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You're probably right. If Putin does manage to defeat Ukraine...

I imagine he'll wait to rebuild his forces.

It's said that the deconstructionist philosopher Alexandr Dugin titillates his Peter the Great 2.0 fantasies by preaching in his ear of a great Russian empire spanning from the Atlantic in the west to Vladivostok and the Pacific in the far east...as if the eleven time zone Russia already spans isn't enough.

Not a good look for Matinez and the other two racists.

IMO Bass played hard ball if she had something to do with releasing the tape. However it happened it probably won her some votes as many Black voters know about the racism and colorism among some in the LA Latino community, and don't like it.

Ya think those racists weren't playing rough too?

Politics ain't tiddlywinks.

Ridiculous. Hunter Biden has never been a part of the Biden admin. Who doesn't understand?

Why mention Kushner no longer being a part of a sitting admin, and adding "relative" to include Hunter Biden,as if that means anything? Joe Biden is not being charged. That case has dragged on for five years, now suddenly a special counsel is required, a trump-appointed one at that who requested SC status for himself? He has now charged Hunter Biden with 3 repetitious, felony charges that have rarely ever been bought.

I sense an agenda.

You clearly don't understand republican appeasement and what can result when you see it.

And as far as calling the WH, again, don't be ridiculous. This is a discussion board where we express out views. Have you called Garland to express your support?

And see post 77.

Romney, the only current repug senator with just a smidgeon of integrity...

but still a repug as he bows out with shots at Biden's ability, the president of recent times who has accomplished the most legislation that actually made the average American's life better...1) $1.2 trillion n infrastructure package; The $1.9 trillion COVID relief deal; lowest unemployment in 50 years; revitalized NATO to back Ukraine; the Cares Act which sent direct $1,000 payments to Adult Americans and $500 per child which helped tremendously during the depths of the covid pandemic and massive job losses; and of course the Chips Act which is bringing chip manufacturing jobs back to the US.

There's also the lowering of medication costs through negotiations now with big pharma.

Buh-bye, Mitt...still nothing but a repug.

Sorry, you left out a lot. The boomer generation was the last one to get in the street and...

demonstrate and protest against the proto-fascist of the Reagan era. Why the Black Panther Party of California went to the state capitol armed when Reagan was governor to protest the brutal treatment Black people were experiencing from the Oakland Police Dept.

There were the Students for a Democratic Society, there were all the anti-war groups of the New Left movement of the '60s, there was Abbey Hoffman and the Yippies/the Chicago Seven trial resulting from the huge anti-war protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.

The emerging environmental consciousness movement resulted in "Earth Day" in 1970, the last year of the decade. Credit has to go where credit is due.

The progressive Boomers fought back all right and perhaps that's why the wealth was still shared...and much of the protesting was against the conservative side of the generation itself, the young republicans who sided with Reagan, as did some unions surprisingly, and became the Newt Gingrich's Project for a New America Century faction of the '90s that further expanded the wealth and power transference upward into the W Bush years of the early 2000s.

Sad to say the generations that came after the Boomers, the GenXers and Millennials didn't follow the protest tradition of young boomers. The young , present-day Zoomers get it though, thank God.

Ever heard of Bob Lanier? His post season numbers were always better than reg. season...

but he never won a championship, same with Elgin Baylor, Pete Maravich...you gotta have enough help.

James' first stint with the Cavs he had no help. He moved to the Heat and had help (Ray Allen, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade) and won 2 championships. His second stint with the Cavs he won with help notably the talented but erratic Kyrie Irving and also Kevin Love). His last championship came with the Lakers where he has big man Anthony Davis' help (often injured though and you have to keep your fingers crossed every time he falls in fear that's he's injured again).

Another star who didn't win until he had help is Nikola Jokić of the Nuggets. In previous seasons his key teammates suffered injuries and weren't available for the post-season. This past season they were blessed, didn't sustain injuries and won.

My point again being, you gotta have help. Magic had an all-star Showtime line-up with Kareem, Worthy, Scott, Wilkes, Cooper etc. They could hardly do nothing but win.

