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  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    Happy Dad's Day, crappity papas!
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 310
    The mention of Budgies and Geckos made it impossible for me not to post this



    It's probably the cheesiest song that I adore, but I do.

    I mean, you can't beat Siouxise singing "pana-rhamic ba-nah-nah".
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 310
    Speaking of great drummers (Nice blend, Fozzie. Thank you, Fozzie!), sorry to hear about Stan. It doesn't seem like much of a fall, but I fell off a couple of loading docks in my day and know how little it takes.

    The first time was when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. My father brought me to some car parts warehouse off a highway and after loading the car with a bunch of stuff he picked up, he sent me back in to drop off the handcart we had borrowed at the main warehouse counter on the other side of the loading dock.

    My last memory that day was of walking through the door into the building (the loading dock was inside - the parking lot was on one side and the warehouse on the other side). My father eventually came to look for me when I didn't return and found me lying at the bottom of the loading dock with the handcart, unconscious. My next memory was waking up under observation in the Children's Hospital. I had puked my guts out from the concussion and screamed and swore at the doctors and nurses, terrifying my mother, who didn't even know I knew all of those curse words. I have no memory of any of that, but this was just one of the many head traumas I have experienced in my life.

    No real idea how I fell, but I imagine it's likely that I tried to 'ride' the handcart like a skateboard and went off the edge.
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 310
    Father's Day was never a big day around these parts, but this was my first without my father. It was sorta strange to think about, so I tried not to think about it. A few days ago it was the anniversary of his death. I tried not think about that, either. I'd rather not remember that day.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    edited June 22
    The 21st is not technically over in this time zone, but it’s looking like those Mayan calendar scholars got it wrong again. Good thing I talked myself out of that massive last-day-of-the-earth spending spree I was considering.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    No real idea how I fell, but I imagine it's likely that I tried to 'ride' the handcart like a skateboard and went off the edge.
    This is what you made me think of:
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 310
    I do know that he would be delighted to have witnessed Trump's Tulsa faceplant. However, I do fear what lies ahead. While Trump's policies have yet to have been quite as destructive as that of the Bush Administration (the War on Terror is a very high bar), Trump's domestic impact has yet to be fully assessed, I believe it's fair to say that he has been a singularly destructive force in societal terms.

    I never really imagined that I would ever begin to fear the breakdown of the US' "every man for himself" 'rugged individualism'. I assumed I would celebrate it. Unfortunately, it is being replaced with a very violent, hyper-partisan, reactionary nationalism built around a single figure. I am still reluctant to throw around the f or n-words (facism and Nazi) but I have no idea how you return to conventional politics (as nightmarish as those are) after driving an (un)healthy portion of the population so far off the edge that a NWO conspiracy theory based around the President has given birth to its own church (however small).

    This is different from the usual far-right fundies circling their wagons around a Dry Drunk Born Again Republican. Somehow, despite failing to carry through with any of his more radical Trump remains a revolutionary force to these people, one who promises still to purge the hated establishment (including Hollywood, the media, etc.) of all those they blame for their misfortune.

    Can this cult survive without Donald Trump? This is unclear. For them, he remains the only person in government who can be fully trusted (to me, people who believe this are more terrifying than the millions of people who trust no one in government - their faith in Trump is what makes them dangerous). What I fear now is that the most zealous are beginning to see their fellow citizens - at least those who do not share their political views - as indistinct from the establishment, and perhaps also worthy of purging.

    Thankfully, Americans like to talk big and have been talking big for decades. Most will remain talkers. However, the same forces that brought thousands of BLM protesters into the streets are weighing down on conservatives, and what was seen recently in Bethel, OH, could be a sign of what is to come.

    And even if most Americans continue to scream and shout online and buy merch and stockpile guns they will never point at another human being, there is no shortage of mentally ill in the country, and they continue to prove prone to infection by these conspiracy theories that have become the backbone of the Trump hold on his base.




    A Massachusetts man arrested after leading police on a chase with his five children in the vehicle live-streamed some of the incident on Facebook before allegedly ramming a cruiser and crashing into a tree in North Hampton.

    “We don’t want to die,” one of his daughters screamed at one point as she pleaded with him to stop during Thursday’s frightening ordeal.

    Alpalus Slyman, 29, of Dorchester, faces three counts of felony reckless conduct, conduct after an accident, and disobeying an officer.

    The arrest followed a pursuit that began when police in Haverhill, Mass., notified New Hampshire authorities to be on the lookout for a blue Honda Odyssey minivan.

    Police had received a report that a woman was thrown from the vehicle in Massachusetts, which prompted the chase, but Rockingham County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Al Brackett said they later learned that the woman was Slyman’s wife and that it appeared she jumped out while it was moving because she was concerned about the way he was acting.

    Slyman posted several videos from inside the minivan on his Facebook page, some of which were taken before his wife fled and he continued on into New Hampshire with the children — ages 13, 5, 2, 1 and 8 months.

    Brackett said the 13-year-old child also posted about the incident on social media.

    Screams could be heard several times during Slyman’s livestream as he refused to pull over while listening to WROR, a classic hits radio station.

