Colbert: Biden on Damage Control Over Ukraine; How Mitch McConnell Categorizes African American Voters

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President Biden is taking heat for his loose talk about Putin and Ukraine at yesterday’s marathon press conference, while Mitch McConnell’s slip of the tongue about African American voters revealed more than the Senator likely intended. #Colbert #Comedy #Monologue

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:09:38pm

One of my favorite things to follow.

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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:11:12pm

re: #1 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

One of my favorite things to follow.

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Crack is a heluva drug!

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gocart mozart  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:12:14pm
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retired cynic  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:18:31pm
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aatharuv  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:21:54pm

re: #1 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

One of my favorite things to follow.

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Just read up on the Alex Murdaugh cases. Wow.

Accused of hiring a hitman to kill his son.
Person of interest in the shootings of his family members (in which he was also shot.)
Accused of stealing millions from his clients.
Indicted for money laundering, forgery, and miscellaneous other “white collar” crimes.

nbcnews.com

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ericblair  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:22:27pm

re: #1 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

One of my favorite things to follow.

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When these fuckers go down, they go down hard. A lifetime of thinking you’re untouchable, until you’re not.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:23:50pm

The Problem With NFTs

Two hours on crypto, NFTs, and how they’re both in the short-term scammy and heralds of a far worse system. I learned quite a lot.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:25:44pm

also from today’s electoral-vote.com regarding biden’s ‘gaffe’ and mcconnell’s ‘racism’


This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

they both get a pass for being ‘inartful’

The thing is, if a person is going to speak off the cuff for 2 minutes, or for 2 hours, not every statement is going to be perfectly formed. If perfection, or near-perfection, is the standard, then a politician can limit themselves to speeches, prepared remarks, press releases, and other forms of expression that are put together in advance and carefully edited and vetted. And if that is what is required to avoid “Can you believe [X] said [Y]?” stories, because the press has to turn every molehill of a gaffe into a mountain, then they really ought not complain about the lack of press conferences.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:26:29pm

re: #6 ericblair

When these fuckers go down, they go down hard. A lifetime of thinking you’re untouchable, until you’re not.

And that he negatively impacted so many lives is atrocious.

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No Malarkey!  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:27:54pm
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Rightwingconspirator  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:30:43pm

Oh man. So Meat Loaf got taken down by COVID. When the wife and I were dating, one of the things we really enjoyed together was his music and even some of his acting. This is so damn upsetting. I guess his anti-vax status will become part of all that. But all I can think at this moment is to blame the virus first and foremost.

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ericblair  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:36:34pm

re: #7 The Ghost of a Flea

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Two hours on crypto, NFTs, and how they’re both in the short-term scammy and heralds of a far worse system. I learned quite a lot.

It’s hard to describe how weird the NFT concept is: it’s like those Franklin Mint junky coins, and you get a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY with it, but with NFTs you don’t actually own the coin, or even a picture of the coin, or the rights to do anything with the coin. And the CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY is a URL that points to some rando site somewhere that could go away at any time. But hey, it’s worth tens and hundreds of thousands of bucks, right?

In other news, crypto is taking an enormous dump, because nothing says “currency of the future” like an energy-eating monstrosity with wild swings in value and huge transaction costs:

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Citizen K  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:41:11pm

It’s always easier to destroy than create. And the flipside of Republicans distilling themselves is that the rest of the country needs representation too, and in our FPTP system, Dems are by necessity that representation. But that means we’re more disparate and conglomerated, and less likely to be a single-minded monolith by comparison.

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gocart mozart  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:47:15pm

This is a preliminary draft declaration of martial law.
politico.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:55:09pm

re: #14 gocart mozart

I guess some lawyer wrote that, because it sure as hell wasn’t Trump.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 12:58:10pm

re: #10 No Malarkey!

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A Cranky One  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:00:53pm

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No Malarkey!  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:03:58pm

Another superspreader event, organized on Facebook.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:06:19pm

re: #18 No Malarkey!

Another superspreader event, organized on Facebook.

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They’re pro-choice. A militant pro-abortion women’s group should show up and merge with them.

And Merck should show up, and set up a stand where they sell Ivermectin on one side of the table, and give vaccines on the other.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:11:30pm

We (might be) Number 1 !!!

In percentage of CV19 positives tested last week. Alabamians show positive more than 45 times out of 100.

I’d like to thank the Little People…
al.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:12:02pm

re: #18 No Malarkey!

Another superspreader event, organized on Facebook.

“Big Ivermectin”

LOL. I’m stealing that.

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BlueSpotinAL  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:14:48pm
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:15:58pm

re: #5 aatharuv

Just read up on the Alex Murdaugh cases. Wow.

1. Accused of hiring a hitman to kill HIM SO his son COULD COLLECT THE INSURANCE.
2. Person of interest in the shootings of his family members (in which he was also shot.) I THINK THIS WAS TWO DIFFERENT EVENTS. HIS FAMILY WAS KILLED SOME MONTHS BACK. HE HIRED SOMEONE TO SHOOT HIM (FOR #1 ABOVE). I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING THAT HE’S INVOLVED WITH THE WIFE AND SON’S MURDER - YET. IT’S LIKELY IMHO, BUT IT’S “UNSOLVED” TO DATE.
3. Accused of stealing millions from his clients.
4. Indicted for money laundering, forgery, and miscellaneous other “white collar” crimes.

nbcnews.com

A COUPLE OF THINGS. SEE ABOVE.

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steve_davis  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:16:39pm

re: #17 A Cranky One

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I wonder if that freaks the shit out of that cat to look behind her and see that. I think cats understand they are seeing themselves in mirrors, but do they really grasp what’s going on? I mean, hell, it still freaks me out that my left arm is moving when I’m doing something with my right arm, and I’ve had decades to get used to it.

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steve_davis  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:17:34pm

re: #20 Decatur Deb

We (might be) Number 1 !!!

In percentage of CV19 positives tested last week. Alabamians show positive more than 45 times out of 100.

I’d like to thank the Little People…
al.com

“hell yes, I’m happy! Doctor told me it was positive!”

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:18:40pm

re: #12 ericblair

It’s hard to describe how weird the NFT concept is: it’s like those Franklin Mint junky coins, and you get a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY with it, but with NFTs you don’t actually own the coin, or even a picture of the coin, or the rights to do anything with the coin. And the CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY is a URL that points to some rando site somewhere that could go away at any time. But hey, it’s worth tens and hundreds of thousands of bucks, right?

In other news, crypto is taking an enormous dump, because nothing says “currency of the future” like an energy-eating monstrosity with wild swings in value and huge transaction costs:

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nfts are only a thing for people who dont need the money

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:22:27pm

The old-right and the neo-cons are really on the hype train of Biden giving Ukraine to Russia.

I see this as their pivot, the way to change the headlines from Trump after riding the Trump train for nearly 6 years.

Never mind that Trump was Putin’s tool and I do not doubt that Putin would love to have Trump in office right now.

One thing remains true: nothing quite like a good war to rally political points.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:23:46pm

re: #13 Citizen K

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“Democracy is slow, grinding, frustrating work that requires compromise and give-and-take. Authoritarianism gets quicker results.”

to bring out one of my regulars:

The complicated business of politics is to negotiate agreements between groups with different interests with the object of finding a common way forward.

This can only happen when all parties and agree on the premise.

Right now only one side does.

The other does not market anything ‘participatory’. They are after authoritarian and dictatorial power and domination by force of will.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:25:04pm

re: #15 Eclectic Cyborg

I guess some lawyer wrote that, because it sure as hell wasn’t Trump.

Eastman, I’d bet. That fucking treasonweasle.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:29:57pm

re: #20 Decatur Deb

Thank you for taking the spotlight away from Mississippi for once. :P

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:32:11pm

re: #12 ericblair

Part of why I like the video is that it gets full into the fact that the people inside the NFT sphere don’t really care what they own, just that their ownership means that they profit when the thing goes up in price because it’s perceived as appreciating. The art is bad because the art doesn’t matter (even when they protest they like the art); that it’s a link doesn’t matter: the whole idea is trying to sell to the next guy that the hyperlink will go up in value.

Like, the not making sense is a feature…NFTs are pure speculative value without the elaborate validation process that physical art undergoes to become valuable.

Hopefully, this whole ecosystem will fail, but what’s scary is that the cryptobros are the bottom rung of the system, . That VCs and major corporations are toying with blockchains technology—it can be used to monetize everything and creates an entirely new way of harvesting data—might not give up on the concept as fast as the entrepreneurial speculators, though.

The wild thing is the whole business is eerily similar to the “banana duct taped to a wall” art piece that rustled so many jimmies a few year back.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:38:24pm
“Kansas is pushing lawmakers to fast-track legislation creating the state’s largest business incentive program ever as officials say a $4 billion factory could be on the line,” the Kansas City Star reports.

“But state officials said they can’t give lawmakers or the public details because they signed non-disclosure agreements with the mystery company. The lack of transparency, paired with Kansas’ history of failed and secretive incentive programs, has left some lawmakers skeptical.”

learning nothing from the Foxconn con.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:39:48pm
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aatharuv  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:40:46pm

re: #23 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

A COUPLE OF THINGS. SEE ABOVE.

Thank you for the corrections.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:42:00pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:44:53pm
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William Lewis  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:46:49pm

Thought for the day from a video game:

“It never troubles the wolf how many sheep there are.”
- Nora Night

Warframe

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:48:18pm

It’s pretty clear what the political tactics are becoming: show Biden as very weak in order to push the strong-man narrative of Trump.

Even though Trump was very bad at foreign affairs, but facts don’t matter much in politics.

It’s all very depressing, because the masses of Trumpists and old-time war-mongers just eat this stuff up.

Truth is the first casualty in war.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:50:29pm

re: #33 The Ghost of a Flea

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OK. I can’t read the article, but who on the left is not wanting to do anything about hungry children or the homeless?

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:52:25pm

re: #35 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:52:38pm

Still, I believe the American public has no appetite for yet another war, and I also believe Biden knows this.

Putin knows this too but he and his oligarch buddies look at the world as a way to become obsessively rich, so to them all that matters is manipulating whoever they need in order to build some great paternalistic Russian empire.

Here’s one of the longer running questions for the USA: on whose side should we be in international conflicts?

I for one am not willing to see a world war over Ukraine. Sorry, Ukraine. But in a world with 8 billion people all struggling to survive I’m more inclined to be worried about how to survive myself.

Cold hearted? Maybe. But I have no idea how to ever win a land war with Russia. It’s not going to happen.

And it’s not worth trying.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:52:58pm

My boy is home.

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Teukka  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:54:12pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:55:27pm

re: #40 Punish Domestic Terrorists

Also the guy who ran away to Cancun while his state was falling apart.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:55:44pm

re: #33 The Ghost of a Flea

Who’s the author? I can’t read it since I refuse to give the NYT any moolah.

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sagehen  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:56:02pm

re: #41 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

I for one am not willing to see a world war over Ukraine. Sorry, Ukraine. But in a world with 8 billion people all struggling to survive I’m more inclined to be worried about how to survive myself.

Cold hearted? Maybe. But I have no idea how to ever win a land war with Russia. It’s not going to happen.

.

You’re presuming they’ll stop with Ukraine.

Hitler just wanted Czechoslovakia, that’s all, if we’d just leave him alone about that one little country that would be the end of it.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:57:59pm

re: #43 Teukka

I wonder who convinced Trump NOT to pull the trigger on that.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:58:52pm

re: #47 Eclectic Cyborg

I wonder who convinced Trump NOT to pull the trigger on that.

I’m sure everyone looking to avoid prison will take credit.

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Teukka  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:59:10pm

re: #47 Eclectic Cyborg

I wonder who convinced Trump NOT to pull the trigger on that.

And WITH what…

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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:59:36pm

re: #47 Eclectic Cyborg

Someone who knew they didn’t have the joint chiefs on board.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 1:59:42pm

re: #45 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Who’s the author? I can’t read it since I refuse to give the NYT any moolah.

Jonathan Rauch and Peter Wehner

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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:00:36pm

Trump would have done it if he thought he had enough generals.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:04:30pm

re: #46 sagehen

You’re presuming they’ll stop with Ukraine.

Hitler just wanted Czechoslovakia, that’s all, if we’d just leave him alone about that one little country that would be the end of it.

Russia’s foreign minister announced they want the Scandinavian countries back as well.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:04:48pm

One of my friends posted this picture of her dog…and her horse…they seem to be getting along.

Need to get permission to post that…so friggin’ cute though.

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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:05:41pm

re: #53 Belafon

They still want to pay Sweden back for 1708.

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gocart mozart  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:06:15pm
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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:07:14pm

re: #56 gocart mozart

They said people wanted bigger SUVs but I never imagined why.

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sagehen  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:08:23pm

How many elephants can you fit in a Volkswagen?

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Dave In Austin  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:08:33pm
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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:10:51pm

re: #58 sagehen

How many elephants can you fit in a Volkswagen?

