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    When Elizabeth Warren Kindly Ignored That I Smelled Like Vomit

    It’s not every day that you have a chance encounter with a presidential candidate, especially on America’s birthday. But I had walked off an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Dallas after spending the entire flight tending to my 3-year-old son as he experienced severe motion sickness. Despite several changes of clothing, I was still a picture of nonperfection and I looked tired, disheveled and didn’t smell very fresh. Moreover, I had one sock on and one sock off since my son had thrown up on my shoes as well.

    And that’s when I walked past Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

    For a freelance reporter, interviews with presidential candidates are difficult, if not impossible, to attain. But here was an epic opportunity and I was a mess — in old yoga pants and a stained T-shirt to boot.

    However, instinctively, I turned around and walked back toward Sen. Warren. And then I hesitated. My confidence faltered. I did not look like a professional and I was worried I’d make a fool of myself.
    So, I pushed myself and mustered up the courage to walk over and introduce the very dirty me to presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren. I quickly apologized for my lack of grooming and that I most likely smelled like my son’s breakfast. A finer point on it: like vomit.

    She smiled and immediately put me at ease, saying something like, “It happens to the best of us.” I burst out laughing. Maybe a little too loud, a little too long. But it had been a long, hard trip regardless of how short it had actually been.

    After she introduced me to her team she asked, “Is your son ill or was it motion sickness?”

    “I believe motion sickness. It was really hot leaving Phoenix and it was a super bumpy ride,” I said.

    A conversation began. Warren told me how she had also dealt with motion sickness and gave me a few ideas on how to overcome and solve the issue. Then she also recounted how one of her own young family members suffered so much from it that her school said she wouldn’t be allowed on future school trips. Sen. Warren then explained that it was against the law to discriminate against a person suffering from motion sickness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The ugliness of Trump’s racism is blatant and defining. Four decades worth of bigotry that he can’t deny or ignore.
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    The moral of the story that still holds: Do you have a problem? Elizabeth Warren will get you a plan to solve it. Even if it's just that you smell like vom.

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    She wasn't bluffing, either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvolio View Post
    And I know I've said this before, but here's what I think about libertarianism. The "Free market" can only work the way die-hard libertarians say it will if those selling goods and services are honest about those goods and services. But the history of advertising tells us that that rarely happens. I mean, if we got rid of the FDA, for example, how would we know if the meat we're buying is safe, or that the tomatoes and lettuce we buy won't give us e-coli? Are we supposed to bring a microscope with us to the supermarket? And how many of us would even know what to look for?

    So yeah, let's get rid of all safety regulations and let word of mouth, via social media, fight the big boot of corporate advertising. That should work out well.
    The last time I actually started to try and humor a libertarian in a debate, they argued that there should be no regulations on dynamite. Safety or otherwise. Their argument was, "My grandfather worked with it, and he never blew his thumbs off."

    I wish there was more to that argument, but that was it. Immediately to the cause that they couldn't readily get explosives for recreational use. And that was the last time I even humored a libertarian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celgress View Post
    I don't understand why you're hostile to freedom? I simply believe personal liberty is sacrosanct which is why, for example, I supported same-sex marriage long before it became fashionable to do so. If you aren't hurting others the government has no right to tell you what you can and can't do or even what you should do.
    But what about if you are hurting others? Do you think the government has the right, or even the obligation, to step in?
    Because that seems like it would lead a lot of places a Libertarian might not like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    The last time I actually started to try and humor a libertarian in a debate, they argued that there should be no regulations on dynamite. Safety or otherwise. Their argument was, "My grandfather worked with it, and he never blew his thumbs off."

    I wish there was more to that argument, but that was it. Immediately to the cause that they couldn't readily get explosives for recreational use. And that was the last time I even humored a libertarian.
    My paternal grandfather lost one digit of his finger to a misadventure with a pencil in grade school, and that was something that DIDN'T explode. My Maternal Grandfather was a very grim taciturn man who in my Mom's youth used half-sticks of dynamite he was blowing out tree stumps with to chase off Mormons going to preach to Grandma about the godless man she'd married.

    The Moral - Anything can be misused by those not paying attention at the wrong moment, but if the potential for abuse is high then it needs to be regulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    The last time I actually started to try and humor a libertarian in a debate, they argued that there should be no regulations on dynamite. Safety or otherwise. Their argument was, "My grandfather worked with it, and he never blew his thumbs off."

    I wish there was more to that argument, but that was it. Immediately to the cause that they couldn't readily get explosives for recreational use. And that was the last time I even humored a libertarian.
    I think anything taken to extremes can be too much. Regulating explosives is something I think the government SHOULD do, because it fits into one of the things I think regulations are supposed to exist for.

    Protect the workers - things like OSHA exist for a reason, and while sometimes I think they are crazy (thick safety tape on the floor which creates a tripping hazard is something OSHA prefers to painted lines)

    Protect the consumers - foods shouldn't be dangerous, products should do what they claim, and all sorts of stuff like this.

    Protect the general public - yes, explosives should be regulated. This is also where things like the EPA fit in, since dumped chemicals don't stay where you put them. I like the fact that a coal mining company in Utah isn't allowed to just dump stuff into the Virgin River, since I get my drinking water from there. And people who get drinking water from elsewhere shouldn't have to worry about it becoming dangerous because not messing with it is too expensive for that nearby factory. As well as the basic stuff like laws against taking things that don't belong to you or shooting high-powered weapons in populated areas. Bullets travel.

