General Discussion, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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  1. ImpeachEmAll says:

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The train…not the actual city…oh wait, it’s Amtrak, just as dangerous.

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Amtrak, the Federal government railroad needs to be sold……..

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Actually a ‘private’ corporation with government funding…sorta like the Post Office but with a greater chance of killing you.
            Really is a government chimera though, to get from New Orleans to Denver on Amtrak I’d have to go from NOLA to D.C., then to Chicago, then to Raton, NM and then on to Denver. Cost is almost $1700, not including meals and incidentals, and takes DAYS to complete. Cattle call on Southwest takes about 3 houses and costs $187.

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            • stella says:

              That’s true. I looked into taking Amtrak from Detroit to Florida. Too long and too expensive.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Wpeople who whine about the public not using trains enough should actually look at the routes.

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                • stella says:

                  They should also upgrade train accommodations. I’ll bet most of the cars were built back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the bathrooms are tiny and nasty, there’s no wireless access unless you are on a couple of select routes on the east or west coast, and if you have a small sleeper, the shared shower facilities are worse than in a high school gym. The food is passable, but I hear they lose money on it. I took the round-trip from Chicago to Seattle, one way in coach, and one way in a sleeper. The fare was reasonable but it wasn’t a particularly comfortable trip.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    The public railway system in Europe in the 60s was better than Amtrack is today. We have a terminal in the larger city to our south and the terminal’s cleaner and more comfortable than the train.

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                  • Then again, Europe didn’t have to pay for their own defense in the 60s. We had their back, so they spent most of their tax revenues on public freebies and goodies.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Forgot…I’m told that in NM I’d have to change trains by traveling on a BUS! That’s the Feds influence, what would make less sense than changing trains on a major route by having to board a bus?

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                From FL to VA I had to change trains and go one hour past my destination and then take a train or a bus back one hour to my destination. It was a very long and tiring trip.

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              • Wooly Covfefe says:

                You used to have to do that in Boston to get from North Station to South Station. Get off the train, get on the MBTA subway or bus, get back on the train at South Station. The insanely expensive Big Dig made it better. I think… They started it when I moved there, and worked on it for the ten years I was downtown, and finished it ten years after I left, about ten times over budget. Gotta love bureaucracy and unions.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Impeach!!!!!!!! Thank you,

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  2. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  3. 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’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 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™‚ 🍸 (Baileys 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’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    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™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    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™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    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!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  4. stella says:

    Too bad, if true:

    Bill O’Reilly loses job offer at One America News Network as former Fox News host tries to get back on air

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/bill-o-reilly-loses-job-offer-america-news-network-article-1.3263780

    OAN CEO Robert Herring publicly announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the former Fox News host no longer had a standing offer.

    β€œWe are pulling offer to @billoreilly, it could have paid him more than he made at Fox,” he tweeted. β€œWe wish him luck.”

    Herring told Mediaite that O’Reilly and his agent had taken too long to make a decision after discussions about starting a talk show on OANN.

    The network was also trying to steal Sean Hannity away from Fox News Channel in an attempt to grow its brand, according to Mediaite.

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  5. stella says:

    Good ideas –

    Plan to make immigrants wait 15 YEARS before claiming aged and disability pensions and other welfare cuts ‘will save Australia $900 million’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4623948/Immigrants-wait-15-years-pension-new-proposals.html

    Migrants will be forced to wait up to 15 years before qualifying for aged or disability pensions under new laws bound for federal parliament.

    The Turnbull government is also reviving a push to cut off pensions to people after six weeks overseas, as part of a bundle of welfare cuts expected to net almost $900 million in savings.

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter argues it is reasonable to expect people coming to Australia have contributed to the economy and society before claiming a pension.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  7. lovely says:

    The Russian Hacking Hearing is a total baloney sandwich.

    Jeh Johnson ;

    β€œOne of the candidates” was saying the election might be rigged so we didn’t want to confuse people by giving them the information about Russian efforts to influence the election.😏

    We tried to tell the public about the Russian interference but the Access Hollywood tape took away our thunder. 😞

    I guess in hindsight I should have bought a sleeping bag and slept out in front of the DNC. 😎

    In order to help stop election hacking Jeh Johnson suggested giving money to State Election Officials πŸ™„.

    Money money money give me money.

    Howdy β€œThe DNC never turned over server why didn’t they? Why would the victim of a crime not turn over evidence of a crime?” 😏

    Heh β€œI’m not going to argue with you sir, that is a leading question”. πŸ˜‚

    Schiff β€œIt seems to me that Gowdy is blaming the victim.” 😒

    Meanwhile the democrats keep telling witnesses who have actual information and light to shed on the β€œRussian Hacking” to shut their mouths.

