ICE Lured Foreign Students With Legal Visas to a Fake University, and Now They’re Being Arrested

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Today we have another truly nauseating story about America in the Trump era: ICE has been operating a fake university, with fake accreditation, and luring foreign students with legal student visas to attend it. And now that the fake school has been exposed and shut down, they’re arresting the students. It’s a jaw-dropper.

About 90 additional foreign students of a fake university in metro Detroit created by the Department of Homeland Security have been arrested in recent months.

A total of about 250 students have now been arrested since January on immigration violations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of a sting operation by federal agents who enticed foreign-born students, mostly from India, to attend the school that marketed itself as offering graduate programs in technology and computer studies, according to ICE officials. 

Many of those arrested have been deported to India while others are contesting their removals. One has been allowed to stay after being granted lawful permanent resident status by an immigration judge.

The students had arrived legally in the U.S. on student visas, but since the University of Farmington was later revealed to be a creation of federal agents, they lost their immigration status after it was shut down in January.

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Attorneys for the students arrested said they were unfairly trapped by the U.S. government since the Department of Homeland Security had said on its website that the university was legitimate. An accreditation agency that was working with the U.S. on its sting operation also listed the university as legitimate.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:37:24pm

Is this one of Steven Miller’s evil brain children?

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:38:49pm

This place is right across the street from my doctor’s office.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:39:10pm

re: #1 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Is this one of Steven Miller’s evil brain children?

Guara-damn-teed.

This shit makes me sick to my stomach as an immigrant and as a rational human being.

How the fucking hell could this have been done legally??

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KGxvi  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:39:11pm

entrapping people from other nations in bullshit operations like this could probably be considered an act of war.

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Teukka  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:40:12pm

From downstairs:

[cynicism]They know the base will go for it, hook, line and sinker…[/cynicism]

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Jay C  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:41:21pm

re: #5 Teukka

From downstairs:

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[cynicism]They know the base will go for it, hook, line and sinker…[/cynicism]

“Without evidence”

The mind, he is boggled…..

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Teukka  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:43:28pm

re: #6 Jay C

“Without evidence”

The mind, he is boggled…..

Been saving this for an occasion like this:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:44:58pm
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Flying Squirrel Girl  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:46:54pm

Apparently Rudy Colludy’s lawyer didn’t think the “insurance policy” joke was funny either:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:47:45pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:49:08pm
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KGxvi  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:49:24pm

re: #9 Flying Squirrel Girl

First SNL after 9/11:

SNL Cast member: So, we can be funny?
Rudy: Why start now?

I’ve got the same question for Rudy.

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Teukka  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:51:27pm

re: #8 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I’m not a mental health professional, but I’m fairly certain that this is what delusions of grandeur look like.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:52:11pm

re: #13 Teukka

I’m not a mental professional, but I’m fairly certain that this is what delusions of grandeur look like.

This is a new genre: Capitalist Realism.

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KGxvi  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:52:12pm

Can’t wait for the NCAA to say that this is improper because of reasons:

The biggest winner in the aftermath of Stephen F. Austin’s shocking upset of No. 1 Duke might be the fundraising effort for the family of the player who hit the game-winning layup.

A thankful Nathan Bain was still in “disbelief” Wednesday — about the contributions more than his clutch basket.

Since the end of the game, the 2-month-old GoFundMe page set up to help Bain’s family rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage had raised more than $64,000 as of 3 p.m. EST Wednesday. It’s a massive spike from the roughly $2,000 it had raised before Tuesday night’s stunning result became the talk of college basketball.

Can’t have student athletes benefiting in anyway, right?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:52:43pm
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Teukka  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:53:54pm

re: #8 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Alternatively, this could be the precursor to an insanity plea.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:54:23pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:57:40pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

Arrrgh. Fuck this fucking criminal joke of a fucking administration.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Nov 27, 2019 • 12:59:06pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

The White House suspended more than 100 shovel-ready military construction projects in September to divert funding for a border fence, effectively killing hundreds of potential IBEW jobs.

yes, but think of how many high-paying jobs will be open because he kept all those Mexican electricians out of the country with his Wall!!!

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Charles Johnson  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:01:52pm

I think what we have here is an example of “right wing humor,” which I put in scare quotes because there’s nothing fucking humorous about it. These people are seriously screwed up in the head.

