Same old song.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The floor guys messaged us on Sunday afternoon and said oops, the last job turned out more complicated than we thought, so we’ll be a week later. Alan pointed out that we are leaving the goddamn country in a little over two weeks, so they agreed to come by and make the repairs that have to be done before the sanding/staining/sealing stuff starts on…Friday.

I know contractors work hard. I know shit happens. But just kill me now.

As it stands now, we’ll have about 5 days to get the house put back together before we leave, but oh well these are not problems. And then the spending will stop, or at least slow down, for a while.

Meanwhile, we might as well spend all our money now, because in a few more years this stupid country may well be sinking into the sea. I present to you the story of how a county election staff imploded over not Donald Trump, but…fluoridation:

Anti-fluoride groups have been active in the United States for decades, but have experienced a bump in popularity in recent years. By 2018, more than 70 cities in the United States had banned adding fluoride to their water systems, including some in Texas. Fredericksburg, the largest city in Gillespie County, held its own vote in 2019.

For years, Texas’s most vocal critic of fluoridated water has been Laura Pressley of Williamson County, a perennial candidate for office in central Texas who has yet to win a race. Local press often highlights her advocacy of disproven conspiracy theories. She has appeared on Alex Jones’ programming, and has said that “something was planted” in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. In recent years, she has become a self-styled poll watching expert and vocal opponent of electronic voting systems, training hundreds of people across the state in what election administrators say are disruptive practices that harm election integrity.

“Our elections are the representation of free will, and if we can’t trust that our free will is being represented legally and accurately, then God’s will is being thwarted,” she said at a meeting in Hood County in 2021. In recent years, she’s filed unsuccessful lawsuits against counties across the state over a variety of alleged voting problems.

And you know the rest of the story, how the constant harassment and threats and I’m-not-paid-enough-for-this led to the woman who ran elections in this Texas county to say exactly that. But it’s a good story.

I wrote about fluoridation once, too, about a dispute in northern Michigan. It was 2015, which felt like a million years ago, in terms of our current situation. The moral of my story is, don’t try to push a fluoride ban in the home of Michigan Community Dental Clinics corporate offices. Although who knows how it would go now.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. If you are one of those who observe, consider fretting about something else. Like whether or not my floors will ever get done.

Happy Wednesday, all.

Posted at 7:41 am in Current events |

54 responses to “Same old song.”

  1. Peter said on August 31, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Two items –

    One way to remember Lady Di today is to watch “Amelie” – Lady Di’s accident is a subplot of the movie (or as they call her, Lah Dee Dee”)

    Those General Jack D. Ripper scenes from Doctor Strangelove just don’t get old, do they. But he’s right – I’ve yet to see a commie drink a glass of water.

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  2. alex said on August 31, 2022 at 8:06 am

    It has been our experience, this year anyway, that contractors are booked six months to a year out and are incredibly vague about when they’ll get around to doing anything, so we’ve put a bunch of stuff on hold until things come back to normal. Just weeks ago a tree service finally removed a tree that fell onto our dock last fall. We still have to fish a whole lot of debris out of the water and rebuild the dock but that will have to wait until next year.

    We’re going to move into my dad’s house eventually and he is going to pay to have it rewired, but we’ve given up on seeking bids having been stood up by numerous contractors who evidently aren’t interested or are too busy to be bothered. I can’t very well justify taking time off of work to meet with them when it’s this fruitless. And out of numerous contractors who did show, only one — ONE — bothered to submit a bid, one that was so preposterously expensive that I suspect it was their way of weaseling out. Why would they want this project when there’s so much new construction going on? So I guess we’ll have to put it off until the economy takes a dive again and they’re desperate for something to do.

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  3. Vince said on August 31, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Here in Portland they do not fluoridate the water. In my two decades here I’ve had three dentists. Each one said the very same thing when first looking at my teeth. “You didn’t grow up here did you?”
    “Um, no, why?”
    “Your teeth are good. You must have had flouridated water as a child.”
    Yes, I did. In Colorado it wasn’t an issue.

