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The Morning Report — 2/28/24

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Good morning, kids. There are people who get it, and then there are people who get it. One of them happens to be the Lt. Gov of Virginia, Winsome Sears:

State Sen. "Danica" Roem, a man who identifies as a woman, stormed out of the chamber after making a parliamentary inquiry to Earle-Sears.

"Madame President, how many votes would it take to pass this bill with the emergency clause?" he asked Earle-Sears, who was presiding over the chamber.

"That would be four-fifths, senator," Earle-Sears replied.

"And what would be the exact number for that, Madam President?"

"Yes, sir, that would be 32," she replied.

A triggered Roem quickly relinquished his microphone and stormed out, and the chamber was forced to go into recess twice.

Earle-Sears refused to apologize but later addressed the issue when the Senate reconvened, acknowledging that she “said something that upset Sen. Roem.”

“Let it be known: I am not here to upset anyone,” Earle-Sears began. “I am here to do the job that the people of Virginia have called me to do, and that is to treat everyone with respect and dignity. I myself have, at times, not been afforded that same respect and dignity. But in this body, and as long as I am president of the Senate, and by the grace of God, I will be treated with respect and dignity. And I will treat everyone else with respect and dignity. . . ”

. . . Earle-Sears never specifically apologized to Roem, nor should she. Roem is a man, and calling him "Sir" was accurate. I don't care what he identifies as or what his "personal truth" is. I care about reality, and Roem can't force anyone to pretend he's a woman no more than he can force anyone to pretend he's a cat, an elf, or any sort of mythological creature. He is a human male.  Naturally, local Democrat groups were outraged.

I imagine some of you are not necessarily impressed with Sears' non-apology apology, preferring that she, for lack of a better expression, just called a spade a spade. That is, double down on calling a man "sir." In any case, Sears gets my respect for doing what she did in the first place.

Considering everything that's going on, is this perhaps focusing on something trivial? Not in my estimation. Andrew Breitbart of blessed memory stated correctly that politics is downstream from the culture. And even a cursory look around shows that we've lost the culture, big time. When these days we don't even flinch at the notion and sad fact of life that men in drag are allowed into girls locker rooms, and allowed to openly serve in our military, I'd say that that is a pretty solid indicator that we're circling the drain, with the Ty-D-Bowl man Drag Queen waving bye bye.

I bring this up because people like Winsome Sears are going to be our salvation, politically and culturally. Leaving aside the bastardization of the notion of America by the Left that "we're a nation of immigrants," I would say it takes an immigrant – a real, honest LEGAL immigrant who got here the old fashioned way by earning citizenship – to understand and appreciate this nation, its history, heritage and culture. These are the people who came here for a better life not to be given it to them on a silver platter via the welfare state but for the opportunity to work for it and build it. And in so doing, building a better more prosperous union.

And for Democrats and Leftists, that statement is the equivalent of showing the cross to Dracula. It's the last thing they want because independent, self-sufficient, law-abiding citizens who don't need government is not how Democrats and Leftists gain and maintain power.

The bitter irony of Winsome Sears being a naturalized citizen and not native born is that it disqualifies her from serving as VP under Trump or any pro-American, America first, non-globalist/statist candidate. It's too bad that attitude and patriotism are trumped (heh) by this technicality, because there are far too many natives who pale in comparison.

Take for instance this glittering jewel of dumb-fuckery:

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) has said that raising taxes will be necessary to balance the federal budget. His comments will likely irritate President Trump and his team, given the pledge to make the Trump-era tax cuts a permanent fixture in a second Trump administration.

“It’s only fair to have both revenue and expenditures on the table,” Arrington told Semafor. “The last time there was a fix to Social Security that addressed the solvency for 75 years, it was Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, and it was bipartisan. It had revenue measures and it had program reforms. That’s just the reality,” said Arrington, who led the charge to create a bipartisan fiscal commission to address government debt.

In January, 19 GOP members of the Budget Committee and three Democrats voted for a proposal to establish the commission, which Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La) supported. Both sides of the political aisle are already attacking the commission. Following the Budget Committee’s vote to establish the commission,

Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas) said: “There is a real concern out there that this commission will be called the ‘Cut Social Security Commission.’” A group of conservative organizations released a letter attacking the commission as a “trap designed to get Republican fingerprints on a tax increase in exchange for ‘spending cuts’ that never materialize.”

When in God's name are we actually going to take, not merely an axe, but a thermonuclear warhead to the size and scope of the Federal government?! If you answered "never," you win a cookie. Social Security should've been strangled in its infancy, but here it is and heaven forfend we throw granny off of the cliff in her wheelchair! Remember, the welfare state was originally created not for illegal aliens but for the citizenry by yet another junta led by FDR (with the initial aid from Hoover) who just couldn't let a crisis go to waste when it came to expanding the power of the state at the expense of individual prudence, ethics and ultimately liberty.

Just like Winsome Sears called out a mentally deranged drag queen "sir," what we need is a GOP that calls out taxation, spending and an ever-expanding governmental bureaucracy "cancer." We won't get that, of course because the GOP is the Grifting Oleaginous Parasite party.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, the rate at which Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants' brain melts seems to be in direct proportion to the graft that is finding its way into his bank account:

. . . [So-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden doesn’t want to confront China about their involvement in the fentanyl trade due to ties between major players in the fentanyl trade and people who have sent money to the Biden family.

[Blood Money author Peter] Schweizer said, “White Wolf is this very powerful figure. He is pro-CCP. He works with the Chinese government, but he’s the head of UBG, this gang. And this gang is widely recognized as the organization that made the Sinaloa Cartel the kings of fentanyl. They told them how to make it. They helped them get pill presses. They helped provide communication devices. So, the Chinese helped the Mexican cartels so they could communicate securely without the Americans knowing. And they also helped them launder their money. He was partners with this individual, the head of CEFC, who sent $5 million to the Bidens. So, the question, Jesse, is, does Joe Biden really want to have a conversation about Chinese involvement with fentanyl? I think we all know the answer is no based on this evidence.”

The Chi-Coms own Joey lock, stock and barrel. Just like the Ukrainians, Romanians, Russians, credit card companies, racketeers, mobsters and every other bad actor and crook, foreign and domestic, who for the past half century have bought access to his office, either directly or via family members like his brother and son.

And speaking of bribery and straight-up tyranny:

The Supreme Court told [spurious] President Joe Biden that he didn’t have the authority to forgive student loan debt. But he did anyway, bragging that the Court “didn’t stop me.” So why do we even have a legislative branch and a high court if the president is going to make law as if he were a king? . .

. . . If the president can capriciously set policy, not waiting for Congress to act and ignoring Supreme Court rulings, then the executive branch is no longer one of the separate but equal branches of government. It becomes a separate but predominant branch. . .

. . . If any Republican president had so egregiously and brazenly ignored a Supreme Court ruling, in essence telling the Court it is inferior to the presidency, the Democrats and the media would be constantly shrieking about the dangerous emergence of a “constitutional crisis.” They’ve done it before. In 2018, John Kerry, a Democrat who’s been in Washington almost as long, it seems, as the Washington Monument, claimed that the “off the rails” Trump White House constituted “a genuine constitutional crisis.” It was a typical tale from a Democrat, full of sound and fury, signifying deception.

But what Biden has done is more serious. Keith E. Whittington, a Princeton University professor of politics, identifies three types of constitutional crises: a crisis of operation, a crisis of fidelity and a crisis of bad faith. Biden’s constitutional offense could be placed in either of the last two categories. He is “no longer willing to abide by existing constitutional arrangements” and is clearly a political actor who has refrained “from repudiating the inherited constitutional system but nonetheless” subverted “it by only giving lip service to constitutional requirements.”

Remember (as if you need a reminder) that the rule of law goes only one way: against the citizenry and anyone who is non-Leftist. Should Donald Trump actually win this coming November, every legal executive order he will sign will be met with rank insubordination and outright mutiny in every agency from the top all the way down to the lowliest toilet attendant, if not met with violent protest from Robert Creamer's Central Committee Casting Rent-a-Mob. That's if an organized "Seven Days in May" coup doesn't actually materialize long before that. And the GOPe? They'll be first in line to rip him for unilateral action that defies the spirit of "bipartisanship."

As for Biden, he will in all likelihood never face the terrible swift sword of justice in this life for his acts graft and borderline treason in selling out this country to the highest bidder. For sure, the Lord in Heaven is doing a rapid finger tattoo on His desk in anticipation of his arrival for final judgement.

    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • "Martin v. Boise is an abomination that has wreaked havoc on cities across the Ninth Circuit. . . Forcing cities to allow dangerous, unhygienic encampments does not help the dysfunctional souls who choose to live there." (Hat tip to Buck Throckmorton - jjs)
    The “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” of America’s Cities
  • ". . . the Left has so abused some of those freedoms that some on the Right are prepared to overreach in order to defeat them, without pausing to think how their cure may be worse than the disease; that it may, in fact, hit us harder than it does the Left."
    Florida’s Libel Bill Paves the Road to Free Speech Hell
  • Michael Goodwin: "At this late stage of the Trump era, there is no mystery, only an arrogant refusal to accept truths that don’t fit neatly into a blinkered worldview.  Most of the left still believes America would thrive if only it traded its patriotic and cultural distinctions for the warm embrace of globalist institutions, and that anybody who rejects that vision is stupid.  That’s hardly a new development at the Times or Big Media in general." (Goodwin seems to be gradually shedding his Trump aversion - jjs)
    The Obvious Reason Behind Trump's Undying Political Strength is Somehow Still Dumbfounding Ignorant Big Media Elites

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1 Its Hump Day

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:29 AM (ENQN6)

2 Good morning from the frozen north

Posted by: Pete Seria at February 28, 2024 07:29 AM (7ZQe3)

3 Thank you, JJ

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 07:30 AM (a1415)

4 Nothing like a 60 degree temperature swing to shock the senses

Posted by: Pete Seria at February 28, 2024 07:31 AM (7ZQe3)

5 So much easier to just say "Comrade".

Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 07:32 AM (9UlRk)

6 JJ you back on your feed 100%?

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:32 AM (ENQN6)

7 Birdbath status?

Posted by: Just Wondering at February 28, 2024 07:32 AM (NBVIP)

8 Hold the creep in contempt and don't let him back in.

Oh, you're not a state Senator anymore? Just gonna walk out in the middle of proceedings. OK, cool."

Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 07:35 AM (9UlRk)

9 Good morning horde!

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 07:36 AM (1Z8zZ)

10 What are the Horde's thoughts on Marsha Blackburn?

Posted by: Seems Legit at February 28, 2024 07:36 AM (JeYYB)

11 House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) has said that raising taxes will be necessary to balance the federal budget. His comments will likely irritate President Trump and his team, given the pledge to make the Trump-era tax cuts a permanent fixture in a second Trump administration.

Jodey you fucking idiot:
FY 2023 $4.71 trillion
FY 2022 $4.89 trillion
FY 2021 $4.05 trillion
FY 2020 $3.42 trillion
FY 2019 $3.46 trillion
FY 2018 $3.33 trillion

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:38 AM (ENQN6)

12
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at February 28, 2024 07:38 AM (bEb2S)

13 6 JJ you back on your feed 100%?
Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:32 AM (ENQN6)


95% and climbing. Thank you!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 07:39 AM (x0n13)

14 The Chi-Coms own Joey lock, stock and barrel.

Now do Obama.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:39 AM (ENQN6)

15 @10

>>What are the Horde's thoughts on Marsha Blackburn?

Like most Senators not named Rand Paul, you have to always maintain a certain level of skepticism about them and try to figure out what their angle is.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 07:40 AM (XV/Pl)

16 95% and climbing. Thank you!
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 07:39 AM (x0n13)

keep on keeping on

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:40 AM (ENQN6)

17 Biden Junta Exempted Itself From Anti-Terrorism Laws To Send Aid to Gaza. Senate Republicans Want To Strip That Authority.
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If FJB gave the middle finger to SCOTUS to cancel student loan debt, why would he not give Congress the other middle finger and continue to send aid to Gaza?

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:40 AM (7fElN)

18 Bo, I'm not impressed with Sears's steely-sounding evasion. This was a moment to clarify reality and she missed it.

Posted by: Ordinary American at February 28, 2024 07:40 AM (YnAaM)

19 Biden Says a Deal Is Near to Halt Gaza Fighting for Ramadan. Is It True, or Is He Delusional?
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Is there any deal in the works where Hamas will agree to stop fighting during Passover?

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:41 AM (7fElN)

20 The link to the Michael Goodwin column is broken.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at February 28, 2024 07:42 AM (Nmmyc)

21 thanks as always, JJ, hope you're feeling better every day!

Posted by: sock_rat_eez - these lying bastardi e stronzi have been lying to us for decades at February 28, 2024 07:42 AM (QwWES)

22 Girthy

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at February 28, 2024 07:42 AM (ZV+pB)

23 Yonder Horde

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 07:42 AM (Q4IgG)

24 Mornin’, Peeps. Happy Waffle Wednesday.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 07:42 AM (9yWhg)

25 The Obvious Reason Behind Trump's Undying Political Strength is Somehow Still Dumbfounding Ignorant Big Media Elites

http://tinyurl.com/3fyfz4xv

good link JJ

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:43 AM (ENQN6)

26 It's odd that i really only know and interact with one trans person, and she is cool. Too much going on for stupid crybully bullshit. She is a woman now. Don't like it? No biggie to her.

I'll use "her pronouns" every day of the week, because she's not a dick about it, and her pronouns are the normal pronouns for a normal female person in normal not retarded English.

All these troons and crybullies jumping on the bandwagon are just sick shitheads who would have been sick shitheads about something else anyway. Decent people are decent people and sick shitheads are sick shitheads.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 07:43 AM (9UlRk)

27 Off topic, but I was playing the NYT Spelling Bee game just now and the first word to come to mind was Kaboom. Sadly, it does not contain the center letter so I could not use it.

Posted by: Alice at February 28, 2024 07:44 AM (TTB3l)

28
Goodwin link is fixed.


Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 07:44 AM (x0n13)

29 Its Hump Day
Posted by: rhennigantx

On your marks....

Get set....

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2024 07:44 AM (T4tVD)

30 Effin cat woke me up.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at February 28, 2024 07:44 AM (aD39U)

31 Good morning again dear horde and thank you JJ

He is “no longer willing to abide by existing constitutional arrangements” and is clearly a political actor who has refrained “from repudiating the inherited constitutional system but nonetheless” subverted “it by only giving lip service to constitutional requirements.”
===

Muh normzzzzz!

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 28, 2024 07:45 AM (RIvkX)

32 A group of conservative organizations released a letter attacking the commission as a “trap designed to get Republican fingerprints on a tax increase in exchange for ‘spending cuts’ that never materialize.

Oh! How could they be so dishonest. The last time tax increases were agreed to in exchange for spending cuts that didn't happen was... gosh, the most recent time tax increases were agreed to in exchange for spending cuts. And, now that I think about it, the time before that, and the time before that, and...

Maybe, if Democrats kept their word, even once, people might be fooled into believing them again.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 07:45 AM (1Z8zZ)

33 Birdbath status?
Posted by: Just Wondering

56Deg here

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2024 07:46 AM (T4tVD)

34 If'n a cat woke me up I'd be concerned... on account of I don't have one

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at February 28, 2024 07:46 AM (ZV+pB)

35 Kibbutzes along the Gaza border invited up to 20,000 day laborers at wages four times higher than in Gaza itself. “Many Israelis wrongly assumed prosperity and familiarity would lessen tensions…rather than provide Hamas with vital intelligence on the security, armament, and numbers of Israeli kibbutzes and towns facing the Gaza strip.” Israel is often the victim of its own misplaced hope and counterproductive idealism.

