General Discussion, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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  1. texan59 says:

    Not the day for frivolity. Coffee up y’all.

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  2. texan59 says:

    We won’t forget. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  3. joshua says:

    A day that will live forever in infamy….

    still planning to go spit on the sushi counter at the grocery deli.

    December is a month FULL of the good, the terrible, the hopeful, the joyful, the forgetful, the painful, the wonderful……

    and grateful.

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Misguided thought.

      Were the workers
      at the sushi counter
      at the grocery deli
      giving the orders?

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      • joshua says:

        virtual spittle…..misguided reprimand

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        • stella says:

          The reprimand (if you want to call it that) is right on.

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          • joshua says:

            depends on whether or not one can speak of an act in passion, and not actually carry it out in reality. Seems like reprimands are more like PC insistence when dealing with someone;s speech sometimes.

            Many of us lived through many iterations of the Japanese attacking our nation economically and socially far after they bombed our sovereign nation while on a Sunday morning….my oldest son had to learn Japanese in private school so convinced were the “leaders” at the time that Japan would dominate all global economic enterprises as they were buying up all buildings and real estate in the USA that they could get their hands on, with a stronger Yen than our Dollar at the time.

            Sushi is merely a cultural meme for a foreign food which became popular here when our folks decided that hot dogs and potato chips were unsophisticated and redneck.

            The deli at my grocery store is managed by an Hispanic Woman….I suspect she does not speak Japanese, and that at home SHE eats more tortillas and beans….and I champion her freedom to do so.

            Rest calm. I will keep spit in my mouth and mind. Pearl Harbor day is not even talked about today in school where I substitute teach, but Cinco de Mayo IS a big deal….not so much the Alamo.

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            • tessa50 says:

              “Pearl Harbor day is not even talked about today in school where I substitute teach,”

              Then I hope you will bring it up and have a nice discussion. Kids want to learn and many are fascinated by history. Give it a try!

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  4. The Tundra PA says:

    Someone posted this next door, and it gave me such a giggle:

    I’m not a facebooker, so you don’t have to be one to see it.

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Here’s a webcam to allow
      viewers to relate to your weather…

      http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Juneau…meh…yeah, it’s our capitol, but it ain’t *real* Alaska. More like North Seattle.

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        • nyetneetot says:

          ???? What? They have high hairstyles too?

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        • amwick says:

          So our ship stopped at Juneau on one of those Alaska cruises.. and I wondered around, kept going uphill. Eventually I stumbled on the State Capitol Building.. I went in and snapped some pics, then I asked the guard if I could walk around inside.. He just said sure. I went inside and saw one small hallway… On the way I out I asked him about security, no metal detectors or anything… He laughed and said that they didn’t consider cruise ship passengers as terrorists… It was just too funny! I have to say, the Capitol Building seemed kinda dinky for such a wonderful state..

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            In truth, I wouldn’t know, amwick. I’ve never been there. One of my (and many Alaskans’) complaints is that having the capitol in Juneau means it is essentially inaccessible for most of us. You can’t drive there, it can only be reached by plane or boat. And flights ain’t cheap. For me it’s about $500 round trip. I’m a strong believer that the capitol should be accessible to the people, and geographically central to the state. That means Anchorage for us. Moving the capitol to Anchorage was discussed years ago, and dismissed as too expensive.

            All that said, our Capitol Building is dinky because the legislature only has 60 people (40 representatives and 20 senators) and they only meet for 3 months of the year, January through March. If it weren’t the seat of State government, Juneau would be no more than a village.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      This is just toooo cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • joshua says:

      now that is funny

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    December 7, 1941…September 11, 2001…January 20, 2009…certainly black days in American history.

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    • Col(R) Ken says:

      July 5, 1950 many don’t even remember or would know this date. Stunning how an Army who fought two world wars had fallen in readiness. I’ll just say: “No More Task Force Smith”.
      To Col. Cory, who was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses in less than two months as a young Lieutenant during that summer of 1950. Thank you Sir, for your mentor-ship, friendship, and my professional growth.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

        First U.S. fatality in the Korean War.