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Eventual Carrion  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:09:04pm

re: #16 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The youngest is on his way home right now from college. Back to having to wear pants all evening again for a while. Never know when he will show up with friends so have to dress the part.

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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:13:15pm
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:15:46pm

re: #23 makeitstop

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Ah, more people ignorant (or be purposefully misleading) about the major party switch the racists did with the passing of the VRA and Nixon’s Southern Strategy.

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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:16:08pm

Putin threatens the US, knowing full well that Trump will cower.

Like rubbing a puppy’s nose in, well, pee.

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Teukka  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:17:28pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

I think what we have here is an example of “right wing humor,” which I put in scare quotes because there’s nothing fucking humorous about it. These people are seriously screwed up in the head.

ELA of the pic. FYI.
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KGxvi  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:18:09pm

re: #24 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Ah, more people ignorant (or be purposefully misleading) about the major party switch the racists did with the passing of the VRA and Nixon’s Southern Strategy.

Yeah, there’s this little thing called “realignment” that is a pretty important thing in history and political science.

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KGxvi  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:19:26pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

I think what we have here is an example of “right wing humor,” which I put in scare quotes because there’s nothing fucking humorous about it. These people are seriously screwed up in the head.

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It could have been funny if they just posted something like “yeah, ‘doctored’ ” … but they had to make it an attack on the Washington Post and just fuck it all up.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:19:31pm

re: #27 KGxvi

Yeah, there’s this little thing called “realignment” that is a pretty important thing in history and political science.

Like how we fought two wars against Britain and then two more with them as allies?

Damn!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:23:02pm

re: #23 makeitstop

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I KNOW! I KNOW!

That dinesh feller…

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:25:06pm
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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:25:28pm
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marcusgorillius  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:25:30pm

re: #10 Backwoods_Sleuth

Either Trump has something on Graham or he has just totally lost his mind. He’s living in another galaxy.

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piratedan  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:27:06pm

re: #31 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Afraid he’s more likely to nuke Chicago or San Francisco than anywhere in Russia

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:27:23pm
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EPR-radar  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:28:54pm

re: #31 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Putin may be overplaying his hand here. Big chunks of the GOP will instantly turn on Trump if he’s made to grovel that obviously to Putin in public.

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goddamnedfrank  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:31:10pm
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Skip Intro  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:33:51pm

re: #36 EPR-radar

Putin may be overplaying his hand here. Big chunks of the GOP will instantly turn on Trump if he’s made to grovel that obviously to Putin in public.

Oh I don’t think so. I don’t think he could do anything to get even a tiny number of GOPers to turn. He’s their god now.

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HappyWarrior  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:35:27pm

re: #10 Backwoods_Sleuth

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God just stfu already Lindsay.

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goddamnedfrank  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:36:14pm

re: #36 EPR-radar

Putin may be overplaying his hand here. Big chunks of the GOP will instantly turn on Trump if he’s made to grovel that obviously to Putin in public.

Counterpoint: No they won’t. That ship sailed after Helsinki. The GOP is a party of traitors now. They know they can’t win free and fair elections anymore so they’re going all in on subverting democracy and will side more and more openly with Russia while installing a white nationalist oligarchy.

It’s too late, the frog has boiled.

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:42:14pm

re: #40 goddamnedfrank

Counterpoint: No they won’t. That ship sailed after Helsinki. The GOP is a party of traitors now. They know they can’t win free and fair elections anymore so they’re going all in on subverting democracy and will side more and more openly with Russia while installing a white nationalist oligarchy.

It’s too late, the frog has boiled.

The GOP storyline is that China is the major threat (true that!) and that we need to be allied with Russia for some reason that escapes me.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:42:23pm

“Greatest economy ever” is generating a lot more low paying jobs than good ones. cbsnews.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:47:13pm

re: #42 NO SMOCKING GUN!

“Greatest economy ever” is generating a lot more low paying jobs than good ones. cbsnews.com

But our 401Ks are doing GREAT!!

///

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:47:14pm

re: #36 EPR-radar

Putin may be overplaying his hand here. Big chunks of the GOP will instantly turn on Trump if he’s made to grovel that obviously to Putin in public.

Nope. Those days are gone. Republicans love Putin now!

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HappyWarrior  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:47:22pm

re: #41 Hecuba’s daughter

The GOP storyline is that China is the major threat (true that!) and that we need to be allied with Russia for some reason that escapes me.

