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Wednesday, February 15. 2017
Florida wants to register canoes and kayaks
Writing music for TV
Finding love on the subway
Kate Shaidle's tolerable marriage
That is honest
Marriage and Money
Univ. of Chicago goes kinky: Sex Week filled with flogging, petplay, rope bondage
Sounds like good clean wholesome fun, but what it has to do with higher ed escapes me
The Cohabitation Lie
Playing house is not marriage
Slavery and rape aren’t wrong when Muslims do it.
It's their culture
Boudreaux schools a Luddite
Re Yale: Rename everything
Politics offers a terrible spiritual danger
Trump Cabinet Science-Denial or Scientific Skepticism?
JUST AS PREDICTED: The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn
It's a war. Yes, The Empire Strikes Back
America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.
Polls: Majority Thinks Trump is a "Strong and Decisive Leader" Who "Keeps His Promises;" Public Supports Ending Sanctuary Cities and Deporting Criminals -- Including Hispanics
Democrats Are Losing Their War With Trump
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After the election the Obama administration began a silent conspiracy to pull off a coup against the newly elected president. The intelligence community in a stunning criminal act disclosed information from an illegal wiretap in an attempt to bring down the Trump administration. This treacherous act of treason was intended as part of a larger conspiracy to effect a silent coup and depose the elected president. This could not have happened without participation by the Obama administration at the highest level included the former president, John Brennen, Loretta Lynch and others. This conspiracy is ongoing and continues even after the inauguration. It has become a full court press. Yesterday Rush asked the right question; what did Obama know and when did he know it.
We need a full investigation of the DOJ, state department and our intelligence agencies to find the leakers and conspirators. We need to see some people frog marched off to jail. We need this immediately our democracy is under attack from a treacherous and dangerous alt-left cabal.
It's no accident that Obama stayed in in DC. He has a purpose.
I had the same thought. Unfortunately, any collusion would probably be impossible to prove since his minions know what he wants without being told so they'll act "independently."
The best that we can hope for is a purge of Obummer loyalists from the government - a great excuse to reduce the size of the bureaucracy!
That's fine. If they claim they 'acted independently,' I don't care. Just flush them out and prosecute them FOR REAL. None of this crap they usually do, which is nothing sentences for people of this kind. I want 100% full punishment for sedition, treason, you name it. I'm not kidding.
Here's a few offenses these traitors and conspirators can be charged with:
Sessions will not be shy about this AT ALL. This is 100% unconstitutional and we have laws with severe punishments for those involved.
Every single one of them needs to be tried out in the open and displayed for the country to see. These are people that need to be in prison for a LONG time.
Ditto. The CIA, FBI, DoJ, etc. all need flushing, Down to scrubbing the walls, bleaching and grinding the core. Go, Jeff Sessions!
More winning! I can't wait!
"The fish rots from the head down." I only wish it were at all likely to get the rotten head of the fish, but major portions of the rest of the fish would be something to celebrate!
We haven't had a good political show trial since the '50s. I'm all over this.
GoneWithTheWind: After the election the Obama administration began a silent conspiracy to pull off a coup against the newly elected president.
Presidential succession: Pence, Ryan, Hatch, Tillerson. Removing the President, or even the Vice-President won't put Democrats in control of the government, much less return Obama to power.
The Russians interfered with the U.S. election. The Trump campaign and transition teams had continuous secret communications with the Russians. Trump called for the Russians to leak Clinton's emails. Trump has tilted U.S. policy towards autocratic Russia over the democratic nations of western Europe, saying NATO is obsolete. The Trump administration is in turmoil. U.S. allies believe they cannot count on the United States during a crisis.
The Russians have succeeded in sowing confusion in the U.S. and among its allies.
Oh Zach, I bet your eyes are brown you're so full of crap.
"The Democrats are trying to succeed in sowing confusion in the U.S. and among its allies." There ,FIFY.
There is no evidence that Russians interfered with the U.S. elections. They did hack computers especially Hillary's. Hewr stupidity put all of our national security at risk.
Obama's campaign staff had secret communications with Iran. Where was your outrage then.
"saying NATO is obsolete" Read the art of the deal.
"The Trump administration is in turmoil" That is what the Democrats in congress and the MSM keep saying but it is simply part of the conspiracy to pull off a coup. More fake news.
"U.S. allies believe they cannot count on the United States during a crisis" That was prioer to January 20th.
"The Russians have succeeded in sowing confusion in the U.S. and among its allies." True, and they have been doing it for eight years.
GoneWithTheWind: There is no evidence that Russians interfered with the U.S. elections.
The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.
GoneWithTheWind: They did hack computers especially Hillary's.
While possible, the FBI "did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked." Notably, there have been no releases of such a hack.
GoneWithTheWind: "saying NATO is obsolete" Read the art of the deal.
So you're saying he lied for political benefit.
