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Trump told them to drink bleach...they drank bleach. The Koolade line is real and they are literally dying to prove their alternate reality is real.

Killing some other folks too.

Every state in the union has mandatory vaccination laws on the books. Claiming they are "tyrannical" is a little silly.

I'm thinking America has had enough of the Trump schtick and it shows no sign of abating before the midterms begin in earnest.


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Originally Posted by pondering_it_all
I've noticed a LOT more of them are dying from Covid than members of the 70%, which might tend to improve things a bit. Recruiting your team members to join the KoolAid line makes no sense to me, but then again I guess they have their own ideas about "owning the libs".
A lot of the big-mouthed Rightwing radio personalities have succumbed to COVID.

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Donald Trump's request to stay all proceedings in the E Jean Carroll lawsuit has been DENIED yesterday 09/15/21 by a federal judge, without comment, in a minute entry.

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The Trump letter motion that the judge denied was filed on Dec. 10 of last year, when Bill Barr was AG. Since that time, Garland's DOJ took the same action, and Judge Kaplan's ruling just hit the docket today.


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Yesterday we learned that the FBI ignored Olympic gymnasts information regarding Larry Nasser. No doubt the FBI also ignored tips on Brett Kovanough. Reopen Brett's investigation. smile


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Uh...oh! Spaghetti-ohs!!

Rightwingnuts father and daughter Mercer, owners of Breitbart, found to have given $20M to a front group promoting the 1/6 insurrection.

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Also revealed in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book, Steve Bannon egged-on the insurrectionists and promoted the event to "stop the stolen election' from Donald Trump.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. -Jean Arp, artist and poet (16 Sep 1887-1948)
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What’s your experience with silence? Silence, of course, is not without sounds, just without human created sounds.

A top experience of my life was a hike across the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. Just me and a friend, we hadn’t seen each other for a year. The first day was an epic 12 mile slog from 3500’ to over 9000’ carrying 80 pound packs - talking all the while about life “back in town” - for me, Missoula - for Ron, law school in Nashville. Day 2 was a high elevation slow motion roller coaster, still reliving regular life and expounding our thinly shaped philosophies in conversation for most of the day, then suddenly (in an unnoticed and completely undramatic way) we lost the urge to chatter about things elsewhere in time and space, spending the vast majority of our time simply being present, hearing the scuffing thump of our boots carrying us along the trail, the wind in the pines, the steadier wind moving in and out of our bodies deeply and regularly, the crack and pop of pine burning in our camp's cooking fire. Not lost in thought, but floating in a quiet silence in the mind.

Eleven days later, as we summited the final ridgecrest between us and civilization, we heard the sound of a motor, coming from a boat on a lake more than 10 miles away. It was intrusive and foreign, though barely hearable. In a few more miles we could smell the stench of its two stroke exhaust.

Some six hours later I was walking on a sidewalk in Missoula to a friend’s house after hitching a ride from the trailhead. Still in full backpacker mode, I was immersed in the sounds, sights, and smells of suburbia, and it was surreal - disorienting, and pressing upon a feeling of calm freedom that I had grown accustomed to for more than a week and a half without interruption.

By evening, all was back to “normal”, chattering and drinking beer with friends in the Stockman’s Bar, where you are greeted at the door by a sign informing, “Liquor up front, poker in the rear.” Civilization… ahhhh!


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Originally Posted by pdx rick
Ever notice it's always the same 30%? What's wrong with THOSE people?

Hmm

Conservatism writ large. I'm pretty sure they have always existed, have always impeded progress.

Imagine where we might be today without them.
I've mentioned before that I used to consider myself to be "conservative". But the meaning of the word has changed so substantially, or maybe I have. I always thought it meant "to not change things that are working without a good reason," but also not retain things that don't make sense. That phrase has a lot of caveats: "working"; "good reason".

Today., though, those are not considerations for conservatism. Even things that are not working are kept, and no reason is good enough for change - unless it is to change back to an ersatz past, warts and all - emphasis particularly on the warts. Slavery was an abomination, and Jim Crow despicable, yet some people pine for those days and call them "conservative values", although thinky disguised with different words. Conservatives used to laud "good government", now they despise it.

Yes, those "values" we can live better without. But, I think my perception was always wrong. I don't think conservatism ever meant those things I thought, but those were the liberal nostrums that conservatives coopted and only paid lip service to. Today, everything of value only comes from "progressives." I now believe that has always been the case.


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Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. -Jean Arp, artist and poet (16 Sep 1887-1948)
Anu Garg - A Word A Day
What’s your experience with silence? Silence, of course, is not without sounds, just without human created sounds.

A top experience of my life was a hike across the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. Just me and a friend, we hadn’t seen each other for a year. The first day was an epic 12 mile slog from 3500’ to over 9000’ carrying 80 pound packs - talking all the while about life “back in town” - for me, Missoula - for Ron, law school in Nashville. Day 2 was a high elevation slow motion roller coaster, still reliving regular life and expounding our thinly shaped philosophies in conversation for most of the day, then suddenly (in an unnoticed and completely undramatic way) we lost the urge to chatter about things elsewhere in time and space, spending the vast majority of our time simply being present, hearing the scuffing thump of our boots carrying us along the trail, the wind in the pines, the steadier wind moving in and out of our bodies deeply and regularly, the crack and pop of pine burning in our camp's cooking fire. Not lost in thought, but floating in a quiet silence in the mind.

Eleven days later, as we summited the final ridgecrest between us and civilization, we heard the sound of a motor, coming from a boat on a lake more than 10 miles away. It was intrusive and foreign, though barely hearable. In a few more miles we could smell the stench of its two stroke exhaust.

Some six hours later I was walking on a sidewalk in Missoula to a friend’s house after hitching a ride from the trailhead. Still in full backpacker mode, I was immersed in the sounds, sights, and smells of suburbia, and it was surreal - disorienting, and pressing upon a feeling of calm freedom that I had grown accustomed to for more than a week and a half without interruption.

By evening, all was back to “normal”, chattering and drinking beer with friends in the Stockman’s Bar, where you are greeted at the door by a sign informing, “Liquor up front, poker in the rear.” Civilization… ahhhh!
Lovely. I have ADD. I can only contemplate when active. But, like you, I can get into silence when doing something. I remember a particular moment when I was skiing, and stopped along a ridge overlooking the St. Lawrence. The wonder surrounding me, the quietude, was profound. Contemplation can be an activity.


A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich
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Originally Posted by NW Ponderer
...I've mentioned before that I used to consider myself to be "conservative". But the meaning of the word has changed so substantially, or maybe I have...
Sounds like YOU have. wink


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To me, conservatisim means: To conserve the status quo.

But, today's conservatives want to harken back to a by-gone era where woman children, and minorities (ethincites and non-heterosexuals) knew their place in society and did not upset the conservative worldview apple cart.

Hmm


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