41 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-8-23

  1. The WaPo beclowns themselves yet again.

    Without a white villain, they’re narrative collapses.

    So watch, and be amazed as a Mexican with gang tattoos suddenly becomes a white supremacist.

    Reality…..

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  2. Because the left always sides with the criminals and degenerates. That’s rule #1.

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  3. Truth.

    “Tucker Carlson: ‘There are members of Congress who are controlled by the intel agencies’”

    We’ve watched this play out over the last several years.

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  4. Rule #2 for Dems.

    Always blame whitey, even when whitey clearly played no role. You see it above with the Texas shooting, and again here.

    “Texas Democratic Party Politicizing Fatal Crash Allegedly Caused by Hispanic Man, Killing 8 Migrants

    The party blames the right even though the police literally have no idea what happened because the Hispanic man gave them numerous names and the toxicology reports haven’t come back yet. This is disgusting behavior.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2023/05/texas-democratic-party-politicizing-fatal-crash-allegedly-caused-by-hispanic-man-killing-8-migrants/

    “The Texas Democratic Party is already politicizing the fatal crash in Brownsville, TX, that killed eight migrants. The police arrested a Hispanic man, though:

    Texas Democratic State Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, who is a Brownsville native, said he has no words to describe the anguish and sickness he felt on hearing the news.

    “While the incident is still under investigation, there is no doubt that our state’s leaders are painting a target on migrants’ backs. Political actors — who just want to score points with the absolute worst fringes of society — are ginning people up and getting them to hate their fellow brothers and sisters, and turning human being against human being,” Hinojosa said in a statement.”

    “The dude admits the crash is still under investigation. The police literally do not know anything because the Hispanic man is being uncooperative.

    Background From Fox News:

    The number of people killed when a man crashed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday has risen to eight, police say, and at least 11 have been injured.

    The Brownsville Police Department told Fox News that eight victims, died at the scene and at least 11 others have been transported to area hospitals. The driver, who police confirmed is a Hispanic man, has been arrested and charged, but investigations are ongoing.

    All eight people who died in the crash were migrants, officials confirmed.

    Authorities have not released any additional information about the driver, but he is currently receiving medical treatment at an area hospital and is under 24-hour supervision. The suspect is also being tested for drugs and alcohol.

    The incident took place outside Brownsville’s Ozanam Center, a shelter for migrants and homeless people in the community. It is unclear whether the shelter had any relevance to the attack.

    Brownsville Police Investigator Martin Sandoval said the police charged the man with reckless driving. They are waiting for toxicology results.

    Police haven’t released the driver’s name because he has given many names so they do not know his identity. They don’t know if the cause was because of intoxication, accidental, or intentional.”

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    Don’t know the details yet, so blame whitey.

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  5. “The Paragraph That Exposed the Texas Mall Shooter Neo-Nazi Narrative as a Fraud”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/05/08/whats-peculiar-about-the-liberal-medias-neo-nazi-take-on-texas-mall-shooting-n2622939

    “The shooting in Allen, Texas, over the weekend is horrific. Eight people are dead, with the victims’ ages ranging from 5 to 61. The images are gruesome; way too shocking to post here. You can search on your own time but be warned—they’re ghastly. The weapon was reportedly an AR-15 rifle, so you can hear the liberal media licking their chops over this attack.

    And then, the shooter was identified as Mauricio Garcia, a nonwhite white supremacist, which is a narrative that should embarrass the establishment press. It’s just not factual. In no way whatsoever can a nonwhite person be a Nazi. Those folks are pretty rigid in their racial classification for membership. But that’s not what is peculiar about this development. It’s how the media exposed this narrative as fraudulent with their own text.

    Twitchy had it first. There is a graphic video of the shooter dead on the ground, decked out in tactical gear, covered in blood, and there’s a rifle next to him. This aspect of the incident couldn’t be verified, which led to The Washington Post slow-walking that part, but went gung-ho pushing the purported neo-Nazi links as fact (via WaPo):

    “The 33-year-old gunman who opened fire on an outlet mall in a Dallas suburb Saturday, killing at least eight people, had an apparent fascination with white supremacist or neo-Nazi beliefs that are now being examined by investigators as a possible motive for the attack, people familiar with the investigation said Sunday.

    Mauricio Garcia, a local resident, had multiple weapons on him and five additional guns in his car nearby, said people familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing probe.

