General Discussion, Monday, June 4, 2018

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

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  2. Evening, Stellars. We just fed a 30-top a whole lotta food, along with the other walk-ins.

    Three in the kitchen (Chef, cook, and kitchen dude), and five in the front (hostess/busser, three servers, and FOH manager/bartender). All very experienced and committed and industrious.

    It went very smooth, but everyone got their butts whupped tonight. We need more staff. Bad.

    We have too many seats, too good service and food, and not enough workers. And our boss is like the Pope. Try getting an audience and an ear. Go on ahead and try.

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    • It’s got to feel good that you accomplished all that, even though you’re short staffed. Morning Wooly!

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning Wooly 🙂 !

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    • joshua says:

      all retail today is short staffed and the management hides to prevent any discussion.

      reduce size of menu..take reservations and hostess control seating, pre prepare as much as possible…..in the long run, good service trumps good food with too many choices.

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      • It’s very difficult to teach sixteen-year-old hostesses how to think about the whole picture. Chef barks, “Don’t seat any more tables for the next 30 minutes!” Cute thing says to the door, “Sure, come on in! Have a table!” One time, after Chef barked, this girl said to the kitchen, and he heard her, “I’m not afraid of him.” Chef admitted that was adorable, and it cracked him up. He raised a daughter, of course.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Diamond & Silk go to Harlem with a question.

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    • Afrika Bambaatess He mo classy people.

      Word. She knows. She probably remembers that short two decades when blacks and whites were getting along quite peacefully, the 70s and the 80s. For the most part. NYC was a different story, and led to many excellent Charles Bronson films.

      He IS classy. So is his whole family. “Be above reproach.” That’s what they are.

      If anyone thinks he always has been above reproach, they are idiots. He was a rich person in the 80s. Where everything was Miami Vice and hookers and blow. He went once to Epstein Island and left early, in disgust, and barred Epstein from Mar a Lago.

      People grow, it seems. Fancy that.

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    • I love those ladies. My husband got to hear them a few weeks ago at the Dallas NRA event, along with Pres. Trump, VP Pence, Gov Abbott, Ted Cruz, Wayne LaPierre, and several other great speakers. He met Dan Bongino, Ted Nugent, Sheriff David Clarke, and two of the Benghazi heroes he’d not met yet. It was quite a weekend. I could have gone, but I can’t go all day the way my husband can.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Bring ’em to New Orleans where black Democrats have run the city for decades and where the black illiteracy rate’s an embarrassment as is the black poverty rate – again, after decades of black Democratic ‘leadership’. No word on how much those black pols scraped off the top, though a few went to prison, but we’re not seeing any of them applying for food stamps.

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  4. Lucille says:

    To graduates and their families…

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    • Another playlist you want to turn up really loud, and have a nice subwoofer.

      Mashups are nice. There are only so many chord combinations. Lots of songs can be mixed together. DJ Morgoth is only one of many who make our favorite music even better by mixing it perfectly with our other favorite music.

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  5. I’m not lying.

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  6. 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! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    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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  7. lovely says:

    I remember oldiaguy talking about the stingray technology during both the Jessica Chambers case and the San Bernadino terror attack. (Maybe Czar, Nyet and Col. also ?)

    Refresher;

    While StingRay is a trademark, stingray has since become so ubiquitous in law enforcement and national security circles as to also often act as the catch-all generic term—like Kleenex or Xerox. A stingray acts as a fake cell tower and forces cell phones and other mobile devices using a cell network (like Rigmaiden’s AirCard, which provided his laptop with Internet access) to communicate with it rather than with a bona fide mobile network. Stingrays are big boxes—roughly the size of a laser printer—like something out of a 1950s-era switchboard, with all kinds of knobs and dials and readouts. Stingrays can easily be hidden inside a police surveillance van or another nearby location.

