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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:06:51pm

Rooting for injuries.

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Rightwingconspirator  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:08:13pm

James Taylor brings this soothing factor at least for me.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:14:10pm

Jimmy Johnson (bass player) is an old friend, although I haven’t seen him in many years now.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:15:48pm
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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:16:06pm

Glorious rain. We haven’t had any since early June. (It’s hard to take pictures of rain.)

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:19:17pm

re: #5 Belafon

I definitely see the rain.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:21:18pm

DOMi and JD getting pretty heavy into hiphop on their first real album, with some stars and shit.

Youtube Video

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piratedan  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:21:44pm

re: #1 Eclectic Cyborg

IIRC, Glassman was the Democratic Nominee for Senate during McCain’s last election (2008) and is now re-invented as a Conservative candidate for AG.

to say he’s a fraud is something of an understatement. He won the 2008 Dem nomination on the Dem side and essentially never ran a campaign.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:24:13pm
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Charles Johnson  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:30:39pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:32:00pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:35:49pm
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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:39:17pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:45:30pm

The good old days, when women owned land, was eventually lost when men started to not like that:

Youtube Video


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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:46:14pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:47:15pm
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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:47:57pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:49:08pm
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EPR-radar  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:52:19pm

re: #18 gocart mozart

Here’s an obvious source for reform ideas — look at everything that Trump does, and if it’s legal, the law probably needs to be changed.

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No Malarkey!  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:52:43pm

re: #4 Backwoods_Sleuth

The referendum question is deceiving in Kansas, designed to imply its needed to prevent state funding of abortions and to regulate abortion, neither of which is true. Its purpose is to allow the legislature to ban abortion.

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Florida Panhandler  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:56:02pm

re: #15 Belafon

Please note, as Aa a 12 year old I faced death at the hands of my 10yo brother and a ..22 long rifle in my own house with my mother right behind me…This is the world that our right wing America evidently wants.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:56:18pm

re: #18 gocart mozart

This is a total disgrace but the problem here is not Trump but the laws. Trump accountants and lawyers are taking advantage of laws that may (or may not) have been designed to allow this very outrageous action. This is why average people have such contempt for our legal and revenue systems; they all seem written to allow the wealthy and powerful to escape financial accountability while placing all the financial burden on the middle and working classes.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:57:12pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 30, 2022 • 5:58:36pm

The whiners will never stop:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:05:31pm
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A Cranky One  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:05:36pm

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A Cranky One  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:06:56pm
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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:23:29pm
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No Malarkey!  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:24:40pm

re: #27 A Cranky One

There isn’t any particular reason to be fair to Trump, but it’s entirely possible that there is an appropriate headstone which has been ordered. Doesn’t change the repulsive fact that his awful children let him bury their mother on a golf course for tax breaks.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:26:06pm

re: #27 A Cranky One

She passed away two weeks ago. Perhaps they haven’t yet commissioned the final headstone for the grave. According to our friend Google, it typically takes one to 6 months to create and install a headstone, depending on the type of memorial.

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Rightwingconspirator  Jul 30, 2022 • 6:27:45pm

re: #28 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Sorta related?
Steaks, mushrooms in wine, onions, Mac, and Cheeses tonight. Celebrating because my wife got her full American orchid Society Judge accreditation voted for her here on the west coast. The east coast bigwigs have to approve but that is largely Pro-forma. Tonight we celebrate six years of hard work and study.

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jeffreyw  Jul 30, 2022 • 7:18:29pm

nacho mac

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William Lewis  Jul 30, 2022 • 7:24:04pm

Cheap generic boxed mac and cheese here ;)

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 30, 2022 • 7:28:18pm

re: #27 A Cranky One

Also want to mention that apparently no one from Nixon’s family ever visited the grave roadsideamerica.com

Since Nixon never lived on Long Island, and only buried Checkers there in 1964 because it was convenient, some locals look upon the dog as an unwelcome outsider. Suffolk County Historical Society President Wallace Broege has been quoted as saying “I think it does Long Island a disservice.”

That doesn’t stop the visitors from coming. And while patriots still plant small American flags next to the dog’s granite tombstone (Plot #5), no one from the former first family has ever visited.

Note: Rumors that Checkers was to be exhumed and reburied at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA, are false. However, the Library does have a topiary Checkers.

On June 22, 2001, the NY Post had an article reporting that very rumor mentioned above.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 30, 2022 • 7:42:07pm

4/6 and 4/6

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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 7:44:35pm
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austin_blue  Jul 30, 2022 • 7:58:57pm

re: #5 Belafon

Glorious rain. We haven’t had any since early June. (It’s hard to take pictures of rain.)

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You got rain? You bastard!

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austin_blue  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:01:39pm

re: #37 austin_blue

You got rain? You bastard!

This is a common reaction all across Texas this summer.

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Rightwingconspirator  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:13:40pm

re: #38 austin_blue

This is a common reaction all across Texas this summer.

What is this word you use, “rain”?

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Captain Ron  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:27:48pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:28:28pm

Seems like Youtube has updated their webpage design again.

I just opened a video in a new tab but did not look at it right away. When I finally go to it there was a pop-up window in the middle of the screen telling me the video was paused and would I like to continue.

Never saw that before.

And their pop-up that shows up in the lower left of the window, when the data rate is causing buffering, etc., is now smaller and rounded more on the edges.

I guess it’s sort of like rearranging the furniture in your room. Same stuff but it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something.

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sagehen  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:37:13pm

re: #39 Rightwingconspirator

What is this word you use, “rain”?

Have you seen Blade Runner? In science fiction, Los Angeles has such a thing.

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Jay C  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:40:38pm

Wordle 406 5/6

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Gloriosky!!
I can finally get Wordle on my NYT tablet app!

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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:41:43pm

re: #38 austin_blue

This is a common reaction all across Texas this summer.

The last week or so, they would get rain not 20 miles north of Rockwall and we wouldn’t even feel a temperature change.

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Captain Ron  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:49:37pm
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EstebanTornado1963  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:54:13pm

Is twitter broke dick right now?

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Captain Ron  Jul 30, 2022 • 8:58:15pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 30, 2022 • 9:00:14pm

Brief discussion of Plague of Cyprian and the rough 3rd century of the Roman empire. It’s the century that saw the rise of Christianity as the religion of the empire and thus the religion of the military.

So in some ways the very issues over which we argue today have roots way back then.

Youtube Video

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 30, 2022 • 9:16:05pm

Ain’t it the truth..

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Belafon  Jul 30, 2022 • 9:40:13pm
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Dave In Austin  Jul 30, 2022 • 9:57:49pm

re: #38 austin_blue

This is a common reaction all across Texas this summer.

