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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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The hordes pouring across our borders are looters and thieves...coming here for no other reason than personal gain at our expense. They are criminals; that is their nature, and we should expect nothing more from them. We certainly cannot expect respect for our traditions and our history. We cannot expect love of country or any sense of community larger than their tribes, since they are here to take, not to give; to destroy, not to build. And those who who have been dispatched to our shores by the evil players of the world are simply doing what they believe. Should we combat them? Yes. Should we reserve our hate for them? No...they are a symptom, not the cause.

Our vitriol should be reserved for those who have made this invasion possible: our "elite" political class that is happy to facilitate the destruction of traditional American society and culture for their short-term financial gain and their limitless, fanatical drive for personal power. And perhaps worse...the people who do not have any coherent political philosophy, and are vested in the false god of bipartisanship and collegiality and reaching across the aisle simply operate out of cowardice. They know that they have no courage of their convictions, because they have no convictions!

Why I Hate These People

I hate the people who allow our country to be taken advantage of by violent scum who should never have been here.

I hate the people who are too weak and too soft to protect their fellow citizens after being elected to do so.

Truth be told, I hate them even more than I hate the terrorists, extremists and foreign criminals who take advantage of them and (because of them) of us.

Because the terrorists, extremists and criminals are what they are. I expect them to murder, rape and maim. But these people, whom we elected to protect us, know what's going on and are just too pathetic and cowardly to do anything about it.

A plague on all their houses.


Our political class has betrayed us in the most fundamental way. They have failed to protect -- both physically and philosophically -- the structure of our nation. They have caused an erosion of the foundations of our political philosophy by diluting it with an invasion of foreigners bringing ideas that are anathema to the concepts that created America. They have actively pursued open borders that have resulted in a catastrophic drain on our financial resources, concurrent with a catastrophic increase in criminal and other anti-social behavior.

They are the ones to hate...to despise...to spit upon in the street. They are deserving of our hate, our contempt, our anger, and most of all, our dogged pursuit of their political destruction. And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes.

Yes...crimes. They violate their oaths of office, they benefit financially from their disloyalty, and they break the law of the land by opening our borders. Those are crimes worse than what the invaders bring!

[Hat Tip: TC]

Posted by: CBD at 11:00 AM




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1 1st?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:00 AM (9yWhg)

2 last

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:00 AM (GBKbO)

3 I did like that young lady, in a tight white dress, we had on here a few days ago. Great curves and just right.

Posted by: Ciampino - My memory is bad at February 27, 2024 11:00 AM (qfLjt)

4 1

Posted by: Skip at February 27, 2024 11:00 AM (vUEz+)

5 Yonder Horde

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 27, 2024 11:00 AM (Q4IgG)

6 Or 5th, commenting present until lunch time gets here

Posted by: Skip at February 27, 2024 11:01 AM (vUEz+)

7 They are the ones to hate...to despise...to spit upon in the street. They are deserving of our hate, our contempt, our anger, and most of all, our dogged pursuit of their political destruction. And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes.

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"We have provided you with Emmanuel Goldstein Vladimir Putin to hate instead, peasant."
-Those who rule us

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:01 AM (GBKbO)

8 Too many harmful things all at once for it to be happenstance.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:01 AM (MeG8a)

9 I hate the people who are too weak and too soft to protect their fellow citizens after being elected to do so.

They sure find their voice and their spine whenever a prospective victim here and there succeeds in protecting themselves.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 27, 2024 11:03 AM (XaERF)

10 "They are the ones to hate...to despise...to spit upon in the street. They are deserving of our hate, our contempt, our anger, and most of all, our dogged pursuit of their political destruction. And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes."

Yeah, but MY guy/gal is great. I'll keep voting to re-elect him/her because he/she has MY best interests at heart.

- WAAAAAAYYYYYY too many voters

Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:04 AM (JunzL)

11 Yes.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 27, 2024 11:04 AM (t/2Uw)

12 Nuh uh bro. The #1 crime right now is commited by 24 year old bored white chicks stealing purses.
- FBI

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (bWsRe)

13 The "elites" have destroyed the very foundations of the social compact that makes nations possible.

As things devolve, we'll end up like the dystopian world of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, where loyalty extends no further than one's immediate locality.

The federal government will become toothless and impotent because it can no longer enforce its will in any meaningful way.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (7fElN)

14 10 Yeah, but MY guy/gal is great. I'll keep voting to re-elect him/her because he/she has MY best interests at heart.

- WAAAAAAYYYYYY too many voters
Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:04 AM (JunzL)

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"Congress is the worst institution of America. I'm going to vote for my sitting member now because he's one of the good ones."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (GBKbO)

15 Yeah, the 'elites' are being particularly contemptible. Partly because they don't consider themselves to be one of us. They don't even think of themselves as Americans. They're all 'Citizens of the World'.

Fuck them, fuck the UN and fuck the Uniparty.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (xcxpd)

16 Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:04 AM (JunzL)

Sadly accurate.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (gSZYf)

17 As I look at the US and other western nations, I cannot fathom what motivates these idiots. There is no explanation that I can figure out for their destructive behavior. Even if they were being massively bribed or blackmailed into these decisions, there is no long term outcome that is good for them or the people they pretend to represent. Being powerful in a ruined country, or rich in a country with a valueless currency is no panacea. The politburo members in the USSR may have lived better than their countrymen, but they still lived far below their western counterparts.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:06 AM (lTGtQ)

18 A truly righteous rant!
And spot on!

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:06 AM (W/lyH)

19 Eric Adams Asserts Migrant Crisis Will ‘Destroy New York City’

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Welcome to the party, pal!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:06 AM (FVME7)

20 Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (7fElN)

As one Hordeling said last week of the Social Compact, "They tore it up and ate it". Seems pretty accurate.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (nC+QA)

21 "Congress is the worst institution of America. I'm going to vote for my sitting member now because he's one of the good ones."
Posted by: TheJamesMadison


Not me. My Congressman is Gerry Conolly. Ugh.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (9yWhg)

22 13 The "elites" have destroyed the very foundations of the social compact that makes nations possible.

As things devolve, we'll end up like the dystopian world of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, where loyalty extends no further than one's immediate locality.

The federal government will become toothless and impotent because it can no longer enforce its will in any meaningful way.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (7fElN)

I'd prefer the 'Diamond Age' but I suspect Snow Crash is also a 'better' scenario than what we're headed towards.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (xcxpd)

23 19 Eric Adams Asserts Migrant Crisis Will ‘Destroy New York City’

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Welcome to the party, pal!
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:06 AM (FVME7)

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"They should have stayed in El Paso where they have the resources and wealth to deal with millions of immigrants."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (GBKbO)

24 Eric Adams Asserts Migrant Crisis Will ‘Destroy New York City’

Oh no! Anyway...

Posted by: Archimedes at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (CsUN+)

25 And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes.

STEINER WILL COME

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenkoism in Solidarity with the Struggle to maintain Moron standards at February 27, 2024 11:08 AM (8tkni)

26 21 "Congress is the worst institution of America. I'm going to vote for my sitting member now because he's one of the good ones."
Posted by: TheJamesMadison


Not me. My Congressman is Gerry Conolly. Ugh.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (9yWhg)

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My congressional district is losing its Congresscritter because he's running for lieutenant governor. None of my candidates are incumbents!

Huzzah! I'll still probably end up voting third party because I'm just an asshole.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:08 AM (GBKbO)

27 As I look at the US and other western nations, I cannot fathom what motivates these idiots. There is no explanation that I can figure out for their destructive behavior. Even if they were being massively bribed or blackmailed into these decisions, there is no long term outcome that is good for them or the people they pretend to represent. Being powerful in a ruined country, or rich in a country with a valueless currency is no panacea. The politburo members in the USSR may have lived better than their countrymen, but they still lived far below their western counterparts.
Posted by: Thomas Paine


See Milton's Paradise Lost: "Tis better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven."

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:08 AM (9yWhg)

28 The hordes pouring across our borders are looters and thieves...coming here for no other reason than personal gain at our expense. They are criminals; that is their nature, and we should expect nothing more from them.

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In a word: parasitoids.

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:08 AM (kVQ9o)

29 Our elites truly believe that they have control of that majority (or soon will have…see-illegal immigration) that will enable them to crush and exterminate the American Undesirables. See- “ Our Precious Democracy”…

Posted by: tubal at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (b8NPg)

30 Sadly accurate.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (gSZYf)


Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.

Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (JunzL)

31 The federal government is at war against the American people. I don't see a way we can even fight, much less win.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (woPEM)

32 Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.
Posted by: Doof



Well, at least you're no longer obtuse.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (9yWhg)

33 23 19 Eric Adams Asserts Migrant Crisis Will ‘Destroy New York City’
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From Eric's lips to God's ear.

Posted by: Pudinhead at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (PGK1w)

34 As I look at the US and other western nations, I cannot fathom what motivates these idiots. There is no explanation that I can figure out for their destructive behavior.

It's ideology - people can and do have different core values. That's the dangerous part that I think is missed here.

I've made an effort, as unpleasant as it is, to talk to these people on the left. And here's the deal; regardless of class, they're not "faking it". These folks, of ALL classes, are truly wedded to a notion of equal impact - equal outcomes. If that means a different set of rules, based upon race, so be it.

You can forget the idea of reality somehow slapping them in the face, via crime on their own doorstep. They don't care. And they will never change. No less fervent in their beliefs than irongrampa's constant declarations of patriotism.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (XaERF)

35 Yeah, but MY guy/gal is great. I'll keep voting to re-elect him/her because he/she has MY best interests at heart.

- WAAAAAAYYYYYY too many voters
Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:04 AM (JunzL)

It's not really that. I don't know my congress critter from Adam. But I vote for him every 2 years because who else am I gonna vote for, a Democrat?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:10 AM (bWsRe)

36 Sadly accurate.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:05 AM (gSZYf)

Partly because most voters are not sufficiently politically aware to be current on all the malfeasance of their Reps, and also, no doubt because the other guy is worse.

And short memories.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 11:10 AM (tkR6S)

37 My sentiments too as in the rant. We need volunteer brigades made up of citizens, to close and protect the border, with force if necessary. A conservative president cannot rely on the DOJ and its minions (Feebee, BATFE, etc.).

Posted by: Ciampino - who still fights for us? at February 27, 2024 11:10 AM (qfLjt)

38 Yeah, but MY guy/gal is great. I'll keep voting to re-elect him/her because he/she has MY best interests at heart.
Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:04 AM (JunzL)


I suspect it falls into one of these categories:

- My person isn't great but the available option is worse.
- I don't know anything about the option so... the devil you know.
- Every MFer I've voted for has been a lying POS. I have no reason to believe this latest challenger would be different.
- Fani is gonna hire me at an exorbitant rate and all I have to do to surrender my self-esteem enough to fuck her.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:10 AM (GYIa4)

39 There is going to have to be a significant butcher's bill before the country decides that having defensible borders is a great idea.

Posted by: NR Pax at February 27, 2024 11:11 AM (lXCUP)

40 Social justice killed the social compact!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:11 AM (FVME7)

41 31 The federal government is at war against the American people. I don't see a way we can even fight, much less win.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (woPEM)

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Depends on what you mean by win.

The federal government is going to collapse. It's simply too far gone into tyranny and graft to turn away. If it were just a matter of electing the right people, there could be hope, but the administrative state simply makes things like winning Congress or the presidency false prizes.

Winning the federal government is a false prize.

Being in a place that will thrive after the federal government collapses is the kind of win we need to be focusing on.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:11 AM (GBKbO)

42 Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.
Posted by: Doof

Well, at least you're no longer obtuse.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (9yWhg)


You give me too much credit

Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:12 AM (JunzL)

43 They know that they have no courage of their convictions, because they have no convictions!

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Nor courage regardless.

Righteous rant thus far, CBD!

* reads on *

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:12 AM (kVQ9o)

44 How do we fight all of this? Well, by fighting back.. what that looks like will take many forms, I suspect.

Posted by: tubal at February 27, 2024 11:12 AM (b8NPg)

45 42 You give me too much credit
Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:12 AM (JunzL)

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"I've never heard anyone say that before."
-Banks

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:13 AM (GBKbO)

46 I suspect it falls into one of these categories:

- My person isn't great but the available option is worse.
- I don't know anything about the option so... the devil you know.
- Every MFer I've voted for has been a lying POS. I have no reason to believe this latest challenger would be different.
- Fani is gonna hire me at an exorbitant rate and all I have to do to surrender my self-esteem enough to fuck her.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:10 AM (GYIa4)


That hypothetical escalation from IGNORANT to SWEETDICK happened quickly

Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:13 AM (JunzL)

47 You know where Dems/IC/etc got the idea to stage Jan-6?

From their own Jan 6 plans if Trump were the declared winner. They were going to cause so much chaos in the Capitol that the House could not hold a certification vote.

