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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 ;-)

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Re: Posting negatives about Democratic candidates

Obviously this is going to happen at DU - Democrats will never be able to copy Reagan's "Eleventh Commandment", and perhaps we shouldn't. The term "herding cats" has long been applied to Democratic politics, or as Will Rogers put it, "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat."

However, that doesn't mean there should not be limits. After all, besides the obvious fact that it sows unnecessary division on DU, at some point many of us may be forced to throw our support behind our less (or even least) favorite candidate. Obviously we should be able to try and prevent that occurrence, but at what point are we going too far?

My personal belief is that we should use two criteria:

(1) No personal attacks. No personal attacks on a Democratic candidate or their supporters; and no broad smears.

(2) No RW attacks. No links to RW sites, no copying of RW smears. Nothing that they are using or will likely use.

This leaves plenty, and if you really think there are actual minds to be changed here on DU (anything's possible) then use SPECIFICS, not generalities, about actual policy positions or other weaknesses that are not likely to be used by Republicans.

Do I mean that there really are things that won't be used by Republicans? Yes I do! There are things they can't attack any Democratic candidate on because they would be attacking themselves. Things like coziness with corporations. Large donors. I'm sure you can think of a few more if you're creative. But remember, be SPECIFIC - don't just repeat something you've heard and didn't research for yourself.

Just my two cents... FWIW
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat May 30, 2015, 01:47 AM (8 replies)

* A DUzy thread in memory of JeffR *

Hello, fellow DU'ers... Most of you have by now heard of the passing of JeffR, who (among many other things) created the DUzy Awards and kept them going for several years. They were one of the things I looked forward to most in my early days at DU. A few of us have occasionally tried to resurrect the DUzy tradition; but the DUzymaster was, well, the master.

For those who were not around during the original DUzy Awards, consider this just a small taste of the entertainment JeffR treated us to on a weekly basis for several years. For those who were around, this thread will probably be somewhat bittersweet, as it was to me while composing it.

On those occasions when the stars align and I find the time, energy, and motivation to try and continue the DUzy tradition, my main motivation is the belief that humor can heal, and that as long as we can still laugh, we can still hope.

In that spirit, I offer this DUzy thread in memoriam to JeffR.


DFW  

So long, JeffR. Keep those DUZYs coming from wherever it is your spirit may soar.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026714394

You were a DUZY in a category of your own. 

"A small bout of fatal cancer," indeed. I guess you forgot to take those two aspirin and call the doc in the morning, eh? 

RIP to a man I never met, but was a friend all the same, and not just to me by any stretch. 

Nance, we are SO sorry for your loss. I can't begin to imagine what this must have meant for you..............

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018763119


MannyGoldstein  

A DUer left us today


I cannot say that JeffR and I always agreed with each other. In fact, I sadly recall that most of our exchanges were disagreements of one sort or another. 

But here's the other thing I remember: there was agreement, too. JeffR did not post much in the past few years, and I don't recall any OPs of his on the current iteration of DU. But once in a while, he'd say something nice and from his heart about one of my OPs, and it would touch me deeply and distinctly: here was an unusual person who could dislike a person's thoughts, but not dislike the person behind it. 

We on DU sometimes go at it pretty good, much emotion and some tough words. I think that this back-and-forth is sometimes appropriate, stemming from the incredible damage done to so many in our country in the past few decades, and our awful panic at what will happen if things are not righted quickly. And, sometimes, we're all simply idiots, full of sound and fury signifyingnothing. But through the salvos, Jeff was able to tease apart the person from the idea, to keep an open heart and an open head. To separate the sinner from the sin. 

As I meditate tonight on Jeff's departure, and of the grief of his wife, Nance, I am resolved to learn from him, to work harder to love all my fellow Earthlings even if I disagree with their words and actions. We are all dropped into this world with different wiring, we live through different experiences, and thus we come to different conclusions. That is just the human condition. But we'll only muddle through together if we find the strength within to always listen, and to love each other unconditionally. 

Peace to Jeff, to Nance, and to all.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026714394


NanceGreggs  

Where to Begin - When Something So Special Has Ended?


