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1
Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 25, 2019 • 8:59:10pm

That’s very Republican of her.

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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:01:09pm

re: #1 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

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That’s very Republican of her.

As someone who has seen this shit in both wrestling and the game industry, yeah, fuck that shit.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:08:06pm

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That’s very Republican of her.

She’s worse than Bernie.

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TedStriker  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:08:37pm

re: #1 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

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That’s very Republican of her.

re: #2 Citizen K

As someone who has seen this shit in both wrestling and the game industry, yeah, fuck that shit.

If a politician/candidate is running for office and they treat their own staff like shit, you don’t have to guess how they’re gonna treat their constituents once they’re in office.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:09:54pm

re: #1 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

Ugh, I feel bad for the one non contractor. That’s gotta make for a frosty relationship with coworkers.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:14:38pm

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That’s very Republican of her.

Is anyone surprised about that?

I’m sure not!

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:18:36pm

John Havlicek died today.

Memories of the Celtics glory days—especially the Eastern division playoffs with the 76ers in 1965—and Johnny Most—“Havlicek stole the ball.”

Sniff.

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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:22:45pm

It’s all “Party Over Country” all the way fucking down.

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austin_blue  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:39:14pm

It seems pretty clear that the the Russian attacks in the 2016 election weren’t initially tagged by the US Intelligence Services (institutional inertia) and certainly not by the primary platforms for the attacks (Facebook and Twitter) because they were making money hand over fist.

But the Obama Admin, once informed, was certainly aggressive in response to the Intel.

Was it aggressive enough? Certainly a topic for discussion, but the follow-on response to the attack by the Trump Admin has been woeful to the point of useless. It has, in fact, been advantageous to the Russians in regard to the 2020 elections.

Rosenstein is not just extrapolating beyond the data, he is accusing the wrong party about how the attack was handled. It is the R’s who have refused to hamstring the Russians in the 2020 elections by requiring changes in how Facebook and Twitter moderate their platforms.

This isn’t an existential threat, it is a clear and present danger to our Democracy.

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mmmirele  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:41:58pm

Whinging about the high cost of some women’s underthings behind the lock and key.

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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:42:46pm

re: #9 austin_blue

It seems pretty clear that the the Russian attacks in the 2016 election weren’t initially tagged by the US Intelligence Services (institutional inertia) and certainly not by the primary platforms for the attacks (Facebook and Twitter) because they were making money hand over fist.

But the Obama Admin, once informed, was certainly aggressive in response to the Intel.

Was it aggressive enough? Certainly a topic for discussion, but the follow-on response to the attack by the Trump Admin has been woeful to the point of useless. It has, in fact, been advantageous to the Russians in regard to the 2020 elections.

Rosenstein is not just extrapolating beyond the data, he is accusing the wrong party about how the attack was handled. It is the R’s who have refused to hamstring the Russians in the 2020 elections by requiring changes in how Facebook and Twitter moderate their platforms.

This isn’t an existential threat, it is a clear and present danger to our Democracy.

It’s clear that folks like Rosenstein don’t actually care the source, because they’re not interested in the truth. THey’re interested in power and dominance. Every single fucking one of theme is compromised, and the rot is so fucking deep, so fucking widespread that it’s virtually impossible to hold them accountable since they seem to control almost every single fucking lever of accountability, official and unofficial. They own the entire fucking process.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:44:53pm

So Rosenstein gets called Deep State by Trump and Trump’s allies and he trashes Obama. This entire administration is crooked from the top down. That’s what separates them from previous administrations.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 25, 2019 • 9:45:36pm
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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:03:42pm

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I’m not sure Japan can take another 6 years of Abe in general.

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sagehen  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:04:31pm

re: #11 Citizen K

It’s clear that folks like Rosenstein don’t actually care the source, because they’re not interested in the truth. THey’re interested in power and dominance. Every single fucking one of theme is compromised, and the rot is so fucking deep, so fucking widespread that it’s virtually impossible to hold them accountable since they seem to control almost every single fucking lever of accountability, official and unofficial. They own the entire fucking process.

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Has he been there long enough that he’s afraid of getting McCabe’d and losing his pension?

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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:07:56pm

re: #15 sagehen

Has he been there long enough that he’s afraid of getting McCabe’d and losing his pension?

He’s been in Washington for 2 years to the day, and was the US Attorney for Maryland from 2005 until his appt. as Dept. AG. I’m not sure how long he needs to have been at it to get his pension, but considering the pattern I’m not sure it’s much more than base party loyalty at this point.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:29:59pm

Charles, Nice touch with your Twitter feed in the right column.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:40:43pm

re: #15 sagehen

Has he been there long enough that he’s afraid of getting McCabe’d and losing his pension?

At Trump’s direction, Rosenstein wrote the letter in 2017 that justified the firing of Comey. He may have been more polite and less vocal than Barr — but certainly as complicit.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 25, 2019 • 10:45:31pm

re: #16 Citizen K

He’s been in Washington for 2 years to the day, and was the US Attorney for Maryland from 2005 until his appt. as Dept. AG. I’m not sure how long he needs to have been at it to get his pension, but considering the pattern I’m not sure it’s much more than base party loyalty at this point.

I wonder if he thinks laying low serves the country better than challenging the autocrat in the White House trying to take over the democracy. All these people seem to think Trump has the interests of the USA in his heart. He does not, and never has. He will tear everything down to prevent his tax returns being released and his crimes being prosecuted.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:10:02pm

Your geology lecture for the night, from a presentation last week:

Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:23:04pm

re: #17 Dave In Austin

Charles, Nice touch with your Twitter feed in the right column.

He used to have a “Frank Says” thingy over there, different quotes from Frank Zappa.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:33:25pm

Those Guys…… “did you burn yourself?” “No…… Well maybe a little” Duh.

MAKING A THROWING SPEAR!!!

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:37:20pm
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mmmirele  Apr 25, 2019 • 11:40:43pm

re: #14 Citizen K

I’m not sure Japan can take another 6 years of Abe in general.

It’ll be interesting to see how Abe gets along with the new emperor (five days to go). The post-WWII constitution got rid of state Shinto and the deification of the emperor. While Hirohito may have felt the loss, Akihito has been very much in favor of the current situation. Abe would like to go back to a more nationalistic tilt and he demonstrates this by going to the Yasukuni shrine (where the souls of war criminals are enshrined). Akihito made it very clear from the start of his imperial rule that he wouldn’t go to Yasukuni and that has been a point of contention between him and the traditionalists and people who would use traditionalism, like Abe.

It is unlikely that Naruhito, the next emperor, will change in that regard. Here’s a recent article giving a backgrounder on him:

apnews.com

I’d note that Naruhito’s heir is his brother Akishino, and *he* caused consternation in recent months with the Imperial Household Agency (a bunch of stuffed shirts who basically want to remythify the imperial family) by stating that the Imperial family, not the state, should pay for the Shinto ceremonies around his brother’s enthronement. It’s not especially expensive (I heard that all the arrangements were in the neighborhood of $20 million), but Akishino was concerned about the separation of state and Shinto. We could use some more of that here.

It’s worth noting that the current empress was raised in a Roman Catholic family, although the discussion of the subject of religion is studiously avoided. Naruhito’s wife, Masako, was raised in Russia, the USA and Japan, she went to a Catholic high school in Japan, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in economics and speaks five languages. Masako has also tussled with the Imperial Household Agency and there’s been some vague talk that the pressure of the agency may have pushed her into depression.

Again, it will be interesting to watch, but dissension and change between Abe and Naruhito isn’t going to be especially obvious.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:13:04am

re: #24 mmmirele

I’d note that Naruhito’s heir is his brother Akishino, and *he* caused consternation in recent months with the Imperial Household Agency (a bunch of stuffed shirts who basically want to remythify the imperial family) by stating that the Imperial family, not the state, should pay for the Shinto ceremonies around his brother’s enthronement.

This is the equivalent of insisting that Nativity scenes be displayed on private property and not on public property.

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Teukka  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:27:01am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:33:12am

re: #26 Teukka

QAnon is doing untold damage to personal relationships all over the country.

For QAnon to have that effect, at least one of the partners had to be damaged to begin with…

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teleskiguy  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:02:24am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:08:24am

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Tarq Bowen, a member of that band, has just relocated to our little Rhine Valley town of Bacharach. He will be playing here this evening…

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Scout  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:10:25am

re: #24 mmmirele

Crown Princess Masako’s health problems have been well-documented.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:13:38am

re: #30 Scout

Crown Princess Masako’s health problems have been well-documented.

She is just a symptom of a sick institution.

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freetoken  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:58:49am
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sagehen  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:03:15am

talkingpointsmemo.com

Feds charge a Massachusetts state judge and court officer with obstruction for helping a undocumented man leave by the backdoor of a courthouse to evade ICE officers who were trolling the courthouse looking for people to arrest.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:07:18am

re: #33 sagehen

Feds charge a Massachusetts state judge and court officer with obstruction for helping a undocumented man leave by the backdoor of a courthouse to evade ICE officers who were trolling the courthouse looking for people to arrest.

This is the future of our nation if we leave the GOP in power…

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sagehen  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:11:10am

THREAD:

from the article:

Nearly 2,500 have been investigated on 10 or more charges. Twenty faced 100 or more allegations yet kept their badge for years.

Journalists obtained records from more than 700 law enforcement agencies, but the records are not complete for all of those agencies, and there are more than 18,000 police forces across the USA. The records requests were focused largely on the biggest 100 police agencies as well as clusters of smaller departments in surrounding areas, partly to examine movement of officers between departments in regions.

H/T DailyKos

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:23:57am

re: #35 sagehen

Nearly 2,500 have been investigated on 10 or more charges. Twenty faced 100 or more allegations yet kept their badge for years.

The future of our nation if we leave the GOP in power

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Ming5000  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:39:27am

For some reason Steve Schmidt crossed my mind. He has really dropped off the radar after he started shilling for Howrad Schultz. I hope the one-two punch of Palin-Schultz will leave lasting damage to his credibility.

Anti-Trump strategist and pundit Steve Schmidt is feeling the heat from all sides since his client, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, announced on 60 Minutes that he might run for president

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:45:35am

Uber drivers plan to strike next week in anticipation of IPO

They will also be striking Lyft. According to their spokesperson:

“Both major companies have been consistently passing on their costs to develop new technologies onto the drivers.”

I certainly support the drivers’ demands for more humane and reasonable rates and working conditions, but in the end the “new technologies” that the companies are developing at their expense are driverless cars.

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freetoken  Apr 26, 2019 • 3:10:02am

Watching a video from yesterday about the Large Millimeter Telescope:

The Large Millimeter Telescope

Anyway, the facility is located on a Mexican mountain of which most people are unaware (certainly I was)… yet the dish is the largest steerable telescope (currently anyway), and is easily visible in Google maps satellite view:

goo.gl

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 26, 2019 • 4:09:42am

re: #31 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

She is just a symptom of a sick institution.

She had the temerity to speak before her husband at an early press conference and was rarely heard from after that. Obviously, I don’t have inside information, but it seems she was silenced and probably bullied by IHA. Symbolic of how Japan wastes the talent of women.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 4:31:49am

re: #40 Barefoot Grin

She had the temerity to speak before her husband at an early press conference and was rarely heard from after that. Obviously, I don’t have inside information, but it seems she was silenced and probably bullied by IHA. Symbolic of how Japan wastes the talent of women.

That is the flip side of having a cultural tradition dating back thousands of years.

I see that in Germany as well: Although they are very progressive when it comes to matters of maternity leave and day care, women are still seriously under-represented in business and politics.

Less so in politics, but there are very few women in management level of the major banks and insurance companies that own and control the bulk of the German economy.

For that, women have a solid lock on domestic and relationship politics, at least based on my personal subjective and anecdotal experience.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 4:47:19am

This article from Salon sums up my attitude bout mayor Pete: Perhaps not the strongest candidate out there, but one who is not afraid to really stick it to the Religious Right and expose their hypocrisy and their exclusive claim to represent “Christian” values.

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jeffreyw  Apr 26, 2019 • 4:51:42am

Good morning!

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 4:57:23am

re: #35 sagehen

The numbers are staggering, but consider this.

We’ve known about this situation with the NYPD for decades in one form or another and we still haven’t gotten the Department to address serious structural issues that contribute to keeping those abusive cops on the street, or in uniform.

The USA Today report mirrors what we see with the NYPD - right down to the statistics that a small number of cops engage in the largest number of excessive force incidents. Off the top of my head, it’s something like 80% have no claims against them, ~15% have 1-5, and 1% have 20 or more.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:03:06am

re: #22 Dave In Austin

Those Guys…… “did you burn yourself?” “No…… Well maybe a little” Duh.

Love the forging stuff that you post. A friend is trying to get me to move from fusing glass to forging iron. She’s not really buying the whole “I have enough hobbies; don’t need another money sinkhole”, thing.

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Archangelus  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:27:00am
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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:35:36am

It would have been higher had the Trump trade war not hit durable goods.

Our trade debt continues exploding.

Our national debt continues exploding.

So where’s the growth coming from and where’s it not showing up? It’s not showing up in worker paychecks.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:36:51am

re: #41 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

That is the flip side of having a cultural tradition dating back thousands of years.

I see that in Germany as well: Although they are very progressive when it comes to matters of maternity leave and day care, women are still seriously under-represented in business and politics.

Less so in politics, but there are very few women in management level of the major banks and insurance companies that own and control the bulk of the German economy.

For that, women have a solid lock on domestic and relationship politics, at least based on my personal subjective and anecdotal experience.

Yes, sounds similar. In Japan women have traditionally been in charge of things like the household budget and overseeing children’s education. Before direct deposit, the husband handed over his envelope of cash (salary) each month and the wife would give him an allowance (of course, the husband had a say in how money was spent, particularly high cost purchases). Not sure how the more modern families manage things these days.

But, yes, Japan ranks pretty low in terms of women in high-level jobs in the corporate world.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:42:09am

probably been said, but i gotta reach conclusions all by myself and that can take time

- dorsey and twitter say they wont (not cant) ban white supremacists because they cant write an algorithm that wont also boot off a bunch of republicans.
- and they’re too cheap to throw lots of bodies at it to police it manually.

- we all pretty much instantly noted that if R’s didnt tweet such bigoted stuff, they’d be fine. and that being a politician (elected or no) is not a pass to be an asshole. certainly not on a privately owned messaging service.

- and it was pointed out a lot that R’s would get booted not because they’re R’s but because their posts are indistinguishable from the hate filled crap twitter says it otherwise would want to target.

so:

- if twitter could just boot off the white supremacists et al and filter out the R’s, then the R’s remaining on twitter and spewing that hate, would be the twitter bigots

- this only changes who and how many spewers are left
- twitter continues to support filth

so in what bizzaro world is that solution better than focusing on language and context, regardless of the pedigree of the poster?

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freetoken  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:54:05am

re: #47 lawhawk

The US is running record deficits, which means (and always means) that government policy is to heat the economy.

This is the lie that the “conservative” Republicans have been exposed as believing - in fiscal conservatism.

We see a huge stimulus funded by record US debt.

This will be repaid later with significantly devalued currency.

That means those of us on fixed (retirement) incomes are in deep trouble in a couple of years.

Trump bankrupted a casino. That is what he as his fellow Republicans want to do to the US. They don’t care because the top echelon of the society is not who are hurt in collapses.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:56:34am

re: #34 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is the future of our nation if we leave the GOP in power…

The proper way to say this is “States’ Rights!”

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 26, 2019 • 5:56:51am

re: #50 freetoken

Trump has also successfully bullied the Fed into a monetary policy that will surely create a recession.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:00:04am

re: #43 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

The feeder…where is that damn feeder???

Hey Jeffrey, can we get some service out here?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:01:16am

I have no regrets about throwing the Gold Star away and this is another reason why I want nothing to do with it.

Many Americans were shocked by their tax bills this month. The new law was especially costly for our nation’s Gold Star families, who saw the taxes owed on their survivor benefits skyrocket.

Theresa Jones has been a single mom to Anthony and Hunter for almost six years. Her husband Landon, a Navy chopper pilot, died in the Red Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013.

“When I saw that tax bill I was shocked at how much these boys owed on benefits that were given to them,” Jones said.

The boys each received about $15,000 in survivor benefits last year. Jones was hit with a tax bill of $5,400 for them, up from $1,100 from the previous year.

cbsnews.com

Fuck the RepubliKKKlans!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:03:04am

re: #50 freetoken

The US is running record deficits, which means (and always means) that government policy is to heat the economy.

