How Green Is My Valley?


From here,

The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University urged students to use the singular pronoun “they” in an early April “transgender visibility” email.

MSU’s NatSci Council on Diversity and Community authored the email obtained by Campus Reform entitled “Increasing transgender visibility on campus,” which asked students to “reflect on how visibility of minoritized groups is essential to changing our campus culture,” and provided several online resources to help improve students’ understanding.

What exactly is a minoritized group?  If some group is in the minority, it is in the minority.  It isn’t some type of process that happens to it.

So what is the issue with visibility?  If we are all supposed to treat each other the same, why do some need to be more visible?  So we can treat them more of the same?

These included links to LGBT resource centers, how to “learn about and start using the singular they,” a resource on hosting queer inclusive workshops, one dedicated to inviting “transgender and gender-diverse scientists,” guides on transphobia, and more.

So what happens at these workshops?  Is it just coaching on how to set oneself to be a victim?  Perhaps find the best ways to bait normals? Inquiring minds want to know.

“No science is needed to support transgender and non-binary identities,” the email stated. “It is simply a matter of affirming their experiences.”

But of course.  I identify as a John Deere 4020 tractor.  I affirm that I am a John Deere tractor.  If you say otherwise, you are some type of hating bigot.

Science is so over-rated.  Logic and facts are also so over-rated.

Clicking on the pronoun link brings up a colorful and interactive web page titled “I [love] the singular they,” which maps out benefits and tools to using the pronoun to refer to a person. The page argues that the singular “they” is “neutral,” “easy,” “inclusive,” and “classy.”

Words are important, but being a big green tractor is even more important (at least it is for me).

“Writing with non-gender-neutral pronouns is a serious pain,” the site linked by MSU says. “Some prefer the Frankenword ‘s/he,’ while others rack their brain. Some stick with a particular pronoun for one paragraph or chapter, then swap out the one they’re using; others alternate ‘he’ and ‘she’ by sentence, or use a plural adapter, but that all sounds confusing.”

Do you know what is a serious pain?  More so than using the wrong words?  How about using a 4020 to pull a seven bottom plow.  I once did that.  It was just too much.  It was just so much more painful than being addressed with the wrong words.

“They” is “a metaphorical blanket that can cover the human population (which, non-metaphorically, would be a cuddle celebration),” according to the site. “‘They’ doesn’t assume a person’s gender, and it doesn’t assume there are only two.”

Once somebody thought that I was an Oliver tractor.  Sure, they were green also, but just because they were green doesn’t mean that they were like me.  Assumptions can be so hurtful.

MSU physiology student Shad Soldano had a different perspective.

While he admitted the email “did take me by surprise,” he told Campus Reform, “I feel that the email (in my understanding) portrays a good cause in bringing awareness and hopefully eliminating remaining prejudices towards the transgender community.”

Michigan State University is known by many as Moo U.  I find it hurtful that they are discussing this trans stuff rather than farm tractors.  What has gotten into these people?

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163 comments on “How Green Is My Valley?
  1. Cheque d'Out says:

    “minoritized group”?

    Minoritising sounds a lot like decimation (killing one in ten).

    Shirley this minoritized group is a threat and hate speech?

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  2. Farm Boy says:

    Why, yes it is. If you believe it to be hate speech, it is so

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  3. Farm Boy says:

    Leftist lunacy literally sped up last month, when two biological males took first and second place in the girls’ 55-meter dash of Connecticut’s high school indoor track championship. That an actual girl runner who trained hard for this event consequently lost out on qualifying for the New England regionals is a small price to pay for the Wokening of America.

    https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/nostalgia-for-the-feminism-of-yesteryear/

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  4. Farm Boy says:

    Gratuitous image

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  5. Cheque d'Out says:

    Does not compute

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  6. Question: How is, “The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University urged students to use the singular pronoun “they” in an early April “transgender visibility” email.”, different than Newspeak?

    Answer: You are not allowed to ask questions.

    A most excellent post, btw. Kudos. “Assumptions can be so hurtful.” Brilliant.

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  7. While we had Deere’s on our farm, I’ve always liked the name Massey-Ferguson.

    I call’em M-F’ers, for short.

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  8. https://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/bs-fe-zontv-wjz-bubala-babj-20190506-story,amp.html

    White woman news-caster notices something. Gets fired.

    “We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row,” Bubala said in setting up her question. “They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”

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  9. Liz says:

    White woman news-caster notices something. Gets fired.

    Oh no! She can sit in the bread line next to the reporter on MSNBC who mentioned that the Venezuelan population had been disarmed and this might be the reason violent thugs are taking over the cities.

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  10. Liz says:

    “reflect on how visibility of minoritized groups is essential to changing our campus culture”

    Well, it’s early and I’m only halfway through my first cup of coffee, but off the top of my head:
    Mainstreaming what should be reviled (or pitied, or discouraged) results in….more of the behavior/practice. So if we want our communities to be filled with effeminate men, butchy fat ugly women, gender confused children, mass psychological problems and relationship/social issues, start promoting and mainstreaming all of that. This in effect changes the “culture”.

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  11. Liz says:

    Direct example: A poll conducted by PBS just two years ago indicated the majority of people either wanted Confederate statues to stay up, or had no opinion either way. This was true of all race categories. If the same poll were conducted today I’d say the odds are 100 percent popular opinion, after being inundated with messages from the media, will shift more to remove.

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  12. Polls are not about reporting people’s thoughts or feelings, they are now about directing/ managing peoples thoughts and feelings.

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  13. “Mainstreaming what should be reviled (or pitied, or discouraged) results in….more of the behavior/practice.”

    What person from the 50’s or early 60’s could possibly imagine what the U.S. has become today? Maybe a couple of druggie sci-fi writers. Work-a-day people have had their country stolen from them and their children. Now we have to not only tolerate freaks and the mentally dubious, we have to celebrate their freakishness and insanity? Fuck that.

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  14. I recommend burning these places to the ground.

    But that’s just me.