    Democrats Block Witnesses from Testifying in House Intel Probe

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/democrats-block-witnesses-testifying-house-intel-probe/

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  8. jeans2nd says:

    Stella –
    If one includes a pic in a comment, and the pic has been sized incorrectly, i.e. too big, etc., are you able, as admin, or even mods, to resize it to a standard size? One hesitates to post pics, not having an edit function as a user. Thx.
    (found an old photobucket acct of mine from 2008 & have no recall of pic details)

    We used SMS (Simple Machines Forum http://www.simplemachines.org/) and am too lazy to learn WordPress.

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  9. Wooly Covfefe says:

    This is the best, most succinct and true synopsis of my childhood — regarding the nascent internet — I’ve ever read. The author is right. We had coolness, they had more phone line than one at a time. Some of the better BBSs were colleges, with multiple phone lines.

    Playing Crowther’s Adventure was only possible at school, or by using the C=64 to access Andrews Universtity’s BBS, which was multiplatform, because at that time, a Terminal program was a Terminal program.

    I regret that I only ever used that early knowledge, which my Dad paid so much money for, more than his mortgage, more than his car payments, for playing games and entertaining myself.

    Me and a buddy out east ran a Pirate board for the C=64 users. One computer. One phone line. No hard drives were in use then, just a 5+1/4″ floppy with 512kb. Later we got a “MEG DRIVE!!! OMG!!” and stacked the two. They were gigantic. You send us brand new games (0-1 day old), we give you credit to DL games that other people sent us.

    Remember, this wasn’t the internet. This was a phone line. This was actual audio being transmitted as two tones, high and low, to represent 0 and 1. Remember your 14.4 modems making that handshake sound when you dialed up one of your local AOL numbers? That “screeching” is just two tones.

    My buddy’s house got raided by the FIBs, doors kicked in, and everything in the house that had an Integrated Circuit in it was confiscated. Including the microwave oven and the alarm clocks, let alone all the Commodore stuff, and the many shoeboxes of floppys. We were 17. When he was 19, he was hired by a software company. I was tripping and being a stupid hippie.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      RE: my previous link.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        good times. never did drugs, tho, or drank, so perhaps we had a tech bit more fun. still got into mucho trouble, tho.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          Somehow I didn’t get into trouble with tech or drugs.

          When my bro assumed room temp, I went off the rails for 15 or 20 years.

          The coppers always let us stupid hippies off when they caught us smoking or, rarely, drinking. In the Boston area, they had bigger concerns than actual peaceniks.

          Some day I’ll tell you about PJ-2. It was in the glove compartment, and the cops have it now. Hopefully it’s in a trophy case.

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            Actually, today I’ll tell you.

            It was 9″ long, and 1 1/2″ thick. Inscribed with a marker, “The People’s Joint”:. You could play the drums with it. We did.

            We were parked at a golf course parking lot, late at night, and…

            …earlier we were followed around by a buddy who didn’t partake in the green, and always ragged on us for it…

            …and he drove a LTD Crown Vic. Heh. We managed to ditch him.

            …A Crown Vic pulls up, while we’re filling the car with smoke like Barack Obama in Hawaii.

            I roll down my window, and say “Hey, man, whassup!!” He said “Hey man, License and Registration!!” Awww s***.

            They said give us all your stash. I opened the center compartment and gave them a Marlboro pack with 2 jibbas (colloquial) in it, and they said, “Is that all? If we search this car and find any thing at all, you’re going to jail.”

            I said, “Ok..” Went to the glove box, pulled out this behemoth, and all the cops on scene laughed their butts off and told us all to take a hike, and come back for the car later.

            I bet they smoked it.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      You had to have a badass gaming PC like a Zenith-Heathkit to play Adventure.

      Now we have the ability to make movies and take pics of lightning in our pockets.

      I wish my brother were still alive. He would be Gates. He wrote a neat spiral-generating program for the C=128 and it was published in a magazine called RUN.

      I can’t imagine having a 47 year old brother right now. What would he be like, if he overcame it all instead of ending it all at 19? A bottle, a car, and a garage.

      I had three parties at 18 years of age in my Folks’ apartment north of Boston, as they went to Michigan for his funeral. I got the call when I was home alone, from the local PD in MI. I said, “It’s about time. Thank you, officer.” then wrote a note to my Folks and put it on the kitchen table. “Call the PD in the old town. I’ll be hanging with my friends.”

      At the parties, I removed all my Mom’s knick-knacks, and the nice and varied doilies under them, and even the shelves themselves, and locked them in their room.

      She only knew I hosted parties because all the doilies were under the wrong things. πŸ™‚

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      About 6 years ago, I was hanging with an older dude, playing PS2 and driving for a cab company. When we had no fare we hung out at his house.

      He had a land-line, still, and a standard old house phone. He also had a cellphone. I told him, because he doubted me, that I could call his phone without even using the number buttons on his house land-line phone. I should have bet money.

      His phone rang.

      Tap the numbers on the hang-up button, quickly. Pause between each. It works, because that’s how a rotary-dial worked. You turn that dial from “9” it taps 9 times.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      The reason the FIBs came is a whole ‘nuther story, involving phreaking and social engineering. We would call this 1-800 number and get a real, live, American, English speaking operator who would say, “How would you like to bill this call?”