    Authorities have not released a motive, but a patch on his chest said “RWDS,” an acronym that stands for Right Wing Death Squad, according to people familiar with the investigation. The phrase is popular among right wing extremists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, they said, and while there is still a great deal of evidence to analyze and authorities have not reached any conclusions yet, investigators are approaching the shooting as a possible hate crime. ”

    “It’s sick that the liberal press is so desperate for mass shooters to be all white dudes. That’s always been a myth, but it took a new turn when a transgender person decided to murder six people at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, this year. That shooting quickly got deep-sixed by the media. This attack might linger for a bit, but only because the liberal media is trying to fan the flames of a fake news narrative about Garcia being a nonwhite Nazi, while conservatives rightfully call them out for it.”

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  6. Like with Neely in NYC, play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    These criminals need to make better life choices, or deal with the consequences of their crimes.

    “Criminal’s Family Laments The Good Guy’s AR-15 Made The Fight Unfair”

    https://bearingarms.com/bobowens-bearingarms/2017/03/31/family-home-invader-laments-never-chance-ar-15-n29543

    “The grandfather of one of the three armed home invaders who were shot and killed breaking into a home in Broken Arrow (OK) earlier this week laments that the resident’s AR-15 carbine wasn’t fair against the knife and brass knuckles carried by the mask-wearing criminals.

    “What these three boys did was stupid,” said Leroy Schumacher.

    Schumacher agrees his grandson and his friends made a bad decision, but not one worthy of deadly consequences.

    “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die,” said Schumacher.

    Redfearn, 19-year old Maxwell Cook and 16-year old Jake Woodruff were shot by the homeowner’s son while breaking into the Wagoner County house Monday.

    Schumacher says his grandson didn’t have a chance. The 17-year old, he says, never got into trouble.

    “Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” said Schumacher.

    Since the shooting, Wagoner County deputies have arrested 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, the alleged getaway driver.

    Schumacher believes she was the ring leader, and investigators say she admitted to planning the whole thing.

    The homeowner’s son has not been charged with a crime. Deputies believe he fired in self-defense.

    “There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” said Schumacher.

    Schumacher does say he supports the right to bear arms and protect your home. But he doesn’t agree with shooting and killing intruders.”

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    Sorry, but that’s not how the right of self defense works.

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  7. Stop putting your kids in the hands of the predators and those who enable them.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!

    “Texas school district hid sexual assault of 6-year-old”

    https://hotair.com/david-strom/2023/05/08/texas-school-district-hid-sexual-assault-of-6-year-old-n549182

    “Students at a Plainview, TX Elementary School won’t be going to class on Monday. The South Elementary School is being closed temporarily due to teachers claiming to feel threatened.

    Why, you might wonder, would they feel that way?

    Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the School administrators, teachers, and School District officials were covering up the fact that a first-grade student was forced to perform a sexual act on another student IN CLASS and the act was recorded on an iPad.

    The iPad was seized, the “inappropriate” recording was viewed by the adults, child services investigated, and the incident was swept under the rug. It wasn’t until the little girl had recurring nightmares and refused to go to school that her parents got involved and began protesting the school.

    Nobody had told them what happened to their daughter.

    It wasn’t until her parents organized others to join them in protest that the district admitted something happened.

    Then the facts came out. We are hearing about it this week, but it took place in mid-April. Because the district covered it up. They even left the students who abused the girl to remain in the same classroom.”

    “Everything about the incident is revolting. That it happened. That it was tolerated. That the School Superintendent said he did everything that was required by law. That they stonewalled. And that not one damn person at the school seemed to care a whit about a young girl getting abused.

    Everybody was watching their own ass; nobody cared about the child. Now the Superintendent says he hopes he can work together with the parents so they can find a way to move forward.

    Let’s hope not. “Work together?” How about resigning in shame and leaving the state?

    Is it any wonder that people have threatened violence if such a thing happened? Parents across the district are rightly angry as hell, and clearly, nobody in charge has given them any other path to justice in this situation.

    I am not a fan of vigilante justice, but vigilante justice is the inevitable result of refusing to even pursue any other kind. The state shouldn’t exist to defend malefactors, but the innocent. It is failing its duty–it has chosen the wrong side all too often.

    The district did nothing until the girl’s parents forced them to even acknowledge that it happened. Can you imagine?”

