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Friday, January 20. 2017
I think people are expecting too much from a new administration, too much good and/or too much bad. My hope is for a return to simple common sense. I am all nuanced-out.
Pic via a piece on Gil Elvgren
MLB Playback - The Most Interesting Plays In History
Yes, a very old rural white dude and a Trump voter for sure. That's in the Bible.
Washington State U. students plead with peers not to freak out over Milo visit
Student jailed for passing out Constitutions because it might threaten ‘rural farm’ students
It is a dangerous document
New Hampshire: Right to Work Spreads to New England
Washington Post Disgraces Itself over David Gelernter
Democrats in the Wilderness - Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy.
Let's call that A Good Start
What Trump Is Up Against
He's up against what American citizens are up against (See My Day at the DMV):
Trump enters the swamp
The bien-pensant class thought Trump could never win, because they had no grasp of how many people were suffering in severe, personal ways due to political correctness.
Donald Trump the Revolutionary - Donald Trump is coming to change many things in the lives of Americans
I doubt it
Abbas Poses With Photo of Palestinian Terrorist Who Massacred 38 Israelis, Including 13 Kids
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BD, you are so right about common sense, As they they say though: it ain't too common.
All I am expectin' is for Barry to hit the bricks,. Anything else is gravy.
Re: Female Voice Assistants Is Digital Sexism Or Something
Isn't assuming the preferred gender identification of these digital assistants a form of microaggression?
And of course we all know if the digital assistants were named Bill and spoke in baritone voices, that'd be just as problematic in terms of the patriarchal assumption that only a man is qualified to give you answers to your questions.
I try my best to assume people are making good-faith arguments but these people are just trolling.
Never assume good-faith from leftists. They do not believe in honor. Their main goal in life is to harass and pester normal people.
The Air Force made the voice systems in their cockpits female long ago after studies showed that the pilots paid more attention to female than male voices. My GPS and phone have both male and female settings with different accents, anyone who actually cares could easily change the voice.
Presidential pardons: Why is it one of the main focus of the last days? I assume you could pardon people on the first day in office? Maybe it happens daily throughout their term, it's just not newsworthy? Consider the inmate who was already in when you took office, got to sit there for 8 years, and then the last week released. Thanks, Buddy. Would have been nice if you'd thought of it sooner.
Man Who Uses Lots of Fossil Fuel... Totally thought it was going to be an Onion story!
Buried in the thousands of commutations and pardons is the pardon of four brothers from Roma Texas who were Mexican cartel leaders. This seems like a very odd choice and fails the sniff test. I wonder if perhaps someone crossed Obama's palms with a few millions of dollars for some of these pardons.
GovExec Poll: 28 Percent Of Fed Workers Say They Might Quit Or Retire Because Of Trump
Let's call that A Good Start
a good start was that libtard who set himself on fire to protest Trump. and, like any libtard, he failed to kill himself.
Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you ?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall."
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next shakedown.
How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?
Well, I must say I'm a tad - but only a tad - disappointed. I've had some people assure me that today at this time fire would begin to rain down from the heavens, the earth would open up and swallow a great mass of humanity and cats would be lying down with dogs. I've had others assure me that at this moment the sky would be alight with a thousand rainbows, flying unicorns would be crapping gold nuggets all over the place and we'd all be joining hands and singing the theme song from "The Love Boat".
Instead, all that's happened so far is the dog got up and stretched and yawned and horked up part of his early-morning trash can raid and then gave me that disgusted look like I'm a bad housekeeper for not keeping the dog hork cleaned up off the carpet and laid back down and started snoring again. Which is exactly what he does every day about this time. Dog hork on the carpet yesterday, dog hork on the carpet today, probably gonna be dog hork on the carpet tomorrow. This is not what I was promised but it's exactly what I expected.
Come to a red, mostly rural state and your DMV experience will be a breeze. Pleasant, courteous, and hardly any waiting. Not even a number to take as the people who work there will take you in order of arrival. And people are courteous enough to know who was ahead of them.
I can think of quite a few in the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management who should take the hint and become part of the 28%.
your libtarded days of whining and special treatment, invading womens' bathrooms, fake indians, fake news, fake climate disaster and fake microagressions are over for good.
you are puzzled over concepts like "liberty", "responsibility" and constitutional limitations on government. that's to be expected, you've never been exposed to them as a notional adult. but get used to it.
so pay attention, keep quiet and learn how to be an American.
As far as we know, Obama did not offer a pardon to Hillary Clinton. I wonder what the backstory is to that. Was it offered but declined behind the scenes? Was it requested but refused behind the scenes?