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October 30, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (10/30/17)

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Quotes of The Day

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Mitt Romney is a deeply religious man, and he is no doubt familiar with the story of the Israelites who fell down and worshipped the golden calf in spite of Moses’s best efforts. Republicans, being not so grand, have been seduced by Donald Trump’s gold-plated toilet — as sure a sign of the times as we have ever seen. Kevin D. Williamson

I guess Shit would know what a toilet is.

Quote II

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience. Rebecca West

Wait until CBD sees this.

Quote III

“Seriously, I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence. Is there really no place for us in the world? Surely happiness is worth something.” Frank Stephens

Quote IV

The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy – the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities – which allows a people to choose their own way, to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.

This is not cultural imperialism: it is providing the means for genuine self-determination and protection for diversity. Democracy already flourishes in countries with very different cultures and historical experiences. It would be cultural condescension, or worse, to say that any people prefer dictatorship to democracy. Who would voluntarily choose not to have the right to vote, decide to purchase government propaganda handouts instead of independent newspapers, prefer government to worker-controlled unions, opt for land to be owned by the state instead of those who till it, want government repression of religious liberty, a single political party instead of a free choice, a rigid cultural orthodoxy instead of democratic tolerance and diversity? Ronald Reagan


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When you're 0-8, why spend money on talented players or coaches or both?

Did you really think the politicization of the NFL starts and stops with the taking of a knee at the sounds of the national Anthem you are wrong. Now the San Fran 49’ers are acting as a Democrat Party PAC—giving $500,000 to promote gun control.
“According to ESPN, the 49ers presented the gun control pledge as part of creating a “more understanding and safer America.” The $500,000 will also be used to push a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets.


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What do Lefties want, when they aren't pushing for total gun confiscation? Better training?

Discussion From a public health standpoint, we would like to see more instructors covering topics such as firearm suicide and alternatives to gun use in self-defence, and to recommend safer storage of firearms.


Gun instructors fire back.

You know, you’d be surprised to learn that gun instructors actually take safety very seriously…unless you actually knew anyone in the gun community, where you’d see that desire for safety to be incredibly serious and universal.
Most also covered things like operating a firearm because, well, that’s what people are paying to learn. Duh.

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Roger Goodell facing unemployment? Heh.

But the NFL received plenty of backlash resulting in a crash in ratings, drop in ticket sales, and ultimately thousands of fans have abandoned the league. IJR reported just over a week ago that the NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell's still has yet to be extended.

But now, it is being revealed that team owners may be the cause of this. ESPN is reporting that a conference call took place on Thursday, which discussed Roger Goodell's contract. During this call, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones led the call in a direction of halting the contract.

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You can push the "Nicer" Climate Change theory. But if one doesn't believe in Climate Change it doesn't matter how you preach.

Scare tactics simply aren’t working when it comes to altering our behaviour to tackle climate change, believes Solitaire Townsend, CEO of sustainability consultancy Futerra. Highlighting instead what we stand to gain is something that everyone can get on board with, she writes

David Leonhardt writing in the New York Times recently called for a new climate narrative. Reacting to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, he asked: “What would a more politically persuasive message about climate change sound like?” This is a good question. And the answer might come from a surprising source.

In the 1940s a famous salesman named Elmer Wheeler made what Time magazine called “a handsome living” by advising US businesses “don’t sell the sausage – sell the sizzle!” Wheeler knew that the big secret to successful selling is that you don’t advertise the sausage itself – because actual sausages are made from intestine, fat and the bits of pig that are only fit for grinding up. Instead, it’s the sizzling sounds and smells which get the juices flowing and the people buying. This is the secret to sales.

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The government sleaze runs deep. And the players don't even care anymore about the appearance of impropriety.

She donated campaign cash to Barack Obama. After his election, he appointed both her and her husband as judges. Looks like those moves are paying huge dividends.

The federal judge presiding over whether Congress gets to see the bank records behind the Trump Dossier company has placed the financial records under sealed protective order, effectively hiding them from the public and even most lawmakers. Only a select few lawmakers will get to see a select few GPS banking records.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan is a long-time Barack Obama supporter and crony.

Deputy Dawg And AG Jeff Sessions recused himself for what again?


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Robert C. Campbell, quite The Man.

He spent the next two years there, together with about 10 million other servicemen and civilians. During 1916, he received a letter via the Red Cross that his mother was dying of cancer. Desperate, and with no other options, Campbell did the only thing he could.

He wrote to the German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, asking permission to see his mother. To his surprise (and no doubt, everyone else’s), the emperor replied and granted his wish. He was granted two weeks leave on condition that he gave his word as a British Army officer that he would return. A German POW Peter Gastreich asked for permission to see his dying father, but the British government denied his request.

The details of how Campbell managed it, exactly, are unknown, but it is believed he went to the Netherlands – which was neutral territory. From there he caught a boat to Kent and made his way to his mother’s house. How he returned is also a mystery, but return he did.

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Oh Susan, Senator Collins speaks up for PDT.

Where were you when PDT and America needed you? F*ck you, Senator B*tch.


The ONT Musical Interlude


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October 30, 1990, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbour over the head with a bottle. The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer's house. via thisdayinmusic.com

Difficult to believe isn't it?


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October 30, 1939, Born on this day, Grace Slick, vocals, Jefferson Airplane, Starship, (1967 US No.18 single 'White Rabbit', 1987 US & UK No.1 single 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'). via thisdayinmusic.com

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The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.

The escort told the Daily Star: "Iíve had sex in plenty of strange places but I have to say a funeral home really took the biscuit.

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If one calls for violence against a group, is that group justified in self-defense? Be careful for what you wish for "Professor".

A University of Southern California professor says he stands behind his tweets that include obscenities directed toward President Donald Trump, calls for whiteness to be “destroyed,” and the promotion of violence against the “white supremacist heterosexist patriarchy.”

Charles H.F. Davis, an assistant professor of clinical education and Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research of the USC Race and Equity Center, defended his tweets in an email to The College Fix on Wednesday.

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The old saying goes, "Do not judge a book by its cover." It's hard not to. SMFH.


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Roger Stone has been around for years. Never a big fan of his. But, in this instance, I say You go Roger.

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone Jr. said he will sue Twitter in response to the company banning him from the platform.

“I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account,” he told TheWrap. “The battle for free speech has just begun.”

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Bruce Who? Bruce Genius Award Winner.


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Once a parent, always a parent. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

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