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Thursday, September 8. 2016
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That '70s home! Kitsch house that hasn't changed in 47 years goes up for sale
The Protected Classes Must Not Hear Harambe Jokes
Steven Hayward has fun with a Berkeley prof
Amazon Wants to Deliver Stuff, Too? That's Weird
Western public opinion has never come to terms with the crimes of Communism.
It Won’t Be Long Now—-The End Game Of Central Banking Is Nigh
Special Report: Border crisis reality check
All the Lies: They’ve Turned Us Into a Rotting Banana Republic
Douthat does not like Trump: The Gift of Clinton
Clinton bought used Blackberrys on eBay
Colin Powell DID teach Hillary Clinton how to use
Strange. Secret from the State Dept but accessible to hackers.
Five ways Hillary could be blowing it
House probe targets Clinton contractor who deleted subpoenaed email; refused to answer key question from FBI
A conspiracy, and a crime
Hillary Clinton's People Knowingly Destroyed Emails They Knew Were Under Congressional and Legal Subpoena
Makes Nixon look like a piker. Speaking of Nixon, do you know why Hillary was fired from the Watergate Commission?
She also predicts that there will be hurricanes in the future
WaPo's Cringe-Inducing Love Letter Gushes That 'First Lady' Bill Clinton Will Embody 'Wholesome Living'
The artcile goes so far as to pretend that the Clintons live together, which they have not since the White House
Pollster John Zogby: Trump 'Can Actually Win'
Goldman Sachs Bans Top Employees from Donating to Trump-Pence Campaign
They think they own the black voters
Merkel Mum As Five German Women Assaulted By Migrants, Danes Post Arabic Ads Saying "Don't Come Here"
'We´re still in charge here!´Germany orders Britain not to seal trade deals before Brexit
Sheesh. A threat.
Morgan Stanley Economists Join Goldman Revising Brexit Outlook
Britain’s June 23 referendum on independence was the most important vote in a democratic nation in a generation.
German conservatives divided over answer to state election rout
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The Protected Classes Must Not Hear Harambe Jokes
We're living the theatre of the absurd.
Yesterday a news article claimed a man w/ a machete chased after a clown, as more clown sightings are reported.
The clown escaped into the woods, and couldn't be tracked.
Re: She also predicts that there will be hurricanes in the future
I like the clever way she claimed there would be another hurricane in Florida - "this is not the last one that’s going to hit Florida". Bold prediction, that!
I don't remember... did she predict that there will be more rain storms in Louisiana, too?
'70s home- There's a picture of an orange chair, we had two of those exact chairs as hand-me-downs.
Hermine- Should have been named Hillary, as it weakened once it got on land.
Merkel- Should be tried for treason. Is Nuremburg available these days?
Clinton destroyed emails- That's a crime. It's not hard.
re: Powell, Hillary, and email
Timing - notice that Hillary is referencing use of a Blackberry (berry addicts) in the initial email. Powell didn't suggest that she use one, nor does he suggest that she setup a private server (which had already been done at this time).
Account vs Server - Powell is clear that he used a personal email account, not server and appears to have used it for specific purposes (friends, some foreign leaders, some senior staff), not that all of his email was routed through this non-government account.
Powell is also clear that he didn't regularly use the private account (got around it by not saying much) because he knew any official communication would be subject to FOIA and other rules regarding record retention, regardless of the status of the account/server.
Smooth sumac is more or less a weed tree, but I plant it in front of the house to create shade. It really lowers the house temperature in the summer, and casts little shadow in the winter so the sun heats the house again. It's very lightweight so doesn't damage the house.
Seedlings appear all over from root systems; just keep cutting them.
Lifetime is a few years but there are lots of replacements growing.
Enormously red leaves in the fall.
Not for home beauty fans.
re Britain’s June 23 referendum on independence was the most important vote in a democratic nation in a generation.
Everyone still talks a good game but has there been any concrete move towards the exit?
I still think the ruling class and the deep state have devised a strategy to stall . . . and stall . . . and stall, hoping the public eventually forgets about it or that public opinion shifts and they can hold another vote nullifying the Brexit.
Meanwhile they are still in the EU as far as I can tell.
What am I missing?
A good primer from the other side of the pond
The company I work for is pretty deep in this (we're the US subsidiary of a Dutch firm with operations in the UK, and support our IT operations globally). We're just taking stock of what might happen. You are right that there are a lot of balls in the air. The official announcement of intention to exit won't occur until 2017 as announced by the new British PM, then there will be at least 2 years of negotiations on the terms of the exit. In the mean time the Scots and Irish (who wanted to remain) may decide they will exit the UK for the EU and other EU members may decide to leave. It's possible that the decision could be reversed (the referendum was not intended to be binding) but if there isn't a repudiation of the exit announcement then England is out of the EU in about two years, regardless of the status of negotiations.
Thanks for the reply Chris.
I was under the impression that the UK would remain in the UK until negotiations were complete and just figured they would be dragged out forever. I did not know they would be out in two years regardless if there was no repudiation of the exit announcement.
I also thought waiting for 2017 to make the official announcement was a stalll tactic.
Thanks for setting me straight.
re Why Hillary Clinton can’t close
Love the final lines. Heh. :
It’s a bold gambit to win a personality contest by having none.
As a candidate, Hillary is the emptiness at the center of her otherwise formidable campaign.
Western public opinion has never come to terms with the crimes of Communism. The Left has, but the rest of us have not.
For the Left, the ends justify the means, therefore there were NO "crimes" of communism.
The "people don't care" election takes on Trump's tax returns. Charles Ortel, the guru of Wall Street who took on GE's shenanigans, is now investigating The Clinton Foundation and finding massive irregularities. Leave it to Bill and Hilarity to have one more "gate" in their repertoire. Nixon is looking good now.
Now? My dear jma, I moved Nixon to second place in 1993 after the Clintons brought over the FBI files of their political opponents, and 3rd after Jimmy Carter negotiated with North Korea in 1994 without consulting much of anyone. After that, I decided my Nixon-as-demon belief was probably fevered and I resolved to look at him differently. His "legendary" dishonesty looks pretty typical to me now. He happened to be disliked and get caught when journalists decided exposing presidents was the most important thing they could do. LBJ and Kennedy weren't that different. Thank you for bringing this up.
RE: Banana Republic
FBI was the last Federal agency I thought would fold to political pressure, and now it has.
My suspicions about the dodgy SCOTUS Obamacare decisions - "it's a tax!" & "'State' actually means 'federal'" are now more than suspicions. I'm convinced there was coercion of some kind and decisions were corrupt.
I don't view the federal government as being fully legitimate anymore.
The Party is God. The Party demands sacrifices to "immanentize the eschaton." It is more convenient to sacrifice others, of course, but be content even if one day it may be your turn: The Party takes away; blessed be the name of the Party.