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  4. Mark P said on August 31, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Anti-fluoridation activists? On top of everything else? Hmm? I think I might have mentioned something here before about, like, whom the gods would destroy …

    To paraphrase The Boss, this country’s going, boys, and it ain’t coming back.

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  5. Ann said on August 31, 2022 at 10:09 am

    I love Vince’s Portland story. By the time I first visited the dentist, at age 5, two of my baby teeth were so full of cavities that the dentist put silver caps on them so the decay wouldn’t spread. My younger brothers and sisters had no such problems, because they grew up with fluoridated water. I know a couple of people who are firmly anti-fluoride–both devoted customers of health food stores, where they can get their fluoride-free toothpaste and all their “natural” supplements. The irony is that if fluoride were not added to our water and toothpaste, my guess is that the health food stores would be selling it as a documented natural remedy to prevent tooth decay. Sigh.

    Sorry about the contractors. Does the sky fall if you don’t get the house put back together before you leave?

    How about this as a palate-cleanser? 7,289,400 migrating birds crossed Marquette County last night.

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    • nancy said on August 31, 2022 at 10:16 am

      Those migration numbers are amazing, as is that tool. 1.1 million over Wayne Co. last night.

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  6. David C said on August 31, 2022 at 10:30 am

    You have a really weak-assed god when his will can’t do jack shit about electronic voting machines. God is a technophobe, I guess. If Jesus had kids, God could have asked his grandkids. Shoulda bonked, Jesus.

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  7. ROGirl said on August 31, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I’m trying to get my kitchen remodel project going. It took a good 2 months to finalize the quote, I signed the contract last week and got them the deposit. The project manager finally showed up yesterday. Nothing has been ordered yet, the cabinets could take 8 weeks. I have looked at appliances, but had to wait until work actually starts, and availability comes into play of course. I’m hoping it will be done before Thanksgiving.

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  8. Jeff Gill said on August 31, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Another minister and I were talking about the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories, and when it seemed to have passed an event horizon of acceptability. Keep in mind this is a county that went 63% for Trump in 2020; 19 of 25 townships going over 70% in his favor. My college village is considered the liberal bastion, but our precincts went only 63% for Biden. Joe saw 35%, two points more than Hillary four years before; interestingly, our county was 42% for Obama in 2012.

    My point being that fringe conspiratorial stuff has a long history here, from Lorenzo Dow right on down to friends of John Birch. When I first moved here in 1989, a close friend & colleague had a husband who was a vehement anti-fluoride speaker & activist (she disassociated herself from him a few years later) and he had quite the list of local elected officials who let him speak at city & county events.

    The conversation yesterday was about a guy back in the 90’s who visited churches up and down the main avenues, who looked like a semi-retired insurance salesman, well kept & not immediately bug eyed, who wanted to talk about public health and the Christian community . . . and once you let him into your office and he sat down, he launched into a lengthy tirade about the Amish, genetic anomalies, selective breeding, and yes, you were just waiting for it, Hitler. That’s right, up in Holmes County they were doing what Dr. Laurence Olivier, DDS could only cinematically dream of: breeding a new Adolf among the frauleins of the Plain Folk, hiding in plain sight in central Ohio.

    He was not shakeable by any means any of us ever found, and once you’d been suckered into giving him a hearing, all you could do was evade him. I gave him two rounds because I wanted to see how far I could push him, and like a QAnoner about pizzas and basements in grade level buildings, it was crazy all the way down. Nothing about Hitler’s death and the devolution of Odessa and the ratline and all of that could lever him off of his fulcrum: the Amish were busy breeding a new line of Ubermenschen from Hitler’s DNA and no one would listen.

    It was intertwined with some Latter Rain theologizing from William Branham, and so he stayed around the area wearing out his welcome at a variety of charismatic churches one after another. But my point is that he never lacked for funding or support, even if he was a fringe figure at best and a mildly psychotic paranoid at worst, which was most weekday afternoons and twice on Sunday.

