On the Bright Side, at Least with Trump the Bowing & Pandering Is Over

Departing CIA director John Brennan criticized Donald Trump for his approach to national security, saying the president-elect should not be carelessly “talking and tweeting”.

Just curious… did this guy ever have a word to say about Hillary’s emailing?

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The One Time I Would Want to Visit Obama

[High Praise! to Hope n’ Change Cartoons]

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Link of the Day: Apparently I Remember the 80’s, Since I Got Most of These Right Off (Except the Danny Thomas One)

[Mental Floss]

11 ‘Golden Girls’ References Explained for Younger Viewers

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True – Grifters, Second-Handers, and Parasites Never Had It So Good As Under Obama

On MSNBC, Al Sharpton praised the outgoing President, saying “We should thank God we lived in the age of Obama.

Meanwhile, people NOT employed by the professional fake-grievance industry are thinking “thank God we lived through it.”

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Promoted Comment: Buy Buy This Obamacare Lie

[left in the comments to this post by Oppo [High Praise!]

(To the tune of “American Pie“)

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that rhetoric used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those puppets dance,
And maybe they’d be “Hope”-y for a while.

But fibbing always made me shiver,
With every State of the Union I’d deliver;
Bad news? Do the four-step.
I’d try to take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about Benghazi brides
But something touched me deep inside
The day momentum died.

So buy, buy this Obamacare lie
Drove my Chevy to Doc Levy
But they levied a fine;
The good ol’ boys’ network wouldn’t say why
This is why my legacy died;
This is why my legacy died.

So, did you read the bill at all?
And do you have faith in God or Baal?
Is the Bible Belt a so-and-so?
Now, do you believe in Iraq and coal?
Can Pelosi save a Protean soul?
And can you teach me how to jam real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with raves,
‘Cause I saw you dancin’ on their graves.
You and Michelle kicked off your shoes;
Man, I dig those blacks-versus-blues!

I was a moany teenage Barackin’ buck
Hated Nascar Nation and pickup trucks
But I knew I was out of luck
The day that healthcare died.

So buy, buy this Obamacare lie
Drove my Chevy to Doc Levy
But they levied a fine;
The good ol’ boys’ network wouldn’t say why
This is why my legacy died;
This is why my legacy died

Now for eight years we’ve been on our own
Fake rapes reported in Rolling Stone
But that’s not how it used to be;
When Lester interviewed the king and queen
After fawning over Paula Dean
In a voice that came from NBC…

Oh, and Burwell v. King was going down
Protesters donned their thorny crown
Roberts’ courtroom was adjourned
Faux verdict was returned

Don Lemon straight out of the book of Marx
The Five reacted with a lark
And kept the public in the dark
The day the the news biz died.

We were singing buy, buy this Obamacare lie
Drove my Chevy to Doc Levy
But they levied a fine;
The good ol’ boys’ network wouldn’t say why
This is why my legacy died;
This is why my legacy died.

Holder, Coulter, too much to shoulder
The ‘burbs tuned into something colder
Eight hours a day of news, and growing fast;
“Outland” followed by some grass
The players gave Obama a pass
With a call for “Mo’ Lester” — what a gas!

Now half the time crimes came down to drugs
While police sergeants fought emboldened thugs
We all had immunity!
Oh, but the cops acted stupidly.

‘Cause the players tried to take the House
The Senate too, but we refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day amusement died?

We started singing bye, bye to this Obamacare lie
Drove my Chevy to Doc Levy
But they levied a fine;
The good ol’ boys’ network wouldn’t say why
This’ll be the way liberty dies;
This’ll be the way liberty dies.

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation who watch “Lost in Space”
With no time left to start a purge.
So come on, Donald be nimble, Donald be quick
You’re near the flashpoint with a matchstick
‘Cause “You’re Fired!” may be the devil’s only cure.

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
Illegal immigration’s born in Hell
Let’s break that Satan’s spell

And as the votes climbed high into the night
Delighting the sacrificial “alt-right”
I saw Satan leave the limelight
The day Dem usage died.

He was singing “Bye, bye, Miss I’m-Begging-For-Bail
Want Deplorables to deliver but they read your email
If I were in charge, you would now be in jail
This’ll be the day that you fail.”

Now, Hillary’s a woman who rides in Rolls
And I asked about the glowing polls
But she just smiled and fainted quite away
I went down to the boozes store
I’d heard accusers use before
But the man there said the ruses wouldn’t play.

And in the streets, a child named Sonia
Shook hands with a women who had pneumonia
But not a word was spoken
Journalists’ rules all were broken

And the two men I admire most
Washington, and the Holy Ghost
Felt the pain, and felt it most
The day the country died.

And they were singing “By-and-by must America rise
It’s things like this by which democracy dies;
I know we’re a republic, but Republicans cry
Singin’ this’ll be the way that it dies
This’ll be the way that it dies.

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Straight Line of the Day: Donald Trump’s Presidential Limo Will Have Several Special Secret Features, Including…

Works like this: I feed you Moon Nukers a straight line, and you hit me with a punch line in the comments.

