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Thomas Fuller

Quote of the day - 13 min 51 sec ago
"In fair weather prepare for foul."
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Margaret Thatcher

Quote of the day - 13 min 51 sec ago
"Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth."
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Quote of the day - 13 min 51 sec ago
"To hold a pen is to be at war."
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Quote of the day - 13 min 51 sec ago
"Plodding wins the race."
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Alphonse de Lamartine

Love quote of the day - 13 min 53 sec ago
"To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic."
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Torquato Tasso

Love quote of the day - 13 min 53 sec ago
"Any time not spent on love is wasted."
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Love quote of the day - 13 min 53 sec ago
"The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears."
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Soren Kierkegaard

Love quote of the day - 13 min 53 sec ago
"Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all."
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Wednesday Night Jam: The FEARLESS FLYERS in Tropical Mode- "Under the Sea"

Little Green Footballs - 37 min ago

Nate Smith — drums
Joe Dart — bass guitar
Cory Wong — guitar
Mark Lettieri — baritone guitar
Jack Stratton — producer, mixer
Ryan Lerman — engineer
Rob Stenson — steadicam operator

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Baker-Watts - 43 min 46 sec ago
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Baker-Watts - 43 min 46 sec ago
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ARLO 2-Camera Wireless Security System

Woot - 1 hour 16 min ago

Set this up so you can find out who keeps breaking in to your house and hiding the remote!

You buy a security system because you don't want to use it. Then you let it sit there, as visibly as possible, so nobody ever gets near. Really you hope you're wasting! your money! But if you ever really need it, you'll be happy it's there. Or just use it to make a nature documentary about the spiders in your gutters. That'll work too.

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The Real Enemy of the White Working Class Is … the White Middle Class

Kevin Drum - 1 hour 24 min ago

Tucker Carlson is getting some flak over this:

On his top-rated Fox News show Tuesday night, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson opined on demographic change and immigration in America….The segment was focused on a National Geographic article featured in the magazine’s April issue. Though the article, centered on the Pennsylvania town of Hazleton, was titled “As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind,” Carlson focused his remarks on the growth of Hazleton’s Hispanic population, which has increased exponentially since 2000 — a change that Carlson said “makes societies volatile.”

….But he saved his strongest words for “our leaders … who caused all this,” who, in his words, live in neighborhoods that “are basically unchanged — they look like it’s 1960. No demographic change in their zip code.” He concludes, “Our leaders are for diversity, just not where they live.”

I’m not here to defend the thrust of Carlson’s weeklong jihad against immigrants, which has been generally repellant. I want to comment only on this specific point, because it explains something that a lot of people don’t pay enough attention to.

I first learned this years ago when I read Kevin Kruse’s White Flight, a portrait of Atlanta in the 60s. From the viewpoint of working-class whites, here’s what he says happened:

  1. Up through the 50s, Atlanta is nicely segregated. Working class whites live in all-white neighborhoods and everyone is happy.
  2. Then the Civil Rights era surges into Atlanta, and its leaders realize that segregation has to go.
  3. Middle and upper-middle-class whites support desegregation, but only because they have enough money to flee Atlanta for the suburbs, where they live in white communities and send their kids to private white schools. Needless to say, working-class whites are stuck in Atlanta as their neighborhoods become steadily blacker.
  4. Because of this, working-class whites feel a deep sense of betrayal. They are angry not just—or even mostly—at blacks, but at affluent whites. These folks have supported segregation for decades, and by voting with their feet they make it plain that they still support it. But they’re willing to throw their fellow working-class whites under the bus for the sake of buying peace for the business community.

This is the root cause of working-class white resentment toward—well, blacks, of course. But if you dig down, their real resentment is toward the political establishment that, in their view, cynically sold them out. This is what Carlson is getting at. He knows his audience.

This is a big part of why working-class whites are always on the lookout for politicians who rail against the establishment. Or the swamp. Or the elites. Or the deep state. Sure, they prefer Republicans, who are opposed to affirmative action and callout culture and political correctness. But when push comes to shove, what they really want is someone who will take a wrecking ball to the establishment that screwed them. That’s why some of them thought well of Bernie Sanders: they might not have liked his tolerant racial politics, but that was secondary to the fact that he wanted to bust up elite control of the country. That’s what they want too.

Donald Trump, of course, appealed to them even more: he also wanted to bust up the elites and he had the right racial politics. So they put him in the White House. It’s the ultimate act of revenge from the folks who weren’t rich enough to flee to the suburbs in the 60s and 70s—an act of revenge that’s now carried on by their children. Hispanics may be the scapegoats this time around, but as before, their real animosity is saved for the folks who have sold them out: the white establishment that’s rich enough not to care about about illegal immigration because they’re rich enough to avoid it.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1521692589

AGR Manet - 1 hour 43 min ago
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Angela Ahrendts touts Apple’s investment in Japan, says ‘several’ new retail stores coming

9to5Mac - 2 hours 20 min ago

Earlier this week, Apple officially announced that it will open its new Japanese store in Tokyo’s retail district of Shinjuku on April 7th. Now, Angela Ahrendts is teasing that Apple has a lot more planned for Japan customers, with this store only being the beginning…


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Late Evening Open Thread: Floriduh! Man Hates Chickens

Balloon Juice - 2 hours 30 min ago

Where there bombs involved? Of course there were bombs involved!

TCPalm take it away:

FORT PIERCE — A man who crafted a bomb inside a whiskey bottle and blew it up in another man’s backyard was charged with a crime Wednesday, investigators said.

Scott Frederick Wegener, 55, of the 500 block of Wendell Road, was charged with possession or discharge of a destructive device.

An anonymous caller Wednesday warned Wegener had detonated an improvised explosive device and was threatening it again, according to Wegener’s arrest affidavit.

The caller said Wegener, nicknamed “Spider,” was in a dispute with someone over the theft of a BB gun and had offered to pay a friend to crawl under the man’s home to plant an IED.

Investigators from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Pierce Police Department, FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, all responded to Wegener’s home Wednesday.

They didn’t find any bomb-making equipment there, only two empty Canadian Mist bottles in a red golf cart.

At a home in the 800 block of South Sixth Street, they found evidence of an explosion in the backyard. The homeowner, Wegener’s friend, said the incident happened Saturday.

“Wegener pulled up to (the) house on the golf cart. They began to hang out. Wegener said he was going to kill the chickens in (the) yard. Wegener went to his golf cart and retrieved a Canadian Mist bottle filled with black powder, sand and a green fuse,” according to the affidavit.

Investigators said Wegener lit the fuse and threw the IED into the backyard, where it exploded.

They recovered a 1-pound bag of explosive black powder, 8 feet of “cannon fuse” and a coffee cup filled with sand, which Wegener had left at the Sixth Street home, the affidavit said.

Wegener was charged by the Sheriff’s Office. He remained late Friday in the Indian River County Jail, with bail set at $30,000.

Stay frosty!

Open thread.

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Medina Township seeks legal advice to break Remsen lease

Medina Gazette - 2 hours 30 min ago
MEDINA TWP. — Medina Township has hired an attorney to explore whether it can break the five-year lease signed with Medina Creative Housing at the Remsen Building.
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