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

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          • ImpeachEmAll says:

            US Army/Center for Military History

            A team mans a Bazooka at the Battle of Osan. At right is Private First Class Kenneth Shadrick, who was killed by enemy fire a few moments after this photo was made, becoming the first United States soldier to die in the Korean campaign.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Coincidentally I’m snacking on kimchee as I read this.
            Anyway, I’ve posted before that I was priviledged to work with a team on the CI debriefing files of the POWs returning under Big Switch and Little Switch. They were stored at the Army CI center at Ft Meade and were scheduled to be sent to the National Archives. We were looking for any info on where bodies of POWs who were MIA might be, I guess fear was that once the Archives gotbthem…well think of that Indiana Jones warehouse.
            Their story’s never been fully or accurately told, some downright lies were even fabricated. To this day some POW burial spots have not been excavated, some most likely because they are in China. The story of US POWs transferrred to NK, Russia and China against their wills is another unexplored issue – then again the issue in our more progressive times is healing and closure sonehy open up old wounds?

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  6. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Remember the past;
    live in the present;
    and eye the future.

    Time for another log on the fire…

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  7. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Enjoying a nice hot chocolate.

    Help yourself to some mind candy…

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  8. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  9. ImpeachEmAll says:

    National Security Advisor-designate Michael T. Flynn

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  10. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  11. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  12. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  13. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  14. ImpeachEmAll says:

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    • lovely says:

      Boeing has already said that the cost is adjustable ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Only they were thinking adjustable “upward”, right?

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        • lovely says:

          I don’t think so, Boeing made the announcement after Trump said to cancel the order. I think this is very much in Trumps wheelhouse, I have no idea how much the price is inflated but Trump likely does have an inkling, I’m sure he will negotiate the price down. Trump today said he’ll use the old Air Force One before the tax payers will pay 4 billion dollars for a new plane.

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          • joshua says:

            Face it….Trump’s plane has gold plated seat strap buckles….HIS OWN MONEY….but he will NOT spend OUR money like that. MAGA.

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            • lovely says:

              I may not be a financial genius but Trump’s plane didn’t cost 4 billion dollars. And I don’t care how anyone spends their own money.

              Newest take is that Boeing said the 4 billion dollars price tag isn’t real it is more like $170 million.

              Fun times.

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              • joshua says:

                actually, the 170 million bucks is just a STUDY CONTRACT…no plane built for that money.
                Here are the financial facts, as well as the original cost estimate for Obama’s AFONE 747 when IT was going to be built.

                Current USAFOne that Obama uses, when it was being built

                Welcome to the New Air Force One Mr. President …

                Price – $ 390 million U.S. Estimated*
                Manufactured from –
                1990 – Present
                Seating Chart /Seats –
                102
                Travel Range –
                6,850.00 Nautical Miles

                Country of Manufacture –
                United States

                In a statement after Mr. Trumpโ€™s Twitter post, Boeing said it had a $170 million contract to study the equipment that a redesigned Air Force One might need.

                Air Force officials said they were proposing to spend $2.7 billion over the next five years to research, develop and test communications technologies and other advanced systems. The Air Force would then buy two 747-8 aircraft, which normally cost airlines $350 million to $400 million apiece, and refit them to include all the new systems and handle extra weight.

                The planes would not be ready to fly until 2024, so Mr. Trumpโ€™s $4 billion estimate may ultimately be about correct. However, since nothing but the basic study contract has been awarded yet, his administration could cut back or reshape the Air Force proposal in any way it or Congress wanted.
                from NYTimes:

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                • joshua says:

                  from 2011 news story

                  Donald Trump getting ready to trade up from his gold-plated but aging Boeing 727-100 jet, which has two conference rooms, a master bedroom and seating for 24. His new ride: a Boeing 757-200 thatโ€™s about twice as big.

