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Lindsay Graham's Statement Today


(]Chicago Sun Times) - “Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday, the South Carolina Republican said. “The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.

“The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe. It was best said a long time ago, E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One. Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness. In reforming immigration we cannot lose these American Ideals.”


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We've got a white deer!


White deer spotted on Whidbey Island
by KOMO Staff


Friday, January 12th 2018

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. -- A white deer was spotted this week on Whidbey Island.

Whidbey resident Harold Robin Kennedy was able to capture a few photos of the deer Thursday morning while on his job site.

He said he has lived on Whidbey Island for 14 years, and although he has heard stories of the white deer, Thursday was the first time he had seen one.

While the deer appears to be predominantly white in color, biologist Ruth Milner with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said it likely does not have albinism.

The white deer is a Columbia black-tailed deer, which is native to Western Washington, according to Milner.
The white color is caused from a recessive gene in the deer and is referred to as a "piebald deer" because of the color.

Milner said that although white deer aren't seen too often, they are also not too surprising to see in the area and show up periodically.

The white deer on Whidbey Island has apparently made appearances before, based on a Facebook page called "Whidbey's White Deer."

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White deer spotted on Whidbey Island





I've heard about them, too, but I'd never seen one. Thanks for posting this!

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Teens are eating laundry detergent for the "Tide Pod Challenge"

A government watchdog is expressing concern over the dangerous misuse of a laundry detergent. In this latest social media fad, teenagers are putting detergent pods in their mouths in what's being called the "Tide Pod Challenge."

Ingredients in the pods include ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and polymers – a highly-toxic mix of detergent meant to wipe out dirt and grime. Manufacturers have been concerned about toddlers mistakenly ingesting them, but now teens are popping them on purpose and posting videos of the results online, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

Nineteen-year-old Marc Pagan, who did it on a dare, told CBS News he knew better but did it anyway.

"A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how – why would I be willing to do that," he said. "No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?"

Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, says ingesting any of the liquid carries a deadly risk.

"This is what started out as a joke on the internet and now it's just gone too far," Buerkle said.

The pods are bright and colorful and to children they can look like candy. At least 10 deaths have been linked to ingesting these pods. Two were toddlers, eight were seniors with dementia.

Procter & Gamble, the maker of Tide products, told CBS News: "They should not be played with... Even if meant as a joke. Safety is no laughing matter."

More than 62,000 children under the age of six were exposed to laundry and dishwasher detergents, between 2013 and 2014.

The next year, Consumer Reports said it would no longer recommend detergent packets, citing "the unique risks" while urging the "adoption of tougher safety measures."

Buerkle says her group has worked with manufacturers to make the packets less attractive to children.

"Making that laundry packet opaque, less attractive, less colorful, reducing the toxicity and the strength of laundry detergent," Buerkle said.

The CPSC also found that elderly adults with dementia were confused by the product and have also ingested it. The danger to little kids is so high that researchers have recommended the parents of children under six years old not buy these at all and instead use regular detergent only.

Anyone concerned about the dangers of laundry pods can get more information from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. If you need immediate help, call 1-800-222-1222, or text "poison" to 797979 to save the number in your phone.

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You think Trump will believe us if we tell him that Obama can eat five and Hillary can eat ten?
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You think Trump will believe us if we tell him that Obama can eat five and Hillary can eat ten?



Wow, what a great idea!

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It's up to three ....

A third porn star just came forward to add a new layer to Trump’s latest scandal

President Trump has now been linked to three porn stars over the last two days, as allegations of extramarital affairs with two of them first made during the campaign have resurfaced in spectacular fashion.

On the morning of January 12th, the Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, a long time lawyer for the Trump Organization and Trump family, paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter she and Donald Trump had back in 2006 – a year after he married current wife and first lady, Melania Trump.

A second porn star, Alana Evans, corroborated the encounter later that day, when she confirmed that Trump and Daniels invited her to join them in a threesome.

]And now, the spotlight has shifted to a THIRD porn star ...
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These revelations weaken Trump's claim to be a germaphobe, don't they? (This claim was his defense against the report in the Steele dossier that he had dealings with prostitutes that were filmed in Russia.)
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It's up to three ....

A third porn star just came forward to add a new layer to Trump’s latest scandal




If there was no impropriety to hide, if the president is somehow a victim here, then there should be no valid reason to spend so much time and energy – and possibly money in the high hundreds of thousands of dollars – to silence them and potentially others.

There is only one possible answer to this question, and it’s one that could finally end this presidency once and for all.


No, it won't. Nothing is too awful for Republicans.

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I agree, Robbie. Why would paying off three porn stars be worse than bragging about sexual assault?
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... it’s one that could finally end this presidency once and for all.

No, it won't. Nothing is too awful for Republicans.



Agreed. After all, Moore almost got elected because the fact that he was Republican was more important than his behavior.
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A number of Youtube vids that ]are all worth watching
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A blue state model for the country


An early part of the wave that's coming:

Incoming N.J. governor plans a swing to the left — and a model for the country

By David Weigel
January 15 at 7:00 AM

TRENTON, N.J. — On Tuesday, when Phil Murphy is sworn in as governor, New Jersey will become one of just eight states where Democrats run every branch of government. If Murphy has his way, New Jersey will become a proving ground for every liberal policy idea coming into fashion, from legalized marijuana to a $15 minimum wage, from a “millionaire’s tax” to a virtual bill of rights for undocumented immigrants.

