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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 14, 2019 • 8:42:58pm

What a beautiful song.

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freetoken  Apr 14, 2019 • 8:45:23pm

Highly informative video from a presentation a couple of weeks ago. Too bad our President is such a fool and thinks all of this is for a hoax:

Addressing Climate Change with Science-Based Energy Solutions

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freetoken  Apr 14, 2019 • 8:46:54pm

Looking at Twitter… and it appear the only thing that matters on this planet today is GoT.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 14, 2019 • 8:47:45pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 14, 2019 • 8:50:04pm

re: #3 freetoken

Looking at Twitter… and it appear the only thing that matters on this planet today is GoT.

Fortunately, the obsession will last only as long as this season, or about two months.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 14, 2019 • 8:55:37pm

If you want some sobering reading, check out Amy Siskind’s The Weekly List. She’s been chronicling Trump’s authoritarian efforts and activities for the past 126 weeks.
theweeklylist.org

The first 52 weeks are now in book form.

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freetoken  Apr 14, 2019 • 9:09:17pm
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mmmirele  Apr 14, 2019 • 9:14:42pm

OK, behind the lock and key is a link to the video the “pastor” of “Ap*l*g** Ch*rch” took of me this afternoon. Warning, I am not a nice person and that “gotcha” moment at the end wasn’t the end of my video. It’s when the “pastor” decided he had to go in.

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I am not a quiet protester.

ETA: I’ve commented extensively on their Facebook page. You can tell who I am. I’m the one who tells them to pray that I have the strength to continue to go out there.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 14, 2019 • 9:42:07pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 14, 2019 • 10:30:12pm

As a devoted fan of SVU, I never watch the series live and usually catch up days later. I finally watched the April 4th episode and was troubled by its “pro-life” message — a woman is brutally raped by her psychiatrist, discovers she’s pregnant, and tells Olivia that she was going to have an abortion. Instead, Olivia persuades her to change her mind because the fetus is innocent and not guilty of a crime.

Years ago, another NBC series , L.A. Law, offered a similar message when they distorted a real case to promote an “anti-choice” agenda: in the show, a court-ordered C-section on a very ill woman saved the child, although the mother died; in real life, the court-ordered C-section could not save the child; the mother also died, but her life perhaps could have been prolonged if the doctors had not earlier refused to try chemotherapy because it would harm the fetus.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 14, 2019 • 10:51:09pm
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 14, 2019 • 10:51:47pm

re: #10 Hecuba’s daughter

As a devoted fan of SVU, I never watch the series live and usually catch up days later. I finally watched the April 4th episode and was troubled by its “pro-life” message — a woman is brutally raped by her psychiatrist, discovers she’s pregnant, and tells Olivia that she was going to have an abortion. Instead, Olivia persuades her to change her mind because the fetus is innocent and not guilty of a crime.

Years ago, another NBC series , L.A. Law, offered a similar message when they distorted a real case to promote an “anti-choice” agenda: in the show, a court-ordered C-section on a very ill woman saved the child, although the mother died; in real life, the court-ordered C-section could not save the child; the mother also died, but her life perhaps could have been prolonged if the doctors had not earlier refused to try chemotherapy because it would harm the fetus.

I wonder if the L&O: SVU showrunners have become more conservative over time, or perhaps the original script called for an abortion but the network cried foul.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 14, 2019 • 10:55:56pm

re: #12 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I wonder if the L&O: SVU showrunners have become more conservative over time, or perhaps the original script called for an abortion but the network cried foul.

Anything is possible with the network that provided Trump his fame through The Apprentice and failed to release the material they had that might have derailed his candidacy.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 14, 2019 • 10:56:32pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:00:18pm

re: #11 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

haaretz.com

@haaretzcom
Trump’s peace plan will not include sovereign Palestinian state, report says

Of course not. Why develop a plan that might help the Palestinians and bring an end to the conflict? It’s not as though Trump has anyone in his administration who understands the area and wants a peaceful end to the decades of bloodshed.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:01:30pm

Putin throws shade on Trump.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:05:37pm

re: #16 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

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Putin throws shade on Trump.

While Putin throws his journos into prison and just has them “accidentally” killed.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:30:11pm
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freetoken  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:40:02pm
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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:41:13pm

headline at freeperweb “Why Prophet Muhammad history can not be found in history books!” Do they know Jesus can’t be found in history books?

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freetoken  Apr 14, 2019 • 11:43:58pm

That’s one of those wonderfully sad French songs that have been so missing from pop music the past several decades.

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freetoken  Apr 15, 2019 • 12:22:01am

Enough Telemann to keep you working through the morning:

Telemann Edition Vol. 2

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 15, 2019 • 1:13:54am

“Fuck Cuba, that’s our damn oil” said Bolton.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 15, 2019 • 1:19:17am

Go Jets!

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 15, 2019 • 1:25:32am

…also it seems runways are for pussies.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 15, 2019 • 2:01:52am

Assange tried to get LePen elected in France and worked with the Trump campaign to elect Trump. He’s not someone who should have any support amongst those on the left.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 15, 2019 • 2:19:20am

Greenwald is struggling to remain relevant.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 2:48:17am

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An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country.

The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. Many of these locations have more resources to help immigrants make their legal cases to stay in the United States than smaller cities, with some of the nation’s biggest immigration advocacy groups based in places like San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. The downside for the immigrants would be a high cost of living in the cities.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University announced this week that an analysis found that immigrants in sanctuary cities such as New York and Los Angeles are 20% less likely to be arrested out in the community than in cities without such policies.

“With immigrants being less likely to commit crimes than the U.S.-born population, and with sanctuary jurisdictions being safer and more productive than non-sanctuary jurisdictions, the data damns this proposal as a politically motivated stunt that seeks to play politics with peoples’ lives,” said George Gascon, district attorney for San Francisco.

apnews.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:02:30am

re: #28 Dr Lizardo

An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country.

Sending undocumenteds there is just step one: they will then reduce or cancel federal aid & assistance, and also incite a high level of crime that can be blamed on illegals.

These fuckers are not to be misunderestimated when it comes to being outright eeeevil.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:11:45am

re: #7 freetoken

The overlay with the size of Neptune’s orbit was the holy-shit, bit. Not that have a good grasp of that size, but….

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:17:16am

re: #11 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

Under the deal, Israel would likely maintain its control over “autonomous” Palestinian territories, officials tell Washington

Uhm, then it’s not a peace plan. It’s a “let the Israeli government continue to do as they are” plan. Nothing will change. Bad shit will continue to happen.

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freetoken  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:21:42am

Regarding a lottery-like game… y’all in the US who shop at a Safeway/Albertson’s corp store, or an associated company, probably have gotten those “Monopoly” game pieces/coupons at the checkout.