This is the lie that the “conservative” Republicans have been exposed as believing - in fiscal conservatism.

We see a huge stimulus funded by record US debt.

This will be repaid later with significantly devalued currency.

That means those of us on fixed (retirement) incomes are in deep trouble in a couple of years.

Trump bankrupted a casino. That is what he as his fellow Republicans want to do to the US. They don’t care because the top echelon of the society is not who are hurt in collapses.

The RepubliKKKlan goal is to destroy Social Security and Medicare and they will gladly bankrupt the US to steal those benefits from us.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:04:01am

re: #50 freetoken

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Trump bankrupted a casino. That is what he as his fellow Republicans want to do to the US. They don’t care because the top echelon of the society is not who are hurt in collapses.

Now Trump is working on bankrupting the worlds biggest casino, the USA. He thinks he’s the boss who will profit from it, but I think he’s just the world’s most crooked blackjack dealer.

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Old Liberal  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:08:27am

re: #54 Joe Bacon 🌹

I have no regrets about throwing the Gold Star away and this is another reason why I want nothing to do with it.

Many Americans were shocked by their tax bills this month. The new law was especially costly for our nation’s Gold Star families, who saw the taxes owed on their survivor benefits skyrocket.

Theresa Jones has been a single mom to Anthony and Hunter for almost six years. Her husband Landon, a Navy chopper pilot, died in the Red Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013.

“When I saw that tax bill I was shocked at how much these boys owed on benefits that were given to them,” Jones said.

The boys each received about $15,000 in survivor benefits last year. Jones was hit with a tax bill of $5,400 for them, up from $1,100 from the previous year.

cbsnews.com

Fuck the RepubliKKKlans!

That tax law was created by republicans Ryan and McConnell and Mulvaney. But the military still cheers republicans.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:12:57am

re: #54 Joe Bacon 🌹

I have no regrets about throwing the Gold Star away and this is another reason why I want nothing to do with it.

Many Americans were shocked by their tax bills this month. The new law was especially costly for our nation’s Gold Star families, who saw the taxes owed on their survivor benefits skyrocket.

Theresa Jones has been a single mom to Anthony and Hunter for almost six years. Her husband Landon, a Navy chopper pilot, died in the Red Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013.

“When I saw that tax bill I was shocked at how much these boys owed on benefits that were given to them,” Jones said.

The boys each received about $15,000 in survivor benefits last year. Jones was hit with a tax bill of $5,400 for them, up from $1,100 from the previous year.

cbsnews.com

Fuck the RepubliKKKlans!

survivor benefits should be tax free

taxing them is a way of devaluing / reducing them through the back door

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:14:35am

re: #56 wrenchwench

Now Trump is working on bankrupting the worlds biggest casino, the USA. He thinks he’s the boss who will profit from it, but I think he’s just the world’s most crooked blackjack dealer.

dealing requires skills and smarts

he’s at best a clueless pit boss (do this, do that, do what i tell you)

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:15:06am

re: #55 Joe Bacon 🌹

The RepubliKKKlan goal is to destroy Social Security and Medicare and they will gladly bankrupt the US to steal those benefits from us.

You are so right. This has been the Republican goal for decades and they may succeed if they aren’t voted out in 2020 — and that means voted out from both the legislative and executive branches of government. The only hope of recovery is to repeal the GOP tax law in its entirety and rewrite the estate tax provisions so that a larger percentage of the wealthy are forced to pay a significantly higher percentage of their total assets. We also need a redesign of the tax treatment of carried interest.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:20:57am

re: #60 Hecuba’s daughter

In 1981, Pruneface Reagan and his Republican AND “Blue Dog” Democrat pals tilted the table from the needy to the greedy. Each RepubliKKKlan President since tilted the table more to the greedy CEO parasites.

It’s time to tilt the table back to the needy and make the greedy pay for the party they’ve been having since 1981.

The greedy had the party and stuck the needy with the bills. It’s time to make the greedy pay the full amount of the bill plus interest.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:29:48am

re: #61 Joe Bacon 🌹

In 1981, Pruneface Reagan and his Republican AND “Blue Dog” Democrat pals tilted the table from the needy to the greedy. Each RepubliKKKlan President since tilted the table more to the greedy CEO parasites.

It’s time to tilt the table back to the needy and make the greedy pay for the party they’ve been having since 1981.

The greedy had the party and stuck the needy with the bills. It’s time to make the greedy pay the full amount of the bill plus interest.

Sad thing…many of the needy are also buffaloed by the Republicans by saying things like people of certain races, immigrants, etc., are taking from them. So cuts to programs are allowed that actually hurt them, but dammit, they stopped the others!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:33:10am

re: #48 Barefoot Grin

Before direct deposit, the husband handed over his envelope of cash (salary) each month and the wife would give him an allowance (of course, the husband had a say in how money was spent, particularly high cost purchases).

There’s a saying in Glaswegian: “I wouldnae wanna come home to her wi’ a broken pay packet!”

I am perfectly happy to let my partner run finances, especially inasmuch as she has a degree in Economics from Beijing University and works for the German Federal Reserve Bank…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:34:22am

re: #57 Old Liberal

That tax law was created by republicans Ryan and McConnell and Mulvaney. But the military still cheers republicans.

The GOP still claims the military, and they certainly have the contractors on their side.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:52:50am

This diary does kind of a weekly recap, and I thought this was funny:

And Diamond Joe Biden finally jumped into the Democratic primary race, with his potential opponent, a man who believes exercise is bad for you, insulting his intelligence. There’s only one way to resolve this controversy; I propose a series of umbrella-closing contests.

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MsJ  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:53:31am

re: #10 mmmirele

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 6:56:02am
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CleverToad  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:03:17am

Quick status: Dear old mother is still in hospital. They’ve switched her to stronger antibiotics for the pneumonia and she’s now in atrial fibrillation, which with all her heart problems she’s never had before. Eldest sister flew in last night from Gettysburg. Younger sister flies in today from Boston. Got 6 1/2 hours sleep at home last night thanks to eldest. First time I’ve been home since Monday, heading back over there in a few.

Thank all of the Lizards for all the good wishes! Yeah, pneumonia is a big, fat, hairy, fanged bear to deal with.

your correspondent from the battle front…

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retired cynic  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:07:22am

re: #10 mmmirele

Whinging about the high cost of some women’s underthings behind the lock and key.

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Ferdinand  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:13:52am

re: #67 lawhawk

Well that made my morning! Thank you, much needed.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:15:14am

re: #49 Man; Anger; DangerMan


- dorsey and twitter say they wont (not cant) ban white supremacists because they cant write an algorithm that wont also boot off a bunch of republicans.
- and they’re too cheap to throw lots of bodies at it to police it manually.


- and it was pointed out a lot that R’s would get booted not because they’re R’s but because their posts are indistinguishable from the hate filled crap twitter says it otherwise would want to target.
….

I got into a brief FB exchange yesterday with someone who complained about Twitter suspending accounts of conservatives — she ultimately gave James Woods, Jack Prosobiec, and Robert O’Neill as examples. Other than purging real bots and perhaps identifying foreign agent, SM platforms may be in a no-win situation. We really don’t want censors reading every word everyone writes — and you cannot hire enough people to review the language anyway, when hundreds of millions of users are on these platforms. It’s not only vile memes and personal attacks — what if they are spreading false information? A news organization can impose strict rules on its employees and control what they publish. But I’m not really sure what can be done if a private citizen starts promoting lies/distortions like Pizzagate or Uranium One or Seth Rich under their personal account.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:15:54am

re: #68 CleverToad

Quick status: Dear old mother is still in hospital. They’ve switched her to stronger antibiotics for the pneumonia and she’s now in atrial fibrillation, which with all her heart problems she’s never had before. Eldest sister flew in last night from Gettysburg. Younger sister flies in today from Boston. Got 6 1/2 hours sleep at home last night thanks to eldest. First time I’ve been home since Monday, heading back over there in a few.

Thank all of the Lizards for all the good wishes! Yeah, pneumonia is a big, fat, hairy, fanged bear to deal with.

your correspondent from the battle front…

Wishing good health for your mother, you and all your family.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:19:10am

re: #71 Hecuba’s daughter

You don’t have a right to post on Twitter.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:19:23am

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

Tarq Bowen, a member of that band, has just relocated to our little Rhine Valley town of Bacharach. He will be playing here this evening…

This Friday I’m back on stage in my favourite venue Die Münze - akin to the likes of Eddie’s Attic or Arlene’s Grocery!

It’s crazy that he mentions Arlene’s Grocery - that place was my home for a residency that lasted 7 years.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:19:52am

re: #71 Hecuba’s daughter

I got into a brief FB exchange yesterday with someone who complained about Twitter suspending accounts of conservatives — she ultimately gave James Woods, Jack Prosobiec, and Robert O’Neill as examples. Other than purging real bots and perhaps identifying foreign agent, SM platforms may be in a no-win situation. We really don’t want censors reading every word everyone writes — and you cannot hire enough people to review the language anyway, when hundreds of millions of users are on these platforms. It’s not only vile memes and personal attacks — what if they are spreading false information? A news organization can impose strict rules on its employees and control what they publish. But I’m not really sure what can be done if a private citizen starts promoting lies/distortions like Pizzagate or Uranium One or Seth Rich under their personal account.

“This bar won’t let my friends in.”
“That’s outrageous, which friends?”
“Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh.”
“Um…”

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:21:20am

re: #68 CleverToad

Quick status: Dear old mother is still in hospital. They’ve switched her to stronger antibiotics for the pneumonia and she’s now in atrial fibrillation, which with all her heart problems she’s never had before. Eldest sister flew in last night from Gettysburg. Younger sister flies in today from Boston. Got 6 1/2 hours sleep at home last night thanks to eldest. First time I’ve been home since Monday, heading back over there in a few.

Thank all of the Lizards for all the good wishes! Yeah, pneumonia is a big, fat, hairy, fanged bear to deal with.

your correspondent from the battle front…

My best wishes and thoughts for your mother and your family. Patients can recover very quickly once they find the right course of antibiotics, but that is sometimes a challenge.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:22:07am

What amuses me is the same people who complain about Twitter “censoring” conservatives are the same people who think doctors can refuse to serve gay patients.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:23:12am

re: #77 HappyWarrior

What amuses me is the same people who complain about Twitter “censoring” conservatives are the same people who think doctors can refuse to serve gay patients.

And think books and other media should be censored for sex, curse words, etc.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:23:14am

re: #62 ObserverArt

Sad thing…many of the needy are also buffaloed by the Republicans by saying things like people of certain races, immigrants, etc., are taking from them. So cuts to programs are allowed that actually hurt them, but dammit, they stopped the others!

i noted last week

everyone knows that workers who currently pay into ss/medicare fund current benefits

know who pays a lot into social security and medicare? ‘undocumented’ workers
(clearly they have some documentation)

know who wants to boot them out of the country? current social security recipients

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:23:40am

re: #73 Shropshire Slasher

You don’t have a right to post on Twitter.

Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech…”

There is no law regarding “de-platforming” and no law absolving people of responsibility for what they freely say.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:24:33am

re: #80 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

You do not have a right to post on Twitter.

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Ferdinand  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:24:54am

Figuring, painfully slowly, how to properly search for a job in 2019. Thanks to a long freelance career with a handful of stable clients, it had been 20 years since I last looked for a salaried role. Damn. What a humbling experience the past year has been!

Tip #1: Customized resumes? Or at least multiple versions for different job categories? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Well in reality, it looks to me like nine times out of ten one has to let go of old concepts about a CV being a comprehensive or static document. Just not how the game is played anymore. Gotta change with the times and blend in with the hep young cats.

Also there are good ways to create resumes and online profiles to fend off age discrimination. Having crossed the half century mark, it’s a thing that happens.

So much learning.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:25:01am

re: #71 Hecuba’s daughter

I got into a brief FB exchange yesterday with someone who complained about Twitter suspending accounts of conservatives — she ultimately gave James Woods, Jack Prosobiec, and Robert O’Neill as examples. Other than purging real bots and perhaps identifying foreign agent, SM platforms may be in a no-win situation. We really don’t want censors reading every word everyone writes — and you cannot hire enough people to review the language anyway, when hundreds of millions of users are on these platforms. It’s not only vile memes and personal attacks — what if they are spreading false information? A news organization can impose strict rules on its employees and control what they publish. But I’m not really sure what can be done if a private citizen starts promoting lies/distortions like Pizzagate or Uranium One or Seth Rich under their personal account.

I wonder if these platforms could put in some kind of a notice that is triggered by key words in content that would pop up and tell the person writing the content and then those that read it, there are facts that do not support the comment and if you want to further educate yourself here is a link to something like a Wiki encyclopedia that has the alternatives. Maybe it could also mention something could be dangerous, illegal, racists, etc., etc.

Maybe it makes some aware they are off into the weeds of wacko land if they keep getting pop-ups and it either makes them read the facts or they grow frustrated and stop posting the bullshit and go back to talking about family, friends, events, etc.

Maybe the database keeps a score of the crazy factor for the user and if they score high the pop-ups become more and more, bigger and bigger and maybe even to the point it just opens another page with the facts.

Or it could say, YOU ARE A LOSER! Get a Life.

Just a thought.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:28:28am

re: #83 ObserverArt

I wonder if these platforms could put in some kind of a notice that is triggered by key words in content that would pop up and tell the person writing the content and then those that read it, there are facts that do not support the comment and if you want to further educate yourself here is a link to something like a Wiki encyclopedia that has the alternatives. Maybe it could also mention something could be dangerous, illegal, racists, etc., etc.

I wonder if our schools could make modern media and social networking a topic of instruction, teaching young people to distinguish between an Internet presence and a flesh-and-blood person, how to identify dubious or misleading content and how to find and verify reliable sources.

And combine that with education on civics and voting.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:28:39am

re: #78 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

And think books and other media should be censored for sex, curse words, etc.

Yep. Hypocritical assholes.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:29:15am

re: #84 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I wonder if our schools could make modern media and social networking a topic of instruction, teaching young people to distinguish between an Internet presence and a flesh-and-blood person, how to identify dubious or misleading content and how to find and verify reliable sources.

And combine that with education on civics and voting.

Make it a unit in Civics/Government class.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:31:02am

re: #71 Hecuba’s daughter

I got into a brief FB exchange yesterday with someone who complained about Twitter suspending accounts of conservatives — she ultimately gave James Woods, Jack Prosobiec, and Robert O’Neill as examples. Other than purging real bots and perhaps identifying foreign agent, SM platforms may be in a no-win situation. We really don’t want censors reading every word everyone writes — and you cannot hire enough people to review the language anyway, when hundreds of millions of users are on these platforms. It’s not only vile memes and personal attacks — what if they are spreading false information? A news organization can impose strict rules on its employees and control what they publish. But I’m not really sure what can be done if a private citizen starts promoting lies/distortions like Pizzagate or Uranium One or Seth Rich under their personal account.

misinfo is a different kettle of fish and worries me just a tad less

still, twitter is private property and they *could* have whatever rules they like

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MsJ  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:32:56am

re: #71 Hecuba’s daughter

I got into a brief FB exchange yesterday with someone who complained about Twitter suspending accounts of conservatives — she ultimately gave James Woods, Jack Prosobiec, and Robert O’Neill as examples. Other than purging real bots and perhaps identifying foreign agent, SM platforms may be in a no-win situation. We really don’t want censors reading every word everyone writes — and you cannot hire enough people to review the language anyway, when hundreds of millions of users are on these platforms. It’s not only vile memes and personal attacks — what if they are spreading false information? A news organization can impose strict rules on its employees and control what they publish. But I’m not really sure what can be done if a private citizen starts promoting lies/distortions like Pizzagate or Uranium One or Seth Rich under their personal account.

IIRC, James Woods issued an actual threat. I don’t know about the others but I am thinking it had to be something quite overt for twitter to act.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:33:06am

re: #67 lawhawk

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:34:03am

washingtonpost.com

Did any of you read this a couple days ago? Good read on General/President Grant.

