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Posts by Pappy Smear

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  • 'Closer than we would like': Steve King faces tough primary challenge backed by GOP leaders

    05/29/2020 4:34:03 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    Pappy Smear to Wm F Buckley Republican
    I drive around a lot in eastern IA04. Not seeing much for yards signs for any of the candidates. In fact yesterday I only saw 3, one each for King, Feenstra, and Taylor.

    I don't have a good feel on the race from the word on the street. Nobody is really saying much, which I actually think is good news for King. If it does go to convention, Feenstra is not going to come out of it I don't think. I don't think he is any candidate's 2nd choice.

  • 'Closer than we would like': Steve King faces tough primary challenge backed by GOP leaders

    05/29/2020 10:02:04 AM PDT · 7 of 12
    Pappy Smear to MarvinStinson
    I live in the district. Been a supporter in the past. I generally don't disagree with his stances. But his time is done. This is one of the most R districts in the country, and he about lost it last time. His hubris gets him in trouble. He did an interview the NY Times. Of course they misconstrue it and make him look bad. Why would someone like him do an interview with the NY Times? Stupid.

    With that said, I'm not voting for his chief challenger either. Feenstra is a RINO, trying to be Mr. Conservative.

    I'll be voting for Jeremy Taylor. He's not going to win the election, but if no candidate comes up with 35%, the election goes to a convention, and in that scenario, I think Taylor can win. That scenario is how King got in 16/18 years ago, whenever. King got 2nd in the election, but no one got 35%, and he was the compromise candidate at the district convention. We'll know soon....

  • BREAKING: President Trump to sign Executive Order on Social Media Censorship

    05/27/2020 8:15:01 PM PDT · 293 of 578
    Pappy Smear to RandFan
    They need to decide if they are a platform or a publisher. The phone company is a platform. They cannot turn off your service for telling a lie to someone over the phone. The advantage is, they can't be sued for something that is illegally said on their platform. If I say I want to murder someone on their phone line, the phone company holds no liability.

    A publisher has the total right to control the content on their product. That is an advantage. The downside, is they can be sued for libel for anything that goes on on their product.

    Companies like Twitter and Facebook have been trying to take the advantages of being a platform or a publisher, without the downsides. They need to pick which one they are. Are they like a phone company, or are they like a newspaper?

  • White woman who hysterically called 911 to report an 'African-American man threatening her life' after he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park APOLOGIZES [tr]

    05/26/2020 5:44:42 AM PDT · 30 of 65
    Pappy Smear to ronnie raygun
    The only way a man will overlook these road blocks is if she looked like a Julia Roberts or a multitude of other hot model actresses she is not. She needs to be put on a leash not her dog

    Julia Roberts? To each his own I guess. I always thought she was a dog face and didn't get America's obsession with her, even in her prime. I can walk into my local Target and find 20 women better looking than Julia Roberts in her prime. And probably 75% of the women in my local Target look better than Julia Roberts does now.

  • RE Memorial Day: The Ball Turret Gunner

    05/25/2020 6:37:28 PM PDT · 28 of 48
    Pappy Smear to Retain Mike
    My instructor in tech school(he never talked about it, his widow told me this at his funeral) was a tail gunner in a B-17. Apparently when he flew, he carried a Bible under his shirt--for reading while en route to the mission. Apparently he got hit once, and the shrapnel hit him right in the Bible which was tucked over his chest. Tore the Bible to shreds, didn't hurt him. But of course may have killed him if he didn't have the Bible.

    I always liked the guy, but never knew that this common man had done a job like that.

  • Why Are Masks Triggering Conflict and Rage?

    05/25/2020 7:39:08 AM PDT · 58 of 117
    Pappy Smear to rktman
    Setting the politics aside (mostly), this weekend I noticed the difference between a state that was locked down compared to one that wasn't.

    I live in a state that never totally locked down. (Iowa) Masks are the exception here, and life is getting back to relative normal. For example, went to an outdoor fruit and veggie stand, there was one person out of 30 wearing a mask. At the grocery store, maybe 1/3 of the shoppers are wearing masks. Only about 1/2 of the employees are.

    But I went to Wisconsin this weekend, which was locked down. I went into a store, and probably 1/2 of the shoppers were wearing masks.

    I think the tighter the regulations on the lockdown in a given state were, the more likely people are to wear masks, and more slowly wind down on all this. For the "Free States" like Iowa, people are more likely to already be living a normal life.

