Sunday Evening Acoustic Jam: Salomon Jakobsson, “Introspective (Insanity)”

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Salomon Jakobsson performing an original composition entitled “Introspective (Insanity) from his debut album “In the Valley of Notes”.

“My debut album contains a selection of songs written during the last four years since the age of 16 up until the present. I hope that this is only the beginning and that much more music will spring out of my guitar in the future. Thanks for listening!”
/Salomon

Available on iTunes: itunes.apple.com

Video recorded and edited by Jakob Ekvall: mockingbirdproductions.se
Sound recorded by Roger Langvik: rogerlangvik.com

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576 comments

1
goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2016 • 5:51:50pm
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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 5:53:40pm

Walking Dead time.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 5:54:21pm

re: #1 goddamnedfrank

14AS1 EPC?

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2016 • 5:55:56pm

re: #3 Belafon

14AS1 EPC?

14th Amendment Section 1 Equal Protection Clause.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2016 • 5:57:18pm

Fucking idiot is too idiotic to deal with.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:00:24pm

re: #4 goddamnedfrank

14th Amendment Section 1 Equal Protection Clause.

Thanks. Couldn’t figure out the abbreviation.

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Tigger2  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:00:39pm

LMAO, It wont go anywhere but it’s funny.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:02:11pm

re: #7 Tigger2

LMAO

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Troll level, epic.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:03:42pm

HALLELUJAH the hard drive wasn’t dead, just apparently no longer plugged in.

And now there are three functional fans in the computer case, instead of one, and I’ve cleaned a metric boatload of cat hair and dust out of it, and Windows 10 is reinstalling on the shiny new 1TB SSD that I got for Christmas.

(But I got the app updates backed up OH THANK YOU BENEVOLENT UNIVERSE.)

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stpaulbear  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:05:29pm

Something I discovered while shopping in the suburbs today:

KFC has a senior discount on their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I know it’s not good for me, but sometimes you’re just in the mood. I tried to include all of the vegetables.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:06:41pm

Woot. Today I installed the Linux image manipulation library Imagemagick and I’m having way too much fun with it.

It vastly simplifies some of the image transformations in the LGF codebase, compared to PHP’s built-in image functions, and it’s blazing fast.

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:08:58pm

It’s absolutely dreadful outside here at Casa Del Esteban. Snow, then ice, now snow again, with another line of ice coming behind that. Great night for LGF and MST3K.

RBS

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:09:08pm

Wow, this tweet took off. Even Ben Smith RTed it.

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Reckless Disregard  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:09:47pm

re: #12 Reality Based Steve

It’s absolutely dreadful outside here at Casa Del Esteban. Snow, then ice, now snow again, with another line of ice coming behind that. Great night for LGF and MST3K.

RBS

Every night is a great night for MST3K!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:10:14pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

Wow, this tweet took off. Even Ben Smith RTed it.

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Alex Jones such a sad little man.

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Danack  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:11:52pm

re: #11 Charles Johnson

re: #11 Charles Johnson

Woot. Today I installed the Linux image manipulation library Imagemagick and I’m having way too much fun with it.

It vastly simplifies some of the image transformations in the LGF codebase, compared to PHP’s built-in image functions, and it’s blazing fast.

Hmm, small world. I’m the maintainer of the PHP extension Imagick which allows you to use ImageMagick inside PHP.

There’s a website with lots of examples at phpimagick.com …..though if the command line tools work for you, they can be easier to use.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:12:21pm

Ugh. Really sickening anti-Muslim hate speech in this Breitbart comment thread. It’s amazingly disgusting what this site gets away with.

breitbart.com

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:13:02pm

re: #10 stpaulbear

Something I discovered while shopping in the suburbs today:

KFC has a senior discount on their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I know it’s not good for me, but sometimes you’re just in the mood. I tried to include all of the vegetables.

I reported earlier from a McDonalds about getting up at dawn to take the kid to soccer practice in -14 weather. I’m no martyr. I was happy to have the excuse for a sausage and egg biscuit with a chemically enhanced hash brown pattie thingie. It’s like I’m Charles Bronson with a vendetta against my own heart.

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:13:21pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

I said downstairs as the thread was closing…

The terrifying part is that there are people to whom this seems like a perfectly reasonable and rational explanation.