This plan was published mid-2020.

Just like I think somebody in the IC suckered Nixon into a coverup of John Dean's illegal surveillance, I think somebody connected to the IC suckered Trump into a Jan-6 rally near the Capitol, so they could put their alternate plans in action.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:14 AM (krQz2)

48 On the Tech Thread someone posted that a bunch of Western equipment to Ukraine has been rendered inoperable because the mice and other rodents eat the plant-based insulation from the wiring. I personally know 2 ( low income, so it was a devastating loss) families who had cars destroyed the same way.

I think that, when the Fall of the Elves is studied in future millennia, the decision to protect *all* the major magic devices with ubiquitous critters' favorite food in the name of "saving the earth" will be a major stepping stone in the collapse.

It went almost completely under the radar, and the impact is almost certainly billions in lost value and productivity.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:14 AM (nC+QA)

49 Lefty sites are still VERY quiet about the border. Democracy Now! is almost entirely Palestinian propaganda at the moment, but one article had a funny little snippet:

A federal court in Washington, D.C., heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit accusing the Biden administration of racial discrimination and rights violations of Haitian asylum seekers. The suit was brought on behalf of 11 Haitian asylum seekers who were abused by U.S. border agents as more than 15,000 people, mostly from Haiti, were forced to stay in a makeshift border encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuña-Del Rio International Bridge in Texas. One of the plaintiffs is Mirard Joseph, the asylum seeker whose image went viral after being photographed while a Border Patrol agent on horseback lashed him with split reins, grabbed his neck and gripped Joseph by the shirt collar.

Posted by: Intercepted Democracy Now! Transmissions brought by the Intrepid AoS Liaison at February 27, 2024 11:14 AM (JCZqz)

50 Not me. My Congressman is Gerry Conolly. Ugh.

Ditto. He's 73, so maybe he'll retire before to long. A man can hope, not that his replacement will be any better, given the voting pattern of the district.

Posted by: Archimedes at February 27, 2024 11:15 AM (CsUN+)

51 Yes...crimes. They violate their oaths of office, they benefit financially from their disloyalty, and they break the law of the land by opening our borders.

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None dare call it Treason.

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:15 AM (kVQ9o)

52 One of the greatest crimes against keeping the House of Representatives responsive to the voters was when they voted to limit the size to just 435 seats in 1911.

Which has meant that as the population grows, more people can have their voices silenced because there are only 435 members.

When each seat now represents roughly 800,000 people, that is a lot of people that can be ignored.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:15 AM (uTCCp)

53 I expect the government to make a Weimar-sized crater. They lack the will to stop printing money, or anything else that preserves them long-term. Life will be actually pretty good on the other side of that. But I am afraid of how long and difficult the transition will be.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:15 AM (cf/0E)

54 The only thing that minimize the corruption is term limits. You'll never eliminate corruption but if nobody can be in office more than 10 years, it will greatly reduce the influence any one person has.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:16 AM (bWsRe)

55 54 The only thing that minimize the corruption is term limits. You'll never eliminate corruption but if nobody can be in office more than 10 years, it will greatly reduce the influence any one person has.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:16 AM (bWsRe)

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California has term limits.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:16 AM (GBKbO)

56 That hypothetical escalation from IGNORANT to SWEETDICK happened quickly
Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:13 AM (JunzL)


That's what she said.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:17 AM (GYIa4)

57 Excellent rant, CBD.

We agree on who is to blame.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:17 AM (u82oZ)

58 49 after being photographed while a Border Patrol agent on horseback lashed him with split reins, grabbed his neck and gripped Joseph by the shirt collar.

tars tarkas is a border patrol agent?

Posted by: anachronda at February 27, 2024 11:17 AM (sGtp+)

59 The only thing that minimize the corruption is term limits. You'll never eliminate corruption but if nobody can be in office more than 10 years, it will greatly reduce the influence any one person has.

Or possibly it will make them even more corrupt, since they need to get the graft quickly before the enter Carousel.

Posted by: Senator Lankford at February 27, 2024 11:17 AM (CsUN+)

60 I think society will collapse before FedGov does.

Balkanization. It's sort of happening now. On a small scale with certain social issues. Politically speaking, the entire nation is under one party rule. Whether that ultimately changes is debatable.

But society in general will collapse, if not in total then like it's doing now; in certain places which will likely grow in numbers.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 27, 2024 11:17 AM (Q4IgG)

61 One of the plaintiffs is Mirard Joseph, the asylum seeker whose image went viral after being photographed while a Border Patrol agent on horseback lashed him with split reins, grabbed his neck and gripped Joseph by the shirt collar.
Posted by: Intercepted Democracy Now! Transmissions brought by the Intrepid AoS Liaison at February 27, 2024 11:14 AM (JCZqz)

serves him right for not wearing a tie.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 11:18 AM (tkR6S)

62 US Coast Guard seizes 11,000lbs of cocaine.

Hunter Biden hardest hit.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:18 AM (uTCCp)

63 Biden will visit a Potemkin village, cleared of the trolls, orcs, and goblins.

Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:18 AM (8sheN)

64 California has term limits.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:16 AM (GBKbO)

And how corrupt is the CA legislature? Sure they're batshit crazy left. But is it as corrupt as Mitch and the Gang?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:19 AM (bWsRe)

65 Ditto. He's 73, so maybe he'll retire before to long.


What does "retire" mean?
-- Nancy Pelosi, Mith McConnell, Zombies Dianne Feinstein and Ruth Buzzy Ginsburg, etc.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:19 AM (9yWhg)

66 Yeah if the number of congressmen was equal to the number of constituents in each district, then there would be 17000 congressmen. I imagine that body, holding congress in a stadium I guess, would behave better than the current one.

But a fix isn't possible. Interesting times are going to play out, and the 90s might have been the last opportunity to not ride the tiger.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:19 AM (cf/0E)

67 RIP, Bandersnatch. He had skilled and loving ardor for classy, beautiful women.

His drawings in the Deplorable Cookbook will be cherished even more.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:19 AM (u82oZ)

68 I'd prefer the 'Diamond Age' but I suspect Snow Crash is also a 'better' scenario than what we're headed towards.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:07 AM (xcxpd)
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The Diamond Age was also highly tribalistic, though somewhat better than Snow Crash as society had evolved to a post-scarcity economy in many ways.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (7fElN)

69 I will say that the area in which I live is a long long way from collapse… but, we are all deplorable Christians around here…

Posted by: tubal at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (b8NPg)

70
This feeds in exactly to the Google Gemini fiasco.

Google spent billions to develop the perfect advertisement for the uselessness of all Google products.

Google's success was built around the idea that you could have instant access to truthful info in an instant.

Between Gemini and and paid position on the page, Google has shown they are not to be trusted because their "product" is held hostage to their nearly insane political beliefs.

Only a fool would use Google. I wonder how long it will take people to figure this out? Google stock should be in a free fall.

Same same for the people we elect who do not protect our borders, economy, lives, safety, futures.

They have proven/advertised their uselessness as leaders and should be relieved of office and perhaps imprisoned.
I wonder how long it will take the American people to figure that out?

Posted by: naturalfake at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (nFnyb)

71 When each seat now represents roughly 800,000 people, that is a lot of people that can be ignored.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:15 AM (uTCCp)

Yes, like conservative northern Colorado being rolled into the Boulder district to silence it. That needs fixed. Won't that require an amendment though? I guess that's something everyone could work on in their own states.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (nC+QA)

72 - Fani is gonna hire me at an exorbitant rate and all I have to do to surrender my self-esteem enough to fuck her.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:10 AM (GYIa4)
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That's weirdly specific.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (DeFcY)

73 Venezuela is literally the worst country in the world for violent crime and Biden's giving them a blank check to come over here

Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (8sheN)

74 One of the greatest crimes against keeping the House of Representatives responsive to the voters was when they voted to limit the size to just 435 seats in 1911.

Show me any amendment passed after the original 10 - with the possible exception of the 13th - that hasn't made the Republic weaker.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (XaERF)

75 Biden: There is no crisis at the border.

Also Biden: The crisis at the border is republicans’s fault.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (u73oe)

76 On the Tech Thread someone posted that a bunch of Western equipment to Ukraine has been rendered inoperable because the mice and other rodents eat the plant-based insulation from the wiring. I personally know 2 ( low income, so it was a devastating loss) families who had cars destroyed the same way.

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Beginning in 2012, most all the Japanese car makers started using soy-based insulation for the wiring (virtue-signaling that they were reducing petroleum use, when in fact it was merely cheaper to produce).

We still have packrats in our area that chew on traditional wires and rubber hoses -- because their teeth never stop growing -- but they definitely seem to be more attracted to the Japanese vehicles (although I'm not aware of any studies that indicate it).

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (dObTI)

77 I've made an effort, as unpleasant as it is, to talk to these people on the left. And here's the deal; regardless of class, they're not "faking it". These folks, of ALL classes, are truly wedded to a notion of equal impact - equal outcomes. If that means a different set of rules, based upon race, so be it.

You can forget the idea of reality somehow slapping them in the face, via crime on their own doorstep. They don't care. And they will never change. No less fervent in their beliefs than irongrampa's constant declarations of patriotism.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality


I can understand that to some extent, though they clearly don't think things through to their logical conclusion. If you neutralize the productive members of society, or kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, in the long run you end up a loser.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:22 AM (lTGtQ)

78 The Diamond Age.

Doubt there will be a Princess Nell and her Mouse Army this time. But yeah as the beachhead kept shrinking they kept finding new tribes.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:22 AM (uTCCp)

79 Montec

Term limits will not work.

An iron-clad mechanism to cut the office staff funding and personal salaries of every legislator, SESer, and other members of the government for every deficit dollar might work. Would need a Brute Squad.

Plus immunity for actions needed to remove said legislators from life.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:23 AM (u82oZ)

80 Show me any amendment passed after the original 10 - with the possible exception of the 13th - that hasn't made the Republic weaker.
Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality


The one repealing Prohibition?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:23 AM (9yWhg)

81 Biden will visit a Potemkin village, cleared of the trolls, orcs, and goblins.
Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:18 AM (8sheN)
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That's what they did when he last visited Portland. Cleared out all the derelicts and shantytowns along the route he was taken.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:23 AM (DeFcY)

82 "NY AG Letitia James taunts Trump about interest he owes on massive civil fraud judgment"

Die in a fire, racist bitch. They'll be happy to have you back in hell.

Posted by: Truthbomb at February 27, 2024 11:23 AM (EnT0Y)

83 The UK has 650 parliamentary seats for 65M million people. Canada has 350 seats for 40M people.

We have 435 seats for 330M. It's fucking absurd.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:23 AM (bWsRe)

84 As I look at the US and other western nations, I cannot fathom what motivates these idiots. There is no explanation that I can figure out for their destructive behavior. Even if they were being massively bribed or blackmailed into these decisions, there is no long term outcome that is good for them or the people they pretend to represent. Being powerful in a ruined country, or rich in a country with a valueless currency is no panacea. The politburo members in the USSR may have lived better than their countrymen, but they still lived far below their western counterparts.

Posted by: Thomas Paine

I agree. The entire Biden tenure has been like this. Reverse all the Trump policies even though they were successful to do the exact opposite to produce disastrous results. Every economic, social, foreign policy act has produced nothing but suffering whether you are American, Ukrainian, Israeli. Supporting WEF ideas based on denying the world the benefits of cheap energy is probably the worst crime against humanity.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 27, 2024 11:23 AM (t/2Uw)

85 Google is fake, a CIA corp

Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (8sheN)

86 Just got back from voting in Michigan. Beautiful, sunny day, 65 degrees, yet at 11am, with polls having opened at 7am, I was only the 11th person to cast a ballot in my precinct. Don't know if I should be glad the doofi are staying home or sad that people don't take an interest. Son in other precinct was only number 15.

Posted by: cfo mom at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (tCSBH)

87 Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.
Posted by: Doof

Well, at least you're no longer obtuse.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (9yWhg)

but is he a cute ?

Posted by: SturmToddler at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (nXhwP)

88 I imagine that body, holding congress in a stadium I guess, would behave better than the current one.

But a fix isn't possible. Interesting times are going to play out, and the 90s might have been the last opportunity to not ride the tiger.
Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:19 AM (cf/0E)

That's why each of the Reps should spend most of his time *at home*, like they used to. They can do general business by video conference.

