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May 01, 2022

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (5/1/22)

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“What I always thought was funny as a little kid isn’t necessarily the same as what’s funny now. Things change and the time’s changed. So, it’s important for me to figure it out.” Bill Murray

Quote II

For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter. George Washington


Quote III

"We're starting to see this coordinated drip campaign. When I say a drip campaign, it's where they're going to drop an attack article every one or two days just to try and kill us by death by a thousand cuts, and that is really their main strategy," Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)


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The Comment of The Week

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What a lying twat.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted Friday that what Biden administration’s Homeland Security secretary said last week was a new effort from his agency was in fact a continuation of Trump-era efforts.

Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed the existence of the Disinformation Governance Board with no references to the Trump administration, according to The Washington Post.

“We have just established a mis- and disinformation governance board in the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively combat this threat, not only to election security but to our homeland security,” he said.


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Let's see, children and I mean children are competent to change their sex. But are not wise enough to pick a rewarding degree?

Three Things The Country Needs To Do About Student Loans And College Costs

The discussions about student loan forgiveness are still running hot. Given modern reality, it should be possible to understand why so many who have outstanding student debt think it should be erased. Too much debt in society is wiped away, mostly for the better situated, either through explicit forgiveness, mechanisms to reduce the pain, or convenient forgetfulness.

As an example, Mediaite yesterday ran a piece about a Fox FOXA -1.9% cohost who once ran for the Senate in New York. The headline: “Jeanine Pirro, Whose Campaign Owed $600,000 in Unpaid Bills for More Than a Decade, Demands Student Borrowers Pay Their Bills.”

Brutal but not completely accurate. Going to the Federal Election Commission’s page for her campaign and dropping down to the cash summary, ending cash on hand for her committee was $6,857. Debts or loans (and there was only one loan for $265,000 from the candidate herself) listed as still owed: $854,194. Worse than the story suggested. Perhaps her advice would come across more effectively if she had paid off what she owed.

I don't have all the answers but I would start here:

Private colleges with substantial trusts should have some skin in the game if they accept student loan payments.

Let the Harvard's and Yale's piss and moan.

High schools should be pushing vocational school degrees. There is money to be made learning a trade. I have more need for a LPN or welder than I do a Woman's Study major.

There are plenty of professions which require a Bachelor's or a Master's degree that in my opinion do not require that advanced of a degree.

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Is TFG behind the new draconian free speech suppression? Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) thinks so.

Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard suggested that former President Barack Obama is behind the effort to establish a Disinformation Governance Board, which she likened to George Orwell's famed "Ministry of Truth."

"Biden is just a front man," Gabbard said on Twitter Sunday. "Obama, April 21: social media censors 'don’t go far enough,' so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the 'Ministry of Truth' (aka Disinformation Governance Board)."


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Money talks and Bullshit walks.

The Wikipedia community just successfully pushed back against cryptocurrency.

On Sunday, the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, which owns and operates Wikipedia, announced that it would no longer accept cryptocurrency donations. The decision was made after a three-month discussion period that followed after a request to stop accepting crypto was made from the Wiki community.

Warren Buffett doesn't believe in Bitcoin.


But Fort Worth, Texas does.

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Hey Yuri, what the fvck is wrong with my tractor? ***SNORT***

(CNN)Russian troops in the occupied city of Melitopol have stolen all the equipment from a farm equipment dealership -- and shipped it to Chechnya, according to a Ukrainian businessman in the area.

But after a journey of more than 700 miles, the thieves were unable to use any of the equipment -- because it had been locked remotely.
Over the past few weeks there's been a growing number of reports of Russian troops stealing farm equipment, grain and even building materials - beyond widespread looting of residences. But the removal of valuable agricultural equipment from a John Deere dealership in Melitopol speaks to an increasingly organized operation, one that even uses Russian military transport as part of the heist.
CNN has learned that the equipment was removed from an Agrotek dealership in Melitopol, which has been occupied by Russian forces since early March. Altogether it's valued at nearly $5 million. The combine harvesters alone are worth $300,000 each.


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Hmmm. Who would have thought that BLM would be an organization of corruption?

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLM), seeking the organization’s compliance in a more extensive investigation into its use of funds donated by Hoosiers.

In a release, Rokita’s office announced it “filed a Petition to Enforce a Civil Investigative Demand, which seeks an order requiring BLM to respond to a Civil Investigative Demand issued to the organization in February 2022.”

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RIP Naomi Judd.

Grammy-winning singer Naomi Judd, who died at the age of 76 on Saturday, admitted to undergoing electro-shock therapy and considered suicide in recent years.

Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, died due 'to the disease of mental illness' according to a statement from her daughters.

She told the Today Show in 2017 that after The Judds stopped touring, she didn't get off the couch for two years, falling into 'extreme' and 'severe' depression.


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They seem like a new couple.


