General Discussion, Thursday, August 18, 2016

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    A happy & blessed Thursday to all!

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    Drive-by:

    The Real Existential Threats of 2016: Debt, Demography, And Diversity [Pat Buchanan]

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/the-real-existential-threats-of-2016-debt-demography-and-diversity

    Liked by 4 people

  3. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Terrific Thursday…

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Menagerie says:

    Good morning y’all. Hope your Thursday is great.

    No pressure nyet.

    Liked by 8 people

  5. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| ( and Czarina πŸ™‚ 🍸 )
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ ctdar! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (bailey irish cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Pastries for coffee!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Morning Nye, Everyone!!!! I’m grabbing a plate! Thank you, Sir!

      Liked by 3 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        OK, mornin’ y’all. Strangest memory just came over me while I was reading this post.
        It was 1999, a small group of us had been activated for an Asian mission and we were doing our workup at Ft Gordon, Georgia. Our meetings didn’t start until about 0900 but as Gordon’s a training post the activity starts about 0500 so a couple of us old timers decided to drag ourselves out of bed and go to early breakfast with the troops.
        Gordon’s a mixed training post so the various classes contained troops from every service. As we walked up to the mess hall the vsrious leaders were marching thier chsrges to the entrance. Normally we’d let the lower ranking troops eat first but as the troop leaders like to keep group integrity we inserted ourselves between units.
        We’d all been in over 30 years by then and had the usual patches and badges all over our field jackets. As just about all of the troops had been in less than a year we were a bit of a sensation. Questions flowed, especially about the combat patches on our field jacket shoulders and some of the badges as field jackets serve as portable ‘I Love Me’ walls.
        Up to this time in our careers we’d felt like normal troops, judt part of the stream but today we were hearing things like: ” My grandpa was in Vietnam” and “I read about that in my history class”. I thonk my favorite was: “I wasn’t born until 1979”.
        Worst part was that we all had from 12 to 18 morecyears until we could start drawing a retirement and we’d all be staying active until the last minute to max our retirement takehome. We all ate soft food that morning.

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    • Thank you, Nyet! Excellent selections today and foods out early, too! Nice! 😊

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Just what I had, a waffle with raisens, pecans, banana, and yogurt mixed with maple syrup. Thanks, Nyet. Mornin’ everyone.

      Liked by 3 people

    • michellc says:

      Mornin’!

      Liked by 3 people

    • lovely says:

      Good morning Nyet. Beautiful breakfast as always πŸ™‚

      Liked by 3 people

  6. Morning Stella, Mary, Col. Ken, czar, Nyet, Menagerie, ImpeachEmAll, Wolly Phlox, lovely, Pam, Michelle, Margaret-Ann, oldiaguy, facebkwallflower, Wee, ZM, texan59, tessa50, Howie, auscitizenmom, shiloh1973 and all others who venture in today.

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  7. stella says:

    Good morning! This is a very random offering from me. I ran across this music video on YouTube while looking for Donald Trump live feeds. I watched. I don’t remember this song, part of the soundtrack from a movie that I never saw (Working Girl). What caught my interest is the clothing and big hair (especially the hair) of this 1988 movie, a blockbuster Mike Nichols production with an all star cast, and six Oscar nominations.

    P.S.: Carly Simon won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for this song.

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  8. Pam says:

    Imagine reading this from the US media when you wake up and look at the news:

    http://www.pravdareport.com/news/hotspots/terror/18-08-2016/135367-0/

    “Special operation in St. Petersburg: Terrorists destroyed:
    As a result of the special operation in St. Petersburg on August 17, 29-year-old Zalim Shebzukhov was destroyed.

    The fighter was the leader of a criminal group from Kabardino-Balkaria Republic. The group was a cell in international terrorist organization “Caucasus Emirate” (banned in Russia).

    Two other militants were also destroyed in the special operation, RIA Novosti reports.

    In total, four terrorists were neutralized as a result of a special operation on Leninsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. They were said to be involved in a number of terrorist attacks….”

    Terrorists
    Destroyed (3X)
    Neutralized

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  9. stella says:

    Another 1980’s hit – and the unofficial theme for the election:

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  10. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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    • michellc says:

      Mornin’ Wee!

      My little man was over yesterday evening tearing through my front room like a tornado and he stopped long enough to listen to music on a commercial and started dancing and twisting his behind. The more I laughed at him the more he danced.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Michelle!

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        • michellc says:

          He’s gotten to that age where he “performs” for a laugh. lol

          Unfortunately, it’s also the age that comes with seeing what he can get away with and hating the word “no.”

