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When your employer tells you to manipulate your time card, it's time to find a new job. There is absolutely zero chance at that point that the employer will actually treat you fairly, since they're effectively stealing from you. Find a new job and report them, don't wait around thinking things 'might' get better if you just wait long enough.

When your employer sends in a priest for 'confession', don't even wait to find a new job. That is entirely too invasive, no reputable employer would ever do such a thing. Despite the GOP's best efforts, outright slavery is still illegal in the US of A for now and trying to force a faith on employees remains beyond the scope of employment in most cases. And the sheer hypocrisy of telling employees that they needed to confess sins against the employer to what was likely a fake priest after said employer stole from those employees is just staggering.

Just beyond the pale all around. Yikes.

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Hires fake priest, tells others to confess their sins.

How very Christian.

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Taco Tuesday. Confession Wednesday.

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Lawsuit Thursday!

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Bankruptcy Friday.

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Hopefully leading to Sleep-In Sunday.

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One can only hope... 😁

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Quick OT

A federal judge struck down the gender-affirming care ban in Arkans-ass.

GOOD!

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Isn't that the land of the crooked eye senator Huckabee?

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Him, and his walking condom commercial of an offspring who's Chump's former press secretary and the 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 governor (and responsible for signing the law that just got court-slapped).

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Anything that puts the screws to ex-governor Huckster is OK in my book.

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From NPR: https://www.npr.org/2023/06/20/1183344228/arkansas-2021-gender-affirming-care-ban-transgender-blocked

...and the ruling itself: https://npr.brightspotcdn.com/39/60/c0ca02924b6cb8443da60f6c1ce3/ruling.pdf

Non-lawyer-ly opinion: It's a 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 ruling.

I honestly hope it becomes the gold standard for overturning this genocidal horseshit going forward- it's 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 comprehensive. Of particular note are the ruling's "specific findings of fact"- of which there are 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 listed- refuting every single possible justification of these cookie-cutter care bans. Dunno what the chances on appeal are, but some of the USSC's own logic from the Bostock v. Clayton County decision is being applied here, so they'd be overturning their own precedent from a ruling only four years old if they didn't uphold this (which is 𝘯𝘰𝘵 to say that Gorsuch, who authored the majority opinion in that case, and Roberts, who joined it, couldn't or wouldn't just go ahead and be hypocrites if it suited their fancy).

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Huzzah. Now if one in both Texas and Florida will follow suit.

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This proves there is no god. If there was this priest player woulda been struck by lightning.

But dayum he gotta have a big pair.. Imagine WILLFULLY dressing up as a pedophile.

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Yea, cozmo is back !!!!!

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First Holytape and now Coz. :)

Now if we could coax WallofSleep and a number of others back into the fold...

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CanuckAmuck is a regular poster over at 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘭'𝘴 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴.

https://thedevilspanties.com/archives/15605#disqus_thread

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Blew us off for a better-paying gig, the ungrateful bastard. ;)

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The devil's panties, that just sounds deliciously sinful.

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She used to include this disclaimer: "It's not Satanic porn."

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Satanic porn is bestest porn.

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He needs to come back. I need to ask him to marry me, so I can emigrate.

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Anri came back too.

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Jun 21, 2023·edited Jun 21, 2023

So many others missing, like our young 'un Atheist King.

I miss Ann Kah. She hasn't been around for ages. She told us she had cancer so she might very well have died.

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I'm sorry to hear about Ann Kah.

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We never truly know when the ride will come to an end and we probably won't get the chance to say goodbye.

And what happened to both Houndentenor and Dom? They vanished as well.

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What about San Ban, she used to always start static with me. (But I do miss her)

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She's long since ban-ned. :)

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There is so much wrong with this, I don't know where to begin. I suspect these owners complain constantly about how they can't hire good workers. These people should be facing criminal charges.

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Jun 21, 2023·edited Jun 21, 2023

"The Diocese of Sacramento has said the priest didn’t work for them, giving the Catholic Church a rare win."

That's not a "win" for the Catholic Church, that's just the Catholic Church accurately denying that they participated in somebody else's scam and abuse of workers.

BUT it was a scam and abuse that used the mystique of the unimpeachability of Catholic priests and the intimidating belief that the Catholic Church has power over people in this world and the alleged next world. The real Catholic Church has fostered and used that reputation of "Don't mess with the Vatican or any of its troops" to control and oppress people for centuries.