      “Visa”, etc. Make up a random number, matching the digit codes of the respective cards. Change it when she asks for another, give up after two tries. Most guesses work. The rule was, only use them once.

      Some lady in Chicago got a +$1,000 phone bill. My buddy used the CC more than once.

      It’s probably good that I became a stupid hippie for a while.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        get a job in IT, preferably network/server mgr, do it for free from the inside. no one ever catches you, they actually pay you. and now you know.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          I wish.

          I’ve forgotten most of what I ever knew, jeans.

          I pretty much know how to use the top-layer OS and play games, and a very tiny bit of comment-based HTML.

          I can still make a strobelight with a C=64 in BASIC, tho.

          Did that when I was trippin’. In about 10 lines of code. And you could adjust the tine of black and of white, and the inner screen and the outer screen were linked.

          Lotta years.

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            We made a ceiling fan appear to stop with a C64 and a 1581 monitor.

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          • jeans2nd says:

            PhP and Visual Cobol ought to get you up to speed if you want to work for someone else. Write your own software for streamlining kitchens and eateries, become rich and famous, retire on a remote mountain on an island somewhere.

            Rumor is, running a kitchen and enjoying life is much more fulfilling.

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  10. jeans2nd says:

    If anyone is interested, here is the dashcam vid of the Philando Castile shooting.

    Transcript here
    http://circa.com/circa-now/trending/minnesota-officials-released-dashcam-video-from-the-philando-castile-shooting

    The officer did not tell Castile to get his (Castile’s) license. The officer was speaking to the girl (driver). Castile told the officer he had a fireman, officer said ok, Castile then immediately went for his (Castile’s) pocket. No wonder the officer was acquitted.

    Vid is hard to watch.

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  11. czarowniczy says:

    NWS is showing ❀ inches of rain in NOLA over the last 24 hours but news is making it sound like Armageddon. Reporter is out in the East on a service road along the Lake showing the flooding (not even ankle deep wind-blown water) and what she referred to as a boat blown onto the beach (actually a medium size shrimp boat that was abandoned there, it was all busted up with ID numbers sanded off). Usual places around the city that have flooded for decades due to crappy engineering are being shown with the usual frantic delivery.
    Lakeshore drive, a street built to flood as it's a lake level, is being shown FLOODED!! It's flooded whenever there's been a steady north wind for centuries as it's at lake level, that's why, many decades ago, a huge levee was built inland about 300 feet south, to prevent the regular flooding from moving south into the inhabited areas.
    Henny Penny and Robin Willams do the news and weather, with local and state pols taking to the air to get their facetime as they parrot basic information while trying to look heroic. All of the TV fallout is worse than the storm.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Where’d that heart come from? That was typed in as ‘3’, I’m too old and too married for a ‘❀️ 3’, iPad autocomplete needs its USB port cleaned out with soap.

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  12. stella says:

    People Camped Out For More Than 24 Hours For Trump’s Iowa Rally

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/lissandravilla/this-is-what-its-like-to-camp-out-for-a-trump-rally

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      He’s going to be at the US Cellular Center. Holds 8,600 people when the images start to come out. My granddaughter’s graduation was there. It’s HUGE.

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  13. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    This just in from Politico’s noon newsletter:

    DEM OPERATIVE QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We no longer have a party caucus capable of riding this wave. We have 80-year-old leaders and 90-year-old ranking members. This isn’t a party. It’s a giant assisted living center. Complete with field trips, gym, dining room and attendants.”

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      This describes much of the Grand Old Party, as well.

      Via la Alt-Right. Trump isn’t here to be “conservative”. Conservatives haven’t conserved anything at all. Look at Denver, which just legalized pooping in public. Conservatives can’t even conserve bathroom rights for women, or even bathroom usage at all.

      Like Infogalactic, we’re not trying to infiltrate, we’re going to replace what is useless.

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  14. stella says:

    Good one posted next door:

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  15. stella says:

    I made this for lunch today. Not this exact recipe, but close enough. Made my pesto with half basil and half baby spinach, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, evoo.

    http://www.marthastewart.com/348682/pasta-pesto-potatoes-and-green-beans

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  16. stella says:

    An Iraqi officer says ISIS has detonated the famous al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where leader al-Baghdadi declared so-called caliphate

    The Iraqi army was moving in on Grand Mosque in Mosul’s Old city earlier today
    The soldiers got within 50m of the iconic mosque when ISIS militants blew it up
    ‘ISIS terror gangs committed another historical crime,’ Iraqi military said today
    ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance there in 2014
    The terrorists’ flag has flown on its minaret ever since it captured Mosul that year

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4626638/ISIS-detonated-famous-al-Nuri-mosque-Mosul.html

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  17. ImpeachEmAll says:

    socialism math…

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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