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  15. Cheque d'Out says:

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  16. Farm Boy says:

    Rep. Ilhan Omar Supports Group That Produced Child Beheading Skit

    Shocking footage uncovered by the Investigative Project last week shows a skit produced by the Muslim American Society (MAS) in Philadelphia showing children calling for martyrdom as soldiers in the “army of Allah” and threatening to behead their enemies and subject them to “eternal torture”

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/07/rep-ilhan-omar-supports-group-that-produced-child-beheading-skit/

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  17. Farm Boy says:

    Is this really Ton?

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  18. Farm Boy says:

    “The excitement behind Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has proven to be so great that comic book shops across the country not only wanted to support AOC And The Freshman Force, but to design exclusive editions limited to their stores,” Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock said in a press release.

    https://www.hollywoodintoto.com/aoc-comic-book-trump/

    [Critique those boobs you will?]

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  19. Cheque d'Out says:

    Baby Archie meets the world

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  20. That is NOT a flattering depiction. Chiseled granite face is not a good look. Hair is a fright wig. She’s got fricking sideburns FFS.

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  21. APA is nothing but freaks and faggots.

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  22. Ame says:

    OT – Ame’s Ponderings . . .

    was thinking today about a Man’s Mission and how critical that is … and also how people always say that at the end of one’s life it’s not the things you do but the relationships you had that are important …

    and i was wondering at how that end-of-life philosophy might perhaps be misleading in that it gives young people, and i’m guessing young men especially, the impression that their Mission is not important or at least not nearly as important as relationships.

    if a young man is taught that having a Mission is not important … that what is critical are the relationships he makes … that he should focus on relationships … that it’s bad and wrong to have a Mission and to focus a lot of time and energy on that Mission … then we have men who are wandering and lost b/c men NEED a Mission.

    i know that when my first Husband was working 60+ hours a week that people would criticize that, esp at church. however, he had a very focused and defined Mission that he loved and poured his heart and soul into, and he became very successful. as his wife, i saw it as *our* mission together, not something to compete with or against.

    where has society come up with the idea that a man having a Mission and also having good relationships in his life are mutually exclusive?

    i find it interesting that before God gave Man a woman, God gave Man a Mission:

    The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15

    then, when God handed down the curse to Adam, the first curse was directly related to his Mission – God didn’t take his Mission away from him, rather, He made it harder and more challenging:

    To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

    “Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
    18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
    19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
    until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
    for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

    – – –

    anyway … these are Ame’s ponderings today … was wondering if you Men might have any thoughts . . .

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  23. Farm Boy says:

    APA is nothing but freaks and faggots.

    As mentioned in the OP, science doesn’t matter anymore

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  24. Farm Boy says:

    One wonders why personal pronounns are such a big deal with these people…

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  25. SFC Ton says:

    The college fags can use “they”.

    I’ll stand by the the truth and stick with terms like perverts, freak, abominations, degenerates etc etc.

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  26. SFC Ton says:

    We’re a Ford family. Now I buy what’s cheap, run it into the grand the replace it with another old and busted tractor.

    Prices have gotten out of control and that’s my way of saying eat shit mother fuckers

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  27. mgtowhorseman says:

    Bloom

    Wanna do something about the troll over at your place?

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  28. earl says:

    ‘The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University urged students to use the singular pronoun “they” in an early April “transgender visibility” email.’

    I’ll I’d ask is which globohomo master is telling them to tell kids this.

    Sure we could just go back to ‘Satan’…but we also need to know who’s the minion implementing this in the temporal world.

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  29. SFC Ton says:

    Baseball has always seemed pretty gay to me. Not soccer or eating avocados gay but to fucking gay for any hetrosexual man to watch

    Now its even gayer.

    https://deadspin.com/cubs-fan-using-ok-hand-gesture-behind-doug-glanville-1834615036/amp

    Wonder how they will enforce the ban?

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  30. RichardP says:

    His name was Kendrick Castillo.

    Ame – he had a mission, different from most. Prepared for it his whole (short) life it seems.

    For some reason, I am particularly touched by this.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/08/us/kendrick-castillo-denver-stem-shooting/index.html

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  31. Farm Boy says:

    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a campaign stop in California on Wednesday that the United States has an “obligation” to give healthcare to illegal aliens.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/46967/joe-biden-us-has-obligation-give-healthcare-ryan-saavedra

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  32. Farm Boy says:

    A professor presented a lesson to students at the University of North Texas titled “Sexual Pleasure and Response in Infants,” Big League Politics first reported last week. Moreover, as highlighted by The College Fix on Friday, the textbook for the same course, “Psychology and Sexual Behavior,” suggests students take “field trips” to preschools and elementary schools to observe students’ “sexual interactions.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/46966/professors-presentation-titled-sexual-pleasure-and-amanda-prestigiacomo

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  33. Farm Boy says:

    Thirty-six-year-old Kenan Basic spent weeks in jail, lost his relationship, and was repeatedly slandered after a woman falsely accused him of sexual misconduct.

    According to Australia-based 7NEWS, Basic was accused of “indecently assaulting and stalking” Caitlyn Gray, a 19-year-old woman, after he stopped to help her when her car broke down late last year.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/46929/woman-said-man-who-stopped-help-her-when-car-broke-amanda-prestigiacomo

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  34. Farm Boy says:

    Not only does this framing overlook the woman’s responsibility not to price herself out of the marriage market (if she is serious about marriage), but it also has a false embedded assumption about the very nature and context of marriage proposals. While it is true that social convention strongly states that the man should be the one to formally propose marriage, it is also true that it is foolish for a man to go around proposing to women he doesn’t already know want to marry him. This is the reason the rejected stadium marriage proposal hoaxes are so compelling. The audience just knows she will say yes, because if he’s asking surely she must have already made her desire to get married unmistakably clear. So when the punchline comes and she says no, the audience is aghast, every time.

    https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/the-no-marriage-proposals-canard/

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  35. Farm Boy says:

    Shirley everybody is the same

    “A research team at Autonomous University of Barcelona, led by neuroscientist Elseline Hoekzema of Leiden University, performed brain scans on first-time mothers before and after pregnancy and found significant gray matter changes in brain regions associated with social cognition and theory of mind — the same regions that were activated when women looked at photos of their infants. These changes, which were still present two years after birth, predicted women’s scores on a test of maternal attachment, and were so clear that a computer algorithm could use them to identify which women had been pregnant.”

    https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/they-shall-be-saved-through-child-bearing/

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  36. Farm Boy says:

    We were a motley bunch who wouldn’t have looked out of place on a pirate ship. But what we oozed from our pores was supreme competence and a true sense of a tight male team.

