Two Minutes of Awesomeness: Tommy Emmanuel, “Son of a Gun”

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“Son of A Gun” was written by Tommy Emmanuel and is on his album, Endless Road. Directed & Edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:05:00am
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Jebediah, RBG  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:06:42am

I will never be able to play like him, but I would definitely settle for having as much fun as he always seems to be having while playing.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:08:20am

re: #1 Charles Johnson

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I can totally see Trump with no honesty at all trying to investigate Sanders for the Russia stuff. And you know he’s going to be giddy when the recordings of Bernie praising the USSR are the talk.

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marcusgorillius  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:08:21am

Saw Tommy in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago. An awesome show. If you ever get the chance to see him live do it. He also seems like a really cool guy.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:09:29am

re: #3 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I can totally see Trump with no honesty at all trying to investigate Sanders for the Russia stuff. And you know he’s going to be giddy when the recordings of Bernie praising the USSR are the talk.

They are piling up stuff to air on Bernie’s past as soon as he is nominated…

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:16:30am

re: #5 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They are piling up stuff to air on Bernie’s past as soon as he is nominated…

Luntz has a massive attack dossier prepared. Bernie will be annihilated from the Republican attacks.

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:22:38am

re: #6 Joe Bacon 🌹

Luntz has a massive attack dossier prepared. Bernie will be annihilated from the Republican attacks.

Not if enough of us have realized that Repugs are lying sacks of shit and don’t listen to them. (Don’t say they’re all going to believe everything. You.can’t. know. that. And it didn’t work for them in 2018.)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:26:49am

re: #7 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

Not if enough of us have realized that Repugs are lying sacks of shit and don’t listen to them. (Don’t say they’re all going to believe everything. You.can’t. know. that. And it didn’t work for them in 2018.)

Our media will pass it along without comment, and it will be enough to sink Bernie and guarantee Trump an EC majority

Trump will win the EC vote against Bernie hands down.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:30:38am

moron

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:31:15am

re: #8 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Our media will pass it along without comment, and it will be enough to sink Bernie and guarantee Trump an EC majority

Trump will win the EC vote against Bernie hands down.

The CCCP wants 4 more years of Trump. They will do anything to keep him in the Presidency.

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:32:10am

re: #8 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Our media will pass it along without comment, and it will be enough to sink Bernie and guarantee Trump an EC majority

Trump will win the EC vote against Bernie hands down.

I sometimes wonder whether bother to read the posts you reply to.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:34:05am

re: #10 Joe Bacon 🌹

The CCCP wants 4 more years of Trump. They will do anything to keep him in the Presidency.

Not just Russia, our media are really enjoying the 24/7 political reality crime scandal show that Trump is providing with nearly daily outrageous tweets and announcements.

Ratings gold. And even those with no particular political agenda have no interest in seeing it cancelled just because voters are unhappy with the way he is running the country…

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:37:15am

CL’d!
We have entered the Trump Unbound era — and journalists need to step it up.
Margaret Sullivan, WaPo

In this new era, my prescription is less false equivalence, more high-impact language and more willingness to take a stand for democracy.
With Trump unbound, the news media need to change. Yes, radically. The stakes are too high not to.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:38:41am

re: #7 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

Not if enough of us have realized that Repugs are lying sacks of shit and don’t listen to them. (Don’t say they’re all going to believe everything. You.can’t. know. that. And it didn’t work for them in 2018.)

I am talking about 2020, and only about the Presidential election. We all know that the GOP are spreading lies and rumors but that does not stop our press from disseminating and even rationalizing them.

And when it comes to Bernie, he is the sort of figure that this sort of mud adheres to. We live in the topsy-turvy world of the New Media Reality, where a long history of public service is a disadvantage because it provides opponents with lots of avenues of attack.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:41:00am

re: #12 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Not just Russia, our media are really enjoying the 24/7 political reality crime scandal show that Trump is providing with nearly daily outrageous tweets and announcements.

Ratings gold. And even those with no particular political agenda have no interest in seeing it cancelled just because voters are unhappy with the way he is running the country…

Anderson Cooper is part of our media too and yet I saw him calling out Blago’s bullshit out pretty hard. Stop pushing the media as if it’s all the same narrative. It does nothing to further discussion.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:41:36am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:42:30am

re: #13 retired cynic

CL’d!
We have entered the Trump Unbound era — and journalists need to step it up.
Margaret Sullivan, WaPo

They won’t. Trump brings in the $$$$$

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:43:13am

re: #16 Charles Johnson

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Remember all the mass shooters that cited Obama as an influence? Me neither.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:46:57am

re: #15 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Anderson Cooper is part of our media too and yet I saw him calling out Blago’s bullshit out pretty hard. Stop pushing the media as if it’s all the same narrative. It does nothing to further discussion.

Blagojevich is a Democrat, and other than the notoriety he gained from being pardoned by Trump, irrelevant to the upcoming election.

And of course there are voices in the media calling out Trump. But it strikes me that the overall tone of the media is that they tend to portray Trump, his family and his administration as somehow normal and acceptable.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:48:23am

re: #15 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Anderson Cooper is part of our media too and yet I saw him calling out Blago’s bullshit out pretty hard. Stop pushing the media as if it’s all the same narrative. It does nothing to further discussion.

Blago is a corrupt *Democrat* though. So the media will call him out.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:52:23am

re: #20 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Blago is a corrupt *Democrat* though. So the media will call him out.

And Blago is supporting Trump’s re-election which is why he’s on CNN.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 11:54:59am

re: #20 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Blago is a corrupt *Democrat* though. So the media will call him out.

Who is groveling to Trump.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:01:24pm

re: #22 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Who is groveling to Trump.

Reminds me of when Nixon pardoned Jimmy Hoffa and Bobby Baker!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:08:50pm

re: #23 Joe Bacon 🌹

Reminds me of when Nixon pardoned Jimmy Hoffa and Bobby Baker!

Yep and that’s why it was nice to see a high profile guy like Coop calling him out.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:19:55pm

re: #9 Backwoods_Sleuth

moron

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:23:59pm

re: #25 Barefoot Grin

And the dumbass bros actually believe that Trump fears Bernie. He’s basically doing in the open what the Nixon guys did when they got McGovern to run against Nixon in ‘72 by handicapping the ‘72 Democratic candidates. Difference between Mac and Bernie though is Mac wasn’t about to turn 80 and he actually was a Democrat. I don’t think due to the extreme polarization that Bernie will lose like McGovern or Mondale did but he will have a tougher time than his supporters think. And their bullying behavior on and offline isn’t helping anyone. All this shit about “Boomers”, well a lot of them are punk kids who don’t know anything about the democratic process and I say this as someone who has been under 30 in every presidential election I’ve ever voted in. Bernie’s supporters are ignorant and are fallign for a conman.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:26:24pm

re: #26 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

And the dumbass bros actually believe that Trump fears Bernie. He’s basically doing in the open what the Nixon guys did when they got McGovern to run against Nixon in ‘72 by handicapping the ‘72 Democratic candidates. Difference between Mac and Bernie though is Mac wasn’t about to turn 80 and he actually was a Democrat. I don’t think due to the extreme polarization that Bernie will lose like McGovern or Mondale did but he will have a tougher time than his supporters think. And their bullying behavior on and offline isn’t helping anyone. All this shit about “Boomers”, well a lot of them are punk kids who don’t know anything about the democratic process and I say this as someone who has been under 30 in every presidential election I’ve ever voted in. Bernie’s supporters are ignorant and are fallign for a conman.

And the obnoxious assholes in Bernie’s posse aren’t helping him.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:27:34pm
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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:29:02pm

re: #22 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Who is groveling to Trump.

Sentence commuted. Not pardoned.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:29:59pm

I’m off. My set is tonight at 7:00 and I’m getting there early to do a run-through. Wish me luck. There my be video at some point.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:34:45pm

re: #29 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

Sentence commuted. Not pardoned.

Yeah sorry. Thought I mentioned that. Point is the media has a lot of different takes on Trump.

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Dread Pirate  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:34:53pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:36:02pm

re: #32 Dread Pirate

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And people want to hand the keys to his left wing equivalent after 3 states. Nope.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:37:15pm

re: #27 Joe Bacon 🌹

And the obnoxious assholes in Bernie’s posse aren’t helping him.

And that’s who he will bring to the WH if he wins. I’m not voting Trump out only to get another obnoxious old egomaniac who relies on a cult of personality.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:37:21pm

re: #32 Dread Pirate

What he is doing might work for an executive of a large company but not POTUS. The nation and its citizens need stability. DT is far from stable.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:39:38pm

Dr Mina has a bit of a thread on the hold up of OCVID19 testing in the US.
It ain’t good

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:40:29pm

We’re going to get stuck with Bernie as the nominee aren’t we?

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:44:00pm

re: #35 PhillyPretzel

What he is doing might work for an executive of a large company but not POTUS. The nation and its citizens need stability. DT is far from stable.

If he was CEO of a large public company he would have been parachuted out by now.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:44:25pm

re: #37 Eclectic Cyborg

We have not had Super Tuesday yet and you are saying Sanders has the nomination. Patience my fellow lizards. I know it is difficult but we must wait to see how rest of the nation votes. Heck I just called my ward leader to tell him what class I am going to take for the upcoming election. He told me I would reporting to him if we get the training on the new poll pads or not.

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i(m)p(each)sos  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:44:35pm

re: #30 I Would Prefer Not To

I’m off. My set is tonight at 7:00 and I’m getting there early to do a run-through. Wish me luck. There my be video at some point.

Break a leg! And do get video… I’ll show you mine if you show me yours ;)

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:45:01pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:45:09pm

re: #37 Eclectic Cyborg

We’re going to get stuck with Bernie as the nominee aren’t we?

Not if we allow it. Don’t be afraid to tell young people who are drawn to Bernie his hypocrisy and why he’s not a good idea.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:47:02pm

re: #37 Eclectic Cyborg

We’re going to get stuck with Bernie as the nominee aren’t we?

In all likelihood.

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mmmirele  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:47:40pm

re: #20 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Blago is a corrupt *Democrat* though. So the media will call him out.

*Democrats* called and call him out. Blago is a curse.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:49:35pm

re: #44 mmmirele

*Democrats* called and call him out. Blago is a curse.

And it fits into the CCCP narrative of Democrats being corrupt.

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Dread Pirate  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:50:45pm

Wait, I think I know the answer to this…

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 12:51:01pm

I’m less worried about Bernie being electable than Bernie as President. What’s he gonna do if he can’t deliver? He’s going to disappoint these kids and I fear disillusion them even more.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:02:39pm

re: #47 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I’m less worried about Bernie being electable than Bernie as President. What’s he gonna do if he can’t deliver? He’s going to disappoint these kids and I fear disillusion them even more.

