’s run for President, is suddenly a deep conservative worried about leftist BS.

What a “me too” poser.

Him and his Dad are both fakes which I think is part of why the Never Trump right despise Trump Sr.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:32:08am

re: #321 retired cynic

This

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“Why do you hate Trump?”

“How long you got pal?”

Seriously, Trump earns the hate he gets. I can’t even concede that Trump and I both like sports because Trump is the kind of sports fan I hate.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:33:03am

re: #135 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

People with genetically tan skin are often referred to as “people of color.”

Yeah, because people of German/Irish parentage are so prone to dark skin.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:35:09am

re: #324 Eventual Carrion

Yeah, because people of German/Irish parentage are so prone to dark skin.

Ahem he’s German/Scottish. It’s already bad enough that he’s German and probably the closest related to me of all the Presidents. And Melania is from the same part of Slovenia as my grandfather’s parents.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:35:40am

His skin really isn’t even so much tan. That’s not a natural skin hue.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:36:59am

re: #324 Eventual Carrion

Yeah, because people of German/Irish parentage are so prone to dark skin.

They are trying so hard to create a cult of personality around The Donald, an idea which he himself fosters. And more rational people point out his many deficiencies, the more the Trumpista cult tries to elevate him to godhood.

It’s how North Korea has operated since the 1950s.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:37:26am

re: #326 HappyWarrior

His skin really isn’t even so much tan. That’s not a natural skin hue.

Not outside of citrus trees, anyhow.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:38:43am

re: #328 Blind Frog Belly White

Not outside of citrus trees, anyhow.

Or crayons. (Burnt umber is one Crayola color name that has stuck with me for nearly 60 years. Perhaps I am clairvoyant?)

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:41:54am

re: #324 Eventual Carrion

Yeah, because people of German/Irish parentage are so prone to dark skin.

That yearbook picture of Northam’s with his nickname “Coonman” makes him look very slightly swarthier than the guys on either side of him. I don’t think you need to look any farther for an explanation than that.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:42:04am

re: #328 Blind Frog Belly White

Not outside of citrus trees, anyhow.

I’d call it Rotting Orange if I were at the Crayola factory :).

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:42:19am

re: #323 HappyWarrior

“Why do you hate Trump?”

“How long you got pal?”

Seriously, Trump earns the hate he gets. I can’t even concede that Trump and I both like sports because Trump is the kind of sports fan I hate.

Most of the hate is not only earned, it’s been baked in since at least 2015 for some, and since the mid 1980s for others.

If he wasn’t in a position of power, he’d be a generic cartoon/comic book villain, not even an original concept like Lex Luthor.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:42:39am

re: #331 HappyWarrior

I’d call it Rotting Orange if I were at the Crayola factory :).

Except rotting oranges are usually green and fuzzy, in my experience.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:42:42am

re: #189 ckkatz

Yes, there is usually a yearbook editor and possibly staff. There is also generally a faculty advisor who represents the medical school and University. This means that there are supposed to be multiple redundant checks and reviews. For pictures to get past them says a lot about the school and the environment, as well as the students.

Those pictures did not get past them. They were put on that page willfully.

I did our high school yearbook as editor and main production guy. And I have a whole history of doing paste-up work for print production.

Those photos were looked at by the staff, then chosen for a reason, then they were made into halftones and pasted into place.

Then off to the printers to make negatives and a proof of those negatives that have to be checked by the staff, then signed off and handed back to the printer to print.

So, the yearbook staff saw them. Whoever did the halftone photostats saw them. The printer’s production staff saw them, that is probably two or three people, and the guy that made the negatives saw them. Even after the negatives and proofs were signed off, the guy making the printing plates saw them and the guy running the printing press saw them.

I’m guessing at the very least ten to fifteen people saw those images. And they were still printed.

It not only says what the attitudes were at the Medical School, it also says a lot about the Virginians involved in the print process and book binding looked past them too.

In 1984.

Sorry, I’m not buying any excuses today…from anyone.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:44:51am

Well, we are 45 minutes into the Year of the Pig here in China, and time for me to go to bed. Xinnian kuaile!

See you tomorrow.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:44:53am

re: #333 Blind Frog Belly White

Except rotting oranges are usually green and fuzzy, in my experience.

Ahhhh nm then.

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:44:54am

Toddler gets hold of mom’s gun, shoots pregnant mom in face.

Hold the parents responsible. Charge them. Prosecute them.

Zero tolerance. She put her family at risk by failing to properly secure the gun.

So of course the responses are predictable in that we should charge before or after face surgery. As if that’s stopped prosecutors from charging criminals bedside.

She endangered the welfare of minor(s). Prosecute. This isn’t difficult. This isn’t even hard. But apparently there are folks who think that being shot is sufficient penalty.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:45:36am

re: #334 ObserverArt

Those pictures did not get past them. They were put on that page willfully.

I did our high school yearbook as editor and main production guy. And I have a whole history of doing paste-up work for print production.

Those photos were looked at by the staff, then chosen for a reason, then they were made into halftones and pasted into place.

Then off to the printers to make negatives and a proof of those negatives that have to be checked by the staff, then signed off and handed back to the printer to print.

So, the yearbook staff saw them. Whoever did the halftone photostats saw them. The printer’s production staff saw them, that is probably two or three people, and the guy that made the negatives saw them. Even after the negatives and proofs were signed off, the guy making the printing plates saw them and the guy running the printing press saw them.

I’m guessing at the very least ten to fifteen people saw those images. And they were still printed.

It not only says what the attitudes were at the Medical School, it also says a lot about the Virginians involved in the print process and book binding looked past them too.

In 1984.

Sorry, I’m not buying any excuses today…from anyone.

I’m so disgusted by the whole thing.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:46:03am

re: #337 lawhawk

Toddler gets hold of mom’s gun, shoots pregnant mom in face.

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Hold the parents responsible. Charge them. Prosecute them.

Zero tolerance. She put her family at risk by failing to properly secure the gun.

So of course the responses are predictable in that we should charge before or after face surgery. As if that’s stopped prosecutors from charging criminals bedside.

She endangered the welfare of minor(s). Prosecute. This isn’t difficult. This isn’t even hard. But apparently there are folks who think that being shot is sufficient penalty.

And people wonder why I hate guns.

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retired cynic  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:47:32am

re: #334 ObserverArt

Yep. Started in publication with my school yearbooks, and nothing was done without a reason.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:48:45am

re: #332 Myron Falwell

Most of the hate is not only earned, it’s been baked in since at least 2015 for some, and since the mid 1980s for others.

If he wasn’t in a position of power, he’d be a generic cartoon/comic book villain, not even an original concept like Lex Luthor.

He’d be more like a parody of Lex Luthor.

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retired cynic  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:49:25am

re: #337 lawhawk

Toddler gets hold of mom’s gun, shoots pregnant mom in face. …
She endangered the welfare of minor(s). Prosecute. This isn’t difficult. This isn’t even hard. But apparently there are folks who think that being shot is sufficient penalty.

I thought that way once. But it has been decades since I thought that way.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:49:35am

re: #326 HappyWarrior

His skin really isn’t even so much tan. That’s not a natural skin hue.

It’s what we used to call “Fake ‘n’ Bake” when I was a kid.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:49:56am

re: #332 Myron Falwell

Most of the hate is not only earned, it’s been baked in since at least 2015 for some, and since the mid 1980s for others.

If he wasn’t in a position of power, he’d be a generic cartoon/comic book villain, not even an original concept like Lex Luthor.

My first exposure to Donald Trump was let’s see. Probably when he made a cameo in Home Alone 2 or the Little Rascals movie. I don’t know which one I saw first. And he was on Howard Stern a lot too back then and my Dad would put on Howard in the morning when he helped get my brother and I ready for school since our mom worked the standard 9-5 job while Dad worked nights. I didn’t really hate the guy but I did find him obnoxious. I do remember when he married Melania, it was kind of a little neat since Melania is from the same little country as my mom’s father’s parents but when eh started going King Birther under Obama, yeah.

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TedStriker  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:50:19am

re: #341 Dr Lizardo

He’d be more like a parody of Lex Luthor.

Well, in reality, Trump’s just as bald as Lex, so that’s something.