Other big thing. *No* staff. Bastards need to read the proposed legislation themselves like they were hired to do.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (nC+QA)

89 Biden: There is no crisis at the border.

Also Biden: The crisis at the border is republicans’s fault.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (u73oe)

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Next Biden: Vote for me -- I solved the non-existent crisis at the border caused by Trump!

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (dObTI)

90 Just got here. We’ve been out and about this morning distracted be waffles, platelet donation, supper plans, and other stuff. Sorry to hear about bandersnatch, CBD.

Posted by: Eromero at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (NxC5+)

91 85 Google is fake, a CIA corp
Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (8sheN)

Literally true

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (xcxpd)

92 Anna Puma

We need to send that book (in the Diamond Age) to every promising child.

We need children that are not educated by communist losers.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (u82oZ)

93 We have 435 seats for 330M. It's fucking absurd.
Posted by: Montec


What is the actual process for enlarging House membership?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (9yWhg)

94 86 Just got back from voting in Michigan. Beautiful, sunny day, 65 degrees, yet at 11am, with polls having opened at 7am, I was only the 11th person to cast a ballot in my precinct. Don't know if I should be glad the doofi are staying home or sad that people don't take an interest. Son in other precinct was only number 15.
Posted by: cfo mom at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (tCSBH)

========

And yet, in Detroit, it will be thousands of counted ballots. Well, that's what it will say on the ballot boxes.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (GBKbO)

95 Vote
Incumbents
Out
!!!!!!

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (W/lyH)

96 Whatever comes after our implosion… what foundation do we rebuild on?

Posted by: tubal at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (b8NPg)

97 Biden: There is no crisis at the border.

Also Biden: The crisis at the border is republicans’s fault.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (u73oe)

An offshoot of "it's not happening but it's good that it's happening".

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (bWsRe)

98 91 85 Google is fake, a CIA corp
Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (8sheN)

Literally true
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (xcxpd)

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There's a Jason Bourne movie about this. It's not very good.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (GBKbO)

99 Show me any amendment passed after the original 10 - with the possible exception of the 13th - that hasn't made the Republic weaker.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 27, 2024 11:21 AM (XaERF)

22nd Amendment.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (gSZYf)

100 Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.
Posted by: Doof

Well, at least you're no longer obtuse.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (9yWhg)

but is he a cute ?
Posted by: SturmToddler at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (nXhwP)
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Probably not normal.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (DeFcY)

101 When sworn to office, the pipsqueak Biden claimed he would "faithfully execute the laws" of the United States, and, mere minutes later, he set about to undermine those laws, and then to pervert them.

The lawyerly corrupt scum who run the Uniparty are the worst of the worst, but we ourselves permit this behavior.

Until we don't.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (sQymJ)

102 Just got back from voting in Michigan. Beautiful, sunny day, 65 degrees, yet at 11am, with polls having opened at 7am, I was only the 11th person to cast a ballot in my precinct. Don't know if I should be glad the doofi are staying home or sad that people don't take an interest. Son in other precinct was only number 15.
Posted by: cfo mom


What part of Michigan?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (9yWhg)

103 I would be happy if the only legislation passed by any governing body was a budget.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (u82oZ)

104 The House makes its own rules, so the House in 1911 voted to set the number of seats to 435.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (uTCCp)

105 So El Salvador's based President was at CPAC talking about the dollar and taxes?

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (cf/0E)

106 {{{cfo mom }}}

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (u82oZ)

107 I believe it would only take a normal bill passed in congress and signed by potus to expand the number of house seats. No amendment needed.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (bWsRe)

108 Other big thing. *No* staff. Bastards need to read AND WRITE the proposed legislation themselves like they were hired to do.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (nC+QA)
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FIFY...

If they are responsible for writing 2000 page bills on their own--with no staff/lobbyists to do it for them--you can almost guarantee that we'll have fewer laws...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (7fElN)

109 Too many congressmen to get anything done, there's no debate anymore, no ability to compromise. It's going to burn. Hopefully the next attempt in how ever many centuries will learn from our mistakes...and will recognize our mistakes.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (xcxpd)

110 Here are a few of the jokes about Aaron Bushnell making the rounds. (scroll down)

The end is the best, though. Someone said "rest in power" to him, and other lefties complained because that's a black thing. These people are unreal.

https://tinyurl.com/app

Posted by: Archimedes at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (CsUN+)

111 Just got back from voting in Michigan. Beautiful, sunny day, 65 degrees, yet at 11am, with polls having opened at 7am, I was only the 11th person to cast a ballot in my precinct. Don't know if I should be glad the doofi are staying home or sad that people don't take an interest. Son in other precinct was only number 15.
Posted by: cfo mom at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (tCSBH)
***

Tomorrow's media: Record numbers turn out to express their displeasure with Trump.

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (W/lyH)

112 Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.
Posted by: Doof

Well, at least you're no longer obtuse.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (9yWhg)

but is he a cute ?
Posted by: SturmToddler at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (nXhwP)


He's iscoceles. Named after the guy who taught Plato.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (9yWhg)

113 Salty Dawg

Or a good 1920 style curricula

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (uTCCp)

114 That's weirdly specific.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (DeFcY)


Ripped from the headlines.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (GYIa4)

115 tubal

The foundations will be Constitution 2.0.
This time we are not fooling around.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (u82oZ)

116 104 The House makes its own rules, so the House in 1911 voted to set the number of seats to 435.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:26 AM (uTCCp)

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It's not just the house making rules. It was a bill passed in the house and senate and signed by Taft. The number could be increased to 1000 today using the same mechanism.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (bWsRe)

117 If Mary Cloggenstein had chickens

https://youtu.be/S_wsK6RfWiE?si=Jvb7l5F90xkhzWyx

Posted by: Kindltot at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (D7oie)

118 My feelings for the GOP in a nutshell.

Posted by: DOYLE at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (Z8Yh2)

119 There's a Jason Bourne movie about this. It's not very good.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (GBKbO)

There are no good Jason Bourne movies. There is one OK Jason Bourne movie and the rest are crap.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (xcxpd)

120 Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (7fElN)

Very good point.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (nC+QA)

121 Anna Puma

Absolutely. I have a good collection of old textbooks to use for home schooling.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (u82oZ)

122 Agenda 2030

They want to immiserate us to the point where we're all more or less accustomed to living in a dystopian s*** hole so that it's easier to control us and we consume fewer resources.

Gaia > Made in the image of God

Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:29 AM (U80Ru)

123 RIP Bandersnatch.
Too many friends added to the Absent Friends list lately...

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at February 27, 2024 11:29 AM (ynpvh)

124 Love is love.

Who can criticize Fani and Nathan for getting it on?

It's as legitimate as your marriage, because Love is Love.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:29 AM (krQz2)

125 In this age of teleconference is there any real need for both houses of Congress to meet in DC anymore?

Move them back to their home states.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:29 AM (uTCCp)

126 STEINER WILL COME
Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenkoism in Solidarity with the Struggle to maintain Moron standards

Different Steiner but I saw a solid contender for worst movie ever made yesterday, a purported sequel to Cross of Iron entitled Breakthrough.

http://tinyurl.com/8h8m9tyv

Available for free on YT.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (FVME7)

127 The end is the best, though. Someone said "rest in power" to him, and other lefties complained because that's a black thing. These people are unreal.

https://tinyurl.com/app
Posted by: Archimedes at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (CsUN+)

The best part? The lefty complaining is so white she glows.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (nC+QA)

128 124 Love is love.

Who can criticize Fani and Nathan for getting it on?

It's as legitimate as your marriage, because Love is Love.
Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:29 AM (krQz2)

=======

Fani.

Ugly and stupid.

0/10

Would not bang.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (GBKbO)

129 In a few decades, we will be around 1M people per congressional seat. That's nothing close to what the founders envisioned.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (bWsRe)

130 78 The Diamond Age.

Doubt there will be a Princess Nell and her Mouse Army this time. But yeah as the beachhead kept shrinking they kept finding new tribes.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:22 AM (uTCCp)

If only the real world worked as smoothly as fiction...

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (xcxpd)

131 >>We have 435 seats for 330M. It's fucking absurd.


You want MORE of those thieving bastards?

Posted by: garrett at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (nTYzq)

132 What is the actual process for enlarging House membership?
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:25 AM (9yWhg)


All you can eat buffets.

Oh, I thought you said members.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (GYIa4)

133 States and even local governments need to make it well known that illegals will be arrested for criminal trespass. Make your state or county unattractive to illegals. You may not be able to stop them from coming, but you can make them go somewhere else.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 27, 2024 11:30 AM (u73oe)

134 Someone was filming MATT DAMON! on his phone, and he gave the guy a hard time for not having a steady hand. The Bourne Identity looks like it was filmed during an earthquake.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (cf/0E)

135 It's not just the house making rules. It was a bill passed in the house and senate and signed by Taft. The number could be increased to 1000 today using the same mechanism.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:28 AM (bWsRe)
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It will never happen. You think those 435 Congresscritters want competition for federal graft?

I'd bet that given a choice they'd prefer to limit the number to 2 Congresscritters per state (like Senators) so that they can maximize their personal gains.

Of course, we could perhaps charge money to watch the battle royale that will ensue when they have to decide who stays and who goes...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (7fElN)

136 Of all the news that came out lately my favorite is Va Lt. Gov. Sears referring to a man dressed as a woman as "sir" and the resultant furor that ensued.
Men dressed as women in a non theatrical setting should be the objects of constant and intense ridicule.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (MeG8a)

137 Salty Dawg

Why I said 1920 style is because I have read through parts of a 1913 Britannica and felt like an absolute idiot.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (uTCCp)

138 The Diamond Age was also highly tribalistic, though somewhat better than Snow Crash as society had evolved to a post-scarcity economy in many ways.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:20 AM (7fElN)


I suppose Bruce Sterling's Islands in the Net is a contender, also. It is more of the struggle of tech innovation driven decentralization against old centralization.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (D7oie)

139 Supporting WEF ideas based on denying the world the benefits of cheap energy is probably the worst crime against humanity.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice)


The planet cannot support much more than half of its current population without oil and gas. The WEF is nothing more than a death cult.

Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead. Though even that has a shelf life. The elite may survive, and they may prosper in relative terms, but their children and grandchildren will starve.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)

140 Didn’t Jason Bourne get run over by his own Snowcat?

And he was the smart one.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (zDo4g)

141 I wonder if a lawsuit against the house would have any chance. Sue and say being one of 800K people in a district, violates your right to fair representation.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (bWsRe)

142 Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (MeG8a)

I said it yesterday and I'll say it again...

Trump/Sears 2024!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (gSZYf)

143 They are the ones to hate...to despise...to spit upon in the street. They are deserving of our hate, our contempt, our anger, and most of all, our dogged pursuit of their political destruction. And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes.

Yes...crimes. They violate their oaths of office, they benefit financially from their disloyalty, and they break the law of the land by opening our borders. Those are crimes worse than what the invaders bring!

———-

Thom Tillis could be a poster child of this mendacity.

Where’s the poster nipsip from years ago who was a big Tillis fan.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (++4z6)

144 Our political class has betrayed us in the most fundamental way. They have failed to protect -- both physically and philosophically -- the structure of our nation. They have caused an erosion of the foundations of our political philosophy by diluting it with an invasion of foreigners bringing ideas that are anathema to the concepts that created America. They have actively pursued open borders that have resulted in a catastrophic drain on our financial resources, concurrent with a catastrophic increase in criminal and other anti-social behavior.
++++
All in the name of the goal. There are several of them depending on who is involved, but they all boil down to the same answer: leave that border open and get colonized.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (HnUIn)

145 >>Someone was filming MATT DAMON! on his phone, and he gave the guy a hard time for not having a steady hand. T


He's like 5' 3". It's not easy filming someone that small.

Posted by: garrett at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (nTYzq)

146 140 Didn’t Jason Bourne get run over by his own Snowcat?

And he was the smart one.
Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (zDo4g)

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That was Jeremy Renner, who was in a Bourne movie (The Bourne Legacy), an attempt to extend the franchise out from Matt Damon. It didn't really work.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (GBKbO)

147 142 Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (MeG8a)

I said it yesterday and I'll say it again...

Trump/Sears 2024!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (gSZYf)

=====

Just got to fit in a constitutional amendment between now and November.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (GBKbO)

148 They are the ones to hate...to despise...to spit upon in the street. They are deserving of our hate, our contempt, our anger, and most of all, our dogged pursuit of their political destruction. And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes.
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Yes, but not to exclusion. It is okay to hate the invaders, too. There is room enough to hate both.