If you falsely give the impression that you're a Mafioso in order to scam people, shame on you, BUT that is still also a reference to the well-earned reputation of the Mafia for being reprehensible villains.

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The Mafia are devout Catholics.

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The oldest clika

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Sort of like getting away with all kinds of unethical shenanigans by hiding behind the "impartiality" of the Supreme Court.

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I wonder what it would be like to have an impartial Supreme Court.

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That's one hell of a question for which we may never see a practical answer.

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GOOD NIGHT, IRENE!!! Are Republicans that anxious to paint themselves as an asinine enemy? It sure looks like it!

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Jun 21, 2023·edited Jun 21, 2023

First they went towards hatred towards immigrants....I thought that when they went the abortion route they sealed their fate. Then they went the anti-LGBTQIA+ hate route...now children.. These people don't care, it reminds me of a scene from Pink Floyd's The Wall video where the Nazi figure is singing to the crowd and says "If I had my way I'd have all of you shot"

And the crowd all cheered.

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On the immigrant issue alone, GQP xtians disobey what their own god told them about how to treat foreigners living with them.

It's all right there in their beloved Leviticus. Chapter 19, Verses 33 and 34, to be exact.

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Jun 21, 2023·edited Jun 21, 2023

Nearly everything they do goes against their own scriptures. I think the only half truth prophecy of the Bible is if Jesus did in fact come back, he would have to knock on the door of the church to come in (Rev 3:20) because they have essentially catapulted him out by creating their own version of their own "personal Jesus" that they approve of that has no resemblance to the one written about.

The Jesus of the Bible took in sinners even to the dismay of his followers.

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Jun 21, 2023·edited Jun 21, 2023

"The metamorphosis of Jesus Christ from a humble servant of the abject poor to a symbol that stands for gun rights, prosperity theology, anti-science, limited government (that neglects the destitute) and fierce nationalism is truly the strangest transformation in human history"

-- Rainn Wilson, June 18th

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"symbol that stands for gun rights"

Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword

"prosperity theology"

See:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. . . . No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matt. 6:19–24)

In Mark 10:17–25 Jesus deals with a rich young ruler who wants eternal life—so long as he isn’t asked to sacrifice his great wealth. When Jesus tells him to sell all he has and give it to the poor, he’s disheartened. He goes away sorrowful, for he has great possessions.

"anti-science"

Perhaps that's true from the Bible, Jesus doesn't say anything on the subject.

"limited government"

"Render unto Ceaser the things that are Ceasers"

"fierce nationalism"

That's found in Hallucinations chapter 1

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If he did come back imagine how surprised they would be when they discover that he doesn't look like a California surfer.

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🤯

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They'd kill him again. And wood would still be involved. They'd string him up from the first tree that was close enough and tall enough.

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They’re saying now that he took in the sinners but expected them to change everything they were to stick around. It’s “I love you now go and sin no more” philosophy.

Edit-Autocorrect changes sin to sun for some godforsaken reason.

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Sun worshiping is bad for you.

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Makes sense on their part since they believe:

• Believe the gospel or else burn in hell (Two sides of a coin)

• We won't judge who you are AS long as you change.

• If you don't then burn in hell and leave us alone

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Still waiting to see proof that sin actually exists.

"Sin is the cudgel used by religion to pound hatred into the hearts of its followers."

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Sin in the context of the Bible doesn't exist obviously. But sin just in terms of missing the mark morally obviously exists.

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Sin exists only inside the homes, church walls and heads of believers.

It has no power outside of those.

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There "In other words, the cosine of an angle in a right triangle equals the adjacent side divided by the hypotenuse: Also, cos A = sin B = b/c."

If you don't understand, me neither 😁

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Kinda like this?

https://youtu.be/v4vkv97htfE

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You have a 4th subscriber 😁

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Now a 5th

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Isn't it too early to drink alcohol ?

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Woo Hoo!!!

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Me too. 😇

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Mindless zombies...

Someone once wrote that "Hell was the impossibility of reason"

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REPUBLICANS: "The cruelty is the point."

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First off, very few people are talking about taking all the guns. The assault rifles yes. Maybe even the high count magazine pistols, but your six-shooter for home defense and your rifle for hunting are safe.

