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    Re: AOC: "Yeah, And?"

    First of all: Republican is rapidly becoming synonymous with hypocrite. However, it has been noted elsewhere on this site that the new conservatism legal template is for laws that a) protect a class...
  2. Re: The Trump curse; America is not immune

    Everything he touches dies. The next question is how many other regulatory agencies will be ruled unconstitutional. How many more "rights" will be taken away? How many more deaths on the altar of...
  3. Re: Boebert is tired of this "Separation of church and state junk"

    If Boebert really likes the idea of the church telling the government what to do, I'd be willing to underwrite the expenses involved to repatriate her to Iran.
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    Re: they might be about to doom us all

    My take is that the fall of Roe could well trigger a legal cascade that ultimately will lead to the dissolution of the U.S., Likely leading to 3 nations where there was once one.
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    Re: What Are You Reading?

    Burk is at the top of my favorites list. This is one I've not read yet--must order, must order.
  6. Re: In the moronic motivational posters file...

    As a side note here...I read somewhere that the complete and proper definition of a problem exposes its solution.
  7. Re: Perjury is a crime, is it not, even for Supreme Court nominees?

    Only very rarely have Susan Collins' concerns matched her voting record. I'd be very concerned about her political future.
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    Re: 20 years of screwcap closures for wine.

    Back in my drinking days, I would eschew wine boxes. The wine, I'd drink, but I'd toss the box afterwards.
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    Re: Religion ins schools; taxpayer money

    There has been a long on-going campaign by the right wing to reduce funding to public education as a means of encouraging private schooling. The quality of public education is a separate issue and...
  10. Thread: Dow Jones

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    Re: Dow Jones

    I'm in it for the long haul as well. My stock has lost 50% of its value from last November. I'm OK with that, since I'm still up more than 500% from my initial buy. Do I have any regrets? Hell yeah....
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    Re: Five years ago

    Congratulations on your birthday. In the beginning, I had to shy away from even thinking "...never again." Then I got to where the thought didn't bother me. Now I am so grateful for sobriety that I...
  12. Re: Texas Republicans go completely off the reservation

    "...MAY NOT BE..." ????? I should think by now the similarities should be glaringly obvious.
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    Re: Can someone explain the hatred of science?

    When considering prejudice through the ages, it appears that we are born with an innate sense of "otherness," and a hardwired distrust of the "other." The Other could be the family next door, or...
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    Re: Travel Fantasies

    My ex and I are currently into week 6 of an undefined trek across the U.S. On 4/19 I flew to Pittsburgh, where she picked me up. Next stop: Charlottesville, VA. Followed by Gettysburg, Manassas,...
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    Re: a red america gun story

    We've been on the road for over a month--about 10 days ago we were in Indiana visiting my ex's step-daughter and her hubby, in a small hamlet about 20 minutes south of Valparaiso. We were in a pizza...
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    Re: Impeachment of justice's

    I doubt that any law was broken. The draft most likely was not judicially sealed, nor would it be classified. As for who leaked it, perhaps it was leaked by the out-going justice, Stephen Breyer. Not...
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    Re: Russia - Church and State

    Church and State have been characterized as the un-holy union.
  18. Re: Boeing continues itís slide to oblivion.

    I think it was the M-D acquisition that put them into their tailspin.
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    Re: Greg Abbott and blowback

    In the current era of "performance politics," the blowback is irrelevant. He PERFORMED! WHATTA GUY! With the help of decades of Republican softening of the conservative mind, Trump brought GOP...
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    Re: The Mueller Report

    As long as I keep my head buried I won't have to realize this.
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    Re: The Best of the West

    I have always enjoyed Tony Hillerman's novels of life and crime on the reservations of the Southwest. I still curse him for having the poor taste to die on me. But his daughter is carrying on the...
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    Re: Automobile Engineering Rant

    I can change out all the lights on my 2000 Volvo. Any more than that, I take it to the shop. When I first lifted the hood on my Datsun 1600 roadster many years ago, I was stunned at how cleanly the...
  23. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    One would hope that the Russians are observing the Geneva Conventions with regards the two British citizens. So I could accept what they say about observing the conventions being respected. However,...
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    Re: hell of a set of stairs

    Is that an over-night rest stop midway up the rock?
  25. Re: Hundreds of Switchblade drones are being sent to Ukraine

    When sticks are outlawed, only criminals will have sticks.
  26. Thread: 82 years

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    Re: 82 years

    It is Russia, indeed. Russia cannot coexist peacefully with it's neighbors. It will always be a cancer at the east end of Europe. Le Pen in France thinks we should allow NATO to become allies of...
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    Re: Where is Hari Seldon when you need him?