Yep. My depression is currently in overdrive.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 30, 2022 • 10:18:23pm

Wording

4 today after a disappointing 5 yesterday

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 30, 2022 • 10:28:08pm

re: #50 Belafon

Olivia may be right — perhaps a majority of Texans are not red. But too many states that may actually be purple or even blue have perfected voting suppression to silence the voices of the majority. Without federal laws — as was needed in the 1960’s through the VRA and the 24th Amendment — there may be no way to overturn the new wave of racist and anti-democratic legislation to stop people from voting, especially given the damage from this most evil of Supreme Courts.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 30, 2022 • 10:39:07pm

LOL the Ukrainians said, “Hello there” to the Russians in Sevastopol:

Seems like a Ukrainian UAV successfully penetrated Russian air defense in Crimea and made it to Sevastopol to knock on the door of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ.

You love to see it.

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mmmirele  Jul 30, 2022 • 10:39:10pm

We had a storm roll through during the late afternoon but got very little rain out of it. My mother asked me to get a picture of the enormous cactus in their front yard. I want to say it’s maybe 12 feet high?

My mother and I behind the button. She didn’t want her picture taken because she didn’t have makeup on, but I insisted. Because she doesn’t wear makeup these days (or, at least, I don’t recognize that she’s worn makeup in the last few years). I have never worn makeup.

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Captain Ron  Jul 30, 2022 • 10:44:27pm

Rain between Tax day and Thanksgiving doesn’t exist here.

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Teukka  Jul 30, 2022 • 10:44:36pm

Re: Russian PoW camp “shelled” by “Ukrainians”:

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mmmirele  Jul 30, 2022 • 11:18:02pm
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sagehen  Jul 30, 2022 • 11:18:31pm

re: #54 Dr Lizardo

LOL the Ukrainians said, “Hello there” to the Russians in Sevastopol:

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Seems like a Ukrainian UAV successfully penetrated Russian air defense in Crimea and made it to Sevastopol to knock on the door of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ.

You love to see it.

I worry that the Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, III%, Boogaloos and who the hell knows what other right wing miltias, are carefully watching Ukraine and stocking up on drones.

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Dave In Austin  Jul 30, 2022 • 11:53:03pm
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wrenchwench  Jul 31, 2022 • 12:36:58am

A very light whiff sandwich.

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Eventual Carrion  Jul 31, 2022 • 12:44:50am

re: #61 wrenchwench

A very light whiff sandwich.

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4/6 on this early morning

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Targetpractice  Jul 31, 2022 • 1:03:02am

re: #54 Dr Lizardo

LOL the Ukrainians said, “Hello there” to the Russians in Sevastopol:

[Embedded content]

Seems like a Ukrainian UAV successfully penetrated Russian air defense in Crimea and made it to Sevastopol to knock on the door of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ.

You love to see it.

Yeah, few things say “winning” like being unable to leave doors open in “safe” zones for fear that the enemy is gonna toss a bomb into it.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 2:47:27am

I’m not surprised that Russia said, “Nyet” to the Red Cross:

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 31, 2022 • 3:02:10am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 3:02:56am

Olenivka is Ukrainian for “Malmedy”

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darthstar  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:11:36am

Trying not to get excited about the Manchin-Schumer agreement because, as expected, the media ran straight to Sinema and said, “So…are you going to block it?”

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:17:48am

re: #69 darthstar

Trying not to get excited about the Manchin-Schumer agreement because, as expected, the media ran straight to Sinema and said, “So…are you going to block it?”

She may just be looking for attention. She has to know that if she provides the one Democratic vote to kill this bill, she might as well not even bother to run for another term.

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darthstar  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:23:22am

A story in six frames

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darthstar  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:33:19am

Pet peeve of mine…treating every patriotic song like it’s the National Anthem.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:33:20am

Is it just me, but if you are beginning to attack people because you think they look LGBTQIA+, liberal, commie, democrat, socialist, whatever, you have serious “issues”?

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:35:36am

Looks like Poland has had enough of Viktor Orbán’s toadying to Moscow:

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:53:33am

I always thought that Poland and Hungary were kindred spirits when it came to nationalism and xenophobia, but I think that Poland’s hatred and distrust for Russia was what led to the split.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:57:31am
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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 4:57:50am

re: #75 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I always thought that Poland and Hungary were kindred spirits when it came to nationalism and xenophobia, but I think that Poland’s hatred and distrust for Russia was what led to the split.

Poland has a long and very bad history of Russian oppression extending back centuries that will keep it out of Putin’s orbit.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:04:06am

So, found this one… I can’t even…

Identifying features removed to protect the witless…
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:11:30am

re: #78 Teukka

So, found this one… I can’t even…

Don’t even ask what they have planned for the basement…

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:12:25am

re: #79 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Don’t even ask what they have planned for the basement…

I won’t…

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:24:59am

I don’t know why, but I just read the NYT coverage of Ivana’s funeral. Boy howdy. Maybe the tone was different in real time, but Eric and Don, Jr.—while talking about how much she was loved—told stories about her “famous Eastern European” discipline. Sounds like she beat the shit out of them when they were little. And Don Jr. said that as an adult, whenever he hit a low spot she would call to ask if he needed to move in with her, which he found “emasculating.”

nytimes.com

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:26:42am

re: #30 Hecuba’s daughter

She passed away two weeks ago. Perhaps they haven’t yet commissioned the final headstone for the grave. According to our friend Google, it typically takes one to 6 months to create and install a headstone, depending on the type of memorial.

woulda been weirder if it was already ready and waiting
just gotta ‘paste’ in the date

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:29:08am

re: #40 Captain Ron

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you can give pizza to protesters at the capitol but not voters waiting in line to vote.
huh.

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Florida Panhandler  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:31:42am

re: #1 Eclectic Cyborg

Rooting for injuries.

In which the MAGA crowd once again steals popular art for fascist purposes in referencing “Red Pill” as an awakening, a direct theft from the Wachowskis sister’s movie The Matrix.

The Wachowskis sisters are both Trans.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:44:21am

re: #53 Hecuba’s daughter

Olivia may be right — perhaps a majority of Texans are not red. But too many states that may actually be purple or even blue have perfected voting suppression to silence the voices of the majority. Without federal laws — as was needed in the 1960’s through the VRA and the 24th Amendment — there may be no way to overturn the new wave of racist and anti-democratic legislation to stop people from voting, especially given the damage from this most evil of Supreme Courts.

imo
voter turnout could totally counteract most of the effects at suppression
there’s far too many people who arent registered
and far too many registered who dont vote

they could not hold that wave back
and you certainly couldn’t cull out just one party

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:46:27am

re: #85 Dangerman

imo
voter turnout could totally counteract most of the effects at suppression
there’s far too many people who arent registered
and far too many registered who dont vote

they could not hold that wave back
and you certainly couldn’t cull out just one party

And that is the reason dark money is bankrolling the Forward Party, to split the non-Fascist vote so that Fascists can win.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:48:51am

re: #83 Dangerman

you can give pizza to protesters at the capitol but not voters waiting in line to vote.
huh.