Besides an assault rifle isn't going to be much good against a tank. IEDs have proven more effective if we have to throw off an actually tyranny.

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Try telling them that. They think everyone from Obama down is after their guns. And as you probably know it's a trope the NRA keeps hammering away at. They know damn fine that it's politically impossible to confiscate guns in the US, but it's politically expedient for them to pretend that it is.

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More proof that repukelicans are not pro-life.

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Because the GQP are the pro-life party, don't you see? :S

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LOL!!!

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OT- Oh look, more SCROTUS corruption. This is my shocked face.

https://www.propublica.org/article/samuel-alito-luxury-fishing-trip-paul-singer-scotus-supreme-court

Uncle Thomas was not alone in accepting schmoozy luxury vacations from GQP megadonors with cases before the court, then not reporting them on his disclosure forms. Alito did it too (and Scalia- may he Rot in Pieces), and I'm willing to bet that the number of Justices demonstrably bought and paid for will only go up as actual, honest-to-goodness reporters continue to dig deeper.

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This is the trouble with SCOTUS seats being lifetime appointments.

Term limits NOW!

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Let’s impeach then add term limits. We can vacate some decisions while we’re at it.

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I second that.

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I've long thought that a 10-year term limit would be ideal for the Court. It's a long enough span of time to author an enduring legacy, while short enough as to not allow the Court to fall out of touch with the times- and it's a period which guarantees a different President will be in office when each seat turns over again. An expansion of the Court from 9 to 13 Justices would also, I think, be appropriate- sell it as symbolic patriotism, or something; 13 original states; 13 Justices. The influence of each individual seat on the bench 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 to be diluted, to make it less likely that the fate of entire demographics comes to rest on a single person's opinion.

That, and an 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦 prohibition on accepting 𝘢𝘯𝘺 kind of gifts or favors from persons outside one's own family while serving on the Court. They've shown they can't be trusted to police their own behavior, and that merely requiring them to disclose such gifts is not an effective deterrent. The simplest solution is to define 𝘢𝘯𝘺 gift given to a SC Justice as an attempt at bribery, regardless of whether or not the person giving it has business before the Court. Couple this with rigorous annual audits by independent watchdogs.

You want to hold a high office with incredible power over the rights of the body politic? Great! You get to live under a microscope.

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I have another one. No possibility to get back on this bench ever if a justice resign before the end of their term.

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Nice ideas, but I truly fear the Constitutional Convention it would take to enact them.

Maybe we can bequeath them to the revolutionaries who will write the new Constitution after the dictatorship falls.

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For nearly 250 years SCOTUS has been free of the checks and balances that govern the other two branches. Changing that is LONG overdue.

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Brava!

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OT: Happy Solstice!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice

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Longest day of the year. I shall endeavor to use it wisely.

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Ask GS about that.

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GrandmascienCe or Guerilla surgeon?

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I don't recall where Grandma lives, so the second one.

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Into the woods and down the dell

The path is straight, I know it well

Into the woods and who can tell

What's waiting on the journey?

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Go west young man, go west.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworld#Errors

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I see "Go West" and I hear the Village People...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_5DfTb1chM

(Out of respect for you, I wasn't going to post their song "Key West") :)

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It's also "Fête de la musique"

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My first trip to Europe with the national guard had me in Paris on this date 1997. There was a festival in the streets, which must have been the Fête de la Musique. It was a highlight of our tour.

We went to Kaiserslautern Germany, and on the weekend I did a bus tour to Paris with the guy I was crushing on in my unit. Nearly 30 years later we still bring up visiting Paris on the solstice. We also honeymooned in Paris when the national guard sent us back, a few months after the wedding. This was a few weeks after the new year 2000.

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Were you there June 28th too ? It was Europride.

I am not sure were I was at this date, it's the same year I went to England (high school trip). It was in May or June.

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The second weekend we were there we rambled around Germany to look at castles. We saw the Frankenstein castle, and Heidelberg and we went to Frankfurt for several castles. I took eleven rolls of film with me and used them all up.

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It’s Summer Solstice time.

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I’m confused by the idea that anyone would fall for a priest at work. The only time a member of clergy has ever been accessible at my work has been a chaplain in the military and that’s a special case. Why are people thinking anything like this is normal? Folks can go to church whenever they like, they don’t need their employer to bring it to them.

