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McConnell wants "Democratic cooperation" on repealing Obamacare

You cannot make this shit up.


Aren't ex post facto laws and bills of attainder illegal?

Der Orangenfuehrer claims that if a US-based corporation moves jobs overseas while he's in charge, he's going to whack that company with a 35-percent tariff on any products they attempt to import into the United States.

Somehow I don't think that's even legal. He'd have to get a law that (1) attacked activity that happened before the law was passed - ex post facto - and (2) targeted one company - a bill of attainder - to make this happen...and for some reason I think our heavily-abused Constitution is still intact enough to say, "no, Donald, you can't do this."

The most patriotic act the Air Force could ever hope to accomplish...

...is writing the phone number to a pizza parlor on the little card that's supposed to have the launch codes on it.

Al Franken for 2020!

Franken has two huge advantages over Hillary: he's able to connect with the common person, and he hasn't been the recipient of 30 years of hard-right love.

True symbolic bliss would be for Hillary to best Trump by 3 million votes

That was roughly the population of the United States the day Cornwallis surrendered his forces to General Washington at Yorktown.

To know he is so unpopular his opponent got the same number of votes as he did PLUS THE VOTES OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES ON THE DAY WE WON OUR INDEPENDENCE would really jerk Trump's orange chain.

A point about swamp draining

When one "drains the swamp," he generally means he is going to remove the alligators.

Trump is replacing the alligators with piranhas.

San Francisco's official response to Trump - MUST READ!


...(t)hat no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City.

The whole thing is beautiful. Go there. Right now. If it weren't for the Three Problems San Francisco has (housing prices through the roof, homes three-eighths of an inch apart, and vertical streets) I would be moving there tomorrow morning.

Unlike many of you, I believed Jameis Winston would turn out to be a good QB

It is, however, a little difficult to feel charitable about the young man when he beats your team 14-5.

If your geek flag flies high, this is the ebook for you


John D. Clark's Ignition! is his personal history of liquid rocket propellant research, and it is a joy to read if you have even a little knowledge of chemistry. It includes such delights as his reminiscences about chlorine trifluoride (yes, you should be quaking in your boots right now):

Chlorine trifluoride, ClF3 or "CTF" as the engineers insist on calling it, is a colorless gas, a greenish liquid, or a white solid. It boils at 12 (so that a trivial pressure will keep it liquid at room temperature) and freezes at a convenient -76. It also has a nice fat density, about 1.81 at room temperature.

It is also quite probably the most vigorous fluorinating agent in existence - much more vigorous than fluorine itself. Gaseous fluorine, of course, is much more dilute than the liquid ClF3, and liquid fluorine is so cold that its activity is very much reduced.

All this sounds fairly academic and innocuous, but when it is translated into the problem of handling the stuff, the results are horrendous. It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water - with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals - steel, copper, aluminum, etc. - because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminum keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.

How Indian babies are named

"Grandfather, how are Indian babies named?"

'My precious grandson, it is a tradition that has been handed down for generations. After the baby is born, the father walks outside with his eyes closed. He tilts his head to the sky and gives thanks to the gods. Then he looks straight ahead and opens his eyes. The first thing he sees is the baby's name.'

"Thank you, Grandfather."

'You are most welcome. By the way, why do you ask, Trump-stealing-our-land?'
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