    Protect the free market itself - anti-trust laws fit here, since monopolies hurt customers AND stifle innovation.

    Facilitate one of the above 4 goals.

    And things which shouldn't be laws are stuff like rules saying that a rental property can't rent to multiple people who aren't related to each other. As long as the tenants pay on time and don't cause problems for the neighbors (and if merely being there causes a problem then the neighbors ARE the problem) then the law has no place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wjowski View Post
    I guess the term's not as common as I thought.

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    https://sf.curbed.com/2019/8/1/20750...-san-francisco

    Judge Charles F. Haines ruled Monday that Kihagi has repeatedly violated previous court orders and injunctions over the past two years. The judge called in a receiver because, in short, nothing else seems to have worked.
    The ruling cites a “persistent pattern of bad faith harassment, retaliation, and fraud against multiple tenants; repeated failure to comply with notices of violations, stop work orders, and abatement orders; repeated efforts to deny Plaintiff City the right to inspect the properties; repeatedly covering up work done without the required permit or exceeding the scope; constantly entering tenants’ units with unreasonable notice or no notice at all; history of flagrantly violating court orders; [...] and complete lack of understanding of the unlawfulness of their conduct.”
    Haines also added another $470,000 in penalties to the running tab of what Kihagi owes, which, according to Mission Local, now sits somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million.


    OBVIOUSLY TEH FREE MARKET!!!!!111111 will solve these problems.
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    https://www.newsweek.com/nearly-all-...s-guns-1453694

    American and Mexican law enforcement officials say nearly all of the gun violence in Mexico is fueled by the illicit import and sale of U.S. firearms.
    The underground trade of weapons to Mexico is worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually—with American guns used to kill tens of thousands of Mexicans each year.
    In addition to weapons from the States working better, Mexico cartels view firearms as status symbols, retired DEA agent Jack Riley told The San Diego Union-Tribune: "It is really important to these criminal organizations, who stay in business by the threat of violence and through the use of violence; and the tools that they prefer to do that with are American-made guns."
    Tijuana's Director of Public Safety, Marco Antonio Sotomayor, says most of the guns flowing into his city come from north of the border.


    "There's no way for people to buy guns like these in Mexico. They're American-made guns," Sotomayor told the Union-Tribune. "We know they're being illegally trafficked through California into Tijuana."

    The NRA and the rest of the gun lobby are counting their dollars in their blood soaked abattoirs.

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    Liberterianism doesn't work because it (much like communism) requires humans to be at their 100% best at all times. Thats not going to happen thus it'll end in misery.

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    There Are ‘Thousands And Thousands’ Of Other Documents On Jeffrey Epstein Case: Journalist

    Troves of evidence and testimony spell trouble for Epstein co-conspirators, warns Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown. But Epstein took the coward's way out rather than face the music.

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    Florida Man Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Up Walmart After El Paso Massacre

    Police said they’ve arrested the 26-year-old man suspected of being a white supremacist on charges of making written threats to kill or do bodily harm. But please, tell me again how Antifa is the REAL threat to Americans.



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    New UN Report Puts A Dagger Through Climate Deniers’ Favorite Argument

    No, carbon dioxide emissions are not “good” for global food production. Well, D-UH! Anybody who's not a conservative/right wing slurper could've figured that out!

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    Conservative Pundit S.E. Cupp Quits The NRA, Makes Powerful Plea For Gun Control

    The former “NRA Mom” now says “we must do something about guns.” All too true, but, unfortunately, nothing will happen. As usual.

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    Anthony Scaramucci Warns That Trump Will Turn On Nation As Men Go At It On Twitter

    Trump “turns on everyone, and soon it will be you and then the entire country,” cautioned the president’s former pal. Scary Tony imparts a goodly amount of truth, and, of course, Trump can't handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Anthony Scaramucci Warns That Trump Will Turn On Nation As Men Go At It On Twitter

    Trump “turns on everyone, and soon it will be you and then the entire country,” cautioned the president’s former pal. Scary Tony imparts a goodly amount of truth, and, of course, Trump can't handle it.
    Who would have thought it possible that a man who cheated on two wives, drove several businesses bankrupt after refusing to pay them upon what was agreed upon, and who vindictively yanked medical insurance off of his own nephew after his brother's family was too vocal about how he screwed them out of old Fred Trump's will... who would have thought such a man would be disloyal and turn on others?

    Everyone who paid attention, that's who.
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    Sometimes I wonder what kind of deal Trump has with Kelly Ann Conway or if she's got dirt on him or what seeing as her husband is not shy about criticizing him in public. Yet Trump hasn't dumped her yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    Sometimes I wonder what kind of deal Trump has with Kelly Ann Conway or if she's got dirt on him or what seeing as her husband is not shy about criticizing him in public. Yet Trump hasn't dumped her yet.
    I suspect the situation with Kellyanne of Green Goebbels is a simple one: Trump keeps her around because she faithfully and zealously (perhaps even fanatically) defends him, and he just loves that sort of blind loyalty. So, he gives her hubby a pass, which, in itself, is highly surprising, given Trump's non-existent tolerance for criticism.
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