That would be too close to bribing voters to vote for you for comfort, TBF.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:52:27am

re: #87 Teukka

That would be too close to bribing voters to vote for you for comfort, TBF.

who created the long lines prompting the need for food and water while waiting to cast a vote? //

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 5:54:49am

re: #87 Teukka

That would be too close to bribing voters to vote for you for comfort, TBF.

Sure, there are lots of people rushing to wait in line for eight hours so that they can be bribed with a slice of pizza and a bottle of water.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:02:18am

re: #89 No Malarkey!

Sure, there are lots of people rushing to wait in line for eight hours so that they can be bribed with a slice of pizza and a bottle of water.

It’s not me that make the laws in the US…

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:07:35am

re: #90 Teukka

It’s not me that make the laws in the US…

True, its Georgia working to make it as hard as possible for Black voters in Atlanta to vote by making them wait for hours in line without food and water.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:13:29am

So who has been sprinkling the butterfly mines?
I’ve sen pro-🇿 sources making the claim that it was Ukrainian missiles dropping them, but they seem less than believable.
Potential 🇿 false flag? 🤔

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TarHellion  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:13:34am

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Will certainly take this one! Debated over guess 3 - to the good. Now up to 11 inches of rain here in Western NC for the month and more on the way today. Has felt like the tropics for the past 2 weeks. Have a great Sunday everyone!

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Dopamine Fish  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:16:11am

Bang. There we go.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:16:38am

Apparently tfg hosting the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament this weekend isnt going so well.

light crowds spread across much of the place

Tix were available on stubhub for $1!

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:18:52am

Guy Reffit is being sentenced tomorrow and the prosecutors are asking for 15 years. I expect him to get less, but still a substantial sentence. The presiding judge is a Trump appointee, but he was convicted in a jury trial at which she presided, and I haven’t heard that she did anything to try to improperly tip the scales in his favor. This scumbag is a Three Percenter and took a gun to the J6 attack. After he went home he threatened to kill his children if they informed on him, but his son did so anyway, resulting in being estranged from his family.

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:20:04am

re: #95 Dangerman

Apparently tfg hosting the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament this weekend isnt going so well.

light crowds spread across much of the place

Tix were available on stubhub for $1!

If I was in the area, I might buy a $1 ticket just so I could go boo. They might throw me out, but I’d only be out a buck.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:20:11am

re: #91 No Malarkey!

True, its Georgia working to make it as hard as possible for Black voters in Atlanta to vote by making them wait for hours in line without food and water.

You also have rules and regulations on how you may behave around polling stations, and who may do what, not like in GA, but to ensure voters aren’t bribed or pressured.
Depending on how those laws are written, a candidate for an election or a member of his or her party handing out gifts can run afoul of such laws. It would have to be some neutral third party.

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:22:17am

re: #98 Teukka

You also have rules and regulations on how you may behave around polling stations, and who may do what, not like in GA, but to ensure voters aren’t bribed or pressured.
Depending on how those laws are written, a candidate for an election or a member of his or her party handing out gifts can run afoul of such laws. It would have to be some neutral third party.

And Georgia won’t even allow neutral third parties to provide food and water. All part of their vote suppression scheme.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:26:47am

re: #92 Teukka

So who has been sprinkling the butterfly mines?
I’ve sen pro-🇿 sources making the claim that it was Ukrainian missiles dropping them, but they seem less than believable.
Potential 🇿 false flag? 🤔

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They go back to wwii

There’s an episode of danger:Uxb where they face em

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jeffreyw  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:27:16am

katydid on a zinnia

Good morning!

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:33:46am

re: #98 Teukka

You also have rules and regulations on how you may behave around polling stations, and who may do what, not like in GA, but to ensure voters aren’t bribed or pressured.
Depending on how those laws are written, a candidate for an election or a member of his or her party handing out gifts can run afoul of such laws. It would have to be some neutral third party.

They’ve gone so far as to argue that a bottle of water qualifies as a ‘gift’ for these purposes

If It’s such a valuable gift in these circumstances, one must ask why.
Cause it’s not the dollar value.
Retail $1.50
Cost $0.50

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Captain Magic  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:36:14am

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:36:15am

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) detailed a plan to “fundamentally remake the United States” in remarks caught on tape and reported by Insider.

Santorum told GOP lawmakers this would culminate with an unprecedented event: a first-of-its-kind convention to rewrite the Constitution.

Said Santorum: “You take this grenade and you pull the pin, you’ve got a live piece of ammo in your hands… 34 states — if every Republican legislator votes for this, we have a constitutional convention.”

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:38:50am

re: #104 Dangerman

G-d Help us and protect us from the likes of Rick and his so-called friends.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:40:30am
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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:47:37am

re: #103 Captain Magic

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Florida Panhandler  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:48:09am

re: #104 Dangerman

After a theoretical Constitutional Convention, I suspect a number of Red States would quickly become international pariahs as racist laws are quickly passed bolstering racial and sexual discrimination and evils like child labor, child marriage and polygamy are either ignored or even enabled by law. They will revel in their inhumanity as Russia does now.

And any notion of Red State fair elections would be a thing of the past as any public voting systems remaining start to resemble the current Iranian model, where only candidates that are approved by a Conservative council can even get on the ballot. But more likely is the possibility that any voting is apportioned by how much land and property the male “Christian” voter owns.

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 6:48:59am
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sagehen  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:02:26am

re: #98 Teukka

Depending on how those laws are written, a candidate for an election or a member of his or her party handing out gifts can run afoul of such laws. It would have to be some neutral third party.

Someone like… the League of Women Voters?

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Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:05:05am
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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:10:37am

4/6 and 3/6

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:12:55am

re: #108 Florida Panhandler

After a theoretical Constitutional Convention, I suspect a number of Red States would quickly become international pariahs as racist laws are quickly passed bolstering racial and sexual discrimination and evils like child labor, child marriage and polygamy are either ignored or even enabled by law. They will revel in their inhumanity as Russia does now.

And any notion of Red State fair elections would be a thing of the past as any public voting systems remaining start to resemble the current Iranian model, where only candidates that are approved by a Conservative council can even get on the ballot. But more likely is the possibility that any voting is apportioned by how much land and property the male “Christian” voter owns.

Yeah and itll still takes 75% of the states to ratify anything

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Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:15:41am
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HRH Stanley Sea  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:15:52am

Finally a 🌳!!

Definitely enough coffee this morning.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:16:42am
Now, 64% of Democrats say the court’s action makes them more likely to vote in November, potentially a crucial factor in midterm elections that traditionally have low turnout. That’s more than double the 29% of Democrats who expressed that view in a USA Today/Suffolk survey taken after a draft of the landmark decision was leaked in June.”

Link

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Teddy's Person  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:16:59am

Poor Joe doesn’t like “politics”. Must make being a politician kind of tough. No wonder he’s in a bad mood. I wonder how many fundraisers he’s had recently? Nothing at all political about going on all the Sunday shows to polish your centrist, both siderism.