    Women love that shit. They are drawn to it like flies to honey

    https://pushingrubberdownhill.com/2019/05/08/things-that-are-supposed-to-get-girls-but-dont-get-girls/

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  37. SFC Ton says:

    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a campaign stop in California on Wednesday that the United States has an “obligation” to give healthcare to illegal aliens.
    ………….

    But clearly not an obligation to Vets

    Maybe their slogan could be wets over vets

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  38. Cheque d'Out says:

    Man the harpoons!

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  39. Cheque d'Out says:

    Which might be true but sadly BP (Farage’s party) is riding high in the polls (tops the polls) while UKIP drags along, so BP will be doing the damage to the liblabcon. I’ll be voting BP myself for that reason and for not wanting Sargon as my MEP.

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  40. Cheque d'Out says:

    How’s the remain side’s newest party doing?
    Keep changing their name. Couldn’t come up with a logo suitable for the ballot papers, theirs was rejected iirc. Their new new logo (too late for the ballots (I think)) is just crap

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  41. BuenaVista says:

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  42. BuenaVista says:

    In sequence: North, east, south. The voyageurs were tough men. They carried Marquette and Joliet from Green Bay to within 400 miles of the Gulf, and back to GB, in four months.

    This is the same Zebulon Pike (of the U.S. Army) as the one the mountain in Colorado is named after, but his tour ended in capture by the Spanish in Mexico. He was in Iowa earlier, and later surveyed the headwaters of the Mississippi incorrectly. Pike later was KIA as a 34 year-old one-star in the War of 1812.

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  43. Farm Boy says:

    Probably the male side will be blamed

    Multiple sources close to the investigation told Denver7 late Tuesday night that the second suspect, who is a minor, is a transgender male who was in the midst of transitioning from female to male.

    https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/at-least-one-victim-in-shooting-at-stem-school-highlands-ranch-authorities-say

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  44. Farm Boy says:

    One of the suspects in the Colorado school shooting reportedly posted about hating “all these Christians who hate gays” in 2014.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/colorado-school-shooter-posted-about-hating-all-these-christians-who-hate-gays/

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  45. Farm Boy says:

    The Swedish car company Volvo this week shared two similar looking ads on Facebook — one to their main page and one to their Polish page — which had one glaring difference.

    In the post on their main page, the ad showed two homosexual men holding hands in front of a little girl driving a Volvo toy truck.

    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60175

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  46. Cheque d'Out says:

    Not seen this one for a while

    A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says, “That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!” The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her, “The driver just insulted me!” The man says, “You go right up there and tell him off – go ahead, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”

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  47. Liz says:

    One of the suspects in the Colorado school shooting reportedly posted about hating “all these Christians who hate gays” in 2014.

    I’d bet a good bit of money the Anti-Defamation League will list this “suspect” as a white supremacist “domestically grown terrorist”.

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  48. Having a difficult time coming up with a label for all the freaks, trannies, sodomites and others on the Left a la Hillary’s deplorables. For some reason Agents Of Chaos has some appeal but I’m not completely sold on it.

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  49. Liz says:

    Having a difficult time coming up with a label for all the freaks, trannies, sodomites and others on the Left a la Hillary’s deplorables.
    Well, the only thing I can think of at the moment that sucks hard enough to compare is Game of Thrones.

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  50. Liz says:

    The book series will probably never be finished, Martin is too busy collecting royalties on other stuff and trying to eat himself into the grave). After that last episode I don’t even care.
    I can’t believe the defeat of the Night King happened on episode three…and the way it happened. It was like Voldamorte being defeated not by Harry Potter, but Hermoine in a “surprise twist”. Then they go on the the great Quidditch game to face Slitherin because Draco Malfoy and his mad broom skillz are the REAL threat. I

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  51. Liz says:

    What about Demoncrats?

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  52. Cheque d'Out says:

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  53. Cheque d'Out says:

    Spoiled alert. Like a spoiler alert but signals that the thing is ruined, not that your enjoyment will be.

    Glad I wasn’t ever hugely enthused (although I have seen everything before this season)

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  54. Larry G says:

    Wow…All this talk and actual news coverage over a TV show (Game of Thrones). Have to admit I have not watched one episode of it….I seriously doubt my life would have been improved if I had.

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  55. Liz says:

    It’s time I’ll never get back, Larry. Your life is better for never watching it.

    On another subject,
    Cunt of the Month club winner, someone by the name of Caitlyn Gray
    https://7news.com.au/news/court-justice/good-samaritan-vindicated-after-indecent-assault-charges-thrown-out-in-court-c-96406

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  56. Farm Boy says:

    One passage in the open letter demands that the various institutions cited “issue a public statement dissociating themselves from research that seeks to establish correlations between race, genes, intelligence and criminality in order to explain one by the other.” This seems to imply that it is illegitimate to seek to explain any one of the four characteristics by reference to any one of the others, and thus that no aspect of intelligence can be explained by an individual’s genes. I would not trust the competence of anyone who endorses a claim that has that implication to judge the work of a candidate for a research fellowship.

    And Professor McMahan is absolutely correct: the signatories of the open letter were calling for St Edmund’s College to “issue a public statement dissociating themselves” from research backed by overwhelming scientific evidence. In fact, the contribution of genes to variation in human intelligence has been widely accepted by psychologists since at least 1996

    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60174

    [Sacked he was]

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  57. Liz says:

    There should be a category for crime where the victim isn’t the only victim. for example, in the above crime, society at large suffers because overall trust is undermined, so it’s really a crime against community. What a piece of garbage this person is.

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  58. Liz says:

    Gah! Where’s mah happy stories? I need happy stories…going to shovel some snow now. See you folks later.

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  59. Farm Boy says:

    In its opposition to Doe’s motion, Yale argued that Doe knew he was sexually assaulting Roe when the condom fell off because she “froze.”

