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Rudy, Rudy, Rudy...you were once riding hign, leading NYC cop riots...

stirring them up to continue killing unarmed Black men; you flaunted your mistress in public down 5th Avenue, leaving your wife humiliated at home in Gracie Mansion; you dominated the spotlight on 9/11 and became the celebrated "America's Mayor" and rode that wave as far as it could take you.

Not far enough though as you ran for president but became known only for Joe Biden's quip..."A noun, a verb and 9/11" (yep, that was Biden's). After that you somehow hooked on as trump's sidekick/personal attorney...a big mistake.

We thought, you being the famous ex-mayor of New York, and CEO of your own security consulting firm, that you were a savvy, sophisticated guy, but it seems that's not the case at all.

Was it the divorce, another one, from the glamorous mistress/now ex-wife and the huge alimony payments? Was it the failure of the firm? Finally, is it the booze and the association with trump that led to the Four Seasons Landscaping debacle, was it the hair dye running down your face, the 60-some odd failures in court to your filings to show evidence of election fraud in court, on one of which appearances you farted audible in Jenna Ellis' face? All of course resulted in huge bills, money owed and an indictment with legal bills and bail money needed, which your broke ass doesn't have.

Oh, Rudy, what a come down, what a colossal fall. We all once thought you were a shrew operator but you turned out to be nothing but a sad sack bumpkin having to go hat-in-hand to trump to help you out by paying you legal fees he never paid, hundred of billed hours...hundreds of thousands, maybe millions owed.

Come on, Rudy, you should know better. Everybody else knows by now, you get your money from trump up front or you won't get it.

What are you gonna do now? Try a go-fund-me page like Jenna Ellis, another lawyer victim of MAGA — Making attorneys get attorneys?

Bring back the clipper ships. I tried to find a mention of the speed...

of these ships compared to conventionally powered ships. Couldn't find it. That has to be a consideration as to whether we should go back to the future with these partially wind-powered ships.

And speaking of speed of sailing ships: The famous clipper ship, Sea Witch, was built by Smith & Dimon in their yards in NY in 1846 ... she established records which have never been beaten by ships under sail. Her two fastest runs from Canton, China to New York stand this day as all time records for sailing vessels. She was famous for fast runs to California too, being the first ship to sail from New York to San Francisco, 'round the horn, in less than one hundred days.

Wow! Karelin just manhandled that guy. Thanks for this.

I will add him to the list.

FYI: POCs and allies, what is the real reason for wlid fires in Hawaii, a state whose image is...

that of a lush, green, tropical paradise.

Who knew of the water scarcity, diversion and just about theft really from west Maui? Seems there's a long-standing history of this that has a racial tinge to it. Many of hat area's inhabitants are native Hawaiians. Below are photos of the last Hawaiian monarchs of the 19th century from which native Hawaiians are of similar lineage.



It's my opinion that we at DU, progressives and POC allies, understand what and why there is water scarcity that turned west Maui into a near-desert tinder box.

Once the American/European planters forced King Kalajaua to sign the "bayonet constitution" in 1887 he no longer had veto power. He died in 1891 childless and his sister Queen Lili'uokalani took over but was soon deposed through conspiratorial machinations by planters. https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/20348

Anyway, backed by US Navy gunboats, the planters took over and the land was first plantations in past times and eventually luxury homes, tourist resorts and busineses in recent times where the water from west Maui was diverted to.

My wife and I first learned of this ugly history when we visited Hawaii in the early 2000s for a wedding and were greeted warmly by the native Hawaiians who worked at our hotel. We're African Americans and the workers related to us insolidarilty and told us that their struggle was similar to what Black people have historically gone through in the the US..

What I'm getting at is, from the photos it's apparent that native Hawaiians are somehow part of the African diaspora from who know how anay centuries past, and have been discriminated against in their native land— witness the long-going water diversion and now the disaster capitalism attempting land grabs and water rights — people still in extreme trauma from losing everything in their lives, are being offered money for their land.

