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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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*** DUzy Awards - May 31 - June 8, 2014 ***

TGI…T! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!



On an OP by Mira  

Have we seen this gem of a photograph of our President in a bookstore? It warms my heart to see it.




I can just about hear his laugh and feel his joy about winning over these losers

question everything  

1. Curious whether he purchased any (nt)

jmowreader  

8. He didn't need to


The White House purchases the highest quality toilet paper on the market. The days of having to tear pages out of Republican books have ended.

Dark n Stormy Knight  

31. That photo is awesome, but it's missing something...


A day-glo orange 1$ clearance sticker on the book.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025032567


On an OP by alp227  

Reince Priebus: Hillary is ‘disqualified’ from running for president because of Benghazi


Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday argued that Hillary was not even qualified to run for president because Americans had died during a terrorist attack in Benghazi while she was secretary of state. 

In leaked chapter of her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Clinton said that Republicans who “exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country.” 

“I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans,” she wrote. “It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.” 

Speaking to Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday, Priebus accused Clinton of “playing politics with this from the very beginning.” 

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/01/reince-priebus-hillary-is-disqualified-from-running-for-president-because-of-benghazi/

Blue Owl  

1. The Fresh Reince of Hot Air



MurrayDelph  

12. Blather, Reince


repeat

The Magistrate  

28. Drop The Vowels, Sir, The Name Reads RNC PR BS....

McCamy Taylor  

55. She is "disqualified" because they don't have anyone who can beat her and it isn't fair.

Spitfire of ATJ  

61. When did being "qualified" matter to Republicans?



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025035717


On an OP by Warren Stupidity  

Men who watch pornography have small


brains. 

If you watch porn, you probably have a small brain, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows. 

The study, conducted by the Max Plank Institute for Human Development in Berlin, found a significant negative correlation between frequent pornography consumption and grey matter in the brain (that’s the stuff that tells your brain how to react to sensory information.) 

The keyword here is correlation. While the study’s findings are significant, the researchers don’t know if it’s the porn that causes the low grey-matter volume in porn-watchers, or if it’s the other way around. It could be a neurological pre-condition that makes watching porn particularly satisfying. 

http://www.boston.com/health/2014/05/30/men-who-watch-pornography-have-small-brains/w1N2S2KJVHfVRlSaE39PDM/story.html

Skittles  

7. does it say in which head?


inquiring minds

reflection  

59. No agree! Post maek me mad!



TlalocW  

80. This is why


I do Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles at the same time I watch porn. I figure they cancel each other out, and my brain remains normal sized. 

newcriminal  

84. What does watching porn make small on a woman?


I hope it is my butt. I'll start watching more if you say my butt!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025035780


On an OP by TheMightyFavog  

Are the reich wingers bitching about Tonight's Cosmos yet?


Tyson is not pulling punches on Climate Change.

Blue Owl  

4. The Neil in their coffin


n/t

Flatpicker  

15. Probably not.


They won't get their talking points until the morning.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025035930


OP by mindwalker_i  

My wife just kicked me out of the kitchen


She said that because I had been drinking (just a little mead), I couldn't cur onions. Or mushrooms. WTF?! Guy tries to help make dinner, gets his ass kicked. 

DavidDvorkin  

1. Curing onions requires a clear head.

Squinch  

79. It also requires an ice rink, and some brooms. And a couple of Canadians.


But he's going to lose. Onions are too light.

Wayyyy too many DUzys in this thread, I wouldn't want to be accused of curing out the best ones -- so…. DUzy to everyone who posted in the thread! Follow the link and enjoy:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025036435


On an OP by undeterred  

Pastor orders female congregants to come to church with no underwear for Christ to enter




There are reports of a Kenyan pastor who has ordered all female congregants to go to the church 'free' - That is without bras and panties for Christ to enter their lives. 

According to kenyan-post.com, Reverend Njohi of the Lord's Propeller Redemption Church in Nairobi reportedly advised female worshippers against wearing any undergarments to the church, calling them ungodly. 

In a meeting chaired by him, a law was passed banning the wearing of inner wears. Njohi claims that when going to church, people need to be free in 'body' and 'spirit' to receive Christ. 

He went ahead to warn members of dire consequences if they secretly put on their inner wears. A member of the church who pleaded anonymity said at last Sunday's service, women dressed as the pastor had ordered without bras and panties. Mothers were also advised to do same and check their daughters when coming to church on Sundays so as to receive Christ too. 

I am not making this up: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-religion-byo-43603.html

dixiegrrrrl  

1. ahhh, yes....the Sharon Stone worship technique.


Propeller, eh?

valerief  

2. Commando Christianity. nt

Baitball Blogger  

7. I remember when I thought "genuflect" was a nasty word.


But this is really screwing with my mind.

Wolf Frankula  

5. Lord's Propeller?


This has to be a joke. 

Wolf

tk2kewl  

11. .



tk2kewl  

13. Please turn to page 5 in your missal...



eppur_se_muova  

14. "Jiggling for Jesus" is the likely explanation. nt

winter is coming  

17. I always thought that Spanx were the work of the devil. n/t

Kaleva  

21. It's now easy to spot the non-repentant. They are sitting with their legs crossed.

undeterred  

23. Locking Christ out with a cross.



http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018623116


On an OP by eridani  

Colorado Weed Sales Raise Huge Amounts in Taxes and Crime Down 10 Percent


http://www.nationofchange.org/colorado-sells-weed-march-goes-schools-and-crime-down-10-percent-1401716951 

All the naysayers who were against marijuana legalization are eating crow about now. Colorado’s weed sales just keep trending up, and with the sales of legal weed, they are improving their schools and reducing overall crime rates. 

Not counting medicinal weed sales, Colorado sold nearly $19 million in their recreational weed market in the month of March, and $1.9 million of that goes straight into government coffers and towards building schools. At this pace, according to PolicyMic, Colorado will make $30 million this year in pot taxes alone. 

What’s even more promising is that these numbers are still low estimates, as the recreational and medicinal marijuana markets (coinciding just fine, take note Washington) are likely to keep trending upward. Many say that a figure closer to $60 million in weed tax revenue is a more likely assumption. Medical marijuana is also not as heavily taxes as recreational marijuana, and hopefully it will stay that way. 

Crime rates in Colorado have dropped by 10.6% while Dunkin Donuts has begun expanding its brand in the state (really). It looks like a really good future for people living in Colorado, or any state that legalizes both medical and recreational marijuana – though it is admittedly too early to tell.The cherry on top of this tax-generating cake? Crime rates are also down in Colorado, so while kids are hopefully going to get a better education, the government (idealistically) will spend more money improving infrastructure and other business opportunities for Colorado citizens, and unemployment rates are plummeting. The Colorado police can take a little rest from their duties.

KansDem  

12. "Come on Tennessee, don't let Colorado bogart all the good legislation!"




Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 
Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 

Tax another one, 
Just like the other one, 
Colorado's been makin' cash 
Tennessee now needs a stash! 

Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 
Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 

Taaaaaxxxxx another one, 
Just like the other one, 
We want what you got, too 
To increase our revenue 

Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 
Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025038721


On an OP by n2doc  

Professor With Incredible Beard Fired For Unknowingly Appearing On A Beer Bottle




I don’t have a strong facial hair game. It’s quite poor. I’m not proud of it, but those were just the cards I was dealt. Paul Roof, however, is not a man who suffers from the same debilitating circumstances that I do. 

Roof is an associate professor at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. He is also the proud owner of an incredible beard, one that leads him to enter competitions across the nation. 

At a competition in New Orleans, Roof’s impeccably styled beard was photographed by a professional photographer, and unbeknownst to him, was subsequently discovered by Holy City Brewing. The brewery, also located in the Charleston area, seemed to have a bit of an infatuation with the image, and it chose to use the photograph on the label for its Chucktown Follicle Brown beer, which is an awfully named beer to say the least. 

Roof was fired recently, thanks to the brewery’s use of the image and its promotion of a “non-Christian environment.” In fact, Roof had no idea his imagine was used in the marketing of the beer until he was fired, claiming he gave no one permission to use his photograph. He also stated he never received any form of compensation. 

more 
http://totalfratmove.com/professor-with-incredible-beard-fired-for-unknowingly-appearing-on-a-beer-bottle/

longship  

1. "Prof. says beard, beer got him canned at CSU"


Isn't that a better headline? 

From Charleston Post and Courier 
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140530/PC16/140539906/1177/prof-says-beard-beer-got-him-canned-at-csu

Love some headline writers. 

GreatCaesarsGhost  

2. Probably a lawsuit brewing.


He'd should hop on this. They could have at yeast asked him before using his image.

Ikonoklast  

4. I could see this issue coming to a head.


A good lawyer would pour over this case .

pinboy3niner  

8. I'm sure he fermently disagrees with his firing


I Amstel at a loss myself.

GreatCaesarsGhost  

12. I barley understand it myself.

winter is coming  

6. Next, they'll fire someone for letting their collie appear in a painting of dogs playing poker. n/t

pinboy3niner  

14. Put those cards down, Lassie--Timmy's in the well!!!



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025040710


OP by David Zephyr  

A Better Trade: One Taliban Prisoner for This Single American Deserter.




GeorgeGist  

2. We get the Taliban ...


member, right?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025045164


On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

Pope to Couples: have kids, not pets or be bitter and lonely in old age


Pope to Couples: Have Kids, Not Pets 
Lonely old age looms otherwise, he says 


Married couples who raise pets instead of little Catholics are destined for a bitter, lonely old age, according to Pope Francis. At mass yesterday, he said a "culture of wellbeing" had convinced people that "it's better not to have children"—because that way you can travel; "you can have a house in the country and be carefree," the Guardian reports. "Maybe it is better, more convenient, to have a little dog, two cats; and the love goes to the two cats and the little dog," he continued, but such a marriage will lead to "old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fertile; it does not do what Jesus does with his church: he makes it fertile." 

http://www.newser.com/story/187899/pope-to-couples-have-kids-not-pets.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=united&utm_campaign=rss_lifestyle

Baitball Blogger  

21. Criminy. Now he's pissed off the cats.



SidDithers  

62. ...



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025049918


OP by SomethingFishy  

Dear Mr Open Carry,


I understand you feel a need to carry your weapon to some of the most dangerous places on the planet. You know, Target, Chipotle, Wal-Mart. After all you never know when an IED is going to go off in the housewares section. 

The problem lies in the fact that I can't tell you apart from the lunatics. When I see someone with a real gun in a toy store my brain automatically thinks "batshit crazy". 

Now I understand that there is a difference between you and the batshit crazy guy, but I can't tell just by looking. Is there some way you folks can identify yourselves as the "good guy with a gun". Frankly, most of you, when you strap your big old semi-auto onto your back and march into a McDonalds for lunch, wearing your American Flag shorts, and "don't tread on me" t-shirt look batshit crazy to me. So maybe there is some kind of uniform you can wear, or a sign or something, anything, to differentiate you the responsible "good guy with a gun" in Kroeger to the batshit crazy guy in Kroeger with a gun. 

Look this would be a public service, you could wear a uniform like a cop or a soldier or maybe you can get Curtis Sliwa to design you a special beret! 
Look all I'm saying is I can't tell the difference between you the "good guy with a gun" or Jeffery Fucking Dhamer. You all look crazy to me. So how bout a little help eh?

MineralMan  

4. A clown suit would be an appropriate uniform, I think.



hlthe2b  

5. Most appropriate signifier?-- make them wear a Dunce cap.... n/t

erronis  

103. I was thinking about the same - a beanie cap with a propeller


Lined with tinfoil to keep those evil g'mint rays from probing the wet mass between their ears. 

Or, of course they'd look sweet in this pretty outfit.


Karia  

7. Since they have issues in this area anyway...


The open carry activists who consider themselves "good guys" could identify themselves by wearing large prosthetic phalluses, like those worn in penis processions in certain Greek and Japanese festivals. In Greece, they often add goat bells at the base of the shaft, so you can hear them approaching. 
An added bonus: those of us who are apprehensive about "open carry" would have notice to leave or hide at the sound of goat bells.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025048775


On an OP by KansDem  

Uh-oh...




...gulp! 

C'mon, Denver! C'mon, Cleveland! C'mon Dallas! You want the 2016 Republican convention, don't you? C'mon! Chime in! Make it happen! Do it now! 

You know you do! 

muntrv  

1. The strip clubs in those cities do.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025052589


On an OP by question everything  

Man gives CPR to a squirrel


Thank you, from another squirrel lover.. 

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/06/04/erin-pkg-moos-squirrel-cpr-rescue.cnn.html 

NuclearDem  

1. Hope he remembered his ABCs.


Airway, Breathing, Chipmunk.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025053012




On an OP by raccoon  

How do you say "No problema?" in French? nt


rug  

3. Chablis.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018624568


On an OP by Skidmore  

11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox.


Because...we need to do something besides navel gazing for just a few minutes. This is a fun read. 

http://io9.com/11-of-the-weirdest-solutions-to-the-fermi-paradox-456850746 

11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox 

George Dvorsky 

Most people take it for granted that we have yet to make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. Trouble is, the numbers don’t add up. Our Galaxy is so old that every corner of it should have been visited many, many times over by now. No theory to date has satisfactorily explained away this Great Silence, so it’s time to think outside the box. Here are eleven of the weirdest solutions to the Fermi Paradox. 

There's no shortage of solutions to the Fermi Paradox. The standard ones are fairly well known, and we’re not going to examine them here, but they include the Rare Earth Hypothesis (the suggestion that life is exceptionally rare), the notion that space travel is too difficult, or the distances too vast, the Great Filter Hypothesis (the idea that all sufficiently advanced civilizations destroy themselves before going intergalactic), or that we’re simply not interesting enough. 

But for the purposes of this discussion, we’re going to look at some of the more bizarre and arcane solutions to the Fermi Paradox. Because sometimes it takes a weird explanation to answer a weird question. So, as Enrico Fermi famously asked, “Where is everybody?” 

shenmue  

1. Maybe the buses are just late



baldguy  

2. We’re Made Out of Meat


From the Nebula Award-nominated short story, “They’re Made Out of Meat” by Terry Bisson: 

http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html

"They're made out of meat." 

"Meat?" 

"Meat. They're made out of meat." 

"Meat?" 

"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat." 

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?" 

"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines." 

"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact." 

"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines." 

"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat." 

"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat."



A little while later: 

"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?" 

"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat." 

"I thought you just told me they used radio." 

"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat." 

"Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?" 

"Officially or unofficially?" 

"Both." 

"Officially, we are required to contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe, without prejudice, fear or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing." 

"I was hoping you would say that." 

"It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?" 

"I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? 'Hello, meat. How's it going?'

Xipe Totec  

4. On Earth, meat beats you! nt

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025055008


On an OP by taterguy  

I'm back


I'd like to see a dozen threads expressing opinions on my departure and return. 

Thanks

jberryhill  

28. YOU were one of the Gitmo prisoners that was exchanged?


Dang. Didn't see that one coming.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025034616


On an OP by steve2470  

Giant 3-foot-long rats invade Florida Keys


http://kdvr.com/2014/06/05/giant-3-foot-long-rats-invade-florida-keys/ 



MIAMI – Flamingos, manatees — and rats the size of toaster ovens. Yep, the list of animals Florida is best known for is about to grow by one. But unlike the other two, the Gambian pouched rat isn’t likely to be featured on any tourism brochures or commemorative keychains. 

The giant non-native rodent has invaded the Florida Keys and it will. Not. Go. Away. 

Despite ongoing efforts to eradicate (e-rat-icate? Eh???) it from Grassy Key since 2007, new sightings confirm the rat — once thought to be on its last freakishly large legs — is harder to kill than Chris Brown’s career. 