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  8. I feel so sad for that girl and for all the children in the classroom who witnessed or participated. They basically have been wounded and traumatized or weaponized and corrupted fof life. May God reach into their hearts and redeem them with the blood and love of Jesus and trade ashes for beauty.

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  9. So true, Janice. Thank God he can redeem this and use it for good. Also, thank God he does see, care and will bring proper judgement and justice one day. God help wake up and revive our churches and bring another Great Awakening to our country.

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  10. Nj, I listened to most of that and just want to cry. It is just the worst. It is heartless evil on so many levels. Glad for the truth tellers! I still remember seeing Cruz’ father speak at a breakfast event one day at our state capitol nearby facility known as the (train) Depot. What a super family.

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  11. The more we know….

    Neely isn’t the victim, with the exception of being a victim of his own criminal misdeeds.

    LANGUAGE and CONTENT WARNING!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Exhibit A. for why people will never, and shouldn’t ever, disarm.

    If they did, these communist wannabes would open re-education camps the minute they did.

    As always, some pigs are more equal….

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  13. Aj, I haven’t read everything on this (and only some of this is beginning to come out), but regarding the Texas shooter:

    * A white supremacist sympathizer is the term I’ve seen used

    * This information has come via law enforcement and is based on rather extensive posts on his social media accounts

    * No one has said these folks are rational thinkers. But they are typically very angry about “something”

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  14. ~ A Texas man whose car struck and killed 8 migrants was charged with manslaughter. Officials are investigating whether the crash was deliberate.

    George Alvarez has been charged with eight counts of manslaughter, 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving, and is remaining behind bars, the chief of the Brownsville Police said. ~

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  15. (Cont’d):

    ~ … Chief Sauceda said the police were investigating reports that Mr. Alvarez had yelled anti-immigration epithets at the group. More criminal charges could be added, he said, if investigators determine that the crash was deliberate. …

    The authorities in Brownsville were working with the Venezuelan consulate to identify victims and reunite them with loved ones, he said.

    Mr. Alvarez is a resident of Brownsville who has long been known to the local authorities, Chief Sauceda said, adding that Mr. Alvarez had a record of numerous arrests on charges including driving while intoxicated, burglary of a vehicle, assault and theft among others. …

    … The police said they were still trying on Monday to determine whether Mr. Alvarez was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

    The episode took place outside Ozanam Center, a shelter where a large number of migrants have arrived recently in anticipation of the end of Title 42, a rule imposed early in the coronavirus pandemic by the Trump administration to ease the expulsion of migrants crossing the border. Title 42, which came to be seen as a major impediment to seeking asylum in the U.S., is scheduled to expire this week.

    Many Venezuelans have been leaving their native country and seeking asylum to escape poverty and government oppression.

    Mr. Alvarez, who has been speaking to investigators in both English and Spanish, has refused to cooperate with investigators, officials said. He has given the police several different names and has not submitted to a breathalyzer test or fingerprinting, they said.

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  16. Part of the WaPo misunderstanding can be attributed to the way race is perveived in the US and how it is integrated into the political spectrum. For many Americans, especially white middle class, right wing extremists are also white supremacists. The two are seen as going hand in hand. However, fascism has a long history in Latin America and it doesn’t necessarily have to do with race. Spanish and Portuguese fascism centered on work, family and tradition/culture. The other issue is the American habit of labelling Hispanics as non-White. In Latin America, the descendants of European immigration – mostly Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and German identify as white. Mestizos and other (indigenous and African) are viewed as non-white. (Chavez was frequently referred to as a monkey by the white middle class) It’s quite possible that the man can be both Hispanic and a white supremacist. And its possible that his extremism is not centered on race

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  17. Twitter is a very expensive trolling toy for Elon Musk. But he misses here. People did protest after the shooting inTennessee. Students walked out of class and protested in the legislature for stricter gun laws. It may not be the response some appreciated or approved but it was a response and protest after the Tennessee shootings.

    Carlson made around 22 million last year — he’s going to enjoy himself dropping hints of conspiracy without a hint of accountability.

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  18. I mentioned “every man doing what is right in their own eyes” yesterday. And Debra’s follow up to my comment was also correct – law is incidental these days and might I add inconsistent.

    A man drives a car into a crowd and is charged with manslaughter even though the police have yet to determine if it was an accident or on purpose. A man puts someone in a choke hold for four minutes and is not charged even though he deliberately choked him. Using excess force to protect yourself can and should be considered manslaughter.

