Friday Night Open Thread

It’s your turn. Time for you to step up and take control.

It’s Friday Night Open Thread. What’s on your mind? Got a joke? A link? Something you just want to get off your chest? The floor is yours.

Who wants to start?

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Best of All, No Marine Will Ever Again Have to Stand in the Rain to Hold an Umbrella Over the President

The US Marines are testing machine-gun toting robots that can charge up the beaches as advance assault troops.

Added bonus: also really good at getting President Trump’s ball out of sand traps.

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I’ve Never Eaten a Life-Saver in the Dark With a Mirror. You?

[LIFE SAVER LIGHTNING (Triboluminescence Slow Motion) – Smarter Every Day] (Viewer #265,800)

Here’s what happens as the candy breaks:

areas of positive and negative charge are formed in the sugar crystal. When a high enough potential difference is created, electrons jump across the fractures in the crystal. They collide with nitrogen gas molecules in the air. In turn, these are excited to produce positively charged nitrogen ions, which produce a blue luminescence. Some ultraviolet is also produced, and causes the oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate) to fluoresce with a particularly intense blue-light production.

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Link of the Day: Satire – Trump Expresses Willingness To “Sacrifice Canada” In Potential War With North Korea

[High Praise! to The Burrard Street Journal]

Trump Expresses Willingness To ‘Sacrifice Canada’ In Potential War With North Korea

[Think you have a link that’s IMAO-worthy? Send it to If I use your link, you will receive High Praise! (assuming you remember to put your name in the email)]

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Or Is It Only Special People Who Rake It in After Leaving the Federal Government’s Employ?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs at the State Department as his contribution to creating a smaller government.

Don’t worry. They can always hit the lecture circuit at $400k a pop.

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I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Heard This Mentioned Before

[Submitted by Slapout (High Praise!)]

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Straight Line of the Day: Under Secret Orders from President Trump, US Commandos Will…

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

Under secret orders from President Trump, US commandos will…

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The Illustrated Oppo: I’d Love To Hear Your Rationalization For Why Not


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Donald Trump, DDS, Defangs the Left on Bannon

From the writeup of Trump’s recent Bloomberg News interview:

Trump even revealed his own term for Bannon’s ideology: “alt-left,” a play on Bannon’s ties to the nationalist conservative movement sometimes called the alt-right.

Why alt-left? “Bannon’s more of a libertarian than anything else, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said Monday during an interview with Bloomberg News in the Oval Office.

Bannon isn’t “alt-left”. There isn’t even such a thing as the “alt-left”. Trump knows both of those things.

So why say it?

Because now every leftist commentator everywhere will have to spend the next week saying exactly what I just said. A good week or so of swatting at ghosts.

And every time they open their stupid leftist mouths on the topic, they’ll drive the term “alt-left” further into the national consciousness and make this non-existent thing become an actual thing, just as nebulous, ill-defined, and muddy as the left’s favorite bludgeon of “alt-right”.

From now on, every time a liberal dribbles on about “alt-right”, they’ll have to bring up the “alt-left”, too, if only to deny it.

Welcome to the Streisand Effect, liberal muckrakers.

Well played, Mr. President. Bacon to you, sir!

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Cartoon of the Day – Double

[A.F. Branco]

[A.F Branco]

Like A. F. Branco, I’m not really sure if the GOP is incompetent (top cartoon) or a bunch of liars (bottom cartoon). I think it’s a little of both, but I lean more towards the latter. Of course, none of that really matters, since the result is the same. Results matter.

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