43/1 scale.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:10:53pm

re: #51 Eclectic Cyborg

Jonathan Rauch and Peter Wehner

Perhaps I’m way out of touch but neither name rings a bell. Who were they referring to?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:14:04pm

re: #58 sagehen

How many elephants can you fit in a Volkswagen?

It depends on if they’re wearing big shoes, red noses and have honking horns.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:14:46pm

re: #61 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Perhaps I’m way out of touch but neither name rings a bell. Who were they referring to?

Not sure I understand your question.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:16:54pm

Biden’s new nominees:

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:19:33pm

re: #63 Eclectic Cyborg

Not sure I understand your question.

Sorry. Who is the article about? Which lefty are they saying was pushing that?

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:21:02pm

Biden’s overhaul of the program that was supposed to let you be free of college debt if you did public work for ten years went from 16K people being allowed to clear their debt to over 70K people.

dailykos.com

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Dave In Austin  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:23:35pm

Republicans don’t like being told that
“True Conservatives” now vote Democratic.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:24:47pm

re: #59 Dave In Austin

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they need to stop using the word ‘believe’

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gocart mozart  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:26:27pm
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aatharuv  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:28:11pm

re: #67 Dave In Austin

Republicans don’t like being told that now
“True Conservatives” now vote Democratic.

Jerry Brown has more of a track record of fiscal conservativism in his left pinky than the entire Republican party has had in the past 41 years and 1 day.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:28:29pm

Damn….92K/year AND I get to move to Jackson and be 100% onsite? Sometimes I love recruiters.

Position Title: QA
Location: 100% onsite in Jackson, MS
Contract Duration: 3 years contract

Max rate i can go for this role is $48 per hour on W2 i wish i can go more but that is the max.

Also this is 100% onsite from day one you need to relocate after the offer to Jackson, MS

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:30:11pm

re: #71 darthstar

Damn….92K/year AND I get to move to Jackson and be 100% onsite? Sometimes I love recruiters.

The recruiter? I’m laughing at the employer that thinks this is a reasonable offer. You’re going to make me move to Jackson and lock me into a 3-year contract and you’re paying $48/hr? You can fuck right off with that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:32:20pm

re: #52 jaunte

Trump would have done it if he thought he had enough generals.

but he knows MORE than all the generals!1!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:33:03pm

re: #55 jaunte

They still want to pay Sweden back for 1708.

teukka wants a word…

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Teukka  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:36:08pm

re: #74 Backwoods_Sleuth

teukka wants a word…

“Finland should be absorbed into Russia. Southern Finland will be combined with the Republic of Karelia and northern Finland will be “donated to Murmansk Oblast”.”
- Dugin: “Foundations of Geopolitics”
I don’t think I need to explain where this book is used in the Russian Federation.
Also, USians, keep an eye on AK… I’ve seen more than one report from Russia which hints at them wanting it back…

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sagehen  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:37:26pm

re: #66 Belafon

Biden’s overhaul of the program that was supposed to let you be free of college debt if you did public work for ten years went from 16K people being allowed to clear their debt to over 70K people.

dailykos.com

In my parents’ day (yeah, yeah, I’m a geezer) community college in every city in all 50 states was 100% taxpayer-funded, zero tuition. (most of the students still lived with their parents). State Universities were 80% taxpayer-funded, tuition was approximately equal to what you could earn at a 3 month minimum-wage summer job.

Mom and Dad both had summer jobs, and dad had his GI bennies, but that all went to grad school. When he got his MD, he had 0 debt.

Of course, voters were okay with this back then, because in 40 states the colleges were explicitly, by law, whites only.

When the parties were both in agreement that blacks, hispanics and asians weren’t real people and shouldn’t have all the rights of all the other citizens, it made it a lot easier for the parties to find reasonable compromise on almost everything else.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:37:59pm

re: #69 gocart mozart

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A stark demonstration of the need for CRT.

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sagehen  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:39:59pm

re: #70 aatharuv

Jerry Brown has more of a track record of fiscal conservativism in his left pinky than the entire Republican party has had in the past 41 years and 1 day.

Bill Clinton balanced the budget.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:41:14pm

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:42:23pm

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Captain Magic  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:43:04pm

re: #75 Teukka

Also, USians, keep an eye on AK… I’ve seen more than one report from Russia which hints at them wanting it back…

As far as I’m concerned, Russia can have that back, if for no other reason than to suck up Sarah Palin.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:43:59pm

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aatharuv  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:44:41pm

re: #71 darthstar

Damn….92K/year AND I get to move to Jackson and be 100% onsite? Sometimes I love recruiters.

I’m guessing there’s someone who’s trying to prove that they looked to hire Americans (or at least people with a Green Card or other work authorization), and when they can’t, file for an H1-B. Or possibly they already have someone in mind.

I have no idea what the Department of Labor’s prevailing wage for Software QA engineers in Mississippi is, but it’s certainly much lower than that in the Bay Area, and I wonder if it just hasn’t been updated in a while.

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No Malarkey!  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:47:17pm

re: #64 Belafon

Biden’s new nominees:

He is doing a great job after all the white male federalist society lawyers Trump appointed to the bench.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:48:03pm

re: #72 Dopamine Fish

The recruiter? I’m laughing at the employer that thinks this is a reasonable offer. You’re going to make me move to Jackson and lock me into a 3-year contract and you’re paying $48/hr? You can fuck right off with that.

It’s a school district…of course. The full description makes it sound like they need a QA manager to interpret the needs of the district, an automation architect to design and build a framework, and a lead to write test plans and perform executions…for $48/hr.

Granted, you can buy a house there for less than the price of a decent car, so you’d likely have a mortgage of about $250 a month…$750 if you wanted to pay it off in six years.

Jesus…rents in Jackson are 800-1000 a month. One could easily buy a house and pay it off in six years on rent alone.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:48:30pm

re: #81 Captain Magic

As far as I’m concerned, Russia can have that back, if for no other reason than to suck up Sarah Palin.

Isn’t she in Arizona now?

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 2:54:18pm

I did respond to that recruiter. I said he must have found a really old resume online, and I wasn’t aware monster.com was still around. Then wished him well on his candidate search.

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aatharuv  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:00:49pm

re: #87 darthstar

I did respond to that recruiter. I said he must have found a really old resume online, and I wasn’t aware monster.com was still around. Then wished him well on his candidate search.

Oh, monster.. Damn. That might explain some of the really weird recruiter emails I get (some of which really make no sense, but don’t appear to be scams.). I should check if I still have an account there.

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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:01:12pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:04:20pm

re: #89 jaunte

I have been both fascinated and appalled as I’ve studied the history of MS (and the South) since moving here.

No regrets though.

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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:05:53pm
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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:11:34pm
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steve_davis  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:28:17pm

re: #42 darthstar

My boy is home.

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hell, that’s what i’m gonna be looking like tomorrow after getting boosted. curled up in my little bed, wearing the cone of shame so that I don’t lick my own gear while delirious. Well, tell him “skal!” for me. we’ll get through it.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:29:23pm
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mmmirele  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:31:16pm

re: #7 The Ghost of a Flea

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Video

Two hours on crypto, NFTs, and how they’re both in the short-term scammy and heralds of a far worse system. I learned quite a lot.

I just started watching this, but I scrolled through the sources and I know some of those people, people I trust to know that cryptocurrency, bitcoin, the blockchain, NFTs and suchlike are fundamentally problematic.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:35:06pm

re: #94 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

Don’t know who John Gibson is, but he doesn’t know shit about who goes to what schools in Alabama. Upper Middle white kids fill the segregation academies. Other whites and minorities go to the same public schools. We are Middle-Middle-Middle and all 4 of my kids went to the city schools every day they were in-country.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:38:59pm

re: #95 mmmirele

I just started watching this, but I scrolled through the sources and I know some of those people, people I trust to know that cryptocurrency, bitcoin, the blockchain, NFTs and suchlike are fundamentally problematic.

Olson’s a good researcher and shows his sources, which I greatly respect. I’ve watched other people on these subjects who were very interesting, or just entertaining, but I respect the way he’s pulled together information from others, done participant observation, and tried to understand the context of the cryptosphere.

He’s one of the best essayists on Youtube, IMO.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:39:45pm

re: #95 mmmirele

I just started watching this, but I scrolled through the sources and I know some of those people, people I trust to know that cryptocurrency, bitcoin, the blockchain, NFTs and suchlike are fundamentally problematic.

But Melania’s NFT is totally cool to buy, right?

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:40:40pm

Oh, Ari…you have that asshole Stockbrower on again? He’s like Ted Cruz’s beard with a half a conscience.

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steve_davis  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:45:32pm

re: #72 Dopamine Fish

The recruiter? I’m laughing at the employer that thinks this is a reasonable offer. You’re going to make me move to Jackson and lock me into a 3-year contract and you’re paying $48/hr? You can fuck right off with that.

You could live like a fucking king in Mississippi on 92k a year. Seriously, I’m in South Carolina, and if I were making 92k a year, I could retire in three years.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:46:38pm

re: #46 sagehen

You’re presuming they’ll stop with Ukraine.

I’m presuming that any military venture Putin does will blow up in his face.

Russia needs, depends upon, foreign purchase of their carbon resources.

And that is partly what this Ukraine thing is about (pipelines through Ukraine.)

All Putin can hope for is that his bluff gets him a puppet government in Ukraine. If that happens then he has succeeded.

But if he gets into a ground war Putin (and everybody else) loses.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:46:54pm

re: #100 steve_davis

You could live like a fucking king in Mississippi on 92k a year. Seriously, I’m in South Carolina, and if I were making 92k a year, I could retire in three years.

I understand that. The joke is that it’s not worth it to be forced to move to Jackson and be stuck on-site 100% of the time. I’d rather get paid more cash to live in a nicer place and not have to be in an enclosed space with a bunch of plague rats.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:51:13pm

re: #100 steve_davis

You could live like a fucking king in Mississippi on 92k a year. Seriously, I’m in South Carolina, and if I were making 92k a year, I could retire in three years.

But you’d be King of Mississippi.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:54:58pm

re: #103 Decatur Deb

But you’d be King of Mississippi.

“King of Mississippi” would be a good name for a blues album.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:55:07pm

Okay…who even thinks this stupid shit up? - tested link in private window so it should be good even if you don’t facebook.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:56:14pm

re: #104 Eclectic Cyborg

“King of Mississippi” would be a good name for a blues album.

Or a prize hog. Or the gator that eats the hog.

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steve_davis  Jan 21, 2022 • 3:56:26pm

re: #102 Dopamine Fish

I understand that. The joke is that it’s not worth it to be forced to move to Jackson and be stuck on-site 100% of the time. I’d rather get paid more cash to live in a nicer place and not have to be in an enclosed space with a bunch of plague rats.

oh, i see what you mean. I often wonder if folks from places like New York City or San Francisco understand about the standard of living in much of the southeast. my property management is wanting to raise my rent to around 675 next go-around, and for that, I have a one bedroom with a private balcony, washer/dryer, dishwasher. It’s not the newest apartment in the world, but I’m assuming this would be 3,000 minimum anywhere within commuting distance of The City (either one of them!). If I could swing a house, which I can’t because apparently I’m not allowed by God’s will to keep the same combination of jobs for more than two years at a time, my mortgage with home insurance could easily be as low as 300 a month on a 30 year loan for what folks in the fancy seement enclaves would need half-a-mill for. The catch? People actually want to live in San Francisco or New York City. Not so much Williamston, SC. Though it does have its charms.

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A Cranky One  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:02:25pm

Growing up in a military family, I was lucky to be raised in a desegregated environment.

When my kids were little, we made a point of finding a town and neighborhood that was desegregated so that my kids could have the same opportunity. And I’m pleased to say we succeeded in helping them avoid the prejudices that plague so much of the country.

Funny how selling fear of others fails when experience makes the lies obvious.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:07:16pm

re: #107 steve_davis

oh, i see what you mean. I often wonder if folks from places like New York City or San Francisco understand about the standard of living in much of the southeast. my property management is wanting to raise my rent to around 675 next go-around, and for that, I have a one bedroom with a private balcony, washer/dryer, dishwasher. It’s not the newest apartment in the world, but I’m assuming this would be 3,000 minimum anywhere within commuting distance of The City (either one of them!). If I could swing a house, which I can’t because apparently I’m not allowed by God’s will to keep the same combination of jobs for more than two years at a time, my mortgage with home insurance could easily be as low as 300 a month on a 30 year loan for what folks in the fancy seement enclaves would need half-a-mill for. The catch? People actually want to live in San Francisco or New York City. Not so much Williamston, SC. Though it does have its charms.

We took a huge hit moving from Lexington, KY to New England, but that’s where I could find permanent employment. We went into pretty steep credit card debt because all the things we had been putting off—dental care, a reliable car, etc.—came due at the same time. A couple of years ago a promotion put us on a more stable level, but we still can’t afford to buy a house here, esp., in the last couple of years when already astronomical prices went up by 30%. The price of a townhouse we’re renting would by you a nice home with a large yard in Lexington (and compared to much of the rest of Kentucky, Lexington is pretty pricey). But I’m grateful to have a consistent job—I know the agony of what you’re going through quite well.

