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The most cynical thing in the world is that spell check wants to change "xxxooo" to


An elementary-age kid just asked, "What do Donald Trump and a pumpkin have in common?"

A: They are both orange, hollow inside, and should be thrown out in November.

Ed Gillespie wants Virginians to be very, very afraid

ED GILLESPIE, the Republican running for governor in Virginia, wants voters in the commonwealth to be very afraid. His recent TV ads feature wailing police sirens; a hoodie-clad man clutching a baseball bat; and, in big letters, a Hispanic gang’s motto: “Kill. Rape. Control.” In one ad, a voice-over asks, “Who will keep your family safe?”

Set aside the fact that Virginia’s violent crime rate, as measured by the state police, is the third-lowest in the nation and plunged by more than a third in the decade ending in 2015. Mr. Gillespie’s wedge issue of the day is gang violence — specifically, violent Hispanic gangs such as MS-13 — to which he hopes to harness the xenophobic fervor that propelled Donald Trump to the White House.

In the case of his TV ads, Mr. Gillespie has twisted truth to suit his purpose, and pandered to nativists in the Republican base, by trying to link his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, to the MS-13 scourge. Mr. Northam’s sin, one of the Gillespie ads says, was to “cast the deciding vote in favor of sanctuary cities that let illegal immigrants who commit crimes back on the street.”

This is hogwash. As Mr. Gillespie himself acknowledged at a debate this summer, there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. And in other states, and even sanctuary cities, there is no pattern of violent gang members being shielded from deportation. Nor did Mr. Northam cast “the deciding vote” in favor of sanctuary cities, because the Republican-sponsored bill to ban them was actually passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature.

Whole article at:


Here's the live video of Tillerson's announcement dedicated to his boss and pal, Trumpy!

Gun violence roils Virginia governors race NRA puts ad on ice, gun control advocates cancel event

The Las Vegas mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, pushed gun control to the front of the neck-and-neck race for Virginia governor on Monday.

At a previously scheduled forum in Vienna that was held hours after a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds, Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie offered condolences.

Northam, a former Army doctor who has an F rating from the National Rifle Association, decried what he called “a proliferation of guns” in society and urged gun control measures.

Gillespie, who has an A rating and an endorsement from the NRA, asked for a moment of silence, later telling reporters it was too soon to discuss policy.

Whole article at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/gun-violence-roils-virginia-governors-race--for-the-second-time-in-four-months/2017/10/02/115bc516-a781-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html?utm_term=.bfafccafc6d7&wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Sitting at home, drinking an ale, and watching the Nats game when suddenly....

they played a Christmas Commercial*!

Holy crap, summer ended days ago.

* W.B. Mason was the culprit.

Found a pic of Sen Mitch McConnell pulling his latest attempt at destroying the ACA.

We were promised flying cars, instead we got sucidical robots


Have you ever heard of, or played the following games:

Cosmic Wimpout (dice game)

Illuminati (by Steven Jackson)

Traveller (a RPG)

Stellar Conquest (it is a strategy board game, but there was a play-by-mail version too)

What is up with advertisers notions of "winning" these days?

I groaned when all the commercials for back-to-school sales included the phrase, "Win back-to-school", but now they are encouraging me to "win" Halloween.

I'm as competitive as the next guy, when it is warranted, but is it necessary to "win" a holiday or non-competitive event? I do realize that their definition of winning involves buying stuff, but c'mon.
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