He’ll be the 21st Century Culbert Olson.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:08:26pm

re: #48 Joe Bacon 🌹

He’ll be the 21st Century Culbert Olson.

Or a left wing Trump that has his minions throw shit inter-party and inter-ideology critics. I didn’t sign up for this shit. The liberalism I was brought up had a place for both upstart idealists like my Dad and people who had been around the block a bit like his parents. Instead now I have to get told to bend my knee or I want to take people’s health care away because I question the judgment of a guy running to totally revamp our health care system with McConnell controlling hte Senate. Bernie’s inspired a lot of ignorance and I will hold him personally responsible if he causes a bunch of people to get disillusioned by true progressive politics. The belief that we can and should keep on working to give our descendants a better life than ours.

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Dread Pirate  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:10:57pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:11:48pm

So much of our campaigns are fought on the internet these days. Try even offering the most mild criticism of Bernie and see what happens. It’s like part of the left saw Trump and instead of being repulsed by his contempt for democracy, they wanted the left wing version. I want an increased minimum wage, more people ensured, etc but I will not accept it being done via a demagogue who sees the people who if he had any political skill at all could help him. I remember 2010 very well. ACA got made out to be Stalinism. There’s a lot of arrogance in the Bernieworld where Bernie isn’t going to face a backlash ever.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:15:49pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:17:41pm

All y’all Debbie Downers who are throwing up your hands right now & being all OH NOES, BERNIE’S GETTING TEH NOM & THEN HE’S GONNA LOSE BIGLY!!!

CUT THAT SHIT OUT RIGHT NOW!!

There have only been THREE primaries so far & only one was an election, the others were caucuses, including a fucked up caucus (that is to say, fucked up way more than a caucus already is).

We are in early days. There is no reason for gloom and doom, other than the gloom & doom that we have come to live with every fucking day.

THIS DOOM & GLOOM FUCKING SUCKS & THE ONLY WAY TO PUT AN END TO IT IS TO VOTE LIKE HELL!

If you are a doom & gloomer SHUT THE FUCK UP RIGHT NOW.

Those who moan that Trump will win get no pie.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:18:47pm

re: #53 The Pie Overlord!

All y’all Debbie Downers who are throwing up your hands right now & being all OH NOES, BERNIE’S GETTING TEH NOM & THEN HE’S GONNA LOSE BIGLY!!!

CUT THAT SHIT OUT RIGHT NOW!!

There have only been THREE primaries so far & only one was an election, the others were caucuses, including a fucked up caucus (that is to say, fucked up way more than a caucus already is).

We are in early days. There is no reason for gloom and doom, other than the gloom & doom that we have come to live with every fucking day.

THIS DOOM & GLOOM FUCKING SUCKS & THE ONLY WAY TO PUT AN END TO IT IS TO VOTE LIKE HELL!

If you are a doom & gloomer SHUT THE FUCK UP RIGHT NOW.

Those who moan that Trump will win get no pie.

I do have more worries about him governing than winning. I think he could win. But as long as there are IMO at least four candidates still in the race that could do better, I’ll advocate for them against him.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:20:05pm

re: #53 The Pie Overlord!

Amen.

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William Lewis  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:20:54pm

Out for a drive past the usual suspects earlier today.

here’s a 100% crop of the ducks near the center of the image:

I was planning to take images for conversion to black and white but this one works better, I think in the OOC color.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:21:05pm

re: #54 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I do have more worries about him governing than winning. I think he could win. But as long as there are IMO at least four candidates still in the race that could do better, I’ll advocate for them against him.

The South Carolina primary is next week and we will see how well Bernie does with African-American voters. I suspect Biden will do better than Bernie.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:21:23pm

I just wish Bernie’s campaign would stop treating lifelong Democrats like they’re the enemy. Joe fucking Rogan got more respect from Bernie’s people than Dolores Huerta did.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:21:56pm

If CL were here she’d kick all y’all’s asses.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:22:21pm

re: #57 The Pie Overlord!

The South Carolina primary is next week and we will see how well Bernie does with African-American voters. I suspect Biden will do better than Bernie.

He did in Nevada that’s for sure and SC is a primary unlike a clusterfuck caucus that benefits yellers.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:22:29pm

re: #59 The Pie Overlord!

Yes she would.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:22:59pm

re: #53 The Pie Overlord!

Everybody knows how I feel about Bernie Sanders by now, but yeah, it’s still very early and things can still change massively. But even if he is the nominee, and even if he does fail to deliver on his pie in the sky promises, we won’t have to worry about him stumbling into a war because somebody insulted him on Twitter.

The single most important thing is to stop Donald Trump from getting another term, because I honestly fear for the US if that happens. I don’t think we’d be the same country after another term. We’ve already lost so much.

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#thegreatpoolpondconversion (dangerman)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:24:59pm

im in for lunch from ponding

the political narrative changes constantly:
- before and after every debate
- before and after every primary/caucus
- after every announcement, tweet, proclamation, whatever.
- and every week if nothing major happens, let alone when some ‘dirt’ is released

anyone who says X will win or Y is going to happen may turn out to be right.
that doesnt change that right now it is merely guessing.
prognostications, even those supported with some sort of data and logic are still just predictive guesses, not comfortably predictable truths.

a week is a lifetime in politics.

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Dread Pirate  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:25:42pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:26:09pm

re: #62 Charles Johnson

Everybody knows how I feel about Bernie Sanders by now, but yeah, it’s still very early and things can still change massively. But even if he is the nominee, and even if he does fail to deliver on his pie in the sky promises, we won’t have to worry about him stumbling into a war because somebody insulted him on Twitter.

The single most important thing is to stop Donald Trump from getting another term, because I honestly fear for the US if that happens. I don’t think we’d be the same country after another term. We’ve already lost so much.

Absolutely. I just want to beat Trump into the dustpan of history and leave no room for a GOP 2022 resurgence that relies on amnesia. I’ve hated that I didn’t inquire enough how to vote absentee in 2010. It’s the only time I haven’t voted and I know while I wouldn’t have made an individual difference, I hated that year so much because it showed how much people get suckered by amnesia. And I really do worry that there’s stuff out there about Sanders that will make him more easier to defeat than your average Democratic nominee.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:26:58pm

re: #64 Dread Pirate

This all sucks so much.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:29:08pm
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Ace-o-aces  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:30:50pm

re: #67 Ace-o-aces

Related:

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:31:34pm

re: #68 Ace-o-aces

Related:

Of all the things the past four years, Joe Walsh as a legit anti-Trump voice wasn’t one of the things I saw coming.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:31:45pm

re: #57 The Pie Overlord!

The South Carolina primary is next week and we will see how well Bernie does with African-American voters. I suspect Biden will do better than Bernie.

It will be interesting to see who Clyburn endorses Wednesday. I can’t imagine him endorsing Bernie, but if Joe crashes and burns in the debate, I’m not sure what to think.

The biggest fear among the Dem peeps I hang with is that, because they have no primary and ours is open, many many Republicans will be voting in ours (and they have an organized plan to vote for Bernie.)

Right now, my heart’s with Elizabeth, but I’ll probably vote for Biden because I think he’s got the most core support here. The whole thing is making me nauseous.

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BigPapa  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:31:57pm

We can’t lose sight of all the other seats and the Senate. There has to be electoral annihilation of the GOP. Then the real work begins.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:32:30pm
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Ace-o-aces  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:33:37pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:34:33pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:34:40pm

re: #71 BigPapa

We can’t lose sight of all the other seats and the Senate. There has to be electoral annihilation of the GOP. Then the real work begins.

And that’s what drives me nuts about Sanders and his movement. Sarandon RT’ing the dude that primaried Pelosi? Can you imagine a high profile Biden or Pete surrogate doing that for a primary challenger to one of Bernie’s endorsers? I respect The Squad very much but they really weren”t why we flipped Congress two falls ago. People like Rep Davis, my own Wexton, Lucy McBath, and so many others were. My district is trending blue but I’m sorry but we’d likely return a Republican to Congress before an unapologetic Sanders supporter.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:34:47pm

re: #72 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

Oy Vey not this sh*t again. :(

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:35:14pm

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

Such a small amount. I read today that only 4% of Nevada turned out. I want to see what actual high turnout primaries produce.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:37:05pm

re: #77 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

That is why I keep saying wait for Super Tuesday. Right now it is only one Primary and 2 caucuses. That is not enough to elect anyone to a national office.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:38:44pm

re: #67 Ace-o-aces

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Jennifer Rubin’s on the record:

Many NeverTrump voters (including this one) will vote for anyone with a “D” to defeat Trump

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secretslothbear  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:41:54pm

Don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but I just muted “lmao” and the laughing/crying emoji. Hopefully this will make Twitter a less awful experience.

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Disloyal Archangel  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:44:12pm

It’s been stuck in my head for hours. HELP. ME. xD

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt'n😷Trips  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:44:33pm

OK, around 2% of the Democratic primary delegates have been awarded thus far.
Bernie has garnered 0.85% of the 3979 delegates to eventually be awarded.
Maybe we should wait until after Super Tuesday before seeing Bernie coronated, maybe?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:45:00pm

re: #56 William Lewis

Out for a drive past the usual suspects earlier today.

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I was planning to take images for conversion to black and white but this one works better, I think in the OOC color.

indeed, pretty sure you’ll lose the ducks in B&W

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:46:11pm

re: #82 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

OK, around 2% of the Democratic primary delegates have been awarded thus far.
Bernie has garnered 0.85% of the 3979 delegates to eventually be awarded.
Maybe we should wait until after Super Tuesday before seeing Bernie coronated, maybe?

And even if he is, so freaking what? I’m gonna level with you: Sure, I don’t like Bernie. But the alternative is Donald J. Fucking Trump. And there is no possible universe, no possible timeline that you can sell me in which Bernie is worse than Trump.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:47:47pm

re: #82 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀 No Capt’n😷Trips

OK, around 2% of the Democratic primary delegates have been awarded thus far.
Bernie has garnered 0.85% of the 3979 delegates to eventually be awarded.
Maybe we should wait until after Super Tuesday before seeing Bernie coronated, maybe?

Thank you. We’ve had two low turnout caucuses and a primary in the adjacent state to his. It’s gonna be easier to understand where we are after ST. Right now Bernie is up after the 1st inning.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 1:53:43pm

WTAF

87
BigPapa  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:02:03pm

I’m for the coalition candidate, the broad consensus leader. My preferred candidate showed that but is not in the race.

I have concerns about Bernie bringing the party together and driving turnout up. But we have a few more months of this stuff. And I will never ever vote for the orange motherfucker nor would I not vote.
But Kona says hi.

