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  1. Yep. It's a good metaphor for progressive...

    Yep. It's a good metaphor for progressive initiatives in general.
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    Not my cup of tea. I generally like to keep...

    Not my cup of tea. I generally like to keep styles in their own arena, but that's OK. The dance shows on TV don't do much for me either.

    On the other hand I think the show dancing of the first...
  3. I believe our energy independence is what enabled...

    I believe our energy independence is what enabled our new posture in the world, that Trump exploited to, for example, avoid new military entanglements and forge "peace in the Middle East" with the...
  4. I guess those aren't the people who matter.

    I guess those aren't the people who matter.
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    I may know Brother #4, alcohol the drug of choice...

    I may know Brother #4, alcohol the drug of choice with this one. I don't for the life of me understand what makes him buy an expensive car, for example.
  6. Thread: Fouci forever

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    :table: edit: he's got the media bug in his...

    :table:

    edit: he's got the media bug in his federal-government-paid-for claws

    He's been smitten by limelight.

    I don't know if he's playing any sort of sophisticated scam, as some skeptical...
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    It's a tiny market, and to add competition even...

    It's a tiny market, and to add competition even if only for the novelty's sake is a blow to aspiring ballerinas.

    I'm just noticing that the effect is, as always, unidirectional. Male dancers...
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    Very unwoke of you! Certainly not up to the...

    Very unwoke of you! Certainly not up to the effete standards of NPR!

    You must be canceled! :devil:
  9. Biden 'plans to cancel $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline permit as one of his first acts in office'

    Let the stupid begin.

    Biden 'plans to cancel $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline permit as one of his first acts in office' after Trump made it a central campaign promise
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    AOC uses a big word

    https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/01/AOC.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1236&h=820&crop=1

    AOC proposes funding to deprogram white supremacists
    I don't know. . . "nihilist" is a...
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    Women lose again.

    Just saying.

    Progressive initiatives invariably hurt those they pretend to represent. Progressives are all for women's rights, of course. But here, women again lose out to men who'd like to...
  12. Thread: Fouci forever

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    It strains credulity, manly.

    It strains credulity, manly.
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    For many it's not an easy choice. And take your...

    For many it's not an easy choice. And take your coat example. You may not have $300 for a long-lasting coat when you need a coat, long-lasting or not.

    Thank goodness we have a slew of...
  14. Thread: Fouci forever

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    Fouci forever

    He doesn't want people to panic.

    Fauci warns of ‘more ominous’ strains of COVID-19 from Brazil, South Africa
    Wake me up when they get a strain that infects people through their unmasked noses.
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    Pelosi: Trump is the worst president in our...

    Pelosi: Trump is the worst president in our history. Unfit to serve. Deranged. Mentally incompetent. Corrupt. Sold out to foreign enemies. A clear and present danger to America.

    Biden: Hold my...
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    Portland bellies up to the trough. Portland...

    Portland bellies up to the trough.

    Portland City Council Demands Reparations From Congress
    The late radio host Bob Grant used to say, often enough, "It's sick out there, and getting sicker."
    ...
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    He's a popular financial advice guru, who's main...

    He's a popular financial advice guru, who's main principle is that being free of debt is the foundation of wealth. His signature moment on his radio show—unless it has changed; I haven't listened to...
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    Movin' on up....

    to the East Coast...
    She fin'lly gets her piece of the pie.

    Joe Biden Nominates Gretchen Whitmer as DNC Vice Chair
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    Biden and the Whitmer.


    Michiganders can't a break:
  19. Poland plans to make censoring of social media accounts illegal

    In The Guardian:
    Has the heart for free speech been cut out of America and transplanted elsewhere. Possibly.

    I think the living experience of tyranny resonates more elsewhere.
  20. Thread: Protest

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    :shakehead: So the lady in red (apologies to...

    :shakehead:

    So the lady in red (apologies to songwriter Chris De Burgh) is your ally in this mess?
  21. Thread: Protest

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    Good job. Good luck. Not for nothing, the...

    Good job. Good luck.

    Not for nothing, the masks are ridiculous.
  22. Thread: Why?

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    I think this is the measure ...

    I think this is the measure of how furious and comprehensive the repression of conservative thought is to be, now that the left is coming into power.

    There is to be no rationale, much less logic...
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    The proposals to "license" journalists and...

    The proposals to "license" journalists and subsidize chosen outlets like the NYT still lurk in the wings. (I think should the NYT become the state media, they should be forced to rename themselves...
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    Cuomo leads the parade

    of blue governors who will be asking demanding the red states bail them out.

    Cuomo urges Biden to deliver on billions in aid at State of the State address "Do justice." Alrighty then.

