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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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First Tuesday in September gaaaaaaaahs!!1!, GN!

Mac --

I’m yet again impressed with your ability to ferret-out entertaining thread GIFs; bravo, sir.

Sven --

Thanks for the additional info re your grandfather.

It’s too bad that unions are the way they’ve been throughout the course of my lifetime; it seems that nearly all organizations become corrupt over time unless the those they serve are extremely vigilant…and loudmouthed. 😉

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The latest revelations re the DEA working with telcoms to spy on all of us serves to demonstrate the colossal rot -- and corruption -- which is part and parcel of the fvcking War on Drugs (which is really a War on Citizens, Their Property and Their Freedom).

Too bad nobody inside the Beltway has the stones to make it the enormous issue which it deserves to be.

[carlsandburg]

The fascism comes
on little cat feet.

It sits gnawing
on freedom and privacy
with irresistible tenacity
until they’re gone.

[/carlsandburg]

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

Good morning, Gerbil Nation!
School starts tomorrow!
Last day to get things ready for the galloping hordes!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Editor

…galloping hordes!

You’ll find out how many of them canter remember what they learned last year. (Also hope you don’t get teh trots.)

Yes…I’m feeling my oats today.

BTW -- Tried T.J.’s new steak sauce over teh weekend. It’s got horseradish in it; sort of a weird hybrid of A-1 and Arby’s Horsey Sauce. I liked it; LambiePieK voted neigh.

*Flees. To Walmart, ’cause we need some stuff from there*

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

Yes…I’m feeling my oats today.

So did I! First thing this morning.

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

LambiePieK voted neigh.

*Flees. To Walmart

You insulted a redhead? You’re gonna need a Ferrari and a full tank of gas.

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

GOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON EVERYONE!

Greetings from perfectly delightful Bountiful.

I sure do hope y’all are having a super day, ’cause you just know I am.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Heya, super day Jerry!

I see Weepy’s going to support Dear Leader’s Syrian misadventure. (For the record, I’m inclined to believe the “rebels” gassed their own people, as I don’t think Assad had much to gain by doing it. In any case, we’ve got no business getting involved in there, except for the fact that news of same has knocked multiple scandals off of the proverbial front page.)

It’d sure be nice if we had some sort of, y’know, actual opposition party in this country…instead of two major parties opposed to freedom and civil liberties.

I guess that’s what we get for living in a “constitutional democracy”. Feh.

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

Hi Rabbit, Hi Mac!

In alphabetical order, sorted by gender.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Query for those of you more familiar with handguns than me: could this have really happened as described?

On Aug. 24, SWAT Officer Robert Rench was displaying tactical equipment to children at the Lodi [CA] Public Library. A boy — around 6 to 8 years old — walked up behind Rench and pulled the trigger of his holstered handgun, say officials.

As a result, the bullet grazed the side of the officer’s leg.

The boy then fled and his identity is unknown.

[chiefwiggum]

“That’s some mighty fine police work, Lou.”

[/chiefwiggum]

Why would a cop be wearing an exposed trigger holster at a library Literacy Fair?? Am I wrong in presuming it was that style of holster?

(I’m further presuming it was a Glock with one on the chamber, as this seems to be typical for police.)

I strongly suspect there’s more to this story, but I would be appreciative of any additional thoughts.

Bonus question: WTF does tactical gear have to do with a Literacy Fair?

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

It sounds fishy to me, Fatwa. I was under the impression that police wear retention holsters. Those usually aren’t the type that allow you access to the trigger without first withdrawing the pistol at least and inch.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

Well, the last hoard-free day is over. Tech Support dropped by and fixed a problem with the wireless adapter on my new Windows 8 [spit] touch-screen, laptop, tablet, device. The guy then tried to install my network printer -- he left mumbling something about trying again tomorrow. I tried installing a screen-capture program, but it said it needed Microsoft .NET 3.5.1 -- the computer has 4.0 installed. We don’t have enough textbooks for regular Biology and Chemistry (and who knows what other classes) and no one placed an order over the summer. The irony should be fairly dripping off the walls as we post the annual required notices that, by law, we must provide each student with a textbook. I know the District has been talking about using ebooks, but there are two problems: 1) the required textbook is not available as an ebook, and b) we haven’t provided students with devices to access said non-existent ebooks.

If ever there were an example of an organization that deserves to fail…

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Good luck starting the school year, Paddy. All them eager young minds, or as Jerry would say: all that nubile young flesh.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

A guy who shares my feelings about the hokiness of the numbers for dead Syrians:

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/syria-outrage-is-not-a-strategy.htm

In the Middle Eastern environment of perpetual exaggeration, the highest death estimate by the rebels was 1,300 men, women and children killed. The US administration raised the rebel estimate to 1,429. Can we get a blood sample?

The bodies were buried within 24 hours in accordance with Islamic custom. Hardly enough time get an exact count of 1,429. From where did this number derive? Every serious combat trooper, cop, correspondent, anyone who sees action first hand and then sees reports, knows that first reports are always wrong, and often very wrong.

Nobody doubts that chemicals were used, but who did it? A rogue general? And where is the primary source for the count of 1,429?

Are these body reports cobbled together from second or third hand sources that might include double and triple counts, rumors, or complete fabrications? Syria is, after all, the navel of the Middle East, a wellspring for rumors, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, and the most obvious lies created by man.

The casualty count of 1,429 is important. If President Obama plays fast and furious with casualties, it is fair to wonder whether he is playing sloppy with alleged communications intercepts.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Drive-by:

Paddy and Mac --

Very much obliged, gentlemen.

Criminy.

This also seems to be a non-trivial case of “situational awareness FAIL”…presuming the story presented has some basis in reality.

Paddy --

What a clusterfark at school; the incompetent halfwits who run your district are truly deserving of public exposure.