A Stellar Piece for Lap Slide Guitar: Jacob Raagaard, “Joshua Tree”

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Joshua Tree, an original tune composed by Jacob Raagaard. Performed on his Style 3 Weissenborn built by luthier Richard Wilson.

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176 comments

1
Anymouse 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 8:49:28pm

I’m not sure if you can really analyze people from a single photograph on Twitter, but this is an interesting read (fifteen tweets, Donald and Ivanka Trump in Winston Churchill’s bedroom).

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danarchy  Jun 9, 2019 • 8:57:50pm

re: #1 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not sure if you can really analyze people from a single photograph on Twitter, but this is an interesting read (fifteen tweets, Donald and Ivanka Trump in Winston Churchill’s bedroom).

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Alternatively, his belt buckle is biting into his gut and he is grimacing while trying to adjust it. Analyzing body language in a freeze frame is an incredibly stupid endeavor.

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Belafon  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:08:41pm

re: #2 danarchy

Alternatively, his belt buckle is biting into his gut and he is grimacing while trying to adjust it. Analyzing body language in a freeze frame is an incredibly stupid endeavor.

That’s pretty obviously Trump’s channeling-Churchill face.

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De Kolta Chair  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:15:12pm

Ppffffft!

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:15:50pm

Australian conservative cruelty:

A boy born in Victoria could be deported in just over a week because he’s deemed a burden to the Australian health system.

He has cystic fibrosis. The Victoria government is fighting to keep him in Australia, but the conservative-controlled federal government wants the child deported to Ireland because he would be a “burden on social services.”

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:26:01pm

David Ortiz reportedly shot in Dominican Republic (Goes to the Boston Globe).

David Ortiz is a former Red Sox player who was caught up in the Major League Baseball doping scandal, later cleared by the commissioner.

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De Kolta Chair  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:27:35pm

‘Merican exports are the best, baby!

Sir Douglas Quintet - Meet Me In Stockholm

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Hecuba's daughter  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:33:31pm

re: #5 Anymouse 🌹

Australian conservative cruelty:

A boy born in Victoria could be deported in just over a week because he’s deemed a burden to the Australian health system.

He has cystic fibrosis. The Victoria government is fighting to keep him in Australia, but the conservative-controlled federal government wants the child deported to Ireland because he would be a “burden on social services.”

Isn’t this the contemporary standard for any conservative government? Cruelty toward the poor combined with adoration of the wealthy?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:52:20pm

re: #5 Anymouse 🌹

Australian conservative cruelty:

A boy born in Victoria could be deported in just over a week because he’s deemed a burden to the Australian health system.

He has cystic fibrosis. The Victoria government is fighting to keep him in Australia, but the conservative-controlled federal government wants the child deported to Ireland because he would be a “burden on social services.”

If the innocent tyke was in the US, Phony Joni Ernst would tell his parents to go to a church and ask for help.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 9:59:05pm

Meanwhile, back at the Tiny Penis Club…

A former pro football player who serves on the National Rifle Association board was paid $400,000 by the group in recent years for public outreach and firearms training. Another board member, a writer in New Mexico, collected more than $28,000 for articles in NRA publications. Yet another board member sold ammunition from his private company to the NRA for an undisclosed sum.

In all, 18 members of the NRA’s 76-member board, who are not paid as directors, collected money from the group during the past three years, according to tax filings, state charitable reports and NRA correspondence reviewed by The Washington Post.

Among the revelations that have burst into public view: CEO Wayne LaPierre racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique and on foreign travel, invoices show. Oliver North, forced out as president after trying to oust LaPierre, was set to collect millions of dollars in a deal with the NRA’s now-estranged public relations agency, Ackerman McQueen, according to LaPierre. And the NRA’s outside attorney reaped “extraordinary” legal fees that totaled millions of dollars in the past year, according to North.

washingtonpost.com

The NRA board has 76 directors…

Oh how I want the New York Attorney General to revoke the charter of the Tiny Penis Club and put it out of business!

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Dave In Austin  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:03:30pm
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plansbandc  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:13:26pm

This is so sweet. <3

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:22:20pm

re: #1 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not sure if you can really analyze people from a single photograph on Twitter, but this is an interesting read (fifteen tweets, Donald and Ivanka Trump in Winston Churchill’s bedroom).

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:22:28pm

re: #11 Dave In Austin

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So are five MAGATs having a feud?

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:22:41pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:23:30pm

re: #11 Dave In Austin

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:30:09pm

John Oliver goes after Phyllis Schafley for her lies about the Equal Rights Amendment.

He also calls on one state to ratify it.

Goes to Daily Motion (15:35)

dailymotion.com

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Hecuba's daughter  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:33:56pm

re: #17 Anymouse 🌹

John Oliver goes after Phyllis Schafley for her lies about the Equal Rights Amendment.

He also calls on one state to ratify it.

Goes to Daily Motion (15:35)

dailymotion.com

Do you really believe McConnell will extend the deadline on the ERA?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:36:50pm

re: #18 Hecuba’s daughter

Do you really believe McConnell will extend the deadline on the ERA?

Congress voted an extension of ERA which expired in the early 80s. And if Virginia does ratify ERA there is no doubt in my mind that the corrupted supreme court will vote 5-4 that it wasn’t ratified in time and is null and void.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:43:20pm

If both re: #19 Joe Bacon 🌹

Congress voted an extension of ERA which expired in the early 80s. And if Virginia does ratify ERA there is no doubt in my mind that the corrupted supreme court will vote 5-4 that it wasn’t ratified in time and is null and void.

If both Houses approve an extension, and it gets the necessary additional state, then it may become law, though as you say, it’s possible that SCOTUS will vote against it because it wasn’t approved according to the original deadline.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:44:01pm

re: #18 Hecuba’s daughter

Do you really believe McConnell will extend the deadline on the ERA?

The deadline was imposed by a separate statute; it is not in the proposed amendment.