Aloha Kona
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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:08:19pm

re: #53 The Pie Overlord!

All y’all Debbie Downers who are throwing up your hands right now & being all OH NOES, BERNIE’S GETTING TEH NOM & THEN HE’S GONNA LOSE BIGLY!!!

CUT THAT SHIT OUT RIGHT NOW!!

There have only been THREE primaries so far & only one was an election, the others were caucuses, including a fucked up caucus (that is to say, fucked up way more than a caucus already is).

We are in early days. There is no reason for gloom and doom, other than the gloom & doom that we have come to live with every fucking day.

THIS DOOM & GLOOM FUCKING SUCKS & THE ONLY WAY TO PUT AN END TO IT IS TO VOTE LIKE HELL!

If you are a doom & gloomer SHUT THE FUCK UP RIGHT NOW.

Those who moan that Trump will win get no pie.

I tried that yesterday. I hope the pie threat will have more effect.

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Sufficient unto the day...  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:09:01pm

I heard someone mention CL…thus Guinea Pigs are summoned into the thread…

Dog eat grass together with the guinea pigs

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:10:49pm

re: #88 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

I tried that yesterday. I hope the pie threat will have more effect.

No pie is always a good threat.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:12:08pm

Anyhow it’s been tough I think guys because we know that the interference is happening again and we know that the Executive branch is not only doing nothing but completely fine with it and encouraging it even. I’ll vote for the Democratic nominee against Trump. No question about it. Trump to me is the greatest internal threat to democracy this country has ever had in the Presidency. And that needs to be stated from sea to shining sea.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:15:40pm

All I can say is that not getting invested this go around was the right call. I’m not saying I’m proud of it … I’m just saying it was the correct fucking call for me.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:16:14pm

Last week at about this time everyone was moaning & groaning about Bloomberg. Now y’all moaning about Bernie. Maybe next week there will be moaning about Joe.

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BigPapa  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:18:03pm

In my local Target, just walked by a billionaire. At least he’s not running for pres.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:21:22pm

re: #93 The Pie Overlord!

Last week at about this time everyone was moaning & groaning about Bloomberg. Now y’all moaning about Bernie. Maybe next week there will be moaning about Joe.

This is not the time for our purity ponies, folks. I always hate the phrase “lesser of two evils” in politics, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves. The Democratic candidate may not be the man - or woman - we want, but there is literally no viable alternative. If we let Trump win a second term, he will not hesitate to completely destroy what little is left.

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:22:01pm

re: #93 The Pie Overlord!

Last week at about this time everyone was moaning & groaning about Bloomberg. Now y’all moaning about Bernie. Maybe next week there will be moaning about Joe.

I hope we’ll be moaning about Elizabeth.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:22:18pm

As I mentioned last night, we have a special election on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated when my state rep (Rocky Adkins-D) took a position in the Beshear administration.

Also, as I mentioned I’ve not heard a peep out of the Democrats about their candidate, Bill Redwine. But my mailbox has been filling up with huge glossy flyers from the Republican candidate, Richard White (how perfect is THAT name?)

Saturday’s campaign flyer took the cake:
“BILL REDWINE IS A HILLARY-LOVING LIBERAL WHO DOES NOT SHARE OUR EASTERN KENTUCKY VALUES”

Redwine spreads hate for President Trump calling him a “flimflam conman,” “a bullying punk,” and “an enemy of the people. (punctuation inside the quotes is as they appear on the flyer)

Bill Redwine wants open borders stating,”I do not support the wall.”

Redwine wants abortion on demand like Hillary Clinton

Bill Redwine voted against our President and bragged about tickets to see Hillary Clinton.

RICHARD WHITE IS THE PRO-TRUMP CONSERVATIVE FOR KENTUCKY STATE REPRESENTATIVE

***

good fucking grief…this is beyond embarrassing.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:22:37pm

re: #94 BigPapa

In my local Target, just walked by a billionaire. At least he’s not running for pres.

It seems to me the political universe we live in benefits two classes of people- the ultra rich and those who already have name recon. I as some of you know am backing Biden but Biden wasn’t my first, second, or even third choice going in. But I really do feel he would be the most effective President at this point. Everyone’s free to disagree but I can tell from experience from nominating and then electing a “safe moderate” that a lot good can be done with a legislature in our favor and an executive with some political skills to him. I just wish the presidency stopped being seen as “Let’s elect the most ideological person possible” rather than let’s look at this person’s skillset in general. Primary season and then the GE are supposed to be one giant job interview. The person I agree with most on the issues is myself. That doesn’t mean I think I’d be a good presidential candidate or even a local congressional one.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:26:46pm

re: #97 Backwoods_Sleuth

As I mentioned last night, we have a special election on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated when my state rep (Rocky Adkins-D) took a position in the Beshear administration.

Also, as I mentioned I’ve not heard a peep out of the Democrats about their candidate, Bill Redwine. But my mailbox has been filling up with huge glossy flyers from the Republican candidate, Richard White (how perfect is THAT name?)

Saturday’s campaign flyer took the cake:
“BILL REDWINE IS A HILLARY-LOVING LIBERAL WHO DOES NOT SHARE OUR EASTERN KENTUCKY VALUES”

Redwine spreads hate for President Trump calling him a “flimflam conman,” “a bullying punk,” and “an enemy of the people. (punctuation inside the quotes is as they appear on the flyer)

Bill Redwine wants open borders stating,”I do not support the wall.”

Redwine wants abortion on demand like Hillary Clinton

Bill Redwine voted against our President and bragged about tickets to see Hillary Clinton.

RICHARD WHITE IS THE PRO-TRUMP CONSERVATIVE FOR KENTUCKY STATE REPRESENTATIVE

***

good fucking grief…this is beyond embarrassing.

Oh yes, the wall, such an important issue in Kentucky. Sorry BWS, not trying to dismiss your district but man it just continues to amaze me how people far away from the border as possible are so paranoid and adamant it needs to be built.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:27:11pm

re: #97 Backwoods_Sleuth

Is this seat up for grabs in November as well.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:37:33pm

re: #47 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

I’m less worried about Bernie being electable than Bernie as President. What’s he gonna do if he can’t deliver? He’s going to disappoint these kids and I fear disillusion them even more.

Don’t borrow trouble. Enough will find you without you seeking it out.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:41:25pm

“…The Aalst carnival lost its place on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2019 after its mayor refused to remove antisemitic imagery from the parade.

This year’s parade is expected to specifically target Jews for mockery because of the controversy and loss of the carnival’s UNESCO status.

The carnival has long been a site of bigoted displays in general, including participants in blackface and displays mocking Muslims, and usually of specifically antisemitic imagery. In 2013, JTA reported carnival revelers in Nazi uniforms held canisters labeled “Zyklon B” while walking with other participants dressed as concentration camp prisoners.

While several Belgian officials have spoken out against the parade, no government action has been taken against it. One reason for this is the rise of Vlaams Belang, a far-right populist party with neo-Nazi roots, and a concern that banning the antisemitic floats will play into their hands.”
jpost.com

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:42:16pm

re: #51 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

You are catastrophizing, as are several other people on this board, and it is turning it a whirlpool of anxiety where it’s no longer about what is, but about the process of story-telling, having the story confirmed by others at the same level of fear and frustration, and then proceeding as though the story was true.

No, your social media experience should not be an index of anything, because it’s an incredibly shitty medium. It is literally the worst possible medium in which to have the conversation that currently has to happen. It is full of bad faith, hyperbole, and groupthink. Nobody is winning, everybody is hurting themselves. People hate and distrust Jack and Mark, complain about their services, and yet people uncritically import things found in those services—which we all know to be fundamentally flawed—into their worldview. This is chewing gum out of a drain.

It’s clear that social media leads to miscommunication. It’s clear that massed voices responding in unison is overwhelming, and terrifying if its negative. It’s clear that strong negative experiences leave a deep impression, and social media formats mean there’s almost always a negative response. It’s clear that a social media account is a point of vulnerability, where someone can be cruel in a very intimate way and still be anonymous. It’s clear that people will say things, and use tones, in online conversations that they would never use in real life because an account does not inspire empathy like face-to-face person. And yet I keep see people reacting like their negative experiences on social media are about the specific thing they’re upset about, not the general awfulness of the medium, or the inevitability of misunderstanding in a low-resolution communication format.

Or, for that matter, the admission that most of us are trapped in or heads, and when faced with ambiguity or lack of clarity will generate context and nuance from nothing but our assumptions. The thing that fucks up communication in general, but so much moreso when it’s divining the full meaning of one hundred-someodd characters and a fucking emoji.

ETA: Or, that social media is a paradoxically public and intimate space where it is easy to share but difficult to control who sees what is shared. Meaning that at any act of vulnerability is available to any person who wants to abuse someone’s vulnerability.

And the economics of social media are built on engagement, so there is ZERO incentive for these platforms to change. They sell themselves to advertisers as addictions—buy ads with us because we’re parasitically attached to people’s lives, they can’t quit. For anyone selling themselves as a brand on these platforms…they get the same way, by clicks. For anyone presenting “news” or “commentary on news”…they need clicks more than they need to communicate information accurately.

You are actively participating in a part of system designed to hurt and frustrate you, but also designed to make you accustomed to being hurt and frustrated so other people can extract value from you hurt and frustration.

But here’s the part that sticks with me: the same patterns exist on social media regardless of the subject. The same shitty behaviors and statements, the kinds of people who hijack conversation, the same tipping point from good enthusiasm to something sickly and narcissist, the same loss of perspective leading to feedback loops of ugly behavior as everyone feels attacked.

The same. Always. Consistent.

Where exactly am I supposed to set the pale of my discomfort when the same species of behavior is coming from people I know?

I have no especial fondness for Bernie Sanders, and his official and unofficial spokespeople are frequently vexing when I encounter them on social media…but…I’m supposed to be mad about “bend the knee,” but I see people use Brnch Dravidian references to described Bernie people on this board, because child rape and massive suicide aren’t an escalation of rhetoric, no. A thread ago, there’s a drop about the Bernie people “knowing” that his plans require a dictatorship.

At this point the ugliness and the doubling down is reciprocal, and the thinking black and white, and…no, I’m not taking your side. This is ridiculous and gloomy and self-harming. Nor I am I going to “both sides” this statement to sweeten it because…you are not on your own side, you are injuring yourself as a whole for the sake of a part of you that feels alliance to people who, frankly, don’t merit the escalation of commitment you’re showing. You’re trying to injure “the other side” who also don’t merit this much attention but also don’t deserve the level of vitriol.

And no it doesn’t matter what some of them are doing. Nobody wins the arsenic eating contest.

