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    Today, 10:27 AM
    I mostly watch ballgames and old movies on tee vee, but see these ads for current TV shows and new movies that seem to play up the dysfunction angle. How many ads do you see where characters break out of America's ordered and safety mode, only to become bad ass want-to-be cynics? Is that a sign of the times, or has dysfunction always been funny? Women and women parents aren't always portrayed in the best light either. And I don't see all these media portrayals as being totally monolithic in a shift. The Honeymooners is, arguably, the best comedy of all-time, but Ralph and Ed often played dunderheads to their more apparently sensible wives. Homer Simpson is a dunce compared to Marge, but I used to ROTFL the first few years of that show. Archie Bunker was often portrayed as weak and foolish, but liberal Norman Lear made sure liberal character Meathead got his share of jabs. Maybe those are exceptions, or it's not a total tidal wave?
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    Today, 10:00 AM
    I think this is a thoughtful post, especially the last line as a springboard. There is obviously structural change over the past few decades, but how much of this is just men and women arguing age-old things because of biological differences?
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    Today, 09:50 AM
    This is Casablanca's trailer, but it actually shows Rick shooting Strasser in the final scene. :eek:
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    Today, 09:36 AM
    This 2007 CBS story starts off that way and points exactly to the shows you mention; however, they seem to play it off in the end. The 10 minute clip is probably long for a discussion forum, but I think you will be interested. This guy's Youtube comment in part II of the video makes some good points:
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    Today, 09:08 AM
    Pretty cool pitcher silhouette quiz from the 1990s. Guess the pitcher from his silhouetted delivery: http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2018/02/14/266427814/expert-level-90s-pitcher-silhouette-quiz
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    Today, 08:45 AM
    They just need a good "pick-up artist."
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    Today, 04:52 AM
    I'm no money manager, but I thought a contribution goes from a person to a candidate, not the other way around. :rolleyes:
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    Today, 04:41 AM
    I listened to the NC State-Syracuse game on the radio the other night. Wolfpack almost folded when Boeheim switched from their zone to a more frenetic style. This time though, NC State handled it and went on to win. As it stands now, they might have enough signature wins to get in. Probably could use one or two more good wins though.
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    I have to agree with GunnyFreedom regarding his comment on some anonymous telephone surveyor.
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Yeah, chess is one of those games they dub Easy to learn, but hard to master. I don't play much either. It's just too many variables, so it's like work to me. My wife can take me out in a minimum number of moves. It's funny though, because she doesn't like this really old game called Broadside. I find Broadside style slightly similar to chess, but she swears she does not understand the game. I like Upwords (Scrabble) because you think, but you can exhaust the variables much easier. I still lose 3 of 4 games, but find it more enjoyable. Mastermind is a thinking game that'll make you go "Damn!" when your losing ass can't figure it out. Ever play TiGo? It's a version of the old Chinese game called Go. It's similar to Broadside in that each side has different pieces, and therefore, different strengths. It's 4 tigers versus 20 goats. The object for the tigers is to jump all 20 goats. The object for the goats is to surround all 4 tigers. Different from chess in that sense. Okay, so I sort a got off track, but there's some trivia in these old nostalgia games. Plus, it relates to the thread in the my mother-in-law is going to live with us.:eek: She has a visa from half way around the world. She doesn't speak much English, so these games actually give me an idea for an activity.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    The white knight a chess analogy. Here's the rest: pawn = you queen = divorced wife; or, the most powerful piece on the board king = not you, but the government judge who rules against you bishop = forget praying, pawn; you haven't got a prayer rook/castle = A man's home is his castle. Until the court decrees it to the queen.