    Now he’s Alex Jones (who had a fan boy march with Info Wars banners for years in our local Fourth of July parade), or Tucker Carlson, or of course Donald Trump. He’s Steve Bannon and Sidney Leopard-Print Powell. What’s the line between the wandering single-room occupancy itinerant crank and a social media footprint? Is just the distance between 20% & 35%? Or is it even smaller, but the magnification effect of the internet allows black helicopterism to become a major stream even if it’s actually just a trickle?

    And in my earthworks & archaeology world, the Nephilim hypothesis about Biblical giants and the ancestry of Native Americans makes the old Ten Lost Tribes rumors seem like the good ol’ days . . . but I really wonder if there wasn’t many more TLT believers in the 50’s than Nephilimers today, but somehow having it on a webpage makes local adopters more willing to assert and maintain that stuff?

    Eh, back to work.

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  9. Jeff Borden said on August 31, 2022 at 11:30 am

    The shitty town in northwestern Ohio –Dexter can vouch for the creepiness of Lima, notable as home of the state psychiatric prison– where I lived most of my pre-teen life didn’t have fluoridated water and I have a mouthful of fillings to prove it. Once we left, I can count the number of cavities I’ve had on two fingers, but the upkeep on the fillings continues to bedevil me. . .one crown so far and another likely within a year or two.

    BTW, Lima is represented by Jockstrap Gym Jordan, the fellow who never heard or saw a thing about the numerous student athletes at Ohio State under his supervision molested bye a team physician over the years. The best thing that ever happened to our family was getting the fuck out of there in 1964 and moving to Medina, a small town 30 miles south of Cleveland. . .like trading the wasteland of “Mad Max” for Mayberry, lol.

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  10. Jeff Gill said on August 31, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Medina also being the hometown & I believe continued residence of Tom Batiuk, he of “Funky Winkerbean” & “Crankshaft” fame.

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  11. alex said on August 31, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Child trafficking hysteria seems to be the big thing around here.

    Just this past weekend I drove over an interstate overpass where a woman and a bunch of children were waving “Stop Child Trafficking” signs and banners at the vehicles below. I’ve also seen firsthand accounts in local Facebook groups where people claim they’re been stalked and surveilled by supposed child abductors while playing with their children in local parks.

    I feel sorry for their children. It must be terrifying to live in a home with parents who are that untethered and are acting out this way.

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  12. Dexter said on August 31, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Jeff Gill’s first comment should be printed in The NewYorker. Damn, Sam!
    Jeff Borden, Lima is just far away enough so all I ever did there was catch a train to Philadelphia once and then 2 years ago for a couple months I was driving there periodically for my wife’s hospital stays at St. Rita’s. A woman in a doctor’s waiting room started extolling the virtues of that Trumper Jim Jordan and then warned me to not walk even one block around Lima or “ they” would rob and shoot me. Well, I do remember when my friend Leo’s son was a basketballer at FW Northside HS and they went to play a Lima team and a mini riot occurred, and another time a scuffle happened at the Lima Waffle House when 3:00 AM drunks trashed the place.
    Years ago Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig barnstormed there causing quite a stir, hobnobbing with city rulers and farmers.
    Medina…I was just recently watching rail/ hobo videos of the Lake Erie-Wheeling RR there when I find out my daughter is staying there in a hotel suite as she works at her new job in the field of psychology. So now Jeff B. mentions it as his old hometown.

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  13. ROGirl said on August 31, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    There’s a group going around replacing all the toilet seats with wooden toilet seats. They’re called the Birch John Society.

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  14. brian stouder said on August 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I remember sitting in a neighbor’s car while she and my mom were in a store (this was in pre-mall, 1970 or ‘71 Fort Wayne), and perusing a random paperback book called (something along the lines of) None Dare Call it Conspiracy….which struck 9 (or 10?) year old me as flatly ridiculous. Upon further review, I suppose it makes a little sense that folks would look for (and/or impose) an overarching, calculated Conspiracy Theory to the somewhat incoherent tumult of that era. Here in 2022, ‘safe harbor’ bastions for willful ignorance apparently satisfy a market segment (as always)

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  15. Julie Robinson said on August 31, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Speaking of conspiracy, those fiber optic cables for the internet are all too fragile, providing ongoing employment for the techs who make repairs necessitated when someone was just moving shelves around. Roughly 48 hours without internet brought us to our knees–forced to watch broadcast TV and DVDs, unable to ask Uncle G to turn lights on and off, and worst of all, depriving our work from home son of his daily lifeblood. Fortunately he could pack it all up and go to the girlfriend’s house.