                  Trump has confirmed that he bought the aircraft from Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who used the jet to transport entire sports teams, so thereโ€™s a chance it will be large enough for Trump. (Donโ€™t worry about Paul. He has another 757 to fall back on.) The price, including the cost of a major refurbishment, has been widelyโ€“but perhaps not reliablyโ€“reported at around $100 million.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  If our AF and Navy pilots can fly aircraft that are, in some cases, 50 years old then why can’t we refit and upgrade AF One? Boeing, like other Fed contractors, seems to lowball a bid and up the costs once they win, a family tradition.

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                  • joshua says:

                    right….our AF trash haulers flew worn out C-130s with NO weapons nor protection at all everywhere…..finally they added some magnesium flare shooters and some chaff to cloak from heat seekers or confuse radar…but that was it….until they made one into the Spooky Gunship which is awesome…but not for hauling stuff. The general staff all had their own Gulfstreams and crews available for zipping around when they wanted a fast trip…waste of money…..

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Joshua: Yeah, we had AC-47s in Nam, got tagged to fly in them a few times as ash and trash specialist.When I got back I took a trip to the now defunct Bakalar AFB where they were training on AC-119s…the original recycling program.
                    Got to tour a new AC-130 before I retired…felt like one of those WWII glider pilots they bring back to tour the space shuttle so everyone can point and snicker. The thing’s got damn near anything you could want onboard, flir, electronic computer controlled targeting, DirecTV, expresso machine…quite a step up.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I agree with everything you said. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • derk says:

          Always “up”, never “down”. Company slogan I believe.

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  15. nyetneetot says:

    Morninโ€™ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Morninโ€™ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Old Fashioned)
    Morninโ€™ Menagerie! ๐Ÿ˜Ž |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (fuzzy navel)
    Morninโ€™ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Morninโ€™ MaryfromMarin! ๐Ÿ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Morninโ€™ Howie! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Morninโ€™ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Morninโ€™ Sha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Morninโ€™ The Tundra PA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (bailey irish cream on the rocks)
    Morninโ€™ lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Morninโ€™ michellc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Salty dog)
    Morninโ€™ auscitizenmom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (โ€œStellarsโ€) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1961 Chรขteau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! ๐Ÿ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! ๐Ÿ˜•

    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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  16. derk says:

    Morning Stella and amazing array of awesomeness,
    Gorgeous picture, do want to live on top, if given a choice.

    As someone said where I stole this from, ” When clutching your Pearls really meant something.”
    Have a great day y’all!

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  18. lovely says:

    Milwaukee and Dane County (WI two most liberal counties) have been counted in WI. I think Trump has gained around 60 votes over all the counties where the recounting has been completed.

    Counting will be done by December 19th. Waukesha County is starting today.

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    • joshua says:

      shoulda hired Chinese consultants to count the votes:

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    • derk says:

      Afternoon Lovely,
      How are you doing? Feeling any better? Had to leave the house. Set my oven to self cleaning, forgot it’s best to leave! Dang near knocked myself out with the fumes.
      Dang “h” has decided to stick on my keyboard, so many misspellings.
      How’d the Army/Navy game go? Missed second half.
      Well, here’s to getting thru this quickly, be good for everyone to have you up and running full speed.

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  19. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  20. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Some good news…

    Sydney is slowly on the mend.

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  21. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Army Corps of Engineers had actually
    recommended Dakota Access Pipeline route approval

    A civilian leader in the Army made the decision to deny an easement to the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline despite Army Corps of Engineers recommendations that it be granted, according to officials and a document.

    But because of the pipeline’s size โ€” 30 inches in diameter โ€” its approval went to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, an official said.