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MsJ  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:34:42am

re: #77 HappyWarrior

What amuses me is the same people who complain about Twitter “censoring” conservatives are the same people who think doctors can refuse to serve gay patients.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:35:57am

re: #91 MsJ

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Like how the hell do you say people should violate their basic Hippocratic Oath and then say “Oh I should be able to say whatever bigoted crap I want on a private social media platform.” I’m for Free Speech but Twitter banning right wing assholes for violating their rules isn’t censorship.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:36:17am

re: #86 HappyWarrior

Make it a unit in Civics/Government class.

Some of us work it in as a part of the unit on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Just yesterday I did a lecture on the significance of “1488” in class.

How’s everyone doing? Been a while since I could catch up.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:36:58am

re: #82 Ferdinand

Figuring, painfully slowly, how to properly search for a job in 2019. Thanks to a long freelance career with a handful of stable clients, it had been 20 years since I last looked for a salaried role. Damn. What a humbling experience the past year has been!

Tip #1: Customized resumes? Or at least multiple versions for different job categories? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Well in reality, it looks to me like nine times out of ten one has to let go of old concepts about a CV being a comprehensive or static document. Just not how the game is played anymore. Gotta change with the times and blend in with the hep young cats.

Also there are good ways to create resumes and online profiles to fend off age discrimination. Having crossed the half century mark, it’s a thing that happens.

So much learning.

Believe me, I know your position. I started doing freelance design to help cover some of my college costs, rent, etc. to help my parents out with it all.

From that I built a client base that built into a partnership with another guy from college. That lasted for a few years and then I went on my own for a few more. Then a client asked me to be his art department for a small tech advertising agency which turned into 17 years as in house art department for racing teams and racing and auto parts.

Then because that whole industry changed the company was closed and I was out at age 58.

In a city with a good art college along with Ohio State also offering graphics, etc., 58-year-olds are not needed. There are a million 35 and down taking jobs as unpaid or low paid interns.

I’ve managed to struggle my way to this year for full retirement with a plan of doing some small jobs for extra and moving into painting and drawing which I always wanted to do.

Yeah, it all sucks. It was all good for some time and then boom…not what I was expecting at this age.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:37:38am

re: #26 Teukka

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Depressing knowing my family swallows the Q shit 24/7.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:38:13am

re: #87 Man; Anger; DangerMan

misinfo is a different kettle of fish and worries me just a tad less

still, twitter is private property and they *could* have whatever rules they like

Twitter is a for-profit enterprise and whatever rules they have in place are there to help maximize profits

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:38:14am

re: #93 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Some of us work it in as a part of the unit on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Just yesterday I did a lecture on the significance of “1488” in class.

How’s everyone doing? Been a while since I could catch up.

Good to hear that. Doing well here. Been doing a lot of history reading lately. Listening to Walter Issacson’s excellent Da Vinci bio on Audible right now as we speak.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:39:23am

re: #93 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Some of us work it in as a part of the unit on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Just yesterday I did a lecture on the significance of “1488” in class.

How’s everyone doing? Been a while since I could catch up.

“22” is a big one around here standing for “Blut und Boden” (Blood and Land)

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:41:34am

re: #98 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

“22” is a big one around here standing for “Blut und Boden” (Blood and Land)

The response is “6 21”.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:41:56am

re: #98 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

“22” is a big one around here standing for “Blut und Boden” (Blood and Land)

Yep.

It’s so important that young people are properly educated in recognizing and discerning these things online. My student are relatively ignorant of many things like this that hide in plain sight. They may be internet and tech savvy in use, but they don’t really know the world- and are ripe for the influence from the online Nazis.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:43:02am

Make that “6 21”.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:44:13am

re: #100 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Yep.

It’s so important that young people are properly educated in recognizing and discerning these things online. My student are relatively ignorant of many things like this that hide in plain sight. They may be internet and tech savvy in use, but they don’t really know the world- and are ripe for the influence from the online Nazis.

They and most adults do not understand the difference between facts and opinions, and often consider an opinion as a fact.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:44:30am

Symbolism is vital to fascism.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:45:23am

re: #103 HappyWarrior

Symbolism is vital to fascism.

And religion.

Go figure!

I think there is a connection.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:45:32am

The markets seem very happy about the 3.2% boost in GDP. My portfolio is up almost 3% itself on the day so far.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:45:59am

re: #68 CleverToad

Pneumonia knocked the stuffing out of me in March. Hoping your mother will be better soon.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:47:13am

re: #80 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech…”

There is no law regarding “de-platforming” and no law absolving people of responsibility for what they freely say.

know what else there isn’t a law on: “executive privilege”

White House lawyers plan to tell attorneys for administration witnesses called by the House that they will be asserting executive privilege over their testimony, according to two officials familiar with internal plans who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

washpo

‘executive privilege’ isnt in the constitution
pretty sure there’s no regulations
yeah, a few court cases. ok, some ‘supreme’, big and famous ones

still
- if emoluments (enumerated) dont count, and
- high crimes and misdemeanors (enumerated) dont count,
- why does exec priv (not enumerated)?

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retired cynic  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:48:27am

re: #68 CleverToad

Quick status: Dear old mother is still in hospital. They’ve switched her to stronger antibiotics for the pneumonia and she’s now in atrial fibrillation, which with all her heart problems she’s never had before. Eldest sister flew in last night from Gettysburg. Younger sister flies in today from Boston. Got 6 1/2 hours sleep at home last night thanks to eldest. First time I’ve been home since Monday, heading back over there in a few.

Thank all of the Lizards for all the good wishes! Yeah, pneumonia is a big, fat, hairy, fanged bear to deal with.

your correspondent from the battle front…

Hugs!

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:48:52am

re: #105 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

The markets seem very happy about the 3.2% boost in GDP. My portfolio is up almost 3% itself on the day so far.

??? Everything looks close to flat here.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:49:10am

re: #96 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Twitter is a for-profit enterprise and whatever rules they have in place are there to help maximize profits

well, sure if you’re gonna go all “free markets” on us // ;-)

and i agree 100%
if trump was a lousy twitterer he’d have been gone long ago
he’s good for the bottom line, no doubt

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:50:12am

re: #104 ObserverArt

And religion.

Go figure!

I think there is a connection.

I think there is for anything that is about power. And religion, communism, & fascism all are about the power of something greater than the individual.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:50:25am

re: #87 Man; Anger; DangerMan

misinfo is a different kettle of fish and worries me just a tad less

still, twitter is private property and they *could* have whatever rules they like

Misinformation /disinformation leads to measles outbreak. It will lead to death in the near future. This is becoming an existential issue. Our political system, social norms, including how-to-live-in-a-society-and-not-be-an-asshole, medical norms, etc. are all coming under attack from simple Misinformation /disinformation

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Jay C  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:52:33am

re: #90 HappyWarrior

washingtonpost.com

Did any of you read this a couple days ago? Good read on General/President Grant.

Interesting stuff, and jibes with some things I’ve recently read about historians’ reassessments of Grant’s post-war reputation. Most recap histories (well, non-Lost-Cause ones, anyway) tend to give General Grant high marks for pretty much everything, but tended to deprecate President Grant as an honest, well-meaning, but ineffectual Executive who let his Administration devolve into a cesspool of corruption and grift.

Ronald White’s piece does hint at a possible reason, though….

Grant’s fall from American grace largely coincided with the rise of white supremacy in the early 20th century. During that period, leaders who stood up for the rights of African Americans were not often lionized.

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wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:53:33am

re: #109 Decatur Deb

??? Everything looks close to flat here.

I guess I am a financial genius. //

In fact, several of my stocks have been in the doldrums for most of the year, and only recently have perked up.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:54:41am

re: #112 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Misinformation /disinformation leads to measles outbreak. It will lead to death in the near future. This is becoming an existential issue. Our political system, social norms, including how-to-live-in-a-society-and-not-be-an-asshole, medical norms, etc. are all coming under attack from simple Misinformation /disinformation

There is a good bit of “accidental” attack in the New Ignorance, but some deliberate poisoning of our philosophical underpinnings, as well. People like Bannon, with help from weird academics, have chosen a world in which nothing can be known with any degree of certainty.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:56:30am

re: #114 wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam

I guess I am a financial genius. //

In fact, several of my stocks have been in the doldrums for most of the year, and only recently have perked up.

Heavily invested in kevlar, cipro, and MRE Futures, eh?

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:57:12am

Interesting hire…

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:57:24am

re: #113 Jay C

Interesting stuff, and jibes with some things I’ve recently read about historians’ reassessments of Grant’s post-war reputation. Most recap histories (well, non-Lost-Cause ones, anyway) tend to give General Grant high marks for pretty much everything, but tended to deprecate President Grant as an honest, well-meaning, but ineffectual Executive who let his Administration devolve into a cesspool of corruption and grift.

Ronald White’s piece does hint at a possible reason, though….

That’s my assessment as well. He wasn’t Lincoln but he was I think a solid President and a great man. I’m glad he’s being reaccessed.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:57:45am

re: #117 makeitstop

Interesting hire…

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Well Trump acts like a mob boss.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:59:19am

re: #116 Decatur Deb

Heavily invested in kevlar, cipro, and MRE Futures, eh?

duct tape
lots of duct tape

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Ferdinand  Apr 26, 2019 • 7:59:38am

re: #94 ObserverArt

Believe me, I know your position. I started doing freelance design to help cover some of my college costs, rent, etc. to help my parents out with it all.

From that I built a client base that built into a partnership with another guy from college. That lasted for a few years and then I went on my own for a few more. Then a client asked me to be his art department for a small tech advertising agency which turned into 17 years as in house art department for racing teams and racing and auto parts.

Then because that whole industry changed the company was closed and I was out at age 58.

In a city with a good art college along with Ohio State also offering graphics, etc., 58-year-olds are not needed. There are a million 35 and down taking jobs as unpaid or low paid interns.

I’ve managed to struggle my way to this year for full retirement with a plan of doing some small jobs for extra and moving into painting and drawing which I always wanted to do.

Yeah, it all sucks. It was all good for some time and then boom…not what I was expecting at this age.

I turned 51 this week, so the process for me has involved a lot of gaming out scenarios for the next career stage. I’m also in a fortunate position because the youngest of my four kids is 19 and the last one living here. I had basically a 15 year corporate career and a 15 year freelance career (nonprofit communications, publishing, and web design management). Now I need another 15 year arc.

I’m in a good market - greater Seattle. But I’m too far away from the bigger corporate suburbs and even downtown is a haul. I’m interviewing for office management, executive assistant, project manager type roles mostly. But I’m almost certainly going to be earning half of what I was a couple of years ago at best, comparable to where I was twenty years ago. Which is a drag. With that stability though I can likely over sufficient time reignite and reinvent my freelance work in my meager spare time.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:01:12am

re: #112 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Misinformation /disinformation leads to measles outbreak. It will lead to death in the near future. This is becoming an existential issue. Our political system, social norms, including how-to-live-in-a-society-and-not-be-an-asshole, medical norms, etc. are all coming under attack from simple Misinformation /disinformation

Misinformation led to Trump’s election. The constant and dishonest attacks on Hillary’s character and behavior (as well as voter disenfranchisement) caused a sufficient number of voters to vote for either Trump or Jill.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:04:18am

Speaking of measles - my wife mentioned last night that there are now a couple of cases in The Hamptons on Long Island. Fookin’ great. I gotta play out there tomorrow night.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:05:21am

So I guess John Barron called up Trump to tell him that he’s the bestest negotiator ever! In fact, Trump quotes someone who calls him the “Negotiator-in-Cheif” or something. Anyway, “Cheif” is trending. And by executive order, the “i-before-e” maxim will be abolished.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:10:14am

re: #124 Barefoot Grin

So I guess John Barron called up Trump to tell him that he’s the bestest negotiator ever! In fact, Trump quotes someone who calls him the “Negotiator-in-Cheif” or something. Anyway, “Cheif” is trending. And by executive order, the “i-before-e” maxim will be abolished.

Hail to the Cheif.

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retired cynic  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:13:13am

re: #121 Ferdinand

I turned 51 this week, so the process for me has involved a lot of gaming out scenarios for the next career stage. I’m also in a fortunate position because the youngest of my four kids is 19 and the last one living here. I had basically a 15 year corporate career and a 15 year freelance career (nonprofit communications, publishing, and web design management). Now I need another 15 year arc.

I’m in a good market - greater Seattle. But I’m too far away from the bigger corporate suburbs and even downtown is a haul. I’m interviewing for office management, executive assistant, project manager type roles mostly. But I’m almost certainly going to be earning half of what I was a couple of years ago at best, comparable to where I was twenty years ago. Which is a drag. With that stability though I can likely over sufficient time reignite and reinvent my freelance work in my meager spare time.

I’m in that freelance career (nonprofit communications, publishing, web management), but make that FREElance. I’m not getting paid. I have built three of these nonprofits with my sweat, but don’t know how to make that work for me. Sad!

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:13:35am

re: #107 Man; Anger; DangerMan

know what else there isn’t a law on: “executive privilege”

washpo

‘executive privilege’ isnt in the constitution
pretty sure there’s no regulations
yeah, a few court cases. ok, some ‘supreme’, big and famous ones

still
- if emoluments (enumerated) dont count, and
- high crimes and misdemeanors (enumerated) dont count,
- why does exec priv (not enumerated)?

The courts ruled against Obama for that with regart to “Fast and Furious.”

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:14:38am

This Napolitano clip is crazy. I don’t think it went out over Fox News broadcast, but still. I can barely believe that someone who works for Murdoch was even allowed to say it at all.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:14:41am

re: #113 Jay C

Grant’s fall from American grace largely coincided with the rise of white supremacy in the early 20th century. During that period, leaders who stood up for the rights of African Americans were not often lionized.

The story of King Canute is also a lot more nuanced than is presented to us: he was simply fed up with court sycophants telling him how great and powerful that he was that he went and sat at the seaside and ordered the tide not to come in to prove to them that his powers were limited and mortal.

But it is related to us as a tale of hubris.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:15:07am

My FB exchange was part of a thread involving the FB handling of Stonekettle. So, yes, Twitter and FB are private organizations who can do what they want but we do have to worry about their handling of liberals on the site. Nothing Stonekettle said warranted his suspension — so we do have to be concerned on their rules on who can be silenced.

Re: James Woods. His account was suspended over a “satirical” meme that was stupid but I’m not sure justified such an action.

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Teukka  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:15:19am

re: #125 HappyWarrior

Hail to the Cheif.

And before you know it, it’s “heil to the cheif“…

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Old Liberal  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:17:20am

re: #109 Decatur Deb

??? Everything looks close to flat here.

The stock market prices are set daily by buyers and sellers. When the stock price goes up, there was one person buying in and one person selling. The seller decided it was no longer attractive to hold that stock. The buyer thinks they got a bargain. One of them is wrong.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:17:40am

re: #131 Teukka

And before you know it, it’s “heil to the cheif“…

It feels that way more and more.

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Teukka  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:18:14am

Just scrolled by my timeline…

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:18:57am

re: #127 Belafon

The courts ruled against Obama for that with regart to “Fast and Furious.”

correct

in the present situation it’s not about protecting any public interest
it’s clearly hiding info from the public for his own interest.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:20:48am

Democrats quickly running out of fucks to give about going easy on Trump and his crew…

A Democratic lawmaker on Thursday ratcheted up warnings to the Trump administration amid a growing standoff over subpoenas and oversight requests the White House says it will resist.

Rep. Gerry Connolly threatened jail time for White House officials who are declining to comply with congressional committees’ efforts to conduct oversight of President Donald Trump’s administration. It’s the latest salvo in the escalating battle between the White House and congressional Democrats, who have scaled up their oversight requests following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Connolly, who sits on the Oversight Committee, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room,” “We’re going to resist, and if a subpoena is issued and you’re told you must testify, we will back that up.”

“And we will use any and all power in our command to make sure it’s backed up — whether that’s a contempt citation, whether that’s going to court and getting that citation enforced, whether it’s fines, whether it’s possible incarceration,” the Virginia Democrat added. “We will go to the max to enforce the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government.”

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unproven innocence  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:22:22am

Breaking: WP reporting Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months for infiltrating NRA.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:22:53am

re: #130 Hecuba’s daughter

My FB exchange was part of a thread involving the FB handling of Stonekettle. So, yes, Twitter and FB are private organizations who can do what they want but we do have to worry about their handling of liberals on the site. Nothing Stonekettle said warranted his suspension — so we do have to be concerned on their rules on who can be silenced.