    Off to go catch up with the world.

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  16. jcburns said on August 31, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Hmm. “Someone was just moving shelves around.” Hmmmmm.

    (Me, I think fiber cables are just right. Immune to squirrels outside and a lot of abuse inside.)

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  17. Suzanne said on August 31, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    I think conspiratorial thinking has gotten much worse in the age of the internet. The kooks have always been around but now, they can easily find each other. The modern world is so fast paced, constant change is the norm, and people can’t deal with the constant disruptions so they fall back on conspiracy to explain what is happening. It’s easier for them to believe there is a secret cabal controlling society than it is to believe that life is a giant swirling toxic pond that catches each of us in it’s vortex and eventually sucks us down. I think it is especially bad right now in the US with a population that is heavily evangelical and believes that each one of them is the apple of God’s very eye. If bad things happen to them, it has to be someone’s fault because God exists to protect them and he wouldn’t let them suffer.
    Education helps but even then, it’s a tossup. I have a very intelligent friend who told me several years ago that she believes there is a cure for cancer but oncologists are hiding it because they don’t want to lose their jobs. How a person’s rational brain doesn’t step in and say “Wait a minute! That’s nuts!” I can’t figure but apparently, that doesn’t happen with too many people.

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  18. Julie Robinson said on August 31, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    It wasn’t me!!! The good news is that he fixed a couple of other problem areas left by earlier installers. And even better, the shelves can now get fastened to the wall and won’t need to be moved again.

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  19. Jeff Gill said on August 31, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you, Dex.

    Gary Allen was a very active Bircher (Johns or otherwise), and he wrote “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” in 1971. I’ve deaccessioned it from a few church libraries over the years. Basically, it’s a fascinating mash-up of right-wing Marxist ideas, that a wealthy cabal [the “of Jews” is silent] is behind Communism to make sheep of both socialists and capitalists alike.

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  20. Dorothy said on August 31, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    25 years ago my husband and I were co-celebrating our 40th birthdays. His is in May, mine is today. The party was pretty much over by the time we heard about Diana. At first it was ‘she was badly injured.’ And then the shocked feeling to know she died. Her poor sons were what I thought of immediately. And now they have to still be at the mercy of so much tabloid bullshit. I don’t know if it’s as bad these days as it used to be, but nonetheless, they are targets and their kids will be too, someday.

    I picked up my granddaughter at the bus a couple hours ago and it was fun to hear her talk about what she did in kindergarten today. Her Music teacher is a girl and going to have a baby, so they met the teacher who will be replacing her. “His name is Mr. Cliff. Or maybe it was Mr. Edge. I can’t remember.” Five year olds – every conversation is a skit!

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  21. Deborah said on August 31, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    We had a book in our house, this would have been in the early 60s maybe, called “None Dare Call it Treason”. My mother read it then my sister, who was enthralled by it. I read it and thought it was ridiculous. It was published in 1964 (according to Google), so I was 13/14. It was about how all of these important and influential people were communists trying to take over the country, or some such. I thought is was hyperbole even at that age. I think we talked about this book here a while back.

    It’s just astounding to me how many people buy into all the maga crap. I had no idea there were so many gullible people.

    The bird migration numbers are astonishing. I wish we could see this spectacle, but it happens at night and we can’t.

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  22. David C said on August 31, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Squirrels leave fiber-optic cables alone. That’s good news. They’re putting them in our neighborhood. Our Spectrum internet cable goes through our neighbors arborvitae and the squirrels chew through it about every year. The fiber-optic will be buried so TS squirrels.

