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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:42:21am
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No Malarkey!  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:43:35am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:45:19am
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nines09  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:45:37am

re: #1 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s a dick. And so is she. Or maybe a…
Once in a blue moon he says something that folks jump on to say “LOOK! HE’S CHANGED!”
Nope.
Money sucking ego driven assholes like him are a big part of the duplicity and lies that pass for intelligence.

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jaunte  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:45:46am
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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:46:14am

re: #3 Backwoods_Sleuth

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gocart mozart  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:47:09am

So a nice lady just called me to inform me that my automobile warranty was about to expire. I answered the phone by saying “Attorney General’s Office, how may I help you?” and she hung up on me! How rude was that?

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nines09  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:47:24am

re: #3 Backwoods_Sleuth

And speaking of dicks….

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:48:37am

re: #7 gocart mozart

I let my phone answering machine handle them. And the joke is one them I do not have a car.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:50:34am

re: #9 PhillyPretzel

I let my phone answering machine handle them. And the joke is one them I do not have a car.

That’s a phrase I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:50:42am

oh

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lawhawk  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:51:57am

You can take a gander at NYC attendance records yesterday.

There are more than 50 schools with less than 50% student attending. There are some schools with under 30% attendance.

29% of students are absent overall.

Schools will close because teachers are out sick and there’s insufficient numbers to cover in-class sessions. Some districts here are remote for a few weeks to start the new year to minimize overall disruptions.

It’s not ideal at all, and the burden falls hard on those who can’t work remote and lose time from work to make arrangements for their kids. Teachers aren’t day care either. And they shouldn’t bear burden because insufficient numbers of people are vaccinated and covid is spreading rampant, primarily because of unvaccinated and unmasked sociopaths.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:52:50am

re: #10 Punish Domestic Terrorists

I have a multi handset Panasonic. A built in answering machine is part of it. This is something close to what I have.
amazon.com

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steve_davis  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:54:03am

re: #9 PhillyPretzel

I let my phone answering machine handle them. And the joke is one them I do not have a car.

I let my phone answering machine handle them as well, and the joke’s on them ‘cause I don’t have a phone answering machine.

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mmmirele  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:54:53am

re: #10 Punish Domestic Terrorists

That’s a phrase I haven’t seen in a long time.

I have one of those too. Now that we’ve pretty much moved to using Microsoft Teams at work, I am seriously considering ditching my land line. The only calls I get on my land line are political calls, scams and requests for donations.

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Dangerman  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:56:28am

THiS was my point this morning

It’s “a cold” to her.
She hasnt got it yet

It’s not a cold to that guy who woke up paraplegic /on a ventilator

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:56:29am

re: #15 mmmirele

I have one of those too. Now that we’ve pretty much moved to using Microsoft Teams at work, I am seriously considering ditching my land line. The only calls I get on my land line are political calls, scams and requests for donations.

I got a telephone call from a co-worker for the first time in a year yesterday. I don’t know why he didn’t use Teams.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:59:11am

re: #13 PhillyPretzel

I have a multi handset Panasonic. A built in answering machine is part of it. This is something close to what I have.
amazon.com

I gave up landlines so long ago that those things seem like they’re from an earlier life to me. Once Google Voice came along, I didn’t need one anymore. I guess it’s only been about 10 years, but it seems longer.

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DodgerFan1988  Jan 5, 2022 • 10:59:56am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:02:20am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:03:31am

re: #11 Backwoods_Sleuth

As commander-in-chief of Texas’ militia, I will not tolerate Biden’s efforts to compel Guardsmen to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

That is why I am suing the Biden Admin. over its latest unconstitutional vaccine mandate.

Take Abbot to court arguing the 2nd Amendment, namely that a “well regulated militia” needs to be vaccinated against a highly contagious, virulent and potentially lethal disease.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:04:47am

re: #11 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh

Oklahoma already tried this. Spoilers: It did not go well. Difficulty: Texas courts are built different. This case will probably wind up at SCOTUS because their judges will use that latest ruling to try to claim precedent.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:05:27am
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Patricia Kayden  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:05:46am

re: #11 Backwoods_Sleuth

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ckkatz  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:07:50am

I bought my current phone answering machine 25 or 30 years ago. It’s still working. So I also use it for answering my landline. It seems to work because almost all the calls I receive on it are immediate disconnects when the answering machine goes off.

I still have a landline for a couple of reasons.

First, I live next to a heavily traveled commuting road. Which means that the cell towers are pretty much over capacity during morning and evening commute.

Second, iirc 911 is still not as informative on callers location for a cell phone as it is on a land line.

Third, yes, it is an artifact from when landlines were powered remotely and operated during power outages.

Fourth, I have had the land line number for 30 years and many people still have that as my contact number. Some of them, even, I still want to talk to. :)

But yes, at some point, I will probably close out the land line and reroute the number to my cell service or eliminate it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:07:53am

welp

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jaunte  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:07:57am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:08:35am

re: #20 Backwoods_Sleuth

And in the future, if the GOP control 9 of the 13 seats, we’re right back where we started.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:10:33am

re: #25 ckkatz

I bought my current phone answering machine 25 or 30 years ago. It’s still working. So I also use it for answering my landline. It seems to work because almost all the calls I receive on it are immediate disconnects when the answering machine goes off.

I still have a landline for a couple of reasons.