I know we need him, but fuck this guy.

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:17:14am

re: #101 jeffreyw

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A hollow voice says Vaccinate the world!  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:20:18am

re: #104 Dangerman

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) detailed a plan to “fundamentally remake the United States” in remarks caught on tape and reported by Insider.

Santorum told GOP lawmakers this would culminate with an unprecedented event: a first-of-its-kind convention to rewrite the Constitution.

Said Santorum: “You take this grenade and you pull the pin, you’ve got a live piece of ammo in your hands… 34 states — if every Republican legislator votes for this, we have a constitutional convention.”

They also need to ratify whatever they put together, so 38.

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Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:20:23am

re: #117 Teddy’s Person

He’s more into the old-style “who pays me the most” politics.

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Dangerman  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:20:51am

re: #117 Teddy’s Person

Poor Joe doesn’t like “politics”. Must make being a politician kind of tough. ….

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Joe’s full of shit.
No one’s buying this nonsense

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:26:32am

re: #97 No Malarkey!

If I was in the area, I might buy a $1 ticket just so I could go boo. They might throw me out, but I’d only be out a buck.

It would be worth the arrest to re-enact this moment.

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:38:11am

re: #122 GlutenFreeJesus

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It would be worth the arrest to re-enact this moment.

Believe me, no-one wants to see me naked.

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Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:43:29am
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Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:44:06am
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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:44:10am

re: #77 No Malarkey!

Poland has a long and very bad history of Russian oppression extending back centuries that will keep it out of Putin’s orbit.

You don’t need to go back centuries or even to the last century for the current antagonism; Jarosław Kaczyński, the most powerful politician in Poland, blames Putin for the 2010 death of his twin brother, then President of Poland, in a plane crash. It was ruled an “accident” but his certainty is well-founded.

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PhillyPretzel  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:45:06am

I did it. I got all of my laundry and cooked my eggs all before 1045 am. yippee!

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Teddy's Person  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:48:44am

re: #125 Belafon

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From Will’s twitter bio: Former Republican operative ratfucker*

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Crush White Nationalism  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:51:24am
Matthew Moczygemba knew something was wrong when he lost his thirst. It was midafternoon on a 103-degree day in Fort Worth, Texas, and the UPS driver had been delivering packages for several hours. Soon he felt dizzy, then he pulled his truck over and vomited onto the curb.

“I stopped sweating and was starting to get cold,” said Moczygemba, 35, who has worked for UPS for five years. “It was a bad feeling.”

Moczygemba wound up at a hospital emergency room, where doctors diagnosed him with dehydration and heat exhaustion, and gave him several bags of IV fluid, according to medical records.

He was released a few hours later, but he has not returned to work in the nearly three weeks since.

“I’m nervous about going back,” Moczygemba said.

With heat waves rolling across the country, and states like Texas and Oklahoma experiencing record hot summers, workers exposed to the elements are increasingly struggling under the heat.

More than a dozen UPS employees and union leaders say this year more workers seem to be getting sick and been hospitalized because of the heat than ever before. In response, they are demanding that the company put more safety measures in place.

“Left and right people are falling out,” said Jeff Schenfeld, a union steward in Dallas and UPS veteran of 25 years. “Something is different this year. It’s a lot more people.”

‘Sending drivers out to die’: UPS workers demand heat safety amid record temps (NBC News)

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:56:58am

re: #129 Crush White Nationalism

‘Sending drivers out to die’: UPS workers demand heat safety amid record temps (NBC News)

Japan has national health care, but it has been cut over recent years with the result that supplemental hc insurance has surged. One company is now offering heatstroke insurance.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 7:58:13am

re: #99 No Malarkey!

And Georgia won’t even allow neutral third parties to provide food and water. All part of their vote suppression scheme.

re: #102 Dangerman

They’ve gone so far as to argue that a bottle of water qualifies as a ‘gift’ for these purposes

If It’s such a valuable gift in these circumstances, one must ask why.
Cause it’s not the dollar value.
Retail $1.50
Cost $0.50

Look, I don’t make the rules, but I think it’s more than a bit unfair to shade Biden for trying to avoid giving the ZQP ammo for claims of voter bribing.

And there are similar rules here in Sweden, there are things you may and may not do as a political party or candidate at the polling station without running afoul of the law.

re: #110 sagehen

Someone like… the League of Women Voters?

That. Or those who receive the votes etc., candidate(s) drops off water etc. at agreed upon point, staff pick it up and distribute as needed among voters.

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:00:10am

Bad news today for Eastern Kentucky

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:00:39am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:00:44am

re: #82 Dangerman

woulda been weirder if it was already ready and waiting
just gotta ‘paste’ in the date

That is a common tradition in Hungary, people go out on Sundays and tend to their own future gravesites.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:02:36am

re: #96 No Malarkey!

Guy Reffit is being sentenced tomorrow and the prosecutors are asking for 15 years. I expect him to get less, but still a substantial sentence.

Armed insurrection calls for 15 years minimum, not to mention threatening one’s family

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mmmirele  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:04:02am

re: #99 No Malarkey!

And Georgia won’t even allow neutral third parties to provide food and water. All part of their vote suppression scheme.

What if my religion tells me to go out and feed the hungry and right now the hungry are in a line before me? Are they going to really arrest me for fulfilling Matthew 25:31-46? Well, yes, yes they are, but dammit this is annoying.

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Teddy's Person  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:05:27am

re: #131 Teukka

Look, I don’t make the rules, but I think it’s more than a bit unfair to shade Biden for trying to avoid giving the ZQP ammo for claims of voter bribing.

And there are similar rules here in Sweden, there are things you may and may not do as a political party or candidate at the polling station without running afoul of the law.

That. Or those who receive the votes etc., candidate(s) drops off water etc. at agreed upon point, staff pick it up and distribute as needed among voter.

Candidates can’t because it would be interpreted as illegal campaigning/political activity at the polling place.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:06:49am

re: #127 PhillyPretzel

I did it. I got all of my laundry and cooked my eggs all before 1045 am. yippee!

I had to take my daughter in for an early shift today so I just went on to the pool, it was relatively empty that early and got in some laps.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:07:58am

re: #103 Captain Magic

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:08:11am

re: #136 mmmirele

What if my religion tells me to go out and feed the hungry and right now the hungry are in a line before me? Are they going to really arrest me for fulfilling Matthew 25:31-46? Well, yes, yes they are, but dammit this is annoying.

what if you are out lading the water into paper cups?

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Teddy's Person  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:09:49am

re: #140 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

what if you are out lading the water into paper cups?