    “Don’t you understand? The cops aren’t your friend,” he tells the children before claiming that he’s trying to protect them.

    At one point he turned the camera toward his speedometer, which showed him traveling at 110 mph.

    He also asked for help from the president: “Donald Trump, I need a miracle,” he said.

    Slyman later told the children, “All they’re going to do is drug me and then say I’m crazy.”

    In earlier videos before his wife got out and the chase began, she could be heard begging him to stop.

    “Slow down, honey, before you kill us!” she says after telling him that he’s “not right.”

    Slyman is being held without bail at the Rockingham County jail after he was found to be a danger to himself and his family. Brackett said a mental health evaluation was requested.

    “We feel very fortunate it ended in the manner that it did. It was a very chaotic and potentially dangerous situation that ended up with a good conclusion,” he said.

    New Hampshire authorities began watching for Slyman after Haverhill police contacted Plaistow police shortly after 11:30 a.m.

    A Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy spotted the minivan on Route 125 northbound in the area of Route 107 around noon and attempted to stop the vehicle, but he continued.

    Police soon learned that the incident was being live-streamed from inside the minivan, prompting Rockingham County dispatchers to connect to the feed and advise deputies and officers that there were passengers in distress and in need of help.

    Deputies and officers from several agencies continued to pursue Slyman as he got onto Route 101 and headed eastbound. Stop sticks were deployed while he was traveling in Stratham, causing one of his tires to deflate.

    Police said he got off Route 101 at Exit 12, struck another vehicle, and drove on into North Hampton, where his minivan was boxed in by sheriff’s vehicles. At that point, Slyman rammed a cruiser and struck a tree at approximately 12:17 p.m. in the area of 10 Exeter Road in North Hampton.

    Slyman was arrested without further incident.

    Brackett said the children were not injured and were later reunited with their mother.

    Police from Brentwood, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Kingston, Stratham, and North Hampton assisted, along with New Hampshire State Police and North Hampton fire and rescue personnel.

  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    He seems like a perfectly reasonable guy to me. “I know about Hilary cuttin’ open a 10-year-old.”
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    I can’t believe I watched that entire video.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    Has anybody that argues that using mail-in ballots increases voter fraud presented any compelling evidence to support that idea? I haven’t read or heard anything about any evidence that points to it being true.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 5,746
    edited June 22
    "Mail-in ballots increases voter fraud" is code for "we will make voting as hard as possible for them niggers, spics, pinko commies and other un-American scum". Therefore, no evidence is needed.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    That’s what I thought. So it’s just another one of those things certain people will repeat without any kind of data to support it.

    Crappity uber alles!
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 4,032
    People on the right don't care what's true. They care what reaffirms their worldview and punishes anyone outside of it.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    I’m kinda bummed I can’t wear my Hawaiian shirt anymore. :(
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 5,746
    edited June 22
    I'm pissed off that I can't dance the boogaloo anymore!

  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    I got my piano, but 2 of the lowest A and B keys don't work. So that’s a bit of a drag. I don’t think I need those 2 to start learning. I have no idea how much it costs to get them fixed.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    You can still do the dance, but you can’t wear the shirts. Do boogaloo dudes still carry the news?
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,755
    Pffft.. you totally don't need those keys. Never cared for 'em, myself. Too dang low.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,755
    The voter fraud question (including the mail-in portion specifically) has been extensively researched by academia and bipartisan commissions. It is a fraction so small that it doesn't even move the needle. It is indeed a bullshit argument.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,755
    Big ups to all the dads, past and present.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 2,755
    I have been having a absolutely wonderful few days with E____ and A____. Cooking, making movies, playing croquet. I think I've mentioned that they have been quarantining with their mom this whole time. So it's been a spike of joy I've been missing for way too long.

    Despite their increasing ages, they are still happy to be my playmates and I'm so down for that.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    Cooking, making movies, and croquet? Who wouldn’t wanna be your playmate? I mean that in the most innocent sense of the word.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    Who would even use those keys except classical composers? I don’t they’re used much if at all in most jazz, blues, boogie woogie, or pop songs. Maybe avant-garde stuff. I doubt Elton John or Jellyroll Morton used them.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 5,746
    More dumb shit that made me laugh:
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  • TrippTripp Posts: 602
    I've been looking for a good youtube video for you Ev. Piano stuff. Still haven't settled on one. Sorry. But of course you should look yourself. I try to find ones that are short.
  • TrippTripp Posts: 602
    edited June 24
    this one's alright I guess. this guy seems left-handed? I would be doing all this with my right hand.
  • TrippTripp Posts: 602
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    Yeah, I’ve been looking. My sister gave me a good book for beginners. The idea of learning to read music is a bit overwhelming. I guess I could go about it like guitar and learn the notes and chords.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 5,746
    edited June 24
    Compared to guitar, It's much easier to learn chords on a piano: one can immediately see the intervals!
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 2,302
    I just have to keep my expectations pretty low. Like I’m not going to be able to play Oh, You Pretty Things or Great Balls of Fire any time soon.
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