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No Malarkey!  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:07:21pm

Republicans are running on the Big Lie across the country.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:08:34pm

re: #109 Barefoot Grin

I’m actually just about to pay off the last of a loan that I took out to effectively lower the interest on some rolling credit card debt I accrued from becoming a homeowner, a car owner, and a parent all within a short period of time.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:09:30pm

re: #110 No Malarkey!

They are smart enough to know that will make the rubes vote for them.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:19:14pm

Not really the same idea, but hey:

Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:27:44pm

I wish WORDLE was twice daily. I’m jonesing.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:29:45pm

re: #96 Decatur Deb

Don’t know who John Gibson is, but he doesn’t know shit about who goes to what schools in Alabama. Upper Middle white kids fill the segregation academies. Other whites and minorities go to the same public schools. We are Middle-Middle-Middle and all 4 of my kids went to the city schools every day they were in-country.

John Gibson is a lawyer in Lubbock. I have never met him. He ran for the lege as a Democrat last year and naturally lost. I am not sure why he would say something like this, since he almost certainly knows better.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:32:15pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:33:42pm

re: #90 Eclectic Cyborg

I have been both fascinated and appalled as I’ve studied the history of MS (and the South) since moving here.

No regrets though.

same with me in Kentucky.
I was born here. Lived in several other states for almost 40 years before coming back home.
Bittersweet homecoming.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:36:54pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:37:43pm

re: #118 Dread Pirate Ron

We now go live to Middle Earth for the latest update…

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:42:47pm

re: #118 Dread Pirate Ron

This is why I avoid SFO at all costs. Any day of the year, that airport can be 50% shut down by fog.

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austin_blue  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:44:18pm

re: #27 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The old-right and the neo-cons are really on the hype train of Biden giving Ukraine to Russia.

I see this as their pivot, the way to change the headlines from Trump after riding the Trump train for nearly 6 years.

Never mind that Trump was Putin’s tool and I do not doubt that Putin would love to have Trump in office right now.

One thing remains true: nothing quite like a good war to rally political points.

Time to get some Eurofighters into Ukraine armed with a lot of JSOW’s from us.

(JSOWs are Joint Stand Off Weapons. One of the versions is called a Smart Pig, which is specifically designed to kill armored vehicles. Lots of armored vehicles. Very quickly and in large numbers.)

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:44:56pm

Tennessee-based adoption agency refuses to help couple because they’re Jewish

It is the state’s first lawsuit to challenge a new law that allows religious adoption agencies to deny service to families whose religious or moral beliefs aren’t in sync with the provider’s, the family’s attorney told Knox News on Wednesday.

The adoption agency, the Holston United Methodist Home for Children based in Greeneville, Tennessee, denied Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram from acquiring Tennessee-mandated foster-parent training and a home-study certification as they attempted to adopt a child from Florida last year, the Rutan-Rams say.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:46:17pm

re: #120 EPR-radar

This is why I avoid SFO at all costs. Any day of the year, that airport can be 50% shut down by fog.

In 1999 I missed a connecting flight to Japan due to fog. United put me up in frontage road hotel and gave me a $30 voucher for breakfast. Of course, a cup of coffee: $8; a croissant with scrambled eggs: $20….

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William Lewis  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:53:08pm

re: #121 austin_blue

Time to get some Eurofighters into Ukraine armed with a lot of JSOW’s from us.

(JSOWs are Joint Stand Off Weapons. One of the versions is called a Smart Pig, which is specifically designed to kill armored vehicles. Lots of armored vehicles. Very quickly and in large numbers.)

I liked seeing that the British were flying in a number of C-17’s full of anti-tank weapons the other day as well as that article I posted about the Ukranian army training up civilians to be able to form a resistance.

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austin_blue  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:55:23pm

re: #41 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Still, I believe the American public has no appetite for yet another war, and I also believe Biden knows this.

Putin knows this too but he and his oligarch buddies look at the world as a way to become obsessively rich, so to them all that matters is manipulating whoever they need in order to build some great paternalistic Russian empire.

Here’s one of the longer running questions for the USA: on whose side should we be in international conflicts?

I for one am not willing to see a world war over Ukraine. Sorry, Ukraine. But in a world with 8 billion people all struggling to survive I’m more inclined to be worried about how to survive myself.

Cold hearted? Maybe. But I have no idea how to ever win a land war with Russia. It’s not going to happen.

And it’s not worth trying.

You make sure that all of the Russian armor is destroyed and its ground troops are defenseless by taking air superiority from them. This is dangerous, but necessary.

What is the alternative? Letting a pisspot asshole dictator European Foreign Policy when he has a GDP the size of Texas when Europe has a GDP bigger than the US?

You just can’t let that happen.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:58:13pm

re: #114 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Alright, everyone keeps talking about it, so I gave it a try.

Wordle 216 5/6

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:58:18pm

Patriot Front Fascist Leak Exposes Nationwide Racist Campaigns

Patriot Front, known for its disconcerting masked ‘flash rallies’ and racist sticker campaigns, was organized by Thomas Rousseau in the immediate aftermath of 2017’s Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, VA. Rousseau gained power within the group’s predecessor organization, Vanguard America, in the fallout from the nationally orchestrated event. After James Alex Fields, seen sporting a Vanguard America shield during the march, murdered Heather Heyer, Rousseau moved to split with Vanguard America, taking with it most of the members as well as the website domain name “bloodandsoil.org.”

Vanguard America’s ‘bloodandsoil.org’ domain was reconfigured to support Patriot Front’s main internal communications system: a self-hosted instance of RocketChat, an open-source chat server software similar to Slack and Discord; messaging platforms with multiple channels.

Information security in this centralized communications project failed almost entirely. Sources provided Unicorn Riot with screenshots, audio recordings of meetings (self-hosted on another system called Mumble), extracted texts of group chats and even the private direct message system. Chat messages contained dozens of links to unlocked, public mega.nz cloud storage directories, which hosted more than 400 gigabytes of raw videos and photos of Patriot Front events, gatherings, scouting for vandalizing Black monuments, and much more. Most of the materials come from the latter half of 2021, including a rally in Washington, D.C.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:58:23pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 4:58:53pm

re: #122 The Ghost of a Flea

Tennessee-based adoption agency refuses to help couple because they’re Jewish

So much for that “love one another” crap, huh?

/

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:00:43pm

re: #129 Eclectic Cyborg

So much for that “love one another” crap, huh?

/

“And who is my neighbor?”
“Oh, only your fellow white people, don’t worry. I’d never ask you to do something uncomfortable that might challenge your perceptions of the world or anything crazy like that.”

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:01:39pm

re: #126 Punish Domestic Terrorists

Alright, everyone keeps talking about it, so I gave it a try.

Wordle 216 5/6

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Welcome to the collective. You have been assimilated.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:03:10pm

good

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:03:59pm

re: #132 I Would Prefer Not To

good

She’s out on a $5k bond?! She made an imminent threat!

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:04:49pm

re: #133 Dopamine Fish

She’s out on a $5k bond?! She made an imminent threat!

She’s white.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:05:05pm

re: #126 Punish Domestic Terrorists

Alright, everyone keeps talking about it, so I gave it a try.

Wordle 216 5/6

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Well done. What did you think? Like it?

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:06:53pm

re: #133 Dopamine Fish

She’s out on a $5k bond?! She made an imminent threat!

That’s so fucking pointless. $5k UNSECURED? Whatever.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:07:23pm

re: #135 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

Well done. What did you think? Like it?

I’ll probably wind up doing it daily.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:08:37pm

re: #136 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

That’s so fucking pointless. $5k UNSECURED? Whatever.

If a bunch of school administrators end up dead on Monday morning, that judge is going to have all the regrets. But, as someone pointed out, she’s white. She gets the benefit of the privilege.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:10:12pm

re: #129 Eclectic Cyborg

So much for that “love one another” crap, huh?

/

Well, it’s that weird kind of “love” where you’re permitted to degrade the actual, material person to elevate the abstract “soul” of the person.

It’s very…convenient.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:11:39pm

re: #132 I Would Prefer Not To

good

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She knew she fucked up the moment she walked back to her chair. I hope they make it hurt.

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A Mom Anon  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:12:23pm

re: #138 Dopamine Fish

Yeah, why was she allowed to go back to her gun stash? A condition of release should have been all firearms had to be gone from her property, including vehicles.

We are not a sane nation or this would not even be a thing.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:12:53pm

This one was a little harder than yesterday. (bad pun)

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:13:18pm

re: #125 austin_blue

You just can’t let that happen.

From 1945 to the end of the USSR we let the Russians have their way in their sphere of influence.

Not because it was the high moral ground, but because there is too high a cost to impose our will on another country with nukes.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:21:46pm

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:26:15pm

re: #113 Barefoot Grin

Not really the same idea, but hey:

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Years ago when I was reading Thich Nhat Hanh he gave me:

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly”.

I have always paired it with Hillel,

“the rest is commentary”.

It’s all I need

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:29:31pm

My cousin can be pretty funny sometimes. Guy’s been through a shit-ton of trouble in his life - substance abuse problems, suicide attempts - but he’s been clean for a few years now and is piecing his life back together and being fairly open about it on facebook. He’s been doing Uber-eats gig work…I hope he’ll eventually get back into law enforcement (he’s in Canada) but I suspect that was where he went south…anyway, he is pretty good at handling internet trolls and scammers…

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:31:31pm

re: #123 Barefoot Grin

In 1999 I missed a connecting flight to Japan due to fog. United put me up in frontage road hotel and gave me a $30 voucher for breakfast. Of course, a cup of coffee: $8; a croissant with scrambled eggs: $20….

Ditto
Ecuador from Miami 2008

I was meeting the future Mrsdm and her parents for a natgeo cruise. So I arrived a day late with about 40 others. Everyone bitching about the cost of the Miami hotel food.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:37:29pm

re: #147 Dangerman

Ditto
Ecuador from Miami 2008

I was meeting the future Mrsdm and her parents for a natgeo cruise. So I arrived a day late with about 40 others. Everyone bitching about the cost of the Miami hotel food.

Conversely, I was connecting from Minneapolis to Fort Wayne, Indiana, through O’Hare one Christmas. They canceled my flight and didn’t even have the decency to put me up in a hotel. My folks wound up driving from Fort Wayne to Chicago to pick me up, which was a wonderful Christmas surprise.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:38:16pm
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Charles Johnson  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:40:00pm
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Jay C  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:41:35pm

re: #150 Charles Johnson

Did they save any money by leaving off the “P”?

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Teukka  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:42:31pm

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I Left You

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:43:24pm

re: #151 Jay C

Did they save any money by leaving off the “P”?

Usinng the “45” is really cheesy pathetic

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:44:34pm

re: #151 Jay C

Did they save any money by leaving off the “P”?

they had to use it for the “*resident”…

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Charles Johnson  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:45:02pm
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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:46:10pm

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn will no longer hold honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island, the school announced Friday, CBS News reports.

President Marc Parlange said he agreed with their decision, writing, “they no longer represent the highest level of our values and standards that were evident when we first bestowed the degree.”

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:46:50pm

re: #154 Backwoods_Sleuth

they had to use it for the “*resident”…

+1

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:47:05pm

I don’t think Putin will move against Ukraine without the go-ahead from his American accomplices. That’s right, I am really starting to suspect that the Fifth Column tail is wagging the Kremlin dog. Consider, for example, that the Republican Party collectively has a higher GDP than Russia itself. To begin with, they are connected to Russia at the hip through Big Oil. They can help Putin by weakening US resistance to Russian re-expansion and are sometimes painfully obvious in their ham fisted efforts to do so. In turn, the Repugs benefit from services the Kremlin can provide that they cannot provide for themselves, like massive troll farms and extra-legal espionage that is too risky for even the GOP. For its part, Russia ranks as a world power only because of the aging Soviet legacy of nuclear weapons, global intelligence, and influence capability. The ruling oligarchs appear all powerful mostly because they deliberately cultivate that image, but they are in fact rather run of the mill billionaires, vastly outnumbered, and out spent, by their western and Asian counterparts.

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:47:15pm

Ugh…wife’s been stuck on the road for 45 minutes coming home and I just looked…she’s still a mile away from the accident blocking the only road to the coast.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 21, 2022 • 5:53:42pm

niterz, lizardz!

(and extra gentle hugs to Mr & Mrs Cranky)

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:05:23pm
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William Lewis  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:13:01pm

re: #158 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

That’s a possible analysis. The real question is if he thinks he can grab a cookie from the jar while his patrons - both GOP & oligarch aren’t looking. That’s where things like the British plane loads of weapons and the movement of Swedish army troops to Gotland are important. He really can’t afford a mess like the Chechnya where they almost succeeded in stopping the Russian army (and blowing lots of tanks in the process) without anywhere near the capability of Ukraine’s military much less a modern western army.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:15:41pm

re: #150 Charles Johnson

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Did not catch the missing P. Did notice that they called Kelleyanne “Honorable.” On what planet is this **** honorable?

