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  1. :laugh: Remember the sport made of McCain's...

    :laugh:

    Remember the sport made of McCain's many houses back in 2008?

    McCain unsure how many houses he owns

    This time around Bernie has done all right, for a share-the-wealth kind of guy.
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    :laugh: So Trump and Pompeo it appears are...

    :laugh:

    So Trump and Pompeo it appears are saving the planet by staying put, and letting the Russian Foreign Minister come to them. Stayin' put for Putin's input, you might say. I wouldn't, but...
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    Too funny. :laugh: I start reacting to the IG...

    Too funny. :laugh:

    I start reacting to the IG report as I read it, page 14 in the first post, pages 19, 20 in a following post, and you're accusing me of "waiting to be told what to think."

    I...
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    USMCA trade agreement reached

    Reported by Fox News.
    There are several sticking points with Mexico the reports highlights, but the tone is that these are not insurmountable.


    It seems the pressure is on Nancy Pelosi to prove...
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    I think you are mistaken. And perhaps I was...

    I think you are mistaken. And perhaps I was hasty, in considering this report merely a scold.

    The Democratic spin, courtesy of Slate:

    Bill Barr slams his own department’s IG report debunking...
  6. In a nearby thread I posted this graph...

    In a nearby thread I posted this graph comparing the stock market for the first three years of various presidents:

    ...
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    Calamari

    Calamari
  8. How things work

    How a $60 million book deal for an author who doesn't write came to be?

    Obama gave Common Core contract to publisher, got $65-million book deal in return?

    There are several moving pieces, but...
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    Navidad

    Navidad
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    From pages 19 and 20:

    From pages 19 and 20:
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    So this careful monitoring, which should require...

    So this careful monitoring, which should require a paper trail for every single decision and action by every FBI employee, should last about twenty or thirty years, long enough for the Grossly...
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    The Horowitz report

    Redacted for public release.

    Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation
    (PDF)

    A scroll through the Executive Summary suggests a new...
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    car

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    murderer

    murderer
  15. What's Going on With Drudge? Rasmussen Claims 'Matt's Not There Anymore...Word Is He Sold'

    Some hearsay from PJ Media:

    The article (Paula Bolyard) quotes several tweets, including the image of this one:
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    Another conservative portal not mentioned that I caught in the article is...
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    She denied having ever said it, I believe. But it...

    She denied having ever said it, I believe. But it stuck like glue.
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    The facts were in dispute. What settled the...

    No. It was settled by the fact that he was born in the United States. What the fuck are you talking about? Elections don't settle facts.[/QUOTE]The facts were in dispute. What settled the argument...
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    Billy (and Norm) roundly disagree with everyone...

    Billy (and Norm) roundly disagree with everyone else posting in this thread, it's fair to say, but that's not a disagreement with the original point, which I posted but which properly belongs to...
  19. Portland considers “mandatory rest spaces” for the homeless on private property

    From Hot Air (Jazz Shaw):

    Forcing somebody else to accommodate a problem is the lazy, progressive answer to many things.

    Seattle once considered buying specially designed shopping carts to...
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    If Clarice goes in with a scalpel Michael Goodwi...

    If Clarice goes in with a scalpel Michael Goodwin throws in some salt.
    Goodwin makes a quick review of Trump's domestic and international successes, including this:

    And he lands on this, the dual...
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    bags Sorry; couldn't resist. . . . :tiphat:

    bags

    Sorry; couldn't resist. . . . :tiphat:
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    tea

    tea
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    Arizona

    Arizona
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    Phoenix

    Phoenix
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    Clarice Feldman...

    Clarice Feldman on Sunday morning. She's joining the ranks of impeachment skeptics.

    And this:

    I agree.
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    We subscribe to our local anti-Trump newspaper....

    We subscribe to our local anti-Trump newspaper. Masochistic, I suppose. (I seldom read it for national news per se though.)
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    river

    river
  28. Thread: Funnies

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    Explaining a joke never works. If the camouflage...