Repeal the statute, that deadline goes away. As for McConnell? Hell no. That makes another reason he needs to be made minority leader or out of the Senate next year.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:48:51pm

re: #21 Anymouse 🌹

The deadline was imposed by a separate statute; it is not in the proposed amendment.

Repeal the statute, that deadline goes away. As for McConnell? Hell no. That makes another reason he needs to be made minority leader or out of the Senate next year.

I vote for out of the Senate and the GOP being in the minority. Anything else, and the obstruction continues. It’s not as though the GOP will suddenly be inhabited by reasonable politicians such as William Weld.

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De Kolta Chair  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:51:21pm

Sweet dreams, lizards

Sona Jobarteh - Jarabi

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jun 9, 2019 • 10:55:30pm

I’ve just finished Chernobyl, and the podcasts.

I’m left wanting more. Not unsatisfied.
I want more.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 9, 2019 • 11:26:44pm

Good-night, y’all.

Johannes Brahms, Lullaby, Op. 49, No. 4 (3:01)

Johannes Brahms - Lullaby

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Dread Pirate  Jun 9, 2019 • 11:51:26pm

re: #24 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

I’ve just finished Chernobyl, and the podcasts.

I’m left wanting more. Not unsatisfied.
I want more.

Wait for the Russian version where the US sabotaged the reactor.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:12:23am

re: #26 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Wait for the Russian version where the US sabotaged the reactor.

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It was retaliation for the Soviet sabotage that led to the Challenger disaster 3 months earlier. Inspired by the John Birch Society, several right wing columnists actually did make that claim at the time. Naturally, it was covered up by the powers that be.
I’m sure the Soviets were every bit as likely as the Reagan administration to cover up sabotage by their mortal enemies.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:21:42am

re: #27 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

It was retaliation for the Soviet sabotage that led to the Challenger disaster 3 months earlier. Inspired by the John Birch Society, several right wing columnists actually did make that claim at the time. Naturally, it was covered up by the powers that be.
I’m sure the Soviets were every bit as likely as the Reagan administration to cover up sabotage by their mortal enemies.

The Challenger sabotage claim would be a lot better know if the Fairness Doctrine had not still been in force at the time. There is no doubt at all that right wing talk radio would have run with it. It was abolished by the Reaganite FCC barely a year later.

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teleskiguy  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:26:40am
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teleskiguy  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:31:55am

How is this dude and Kelly-Anne married?

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Dread Pirate  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:40:22am

I hear something metallic fall off my desk so I reach down to see what fell and I find a big ass rock down there. There should be no large rocks inside the house, why do I have the edge of a large rock in my hand? Then it moves, fucking turtle! What are you doing out of the tank? How did you get out? It’s a 4 foot fall, I hope your landing hurt enough to leave an imprint on your pea-brain. I spent 4 hours this morning and afternoon fixing the 20 gallons that got squirt out of the aquarium when she knocked the filter return spray bar around to where one hole was spraying out over the edge of the tank. I’m looking online for turtle soup recipes.

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Dread Pirate  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:41:47am

re: #30 teleskiguy

How is this dude and Kelly-Anne married?

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Have you seen her eyes? Some of us are attracted to crazy like a moth to a flame.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jun 10, 2019 • 12:50:22am

re: #31 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Turtles have been around for 300 million years - they know how to survive. Your turtle is probably planning on outliving you.

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Dread Pirate  Jun 10, 2019 • 1:03:03am

re: #33 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

I’m sure this one will. She was 5” long when my daughters brought it home 15 years ago. She’s 7” long now and will still take a sizable chunk of flesh if you’re careless. She hasn’t lost her taste for humans.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 1:07:37am

re: #26 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Wait for the Russian version where the US sabotaged the reactor.

To be followed by the series on how a US spy submarine sank the Kursk.

And then one about how US trolls and hackers stole a Russian election and caused a corrupt, incompetent but easily manipulated dupe to run the government in the USA’s interests…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 1:08:57am

re: #33 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Turtles have been around for 300 million years - they know how to survive. Your turtle is probably planning on outliving you.

yes, do ensure that you make provisions for it in your will…

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teleskiguy  Jun 10, 2019 • 1:10:56am

True story. Automatic updings for those who correctly guess the band.

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teleskiguy  Jun 10, 2019 • 2:08:49am

Fish Creek Canyon. Big cliffs back there. Like Hell’s Wall. And people have jumped off that shit!

The snowboarder is in a green jacket and black pants somewhere right in the middle of the photo.

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Dread Pirate  Jun 10, 2019 • 2:12:18am

Wow, It’s 2 AM and still 70F. Rare for these parts.

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Dread Pirate  Jun 10, 2019 • 2:35:17am
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Patricia Kayden  Jun 10, 2019 • 2:55:30am

re: #11 Dave In Austin

I’d call the police. Not good.

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Patricia Kayden  Jun 10, 2019 • 3:02:20am

re: #12 plansbandc

Awwww. This is such a nice, uplifting video to start off a new week.

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Dave In Austin  Jun 10, 2019 • 3:20:27am

Gun Girl, Gun Girl, Gun Girl……. Tsk Tsk

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Dave In Austin  Jun 10, 2019 • 3:26:04am
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Archangelus  Jun 10, 2019 • 3:34:15am

re: #30 teleskiguy

How is this dude and Kelly-Anne married?

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I wouldn’t be surprised at this point if it’s all coordinated - with the husband saying what the wife desperately wants to get out of her system, but can’t…

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jeffreyw  Jun 10, 2019 • 4:38:04am

Good morning!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 4:43:21am

re: #45 Archangelus

I wouldn’t be surprised at this point if it’s all coordinated - with the husband saying what the wife desperately wants to get out of her system, but can’t…

It also indicates that their personal agendas and private views vary greatly from their public personas.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:05:17am

re: #45 Archangelus

I wouldn’t be surprised at this point if it’s all coordinated - with the husband saying what the wife desperately wants to get out of her system, but can’t…

You know? I never thought about it like that. But I think it sounds right. Before Trump hired KAC, she never thought much of Trump and was vocal about it.