    How a Hacker Proved cops Used a Secret Government Phone Tracker to Find Him
    And how it might change what cops can do with our smartphones.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/06/03/cyrus-farivar-book-excerpt-stingray-218588

    Bottomline as ruled by the court, (my interpretation); US citizens have no reasonable expectation of privacy if they choose to use any electronic device, if the government so chooses it can listen to and record everything said within your home if you have any electronic device such as a cell phone, Smart TV, Siri device or so on.

    Can’t say some of us didn’t warn folks.

    Hmmm…. you’re not carrying any electronic device, the patron in the both next to you is carrying a cell phone, do you not have the reasonable expectation of privacy because a reasonable person knows in today’s day and age electronic devices can record conversations and or pick up conversations and transmit them to a third receiver?

    Ain’t technology grand?

    Gotta run, have a good day kiddos 🙂 !

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  9. lovely says:

    No smartphones or tablets and the poor dull children can’t be sentient beings having their brains fed a digital reality.

    Pancake race 🙂 !

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  10. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook (lots of meat here):

    Posted without attribution.

    DEAR EX-FRIEND,

    Hey, what’s up. Long time no talk.

    I think the last civil conversations we had occurred just days before November 8, 2016. You were supremely confident Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election; you voted for her with glee. As a lifelong Republican, I bit down hard and cast my vote for Donald Trump. Then the unimaginable happened. He won.

    And you lost your freaking minds.

    I knew you would take the loss hard—and personally—since all of you were super jacked-up to elect the first woman president. But I did not imagine you would become totally deranged, attacking anyone who voted for Trump or supported his presidency as a racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic Nazi-sympathizer.

    The weirdness started on social media late on Election Night, as it became clear Hillary was going to lose. A few of you actually admitted that you were cradling your sleeping children, weeping, wondering what to tell your kindergartner the next morning about Trump’s victory. It continued over the next several days. Some of you seriously expressed fear about modern-day concentration camps. Despite living a privileged lifestyle, you were suddenly a casualty of the white patriarchy. Your daughters were future victims; your sons were predators-in-waiting. You threatened to leave Facebook because you could no longer enjoy the family photos or vacation posts from people who, once friends, became Literal Hitlers to you on November 8 because they voted for Donald Trump.

    I admit I was a little hurt at first. The attacks against us Trump voters were so personal and so vicious that I did not think it could be sustained. I thought maybe you would regain your sanity after some turkey and egg nog.

    But you did not. You got worse. And I went from sad to angry to where I am today: Amused.

    As the whole charade you have been suckered into over the last 18 months starts to fall apart—that Trump would not survive his presidency; he would be betrayed by his own staff, family, and/or political party; he would destroy the Republican Party; he would be declared mentally ill and removed from office; he would be handcuffed and dragged out of the White House by Robert Mueller for “colluding” with Russia—let me remind you what complete fools you have made of yourselves. Not to mention how you’ve been fooled by the media, the Democratic Party, and your new heroes on the NeverTrump Right.

    On November 9, you awoke from a self-induced, eight-year-long political coma to find that White House press secretaries shade the truth and top presidential advisors run political cover for their boss. You were shocked to discover that presidents exaggerate, even lie, on occasion. You became interested for the first time about the travel accommodations, office expenses, and lobbyist pals of administration officials. You started counting how many rounds of golf the president played. You suddenly thought it was fine to mock the first lady now that she wasn’t Michelle Obama. Once you removed your pussy hat after attending the Women’s March, you made fun of Kellyanne Conway’s hair, Sarah Sanders’ weight, Melania Trump’s shoes, Hope Hicks’ death stare; you helped fuel a rumor started by a bottom-feeding author that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley slept with Donald Trump. You thought it was A-OK that Betsy DeVos was nearly physically assaulted and routinely heckled. You glorified a woman who has sex on camera for a paycheck.

    You have learned all kinds of new things that those of us who didn’t willfully ignore politics for the past eight years already knew. For example, we already knew that illegal immigrants were being deported and families were being separated. We already knew about misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency. We already knew that politicians gerrymander congressional districts for favorable election outcomes. We already knew that citizens from certain countries had restricted access here.