RBS

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Tigger2  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:15:19pm

re: #18 Barefoot Grin

I reported earlier from a McDonalds about getting up at dawn to take the kid to soccer practice in -14 weather. I’m no martyr. I was happy to have the excuse for a sausage and egg biscuit with a chemically enhanced hash brown pattie thingie. It’s like I’m Charles Bronson with a vendetta against my own heart.

I haven’t ate at McDonalds since my bypass unlike how I ate there 5 out of 6 days before it.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:15:27pm

re: #16 Danack

Cool! I’m using the command line version (with PHP’s exec function) because the PHP version on our server doesn’t have the Imagick extension installed, and I tend to like command line versions better anyway because then I can use them in a shell environment too.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:16:19pm

re: #19 Reality Based Steve

I said downstairs as the thread was closing…

The terrifying part is that there are people to whom this seems like a perfectly reasonable and rational explanation.

RBS

Why Scalia? He could have taken out Alito. Or Thomas. Hell, Thomas travels the country in an RV sleeping in Walmart parking lots. That would be an easy hit.

(and no, NSA, I’m not suggesting anything…goodnight….)

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Decatur Deb  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:17:21pm

re: #16 Danack

re: #21 Charles Johnson

Get a partition, you two.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:17:56pm

re: #20 Tigger2

I haven’t ate at McDonalds since my bypass unlike how I ate there 5 out of 6 days before it.

Ok, backing away from “it can’t happen to me” attitude.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:18:28pm

re: #22 Barefoot Grin

Why Scalia? He could have taken out Alito. Or Thomas. Hell, Thomas travels the country in an RV sleeping in Walmart parking lots. That would be an easy hit.

(and no, NSA, I’m not suggesting anything…goodnight….)

Why do it with a GOP controlled senate? Jones is fucking sick. He needs these conspiracies.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:19:24pm

Spitzer.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:19:32pm

Wingnuts are getting up an Obstruction movement.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:20:11pm

Memeorandum loves us.

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Targetpractice  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:20:34pm

re: #27 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are getting up an Obstruction movement.

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Yeah, what a shocker, telling Senate Republicans to keep refusing to do their jobs.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:21:36pm

re: #27 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are getting up an Obstruction movement.

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So typical.

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Danack  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:22:22pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

I tend to like command line versions better anyway because then I can use them in a shell environment too.

The command line version is definitely easier to use when you have fixed, simple things to do. Even though I maintain the extension, I don’t think using the PHP extension is actually valid for most simple things people use it for.

btw You might want to make sure you are using ImageMagick version 6.9.2 or greater…..I’ve spent a lot of time not actually working on the extension code…but instead just tracking down errors in ImageMagick itself.

Because things like this happening aren’t that great:

Well, that doesn’t look right.
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danarchy  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:24:06pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Spitzer.

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Well that’s a Law & Order SVU episode

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:25:32pm

re: #32 danarchy

Well that’s a Law & Order SVU episode

“Ripped from the headlines…”

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:26:25pm

No IT successes here. But there is pie!

Pumpkin Pie
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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:26:40pm

re: #27 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are getting up an Obstruction movement.

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stpaulbear  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:27:33pm

re: #20 Tigger2

I haven’t ate at McDonalds since my bypass unlike how I ate there 5 out of 6 days before it.

There’s a McDonald’s two blocks from my house. The last time I ordered there, the service was so awful that I wrote a complaint via their website.

I had a message on my home phone two days later from the manager who I’d complained about, asking me to call to talk about it.

The company must have put her up to it or she wouldn’t have gotten my phone number. I was horrified both that they made her call and that they give personal info to employees who’ve received complaints. It’s scared me off McDonalds forever.

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:28:21pm

re: #34 Feline Fearless Leader

No IT successes here. But there is pie!

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Pie heals all wounds.

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:30:29pm
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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:30:48pm

I’ll eat at McDonalds when I’m traveling, mainly because I know that the quality(?) is going to be OK, it’s cheap and it’s fast. I don’t view it as food however, it’s more just ‘fuel’ to get me down the road.

RBS

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Decatur Deb  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:32:11pm

re: #39 Reality Based Steve

I’ll eat at McDonalds when I’m traveling, mainly because I know that the quality(?) is going to be OK, it’s cheap and it’s fast. I don’t view it as food however, it’s more just ‘fuel’ to get me down the road.