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Curious Lifeform  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:06:18am

re: #48 HappyWarrior

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THEM BOTH IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:13:09am

re: #49 Curious Lifeform

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THEM BOTH IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME?

how do you think they stay married?

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Teddy's Person  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:18:43am

re: #30 teleskiguy

How is this dude and Kelly-Anne married?

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My cynical take is that they are playing both sides so that one of them is employable after 2020.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:22:59am

re: #51 Teddy’s Person

My cynical take is that they are playing both sides so that one of them is employable after 2020.

that is entirely reasonable, they have their own survival agenda

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:28:14am

re: #51 Teddy’s Person

My cynical take is that they are playing both sides so that one of them is employable after 2020.

Hedging their bets. I’m sure KAC if/hopefully when Trump loses will try to distance herself from him and act like many who have departed Team Trump have.

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Sea Mexican  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:30:11am

Very, very late reply:

re: #17 wrenchwench

Good to see you!

Did you get permission to take April and May off? Did you bring a note from your mother?

/i don’t think so, young man

Actually, yes, I had permission. :P

K/ohBSG3CV0mqQUAyk8/vhmfAshvLVXm8HqdAPMSL5cdqClLoToLOPbJbYC5t4yddpiiilyZ9QzcbXOutuJ2ByOOyJP8w5waXe9P1KVDmNRkuHL1EbXMxFEGBkDxmuKwr+M2PRTVvG76Og1ADMKnoXs93uy5lBakc5gqp63iKTFXk45R6j+k6BKnCpZjaFy8OEoiF93+JHqxhX7J6UQN6viAfegYkmr6wrSW+6VH1IqatMK1kPdtCD6N8u/EUSI2DadM7LcsJH1iJfr3fjTiB/Cgg1GC+wuU0gbwm34SSUvs1+oM+saeR3leG+wprNlrEsENpJ22HjRrSJXu+H3YLbG0+dtfN5ftYwYsAW9/sVUQWxHrHSMceYB9e2pa9KyXbDT0G9B/iaU=

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:32:43am

re: #54 Sea Mexican

Very, very late reply:

Actually, yes, I had permission. :P

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Teddy's Person  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:41:15am

For those wondering what Trump has on McConnell, it’s nothing. McConnell sees a kindred spirit and opportunities in DJT.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao cleared the path for projects that would specifically benefit Kentucky and thus, her husband Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ahead of his 2020 reelection bid.

According to Politico, these arranged grants ultimately topped $78 million.

Chao assigned her aide Todd Inman to be the special liaison for Kentucky projects, a perk that other states did not enjoy and which helped channel money and attention into the Bluegrass state.

Source: TPM

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:48:53am

re: #20 Hecuba’s daughter

If both

If both Houses approve an extension, and it gets the necessary additional state, then it may become law, though as you say, it’s possible that SCOTUS will vote against it because it wasn’t approved according to the original deadline.

The Supreme Court has no say in the acceptance of an amendment.

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Teukka  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:50:10am

Happenings in Sweden. Some person threatening with bombs and shouting “fuck the police” is dealt with by police in Malmö Central Station in Malmö, Sweden. Apparently, he got shot. :/

aftonbladet.se

expressen.se

sydsvenskan.se

thelocal.se

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Sufficient unto the day...  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:52:08am

re: #43 Dave In Austin

Look at her name tag.

Behold the brilliance of Gun Girl.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 5:53:56am

re: #32 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Have you seen her eyes? Some of us are attracted to crazy like a moth to a flame.

She has quite the imagination. Maybe nights are fun.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:00:26am
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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:01:11am
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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:03:57am

Elizabeth Warren, all of Sanders’ policies, but less ego and awkward racial stances.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:04:44am

Warren is a lot more dynamic than Sanders as well.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:06:17am

re: #43 Dave In Austin

Genatallia, excellent drag ‘nym. How are conservatives soooo bad at life? What is her outfit trying to do or say; is this what millenials think is ‘ironic’? The treating people equally is bad? I don’t understand.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:09:56am

re: #63 Belafon

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Elizabeth Warren, all of Sanders’ policies, but less ego and awkward racial stances.

Yep.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:11:27am

re: #64 Feline Fearless Leader

Warren is a lot more dynamic than Sanders as well.

She’s been in Washington for only a decade yet she’s accomplished more than he has. Warren is who Sanders wishes he was. Smart, attentive to detail, and able to understand the complexity of issues.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:15:41am

re: #67 HappyWarrior

She’s been in Washington for only a decade yet she’s accomplished more than he has. Warren is who Sanders wishes he was. Smart, attentive to detail, and able to understand the complexity of issues.

and work with Democrats

because she is one

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Teddy's Person  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:15:49am

re: #67 HappyWarrior

She’s been in Washington for only a decade yet she’s accomplished more than he has. Warren is who Sanders wishes he was. Smart, attentive to detail, and able to understand the complexity of issues.

I’d make a small adjustment to your otherwise spot-on comment - Warren is who Sanders thinks he is. Bernie’s got a trump-sized ego is all I’m saying.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:17:30am

re: #69 Teddy’s Person

I’d make a small adjustment to your otherwise spot-on comment - Warren is who Sanders thinks he is. Bernie’s got a trump-sized ego is all I’m saying.

Agreed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:22:40am

re: #69 Teddy’s Person

I’d make a small adjustment to your otherwise spot-on comment - Warren is who Sanders thinks he is. Bernie’s got a trump-sized ego is all I’m saying.

not quite trump-sized but bigger than the sum of his accomplishments

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Rightwingconspirator  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:24:26am

Well crap. Big structure fire in NoHo near some favorite places.
losangeles.cbslocal.com

if you ride the Red Line, Universal station is probably a better option than NoHo.