Many people don’t take the game pieces, but many of us do. I don’t mind spending a minute or so opening one up in the hopes of getting a free bagel or whatever in the coupon part.

But if you think you are going to win a prize… note what is written on the game website:

One billion six hundred ten million (1,610,000,000) Tokens are included in the Online game.

There are six available $1M annuities that can be won… so six into 1,610,000,000 gives you a one in 268,333,333 chance that any given game piece has that magic million dollar ticket.

Over the course of 3.5 months of shopping you might collect say 500 game pieces if you buy a lot and the cashiers give you lots of extra game pieces. So divide that odds number by 500 and you get a one in 536,666 chance of being a big winner. But if you are only a casual shopper and collect say 100 game pieces the odds of you being a big winner is about 1 in 2,683,333.

Better than the MUSL 5-number (not the jackpot) winning odds. MegaMillions 5-number odds are 1 in 12,607,306. But the Monopoly game odds for the big prize are not that much better in practice than the MUSL games.

Something to think about when the cashier wants to hand you those game pieces… and you’re not so fond of bagels and donuts.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:26:20am

re: #25 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

runway 18.5L

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:30:00am

re: #30 Colère Tueur de Lapin

The overlay with the size of Neptune’s orbit was the holy-shit, bit. Not that have a good grasp of that size, but….

Like the classic Powers of Ten movie, but with real photos.

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freetoken  Apr 15, 2019 • 3:32:34am

re: #32 freetoken

Let me correct that:

Apparently the odds are longer than I calculated because I used the online number of tokens possible.

According to their website, the odds for the big prize via physical tokens are:

404,000,000 : 1

for a single ticket.

If you want to win a million dollars, you have better odds of buying a MegaMillions ticket… of course that will cost you $2 and the Monopoly game tickets are nominally free (but of course you’ve really paid for the game through the prices of the stuff you buy.)

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jeffreyw  Apr 15, 2019 • 4:43:58am

Good morning!

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 4:48:08am

re: #26 Patricia Kayden

Assange tried to get LePen elected in France and worked with the Trump campaign to elect Trump. He’s not someone who should have any support amongst those on the left.

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Greenwald is such a pathetic stooge.

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:17:47am

Greets and saluts from the very tired NYC metro area…. strong storms came through from 4-6 am last night. It seemed light there was nonstop lightning and thunder for the entirety of it that 2 hour period. It was just a long rumble and light show.

But that’s not what’s bugging me. It’s that media outlets are busy reporting that Trump’s preparing a counter report to the Mueller report, which is supposed to drop this week and which Trump has repeatedly stated would 100% exonerate him.

Oh…. really now?

If the report exonerates you, why need a counter report?

The answer my friends… is that the report hardly exonerates anyone in Trumpworld, and rather lays out very clearly that Trump and others engaged in obstruction of justice and should be impeached. The report will also likely lay out other criminal conduct, for which Mueller thought that he couldn’t indict.

Trump and the GOP will brush this off and lie and obstruct some more. The Democrats in the House will not move to impeach - a political tool - precisely because they know it can’t go anywhere in the Senate with the GOP protecting their own, and they don’t want McConnell to “exonerate” Trump.

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:23:14am

Oliver Willis is doing a great Democratic party nomination race as GoT…

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Dave In Austin  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:27:57am
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Archangelus  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:39:27am

One hell of a medical and scientific breakthrough on display in Tel Aviv today…

Ynet News - Medical Breakthrough: Israeli Researchers Print a Live Heart

For the first time ever, a live heart was printed and presented as part of a study at the Tel Aviv University, and in the Advanced Science journal.

The study opens a window into the future medicine which, they predict, will be free of organ transplantation and rejection, and include specifically printed organs using tissue taken by the patient himself.

Scientists involved say this technology will be available within ten years.

This groundbreaking technology was developed by Dr. Nadav Nur and Dr. Assaf Shapira working at the life science lab of Prof. Dvir at Tel Aviv University in cooperation with the faculty of engineering and the Segol biotechnical center.

Printer to Patient Process (translated from Hebrew)
Biological 3d printing of organs

Methinks I’ve just seen future Nobel Prize recipients…

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Teukka  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:42:46am
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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:43:55am

re: #29 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Sending undocumenteds there is just step one: they will then reduce or cancel federal aid & assistance, and also incite a high level of crime that can be blamed on illegals.

These fuckers are not to be misunderestimated when it comes to being outright eeeevil.

The courts already ruled he can’t block funds to sanctuary cities. Thus, he can’t divide the money in any special way.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 15, 2019 • 5:51:08am

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makeitstop  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:02:37am

re: #38 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the very tired NYC metro area…. strong storms came through from 4-6 am last night. It seemed light there was nonstop lightning and thunder for the entirety of it that 2 hour period. It was just a long rumble and light show.

Rare is the storm that can wake my sleepy ass up, but that one did it. Sounded like two locomotives drag racing down my block. Some pretty lightning, though.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:21:03am

re: #43 Belafon

The courts already ruled he can’t block funds to sanctuary cities. Thus, he can’t divide the money in any special way.

then he will be sending people to incite violent acts which can be blamed on the recent immigrants

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:22:17am

re: #34 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Like the classic Powers of Ten movie, but with real photos.

Us hairless apes aren’t so good with really big numbers and scales.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:30:10am

re: #47 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Us hairless apes aren’t so good with really big numbers and scales.

We like things that we can keep a visual overwiew of…individuals in groups of up to 150, objects numbering up to a few thousand…anything beyond that is abstract and taxing

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:30:52am
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ObserverArt  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:34:37am

Morning!

Shelby Ohio was hit by a tornado last evening. A lot of high wind damage in southern Columbus/Grove City area too.

Shelby is just north of Mansfield and some relatives from my mother’s side of the family live there. It is a small town surrounded by rich farm lands.

That was a wild line of storms that ran through the eastern half of the country last night.

Here is video of some of the damage left in Shelby.

Shelby Tornado Damage

Rocket Chevrolet | Shelby | Ohio | Tornado

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:38:25am

re: #47 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Us hairless apes aren’t so good with really big numbers and scales.

And we’re only really good when we can compare things. We’re not all that good at just imagining how big a certain distance is.

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William Lewis  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:38:52am

so, anyone wondering why SW IX is named as it is? Why Palpatine’s laugh is in it? Tor contributor Dr Thanatos has is all figured out…

Here’s the true explanation.

Kylo and Rey, after a climactic battle, are attacked by the Force Ghost of Palpatine. He laughs and suddenly they are on a strange desert planet. One thing leads to another and Rey finds herself with child, who they decide to name Anakin after Kylo’s beloved grandfather.

