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Thank the FSM that graphic didn't track any lower.

*shudders*

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I just ate mushrooms for dinner...

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Here's hoping you can keep them down now.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

Me too but not for the same reasons. Eating them was hard enough.

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You had sakรฉ with your mushrooms?

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Mirin ๐Ÿ˜

Cdbunch I need a program to slap my orthographic corrector.

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Nailed it.

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OT - She shoulda changed her name

https://www.gocomics.com/diamondlil/2023/06/23

My mother once worked with a woman whose married name was Sandy Beach.

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There was a wrestler in the WWE named Sandy Beach.

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Thereโ€™s the classic Ima from the well-heeled Texas oil Hogg family.

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

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I assume her parents assumed she would marry young.

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O/T: Don't send your kids to school in Oklahoma. They're on the verge of becoming forced Christian indoctrination camps.

https://www.joemygod.com/2023/06/oklahoma-public-schools-may-soon-have-daily-prayers/

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They're ranked 48th in Education. Looks like they're aiming for Number 50.

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I just read 49th โ€“ maybe they dropped a place after you wrote this. ๐Ÿ˜

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"And, with a little luck, soon we'll hit 50" says State Superintendent Ryan Walters.

(Probably.)

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66, there is 14 territories (9 uninhabited) from the Wikipedia page.

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Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.

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Are you sure? Were you thereโ€ฝโ€ฝ

Oops, sorry, wrong argument. My bad.

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Do I hear 51?

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Area 51???

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Christians work fast to destroy things. :)

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Mmmhh, I am tempted to send my children there ๐Ÿค”

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what kind of bad things did they do to deserve that cruel punishment?

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They don't exist ๐Ÿ˜

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I figured that, but still thought I would ask the question.

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The nearest being of a child I had was Aria.

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and you would never send your fur baby to a school in Oklahoma.

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That'll teach them!

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Education in OK is joining other things forbidden by Christians.

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One of the longest years of my life was spent in a small, backward Kansas community that was a stoneโ€™s throw north of Oklahoma. While I wouldnโ€™t wish Kansas on anyone, at least it wasnโ€™t Oklahoma.

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I was at Sheppard AFB near Wichita Tall Falls TX, which is 15 miles from the Oklahoma border.

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OT - DeNazi gets slapped down again

๐…๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐ฌ ๐…๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐š๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐š๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/federal-judge-blocks-florida-law-aimed-at-drag-performers/ar-AA1cXjC3

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โ€œOf course, itโ€™s constitutional to prevent the sexualization of children by limiting access to adult live performances,โ€

Does florida have mini miss contests ? That's what I call sexualization of children.

PS : In his song "Comme ils disent" (1972) the late Charles Aznavour say "Mais mon vrai mรฉtier

C'est la nuit

Que je l'exerce travesti

Je suis artiste

J'ai un numรฉro trรจs spรฉcial

Qui finit en nu intรฉgral

Aprรจs strip-tease

Et dans la salle je vois que

Les mรขles nโ€™en croient pas leurs yeux" he is a stripper in a cabaret, from the lyrics he wears women clothes so well that men can't believe it.

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Child "beauty pageants" are just creepy. It would be one thing if they would let them be pretty little girls, but they try to apply the standards of beauty that apply to grown women (which are very sexual) If you think a little girl has sex appeal, there is something very wrong with you.

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Charles Aznavour obviously had depths which escaped me due to my schoolboy French. ๐Ÿ˜

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The lyrics are quite straightforward. He describes his (fictional) life as a gay man. The end is bitter though, he is in unrequited love with a straight man.

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Aren't we all?

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I can't relate, I never fell in love with a gay man.

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https://www.alternet.org/fox-news-dominion-2661758851/

Anyone surprised?

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FOX News misleading people!?! FAKE NEWS!

(do i really need to use a sarcasm emoticon?) :)

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faux news must love to lose its owner money. I hope Reuters and AP will do something.

