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Okay, time to edit this again.

I may not be "a great man", but I like to think I'm a good one. I'm not someone who goes out seeking adventures by myself just for the heck of it, but I have never shirked the chance either. (Please note the adventurous fedora and the long coat, the sure signs of a reckless and bold spirit, what more need I say?)

My daughter comes first, but she knows Dad has finally met someone and they have a little adult fun sometimes. (Okay, a lot of fun.) She's cool with it.

I was so lucky to find someone with an incredible sense of humor, who might join in a moonlight swim someday, who appreciates a "Dad bod", which apparently is what I have, and who somehow or another finds me much more attractive than I find myself. And she cooks for me, which is just a bonus.

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BIDEN WINS! Now can I go back to sleep?
Paul4747 comments on Nov 5, 2020:
When did this happen? My tracker (AP map) still shows Nevada undecided, Biden/Harris with 264.
Good morning President Biden! 😘😘
Paul4747 comments on Nov 5, 2020:
It's now the 5th, still waiting for Nevada to count... Come on Nevada!!! Get the lead out!!
ATTENTION.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 4, 2020:
I'm kinda getting fed up with the caricature of Democrats who point out that both Trump and Bush were minority presidents (in the sense that a minority of the electorate voted for them, not that they did a damn thing for minorities) as "whining". It's a bitch move on conservatives' part to pretend that they won some kind of popular mandate or great victory when in fact they squeaked by on a technicality. On the other hand, you are following the Trumpian tradition of "When I don't have a valid point, just insult somebody."
Have You Ever Heard The Right Wing Say Democrats Will Turn Us Into Venezuela?
Paul4747 comments on Nov 4, 2020:
In that he's trying to steal the election, like a tin-pot dictator? Yeah, I can see that. Chris Christie, who worked with Trump on debate prep, criticized the president’s White House speech on ABC: “It’s a bad strategic decision. It’s a bad political decision.” Chris Wallace, on Fox News, reacted to Trump’s speech by saying: “This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it. He hasn’t won these states.” When *both* Chrises are criticizing you, you *should* know you're fucking up.
But their imaginary friend will take care of it.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
Someone told me yesterday that his voting decision came down to, "Who's going to put money in my pocket?" And then he complained, "Biden wants to get rid of oil! What if we have to fight a war?" Fuck sake, man. Florida will be underwater in 50 years. There are more important things than a $50 tax cut. And someone somewhere is inventing solar-powered tanks as we speak.
VOTING REPORTS.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
I handed in my absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk's office maybe 3 weeks ago? maybe more? So I know for a fact it was received. I've been drinking coffee, watching Monty Python (happened to see the Election Night Special episode- "Arthur Negus has held Bristol; that's not a result, that's just a bit of gossip"), just ate lunch, and now it's time to get ready for work. Sort of dreading work actually; I work with a diehard Trumpite who doesn't know any better and is completely resistant to facts, so I sort of expect to be trolled today. It's going to be a long day of keeping my temper in check.
Winston Churchill on Islam
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
Women didn't have the vote in America in 1899, either (the year said quote was first published). Social views change over the years and centuries. Islam, like any religion, reinforces the prejudices of its own followers, while opposing religions tend to reinforce prejudices against it. Since all religions are invented, we can only judge by the behavior of their followers. On that score, all religions fare equally; all have had models of humane and decent conduct, and all have had murderous villains. One need only look at the war in the former Yugoslavia to see examples of this on all sides. As Christopher Hitchens wrote: ***Religion poisons everything.***
Potential Scenarios for the Election How do you think it will go?
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
Just one question- What's wrong with dogs & cats living together?
North Carolina Deputies Pepper-Spray Demonstrators Marching To Polls | HuffPost
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
We shall overcome.
Wow... I never thought of it this way.. Okay, I get it now. 😃👍 [youtube.com]
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
No you don't. If WalMart could still get away with paying $7 an hour, that's what they'd pay.
It looks like Republicans are proud to be jerks.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
It's hard to see any coherent goal behind this behavior. There's no way this could be thought to convert anyone. It's most similar to a pep rally before a football game, where the goal is to whip up enthusiasm in your team's fans. The goal of a pep rally isn't to persuade the other team's fans to change allegiance; if anything, they just root harder for their *own* team, meaning in this case it will increase commitment among any Democrats watching. The only possible thinking behind this must be, like the Trump rallies, to try to draw independent voters via an Appeal to Popularity; seeming to have more people on your side than the other team does. That's why Trump makes such a big deal about crowd numbers and insists on holding superspreader rallies despite the obvious health hazard; psychologically, people want to be on the winning team, and he's gambling that *looking like* more people are on his side will sway the uncommitted. But the way they're going about it is just so loathsome that the only voters it will attract are likely to already be voting Trump anyway. And independents who are still thinking things over may be driven away by this kind of boorishness.