Hey-oh!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:52:03am

re: #335 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Well, we are 45 minutes into the Year of the Pig here in China, and time for me to go to bed. Xinnian kuaile!

See you tomorrow.

You have a whole year dedicated to Trump?

//

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:52:28am

re: #343 Dr Lizardo

It’s what we used to call “Fake ‘n’ Bake” when I was a kid.

It actually reminds me of the Jersey Shore kids except their skin hue isn’t as ugly. TBH I always let my tan happen naturally. I don’t look like I have Mediterranean or Iberian ancestry but it’s healthy looking at least.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:53:48am

re: #337 lawhawk

A 4-year-old boy shot his pregnant mom in the face in Seattle this weekend in what cops believe was an accident. Authorities say the boy found the handgun stuffed under a mattress Saturday afternoon—it was loaded and unsecured.

JFC.

Stupid fucking people. UGH.

Seriously…what kind of FUCKING IDIOT leaves a GUN UNDER A MATTRESS?!

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:54:07am

re: #215 jeffreyw

That’s Homer, an asshole kitteh. We should rename him. Ted Bundy would be appropriate.

Does Homer bandage a leg then stagger around the little lady kittehs like he is injured hoping to lure one into his Kitteh lair?

He doesn’t have a nondescript VW Beetle sitting around the property does he?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:54:50am

re: #348 Eclectic Cyborg

A 4-year-old boy shot his pregnant mom in the face in Seattle this weekend in what cops believe was an accident. Authorities say the boy found the handgun stuffed under a mattress Saturday afternoon—it was loaded and unsecured.

JFC.

Stupid fucking people. UGH.

I keep on hearing about responsible gun owners and that’s why gun control is bad but I keep on reading about too many cases like this. I don’t own a gun. I don’t ever plan to own one especially if I have kids.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:54:52am

re: #305 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

There are situations and families where home schooling or even unschooling (no structure at all) can be better than classroom education. But it requires the parents to know their limitations, and often parents do not. If their own education or understanding of a subject is deficient, they end up passing that on to their children. I’ve taught kids who were home schooled, and usually their math and science skills were the weakest. But they were able to catch up quickly because most had a very good work ethic and were self-disciplined.

The bad side of home schooling is when parents want to shelter their kids from the reality of the world, whether it be modern science or people of a different religion or color.

I know of a Chicago native who attended elite private schools; when she later moved to Maine with her husband, she homeschooled her children because she felt the public schools there were inadequate.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:56:11am

in re Northam (or not):

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:56:14am

re: #219 Eclectic Cyborg

Reports out this morning that there are sexual assault allegations against Justin Fairfax now.

Man, Virginia politics are really fucked up right now.

Oh, sexual assault allegations against a Black politician. That’s original.

Are we back in 1953 or so?

This is getting real ugly.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:56:58am

re: #261 plansbandc

The dumbing down of America will some day result in all spellings being acceptable. Those who insist on such things as proper spelling and grammar will be ostracized.

Roll Tide

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:57:08am

re: #349 ObserverArt

Does Homer bandage a leg then stagger around the little lady kittehs like he is injured hoping to lure one into his Kitteh lair?

He doesn’t have a nondescript VW Beetle sitting around the property does he?

I watched the Bundy docu that’s getting all the attention and i’m reading Stranger Beside Me. Man. Those poor women didn’t know what was coming and then to know how Bundy cultivated friendships in high places in Washington. I’m not shitting on those GOP officials in Washington state. No way they knew his true nature but more so observing how manipulative he was.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 4, 2019 • 8:59:40am

re: #353 ObserverArt

Oh, sexual assault allegations against a Black politician. That’s original.

Are we back in 1953 or so?

This is getting real ugly.

Hmmmmm…….I detect ratfucking.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:00:50am

re: #356 Dr Lizardo

Hmmmmm…….I detect ratfucking.

This was apparently made first last year. Post decided not to publish because of contradictions in the story. I’m not discounting totally but I do smell rat fucking too at this point.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:02:02am

re: #348 Eclectic Cyborg

A 4-year-old boy shot his pregnant mom in the face in Seattle this weekend in what cops believe was an accident. Authorities say the boy found the handgun stuffed under a mattress Saturday afternoon—it was loaded and unsecured.

JFC.

Stupid fucking people. UGH.

Seriously…what kind of FUCKING IDIOT leaves a GUN UNDER A MATTRESS?!

This should not be treated as an accident; it’s criminal negligence and the parents should be charged and, if convicted, serve prison time; they should at least forfeit their right to own a gun and all such weapons in their possession should be confiscated. People don’t learn from experience unless they actually are punished for their careless or criminal behavior. You would think they would learn something if they are shot or some is killed but, no, they repeat the mantra that it was an unforeseen tragedy or and act of God that no one could have predicted.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:02:29am

re: #355 HappyWarrior

I watched the Bundy docu that’s getting all the attention and i’m reading Stranger Beside Me. Man. Those poor women didn’t know what was coming and then to know how Bundy cultivated friendships in high places in Washington. I’m not shitting on those GOP officials in Washington state. No way they knew his true nature but more so observing how manipulative he was.

When he was arrested in Colorado, I remember thinking: “He’s driving a Khaki VW? And his name’s actually Ted? Oh, yeah, this poor guy is boned.” It just seemed too good to be true. Who could have thought Ted would tell people his real name when he was cruising for victims?

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danarchy  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:04:44am

re: #353 ObserverArt

Oh, sexual assault allegations against a Black politician. That’s original.

Are we back in 1953 or so?

This is getting real ugly.

I’m not going to go there yet. This is apparently the woman making the accusation and she does not appear to be a republican shill, and just because WaPo declined to run the story is not sufficient for me to dismiss the claim outright.,

scrippscollege.edu

Although right wing sites have jumped on it and are pushing it hard, just seems more like opportunism than straight up ratfucking.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:07:54am

re: #359 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Part of his ego. He thought he could get away with anything because he thought he was smarter than everyone.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:09:21am

re: #359 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

When he was arrested in Colorado, I remember thinking: “He’s driving a Khaki VW? And his name’s actually Ted? Oh, yeah, this poor guy is boned.” It just seemed too good to be true. Who could have thought Ted would tell people his real name when he was cruising for victims?

It shocked the people who knew him too. Ann Rule’s book is so fascinating. I meant to read it years ago but my copy got destroyed in a house flood. I think there was a lot of hubris on Bundy’s part. I also think he had a big chip on his shoulder due to being a bastard and being among people that were products of privilege. Obviously, that’s not meant to justify his nature but I think ti definitely explains why he targeted who he did. Now something that I don’t see discussed that often is when he targeted young women like the girl, Kimberly Leach whose murder is what got him sentenced to death in Florida. Actually I apologize, it was the sorority murders that got him sentenced there but they tried it him for capital murder in the Leach case too.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:09:50am

re: #293 Eclectic Cyborg

That certainly didn’t help, but I think it’s growing apathy about Football as a whole factoring in there, too. We’ve certainly learned a LOT about the effects of CTE over the last decade.

How do you explain both of the conference championship games scored big numbers? And the NFL viewing numbers were up over the course of the year.

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danarchy  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:10:08am

This is the message that apparently kicked off the story.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:10:32am

re: #358 Hecuba’s daughter

This should not be treated as an accident; it’s criminal negligence and the parents should be charged and, if convicted, serve prison time; they should at least forfeit their right to own a gun and all such weapons in their possession should be confiscated. People don’t learn from experience unless they actually are punished for their careless or criminal behavior. You would think they would learn something if they are shot or some is killed but, no, they repeat the mantra that it was an unforeseen tragedy or and act of God that no one could have predicted.

ding!

you want to be careless enough to get shot by your kid, im fine with that

i want all the draconian measures bolded above applied to you so maybe the next potential careless schmuck learns something in time

THIS is the big problem with ‘responsible’ gun owners.
they wont even agree to cull out the obviously, demonstrably reckless ones from their herd

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:11:02am

re: #363 ObserverArt

How do you explain both of the conference championship games scored big numbers? And the NFL viewing numbers were up over the course of the year.

TBH I think a lot of us outside of NE are bored to death by Brady. As my brother said yesterday when they sped up the house league basketball games for Super Bowl Sunday “Yeah because no one has ever seen Tom Brady in a Super Bowl before.”