Not that it’s too hard to catch sight of one of these guys. Adult Gambian pouched rats weigh about 3 or 4 pounds and average 2 to 3 feet long, not counting their tails.

knitter4democracy  

5. Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025055814


On an OP by phantom power  

Larry Summers: Helping Homeowners Would Have Hurt Banks


I have a review of Mian and Sufi’s House of Debt out today, and so does Larry Summers. His review is very strange. It starts off with almost unvarnished praise for the book, saying “it could be the most important book to come out of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession.” He celebrates their data collection, largely agrees with their alternative rendering of the causes of the crisis, and pronounces it “a major contribution” that should give pause to what Mian and Sufi call “the banking view” of the crisis, essentially that the economy hinges on protecting and saving the financial system. 

And then, Summers calls them naive and says they didn’t understand the reality of what policymakers faced in 2008 and 2009. Specifically, he says that “We all believed in 2009 what Mian and Sufi have now conclusively demonstrated – that reducing mortgage debt would spur consumer spending,” saying they did not have a narrow banking view of crisis response. Yet almost every one of Summers’ objections - to supporting bankruptcy judges rewriting terms of primary mortgages, to forcing principal write-downs, to buying underwater mortgages through a Home Owners Loan Corporation-type structure - comes with the warning that the preferred policy of mortgage debt relief would hurt the banks. 

... 

How does this not reflect a “banking view” of the world? The objections are that relieving homeowner debt would put losses on banks, chill future lending and hurt banks’ capital positions. This is precisely what Mian and Sufi attack in the book! First off, they argue that it makes no sense to want to spur lending into a deeply indebted economy. They also add that “The idea that financial firms should never take losses is indefensible.” Their entire point is that the losses from the housing bubble collapse were poorly distributed through the system, heaped on those who lost the most in net worth and had the highest marginal propensity to spend. Meanwhile, those most equipped to absorb the losses, those who finance the banking system, were relatively untouched. This is the PRECISE CAUSE, in Mian and Sufi’s view, why the recovery has been so sluggish: the families who couldn’t withstand heavy losses took the brunt of them, and they had to cut back, and demand suffered. 

It’s extremely weird that Summers says House of Debt should inform policy responses, and then gives all the reasons why it can’t inform the last policy response. Summers is effectively saying, “We didn’t have a banking view! It’s just that mortgage debt relief would hurt the banks.” In a way, that is nicely revealing. People long suspected that the White House economic team’s policy response foregrounded the idea of protecting the banks at all costs, with homeowners a secondary concern at best. Summers just said it out loud. 

http://daviddayen.tumblr.com/post/88000474571/summers-helping-homeowners-would-have-hurt-banks

PoliticAverse  

1. Every bank was sacred, every bank was great....


if a bank is wasted, god gets quite irate... 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025058705


On an OP by doxydad  

Ass Hat Tony Perkins: Christians forced to bake cakes for gays like forcing Jews into Nazi ovens


Another religious right leader invoked Holocaust imagery to complain about a recent civil rights ruling in Colorado. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke Thursday with the attorney of a baker who lost his court battle to refuse service to LGBT customers who ordered cakes to celebrate their legal same-sex marriages. 

The state’s Civil Rights Commission last week upheld an administrative judge’s finding that Christian bakery owner Jack Phillips had violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination statutes. Attorney Nicolle Martin, of the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Perkins the ruling was part of an ongoing “witch hunt” against Christians, reported Right Wing Watch. 

Perkins reached for a more recent historical analogy to compare the state’s actions to Nazi Germany. 

“I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next?” Perkins wondered aloud. “When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?” 

I've said it before, I reiterate: If it has FAITH, FAMILY, FOX or FREEDOM in the Title, it's a fuckin' TeapubliKKKan TRAP.

Spirochete  

1. I liked him better


when he was just dressing up like his mother and stabbing people...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025059401


On an OP by WillyT  

Cable Companies Are Astroturfing Fake Consumer Support To End Net Neutrality - Vice


By Lee Fang - Vice 
June 5, 2014 

Consumer advocates everywhere are demanding that the Federal Communication Commission continue down its current path for shelving net neutrality and allowing a two-tiered internet. That is, if cable company-created front groups and other industry-funded organizations are to be believed. 

The controversy, at the moment, rests on a legal distinction. A federal lawsuit filed by Verizon has forced the FCC into a corner by creating a standard under which effective net-neutrality rules­­—which ensure all internet traffic is treated equally—can only be reached, according to most analysts, by classifying the internet as a "common carrier," or in other words, a public utility. Such a distinction would allow the FCC to demand that internet service providers, like Comcast or Verizon, are not allowed to create internet slow lanes and fast lanes. 

To the surprise of probably no one, ISPs are enraged at the prospect of being classified as a utility and are fighting back. But the attacks are not fully transparent. Many of the organizations protesting a move toward classifying ISPs as a utility, which is the only likely option for enacting net neutrality, are funded by the ISP lobby. 

Take this opinion column by former Republican Senator John Sununu and former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford in the San Francisco Chronicle. The pair argues that reclassification would lead to "chronic underinvestment" in broadband services while threatening job loss. The disclaimer running under their byline says they are honorary co-chairs of Broadband for America, which the paper describes as "a coalition of 300 internet consumer advocates, content providers, and engineers." 

A disclosure obtained by VICE from the National Cable and Telecom Association (NCTA), a trade group for ISPs, shows that the bulk of Broadband for America's recent $3.5 million budget is funded through a $2 million donation from NCTA. Last month, Broadband for America wrote a letter to the FCC bluntly demanding that the agency “categorically reject” any effort toward designating broadband as a public utility. It wasn't signed by any internet consumer advocates, as the Sununu-Ford letter suggests. The signatures on the letter reads like a who's who of ISP industry presidents and CEOs, including AT&T's Randall Stephenson, Cox Communications' Patrick Esser, NCTA president (and former FCC commissioner) Michael Powell, Verizon's Lowell McAdam, and Comcast's Brian Roberts. 

Notably, Broadband for America's most recent tax filing shows that it retained the DCI Group, an infamous lobbying firm that specializes in creating fake citizen groups on behalf of corporate campaigns. 

http://www.vice.com/read/cables-companies-are-astroturfing-fake-consumer-support-to-end-net-neutrality?noredirection=true 

Fuddnik  

1. John Sununu and Harold Ford


Two cheeks on the same asshole.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025059187


On an OP by struggle4progress  

How can we here at DU blame California Chrome's defeat today on Obama?


edgineered  

3. He played the . . .


RACE card !

pinboy3niner  

8. I knew we wouldn't have to wait furlong. nt

OnyxCollie  

13. You could ask it in a question, like Fox News does.

betsuni  

86. We're just asking equestrians!

LeftofObama  

104. In Before The Fetlock!



Nearly a dozen DUzy nominations in this thread… follow the link, it'll make you laugh till you're peeing like a racehorse! DUzy to all who replied!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025063583


On an OP by 47of74  

Man shoots self in penis with girlfriend’s pink pistol, charges possible


Ouch. 

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Man-shoots-self-in-penis-with-girlfriends-pink-pistol-127317128.html

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police are preaching firearms safety after a Chandler man accidentally shot himself in the penis with his girlfriend's little pink pistol. 

It happened last week outside a grocery store near Elliot and Alma School roads. 

According to Chandler police, Joshua Seto, 27, was tucking the little gun – reportedly a Taurus 380 Compact Pistol similar to the one pictured above – into his waistband as he walked toward the store with his girlfriend, Cara Christopher. 

The gun went off. The bullet hit Seto's penis and continued through his left thigh.

Is it wrong of me to hope the organ is permanently damaged as the price for being so stupid? 

rocktivity  

2. Well, isn't it just the most LADYLIKE little thing?




Too cute to be harmful, let alone lethal. 

But I have to wonder why HE was packing HER gun as they were walking toward a STORE. Should the "charges possible" include "conspiracy to commit robbery?" 

Joshua Seto was Under Influence of Prescription Drugs When He Shot Himself in Penis, Cops Believe 

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/08/joshua_seto_was_under_influenc.php

Cops who responded to the August 2 incident reported that Joshua Seto, 27, seemed too calm and oblivious to pain, says Chandler Sergeant Joe Favazzo. The officers thought the man was impaired by prescription drugs... 

Police say the man and his girlfriend had been on their way to the store at about 7:30 p.m. when the woman pulled her pink .380 caliber, semi-automatic Taurus, specially made to promote breast cancer awareness, from her purse...Seto took the gun and jammed into his waistband, where it went off... 

The couple didn't immediately drive to a hospital, instead walking to a bench at the parking lot. Someone else prompted the man's girlfriend...to call 911...

Ilsa  

7. And now pink guns will promote penis piercing awareness.


I think women who buy pink guns are falling for the most stupid marketing gimmicks. Ashamed of my gender.

dixiegrrrrl  

3. Brain injury, huh?



Kaleva  

9. A real man would have blown his dick and balls off with a .44 magnum

libodem  

10. Pink Pistol Packing Paramore


Plugs Penis Pushing Piece in Pants 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11038102


On an OP by Ichingcarpenter  

The War on Drugs ......WTF?




lob1  

3. Arpaio must be hung like a hummingbird.

eShirl  

4. Oversize Load, that's for sure.

Skittles  

7. not in his pants, for sure

47of74  

10. Well that "Depends" on...


...what sort of load you are referring to.

DeSwiss  

18. /fixed





http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025068339


On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

drunken downfall of beloved artist thomas kinkade




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2652531/Thomas-Kinkades-downfall-Americas-loved-evangelical-artist.html 

Drunken downfall of America's most loved evangelical artist whose works hung in twenty million homes: Thomas Kinkade was found dead after overdosing on valium and booze 
Kinkade's 2012 death was caused by an accidental overdose from ethanol and Diazepam intoxication 
The troubled artist had a history of alcohol abuse and in many cases made drunken scenes 
In one instance, Kinkade urinated on a Disney character while yelling 'this one's for you, Walt' 
Former employees say the Disney incident was the beginning of what Kinkade called 'ritual territorial urination' 
NightWatcher  

7. his later, Star Wars stuff was genius









http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025070566


'til next week...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 02:31 AM (18 replies)

*** DU Essays: April 22 - May 28, 2014 ***

In case you missed them, here are some original essays by DUers over the past month:

My story can be found on page 137 of 'How to Destroy the Middle Class' playbook ....

All I want is for the Democrats to watch my back -- without a knife in hand

"There's nothing to forgive, she was sick." (LONG)

I said this last year and it deserves repeating. We didn't fight for your freedom.

Misandry is real, misandry is out there...

Enjoy!

EDIT 1: Please ADD TO THIS LIST if you've seen an original DU essay you consider to be a good read.. (Look through your own list of posts you've recommended!) then reply to this post or PM me a link, and I'll edit this post to include your recommendation (or add it to the next DU Essays post). I'm going to do this bi-weekly for awhile and see how it goes. Thanks for the help, everyone!

EDIT 2: What we're looking for: ORIGINAL DUer essays - not reposts from another blog or website such as DailyKos; the typical entry will be 200-1500 words long (1-3 browser pages) and contain few, if any, links to other sources.
Controversial subjects welcome..

But since it's my idea, I'll reserve the right to not include posts that I don't think fit the general parameters -- (otherwise we may end up with too many links, which would probably defeat the purpose).

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 02:54 PM (4 replies)

*** DUzy Awards - May 24-30, 2014 ***

TGI…S! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!



On an OP by OhioChick  

Rare snow leopards born at Akron Zoo: Cuteness Alert


Posted: 12:16 PM, May 28, 2014 




AKRON, Ohio - Two rare snow leopard cubs were born at the Akron Zoo last month, the zoo announced Wednesday. 

The cubs, a male and a female, make the second time their parents Shanti and Roscoe have had a successful litter. The two males born to the couple in 2012 live at zoos in Michigan and Rhode Island. 

The new cubs and their mother Shanti will remain indoors until late June or July, when they will be healthy enough to go back into their exhibit. 

The Akron Zoo staff was one of the first in the country to use training, instead of anesthesia, to perform ultrasounds and monitor the cubs' development while they were in Shanti's womb. 

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/rare-snow-leaopards-born-at-akron-zoo-photos

onehandle  

5. They're cute, until they are ripping you to shreds.


What am I saying? They're cute even when they are ripping you to shreds. 

The Velveteen Ocelot  

11. There's no leopards I know...


Everything about them is appealing 

Everything their little fangs can chew 

Nowhere could you have that happy feeling 

When they aren't eating every bit of you...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025018980


On an OP by ashling  

Box O Cats




onehandle  

1. This is exactly what gay marriage leads to. nt

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018622004


On an OP by KamaAina  

American Family Association: Don't Open Letters With Harvey Milk Stamp


http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/american-family-association-dont-open-letters-harvey-milk-stamp 

Incensed by the release of a postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the American Family Association is urging its members not only to avoid purchasing the stamp…but to refuse to accept or open any letter or package postmarked with one. 

1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag. 

2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write 'Return to Sender" on the envelope and tell your postman you won't accept it. 

In his daily email alert yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also attacked the Obama administration for issuing the stamp, linking the move to the imprisonment of a Sudanese mother who is facing the death penalty for her conversion to Christianity: “(T)he Obama administration -- which had more than enough time to throw a party in honor of homosexual activist Harvey Milk -- hasn't had a spare second to demand the freedom of two of America’s youngest citizens.”

That address once again: 

American Family Association 
P.O. Drawer 2440 
Tupelo, MS 38803 



Siwsan  

2. Write "donation inside" on the envelope


See how fast they open it.

KamaAina  

4. ROFL!




Here's the donation: 



PoliticalPothead  

34. LOL! That's a great idea.


And the "donation inside" should be a sheet of Harvey Milk stamps.

LeftofObama  

8. If you happen to mail them something with the Harvey Milk stamp


make sure you not only put their address on the body of the envelope, but put their address in the return address section as well. That way when they refuse the letter it will come back to them anyway.

Prophet 451  

52. I have a vision of this ending in court


Yr'honour, I couldn't open the bill because it had a Harvey Milk stamp on it"

Blue Owl  

54. Remind the AFA that the milk they drink is homogenized


n/t

tclambert  

64. It's a plot by the Post Office to get us to lick a gay man.


(I think it's actually self-stick. So if you lick it, it's because you want to.)

gmoney  

76. Remember all the trouble people had with the Ronald Reagan stamp?


They kept spitting on the front of it...

kentauros  

78. No, but I do remember a rubber stamp you could get


to put Tricky Dick behind bars

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025014261


On an OP by ErikJ  

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy Clippers for $2 billion


Source: LA Times

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with his $2-billion offer setting a record price for an NBA team, The Times has learned. 

Ballmer, who was chief executive of Microsoft for 14 years, was chosen over competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the Geffen group bid $1.6 billion and Ressler at $1.2 billion. The sale price is almost four times the highest previous NBA franchise sale price -- the $550 million paid earlier this month for the Milwaukee Bucks. It is second only to the Dodgers 2012 sale for $2.1 billion as the highest price for any sports team in North America. 

The prospective sale by Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling comes five days ahead of an NBA hearing to oust her family from ownership following a controversy in which Donald Sterling insulted African-Americans in a secret audio recording. 

The tentative deal still must receive the blessing of her husband, Donald Sterling, .........................

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-sn-clippers-sale-ballmer-20140529-story.html 

KamaAina  

1. He got ripped off.


About a billion should have been more than enough. We are, after all, talking about the junior team in the market, sort of like the Brooklyn Nets vis-a-vis the Knicks. He just enriched the racist scum by an additional billion. 

edit: On the other hand, it is entirely possible that Ballmer intends to move the team to Seattle, which got royally hosed when Clay Bennett moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City (!), where, as the Thunder, they are presently contending for the West title.

muriel_volestrangler  

9. "The Seattle Blue Screens" ...

RoccoR5955  

23. Maybe they could resurrect


Clippy, and use him as a mascot! 


muriel_volestrangler  

24. Anyone inside the costume would not be able to get life insurance


They could use him tactically, I suppose - keep him hidden, but if it's clear they're going to lose, bring him out, and there's a guaranteed riot as fans of both sides storm the court to rip him apart.

christx30  

27. That's a funny thought:


"It looks like you're trying to block a 3-point shot. Would you like help with that?"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014814668


On an OP by joeybee12  

Michael Vick: I can help the Jets get to a Super Bowl


Jets quarterback Michael Vick may be a backup, but he’s a backup with a lot of confidence in what he can bring to his team. 