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Because Trump made it safe to say Merry Christmas again, companies can now hire priests as upper middle management to run their HR departments to ensure everyone is swearing fealty to their employees and filling out their TSP reports, at least until Hunter Biden takes over the world and forces everyone to transition through hormone therapy in Bud Light.

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Had some good chaplains in my career....and still remember one asshat in the NYARNG who thought his faith perspective applied to all of us. Nope, and if you don't like my snoring you don't have to sleep in the back of my Deuce...go sleep on the ground with the infantrymen. 😁

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Clearly someone was aiming for a black hat award. Or they read Dickens and thought "challenge accepted."

The ruling should've been $140k per employee, not $140k total. For deterrence.

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Would the boss have that much money ? I assume the judge (or the person in charge of the prosecution) saw his accounts and ledgers.

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If he didn't have enough to pay it immediately, then the court would have options to make him keep paying, possibly through wage garnishment and asset seizures. He'd effectively be working for his former employees until he paid off the debt... and I can't really think of any punishment more fitting.

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I threw that number out in part just to represent "large." I wouldn't really expect him to have to pay that entire award off, but I do wish the courts had created a punitive damage amount that required some combination of partial future payback as Joan said plus personal bankruptcy which goes on his record and shows banks who might give him a loan in the future that he is a high risk for owning/managing a business properly. Because clearly, he doesn't want to do it properly. Almost more importantly, a high punitive damage amount sends the signal to owners of *larger* businesses that the punitive awards of being caught doing this will far exceed what they could ever expect to make from doing it. $140k total probably doesn't do that. From the description, it sounds like that was a few month's operating expernses.

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I just hate it when these two ̶b̶̶a̶̶t̶̶s̶̶h̶̶i̶̶t̶̶ ̶c̶̶r̶̶a̶̶z̶̶y̶̶ lovely d̶i̶n̶g̶b̶a̶t̶s̶ ladies fight

https://www.thedailybeast.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-calls-boebert-a-little-bitch-on-the-house-floor

I got my snacks and water ready.

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They’re cat fighting to get to be Trump’s Vice. Neither one is cute enough to catch his eye, he’ll go for some douchecanoe male most likely.

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Maybe this is the run-up to another catfight between Kari and Melania. I may run out of popcorn....

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I have two bags (1kg each) of corn kernels. DM loves popcorn.

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My grandpa used to grow popcorn. We'd usually get a couple gallon milk jugs full every year. We'd have to shell it ourselves and always ended up with blisters.

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Paywall.

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Second time it works for me. Weirder and weirder 🤔

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Me too.

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Maybe RS thinks I'm out of free articles.

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Well, she's not wrong...

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you are right, but I would argue that Marjorie Taylor Greene is the bigger bitch of the two

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Before the paywall came up, I saw that Jewish Space Lasers and Leave it to Boobert were having a "Dynasty" moment. Maybe the two of them can have it out in the Reflecting Pool by the Lincoln Memorial.

Traitor called the ammosexual "a little bitch" on the House floor? There goes that decorum again.

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Strange, no paywall for me.

https://www.rawstory.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-2661660098/

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I just tried it again. The article appears for a few seconds and then WHAM! Up comes the paywall.

Maybe it's my laptop. Maybe I can see it on a library computer.

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I didn't get a pay wall either – mind you NZ is often ignored on maps so maybe they don't realise we exist.

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Jun 22, 2023·edited Jun 23, 2023

Thanks.

They were told to take it outside and they simply ignored the instruction. I was sort of hoping they would start pulling each others hair and screaming obscenities at one another. Greene felt safe lipping off to Boebert because she knew no weapons are allowed in the House.

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Do you really trust either of them to obey the rules?

𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐛𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/democrats-republicans-clash-carrying-guns-capitol-rcna68656

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Did you click on my link ? Only a handful of articles are behind a paywall and this one is not.

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I saw your Raw Story link.

Impeach Biden? For what? He hasn't done anything illegal, unlike you-know-who. Why did a number of Republicans not want to impeach Trump...either time?

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for the worst crime of them all, being a Democrat.

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Golfing while President ?