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  23. Dave said on August 31, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    As I’ve stated many times before, we lived in Bath Township, just a couple of miles from the Lima city limits from 1980 until 1986. Our two oldest children were born in St. Rita’s. We were there because my job took us there, as it later took us to the much better Fort Wayne. I’m told that Lima is really bad these days but I’ve not been there in many years now. Had it not been for my job, we would probably have stayed much longer or might have fled thirty miles up the road to someplace like Findlay, which we thought might be better, that being said without thorough investigation.

    We lived only about three miles, if that, east of the Lima State Hospital.

    I recall there being a John Birch promotional flyer in the Columbus Dispatch one Sunday a long, long time ago. I feel certain it was the Columbus Dispatch, I remember reading it and I read the paper from the back pages (comics) forward
    for all of my growing up years, the delivery would come tossed out the delivery man’s window as he drove by, always wrapped in brown paper. That had to be in the very early 60’s, I would guess.

    The Wheeling and Lake Erie, Dexter? I believe they run into Lima on trackage rights over the CF&E a couple of times a week, the CF&E being what was once the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad, the Standard Railroad of the World, as the company advertised.

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  24. Julie Robinson said on August 31, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    In Fort Wayne before fiber optic came through squirrels would eat through our phone lines at least once a year. Our Orlando installers were a bit casual about the burying part. According to today’s tech they’re supposed to be three to four inches deep but we had some visible. Neighbors have had theirs cut through by lawn crews. All deference to jc, but I think they are too vulnerable.

    I mean, I could understand not wanting to dig deep through northern Indiana clay, but the soil here is half sand.

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  25. Jeff Gill said on August 31, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Dave, are you sure it wasn’t the Columbus Citizen-Journal? They got sucked into a number of Panama Canal treaty rants back in that day. Of course, I’m sure the Wolfes would have run the insert if the check cleared the bank.

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  26. Dave said on August 31, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    No, Jeff, unless it came as part of the mail, which is entirely possible, it had to be the Dispatch. My parents never subscribed to the C-J. There’s always a chance I’m wrong, we’re talking 60 years ago. I remember reading it in our home and I believe it was in newspaper magazine format.

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  27. Suzanne said on August 31, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I tried to comment about conspiracy people but I probably once again spelled my email wrong or something and the comment is stuck somewhere. Post chemo brain. It’s bad.

    I did verify this week that I am old enough to be my oncologist’s mother. That gave me pause.

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  28. Deborah said on August 31, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I remember back in the 90s when I was old enough to be the mother of some of the people I hired, that was sobering. One time I helped one our newest employees find his car in the parking garage next to our building and the parking attendant thought I was the mother of the employee instead of the boss. That threw me, and I was maybe in my mid to late 40s then. The parking garage was a double helix so very confusing if you didn’t really pay attention when you parked.

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  29. David C said on August 31, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Too bad. SP failed in her bid to try to retake the crown of queen bee of Wingnuttia. Alaska is sending a Democrat to Congress.

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  30. Deborah said on August 31, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    These special elections have had interesting outcomes, haven’t they?

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  31. basset said on August 31, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks for that bird traffic link, very interesting.

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  32. basset said on August 31, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    25 years ago tonight… Mrs. B and I had been out somewhere and got home at maybe ten-thirty or so, turned on the TV and saw Diana’s car smashed in the tunnel. Mama B was a Brit so we called and woke her up.. she spent the rest of the night in front of the TV and the rest of her life convinced that Diana was murdered by the British government.

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  33. A. Riley said on August 31, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Diana’s life was a damn shame. She was barely educated, her head was stuffed with fairy tales (marry the prince and live happily ever after!), and she was brought up only to be the lovely bride of some nobleman, who hopefully wouldn’t turn out to be too depraved. She was doomed from the minute someone ambitious saw Charles smile at her and she smiled back.

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  34. basset said on September 1, 2022 at 1:17 am

    And her car just sold for a remarkable price, probably is the most expensive Ford Escort ever:

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  35. alex said on September 1, 2022 at 7:34 am

    She-Who ha-ha.