    Explaining a joke never works. If the camouflage and the innocence of the caption don't jar you into a chuckle or two, I can't help you. ;)
  29. Thread: Funnies

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    Yikes! :laugh:

    Yikes! :laugh:
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    So it turns out that the one significant sector...

    So it turns out that the one significant sector not sharing the bounty of this economy is the media, especially the news media!

    7,700 people have lost their jobs so far this year in a media...
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    Somewhere lying about is a cockamamie theory...

    Somewhere lying about is a cockamamie theory about a bargain that would include Trump's resignation, and some work-around that would plant Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office.

    It's all nonsense, of...
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    Sen. Warren explains how it works

    A short clip from a suck-up interview, in which she's "pressed" to say how she's going to pay for her ideas, here a couple of school funding items, not relieving student loan debt:

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  33. The low box office numbers indicate that women...

    The low box office numbers indicate that women were not looking at this movie, either.
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    Zorba (the geek)

    Zorba (the geek)
  35. Thread: Bloomberg News

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    I suppose so. ;) 2508

    I suppose so. ;)


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    mantis

    mantis
  37. Mandating benefits of this magnitude has a big...

    Mandating benefits of this magnitude has a big downside.

    It erases an incentive businesses use to keep employees, and discourages private benevolence. This always happens when government presumes...
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    "Immaterial," to be accurate. And so it is. ...

    "Immaterial," to be accurate.

    And so it is.

    Now that is a supreme bit of slippery rhetoric! Norm would dismiss a subject because of an immaterial mistake.

    Of course he would. The subject,...
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    Adam Schiff's overreach has hardly begun to play...

    Adam Schiff's overreach has hardly begun to play itself out. Kimberly Strassel offers an op-ed in the WSJ:

    Adam Schiff Is Watching

    The WSJ editorial board has pounced, too:

    Schiff’s...
  40. Will this be a gripe thread? I like the new...

    Will this be a gripe thread?

    I like the new LED lights. (I did NOT like the curly florescents.) They're bright, instant, dimmable, and I'm not concerned to go chasing the light switch the moment...
  41. Another thing worth remembering is the initial...

    Another thing worth remembering is the initial slap-in-the-face, learning curve face plant both Obama and Trump (among others) experienced.

    For Obama it was a relatively small thing, the Close...
  42. Late in the piece Cillizza puts in his Yes, but...

    Late in the piece Cillizza puts in his Yes, but bid:


    Both points are a nod to the 96% negative coverage by the Democratic media, in my opinion.

    To the first point, job approval re the economy...
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    Meaning stuff like this: Bottom Falls Out as...

    Meaning stuff like this:

    Bottom Falls Out as CNN Ratings Hit 3-Year Low

    There was a time when Fox was being eclipsed by the Democratic media, Rachel Maddow in particular. As I recall that was...
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    This "Impeach 45!" drive has nothing to do with...

    This "Impeach 45!" drive has nothing to do with saving democracy, etc., all the things Ms Pelosi invoked at the podium today.

    It has merely become a partisan election tool, per Rep. Green's...
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    And it's immaterial. That's the word I should...

    And it's immaterial. That's the word I should have used. Mounting your outrage and indignation on that pin is pointless.

    :table: I crack myself up.

    And here's another LIE!:


    I'd looked...
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    oopsie dog

    oopsie

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    Jones

    Jones
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    Yeah I saw that in the spokesman's careful words...

    Yeah I saw that in the spokesman's careful words I underscored above.

    Schiff subpoenaed the phone company to get the phone records of two of Trump's lawyers. I wonder when Giuliani and Parnas knew...
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    eerie

    eerie
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    Aha! I see. According to the Daily Beast,...

    Aha! I see.

    According to the Daily Beast, quoted earlier:

    Emphasis added.

    Well, that's the head of a pin if ever there was one.