If they actually cared about countering China, they wouldn’t co-sign on Trump alienating South Korea and other countries that China has reached out to in soft power. They want to ally with Putin since they share homophobia, right wing nationalism, & contempt for liberal democracy.

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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:55:49pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:56:07pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:58:23pm
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A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!  Nov 27, 2019 • 1:59:51pm

re: #44 Joe Bacon 🌹

Nope. Those days are gone. Republicans love Putin now!

I note that Tucker Carlson added a “just joking” to his comments about rooting for Russia. Repugs are very far from unanimous on this.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:03:00pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:05:28pm
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goddamnedfrank  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:05:57pm

I thought I was totally done looking at firearms but my local gun store has a break action JP Sauer & Son 12 gauge double over 30-06 drilling rifle with scope rings that is so incredibly goddamned long, heavy, impractical and stupid that I love it. It’s a rifle for a simpler time, when a hungry man could walk into the woods without any idea what he was going to kill and just wanted to cover all the bases. I’m not going to buy it because they want $3K for the monster, but this is absolutely the way all guns should be made, just dumb as hell, as if two normal guns got drunk and fucked.

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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:08:59pm

Heh

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:14:30pm

re: #49 A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!

I note that Tucker Carlson added a “just joking” to his comments about rooting for Russia. Repugs are very far from unanimous on this.

Current GOP legislators in Washington? They are all owned by Putin, except for Justin Amash who was expelled from the party for standing up for truth. If there are others who reject Putin, they have been very silent the past year. Fear may be driving the disloyalty of some, but they have stood aside and acquiesced in the ascendancy of Putin.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:18:00pm
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Jay C  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:18:27pm

re: #22 Eventual Carrion

The youngest is on his way home right now from college. Back to having to wear pants all evening again for a while. Never know when he will show up with friends so have to dress the part.

Who has to wear pants now? You, or him (or both of you?)?

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:18:50pm

re: #52 goddamnedfrank

I thought I was totally done looking at firearms but my local gun store has a break action JP Sauer & Son 12 gauge double over 30-06 drilling rifle with scope rings that is so incredibly goddamned long, heavy, impractical and stupid that I love it. It’s a rifle for a simpler time, when a hungry man could walk into the woods without any idea what he was going to kill and just wanted to cover all the bases. I’m not going to buy it because they want $3K for the monster, but this is absolutely the way all guns should be made, just dumb as hell, as if two normal guns got drunk and fucked.

Oh, I love drillings. JP Sauer and Son were the best in the old days, I’d love to get a new one that has 2 20 gauge barrels over 7x57R as my all-around hunting weapon, like this one:

krieghoff.com

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GlutenFreeJesus  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:20:12pm

re: #22 Eventual Carrion

Are you Murray Goldberg? :)))

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Jebediah, RBG  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:21:22pm

re: #52 goddamnedfrank

I guess I don’t know enough about guns to know if I should be surprised that the 30-06 barrel is under the 12 guages, but I am pretty sure that I am.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:23:49pm

re: #52 goddamnedfrank

I thought I was totally done looking at firearms but my local gun store has a break action JP Sauer & Son 12 gauge double over 30-06 drilling rifle with scope rings that is so incredibly goddamned long, heavy, impractical and stupid that I love it. It’s a rifle for a simpler time, when a hungry man could walk into the woods without any idea what he was going to kill and just wanted to cover all the bases. I’m not going to buy it because they want $3K for the monster, but this is absolutely the way all guns should be made, just dumb as hell, as if two normal guns got drunk and fucked.

you have such a great skill in crafting turns of phrases.

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A hollow voice says, Impeachmoot now!  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:29:50pm

re: #54 Hecuba’s daughter

Current GOP legislators in Washington? They are all owned by Putin, except for Justin Amash who was expelled from the party for standing up for truth. If there are others who reject Putin, they have been very silent the past year. Fear may be driving the disloyalty of some, but they have stood aside and acquiesced in the ascendancy of Putin.

That must be why the Republican Senate kept Russian sanctions in place and added new ones this year.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:29:51pm
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Sherlock Hound  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:34:35pm

re: #10 Backwoods_Sleuth

My mayor weighs in. We should know about “witch hunts”.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:36:45pm

heh

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:39:21pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:40:13pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:45:39pm
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plansbandc  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:46:12pm
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retired cynic  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:51:21pm

Yeah, This Ruling Says Don McGahn Must Testify. It’s Also a Heroic Defense of the Constitutional Order.
by Charles Pierce

It’s great.