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Rightwingconspirator  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:34:02am

LA peeps looks like Tokyo Delves, maybe Chill Rolls burned, District Pub looks okay.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:39:59am

If you hear reports of Biden not showing up at events in Iowa this weekend, it’s because his granddaughter graduated this weekend.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:44:04am

This is funny, though:

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lizardofid  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:45:11am

re: #74 Belafon

If you hear reports of Biden not showing up at events in Iowa this weekend, it’s because his granddaughter graduated this weekend.

Edit: Wrong post quoted

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lizardofid  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:47:49am

Good morning everyone!

I’m going back for more coffee.

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steve_davis  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:50:23am

re: #26 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Wait for the Russian version where the US sabotaged the reactor.

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that is gonna go over like a lead balloon. russians may not have any trustworthy news sources to rely on, but they all damned well know why the reactor blew. Hell, the ramifications brought down the Soviet Union. Massive incompetence combined with an adherence to achieving fictitious goals over an acceptance of reality. the roof that caught on fire? the russians knew in the planning stages that they needed fire-proof shingles, but there weren’t any available in the soviet union, so they didn’t use them. No containment for the reactor? Hey, the Soviet Union doesn’t make errors. No reason to spend money worrying about accidents that can’t happen. Graphite tips on the ends of the control rods? Hey, we can’t quite get the rods to clear the reactor, and we don’t want to lose a drop of power from having boron partially in the reactor. So let’s do something stupid that wasn’t in the original design, because again, we’re the glorious Soviet Union. We can’t make mistakes. Russians either already knew all of this, or they did after they watched the miniseries.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:54:52am

re: #74 Belafon

If you hear reports of Biden not showing up at events in Iowa this weekend, it’s because his granddaughter graduated this weekend.

Exciting. Have they said where she’s going to college? I believe Malia Obama graduates this year too. Be wild if Joe’s granddaughter ended up going to college with Malia. I’m not sure how close the kids are but we know Biden and Obama are close.

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steve_davis  Jun 10, 2019 • 6:58:34am

re: #61 Belafon

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I was laughing in the car the other day as CNN continued its breathless “Pelosi impeding impeachment proceedings” shtick. Reporter: “nearly 60 House democrats want to begin impeachment proceedings now, according to sources in the Caucus meeting.” Which means roughly 75% of House Democrats do not want to begin impeachment at the moment. And yet somehow Pelosi is impeding some groundswell of impeachment support. It’s almost like the cable news channels want to bump viewership with a tasty impeachment.

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mmmirele  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:03:24am

BOOM!

Today is the week the Southern Baptist Convention meets in Birmingham, Alabama. One of the biggest issues facing the SBC is their ongoing inability to deal with ministers who sexually abuse children. The SBC won’t even keep a list.

The Houston Chronicle has started a list of convicted abusers for the SBC here:

projects.houstonchronicle.com

The Washington Post Magazine published a story last week about the watchbloggers who have been pushing the churches.

washingtonpost.com

The New York Times, not to be outdone, today has its own story about Matt Chandler’s The Village Church in DFW, which basically has covered up a child sexual abuse scandal.

nytimes.com

The article mentions an outfit called MinistrySafe, which is run by a law firm. MinistrySafe works for the church and not for the abused child. Here’s an example of what MinistrySafe does for churches:

(Jules was sexually abused by a youth pastor, and the lead pastor at the time moved on to Austin Stone Church. The goal of this investigation was presumably to show that Jules was untrustworthy.)

MinistrySafe is allowed a table in the hall at the Southern Baptist Convention, but the “For Such A Time As this” group lobbying for change on child sexual abuse in the SBC is going to have a rally out on the sidewalk. That’s how much the SBC cares about child sexual abuse.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:13:39am

re: #80 steve_davis

I was laughing in the car the other day as CNN continued its breathless “Pelosi impeding impeachment proceedings” shtick. Reporter: “nearly 60 House democrats want to begin impeachment proceedings now, according to sources in the Caucus meeting.” Which means roughly 75% of House Democrats do not want to begin impeachment at the moment. And yet somehow Pelosi is impeding some groundswell of impeachment support. It’s almost like the cable news channels want to bump viewership with a tasty impeachment.

The media needs a “Dems in disarrray” story, and while a lot of people who breathe politics think impeachment should start yesterday, most people aren’t paying attention like we are.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:20:39am

re: #81 mmmirele

Moral high ground claiming SBC will protect its own over the people it supposedly protects and cares for. Sounds like the Catholic hierarchy where they did the same.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:24:25am

re: #83 Feline Fearless Leader

Moral high ground claiming SBC will protect its own over the people it supposedly protects and cares for. Sounds like the Catholic hierarchy where they did the same.

Any hierarchy. Wherever authority issues from the top down, then responsibility must necessarily flow back up to the top. And those at the top must be protected, even if it means tossing those lower down under the bus.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:46:24am

re: #43 Dave In Austin

Gun Girl, Gun Girl, Gun Girl……. Tsk Tsk

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:47:47am

LOL! This truck!!

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Teddy's Person  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:49:32am

So, tariffs are the new “I’m gonna hold my breath till I get what I want” move from the toddler in chief.

President Trump on Monday threatened to immediately impose [additional] tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods if Chinese President Xi Jinping does not appear at this month’s Group of 20 (G-20) summit.

Asked during a CNBC interview if the new tariffs would take effect if Xi does not attend the gathering of world leaders in Osaka, Japan, Trump responded, “Yes, it would.” Trump said he would be “surprised” if Xi did not attend because the two leaders are expected to meet to discuss the U.S.-China trade dispute.

“He’s actually an incredible guy. He’s a great man. He’s very strong and very smart, but he’s for China and I’m for the United States,” the president said during a phone interview with the cable business news channel.

Source: The Hill

Alternativly, this may just be a ploy to claim credit when Xi shows up at the G-20 summit. (edited for typo)

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:50:06am

Woke Joe Walsh continues to freak me the fuck out.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:51:13am

re: #87 Teddy’s Person

So, tariffs are the new “I’m gonna hold my breath till I get what I want” move from the toddler in chief.

Alternativly, this my just be a ploy to claim credit when Xi shows up at the G-20 summit.