RBS

It’s a clean restroom with coffee service.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:32:31pm

re: #38 ausador

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Touch the fishee… FAIL.

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stpaulbear  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:33:08pm

re: #27 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are getting up an Obstruction movement.

I’ll have to give Franken and Klobuchar a call. It’s easy to forget to call them because they represent me perfectly 95% of the time. Klobuchar is even on the short list for Scalia’s replacement.

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TedStriker  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:34:34pm

re: #12 Reality Based Steve

It’s absolutely dreadful outside here at Casa Del Esteban. Snow, then ice, now snow again, with another line of ice coming behind that. Great night for LGF and MST3K.

RBS

¿Que?

///

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:34:42pm

Go away, this is ME time…

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:35:55pm

My middle son loves Pleasantville. I think it’s a pretty good way to discuss racism without first offending whites (which shouldn’t be a concern, but we whites have such tender feelings). It’s got a good number of symbols in it. One of the ones we noticed is that when people start changing, significantly more women do at first than men.

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Tigger2  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:40:01pm

re: #39 Reality Based Steve

I’ll eat at McDonalds when I’m traveling, mainly because I know that the quality(?) is going to be OK, it’s cheap and it’s fast. I don’t view it as food however, it’s more just ‘fuel’ to get me down the road.

RBS

I ate there that much because I worked 12 to14 hrs 6 days a week an hr to work and an hr home so all together 14 to 16 hrs a day, didn’t have time to cook all I did was work and sleep.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:45:53pm
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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:46:19pm

Erick son of Erick appears to have a new book, looking for some new marks.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:47:30pm

re: #47 Charles Johnson

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Well played.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:47:56pm
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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:48:12pm

re: #48 Eric The Fruit Bat

“Religious liberty is under attack in America.

Your freedom to believe may not last much longer.”

OMG!!!!

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:48:41pm

Biblically huge if true.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:48:45pm

re: #48 Eric The Fruit Bat

Erick son of Erick appears to have a new book, looking for some new marks.

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Speaking of P***ys.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:49:32pm

OMG WE CAN’T FORCE PEOPLE TO PRAY. OUR LIBERTIES ARE UNDER ATTACK. Anyone who doesn’t believe you can’t pray in a public school has never had a pop quiz on a Friday.

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:50:19pm

re: #47 Charles Johnson

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Yeah, Obama is a complete pushover who has his enemies secretly assassinated to solidify his iron-fisted rule.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:50:20pm
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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:51:19pm

re: #56 The Vicious Babushka

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Ben’s proof that it is possible to put a good education to waste.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:53:03pm

I can’t wait to hear whoever Obama nominates is a judicial activist who thinks women should be able to have abortions while they burn the flag while planning a same sex marriage.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:54:25pm

re: #56 The Vicious Babushka

He’s probably got me on mute-I don’t know of anyone he’s blocked…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:55:52pm

re: #59 Eric The Fruit Bat

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Seriously dude’s got a JD from Harvard and he wastes it on being a professional whiner AT least Limbaugh and Hannity have teh excuse of being uneducated.

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:56:17pm

re: #34 Feline Fearless Leader

No IT successes here. But there is pie!

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LOOKING GREAT!!!!!

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ObserverArt  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:56:51pm

re: #45 Belafon

My middle son loves Pleasantville. I think it’s a pretty good way to discuss racism without first offending whites (which should be a concern, but we whites have such tender feelings). It’s got a good number of symbols in it. One of the ones we noticed is that when people start changing, significantly more women do at first than men.

Good little movie. I love the premise.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:01:24pm
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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:02:02pm

re: #63 The Vicious Babushka

He is SUCH a jerk!

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:02:36pm

re: #63 The Vicious Babushka

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So, Ben has no clue how a Democratic Republic works. How shocking!

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ObserverArt  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:02:46pm

re: #63 The Vicious Babushka

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Said to To the White People.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:03:01pm

re: #64 retired cynic

He is SUCH a jerk!

He’s an eternal toddler.

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Targetpractice  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:03:10pm

re: #63 The Vicious Babushka

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Meanwhile, the GOP message is “If black folks don’t vote for me, then they’re useless welfare queens and thugs looking for free stuff and destroying our way of life!”