Whatever its ultimate fate is at the hands of some Federalist Society replicant installed permanently in the federal judiciary, the ruling handed down on Monday by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the matter of former White House Counsel Don McGahn should be carved in marble and set up in a town square somewhere as a permanent monument to what this self-governing republic should be, to what it once was, and to what it could be again if we could only get our act together and take the whole thing back.

Over 120 (!) pages, the ruling, which essentially said that McGahn has to respond to congressional subpoenas and that Congress does not need permission from the president* to determine how much of a crook he is, was a call to arms, a defense of the constitutional order, a history lesson, and as firm and precise an ass-kicking as was ever dealt out by a federal judge. It also was a clear statement of the clearly obvious.

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LadyBehir  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:51:41pm

I honestly don’t understand the point of this. Why bother to entrap students to come here legally and then deport them for doing something wrong when they did nothing wrong?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:52:16pm
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I Would Prefer Not To  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:52:53pm

re: #70 LadyBehir

I honestly don’t understand the point of this. Why bother to entrap students to come here legally and then deport them for doing something wrong when they did nothing wrong?

They made money to pay for cages and more wall.

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Jebediah, RBG  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:54:14pm

this is how a princess watches the rain

A little distraction from pr*sdnt trmp - juno on the front stoop today, watching the rain from inside her mom’s jacket (and under her scarf)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:55:13pm
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Belafon  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:55:26pm

re: #70 LadyBehir

I honestly don’t understand the point of this. Why bother to entrap students to come here legally and then deport them for doing something wrong when they did nothing wrong?

Because racism. They aren’t trying to shut down illegal immigration. They are trying to shut down non-whites coming to this country.

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Jay C  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:56:17pm

re: #64 Backwoods_Sleuth

heh

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Indeed.

OK: even assuming one is “microwaving” a 25-lb turkey in, say a normal-size multi-function oven (like one we have, but have virtually never used that way), AND assuming that one also has some means to turn/rotate the bird; AND assuming its cavity is hollow (not stuffed with microwave-absorbing stuff) - even at the outside recc of 9 minutes per pound (big microwaves are less efficient that small ones), that still means you would have to cook it for nearly 4 hours.
Might as well roast the sucker…..

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:56:22pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:58:33pm

re: #77 The Pie Overlord!

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YUM!

I will have to post pics of my sweet potato and coconut custard pies!

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uriel  Nov 27, 2019 • 2:59:14pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

I think what we have here is an example of “right wing humor,” which I put in scare quotes because there’s nothing fucking humorous about it. These people are seriously screwed up in the head.

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Oh, it’s funny- if you’re painfully stupid and willfully obtuse.

So, a Trump voter.

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:01:10pm

We’re in such a dark place this isn’t even mildly surprising.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:01:51pm
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sagehen  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:02:23pm

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Elliot Richardson said no.
William Ruckelshouse said no.
Robert Bork said yes.

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Jebediah, RBG  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:03:49pm

As a public service to any and everybody who bought a too-big brass slide, here is what my too-big brass slide is doing these days:

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:03:52pm

“…All three women have agreed to be named in this story. In all the cases, friends,
family members or colleagues of the women recall being told about the encounters at the time. “

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:04:35pm

re: #70 LadyBehir

I honestly don’t understand the point of this. Why bother to entrap students to come here legally and then deport them for doing something wrong when they did nothing wrong?

Someone is stealing the tuition and if the victims are deported, they can’t complain or file an inconvenient lawsuit.

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:08:57pm
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jaunte  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:10:57pm

Of course, the Daily Mail uses this photo for the story

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HappyWarrior  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:16:39pm

re: #82 sagehen

Elliot Richardson said no.
William Ruckelshouse said no.
Robert Bork said yes.

And Bork’s reward was to be SCOTUS.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:19:03pm

re: #88 HappyWarrior

And Bork’s reward was to be SCOTUS.

Almost.

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lawhawk  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:21:45pm
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lawhawk  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:26:43pm

re: #1 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:28:31pm

So I have a pdf I am trying to print. It has a large number of photos illustrating it that are fine in the pdf reader. When printed on our Lexmark laser printer, they are too dark to see.