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          • How fun! Oh yeah… I’m very familiar with the hating no thing. One of my littles is now shaking her head at me and saying no-no when she doesn’t want to do things… you know like getting her diaper changed. It’s a cute age, though. Love me some sweet babies! πŸ™‚

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            • michellc says:

              I tell my daughter that he has hit the terrible twos early. πŸ™‚

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              • My first daughter totally did that! πŸ™‚
                The great thing was she had it out of her system long before she turned two.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  My son was saying “Me do” before he was one. He also fought me because he wanted to change his own diaper. By the time he was two, he was talking about getting a job. He wanted to drive and finally I had to tell him that he would get put in jail if he was caught driving without a license. So, he wanted to know how to get a drivers license and I told him he had to learn how to read. After that, his goal was to learn how to read. He kept me hopping, but he was a delight.

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                  • He was a precocious one! Very fun! Those really intelligent kids can really keep you on your toes, but it’s never boring!

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    So true. He was a handful back then, that’s for sure. But, he has grown into a confident, caring young man who makes very good decisions and isn’t the least afraid of hard work. He is a very devoted husband and father, too. I couldn’t be more proud of him.

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                  • That’s wonderful! Well done, mom! Behind every good kid is a great parent. πŸ™‚

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    Thanks. πŸ™‚

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                  • lovely says:

                    One of my funniest moments in my life is after we had finished reading the long version of Pinocchio. My girls were probably 4 and 5 at the time and they loved the line “Hunger makes for a great appetite” that Pinocchio used about eating an apple core.

                    My daughters were never allowed to eat while we were shopping as we hadn’t paid for it and it wasn’t “ours” . One day we had been running all day and then stopped to do grocery shopping and the girls were “starving” and begging for something to eat. So we paid for loaf of bread and I allowed them to munch on bread as we were shopping, at one point in a crowded aisle the 5 year old puts the back of her hand to forehead and says very loudly “Hunger makes for a great appetite!” and proceeds to take a large bite out of her slice of bread as if I never fed her before. The 4 year old doesn’t miss a beat and says the same thing with the same dramatic motion πŸ˜€.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    That made me LOL. πŸ˜€

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                • michellc says:

                  I try really hard to not spoil him since I see him everyday, but it’s so hard not to.
                  I was a much better disciplinarian as a mom than I am as a Nana.
                  He’s a smart little boy and knows how tears pull on my heartstrings and also knows how hugs and kisses can break me.
                  His new phrase that is making it hard for Papa and Nana to say no is, “Peese, I wuv ooh.”

                  He’s only 19 months and imo has gotten too smart too soon. lol

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                  • Well he sounds like a wonderful little boy! I get the harder disciplinarian issue completely, it’s hard to see those little angelic faces melt into tears. I’m just beginning to have to say no a little bit to mine. We’re Mimi and Pops and I guess when he’s older I’ll be fine with grandmother, but it seems so formal for now. Have a wonderful time with your little man today! 😊

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                  • michellc says:

                    I was a Mimi and then one day out of the blue he started calling me Nana. The past few weeks he’s changed that to Nanny. Who knows what he’ll call me next month. lol

                    I hope I’m never grandmother. πŸ™‚

                    Enjoy your little one as well. I never knew how much I would enjoy grandbabies. I can’t wait to find out what the next one is.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    My son heard someone on TV say “Gramps” so he told my father that was what he was going to call him. And, he did from then on. He wasn’t 18 mo yet. LOL

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                  • michellc says:

                    I don’t know why he started calling me Mimi or Nana, but I suspect he starting calling me Nanny either because his Daddy is a turd and will call me Granny or because he heard my sister’s great-granddaughter calling her Nanny.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    LOL Remember, granmas can spoil some. It’s okay. Children know the difference between their parents and grandparents. My granma let me get away with anything when I was at her house and I knew it wouldn’t fly at home.

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                  • michellc says:

                    I do more than my fair share of spoiling. lol
                    I tell my daughter it’s my right.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    Well, it is. O_o

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            • lovely says:

              My oldest daughter learned to communicate “no” by shaking her head before she was verbal, it was very funny, this tiny baby just shaking her head no 😏.

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning WeeWeed πŸ™‚

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  11. stella says:

    From our friend, Jack Cashill:

    The difference between Pravda and N.Y. Times

    http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/the-difference-between-pravda-and-n-y-times/

    … The list goes on and on. Times readers have no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is or Frank Marshall Davis or Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, let alone Harold Courlander.

