An Exceptional NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert: Gary Clark Jr. [VIDEO]

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April 16, 2019 | Stephen Thompson — Gary Clark Jr. had good reason to sweat. The blues-rock singer and guitarist opted to play his first-ever Tiny Desk concert — in front of a huge crowd that warmed the room considerably — while clad in a thick knit cap and heavy jacket. Plus, he’d brought his young son on tour with him and had to contend with a traditional parenting dilemma: How do you bring your kid to the office and still get work done?

But once Clark and his formidable band got done cranking out three songs from this year’s blistering This Land, he wasn’t the only one in the room who needed to wipe away the sweat. Clark’s set leaned toward some of This Land’s softer sentiments — “When I’m Gone” is about missing his family on the road, while “Pearl Cadillac” exudes gratitude for his mother’s sacrifices — leaving its more politically incendiary material for louder live shows. But these songs still roared with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.

SET LIST
“What About Us”
“When I’m Gone”
“Pearl Cadillac”

MUSICIANS
Gary Clark Jr.: lead vocals, guitar; Eric Zapata: guitar, vocals; Johnny Bradley: bass, vocals; Johnny Radelat: drums, vocals; Jon Deas: keys, vocals

CREDITS
Producers: Abby O’Neill, Kimani Oletu; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kimani Oletu, CJ Riculan, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Adelaide Sandstrom; Photo: Amr Alfiky/NPR

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 8:44:51pm

I was CL’d! (Aminah, pbuh)

Excellent, really cool human interest story. Dude’s been operating for over 50 years the next town over. He repaired Hunter S. Thompson’s typewriters. Might have to pay a visit, if only to see the 51-year-old cockatoo named JJ.

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gocart mozart  Apr 24, 2019 • 8:47:00pm
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gocart mozart  Apr 24, 2019 • 8:59:35pm
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gocart mozart  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:05:33pm

Tucker Carlson and Michael Tracey make the funny papers

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:13:33pm

re: #4 gocart mozart

“White power hour”

Perfect.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:19:23pm

re: #2 gocart mozart

Mujtaba al-Sweikat, a student slated to attend Western Michigan University, is beheaded in Saudi Arabia. He had been arrested when he was 17 by Saudis in 2012 after taking part in democracy rallies, and tortured while in custody.

Is there anyone in this administration who is standing up for democracy and freedom? Anyone?????

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:22:58pm

I’ve already tried to tweet once tonight, only to be rebuked, “No sonny boy, not for another eight hours, you delinquent!” That’s not what the message said when I tried, but it should.

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:24:00pm

Bad faith arguments all the way down, and all the way up.

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piratedan  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:24:13pm

re: #6 Hecuba’s daughter

unless there’s a payoff for the folks in charge, I plainly believe that they don’t give a fuck. the sad part of it is, the people that support this President, don’t give a damn if they’re left with the check as long as they got their outrage/resentment/hate fix in along the way.

Incredibly sad people and Trump is willing to blow up the planet unless he gets the “respect” and “fair treatment” that he believes he’s entitled to.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:27:26pm

re: #8 teleskiguy

Bad faith arguments all the way down, and all the way up.

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But I thought all the criminals were blacks and Mexicans!

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:32:08pm

I’ve read a fair number of articles about how the MSM got blind-sided by the alt-right nazi fuckers who’re being radicalized online. This article in Slate is excellent and I urge y’all to read it.

Thing is, Charles has been sounding the alarm *for years* about the utter rot in… I guess we’ll call conservatism on the Internet. He’s documented so much bad craziness within the United States’ Right Wing, the mind reels.

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:37:57pm

P: Donald, he is so dumb.

K: He thinks we’re best friends.

*laughter*

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:51:58pm

re: #4 gocart mozart

Tucker Carlson and Michael Tracey make the funny papers

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I like that, but I prefer to call Fucker KKKarlson’s show “The White Trash Power Hour”!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 24, 2019 • 9:58:59pm

re: #12 teleskiguy

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P: Donald, he is so dumb.

K: He thinks we’re best friends.

*laughter*

P: Hey, you want to know how much he’s actually worth? (Shows on tablet)

K: Damn, looks like his hands aren’t the only thing that’s small!

P: He can’t even get good women without paying for them!

K: Man, I have a whole fucking Harem and it didn’t cost me shit!

P: Donald is…not very good at what we do.

K: Seriously. I don’t know what I’d do if I had his resources but it wouldn’t be sitting around and bitching about the New York fucking Times on Twitter.

P: You know he sucks at golf too, right?

K: Bro, last time he and I hung out I told him I had a new 14 Iron and he believed me!

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:24:36pm

I was left behind on the last thread like a common bad religious movie:

re: #283 Joe Bacon 🌹

Utah Outcasts fins a clip where racist Rick Wiles says Ben Shapiro is the Antichrist…

I would donate to UO, but I only have so much money. (I’d get a kick being on the show like you were. X and I correspond with each other in E-mail but that’s it. They did do an article about me a few years ago though.)

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:27:40pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:35:39pm

Well, my wife’s younger brother just wrote her to say he bought the 1968 Pontiac Bonneville he owned as a teenager (same VIN) from E-bay.

He also says his wife isn’t speaking to him right now for spending $1,500 to buy the car.

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Jay C  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:44:24pm

re: #16 teleskiguy

I wonder if anyone has informed Reuters that the relationship between North Korea and Russia goes back quite a ways……

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:49:21pm

re: #17 Anymouse 🌹

Well, my wife’s younger brother just wrote her to say he bought the 1968 Pontiac Bonneville he owned as a teenager (same VIN) from E-bay.

He also says his wife isn’t speaking to him right now for spending $1,500 to buy the car.

Heh. I’d have done the same thing, probably. If he fixes it up real nice, he (or his heirs) can recoup his investment several times over when he sells it.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:50:15pm

re: #18 Jay C

I wonder if anyone has informed Reuters that the relationship between North Korea and Russia goes back quite a ways……

They are neighbors, after all.

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sagehen  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:54:23pm

re: #18 Jay C

I wonder if anyone has informed Reuters that the relationship between North Korea and Russia goes back quite a ways……

Didn’t Stalin install Kim’s grandpa in the first place?

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Jay C  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:56:23pm

re: #21 sagehen

Didn’t Stalin install Kim’s grandpa in the first place?

Yep. And provided the template for the NK state while he was at it.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:59:51pm

Just what we need…a measles outbreak in Los Angeles County…

With five measles cases confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health this month, public health officials are investigating the origin, while figuring out how to maintain the outbreak. According to the county health department, the infected patients were exposed to the measles at five sites throughout Southern California, including two restaurants in Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge.

The restaurants in question are El Pollo Loco on 1939 Verdugo Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge. The exposure occurred on April 11 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The second exposure was from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at El Sauz Tacos on 4432 San Fernando Road in Glendale. The remaining three exposure sites were at LAX, UCLA, and the main library at Cal State Los Angeles in early April.

la.eater.com

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 24, 2019 • 10:59:56pm

re: #22 Jay C

I wonder if that all happened before the Reuters reporter was born.

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Jay C  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:03:14pm

re: #24 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I wonder if that all happened before the Reuters reporter was born.

Well before (unless Reuters has assigned the NK/Russia summit beat to the Geezer Squad) - IIRC, the DPRK was set up in the Soviet Occupation Zone of Korea in 1945, after the Japanese got the boot at the end of WWII.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:05:08pm

Something quite different from the talented Gary Clark. Sungha usually plays guitar, but he’s added ukulele to his repertoire.

(Naruto Shippuden) Blue Bird (Ukulele Version) - Sungha Jung

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:06:04pm

re: #25 Jay C

Well before (unless Reuters has assigned the NK/Russia summit beat to the Geezer Squad) - IIRC, the DPRK was set up in the Soviet Occupation Zone of Korea in 1945, after the Japanese got the boot at the end of WWII.

Yeah, the geezer are likely all retired or enjoying the Plane Eternal.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:32:08pm

re: #19 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Heh. I’d have done the same thing, probably. If he fixes it up real nice, he (or his heirs) can recoup his investment several times over when he sells it.

She says he found a different one that was in very good shape. They wanted $50,000 for it.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:32:24pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:38:54pm

Well, that’s a hell of a way to be remembered in your obituary lede. Take it away, New York Times Obituary column:

Verena Wagner Lafferentz, the last surviving grandchild of Richard Wagner and one of the last people alive who knew Adolf Hitler intimately, died on Friday at her home in Nussdorf, Germany. She was 98.

nytimes.com

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:40:39pm

This popped up in my YT suggestions, I guess because my VPN is using a Hong Kong server.

It’s cute, and you guess what they are singing about even if you don’t understand Chinese.

大馬最好聽狗血版情歌之《聽見癡情的他說愛你》Mashup Cover by ChiliTomato

The singers are all from Apextar Academy, a school in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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teleskiguy  Apr 24, 2019 • 11:54:58pm

My last tweet before I was sentenced to 12 hours of Twitter jail.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:35:52am

re: #2 gocart mozart

Mujtaba al-Sweikat, a student slated to attend Western Michigan University, is beheaded in Saudi Arabia. He had been arrested when he was 17 by Saudis in 2012 after taking part in democracy rallies, and tortured while in custody.

…and even worse: because they are our purported allies, the Saudis are presented to us as “moderate” Muslims.

They are not, they are backward and feudal - but they are on our side because we share certain common interests.

Human rights and democracy are not among those shared interests…

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:36:04am

re: #18 Jay C

I wonder if anyone has informed Reuters that the relationship between North Korea and Russia goes back quite a ways……

Indeed it does. The train that Kim Jong-un is often seen travelling on was actually a gift to his grandfather (Kim Il-sung) from Josef Stalin.

It’s a rolling, fully-functional museum piece - which is actually kinda cool.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:38:41am

re: #20 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

[Russia and N. Korea] are neighbors, after all.

I once pointed out to a Finnish friend that only one nation separates them from sharing a border with North Korea…

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:41:46am

re: #36 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I once pointed out to a Finnish friend that only one nation separates them from sharing a border with North Korea…

They do share a border. It’s only eleven miles of land border, but they do have one.

en.wikipedia.org

It is Russia’s shortest international border. There is also a railroad bridge over the river which makes up the border (pictured in the Wikipedia article).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:47:20am

re: #37 Anymouse 🌹

They do share a border. It’s only eleven miles of land border, but they do have one.

en.wikipedia.org

It is Russia’s shortest international border. There is also a railroad bridge over the river which makes up the border (pictured in the Wikipedia article).

I was surprised to learn that as well.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 1:02:30am

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

I was surprised to learn that as well.

It is an artifact of the Russo-Japanese war of 1905.

Prior to that war, the Qing Dynasty ruled Korea. Afterward, the Japanese Empire had troops all over Korea.

Then in a series of forced treaties, the Japanese Empire (along with a letter of understanding from Secretary of War Taft) took control of Korean affairs, culminating in it giving up all control of its territory in 1910.

After WW2, with the Soviet Union in North Korea and the USA in South Korea, and then the Korean War, North and South Korea were left with a sticky wicket in regard to normalising relations with Japan.

The agreed upon text between the three nations was that all treaties signed between the Korean Empire and Japanese Empire prior to 1910 were considered “already void.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 1:39:56am

North Korea was always the Poland of East Asia; the Chinese and Japanese were fighting over it as early as the 16th century,

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 25, 2019 • 1:46:55am
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:17:30am

I’m off to bed. I’ll catch y’all later.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:26:26am

and then there were fifteen (active members)

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:31:20am

re: #43 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

and then there were fifteen (active members)

The LGF day shift here in Europe.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:39:38am

re: #44 Dr Lizardo

The LGF day shift here in Europe.

Anymouse works his own schedule…

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:41:26am

re: #45 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Anymouse works his own schedule…

To an extent, I do as well. My busiest days are Mondays and Friday, when I have to start work fairly early in the morning.

But Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are pretty chill. Today, for instance, I still have a couple of hours until I have to leave for my one and only afternoon lesson today.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:46:33am

re: #46 Dr Lizardo

To an extent, I do as well. My busiest days are Mondays and Friday, when I have to start work fairly early in the morning.

But Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are pretty chill. Today, for instance, I still have a couple of hours until I have to leave for my one and only afternoon lesson today.

I am working at home this week, no tours until Saturday.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2019 • 2:47:18am
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 3:21:32am

re: #46 Dr Lizardo

To an extent, I do as well. My busiest days are Mondays and Friday, when I have to start work fairly early in the morning.

But Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are pretty chill. Today, for instance, I still have a couple of hours until I have to leave for my one and only afternoon lesson today.

I’ve been poking my nose in on and off all day from here. Been doing meat-world things. Today and tomorrow are the annual sports meet for the university students, so I have no classes for two days. Next week is the May Day holiday, so I only need to work Monday, because Tuesday is now a free day and Wed-Sat are the holiday. Have to teach on that Sunday though.

I learned yesterday that I will no longer be eligible for a work visa in China (the Z visa) because of my age. My residence permit expires July 15. While I may be able to work for my current employer with a business visa, I decided to play it safe and file for my Social Security retirement benefits. It’s three years before my full retirement age, so I won’t get as much each month if I had waited, but I’d rather have some secure income over the summer when my employer wouldn’t be paying me anyway.

Meanwhile, I have a phone interview with another potential employer in China tomorrow, but even there the Z visa is out of the question.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 25, 2019 • 3:22:54am

re: #33 teleskiguy

Close. We need latex.

*snork*

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 25, 2019 • 3:36:36am

re: #49 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I didn’t know there was an upper-age limit for work visas. I know there isn’t here. In Prague (at least) there’s retirees, usually from the UK, Canada and the US, working as TEFL teachers.