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:11:19am

re: #360 danarchy

I’m not going to go there yet. This is apparently the woman making the accusation and she does not appear to be a republican shill, and just because WaPo declined to run the story is not sufficient for me to dismiss the claim outright.,

scrippscollege.edu

Although right wing sites have jumped on it and are pushing it hard, just seems more like opportunism than straight up ratfucking.

This proves nothing, but it’s Rage Furby’s home turf.

SCRIPPS COLLEGE

A member of The Claremont Colleges.

1030 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
[no phone numbers allowed]

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:12:08am

re: #364 danarchy

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This is the message that apparently kicked off the story.

It definitely is worthy of attention. It shouldn’t be ignored or dismissed.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:14:41am

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:15:08am

re: #368 HappyWarrior

It definitely is worthy of attention. It shouldn’t be ignored or dismissed.

Agreed. We need to figure out what’s going on here.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:15:26am

re: #367 Decatur Deb

This proves nothing, but it’s Rage Furby’s home turf.

SCRIPPS COLLEGE

A member of The Claremont Colleges.

1030 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
[no phone numbers allowed]

That could be a complete coincidence. I don’t think it should be discounted but the WaPo is pretty careful about these sort of things. I won’t call her a liar or say she’s telling the truth. That’s not fair to her or Fairfax.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:16:25am

re: #370 Eclectic Cyborg

Agreed. We need to figure out what’s going on here.

I just hope it’s not the worst. I really don’t. Between Northam and now this. It’s been really shitty for Va Democrats.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:19:51am

re: #303 HappyWarrior

Brady completed so many third and longs in that game. Mahomes overall had the better game than Brady but Brady got it done when they needed him to and as much as I hate the bastard, he always does that. Everytime I hope Brady is done for good. He’s back. I’m already dreading that NE will be playing for the record next year.

Brady already has one record. He has won more Super Bowls (Championships) than any quarterback or other position player on one team.

Belichick is now tied with George Halas and Curly Lambeau for league championships by one coach.

The Steelers have won six championships, but under three different coaches.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:20:05am

But this all speaks to why Kavanaugh needed to be rejected. There was a lot more credibility to Dr. Ford’s story than there is this one at this point in time. That’s not to say I think Professor Tyson is lying or telling the truth one way or the other but the right wing machine will go after him in a way they did NOT Kavanaugh.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:20:25am

re: #371 HappyWarrior

That could be a complete coincidence. I don’t think it should be discounted but the WaPo is pretty careful about these sort of things. I won’t call her a liar or say she’s telling the truth. That’s not fair to her or Fairfax.

One Furby is an accident, two Furbies is a coincidence, three Furbies…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:21:29am

re: #373 ObserverArt

Brady already has one record. He has won more Super Bowls (Championships) than any quarterback or other position player on one team.

Belichick is now tied with George Halas and Curly Lambeau for league championships by one coach.

The Steelers have one six championships, but under three different coaches.

Yeah I meant overall SBs by a franchise. Gah can’t he you know actually realize he’s 41 already. I think that’s part of why and I admit freely it’s envy but can’t the guy just realize he’s 41. I used to scoff at his wanting to play until he’s 45 but it could happen. Now being a spiteful sob, I hope the end happens it’s very ugly for NE for the next years after that.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:22:50am

re: #375 Decatur Deb

One Furby is an accident, two Furbies is a coincidence, three Furbies…

I get that but I’m not going to call someone a liar or they’re telling the truth until more comes out. All we have right now is the text that was posted above and that the Post didn’t publish the story because of contradictions in her story. I obviously hope it’s not true because I like Justin Fairfax but I liked Ralph Northam too.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:23:48am

re: #377 HappyWarrior

“This proves nothing, but it’s Rage Furby’s home turf.”

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:24:49am

re: #378 Decatur Deb

No, I know what you prefaced it with and I understand that. Sorry. Just been very overwhelming.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:26:03am

No one in the right will be saying though “What if Justin Fairfax was your son or brother” though. All I ask is for consistency when it comes to sexual assault allegations and those accused of it. And unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to see it from the side who is convinced Brett Kavanaugh was “lynched.”

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:27:48am

re: #374 HappyWarrior

But this all speaks to why Kavanaugh needed to be rejected. There was a lot more credibility to Dr. Ford’s story than there is this one at this point in time. That’s not to say I think Professor Tyson is lying or telling the truth one way or the other but the right wing machine will go after him in a way they did NOT Kavanaugh.

Kavanagh is a white guy. Fairfax is black.

Their treatment will NOT be the same.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:27:49am

re: #355 HappyWarrior

I watched the Bundy docu that’s getting all the attention and i’m reading Stranger Beside Me. Man. Those poor women didn’t know what was coming and then to know how Bundy cultivated friendships in high places in Washington. I’m not shitting on those GOP officials in Washington state. No way they knew his true nature but more so observing how manipulative he was.

Well, the judge that sentenced him said he liked Ted and it was such a waste of a human talent that could have done a lot of good.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:28:25am

re: #382 ObserverArt

Well, the judge that sentenced him said he liked Ted and it was such a waste of a human talent that could have done a lot of good.

And that judge had seen some of the worst Bundy could be in court since he had a couple of outbursts.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:28:44am

re: #376 HappyWarrior

Yeah I meant overall SBs by a franchise. Gah can’t he you know actually realize he’s 41 already. I think that’s part of why and I admit freely it’s envy but can’t the guy just realize he’s 41. I used to scoff at his wanting to play until he’s 45 but it could happen. Now being a spiteful sob, I hope the end happens it’s very ugly for NE for the next years after that.

Yeah, I predict Bellicheck will retire when Brady goes and NE will be in for a long, long rebuild.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:29:28am

re: #381 Eclectic Cyborg

Kavanagh is a white guy. Fairfax is black.

Their treatment will NOT be the same.

Yep. And that’s the problem with our society. Metoo exists and still needs to exist because sexual assault doesn’t have a partisan or racial monopoly. It’s about people usually men who take advantage of women and sometimes other men in the case of Kevin Spacey or the man who assaulted Terry Crews.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:30:34am

re: #375 Decatur Deb

One Furby is an accident, two Furbies is a coincidence, three Furbies…

That Furby has been connected, even informally, to Russian agents (*cough* Dana Roherbacher *cough*) is no accident. Especially if he’s starting to unleash attacks like these with a controlled frequency.

Worst case scenario, this is a lengthy and deep setup of espionage set up by a malignant foreign power to undermine our next election cycle before it even begins, and Furby is a disposable cog in the machine.

Can’t help but think that GotNews was a cover for all this.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:30:43am

re: #384 Eclectic Cyborg

Yeah, I predict Bellicheck will retire when Brady goes and NE will be in for a long, long rebuild.

We can only hope for that. It might make some of those bandwagoners I talked about last night shut the hell up about how “you hate us because you ain’t us.” TBH the best thing that would happen IMO would be what’s happened with the Cowboys. Not being awful but meddling mediocrity. Sports purgatory I think is the worst thing for a fan.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:31:16am

re: #362 HappyWarrior

It shocked the people who knew him too. Ann Rule’s book is so fascinating. I meant to read it years ago but my copy got destroyed in a house flood. I think there was a lot of hubris on Bundy’s part. I also think he had a big chip on his shoulder due to being a bastard and being among people that were products of privilege. Obviously, that’s not meant to justify his nature but I think ti definitely explains why he targeted who he did. Now something that I don’t see discussed that often is when he targeted young women like the girl, Kimberly Leach whose murder is what got him sentenced to death in Florida. Actually I apologize, it was the sorority murders that got him sentenced there but they tried it him for capital murder in the Leach case too.

My best friend’s sister was living in a sorority house near the University of Washington during Ted’s peak era. They had somebody rattling the doorknob trying to get in, but fortunately they didn’t—whoever they were. She was just his type, too….

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Decatur Deb  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:31:47am

re: #386 Myron Falwell

That Furby has been connected, even informally, to Russian agents (*cough* Dana Roherbacher *cough*) is no accident. Especially if he’s starting to unleash these attacks like these with a controlled frequency.