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:15:42pm

Speaking of cruises, for some reason I was looking up Gavin MacLeod and this article came up. I had forgotten how bad 2021 was for the similarly aged starts of MTM show:

Betty White was fourth star of ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ to die in 2021

The cast members who died in 2021 were ages 90, 91, 94, and 99. Long lived comedien actors.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:19:21pm

re: #164 I Would Prefer Not To

Did not catch the missing P. Did notice that they called Kelleyanne “Honorable.” On what planet is this **** honorable?

I think there’s an antiquated tradition that allows people like her to use honorifics they don’t deserve.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:21:49pm

re: #166 Charles Johnson

I think there’s an antiquated tradition that allows people like her to use honorifics they don’t deserve.

She held no office. She was awarded no title. I think republicans just make up shit.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:21:52pm

re: #163 William Lewis

re: #158 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

The oligarchy of which Putin is the head is deeply connected worldwide to other billionaires.

I have no idea how many GOP Senators are on the Russian gravy train, but I suspect it is not many.

The weaselly gaggle of GOP Senators are mostly out for themselves and their buddies. Not all of them will have ties to the petro-lords in Russia.

For the GOP, the fundamental truth is that they are now the repository of so many backwards movements in America. The party has become a catch-all for know-nothings and theocrats, and now serves only those at the top of the economic hierarchy.

The war industry loves this kind of stuff, and I suspect many a GOP elected official cares more about using nationalism to secure re-election than anything else.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:22:14pm

Tfg tries the game

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Charles Johnson  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:23:28pm

yes

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Florida Panhandler  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:27:38pm

re: #125 austin_blue

You make sure that all of the Russian armor is destroyed and its ground troops are defenseless by taking air superiority from them. This is dangerous, but necessary.

What is the alternative? Letting a pisspot asshole dictator European Foreign Policy when he has a GDP the size of Texas when Europe has a GDP bigger than the US?

You just can’t let that happen.

The unfortunate endgame is when even Putin cannot hide all the body bags coming home with Russian flags on them (or incognito, par for the course) and ordinary Russian finally discover they have been had all this time and do something about it.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:29:36pm
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JC1  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:30:02pm

re: #41 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Still, I believe the American public has no appetite for yet another war, and I also believe Biden knows this.

Putin knows this too but he and his oligarch buddies look at the world as a way to become obsessively rich, so to them all that matters is manipulating whoever they need in order to build some great paternalistic Russian empire.

Here’s one of the longer running questions for the USA: on whose side should we be in international conflicts?

I for one am not willing to see a world war over Ukraine. Sorry, Ukraine. But in a world with 8 billion people all struggling to survive I’m more inclined to be worried about how to survive myself.

Cold hearted? Maybe. But I have no idea how to ever win a land war with Russia. It’s not going to happen.

And it’s not worth trying.

Ukraine gave up its nukes after the dissolution of the Soviet Union with the understanding that its territorial integrity would be respected. Russia and the US singed onto the agreement. There was no enforcement mechanism and no obligation for the US or NATO to protect Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, but it’s still a shitty situation.
Appeasing power hungry assholes rarely works out for the benefit of the world. What makes you think that Putin will stop with the Ukraine.
The other thing is that Russia, for all the bluster, is relatively weak. They don’t want a shooting war with NATO.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:30:31pm

re: #172 Charles Johnson

Feature, not a bug. They don’t care about hypocrisy, or dishonesty, as long as the “party of God” is winning.

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William Lewis  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:33:59pm

re: #171 Florida Panhandler

The unfortunate endgame is when even Putin cannot hide all the body bags coming home with Russian flags on them (or incognito, par for the course) and ordinary Russian finally discover they have been had all this time and do something about it.

While I love the fantasy of him ending like Benito or Nicolae, I don’t see that as likely even in that circumstance given past messes he’s made. The big question mark though is Covid which is a bigger mess there than most places.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:34:56pm
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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:39:44pm

re: #172 Charles Johnson

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:43:22pm

Pressure’s rising

Law enforcement officials, members of Congress and the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol are digging deeper into the role that fake slates of electors played in efforts by former President Donald Trump to cling to power after he lost the 2020 election,” the New York Times reports.

“In recent days, the state attorneys general in Michigan and New Mexico have asked the Justice Department to investigate fake slates of electors that falsely claimed that Mr. Trump, not Joe Biden, had won their states.”

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:44:46pm

re: #172 Charles Johnson

At this point I think the thing that needs to be shouted about is that…it isn’t hypocrisy because they believe in hierarchy more than they believe any value is universal. They have rejected the core assumption of the Enlightenment in favor of caste.

They’re axiomatically the superior kind, and thus cannot be constrained, even by their own beliefs.

Indeed, the modern conservative is defined by the mutilation of their own immovable anchors. They have invented a new hermeneutic, a new history, a new epistemology, etc, etc, rather than be constrained by the principles they point to as their sources of moral authority.

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Dangerman  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:49:32pm
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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:50:43pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:52:25pm

re: #179 The Ghost of a Flea

Indeed, the modern conservative is defined by the constant mutilation of their own immovable anchors. They have invented a new hermeneutic, a new history, a new epistemology, etc, etc, rather than be constrained by the principles they point to as their sources of moral authority.

If my assertion is correct, that we’re witnessing a worldview collapse across a significant swath of our society, then the angst arising out of the existential crises being shared in their in-groups is causing a lot of searching for anything which is an “out”.

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:52:34pm

re: #179 The Ghost of a Flea

At this point I think the thing that needs to be shouted about is that…it isn’t hypocrisy because they believe in hierarchy more than they believe any value is universal. They have rejected the core assumption of the Enlightenment in favor of caste.

They’re axiomatically the superior kind, and thus cannot be constrained, even by their own beliefs.

Indeed, the modern conservative is defined by the mutilation of their own immovable anchors. They have invented a new hermeneutic, a new history, a new epistemology, etc, etc, rather than be constrained by the principles they point to as their sources of moral authority.

Political conservatism is the view that society should have a ruling class with legal rights but no legal obligations, and a non-ruling class with legal obligations but no legal rights.

The Confederate States of America remains one of the most perfect realizations of this atrocity in history, and Republicans are doing what they can to return to it.

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Cheechako  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:53:51pm

Another sad report:

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:54:10pm
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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 6:57:47pm

re: #184 Cheechako

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A Cranky One  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:03:06pm

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:03:23pm

re: #185 Belafon

In 2006, Senate Republicans knew their friends on SCOTUS were going to gut it. So they pretended like they supported the voting rights act. However, this remains a particularly good data point to use to convince moderates and the like of GOP perfidy.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:04:07pm

re: #120 EPR-radar

This is why I avoid SFO at all costs. Any day of the year, that airport can be 50% shut down by fog.

I have never had a delay or fog flying out of SFO, even while I worked field service and traveled a lot.

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:06:31pm

re: #189 Dread Pirate Ron

I have never had a delay or fog flying out of SFO, even while I worked field service and traveled a lot.

Inbound is the issue, since they have 2 parallel runways, and if there’s fog one of them will be closed.

And there’s lots of luck involved.

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Cheechako  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:08:30pm

re: #186 Dopamine Fish

We’re giving her lots of special attention.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:09:19pm

re: #191 Cheechako

We’re giving her lots of special attention.

That’s the way to do it. And again, sorry for your loss. I know it’s hard.

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Cheechako  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:09:19pm

re: #187 A Cranky One

Thanks

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Rightwingconspirator  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:22:08pm

re: #184 Cheechako

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:22:27pm

I have some FB friends who rarely post, but when they do I tend to notice…thought this one was interesting (guy runs a consulting company - he’s kind of moderate conservative - may be a Republican, but with a brain)…

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Captain Magic  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:23:02pm
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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:25:11pm

re: #196 Captain Magic

Playing on my phone now:

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darthstar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:25:39pm

Ooh…looks like Season 4 of Ozark just dropped. Missouri gambling and meth for everyone!

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:26:28pm

re: #195 darthstar

Indeed. The freaking Punisher is a more nuanced character than many real life right wing nut jobs.

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A Mom Anon  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:37:40pm

Just sending hugs to those who lost their furry kids in the last couple of weeks. It’s so hard, that grief, it doesn’t go away, it just becomes, somehow different, over time. I lost Abby almost 5 yrs ago and I smile and then cry, or sometimes the other way around. My son has an artist friend who took a photo he had of her in his phone, she painted a watercolor pic of her for me as a gift the Christmas after she passed. The artist incorporates the pet’s name into every painting she does. I have a little memorial to Abby in our bedroom, this painting is part of it.

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William Lewis  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:38:12pm

re: #195 darthstar

I have some FB friends who rarely post, but when they do I tend to notice…thought this one was interesting (guy runs a consulting company - he’s kind of moderate conservative - may be a Republican, but with a brain)…

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:39:07pm

re: #182 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

If my assertion is correct, that we’re witnessing a worldview collapse across a significant swath of our society, then the angst arising out of the existential crises being shared in their in-groups is causing a lot of searching for anything which is an “out”.

We’re going through the same malaise as Britain—the mythology of the rightness and wholesomeness of empire can’t be sustained anymore, while the tactics of empire have been turned inwards because the hegemons that built the nationalist mythology—we’ll all work hard and get a share—were never going to diminish their cut.

Basically, Americans are experiencing the things we used to do to other countries to create the disadvantageous, when not outright exploitative, labor and resource-extraction agreements that made the nation rich. It’s Foucault’s Boomerang—the tactics that worked in other nations can and have been adapted for domestic targets.

The leopards are supposed to eat other people’s faces.

But America’s key cultural base assumptions—individualism, meritocracy, and capitalism as a moral force—don’t allow for the kind of critical scrutiny that acknowledges that there’s been a long process of stripping away capital and franchise from regular Americans for the benefit of a tiny elite that are beyond national concerns. For many Americans, their suffering cannot be an understandable consequence of the system that previously uplifted them applying the same tactics at home, it can only be the product of some kind of stone from the sky…treachery, conspiracy, the clandestine works of strangers and perverts.

We are shot full of conspiracy theories because they simplify and externalize problems that are complex and endemic: a vaudeville villain is more comforting than the idea that society itself was always kind of indifferent to your suffering. We’re playing with fascism because fascism is a convenient way to conceal a crime: the people in charge can either admit they were always fucking up and self-dealing, or they can designate a target that made everything bad.

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wrenchwench  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:46:50pm

I just said no to a ridiculous partial shift offer at a location I’ve never been to on my day off. Yay me. In unrelated news;

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Captain Magic  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:48:27pm

WASHINGTON (TND) — At a news conference marking the end of his first year in office, President Joe Biden challenged his Republican critics to “get in the game of making things better in this country,” and he accused them of failing to present voters with a substantive agenda as they seek their support in the midterms.

“I did not anticipate that there’d be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn’t get anything done,” Biden said Wednesday. “Think about this: What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”

Pressed to answer that question, many Republicans have remained vague about their plans if they retake control of Congress in November. They provide a long list of crises they believe the Biden administration has caused or has failed to address, but they have not offered many concrete solutions of their own.

“I think we have to give people a snapshot of what we’re going to do,” Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., said in an interview Wednesday.

LaHood expects House Republicans will roll out their plan this spring to deal with border security, inflation, education, foreign policy, and other issues. Beyond criticizing Biden’s approach as divisive, he did not present any specifics.

Others have not been much more forthcoming. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who would likely become majority leader if Republicans gain seats in the evenly split chamber, was evasive Wednesday when asked what policies he would prioritize.

“That is a very good question, and I’ll let you know when we take it back,” McConnell told reporters.

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gwangung  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:50:46pm

re: #202 The Ghost of a Flea

But America’s key cultural base assumptions—individualism, meritocracy, and capitalism as a moral force—don’t allow for the kind of critical scrutiny that acknowledges that there’s been a long process of stripping away capital and franchise from regular Americans for the benefit of a tiny elite that are beyond national concerns. For many Americans, their suffering cannot be an understandable consequence of the system that previously uplifted them applying the same tactics at home, it can only be the product of some kind of stone from the sky…treachery, conspiracy, the clandestine works of strangers and perverts.

They literally cannot conceive that others have the same rights as they do. They scream about freedom while not once realizing trying to exercise their “rights” impinges on the freedom of others (e.g., the unmasked vs the very young or immunocompromised). They literally do not thing these others have rights—-they claim more, SPECIAL rights they deny others.

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:53:21pm

re: #205 gwangung

They literally cannot conceive that others have the same rights as they do. They scream about freedom while not once realizing trying to exercise their “rights” impinges on the freedom of others (e.g., the unmasked vs the very young or immunocompromised). They literally do not thing these others have rights—-they claim more, SPECIAL rights they deny others.