I’m sorry, I like everyone around here, but this is getting unhealthy in ways that I recognize. The seeking out of slights, the way hyperbole is accommodated as true and the used as a ramp to engage in greater hyperbole, the general miasma of blame and negativity. People being angry, but over and over seeking out the source of that anger to discharge. This is people trying to discharge anxiety, but doing so in ways that just create a loop of fear and catharsis…but the source of fear isn’t gone and the wellspring will refill, so there’s just a need for more and more catharsis.

And…don’t do it, guys. Find anything else to cope. That loop leads people into terrible places that I don’t need to describe because you can see them, interact with them, all across America. We are watching a section of our population bottom out, fully embraced the idea that they will hurt and fear, but it is right and good if they can just punch down…and at some point the flow reversed and they’re inventing targets for retaliation. Like behavior on social media, this isn’t something exclusive to one perspective or kind of culture, it can happen to anyone eventually.

You are what you rehearse.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:42:28pm

re: #100 Eclectic Cyborg

Is this seat up for grabs in November as well.

yes, plus a Republican primary in May (Redwine is unopposed for the D primary)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:44:05pm

morons

106
Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:47:31pm

re: #30 I Would Prefer Not To

I’m off. My set is tonight at 7:00 and I’m getting there early to do a run-through. Wish me luck. There my be video at some point.

Wait, I have a joke for you….

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:52:21pm

Microsoft aiming to be carbon negative by 2030.

washingtonmonthly.com

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:52:35pm
109
PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:54:44pm

re: #108 Charles Johnson

Mr Misinformation. And the sad fact is that many people believe him.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:55:40pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:57:19pm
112
Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:57:38pm

re: #108 Charles Johnson

What we truly need is a vaccine for stupidity. The rest of the world’s problems would follow in short order.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:59:01pm

re: #111 Backwoods_Sleuth

Now that is a crowd of people. I like the energy they are exhibiting. :)

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 2:59:48pm

re: #103 The Ghost of a Flea

Preach, brother.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:00:02pm

when Dersh tries to mansplain law to Elizabeth Warren:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:01:03pm

this will not end well

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:02:45pm
118
BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:04:36pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

this will not end well

[Embedded content]

With DeWine as governor, that is true of many things.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:05:11pm

wait, wtf?

120
Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:06:45pm

re: #99 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Oh yes, the wall, such an important issue in Kentucky. Sorry BWS, not trying to dismiss your district but man it just continues to amaze me how people far away from the border as possible are so paranoid and adamant it needs to be built.

When I lived in Lexington, KY for a couple of years 2011-2013) I can tell you that all of the construction workers working on high-end housing—heck, the guys who came to cut a tree down for our landlord in our yard—were all Hispanic. I’m sure word that “all the jobs are taken” got back to Backyard’s district.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:06:50pm

re: #116 Backwoods_Sleuth

this will not end well

[Embedded content]

Counterpoint: if your bike is so loud that you need hearing protection, you’re not going to hear the car that runs you over anyway.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:10:36pm
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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:12:06pm

I know a woman who is working in Saudi Arabia for several months a year, and she just wrote on Facebook from there that the whole country was changing before her eyes. She said: she hasn’t worn her abayah (body cover) at all this trip, and she sees some Saudi women not covering; there are cinemas and concerts and events starting up, where it used to hanging out in malls was about all the entertainment allowed; the restaurants are open now, not divided into family sections or singles. I thought that was interesting!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:12:18pm

...

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:16:37pm

re: #123 retired cynic

I know a woman who is working in Saudi Arabia for several months a year, and she just wrote on Facebook from there that the whole country was changing before her eyes. She said: she hasn’t worn her abayah (body cover) at all this trip, and she sees some Saudi women not covering; there are cinemas and concerts and events starting up, where it used to hanging out in malls was about all the entertainment allowed; the restaurants are open now, not divided into family sections or singles. I thought that was interesting!

MBS: a progressive murderous tyrant!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:18:01pm

I took Rango for a longish walk yesterday, and recorded it on Strava. See if you can figure out from the blue trace on the graph (pace), at exactly what point Rango stopped to take a dump and I had to bag it up for disposal.

(I looked at the Strava page for that walk, couldn’t figure out the downward spike, till I looked at where we were on the map at that point. Made me chuckle)

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:18:32pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:19:43pm

re: #121 Blind Frog Belly White

Counterpoint: if your bike is so loud that you need hearing protection, you’re not going to hear the car that runs you over anyway.

BTW, I am a big opponent of cyclists wearing earbuds while riding. This is especially true here in Tesla Country, where the damn things are almost as common as Camrys.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:19:49pm

re: #103 The Ghost of a Flea

You are catastrophizing, as are several other people on this board, and it is turning it a whirlpool of anxiety where it’s no longer about what is, but about the process of story-telling, having the story confirmed by others at the same level of fear and frustration, and then proceeding as though the story was true.

No, your social media experience should not be an index of anything, because it’s an incredibly shitty medium. It is literally the worst possible medium in which to have the conversation that currently has to happen. It is full of bad faith, hyperbole, and groupthink. Nobody is winning, everybody is hurting themselves. People hate and distrust Jack and Mark, complain about their services, and yet people uncritically import things found in those services—which we all know to be fundamentally flawed—into their worldview. This is chewing gum out of a drain.

It’s clear that social media leads to miscommunication. It’s clear that massed voices responding in unison is overwhelming, and terrifying if its negative. It’s clear that strong negative experiences leave a deep impression, and social media formats mean there’s almost always a negative response. It’s clear that a social media account is a point of vulnerability, where someone can be cruel in a very intimate way and still be anonymous. It’s clear that people will say things, and use tones, in online conversations that they would never use in real life because an account does not inspire empathy like face-to-face person. And yet I keep see people reacting like their negative experiences on social media are about the specific thing they’re upset about, not the general awfulness of the medium, or the inevitability of misunderstanding in a low-resolution communication format.

Or, for that matter, the admission that most of us are trapped in or heads, and when faced with ambiguity or lack of clarity will generate context and nuance from nothing but our assumptions. The thing that fucks up communication in general, but so much moreso when it’s divining the full meaning of one hundred-someodd characters and a fucking emoji.

ETA: Or, that social media is a paradoxically public and intimate space where it is easy to share but difficult to control who sees what is shared. Meaning that at any act of vulnerability is available to any person who wants to abuse someone’s vulnerability.

And the economics of social media are built on engagement, so there is ZERO incentive for these platforms to change. They sell themselves to advertisers as addictions—buy ads with us because we’re parasitically attached to people’s lives, they can’t quit. For anyone selling themselves as a brand on these platforms…they get the same way, by clicks. For anyone presenting “news” or “commentary on news”…they need clicks more than they need to communicate information accurately.

You are actively participating in a part of system designed to hurt and frustrate you, but also designed to make you accustomed to being hurt and frustrated so other people can extract value from you hurt and frustration.

But here’s the part that sticks with me: the same patterns exist on social media regardless of the subject. The same shitty behaviors and statements, the kinds of people who hijack conversation, the same tipping point from good enthusiasm to something sickly and narcissist, the same loss of perspective leading to feedback loops of ugly behavior as everyone feels attacked.

The same. Always. Consistent.

Where exactly am I supposed to set the pale of my discomfort when the same species of behavior is coming from people I know?

I have no especial fondness for Bernie Sanders, and his official and unofficial spokespeople are frequently vexing when I encounter them on social media…but…I’m supposed to be mad about “bend the knee,” but I see people use Brnch Dravidian references to described Bernie people on this board, because child rape and massive suicide aren’t an escalation of rhetoric, no. A thread ago, there’s a drop about the Bernie people “knowing” that his plans require a dictatorship.

At this point the ugliness and the doubling down is reciprocal, and the thinking black and white, and…no, I’m not taking your side. This is ridiculous and gloomy and self-harming. Nor I am I going to “both sides” this statement to sweeten it because…you are not on your own side, you are injuring yourself as a whole for the sake of a part of you that feels alliance to people who, frankly, don’t merit the escalation of commitment you’re showing. You’re trying to injure “the other side” who also don’t merit this much attention but also don’t deserve the level of vitriol.

And no it doesn’t matter what some of them are doing. Nobody wins the arsenic eating contest.

I’m sorry, I like everyone around here, but this is getting unhealthy in ways that I recognize. The seeking out of slights, the way hyperbole is accommodated as true and the used as a ramp to engage in greater hyperbole, the general miasma of blame and negativity. People being angry, but over and over seeking out the source of that anger to discharge. This is people trying to discharge anxiety, but doing so in ways that just create a loop of fear and catharsis…but the source of fear isn’t gone and the wellspring will refill, so there’s just a need for more and more catharsis.

And…don’t do it, guys. Find anything else to cope. That loop leads people into terrible places that I don’t need to describe because you can see them, interact with them, all across America. We are watching a section of our population bottom out, fully embraced the idea that they will hurt and fear, but it is right and good if they can just punch down…and at some point the flow reversed and they’re inventing targets for retaliation. Like behavior on social media, this isn’t something exclusive to one perspective or kind of culture, it can happen to anyone eventually.

You are what you rehearse.

Fair enough. Hey if I’m wrong and Sanders turns out to be a great nominee and President, I’ll be thrilled. I just want Trump gone and for his corrupt family to not even be considered in 2024.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:19:54pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:21:10pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:21:35pm

Sorry if I come off a bit doom and gloomy guys. It’s just I really do hate the state of modern politics so much.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:23:29pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:24:27pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:24:43pm

re: #133 Backwoods_Sleuth

He really does nothing but lie and then lie some more. He doesn’t give a crap about political interference in the election if it benefits him so for that reason I hope we seriously consider throwing the kitchen sink at him.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:24:52pm

re: #133 Backwoods_Sleuth

DT wants to keep his fingers in everything.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:25:25pm

Listen, if I don’t post it someone who genuinely gives a shit will:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:25:56pm
139
Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:27:14pm

re: #137 goddamnedfrank

Someone genuinely gives a shit about her?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:28:04pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:29:16pm

re: #139 Blind Frog Belly White

Someone genuinely gives a shit about her?

She’s RTing support for a primary challenger against her. Because you know all the worst excesses of Trump are because of Pelosi.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:29:36pm

re: #140 Backwoods_Sleuth

Very nice looking dog. It still does not get the image of DT in the bathroom.
::: shudders :::

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:29:57pm

re: #132 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Sorry if I come off a bit doom and gloomy guys. It’s just I really do hate the state of modern politics so much.

Right there with you.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:30:56pm

re: #140 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOOKATDEPUPPY!!!!! WHO’SA GOOBOY? WHO’SA GOOBOY?

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:32:14pm

re: #143 Eclectic Cyborg

Right there with you.