    And I can’t even begin to contain my joy this morning after reading Dahlia:

    Maybe the long arc of justice is still bending the right way after all.

    Curious about which of the particular documents were being kept with the passports.

    Feeling joyous for the first time in nearly six years!

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  36. Julie Robinson said on September 1, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Good one from Dahlia on what is a daily topic of conversation in our house. Mom said she has to live long enough to vote against him again. I hope she does live that long but that he himself is gone. The best thing would be for him to blow a gasket and stroke out.

    We all cheered about caribou Barbie.

    Suzanne, both my new internist and gynecologist are young enough to be my daughter, and I’m fine with that. They are energetic and knowledgeable and amazing. My old doc in Indiana was just going through the motions the last few years and he ended up retiring right before we moved. We had gone to him for a long time, and as I look back I wonder if he was dealing with depression.

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  37. Mark P said on September 1, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Dahlia is saying what I have been saying since the FBI search news broke. I spent about 30 years dealing with classified material, and I know enough about it to know that what Trump did is at the very far end of the right-wrong scale. The government is assessing the potential damage release of those documents would cause because they have to assume every bit of classified information in them has been compromised. That would be true no matter who took them, but it’s doubly true in Trump’s case. If I had done what Trump did, I would be in jail awaiting trial. He has no arguments left. If he isn’t indicted, tried and convicted, then we really are screwed.

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  38. Robert said on September 1, 2022 at 11:11 am

    “None Dare Call It Treason” was on the reading list at my Koch Foundation-supported HS.

    “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.” – John Harington (English 1561 – 1612)

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  39. Deborah said on September 1, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    So I tasted the new batch of pickled apples and it doesn’t taste that great. I’m going to look up some things you can do with lemon pickled apples.

    We’re making a second batch of apple butter, tasting the first batch soon with bread LB just made. The crockpot apple butter is so easy but it took a lot of apples to only get 3 bonne maman jars worth from the first batch. But we have LOTS of apples so that’s good. We gave one jar away so far, looking for more people who like apple butter.

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  40. FDChief said on September 1, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    I’m not going far out on a limb predicting that not only won’t he be tried, convicted, or jailed Tubby won’t even be indicted.

    We’ve finally arrived where we have been headed ever since the Nixon pardon; our “leaders” are now kings, our “public servants” are now our masters.

    The many corrupt criminal enterprises in the Reagan WH culminating in Iran-Contra?

    Never punished.

    The many corrupt and criminal enterprises – including the crime of waging aggressive war for which we hung the leaders of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan – of the Dubya WH?

    Never punished.

    And, of course, the corrupt criminal activities of the Orange King’s Palace?


    No, sorry. We the People have lost our taste for revolution. We are too busy with our private business to chastise – much less defenestrate – those who use the public business to commit crimes in broad daylight in the public square.

    Perhaps if we’re lucky the squire will give us some extra bread when he hauls us into the corvee’…

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  41. Julie Robinson said on September 1, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Freshly baked bread with apple butter, Deborah you’ve got me salivating. I should say that we only made apple butter during the five years we lived in a house with an apple tree. We didn’t spray with chemicals so the apples got worm holes and spots, easy to cut around for sauce/butter but not so appealing to eat. If you had to buy apples at retail you’d go broke making apple butter.

    I saw the cutest couple this morning at Costco, holding up a men’s shirt. He told her no matter which one they got, he’d look great in it because she chose it for him. She crinkled up her nose and smiled, then put the shirt in their cart.

    Later, over our glamorous food court lunch, I told D about them. His response? That’s a man who’s been married for many years!

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  42. Little Bird said on September 1, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    The friend I go picking with estimated that we gathered approximately $180 worth of apples. I think she was figuring at $3/lb. That was between the two of us.
    Not only do we have apple butter (and more coming), pickled apples (two kinds), and just a few loose apples, but the upstairs neighbor brought down some pie for us made from the apples we gave her!