“I just feel like I can help any football team, any organization, particularly this football team, get to a Super Bowl,” Vick told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “It’s tough at this stage of my career because I still feel like I’m a fairly young player and I can still keep up. People make it seem like I’m getting older and things are not the same. I beg to differ.” 

Vick has never been to a Super Bowl, which he says is because he has never been on a team that had all the pieces in place. But he thinks the Jets may be that team. 

“Sometimes, I feel like I’ve been dealt the short end of the stick because I haven’t had all those components over the years,” he said. “I never complained because this is an unbelievable league, it’s a great league and I’ve been blessed to play in it. Of course, I wish I had a Super Bowl and wish I could have accomplished more things. But, hey, I still got an opportunity and that’s what I am thinking.” 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/24/michael-vick-i-can-help-the-jets-get-to-a-super-bowl/related/ 

Yeah, maybe he can help the Jits get there if he goes to another team!

KamaAina  

2. How? By driving them to Minneapolis on a dogsled?



http://www.democraticunderground.com/120443418


On a Poll by arely staircase  

what do you rhink the legal age to consent sex should be?





winter is coming  

1. Old enough to use spell check. n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025026143


OP by uppityperson  

Let me tell you about Women


Most have XX chromosomes and are homo sapiens. 

Let me tell you about Men. 

Most have XY chromosomes and are homo sapiens. 

riqster  

11. Nope, it's easy to tell 'em apart.


Just ask them to pull down their "genes". 



Thank you, I'll be here all week, tip your servers....

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025013639


OP by Recursion  

The one image that best sums up misandry




angstlessk  

6. I, and am sure many here don't 'get it'


misogyny is hatred of women...misandry is hatred of men...what doe this show?

Recursion  

7. As a hint, this is a train derailment (nt)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025019785


On an OP by Katashi_itto  

Christian host on transgender rights: ‘Liberals demand public access to rape your girls’


Is it me or are RWers getting more and more violent with their rhetoric on the average? Like they are trying to push a conflict? I keep thinking of Rwanda more and more 



Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Navy chaplain who turned to hosting a Christian Internet show after being court martialed, warned his followers this week that liberals wanted to visually “rape your girls” by giving transgender people equal rights. 

In an email to supporters over the weekend, Klingenschmitt lashed out at a recent Maine Supreme Court ruling that said a transgender girl should be able to use the school bathroom that corresponded to her gender. 

“‘Transgenders’ want your children,” he wrote in the email obtained by Right Wing Watch. “Liberals demand public access to rape your girls, at least visually in public bathrooms, or to expose themselves to your girls at school, without parental consent or protection of any kind.” 


Klingenschmitt advised parents in Maine to “immediately remove their children from public schools, and teach them at home.” 

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/27/christian-host-on-transgender-rights-liberals-demand-public-access-to-rape-your-girls/

Brickbat  

1. "Expose themselves to your girls at school, without parental consent..."


That cracks me up and seems a little Freudian.

TrogL  

13. I take he's not aware women's washrooms have privacy stalls?

Glorfindel  

14. He probably thinks they have urinals


Maybe even long troughs like the old military latrines.

JHB  

20. The only response to that is to wonder aloud whether he comes up with this stuff...


...when he's molesting livestock, or when he's molesting thorny desert plants. 

"Chaps" indeed. 

Heidi  

38. He should be more concerned that someone has stolen his neck.


That, at least, is based in reality.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025006803


On an OP by hrmjustin  

Pagan God From Bronze Age Caught By Unsuspecting Fisherman In Siberia


Yasmine Hafiz 

Nikolay Tarasov was fishing in a river near his home in Tisul, in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, when he caught something unexpected- and very old. 

"Me and a friend were walking on the river bank with nets, when suddenly it got stuck with something," he said. "I found the object, freed the net and was about to throw it back in the water - but at the last second I looked at it more closely," he told The Siberian Times. "And I saw a face. I stopped and washed the thing in the river - and realized it wasn't a stone of an unusual shape, as I thought earlier - but a statuette." 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/pagan-god-bronze-age-siberia_n_5397234.html 

MADem  

5. Who knew Don Rickles was once a pagan god?




http://www.democraticunderground.com/12642886


On an OP by al_liberal  

How in this day and age does anyone become a great orator?


If Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech today would he be able to do what he did? How about Lincoln? How about Churchill? Or Eisenhower just before D-Day? 

My question is how can one person make as big of an impact as they did in their time given the poisoned media we have today?

pinboy3niner  

1. Well, hand notes obviously don't help





valerief  

7. Today's great orators need to make their point in 140 characters or less.


We have a Twitter-brained populace.

pinboy3niner  

11. That hasn't helped Palin


She did all her policy White Papers in 140 characters, but somehow, inexplicably, we didn't make her VP. 

valerief  

12. But her word-salad speeches go on endlessly. nt

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025028029


On an OP by DonViejo  

Joe The Plumber To UCSB Parents: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump' My Guns


Source: TPM

TOM KLUDT – MAY 27, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT 

Samuel Wurzelbacher gave his condolences this week to the families of the victims of the mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara. But no tragedy is going to stop "Joe The Plumber" from defending the Second Amendment. 

In an open letter published Tuesday on the website Barbwire, Wurzelbacher went out of his way to explain to the victims' parents that the deaths won't undermine his "Constitutional rights." 

"I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now," wrote Wurzelbacher, who became something of a mascot for John McCain's failed 2008 presidential campaign. "But: As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights." 

Wurzelbacher singled out Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was one of the six students killed by Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, Calif. Since the deadly rampage, Martinez has twice railed against politicians and the National Rifle Association for the failure to pass new gun laws after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 

-snip-

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joe-the-plumber-wurzelbacher-ucsb-shooting-dead-kids 

DonViejo  

6. "Joe the Plumber;" someone else we can thank John McCain for


right up there with the Klondike Kardashian

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014812499


On an OP by doxydad  

Joe The Plumber Says Guns Are For Hunting Down Politicians


Joe the Plumber (Samuel Wurzelbacher) channeled his inner Jared Loughner this week by declaring on his web site that the most important reason for having guns is to hunt down politicians. On his Joe for America web page, he gave a list of reasons for why guns are needed, ending with this commentary: 

And – this is the most important one: 

Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you. 

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/29/joe-plumber-guns-hunting-politicians.html 

I personally am goddamn tired of this ass hat, and his lunatic gun nuttery. Wasn't his '15 minutes of TeapubliKKKan Fame' up when he accepted a union based job? 
Move on, douche, you're yesterdays nothing, along with Rove and Palin.

Blue Owl  

4. O Joey boy, the pipes, the pipes are clogging...


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025023999


On an OP by alp227  

Guns, ammo seized at UC Santa Barbara student's Isla Vista apartment


Source: LA Times

Sheriff's deputies arrested a UC Santa Barbara student this week on charges of accidentally discharging his gun, narrowly missing striking a neighbor with a bullet, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. 

Kevin Tym, 21, admitted to deputies that he was playing with his legally owned Glock when it discharged about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, shooting through his neighbor's wall in the 6500 block of Pardall Road, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

The bullet was apparently deflected off a TV stand and lodged in a wall, just missing his neighbor, sheriff's officials said. 

The incident occurred hours before a memorial was planned at UC Santa Barbara for six students who were killed in Friday's deadly rampage through Isla Vista, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed three students, shot three others and injured 13 before apparently killing himself.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ucsb-student-gun-arrest-isla-vista-20140528-story.html 

And what's the neighbor supposed to do, shoot back thru a non transparent wall?

valerief  

3. Why can't these assholes play with their dicks instead of playing with guns? Geez. nt

alp227  

5. I think you answered your own question right there.

intaglio  

6. Because the discharge would be even faster n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014814040


OP by EarlG  

Pic Of The Moment: Window Into The Mind Of A Gun Nut




GOP Senate Candidate: UCSB Shooting An 'Unfortunate Accident' 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025024254

bullwinkle428  

6. Iowa Republicans felt like Sarah Palin came across as too much of an intellectual, so


this clown emerged as the front-runner for the Repuke Senate candidacy.

toby jo  

16. "Sarah Palin came across as too much of an intellectual"


ok, so there's some words put together like I'd never thought I'd see.

MADem  

22. Better watch out for her, though--she "grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm!"


Her motto? "Let's make 'em SQUEAL!!!" 

No, I am not shitting you:


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017194835


OP by MrScorpio  

It's time, everyone, for another edition of ASK MrScorpio...


This is going to be a delayed reaction edition, as I am signing off right now. 

Please leave your questions and musings and I promise to answer each and every response as soon as I get back.

As always, I do not guarantee that you will like any of my answers, but I do promise that your questions will be carefully considered and answered in an honest fashion. 

Be daring, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

Peace out.

ret5hd  

1. Sometimes when I get up for a late-nite drink of water, ...


I turn on the light to find that I have disturbed my cat using the litter box. 

Is the look on her face more: 
A) "Hey, asshole! Turn off the light! It's 3 fuckin' AM!!!" 
or 
B) "Hey, asshole! A little privacy???"

MrScorpio  

6. C) Touch my Skittles and lose a finger/



Dyedinthewoolliberal  

4. Dear Mr. Scorpio,


it is said youth is wasted on the young. Does it follow therefore that experience enlightens the elderly? 
Sign me, 
Almost to retirement and therefore 'elderly'


MrScorpio  

10. Dear Dyed, Old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time.


You can get away with being much more evil in your later years than you can when you're young. 

Also, the consequences are much shorter lived. 

Give in, give in to the POWAH of the Dark Side. 

Join me, and together, we shall rule the galaxy as the evilest of bastards.

LiberalEsto  

26. Dear Mr. Scorpio: What's your sign? nt

MrScorpio  

27. Joe's Bar and Grill...


With Pizza Hut rising.

rurallib  

28. maybe I am late but I gotta know


what was your first reaction when you saw the clip of Iowan Joni Ernst's political ad discussing how she castrated hogs? 

1) narghhhhunhhh 

2) brilliant! 

3) WTF? FTW? 

4) hide this quick 

5) other - describe

MrScorpio  

31. Bacon! nt

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018621306


OP by Blue_Tires  

Another victory in President Obama's war on education:




TexasTowelie  

1. Is that the Fox affiliate?



tecelote  

3. The five arrested were integers but...


there may be be some fractional components that are still on the loose! 

Police say, "It just doesn't add up". They believe "New Math" was being used. 

Nationwide, Chaos theory is under investigation. However, many Republicans do not believe it even exists. 

More at 11. 

bpollen  

4. My question is...


Did you Googol that?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024996610


On an OP by TexasTowelie  

In Israel, Ted Cruz blasts Palestinians and Obama administration


Source: Jerusalem Post

WASHINGTON – Visiting Israel, Sen. Ted Cruz placed blame Monday for the recent failure of peace talks squarely on Palestinians, and their refusal to renounce terror and to affirm Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. 

That, he said, is the “principal impediment to peace,” the Jerusalem Post reported. 

He also was deeply critical of President Obama and his administration, asserting that his main approach in the region is “to criticize and harangue and pressure the Israeli government,” the Post reported. 

He criticized the U.S. administration for pressuring Israel on the issue of settlements in the Palestinian territory. Those, Cruz said, are “a question for the government of Israel,” adding that it’s not America’s role “to try to impose a policy about where Israeli settlements are located and where they’re not.”

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/in-israel-ted-cruz-blasts-palestinians-and-obama-administration.html/ 

TheCowsCameHome  

7. Has he been eating green eggs and ham again?


n/t

trusty elf  

17. ........



bluestateguy  

12. Badmouthing the Commander in Chief in a time of war on foreign soil


If Teddy Cruz doesn't like the way we do things in America then he should go back to Canada.

SereneG  

31. Used!


I'm sorry BlueStateguy but in Canada we don't take back used defective goods after 30 days!! You guys are stuck with him!!!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014812193


On an OP by Aerows  

Greenwald said that he will release the names of Americans that were spied upon


I'm going to wait for that to happen, but I expect that will be explosive. 

Just remember - the government should not have been doing this in the first place, and if they get stung by doing illegal things, an average American would have been in jail for doing it.

winter is coming  

1. It might be quicker to release a list of people *not* being spied on. n/t

Javaman  

22. I have that list right here! Read below...



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025016607


On an OP by bigtree  

Barack and Hillary Lunchin' (WH press losing their minds over not being told in advance)


Olivier Knox ‏@OKnox 3m 

White House official: “The President enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon.” 



pic.twitter.com/s5jQBLgHmm 

louis-t  

1. Yeah, but according to some it's a "secret meeting".



msanthrope  

3. She had the original long form Kenyan birth certificate. He had the Benghazi smoking


gun.... 

They burned them in the Rose Garden, together, and went off to plan our takeover of Ukraine. Victoria Nuland baked cookies for dessert.

NightWatcher  

5. Hillary brought her interior designer with her and was measuring the windows for new curtains




and the rwnj's are pissed

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025020926


On an OP by bigtree  

Prez Needs a Helmet or Something




President Barack Obama greets White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit participants in the the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was cancelled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) 

Remarks by the President at the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/29/remarks-president-healthy-kids-and-safe-sports-concussion-summit 

itsrobert  

1. That's up to him and Michelle


He does already have two kids.

bigtree  

2. above the belt, itsrobert



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025021998


On an OP by Judi Lynn  

Florida may be forced to redraw political districts before midterms


Source: Washington Post

Florida may be forced to redraw political districts before midterms 
By Sarah Ferris 
May 30 at 1:55 pm 

A redistricting battle that has gripped Florida for more than a year could force Republican leaders to redraw the state’s political boundaries just months ahead of the midterm elections. 

Several of the state’s Republican-drawn congressional districts – which one political scientist described as the most skewed he has ever studied – have come under attack by voting rights groups that allege the maps unfairly favor GOP candidates. 

That coalition, led by the League of Women’s Voters, has argued that Republican legislators and staffers collaborated with political consultants to create the maps, which were approved by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. 

The case is being heard now in Leon County Circuit Court after the League filed a lawsuit alleging that the districts violate Florida’s “Fair Districts” law, which was approved by more than 60 percent of voters in 2010. If the lawsuit succeeds, the borders will have to be redrawn before the midterm elections this fall. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/05/30/florida-may-be-forced-to-redraw-political-districts-before-midterms/?tid=hpModule_ba0d4c2a-86a2-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394 

Xipe Totec  

2. There's a reason why Florida is shaped like a banana. nt

DJ13  

3. I thought it was a limp penis



whopis01  
15. That's because you are stuck in your northern hemisphere centric mindset

What if south were up? 



Not so limp now!!!!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014815486


'til next week...


(If you've read this far, please add a rec for visibility if it's below 50 - Thanks everyone!)
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat May 31, 2014, 08:35 PM (28 replies)

I am pretty far left, but I am not worried about "Hawk and Militarist" Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The Left Ought to Worry About Hillary Clinton, Hawk and Militarist, in 2016

Here's why I'm not "worried".

Hillary Clinton wants to be president. She's wanted to be president for a very long time. In order to become president, you have to (a) want it very badly and (b) say and do things which will help you to win. Among other things.

Once you become president, as we all know, you often either cannot or do not follow through with some of your pre-election rhetoric.

When you're a woman trying to do something no other woman has yet done... Well, let's just say I take Hillary Clinton's "Hawkishness and Militarism" with a grain of salt. She needs men to vote for her as well as women. And many men have this idea ingrained in their brains from a very early age that women are weak. Can't have that in a commander-in-chief. So, since she wants to win, she does what ANY woman in the same situation would do. I'm telling you right now, if Elizabeth Warren really wanted badly enough to become president, she would find some way to get some foreign policy experience, get on some kind of armed forces committee or something, and she would be talking and acting very "Hawkish and Militaristic." She's not stupid, and neither is Hillary Clinton.