They then learn that Palpatine transported them through time and space and they are on Tattoine about a hundred years earlier.

Kylo freaks out and decides to leave. Rey says she’ll change, whatever it takes to get him to stay.

Kylo says “It’s not you. It’s Shmee.”

Roll credits.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:47:11am

re: #42 Teukka

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There definitely are a lot of parallels.

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:47:19am

re: #52 William Lewis

so, anyone wondering why SW IX is named as it is? Why Palpatine’s laugh is in it? Tor contributor Dr Thanatos has is all figured out…

Seriously, though, does anyone else remember that there are two Skywalkers alive: Kylo and Leia? What if the point of the title is that Kylo takes on the old family name in honor of his grandfather, or that Leia’s power has also increased due to events in the previous two movies?

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:48:00am

re: #54 Belafon

Seriously, though, does anyone else remember that there are two Skywalkers alive: Kylo and Leia? What if the point of the title is that Kylo takes on the old family name in honor of his grandfather, or that Leia’s power has also increased due to events in the previous two movies?

That we know of.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:51:39am

re: #22 freetoken

Enough Telemann to keep you working through the morning:

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I have that album on my mp3! Hours of excellent baroque all the way to Toronto & back!

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:51:46am

re: #55 lawhawk

That we know of.

Agree. I just keep seeing people freak out they Rey is going to turn out to be a Skywalker, and while that’s a possibility (I hope they don’t go to), there are other possibilities.

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William Lewis  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:54:57am

re: #54 Belafon

Seriously, though, does anyone else remember that there are two Skywalkers alive: Kylo and Leia? What if the point of the title is that Kylo takes on the old family name in honor of his grandfather, or that Leia’s power has also increased due to events in the previous two movies?

More seriously, I’m in the camp that thinks that “Skywalker” will be title of whatever force using organization comes along in the future. The last jedi? Well, then, here’s the first of the Order of Skywalker …

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:57:00am

This is my G-G-Grandfather’s burial place.

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 6:57:49am

re: #58 William Lewis

More seriously, I’m in the camp that thinks that “Skywalker” will be title of whatever force using organization comes along in the future. The last jedi? Well, then, here’s the first of the Order of Skywalker …

What better way for the dark side to lure people in than to appeal to the name of the most famous Jedi family.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:07:57am

re: #59 The Vicious Babushka

This is my G-G-Grandfather’s burial place.

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I’ve found the burial location for 6/8 my second great grandparents who lived in the US. All in Pittsburgh.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:27:15am
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goddamnedfrank  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:31:36am
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retired cynic  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:39:35am

Good morning! NASA’s pix of the day is the Dolphin Cloud on Jupiter: Beautiful!

apod.nasa.gov

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:39:57am

re: #63 goddamnedfrank

I can’t believe it’s 2019 and Christians are still hung up on what other people believe

Can’t believe it’s 2019 and Jesus has not returned yet…

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retired cynic  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:41:14am

re: #64 retired cynic

I would love to have those bands on tile as the backsplash in my kitchen. Or shower! Or anyplace, really. Just to look and enjoy…

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:44:29am

Long but good article on when Barr was head of Office of Legal Counsel in 1989 and submitted a “summary” to Congress of an opinion he had written that omitted the most important and controversial conclusions. Eerily similar to three weeks ago.

justsecurity.org

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:45:41am

re: #67 Barefoot Grin

Long but good article on when Barr was head of Office of Legal Counsel in 1989 and submitted a “summary” to Congress of an opinion he had written that omitted the most important and controversial conclusions. Eerily similar to three weeks ago.

justsecurity.org

A feature, not a bug. This man has been working up to this day of 30 years now…

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John Hughes  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:48:11am

Boeing have a plane that [ probably ] doesn’t work right and has killed people.

Trump thinks the solution is “rebranding”.

Why am I not surprised?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:50:31am

re: #69 John Hughes

Boeing have a plane that [ probably ] doesn’t work right and has killed people.

Trump thinks the solution is “rebranding”.

Why am I not surprised?

can’t they just declare bankruptcy, walk away from the smoldering ruins and reorganize?

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:53:05am

re: #69 John Hughes

Boeing have a plane that [ probably ] doesn’t work right and has killed people.

Trump thinks the solution is “rebranding”.

Why am I not surprised?

Yes, it just needs more gold overhead bin latches.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:53:14am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:53:38am

re: #69 John Hughes

Boeing have a plane that [ probably ] doesn’t work right and has killed people.

Trump thinks the solution is “rebranding”.

Why am I not surprised?

Because it’s all about branding to Trump. Doesn’t matter what it is.

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John Hughes  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:57:30am

re: #26 Patricia Kayden

Assange tried to get LePen elected in France and worked with the Trump campaign to elect Trump. He’s not someone who should have any support amongst those on the left.

If someone is your political foe he should be thrown in prison?

Assange is a grade-A scumbag, but the idea of extraditing him to the States to stand trial for releasing the information that Chelsea Manning sent him doesn’t seem right to me.

The bit about Le Pen is very, very serious to me — I’m an immigrant worker married to a black woman, with mixed race children and a long term resident in France, but I don’t think everyone who supports Le Pen should be imprisoned.

Extraditing him to Sweden to stand trial for the crimes he was accused of, that seems reasonable. Pity the Swedes seem to have given up on the idea.

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 7:59:25am

re: #74 John Hughes

He’s not being charged with releasing what Manning got. He’s being charged with directing Manning to get the information and helping her.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:01:17am

re: #54 Belafon

Seriously, though, does anyone else remember that there are two Skywalkers alive: Kylo and Leia? What if the point of the title is that Kylo takes on the old family name in honor of his grandfather, or that Leia’s power has also increased due to events in the previous two movies?

That’s what I’m thinking. That Kylo will go back to using the true name of his grandfather, Skywalker, when he moves away from the Dark Side. Basically, I’m thinking that Episode IX is gonna be a re-telling of Return of the Jedi, with a few storyline tweaks here and there. Just like The Force Awakens was basically a re-telling of A New Hope.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:07:35am

re: #74 John Hughes

The bit about Le Pen is very, very serious to me — I’m an immigrant worker married to a black woman, with mixed race children and a long term resident in France, but I don’t think everyone who supports Le Pen should be imprisoned.

These guys see extreme nationalists like LePen as also being against the Internationalist Cosmopolitan bankers…their code name for (((you know who)))

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Amory Blaine  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:07:39am

re: #70 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

can’t they just declare bankruptcy, walk away from the smoldering ruins and reorganize?

It is the american way.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:09:06am

re: #69 John Hughes

Boeing have a plane that [ probably ] doesn’t work right and has killed people.