    But American politics became a whole new thing for you.

    Some of your behavior has been kinda cute. It was endearing to watch you become experts on the Logan Act, the Hatch Act, the Second Amendment, the 25th Amendment, and the Emoluments Clause. You developed a new crush on Mitt Romney after calling him a “sexist” for having “binders full of women.” You longed for a redux of the presidency of George W. Bush, a man you once wanted imprisoned for war crimes. Ditto for John McCain. You embraced people like Bill Kristol and David Frum without knowing anything about their histories of shotgunning the Iraq War.

    Classified emails shared by Hillary Clinton? Who cares! Devin Nunes wanting to declassify crucial information of the public interest? Traitor!

    But your newfound admiration and fealty to law enforcement really has been a fascinating transformation. Wasn’t it just last fall that I saw you loudly supporting professional athletes who were protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem? Remember how you fanboyed a mediocre quarterback for wearing socks that depicted cops as pigs?

    But now you sound like paid spokesmen for the Fraternal Order of Police. You insist that any legitimate criticism of the misconduct and possibile criminality that occured at the Justice Department and FBI is an “attack on law enforcement.” While you once opposed the Patriot Act because it might have allowed the federal government to spy on terrorists who were using the local library to learn how to make suitcase bombs, you now fully support the unchecked power of a secret court to look into the phone calls, text messages and emails of an American citizen because he volunteered for the Trump campaign for a few months.

    Spying on terrorists, circa 2002: Bad. Spying on Carter Page, circa 2017: The highest form of patriotism.

    And that white, male patriarchy that you were convinced would strip away basic rights and silence any opposition after Trump won? That fear has apparently been washed away as you hang on every word uttered by James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper. This triumvirate is exhibit “A” of the good old-boy network, and represents how the insularity, arrogance, and cover-your-tracks mentality of the white-male power structure still prevails. Yet, instead of rising up against it, you are buying their books, retweeting their Twitter rants and blasting anyone who dares to question their testicular authority. Your pussy hat must be very sad.

    But your daily meltdowns about Trump-Russia election collusion have been the most entertaining to observe. After Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel, you were absolutely convinced it would result in Trump’s arrest and/or impeachment. Some of you insisted that Trump wouldn’t last beyond 2017. You quickly swallowed any chum tossed at you by the Trump-hating media on CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post about who was going down next, or who would flip on the president.

    For the past year, I have watched you obsess over a rotating cast of characters: Paul Manafort, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Carter Page, Reince Priebus, Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Sam Nunberg, and Hope Hicks are just a few of the people you thought would turn on Trump or hasten his political demise. But when those fantasies didn’t come true, you turned to Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels for hope and inspiration. It will always be your low point.

    Well, I think it will be. Each time I believe you’ve hit bottom, you come up with a new baseline. Perhaps defending the unprecedented use of federal power to spy on political foes then lie about it will be the next nail in your credibility coffin.

    The next several weeks will be tough for you. I think Americans will learn some very hard truths about what happened in the previous administration and how we purposely have been misled by powerful leaders and the news media. I wish I could see you as a victim here, but you are not. I know you are smart; you chose to support this insurgency with your eyes wide open.

    Now, I shall sit back and enjoy your pain.

    Your Ex-Friend,
    Julie

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  11. Menagerie says:

    Okay, here I am, doing food again. I tried several new recipes yesterday. Seriously, y’all need to try this if you cook. If you don’t shanghai a friend who does.

    I’ve never been able to choose that security question which asks what your favorite food is. I don’t have one. However, I think that changed yesterday, and this is it. The gravy this thing produces is just aromatic and luscious.

    https://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/steakhouse-pot-pie-with-cabernet-and-mushrooms/

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    • Menagerie says:

      Also, if you’ve ever seen those Tasty videos on Facebook, here’s one to try. Much to my surprise I was able to make it perfectly and it looked just like the video. Meat, potatoes, three kinds of cheese, spinach and tomatoes all rolled into a log. It was some trouble to do, but worth it for a treat meal.

      https://tasty.co/recipe/scalloped-potato-roll

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    • stella says:

      Sounds great. I think I’ll try this soon – before I start dieting!