Any tips/tricks?

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Eventual Carrion  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:30:21pm

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

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tRump’s colon?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:31:57pm

re: #92 William Lewis

Open the PDF’s in a program that can change them, select the images then lighten by 25%. Some programs you may need to set an “exposure”, or if that fails then reduce the contrast and see if that helps.

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:34:41pm

re: #88 HappyWarrior

And Bork’s reward was to be SCOTUS.

And stopping him (by _both_ parties) has been turned into the casus belli of the (cold but still real) second civil war…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:36:39pm

re: #94 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Open the PDF’s in a program that can change them, select the images then lighten by 25%. Some programs you may need to set an “exposure”, or if that fails then reduce the contrast and see if that helps.

GIMP should be able to do that

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Jay C  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:39:14pm

re: #3 Eclectic Cyborg

This shit makes me sick to my stomach as an immigrant and as a rational human being.

How the fucking hell could this have been done legally??

Well, for one thing, this was an “official” “law-enforcement” operation, so even at the best of times (and AFA immigration stuff goes, this is WAY far from “the best of times”) so for the most, “they” can get away with a lot. However, this “University of Farmington” BS seems egregiously off-the-wall even for the Trump Era. I mean, I can kinda understand running a sting operation to nab undocumented “student” immigrants: but this shitshow seems to have basically nailed documented ones: where their visas are/were legit. But ended up arrested and deported anyway??

Nauseating, for sure.

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aatharuv  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:39:27pm

This is plain entrapment, and it’s not even clear that what the _students_ were doing was even illegal. What the “University” officials were doing, on the other hand…

1) Lots of these students were from one state in India.
2) When students on student visas in some fields graduate from certain STEM degree programs (e.g Computer Science), they are allowed to stay and work in the US for a period of time in what’s called Optional Practical Training (OPT). The purpose of this is to allow people who come to the US for a degree program to spend some time on an internship, or get some practical knowledge using their college degree in a real world situation.
3) The people in question, some of whom had studied at universities that were later deaccredited were trying to find a way to probably ultimately stay in the US because the deaccreditation caused issues with whatever work visa/legal status they were on. It’s much harder for people from India to get a permanent residence in the US legally than most other countries (though they can stay for decades on various temporary visas, liable to deportation upon losing a job) due to per country limits on visas.
4) Some of them saw a University that was offering them course credit for their previous coursework, and allowing them straight to OPT. This _might_ have been what was illegal, but US immigration law is so fiendishly complicated that it’s really hard to tell*
5) Some of them tried leaving and transferring out after they saw the University was a fake, but they were still arrested.
6) This is entrapment and harassment clear and simple. How the hell can someone who applies for a visa, gets it legally, be arrested for going to a University legally allowed to accept students on F-1 (student) visas by the Department of Homeland Security.

*On a side note this is why I don’t trust anyone who says local policemen should try to enforce immigration laws. There’s no way they could humanly even know them.

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:41:38pm

re: #94 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Open the PDF’s in a program that can change them, select the images then lighten by 25%. Some programs you may need to set an “exposure”, or if that fails then reduce the contrast and see if that helps.

Adobe is being a pig as usual. I’ll have to wait till tomorrow and see if I can tweek it under Linux or ported app instead. Thanks!

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:42:22pm

re: #96 Backwoods_Sleuth

GIMP should be able to do that

What I was thinking of. I have it on my machines at home (even the old Alpha has a version :)

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:43:27pm

re: #100 William Lewis

Are you trying to print in b&w, but the original images in the PDF are in color?

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:45:02pm

re: #101 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Are you trying to print in b&w, but the original images in the PDF are in color?

One yes, the other are greyscale photographs in a pdf ebook.

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unproven innocence  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:47:29pm

re: #92 William Lewis

My Dell laser printer (B/W -not color) has, among its Printing Preferences,
* under Graphics, options for
Darkness — Normal or Light or Dark
and another for
Toner Saver — On or Off
and another for
Font/Text [ckbox] Darken Text and
[ckbox] All Text Black
and another for [ckbox] Fine Edge

Your mileage may vary.

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William Lewis  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:50:34pm

Vulcan Turkey from tor.com sez “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!”