This seems to be showing some short-term success, or at least something that can be sold as “economic success”.

But is it going to bring jobs back to America? Is it going to raise wages or increase job security?

We know that all it is doing for soybeans farmers is making them dependent on subsidies.

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Sufficient unto the day...  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:52:34am

re: #88 MsJ

These are strange times.

But he still needs to pay his child support.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:53:37am
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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:55:07am

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

Any hierarchy. Wherever authority issues from the top down, then responsibility must necessarily flow back up to the top. And those at the top must be protected, even if it means tossing those lower down under the bus.

And what make all church abuse cover-ups so egregious is the purported adherence to that book written by the bronze-age sheep/goat herders. The hypocrisy is shocking/not shocking.

Yes, yes. Preaching to the choir and all that, but. Those lizards that believe that follow their own hearts rather than any of the established churches are not included in my diatribe.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:55:50am

So Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight (I do not know nor do I care why).

I do not like Tom Cruise but he would knock Bieber out with a single punch. Fucking guy does his own stunts, including hanging off of a flying airplane.

Biebs, go back to singing.

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Teddy's Person  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:57:07am

re: #89 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This seems to be showing some short-term success, or at least something that can be sold as “economic success”.

Sadly, this is true. Our complicit fourth estate is so anxious to find any crumb of success to breathlessly tweet out in 280 characters or less that these tactics work.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 7:59:25am
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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:00:00am

re: #95 MsJ

I forgot to note…

Again.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:02:16am

re: #95 MsJ

He died 26 August 2016….

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:03:20am

re: #97 Eric The Fruit Bat

He died 26 August 2016….

Yeah, some people are behind the times. :D

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:05:11am

re: #97 Eric The Fruit Bat

What the hell is going on?? This is third time in the past week I’ve had to tell someone that a famous person who supposedly just died has been dead for years.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:05:45am
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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:06:13am

re: #86 MsJ

Deserves a bazillion updings.

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Dr. Matt  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:10:37am

re: #88 MsJ

Woke Joe Walsh continues to freak me the fuck out.

I just heard someone on TV say that Trump scored a victory by avoiding the implementation of his tariffs against Mexico.

I’ll guess the person that said that was either Michael “Both Sideism” Smerconish or Chuck Toad.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:11:32am

Shit.

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plansbandc  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:13:48am

re: #86 MsJ

Oh yeah.

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HappyWarrior  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:17:28am

re: #103 MsJ

Shit.

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I hate how criticism of Bernie is handled. I’m glad he’s slipping in polls. I’d rather he be President than Trump but I don’t like Bernie as a person and I think he would have a lot of the same non-ideological faults Trump has as President in that he’d surround himself with ass kissers and demand loyalty to him first.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:17:48am

re: #103 MsJ

Shit.

Skipping the internally divided part, they’ve been targeted by right wing groups going after advertisers on their site.

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Decatur Deb  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:36:18am

re: #88 MsJ

Woke Joe Walsh continues to freak me the fuck out.

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So we see why we can’t give up on the stupid, the evil, those given to mopery. Joe Fuckn’ Walsh.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:37:47am

re: #107 Decatur Deb

So we see why we can’t give up on the stupid, the evil, those given to mopery. Joe Fuckn’ Walsh.

Except he will become stupid, evil mope, Joe Fuckn’ Walsh again once trump is gone.

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Decatur Deb  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:38:34am

re: #108 MsJ

Except he will become stupid, evil mope, Joe Fuckn’ Walsh again once trump is gone.

But for a glimmering moment he had a purpose on Earth.

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DangerMan  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:40:19am

re: #86 MsJ

LOL! This truck!!

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“Danger”…etc

is he talking only to me?

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:40:21am

re: #108 MsJ

Except he will become stupid, evil mope, Joe Fuckn’ Walsh again once trump is gone.

Yep, but we need him right now.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:40:21am
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Decatur Deb  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:43:16am

re: #111 Belafon

Yep, but we need him right now.

There is a very long list of people who have earned a dollop of piss in Hell, on their birthdays.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:43:21am

re: #111 Belafon

Yep, but we need him right now.

I get that. But we need to never forget what and who he is.

Temporary bedfellows, I suppose. At best.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:47:36am

re: #107 Decatur Deb

So we see why we can’t give up on the stupid, the evil, those given to mopery. Joe Fuckn’ Walsh.

What is amazing is that Joe was a Trump fanatic for the election but he actually started coming to his senses before Trump took office as this December 2016 interview shows. It was Trump’s refusal to be concerned about Russian meddling that led to his sudden change in heart.

Am absolutely shocked that Joe had this insight so early — but his being a former Congressman rather than a current Congressman may have given him the flexibility to speak the truth.

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Jay C  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:49:47am

re: #112 MsJ

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As much as one can really apply the phrase “on a serious level” to anything to do with Devin Nunes - is there any chance he’s going to get further (ironically) than the pages of Twitter with this nonsense?

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:53:11am

re: #116 Jay C

As much as one can really apply the phrase “on a serious level” to anything to do with Devin Nunes - is there any chance he’s going to get further (ironically) than the pages of Twitter with this nonsense?

I don’t see how. Twitter is a private company with terms of service. Now they may not be the best at how they manage that, but this doesn’t seem to be a case. But that’s just MHO.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:54:10am

re: #105 HappyWarrior

I hate how criticism of Bernie is handled. I’m glad he’s slipping in polls. I’d rather he be President than Trump but I don’t like Bernie as a person and I think he would have a lot of the same non-ideological faults Trump has as President in that he’d surround himself with ass kissers and demand loyalty to him first.

He would lose against Trump in a general.

There are more people who want to see him as Democratic candidate than as President.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:54:47am

re: #116 Jay C

As much as one can really apply the phrase “on a serious level” to anything to do with Devin Nunes - is there any chance he’s going to get further (ironically) than the pages of Twitter with this nonsense?

