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Flying Squirrel

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Member since: Fri Aug 20, 2010, 06:40 PM
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About Me

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 ;-)

Journal Archives

I say: Bernie is running! I get: Blank stares

I say: Bernie Sanders! He's running for president!

I get: Who's that?

And this is from my girlfriend and her aunt, both of whom have to put up with my frequent updates from DU. We've got a long road ahead of us to educate the country... I started today by posting the Matt Taibbi article on Facebook. I got: 2 likes in 7 hours. Well, it's a start.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 12:37 AM (7 replies)

Copurrrrnicus: A further study in black & white














Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Apr 28, 2015, 03:54 AM (2 replies)

Thank you, Juror #4

I hope this post will not be hidden. I have redacted the name of the poster in question - this is not meant to be a personal call-out or a criticism of the jury system; it is instead meant to highlight what I believe to be the line between acceptable and unacceptable criticism of Hillary Clinton on DU, and to give further exposure to a very well-written juror comment.

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On Sun Apr 12, 2015, 02:39 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

34. If her future ads are like her announcement video, all froth and no substance, I'm not sure how much better she would be than Bush, Walker or Cruz. They are crazy. But they are what they are.

After that video, I have no idea who Hillary really is. Has she changed since 2008? How? I imagine we will see more videos. I hope they do more than make us feel good over nothing.

REASON FOR ALERT

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.

YOUR COMMENTS

Inappropriate on a democratic site to suggest that the only democratic candidate who has announced might be no better than Bush, Walker, or Cruz especially after conceding that they are crazy. Take it to Free Republic, I don't care about your 48,000 posts.

JURY RESULTS

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Sun Apr 12, 2015, 02:53 PM, and voted 3-4 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: Nope. I don't want to see this on DU.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Oh. Please. This is a valid opinion, expressed appropriately. Get over it.
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: You know, I came to DU to get away from r/w talking points on other internet sites; a sort of safe haven from the constant lies and innuendo about Democrats/progressives/liberals. I came here to work with people to debunk the media bs being catapulted into people's heads via hyperbole, lies, misdirection, selective quoting, out of context headings and subject lines, and the constant gish gallop of the corporate noise machine. If anyone on this board thinks that either of the Clintons is the same as a republican, maybe they should check what they've been reading and where it's from. No one is required to "love" or even "actively support" any politician. But to actively and repeatedly attack Democrats, maybe that kind of person would be happier elsewhere. Perhaps <name redacted> could find a "safe haven" site for people who hate the Clintons. There are plenty of those sites out there. It's going to be another long election cycle.
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No better than Bush, Walker or Cruz? I'm not thrilled with Clinton either but...FUCK YOU. I hope this bullshit gets hidden.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Take your censorship somewhere else.
Juror #7 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given

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It's going to be a long election cycle for sure. I may not post much, but regardless of my previously articulated ambivalence regarding Hillary Clinton, apparently I will be alerting like a madman.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Apr 12, 2015, 09:38 PM (17 replies)

For all you "Lost" fans (and I'm posting this at 1:08pm my time):

Today at 4:23pm it will be...






...wait for it....






4/8/15 at 16:23:42!



Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Apr 8, 2015, 04:10 PM (1 replies)

So Angie's List pulls out of Indiana expansion, but still advertises on Fox News?

What gives there?

Have to say, after checking out the wiki page on Angie's List, I'm not impressed. Have never used them, and now that I see they advertise on Fox I never will. Pulling out of the Indiana expansion doesn't change that for me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angie%27s_List
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 02:57 AM (2 replies)

So if Iraq was "War for NOT oil"... what's Iran?

In case you missed the thread...

If you thought it was "Blood for Oil"--you're wrong. It was far, far worse.

So today I'm watching Fox News (O'Reilly), keeping tabs on the enemy, when I hear him talking about the Iran sanctions, and my ears prick up when I hear that they'd be able to sell more oil if the sanctions were lifted. And I think, that's just what the oil barons don't want.. they don't want more oil out there on the market, further driving down the already low price per barrel.

Is Fox News (and those who fund it) really worried about Iran getting nuclear capability, or are they really just concerned that those sanctions will be lifted, thereby hitting them in their fat (but never fat enough) pocketbooks?

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 02:50 AM (1 replies)

Timed that one just right...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:01 PM (0 replies)

Yes, we’re stuck with Hillary: But we don’t need an Elizabeth Warren-esque savior for a battle of...

Yes, we’re stuck with Hillary: But we don’t need an Elizabeth Warren-esque savior for a battle of ideas

(snip)

The first question’s easy. Democrats don’t debate policy because they can’t. They can’t because they tell their donors one thing and their base another. This divides policy from message. It’s a situation rich with irony: To pay for populist-themed ads they mortgage themselves to the status quo. Needless to say, when they divvy up the spoils, the donors get policy and the base gets message.

Democrats hate to hear it, but that’s how it went down in 2008. Obama ran on cleaning up Washington and Wall Street, rescuing homeowners, raising the minimum wage and passing a public option. We know what happened next. The homeowners got the ax. The minimum wage, the public option and the ethics reforms got shelved. Wall Street got a get-out-of-jail-free card.

(snip)

I don’t doubt Warren would light a fire under a movement—she’s done it before—but two things worry me about all such scenarios. First is how tenuous they seem. Second is that they slight what I now see as our most urgent task: building a progressive movement powerful enough to transform our utterly debased and thus wholly ineffectual politics.

No matter who the Democrats or any party may nominate, winning requires an agenda that speaks to the disaffected, a group that now includes most voters. Democrats can’t do it on their own; they’ve neither the tools nor the permission. And regardless of who wins we’ll achieve little without a strong movement to hold the winners to account.

(snip)

Much more at the link, a very good read.

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/08/yes_were_stuck_with_hillary_but_we_dont_need_an_elizabeth_warren_esque_savior_for_a_battle_of_ideas/
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 10:02 AM (5 replies)

*** 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. 

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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)
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