Conservatism: The political view that there must be in groups privileged at law but having no legal obligations, and out groups having legal duties but no legal rights.

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retired cynic  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:55:25pm

re: #204 Captain Magic

LaHood is my sanctimonious Rep. Not as gross as some.

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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:56:21pm
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jaunte  Jan 21, 2022 • 7:58:10pm
you’re doubting a lot of the banks and people that would work with the Trump organization or the Trump family

At this point, it’s a pretty good indicator that you’re incredibly corrupt or irretrievably stupid.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:00:56pm

E-bike art NFT’s?

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Captain Magic  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:03:10pm

Just to show how slimey McConnel is:

Others have not been much more forthcoming. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who would likely become majority leader if Republicans gain seats in the evenly split chamber, was evasive Wednesday when asked what policies he would prioritize.

“That is a very good question, and I’ll let you know when we take it back,” McConnell told reporters.

Why can’t he say the policies he’d enact prior to the mid-terms?

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CleverToad  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:04:36pm

re: #184 Cheechako

re: #187 A Cranky One

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The Ghost of a Flea  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:08:49pm

re: #205 gwangung

They literally cannot conceive that others have the same rights as they do. They scream about freedom while not once realizing trying to exercise their “rights” impinges on the freedom of others (e.g., the unmasked vs the very young or immunocompromised). They literally do not thing these others have rights—-they claim more, SPECIAL rights they deny others.

Yeah…that’s caste.

I started reading Fred Clark (Slacktivist blog) about eighteen years ago, and one the key things he articulated was something I’d already noticed but not processed: conservatives simply do not believe that most de jure Americans are de facto Americans; as such, most of the people in this country simply do not deserve civil liberties or franchise. Which is pretty much an older Foucault’s Boomerang: this premise has been tested out on various minorities, across very different circumstances (first natives, then slaves, then undesirable immigrant types). There was never anything concrete stopping this rhetorical mode from being used against the in-group, it’s just that in the past the people with the most capital needed a steady local labor pool and a goon squad.

(Labor is now trans-national and goon squad culture has been refined into cop culture: the old expansive definition of whiteness can therefore be discarded in favor of a narrower set)

The British did the same thing: under Thatcher the newly on-the-dole workers in the North were spoke of with the same contempt and rhetorical jabs that were previously used on brown imperial subjects.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:13:38pm

re: #168 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

The oligarchy of which Putin is the head is deeply connected worldwide to other billionaires.

I have no idea how many GOP Senators are on the Russian gravy train, but I suspect it is not many.

The weaselly gaggle of GOP Senators are mostly out for themselves and their buddies. Not all of them will have ties to the petro-lords in Russia.

For the GOP, the fundamental truth is that they are now the repository of so many backwards movements in America. The party has become a catch-all for know-nothings and theocrats, and now serves only those at the top of the economic hierarchy.

The war industry loves this kind of stuff, and I suspect many a GOP elected official cares more about using nationalism to secure re-election than anything else.

Of course the Russian oligarchs are connected to other billionaires, they are just not in control. I do not really think GOP senators and their all important backers are on some kind of Russian gravy train but, rather, that they and the Russian oligarchy are on the same gravy train. Big oil is what ties people like Charles Koch and Mercer to Putin, someone who would otherwise be the equivalent of a Martian to them. Their objective is not to prevent war per se, but to prevent US intervention against Russian expansion. That is why their very public face, people like Tucker Carlson and Madison Cawthorn, are repeating Russian propaganda practically verbatem. I do not know who these neo-cons and old right types are who are urging intervention on behalf of the military industrial complex, but I do know which side the Republican Party in general favors and it is not NATO’s and Biden’s. It’s worth noting that Russia also has a military industrial complex, it is quite profitable, and a successful operation in Ukraine would be a tremendous boost.

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Captain Magic  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:29:05pm

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans have sued to block the state’s new congressional map, saying it’s constitutionally flawed because of population deviations, too much splitting of municipal lines and the carving up of “communities of interest.”

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court. It alleges that a commission that drew the map arbitrarily and inconsistently applied redistricting criteria in the state constitution.

It contends counties are “Michigan’s true communities of interest” and proposes a new map that would leave more counties intact and increase compactness.

It’s the second lawsuit challenging the U.S. House map. The first was brought by Black officials in the Detroit area.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:29:21pm
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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:29:24pm
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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:34:03pm

Let me just say Fuck You, Bill Maher, and if you want to know why, you can go find his tweet.

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Belafon  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:38:32pm
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Captain Magic  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:43:55pm

WaPo:
A Texas man was arrested Friday and charged with threatening election and other government officials in Georgia, in the first case brought by a Justice Department task force formed to combat such threats, authorities said.

In an indictment, federal prosecutors alleged that Chad Christopher Stark, 54, posted a message on Craigslist on Jan. 5, 2021, saying it was “time to kill” an official, whose name is not included in the court documents.

“Georgia Patriots it’s time for us to take back our state from these Lawless treasonous traitors. It’s time to invoke our Second Amendment right it’s time to put a bullet in the treasonous Chinese [Official A]. Then we work our way down to [Official B] the local and federal corrupt judges,” Stark wrote, according to the indictment.

Georgia officials, in particular, were targeted by hostile messages after they refused to back President Donald Trump’s bogus claims of election fraud. Trump called Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) the “enemy of the people” after the election went against him, and he urged Raffensperger in a phone call to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat.

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:44:52pm

re: #218 Belafon

Let me just say Fuck You, Bill Maher, and if you want to know why, you can go find his tweet.

He’s hopefully on his way to being a less-funny Dennis Miller. At least in Miller’s defense, it took 9/11 to make him into an asshole. Maher? It only took a mask and a shot to bring out the asshole.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:54:57pm

re: #218 Belafon

Let me just say Fuck You, Bill Maher, and if you want to know why, you can go find his tweet.

If you’re talking about the masks, I agree. If it’s that other one, it’s too WTAF for me to comment.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 21, 2022 • 8:59:50pm

re: #221 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

He’s hopefully on his way to being a less-funny Dennis Miller. At least in Miller’s defense, it took 9/11 to make him into an asshole. Maher? It only took a mask and a shot to bring out the asshole.

He was an a-hole before the pandemic. His disdain for Trump and support for Obama did not make him a good person, just a “leftish” Dennis Miller.

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:07:43pm

re: #222 A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!

If you’re talking about the masks, I agree. If it’s that other one, it’s too WTAF for me to comment.

I’m leaning toward the WTAF one (I think) now that I’ve seen it.

“Biden and Obama should divorce their wives and gay marry each other so Obama can be back in the white house to help Joe Biden because of this completely asinine outlier poll I’m showing you and the fact that Biden is actually doing good things but doesn’t lead a fucking cult.” (You know, like Stalin or Mao, or Clownstick)

Get fucked, Bill.

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Targetpractice  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:15:10pm

Well, that sucked

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Thanos  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:17:51pm

Finally:

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EPR-radar  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:23:33pm

re: #226 Thanos

Out on a $5000 unsecured bond after spewing that shit? After the local cops had to be shamed into action?

Look at that white privilege go.

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Thanos  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:28:22pm

re: #227 EPR-radar

Out on a $5000 unsecured bond after spewing that shit? After the local cops had to be shamed into action?

Look at that white privilege go.

Yeah, guns should have been confiscated too.

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mmmirele  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:36:43pm

Historical background for these tweets:
1) The Southern Baptist Convention was founded by a bunch of unrepentant white enslavers in 1845.
2) Tom Buck is a SBC pastor.

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retired cynic  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:37:52pm

re: #229 mmmirele

I hope you are getting back to normal!

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Chrysicat  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:40:15pm

Show of hands—who sees the person I’m responding to as a genuine believer in “denying oxygen” vs who thinks they’re just another fascist ratf*cker?

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Citizen K  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:42:09pm

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mmmirele  Jan 21, 2022 • 9:46:34pm

\re: #230 retired cynic

I hope you are getting back to normal!

*trying to* but there are a lot of of people out there who are enraging me these days.

“Christianity Today,” the house organ of the Evangelical Industrial Complex, ran an article by a woman who teaches at a Southern Baptist seminary about how horrible it was to use “they” to refer to God, as opposed to the proper and righteous “he.” I let this “theologian” know how I felt.

Or the stupid woman who tried to go on about the riots “last summer” when I got onto a an anti-abortion “thought leader.”

So many stupid people out there. I wish Japan would open up so I could go somewhere that I didn’t have to see this nonsense.

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BlueSpotinAL  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:10:18pm

Tough one

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:14:09pm

re: #228 Thanos

Yeah, guns should have been confiscated too.

If she actually has any.

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A Cranky One  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:16:46pm

re: #233 mmmirele

Just for perspective, my niece and her wife have been working as instructors in Japan for years. They plan to come to the US soon; they’re just waiting on the visa for my niece’s wife (she’s Scottish).

They’ve had to hide their relationship for years to avoid getting fired. Lots of prejudices in Japan.

As an aside, my niece had been shipping stuff to her mom’s in preparation for her return. It was all lost when my sister’s house burned down during the area fire in Colorado. Sigh.

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A Cranky One  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:20:40pm

re: #236 A Cranky One

My niece and her wife are fluent in multiple languages. I must confess I wonder what Japanese sounds like with a Scottish accent. ;-)

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Dread Pirate Ron  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:25:59pm

Yeah, I had up to 80 Watts of headwind on the ride home today.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:29:23pm

Not the easiest — but always depends on results from the first couple words..

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:47:25pm

My niece and her 3 children all tested positive, had mild symptoms, and recovered in a couple days. Meanwhile her husband felt miserable for at least a week but has repeatedly tested negative, both using home tests and then going to an official test facility. It does seem odd that his illness would not be caused by COVID.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:50:15pm

re: #240 Hecuba’s daughter

It’s flu season, too.

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mmmirele  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:52:09pm

re: #236 A Cranky One

I don’t want to go to Japan *permanently*, just for a few weeks for a break from American crazy. That’s all.

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stpaulbear  Jan 21, 2022 • 10:57:05pm

Wordle 217 5/6

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I was feeling a crash and burn coming on with this one. I spent nearly 10 minutes staring at the screen until the last move came to me with a giant “duh!” I need to leave these puzzles be until morning instead of starting them at midnight.

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A Cranky One  Jan 21, 2022 • 11:09:28pm

re: #242 mmmirele

I don’t want to go to Japan *permanently*, just for a few weeks for a break from American crazy. That’s all.

Ha. Yes, I understood the context from your previous comments. I guess I was just expressing my wish that there was someplace in the world free of all the bullshit and prejudices due to so many people being idiots with no empathy for others.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 21, 2022 • 11:13:25pm

That was a bit of a tricky one.

Wordle 217 5/6

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Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion  Jan 21, 2022 • 11:26:04pm

re: #176 Dopamine Fish

“Unprecedent spike in violent crime”

Citation Needed.

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RinaX  Jan 21, 2022 • 11:58:54pm

Wordle 217 4/6

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I’m dumb, my first and second word guesses started with the same letters.

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Targetpractice  Jan 22, 2022 • 12:35:23am

I’d like to think that good, considerate coworkers would have followed the evolving forecast for the snowstorm and taken steps to make sure that all the stuff that guests would come asking for in the late hours would be stocked up so that I wouldn’t have to walk through ankle-deep snow and freezing wind to raid the housekeeping closet in B-Building.

I like to think that mostly because the assholes who I relieved this evening left everything empty, left me with work to do that should have been done on their shift, sat on their asses staring at their cellphones all night, and peaced out early because I was gracious enough to start my shift early in order to allow them to beat the worst of the storm.

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Dread Pirate Ron  Jan 22, 2022 • 12:53:45am

I rode 30 miles today. I’ve turned the power level of the motor way down and have been riding in pedal assist 1. It is like riding a 1960s steel Schwinn 10 speed bicycle up hills. That has put a lot more load on my knees and muscles but, I’ve extended my range per battery charge to over 60 miles. Motrin is now part of my riding regimen. I’ve reached 1800 miles on the bike.

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Captain Magic  Jan 22, 2022 • 1:30:57am

re: #242 mmmirele

I don’t want to go to Japan *permanently*, just for a few weeks for a break from American crazy. That’s all.

Getting to Tokyo and visiting Akihabara is on my bucket list.

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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 1:31:28am

re: #114 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

I wish WORDLE was twice daily. I’m jonesing.

There ARE some alternate wordles around online if you look. I had somebody on Facebook kick a link to me that will provide as many wordles as you want to work through.

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JC1  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:09:36am

re: #246 Jack Burton in Mactified Forshion

Citation Needed.

Maybe if you use 2020 as the benchmark, when crime was supper suppressed due to the lockdowns.

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Dangerman  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:14:29am

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:16:18am

re: #13 Citizen K

When I was a public appellate defender, someone told me, “My tax dollars shouldn’t pay for a poor person’s defense.

