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It's a sad day when the entirety of a party's policy is "No, because it makes the other guy look good."

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As well as the back trading and horse scratching, were barrels porked or porks barrelled? I hope so.

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. [It’s a Squishmallow, Dok, get a grandchild. — Ed]

Give him time, seems like Kid Zoom was still a teenager a few years ago.

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OT: Made that chicken enchilada casserole for dinner. Got off the mountain to the dispensary with plans to hit this amazing taco truck in San Andreas only to see that it was not there. Damn it!!

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Local laws, depending on the place, demand they move periodically, because they're pissed they aren't getting the real estate tax money.

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That never occurred to us. We heard that they do private parties so we though that that was the reason.

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Ta, Dok. Why is there an alien on that child's swing?

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The monthly payments were critical after (during?) the pandemic. I think the extra spending money coupled with supply chain disruptions added to short term inflation. But with a more robust supply chain, monthly payments would really help the economy from top to bottom.

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Grassley is worried about corn liquor shortages and not much else.

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With god as my witness there better be a sealed indictment in Merrick Garland's side desk drawer with Senator Chuck "and we don't expect the vice-president to be there" Grassley's name on it. The soulless OG fascist needs to spend the rest of his days trading cigarettes for adult diapers at the prison commissary.

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I know a lot of you don't get to see the Six Nations matches until way after they've finished, so I won't ruin this, but Wales Scotland is fucking incredible.

Not great rugby, but fuck me is it exciting.

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It's that time again?

Shit. It's not on here.

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I'm in shock at the lack of discipline by the Scots. Not watching in real time, but I had thought it was over when I saw the score at the midpoint. Cynru am Byth

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73rd minute right now and holy shit.

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I've been refreshing the browser. I had few hopes for the Welsh this year, but this feels like a corker. An undisciplined, card and penalty filled one, but a corker nevertheless

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"Horses were traded, backs were scratched, and both sides got at least some of the legislative priorities they’ve wanted for quite a while."

Or, what we political science types used to call "everyday politics."

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Functional democracy operating to improve the common good.

Be still oh my heart...

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I know; it seems hard to believe nowadays, doesn't it?

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OT:

𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽'𝘀 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 '𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗙𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆-𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺'

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-truth-social-financing/

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wITCH hUNT!!11!

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ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!

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What's to investigate?

Everybody knows they are guilty.

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Trump? Money laundering? I am shocked.

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Yeah who bankrupts a casino?!!

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Mind you, he's pretty bad at it. But still...

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But Joe Biden is old!

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And he called Trump a sick fuck.

Oh, wait. That's not really helping the narrative, is it?

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*looks at clock*

Holy hell it’s 1pm. It took me (counts on fingers) 5 hours to grind nails, clean teefs and earz, bathe, and blow dry my dogs.

And now I’m tired.

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Lucky dogs.

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Blow DRY, old. Dry. (Oops! Just me?$

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You have been VERY productive today, Cookie Lady! Simply reading all that you've accomplished thus far has left me absolutely exhausted.

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This Congress has now passed *one good bill that helps families* in thirteen months. Pathetic.

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OT, but I am looking for advice on quilting. Any quilters out there? If you're not interested in quilting, you don't need to read the following nonsense. Even the quilters may have trouble following this thought process.

I have a tee shirt quilt project that I have been (mostly not) working on since Covid lockdown when I cut up the shirts. 13 x 13 squares. My original notion was to sew them together a row at a time, stitch a cut-up sheet swath to the row for backing, "stitch in the ditch" of each square to make pockets, stuff the pockets with fluff, then move on to the next row. The down side of this is that eventually I would have to do yet another backing sheet over the whole thing to hide the exposed seams from stitching together the rows.

I did a few smaller prototypes and because it's tee shirts I realized I really DO have to do some kind of stabilizing backing. My original thought there was to do the backing in strips, just along the edges, so I could still stuff them with fluff and have a puffy quilt. Still have the exposed seams to be covered at the end, though.

But, since I haven't done shit on this for two years, I've decided perhaps I'm overthinking and making it more difficult than it needs to be. Perhaps I should just iron the stabilizing backing onto the full squares, stitch a row together, stitch the sheet backing on the row along with a strip of batting or filling or whatever you call it, and then stitch the ditch short-ways to make quilty squares. Again, working one row at a time. This would have the advantage of allowing me to then connect one row to the next WITHOUT leaving the seams exposed (sew the back together, then sew the front together). And then I'd stitch the ditch the length of the row to complete the square quiltiness.

So, what am I asking? I don't know. Am I still making it harder than it needs to be? I would appreciate any thoughts or advice that anyone would care to share. (FYI, I can sew pretty decently. I just don't have a lot of room to work, so I am trying to avoid having to roll a giant finished quilt up on a pool noodle or something to navigate it around the sewing machine.)

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My great aunt, who also made her own soap in a kettle, used to have a quilting bee at her house every 4th week of her group, and she always told the other women to bring "a covered dish." It was years later before I figured out that a covered dish was food and not some sewing apparatus.

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There should be some good online tutorials on making t-shirt quilts as well, and seeing sites such as Nancy’s Notions have instructions you can download for a small fee.

