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Apr 18 2017

Open Thread


On a tip from Torcer.

44 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Bodhisattva says:

    The graphic for this thread could also read:


    One major effect of unconstitutional gun restrictions, as is often mentioned here, is to disarm the sane, law-abiding public, making them easy pickings for the criminals and the criminally insane.

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    So now every race is a “referendum on Trump” – and note each time the Democrat loses they quickly go on to talk about the next “referendum” coming up… and will continue to do so until one goes the other way.

    Georgia (6th District House seat) looks like it’s going to a runoff:

    Some believe Tuesday’s vote was a kind of early referendum on the Trump administration.

    Democrats thought they could win it. Republicans are trying to hold onto what has always been considered a Conservative stronghold.

    Channel 2’s Carl Willis went to Handel’s headquarters in north Fulton County, where she was looking forward to a runoff.

    “We cannot let an untested, unproved, inexperienced ally of Nancy Pelosi steal a seat that has been held by the great leaders of Tom Price, Johnny Isakson and Newt Gingrich,” she said.

    Channel 2’s Richard Elliot was at Ossoff’s watch party in Dunwoody, where he, too, looked forward to continuing the race.

    “Let’s show what people power is all about. Let’s show what it means when we say that we have more in common then we have apart. We reject fear and scapegoating and division. We choose to love one another and make things happen and to win,” he said.

    The hotly-contested race has gained national attention.

    When Elliot arrived at the Allgood Road polling place earlier in the day Tuesday, he found a crew from BuzzFeed interviewing Judie Stoker and her family.

    “I think people are actually becoming more aware of politics and want to do something about the path this country’s been on for the last eight years,” Stoker told Elliot.

    WHAT THIS IS – it’s a referendum on the power of Hollywood to sway voters – as Hollywood made a MAJOR push to defeat the crowded Republican field and, once again, the Democrats were only given a single candidate. Plus I would not be surprised if voter fraud played a role – some voting machines were stolen. This may be where the suspect card, which caused a delay in the tally, came from perhaps?

    Fulton County officials said due to data error from one of the cards, they had to manually go through hundreds of cards to find the culprit. Once the “bad card” was found, they were able to resume counting the votes.

    So despite all the advantages, the Democrat challenger has to now face a SINGLE REPUBLICAN in a runoff in June:–regional-govt–politics/georgia-special-election-will-runoff/0vjBeCt3UrCagElSrSAyFJ/

    Democrat Jon Ossoff is headed for a runoff in June against a Republican contender after failing Tuesday to score an upset victory to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress.

    CNN called the race just after midnight.

    The 30-year-old investigative filmmaker aimed for an outright win in the 6th District race, but a furious Republican counterattack joined by President Donald Trump appears to have kept him under 50 percent.

    A Democratic victory would be an embarrassing defeat in a district held for decades by Republicans, and Trump’s opponents would have cast it as a devastating rebuke to his administration. Republicans downplayed the implications, saying Ossoff benefited from a cocktail of money, national attention and enthusiasm that’s nearly impossible to replicate.

    He goes into a June 20 runoff against Karen Handel, a Republican who will try to unify the party after vicious weeks of internal GOP feuding.

    Ossoff outperformed Hillary Clinton in Cobb and DeKalb counties and was running ahead of Clinton’s numbers in Fulton County as well.

    Election officials need to do a thorough check to look for questionable votes – for instance, dead voters still voting.

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    I tell people this & they ignore it time and time again:

    When you are going to spread someone’s ashes, first check the wind direction & speed. Make sure you spread the ashes DOWNWIND and that there are no people DOWNWIND of where you spread them.

    Deceased person’s ashes blow onto Manly ferry passengers during ceremony

    ASHES were scattered off the stern of one of the Manly ferries last Tuesday in an emotional tribute to a loved one.

    But the minute-long ceremony did not all go according to plan as some of the ashes blew down the side of the ferry and onto passengers.

    Luke McKeown was one of the passengers aboard the ferry when the “strange” situation unfolded.

    He was sitting with relatives on the western side of the vessel when it suddenly stopped near South Head.

    It was then announced over the PA system that the ferry was momentarily stopping so a group of people could scatter a family member’s ashes.