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/yale-suspended-male-student-because-of-condom-accident-title-ix-lawsuit/

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  60. Farm Boy says:

    For Liz the Cat

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  61. Farm Boy says:

    Liz sent this in.

    Apparently she decided that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade

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  62. Farm Boy says:

    In times of clearer thinking, an individual who manifested the above thought patterns without noticing the profound hypocrisy present therein would be denounced as a malignant wretch, or else as certifiably insane. Today, such a one is hailed as a morally irreproachable champion of progress and often encouraged to run for political office so he can inflict his insanity on entire nations.

    What makes hypocrisy — and leftist hypocrisy in particular — most galling and most outrageous is the spectacle of a wicked man holding himself out as a teacher of the good. It’s one thing for a man to cheat on his wife, but quite another for the same man to bid farewell to his mistress just before taking the stage to deliver a public lecture denouncing adultery.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/the_liberal_hypocrites_who_want_to_be_our_moral_betters.html

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  63. Farm Boy says:

    I am at a McDonalds. They have Breakfast Burritos. Is that cultural appropriation?

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  64. RichardP says:

    Is that cultural appropriation?

    No. I think most cultures have breakfast.

    Having a difficult time coming up with a label for all the freaks, trannies, sodomites and others …

    Historically, anything that falls outside of the norms was considered abnormal. Not a moral judgement. Just a statement of fact. I don’t know why that word is not still suitable for use with the list in the quotes.

    If you want to soften the term, use the term from Young Frankenstein: Abbie Normal.

    If “Abbie” has them accusing you of presuming their gender, your defense is to accuse them of presuming which gender you meant with the word “Abbie”. Win/win.

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  65. Larry G says:

    well, ok Liz…here is your happy story

    “Once upon a time they lived happily ever after. The End”

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  66. Cheque d'Out says:

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  67. Cheque d'Out says:

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  68. SFC Ton says:

    If you want to soften the term…
    …….
    Why in the fuck would I want to take one step down the path of political correctness and cede the frame to the enemy?

    I know it was meant as a joke but those half steps are how the left won and destroyed a people and civilization

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  69. Liz says:

    That’s a pretty accurate image of GoT up there (the four frames), but Jar Jar needs floppier ears in the last frame.

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  70. mgtowhorseman says:

    Oh sure.

    We get alert for the game of thrones spoilers

    But NO FRIGGIN ALERT FOR THE LANDWHALE IN THE BIKINI!!!

    Dude. Seriously.

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  71. mgtowhorseman says:

    Hunter McGrady Statistics and Net Worth: Discussing her physical features, she has hips as her distinctive features. She stands at the height of 5 ft 11 in or 180 cm and got the weight of 108 kg or 238 pounds.

    By contrast as a reasonably fit male I am 6 ft 1 in and 185 pounds. Bitch has 50, FIFTY Fucking Pounds on Me!!

    How does that not deserve a little “hey this might be less than desireable, look away before your dick inverts’??

    Just sayin.

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  72. Cill says:

    Well it’s only me from over the sea
    said Barnacle Bill Cill the sailor.

    Arrr spawnyspace looks to be in fine fettle me hearties.

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  73. Cill says:

    “a label for all the freaks, trannies, sodomites and others on the Left”

    The GomorrahTomorrah crowd? Gah sod ’em.

    Daft Bearded Bints the lot of them.

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  74. Cill says:

    Shapeshifter Skitterfitters

    [Cill stick around he will?]

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  75. Cill says:

    I’m on the ocean wave Yoda me old windjammer, heading home after sailing the southern seas.

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  76. molly says:

    Cill docked the boat already and we are bringing a roast out of the oven for a late lunch. First he’ll drink a beer and a scotch as he will be dry! (no booze when sailing eh).

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  77. Ame says:

    Welcome Home, Cill! hope you had a successful voyage 🙂

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  78. Farm Boy says:

    “It’s very frustrating and heartbreaking when us girls are at the start of the race and we already know that these athletes are going to come out and win no matter how hard you try,” Selina told The Daily Signal. “They took away the spots of deserving girls, athletes … me being included.”F

    While the debate over transgender athletes and fairness is complex, the situation in Connecticut has brought forth another complicating layer: Plenty of parents and high school girls appear to object to the participation of biological boys in girls sports, but fearing public bullying and backlash, they’re not speaking out.

    https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/05/06/8th-place-high-school-girls-speak-out-on-getting-beat-by-biological-boys/

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  79. Farm Boy says:

    There are dumb ideas and then there’s whatever this is.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have teamed up to introduce the idea of “non-profit banking services” done via the post office, where sub-prime loans would be given out to people who are terrible credit risks, thereby causing high default rates. Because absolutely nothing bad could come of that.

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/05/09/aoc-bernie-brilliant-new-idea-banking/

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  80. Farm Boy says:

    Taylor Jackson, an adult entertainer, and her boyfriend filmed themselves having sex in a moving Tesla and uploaded it to the adult website PornHub.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/couple-shot-porno-in-moving-tesla-on-autopilot-2019-5

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  81. Farm Boy says:

    Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 32, is sole heir to Emperor Napoleon I
    He’s marrying Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, from Austria
    She is great-granddaughter of Karl I of Austria, and pair are distantly related
    Couple say their union is a love match, and not a nod to shared history

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7005037/London-based-heir-Napoleon-marry-great-grand-daughter-Emperor-Austria.html

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  82. Cheque d'Out says:

    Hey Cill! Welcome back, I was starting to wonder what (& where) you were up to

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  83. Cill says:

    Hey matie the sea is a big place.

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  84. Cheque d'Out says:

    Trigger warning for the voice at the beginning. Genuinely cringeworthy

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  85. Cheque d'Out says:

    Any chance of a rough sketch of your wanderings?

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  86. Cheque d'Out says:

    Question Time (the video above) is usually a safe space for remoaniacs. Last night appears to have been a tour de force by Nigel aided by a woke audience. Whether you’re an unmitigated fan or not (and I’m not), he is a performer.

