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  •  Well I guess Fear and Self Loathing in Vegas (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, slapshoe, rebel ga, tekno2600

    didn't poll well amongst the rank and file GOP

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:03:33 PM PDT

  •  A new hazard, caused by "rolling coal"... n/t (4+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:03:58 PM PDT

  •  What I would like to see (0+ / 0-)

    I would like to see the Labor Participation Rate at an all time high rather than at an all time low.  I think that what we see as open jobs and as new jobs in America are largely low-paying jobs and in many cases less-than-40/hr. work weeks.  It's one thing to show a positive picture on jobs gaining but quite another to show the whole picture.

    We need good-paying jobs and lots of them and we need to have a program that enables people to actually acquire those jobs and maintain them.

  •  help! with ActBlue (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently ActBlue has changed some sort of name and I can't embed a thermometer on to a fundraising diary. Anyone have a workaround? Yes, I have an inquiry into the HelpDesk. Elfling said that s/he gave me a bit of a free pass but it's not working.

  •  Frankly, I thought the latest shark attack victim (0+ / 0-)

    was kind of a wimp.
    GWs of that size dont regard people as food.
    It wasnt much more than a baby.
    Reports said the shark was POed and darting around because of an encounter with a fishing line.
    And the bite on the guy's chest didnt look nearly as bad as a lot of dog bites you see.
    But hey, it got him on all the morning shows talking about his near death experience.
    Best of luck to any who actually encounter one big enough to think, 'hmm, Im a bit tired of seal every day'.

  •  Never Give Up (4+ / 0-)

    How that shark bit the latest victim:

    The shark had been hooked by a fisherman and was struggling on the line for 45 minutes before a long-distance swimmer blundered into the scene.

    Whereupon the shark, in its literal last throes for the last 45 minutes, still had the sharkhood to attack the closest long distance swimmer. Going out like a shark!

    And getting cut loose for its efforts.

    Never give up. Giving up is the most certain way to lose.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:14:31 PM PDT

  •  Dark snow. (3+ / 0-)

    Gad, we are filthy animals.

    "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:14:47 PM PDT

  •  Court: Gov. Brewer acted out of spite. (10+ / 0-)
    A federal appeals court this morning blocked Gov. Jan Brewer from denying driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought here illegally as kids but have been granted the temporary right to be stay.

    Spite, it seems, isn't a legal justification for unequal treatment under the law.

    AZ Republic

    Arizona meet-up, July 27 in Phoenix. Meet Navajo! Send me Kosmail.

    by Mother Mags on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:17:00 PM PDT

  •  Shark attacks increase? Thanks, Obama! :-) (5+ / 0-)

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:20:38 PM PDT

  •  Here's the 25 WA Pot Stores Open Now (1+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga

    WA Issued Retail Licences for legalized marijuana sales:

    WHIDBEY ISLAND CANNABIS COMPANY    360-321-6151    5826 S KRAMER RD STE, Langley
    WESTSIDE420 RECREATIONAL    360-423-5261    4503 OCEAN BEACH HWY, Longview
    VERDE VALLEY    509-420-3430    4007 MAIN ST, Union Gap
    TOP SHELF CANNABIS    360-224-3735    3857 HANNEGAN RD, Bellingham
    THE HAPPY CROP SHOPPE    509-669-6835    50 ROCK ISLAND RD, East Wenatchee
    SPOKANE GREEN LEAF    509-496-5696    9107 N COUNTRY HOMES BLVD, Spokane
    SPACE    206-650-8908    3111 S PINE ST ,Tacoma
    Satori/Instant Karma     509-994-7051    9301 N DIVISION ST , Spokane
    NEW VANSTERDAM    360-597-4739    6515 E. MILL PLAIN BLVD, Vancouver
    MARGIE'S POT SHOP    509-493-0441    405 E STUEBEN, Bingen
    MAIN STREET MARIJUNA    425-974-5804    2314 MAIN ST, Vancouver
    HIGH TIME STATION    509-754-1047    1448 BASIN ST NW, Ephrata
    Green Theory     425-466-1108    10697 MAIN ST STE B, Bellevue
    GREEN STAR CANNABIS    509-999-7445    1403 N DIVISION ST, Spokane
    FREEDOM MARKET    360-355-0682    820A WESTSIDE HWY, Kelso
    CREATIVE RETAIL MANAGEMENT    253-691-7293    7046 PACIFIC AVE,Tacoma
    CASCADE KROPZ    360-659-5422    19129 SMOKEY POINT BLVD , Arlington
    CANNABIS CITY    206-682-1332    2733 4TH AVE S, Seattle
    BUD HUT    360-629-3480    1123 E STATE ROUTE 532, Camano Island
    AUSTIN LOTT    509-429-5556    29 HORIZON FLATS RD, Winthrop
    ALTITUDE    509-840-4313    260 MERLOT DR, Prosser
    4US RETAIL    360-224-0978    23251 HWY 20, Okanogan
    420 CARPENTER    360-402-6368    422 CARPENTER RD, Lacey
    2020 SOLUTIONS    360-393-8697    2018 IRON ST, Bellingham
    GREENSIDE    206-910-3811    10600 MAIN ST, Bellevue