If a Trump-appointed judge hears the case, who knows what will happen? The judiciary under Hitler was compliant; until proven otherwise any Trump-appointed judges should be considered the same. We already have seen such a judge dismiss the Democratic lawsuit on Trump’s decision on the border wall.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 8:55:52am
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nicdanger  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:03:50am

re: #110 DangerMan

“Danger”…etc

is he talking only to me?

maybe…

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Eventual Carrion  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:05:40am

Whoa, just got an alert of an earthquake in/around Cleveland

Added: Reporting 4.0

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:07:03am

re: #122 Eventual Carrion

Whoa, just got an alert of an earthquake in/around Cleveland

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake
Affected countries: United States and Canada
5 km from Eastlake, OH, USA * 10:50 a.m.

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Sea Mexican  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:11:32am

re: #55 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:15:12am

re: #124 Sea Mexican

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:20:47am

re: #124 Sea Mexican

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Chrysicat  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:21:33am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:27:37am

so full of shit

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Anymouse 🌹  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:31:25am

re: #127 Chrysicat

Actually that’s not the case.

Every proposed amendment which had a time limit had it as part of the proposed amendment itself.

The ERA is the only one in history which had a separate statute (extended once) to limit the time of ratification.

All that is required to remove the time limit is to repeal the statute.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:33:08am
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Chrysicat  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:33:24am

re: #129 Anymouse 🌹

Actually that’s not the case.

Every proposed amendment which had a time limit had it as part of the proposed amendment itself.

The ERA is the only one in history which had a separate statute (extended once) to limit the time of ratification.

All that is required to remove the time limit is to repeal the statute.

I stand corrected, though I still worry about this SCOTUS refusing to recognise it as being in effect. Also:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:40:50am
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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:41:44am

re: #129 Anymouse 🌹

Actually that’s not the case.

Every proposed amendment which had a time limit had it as part of the proposed amendment itself.

The ERA is the only one in history which had a separate statute (extended once) to limit the time of ratification.

All that is required to remove the time limit is to repeal the statute.

There’s also a very strong argument that the time limit statute is unconstitutional. Article V, which covers amendments doesn’t say anything about time limits (which is why the time limit was included in prior amendments). In fact, the 27th Amendment was approved by Congress in 1789 but wasn’t ratified by the required number of states until 1992.

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Jay C  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:43:37am

re: #128 Backwoods_Sleuth

so full of shit

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SRSLY. But to me the *interesting* part isn’t Trump’s gibberings about The NY Times (which i’m sure will be around to print Dolt 45’s obit when he croaks) but the bit where the President of the US openly demands that a foreign country’s legislature pass an act dictated by, and mainly for the benefit of the US: under threat of official retaliation. And no one ( AFAICT) seems to think it remarkable….

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Chrysicat  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:45:46am

re: #134 Jay C

SRSLY. But to me the *interesting* part isn’t Trump’s gibberings about The NY Times (which i’m sure will be around to print Dolt 45’s obit when he croaks) but the bit where the President of the US openly demands that a foreign country’s legislature pass an act dictated by, and mainly for the benefit of the US: under threat of official retaliation. And no one ( AFAICT) seems to think it remarkable….

I think half of them are just glad that his ultimatum would lead to a trade war and not a shooting one. And I think half the Rs who aren’t glad about that, are that way because they want a shooting war and possibly even to annex Mexico.

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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:48:41am

re: #134 Jay C

SRSLY. But to me the *interesting* part isn’t Trump’s gibberings about The NY Times (which i’m sure will be around to print Dolt 45’s obit when he croaks) but the bit where the President of the US openly demands that a foreign country’s legislature pass an act dictated by, and mainly for the benefit of the US: under threat of official retaliation. And no one ( AFAICT) seems to think it remarkable….

I saw this opinion piece over the weekend about Trump and his ramblings, and I think there might be some truth to it:

This isn’t the case with Trump, whose words foreign leaders can no longer take at face value. Fortunately, President Trump’s incompetence in foreign relations, while not a cure-all, can moderate the damage that he might otherwise cause. The more exposure the world has to this President, the less he matters. After all, communication is a two-way street, and the audience plays a significant role in determining whether someone’s words are accurate, meaningful, and safe to rely on.

Trump has basically sidelined himself. Other world leaders aren’t taking him at face value anymore. So it’s become a situation where the President of the United States speaks, and the rest of the world just shrugs.

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Chrysicat  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:52:16am

re: #1 Eclectic Cyborg

(CNN)- Sometimes called “Columbiners,” they romanticize and idealize the student killers behind the 1999 mass shooting that claimed 13 lives at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

Now, 20 years after the massacre, the Jeffco Public Schools district is asking its community whether the high school should be torn down and rebuilt in an effort to temper this subculture of online fans who remain infatuated with the killing and the teenage shooters.

“School shooters refer to and study the Columbine shooting as a macabre source of inspiration and motivation,” Jason Glass, district superintendent, says in a letter to the community.

The move comes less than two months since the FBI said a high school student who was “infatuated” with the Columbine shooting traveled from Florida to Colorado and made credible threats.

The threats forced the closure of schools in 19 Colorado districts in April before the woman — 18-year-old Sol Pais — was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Glass’ letter says the school has a gravitational pull for many people.
“Annually, local law enforcement and Jeffco’s Department of School Safety make contacts with hundreds of individuals seeking to enter the school and reconnect with the 1999 murders,” he wrote.

“Most of them are there to satisfy curiosity or a macabre, but harmless, interest in the school. For a small group of others, there is a potential intent to do harm.”

A record number of individuals have tried to enter the school illegally or trespass on the property as the tragedy marks its 20th anniversary, Glass says.

Why bother actually dealing the problems that are causing these people to become dangerous and obsessed with Columbine when we can just knock the building down and start over?

SMH

I know I’m a bit late with this, but I honestly question if it would have the intended effect anyway. I mean, neither the cafeteria nor the library is in remotely the same location within the building as their predecessors were 21 years ago, and yet people still want to sneak in to see the current ones. So I’m thinking if you put open space at the southeast end of Clement Park instead, all it’ll do is mean that there are no students around, but I suspect the disaster tourists will still come to pay their respects to that spot on the earth.