Worst case scenario, this is a lengthy and deep setup of espionage set up by a malignant foreign power to undermine our next election cycle before it even begins, and Furby is a disposable cog in the machine.

Can’t help but think that GotNews was a cover for all this.

Cherchez le Furby.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:32:18am

“Donnie is lazy to own the libs.”
~MAGAts.

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:33:57am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:34:48am

re: #388 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

My best friend’s sister was living in a sorority house near the University of Washington during Ted’s peak era. They had somebody rattling the doorknob trying to get in, but fortunately they didn’t—whoever they were. She was just his type, too….

Rule discussed things like that in the preface about how she got letters and calls from women in the years after she published the book thinking they may have just missed an encounter with him. That’s scary. I think your friend’s sister very possibly could have. I feel so awful for those women. The ones that strike me are the one whose kindness he played on when he would use the broken arm trick. These women weren’t stupid. He played on their best nature and it got them killed. I do have to say seeing the archive footage of the night of his execution makes me cringe. I am anti DP and I feel awful for anyone who lost a loved one but the whole circus aspect of that event just bothers me. But though I’m anti DP, I have no right to tell those families that Ted’s execution didn’t bring them closure.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:35:18am

re: #391 Single-handed sailor

One of the best font fails ever. :D

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:35:30am

re: #384 Eclectic Cyborg

Yeah, I predict Bellicheck will retire when Brady goes and NE will be in for a long, long rebuild.

I heard some sports radio yakking this morning saying Belichick was very loose and openly happy after the game. Apparently he was on some kind of after-game wrap-up show and was talking more then ever.

So speculation has gone to he may be retiring after this win since he seems so pleased with this win.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:36:58am

re: #394 ObserverArt

I heard some sports radio yakking this morning saying Belichick was very loose and openly happy after the game. Apparently he was on some kind of after-game wrap-up show and was talking more then ever.

So speculation has gone to he may be retiring after this win since he seems so pleased with this win.

Might explain why McDaniels again didn’t take any HC jobs this offseason. I’d be shocked if he isn’t Belichick’s heir. As I said though, I don’t want total failure for that team, I want mediocre purgatory (basically what the Cincy Bengals have experienced under Marvin Lewis) being good but not good enough.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:37:42am

Enjoying a snow day here in the Seattle area. Doesn’t take much to shut shit down around here.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:40:32am

re: #378 Decatur Deb

This proves nothing, but it’s Rage Furby’s home turf.

Yup. This is now revealing itself to be a coordinated effort. Far too convenient to be a complete coincidence.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:41:20am

re: #396 Teddy’s Person

Enjoying a snow day here in the Seattle area. Doesn’t take much to shut shit down around here.

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Without venturing out too far, it looks like about 1/2” here in Kent. And yes, that’s enough to screw things up….

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:43:18am

re: #397 Myron Falwell

Yup. This is now revealing itself to be a coordinated effort. Far too convenient to be a complete coincidence.

I dunno guys. But I do have to admit seeing that and hearing he was possibly involved with the reveal of the Northam photo makes me smell shit too. I won’t say that this professor should have revealed this when Fairfax first ran for office(he actually ran for AG six years ago and narrowly lost in the primary) because I saw that used against Dr. Ford when Kavanaugh got his Circuit Court gig. As I said though, it needs to be looked at. I really really really hope this is another thing like what Wohl tried to pull on Mueller and Tyson never even met Fairfax.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:45:19am

re: #398 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Without venturing out too far, it looks like about 1/2” here in Kent. And yes, that’s enough to screw things up….

We got around 4-5 inches here in Issaquah by the look of what’s on the roof of the building I see out my widow and top of cars. We’re still getting some flurries.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:46:08am

Gonna wait and see what happens. Kavanaugh’s allegation at first was thought to be that he was having sex with a girlfriend who was slightly younger than the age of consent when he was a senior which wouldn’t have been a big deal to me as the ultimate allegations that Dr. Ford made were.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:48:46am

Another example of AOC’s excellent twitter game.

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Interesting Times  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:49:31am

re: #402 Teddy’s Person

And SOTU game:

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:49:54am

re: #402 Teddy’s Person

Another example of AOC’s excellent twitter game.

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And the Patriots aren’t winning due to their payroll either so this example fails on that too.

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:51:24am

Oh, it’s a sign.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:51:37am

re: #403 Interesting Times

And SOTU game:

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I have never been so impressed by a freshman Congresswoman or man than I am by AOC. I don’t know what her final place in public life will be but it’s going to be bigger than just a rank and file member of the House. She has a savvy to her that a lot of her more established colleagues don’t.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:52:34am

re: #405 Single-handed sailor

Oh, it’s a sign.

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What great state in the US is this?

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:54:40am

re: #407 Sir John Barron

What great state in the US is this?

California

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:55:28am

I think one of the best things AOC does and I think it’s something that those left and right who underestimate her is she does listen. She’s open minded. VB posted a link last night of a Jewish-American activist telling her to be aware of Jeremy Corbyn’s history of Antisemitism and indifference to it. She seemed receptive to looking into that. Unfortunately some of the replies showed me why the left still has a bit of a ways to go by dismissing the man’s suggestion and calling him the usual type names that one gets when they go after a lefty sacred cow. Corbyn is awful IMO and the American left would be wise not to see him as a model.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:55:54am

re: #406 HappyWarrior

I have never been so impressed by a freshman Congresswoman or man than I am by AOC. I don’t know what her final place in public life will be but it’s going to be bigger than just a rank and file member of the House. She has a savvy to her that a lot of her more established colleagues don’t.

I really like the nonchelant way she answers bullshit with cold hard truth - like she’s shooing away a bothersome gnat.

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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:56:24am

re: #402 Teddy’s Person

Another example of AOC’s excellent twitter game.

Ya know, the fact that Colin Kaepernick has been purposefully blackballed by the league because he opted to kneel for the national anthem may have been a turn-off for a big bloc of fans.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:57:12am

re: #410 Teddy’s Person

I really like the nonchelant way she answers bullshit with cold hard truth - like she’s shooing away a bothersome gnat.

What I love is that she’s receptive. She’s got her strong beliefs but she is willing to listen. Which is why I think people who patronize her and look down on her are making a big mistake. She’s honestly what someone like Bernie could be if he had better people skills.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:58:10am

re: #411 Myron Falwell

Ya know, the fact that Colin Kaepernick has been purposefully blackballed by the league because he opted to kneel for the national anthem may have been a turn-off for a big bloc of fans.

Yeah football fans aren’t just the good ole boys that freaked out over Colin kneeling. I have to say the NBA’s response to player activism has been awesome. Adam Silver may be my favorite commissioner ever in any sport.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:59:24am

The NBA also does a lot of leading by example. They have tons of African-American head coaches and they even have a woman assistant coach who could well be the successor to her team’s long tenured coach. It would be just like Gregg Popovich to hand off his team to a woman and for her to continue his legacy of competitive, team based ball.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 9:59:28am

re: #403 Interesting Times

And SOTU game:

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She’s getting to the point even Brian J might begin to like her.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:00:50am

re: #415 ObserverArt

She’s getting to the point even Brian J might begin to like her.

Let’s not get carried away lol. I feel bad for him that he was reduced to defending Lieberman to go after her though.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:01:25am

re: #412 HappyWarrior

What I love is that she’s receptive. She’s got her strong beliefs but she is willing to listen. Which is why I think people who patronize her and look down on her are making a big mistake. She’s honestly what someone like Bernie could be if he had better people skills.

She really reminds me of Obama. Super smart and a desire to be of service to the public. Intelligent people are not afraid to listen to other points of view. In fact, they seek out diverse opinions.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:04:16am

re: #417 Teddy’s Person

She really reminds me of Obama. Super smart and a desire to be of service to the public. Intelligent people are not afraid to listen to other points of view. In fact, they seek out diverse opinions.

Part of being a liberal to me is more than just ideology. It’s how you go about things. It’s about having an open mind. I have known some liberals who aren’t open minded people. AOC isn’t one of them.

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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:04:17am

re: #415 ObserverArt

Now that’s just silly talk. :D

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:04:20am

re: #413 HappyWarrior

Yeah football fans aren’t just the good ole boys that freaked out over Colin kneeling. I have to say the NBA’s response to player activism has been awesome. Adam Silver may be my favorite commissioner ever in any sport.