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    Ha ha; good deliveries on live TV without missing a beat: Jane Curtin: Dan, times change and so does the nature of relationships. People are reluctant to get married these days and looking at divorce statistics, who can blame them. But the lack of a piece of paper does not neccessarily mean a lack of a total commitment. A woman is this modern-day relationship may well give up all her personal pursuits, as Michelle Marvin claims she did, to give her full support to her man's career. And Michelle Marvin is just asking that the courts recognize that reality. Dan, there's an old saying: "Behind every successful man there's a woman." A loving, giving, caring woman. But you wouldn't know about that, Dan, because there's no old saying about what's behind a miserable failure. Dan Aykroyd: Jane, you ignorant slut! Bagged-out, dried-up, slunken meat like you and Michelle Triola know the rules. If you want a contract, sign on the dotted line. Oh, but let's all shed a tear for poor Michelle Triola. There was only testimony that she had sexual intercourse over forty times with another man while living with actor Lee Marvin. But I suppose that sort of fashionable promiscuting means nothing to you, Jane, who hops from bed to bed with the frequency of a cheap ham radio. But hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn, and Michelle Triola, like a screeching, squealing, reptatious swamp sow is after actor Lee Marvin's last three million dollars. I guess what you and Michelle are saying is that when you're on your backs, the meter is running. Well, please spare us, gals, and tell us the rate's at the top. Then we can choose which two bit tarts and bargain basement sluts to shack up with. Jane Curtin: That's the news. Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.
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    02-15-2018, 10:55 PM
    Yes, in a sense that is what is happening. Okay, I did leave something out. Zip's 2nd job is with the Federal Reserve. There's a Russian co-worker girl Zip doesn't get along with, hence all his posting about Russian election interference and also Ukrainian support. Now, this Russian woman is the wife of RPF's owner. She is reputedly 5' 11' with very shapely calves. I don't know her name yet, but it ends in the letter "a." Maybe Natasha, Marina, Sasha, Tatiana. Or something like that. So the Russians actually did interfere with the election, and Natasha was heavily involved. Zip suspected this so he took action. He's actually a photography whiz by night. Now, Zip developed a camera that takes pictures of computer contents without even turning on the computer. He took a picture of Natasha's computer while she was in the bathroom. That's when he discovered the damning information about election hacking. Instead of submitting it to the government however, Zip decided to use it for his own personal gain. Zip contacted RPF's owner. Zip told the owner that he was going to blow the entire lid on the Russian election hacking operation unless he could continue posting here.
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    02-15-2018, 09:50 PM
    Well, suit yourself, but it's all there in black and white. He goes on vacation for a week and doesn't post for a week. He had a family situation and didn't post for three weeks. He had a Saturday wedding photo shoot a couple of weeks ago and didn't post that day. There's no other guy posting. The reason he doesn't even have to hide his info is because people look for complicated explanations where a simple one will do. It's all there; I don't know if people are reading or not.
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    02-15-2018, 09:36 PM
    Russia claims the pro-Syrian government forces were going after an ISIS cell in eastern Deir Ezzor. I pretty much thought the Kurds (with U.S. backers) controlled most of the territory east of the Euphrates with the exception of the small area captured by the SAA from ISIS east of the city of Deir Ezzor many months ago. But according to some recent articles in a Lebanese based news outlet, since Turkey began its invasion against them, the Kurds in the eastern Deir Ezzor province have since moved northward into the Raqqa and Hasakeh provinces to protect the border areas from Turkey, as well as the Afrin canton where current fighting is ongoing. What's left in the Deir Ezzor province is an arab militia known as the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC). The U.S. has now included them in the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This militia is composed of 2 parts: a group of local arabs that joined ISIS in 2014 when ISIS took over the Deir Ezzor province; another group of al qaeda affiliated jihadists known as Nusra Front which fought ISIS in Deir Ezzor, lost, and then was brought into Jordan for retraining by the CIA. All that said, it appears that the pro-Syrian government forces were actually, and truthfully, going after the DMC -- which were part of ISIS and al qaeda, and of which the U.S. State Dpt. is actually giving paychecks to. When the U.S. protected these jihadists, they killed the 200 or so pro-government forces that were legitimately going after actual terrorists. This explains a lot, as i was surprised when i thought the Kurds were involved, but apparently they were not. Here's the articles from the Lebanese based publication that discuss this: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-backed-kurdish-forces-withdraw-deir-ezzor-province-sources/ https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/confirmed-us-retrains-isis-isis-like-jihadists-east-syria-re-brands-democratic-forces-video-exclusive/ Note I disagree there is any confirmation or proof given in the second article despite its title, however the article does provide a good background about this new U.S. backed militia operating east of the Euphrates called the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) which I had not heard of before.