Another poster mentioned that with all eyes on Hawaii because of the fire, this won't be allowed to happen. Let's keep out fingers crossed that it doesn't.

Maybe this story will began to come out now that it's been revealed that the fire hydrants had no pressure and the fire alarms were not sounded during the fire.

Just thought as progressives we should know history and water politics how that piece of Hawaii became a fire disaster waiting to happen. As recently as 2020 it was considered endangered.

For those interested in helping people specifically affected by the Hawaii wildfires, you can still select Hawaii Wildfires on redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767), or text the word HAWAII to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

A favorite. I get the single guy, a respite from lonliness, the couple,...

a brief stop in anticipation of next, the counterman, glad for customers speeding his shift.

The restaurant, a beacon for night crawlers, a fishbowl.

Real GOATs of different sports. IMHO. Feel free to name/add your own.

Boxing: Muhammad Ali

Basketball: Michael Jordan

Football: Tom Brady

Baseball: Willie Mays/Babe Ruth/Hank Aaron/Ted Williams/Shohei Ohtani

Hockey: Wayne Gretsky

Men's Tennis: Novak Djokovic

Women's Tennis: Serena Williams

Women's Golf: Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam

Men's Golf: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods.

Men's Track and Field: Usain Bolt, Edwin Moses.

Women's Track and Field: Florence GRIFFITH-JOYNER

Gymnastics: Simone Biles

Women's Soccer: Marta Vieira da Silva

Men's Soccer: Pele, Lionel Messi

Men's Swimming: Michael Phelps

Women's Swimming: Katie Ledecky

Cricket: Don Bradman.

Olympic Wrestling: Aleksandr Karelin.

That's it. Can't think of anymore.

George Santos' name popped up again recently on another thread...

about McCarthy's failure to expel him as he needs his vote. It made me think of what Santos' musings will be once 2025 comes around.

About now he's probably thinking there's plenty of time but it's never too early to figure out the moves come mid-January '25 as he knows he's not getting reelected. His thoughts might be something like the following:

Feign running even though campaign funds are just about nil as that con has run its course — check.

Always have a bag packed — check.

Passport at the ready — check.

Airline tickets to country with no extradition treaty (Brazil is out as it's the first place they'll expect) — check.

Ride to the airport prescribed to avoid press— check.

Driver already secured, palm greased, pick-up point at secret Capitol exit agreed upon — check.

Slowly move clothes and other trip necessities out of apartment to office so landlord doesn't notice — check.

Figure out how to bullshit landlord on late Jan. rent...Dems holding up last check might work — check.

Clean out personal bank account and last dregs in campaign account — check.

Hmmmm? What else, let me think...?

If any state listens to dumb ass MTG and her talk of a national divorce...

we need to eject them from the union for being so stupid. And they will no longer get the federal money (from blue states) they get from the treasury...way more than they contribute. Not to mention all the military installations, post offices and other federal property within their borders they will lose.

And their citizens will not be able to drive or fly through blue states without going through the whole visa application process. Since they want to be pains in the ass, we can be pains in the ass too.

And your idea of petitioning Canada to annex us is not a bad idea. Our west coast blue states are contiguous...California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, which borders Canada. Same situation exists with the blue great lake stated of Michigan and Illinois. Then there are contiguous, blue north eastern states and eastern seaboard states (to include DC, itself.

The red traitor states don't have to go home but they won't be able to stay in DC. They can set up their own capitol like before. Richmond is available again I hear..

A gain I say let's eject the red traitors since they want to go so bad..

It was revived most recently in young African-American circles as the new slang word for...

being politically aware of societal racism (being awoke to it) and the recognition of the need to navigate around obstacles constantly placed it the path of Black people and other POCs/LGBTQ+. Thus, woke.

Magats eventually got wind of it and turned it into a pejorative to use against any program, issue, proposal, legislative bill, movement etc. that has empathy towards the less fortunate in society. As was said, a sly way to be racist without being blatant about it.
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