Did it not somehow occur to them that tax dollars were paying for this poor person’s prosecution?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:19:11am

re: #26 Dangerman

nfts are only a thing for people who dont need the money

or for people who need to launder it…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:21:59am

re: #46 sagehen

You’re presuming they’ll stop with Ukraine.

Hitler just wanted Czechoslovakia, that’s all, if we’d just leave him alone about that one little country that would be the end of it.

They just want to re-establish the Old Russian Empire (which included Finland, the Baltic states and parts of Poland)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:30:04am

re: #108 A Cranky One

Growing up in a military family, I was lucky to be raised in a desegregated environment.

When my kids were little, we made a point of finding a town and neighborhood that was desegregated so that my kids could have the same opportunity. And I’m pleased to say we succeeded in helping them avoid the prejudices that plague so much of the country.

Funny how selling fear of others fails when experience makes the lies obvious.

My mom was a widow who could not afford to join the white flight to the suburbs when our neighborhood became integrated. I grew up playing with Black and Mexican kids and will not put with racist talk from anyone who grew up in an all-white neighborhood.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:32:40am

re: #138 Dopamine Fish

If a bunch of school administrators end up dead on Monday morning, that judge is going to have all the regrets. But, as someone pointed out, she’s white. She gets the benefit of the privilege.

If she has no previous record, that is also procedure.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:34:32am

re: #150 Charles Johnson

There’s that scrupulous attention to detail we’ve come to expect from the Trump cult.]

They handed the job to an unpaid intern.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:41:44am

re: #217 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

Does [the term “tenants”] mean sharecroppers, or does it just mean they’re illiterate? Does the mistake invalidate the law?

Or they are referring to anyone who plays or has played Dr. Who.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:46:06am

re: #250 Captain Magic

Getting to Tokyo and visiting Akihabara is on my bucket list.

I would like to visit the samurai castles of Osaka, Himeji and Matsumoto.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 2:47:03am

Wendell is now off to the kitchen to make waffles. You may resume your regularly scheduled posting.

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Decatur Deb  Jan 22, 2022 • 3:01:44am

re: #262 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Wendell is now off to the kitchen to make waffles. You may resume your regularly scheduled posting.

I have the controls. Just finished off a bowl of 30-minute steel cut oats.

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451_Montag  Jan 22, 2022 • 3:04:07am

re: #196 Captain Magic

Playing on my phone now:

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Weirdly I bought the Ultravox The Collection vinyl….. today!!

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2020 Blue Wisconsin  Jan 22, 2022 • 3:27:32am

Wordle 217 5/6

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garzooma  Jan 22, 2022 • 4:38:21am

Wordle 217 3/6

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:05:42am

I am only here right now because my guitar lessons were cancelled: there was a Covid case at the student’s school class so he is in quarantine for the rest of the week.

Sucks. Things are really tight, and no gigs in sight until an open-air session on May 1st.

I am expecting my tours with the local Youth hostel to cancel soon as well.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:47:13am
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:48:11am
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:51:02am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:52:24am

And yes, Trump is the FIRST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY to refuse to recognize the legitimacy of his successor and the first living president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to be absent from the inauguration of his successor.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:52:45am
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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 22, 2022 • 5:58:56am

re: #232 Citizen K

Wordle 217 5/6

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This one was rough.

Very
Wordle 217 5/6

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:01:10am
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:02:50am
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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:13:24am

Wordle 217 4/6

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jeffreyw  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:14:02am

Good morning!

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:21:27am

re: #234 BlueSpotinAL

Tough one

Wordle 217 4/6

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To go from 1 to 5 in 1 try is pretty stellar.

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ipsos  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:22:05am

One of the local Twitterati here started a Wordle tournament with about 80 people competing. I’m part of a big pileup of “tied for fifth” after 3 days. But at least my teenage daughter, who was owning me at the start of Wordle, is only tying me now…

Wordle 217 3/6

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BlueSpotinAL  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:26:10am

re: #278 Yeah Sure WhatEVs

To go from 1 to 5 in 1 try is pretty stellar.

It just looks stellar, like jeffreyw’s bolognese. It was the only word left after the first three lines, and it took a good amount of trial letter arrangements to find it.

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:34:32am

See George Conway’s reaction to report about Trump’s draft executive order

the first 7 minutes is Anderson explaining the draft martial law memo, then George Conway comes in at 7.11

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:50:15am

50/50 on guess 4 cost me again.

Wordle 217 5/6

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:54:19am
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban launched an online pharmacy Thursday that offers more than 100 generic drugs at an affordable price with a goal of being “radically transparent” in its price negotiations with drug companies.

The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs Company (MCCPDC) is a registered pharmaceutical wholesaler and purchases drugs directly from manufacturers, bypassing middlemen to lower the price of more than 100 medications, it said in a statement.

For example, the leukemia drug imatinib is priced at $47 a month on MCCPDC compared to the $9,657 retail price.

forbes.com

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Teukka  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:58:28am

re: #281 sagehen

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Video

👀 When Anderson Cooper blurts out an expletive on air… 👀

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2022 • 6:59:26am

re: #283 Belafon

forbes.com

He might make a little bit of money with this, but I suspect it’s half public service, and half raising his profile and burnishing his reputation in preparation for a future presidential run.

ETA: Mark Cuban makes me like the Mavericks as much as I could ever like a team that isn’t the Lakers.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:05:18am

re: #208 jaunte

That chyron…’Trump Fights Back Against New York AG’s Witch Hunt Probe’…

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:06:27am
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:09:36am

re: #285 sagehen

He might make a little bit of money with this, but I suspect it’s half public service, and half raising his profile and burnishing his reputation in preparation for a future presidential run.

ETA: Mark Cuban makes me like the Mavericks as much as I could ever like a team that isn’t the Lakers.

The reason Texas passed a law requiring the national anthem at sports games is because Cuban silently ended them at Mavericks’ games. He’s probably the closest billionaire we have to Richard Branson.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:12:04am
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:18:13am

You know you wanted to hear from Susan Sarandon:

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Captain Magic  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:20:24am
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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:21:46am

re: #290 Belafon

You know you wanted to hear from Susan Sarandon:

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:28:12am
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The University of Rhode Island Board of Trustees voted unanimously to revoke the honorary degrees given to Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

The trustees upheld the recommendations of the honorary degree committee, who voted last month and sent its recommendation to URI President Marc Parlange.

“After reviewing the recommendation from the president, who endorsed the committee’s recommendation, the board voted to approve the revocation of these honorary degrees,” said trustees chairwoman Margo Cook. “The Board of Trustees supports the university and its mission to uphold its values, especially its commitment to intellectual and ethical leadership and fostering an environment of diversity and respect.”

URI trustees vote unanimously to revoke honorary degrees to Michael Flynn, Rudy Giuliani (The Providence Journal)

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:30:52am

re: #290 Belafon

You know you wanted to hear from Susan Sarandon:

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here’s another one that needs to STFU

Ralph Nader: Biden’s First Year Proves He Is Still a “Corporate Socialist” Beholden to Big Business

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:32:13am

Is my new profile too sexy?

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:32:29am

re: #294 sagehen

I agree. Put a cork init Nader.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:38:39am

re: #149 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Mouse 1: Is he asleep yet?
Mouse 2: No, but I think he saw me!

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:43:15am

re: #295 gocart mozart

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:45:23am
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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:47:25am

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:48:40am

re: #217 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

I saw the word “sharecropper” and looked at this for historical reasons, as my father was born into a white sharecropping family in Oklahoma and I have something of an interest. Too bad it was just bad spelling…

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:48:48am

re: #299 Punish Domestic Terrorists

We’re about to learn about a whole bunch of new Nazis.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:53:50am

re: #256 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They just want to re-establish the Old Russian Empire (which included Finland, the Baltic states and parts of Poland)

Hey folks, hey…did you all think that the Russians (I am an OLD so the first word that KEEPS coming to mind is “Soviets”) might wants ALASKA back? Remember we bought Alaska from the Russian Empire (“Seward’s Folly”). Nobody’s talking about *that*. Seriously, though, I could see Putin wanting Alaska as a buffer zone against the USA on its east.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:54:20am

re: #302 darthstar

We’re about to learn about a whole bunch of new Nazis.

Someone should scrape names and publish the list.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:55:01am

re: #303 mmmirele

Hey folks, hey…did you all think that the Russians (I am an OLD so the first word that KEEPS coming to mind is “Soviets”) might wants ALASKA back? Remember we bought Alaska from the Russian Empire (“Seward’s Folly”). Nobody’s talking about *that*. Seriously, though, I could see Putin wanting Alaska as a buffer zone against the USA on its east.

Or Canada, which might be a bigger threat with the way Republicans are.

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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:55:09am

re: #239 Hecuba’s daughter

Not the easiest — but always depends on results from the first couple words..

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I use query and avoid for the first two, just so I can kill off the vowels. typically that makes things a little easier. I can be fairly confident I’m going to get a couple of hits, and that I’ll also know where those particular values aren’t, which I guess helps a bit, though frankly today was a little discouraging when I was messing with wordle unlimited while mainlining some sweet, sweet pfizer.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:57:32am

Breezy all night…downright gusty at times. Turns out it’s not just me. 30 million people are impacted by this wind storm.
mercurynews.com

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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:58:31am

re: #279 ipsos

One of the local Twitterati here started a Wordle tournament with about 80 people competing. I’m part of a big pileup of “tied for fifth” after 3 days. But at least my teenage daughter, who was owning me at the start of Wordle, is only tying me now…

Wordle 217 3/6

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tell your daughter how impressed you are with her ability to handle 5 letter words. then tell her you aren’t being sarcastic. she won’t know whether you’re being patronizing or sincere. that just kills teenagers.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:58:38am

Feeling pretty chuffed knowing my battery back up will recharge today even if a few trees take out the PG&E lines up the hill.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:58:43am

They want the wild west.

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) — Republicans in the state Assembly passed a series of bills to expand gun laws in the badger state, including a proposal to allow some high school students and parents to have firearms on school property.

During the Assembly’s return to the floor since the new year, Republicans passed legislation that would lower the concealed carry age from 21 to 18, allow legal gun owners to have their weapon in their vehicle when dropping off or picking up their child from school, and allow anyone with a concealed carry license from any state to be armed in Wisconsin.

With gun violence on the rise in Wisconsin and across the nation, Republicans believe more residents should be able to carry a gun legally to protect themselves.

State Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers), author of the bill to lower the concealed carry age, contends if 18-year-olds can vote, they should be allowed to arm themselves.

“They are mature enough, they are adult enough to make these decisions and yet we are going to deny them the basic human right of self-defense?” Sortwell said.

Republicans vote to allow 18-year-olds to carry concealed weapons on school property (CBS-58 Milwaukee)

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:59:50am

Winter morning sun through the glass on top of the door.

Figured you all would like it better than the “still life with rifle” I’m also working up! LOL!

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 7:59:53am

re: #308 steve_davis

I got the vowels early, and only the vowels. Wordle fail morning.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:00:21am

OK, I went off to YT to listen to Bennie and the Jets and this was a recommended song, a collaboration between Elton John, Young Thug and Nicki Minaj. It’s actually much better than I expected.

Elton John, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj - Always Love You (Official Audio)

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:06:39am

Wordle 217 4/6

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:08:56am

re: #286 darthstar

That chyron…’Trump Fights Back Against New York AG’s Witch Hunt Probe’…

Subliminal messaging. They could have put “witch hunt” in quotation marks indicating that is his view, but it is clear that they agree with him and support his portrayal of events.

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:09:26am

This was mentioned the other day but here’s a nice article on it.

One of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions is under a new command.

The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides for the fabled way cannonballs used to bounce off its sides, is the Navy’s oldest commissioned ship still in operation today. For 224 years, the Constitution was commanded by men. That changes on Friday.

Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell takes command of Old Ironsides and its 80 crew members. She’s 39 years old, originally from Kentucky, and has been a commissioned Navy officer for nearly 18 years.

Meet the USS Constitution’s first woman commander

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Dave In Austin  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:09:40am
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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:11:37am

re: #310 Punish Domestic Terrorists

They want the wild west.

Republicans vote to allow 18-year-olds to carry concealed weapons on school property (CBS-58 Milwaukee)

The governor will veto it and they don’t have the votes to override. This is simply fund-raising performance art, nothing serious.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:13:10am

re: #277 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Western good morning!

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:14:51am

I hate doing these people’s research. But I’m posting this here in case you run into similar objections and need source material.

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:14:54am

Fun from Google (if you’re on a computer).

9to5google.com

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(((Archangel1)))  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:19:24am

Wordle 217 6/6*

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Worst so far, and never gonna admit how long it took me to figure it out after the fifth… xD

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Yeah Sure WhatEVs  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:20:01am

So what’s going on in Washington today with the anti-vaxxer protest? That was today, right? I’m not seeing anything in the news as of yet.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:21:18am

And church people be thinking there’s some refuge anywhere from crazy. There isn’t. This guy, a Black man who was a darling of his very white, conservative Presbyterian denomination until he figured out he was being used, well, he thinks the Anglican Church in North America is boring. To which my response is HARDLY!