It really feels we’ve been Balkanized in a lot of ways. I just hope it doesn’t end up how that did.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:32:24pm

re: #141 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

She’s RTing support for a primary challenger against her. Because you know all the worst excesses of Trump are because of Pelosi.

I think you’re confusing Marianne Williamson with Susan Sarandon.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:32:44pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:33:28pm

re: #146 Blind Frog Belly White

I think you’re confusing Marianne Williamson with Susan Sarandon.

Sorry I meant that for BWS’ post about Sarandon. My b.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:34:07pm

re: #145 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

It really feels we’ve been Balkanized in a lot of ways. I just hope it doesn’t end up how that did.

“Balkanized? Like Latvia and Lithuania?”

*sigh* “No, Mr. President. That’s the BalTIC!, not the BalKANS”

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:34:31pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:35:30pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:36:07pm

re: #149 Blind Frog Belly White

“Balkanized? Like Latvia and Lithuania?”

*sigh* “No, Mr. President. That’s the BalTIC!, not the BalKANS”

“Oh, yeah, Balkans! You mean those guys from Star Trek with the pointy ears, right?”

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:38:39pm

re: #152 Eclectic Cyborg

“Oh, yeah, Balkans! You mean those guys from Star Trek with the pointy ears, right?”

No, that’s Vulcan. You mean when a pitcher stalls on the mound and the runners get a free base.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:38:48pm

re: #149 Blind Frog Belly White

“Balkanized? Like Latvia and Lithuania?”

*sigh* “No, Mr. President. That’s the BalTIC!, not the BalKANS”

Speaking of the Balkans, I had lunch with one of my grandfather’s good friends. Fascinating man. Retired engineer. Said that Carter did a lot of things that Reagan took and got credit for. We also discovered his mom was from 15 miles from where my grandfather’s parents were from. Kinda almost felt like having my Grandpa back too last ight when I watched Fury-Wilder with my brother and his family since my brotehr and I watched a lot of boxing with him.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:39:47pm

re: #153 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

No, that’s Vulcan. You mean when a pitcher stalls on the mound and the runners get a free base.

Chris and Paulie are still looking for a missing a guy who killed 12 Czechoslovakians.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:41:11pm

re: #150 Charles Johnson

That would be Dory, who goes absolutely apeshit for the hose, the sprinklers, anything with water.

Sometimes we put one of those sprinkler attachments on the hose, and turn on the water. She’ll run around in the spray, sniffing the grass. Then she’ll grab the hose, pull the sprinkler thingie about a foot, and to the same thing where it’s now spraying. She’ll keep doing that, dragging the hose all over the yard, till we finally turn off the water.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:41:26pm

re: #153 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

No, that’s Vulcan. You mean when a pitcher stalls on the mound and the runners get a free base.

No, no, it’s the island that Thatcher invaded.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:42:00pm
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uriel  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:42:41pm

Current mood:

Scraping Foetus off the Wheel - Anything(viva!)

Who says industrial can’t be positive and uplifting?

(If you think the first part drags a little, give it a bit- it builds nicely to an awesome crescendo. Definitely JG Thirlwell’s masterpiece.)

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:43:13pm

And Rwanda was the name of the girl that Brian Wilson wanted to help him. Help me, Rwanda.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:43:22pm

re: #158 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:43:37pm

re: #154 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Speaking of the Balkans, I had lunch with one of my grandfather’s good friends. Fascinating man. Retired engineer. Said that Carter did a lot of things that Reagan took and got credit for. We also discovered his mom was from 15 miles from where my grandfather’s parents were from. Kinda almost felt like having my Grandpa back too last ight when I watched Fury-Wilder with my brother and his family since my brotehr and I watched a lot of boxing with him.

Like ending the inflation problem that plagued the 1970s by appointing Paul Volcker to be Fed Chairman.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:44:52pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:45:01pm

re: #160 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

And Rwanda was the name of the girl that Brian Wilson wanted to help him. Help me, Rwanda.

Wait, that wasn’t “Happy Rhonda”?

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:46:22pm

re: #130 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Hope they can get TCM on the plane—GWTW is on tonight!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:46:43pm

re: #162 Blind Frog Belly White

Like ending the inflation problem that plagued the 1970s by appointing Paul Volcker to be Fed Chairman.

Yep that was one of the things he brought up. Another was the strategic locations of the nuclear submarines. He explained to us that as a former submariner President Carter had a lot of intimate knowledge about that.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:47:22pm

re: #166 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Yep that was one of the things he brought up. Another was the strategic locations of the nuclear submarines. He explained to us that as a former submariner President Carter had a lot of intimate knowledge about that.

And yet, he still pronounced it “nukular”

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:47:36pm

re: #164 Blind Frog Belly White

Wait, that wasn’t “Happy Rhonda”?

Help me, Rhonda. It does sound like Happy though since it’s sung quickly.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:48:08pm

re: #165 BeachDem

Hope they can get TCM on the plane—GWTW is on tonight!

“I saw it in a window, and I just had to have it.”

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:48:23pm

re: #167 Blind Frog Belly White

And yet, he still pronounced it “nukular”

You can take the boy out of Georgia but not the Georgia outta the boy. Hard to believe Carter was President 40 years ago. He’s gotta hold the record for the longest time a former President I imagine.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:49:06pm

re: #168 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

Help me, Rhonda. It does sound like Happy though since it’s sung quickly.

I wanda as I rwanda, out unda the sky….

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:50:11pm

re: #170 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

You can take the boy out of Georgia but not the Georgia outta the boy. Hard to believe Carter was President 40 years ago. He’s gotta hold the record for the longest time a former President I imagine.

Imagine how old that makes me feel. My first vote was cast for John Anderson, against Cater and Reagan. Carter.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:51:20pm

re: #133 Backwoods_Sleuth

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What is going on with his skin? Did he apply the bronzer with sandpaper? Ewwww

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:51:42pm

re: #172 Blind Frog Belly White

Reload 172. Come to think about it, I was 18 in 1976, so I did vote for Carter.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:53:00pm

re: #172 Blind Frog Belly White

Imagine how old that makes me feel. My first vote was cast for John Anderson, against Cater and Reagan. Carter.

My father’s too though he coulda but didn’ta for McGovern.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:53:21pm

re: #173 BeachDem

What is going on with his skin? Did he apply the bronzer with sandpaper? Ewwww

Gets it into the pores better. You know, like putting a high quality finish on wood - apply, let dry, sand lightly, reapply - repeat till you have the depth of finish you’re looking for.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:54:27pm

re: #174 Blind Frog Belly White

Reload 172. Come to think about it, I was 18 in 1976, so I did vote for Carter.

A good first vote. My first presidential vote was Obama. My first ever vote was for Tim Kaine. I’ve voted for him four times now. Once for governor, once as HRC’s VP, and twice as Senator.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:57:12pm

re: #177 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

A good first vote. My first presidential vote was Obama. My first ever vote was for Tim Kaine. I’ve voted for him four times now. Once for governor, once as HRC’s VP, and twice as Senator.

I’ve gotten to vote for DiFi, Babs Boxer, Kamala Harris, Jackie Speier - all multiple times.

When I arrived in California, Jerry Brown was governor, about to be term limited out. I never imagined I’d get to vote for him for Governor again. I wondered whether it was a sign, that maybe it was time to move out of CA.

But, you know, fuck that. I like it here.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:57:13pm

re: #177 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

A good first vote. My first presidential vote was Obama. My first ever vote was for Tim Kaine. I’ve voted for him four times now. Once for governor, once as HRC’s VP, and twice as Senator.

My first presidential vote was an absentee vote in college for George W. Bush. Yeah, it was post-9/11. Yeah, I was still an indoctrinated right-wing asshole. It’s been a real journey.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 3:58:39pm

re: #172 Blind Frog Belly White

Imagine how old that makes me feel. My first vote was cast for John Anderson, against Cater and Reagan. Carter.

Mine was for McGovern, and you had to be 21 back then, so I missed the ‘68 election by a year. Talk about old!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:00:22pm

re: #174 Blind Frog Belly White

Reload 172. Come to think about it, I was 18 in 1976, so I did vote for Carter.

Speaking of 1976, The Older Boy and I went to see “Rise of Skywalker” last night. Driving home it occurred to me that, when I originally saw the first one in 1976, I was 18. And now I have a son who’s 28, as we go to see the last one.

Mind you, I was madly in love with his mother then, too.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:01:14pm

re: #176 Blind Frog Belly White

Gets it into the pores better. You know, like putting a high quality finish on wood - apply, let dry, sand lightly, reapply - repeat till you have the depth of finish you’re looking for.

Looks like he skipped the sanding step.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:01:53pm

re: #180 BeachDem

My first vote was in 1980. I was a Reganite. And I too have learned quite a bit.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:06:08pm

re: #182 BeachDem

Looks like he skipped the sanding step.

That’ll lead to peeling, down the road. Additional layers won’t adhere properly.

BTW, when I was working on selfbows, one style of finish I tried is something called “Massey Finish”, where you take one of those dual syringe thingies of epoxy, and squeeze it out into a jar of acetone. Mix thoroughly.

The acetone keeps the reaction from happening, till you brush/wipe it on, and the acetone evaporates and then the epoxy hardens. You can build up coats of it. BUT you MUST remember not to try and go back over with the brush while it’s setting up, or you’ll leave brushmarks

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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:10:50pm

re: #86 The Pie Overlord!

God damn it.

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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:13:50pm

re: #159 uriel

My former BFF (She divorced me.) LOVED this band.

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:14:16pm

re: #86 The Pie Overlord!

Trump’s Europe.

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Belafon  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:16:34pm

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

Because the primary and general election are two different events?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:17:11pm

re: #176 Blind Frog Belly White

Gets it into the pores better. You know, like putting a high quality finish on wood - apply, let dry, sand lightly, reapply - repeat till you have the depth of finish you’re looking for.

but one needs to buff between sanding and application, otherwise ya get that rough grainy look

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ckkatz  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:18:54pm

Timothy Snyder, the Yale Historian, has pointed out that there is a difference between fear and anxiety. You can do something to address what you fear. You cannot do something to address a feeling of anxiety.

Authoritarians, like Trump, know this and try to instill a general sense of anxiety. It overloads and weakens one’s ability to deal with a situation. Right now we are in the midst of a psycho-drama and a psychological warfare operation. Recognize this and do not allow yourself to be manipulated.

As humans, we are all finite. We all have limits as to what we can do. Recognize and respect them.

You can vote for your preferred candidate in the primary. You can organize and work for the campaign of your preferred primary candidate. You can vote for your preferred general candidate. You can organize and work for the campaign of your preferred general election candidate.