No member of my family agrees with me; they feel that demolition will be enough to end the pilgrimages.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:52:18am

Starts here:

Ends with:

Kicker:

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:55:06am
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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:55:23am

re: #138 MsJ

In a sane world, this would be another count of abuse of power/abuse of office within articles of impeachment. There really should be about 30 articles delivered to the Senate but I worry we are going to be lucky to get 2 or 3

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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 9:56:20am

re: #139 MsJ

Somebody should attach power lines to George Orwell’s grave, he must be spinning fast enough to replace half the world’s power plants at this point.

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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:00:13am

re: #137 Chrysicat

I know I’m a bit late with this, but I honestly question if it would have the intended effect anyway. I mean, neither the cafeteria nor the library is in remotely the same location within the building as their predecessors were 21 years ago, and yet people still want to sneak in to see the current ones. So I’m thinking if you put open space at the southeast end of Clement Park instead, all it’ll do is mean that there are no students around, but I suspect the disaster tourists will still come to pay their respects to that spot on the earth.

No member of my family agrees with me; they feel that demolition will be enough to end the pilgrimages.

Something similar happened with the Nicole Brown murder site. The city had to change the address numbers of the buildings, though in the internet age that’s not nearly as effective as it use to be. I suspect that’s also part of the reason that the people who bought OJ’s house tore it down. And I think the location of OJ’s old house is still part of some tours you can get in Hollywood (there’s a few true crime tours running that will take you by the locations of some (in?)famous crimes around town).

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Sea Mexican  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:01:38am

re: #139 MsJ

I wholeheartedly agree!! Let’s start by destroying all the Confederacy statues.

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Eventual Carrion  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:02:15am

Highway camera’s catching the quake in Cleveland. News5Cleveland

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:02:39am

re: #143 Sea Mexican

I wholeheartedly agree!! Let’s start by destroying all the Confederacy statues.

I have no problem with selling them off to any idiot willing to pay at least the cost of relocating them.

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MsJ  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:03:13am

re: #143 Sea Mexican

I wholeheartedly agree!! Let’s start by destroying all the Confederacy statues.

THATS DIFFURNT.

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Chrysicat  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:03:45am

re: #144 Eventual Carrion

Highway camera’s catching the quake in Cleveland. News5Cleveland

Wait, there was a major earthquake in Northeast Ohio?!? What on earth caused that? Last I checked it hadn’t even been made seismically active like West Oklahoma had.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:04:57am

re: #146 MsJ

THATS DIFFURNT.

We get to compare modern Dems to 1860 southern Democrats any time we want!!!

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Jay C  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:05:41am

re: #135 Chrysicat

I think half of them are just glad that his ultimatum would lead to a trade war and not a shooting one. And I think half the Rs who aren’t glad about that, are that way because they want a shooting war and possibly even to annex Mexico.

Disagree - somewhat - Trump’s proposed Mexican tariff program got such negative reactions in Congress (even Republicans finally realizing the Moron-in-Chief was proposing a seriously damaging policy to the country’s economy) , that the prospect of a trade war is probably getting a tad less attractive. Hence, I think, the focus on “halting” immigration: Bashing “illegals” is still seen as a winning strategy, but only as long as no one (i.e. no one with money) has to actually suffer…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:06:26am

re: #147 Chrysicat

Wait, there was a major earthquake in Northeast Ohio?!? What on earth caused that? Last I checked it hadn’t even been made seismically active like West Oklahoma had.

God’s punishment for a gay bar in Dayton?

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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:08:15am

re: #147 Chrysicat

Wait, there was a major earthquake in Northeast Ohio?!? What on earth caused that? Last I checked it hadn’t even been made seismically active like West Oklahoma had.

Maybe this is my Southern California bias showing, but a 4.0 earthquake isn’t really “major”… at least not when you’re used to them.

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Chrysicat  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:08:31am

re: #150 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

God’s punishment for a gay bar in Dayton?

I rec’d it even though Dayton’s closer to Cincy than to Cleveland, and not particularly close to either, seeing as it’s part of Greater Columbus :-P

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:09:08am

re: #149 Jay C

Bashing “illegals” is still seen as a winning strategy, but only as long as no one (i.e. no one with money) has to actually suffer…

There are entire industries in the US whose entire business model is based on an endless supply of cheap and easily exploited labor: agriculture, food processing, food service, domestic services, landscaping (i.e., golf resorts and hotels), construction, etc…

Those industries are perfectly happy with the status quo but are not going to speak out against ramping up the rhetoric and worsening conditions for those who are trying to enter.

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

re: #152 Chrysicat

I rec’d it even though Dayton’s closer to Cincy than to Cleveland, and not particularly close to either, seeing as it’s part of Greater Columbus :-P

My mom was born in Cleveland and I was raised in Indiana but I have never really visited anywhere in Ohio at all.

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Dr Lizardo  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:10:51am

re: #137 Chrysicat

re: #142 KGxvi

When it comes to infamous places, the site of the Führerbunker in Berlin has to rank pretty high up there. There’s a sign that indicates where it was (and part of it still is underground) but to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never heard of it being any kind of shrine for neo-Nazis.

The spot where Hitler and Braun (and the Goebbels family) were burned is today the parking lot of an apartment complex and what remains of the Führerbunker is under that parking lot.

I found it entirely by memory from having read detailed accounts of the Battle of Berlin and knowing the old street names and their new post-war names. A darkly fascinating place - the very spot where the Allied armies were heading.

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calochortus  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:11:07am

re: #151 KGxvi

Maybe this is my Southern California bias showing, but a 4.0 earthquake isn’t really “major”… at least not when you’re used to them.

Except that they don’t plan or build for them at all. Older chimneys can fall, nothing is tied down and people leave things like glassware on high, open shelves.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:13:06am

re: #155 Dr Lizardo

When it comes to infamous places, the site of the Führerbunker in Berlin has to rank pretty high up there. There’s a sign that indicates where it was (and part of it still is underground) but to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never heard of being any kind of shrine for neo-Nazis.