Replace Kibbutzes with Sanctuary Cities.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:48 AM (ENQN6)

36 Sodomites like to play that "I am a woman" or "I am a man" vice versa shit to make those around them bow to their sodomite belief system and mental illness.

When a sodomite throws their shit like a chimp and storms around the room hollering because you diagnosed that they are a mentally ill sodomite, you should point and laugh and tell them to go fuck theyselves.

More coffee...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2024 07:48 AM (2ijlT)

37 It’s Official – Mary Poppins Has Been Canceled for "Discriminatory Language"
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Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing hardest hit...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:50 AM (7fElN)

38 It would be an outside kitty.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at February 28, 2024 07:50 AM (R4t5M)

39
That proposed Florida libel law looks problematic. I'm just a guy wearing pajamas with a keyboard and I generated a story with incredible legs which ended up reaching ten of millions of people here in the USA and in Israel. If by a metric of number of views that would open me up to libel suit I could be financially destroyed by people who would like nothing better then to shut my voice down.

They need to tweak it a whole lot more.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 07:51 AM (nIvob)

40 "Maybe, if Democrats kept their word, even once, people might be fooled into believing them again."

Maybe we could get them to agree to not attack lie to us during Passover?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (a1415)

41 After the attacks, hospitals asked anyone with a gun license to volunteer as a guard. Other volunteer guards rallied to protect kindergartens in Jerusalem after the soldiers who usually defend them were summoned to war.

Read that second sentence out loud.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (ENQN6)

42 Good morning, J.J. and thanks for all your work on the morning thread.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (tT6L1)

43 Oh! How could they be so dishonest. The last time tax increases were agreed to in exchange for spending cuts that didn't happen was... gosh, the most recent time tax increases were agreed to in exchange for spending cuts. And, now that I think about it, the time before that, and the time before that, and...

Maybe, if Democrats kept their word, even once, people might be fooled into believing them again.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 07:45 AM (1Z8zZ)
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The idea that tax cuts have to be "paid for" somewhere else is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (7fElN)

44 18 I agree. Somebody’s gotta start putting these tranny crybullies in their place, and she punted.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 07:53 AM (9yWhg)

45 36 Sodomites like to play that "I am a woman" or "I am a man" vice versa shit to make those around them bow to their sodomite belief system and mental illness.

When a sodomite throws their shit like a chimp and storms around the room hollering because you diagnosed that they are a mentally ill sodomite, you should point and laugh and tell them to go fuck theyselves.

More coffee...
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2024 07:48 AM (2ijlT)

Instead we have decided that they are not only allowed to throw their shit but also insist that we now keep scores.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:54 AM (ENQN6)

46 On Jan 6th there was a man who climbed the scaffolding at the capitol and fired two pistol shots into the air. If you think Ray Epps was a plant, how about that guy? He has never even been arrested let alone prosecuted. Inquiring minds want to know why?
https://j6footage.org/

Posted by: An Observation sez China Joe not my president at February 28, 2024 07:54 AM (CecP5)

47 Once the federal budget has been cut by at least a trillion, we can talk about taxes. Since that will never happen, it is a costless tactic.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 07:54 AM (SNFIE)

48 "When a sodomite throws their shit like a chimp and storms around the room hollering because you diagnosed that they are a mentally ill sodomite, you should point and laugh and tell them to go fuck theyselves stop chimping out. "

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 07:54 AM (a1415)

49 The idea that tax cuts have to be "paid for" somewhere else is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (7fElN)

As I posted above it is not a revenue problem.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:55 AM (ENQN6)

50 The IDF should ramp up its operations during Rubadub.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 07:55 AM (9yWhg)

51 Thank you JJ !

AGAIN !!!

Glad you're continuing to feel better !

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2024 07:55 AM (T4tVD)

52 Why is Social Security always the first thing discussed when it comes to entitlement spending? How about looking at, oh, say, welfare, welfare fraud, spending billions on illegals, overseas spending, etc.? Maybe we fire a few thousand people in government, too.

By the way, government has been cutting S.S. benefits, for years, though inflation.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 07:56 AM (tT6L1)

53 "If the war ends before the election, the pain and hurt among the anti-Israel crowd will not suddenly disappear. This is going to have lasting effects on the Democrat Party."

God willing, they'll break off to create an explicitly anti-Israel party AND that party will never gain more traction than the Greens, thereby weakening the Dems while accomplishing nothing.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 07:56 AM (1Z8zZ)

54 Is Virginia that far left these days, were they sympathize with this Tranny Granny?

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 07:56 AM (BGQYY)

55 Good morning JJ and horde
Get faster internet from phone than home WiFi

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2024 07:57 AM (RyHSl)

56 The Gospel according to Pilate?

http://tinyurl.com/2vhdevrw

If this is authentic it should absolutely solidify the deity of Christ. I am inclined to believe it is real, or at least was written by a Roman, as the events described are as they would be from the Roman perspective.
It adds interesting details such as Pilate's precarious control over the local population, the payment to the "protestors" who surrounded the palace and demanded crucifixion, and the placement of 100 soldiers to guard Jesus' tomb, and the lead soldiers eyewitness account of the resurrection.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at February 28, 2024 07:57 AM (2ovLw)

57 The idea that tax cuts have to be "paid for" somewhere else is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel


It goes back decades. I can remember the dem talking point that Reagan's tax cuts were "stealing money from the treasury." Because all of the money belongs to the government, and they just let us use some of it, apparently.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 07:57 AM (cB+mI)

58 Two things;

One... why does it seem most of the trans-men that considers themselves women fly off in a testosterone fueled rage when they're called... 'sir?' Weird.

Two... The fact that using the "wrong" pronoun or "misgendering" someone is a heinous crime is just fucking stupid.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 07:58 AM (Q4IgG)

59 52. Because Social Security recipients are bi partisan. The strongest senior right wingers, still run to the mail box for that check

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 07:58 AM (BGQYY)

60 Spark-of-Divinity Strikes Again: Illegal Alien Arrested For Allegedly Murdering Toddler

I've been told, by one of our visiting idiots, that these sorts of things happen all the time and we only care when brown people do it.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 07:58 AM (1Z8zZ)

61 35 Kibbutzes along the Gaza border invited up to 20,000 day laborers at wages four times higher than in Gaza itself. “Many Israelis wrongly assumed prosperity and familiarity would lessen tensions…rather than provide Hamas with vital intelligence on the security, armament, and numbers of Israeli kibbutzes and towns facing the Gaza strip.” Israel is often the victim of its own misplaced hope and counterproductive idealism.

Replace Kibbutzes with Sanctuary Cities.
Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:48 AM (ENQN6)


In other words "Islam is a hell of a drug."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (x0n13)

62 Democrats have perfected the "I'll gladly pay you Thursday for a hamburger today" gambit when negotiating with the GOP.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (tT6L1)

63 "After the attacks, hospitals asked anyone with a gun license to volunteer as a guard. Other volunteer guards rallied to protect kindergartens in Jerusalem after the soldiers who usually defend them were summoned to war.
"

I remember back during the 80's, we did a port visit and liberty call in Haifa.

Several of us hiked from the Port all the way up to the top of the city, passing through small communities and play-lots along the way.

shat struck me was the number of long-gun armed parents setting at the play-lots, prepared to take defensive positions over the kids if need be.

Yet at the same time, enjoying life itself.

That will stay with me the rest of my life.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (a1415)

64 JJ I hate to quibble but Winsome-Sears is correctly a naturalized citizen but saying that she can't serve as VP to Trump because she isn't native born would imply that an anchor baby would be able to serve as VP to Trump. She is not natural born nor native born, natural born being the distinction to serving as VP or President.

This posted in the Tech thread for some stupid reason so repeating it here.

Posted by: Jaimo at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (DBrN4)

65 At this point, I really don’t care whether or not social security is “conservative”… at least it goes to American citizens (wouldn’t shock me if some illegals cheat to get it). So it should not be cut by even one cent. Stop all the foreign aid and MIC grift first. Allow younger workers to invest their own SS funds and slowly reform the program that way. But no way it should be first on the chopping block with all the money wasted on other things by the fed gov

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (Dd+/6)

66 Social Security is the reason states cannot succede from D.C

Gubmint Cheese runs in all circles

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (BGQYY)

67 shat=What

F'n auto-cucumber.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:00 AM (a1415)

68 The terrorists will never be happy with anything that Israel does,

Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:00 AM (A5THL)

69 Why is Social Security always the first thing discussed when it comes to entitlement spending? How about looking at, oh, say, welfare, welfare fraud, spending billions on illegals, overseas spending, etc.? Maybe we fire a few thousand people in government, too.

By the way, government has been cutting S.S. benefits, for years, though inflation.

Posted by: blake


Because it is the largest spending item, and it has no legal requirement to pat anything out.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:01 AM (mmfDN)

70 Just tell the NPCs we've already had a foreign President, so it doesn't matter. Not the one you're thinking. These people could easily be convinced that Orangemanbad is a native born Russian.

Born Vyacheslav Donaldovich Trumpashevich in Leningrad's Winter Palace, he was sent here by Putin on a multifarious mission to deny Science, make human beings illegal, and hate love, all for Mother Russia.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:01 AM (0FoWg)

71 In other words "Islam is a hell of a drug."
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (x0n13)
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GW and his insane "Hearts and Minds" policy comes to mind.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 08:02 AM (tT6L1)

72 90% of the federal budget is not allowed by the Constitution. And nobody will ever cut it

Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:02 AM (A5THL)

73 Because it is the largest spending item, and it has no legal requirement to pat anything out.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:01 AM (mmfDN)
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That's not a good enough reason. It's merely the easiest target because it's large. There are probably dozens of multi billion dollar programs which need to go away long before looking at Social Security.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 08:03 AM (tT6L1)

74 By the way, government has been cutting S.S. benefits, for years, though inflation.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 07:56 AM (tT6L1)

As SS was never taxed until it was. If you are under full retirement age for the entire year, we deduct $1 from your benefit payments for every $2 you earn above the annual limit. For 2024, that limit is $22,320.

I call that a 50% TAX.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:03 AM (ENQN6)

75 What function does the Department of Education do?


Besides interfering with our children's education.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:04 AM (a1415)

76 Freedom of Choice Ain't What You Got.

Posted by: DEVO at February 28, 2024 08:04 AM (u9WZ2)

77 Because Social Security recipients are bi partisan. The strongest senior right wingers, still run to the mail box for that check
Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 07:58 AM (BGQYY)

It's all electronically deposited now, but the old farts who wail and scream about the federal gubmint be tyrants still love that sweet Uncle Sugar love juice.

Don't blame them, they have been conditioned after years and years of abuse and any change in the system would kill them dead or force them to sell their RV, pontoon boat and vacation home or homes and eat dog food to survive.

More coffee...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2024 08:04 AM (2ijlT)

78 Breezy/windy out thar.....

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (T4tVD)

79 CBS News Returns Seized Confidential Files of Reporter Catherine Herridge After Uproar

Oh, well if they returned it, after copying it and alerting the WH to the identity of informants in their midst, that's pretty much not really different.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (1Z8zZ)

80 What function does the Department of Education do?


Besides interfering with our children's education.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:04 AM (a1415)

***

Department of Energy enters the chat

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (ZV+pB)

81
I saw something recently that a family that has four children (in some Nordic area) is free from taxation the rest of their lives.

I've proposed that those who have no children should not receive Social Security. The system only 'works' with a ratio of 2.2 people paying for every recipient. If you're not having children you're doing nothing to provide those 2.2 people and you're saving about half a million dollars per child not born.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (nIvob)

82 Happy Wednesday one and all. I've only been in for about one hour at work and enough has happened to make me say "Done with this."

Posted by: NR Pax at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (4olE8)

83 Marsha Blackburne is great

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (BGQYY)

84 In other words "Islam is a hell of a drug."
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (x0n13)

Islam destroys people and civilization.

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (88xKn)

85 Garn! Thought I was in the running for a "First!" but then saw the time-stamp.

*kicks rock*

Now to the headlines.....

Posted by: Zombie Robbo the Llama Butcher at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (T+Iwg)

86 Allow younger workers to invest their own SS funds and slowly reform the program that way. But no way it should be first on the chopping block with all the money wasted on other things by the fed gov
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (Dd+/6)

The RINOs turned on W. By now we would be about 65% thru a 30 year program to do just that.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (ENQN6)

87 Gotta kiss myself

I voted for Sears ❤️

Posted by: logprof at February 28, 2024 08:06 AM (mczIC)

88 I've been told, by one of our visiting idiots, that these sorts of things happen all the time and we only care when brown people do it.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 07:58 AM (1Z8zZ

Uh huh. That's a stupid argument to make. Democrats created a sick, drug-addled, materialistic society that's already yielded up more homegrown psycho killers than we can use. We don't need them to start flooding the market with cheap foreign imports.

Wanton rape and murder are jobs that Americans most assuredly *will* do. Con gusto!

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:06 AM (0FoWg)

89 82 Happy Wednesday one and all. I've only been in for about one hour at work and enough has happened to make me say "Done with this."
Posted by: NR Pax at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (4olE

Riding with a 3 YO grand nephew about a hour into a trip and he announces
Im Done
Done

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:07 AM (ENQN6)

90 If politicians cut Social Security it will be because they figure it's a constituency they can now afford to anger, not because of any sort of fiscal restraint.

Any money "saved" through cutting Social Security will be spent elsewhere.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 08:07 AM (tT6L1)

91 This dude has the proper response about all that pronoun bs

https://youtu.be/wZgmLuDYl4M?si=LN0UHTuUS8RHQGDs

Posted by: logprof at February 28, 2024 08:07 AM (Zgdm0)

92 77. LOL

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:07 AM (BGQYY)

93 80 What function does the Department of Education do?


Besides interfering with our children's education.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:04 AM (a1415)

***

Department of Energy enters the chat
Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (ZV+pB)

D of Ed never taught 1 single child to read
D of NRG never drilled for 1 single barrel of oil

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (ENQN6)

94 86. Ironic that George W is now a Dem

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (BGQYY)

95 Just for the record, the supreme court ruled in 1934 that SS was just another part of the income tax, and nothing more. It was instituted because FDR didn't want to call it an increase in income tax, and the court agreed. They ruled that it was only a tax, and that nobody was entitled to a payout from it.

The first instance of "it's a tax".

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (cB+mI)

96 13.3% of Dems voted "Uncommitted" in Michigan 🤣🤣

Posted by: logprof at February 28, 2024 08:09 AM (Zgdm0)

97 Raising taxes and or cutting social security, even as fedgov gives away billions to illegals, Ukrainians, Europeans, etc, is profoundly stupid...and 100% USDA Prime Republican. America Last is in the Republican DNA

Posted by: Ex GOP at February 28, 2024 08:09 AM (qS8WV)

98 "Any money "saved" through cutting Social Security will be spent elsewhere."