Ya gotta admit Kenesaw Mountain Landis had the best name though.

Good thing I looked it up—I never would have spelled it with one “n”.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:06:44am

Thoughts and prayers, Roger, thoughts and prayers.

“The judge, as you probably know, is considering issuing a gag for me,” Stone explained [while speaking to Phoenix radio station KFYI]. “And that’s problematic for my legal defense and I can only do that by speaking out.”

Stone then encouraged listeners to contribute at his website.

“If I can no longer do that then I will not have the resources to fight these charges,” he said.

According to Stone, the case against him has left him “virtually broke.”

ABG - always be grifting

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:06:44am

re: #420 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Ya gotta admit Kenesaw Mountain Landis had the best name though.

Good thing I looked it up—I never would have spelled it with one “n”.

Yeah but that’s balanced out by the fact that he’s why baseball had segregation for years. Oh and those who love playing the partisan game when it comes to Jim Crow, he was a Republican judge appointed by TR before he became commissioner. As a baesball fan, the segregation saddens me because we missed out on so many great players in the bigs. I would have loved to seen a world where Satchel Paige would pitch to Babe Ruth or where Lefty Grove would pitch to Josh Gibson.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:08:32am

re: #421 Teddy’s Person

I got the tiniest violin in the fucking world ready for you, Roger.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:09:05am

One thing about AOC and this is why I don’t hold her having supported Bernie against her but she isn’t foolish enough to act like fixing economic inequality alone will fix social problems. She sees both.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:09:09am

re: #332 Myron Falwell

re: #341 Dr Lizardo

Here’s the thing: When Luthor became president in the comics, even he did things like divest his holdings and companies and release his taxes and shit. He did the basic things a presidential candidate/president-elect should. So he has that against Trump.

Let it be repeated: Lex Luthor was a better president and more respectful of the office than our current real life president.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:09:14am

re: #406 HappyWarrior

I have never been so impressed by a freshman Congresswoman or man than I am by AOC. I don’t know what her final place in public life will be but it’s going to be bigger than just a rank and file member of the House. She has a savvy to her that a lot of her more established colleagues don’t.

What I like about her is she has the facts to back up whatever she says. She is very well studied in politics and I am thinking she has pretty good depth in economics, history and social studies.

This young lady is intelligent and really has a resolve beyond her years.

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Scottish Dragon  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:09:30am

This idiot MP claims the UK was not a recipient of the Marshal Plan after WW2.

Uh….

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:12:39am

re: #427 Scottish Dragon

This idiot MP claims the UK was not a recipient of the Marshal Plan after WW2.

Uh….

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Marshall Plan wasn’t only for Germany either. I guess they don’t teach history at Tory school. Stupid wanker. British wingnuts are as bad as their American cousins.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:13:18am

re: #426 ObserverArt

What I like about her is she has the facts to back up whatever she says. She is very well studied in politics and I am thinking she has pretty good depth in economics, history and social studies.

This young lady is intelligent and really has a resolve beyond her years.

Yeah duel background in international relations and economics will do that. I took a little of both myself. Flopped terribly on economics but did better in IR.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:15:24am

How long before the Statue of Liberty is replaced by something like this for 2020?

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A Three Hour Tour  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:18:20am

re: #223 HappyWarrior

We allow multiple non-consecutive. It hasn’t happened in my lifetime but it’s allowed. I’d like to point something out about Northam that differentiates him from previous Dem governors in the last 20 years. Northam unlike Kaine, Warner, and McAuliffe is a Virginia native and unlike them he doesn’t have too many ties to NoVa. Obviously I’m not saying that makes him a racist but I think it would explain that while he’s close in age to all three of them, his upbringing during the Civil Rights years certainly would have been different. I don’t know. I’m still trying to digest all this. Why the hell he thought it was okay for one thing. And what the hell is wrong with Eastern Medical school.

You’re too young, but it happened during my lifetime. Mills Godwin was the 60th and 62nd governor of the Commonwealth, serving for 1966-70 as a Democrat and from 1974-78 as a Republican. Tim Kaine’s father-in-law was the 61st governor.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:19:48am

re: #430 Teddy’s Person

How long before the Statue of Liberty is replaced by something like this for 2020?

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Well, I did this Photoshop a month or so ago preparing for Trump to do some kind of a “Big Brother” election signage campaign all over America. It didn’t get much attention…might have been too subtle…or too stupid. By I did have intent!

Vote For Dear Leader…Victory Will Be Ours
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Dr Lizardo  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:21:04am

re: #427 Scottish Dragon

Moron.

But one thing I didn’t know is that apparently, he’s a very tall moron: he stands 6’ 8 1/2” (204.5 cm).

Pretty big dude.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:21:22am

re: #421 Teddy’s Person

I smell money being set on fire.

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Scottish Dragon  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:23:20am
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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:25:08am

re: #432 ObserverArt

Definitely too subtle.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:25:31am

re: #431 A Three Hour Tour

You’re too young, but it happened during my lifetime. Mills Godwin was the 60th and 62nd governor of the Commonwealth, serving for 1966-70 as a Democrat and from 1974-78 as a Republican. Tim Kaine’s father-in-law was the 61st governor.

Yep I forgot Godwin.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:26:04am

re: #435 Scottish Dragon

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You’ve been silent on Steve King, Ted. Fuck you.

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ObserverArt  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:27:51am

re: #436 Teddy’s Person

Definitely too subtle.

That is my style. I’ve never been the obvious type, that is too easy.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:28:50am

re: #435 Scottish Dragon

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Ted Cruz is a fucking asshole, a fact that can’t be stated often enough. My contempt for the GOP knows no bounds.

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Jay C  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:29:21am

re: #433 Dr Lizardo

Moron.

But one thing I didn’t know is that apparently, he’s a very tall moron: he stands 6’ 8 1/2” (204.5 cm).

Pretty big dude.

Maybe the rarified air “up there” has affected his brain - though many lower-altitude Brexiteers seem to exhibit similar symptoms. “Ungrateful EU”? Like having the UK as a member was doing the EU such a gigantic fucking favor?

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Charles Johnson  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:29:25am
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Scottish Dragon  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:31:31am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:31:33am

re: #440 Teddy’s Person

Ted Cruz is a fucking asshole, a fact that can’t be stated often enough. My contempt for the GOP knows no bounds.

Cruz didn’t say a word about Stewart or King. He’s such a brazen partisan hack.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:31:35am

re: #441 Jay C

They’re the most special of special snowflakes.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:31:51am

re: #439 ObserverArt

That is my style. I’ve never been the obvious type, that is too easy.

Sublty, like irony, died on Nov. 8, 2016. Maybe we’ll get both back some day.

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:34:31am

re: #444 HappyWarrior

Cruz didn’t say a word about Stewart or King. He’s such a brazen partisan hack.

Power and party over everything.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:35:36am

re: #442 Charles Johnson

Yeah, I’m sure a wall most American’s don’t want, with Democrats nearly universally opposing it, is going to cause issues for freshmen.

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steve_davis  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:38:32am

re: #174 Citizen K

Trumpist judges prep ‘get out of racism free’ card

EDIT: THe article goes on to show how this is no outlier and rulings all over are basically trying to criminalize attempts to address civil rights or racism with the good ol’ projection machine.

Trump may have successfully destroyed the very concept of civil rights for decades to come. We may just be eternally fucked because this asshole got to remake the courts.

nah. what will happen is that trump will be impeached, the shock wave will give Democrats within two cycles 66 senators, and they will move to impeach any Trump judge who doesn’t otherwise resign, on the very sound basis that a traitor cannot supply lifetime appointments to a court system.

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jeffreyw  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:39:10am

re: #349 ObserverArt

Does Homer bandage a leg then stagger around the little lady kittehs like he is injured hoping to lure one into his Kitteh lair?

It is part of his M.O.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:39:59am

re: #426 ObserverArt

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lawhawk  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:42:03am

On the left - Trump sleeping.
On the right - what Trump bathes in to get that tangerine toddler complexion just right.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:45:44am

I don’t have time to distill this diary into a list of people being brought by Democrats to the SOTU, but it includes Cameron Kasky and a number of trans military members: dailykos.com

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:47:07am

re: #453 Belafon

I don’t have time to distill this diary into a list of people being brought by Democrats to the SOTU, but it includes Cameron Kasky and a number of trans military members: dailykos.com

I’m liking Gillibrand for POTUS more.