(article link: thedailybeast.com)

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:21:55am

re: #317 Dave In Austin

They seem nice.

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:25:00am
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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:26:45am

re: #324 mmmirele

And church people be thinking there’s some refuge anywhere from crazy. There isn’t. This guy, a Black man who was a darling of his very white, conservative Presbyterian denomination until he figured out he was being used, well, he thinks the Anglican Church in North America is boring. To which my response is HARDLY!

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ACNA was a split caused by the fact that the regular Episcopalians had too many liberal cooties: too many women priests, didn’t persecute gays and actually punished abusers we caught. Plus a few too many priests like mine who actually took the bible seriously. It became a new home for the racists, homophobes & abusers that didn’t want to deal with us.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:26:51am

re: #325 darthstar

They seem nice.

The majority of the comments I read say that they’re FBI—too clean and over the top.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:27:07am

re: #325 darthstar

They seem nice.

The entire thread is people claiming that the whole thing is a three-letter government agency front.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:28:01am

re: #211 Captain Magic

Just to show how slimey McConnel is:

Why can’t he say the policies he’d enact prior to the mid-terms?

Just trust him.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:28:18am

re: #320 mmmirele

If it’s something really obvious, I like the distance to the moon, I might tell them to go look it up, but for more obscure things, I wouldn’t trust the internet to find the best source.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:31:19am

re: #331 Belafon

If it’s something really obvious, I like the distance to the moon, I might tell them to go look it up, but for more obscure things, I wouldn’t trust the internet to find the best source.

This has been in the news as recently as a month ago (see article cited), and I expect people to be able to use Google to do basic searches. I guess that’s too high of an expectation with some people, hmmm?

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:34:36am

re: #254 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

When I was a public appellate defender, someone told me, “My tax dollars shouldn’t pay for a poor person’s defense.

Did it not somehow occur to them that tax dollars were paying for this poor person’s prosecution?

Or a poor person’s time in prison? If they are innocent, they will cost the taxpayers a significant amount of money.

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Egregious Philbin  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:36:28am

Wordle 217 4/6

⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜
⬜🟩🟨🟨⬜
⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:38:20am

re: #303 mmmirele

Hey folks, hey…did you all think that the Russians (I am an OLD so the first word that KEEPS coming to mind is “Soviets”) might wants ALASKA back? Remember we bought Alaska from the Russian Empire (“Seward’s Folly”). Nobody’s talking about *that*. Seriously, though, I could see Putin wanting Alaska as a buffer zone against the USA on its east.

There’s another economics based thought experiment: imagining it were possible to sell Alaska back, what would it be worth? The entirety of the national debt? More?

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The Squire of Logos  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:38:27am

re: #332 mmmirele

This has been in the news as recently as a month ago (see article cited), and I expect people to be able to use Google to do basic searches. I guess that’s too high of an expectation with some people, hmmm?

Sadly the lack of computer literacy amongst a significant percentage of the population is one of the reasons we are in the current political climate and situation.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:43:11am

re: #328 Barefoot Grin

The majority of the comments I read say that they’re FBI—too clean and over the top.

If anyone ever deserved to get doxed it’s those Nazi assholes. Meet fat fuck tire guy who’s also an FBI agent.
“I’m not FBI! I’m a NAZI!”…wait…did I say that out loud?

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:43:13am

re: #336 The Squire of Logos

Yes, that is a large part of it. There are many contributing factors including bigotry that lead to incorrect answers and alternate “history.”

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:46:05am

re: #282 Dopamine Fish

50/50 on guess 4 cost me again.

Wordle 217 5/6

⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛
⬛⬛⬛⬛🟩
🟨⬛⬛🟨🟩
⬛🟩🟩🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

For the first time, I solved in 4 because I guessed right on my 50/50. Usually my guess is wrong.

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A Cranky One  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:47:02am

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:47:11am

re: #290 Belafon

You know you wanted to hear from Susan Sarandon:

I like her tying Susan to MAGAland.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:47:43am

Wordle 217 3/6

⬜⬜⬜⬜🟦
⬜🟦🟦🟦🟧
🟧🟧🟧🟧🟧

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:48:49am

And people:

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Dave In Austin  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:50:44am

This is it…..
If I decide to have a memorial after I pass, All
Attendees will be required to play Amazing Grace and Sympathy for the Devil via Kazoo…..
It will be fitting.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:51:17am

re: #332 mmmirele

I went to three stores yesterday. They were each playing music from Mr. Loaf on the PA.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:51:30am

re: #343 Belafon

The patient was wrong.

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Egregious Philbin  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:54:27am

re: #249 Dread Pirate Ron

Awesome! I did 2500 last year on mine (Pedego Interceptor) and have over 5000 miles on it. The battery isn’t what it used to be, but more than sufficient for 25-35 mile rides.

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Captain Magic  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:55:30am

re: #340 A Cranky One

Kill it with fire!

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:56:29am

re: #346 PhillyPretzel

The patient was wrong.

I hope the patient has a hard time finding another doctor…since it’s non-life threatening anyway.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 8:57:05am

re: #348 Captain Magic

Deactivate it, remove the battery then apply fire.

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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:01:07am

re: #271 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And yes, Trump is the FIRST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY to refuse to recognize the legitimacy of his successor and the first living president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to be absent from the inauguration of his successor.

And even that was only because Grant’s people kept crank calling his house asking for Andrew Jackson, and it royally pissed him off.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:01:12am

Someone mentioned Thich Nhat Hanh downstairs — I just saw a report that ha has died (at 95).

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:01:30am

Good!

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A Cranky One  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:02:14am

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:03:45am

I’m not sure how I ended up on the Cheeto gang’s grift list but it is handy for monitoring how he actually presents himself to his base. Today’s missive:

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Dave In Austin  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:05:16am

🙄😖🙄😖😶😶😶

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:05:37am

re: #354 A Cranky One

Since it is one of the keys on the left side of the keyboard it might be a typo.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:06:11am

Ted Lasshole.

McInerney was charged with assaulting and intimidating a crew member on Delta Flight 45. He was released on a $20,000 bond when he appeared before a judge a week ago. His case was unsealed on Friday.

A federal public defender who represents McInerney declined to comment.

McInerney was headed to Daytona, Fla., where he was taking a job teaching soccer.

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FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:08:58am

re: #281 sagehen

Conway, Anderson, etc. should get beyond “this is bananas” and start treating it as a serious threat to the country that should be reported on and pursued seriously as well.

Calling it “bananas” at this point is essentially treating it as a joke. That Trump, advisors, etc. were not seriously considering trying to overthrow the government due to losing an election. They were serious. They are still serious about it. And the GOP itself in various states is doing all the groundwork to make it easier to do the next time they try.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:11:10am

re: #357 PhillyPretzel

Since it is one of the keys on the left side of the keyboard it might be a typo.

I like the play on words better.

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Jay C  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:11:27am

Wordle 217 3/6

🟨⬜⬜🟨⬜
⬜⬜🟩🟨🟨
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I swear I woke up this morning with a clear idea of what word I was going to use to start Wordle. And it was helpful.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:14:24am

re: #355 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

I’m not sure how I ended up on the Cheeto gang’s grift list but it is handy for monitoring how he actually presents himself to his base. Today’s missive:

[Embedded content]

The more you donate, the better your odds of winning!

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:14:49am

I succumbed to the wordle craze. So far I’m 2 for 2: four tries and five tries.

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:16:31am

LOL

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:18:22am

re: #363 gocart mozart

I succumbed to the wordle craze. So far I’m 2 for 2: four tries and five tries.

I started with 11 wins in a row. Missed it today because I started with almost all vowels and got stuck guessing where to put one of them. That cost me two extra tries. Then I had too many options with consonants as I hadn’t eliminated the standard ones.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:20:51am

re: #333 Hecuba’s daughter

Or a poor person’s time in prison? If they are innocent, they will cost the taxpayers a significant amount of money.

Poor (and black) persons are simply assumed guilty until proven innocent.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:21:57am

re: #336 The Squire of Logos

Sadly the lack of computer literacy amongst a significant percentage of the population is one of the reasons we are in the current political climate and situation.

Not to mention the lack of media literacy among those who use computers as source of information.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:21:59am

re: #365 darthstar

I started with 11 wins in a row. Missed it today because I started with almost all vowels and got stuck guessing where to put one of them. That cost me two extra tries. Then I had too many options with consonants as I hadn’t eliminated the standard ones.

Once I figured out that there is one actual human behind that puzzle, I started to get inside that head, to figure out what amuses them.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:23:31am

re: #344 Dave In Austin

This is it…..
If I decide to have a memorial after I pass, All
Attendees will be required to play Amazing Grace and Sympathy for the Devil via Kazoo…..
It will be fitting.

Does it come with musical notes (or even better a tabulature system)?

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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:25:56am

re: #368 wrenchwench

Once I figured out that there is one actual human behind that puzzle, I started to get inside that head, to figure out what amuses them.

Hopefully, he sticks with common vocabulary and not arcane words unfamiliar to most of us.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:27:09am

All right, I’ve not fallen down the Wordle rabbit hole, but I came across this for our Wordle fans. It made me laugh.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:28:03am

re: #371 mmmirele

All right, I’ve not fallen down the Wordle rabbit hole, but I came across this for our Wordle fans. It made me laugh.

[Embedded content]

ONE OF US… ONE OF US…

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:28:06am

re: #370 Hecuba’s daughter

Hopefully, he sticks with common vocabulary and not arcane words unfamiliar to most of us.

I think striking the middle between arcanity and commonality is the most amusing. It’s a fine line, and it keeps moving.

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:31:40am

So, just got done watching Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth.

All I can say is, just give everyone involved their respective Oscars now.

That is all.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:34:18am

re: #371 mmmirele

All right, I’ve not fallen down the Wordle rabbit hole, but I came across this for our Wordle fans. It made me laugh.

[Embedded content]

Yesterday someone tweeted 4 languages of wordle, each with a 5 letter translation of ‘shit’, so far as I could tell.

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Jay C  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:39:42am

re: #371 mmmirele

All right, I’ve not fallen down the Wordle rabbit hole, but I came across this for our Wordle fans. It made me laugh.

[Embedded content]

Only 13 letters?
For German?

That’s going to cut the vocabulary WAY down…

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A Cranky One  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:44:09am

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:44:37am

Good!

Continued tensions between Ukraine and Russia have led to the U.S. providing 90 tons of military aid that arrived in Ukraine, as roughly 100,000 Russian troops remain stationed along the border.

The shipment is part of the additional $200 million of “lethal aid” approved by President Biden in late December and includes ammunition for Ukraine’s frontline defenders, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv tweeted.

“The United States and its allies and partners are standing together to expedite security assistance to Ukraine,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a tweet on Friday. “We are utilizing all available security cooperation tools to help Ukraine bolster its defenses in the face of Russian aggression.”

90 tons of U.S. military aid arrives in Ukraine as border tensions with Russia rise

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:45:53am

re: #378 William Lewis

Lethal aid. If Putin wants to invade, it’s gonna hurt.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:46:32am

She somehow expected not to have to deal with utter morons? Who told her that? Did this woman just fall off a turnip truck?

Texas teacher caught calling students ‘utter morons’ in viral rant

“If I have to keep going with kids that are complete and utter morons, I’m done,” the teacher said.

In a video sent to KHOU by a parent, and shared extensively on social media, the unnamed teacher is heard complaining about her students and venting about the job.

“I want to be fired at this point. I literally am going to hurt myself if I have to keep coming here,” she said.

The teacher went on to add that she wouldn’t even help the students if they were in need.

“Like, I have never in my life dealt with kids that are so awful that if they fell into a river, I would let them float away,” she said.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:47:14am

Greetings from tomorrow’s world.

Wordle 218 3/6

⬛⬛🟩⬛⬛
⬛🟩🟩🟨⬛
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

An inspired (read, lucky) third choice.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:50:06am

Official Hate Cult Face.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:52:26am

re: #382 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Official Hate Cult Face.

Is that a propane powered tiki torch?

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:53:48am
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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:54:18am
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Eventual Carrion  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:56:00am

re: #356 Dave In Austin

🙄😖🙄😖😶😶😶

[Embedded content]

Like getting expectant mothers health care for low or no cost?

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:57:14am

re: #379 darthstar

Lethal aid. If Putin wants to invade, it’s gonna hurt.

We’re providing ammo, the British have provided several C-17 loads of anti-tank missiles, the people are training as a militia to fight as Guerrillas…

Putin has accomplished the one thing he didn’t want - he’s unified the people of Ukraine into a nation that is connected to the West rather than to Russia.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:57:40am

re: #356 Dave In Austin

I think this guy needs a proof reader.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:59:12am

re: #380 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

She somehow expected not to have to deal with utter morons? Who told her that? Did this woman just fall off a turnip truck?