It's fungible!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:09 AM (a1415)

99 Has the Department of Defense ever won a true war?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:11 AM (a1415)

100 I've proposed that those who have no children should not receive Social Security. The system only 'works' with a ratio of 2.2 people paying for every recipient. If you're not having children you're doing nothing to provide those 2.2 people and you're saving about half a million dollars per child not born.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (nIvob)
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Then we should not be paying Social Security, either.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:11 AM (7fElN)

101 It's National Pancake Day.

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:11 AM (NpAcC)

102 Has the Department of Defense ever won a true war?
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:11 AM (a1415)

***

Grenada and Panama

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at February 28, 2024 08:12 AM (ZV+pB)

103 What are the Horde's thoughts on Marsha Blackburn?
Posted by: Seems Legit at February 28, 2024 07:36 AM (JeYYB)
*****
Love her.

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:12 AM (NpAcC)

104 35. wow !! that is deep. Another analogy would we be Wall Street and Trump.

Trump's first order of biz as POTUS in 2017, was to get tax breaks for the Street. 3 years later , 90% of Wall Street donates to Biden

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:13 AM (BGQYY)

105 Has the Department of Defense ever won a true war?
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice

No. Not since they changed the name from the War Dept.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at February 28, 2024 08:13 AM (2ovLw)

106 Ahem. Back to back World War champs!

Posted by: Dept of Defense at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (NBVIP)

107 103 What are the Horde's thoughts on Marsha Blackburn?
Posted by: Seems Legit at February 28, 2024 07:36 AM (JeYYB)
*****
Love her.
Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:12 AM (NpAcC)


She's been solid. Exciting? Not so much.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (x0n13)

108 This mornings yahoo finance push notification took me to a 10,000 word screed from a columbia grad and former NYT "misinformation" writer explaining why it's a right wing pouncing myth with no proof that Google AI is erasing wypepo, and also it's great that Google forces "diversity" into their results.
You can't make this stuff up. Yahoo finance is full of left wing propaganda every day but the sheer length of this screed makes me think someone is trying to get a job with google

Posted by: Chuck Hemangioma at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (CZPkK)

109 Or the Ioweira farmers that hire illegals, and then one of their daughters gets killed and raped

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (BGQYY)

110
It's always funny how allegedly (R)'s always get into a circular firing squad every four years about cutting/eliminating social security. Then the left screams "They want to eliminate social security' and all I can do is shake my head in agreement.

I have neither RV, vacation home, or pontoon boat. Social security payout to about 96% of recipients places them slightly above poverty level after working half a century. What a deal.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (nIvob)

111 Meanwhile, in the greater Baltimore area...

http://tinyurl.com/ms5e9tp7

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (a1415)

112 “Border Patrol encounters of SIAs jumped 600% from fiscal year 2021 with 3,675 encounters to fiscal year 2022 with 25,627 encounters, according to internal CBP data.

We have 30,000 to 50,000 terrorist walking into the USA in the last 3 years. What could go...

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (ENQN6)

113 81 I've proposed that those who have no children should not receive Social Security. The system only 'works' with a ratio of 2.2 people paying for every recipient. If you're not having children you're doing nothing to provide those 2.2 people and you're saving about half a million dollars per child not born.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (nIvob)


I'll go along with that on the condition that all money my wife and I have paid into that system is immediately refunded to us and is tax-free.

Posted by: NR Pax at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (4olE8)

114 98 "Any money "saved" through cutting Social Security will be spent elsewhere."

It's fungible!
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:09 AM (a1415)


Fangoul-able . . .

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:15 AM (x0n13)

115 Then we should not be paying Social Security, either
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Nobody should, it's a ridiculously stupid ponzi scheme

Posted by: Chuck Hemangioma at February 28, 2024 08:16 AM (CZPkK)

116 Noem made some timid mistakes with the NCAA and Visa, on the tranny crap. But man she is photogenic, speaks well, and is a former US Rep and now Governor

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:16 AM (BGQYY)

117 I think the Milei approach shows real promise ... just cut department budgets by 50%, flat rate. rinse, repeat.

lol, /s

Posted by: sock_rat_eez - these lying bastardi e stronzi have been lying to us for decades at February 28, 2024 08:16 AM (QwWES)

118 "Grenada and Panama"

Wow, that's almost as hard as taking on the Houthi rebels.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:16 AM (a1415)

119 95 Just for the record, the supreme court ruled in 1934 that SS was just another part of the income tax, and nothing more. It was instituted because FDR didn't want to call it an increase in income tax, and the court agreed. They ruled that it was only a tax, and that nobody was entitled to a payout from it.

The first instance of "it's a tax".
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (cB+mI)

And the trust fund that is broke in 2033 is just a stack of paper.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:17 AM (ENQN6)

120 116 Noem made some timid mistakes with the NCAA and Visa, on the tranny crap. But man she is photogenic, speaks well, and is a former US Rep and now Governor
Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:16 AM (BGQYY)


She's supporting this insane carbon sequestration bullshit. She is becoming less and less appealing as each day passes.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:17 AM (x0n13)

121 Wait until they start taxing 401ks thru the roof

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:17 AM (BGQYY)

122 Ahem. Back to back World War champs!
Posted by: Dept of Defense at February 28, 2024 08:14 AM (NBVIP)

Nope. DoD didn't exist til '49, and no, we haven't won a war since it emerged as the unified command structure - it's a bureaucracy that exists to feed on graft, not achieve military victories.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:17 AM (0FoWg)

123 I'm less concerned with the apology as I am the offense. This has to be done. They can pretend to be Napoleon for as long as they want, but other people are not obligating to call them Emperor.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:17 AM (eovkY)

124
Then we should not be paying Social Security, either.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:11 AM


If you're saving half a million dollars per child not born I doubt the 6.xx% tax is going to bankrupt you.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (nIvob)

125 120. Thanks JJ. did not know that

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (BGQYY)

126 I'll go along with that on the condition that all money my wife and I have paid into that system is immediately refunded to us and is tax-free.
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That money was handed out for votes a long time ago. You didn't really "pay in" to anything, any more than a Madoff chaser did. But at least they did so voluntarily.

Posted by: Chuck Hemangioma at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (CZPkK)

127 How is it that in the primaries votes are quickly counted but in the general election it takes a couple of weeks to count the ballots???

Weird. Strange. Odd.

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (88xKn)

128 124
Then we should not be paying Social Security, either.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:11 AM

If you're saving half a million dollars per child not born I doubt the 6.xx% tax is going to bankrupt you.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (nIvob)

There doesn't seem to be any rationale that they should be paying for the retirements of other people's parents though.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at February 28, 2024 08:19 AM (eYoxG)

129 Former Employees Reveal Fani Willis’s Extreme DEI Training: Forced to Associate ‘White’ with ‘Bad’, Judges Ranked on Skin Color

Paper Bag Test

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:19 AM (ENQN6)

130 There are never true wars when a stron republican like Reagan and Bush are in office. Bush's were Rino's

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (BGQYY)

131 If you're saving half a million dollars per child not born I doubt the 6.xx% tax is going to bankrupt you.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (nIvob)

It 13 when both sides are counted.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (ENQN6)

132 95 Just for the record, the supreme court ruled in 1934 that SS was just another part of the income tax, and nothing more. It was instituted because FDR didn't want to call it an increase in income tax, and the court agreed. They ruled that it was only a tax, and that nobody was entitled to a payout from it.

The first instance of "it's a tax".
Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (cB+mI)


If SS is a tax, how can the payouts be considered taxable? The whole rationale was forcing you to give up part of your paycheck on the pretext of a retirement account for a rainy day in your old age. If that is gross income, then okay. Tax it. But if it's a tax to begin with, then what the fuck?

Of course, it's pissing in the wind to argue with Uncle Sugar.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (x0n13)

133 Social Security was one of the first socialist, FedGov schemes to con the rubes.

Whatever the case, those of us who have paid into that mess for 30 - 40 years are not ashamed to claw back as much of it as we can. As long as Social Security exists anyone who has paid into it will want their cut when eligible unless something takes its place.

But the bottom line is that people will want the money "promised" to them however it was collected.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (Q4IgG)

134
There doesn't seem to be any rationale that they should be paying for the retirements of other people's parents though.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at February 28, 2024 08:19 AM


Somebody, like me, paid toward *their* parents retirement though, right? For half a century.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (nIvob)

135 Kamala Harris Says College Students ‘Will Now Get Paid’ With Taxpayer Funds To Register Voters Ahead Of 2024

http://tinyurl.com/2d9znxby

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:21 AM (NpAcC)

136 How is it that in the primaries votes are quickly counted but in the general election it takes a couple of weeks to count the ballots???
--------

"Trump committed TREASON when he asked to find votes!"

Same.NPCs:

"We have to keep counting all the votes we find in trucks for 2 weeks after the election or we'll disenfranchise illegal aliens!!"

Posted by: Chuck Hemangioma at February 28, 2024 08:21 AM (CZPkK)

137 "Paper Bag Test"

She's a two-bagger, but hey!

Posted by: Nathen 'She want's my hot-dog' Wade at February 28, 2024 08:21 AM (a1415)

138 Wasn’t there also a primary in Minnesota yesterday? One commenter here mentioned that they were going to vote in it.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:21 AM (9yWhg)

139 The country has had Socialism Light for so long that eliminating it would be unlikely and unpopular to the extreme. There are few people relatively speaking who would be okay with erasing all the benefits that government hands out. Some, but certainly not most.

Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 08:21 AM (b8NPg)

140 It’s the self-immolation of once-promising career.

Yeah, that happened before Michigan.

Trump gave her the opportunity to rehabilitate herself with the UN job and she had a credible effort but then she embraced everything the GOPe stands for.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:21 AM (1Z8zZ)

141 We are not represented.
Our votes do not matter.

Now what?

Posted by: Dan Patterson at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (5mIZs)

142 I propose that before we cut SS we cut every other program in the federal budget.

Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (A5THL)

143 Up to 60 degrees outside.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (a1415)

144 I'll go along with that on the condition that all money my wife and I have paid into that system is immediately refunded to us and is tax-free.
------
That money was handed out for votes a long time ago. You didn't really "pay in" to anything, any more than a Madoff chaser did. But at least they did so voluntarily.
Posted by: Chuck Hemangioma at February 28, 2024 08:18 AM (CZPkK)

I don’t know the proper accounting terminology but every paycheck for 29 years now I see a BIG number taken out of my check going to SS (and another percentage going to Medicare). If one could calculate that total amount I’d like it back…. I earned it; the government took it. I want it back

Philosophically SS is idiotic but in real life millions of people made substantial payments into the thing and deserve to get their money back

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (Dd+/6)

145 Oh, and as to the graphic at the top… why is the idiot in the suit wearing a mask??? Who is HE playing to?

Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 08:23 AM (b8NPg)

146 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:23 AM (Zz0t1)

147 She's supporting this insane carbon sequestration bullshit. She is becoming less and less appealing as each day passes.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton


The carbon sequestration is right up there with bridges to nowhere and high speed rail. All programs designed to extract federal subsidies and nothing more.

Literally pumping CO2 into the ground and letting it percolate back out.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:23 AM (1NPCT)

148 131. Spot on both sides. Look at Bitcoin exchanges. Both sides 2.5%.

Chicago tried to get a real estate transfer tax on both sides, to keep the Honkey's from leaving

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:23 AM (BGQYY)

149 SS isn't a "program"... It's literally take money from young working people, and give it to old nonworking people. There is so saving account, it's not "your" money, it's pure wealth redistribution

Posted by: Chuck Hemangioma at February 28, 2024 08:23 AM (CZPkK)

150 Every broke brain tranny is that guy in the GameStop yelling "IT'S MA'AM!!!!"


God didn't get it wrong, you did.....

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:23 AM (Zz0t1)

151 134
There doesn't seem to be any rationale that they should be paying for the retirements of other people's parents though.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at February 28, 2024 08:19 AM

Somebody, like me, paid toward *their* parents retirement though, right? For half a century.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (nIvob)

Or your own parent's retirements. Which is part of why the whole thing is nothing but a grift to begin with. People already either paid for their own upkeep in old age, or their kids took care of them.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (eYoxG)

152 Morning Horde , thx JJ. If the people of Michigan are fearful that AG Nessel will try for warrantless searches then they are correct in their fears. Nessel is a Stalinist to the bottom of her miserable soul and treats the Constitution as an inconvenience

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (oyVa+)

153 147. Right small states are terrible that way, Red State or not. Always massive pork wanted

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (BGQYY)

154 I once calculated that before I got all of the money I contributed to SS I would have to live to 110.

Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (A5THL)

155 Up to 60 degrees outside.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (a1415)


Yesterday we hit 71.In February. In Wisconsin. Too good to last though. Right now it's 21. A 50 degree drop.

Posted by: grammie winger - cheesehead at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (SfhV1)

156 I say cut the payroll tax.

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2024 08:25 AM (88xKn)

157 If SS is a tax, how can the payouts be considered taxable? The whole rationale was forcing you to give up part of your paycheck on the pretext of a retirement account for a rainy day in your old age. If that is gross income, then okay. Tax it. But if it's a tax to begin with, then what the fuck?

Of course, it's pissing in the wind to argue with Uncle Sugar.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (x0n13)



Joe Biden voted to approve the measure to tax the tax of SS when paid out.

Taxing taxes is double taxation and, I thought, illegal.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:25 AM (Zz0t1)

158 Philosophically SS is idiotic but in real life millions of people made substantial payments into the thing and deserve to get their money back
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (Dd+/6)

People who were robbed deserve their money back too, doesn't always happen. In the case of US entitlement schemes, they're going to blow up one day just like any other ponzi. Some people will have done alright, others will be screwed. Deserve or no.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at February 28, 2024 08:25 AM (eYoxG)

159 What's so bad about carbon?

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at February 28, 2024 08:26 AM (NBVIP)

160 It's also,
National Chocolate Soufflé Day.

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:26 AM (NpAcC)

161 155 Up to 60 degrees outside.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:22 AM (a1415)


Yesterday we hit 71.In February. In Wisconsin. Too good to last though. Right now it's 21. A 50 degree drop.
Posted by: grammie winger - cheesehead at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (SfhV1)


Same thing down where I live.. 83 yesterday afternoon 22 right now. It is called the weather.

Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 08:26 AM (b8NPg)

162 Legal immigrants don't have to abandon their heritage even as they assimilate into America. A Lithuanian woman I knew in the 1980s fiercely held onto her culture (e.g., dance and costumes for her children), but embraced American ways. Lithuania became a Soviet possession after WWII, so maintaining those traditions were important.

Posted by: JM in Ill -- Behold the Manchurian Candidate at February 28, 2024 08:26 AM (SoWxk)

163 "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. "

2 Timothy 1:7

Posted by: Marcus T at February 28, 2024 08:27 AM (hbegC)

164 We are so far past the point of no return on fiscal matters that there's no point in even worrying about it or trying to "fix it" anymore - it can't be fixed. Just run everything balls to the wall until it all collapses in a hyperinflationary Weimar blowout, and hope something more sustainable can be reconstructed from the ashes.

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 28, 2024 08:27 AM (S6gqv)

165 We are so far past the point of no return on fiscal matters that there's no point in even worrying about it or trying to "fix it" anymore - it can't be fixed. Just run everything balls to the wall until it all collapses in a hyperinflationary Weimar blowout, and hope something more sustainable can be reconstructed from the ashes.
Posted by: Tom Servo at February 28, 2024 08:27 AM (S6gqv)
-----------------

Yeah, pretty much this.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 08:28 AM (tT6L1)

166 Watched a video a little while back where an actual scientist went up against a government panel and asked them questions about CO2 and the atmosphere.