What Hillary would do once she became president, I cannot say. But I don't buy the idea that what she has to do in order to become president, will of absolute necessity be her continuing philosophy once elected. Nor do I think that any man who may run in the primaries will be much less hawkish on foreign policy, because there's still a well-cultivated (by the GOP), ignorant belief out there that Democrats in general are "weak on foreign policy."

As I said before, I'm pretty far left. If I have a choice between Hillary and someone else who I sincerely believe better reflects my values, in the primary I'll be voting for that other person. But I do believe it's high time we had a female president, and even if that means another 4-8 years of centrism, I'll gladly vote for her when the time comes - if it comes. I won't just be voting against the GOP candidate.

I have to say, seeing this thread attacking Hillary Clinton this early in the game, on Democratic Underground, on this particular subject... well, the word "disingenuous" comes to mind.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu May 29, 2014, 01:04 AM (130 replies)

DU vs. Discussionist: A Word Analysis (Pic Heavy)

This covers the period from May 14 - May 20.. I'm not planning on doing any further analysis at this time, but found this interesting and thought others might like to see it.

WORD CLOUDS


DU: Latest Breaking News...



Discussionist: News...



DU: General Discussion...



Discussionist: Politics...



DU vs Discussionist: Words in common in LBN / News



DU vs Discussionist: Words in common in GD / Politics



DU vs Discussionist: Words NOT in common...



One last thing:


Message Auto-Removed: DU: 0.15% Discussionist: 1.41%
This message was hidden by jury decision. DU: 0.25% Discussionist: 2.39%
This message was self-deleted by its author DU: 1.64% Discussionist: 1.74%

Self-deleted posts were about the same, but Auto-Removed and Hidden by Jury were about 9 times more common on Discussionist than DU.


Draw your own conclusions...
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun May 25, 2014, 08:59 PM (37 replies)

*** DUzy Awards - May 17-23, 2014 ***

TGI…S! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!



On an OP by n2doc  

League of the South puts up 'Secede' billboard on I-85 in Montgomery Al




MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- The League of the South has put up a billboard on Interstate 85 near downtown Montgomery with a one word message: Secede.

The league, which has called for secession since its founding 20 years ago and has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has information about its new billboard campaign on its website:

The League of the South has a message all freedom-loving Southerners ought to hear. It is the message of Southern independence from a sinking, corrupt, and destructive government in Washington, DC.

Michael Hill, president of the league, said the billboard is the second of the campaign. Another 'Secede' billboard was posted in Tallahassee, Fla. And a third is planned for Atlanta this summer, Hill said.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/05/league_of_the_south_puts_up_se.html

RainDog  

3. at least they can use spell check


but is it "consitutional?"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024967288


On an OP by question everything  

Rick Perry Faces Unusual Criminal Probe in Texas

Source: WSJ

AUSTIN, Texas—As he hints at a possible second bid for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is contending with an unusual criminal investigation into whether he abused his authority, a case that legal experts say has virtually no precedent in modern Texas history. 

A grand jury was impaneled in April to consider a watchdog group's complaint filed last year. It alleged the Republican governor may have violated Texas law by withholding money from a prosecutorial unit because its Democratic district attorney refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving. Mr. Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, which handles political corruption investigations, following the drunken-driving arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. The watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice, claimed that Mr. Perry's actions likely constituted coercion and bribery... The grand jury was scheduled to meet again on Friday to hear evidence. 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303851804579560070156467150 

awoke_in_2003  

5. I saw "Rick Perry" and "unusual criminal probe"...


and my mind went to the gutter laughing. Fuck Rick Perry.

BlancheSplanchnik  

8. with a rusty oil pipe!


Of course that's where my mind went

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014805336


On an OP by Tripper11  

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register....

as a religion in Poland. 

A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned on Tuesday. 

A Warsaw court rejected a ruling by the Regional Administrative Court because the it had not allowed the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) a two-month extension for submitting outstanding documents, Polskie Radio has reported. 

A group of Pastafarians who gathered outside the court shouting "pasta" during the hearing on Tuesday welcomed the ruling. 

In January, Pastafarian minister Christopher Schaeffer was sworn into the Pomfret New York Town Council this week with a colander on his head throughout the ceremony to represent his unique religious beliefs. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/pastafarians-rejoice-as-church-of-the-flying-spaghetti-monster-is-granted-permission-to-register-as-a-religion-in-poland-9248689.html 

A step in the right direction!!

tsakshaug  

4. Ramen brother


May they all be touched by His noodley appendage.

lastlib  

18. "Pastafarian minister"--would that be a pasta-r?


"Thy Noodle and Thy Sauce, they comfort me, my colander runneth over." Or something like that.....

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024969956


OP by BainsBane  

Anyone have a copy of the DU calendar?


Are we supposed to have porn twice in the same year? Or are we ahead of schedule? I thought May was Olive Garden month? 

Not complaining or whining about DU. Honest. Just trying to keep myself on schedule.

Brother Buzz  

2. I'm anxiously waiting for Double-Coated Crunchy Cornflake Chicken month


Just as soon as Skinner lifts the ban on chicken threads.....

Warren DeMontague  

5. Here's the calendar from 2011, if it helps.


Just replace the year. 

Oh, and IBTL. Not suggesting there will be a L, but if there is an L IB it. 


NuclearDem  

21. Woo needs its own month.


Sorry, but us vegans just don't have the energy for three months.

Spitfire of ATJ  

6. Porn is for the non-election years.

Warren DeMontague  

10. Erection ears?



winter is coming  

17. I don't really care, if it means the privilege-a-thon is over for a couple of months.


If that horse were any deader, it would be part of the fossil record.

Tommy_Carcetti  

32. The DU calendar ended in 2012.


So why are we still here? That's what I'm wondering.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024971523


On an OP by kpete  

Top Ten Reasons Operation American Spring Went Flat


Operation American Spring, the Tea Party protest which was expected to draw 10-30,000,000 people to the nation's Capitol yesterday, turned out to be a huge flop. Rather than the tens of millions hoped for, only a few dozen showed up and the turnout was so dismal, even the conservative outlets The Blaze and the Washington Times couldn't even begin to spin it. But there were several excellent reasons why yesterday's protest in Washington DC wasn't quite what was hoped for. What were they? 

10) We done tried but couldn't get away from Benghazi. 
9) Klan costume got yellowed when washed with Gadsden flag. 
8) You try driving a Rascal scooter to DC from Alabama and tell me how easy it is! 
7) Turns out free pizza from Arab nations was just a vicious rumor. 
6) It's not the quantity, it's the quality. 
5) Investigating who put the bop in the bop shoo bop. It was Obama, to distract from Benghazi. 
4) Most of them went west by accident to Washington state. 
3) Overestimated the number of insane asylums that would grant furloughs. 
2) Discovered Ted Nugent concert and NASCAR race around the White House another vicious rumor. 
1) Sign shop got all the spelling right.

http://www.welcomebacktopottersville.blogspot.com/2014/05/top-ten-reasons-operation-american.html

malaise  

1. Couldn't find Consitution Avenue


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024965972 

Scuba  

2. Rain caused rainbow, triggering fear they'd be turned gay.

COLGATE4  

3. Saw a real african-american nt

Rozlee  

4. Heard there was a Big Foot sighting in Alabama.


And The Weekly World News was offering fifty bucks for a picture of one.

Wounded Bear  

6. I live in Washington State...


they didn't show up here, either. 

Tommy_Carcetti  

19. Duck Dynasty marathon?



Arugula Latte  

23. Uhh, it RAINED -- okay? Everyone knows bathroom doors swell shut in high-moisture conditions.


More than 20 million patriots were stuck in their throne rooms due to excessive precipitation, otherwise they would have been there to overthrow the government. Thanks, O'Barometer!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024969179


On an OP by PumpkinAle  

Ants kill ...................




FSogol  

1. Man, I gotta stop smoking ants...



Blue Owl  

5. You could try vaporizing...


But that just makes 'em steaming mad!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024972925


On an OP by kpete  

Want privacy on your flight? Try to head sling. Yes, there is a photo.




The "B-Tourist Slip" is a ring of elastic fabric that folds easily into your luggage. Once on the plane, whip it out to slip one end over the seat headrest in front and another over your own, creating a 360 wall of cloth that you can rest your weary noggin against. Folds in the fabric accommodate personal items like phones and glasses, and sliding rings lets you adjust the personal cave to your preferred width. 

http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/05/is-this-the-way-to-find-privacy-on-economy-flights/371094/

FSogol  

1. If a sling went down to the crotch area, passengers could watch porn too.



maggiesfarmer  

22. like this?



underpants  

2. Looks like Fox News believers at home



postulater  

7. Not a good idea.


Having your head pulled forward like that will activate the posterior muscles and after fifteen minutes or so will start to take out the normal lordosis of your spine. Want a headache? Here you go.

pinboy3niner  

10. 'Lordosis of the Slings' has a nice ring to it. nt

d_r  

13. it needs a break strap


right in the part of the seat in front of you, so you can snap it open and it will swing around like a big rubber band and pop the kid in the seat behind you who won't stop kicking your seat.

Follow the link for more, including the "Original Ostrich Pillow":

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024973299


On an OP by madfloridian  

Charlie Crist has 18, 332 small money donors, Rick Scott has 368.


Here is the Naples News Article confirming it, but I am not going to pay to access it. 

Instead I got it from the Twitter feed of one of Crist's advisors, Kevin Cate. 

Kevin Cate @KevinCate · 12h 

ICYMI: @Mdixon55 on @CharlieCrist's "unprecedented" number of small dollar contributions:http://bit.ly/1geEHGf (Crist 18,332 to Scott 368)

lpbk2713  

6. Faux NotNews would call that a dead heat.


CNN would call it too close to call. 

BWAHAHAHA 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024975096


On an OP by xchrom  

US Military Spending and Our Bullet Trains to Nowhere


https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/20-0 



An artist's rending is necessary, because the United States has not built one single mile of high-speed rail track. Not one. (Photo: file) 

Consider this: our advanced robotic creatures, those drone aircraft grimly named Predators and Reapers, are still blowing away human beings from Yemen to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is now testing out a 14,000-pound drone advanced enough to take off and land on its own on the deck of an aircraft carrier -- no human pilot involved. (As it happens, it’s only a "demonstrator" and, at a cost of $1.4 billion, can’t do much else.) While we’re talking about the skies, who could forget that the U.S. military is committed to buying 2,400 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, already dubbed, amid cost overruns of every sort, "the most expensive weapons system in history." The bill for them: nearly $400 billion or twice what it cost to put a man on the moon. 

As a rising power in the nineteenth century, the U.S. moved toward global status on the basis of an ambitious program of canal building and then of government-sponsored transcontinental railroads. Jump a century and a half and the country that, until recently, was being called the planet’s “sole superpower” has yet to build a single mile of high-speed rail. Not one. Even a prospective line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which looked like it might be constructed, is now blocked coming and going

liberal N proud  

1. Oh you wanted trains with the bullets.


Bullets, we have bullets, just no bullet trains. 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024976040


On an OP by kpete  

Operation American Spring Day 4 - They still think they're winning


MON MAY 19, 2014 AT 01:12 PM PDT 
Operation American Spring Day 4 - They still think they're winning 
byshades at midniteFollow 



https://twitter.com/RonLPitts/statuses/468215263335567361 

Just in case you were wondering. I know most of you blew these OAS idiots off days ago. We all had a big laugh on Friday, a few chuckles on Saturday and forgot about it by Sunday. I'm off work nursing a sprained ankle and have been spending far too much time glued to their Face Book pages than I should admit but, if anyone's interested, here's what I've learned 

...............I almost feel sorry for them, well, the ones who aren't calling for armed revolution, burning down the WH and other acts of violence. They remind me of a class of preschoolers being told there is no Santa Claus. Its. Just. Not. Possible! But not all are discouraged. All they need now is to take over the media. You see, Obama has blocked all their transmissions. Every time they lose a feed, a cell phone drops a call or somebody's laptop battery dies, it's Obama's fault. Heck, he was accused of seeding the clouds Friday morning so it would rain on the group.

One last thing I found incredibly amusing and have to share. As you would expect, there are lots of misspelled words, but don't make fun of them. They do it on purpose to fool NSA. They actually posted, on a public FB page, how to misspell certain words or place 7s between the letters. Yes, they are telling people to spell it as O7S7A so NSA can't track them. I guess they think their cereal box decoder ring is more sophisticated than the NSA. 

MORE FUN: 
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/19/1300464/-OAS-Day-4-Obama-is-still-President

dawg  

4. They're gonna force President Obama out of office after all.


It's just gonna take them a couple more years of concerted effort. And maybe a few months more after that.

underpants  

6. I think he put a 7 in his pants to throw the NSA off his scent


Wow who knew it was just that s7i7m7p7l7e

subterranean  

16. A quote often misattributed to Sinclair Lewis also comes to mind.


"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

pinboy3niner  

20. Y7ou can't mak7e this sh7it u7p!


 Or should that be :ro7fl:? :

Fantastic Anarchist  

21. Looks like he's packin' a sock. n/t

progressoid  

22. a PATRIOT sock!



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024976399


On an OP by Cooley Hurd  

Shipyard Personnel Freed with Fire Axe as $10M Motor Yacht Capsizes at Launch


http://gcaptain.com/shipyard-personnel-freed-fire-axe-10m-motor-yacht-capsizes-launch-images/ 

The 85-foot expedition style motor yacht Bäden took two and a half years to build in meticulous detail, but it was all for nothing as she capsized and sank last Sunday night after being launching at Northern Marine Industries in Anacortes, Washington. 

Reports indicate there were four or possibly five shipyard personnel on board the vessel at the time of the incident who became trapped on board as the vessel rolled over. They were subsequently rescued through a portlight after breaking it with a fire axe. 

Roddan Engineering, a firm which had been engaged “to review build progress, track weight and prepare an Intact Stability analysis” notes in a letter dated 19 July 2013 that the vessel was “lighter than other Northern Marine builds of similar length, thus requiring more ballast to sit on a desired waterline.” The firm recommended “that partial ballasting be done currently, with final ballasting for trim and desired waterline to be performed at launch.” 

What exactly occurred during and after launch however, is still unclear. 




GeorgeGist  

16. Hubris ...


meet Karma.

Blue Owl  

20. The SS Ted Cruz sailing towards presidential waters



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024976853


On an OP by Atman  

The last sentence of the Oregon marriage equality ruling just might bring a tear to your eye.


"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise." 



11 Bravo  

5. FoxNews reports it thusly: Oregon judge invokes Chicken Little and calls for more gay erections.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024977314


On an OP by pokerfan  

Pat Sajak: "People Who Believe in Climate Change Are ‘Unpatriotic Racists"




Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, whose Twitter feed is often a site of conservative views and “kids these days” grousing, signed off Monday night with his final word on climate change: 

Pat Sajak 
@patsajak 
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night. 
5/19/2014 19:38


Sajak’s remarks came as California Governor Jerry Brown told CNN that climate change was lengthening California’s fire seasons. 

http://www.mediaite.com/online/pat-sajak-people-who-believe-in-climate-change-are-unpatriotic-racists/

Cooley Hurd  

1. I can't wait for him to espouse his opinion on his wildly popular late night show!


Oh wait... 

pinboy3niner  

2. Sajak needs to buy a clue. nt

Arugula Latte  

4. St_pid Assh_le


I'd like to buy a couple vowels.

JHB  

26. Once again proving that Vanna was the brains of the operation.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024977684


On an OP by Orrex  

Another nude sports figure pointlessly objectified on a magazine cover




Granted, if I were built like him, I wouldn't wear clothes either. But how can we stand by and let him be displayed this way, in this obviously artificial and deliberately enticing pose?

jberryhill  

17. This one has a lot of young nude photos




Preakness winner California Chrome

Orrex  

19. Unbridled objectification!


Actually, I guess it is bridled.

jberryhill  

23. Nay!


You are just chomping at the bit to stirrup trouble by trotting out that manure.