    “Ms. Darcy had the authority to make the decision on behalf of the Department of the Army, and she did so,” Darcy spokesperson Moira Kelley told NBC News Tuesday evening.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/army-corps-of-engineers-had-actually-recommended-dakota-access-pipeline-route-approval.html

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  22. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  23. ImpeachEmAll says:

    You just cannot make up this stuff…

    Hillary Clinton Loses 32,423 Votes
    in Day 5 of Wisconsin Recount

    In the Wisconsin Day 5 Recount Update
    32,423 votes for Hillary Clinton were erased
    resulting in a 28,830 vote net increase for Donald Trump.

    http://alexanderhiggins.com/hillary-clinton-loses-32423-votes-day-5-wisconsin-recount/

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  24. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  25. WeeWeed says:

    One of my Christmas favorites. And notice, even though I’m temporarily blind, I didn’t put it on the Pearl Harbor post.

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  26. stella says:

    What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About
    The standoff isnโ€™t about tribal rights or water, but a White House that ignores the rule of law.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-the-dakota-access-pipeline-is-really-about-1481071218

    A little more than two weeks ago, during a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement, an improvised explosive device was detonated on a public bridge in southern North Dakota. That was simply the latest manifestation of the โ€œprayerfulโ€ and โ€œpeacefulโ€ protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    Escalating tensions were temporarily defused Sunday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the direction of the Obama administration, announced it would refuse to grant the final permit needed to complete the $3.8 billion project. The pipeline, which runs nearly 1,200 miles from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to Illinois, is nearly complete except for a small section where it needs to pass under the Missouri River. Denying the permit for that construction only punts the issue to next monthโ€”to a new president who wonโ€™t thumb his nose at the rule of law.

    Like many North Dakotans, Iโ€™ve had to endure preaching about the pipeline from the press, environmental activists, musicians and politicians in other states. More often than not, these sermons are informed by little more than a Facebook post. At the risk of spoiling the protestersโ€™ narrative, Iโ€™d like to bring us back to ground truth.

    โ€ข This isnโ€™t about tribal rights or protecting cultural resources. The pipeline does not cross any land owned by the Standing Rock Sioux. The land under discussion belongs to private owners and the federal government. To suggest that the Standing Rock tribe has the legal ability to block the pipeline is to turn Americaโ€™s property rights upside down.

    โ€ข Two federal courts have rejected claims that the tribe wasnโ€™t consulted. The projectโ€™s developer and the Army Corps made dozens of overtures to the Standing Rock Sioux over more than two years. Often these attempts were ignored or rejected, with the message that the tribe would only accept termination of the project.

    โ€ข Other tribes and parties did participate in the process. More than 50 tribes were consulted, and their concerns resulted in 140 adjustments to the pipelineโ€™s route. The projectโ€™s developer and the Army Corps were clearly concerned about protecting tribal artifacts and cultural sites. Any claim otherwise is unsupported by the record. The pipelineโ€™s route was also studiedโ€”and ultimately supportedโ€”by the North Dakota Public Service Commission (on which I formerly served), the State Historic Preservation Office, and multiple independent archaeologists.

    โ€ข This isnโ€™t about water protection. Years before the pipeline was announced, the tribe was working with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps to relocate its drinking-water intake. The new site sits roughly 70 miles downstream of where the pipeline is slated to cross the Missouri River. Notably, the new intake, according to the Bureau of Reclamation, will be 1.6 miles downstream of an elevated railroad bridge that carries tanker cars carrying crude oil.

    Further, the pipeline will be installed about 100 feet below the riverbed. Automatic shut-off valves will be employed on either side of the river, and the pipeline will be constructed to exceed many federal safety requirements.

    Other pipelines carrying oil, gas and refined products already cross the Missouri River at least a dozen times upstream of the tribeโ€™s intake. The corridor where the Dakota Access Pipeline will run is directly adjacent to another pipeline, which carries natural gas under the riverbed, as well as an overhead electric transmission line. This site was chosen because it is largely a brownfield area that was disturbed long ago by previous infrastructure.

    โ€ข This isnโ€™t about the climate. The oil that will be shipped through the pipeline is already being produced. But right now it is transported in more carbon-intensive ways, such as by railroad or long-haul tanker truck. So trying to thwart the pipeline to reduce greenhouse gas could have the opposite effect.

