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Discussion: What is being said in the Rose Garden? What's happening in Washington?

mtierney said:

Amazing what is expected from a businessman....

Trump dismantled the pandemic response team. He ignored studies pointing out the pandemic threat. And then he discounted the threat for two months, as the virus spread.

Do you understand this?

And you support him exactly because he's a businessman. Now you're offering it as an excuse?

Are you effing kidding?

You're an embarrassing example of a human being.

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Discussion: 2020 - Candidates

Also - how did your candidate lose to someone so senile.  And please point out his moments on senility in the last debate - please let us know what minute is most obvious:


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Discussion: The Supermarket thread

MaryGee said:

Sweetsnuggles said:

Trader Joe’s on Millburn Avenue was closed temporarily for cleaning when I went there yesterday. 

 It has been closed since Tuesday afternoon because 3 employees were showing signs of COVID-19. It is supposed to reopen tomorrow but I would check first. 

I hope they're ok. The employees at Trader Joe's are great and make shopping there a delight. I'm a regular customer but haven't been there probably for two weeks because the store is small and it's tough to maintain a social distance. I did read that they're only allowing 50 people in at a time but haven't tried it.   

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Discussion: 2020 - Candidates

RealityForAll said:

Biden obviously has dementia and should withdraw from the race

MAR 11, 2020

Brief excerpt from above link:

NEW YORK – The Democrats ought to be ashamed of themselves. They spent the last four years criticizing Donald Trump in no small part for his mental state, and rightly so. The founding fathers included an impeachment provision in the Constitution in large part as a contingency to remove a president exactly like him, whose temperament and personality and mental state are incompatible with the requirements of the highest elected office in the land.

That paragraph alone demonstrates the writer's complete lack of knowledge. Impeachment was not included in the Constitution for those reasons. That was the reason for the 25th Amendment adopted over 175 years after the ratification of the Constitution, an Amendment of which the writer is apparently unaware.  

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Discussion: Trump's response to the Covid-19

mtierney said:

ml1 said:

fixating on whether or not he used the specific word "hoax" is getting hung up on semantics.  Taking everything he said and tweeted over a couple of months, the clear message was that the news that the virus was spreading and something we needed to respond to was false.  And many of his followers believed the news was false. And what is the definition of hoax if not false news?

 If words  are reconfigured to change or give a different meaning to what the speaker intended, this is not a HOAX, it’s lying to fit your preferred narrative.

“Hung up on semantics!” You must be kidding me!

A few press conferences ago, there was a an incident in which a reporter attempted to put words into Trump’s mouth by framing a loaded question.

Had the president taken the bait, the sound bites would have been the fake news of the day.

You mean the incident where the President was given a softball question in which he could have given reassurance to America, but instead behaved like a three year old? Or maybe a sociopath with no empathy?

That incident?

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Discussion: Bring Out Your Dead! The celebrity death thread....

kthnry said:

 I don't usually follow this thread but saw Asterix and Obelix in the graphic on the main page. Very sad news. I read a bunch of them in French. So funny and a great way to learn a language.

 At one time I made a point of buying these wherever I travelled, in the local language. I have (or had, not sure how much stuff is still in boxes from the last move) Dutch, Spanish, Portugese, and Greek as well as the French ones which I actually used to be able to read. I never found the Latin ones. 

I actually preferred the Lucky Luke books to the Asterix ones (especially in French), and and then there was Om-Pa-Pa (Native American)and Iznogoud (Persian). My first encounter with the Asterix tales was in an ancient Brit comic where he was known as "The Ancient Brit with Bags of Grit", and Obelix was called "Son of Boadicea". 

I've always been a fan of the way that the English translators (Bell and Hockridge) managed to preserve the puns in Asterix despite the shift of language.

I once used a Lucky Luke comic to illustrate a point about translating Beowulf to modern English in my History degree. 

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Discussion: Doublehung window repairs

I was called in to replace broken sash in some windows.  

Once I took the blinds out of the windows, I found this wonderful 'handyman' repair job for a split interior molding (nails holding the loose parts in place).  With the blinds in place, the customer never noticed the problem.

The traditional old window molding is no longer available.  Ordinarily I would have to go to a millwork shop, and have them duplicate the old molding (as closely as possible).  

However, in this case it was a relatively short window.  I have saved some old moldings from other jobs (where I replaced the moldings), so I was able to supply an original (chestnut) molding.

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Discussion: 2020 - Candidates

I'm more troubled that a state like Wyoming (around 1/2 million) has the same representation in the Senate as California (40 million).

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Discussion: What is being said in the Rose Garden? What's happening in Washington?

RealityForAll said: 

... members of the MOL cadre ...

RealityForAll said:

PS "you guys" in your posting suggests that I may be working in league with other MOLers. Not the case.

You still slay me.

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Discussion: COVID-19

call it the Trump virus

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