The oldest one I knew was 70 at the time - of course, that was over a decade ago. But he was enjoying it. He was one of those “I have to do something, I can’t just sit around all day waiting to die” types.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 3:47:28am

re: #51 Dr Lizardo

I didn’t know there was an upper-age limit for work visas. I know there isn’t here. In Prague (at least) there’s retirees, usually from the UK, Canada and the US, working as TEFL teachers.

The oldest one I knew was 70 at the time - of course, that was over a decade ago. But he was enjoying it. He was one of those “I have to do something, I can’t just sit around all day waiting to die” types.

China had a maximum of 65 until 2016 or ‘17, then they phased in a max age of 60. Because my birthday is in January, in the middle of the academic year, I was able to work past my 61st birthday in Hunan province, but was not allowed to renew for another year. Henan province delayed their age change till last year, and once again I was “grandfathered” long enough to fulfill my contract terms.

Rumors among expats are that the government got scared when a foreign teacher working in Beijing died suddenly at age 58. I doubt that was the reason for the sudden age limit change. I figure it has more to do with “face,” as Chinese are required to retire at age 60. Having older foreign workers still receiving full pay (and better pay) than similarly qualified Chinese instructors may have rubbed the sitting Politburo the wrong way. OTOH, who tf knows? The Chinese government never explains its policy changes to anyone.

I have no TEFL certification, but I do have 11 years teaching experience in China. Do you figure I could find work in the Czech Republic?

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 3:57:56am

re: #44 Dr Lizardo

The LGF day shift here in Europe.

Back to work tonite for me.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:01:55am

re: #52 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I doubt you’d have any problem getting work here, especially in Prague or Brno (Brno has an up and coming IT scene).

Getting a TEFL certificate is easy enough. It’s a one-month class, and you’re done. That’s required by the Ministry of Education here, but that’s it.

Here’s a link to one of the many TEFL certification establishments here: tefl-prague.com

If you Google TEFL Prague, there’s many more.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:05:27am

re: #53 Dave In Austin

Quarantine them on the spot.

Yes, that is the point: if you do not want to vaccinate yourself or your kids, do not expose them to the rest of us.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:15:23am
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freetoken  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:22:55am
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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:23:03am
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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:26:03am

The Bros are not happy this morning.

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A Mom Anon  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:33:12am

re: #59 Dave In Austin

Are they ever happy though? Really? They seem pretty miserable from what I can see.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:37:39am

re: #52 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

China had a maximum of 65 until 2016 or ‘17, then they phased in a max age of 60. Because my birthday is in January, in the middle of the academic year, I was able to work past my 61st birthday in Hunan province, but was not allowed to renew for another year. Henan province delayed their age change till last year, and once again I was “grandfathered” long enough to fulfill my contract terms.

Rumors among expats are that the government got scared when a foreign teacher working in Beijing died suddenly at age 58. I doubt that was the reason for the sudden age limit change. I figure it has more to do with “face,” as Chinese are required to retire at age 60. Having older foreign workers still receiving full pay (and better pay) than similarly qualified Chinese instructors may have rubbed the sitting Politburo the wrong way. OTOH, who tf knows? The Chinese government never explains its policy changes to anyone.

I have no TEFL certification, but I do have 11 years teaching experience in China. Do you figure I could find work in the Czech Republic?

Does your “China” work actually have to be done in China? A year or so ago we talked about Daughter1 and her video instruction gigs. She has several, which turned out to be legit, though she gave one up because the administrator was “erratic”. She teaches several hours per day from anywhere she can get a good bandwidth. That has even included a state park, where she sets up while visiting her daughter’s college. The timezones make her life strange, but this gives her an income stream while caring for a severely autistic child.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 4:49:11am

re: #58 Patricia Kayden

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And once again I ask who’s the snowflake.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:13:12am

Briefly in and out:

One of the co-designers of what is considered the oldest working digital computer, Dick Barnes, has passed away.

He was involved in designing the Witch computer (a Dekatron storage computer—decimal rather than binary—starting in the late Forties and putting it to use in the Fifties in the United Kingdom’s atomic program).

It was considered lost. It was found in storage disassembled, taken to the National Museum of Computing, and Mr. Barnes worked on its restoration in 2012.

The article includes a video describing its use, and shows the operator loading a program to run the computer. (It loads via punched tape, switching is done with solenoids, and storage is done in the Dekatrons.)

With video, 3:29
bbc.com

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Ming5000  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:15:55am

re: #53 Dave In Austin

Send in the Vector

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:31:09am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:34:46am

moron is still upset

and jealous of Biden:

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:35:30am

re: #65 Anymouse 🌹

The Navy is working on guidelines for reporting UFOs after angry pilots push to have sightings taken seriously

The most important thing is to ensure that UFO means just that, a flying object that is not identifiable.

unfortunately, it has become all but a synonym with “alien space vehicle”

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:36:03am

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron is still upset

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Still whiny and cranky as always.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:37:31am

Drain the Swamp he says though. Motherfucker your Attorney General is the swampiest of swamp monsters. You don’t get to use that fucking idiotic slogan when you got the guy who cleaned up Iran-Contra simply to clear you and to act not as the nation’s AG but your personal lawyer. Has Barr done anything as AG that is in the nation not Trump’s interest?

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:40:42am

re: #67 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The most important thing is to ensure that UFO means just that, a flying object that is not identifiable.

unfortunately, it has become all but a synonym with “alien space vehicle”

True. A UFO could be anything from a balloon to swamp gas to another aircraft to a meteor to an unidentified cloud to the motherships from “Independence Day.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:41:34am
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jeffreyw  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:42:43am

Good morning!

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:50:14am

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:50:48am
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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:52:09am

re: #67 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The most important thing is to ensure that UFO means just that, a flying object that is not identifiable.

unfortunately, it has become all but a synonym with “alien space vehicle”

+ Lots and lots

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:52:17am

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

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No worries. Nigel will host him at his flat and they’ll have a racist slumber party.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:53:44am
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bd (Emergency!)  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:54:15am

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

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He can stay in The Tower

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:54:26am

re: #70 Anymouse 🌹

True. A UFO could be anything from a balloon to swamp gas to another aircraft to a meteor to an unidentified cloud to the motherships from “Independence Day.”

I’m not saying that was a mothership from “Independence Day”

But it was was a mothership from “Independence Day”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:55:44am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:55:49am

re: #78 bd (Emergency!)

He can stay in The Tower

They can rename it Trump Tower in his hono(u)r

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:57:37am

If you want to see the power of crank magnetism, put “essential oil alternatives to vaccines” in a search engine.

You will find a large overlap of moonbat and dingbat sites which claim such oils are better than vaccines.

Conspiratorial thinking that “big pharma” is keeping essential oils out of the public eye because it would cut into their profits. (Nevermind that if any of the claims for essential oils other than they might smell good were true, pharma companies could make them themselves.)

Oh, and they are definitely not pyramid schemes. They are perfectly legal multi-level marketing (and much of the essential oil business is run by the Mormon church).

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 5:58:42am

re: #8 teleskiguy

Not on the graphic:

Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:04:14am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. It’s official. Biden is in.

What’s also official? He’s running on character - his, Trump’s, and the nation’s.

In other words, he’s using Clinton’s 2016 closing statement, and the history that followed.

So, while Warren, Harris, and Klobuchar are all going in on policy, and making note of character along the way, Biden’s leading with character, and skipping the policy.

Know who can’t be happy about this? Bernie. Especially Bernie. Good.

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:08:46am

re: #67 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The most important thing is to ensure that UFO means just that, a flying object that is not identifiable.

unfortunately, it has become all but a synonym with “alien space vehicle”

The stealth bomber used to be an Unidentified Flying Object.

Commercial pilots who got laughed out of their jobs for insisting they really really really saw a super-fast triangle-shaped thing, I don’t care if radar doesn’t back me up I SAW IT YES I’M SURE… years later, after it was declassified, sued for back pay and increased pensions.

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:09:58am

Poorly identified newt (from a website I would have expected more of) but I think it’s an Alpine newt (Mesotriton alpestris - formerly Triturus alpestris)

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:11:48am

Opening day in China for Endgame was estimated to be at $100M.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:18:12am

I think this is part of it. The other part is that Bernie isn’t any better than Biden.

Joe Biden is finally, officially getting into the race. If you want to get a sense of how threatened other presidential aspirants feel about this, consider their own decisions. Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton joined the race this week, just a couple of weeks after his House colleagues Eric Swalwell (California) and Tim Ryan (Ohio) did the same. Beto O’Rourke, Jay Inslee, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper entered in March, joining Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, and Cory Booker. Michael Bennet, Bill de Blasio, Steve Bullock, and Stacey Abrams are still weighing their options, so let’s safely say at least two out of four of them will go for it.

The story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary so far has been the historic size of the field, which will end up in the mid-20s before all is said and done. And the size of the field is, in large part, a reflection of how Democratic politicians view Joe Biden: as a paper tiger, whose fall will make the nomination anyone’s for the taking.

Everything said about Biden applies equally to Bernie.

Bernie’s older, panders to the old white guys, and his message is still the same economic nonsense that he lost on in 2016. He continues to fail to address issues of importance to POC, who are the bedrock of the Democratic party and who know what’s truly at stake. Warren, Harris - those two get it.

Bernie doesn’t. Biden might, and right now he’s identifying as the guy with the character to bring the nation back from the brink. But let’s not fool ourselves. He’s pulling out Clinton’s 2016 closing argument about Trump, character, judgment, and the bigot brigade that forms the GOP base.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:19:02am

We’re off to see The Wizard!

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:21:11am

This is the way to do it.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:21:31am
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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:22:33am
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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:24:17am

re: #85 sagehen

Can’t find the link right now but one of the aviation/pilot nerd blogs had an article with a heat map of UFO sightings. there were clusters around airbases and the west out around the huge test and training ranges.

It’s pretty amusing and illustrative of our imaginations taking us away. Strange lights in the sky can look really weird, if you ever see a dusk rocket launch out of Vandenberg you know what I mean.

But geez we have been hurling craft skyward from Cessnas with Christmas lights to hypersonic test craft and chemicals designed to mess with the aurora for a long time now, and no little green men to be seen as of yet. Not one scrap of alien tech.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:24:34am

re: #82 Anymouse 🌹

If you want to see the power of crank magnetism, put “essential oil alternatives to vaccines” in a search engine.

You will find a large overlap of moonbat and dingbat sites which claim such oils are better than vaccines.

on one side, suspicion of “Big Pharma” and disregard for “Western Medicine”

on the other, suspicion of “Big Government” and disregard for “Big Science” (at least where it is not involved with killing people or producing/burning more hydrocarbons)

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:25:03am

re: #91 lawhawk

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You can remove TMac. He’s not running.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:25:47am

re: #86 wrenchwench

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Poorly identified newt (from a website I would have expected more of) but I think it’s an Alpine newt (Mesotriton alpestris - formerly Triturus alpestris)

The Lad Searches the Night for his Newts

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:26:30am

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron is still upset

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Morning!

Moron is accusing McGhan of lying.

That is not a good thing to do to a lawyer that has already testified under oath.

I hope McGhan hangs his ugly fat orange ass.

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:29:08am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:29:24am

re: #91 lawhawk

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I’d put Pulpit Pimp Marianne Williamson in your Tier 5. She’s just another one of the phonies who got Oprah’s blessing along with Dr. Phil…

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:33:06am

re: #86 wrenchwench

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Poorly identified newt (from a website I would have expected more of) but I think it’s an Alpine newt (Mesotriton alpestris - formerly Triturus alpestris)

Little newt looks like it is still in an evolutionary change from a fishy. Or is that the other way around?

Cool little creature.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:38:00am

re: #97 ObserverArt

Morning!

Moron is accusing McGhan of lying.

That is not a good thing to do to a lawyer that has already testified under oath.

I hope McGhan hangs his ugly fat orange ass.

Yeah McGahn is the one going under oath willing to risk perjury charges if he’s not telling the truth. So Trumpy, what are you going to do? Gonna testify or are you just going to sulk and watch FNC act like no one’s a bigger victim than you?

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:39:55am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:40:05am

moron is now retweeting a bunch of other whiners, for example:

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:41:53am

re: #100 ObserverArt

Little newt looks like it is still in an evolutionary change from a fishy. Or is that the other way around?

Cool little creature.

I’ve changed my ID: it’s a Great crested newt. Triturus cristatus.

More closely related to frogs than fishies, but that crest does come and go, seasonally.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:42:27am
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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:42:47am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:43:33am

re: #102 lawhawk

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We’re sick of old white men so you go with the white guy whose advisers disparage the coalition of teh first AFrican-American President. Bros are nothing if not predictable in how hypocritical they are.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:44:05am

re: #105 gocart mozart

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Jared the genius strikes again. // Man what an intellect.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:44:17am

re: #106 Patricia Kayden

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Big Coal country

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:45:24am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:46:25am

re: #110 lawhawk

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Yeah Newsweek I’m not going to take what is sane and what it isn’t from someone who has a Nuremberg Laws concept of citizenship. I don’t give a fuck what this fascist witch thinks.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:48:41am

re: #108 HappyWarrior

Jared the genius strikes again. // Man what an intellect.

Speaking of Jared - I noticed this photo in a tweet yesterday. Kid’s not looking too good. Looks like he’s losing some serious sleep.

I wonder if Vanky will throw him over for a younger model, like the old man would…

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:48:41am

My Top 5 in the Demo race:

1. Harris
2. Warren
3. Booker
4. Castro
5. Beto

The others can all fuck off.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:49:59am

re: #112 makeitstop

Speaking of Jared - I noticed this photo in a tweet yesterday. Kid’s not looking too good. Looks like he’s losing some serious sleep.