First, I live next to a heavily traveled commuting road. Which means that the cell towers are pretty much over capacity during morning and evening commute.

Second, iirc 911 is still not as informative on callers location for a cell phone as it is on a land line.

Third, yes, it is an artifact from when landlines were powered remotely and operated during power outages.

Fourth, I have had the land line number for 30 years and many people still have that as my contact number. Some of them, even, I still want to talk to. :)

But yes, at some point, I will probably close out the land line and reroute the number to my cell service or eliminate it.

I still have mine because my wifi depends on it to function. And yes, I have an answering machine.

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No Malarkey!  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:11:17am

re: #28 Eclectic Cyborg

And in the future, if the GOP control 9 of the 13 seats, we’re right back where we started.

Don’t worry, its not going to pass.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:11:25am

re: #15 mmmirele

I have one of those too. Now that we’ve pretty much moved to using Microsoft Teams at work, I am seriously considering ditching my land line. The only calls I get on my land line are political calls, scams and requests for donations.

It is more expensive for me to ditch the land line as it is bundled. Weird, huh? So I keep it off the hook always.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:12:18am

re: #16 Dangerman

THiS was my point this morning

It’s “a cold” to her.
She hasnt got it yet

It’s not a cold to that guy who woke up paraplegic /on a ventilator

Everyone should spam her timeline with SorryAntivaxxer pages. Just because. Asshole.

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lawhawk  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:12:48am

re: #30 No Malarkey!

Don’t worry, its not going to pass.

Or it passes just in time for the GOP to take advantage of the expanded court to guarantee that it stays a right wing regressive rubber stamp on the Federalist Society position for 40+ years.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:14:21am

re: #28 Eclectic Cyborg

And in the future, if the GOP control 9 of the 13 seats, we’re right back where we started.

So you’re saying we shouldn’t do anything?

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BeachDem  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:15:05am

re: #4 nines09

He’s a dick. And so is she. Or maybe a…
Once in a blue moon he says something that folks jump on to say “LOOK! HE’S CHANGED!”
Nope.
Money sucking ego driven assholes like him are a big part of the duplicity and lies that pass for intelligence.

As Mika’s father once said to Joe back in 2009, while discussing Israel under the Bush administration,“You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it’s almost embarrassing to listen to you.”

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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No Malarkey!  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:16:21am

re: #33 lawhawk

Or it passes just in time for the GOP to take advantage of the expanded court to guarantee that it stays a right wing regressive rubber stamp on the Federalist Society position for 40+ years.

That won’t happen either. But Justices should be term limited instead of being given lifetime appointments.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:18:39am
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Patricia Kayden  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:19:16am

re: #27 jaunte

Always Republicans

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:20:53am

re: #37 Charles Johnson

Yes. Most businesses are only concerned with their bottom line. They figure they can plug new people in and still get the same results. It does not work that way.

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ckkatz  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:23:05am

From last thread:

re: #65 sagehen

The next US civil war is already here - we just refuse to see it
theguardian.com

Very scary article.

Scary because I believe every word of it.

Thanks for posting this!

I guess that I read this in two ways.

First, I agree, the author does bring up some incidents and trends that are indeed threatening and concerning (and scary too!). And that we are facing a showdown with the magats if they dont fall apart.

Second, the author’s solution to the stated problem of:
“The institutions are all broken and the rightwing is burning down all the institutions!”
is:
“Burn down all the institutions!”

It all sounds to me like another Libertarian DudeBro argument with the usual hand-waving and FUD.

Yes, our institutions have a lot of issues. And many need to be updated.

But destroying them and our two century history of evolving them, is not going to speed up any sort of fix. But it will help by removing another barrier to the authoritarians who want to rule us without limitations.

Again, thank you for posting the article! It gave me a lot to think through.

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Belafon  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:23:50am

re: #37 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

If we were worried about the kids, we would make sure every home has high speed internet, every kid has a good computer, and install cameras in every classroom so that kids could watch remotely. We could even create ways for the kids to interact online for projects, built on top of Google Docs or something similar.

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Captain Magic  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:27:29am

re: #10 Punish Domestic Terrorists

That’s a phrase I haven’t seen in a long time.

I just had a smishing attack hurled my way from supposedly my mother’s bank. Deleted.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:27:34am

re: #34 A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!

So you’re saying we shouldn’t do anything?

I think passing laws to ensure free and fair elections is more critical at this point than expanding the court.

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jaunte  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:29:12am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:30:35am

re: #44 jaunte

Now you know why the annoying jocks were the most popular kids in high school.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:33:12am

re: #43 Eclectic Cyborg

I think passing laws to ensure free and fair elections is more critical at this point than expanding the court.

I agree, if it came to that. But I don’t believe that Congress can work on only one bill at a time. Pretty sure they’d begin their lives in different committees.

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jaunte  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:34:15am

Empty podium watch; “live shortly.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland Delivers Remarks on January 6 Attack

Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks from the Department of Justice to mark the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

c-span.org

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:39:13am

re: #24 Patricia Kayden

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Florida Panhandler  Jan 5, 2022 • 11:47:47am

re: #48 Punish Domestic Terrorists

I just found out today that a former neighbor of mine from 2006-2012 died 2 months ago from Covid. He was 60.

He was a high powered record exec and quite the character. This pandemic is very real and is going to be here a long time. It is criminal that Republicans are trying to downplay this as much as possible.


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