On election eve, this country is just unbelievably stressed out.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
I just came across the phrase "It's been an overwhelming decade of a year".
Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing 'Astronomically' - The Christian ...
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
Ordinarily I would post a link to the "How To Tell A Witch" bit from *Monty Python & The Holy Grail*, but I think I used that just a couple of days ago, and I don't want to get repetitive.
On election eve, this country is just unbelievably stressed out.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
You may or may not find reassurance in this scholarly analysis from Henry Olsen: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/02/henry-olsen-2020-president-congress-election-predictions/?arc404=true=wp_post_most=email=newsletter=nl_most-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F2c77a11%2F5fa03cd69d2fda0efb5ab8c2%2F5b475f99ade4e277955ae72b%2F15%2F71%2F28496e8a6b6aa4fcefeaee0c0c32df91 "Democrats need not fear. This, my sixth published biennial election prediction essay, is perhaps my easiest: Former vice president Joe Biden will win comfortably unless we experience the greatest polling failure in modern history. Democrats will also gain control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House. While not the landslide that some hope for, Democrats will simultaneously control the presidency and both houses of Congress for only the third time since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980. That alone is a historic achievement that will give them the upper hand to determine the next stage of our ongoing national crisis. For all the disorder and uncertainty from the pandemic and our summer of racial discontent, Biden’s victory will be the result of long-established truths about American politics. To borrow from Paine’s most famous work, it will be a case of common sense. It is common sense that a president running for reelection will be judged on whether he handled the job well enough to deserve another chance; reelections are always referendums on the president. It is common sense that a president deemed to have failed his biggest challenges will have lost his fellow citizens’ trust. President Trump has failed both tests in the eyes of the American people and will lose as a result. Trump’s job approval ratings show this. Historically, presidents who run for reelection receive a share of the popular vote that is remarkably close to their final job approval rating. The RealClearPolitics polling average has tracked Trump’s job approval throughout his presidency. He is the first president to have never received a 50 percent rating; indeed, he has never come close. Trump’s highest marks came this year between March 26 and April 2, when he topped 47 percent. As of Sunday morning, his job approval stood at 45 percent in the RealClearPolitics average. Given that there won’t be as much third-party voting this time around, that just won’t be good enough to win. Trump’s mediocre handling of the coronavirus pandemic probably sealed his fate. It’s no coincidence that his high-water mark came at the pandemic’s onset. Politicians around the world saw their approval ratings rise as scared citizens “rallied around the flag” to support their leaders. Trump’s handling of the pandemic was initially viewed favorably by...
Pastor Rick Joyner, Who Said the U.
Paul4747 comments on Nov 2, 2020:
You know, you don't see many barber-shop quartets these days..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9cWKAAvg1c
Lindsey Graham Says Young Women Can 'Go Anywhere' If They're Pro-Life and Embrace Religion, Points ...
Paul4747 comments on Nov 2, 2020:
Just like when I was in the Army; I could wear any color clothes I wanted, as long as they were camouflage green. I'm not going to sit here and claim that the Democrats are a "big tent" these days, but there's certainly more room for conservatives in the Democratic party than there is for liberals in the Republican party. Dems basically *don't care* if you're religious or not, just don't try to put that religion into law or discriminate against those who don't share your views. Repubs want to legislate religious "morality", at least their version of it.
WITCHES - here are some witches (Remember I am an ATHEIST, I do NOT believe in witches!) Kitchen ...
Paul4747 comments on Nov 1, 2020:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzMhU_4m-g
Trump delivers a curious pre-election pitch to the Supreme Court
Paul4747 comments on Oct 31, 2020:
He's given the Court every reason to turn down any case he brings before it, simply in their own interests of preserving judicial independence.
Puzzling bumper sticker: 864511320.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
Not just mafia, it's a general term for "get rid of". Trump complained because Harris had an "86 45" ornament on her desk behind her in a recent interview. He tried to say it was a signal to assassinate him. The man who has blatantly encouraged right wing militia violence is upset about a desk ornament. :|
Idaho Lt.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
I guess you should screen your running mate more carefully before you put them on the ticket....