"What % of the atmosphere is CO2?"

They responded with a bidding war, starting at 5% and working they're way up to 7 and 8%.

"The current levels are around 0.04%. At 0.02% PLANT LIFE DIES OFF."

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:28 AM (Zz0t1)

167 How are things JJ?
Need anything?

Posted by: Dan Patterson at February 28, 2024 08:29 AM (5mIZs)

168 Has the Department of Defense ever won a true war?

They've never been tasked with it. Get Congress to declare one, and we'll see how they do. But since we came up with the New Way of Talking, the United States has never been in a "true war."

Iran declared war on us, way back in '79, and has never revoked the declaration -- but we weren't going to give them the satisfaction of reciprocating.

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:29 AM (zdLoL)

169 SS is a problem. But on balance, not a very important one. Yes it will go bankrupt before I can collect on it. But that will also be concurrent with or shortly before the country as a whole collapses under the weight of generalized corruption and various other types of magical thinking. Brass, polish, Titanic, some assembly required.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:29 AM (0FoWg)

170 It was upper 80's in NTX yesterday. Now it's 44 and windy.

Don't guess that's helping with the wildfires in the panhandle right now.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:29 AM (Zz0t1)

171 Watched a video a little while back where an actual scientist went up against a government panel and asked them questions about CO2 and the atmosphere.

"What % of the atmosphere is CO2?"

They responded with a bidding war, starting at 5% and working they're way up to 7 and 8%.

"The current levels are around 0.04%. At 0.02% PLANT LIFE DIES OFF."
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:28 AM (Zz0t1)

I remember learning this in middle school.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (R4t5M)

172 If FJB gave the middle finger to SCOTUS to cancel student loan debt, why would he not give Congress the other middle finger and continue to send aid to Gaza?
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:40 AM (7fElN)


Hasn't the DoJ already given the middle finger to Congress by refusing to turn over information?

If Biden were a Republican and the House were in the hands of the Democrats and that happened we'd be on our ninth impeachment and funding for the errant departments would be zero.

But that's not who we are.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (1Z8zZ)

173 What's so bad about carbon?
Posted by: Quarter Twenty at February 28, 2024 08:26 AM (NBVIP)



I mean, it IS, after all, ORGANIC.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (Zz0t1)

174 If SS is a tax, how can the payouts be considered taxable? The whole rationale was forcing you to give up part of your paycheck on the pretext of a retirement account for a rainy day in your old age. If that is gross income, then okay. Tax it. But if it's a tax to begin with, then what the fuck?

Of course, it's pissing in the wind to argue with Uncle Sugar.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton


I read deeply into this years ago. The program and the SC case were exact parallels to the socialized medicine debate in 2009. FDR literally made the case during the argument that the program was a pension scheme at one point in the case, and that it was just a tax increase later, and the court bought it.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (MNAd/)

175
When social security was enacted in the 1940's or so it was a different America. Family size was larger, homes were smaller.

It was not a Ponzi scheme to imagine that 3 people would pay toward one recipient. But as family size has gotten smaller the number is now around 2.2 payers per recipient. I think the latest birth data puts family size as having 1.9 children.

That is the rope around the neck of the system. The wealthier we have become the fewer children we want.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (nIvob)

176 House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) has said that raising taxes will be necessary to balance the federal budget. His comments will likely irritate President Trump and his team, given the pledge to make the Trump-era tax cuts a permanent fixture in a second Trump administration.

——-


They increased spending by 50% since 2020 or $2 trillion per year from $4 trillion to $6 trillion.

If they hadn’t increased spending the budget would be balanced at this point.

An Iranian nuke can’t go off in DC soon enough. DC is raping this country.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (2fIO4)

177 Climate… it takes significant volcanism, a big meteor strike, or highjinks from the sun to change the climate… all else is a scam, by grifters.

Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 08:31 AM (b8NPg)

178 Legal immigrants don't have to abandon their heritage even as they assimilate into America.

--

That's the thing, though. Most of what drives a person to come here legally also drives them to respectfully put the place they fled on the back burner because it sucked enough that they fled it. Honoring memories and history of your ancestors is not a bad thing. Everyone came from somewhere and someone.

Illegals are bringing their culture here. They couldn't care less about America or American ideals.

Heck, the majority of Americans probably couldn't agree on what being an American meant these days. They can tell you about Black History Month or Gay Pride Day or all the things meant to separate us into tribes, though.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:32 AM (eovkY)

179 "I remember learning this in middle school."

Have you seen our new education requirements for Middle School?

Posted by: Department of Education at February 28, 2024 08:32 AM (a1415)

180 National Chocolate Soufflé Day.
Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:26 AM (NpAcC)




FREEDOM fries!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:32 AM (Zz0t1)

181 "The current levels are around 0.04%. At 0.02% PLANT LIFE DIES OFF."
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:28 AM (Zz0t1)
---
The anti-life zealots who want to eradicate humanity consider this a feature, not a bug.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:32 AM (7fElN)

182 Fourth quarter GDP was put at 3.2. Third quarter was 4.3. Numbers put out by the junta may be BS but the trend isn't pretty

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 28, 2024 08:33 AM (oyVa+)

183 "Carbon Sequestration" is one if the most massive Grifting schemes. Basically it calls for a Corp to set up some kind of huge expensive machine that then is paid large amounts of money to "do something" that no one can ever measure, or ever see. It is legalized theft on a massive scale.
Supporting that is enough for me to say No to Noem as far as any national office goes. It's easy to see who her true masters are.

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 28, 2024 08:33 AM (S6gqv)

184 Declarations of war are a semantic distinction. IRL, the US has been in a bunch of wars, three of them major ones, and won 0 of them since DoD was founded.

That's not entirely their fault - we have a lot of problems - but they and their five sided nuthouse haven't helped things.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:33 AM (0FoWg)

185 "I mean, it IS, after all, ORGANIC."

Isn't arsenic, as well?

Posted by: Department of Education at February 28, 2024 08:33 AM (a1415)

186
Isn't arsenic, as well?
Posted by: Department of Education at February 28, 2024 08:33 AM (a1415)



So is Asbestos.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:34 AM (Zz0t1)

187 Sticky sock, it clings.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:34 AM (a1415)

188 SS is a problem. But on balance, not a very important one. Yes it will go bankrupt before I can collect on it. But that will also be concurrent with or shortly before the country as a whole collapses under the weight of generalized corruption...

-

I'm 50-50 on whether we make it into mid-2025 after Trump wins for the third time.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:34 AM (eovkY)

189 Jodey Arrington was Bush II appointments manager. Not surprising a Bushy is calling for higher taxes.

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 28, 2024 08:35 AM (oyVa+)

190
I'm 50-50 on whether we make it into mid-2025 after Trump wins for the third time.
Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:34 AM (eovkY)



They will release evidence that Biden stole the election and Trump was the actual winner. Since he won, he already served 2 terms and cannot serve a 3rd term. We will get President Michael, for Owebama's 4th.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:36 AM (Zz0t1)

191 Declarations of war are a semantic distinction.

The U.S. Constitution is a semantic distinction.
You're yowling. It's too early to be that drunk.
Promise me you won't vote.

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:36 AM (zdLoL)

192 We should start a program where we simply compress CO2, until it liquifies at room temperature. And then we could store it in large cylinders. Maybe paint them red for increased visibility.

One off label use might be to suppress or extinguish fires.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:36 AM (a1415)

193 Promise me you won't vote.
Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:36 AM (zdLoL)

I don't vote. But also go fuck yourself.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:37 AM (0FoWg)

194 Good morning.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:38 AM (HnUIn)

195 Tom Elliott
@tomselliott
2h
Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

http://tinyurl.com/35kpu6zc

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (NpAcC)

196 Gentlemen...you can't fight in here, it's the War Room!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (a1415)

197
193 But also go fuck yourself.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:37 AM (0FoWg)

194 Good morning.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:38 AM (HnUIn)



A tale of two cities.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (Zz0t1)

198 167 How are things JJ?
Need anything?
Posted by: Dan Patterson at February 28, 2024 08:29 AM (5mIZs)


I could use a few hundred thousand dollars, but aside from that, I dodged a bullet and will be fine.

;-)

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (x0n13)

199 Good morning.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:38 AM (HnUIn)

You wouldn't know it by the comments in here....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (Angsy)

200 John Stossel has an hour long interview of Charles Murray on his YouTube channel. Murray says he is no longer a libertarian and now what he calls a “Madisonian” because he thinks the libertarian philosophy doesn’t include civic virtue.

He’s basically a depressed old man because absolutely nothing he did had any impact on the country (except for a couple of temporary changes to welfare). My opinion is that libertarians sided with the social liberals on the sexual revolution and a big part of the shit we are in is because simply viewing people as economic units as libertarians do completely overlooks the virtue part. Murray apparently came to the same conclusion.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (2fIO4)

201 @tomselliott
2h
Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

http://tinyurl.com/35kpu6zc
Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (NpAcC)



Who gives a f*ck?

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (Zz0t1)

202 You wouldn't know it by the comments in here....
Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (Angsy)
++++
LOL.

The world's a hell of a mess as usual, but good morning anyway!

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:40 AM (HnUIn)

203 195 Tom Elliott
@tomselliott
2h
Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

http://tinyurl.com/35kpu6zc
Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (NpAcC)


Push-up . . . bra.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:40 AM (x0n13)

204 So is Asbestos.

Do you really think so?

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:40 AM (zdLoL)

205 @tomselliott
Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

http://tinyurl.com/35kpu6zc
Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (NpAcC)
++++
LOL

Old and busted: Democracy
New Hotness: Trial by combat to select the strongman leader

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:40 AM (HnUIn)

206 You know, I get SS. I am also still working, which means I am still paying into it AND paying taxes on it. And I'm not even drawing on my claim. It's from my late husband's. The money I pay in goes to all those other people. And thanks to Biden, I'm not the only old person still working. I don't feel the least bit guilty about drawing it. My mother and my first husband both died before they got a penny of what they paid in


You might want to think about all those savings we have, thanks to young people dying off from the jab

Posted by: Notsothoreau at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (yeEu9)

207 195 Tom Elliott
@tomselliott
2h
Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

http://tinyurl.com/35kpu6zc
Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (NpAcC)

———

We’ll make it easier. Who can walk he farthest between Trump and Biden gets to be the next President. A geriatric THUNDERDOME if you will.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (2fIO4)

208 "Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”
"

Seems like an odd method of selecting our President.

But hey, what do I know.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (a1415)

209 “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest

--

Yes, if there's one thing I think of when I see Biden, it's upper body strength.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (eovkY)

210 There are but maybe in a tiny tiny percentage only male and female, what you want to be has no perspective of this.

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (RyHSl)

211 The world's a hell of a mess as usual, but good morning anyway!
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:40 AM (HnUIn)

Thanks, you too.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (Angsy)

212 I dodged a bullet and will be fine.

;-)
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:39 AM (x0n13)



What was said bullet?

Eat a bad clam, did ya? Was it bearded?

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (Zz0t1)

213 It’s Official – Mary Poppins Has Been Canceled for "Discriminatory Language"

click click clock click click double click

*translation*
It is about fucking time!

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (ENQN6)

214 Seems like an odd method of selecting our President.


-

WAKANDA 4EVA

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (eovkY)

215 “Let it be known: I am not here to upset anyone,” Earle-Sears began. “I am here to do the job that the people of Virginia have called me to do, and that is to treat everyone with respect and dignity. I myself have, at times, not been afforded that same respect and dignity. But in this body, and as long as I am president of the Senate, and by the grace of God, I will be treated with respect and dignity. And I will treat everyone else with respect and dignity. . . ”
++++
That's getting close to apology territory. I'm glad she didn't go Full Apology, though.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (HnUIn)

216
Do you really think so?
Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:40 AM (zdLoL)



It's a naturally occurring substance that's mined in Canada.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (Zz0t1)

217 Imagine the stupidity in, say, September or October.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (R4t5M)

218 If Biden tried to do a push up his colon would explode all over Jill. On second thought that sounds like fun

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (oyVa+)

219 "We’ll make it easier. Who can walk he farthest between Trump and Biden gets to be the next President. A geriatric THUNDERDOME if you will."

Thunderstairs...

Two men start, one man finishes!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (a1415)

220 "The bitter irony of Winsome Sears being a naturalized citizen and not native born is that it disqualifies her from serving as VP under Trump..."

Didn't seem to stop kamala, did it?

Posted by: Don Draper at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (geKVs)

221 The filling cylinders with CO2 idea - to make a 0.001 percent difference in atmospheric CO2 you would have to fill a billion cylinder and spend several Trillion dollars doing it.

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (S6gqv)

222 My mental health took a down-turn when the gummint started direct depositing checks into an actual account, rather than the mailman bringing me my crazy check. It was therapeutic cussing out the mailman when he was late.

Posted by: Postcard From the Edge at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (V5BDR)

223
Thunderstairs...

Two men start, one man finishes!
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (a1415)



One man sharts, nobody wins.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (Zz0t1)

224
The wealthier we have become the fewer children we want.

(Responding to self to add detail)

It's not just the USA either, this is true all over the world. Japan is just about the worst case I have seen. Somewhere around half a million more deaths every year then births.

Extrapolate that out for a generation and it's going to be a massive societal change.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (nIvob)

225 @193 OUT AND PROUD. Rawr-rawr-rawr.
Chanticlair of the dung-heap. Enjoy your rant.

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (zdLoL)

226 That's getting close to apology territory. I'm glad she didn't go Full Apology, though.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:42 AM (HnUIn)

She called him Senator. Should have just continued to say Senator. Nothing wrong with that.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:44 AM (Angsy)

227 The filling cylinders with CO2 idea - to make a 0.001 percent difference in atmospheric CO2 you would have to fill a billion cylinder and spend several Trillion dollars doing it.
Posted by: Tom Servo at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (S6gqv)



We're ON it!!!!

Posted by: The EPA at February 28, 2024 08:44 AM (Zz0t1)

228 And the trust fund that is broke in 2033 is just a stack of paper.

There has never been a Social Security "Trust Fund". The Social Security tax money is simply destroyed as is all Federal Tax Money. From an accounting standpoint Social Security taxes are considered the same as income taxes. Seriously, all of you need to figure out how Fiat money systems actually work.

Everyone here knows that when the government prints a $100 bill that money is created out of thin air. Nobody seems to understand that when money is taxed (at the federal level) out of circulation, it goes back into the same thin air it came out of.

NO? OK, where are the banks where all of that treasury income is deposited? How come they aren't guarded like Fort Knox? There would be Trillions of dollars in them, which is way more than the dollar amount of gold in federal gold depositories. Why aren't there Army divisions guarding those Treasury cash depositories? You say those depositories are in computers? Why has nobody ever been arrested for trying to hack them? You would think Trillions of Dollars would attract some thieves.

Posted by: An Observation sez China Joe not my president at February 28, 2024 08:44 AM (CecP5)

229
She called him Senator. Should have just continued to say Senator. Nothing wrong with that.
Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:44 AM (Angsy)



Call him 'dude.' According to the kids today, 'dude' is asexual.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:44 AM (Zz0t1)

230 The filling cylinders with CO2 idea - to make a 0.001 percent difference in atmospheric CO2 you would have to fill a billion cylinder and spend several Trillion dollars doing it.
Posted by: Tom Servo at February 28, 2024 08:43 AM (S6gqv)
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Write us a proposal and we'll cut you a check!

