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Re: “Tuesday's headlines and the open line

Hey, i happen to like dogs, for many different reasons. i would much rather live with, work with, or depend upon a dog than i would donny45. granted, donny intends the comparison to be demeaning, but in view of his words and deeds, he should consider status as a dog to be aspirational for himself.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 08/14/2018 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Governor responds to Medicaid work rule lawsuit

am i the only one distracted by asa's posture in the pic? lifting one cheek to let out a squeaker is not uncommon (see blazing saddles), but a two cheek clearing standsquat suggests he was really letting loose.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 08/14/2018 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Monday, Monday

48 minutes ago
I've been doing a lot of reading lately about the concept of "slaveowners' religion," the idea that to avoid the risk of people applying Christian principles to slaves, the southern churches had to basically remove all the loving parts of Christianity. And what we see how is a religion predicated on white supremacy. Makes a lot of sense.

38 minutes ago
That tendency would go back to the time when it became the official religion of the Roman Empire, and then the Crusades and Inquisition.

Basically whenever religion gains control of the state it will become evil. The Founders understood this. Republicans don't.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 08/13/2018 at 6:47 PM

Re: “The Saturday open line

Anna, a suggestion i made to someone else in the last day or two, any dislike clicks that are not accompanied by the person providing a rationale upon which they base their dislike are not worthy of any consideration by you or by anyone else. if anything, you might consider such actions as indicative of the dislikers lack of significant rational thought.

some such actors seem to regard dislikes as accomplishments, for which they incur no costs. however, their unexplained and unsupported dislikes indicate that their apparent positions in the ongoing discussions are being held by individuals who have limited logical foundations.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 08/12/2018 at 4:03 PM

Re: “TGIF: an open line and news

Cato, a suggestion: a 'dislike' clicked means nothing, at least unless accompanied by a reasoned explanation of the reader's basis for disliking your post. for starters, does the disliker acknowledge the truth of what you wrote, but dislike the reality reflected? the present administration offers ample opportunity for this sort of dislike. does the disliker have some reason for disagreeing with what you wrote? in the absence of some explanation for the person's reasons, neither you nor the disliker can explore which of you is more likely to be correct. the threads scattered into the fabric of the discussions on this forum also offer ample examples of these apparent dislikes. the disliker may want what you have written not to be true, but has no foundation for his/her position other than s/he does not want it to be so. again, our present political canyon offers ample examples of this sort of dislike. personally, i am puzzled by anyone taking the time to post a dislike but not regarding the discussion as worth their time to tell the readers why they should think differently.

conversely, some posters on this site seem to be engaged in an effort to generate as many dislikes as they can acquire, apparently regarding aggravation of people with different political and social perspectives as their highest calling in life.

i guess it is true that a person's reach should exceed his/her grasp, or what's a heaven for?

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 08/11/2018 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Deaths in LR surgery center featured in report on mixed regulation of centers

understood that things can go wrong, which is one of the reasons one would need to have an iv established at the outset, so that if the stuff hits the fan, mr sandman can be invoked quickly. however, the data on how often things do appear to go wrong at individual institutions and with individual physicians should be available, so that consumers can judge the center and the person they choose to trust with this and any other procedure.

i have tried to identify the appropriate sports metaphor for this information in choosing the player to trust, attempting to kick a game-winning field goal, two outs, based loaded, bottom of ninth, anchor leg on the 4x400 relay (this one i kinda like cause it involves getting the stick [baton, but it is tube-like in structure]) around the loop, and something about basketball, putting the ball in the hole, as with a free throw, but would like to include the image of a slam dunk.

in part because this is still arkansas, and football is the most visible sport, let's use the field goal. simple percentages give some idea of which kicker might be better, but a kicker who works primarily indoors and/or off artificial turf should have better numbers, at a given distance, than would someone who kicks off grass, mud, or snow in an open field in a stadium with swirling crosswinds. let's not overlook the deep snapper, the holder, and the blockers. similarly, a doc who performs screening colonoscopies on otherwise healthy people should have fewer incidents than would a doc whose patient population has substantial number of people with significant health problems.

as the scope said to the gastroenterologist:

Put me in, Coach
I'm ready to play today
Look at me, I can be centerfield

my apologies for this indulgence, but i hope that at least a few readers enjoyed the diversion and commentary.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 08/10/2018 at 8:14 AM

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