But the greater hate belongs with the masters of the universe in this country.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (HnUIn)

149 Trump/Sears 2024!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo


Sorry, she's ineligible. Foreign born.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (9yWhg)

150 Sorry, she's ineligible. Foreign born.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (9yWhg)

Can't she identify as US born?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (bWsRe)

151 And I know she isn't a Trump fan, but she amuses the hell out of me!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (gSZYf)

152 Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead. Though even that has a shelf life. The elite may survive, and they may prosper in relative terms, but their children and grandchildren will starve.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)
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As I've said many times around here...Those people WANT the human race to die out entirely. Their goal is to live just long enough to see it happen.

Then they will turn out the lights on themselves.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (7fElN)

153 One does not simply change government with "elections" and "voting" when all of those things are corrupted to the point of being unsalvageable.

Government's the problem. You won't fix it using the tools OF government.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (Q4IgG)

154 Does the constitution specifically say a VP has to be natural born?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (bWsRe)

155 Damn...Bandersnatch died?

Condolences to AtC. I know they were close.

Posted by: garrett at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (nTYzq)

156 Sorry, she's ineligible. Foreign born.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (9yWhg)

We aren't talking reality here...

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (gSZYf)

157 Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead. Though even that has a shelf life. The elite may survive, and they may prosper in relative terms, but their children and grandchildren will starve.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)
++++
For some of them, this is probably the silent goal.

There are many motivations.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (HnUIn)

158 156 Sorry, she's ineligible. Foreign born.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (9yWhg)

We aren't talking reality here...
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (gSZYf)

=======

To be fair: Calvinball.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (GBKbO)

159 Biden will visit a Potemkin village, cleared of the trolls, orcs, and goblins.

Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:18 AM (8sheN)

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Tea Party Hobbits > Bitter Clingers > Deplorables > Russian Putin Puppets > Ultra MAGAts > Listless Vessels > Trolls > Orcs > Goblins.

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (dObTI)

160 Does the constitution specifically say a VP has to be natural born?
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (bWsRe)
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Has to have all the qualifications of a President, because at first, it was just the second-place finisher.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (krQz2)

161 The House makes its own rules, so the House in 1911 voted to set the number of seats to 435.

Posted by: Anna Puma


I had a history teacher tell me that the number was capped due to the amount of room for desks.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (lTGtQ)

162 It is not just the illegals that are committing crimes (other than passing illegally across our borders) but those that come and just want to take, take, and take some more. This country already has huge issues with American citizens mired in generational welfare and others of the free shit army.

If Trump does pull off a win, I would put this a priority one. Mass deportation, and stiff penalties for employers who hire illegals. Also, hold NGO's, UN, churches, and any other organizations liable for swift and painful justice.

Let the left scream and howl. This is not only an economic issue but goes to the heart of National Security.

Posted by: Cheri at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (oiNtH)

163 Does the constitution specifically say a VP has to be natural born?
Posted by: Montec


I believe so. Says somewhere that the VP has to meet the same qualifications as the President.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (9yWhg)

164 If the house voted to expand the number of seats, it wouldnot serve us. In fact would definitely hurt. Seats are determined by population counts so populous areas, now overrun by illegals, currently really really blue, would get more seats. Redistricting would make sure they were leaning Ds.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (t/2Uw)

165 Once in a while I make sense. Don't get used to it, though.
Posted by: Doof

Well, at least you're no longer obtuse.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:09 AM (9yWhg)

but is he a cute ?
Posted by: SturmToddler at February 27, 2024 11:24 AM (nXhwP)


Depends how much one has been drinking

Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (JunzL)

166 >>Does the constitution specifically say a VP has to be natural born?


The VP has the same qualification standards as the Pres.

Posted by: garrett at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (nTYzq)

167 Apparently, the FBI sent out a "X" about organized retail theft, using a photo of two young white women.
They got eaten alive.

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (RHGPo)

168 Can't she identify as US born?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (bWsRe)
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Sounds racist to not let her.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (krQz2)

169 Here's a thought. maybe eliminate Rep by Pop, and adopt rep by affinity. Create a list of social/economic affinities, say maybe 15 or so, and each State picks ten of those that best represent its populace.
1. the Gimmedats, welfare class that rarely, if ever works
2. working poor
3.workers who rent homes
4. workers who own homes
5. the self-employed, and owners of very small businesses
6. business owners with multiple employees
7. professions

Some States might have "oilfield worker" as an affinity, others "fishing industry". Individuals could pick which affinity they wish to use, and could change it, but not in the run-up to an election. Candidates to represent an affinity would have to come from that affinity; a lawyer could not run to represent the Gimmedats.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 11:37 AM (tkR6S)

170 Biden will visit a Potemkin village, cleared of the trolls, orcs, and goblins.

Posted by: logprof at February 27, 2024 11:18 AM (8sheN)

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Tea Party Hobbits > Bitter Clingers > Deplorables > Russian Putin Puppets > Ultra MAGAts > Listless Vessels > Trolls > Orcs > Goblins.
Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (dObTI)
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I'd be OK with a dragon swooping in and breathing fire on that Potemkin village.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:37 AM (7fElN)

171 Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead. Though even that has a shelf life. The elite may survive, and they may prosper in relative terms, but their children and grandchildren will starve.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)


If there's one thing history shows us, in times of famine... the elites always emerge unscathed. Nothing bad ever happens to them.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:37 AM (GYIa4)

172 Tea Party Hobbits > Bitter Clingers > Deplorables > Russian Putin Puppets > Ultra MAGAts > Listless Vessels > Trolls > Orcs > Goblins.
Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (dObTI)
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Where do hoarders, wreckers and capitalist roaders fit in?

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:38 AM (DeFcY)

173 Does the constitution specifically say a VP has to be natural born?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (bWsRe)

12th Amendment.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 27, 2024 11:38 AM (gSZYf)

174 Apparently, the FBI sent out a "X" about organized retail theft, using a photo of two young white women.
They got eaten alive.


Cannibal A to Cannibal Bob, "why is this clown glowing?"

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:38 AM (uTCCp)

175 In a way, I give these criminal vermin a lot of credit. They are treating this country and its entire immigration and law enforcement system with the utter derision and contempt it deserves. I'd give a double-barrel middle finger to the system too.

Posted by: Elric Blade at February 27, 2024 11:38 AM (iFTx/)

176 If there's one thing history shows us, in times of famine... the elites always emerge unscathed. Nothing bad ever happens to them.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:37 AM (GYIa4)
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There's a first time for everything!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:38 AM (7fElN)

177 Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)

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Um 13/14ths.

Posted by: The Georgia Guidestones at February 27, 2024 11:38 AM (krQz2)

178 What part of Michigan?

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Southeastern, but not Detroit. Small town, leans Dem.

Posted by: cfo mom at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (tCSBH)

179 Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead. Though even that has a shelf life. The elite may survive, and they may prosper in relative terms, but their children and grandchildren will starve.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)

In a scene in one of Hordeling Daniel Humphry's zombie books, the last one (after the zombies have been stopped) has a WEF equivalent mom demanding the surgeon wife of the main character fix her son's badly broken leg. Surgeon says no. When pushed explains,

'Not won't. *Can't*. Because, in your desire to rule the world you considered my surgical team an acceptable loss.'

The WEF types have no conception of how many they consider expendable extras are actually vital to keeping everything going.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (nC+QA)

180 It's not that they've failed to protect us, it's that they've used their positions to enrich and entrench themselves.

At our expense.

The difference for me is that one assumes they had intentions of doing right and either got it wrong or were misguided.

I say, they never cared to.

For that, I will always hate them.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (KbCG3)

181 If there's one thing history shows us, in times of famine... the elites always emerge unscathed. Nothing bad ever happens to them.

If you ignore the French and Russian revolutions.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (uTCCp)

182 "Apparently, the FBI sent out a "X" about organized retail theft, using a photo of two young white women."

True. Verified. I saw it. The mind reels...

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (MeG8a)

183 I had a history teacher tell me that the number was capped due to the amount of room for desks.
Posted by: Thomas Paine


Hmmm. Never thought of that.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:40 AM (9yWhg)

184 22nd Amendment.

So we got the 13th outlawing slavery - and the 21st repealing Prohibition that in itself was enacted by the 18th - and the 22nd. Not a great track record for amending the Constitution.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 27, 2024 11:40 AM (XaERF)

185 Tea Party Hobbits > Bitter Clingers > Deplorables > Russian Putin Puppets > Ultra MAGAts > Listless Vessels > Trolls > Orcs > Goblins.
Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:35 AM (dObTI)
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Where do hoarders, wreckers and capitalist roaders fit in?
Posted by: Captain Obvious
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Kulaks and saboteurs

Posted by: screaming in digital at February 27, 2024 11:40 AM (1eY81)

186 Paul, you ignorant slut.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 27, 2024 11:41 AM (u73oe)

187 NaCly! Good to see you! Think of you often.

Posted by: cfo mom at February 27, 2024 11:41 AM (tCSBH)

188 134 Someone was filming MATT DAMON! on his phone, and he gave the guy a hard time for not having a steady hand. The Bourne Identity looks like it was filmed during an earthquake.
Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:31 AM (cf/0E)

actors are very rarely the director of photography. Yell at Oliver Wood and Doug Liman

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:41 AM (xcxpd)

189
Google is fake, a CIA corp
Posted by: logprof

Literally true
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards


The Tucker podcast with Mike Benz touches on this.

http://tinyurl.com/453d5z5z

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at February 27, 2024 11:41 AM (63Dwl)

190 Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Plunged To -3.90 In January

... it's as if somebody doesn't like the senile guy in the White House

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (RHGPo)

191 77
If we are waiting for leftist NPCs to finally figure out that they’re fools before we take matters into our own hands, we’re the fools.
We need to accept that our salvation depends on us acting on our own, probably in defiance of a majority ( so much for democracy), possibly in one or more violent confrontations.

Posted by: Dr. Claw at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (jbnUc)

192 190 Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Plunged To -3.90 In January

... it's as if somebody doesn't like the senile guy in the White House
Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (RHGPo)

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If you don't think the economy is great, then you ain't black.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (GBKbO)

193 Now it can be lunch time

Posted by: Skip at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (vUEz+)

194 'Not won't. *Can't*. Because, in your desire to rule the world you considered my surgical team an acceptable loss.'

The WEF types have no conception of how many they consider expendable extras are actually vital to keeping everything going.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (nC+QA)
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Yep. Accident and injury will become much, much more dangerous as there will no longer be the necessary resources or expertise to fix those situations. Medicine? Who manufactures it? Where do they get it? Who has the knowledge and skills to fix once routine medical problems?

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (7fElN)

195 110
https://tinyurl.com/app

Posted by: Archimedes at February 27, 2024 11:27 AM (CsUN+)
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That URL is for tinyurl.com only, not the funny stuff.

Posted by: Ciampino - question everything at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (qfLjt)

196 Now it can be lunch time
Posted by: Skip


What are we having?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (9yWhg)

197 I always assumed Google was NSA's op and the CIA and FBI just had office space there.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 27, 2024 11:43 AM (Q4IgG)

198 Winsome Losesome Sears.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:43 AM (FVME7)

199 164 If the house voted to expand the number of seats, it wouldnot serve us. In fact would definitely hurt. Seats are determined by population counts so populous areas, now overrun by illegals, currently really really blue, would get more seats. Redistricting would make sure they were leaning Ds.
Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 27, 2024 11:36 AM (t/2Uw)

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I thought a representative democracy was actually supposed to be democratically representative.

I'm in favor of expanding the House to make it more in line with the intention of the Founders or alternatively completely scrapping democratic representation in favor of a lotto type system of random selection representation.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 27, 2024 11:43 AM (++4z6)

200 Google is fake, a CIA corp
Posted by: logprof

Literally true
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards

The Tucker podcast with Mike Benz touches on this.

http://tinyurl.com/453d5z5z
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at February 27, 2024 11:41 AM (63Dwl)

Thankee

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:43 AM (xcxpd)

201 "I always assumed Google was NSA's op and the CIA and FBI just had office space there."

You assume correctly. They fly in and out of Moffett Field CA all the time.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (MeG8a)

202 Let's be clear about one thing: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, someone who can fix an automobile, someone who can grow crops or raise cattle - all of these people are a hundred times more valuable than any politician.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (lTGtQ)

203 If you ignore the French and Russian revolutions.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:39 AM (uTCCp)


My browser doesn't have the sarcasm font installed.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (GYIa4)

204 197 I always assumed Google was NSA's op and the CIA and FBI just had office space there.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 27, 2024 11:43 AM (Q4IgG)

The Intelligence Community has a whole lotta three letter agencies. The one's doing the really shady stuff rarely get mentioned so 'CIA' is just shorthand.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (xcxpd)

205 202 Let's be clear about one thing: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, someone who can fix an automobile, someone who can grow crops or raise cattle - all of these people are a hundred times more valuable than any politician.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (lTGtQ)

#Truth

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (xcxpd)

206 I always harken back to Rick Delanty in Lucifer's Hammer yelling at the people at the refuge who are willing to just hunker down and accept returning to Medieval times.