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I wonder if Vanky will throw him over for a younger model, like the old man would…

They will throw him under the bus when things get hot for them: TEH JEW WAS MISLEADING US TEH HOLE TIEM!!!!!!!! then the pogroms…

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:50:08am

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

That was coined at Lawyers Guns and Money blog by I think Scott Lemieux

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:50:39am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

My Top 5 in the Demo race:

1. Harris
2. Warren
3. Booker
4. Castro
5. Beto

The others can all fuck off.

Those are probably the five I like the most.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:51:09am

re: #112 makeitstop

Speaking of Jared - I noticed this photo in a tweet yesterday. Kid’s not looking too good. Looks like he’s losing some serious sleep.

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I wonder if Vanky will throw him over for a younger model, like the old man would…

He’s in way over his head.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:53:55am

I really do wish Castro were doing better this all said. Been a fan since his 2012 Keynote.

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:54:00am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

My Top 5 in the Demo race:

1. Harris
2. Warren
3. Booker
4. Castro
5. Beto

The others can all fuck off.

Right now I like the idea of a Warren - Buttigeig ticket. Just no old white men please. I have enough of that in my mirror.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:54:36am

re: #102 lawhawk

All I can see is the last tweet, number 6, but I do think there is something to Biden’s statement that the others need to think about. As much as policy helps, and we need a lot to fix what’s wrong, the candidates really do need to make an argument about what kind of America we want. It’s the motivational speech part of being president. And it does have an effect, not just in movies.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:56:20am

I like the idea of Kamala and Beto. Kamala on top and Beto on bottom. I think that ticket would help us get our base out and win areas where we got close last time.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:56:32am

re: #120 Belafon

All I can see is the last tweet, number 6, but I do think there is something to Biden’s statement that the others need to think about. As much as policy helps, and we need a lot to fix what’s wrong, the candidates really do need to make an argument about what kind of America we want. It’s the motivational speech part of being president. And it does have an effect, not just in movies.

After four years of Trump, we really need to ask just what kind of America we really want.

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 6:58:45am

Authorities keep distance, yet work with armed border group

[…]

Two El Paso men who were fishing on the Rio Grande in Sunland Park were skeptical of the group.

“We all look Mexican. How are they going to know the difference?” asked Angel Martinez, a 34-year-old factory worker. “That’s what Border Patrol is for.”

His friend and fellow fisherman Henry Aguilar, a delivery driver, once worked at an immigration detention center where he came into contact with hardened Central American gang members from MS-13, who he’s glad were deported. But the families being detained by the militia “are not even threats,” he said.

In the past, vigilante patrols interrupted his fishing farther downstream, near where the United Constitutional Patriots plan to relocate. He believes a member of the group approached him last summer.

“He told us we couldn’t fish there. I told him to identify himself, and he refused to do so,” Aguilar recalled. “He had camo gear on, and he had a hat, and he was covered from the nose down.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:00:14am

re: #123 wrenchwench

Authorities keep distance, yet work with armed border group

“He told us we couldn’t fish there. I told him to identify himself, and he refused to do so,” Aguilar recalled. “He had camo gear on, and he had a hat, and he was covered from the nose down.”

We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:00:28am

I’m seeing more and more candidates talk about more affordable Pre-K which I think is great. I can’t tell you all how much my niece grew after she started attending pre-school.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:07:51am
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Jay C  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:09:57am

re: #93 Unshaken Defiance

But geez we have been hurling craft skyward from Cessnas with Christmas lights to hypersonic test craft and chemicals designed to mess with the aurora for a long time now, and no little green men to be seen as of yet. Not one scrap of alien tech.

That they’ve let us know about! Yet…..

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:11:31am

I really think that NASA and the USAF actively encouraged people to believe in Little Green Men to keep us distracted from what they were/are actually up to…

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Decatur Deb  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:12:41am

re: #93 Unshaken Defiance

Can’t find the link right now but one of the aviation/pilot nerd blogs had an article with a heat map of UFO sightings. there were clusters around airbases and the west out around the huge test and training ranges.

It’s pretty amusing and illustrative of our imaginations taking us away. Strange lights in the sky can look really weird, if you ever see a dusk rocket launch out of Vandenberg you know what I mean.

But geez we have been hurling craft skyward from Cessnas with Christmas lights to hypersonic test craft and chemicals designed to mess with the aurora for a long time now, and no little green men to be seen as of yet. Not one scrap of alien tech.

Fermi Paradox
en.wikipedia.org

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:14:35am

re: #125 HappyWarrior

I’m seeing more and more candidates talk about more affordable Pre-K which I think is great. I can’t tell you all how much my niece grew after she started attending pre-school.

It’s also a huge benefit to working parents, who can save the cost of a year’s babysitting.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:14:37am

re: #129 Decatur Deb

Fermi Paradox
en.wikipedia.org

Which definitely calls for a link to Calvin & Hobbes comment about the proof that there’s intelligent life out there is that they haven’t come here (I just can’t do it from work).

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:16:17am

re: #130 sagehen

It’s also a huge benefit to working parents, who can save the cost of a year’s babysitting.

Exactly.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:16:23am

re: #61 Decatur Deb

Yes, in fact there are several distance learning agencies linking Chinese learners with native speakers of English. Such a job is certainly an option for me. No visas required.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:17:38am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

My Top 5 in the Demo race:

1. Harris
2. Warren
3. Booker
4. Castro
5. Beto

The others can all fuck off.

My rankings:

1. Warren
2. Harris
3. Castro
4. Beto
5. Inslee

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:18:16am

re: #130 sagehen

It’s also a huge benefit to working parents, who can save the cost of a year’s babysitting.

Women are supposed to quit their jobs and stay home when they have a baby, and let the husband support them.

And then when he comes home from work, she can tell him all about what Beaver was up to with Eddie Haskell

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:20:16am

re: #134 Joe Bacon 🌹

My rankings:

1. Warren
2. Harris
3. Castro
4. Beto
5. Inslee

I do like Inslee as well. Great voice on the environmental issues. Probably not going to get too far but I would definitely pick his brain on environmental issues and consider him for EPA or Interior or at least make him an environmental policy adviser.

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:21:00am

re: #97 ObserverArt

Morning!

Moron is accusing McGhan of lying.

That is not a good thing to do to a lawyer that has already testified under oath*.

I hope McGhan hangs his ugly fat orange ass.

* with contemporaneous written notes

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:21:41am

re: #87 Belafon

Opening day in China for Endgame was estimated to be at $100M.

A Chinese filmgoer already had a cam recording of the flick uploaded on bittorrent within hours of its opening.

Don’t ask me how I know. But in fact I did not download it, because cams of blockbusters suck. The audio is awful.

Or so I hear.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:22:08am

moron is still retweeting nonsense…Biden’s got him askeert

and retweeting this shit:

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Decatur Deb  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:22:16am

re: #133 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Yes, in fact there are several distance learning agencies linking Chinese learners with native speakers of English. Such a job is certainly an option for me. No visas required.

Dau1 has 2-3 active contracts at a time, concentrates on elementary—HS students because that fits her classroom teaching history. It’s been a steady part of her gig-economy online work (editing, ghostwriting) for a couple years.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:23:00am

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:23:22am

re: #138 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

A Chinese filmgoer already had a cam recording of the flick uploaded on bittorrent within hours of its opening.

Don’t ask me how I know. But in fact I did not download, because cams of blockbusters suck. The audio is awful.

Or so I hear.

The people who are going this week already have tickets, because you’re not getting in otherwise. Those who want to go see it won’t get stopped by a bad recording. Those that watch the torrent weren’t going anyway.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:24:03am

re: #139 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron is still retweeting nonsense…Biden’s got him askeert

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That sounds like the Bush administration to me.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:25:48am

re: #141 Joe Bacon 🌹

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They should put Westley (Cary Elwes) from Princess Bride in place of the donkey.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:25:49am

re: #97 ObserverArt

It’s “McGahn.” My copy editor eyes burn every time I see the a and h transposed. Please fix.

Thank you.

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mmmirele  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:26:00am

re: #82 Anymouse 🌹

If you want to see the power of crank magnetism, put “essential oil alternatives to vaccines” in a search engine.

You will find a large overlap of moonbat and dingbat sites which claim such oils are better than vaccines.

Conspiratorial thinking that “big pharma” is keeping essential oils out of the public eye because it would cut into their profits. (Nevermind that if any of the claims for essential oils other than they might smell good were true, pharma companies could make them themselves.)

Oh, and they are definitely not pyramid schemes. They are perfectly legal multi-level marketing (and much of the essential oil business is run by the Mormon church).

I would note that they are run by *members* of the Mormon church, not by the church itself. BTW, the church wants to be known as “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” on first mention and “The Church of Jesus Christ” on second and subsequent mentions. The current president of the Mormon church, Russell M Nelson, has decided to destroy 189 years of search engine optimization by insisting on this loghorrea of words, to wit, from last October:

Members ‘offend’ Jesus and please the devil when they use the term ‘Mormon,’ President Nelson says

sltrib.com

The Columbia Journalism Review notes:

No longer should the church or its followers be called “Mormon” by default, both the church and AP say. No longer should the initials “LDS” be used to refer to the church.

Instead, the full name of the church should be used on first reference, the AP says, with “the church,” “church members,” or “members of the faith” used in latter, er, later references. Its members can be called “Latter-day Saints.” (Note the hyphen and lack of capitalization.)

You can take the “Mormon” out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but you can’t take the “Mormon” out of the church. After all, its principal document is the “Book of Mormon.” And the AP allows that, “When necessary for space or clarity or in quotations or proper names, Mormon, Mormons, and Latter-day Saints are acceptable.” That means that breaking the “Mormon” habit might be hard.

cjr.org

I am thinking most people will stick with “Mormon.” Personally, I think Russell M. Nelson is a pretentious twit for trying to set up his church as the “only” “The Church of Jesus Christ.” I have also heard a rumor from a solid source that the reason for this change was the amount of “anti-Mormon” links that came up when searching “Mormon” on the interwebs.

Nelson is 94, and it’s entirely possible that the organization formerly known as Mormon might switch back to its old name once he shuffles off this mortal coil.

On the other hand, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are all in on jw.org, as it can be seen on its buildngs, literature, etc. They don’t seem to be going for their legal name, the “Christian Comgregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:29:00am

re: #145 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

It’s “McGahn.” My copy editor eyes burn every time I see the a and h transposed. Please fix.

Thank you.

I empathize. I flip over ‘Ghandi’

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:30:29am

re: #103 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron is now retweeting a bunch of other whiners, for example:

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Freedumbers are doing their stretching exercises.

I like Gaetz saying Mueller must have been reading the papers and listening to the news (obviously CNN and (MS)NBC) instead of investigating.

What a lummox. I guess it couldn’t have been the media was just seeing the same Trump corruption as Mueller all along.

Which is also how about of 60% of America sees it too.

I hate to tell you Matty, but Trump is pretty out in the open with all of it, especially the obstruction and cover up. Yeah, I know, you are just helping him to obstruct.

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:31:14am

re: #141 Joe Bacon 🌹

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the one on the left

make them own it

make them categorically vote that they agree with all of his behavior
make them categorically vote that it’s ok for a president to do these things

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:32:36am

re: #146 mmmirele

The rebranding will fail. Mormon is already part of the language, as is kleenex for tissues and band-aids for adhesive bandages — and coke for all soda pops in certain areas of the USA.

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:34:30am

re: #148 ObserverArt

Freedumbers are doing their stretching exercises.

I like Gaetz saying Mueller must have been reading the papers and listening to the news (obviously CNN and (MS)NBC) instead of investigating.

What a lummox. I guess it couldn’t have been the media was just seeing the same Trump corruption as Mueller all along.

Which is also how about of 60% of America sees it too.

I hate to tell you Matty, but Trump is pretty out in the open with all of it, especially the obstruction and cover up. Yeah, I know, you are just helping him to obstruct.

from electoral-vote this AM, re stonewalling all the subpoenas and testifying before congress…

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Donald was brought down by obstruction of justice committed in an effort to avoid obstruction of justice charges?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:36:03am

re: #151 Man, DangerMan

from electoral-vote this AM, re stonewalling all the subpoenas and testifying before congress…

It would be a just desserts end.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:36:25am

re: #149 Man, DangerMan

the one on the left

make them own it

make them categorically vote that they agree with all of his behavior
make them categorically vote that it’s ok for a president to do these things

Timing is everything. Right now, the fast path to dumping Trump is the 2020 election. All effort should be focused on getting that right. Impeachment as a simultaneous exercise in civic morality is fine, as long as it doesn’t get in the way.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:38:14am

re: #152 HappyWarrior

It would be a just desserts end.

just deserts

I know, I always assumed it was desserts, but this is an old phrase that comes from “deserve” with one S, to get what one deserves

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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:38:55am

re: #147 wrenchwench

I empathize. I flip over ‘Ghandi’

And “Bhudda.”

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:39:31am

re: #151 Man, DangerMan

from electoral-vote this AM, re stonewalling all the subpoenas and testifying before congress…

The GOP critters in Congress might be OK with Trump’s scheming and lying, if they can get what they want, but having a president ignore the authority of Congress might be the straw the breaks the camel’s back. Even the dumber members of the Senate have to realize that allowing the president to have that much power could eventually lead to them losing all relevancy.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:41:29am

re: #156 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

The GOP critters in Congress might be OK with Trump’s scheming and lying, if they can get what they want, but having a president ignore the authority of Congress might be the straw the breaks the camel’s back. Even the dumber members of the Senate have to realize that allowing the president to have that much power could eventually lead to them losing all relevancy.