Re: James Woods. His account was suspended over a “satirical” meme that was stupid but I’m not sure justified such an action.

agree on both counts

when i suggest they can ‘do what they want’ - i mean they can make whatever rules they want. you then agree and post or dont. and they have to be evenhanded and accurate in enforcing those rules

i’d like to think they couldnt be arbitrary, erratic, unreasonable, etc

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MsJ  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:24:56am

re: #137 unproven innocence

Breaking: WP reporting Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months for infiltrating NRA.

Slap on the fucking wrist.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:25:59am

re: #124 Barefoot Grin

So I guess John Barron called up Trump to tell him that he’s the bestest negotiator ever! In fact, Trump quotes someone who calls him the “Negotiator-in-Cheif” or something. Anyway, “Cheif” is trending. And by executive order, the “i-before-e” maxim will be abolished.

As someone who is spelling-challenged, I am sympathetic to certain spelling errors. The maxim is not just “i-before-e”, it’s “i-before-e except after c, or when pronounced as a as in neighbor or weigh” — or in “weird” or “leisure” or “seizure” or …… Exceptions rule in the English language.

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:27:24am

18 months for infiltrating the NRA and promoting Russian interests among the GOP and right wing circles.

That’s a veritable slap on the wrist compared to someone who accidentally voted in an election.

But it still shows that the Russians were actively involved in manipulating the election. The Russians used right wing views and predilections to further Russia’s interests because they took advantage of all the bias and know-nothing extremism exhibited by the GOP and a willingness to look the other way while benefiting from Russian acts.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:28:22am

re: #138 Man; Anger; DangerMan

agree on both counts

when i suggest they can ‘do what they want’ - i mean they can make whatever rules they want. you then agree and post or dont. and they have to be evenhanded and accurate in enforcing those rules

i’d like to think they couldnt be arbitrary, erratic, unreasonable, etc

they can, I believe get in trouble for being openly discriminatory concerning race, religion or sexual orientation. The overlap between that and politics is a tricky one, and one that lots of people overstress.

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:28:57am
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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:29:27am

re: #132 Old Liberal

The stock market prices are set daily by buyers and sellers. When the stock price goes up, there was one person buying in and one person selling. The seller decided it was no longer attractive to hold that stock. The buyer thinks they got a bargain. One of them is wrong.

it’s a bargain because both sides agreed. and both sides agreed because they both got what they wanted and/or needed

you have to factor in why people buy and sell what they do when they do.

- did they need to raise cash for some other purpose - liquidity has value
- was there a better investment/return for that money in something else
- was it a rebalancing of a larger portfolio
- did they come into extra cash that otherwise would have sat idle
- was this a good investment compared to alternatives (ie a savings account)

this and more all matter in how people make these decisions

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Ferdinand  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:29:36am

re: #126 retired cynic

I’m in that freelance career (nonprofit communications, publishing, web management), but make that FREElance. I’m not getting paid. I have built three of these nonprofits with my sweat, but don’t know how to make that work for me. Sad!

Heh. It isn’t easy! I stumbled into a well-paying niche in 2003, and held a senior title even though I was a contractor on a full-time retainer. I always acknowledged that transitioning out of that work would be hard. I just wildly underestimated how hard, and the impact of major life distractions during job searching. We shall see. My latest resume rewrite seems to having a real effect, and I’ve had a couple of very good interviews in the past week.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:29:55am

re: #139 MsJ

Slap on the fucking wrist.

It beats what her lawyers and Barr were shooting for - immediate release and deportation.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:30:04am

re: #141 lawhawk

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18 months for infiltrating the NRA and promoting Russian interests among the GOP and right wing circles.

That’s a veritable slap on the wrist compared to someone who accidentally voted in an election.

But it still shows that the Russians were actively involved in manipulating the election. The Russians used right wing views and predilections to further Russia’s interests because they took advantage of all the bias and know-nothing extremism exhibited by the GOP and a willingness to look the other way while benefiting from Russian acts.

The sentence better not be suspended — she must be forced to serve it here. The appalling 5 year sentence for mistaken voting was in Texas — where justice does not apply to those of color.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:30:53am

re: #82 Ferdinand

Figuring, painfully slowly, how to properly search for a job in 2019. Thanks to a long freelance career with a handful of stable clients, it had been 20 years since I last looked for a salaried role. Damn. What a humbling experience the past year has been!

Tip #1: Customized resumes? Or at least multiple versions for different job categories? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Well in reality, it looks to me like nine times out of ten one has to let go of old concepts about a CV being a comprehensive or static document. Just not how the game is played anymore. Gotta change with the times and blend in with the hep young cats.

Also there are good ways to create resumes and online profiles to fend off age discrimination. Having crossed the half century mark, it’s a thing that happens.

So much learning.

I hit that a year ago. Being laid off in my early 50s and had not been real job hunting in 20+ years. I opted to declare I’d won the rat race and have essentially retired at this point. So now I have more leisure time and do volunteer work or help friends with minor IT problems to keep myself busy.

And the decision was helped by a few things working in my favor. First, I got a fairly liberal severance package that gave me salary and continued insurance coverage for a year. Second, I have enough savings to carry me for a few years at a reasonable living, and then my accumulated 401K funds start becoming available with no penalty to carry things even further. My main stress point right now is whether I can keep affordable and effective health insurance given the continued assaults on the ACA provisions since I am a walking precondition at this point.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:31:53am

re: #140 Hecuba’s daughter

As someone who is spelling-challenged, I am sympathetic to certain spelling errors. The maxim is not just “i-before-e”, it’s “i-before-e except after c, or when pronounced as a as in neighbor or weigh” — or in “weird” or “leisure” or “seizure” or …… Exceptions rule in the English language.

unless you’re trump

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:33:30am
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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:34:18am

re: #96 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Twitter is a for-profit enterprise and whatever rules they have in place are there to help maximize profits

And they’ve shown that the published “rules” go by the wayside if they think internally that it will cost them eyeballs/people/profit. Long term I think it’s bad for them since viewers eventually identify places that are comment sewers and then they are abandoned.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:35:11am
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:36:39am

re: #144 Man; Anger; DangerMan

it’s a bargain because both sides agreed. and both sides agreed because they both got what they wanted and/or needed

you have to factor in why people buy and sell what they do when they do.

- did they need to raise cash for some other purpose - liquidity has value
- was there a better investment/return for that money in something else
- was it a rebalancing of a larger portfolio
- did they come into extra cash that otherwise would have sat idle
- was this a good investment compared to alternatives (ie a savings account)

this and more all matter in how people make these decisions

- Or because a seller has inside information that leads them to realize the stock is overvalued.

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A Mom Anon  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:36:47am

<re: #94 ObserverArt

Try being an almost 59 year old woman who spent 25 yrs raising a kid full time. I gave up college and a career, not because I wanted to, but because I literally could not afford to go back to work. Special needs daycare, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychiatrist and neurologist visits and so on we’re not covered when my son was a kid. School resources helped a lot but were not enough. I ended up at school fighting all the damned time for services for 13 yrs. And don’t even get me started on getting help after high school. I was told by a temp agency I am not employable because I have no marketable skills. I have not received a single callback in 8 yrs of looking for work. The people I worked for in the past are either dead or I have no idea how to find them or even if they’d remember me. It’s scary. I have no retirement funds and neither does my husband really. He’s having to change careers after all his health issues and at 52 he’s having trouble too. I see us losing our house unless we can sell it within the next year unless a miracle happens. Like being older means you have nothing to offer. You become invisible.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:41:17am

re: #132 Old Liberal

The stock market prices are set daily by buyers and sellers. When the stock price goes up, there was one person buying in and one person selling. The seller decided it was no longer attractive to hold that stock. The buyer thinks they got a bargain. One of them is wrong.

and the futures market is the mirror of that

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A Mom Anon  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:43:38am

re: #154 A Mom Anon

I forgot I did have one little part time gig while my son was in high school. As an in store sales rep for Blue Buffalo dog food. That ended when they stopped doing that and went to tv commercials instead. It wasn’t a well paid full time gig to be sure though. Since then, nothing. Not even entry level retail. Sigh.

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DodgerFan1988  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:47:08am
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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:49:16am

re: #150 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

THIS IS INSANE. The whole point of the Arms Trade Treaty is to get the rest of the world to follow American principles on how and when to sell arms. We are pulling out of a treaty that is based on American values.

By electing Trump and allowing him to remain in office, we have proved to the world that we have no values. American values are a myth.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:51:07am

re: #157 DodgerFan1988

General Lee gained a certain reputation for “humane gallantry” because he did not allow his troops to pillage or plunder, especially when they were invading the North.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:51:44am

re: #157 DodgerFan1988

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He put captured black Union men into slavery regardless of their prewar status. He wasn’t kindly and I sure as shit don’t care that he stood with his state when George Thomas and Laura Jackson (Stonewall’s sister) chose the Republic.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:51:46am

re: #159 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

General Lee gained a certain reputation for “humane gallantry” because he did not allow his troops to pillage or plunder, especially when they were invading the North.

But that was as much for tactical reasons, he did not want the populace turning against the Confederate Army, he merely wished to convince them to seek a truce.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:51:50am

re: #157 DodgerFan1988

He was a mean slaveowner. He inherited some slaves who were supposed to be freed, and refused to free them. He ordered slaves beaten, and when someone would refuse, he would find someone else. He used chemicals to make the beatings hurt more.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:52:56am

re: #158 Hecuba’s daughter

By electing Trump and allowing him to remain in office, we have proved to the world that we have no values. American values are a myth.

Ah but America has values—The values of Ayn AS IN MINE Rand!

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:54:48am

re: #112 Colère Tueur de Lapin

Misinformation /disinformation leads to measles outbreak. It will lead to death in the near future. This is becoming an existential issue. Our political system, social norms, including how-to-live-in-a-society-and-not-be-an-asshole, medical norms, etc. are all coming under attack from simple Misinformation /disinformation

So, you are saying instead of The Information age, we are heading for The Disinformation Age.

Hello Dark Ages 2…digital.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:56:10am

re: #162 Belafon

He was a mean slaveowner. He inherited some slaves who were supposed to be freed, and refused to free them. He ordered slaves beaten, and when someone would refuse, he would find someone else. He used chemicals to make the beatings hurt more.

They needed the reluctant slaveowning secessionist to justify the Lost Cause.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:57:34am

re: #157 DodgerFan1988

OK, scratching my head this morning. Been seeing Lee’s name mentioned a bunch, and really baffled why.
Also, it seems Grant had a statue dedicated at West point either this morning, or yesterday. Which seems seriously overdue

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:59:34am

re: #160 HappyWarrior

He put captured black Union men into slavery regardless of their prewar status. He wasn’t kindly and I sure as shit don’t care that he stood with his state when George Thomas and Laura Jackson (Stonewall’s sister) chose the Republic.

Laura said she “would rather know that he was dead than to have him a leader in the rebel army.”

Brother against Sister

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 8:59:53am

re: #166 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

OK, scratching my head this morning. Been seeing Lee’s name mentioned a bunch, and really baffled why.
Also, it seems Grant had a statue dedicated at West point either this morning, or yesterday. Which seems seriously overdue

Yeah Grant finally is getting his due not just as a general but as a President too.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:00:30am

re: #122 Hecuba’s daughter

Misinformation led to Trump’s election. The constant and dishonest attacks on Hillary’s character and behavior (as well as voter disenfranchisement) caused a sufficient number of voters to vote for either Trump or Jill.

Don’t forget Gary “Stoner” Johnson.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:00:43am

re: #166 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

OK, scratching my head this morning. Been seeing Lee’s name mentioned a bunch, and really baffled why.
Also, it seems Grant had a statue dedicated at West point either this morning, or yesterday. Which seems seriously overdue

They’re probably related. “Why honor Grant without honoring Lee?” I can see a lot of non-assimilation whites say.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:01:25am

re: #159 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

General Lee gained a certain reputation for “humane gallantry” because he did not allow his troops to pillage or plunder, especially when they were invading the North.

Except that they did anyways. Including seizing free blacks and sending them south into slavery. And Lee’s planned campaign that ended with the battle at Gettysburg was essentially a large-scale raid to seize supplies and livestock from a northern state as a way to take pressure off Virginia.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:02:07am

re: #167 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Laura said she “would rather know that he was dead than to have him a leader in the rebel army.”

Brother against Sister

Laura is the Jackson we should be celebrating here. The narrative we got and you know this better than me SK is that guys like Lee and Stonewall had no choice. Every state and territory sent volunteers in 1861. I’m proud that one of them was my grandfather’s grandfather. We even have the same first name though I’m named after my other grandfather.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:03:01am

Music break: Bruce Springsteen has released a new tune called ‘Hello, Sunshine.’

Bruce Springsteen - Hello Sunshine (Lyric Video)

Good tune. Reminds me a lot of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson. Some gorgeous pedal steel work on this track.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:04:05am

re: #170 Belafon

They’re probably related. “Why honor Grant without honoring Lee?” I can see a lot of non-assimilation whites say.

Lee is honored everywhere. My Dad grew up near Lee Highway and Washington-Lee High School. And Jeb Stuart HS wasn’t far.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:05:02am

re: #167 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Laura said she “would rather know that he was dead than to have him a leader in the rebel army.”

Brother against Sister

Got her wish.

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Ferdinand  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:05:04am

re: #166 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

OK, scratching my head this morning. Been seeing Lee’s name mentioned a bunch, and really baffled why.
Also, it seems Grant had a statue dedicated at West point either this morning, or yesterday. Which seems seriously overdue

Trump riffed on Lee as the greatest general ever at his morning helicopter-side press shouting.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:06:55am

re: #128 makeitstop

This Napolitano clip is crazy. I don’t think it went out over Fox News broadcast, but still. I can barely believe that someone who works for Murdoch was even allowed to say it at all.

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I don’t think this is the first time The Judge has called out the reality of Trump.

I don’t get Fox. The other night I saw a video of Shep Smith taking apart Rudy G’s bullshit tour last Sunday on the major news political shows.

I guess the people that watch the Fox Nuts at Night® shows never watch stuff like Napolitano and Smith, or they ignore it because it doesn’t feed their beast.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:08:05am

re: #176 Ferdinand

Trump riffed on Lee as the greatest general ever at his morning helicopter-side press shouting.

He wasn’t a bad general but Lee is overrated. A beneficiary of bad opponents imo. When he started facing better opposing leadership, the Army of Northern Virginia started falling apart. He wasn’t horrible but the Lee Mythos came about from defeating McCllellan, Hooker, & Burnside.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:09:24am

George Marshall is the most underrated general in American history bar none imo. Juggling Patton, Dougie Mac, & others egos. Nuff said.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:16:09am

re: #178 HappyWarrior

He wasn’t a bad general but Lee is overrated. A beneficiary of bad opponents imo. When he started facing better opposing leadership, the Army of Northern Virginia started falling apart. He wasn’t horrible but the Lee Mythos came about from defeating McCllellan, Hooker, & Burnside.

His plans were brilliant but his plans lacked enough skilled lower-level officers to put them into action. And even Stonewall Jackson let him down during the Seven Days by being to exhausted to follow through.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:16:12am

As recently as the early 60s, Douglas Southhall Freeman’s 4-volume life of Lee was considered the greatest American biography. Now it’s dismissed as hagiography. Intellectual tastes and morals can shift quite quickly.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:16:58am

re: #176 Ferdinand

Trump riffed on Lee as the greatest general ever at his morning helicopter-side press shouting.

OK, one of the possibilities I considered was that Trump mentioned him.

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:20:26am

re: #141 lawhawk

Good. Habeus her corpus and bring her to congress to testify under oath about what she knows.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:20:43am

re: #181 Decatur Deb

As recently as the early 60s, Douglas Southhall Freeman’s 4-volume life of Lee was considered the greatest American biography. Now it’s dismissed as hagiography. Intellectual tastes and morals can shift quite quickly.

That’s not a bad thing though. Anyhow I haven’t read Freeman’s work but we should be aware he was a son of a CSA vet who grew up near Jubal Early who is the genesis of the Lost Cause who had a vested interest in dismissing Lee’s internal critics like Longstreet.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:21:12am

re: #182 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

OK, one of the possibilities I considered was that Trump mentioned him.

Trump is as ignorant about military history as he is about everything else.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:23:12am

One more tune from my favorite guitarist. Some primo rockabilly guitar from the late, great Danny Gatton. He was nominated for a Grammy for this album.

Danny Gatton/Elmira st. boogie.wmv

Turn it up. Rockabilly is good for you.