If you turned that water into wine, you’d really be on to something. //

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:10:18am

re: #106 Dangerman

Fascism would have succeeded if (a) Hitler did not take the opportunity to attack Russia and (b) if our President were a Trump rather than a Roosevelt. The fact that it did not succeed in the last century does not mean it can’t succeed in the current world.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:11:47am

re: #142 Hecuba’s daughter

Fascism would have succeeded if (a) Hitler did not take the opportunity to attack Russia and (b) if our President were a Trump rather than a Roosevelt. The fact that it did not succeed in the last century does not mean it can’t succeed in the current world.

Fascism also failed because it was so dysfunctional, which also well describes Trump and the botched coup attempt of 2020/21.

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:13:06am
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Captain Magic  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:13:16am

re: #139 Hecuba’s daughter

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No Malarkey!  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:17:50am

re: #142 Hecuba’s daughter

Fascism would have succeeded if (a) Hitler did not take the opportunity to attack Russia and (b) if our President were a Trump rather than a Roosevelt. The fact that it did not succeed in the last century does not mean it can’t succeed in the current world.

That’s the thing; a Hitler who wouldn’t attack the Soviet Union wouldn’t have been Hitler. It was the heart of his ideology. Fascism always carries the seeds of its own destruction, as we are seeing in Russia, where Putin is destroying the Russian army in his irrational pursuit of empire.

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darthstar  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:17:51am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:19:41am

re: #146 No Malarkey!

That’s the thing; a Hitler who wouldn’t attack the Soviet Union wouldn’t have been Hitler. It was the heart of his ideology. Fascism always carries the seeds of its own destruction, as we are seeing in Russia, where Putin is destroying the Russian army in his irrational pursuit of empire.

And Putin is now giving West Europe every incentive to double down on increasing renewables and decreasing dependency on energy imports, cutting off his closest and most lucrative market.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:20:07am

Former Philippine President Ramos has died at 94:

Former Philippine President Fidel Valdez Ramos, who died on Sunday, was a fighter during wars in Korea and Vietnam and a survivor in the political arena, emerging from a high-ranking security role during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos Sr to win the vote for the nation’s highest office. He was 94.

Ramos became a hero to many for defecting from Marcos’ government, where he led the national police force, spurring the dictator’s downfall during the 1986 popular uprising against his rule.

Others, though, would not forgive or forget his role in enforcing martial law under the Marcos regime.

reuters.com

When Ramos defected from Marcos’ regime, that was pretty much game over. But Ramos certainly was no saint; as the article notes, he was a ruthless enforcer of martial law in the Philippines which started in 1972 and lasted until Marcos’ downfall in 1986…all with a seal of approval from the USA, starting with Nixon.

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:27:01am

re: #144 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Can’t handle those tomatoes anymore, but the rest of it - Yum!

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mmmirele  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:32:19am

A catch-up thread about what’s going on in Japan wrt Abe Shinzo’s assassination and the fallout from same. The writer is an American who teaches poly sci at a Japanese university. (13 tweets so far)

Abe’s assassin has made it clear that his goal was to strike at the Unification Church in Japan, and he appears to have succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. After a few days of dithering around, finally a sports outlet dropped the name of the organization the assassin had a grudge against. Then the Japanese press decided to report what it already knew, which was that the UC and the Liberal Democratic Party (Abe’s party and mostly in control of Japan since the end of WWII) were/are basically in bed together. Media outlets are now asking sharp questions about politicians’ activities. What’s hugely ironic is that some Japanese politicians taking aid from the UC are, at the same time, virulently anti-South Korea. The hypocrisy is astonishing, but typical for politicians.

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Shiplord Kirel: Fan of Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:33:05am

re: #59 sagehen

I worry that the Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, III%, Boogaloos and who the hell knows what other right wing miltias, are carefully watching Ukraine and stocking up on drones.

That works both ways, and it has actually received quite a bit of thought and analysis among the genuine anti-fascist forces. The RWNJs are at a signiciant disadvantage in this type of operation. Drone warfare is one those things that seems a lot simpler than it really is, so fewer goobers have the inherent intelligence to pull it off. In particular, they are completely innocent of any kind of signals security, as they demonstrated many times on 1-6, which will make it easy to identify and track down their control signals. Drones also lack the psychosexual and performative appeal of firearms and personal bullying, and will therefore be of little interest to the righwing rank and file.

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darthstar  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:36:49am
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BlueSpotinAL  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:41:14am

re: #99 No Malarkey!

And Georgia won’t even allow neutral third parties to provide food and water. All part of their vote suppression scheme.

Evidently it has become a common thing in Cincinnati for people to sell ice cold water bottles at busy intersections. Send those guys out .

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:42:35am

re: #151 mmmirele

I think a lot of Japan’s wariness of cults or new religious movements is a result of the Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995. Most Japanese, prior to that, figured that Aum Shinrikyo were just a bunch of harmless cranks, never realizing they had a straight-up doomsday cult in their midst until it was too late. Ever since then, the Japanese cast a skeptical eye towards NRMs or sectarian offshoots of already-established religions.

The Aum Shinrikyo attack was a wake-up call. And it seems the assassination of former PM Abe is becoming another one.

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steve_davis  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:44:55am

re: #117 Teddy’s Person

Poor Joe doesn’t like “politics”. Must make being a politician kind of tough. No wonder he’s in a bad mood. I wonder how many fundraisers he’s had recently? Nothing at all political about going on all the Sunday shows to polish your centrist, both siderism.

I know we need him, but fuck this guy.

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mmmirele  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:48:21am

re: #155 Dr Lizardo

I think a lot of Japan’s wariness of cults or new religious movements is a result of the Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995. Most Japanese, prior to that, figured that Aum Shinrikyo were just a bunch of harmless cranks, never realizing they had a straight-up doomsday cult in their midst until it was too late. Ever since then, the Japanese cast a skeptical eye towards NRMs or sectarian offshoots of already-established religions.

The Aum Shinrikyo attack was a wake-up call. And it seems the assassination of former PM Abe is becoming another one.

What I’ve read is that there were attempts in 1995 by a group of lawyers who have filed suits against the UC to get “contributions” back to have the government take a closer look at the UC, but they were downplayed or ignored. And that’s because the LDP was in bed with the UC. So, unlike other cults / new religions in Japan that had a bad time post 1995 even if they weren’t Aum, UC was allowed to continue to flourish. In fact, UC isn’t known as UC in Japan anymore. Its official name is now “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification”. There is some question as to which politician(s) gave their approval for the name change. (ETA: Seriously, that’s a question being asked.)

ETA2: Oddly enough, even though the assassin is in awful trouble and will at some point years down the road be hanged by the Japanese government, there is some sympathy being shown him by the average Japanese as the contours of the LDP’s involvement with the UC become clearer.

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:49:53am

re: #154 BlueSpotinAL

Evidently it has become a common thing in Cincinnati for people to sell ice cold water bottles at busy intersections. Send those guys out .

I am not clear on the law; apparently you can’t give out food or water but what about selling it? Sounds like sending a fleet of Taco Trucks to the rescue would be a solution. Make it an election day special, $1 gets you a bottle of water and a taco!

