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Friday, September 8. 2017
Newsflash: Less Yelling Means More Sex
Pig-to-human organ transplants closer, thanks to gene editing
Alternative Medicine Kills Cancer Patients, Study Finds
Hurricane Irma Is NOT the Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane Ever Recorded.
"Greatest Evacuation In History" - 650,000 Ordered To Leave Florida
At Reed College, The Left Clashes With Itself Over Free Speech
Expel these morons. There are kids there paying big bucks to learn somethng
You’re Stupid, So We Are Going to Take Away Your Freedom
Rape should be a police matter
MSNBC Has Some Unwelcome News for Its Zombie Viewers: Case Against Senator Bob Menendez (Republican from Texas or Somewhere "Jesusy") Is "Overwhelming"
Houston's Lack of Zoning Laws Will Help It Rebuild - Zoning acts as a barrier to the provision of low-cost housing.
The Inconvenient Truth About Obamacare's Premium Spiral
DACA Fraud Rate at ’40 to 50 Percent’, Says Former Immigration Official
Former Hillary Surrogate: “Shut The $%&# Up And Go Away”
More Than 5,000 Out-of-State Hillary Voters May have Tipped New Hampshire Against Trump
TRUMP HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN ON JUDGES
Turn Off The TV, Mr. President
Hijacking the Holocaust for Obama - A legacy in need of polish.
The CIA’s Counterinsurgency in Vietnam Was Brutal … And Effective. The Phoenix program eliminated Viet Cong infrastructure
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More Than 5,000 Out-of-State Hillary Voters May have Tipped New Hampshire Against Trump.
The article points out that months after the ~6,000 voting day registrants had registered with out of state identification, most of them had NOT subsequently updated with New Hampshire identification.
⦁ 6,540 people registered and voted on Nov. 8, based on presenting out-of-state licenses.
⦁ As of Aug. 30, about 15 percent (1,014 of the voters) had been issued New Hampshire driver’s licenses.
⦁ Οf the remaining 5,526, barely more than 200 (3.3 percent) had registered a motor vehicle in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire law gives drivers 60 days upon establishing residence to obtain a state license.
But more than 80 percent of voters who registered on Nov. 8 using out-of-state driver’s licenses, or 5,313 of them, neither had a state license nor registered a motor vehicle almost 10 months later.
Bringing James Curley politics to Cow Hampshire. And you wonder where the term "Masshole" came from.
As Maggie's Farm stopped my Gringo comments for alleged spam [Hah!] [Thursday morning links and How to Appear Smart] , I have changed blog name. Wacha' say, Dr. M.?
FYI - I often get error messages about potential spam when I post. Sometimes retrying the post works. Sometimes by making a small innocuous change, usually just adding a couple of words, does the trick. I can't imagine there is anybody at Maggies who censors comments. They have better things to do.
My experience is that changing the wording doesn't work, as once labeled as spam, any comment with the blog name of Gringo with the same e-mail gets blocked. I got spam-blocked yesterday on "How to Appear Smart." I tried posting this morning on another thread and Gringo got blocked.
Nor does repeating the comment work. It just gets blocked a second time.
My posts are occasionally marked as spam for reasons I cannot discern. As I know I am a welcome commenter, I don't take it personally. It's a technical glitch.
After the election was over, and there was no point in trying to swing the state to Hillary anyway, people who put in the initial effort, whether legitimate or not, had much less incentive to follow through. Had the national electoral vote been closer, perhaps the followup effort would have been stronger.
Happens to me too. I have no idea why. Sometimes, just change a wording and it goes through
Well, it has to be a glitch in the system, simply because the site no longer has a webmaster, and all of the system's inner workings are out of Bird Dog's control. For that matter, the software (Serendipity) hasn't been updated in over a decade, so there's no telling what kind of breakdowns it might be going through.
If you'd like to make some experiments, like using "GringoX", "Gringo123", "Gringa", etc, go dig up one of my articles from a week or so ago and start leaving comments. I'll be notified of them, so I'll both respond and delete them after we've seen what went through and what didn't.