Hitler’s birth house in Brauau am Inn, Austria has been a big headache to the town, they have no idea what to do with or about it.

A museum and monument to the victims of Fascism would be a fine use.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:13:38am

re: #156 calochortus

Except that they don’t plan or build for them at all. Older chimneys can fall, nothing is tied down and people leave things like glassware on high, open shelves.

and students build shelves out of cinderblock and boards

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DangerMan  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:13:48am

re: #134 Jay C

SRSLY. But to me the *interesting* part isn’t Trump’s gibberings about The NY Times (which i’m sure will be around to print Dolt 45’s obit when he croaks) but the bit where the President of the US openly demands that a foreign country’s legislature pass an act dictated by, and mainly for the benefit of the US: under threat of official retaliation. And no one ( AFAICT) seems to think it remarkable….

Rantings of a child
(With the nuclear codes)

Also”reinstated”?

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Eventual Carrion  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:15:11am

re: #139 MsJ

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‘Merica just ain’t dumb enuff yet!!!

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DangerMan  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:16:32am

re: #136 KGxvi

I saw this opinion piece over the weekend about Trump and his ramblings, and I think there might be some truth to it:

Trump has basically sidelined himself. Other world leaders aren’t taking him at face value anymore. So it’s become a situation where the President of the United States speaks, and the rest of the world just shrugs.

How we and the world are talking about the effing president of the United States

I’m proud to be an american

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Dr Lizardo  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:17:04am

re: #157 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Hitler’s birth house in Brauau am Inn, Austria has been a big headache to the town, they have no idea what to do with or about it.

A museum and monument to the victims of Fascism would be a fine use.

That’s actually not a bad idea. I could see that. Much like the site of the former RSHA headquarters is now the Topography of Terror Museum.

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Jay C  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:17:08am

re: #159 DangerMan

Rantings of a child
(With the nuclear codes)

Also”reinstated”?

Somebody else probably suggested the “reinstated” - a subtle (if, IMO, failed) attempt to (still) try to spin Trump’s cave on the tariffs as some sort of “victory”.
Shithead.

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Charles Johnson  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:17:40am
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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:18:56am

re: #164 Charles Johnson

Especially since at least 6 of those fall under the category of “high crimes and misdemeanors”

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:20:06am

re: #127 Chrysicat

There is no provision for throwing out an amendment if it’s “out of time.” It would be an amendment to the constitution.

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DangerMan  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:22:20am

re: #149 Jay C

Disagree - somewhat - Trump’s proposed Mexican tariff program got such negative reactions in Congress (even Republicans finally realizing the Moron-in-Chief was proposing a seriously damaging policy to the country’s economy) , that the prospect of a trade war is probably getting a tad less attractive. Hence, I think, the focus on “halting” immigration: Bashing “illegals” is still seen as a winning strategy, but only as long as no one (i.e. no one with money) has to actually suffer…

.. negative reactions in congress because the business community screamed at em

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danarchy  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:24:32am

re: #133 KGxvi

There’s also a very strong argument that the time limit statute is unconstitutional. Article V, which covers amendments doesn’t say anything about time limits (which is why the time limit was included in prior amendments). In fact, the 27th Amendment was approved by Congress in 1789 but wasn’t ratified by the required number of states until 1992.

There will be a number legal challenges. There are a couple states that have reversed the decision to ratify and there will be constitutional challenges based on that as well.

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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:25:01am

re: #161 DangerMan

How we and the world are talking about the effing president of the United States

I’m proud to be an american

I’m proud that we have, for the most part, weathered this storm. We have had corrupt presidents, we have had racist/sexist presidents, we have had incompetent presidents, but we’ve never had a president that was all of those things. The Courts have held, mostly; and if the House moves, there’s a good chance our institutions will survive.

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KGxvi  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:28:40am

re: #168 danarchy

There will be a number legal challenges. There are a couple states that have reversed the decision to ratify and there will be constitutional challenges based on that as well.

I’ll admit I’m sort of agnostic on the ERA. Mostly because I wonder how it would be any different from the due process and equal protection clauses in the 5th and 14th Amendments

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calochortus  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:32:53am

re: #170 KGxvi

I’ll admit I’m sort of agnostic on the ERA. Mostly because I wonder how it would be any different from the due process and equal protection clauses in the 5th and 14th Amendments

The 5th and 14th amendments have not been interpreted to protect women from discrimination. Said discrimination is far less acceptable than it used to be, but there are no Constitutional protections to prevent women from, say, being prohibited from taking a job that requires them to lift 10 lbs of weight. These sorts of laws were used in the past to keep women out of higher paying jobs.

edited for clarity

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Eventual Carrion  Jun 10, 2019 • 10:37:52am

re: #165 KGxvi

Especially since at least 6 of those fall under the category of “high crimes and misdemeanors”

And many were used by Repubs during Clinton impeachment.

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Belafon  Jun 10, 2019 • 11:01:53am

re: #170 KGxvi

I’ll admit I’m sort of agnostic on the ERA. Mostly because I wonder how it would be any different from the due process and equal protection clauses in the 5th and 14th Amendments

If we didn’t have to spell some things out explicitly, we wouldn’t need an amendment for poll taxes.

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Jebediah, RBG  Jun 10, 2019 • 11:30:26am

re: #41 Patricia Kayden

I’d call the police. Not good.

Me, too.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jun 10, 2019 • 11:51:30am

re: #146 MsJ

Forgot the wingnut tag…

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Old Liberal  Jun 10, 2019 • 11:55:48am

re: #83 Feline Fearless Leader

Moral high ground claiming SBC will protect its own over the people it supposedly protects and cares for. Sounds like the Catholic hierarchy where they did the same.

They made the decision to protect their institution when they didn’t diligently root out and punish publicly. Because No Real Baptist would do such things in their carefully crafted public image.


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