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Political Discussion / New York Rep. George Santos Expelled from Congress
« on: December 02, 2023, 08:12:34 AM »
New York Rep. George Santos has been expelled from Congress.

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove the first-term
lawmaker from office. He is the sixth member of Congress in history to be expelled.

Santos has been facing intense criticism since he was first elected. He faced numerous
accusations that he lied about his resume and background during the campaign
and has been charged with multiple federal crimes.

Santos is currently facing 23 federal charges, including fraud related to COVID
unemployment benefits, misusing campaign funds, and providing false information
on his House disclosure reports. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Despite all the criticism and the federal charges, Santos has maintained his innocence
and refused to resign.

While two previous attempts to oust Santos failed, the final straw for many lawmakers
was a scathing report from the Ethics Committee. The report detailed "substantial
evidence" that Santos allegedly "violated federal criminal laws."

It concluded that Santos "sought to fraudulently exploit every aspect of his House
candidacy for his own personal financial profit" and "knowingly caused his campaign
committee to file false or incomplete reports with the Federal Election Commission."

After the report was released, Santos announced he would not seek reelection.

However, that did not stop lawmakers from filing another resolution to remove him
from office.

The final vote was 311-114.

Now that Santos has been expelled, New York Governor Kathy Hochul must declare
a special election within ten days. The election must take place within 70 to 80 days
of her announcement.
Political Discussion / Lady Ballers Available on DailyWire+ Today, 12/1
« on: December 01, 2023, 01:45:51 PM »
There's no thumbnail on this video.  Don't know if that's a mistake, intentional, or if YT is interfering. 

I signed up for a DW+ subscription during the Black Friday promo, so I know what's on my Friday night movie schedule!

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :rofl: :rofl:

Off Topic / Public Service Announcement Re: Auto Insurance
« on: November 28, 2023, 08:13:50 PM »
Ever hear of Non-Owner Automobile Insurance?  I hadn't until this morning, and apparently its a not-too-well-advertised policy offered for anyone canceling a policy with no more vehicles on it..

I called USAA to have my vehicle removed  from coverage which was the only vehicle covered -- effectively canceling my policy.

I was advised it's better to keep a non-owner policy in place so I don't show as having a lapse in auto insurance coverage.  That apparently causes your rates to go way up if/when you buy another vehicle.

What a racket!  "Glad you don't have to pay for auto insurance since you don't have a vehicle now.  BTW, if you don't want skyrocketing premiums in the future, you better keep paying us!"

My new policy costs $17/month, and it does apply to rental cars or borrowed cars i might drive.  So, at least there is some potential benefit other than keeping me hostage.

i thought I'd share this with the group, just in case you get in the same situation.  A lapse in your auto insurance is bad, but there's a way to avoid it:  keep paying for it!
I was wanting to watch something that was kind of a Christmas or Holiday Season movie, but not the standard Christmas themed story. 

I was looking for something similar to Die Hard -- a story that has nothing to do with the holidays or Christmas other than it's set during that time of year.

Trading Places always tops the list with Dan Aykroyd crashing the company Christmas party dressing up like Santa Claus -- a very sorted business.

I've found Scent of a Woman and With Honors, both movies not about Christmas or the season. 

The first has Chris O'Donnell taking a job over Thanksgiving to care for a blind Al Pacino - to earn money to fly home from school at Christmas.

The latter takes place over a school year, but an important part of the story is set around Christmas.  Since it's in Massachusetts and snowy most of the movie, it kind of gets you into a winter wonderland frame of mind.

It's a Wonderful Life would qualify, since only the last part of the movie is set during Christmas Eve.  Much of the story happens over many years before that one night with Clarence, and Christmas isn't the central theme.

I'm sure I'm missing some others that ought to come to mind, and i was wondering if anyone else has a favorite not-a-Christmas story movie set around Christmas time?

Personally, I wouldn't count Forrest Gump, since the Christmas and New Year's Eve scenes in New York were pretty minor in the grand scheme of the movie.  About the only pivotal NY scene I remember was when Lt Dan promised he'd be Gump's first mate if he ever owned a shrimping boat.  But, I'd be open to rebuttals.   :geekdanc:

Off Topic / WSJ writer: Taylor Swift is Person of the Year
« on: November 24, 2023, 09:20:58 AM »
This story is a good follow-on with the posts i made in another topic:

Thank Taylor Swift this year for bringing jobs and joy,
WSJ columnist says: 'Person of the Year'

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan made the case for Americans
to be thankful for one person in particular this year: Taylor Swift.