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      • Menagerie says:

        I used a cheaper cut of steak, but mainly because the selection wasn’t good and I didn’t want to go to another store. It was still absolutely delicious. I made sure I got a steak that had some fat marbled through it. I don’t have good luck at all with the very lean cuts. Anyhow, don’t skimp on it, I promise you are going to want to have some leftovers!

        I didn’t put it in ramekins, I just put it all in a casserole dish.

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        • stella says:

          I’ll bookmark this one for sure. Have to stop eating after non-stop this weekend. I just ate leftover spaghetti carbonara for breakfast.

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          • Menagerie says:

            Strangely enough, I love Italian for breakfast.

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            • stella says:

              We had a huge, and delicious, dinner at a local Italian restaurant last night. My son-in-law got a “sample platter” large enough to feed all of us and brought most of that home. It was pork neck bones, bracciola, meatballs and home made rigatoni with sauce. Mine was the carbonara, Jen had some home made pasta with tomato, spinach, veal, goat cheese etc, and the boys had ravioli and rigatoni gnocchi with meatballs and marinara. Of course, there was bread with some kind of spicy dip, a plate of sauteed peppers, a large order of calamari, salads/soup, drinks and dessert (but not for me).

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    • John Denney says:

      I made a stew with similar ingredients last week, but with one major difference: I cook the meat and veg separately. I browned the meat in the stew pan the night before, then put the covered pan with the meat in it into the oven overnight at 170 degrees F.
      Next day I refrigerated the meat and juice separately, and sauteed the onions, celery, and mushrooms in the same unwashed pan, then added the juice from the meat, carrots, potatoes, all the herbs, spices, red wine, etc. and enough water to cover.
      Brought it to a boil until the carrots and taters were done, then thickened it with corn starch.
      Then I let it cool down to 170F, then added the refrigerated meat, and let it sit a few minutes to warm the meat before serving it.
      This way, the meat is tender, but not stringy and falling apart. It’s like eating very tender steak with gravy.

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  12. Lucille says:

    42 Vintage Photos of Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1940s

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  13. Lucille says:

    Why, whatever could be the motivating factor…I just can’t figure it out…imbecilic dhimmi PC blather….

    US Attorney: “We may never know what drove Maalik Jones to travel to Somalia and pledge allegiance to al Shabaab”
    June 4, 2018 10:13 AM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/06/us-attorney-we-may-never-know-what-drove-maalik-jones-to-travel-to-somalia-and-pledge-allegiance-to-al-shabaab

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  14. auscitizenmom says:

    OMG I just saw Harris and David Cicilline (D-RI) have a rip roaring argument about what PTrump is doing.They are both talking at the same time. Mostly because anything she says, he starts harranging and tries to talk over her. He was literally yelling. But, she wouldn’t let him state all the lies without correcting them.

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    • That’s every day where I work. Nobody in real life knows how to have an actual conversation any more, it seems. The Inklings are rolling in their graves.

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      • joshua says:

        narcissism makes a dialog impossible to have. cannot converse if you are impatiently wanting the other to shut up so you can do the talking. young folks do not dialog…they tweet and text.

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  15. I’m sure you’ve all heard about this Samantha Bee woman calling Trump’s daughter a “feckless c***” on air and not being fired. Ace nails it, in his familiar NSFW style:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/375553.php

    I’m also sure that both her supporters and her detractors don’t know what the word “feckless” means, because their favorite toy as a child of four wasn’t a giant dictionary, with cutout tabs demarcating the alphabet, in steps. Etymology should be the first big word a five-year old knows, and a giant dictionary should be laying around like Duplo™ blocks in every home with chilrens.