    So what is the pipeline dispute really about? Political expediency in a White House that does not see itself as being bound by the rule of law. The Obama administration has decided to build a political legacy rather than lead the country. It is facilitating an illegal occupation that has grown wildly out of control. That the economy depends on a consistent and predictable permitting regime seems never to have crossed the presidentโ€™s mind.

    There is no doubt that Native American communities have historically suffered at the hands of the federal government. But to litigate that history on the back of a legally permitted river crossing is absurd. The Obama administration should enforce the law, release the easement and conclude this dangerous standoff.

    Mr. Cramer, a Republican, represents North Dakota in the U.S. House. As a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission (2003-12) he helped site the original Keystone Pipeline completed in 2010.

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  27. Wooly Phlox says:

    Evening all, drive-by.

    Just worked almost 14 hours, the last 5 with the owner and one other great employee. Set up a 184-guest catering event after closing the joint today. We (I wish I had pics) just replaced all the long tables in a venue with big round wooden ones, placed all the chairs around them, linined them, and then brought all the former tables back out to the cube truck we got the others from. Also unloaded all the china, glass, and flatware. And then took the remaining 150 chairs and put them out in the truck. The party is on Friday.

    We didn’t want to do this in the snow tomorrow, so… “Git ‘er done!”, as it were.

    Been prepping for this party at the restaurant for three days already.

    Prep’s almost done, so tomorrow should only be 11 hours or so.

    Friday will be another 14. I guess my Christmas present this year is “hours”, and, because they finally pulled me out of the dish corner, “learning”.

    Most of the last 9 years, I beg for hours this time of year.

    This year I hope you’re all as blessed as I am.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I keep praying that you will be even more blessed.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I also hope you all pray for my boss.

      I wouldn’t want to be in his head. Four brick/mortar restaurants, and an amorphous catering company. And he works. And has to figure out the ordering, distributors, nuances, local population, beer efficacies (that’s the fun part), hiring, firing, taxes, property taxes, employee taxes, employee tax exemptions, non-local violent population on festival days and also non-local AND non-violent people who come here to their second homes from ChicagoLand-Government vacation months, and even test kitchen menu-making (the other fun part.)

      He has to think about all of that. And of course, Trump.

      I just do what he tells me.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Actually, he is included, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Maybe he’s like my middle son and lives for this. There’d be times when I’d call him at 11 PM and he’d be in his car across/down tne street from one of his restaurants, binoculars in hand, timing how long it took to get orders out from the call box to the carryout window. Some of us love and live for our jobs – some of us end up divorced over them. This time I learned and married a workaholic, as did my middle son.

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  28. derk says:

    Flipping thru channels on the tv guide, Cnn has “The Legacyof Barrack Obama”…………. Nyet.
    2 hour show, really? Narrarated by Fareed Zakaria. Hmmmm. May have lots of commercials.

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  29. Wooly Phlox says:

    Early this year, me and a buddy taped 150 paper balls to the ceiling of a three-pole tent.

    Five different sizes, and we had to use three different ladders to do this, from giant to big to stepladder. (because of the slope of the dag-gone tent).

    After attaching fishing line like a professional drunken fly-tyer to each ball, we ascended the ladders with our Duck-Tapeโ„ข. Paper balls. 10 of our first 15 fell down. It was windy…

    We had to switch to Gorillaโ„ข Tape, and more of it.

    The third day, we deconstruct and remove all evidence at the site of whatever wedding atrocity or wonderful thing we attended, and it was worth it. Every time.

    Boss: “Put up and take down 150 paper balls, with the biggest folding ladder you’ve ever wrangled, and I’ll give you money.”

    Me: “Heard.”

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      We do this all year, every year.

      It gets more chaotic and less organized every yeat.

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    • amwick says:

      My brother in law did something like this… but his business didn’t make it and he ended up working for a large food service company. They do food service for jails… not the most exciting, but necessary. He told me once that they spend something like $2.48 a day to feed prisoners, which seemed unbelievably low( it was at least 10 years ago). It is a good business, because everyone needs to eat, and to party…

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