    As Wendy reputedly told the Lost Boys: "Everyone dies." Four thousand years of history records the rise and falls of civilizations. Is our time any different? Why should it be? When I was in grade...
  28. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    I understand there was pro-Russia sentiment among Crimeans, as among eastern Ukrainians. But I believe Russia also inserted undercover personnel to amplify the noise.
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    Re: Strandbeest Evolution

    I feel like I'm the last one invited to the party. What wonderful creations! I love them.
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    Re: question for the forum admin

    The true meaning of f*** is actually a pleasurable experience. Some of my old college friends, in recognition of this fact, would resort to using the epithet "Chaste thou!"
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    Re: Ships of the Desert

    It is, it is. Right up there with "Sheep lie!"
  32. Re: Ansel Adams - Manzanar Relocation Center, California from Library of Congress

    We can and should learn a lot from their example. Sadly, we have failed to learn anything from our own reprehensible behavior.
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    Re: Whatís it for?

    Not just you, sez the one with an espresso machine plus two French presses.
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    Re: How Russia will die: demographics

    Peter Zeihan last appeared on my radar maybe 10 years ago. His analyses always seem spot on. As does this one. It's a long piece, but very much worth the time to hear him out. I knew Russia was...
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    The Art of War...

    https://i.imgur.com/0T0boWC.jpg

    The artist is Nadia Boretska, from Khmelnitsky, Ukraine. We hosted her at a dinner party when she visited Modesto (Sister Cities), and she hosted us to dinner in...
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    Re: Album: Dirt Does Dylan

    That was lovely. Thank you, David.
  37. Thread: Elvis !!!!!

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    Re: Elvis !!!!!

    I'm about to start researching a think-piece about the number of his songs that would qualify as "anthems for domestic abusers." Wondering idly about how many were written by the same writer. "And we...
  38. Re: Now, letís see what you look like with your glasses on.

    It's likely that she is among the class of folk who aren't interested in working a job. I hope so, 'cause there are damn few jobs she could get.
  39. Re: A Deep Dive into Russian History and Strategic Thinking

    We simply accept that Russia will always see the West as the dangerous Other. Peace is out of the question. Detente is the best we can hope for. Leave them alone, smash their toes if they step over...
  40. A Deep Dive into Russian History and Strategic Thinking

    I've just finished reading a rather long analysis of Russian thinking, presented as an abridged transcript of an hour-long lecture presented by a retired officer in Finnish intelligence.

    He does a...
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    Re: Opening locked doors on cop shows

    There's a big difference between watching television and having it inflicted upon you involuntarily. It's really quite painful.
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    Re: Opening locked doors on cop shows

    There are SO MANY conventions that TV shows require one to accept, so very much suspension of disbelief -- heavy lifting, really -- that I find it painful to watch television any more. Haven't in...
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    Re: No one is forced to hate:

    Forgiveness is solely for the benefit of the person offering forgiveness. It allows one to let go of that which destroys the soul.
  44. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    And do not lift sanctions until there is a complete change of governments in Russia. Drive the country into economic ruin to hasten the day.
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    Re: No one is forced to hate:

    That is an extreme example, but in this case, I'd suggest it's taken out of context, the context of what these people will be able to do with their lives as they move on into the future. No one will...
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    Re: No one is forced to hate:

    Not so sure of your premise. There was a time in my life when I entertained the notion of becoming a concert pianist. Then I got foolish and ended up shattering a metacarpal bone in my right hand....
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    Re: New Adoption

    Oh look! She's only 10 months old and she already knows how to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!
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    Re: "Y" is a vowel?

    When I was much younger and in possession of a television set, I would greatly enjoy watching Wheel of Fortune, and most specifically Vanna White's Vowel Movement.
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    Re: No one is forced to hate:

    I was mistaken on one point: hatred may well be anger based. There are four fundamental emotions which are sourced in our brain stem--the most ancient structure of the brain. They are happiness/joy,...
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    Re: Blue State Abortion Law Response

    While legally questionable, I suspect the idea is to render it too expensive. A woman who could afford the expense of a sequence of appeals up to the Supreme Court is most likely a Republican woman...
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