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:48:31am
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Myron Falwell  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:50:38am

re: #442 Charles Johnson

If this is the best they can do, then they’re gonna get absolutely crushed by the Democrats yet again, and it’ll be so delicious to watch.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:52:13am

re: #455 Single-handed sailor

What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday.

Hundreds. Really.

/

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ipsos  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:52:37am

re: #452 lawhawk

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On the left - Trump sleeping.
On the right - what Trump bathes in to get that tangerine toddler complexion just right.

He made queso!!

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:53:49am

re: #455 Single-handed sailor

What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings tweets @realDonaldTrump takes posts everyday. This POTUS is working tweeting harder for the American people than anyone in recent history.

fxd

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:54:41am

re: #455 Single-handed sailor

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What would be most delicious in this situation is if Trumpco leaked the schedule in a effort to distract from the Mueller investigation because there’s nothing about those schedules that make Trump look good. Either he’s neglecting his duties as president or he’s violating record keeping laws. Evidence for that impeachment keeps piling up.

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can't think of a decent username  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:55:50am

In the latest “What the fuck has gone wrong with the Simulation” news: Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the groundbreaking “Nickel and Dimed” and other books, is a racist MAGA-head.


(Click for short thread with more receipts.)
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plansbandc  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:56:22am

re: #455 Single-handed sailor

Shouldn’t “We the People” have the right to know what the fat orange tyrant does with his time?

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:57:11am

re: #455 Single-handed sailor

It seems @madwest45 may be unaware that 44 U.S.C. § 2203 commands that POTUS “shall” take all necessary steps to ensure that the performance of his duties is “adequately documented” and preserved.

Witch Hunt! Disgraceful!

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Dr. Matt  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:58:08am

“NFL 2019” — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL

“NFL 2019” — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL

“You know back then I was a little baby…sweet and greasy.”

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:59:03am

re: #462 plansbandc

Shouldn’t “We the People” have the right to know what the fat orange tyrant does with his time?

Only if it makes him look good.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 10:59:50am

re: #461 can’t think of a decent username

I liked “Nickel and Dimed”. Her follow up? Not so much. Never really cared for her as a person either.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:02:17am

re: #461 can’t think of a decent username

In the latest “What the fuck has gone wrong with the Simulation” news: Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the groundbreaking “Nickel and Dimed” and other books, is a racist MAGA-head.

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(Click for short thread with more receipts.)

YEah that’s why America’s on the decline.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:02:39am

re: #466 Eclectic Cyborg

I liked “Nickel and Dimed”. Her follow up? Not so much. Never really cared for her as a person either.

I don’t know too much about her as a person TBH but that was an ignorant comment.

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Mike Lamb  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:05:01am

re: #455 Single-handed sailor

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They are really, really committed to this bullshit “He works harder than anyone” line, aren’t they? We have eyes, you know.

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Old Liberal  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:05:08am

re: #365 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

ding!

you want to be careless enough to get shot by your kid, im fine with that

i want all the draconian measures bolded above applied to you so maybe the next potential careless schmuck learns something in time

THIS is the big problem with ‘responsible’ gun owners.
they wont even agree to cull out the obviously, demonstrably reckless ones from their herd

I think the reason they won’t cull is they know themselves to be fuckups. They know they are reckless and irresponsible. Leaving guns in suitcases going through security, leaving guns in cars, in restaurant bathrooms.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:06:12am

re: #462 plansbandc

Shouldn’t “We the People” have the right to know what the fat orange tyrant does with his time?

WHY DON’T YOU LEAVE ARE GREAT MAGA PRESIDENT ALONE AND STOP YOU’R OBSTRUCTING RESISTING AMERICA HATER!

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:07:55am

re: #469 Mike Lamb

They are really, really committed to this bullshit “He works harder than anyone” line, aren’t they? We have eyes, you know.

DJT golfs for three days straight

OUR GREAT MAGA POTUS WORKS HARDER THAN ANYOTHER PRESIDENT EVER HAS EVER AND HARDER THAN ANY OFFICIAL POLITICIAN ANYWHERE!!!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:09:17am

re: #472 Sir John Barron

DJT golfs for three days straight

OUR GREAT MAGA POTUS WORKS HARDER THAN ANYOTHER PRESIDENT EVER HAS EVER AND HARDER THAN ANY OFFICIAL POLITICIAN ANYWHERE!!!

They don’t even say he works. They say he works harder than anyone. When you over-compensate a lie, that’s how you know how shitty the reality is.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:10:36am
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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:10:39am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:12:17am

thehill.com

Guess who’s wrong again. Too bad Northam didn’t criticize Bibi or taxation rates.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:13:25am

Credit: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump is currently relying on “acting” officials for multiple key positions in his administration, ranging from attorney general to chief of staff to secretary of defense.

While the president seemingly prefers to have officials appointed without going through Senate scrutiny, even some Republican senators are sounding the alarm about an understaffed White House.

“It’s a lot, it’s way too many,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) tells the Washington Post of the multiple administration vacancies. “You want to have confirmed individuals there because they have a lot more authority to be able to make decisions and implement policy when you have a confirmed person in that spot.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tells the Post that she’s been really pressing the president to name a successor to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in December after a dispute with the president over withdrawing troops from Syria.

“We absolutely need to have a permanent nominee,” she explains. “I do feel that in order to reassure allies and also to push back on our adversaries, it’s very important that we have a permanent secretary of defense.”

And Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tells the Post that “it worries me” that the administration has so many vacancies with no permanent nominees in sight.”

If only there was something they could do about this horrible shit heel of a President…

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:14:08am

re: #430 Teddy’s Person

How long before the Statue of Liberty is replaced by something like this for 2020?

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LOL the guy’s face in the first photo.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:15:51am

re: #477 Eclectic Cyborg

Credit: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump is currently relying on “acting” officials for multiple key positions in his administration, ranging from attorney general to chief of staff to secretary of defense.

While the president seemingly prefers to have officials appointed without going through Senate scrutiny, even some Republican senators are sounding the alarm about an understaffed White House.

“It’s a lot, it’s way too many,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) tells the Washington Post of the multiple administration vacancies. “You want to have confirmed individuals there because they have a lot more authority to be able to make decisions and implement policy when you have a confirmed person in that spot.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tells the Post that she’s been really pressing the president to name a successor to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in December after a dispute with the president over withdrawing troops from Syria.

“We absolutely need to have a permanent nominee,” she explains. “I do feel that in order to reassure allies and also to push back on our adversaries, it’s very important that we have a permanent secretary of defense.”

And Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tells the Post that “it worries me” that the administration has so many vacancies with no permanent nominees in sight.”

If only there was something they could do about this horrible shit heel of a President…

If only we were officials in some of sort of group of people that acts as a check on the President. Too bad such a thing doesn’t exist. //

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:16:33am

re: #475 jaunte

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It’s not so much the rates, it’s the new rules for deductions and exemptions, amongst other insanity.

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jeffreyw  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:16:37am

re: #467 HappyWarrior

YEah that’s why America’s on the decline.

Just my quick take on what little I’ve read of those tweets. I think it could be that she is saying that it doesn’t occur to her that she needs to learn English, despite a big US fan base, because she doesn’t need English as a ticket-punch towards success. The US doesn’t carry the weight it used to. Left unsaid - all the new global elites need Chinese, French, or German instead.

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:19:23am
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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:19:57am

re: #477 Eclectic Cyborg

Credit: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump is currently relying on “acting” officials for multiple key positions in his administration, ranging from attorney general to chief of staff to secretary of defense.

While the president seemingly prefers to have officials appointed without going through Senate scrutiny, even some Republican senators are sounding the alarm about an understaffed White House.

“It’s a lot, it’s way too many,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) tells the Washington Post of the multiple administration vacancies. “You want to have confirmed individuals there because they have a lot more authority to be able to make decisions and implement policy when you have a confirmed person in that spot.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tells the Post that she’s been really pressing the president to name a successor to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in December after a dispute with the president over withdrawing troops from Syria.