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    02-15-2018, 09:27 PM
    It wouldn't take much for things to happen quickly. Killing large numbers of Russians, even though they were contractors and not military, can't be setting well with Putin. imho, the only thing that has kept the wrath of Russia at a minimum when so many of their own were needlessly murdered is the Russian Presidential elections next month. Also, Russia could never compete with the U.S. in a conventional war; if they get pushed into a corner they may feel using nuclear weapons is their only defense. All of this in perspective of the endless U.S. aggression and violence overseas could change things very quickly. :(
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    02-15-2018, 09:10 PM
    Meh, the Seahawks switch is easy to forget, especially for a guy in his mid fifties. He also doesn't go out of his way to hide his public internet information. All of this isn't as elaborate as it sounds or as much as I once thought. In the end, it's just some guy working at the grocery.
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    02-15-2018, 05:52 PM
    He has said a number of times that he attended U of Colorado. He studied political science.
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    02-15-2018, 07:10 AM
    RIP Tito Francona 1933-2018 Excerpts from MLB article:
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    02-14-2018, 08:48 PM
    That's an incredible verse to find that is astonishingly similar to the present situation. It's horrifying that the psychopaths at the Pentagon are playing chicken with all of our lives (and the lives of the rest of the planet) at stake.
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    02-14-2018, 07:56 PM
    I agree. :)
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    02-14-2018, 07:45 PM
    Thanks!
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    02-14-2018, 07:35 PM
    Oh my God. This is really bad news that I would have missed. The question is whether Russia will back up the SAA if the SAA goes on the offensive against the SDF/U.S. east of the Euphrates. My gut says no: with a total population of less than half ours and a total defense budget of $50 billion, Russia can't afford a war with the U.S., and I think they know this. But you're right: the numbers of SAA and Russian Mercenaries killed by U.S. airstrikes must have been quite large for the SAA to be redeploying in such large numbers to Deir Ezzor and "building new fortified areas and trenches" on the West bank of the Euphrates. This is not good at all. Thanks for sharing. +rep if I could (You must spread some reputation around before giving it to goldenequity again.)
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    02-14-2018, 06:15 PM
    Difficult to know how many Russian mercenaries were killed. Putin and the Russian government may be minimizing the casualties since there is an upcoming presidential election in Russia. Seems like articles are all over the place on this.
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    02-12-2018, 10:02 PM
    Members of rogue Baltimore police unit found guilty of corruption charges:
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    02-11-2018, 02:07 PM
    Thanks. Would be nice to see this happen. Not sure anything else will be able to reverse the practices of this unconstitutional court and the destruction of our 4th amendment. Napolitano stated the FISA Court does not have to prove probable cause of a crime to get a warrant; he said all they have to prove is probable cause of talking to someone outside of this country and, his example, that talking to his cousin in Florence Italy about a recipe for making mozzarella would be enough for a FISA Court to get a warrant on him! So, theoretically under current law, the dossier was not needed: all that was needed was proof that Carter Page spoke with someone outside this country. Yes Comey signing that the dossier was verifiable and accurate to the best of his knowledge was a crime, but I hope that this investigation does not end here because imho the far greater crime is that the whole FISA Court is unconstitutional. Nabbing the current band of criminals might feel good, but if the structure of this unconstitutional court is not changed, we'll only see another band of criminals take advantage of it in the future. And if the legislative branch is not willing to change it (and considering their recent votes show they are not), it seems the only way it might have a chance of being changed is through a law suit from someone wrongly damaged by this.
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