    Cuomo le...
  25. And I thought P-E stood for President Elect. ...

    And I thought P-E stood for President Elect.

    Similarly, it appears White House correspondents now attending Joe are prepped by being in an induced coma. Or maybe they just get a half liter of...
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    They'll also need to march double time.

    They'll also need to march double time.
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    Wanna be "top Republican"? Easy peasy

    At least according to the AP:

    Top Republican says Trump committed ‘impeachable offenses’

    Pat Toomey in this case.
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    Anti-trust legislation needs to be fashioned to...

    Anti-trust legislation needs to be fashioned to suit. It's as if, back in 1776, one hyper-partisan publisher came to control 95% of all printed material in the colonies. Of course that was a physical...
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    We've faced this before. When a new industry...

    We've faced this before. When a new industry develops, it commonly first presents as a monopoly or near about. Classic example is oil and Standard Oil.

    So "Big Tech" is a new industry, and we have...
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    The day the First Amendment Died

    Friday, January 8, 2021. I've never imagined anything like it, certainly not in America.

    There were hints and precedents, of course, and of course the worst is yet to come. But Friday was the...
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    American citizens. (What, you think the Democrats...

    American citizens. (What, you think the Democrats will shunt any illegal immigrants off to camp, after all the noise they've made for years about cages and detention centers? :laugh: )

    New York...
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    Pelosi still trying to stay ahead of the young...

    Pelosi still trying to stay ahead of the young radicals. I don't know if she noticed that unlike his recent predecessors Trump has launched ZERO military strikes.

    Pelosi asks top general about...
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    Their cup runneth over

    with hatred. My apologies to the 23rd Psalm. And really, it's more like a vinegar and baking soda "volcano" exploding in the media on the heels of the destructive invasion of the Capitol Wednesday....
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    :encourage: Here in southwest Florida...

    :encourage:

    Here in southwest Florida vaccinations are going apace, but the system is jammed by the demand. A big part of the problem is that people are driving in from out of state to get...
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    I think it's sort of a Stuart Smalley complex:...

    I think it's sort of a Stuart Smalley complex: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."

    They cling to the ego-centered belief that if the intruders—or any angry...
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    Anarchists, antifa and such, are equal...

    Anarchists, antifa and such, are equal opportunity haters. They hate the establishment, and I think the liberal Democrats are fools to think they can win their allegiance. Here's the hapless...
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    It wasn't our Republic.

    It wasn't our Republic.
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    Probably. A country that loads its...

    Probably.

    A country that loads its anti-aircraft guns with liturgical books is probably lost already.

    ;) Meanwhile, I saw a video of protesters in the Rotunda of the Capital, noisy but walking...
  39. That's what scapegoats are for. It wasn't their...

    That's what scapegoats are for. It wasn't their fault everything went off the rails. It was them, the nefarious, the dark enemies [liberals are allowed to say 'dark' without being racist] enemies of...
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    What? He's trying not to pee when his Depends are...

    What? He's trying not to pee when his Depends are already full.
  41. Someone who was very hungry.

    Someone who was very hungry.
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    Please, show me where it says that protests are...

    Please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful. Because I can show you that outraged citizens are the ones who have made America what she is and led to any major...
  43. Thread: Tweet Cinco

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    I still can't see the damn tweets.

    I still can't see the damn tweets.
  44. Thread: Michele...

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    A premature rejection issue here?

    A premature rejection issue here?
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    I do so hope he sold everything when Paul Krugman...

    I do so hope he sold everything when Paul Krugman told him to.
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    If you think back to Saul Alinsky, the godfather...

    If you think back to Saul Alinsky, the godfather of the antifa generation, he never offers justification, or some vision of a better future. His aim was entirely and only to tear down the...
  47. Well put. I don't believe "antiracism" covers...

    Well put.

    I don't believe "antiracism" covers the objective, though. I remember a moment maybe two decades ago when I had the occasion to be alone in a 4th or 5th grade classroom, and I had a...
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    I'm sorry Norm left NEIP. His gloating would be...

    I'm sorry Norm left NEIP. His gloating would be timely.
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    A Rainy Night in Georgia

    The old Brook Benton song, of course. At the moment Democrats Ossoff and Warnock are poised to claim both senate seats in the run-offs, throwing Senate control to Schumer and the Democrats.

    New...
  50. Thread: Tweet Cinco

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    I can't see the tweet. :mad:

    I can't see the tweet. :mad:
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    :lmao: We have a winner! © Mark

    :lmao: We have a winner! © Mark
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    :laugh: Well now, in line with "gun violence,"...