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  43. Deborah said on September 1, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    I found a couple of recipes I’m going to try to use the pickled apples we made a couple of days ago. Putting them in a crock pot with a pork loin sounds good, they have onions in them so that seems right. Another thing I read was to roast them with brussel sprouts and then top with a simple tahini sauce.

    We had the freshly made still warm bread with apple butter and boy was it good. Our neighbor made a pie with apples that LB gave her, she made the crust using sour cream somehow, she said she usually uses ice cold vodka instead of ice water because it makes the crust flakier. I’ll have to try the vodka trick the next time I make a pie crust.

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  44. Colleen said on September 1, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    My cousin and her husband live in Medina. He’s a beekeeper and gentleman farmer.

    Anti fluoride people are just kooks. I didn’t have fluoridated water growing up, since we were on a well (and God only knows what was in THAT water…) However, when I was a wee one, I was given fluoride in my vitamins. Age 55 and not a cavity.

    So should dems be feeling cautiously optimistic? Women are registering to vote in droves, Sarah P was defeated, and 45 just keeps digging himself deeper and sounding nuttier. He sent out some ridiculous number of posts on his personal Twitter like app the other night. I mean, enough that if your friend sent that many unhinged messages, you’d see about getting them some help. And the GQP has been awfully quiet about 45 for the past few days…

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  45. Dexter Friend said on September 2, 2022 at 2:11 am

    The day Diana died we had taken all the kids to King’s Island and I was driving the freeway south of Cleveland towards home when it came on the radio.
    And Spectrum buried my lines to my great delight as the squirrels ruined my internet lines time after time. Spectrum really has their act together these days, no recent equipment failures, free internet boost, and they cut my bill on a promo to less than half what I was paying.
    Sports heating up, Liverpool won on a goal at the last possible opportunity, U Michigan football kicks off Saturday, and the Cleveland Guardians are in the thick of a possible playoff run.

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  46. basset said on September 2, 2022 at 7:09 am

    More sports: Leyton Orient is top of League Two and undefeated, and both Haas cars are looking better than usual in practice for the Dutch GP.

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  47. Jeff Borden said on September 2, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Spare a thought for Melania tRump, who has suffered mightily as a result of the FBI search of Lard-A-Lago. . .

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  48. Julie Robinson said on September 2, 2022 at 10:44 am

    “Even her husband isn’t allowed in her bedroom”, says a friend. Hahahaha. I’m surprised if she’s even at Mar-a-Lago. And do we really think she does her own laundry? So presumably other people do touch it and on a regular basis. So much bullshit here.

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  49. alex said on September 2, 2022 at 11:45 am

    The only reason Melania would buy new underwear is to sell it to pervs on 4Chan as used. She can probably gross 1K a pair if it’s skidmarked. Good sideline, what with her husband’s income streams from fleecing rubes and selling out our national security coming to an end soon.

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  50. Jeff Borden said on September 2, 2022 at 11:53 am

    I’ll admit to being somewhat surprised Melania hasn’t dumped the orange tumor by now. Supposedly, one of the reasons she was slow moving to the White House was her desire to rewrite a prenuptial agreement, though the purported reason was not wanting to take Baron out of school mid-year. Is it remotely possible she actually loves the loudmouthed boor? I’m generally a bit of a romantic, but that doesn’t sound right. There must be a monetary issue at play.

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  51. Deborah said on September 2, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Maybe Melania is waiting to find out if she’ll have another chance to be First Lady again. I know she said she hated it but this next time she can spend most of it in Monaco or some ritzy place, with guards. A couple of those guards could be her side pieces.

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  52. LAMary said on September 2, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    I recall a comment here, years ago, about how lame the Black Eyed Peas music is. The song in question was Rock Your Body. I think the lyrics were pretty much the words, “rock your body,” over and over while the band jumped up and down. I saw them on some morning show for ten minutes or so this morning and they still only have songs that are one phrase of lyrics repeated while they jump up and down but Fergie has been replaced.

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  53. Jeff Gill said on September 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Sanding? Staining? Sealing?

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