Trump thinks the solution is “rebranding”.

Why am I not surprised?

Just like his plan to destroy healthcare is rebranded as “Healthcare For All.”

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:12:05am

re: #74 John Hughes

Assange is being charged with espionage for telling Manning how to hack computer systems he had no clearance to access, so that Assange could get the information and undermine US natsec.

Assange is a foreign agent. Wikileaks is a foreign agent that works in concert with the Russians - an extension of the Russian counter intel/destabilization/psyops against the US.

He is not a publisher, but he’s going to scream about his rights to publish from now until forever. He ran to the Ecuadorians to avoid consequences of accusations of rape in the UK. He refuses to take responsibility for his actions, and now he will be held to account.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:12:50am
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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:16:53am

I think we can all agree to move him near the bottom of all of our lists.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:17:26am

re: #72 Barefoot Grin

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about 50 miles away from me

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:18:43am

re: #82 Belafon

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I think we can all agree to move him near the bottom of all of our lists.

I like Swalwell as a Representative but yeah I’m not ready to make nice with Republicans.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:19:56am

re: #82 Belafon

more Republicans who can put country over party

Sadly, a fantasy.

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Eventual Carrion  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:20:45am

re: #85 jaunte

Sadly, a fantasy.

Just have to follow a unicorn to find them.

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William Lewis  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:21:24am

re: #82 Belafon

pfft. There are none who put country over party.

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:21:41am

re: #85 jaunte

Sadly, a fantasy.

The ones that do aren’t in any elected office, and won’t have any influence over the ones that are.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:22:21am

re: #82 Belafon

Republicans who can put country over party.

you mean “Republicans who cannot win a party primary”

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:22:34am

I’d rather see a team of everyone running for the Democratic Party nomination leading the country.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:22:57am

re: #88 Belafon

The ones that do aren’t in any elected office, and won’t have any influence over the ones that are.

Exactly.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:23:33am

re: #90 jaunte

I’d rather see a team of everyone running for the Democratic Party nomination leading the country.

Definitely.

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gwangung  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:24:58am

re: #84 HappyWarrior

I like Swalwell as a Representative but yeah I’m not ready to make nice with Republicans.

They need to come over to Democrats first. Then I’ll take them seriously.

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gwangung  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:25:27am

Muzzling the free press in all sorts of ways.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:26:20am

re: #93 gwangung

They need to come over to Democrats first. Then I’ll take them seriously.

Yeah exactly.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:27:26am

Republicans have abandoned their supposed principles in favor of grabbing the judicial power to dictate how the less powerful should live according to those abandoned principles. They’re a cult of hypocrisy.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:28:07am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:30:52am

They let their party become a fascist party. Fuck em.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:31:30am

re: #97 jaunte

This is the correct response to any official Republican statement.

Have all the children who were separated from their parents been reunited?

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ckkatz  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:31:30am

re: #32 freetoken

This Washington Post article on ‘sweepers’ might interest you:

Winning contests and sweepstakes isn’t just luck. Ask the ‘sweepers.’

You’ve heard of making your own luck. What if I told you you could do just that and start winning contests and sweepstakes regularly? That’s exactly what “sweepers” do. Sweepers are people who enter contests and sweepstakes as a hobby. They make their own luck by entering a lot. Volume is the key.

Carolyn Wilman of Ontario, Canada, is a sweeper and author of “How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips and More.” She estimates she’s won more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of prizes.

washingtonpost.com

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:32:45am

re: #99 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I don’t have specific knowledge, but I think that’s a strong no.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:32:50am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:33:04am

must not have been any good news on the teevee this morning

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:33:43am

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

must not have been any good news on the teevee this morning

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Rage Baby.

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:33:53am

re: #100 ckkatz

This Washington Post article on ‘sweepers’ might interest you:

Winning contests and sweepstakes isn’t just luck. Ask the ‘sweepers.’

You’ve heard of making your own luck. What if I told you you could do just that and start winning contests and sweepstakes regularly? That’s exactly what “sweepers” do. Sweepers are people who enter contests and sweepstakes as a hobby. They make their own luck by entering a lot. Volume is the key.

Carolyn Wilman of Ontario, Canada, is a sweeper and author of “How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips and More.” She estimates she’s won more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of prizes.

washingtonpost.com

That’s how Lazlo did it in Real Genius.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:40:14am
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Eventual Carrion  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:40:36am

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

must not have been any good news on the teevee this morning

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THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!

No, they spied on Russian spy assets. Your campaign just happened to be dealing with them. Like if the cops are watching a drug dealers place, and you visit that drug dealer every 2 days. They have you on film as an associate or customer. They were not spying on you specifically, you just dealt with the people they WERE spying on.

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Jay C  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:43:56am

re: #94 gwangung

Muzzling the free press in all sorts of ways.

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IIJM, or does SoS Mike Pompeo sound like he’s in the running for the Goebbels Award for this Administration?
I thought Tillerson was bad at State: he looks like
Talleyrand in retrospect. Pompeo seems unable to articulate any idea of US foreign policy that isn’t either 1)simply a parroting of whatever cliche, catchphrase or propaganda tagline the Admin wants to promulgate, or 2) angry resentment and/or hollow threats towards anyone who questions item 1).
I realize Pompeo is simply echoing his boss’s line, but SRSLY? Whatta baffoon…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:45:10am

re: #108 Jay C

IIJM, or does SoS Mike Pompeo sound like he’s in the running for the Goebbels Award for this Administration?
I thought Tillerson was bad at State: he looks like Talleyrand in retrospect: Pompeo seems unable to articulate any idea of US foreign policy that isn’t either 1)simply a parroting of whatever cliche, catchphrase or propaganda tagline the Admin wants to promulgate, or 2) angry resentment and/or hollow threats towards anyone who questions item 1).
I realize Pompeo is simply echoing his boss’s line, but SRSLY? Whatta baffoon…

Tillerson at least as far as I know isn’t a fanatical zealot with end times fantasies. Pompeo otoh.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:46:11am

re: #107 Eventual Carrion

No, they spied on Russian spy assets. Your campaign just happened to be dealing with them. Like if the cops are watching a drug dealers place, and you visit that drug dealer every 2 days. They have you on film as an associate or customer. They were not spying on you specifically, you just dealt with the people they WERE spying on.