"We used to control the lightning!"

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (uTCCp)

207 Perhaps that is the motivation: kill off half of the world's population, and live off of the collected wealth and inventions of the dead. Though even that has a shelf life. The elite may survive, and they may prosper in relative terms, but their children and grandchildren will starve.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (lTGtQ)


Eh, even if they get their mass death, all that means is that the baseline for Deplorables moves up.

Right now, the monetary cut-off point seems to be about $150K/yr. They're all Elites in good standing now.

But, when the bottom falls out, so to speak. Well...somebody has to work. Somebody needs to make sure I get fed. So, out to the rice fields, all you $150K to $500K per yearers!

Perhaps it will be all robots and robot-labor and leisure time and plenty of booze, chow, and beautiful women.

However these guys at the top sound awfully feudal and I'll there's a bunch of "elite" who find themselves all covered in mud and shit and in the field digging potatoes for their overlords.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (nFnyb)

208
And how corrupt is the CA legislature? Sure they're batshit crazy left. But is it as corrupt as Mitch and the Gang?
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:19 AM (bWsRe)



*whistles absently*

Posted by: Every High Speed Rail contractor on the West Coast at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (n+4am)

209 Biden, eating ice cream with the host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers, said that he hoped for a “ceasefire” by next Monday. He did not specify whether he meant a temporary or permanent ceasefire, and both Israel and Hamas said there was no such deal.

... does this guy travel with an accordion ?

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:46 AM (RHGPo)

210 Ot is way cheaper to send criminals to us than keep them in a Venezuela jail

Posted by: Skip at February 27, 2024 11:46 AM (vUEz+)

211 >actors are very rarely the director of photography. Yell at Oliver Wood and Doug Liman

I figure the shaky-cam(tm) is added in post to give intensity to a weak scene. I won't watch it.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:46 AM (cf/0E)

212 I had a history teacher tell me that the number was capped due to the amount of room for desks.
Posted by: Thomas Paine

They could meet in London then we'd know how many assholes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:46 AM (FVME7)

213 202 Let's be clear about one thing: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, someone who can fix an automobile, someone who can grow crops or raise cattle - all of these people are a hundred times more valuable than any politician.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (lTGtQ)

Back in the olden times a lot of politicians were those people.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:46 AM (bWsRe)

214 Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (7fElN)

Disease as well, once the sewer system (a true Wonder of the World) starts breaking down. Cholera and dysentery will be real problems again. Add in vitamin deficiencies, making everyone more susceptible. For a while people will remember and know what they're missing, but eventually they'll forget.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (nC+QA)

215 He's like 5' 3". It's not easy filming someone that small.

Posted by: garrett at February 27, 2024 11:32 AM (nTYzq)

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Speaking of which: never saw the Jack Reacher films with Tom Cruise (nor read the novels) -- but based on Ace's post yesterday, talked the wifey (whose tastes vary greatly from mine half the time) into giving the TV series "Reacher" a try last night.

Watched the series premiere, and we both loved it!

I remember criticism of the movies because the protagonist in the novels has this large, imposing physicality -- which Cruise obviously lacks.. The actor portraying Reacher in the series of course has it in spades, and he's a fine actor -- Alan Ritchson.

Shain-Bob says "Check it out!"

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (bmj8v)

216 The biggest problem is Republicans, the DC Republicans.

They are the ones that saw 16 of their finest swept away like leaves in a hurricane by Trump on immigration.
Not one changed course. Let alone move to his right.

Instead, 8 years after they were humiliated, with the issue more pressing than ever, they ... draft an amnesty and open borders forever bill.

1996 Bill Clinton on immigration (and pretty much every other issue) would be canceled from every social and mass media platform.

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (cSaKW)

217 Let's be clear about one thing: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, someone who can fix an automobile, someone who can grow crops or raise cattle - all of these people are a hundred times more valuable than any politician.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (lTGtQ)


That's so false! I mean, just look at how many things in this country are named after politicians. They are obviously the most important and valuable people and must be immortalized!!!

Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (JunzL)

218 Yep. Accident and injury will become much, much more dangerous as there will no longer be the necessary resources or expertise to fix those situations. Medicine? Who manufactures it? Where do they get it? Who has the knowledge and skills to fix once routine medical problems?
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 27, 2024 11:42 AM (7fElN)


You have a blister on your foot? Our indigenous, traditional medical knowledge says we must amputate. We don't know what the survival rate is of this procedure as writing and record keeping is racist.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (GYIa4)

219 The illegal invaders are looters, thieves, rapists, murderers, drug dealers, sex traffickers, con men, liars, moochers and rapists.

They feel right at home in the democrat run cities of America.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (2ijlT)

220 @195 Sorry about that. Here's the link:

http://tinyurl.com/588a9sye

Posted by: Archimedes at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (CsUN+)

221 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (bWsRe)

222 Nowadays 90% of the politicians in the halls of Congress are failed lawyers. Adams was right in 1776.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (uTCCp)

223 And still think it's Barky's mission to destroy the western civilization his parents and teachers taught him to do.

Posted by: Skip at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (vUEz+)

224 We can compromise and say that an illegal is 3/5th of a constituent. I'm sure that will keep the peace.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (cf/0E)

225 But these people, whom we elected to protect us, know what's going on and are just too pathetic and cowardly to do anything about it.

They are not pathetic and cowardly at all. They are in on it all. They are complicit.

The pathetic and cowardly people are those who keep voting for these WEF and Deep State people and expecting things to change.

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity.

The federal government exposed themselves as enemies of the people at least as far back as 2006 with the push for amnesty for all illegals. That was the wake-up call for everyone supporting the GOPe. That was 18 years ago.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (UKWFA)

226 Sorry, she's ineligible. Foreign born.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:33 AM (9yWhg)

Can't she identify as US born?
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:34 AM (bWsRe)


Well, foreigners get to vote. Multiple times!
Seems.only fair.

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (W/lyH)

227 Lucifer's Hammer. I read that book, about 45 years ago.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at February 27, 2024 11:49 AM (pohLc)

228 Housing Inflation Persists As Case-Shiller 20 Home Price Index Rises For 11th Month In A Row

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:49 AM (RHGPo)

229 Adams was right in 1776.


"On idle man is a disgrace. Two are a law firm. And three or more are a Congress."

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:49 AM (9yWhg)

230 217 Let's be clear about one thing: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, someone who can fix an automobile, someone who can grow crops or raise cattle - all of these people are a hundred times more valuable than any politician.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (lTGtQ)

That's so false! I mean, just look at how many things in this country are named after politicians. They are obviously the most important and valuable people and must be immortalized!!!
Posted by: Doof at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (JunzL)

This is a very good point. Anyone can just grow crops or wire a house, but it takes a special person to vote themselves more of someone else's money.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 11:49 AM (KbCG3)

231 The cop who went through Hannah Guteirrez's cell phone, the nitwit in charge of firearm's on the Rust movie set, is on the stand.

https://www.youtube.com/live/u24ZTeWe9NY

Posted by: Lost in Space at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (5tVLs)

232 Let's be clear about one thing: a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, someone who can fix an automobile, someone who can grow crops or raise cattle - all of these people are a hundred times more valuable than any politician.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:44 AM (lTGtQ)

See that dog turd over there? That is 100 times more valuable than a politician.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (N39Ws)

233 At some point it may be easier to refer to people by .. checks note, their fucking names.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (IG4Id)

234 You have a blister on your foot? Our indigenous, traditional medical knowledge says we must amputate. We don't know what the survival rate is of this procedure as writing and record keeping is racist.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (GYIa4)
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Remember Calvin Coolidge's son's blister?

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (DeFcY)

235 221 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (bWsRe)

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I don't think these sorts of proposals would work. Increasing their pay won't decrease the desire for more within them. Besides, the numbers who actually make real money in Congress are surprisingly small.

I think that, in order to use financial remuneration as an incentive for good government, the pay needs to be directly tied to specific outcomes. $1 million for every year with a balanced budget, sort of thing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (GBKbO)

236 It is worse than that, so much is only maintainable if there is enough leisure to keep it up.
steel, for example, is a luxury good if you spend all your time grubbing for food.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 27, 2024 11:51 AM (D7oie)

237 Some indigenous, traditional medical knowledge is useful.

Like what weeds and/or herbs have medicinal value. Same for various concoctions made with various food stuffs.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 27, 2024 11:51 AM (Q4IgG)

238 Lucifer's Hammer. I read that book, about 45 years ago.
Posted by: Xipe Totec at February 27, 2024 11:49 AM (pohLc)
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AKA "How LASFS Survived The Great Comet."

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:51 AM (DeFcY)

239
Doctor: "how are you today?"
Me: "getting more like Joe Biden every day"
Doctor: (breaks up laughing).

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenkoism in Solidarity with the Struggle to maintain Moron standards at February 27, 2024 11:51 AM (8tkni)

240 I don;t understand why any of you think adding more House members would make anything better? We already suffer because metropolises like NYC, Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia and others were able to sway an election because of their large population. They would just get even more seats. If not for the fact that every state gets two senators regardless of population size majority mobs would control the government.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 27, 2024 11:51 AM (t/2Uw)

241 "We used to control the lightning!"
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:45 AM (uTCCp)

I haven't read that, but Sarah Hoyt wrote a post several years ago about how *we* are the Elves compared to previous millennia. That resonated with me.

Combine that with "Energy is the life of a civilization. When it is reduced the civilization *must* lose complexity or perish entirely", and the basis of my "Magic is being murdered" posts was formed.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:52 AM (nC+QA)

242 Republicans pouncing over depopulation just makes our jobs harder.

Posted by: WEF at February 27, 2024 11:52 AM (krQz2)

243 Macy’s announced Tuesday it will be closing 150 “underproductive locations” over the next three years as sales dip and the company looks to expand its higher-end luxury brands. The department store chain saw nearly a 2 percent drop in sales during the fourth quarter of last year when compared to its fourth quarter of 2022.

... store closures are a sure sign of a healthy economy

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:52 AM (RHGPo)

244 http://tinyurl.com/588a9sye
Posted by: Archimedes

"Aaron Bushnell was a valued member of Serve The People"

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It's a cookbook!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:52 AM (FVME7)

245 216 The biggest problem is Republicans, the DC Republicans.

They are the ones that saw 16 of their finest swept away like leaves in a hurricane by Trump on immigration.
Not one changed course. Let alone move to his right.

Instead, 8 years after they were humiliated, with the issue more pressing than ever, they ... draft an amnesty and open borders forever bill.

1996 Bill Clinton on immigration (and pretty much every other issue) would be canceled from every social and mass media platform.
Posted by: People's Hippo Voice
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GOPe officeholders go to the same schools, participate in the same social events, use the same investment banks, and gobble the same corporate dollars as campaign contributions as do Democrats.

For the most part, the GOP conundrum is that if you elect businessmen, they will focus on the economy and to do that will require the cooperation of the mega corps. Thus open borders and endless wars. Or you elect an experienced GOP legislator--a careerist is generally out for increasing their power via controlling corporate funds---McConnell and McCarthy are the result and you get open borders and endless wars.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 11:53 AM (hKOIV)

246 Doctor: "how are you today?"
Me: "getting more like Joe Biden every day"
Doctor: (breaks up laughing).
Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenkoism in Solidarity with the Struggle to maintain Moron standards at February 27, 2024 11:51 AM (8tkni)
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So does that mean you forgot how you were?

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:53 AM (krQz2)

247 I think that, in order to use financial remuneration as an incentive for good government, the pay needs to be directly tied to specific outcomes. $1 million for every year with a balanced budget, sort of thing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (GBKbO)

Pay based upon median income.

But they would figure out a way to scam that too.

Posted by: davidt at February 27, 2024 11:53 AM (SYTee)

248 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (bWsRe)


A. Jonah Goldberg, of all people, once suggested exactly this with the caveat that they basically did nothing for their term in office.
2. You, and he, underestimate the venality of these people.
III. Eventually the lure of money pales in comparison to being able to tell someone "shoot them, that's why we give you guns" and know that you will suffer no consequences.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:53 AM (GYIa4)

249 228 Housing Inflation Persists As Case-Shiller 20 Home Price Index Rises For 11th Month In A Row
Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:49 AM (RHGPo)

House down the street from me was purchased in 2010 for $300K. It was purchased again in 2020 for $700K. It needed a lot of work, it's a 100+ year old house and hadn't been updated in a while. The new owners tore it down to the studs, totally renovated. Said house recently sold for $1.8M.