    They just know they’re a whole lot smarter than those ignorant kooks, conspiracy theorists, and – of course – racists who get their news from Fox.

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    I’ll offer Ron White to go with this morning’s hair bands. πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 4 people

  13. oldiadguy says:

    It looks like they did it again. A white St. Louis Police Department Major is suing the City for reverse discrimination.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/major-michael-caruso-sues-police-chief-sam-dotson-city/pdf_dd817b50-58a2-5920-ae40-df481c2ec57c.html

    A PDF of law suit.

    http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/d8/dd817b50-58a2-5920-ae40-df481c2ec57c/57b4cf6f092cc.pdf.pdf

    Special promotion practices for blacks goes way back. However, starting in the early 90’s white officers started to defend their rights by suing the Board of Police Commissioners when they “cluster jumped” and went down a “cluster” to promote the chief’s son (black). EEOC investigated the case and issued a right to sue letter to the officers. Prior to trial the Board worked out an agreement to promote the officers who had been passed over.

    I can’t find the specific case, but the incident is reference in these two articles.

    http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/police-promotions-protested/article_f2acce00-e374-11e2-af43-001a4bcf887a.html

    “On September 19, 1994, the Police Board entered into a conciliation agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.   The Police Board agreed to promote to sergeant eight white men who were eligible for promotion in the 1991/92 cycle, but who were passed over through a process called β€œcluster-dipping,” that is, the Police Board promoted African-American officers from a lower cluster when there remained white officers eligible for promotion in a higher cluster.   While these eight promotions were retroactive to the 1991/92 promotion cycle, the vacancies did not occur until the 1993/94 cycle.”

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-8th-circuit/1306611.html

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Take Care

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    • czarowniczy says:

      It’s part of a poorly thought out process of higher-ups ‘equalizing’ systems without worrying about consequences until they crap in their yards.
      In the 70s after the draft was gone and Virtnam was wound-down it was almost impossible to get bodies to enlist. In desperation DoD made a pactvwith Job Corps and weekly we’d get busses of Job Corpses in to test wholesale. We’d be lucky to get 10% to pass the test and 10% of them to enlist. More than a few of those ‘lean days’ enlistees were a problem over the years. So many failed the standard tests for promotions that the Army did away with testings and promoted on far ‘squishier’ beses. One of our major promotion criterion was acreport from our headquarters on the racial/gender construct of leadership versus the racial/gender construct of the command. Same with medals, the report listed awards by race/gender and if we wanted to give someone a medal for accomplishments and that award would have skewed the stats against the ‘persons of status’ some sort of adjustment had to be made.
      It’s become so pervasive a process you just learn to live with it.

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  14. lovely says:

    Remember Vinko Bogataj ? The agony of defeat? Seems he went on to become a successful artist.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/happened-agony-defeat-ski-jumper/story?id=41406621

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  15. nyetneetot says:

    Sigh.

    They’ve resorted to naked Trump statues on street corners in major cities across the US. Of course there is one a few blocks from me.

    http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2016/08/chs-pics-the-e-pike-naked-trump-memorial-parklet/

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  16. czarowniczy says:

    Remember when thevpress crucified Bush II for flying over New Orleans during the Kstrina flooding and not stopping by? Well with the Louisiana flooding being called the worst national disaster since hurricane Sandy there was a call for the POtuS to stop by ob his way back from his endless golf games and provide some moral support.
    Nope, ain’t gonna do that and the press is cocering for him. He could land at Belle Chasse Joint Reserve base as Reagan did where National Guard choppers could fly him to the flood sites, the state’s new liberal Rat gov could even accompany him….nope. Louisiana is a red state after all, even if hoards of his bros are bobbing in the flood waters. Things to do, people to see in DC…..

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/08/18/heres-why-president-obama-isnt-stopping-his-vacation-to-visit-the-louisiana-flooding/

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  17. shiloh1973 says:

    Running late today. Hello everyone. I have been working on plumbing today. I wish I could say it was a complete success. Now, where did I put that mop!

    Liked by 6 people

  18. lovely says:

    Czar, While Hillary snoozes and boozes and Obama kneels toward Mecca when not golfing, Mr. Trump is going to be visiting Louisiana flood victims tomorrow. Maybe I missed it but are you and yours safe and sound. Prayers.

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  19. lovely says:

    Just the fact that a man who could potentially be president has this much hope in America literally makes me weep.

    Liked by 2 people

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