Unless Putin has serious Kompromat on them.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:42:33am

re: #154 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

just deserts

I know, I always assumed it was desserts, but this is an old phrase that comes from “deserve” with one S, to get what one deserves

Today seems like another good day to link to this: buzzfeed.com

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Decatur Deb  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:43:14am

re: #157 Joe Bacon 🌹

Unless Putin has serious Kompromat on them.

Once you admit to being a Republican Senator, there’s probably no more embarrassing, compromising, revelation to be had.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:43:20am

re: #157 Joe Bacon 🌹

Unless Putin has serious Kompromat on them.

So, back to the cartoon above: choose their poison.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:43:53am

re: #156 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

The GOP critters in Congress might be OK with Trump’s scheming and lying, if they can get what they want, but having a president ignore the authority of Congress might be the straw the breaks the camel’s back. Even the dumber members of the Senate have to realize that allowing the president to have that much power could eventually lead to them losing all relevancy.

Nope. If a Democrat retakes the WH, they’ll move with all due haste to enforce the law and take their oaths seriously.

IOKIYAR.

When Trump does it, it’s okay, because he’s a Republican. When a Democrat does it, the GOP blows a gasket and claims the end of democracy and an imperial presidency, when Trump is actually doing all those very things. After all, the GOP are the ones who blew gaskets when Obama wore a tan suit, put his feet up on a desk in the Oval Office, didn’t wear a suit in the Oval Office, or even put mustard on a burger (me: the line must be drawn here… here and no further!). The GOP blew gaskets over Jade Helm and now they ignore that Trump and the US AG met and discussed the Mueller Report.

IOKIYAR

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:44:56am

re: #158 Belafon

Today seems like another good day to link to this: buzzfeed.com

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:45:29am

re: #159 Decatur Deb

Once you admit to being a Republican Senator, there’s probably no more embarrassing, compromising, revelation to be had.

Lindsay Graham wouldn’t agree with that.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:47:19am

re: #163 Joe Bacon 🌹

Lindsay Graham wouldn’t agree with that.

I’d have a very hard task to think less of him.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:47:59am

re: #162 sagehen

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old little lady from Pasadena

tall long Texan

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:49:42am

re: #165 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

old little lady from Pasadena

tall long Texan

Cool long woman in a black dress :)

(Had to edit to get to what I meant.)

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:52:28am

re: #156 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

The GOP critters in Congress might be OK with Trump’s scheming and lying, if they can get what they want, but having a president ignore the authority of Congress might be the straw the breaks the camel’s back. Even the dumber members of the Senate have to realize that allowing the president to have that much power could eventually lead to them losing all relevancy.

bingo

though sadly, they are letting him toy with the power of the purse and that moronic emergency. they should have slapped that right down

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:54:48am

re: #166 makeitstop

Cool long woman in a black dress :)

(Had to edit to get to what I meant.)

teeny-weenie yellow polka-dot itsy-bitsy bikini

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:55:18am

re: #167 Man, DangerMan

bingo

though sadly, they are letting him toy with the power of the purse and that moronic emergency. they should have slapped that right down

They fear The Wrath of The Base

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:57:28am

re: #167 Man, DangerMan

bingo

though sadly, they are letting him toy with the power of the purse and that moronic emergency. they should have slapped that right down

This is why I have sort of lost faith in the whole idea that Congressional Republicans are suddenly going to break ranks over this. They haven’t done it yet, they marched into last November’s slaughter singing his praises because that’s what their wingnut base wanted, I don’t really believe that this is gonna be the “final straw” any more than his other dictatorial moves. Why? Because they’re not opposed to the idea of a dictator, so long as he’s their dictator.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:57:43am

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

They fear The Wrath of The Base

None more fearful than Graham, who has gone full Trump.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:59:15am

re: #158 Belafon

Today seems like another good day to link to this: buzzfeed.com

Oh, man that’s funny! I shared it on WeChat and QQ, because Buzzfeed is not blocked in China.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 25, 2019 • 7:59:43am

re: #167 Man, DangerMan

Every time I see your new name, the palindrome:

a man, a plan, a canal, panama

goes through my head, but it’s:

a man a plan, danger man

which is not a palindrome.

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Danack  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:01:21am

re: #162 sagehen

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That’s mostly true, but you can have both ‘green great dragons’ and ‘great green dragons’.

The first is a member of the species ‘great dragons’ that happens to be green. The second is of the species ‘green dragon’ that happens to be very large.

I also cannot explain where this rule comes from.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:01:45am
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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:02:40am

re: #175 The Vicious Babushka

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This isn’t a dog whistle, it’s an air raid siren.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:03:06am

re: #175 The Vicious Babushka

Letting in so many refugees did lead to some problems, but they did it because they knew it was the morally right thing to do.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:04:25am

re: #175 The Vicious Babushka

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You don’t know shit about Germany, Lara. STFU.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:06:17am

re: #162 sagehen

That particular rule, which I found quoted on BBC a few years back, smacked me in the head like a 2x4. I’ve had students get the adjective order wrong (“a Chinese beautiful woman”), but till I saw that in print, I had no basis to correct them. Chinese students (and their teachers) always want to know how English grammar works, because their exams stress it so much. From what I gather, the order is a function of permanence and/or opinion. A woman will always be Chinese (in origin) but her beauty depends on the beholder. Likewise, in “a beautiful, young Chinese woman” the young part is less permanent than the Chinese part.

But don’t quote me on that.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:06:20am

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:08:40am

re: #175 The Vicious Babushka

My idea of a just punishment for Lara and all the Trumps, save Barron and Tiffany, would be to drop them wearing only the clothes on their backs in the middle of a refugee camp in Bangladesh or Kenya, and see how they fare there.

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:08:50am

Your FIL and his white nationalist buddies try to convince American Jews that it’s the DNC that is party of antisemitism, so you think the smartest thing you can contribute is glossing one of the most heinous acts of genocide in world history to say showing compassion to refugees is “one of the worst things to ever happen to Germany.”

FFS

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:10:06am

re: #182 Targetpractice

Your FIL and his white nationalist buddies try to convince American Jews that it’s the DNC that is party of antisemitism, so you think the smartest thing you can contribute is glossing one of the most heinous acts of genocide in world history to say showing compassion to refugees is “one of the worst things to ever happen to Germany.”

FFS

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:10:43am

re: #182 Targetpractice

Your FIL and his white nationalist buddies try to convince American Jews that it’s the DNC that is party of antisemitism, so you think the smartest thing you can contribute is glossing one of the most heinous acts of genocide in world history to say showing compassion to refugees is “one of the worst things to ever happen to Germany.”

FFS

No shit. They are so fucking clueless.

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:10:47am

re: #173 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Every time I see your new name, the palindrome:

goes through my head, but it’s:

which is not a palindrome.

i just changed it, given my current state of irate-ness (irate-atude?)

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:11:06am

re: #183 The Vicious Babushka

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

The Trumps would have been happy to do business with him, I am sure.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:11:08am

re: #181 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Why risk the lives of refugees with an outbreak of DoyouknowwhoIam disease?

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:11:25am

re: #185 Man; Anger; DangerMan

i just changed it, given my current state of irate-ness (irate-atude?)

ire

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:12:24am

re: #186 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

The Trumps would have been happy to do business with him, I am sure.

Trump would have praised Hitler as a nationalist who is doing great things for Germany. And that the media is unfair to him. Thank goodness we had FDR.

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:12:47am

re: #185 Man; Anger; DangerMan

i just changed it, given my current state of irate-ness (irate-atude?)

D’AngerMan.

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:12:57am

re: #183 The Vicious Babushka

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

She’s probably trying to avoid getting a shitload of angry emails and death threats from her FIL’s supporters.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:13:07am

re: #189 HappyWarrior

Trump would have praised Hitler as a nationalist who is doing great things for Germany. And that the media is unfair to him. Thank goodness we had FDR.

Ah, the Candace Owens approach…

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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:13:28am

re: #188 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

ire

aye

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:13:29am

re: #183 The Vicious Babushka

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

I believe that he was okay until he started doing that Jew thing…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:14:30am

re: #192 lawhawk

Ah, the Candace Owens approach…

Oh absolutely. It’s the same thing that makes him love Bolsontaro, Duterte, and Kim.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:14:40am

re: #175 The Vicious Babushka

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I’m surprised that wench didn’t utter the Blood and Soil BS.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:15:05am

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

I believe that he was okay until he started doing that Jew thing…

Except the whole Jew thing was you know central to his whole party’s ethos.

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wrenchwench  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:15:13am

re: #196 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m surprised that wench didn’t utter the Blood and Soil BS.

hey

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:15:55am

re: #112 makeitstop

Speaking of Jared - I noticed this photo in a tweet yesterday. Kid’s not looking too good. Looks like he’s losing some serious sleep.

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I wonder if Vanky will throw him over for a younger model, like the old man would…

For his sake, maybe he can catch up with the sleep when he is in jail.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:16:02am

re: #197 HappyWarrior

Except the whole Jew thing was you know central to his whole party’s ethos.

funny how nobody took it seriously until they smelled the smoke…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:16:24am

re: #183 The Vicious Babushka

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

Candace told her that…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:16:30am

re: #196 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m surprised that wench didn’t utter the Blood and Soil BS.

Right wing nationalism is why we had two world wars. Why so many think a rebirth of this crap is what the world needs makes me want to punch walls.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:17:02am

re: #190 wrenchwench

D’AngerMan.

very muskateery.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:17:18am

re: #200 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

funny how nobody took it seriously until they smelled the smoke…

I don’t quite comprehend. A lot of people were warning about the Nazis as early as the 1920’s when the SA were beating up people on the streets of the Weimar Republic.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:17:48am

re: #201 Backwoods_Sleuth

Candace told her that…

Candace is such a jackass.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:19:21am

re: #204 HappyWarrior

I don’t quite comprehend. A lot of people were warning about the Nazis as early as the 1920’s when the SA were beating up people on the streets of the Weimar Republic.

Nazis were not the only ones blaming Jews on Germany losing WW1…

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:19:44am

Fake press sec gives fake briefing.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:20:22am

re: #183 The Vicious Babushka

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

Yeah, she probably agrees with Candace that it was OK for Hitler to do his thing as long as he only did it in Germany.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:20:43am

re: #207 jaunte

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Fake press sec gives fake briefing.

IOW, standard operating procedure

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:20:52am

re: #158 Belafon

Today seems like another good day to link to this: buzzfeed.com

Oh my word, I’ve written poetry since I was 12 and I did not understand most of this. Thank you.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:21:12am

re: #206 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Nazis were not the only ones blaming Jews on Germany losing WW1…

I’m aware of that. I’ve taken classes on German history and read a lot in my spare time. It doesn’t change what I said which is that there were people warning about them before WWII broke out. I will grant you that the Antisemitism wasn’t nor has it ever been unique to the Nazis in 20th century German history or even European as a whole.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:21:31am

re: #208 Joe Bacon 🌹

Yeah, she probably agrees with Candace that it was OK for Hitler to do his thing as long as he only did it in Germany.

Which is absolutely the wrong take.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:22:33am

re: #211 HappyWarrior

I’m aware of that. I’ve taken classes on German history and read a lot in my spare time. It doesn’t change what I said which is that there were people warning about them before WWII broke out. I will grant you that the Antisemitism wasn’t nor has it ever been unique to the Nazis in 20th century German history or even European as a whole.

Some people were warning but others were just dismissing it as political rhetoric that he would tone down once he was in power…

Sound familiar?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:23:57am

re: #213 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Some people were warning but others were just dismissing it as political rhetoric that he would tone down once he was in power…

Sound familiar?

Well yeah. That’s exactly the fucking problem.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:25:43am
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:28:57am

re: #215 jaunte

I wonder if they will show Trump their invisible planes.

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darthstar  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:29:22am

She’s got the right idea. Laugh at the haters.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:31:12am

re: #217 darthstar

I’ll give you one guess which of the people in that photo I’d rather have lunch with.

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darthstar  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:31:13am

re: #215 jaunte

I hope one of the kids asked her why she doesn’t just resign in disgrace already.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:32:16am

re: #218 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I’ll give you one guess which of the people in that photo I’d rather have lunch with.

depends on how much you like pork spareribs

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:32:52am

re: #219 darthstar

I hope one of the kids asked her why she doesn’t just resign in disgrace already.

Probably only nice, GOP-worshiping kids were invited or allowed in.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:32:53am

re: #217 darthstar

The fanatic, screaming all caps, primary colors design of their signs is a natural signal, like a brightly colored poisonous fungus, that something is badly wrong about these people.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:33:12am

going to his safe space…

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:33:39am

re: #220 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

depends on how much you like pork spareribs

I like the kind from four-legged porkers, tyvm.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:33:40am
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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:33:57am

re: #221 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Probably only nice, GOP-worshiping kids were invited or allowed in.

Kids whose parents could be fired by the White House if they get out of line. Sarah’s Safe Space.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:34:07am

re: #145 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

It’s “McGahn.” My copy editor eyes burn every time I see the a and h transposed. Please fix.

Thank you.

Sorry. Too late to edit now.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:35:46am

re: #227 ObserverArt

Sorry. Too late to edit now.