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:03:22pm

re: #63 The Vicious Babushka

Ben really helping with the Republican outreach program.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:04:39pm

re: #68 Targetpractice

Meanwhile, the GOP message is “If black folks don’t vote for me, then they’re useless welfare queens and thugs looking for free stuff and destroying our way of life!”

That’s acceptable to the little bastard but Hillary actually bringing up issues that effect the African-American communiy is just awful. He really needs to actually grow the fuck up.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:04:45pm

Could Ben be any more of an obnoxious fuckstick?

He’s like Martin Shkreli but without the financial crimes, the rap albums, and the nostrils.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:05:52pm

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

Could Ben be any more of an obnoxious fuckstick?

He’s like Martin Shkreli but without the financial crimes, the rap albums, and the nostrils.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen him not be an obnoxious fuck stick. He really has some intense self loathing going on. Must come from hanging with Milo so often.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:06:52pm

Hillary and Bernie are addressing issues that affect Black people, which is more than can be said about any of the GOP candidates including the somnolent token Dr. Carson.

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:07:02pm

re: #63 The Vicious Babushka

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He’s a good little apparatchik who merely carries out the directives of the Communist, er, RepubliKKKLAN Politburo!

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Targetpractice  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:07:17pm

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

Could Ben be any more of an obnoxious fuckstick?

He’s like Martin Shkreli but without the financial crimes, the rap albums, and the nostrils.

Ben’s a perfect example of why Pierce dubbed it the “Breitbart Mausoleum for the Chronically Unemployable.” He’s so toxic that no self-respecting news outfit would give him more than an opinion column that would be buried with the want ads.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:08:02pm

re: #72 HappyWarrior

I don’t think I’ve ever seen him not be an obnoxious fuck stick. He really has some intense self loathing going on. Must come from hanging with Milo so often.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:08:28pm

re: #76 The Vicious Babushka

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Lucky I ate hours ago.

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:10:28pm

Assassinations! Exploding garages! The gubermint is out to get you!

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:12:57pm

re: #78 ausador

Assassinations! Exploding garages! The gubermint is out to get you!

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I’m waiting for Jimmy to allege that the Illuminati sabotaged his clock so the cuckoo won’t chirp…

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:14:44pm

re: #79 Joe Bacon

The cuckoo is always chirping in his head.

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Tigger2  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:15:26pm
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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:15:30pm

re: #78 ausador

Assassinations! Exploding garages! The gubermint is out to get you!

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Some exploding garages are more amusing than others though!

The Great Race - Push the Button Max

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:16:33pm

The Walking Dead went OFF tonight. Definitely in the top 3 eps.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:16:59pm

re: #76 The Vicious Babushka

Has anyone ever sent that to him as part of a tweet?

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sagehen  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:18:02pm

re: #83 Stanley Sea

The Walking Dead went OFF tonight. Definitely in the top 3 eps.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee

Do I want spoilers, or would I be better watching the replay with no info?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:19:02pm

re: #78 ausador

Assassinations! Exploding garages! The gubermint is out to get you!

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I do not get these guys who take a salary from a government they’re afraid to death of.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:19:31pm

re: #84 Eric The Fruit Bat

Has anyone ever sent that to him as part of a tweet?

I have Tweeted it but not specifically to @Nero @benshapiro and @scrowder

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:20:32pm
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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:20:33pm

re: #86 HappyWarrior

I do not get these guys who take a salary from a government they’re afraid to death of.

It’s all part of their cunning plan to use the government to destroy itself. It it were any more cunning, you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

RBS

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:21:08pm

The Constitution says “advise and consent” but not “ignore”

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:22:36pm

re: #88 The Vicious Babushka

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You weren’t saying that when the Democrats opposed Bush’s nominees, ERick. You have no reason for opposing Obama’s nominee only because oyu hate Obama. That’s not a reason, you pug nosed asshole.

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:22:46pm

Rubio has thoughts…
(about pandering)

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:23:31pm

re: #88 The Vicious Babushka

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Aw, Poor Widdle Erick has a sad because now the Court is 4-4 and all those cases Republicans were counting on to screw Democrats on Unions, Redistricting and Women’s Rights won’t be overturned…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:23:53pm

re: #92 ausador

Rubio has thoughts…
(about pandering)

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Yeah GOP, Marco’s really going to hit off with younger voters. Man what a pathetic little twit Rubio is. What’s the matter, Rubio Bot, did that gay man in New Hampshire embarrass you by pointing out what a homophobic asshole you really are?