    :laugh:

    Well now, in line with "gun violence," this need a wokening -

    "Some shit exited my behind and befouled* the living room rug! It's somebody else's fault, and somebody else needs to...
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    Portland kicks off 2021 with a riot for the new...

    Portland kicks off 2021 with a riot for the new year
    I'm charmed by some of the euphemisms in this report:


    The raucous protest broke up around 2 a.m. only after police used inert smoke and...
  54. Thread: A Quote

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    I believe when people call for blood you should...

    I believe when people call for blood you should believe them, if for no other reason than rehearsing an act enables it. Works for fire escape drills and political bloodletting.

    "I want blood."
    ...
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    Ted Wheeler's Epiphany

    Portland Mayor Admits Failure in Dealing with Antifa, Asks for Federal, State Help
    I recall Mayor Ted declaring solidarity with the "protesters" and raining invectives down on the bad Orange...
  56. There’s something peculiar about the vandalism at Pelosi’s house

    Andrea Widburg raises a skeptical eyebrow about the attack on Pelosi's house. Or at least, on her garage door.

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    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EqsLwDMVoAA7b4u?format=jpg&name=900x900

    I...
  57. Thread: 2020 returns

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    Yep. I wonder if it has a tranquilizing effect...

    Yep.

    I wonder if it has a tranquilizing effect on the opposition to the installation of Biden. Sort of, "Well, maybe it won't be so bad...."
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    May the year ahead, for you and yours, be the...

    May the year ahead, for you and yours, be the best one yet.
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    A census workaround?

    Census Bureau to miss deadline, threatening Trump's attempt to exclude illegal migrants from census
    The census provides a wealth of information in general, and to omit a huge chunk of "persons"...
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    Good essay: An 18-year-old boy's terrible...

    Good essay:

    An 18-year-old boy's terrible revenge on a girl who never harmed him
    Andrea Widburg.
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    Because that's where the boys are? ...

    Because that's where the boys are?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqgl0VRJW0E
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    Consider the NPR copy that introduces it, italics...

    Consider the NPR copy that introduces it, italics added here:


    If you've been living under the rock 2020 dropped on all of us back in March and spent the last nine months finding comfort in the...
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    Me likewise. But also I don't think the pop...

    Me likewise. But also I don't think the pop culture was so coarse. The Temptations' big hit ("I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day...") wasn't "My Bitch."


    Yet isn't it odd how hurt they can be by...
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    We didn't (couldn't) record every little damn...

    We didn't (couldn't) record every little damn thing, every clever snark, every adolescent impulse to be cheeky, for posterity. What adult wants to be held accountable for everything he or she said at...
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    Sign of the times

    Black Teenager Posts Video of White College Student Singing Rap Lyrics, Prompting a Digital Lynch Mob to Ruin Her Life
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    Here is the NYTimes piece, in a source without a paywall.

    The...
  66. Thread: Guardians

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    I thought it was obvious. 3375 "I'ma guard...

    I thought it was obvious.

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    "I'ma guard Ian."

    :bolt:
  67. Thread: De-Boxing Day

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    It's about as close as I get to crossfit training.

    It's about as close as I get to crossfit training.
  68. Thread: De-Boxing Day

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    De-Boxing Day

    With apologies to America's attic, this day after Christmas has witnessed the beginning of a new family tradition in our household, cleaning out the cardboard boxes, though from our garage, not our...
  69. Thread: St. Fauci Day

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    A quick read with an interesting take: Media...

    A quick read with an interesting take:

    Media idolatry of Dr. Fauci becoming patently and verifiably absurd

    Thomas Lifson here spotlights a particular example of fawning media, an unctuous CBS...
  70. No, he died about 1974, and it wasn't on anyone's...

    No, he died about 1974, and it wasn't on anyone's mind. His widow, my grandmother, passed a few years later, but again, it just wasn't a topic we thought about.
  71. Thread: St. Fauci Day

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    Something I read today called him a "government...

    Something I read today called him a "government clerk." OK, but he's slavishly followed by millions, most of whom are named Karen.
  72. Thread: St. Fauci Day

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    St. Fauci Day

    Tomorrow, the day after Christmas, is St. Stephen's Day, the setting for the carol/ballad "Good King Wenceslas" and "The St. Stephens Day Murders."


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8fPvODASoI
    ...
  73. Love it. In 1918, when my grandfather was 20,...

    Love it.

    In 1918, when my grandfather was 20, he began courting my Boston blueblood grandmother on his rakish motorcycle.

    It was effective. They got married a couple of years later, and my...
  74. More on the Immaculate Election of Joe Biden

    How Joe lost the Latino and Asian vote to Trump: The staggering shift of traditional blue voters to the right amid claims they were 'taken for granted' and what that means for future elections in the...
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    Now that there is another difference between...