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gocart mozart  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:56:24pm
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Nov 27, 2019 • 3:58:18pm

The fat fuck. (From a fat fuck…me)

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:02:04pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:05:24pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:09:57pm
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Eventual Carrion  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:10:33pm

re: #105 gocart mozart

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Killery did it.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:16:19pm
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jaunte  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:18:42pm

re: #108 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:21:12pm

re: #112 jaunte

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WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!!

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:21:45pm

“What did you do, Republicans?”

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Hal_10000  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:22:23pm
Today we have another truly nauseating story about America in the Trump era:

This ICE program has been running since 2013. It’s disgusting, yes. But it was disgusting six years ago too.

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danarchy  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:23:33pm

re: #97 Jay C

Well, for one thing, this was an “official” “law-enforcement” operation, so even at the best of times (and AFA immigration stuff goes, this is WAY far from “the best of times”) so for the most, “they” can get away with a lot. However, this “University of Farmington” BS seems egregiously off-the-wall even for the Trump Era. I mean, I can kinda understand running a sting operation to nab undocumented “student” immigrants: but this shitshow seems to have basically nailed documented ones: where their visas are/were legit. But ended up arrested and deported anyway??

Nauseating, for sure.

It doesn’t seem to be limited to the Trump era. There was a similar operation in 2013 where Homeland Security created the University of Northern New Jersey out of whole cloth. Arrested 21 brokers and revoked over 1000 student visas.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:25:00pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:26:42pm

Ben Garrison’s contribution to the Trump “Rocky” Photoshop. In private tags because, well, Ben Garrison.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:29:28pm

How beautiful.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:36:02pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:41:36pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:46:12pm

re: #120 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

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aatharuv  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:47:24pm

re: #116 danarchy

It was bad enough then, (revoking the student visas of students who thought they were going to a legit college) but they were only arresting the brokers in that case. Now they’re arresting the students enrolling in a seemingly much more legitimate sounding fake University.

If they’re trying to prosecute immigration fraud, and diploma mills, you really actually send agents as fake students/brokers to any fake universities*, not arrest innocent students — the supply of students from foreign countries won’t dry up, but given the barriers to entry to setting up a non-sting University which can allow its students to get student visas, the number of people willing to operate a diploma mill for getting visas will drop.

*And assuming that it’s just visa fraud rather than something closer to traditional organized crime/human trafficking, there might even be a couple of actual students on visas willing to participate in a sting to get a Green card. Or at least there would be in an administration you could actually trust.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:48:09pm

I really hate some people

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:50:10pm

LOCK HER UP!!!!

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goddamnedfrank  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:50:43pm

re: #59 Jebediah, RBG

I guess I don’t know enough about guns to know if I should be surprised that the 30-06 barrel is under the 12 guages, but I am pretty sure that I am.

It’s probably because of the scope rings, the mounts need something to drill into and the rib & solder sandwich joining the barrels creates a nice space for that which doesn’t compromise the heat treated barrel steel. Also, 12 gauge has a far lower max chamber pressure, so you don’t need as much structural metal thickness there to begin with. As a result, if the rifle barrel was on top the entire vertical stack would need be a lot thicker to create the same margin for safety.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:56:37pm

yeah, this ^^

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Patricia Kayden  Nov 27, 2019 • 4:58:45pm

re: #107 The Pie Overlord!

I saw comments claiming that the fake university was set up in January of 2016. Not sure if Conservatives are just trying to blame President Obama though. In any case, it’s a clear case of entrapment.

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:00:09pm
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Belafon  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:01:56pm

re: #32 makeitstop

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:02:54pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:06:24pm

re: #133 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Jebediah, RBG  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:09:32pm

re: #128 goddamnedfrank

It’s probably because of the scope rings, the mounts need something to drill into and the rib & solder sandwich joining the barrels creates a nice space for that which doesn’t compromise the heat treated barrel steel. Also, 12 gauge has a far lower max chamber pressure, so you don’t need as much structural metal thickness there to begin with. As a result, if the rifle barrel was on top the entire vertical stack would need be a lot thicker to create the same margin for safety.

Ok, that all makes sense… altho I wasn’t thinking of vertical, but twin 12’s with the rifle barrel on top and between them. I guess I was stuck on the idea that rifle sights need to be right down there on rifle barrel or as close as practical.
Speaking of practical weapons, I’d best get back to the drawing board with my silenced 12 gauge revolver…

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gocart mozart  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:12:42pm
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Eventual Carrion  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:20:31pm

re: #136 gocart mozart

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Looks like it might have touched his knee. Batter take your base.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:23:40pm

Coconut Custard Impossible Pie just pulled out of the oven!