I am so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for my beloved JeffR, and the good wishes expressed by all towards myself and our family. 

Jeff’s illness was short-lived. It began with a backache in January, which persisted and worsened. I finally convinced him to attend at an ER at the end of March for tests. The backache turned out to be a malignant tumour on his kidneys. The cancer was particularly aggressive, and spread quickly – inoperable and incurable. 

In the seven weeks from diagnosis to his passing, we spent our last days together watching our favourite TV shows, catching up on new movies, discussing politics – and, of course, talking and laughing. We stayed focused on the fact that although our time together was coming to an end, we were grateful for the twenty-two years we’d shared in the kind of loving relationship some people never experience for even a single day of their lives. 

Typical of Jeff, even some of our closest friends were not told of his condition – because he didn’t “want to be a bother” to anyone. “They have better things to do than worry about me.” 

Jeff was a skilled writer, an exceptional musician/composer, a gifted photographer – but his greatest talent was his ability to make people laugh, and his appreciation of those who made others laugh knew no bounds. 

It was that admiration that led to his creation of the DUzy Awards. He felt that there were so many truly witty people here on DU, they should be recognized for their ability to find the laughter lurking behind the often ludicrous mayhem that is our political system. Putting the DUzies together each week took time and effort – but it was a labour of love. There were countless times he had to step away from the computer to compose himself, because he was laughing too hard to see straight. So a heartfelt thanks to all of you who brought so much laughter into his life. 

When Jeff was hospitalized in his final days, too weak to use a computer, he would invariably ask: “So what’s the outrage-de-jour on DU?” I would then recount the funniest posts of the day, to which he would respond, “Well, there’s a DUzy!” 

I am particularly grateful to my dear friend DFW for sharing our sad news with our DU friends:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1018&pid=763119 

To Manny Goldstein for recognizing that Jeff was “a person who could dislike a person's thoughts, but not dislike the person behind it” – a concept that too many of us fail to grasp and embrace. 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026714394 

When I was alerted to both of the above posts, I could hear Jeff saying: “Oh, so now I make it to the top of the Greatest Page? Hmmm …” 

Also to Solly Mack for her tribute to Jeff’s contribution to the Photography Group: 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/103642826 

And to NYC-SCP for initiating Jeff’s inclusion on DU’s “In Memoriam” Page: 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026716287 

And to Skinner, who commuted my “time out” sentence to “time served”, so that I could post this message. 

I would ask your indulgence as I digress here to say something I know Jeff would want me to share … 

When Jeff’s condition was known to be terminal, his doctors cautiously broached the subject of parts of his body being used for cancer research purposes after death. They hadn’t even finished the sentence before Jeff said, “Duh! Of course! Talk about your classic no-brainer!” 

When I signed the consent forms after Jeff’s passing, I was thanked profusely by the medical team who put this particular cancer research project in place. They explained that so few people are willing to make this type of donation. 

Should you ever find yourself in a position to consent to such a donation on behalf of a deceased loved one, I would urge you to think about what might be learned, what might be gained, what might lead to a break-through in treating cancer – or hopefully curing it, somewhere down the line. 

Jeff’s final words on the topic were, “If it can help just one person, isn’t that incentive enough?” 

He was the love of my life, my beshert, my best bud, my true companion, my partner-in-crime, my Knight in Shining Armour, and everything else one can ever hope to find in this life. 

I thank you all again for your kindness, and for putting aside political considerations in order to express appreciation for a man whose positions you might not have agreed with, but who you respected nonetheless. 

--- Nance 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026718513




Special thanks to everyone who has kept the spirit of JeffR's DUzy Awards alive over the years, and who made this edition possible, by responding to posts with the word "DUzy" in their subject line.



OP by cyberswede  

Mildly tantalizing click-bait thread title...


Leading to somewhat rose-colored description of my candidate's attributes, followed by snarky exaggeration of what's wrong with the other candidate. eyeroll smilie

DUzy to all who responded... Follow the link and enjoy!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026617467


On an OP by ashling  

What do you get when you cross a bad joke with a rhetorical question?