(Yeah, I know. Politicians would find a way to shut that down too.)

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:49:54am

re: #150 The Squire of Logos

Can’t handle those tomatoes anymore, but the rest of it - Yum!

Thanks. I love them, but I also have to watch how much I eat, less they turn my tummy into a Pepto commercial.

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:51:01am

re: #159 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Thanks. I love them, but I also have to watch how much I eat, less they turn my tummy into a Pepto commercial.

I hear ya. Even with my meds I’d still be having issues. Shame too since I love those little rascals.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:51:58am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:53:42am

re: #161 Teukka

Jones’ ultimate cowardice was in trying to hide behind the “It was performance art” defense.

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sagehen  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:53:48am

re: #136 mmmirele

What if my religion tells me to go out and feed the hungry and right now the hungry are in a line before me? Are they going to really arrest me for fulfilling Matthew 25:31-46? Well, yes, yes they are, but dammit this is annoying.

Some guy who was leaving water stations in the desert for migrants… used that as his defense. Pretty sure it was in Arizona, or maybe it was New Mexico. The State and/or County and/or Border Patrol didn’t like that argument at all, said he was an accomplice to illegal immigration… but the jury found it persuasive. He was acquitted.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:58:20am

re: #30 Hecuba’s daughter

She passed away two weeks ago. Perhaps they haven’t yet commissioned the final headstone for the grave. According to our friend Google, it typically takes one to 6 months to create and install a headstone, depending on the type of memorial.

I was struck how freaking cheap he is that he couldn’t be bothered to lay down green sod on her grave.
Especially with his stupid tournament and the crowds he expected.

Who leaves plain dirt and puts one stinking bouquet on it?

Just put a sign on it that says “I only did it for the tax breaks”.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:58:31am

re: #157 mmmirele

What I’ve read is that there were attempts in 1995 by a group of lawyers who have filed suits against the UC to get “contributions” back to have the government take a closer look at the UC, but they were downplayed or ignored. And that’s because the LDP was in bed with the UC. So, unlike other cults / new religions in Japan that had a bad time post 1995 even if they weren’t Aum, UC was allowed to continue to flourish. In fact, UC isn’t known as UC in Japan anymore. Its official name is now “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification”. There is some question as to which politician(s) gave their approval for the name change.

It’s interesting that the LDP’s major coalition partner is Komeito, which was founded in the 1960s by members of the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai. Komeito (or New Komeito, I guess) claims that it hasn’t had any formal relations with Soka Gakkai since the early ’70s, but analysts note that Soka Gakkai forms its major constituency and thus continues to be an arm of the religious organization. Anyway, in those terms SG’s influence over even LDP politics is far greater than UC (no trying to downplay the influence of UC).

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:58:48am

re: #157 mmmirele

What I’ve read is that there were attempts in 1995 by a group of lawyers who have filed suits against the UC to get “contributions” back to have the government take a closer look at the UC, but they were downplayed or ignored. And that’s because the LDP was in bed with the UC. So, unlike other cults / new religions in Japan that had a bad time post 1995 even if they weren’t Aum, UC was allowed to continue to flourish. In fact, UC isn’t known as UC in Japan anymore. Its official name is now “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification”. There is some question as to which politician(s) gave their approval for the name change. (ETA: Seriously, that’s a question being asked.)

ETA2: Oddly enough, even though the assassin is in awful trouble and will at some point years down the road be hanged by the Japanese government, there is some sympathy being shown him by the average Japanese as the contours of the LDP’s involvement with the UC become clearer.

I’ll always call them “the Moonies” - that’s the slang I grew up hearing about them.

In any event, it’s heartening to see that the Japanese are starting to take a much closer look at the ties between the LDP and the Moonies. And they’re starting to ask questions…and I hope those questions become increasingly pointed.

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steve_davis  Jul 31, 2022 • 8:59:01am

re: #122 GlutenFreeJesus

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It would be worth the arrest to re-enact this moment.

lol! 19th hole with the arrow pointing to the sphincter is just priceless!

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:00:31am

File under “We’re not making this shit up, really”:

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steve_davis  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:01:51am

re: #124 Belafon

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If I were doing this gig, I would be snapping a photo of every dropped off item on a person’s porch, so I’d have some proof of delivery.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:02:20am

re: #168 Teukka

File under “We’re not making this shit up, really”:

This job was most likely entrusted at last minute to some intern who is literally working for table scraps, what do you expect?

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:03:07am

re: #169 steve_davis

If I were doing this gig, I would be snapping a photo of every dropped off item on a person’s porch, so I’d have some proof of delivery.

I’d be wearing a body cam.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:03:31am

re: #165 Barefoot Grin

It’s interesting that the LDP’s major coalition partner is Komeito, which was founded in the 1960s by members of the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai. Komeito (or New Komeito, I guess) claims that it hasn’t had any formal relations with Soka Gakkai since the early ’70s, but analysts note that Soka Gakkai forms its major constituency and thus continues to be an arm of the religious organization. Anyway, in those terms SG’s influence over even LDP politics is far greater than UC (no trying to downplay the influence of UC).

Soka Gokkai is another group that raises the occasional eyebrow of some of my Japanese acquaintances. I know it’s an offshoot of Nichiren Buddhism, and I’ve heard Soka Gokkai described as “cultish”, but I know little about them aside from that. The only Japanese Buddhists I’m genuinely familiar with are Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists (IIRC, that’s the biggest school of Buddhism in Japan), which is a uniquely Japanese offshoot of Pure Land Buddhism.

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Dopamine Fish  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:03:42am

re: #169 steve_davis

If I were doing this gig, I would be snapping a photo of every dropped off item on a person’s porch, so I’d have some proof of delivery.

Some of the restaurants these places deliver for require those pictures to be taken and sent to the customers.

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steve_davis  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:05:57am

re: #133 Teukka

[Embedded content]

“No, she’s not my daughter, you son of a bitch. She’s my bride!”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:06:51am

re: #172 Dr Lizardo

Soka Gokkai is another group that raises the occasional eyebrow of some of my Japanese acquaintances. I know it’s an offshoot of Nichiren Buddhism, and I’ve heard Soka Gokkai described as “cultish”, but I know little about them aside from that. The only Japanese Buddhists I’m genuinely familiar with are Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists (IIRC, that’s the biggest school of Buddhism in Japan), which is a uniquely Japanese offshoot of Pure Land Buddhism.

Nichiren Buddhism is rather nationalistic and does not disavow the use of violence against those who would offend the Buddha.

Would that make people who annoy the Enlightened one “Buddha pests”?

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Dopamine Fish  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:08:47am

re: #175 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Nichiren Buddhism is rather nationalistic and does not disavow the use of violence against those who would offend the Buddha.

Would that make people who annoy the Enlightened one “Buddha pests”?

