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Dinner with Newt? Somehow I got on the Conservative Direct mail list and while...

most of them just go into the trash bin, once in a while something catches my eye.

A lottery with the prize being dinner with Gingrich and Rick Scott was in the email today. I didn't click the link, but I assume some donation is involved.

Times like this, I'm almost tempted to donate a dollar just to see what happens.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 9, 2021, 02:18 AM (10 replies)

An unpopular thought about the filibuster...

So, the filibuster is racist, is it? It certainly was used by Dixiecrats in the 60s to try to derail civil rights law.

But, it was used in the Roman Senate and in the British Parliament. France, too. And some others. Racism there, too?

The tyranny of the majority was one of the things most feared by the founders, and our entire system is set up to mitigate its effect. The three independent branches of government and bicameral legislature were specifically set up to avoid one faction from taking over. The filibuster simply added to the original plan.

Now, politics is an ugly business, and no one seriously believes that the events of Mr. Smith goes to Washington could ever happen. But, just as the Senate is a defense against the House going crazy, the filibuster is one way, perhaps the only way, to stop the Senate from going crazy.

Do we need that one last step before a veto, or years before the courts look at it? I think we just may. Not the craven way it was used for the last 10 years, though. Bring back the days-long yakking on the Senate floor. Bring back the cots. This simply threatening filibuster to force cloture is the cheapest of cheap shots.

Besides Wikipedia and a few Federalist papers, I found this pretty good wrap-up of the whole thing. No doubt more are out there.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 07:11 PM (4 replies)

had a silly thought about making coffee-- mix the sugar and powdered milk in the...

basket with the grounds when brewing it.

I plan on trying this sometime soon, but am curious if anyone else has.

I foresee several problems, but will give it a shot unless someone says they did it and spent some time in the hospital, or lost body parts.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Jun 4, 2021, 08:38 AM (29 replies)

Was the 2nd amendment to guard against slave revolts?

Discussion started earlier at:

with a short article linked.

However, today's Fresh Air (on your local NPR station) interviewed Carol Anderson and the truth of it all is even more disturbing. There had been a slave revolt or two by that time, and the perps were mass hanged. The Supreme court eventually ruled that the amendment gave the right to individually carry, unless you were black. And it got worse.


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 09:04 PM (36 replies)

Christianity without Christ, an American specialty.


The earliest followers of Jesus would be greatly baffled by what it means to be “Christian” today.

The ever-changing lists of “essential” beliefs and organizational expectations would certainly be unfamiliar to those who encountered the radical love and grace of Jesus and, in response, left their familiar and comfortable ways to follow in his risky footsteps.

Oh, it took belief to heed the call of Jesus to “follow me.” But Jesus never required a test of orthodoxy, put them through a six-week doctrinal course and then gave them a membership card to The Jesus Club.

Today’s Americanized Christianity gives little to no attention to following Jesus. It is about affirming some human-formed list of “essentials” that tend to leave Jesus out – and often require attitudes and acts of exclusion at odds with how Jesus actually related to others.

I have no particular belief ]in the divinity of Jesus, or even if he actually existed. I do, however, have a particular affinity for the teachings of Jesus as distilled down to us today. Jesus certainly wasn't the only great spiritual leader, but he is the one this Westerner is most familiar with, and see no reason to pledge allegiance to Buddha, or someone else. Ultimately, it is all very much the same.

But, I digress... Like most here, I cringe when I see the universal parables and prayers of the Gospels suddenly perverted into calling for political positions. Unless I missed something, Jesus said render unto Caesar that which is his, and not to put God into the middle of it.

Separation of church and state was actually one of the first Christian principles.

Carry on.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 05:46 AM (7 replies)

Now here's a headline you hope you don't see much more of..

‘Ivankanomics’: Kayleigh McEnany Is Very Upset Forbes Put Kamala Harris on Its Cover but Not Ivanka Trump

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 02:39 AM (7 replies)

Wanna quick look at the $28 million Rolls? Really. 28 mill for a secret buyer...


Check it out-- with the ultimate tailgating setup. And an albino peacock in the background

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon May 31, 2021, 01:57 AM (10 replies)

Sort of computer. It's my damn phone. How in bloody hell do...

I simply copy and paste on this damn phone?

Moto G7 w/android 10

One help site sez ctrl c and z, just like Linux and Windows. That would be fine if there was a control key. And It would work if there was an easy way to highlight text. Or any way to highlight text.

Be back on my laptop in an hour or so when I find working wifi.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu May 27, 2021, 10:24 PM (7 replies)

Yes, I had posted that several of those pix of plastic gasoline bags were mislabeled, but...

but here's one from yesterday:


Seems the guy had 4 plastic jerrycans in the back seat, and something bad happened.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu May 13, 2021, 05:04 PM (14 replies)

Not many remember Joe McCarthy, but the parallels to some things today are interesting...

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu May 13, 2021, 12:47 PM (0 replies)
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