    Mr McKeown said there was a strong southerly wind at the time, forcing a lot of the ashes to blow down the side of the boat.

    “We didn’t get any on us but there would’ve been a lot of people who did,” he said.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    “She doesn’t want money” – but watch, she will wind up demanding some, once Gloria Allred contacts her. And she’s admitting up front there are no witnesses, it’s just her word and nothing else to back it.

    “He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”

    Bloom says she spoke with three witnesses who knew the woman at the time and confirmed she was upset and stressed at the end of each workday.

    Witnesses say she was upset and stressed – but cannot corroborate that it had anything to do with O’Reilly. This all supposedly happened in 2008 – almost a decade ago – and she never spoke up about it, to anyone, not once, until now.

    An attorney for Bill O’Reilly, Marc E. Kasowitz, responded with a statement to CNN that read: “It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations.”

    THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE simply an orchestrated attack of fake complaints against key Fox News personnel that has at most a grain or two of truth but the rest is exaggerations and outright lies.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    And of course it happened here in San Diego County:

    The first “dreamer” gets deported – after being caught – and admitting – that he had just entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico by climbing over a border fence in downtown Calexico. The catch is his “dreamer” status expired two years ago, though he denies it did.

    A 23-year-old man sued the federal government Tuesday over his deportation to Mexico, saying he was entitled to remain in the United States under a program that shields people who came to the country as young children.

    Customs and Border Protection said Montes was arrested after climbing over a border fence in downtown Calexico and admitted under oath that he had entered the country illegally.

    Juan Manuel Montes’ attorneys said their client is believed to be the first known person who qualifies for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be deported by President Donald Trump. The attorneys said Montes qualified for DACA in 2014 and renewed his status for two years in 2016.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection disputed the account of Montes’ immigration status, saying that his DACA permit expired in August 2015 and, according to its records, was not renewed.

    The agency said Montes was once convicted of theft and sentenced to probation. His lawyers acknowledged in the lawsuit filed in the Southern District of California that he had a misdemeanor on his record and “minor traffic offenses.”

    Basically his lawsuit argues that the former President said he could stay so the current President has no right to say otherwise.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    This story is supposedly true and a cautionary tale if you find yourself needing medical care in San Francisco. The narrator wound up being scheduled for a colonoscopy there:

    As I lay naked on my side on the table, the gorgeous nurse began my procedure.
    “Don’t worry, at this stage of the procedure it’s quite normal to get an erection,” the nurse told me.
    “I don’t have an erection,” I replied.
    “I do” replied the nurse.

  7. Moniqueabryant says:

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  8. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    One down, Millions to go!
    REPEAL DACA as promised on the campaign trail !

  9. KirklesWorth says:

    Liberal Websites Current Last 5 Articles

    ABC News
    Trump, Erdogan to meet in May: Turkey FM
    Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez found dead in jail cell
    US students satisfied with life, but some foreigners happier
    Ex-Saints star’s killer faces sentencing, but delay possible
    Syria resumes reciprocal evacuations after deadly bombing

    Former New England Patriots star was found hanged in prison cell, authorities say
    He reportedly took steps to prevent rescue
    UK Parliament expected to approve snap election
    Watch: N. Korea performance shows US in flames
    Tillerson: Iran complying with nuke deal, but still sponsors terror

    Daily Kos
    Open thread for night owls: Are we turning our computers into racists?
    Jon Ossoff takes first in special election, forcing a runoff for a seat the GOP’s held for decades
    Daily Kos GA-06 special election liveblog thread
    Daily Kos GA-06 special election liveblog thread
    Daily Kos GA-06 special election liveblog thread

    Huffington Post
    Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Dead In Apparent Suicide
    Here’s How White Asparagus Is Different From Green Asparagus
    Can American Democracy Survive The Era Of Inequality?
    Republicans Are Killing This Regulation In Order To Save It
    Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump’s Presidency ‘Feels Like Dog Years’

    Mother Jones
    Scott Pruitt’s New Plan for the EPA Will Destroy Towns Like This One
    4 in 10 Americans Live in Places Where It Is Unhealthy for Them to Breathe
    Trump Has Okayed a Pesticide That Terrifies These Families
    Tracy K. Smith’s Resistance Reading
    Jon Ossoff Does Well in Georgia 6th, But Still Headed for a Runoff

    Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison cell
    Something happening or not? What Ossoff…
    Shattered: Authors share the story behind…
    Pres. Trump orders review of Iran Nuclear…
    Business deal in China for Ivanka Trump’s…

    Morning News Brief: Venezuelan Protests, Georgia Runoff, Egypt
    Cokie Roberts Answers Your Tax Questions
    Historian Says The U.S. Is ‘Losing Hearts And Minds In Afghanistan’
    Why Theresa May Called For An Early U.K. Election
    Mattis Travels To Saudi Arabia

    To be continued: Georgia special election ends in runoff, as Jon Ossoff comes shy of majority
    France’s wild presidential election is up for grabs — and the populist wave of 2017 has not yet run its course
    New election analysis: Yes, it really was blatant racism that gave us President Donald Trump
    The opposite of MAGA: Public goods made America great and can do so again
    Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save its beaches

    To the Manners Born
    Mark Sanford Welcomes Your Abuse
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    What Happened to the Crack Epidemic?
    Fake Working Class

    This Photographer Turns the Feminine Ideal on its Head
    Disgraced Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell
    Even Theresa May’s Own Lawmakers Had No Idea About the UK’s Snap Election
    The Creative Women of Los Angeles
    Christian Candidate Likely to Lose Key Election That Laid Bare Indonesia’s Sectarian Divide

  10. KirklesWorth says:

    Right Wing News: The Nation: Know What’s Worse Than Chemical Weapons Used On Children? Carbon Pollution!

    Juan Cole: “The gas attack in Syria on April 4 consumed the world’s attention and galvanized the Trump White House, leading to the launch of 59 cruise missiles on a small airport from which the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been bombing the fundamentalist rebels in Idlib Province. The pictures of suffering children, Trump said, had touched him. Yet the president and most of his party are committed to increasing the daily release of hundreds of thousands of tons of a far more deadly gas. And that is carbon dioxide. Climate scientist James Hansen has described our current emissions as like setting off 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs each day, every day of the year.”

  11. OldSailor says:

    A hearty “Well done Marine” and thank you to Mr. Damigo!

  12. KirklesWorth says:

    Still too many vagaries for me, even though I could only stand to watch him when Dennis Miller came on his show years ago.

  13. Mr. Freemarket says:

    I haven’t been able to stand him for many years. It was clear he would do anything to secure an interview with Obama. Plus, when he had two liberal guests on his show with no conservative to present the opposing view, demonstrated he had no interest in being fair and balanced.

  14. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:


  15. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    I can’t stand that phony, but the case is more than contrived.

  16. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    Another fakedreadder..

  17. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:


    MSNBC Contributor Deletes Tweet Calling for ISIS Bombing of Trump Property

  18. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Could be. However, he has paid out over $16 million in settlements. That’s more than chump change to me.

  19. WMD says:

    It’s the same guy in the meme photo above!!

  20. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    I don’t know the details, but could be his lawyer or FOX told him to settle. Could be he stood to lose more by fighting. The law is too often on the side of the accuser in cases like this.

    OTOH, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s true. And if it is he is really not very intelligent because this should be predictable.

    He should have found other outlets for his sexual urges, if that’s what this is.. $16M is more than Charlie Sheen ever spent on that stuff.

  21. TED says: The TRASH THEY TRY to put in power….!

  22. KirklesWorth says:

    Time to show our support for Cruz, Texas, and TrojanMan.

    Red State: TEXAS ALERT: Is Ted Cruz’s Senate Seat In Jeopardy?

    According to the statewide poll numbers released Wednesday by Texas Lyceum, Castro gets 35 percent support of Texas adults in the potential matchup, while Cruz gets 31 percent. And in a matchup between Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), the two are tied with 30 percent.

  23. Saxon Warrior says:

    When somebody claims that a non-existent phenomena is comparable to the explosions of 400,000 a-bombs a day, then you know that person is completely mad.

  24. ICEvictim says:

    actually they just need to revisit it and interpret it correctly. Even a bunch of lefty PoliSci profs agree that the whole anchor baby thing is bogus.