My jaw dropped when I saw the listing and asking price. i though these people are insane to be asking this much. And, well, turned out they weren't. It sold in about 6 weeks.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:53 AM (bWsRe)

250 239
Doctor: "how are you today?"
Me: "getting more like Joe Biden every day"
Doctor: (breaks up laughing).

Alternate:

Waitress: "What would you like today ?"
Me: "I'll have a large portion of World Peace"

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (RHGPo)

251 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.

Reps and Senators should be paid, if at all, by their State's and at whatever rate that individual state desires - and the rate should be changeable by a simple act of the State Legislature.

We wonder why Reps and Senators seem more loyal to DC and their State. Could it possibly be as simple as where their check comes from ?

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (XaERF)

252 Disease as well, once the sewer system (a true Wonder of the World) starts breaking down. Cholera and dysentery will be real problems again. Add in vitamin deficiencies, making everyone more susceptible. For a while people will remember and know what they're missing, but eventually they'll forget.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (nC+QA)

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After Bill Gates and his merry band of Harvard butt-boys black out the sun (UNEXPECTEDLY?), I suppose universal Vitamin D deficiencies will be among the least of our starvation worries ...

Will no one rid us if thus troublesome geek?

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (3awxI)

253 Macy’s announced Tuesday it will be closing 150 “underproductive locations” over the next three years as sales dip
Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:52 AM (RHGPo)

Good. I hate waiting at the drive thru when I want my beef n cheddar and curly fries.

Hahahahaha!

Posted by: Dick Cheney, Mastermind On Viagra at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (2ijlT)

254 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.

Posted by: Montec


I don't know of one representative who makes less than that now, and without the messy 1099s.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (lTGtQ)

255 Trump coining "migrant crime" is interesting.

It's an easy phrase that distills the issue.

We're going to hear a lot more of its use

While the whole of the GOP take great pains to avoid using it ....

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (cSaKW)

256 I think that, in order to use financial remuneration as an incentive for good government, the pay needs to be directly tied to specific outcomes. $1 million for every year with a balanced budget, sort of thing.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (GBKbO)

A carrot and stick approach. Let a Rep's constituents vote to dock the Rep's pay if he fails to deliver on certain campaign promises. Dock up to 100%, as the case may be.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (tkR6S)

257 "They are the ones to hate...to despise...to spit upon in the street. They are deserving of our hate, our contempt, our anger, and most of all, our dogged pursuit of their political destruction. And if there is justice in the world; imprisonment for their crimes." CBD

Being coy is adorable but you should tell us how you really feel.

Oh look! My daffodils are blooming!

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (cRrcX)

258 I have a feeling...

@zerohedge
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8m
*US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (IG4Id)

259 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (bWsRe)

Not really. Such people always want *more*. They don't even necessarily know what they want more of, just that they do want more.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (nC+QA)

260 Remember it's not that the house is worth so much it's that the USD is crap. The law of things says the more of a thing there is, the less it is worth, and our printing presses whirr along non stop at an astonishing rate.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (MeG8a)

261 I think that, in order to use financial remuneration as an incentive for good government, the pay needs to be directly tied to specific outcomes. $1 million for every year with a balanced budget, sort of thing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (GBKbO)

Face it, there's no financial incentive that would stop anything they do. These people are scum. They aspire to these positions so they could become earthly gods to lord over us.

The problem is, we don't, well, you know...the thing.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (KbCG3)

262
I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM (bWsRe)



Congressroaches get most of their income from corruption, as a by-product of their REAL compensation: power.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (n+4am)

263 Disease as well, once the sewer system (a true Wonder of the World) starts breaking down. Cholera and dysentery will be real problems again. Add in vitamin deficiencies, making everyone more susceptible. For a while people will remember and know what they're missing, but eventually they'll forget.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (nC+QA)

-------------

After Bill Gates and his merry band of Harvard butt-boys black out the sun (UNEXPECTEDLY?), I suppose universal Vitamin D deficiencies will be among the least of our starvation worries ...

Will no one rid us of these meddlesome geeks?

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (EwEYp)

264 Polliwog

Yeah the First World is truly a Land of Magic. Go to the real third world like in South America and it will truly hit home how wondrous it all is.

And those who seek to destroy that I despise from the bottom of my heart for they are far worse than any Goth or Vandal. They are in league with Pol Pot and Year Zero with everyone out in the rice fields.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (uTCCp)

265 Lucifer's Hammer. I read that book, about 45 years ago.
Posted by: Xipe Totec


Congrats. Would you like a pudding or an AARP subscription?

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (IG4Id)

266 Not really. Such people always want *more*. They don't even necessarily know what they want more of, just that they do want more.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (nC+QA)

This is correct ^

Posted by: Xipe Totec at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (pohLc)

267 I think that, in order to use financial remuneration as an incentive for good government, the pay needs to be directly tied to specific outcomes. $1 million for every year with a balanced budget, sort of thing.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (GBKbO)

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There was an SNL skit back when it was funny, with Ross Perot saying any old fool can get 1% GDP. If I get 2% GDP growth, I get $100M bonus. If I get 3% GDP I get $1B bonus. Or something along those lines.

And I was thinking yeah, why not do this in real life?

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (bWsRe)

268 Damn it!
Whoever wrote "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd" in the last thread has given me the earworm.from hell!

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (W/lyH)

269 I remember criticism of the movies because the protagonist in the novels has this large, imposing physicality -- which Cruise obviously lacks.. The actor portraying Reacher in the series of course has it in spades, and he's a fine actor -- Alan Ritchson.

Shain-Bob says "Check it out!"
Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:47 AM (bmj8v)


Here's my hot take on this - I think that the Reacher in the movies works with Tom Cruise, and Reacher in the series with Alan Ritchson (sp?).

Rewatched the first movie last night. I have yet to read a Reacher book and so the he's a huge 6 foot whatever giant doesn't really come into play for me and those viewers who never read it. AND - in the first movie there is a scene whee Reacher blends into a crowd to disappear. Giant Reacher would not have been able to pull that off.

Also, there are bits in both productions where Reacher says to the bad guys that what they are doing is a bad idea. When Tom Cruise Reacher says it its more of a surprise. If someone takes on Giant Reacher you kind of go well duh you weren't going to beat him.

Posted by: blaster at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (xhfG9)

270 Will no one rid us of these meddlesome geeks?
Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (EwEYp)
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--Stuff Henry II Should Have Said

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at February 27, 2024 11:57 AM (DeFcY)

271 Not really. Such people always want *more*. They don't even necessarily know what they want more of, just that they do want more.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (nC+QA)


Yeah, that's right.

I want more!

Posted by: Johnny Rocco at February 27, 2024 11:57 AM (AiZBA)

272 Does Bitter Clinger still post?

Posted by: Wenda at February 27, 2024 11:57 AM (G1K9S)

273 256 I think that, in order to use financial remuneration as an incentive for good government, the pay needs to be directly tied to specific outcomes. $1 million for every year with a balanced budget, sort of thing.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:50 AM (GBKbO)

A carrot and stick approach. Let a Rep's constituents vote to dock the Rep's pay if he fails to deliver on certain campaign promises. Dock up to 100%, as the case may be.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (tkR6S)

At which point, some lobbyist comes along and says, "Don't worry. Just keep voting our way and you'll never have to pay for another beer in this town again!"

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 11:57 AM (KbCG3)

274 Congrats. Would you like a pudding or an AARP subscription?
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (IG4Id)

AARP is a commie org. Wouldn't touch with Ace's dick.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at February 27, 2024 11:57 AM (pohLc)

275 171
If there's one thing history shows us, in times of famine... the elites always emerge unscathed. Nothing bad ever happens to them.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 11:37 AM (GYIa4)
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Ah but the US population is mostly armed.

Posted by: Ciampino - question everything everywhere at February 27, 2024 11:57 AM (qfLjt)

276 258 I have a feeling...

@zerohedge
·
8m
*US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (IG4Id)


That is a whole Division plus support.

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:58 AM (W/lyH)

277 There was an SNL skit back when it was funny, with Ross Perot saying any old fool can get 1% GDP. If I get 2% GDP growth, I get $100M bonus. If I get 3% GDP I get $1B bonus. Or something along those lines.

And I was thinking yeah, why not do this in real life?
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (bWsRe)

Can I finish?!

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 11:58 AM (KbCG3)

278 Will no one rid us if thus troublesome geek?

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (3awxI)
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Nothing happens to Epstein's frequent flyers.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 11:58 AM (krQz2)

279 T-3 minutes until the Criterion flash sale...

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 11:58 AM (GBKbO)

280 Macy’s announced Tuesday it will be closing 150 “underproductive locations” over the next three years as sales dip and the company looks to expand its higher-end luxury brands. The department store chain saw nearly a 2 percent drop in sales during the fourth quarter of last year when compared to its fourth quarter of 2022. ...
Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 11:52 AM (RHGPo)
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The hallmark of the first world - and its engine of both stability and growth - is the existence of a robust middle class. It's vanishing. American cities reflect this, as they become seas of relative poverty surrounding islands of tremendous wealth. Our cities like San Francisco become more like Bombay as this process continues.

This is another symptom. Department stores like Macy's tend to cater to the middle class. There are other factors (eCommerce, etc.), but a root problem is that the market they serve is vanishing. They have to change. They can move to the low end, but that market's crowded between existing giants like Wal-Mart and Amazon.

So go high. Lose most of your customers, ratchet up the average ticket into the stratosphere, and hope to maintain differentiation in Veblen Goods.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (HnUIn)

281 Every Rep's hookers will be allocated baed on performance. If the Rep does a good job, his hookers are high end $1000/night type. If he does a bad job, they're Motel 6 $20/hand job types.

That's some real incentive.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (bWsRe)

282 US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX
Posted by: weft cut-loop


They're going to start enlisting illegals.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (9yWhg)

283 I thought a representative democracy was actually supposed to be democratically representative.

I'm in favor of expanding the House to make it more in line with the intention of the Founders or alternatively completely scrapping democratic representation in favor of a lotto type system of random selection representation.
Posted by: MAGA_Ken
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There is no one neat trick nor a life hack to restore the republic.

It requires reforming society and even for many here--giving up pleasures in turn for very hard work that may end up as futile.

You have a very diverse nation--there are two ways to prevent collapse---one is to return to extreme federalism where the fed only protects borders and national security. The other is to become increasing authoritarian as the government becomes the arbiter over disputes between different social groups, ethnicities, and between elites and plebes. We have chosen the empire design with elected emperor by default and thus are getting the more authoritarian government as a result.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (hKOIV)

284 Speaking of our noble leaders . . .

The_Real_Fly
@The_Real_Fly
"Pedophilia is not a crime, it's an identity"
- Rep Katie Porter (D)

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I wonder what its pronouns are.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (FVME7)

285 *US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (IG4Id)

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Fortunately, we have a 50-million strong illegal alien Free Shit Army comprised recently of primarily military aged males -- including 100,000 Chinese!

What could go wrong?

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 12:00 PM (EwEYp)

286 The airman that set himself on fire didn't have permission to do so. He was a G.I. which stands for government issue. The Air Force should bill his family for the uniform.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 12:00 PM (MeG8a)

287 US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX

__

Yet oddly the military budget will stay as is.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 12:00 PM (bWsRe)

288 US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX
Posted by: weft cut-loop


They're going to start enlisting illegals.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (9yWhg)


I'll take "Fall Of Th Roman Empire" for $1000, Alex

Posted by: Napoleon XIV at February 27, 2024 12:00 PM (AiZBA)

289 272 Does Bitter Clinger still post?
Posted by: Wenda
==========
Haven't seen him lately. Some folks dropped commenting for Lent, others because of the late unpleasantness in the threads.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (hKOIV)

290 It is called " public service". The people that run for political office did so of their own volition. There should be no pension or benefits associated with serving.

Posted by: Ben Had at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (J4YJJ)

291 The_Real_Fly
@The_Real_Fly
"Pedophilia is not a crime, it's an identity"
- Rep Katie Porter (D)

-
I wonder what its pronouns are.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (FVME7)
***

Really Rep.Porter?
You wanna go with that?
Try it on a grandchild of Diogenes and see what
happens.

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (W/lyH)

292 284 Speaking of our noble leaders . . .

The_Real_Fly
@The_Real_Fly
"Pedophilia is not a crime, it's an identity"
- Rep Katie Porter (D)

-
I wonder what its pronouns are.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (FVME7)

They are this close to legalizing both rape and pedophilia.