I know. Just watch your step in the future, kid, or I’ll whip out my blue editor marker.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:36:08am

re: #225 makeitstop

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Still an acting DefSec and no one in line to replace Mattis. Typical.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:38:00am

oh…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:40:08am

re: #230 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh…

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She probably was the least annoying part of Bernie’s 2016 team TBH. Still a pass on Biden though. Biden and Bernie are both older than all but two of my aunts and uncles. And my aunts and uncles are all over 70.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:40:29am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:40:35am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:42:49am

re: #233 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Most priceless part is that Waleed is defending Bernie’s vote as “Bernie wanted the Violence Against Women Act included” and hey that’s great except the author of that is running and your campaign shamed HRC for supporting the bill. I’m not for Biden but at least Biden is honest about the bills he’s voted on and supported.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:43:03am

re: #183 The Vicious Babushka

Lara probably doesn’t think Hitler was such a bad thing.

Lara Trump: He only killed a few Jews, some Gypsies and a couple Poles, maybe some homosexuals and some people he hated.

But it is not as bad as my father-in-law being persecuted by all of the investigations.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:43:44am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:44:46am

There have also been people who discovered that Bernie bragged about voting for the bill too. See this is what I’m trying to tell my friends and family why I dislike Bernie. It’s being a politician while attacking the other candidates for being politicians. If Bernie were honest about that, I still wouldn’t want him but I wouldn’t be as annoyed by him as I am as currently stands.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:45:03am

re: #228 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Funny how the mind works. I use red ink to correct students’ papers, but copy editors in my high school and college days used cyan markers to highlight errors in the galleys.

en.wikipedia.org

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:45:15am

jeebus

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:45:27am

Kid briefing, but off the record. It’s a safer space than I imagined.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:45:52am

re: #239 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus

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Uh yes and yes.

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:46:09am

re: #237 HappyWarrior

There have also been people who discovered that Bernie bragged about voting for the bill too. See this is what I’m trying to tell my friends and family why I dislike Bernie. It’s being a politician while attacking the other candidates for being politicians. If Bernie were honest about that, I still wouldn’t want him but I wouldn’t be as annoyed by him as I am as currently stands.

Bernie used to list the ‘94 Crime Bill as one of his “accomplishments”…before he decided to start running on the national stage as “The Most Progressive Politician Evah!”

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:46:53am

re: #179 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

That particular rule, which I found quoted on BBC a few years back, smacked me in the head like a 2x4. I’ve had students get the adjective order wrong (“a Chinese beautiful woman”), but till I saw that in print, I had no basis to correct them. Chinese students (and their teachers) always want to know how English grammar works, because their exams stress it so much. From what I gather, the order is a function of permanence and/or opinion. A woman will always be Chinese (in origin) but her beauty depends on the beholder. Likewise, in “a beautiful, young Chinese woman” the young part is less permanent than the Chinese part.

But don’t quote me on that.

Spanish has two different forms of “to be”, depending on whether it’s a permanent or temporary being.

Soy de Los Angeles — I’m from Los Angeles, and always will be.
Estoy en Los Angeles — I’m in Los Angeles, and maybe next week I won’t be.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:47:25am

re: #242 Targetpractice

Bernie used to list the ‘94 Crime Bill as one of his “accomplishments”…before he decided to start running on the national stage as “The Most Progressive Politician Evah!”

Yep I saw that as well. As I said he’s a politician who doesn’t want the people who support him to know he’s a politician too. And honestly I’m sick of it. It’s the same crap when his supporters call the others warmongrers too.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:47:56am

re: #211 HappyWarrior

I’m aware of that. I’ve taken classes on German history and read a lot in my spare time. It doesn’t change what I said which is that there were people warning about them before WWII broke out. I will grant you that the Antisemitism wasn’t nor has it ever been unique to the Nazis in 20th century German history or even European as a whole.

Or, even America.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:47:56am
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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:51:16am

re: #243 sagehen

Well, not exactly …

drlemon.com

It is better to remember that Ser pertains to Identity (with all of its elements) and that Estar pertains to States of Being: Condition, Location, and Motion (the Present Progressive.)

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:51:25am

re: #245 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Or, even America.

Oh absolutely. It’s why I get pissed off when I see conservative Christians try to act like Antisemitism is something that only the Nazis and Islamic extremists did and do. My whole term paper was about Antisemitism in Russia from 1881-1914.

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:54:15am

re: #200 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

funny how nobody took it seriously until they smelled the smoke…

Even then. Amazing how many Germans swore they had no idea, even if they lived only 5 miles aways and some of their neighbors worked at the camp.

That’s why Eisenhower ordered his troops to round up the villagers and march them to the camps and made them look. That’s also why he had camera crews exhaustively document EVERYTHING.

He understood enough history to want to make sure Germany couldn’t Lost Cause what they’d done.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:54:54am

re: #238 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

Funny how the mind works. I use red ink to correct students’ papers, but copy editors in my high school and college days used cyan markers to highlight errors in the galleys.

en.wikipedia.org

Cyan markers do not show up in graphic arts film used to compose type and halftone photos and then to burn printing plates. They may have used them from being around the paste-up artists that also used cyan for drawing guidelines etc. on the paste-up boards.

Ahhh, the old days.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:57:57am

re: #250 ObserverArt

Cyan markers do not show up in graphic arts film used to compose type and halftone photos and then to burn printing plates. They may have used them from being around the paste-up artists that also used cyan for drawing guidelines etc. on the paste-up boards.

Ahhh, the old days.

The cameras used to image the (B&W) pages back then were not sensitive to cyan, especially one special shade used for markup pens.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:59:25am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:00:46am

re: #252 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Be great if we could get both Mitch and Bevin gone.

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:01:44am

Gee, wonder why Donny hasn’t told America about his “buddy” Kim doing this:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:03:25am

meanwhile in Chicago:

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:06:27am

re: #239 Backwoods_Sleuth

jeebus

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Never grade drunk.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:06:31am

re: #252 Backwoods_Sleuth

If Democrats want to take back the Senate, then they need to make sure that they run strong candidate to oppose the likes of McConnell, Cornyn, and Ernst, among others - those three are among the most vulnerable in that polling.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:06:47am

So is it safe to say Obama will endorse Biden?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:07:15am

re: #257 lawhawk

If Democrats want to take back the Senate, then they need to make sure that they run strong candidate to oppose the likes of McConnell, Cornyn, and Ernst, among others - those three are among the most vulnerable in that polling.

2/3 so far. Hegar and McGrath are good candidates. No idea whom is running in Iowa tho.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:07:16am

re: #258 Eclectic Cyborg

So is it safe to say Obama will endorse Biden?

no

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:07:22am

re: #251 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

The cameras used to image the (B&W) pages back then were not sensitive to cyan, especially one special shade used for markup pens.

Not the cameras. The Orthochromatic film used in the process.

Regular or Panchromatic film, btw, sees cyan just fine. Be sure to get the right film for your setup needs ;)

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:07:35am

re: #258 Eclectic Cyborg

So is it safe to say Obama will endorse Biden?

No. I think he will stay out.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:08:14am

re: #262 HappyWarrior

No. I think he will stay out.

He should be seen as advising all the candidates and endorsing the winner.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:08:31am

re: #258 Eclectic Cyborg

So is it safe to say Obama will endorse Biden?

He’ll most likely wait and endorse the eventual nominee.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:08:41am

re: #243 sagehen

I studied Spanish for nearly a decade, but never was told how or why Spanish ended up with two verbs for “to be”. Now the web has provided an answer.

Estar is derived from the Latin verb stare, to stand.
Ser is derived from the Latin verb esse, to exist, to be.

Portuguese also has “ser” and “estar,” but AFAIK French only has “être.” Not sure about the other Romance languages, either.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:08:53am

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

He should be seen as advising all the candidates and endorsing the winner.

That’s exactly what he has been doing all along.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:09:24am

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

He should be seen as advising all the candidates and endorsing the winner.

That’s what he’s doing. Not seen as doing but is doing.

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Jay C  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:09:48am

re: #253 HappyWarrior

Be great if we could get both Mitch and Bevin gone.

Yeah: good riddance, in spades: but unfortunately, it’s Kentucky. Bevin’s and McConnell’s approval ratings can be 98 points underwater, but if the Democrat(s) running against them poll -99, it’s not going to be a contest.

Too many people reflexively minded/trained/brainwashed to pull the lever for the (R) under any and all circumstances (because Jesus and Coal) to make it an easy campaign; “popularity” notwithstanding.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:10:04am

I see the RWNJs are all in on Biden being basically “Obama 2.0”.

Honestly, I don’t want Bernie or Biden. We need younger blood.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:11:28am

re: #269 Eclectic Cyborg

I see the RWNJs are all in on Biden being basically “Obama 2.0”.

Honestly, I don’t want Bernie or Biden. We need younger blood.

Yeah definitely.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:11:42am

re: #269 Eclectic Cyborg

I see the RWNJs are all in on Biden being basically “Obama 2.0”.

Honestly, I don’t want Bernie or Biden. We need younger blood.

most of all, we need someone who can defeat Trump. Bernie does not fit the bill, and I don’t think Biden does, either.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:11:54am

re: #261 William Lewis

Not the cameras. The Orthochromatic film used in the process.

Regular or Panchromatic film, btw, sees cyan just fine. Be sure to get the right film for your setup needs ;)

In my defense, it’s been 40 years since I did any of that cold type stuff. When I visited the offices of my college newspaper five years after graduation the manual typewriters had been replaced by Macs, and paste-up was a thing of the past. PageMaker had replaced it.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:12:23am

re: #271 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

most of all, we need someone who can defeat Trump. Bernie does not fit the bill, and I don’t think Biden does, either.

Biden can beat Trump. The thing is we have better candidates.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:12:49am

Time for bed here. See you all later on.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:14:39am

re: #269 Eclectic Cyborg

I see the RWNJs are all in on Biden being basically “Obama 2.0”.

Honestly, I don’t want Bernie or Biden. We need younger blood.

Yeah, why would we want v.2 of the guy who helped US recover from the worst economic crisis since the great depression, saw unemployment rates cut by half, saw the stock markets more than double in value, and stabilized the economy, and laid the groundwork for a strong and growing economy?

No, what the right wing bigot brigade hates is that minorities might see additional rights, and cut into their efforts to end nonwhite immigration to the US.

It literally is a black and white comparison, and the GOP will make this argument against any of the Democrats - some more overtly than others.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:16:50am

If they go after Biden as a copy of Obama, that’s a loser for them.

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:18:30am

re: #272 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

In my defense, it’s been 40 years since I did any of that cold type stuff. When I visited the offices of my college newspaper five years after graduation the manual typewriters had been replaced by Macs, and paste-up was a thing of the past. PageMaker had replaced it.

I still have a copy of Framemaker :D

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:19:10am

re: #275 lawhawk

Yeah, why would we want v.2 of the guy who helped US recover from the worst economic crisis since the great depression, saw unemployment rates cut by half, saw the stock markets more than double in value, and stabilized the economy, and laid the groundwork for a strong and growing economy?

Biden does have a lot of experience.

And that means a lot of political baggage, all of which will be dragged out and picked over.

Trump ran without any record of public service, which, oddly enough, was an advantage, he had only promises and hyperbolic boasts to offer, and those things seem to count for more these days than an actual legislative or policy record.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:19:22am

re: #271 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

most of all, we need someone who can defeat Trump. Bernie does not fit the bill, and I don’t think Biden does, either.

I’d love to see Kamala Harris do it. Losing to a black woman would drive Trump NUTS. A Harris/Beto ticket would be great.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:20:49am

I don’t care whether it drives Trump nuts or not as long as he loses the election.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:21:34am

re: #280 Feline Fearless Leader

I don’t care whether it drives Trump nuts or not as long as he loses the election.

losing will drive him totally schizoid, losing to a gay or a black or a woman will drive him full benders…

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:21:35am
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Jay C  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:21:46am

re: #269 Eclectic Cyborg

I see the RWNJs are all in on Biden being basically “Obama 2.0”.

Honestly, I don’t want Bernie or Biden. We need younger blood.

True enough about the “new blood” thing, but is”Obama 2.0” such a bad thing?? The negatives on that being….? What? Competence? Honesty? A respectful regard for science? A legislative agenda that doesn’t exist solely to further enrich the already-affluent? A sane foreign policy?

Obama’s two terms weren’t perfect (as no President’s ever have been), but after four years of King Orangeanus The Incompetent , a rerun of 2009-2016 doesn’t seem like so bad a deal. (YMMV, of course).

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:22:25am

re: #279 Eclectic Cyborg

I’d love to see Kamala Harris do it. Losing to a black woman would drive Trump NUTS. A Harris/Beto ticket would be great.

Harris-Beto would represent the future and I think GOTV big time. I like Beto a lot but I want him to get a little more seasoned.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:22:58am

re: #283 Jay C

True enough about the “new blood” thing, but is”Obama 2.0” such a bad thing?? The negatives on that being….? What? Competence? Honesty? A respectful regard for science? A legislative agenda that doesn’t exist solely to further enrich the already-affluent? A sane foreign policy?

Obama’s two terms weren’t perfect (as no President’s ever have been), but after four years of King Orangeanus The Incompetent , a rerun of 2009-2016 doesn’t seem like so bad a deal. (YMMV, of course).

It’s all about getting enough EC votes.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:23:00am

re: #283 Jay C

True enough about the “new blood” thing, but is”Obama 2.0” such a bad thing?? The negatives on that being….? What? Competence? Honesty? A respectful regard for science? A legislative agenda that doesn’t exist solely to further enrich the already-affluent? A sane foreign policy?

Obama’s two terms weren’t perfect (as no President’s ever have been), but after four years of King Orangeanus The Incompetent , a rerun of 2009-2016 doesn’t seem like so bad a deal. (YMMV, of course).