GoneWithTheWind: Obama's campaign staff had secret communications with Iran. Where was your outrage then.
There is only one unsubstantiated source for that claim.
GoneWithTheWind: "The Trump administration is in turmoil" That is what the Democrats in congress and the MSM keep saying but it is simply part of the conspiracy to pull off a coup. More fake news.
Seriously? You're arguing that the Trump White House is not in turmoil?
GoneWithTheWind: "U.S. allies believe they cannot count on the United States during a crisis" That was prioer to January 20th.
It's pretty obvious that tilting towards Russia while insulting Democratic allies would be concerning to those allies. The turmoil in the White House doesn't lend confidence either.
By the way, Europeans are concerned enough that they are collecting and analyzing data on contacts between the Trump Administration and Russia. Meanwhile ... "at least one Western European ally intercepted a series of communications before the inauguration between advisers associated with President Donald Trump and Russian government officials".
Yes indeed there is evidence of Russian hacking. Yes they have been doing it for 30 plus years. No there is no evidence that they interfered with our election or voting; that is a left wing wet dream but untrue.
"the FBI "did not find direct evidence that SecreYou're arguing that the Trump White House is not in turmoil?tary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain … was hacked."
That is because Hillary didn’t allow the FBI to investigate and she wiped her hard drives exactly so we would never know this.
“So you're saying he lied for political benefit.”
Don’t be naïve. You must be able to walk away from a deal in order to make a good deal. He was telegraphing that intent to the NATO countries.
“There is only one unsubstantiated source for that claim.”
That is laughable. Are you saying it did not happen? You know once the Democrats opened this can of worms it would be looked into. They have found numerous examples of Obama and his team negotiating with foreign powers before he took office. I expect they will find even more. Sit back, get some popcorn it will be discovery time now.
“You're arguing that the Trump White House is not in turmoil?”
They are in turmoil a turmoil created by a vast left wing conspiracy. I hope this gets exposed and some left wing operatives are frog marched off to jail. This borders on treason.
“Europeans are concerned…”
They should be: Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Angela Merkel may lose the next election. The people are pissed and the elite are ‘concerned’.
GoneWithTheWind: No there is no evidence that they interfered with our election or voting
The U.S. Intelligence Community, along with multiple independent cybersecurity organizations, disagree. We even know the URL used to spoof Podesta's account.
GoneWithTheWind: That is because Hillary didn’t allow the FBI to investigate and she wiped her hard drives exactly so we would never know this.
The harddrives were not wiped. You made a positive claim, but haven't been able to support your position, while ignoring evidence that your claim is false.
GoneWithTheWind: You must be able to walk away from a deal in order to make a good deal.
Tilting towards autocratic Russia, insulting democratic allies, while threatening to withdraw from NATO is destabilizing.
GoneWithTheWind: Are you saying it did not happen?
We're saying that a single uncorroborated source is not sufficient to justify the claim. You haven't provided any support for your claim.
GoneWithTheWind: They are in turmoil a turmoil created by a vast left wing conspiracy.
There are a lot of reasons for the turmoil, not least of which is that Flynn lied to the Vice President, and the President was informed it was a lie, the Vice President only finding out from newspaper reports weeks later.
Spoofing Podesta's account is NOT interfering with our election!!!
“The hard drives were not wiped”
Prove it! Show me where the FBI said that the hard drives weren’t wiped. Not where Hillary acted dumb or one of the Democrat operatives denied it show me what the FBI said.
“Tilting towards autocratic Russia”
I am sure that is exactly what you said when Hillary gave them that cute little reset button. Trump never tilted towards Russia. All he has done is refused to take the bait when the MSM asked him leading questions hoping he would ‘dis’ Russia. He is smarter than them and refused the bait.
“a single uncorroborated source is not sufficient to justify the claim.”
As I said, buy some popcorn and enjoy the show because the left inadvertently started this and now every act by Obama’s team will come out and I bet some of it was intended to never come out.
“There are a lot of reasons for the turmoil,”
Yes: the Democrats in congress trying to make America ungovernable, The MSM’s jihad against Trump, the “spontaneous” riots by the left, Soros and pro-communist funding and organizing those “spontaneous” riots. A lot of reasons…
GoneWithTheWind: Spoofing Podesta's account is NOT interfering with our election!!!
Breaking into the DNC and Podesta's accounts, then timing the releases for maximum political effect is interfering in the U.S. election.
GoneWithTheWind: Show me where the FBI said that the hard drives weren’t wiped.
James Comey, Director of the FBI: For example, when one of Secretary Clinton’s original personal servers was decommissioned in 2013, the email software was removed. Doing that didn’t remove the email content, but it was like removing the frame from a huge finished jigsaw puzzle and dumping the pieces on the floor. The effect was that millions of email fragments end up unsorted in the server’s unused — or “slack” — space. We searched through all of it to see what was there, and what parts of the puzzle could be put back together.