This. Close.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (KbCG3)

293 Not surprised about Macy's. Been to the mall twice since Covid. Unavoidable both times. Every day I get multiple ads via email from store I used to frequent at the mall. the amount of money I spend on clothing has decreased dramatically. I also never eat fast food andonly very occasionally eat out. Covid had a much more serious impact that is just now being felt. No longer going to the office means you don;t need fancy clothes or as much of them. you don;t need to eat lunch out with the opportunity to pick up a few things lunchtime shopping. Don't need to gas up the car as often. Etc.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (t/2Uw)

294 Damn it!
Whoever wrote "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd" in the last thread has given me the earworm.from hell!
Posted by: Diogenes

Old fart spotted!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 12:02 PM (FVME7)

295 Does Bitter Clinger still post?

==


Sofa king banned.

Posted by: runner at February 27, 2024 12:02 PM (V13WU)

296 with good cause too

Posted by: runner at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (V13WU)

297 Right on motherfvcker, right on.
Hang them on TV.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (J8LnB)

298 @The_Real_Fly
"Pedophilia is not a crime, it's an identity"
- Rep Katie Porter (D)

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Well, it's still in the realm of a real world event, because a D said it first.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (krQz2)

299 Emerson College Wisconsin 2024 Poll: Trump 45%, Biden 42%

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (RHGPo)

300 289 272 Does Bitter Clinger still post?
Posted by: Wenda
==========
Haven't seen him lately. Some folks dropped commenting for Lent, others because of the late unpleasantness in the threads.
Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (hKOIV)

I haven't seen Christopher Taylor in a minute.
BC does occasionally post, and I see him on TJM's web zone now and then.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, anti-Marxist, buy ammo and keep your rifle by your side at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (xcxpd)

301 Posted by: Xipe Totec at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM (pohLc)

Robert Jordan captured that well with the Forsaken in the Wheel of Time series. Every one of those who became Forsaken had power, wealth, status, and a desire for *more*. A desire to be without limits of any kind. And that desire destroyed their personal humanity and doomed a magical world.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (nC+QA)

302 282 US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX
Posted by: weft cut-loop


They're going to start enlisting illegals.


if we start drafting illegals, we could incentivize them to move on to canada.

Posted by: anachronda at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (sGtp+)

303
A carrot and stick approach.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 11:54 AM (tkR6S)




Let's keep things simple and go with the stick-only approach. A good piece of hickory, by my preference.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (n+4am)

304 Face it, there's no financial incentive that would stop anything they do. These people are scum. They aspire to these positions so they could become earthly gods to lord over us.

The problem is, we don't, well, you know...the thing.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer
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They should remember what happened to Herod in Acts.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (hKOIV)

305 I'll take "Fall Of Th Roman Empire" for $1000, Alex
Posted by: Napoleon XIV


Yeah, but we'll get hot Teutonic Ice Maidens, right?

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (IG4Id)

306 It was Richard III not Henry II.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 12:04 PM (cf/0E)

307 Whoever wrote "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd" in the last thread has given me the earworm.from hell!

Posted by: Diogenes
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However, you can be happy if you've a mind to.

Posted by: Axeman at February 27, 2024 12:04 PM (krQz2)

308 Pedophilia is not a crime, it's an identity"
- Rep Katie Porter (D)


No, I think you'll find it is in fact a crime.

Everywhere civilized, that is.

Posted by: spindrift at February 27, 2024 12:04 PM (MqhXY)

309 Damn it!
Whoever wrote "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd" in the last thread has given me the earworm.from hell!
Posted by: Diogenes

Old fart spotted!
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? at February 27, 2024 12:02 PM (FVME7)


Hey!
Who you calling old? And git off my lawn!

Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 12:04 PM (W/lyH)

310 Polliwog

You talk about the plant based insulation, what a step back to the middle of last century auto electrics.

Another thing that is killing electronics also arises from 'environmental safety' because they removed lead from the solder there had been a rise in IC failures as these little like threads grow and short circuit components.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:04 PM (uTCCp)

311 * [u[for good cause that is

Posted by: runner at February 27, 2024 12:05 PM (V13WU)

312 "They are this close to legalizing both rape and pedophilia.

This. Close.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer"


When we start hearing how empowering they are you will know the final push is on.

Posted by: Ripley at February 27, 2024 12:06 PM (JojsZ)

313 NaCly Dog @ 115-
But the blood spilled will far surpass thest lost in the ‘first’ revolution.

Posted by: Eromero at February 27, 2024 12:06 PM (NxC5+)

314 I haven't seen Christopher Taylor in a minute.
BC does occasionally post, and I see him on TJM's web zone now and then.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards
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CT has a care issue for parents? or someone else close to him from what I remember. That being said, I also think quite a few people are on edge already and tend to avoid additional unpleasantness. Disruptor type trolls also feed into it whether they do it for self-amusement or for pay.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:06 PM (hKOIV)

315 Pedophilia is not a crime, it's an identity"
- Rep Katie Porter (D)


Your position is noted.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead...Wearing Pants and Working at February 27, 2024 12:07 PM (DIB8X)

316 They are this close to legalizing both rape and pedophilia.

This. Close.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 27, 2024 12:01 PM (KbCG3)

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Including incest (if that's even criminal among consenting adults -- don't know -- but certainly underaged rape would apply).

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 12:07 PM (3awxI)

317 Who you calling old? And git off my lawn!
Posted by: Diogenes



When Linda Ronstadt was playing the female lead in The Pirates of Penzance, the director had to tell her, "Linda, this is Gilbert and Sullivan. You can't say 'Git!'.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 12:07 PM (9yWhg)

318 "They are this close to legalizing both rape and pedophilia.
This. Close.

Won't you please donate today?

Posted by: St. Jude's Hospital for Children Pederasts at February 27, 2024 12:08 PM (w9Wax)

319 Criterion sale?

$500 repair bill for windshield blew up the budget.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:08 PM (uTCCp)

320 They are this close to legalizing both rape and pedophilia.
This. Close.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer

The country has had democrat presidents that are practicers of one and both.




Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 27, 2024 12:08 PM (2ijlT)

321 $500 repair bill for windshield blew up the budget.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:08 PM (uTCCp)

Ouch.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (nC+QA)

322 It's pride time in the NHL. When are they proud enough?

Posted by: Northernlurker at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (xcrUy)

323 Another thing that is killing electronics also arises from 'environmental safety' because they removed lead from the solder there had been a rise in IC failures as these little like threads grow and short circuit components.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:04 PM (uTCCp)

Tip for those crafty people in the Horde: all solder is becoming very expensive, and the good 60/40 rosin-core stuff is darned near unavailable at any price. If you see it at a yard sale or flea market, snag all you can find. Precious metal, it is.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (tkR6S)

324 Sewer system doesn't have to break down. We have people shitting in the streets in cities.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (yeEu9)

325 I think that, when the Fall of the Elves is studied in future millennia, the decision to protect *all* the major magic devices with ubiquitous critters' favorite food in the name of "saving the earth" will be a major stepping stone in the collapse.

It went almost completely under the radar, and the impact is almost certainly billions in lost value and productivity.


That started around 2000. The Euros did it first because Greta Thunberg is an immediate threat there, and I think it then became an EU law so Detroit and Japan followed suit.

Honda sells electrical tape with hot pepper oil in it through their dealership parts counters to repel rodents (and you can get it on Amazon or eBay sometimes too).

Posted by: Ian S. at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (2ocoG)

326 It was clear to me then and it’s clear to me now that the fight over Cotton’s op-ed was never about safety, or the facts, or the editing, or even the argument, but control of the paper and who had it. In the end, all that mattered was that an example had been made.

On January 6, 2021, few people at The New York Times remarked on the fact that liberals were cheering on the deployment of National Guardsmen to stop rioting at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the very thing Tom Cotton had advocated.

Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (RHGPo)

327 299 Emerson College Wisconsin 2024 Poll: Trump 45%, Biden 42%
Posted by: SMOD at February 27, 2024 12:03 PM (RHGPo)

LOL LOL LOL
- Milwaukee vote counters

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 12:10 PM (bWsRe)

328 Sewer system doesn't have to break down. We have people shitting in the streets in cities.
Posted by: Notsothoreau at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (yeEu9)

Bums make their own gravy.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 27, 2024 12:10 PM (2ijlT)

329 Another thing that is killing electronics also arises from 'environmental safety' because they removed lead from the solder there had been a rise in IC failures as these little like threads grow and short circuit components.
Posted by: Anna Puma
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Yep. You can blame the EU for that particular issue and China Mart decided to just use the tin solder universally rather than US and EU separate lines. Helps though if you blow out your electronic innards now and again which can disrupt the threads. Someone did an amusing test of canned air and found it generated supersonic speeds by observing the diamond patterning in the expelled air.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:10 PM (hKOIV)

330
Totally off topic, but interesting-

Hayley Mills is going to star in M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming movie "Trap".


Must be a remake of "The Parent Trap" with dead people.

"I trap dead people."

Posted by: naturalfake at February 27, 2024 12:11 PM (nFnyb)

331
The Columbus Dispatch, Oct 23, 2019 - Illegal immigrant who raped now-pregnant 11-year old get prison.

CBSNews, May 14, 2019 - A pregnant 11-year old rape victim in Ohio would no longer be allowed to have an abortion under new state law.

In part, "Though the 11-year old in this case won't be subject to the state's pending law, thousands of other women in the future would be. More than 4,000 women were raped in Ohio in 2017 according to the FBI. Of those, more than 800 victims were assaulted by a family member. ..."
----
But then another: Wikipedia, 2022 Ohio child-rape and Indiana abortion case. In part, "The girl had become pregnant in May 2022 when she was still nine years old."

President Joe Biden highlighted the case in remarks at the White House on July 8, 2022, stating: "She was forced to have to travel out of the state to Indiana to seek to terminate the pregnancy and maybe save her life. Ten years old - 10 years old! - raped, six weeks pregnant, already traumatized, was forced to travel to another state."

Guatemalan illegal immigrant accused pleaded guilty & was sentenced to life in prison, but may seek parole in 25-30 years as part of a plea deal.

Posted by: L - We're done for now. We just don't have the guts to turn off the lights on the show at February 27, 2024 12:11 PM (GshMh)

332 If you see it at a yard sale or flea market, snag all you can find. Precious metal, it is.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:09 PM (tkR6S)

This is the sort of important information that the majority miss until it's too late.

I think this is a service the Horde provide each other now that we can work on doing consciously and consistently.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 12:11 PM (nC+QA)

333 The old gray whore New York Times did a puff piece on Ray Epps. There is nothing left to say to someone who falls for that.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 27, 2024 12:12 PM (cf/0E)

334 Damn it!
Whoever wrote "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd" in the last thread has given me the earworm.from hell!
Posted by: Diogenes at February 27, 2024 11:56 AM


You can, however, hang in a buffalo stance.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at February 27, 2024 12:12 PM (Wnv9h)

335 *US ARMY CUTTING FORCE BY 24,000 AMID RECRUITING SHORTFALLS: FOX
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 11:55 AM (IG4Id)


Thank goodness we haven't spent the last decade stirring up a bunch of shit in eastern Europe... and then shipping them all our stored munitions... and getting rid of all our stored petroleum.

Sucks to be Taiwan.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 27, 2024 12:12 PM (GYIa4)

336 332 If you see it at a yard sale or flea market, snag all you can find. Precious metal, it is.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon
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Thanks.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:12 PM (hKOIV)

337 US durable goods orders dropped over 6% month over month from Dec to Jan. That is the worst drop since 2020. Sounds like everything is peachy.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (lTGtQ)

338 319 Criterion sale?

$500 repair bill for windshield blew up the budget.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:08 PM (uTCCp)

=======

That sucks.

I got: The Trial 4K, The Rules of the Game 4K, After Hours 4K, To Be or Not to Be, Design for Living, Heaven Can Wait, Cluny Brown, Straw Dogs, The Heiress, and Tampopo.

I got the $50 gift card from one order and applied to the second. It seems, though, that they charge tax in NC, which they didn't in SC, so it was a bit more expensive than expected.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (GBKbO)

339 I know this is an unpopular opinion, but if being a US Rep paid $1M, there'd be a lot less temptation for corruption.
Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 11:48 AM

Term limits. Salaries are already bloated plus benefits. I've heard that the high cost of DC is a problem so move them to the states/districts that they represent. We have the technology. Break up the DC cocktail circuit.

Posted by: Cheri at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (oiNtH)

340 For want of solder, WOMPRs failed.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (uTCCp)

341 Sewer system doesn't have to break down. We have people shitting in the streets in cities.
Posted by: Notsothoreau


Um, yes, but that leads to other things like cholera. And plague. Not the best of circumstances, mind you.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 12:14 PM (IG4Id)

342 They're going to start enlisting illegals.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 27, 2024 11:59 AM (9yWhg)


I am not sure if they have this category, I know non-nationals used to be allowed to enlist, but I would be perfectly okay with those who wanted to join and in return get citizenship.