That’s exactly right. But can’t expect Donald to acknowledge that since it would be admitting that they definitely sought out Russian help.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:47:35am

re: #108 Jay C

IIJM, or does SoS Mike Pompeo sound like he’s in the running for the Goebbels Award for this Administration?
I thought Tillerson was bad at State: he looks like Talleyrand in retrospect: Pompeo seems unable to articulate any idea of US foreign policy that isn’t either 1)simply a parroting of whatever cliche, catchphrase or propaganda tagline the Admin wants to promulgate, or 2) angry resentment and/or hollow threats towards anyone who questions item 1).
I realize Pompeo is simply echoing his boss’s line, but SRSLY? Whatta baffoon…

Pompeo most likely recognizes that the only way to not get shitcanned by President Manbaby is to pucker up and kiss his ass a hundred times a day. So, he says what he thinks will make the Cretin-in-Chief happy.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:50:48am

re: #111 Dr Lizardo

Pompeo most likely recognizes that the only way to not get shitcanned by President Manbaby is to pucker up and kiss his ass a hundred times a day. So, he says what he thinks will make the Cretin-in-Chief happy.

And more and more Trump is filling his cabinet and advisers with men like that.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:51:04am

re: #109 HappyWarrior

Tillerson at least as far as I know isn’t a fanatical zealot with end times fantasies. Pompeo otoh.

Tillerson successfully ran one of the top 5 largest corporations in the United States; he wasn’t a fool but a very astute businessman. Despite his lack of credentials for the particular role, I think he actually was trying to be a successful Secretary of State but he was hamstrung by the President he served, whose sole goal is to destroy the government to enrich himself.

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ckkatz  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:52:04am

re: #105 Belafon

Yup, sometimes trying to hit the ball out of the park doesn’t work as well as more modest goals and a larger number of opportunities.

On the other hand, I wonder how much actual (versus anecdotal) performance data there is on this strategy.

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ObserverArt  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:54:17am

re: #72 Barefoot Grin

darthTM @darth

wow congratulations mitch mcconnell what are the odds a fuckin russian oligarch would choose your state to dump $200 million what are the odds

So, Mitch McConnell sold out the US Constitution for a few pieces of aluminum?

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:54:35am

re: #113 Hecuba’s daughter

Tillerson successfully ran one of the top 5 largest corporations in the United States; he wasn’t a fool but a very astute businessman. Despite his lack of credentials for the particular role, I think he actually was trying to be a successful Secretary of State but he was hamstrung by the President he served, whose sole goal is to destroy the government to enrich himself.

Tillerson also thought it needed to be run like a business, and that he was CEO of DoS, Inc., and that he shouldn’t be questioned.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:55:24am

re: #113 Hecuba’s daughter

Tillerson successfully ran one of the top 5 largest corporations in the United States; he wasn’t a fool but a very astute businessman. Despite his lack of credentials for the particular role, I think he actually was trying to be a successful Secretary of State but he was hamstrung by the President he served, whose sole goal is to destroy the government to enrich himself.

Not a fool but someone who wasn’t and isn’t a diplomat. Pompeo is just awful and as time has gone by, we’ve had subpar Cabinet Secretaries like him replaced with people like Pompeo who are zealots and not interested in anything that doesn’t conform to a religious right vision.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:55:52am

re: #115 ObserverArt

So, Mitch McConnell sold out the US Constitution for a few pieces of aluminum?

It is being sold as how liberal sanctions have prevented US job growth…

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:55:55am

re: #112 HappyWarrior

And more and more Trump is filling his cabinet and advisers with men like that.

It’s turtles bootlickers and sycophants all the way down.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:56:01am

re: #116 Belafon

Tillerson also thought it needed to be run like a business, and that he was CEO of DoS, Inc., and that he shouldn’t be questioned.

Yep. Tillerson was a disaster but for different reasons than Pompeo is.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:56:23am

re: #119 Dr Lizardo

It’s turtles bootlickers and sycophants all the way down.

Yep.

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ObserverArt  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:58:59am

re: #75 Belafon

He’s not being charged with releasing what Manning got. He’s being charged with directing Manning to get the information and helping her.

As I have heard it said: It’s okay to publish stolen materials as journalists. However, it is not okay to for the journalist to help steel the keys to the room the secrets are in and then publish the materials.

Isn’t it being charged that Assange helped break a password that got Manning into the system?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 8:59:23am

I really hope Trump puts a death nail into the run the government like a business bullshit that Republicans have been pushing forever. Government isn’t a business.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:00:57am

re: #123 HappyWarrior

I really hope Trump puts a death nail into the run the government like a business bullshit that Republicans have been pushing forever. Government isn’t a business.

There is one grain of truth in that statement, namely that government should be run on sound, transparent and sustainable principles. But there the similarity ends.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:02:08am

re: #124 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

There is one grain of truth in that statement, namely that government should be run on sound, transparent and sustainable principles. But there the similarity ends.

Yeah but that could be applied to any large group.

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:02:16am

re: #124 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

LIke Enron, Wells Fargo, or Trump Casinos. //

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:02:26am

re: #120 HappyWarrior

Yep. Tillerson was a disaster but for different reasons than Pompeo is.

Didn’t he try to appoint competent staff who were rejected by the administration because they weren’t Trump bootlickers? I suspect if he had free rein he would have hired people who would have compensated for his lack of experience.

I have a cousin who worked for him and worships the ground he walks on. Whatever his flaws, he inspired real loyalty among his employees who, unlike Trump’s employees, were actually intelligent and knowledgeable. And Tillerson certainly knew how to run a public company.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:03:12am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:03:52am

re: #127 Hecuba’s daughter

Didn’t he try to appoint competent staff who were rejected by the administration because they weren’t Trump bootlickers? I suspect if he had free rein he would have hired people who would have compensated for his lack of experience.

I have a cousin who worked for him and worships the ground he walks on. Whatever his flaws, he inspired real loyalty among his employees who, unlike Trump’s employees, were actually intelligent and knowledgeable. And Tillerson certainly knew how to run a public company.

I’ve heard Tillerson was very tyrannical in how he ran SoS. The lifelong diplomatic corps weren’t fond of his stuleZ

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:04:36am

re: #129 HappyWarrior

I’ve heard Tillerson was very tyrannical in how he ran SoS. The lifelong diplomatic corps weren’t fond of his stuleZ

IIRC, there was something about career workers not being allowed to look him in the eye.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:06:02am

re: #130 Belafon

IIRC, there was something about career workers not being allowed to look him in the eye.

Yeah and that’s messed up. He’s not a religious fanatic but the nation’s top diplomat shouldn’t act that way.

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ckkatz  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:07:31am

re: #19 freetoken

Your posting (Thanks!) Nina SImone’s song reminded me of the theme song (Title: ‘Non je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi’ (I cannot live without you); Narrator: “She did”) from the 1964 French film “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluis de Cherbourg).

I found the film an interesting take on how people shelter themselves in the storm that is life.

Here’s a Nana Maskouri cover:

Nana Mouskouri - Les Parapluies De Cherbourg

Edit: Added clarity to who was posting what. :)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:09:37am

The other thing about running government like a business is that a business wants to minimize expenses and maximize profits.