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SCOTUS rules 8 - 1 in President Biden's favor and slaps both Texass and Lousyana...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/supreme-court-rejects-texas-and-louisiana-challenge-to-biden-deportation-priorities/ar-AA1cWgGT

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Alito?

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Of course. So very like him.

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Coin flip between Alito and Thomas.

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Turned out to be Alito dissenting.

Both are corrupt SOBs.

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...when your attempt to engineer a crisis to complain about is ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ transparent even ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ-๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ doesn't fall for it...

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Too complicated for my brain right now.

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No rush.

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https://www.alternet.org/christian-nationalism-2661573247/

Sigh! Give them an inch and they'll take a mile โ€“ will we ever learn?

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

A new breed of charter schools. Like the ones we have now aren't failing badly enough.

As usual, Christians want to take a bad thing and make it even worse.

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Oh, yeah. Some locals are trying to do that with a charter school here. The school board keeps slapping them back. The charter school is constantly on probation for governance issues. They shape up for a while and then the RWNJs try to take over again. Lately their talking point has been high school sports, trans girls, how unfair it all is to โ€œrealโ€ girls, and THATโ€™S WHY THERE SHOULD BE VOUCHERS!!!!!

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๐…๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐๐š ๐š๐๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ

The ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  Test is on its way as an option instead of the SAT and ACT.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-advances-new-entrance-exam-for-public-universities/ar-AA1cTUb1

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

"Classic Learning Test."

Guess what that's code for.

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I'm a little surprised that DeSantis is allowed to interfere in the internal workings of the University. In NZ they just restrict the amount of money they get and hope for the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The goose stepper has to control everything.

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The only ones he can't seem to control are the guys whose boss is a rodent.

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O/T: Pastor 'shoots his wife in front of their kids before turning the gun on himself' after haunting final Facebook post: 'I may not be a perfect man, but Iโ€™ll always be a family man'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12223355/Louisiana-pastor-shoots-wife-kids-turning-gun-police-say.html

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"There was a time decades ago if you had trouble feeding your family or if you had lost your job, neighbors would come over with casseroles and they would offer emotional support. Many people don't know their neighbors these days."

More longing for a fantasy. Neighbors only came over if you were 'the right sort' and 'deserved' help. For some reason, it is very much a part of the U.S. zeitgeist that people must be judged and deemed 'worthy' of help. Churches, neighborhoods, communities, the outsider never got help.

I don't really buy the claim that people are more isolated now than they used to be. I think it goes more to the 'perfect family' phenomena on social media. You're bombarded with these trouble-free versions of people's lives and you begin to think their lives are really like that and there's something wrong with you that yours isn't.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

The trope of the "deserving/undeserving poor" goes back at least to Elizabethan times. It's part of the unfortunate meanness of spirit that occupies many humans. Particularly conservatives.

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If they wanted to eat, they should've been born to richer parents!

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Just like the trans kid should've been born to liberal parents in California instead of evangelicals in Florida.

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does anybody know if the bible say anything about transgender? I am really curious to know

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IIRC, there's some Levitical admonishments about wearing the clothes of the other 'sex'. That's about it. And the bit about creating them male and female.

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Just seeing your post.

"A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this."

-- Deuteronomy 22:5

Seems that's more like cross-dressing than transgender.

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Eve was a woman created from a man, if it doesn't describe a transgender what does ?

(Thanks NOGODZPEDIA).

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When I was much younger and much more naive, I remember a politician saying something about the โ€œdeserving poorโ€ and I thought, โ€œwho deserves to be poor?โ€

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By which he meant white people only.

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Seems like a nice guy.

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Coward. For the sake of their traumatised children I hope she will survive.

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I saw that this was in the Daily Mail and was amazed that such a thing could happen in the UK. It didnโ€™t. Louisiana. Not so amazed.

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OT

Happy 59th birthday to Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," "The Avengers").

Writer, producer, director and atheist.

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Despite Joss deciding to make Willow the gay one, I still think Xander and Jesse were more than just friends.

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DM is a fan of Angel.

