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    Watercooler 1/9/16 Open Thread: Nothing to see in Germany, A winning ticket buys a lot of Hellfire

    What’s it going to take?  If the violence that took place in Germany New Year’s eve had occurred in America there would be shouting from The Golden Gate Bridge all the way to Manhattan.  You would not be able to quell the yell. At least, I hope that would be the case. Women in Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and other cities have lodged complaints of thefts, assaults | Read More »

    Watercooler 1/7/16 Open Thread: NH polling, Another gov runs, UK talks Trump

    Libertarian Field Heats Up: – John McAfee is getting competition in his Libertarian run for the presidency.  Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson said he is once again making a run for the oval office .  He ran back 2012 as a Republican, then dropped out only to get back in the race as a Libertarian after winning that party’s nomination. After his unsuccessful presidential bid, Johnson went on to | Read More »

    Water Cooler (1/2/16) OPEN THREAD – Driverless Cars and Alabama Millionaires

    We won the lottery. That must have been the thought when lawmakers passed the $1 Trillion-plus  omnibus last month.  Nothing like the promise of a whole lot of cash in your pocket to make you go a little crazy.  Since there’s a tiny chance you may similarly find yourself flush with lotto winnings, USA Today has several reminders to help you keep that cash longer. Mostly it’s lots of things not to do like:  “Become | Read More »

    Water Cooler-Thursday (12/31/15) – Open Thread

    Water Cooler-Thursday (12/31/15) - Open Thread

    Let’s start off the Water Cooler by debating the inevitable: Are black eyed peas racist? Someone tell us now before it creates havoc tomorrow. Another Path: A couple days ago  Erick Erickson laid out what could be a  path to victory.  Teaparty.org  wrote about to victory back in April.  In October, Patrick Buchanan explained Donald Trump’s path to victory in The American Conservative. Here’s one for from Daily Caller.  If | Read More »

    Water Cooler (12/27) Open Thread – Cats & cheap smokers, President vows action, Protests on break

    Shocker:  New York state cigarette tax collections have plunged by about $400 million over the past five years, says the New York Post. Cigarettes are over $10 a pack there with most of that going to taxes.  The decline in revenue is blamed on more cigarettes being bought cheaper out of state and 19 percent of smokers just quit.  Raise your hand if you predicted this.  Raise both hands if your | Read More »

    WATERCOOLER 12/26/15 (Open Thread) IRS lost money, Mugshots, The newest Libertarian

    News of a major shake-up in the presidential race broke Thursday. John McAfee who had planned to join the race under his very own “Cyber Party”, which just sounds like a raucous blog site IMO, but plans have changed. McAfee now will be running as a Libertarian  after having been in contact with reps from the party earlier in the week, says USAToday. Doug Craig, a national board member of the Libertarian Party, said he | Read More »

    Water Cooler Open Thread- *UPDATE*- Democratic Debate, Poor Paul Ryan, Polls, Where’s Rubio, Praise from Rick Perry

    Real Clear Politics  has up some new PPP polling out that pits some from our side against two from their side: Carson v Sanders; Rubio v Clinton; Trump v Sanders; Trump v Clinton; Bush v Clinton.  Trump v Trump. ( I might have made up that last one. ) *** Well, somebody is checking social media for terrorists.  The Department of Justice has charged a 19 | Read More »

    Water Cooler Open Thread – Visas, Gottapee, Donald gets The Big One

    Remember how Donald Trump had this plan to shut down parts of the internet to fight ISIS? Really? Just shut it down? You can’t do that, can you? Maybe he can.  A Brazilian court yesterday shut down WhatsApp in Brazil.  WhatsApp is a messaging and voice application that has roughly 45 million people in that country using it.  Well, CNET  says they were using it until a judge ordered the app | Read More »

    The Water Cooler Open Thread – Lindsey, Star Wars, Drone Registration

    As if the holidays weren’t busy enough, cram this one in your schedule. December 21st is when the government starts taking down all your info if you own a drone.   Whether its the classic radio controlled planes you put together in your garage or the more sophisticated ones expected to go out to hundreds of thousands of people this holiday season most all will have to | Read More »

    Kill a Cop “… the death penalty is going to happen” – Trump (Can he do this/open thread)

    Yesterday, Presidential frontrunner and all around bad boy Donald Trump received the endorsement of the New England Police Benevolent Association. This may come as a shock to many, but yes he does get endorsements.  What did come as shock was what he said  according to The Hill   while accepting the endorsement: “One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be | Read More »

    Election Day ! Louisiana! (an open thread about anything)

    I kneaux nothing about Lussiana politics, and I’ll be the first to admit it. But, I suspect others on here do and may want to chime in. Plus its a weekend, which means all kinds of stuff can happen and usually does, hence the desire for open threads since some stories have no home to go to. Also, this is Thanksgiving week. So, dig out your | Read More »

    Trump done with Fox because…Momma, they’re picking on me again!

    GOP Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has decided he’s done with Fox News. Again. I know this because it was on Twitter. .@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015 Once again the blame can be laid squarely on the feet of | Read More »

    Marco Rubio’s camp. man. Beeson accused of assaulting Rand Paul aide (updated)

    This is what happens when staffers get bored.  A story up on Politico this hour has some of the details, but in a nutshell ‘s Michigan chief strategist, John Yob, claims Rich Beeson (‘s campaign) punched him the face. “The state police are looking for him. I have it on video, from multiple angles.”, Yob is quoted.  Apparently, this whole thing took place last night at a bar on Mackinac | Read More »

    Marco Rubio’s camp. man. Beeson accused of assaulting Rand Paul aide (updated)

    This is what happens when staffers get bored.  A story up on Politico this hour has some of the details, but in a nutshell ‘s Michigan chief strategist, John Yob, claims Rich Beeson (‘s campaign) punched him the face. “The state police are looking for him. I have it on video, from multiple angles.”, Yob is quoted.  Apparently, this whole thing took place last night at a bar on Mackinac | Read More »

    New Center for Medical Progress Video Out.

    This latest video from the Center for Medical Progress involves a former StemExpress procurement technician telling her experiences. What she saw, or didn’t see. Namely, consent forms not being handled properly.  Her name is Holly O’Donnell, and while this video doesn’t have some of the heart wrenching scenes we’ve come to expect from these videos, her account of what happened is chilling nonetheless.     If | Read More »