Posted by: National Science Foundation at February 28, 2024 08:45 AM (7fElN)

231 "Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

==

"YEEAARRGH... One! YEEAARRGH... Two! YEEAARRGH..."

Posted by: davidt at February 28, 2024 08:45 AM (SYTee)

232 It's a naturally occurring substance that's mined in Canada.

It certainly is. Does that make it "organic"?

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:46 AM (zdLoL)

233 Sears should have gone the opposite way "I'm sorry. I should have called him Senator Freak Show"

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 28, 2024 08:46 AM (oyVa+)

234 Seems like somebody is having a heavy flow today.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:46 AM (a1415)

235 Sears shouldn't have just doubled down, she should have explicitly said : "He is a man, and he is going to Hell for defying being the person that God meant for him to be, and defiling the body that God meant for him to have."

Posted by: XTC at February 28, 2024 08:46 AM (sm6Pk)

236 If you watched Ryan Hall Y'all, you'd understand this cold snap. It's pretty interesting but should be short lived. I think today is supposed to be the worst in most of the country. We dropped over 30 degrees during the day on Tuesday.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at February 28, 2024 08:47 AM (yeEu9)

237 A number of Republicans are saying this morning that The Democrats are stuck with biden or next electuion.

Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:47 AM (A5THL)

238 “Many Israelis wrongly assumed prosperity and familiarity would lessen tensions…rather than provide Hamas with vital intelligence on the security, armament, and numbers of Israeli kibbutzes and towns facing the Gaza strip.” Israel is often the victim of its own misplaced hope and counterproductive idealism.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 07:48 AM (ENQN6)


Normalizing relations with China will cause them to become more liberal and peaceful while having no adverse effect on the west.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:48 AM (1Z8zZ)

239 Can't we all ... get along?

Posted by: Rodney King at February 28, 2024 08:48 AM (ZV+pB)

240 Low 60's here. Will drop into the high 30's late this afternoon.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at February 28, 2024 08:48 AM (R4t5M)

241 I’m no chemist, but I think that, technically speaking, something’s got to have carbon in it to be considered “organic.”

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:48 AM (9yWhg)

242 The Democrats are stuck with biden or next electuion.
Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024

Yup they're stuck with him now. I guess they could (and perhaps will) push him down the stairs. But politically, they've painted themselves into his dusty ol' corner.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 08:49 AM (0FoWg)

243 “It’s only fair to have both revenue and expenditures on the table,” Arrington told Semafor. “The last time there was a fix to Social Security that addressed the solvency for 75 years, it was Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, and it was bipartisan. It had revenue measures and it had program reforms. That’s just the reality,” said Arrington, who led the charge to create a bipartisan fiscal commission to address government debt.
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Why?

The federal budget was increased from $1.827 trillion to $4.439 trillion in 25 years. But 2023 was a comparatively cheap year considering the tech wreck, financial crisis, wars and COVID of the intervening period.

In 1998, the US federal debt was around $5.5 trillion, or about 61% of GDP. In 2023, it was around $33.2 trillion, or 121% of GDP.

This is not an income problem, this is a spending problem.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:49 AM (HnUIn)

244 Low 60's here. Will drop into the high 30's late this afternoon.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at February 28, 2024 08:48 AM (R4t5M)
=======================
Love that!

Posted by: The Flu at February 28, 2024 08:49 AM (tha2E)

245 @237

>>A number of Republicans are saying this morning that The Democrats are stuck with biden or next electuion.

Of course they are, unless they decide to go to Harris.

This idea that you can just swap out the sitting President and Vice President, like they're Bob Knight swapping out point guards was always ludicrous.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 08:49 AM (XV/Pl)

246
It certainly is. Does that make it "organic"?
Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at February 28, 2024 08:46 AM (zdLoL)



According to the EPA, yes.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:50 AM (Zz0t1)

247 She called him Senator. Should have just continued to say Senator. Nothing wrong with that.
Posted by: OrangeEnt

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She was just having a conversation, and, like any human, doesn't think about every single word. Nor should she in a polite conversation.

That said, screw him and all the others for wanting to not only control language but for his desire to want people to police everything coming out of their mouths.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:50 AM (eovkY)

248 You don’t mess with YD.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (9yWhg)

249 The Supreme Court told [spurious] President Joe Biden that he didn’t have the authority to forgive student loan debt. But he did anyway, bragging that the Court “didn’t stop me.” So why do we even have a legislative branch and a high court if the president is going to make law as if he were a king?
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Because it's the Party's will, of course.

When the Party's will requires abject fealty to the Court, it makes the correct motions and mouth noises. When the Party's will requires rejection of the Court, it makes the correct motions and mouth noises.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (HnUIn)

250 The idea that tax cuts have to be "paid for" somewhere else is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (7fElN)


It comes from the notion that all money is, fundamentally, the governments and they merely permit you to keep some.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (1Z8zZ)

251 133 Social Security was one of the first socialist, FedGov schemes to con the rubes.

Whatever the case, those of us who have paid into that mess for 30 - 40 years are not ashamed to claw back as much of it as we can. As long as Social Security exists anyone who has paid into it will want their cut when eligible unless something takes its place.

But the bottom line is that people will want the money "promised" to them however it was collected.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (Q4IgG)

———

I may take a trade wherein I would get my SS cut by 50% but my 401k withdrawals become tax free instead of taxed.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (2fIO4)

252 Catering to a mental instability is not a treatment for said mental instability.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (Zz0t1)

253 Trump's tax cuts were great for the economy, and so were his regulatory reductions. Neither of those required Arrington's brand of "fairness". So, GFY Congressman.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (tha2E)

254 I’m no chemist, but I think that, technically speaking, something’s got to have carbon in it to be considered “organic.”

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You're looking at it in terms of science. This is the political usage, where organic is used similarly to sex now. There is no standard or meaning, and it's on purpose.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (eovkY)

255 Because Social Security recipients are bi partisan. The strongest senior right wingers, still run to the mail box for that check

If you steal money from me, you're damned right I'm going to grab back as much as I can.

Take every - every - nickelfucker in congress and their staffs and their families and bankrupt the bastards until they have to sell their own bone marrow for money and then I might consider giving up SS.

And morning, everyone. My usual asshole, cynical, depressed self today.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing (aka Eloquent Depression) at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (Q0kLU)

256 This idea that you can just swap out the sitting President and Vice President, like they're Bob Knight swapping out point guards was always ludicrous.
Posted by: Thomas Bender


But the idea is intriguing all the same.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (zo+yI)

257 Catering to a mental instability is not a treatment for said mental instability.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (Zz0t1)

True, but until everything is destroyed and rebuilt, this will not change.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (Angsy)

258
This is not an income problem, this is a spending problem.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:49 AM


Why do you hate people who want to own an EV and need to have the government help them out financially? Or hate people with student loans?

So much h8. Be better.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:53 AM (nIvob)

259 Why is Social Security always the first thing discussed when it comes to entitlement spending?

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 07:56 AM (tT6L1)


I could accept reforming SSDI. As I understand it, this is rife with corruption and lacks even the pretense that you're getting back money you paid in.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:54 AM (1Z8zZ)

260 And morning, everyone. My usual asshole, cynical, depressed self today.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing (aka Eloquent Depression) at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (Q0kLU)

Well, considering you've just been cancelled, I understand....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:54 AM (Angsy)

261 And morning, everyone. My usual asshole, cynical, depressed self today.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing (aka Eloquent Depression) at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (Q0kLU)
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Well, Mary Poppins has been cancelled, so it's no wonder you are grumpy this morning...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:55 AM (7fElN)

262 Remember (as if you need a reminder) that the rule of law goes only one way: against the citizenry and anyone who is non-Leftist.
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Sort of. Party Men and their allies of momentary convenience are above any consideration of law, and above any punishment (usually - sometimes the Party will sacrifice a low-level operator to keep up appearances, but those are the risks of the game for a Party Man). Those who are *not* Party men are subject to the law, but it is vague and arbitrary. Some people get punished, some don't. Some people are unlucky, some people are lucky. Some leftist might get a Party Man to confer upon him temporary invulnerability, some might not.

The anti-Party Men are universal targets for weaponized "law" (Jan6, etc.). You can be outside the Party and take your chances, but being *against* the Party means no chance.

There are two absolute positions. The Party Men and their allies are immune to the law, and the anti-Party Men are viciously and aggressively ground down and destroyed by the law. Those in the vast middle just have arbitrary and indifferent application of law hanging over them like the Sword of Damocles.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (HnUIn)

263 @256

>>But the idea is intriguing all the same.

Not really, The Prince wasn't really supposed to be a how to book, more of a cautionary tale than anything else.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (XV/Pl)

264 208 "Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”
"

Seems like an odd method of selecting our President.

But hey, what do I know.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:41 AM (a1415)

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Look at our current method of selecting a President. Feats of strength would be an improvement.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (2fIO4)

265 260

Well, considering you've just been cancelled, I understand....
Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:54 AM (Angsy)

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Well, Mary Poppins has been cancelled, so it's no wonder you are grumpy this morning...
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:55 AM (7fElN)



You gotta be quick round these parts.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (Zz0t1)

266 " I’m no chemist, but I think that, technically speaking, something’s got to have carbon in it to be considered “organic.”"

What if is simply self-identifies as organic?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (a1415)

267 The idea that tax cuts have to be "paid for" somewhere else is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 07:52 AM (7fElN)

It comes from the notion that all money is, fundamentally, the governments and they merely permit you to keep some.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (1Z8zZ)
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That is also a stupid, stupid idea....Governments cannot create wealth or value.

All they can do is preserve it (in the best of circumstances) or destroy it (which they do with gleeful abandon).

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:57 AM (7fElN)

268 257 Catering to a mental instability is not a treatment for said mental instability.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:51 AM (Zz0t1)

True, but until everything is destroyed and rebuilt, this will not change.
Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 08:52 AM (Angsy)

Force these people to be Hyper-Masculine. Put them on a Court-Mandated Steroid and Gym regimen, led by the nastiest Drill Sergeants you can find. Do not allow them to have long hair, and if they shave their heads, no wigs.

Posted by: XTC at February 28, 2024 08:57 AM (sm6Pk)

269 Posted by: Paul banned at February 28, 2024 08:55 AM (Qb6mi)


You DICK!!!!

Posted by: Jeff Spicoli at February 28, 2024 08:57 AM (Zz0t1)

270 At least I did not say Nice Dick Senator.

Posted by: Sears and NoFucks Given at February 28, 2024 08:57 AM (ENQN6)

271 "Borderline Treason"???? GMAFB

Posted by: SaltyD65 at February 28, 2024 08:57 AM (UohIj)

272 What if is simply self-identifies as organic?
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (a1415)
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Self-identification of elements creates a confusing problem due to the self-identification causing the material's own waveform to collapse, defeating traditional methods of quantum stochastics.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (HnUIn)

273 And morning, everyone. My usual asshole, cynical, depressed self today.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing



So, you're going to be throwing the word "Hottentot" around a lot today, I suppose.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (9yWhg)

274 You gotta be quick round these parts.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (Zz0t1)
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Hey! I predicted this back at comment #37!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (7fElN)

275 Carbonite is organic.

Posted by: Han Solo at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (SYTee)

276
Saw an article this morning that China is going to use slave labor to build components of their EV, ship them to Mexico for assembly, then sell them in the USA for about ten grand. Evading tariffs.

Bye bye Detroit. Good work Biden.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (nIvob)

277 Like abortion, SS cuts are a trap. Change future retirement years, and maybe increase future tax thresholds, whatever future changes you want, sure, but don't anger present beneficiaries.

Personally, I'd make all IRA/401-K's into Roth IRA's and allow unlimited annual savings, and also require a floor for everyone earning a paycheck, so future retirees aren't dependent on SS. Creeping privatization.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (j+PwL)

278 Prolapse Paul!

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (R4t5M)

279 Asa Hutchinson received 1,807 votes in yesterday's primary in Michigan. Asa Fever-Catch It!

Posted by: Holding Out Hope at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (V5BDR)

280 Look at our current method of selecting a President. Feats of strength would be an improvement.
Posted by: MAGA_Ken at February 28, 2024 08:56 AM (2fIO4)

Airing of Grievances

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (ENQN6)

281 So, you're going to be throwing the word "Hottentot" around a lot today, I suppose.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (9yWhg)



He's got the shits?

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (Zz0t1)

282 JJ I hate to quibble but Winsome-Sears is correctly a naturalized citizen but saying that she can't serve as VP to Trump because she isn't native born would imply that an anchor baby would be able to serve as VP to Trump.

Posted by: Jaimo at February 28, 2024 07:59 AM (DBrN4)


IINM, Harris is an anchor baby. It doesn't matter what you think on the matter or how many times you repeat it, the facts on the ground contradict you.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (1Z8zZ)

283 30%%/?


Is that like a superpercentage?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (9yWhg)

284 INBOX: Marianne Williamson says she’s “unsuspending” her presidential campaign:

Dear Friends,

As of today, I am unsuspending my Presidential campaign.

All of us have noticed America’s political dynamics are moving in a disturbing direction. Donald Trump’s power is on the incline, and President Biden’s is on the decline. More and more people are saying the quiet part out loud: that despite the fact that the President deserves credit for many of his accomplishments, he is clearly a weak candidate to defeat Donald Trump in 2024.

I, however, am not. My ability to arouse in Americans the angels of our better nature is the most powerful antidote to Trump’s dark and authoritarian vision.

I suspended my campaign because we were losing the horse race. But there is something much bigger than the horse race that’s at stake here. In the words of Mohammed Ali, ‘When the mission is right, the odds don’t matter.”

We cannot sit idly by while the D.C. political class sleepwalks this country into disaster. Too many have followed the directives of the status quo for too long, but we are awakening now.

Posted by: SMOD at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (RHGPo)

285 30%%/?


Is that like a superpercentage?
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (9yWhg)



Forget it. He's rolling it in flour and looking for wet spots.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (Zz0t1)

286 Saw an article this morning that China is going to use slave labor to build components of their EV, ship them to Mexico for assembly, then sell them in the USA for about ten grand. Evading tariffs.

Bye bye Detroit. Good work Biden.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (nIvob)
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This was the known strategy during the last contract battle. Good work UAW leadership; you killed your members.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (j+PwL)

287 "Is that like a superpercentage?"

He's on a roll.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:00 AM (a1415)

288 Personally, I'd make all IRA/401-K's into Roth IRA's and allow unlimited annual savings, and also require a floor for everyone earning a paycheck, so future retirees aren't dependent on SS. Creeping privatization.
Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 08:58 AM (j+PwL)

That was Ws plan

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:00 AM (ENQN6)

289 INBOX: Marianne Williamson says she’s “unsuspending” her presidential campaign:

Dear Friends,

As of today, I am unsuspending my Presidential campaign.



She should start by setting herself on fire.

Posted by: Aaron Bushnell at February 28, 2024 09:00 AM (aD39U)

290 Saw an article this morning that China is going to use slave labor to build components of their EV, ship them to Mexico for assembly, then sell them in the USA for about ten grand. Evading tariffs.

--

hahaha

Good.

After all, Trump said pussy.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (eovkY)

291 282, I know but it's still now right. Vivek, Nimrotta, Harris, Cruz, etc. should not be able to run for president. Period.

Posted by: Jaimo at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (DBrN4)

292
She should start by setting herself on fire.
Posted by: Aaron Bushnell at February 28, 2024 09:00 AM (aD39U)



Shouting "from the river to the sea."

