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Does anyone have any idea what Dave Brat is up to since he beat Cantor?

IIRC the last anyone heard from him is when he said he didn't have a "well-crafted" answer to whether he thought there should be a minimum wage. OTOH, Jack Trammell is campaigning.

Two explanations for this:

One is he thinks the office is his just because he's a Republican in the 7th District of Virginia. He might want to ask Senator Coakley how that went.

The other is his handlers and the Koch Brothers know he's not going to wait until October to claim he isn't a witch and that he can fix the "out of control Senate" with Second Amendment remedies, and they would prefer the election not be over before the Fourth of July. Which would lead one to the conclusion they rented from the Taliban the steel box Bowe Bergdahl was kept in, and they're using it to store their candidate until two weeks before election day.

Are Mother's Day and Father's Day actually the same holiday a month apart?

A month ago, my paper was full of ads from companies selling places and events for fathers to take their kids to without mom in attendance, so mom could have a peaceful day.

Now we're full of ads from the same companies selling places and events for fathers to take their kids to without mom in attendance, so dad can "bond" with his children.

There's a difference?

I agree with none of it, but like the Texas GOP platform

For decades the GOP has governed as snakes but has run as cute lil puppy dogs. This document clearly details the extent of their snakeness, and requires each GOP candidate in Texas to affirm agreement with it.

One comment attributed to Bergdahl is disturbing me

Apparently Bergdahl asked his sergeant if his leaving the unit with his weapon and night-vision equipment would cause problems.

This is disturbing on two counts:

Why wouldn't his sergeant have asked him why he wants to know this?

And why wouldn't his sergeant then have gone to someone who outranked him - and more important, the first someone-who-outranked-him he could find - and reported what Bergdahl said?

Skittles, do you do ass-kickings by request?

If so, I've got one for you: everyone in the AP's Portland, Ore., bureau needs some of your special attention.

On May 19, as you probably remember, Oregon's gay-marriage ban was overturned. The AP sent a photojournalist to the Melody Ballroom in Portland, which was performing weddings just as fast as people could get there, to make happy snaps of the newly-married couples. He sent these in:

There's more, but you get the idea.

The photographer they sent was Portland-based Steve Dykes.


They MIGHT have been able to find a more inappropriately-named photog to do this job, but not easily.

How long until Issa launches a Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Commission?

You know he's gonna.

I say he does it by noon eastern time, Wednesday, June 4.

Regarding "let the people decide about gay marriage," this must be pointed out

"The people" have fought every civil rights advance in our nation's history. You name it, and The People have been against it, regardless of what it is.

Do you realize before Truman integrated the military, people claimed black men didn't belong in the Navy because they couldn't swim? Or before the Tuskeegee Airmen, blacks couldn't fly planes because the African eye stops working at night? I know: "jmo, you're fucking kidding me." I wish I was. People really thought these things.

The only way anyone's ever gotten civil rights is for those rights to be forced upon an unwilling public. Five years later, most people forget there was a problem.

The poem 'It is the soldier" disturbs me

It is my duty as a veteran to bring up this odious poem. You've seen it: "It is the soldier, not the journalist, who has given us freedom of the press." And other such lines.

By this logic, the bigger the army is the more free you are, and North Korea with a million men under arms is the most free country on the planet.

The biggest threat to freedom and the American Way of Life is the Republican Party. We know this because all the freedom-sapping legislation of the last 40 years started with them. Our soldiers can't protect us from one of our own political parties.

It is the Constitution, not the soldier, that gave us all those freedoms...and they were tacked on as an afterthought.

I don't get why anyone here is aghast at the conditions at the VA

If the Republicans ever regain a significant amount of power (that means both houses of Congress, or the executive branch), the first five words out of their mouths will be "We Must Privatize The VA."

You know that's what they're working up to. They're doing it to the post office now.

Let's update Monopoly

The first obvious change is pricing: does anyone REALLY think they can buy a whole street in Atlantic City for three hundred bucks?

But there need to be more cards added, like...

"Hostile Takeover."
You have decided to do a Hostile Takeover. Move your token, either forward or backward, to the closest property owned by another player and purchase it for its Mortgage Value using only cash on hand. If the property has Improvements, you must purchase the complete Color Group and all Improvements at their Mortgage Value. If player cannot afford to complete the Hostile Takeover he must forfeit his assets to the owner of the property landed on and leave the game.
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