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    • https://www.etymonline.com/word/feckless

      Scottish! Means “without effect”.

      But the second word. Who knows the etymology here? Raise hands.

      I don’t, and haven’t looked. Yet. All we know is it’s the worst word ever in English, and causes anyone to cringe, except liberals with T-shirts declaring that Sarah Palin is one.

      I think this woman doth protest too much. I agree she’s had an effect.

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    • “Remember: you cannot say “macaca”. That has been established.

      We can say anything, though. Us people.” — The Left.

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    • stella says:

      A couple of years ago, my daughter sent me a series of emails during my birthday month. One of them says:

      “Look it up.” You must have said that hundreds of times to me. Thank you for giving me the tools to find information. Parents my age wonder if their kids will ever need to know how to use a dictionary – why bother when the kids can just type a word into Google? – but I always argue for learning how to do it the old-fashioned way first. How can you really understand a word unless you see it in context with other words that have the same prefix? And what better way to learn alphabetizing?

      Recently my neighbor (who is a librarian!) was laughing a little at me for taking M to the library to check out some books for his cicada project at school, when it’s so much easier to just look through online sources. I told her that half the fun of it is the serendipity of what else you might find in that Dewey Decimal area. And the power of browsing through a collection instead of having the first Google hit presented to you. It’s how you start curating your own set of knowledge instead of just memorizing facts.

      Thank you for raising me in a house full of reference books! (I do wish we had that encyclopedia volume with the human body acetate plates, though.) We didn’t have a lot of stuff, but we had a world of information just lying around the house for a kid to discover.

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  16. This is what we listen to in our kitchen. The good stuff.

    The musicianship in this is almost incredible.

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  17. 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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  18. Lucille says:

    Wictor has an unusual take on North Korea and it’s entirely plausible…

    Thread by @ThomasWictor: “(1) THERE WE GO. Kim Jong-un is now totally free.

    (2) “U.S. officials believe there was some dissension in the military about Kim’s approaches to South Korea and the United States.”

    (3) YOU BETCHA!

    The Korean Peoples’ Army ran the country.

    They had all the heavy weaponry. Kim’s bodyguards are limited to light weapons.

    Read the rest at…
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1003417319232552960.html

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I do believe I’ve said thaty Kim rules at the behest of the military and that I’m pretty sure China has moles planted therein. I’m wondering if some of the arrersts and executions in the NK military weren’t to purge what insiders saw as the deceased being too close to China or Russia – eliminate first, worry about confirming later.
      If someone(s) in the NK military ruling class didn’t see some benefits or didn’t have a gun to their heads Kim never could have done this. Let’s see how Putin’s anteing up plays in on this.

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  19. czarowniczy says:

    The President has just disinvited the entire Philadelphia Eagles from their Super Bowl championship visit to the White House. He said that as the team wanted to send a smaller delegation as some were not going to attend due to Trump’s stand on their not standing for the National Anthem, they could all stay home. The celebration would still go on but it would be held in honor of the US military AND the National Anthem would be played….one would presume without Spanish subtitles.

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    • litenmaus says:

      That is sooo cool lovely. (he’s definitely a smoochable fella).

      I’m impressed, your little guy is pristine, did you ever use him as your main phone?

      And by the way, the chair(?) that you’ve got Opus standing on looks pretty ‘sweet’ as well.

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      • lovely says:

        I bought Opus at a rummage sale years ago but never really used him as a phone.

        I love my old chair. A friend once asked me if I needed a new chair on his first visit to my house 😀.

        That I’ll take a picture of tomorrow 🙂 . (I had to dust Opus off for his photo session 😉).

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        • litenmaus says:

          I want to go to rummage sales in your neck of the woods….you’re right, your Opus deserves to sit in a place of honor…great piece lovely.

          Need a new chair….Bwahahahaha

          Please do share a picture, (dusted or not :0)

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