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Says She's 'Not Familiar' With Trump 'Grab 'Em' Tape | HuffPost
Paul4747 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
Of course she's not. That whole month she had her fingers in her ears and was singing "La la la la la" as loud as she could. And only watched Fox news, too. > “I agree with the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first,” she told reporters Wednesday. Okay, so name me a President in history who has put America *last*. Or even in second place. "America First" is just a dog whistle for nativists, isolationists, and racists.
Trump voters will not understand this...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
Oh yeah. Putin *hates* Obama, and to be fair, Obama doesn't think much of him, basically because a lot of Russians are incredible racists. And you will hear them say it themselves. But also because Putin is determined to flex Russia's muscles, and act as they did in the '70s, and Obama was determined that he would not get away with it. Expanding NATO, resisting Russian aggression in the former Soviet states- Putin hates him. And he hated Clinton for being his SecState.
Finally.... a solution to the fitted sheet problem [google]
Paul4747 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
Is it the problem of getting all 4 corners stretched over the mattress without giving yourself a hernia?
Christian “Prophetess”: God Told Me All Those Early Voters Are Supporting Trump | Hemant Mehta ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
Is she a liar? or just schizophrenic? Only the doctors know for sure.
Bitter Christian Activist: Joe Biden and Both Clintons “Are the Illuminati!” | Beth Stoneburner ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
Damn she looks angry. Somebody get that woman to a massage therapist! She needs to chill the hell out!
Majority of Gays Are Possessed by Ghosts, So-Called Study Says
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
I was going to repeat an old Gallagher joke here, but I thought better of it...
Good afternoon all.. Boda Boom..my last post here. i'm leaving..good bye all...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
Aww
Here is why Republicans are blocking this 2 trillion dollar congressional bill.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
No, not really. Let's unpack your argument a little and see what happens. Yes, we could give $6,000 to every person in the nation; from infants in diapers to Sean Hannity; but there are practical difficulties. It's (comparatively) easy to send a check to everyone who filed a tax return. It's a lot harder to go through every single tax return and see how many dependents are in that family, how many people total should get a check, make sure they actually exist (people have been known to claim fictional dependents); and how does a child sign for a $6,000 check anyway? Then there's this question- does Sean Hannity, for example, really *need* a check for $6,000? Send straight cash payments to everyone in the country (which Republicans *really* wouldn't go for) and you leave state and local governments without funding at the time they need it most, a time of declining revenue and growing expenses. Small businesses would have to count on people spending that money at every one of those businesses, rather than going out and buying a damn boat or something. My point is, you don't just hurl money at the economy; you target it at the sectors that need it. You keep open the things that are in trouble. It's actually been made very clear why Republicans don't want to pass this package; they've said so out loud. They regret signing the last one because it increased the debt (which they've suddenly started worrying about) and now they're fiscal conservatives. The hidden reason is that they don't want to give the Democrats in Congress an accomplishment before the election, regardless of the fact it would be their accomplishment as well. They're fighting Pelosi for the sake of fighting Pelosi. It's not that complicated. Actually- Yes, I'm angry. At the Republicans.
Nice attack: France raises alert status to 'terror attack emergency' after three stabbed to death - ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
Awful. The only slight positive note out of this is the Saudi government condemning the acts.
"Boogaloo Boi" arrest for attacks on Minneapolis police station confirms far-right role in protest ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
That is without a doubt the chubbiest revolutionary I've ever seen.
Trump Has Weaponized Masculinity As President. Here's Why It Matters [npr.org]
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
One thing I disagree with in that commentary- the idea that Biden hugging a kid was "feminine". That's not masculine or feminine; it's what we call "human".
Trump Recklessly ‘Jokes’ That Joe Biden Will Be ‘Shot’ Three Weeks After He’s Elected | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
Of course he'll explain it away, that "shot" is a saying meaning "worn out". But that's clearly not what he meant. Jerkass.
I have a rabid, yep rite word, brother in-law Trumper, he has locked his door, good sign.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
I think you took a wrong turn. You'll get a lot more agreement over in the Conservative Atheists group.
They've voted, have you?
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
Yes I have. Also, 2nd from the right, that's a nice setup on the rifle, but I criticize using that high magnification scope. I would use a simple red dot or a 4x at most. That thing looks very topheavy. He's just playing soldier. It would be better off in my hands. (Safer, too.) And the neckbeard next to him... don't get me started on the personal grooming. Buy a beard trimmer, man, they're not that expensive.