“We absolutely need to have a permanent nominee,” she explains. “I do feel that in order to reassure allies and also to push back on our adversaries, it’s very important that we have a permanent secretary of defense.”

And Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tells the Post that “it worries me” that the administration has so many vacancies with no permanent nominees in sight.”

If only there was something they could do about this horrible shit heel of a President…

Trump said that he likes to appoint actings because it gives him more flexibility. He wants to the boss of everything like he was at Trump, Inc. and really resents that he has to get Senate confirmation on many appointments. As many people have said here and elsewhere, I hope one thing that comes out of the Trump administration is to disabuse voters that government should be run like a business.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:20:51am

re: #481 jeffreyw

Just my quick take on what little I’ve read of those tweets. I think it could be that she is saying that it doesn’t occur to her that she needs to learn English, despite a big US fan base, because she doesn’t need English as a ticket-punch towards success. The US doesn’t carry the weight it used to. Left unsaid - all the new global elites need Chinese, French, or German instead.

Could well be.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:21:22am

re: #482 jaunte

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His stadium is already new. FedEx field was build 20 years ago.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:21:48am

The next logical step, overt stochastic terrorism, the one thing a cult cannot ever allow is to have been wrong about the core tenets of its belief system.

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:22:19am

re: #485 HappyWarrior

“The ashtrays are all full!”

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:22:28am

re: #486 goddamnedfrank

The next logical step, overt stochastic terrorism, the one thing a cult cannot ever allow is to have been wrong about the core tenets of its belief system.

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You’re a terrorist, Liz. GFY.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:22:31am

re: #461 can’t think of a decent username

In the latest “What the fuck has gone wrong with the Simulation” news: Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the groundbreaking “Nickel and Dimed” and other books, is a racist MAGA-head.

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(Click for short thread with more receipts.)

Look at her twitter feed before you jump to that conclusion. Although that tweet is, at least, ill-considered.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:23:01am

re: #487 jaunte

“The ashtrays are all full!”

He really is the worst owner in pro sports. I believe Jerry Jones for all the shit he gets self funded the Cowboys new stadium.

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:23:04am
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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:23:09am

re: #486 goddamnedfrank

The next logical step, overt stochastic terrorism, the one thing a cult cannot ever allow is to have been wrong about the core tenets of its belief system.

I guess they’ll finally see mass arrests. They’ll just be surprised at the targets.

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ckkatz  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:23:41am

re: #405 Single-handed sailor

Oh, it’s a sign.

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Hah!

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:24:23am

re: #490 HappyWarrior

He really is the worst owner in pro sports. I believe Jerry Jones for all the shit he gets self funded the Cowboys new stadium.

Arlington put up money, or at least tax incentives. But the Cowboys are a big draw, and the stadium is getting quite a bit of use outside of football games.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:24:24am

re: #491 Single-handed sailor

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Fuck y’all. You separated them from their actual parents. That’s traumatizing not taking them away from the fundie families you stole them for.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:24:57am

re: #480 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s not so much the rates, it’s the new rules for deductions and exemptions, amongst other insanity.

It’s not just working class and middle class taxpayers who are hit by this: people who are affluent and live in high tax states, with income primarily from W2 earnings, dividends, interest, and capital gains, may discover an increase in their taxes too. It was designed to punish blue states.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:25:07am

re: #494 Belafon

Arlington put up money, or at least tax incentives. But the Cowboys are a big draw, and the stadium is getting quite a bit of use outside of football games.

Redskins were drawing pretty good until recently. There’s no need for a new stadium in Landover. This is obscene. So glad that this isn’t my team.

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:25:09am

re: #490 HappyWarrior

Some stats on the Lady Anne, which Snyder rechristened as the second Lady S: Its fuel tanks carried 55,212 gallons of diesel, and in the open sea the boat consumed an average of 10 gallons per nautical mile. When I checked pump prices shortly after Snyder’s purchase, diesel was going for $7.01 a gallon in the Cayman Islands port where Snyder had registered the boat, meaning it cost $388,685.44 per fill-up.

Imagine being a taxpayer asked to pay for his stadium.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:25:47am

re: #498 jaunte

Imagine being a taxpayer asked to pay for his stadium.

I might just well be one if he builds the stadium here in Virginia.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:26:15am

re: #494 Belafon

Arlington put up money, or at least tax incentives. But the Cowboys are a big draw, and the stadium is getting quite a bit of use outside of football games.

Yep, hosted a huge Wrestelmania a few years ago among other things.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:26:33am

This is horrific.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:27:11am

re: #500 Eclectic Cyborg

Yep, hosted a huge Wrestelmania a few years ago among other things.

Fedex has events too. The stadium is barely 21 years old and Snyder already wants a new stadium.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:27:32am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:28:07am

re: #501 The Vicious Babushka

This is horrific.

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This is some Argentina Dirty War shit. There needs to be prosecutions and investigations into this.

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:28:37am

re: #501 The Vicious Babushka

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:29:22am
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:30:23am

In yesterday’s discussion of the rise of Phyllis Schlafly and the GOP right I mentioned their specific targeting of Nelson Rockefeller as the alleged mastermind of the liberal Republicans. I neglected to emphasize that many of today’s conspiracy culture staples, claims about the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, many Federal Reserve claims, even anti-fluoridation and some early anti-vaxx, originated in this anti-Rockefeller campaign. Rocky was Satan as far as early Birchers were concerned. It is no surprise that Alex Jones and Jerome Corsi are linked to Trump operatives, they are part of the same historical movement.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:30:57am

re: #506 jaunte

Honest isn’t the right word. There are people that honestly believe they’re not doing anything wrong. To them, it’s more in line with pet adoption.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:31:20am

re: #486 goddamnedfrank

The next logical step, overt stochastic terrorism, the one thing a cult cannot ever allow is to have been wrong about the core tenets of its belief system.

“If the mass arrests we’ve been fantasizing about don’t happen, we’re gonna get really crazy.”

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:31:45am

re: #491 Single-handed sailor

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I’m posting this from the linked AP article in the tweet to put a name to this shit.

Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human Services Department’s efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents, said removing children from “sponsor” homes to rejoin their parents “would present grave child welfare concerns.” He said the government should focus on reuniting children currently in its custody, not those who have already been released to sponsors.

“It would destabilize the permanency of their existing home environment, and could be traumatic to the children,” White said in a court filing late Friday, citing his years of experience working with unaccompanied migrant children and background as a social worker.

motherfuckers

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:32:20am

re: #501 The Vicious Babushka

This is horrific.

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Probably want to make sure the kids stay with the supposed Christians who have taken them in.

This is how terrorists are created (by which I mean the kids growing up to resent our country and want to harm it because of what we did to them).

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Sir John Barron  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:32:43am

re: #501 The Vicious Babushka

This is horrific.

“It’s been too long now, many years. Kids are all grown up, Americanized.”

//

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:33:47am

re: #510 Teddy’s Person

So, it’s government-sponsored, legal kidnapping then? Glad to see they’re going on the record to own it.

Fuck these people.

And with that, good night, Lizards.

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Mike Lamb  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:34:46am

re: #491 Single-handed sailor

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Which was the plan all along.

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Citizen K  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:35:24am

re: #491 Single-handed sailor

Getting a whole fucking lot of use of this gif.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:36:08am

re: #506 jaunte

We did this to the children of enslaved families.
We did this to the children of Indigenous families.
We did this to the children of Mexican immigrants in the 1930s.

Part of why we keep reliving the past is that we’re not honest about facing the atrocities already committed.

Very true. But I think a lot of people were under the illusion that we’d moved on past some of that stuff and weren’t going back to it. I was one of them - before the election I didn’t believe there were enough of these cavemen in the US to put Trump in the White House.

That illusion is now thoroughly destroyed.

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Mike Lamb  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:37:07am

re: #477 Eclectic Cyborg

Credit: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump is currently relying on “acting” officials for multiple key positions in his administration, ranging from attorney general to chief of staff to secretary of defense.

While the president seemingly prefers to have officials appointed without going through Senate scrutiny, even some Republican senators are sounding the alarm about an understaffed White House.