Fumesucker  

25. You are one of the mane instigators on this forum


If you don't quit I'm going to sulky

Warren DeMontague  

46. There's too much riding on this. I'd like to know the public's opinion before i jockey for


A position on this topic. 

Perhaps there is a gallop poll on the question?

Orrex  

75. I think it behooves us to reurn to more stable modes of discourse

RiffRandell  

235. Although I was saddled with much cricticism at my original post time


on the SI cover, I believe I hit the trifecta.

LaurenG  

230. I'd like to have her move 6 inches to her left


I need to scientifically and objectively look this over to see if you are right.

Warren DeMontague  

241. Only 6?


Why not be more optimistic? 


LaurenG  

247. Nice one


:highfive:

Orrex  

251. Only five?


That sounds even less optimistic. 


LaurenG  

257. Just trying to be realistic.



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024974970


On an OP by  n2doc  

'Price Is Right' viewers complain about President Obama interrupting show with speech


When President Barack Obama hit the podium around 11 a.m. today to speak abut the Veterans Affairs scandal, social media erupted with criticism. 
It wasn't for the reason one might think. 

As Obama began delivering his remarks, he interrupted the CBS network broadcast of The Price Is Right, quickly sending hardcore TPIR fans to Twitter to complain. 

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/05/21/Price-Is-Right-viewers-complain-about-President-Obama-interrupting-show-with-speech/8341400697167/

Blue Owl  

1. "Dumb on down... You're the next contestant on the Price is Right!"


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024986198


On an OP by MohRokTah  

Obama Takes An Impromptu Stroll, Causes Tourists To Lose It (VIDEO)


Obama Takes An Impromptu Stroll, Causes Tourists To Lose It (VIDEO) 

Catherine Thompson – May 22, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT 

President Barack Obama took an impromptu stroll Wednesday along the National Mall, and some bystanders freaked out at the prospect of meeting their commander in chief. 

"It's good to be out," Obama quipped to reporters. "The bear is loose." 

He greeted people along the way with handshakes, hugs and White House-branded M&M's. One enthusiastic woman asked the President to snap a photo with her family. 

jberryhill  

7. Clearly a fake video

As you can tell by the foliage, this video was actually shot last year, and is a lame attempt to make it appear that there aren't 10 million patriots camped out in Washington awaiting surrender of whomever and establishment of Constitutional whatever. 

The "tourists" are paid actors, and some of them are CGI animations. The actor identified in one of the shots was found dead at a bus stop in Arlington three months ago. 

My alternative theory is that he left and they locked up the White House in an attempt to dodge subpoenas from the Benghazi committee, which was asking for his birf certificate.

valerief  

20. It's all animation. In fact, it's a clip from Shrek Five Sakes Alive! which is scheduled to be


released later this year. The story is about the Benghazi catastrophe and how, if Shrek had been elected, the dozen-plus U.S. embassy attacks and 9-11 attack under Obama's watch since 2001 would never have happened. It also hints that the Obama administration caused the War on Grenada, too.

jberryhill  

22. I like the poster for that movie



Arugula Latte  

87. The fact that he's wandering on the Mall proves he's been DRIVEN FROM OFFICE!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024986226


On an OP by liberal N proud  

Butt Paste?






Brother Buzz  

3. That's just one half of the debate


It's really uncomfortable sitting in the cafe trying to enjoy my croissant and cappuccino when the other cyclists start debating the merits of Chamois Butt’r® over Boudreaux's Original Butt Paste. Then inevitably, some asshole butts in and starts raving about Assos Chamois Cream. At that point, I step outside and think about taking up golf.

eppur_se_muova  

6. Holds your butt in place ?


Like toupee glue ?

The Velveteen Ocelot  

7. Yes, it's so you won't laugh your ass off


or ever have to worry about getting your ass handed to you. It will always be securely in place.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018620161


On an OP by SecularMotion  

This 9/11 Cheese Plate May Be The 9/11 Museum's Most Tasteless Souvenir




Setting aside the question of whether a reporter can ask a question at the 9/11 Museum (short answer: she can't!), let us tackle another timely inquiry: Just how crass is the 9/11 Museum's gift shop? 

The Post previously detailed some of the items, like a "Darkness Hoodie" and "Survivor Tree" earrings. But they forgot to mention the 9/11 cheese plate. 

The cheese plate is in the shape of the continental U.S., with hearts where the attacks hit NYC, DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Because no cheese course is complete without a moment to "Never forget" (to take our Lactaid). Let's roll... that wheel of cheddar to Freedomtown? 

http://gothamist.com/2014/05/22/photo_finally_you_can_buy_a_911_che.php#photo-1

malaise  

1. Any 9/11 souvenir is tasteless n/t

dixiegrrrrl  

4. Well, I have to disagree, sorta..


If they were to encase Guliani in the same kind of stuff that Hans Solo was frozen in.... 
and park it next to the entry way...


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024990902


Ichingcarpenter (30,936 posts) 

Virgin launches glass-bottomed plane


I'm thrilled to announce that Virgin has created another world-first with the introduction of the technology required to produce the worlds first glass-bottomed plane. This technological innovation coincides with the start of Virgin Atlantic Airways first ever domestic service to Scotland. 

In 1984 we started the wonderful airline that is Virgin Atlantic. I am incredibly proud of yet another aviation breakthrough which has been years in the making. I cant wait to experience the first flight for myself with my family and other natural born explorers. 

By Richard Branson 

http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/virgin-launches-glass-bottomed-plane 




Attention flight attendants, Clean up of puke needed in main cabin and please calm that person freaking out 
in D23.

Ilsa (34,011 posts) 

1. yeah, anything to look up a skirt.



Make7 (6,950 posts) 

4. Glass-bottomed planes you make the rocking world go round. ( n/t )

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024992634


On an OP by kpete  

Some guy got naked outside the white house




Whitehouse @whphotos2013 
White House drama! Some guy got naked outside the white house!! #drama #whitehouse #thecopsbeathim #whitehouse 
5/23/2014 11:49

https://twitter.com/whphotos2013/statuses/469913045364645888 
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/05/naked-dude-taken-down-white-house.html

William769  

1. I guess he wanted to prove he has nothing to hide.

yortsed snacilbuper  

4. "I guess he wanted to prove he has nothing to hide."

Mitt Romney!

NuclearDem  

12. Damn it, Joe, not again.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024991645


'til next week...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat May 24, 2014, 06:45 PM (22 replies)

What Are We Talking About (WAWTA): A possible ongoing series



This is a word cloud of GD from May 12-18 (self-deleted and auto-deleted posts have been removed).

I'm thinking of doing this weekly, as well as following up on which topics are getting the most attention and the least attention, and maybe doing graphs as well.

This week, the following keywords were discussed the most in GD:

Operation American Spring
Benghazi
Hillary Clinton
white privilege
Ukraine
war
Greenwald
gay
climate
Karl Rove
net neutrality

These keywords got less play:

Russia(n)
Sterling
Tea Party
food
health
media
military
poor
vote
women
Obamacare
school
NSA
Cheney
Sanders
workers
FCC
India
rape
Walmart
welfare
Biden
crime
Florida
homeless
Texas
Bush
Christie
democracy
pot
racism
Rubio


It's interesting - Seems like we're doing a lot of "your team sucks" with regard to OAS and Benghazi, talking about Rove's attack on Hillary, 'white privilege' (why is that such a big thing right now?) and Greenwald... As far as actual issues go, we're discussing Ukraine, gay rights, climate change, and net neutrality - in that order. (I'm not sure if I should leave "war" in there, since it's used in so many different ways that it's difficult to tell what people were really talking about.)

Your thoughts.........

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed May 21, 2014, 05:45 AM (3 replies)

Put these 20 things in order of importance

to you...

Climate/Environmental
Corporatism
Drones
Economy / Budget
Elections / Voting
Gun Control
Healthcare
LGBT issues
Mainstream Media
NSA / Surveillance
Police
Poverty, Homelessness
Racial issues
Schools / Education
Social Security
Terrorism
War/Military Spending
Whistleblower Protection
Womens issues
Workers' issues

I'm working on a project and I could use a bit of help.

Also let me know if you think something should be on the list that I haven't included (obviously I can't track everything, but...)

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue May 20, 2014, 11:52 PM (14 replies)

*** DUzy Awards (Double-Length) - May 3-16, 2014 ***

TGIM(?) And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to:

CrispyQ, dixiegrrrrl, In_The_Wind, polly7, Rhiannon12866,


and everyone else who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!



On an OP by n2doc  

Young blood rejuvenates brains and muscles of old mice


If three discoveries in mice reported on Sunday are applicable to people, making old brains and old muscles perform like young ones may require simply a blood transfusion. 

In two of the studies, giving the blood of young mice to old ones undid age-related impairments in the brain, reversing declines in learning and memory and boosting the creation of new neurons and the ability of the brain to change its structure in response to experience. 

The third study found that a protein in the blood of young mice improved the ability of old ones (comparable to a 70-year-old person) to exercise. 

"I think the study is quite wonderful," said neuroscientist Eric Kandel of Columbia University, who shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in medicine for his studies on the molecular basis of memory, referring to one of the brain papers. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/04/us-science-young-blood-idUSKBN0DK0HW20140504 

I can just imagine what will happen if this works in humans….


ZombieHorde  

2. And everyone laughed at me


when I bathed in the blood of infants. Who's laughing now?!



OP by TexasTowelie  

Why did he do that?



baldguy  

1. Some projects are worth it just for the research.




On an OP by n2doc  

CNN Poll: Did ‘Space Aliens, Time Travelers or Beings From Another Dimension’ Make Flight Vanish?


"Now here are a few groups that some people have suggested may be responsible for the disappearance of Flight 370 if an accident or mechanical failure was not the cause," begins question No. 26 in a new CNN/ORC poll on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet before listing terrorists, hijackers that are not terrorists, the plane's crew, and "space aliens, time travelers or beings from another dimenson" as options. Whoever could have suggested such a thing? Oh ... right. 

"There are no right or wrong answers," the questionnaire said elsewhere. 

longship  

1. Some say the aliens are from a parallel dimension.


Myself, I think they are from an obtuse dimension. 



jberryhill  

3. That's acute


Are you serious or are Euclidean around?

Nye Bevan  

5. Good thing DU doesn't have these kind of ridiculous conspiracy theories (nt)




On an OP bynikto  

Why Godzilla matters


While some may never be able to see past the image of those 1970s movies and cartoon show, Godzilla is in reality a literary metaphor of nearly unmatched relevancy and power in today's world. Others have written of Godzilla in literary or cultural terms, well before me. 

But I think the symbol of Godzilla is an apt one for this particular era of history and its issues. 

This is not about the new film coming out in a few weeks, although, if it proves a hit, that may get people talking about Godzilla, and the symbolic resonance of what he represents. 

Skittles  

66. I don't think I can watch a Godzilla movie


back in the early 80's I lived with a guy and when he was stoned, which was often, he liked to watch the broadcast Godzilla movies with the sound off and he supplied all the sound effects....and I mean ALL of them......the monster, the screaming people.......gawd

nikto  

67. That's odd, I don't remember having a roomate in the 80s






On an OP by Fearless  

Most Common Language Spoken By State (Other than English or Spanish)






Respect diversity.

okaawhatever  

1. You know what this means don't you? Putin is going to invade Oregon next. nt



On an OP by dixiegrrrrl  

Lime shortage attracting Mexican drug cartels.

Bars across America are feeling the burden of a nationwide lime shortage. It came about as a result of the confluence of several unusual things: there was awful weather for lime growing this year; there is a citrus-greening disease called "huanglongbing" (really) going around; and lime farmers are being extorted by drug cartels in Mexico. 

The bad weather and the huanglongbing epidemic began to increase the cost of limes earlier this year. Then, the problem was made worse by the drug cartels. The Knights Templar is a powerful drug cartel in Mexico and has set its sights on the farmers in Michoacán, one of the favored locations for lime growth. The limes there were able to escape the bad weather and huanglongbing, making them more valuable than usual. Because prices for limes became so high, cartels like The Knights Templar began threatening farmers, seizing groves, and even hijacking trucks. Lime farmers how hire armed guards to transport their coveted citrus. 

While the Mexican government is calling for a cease fire, farmers are still at odds with drug cartels. They have also deployed the military to deal with the issue directly. That's right, there are Mexican soldiers defending the right to bear limes.

Orrex  

1. You have to know where to draw the lime.


snooper2  

3. funny, I stopped by bar yesterday to kick some golden tee ass


We were giving Jen the bartender shit on how shitty the limes looked that she was pulling out of a box

Orrex  

4. Technically, those were sublimes.




On an OP by bananas  

Candy maker MARS to build a wind farm massive enough to fully power its 37 US factories


Source: Tree Hugger

The giant candy and pet food maker MARS Inc has taken a big step in the right direction by announcing that it will soon begin construction of a massive wind farm in Texas that will produce enough clean energyto power all of MARS' operations in the United States (they have 37 factories and 70 offices, so it's a pretty big deal). This is one of many steps that the company has been taking as part of its 'sustainable in a generation' plan: 

<snip> 

A gigantic 200-megawatt wind project 

The wind farm will be erected near Lamesa, Texas, with 118 GE wind turbines (1.7MW each) producing annually about 800,000 megawatt-hours, equivalent to what it takes to power 61,000 U.S. households. This will be enough for MARS' 37 US factories, and represent about 24% of their global factory and office carbon footprint. Hopefully they keep rapidly improving that number and reach 100% before their target date. 

Regardless of whether you buy MARS' products or not, it's better for the climate to have them manufactured with clean energy than with dirty one, so this is clearly a 'win'. It should also inspire other companies to do the same, so this move also has value as a potential catalyst. 

Construction of the Texas wind farm will begin at the end of 2014, with about 10 turbines going up each week. It should be finished and fully operational by mid-2015. And to be clear, the wind farm will produce an amount of electricity equivalent to what they use across the US, it won't be directly connected to all those offices.

bananas  

1. This proves there is intelligent life on Mars. nt


951-Riverside  

3. In response several Angry Birds called for a massive strike against windshields everywhere






On an OP by phantom power  

NYC cyclist arrested for using cellphone to film cop, told iPhones are ‘being used as guns’


Mister City, policeman sitting 
Pretty little policemen in a row 
--John Lennon 

A New York City cyclist was arrested, while attempting to film a police officer giving him a ticket for running a red light, with the explanation that “iPhones are being used as guns,” according to The Gothamist. 

Will Paybarah,24, of Brooklyn, was stopped by a police officer in late March for – admittedly– running a red light while on his bike. As the officer approached him, Paybarah pulled out his cellphone to film the encounter only to have the officer immediately tell him to put his phone away. 

According to Paybarah, “When I tried to record my interaction with the officer I was arrested… in 10 seconds flat.” 

In the brief 10-second video, Paybarah can be heard asking “Alright, you want my I.D?” to which the police officer immediately replies, “Put your phone away.” 

When the cyclist asks why, the officer says, “Because I’m telling you.” 

As Paybarah tries to explain that he has the right to film the incident, the officer reaches for the phone and Payabarah can be heard saying, “Don’t touch me” before the officer snatches the phone out of his hand. 

Paybarah explained that he was then arrested. 

“After those 10 seconds I was pulled off my bike, pushed up against the metal fence, placed in handcuffs and put into the back seat of the car, ” he said. “Other officers came. They joked saying they were going to ‘handcuff my bike to the tree.’” 

After he was placed in the back of a police cruiser, Paybarah asked why he was being arrested. According to him a police officer told him it was because “people are using iPhones as guns.” 

shenmue  

2. Huh?


How can an iPhone be used as a gun?

flying rabbit  

6. I guess there's an app for that.






On an OP by RandySF  

Dan Quayle ruins World Airways and loots it.


Private equity firm Cerberus Business Finance, LLC, is looting a bankrupt airline that for 66 years ferried troops and equipment to war zones in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Cerberus' greed has tragic consequences for pilots and flight attendants now without a job, a paycheck or health insurance. 