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (Zz0t1)

293 Hottentot Venus-Sarah Baartman refuses to be canceled by the latest mid-purge by mental defectives.

Posted by: Get Behind Sarah! at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (V5BDR)

294 Because Social Security recipients are bi partisan. The strongest senior right wingers, still run to the mail box for that check.

Funny, ain't it ? People that pay 10% of their earnings, for their entire lifetime, tend to want some of it back when it's their turn. Greedy old bastards.

I notice that some folks here, who chirp the loudest about how great it would be for everyone to simply take a haircut on their Social Security, never willingly pay extra income tax directly out of their own pockets.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (XShg/)

295 You know who has two thumbs and quit smoking today?

This guy!

Posted by: Aaron Bushnell at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (aD39U)

296 Dear Friends,

As of today, I am unsuspending my Presidential campaign.

All of us have noticed America’s political dynamics are moving in a disturbing direction. Donald Trump’s power is on the incline, and President Biden’s is on the decline. More and more people are saying the quiet part out loud: that despite the fact that the President deserves credit for many of his accomplishments, he is clearly a weak candidate to defeat Donald Trump in 2024.

I, however, am not. My ability to arouse in Americans the angels of our better nature is the most powerful antidote to Trump’s dark and authoritarian vision.

I suspended my campaign because we were losing the horse race. But there is something much bigger than the horse race that’s at stake here. In the words of Mohammed Ali, ‘When the mission is right, the odds don’t matter.”

We cannot sit idly by while the D.C. political class sleepwalks this country into disaster. Too many have followed the directives of the status quo for too long, but we are awakening now.

Speaking of mental illness....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (Angsy)

297 My ability to arouse in Americans the angels of our better nature is the most powerful antidote to Trump’s dark and authoritarian vision.

ha

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (ENQN6)

298 Hey! I predicted this back at comment #37!
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel


Actually, I made a joke about it yesterday. But it didn't go anywhere.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:02 AM (9yWhg)

299 Good morning!

>>Long-time commenter, and friend, Bandersnatch passed away yesterday.

Oh my word, just saw this. Lost another excellent 'ron.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 28, 2024 09:02 AM (6IDWi)

300 Saw an article this morning that China is going to use slave labor to build components of their EV, ship them to Mexico for assembly, then sell them in the USA for about ten grand. Evading tariffs.


No one is buying EV's right now and price is not the only determining factor.

Also, everything made in China is shit. Buy one at your own risk. It WILL try to kill you at some point.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 09:02 AM (Zz0t1)

301 She should start by enlisting in the Air Force, and then * setting herself on fire.

* Suggested edit

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:02 AM (a1415)

302 I've proposed that those who have no children should not receive Social Security. The system only 'works' with a ratio of 2.2 people paying for every recipient. If you're not having children you're doing nothing to provide those 2.2 people and you're saving about half a million dollars per child not born.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (nIvob)


It could be argued that DINKs and SINKs should be able to set aside sufficient funds for their own retirement since they haven't been "punished" with children.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:02 AM (1Z8zZ)

303 He's on a roll.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:00 AM (a1415)

Suggested edit: He's on a troll.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 09:03 AM (Angsy)

304 Ok.

Gotta go to work.

Be excellent to each other.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 09:03 AM (Zz0t1)

305 Oddly enough, nobody really knows where "Hottentot" came from.

Posted by: SMOD at February 28, 2024 09:03 AM (RHGPo)

306 ‘ Robert Creamer's Central Committee Casting Rent-a-Mob.’

J.J. I’m glad you’re keeping this bastard’s name in front of everyone. This guy organizes at least a lot of ‘spontaneous’ mobs that show up whenever something that the democrats don’t like happens.

Posted by: Dr. Claw at February 28, 2024 09:03 AM (jbnUc)

307 My ability to arouse in Americans the angels of our better nature is the most powerful antidote to Trump’s dark and authoritarian vision.

Sounds to me like she dropped over for some meaty afternoon delight with Peggy Noonan.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:03 AM (XShg/)

308 Oddly enough, nobody really knows where "Hottentot" came from.
Posted by: SMOD


We know what makes them so hot, though.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (9yWhg)

309 "Oddly enough, nobody really knows where "Hottentot" came from."

When a mommy and a daddy Hot-Pocket love each other very much....

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (a1415)

310 307 Sounds to me like she dropped over for some meaty afternoon delight with Peggy Noonan.
Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:03 AM (XShg/)

Piss flaps like Audie Murphy's saddlebags.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (x0n13)

311 Ironic that George W is now a Dem
Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (BGQYY)


Always was. Masks.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (1Z8zZ)

312 ". . . such are the entirely predictable results of a top-down, dictatorial economy. It's good to see the auto industry adjusting to that reality."

The reality is that the stringent EPA regulations and standards for fuel economy and emissions have not been changed. In January 2025, they kick in and that is when the auto industry will either have met them with their fleet or they will be paying massive fines (for not meeting fuel economy target) or be banned from selling vehicles altogether (for not meeting emissions target).

That is the sole reason for the auto industry going all-in on EVs. The WEF Agenda 2030 policies that have been implemented in every Western nation in the world, including in the USA through the EPA.

Because of this, the auto industry as a whole is in a no-win situation. They either go all-in with vehicles customers do not want (and go out of business) or they get fined out of business or banned from selling vehicles (and go out of business). Which is the plan by the WEF and Deep State. Which leads to hundreds of thousands of people unemployed across the auto companies and suppliers.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (UKWFA)

313 Is that like a superpercentage?
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 08:59 AM (9yWhg)
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"Superpercentage" as a concept is derived from taxonomic structures like "group" and "subgroup" or "superset" and "set."

Taxonomic organization in language is an artifact of white supremacy and represents a perpetuation of colonialism that is definitionally oppressive.

We must decolonize the language, yes, but it is even more important to decolonize knowledge. Hierarchical categorization, taxonomy and their concepts of a low-resolution "general" eventually becoming a high-resolution "specific" through continued layers of classification represents intellectual and mental colonization. This must be fought at every step.

Be better.

Posted by: Your Kid's Philosophy Professor at February 28, 2024 09:05 AM (HnUIn)

314 Somebody, somewhere, at some time, had the courage to put the hot in Hottentot.

Posted by: The Cowardly Lion at February 28, 2024 09:05 AM (SYTee)

315 @306

>>J.J. I’m glad you’re keeping this bastard’s name in front of everyone. This guy organizes at least a lot of ‘spontaneous’ mobs that show up whenever something that the democrats don’t like happens.

Pretty sure this creep and his crew operate in at least a couple of Red States, since RICO is the new hotness, his activities certainly fall within those parameters.

What you working at the moment Georgia and Missouri AG's?

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 09:06 AM (XV/Pl)

316 Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 09:01 AM (Angsy)
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Who's statement is that?

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:07 AM (HnUIn)

317 Ironic that George W is now a Dem
Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (BGQYY)

Always was. Masks.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic


Boy, what a disappointment he turned out to be.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:07 AM (9yWhg)

318 Because of this, the auto industry as a whole is in a no-win situation. They either go all-in with vehicles customers do not want (and go out of business) or they get fined out of business or banned from selling vehicles (and go out of business). Which is the plan by the WEF and Deep State. Which leads to hundreds of thousands of people unemployed across the auto companies and suppliers.
Posted by: Clyde Shelton at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (UKWFA)
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I know a few guys who work at a local dealership. One is a regional manager for a few dealerships. He's said that his dealership is finally getting back to the "true normal." I need to ask him about how these new standards are going to affect him....

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 09:07 AM (7fElN)

319 We said this loudly and often, and now a court agrees. Nanzi Pelosi was an unconstitutional spender.

https://shorturl.at/anHMV

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 09:07 AM (EAdBB)

320 The video i referenced earlier led me to a book "The archeological writings of the Sanhedrin..." which is a compendium of scrolls written during the lifetime of Jesus. This is the description of Jesus by a priest whom Jesus confided in frequently, written before the start of his ministry: While he is nothing but a man, there is something about him that distinguishes him from every other man. He is the picture of his mother, only he has not her smooth round face. His hair is a little more golden than hers, though it is as much from sunburn as anything else* He is tall^ and his shoulder^ are a little drooped ; his visage is thin and of a swarthy complexion, though this is from exposure; His eyes are large and a soft blue, and rather dull and heavy. The lashes are long, and his eye-brows very large. His nose is that of a Jew. In fact, he reminds me of an old-fashioned Jew in every sense of the word •

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (2ovLw)

321 I think the Milei approach shows real promise ... just cut department budgets by 50%, flat rate. rinse, repeat.

lol, /s
Posted by: sock_rat_eez - these lying bastardi e stronzi have been lying to us for decades at February 28, 2024 08:16 AM (QwWES)


I prefer the fact that he identified several departments whose budget he cut by 100%.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (1Z8zZ)

322 Who's statement is that?
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:07 AM (HnUIn)

Williamson's. She's nuts.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (Angsy)

323 About that National Debt: Who, exactly, had the odd 34 Trillion Dollars just lying about, not doing anything, and decided to loan it to the United States Government? Who, having large amounts of money, would be stupid enough to loan Joe Biden the price of a cup of coffee? And why, exactly, would the government, who can print money any time it wants, ever need to borrow so much as a penny from anyone?

And, once again, I ask more pesky questions that nobody ever answers.

Posted by: An Observation sez China Joe not my president at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (CecP5)

324 Saw an article this morning that China is going to use slave labor to build components of their EV, ship them to Mexico for assembly, then sell them in the USA for about ten grand. Evading tariffs.


The only way for China to compete is via slave labor. Thus is the end game for socialist systems. And, the end result of globalization on production is slavery. It is the best way to lower production costs. Raw material costs aren't going to go down.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (NsyQF)

325 There's a "Hot N Tot" diner in Torrance, CA. I expect it'll be burned to the ground soon.

Posted by: Halfhand at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (h5AI+)

326 Biden picked up 81% of a relatively large Democratic turnout, given the fact that he's really the only candidate. The other two in the race are tokens, not really representing anything...Haley took away more votes than Trump can afford to lose in Michigan, and most of those voters won't vote for Trump in November. The Democratic side isn't as divided, or as fragmented, as the media wants you to believe.

the primaries are showing that Benedict Donald is in trouble, but Benedict has the MSM on his side that is still pushing Biden's age and the ridiculous talking point that he should drop out. It is the Magat party that should consider running another candidate. Benedict also has Putin's pal Musk running Russian propaganda all over social media. I am confident that Joe wins comfortably in a fair election.

Haley got approximately (from my understanding) 250k votes and yes, uncommitted votes against shithole was approximately 30K. But alas like clockwork, corporate media ran with uncommitted against Pres Biden and again giving shithole a pass.

Posted by: Intercepted DU Transmissions brought by the Intrepid AoS Liaison at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (JCZqz)

327 I prefer the fact that he identified several departments whose budget he cut by 100%.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (1Z8zZ)
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Didn't he do that on his first day in office?

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (7fElN)

328 Ironic that George W is now a Dem
Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:08 AM (BGQYY)

Always was. Masks.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic


Never forget, he was the guy that responded to 9/11 by turning the US into a domestic surveillance state.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (XShg/)

329 There's a "Hot N Tot" diner in Torrance, CA. I expect it'll be burned to the ground soon.
Posted by: Halfhand


Not if Joe Biden can help it. He loves hot tots.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (9yWhg)

330 Lee Zeldin Drops a Truth Bomb on CNN in the Michigan Primary Recap – Trump Beat ALL Democrats Combined

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:10 AM (ENQN6)

331 the primaries are showing that Benedict Donald is in trouble, but Benedict has the MSM on his side that is still pushing Biden's age and the ridiculous talking point that he should drop out. It is the Magat party that should consider running another candidate. Benedict also has Putin's pal Musk running Russian propaganda all over social media. I am confident that Joe wins comfortably in a fair election.

Psycho

Posted by: It's me donna at February 28, 2024 09:10 AM (Akjoo)

332 309 "

Oddly enough, nobody really knows where "Hottentot" came from."

When a mommy and a daddy Hot-Pocket love each other very much....
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:04 AM (a1415)

Speaking of, for some reason our local store no longer stocks the wide variety of Hot-Pockets it used to. Now your only choices are pizza or ham and cheese.

Posted by: Zombie Robbo the Llama Butcher at February 28, 2024 09:11 AM (T+Iwg)

333 @312

>>Which leads to hundreds of thousands of people unemployed across the auto companies and suppliers.

The EU is stepping up their game, they are debating rules changes that would prevent repair shops from repairing any vehicle that is 15 years and older.

The next step after that is to prevent the sale of repair parts for cars older than 15 years so you won't be able to fix it yourself.

After that it would be simply confiscating any vehicle that's 15 years and older.

The bottom line is, these maniacs are not going to stop short of The Wood Chipper of Rectification paying them all a little visit.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 09:11 AM (XV/Pl)

334 >>The CIA Spy Bases in Ukraine Were Part of a "Series of Coups" Started Under Obama to Upend Stable Governments

You don't say.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 28, 2024 09:11 AM (x8HvX)

335 Haley got approximately (from my understanding) 250k votes and yes, uncommitted votes against shithole was approximately 30K. But alas like clockwork, corporate media ran with uncommitted against Pres Biden and again giving shithole a pass.
Posted by: Intercepted DU Transmissions brought by the Intrepid AoS Liaison at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (JCZqz)
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The CIA plants are really doing their best to make sure the crazy remain stirred up.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 09:11 AM (tT6L1)

336 I see that Mercedes is working on 3 new gas engines.
Engines have 10 to 15 year life cycles.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:12 AM (ENQN6)

337 Posted by: Intercepted DU Transmissions brought by the Intrepid AoS Liaison at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (JCZqz)

There are some strange deluded people among us.

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2024 09:12 AM (88xKn)

338 And, once again, I ask more pesky questions that nobody ever answers.
Posted by: An Observation sez China Joe not my president at February 28, 2024 09:08 AM (CecP5)

Hahaha!..we knows where all dat moneys be coming from! Obama's Stash! That's why we love him though...Hahahaha!

Posted by: Detroit democrat voters at February 28, 2024 09:12 AM (2ijlT)

339 My work rudely interrupted my reading of MR comments today; outrageous!

Regarding SS….. every dollar spent and distributed by fed gov now is a magic, fake dollar anywhere printed out of thin air. I no longer believe the 40 year narrative about deficits…. Since Carter I’ve heard conservative pundits wailing about how bad deficits are…. I’ve yet to see any collapse. Economic theory says a collapse is inevitable….. but inevitable could be in 200 years. I don’t care about deficits anymore…… I do care however what the money is used for. Funding Ukraine and other grift,.. a hard no. Paying back citizens who spent their entire life paying into SS…. A hard yes

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at February 28, 2024 09:12 AM (Dd+/6)

340 If SS is a tax, how can the payouts be considered taxable? The whole rationale was forcing you to give up part of your paycheck on the pretext of a retirement account for a rainy day in your old age. If that is gross income, then okay. Tax it. But if it's a tax to begin with, then what the fuck?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (x0n13)


SCOTUS called it a tax but what it is, and has always been, is a way to lull people into making themselves dependent on the government and provide talking points for elections. Just like everything else fedgov does.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:12 AM (1Z8zZ)

341 In January 2025, they kick in and that is when the auto industry will either have met them with their fleet or they will be paying massive fines (for not meeting fuel economy target) or be banned from selling vehicles altogether (for not meeting emissions target).