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It's all been vague stuff like "failing to uphold the constitution by not securing the border" or "taking bribes from China." I'm sure Hunter is involved somehow.

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As soon as the page loads, hit the reader view icon or F9. That sometimes works for me.

https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/addons/detail/extreme-paywall-bypasser/pcbgkanjdokadoaaabgmmlkcnaidcdjb?hl=en-GB

If you go this route, don't forget run a virus scan afterward.

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That's interesting. If it happened in the NZ Parliament there would be ... reasonably dire consequences. They get called on to withdraw and apologise for a lot less than that.

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Well, you live in a saner place than the US.

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To be honest, may be so but as far as Parliament is concerned I think they're all a bit po-faced and pompous about the rules. But still, probably better than letting abuse like this get through. Entertaining though it may be.

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So that must make MTG the Big Bitch.

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I confess: those tacos gave me the worst diarrhea I've ever had. Proof there is no god.

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Confession to a priest never made sense to me.

If you're going to confess your sins to someone, why not confess to the person you hurt? Go to them, tell them you did wrong, that you're sorry, and that you want to make it up to them. Then do the work to make it up to them.

Any other sort of sin seems imaginary.

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ALL sin is imaginary. :)

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I agree it's a word with a religious connotation that maybe isn't helpful.

Always been fond of Terry Pratchett's definition: Sin is when you treat a person, including yourself, like an object.

I think if you treat folks right, reconcile if you do something to hurt them, and die on good terms with everyone so much as its in your power, that ought to satisfy any sort of decent god.

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Sir Pratchett was a great writer.

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Welllll, we need a vocabulary to at least express an idea of not hitting the mark morally at times. There is no sin against any imaginary god that's true, but we often do fail to be as moral as we could be.

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No no, I got what Old Man Shadow was saying. And I agree with both him and you.

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How do you confess your sin to a body part you have regularly abused since hitting puberty?

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"Therapeutic massage" isn't abuse. 😉

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Tell it: "I thought it was what you wanted."

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I doubt that is a sin. That is puberty by definition.

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It's not a sin if you both consented and enjoyed it.

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Wow. Now THAT's a new one on me. I will say that, as a kid and a young adult, I probably would have been intimidated by such a circumstance as what was described in this article. Reading it NOW, however, what I am is incensed at the utter chutzpah of the owners of Taqueria Garibaldi to pull such a stunt. Forcing employees to give up their tips and eat out of sight of customers only adds insult to injury.

I think it's well past time that the justice system threw the book at Hernandez & Co. and let them know that you don't treat the people who are the backbone of your business like that.

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Eating out of customers' sight is fairly common. Staff doesn't 'mingle' with the customers.

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Maybe so, but hiding in the refrigerator? Sorry, but THAT's over the top!

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Wasn’t there an incident in the last month where an employee was found dead in an Arby’s freezer? Hiding employees in the refrigerator can be quite dangerous.

It is over the top to force the employees to eat in the fridge.

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They have the meat.

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Um... this stuck out at me.

"Under OSHA guidelines, employees under 16 cannot work in these freezers. "

Where are restaurants and hotels getting employees under 16? I thought that was illegal.

The rest of it is common sense, and the freezer manufacturers should have implemented them years ago after the first time this happened (assuming their engineers were too drunk to think of such safety measures in the first place) and should be sued.

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It depends, we have laws that allow 14 year-olds to work within set parameters; can't work past 7 (maybe just non-school nights?), can't work beyond a certain number of hours per day and per weekend, maybe can't do certain jobs. My oldest worked fast food briefly over the summer at 14. I can't remember all the rules, but they're followed pretty closely.

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Jesus.

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Yeah, that's a big nope.... although I often prefer the walk-in to being outside in 30°+C (86°+F). 😉

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When I worked fast food, I preferred short trips to the walk-in over the 90+ degree kitchen.

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Many moons ago a detective with the Akron (OH) Police dressed as a priest and visited prisoners in order to gather information against them. At the time the Catholic Church complained about the use of this tactic in that this con was their grift. There is nothing new under the sun. And in the Taqueria Garibaldi incident the wages of sin are likely a tax write off.

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"The Diocese of Sacramento has said the priest didn’t work for them, giving the Catholic Church a rare win."

Translation: small time hood tries to invade territory held by the mafia, is made an offer they can't refuse.

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