Cerberus took control of the bankrupt airline, World Airways, and retroactively cancelled the pilots' health insurance coverage without telling them. A pilot who'd been with World for 25 years went into a coma thinking he was covered. When he came out of the coma, he found Cerberus had cancelled his health insurance -- and he owed $2 million for his medical care. 

As president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, I have seen private equity firms plunder company after company, taking rich fees for themselves and cutting costs until there's nothing left to cut. Time and again I've seen their reckless behavior drive companies to declare bankruptcy. When the dust settles, you can count on Wall Street contracts being honored. And you can be pretty sure contracts with workers will be abrogated. 

That's pretty much what's happening with World Airways, a passenger and cargo carrier that sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2013. The airline shut down on March 27, 2014 because it had no money. All employees were fired that day. 

World Airways was a profitable company until another private equity firm, MatlinPatterson, came along and loaded it with debt. They collected handsome fees and interest until Cerberus -- run by former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Treasury Secretary John Snow -- threw the airline in the trash along with its employees. Many of the flight attendants and pilots had served their country and company since the Vietnam War. 

Blue Owl  

1. They dropped it like a hot potatoe


(sic)

Gidney N Cloyd  

2. I suspect Danny's not actually the brains of the operation there.


mountain grammy  

14. I suspect Danny's not the brains behind any operation.




On an OP by monmouth3  

Tebow just did the Red Carpet with a young lady at the Dinner. Don't know if she is a


journalist or not. He looks good...

LeftyMom  

1. Who?


MADem  

19. The guy who used to think that Jesus cared if he won football games.


Where's your messiah now, Tebow? 

LadyHawkAZ  

5. Has he tried to make a pass yet? n/t


Aerows  

10. I doubt if will she will be receptive


since it will probably end up directed at a lady across the room.



On an OP by B2G  

So 'Asian Carp' is racially offensive now?


Minnesota lawmakers consider renaming Asian carp 

Article by: MIKE CRONIN 
Associated Press 
March 27, 2014 - 5:15 PM 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light. 

Proposals advancing in the Legislature would require the Department of Natural Resources to refer to the fish as "invasive carp," a reference to the threat the non-native fish pose to Mississippi River-area ecosystems. 

Sen. John Hoffman, the Champlin Democrat sponsoring a bill in the Senate, said some people of Asian descent have complained about the name. 

"Caucasians brought them to America," Hoffman, the bill's primary Senate sponsor, said Thursday. "Should we call them 'Caucasian carp?' They have names. Let's call them what they are." 

Asian carp actually describes two closely related fish, the bighead carp and silver carp, that are native to a region of Asia spanning China, part of Siberia and North Korea, said Cindy Kolar, a fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. Since their introduction to the United States about 30 years ago, they have become a threat to native fish including those in the Great Lakes, Minnesota and elsewhere. 

Nye Bevan  

2. Next up: "Belgian waffles".


Offensively suggests that people from Belgium tend to waffle.

Comrade Grumpy  

3. People should quit carping about this. n/t




On an OP by Jesus Malverde 

She's back...Monica Lewinsky Blames the Internet


Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, probably due to growing Clinton nostalgia in politics and on Tumblr, broke her silence with a personal essay for Vanity Fair this month. In it, she posits, "thanks to the Drudge Report, I was ... possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet." 

The full essay will be available digitally on Thursday, but here are the highlights. Lewinsky, who is only 40 now, expresses regret: "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened." She also says she's ready to move on: "It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress." And she assures conspiracy theorists that the Clintons did not buy her silence up until now: "I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth." 

Lewinsky also makes a point to note that her affair with President Clinton was consensual, and that he did not abuse her. The abuse she suffered was at the hands of the media, she says. Now, the Internet is a much more friendly place for Lewinsky, especially the teen Internet. As The Wire noted earlier this year, Lewinsky is a big part of the '90s nostalgia that permeates Tumblr and sites like Buzzfeed. Beyoncé put her in a song on her latest album. 

Capt. Obvious  

8. I'm going to hold off until I hear from Linda Tripp








On an OP by big_dog  

Tucker Carlson: Women Who Pay for Men’s Dinners Are ‘Disgusting’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday asserted that men were not living up to their “manly responsibility” by letting women pay for dinner and by not participating in activities like hunting. British TV host Bear Grylls opined at a recent luncheon for his new adventure reality show that manliness was in crisis because the modern man was relying on technology instead of “your spear, your brains, your resourcefulness, your courage.” 

“I think this is real,” Carlson agreed on Tuesday’s edition of Fox News. “Part of it is somebody told boys when they were little, ‘Be sensitive, be thoughtful.’ And some of that’s fine, too much of it makes you pretty unattractive to women. And this is one of the reasons, because it suggests weakness.” “I blame it on the feminist movement,” Fox News host Katie Pavlich remarked. “Because the feminist movement for decades has told men not to embraces their manliness, that is part of the patriarchy of our society. And that being a man is a bad thing. And that you should downgrade your manliness. And saying ‘man up’ is not acceptable because manning up is not based on gender.” 

“They have all these things where they take the man part out of being a man,” she added. “And then we wonder why men don’t act like men anymore.” Carlson argued that men did not necessarily need to hunt and fish to be masculine. “Men, who on the second date, let their date pay for dinner, I’m sorry that’s disgusting,” he insisted. “And I don’t care. The new norms are — he shouldn’t allow it. Period.” 

Co-host Sandra Smith pointed out that men could show respect for women “and not assume that he’s the macho man” who needs to pay for dinner.“He should be the macho man,” Carlson shot back. “He ought to have respect for himself. Are you kidding? Let a girl pay? What are you joking?” n recent days, Fox News has aired multiple segments suggesting that “female breadwinners” could be a “problem.” “Isn’t there some sort of biological, innate need for me to be the caveman?” host Clayton Morris wondered over the weekend. “Go out and bring home the dinner. Is it emasculating if we don’t do it?”

randys1  

1. Tucker couldnt get laid in a woman's prison with a hundred pardons




OP by jberryhill  

If the GOP "draft Mitt" movement succeeds...


...it'll be the first time Mitt shows up for a draft!

Rincewind  

11. It wont work,


as soon as Mitt hears the word "draft", he'll head to France.



On an OP by kpete  

Hillary Clinton Goes THERE: "Gun control laws have grown too lax and need to be tightened"


May 06, 2014, 12:37 pm 
Clinton: Gun laws too lax 


Gun control laws have grown too lax and need to be tightened, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday during a conference in Washington, D.C. 

“We’re way out of balance,” said the former secretary of State. “We have to reign in what has almost become an article of faith that anybody anywhere can own a gun.” 


Clinton didn’t call for any specific new legislation, but said that it should be possible to make gun laws that protect society yet “still support the vast majority of people to own guns.” 

The early favorite to win the Democratic nomination for the White House in 2016 made the remarks at the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference. 

leeroysphitz  

73. Bangunzi!




OP by MannyGoldstein  

A friend of a friend claims she got hit on by Bill Clinton


At a White House party. I won't get specific, because it might reveal her identity. (Feel free to assume that I'm lying about this.) 

If you're still with me... she found it to be both totally disgusting and totally intriguing. He was good at his craft. She didn't jump at the opportunity, but she thought about it, and she was more than a decade older than Lewinsky, far more experienced in "the ways of the world". And she was close to Hillary, not Bill. 

Think about it. The President of the United States. A bit of a power imbalance there. 

Anyway, when I heard that story, I became much more sympathetic towards Ms. Lewinsky. How do you say noto... that? 

(Somehow, I suspect that this post will make everyone who reads it angry at me for some reason or another.)

ProudToBeBlueInRhody  

1. Bill Clinton hit on Liz Warren


I scooped you!

MannyGoldstein  

3. Not possible.


He'd still have an ice bag affixed to his scrotum, to this day.

Newsjock  

7. Give that man a cigar


Oh wait.

riderinthestorm  

49. Prove it or lose your credibility. nt


MannyGoldstein  

51. Fail.


One must first have credibility to lose it.



OP by EarlG  

Heeeeeeeere's... Hatemail!


Well it's been a long time since the last DU Hate Mailbag, but since the bag is now overflowing with excreta it's time to empty it out and start all over again. Here are some of our favorites from the past... however many months it's been. Feel free to vote for yours in the poll at the bottom! 

And of course, there is strong language ahead... you've been warned. 



THIS ISN'T THE STREAMING VIDEO SERVICE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

Subject: (no subject) 

I am considering getting the Netflix account. I've been told you have the season 5B of Breaking Bad, supposedly starting today, the 29th as you have stated several times. I look under another account and see you don't have this.. Is this par for the course? Aren't you keeping your word ? I'm in a very large corporate atmosphere and several would enjoy this service, but not if you can't keep your end of the bast gain. What can you say to me about this? It makes me a little angry to have you mislead not just me , but many of us. I'll wait for your reply if you're good enough to respond.


THE DANGERS OF DRINKING GASOLINE

Subject: Why 

Why in the hell was I revoked? Truth to much for you? The nude Cubs bear mascot shows what life has. The devil hates it. People should say Hi shirt or hi pants instead of the name of whoever. That is what people accept.


PRO TIP: IF YOU'RE SENDING HATE MAIL, YOU'RE ALLOWED TO USE THE WORD "COCK"

Subject: you 

suck c-ck

MADem  

56. I'd love to see the email that NETFLIX got about DU!!! nt


JoePhilly  

15. Was the "hi pants" guy Gary Busey??


Aldo Leopold  

35. Haha! Had the same thought!


It must be him!

JoePhilly  

41. Which is odd because he could also be the Netflix guy too!


PeaceNikki  

3. cock, fuck shit dammit.


I hope all of these authors are reading.

leftyohiolib  

24. you spelled the first word incorrectly it's spelled c-ck


csziggy  

28. And here I thought it was spelled Koch!






OP by MineralMan  

President Obama Never Fails To Disappoint


Even before President Obama was elected to be President, I invited him, via email, to my home for a simple dinner, on one of his campaign trips to Minneapolis. Sadly, I got an email letter declining my invitation. I don't believe he wrote it, though. 

Since then, every time he has come to Minneapolis, I have invited him to my home for the same simple dinner. Sometimes, I get a form email in return, declining my kind invitation. Other times, I get no response at all. 

It's always a disappointment, and I'm not going to invite him again. In fact, I refuse to vote for him again in 2016. That should show him the cost of disappointing this voter, I think. 

Please DURec this post if you're also disappointed for a similar reason. 

Disappointment-Way MineralManny 

Quackers  

9. K&R


He didn't show up to my graduation either. I mean, it's not like I graduate everyday.


I invited him to post on DU and promised him a DUzy Award… Still waiting…….

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024921469


On an OP by one_voice  

Arizona pastor: Women in yoga pants are ‘partially responsible’ for rape


An Arizona pastor who is infamous for preaching that women “deserve” rape defended his position in a video published on Monday. 

In an interview with Vice, University of Arizona student Dean Saxton, who preaches under the name Brother Dean Samuel, explained why he protested outside a documentary about 1998 Miss World Pageant winner and rape survivor Linor Abargil last month. 

During the protest, Saxton held a sign reading, “You Deserve Rape.” And he shouted at women to “give up your immodest clothing” and “yoga pants are sin.” 

*snip* 

“I believe there are certain qualities that may be worthy of rape,” the street preacher added. “If a woman dresses proactively, gets blackout drunk, and is wearing really revealing clothing, then I would say that she is partially responsible for the rape.” 

GreatCaesarsGhost  

16. Pastor pants over yoga pants.




On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

US Army Base Broken Into, Covered in Pot Seeds 200,000 seeds planted


US Army Base Broken Into, Covered in Pot Seeds 
Protesters in Italy sowing the seeds of peace and love, apparently 

(Newser) – Peace and love, man: A group of anti-war Italians opposed to a US Army base in their midst broke into said Army base last week, where they planted about 200,000 marijuana seeds, reports Stars and Stripes. The NoDalMolin protest group posted video of members cutting through the fence at the Del Din base in Vicenza, then planting the pot seeds to send the message that the area should be "devoted to agriculture, horticulture, and the well-being and sociability of Vicenza." Rather hysterically, the group invites locals to partake in a "great harvest festival" come October. US officials say that the group wasn't targeting and didn't come close to ammunition stored at the base. (A similar gambit unrelated to the army proved successful last summer.) 

jmowreader  

3. Where do you even get 200,000 pot seeds?


uncle ray  

5. from a 1/4 oz of Mexican Brickweed.




On an OP by doxydad  

The average age of Fox News viewers is 68 and a majority of them...


.... are politically conservative and white. 1.1 percent are non - white. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550377/The-average-age-Fox-Viewers-68-majority-politically-conservative-white.html 

Fair and balanced, ya know

Scuba  

5. In a weird coincidence, their average IQ is also 68.




On an OP by GoLeft TV  

Pap and Seder: Anti-Gay GOP Candidate Was Once a Drag Queen

Republican Senate candidate Steve Wiles, who supports an amendment against same-sex marriage, recently stated that he doesn’t “really understand how you can separate the fact that marriage is a religious institution.” While his opinions are seemingly the new norm for many GOP candidates, there is one hypocritical aspect to his views. 

He used to be a drag queen. 

Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss Wiles’ regressive opinions, as well as the false ascension of many Tea Party candidates.

Blue Owl  

1. From Drags to Riches: The Steve Wiles Story


n/t



OP by Scuba  

Benghazi Select Committee announced: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats, 8 Fox News producers


The Benghazi Select Committee lineup announced: It will have 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats, as well as 8 Fox News producers.

This guy is killing me ... 


https://twitter.com/TeaPartyCat 


Rep. Trey Gowdy: “I’m proud to lead the Select Committee on Benghazi, which I expect run until 2016, or possibly 2024 if Hillary wins.”


Rick Perry: “Yeah, I did overstate the number of unemployed by 900%, but, c’mon, math is just one theory that’s out there.”


Supreme Court rules that Koch brothers paying death squads to murder voters is legal as political speech under the 1st Amendment.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024926494


On an OP by underpants  

Hoods - BLM contracted wrangler threatened by hooded men at gunpoint in Utah


After two armed men threatened a Bureau of Land Management wrangler on Tuesday in western Utah, workers are removing BLM logos from their vehicles to help avoid additional incidents, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Thursday. 

The wrangler was driving on a highway near Mills, Utah when two people in a pick-up truck pulled up along side the vehicle. The occupants "told him he was No. 1 with that certain gesture," Eric Reid, the wrangler’s supervisor at the BLM Fillmore Field Office, told the Tribune. 

The men then reappeared in the pick-up truck a few minutes later wearing hoods and holding up a sign that read, "You need to die." One of the men pointed a Glock handgun at the wrangler. 

According to Reid, the two men put duct tape over their license plate so that the truck could not be identified, a strategy used by Bundy supporters in Nevada.

arcane1  

8. They finally took the hoods out of mothballs, I see n/t




On an OP by malaise  

Even the CNN morons want no part of Benghazi

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! 

Poor Orange man refused to answer a question about ReTHUGs fundraising off Benghazi. 

Please proceed ReTHUGs!! 


Blue Owl  

2. Bet he's nervously mixing up a screwdriver right now


Arugula Latte  

6. Well, he does need to replenish his orange color, you know.




NightWatcher  

5. unless Ben Ghazi was the co-pilot of the missing plane, they don't want to hear it



On an OP by joeybee12  

A ‘serial pooper’ on the loose in Houston was caught on camera


The neighborhood of Woodland Heights in Houston, Texas has an unwelcome visitor who has repeatedly defecated in the yards, and more often driveways, of several residents. The ‘serial pooper,’ as some have described the man, has even targeted one particular house six times. 

KPRC, Local 2 reports, Precinct One Constable’s Office Deputies are on the hunt for this unidentified man. He was caught on surveillance video by one of his victims, and authorities are using that footage to track down the suspect. The man leaving his personal waste in the neighborhood is described as an older, balding man with a mustache, who was wearing shorts at the time the video was captured. Deputies say that the man will likely face a charge of criminal mischief or one of indecent exposure. 

