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"I was so naive...I had no clue so many Democrats hated Democrats"

You just wandered into the Barack Obama Group. Go read the rules before you post, thanks kindly.

Skinner said that, in ATA.

(Democratic Underground) was intended to imply an aggressive anti-Republican orientation.

We were the "Underground" fighting against the Republicans, who were in power at the time.

Ironically, it seems that many people took the name to mean "Underground fighting against Democrats." I was so naive. Back when I started this site I had no clue so many Democrats hated Democrats.


He nailed it. Anti-Republican takes a back seat these days to anti-Obama, anti-HRC, anti-Democratic Party, etc.

Exhibit A: This thread of mine http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026654863 got 5 recs. On Democratic Underground. I wasted my time, I think.

36 Historically Profound Images That Will Make The Past Come Back To Life

from: http://inyminy.com/36-historically-profound-images-that-will-make-the-past-come-back-to-life/

A disabled First World War veteran begging for his livelihood on the streets of Berlin, (1923)

Hitler asking a frostbitten and snow ravaged soldier not to salute him, but to instead rest and recover

Images sent from a Soviet probe, Venus, (1970)

Ann Hodges, the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite, shows a giant bruise on her side and hip with doctor Moody Jacobs by her side, (1954)

A boy watches TV for the first time in an appliance store window, (1948)

Maud Wagner, the first known female tattooist, circa 1911

An Opium Party, France, (1918)

Three friends enjoy a joyride on their new vehicle, Ohio, circa 1924.

Pornstar Linda Lovelace shocks other race-goers as she attends the Royal Ascot races in a revealing morning suit, England, (1974)

Meryl Streep as a High School Cheerleader, Bernardsville, New Jersey, (ca. 1966)

Actress Veronica Lake demonstrates what can happen to female factory workers who don’t tie their hair back, (1943)

Two African men walk past a sign common in apartheid South Africa, Johannesburg, circa 1956.

Babe Ruth pays his respects to Lou Gehrig at his funeral, (1941)

The rest at link above. Enjoy!

Breach Exposes I.R.S. Tax Returns


WASHINGTON — Criminals used stolen data to gain access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people through an application on the Internal Revenue Service’s website, the agency said on Tuesday.

Using Social Security numbers, birth dates, street addresses and other personal information obtained elsewhere, the criminals completed a multistep authentication process and requested the tax returns and other filings, the I.R.S. said. Information from those returns was used to file fraudulent returns, the I.R.S. said, and the agency sent nearly $50 million in refunds before it detected the scheme.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” John Koskinen, the I.R.S. commissioner, said. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”

The agency has opened an investigation into the breach and has temporarily shut down the Get Transcript application, which was used to gain access to the information. More than 200,000 attempts to view the past returns using stolen information were made from February to mid-May, and about half were successful. It is unclear whether the criminals were operating inside or outside the United States.

The complete, true story of Charlie Charlie, the ‘demonic’ teen game overtaking the Internet


If you are one of those crotchety people who believe the kids these days are somehow less inspired than generations before, then I come bearing new evidence: Even their superstitions are lamer than ours!

“Charlie Charlie,” a game/Internet urban legend of sudden and inexplicable popularity, surged to the top of the global social media charts this weekend after kicking around on the Spanish-language Internet for much of eternity. As of this writing, #CharlieCharlieChallenge has been tweeted more than 1.6 million times. More people are Googling “Charlie Charlie” than virtually any other news event.

What’s all this about?! Below, our no-nonsense explainer for the old/unimpressed.

How do you play Charlie Charlie?

Simple! You could, if you wanted, even do it at your desk.

more at link

Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for dog smuggling


Megastar Johnny Depp could face up to a decade in prison or a maximum $340,000 fine for illegally bringing his two dogs into Australia earlier this month, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

At a Senate committee hearing in Australia it was also discovered that Depp's pilot could face up to two years in prison, according to the Herald.

The Yorkshire terriers were flown back to the United States earlier this month after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to put the two dogs--Pistol and Boo--down.

Joyce accused Depp of smuggling his dogs on his private jet when he returned to Australia in April to continue filming Pirates of the Caribbean.

100.4 F in Sylvester, GA, summer is here


(had this posted by mistake earlier in CHaS lol ooops! Not enough coffee)

What's 6 feet 6 inches, has giant pecs, and is stalking an Australian suburb?



I had to laugh at that headline!

Russian waitress knocks sexually abusive customer on his ass

You go, Ms. Waitress!

Obama Plans New Rule to Limit Water Pollution


The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to significantly cleaner natural bodies of water and healthier drinking water.

But it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests, including farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and a national association of golf course owners. Opponents contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners’ rights.

Republicans in Congress point to the rule as another example of what they call executive overreach by the Obama administration. Already, they are advancing legislation on Capitol Hill meant to block or delay the rule.

B.B. King memorial more cheers than tears in Las Vegas


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas.

"B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel.

"Amen," they said.

King's closed casket lay framed by an array of floral arrangements, two of his guitars named Lucille and a tapestry showing him in eyes-clenched reverie picking a note from a section of the guitar frets dubbed by followers the "B.B. King Box."
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