The socialism debate...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
I wish I could throw a chair during arguments where I work. That's how you can tell the difference between real life and "reality" (note the quotation marks) TV. They do things absolutely nobody would do in real life. Because in real life, nobody has a crew to come in and clean up after them.
My mother was a devout catholic.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 28, 2020:
Oh... a MUSICAL organ... I was thinking kidney or something when I first read this.
As a group host I can usually deny a post that I find inappropriate.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 28, 2020:
I would love to help, but I'm completely ignorant on this subject. In fact, I don't even know why I'm commenting, except that it establishes my humility to admit that I don't know everything. ;)
I suspect the only reason Pence hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19 is because COVID only affects ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
So what are you thinking, alien hybrid like *The X-Files*? Or lizard with a skin suit like *V*?
How much are the people who stand behind Trump get paid?
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
Say what? I'm pretty sure they're sincerely there because they support him. Although apparently he did hire a PR firm to provide people to applaud at his 2015 announcement of his presidential campaign.
I just read a comment that “Americans can’t catch a break” in reaction Amy Coney Barrett’s ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
Remember that it was a minority who voted for Trump. As @RoboGraham says, the system was set up so that smaller states would have an outsized influence due to their Senate seats, but Trump did not win the small states; he won in the Rust Belt and the Plains States, which have a medium population. It was a fluke of electoral college numbers that gave him the win. There are legitimate reasons for equal representation in the Senate and the Electoral College. Direct democracy results in a tyranny of the majority, who may not respect the rights of the minority. The system is not fundamentally broken. The real problem is that American democracy works under the assumption that voters will study the issues and act in their enlightened self-interest and the interest of the nation. They did not foresee something like Trump coming along. Nor did they expect blind party loyalty to keep him in office after impeachment.
E. Jean Carroll lawsuit: Judge rejects DOJ effort to end suit - CNNPolitics
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
If only he had also admonished Barr for patently acting as Trump's private attorney and fixer, instead of an Attorney General of the United States.
Trump signs order to ease packing government with loyalists
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
This is revenge against the professional civil service which he feels has tried to thwart him for the last four years. Biden can undo most of it with another executive order; a Democrat Congress can codify protections for the civil service into law to protect against future wannabe dictators.
Trump says that if Biden is elected, seniors will have 'no air conditioning during the summer'
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
And once again Trump displays his ignorance of how wind power works... same speech. Wind power is only part of an overall electric grid....
Trump says that if Biden is elected, seniors will have 'no air conditioning during the summer'
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
Trump has no plan whatsoever, he's just peddling fear everywhere he goes along with a couple vague promises. Pretty much 2016 again.
A REAL president speaks.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
This is the one that Trump referred to as the "no crowd, fake speech"? Because the crowd was following social distancing instead of clustering together like a covid incubator experiment?
Chachi Is Furious About "Marxist" Happy Days Reunion - Joe.My.God.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
Just because his spinoff series tanked..... Also, a stinging commentary from Richard Marx on the twitter feed. > I’m also someone who’s never been vile enough to imply Sandy Hook was faked and also never bashed the parent of a murdered child. You?
Ex-Christian: My Faith Shifted After Seeing Ken Ham Get “Destroyed” by Bill Nye | Hemant Mehta ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
The essay itself is very good to read. https://www.christianpost.com/news/i-lost-my-faith-in-a-chick-fil-a.html The following reminds me of the time I was struggling to "try" to be a Christian, for my wife's sake: > It’s impossible to say when doubts first began creeping in. I remember spending hours on my knees in prayer, my entire emotional focus pinned on talking to God, only to hear nothing back. I would feel my stomach churn wondering if there was nobody there to hear me, then convince myself it was my fault that I didn’t believe hard enough, or that I was trying to connect with God on my own strength, or something along those lines. Then, I’d redouble my efforts to connect to God more strongly in worship, or in Bible reading. If I ever felt doubts, my focus was to study to show myself approved, a workman who need not be ashamed. Well, apart from the hours on my knees, but the spirit of trying to hear some reply from something, anything, resonates with me.
Preacher: I Just Cured Rush Limbaugh’s Terminal Lung Cancer With My Prayers | Hemant Mehta | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
Uh huh. And what do the doctors say about that?
Wood screw spill on Interstate-90 causes multiple flat tires.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
That's screwed up. A screwy situation. Screw that guy. (I'd better stop now.)
CBP Refuses to Tell Congress How it is Tracking Americans Without a Warrant The CBP is buying ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
Link results in a 404 error
I had in interesting session with my therapist.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
A therapist is there to ask you questions about your own beliefs, not to explain theirs.
