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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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* Re-post ... Day 1 *

I liked this thread, and a particular exchange within it. In fact, I like it so much that I plan to re-post it once daily throughout the Democratic Primaries, for wider exposure.

OP by peecoolyour

America won't vote for a Socialist Jew


10. Kick and Rec!

And I'll add a little something here. 

We need to seriously look at why we support whom we support: is it because of their policies and record, or because of their race, religion, or sex? 

I dare say that one of the candidates is enjoying big numbers because of the desire of supporters to see the first female president elected. 

This is not to say that they'd support a GOP female president. 

But I would submit that for a Democrat they'll give a pass on all kinds of different baggage.


17. My daughter attends an all women's college

She and her friends are big fans of Warren. No surprise to me as they are a bunch of liberal feminists. What was a real surprise is that they have all turned their support to Bernie. 

They love his economic message.


39. I suspect it's older women who are really pulling for Hillary Clinton.

And I think this is reasonable: they've experienced far more oppression in the workplace, etc., than their younger counterparts who see women mayors, governors, senators, etc., and think nothing of it. 


60. Not this older woman.

I've also lived through what was demoralizing then and illegal now (at least in California) in terms of sexual harassment and even assault in the workplace, including as a single parent (before it was more or less "acceptable" by today's standards, which it still isn't to some) - and this older woman is for Bernie all the way

Gender issues are very important but are far from being the only issues, especially today. Bernie's strongly on the same page there, anyway. A feminist does not have to be female. 


63. Agree on all points and, you know, that shit still goes on in the workplace.

I left a good position because of the sexual harrassment I had to witness my director perpetrating. 

I made a move to talk to HR, just asked for a sit down without details but mentioned whom I wanted to discuss and a week later I was informed that my contract would not be renewed and I was to report to a different department.


101. Another older woman checking in.

I support Bernie all the way. He's on the right side with all the social issues and understands how intrinsically they are linked to economic issues. They can't be isolated and treated separately. I am so happy to have him as our standard bearer.


65. I'm an older woman. Talk about oppression in the workplace, etc.

And it is still here today. 

I really, really, really want to see a woman in the White House. Really, really. 

But Bernie is just the best candidate so far. I wish I could say otherwise, but I can't. 

Bernie is the best candidate. And that's all there is to it. 

He walks the walk and has been walking the walk for a long time. 

The more people see Bernie, hear him and learn about him, the more voters he will attract. 

He could very well win. We shall see. 

You never know for sure what the future will bring. But Bernie is the best candidate.


104. totally agree, I want to see a woman in the Oval Office

but now Bernie has really impressed me. Will vote for him, then Hillary, then any democrat. that's depending who is on the ballot.


110. i'm a 73 year old woman and bernie

is my choice. if hillary is the nominee she will get my vote.


121. 70 here, and I completely agree.


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jun 9, 2015, 12:27 AM (25 replies)

Question submitted by Flying Squirrel

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Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 05:46 PM (0 replies)

Shout-out to NYC_SKP

Haven't seen you in awhile buddy, where ya at?

I posted an appreciation thread about you...

but it was hijacked and then locked for some reason, even though positive threads about DUers are supposedly allowed in GD.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 04:54 PM (8 replies)

NYC_SKP appreciation thread

I, for one, appreciated his response to my DUzy thread in memory of JeffR...


And his request for Nance to be unblocked so she could post about him, and his request for JeffR to be added to the DU In Memoriam page (still not done).

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 06:03 AM (184 replies)


(posted on fb by a friend)

I am a middle aged white male and I don't get it.

It was a warm summer day and I was out for an afternoon walk after lunch. I came across a coworker in tears. I kept my distance because I didn't want to intrude on any personal issue. She however needed to talk and I obliged my ear. She was upset because a senior manager had asked her to welcome a potential new hire. At first I didn't understand. She went on to explain that this person was interviewing for a position on her team and my coworker was not included in the interview loop. She was excluded. Now, I don't know the reason for the exclusion. If I had to guess, I would guess that she wasn't excluded so much as never considered. I don't believe she was actively being excluded. My coworker was in tears because she believed, like had happened in her life before, that because she is a non-white woman, she was being passed over. She asked me if I thought she was being unreasonable. That moment has become a defining moment to me. As I stood there in silence for a brief moment, I tried to put myself in her shoes. No matter how hard I tried, I could not. It was the moment I learned there are times in life when your previous experiences render you completely incapable of a fundamental understanding of the problem at hand. I had to be honest and tell her. It was the only response I could muster. I told her I've never known that kind of discrimination and honestly would not know how to recognize it. I know in her mind it was an issue. I told her if she really felt that way that she should talk with HR, but I simply was not qualified or equipped to tackle the issue. Desperately, I wanted to understand and console her. I think she saw that in my eyes.

