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    08-25-2016, 05:57 PM
    The DNC (or RNC if it happened to Trump) would be able to select a replacement. They could pop someone like Joe Biden in there, or Sanders, but neither would get them the win. It's really more likely they would do anything to get Clinton in there in spite of health or legal standing... and many would cheer them along the way.
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    08-24-2016, 03:56 PM
    Remember how people get really annoyed when you say "all lives matter"? Remember when some folks mentioned that it's not really a race issue so much as myriad other factors that allow the police to dehumanize a "civilian" and give them the impression that their lives are constantly in danger? Remember when they were told they were missing the point? Nah. Figment of my imagination.
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    08-23-2016, 07:44 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    Well now you made him sad :( And he had balloons and cake ready.
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    08-23-2016, 07:14 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    Yet it loves you :(
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    08-23-2016, 06:36 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    I would still rather have these than mice/rats.
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    08-23-2016, 05:17 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    You learn to live with what's around you. They do get into homes, or at least livable areas (garages, porches, etc.). When I was little both my mom and grandma passed a coiled up cottonmouth a few times before it made a move and got noticed. I remember staring at it from our window while waiting for the snake guy to come get it. Black racers and rat snakes (corn snakes, etc.) are way more common and not that bitey. Racers will usually try to get away as quickly as possible, but I've had some strike at my shoes. I imagine it gives them a toothache for days afterwards. Corn snakes have a variety of tempers, so I generally don't take my chances with them. They are not venomous, either, but the bites are still painful enough to avoid. This is no different than the damned suicidal giant deer up north, or the locusts that Maryland has every dozen or so years (I moved up and thought the world was ending only to be told it was normal for giant red locust grasshopper creatures to invade the area then drop dead and become a crunchy accompaniment to my commute), or the deep ridiculous snowfalls that happen in some areas, or the ice storms that bend power lines and cause trees to touch their toes. Oh and in case you are dwelling on the locust thing:
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    08-22-2016, 07:24 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    We have all sorts of critters here, but that's the swampland portions of the South and Mid-Atlantic. The mountain areas seem to have fewer horror-movie critters in general, and have prettier seasons.
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    08-22-2016, 05:36 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    I don't know if another article makes it clearer, but there's some ambiguity as to whom the person reported the snakeskin. Maybe they reported it to the people who run the park, and those people (likely unarmed and scared shitless by the unusual size of the skin) called the cops? Or maybe it's a case of small-town-itis where the person who found the skin is related to a cop and called them. Or it could be just as you said, but dunno from this write-up.
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    08-22-2016, 05:34 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    We have had a lot more snakes this year, or at least a wider variety competing around the house. I am willing to bet there's a corresponding boom in critters we don't really see (mice, etc.), but there has also been a MASSIVE boom here in lizards... including some that look a bit different than the usual skittering, push-up doing, orange wattle flaunting Florida types we get all over the place. I do know that one of the corn snakes has figured out how to nudge between the hardie plank around the house (3-4 planks up) and strike out at the huge frogs in the area (experts will say that adult corn snakes don't eat frogs/lizards, but I've seen it happen if the lizard/frog is big and readily available). I'm sure that corner of the house is also where those mice I don't see during the day hang out at night. The corn snakes that won out are gray-mulch-colored, to match the debris and mulch around the area. They look like warped little boa constrictors lol The black racer population is out of control, even with the corn snakes around. Mom surprised one by opening the garage door as it was sneaking along the divot between the door and the driveway. It slithered away super fast and all the lizards in the area stared after it. I hope we didn't embarrass it too much by blowing its cover. But anyway, yes Suz, I'm not so far from you and we have a snake boom, a dip in the dragonfly population, and almost none of the little green treefrogs that pop out after a good rain this year.
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    08-22-2016, 05:20 PM
    It is! And Hillary's is... bigger... I guess...? *vomits*
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    08-14-2016, 01:15 PM
    Sex assigned at birth. Really, that should be the end of it. If you somehow fall into "other" there, you're in for a lifetime of issues (including health problems on top of the psychological ones). The attraction portion is pretty personal. People can be attracted to a broad category, or a pretty narrow one, with all kinds of kinks and preferences in between. One of life's great tricks is finding someone you can live with that either shares in or indulges those same kinks and preferences, but that's not done by forcing them on someone who doesn't share them and trying to assert the superiority of what you are attracted to. The rest of it is spectacularly redundant bullshit.