*WHACK!*

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mmmirele  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:09:50am

re: #165 Barefoot Grin

It’s interesting that the LDP’s major coalition partner is Komeito, which was founded in the 1960s by members of the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai. Komeito (or New Komeito, I guess) claims that it hasn’t had any formal relations with Soka Gakkai since the early ’70s, but analysts note that Soka Gakkai forms its major constituency and thus continues to be an arm of the religious organization. Anyway, in those terms SG’s influence over even LDP politics is far greater than UC (no trying to downplay the influence of UC).

Right…there’s a lot of “what about Komeito?” going on right now, but I think the Japanese press can only handle one cult at a time, kind of like the US press and political issues.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:09:54am
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Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:10:50am

re: #175 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Nichiren Buddhism is rather nationalistic and does not disavow the use of violence against those who would offend the Buddha.

Would that make people who annoy the Enlightened one “Buddha pests”?

I think that’s what gave rise to Soka Gakkai. Nichiren were big supporters of Imperial Japan’s ambitions in Asia, so they had to reset after the war. I don’t know much except that they use familiar tactics—shades of Scientology—of recruiting celebrities to become members and targeting those isolated from society (but the same can be said of Tenrikyō, Pure Liberty religion, etc., etc.).

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:11:12am

re: #175 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Nichiren Buddhism is rather nationalistic and does not disavow the use of violence against those who would offend the Buddha.

Would that make people who annoy the Enlightened one “Buddha pests”?

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:11:50am

re: #177 mmmirele

Right…there’s a lot of “what about Komeito?” going on right now, but I think the Japanese press can only handle one cult at a time, kind of like the US press and political issues.

And as you pointed out, Komeito are “our SOBs” and not Korean.

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mmmirele  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:14:11am

re: #163 sagehen

Some guy who was leaving water stations in the desert for migrants… used that as his defense. Pretty sure it was in Arizona, or maybe it was New Mexico. The State and/or County and/or Border Patrol didn’t like that argument at all, said he was an accomplice to illegal immigration… but the jury found it persuasive. He was acquitted.

Scott Warren. The government was so intent on getting a conviction that after the first hung jury they put him on trial again. The second jury acquitted him after three hours deliberation.

Warren, a 37-year-old geography teacher from Ajo, Ariz., and others with No More Deaths carry jugs of water, food, first-aid kits and other supplies for migrants traversing the Arizona desert.

His lawyers have argued for years that their work is not illegal because they are offering humanitarian assistance to desperate border crossers regardless of legal status, a perspective the jury affirmed in fewer than three hours of deliberations. Warren’s legal team also maintained that his aid work is in accordance with his religious beliefs that instruct him to help those in need.

npr.org

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Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:16:36am

re: #169 steve_davis

If I were doing this gig, I would be snapping a photo of every dropped off item on a person’s porch, so I’d have some proof of delivery.

Amazon does that now, and I suspect that’s one of the reasons.

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jeffreyw  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:18:26am

Youtube Video

Our rain deprived lizards may want to play this on a loop

It’s not loading/playing for me. Watch on Youtube

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:18:49am

re: #178 Teukka

Monkeypox, Spain: Dr tells of spotting this monkeypox infected on the underground train and telling them to isolate immediately: they responded saying they don’t have to as their Dr told them that, and that monkeypox is gay only

shades of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980’s

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:21:41am

re: #184 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Our rain deprived lizards may want to play this on a loop

Or, if you are a cyberpunk/Blade Runner fan, you can play Blade Runner Blues and the sound of falling rain on an 8-hour loop. I actually do really like this at low volume. I find it soothing.

Youtube Video

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:22:33am

re: #178 Teukka

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steve_davis  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:23:05am

re: #186 The Squire of Logos

Or, if you are a cyberpunk/Blade Runner fan, you can play Blade Runner Blues and the sound of falling rain on an 8-hour loop. I actually do really like this at low volume. I find it soothing.

[Embedded content]

Video

the water yes, but I don’t want to sleep listening to synths that sound like they failed a Miami Vice audition.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:24:08am

re: #187 Teukka

Covid taught us that taking measures to prevent transmission of disease =
State Fascism and Forcing us to Live in Fear.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:24:41am

re: #179 Barefoot Grin

I think that’s what gave rise to Soka Gakkai. Nichiren were big supporters of Imperial Japan’s ambitions in Asia, so they had to reset after the war. I don’t know much except that they use familiar tactics—shades of Scientology—of recruiting celebrities to become members and targeting those isolated from society (but the same can be said of Tenrikyō, Pure Liberty religion, etc., etc.).

To be fair, Jōdo Shinshū were big supporters of Imperial Japan’s “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere”, but they formally apologized for that.

BTW, the Buddhist Churches of America, the American branch of Jōdo Shinshū, has been performing same-sex marriages for a very long time indeed. The first Buddhist same-sex marriage ceremony in the US (albeit, a purely religious affair) was a Jōdo Shinshū ceremony in the early 1970s performed at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

The first known Buddhist same-sex marriages took place in the early 1970s, at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco. Founded in 1899, it’s the oldest surviving temple in the mainland United States. It’s also part of the oldest Buddhist organization outside Hawaii: the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), part of the Shin tradition of Pure Land Buddhism.

During the Nixon years, the LGBTQ rights movement was picking up, and San Francisco was one of the primary centers of both activism and community building. Located not far from the famously gay Castro District, the Buddhist Church of San Francisco (BCSF) was attended by singles and couples, gay and straight. As consciousness rose, people began to seek the same services that heterosexuals already enjoyed in American society.

​A male couple in the congregation eventually asked Rev. Koshin Ogui, then assigned to BCSF, to perform their marriage. He readily agreed, and the ceremony was held in the main hall—identical to other marriages at the temple, except for the dropping of gender-based pronouns in the service. Without fanfare, history was made.

​Soon other BCA temples were also conducting same-sex marriages, and by the time of my research into the subject in the early 2010s, I couldn’t find a single minister in the scores of BCA temples who was unwilling to preside over same-sex weddings. Indeed, BCA ministers had already performed marriages for gay and lesbian couples, bisexuals, transgender people, and polyamorous groups. Many of these were interracial marriages, or carried out for non-Buddhists who had nowhere else to go, though most were for members of local BCA temples.

enmanjitemple.com

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:26:25am

re: #188 steve_davis

the water yes, but I don’t want to sleep listening to synths that sound like they failed a Miami Vice audition.

Here, you go; instead, you can listen to synths that sound like they passed a Miami Vice audition with flying colors:

Youtube Video

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jaunte  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:27:32am

re: #186 The Squire of Logos

Frank Lloyd Wright in movies:
archipanic.com

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The Squire of Logos  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:29:38am

re: #191 Dr Lizardo

Here, you go; instead, you can listen to synths that sound like they passed a Miami Vice audition with flying colors:

[Embedded content]

I will still take the late, great Vangelis over Jan Hammer any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:30:43am

re: #189 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Covid taught us that taking measures to prevent transmission of disease =
State Fascism and Forcing us to Live in Fear.