GOP House Candidate Was a Sexual Predator in College, Say Christian Classmates | Hemant Mehta | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
Wow. A religious school that *isn't* automatically backing the Republican? Suddenly I like them a little.
Looking so forward to the Biden administration.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
[insert comment about chickens]
At least the trains run on time. [youtube.com]
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
So because Jake Tapper mentions a gofundme charity site; that's "profiteering"?
'60 Minutes' Reveals What Was Really In That Giant Trump Health Care Plan Book | HuffPost
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
She's nearly as horrible a liar as he is. Remember when press secretaries answered questions for the press, instead of shilling for the administration?
Pastor Curt Landry: A Vote for Biden is a Vote for “Evil” and God Will Curse You | Beth ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
"With only two viable candidates on the ballot, it’s unrealistic to always pick someone who will perfectly align with your values... That may be unfortunate, but it’s the reality we face." I'm going to have to remember that for use in other discussions.
Pastor Curt Landry: A Vote for Biden is a Vote for “Evil” and God Will Curse You | Beth ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
My vote's long since cast, so here I go... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l482T0yNkeo
Religious Conservatives Lash Out at Kellogg’s Over “Anti-Christian” Cereal | Hemant Mehta | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
I know my Corn Flakes made a *very* nasty comment about Pat Robertson the other morning...
Pimping out a friend on dating sites. What's up with that?
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
Sounds legit. And did he mention his friend's fortune in the Czech bank account that he can't access right now, but if you front him 4 grand for expenses he can pay you back $30k?
Old Disney films have stronger warnings of racist content and no guns.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
Okay, I don't remember a damn thing about Disney, but Looney Toons was a staple of Saturday mornings. That's just silly. Cartoon violence is *cartoon *violence. It's deliberately over the top. I never once thought of looking down the barrel of a gun to see if there was one buwwet weft.
WTH?
Paul4747 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
That's actually 20% above average. I'd say that's not so bad, although it could be better. Also, what's the source for the study?
Trump Lashes Out At 'Borat' Creator Sacha Baron Cohen: 'He's A Creep' | HuffPost
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
And Trump, as usual, talks like a tough guy. "If it had been me (that Cohen had pranked at a red carpet ceremony) he would have been lying unconscious on the ground". Men with weak, or might I say cowardly, characters are generally tough-talking bullies to compensate. And this is why he shouldn't have nuclear codes. Let's hope they gave him fake ones.
A trump-supporting troll made a post here, containing a list if Russian-style talking points.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Yes, but that means the original post is just an echo chamber where only comments that agree with the OP show up. Replying means that a true critique can be read by anyone who might benefit from it. We can't let the right put out propaganda without fact-checking. That's what Fox News Channel is for.
Trump struggles to defend lie about Mexico 'paying for the wall'
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
It's no surprise that Republicans believe this stuff. They also believe that China pays for tariffs on importing Chinese goods.
People Can’t Believe This RNC Tweet About Donald Trump’s Priorities Isn’t A Parody | HuffPost
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
I think this was one of the best replies... > To use Trump's rhetoric from [the debate]: he has been President for four years... why hasn't he gotten any of this done?
Health Agency Halts Coronavirus Ad Campaign, Leaving Santa Claus in the Cold The $250 million ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
By all means, let's turn Santa's house into a superspreader.
If Amy Barrett were an honorable woman and fit to be a Supreme Court justice, she would decline the ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
The rush is precisely because they expect Trump to lose. They have to act now before he's a lame duck and has a thin veneer of plausibility to claim the right to make the nomination; even though it means reversing all their arguments from 4 years ago.
How much usa knows about recently gnews.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Let's see if I have this straight: Wayne Allyn Root, conservative commentator, has "sources as high up as it gets" who have seen compromising videos on Hunter Biden's supposed laptop. The laptop which has not been verified to be his, because it was turned over by a shopkeeper (who took NO documentation and made NO receipts from the customer who supposedly turned in *3 laptops* for repair, but never came back for even one of them) to the *New York Post, *a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch, also owner of Fox News. The laptop which has not been made available for examination by any independent source. The laptop which the FBI reportedly has had for months, and has not made any arrests, which you would think they would do if there was video of someone torturing and killing children... and if such video existed, you would also think that the *Post* would have turned it over to Fox News where it would be running day and night. This is what you're saying? Uh huh. I see no reason not to buy this entire story.