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:23:56pm

re: #62 ObserverArt

Good little movie. I love the premise.

There need to be more movies pointing out how tacitly racist and sexist nostalgia is.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:24:25pm

re: #93 Joe Bacon

Aw, Poor Widdle Erick has a sad because now the Court is 4-4 and all those cases Republicans were counting on to screw Democrats on Unions, Redistricting and Women’s Rigts won’t be overturned…

I’m going to enjoy seeing the day Obama’s nominee is the deciding vote on important decisions that will make Erick squeal like a pig.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:24:53pm

re: #95 Sophist: Domo Arigato, Marco Ruboto

There need to be more movies pointing out how tacitly racist and sexist nostalgia is.

Indeed.

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:25:50pm

re: #92 ausador

Rubio has thoughts…
(about pandering)

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Gosh, is L’il Marky Mark going to also stamp out all those Florida “Foam Parties” that are popping up on various websites?

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:26:13pm

re: #88 The Vicious Babushka

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William Lewis  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:27:06pm

re: #10 stpaulbear

Something I discovered while shopping in the suburbs today:

KFC has a senior discount on their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I know it’s not good for me, but sometimes you’re just in the mood. I tried to include all of the vegetables.

I can sympathize. Usually I don’t even bother trying to be healthy - just some greasy original recipe and some biscuits.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:27:44pm

I really think what really pisses them off the most about Obama is that Americans like the man and have given him two terms resoundingly. Sucks to be you Erick. How does it feel to be in a dying movement?

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CuriousLurker  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:29:15pm

In case it hasn’t been posted yet:

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Targetpractice  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:29:57pm

re: #88 The Vicious Babushka

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Erick, none of us ever left reality. We have kept track of the reality that Republicans have been blocking judicial nominees, nominees to the NLRB and the CFPB, as well as running interference for the NRA for years by refusing to allow a vote on the President’s nominee to head the BATF. So we’re not surprised that the GOP would go so far as to block the nomination of a Supreme Court justice.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:30:33pm

re: #102 CuriousLurker

In case it hasn’t been posted yet:

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But that was different. They had to confirm one for the Gipper. Obama is just an uppity you know what that has the nerve to think he deserves to be called Mr. President like Reagan did.

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Whack-A-Mole  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:31:12pm

So my understanding is that, on a 4-4 USSC split, the ruling of the lower court would stand, correct?

Does that mean its possible for the right (or even the left) to basically forum-shop issues that were previously decided using new pretexts/cases and end up with de-facto victories on the issues via the lower circuit court rulings?

If both sides did this and had separate lower circuits decide different cases on the same issues in opposing matters, what would happen then?

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:32:09pm

re: #100 William Lewis

I can sympathize. Usually I don’t even bother trying to be healthy - just some greasy original recipe and some biscuits.

I can still remember the first time that Mom, Dad and I had Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Colonel was just starting out in the early 60s selling the flour to selected restaurants before KFC set up stores. We had it at Duff’s Rebel Restaurant in Winchester Virginia. They served it with real mashed potatoes, cole slaw, peas and scratch biscuits that melted in your mouth. It was so good that we had two servings of the chicken. Dad talked to Grandma about it and she invested in KFC right when they started the take-out stands.

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:32:58pm

“You may wonder who is behind this new bill. Why would the Republicans take control of our air space away from the FAA? The answer is very simple. It is the major airlines, except for Delta, that are pushing for this bill.

Under the bill, there will be a new board of directors managed by the airlines. There will be 11 seats on the board and four of those seats go directly to major Air Lines.”

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BeachDem  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:33:24pm

re: #78 ausador

Assassinations! Exploding garages! The gubermint is out to get you!

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The multiple !!!!! make it so much more believable. (He had me at the known planted stolen gun and the 100 shots at the vehicle—obviously bad aim.)

These folks really have all the expertise and knowledge. Perhaps they should put out a newsletter—or run for President on the GOP ticket.

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:35:22pm

Well, I’m going to go and hang it up for the evening. Somehow I’ve managed to cut my earlobe while I was crawling under the workbench and while it’s not painful, but it’s annoying as hell. Just a nice clean cut from the ear opening to the bottom of the lobe.