    Please post comparative pricing and reviews :).

    You might compare to the venerable THMQ.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:22:51 PM PDT

  •  Thank the FSM... (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, JeffW

    the GOP did not pick Denver.  Sorry Cleveland.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:24:29 PM PDT

    •  just more evidence that they've gone batshit (3+ / 0-)
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      Really, Cleveland?   WTF is up here - an undue influence by Drew Carey? (who would be a good subject for one of those morning drive radio call in "dead or alive" contests, btw).

      •  Trying to win OHIO! (1+ / 0-)
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        The GOP is all in for the Ohio Electoral Vote in 2016, even to the point of holding a convention in Cleveland.  I wonder if it will make any difference?

        It's difficult to figure out what makes a Republican mind work:  What is the potential benefit to the Party?  There is never any interest in the nation.

        If Money is Speech, Speech isn't Free! I wonder what it is about that that Antonin Scalia cannot understand?

        by NM Ray on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:59:03 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I tend to agree. (0+ / 0-)

          This is ALL about trying to win/swing Ohio in 2016.
          I'm sure the plan has many layers, which will unfold in time.
          But when you get to the will stink.

          "The past is never dead. It's not even past". Faulkner.

          by mchestnutjr on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 03:12:46 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  It will probably hurt their chances. Any time (0+ / 0-)

          people have to actually listen to them it hurts their chances.

          The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

          by CTMET on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 03:51:36 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Maybe the good citizens of Cleveland (2+ / 0-)
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        slapshoe, JeffW

        will sidewalk counsel the visiting Republicans.  

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:08:06 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I suspect that when they get there (1+ / 0-)
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          the GOP higher-ups will have arranged for several layers of security to keep themselves well ensconced away from any of the ordinary citizens of Cleveland (who I agree with you, could very well teach them a thing or two if given the opportunity)

          •  No sh!t, Sherlock (0+ / 0-)

            But maybe some of the $18 Million that protestors were awarded for overzealous security at the 2004 GOP convention can be recycled into preempive legal action to enable protestors on behalf of the 99% the same right to harass that the SCOTUS just gave to anti-abortion protestors.

            If the lawyers time it right, lower courts can enforce the current precedent at the convention, before the SCOTUS has time to make up new law to favor their side under different circumstances.

            There's no such thing as a free market!

            by Albanius on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:32:27 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Local newscasters are over the moon (1+ / 0-)
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      about Cleveland being picked by the RNC.  I really have to question this choice. I mean REALLY.
      This makes no sense on the surface.

      "The past is never dead. It's not even past". Faulkner.

      by mchestnutjr on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:51:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Vegas (0+ / 0-)

      My personal opinion is Repugs should always hold their conventions in Las Vegas, at one of Sheldon Adelson's casinos.  