Yep. Meanwhile, we sheeple 🧼↔️🧤🌡🤬💉 as our overlords tell us…

195
PhillyPretzel  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:31:36am

re: #192 jaunte

Another Frank Lloyd Wright creation: Beth Shalom of Elkins Park PA
google.com

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:37:54am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:38:55am

Summer getting ready for her first birthday

LuyMFfEXcUk9ceyv5Sc8mEMwz+NzEfuR68V05iyNfTnBEuVc+2OaURyMfmPUP/ovrUOP/YI8YBdoWmZP3jGTCACHvg31AZ1sxd3sPWWyoh85H16Eqgm34aQ4p2JXr3BQJUj5uv2k/GKiXm8zTkHAeiZUO9797SC98l2VGLr72jzflsBomR7wZhOmCYuR5vq9KtlwYcDx375jGH5eqkEbaFpYjhE6YZhYcOfP/IRf7Thvk1CF/6HvpmdZqI9kewiUW26PsDxvCks2GCzZOurGihjdKL36n72XRK5VZ2I0hNl+pm6YTBXlqmU+dKTjNZjjHA4BTKqB3YEuZPJ3/cbNyQkXrMmpbJoTokXX1vVI50uSMXcpLKP/EoRZw4y/vbVJ

198
Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:39:41am

re: #190 Dr Lizardo

To be fair, Jōdo Shinshū were big supporters of Imperial Japan’s “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere”, but they formally apologized for that.

BTW, the Buddhist Churches of America, the American branch of Jōdo Shinshū, has been performing same-sex marriages for a very long time indeed. The first Buddhist same-sex marriage ceremony in the US (albeit, a purely religious affair) was a Jōdo Shinshū ceremony in the early 1970s performed at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

enmanjitemple.com

Wow, I had no idea.

199
PhillyPretzel  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:40:02am

re: #197 Backwoods_Sleuth

TgaJcriA6HoYP9w553f2rybVruAkFcZ0Mv6kPBYPNgE0MJOQo33mgvTGO18EFaoww6T8uptToI4=

200
Belafon  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:45:32am
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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:48:23am

re: #198 Barefoot Grin

Wow, I had no idea.

They’re a pretty progressive bunch over at the BCA. They’re the only religious group I’ve ever donated money to (granted, it was only $25 during a fundraising event for Oregon Buddhist Temple back in the 1990s to refinish the pews and some restoration work for the main altar).

202
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:50:47am

My ex-wife dabbled in Nichiren Buddhism at one point in the early oughts, I never paid enough attention to it or their teachings to form much of an opinion about it, other than that it had absolutely no appeal to me at all.

203
Barefoot Grin  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:54:16am

re: #202 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

My ex-wife dabbled in Nichiren Buddhism at one point in the early oughts, I never paid enough attention to it or their teachings to form much of an opinion about it, other than that it had absolutely no appeal to me at all.

A friend took me to the Tibetan monastery on the outskirts of Bloomington in the early oughts, but I had a similar response as yours. For awhile, you might get to see Richard Gere or some of the other celebs who were into that form of Buddhism in town.

204
Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:57:53am

Looks like the fecal matter is migrating sideways, in a pear shape, into the rotary air distribution apparatus in Kosovo:

205
Dopamine Fish  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:58:45am

re: #204 Teukka

Looks like the fecal matter is migrating sideways, in a pear shape, into the rotary air distribution apparatus in Kosovo:

Oh great. We’re doing this again?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:58:54am

re: #203 Barefoot Grin

A friend took me to the Tibetan monastery on the outskirts of Bloomington in the early oughts, but I had a similar response as yours. For awhile, you might get to see Richard Gere or some of the other celebs who were into that form of Buddhism in town.

I used to hang out with the Hare Krishnas in Bloomington because they offered free Sunday dinners and the cafeteria was closed after Sunday breakfast.

A friend of mine hangs out with the Krishas in London, she says she likes the community and helps with their food services and sometimes gets to attend a retreat at George Harrison’s estate.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:59:42am

re: #205 Dopamine Fish

Oh great. We’re doing this again?

My exact thought.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 9:59:44am

re: #204 Teukka

I detect a whiff of Kremlin shenanigans.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:01:00am

re: #206 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I used to hang out with the Hare Krishnas in Bloomington because they offered free Sunday dinners and the cafeteria was closed after Sunday breakfast.

The Hare Krishnas ran a really good vegan restaurant here in Ostrava, but alas, it didn’t survive the pandemic closures. Great food for a good price.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:01:05am

re: #204 Teukka

Looks like the fecal matter is migrating sideways, in a pear shape, into the rotary air distribution apparatus in Kosovo:

Just don’t go shooting any Archdukes or anything, summer is a bad time for that in the Balkans

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:02:19am

re: #208 Dr Lizardo

I detect a whiff of Kremlin shenanigans.

*sniff* *sniff* As do I…

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Dopamine Fish  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:02:24am

re: #210 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Just don’t go shooting any Archdukes or anything, summer is a bad time for that in the Balkans

You never let us have any fun.

//

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:04:43am

re: #211 Teukka

*sniff* *sniff* As do I…

Moscow is going to try to destabilize Europe as much as humanly possible. Personally, I think that when the Russians are ultimately pushed out of Ukraine, they’ll go full scorched-earth on their way back home (conventional, not nuclear).

They’ll leave the Donbas in absolute ruins.

214
BigPapa  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:05:09am

Let’s get a big beautiful buggah to take our minds of no bueno war stuffs

Funny Lookin Cucaracha
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:07:15am

re: #212 Dopamine Fish

You never let us have any fun.

//

Fine, take out a few Earls, Viscounts or Barons, but NO ARCHDUKES!!!

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Teukka  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:14:29am

re: #204 Teukka

Looks like the fecal matter is migrating sideways, in a pear shape, into the rotary air distribution apparatus in Kosovo:

Well… FUCK!

217
FFL (GOP Delenda Est)  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:20:43am

re: #169 steve_davis

If I were doing this gig, I would be snapping a photo of every dropped off item on a person’s porch, so I’d have some proof of delivery.

Amazon does that. I get notifications of delivery that include a picture of the packages on the porch.

Of course, the one time the photo sent me was the package on the wrong stoop.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jul 31, 2022 • 10:42:55am

re: #217 FFL (GOP Delenda Est)

Amazon does that. I get notifications of delivery that include a picture of the packages on the porch.

Of course, the one time the photo sent me was the package on the wrong stoop.

Had that happen, find it pretty funny…yes, there is a picture, it is not my house, but it’s delivered…sigh.

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Eventual Carrion  Jul 31, 2022 • 11:06:40am

re: #197 Backwoods_Sleuth

Summer getting ready for her first birthday

[Embedded content]

Is that bowl for cake and ice cream? It should be for cake and ice cream.


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