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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is probably set for life. I on the other am not. At this point in my life I can't use my real identity on Twitter if I were to be unbanned.

Billionaire Elon Musk has revealed part of his plan for Twitter’s future if his bid to become its new owner is successful as expected.

The revelation came in response to a tweet from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who said that all users should verify their name and identity.

“I hope @elonmusk will insist that all Twitter posters use their real names & not be keyboard cowards hiding behind silly little sophomoric screen names. Be man enough or woman enough (if you even know what that is) to stand by what you say! If you can’t own it don’t say it,” the former governor said.


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Let's hear it for EV buses!!!


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Dope dealers sure are creative.

Pot peddlers are hawking their weed near kids as young as 10 — with some buds camouflaged to look like candy or ice cream cones — in and around several Inwood schools.

On Thursday, The Post witnessed three different deals go down just as classes were being let out. One was on Thayer Street, a few blocks from the Amistad Dual Language School; a second unfolded on Academy Street, a short walk from PS 52; and the third was on the corner of Vermilyea Avenue and 204th Street, around the corner from Washington Heights Academy.

“They’re all over – every corner,” Tatiana Mahoney, the director of Family and Community Engagement at Inwood Academy, told The Post.

New York legalized recreational weed consumption last year, but selling marijuana is still prohibited.


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Has there been anyone in the legal crosshairs as President Donald Trump? I think not.

Donald Trump must be the most-investigated real estate tycoon in the history of the United States. The fact that dedicated poetical enemies with vast resources at their disposal have come up with nothing is a testament to his probity. In a field notorious for questionable practices when it comes to seeking permits and dealing with rapacious inspectors of various stripes, Donald Trump evidently has kept his hands clean.

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Gun control to means being able to hit your target.

A Texas mother fatally shot a man who broke into her San Antonio home while her children were inside, Police announced Friday.

The woman, who remains unnamed but is reportedly in her 30s, was at home with her three children Thursday evening when she heard the man break in. The man, who also remains unnamed, entered the house from the rear through the laundry room. The woman grabbed a gun and shot him twice in the chest, according to KSAT News.

Yes, a candidate for Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

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Someone has an anger management issue.

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The ONT Musical Interlude & Spaghetti Emporium



On this day:1 May 1986
American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced many classic hits including, 'Can't Help Falling In Love', 'Twistin' The Night Away', 'Shout', 'The Hustle' and 'You Make Me Feel Brand New.'via thisdayinmusic.com


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Would you purchase meat from a rooftop vendor? Genius Award Winner.

A man has been arrested after reportedly trying to sell stolen goods to the public while they were gathered at a crime scene in Grimsby.

The man - seen by witnesses with a large variety of meat - , was spotted trying to sell items on Lincoln Boulevard, off Cromwell Road in Grimsby. At the time, Humberside Police were at the scene of a major investigation where a man was arrested following a 12 hour roof top standoff.

Following the carnage caused by tiles and bricks being thrown down on to the street, police sealed off the area and a cordon was put in place until the situation was brought under control. Today, it remained in place whilst Crime Scene Investigators collected evidence from the scene.


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Never too old to advance. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (WLOX) - At 101 years old, a Pass Christian military veteran has been promoted.

Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Adams Jr. is now Major Adams.

Adams said he served in the Air Force for more than 25 years and retired in 1966. During his career, he served in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam war. Adams explained he was on the verge of a promotion when he left the military, but once retired, he petitioned officials in hopes of finally getting that new, albeit honorary, rank. After many years of waiting, Adams can add another accolade to his resume.

Family and friends filled Adams’ house in celebration while sharing their favorite memories with Adams.

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Weekly commenter stats for week of 5-1-2022


Top 20 commenters:
1 [595 comments] 'Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)' [83.49 posts/day]
2 [594 comments] 'TheJamesMadison, looking great in a trenchcoat and fedora with JP Melville'
3 [476 comments] 'rickb223'
4 [457 comments] 'Christopher R Taylor'
5 [446 comments] 'JT'
6 [427 comments] 'Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden'
7 [402 comments] 'Miklos needs an actual Bosun's Whistle, to be employed with Gusto, you bet'
8 [377 comments] 'Cat Ass Trophy'
9 [341 comments] 'Insomniac - Outlaw. Hoarder. Wrecker. Honker.'
10 [331 comments] 'Skip '

Top 20 sockpuppeteers:
1 [398 names] 'Miklos needs an actual Bosun's Whistle, to be employed with Gusto, you bet' [55.85 unique names/day]
2 [54 names] 'fd'
3 [43 names] 'Count de Monet'
4 [42 names] 'Duncanthrax'
5 [36 names] 'Helena Handbasket'
6 [26 names] 'OrangeEnt'
7 [25 names] 'Moron Analyst'
8 [24 names] '18-1'
9 [24 names] 'Wally'
10 [21 names] 'andycanuck (UHVv4)'

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