FWIW, I ran into that spam message a week ago when leaving a comment, three times in a row for the same comment, then the fourth time it went through. So, yeah, the system can be flaky.
I tried to post the following giving my name as "Gringo" but using my email address. I added a few innocuous words and still was not able to post! I don't for a minute suspect that anybody is watching for posts from "Gringo", but it is a curious happenstance!
Even though I am not Gringo, but I was able to make this post.
You have to remember that the 'Cultural Appropriation' filter is constantly on. If you're a white Yankee and using 'Gringo', then you're culturally appropriating the Spanish language. But if you're Mexican, that means you're lumping all Yankees into one derogatory word, which means you're racist.
Hence the filter. :/
If you're a white Yankee and using 'Gringo', then you're culturally appropriating the Spanish language.
Of the places where I recall being called "Gringo," I recall the places with fondness. The meaning varies. In Peru, it means "white person," a grouping which also includes descendants of the Conquistadores. In Argentina, it means "foreigner." Grandma, who immigrated from Italy, was a Gringa.
Let's see if this comment goes through.
I took advantage of same day registration a few years ago, though legally and with proof of residency (state issued driver's license). While I found the idea of same day registration faintly ridiculous, what I found shocking was that my ballot was put in the same bucket (optical scanner into a common receptacle). So, there is an easy fix that can maintain same day registration; provisional ballots.
Why is the Gang of Z goofing off and not claiming to disprove you, Annoyed?
Interesting how these voter fraud cases always work in a certain parties favor. Almost like it is purposely done. Nah, democrats wouldn't try and rig elections.
I always wondered what kind of Canaanite behavior led G-d to forbid any pig/pork usage. As with other admonishments, that ban was meant for times other than the law as given to Moses.
probably endemic trichinosis, especially if being struck blind was one of the punishments for eating pork. A number of the non-kosher foods are things that can go bad quickly in a desert environment without refrigeration.
Sorry folks. I have tried twice this AM to make a comment and it does not show up. Are there problems with the system this AM?
I will try to make this post again.
On the article about Sen. Menendez. There is a correction that is needed I believe. Senator Jon Tester is a Democrat from Montana !
Secondly: For your entertainment this morning I offer this short video which demonstrates a value that most of us in MT still consider to be important! I did not vote for Sen. Tester before, but I might after watching this video. It is short and funny and I think will give MF folks a big smile. Try it here
" Less Yelling Means More Sex"
Well, yes. Everyone now knows not to yell at women on the street, get Mr. Microphone.
Scott Adams has asked we all envision Irma taking a hard right turn. Not pray, but just envision what you want.
If we all do that, then if Irma continues into Florida we'll know it was because the Left was envisioning the destruction of Trump voters.
In any case, it's happened before. Back in 2005, I was tucked into Tampa staring down the barrel of Charlie with Bonnie doing a blocking action in the Gulf. I was particularly worried when a momma cat, one by one, took her kittens off the wharf to higher ground (I presume). I didn't envision it, but woke up on the day of reckoning to learn in the middle of night Charlie had suddenly turned right to wipe out Punta Gorda in South Florida.
You're stupid so we're going to take away your freedom: Government is stupider.
Fake news: They KNOW they are right because they MUST be right and there's NO way they could be wrong...except catastrophically.
"Turn off the TV, Mr. President": Oh, no; those "news"casts just PUMP HIM UP.
Hey, I've referred to Trump as an "undocumented politician" and pointed how those in DC are very upset that he took their job.
I lived most of my life in unzoned Houston. Residential neighborhoods generally rely on restrictive covenants to keep the 7-11s from building next door. I can't stop laughing over the articles I've read suggesting that, if only the city had embraced zoning, they'd never have suffered 60 inches of rain.
People. No place can get 60 inches of rain and not flood. I don't care how you've zoned or engineered or legislated it. Get a grip.