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  87. Cheque d'Out says:

    “We say thanks”

    The twist of the knife is at the end. It’s an ad about Mothers’ Day 12 May in Merkel-land

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  88. BuenaVista says:

    I’ve never watched GoT, either, Larry. I last had DirecTV around 2011 or 12. I’m still pissed off about how much I paid for the TV, as the one-year depreciation must have been 80% of gross. Two-year 95%. If I make a list titled “Dumb Money I Have Spent”, and exclude certain social activities, that thing is clearly Top 5.

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  89. Cheque d'Out says:

    I binge watched series 1-7 on an online service (~£4 a month reduced rate). I quite enjoyed it. Certainly helped to not wait a week between episodes.

    Series 8…LOL

    And the rumours of the ending? Can’t wait to see the reaction

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  90. Cheque d'Out says:

    Perhaps they can get back to us after male only spaces are common again? After all, they appear to have realised (once it works against them) that men and women are different

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  91. Cheque d'Out says:

    This croaky voice / vocal fry thing is just bloody awful ^^^

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  92. Cheque d'Out says:

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  93. Cheque d'Out says:

    We let them vote…why?

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  94. Cheque d'Out says:

    I mentioned the earliest three defenders of the skies of Malta in WWII; Faith, Hope and Charity. Gloster Gladiators. They also fought in the Battle of Britain. But not a lot of people know that

    ‘An 850HP Pitts Special’

    The Shuttleworth Collection is well known in the UK.

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  95. Cheque d'Out says:

    Malta GC

    The story of the siege of Malta and how the people of the tiny island country held out against the might of Hitler and Mussolini’s forces.

    And the film (again, for the nautical gallivanting laggards)

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  96. Cheque d'Out says:

    Documentary about the Convoy, and in particular The heroic Ohio oil tanker that saved Malta from surrender during the second world war. The story of one of the truly epic events in the history of naval warfare. The survival of Malta was the vital hinge upon which turned the whole Allied strategy in the Mediterranean Theatre. Operation Pedestal , the convoy that saved Malta. Subtitles/CC available. Operation Pedestal: 11th August 1942 Fortress Malta is besieged. Desperate for food and fuel the relief convoy is within sight. The Island’s population and their Defenders,.

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  97. Larry G says:

    BV,
    “I’ve never watched GoT, either, Larry. I last had DirecTV around 2011 or 12. I’m still pissed off about how much I paid for the TV, as the one-year depreciation must have been 80% of gross. Two-year 95%. If I make a list titled “Dumb Money I Have Spent”, and exclude certain social activities, that thing is clearly Top 5.”

    I have this thing called Crediphopbia (the loathing of paying other subhuman shysters for the privilege of using MY money, paying for free stuff, giving cash to dip-shit charities for whatever their sobbing reason and buying Girl Scout cookies).
    My entire life, never had a single credit card, no student loan (I actually worked days and took night classes; paid for by my daytime construction labor job), no car loan, and not about to pay for TV (that is why God invented rabbit ears on Day 12).

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  98. Larry G says:

    Got a plea from the Colorado SPCA to donate a mere $19 each month to save all the lost doggies and kittys roaming the streets of Colorado, all hungry, dirty, sick, abused and damn near dead. I replied that they should spend their money on a PR campaign touting the benefits of dog as a health food, ghetto-burgers, s;ab-of-lab and poodle-on-noodles. The extra cats could be shipped off to China. See? Problem solved and no, I am NOT sending you a mere $19 a month. Fuck off

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  99. Larry G says:

    gratuitous image…no sails but still cool

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  100. Liz says:

    Just saw this and thought it was funny 😆

    I just put a deposit down on a brand new Porsche!

    I had to brag a bit so I mentioned it on Facebook.

    I said, “I can’t wait for the new 911 to arrive!”

    Next thing I know… 4,000 Muslims added me as a friend.

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  101. BuenaVista says:

    I was rambling the last few days, Larry. Notably I was in an antiquarian book store on the Mississippi; next day I was buying a new bicycle in heart of the driftless area. In both instances I said, “I’ll send you a bank check when I get home. I don’t use credit cards.”

    In both instances the shop owner said, “In my life, no one who buys one of my books/bikes has ever stiffed me.” I wrote personal checks, therefore, as a total stranger.

    Unlike you, I did use credit cards and the llike, but do not have any consumer loans, mortgages etc. now via plastic or otherwise. Doing my best to show the light to the children. But I’ll lose that one.

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  102. Cheque d'Out says:

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  103. Cheque d'Out says:

    Just starting this one

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  104. Larry G says:

    When my wife and I were newly married I told her that we, as a family, would never own or use a credit card or take out any loans other than for a house (which I bought back in 2002 and now have it totally paid off and mortgage free two months ago.)
    Also I try to limit my check writing, mostly to keep a “paper trail” of big purchases, and we use debit cards for most everything else.
    Don’t know if this was a true story of some bullshit reporting, but supposedly a teacher gave each of her students blank checks and told them to write it out to a service or product. The kiddies were clueless and a 100% fail..no surprise

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  105. Larry G says:

    Bring on the French!

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  106. BuenaVista says:

    CdO, thanks for the Gloster vids. It looks pretty easy to land, tbo. But it must be a blast to drive around the sky. The self-dramatizing narrator mentions that it’s important to be on speed on final: that means you can’t be too fast (if you’re too slow you’re already dead). What a concept: land on speed.

    My Yak-50 performed much as the Gloster. Don’t torque-roll on a go-round (that’s what he’s referencing with the ‘apply gentle throttle on departure’ b.s.) and you’ll be fine. In short, as per a certain transport these days, fly the darn plane and all will be well.

    ***

    This is the plane I have mothballed, until I can close my eyes without losing my balance in the shower. There’s only one better handling monoplane you can fly IFR, and it’s (of course) also Italian. (Bellanca and Frati (Siai Marchetti).) Watch Debbie when she rolls out of her Cuban-8: “Oh, hi, horizon, uh-huh.” Swept-wing, 1.5 degree dihedral. Fly the wing.