Must have been one of Obama’s Ninja Commando Assassination Squads.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:36:02pm

re: #109 Reality Based Steve

Betcha that bled a bit!

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:36:26pm

re: #107 jaunte

Delta has been bucking the status quo in the airline industry: they were against extending the EX-IM bank (the other legacy carriers wanted it continued), they didn’t go out on a massive new fleet buying spree, and now this little bit of not wanting the ATC privatization.

news.delta.com

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:38:43pm

re: #85 sagehen

Do I want spoilers, or would I be better watching the replay with no info?

Watch replay. Enjoy it. It was that good.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:38:51pm

re: #111 Eric The Fruit Bat

Delta has been bucking the status quo in the airline industry: they were against extending the EX-IM bank (the other legacy carriers wanted it continued), they didn’t go out on a massive new fleet buying spree, and now this little bit of not wanting the ATC privatization.

If ATC gets privatized and there is a major crash due to controller error or something along those lines, who gets the bill for all the civil suits? (IIRC, the Federal government has some built-in protections regarding that.)

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:39:17pm

Taking all the guns to take the guns to ready the ground for gun taking.

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:40:05pm

So Deadpool made $135 million domestically on its first weekend. Not bad for a rated R comedy.

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:40:39pm

re: #113 Feline Fearless Leader

They’ll probably propose limiting damages to ticket price.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:41:03pm

re: #105 Whack-A-Mole

So my understanding is that, on a 4-4 USSC split, the ruling of the lower court would stand, correct?

Does that mean its possible for the right (or even the left) to basically forum-shop issues that were previously decided using new pretexts/cases and end up with de-facto victories on the issues via the lower circuit court rulings?

If both sides did this and had separate lower circuits decide different cases on the same issues in opposing matters, what would happen then?

By the time a court case made its way to the SCOTUS, we’ll have nine again.

An interesting thing I learned about Scalia’s death: Any cases already decided but not released are voided and will have to be decided again.

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Thor Heyerdahl  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:41:32pm

re: #94 HappyWarrior

What’s the matter, Rubio Bot, did that gay man in New Hampshire embarrass you by pointing out what a homophobic asshole you really are?

Or did the gay man in New Hampshire point and laugh when he saw the diminutive size of the Rubio Bot’s pinga?

Rubio Bot cried, since the rugged wilderness man from New Hampshire only left a $20 on the night stand.

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TedStriker  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:42:08pm

re: #105 Whack-A-Mole

So my understanding is that, on a 4-4 USSC split, the ruling of the lower court would stand, correct?

Does that mean its possible for the right (or even the left) to basically forum-shop issues that were previously decided using new pretexts/cases and end up with de-facto victories on the issues via the lower circuit court rulings?

If both sides did this and had separate lower circuits decide different cases on the same issues in opposing matters, what would happen then?

The danger with that is that precedent does not get set with a split SCOTUS decision.

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:42:11pm

re: #92 ausador

Rubio has thoughts…
(about pandering)

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The GOP candidate of the future, ladies and gentlemen and smizmars.

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:42:27pm

re: #117 Belafon

Do they keep the written opinions/dissents?

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BeachDem  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:42:30pm

re: #114 jaunte

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Taking all the guns to take the guns to ready the ground for gun taking.

I suggest that, instead of refining their conspiracy theories, they should all go back to elementary school and learn how to fucking spell.

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ObserverArt  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:42:40pm

re: #106 Joe Bacon

I can still remember the first time that Mom, Dad and I had Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Colonel was just starting out in the early 60s selling the flour to selected restaurants before KFC set up stores. We had it at Duff’s Rebel Restaurant in Winchester Virginia. They served it with real mashed potatoes, cole slaw, peas and scratch biscuits that melted in your mouth. It was so good that we had two servings of the chicken. Dad talked to Grandma about it and she invested in KFC right when they started the take-out stands.

Hey…I remember when KFC was just a recipe. First time I had it was at Kenny King’s restaurants up in Cleveland. It was real good then because they spent the time on it. That has to be the early to mid 60s.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:44:09pm

I laughed:

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Decatur Deb  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:44:32pm

re: #113 Feline Fearless Leader

If ATC gets privatized and there is a major crash due to controller error or something along those lines, who gets the bill for all the civil suits? (IIRC, the Federal government has some built-in protections regarding that.)