TreasonousBastard  

1. A thread with 350 replies?

sarge43  

6. A Republican primary debate with a Faux monitor?

rug  

8. Can Ted Cruz win?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018758666


OP by redstateblues  

Just saw a poll on MSNBC that said 81% of Democrats


Support Hillary. I guess the other 19% are posting on DU!

HappyMe  

210. I read it on the internets


so it must be true! 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026620927


On an OP by Segami  

If It Were JUST ABOUT THE ISSUES, Bernie Sanders WOULD WIN In A Landslide


Political pundits and voters are both intrigued by Bernie Sanders’ run for the presidency, but few outside the liberal base will admit that Sanders has a chance. Polls say something different, though – that is if the debate can really be about issues instead of labels. When asked about the issues, especially about wealth inequality, the vast majority of the country, including even Republicans, are right on board with Sanders. In Vermont and among liberals who follow politics, Sanders is legendary. He’s the only Socialist serving in the Senate and in his home state, he’s beloved. He has a regular slot on one of the few remaining liberal radio shows, The Thom Hartmann Show, where he is called “America’s Senator” because once people hear him talk, they can’t help but nod along, knowing that Bernie gets it. 

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/05/13/if-it-were-just-about-the-issues-bernie-sanders-would-win-in-a-landslide/

MohRokTah  

2. A snowball has a better chance in hell that Bernie has of winning the presidency. eom

daleanime  

11. Well, a snowball already made it on to the senate floor....



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026668649


OP by riqster  

Should you whip it? A handy guide.


Earworm at no additional charge: 



riqster  

3. Are we not Dem?



discntnt_irny_srcsm  

7. We are DEMO!



progressoid  

13. Duty now for the future.



Skittles  

17. I have determined I must ALWAYS whip it


yes INDEED 

I like it best when I am paid 


HomerRamone  

29. illustration



http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018757319


On an OP by zebonaut  

A Car that doesn't need gas or oil to run




http://zeropollutionmotors.us/

Hoppy  

3. One New Jersey pothole will take care of that little sucker.

bvf  

9. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."


Sorry, but I couldn't help myself. 

progressoid  

12. No cup holders. No thanks.



nikto  

14. If we made a "Hot-Air Car" we could power it with ...


Republicans. 



Thank you, thank you. 
I'll be here all week. 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017265924


On an OP by n2doc  

Two tourists allegedly break ancient statue in Italy while taking a selfie


A pair of tourists could face criminal charges in Italy after they shattered part of a priceless statue in the northern city of Cremona while trying to snap a selfie. 
The holidaymakers, whose nationalities have not been revealed, caused the damage when they climbed onto the marble statue of Hercules at Loggia dei Militi palace. 
A piece of the statue’s crown collapsed under the weight of the men, causing it to fall to the floor and shatter into pieces, according to Milan’s Corriere della Sera newspaper. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3067122/Tourists-break-priceless-Hercules-statue-Cremona-Italy-trying-snap-selfie.html 



Orrex  

2. Heavy rests the crown

tridim  

13. I broke the White House when I visited as a teen.


I was just relaxing, leaning up against a wall and a panel of wainscoting came loose and flopped over onto the floor. Oops. 

Reagan, mad!

Brother Buzz  

14. I understand there's an elderly Italian woman who restores artwork


"Fixing that thing is a snap", says Cecilia Gimenez, 81. 


Liberal_in_LA  

18. get out the glue

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026619585


On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new beheaders _ amputations also part of responsibilities


Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. 

No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgment of death” but also involve performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences, the advert, posted on the civil service jobs portal, said. 


The Islamic kingdom is in the top five countries in the world for putting people to death, rights groups say. It ranked third in 2014, after China and Iran, and ahead of Iraq and the United States, according to Amnesty International figures. 

A man beheaded on Sunday was the 85th person this year whose execution was recorded by the official Saudi Press Agency, compared to 88 in the whole of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Amnesty said there were at least 90 executions last year. 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/18/saudi-arabia-advertises-eight-new-executioners-beheadings-soar

lumberjack_jeff  

2. Monster dot com indeed. n/t

pinboy3niner  

6. They hire 8 but only 3 make the cut


They have to let the rest go with severance pay. 