"She brings joy, jobs and happy feet everywhere she goes," Noonan wrote in
an op-ed headlined "We Should All Give Thanks for Taylor Swift."

"She’s the best thing happening in America," Noonan wrote.

"Everyone says she’s huge, she’s fabulous, but really it’s bigger than that,"
Noonan, a former speechwriter for President Reagan, wrote. "What she did
this year is some kind of epic American story."

"Miss Taylor Swift is the Person of the Year," she added, in reference to TIME's
yearly tradition.

"She is the best thing that has happened in America in all of 2023," she continued.
"This fact makes her a suitably international choice because when something
good happens in America, boy is it worldwide news."

Noonan argued that Swift record-breaking concert tours across the country have
not only solidified her reputation as an American pop icon, she is also a boon to
the economy.

"She has transformed the economy of every city she visits. The U.S. Travel
Association reported this fall that what her concertgoers spend in and around
each venue ‘is on par with the Super Bowl, but this time it happened on 53
different nights in 20 different locations over the course of five months.’ Downtowns
across the country—uniquely battered by the pandemic and the riots and
demonstrations of 2020—are, while she is there, brought to life, with an influx of
visitors and a local small business boom."

"Wherever she went it was like the past three years didn’t happen," Noonan wrote.

Before taking her show "Eras" worldwide, Swift famously gave her entire staff
millions of dollars in bonuses, Fox News Digital confirmed.

Noonan continued to rattle off Swift's remarkable effect on economies around the
country. "When Ms. Swift played Los Angeles for six sold-out nights in August she
brought a reported $320 million local windfall with her, including 3,300 jobs and a
$160 million increase in local earnings," she wrote. "From Straits Research this
month: Ms. Swift’s tour is ‘an economic phenomenon that is totally altering the rules
of entertainment economics.’"

It is an achievement that puts her in her "own category," Noonan wrote because
she doesn't just pump up the economy — she "bring joy."
Deals and Sales / FB Marketplace Ad: Labradar for sale -- $400
« on: November 16, 2023, 08:50:30 AM »
Not My Ad

Saw this on Facebook Marketplace.  Thought someone might be interested ...

Posted 12 hours ago ... Mililani ...
Used Labradar with JKL trigger, tripod, and red dot. $400
** From 2 years ago.  I believe the numbers have increased since. **

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.
--Michael Savage

HALF-MAD: Pew Study Shows 56.3%
of Young White Liberal Women
Diagnosed with Mental Illness

I suspect the other 43.7% have just not been diagnosed yet.   :crazy:

A Pew Research Center study shows that 56.3% of young white liberal women
have been diagnosed with a mental illness  — about twice the rate of their
conservative counterparts.

Political Discussion / "Our enemies must be quaking in their boots"
« on: November 11, 2023, 08:39:24 PM »
Biden hammered for seeming confused
during Veterans Day wreath laying:
‘Just so embarrassing’

Social media users reacted with shock and ridicule over a clip of President Biden
appearing to forget what he’s supposed to be doing at the official Veterans Day
memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

X users tore into Biden for freezing at the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier and having to be directed where to stand by U.S. service
members attending to the solemn memorial.

One called it "so embarrassing."

Off Topic / Intelligence vs. Education
« on: November 09, 2023, 01:14:08 PM »
This is a small sample size, but it illustrates the biases toward getting advanced degrees to be "competitive" in the workplace versus having aptitude, problem solving skills, adaptability, and so on.

Semi-spoiler alert:  Ranking based on academic achievement are a bit different than their IQ test scores.

(The title kind of gives that much away)

Most states require a blood draw from newborns to screen for diseases and birth defects -- to inform parents that their new baby does OR does not have a given disease or defect.

The state of New jersey, however, decided to secretly retain those blood samples for 23 years after being collected. 

The blood is banked without informed consent to parents, and it's even being shared with other government agencies and sold to third parties.  There is no limit to what the state can or cannot do with that blood.


Is there stupid dust beyond sprinkled on New York?

This is beyond stupid.

Off Topic / Kreg customer service
« on: October 31, 2023, 02:15:24 PM »
If you do any woodworking or other hobbies that requires assembly tables, saw guides, joinery or hinge installation, I'm sure you've heard of -- if not own -- the long line of Kreg tools and jigs.

i've been using their pocket hole products since 2018 among other stuff they make.  Yesterday, I was drilling pocket holes for a laundry room storage unit i'm making, and i had a little difficulty tightening the stop collar on the drill bit to set the depth.  The stop collar contains a set screw that uses a hex key, and the inside part of the screw was becoming stripped.  The hex key would pop out as i tried to tighten it.