If ATC is privatized, strikes by a reborn PATCO are legal.

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KGxvi  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:45:22pm

re: #117 Belafon

By the time a court case made its way to the SCOTUS, we’ll have nine again.

An interesting thing I learned about Scalia’s death: Any cases already decided but not released are voided and will have to be decided again.

Didn’t know that about unreleased decisions having to be decided again, but it makes sense, basically a revote.

The interesting thing will be if the GOP is successful in blocking any appointment, we would basically be half way through the Court’s next term with only 8 justices. Considering we’re about half way through this term (it runs October to June or July), we’d effectively be looking at a full term with only 8 judges.

Where that’s going to reck havoc is when cases go up due to a circuit split. If they can’t get 5 votes to resolve the circuit split, the law will actually be different in different parts of the country.

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ObserverArt  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:45:25pm

re: #110 retired cynic

Betcha that bled a bit!

He was in his shop, so he probably glued it back together.

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:45:45pm

re: #123 ObserverArt

Hey…I remember when KFC was just a recipe. First time I had it was at Kenny King’s restaurants up in Cleveland. It was real good then because they spent the time on it. That has to be the early to mid 60s.

The best fried chicken I’ve ever had was at t resturant in Nashville called Monells. It’s all you can eat southern cooking served family style at big tables. They pan fry it in cast iron skillets. It’s like heaven in your mouth.

RBS

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Targetpractice  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:45:51pm

re: #115 Kragar

So Deadpool made $135 million domestically on its first weekend. Not bad for a rated R comedy.

“Shiiiit, did I leave the stove on?”

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:46:54pm

re: #128 Reality Based Steve

The best fried chicken I’ve ever had was at t resturant in Nashville called Monells. It’s all you can eat southern cooking served family style at big tables. They pan fry it in cast iron skillets. It’s like heaven in your mouth.

RBS

Shades of my mama, the best cook evah!

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:46:58pm

re: #127 ObserverArt

He was in his shop, so he probably glued it back together.

ROFL…. I have used superglue once to seal up a cut. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Special Forces guys, it’s good enough for me.

RBS

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:47:25pm

re: #130 retired cynic

Shades of my mama, the best cook evah!

And pocket gravy, yumm! Heart attack on a plate!

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:48:43pm

Some are calling this unethical, which I don’t, but it definitely shows desperation:

Edited.

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Whack-A-Mole  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:48:54pm

re: #126 KGxvi

Didn’t know that about unreleased decisions having to be decided again, but it makes sense, basically a revote.

The interesting thing will be if the GOP is successful in blocking any appointment, we would basically be half way through the Court’s next term with only 8 justices. Considering we’re about half way through this term (it runs October to June or July), we’d effectively be looking at a full term with only 8 judges.

Where that’s going to reck havoc is when cases go up due to a circuit split. If they can’t get 5 votes to resolve the circuit split, the law will actually be different in different parts of the country.

That’s what I was getting at. I was wondering if that would be a possible result without the USSC being able to give a final, over-riding decision.

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:50:11pm

re: #129 Targetpractice

“Shiiiit, did I leave the stove on?”

“Before I go, there is 160kg of coke hidden in the apartment. Its next to the cure for blindness. Good luck!”

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KGxvi  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:50:24pm

re: #121 jaunte

Do they keep the written opinions/dissents?

My guess is that if Scalia’s vote won’t change the outcome, then the opinions/dissents would remain (though Scalia’s would be removed). So, if it’s a 6-3 or 7-2 decision or even 5-4 with Scalia in dissent, then the assignments would stay the same. The problem would be when it’s 5-4 with Scalia in the majority. Or cases where Scalia was writing the Court’s opinion.

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Brian J.  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:52:03pm

re: #133 Belafon

I’m not sure I’d call this unethical, but it definitely shows desperation:

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I’ve already seen it, but it deserves noting that the Purity Monger doth not practice what he preaches. That’s the problem with calls for REVOLUTION!!!eleven! - it becomes a thing in itself, divorced from any thoughts of what happens next. I hope Nevadans give the guy a good hard smackdown, followed by us Southerners.

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:54:05pm

Especially if he’s the king…

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:54:30pm

re: #137 Brian J.