    The open up ball is rolling quickly here in Iowa. Just the tone on Facebook is way different from my Iowa peeps. The number of lock it down, flatten the curve people have shrunk to almost none. People who were all on that train are now posting pics of them out and about doing stuff, without masks.

    People don't want to admit they were wrong. I get that. But the numbers are showing if you weren't near death, you weren't going to die from this. Instead of busting their balls, I welcome them to Team Live Normal.

  • Amash decides against Libertarian campaign for president

    05/16/2020 11:55:56 AM PDT · 12 of 45
    Pappy Smear to SauronOfMordor
    The funny thing is, when Amash got in the race, all the Ds were having a fit, thinking he was going to steal votes from them.

    While he doubt would be the choice of some Ds, and maybe a good portion of the Bernie Bros holding their nose, the vast majority of Ls are disaffected Republicans who are pissed that the Rs say all this small government stuff, and accomplish nothing.

    I think Amash dropping out is good news for Trump. (despite what the hordes on Twitter say)

  • Michigan's Whitmer says armed protesters displayed 'worst racism and awful parts' of US history.

    05/03/2020 10:58:07 AM PDT · 29 of 102
    Pappy Smear to carriage_hill

    We just got the “W”, as in win. When people drop the racism bomb, that’s the last of their ammo.

  • A Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama Ticket To Replace Joe Biden?

    05/03/2020 7:54:58 AM PDT · 101 of 118
    Pappy Smear to Helicondelta

    The only people talking about Hillary as nominee are conservatives trying to get clicks on their website. I know and have asked several Ds. NONE of them want her anywhere close to the D nomination.

  • Alanis Morissette: Nearly Every Woman in Music Has Been ‘Assaulted, Harassed, Raped’

    04/29/2020 8:26:55 PM PDT · 64 of 65
    Pappy Smear to nickcarraway
    I'm sure most of the women in the music industry were willing or unwilling participants in sexy stuff to get good recording contracts.

    Ever heard Bonnie Tyler "sing"? Absolutely horrible. She had to have been able to suck the chrome off a bumper to get a recording contract.

    I read a book about the beginning days of MTV. Somebody walked in on the lead singer, I forgot her name, of Missing Persons fellating the MTV programming director. That's one way to get in rotation....

  • Boris Johnson “Furious” Over China’s Lies About Coronavirus Deaths

    03/30/2020 7:06:21 AM PDT · 13 of 49
    Pappy Smear to EagleUSA
    I'm confident our government has a pretty good idea how many people died in the Wuhan area. At least if we have a competent government. Our satellites should have been looking at that area, and have a great view of human activity around Wuhan. And then with human intel on the ground, have a pretty good idea what went down there.

    I think our shutdown is overblown. Based on the info and numbers released. But I am willing to subscribe to the notion that Trump has the truth of what went down in Wuhan, and that the truth is the 10s of thousands of deaths that have been thrown about. And that Trump is sitting on that knowledge to prevent a panic in the USA.


    03/21/2020 10:45:30 AM PDT · 21 of 43
    Pappy Smear to Rummyfan
    I watched the game on the MLB Network the other night. Really enjoyable, and really happy for him 40 some years later.

    He wasn't a showboat. Just a goofy kid having fun. You can't fake that stuff.

    It's too bad he hurt his knee, which messed up his throwing motion, which hurt his arm. Who knows if he could have continued his dominance. But since he did get hurt, it did give us one magical year that stands by itself to give old baseball fans a nice memory.

  • Chrissie Hynde Pens Kind Letter to Trump, Reveals She Allowed Rush Limbaugh to Use Her Song

    02/18/2020 6:38:48 PM PST · 30 of 45
    Pappy Smear to CheshireTheCat

    It is just me, or does Chrissy Hynde look like Melania Trump?

  • Trump's Daytona 500 appearance could include lap in presidential limo

    02/15/2020 7:49:00 AM PST · 66 of 90
    Pappy Smear to Gahanna Bob
    Here's Reagan's AF1 racing Richard Petty.

  • Rush Limbaugh ponders a Trump debate against Pete Buttigieg: 'What's gonna happen there?'

    02/13/2020 5:55:23 AM PST · 41 of 68
    Pappy Smear to Rockingham

    My Democratic friend says, “America would elect a lesbian for president, but they are not going to elect a gay guy.”

  • Iowa is now 100% in

    02/06/2020 6:52:04 PM PST · 74 of 197
    Pappy Smear to Fledermaus
    What are those numbers before the percentages?