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  107. Liz says:

    The military forces you to use credit cards (obligatory to get reimbursed for deployments/travel related expenses). These impact one’s personal credit score. For example, it can take a while for the government to reimburse you, depending on the circumstances….but you’re sure still responsible for the payments. Took us 6 months to be reimbursed once, we had to pay 10,000 out of pocket for a TDY en route to PCS.
    Anyway, when we bought my sub after the red zoomer crapped out on the way here and we had to take a loan out (just bought a house, moving, et al). Car dealer said we had the best credit score he’d ever seen in his life.

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  108. BuenaVista says:

    In my next life, you’re going to force (gunpoint acceptable) your sister to marry me, Liz.

    My word I hate fighting about money. I simply will never do it again, for any reason.

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  109. Liz says:

    It’s a bit of a sore subject for me, the way the credit companies and government work together to screw over people. Especially the very young folks who typically come out of bad circumstances and have absolutely no understanding of finances. Back when Mike started out, they’d give you some cash and when it was gone, you’d have to wait.

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  110. Larry G says:

    “It’s a bit of a sore subject for me, the way the credit companies and government work together to screw over people.”

    What infuriated me was the “payday lenders” just outside the bases more than ready to “help” the E1s and E2s manage their money. When I first enlisted, my biweekly pay was a staggering $77 after taxes and allotments.

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  111. BuenaVista says:

    NCO’s could help these kids. I have no idea if that is part of their unlimited sphere of responsibility. Ton would know.

    Might be a thankless task, though. Every young person I talk to wants to have a “new” car. There’s only one worse financial decision than buying a “new” car.

    I’m from a football culture, obviously. There’s an easy tell on who’s going to take advantage of his NFL opportunity. Hes the guy who buys a used car when he signs the contract. Brandon Scherff, whose idea of Good Times! is hang cleaning the room and crappie fishing, drove his high school, 20 year-old S-10 pickup the first year of his $11 million contract. He got married, though, so I’m sure she’s driving an $80K Suburban now.

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  112. Cheque d'Out says:

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  113. Farm Boy says:

    Trinity University in Texas’ student government voted in favor of a resolution to ban Chick-fil-A from campus.
    The resolution cites the restaurant chain’s “anti-LGBT+” stances as the reason

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12213

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  114. Cheque d'Out says:

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  115. Farm Boy says:

    A peeve of mine is how local governments prey on the poor. They get into minor trouble, then the government gets them with fines and fees, then more fines and fees.

    For many, it all snowballs.

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  116. Cheque d'Out says:

    Ex-BBC Wayne Kerr (not his real name, more of a description)

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  117. Farm Boy says:

    A Queensland man, now 49, was accused of raping a woman whom he had known and previously had sex with back in October 2017.

    The charges were finally dropped against the man, who will not be named by The Daily Wire, because the woman simply “forgot” she had invited him.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/47054/she-accused-him-rape-charges-were-dropped-when-she-ashe-schow

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  118. Cheque d'Out says:

    Kerr is pronounced to rhyme with ‘car’ BTW

    Wayne Kerr…WayneCar

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  119. Farm Boy says:

    PORTLAND, OR—A leading New Testament scholar working at Unified Unity Divinity School has published a paper criticizing Jesus for a lack of diversity among the apostles He chose in the gospel accounts.

    The woman, Dr. Diana T. Manger, pointed out that Jesus only chose Jewish males, refusing to implement diversity quotas for his group of disciples.

    “Jesus chose all Jewish, cisgendered, able-bodied males: white supremacy, much?” she said as she presented her paper before a group of progressive scholars who had promised not to disagree with her. “It’s obvious that Jesus was a nationalistic, xenophobic, hate-filled fearmonger.”

    Dr. Manger suggested that Jesus should have chosen more women, more transgender disciples, a disciple in a wheelchair, and at least one woman who is 1/1024th Native American. “The sickeningly homogenous group of disciples should have looked more like the Burger King Kid’s Club,” she said to applause.

    “It really hurts Jesus’s witness that he did not enforce 21st-century diversity quotas on his disciples,” she said.

    Manger has called for a ban on all Bible reading until the Lord agrees to revise history to conform to her standards.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/jesus-criticized-for-lack-of-diversity-among-disciples

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  120. BuenaVista says:

    I was out last night. I’ve known the bartender for a year or so. She’s hot. Oddly, she’s tall and slender.

    And she invited me over.

    For the first time in my life I told someone to text me her invitation (i.e., provide a written record). She did. “Not clear enough!” I exclaimed, and we both laughed, hahahaha, and I drove the last 60 miles home moments later. Only saw two deputies hiding in the weeds in the 60 miles. And, people, those observations are related. If one could buy turkey baster futures, I would be a buyer. Girls are going to be needing them.

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  121. Farm Boy says:

    The poll, conducted by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project in partnership with The Guardian, found only one-sixth of Danes thought they were feminists. Moreover, one-third of Danes were just fine with men wolf-whistling at women. Additionally, only roughly 40% of Danes supported the #MeToo movement.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/47067/guess-which-scandinavian-country-ranks-low-hank-berrien

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  122. BuenaVista says:

    I posted a couple of times on the Mississippi, and mentioned the Missouri, both of which are closed to barge (or any other) traffic.

    This guy writes for a conservative DC blog and apparently went home or visited his in-laws or something.

    You buy seed corn in part by expected maturity duration: 93-day corn, 113-day corn, etc. You have to buy it in November if you want to make sure you get it (constrained supply). Driving 300 miles across a prime grain producing state yesterday, I’d say 20% is planted. But, Russia!

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  123. Cheque d'Out says:

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  124. Cill says:

    “Any chance of a rough sketch of your wanderings?”

    Happy to oblige, me old mate.

    I heard there were extra high seas running in the southern ocean and wanted to test a new feature on my boat. I stopped off in the South Island to collect a couple of mates and we sailed the big waves for the hell of it.

    After that I spent some more time in the South Island, the McKenzie Country (inland Canterbury) mostly. There’s a little town called Fairlie where you can buy the best pies in the world. If ever you go there, stop at the pie shop. You’ll know it by the queue of customers out the door. Order the venison and cranberry.

    People remark on the sky down there. Why does it look so huge, they ask. It looks huge because the lack of humidity and the clean atmosphere enables you to see further into it. It’s visibly farther out, a greater circumference. You go there to see the scenery and get out amongst it, which means you need good weather. I went by S.U.V., but a bike would be a better way to go. In perfect weather, which I had there this trip, “magic” is the only word I can find to describe the place.