So, i went to the Kreg website, but the only thing they have for replacement parts are full sets of drill bit + stop collar + set screw + hex key.  i didn't want to order all that to just get a set screw.  So, I used their contact form to ask if they sold the screw separately, or if not what the specs were so i can look elsewhere.

Got an email in less than a day saying they are sending me the entire 4-piece replacement drill bit kit for free.  I got the invoice an hour ago with the FedEx tracking number.

This is how companies keep customers coming back.  I would have been happy with a tiny set screw, yet they are sending that and more for no charge.

Thought I'd spread something positive about a company for a change.  There needs to be more companies willing to invest in customer good will.

 :shaka: :thumbsup:
... huge ruling, granting an injunction, in the matter of B&L Productions v. Newsom,
a challenge to two separate California Senate Bills which were signed into legislation
that essentially banned all gun shows in the State of California.  The Court has now
granted the injunction finding that these laws are unconstitutional  on not one, but three
separate grounds.  Learn what all of this means to you and arm yourself with education

General Discussion / TimCast Movie Premiere Nov 7th: INFRINGED
« on: October 27, 2023, 01:37:41 PM »

Bent Key is Daily Wire's company that's producing kid's cartoons, etc.

Political Discussion / Ready for Round 2 of the Dylan Mulvaney Boycott?
« on: October 22, 2023, 06:34:49 PM »
Apparently, the Bud Light debacle wasn't publicized broadly enough for Virgin Atlantic -- a company based in England -- to get the message.

Virgin Atlantic just named Dylan Mulvaney their Woman of the Year.

If gender doesn't matter, is a social construct, and can be anything a person wants to identify as, then why the hell is anyone crowning a "woman of the year?"  Seems a bit inconsistent.  It's like calling all animals with feathers, 2 feet and a beak 'chickens', then naming a vulture "Chicken of the Year."

I saw an excellent exchange between Charlie Kirk and some Liberal idiot Communist who said he was a Libertarian.

At least 2 times, maybe 3, the dude said he didn't agree with this tenet or that belief of the Libertarian party.  I believe his last comment was, "I don't conform to your definition of 'Libertarian'."

To which Charlie replied, "Then why are you self-identifying as a Libertarian?  You can't appropriate whatever label you choose and then redefine what it means.  You are not a Libertarian.  It's that simple."  Or something like that.

That's a perfect argument against all these trans-woman situations.  Stop calling yourself a woman -- you do not fit the definition.  You can make up your own label since you're making up everything else about yourself!
Off Topic / Imagine a home you own is demolished while you're on vacation
« on: October 22, 2023, 11:37:47 AM »
In a nutshell, a family home that was boarded up for 15 years unoccupied was in the middle of being demolished.  A neighbor called the owner to ask what was going on.

The owner asked the neighbor to go find out what was happening.  When she did, the foreman told her to mind her own business and continued the demolition.

Another family member was then called who showed up and asked the foreman for an order that gave them the right to destroy this house.

As the foreman read through the demo order with the relative, he said "Oops.  Wrong address."  So, he just packed up and left, leaving a pile of rubble where the house once stood.

Legal and Activism / Yet another reason to rethink Red Flag Laws
« on: October 22, 2023, 11:23:57 AM »
Yet another reason to rethink Red Flag Laws

Michigan just instituted new red flag laws, and law enforcement has 'concerns" trying to execute Red Flag orders.

80-year-old segregation wall finally comes down in Baltimore
“We had no choice but to tear it down,” Morgan State University's president said.
“We couldn’t have this symbol of hate staring down every single day.”

Morgan State University plans to build a wall around
campus after shooting during homecoming week

Morgan State University leaders are planning to build a wall around most of the
northeast Baltimore campus after a shooting last week left five people injured during
homecoming festivities

I'm thinking this is the very definition of Progressive Liberal Social justice Warriors "shooting themselves in the foot."

Off Topic / What is "they" going as for Halloween? A VICTIM!!
« on: October 19, 2023, 07:49:07 PM »
I wish I could have a little empathy for her/they/it, but it's hard to when someone thinks they can force EVERYBODY to participate in a delusional existence.

 :popcorn:   times infinity

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