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  • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    There are a huge number of hateful dumbsh-ts in this country. The best we can do with toxic people is delete them from our lives. They are not worth pleasing, bargaining with, arguing with, or reforming. They are our species' roadkill. Just speed up and put distance between yourself and them.

    We need to restore shunning as a social skill. The fact that these people are entitled to equal protection under the law implies nothing about how we deal with them in our day to day social interactions. I recommend we simply boycott them. Erase them from our lives.
    I’ve done it- even to extended family- and it’s the right thing, in my mind.

    every family may have a crack pot but sometimes those crack pots are neverending sources of toxic negativity and it’s not something I’ll laugh off

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    • Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
      every family may have a crack pot but sometimes those crack pots are neverending sources of toxic negativity and it’s not something I’ll laugh off
      I am lucky not to have close family members like this (we all went to college) but I do have some cousins and some work friends I have had to excise after repeated horrors. They aren't worth the anger and disgust.

      Dr. Mrs. has one entire half of her family who are rabid Republican goons. They could have written the Kinzinger letter. Her strategy has been to keep FB friends with them and simply counter their false statements with sourced facts, without emotion. They are scared AF of her because she is the only person from that side of the family who has ever amounted to anything, so they don't attack her personally, but their replies are the spew the Echo Chamber fills their dupes with -- the same mindless lies our conservatives here regurgitate.

      She feels like we should never give up on people. She is a lot more kind than I. Or maybe she just has more invested in extended family than I (which would not be difficult).
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      • I can't remember if this was posted before...but the numbers are scary:

        Oh Boy
        "It's as if the Drumpf Administration is made up of the worst and unfunny parts of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Generals, and the alien Mon-Stars from Space Jam."
        -aparch

        "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
        -INCH

        Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
        -ScoobyDoo 12/17/2007

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        • Oh everyone I’ve cut off is a cousin so no immediate family members.

          Catholic families all having several kids means some of your cousins are crackpots. Or crack heads

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          • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

            I am lucky not to have close family members like this (we all went to college) but I do have some cousins and some work friends I have had to excise after repeated horrors. They aren't worth the anger and disgust.

            Dr. Mrs. has one entire half of her family who are rabid Republican goons. They could have written the Kinzinger letter. Her strategy has been to keep FB friends with them and simply counter their false statements with sourced facts, without emotion. They are scared AF of her because she is the only person from that side of the family who has ever amounted to anything, so they don't attack her personally, but their replies are the spew the Echo Chamber fills their dupes with -- the same mindless lies our conservatives here regurgitate.

            She feels like we should never give up on people. She is a lot more kind than I. Or maybe she just has more invested in extended family than I (which would not be difficult).
            That is how my gf's family is (well part of it) and she does the same thing. It stresses her out. I try to get her to stop because it won't change anything but she won't out of some misguided belief that family matters even when it is psychos.

            Kinzinger is different. He is an Evangelical. He is Right Wing. To him they are only 2 degrees of separation away at best. That is why the letter didn't bug him, he gets it he just thinks they are nimrods like your cousins that annoy the hell out of you for normal reasons like Grandma left you her car and not them. For us it is polar opposites so the negativity isn't just family squabbling it is ideological.
            "It's as if the Drumpf Administration is made up of the worst and unfunny parts of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Generals, and the alien Mon-Stars from Space Jam."
            -aparch

            "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
            -INCH

            Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
            -ScoobyDoo 12/17/2007

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            • Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
              Catholic families all having several kids means some of your cousins are crackpots. Or crack heads
              This is still weird to me. The Catholics I knew growing up were intellectual Neo--Thomist Catholics -- people who literally argue about how many angels fit on the head of a pin (this is actually an extremely important question in metaphysics, both in nominalism and also in the question of the nature of god, materiality, and existence, and I will cut a b-tch who makes fun of it). I never met dumb Catholics until I moved to Boston, and it still throws me. Kinda like dumb Jews -- I mean, yes, in theory I know they're out there, but... not really, right?
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              • I prefer "Can G-d create a boulder so heavy that they cannot lift it?".

                I know Jews that would give Terry Bradshaw a run for their money...
                "It's as if the Drumpf Administration is made up of the worst and unfunny parts of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Generals, and the alien Mon-Stars from Space Jam."
                -aparch

                "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
                -INCH

                Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
                -ScoobyDoo 12/17/2007

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                • I hope he wrote back to that relative to inform him he misspelled "principle." That letter is insane.

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                  • Originally posted by Scarlet View Post
                    I hope he wrote back to that relative to inform him he misspelled "principle." That letter is insane.
                    Who are you to judge? None of us should judge...unless we’re judging democrats in tan suits!

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                    • Originally posted by Handyman View Post
                      I prefer "Can G-d create a boulder so heavy that they cannot lift it?".
                      "Hey, fadda? Hey fadda, how about this one..." -- Carlin
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                      • Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post

                        Who are you to judge? None of us should judge...unless we’re judging democrats in tan suits!
                        I'm not judging you, I'm just giving you my opinion.
                        What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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                        • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                          They are scared AF of her because she is the only person from that side of the family who has ever amounted to anything, so they don't attack her personally
                          They're probably afraid she could fast-track an FBI investigation on them. ;-)

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                          • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post

                            They're probably afraid she could fast-track an FBI investigation on them. ;-)
                            DHS. Domestic terrorism is all grown up now. It's no longer an LEO matter, it is UN ATTACK ON ZEE HÖMELAHND!
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                            • Trump has officially declared war against McConnell...

                              https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/1361816413904764931
                              "It's as if the Drumpf Administration is made up of the worst and unfunny parts of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Generals, and the alien Mon-Stars from Space Jam."
                              -aparch

                              "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
                              -INCH

                              Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
                              -ScoobyDoo 12/17/2007

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                              • Originally posted by Handyman View Post
                                Trump has officially declared war against McConnell...

                                https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/1361816413904764931
                                There are at least ten words in "Dump's" statement that I am quite certain Dump has never used and does not know.

                                I hope he and Mitch destroy each other. They and their party deserve oblivion.
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                                ECAC Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
                                Ivy League Champion 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020

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