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  125. Cill says:

    Talking about weather, it’s still summery here in my place in the North Island as well. Only a couple of days of rain since Xmas Day. It’s coming up 7 months of summer weather now.

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  126. Cill says:

    Bloody hell, I should send my promos to the NZ Tourism Board. I reckon I’m better at it than they are.

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  127. BV said: “She’s hot. Oddly, she’s tall and slender”.

    A ha!.Ladies of the jury, we just happen to have written proof of the defendant’s discriminatory practices…

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  128. I was just telling my boys about “not eating your seed corn” last night.

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  129. SFC Ton says:

    reporting, but supposedly a teacher gave each of her students blank checks and told them to write it out to a service or product. The kiddies were clueless and a 100% fail..no surprise
    ………..

    Who cares? Lots of skills come and go as technology changes.

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  130. SFC Ton says:

    Way back when I was a jr NCO, we had to approve lower enlisted’s loans and shit. Wasn’t exactly legal but it kept a lot of kids out of trouble

    But the military isn’t that kind of place these days. Use to be broken boys would show up and we could spit out helathy(ier) young men.

    Sadly I am not sure there are any intuitions young men can turn to these days

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  131. SFC Ton says:

    A peeve of mine is how local governments prey on the poor. They get into minor trouble, then the government gift them with fines and fees, then more fines and fees.

    For many, it all snowballs
    ………

    The cucksersvtives call that being a liberal but I’m right there with you

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  132. Ame says:

    SFC Ton

    Way back when I was a jr NCO, we had to approve lower enlisted’s loans and shit. Wasn’t exactly legal but it kept a lot of kids out of trouble

    But the military isn’t that kind of place these days. Use to be broken boys would show up and we could spit out helathy(ier) young men.

    Sadly I am not sure there are any intuitions young men can turn to these days

    you and BV ought to remedy that.

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  133. SFC Ton says:

    Who says I ain’t working on that?

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  134. Ame says:

    this world, and especially our country, are a better place b/c of you, Ton.

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  135. SFC Ton says:

    LOL undoubtedly false

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  136. BuenaVista says:

    I just try to be a decent role model, and, you know, pick up the boys’ age-appropriate Thai girlfriends so they can drink me under the table. Which happened last night; two hours after I went to sleep she’s in another joint texting me action snaps. I admit, I’m a sucker for a date who calls me “Daddy.” DTF Christian girls ought to try it out sometime.

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  137. BuenaVista says:

    I have to go see about a 6′ Caucasian, with small boobs and long legs, but you know how to melt a Thai girl’s heart? Don’t pronounce her name as though the “th” is like the “th” in “thigh”. High bar, I know. This is a Pro Tip. You’ll practically be multi-lingual.

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  138. Ame says:

    there isn’t much i’d take issue with you, Ton, but this is one place i will and do. i stand by my statement 🙂

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  139. Ame says:

    This is a Pro Tip. You’ll practically be multi-lingual.

    lol!

    BV’s foreign language class at Spawny’s! 🙂

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  140. SFC Ton says:

    Don’t pronounce her name as though the “th” is like the “th” in “thigh”.
    ………..

    They have names? I’m pretty sure I have demographically shifted the gene pool of Thailand but didn’t realize they had names

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  141. Stephanie says:

    We’re still working on our credit scores from early marriage stupid mistakes.

    But now we buy everything in cash 😀 Bought both of our cars in cash a couple of years ago.

    Still have not great credit, but working on it :/

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  142. Cill says:

    The easiest way to learn a foreign language is pillow talk. A man learns real quick that way.

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  143. SFC Ton says:

    Fuck your credit score. It is not a statement of your value as a humanfuckingbeing. It’s only useful to the jews in the usury system who only care about milking you like a dairy cow

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  144. SFC Ton says:

    Pillow talk? You already fucked ’em, why do you want to talk to them?

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  145. RichardP says:

    One learns by listening. They talk to him.

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  146. BuenaVista says:

    People use credit to maintain bourgeois appearances, imo. People use credit and rent their homes from the bank, as a result, but their cohort oohs and ahhs so social approval. I did this, I’m not saying I didn’t; I remember walking around in a daze on weekends for a couple of months once, because I thought I could get fired and I would have no ability to pay the mortgage for my wife and two toddlers. I thought my head would explode. I wanted to disappear into the cirulean sky.

    I do prefer the alternative, however, now that I say “My house” and it actually means something. Farmers get this. The plane I can’t fly is worth more than my house; the pictures in the living room are worth more than my house. (Shhhh.) But I own my house. I own my motor vehicles and motorcycles. A person pays a major social penalty (from people who trade financial leverage for social status) for not living on debt. YMMV.

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  147. BuenaVista says:

    You know who is buying a house they can’t afford? The people who buy a house but don’t have the cash to plant some trees, shrubs and plants. That’s how you get these suburban pastel-painted sheds with no trees.

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  148. Liz says:

    When we were first married and Mike delivered pizzas, the richest neighborhoods with the mcmansions and all new cars were the ones that very rarely gave him a tip. They’d write checks for the exact amount of the pizza…they’d even write checks at a donut place for one donut. It was all from a credit account, most of them were far, far in debt. It would be a hard way to live.

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  149. Liz says:

    We have a really good contractor right now. Think I’ve mentioned him before…he’s over 70, has only one eye, really salty old guy. He does great work, and we make sure to pay him immediately and don’t haggle over anything. This is a new experience for him (he has shared a lot in the past few months, as he’s kind of a regular fixture in the house now).
    We have a contractor friend (former location) who did some work for a hedge fund manager (also an acquaintance of ours). The hedge fund manager is the person everyone looks up to as the richest in town…well, he screwed over our friend, big time. Asked for extra stuff he then refused to pay for. People want the beautiful stuff, but so many don’t want to pay for it.

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  150. SFC Ton says:

    A person pays a major social penalty (from people who trade financial leverage for social status) for not living on debt. YMMV.
    ……….

