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A note to all Trump supporters who may be lurking here

You know that absolute ban on abortion in all circumstances you want?

It will apply to you too.

Yes, that'll mean you get to be a grandmother to your teenage daughter's baby, the one fathered by that no-good kid she won't stop hanging around with. But...that's the least of your worries.

It means you'll have to parent that kid with the expensive and painful birth defect you might not have carried to term before Trump got a 6-3 Supreme Court.

It means you'll have to listen to the screams of a baby who has a fatal birth defect and spends the five or six hours of his life in pain you couldn't even imagine. Before Trump turned America into a theocracy, you wouldn't have carried it to term. Now you have to.

It means that if you are diagnosed with a "tubal pregnancy" (look it up, it's pretty disastrous) don't go home after you leave the doctor's office. Instead, get your will prepared and buy a cemetery plot...because in about six weeks, your pregnancy is going to kill you. Remember, saving your own life is a death penalty offense for both you and the doctor if that happens.

That Trump vote doesn't look like such a good idea now, does it? Too bad.

Question for New England DUers

This is the MBTA commuter rail system.


Where on that map can I find the best lobster roll?

If you have a diesel car, this is for you

For many years now, the government has mandated all diesels use Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to reduce the amount of oxides of nitrogen in your carís emissions. (Gas cars have it too. This is about a diesel maintenance procedure.) Since all diesels create soot, all diesels clog their intake manifolds with a rather unpleasant mix of carbon black and oil fog from the crankcase vent.

If you donít clean it out, itíll starve your motor for air. Youíll burn more fuel and create more pollution.

You have to remove it from the engine to clean it. If you break this shit loose and it falls into the engine, itíll ruin the motor.

The process is simple, if time consuming.

Remove everything thatís blocking the intake manifold. Remove that too.

Clean it out.

Put everything back where it was.

The hard part (unless youíre doing it on a VW Bug and have to feel your way around) is getting all that crap out of the manifold and the EGR valve. The ďredneckĒ way is to squirt some brake cleaner in the manifold then, with an air hose in one hand and a propane torch in the other, set it on fire. What I did was to use brake cleaner to loosen up the crud then use a pressure washer to blow it out. If you have a cast iron manifold, oven cleaner works but itíll eat an aluminum manifold.

I see some illogic in Trump's self-pardon theory

The PGIC believes he can pardon himself. Hold on there a second.

Trump needs to have been convicted of a crime to be pardoned of anything (Fordís preemptive pardon of Nixon notwithstanding) and he canít even be brought to trial for corruption, collusion and...uhh, whatís the name of another crime he committed that starts with C?...while heís still president.

Unless Trump is actually a follower of Karl Lentz and Anna Von Reitz (two sovereign citizen gurus who claim a criminal can establish a court to try his own offenses) there is no way he can think he can pardon himself. The constitution allows presidents to issue pardons, not deposed criminal ex-presidents.

DEA raids two chemical supply firms for selling Fentanyl on the internet


The two companies are:

1717 CheMall Corp, operated by 52-year-old Wei Xu, was located in Mundelein, IL.
Ark Pharm Inc, operated by 53-year-old Liangfu Huang, was located in Arlington Heights, IL.

Ark Pharm sold, according to their LinkedIn page, "building blocks, scaffolds and other advanced intermediates. We provide various heterocycles including azetidines, indoles, imidazoles, pyrazines, pyrazoles, pyridazines, pyridines, pyrimidines, piperazines, piperidines, pyrrolidines, thiazoles and triazoles." If you surf the discussion boards where drug discovery chemists meet, you'll find that Ark Pharm was a respected supplier of these products - they had good prices and good quality.

According to the complaint, the DEA made several purchases of fentanyl and fentanyl precursors from both companies. Before you could buy, either company required you to fax a signed disclaimer that said you'd use the drugs for "laboratory use" only. Neither company was licensed to sell narcotics.

The Equal Rights Amendment needs to be rewritten before it's ratified

We recently heard the good news that the Equal Rights Amendment, which is this:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

just received its 37th ratification from the great State of Illinois.

In 1972, equality of sexual orientation wasn't on our legislative radar. If anything, the opposite was true - it was more than fine to discriminate on the basis of orientation. We've grown up since then, and the ERA should have language reflecting that added to it.
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