Subject: EISENHOWER WAS RIGHT Subject: EISENHOWER WAS ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Okay, I was... *kind of* with you up until it turned into a right-wing "put prayer back in schools, war on Christmas, fly the flag from your pickup window" screed. History is history. It has nothing to do with reciting the pledge of allegiance in school. For that matter, the pledge I recited as a boy was unhistorical; it had the words "under God" as added during the Eisenhower administration, compared to the original which simply said, "one nation, indivisible". Ironic that you hold up Ike as a defender of history on one hand while he did not respect tradition on the other. And pretending that Holocaust denial is all due to Muslims is frankly just... well, someone has their head up their ass. From George Lincoln Rockwell to David Duke to Arthur Butz, there are, sadly, plenty of Holocaust deniers right here in the good ol' US of A. Here's a list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_Holocaust_deniers Sorry, I won't be forwarding this email.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
While neatly putting the subject back out on the front page. Well done, Vladimir. This is just another way to try and influence the US elections by mentioning the non-story of Hunter Biden once again. Hunter Biden is not running for President, and he won't have an office in the West Wing if Biden wins- unlike Ivanka Trump and her husband, who were installed as "senior advisors" despite lacking any expertise whatsoever other than their relation to Trump. They're the kids we should be talking about.
My cousin's son in law committed suicide.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
I think you said it yourself. Just express your sorrow, but leave out the prayers and other flimflam. Speak from the heart.
'Worship protest' expected to draw thousands to National Mall [thehill.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Not meaning to offend, but at first I thought this was a Trump Twitter post.... then I realized the grammar and spelling were much better than his.
Lincoln Project Attorney Scorches Lawsuit Threat over Ivanka, Jared Billboards
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Being quoted accurately sucks, doesn't it, Jared?
A recent visit for a haircut at my favorite local Snipit place had me discovering that it is under ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
I could've been a preacher with a few less scruples and a lot more gullibility. And I've been told I have the face to work in radio. *But seriously folks....* My ex goes to a church where they have what they call a "special music" segment, where someone volunteers to perform a song. I offered to sing *The Man Comes Around* by Johnny Cash. I thought it would be very appropriate, since they're a fundamentalist church and believe in the Apocalypse and so on. Oddly, nobody ever got back to me on that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiMXK9eDrMY
US Election 2020: Inside the Pennsylvania church where they pray next to their AR-15 rifles | US ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Here's the problem, as I see it; *real* right-wing militias are preparing *real* arms and ammunition to fight against an *imaginary* left-wing revolution. And in the process, some of them are plotting a preemptive counterrevolution, before the imaginary revolution has a chance to kick into gear real good. This is how the Civil War started. The Southern states were so convinced that Lincoln was going to act against them, that they decided to preemptively act and leave the Union. And then a hothead fired on Ft. Sumter, and it was all over bar the 618,222 deaths.
Trump Says He Now Identifies as a Non-Denominational Christian, Not Presbyterian | Hemant Mehta | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
He can identify as a purple spotted schnozzlepuss if he wants, that doesn't make it so.
Am I a radical?
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
I have always felt, and continue to feel, that it's a mistake to lower ourselves to the opposition's level. It is perfectly legitimate to point out that the Republicans frequently court the support of white supremacists, and many refuse to denounce them; some *are* outright white supremacists, and should be called out as such. But we should stay on the high ground. (And the best thing about the high ground is that one can chuck rocks down off it.)
Secret Chinese bank account remains a problem for Trump
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
It's one more thing for him to be a hypocrite about; like trying to call out Hunter Biden while he ignores Ivanka's million-dollar Chinese trademark deal and Kushner's multiple foreign entanglements that prevented him from getting a security clearance without Trump's personal intervention. Trump's entire family is built on nepotism and foreign double-dealing, but his supporters will continue turning a blind eye. "But- Hilary's emails!!"
Preacher: Trump Spoke to God When He Had COVID, So He’ll Win Re-Election | Beth Stoneburner | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
It's more likely that he said, "Why did I have to catch this god damn virus? God, it's so unfair! Why does God hate me so much?" Or maybe he said, "My God, look at the body on that nurse!!" If he referred to God at all.
San Francisco, California October 24, 2020 Charles Hugh SmithDear Reader, The belief that the...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
Ah yes, the Federal Reserve is evil, paper money is evil, we need to get back to silver, or better yet, the gold standard.
Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘Pumped’ Fox News Interview Gets The Jimmy Fallon Treatment
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
404 error....