That’s why attacking Biden that way will fail.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:23:51am

FBI and IRS raided home of Baltimore mayor Pugh this morning… and sources say she’s left the state.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:24:05am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:24:35am

re: #287 lawhawk

FBI and IRS raided home of Baltimore mayor Pugh this morning… and sources say she’s left the state.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:25:40am

re: #288 Backwoods_Sleuth

Jefferson “Reek” Sessions.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:25:47am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:26:40am

#socialism

what a shit show

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:27:07am

re: #290 jaunte

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:27:12am

re: #291 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:27:23am

re: #291 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Go back to playing with cosplay coal miners.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:28:00am
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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:29:03am

re: #278 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Biden does have a lot of experience.

And that means a lot of political baggage, all of which will be dragged out and picked over.

Trump ran without any record of public service, which, oddly enough, was an advantage, he had only promises and hyperbolic boasts to offer, and those things seem to count for more these days than an actual legislative or policy record.

i wonder if he can do that a second time
tax cut aside he’s accomplished very little
and even the tax cut didnt affect all his people (voters) the right way

he can lie and obfuscate of course. there aint no wall. tariffs arent working as planned, we have no deal with NK, nafta 2 is where?, iran?

wont none of his base see that they didnt get what he promised them?
if he runs on ‘maga’, isnt that acknowledging that he didnt do it in his first term, 2 years of which were an R congress, only i can fix it, i hire the best people?

give me another/a second chance?

will really none of them care (again) that they’re being used and lied to?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:29:07am

I like the idea of Castro paired with someone too.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:29:28am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:29:43am

re: #294 Backwoods_Sleuth

Y’all really scared of that young lady, aren’t you? Bet you’re scared of spiders too. I’d bet AOC would step on one for you, bless your hearts

But if she did, the headlines would read:

“She claims to care for animals but look what she did to that poor, harmless spider!”

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Jay C  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:30:38am

re: #294 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOL

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If they’re going to do Photoshops, shouldn’t they at least have made the one of Ocasio-Cortez a little-less-obviously a cardboard cutout??

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:30:55am

re: #299 jaunte

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:30:59am

so…the person sent to bring Otto back had to sign an agreement to pay the bill before NK would release him.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:32:25am

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

North Korea presented U.S. with $2 million bill for care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, two people familiar with invoice say

Damn socialized medicine

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:33:18am
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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:34:35am

re: #299 jaunte

New: at a recent Twitter all-hands meeting, an employee asked: Twitter has eradicated ISIS. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacists?

One answer that is discussed internally, we found: because it would mean banning some Republican politicians too

to overstate the obvious, no Republican politician’s account would be ‘banned’ if they didnt spew that shit

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:34:46am

re: #284 HappyWarrior

Harris-Beto would represent the future and I think GOTV big time. I like Beto a lot but I want him to get a little more seasoned.

One of the reason I mentioned Kamala Harris and Michael Bennet the other day was I see Bennet as a bit of a protector for a female candidate. He has senate experience, he has shown that he can get upset and hold the Republicans responsible for their bullshit in a great take-down speech and would make a good president if that should be needed.

He’s 54, same as Kamala. Not too old, not too young, all the experience from the Denver School Superintendent to chief-of-staff to the Mayor (Hickenlooper) to being appointed to the Senate seat.

Just a thought.

I like Beto, but I am a little concerned that he might just talk too much! No, I think Beto is a great speaker, but I think he might be a bit thin in experience and I wonder how tough he can be if needed to back up the president.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:34:55am

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

Sure sounds like a ransom…. if it walks like a ransom, talks like a ransom, it is….

a duck.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:35:56am

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

Someone needs to screen the Department of State’s financials to see if they paid the ransom

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:36:34am

re: #307 ObserverArt

One of the reason I mentioned Kamala Harris and Michael Bennet the other day was I see Bennet as a bit of a protector for a female candidate. He has senate experience, he has shown that he can get upset and hold the Republicans responsible for their bullshit in a great take-down speech and would make a good president if that should be needed.

He’s 54, same as Kamala. Not too old, not too young, all the experience from the Denver School Superintendent to chief-of-staff to the Mayor (Hickenlooper) to being appointed to the Senate seat.

Just a thought.

I like Beto, but I am a little concerned that he might just talk too much! No, I think Beto is a great speaker, but I think he might be a bit thin in experience and I wonder how tough he can be if needed to back up the president.

Fair enough. I might be sleeping on Bennet a little here. I do like the wide range of experience he brings to the table.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:36:40am

re: #305 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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I dunno, banning Republican politicians sounds like a fair trade-off to me.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:36:50am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:36:52am

re: #309 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Whoops, should have read the thread

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:39:31am

re: #301 Jay C

If they’re going to do Photoshops, shouldn’t they at least have made the one of Ocasio-Cortez a little-less-obviously a cardboard cutout??

Nah, that is the old school way. The key though is not allowing the camera to see the foam core board edge being highlighted by the sun catching it.

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Jay C  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:41:06am

re: #309 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Someone needs to screen the Department of State’s financials to see if they paid the ransom

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$2 mil? Gee, you mean the Norks didn’t release Otto Warmbier* solely due to Donald Trump’s brilliant personal diplomacy?? The perfidy!!

*his carcass, anyway

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:41:08am

(sigh)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:41:11am

*snerk*

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:41:36am

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

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so…the person sent to bring Otto back had to sign an agreement to pay the bill before NK would release him.

Exactly what I was thinking when this was first posted earlier.

It is a bit like Ronny Reagan dealing with Iran for the hostage release. Payment details hidden.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:41:41am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:42:56am

re: #316 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Nobody:

GOP: Let’s pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators

The amazing thing is that they went to the expense of acquiring one…

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allegro  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:43:06am

re: #283 Jay C

True enough about the “new blood” thing, but is”Obama 2.0” such a bad thing?? The negatives on that being….? What? Competence? Honesty? A respectful regard for science? A legislative agenda that doesn’t exist solely to further enrich the already-affluent? A sane foreign policy?

Obama’s two terms weren’t perfect (as no President’s ever have been), but after four years of King Orangeanus The Incompetent , a rerun of 2009-2016 doesn’t seem like so bad a deal. (YMMV, of course).

A big thing Biden has going for him that our next President desperately needs: foreign policy chops. I can’t think of anyone better suited or qualified to help heal some of the damage done to our relationships with allies. I would much prefer to see him as Sec of State but I could comfortably support his presidential bid should he be the nominee.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:43:07am

re: #316 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

(sigh)

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That’s a serious facepalm there

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:43:34am

re: #319 Dave In Austin

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Shaun fucking Bernie supported the Crime Bill, STFU dude. I don’t support Biden but I’m sick of the revisionist bullshit.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:44:00am

re: #321 allegro

A big thing Biden has going for him that our next President desperately needs: foreign policy chops. I can’t think of anyone better suited or qualified to help heal some of the damage done to our relationships with allies. I would much prefer to see him as Sec of State but I could comfortably support his presidential bid should he be the nominee.

That is by far something that does make me attracted to him.

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:44:24am

re: #316 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Well, that’s pretty embarrassing all round.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:47:04am

re: #319 Dave In Austin

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Dave…you should have put a warning up on that. Could be brain damaging to read tweets between Glenn Greenwald and Shaun King.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:47:20am

I’m sorry but I am so sick of the lies about the 1994 Crime Bill from the Berniebros. Your candidate supported it and you’ve used “Well he wanted the Violence Against Women Act included”, okay, that’s fine guys but the fucking author of that is running and you’re attacking him for supporting the same bill. But I get it Bernie gets to have nuance but others can’t. Got it. This is exactly why Bernie is awful. It’s that he’s a politician but he’s allowed to be but others can’t be.

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:47:27am

So the guy who boasted about how he never pays ransoms and about how he got back Otto purely through his diplomatic abilities surpassing his predecessors…forced his underlings to sign a ransom note in order to get back Otto.

Interesting how this only coming out now that the US/NK relations seem to be souring again.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:47:35am

re: #326 ObserverArt

Dave…you should have put a warning up on that. Could be brain damaging to read tweets between Glenn Greenwald and Shaun King.

They are both so pathetically dishonest.

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plansbandc  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:48:00am

re: #327 HappyWarrior

Rather trumpian, isn’t he?

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Teukka  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:48:04am

re: #309 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Someone needs to screen the Department of State’s financials to see if they paid the ransom

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Is it just me, or is this looking more and more like a giant grift?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:48:17am

re: #325 jaunte

Well, that’s pretty embarrassing all round.

She deleted her tweet.
that’s how bad she screwed up

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:48:56am

re: #330 plansbandc

Rather trumpian, isn’t he?

He acts the most like Trump of any of the candidates running and his supporters act like Trump supporters the most. I have my problems with the candidates I like who are running but I don’t give them one set of rules and those I dislike others.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:49:43am

re: #331 Teukka

Is it just me, or is this looking more and more like a giant grift?

You never know with this gang do you?

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Jay C  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:50:13am

re: #331 Teukka

Is it just me, or is this looking more and more like a giant grift?

Have North Korea’s relationships with the ROW ever been anything but?
(though alternating between “grift-backed-up-with-threats” and just plain “grift”)

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:50:35am

re: #327 HappyWarrior

I’m sorry but I am so sick of the lies about the 1994 Crime Bill from the Berniebros. Your candidate supported it and you’ve used “Well he wanted the Violence Against Women Act included”, okay, that’s fine guys but the fucking author of that is running and you’re attacking him for supporting the same bill. But I get it Bernie gets to have nuance but others can’t. Got it. This is exactly why Bernie is awful. It’s that he’s a politician but he’s allowed to be but others can’t be.

Don’t forget Bernie the “Anti-War” candidate who had protestors arrested for trespassing after they showed up at his Burlington office to protest his support for the bombing campaign in Yugoslavia and his votes for regime change in Iraq. Yes, you read that last part right, Bernie was cool with overthrowing Saddam until he wasn’t.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:52:24am

re: #336 Targetpractice

Don’t forget Bernie the “Anti-War” candidate who had protestors arrested for trespassing after they showed up at his Burlington office to protest his support for the bombing campaign in Yugoslavia and his votes for regime change in Iraq. Yes, you read that last part right, Bernie was cool with overthrowing Saddam until he wasn’t.

Exactly. I can deal with nuance but I cannot deal with this bullshit portrayal of Bernie the Saint and Everyone else the Sellout. And Shaun still hasn’t learned from 2016 in that way and Glenn Greenwald continues to be a fucking dishonest asshole.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:53:31am

re: #320 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The amazing thing is that they went to the expense of acquiring one…

I don’t think the KY GOP was involved in getting the cutout, just self-inflicted wounds by Dems

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:54:15am

If Joe makes it to to the primary, I’m voting for him
I just want an ounce of stability and cheap weed.

There I said it, I’m sticking with it

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:56:13am

I will support whichever Democrat can promise me that they will crush their enemies, see them driven before them, and hear the lamentations of their women.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:56:30am

It’s not a great logo

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:57:29am

I’m going to lay down for a bit

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:58:56am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:01:07am
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retired cynic  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:01:41am

re: #319 Dave In Austin

grrrrrrrrrr

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:03:02am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:03:55am
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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:04:12am
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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:07:18am

re: #341 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

It’s not a great logo

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Wait, have we been spelling Jo Biden’s name wrong all these years?

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:07:55am

Defining deviancy down:

The California State Senate voted to ban schools and principals from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators.

The Senate approved SB 419 Monday by a vote of 30-8. It moves to the Assembly next.

A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last legislative session.

Under the new version (Senate Bill 419), students in grades 4-8 wouldn’t be suspended for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff. The bill would also ban schools from suspending students in grades 9-12 for the same thing until January 1, 2025. The law would apply to both public and charter schools.

Existing law already prohibits schools from suspending children in grades K-3 for disrupting or willful defiance. Existing law also prevents schools from recommending the expulsion of students in all grades for disrupting or willful defiance.

Students could still be suspended or expelled for other acts, including threatening violence, bringing a weapon or drugs to school, or damaging school property. Teachers could also still be allowed to “suspend pupils from class for the day and the following day who disrupt school activities or otherwise willfully defied valid
authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.”

As part of the new bill, superintendents or principals would be asked to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion that are “age appropriate and designed to address and correct the pupil’s specific misbehavior.”

sacramento.cbslocal.com

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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:08:49am

re: #340 Targetpractice

I will support whichever Democrat can promise me that they will crush their enemies, see them driven before them, and hear the lamentations of their women.

No drinking wine from the skulls of the defeated?

You fucking centrist sell out!

/ (obviously)

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lizardofid  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:09:16am

re: #346 Backwoods_Sleuth

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*cough*Parscale*cough*

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:11:52am

re: #347 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The DNC leadership hoped they could “play it safe” by substituting investigations for impeachment, that when push came to shove Donny would look even more guilty by choosing to slow-walk the process in the courts. But instead he’s chosen to say “fuck the law” and is not only directly ordering those subpoenaed not to cooperate in defiance of the law, he’s pushing to attack the very people charged with investigating unlawful acts committed by the executive branch.

Which really leads to the big question: What if he wins next year while the DNC leadership spent the whole lead-up to the election arguing that as bad as his crimes are, they don’t warrant impeachment proceedings because conviction isn’t assured?

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:14:30am

re: #346 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Dear [insert your name],

If this letter makes you feel like I’m speaking directly to you in a personal way, you might be a potential Trump voter!”

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:15:03am

re: #340 Targetpractice

I will support whichever Democrat can promise me that they will crush their enemies, see them driven before them, and hear the lamentations of their GOP special snowflakes.

FTFY

The GOP must be crushed. Women and minorities will be among those who benefit the most from this.

As a white guy, I’m good with this. Why? Because decades of oppression and white privilege means that even I as a Jewish guy still have more privilege and benefits from a system that inherently discriminates against minorities and women. Raising up others doesn’t diminish my position. It raises the voices of others who have been suppressed for far too long.

