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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
Offline Last Active May 27 2017 08:52 PM

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In Topic: Tomaskey on How Low House Republicans Have Fallen

27 May 2017 - 10:24 AM

"...the automatic gainsay of anything the other person says."


In Topic: Tomaskey on How Low House Republicans Have Fallen

26 May 2017 - 05:53 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 26 May 2017 - 05:16 PM, said:

Either I misunderstand you or else we are in violent agreement.

From where I'm sitting, given this statement by GV


I beg to differ. The people attracted to the GOP have been conditioned to react, not to think. It's easy to make reactive people do an about face because they are not thinking

in light of this one by DC


When the Party declares that we have always been at war with Eastasia, every flipping member does a complete about-face.

I'd say the latter.

God/Allah/Zeus/FSM/Ford help us all.

In Topic: WI Gov. Scott Walker Brings Failed Drug Testing Requirements to a New Level ....

26 May 2017 - 12:27 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 26 May 2017 - 10:58 AM, said:

In FLs case, it DID enrich a company headed by the GOP govenor's wife. WINNING bigly! If t-Rump weren't such a lazy little-handed bitch he'd have taken this Federal by now!
Yeah, it did. Moreover, said company had been owned by Himself until shortly before the election, IIRC. Whaddya mean, "conflict of interest"?
Moreover, this was the *second* attempt at implementing drug-testing requirements for welfare recipients. Jeb! had tried a pilot program early in his administration, with a similar result. What Scott et al. were hoping for was that with the tweak of making the recipient pay for it up-front, with reimbursement if the individual passed, the program would be more cost-effective. Well...

In Topic: The Tide of Interracial Marriage - Race Acceptance Is Trumping Racism

25 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

View Postandydp, on 24 May 2017 - 09:09 PM, said:

My son married a Korean adoptee. Our friend's son just married Former NY Governor Patterson's daughter.

It's happening. No one with functioning neurons should be having problems.

Yup, and much of it in the span of one generation and change. In the set I was in as a teenager in the early '80s, bringing someone of a different race to the senior Prom as my date would have been just...unthinkable (yes, many of those classmates are Trumpistas today). Fast-forward roughly 3.5 decades: Dear Daughter has dated African-American guys at college[1], one nephew has dated at least one African-American woman, and a niece is currently engaged to the son of Laotian refugees.

[1]To speak to LFC's remark about regional variation, alas, a couple of Dear Daughter's cronies at her NC school have told her flat-out they will NOT date a girl who has dated an African-American.

View Postandydp, on 25 May 2017 - 01:12 PM, said:

My daughter in law gets some "different" treatment because of her looks. The nail parlor ladies think she speaks an Asian language, they get huffy when she says she doesn't. Police think she wouldn't speak good English. My Son says she gets surprised looks when students meet Mrs DiPalma for the first time.

A family of our acquaintance raised some eyebrows among their son's schoolteachers. The "Espositos" adopted an African-American child when he was a baby. So, the first time the teachers met one of the boy's parents (usually Mrs. Esposito, fair of skin), Mom could see the wheels turning and the "Oh, OK." going through their minds. Said minds would then get blown when Rev. Esposito, also fair of skin, showed up at the next conference. From the dad's remarks about the subject, this sequence was not an isolated set of occurrences, even in our relatively progressive burg. Interesting that the cross-racial adoption seemed to raise more eyebrows than the prospect of an interracial couple.

In Topic: Montana GOP candidate gets physical - election tomorrow

25 May 2017 - 06:47 AM

 Progressive whisperer, on 25 May 2017 - 04:31 AM, said:

Depends, I can see Republicans liking this.

Remember cheering when the obnoxious reporter character is punched in "Die Hard", as well cheers for Manhatten Mugabe's calls for violence.
Concur w/PW on this one. Roughing up a reporter (from a left-leaning publication, no less!) will bolster his cred among that contingent of voters.