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Presidential Sayings


"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." - FDR

"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." - JFK

"I am not into golden showers." - Donald J. Trump

Tweet of the Afternoon


right now some Deplorable with a persistent cough is driving a crappy car on crumbling roads past abandoned storefronts to a low-paying job and pumping his fist and going "hell yeah!" as he hears on the radio about how Biden's infrastructure bill is in danger of failing

Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?

Sorry if this was posted before. Should be required reading, imo.


I’ve recently moved to the States — shudder — for a year or two. And I’m shocked at how expensive just life is. For no good reason at all.

When I put my economist hat on, a fact becomes clear to me. American life is a gigantic rip-off, one of the world’s biggest, and that’s why America is now effectively a country of poor people, and that makes it a nation of angry, cruel, and selfish ones, too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start over. American life is the biggest ripoff in the world. Or at least one of the biggest, in the top five, certainly. Just…existing. It costs way, way more than it should. So much so that America cannot ever move forward as a society. So, trapped in a cycle, which economists call a “poverty trap,” Americans now stay poor.

Americans don’t quite get this, though. Why would they? They’ve never lived anywhere else. So let me give you a few examples which, especially if you’re American, might be illuminating. We’ll begin with basic bills, and then zoom out from there.

An anti-vaxxer wises up



Saw my first "Pompeo 2024" bumper sticker today.
Of course, he was driving like an asshat.

Today's rally from the Washington Post:

A sparsely attended rally in support of the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol began Saturday, as dozens of demonstrators gathered within view of the building where five people lost their lives amid a pro-Trump riot on Jan. 6.

Greatest cake ever?


Liberty means being a big baby and never having to do anything you don't wanna do even if it....

hurts or kills other people. Goo goo ga ga - Thomas Jefferson


"Great--my horse has worms and the pharmacy is out of everything except COVID vaccines."

- Conan O'Brien


Taliban vs the 1/6 insurrectionists


Have beards
Heavily armed
Extremist religious views
Hatred of women
Hatred of LTBQ people
Hatred of foreigners
Overthrowing capitals in their country
Like Toyota Trucks
Successful at taking over their country (when the US left)

1/6 insurrectionists (Y'all-qaeda)

Have beards
Heavily armed
Extremist religious views
Hatred of women
Hatred of LTBQ people
Hatred of immigrants
Attempted to overthrow capitols in their country
Like Ford Trucks
Losers who failed to overthrow country (despite Trump standing down National Guard)
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