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Looks like some people just can't handle being given a smidgen of power over others does it? At least given that this is a regular occurrence it seems.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

But other than that... ;)

Oy. If these accusations are true, then Joss Whedon has issues that need to be dealt with. Pronto.

Oh, it's Clarence Thomas' birthday as well. HIM we can boo lustily.

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Being a shitty human being and a bully sucks, but that I can live with, but the bit with Michelle Trachtenberg is truly worrying.

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I finally watched ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿชฐ last week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Iโ€™ll be in my bunk.

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I was wondering where y'all got that from.

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I think Iโ€™ve watched that series 5 or 6 times now. Plus the movie.

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How many of the comics have you read?

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None. Did not know they existed until NOGODZ mentioned it.

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All 13 episodes in their proper order? Now ya gotta see "Serenity." :)

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Shiny!

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Damn! I was gonna type that word, got distracted and forgot to add it in my post.

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The order that ends with Objects in Space?

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That's the one. Fox never even aired the last thee episodes. Assholes.

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It made more sense to end it with the bounty hunter episode than the brothel episode.

I was glad that HBO finally released the last six episodes of ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด earlier this year.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

If you decide to see the Firefly feature film "Serenity," do what I did.

First read the 3-issue comic "Serenity: Those Left Behind" (it's now in handy TPB form). It tells what happens in-between the end of the series and the start of the movie. It's written by Joss himself.

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Gorram Fox!

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Ran them in the wrong order, too.

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OMG, my notifications suddenly started working! I hadnโ€™t gotten any notifications ever on substack until today even though I kept enabling them.

Itโ€™s a miracle! Jesus wants me to see what other atheists say!

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Tell Jesus I've been getting my notifications this whole time, no thanks to him.

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Yeah, Jesus Gonzalez is one heck of a server guru.

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I dunno. Are finally having spaghetti and meatballs tonight?

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I grew up in Iowa. Steak and potatoes and overcooked veggies, baby!

(Actually, Iโ€™ve turned into a very good cook, according to family and friends, including a friend who is a professional chef. She loves me because Iโ€™m one of her few friends who isnโ€™t afraid to cook for her. She didnโ€™t think she liked lamb until she had mine.)

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How do you do lamb? I bounce between mint jelly (I have a surplus of mint) and tzatziki sauce (because garlic), generally Mediterranean herbs & garlic, rare bigly.

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Jun 24, 2023ยทedited Jun 24, 2023

Sounds like we do similar things. I also have a ton of mint. Garlic, of course. Rosemary. I like to butterfly legs of lamb. I recently did rack of lamb for the first time in my life with an โ€œEnglishโ€ mint sauce. It was wonderful. I used to grill a lot but for the last few years Iโ€™ve done more with my stovetop Cameron smoker. My 23 year old son said, โ€œThat stovetop smoker has been a real game changer.โ€

I have a ridiculous garden. Approximately 40 heads of garlic are growing. I harvest 3-4 pounds of lettuce every week. I have 25 pepper plants, a similar number of tomato plants. Maybe 100 potato plants that I hope will give me ~80 pounds of taters. I got 2 pounds of asparagus a week for 2 months this spring. Tomatillos, butternut squash, cukes, rhubarb, onions, a basil forest, and around 50 milkweed for the monarchs.

I supply produce to a lot of friends. One neighbor says I keep everyone in gazpacho all summer long.

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Vegan pesto for me, thank you.

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OT- An InfoWars host (sadly, not the one we'd all ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ to see in this headline) waves the white flag: https://apnews.com/article/owen-shroyer-infowars-capitol-riot-21d781076fd59c7fa1c9a7754784a1d3

I normally don't like giving people shit about how they look... but I'm gonna go ahead and add this guy to my list of acceptable exceptions. It's as if he visited the douchiest hairstylist in the world, browsed through their entire catalog of douchey haircuts, said "no, these don't quite do it for me... can we maybe make it ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ?"- and the stylist cracked his knuckles, replied "challenge accepted!" in the deepest voice he could force himself to produce... and, lo and behold, thus was born the absolute douchiest of douchebro 'dos ever squirted out of a hairgel tube.