That is the sole reason for the auto industry going all-in on EVs. The WEF Agenda 2030 policies that have been implemented in every Western nation in the world, including in the USA through the EPA.



I don't recall voting on the WEF proposals, or the EPA's either, for that matter.

The Chevron ruling cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 09:13 AM (DEMdL)

342 "Speaking of, for some reason our local store no longer stocks the wide variety of Hot-Pockets it used to. Now your only choices are pizza or ham and cheese."

Just another example of lack of diversity in the availability of native and indigenous foods.

Or something like that.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:13 AM (a1415)

343 SPONGE!!!

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at February 28, 2024 09:13 AM (5sOEG)

344 Mary was to be stoned for having a child out of wedlock:

I am informed that she will be tried by our law, and, if she can give no better evidence of her virtue than she has given to Melker, she will be stoned according to our law, although, as Melker says, there never has been a case before with such apparent divine manifestations as has been seen on this occasion. In the past, in various instances, virgins have pretended to be with child by the Holy Ghost, but at- the time of their delivery there Wds no light from the heavens, and no angels talking among the clouds and declaring that this was the King of the Jews. And, as to the truth of these things, the whole of the people of Bethlehem testify to having seen it, and the Roman guard also came out and asked what it meant and they showed by their actions that they were very much alarmed. These things, Melker says, are all declared in the Scriptures to be the sign of his coming. Melker is a man of great learning, and well versed in the prophecies

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at February 28, 2024 09:13 AM (2ovLw)

345 The bottom line is, these maniacs are not going to stop short of The Wood Chipper of Rectification paying them all a little visit.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 09:11 AM (XV/Pl)

Cash for Clunker added about 1000 to the price of used cars. And our clunkers are the 3rd worlds new cars.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:14 AM (ENQN6)

346 Getting serious here for a moment, but… what, exactly, makes a Hottentot so hot???

Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 09:14 AM (b8NPg)

347 It's Hump Day and I've got a Hot Pocket right here!

Posted by: Fulton County Fani at February 28, 2024 09:14 AM (V5BDR)

348
"Speaking of, for some reason our local store no longer stocks the wide variety of Hot-Pockets it used to. Now your only choices are pizza or ham and cheese."

Still too many choices.

Posted by: Barry Saunders at February 28, 2024 09:14 AM (nIvob)

349 Marianne Williamson.... isn't she into spirit animals, crystals or some such shit?

Not that there's anything wrong with it.

But "unsuspending?" WTF

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 09:15 AM (Q4IgG)

350 "[Sanders’s] decision to not hold a public hearing on Ms. Su is unacceptable and shows a lack of transparency from the majority," the Labor Committee’s ranking Republican senator Bill Cassidy (La.) said on the Senate floor Monday.
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What a useless simp Cassidy is. Fight back, you twerp.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 09:15 AM (2SuyT)

351 @323

>>And, once again, I ask more pesky questions that nobody ever answers.

We own most of our own debt.

The entire western financial system is best conceptualized as a clown riding a unicycle, spinning plates, and the unicycle is on fire, he's on fire, everything surrounding him is on fire and you're all in hell.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 09:15 AM (XV/Pl)

352 Getting serious here for a moment, but… what, exactly, makes a Hottentot so hot???
Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 09:14 AM


Courage.

Posted by: Dan Rather at February 28, 2024 09:16 AM (5sOEG)

353 The entire western financial system is best conceptualized as a clown riding a unicycle, spinning plates, and the unicycle is on fire, he's on fire, everything surrounding him is on fire and you're all in hell.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 28, 2024 09:15 AM (XV/Pl)
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Decent description.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:16 AM (HnUIn)

354 ♫ Hot Pocket... ♪

Posted by: Don Black at February 28, 2024 09:16 AM (geLO8)

355 Marianne Williamson.... isn't she into spirit animals, crystals or some such shit?

Not that there's anything wrong with it.

But "unsuspending?" WTF
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 09:15 AM


Yeah...I heard her one morning on Coast-to-Coast talking her new age nonsense. Wow...Just. Wow.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at February 28, 2024 09:17 AM (5sOEG)

356 Right small states are terrible that way, Red State or not. Always massive pork wanted
Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (BGQYY)


Any politician who doesn't spend other people's money on their constituents will get replaced by one who does. Sad but true.

The key isn't to bitch about some state embracing the payout but to bitch about the payout existing at all.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:17 AM (1Z8zZ)

357 Whatever the case, those of us who have paid into that mess for 30 - 40 years are not ashamed to claw back as much of it as we can. As long as Social Security exists anyone who has paid into it will want their cut when eligible unless something takes its place.

But the bottom line is that people will want the money "promised" to them however it was collected.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 28, 2024 08:20 AM (Q4IgG)

54 years, here, of having that money stolen, including the two years I was serving in the army after being drafted in 1967. When I was the owner of a small service business, I paid both portions.

Posted by: thatcrazyjerseyguy now with twice the crazy at February 28, 2024 09:17 AM (iODuv)

358 >>I think the Milei approach shows real promise ... just cut department budgets by 50%, flat rate. rinse, repeat.


IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE DENVER MIKE JOHNSON CUT THE CITY'S BUDGET 15% ACROSS ALL DEPARTMENTS.

TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THE HOMELESS.

Posted by: BEN ROETHLISBERGER at February 28, 2024 09:17 AM (6IDWi)

359 I love Marianne Williamson, and welcome her back. She's a live one. "Unsuspending," indeed, lol.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:18 AM (0FoWg)

360 "Speaking of, for some reason our local store no longer stocks the wide variety of Hot-Pockets it used to. Now your only choices are pizza or ham and cheese."

Just another example of lack of diversity in the availability of native and indigenous foods.

Or something like that.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice

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I had a dentist appointment recently. There is no longer a choice of toothpastes.

It's weird to notice little stuff like that, same as going to get a pizza from Dominos and being told they now charge for each little packet of red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese.

Booming economy, jack.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:18 AM (eovkY)

361 "Yeah...I heard her one morning on Coast-to-Coast talking her new age nonsense. Wow...Just. Wow."

Is she the one who claims that Hot-Pockets are sentient?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:18 AM (a1415)

362 325 There's a "Hot N Tot" diner in Torrance, CA. I expect it'll be burned to the ground soon.
Posted by: Halfhand at February 28, 2024 09:09 AM (h5AI+)

I hear the click clack clock is good.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:18 AM (ENQN6)

363 I once calculated that before I got all of the money I contributed to SS I would have to live to 110.
Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (A5THL)


I think it was back in the 90s, when they "fixed" it again, when it became functionally impossible to come out ahead.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (1Z8zZ)

364 originally the only people who could collect SS were those who ad contributed to it though the payroll tax. The democomies changed that.

Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (A5THL)

365 Do not urban dictionary kentucky hot pocket

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (ENQN6)

366 341 I don't recall voting on the WEF proposals, or the EPA's either, for that matter.

The Chevron ruling cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 28, 2024 09:13 AM (DEMdL)


A sane Chevron ruling probably also ends the student loan 'relief' loopholes in laws, that Decrepit Joe is abusing.

Posted by: Gref at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (5fDan)

367 Taxing taxes is double taxation and, I thought, illegal.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:25 AM (Zz0t1)


All taxes are loved and wanted taxes, hater. -- John Roberts

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (1Z8zZ)

368 So, I'd already created a backup directory and copied over all the data. I decided to run rsync to make sure both directories matched. How long could it take, right? I mean, I'd already copied over 3TiB of data and am merely making sure the primary and backup directories match.

yeah, well, oops.



Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 09:20 AM (tT6L1)

369 About that National Debt: Who, exactly, had the odd 34 Trillion Dollars just lying about, not doing anything, and decided to loan it to the United States Government?
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Pension funds. Endowments. Insurance companies. Foreign buyers. For any unsold bonds, the Fed created reserves, credited those new dollars to banks, and required the banks to use the magic money to buy federal debt.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 09:20 AM (kMR81)

370 "It's weird to notice little stuff like that, same as going to get a pizza from Dominos and being told they now charge for each little packet of red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. "

Yet our local Taco Bell still has the open bar of sauce packets.

You walk in, get your food, and dump as many sauce packets of as many flavors as you want into your own bag.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:20 AM (a1415)

371 Is she the one who claims that Hot-Pockets are sentient?
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:18 AM (a1415)

***

I let my Hot Pocket do my thinking for me...

Posted by: Fanni Willis at February 28, 2024 09:20 AM (ZV+pB)

372 I think it was back in the 90s, when they "fixed" it again, when it became functionally impossible to come out ahead.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (1Z8zZ)

If I start at 67 and live to 95 I get my money back without interest.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:20 AM (ENQN6)

373 We need at least one more crystal-peddling witch lady candidate. I want see a spellcasting battle at a debate.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:21 AM (0FoWg)

374 "Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest, for example. And Trump knows it too.”

Not fair. Joe has way more experience pushing himself up off the ground.



Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 28, 2024 09:21 AM (KbCG3)

375 347 It's Hump Day and I've got a Hot Pocket right here!
Posted by: Fulton County Fani
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This made me gag a bit. Imma okay with destroying Hot Pockets. They taste like shit and always burn your mouth. Nasty things.

Posted by: Pudinhead at February 28, 2024 09:21 AM (FmapG)

376 A sane Chevron ruling probably also ends the student loan 'relief' loopholes in laws, that Decrepit Joe is abusing.
Posted by: Gref at February 28, 2024 09:19 AM (5fDan)
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Yeah, Chevron is huge. It should be a no brainer, because nowhere in the Constitution does it say Congress can delegate the ability to make law.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 09:22 AM (tT6L1)

377 If you're not having children you're doing nothing to provide those 2.2 people and you're saving about half a million dollars per child not born.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:05 AM (nIvob)

It could be argued that DINKs and SINKs should be able to set aside sufficient funds for their own retirement since they haven't been "punished" with children.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:02 AM (1Z8zZ)

If I ain't part of your pyramid, then I ain't paying you to be a member of the club.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 09:22 AM (VoAdT)

378 Taxing taxes is double taxation and, I thought, illegal.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:25 AM (Zz0t1)
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The capital gains tax would like to have a word with you.
So would the estate tax.
So would the gift tax (the same as the estate tax, but a different manifestation).
So would sales taxes on used goods.
So would property taxes based on assessed increased value.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:22 AM (HnUIn)

379 You walk in, get your food, and dump as many sauce packets of as many flavors as you want into your own bag.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:20 AM (a1415)
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Taco bell tacos and their hot sauce...my own little crack cocaine like addiction.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 09:23 AM (tT6L1)

380 " They taste like shit and always burn your mouth. Nasty things.


Dude, wrong hot pocket!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:23 AM (a1415)

381 I once calculated that before I got all of the money I contributed to SS I would have to live to 110.
Posted by: vic at February 28, 2024 08:24 AM (A5THL)



I calculated mine at 15 years for the breakeven.

That is excluding the employer's contribution, potential interest and opportunity costs. That is strictly payback.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at February 28, 2024 09:23 AM (aD39U)

382
Jan 2024 Feb 2024
% %
Immigration 21 28

Immigration is now the top concern for almost 1 out of 3. Rising 8% in 1 month.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:23 AM (ENQN6)

383 "despite the fact that the President deserves credit for many of his accomplishments"

What accomplishments?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (Ki//m)

384 Yeah Denver has its collective tit in a wringer now, eh?
And neighboring cities- three so far- are making it clear they do NOT intend to share Denver's problem

Posted by: Don Black at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (geLO8)

385
SCOTUS called it a tax but what it is, and has always been, is a way to lull people into making themselves dependent on the government and provide talking points for elections. Just like everything else fedgov does.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:12 AM


I worked with blue collar salt of the earth people for many decades. They went out to every shop in the area and brought back pizza, meatball sandwiches, cheese steaks every day for lunch while I brown bagged it. They bought modest boats, took vacations, hunted and fished, enjoyed life. The very last thing on their minds was someday, decades later being poor and destitute. Yup, they're getting taxed, they now have some skin in the game. If not, it wouldn't be social security they'd be getting it would be welfare and they wouldn't have contributed a dime toward that.

Just another side of the coin.

Posted by: Barry Saunders at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (nIvob)

386 Hot Pockets may be the closest thing to actual trash you can buy at the store. They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (0FoWg)

387 They taste like shit and always burn your mouth. Nasty things.



Penicillin will clear that right up.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (aD39U)

388 That is the rope around the neck of the system. The wealthier we have become the fewer children we want.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 08:30 AM (nIvob)


Not to mention the fact that, since SS was enacted, virtually everything the government has done, intentionally or otherwise, has had the effect of making being childless more attractive... at least for whites. That's why we have to import lots of non-whites, so they can care for people to whom they have no connection as they age.

You have to be a politician to be that stupid.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (1Z8zZ)

389 383 "despite the fact that the President deserves credit for many of his accomplishments"

What accomplishments?
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (Ki//m)

He made it down the short stairs without falling ?

Posted by: It's me donna at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (Akjoo)

390 The video i referenced earlier led me to a book "The archeological writings of the Sanhedrin..." which is a compendium of scrolls written during the lifetime of Jesus. This is the description of Jesus by a priest whom Jesus confided in frequently, written before the start of his ministry:

-

That reminds me, I tracked down the writing I was looking for a month or so ago. Quadratus:

"But the works of our Savior were always present, for they were true: those that were healed, and those that rose from the dead who were seen not only when they were healed and when they were raised but were constantly present; and not only while the Savior was living, but even after he had gone they were alive for a long time, so that some of them survived even to our own time."

Presented to Hadrian somewhere around 125 BC. I read that it's speculated the miracles performed on the people changed their bodies and gave them longer lives in order to be able to tell others what had happened to them.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (eovkY)

391 "What accomplishments?"

You know....those things he accomplished.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (a1415)

392 We need at least one more crystal-peddling witch lady candidate. I want see a spellcasting battle at a debate.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:21 AM (0FoWg)
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That would be entertaining, so I doubt they'll allow it.

The last entertaining political debate I saw was the, IIRC, 2016 Wyoming gubernatorial Democrat debate with the pot-loving mountain man who found a way to put pot legalization into every answer.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (HnUIn)

393 386 Hot Pockets may be the closest thing to actual trash you can buy at the store. They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (0FoWg)

The Food That Should Not Be

Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 09:25 AM (VoAdT)

394 What accomplishments?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (Ki//m)


I think he may have changed the price of insulin.

Posted by: grammie winger - cheesehead at February 28, 2024 09:25 AM (SfhV1)

395 393 386 Hot Pockets may be the closest thing to actual trash you can buy at the store. They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (0FoWg)

The Food That Should Not Be
Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 09:25 AM (VoAdT)

They taste like shame. Pure, unadulterated shame.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM (KbCG3)

396 Mike Lee
@BasedMikeLee

Here’s yet another gut-wrenching tale of a 14-year-old girl raped at knifepoint by an illegal alien—this one from Honduras.

Yet Biden stays the course.

And Schumer stands by Biden.

But hey—the Senate bill would pay every Ukrainian government employee for a whole year.

http://tinyurl.com/4cmbtyhy

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM (NpAcC)

397 374
‘Howard Dean: “I’ll bet you anything that Joe Biden could beat the daylights out of Trump in a push-up contest‘

I’ll bet I could plain old beat the shit out of you and Biden and come in 1st place in a Not-being-sorry contest.