      TEA PARTIES: Something little girls do with their imaginary friends.
      (-6.75 -6.51)

      by flygrrl on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:35:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What this really means (1+ / 0-)
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    Shark attacks rise, but you're 33 times more likely to be killed by a dog:
    is to be super wary of dog sharks
  •  I volunteer to house sit any idle mansions in FL (0+ / 0-)

    Preferably valued over 10 million and fully furnished.
    I have my standards you know.

    •  Let me tell you... (2+ / 0-)
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      DrTerwilliker, gchaucer2

      I know personally some of those "ghost residents" here in Florida.  Live practically for free.  And you're on the water with a great view....LOL!  Jealous of them in a way, but at least my house is paid for and minutes away from the beaches of Pinellas.  I don't want to take up the offer, still rather deal with the 5 minute drive to the beach, and then suddenly one day, the Big One long overdue for the Tampa Bay area, whips up, and having to lose my second "beach" residence.  

      This one gal, who is a server gal, actually 3 of them come to think of it, live on Belleaire Beach, as ghost residents.  And the banks that own them, can use them for lower insurance reasons, and someone keeping an eye on the place, and keeping it clean.  Seriously, if any of you live in Florida, consider being a ghost resident....cheaper than renting....

  •  Wonder if Howard Baker could pass current GOP (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Vaping solves all the problems in WA (0+ / 0-)

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:58:21 PM PDT

  •  Went to Cleveland for a little visit last year (0+ / 0-)

    Went to the R & R hall of fame and an art museum.  They were very nice. The rest of Cleveland SUCKED. The malls in the city closed at 5:00!!  WTF?

    "In 20 years, the GOP will be small enough to drown in a bathtub." - me

    by estamm on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:07:34 PM PDT

    •  Not True. (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades
      The malls in the city closed at 5:00!!

      Enough fossil fuel remains on Earth to warm it 6 degrees C by 2100 AD if it is all used. A +6 C planet will only sustain half a billion humans. Human population will rise to 9 billion by 2050. Any questions?

      by davidincleveland on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:55:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Maybe he was there on a Sunday? (1+ / 0-)
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        Most non-big box retail places here on the west coast close around 6pm on Sundays. Even Costco does.

        Obviously not during the week though. But people on vacation often don't pay close attention to what day it is.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:15:02 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  How many decades have (0+ / 0-)

    reactionary economists been warning us of runaway inflation? And if it hasn't happened by now, the way they predict, it's not going to happen, the way they predict.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:14:33 PM PDT

  •  "Republicans give nod to Cleveland for 2016" (2+ / 0-)
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    slapshoe, JeffW

    Before I read further, I thought sure they were referring to Grover Cleveland - that's about the right time period for the current Republican party.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:21:16 PM PDT

  •  Another thing about Hillary Clinton: (0+ / 0-)

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:30:38 PM PDT

  •  Germany beating the stuffing out of Brazil (0+ / 0-)

    Score currently 0-7 and it's not over yet. Home team fans not happy.

    •  Final score 7-1 (0+ / 0-)

      I guess Germany finally got tired of taking Brazil's lunch money.

      "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

      by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:56:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Rants and Raves (0+ / 0-)

    Do you think Steven Dorffff-fff-ff could still smoke with a smokeless cigarette stuck up his a*s?  (fff-ff)

    Do you think North Korea would release the American held hostage for:  Mitt Romney; John McCain; and Lindsey "Hot Lips" Graham?

    Did Dick Cheney receive:
    a) heart transplant
    b) soul transplant
    c) virgin offerings
    d) all the above

    I am still waiting for a Sam Adams commercial to show black people drinking beer.  This will happen as soon as a black man drives in NASCAR.

    The Directv commercials (wires) are really funny.  State Farm commercials suck Big Time.  State Farm must be owned by Mormons or the GOBP.

    Ann Coulter's parents told the nurses his name was "Stan Coulter" but they didn't hear this correctly.

    Is Sarah Palin's husband:

    a) a bigot
    b) a racist
    c) a white supremacist
    d) a white separatist
    e) suffering from erectile dysfunction
    f) all the above

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 06:29:13 PM PDT

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