...oh, and he was also an insurrectionist. Sadly, he won't be getting much jail time, if any at all... although... no, fuck it, he deserves a life sentence for that fucking haircut. I mean, ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฏ, dude! Why would you make us ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ at that? You look like you belong in an incel meme! Please, Judge Kelly, do us all a favor, and sentence him to five to ten minutes with his head in a bucket of Nair, will you?

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What's this thing on his fasse ?

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Jun 24, 2023ยทedited Jun 24, 2023

Nosse.

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Lower, under his primary shit hole.

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InfoWars. A reichwing conspiracy fantasy fake news outlet. Is it any wonder it hatched this guy?

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Hatched? So you think he's a lizard person?

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

Just waiting for someone to tug on his face and watch for the rip that reveals the green scales underneath.

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Dudebro in the front, Nazi in the back, aka Nazi reverse mullet.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

I had hair like that somewhere around 1959/60. But then, I was about 10.

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Looks pretty good for a 2000 year old.

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She didn't say which planet years ๐Ÿ˜

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if she is still alive in 5 years you made her excuse for her.

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They'd better hurry, returns are only allowed for so long, and even then it may be just for store credit only.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

Did Annie Graham Putz not read her bible? Jesus said NOBODY knows the hour he'll return. Even HE doesn't know. Only pops knows.

Which kind of messes with his claim of "The Father and I are one." How can they be the same, yet only daddy knows when Jesus gets the big reveal?

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

Jesus enters Motel 6 carrying his cross and nails and says "Can you put me up for the night?"

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Many people suffering from multiple personality disorders have secrets from themselves.

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she obviously know more then Jesus.

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She's priding herself. Oops. Pride in the bible is the worst of sins; the father of all sins.

Uh-oh. Guess where SHE'S headed after she dies? And is she teaching? What is she doing teaching when she's supposed to be silent? Sinful, sinful woman.

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Because Christians are so very pro-life...

"Evangelical leader hopes conference is 'testosterone booster shot' for anti-abortion 2024 candidates"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/evangelical-leader-hopes-conference-is-testosterone-booster-shot-for-anti-abortion-2024-candidates/ar-AA1cUS8u

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Well, that's depressing.

And I find it reprehensible that they would try and attach Susan B. Anthony's name to their anti-choice movement when the historical evidence shows no opinion on the subject. The only statement they seem to have from her is that empowering women would reduce the number of abortions, something pro-choice advocates have said for years.

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Because if there's one thing the GQP's stew of toxic masculinity ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ needs right now, ๐˜ช๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ.

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One idea of billboard for Democrats, listing women who died because they DIDN'T had access to (a safe) abortion.

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Any and all uterus-free male anti-abortion candidates need to be hounded mercilessly.

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just got back home from spud fish and chips. Wish I would have visited that place years ago.

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Glad you liked it. :)

The Green Lake location? I've got a blue/white Spud Fish and Chips t-shirt from there. Have had it for years.

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that is the one i went to.

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Jun 23, 2023ยทedited Jun 23, 2023

Next time you're in Alki, try the 2-story one there along the beach.

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https://youtu.be/_zDXVw0aatQ

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A Day in the Life (of Donald Trump).

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I simply pictured them in bed together while wifey is away and now I think I need therapy.

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but who can afford that?

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OT - For those of you with gaming laptops

๐Ÿ“ ๐–๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Š๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐†๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‹๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐๐ข๐ง๐ 

https://www.howtogeek.com/891155/ways-to-keep-your-gaming-laptops-battery-from-exploding/

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Mine is turned off and unplugged and will stay that way all summer.

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Mine is technically a gaming laptop though I wanted the GPU for 3d art. I didn't get a cooling pad, just a angled stand to get plenty of air underneath the thing. The keyboard quit being very *warm* to the touch.

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