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:23:27am
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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:25:30am

re: #173 makeitstop

It has sort of a Glenn Campbell / Gordon Lightfoot vibe to it. I like it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:25:45am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:26:36am

re: #187 lawhawk

JFC. What a bunch of greedy assholes. Glad I stopped using them years ago.

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Jay C  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:28:19am

re: #178 HappyWarrior

He wasn’t a bad general but Lee is overrated. A beneficiary of bad opponents imo. When he started facing better opposing leadership, the Army of Northern Virginia started falling apart. He wasn’t horrible but the Lee Mythos came about from defeating McCllellan, Hooker, & Burnside.

I realize re-fighting the Civil War is generally a lost cause*, but I’d disagree that Lee is particularly “overrated”. Considering that he had to fight most of his campaigns with notable disadvantages in manpower and materiel, he did pretty well with what he had to work with. And (maybe just IMO), the Army of Northern Virginia never really did “fall apart”: it had to be beaten down and ground to bits the hard way. I’d agree, though, that the “Mythos” bit is pretty overdone: but I think modern scholarship (as with Grant) is more objective that it was, say, before the 1950s.

*pun intended

ADD: cf. DD’s #181

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:30:59am

In the early 60s, the US Navy named two Polaris ballistic missile submarines for Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson respectively.
The naming convention for these vessels was that they would honor “Americans who made major contributions to freedom.” Others so honored included George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, etc.
41 for freedom ballistic missile submarines.
This was around the time of the Civil War Centennial, which, in many ways, was the high water mark of the Lost Cause mythology. I remember the almost Disneyesque aspect of the celebrations, with scrupulous attention to the need to honor both sides equally and the paramount need to emphasize national reconciliation and unity on those terms. Even at the time, I thought is was a farce, and most scholars today (and many then) tend to agree.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:31:08am

re: #188 gocart mozart

It has sort of a Glenn Campbell / Gordon Lightfoot vibe to it. I like it.

He was definitely going for a Jimmy Webb feel, and I think he nailed it.

He puts so much work into making things sound simple.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:31:10am

re: #191 Jay C

The Confederacy had a lower bar: they just had to convince the Union that it was no longer worth continuing the war, withdraw their forces, declare a truce and restore the pre-Fort Sumter status quo. They came close a few times.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:33:33am

re: #181 Decatur Deb

As recently as the early 60s, Douglas Southhall Freeman’s 4-volume life of Lee was considered the greatest American biography. Now it’s dismissed as hagiography. Intellectual tastes and morals can shift quite quickly.

And apparently shift back again.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:34:04am

re: #187 lawhawk

[Many folks who could file for free were charged.]

I could find no free option to file for an extension. I looked pretty hard, too. Had to give lots of info to many, just to be told no. I managed to get a printer working and print and fill out the form, an envelope, and a forever stamp that said (and pictured) empanada on it. And I managed not to add ‘emphasis on the nada’. I thought they might count that as a cancelled stamp.

Then I deleted lots of cookies.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:34:53am

re: #191 Jay C

I realize re-fighting the Civil War is generally a lost cause*, but I’d disagree that Lee is particularly “overrated”. Considering that he had to fight most of his campaigns with notable disadvantages in manpower and materiel, he did pretty well with what he had to work with. And (maybe just IMO), the Army of Northern Virginia never really did “fall apart”: it had to be beaten down and ground to bits the hard way. I’d agree, though, that the “Mythos” bit is pretty overdone: but I think modern scholarship (as with Grant) is more objective that it was, say, before the 1950s.

*pun intended

ADD: cf. DD’s #181

True. I’m in the boat that he was a very good general but not among the best ever which is what Freeman sought to do.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:35:34am

I’m just glad we had Lincoln.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:35:58am

re: #195 ObserverArt

And apparently shift back again.

Yeah, ‘intellectual tastes’ have shifted to ‘anti-intellectual tastes’.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:37:43am

The problem is Reconstruction for years was written about for years by Southern whites and Northern whites who just wanted to move on.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:38:42am

re: #199 wrenchwench

Yeah, ‘intellectual tastes’ have shifted to ‘anti-intellectual tastes’.

Don’t forget the immoral too.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:38:54am

re: #192 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

In the early 60s, the US Navy named two Polaris ballistic missile submarines for Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson respectively.
The naming convention for these vessels was that they would honor “Americans who made major contributions to freedom.” Others so honored included George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, etc.
41 for freedom ballistic missile submarines.
This was around the time of the Civil War Centennial, which, in many ways, was the high water mark of the Lost Cause mythology. I remember the almost Disneyesque aspect of the celebrations, with scrupulous attention to the need to honor both sides equally and the paramount need to emphasize national reconciliation and unity on those terms. Even at the time, I thought is was a farce, and most scholars today (and many then) tend to agree.

A farce, but a necessary farce. Consider that “national reconciliation” was the progressive approach of the times. The shitheads, then and even now, defined themselves as “unreconstructed”.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:38:58am

re: #200 HappyWarrior

The problem is Reconstruction for years was written about for years by Southern whites and Northern whites who just wanted to move on.

History has been whitewashed.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:40:57am

Well, the phone ringing just woke me up. I’ll be going back to bed in a few minutes. It was the Veterans Administration with an update.

The VA has moved the diagnostic mammogram they want to do on me to “urgent.” They already told me there are no facilities in Sidney to do it, and they are checking with Scottsbluff now. (The VA in Cheyenne cannot do it.)

There are also no facilities in the city of Cheyenne which can do it, so they will schedule me an immediate appointment in Fort Collins, Colo. if the hospital in Scottsbluff is a no-go.

So yay? How’s you’re weekend going?

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:42:20am

re: #203 wrenchwench

History has been whitewashed.

History is a lie agreed-upon.
Little guy who made big history

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:43:28am

re: #203 wrenchwench

History has been whitewashed.

It has. I’m glad history is constantly being reanalyzed. I do it myself. There are some historical figures I like more as time goes on.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:46:54am

Harsh but fair

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Old Liberal  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:47:24am

re: #144 DangerMan

it’s a bargain because both sides agreed. and both sides agreed because they both got what they wanted and/or needed

you have to factor in why people buy and sell what they do when they do.

- did they need to raise cash for some other purpose - liquidity has value
- was there a better investment/return for that money in something else
- was it a rebalancing of a larger portfolio
- did they come into extra cash that otherwise would have sat idle
- was this a good investment compared to alternatives (ie a savings account)

this and more all matter in how people make these decisions

Of course. But I don’t believe most buy/sells fall in those categories. Most are betting on rise/fall.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:50:45am

re: #207 goddamnedfrank

Harsh but fair

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I’m honestly hoping him and Bernie cancel each other out by bickering.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:50:55am

I posted the Springsteen song to the Telecaster guitar forum and mentioned how good the pedal steel work was. Not ten minutes later, I got a thank you from the guy who played it.

Some days, I love the internet.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:50:58am
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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:50:59am

Considering the very low odds, this was not the lotto I wanted to win.

cancer.net

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allegro  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:51:33am

There is a small gnatty flying creature in the house. There are two cats in the house.

Hilarity is ensuing.

G’morning! (for another 9 minutes)

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:52:34am

re: #211 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Uh huh.

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:53:12am

re: #193 makeitstop

Or Harry Nilsson. It reminds me a lot of this

Midnight Cowboy - Harry Nilsson - Everybody’s Talkin’

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 9:58:40am

re: #215 gocart mozart

Or Harry Nilsson. It reminds me a lot of this

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Yeah, that was my first thought, too. I thought I said that in the original post.

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steve_davis  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:01:43am

re: #50 freetoken

The US is running record deficits, which means (and always means) that government policy is to heat the economy.

This is the lie that the “conservative” Republicans have been exposed as believing - in fiscal conservatism.

We see a huge stimulus funded by record US debt.

This will be repaid later with significantly devalued currency.

That means those of us on fixed (retirement) incomes are in deep trouble in a couple of years.

Trump bankrupted a casino. That is what he as his fellow Republicans want to do to the US. They don’t care because the top echelon of the society is not who are hurt in collapses.

if possible, stay in equities as much you can. Every day I keep my fingers crossed that Trump won’t say or do yet another stupid thing that causes the markets to tank, but I stay in equities under the belief that companies typically own tangible stuff, which means even if the currency is heavily devalued, they will simply find compensation for services they provide. Bond holders will of course be wiped out, including those like me looking forward to social security. That will be gone as they bonds won’t default, but it will be like Russia where they are sending me a check for the equivalent of 50 dollars a month.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:01:54am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Considering the very low odds, this was not the lotto I wanted to win.

cancer.net

That sux.

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sagehen  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:07:05am

re: #140 Hecuba’s daughter

As someone who is spelling-challenged, I am sympathetic to certain spelling errors. The maxim is not just “i-before-e”, it’s “i-before-e except after c, or when pronounced as a as in neighbor or weigh” — or in “weird” or “leisure” or “seizure” or …… Exceptions rule in the English language.

from that English is stupid discussion yesterday:
buzzfeed.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:07:16am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Sorry to hear that. Let us know if we can do anything to help. You have our support.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:10:03am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

I know you haven’t been feeling well, and I am really sorry to hear the news. You are strong of heart and mind, and I wish you the absolute best in the treatment you seek.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:10:22am

re: #206 HappyWarrior

It has. I’m glad history is constantly being reanalyzed. I do it myself. There are some historical figures I like more as time goes on.

That’s why there is room in history for good biographies to re-assess various historical figures. Especially if there is sufficient historical sources to work from, or new sources become available.

I think both Truman and John Adams benefited in their reputations from the David McCullough books.

And there is probably some good sources of WW2 information to be mined as some further documents are declassified or found misfiled somewhere. Foreign archives will still be a source as well. It’s been interesting to see how some of the campaigns and decisions in the war are viewed differently now that more German, Japanese, and Russian documents have been taken into account.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:10:57am

re: #219 sagehen

from that English is stupid discussion yesterday:
buzzfeed.com

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Esperanto was created specifically so that it would be an easy to learn, easy to communicate with language, and other than in the Stainless Steel Rat, I’ve never seen it used.

Edit: You can take it on Duolingo.

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:11:04am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Aw fuck man… best of luck to you in dealing with it.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:11:24am

re: #218 Belafon

That sux.

Well, it’s also possible I am suffering from a weird infection, but the VA doesn’t think so.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:12:03am

re: #225 Anymouse 🌹

Well, it’s also possible I am suffering from a weird infection, but the VA doesn’t think so.

Lets root for the germ this time.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:14:25am

re: #220 Eclectic Cyborg

re: #221 Shropshire Slasher

Thank you both kindly.

There really isn’t much point in me worrying now. I’ll see what happens after the VA gets this arranged for me.

I’m more concerned for my wife if this became a major medical issue.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:14:43am

re: #223 Belafon

Esperanto was created specifically so that it would be an easy to learn, easy to communicate with language, and other than in the Stainless Steel Rat, I’ve never seen it used.

Communicated with my kid’s teacher in Italy with a weird mixture of Italian, English, Spanish, and Latin. At a dinner party she said I was speaking “Desperanto”.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:15:22am

Rammstein dropped a new video. Pretty good.

NSFW, so behind a spoiler tag.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:15:47am

re: #223 Belafon

Esperanto was created specifically so that it would be an easy to learn, easy to communicate with language, and other than in the Stainless Steel Rat, I’ve never seen it used.

Edit: You can take it on Duolingo.

because it is completely logical and free of idiom, it is a good way to automatically translate: from one language into Esperanto and then into the third language.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:15:56am

re: #227 Anymouse 🌹

Plan for the worse, hope for the best. You are not alone in this.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:16:15am

re: #226 Decatur Deb

Lets root for the germ this time.

LOL.

re: #224 lawhawk

Aw fuck man… best of luck to you in dealing with it.

Thanks for your well-wishes.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:18:34am

re: #202 Decatur Deb

A farce, but a necessary farce. Consider that “national reconciliation” was the progressive approach of the times. The shitheads, then and even now, defined themselves as “unreconstructed”.

Starting with the Compromise of 1877, the end of Reconstruction, Jim Crow and continued segregation were collectively the required price of national reconciliation and unity. It was too high but progressive administrations accepted it right up to the time of JFK. Southern racists held up their end of bargain, too, and became some of the most loyal and jingoistically patriotic Americans. Even today, racists maintain this pretense.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:21:08am

re: #187 lawhawk

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I am so relieved that Eclectic Cyborg recommended TaxHawk to me. Only cost was for my state return and that was less expensive than Turbotax or TaxAct. Plus TaxHawk’s online assistance was very responsive, although my question opened a can of worms. (TaxAct replied to the same question more than a week later and gave completely wrong information…also said I could access certain forms AFTER I paid the $100+. They sure didn’t mention THAT in the fine print.)

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:21:22am

NYC is going to get hammered with some rain.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:22:54am

re: #233 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Starting with the Compromise of 1877, the end of Reconstruction, Jim Crow and continued segregation were collectively the required price of national reconciliation and unity. It was too high but progressive administrations accepted it right up to the time of JFK. Southern racists held up their end of bargain, too, and became some of the most loyal and jingoistically patriotic Americans. Even today, racists maintain this pretense.

The South got half a loaf or less. Without a movement to reconcile we would remain two societies—a country and a colony. The only way to actually defeat the separatists was to pull them back into a true union. That’s a process that is not yet complete, and might yet fail.

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sagehen  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:25:06am

re: #210 makeitstop

I posted the Springsteen song to the Telecaster guitar forum and mentioned how good the pedal steel work was. Not ten minutes later, I got a thank you from the guy who played it.

Some days, I love the internet.

Did the ‘thank you’ include concert tickets?!?

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:25:22am

I’m headed back to bed. The VA is supposed to call later, so I’ll find out how far I have to drive later.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:25:48am

re: #223 Belafon

Esperanto was created specifically so that it would be an easy to learn, easy to communicate with language, and other than in the Stainless Steel Rat, I’ve never seen it used.

Edit: You can take it on Duolingo.

Esperanto has a big part in Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series.

Riverworld is an artificial “Super-Earth” environment where all humans (and pre-humans) are reconstructed. The books explore interactions of individuals from many different cultures and time periods. Its underlying theme is quasi-religious. The motivations of alien intelligences operating under ultra-ethical motives are explored.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:26:24am

re: #229 Dr Lizardo

Thank you for keeping me abreast of new Rammstein!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:26:50am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

My uncle Bud had it. They caught it early and he beat it for 20 years. Hoping everything will be OK!

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Jay C  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:27:50am

Already here.
Occasional thunder as well.
A good day to be observing the weather out the (18th floor) window: when I can turn away from LGF, that is….

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:28:09am

re: #229 Dr Lizardo

Rammstein dropped a new video. Pretty good.

NSFW, so behind a spoiler tag.

[Embedded content]

That. Is. Badass.

They’re playing in Vienna on our first night of vacation. My wife wanted to go, but I waited too long to get tickets, and now the show is sold out and scalpers are getting 400 Euro per ticket.

I should listen more closely to my wife sometimes.

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:28:13am

Trump is a deranged nut.

Trump thinks the solution to gun massacres is to have more guns. Same as always from the NRA. It’s the answer they want to hear, despite all evidence showing that places with strong gun laws have lower per capita death rates.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:28:17am

re: #240 Shropshire Slasher

Thank you for keeping me abreast of new Rammstein!

I’ve been seriously digging their latest videos. Very cinematic in nature.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:28:40am

re: #236 Decatur Deb

The South got half a loaf or less. Without a movement to reconcile we would remain two societies—a country and a colony. The only way to actually defeat the separatists was to pull them back into a true union. That’s a process that is not yet complete, and might yet fail.

The South “winning” the peace hurt them a bit in the long run. Additional turmoil and Jim Crow was a disincentive for capital to be spent there to rebuild or develop new industries. It’s one reason the region languished while the Northeast and Midwest industrialized, modernized, and became wealthier.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:29:05am
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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:29:54am

re: #235 Shropshire Slasher

NYC is going to get hammered with some rain.

We just got about five minutes of it. Sheets of rain, big thunder, close lightning. My animals all headed for the basement.

Then it just stopped. I understand that’s what we’re to expect all day.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:31:29am
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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:32:37am

re: #245 Dr Lizardo

I’ve been seriously digging their latest videos. Very cinematic in nature.

They definitely got the Big Boy Budget for this album and the accompanying videos. I’m still awestruck by the ‘Deutschland’ video.