Renew Deal  

7. How are the benefits?

pinboy3niner  

9. Axellent

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026692735


On an OP by Jesus Malverde  

Engineers design synthetic gel that changes shape and moves via its own internal energy


Source: PHYS ORG

For decades, robots have advanced the efficiency of human activity. Typically, however, robots are formed from bulky, stiff materials and require connections to external power sources; these features limit their dexterity and mobility. But what if a new material would allow for development of a "soft robot" that could reconfigure its own shape and move using its own internally generated power? 

By developing a new computational model, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering have designed a synthetic polymer gel that can utilize internally generated chemical energy to undergo shape-shifting and self-sustained propulsion. Their research, " Designing Dual-functionalized Gels for Self-reconfiguration and Autonomous Motion ", was published April 30th in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature. 

The authors are Anna C. Balazs, PhD, the Swanson School's Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Robert v. d. Luft Professor; and Olga Kuksenok, PhD, Research Associate Professor. 

"Movement is a fundamental biological behavior, exhibited by the simplest cell to human beings. It allows organisms to forage for food or flee from prey. But synthetic materials typically don't have the capability for spontaneous mechanical action or the ability to store and use their own energy, factors that enable directed motion" Dr. Balazs said. "Moreover in biology, directed movement involves some form of shape changes, such as the expansion and contraction of muscles. So we asked whether we could mimic these basic interconnected functions in a synthetic system so that it could simultaneously change its shape and move." 

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-squishier-robot-synthetic-gel-internal.html 

"The next push in materials science is to mimic these internal metabolic processes in synthetic materials, and thereby, create man-made materials that take in energy, transform this energy and autonomously perform work, just as in biological systems." 

The robotic revolution continues.

alfredo  

7. Here it is in action.



JustABozoOnThisBus  

9. Gel changes shape and moves? On its own?


Don't tell Donald Trump! 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141085428


On an OP by AngryDem001  

I hate you.




I fucking hate you motherfucking smirking piece of sub-human swine. You beat this country to a bloody pulp and you raked it's citizens across the fire. 

You sent thousands of young men and women to their deaths in a sand-blasted hell-hole. You and your money-grubbing cronies crashed the economy. 

All you know how to do is cause pain and misery everywhere you go. 

You goddamned murderous bastard. 

I hate you. 

Ken Burch  

7. "Love, Mother" n/t.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026645668


On an OP by 99th_Monkey  

WTF? Child Happens Upon A Loaded Glock In Boehner's Capitol Bathroom


Child Finds A Loaded Gun In John Boehner's Capitol Bathroom 

TPM * May 1, 2015 * Ahiza Garcia 

A 7- or 8-year-old boy found a loaded gun in House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) Capitol suite bathroom a little more than a month ago, Roll Call reported on Friday. 

The gun, which Roll Call only referred to as a Glock, was reportedly left there on March 24 by a dignitary protection officer. 

The incident, however, was not isolated, according to Roll Call. The publication reported that Capitol police have a tendency to leave their guns in the building's restrooms. 

On Jan. 29, according to Roll Call, one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) security guards left a Glock and its magazine jammed into a toilet seat cover holder in a restroom stall at the Capitol's visitor center, where it was found by an employee. 

And on April 16, a janitor found a Glock that had been left out in the open as he was cleaning the headquarters of the Capitol Police, according to Roll Call. 

While two of the officers are still under investigation, according to Roll Call, the officer from McConnell's detail was suspended without pay for six days after the incident. The investigation and suspension were part of a report for the Capitol Police Board that Roll Call obtained Thursday. 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-boehner-gun-bathroom-capitol

underpants  

1. Saw this earlier. Wasn't that in "The Godfather"?


The cops are just leaving their Glocks in the bathroom?

 pinboy3niner  

3. Leave the Glock. Take the cannoli.



longship  

7. Free doughnuts for a Glock! nt

pbk2713  

5. "I don't want him coming out of the bathroom with just his Boner in his hand."