    In the video included earlier, O'Donnell says the phone...
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    For good reason. The Democrats are running an...

    For good reason.

    The Democrats are running an "investigation" as farcical and one-sided as Bloomberg News "journalism."
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    What exactly is the complete lie? Solomon's...

    What exactly is the complete lie?

    Solomon's phone records weren't subpoenaed; he was exposed indirectly. Which is awkward but neither lied about that I saw nor illegal that I'm aware of.

    I...
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    I might have to take a peek at some Democratic...

    I might have to take a peek at some Democratic media tonight (CNN, MSNBC) to see how they're balancing the two stories, the press to impeach the president, and the economic news.

    edit: maybe...
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    We'd probably still be hearing things like Nancy...

    We'd probably still be hearing things like Nancy Pelosi, Pious Catholic, tell us that unemployment benefits are the best jobs creator.
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    :lmao:

    :lmao:
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    I'm a Russian asset. :D Or a Ukrainian asset....

    I'm a Russian asset. :D

    Or a Ukrainian asset. It's hard to tell at this point.
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    America Created 266,000 Jobs in November

    "The imaginary recession of 2019 is over.

    The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs for the month and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, matching the lowest level in 50 years."

    As reported at...
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    Considering Schiff lied about having contact with...

    Considering Schiff lied about having contact with the so-called whistle-blower, and considering that he later lied about knowing who that person is, there's more reason to suspect evidence in his...
  59. Nancy Pelosi Announces Democrats Will Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment

    As reported at Breitbart:
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    This was her presser, so somber, at which she got a bit heated when asked if she hates Trump.

    'I Pray for the President All the Time.' Nancy Pelosi...
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    I admitted nothing. I asked a question.

    I admitted nothing. I asked a question.
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    How would we know until we see them?

    How would we know until we see them?
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    His phone records, yes, so it appears. The...

    His phone records, yes, so it appears.

    The nicest touch was that by some House rule applicable to his committee star chamber hearings, the Republicans, who were informed of the subpoenas, were not...
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    run

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    childhood

    childhood
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    Frostbit confused this thread with the...

    Frostbit confused this thread with the Punctilious Word Association one.

    :D
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    Adam Schiff’s Attack on the Free Press

    David Harsanyi, in the National Review:


    This story has been unfolding for several days, exclusively (to my knowledge) in so-called conservative media outlets:

    Shock: Adam Schiff Investigated...
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    DNC Demands More Censorship by Facebook of...

    DNC Demands More Censorship by Facebook of ‘Misinformation’

    This is Breitbart (Allum Bokhari), not DNC friendly turf, but it says:


    However, the DNC CEO stopped short of calling for a...
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    Castaway

    Castaway
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    That's the statement with which I most ardently...

    That's the statement with which I most ardently agree, and a big reason I find censoring so abhorrent.

    Now, back to liberal talk radio a moment. "Good," in your phrase, "if it were any good,"...
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    Is this the living, breathing Constitution we've...

    Is this the living, breathing Constitution we've heard tell about?
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    & Barnes

    & Barnes
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    Yep, she zinged him well. Bottom line,...

    Yep, she zinged him well.

    Bottom line, though, she folded like a cheap camera and is headed home. Trump is still #45, and likely to be #45².
  74. Thread: Bloomberg News

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    Not at all. My rank speculation is that the...

    Not at all.

    My rank speculation is that the Bloomberg staff figures Mayor Mike will return to work whenever his billionaire's fling runs its course. That is, he won't become #46.

    So no one at...
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    Giving up soy for Lent? I'm in! surprise

    Giving up soy for Lent? I'm in!

    surprise
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    Newt

    Newt
  77. Thread: Bloomberg News

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    Bloomberg News

    Mike Bloomberg stepped aside from direct control of Bloomberg News, if I recall correctly, but I don't know why. Bloomberg News is taking "journalism" to a new world, more like Media Matters than...
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    "You didn't build that" all over again. ...

