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    August 2017 Caption Contest - Select $100 Winner!

    Pt, " All aboard!!! "
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    What's the secret to 56 years of A happy marriage?

    What's the secret for 28 years? I grow bored of them so easily especially if I'm not given my alone time. I never ever impose any demands or expectations because I truly believe that it's up to each individual to make themselves happy. I want someone who compliments my faults and picks up the slack but I suspect it could also be because I have no expectations. So what's your secret?
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I think one thing that is missed by the reporters is just what an angry man Trump is. He's incredibly passive aggressive and obviously manipulative. He gets the idiots like Scaramanga and Spicer etc to verbalize his thoughts whilst he deflects the blame. Sessions and Christie also fell into that trap. When they have absorbed enough that they become poisonous he jettisons them or use them as a sacrifice for deflection of whatever ongoing crisis has surfaced. The thing is he is in the big leagues of manipulating people and possibly he's been manipulated by Putin and some like McConnell and Ryan. I think as I suggested previously that McCain would do the honourable thing re the healthcare bill and hopefully expose some of the morons. I think Sessions could also know where skeletons are buried and being a consummate politician, spill some beans.
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    What are your thoughts and opinions on government ethics?

    I am hoping that John McCain, now that he has nothing to lose, does the right thing as he has frequently done in the past. I want him to lambast the current crop of sycophants like McConnell, Pence and especially Ryan because he has misled the most re just how disgusting they are. I want him to call out the Republican voters for being the Hypocrites they are in voting for Trump and hopefully enlighten them how dense you have to be to be taken in by so obvious a charlatan who admits to being a crook and told them to their faces that he loves the uneducated. The evangelicals for surely the most hypocrisy ever demonstrated. The very antithesis of what they espouse. There are many good Republicans out there but when you embrace such a scumbag, it becomes very difficult to ever trust your judgement again. This isn't a small aberration. This is a man even before the election had reams of data as to his deformed character and then amplified his vileness during his campaign and still they voted for him. I do not forgive easily or ever forget and have quietly gone about distancing myself from my Republican friends solely because of their judgement. Their perspective is something I do not want to intrude upon mine. People are complex animals and ever changing but that is only accomplished by engaging in reality and accepting FACTS. They appear to be budding facists with the propensity to embrace far worse ideology. Something is very broken here and I truly believe it's the education system. The level of ignorance displayed by this segment of voters demonstrates that they are simply unable to think for themselves and when someone so obviously dysfunctional can sway them so easily, with possibly the worst message delivered, in the simplest of statements, then, you have to accept they are unredeemable. Behavior is everything!!!! EVERYTHING!!!! Words mean absolutely nothing unless backed up with actions. Trump has openly demonstrated, truthfully I dare say, that he is unfit for any human gathering or even interaction due to his limited vocabulary and still they embraced him. Personally, I absolutely adore Trump for exposing the lies we have been fed re our wonderful Constitution and Govt checks. Words mean nothing because Trump's behaviors have made a mockery of our institutions and shown what a bunch of clowns we are.
  5. What I don't understand about white supremacists etc is the disconnect or pathology they have. It's almost like a schizophrenic response. People ONLY ever hate things they are afraid of! Most phobia operate on those principles. To my understanding, I would hate to admit that I am afraid of something because my method is always comprehension which then lessens the fear response. These big macho men who show off at every opportunity are afraid of these black people who when they controlled them were simply slaves etc but when economics and morality intervene, out go their Bible which was of course used to control us women and others and out comes the sheets of the KKK. Make no bones about it but as much as I love MEN, I also have a good helping of disdain for them. The most important person in my life is my father because he has never let me down ever. He's secure enough to see me as an individual first and a daughter and woman last. KKK and Brietbart types are cowards!!! They are also weak and insipid and to be used for what they are worth but never listened to because fearful people are always compromised. Tall women use to intimidate me to the point of me rubbishing them to make myself feel better, until my Dad intervened. Said I should simply ask them a few questions to establish their intelligence, knowing full well that only more intelligent people than myself would intimidate me. Problem solved. The only difference between all people is the use of grey matter and of course now finding out that my ancestors likely possessed Neanderthal genes whereas Africans are likely more human than us all because of no gene mixing. Imagine that, we are actually more ape like than the people who my race try to denigrate as ape like. But men of all races are equally as bad as each other. Rwanda, Cambodia, Germany, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia. Everywhere, black white and brown, all men commiting atrocities. Women are simply stronger in every department because my Dad says so. We always resort to using our brains to problem solve instead of testosterone!
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    What are your thoughts and opinions on government ethics?