And the album itself sounds massive. What a recording.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:33:50am

re: #246 Feline Fearless Leader

The South “winning” the peace hurt them a bit in the long run. Additional turmoil and Jim Crow was a disincentive for capital to be spent there to rebuild or develop new industries. It’s one reason the region languished while the Northeast and Midwest industrialized, modernized, and became wealthier.

Catch almost any US map graphing the worst criteria economically, medically, socially. It’s easy to find the shadow of the Confederacy.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:34:08am

re: #250 makeitstop

They definitely got the Big Boy Budget for this album and the accompanying videos. I’m still awestruck by the ‘Deutschland’ video.

And the album itself sounds massive. What a recording.

Their video for “Deutschland” is one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. IMHO, one day, it will be ranked as one of the greatest music videos of all time.

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Jay C  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:36:00am

re: #246 Feline Fearless Leader

The South “winning” the peace hurt them a bit in the long run. Additional turmoil and Jim Crow was a disincentive for capital to be spent there to rebuild or develop new industries. It’s one reason the region languished while the Northeast and Midwest industrialized, modernized, and became wealthier.

Yeah, well they hung on long enough, in many sections, for development, technology and the economy to transform Dixie from an impoverished backwater into the “Sun Belt”.
Still plenty backward, but (outside, I guess, of AL and MS), not “languishing” so much nowadays.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:37:28am

re: #209 HappyWarrior

I’m honestly hoping him and Bernie cancel each other out by bickering.

Unfortunately I honestly don’t see it. Right now their supporters (and presumably down the line their delegates) are most likely to pick the other as a second choice. File under: “Watch straight white male privilege work”

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:40:04am

[…]

“My question is, can anyone on the panels speak today on the social impact the industry is having on New Mexican communities, like missing and murdered indigenous women?” Haaland asked. She was met with silence.

No one on the panel had any answers to offer.

The comments came as a total surprise to the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

“It’s irresponsible for a member of Congress to bring these allegations, undocumented, unverified to a congressional committee - and at a minimum, Congresswoman Haaland owes the public an explanation,” said Robert McEntyre, the spokesman for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

Haaland’s staff told KOB 4 the information came from Navajo Nation Council Delegate Daniel Tso

[…]

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:41:02am
Cornell University researchers learned autonomous vehicles can perceive three-dimensional objects in their path with greater accuracy than Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors, but at lower cost, via a simpler technique. The team determined analyzing images from two low-cost cameras on either side of the windshield, offers triple the accuracy of LiDAR. Cornell’s Kilian Weinberger suggested such stereo cameras could function as the primary means to identify objects in lower-end cars, or as a backup system in higher-end cars outfitted with LiDAR.

ibtimes.com

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:41:48am

re: #235 Shropshire Slasher

Tornado watch now in effect through 9pm tonight for Southern NJ, DE, and SE PA.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:43:01am

re: #223 Belafon

Esperanto was created specifically so that it would be an easy to learn, easy to communicate with language, and other than in the Stainless Steel Rat, I’ve never seen it used.

Edit: You can take it on Duolingo.

There is a movie Leslie Stevens made in 1965, Incubus, that is in Esperanto and it stars William Shatner. Saw it in college with a couple friends and they winced at the cast mispronouncing the words. It was a surreal experience…

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:47:15am

Speaking of cars, I finally got another Rolls-Royce, the type I had always wanted in fact. Unfortunately it is not real but it won’t take up so much space and the fuel and maintenance costs are nil.

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:48:25am
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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:49:40am

re: #207 goddamnedfrank

Harsh but fair

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Ooooof! Joe, c’mon, don’t give them the ammo.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:50:17am

re: #254 goddamnedfrank

Unfortunately I honestly don’t see it. Right now their supporters (and presumably down the line their delegates) are most likely to pick the other as a second choice. File under: “Watch straight white male privilege work”

Yeah I think you may be right unfortunately. Gah.

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Shropshire Slasher  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:53:19am

I really hate repacking bearings, red grease gets everywhere and you can never have enough rags. I also hate putting it all back together, remounting the tire, only to realize it is far too dry rotted to hold air. Keeping farm equipment serviced is a never ending task.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:54:15am

re: #253 Jay C

Yeah, well they hung on long enough, in many sections, for development, technology and the economy to transform Dixie from an impoverished backwater into the “Sun Belt”.
Still plenty backward, but (outside, I guess, of AL and MS), not “languishing” so much nowadays.

Except that new wealth stays concentrated. Huntsville, Atlanta, DFW-Houston-Austin-San Antonio are all well off without the rest of those states improving much.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:54:59am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Considering the very low odds, this was not the lotto I wanted to win.

cancer.net

I hope you win, beat the odds.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:55:40am

The VA is not wasting any time here. They just called back again to tell me the needed testing facilities are available at the Scottsbluff hospital.

They are going to try to get me in Monday or Tuesday. (Monday I have to take a water test to the lab, and Tuesday my wife has a dentist appointment in Scottsbluff, so yay for small conveniences.)

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:56:36am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Considering the very low odds, this was not the lotto I wanted to win.

cancer.net

All I can suggest is getting the test/exam and if it is that hopefully it’s an early stage and relatively easily to treat. And you go from there.

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 10:56:41am

re: #265 ObserverArt

I hope you win, beat the odds.

Thanks. I suppose if I win the Powerball, taking the annuity option might not be the best way to go. /s

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Anymouse 🌹  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:01:37am

Back to bed again. Gotta sleep sometime.

Still hoping I’m on team “weird infection” here.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:02:57am

What if that’s just what they want us to think?

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William Lewis  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:03:37am

re: #229 Dr Lizardo

whoa! That’s something else and then some ;D

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A Mom Anon  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:08:32am

re: #268 Anymouse 🌹

Early detection is key here. Let’s hope for good outcomes and speedy recovery no matter what the culprit is. I know a couple of ladies who are 10 and 22 years cancer free. Sending you all the good thoughts I have. ❤️🤗

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:09:34am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Best wishes on this. Hopefully it’s a false alarm. We are all thinking of you.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:10:32am

re: #251 Decatur Deb

Catch almost any US map graphing the worst criteria economically, medically, socially. It’s easy to find the shadow of the Confederacy.

After the war, Vicksburg did not celebrate the 4th of July again until WW2.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:11:51am

re: #259 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Speaking of cars, I finally got another Rolls-Royce, the type I had always wanted in fact. Unfortunately it is not real but it won’t take up so much space and the fuel and maintenance costs are nil.

weren’t they tootling around in one of those in Lawrence of Arabia?

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:14:52am

re: #254 goddamnedfrank

Unfortunately I honestly don’t see it. Right now their supporters (and presumably down the line their delegates) are most likely to pick the other as a second choice. File under: “Watch straight white male privilege work”

Nope.

The Bernie Bros will never select Biden; they want a progressive and are not fans of Obama. They are more likely to demand that Bernie run as an independent.

Meanwhile, the Biden supporters are not interested in some faux “progressive” with no credentials and with a foreign policy too similar to Trump. They are likely to flock to some other white male candidate — perhaps Bennet.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:15:13am

Re-writing history on the fly ain’t always so easy.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:20:25am

I heard some people talking the other day on MSNBC about the one thing that really really upsets Trump.

His worst fear is his big victory in the EC giving him the presidency becomes illegitimate.

It is one of the driving factors in his obstruction apparently. He fought Mueller because he thought from the get-go it was a signal his legitimacy was threatened.

So, I think it would be very beneficial if everyone called his presidency illegitimate. It would be interesting if congress started using the word. And some of the media. He is the sensitive type, so you don’t have to directly say he is illegitimate, just say it is a question and it will be one to haunt him for all time.

Boom! Off goes the Trump. It will cause him to do stupid stuff and hopefully end up being clear it is all obstruction.

Practice typing the main ingredient: Trump is an illegitimate president.

Maybe add some extra spice: His election vote was manipulated by Russia.

Put in a pre-warmed oven and bake ‘til done.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:20:33am

having a very not great day

no not nearly like those of you with heath or major finance issues

still it’s my day and it’s not one of my better ones

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:22:03am

re: #278 ObserverArt

Basically. He’s convinced that he wins at everything and doesn’t want anyone to do anything to break him of that delusion.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:23:08am

i wonder how the inventors of the tv mute button knew years in advance that donald trump would someday be president of the united states

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:23:26am

I see economic growth was higher than forecast last quarter. I really hope a bunch of people don’t just vote for Trump because economy.

Although, I’m really shocked it’s still so strong.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:25:11am
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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:25:14am

re: #279 DangerMan

having a very not great day

no not nearly like those of you with heath or major finance issues

still it’s my day and it’s not one of my better ones

‘Very not great’ sounds worse than ‘not very great’. I hope it goes very better.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:25:32am

re: #277 makeitstop

My brother and I were in a Lowe’s over Easter weekend and the guy ahead of us was buying four tiki torches among other things. My brother whispered to me, “Must be a white supremacist.”
(he was joking)

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:26:03am

re: #277 makeitstop

Re-writing history on the fly ain’t always so easy.

I was going to comment about that here this evening, because this diary covers it pretty well: dailykos.com. It seems a bunch of emails got leaked.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:26:08am

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

weren’t they tootling around in one of those in Lawrence of Arabia?

There were a couple of them in the movie but I think they were soft-bodied touring types. Lawrence had 9 Rolls-Royces in his desert force, including both armored types and utility-bodied “tenders.” He thought very highly of them and used them in long distance raids against the Turks. They set a whole new standard of mobility.
CHARIOTS OF WAR: WHEN T.E. LAWRENCE AND HIS ARMORED ROLLS-ROYCES RULED THE ARABIAN DESERT
After the war, when asked what he would most like to have, Lawrence responded, “Perhaps it is childish, but I should like my own Rolls-Royce car with enough tires and petrol to last me all my life.”

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:27:39am

re: #276 Hecuba’s daughter

Nope.

The Bernie Bros will never select Biden; they want a progressive and are not fans of Obama. They are more likely to demand that Bernie run as an independent.

Meanwhile, the Biden supporters are not interested in some faux “progressive” with no credentials and with a foreign policy too similar to Trump. They are likely to flock to some other white male candidate — perhaps Bennet.

I mean, we can quibble about what the majority might end up doing but I didn’t make my claim up, polling does support the notion that Biden and Sanders are the top second choice right now. Not just amongst their own supporters either, but among supporters of all candidates. I’m not happy about it but I’m not gonna deny it either.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are the most popular potential Democratic presidential candidates, but they are also the top second choices among registered voters, according to a Morning Consult survey released this week.

The poll found that Sanders was the second choice for 27 percent of Biden’s supporters. Another 15 percent of Biden supporters said they would back Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while 9 percent said they supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Among Sanders’s supporters, 26 percent said they supported Biden as a second choice, followed by Warren at 16 percent and Harris at 7 percent.

Among Harris’s supporters, 20 percent said they would choose Biden as a second choice, while Sanders was not among the top picks as a backup option. And among Biden supporters, 15 percent said they would support Harris as a second choice.

However, Sanders registered strongly as a second choice for Warren’s supporters, with 25 percent saying the Vermont senator and 2016 runner-up for the Democratic nomination was a backup for them, followed by Harris at 14 percent and Biden at 13 percent.

Among former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) supporters, 20 percent said they would pick Sanders as a second option, while 18 percent chose Biden.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:28:37am

re: #280 Eclectic Cyborg

Basically. He’s convinced that he wins at everything and doesn’t want anyone to do anything to break him of that delusion.

well he has won at a lot
if you dont look at how
- ie the cheating , lies, deception and strong arm tactics

of course he’s lost a a lot too

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:29:20am

re: #269 Anymouse 🌹

Back to bed again. Gotta sleep sometime.

Still hoping I’m on team “weird infection” here.

FWIW, my first husband (RIP, not due to cancer) had a very large and painful lump that turned out to be something completely not cancer and was resolved with a simple lumpectomy.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:30:33am

re: #287 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

After the war, when asked what he would most like to have, Lawrence responded, “Perhaps it is childish, but I should like my own Rolls-Royce car with enough tyres and petrol to last me all my life.”

UK English, please

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:30:55am

re: #282 Eclectic Cyborg

I see economic growth was higher than forecast last quarter. I really hope a bunch of people don’t just vote for Trump because economy.

Although, I’m really shocked it’s still so strong.

it’s expected to drop to 2% for the next three quarters

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EPR-radar  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:31:58am

re: #289 DangerMan

well he has won at a lot
if you dont look at how
- ie the cheating , lies, deception and strong arm tactics

of course he’s lost a a lot too

IMO Trump has never had a loss that had any measure of accountability to it. E.g., his bankruptcies were ‘victories’ in that other people were left with the losses.

If Trump ever is forced to a reckoning, he will have a Hitler in the bunker style meltdown as his narcissistic delusions (finally, at long last!) crumble.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:32:42am

re: #284 wrenchwench

‘Very not great’ sounds worse than ‘not very great’. I hope it goes very better.

as was pointed out yesterday, sometimes word order matters

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:33:29am

re: #291 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

UK English, please

The quote was transcribed by Lowell Thomas and originally appeared in an American publication.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:33:40am
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goddamnedfrank  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:35:49am

re: #288 goddamnedfrank

My main takeaway is that most of the extreme vitriol from Berners against Clinton in 2016 was rooted in raw sexism and the decades the GOP spent demonizing her. Biden is somewhat of a gaff prone goof, but because he’s a dude the blowback from that shit tends to roll off him like water off a duck, and he doesn’t engender quite the same level of unearned hatred.

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Citizen K  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:36:04am

re: #296 Charles Johnson

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And the media will never say so, ever. Because to say so would to be to finally accept that one party is beholden to racism and xenophobia, and we can never have that, especially of the party that is considered the ‘rightful’ party of America.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:39:39am

re: #295 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

The quote was transcribed by Lowell Thomas and originally appeared in an American publication.

Addendum; T.E. Lawrence by His Friends (Doubleday: New York, 1937)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:42:30am

re: #296 Charles Johnson

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the moron saying Lee was so great tells me that the moron likes losers.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:43:35am

re: #300 Backwoods_Sleuth

the moron saying Lee was so great tells me that the moron likes losers.

You didn’t know that already?

//

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allegro  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:47:30am

re: #288 goddamnedfrank

I mean, we can quibble about what the majority might end up doing but I didn’t make my claim up, polling does support the notion that Biden and Sanders are the top second choice right now. Not just amongst their own supporters either, but among supporters of all candidates. I’m not happy about it but I’m not gonna deny it either.

I think Biden and Bernie are the top 2 right now because of name recognition. Americans are a lazy lot and very few pay attention to the degree we do. Few have the time.

It is so early yet and with the volatility of our politics at the moment, polls mean little.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:47:35am

re: #279 DangerMan

having a very not great day

no not nearly like those of you with heath or major finance issues

still it’s my day and it’s not one of my better ones

It must be bad…you are back to just being DangerMan.

I hope it improves for you.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:48:02am

re: #278 ObserverArt

but he didn’t really have a big victory in the electoral collage at all!

his electoral percentage ranks in the bottom 20% of all american elections. (that’s using that mathematics stuff, which we all know has a liberal communist bias)

combined with his 3% loss in the popular vote, the “historic victory” he likes to claim takes on a distinctly sickly pallor

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:49:44am

re: #301 Eclectic Cyborg

You didn’t know that already?

//

i was just waiting for proof in his own mangled words

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:50:11am

re: #279 DangerMan

having a very not great day

no not nearly like those of you with heath or major finance issues

still it’s my day and it’s not one of my better ones

Hopefully the day picks up and your weekend turns out well!

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:50:32am
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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:51:03am

re: #288 goddamnedfrank

I mean, we can quibble about what the majority might end up doing but I didn’t make my claim up, polling does support the notion that Biden and Sanders are the top second choice right now. Not just amongst their own supporters either, but among supporters of all candidates. I’m not happy about it but I’m not gonna deny it either.

aside from name rec, biden is, to many people, the one candidate who knows the job, can do it from day one without training, and has foreign policy cred as well.

for all bernie’s experience in politics, im not sure how clear it is that he ‘truly’ understands the job and can do it from day one as opposed to he just wants the job and expects people to do what he says.

and that goes for all the other candidates with lots or a little political experience. they all “want” the job, think they would be good at it, and i suspect many would be, however they are not ready and are going to have to learn it

im not comparing anybody to anybody else past, present, or future, just an observation on those currently declared

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Charles Johnson  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:51:11am
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Charles Johnson  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:51:43am
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A Mom Anon  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:53:24am

re: #279 DangerMan

Been having a lot of those myself these days. Sending a hug and offering up a listening ear if you need one. ❤️

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PhillyPretzel  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:53:43am

re: #308 DangerMan

You are correct about Biden. He knows the job and can do it without any hesitation. That is what a co-worker and I were discussing yesterday.