  25. ICEvictim says:

    strictly speaking, he screwed up. That terrorist is still breathing.

  26. ICEvictim says:


  27. MAS says:

    Wouldn’t take much to be a vast improvement…Megan’s replacement was sure a barn burner of a flame thrower.

  28. KHarn says:

    I’ve been watching videos of the “Berkley Rout” (I like that name better than “Berkley Riot”) and in one these glass bombs are mentioned. It’s a violation of the 1899 St. Petersburg convention, by the way.

  29. KHarn says:

    The 14th was “passed” by declaring the former Confederate States NOT to be part of the union. A clear recognition by the federal government of the right of secession.

  30. Eddie_Valiant says:

    It’s only a matter of time – the lead will fly and it’ll be the Antifa that causes it.

  31. ramrodd says:

    Mental health as a weapon against the people is communist in origin..

    Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

    Deceptive Transformation: The Truth of Soviet Influence in America and Gun Control..
    The idea of using mental health as a weapon against the people is communist in origin, and the social sciences, or the studying of human behavior has its roots in early twentieth century Russia when Ivan Pavlov developed his “classical conditioning” theories. In fact, Pavlov was disturbed that Vladimir Lenin would use these conditioning methods against the people in order to get them to accept communism. Since that time the social sciences have been used as a means of maintaining control over populations and getting them to accept their own down fall. This is happening today in the United States as our universities and public schools have long ago adopted
    educational techniques based on the social sciences and classical conditioning methods. Subjects like White Privilege and Multiculturalism are used to demoralize our population, create a guilt consciousness and silence us into accepting a new agenda based on the idea
    that we have been unfair, and our lifestyles are oppressive, and offensive to
    others. This agenda dates back to the early twentieth century; however, it saw
    some of its most major advances in the mid 1900’s after the U.N. was created in
    1945. While many people today view the Democrat Party as being made mostly of
    communists or socialists; the sad truth is that the Republican Party is just as
    responsible for what we are seeing in education and culture in the United States

    As I wrote in “Not on My Watch: Exposing the Marxist Agenda in Education,” Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, two presidents that were considered American Patriots, actually signed agreements with the Soviet Union that gave them influence over U.S. education, culture, scientific and technological research, radio, television and finally, medicine. This is according to U.S. Department of Education whistle blower, Charlotte Iserbyt. It is the area of medicine that should draw your attention because as mentioned earlier, Soviet medicine revolved around the idea of mental health, and
    classifying people that were opposed to communist objectives as being mentally ill. This is where the Surgeon General’s claims about banning guns being a part of medicine comes from. Slowly but surely, they will work to associate gun ownership with mental illness. From the 45 goals of the Communist Party USA

    (Note: Many websites are now appearing claiming this list of communist goals to be a hoax. If you read them for yourself you will see many have been accomplished and that they bear a striking resemblance to many things currently happening in the U.S. The claims that they are a hoax could be a deliberate misinformation campaign headed by the Information Regulatory Affairs office led by none other than Cass Sunstein. Just looking at the state of our society, it is clear that these goals are not a hoax.)
    While the move for an Article Five Convention seems to be gaining momentum, you should take heed. There is another constitution waiting in the winds and it won’t protect
    your rights to keep and bear arms.


  32. Bodhisattva says:

    The secular case… haven’t watched the video yet…

    If everyone in the world woke up gay tomorrow and never looked back the species would be gone in 100 years or so, maybe less.

    Two islands, one where everyone is born straight and cannot change (just go with it, even though it’s propaganda and proven NOT TRUE) and another where everyone is born gay (again, go with it, not true) and can’t change.

    They start out with the same everything else.

    Decades pass… 100 years or so…

    Which one is still populated and thriving, despite yes, problems, which always come in every society? And which one is deserted?

  33. Bodhisattva says:

    Homosexuals suffer from a greater per capita rate of both physical and psychological issues – and no, the psychological issues are not due to being treated badly by others because they are gay.

  34. Bodhisattva says:

    Agreed. DACA must go, as must “anchor babies” though that latter predates most of us here – a mistake due to bad judges being appointed for life.

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