Officers believe he is striking between 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. and when Sergeant J.C. Mosier spoke to radio station KRLD 1080, he said revenge is a possible motive. The sergeant recalled, “I do remember many years ago here in Houston, this was going on and it turned out to be a neighbor who was just mad at people for letting their dogs come in his yard and not cleaning up after them. So he decided to get his own little bit of revenge.” 

Blue Owl  

6. Public Enemy Number Two


n/t

malaise  

8. More like Public Enemy


Number Poo



Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin  

13. Public enema?


Blue Owl  

9. LOL he could at least have the common courtesy...


to leave one of those little Dimson flags on the finished product... 



malaise  

10. Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah DUzy




Down memory lane

kentauros  

38. It's an obvious smear campaign.


Lint Head  

21. The police are looking for a stool pigeon.


pinboy3niner  

32. It appears the guy caught on camera is now the fecal point of the investigation. nt


yawnmaster  

34. thanks for giving us the poop on this. eom


dembotoz  

35. i heard he used to play for the houston Asssstros--pitched long relief


he had a deceptive delivery 
nobody slid into base when he was out there. 

he was accused of using pine tar--but it wasn't....

Xolodno  

36. They could find him by....


...tracking down the skid marks.
Lots of other good responses, but I was too pooped to include them all!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024927128


On an OP by bigtree  

Benghazi committee pic - Friggin Titanic


Kurt Eichenwald ‏@kurteichenwald 7m 
In continuing Benghazi commt fashion show, here's pic released of its first meeting. Are they on the friggin Titanic? pic.twitter.com/1Dj98kMH0p 


mindwalker_i  

1. Although it really should be tilting right


2naSalit  

19. It's that point on top of Gowdy-doody's head!!


Can't fit it in the frame if you don't tilt the camera... 

or else it's to show how edgy and cool they think they are. 

Smarmy f*cks. 



C_U_L8R  

3. How the heck did Malfoy get elected?


Everyone knows he's bad news.

sakabatou  

11. All I know is that the committee is about to sink


frylock  

16. GOWDY: First rule of order will be to get some sugar packets under the legs of this table.




On an OP by deminks  

Florida town’s choice: Violate Supreme Court ruling or open meeting with Satanic prayer


Less than three days after the Supreme Court ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that prayers before town meetings did not violate the Constitution’s ban on endorsing religion, a self-styled Satanist in Deerfield Beach, Florida has asked city officials to let him open a meeting with a Satanic prayer. 

Chaz Stevens — who made headlines last December when he forced Florida Governor Rick Scott to allow him to erect an 8-foot-tall Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans next to Deerfield Beach’s nativity manger — told the New Times that he recently converted from “Pabstfestidian” because “Satan is a cool dude.” 

(snip) 

He then tacked to a more serious course, adding “I just want equal billing. We allow various religious nutjobs to give a prayer. They pray to Jesus who is make-believe, god who is make-believe, why not Satan who is make-believe?” 

Gman  

1. I think he'd find Pastafarianism more fulfilling


Ramen.

pinboy3niner  

6. They seem to be on the horns of a dilemma




A HERETIC I AM  

7. At some level....


there may be hell to pay.

opiate69  

10. Lol. Makes me think of this:






OP by riqster  

23 Hideously Creepy and Inappropriate Children's Toys


http://www.viralnova.com/terrible-childrens-toys/#mJWHBgLyAxHBbGrs.01 

Holy shite... 

progressoid  

8. Why is this guy so angry?






riqster  

9. It lasted longer than four hours, and he didn't call the doctor.



On an OP by raccoon  

When you buy mattresses and box springs, will the vendor to get rid of the old one?


I'm asking because I need to buy new, and I can't haul an old one off in a Camry. 



Logical  

11. Lounge? nt


pintobean  

13. They have plenty of mattresses. /nt




OP by NuclearDem  

Controversial thread title written in smug snarky tone.


Paragraph referencing recent DU topic of discussion written in snarky tone. 

Paragraph referring to opponents of own position with snarky, smug, dismissive, borderline-TOS-violating language. 

Paragraph suggesting I in fact have all the answers, and those who disagree are sock puppets and trolls. 

Snarky final line completely unrelated to earlier paragraphs. : eyes : : rofl : 

EDIT: Partial backwalking.

The DUzies were flying back and forth, up and down…

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024937055


On an OP by davidn3600  

1 out of 5 people say they would be willing to have sex with a robot


ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – In a survey of changing attitudes between human beings and robots, nearly one-in-five people said they were “willing to have sex with an android,” despite more than one-third of respondents saying they fear machines will threaten the human race. 

A poll conducted among 2,000 members of the British public by Middlesex University found out what humans think of one day walking, talking – and apparently progressing even further – with robots on a daily basis. 

In addition to the 17 percent of people who said they are prepared to “have sex with an android,” more than one-in-ten claimed they would care for the fruits of such labor – with 11 percent saying they want a robot child similar to David in the movie A.I. 

One of the study recipients said that science seems to have gotten the edge on sex: “It seems to have got to the stage where people would rather have sex with something that knows exactly what it’s doing, where we know exactly how it will react, and how long it will take, and how good it will be,” said one of the participants, according to the Daily Beast, which notes that people’s “self-reliance” may have equipped people to seek such far-fetched sexual independence from other humans.

The Straight Story  

2. Oh great, now I have to hold open doors for robots too???




DJ13  

3. That Energizer Bunny would wear me out




sakabatou  

6. Those damn robosexuals!




MohRokTah  

8. 1 in 20 people are already having sex with a robot.


I'd give some links, but they'd all be NSFW.

NightWatcher  

39. Wet Dry Shopvacs are not robots!


bunnies  

15. Holy shit! I never realized my EX was so popular!




Yavin4  

17. Just imagine the viruses that a sex robot running a Windows OS is going to have.


Oy vey!

Orrex  

18. Not to mention how smugly self-congratulating an Apple sexbot will be.




Eleanors38  

22. I prefer a desktop version.


justhanginon  

34. Damn, I was that close, that close


and then there it was, the Blue Screen of Death!!!!!!!!!!

edbermac  

43. "Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"


"Dave, I really think that I'm entitled to an answer to that question." 





OP by Tuesday Afternoon  

View of the Milky Way as seen from the surface of Mars =



pinboy3niner  

3. Well, it sure sets the bar high.


Major Nikon  

7. I can't wait for the copycat thread from Uranus


Tuesday Afternoon  

8. now, now, don't be an asteroid




DFW  

9. That's one small step for fat


And one giant leap for calories.

rurallib  

13. Makes me snicker




On an OP by monmouth3  

Fox News' Eric Bolling: 'I Don't Remember' Any Terrorist Attacks On America During President Bush's


Fox News host Eric Bolling pulled a Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday, asserting that there were no terrorist attacks on "American soil" during President Bush's term in office. 

Giuliani famously made a similar assertion in early 2010, saying, "we had no domestic attacks under Bush." Of course, the 9/11 attacks happened under Bush. 

Bolling's misstatement came during a discussion on the network's Glenn Beck replacement show, "The Five." He and a panel--which included former Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino--were arguing about whether Bush had been guilty of "fear-mongering" during his tenure. Panelist Bob Beckel said that the former president had used fear-mongering around the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. As he attempted to continue his point, Bolling cut him off and started to move on to the next segment. 

"America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008," he said. "I don't remember any attacks on American soil during that period of time." Nobody on the panel challenged this comment. 

trusty elf  

22. .........




Jesus Malverde  

91. .








On an OP by hatrack  

NASA/GRL/Science - Collapse Of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Appears To Be Under Way, Likely Unstoppable


The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday. 

The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis. 

“This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.” Two papers scheduled for publication this week, in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, attempt to make sense of an accelerated flow of glaciers seen in parts of West Antarctica in recent decades. 

Both papers conclude that warm water upwelling from the ocean depths has most likely triggered an inherent instability that makes the West Antarctic ice sheet vulnerable to a slow-motion collapse. And one paper concludes that factors some scientists had hoped might counteract such a collapse will not do so. 


GliderGuider  

4. The Five Stages of Global Warming Denial:


1. Anger 
2. Bargaining 
3. Depression 
4. Acceptance 
5. Drowning 





OP by EarlG  

Pic Of The Moment: The Exquisite Timing Of Marco Rubio



longship  

2. Well, he has a plan for what to do with all that water.






On an OP by UTUSN  

BUNDY ranch gunnutters are panhandling the net because loving their fellow man ain't free


Bundy Ranch's Armed Defenders Seek Welfare to Sit Around Doing Nothing 

Adam Weinstein 

The life of an ever-vigilant anti-government armed patriot is hard. And by hard, I mean dull and unproductive. Also, not very profitable. Maybe that's why all those guys hanging out cleaning their guns in Nevada are now begging hard-working Americans to please give them some money. 

One enterprising ranch defender needs funds so badly, he's taken to GoFundMe: 

"To all American Patriots: 

"I am the Team Leader that took Charlie Delta, the black marine, out to Nevada along with two other volunteers that all did an outstanding job at the Bundy Ranch. I understand most of you have come to know Charlie Delta through his expressed views on Cliven Bundy and the good we are all doing as patriots at the ranch. I am coming to you tonight humbly asking for your help. We may be the front line soldiers facing down an overbearing govt bureaucracy, but we are first off family men and women that have our own homes and jobs and families left behind to take on this endeavor. Therefore we have spent our fortunes for freedom and love of our fellow man and need your help to continue our efforts to keep all Americans free from tyranny. Please if you can spare even a few dollars for food, fuel and supplies to continue the stand against tyranny and an overbearing governtment please help. Even the smallext amount will help keep up the pressure to return this land to the people. I thank you all sincerely for your contribution. 

"Christopher E Ferrell 

"United we stand! Divided we fall!" 

Chris isn't alone in opting for unemployment assistance to play soldier out in the desert. Another self-appointed militia bigwig, Blaine Cooper, took up a GoFundMe collection "for gas, and expenses to help in our fight with the bundies all money will be used for food and gas........." (his page has since been taken down but is cached here.) 

How's the welfare drive going? Shitty. Cooper, who's been something of a celeb in the cause (and is incensed that prison inmates get free food), made just under $1,500 in a month and a half. Ferrell, meanwhile, has netted $170 from five donors... well short of his $100,000 goal. Sheesh. Why don't these losers get jobs? 

Blue Idaho  

9. How long


Before they decide they must take possession of Bundy's cattle so they can sell them to continue the heroic work of protecting Cliven from the overreach of the BLM?

UTUSN  

10. Bar-B-Q!!!!!!!!!1 n/t


arcane1  

18. Now now... we start giving you hand-outs and soon you'll become dependent on them


Get a job, loser!



On an OP by Mira  

I need to borrow - or be given to - an old TOUPEE


I am serious. 
I'm getting ready to be part of the crew in www.48hourfilm.com 
we're making a movie for the City of Greensboro. 

The screen writer has informed me we need a toupee, the cheesier the better, and part of my job is to secure props and costumes. 

Help?! 
Anyone? 
Goodwill won't do for this one.

pm me if you can help

intaglio  

1. Ask Shakespeare, for in his baldness he asked


Toupee or not toupee, that is the question

OriginalGeek  

7. You better get one


or there will be hell toupee!

Mr.Bill  

10. I thought you were


running for the Senate when I saw your thread title.

Wait Wut  

11. ?


I thought he was going to be Trump's stunt double.

libodem  

13. Ask Rand Paul


He probably has several squirrels you could borrow. I think that's what he wears on his dome.



OP by DanTex  

Maybe we need a DU "white persons' group".


That way we can discuss the unique challenges facing white people in America. The pain and anger of being reminded of one's white privilege. The n-word double standard. The presumed inability to jump. 

Yes, I'm sure non-white people care about all these issues, but it would be nice for us white folk to be able to discuss in a dedicated forum, with people who share the same experiences. Somewhere we can talk about how we're totally so not at all racist, we're just saying... 

We could also consider merging the white persons' group with the men's group. That way we cover the two most repressed elements of the US population at once. Billionaires who feel threatened by discussions of income inequality, y'all are welcome too. As are straight people marginalized by the "gay agenda". And throw in the gungeon for good measure. 

Of course, we'll need a name for this new forum. Maybe something about "freedom". Or we could go with the "storm" metaphor...

deurbano  

29. Dixiecratic Underground?


NuclearDem  

2. A link to Freeperville will do.


undeterred  

18. So how can you tell which people are white on a messageboard?




caraher  

128. Cue Stephen Colbert


"I don't see race online, but people tell me I'm white and I believe them, because when I read the words "white privilege" I get uncomfortable and feel the need to explain why I'm a good person."



OP by rug  

I don't even care what happened to the ball.




pinboy3niner  

3. If it lasts more than 4 hours, call the Baseball Commissioner




On an OP by yortsed snacilbuper  

GOP mission: Name 3,000 things after Reagan!

Conservative activist Grover Norquist wants to name 3,000 things after Ronald Reagan. His next target is a small mountain in Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s home state. 

The would-be Mount Reagan, at 3,366 feet, is not nearly the highest peak in Nevada. But it does overlook Las Vegas and, as such, would remind all who visit and live there of the former two-term California governor who went on to become president and lodestar of the Republican Party. 

Arugula Latte  

1. Remember to flush the toilet after you take a Reagan, okay you guys?


Major Nikon  

7. 3,366' is not a mountain, it's a hill


So calling it a mountain and naming it after Saint Ronnie does kinda seem appropriate.



On an OP by Capt. Obvious  

Okay, I've decided to wade in (at the risk of causing another war)


I'm now getting milk delivered from a dairy farm. I know, I know, it's really expensive. 

I was against the idea at first and argued vehemently against this new course in our life. I argued that it was too expensive, and that we don't drink milk that often, and that we end up dumping unused milk too often as it is. 

Well, I lost that debate.. and I'm quite thrilled. The milk is amazing. We tear through those delivered glass bottles faster than they can deliver them. 

Now we're even having fresh bacon, butter, and you name it delivered from the farm and it's amazing. My god, their bacon! I may even put it in my coffee. 

I hope this thread doesn't tear us apart.

Dr. Strange  

6. Great.


Another white milk privilege thread.

Capt. Obvious  

11. We get the chocolate milk too


Also delicious.

Dr. Strange  

14. Oh sure.


Some of your best milk is chocolate, no doubt. 

You're fooling no one, you milk Freeper!



On an OP by ChisolmTrailDem  

Why weren't bush and cheney at the...


National 9/11 Memorial Museum's emotional opening and dedication ceremony this morning? 

The Obamas were there. The Clintons were there. Ghouliani was there. 

Where was shrubco?? Why were they not there???

RoccoR5955  

42. Simple...


Bush was AWOL, and Cheney got another deferment. As usual!



On an OP by brooklynite  

Ben Carson Moves Toward Presidential Run


Source: Weekly Standard

Ben Carson is warming to the idea of running for president. Since the famous brain surgeon retired last year from Johns Hopkins Hospital, he’s been speaking around the country to enthusiastic audiences. And they’ve affected his thinking about seeking national office. 

“Over the years, there have been many attempts to get me to throw my hat in the political arena,” Carson writes in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future. “I have been offered support from around the country and tremendous financial resources if I decide to run for national office. But I have not felt the call to run.” 

Carson writes that he suspects many others interested in high office would be better candidates. But in his book he has a caveat: “If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so.” 

Interviewed this week, Carson said he’s “starting to feel it. Because every place I go, it’s unbelievable.” One lady “really touched me the other night … She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run.’ And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

immoderate  

4. Dr. Carson -- your transportation awaits!




Tommy_Carcetti  

15. So if Ben Carson, Allen West, and Herman Cain all run in 2016.....


...will that split the African-American Republican vote that is entirely composed of Ben Carson, Allen West and Herman Cain?

KinMd  

44. Hillary won't sleep a wink tonight after this news




On an OP by warrior1  

Why no news reports of the big traffic jams of the 10 to 30 mil. teabaggers going to Washington..