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Not a quilter but I do sew, and I did have Appalachian aunts who quilted, so:

It sounds like you want your quilt's final backing to also show squares. Is that correct? IE, when you flip it over, it would look like plain puffy squares instead of a flat sheet. Because if not you could just assemble the front rows whatever way is easiest then put a whole sheet over it (front sides together), stitch 3 sides closed, turn and stitch the fourth.

You could then either just tack it at each intersection of four squares - I've definitely seen this done - or once this is done, stitch over each row (& column?) again to create squares on the back without visible seams. Tho that does mean feeding a finished quilt thru your machine and probably would require the pool noodle.

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You're right. I absolutely could just tack it, and that would probably be just fine.

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Iron on non-woven facing to stabilize the Tshirts and a French Seam?

*you could also use a cut up sheet or muslin squares to fuse the t shirt squares to,

this would further stabilize them

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Aha! French seam is definitely something to think about (I confess I had to google that). Thanks!

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Hope that works for you! Give yourself a wide seam allowance and I think you may be able to use this as a sew, stuff and go to your next row of squares.

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I would say that doing the whole thing and rolling the quilt to "stitch in the ditch" is your easiest option. Sew all your t-shirt squares together, use rolled batting instead of stuffing, back with whatever works best. Maybe a king size sheet? Depends on how big your quilt is. Baste it all together (top quilt, batting, backing fabric). Can be big and loose, but you need to hold it in place. Stitch together, then you can either use something else to bind the edges, or if backing is a little bigger fold it over the edges in the front and machine sew it for a nice edge.

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A king size sheet is what I was thinking.

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Whatever method you choose, just be consistent and it will turn out fine.

At some point you’re going to end up with a lot of stuff needing to be maneuvered under the needle; so you pull up a table next to your machine to support it all. Maybe you temporarily relocate to the dining table when you’re finishing the quilt, having done it piecemeal as long as possible.

Yes you’re overthinking, but quilting success is in the planning. And consistency.

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T-shirt quilts are cool. I'm going out on a limb here, but if you don't have a long arm machine, and you're feeling a little rusty with your blankie-making skills, don't bother making it puffy. Keep it simple. Our house is filled with half-finished projects and Big Ideas that were never carried through to completion.

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Good advice. We have a few of those half-finished projects around here also too.

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OT:

'𝗜 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗺 𝗣𝗲𝘁𝘁𝘆': 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽'𝘀 '𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗽𝗶𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗿𝗱' 𝗠𝗮𝗿-𝗮-𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁

https://www.rawstory.com/lara-trump-tom-petty-mocked/

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What a wretched hive of scum and villiany!

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Commentator Nora Rivers joked that Mar-a-Lago is "like a Geriatric Prom on an endless loop."

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Ooooo...burn!

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Tesla Trucks are destroying their tires :

The entire cover isn't hard plastic, however. Tesla anticipated that the cover could make contact with the tire itself, so it made the ends of the covers a softer, flexible rubber compound so that they wouldn't dig into the sidewall. The covers are also spaced out from the edge of the tire several millimeters so they don't actually make contact with the wheel under normal driving circumstances... or so Tesla thought.

As it turns out, a heavy vehicle will deform the bottom of the tire outward at the contact patch where the tire meets the ground. That's completely normal. In fact, it's been this way pretty much since the first tubeless radial tires were commercialized by Michelin in the 1940s. But that deformation causes the aero cover's rubber to make contact with the sidewall of the tire

https://insideevs.com/news/707193/tesla-cybertruck-wheel-cover-flaw/

Not enough “duh” in the world.

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Would like to see how much dirt is behind one of those plastic hubcaps after a couple thousand miles of off-highway travel.

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Have you seen the videos of it going off road? It gets stuck on very small dirt piles.

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I definitely need to see it. I'd like a farmer to put a hay bed on one of these and go feed cows, just to see what happens.

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https://www.tiktok.com/@accuweather/video/7312893668900343071?lang=en

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3lRkJGtL94

Just search "cybertruck off road" - I've yet to see one where it wasn't failing.

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Like a Hummer with a broken axle.

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I just watched a long explainer, showing Musk bragging about independent suspension and air bags as if he'd invented the concept. I didn't realize they lack a traditional bed... seems more like a Cyberminivan if you ask me.

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I see why the Daleks want to exterminate Musk.

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Long standing basics of automotive physics fuck "genius" efforts to engineer trucks.

Observe my overwhelming vacuity of any semblance of shock or surprise.

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From the guy who brought you "tunnels to solve traffic jams" and "a submarine to rescue children from a flooded cave."

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They didn't have computers to calculate and evaluate how all this shit works together?

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Didn’t even watch old cartoons where that distortion is exaggerated for humorous effect.

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One can only imagine what happens if you air-down to run on sand..

Not that any of these are gonna actually see any off-roading.

https://i.etsystatic.com/21519348/r/il/98f5a9/4162024487/il_1588xN.4162024487_75bo.jpg

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I need that badge for my 4X4 F-150!

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founding

You mean that they didn't think it through?

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