Virginia Pastor Lies About Being a Navy SEAL, but Gets Caught Thanks to His Own Stupidity | Hemant ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
One thing you DO NOT do, if you're for real, is brag about your accomplishments. Anyone who had ever been SpecOps or SOCOM wouldn't be talking about it in a convention hall. As a Private at Fort Benning, I once had to report to the infirmary and saw there 2 men, bearded, in camo fatigues with no insignia. My buddy asked me, in a none-too-quiet voice, "Who the fuck are those guys?" I nudged him hard and said, "Shut up!!" out of the corner of my mouth. I explained later that Fort Benning was home to the School of the Americas, where Special Forces trains foreign operators in counterinsurgency tactics. We had almost certainly just seen a couple of Green Berets dropping by to talk to the medic on call, who had a Special Forces crest on his uniform. These were guys who didn't officially exist. Spooky encounter.
White supremacist group talked about paramilitary training in secret vetting calls – Boston News, ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
> “The Base is a survivalism and self-defense network. Our objective is sharing knowledge and training to prepare for crisis situations” Yeah. What does Al Qaeda translate to in English? The Base. Hate is hate.
Does anyone really believe, (as trump says) that the IRS has been auditing his taxes for FOUR years ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
Filing fees are paid to your tax preparer, not the IRS. They certainly don't appear on the bottom line of your return. It's not so much they don't care he's lying, it's that they find excuses and distract themselves into believing everyone else is just as bad. "But- Hilary's emails! Hunter's laptop!!"
Rachel Maddow delivers stinging rebuke of Donald Trump's "ego-feeding" pandemic rallies
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
Crowd size at a rally is the only area where he's still beating Biden. Like all insecure men, Trump is obsessed with size.
The buffoon in the White House just brokered two Middle East Peace Accords, something that 71 ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
So much wrong with this post, especially considering it was evidently a cut & paste from another source without consideration for whether any of it was based on reality.... *Anybody* can be nominated for a Nobel by anybody who is eligible to make a nomination. Trump's nominations were courtesy of a far-right Norwegian politician and a Swedish parliamentarian. According to the Nobel Prize website, simply being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize is “not an endorsement or extended honour to imply affiliation with the Nobel Peace Prize.” *STALIN* was nominated for a Nobel. It's actually winning one that matters. ISIS was not "destroyed". The territory of the caliphate in Syria was finally reclaimed, little thanks to Trump, who decided without warning to pull out our troops as a favor to Turkey's PM Erdogan, leaving our Kurdish allies hanging and ready for the Turks to slaughter. But ISIS remains a threat. “Isis is about ideology, not fighters or territory. The group has already adapted to territorial defeat by returning to insurgency in areas with pre-existing sectarian fault-lines. It has gained renewed momentum in recent months across Iraq’s northern provinces using tactics it was always more comfortable with than holding territory. In areas freed from their terror, local sleeper cells have already reappeared to spread panic and fear.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/23/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-isis-caliphate Job growth *slowed* in the first 3 years after Trump took office, compared to the last 3 years of President Obama's term. Unemployment went down in all groups, but still remained higher among Blacks, while average wages remained lower than among Whites. > deep, widespread, and long-standing corruption in the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the Democratic party This doesn't even deserve to be addressed. It's "deep state" fiction and only a step away from Qanon conspiracy theories. Trump and his supporters have a deep misunderstanding of NATO. The commitment to spend a certain percentage of GDP on defense is simply that- a commitment. It's not a case of paying *rent* to be in NATO. And the allies were already increasing spending during the Obama administration, in response to Russia's aggression in Chechnya. (Remember Russia? The nation that hacked the Democratic party's emails, used social media to influence the 2016 election, and is doing the same thing right now, by order of Trump's good friend Vladimir Putin?) Trump failed to hold China to account for any of its human rights violations, the concentration camps for its own citizens, and suppression of Hong Kong; and when making a speech about an intellectual rights investigation, he removed every mention of China, the only nation being investigated, for fear of...
I got off in a wrong political crowd last evening as a political activist.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
Prejudiced morons? Seriously though, people who assume that someone named "Harris" has a bunch of relatives overseas just waiting to emigrate... what the hell? And they ignore, or never bothered to wonder, where Melania Trump came from (Slovenia) and how her family became US citizens (why, chain migration!)....
I just found out why I have never known of an atheist eating dijon mustard.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 24, 2020:
Oh. I thought it was named after Dijon Talton.