Eleanors38  

9. Some GOPers are constipated. But, man what a treatment.

pinboy3niner  

4. Why are people relieving themselves in the Capitol Glockrooms?



Arugula Latte  

15. Boehner's bathroom: A Glockwork Orange

aikoaiko  

19. These things happen...


...when youre a boner.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026604149


OP by n2doc  

Carly Failurina sez Senator Warren is "Wrong about Crony Capitalism"


Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on Saturday said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was utterly mistaken on her strategy for dealing with government favoritism of corporate interests. 

“Crony capitalism is alive and well,” Fiorina said during National Review’s NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C. 

“Elizabeth Warren of course is wrong with what to do about it,” she told host John Fund. 

Fiorina, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said Warren had tackled the issue by pushing for more government regulations. That approach, she argued, was doomed to fail. 

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/240869-fiorina-warren-is-wrong-on-crony-capitalism

IDemo  

2. HP


Bill and Dave: "How's it going? What are you working on? Anything I can help you with?" 

Carly: "Clean out your desk, you overpaid loser."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026610765


On an OP by onehandle  

Nebraska Woman Files Suit Against All Homosexuals


Source: NBC News

A Nebraska woman identifying herself as the "ambassador" for plaintiffs "God and His Son, Jesus Christ," is suing all homosexuals on Earth for breaking "religious and moral laws," according to court records filed Tuesday. 

In the suit, entered into the docket as Driskell v. Homosexuals, Sylvia Ann Driskell, 66, of Auburn, Nebraska, asks in a seven-page, neatly handwritten petition (PDF) that U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard decide once and for all whether homosexuality is or isn't a sin. 

The suit doesn't cite any case law under which a judge could make such a determination. In fact, it cites no court cases at all, quoting Webster's Dictionary and numerous Bible verses, instead, to bolster Driskell's central contention, which is: "That homosexuality is a sin and that they the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet." 

Driskell writes, "I'm sixty six years old, an I never thought that I would see the day in which our Great Nation or Our Great State of Nebraska would become so compliant to the complicity of some peoples lewd behavior."

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nebraska-woman-sues-all-homosexuals-liers-thieves-n354301 

Shrike47  

31. Achieving service could get tricky.

treestar  

62. Yeah imagine the service problems


Serving the lawsuit on all of the defendants! 


jberryhill  

78. Servicing "all homosexuals" would take some time and effort

LibertyLover  

11. Ambassador for God and His Son, Jesus Christ -


Hmm, does that mean the Holy Spirit is ok with "the Gay"? Poor woman, I hope she gets the mental health care she is crying out for.

Fritz Walter  

47. The HS asked to be recused from this action


Apparently, there is some conflict of interest... 


Gore1FL  

51. I heard he had a flaming tongue. n/t

Rozlee  

53. DUzy!


He filled Mary, then he entered the Disciples. So he kinda went both ways.

Fritz Walter  

60. That will PenteCOST ya'



roamer65  

54. Her head is going to explode when the SCOTUS strikes down the bans on gay marriage.


Don't be anywhere near her when it happens. Lol.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141086225


OP by madamesilverspurs  

Is our voters learning?




randys1  

1. But I wanted to have a beer with him, darn.

femmocrat  

3. There's one born every minute....


or so they say. 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026643876


On an OP by babylonsister  

Yep, JEB is FKD


By Josh Marshall 

Published May 12, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT 

We've now seen Jeb Bush make what many saw as an eye-popping statement yesterday and now seen a former top advisor saying he now claims that he misunderstood the question which prompted that statement. There are some details to work through. Ana Navarro does not currently work for Gov. Bush (at least that's my understanding), so we don't know for certain yet whether she is speaking for him in this case or providing the campaign's position. (This isn't to doubt her. We just need to hear this from an official representative.) But the upshot is that Jeb Bush's campaign is looked pretty screwed at the moment. And here's why. 

It's bad enough that Jeb took a position which when stated out loud will be very difficult to sustain with the current US electorate. (See the chart below which is from NBC's write-up on this topic and their poll on this question.) It's what this day two turnabout will now necessarily bring in its wake. 



http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/yep-jeb-is-fkd

unblock  

1. when a politician says they didn't understand the question, what they mean is,


they didn't appreciate the political implications of their response.