Denying women and minorities equal protection under the law is something that can’t be undone in a day or even years. It’s something that you have to fight every day. Some Democrats in the race get it. Some pay lip service. Some think economics trumps all else.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:15:56am
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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:18:21am

re: #353 Targetpractice

The DNC leadership hoped they could “play it safe” by substituting investigations for impeachment, that when push came to shove Donny would look even more guilty by choosing to slow-walk the process in the courts. But instead he’s chosen to say “fuck the law” and is not only directly ordering those subpoenaed not to cooperate in defiance of the law, he’s pushing to attack the very people charged with investigating unlawful acts committed by the executive branch.

Which really leads to the big question: What if he wins next year while the DNC leadership spent the whole lead-up to the election arguing that as bad as his crimes are, they don’t warrant impeachment proceedings because conviction isn’t assured?

It’s bringing a knife to a gun fight, when the other guy decided “fuck a gun fight, I’m using a tank.”

Or for our Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire fans… it’s Harren the Black trying to hide inside his giant castle while the Targaryens use their dragons to melt the stone of the castle.

Thick walls and high towers are no use against dragons…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:19:06am
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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:19:18am

re: #313 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Whoops, should have read the thread

There’s already precedent in US law that a document signed under duress isn’t binding. Something similar happened to Nixon, though i don’t remember the details.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:19:59am

re: #313 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

What care? They tortured him to death. But Trump is enthralled by Kim because of some love letters. Sigh.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:21:53am

re: #319 Dave In Austin

Shush, Glenn. The adults are discussing something important.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:22:25am

Edit to add: Gah, her fake-ass soft voice annoys the shit out of me.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:23:09am
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DangerMan  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:24:11am

re: #303 Backwoods_Sleuth

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so…the person sent to bring Otto back had to sign an agreement to pay the bill before NK would release him.

while not wanting to give trump any kind of credit, this would have been the perfect opportunity to say “sign anything, im not gonna pay anyway”

it’s worked for him over and over with contractors

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:24:41am

re: #363 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Fascinating that “ignorance of the law” does not apply to these people

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:26:53am
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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:28:48am

re: #366 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s the same con they play with the media, and succeeding as wildly as it does with them too.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:30:16am

re: #365 Backwoods_Sleuth

Fascinating that “ignorance of the law” does not apply to these people

I thought it didn’t apply to anyone.

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Teukka  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:32:46am

re: #365 Backwoods_Sleuth

Fascinating that “ignorance of the law” does not apply to these people

*cough* “Ignorantia juris non excusat.” *cough*

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:37:01am

Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts.

Man, AOC totally nailed it with this one.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:45:05am

re: #369 Teukka

*cough* “Ignorantia juris non excusat.” *cough*

ignorance is what got him elected

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:45:15am

Also, I think it’d be kind of funny (but deserved) if Trump stiffed Kim on that $2 Million bill. Kim ought to have known better than to trust Trump would pay up.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:46:24am

re: #372 Eclectic Cyborg

Also, I think it’d be kind of funny (but deserved) if Trump stiffed Kim on that $2 Million bill. Kim ought to have known better than to trust Trump would pay up.

It was all just posturing on their part.

They had nothing to lose.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:46:40am

re: #353 Targetpractice

The DNC leadership hoped they could “play it safe” by substituting investigations for impeachment, that when push came to shove Donny would look even more guilty by choosing to slow-walk the process in the courts. But instead he’s chosen to say “fuck the law” and is not only directly ordering those subpoenaed not to cooperate in defiance of the law, he’s pushing to attack the very people charged with investigating unlawful acts committed by the executive branch.

Which really leads to the big question: What if he wins next year while the DNC leadership spent the whole lead-up to the election arguing that as bad as his crimes are, they don’t warrant impeachment proceedings because conviction isn’t assured?

Laurence Tribe talked about this very situation on Ari Melber’s show the other night. He said the Democrats were doing the right thing, following the impeachment proceedings the way they were done in the Nixon era. You have to investigate to build a case, same as any law enforcement.

But when the accused refuses to cooperate in any manner, you proceed to indictment (impeachment) and hope you have a good case.

Tribe made it sound like Democrats would have to impeach if Trump does what he is doing. He is forcing their hand.

Then it goes to the Republicans in the Senate and, well, who knows, but a good chance they don’t kick him out.

At that point I get the feeling the blame in all aspects will be put on the Democrats. They didn’t do a good job, they took too long, they are just playing politics, blah, blah.

And Trump had a good chance of turning that into a reelection.

Kind of looks like a dangerous mess any way you look at it.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:48:41am

re: #374 ObserverArt

the Democrats were doing the right thing, following the impeachment proceedings the way they were done in the Nixon era. You have to investigate to build a case, same as any law enforcement.

They hounded Hillary relentlessly over nothing, it would be fair payback

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:50:53am
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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:51:55am

re: #374 ObserverArt

Laurence Tribe talked about this very situation on Ari Melber’s show the other night. He said the Democrats were doing the right thing, following the impeachment proceedings the way they were done in the Nixon era. You have to investigate to build a case, same as any law enforcement.

But when the accused refuses to cooperate in any manner, you proceed to indictment (impeachment) and hope you have a good case.

Tribe made it sound like Democrats would have to impeach if Trump does what he is doing. He is forcing their hand.

Then it goes to the Republicans in the Senate and, well, who knows, but a good chance they don’t kick him out.

At that point I get the feeling the blame in all aspects will be put on the Democrats. They didn’t do a good job, they took too long, they are just playing politics, blah, blah.

And Trump had a good chance of turning that into a reelection.

Kind of looks like a dangerous mess any way you look at it.

Honestly, best case scenario that I can see is that Donny does what he does best: Totally overplays his hand in such a way that even the “positive” results are totally damaging to him.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:53:00am

re: #377 Targetpractice

Honestly, best case scenario that I can see is that Donny does what he does best: Totally overplays his hand in such a way that even the “positive” results are totally damaging to him.

He cannot comprehend why they do not admit that he was totally exonerated and fall at his feet and beg forgiveness

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jaunte  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:55:00am
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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:00:28am

re: #378 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He cannot comprehend why they do not admit that he was totally exonerated and fall at his feet and beg forgiveness

Is it he can’t comprehend, or is it just Trump doing everything he can to keep the presidency?

I don’t think he is so stupid he doesn’t know what the report says. That is why he says he is cleared on one hand yet complains and fights the report with the other. It is both a plan and a contingency at the same time.

The plan, act like it’s all over get everyone on your side to say it’s over no evidence and lets all move on.

The contingency, fight, tie-up, sue, refuse, call it an illegal treasonous witch hunt and hope like hell your buds in the senate don’t turn and your base sticks with you.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:01:58am

re: #380 ObserverArt

Is it he can’t comprehend, or is it just Trump doing everything he can to keep the presidency?

He is also hanging on because as soon as he loses his immunity, he loses everything

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jeffreyw  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:03:12am

I think the republicans have the advantage here, refusing to vote to convict Trump in a senate trial. The Dems will argue that if a Dem pres did the same shit the Reps would vote to convict. The Reps will just nod and laugh because they know that if a Dem pres did the same stuff the Dems would be first in the line howling for his head. Being shameless is an advantage they know they can count on..

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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:04:44am

re: #368 Shropshire Slasher

I thought it didn’t apply to anyone.

Like everything in the law, there are exceptions to this rule (really, that’s what the law is: established rules and recognized exceptions to the rules).

Usually where “ignorance of the law” is an actual excuse, it’s in cases where the law is uniquely complicated and intricate.

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Interesting Times  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:05:10am

re: #381 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

He is also hanging on because as soon as he loses his immunity, he loses everything

While I’m loathe to make predictions nowadays, this one I can’t shake - the only way Cheeto Benito leaves the White House is in one of the following:

a) An ambulance
b) A casket
c) Handcuffs

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:05:39am

re: #382 jeffreyw

I think the republicans have the advantage here, refusing to vote to convict Trump in a senate trial. The Dems will argue that if a Dem pres did the same shit the Reps would vote to convict. The Reps will just nod and laugh because they know that if a Dem pres did the same stuff the Dems would be first in the line howling for his head. Being shameless is an advantage they know they can count on..

Of course. We just have to decide how we want to respond.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:06:01am

re: #382 jeffreyw

Democrats have to stop being afraid of their own shadow.

Democrats have to hammer the GOP for Trump.

Democrats have to go all in on retaking the Senate.

They have to multitask and build on the Blue Wave in 2018 with another tsunami in 2020.

And then they have to keep fighting to begin peeling back all the damage that the GOP has done to the judiciary.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:07:20am

re: #384 Interesting Times

While I’m loathe to make predictions nowadays, this one I can’t shake - the only way Cheeto Benito leaves the White House is in one of the following:

a) An ambulance
b) A casket
c) Handcuffs

It’ll take a couple of weeks for the new administration to get everything ready to arrest him if he leaves on inauguration day.

I could see Trump trying to steal the Oval Office drapes on his way out.

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Teukka  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:08:29am

re: #384 Interesting Times

While I’m loathe to make predictions nowadays, this one I can’t shake - the only way Cheeto Benito leaves the White House is in one of the following:

a) An ambulance
b) A casket
c) Handcuffs

d) a+c.

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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:09:09am

re: #387 Belafon

It’ll take a couple of weeks for the new administration to get everything ready to arrest him if he leaves on inauguration day.

I could see Trump trying to steal the Oval Office drapes on his way out.

I now have an image of Trump on inauguration day 2021 leaving the White House like Steve Martin in The Jerk:

The Jerk - all i need

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Interesting Times  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:11:32am

re: #387 Belafon

It’ll take a couple of weeks for the new administration to get everything ready to arrest him if he leaves on inauguration day.

First off, the Dems have to assume he/the GOPers will do everything imaginable to cheat their way to a 2020 win (voter suppression galore, hacking, repeats of the outright election fraud in that NC race, etc) and prepare accordingly. If those cheating attempts fail and he loses, he’ll still refuse to concede and try to litigate the results. The one last resort I didn’t consider is that he resigns just before he’s supposed to officially leave, thus allowing Pence to serve the remainder his lame-duck term and pardon him for everything.*

*though of course this won’t help him with state-level crimes

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:12:36am

re: #386 lawhawk

Democrats have to stop being afraid of their own shadow.

Democrats have to hammer the GOP for Trump.

Democrats have to go all in on retaking the Senate.

They have to multitask and build on the Blue Wave in 2018 with another tsunami in 2020.

And then they have to keep fighting to begin peeling back all the damage that the GOP has done to the judiciary.

That’s all good in theory. What about in practice and the reality of possible outcomes?

Are we all good with the Democrats doing the right thing and going with impeaching Trump, but he stays in the job due to Republican Senate and then due to all kinds of stupid shit (GOP, media, Berners, Russians…)the Democrats lose seats in the house and do not take the senate?

In other words, we did the moral good and still lose.

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cat-tikvah  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:13:24am

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

Oh please please please Donald, visit Scotland too!
Potential welcoming signs:
code.rodeo

Actual welcoming sign:

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:14:34am

re: #391 ObserverArt

That’s all good in theory. What about in practice and the reality of possible outcomes?

Are we all good with the Democrats doing the right thing and going with impeaching Trump, but he stays in the job due to Republican Senate and then due to all kinds of stupid shit (GOP, media, Berners, Russians…)the Democrats lose seats in the house and do not take the senate?

In other words, we did the moral good and still lose.

Which is a preferable choice: Going through with impeachment and then failing to convict due to the GOP putting party above country?

Or begging off impeachment on the grounds that “we need to investigate further,” only to set a precedent that a president who breaks the law can do so with impunity so long as the other party fears the political fallout of failing to remove him from office?

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:15:57am

re: #391 ObserverArt

That’s all good in theory. What about in practice and the reality of possible outcomes?

Are we all good with the Democrats doing the right thing and going with impeaching Trump, but he stays in the job due to Republican Senate and then due to all kinds of stupid shit (GOP, media, Berners, Russians…)the Democrats lose seats in the house and do not take the senate?

In other words, we did the moral good and still lose.

I assume that everyone’s goal on our side is to get Trump out of office. Without being able to see into the future, the question is what the best way to do it is.

You basically gave Thanos’s opening speech in Infinity War.

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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:17:22am

re: #386 lawhawk

Democrats have to stop being afraid of their own shadow.

Democrats have to hammer the GOP for Trump.

Democrats have to go all in on retaking the Senate.

They have to multitask and build on the Blue Wave in 2018 with another tsunami in 2020.

And then they have to keep fighting to begin peeling back all the damage that the GOP has done to the judiciary.

It’s a fight. In a physical fight we call the best tactic “violence of action”, an unrelenting and terribly intense onslaught until win or lose. In politics, the non violent analogy works. The best thing Dem candidates can do is attack Trump 95% of the time.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:21:10am

re: #391 ObserverArt

That’s all good in theory. What about in practice and the reality of possible outcomes?

Are we all good with the Democrats doing the right thing and going with impeaching Trump, but he stays in the job due to Republican Senate and then due to all kinds of stupid shit (GOP, media, Berners, Russians…)the Democrats lose seats in the house and do not take the senate?

In other words, we did the moral good and still lose.

We can and must make sure that retaking the Senate is a priority, along with retaking the WH.

Holding the hearings and getting oversight is on the impeachment path. Possible outcomes can include falling short so many ways. Russian fuckery, Trump bulkshit coupled with media mendacity also work against Democrats. But making sure that the turnout is so huge and overwhelming that the GOP can’t sustain itself is what it will take. That means making sure that Trump can’t pick off states on the margin to get to 270.