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:56:26am

re: #302 allegro

I think Biden and Bernie are the top 2 right now because of name recognition. Americans are a lazy lot and very few pay attention to the degree we do. Few have the time.

It is so early yet and with the volatility of our politics at the moment, polls mean little.

What was it — 77% haven’t decided yet? I’m in the same category — have excluded people, but waiting for the debates to see which candidate I can most relate to. It’s not just a matter of policy because it’s usually not clear what are the major issues that will confront a President. I also want someone whose judgement and character are sound, even if they don’t reflect my personal preferences on every policy.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:58:28am
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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 11:58:36am

re: #302 allegro

I think Biden and Bernie are the top 2 right now because of name recognition. Americans are a lazy lot and very few pay attention to the degree we do. Few have the time.

It is so early yet and with the volatility of our politics at the moment, polls mean little.

That bit I made bold type, is it they don’t have the time, or they do not take the time?

I think the difference is some people see politics as necessary and important and others have some form of a defeatist excuse like “my vote doesn’t count” or “they do what they do anyway” etc. so they blow it off.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:00:22pm

re: #315 ObserverArt

That bit I made bold type, is it they don’t have the time, or they do not take the time?

I think the difference is some people see politics as necessary and important and others have some form of a defeatist excuse like “my vote doesn’t count” or “they do what they do anyway” etc. so they blow it off.

There’s still plenty of them that think that the politicians will take care of it. That’s what they were elected for. They still don’t think they need to worry because what’s going on hasn’t truly affected them. That’s what most of the conservatives around here think.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:00:49pm

re: #312 PhillyPretzel

You are correct about Biden. He knows the job and can do it without any hesitation. That is what a co-worker and I were discussing yesterday.

i find a tremendous amount of hostility to biden in the more progressive blogs. also to bernie, which surprises me, since he seems to have gone from favorite to has been get lost in four not so short years

basically, my buddies on these blogs seem to be in ‘liz or bust’ mode

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:01:43pm

re: #298 Citizen K

And the media will never say so, ever. Because to say so would to be to finally accept that one party is beholden to racism and xenophobia, and we can never have that, especially of the party that is considered the ‘rightful’ party of America.

well Motherboard confirmed that’s what twitter thinks earlier this week

Motherboard reported earlier Thursday that a Twitter employee at an all-hands meeting last month said the company does not use artificial intelligence (AI) to aggressively take down neo-Nazi content because it could unintentionally remove Republican lawmakers and their supporters from the platform.

twitter worried that a lot of R accounts would be swept up with the trash

no one was concerned that a lot of politician’s accounts would be

in fact the linked story uses the word “republican” 9 times. the word democrat doesn’t appear at all.

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Cheechako  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:06:42pm

re: #312 PhillyPretzel

You are correct about Biden. He knows the job and can do it without any hesitation. That is what a co-worker and I were discussing yesterday.

No matter which Democrat wins the Presidency, their first appointment should be naming the Obama’s as “Special Ambassadors of the United States” and send them out to help mend fences around the world. We need to do much more fence mending than the POTUS could do by themselves.

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:08:52pm

Heh, Variety agrees with my take. I read this after I made the same connection.

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PhillyPretzel  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:09:13pm

re: #319 Cheechako

Yes. We have to undo the damage that was done by DT and his “good ole boys.”

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:11:42pm

re: #319 Cheechako

No matter which Democrat wins the Presidency, their first appointment should be naming the Obama’s as “Special Ambassadors of the United States” and send them out to help mend fences around the world. We need to do much more fence mending than the POTUS could do by themselves.

Maybe gift wrap Bolton and send him to The Hague?

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:11:56pm

re: #318 DangerMan

well Motherboard confirmed that’s what twitter thinks earlier this week

twitter worried that a lot of R accounts would be swept up with the trash

no one was concerned that a lot of politician’s accounts would be

in fact the linked story uses the word “republican” 9 times. the word democrat doesn’t appear at all.

Not surprising at all. If you look at accounts for people who support today’s Republicans, they are anti-immigrant, anti-environment, anti-choice, racist, pro-NRA, pro-Ayn Rand’s capitalism, anti-health care for all, unconcerned with Russian meddling in our elections, anxious to imprison Hillary and others in the Deep State, while proudly proclaiming their patriotism.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:13:00pm

re: #320 gocart mozart

Heh, Variety agrees with my take. I read this after I made the same connection.

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Ahem.

littlegreenfootballs.com

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:16:39pm

HA!

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Cheechako  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:17:28pm

Just another normal day in Jackson, Wyoming:

Wyoming Game & Fish Rescues Moose Trapped In A Basement

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lawhawk  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:27:03pm

re: #310 Charles Johnson

Erase our history?

What fucking history is that? The Confederacy, the fuckin’ secessionists who sought to preserve the institution of slavery by taking up arms and fired the first shots in the Civil War, and who lost said war that they started, isn’t their fucking heritage.

White supremacy is their heritage. The Confederacy is the proxy.

They want a return to the white supremacy and depriving minorities of their rights.

That’s what this is about. Trump’s accelerating their goals and objectives because Trump’s value signaling to everyone that he’s a white supremacist and aligned with the goddamned Nazis. He makes this his clarion call. Trump can’t be any clearer.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:29:42pm

re: #295 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

The quote was transcribed by Lowell Thomas and originally appeared in an American publication.

but that is not what he said!

He said “tyres”!!!

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:30:48pm

Well, T. E. Lawrence had a motorcycle, so there’s that.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:32:10pm

re: #328 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

but that is not what he said!

He said “tyres”!!!

I am frankly growing tyred of all this pedantry.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:32:31pm

re: #310 Charles Johnson

The reaction to Trump’s Robert E. Lee comments is a perfect example of how Twitter enables the propagation of evil right wing garbage. It’s everywhere today.

Putting history into perspective is not “erasing”.

And here, we have to slap them with this famous quote from Virginia-Born Union General Henry “The Rock of Chickamauga” Thomas:

[T]he greatest efforts made by the defeated insurgents since the close of the war have been to promulgate the idea that the cause of liberty, justice, humanity, equality, and all the calendar of the virtues of freedom, suffered violence and wrong when the effort for southern independence failed. This is, of course, intended as a species of political cant, whereby the crime of treason might be covered with a counterfeit varnish of patriotism, so that the precipitators of the rebellion might go down in history hand in hand with the defenders of the government, thus wiping out with their own hands their own stains; a species of self-forgiveness amazing in its effrontery, when it is considered that life and property—justly forfeited by the laws of the country, of war, and of nations, through the magnanimity of the government and people—was not exacted from them.
Report to General Ulysses S. Grant (17 November 1868)

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:33:49pm

re: #324 makeitstop

I didn’t see your take either. Great minds yadda yadda

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:33:51pm

re: #330 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I am frankly growing tyred of all this pedantry.

I am sure it was just a case of Lowell’s spell-chequer…

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GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:34:34pm

re: #310 Charles Johnson

“Our” history. That prick is from PA.

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:35:38pm

re: #332 gocart mozart

I didn’t see your take either. Great minds yadda yadda

And then there’s us! :)

As soon as I heard the brushed drum into I got that Nilsson feel.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:38:12pm

FEMA camp!

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:40:24pm
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Targetpractice  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:40:56pm

re: #327 lawhawk

Erase our history?

What fucking history is that? The Confederacy, the fuckin’ secessionists who sought to preserve the institution of slavery by taking up arms and fired the first shots in the Civil War, and who lost said war that they started, isn’t their fucking heritage.

White supremacy is their heritage. The Confederacy is the proxy.

They want a return to the white supremacy and depriving minorities of their rights.

That’s what this is about. Trump’s accelerating their goals and objectives because Trump’s value signaling to everyone that he’s a white supremacist and aligned with the goddamned Nazis. He makes this his clarion call. Trump can’t be any clearer.

When they say “our history,” what they mean is generations of “Lost Cause” horseshit that started almost as soon as Reconstruction was forcefully ended to settle a presidential election. It’s the same sort of shit you see on the rise today in Japan and (to a lesser extent) in unified Germany: the idea that the war they instigated was an honorary one with noble goals, that their enemy accused them of “crimes” to cover up their own, and that their defeat was not on honorable terms but forced upon them by a monstrous opposition.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:41:33pm

re: #334 GlutenFreeJesus

“Our” history. That prick is from PA.

Gettysburg?

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:43:14pm
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steve_davis  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:47:19pm

re: #82 Ferdinand

Figuring, painfully slowly, how to properly search for a job in 2019. Thanks to a long freelance career with a handful of stable clients, it had been 20 years since I last looked for a salaried role. Damn. What a humbling experience the past year has been!

Tip #1: Customized resumes? Or at least multiple versions for different job categories? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Well in reality, it looks to me like nine times out of ten one has to let go of old concepts about a CV being a comprehensive or static document. Just not how the game is played anymore. Gotta change with the times and blend in with the hep young cats.

Also there are good ways to create resumes and online profiles to fend off age discrimination. Having crossed the half century mark, it’s a thing that happens.

So much learning.

I’ve been an adjunct for all but basically 3 years of my working life, so I’m an absolute child when it comes to applying for real jobs. I wouldn’t even know how to give a successful interview. The last fulltime gig I had, my interview was so terrible that the only reason I got hired was because the first person they hired took another job and left them in the lurch. Basically, I just need a job where I show up and they say, “Can you teach 4 sections, two on a MW and two TR?” And I say, “Where do I need to sign?”

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:47:25pm

Does “our history” simply mean a person identifies with all that happened that caused the south to rebel against the north was good, just and needed and is still needed today, and it matters not where you are from if you think that way?

That is why you see the stars ‘n’ bars so many places that are nowhere near the south. It is the identity that is important, not anything to do with history as such as the continued history of white racism.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:49:01pm

re: #338 Targetpractice

When they say “our history,” what they mean is generations of “Lost Cause” horseshit that started almost as soon as Reconstruction was forcefully ended to settle a presidential election. It’s the same sort of shit you see on the rise today in Japan and (to a lesser extent) in unified Germany: the idea that the war they instigated was an honorary one with noble goals, that their enemy accused them of “crimes” to cover up their own, and that their defeat was not on honorable terms but forced upon them by a monstrous opposition.

Especially for Germany after WW1, after all, they were convinced that they only lost because their nation was “betrayed” by nefarious turncoats, including the Jews…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:50:48pm

re: #342 ObserverArt

That is why you see the stars ‘n’ bars so many places that are nowhere near the south. It is the identity that is important, not anything to do with history as such as the continued history of white racism.

That Confederate battle flag never flew over any state capitol or public building, they flew the Confederate national flag with three stripes and thirteen stars.

Displaying the battle flag in such cases is is a clear provocation and assertion of their perceived dominance.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:51:26pm

re: #342 ObserverArt

Does “our history” simply mean a person identifies with all that happened that caused the south to rebel against the north was good, just and needed and is still needed today, and it matters not where you are from if you think that way?

That is why you see the stars ‘n’ bars so many places that are nowhere near the south. It is the identity that is important, not anything to do with history as such as the continued history of white racism.

And back when I was reading US Civil War history more and reading forums you’d see the whining about how the KKK had “stolen” the Confederate Battle Flag from those who simply wanted to honor their ancestors who had honorably served in the CSA armed forces. Of course, that was only when they were challenged about the use of it as a racist symbol. And not much out of them regarding how a bunch of southern states suddenly decided to incorporate it into their state flags in the 1950s for no apparent reason whatsoever.
///

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:53:45pm

Yunno, if individual, families, or private organizations wish to celebrate their history and heritage by brandishing Confederate regalia, then I guess that is their good right.

But a Confederate battle flag is totally out of place if it is occupying a place of honor on any public property outside the context of a museum or historic site.

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steve_davis  Apr 26, 2019 • 12:55:37pm

re: #94 ObserverArt

Believe me, I know your position. I started doing freelance design to help cover some of my college costs, rent, etc. to help my parents out with it all.

From that I built a client base that built into a partnership with another guy from college. That lasted for a few years and then I went on my own for a few more. Then a client asked me to be his art department for a small tech advertising agency which turned into 17 years as in house art department for racing teams and racing and auto parts.

Then because that whole industry changed the company was closed and I was out at age 58.

In a city with a good art college along with Ohio State also offering graphics, etc., 58-year-olds are not needed. There are a million 35 and down taking jobs as unpaid or low paid interns.

I’ve managed to struggle my way to this year for full retirement with a plan of doing some small jobs for extra and moving into painting and drawing which I always wanted to do.

Yeah, it all sucks. It was all good for some time and then boom…not what I was expecting at this age.

30 years as an adjunct. 30…fucking…years. I can’t get hired full time because English is a PhD that everyone in the fucking world has no problem managing. An M.A. with 30 years is like yesterday’s coffee grounds getting reused for another pot. I don’t have a fucking portfolio. I don’t even understand what a portfolio is supposed to be. My entire career has been people handing me a departmentally-generated syllabus and saying, “Don’t worry about not having the parking decal yet. They don’t start ticketing until Thursday and we’ll have one put in your mailbox by then.” Teaching philosophy? Show up. On time. Do what I’m asked. Grade with some sense of speed. Go home. So I definitely understand the whole “extra cog unneeded for final assembly” part of a career.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:03:16pm

re: #342 ObserverArt

Does “our history” simply mean a person identifies with all that happened that caused the south to rebel against the north was good, just and needed and is still needed today, and it matters not where you are from if you think that way?

That is why you see the stars ‘n’ bars so many places that are nowhere near the south. It is the identity that is important, not anything to do with history as such as the continued history of white racism.

My problem is they have no concept of why that flag is seen as hateful. None at all. And don’t get me started how they’re the first people to call others unpatriotic too. There’s definitely some privilege in thinking the CSA flag is acceptable.

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:05:39pm

Well, I saw End Game…still processing.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:05:40pm

re: #323 Hecuba’s daughter

Not surprising at all. If you look at accounts for people who support today’s Republicans, they are anti-immigrant, anti-environment, anti-choice, racist, pro-NRA, pro-Ayn Rand’s capitalism, anti-health care for all, unconcerned with Russian meddling in our elections, anxious to imprison Hillary and others in the Deep State, while proudly proclaiming their patriotism.

all true

and im saying that twitter staff knows this explicitly. while they’re having these discussions, not ever thinking they’d become public, by only mentioning R’;s and not D’s, they acknowledge that the problem is only with republicans

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:06:34pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:08:01pm

re: #349 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Well, I saw End Game…still processing.

NO SPOILERS!

:P

I’m not going to be able to see it this weekend because I have a wedding to go to tomorrow and an outing with my nephews on Sunday. Hoping to see it some night next week.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:09:17pm

re: #317 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

i find a tremendous amount of hostility to biden in the more progressive blogs. also to bernie, which surprises me, since he seems to have gone from favorite to has been get lost in four not so short years

basically, my buddies on these blogs seem to be in ‘liz or bust’ mode

Bernie’s blind spots on race are finally thankfully catching up to him. I like Warren but I like Harris, Castro, Booker, & O’Rourke too and to a smaller extent Klobuchar and Buttelig.

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:10:34pm
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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:11:09pm

re: #352 Eclectic Cyborg

I won’t spoil it. Go see it though, worth it.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:11:51pm

WaPo just put out an article on Rod Rosenstien doing everything to keep his job by kissing up to Trump.

Rod Rosenstein is just another asshole in the Trump camp. This is why Rosenstein is backing Barr’s interpretations.

Rosenstein thinks he was doing good because he kept Mueller going.

What a fucking mess this all is. Watergate was kids selling lemonade on the street corner.

WaPo - ‘I can land the plane’: How Rosenstein tried to mollify Trump, protect Mueller and save his job

Rod J. Rosenstein, again, was in danger of losing his job. The New York Times had just reported that — in the heated days after James B. Comey was fired as FBI director — the deputy attorney general had suggested wearing a wire to surreptitiously record President Trump. Now Trump, traveling in New York, was on the phone, eager for an explanation.