America has a very similar problem right now. William M. Tweed once said that he didn't care who was doing the voting as long as he got to do the nominating. Think about that for a moment. I think you've got it now. Once upon a time in Texas, blacks were not allowed to vote in primary elections. They weren't allowed to participate in the nominations. After that, America woke up and there were protests and things changed. In China, not too long ago a law was passed which said 1200 people in Hong Kong had the deciding votes to nominate who got into the general election for their executive office which is about 0.02% of the Hong Kong population. It's pretty easy to see why there were protests after that and things are changing. In America it is more subtle, but it is still there. In America, dollars are doing the nominating since a Supreme Court ruling not too long ago. Let's pick an arbitrary number of dollars to consider as a substantial amount for you to have influence in this money game. Let's pick $5200.00. Did you give that much last year? If you did, you were part of the 0.02% of the American population who is in the game. America, we are being discriminated against, and we don't even see it. If we take a look, we are that person standing there in front of our coworker not knowing what to say, because we don't see it. We don't understand. It's time for a change. It's time to recognize and take action like the blacks of the 1960's and women of the 1910's. It's time for us to stand up and take back our democracy and stop the dollar discrimination.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Jun 5, 2015, 11:07 PM (3 replies)

A study of smileys: Bernie vs Hillary vs O'Malley supporters :)

Anybody who knows me, knows that I enjoy compiling data. I particularly enjoy studying DU in various ways. This is my first ever "smiley" study

I went through one page of each of the following forums: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O'Malley, and recorded smileys in each OP and reply. For the purposes of my study, a post with any number of the same smiley in it (say, 30 bounces) was just counted as a single smiley (one of each type of smiley per post was recorded).

I did not pay attention to the usernames, basically making the assumption that there was enough of a majority of supporters of the candidate in each forum to enable me to collect statistically significant data without ensuring that each smiley was attached to an actual supporter of said candidate.

The top smiley in all three forums was the same:

After this, however, there were marked differences. Here are the current top smileys in each group (not counting the "hi" gif):




You can draw your own conclusions... mine are as follows:

Bernie supporters are doing a lot of bouncing, smiling, giving thumbs up and applauding.

Hillary supporters are doing a lot of hugging, rolling on the floor laughing, smiling, laughing, and being patriotic.

O'Malley supporters are doing a lot of clapping, being Democrats, and giving thumbs up.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Jun 3, 2015, 01:21 AM (20 replies)

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.


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


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..............



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.



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:


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. 


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: 


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


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 


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!


On an OP by ashling  

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


1. A thread with 350 replies?


6. A Republican primary debate with a Faux monitor?


8. Can Ted Cruz win?


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!


210. I read it on the internets

so it must be true! 


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. 



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


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


OP by riqster  

Should you whip it? A handy guide.

Earworm at no additional charge: 


3. Are we not Dem?


7. We are DEMO!


13. Duty now for the future.


17. I have determined I must ALWAYS whip it


I like it best when I am paid 


29. illustration


On an OP by zebonaut  

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



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


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

Sorry, but I couldn't help myself. 


12. No cup holders. No thanks.


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


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


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. 



2. Heavy rests the crown


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. 


18. get out the glue


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. 



2. Monster dot com indeed. n/t


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?


9. Axellent


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." 


"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.


7. Here it is in action.


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

Don't tell Donald Trump! 


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.


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. 



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

The cops are just leaving their Glocks in the bathroom?


3. Leave the Glock. Take the cannoli.


7. Free doughnuts for a Glock! nt


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


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


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

Arugula Latte  

15. Boehner's bathroom: A Glockwork Orange


19. These things happen...

...when youre a boner.


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. 



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."


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."



31. Achieving service could get tricky.


62. Yeah imagine the service problems

Serving the lawsuit on all of the defendants! 


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


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... 


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


53. DUzy!

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

Fritz Walter  

60. That will PenteCOST ya'


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.


OP by madamesilverspurs  

Is our voters learning?


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


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

or so they say. 


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. 



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.


2. One down...

...twenty-five to go?


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

is Scott Fucking Walker, which is a horrible concept. 


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 


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


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 ...


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

butterscotch sundaes. Quite amazing indeed.


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


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.


On an OP by hobbit709  

Jade Helm: The Insanity That Ate Texas

This sums up the idiocy perfectly. 


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. 


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.


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?


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.


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 


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


1. Received: Washtub. Spayed.

Stoned Wolverine. Repeat. Stoned Wolverine. 

Activate EZBake Oven. 


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

Even Coronel Flagg!!! 


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. 


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.


3. +9/11


7. ....


126. I found this


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

(Bonus points for killing the thread!)


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. 



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". 


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)
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