That means that things like heal care, education, safety and environmental protection are seen as costs to be minimized instead of as investments in a sound, healthy and productive society.

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ObserverArt  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:09:43am

As far as Rep Eric Swalwell, I wonder if he is just giving lip service to the ‘mutli-party’ cabinet/government because it keeps down the media crap reporting that the Democrats are all socialists and hate Republicans and this country needs bipartisan hard work to save this country and not socialists who are a danger to mom and apple pie America.?

He can always say: We tried to find good Republicans to work with, we really did. I’m sad to say there are none!

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Mike Lamb  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:14:46am

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

must not have been any good news on the teevee this morning

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So two things:

If the Mueller Report was a total exoneration, what need is there to argle bargle the investigators?

Considering that Trump has the entire gov’t protecting the release of his taxes and the Mueller report, who, exactly is resisting and obstructing?

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Interesting Times  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:16:22am

re: #134 ObserverArt

As far as Rep Eric Swalwell, I wonder if he is just giving lip service to the ‘mutli-party’ cabinet/government because it keeps down the media crap reporting that the Democrats are all socialists and hate Republicans and this country needs bipartisan hard work to save this country and not socialists who are a danger to mom and apple pie America.?

It still reeks of preemptive surrender, however - surrender to the noxious, treat-the-GOPers-with-kid-gloves narrative the MSM keeps pushing. I’m reminded of Sarah Kendzior’s words:

…and:

So yes - what I find gross about Swalwell’s statement is the implication that trump is an aberration as opposed to a perfectly accurate representation of the entire GOP (same blunder Obama made during the 2016 campaign).

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:16:45am

re: #134 ObserverArt

As far as Rep Eric Swalwell, I wonder if he is just giving lip service to the ‘mutli-party’ cabinet/government because it keeps down the media crap reporting that the Democrats are all socialists and hate Republicans and this country needs bipartisan hard work to save this country and not socialists who are a danger to mom and apple pie America.?

He can always say: We tried to find good Republicans to work with, we really did. I’m sad to say there are none!

He’d have to prove it to me. Considering we have Democrats like Hoyer running to AIPAC and making comments about Omar, there are still plenty of “centrist” Democrats.

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retired cynic  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:18:12am
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ckkatz  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:18:42am

re: #127 Hecuba’s daughter

Didn’t he try to appoint competent staff who were rejected by the administration because they weren’t Trump bootlickers? I suspect if he had free rein he would have hired people who would have compensated for his lack of experience.

I have a cousin who worked for him and worships the ground he walks on. Whatever his flaws, he inspired real loyalty among his employees who, unlike Trump’s employees, were actually intelligent and knowledgeable. And Tillerson certainly knew how to run a public company.

I always thought Rex Tillerson an institutionalist. That is, someone who understood how organizations run.

I was never convinced that he was competent in diplomacy or appropriate for the State Department. On the other hand, I was never certain whether the majority of the stupidity and incompetence originated from his office or from the White House.

Obviously, being dedicated to managing a vital National organization and resource (like the State Department) is not a skill appreciated in the Trump administration.

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Teukka  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:21:44am
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:23:55am

Look at the costumes. They must have been the inspiration for the KKK (“La Paz” predates the KKK by centuries)

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:24:51am

re: #130 Belafon

IIRC, there was something about career workers not being allowed to look him in the eye.

Pretty sure if I had worked for him, that attempt at intimidation would have been ignored. How does an executive in the government enforce such a rule; a sideways demotion into a part of the org chart has on no connections to anything?

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:27:57am

Angry Rage Toddler Is Angry

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Belafon  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:28:01am

re: #142 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Pretty sure if I had worked for him, that attempt at intimidation would have been ignored. How does an executive in the government enforce such a rule; asideways demotion into a part of the org chart has on no connections to anything?

The theory being that Tillerson could have them fired, and the challenge by the union could take a while in an administation that is hostile to unions.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:28:05am

re: #141 The Vicious Babushka

Look at the costumes. They must have been the inspiration for the KKK (“La Paz” predates the KKK by centuries)

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Not sure honestly since Catholic ritual really didn’t inspire the Klan much.

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:29:25am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:29:28am

re: #141 The Vicious Babushka

Look at the costumes. They must have been the inspiration for the KKK (“La Paz” predates the KKK by centuries)

This article indicates otherwise and that it is more a matter of chance and their potrayal in Birth of a Nation

What Does the Official Uniform of the KKK Have to Do With Medieval Easter Penitents?

The original Ku Klux Klan had no sartorial code but its second coming sported cone hats - for a very odd reason

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:29:57am

re: #144 Belafon

The theory being that Tillerson could have them fired, and the challenge by the union could take a while in an administation that is hostile to unions.

It’s not just a union issue. There are guidelines that are in law that prevent career civil servants from summary firing.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:30:04am

re: #143 The Vicious Babushka

Angry Rage Toddler Is Angry

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He knows the actual Mueller Report didn’t clear him and he’s going to rage at Barr because he was unable to sweep the thing under the table completely.

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Mike Lamb  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:30:53am

re: #143 The Vicious Babushka

Angry Rage Toddler Is Angry

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So this numbnuts thinks that the investigators are dirty, but not dirty enough to actually find collusion? I still get taken aback at how objectively stupid he is.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:31:11am

re: #143 The Vicious Babushka

Angry Rage Toddler Is Angry

That ‘sentence’ is illogical at best. I know, I know. But, jeeze.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:32:40am

Barr won’t be able to save his ass when he’s out of office and I think he knows that.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:33:50am

re: #141 The Vicious Babushka

Look at the costumes. They must have been the inspiration for the KKK (“La Paz” predates the KKK by centuries)

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Converged on the Inquisition-era costuming pretty early, but the first Klan outfits were more halloween-y.

Horns, Masks, and Women’s Dress: How the First Klan Used Costume to Build Domestic Terrorism by Elaine Frantz Parsons

virginiahistory.org

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:34:04am

re: #149 HappyWarrior

He knows the actual Mueller Report didn’t clear him and he’s going to rage at Barr because he was unable to sweep the thing under the table completely.

Trump wants the Democrats to flagellate themselves with the report from now until the election, he thinks it will get him reelected.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:35:10am

re: #69 John Hughes

Boeing have a plane that [ probably ] doesn’t work right and has killed people.

Trump thinks the solution is “rebranding”.

Why am I not surprised?

trump thinks that there are easy and simple solutions to everything - whether he’s manufactured the ‘issue’ (caravans) or not.

so far as president, that thinking has worked for him a total of zero times.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:35:33am

re: #154 Shropshire Slasher

Trump wants the Democrats to flagellate themselves with the report from now until the election, he thinks it will get him reelected.