Koby had plenty of help, first with Shaq, Horry and Fisher, then later with Pau Gasol and Luke Walton.

Jordan had Pippen, Rodman and shooters like Kerr, Armstrong and Paxton.

Bird of course had Parrish, McKale, Johnson, Ainge and later Bill Walton, so I don't buy your contentions about Lebron James at all, the NBA all-time scoring leader btw.

Not mini, but micro stroke maybe? A precursor to the real thing?

Can't say I didn't lick my chops when I heard he had had another brain freeze episode as I'm as into schadenfreude against republicans as much as the next Dem, but where is his wife, for God's sake? She needs to do an intervention to get him the care he needs.

She was recently the Transportation Sec'y, presumably still a capable person. Why is she letting him continue to be set-up to fail by his likely successors like this?

A few days ago there was an OP on artist Edward Hopper's "Night Hawks."


A favorite of several DUers,including me. Poster CTyankee mentioned that it has a film noir quality and what if the lone, male diner had a gun and was about to rob the place.

I liked that idea immediately and conjured up a film noir-ist type script that needs the next page. Here it is. Anyone else in this writing group want to take it, participatory-style, from where the woman leaves the dinner following the protagonist (who, btw, needs a name)?

The protagonist arrives, fortuitously, quickly sizes up the what's up,stymies the holdup, his own gat handy, an army .45, surplus. Disarms the robber, tosses his .25 to counterman, cautions the bandit to sit, and still.

Counterman makes a call, covers the crook with his own piece, waiting for the squad car.

Not particularly anxious to be around cops, the protagonist tilts his hat just right, tips it to the woman then leaves for a drink, needs one now, food can wait.

She follows, alone, just like that, heels tapping signals on the sidewalk.

Take it away, whoever wants to join in.

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy...you were once riding hign, leading NYC cop riots...

stirring them up to continue killing unarmed Black men; you flaunted your mistress in public down 5th Avenue, leaving your wife humiliated at home in Gracie Mansion; you dominated the spotlight on 9/11 and became the celebrated "America's Mayor" and rode that wave as far as it could take you.

Not far enough though as you ran for president but became known only for Joe Biden's quip..."A noun, a verb and 9/11" (yep, that was Biden's). After that you somehow hooked on as trump's sidekick/personal attorney...a big mistake.

We thought, you being the famous ex-mayor of New York, and CEO of your own security consulting firm, that you were a savvy, sophisticated guy, but it seems that's not the case at all.

Was it the divorce, another one, from the glamorous mistress/now ex-wife and the huge alimony payments? Was it the failure of the firm? Finally, is it the booze and the association with trump that led to the Four Seasons Landscaping debacle, was it the hair dye running down your face, the 60-some odd failures in court to your filings to show evidence of election fraud in court, on one of which appearances you farted audible in Jenna Ellis' face? All of course resulted in huge bills, money owed and an indictment with legal bills and bail money needed, which your broke ass doesn't have.

Oh, Rudy, what a come down, what a colossal fall. We all once thought you were a shrew operator but you turned out to be nothing but a sad sack bumpkin having to go hat-in-hand to trump to help you out by paying you legal fees he never paid, hundred of billed hours...hundreds of thousands, maybe millions owed.

Come on, Rudy, you should know better. Everybody else knows by now, you get your money from trump up front or you won't get it.

What are you gonna do now? Try a go-fund-me page like Jenna Ellis, another lawyer victim of MAGA Making attorneys get attorneys?

Bring back the clipper ships. I tried to find a mention of the speed...

of these ships compared to conventionally powered ships. Couldn't find it. That has to be a consideration as to whether we should go back to the future with these partially wind-powered ships.

And speaking of speed of sailing ships: The famous clipper ship, Sea Witch, was built by Smith & Dimon in their yards in NY in 1846 ... she established records which have never been beaten by ships under sail. Her two fastest runs from Canton, China to New York stand this day as all time records for sailing vessels. She was famous for fast runs to California too, being the first ship to sail from New York to San Francisco, 'round the horn, in less than one hundred days.
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