Undergirding all of it: automatic voter registration, early voting and the right to register with a political party as late as Election Day.

Murphy’s moves could resonate in other states. Republicans, who control 33 governor’s mansions, are defending 26 of them in this year’s midterm elections. The prospect of New Jersey shifting to the left, smack in the middle of the nation’s largest media market, strikes Republicans as an opportunity to warn voters in swing states of what could happen if Democrats take power.

“Residents are leaving high-tax blue states in a mass exodus and taking billions of their dollars with them,” said Jon Thompson, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association. “If Phil Murphy and other Democrat governors embrace the toxic [Connecticut Governor] Dan Malloy model of an anti-business, tax-and-spend agenda, their states will soon serve as a lesson in fiscal failure and Republicans will continue to dominate control in the states.”

Murphy is raring to prove that wrong.

No one believes Murphy will get his way on everything. He will take office in the middle of several fights with the Trump administration. Like Murphy, Christie opposed the Republican tax overhaul for its effect on New Jersey residents’ ability to deduct state and local taxes on their federal returns. Murphy endorses an idea popular in blue states with high taxes — allowing taxpayers to write off their state taxes as charitable deductions.

“We’re going to stand our ground on anything we find unacceptable, and unfortunately that list is long, whether it’s immigration policy, it’s offshore drilling, or it’s an awful tax plan,” Murphy said. He wants to create a new model — a “fair” state, where the rich pay more and the poor have less far to fall.

“How do you jack up the number of incubators? How do you get venture money to be jazzed about this state?” Murphy said. “How do you make sure millennials find the communities they want to live in and use public transportation? How do you make sure the public schools remain some of the best in the country? We’re the most diverse state in the nation — that’s a huge leg up in that economy.”

He praised California and Minnesota, two states that got through the recession by raising taxes instead of cutting services, as his models. One of his first priorities is equal-pay legislation, along with paid sick leave. Another is marijuana, which Murphy wants to legalize as soon as possible, as one way to fight a racial gap in criminal sentencing.

Murphy ran on legalization, and on making New Jersey a “sanctuary state.” This week, Murphy conceded that “sanctuary” was a “buzzword” that probably did more to confuse than enlighten. He preferred a new word — “welcoming” — for more or less the same policy of making it easy for undocumented immigrants to live in the state. That would mean state IDs, driver’s licenses and eligibility for college financial aid.

“This state, under the current leadership, has gotten into the belief that if I give something to you, it comes at my expense,” Murphy said. “That’s a myth. Raising the minimum wage does not take from growth, it adds to growth. Earned sick leave gives workers a lot more confidence and adds to their participation in the economy. Equal pay for equal work isn’t, ‘Here, I’ll give this to you.’ It’s confidence, it’s participation.”

“This state used to be a progressive beacon,” he said. “In many respects, that soul has been ripped out of us. We can put it back.”

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Actually being linked to three porn stars only enhances Trump’s image.


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quote:

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It's up to three ....

A third porn star just came forward to add a new layer to Trump’s latest scandal




If there was no impropriety to hide, if the president is somehow a victim here, then there should be no valid reason to spend so much time and energy – and possibly money in the high hundreds of thousands of dollars – to silence them and potentially others.

There is only one possible answer to this question, and it’s one that could finally end this presidency once and for all.


No, it won't. Nothing is too awful for Republicans.



The stock answer is that the people who voted for Trump knew what they were voting for. And that makes his behavior acceptable, don’t you know.

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A few years back there was an albino squirrel that I used to see across the street. I was surprised that it lasted for a few years.
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Largest prime number discovered has over23 million digits


What kind of person spends his time looking for the largest prime number? What do you imagine his conversation is like? What does he do in his spare time? Does he have any spare time?

The largest known prime number has emerged. It has more than 23 million digits.

By Laurel Hamers January 15 at 8:30 AM

There’s a new largest known prime number in town, with a whopping 23,249,425 digits. The figure is calculated by multiplying 2 by itself 77,232,917 times and then subtracting 1. Announced on Jan. 3, the number is almost a million digits longer than the last record-breaking prime.

A prime number can’t be divided by anything other than 1 and itself. If you started counting at 1, you’d encounter prime numbers relatively frequently at first. But as numbers get larger, primes become sparse.

Jonathan Pace, an electrical engineer in Germantown, Tenn., found the number using software provided by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search ([sign in to see URL]), a volunteer-based project that’s seeking ever-higher Mersenne primes, which are found by multiplying the number 2 by itself some number of times and subtracting 1. These primes are easier to find than other types, Pace says, because the computer doesn’t need to calculate a number’s divisors to determine whether it’s prime.

Pace started hunting for primes 14 years ago, when there was a cash reward for finding a prime number with more than 10 million digits. “I missed out on the big prize,” he says. “But by then I was sort of hooked.” He runs the prime-seeking program in the background of the dozen or so computers for which he’s a volunteer network administrator. And, he says, the element of competition is fun.

Anyone can download the software free. So you, too, could discover a record-breaking prime number — if you have enough patience.

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Number theory is always fun. But it'll be interesting to see how long it takes for someone to find an even larger prime.
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I wonder how long it takes to read a number like that. And what do you call a number that has more than 23 million digits? "Trillion" is the farthest number I know. "Gazillion" is not real mathematical nomenclature, is it?
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... what do you call a number that has more than 23 million digits?



How about "Big"??
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quote:

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... what do you call a number that has more than 23 million digits?



How about "Big"??



Ha! That's one for Shiftless!

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