He has refused his Assent to Laws,

the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

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    oatler. says:

    But George III didn’t go mad until years later…

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    The Dangerman says:

    As if leaving my coastal home in CA to head East tomorrow isn’t enough, I’ll be much closer to the Epicenter of today’s quake. Woohoo! Didn’t feel a thing, which is good given Diablo (nuke plant) is right around the corner.

    Whomever is in charge of the natural disasters on this day, ya missed by a few thousand miles. Try again.

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    JPL says:

    This cheered me up

    Follow Follow @capitalweather
    Short-range model (certainly subject to and likely to change) shows storms approaching DC at 6p. @realDonaldTrump speech at 630p. We’ll see what happens…

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    JPL says:

    Adam, Thank you for the posts!

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    Brachiator says:


    But George III didn’t go mad until years later…

    I’d love to see someone dressed as Trump sing the George III songs from Hamilton.

    We are certainly oppressed by Trump. The Declaration feels especially real now.

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    Mary G says:

    This is Mitch McConnell to a tee.

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    JPL says:

    @Mary G: Maybe it’s time for one of the Senators to read that section in Congress.

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    JR says:

    But where says some is the King of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above,
    and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain. Yet that we may not
    appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for
    proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God;
    let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of
    monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING.

    Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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    raven says:

    This earthquake is going to take the focus off of his bullshit! Not since Reagan’s funeral ruined the dedication of the WW2 Memorial has fate intervened!

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    Baud says:

    Wait, is Balloon Juice declaring its independence? How subversive!


    Haha. Good point. That’s awesome. (Except for earthquake victims).

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    JR says:

    Whereas, slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States is none other than a most barbarous, unprovoked, and unjustifiable War of one portion of its citizens upon another portion; the only conditions of which are perpetual imprisonment, and hopeless servitude or absolute extermination; in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence.

    John Brown

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    JoeyJoeJoe says:

    @JPL: I am in DC. I really hope that all of the asshole people I see with their 45 stuff have their event ruined, and there’s a lot of them out on the streets

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    @JPL: I directed my God to do that. I set up a GoFund me that will go to my temple in honor of this event.

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    JPL says:

    @JoeyJoeJoe: He doesn’t leave the White House until 6:15. It’s was drizzling in France when he canceled a trip to the cemetery where American who died in WWI are buried

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    Raven says:

    @JoeyJoeJoe: 45 stuff like the Colt M1911?

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    JPL says:

    Aftershocks will continue for weeks, wut?

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: Oh yea.

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    Martin says:

    @raven: Look. California has been fighting this asshole hard for the last 3 years. If we need to take one for the team, we’re willing to do that.

    And I’d like to point out there are faults closer to DC that would have had a bigger impact. Maybe y’all could get on that shit? I know for a fact there’s a fault running almost right under Trump Tower. That would have been a particularly good one to fire off hard today. Ramapo is capable of 6.x, and isn’t that far from DC. Do we need to do everything out there?

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    Martin says:

    @JPL: Yeah, probably. But nobody will notice – little 2.x and 3.x quakes. They get those practically daily up in Ridgecrest anyway. But geologists care about exactly which fault those are happening on, but nobody else does. So they see them as part of a pattern of activity, but we’re like oh, another little quake, who cares.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @raven: LOL! The earthquake was out in the middle of nowhere called Trona, and the worst damage seemed to be at a liquor store.

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    Martin says:

    @opiejeanne: Just heard from a friend snowboarding at Mammoth – they got knocked around pretty good. His first time feeling a quake on the slopes.

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