    Now that there is another difference between Alaska and Florida. My wife and I both tend to leave snakes alone, though I've heard the pythons in the Everglades appreciate a good bellyrub.

    :bolt:
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    Yes, he's telling the truth again, sort of like...

    Yes, he's telling the truth again, sort of like when he said he had "the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in history."


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA8a2g6tTp0
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    Alaska is the squirrels nest in the corner they...

    Alaska is the squirrels nest in the corner they didn't seal off.
  78. US Congressional District NY #22 still undecided

    Almost two months out, and counting.

    NY 22 has been redrawn any number of times, most recently after the 2010 census, logically. It went then from being a Democratic district to a Republican one....
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    and Merry Christmas!

    and Merry Christmas!
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    I've played that tune many times ("Twas in the...

    I've played that tune many times ("Twas in the moon of wintertime") without knowing any of the background. I would never have guessed that Huron was its original language.

    They say Canada is...
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    So will every life form, I think, though most are...

    So will every life form, I think, though most are limited by getting eaten alive.
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    Our darkest days are ahead of us

    Joe Biden's inspiring message on Christmas Eve.

    Biden says 'our darkest days' in battling Covid-19 'are ahead of us'

    And, of course, he's wrong again. Days are getting longer after the...
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    Indeed so. We've lived through a lot of such...

    Indeed so. We've lived through a lot of such changes.

    The reason word lists are "necessary" is that the activists are pushing hard, and much faster than society wants to change. Scotching the...
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    Perhaps my favorite of all: ...

    Perhaps my favorite of all:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvi8DAGUu5I

    Peace and strength to all, this Christmas Eve.
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    Of course, and there is also a germ of goodness...

    Of course, and there is also a germ of goodness in every socialist, autocratic impulse. Gosh, you want a better world? Sign me up!

    There's a Bad Mood Rising, though: Would that such impulses bore...
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    Daveman, sending a slow, fat one right over the...

    Daveman, sending a slow, fat one right over the plate:
    Newman takes a swing:

    Univ of Mich dept releases list of acceptable words, Tucker and Mark Steyn offer some words of their own...
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    In point of fact, Celeste, you and I are in...

    In point of fact, Celeste, you and I are in agreement.

    The subjunctive is different than most grammatical terms in that it exists to express the author's intent beyond what the words themselves...
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    It would not be useless, were there photos. ...

    It would not be useless, were there photos.

    Our cultural rage is to respect all interpretations of standard English, and while the brittle edge has Elvis singing, "I be so lonely I could die,"...
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    Oi. ;)

    Oi. ;)
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    :laugh: Go figure. Y'know, in West Texas back...

    :laugh: Go figure.

    Y'know, in West Texas back in the day—talking about well nigh a century ago—my 97-yr-old mother's aunt had a small ranch and set out a container or two of milk to be picked up a...
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    I wouldn't know.

    I wouldn't know.
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    Ain't it the truth. For almost all working...

    Ain't it the truth.

    For almost all working musicians, if you dare calculate the hours of practice involved you'd probably do better scouring ditches for deposit bottles. My back pocket advice for...
  93. Older song, but a good'un. After the Great War...

    Older song, but a good'un. After the Great War but before the Roaring Twenties.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y041-eT6QrI

    It reminds me of "Side By Side," which came a little later (1927),...
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    Well, she's a lawyer, and you ever know if a...

    Well, she's a lawyer, and you ever know if a lawyer is telling you what they believe, or what they want you to think they believe.

    Sorry, lawyers among us, but liar and lawyer are almost homonyms....
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    I'm not reading carefully here. Her kids are...

    I'm not reading carefully here. Her kids are older.

    What bar is there that prevents her from working 30 hours?



    I was more sympathetic when I was misreading it. :D

    Want the 30 hour...
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    Most of this blue whale legislation is authored...

    Most of this blue whale legislation is authored by J Street lobbyists and lawyers.
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    She's in a difficult position, no question, and...

    She's in a difficult position, no question, and that's what invites irrational thinking. When you hear nods to "survivors" like, "She raised three kids on her own after her husband died," this is the...
  98. Thread: Tweet Cinco

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    Celeste gets to see it and I don't? Harrumph. ...

    Celeste gets to see it and I don't? Harrumph.

    I can't find a way to view it, Frostbit.
  99. I think she's singing that old tune to herself,...

    I think she's singing that old tune to herself, "We're in the Money."

    That song came out in 1933.
  100. Thread: Fuck Whitmer

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    :lmao: It took a bit for me to recover. . . .

    :lmao:

    It took a bit for me to recover. . . .
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