BUT ONLY if they start out as legal immigrants.

Posted by: blaster at February 27, 2024 12:14 PM (xhfG9)

343
Term limits. Salaries are already bloated plus benefits. I've heard that the high cost of DC is a problem so move them to the states/districts that they represent. We have the technology. Break up the DC cocktail circuit.
Posted by: Cheri
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Same for government departments, etc. Disperse them to the hinterlands. I think that we would be far better if the House, in particular, only met in DC for ceremonial occasions but otherwise spent time in their states.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:15 PM (hKOIV)

344 325 Honda sells electrical tape with hot pepper oil in it through their dealership parts counters to repel rodents

sounds great for sammiches

Posted by: anachronda at February 27, 2024 12:15 PM (sGtp+)

345 I got the $50 gift card from one order and applied to the second. It seems, though, that they charge tax in NC, which they didn't in SC, so it was a bit more expensive than expected.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (GBKbO)


Shouldn't have moved to a Yankee state.

It's got "North" right in the name.

Posted by: blaster at February 27, 2024 12:15 PM (xhfG9)

346 It was a path of citizenship in Rome. Do 20 years in the army and become a citizen. And yes it has been a path to citizenship in the US military.

Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:16 PM (uTCCp)

347 The most we can hope for is to replace some of them.

Can we get this guy for the next round of t-shirts.

https://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=401737

Posted by: DaveA at February 27, 2024 12:16 PM (PMJuY)

348 345 Shouldn't have moved to a Yankee state.

It's got "North" right in the name.
Posted by: blaster at February 27, 2024 12:15 PM (xhfG9)

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And my house is less than 10 miles from the border! I should get a friend over there.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 12:18 PM (GBKbO)

349 Term limits. Salaries are already bloated plus benefits. I've heard that the high cost of DC is a problem so move them to the states/districts that they represent. We have the technology. Break up the DC cocktail circuit.
Posted by: Cheri at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (oiNtH)

Dormitories. Have the Federal government buy or build about 60 eight-suiter apartment buildings in DC. Each Rep gets, as part of his/her compensation, a one-bedroom apartment, and they must live there when in the Capital, No "off-campus" housing allowed.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:18 PM (tkR6S)

350 US Constitution aside, why do we even have a congress. Just a bunch of squabbling, do nothing, grifters.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead...Wearing Pants and Working at February 27, 2024 12:19 PM (DIB8X)

351 "I am not sure if they have this category, I know non-nationals used to be allowed to enlist, but I would be perfectly okay with those who wanted to join and in return get citizenship.

BUT ONLY if they start out as legal immigrants.
Posted by: blaster"
************
My dad's Sargent in Korea in 1953 had been a Wehrmacht Sargent in a previous war.

Posted by: Cosda at February 27, 2024 12:19 PM (Zw+it)

352
Term limits. Salaries are already bloated plus benefits. I've heard that the high cost of DC is a problem so move them to the states/districts that they represent. We have the technology. Break up the DC cocktail circuit.
Posted by: Cheri at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (oiNtH)

———-


I’m sure Congress could find $10 billion out of the $6 trillion it spends to build some really nice apartments for Congressmen. Free apartments for all members of Congress. Family members must be held hostage back at the home state though.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 27, 2024 12:19 PM (tXFoB)

353 Term limits. Salaries are already bloated plus benefits. I've heard that the high cost of DC is a problem so move them to the states/districts that they represent. We have the technology. Break up the DC cocktail circuit.
Posted by: Cheri at February 27, 2024 12:13 PM (oiNtH)
++++
There is a reason to be at work in the chamber, and that's still no reason for bloated compensation.

Give it in kind. "I can't afford DC housing" is not an excuse if housing is included in your pay package. Build a dormitory.

Make it nice. Build a 700-unit Congressional apartment complex. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, additional room for a home office, nicely-appointed and furnished, utilities included. When you get elected, you get an apartment.

No more "housing cost" poor-mouthing, and a huge "fringe benefit" for being a critter.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 12:20 PM (HnUIn)

354 And plague. Not the best of circumstances, mind you.
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 12:14 PM (IG4Id)

Especially since Plague in endemic in the critter population of the Southwest. Currently easily treatable, if correctly diagnosed, but not if we can't get high level antibiotics manufactured any more.

One translation of "The beasts" as bringers of Death in Revelation is "little beasts". We are seeing the ground prepared for multiple major infectious outbreaks. Along with those like Gates doing their utmost to create famine.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 12:20 PM (nC+QA)

355 353 Make it nice. Build a 700-unit Congressional apartment complex. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, additional room for a home office, nicely-appointed and furnished, utilities included. When you get elected, you get an apartment.

No more "housing cost" poor-mouthing, and a huge "fringe benefit" for being a critter.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 12:20 PM (HnUIn)

=======

And if the Congressperson doesn't spend at least 5 nights a week there, they must pay, from their salary, the cost of rent.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 12:21 PM (GBKbO)

356 Term limits. Salaries are already bloated plus benefits. I've heard that the high cost of DC is a problem so move them to the states/districts that they represent. We have the technology. Break up the DC cocktail circuit.
Posted by: Cheri


Counter-point: that will empower PACs to become king-makers. The permanency problem will not go away. It will just become un-accountable. Also, I'd pay a senator $500k if he'd just do nothing. It's not the pay, it's the graft and ...checks notes ... the destruction of the Republic that's the problem.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 12:21 PM (IG4Id)

357 Make it nice. Build a 700-unit Congressional apartment complex. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, additional room for a home office, nicely-appointed and furnished, utilities included. When you get elected, you get an apartment.

No more "housing cost" poor-mouthing, and a huge "fringe benefit" for being a critter.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 27, 2024 12:20 PM (HnUIn)

Putting all the "eggs" in one basket would make it a tempting target for terrorists.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:21 PM (tkR6S)

358 Noood. willowed again. |

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 27, 2024 12:22 PM (IG4Id)

359 357 Putting all the "eggs" in one basket would make it a tempting target for terrorists.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:21 PM (tkR6S)

=====

Oh no!

Anyway.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, raging against the bourgeois with Pasolini at February 27, 2024 12:22 PM (GBKbO)

360 For a fascinating story of a (legal) immigrant who served in the US armed forces, I recommend the story of Dieter Dengler, decorated veteran, POW, buried at Arlington with full honors.
3 movies were made from his story.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 27, 2024 12:22 PM (MeG8a)

361 Putting all the "eggs" in one basket would make it a tempting target for terrorists.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:21 PM (tkR6S)

Bug or feature?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at February 27, 2024 12:22 PM (nC+QA)

362 Same for government departments, etc. Disperse them to the hinterlands. I think that we would be far better if the House, in particular, only met in DC for ceremonial occasions but otherwise spent time in their states.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:15 PM (hKOIV)

----------------

Second look at The Articles Of Confederation and Perpetual Union?

/only half-joking

Posted by: ShainS -- Laken Riley (Business is business, and it's a murder most foul) at February 27, 2024 12:23 PM (3awxI)

363 350 US Constitution aside, why do we even have a congress. Just a bunch of squabbling, do nothing, grifters.
Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead
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Alternatives have been proven worse historically. Churchill put it best when he said that democracy was the worst of all forms of government except for the other forms.

I am more or less a minarchist where I believe most government is best handled at the local level. Still have the power mongers, the power brokers, etc. at the local level but you can always move elsewhere in a minarchist state if they become intolerable to a more compatible locality.

Some of that is what is driving the blue state to red state migration.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:23 PM (hKOIV)

364 Fall 2023, IJM - Guatemalan Courts Take Strong Stand against Sexual Violence

In part, "In the last two months, IJM Guatemala has seen Guatemalan courts bring an end to two cases of sexual violence against children with outstanding sentences. The courts sentenced a perpetrator who raped three girls and produced child pornography to 64 years in prison - one of the longest sentences the country has ever seen in a case of this type. In another case, a Guatemalan judge found the perpetrator guilty and sentenced him to 35 years in prison for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter for years. These strong sentences prove that effective prosecution of sexual violence against children is possible in Guatemala."

------------
Criminals of this nature (not just from Guatemala but all countries) have come, and are continuing to come, to the USA because the country(ies) of their origin are prosecuting them without considering "intersectionality."

They violate any number of laws, it's allowing them to shape our criminal justice system, and we keep them and their families to boot.

Posted by: L - We're done for now. We just don't have the guts to turn off the lights on the show at February 27, 2024 12:23 PM (GshMh)

365 Putting all the "eggs" in one basket would make it a tempting target for terrorists.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 27, 2024 12:21 PM (tkR6S)

———

My plan would be to have the apartments build with a self destruct mechanism to go off in certain conditions like passing an omnibus budget, spending more than tax receipts, etc.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 27, 2024 12:24 PM (tXFoB)

366 $500 repair bill for windshield blew up the budget.
Posted by: Anna Puma at February 27, 2024 12:08 PM (uTCCp)

#MeToo

Cost to relace $480.
My deductible, $500.

Posted by: Montec at February 27, 2024 12:25 PM (bWsRe)

367 Second look at The Articles Of Confederation and Perpetual Union?

/only half-joking
Posted by: ShainS
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The major problems of the Articles were poorly governed states like Rhode Island, the federal government was broke and could institute no taxes--only borrow and request money from the states, and each state tried to beggar the other states via internal taxes and regulations on interstate trade.

The Swiss Confederation has lasted despite having a similar setup because it has three linguistic minorities--French, German, and Italian. The cantons have most of the power while the central government is weak.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:26 PM (hKOIV)

368 It's high damned time people in the West spoke openly about their naked hatred for their disgusting, wretched ruling class. That's a good step.

For our kids to have any future at all, these regimes must be dismantled.

Not reformed. Toppled. They've become an existential threat to our collective survival. It's them, or us.

But until normies stand up for themselves and say "no more talking. No more bullshit. We hate you, and you need to go right now," that can't happen.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 27, 2024 12:27 PM (0FoWg)

369 RIP Bandersnatch.

Condolences to his family, friends and Morons.

Posted by: DaveA at February 27, 2024 12:27 PM (PMJuY)

370 34 As I look at the US and other western nations, I cannot fathom what motivates these idiots. There is no explanation that I can figure out for their destructive behavior.

It's ideology - people can and do have different core values. That's the dangerous part that I think is missed here.

I agree. There is a very strong normalcy and assumed similarly bias among a lot of people (especially, in my experience, older Republicans) that keeps them from understanding just how divergent and different the progressive left is in terms of ideology and worldview. Some of them are just Chardonnay and Xanax swilling sheep who go along to stay in the book club, but the true believers are not fronting in the slightest. They're telling you who they are and what they believe as a lot of people respond with denial.

Posted by: True believers attract sheeple at February 27, 2024 12:28 PM (i/8eo)

371 360 For a fascinating story of a (legal) immigrant who served in the US armed forces, I recommend the story of Dieter Dengler, decorated veteran, POW, buried at Arlington with full honors.
3 movies were made from his story.
Posted by: gourmand du jour
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Lt. Col. Bearclaw Vindman is the flip side of allowing legal immigrants into the military.

They are a symptom, not a cure as the Roman legions became a threat to civil authorities precisely because Roman citizens at the core of the Roman state had no wish to fight and die on the peripheries of the Republic so a general could get loot and honors.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:31 PM (hKOIV)

372 But until normies stand up for themselves and say "no more talking. No more bullshit. We hate you, and you need to go right now," that can't happen.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice
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Not all regimes end with a bang. Sudden collapse is always an option as well.

Posted by: whig at February 27, 2024 12:33 PM (hKOIV)

373 I couldn't agree more and out of all those despicable sacks of shit, Mitch McConnell is the poster boy for DC corruption and selling America out. One can only hope a firing squad is in that man's future.
FUCK YOU, REPUBLICANS! YOU ALLOWED THIS BY YOUR COMPLICITY AND DUPLICITY IN THE STEAL OF 2020. AND WE AREN'T FORGETTING. FUCK YOU!!!

Posted by: Tracy at February 27, 2024 12:40 PM (Z+Z7j)

374
That is a whole Division plus support.
--------------
Want bet there will be no reductions in the number of Generals commensurate with the number of divisions to command?

Posted by: Pudinhead at February 27, 2024 12:47 PM (FmapG)

375 Texas has the right idea Build Fences/Walls not Bridges

Posted by: Tamaa the Drongo Bird at February 27, 2024 04:26 PM (wGqjj)

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