    Those are awarded delegates to the state convention. In the Iowa D caucuses, it is not the raw votes that matter, it is delegates to the state convention that you get. Not unlike the Electoral College (isn't that ironic, considering how the Ds hate the EC)

    Each precinct gets delegates based on turnout in the previous election. So for example if Bernie got a whole bunch of people to vote for him in a very Republican precinct, he gets a lot of votes, but not many delegates.

  • Iowa Caucus results: Buttigieg in first

    02/04/2020 2:30:36 PM PST · 89 of 251
    Pappy Smear to DOC44
    As someone who went to the caucus last night, this is screwed up. My old lady precinct chair, did not run the caucus the way it was supposed to work. And it makes me wonder if more were like this. Here why:

    We were supposed to choose our candidate (I went with Yang FWIW), and then count people, and report that. In my little precinct of 82 people, there were 8 people there for Steyer and 3 for Yang, among others. They were supposed to get a pre-viability tally. Yang and Steyer were not viable (in my precinct, needed 13), so they just said, "regroup". So we did, got every one in a viable candidate, and then they did the official count. So they did not report any initial votes for Steyer or Yang.

    So when I see below that Steyer only had 240 votes, when my little dinky precinct had 8 people there for him, that is a crock. Not sticking up for Steyer, but just saying, they are under counting people like Steyer and Yang who generally weren't viable, but did have some initial amount of support.

    Ultimately, it is the delegate count that matters, but this count is a supposed pre-viability tally, and I don't believe the counts at all for the lesser candidates.

    I wouldn't trust these Democrats to put on a bake sale for the local little league. And FWIW, I really don't think there is anything shady going on. This is strictly incompetence.

  • Iowa Caucus Thread...

    02/03/2020 8:33:50 PM PST · 595 of 862
    Pappy Smear to nutmeg
    I've done 4 R caucuses, and now 2 D caucuses. This isn't an all D problem. The deal with the caucuses are, they are not run by the state or county election officers. They are party events, run by volunteers. And the usual party volunteers, no matter the party, are a bunch of old farts with nothing better to do.

    And these people probably still have AOL and dial up internet. They are not technically savvy and trying to enter results in a smartphone app is like trying to launch the space shuttle. It's not like professional business people are running most caucus sites.

    With that said, a caucus does serve a valuable purpose. It really isn't to pick the winners, it is to weed out the for sure losers, no matter the party.

  • Iowa Caucus Thread...

    02/03/2020 7:24:52 PM PST · 310 of 862
    Pappy Smear to Pappy Smear

    In my precinct in rural Iowa, the votes after viability went 26 Sanders, 14 for Warren, Amy, and Pete, and 13 for Biden. The thing that matters tho is delegates to the county convention, and that was 4 for Bernie, and 2 each for Biden, Warren, Amy, and Pete.

  • Iowa Caucus Thread...

    02/03/2020 7:22:19 PM PST · 298 of 862
    Pappy Smear to BigEdLB
    I went to my D caucus tonite here in rural north central Iowa. Generally a pretty R area. I had to flip my registration to D to participate.

    Had 82 people show up. Having been to R caucuses, the Bernie folks looked very similar to a Ron Paul group, was the youngest group there, and the most male.

    I joined the Yang group, and there were only 3 of us there. On first count, only Bernie and Warren were viable. Which in this precinct was to have 13 people to be viable. Everyone else was at 10 or less, Amy, Pete, Joe, Bloom, Steyer, Yang and a couple others had 1 or 2. Nobody there for Tulsi.

    When it came time to disperse, for the non-viable, only a Biden and Warren person came to ask for my vote. Of us 3 yang people, one went to Amy, one to Warren, and I decided to go to Biden. I was the one that made him viable in our precinct. If I hadn't of gone to Biden, they would have only had 12 and would have had to disperse. Of the 13 Biden people, only 2 were younger than 50. (by my guess).

    It appears that the non-viable Steyer people went to Pete and Amy to get them viable. One person walked out from a non-viable, apparently not wanting to make a 2nd choice.

    I don't live by a college campus, or anything like that. There weren't any wild eyed crazy leftists here, and the buzz and conversations were pretty mild that I heard. Mostly just, "Don't like Trump" which is to be expected. I didn't hear any of the crazy "racist" "Nazi" stuff even when they were all amongst friends.

    I like political stuff, and as an Iowan, I take this job seriously to get the country going in the best direction we can, even if it is a party that I don't agree with. I'll be changing my registration back to R to vote in our primary in June.