3catwoman3  

2. One down...


...twenty-five to go?

LondonReign2  

3. Indeed, I think the candidate that most benefits from an early Jeb implosion


is Scott Fucking Walker, which is a horrible concept. 

3catwoman3  

5. Interesting how they all have the same middle name -


Scott Fucking Walker 
Ted Fucking Cruz 
Mike Fucking Huckabee (altho if could be that we've been misspelling his last name - Fuckabee) 
Ben Fucking Carson 
Carly Fucking Fiorina 
Lindsey Fucking Graham 
Rand Fucking Paul 
Rick Fucking Santorum 
Rick Fucking Perry 
Donald Fucking Trump 
Marco Fucking Rubio 
Rand Fucking Paul 
Bobby fucking Jindal 
Jeb Fucking Bush 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026661413


OP by EarlG  

Pic Of The Moment: This Week In Jeb Bush's World: Repeal Obamacare, Replace It With Apple Watches




Jeb Bush Wants to Replace Obamacare With His Apple Watch

Cyrano  

4. "An Apple a day keeps the doctor ...


oh, hell. You know the rest. This is the kind of crap we always expected from George W. Do you suppose he was really "the smart Bush?"

66 dmhlt  

86. Jeb heard it has that special "If-you-knew-then-what-we-know-now" app ...



valerief  

8. It's quite amazing that his own brain can't tell him when he's eaten too many`


butterscotch sundaes. Quite amazing indeed.

JHB  

16. So if he drops a butterscotch sundae then slips on it...


...twisting an ankle or a knee, or smacking his head hard, what will his watch tell him? 

"Don't do that"?

central scrutinizer  

29. Add a mood ring


and you also won't need mental health coverage

PumpkinAle  

32. What is the smartest thing about Jeb Bush


his watch.................. and both Jeb and his watch are over valued.

Jackpine Radical  

60. Hey Jeb, when somebody gave you that watch


it was supposed to be for your retirement. Go learn to paint or something.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017265781


On an OP by hobbit709  

Jade Helm: The Insanity That Ate Texas


This sums up the idiocy perfectly. 

http://www.stonekettle.com/2015/05/jade-helm-insanity-that-ate-texas.html?m=1 

This is it. This is the big one. Obama is about to make his move. Martial law, you betcha, FEMA death camps and secret tunnels under Wal-Mart. Oh they warned us, they did, the powdered wig wearing Patriots of the Tea Party, they warned us. Grab the wimen’ folk, load yer guns, hoist the Confederate Battle Flag! To the bunkers! To the bunkers! 

"Just because you're paranoid," said Ted Cruz, "doesn't mean they're not out to get you." 

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you. 

Right. 

And just because you have the word "Senator" in front of your name doesn't mean you're sane, rational, qualified to run the country, or have an IQ higher than that of a sea cucumber.

sufrommich  

1. That was hilarious! I love the Blog's subtitle:


"Don't just embrace the crazy, sidle up next to it and lick its ear." 

Also,I read it in Molly Ivin's voice which made it twice as funny.


Ruby the Liberal  

2. That is the funniest thing I have read in ages. Awesome.


Love this (no offense to sane Texans) 

The Governor of Texas has mobilized his own personal army and Ted Cruz is demanding answers from the Pentagon. 

Because, you know, if there really was a secret plot, the generals would tell him. What? Senator Cruz has asked about our super secret nefarious plot to invade our own country and force Texans into hidden underground FEMA centers where they’ll be disarmed and gay married to Muslims? Drat! He’s on to us! Then they twirl their Snidely Whiplash moustaches, Curses! Foiled again by that brave Canadian cartoon hero, Dudley Cruz. 

Let’s say this really was a thing. 

Sure, just for the sake of argument, let’s say Obama really is planning on herding Texans into FEMA death camps disguised as Wal-Marts. 

Why would he need the army? 

Think about it. Why would you need some secret plot to get Texans into a Wal-Mart? 

Announce a Veterans Day sale with 50% off all ammunition, Duck Dynasty camouflage, and frozen chicken nuggets, unlock the doors, and step the hell out of the way before you get trampled. 