I'm just saying

Warren Stupidity  

1. They are all driving over other people's property in their big wheel monster trucks


and avoiding socialist roads and bridges.



On an OP by bigtree  

American Spring: That's 10 million people, swear to God



Purrfessor  

79. No! That is 10 milling people! Not 10 million! eom


RoverSuswade  

33. Has anyone spotted Ted Nugent yet?


Fred Phelps? (oh, wait...)

Treant  

48. Fred Phelps?


I'm sure they could dig him up somewhere. 

Oh...too soon?



OP by Enrique  

American Spring spotted on the way to DC



BumRushDaShow  

8. Here's a few more trying to get there too






BumRushDaShow  

11. The White House fence might help although these are trying to scale it




BumRushDaShow  

10. Here's one that arrived and is waiting for the others on the Mall




wandy  

18. Having forgotten to order Porta-Potties..............


Teapublican patriots demand their ancestral rights to public restrooms. 



SummerSnow  

38. and the women come very fashionable...




malaise  

32. Looks like Donald Trump's


rug

DeSwiss  

46. Everyone's got this thing totally wrong!


This, is A-Merkin-Spring: 



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkin

- Good night. I'll be here thru next Thursday and try the veal!!!



On an OP by johnp3907  

Favorite headline so far "Operation American Spring Misses Projected Attendance By About 9,999,850."


I also love the banner that reads: "America IS a Christian Nation." I didn't even know there WAS a nation called "America." 

struggle4progress  

6. It's another inexcusable Obama failure!




winter is coming  
11. I hope that guy in the center of the photo brought some paint to fix his sign,

cause he put "Obama" on there by mistake.

central scrutinizer  

9. It was that damn autofill feature gain


He typed in; "We expect 10 to 30 mullets to show up" and the autofill, not recognizing "mullets", switched it to "millions" and he hit "send" before proofreading.



OP by Playinghardball  

30,000,000 patriots arrive in Washington DC disguised as empty folding chairs!



PeaceNikki  

1. this just released...




Mr.Bill  

8. Was Clint Eastwood there


to talk to the chairs?

malaise  

6. Who paid for those chairs?




Mr.Bill  

16. Hopefully, the Koch brothers. n/t




On an OP by AngryAmish  

What would you do if your SO forbade you from going to a bachelorette party?


Or a bachelor party. 

Also, assume normal party with booze and strippers.

winter is coming  

19. Tell him we need the money?


Oh, wait, you meant as a guest

Iggo  

13. Forbade?


Excuse me a second....



OP by Eleanors38  

Breaking: GD Posts About American Spring Exceed Attendance.

Curious onlookers flock to site of American Spring after reading some thirty-two thousand accounts of the sparsely-attended event, quickly inflating the number of demonstrators. 

"They looked like old 'Sixties hippies," mused one demonstrator, "But we can use everyone we can get; besides, most of us look like that, too."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024966362


Thanks Admin for fixing DU for us poor victims of CenturyLink… may they rot in hell!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon May 19, 2014, 06:47 AM (22 replies)

*** DUzy Awards Apr 26 - May 2, 2014 ***

TGIF! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to:

CaliforniaPeggy, countryjake, CrispyQ, dixiegrrrrl, kentauros,


and everyone else who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!



OP by riqster  

A bit of happy Trolling for a sunny Saturday!




dixiegrrrrl  

1. I alerted on this.



riqster  

2. Sic semper trollus.


Or something like that.

cyberswede  

3. Careful, or this thread could turn into a train wreck.



Boom Sound 416  

6. I see this going off the rails

pinboy3niner  

7. Investigators likely to find non-human error to blame


The cotton candy-colored hair will be the smoking gun.

riqster  

9. And the use of plastics will no doubt cause concern.

rurallib  

5. each and every one sent packing by MIRT


Go MIRT!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018610100


OP by Omaha Steve  

Who is is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs?


http://www.omaha.com/article/20140430/GO/140428639/1181#10-fictional-characters-you-didn-t-know-were-from-nebraska 

The Oz books by L. Frank Baum (and the film) are of course more closely associated with Kansas, but the Wizard himself is an Omaha native. Sure, the Wizard tells Dorothy he's a Kansas man in the movie, but what of the writing on that hot air balloon? In the books, he's an Omaha guy. Another fun fact: The Wizard's full name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. A common Nebraska name. 



2naSalit  

1. So that means that


his initials are: 

OZ PINHEAD. 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024889759


On an OP by darkangel218  

What do you guys think of full mouth veneers?


Anyone here had it done? 
I have pretty healthy teeth but I would like them to be super white, which can't be achived with normal laser procedures. Should i go ahead with the veneers? 
My only concern is that once you have them done, you need to keep them ( or replacement caps ) forever.

Coventina  

5. I'm an art historian, and I'm tired. I thought your post said, "full mouth Vermeers"


Clearly, I need to go back to bed..... 


Arugula Latte  

8. Well, that's understandable, given that he painted "Girl With Pearly Whites"


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018609700


On an OP by brooklynite  

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me


http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2014/04/what-running-out-power-tesla-side-highway-taught-me-about-road-trip-tomorrow/8978/

It's 209 miles from the parking lot of a Chili's in Barstow, California, where we are, to the parking lot of a Carl's Jr. in Kingman, Arizona, where we need to go. I'm in a rented Tesla Model S, a sleek, battery-powered electric vehicle, with a travel companion. We're just about fully charged, and the car estimates it can travel 247 miles before we need more juice. That's a buffer of 38 miles, which should be more than enough to reach Kingman. We'll soon realize it isn't. 

The seemingly random parking lots I'm traveling between are sites of a new nationwide network of fast battery charging stations for drivers of Tesla's Model S. The company calls them "Superchargers" — direct-current battery charging stations of a proprietary design that can bring a nearly dead Model S battery to full charge in a little over an hour. That's much faster than the roughly 8 hours it would take by plugging into a wall outlet in your garage. Tesla's official reason for building this private network of battery charging infrastructure (currently up to 80 stations and counting) is to encourage Model S drivers to take road trips — a concept otherwise unthinkable in a car powered only by a battery. I'm testing it out on a weekend road trip from Los Angeles into Arizona and back. 

For drivers of electric vehicles, calculations of distance and range are of near-constant concern. How far you want to go must always be less far than your battery can take you. The Nissan Leaf, for example, can get up to 84 miles of range on a full charge — enough for most people's daily commutes and errands, but hardly a long-distance option. The estimated 265-mile range of a fully equipped Tesla Model S has allayed some concerns about having enough juice to get where you want to go. Coupled with the Supercharger network, it's made the idea of taking a battery-powered road trip feasible — even cross-country. Feasible, I quickly find, is not the same thing as simple. 

An hour outside of Barstow I notice on the digital dashboard display that the 38-mile buffer between range and distance has fallen hard to about 20. We panic. We've got more than a hundred miles to go, a lot of it uphill, and if the buffer keeps decaying at this rate, we'll never make it. I'd been driving as I normally would, not realizing that higher speeds and the rising elevation would drain the battery faster — that "estimated" range really is just an estimate. In any effort to save battery life, we turn off the stereo and dim the huge touch screen control panel. I figure out the cruise control and drop it down to 63. We coast and hope.

Unless Tesla is going to make the advance investment of charging stations that are a prolific as gas stations, I don't see how this will catch on.

KamaAina  

12. We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert


when the batteries began to discharge.


Orrex  

15. I keep a spare can of electrons in the trunk for just this sort of emergency


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024886307


OP by nadinbrzezinski  

That is a falcon sighting alright!!!!



It is also somewhat full of memories. Mom drove a green one when I was a kid. That think actually had seat belts, that is 1968. They were not mandatory, except in mom's car.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024898618


On an OP by WillyT  

It Got Embarrassing...


Sorry... 



ZombieHorde  

1. Don't worry, man. It happens to all guys at some point. nt


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024888457


OP by edbermac  

Sticker fail.




pinboy3niner  

2. The secret to a great dish is that you have to use Fi dough



Boom Sound 416  

12. Rover On the Floor Laughing

Baitball Blogger  

3. The featured recipes include...


Pooched eggs 

Mutt-in Stew 

Chow mein 

Chow Chow 

Yorkshire Terrier Pudding 

Maltese Shake 

Cranberry Pomeranian Sauce 

rocktivity  

4. And for dessert


Boston Terrier Cream Pie 

or 

Chocolate Lab Cake 


azurnoir  

14. don't forget -Hot digity dog


which is a real recipe I found years ago on an international cooking site - had tomatoes, pineapple, peppers, and beer and dog, if I remember correctly the site said it tasted like mutton, I'll take their word for it

rocktivity  

15. You want French poodle fries


with that? 


azurnoir  

17. yes with a side of cats-up



Dr. Strange  

20. It's a cookbook!




http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018610335


On an OP by RandySF  

Teen Arrested With Loaded Gun In Vagina


Cops say a Tennessee teen who got arrested for driving with a suspended license on Monday had a surprise in store for police. 

When a female corrections officer at Kingsport jail performed a search on 19-year-old Dallas Archer, she allegedly discovered an "unknown object" lodged in the young woman's crotch. She alerted another female officer, who accompanied her during a further examination, according to documents obtained by the Smoking Gun. 

The officers allegedly discovered a loaded, five-shot, four-inch .22 caliber mini-revolver concealed in Archer's vagina. It turns out that the gun was stolen last year when John Souther's car was "ransacked" in an auto burglary, cops said. 

Souther, a 70-year-old retired car salesman, told TSG that he'd make sure to give his stolen "little fellow... a bath in bleach.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/dallas-archer-gun-in-vagina_n_5198486.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

PoliticAverse  

9. Vagina is for gun lovers. n/t

Kaleva  

10. There may be an untapped market for a gun designed to fit comfortably in a vagina

jberryhill  

13. I would not tap that

rurallib  

11. Well Georgia governor signed a bill that said you could carry guns anywhere


not sure that is what he meant.

Lizzie Poppet  

46. When I first saw this, and took in the pic of the pistol...


...my first reaction was, "girl, you might consider a hammerless version." 



My next thought was "what the fuck is up with that hairstyle? 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024872287


On an OP by Skidmore  

Wow! Palin is called "blasphemous" by a Christian group over her torture remarks at NRA.


Stunning. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/29/1295557/-Christian-Organization-Starts-Petition-Against-Sarah-Palin 

Large Christian Organization Starts Petition Against Sarah Palin 
byLeslie Salzillo 

Faithful America, is the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians, putting faith into action for social justice. They say they are tired of watching the messages of Jesus be continuously hijacked to serve right-wing political agendas. 

This week Faithful America is speaking out, and taking action against Sarah Palin, after her incredibly hateful and bizarre statement during the 2014 National Rifle Association NRAAM convention. Speaking to a cheering NRA crowd, Sarah Palin said, 

"…Water boarding is how we baptize terrorists." 

Faithful America started a petition saying: 

"This is what we've come to in America: A former candidate for vice-president can equate torture and Holy Baptism, and one of the nation's most powerful political lobbies erupts into cheers and applause. 

TheCowsCameHome  

2. Poor Sarah.


Even her imaginary friends hate her.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024886968


On an OP by ashling  

Trump: Donald Sterling Was 'Set Up'


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-clippers-owner-donald-sterling-set-up-racist-comments 

Real estate mogul Donald Trump condemned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments on Monday, but suggested Sterling had been "set up" by the "girlfriend from hell." 

TMZ released audio that purported to be a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano on Friday, in which Sterling told Stiviano that he didn't want her taking photos with black people or bringing blacks -- like NBA legend Magic Johnson -- to basketball games with her. The fallout was swift and widespread: everyone from President Barack Obama to Michael Jordan condemned the remarks and the NAACP revoked Sterling's lifetime achievement award. 

"It's terrible. He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend, let's face it," Trump said on "Fox & Friends." 



Tuesday Afternoon  

5. The only thing set up is Donald's hair.

pinboy3niner  

6. The Donald warns that you will have toupee for that!




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024882031


OP by malaise  

Imagine if all this time dedicated to basketball was allocated to Piketty's new book


We would change the economic debate.

Motown_Johnny  

1. Maybe Piketty should tell some attractive young woman...


...to not hang around with rich people. To not post pictures of herself with them and to not bring any of them to the bookstore with her. 

For the sarcasm impaired >>>>--------> 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024887805


On an OP by 47of74  

Businesses lose thousands due to Cloven Hoof Bundy and his gang of thugs.


http://www.8newsnow.com/story/25383607/businesses-lose-thousands-in-bundy-ordeal

MESQUITE, Nev. -- Hotels in Mesquite say they have already lost more than a $100,000 in business because of armed militia groups patrolling Bunkerville. 

8 News NOW has learned Mesquite Police are investigating death threats to hotel staffers following a bomb threat earlier this month. The threats were reportedly called in by supporters of Cliven Bundy, the Bunkerville rancher battling over his cattle with the Bureau of Land Management. 

Democratic Representative Steven Horsford says people are living in fear, under the constant presence of armed militia groups. 

8 News NOW investigated those claims and found that while people from some of the top hotel chains didn't want to go on camera, the dispute is costing them, and the community, plenty.



Ilsa  

6. Send in the drones!


There ought to be drones!

appal_jack  

10. Don't bother, they're here. (nt)


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024887801


On an OP by spanone  

dear rep. michael grimm...you, sir, are an asshole.


this is the sweetheart that threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony. 

Blue Owl  

5. The Grimm Freeper


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024880605


On an OP hrmjustin  

Staten Island's Grimm resigns post on House committee


Staten Island Advance 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Michael Grimm, who surrendered Monday on federal charges, has resigned his post on the House Financial Services Committee. 

In a press release issued late Monday night, the congressman described the resignation as temporary. 

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/post_792.html#incart_m-rpt-1

TheCowsCameHome  

1. They threw him under the balcony.


Asshat. 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/106810203


On an OP by Judi Lynn  

Star cluster hurtling towards earth


Andrew Griffin 
Thursday 01 May 2014 

A galaxy has thrown out a star cluster towards earth at more than two million miles per hour. But it is, thankfully, likely to miss our planet and “drift through the void between the galaxies for all time,” says the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

Astronomers aren’t sure why the star cluster — named HVGC-1 — got thrown out at such high speed. One possibility is that the galaxy had two supermassive black holes at its core, experts said, which the stars came too close to. The black holes then threw out the star cluster like a slingshot. 

Those black holes were formed by a long-ago collisions of two galaxies. That merged into one single galaxy — a fate that awaits Milky Way when it collides with Andromeda. 

The cluster was found by astronomers studying the galaxy, who initially thought that its speed was the result of a glitch.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/star-cluster-hurtling-towards-earth-9311602.html 

SummerSnow  

1. Obamas fault


http://www.democraticunderground.com/122829009


On an OP by malaise  

So Paul Ryan met with the Congressional Black Caucus


My question is why?

FSogol  

2. Maybe his girlfriend has some recordings?



Scuba  

11. The reaction was predictable ...




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024890924


On an OP by hootinholler  

So Jebbie is floating the trial balloon


Saw chimpy on the tee vee this morning saying that lil bro will make an outstanding prez. Told him to call him if he needs advice. 

Perhaps Jeb really is the smarter one in that he hasn't called chimpy for advice as yet. 

I also have to wonder what that advice would consist of.

Xipe Totec  

1. Buffoon. Trial Buffoon. nt

cyberswede  

3. Advice from GWB:





Initech  

8. How about this for a constitutional amendment:


Article 1: "Any person or persons with the surnames Bush or Walker shall be prohibited from holding or running for the office of President of the United States of America. 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024900121


OP by Lady Freedom Returns  

So where should the Republican National Convention be?




Laf.La.Dem.  

1. Benghazi



greendog  

6. ...or the Bundy Ranch

HooptieWagon  

28. Why not? Half the attendees are already there.

SummerSnow  

9. A sinkhole is appropriate



itsrobert  

42. In their butts


Their heads are already there.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024902029


Thanks all for the kind words, and you are all very welcome! Until next week...

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