Rosenstein — who, by one account, had gotten teary-eyed just before the call in a meeting with Trump’s chief of staff — sought to defuse the volatile situation and assure the president he was on his team, according to people familiar with matter. He criticized the Times report, published in late September, and blamed it on former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, whose recollections formed its basis. Then he talked about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and told the president he would make sure Trump was treated fairly, people familiar with the conversation said.

“I give the investigation credibility,” Rosenstein said, in the words of one administration official offering their own characterization of the call. “I can land the plane.”

The episode illustrates the political tightrope Rosenstein has had to walk in his two years as the Justice Department’s second-in-command. To keep his job, the deputy attorney general has worked to mollify an often angry Trump, while at the same time protecting the special counsel’s investigation of the president and his campaign. Rosenstein’s actions have come under renewed scrutiny, as he has played a key role in releasing Mueller’s findings in a way even some of his supporters say has been overly favorable to Trump.

In a statement for this article, Rosenstein said: “The only commitment I made to President Trump about the Russia investigation is the same commitment I made to the Congress: so long as I was in charge, it would be conducted appropriately and as expeditiously as possible. Everyone who actually participated in the investigation knows that.”

…more at link…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:14:29pm

re: #346 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Yunno, if individual, families, or private organizations wish to celebrate their history and heritage by brandishing Confederate regalia, then I guess that is their good right.

But a Confederate battle flag is totally out of place if it is occupying a place of honor on any public property outside the context of a museum or historic site in the region of Northern Virginia ONLY.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:14:30pm

re: #354 gocart mozart

Oh my god that is FANTASTIC…

He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home DepotTM Presents the Police!(r)” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.


I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.


“SubwayTM Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!(r)” I yelled
.

Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:16:53pm

Go to google.com, type in “Thanos” look for the gauntlet icon and click it.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:17:14pm
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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:17:55pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:18:19pm

re: #360 Patricia Kayden

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Trump is so full of shit.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:18:25pm

re: #348 HappyWarrior

My problem is they have no concept of why that flag is seen as hateful. None at all. And don’t get me started how they’re the first people to call others unpatriotic too. There’s definitely some privilege in thinking the CSA flag is acceptable.

The flag is just one aspect. The statues another. Lee hero worship another. All totaled they stand as proud symbols of a group of White people hating others and the people that want all of that to be seen as “their history” are in fact saying they are 100% fine with that hate and they want that hate to stand forever as a political statement.

They love to be seen as Rebs, KKK, Aryan Brothers, Nazis.

They are sick fucks that need to be shut down.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:18:30pm

re: #347 steve_davis

30 years as an adjunct. 30…fucking…years. I can’t get hired full time because English is a PhD that everyone in the fucking world has no problem managing. An M.A. with 30 years is like yesterday’s coffee grounds getting reused for another pot. I don’t have a fucking portfolio. I don’t even understand what a portfolio is supposed to be. My entire career has been people handing me a departmentally-generated syllabus and saying, “Don’t worry about not having the parking decal yet. They don’t start ticketing until Thursday and we’ll have one put in your mailbox by then.” Teaching philosophy? Show up. On time. Do what I’m asked. Grade with some sense of speed. Go home. So I definitely understand the whole “extra cog unneeded for final assembly” part of a career.

Publishing credits.
“Publish or Perish” applies equally to adjuncts as it does to pre-tenure PhDs.
I say this from experience.
In my case as an adjunct, among other things, it was working for a newspaper, being active in the Illinois Press Association, and writing the occasional piece for the Columbia Journalism Review.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:19:02pm

re: #361 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

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He chooses to have Hannity and the others spoon feed bullshit.

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Dr Lizardo  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:19:15pm

re: #359 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Go to google.com, type in “Thanos” look for the gauntlet icon and click it.

LOL

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:19:29pm

re: #363 ObserverArt

The flag is just one aspect. The statues another. Lee hero worship another. All totaled they stand as proud symbols of a group of White people hating others and the people that want all of that to be seen as “their history” are in fact saying they are 100% fine with that hate and they want that hate to stand forever as a political statement.

They love to be seen as Rebs, KKK, Aryan Brothers, Nazis.

They are sick fucks that need to be shut down.

Precisely.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:20:08pm

re: #358 Eclectic Cyborg

Oh my god that is FANTASTIC…

I ran across this many moons ago.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:22:02pm

re: #359 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Go to google.com, type in “Thanos” look for the gauntlet icon and click it.

When it’s done, click on it again.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:22:17pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:23:48pm

re: #370 Patricia Kayden

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Jesus.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:24:31pm

re: #371 HappyWarrior

Jesus.

I’ve never thought Rosenstein was all that anti-Trump. He’s just a “smile and nod” motherfucker.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:25:26pm

re: #372 Eclectic Cyborg

I’ve never thought Rosenstein was all that anti-Trump. He’s just a “smile and nod” motherfucker.

Trump gave him his job after all. Of course he’s not anti Trump.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:25:51pm

re: #371 HappyWarrior

Jesus.

See re: #356 ObserverArt

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:26:38pm

re: #374 ObserverArt

See

Yeah he seemed desperate to appease Trump and still is. This is a joke.

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PhillyPretzel  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:28:07pm

If one looks out the window right now in Philly it is bright and sunny. If you look at the weather map there are some major storms headed this way. I really do not like this weather.
weather.gov

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EPR-radar  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:29:07pm

re: #373 HappyWarrior

Trump gave him his job after all. Of course he’s not anti Trump.

It’s honestly revolting that the Racist Keebler Elf — Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III — is the most significant Trump appointee to have demonstrated the slightest trace of integrity or independence from Trump’s whims.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:29:41pm

Have a recommendation for Smith and the other history and civics teachers here, Wondery’s American History Tellers. Great podcast. I just listened to one on the Age of Jackson, now I’m on the Civil Rights and getting angry at how people totally don’t understand why it was important.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:30:10pm

re: #377 EPR-radar

It’s honestly revolting that the Racist Keebler Elf — Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III — is the most significant Trump appointee to have demonstrated the slightest trace of integrity or independence from Trump’s whims.

Tell me about it. Jeezus. What a mess.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:30:30pm

re: #364 Backwoods_Sleuth

Publishing credits.
“Publish or Perish” applies equally to adjuncts as it does to pre-tenure PhDs.
I say this from experience.
In my case as an adjunct, among other things, it was working for a newspaper, being active in the Illinois Press Association, and writing the occasional piece for the Columbia Journalism Review.

…while driving a cab.

/

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Targetpractice  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:35:17pm

re: #359 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Go to google.com, type in “Thanos” look for the gauntlet icon and click it.

I don’t feel so good…

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:35:38pm

re: #380 wrenchwench

…while driving a cab.

/

And raising children.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:35:57pm

re: #361 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

The President has access to the best information in the world, he just chooses to ignore it.

i desperately hope this is still true

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Targetpractice  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:36:31pm

re: #377 EPR-radar

It’s honestly revolting that the Racist Keebler Elf — Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III — is the most significant Trump appointee to have demonstrated the slightest trace of integrity or independence from Trump’s whims.

And to this day Donny still hates him for that.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:36:58pm

re: #382 Barefoot Grin

And raising children.

And tending bar. While passing the bar.

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EPR-radar  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:38:17pm

re: #383 DangerMan

i desperately hope this is still true

Not really. If Trump has access to the best info in the world, then so does Putin. We don’t need that.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:38:50pm

Matt Miller on Nicole Wallace is questioning if Rosenstein was another Mueller prejudger who “landed the plane” by fixing the outcome of the report.

John Heilleman is going further and asking since Rosenstein was in control of Mueller’s investigation, did he actually control Mueller to help mute (rig) the outcome. He wonders what Rosenstein was saying to Mueller the same time he was telling Trump he had this under control.

There has been plenty of question as to why all of a sudden did Mueller release his report when there was speculation there was more go. Was Rosenstein and Barr together as a team putting an end to it because it had gone on long enough (and was turning out to be troublesome for their boy)?

Our entire Justice Department needs to be investigated. It has turned into The Donald J. Trump Corruption Protection Division.

And people bought that shit about swamps and snakes. Fuck all these people. You can’t even call them dirty, we may need new words for this level of political corruption.

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Targetpractice  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:39:01pm

It seems that, now that the Report has become public, the floodgates have opened and all the noxious shit that we thought or suspected is being verified.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:39:43pm

re: #388 Targetpractice

It seems that, now that the Report has become public, the floodgates have opened and all the noxious shit that we thought or suspected is being verified.

Seems that way.

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DangerMan  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:40:22pm

re: #386 EPR-radar

Not really. If Trump has access to the best info in the world, then so does Putin. We don’t need that.

thats why i only bolded the first part - that we have it and he has ‘access’ to it - not that he ever has/would

that our network of intelligence gathering is still in place functioning and mostly still very good

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:40:32pm

re: #388 Targetpractice

It seems that, now that the Report has become public, the floodgates have opened and all the noxious shit that we thought or suspected is being verified.

Damn right.

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Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:41:06pm
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Targetpractice  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:41:14pm

re: #387 ObserverArt

Matt Miller on Nicole Wallace is questioning if Rosenstein was another Mueller prejudger who “landed the plane” by fixing the outcome of the report.

John Heilleman is going further and asking since Rosenstein was in control of Mueller’s investigation, did he actually controlled Mueller to help mute (rig) the outcome. He wonders what Rosenstein was saying to Mueller the same time he was telling Trump he had this under control.

There has been plenty of question as to why all of a sudden did Mueller release his report when there was speculation there was more go. Was Rosenstein and Barr together as a team putting an end to it because it had gone on long enough (and was turning out to be troublesome for their boy)?

Out entire Justice Department needs to be investigated. It has turned into The Donald J. Trump Corruption Protection Division.

And people bought that shit about swamps and snakes. Fuck all these people. You can;t even call them dirty, we may need new words for this level of political corruption.

As usual, it was always projection. They accused the DOJ and FBI of being in cahoots to destroy Trump…while they themselves were trying to subvert both to go after their own enemies. It seems the only reason why Hillary is not presently occupying a prison cell is because Jefferson Beauregard refused to go along with Donny’s demands.

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Belafon  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:43:31pm

re: #392 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

That will be cool for people who can no longer talk; it would have helped Hawking, I bet. OTOH, hopefully it doesn’t say out loud what I think.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:44:50pm

re: #387 ObserverArt

Out entire Justice Department needs to be investigated. It has turned into The Donald J. Trump Corruption Protection Division.

“In the U.S. Justice Department, there are two separate but equally important groups: The people who actually care about the rule of law and those who will protect the President at all costs. These are their stories. TRUMP TRUMP”

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:45:35pm

re: #395 Eclectic Cyborg

“In the U.S. Justice Department, there are two separate but equally important groups: The people who actually care about the rule of law and those who will protect the President at all costs. These are there stories. TRUMP TRUMP”

Ha!

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:47:12pm

re: #381 Targetpractice

click it again…

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EPR-radar  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:47:53pm

re: #394 Belafon

That will be cool for people who can no longer talk; it would have helped Hawking, I bet. OTOH, hopefully it doesn’t say out loud what I think.

How in god’s name would a sensible person who wants to be polite get the device to say “Republican” instead of “GoddamnMotherfuckingRepublican”?

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makeitstop  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:49:25pm

re: #398 EPR-radar

How in god’s name would a sensible person who wants to be polite get the device to say “Republican” instead of “GoddamnMotherfuckingRepublican”?

Yeah, the concept of ‘inside voice’ might go obsolete.

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BeachDem  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:52:41pm

re: #348 HappyWarrior

My problem is they have no concept of why that flag is seen as hateful. None at all. And don’t get me started how they’re the first people to call others unpatriotic too. There’s definitely some privilege in thinking the CSA flag is acceptable.

I think they know EXACTLY why that flag is seen as hateful; it’s part of its allure.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:53:03pm

re: #400 BeachDem

I think they know EXACTLY why that flag is seen as hateful; it’s part of its allure.

You’re right. They definitely know.

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jeffreyw  Apr 26, 2019 • 1:57:24pm

re: #399 makeitstop

Yeah, the concept of ‘inside voice’ might go obsolete.

I would want a five second delay and a bleep button.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:00:04pm

re: #364 Backwoods_Sleuth

Publishing credits.
“Publish or Perish” applies equally to adjuncts as it does to pre-tenure PhDs.
I say this from experience.
In my case as an adjunct, among other things, it was working for a newspaper, being active in the Illinois Press Association, and writing the occasional piece for the Columbia Journalism Review.

When I die, friends and family know that on my gravestone should be the phrase: “She Had One Hell Of A Résumé”.

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ObserverArt  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:01:06pm

re: #402 jeffreyw

I would want a five second delay and a bleep button.

It’ll use the Twitter AI language detection system to filter your thoughts.

Uh…

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Eventual Carrion  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:08:27pm

re: #392 Dread Pirate Union AFL-CIO

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Scientific American has an article of work they are doing with prosthetic limbs controlled by the “intentions” part of the brain. Seems the part they are targeting is where the intention to move a muscle or do some other objective first fires. It then fires to the part of the brain that actually sends the signal to do the action. Seems like a good avenue for experimentation, and they have had some success.

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gocart mozart  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:09:24pm

Nils Lofsgren and how he put some polka touches into Southern Man

Nils Lofgren Interview about Neil Young’s song, Southern Man

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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:18:10pm

re: #173 makeitstop

Music break: Bruce Springsteen has released a new tune called ‘Hello, Sunshine.’

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Good tune. Reminds me a lot of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson. Some gorgeous pedal steel work on this track.

Thanks for this. I had heard that Springsteen was going for “that late 60s/early 70s sound” and I wasn’t quite sure what that meant until now.

Kind of soulful & melancholy. The feeling of someone who is just tired of all the chaos & fighting, but who hasn’t given in to full-on despair & anger.

Very much an anthem for our times, eh?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:26:03pm

re: #380 wrenchwench

…while driving a cab.

/

indeed

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:29:06pm

re: #385 wrenchwench

And tending bar. While passing the bar.

I’m guessing because I’m a woman, I already knew that life’s workplace crap was stacked against me, so I just loaded up my CV with whatever could remotely be helpful in the future.

And it all was and still is.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:38:36pm

re: #409 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m guessing because I’m a woman, I already knew that life’s workplace crap was stacked against me, so I just loaded up my CV with whatever could remotely be helpful in the future.

And it all was and still is.

To further clarify, I have a Master’s Degree plus more academic hours than most PhD holders.
But because I am a woman, I have never made as much as my male counterparts in any job situation…I have even been required to train a new grad who is hired at a position better paid than mine.

I am old enough to remember when women were not allowed so many perks as they have today.
I had to get my father to co-sign for my first new car purchase (the ill fated Honda Civic that managed to survived its F5 tornado ride in 1974).
When I first started college at University of Cincinnati in 1970, undergrad females were required to live in the dorms, in a sorority house, or in their parents’ home.
Back in those days, women were not allowed to have a credit card in their own name, or take out a loan for anything…unless one was one of the wealthy elite.

If my personal CV anecdote came off as overt bragging, dammit, I worked hard all of my life and got paid shit for it just because that’s what life was like for women.
And still is for that matter.

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:47:30pm

re: #410 Backwoods_Sleuth

I was trying to get more ‘bragging’ out of you, just to see what else is in there.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:52:33pm

re: #411 wrenchwench

I was trying to get more ‘bragging’ out of you, just to see what else is in there.

omg…so, so much.
It’s been as much fun a life as it has been frustrating.

(you do remember my story about working with Larry Flynt? It’s here in the LGF comment archives somewhere…serious highlight that one was.
also that time I worked with Patty Duke and Cleavon Little…a very long time ago when we all were young and I’m the one still alive…)

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 2:57:36pm
Patty Duke and Cleavon Little

That’s new. I remember Larry Flynt. But if you were to share a link or two to the archives, that would be OK.

And keep adding to those archives. As Mr. w says, ‘I’m working on my autobiography, coming up with more material.’

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 3:03:23pm

re: #413 wrenchwench

That’s new. I remember Larry Flynt. But if you were to share a link or two to the archives, that would be OK.

And keep adding to those archives. As Mr. w says, ‘I’m working on my autobiography, coming up with more material.’

Search function isn’t letting me change the year range.

grrr.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 3:20:45pm

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wrenchwench  Apr 26, 2019 • 3:29:54pm

re: #415 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 26, 2019 • 3:35:58pm

re: #416 wrenchwench

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