And it means making sure that whoever the Democrats head the ticket with, that they’re going in no holds barred and will take the fight to Trump everywhere and not take a single state for granted.

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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:22:08am

re: #391 ObserverArt

That’s all good in theory. What about in practice and the reality of possible outcomes?

Are we all good with the Democrats doing the right thing and going with impeaching Trump, but he stays in the job due to Republican Senate and then due to all kinds of stupid shit (GOP, media, Berners, Russians…)the Democrats lose seats in the house and do not take the senate?

In other words, we did the moral good and still lose.

Counter point: what if you do the morally convenient thing (not impeach) and still lose?

Sometimes, you have to do the right thing and to hell with the consequences. Especially on something this big. If you set the precedent that all of Trump’s criminality is acceptable actions for a president, then you render Congressional oversight irrelevant.

And from a practical political view, as Warren suggested recently, there’s value in forcing every Republican in Congress to go on the record in saying whether they believe Trump’s actions are acceptable.

I believe that three to four months of House hearings, followed by another month or two (or more, depending on how many articles are passed) of a Senate trial would probably destroy Trump in the court of public opinion. After all, Clinton’s job approval was high only because the economy was hotter than any time since the end of the Second World War, his personal numbers were terrible:

Less than 50% of Americans had a favorable opinion of Bill Clinton “as a person” in most months except for October
The percentage rating Bill Clinton as “honest and trustworthy” was at only 38% in January, and that number slowly dropped to 24% by January 1999
Substantially less than half of the public said that Bill Clinton “shares [its] values,” a figure that dropped from 42% in January 1998 to 35% in January 1999
Less than half said that Bill Clinton shows good judgement

Six months of building and laying out a case against Trump, on the eve of his re-election campaign is probably a smart political play.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:24:17am

re: #393 Targetpractice

Which is a preferable choice: Going through with impeachment and then failing to convict due to the GOP putting party above country?

Or begging off impeachment on the grounds that “we need to investigate further,” only to set a precedent that a president who breaks the law can do so with impunity so long as the other party fears the political fallout of failing to remove him from office?

Truthfully, at this time I don’t have a good answer.

I blame it on being educated by Catholic nuns that pounded doing the right thing because then good things will work out, the rewards are later.

Sure, I go with doing the right thing, throwing the law books at him and impeaching. I have zero problem with that.

Where my problems lie are in this political era with one party that absolutely seems prepared to not do anything right and they get the reward and it gets seen as good politics by the media. The Democrats did the right thing, but the GOP outsmarted them by holding the fort. Yeah…great politics…just shitty for the people and for the country.

And really isn’t your comment basically the same outcome? If the Dems impeach and Trump stands didn’t Trump still break the law with impunity? The result is all that counts anymore in politics. Morality? What is that?

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:25:19am

Looking at the poll numbers in retrospect, the best way to read them was that Americans felt that Bill’s actions were reprehensible and he was a cad, but that it was a personal matter and not something that deserved to be made the subject of an impeachment proceeding. It’s why Bill today is less of a force in DNC politics than he was immediately after his presidency, because the political goodwill have fostered for the positive aspects of his terms in office have been swamped by decades of conservatives hammering on about how he’s a lying and cheating bastard.

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Interesting Times  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:26:06am

re: #391 ObserverArt

And really isn’t your comment basically the same outcome? If the Dems impeach and Trump stands didn’t Trump still break the law with impunity? The result is all that counts anymore in politics. Morality? What is that?

Doesn’t matter if impeachment ultimately fails as long as it gives the Dems an open hearing in which to expose as much rot as possible, and, as Elizabeth Warren says, make the GOPer senators own their votes for it.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:26:43am

Question: By NOT Impeaching, are the Democrats essentially saying “we find this acceptable” with regards to Trumps behavior?

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:27:36am

re: #394 Belafon

I assume that everyone’s goal on our side is to get Trump out of office. Without being able to see into the future, the question is what the best way to do it is.

You basically gave Thanos’s opening speech in Infinity War.

I have no idea what that actually means as I am not big on comic book hero based movies. I see it is from an Avengers flick.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:28:43am

re: #402 ObserverArt

I have no idea what that actually means as I am not big on comic book hero based movies. I see it is from an Avengers flick.

was never big into superhero comics as a kid, so that stuff just blows right past me.

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Interesting Times  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:29:00am

re: #401 Eclectic Cyborg

Question: By NOT Impeaching, are the Democrats essentially saying “we find this acceptable” with regards to Trumps behavior?

Yes. Read Sarah Kendzior’s thread:

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Teukka  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:29:30am

re: #394 Belafon

I assume that everyone’s goal on our side is to get Trump out of office. Without being able to see into the future, the question is what the best way to do it is.

You basically gave Thanos’s opening speech in Infinity War.

Speaking of Thanos:

What if “The Snap” Actually Happened? (Realistic Scenario)

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KGxvi  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:29:38am

re: #399 Targetpractice

Looking at the poll numbers in retrospect, the best way to read them was that Americans felt that Bill’s actions were reprehensible and he was a cad, but that it was a personal matter and not something that deserved to be made the subject of an impeachment proceeding. It’s why Bill today is less of a force in DNC politics than he was immediately after his presidency, because the political goodwill have fostered for the positive aspects of his terms in office have been swamped by decades of conservatives hammering on about how he’s a lying and cheating bastard.

I suspect if the Dow hadn’t tripled during his administration, and if GDP hadn’t grown by 50%, his job approval numbers and his personal numbers probably would have been much closer.

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allegro  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:31:58am

I haven’t seen this here yet. Just watched the video. Wow.

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Targetpractice  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:32:36am

re: #400 Interesting Times

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Doesn’t matter if impeachment ultimately fails as long as it gives the Dems an open hearing in which to expose as much rot as possible, and, as Elizabeth Warren says, make the GOPer senators own their votes for it.

A vote is longer-lasting than a speech or a press release where they express being “troubled” by the revelations but insist that Mueller “cleared” him of wrong-doing. A vote is harder to defend than explaining away a statement made to the press.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:35:36am

re: #401 Eclectic Cyborg

Question: By NOT Impeaching, are the Democrats essentially saying “we find this acceptable” with regards to Trumps behavior?

That is how it will be seen and spun.

If Trump comes out of it still on the job and gets reelected then we can say the U.S. citizens see it as acceptable.

As I said in my last comment; Americans judge everything on final outcome.

We have winners and losers only and we very seldom go into why each is considered as they are.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:37:59am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:38:50am

re: #410 Patricia Kayden

A bunch of the questions were ‘favorite color’ and ‘favorite dinosaur,’ but Sanders was asked about child separation policy by one kid. She replied Trump wants to “keep families together”

It’s a sin to lie to innocent children, Sarah.

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plansbandc  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:39:29am

Sorry.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:41:28am

re: #410 Patricia Kayden

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That’s a lie, Sarah. Lying to kids though. Par the course for you.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:44:10am

re: #407 allegro

I haven’t seen this here yet. Just watched the video. Wow.

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Good video. I like Joe. My personal feeling is he could be doing the very same by teaming up with Obama and other former Democrats to go out and push for Democrat candidates. Use their experience and already well-built reputations to be party elders saying do the right things.

I just have the feeling Joe Biden is at his height right now and a run will tarnish him in much the same way Hillary was tarnished and that reputation gets slagged in the election.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:44:57am

I think Biden and Bernie are going to cancel each other out in the end.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:46:42am

I really hate how drawn out U.S. Elections are.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:47:23am

re: #416 Eclectic Cyborg

I really hate how drawn out U.S. Elections are.

Yeah still got a long way to go.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:05:02pm
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:18:54pm

re: #416 Eclectic Cyborg

I really hate how drawn out U.S. Elections are.

we just saw a poll here that 70+% of democratic voters are undecided…

that sums it up

right now it is all about listening to what the candidates have to say

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:20:03pm

re: #419 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

we just saw a poll here that 70+% of democratic voters are undecided…

that sums it up

right now it is all about listening to what the candidates have to say

Or that they’re not saying anything when speaking either.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:20:31pm

re: #418 gocart mozart

I just sent a letter to Scarlett Johansson where I politely requesting that she refrain from asking me out on a date.

I did manage to reply to a letter from an ex-GF (who dumped me) telling her that I still find it distressing to hear from or about her.

That took a lot, but it was necessary.

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ipsos  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:20:48pm

Good news: between muting and snoozing, I’ve successfully been keeping my FB feed free of RWNJ memes and talking points from friends whose politics I don’t want to know about.

Bad news: my ENTIRE FREAKING FEED is now full of self-righteous fellow Democrats preaching about why their particular perfect candidate is the only acceptable choice and [Biden/Beto/Harris/Mayor Pete/Warren/Bernie] can’t possibly be the nominee or win.

Job 1 is getting Trump out of office no later than 1/20/2021.

There is no Job 2 until we accomplish Job 1.

And we only get Job 1 done if all the factions and ideologies and generations and localities find a way to hang together behind whatever imperfect candidate emerges and stop bashing each other to bits along the way. Yeah (bites tongue hard), even if that ends up being Bernie. (I actually would rank Tulsi lower than Bernie, but as long as she stays solidly at 0.0% in the polls, I don’t feel like I need to stay up at night worrying about that particular remote possibility.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:20:56pm

re: #420 Feline Fearless Leader

Or that they’re not saying anything when speaking either.

not saying anything is a message in itself

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:22:28pm

re: #422 ipsos

Good news: between muting and snoozing, I’ve successfully been keeping my FB feed free of RWNJ memes and talking points from friends whose politics I don’t want to know about.

I delete political posts on FB and block people who get carried away. If I want politics I visit a closed FB political group or come here here or visit other political blog sites.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:25:03pm

re: #384 Interesting Times

While I’m loathe to make predictions nowadays, this one I can’t shake - the only way Cheeto Benito leaves the White House is in one of the following:

a) An ambulance
b) A casket
c) Handcuffs

d) A handcart, muzzled and wrapped in a straitjacket

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ipsos  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:26:38pm

re: #424 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I delete political posts on FB and block people who get carried away. If I want politics I visit a closed FB political group or come here here or visit other political blog sites.

Me too, generally.

The challenge, to which FB’s tools are completely inadequate, is the friends who *sometimes* post things I really want to see about our shared professional interests or about their personal lives/hobbies/families, but who also fill up their feeds with incessant political memes. Blocking them completely means I miss things I’d actually like to engage with.

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Interesting Times  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:28:25pm

re: #426 ipsos

Blocking them completely means I miss things I’d actually like to engage with.

FB does offer a “hide this post” option, so maybe if you do that often enough, the algorithms (hell, they’re so good at violating your privacy otherwise) will figure out what you want to see less of.

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:33:42pm

re: #383 KGxvi

Like everything in the law, there are exceptions to this rule (really, that’s what the law is: established rules and recognized exceptions to the rules).

Usually where “ignorance of the law” is an actual excuse, it’s in cases where the law is uniquely complicated and intricate.

It didn’t work for that Texas girl who didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to vote; she’s doing 5 years.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:33:48pm

re: #426 ipsos

Me too, generally.

The challenge, to which FB’s tools are completely inadequate, is the friends who *sometimes* post things I really want to see about our shared professional interests or about their personal lives/hobbies/families, but who also fill up their feeds with incessant political memes. Blocking them completely means I miss things I’d actually like to engage with.

I know. I have a limited list and 90% is people I know from Real Life (c).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:34:34pm

re: #428 sagehen

It didn’t work for that Texas girl who didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to vote; she’s doing 5 years.

She had to be made an example of so they could justify all their vote-suppressing measures cloaked under the guise of ID laws.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:35:53pm

I’ve heard no one that I know of that has spoke to repairing the damage that #DerangedDonald has caused and continues to do, much less the pie in the sky stuff.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:38:29pm
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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:39:03pm

OMG… Nina Turner!!! Mute!! Mute!!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:45:19pm
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ipsos  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:46:39pm

re: #429 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I know. I have a limited list and 90% is people I know from Real Life (c).

For professional reasons, I have an unusually large number of people I know (at least somewhat) from Real Life, and as with pretty much any profession these days, a non-zero number are out on the far end of the wingnut/moonbat continuum.

For some of them who keep going back to the same well for their memes, there’s at least the “Block all from…” option, to which stuff like “Being Libertarian” gets immediately consigned. (Yeah. I get it. You think government in any form is evil. Yawn.)

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:49:03pm

re: #435 ipsos

For professional reasons, I have an unusually large number of people I know (at least somewhat) from Real Life, and as with pretty much any profession these days, a non-zero number are out on the far end of the wingnut/moonbat continuum.

For some of them who keep going back to the same well for their memes, there’s at least the “Block all from…” option, to which stuff like “Being Libertarian” gets immediately consigned. (Yeah. I get it. You think government in any form is evil. Yawn.)

I’m frustrated by people who use memes to communicate even those I agree with.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:51:10pm

re: #434 Backwoods_Sleuth

He was charged with plotting a terror attack, but the judge feels that doesn’t rise to the level of probably shouldn’t let him go free?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:52:30pm
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gwangung  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:53:29pm

re: #438 Backwoods_Sleuth

Good. But note that this is a non-white officer who gets punished, like Peter Liang.

While I think justice was served by a conviction, I think there is a disparity on which cops get punished. And that there is a definite problem with training of cops that selects for safety of the officer over safety of the public.

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:56:54pm

Oh what a day…

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2019 • 12:59:52pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 1:10:07pm

re: #437 Belafon

He was charged with plotting a terror attack, but the judge feels that doesn’t rise to the level of probably shouldn’t let him go free?

Yeah, if he does something after being released, that court is going to look horrible.


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