Honestly, where does the Army come in?


tclambert  

12. Hey, Sea Cucumbers are surprisingly intelligent compared to US Senators.


Though they have no true brain, no Sea Cucumber has ever made a snowball on the floor of the Senate and claimed it proved global warming was a hoax. And no Sea Cucumber has ever supported the ludicrous idea of trickle-down economics. And No Sea Cucumber ever wrote a letter to Iran trying to undermine a sitting President's foreign policy.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026617257


OP by Ryano42  

Official JADE HELM 2015 DU Staging Area ...---.--..--


Greetings comrades, 

This is were encrypted code words will be posted before operations begin...you all know what to do: 



Code 1: Chimichanga. 

Code 2: Magarita 

Code 3: Rocks, no salt 

EXECUTE. 





The scary part is that image is off a REAL Jade Helm conspiracy website 



LiberalEsto  

1. Received: Washtub. Spayed.


Stoned Wolverine. Repeat. Stoned Wolverine. 

Activate EZBake Oven. 


Ryano42  

3. This comspiracy goes all the way to the top!




Even Coronel Flagg!!! 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018757085


On an OP by FLPanhandle  

Scientists Show Conspiracy Theorists Will Believe Anything


Italian researchers demonstrated this by looking at thousands of users who interacted with either science news pages or conspiracy theory pages on Facebook, finding that the vast majority of the people commenting on conspiracy theory pages never actually interacted with any other kind of page. So: echo chamber. 

The fun part came next, when the scientists posted nearly 5,000 troll comments on the conspiracy and science news pages, sharing ridiculous unsubstantiated rumors like how someone completed a chemical composition of chemtrails, those clouds that form behind airplanes that are commonly and sanely known as contrails, and found that they contained viagra. That’s right, the government is dosing us with boner pills blasted into the atmosphere. 

The researchers found that the conspiracy theorists were much, much more likely to share and like these comments. 

In other words, the conspiracy theorists couldn’t differentiate between sarcasm and legitimately held conspiracy theories. 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0118093 

Which is why I don't bother debating Conspiracy Theorists here, you can't logically debate them

Gidney N Cloyd  

1. Ever since I finally decided to believe the official 911 explanation I've been much happier.

Fumesucker  

3. +9/11

tammywammy  

7. ....



Kalidurga  

126. I found this



Sunlei  

191. This could be one of their 'test topic posts'




(Bonus points for killing the thread!)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026702580


On an OP by Jesus Malverde  

China Plans First Ever Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon


The closest extraterrestrial body, the moon has done much to shape our history and mythologies. It’s been associated with Artemis and Greek conceptions of rebirth. It’s also connected with Chang’e, the Chinese goddess of the moon. 

Hence the name of China’s latest probe, the Chang’e-4. The mission, part of China’s Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP), plans to land the probe and accompanying rover on the far side of the moon. 

"We are currently discussing the next moon landing site for Chang’e 4," Chief lunar exploration engineer Wu Weiren told China Central Television. "We probably will choose a site that is more difficult to land and more technically challenging. Other countries have chosen to land on the near side of the moon. Our next move probably will see some spacecraft land on the far side of the moon." 

The Chang’e-4 will follow the Chang’e-3, a probe launched in 2013, which carried the Jade Rabbit rover to the lunar surface. Though currently immobile, Jade Rabbit still transmits data back to Earth, and Chang’e-4 would take on a different scientific role. 

http://sputniknews.com/science/20150519/1022336534.html#ixzz3aeZTJ5mr

bluesbassman  

3. Not to be outdone, Korea's Kim Jong-un announced that Korea will send a space craft to the sun.


After making his announcement, the scientific community scoffed, and informed him that the craft would burn up before it could land. Jong-un responded by stating: "We are not stupid, we plan to land there at night". 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026698890



Hope this gave you a chuckle or two, Jeff, wherever you are!


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue May 26, 2015, 11:45 PM (40 replies)

Copurrrnicus inspects his new outdoor enclosure... The birds should be safe.







Total cost of materials was around $300.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon May 11, 2015, 05:44 AM (20 replies)

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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Mail Message
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)
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