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    08-14-2016, 01:03 PM
    I will circle back to this, because it's the primary point Mark Levin seemed to be circling his way to, and something that deserves scrutiny. Currently, people with a dependency are more likely to commit crimes if they are denied access to that on which they are dependent. This could be drugs, alcohol, or any number of things. After decriminalization, I still think there is a higher chance of a drug ABUSER committing crime. Anyone who's seen someone knock-down drunk (or been that person, I guess) can attest that they are more likely to do some things while impaired, and very few of them are beneficial to society or the person who's drunk. Within that broad, vague category of drunken acts is a subset where the action is not so cute or harmless. This is the part where someone is too hammered to drive and runs over someone, or where they are too drunk to understand (or say) "no," or when assault sounds like a good idea, or showing up at an ex's and getting really upset that she's moved on... and directing that upset through your fists or a bat at the new guy... you get the idea. Things can go south. There are other drugs that really blur right from wrong, or twist reality in a pretty scary way, and all it takes is a bad trip and the borderline ability to still use a weapon to make things scary for everyone around you as well. The number of drug-fueled crimes would still be super low --- and definitely lower than they are now --- but people with their emotions amplified, their strength upped, or their inhibitions removed are going to be more likely to do something regrettable than the same people in their fully sober state.
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    08-13-2016, 06:56 PM
    Um... so maybe I was reading it right, or else why would a doctor need a magnifying glass to see two-inch clawed/toothed creatures popping out of scabs like it's a game of circulatory whack-a-mole?
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    08-13-2016, 05:59 PM
    Ah. The way he wrote it sounded like two separate issues.
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    08-13-2016, 05:51 PM
    I would guess dwarf tapeworms, based on context. Though it could be some kind of intestinal fluke, too.
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    08-13-2016, 04:47 PM
    Chicken enchiladas (the red kind).
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    08-13-2016, 01:27 PM
    I find that most people that have to fling the "basement" label lack creativity, and are often projecting onto others something they're a bit ashamed of. The characterization of anyone that's ever taken drugs (legal or otherwise) as some kind of awful creature destined to spiral downward and die of their own idiocy speaks much more of yourself than anyone else in this thread.
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    08-13-2016, 01:24 PM
    Yeah, it has some basis in racism (her explanation would support that). The mistake that's made is when people want to regulate it in any way. I still got a kick out of the story due to simple irony, though.
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    08-13-2016, 01:18 PM
    That's fabulously inspired and original. How do you come up with it? "Mom's basement." I'm going to memorize that. Hell, I'd better write it down: "Assert that those who disagree with me are inexperienced and life in their mother's basement." I've never heard it before, and I want to ensure my correct use of this pithy comeback. Do you have an insult for when the person is from a geographic location that precludes basements? That's kind of a stumper for me.
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    08-13-2016, 01:16 PM
    And some people drink for the buzz. Until it becomes destructive, I don't see that it's anyone else's business. Even then, it's very SLIGHTLY the business of the people directly affected by it. You can look down your nose at people who medicate themselves, which is one of those opinions that doesn't survive a lifetime of problems not solved by walking it off. The question isn't why pcosmar wouldn't take marijuana without THC. The question is why you feel so smug and superior about this. You gamble with your health quite frequently, whether you admit to it or not. You do things for the joy of doing them, or for the hope that you enjoy them. You weigh the risks and decide what you'll do and how you'll do it. This is why I pointed out abuse versus use. If I use something once a year or so to combat cold/flu symptoms, that's different than guzzling Tussin or cooking up something worse with it. The reason it's worse isn't some inherent aspect of the substance, but in the increasing likelihood that I'm going to damage those around me and possibly beyond.
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    08-13-2016, 12:42 PM
    oh and lol at suggesting pcosmar is some kind of couch potato... that may be the funniest thing I've heard all day
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    08-13-2016, 12:41 PM
    k never mind. I guess I misread your earlier posts. Believe it or not, there are things exercise doesn't cure. Your anecdote about hurting your back doesn't mean jack when it comes to chronic pain, deformities, disease, and structural infirmities. Depending on how you "hurt your back" by the way, pushing yourself as hard as you could right away could have some awful side effects many years down the line. Hope you never get anything serious that might actually require a chemical adjustment (natural or otherwise). I also hope that you make a distinction between drug use and abuse, otherwise you're just being ridiculous.
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    08-13-2016, 10:33 AM
    Correct, though that's hardly comforting. It also means that if you're suspected of a really awful crime, your lesser offense might be fast-tracked and certain implications might be made in that case to up the sentence, even if there's never enough evidence to convict you of the worse crime.
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    08-13-2016, 10:29 AM
    I disagree with the statement but I should also be clear I am speaking of any substance abuse, including ones that are currently legal. There are many situations where not having entire use of your conscious faculties, having reduced reaction times, being easily distracted, or having diminished inhibitions could lead to tragic results, independent of the fact that government would lock you up even if you weren't exhibiting any dangerous behavior or causing a demonstrably hazardous situation, all based on the outcome of a test or hunch.
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    08-13-2016, 10:26 AM
    Nah, I just wasn't clear. I reread what I wrote and was kind of horrified lol
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