Donald Trump’s presidential limo will have several special secret features, including…

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I think I accidentally bought a Windows tablet …

For those that know I’m a Mac user and might wonder why in the world I’d want a Windows tablet, let me start with some computer background about me and the family.

I’ve been a user of Macs since 2007. I’m fairly heavy into the Apple ecosystem with a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, an iPad Pro, an iPhone 6s, an Apple TV, plus hundreds of movies, many TV shows, and thousands of songs from the iTunes store. And that’s just me. I’ve bought many other devices for family members.

Now, I’m not exclusively Mac. I have a fairly decent Windows desktop computer, as well as having virtual Windows computers on my MacBooks. The grandchildren use Windows computers still. All those that are double-digit ages got computers, and I’ve kept them updated every 3-4 years provided they swap them back to me. That ensures they take care of them. Not all do, but most of them do.

At work, I use a Windows computer. Not my choice, but what they assign me. I would prefer to use a Mac, but I cannot justify the extra expense to the company, so I use the Windows machine. I also log in and work remote regularly. That requires a Windows computer, which normally means my Windows desktop.

I was using a virtual machine on my Mac to log in to work if an emergency came up and I wasn’t at home … and had my MacBook with me, which I often did. However, my virtual machine (using Parallels) has recently encountered an issue with the shift key. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Caps Lock always works, but some characters (! @ # $ % etc) are only possible — or feasible; I know about ALT-KEYPAD but prefer to not do that — via the shift key.

Now, considering that in a year or so, I’ll be updating at least three of the grandchildren’s computers, and that it would be useful to have a reliable Windows laptop for emergency remote log in, I’ve been looking at getting a Windows laptop. The grandchildren’s computers have all been Dell Inspiron laptops, which I’ve found reliable, and, until recently, easy to work on if necessary. But, as those three are looking to finish high school in another year, I’m thinking a better grade of laptop might be better for college.

Anyway, I’ve been looking at Dell’s XPS line of laptops. I’ve never had one of those, and wasn’t sure if it would be good to get one of those, or a MacBook. Getting an XPS for me would get me familiar with how good they actually are as well as solve my immediate need for a reliable emergency remote work computer. So, I’ve been looking at the XPS line.

They ain’t cheap. But, I looked into the Dell outlet — that’s their discontinued and refurbished store — and saw some XPS machines with solid state drives at pretty good prices compared to a MacBook. So, I shopped there for a bit. I wanted at least 256 GB drive, 8 GB RAM, and at least a 13-inch screen. However, it came down to “pick two.” So, I went with the drive and RAM, and settled for a 12-inch screen, similar to what the MacBook line offers.

It came in last week, and when I opened the box, it was kinda sparse inside. A laptop and a power supply. Truly bare bones. So, I plugged the laptop in (USB-C connection for power) and let it sit for a bit while I took care of other stuff for a few hours. Then, that evening, after supper, I decided to dive in. First thing I did was open the device. That’s when the screen came off in my hands.

I sat there for a minute with what I can only figure was a really stupid look on my face until I realized that it was designed to do that. It had connection pins and magnetic alignment to ensure they were touching. It was, in essence, a 12-inch Windows tablet and a full-size hard keyboard attachment.

The touchpad works very well, as good as my MacBook keypads. At least, so far. The screen is a little small (being old sucks), but I knew what I was getting into when I started. Changing the resolution (lowering it) has helped that a little.

So, I’m using a Windows laptop, specifically a Dell XPS 12, which is actually a tablet. (Note: Windows PC and mobile operating systems are the same, unlike Apple’s macOS for computers and iOS for mobile.)

So far, so good. But I still feel a little stupid for not realizing what I was buying.

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Iran Probably Hasn’t Read “Art of the Deal”

Iran said it will not renegotiate its nuclear agreement with world powers, even if it faces new US sanctions after Donald Trump becomes president.

No problem. Trump’s gonna alter it Vader style, Lando. Pray he doesn’t alter it any further.

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Cartoon of the Day – Repeal

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[Mike Lester – GoComics]

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The Illustrated Frank J: I Like When the Government Leaves Me Alone, and That Doesn’t Cost Anything

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I Say We Set Obama Adrift Between Havana and Miami in a Leaky Rubber Raft and Ask Him to Reconsider His Policy

The Obama administration said it will no longer grant automatic residency to every Cuban who successfully sets foot on land in the US, ending a longstanding exception to US immigration policy.

Another stupid Obama policy. Forget the wall with Mexico, let’s build a walking bridge to Cuba.

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Link of the Day: Despite Their Denials, They Really Do Say “Aboot”

[Neatorama]

Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?

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You Don’t Often See Such Rampant Individual Craftsmanship on a Factory-Wide Scale

[The Making of a Steinway – A Steinway & Sons Factory Tour Narrated by John Steinway] (Viewer #501,895)

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When You Put It That Way, I Agree With Michelle Obama

[High Praise! to Freedom Is Just Another Word]

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Obama Vows to Bring Those Responsible to Justice

During an interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama said that sometimes during his time in office he “lost the PR battle“.

So… global warming, Russian hackers, or YouTube video?

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