Posted by: Dr. Claw at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM (jbnUc)

398 They went out to every shop in the area and brought back pizza, meatball sandwiches, cheese steaks every day for lunch while I brown bagged it. They bought modest boats, took vacations, hunted and fished, enjoyed life. The very last thing on their minds was someday, decades later being poor and destitute. Yup, they're getting taxed, they now have some skin in the game. If not, it wouldn't be social security they'd be getting it would be welfare and they wouldn't have contributed a dime toward that.

-

True wisdom comes when you realize they were the smart ones because the savers like us will have to burn through all of our sacrifices when it's time to enter the nursing home, and they lived two or three stations higher than they should've by never saving a penny.

but they'll be in the same nursing home.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM (eovkY)

399 The last entertaining political debate I saw was the, IIRC, 2016 Wyoming gubernatorial Democrat debate with the pot-loving mountain man who found a way to put pot legalization into every answer.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (HnUIn)

Rex Wild. Pot, and dogs.

I still have a recording of that debate. Hilarious.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM (0FoWg)

400 Is she the one who claims that Hot-Pockets are sentient?
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:18 AM


Given the rest of what she claims, that would almost be sane.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM (5sOEG)

401 ♫ Hot Pocket....

Posted by: Don Black at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (geLO8)

402 They will release evidence that Biden stole the election and Trump was the actual winner. Since he won, he already served 2 terms and cannot serve a 3rd term. We will get President Michael, for Owebama's 4th.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 28, 2024 08:36 AM (Zz0t1)


They can argue that he was elected, but they cannot argue that he served.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (1Z8zZ)

403 what, exactly, makes a Hottentot so hot???

Steatopygia

Posted by: McCool at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (NVooo)

404 The Food That Should Not Be
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Yep, Hot Pockets and Pop Tarts are both nasty. The concept is attractive. The reality is a hellscape.

Posted by: Pudinhead at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (FmapG)

405 originally the only people who could collect SS were those who ad contributed to it though the payroll tax. The democomies changed that.

Since when ? The first recipient of SS - Ida May Fuller in October, 1950 - never paid a dime into the program. SS was a literal ponzi scheme from the beginning.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (XShg/)

406 Biden is headed off to Walter Reed this morning to get a physical.

Posted by: redridinghood at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (NpAcC)

407 "The Food That Should Not Be
Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 09:25 AM (VoAdT)

They taste like shame. Pure, unadulterated shame."

The KaBoom of microwavable foods.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:27 AM (a1415)

408 ... Yup, they're getting taxed, they now have some skin in the game. If not, it wouldn't be social security they'd be getting it would be welfare and they wouldn't have contributed a dime toward that.

Just another side of the coin.
Posted by: Barry Saunders at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (nIvob)
++++
It *is* welfare. Legally. SCOTUS made that clear. Social Security is a welfare program masquerading as an annuity. They send out their statements and show pay-in and pay-out, but none of it legally matters in the slightest. You're taxed and, per the terms of the program, you get some of it (or much more of it) back later. But that's just current rules. None of it is set in stone and it is *not* a pension scheme. It has never been a pension scheme. That was always, since day zero, a lie.

But that lie makes it work. Nobody would contribute a dime toward a welfare scheme? Of course not. That's why it's not a contribution, it's a tax.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:28 AM (HnUIn)

409 Hot Pockets may be the closest thing to actual trash you can buy at the store. They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (0FoWg)

The Food That Should Not Be
Posted by: Warai-otoko at February 28, 2024 09:25 AM (VoAdT)

They taste like shame. Pure, unadulterated shame.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer



Wait, Hot Pockets are really Kaboom!?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:28 AM (9yWhg)

410 Winsome Sears is amazing. Try to catch her taking Bill Maher--on his own show--to the woodhouse (You really need to read more!). She may not be eligible for VP but she could certainly fit nicely into a Cabinet position. Imagine her as Secretary of Transportation, what a change from that poncy mayor from Bendover, Wherever.

Posted by: Here in Italy at February 28, 2024 09:28 AM (QsPoA)

411 Hot Pockets are the Kaboom! of pastries…

Posted by: tubal at February 28, 2024 09:28 AM (b8NPg)

412 >>IDF spokesman: We’ll get Hamas’ Gaza terror chief Yahya Sinwar, dead or alive.
Report: Netanyahu ‘Surprised’ by Biden’s Remarks on Gaza Ceasefire by Next Monday


Bibi shouldn't be surprised. Standard Biden/Democrat Operating Procedure.

If a ceasefire is agreed-to by Monday or a few days later, Joe will claim he is responsible for saving lives and being able to send more aid to Gazans (i.e., Hamas).

If a cease-fire is not agreed, Joe will blame the Israelis. To help placate Michigan Muslims.

Posted by: Gref at February 28, 2024 09:28 AM (5fDan)

413 Hot Pockets may be the closest thing to actual trash you can buy at the store. They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.
-
The Food That Should Not Be
-

They taste like shame. Pure, unadulterated shame.

--

As has been discussed before, they're copies of copies of copies of when they were made of food and used to be good. I can clearly remember enjoying the cheesesteak ones in the early 90s or so.

But substitutions to save money have to be made, so it tastes close to the original. Then do that again, except it tastes close to the first substitution. After seven or eight copies it's no longer anywhere near the original.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:29 AM (eovkY)

414 Increase taxes today and cut spending in 2020-never.
- GOP

Posted by: Montec at February 28, 2024 09:29 AM (bWsRe)

415 Yup, they're getting taxed, they now have some skin in the game. If not, it wouldn't be social security they'd be getting it would be welfare and they wouldn't have contributed a dime toward that.
Just another side of the coin.
Posted by: Barry Saunders at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (nIvob)

I remember a tv show in the 70's whereby they were discussing Means Testing the old farts and other layabouts getting social security.

The shit hit the fan on that one. Welfare! Then it's Welfare!

More coffee...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2024 09:29 AM (2ijlT)

416 Hot Pockets Pop Tarts are the Kaboom! of pastries…

* Suggested edit

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:29 AM (a1415)

417 Hot Pockets may be the closest thing to actual trash you can buy at the store. They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (0FoWg)
++++
I think one of the markers of adulthood is realizing that, no matter how much you thought they kicked ass as a kid, Hot Pockets are exactly what you describe.

As a kid, Hot Pockets were *awesome.* As a grown-up, they fill me with a sense of distasteful shame.

Never meet your heroes...

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (HnUIn)

418 They can argue that he was elected, but they cannot argue that he served.

-

Put him in for two weeks in October.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (eovkY)

419 Since when ? The first recipient of SS - Ida May Fuller in October, 1950 - never paid a dime into the program. SS was a literal ponzi scheme from the beginning.
Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality


I think she did pay in some pitifully small amount. But got benefits for the rest of her life.

No spot in hell hot enough for FDR.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (9yWhg)

420 Aren't Hot Pockets just discount Calzones?

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (aD39U)

421 Georgia and Especially Kemp, are Dogshit Liars

"Laken Hope Riley’s Murder Outs Georgia As Largely A Sanctuary State"

http://tinyurl.com/4sjezayu

Posted by: Truthbomb at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (YF3RS)

422 The last time I had one of those trash pies I was a little taken aback. I honestly wonder how there's a market for them. How many people both lost their taste buds in a tragic mouth-fire, and also had their stomachs replaced with baseball mitts by cut-rate Tijuana surgeons?

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (0FoWg)

423

A R T

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (ENQN6)

424 Leave Pop-Tarts alone

Posted by: Don Black at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (geLO8)

425 Aren't Hot Pockets just discount Calzones?
Posted by: G'rump928(c) at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (aD39U)
++++
Ersatz calzones.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:31 AM (HnUIn)

426 First they came for the fruit pies...

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at February 28, 2024 09:31 AM (aD39U)

427 They taste... I'd call it unwholesome, but it doesn't quite fit. Unseemly, maybe.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2024 09:24 AM (0FoWg)

I tried to eat a Hot Pocket once.

Once.

Worst thing I ever put in my mouth.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2024 09:31 AM (2ijlT)

428 Anything “food” that is microwaved in 90 seconds and ready to serve isn’t real food.

Posted by: Montec at February 28, 2024 09:31 AM (bWsRe)

429 Noodus gratia artis.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 28, 2024 09:32 AM (9yWhg)

430 "Worst thing I ever put in my mouth."

Piker!

Posted by: Dr Jill at February 28, 2024 09:34 AM (a1415)

431 67.5 degrees out.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 28, 2024 09:34 AM (a1415)

432 Pension funds. Endowments. Insurance companies. Foreign buyers. For any unsold bonds, the Fed created reserves, credited those new dollars to banks, and required the banks to use the magic money to buy federal debt.

So those Pension funds, Endowments, Insurance companies, and Foreign buyers had $34 Trillion and decided that instead of investing in Industry, where it would return a higher income and fuel the economy, that they would Loan it to the government because Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Jamie Raskin strike them as such a good risks. Is that what you want me to believe?

Posted by: An Observation sez China Joe not my president at February 28, 2024 09:36 AM (CecP5)

433 I think she did pay in some pitifully small amount. But got benefits for the rest of her life. No spot in hell hot enough for FDR.

I sit corrected. She paid in for three years - and collected for over three decades.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:37 AM (XShg/)

434 So those Pension funds, Endowments, Insurance companies, and Foreign buyers had $34 Trillion and decided that instead of investing in Industry, where it would return a higher income and fuel the economy, that they would Loan it to the government because Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Jamie Raskin strike them as such a good risks. Is that what you want me to believe?

It's what I did three months ago. T-Bills are paying over 5% right now.

Posted by: The Pimp Hand of Reality at February 28, 2024 09:38 AM (XShg/)

435 Never meet your heroes...
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 28, 2024 09:30 AM (HnUIn)
-------------

Sounds like my wife when, as an adult, she bought a can of the Spaghettios she enjoyed as a child....

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(tT6L1) at February 28, 2024 09:38 AM (tT6L1)

436
True wisdom comes when you realize they were the smart ones because the savers like us will have to burn through all of our sacrifices when it's time to enter the nursing home, and they lived two or three stations higher than they should've by never saving a penny.

but they'll be in the same nursing home.

Posted by: Nikki Haley's hairy nipples at February 28, 2024 09:26 AM


The bad one, with the Nightline™ van parked out front.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at February 28, 2024 09:39 AM (nIvob)

437 David Harsanyi is good at this finger-waggling shit. His mistake is in thinking lefties care about debates.

Conservatives often chalk up this kind of ignorance about civics to a declining education system. It's not an accident. It's true that Przybyla, a longtime leftist propagandist -- and I don't mean a biased reporter; I mean a propagandist whose reporting is often transparently ludicrous -- followed up her MSNBC appearance with an embarrassing clarification. But even if Przybyla were fluent in the philosophy of natural rights, one strongly suspects she, like most progressives (and other statists), would be uninterested. It's a political imperative to be uninterested.

If natural rights are truly inalienable, how can the government create a slew of new (positive) "rights" -- the right to housing or abortion or health care or free birth control? And how can we limit those who "abuse" free expression, self-defense, and due process if they are up to no good? You know, as Joe Biden likes to say -- when speaking about the Second Amendment, never abortion -- no right "is absolute."

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 09:43 AM (1u/pU)

438 So those Pension funds, Endowments, Insurance companies, and Foreign buyers had $34 Trillion and decided that instead of investing in Industry, where it would return a higher income and fuel the economy, that they would Loan it to the government because Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Jamie Raskin strike them as such a good risks. Is that what you want me to believe?
Posted by: An Observation sez China Joe not my president at February 28, 2024 09:36 AM (CecP5)
====================
Well, they have regulatory mandates in many cases to invest at least some of their money in fixed income investments, and they also have income needs (to pay benefits), so, yes, that's what I believe is true.

They invest in productive equity investments, too.

Posted by: The Frumious Follywood at February 28, 2024 09:47 AM (1u/pU)

439 GM, all, & thank you, J.J.

Winsome Sears is fabulous & a blessing to VA. Dem. Abigail Spanberger, reported to be a centralist, 1st to throw her hat into the ring for Governor, to succeed Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin in 2025. (Virginia Constitution prohibits a governor from serving two consecutive terms.)

From above, "Here is my request to our American friends." Adir, the Second of My 3 Sons, Fell in Battle on October 7. So beautifully written, it's a story of such deep lose but also such promise, I think I'll be with me, in my heart, always.

"Summer Lee Cancels CAIR Speech, Still Praises the Pro-Hamas Group." Reportedly raised in the tiny borough of North Braddock, PA; has Juris Doctor from Howard University; Democratic Socialists of America "backing," all in with Progressive Dems: AOC, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman, etc. And PA Muslim pop. in Philly & expanding in-state, has effect.

>Religion News, Aug. '23 Opinion, Black Muslims will play a big role in the next election. Join us. Black Muslims helped elect Joe Biden president and are gearing up for 2024.

I fear FJB has been picked & played for more than a decade: "If they do it with you, they'll do it to you."

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 28, 2024 10:31 AM (GshMh)

440 "Ah say! Ah say! There's too much misgendering goin' on 'round heah!"

Well, yeah. There's a lot of "misgendering" going on, but not by the likes of Winsome Sears. It's being done by the trans-alphabet people themselves. Every dude who claims to be a woman and vice versa is doing the "misgendering," if that's even a word.

Posted by: Ralph at February 28, 2024 10:59 AM (wnTj5)

441 Any grown adult that gets so bent out of shape by being called something that they feel misgenders them that they have to storm out of a legislative chamber is demonstrating a lack of maturity or such a severe case of mental illness that they probably belong in a mental hospital.

If someone inadvertently called me "Ma'am" or called a bunch of us "ladies" (like my USMC Senior Drill Instructor did), I could not justify any reaction greater than mild annoyance that I wouldn't bother to display.

Posted by: ruralcounsel at February 28, 2024 11:51 AM (diMhW)

442 The Hill - today - Hunter Biden opens impeachment testimony: ‘I did not involve my father in my business’

In part, “I am here today to provide the committees with the one uncontestable fact that should end the false premise of this inquiry: I did not involve my father in my business. Not while I was a practicing lawyer, not in my investments or transactions domestic or international, not as a board member, and not as an artist. Never,” Biden said during his opening statement."

Is this not identical to what he's stated in the past? And, again I note in particular, "Not when I was a practice lawyer... "

Were the questions asked in return, "How about as a Lobbyist?, his career. Or, "Through any Equity firms?" "Via Blind Trust?" "How about family S corporations, non-profits and/or any other non-profit including healthcare oriented?"

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 28, 2024 12:34 PM (GshMh)

443 WATCH: Anti-Israel Protesters Shut Down Event Hosted by Jewish Students at UC Berkeley, Break Glass Doors

In the not-so-far-back olden days, folks who did stuff like this would be shot dead while they were doing it. Those that supported them would be fairly warned of the used of violence, those that shot them would be considered heros.

With this admin? With Kalifornia's admin? They WANT to see this violence, while disarming their enemies.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at February 28, 2024 01:06 PM (ynpvh)

444 When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added"
checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get
three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
Many thanks!

Posted by: Ramadan 2024 at February 28, 2024 09:06 PM (aZaYV)

445 There are likewise various other types of direct exposure like investing in gold miners
or utilizing futures and alternatives.

Posted by: gold ira companies at March 12, 2024 10:40 PM (6d9pt)

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