SNATCH. MOIST. CUNNILINGUS. WHY DO FEMALE SEX WORDS HAVE TO BE SO GROSS-SOUNDING? [melmagazine.com]
Paul4747 comments on Oct 23, 2020:
"I snatched a moist strawberry from the bowl and popped the succulent fruit into my mouth..." I don't see what's so bad about "snatch" or "moist", at least, and "cunnilingus" sounds so close to "cunning", well, it's quite a clever word, isn't it? ;)
Biden still has issues with stuttering.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 23, 2020:
Yep, and I still have issues with IBS. I guess you could say, shit happens.
Religious Leaders Lash Out at Pope Francis for Supporting Civil Union Laws | Hemant Mehta | Friendly...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 23, 2020:
I thought he *was* the religious leader. Isn't the Pope infallible? Does a bear shit in the woods?
Analysis Paralysis
Paul4747 comments on Oct 23, 2020:
Sorry to say it's going to be much more than 12 days. Think somewhere around 19-33; 12 days until the election, then 7 to 21 to finish counting and certify the ballots, unless it's a crushing Biden victory at the polls themselves on the 3rd. Right now it looks like more Republicans are planning to vote in person, while Democrats voted early or absentee; therefore it will take time for their votes to be counted, providing an opening for Trump to try to claim victory based on election night exit polls and then scream fraud when the count turns against him.
British journo nails it: ‘we have people being beheaded for showing cartoons.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 23, 2020:
This goes all the way back to supposed advocates of free speech saying it was Salman Rushdie's own fault for having a fatwa put out on him when he wrote *The Satanic Verses*... by the Ayatollah Khomeini, who neither read nor knew anything about the novel other than being told it was "offensive to Islam". His publisher's agents in Norway, Japan, and other countries were attacked, some murdered, theoretically because they had some connection with the novel or knew his whereabouts. French citizens abroad (and Europeans in general) were targeted because a newspaper printed cartoons depicting Mohammed- and along with the cartoons were three pictures of some bearded men wearing pig snouts, which actually had nothing to do with the newspaper, but were from a French feature on a local hog-calling contest. The newspaper itself was firebombed. *People died.* Again, the newspaper was blamed for its "insensitivity to Islam", rather than the murderous thugs being blamed for taking deadly offense at mere ink on paper. (And how did these pictures turn up in places like Ethiopia, along with French flags to burn during their protests?) No belief is immune to criticism and analysis, and certainly none is immune to satire. Yet religion, as Douglas Adams observed, is placed in a mental box labeled "Do Not Touch". Religion is somehow considered off limits to moral criticism. We can criticize a politician all we want, but if someone is doing things in the name of their God- of whom we have no empirical evidence that they even *exist*, by the way- that's a special case and we should not only withhold judgment, but grant them special license to be outraged if their imaginary god is "insulted". How fragile is God's ego supposed to be, that He (or His Prophet) can't stand seeing a cartoon, anyway?
There is no depth to which this president will not stoop.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 22, 2020:
Another clear sign that Trump expects to lose. He's just salting the earth for the next administration. It's going to take decades to rebuild what Trump and his enablers tore down in a matter of months.
Let's brainstorm snarky replies to the lame first message, "How is it going?"
Paul4747 comments on Oct 22, 2020:
"Is this just a superficial, pulp social inquiry, or are you really concerned about my physical and emotional well-being?" (Swiped from Scott Adams' *Dilbert* comic)
The Atheist organizations like FFRF need to get involved in Politics just the Christian Churches are...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 22, 2020:
If only organizing atheists weren't substantially more difficult than herding cats.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland: Satan is the Reason Muslims Are in Congress | Hemant Mehta | ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 22, 2020:
I thought voters were the reason... I dunno, *anyone*, was in Congress?
Editorial: Barrett's moral relativism is cause for rejection from the bench | National Catholic ...
Paul4747 comments on Oct 22, 2020:
> I didn't see this coming from a Catholic publication. I'll bet you didn't see the Pope's pronouncement on same-sex unions coming either...
Trump will end his presidency as he began it: Whining.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 22, 2020:
Most offensive of all is the fact that, as more than 220,000 Americans have been dying to the Covid pandemic, Trump whines about how unfair it was that a pandemic happen to *him* of all people during a reelection year. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/trump-whines-about-his-covid-19-victimhood-as-campaign-flails His utter lack of empathy and inability to feel for anyone other than himself will (by all rights) be his undoing.
An Anti-Abortion Activist Filmed Her Own Sitcom.
Paul4747 comments on Oct 21, 2020:
"This week on The Facts Of Life, Toodi gives birth to her demon child!" No?

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