Texas teacher caught calling students ‘utter morons’ in viral rant

It’s the parents’ fault the kids are morons. Jr. high teacher…that means the kids are 12-14 years old, hormonal IEDs, and their parents were likely going through Texas high schools when Obama was President and were fed a strict diet of Fox News at home. They’re second generation morons.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 22, 2022 • 9:59:53am

re: #385 jaunte

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I’m so sorry I listened to that. “Pandemic of bureaucracy.” Also, I have a hard time believing that much of Bill Maher’s audience is left-leaning anymore, but who knows. The intellectual dark web, hahahahaha.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:00:10am

re: #382 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Official Hate Cult Face.

Tell him Chevrolet requires vaccines while he’s still got his torch out. - okay GM isn’t mandating it, but they are requiring all salaried staff to report their vaccine status.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:00:57am

re: #391 darthstar

I suspect his principles have a low price cutoff.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:01:51am

re: #391 darthstar

Tell him Chevrolet requires vaccines while he’s still got his torch out.

That might make him hair-on-fire mad.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:02:27am

I’m wearing my new Carhartt shirt right now. I have had to get xtra-large shirts from J. Crew and Uniqlo recently, but Carhartt knows their clientele: a large is ample in size.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:02:54am

re: #392 jaunte

I suspect his principles have a low price cutoff.

Here, honey…hold my Carhartt jacket…I’ll burn a hat. No, not the new one, I just bought that. The one I don’t wear anymore that got stretched out when you washed it.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:04:34am

re: #390 Barefoot Grin

I’m so sorry I listened to that. “Pandemic of bureaucracy.” Also, I have a hard time believing that much of Bill Maher’s audience is left-leaning anymore, but who knows. The intellectual dark web, hahahahaha.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:05:57am

I have some Carhartt threads. They hold up well to farm/ranch stuff, which is saying a lot: Thorns, barbed wire, jagged rocks, mud, ornery critters, etc.

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:06:19am
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Dave In Austin  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:06:55am

re: #386 Eventual Carrion

Like getting expectant mothers health care for low or no cost?

Did you read the statement carefully?

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:07:16am

re: #398 wrenchwench

Yay. Go Jimmy. :)

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:09:17am

re: #397 Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie

I have some Carhartt threads. They hold up well to farm/ranch stuff, which is saying a lot: Thorns, barbed wire, jagged rocks, mud, ornery critters, etc.

I bought it often when I was a OTR truck driver. As you say, it held up. A good coat, a nice watch cap, etc.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:10:36am

After a short 3 years since Bunny was a kitten I had forgotten how much a PITA a kitten could be sometimes. This morning the wife discovered another potted plant from the window sill on the floor (this makes the 3rd). And for some reason the little one has decided to not use the many scratching posts that are around the house and instead used my down vest. So there are feathers floating here and there in my office.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:11:20am

Carter helps get rid of Guinea worms.
TFG spreads brain worms.
We asked these tapeworms in an Iowa diner if they thought there was much difference in presidential worm-handling.

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:14:13am

re: #402 Eventual Carrion

After a short 3 years since Bunny was a kitten I had forgotten how much a PITA a kitten could be sometimes. This morning the wife discovered another potted plant from the window sill on the floor (this makes the 3rd). And for some reason the little one has decided to not use the many scratching posts that are around the house and instead used my down vest. So there are feathers floating here and there in my office.

“Thanks, pal, but you can use the scratching posts; nothing beats the tactile pleasure of ripping through a nice down vest and watching the feathers fly.”

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:15:35am

On the anti-vaxx demonstrations in DC tomorrow:

Kolina Koltai, a postdoctoral fellow who researches the anti-vaccine movement at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, said the D.C. event was bringing together some of the most high-profile anti-vaccine activists.

“It’s a who’s who of grifters and people who made a profit off the pandemic,” she said

nbcnews.com

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:15:40am
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Dave In Austin  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:18:39am

re: #406 jaunte

It’s the little things……. That tell an unhealthy movement to Fuck off

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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:21:42am

re: #327 William Lewis

ACNA was a split caused by the fact that the regular Episcopalians had too many liberal cooties: too many women priests, didn’t persecute gays and actually punished abusers we caught. Plus a few too many priests like mine who actually took the bible seriously. It became a new home for the racists, homophobes & abusers that didn’t want to deal with us.

Ah yes . The Anglican Church of North America, which pledges its fealty to the archbishop of Uganda. Good luck, fellas! Oh, and you’ll need to vacate the church. Those belong to the episcopal diocese.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:22:33am

Has everyone heard of this?

Here’s the website:
costplusdrugs.com

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Jay C  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:22:57am

re: #400 PhillyPretzel

Yay. Go Jimmy. :)

I think Jimmy Carter once said that his life’s goal was live long enough to see the number of Guinea Worm cases go to zero and stay there.
He may not get his wish to the letter, but that chart is hella impressive.

Guinea Worm Disease is nasty af: its near-eradication ought to be celebrated worldwide.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:25:10am

re: #399 Dave In Austin

Did you read the statement carefully?

No. My mind scanned it and read what he probably meant to say.

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John Hughes  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:25:49am

re: #368 wrenchwench

Once I figured out that there is one actual human behind that puzzle, I started to get inside that head, to figure out what amuses them.

Uh, there is a publicly available word list and the algorithm for chosing today’s word is known.

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sagehen  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:25:51am

re: #396 mmmirele

[Embedded content]

The right wing had declared that anybody who doesn’t oppose all abortions in all circumstances, and doesn’t hate gays enough, is automatically ipso facto “left-leaning”. No matter their stance on any other issues.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:26:25am
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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:29:38am

re: #379 darthstar

Lethal aid. If Putin wants to invade, it’s gonna hurt.

I would hate it for the actual lives lost, but there would be some entertainment in having the Ukrainian army pull a Chosin reservoir envelopment on a Russian division when it’s 10 degrees below zero in the Ukrainian countryside. Can you imagine what would happen to Putin if 30,000 personnel were killed or captured by an army I would bet the Russian army feels is second class?

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wrenchwench  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:36:14am

re: #412 John Hughes

Uh, there is a publicly available word list and the algorithm for chosing today’s word is known.

I’ll get in that algorithm.

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HRH Stanley Sea  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:36:39am

I made a good guess today!

Wordle 217 4/6

⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜
⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜
⬜⬜🟩⬜🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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Dr Lizardo  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:37:23am

re: #415 steve_davis

I would hate it for the actual lives lost, but there would be some entertainment in having the Ukrainian army pull a Chosin reservoir envelopment on a Russian division when it’s 10 degrees below zero in the Ukrainian countryside. Can you imagine what would happen to Putin if 30,000 personnel were killed or captured by an army I would bet the Russian army feels is second class?

What would happen? The same thing that happened to relatives of the doomed submariners aboard the Kursk. One of them was publicly tranquilized for daring to complain.

The Russian people would likely never find out the truth. And if, somehow, they did - and rose up to vent their anger - then you’d end up with something looking like the Odessa Steps scene from Battleship Potemkin.

IOW….a massacre.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:45:08am

re: #413 sagehen

The right wing had declared that anybody who doesn’t oppose all abortions in all circumstances, and doesn’t hate gays enough, is automatically ipso facto “left-leaning”. No matter their stance on any other issues.

Yeah, I’m aware of that, but I will challenge that at every turn.

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Captain Magic  Jan 22, 2022 • 10:51:41am
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steve_davis  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:00:59am

re: #390 Barefoot Grin

I’m so sorry I listened to that. “Pandemic of bureaucracy.” Also, I have a hard time believing that much of Bill Maher’s audience is left-leaning anymore, but who knows. The intellectual dark web, hahahahaha.

I never cared for bill mahrer’s shtick, and I’m certainly not listening to it after he told Garry kasparov to shut up on his program.

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jaunte  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:01:24am
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Hecuba's daughter  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:01:54am

re: #420 Captain Magic

That’s why Manchin’s betrayal makes sense, however wrong it is. But Sinema represents a purple state.

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:07:34am

re: #415 steve_davis

I would hate it for the actual lives lost, but there would be some entertainment in having the Ukrainian army pull a Chosin reservoir envelopment on a Russian division when it’s 10 degrees below zero in the Ukrainian countryside. Can you imagine what would happen to Putin if 30,000 personnel were killed or captured by an army I would bet the Russian army feels is second class?

A replay of The Winter War of 39 ~ 40 would damage Putin tremendously.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:09:11am

re: #424 William Lewis

A replay of The Winter War of 39 ~ 40 would damage Putin tremendously.

Do real financial damage to one of the oligarchs propping him up and you could damage him permanently.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:24:09am

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:26:22am

re: #421 steve_davis

I never cared for bill mahrer’s shtick, and I’m certainly not listening to it after he told Garry kasparov to shut up on his program.

I bailed when he had Milo on. It had been building for a while, but Milo was the last straw.

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mmmirele  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:26:25am

The world is full of asshats, like this one. I wish people would pepper him with that question no complementarian has been able to answer.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:29:51am

re: #427 Punish Domestic Terrorists

I bailed when he had Milo on. It had been building for a while, but Milo was the last straw.

#NotAllMilos

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:31:39am

If you need some scale on those flowers, Milo’s about 2 1/2 feet from ground to forehead when he sits up straight.

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Dopamine Fish  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:32:10am

Early this morning, I-94 eastbound from western Minnesota was closed for several hours when two trucks collided, causing a load of potatoes to spill - and in the bitter below-zero cold, they froze to the roadway, forcing MNDOT to send special equipment to scrape the frozen taters from the pavement: bringmethenews.com

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:33:13am

re: #431 Dopamine Fish

Early this morning, I-94 eastbound from western Minnesota was closed for several hours when two trucks collided, causing a load of potatoes to spill - and in the bitter below-zero cold, they froze to the roadway, forcing MNDOT to send special equipment to scrape the frozen taters from the pavement: bringmethenews.com

We need a big fuckin’ spatula and three cases of Pam spray.

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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:35:16am

re: #432 darthstar

Pick your spatula.
amazon.com

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:36:43am

re: #433 PhillyPretzel

Pick your spatula.
amazon.com

Silicone? For frozen spuds? Are you afraid of scratching the highway?

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:36:53am
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PhillyPretzel  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:38:29am

re: #434 darthstar

Not with a Pam Coated frozen highway. :)

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Barefoot Grin  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:41:44am

re: #431 Dopamine Fish

Early this morning, I-94 eastbound from western Minnesota was closed for several hours when two trucks collided, causing a load of potatoes to spill - and in the bitter below-zero cold, they froze to the roadway, forcing MNDOT to send special equipment to scrape the frozen taters from the pavement: bringmethenews.com

Darth!!!!!!

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Sherlock Hound  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:44:04am

re: #434 darthstar

Silicone? For frozen spuds? Are you afraid of scratching the highway?

When I learned French, one of my favorite book series was about a tomboy girl and her eight animal friends (a French Pippi Longstocking). One story had her and her friends driving their 1923 Citröen in a road rally. During the race, they run into a potato farmer.

At the end of the race, the little girl and her friends make bank, and plenty of sous, selling frites. 🙃

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prairiefire  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:47:40am

re: #20 Decatur Deb

Yep, you all might be! The Guardian has a good state death map up today.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:51:29am

Just starting “Eternals” since I’ve got nothing to do but babysit a dog today. Am I wasting my time?

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:51:47am

Marx like it

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dharmamark  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:52:52am

re: #440 darthstar

I enjoyed it. It’s got some “issues”, but it’s entertaining.

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William Lewis  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:53:31am

re: #440 darthstar

Just starting “Eternals” since I’ve got nothing to do but babysit a dog today. Am I wasting my time?

It’s about middle tier for MCU movies I’d say. Lots of cool ideas, not always well used.

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Punish Domestic Terrorists  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:54:18am

re: #440 darthstar

Just starting “Eternals” since I’ve got nothing to do but babysit a dog today. Am I wasting my time?

It’s not as good as the Edward Norton Hulk movie.

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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:55:17am

re: #409 jaunte

Has everyone heard of this?

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Here’s the website:
costplusdrugs.com

I posted about it above, but didn’t have the link to the site.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 11:55:28am

As someone who prided himself on being a ‘deviant’ when he was young I am taking some offense at the stereotyping here.

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gocart mozart  Jan 22, 2022 • 12:01:42pm
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Belafon  Jan 22, 2022 • 12:03:30pm

re: #440 darthstar

Just starting “Eternals” since I’ve got nothing to do but babysit a dog today. Am I wasting my time?

I thought it was good. Not great, but ok. But, if you’re into the whole MCU, it’s more stuff to know.

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darthstar  Jan 22, 2022 • 12:07:42pm

re: #448 Belafon

I thought it was good. Not great, but ok. But, if you’re into the whole MCU, it’s more stuff to know.

I haven’t gone to Disney+ since the first season of the Mandalorian (which I subscribed to watch - didn’t watch season 2). I don’t recognize half of the super-hero movies available.

But watching this documentary I now understand why so many ancient artifacts in museums are broken into fragments. These Eternals are all about the smash.


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