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  19. As a teacher, I’m upset but not surprised by the principal and superintendent’s actions or lack thereof. I’m far from a strict discipliarian but the pendulum has definitely swung from when I started. Principals avoid discipline like the plague instead they focus on “building relationships” with parents and children often at the expense of other children and teachers. Based on the idea that every child has a right to be in the classroom and suspensions do not help the child, they often return children to classrooms without consequences or discipline.

    Incidents are frequently minimized or smoothed over. We are told we need to consider different perspectives and “mitigating” circumstances. Mitigating circumstances often include an inability to self-regulate. Teachers are told to teach self-regulations in a positive manner and avoid punishments. Consquences apparently are not part of teaching self-regulations – a little Skinner and behavioural therapy never hurt anyone.

    Matters are made worse by the quality of principals. There’s a shortage of principals in my board and elsewhere. The problem is the job pays just slightly only 20K than a full time 12 year experienced teacher. It’s simply not worth it, the take home of 20K is about 14K. For this extra money, you work 2-4 weeks in the summer, have meetings at night, and are caught in the middle between parents, teachers, students and superintendent. And while you are doing this, you are alone in the building (unless you have a VP) . It’s a thankless job. In many cases it only attracts teachers who want to get out of the classroom. In sum, the principal ends up with very little respect from anyone – mostly from trying to please everyone and pleasing noone.

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  20. The shooter in Atlanta was a black male. He shot and killed a white woman. I have not heard the race of all the other women he shot (his victims were all women). I know he did not shoot his mother who was with him. I have not followed the story closely but recognize if he’d been a white male who shot and killed a black lady and possibly others, the news slant would be different.

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  21. Pres. Trump on Letterman in 1987 – notice how similar his foreign policy comments are to today:

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  22. HRW, teaching, is a monumentally difficult profession these days. I don’t think could do it. My hat’s off to any who can do it ethically.

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  23. WSJ May 7 Editorial Board:

    ~ A common refrain among many Donald Trump supporters is that, while they may dislike his character and what he did on Jan. 6, 2021, they like his policies. Those voters might consider the warning from Mr. Trump’s second Attorney General, William Barr.

    “If you believe in his policies, what he’s advertising as his policies, he’s the last person who could actually execute them and achieve them,” Mr. Barr told the City Club of Cleveland on Friday.

    Mr. Barr should know, having worked for President Trump for 22 months. “He does not have the discipline. He does not have the ability for strategic thinking and linear thinking, or setting priorities or how to get things done in the system,” Mr. Barr continued. “It’s a horror show, you know, when he’s left to his own devices.

    “And so you may want his policies, but Trump will not deliver Trump policies. He will deliver chaos, and if anything lead to a backlash that will set his policies much further back than they otherwise would be.”

    Most GOP opponents of nominating Mr. Trump for the third straight time for President say he can’t win. The Republican election record since 2018, including his loss to President Biden, suggests that’s right. But events are unpredictable, including the pace of Mr. Biden’s physical and mental decline.

    Mr. Barr’s point, and it’s more powerful than the electability argument, is that Mr. Trump won’t be able to govern successfully even if he did somehow win a second term. He wouldn’t be able to deliver the conservative policy victories that most Republicans want.

    Most GOP opponents of nominating Mr. Trump for the third straight time for President say he can’t win. The Republican election record since 2018, including his loss to President Biden, suggests that’s right. But events are unpredictable, including the pace of Mr. Biden’s physical and mental decline.

    Mr. Barr’s point, and it’s more powerful than the electability argument, is that Mr. Trump won’t be able to govern successfully even if he did somehow win a second term. He wouldn’t be able to deliver the conservative policy victories that most Republicans want.

    The rebuttal from the Trump establishment will be to cite his first term, but that record supports Mr. Barr’s point. We also agree with many of Mr. Trump’s policies, and we backed them during his Presidency. But his most important policy victories were conventional GOP priorities delivered by people he now denounces as “RINOs.”

    The Federalist Society delivered his list of judges that then Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guided to Senate confirmation. Paul Ryan and House Republicans spent years building policy and political capital for tax reform. Vice President Mike Pence supplied some of Mr. Trump’s best policy advisers. While Mr. Trump deserves credit for embracing these people and policies, his second term would be filled by much lesser lights.