He’s delusional. The Dem candidates aren’t talking about the report. They’re talking about his failures as POTUS.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:36:53am

re: #156 HappyWarrior

He also knows that while the Democrats are talking about the Russians, they won’t accomplish much else.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:38:21am

re: #157 Shropshire Slasher

He also knows that while the Democrats are talking about the Russians, they won’t accomplish much else.

Walking and chewing gum at the same time, how does that work?

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Citizen K  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:38:31am
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retired cynic  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:38:51am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:39:18am

re: #159 Citizen K

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What a fucking load of shit.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:41:44am

re: #161 HappyWarrior

What a fucking load of shit.

I really could not get my head around how the religious right embraced Trump, but then again, they are almost totally inscrutable beyond the level of power and control…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:41:47am

re: #160 retired cynic

Jennifer Rubin, WaPo: Sanders proves his critics right: Thin skin, sharp elbows and not a team player

When it comes to approach, no one else in the Dem field running resembles Trump more than Bernie.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:42:34am

re: #159 Citizen K

LOL, what……Biblical as in Moloch or something? Beelzebub? Dagon?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:44:54am

re: #162 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I really could not get my head around how the religious right embraced Trump, but then again, they are almost totally inscrutable beyond the level of power and control…

He correctly knew that unapologetic xenophobia is what they really want.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:45:30am

re: #163 HappyWarrior

When it comes to approach, no one else in the Dem field running resembles Trump more than Bernie.

As I keep on saying, Bernie is as owned by Putin as Trump. He’s out there to deliberately harm the Democratic Party and his BernieBros are dismayed by the favorable press Mayor Pete is getting.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:46:46am

Counter-sue.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:47:59am

re: #166 Hecuba’s daughter

As I keep on saying, Bernie is as owned by Putin as Trump. He’s out there to deliberately harm the Democratic Party and his BernieBros are dismayed by the favorable press Mayor Pete is getting.

Yeah Mayor Pete better watch out. Bernie doesn’t like threats. But yeah even if Bernie isn’t owned by Putin, he’s more like Trump than he isn’t and that alone is why he’s hopefully not the nominee.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:48:50am

re: #167 jaunte

Trump threatens to sue accounting firm if it complies with House subpoena for his financial records.

Trump Org used to be able to get almost anything it wanted by threatening a lawsuit. Do not expect him to change tactics.

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:49:41am
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:49:58am

re: #167 jaunte

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Counter-sue.

I was wondering when that would happen. It seemed strange that he would not block the firm’s plans to release his tax records. Heaven knows how the SC would rule given they are Republican toadies, with only occasional efforts to do right.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:50:16am
A new national Emerson poll, including 20 Democratic candidates for President, found Senator Bernie Sanders ahead of the pack with 29%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 24%. They were followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9%, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Senator Kamala Harris at 8%, and Senator Elizabeth Warren at 7%. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former HUD secretary Julian Castro were at 3%. The poll was conducted April 11-14 of Democratic Primary voters with a subset of n=356, +/- 5.2%.

emersonpolling.reportablenews.com

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:51:05am

Unions urge Democrats to focus on kitchen table economics

Any proposal aimed at workers “must include ensuring the opportunity to join a union, no matter where you work, since that’s the best way to raise wages, improve working conditions, create family-sustaining jobs and begin to fix our rigged economy and democracy,” said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry.

apnews.com

And a reminder—those workers most in need of pro-labor policies are single mothers, POC, and exploited immigrants.

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Teukka  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:51:12am

re: #143 The Vicious Babushka

Angry Rage Toddler Is Angry

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:51:13am

re: #171 Hecuba’s daughter

“Unfortunately, we left the office unlocked last night and the people from TaxiLeaks now have your records.”

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:51:42am

“I love TaxiLeaks.”

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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:52:35am
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Teukka  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:53:43am
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jaunte  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:53:43am
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makeitstop  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:54:07am

In today’s episode of Unobtainable Objects of Desire - legendary guitarist Roy Buchanan’s ‘52 Fender Telecaster is up for sale on Reverb, for the mere pittance of $45,000 (plus $150 shipping).

Whoa, baby.

I sent a text to a collector friend about it. He’s in Europe somewhere today, but he’s dispatching a guy to check it out. I may have made a sale here!

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:55:31am

re: #179 jaunte

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

The Radical Left Democrats will never be satisfied with anything we give them. They will always Resist and Obstruct!

God, I hope he’s right.

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Teukka  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:56:57am
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sagehen  Apr 15, 2019 • 9:57:38am

re: #180 makeitstop

In today’s episode of Unobtainable Objects of Desire - legendary guitarist Roy Buchanan’s ‘52 Fender Telecaster is up for sale on Reverb, for the mere pittance of $45,000 (plus $150 shipping).

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I sent a text to a collector friend about it. He’s in Europe somewhere today, but he’s dispatching a guy to check it out. I may have made a sale here!

If you were helping the seller, you’d be morally entitled to a cash commission; if you’re helping the buyer, you’re morally entitled to an hour of playing with it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:00:53am

re: #173 Decatur Deb

hey Deb! I was checking Wayfair for light fixtures and saw this and thought of you:

wayfair.com

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makeitstop  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:03:37am

re: #183 sagehen

If you were helping the seller, you’d be morally entitled to a cash commission; if you’re helping the buyer, you’re morally entitled to an hour of playing with it.

This one’s for the buyer. :) He’s an old friend who has a pretty massive collection, and he’s blessed enough to be able to afford it.

Pretty sure he’ll let me play it. :)

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:06:30am

re: #184 Backwoods_Sleuth

hey Deb! I was checking Wayfair for light fixtures and saw this and thought of you:

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wayfair.com

We bought a tin birdhouse version and I painted it in our colorscheme. With an LED proximity light inside, it makes a good campsite marker.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:07:19am
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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:08:10am

re: #180 makeitstop

Oof. Beautiful though.

Hell, I wish I could find a basic little electric guitar I could afford.

So, that would be about $5.

LOL.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:09:36am

re: #167 jaunte

Trump threatens to sue accounting firm if it complies with House subpoena for his financial records.

What is he hiding?rawstory.com

and once again, he will lose.

and the firm wont care because they will definitely get their defense costs back

1. it was a subpoena
2. there is no privilege

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:09:49am

guess he’s gonna check in with Crazy Eyes

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Charles Johnson  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:09:56am
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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:10:45am

Video:

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is on fire. No word on cause, but my guess is accident (note the spire has scaffolding on it, suggesting repair work).