Beyond that we cannot predict what is going to happen and, therefore, what we will have to do.

If you are still concerned and want to plan ahead, I would urge you to read Snyder’s “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century”

inthesetimes.com

And think about ways to add meaning to your life. If nothing else, look to poetry, Shelly’s ‘Ozymandias’, Lovelace’s ‘To Althea , From Prison’, or, if you are feeling exceptionally grim Henley’s ‘Invictus’:

“I am master of my fate:
I am captain of my soul.”

Or, perhaps, my favorite poem:

“The rain it raineth on the just
And also on the unjust fella;
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust hath the just’s umbrella.”
― Charles Bowen

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Belafon  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:19:52pm

re: #119 Backwoods_Sleuth

wait, wtf?

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He might want to study how the 1918 flue epidemic spread.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:21:15pm

re: #183 PhillyPretzel

My first vote was in 1980. I was a Reganite. And I too have learned quite a bit.

I voted for John Anderson, young guy that I was. However, I soon fell down the Republican trench, voted for Reagan the next time. But I was working in the military-industrial complex at that time, so I was voting for my meal ticket.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:21:35pm

::: pops the cork on a bottle of Champagne :::
::: Pours glasses for all :::

Yippee! I just cracked 34,000 points for a karma score.

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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:22:42pm

re: #183 PhillyPretzel

Same here. Sigh. Thank dog I got over that cluelessness.

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Cheechako  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:32:09pm

My first Presidential vote was for Barry Goldwater. I just didn’t like LBJ. And just 3 months after he was sworn in, he sent me one of those famous “Greetings” letters.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:32:38pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:34:08pm
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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:36:49pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:38:37pm

re: #196 Backwoods_Sleuth

Dan Bongino in DHS?? Fucking hell.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:39:11pm

re: #198 plansbandc

Thanks for a moment of sweetness. :)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:39:14pm
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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:40:24pm

“It would destabilize the permanency of their existing home environment, and could be traumatic to the children,” Jonathan White, who is in charge of the the department’s efforts to reunite the separated children with their parents, said in the filings, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The agency also suggested that the reunification would take extraordinary effort, arguing that the administration should simply focus on reuniting children being held in custody, not those released to sponsors.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:42:33pm
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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:43:10pm

re: #202 jaunte

Talk about getting it backward. They have already been traumatized by being separated from their parents and now they say returning them to their parents would be traumatic?

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:44:05pm

re: #204 PhillyPretzel

Clearly the extra effort is the real problem.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:44:27pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:44:46pm

re: #205 jaunte

Clearly the extra effort is the real problem.

Yep. Fucking cruel assholes.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:47:36pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:47:40pm

re: #206 Backwoods_Sleuth

India is a country with over a billion people. ONE. BILLION. They probably have Cricket matches that draw bigger crowds than Donald J. “Tangerine Wankmaggot” Trump.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:49:43pm

These Trump functionaries don’t seem to understand that they’re creating thousands of traumatized people who will know exactly who to blame for their damaged lives.

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nicdanger  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:50:22pm

My Dad and Grandfather were both lifelong Democrats,they were not bullish on Mcgovern. So my very first vote at age 18 was for Pat Paulson.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:52:49pm

re: #208 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Mao had his linguists create pinyin transcription to simplify the stupid Wade-Giles system just about the time of the “let a hundred flowers bloom” campaign followed by the Great Leap Forward! He wasn’t all bad.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:54:17pm

re: #212 Barefoot Grin

He was quite a swimmer.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:55:48pm

My first vote was for Mondale. Jessie Jackson gave a speech at my college for Mondale and then marched with us to a voter registration area. I got to meet Mondale in person at the US embassy in Tokyo a few years later. He was kind of bloated.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:57:00pm
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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 4:58:54pm

re: #215 Patricia Kayden

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That photo looks like a still from a fourth Tim Burton Batman movie

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Interesting Times  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:04:14pm

re: #216 goddamnedfrank

That photo looks like a still from a fourth Tim Burton Batman movie

Who is the older black man who always walks behind Stone, and what does the sign he’s carrying say? It’s never on TV long enough for me to tell, and Google’s not delivering anything either (I keep getting results for the other “this is a sign” guy).

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mmmirele  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:06:57pm

re: #216 goddamnedfrank

That photo looks like a still from a fourth Tim Burton Batman movie

I had the same thought—and was trying to figure out what criminal mind the Caped Crusader was facing this time.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:07:40pm

re: #218 mmmirele

I had the same thought—and was trying to figure out what criminal mind the Caped Crusader was facing this time.

Nixon Man.

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:10:41pm

re: #212 Barefoot Grin

Mao had his linguists create pinyin transcription to simplify the stupid Wade-Giles system just about the time of the “let a hundred flowers bloom” campaign followed by the Great Leap Forward! He wasn’t all bad.

Was too. Those Who Know say pinyin is just as stupid as Wade-Giles in its own special way. /

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:14:26pm

re: #220 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

Was too. Those Who Know say pinyin is just as stupid as Wade-Giles in its own special way. /

I don’t know my xu from my shu, but I’ll bet the complaints are from that feisty island once called Formosa.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:15:20pm

re: #201 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hear me out. What if Susan Sarandon has been working for the Republicans all the time? Pretending she cares about liberal issues, but really acting on behalf of the GOP to sabotage Democrats? How would her behavior be any different? It’s not as though she’s some naive college student working on her first campaign.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:16:22pm
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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:16:54pm
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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:17:15pm

re: #223 The Pie Overlord!

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A tweet for the ages.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:20:59pm

re: #222 Hecuba’s daughter

Hear me out. What if Susan Sarandon has been working for the Republicans all the time? Pretending she cares about liberal issues, but really acting on behalf of the GOP to sabotage Democrats? How would her behavior be any different? It’s not as though she’s some naive college student working on her first campaign.

I very much doubt that. I think there’s a simple explanation. She’s an out of touch actress.

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:21:31pm

re: #180 BeachDem

Mine was for McGovern, and you had to be 21 back then, so I missed the ‘68 election by a year. Talk about old!

Me, too!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:22:21pm

re: #223 The Pie Overlord!

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I despise Bernie but after the way they complained about HRC, I don’t want to hear this. And I know that Erickson will find a fault with Biden to complain about too.

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plansbandc  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:24:35pm

re: #207 Eclectic Cyborg

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:25:42pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:26:36pm

re: #230 Patricia Kayden

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That’s the correct move if they do it.

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:27:07pm

re: #202 jaunte

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Those B@st@rds! Too traumatic, indeed. Pity that didn’t occur to them when they first stripped the children away!!! Oooooh, that makes me so mad!

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:28:17pm
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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:29:37pm

Traumatic to reunite them? Words can’t even. One day these kids will grow up and they will remember. I know I will.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:31:26pm

re: #233 The Pie Overlord!

Exactly. Two caucuses and one Primary do not make the entire race. We have a long way to go before we get to the convention.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:31:39pm

I love it when I’m doing laundry and someone put a dozen athletic shoes in one of the dryers, it goes clonk clonk clonk and one of the bin fins breaks off…

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Rightwingconspirator  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:33:58pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:34:35pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:35:53pm

re: #229 plansbandc

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William Lewis  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:40:00pm

re: #237 Rightwingconspirator

And people wonder why I like taking pictures of old rail trestles. And ducks. Or even swans that are too far away to make out what they are other than a little white dot on the water that could be ice if it wasn’t feeding…

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:47:27pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:47:51pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:49:44pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

As opposed to you, Bryan, you are going to find yourself standing on Jesus’s left, asking Him why He says He doesn’t know you.

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b.d. (We're gonna win)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:50:00pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

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JESUS LOVES YOU

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Citizen K  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:51:44pm

re: #233 The Pie Overlord!

re: #235 PhillyPretzel

Exactly. Two caucuses and one Primary do not make the entire race. We have a long way to go before we get to the convention.

I don’t remember really anything at all about the road to ‘92 and never read up properly on it. The main problem here is just how much the media is drowning the entire process in “The Narrative”, and how much of that shit keeps being turned into self-fulfilling prophecy, mostly because if you’re not being talked about by the media, you may very well just not exist, and recognizability in many ways really is king.

The primaries may already be over because our arbiters have said it’s over, and barring any massive unplanned seismic shift, they’ll continue to treat it like that and ensure people are hammered over the head with the fact that they should not care and they ‘lost’.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:51:46pm

One of the worst things about big elections is that people’s nerves get frayed and misunderstandings can turn into big fights. I always try to keep that in mind, and remind myself to take a breath and remember who the real adversary is.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:51:46pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

Rather odd that he SPECIFICALLY mentions nine year old children.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:51:57pm

Bryan has Pete confused with a bunch of youth ministers and softball coaches.

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mmmirele  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:52:58pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

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b.d. (We're gonna win)  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:53:00pm

re: #246 Charles Johnson

One of the worst things about big elections is that people’s nerves get frayed and misunderstandings can turn into big fights. I always try to keep that in mind, and remind myself to take a breath and remember who the real adversary is.

Ben Shapiro?

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:53:31pm

re: #250 b.d. (Is Rush Dead Yet?)

Ben Shapiro?

He’s definitely one of ‘em.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:54:54pm

I don’t expect him to answer but I was curious. Trying to decide if I should rent Doctor Sleep.

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A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!  Feb 23, 2020 • 5:55:22pm

re: #221 Barefoot Grin

I don’t know my xu from my shu, but I’ll bet the complaints are from that feisty island once called Formosa.

Maybe in part, but I recall at least one westerner saying the same thing. And I suspect mainland Chinese who had such issues might keep them to themselves. (It’s not exactly a burning issue.)

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ckkatz  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:03:00pm

re: #253 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

Maybe in part, but I recall at least one westerner saying the same thing. And I suspect mainland Chinese who had such issues might keep them to themselves. (It’s not exactly a burning issue.)

Some years back I worked with a gentleman who grew up in the mainland of China and another who grew up in Taiwan/Formosa.

When I was in the same office, they graciously carried on their conversations in English as I do not understand Mandarin.

Many of their discussions were on the different spelling systems. The gentleman from the mainland grew up under pinyin and the Taiwan gentleman grew up under traditional writing system.

It was quite interesting to hear of many differences where I, as an outsider, originally only saw uniformity.

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mmmirele  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:11:58pm

re: #253 A hollow voice says, Guilty, guilty, guilty!

Maybe in part, but I recall at least one westerner saying the same thing. And I suspect mainland Chinese who had such issues might keep them to themselves. (It’s not exactly a burning issue.)

