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- “This spectacle had to have the white-hot spotlight, front page, bold type (whoa-oh!) — to quote one of the evening’s celebrated songwriters — because this Kennedy Center Honors gala was a talker. The night might have begun as the latest parade of cultural icons seated in an opera box with their president, but when a rapper and a Supreme Court justice take the same stage, it isn’t your standard lifetime achievement fete.” [WashPost]
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For anyone still around, everyone's favorite Texas nutjob, Rep. Steve Stockman, has filed to challenge Cornyn.
I think the 10 companies complaining about government surveillance should look to themselves and maybe take their own advice.
Not to say that the government needs to get things right, but these companies comprise the worst of the worst of commercial mining of personal information.
Being a Redskins fan is suffering.
Collie, if you want to read up on the Iran deal, it's outlined here:
Speaking of Failed Presidencies if only GWB had not snubbed Iranian negotiators a decade ago, perhaps Obama would not have this mess on his plate to clean up as well.
As usual Curly the Parrot is merely regurgitating the latest rightwing talking points about Wendy Sherman. And just like a parrot he never stops to think what it is he is actually saying.
The GOP reaches out to pre-school voters.
Breaking up monopolies can work out really strange. I ‘member when AT&T was broken into seven separate companies back in the 1980s: NYNEX, BellAtlantic, Ameritech, BellSouth, Pacific Telesis (PacTel), Southwestern Bell (SBC) and US West. Qwest (now CenturyLink) swallowed up US West; NYNEX, BellAtlantic and General Telephone (GTE) formed what’s now Verizon; SBC bought up PacTel, Ameritech and, eventually, AT&T; AT&T then bought BellSouth. Now we have a handful of major phone carriers: AT&T and Verizon (the two largest), Sprint and T-Mobile. Progress.
Breaking up monopolies can work out really strange. I ‘member when AT&T was broken into seven separate companies back in the 1980s: NYNEX, BellAtlantic, Ameritech, BellSouth, Pacific Telesis (PacTel), Southwestern Bell (SBC) and US West.
Qwest (now CenturyLink) swallowed up US West; NYNEX, BellAtlantic and General Telephone (GTE) formed what’s now Verizon; SBC bought up PacTel, Ameritech and, eventually, AT&T; AT&T then bought BellSouth.
Now we have a handful of major phone carriers: AT&T and Verizon (the two largest), Sprint and T-Mobile.
OT, but we just got back about an hour ago. We were barely out of the driveway and my wife asked, "How bad?". I asked how bad is what? She said "You forgot to put the guide on. Didn't you?". I took my ballcap off and she started laughing. She said I looked like I escaped from "Deliverance".
@Sue_N, OT, but it was cold and windy up in Youngstown today (regional office). We had to stop in a coffee shop to use the bathroom. I hit $10 on a scratch-ff.
@Sue_N , let the bloodshed begin.
@fitty_three They ALLOWED it to happen. The industry wanted to implement 64 bit encryption, but succumbed to govt pressure to cripple it by using 56 bit encryption.
@fitty_three, Do unto others....
Shanny killed RG3 by forcing him to play a playoff game on a bum knee. Haven't recovered since. Just as well - the owner is super-rich and super-in over his head.
@DonQuixotic As a Cowboys fan, I sympathize.
Seriously, when he NFC East begin to suck so completely?
The objective is assurance that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.
As noted below, Congress isn't buying this deal.
Well, obviously you can't trust anything the "incompetent community organizer" says. I'm sure Brietbart will come along and tell us what to really think about it.
Bush fatefully ignored back channel diplomacy.
FYI you have yet to outline the Iran deal we missed.
I don't need any talking points on this lady. If she had a major role in the phony NK deal, one needn't look any further.
What a stinker !!!!!!
@nflfoghorn, eye pee?
Forgot to mention the wreath of Khan. Star Trek classifies as a religion now, right?
But what about us third graders?
@nflfoghorn Lawyers got rich.
@sacredh I have done the same thing. I got up one morning, still halfway asleep I decided I would touchup my haircut. After one swipe of the hair cutter I woke up fast at the sight in the mirror.
Slapped a cap on and went to work, my buddy told me that I should just let it show, I might start a new hair trend.
I fear commercial collection of data far more than I fear the government's collection of data.
I'm curious how he will address this inconvenient little factoid:
Significantly, President Rouhani was the head of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team in 2003-5 at a time when Iran was actively engaged in negotiations with Britain, France and Germany (aka EU3) about a range of issues including its nuclear programme.
Then Rouhani made a series of proposals that could, and should have led to a settlement – were a deal not blocked by George W Bush.
We know this because, as Britain’s Foreign Minister at the time, Jack Straw took part in these negotiations. Here’s what he said on the Today programme on 3 August 2013, the day that Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated as president:
“I’m absolutely convinced that we can do business with Dr Rouhani, because we did do business with Dr Rouhani, and had it not been for major problems within the US administration under President Bush, we could have actually settled the whole Iran nuclear dossier back in 2005, and we probably wouldn’t have had President Ahmadinejad as a consequence of the failure as well.”
This or the State Department are the only source for the points of the deal because...you know...it's their deal. If someone were to argue against the source there's not much I can do about that.
S/r: I pity the fool. A response to your new reverse mohawk which I couldn't post in its proper spot since I have a stupid computer.
@Sue_N , it's been crazy the last week or so. I've hit over $200 since I hit the big one 9 days ago.
@fitty_three, same here fitty.
They were a bit off, but again, it seems like raw talent kept them in the game.
Maybe the needed another butt bite to keep them motivated, 16 games is a looooong season.
Oh, Snyder has always been a terrible owner, don't get me wrong. If anything the point could be made that he's allowed this to happen. He brokered all of this with Shanahan.
He will do like he always does. Ignore it and press on.
@nflfoghorn, I look BAD, not bad as in good, bad as in WTF. I thought about shaving my head, but I've got a couple of scars (the result of going through a windshield) that kind of precludes a shaved head. What the hell. It is what it is. My hair grows fairly quickly and I'm not going to be self-conscious about it. If anybody asks about it, I'll just say that I had a run-in with Mitt Romney and refuse to explain any further.