    I think the current crop of politicians are a reflection of what society demands. They are elected officials because you have an uneducated, gullible public who appears to be unable to differentiate real people from television personalities. When the masses have been conditioned by television and cannot distinguish between reality and entertainment, it becomes quite easy to manipulate them. Parents are unable to think for themselves and subscribe to the rubbish spouted by academics who have never lived outside of sterile academia or even lived lives. Psychiatrists and psychologists who are so obviously inadequate can dispense advice for payment and society not only allows this but it's a social distinction. How many politicians are lawyers and exactly how stupid are they. Ben Carson, a neuro surgeon and just how much of on imbecile? Michelle Bachman, a lawyer, Rick Perry a governor, Chris Christie a whale, when you allow these caliber of people to be successful role models, then the lunatics have taken over the asylum and the resultant ethics follows. This is a country where money is the benchmark for success despite how acquired. Boasting and self aggrandisement is an acceptable norm and selfies celebrated. Neither of my kids would dare practice any such behaviors without serious consequences. You are either considerate and respectful of others around me or I will quickly let you know regardless of whomever you are. My Dad is not my friend and I am not my children's. I am a parent and that's where you start learning ethics and morality, from your parents. Draw your own conclusions as to why our politicians are so bereft of ethics. We have a very broken society because we allow morons in Hollywood to teach us behaviors.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Somehow these idiots are unable to realize that piddling off Mueller is only going to open up an investigation on themselves. Trump's lawyers have all got negligible pasts and that is likely to lead to their disbarment far quicker than digging up dirt on Mueller and his XMen. It really should be made a FACT that stupid people are always going to embrace stupidity. Also, is Ivanka and Jared also from the stupid tree? How thick are these people to be unable to see the iceberg looming? Spicer was one of their biggest distraction and only hedges were in danger from him. Now that they've sacked him, Ã ll topiary are in danger.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Just been catching up on the news re the pardoning aspect and I think I'm beginning to fall in love with Trump. This dude is straight out of Mordor and he is creating scenarios that will produce reading material that will have me give up men. Just how much academic entertainment can one person produce? The joker in Batman doesn't hold a candle to Trump. Law professors are salivating over the conundrums he's creating. Pardoning himself and his children? Just watch this space for the cape and looking for Lex Luther so he could find the kryptonite. Trump has consumed too many comic books and thinks he's Felonious GRU! Take a step back everybody and give Trump his due. Not even Stephen King could have drummed up these plot lines. He's a national resource and for intellectual stimulation should have political courses dedicated just to him. Mental illness definitions needs modifying for his pathology. Trump in the right era would have rivalled Napoleon and Alexander, he's so delusional. Surely, he's got to be mentally ill? He's doing a Gandhi. Just as Gandhi broke the British empire single handedly, Trump is destroying America single handedly. All three branches means absolutely nothing to him because ignorance is bliss. I think we should continue crowing about great our Constitution is especially when an ignoramus easily proves that we have been sold a bill of goods re our three branches of government actually working to protect against abuse of power!
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    So Tumpeteer is turning on his cronies! Who would ever have predicted that? Soon, we'll see the simmering anger and then the capitulation. People like him become like that because they lack strength and character. The pattern is always similar. Impulsivity always leads to mistakes and the evidence is piling up. Trump, I don't care about but McConnell, Pence and Ryan I want to burn because of their hypocrisy to not just Republicans but to an entire country. McCain could teach them a lot but I doubt such insidious characters could learn.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I say Let's apply some common sense and lots of logic. You believe a study that tells you that people who braved horrendous incidents and a perilous journey to get here, then jeopardizes their status so they can vote for Obama and possibly be caught? That's your opinion? They can't speak English but someone galvanized them to risk everything to vote? Even when I read the Sunday Times or The Economist, I always apply judgement because it's being written by someone who has an opinion that could be influencing their judgement. C'mmon Dude, even the Bible has unbelievable bits and contradictory statements!
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I think that Trump watched that James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, and decided that it would be the template for his life. Create the facts to suit your needs and the public is so ignorant and gullible, they would never question anything because it's on telly.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Now that is quite ludicrous. How can someone's motive not be germane to their opinions? Is he a multiple personality and channeling another's opinion? Opinions are a compilation of input which absolutely includes motives! He is a compromised individual and birds of a feather etc. Mate, your motives are too salient for us not to recognize your alternative facts regimen. You know he's dodgy, so at least be patriotic or Republican and and admit if only to yourself, that he's a wasted cause. He's going to destroy your party and it's enablers like you that should bear the responsibility. Weiner is a sexual deviant and he's a Democrat. Hilary is entitled and personality challenged. Now that wasn't hard. If you don't deal in reality then it's likely considered delusional thinking.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Because they select from elite schools who produces students who are extremely dedicated and intelligent with a cariculum that included much grounding in the classics and insisted upon reports that weren't plagiarized and demonstrated original content. It means research and thinking about the subject matter creatively because the professors are generally top notch with the resident ego to care about the students they graduate because it reflects their abilities. That's why they consistently produce excellent, well written researched articles. Just like you can in your specialty, excel because of your training.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Crikey, do you understand how much props you are giving to Obama by suggesting that he engineered this fiasco? Obama is not that clever. I like him as a person and agree that he did achieve much, but he is simply not that ingenious. First two years should have been trying to negate citizens United if he had any sense, then loading the courts to rescind gerrymandering but like all American politicians, his ego supplanted his education. I really would like to know except for Carter, why are they all so narcissistic? What happens to patriotism and simply doing what's best for the country? It's not like any previous Presidents achieved accolades by being selfish and illogical, so why not simply do what's best for the COUNTRY!! Four years of sound achievements surpasses eight of mediocrity and ineptitude. So why does logic and simple good sense elude all these morons? I concede Obama staved off a recession and stimulated growth as well as buoying up international relations to Clinton's levels but how arrogant do you have to be to take the mid terms for granted, essentially laying the foundation for this miasma. That was so amateurish, but then who could predict that the most obnoxious, unworthy candidate in history could appeal to anyone, especially Republicans, who theoretically should have booted him to the curb? Can you imagine the pathology swirling inside that orange gourd? I think of the movie Hellraiser and that pin encrusted villain.
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