Japanese counts Latin letters (“romaji”) as a fourth script, along with kanji, hiragana and katakana. And yes, you see romaji used in place names and the names of some businesses. However, if you’re studying Japanese, the advice is to stop using romaji as soon as possible and learn hiragana and katakana, which are syllabaries for (respectively) Japanese words and loan words (and onomatopoeia). But you also have to learn kanji because the number of sounds available in Japanese is limited. I learned several kanji last week that have the same sound (“kou”) as their pronunciation, but their meanings (and kanji) are completely different: go, sunlight, mix and think.

PS “kintama” (金玉) is a crass way of saying “testicles” in Japanese. It means “gold balls”. I learned it as part of vocabulary for “kin” (金 gold) and “tama” (玉 ball), but it is for sure not a word you want to use in polite company.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:12:49pm

I don’t eat lobster (because it’s not kosher!) and I have never seen an actual live lobster being boiled to death. Until now. In spoilers because reasons.

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:13:21pm

re: #256 The Pie Overlord!

I don’t eat lobster (because it’s not kosher!) and I have never seen an actual live lobster being boiled to death. Until now. In spoilers because reasons.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:14:25pm

re: #257 retired cynic

Won’t watch!

It is a cooking show, not an animal torture porn video.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:14:42pm

Vegans would disagree.

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:14:58pm

re: #258 The Pie Overlord!

I don’t care. Thinking about it is more than I want to do.

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ckkatz  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:16:16pm

re: #223 The Pie Overlord!

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Thanks for posting that Caroline Orr tweet!

Erickson labels someone a “Never-Trumper” and in the very same sentence says that they will vote for Trump.

It is amazing how un-self-aware Mr Erickson is. Or maybe, on second thought, it really isn’t that surprising. I believe that there is a StoneKettle saying about that.

Certainly, going forward, it will be even more difficult to take Erickson seriously.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:17:09pm

re: #261 ckkatz

Thanks for posting that Caroline Orr tweet!

Erickson labels someone a “Never-Trumper” and in the very same sentence says that they will vote for Trump.

It is amazing how un-self-aware Mr Erickson is. Or maybe, on second thought, it really isn’t that surprising. I believe that there is a StoneKettle saying about that.

Certainly, going forward, it will be even more difficult to take Erickson seriously.

Anyone taking Erick, son of Erick, seriously has already long ago abandoned reason for madness.

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mmmirele  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:17:37pm

re: #256 The Pie Overlord!

I don’t eat lobster (because it’s not kosher!) and I have never seen an actual live lobster being boiled to death. Until now. In spoilers because reasons.

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The two things I know about lobster (beside it’s not kosher) are:

1) Lobster’s favorite food is lobster, which is why aquaculture of lobster has never taken off. Hard to grow lobster in those circumstances.
2) Servants in the New England colonies and early Republic had contracts which limited the number of times a week they could be served lobster. Back then, lobster was no delicacy, it was pulled up with the other fish and fed to the servants, who didn’t get to drizzle butter on it and eat it with special bibs.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:17:42pm

re: #261 ckkatz

Thanks for posting that Caroline Orr tweet!

Erickson labels someone a “Never-Trumper” and in the very same sentence says that they will vote for Trump.

It is amazing how un-self-aware Mr Erickson is. Or maybe, on second thought, it really isn’t that surprising. I believe that there is a StoneKettle saying about that.

Certainly, going forward, it will be even more difficult to take Erickson seriously.

And he is tut-tutting at the Dems for not taking his feels into account in choosing the Democratic nominee.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:17:46pm

re: #256 The Pie Overlord!

I heard the lobsters on the east coast are walking north to Canada, following the cold water as the Atlantic warms up.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:25:06pm

re: #255 mmmirele

Japanese counts Latin letters (“romaji”) as a fourth script, along with kanji, hiragana and katakana. And yes, you see romaji used in place names and the names of some businesses. However, if you’re studying Japanese, the advice is to stop using romaji as soon as possible and learn hiragana and katakana, which are syllabaries for (respectively) Japanese words and loan words (and onomatopoeia). But you also have to learn kanji because the number of sounds available in Japanese is limited. I learned several kanji last week that have the same sound (“kou”) as their pronunciation, but their meanings (and kanji) are completely different: go, sunlight, mix and think.

PS “kintama” (金玉) is a crass way of saying “testicles” in Japanese. It means “gold balls”. I learned it as part of vocabulary for “kin” (金 gold) and “tama” (玉 ball), but it is for sure not a word you want to use in polite company.

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retired cynic  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:26:06pm

re: #266 Barefoot Grin

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Citizen K  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:27:27pm

re: #266 Barefoot Grin

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:30:23pm

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:30:31pm

re: #268 Citizen K

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William Lewis  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:37:43pm

re: #266 Barefoot Grin

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:37:50pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

That dude is still alive?

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:38:17pm
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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:42:44pm

re: #258 The Pie Overlord!

It is a cooking show, not an animal torture porn video.

Just be careful with the Mexican lobsters!

Muppet Show. Swedish Chef - Lobsters (ep.209)

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:49:04pm

re: #273 The Pie Overlord!

The Trump budgets always propose draconian cuts in any services that are beneficial to health or the nation; but I thought that the Congress (even under the GOP) restored those cuts. Or is that incorrect?

There was the other issue of the disbanding of the team that dealt with pandemic preparedness. Was that due to budget cuts or other reasons?

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:52:07pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:52:32pm

re: #275 Hecuba’s daughter

The Trump budgets always propose draconian cuts in any services that are beneficial to health or the nation; but I thought that the Congress (even under the GOP) restored those cuts. Or is that incorrect?

There was the other issue of the disbanding of the team that dealt with pandemic preparedness. Was that due to budget cuts or other reasons?

Oh wait — that looks like a byproduct of some hare-brained scheme of Bolton’s to streamline the NSC, rather than a direct Trump initiative.

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BigPapa  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:54:00pm

Evangelicals are going to freak!

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Dave In Austin  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:55:00pm

Walking Dead just got weird again…….

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Belafon  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:56:39pm

re: #279 Dave In Austin

Walking Dead just got weird again…….

Aren’t slow zombies weird enough?

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Belafon  Feb 23, 2020 • 6:58:24pm

re: #276 Patricia Kayden

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:02:50pm

re: #278 BigPapa

snopes.com

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:03:25pm
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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:06:41pm

re: #276 Patricia Kayden

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Isn’t Naomi just the Tomi Lahren of climate deniers?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:08:12pm

re: #284 Hecuba’s daughter

Isn’t Naomi just the Tomi Lahren of climate deniers?

The Kent State Gun Girl of Tomi Lahrens.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:09:10pm

re: #284 Hecuba’s daughter

Isn’t Naomi just the Tomi Lahren of climate deniers?

It appears so. I can guarantee that this fraudster (who is an adult btw) won’t be as popular and influential as Thunberg.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:13:09pm
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b.d. (We're gonna win)  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:16:16pm

re: #281 Belafon

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:19:51pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:20:16pm

re: #288 b.d. (Is Rush Dead Yet?)

Hey, remember all those times that the Right were going to put on their own version of the “Daily Show”, but kept failing because they aren’t funny, because their jokes are all punching down?

Somehow I think the “Anti-Greta” will fail for much the same reason.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:22:12pm

Grift sells.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:23:18pm

Okay, second scorcher for the day:

(though likely shorter than the first)

Trump is the endpoint of a phenomenon…everyone agrees to that, right?

So, whenever you encounter an Anti-Trump commentator telling you how to fight Trump, the appropriate response is to go back through their catalogue of opinions and see how much of the authoritarian preamble to Trump they were down for.

How much of the mendacity? The name calling? The stab-in-the-back myths? The patriotism that equated protest with terrorism and dissent with support of terrorists? How many of them paused, at some point in the last twenty years, and expressed concern over Mitch McConnell’s dream of a Republican “permanent majority”—a concept, on its face, that meant the semblance of democracy draped over one party rule, *technically* within-the-rules of the state in the same way the monkey’s paws grant wishes.

…because that’s their measure. I have seen too many perfunctory apologies, followed up with business as usual, in which they continue to claim to be smart, and analytically correct, when they have been wrong not just about Trump getting elected, but about the entire fucking arc of conservative history including their own participation. If they are still selling themselves as clever boys…and they are, they all have books to sell…then let’s see some self-awareness, some ability to recognize the pattern of what came before and what’s happening currently.

When you’re on the side that tries to stop people voting you aren’t honestly engaged with an exchange of ideas, no matter how performatively you deploy rhetoric. If you’re the guy that says “actually, maybe this isn’t okay and maybe we shouldn’t fuck fish people for gold” but every year your team is fucking with voting and getting railed by coelacanths, intentions don’t matter because they’re never going to come to fruition.

And now they’ve quit Innsmouth and have started a racket selling books about how fucking fish men is cunning strategy but DAMMIT WHERE DID ALL THESE FISHMAN-HUMAN HYBRIDS FUCKING THINGS UP COME FROM, WHO AM I TO KNOW, EXCEPT THE PERSON WHO FUCKED ALL THOSE FISH PEOPLE but also…here’s why I’m so smart I can fix society’s fishman-human hybrid problem, if only you people who figured out well before hand that maybe it was a bad idea to bang fish people for gold WOULD ONLY LISTEN TO MY REASONABLE ADVICE.

But at the same time, the people that accurately diagnosed how this would turn out are viewed as more dangerous, more radical, than the people who did the prep work that actually pushed the country away from democracy.

And that is horseshit.

Nobody should accept that fucking framing. It’s “both sides” wearing a greasepaint mustache.

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b.d. (We're gonna win)  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:25:52pm

re: #290 Blind Frog Belly White

Hey, remember all those times that the Right were going to put on their own version of the “Daily Show”, but kept failing because they aren’t funny, because their jokes are all punching down?

Somehow I think the “Anti-Greta” will fail for much the same reason.

Yep, she’ll probably get run over in a stampede doing a bit on cow farts, choke on some coal or something like that trying to make climate change look stupid.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:27:19pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:32:39pm

re: #292 The Ghost of a Flea

“‘I didn’t think leopards would eat MY face!’ sobs woman who voted for Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party.”

I mean, I welcome their votes - assuming they don’t find reasons not to cast them for Trump - but in the end, if you’re still saying “Mitch McConnell is an unmatched legislative tactician” and not “Mitch McConnell succeeds because he has no shame or principle beyond maximizing power”, you’re still the problem.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:35:06pm

re: #294 The Pie Overlord!

Why would any socialist hate Israel? They’re WAY more socialist than we are.

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The Pie Overlord!  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:35:36pm

Cuteness break

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:36:21pm

re: #294 The Pie Overlord!

As I noted earlier today, the smear will be that Bernie is anti-Israel, Israel=Je$u$, so Bernie is anti-Je$u$.