GoneWithTheWind: I am sure that is exactly what you said when Hillary gave them that cute little reset button.
Trying to work with Putin, which is a necessity, and tilting towards Russia at the expense of democratic allies in western Europe, are not the same thing.
GoneWithTheWind: As I said, buy some popcorn and enjoy the show
Trump Blames Media, Judges, Democrats In Chaos Theory Tour-De-Force
GoneWithTheWind: the Democrats in congress trying to make America ungovernable
Trump doesn't need any help, "believe you me".
Oops! Another rock turned upside down and look what scurried out.
A campaign aide, Michael McFaul, was already in Moscow before Election Day, meeting with Russian officials. He told the Washington Post last week that “he was careful never to signal pending policy changes before Obama took office.”
Let's investigate. I want to know what did Obama know and when did he know it. We have a strict one president at a time policy in this country.
GoneWithTheWind: “he was careful never to signal pending policy changes before Obama took office.”
Compare to Michael Flynn, who talked about recently imposed sanctions, then lied about it.
I have in my hand a list of 205 communists who have infiltrated the U.S. State Department.
McCarthy was right.
Florida canoe tax: "If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet." -- Messrs. Lennon and McCartney.
Oregon has done this one better. They have a $10 sticker that you must have with your boat at all times that assures you cleaned/washed it if it was in out of state waters. The intent is to prevent the zebra mussel from getting into our lakes and streams. But seriously does anyone believe it had to cost $10? Could they have simply given you this tag as a reminder to clean your boat/canoe/kayak? I think it was all about the money.
Pennsylvania already requires canoe registration. It's really quite silly, license stickers on a damn canoe. If they were to repeal the requirement the vogons would lose some funding, so no way it's happening.
They've been proposng a permit for horseback riding in state parks/gamelands in order for "park maintence and improvement". Yeah let me see you enforce that. On a Sunday.
We live in central Pennswoods , on the Susquehanna . I won't use the game commissions boat access's when kayaking the river or local creeks, lots of free accesses . Hence i don't need that bastard Nazi sticker,
Pirates cove on revolutionary love:
I don't want rape to happen any more than NOW does, so I couldn't agree more with PC. I linked a story yesterday about how the real enemies of western women are men in Muslim countries and Latin America.
Until you diagnose the problem, you can't hope to fix it. These loony feminists are wasting political capital by blaming Trump. He might have said he would hook up with a willing woman, but he didn't actually grab women who didn't want him. Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broderick say Bill Clinton did. Hillary said all victims of abuse and rape should be believed*
*except those who blow the whistle on her husband, because that would threaten Hillary's power.
Subway romances: reminds me of this
RE The Cohabitation Lie
there is something about an actual wedding that seems to make relationships last longer.
... said the brain dead blogger who doesn't get what a marriage is.
"Some enchanted evening, you may see a stranger…." Yep. Happened that way and enjoyed 39 years thereafter.
Regarding the U. of Chgo, Northwestern held such program, one covering how to make sex sexier (?) with a reciprocating saw. Lawdy mercy, what happened to romance and sensuality and the thrill of the soft touch? The hook-up crowd is missing sooooooo much enjoyment of the play. Try slow dancing.
Re: Florida wants to register canoes and kayaks
I guess Jack was the lucky one who drowned - Rose got busted for an unregistered watercraft when she washed ashore on that door.
Ohio requires all recreational boats to be registered, including canoes and kayaks.
This rule goes back decades. Most states have the same rule. If memory serves, the rule conforms to some federal rule issued long ago. Florida is just catching up.
When I lived on West Virginia, near the Ohio River, I could kayak in Ohio without registering the boats because of a reciprocity agreement, but I got "pulled over" on various rivers and lakes there several times, having to show my WV driver's license.
When I moved to Ohio (putting off obtaining an OH driver's license as long as possible, just to avoid having to register the boats), I finally had to register the boats, and it turned out to be a real nightmare as they were absolute buttheads about the paperwork, and mine wasn't quite right.
My favorite part about kayaking in Ohio was having to show ID, prove boat registration, and show life jackets to the Police before being allowed to launch into the Scioto River to view the Columbus July 4th Independence Day firework display. Let Freedom Ring!
Then there was Pennsylvania, where one access on the Susquehanna was OK for unregistered kayaks to use, but the one a few yards up the road required all boats be registered, even ones that state law did not otherwise require to be registered. I have a picture of that sign somewhere.
Now in Tennessee, where hand powered craft are free to go.
I met my late husband not on a subway but over a dead cat in my yard that belonged to his roommate two doors down. After the handsome cat removing stranger graciously dispatched the corpse, he asked a) my name and b) if I had any Scotch as the cat removal was a bit off putting. We were very happily married for 43 years. We always referred to our meeting as the dead cat bounce.