    Social penalty? Like loosing out on the “friendship” of people so dumb they cannot differentiate between debt and wealth? Don’t reckon that is any sort of price at all.

    I do find it intresting when reality bumps up to my monetary life. Folks around me know I am doing well but generally assume we’re carrying debt etc etc. The truly wealthy people I bump into seem to get it which I have found to be the most interesting. Still can’t see living within the confines of reality as some kind of liability/ social penalty thing

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  151. BuenaVista says:

    Rich people understand the phrase “I do what I want” or understand the picture when they see a person who does what he wants. And they know, whether you live in a trailer or the Ritz, most people do not.

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  152. SFC Ton says:

    Personal experience is the LMC and UMC do the most social judging.

    LMC seems to be a self defense. UMC seems to be an odd combination of social pretension and worry they’ll not stay on top for very long. The truly wealthy folks I know seem judgy about people pretending to have more social standing then they really do. But I am here in the rural South. Our generationally wealthy still hunt, fish, watch NASCAR etc etc. They might spend 4k for a week of hunting and sit in press boxes at the speedway but they’re there

    I’m sure that is vastly different then city folk wealthy

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  153. BuenaVista says:

    Richest guy I know well (I repurchased my beater Ford from him last week; he’s godfather to one of my children) made $400mm in 10 months once. That was 20 years ago, he lives on a Virginia mountain farm heated by wood and has an “urban” condo in Staunton (a modest Shenandoah Valley city of 20,000, birthplace of Wilson, alas). Once a year he and his wife spend a month in a city, and probably spend $50K on that. So given the rule of 72, he’s a billionaire by now. His personal vehicle is a Toyota Tacoma (small pickup, for the Commonwealth friends). He’s crippled by obesity and joint degradation now. I noticed that a shoe was untied after lunch, last Sunday. “Jim, shoelace,” I said, pointing. Guy like that trips, he’s going to get hurt. Then I realized the problem. He can’t tie his shoes. “Want me to get it?” I knelt on the floor of a restaurant and tied his shoelace. “Double knot it,” he said. I did. He’s wearing the same crappy shoes on his undersized feet that he wore 30 years ago. I’ve never tied another man’s shoes, not even my Dad’s.

    The woman I should have married is old New England WASP. She sold her Central Park West apartment to an actor you know for $25mm. She had a driver, a maid, a cook, a nanny and use of her ex-‘s Gulfstream. When we were on our own we might drive her truck, a black Ford Explorer. She rigorously insisted on paying every other dinner bill — the only woman who ever has. I bought her brother a biography of their forbear, a colonial governor of Virginia; she bought me a first, signed edition of my rare favorite novel. (There were only 800 printed in the first edition; maybe a dozen signed.) She flew me to the Vineyard; I took her to an Oberlin fundraiser in the owner’s booth at an Indians game, after which we slept in a $70 motel.

    My point is that money is not the point, it’s the burning insane lust for a social hierarchical advantage. Hence people do stupid shit with debt to have a slightly larger shed than the neighbor.

    I think Ton’s a llittle off: Old money is silent money. New money earned from blue collar foundations: silent money.

    Where Ton and I converge: New Money that buys a house in Aspen: Those people are, verifiably, assholes. My big friend Jim made this point: If anyone invites you to Aspen, don’t go! They’re all assholes! Don’t go!

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  154. Ame says:

    My point is that money is not the point,

    my ex-in-laws never got this. for them, money was ALWAYS the point. they were never in debt, always saved a lot despite being on the mission field, but the ALWAYS made a HUGE deal about every.single.penny. and they ALWAYS made a HUGER deal about wealthy people. his jealousy of wealthy people was tangible.

    when we were still married and his income crossed a threshhold, i was so proud of him. he worked his butt off. one day his mom asked me if he made over that amount, and stupid me was so shocked i answered yes. should have kept my mouth shut. it changed how they viewed their son.

    when their Dad died, he beneficiaried all his monies directly to his parents and brother, skipping his daughters. they have begun, in the last couple years, giving the girls financial gifts at birthday and Christmas from their Dad’s money. the first year they did this, the amt was odd … can’t remember exactly but something like $1, 072.35. took us awhile to figure out they had cashed in the girls’ savings accounts that they had with their Dad and gave them their own money as a gift for their own birthdays, signed from them. they never give them from their own, they only give them from what was theirs or their Dad’s, and always claim it’s from all of them.

    these things they all do b/c of the hate they have for me … seething hate that consumes every cell of their beings. they try to hurt me by manipulating my daughters with money. they’ve dangled things before them, but my girls have ignored them all knowing it’s a trap.

    i’m so incredibly proud of my daughters for realizing life is not about the money. yes, you need money to live, but you don’t need to be manipulated by it. there are times to walk away and choose to live simply with less, not owing anyone anything, and in that there is freedom and contentment.

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  155. SFC Ton says:

    Out here in rural NC I would say none of the folks with money have non blue collar cash. No tech money, no big banging money. They own land, cotton gins, factories, businesses that you need to run farming and fishing town’s etc etc

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  156. BuenaVista says:

    That’s true where I live, Ton: farmers and small manufacturers who haven’t sold out yet. There’s no post-modern economy money here. This is still an environment where a ‘handy’ guy with an idea for a metal doo-hickey builds a small shop into a small manufacturer he sells for $7mm or $17mm, because his sons have all moved to Phoenix. Or a guy survives 30 years paying off ground, and is suddenly sitting on $25mm.

    The farmers are now officially stressing. A close friend said to me today, “I have no idea why I’m planting beans.” This is the upper midwestern version of a panic yell. It’s the most emotional I’ve ever heard him. We had one of those conversations across open pick-up windows in the middle of the street and he didnt want to break it off. We talked for 10 minutes in the middle of the street. He means he’s raising beans, probably on about 35% of his ground, when the current market price is below the cost of production. The failed China talks are going to cost Trump.

    I don’t feel sorry for him, mind you. He could liquidate tomorrow spend the rest of his life in a four-star hotel in Tahoe. But it is interesting to observe how people who still work read and react to daily economic events.

    Cill is very reticent, but if he’s had rain twice in seven months, as he noted, I have to believe he has a few nagging thoughts.

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