That is where this is headed.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:37:29pm
A premium has been placed on avoiding snags that would bring the President outside his comfort zone — including, according to one official involved, a mandate that familiar food be available during Trump’s meals.
“No whole fish with the heads still on, nothing too spicy,” is how one person involved in a trip early in Trump’s presidency characterized the instructions for Trump.
cnn.com

And yet Republicans regard this whining toddler as “tough.”

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:38:30pm

He seems easily amused:

The 17-Klein Bottle - Numberphile

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:38:38pm

Honest to god, this Levin character seems to do Liberal Democrat Mad Libs.

”(name of Democratic politician) has an obsessive hate for Israel, like all good (name of hated ideology that Democrat doesn’t adhere to).”

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Disloyal Archangel  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:40:18pm
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BigPapa  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:40:45pm

re: #285 Blind Frog Belly White

The Kent State Gun Girl of Tomi Lahrens.

AKate-47 make it trend.

I suspected the pink volcano was fake.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:42:55pm
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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:43:15pm

re: #295 Blind Frog Belly White

“How survive Face-Eating Leopards”

by A Very Smart Man Who Made a Living Telling People There Were No Face-Eating Leopards

Chapter 1: Actually I’m smarter than the people who thought it was a bad idea to let a leopard near their face.

Chapter 2: How I bravely left the Face-Eating Leopard Party after things went terribly wrong and faces got eaten…the wrong way.

Chapter 3: Let me tell the inside story of the party, and all the bad, wrong face-eating that we just sort of didn’t tell anyone about, because dammit we believed in our cause.

Chapter 4: Who could have known the face-eating would get out of control?

Chapter 5: My prescription for a sick country: a dream of only the right faces getting eaten by leopards.

Chapter 6: We must fight the scourge of face-eating leopards by giving the face-eating leopardists most of what we want, or we won’t participate in any other form of combating face-eating leopards.

Chapter 7: Now fuckin’ pay me.

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:43:15pm

re: #300 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Pretty impressive glass blowing!

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:44:49pm

re: #298 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

As I noted earlier today, the smear will be that Bernie is anti-Israel, Israel=Je$u$, so Bernie is anti-Je$u$.

That is where this is headed.

He stepped in it with Castro too. Does he not know or care about Florida?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:46:32pm

re: #307 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

He stepped in it with Castro too. Does he not know or care about Florida?

Bernie is so bad at national level politics. His schtick has always been to have a very loud but small minority, to make it sound like he has a wider handle on American polity.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:48:19pm

re: #308 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Bernie is so bad at national level politics. His schtick has always been to have a very loud but small minority, to make it sound like he has a wider handle on American polity.

Yep.

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William Lewis  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:48:43pm

So, I cleaned up this box of several hundred cd’s from mostly Walgreens photo processing. One roll = one cd of scans. Dates range from 2004 through 2011ish, so mostly from my son’s earliest years and as I got serious about photography. About 4 cd’s so far that succumbed to bit rot and one broken one. From the notes I’d written I don’t think they had anything of any importance on them.

I found the three rolls I shot at a concert in 2007 of John Doe (of X, touring solo) and was amused. Most of the shots were either horrifically underexposed (Fuji 400 color film) or motion blur was bad. But there were a few moments…

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:53:14pm

“Today there are 25 newspaper editorial cartoonists left drawing truth to power in the United States.”

“Rob Rogers, the popular political cartoonist of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was fired by a pro-Trump editor who replaced him with Steve Kelley, a cartoonist who once informed me the most oppressed group in America was white men.”

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SteelPH  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:55:38pm

re: #307 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

He stepped in it with Castro too. Does he not know or care about Florida?

Bernie only cares about one thing: Bernie.

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 7:57:14pm

re: #312 SteelPH

Bernie only cares about one thing: Bernie.

Yep.

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Disloyal Archangel  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:02:38pm

re: #307 LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)

He stepped in it with Castro too. Does he not know or care about Florida?

I really do think that he genuinely believes that not a single problematic thing he does or says, now or from his past, can actually detract from his candidacy in any way. Which would be straight up lunacy.
That Castro bit ties into what Kurt Eichenwald wrote in his post-election article from 2016 about the Republican opposition research dossier on Sanders, which also touched on past ties to Castro. The GOP was enthusiastic about him as a possible Dem nominee on account of the materials they have, and Eichenwald’s article makes it clear that they’ve got LOTS of dirt from years back they believe to be absolutely devastating for the man.

newsweek.com

…I have seen the opposition book assembled by Republicans for Sanders, and it was brutal. The Republicans would have torn him apart. And while Sanders supporters might delude themselves into believing that they could have defended him against all of this, there is a name for politicians who play defense all the time: losers.

Here are a few tastes of what was in store for Sanders, straight out of the Republican playbook: He thinks rape is A-OK. In 1972, when he was 31, Sanders wrote a fictitious essay in which he described a woman enjoying being raped by three men. Yes, there is an explanation for it—a long, complicated one, just like the one that would make clear why the Clinton emails story was nonsense. And we all know how well that worked out.

Then there’s the fact that Sanders was on unemployment until his mid-30s, and that he stole electricity from a neighbor after failing to pay his bills, and that he co-sponsored a bill to ship Vermont’s nuclear waste to a poor Hispanic community in Texas, where it could be dumped. You can just see the words “environmental racist” on Republican billboards. And if you can’t, I already did. They were in the Republican opposition research book as a proposal on how to frame the nuclear waste issue.

Also on the list: Sanders violated campaign finance laws, criticized Clinton for supporting the 1994 crime bill that he voted for, and he voted against the Amber Alert system. His pitch for universal health care would have been used against him too, since it was tried in his home state of Vermont and collapsed due to excessive costs. Worst of all, the Republicans also had video of Sanders at a 1985 rally thrown by the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua where half a million people chanted, “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die,” while President Daniel Ortega condemned “state terrorism” by America. Sanders said, on camera, supporting the Sandinistas was “patriotic.”

The Republicans had at least four other damning Sanders videos (I don’t know what they showed), and the opposition research folder was almost 2-feet thick. (The section calling him a communist with connections to Castro alone would have cost him Florida.)

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LeftyRambles2413 (HappyWarrior)  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:18:52pm

re: #314 Disloyal Archangel

I really do think that he genuinely believes that not a single problematic thing he does or says, now or from his past, can actually detract from his candidacy in any way. Which would be straight up lunacy.
That Castro bit ties into what Kurt Eichenwald wrote in his post-election article from 2016 about the Republican opposition research dossier on Sanders, which also touched on past ties to Castro. The GOP was enthusiastic about him as a possible Dem nominee on account of the materials they have, and Eichenwald’s article makes it clear that they’ve got LOTS of dirt from years back they believe to be absolutely devastating for the man.

newsweek.com

We need to be ready for this. It’s going to completely distract from Trump’s failings & own praising dictators.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:20:01pm

re: #305 The Ghost of a Flea

Leopard Mindset: Learn How to Become the Leopard Instead of the Face!

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I Would Prefer Not To  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:20:46pm

Stand up Comic career update.

I did my 5 min set and I think I killed it. Getting the pro video latter in the week. I got lots of laughs. Old roommates, ex girlfriend and my son were in attendance. I may never fall asleep.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:21:25pm

re: #316 goddamnedfrank

Leopard Mindset: Learn How to Become the Leopard Instead of the Face!

$9.99 on Amazon preorder NOW!

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jaunte  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:23:46pm

re: #316 goddamnedfrank

How about an alternate metaphor?

Fecal Breathers For Trump.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:35:37pm

Um, maybe this is just the no-light-escapes cynicism talking but…

…why would anyone think that smears based on actual material would be better than made up shit barely rooted in reality?

I mean, how many completely fictional scandals have we seen chucked at presidential candidates successfully? The idea that a scandal being really-real will make it more effective is, well, hard to reconcile with observable behavior.

I say this because the negative of this argument: that other people won’t have Bernie-sized controversies the other side can build ads on, doesn’t hold water. In the current media environment anything salacious is devoured by all levels of media like a gazelle. Fake scandals gain verisimilitude because of the performative “concern” and substanceless “analysis” that repeats the idea over and over in public.

Accepting conservative framing of events and issues is always a trap.

“Support the troops.”

Trap. Say the magic words, and then you’re going to get comma-fucked on the details of how much you stan stupid fucking wars that, on record, members of your party have criticized in part or whole. To appease the people who unthinkingly use this phrase, you have to alienate the people who think in detail about US conflicts and try and evaluate their cost-benefit.

“Bernie Sanders hung with communists”

Let’s talk about the scale of the trap here:

If you think Bernie Sanders’ record isn’t going to be used against any candidate…let me sell you some herbal remedies. His actual, factual socialism isn’t going to stand out when there’s thirty years of accusing the entire Democratic Party of comsymp. Like half the YouTube videos I watch include a Trump ad talking about ALL OF US as “socialists” and “crazy.”

If Bernie Sander’s didn’t exist, they’d just use Ilhan Omar. Or Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Or Dennis Kucinich. Or Jane Fonda. It’s the Land of Bad Faith, it’s doesn’t actually matter what people did, just whatever accusation you can pantomime outrage over.

Same as above: accept Republican framing of “SAY COMMUISTS ARE BAD NUTTIN ELSE” and you will be checked, over and fucking over, with every instance of supposed “pro-communism”—which, again, Republican “communism” is a meaningless word into which they insert anything. It’s bad faith, working the ref, pick your preferred fucking metaphor: your idea as a liberal of what is “bad leftism,” which includes nuance and detail, has no relationship to how the term will be used in the upcoming election. You are arming for the wrong war.

Successful meet all their fucking challenges and they’re still going to call you a socialist pig, while all the abasing will result in losing more leftists who can recognize when they’re being jettisoned.

Stop being reactive.

Fucking punch.

Support the troops?

I support the troops being deployed to do tasks that have finite objectives that actually help this fucking country.

Bernie Sanders did a communism?

So…what?

Bernie hung around with pissed off 3rd-Worlders, who were pissed off because some rich people fucked up their country by funding gunmen and dictators.

Coincidentally, there’s a group of people has kept their tongue up the asses of dictators for fifty years, which explains all the brown shirts. And recently they’ve been fletching communist dictators, too.

At least Bernie is consistent about what he likes about communists. As opposed to what would appear to be the single least appealing cadre of international jetsetting autocracy whores this side of Mars…who also occasionally pull a socialism but only for their rich backers.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 23, 2020 • 8:49:08pm

re: #314 Disloyal Archangel

Whoa boy…

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 24, 2020 • 8:43:19am

re: #252 Charles Johnson

I don’t expect him to answer but I was curious. Trying to decide if I should rent Doctor Sleep.

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I’ve read the book, haven’t seen the movie.


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