    The record on Mr. Trump’s signature ideas isn’t as successful. He failed to build the border wall, and even with a GOP majority in Congress in his first two years he never passed an immigration bill that reformed the “credible fear” standard of persecution for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. All the dysfunctions of U.S. immigration law were there for Mr. Biden to exploit.

    Mr. Trump’s trade agenda also achieved little other than higher costs for Americans. China’s behavior hasn’t improved, while the U.S. is out of the successor deal to the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Mr. Trump walked away from. He failed to negotiate a new bilateral deal with the United Kingdom.

    Mr. Trump’s enemies were relentless and deceptive, but he also too often gave them a sword. He ignored advice (see our Jan. 13, 2017 editorial) to ask James Comey to resign on taking office because, as Mr. Trump told visitors, he was impressed by the FBI director’s height and thought he could control him. True story, and bad decision. After he finally and lawfully fired Mr. Comey in May 2017, Mr. Trump triggered a special counsel probe with comments that contradicted the previous White House explanation. …

    … A fuller account of Mr. Trump’s Presidency can wait for other days, but Mr. Barr’s warning is one that GOP voters deserve to hear. Democrats and most of the media want Mr. Trump to be the GOP nominee because they believe he is the easiest candidate to defeat.

    Republican voters are rightly appalled by the behavior of Democratic prosecutors, and they’ve rallied to Mr. Trump’s defense. But they have to decide if they want to let Democrats make their nominating choice for them, while ignoring Mr. Barr’s warning about the policy risks of a second Trump term. ~

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  24. @12:24:

    Tweet: ~ Don’t ask questions, just consume narrative and get excited for next narrative ~

    That seems to perfectly sum up our political discourse & culture these days.

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  25. Debra — teaching itself is fairly simple; the kids really haven’t changed that much. Its the adults who get in the way who make it difficult.

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  26. That’s interesting. It probably depends on where you teach. My dad was an elementary teacher for many years too and loved it. But the kids at public school in the city eventually became so wild he went to the Dept of Defense schools overseas and taught there for 12 years. Much more disciplined atmosphere overall.

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  27. Re@3:40. That WSJ article reminds me of the Chick-fil-A cows: ‘eat more chicken ‘

    Wall Street : ‘You might love Trump’s policies but he just doesn’t know how to do it. Here let me show you how to bring jobs back from China…’

    Me: rofl

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  28. Debra — you’re right. There’s very little discipline but I do well enough because the kids like me. As my admin likes to say develop relationships with your students. Ironically, he can’t develop relationships. But I retire in June 2024 with a very good pension (at 56) and won’t look back. I might do a little work here and there but I’ll find a cheaper place to live and travel.

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  29. Did you mean to go anon?

    C’mon, if you’re gonna bash the guy, at least put your name on it. I know who you are anyway as admin, so there’s little point to it.

    Barr is a swamp creature, as evidenced by his lack of meaningful action against numerous swamp activists during the Russia scam. So he defends his swampy brethren. Just another undeserving traitor that Trump made a mistake of appointing at the encouragement of the GOP “leaders”. One in a long list.

    Yawn.

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  30. ” Just another undeserving traitor that Trump made a mistake of appointing at the encouragement of the GOP “leaders”. One in a long list.”

    But he told us that he only appointed the best people.

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  31. AJ – You have accidentally posted as Anonymous a few times, as have others, so shouldn’t she be given the benefit of the doubt on that?

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  32. Accidentally (which has happened to me a few times) or not, it’s a poster’s prerogative, is it not? Is it business of the moderator to jump on someone for it? Is it not “allowed” for any reason?

    The editorial got it right, Trump was actually quite careful when he appointed his staff the first time around and he had some good folks around him.

    His victory surprised everyone, including even Trump who no one would accuse of being humble but he may have had at least the presence of mind and enough humility to know he was in unchartered waters for him.

    I credit his staff for keeping him on track as much as they did and for making sure some of those accomplishments happened.

    A second time around for Trump would look way different, he’s perhaps more full of himself now due to his personal grievances and fandom among an intense group of true followers. I suspect he’d be exactly as Barr described, chaotic.

    We do have diversity on this thread and (but I repeat myself, out of necessity sometimes) we should be granted — with grace, please? — the opportunity to express that without getting a verbal tongue-lashing by the “boss.”

    It gets very old and only serves to create hard feelings among us.

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