    "You didn't build that" all over again.

    Modern liberals have not only turned the word "liberal" on its head, but with this beguiling sophistry they'd deny credit to individual initiative,...
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    Horizontal again

    :rolleyes:

    As the song says, "I wake up in the morning, know it's gonna be good, I stick out my elbows and I don't bump wood."


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEMXGDfgz8M
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    Richie Rich and Mothra Again. googol

    Richie Rich and Mothra

    Again.

    googol
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    Bloomberg and Trump? Just kidding. ...

    Bloomberg and Trump?

    Just kidding.

    gazillion
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    It might not. But when you have a small...

    It might not.

    But when you have a small handful of people controlling the flow of information, you simply do not have freedom of speech, regardless how open-minded or Solomonic those people may...
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    In the Founders' time, the "Freedom from...

    In the Founders' time, the "Freedom from Religion" zealots would've been the "Freedom from Catholics," "Freedom from Protestants," "Freedom from paganism/Jewry/atheism" or just "sinners" in general.
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    So we say. But I don't think they wanted to...

    So we say.

    But I don't think they wanted to overhaul society, akin to Obama's famous declaration October 30, 2008:


    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of...
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    stars

    stars
  86. If you ever read that the price of gold collapsed...

    If you ever read that the price of gold collapsed overnight, you'll know that I decided to go all in the day before.

    :laugh:
  87. I'm no golfer, but I understood the "short...

    I'm no golfer, but I understood the "short strokes" term. The jack-off joke would be crude, and gosh, you'd never do that.

    :)
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    "Horizontal Harris" is a nickname yours truly did...

    "Horizontal Harris" is a nickname yours truly did NOT make up. (Nor is "Heels up" Harris.)
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    "Heels up" Harris? That would be mean. Gosh, I...

    "Heels up" Harris? That would be mean. Gosh, I would never do that.
  90. I really did laugh out loud this morning to see...

    I really did laugh out loud this morning to see that. As I type it's down about 350 points.

    Supposedly this is because of "uncertainty" about our trade negotiations with China, and it was...
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    Horizontal again

    Kamala Harris flattens out, drops out.

    Kamala Harris to End Presidential Campaign

    Her collapse totally surprised me. I know Celeste here had a very low opinion of Kamala from the get-go.

    I...
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    Would we say, you can think whatever you want...

    Would we say, you can think whatever you want (opinion), but you just can't say it (action)?

    Would that comport with his idea of free speech?

    edit to add:
    ...
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    So now I've gone ahead and googled that letter by...

    So now I've gone ahead and googled that letter by President Jefferson that was among the first used the words "separation of church & state," and is usually cited in similar discussions:


    We pick...
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    It's tetchy, f'sure. "Social media" is a new...

    It's tetchy, f'sure.

    "Social media" is a new kind of business model, not making devices like phones, or refining resources like oil, or providing services, like restaurants or trucking companies....
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    first

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    Slavery being the most conspicuous compromise?...

    Slavery being the most conspicuous compromise? I'd agree. I don't think their concept of the secular state and a laissez-faire tolerance of local variations was such a compromise, though. (Maybe...
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    Political ads aren't "news" either, Tom. Yes,...

    Political ads aren't "news" either, Tom.

    Yes, the essential conflict is between private rights and public rights.

    In the larger frame that issue has long been settled. We don't accept private...
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    I don't think that's what he's saying. All he's...

    I don't think that's what he's saying. All he's saying is that the media hostility was the "primary similarity" between the Watergate era and the present one.
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    I used "snowflake" to mean oversensitive, and I...

    I used "snowflake" to mean oversensitive, and I think it is. Extremely.

    Apparently the majority offered a variety of opinions. Here's my :.02:

    The Anglican church was a thorn in the side of...
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    Or as I heard last week, in a re-make of the old...

    Or as I heard last week, in a re-make of the old one-liner: They should self-identify as a tree and leave.
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