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:11:34am

re: #192 lawhawk

Well, shit. That is awful.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:11:54am

re: #191 Charles Johnson

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Family should matter which is why Trump and Pence’s anti immigrant, homophobic, etc policies are bad. Erickson is a tool stuck in the past.

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:13:13am

re: #180 makeitstop

In today’s episode of Unobtainable Objects of Desire - legendary guitarist Roy Buchanan’s ‘52 Fender Telecaster is up for sale on Reverb, for the mere pittance of $45,000 (plus $150 shipping).

[Embedded content]

I sent a text to a collector friend about it. He’s in Europe somewhere today, but he’s dispatching a guy to check it out. I may have made a sale here!

you could have afforded it if you ate less avocado toast

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makeitstop  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:14:16am

re: #188 Dr Lizardo

Oof. Beautiful though.

Hell, I wish I could find a basic little electric guitar I could afford.

So, that would be about $5.

LOL.

Mind you, that’s not the Buchanan Tele - the one he called Nancy, that he did his breakthrough Austin City Limits show with. It’s just one of the Teles he owned.

My friend tells me that despite not being the iconic Buchanan guitar, it’s a really good price for a ‘52 Blackguard. I hope he gets it. Besides being historically significant, I just love the look of those old, weathered guitars. I’d just put it on a stand and stare at it all day if I had it. I’m a geek like that.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:14:25am

re: #192 lawhawk

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is on fire. No word on cause, but my guess is accident (note the spire has scaffolding on it, suggesting repair work).

Quasimodo is screwing with the roofing lead, again.

Son2 and I climbed into his tower 25 years ago, on Good Friday. The choir below was doing the St Matthew Passion.

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makeitstop  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:15:50am

re: #195 Man, DangerMan

you could have afforded it if you ate less avocado toast

True. Once again, undone by my own appetites.

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Interesting Times  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:17:08am

re: #10 Hecuba’s daughter

As a devoted fan of SVU, I never watch the series live and usually catch up days later. I finally watched the April 4th episode and was troubled by its “pro-life” message — a woman is brutally raped by her psychiatrist, discovers she’s pregnant, and tells Olivia that she was going to have an abortion. Instead, Olivia persuades her to change her mind because the fetus is innocent and not guilty of a crime.

Meant to reply to this earlier - I didn’t see the episode in question (I generally avoid SVU because of the dark, depressing subject matter and the fact some episodes feel overly exploitative and manipulative), but since Olivia herself was conceived via rape, was that supposed to be the obvious explanation for her actions? I do agree it’s incredibly distasteful, however, and exactly the sort of crude manipulation I mentioned earlier.

(on a side note, I recall a discussion I had with a fiercely pro-choice elderly woman - I told her about a forced-birth advocate who claims she was conceived via rape and, in crudely manipulative guilt-trip style, likes to say: “Did I deserve the death penalty?” The elderly pro-choice advocate’s rebuttal, without missing a beat, was: “Yes, because you’re stupid!” Harsh, though I couldn’t help but find it hilarious)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:17:37am

LOLOLOLOLOLOL
All six of them…

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lawhawk  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:17:42am

re: #197 Decatur Deb

Quasimodo is screwing with the roofing lead, again.

Son2 and I climbed into his tower 25 years ago, on Good Friday. The choir below was doing the St Matthew Passion.

I was there for our 5th anniversary and did the climb too. Have some really good pictures of the stained glass and the gargoyles overlooking the city.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:18:12am

re: #192 lawhawk

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:19:19am

re: #202 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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That’s looking worse, now—not a quick fix.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:19:38am

re: #200 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOLOLOLOLOLOL
All six of them…

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Lol what a bunch of tools.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:19:45am

re: #196 makeitstop

Mind you, that’s not the Buchanan Tele - the one he called Nancy, that he did his breakthrough Austin City Limits show with. It’s just one of the Teles he owned.

My friend tells me that despite not being the iconic Buchanan guitar, it’s a really good price for a ‘52 Blackguard. I hope he gets it. Besides being historically significant, I just love the look of those old, weathered guitars. I’d just put it on a stand and stare at it all day if I had it. I’m a geek like that.

Hell, I’d play it. A musical instrument is meant to be played.

I am looking for a cheap electric guitar, but it’s not easy to find one here. They want a goddamn fortune for even a used beater that needs to be repaired here in Czech Republic. And by fortune, I mean about $300 to $400. It’s outrageous.

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Alephnaught  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:20:48am

re: #202 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:20:49am

heh

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:21:37am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:22:45am

So Quasimodo is going on vacation and puts an ad in the paper for a replacement bell ringer. A fellow shows up both arms in a cast. Q asks how he expects to ring the bell, the fellow answers that he will just bang it really hard with his head.

He goes to demonstrate, takes a running start, but then trips and flies over the parapet. Q hobbles down where a gendarme is standing and asks if he knows the man, “No,” replies Q, but that face rings a bell!”

Next day the man’s brother shows up, who likewise has both arms in a cast. Q invites him to have a go but warns him of what happened the day before. He likewise trips and balls to his death.

Q hobbles down where the gendarme again asks him if he knows the man. “No,” he replies, “but he is a dead ringer for his brother!”

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Decatur Deb  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:25:43am

re: #209 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Terrible joke, but it resonates.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:25:44am
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ObserverArt  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:28:41am

re: #157 Shropshire Slasher

He also knows that while the Democrats are talking about the Russians, they won’t accomplish much else.

Bullshit.

If he knows anything he knows he has Mitch McConnell and the people that excuse him for everything.

Are you one of those?

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MsJ  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:39:27am

re: #200 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOLOLOLOLOLOL
All six of them…

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Two of whom are old enough to be my parent. And I iz old.

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Scottish Dragon  Apr 15, 2019 • 10:50:30am

re: #52 William Lewis

so, anyone wondering why SW IX is named as it is? Why Palpatine’s laugh is in it? Tor contributor Dr Thanatos has is all figured out…

Adam Serwer at The Atlantic thinks Rey is reincarnation/clone/whatever of Anakin Skywalker which would explain her innate mechanical aptitude and ability to fly a starship with little or no training, as well as her astonishing ability to use the Force.

He may have a point.

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Old Liberal  Apr 15, 2019 • 12:09:55pm

re: #124 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

There is one grain of truth in that statement, namely that government should be run on sound, transparent and sustainable principles. But there the similarity ends.

45 years in business and never worked for nor knew of any business that phrase would describe

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Man, DangerMan  Apr 15, 2019 • 12:25:31pm

re: #200 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hoosiers have a message for Pete Buttigieg:

We’re proud to support President @RealDonaldTrump, VP @Mike_Pence…and we’re ready to Make America Great Again!

so you’re saying the current admin hasnt done it yet and so is a failure


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