“It’s a lot, it’s way too many,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) tells the Washington Post of the multiple administration vacancies. “You want to have confirmed individuals there because they have a lot more authority to be able to make decisions and implement policy when you have a confirmed person in that spot.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tells the Post that she’s been really pressing the president to name a successor to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in December after a dispute with the president over withdrawing troops from Syria.

“We absolutely need to have a permanent nominee,” she explains. “I do feel that in order to reassure allies and also to push back on our adversaries, it’s very important that we have a permanent secretary of defense.”

And Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tells the Post that “it worries me” that the administration has so many vacancies with no permanent nominees in sight.”

If only there was something they could do about this horrible shit heel of a President…

As if these “acting” officials are in any way limiting themselves.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:39:19am

re: #510 Teddy’s Person

I’m posting this from the linked AP article in the tweet to put a name to this shit.

motherfuckers

These assholes created the instability in the first place.

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John Vreeland  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:40:02am

Tom Hanks is a national treasure. Mainly because he always plays the role of a national treasure in his films. But also because he never got caught doing anything shady. Hopefully that will never happen. Please.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:41:09am

re: #519 John Vreeland

Tom Hanks is a national treasure. Mainly because he always plays the role of a national treasure in his films. But also because he never got caught doing anything shady. Hopefully that will never happen. Please.

I really hope not either. He really is not only a fine actor but a fine guy. I have never met anyone who dislikes Tom Hanks.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:43:12am

How to Make Friends, and Influence People
By Dotard J. tRump
Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base - BBC News

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:43:47am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:43:52am

re: #507 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

In yesterday’s discussion of the rise of Phyllis Schlafly and the GOP right I mentioned their specific targeting of Nelson Rockefeller as the alleged mastermind of the liberal Republicans. I neglected to emphasize that many of today’s conspiracy culture staples, claims about the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, many Federal Reserve claims, even anti-fluoridation and some early anti-vaxx, originated in this anti-Rockefeller campaign. Rocky was Satan as far as early Birchers were concerned. It is no surprise that Alex Jones and Jerome Corsi are linked to Trump operatives, they are part of the same historical movement.

I imagine they used the cover of Rocky’s divorce to stir up the religious zealots. It’s an interesting question to ponder what would have happened if Rockefeller were nominated at some point. And you are so right to link modern nutters like Jones and Corsi to the old Birchers. The roots of the modern right are so fascinating.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:44:32am

re: #522 Backwoods_Sleuth

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He actually looks a little normal.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:46:01am

re: #524 HappyWarrior

He actually looks a little normal.

But thus unremarkable.

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John Vreeland  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:46:02am
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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:46:15am

Smoky-Eye Sanders is at it again.

In response to the report published by Axios, who obtained Trump’s day-to-day schedules for the past three months, Sanders emailed the news outlet to say Trump “has a different leadership style than his predecessors, and the results speak for themselves.” The point of Trump’s more than 300 hours in unstructured time, Sanders said, is “to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive president in modern history.”

I’d be laughing hysterically if it all wasn’t so tragic.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:46:26am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:47:03am

re: #525 Blind Frog Belly White

But thus unremarkable.

Yep.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:47:27am

re: #470 Old Liberal

I think the reason they won’t cull is they know themselves to be fuckups. They know they are reckless and irresponsible. Leaving guns in suitcases going through security, leaving guns in cars, in restaurant bathrooms.

That is the point isn’t it?
“Responsible” gun owners aren’t.

(No not all…)

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:47:32am

re: #524 HappyWarrior

He actually looks a little normal.

More so, if he got a decent haircut.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:48:27am

re: #527 Teddy’s Person

Smoky-Eye Sanders is at it again.

I’d be laughing hysterically if it all wasn’t so tragic.

Sarah, we don’t live in a dictatorship where it’s easy to obscure reality. That you go out of your way constantly to say not only is Trump hard working but he’s the most hard working in history is pathetically laughable. It’s why I hope you’re flipping burgers when this current gig ends because you have no skills.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:48:56am

re: #531 Teddy’s Person

More so, if he got a decent haircut.

Yeah. Might even look like an ugly man’s Robert Redford lol.

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:49:23am

re: #532 HappyWarrior

What’s Baghdad Bob doing these days?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:49:43am

re: #528 Backwoods_Sleuth

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There are two kinds of defendants to Trump: Those who are associated with him and deserve the best treatment possible and then there are the others. Too bad Ted Bundy didn’t work for Trump. //

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:50:12am

re: #534 jaunte

What’s Baghdad Bob doing these days?

I’m pretty sure he taught Sarah everything she knows. He was her sensei.

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:50:37am

re: #512 Sir John Barron

“It’s been too long now, many years. Kids are all grown up, Americanized.”

//

But we’ll deport them as soon as we can.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:51:17am

re: #537 Belafon

But we’ll deport them as soon as we can.

Which won’t be traumatic at all, nosiree!
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:51:28am

background:

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Belafon  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:52:45am

re: #538 Blind Frog Belly White

Which won’t be traumatic at all, nosiree!
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They don’t really care about them after they’ve left their mother.

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:54:04am

re: #495 HappyWarrior

Fuck y’all. You separated them from their actual parents. That’s traumatizing not taking them away from the fundie families you stole them for.

You don’t get to take kids from their families baselessly and then later decide if their parents are worthy to have them back

Their *and* they’re fucking parents

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:54:06am

re: #533 HappyWarrior

Yeah. Might even look like an ugly man’s Robert Redford lol.

I was thinking Jon Voight.

By the way, when did fake tan start looking orange? I remember it as slightly greenish when I was younger.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:55:33am

re: #542 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I was thinking Jon Voight.

By the way, when did fake tan start looking orange? I remember it as slightly greenish when I was younger.

I’m not sure. The hair was always what people had fun with though. Per this old MadTV sketch.

MADtv Sesame Street with Donald Trump

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:56:15am

But yeah more so Voight than Redford I guess. Redford doesn’t really scowl like Voight does.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:56:34am

re: #541 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

You don’t get to take kids from their families baselessly and then later decide if their parents are worthy to have them back

Their *and* they’re fucking parents

It is so fucking evil.

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jaunte  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:57:50am
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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:58:13am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 11:59:53am

re: #547 Teddy’s Person

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That the Fundies despise Carter and think Trump is great really tells you alot about their values or there lack of.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:04:59pm
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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:06:13pm

re: #546 jaunte

BREAKING: Tonight the Trump administration filed documents that don’t dispute the recent report that there may have been thousands more separated kids. They’re arguing it would take too long to figure out where those kids are because they have no tracking system.

ok, i’ll bite.

- define specifically and exactly what is ‘too long’?
- then explain why any amount of time/money would be ‘too long’ to undo what you did?

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Teddy's Person  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:06:50pm

re: #548 HappyWarrior

That the Fundies despise Carter and think Trump is great really tells you alot about their values or there lack of.

I agree with you, criticism of Carter* says a lot more about the critic than Carter himself. Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, Jimmy Carter should be a role model and an example of a life well-lived.

* Here, I mean Carter the man. I think there are legitimate criticisms of his presidency.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:08:43pm

re: #551 Teddy’s Person

I agree with you, criticism of Carter* says a lot more about the critic than Carter himself. Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, Jimmy Carter should be a role model and an example of a life well-lived.

* Here, I mean Carter the man. I think there are legitimate criticisms of his presidency.

Yeah criticizing the presidency is fine. I like Carter but he’s the worst post WWII Dem President IMO. But as a man, he’s a fine person.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:09:37pm

re: #549 Backwoods_Sleuth

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This is one of the things the dystopian novels didn’t get what would happen.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:10:11pm

re: #549 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The SotU is going to “save America from a great humanitarian crisis at our southern border”? Oh, goody! That’s a relief. Are they outlawing blue duct tape?

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dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve  Feb 4, 2019 • 12:14:23pm

re: #549 Backwoods_Sleuth

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displayed ‘live’ where?

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Old Liberal  Feb 4, 2019 • 2:52:09pm

re: #530 dangerman-call me sandy, not a drink named Steve

That is the point isn’t it?
“Responsible” gun owners aren’t.

(No not all…)

I own guns. I don’t play with them, I don’t fondle them, I don’t show them off, or fantasize about using them. They stay locked in a metal locker. I still would never call myself a responsible gun owner. It’s a vapid concept.


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