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:26:57pm

Evening Lizardim from the snowy, but otherwise mild, wild north country. How go things among the lizardfolk on this pre-Thanksgiving eve? While I’m here, I just want to say how thankful I am for this little community. This is one of those places where I can be free to express a side of myself I am normally not free to express, and I appreciate the friendships I’ve made here and the good people who make this a place I enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving, lizards.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:27:41pm

Sweet Potato Pie with Graham Cracker Crust for tomorrow!

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jamesfirecat  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:28:20pm

re: #137 Eventual Carrion

Looks like it might have touched his knee. Batter take your base.

Honestly I am not seeing contact so I would call it a strike, though video from other angles should probably be reviewed, the ball does not seem to change direction as if it had made firm contact with a part of the batter’s body…

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:31:01pm

re: #139 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Evening Lizardim from the snowy, but otherwise mild, wild north country. How go things among the lizardfolk on this pre-Thanksgiving eve? While I’m here, I just want to say how thankful I am for this little community. This is one of those places where I can be free to express a side of myself I am normally not free to express, and I appreciate the friendships I’ve made here and the good people who make this a place I enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving, lizards.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too — from the Chicago area, with a day that was very breezy, but moderate temperatures (maybe about 40? — any November day above 30 seems moderate to me!)

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lawhawk  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:33:43pm

How not to drive (ever). Apparently these two mooks - a father/son combo platter looking at Darwin-ing their entire family in one shot - decided it was a good idea to drag race inside the Lincoln Tunnel.

They were apparently caught - particularly because these guys posted the video to Instagram.

The cars they were driving? Corvettes.

And it sucks that they hit other cars, caused massive traffic tie-up, etc.

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lawhawk  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:34:55pm

And of course - it’s Jimmy Hoft at Gateway Pundit. SMOTI strikes again.

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:39:25pm

re: #143 lawhawk

How not to drive (ever). Apparently these two mooks - a father/son combo platter looking at Darwin-ing their entire family in one shot - decided it was a good idea to drag race inside the Lincoln Tunnel.

They were apparently caught - particularly because these guys posted the video to Instagram.

The cars they were driving? Corvettes.

And it sucks that they hit other cars, caused massive traffic tie-up, etc.

Now I will never not imagine someone trying this shit under the Detroit River in the US/Canada tunnel.

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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:40:06pm

re: #83 Jebediah, RBG

As a public service to any and everybody who bought a too-big brass slide, here is what my too-big brass slide is doing these days:

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Nice Silvertone! I had one of those years ago.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:41:00pm
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makeitstop  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:47:21pm

re: #136 gocart mozart

What’s the rule here, is it a strike or does the batter take a base?

Gotta run it out like a single. If the catcher can toss him out, he’s out.

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jamesfirecat  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:52:47pm

re: #148 makeitstop

Gotta run it out like a single. If the catcher can toss him out, he’s out.

Well that depends on how many he strikes he currently has, if he currently had zero or no strikes before the pitch was throne, that would look rather silly.

If he had two strikes then yeah, drop the bat and run like hell.

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A Mom Anon  Nov 27, 2019 • 5:56:17pm

Happy Thanksgiving Lizards! I hope all of you have a good holiday whatever your plans are. Cleo is asleep at my feet, the turkey is thawing, and since there is just Me, The Husband, The Son and Cleo, it’s gonna be a quiet day. Good. Love all of you and sending hugs 🤗 and love ❤️ from this humble house to yours.

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Jebediah, RBG  Nov 27, 2019 • 6:31:02pm

re: #146 makeitstop

Nice Silvertone! I had one of those years ago.

Thanks!
1483, I have had it far longer than I have been trying to learn to play. Mom got it for me from the museum fundraiser sale for $25 in 1988 or 89. I had somehow gotten the idea that it would be a really cool thing to have.
Of course I have made noise through it since, and I will be happily keeping it just for the sound.

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Barefoot Grin  Nov 27, 2019 • 7:26:21pm

re: #70 LadyBehir

I honestly don’t understand the point of this. Why bother to entrap students to come here legally and then deport them for doing something wrong when they did nothing wrong?

It’s to scare international students from coming here at all.


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