I have my druthers, but I don’t want to go as far as hard smackdowns. We’re on the same basic side, after all.

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TedStriker  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:55:42pm

re: #128 Reality Based Steve

The best fried chicken I’ve ever had was at t resturant in Nashville called Monells. It’s all you can eat southern cooking served family style at big tables. They pan fry it in cast iron skillets. It’s like heaven in your mouth.

RBS

Oh, yes, Monell’s…it’s damn good.

I’m fortunate that their quick-service location (Cafe Monell’s) is down the street from my office.

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:56:11pm
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Brian J.  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:57:12pm

re: #139 retired cynic

I have my druthers, but I don’t want to go as far as hard smackdowns. We’re on the same basic side, after all.

I know that and you know that, but I doubt Bernie knows that anymore:

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 7:58:54pm

re: #142 Brian J.

I know that and you know that, but I doubt Bernie knows that anymore:

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It makes one wonder why he is running as a Democrat, then.

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:00:04pm

re: #141 Kragar

Works for Bernie too…

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:01:08pm

re: #143 retired cynic

It makes one wonder why he is running as a Democrat, then.

Because he’d get nowhere running as an independent.

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KGxvi  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:01:18pm

re: #134 Whack-A-Mole

That’s what I was getting at. I was wondering if that would be a possible result without the USSC being able to give a final, over-riding decision.

Most likely, in cases where there is a circuit split, the justices will get together and get a majority opinion. Keep in mind, every justice practiced law before they sat on the bench. They understand the trouble that circuit splits create. They will want to avoid them as much as possible - it’s why a circuit split is basically an automatic qualifier to be heard by the Court.

For those that don’t know what a circuit split is: typically what happens is a trial court will make a ruling, it will get appealed and the Circuit Court of Appeal will issue a decision that will control in that Circuit. Then the same issue will come up in a different Circuit. The trial court makes a ruling and it gets appealed. The second Circuit Court of Appeal will then issue it’s own opinion on the law. In both the second trial court and appellate court, the first decision is only “persuasive authority”, so they can rule that the other court either came to the wrong decision or the facts in their case are different and require a different result or that the reasoning was flawed. If the second opinion is different, the Supreme Court weighs in.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that jurisprudence is different than a political ideology. Scalia, despite his fan boys on the right, tended to be a bit more political and result oriented in his opinions - I think he had a habit of choosing the outcome he favored and then applying a rational that fit. Thomas, for all his faults, tends to stick to his particular brand of jurisprudence and is less interested in outcome than in process.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:02:45pm

re: #125 Decatur Deb

The outgoing CEO of Delta’s testimony was short, sweet and to the point-and will earn the emnity of the Koch Whores CATO Scholars, who point to the UK and Canadian privatization as success stories.

Here’s what Delta pilot said in Crain’s New York:

Supporters of privatizing the nation’s Air Traffic Organization, which provides air navigation services across the U.S., point to Nav Canada—a private group that controls that country’s air traffic—as an example of a system that works. Last year, I traveled with five Delta leaders to Nav Canada’s headquarters in Ottawa to see if there was any evidence that the system would benefit the U.S.

We learned that Nav Canada’s privatization model may work well for Canadian airspace, which is about one-tenth of the scale and complexity of U.S. airspace. But the lack of any solid data from Nav Canada that would have supported a move to privatization in the U.S. was startling.

We came back with:

Zero quantifiable data showing operational efficiency or improvements as a result of privatization.
Zero data to suggest that U.S. airlines or customers would benefit from cost advantages as a result of privatization.
Zero analytical data comparing public versus private ownership.

The closest major Canadian airport to Toronto Pearson International—the country’s busiest—is 225 miles away. In New York, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark are 10 to 21 miles apart from each other, handle as many flights in one day as all of Canada’s airports combined, and encounter some of the most severe weather the country has to offer.

From Delta’s perspective, the current U.S. air-traffic control system is more efficient and cost-effective for taxpayers and passengers than any privatized ATO alternative, and just as safe. It operates at 97% capacity, with controller efficiency higher than that of virtually all other industrialized nations, including those with private systems.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:02:49pm

“Keep Summer safe.” One of the best Rick & Morty episodes on Adult Swim right now.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:04:06pm

re: #145 Sophist: Domo Arigato, Marco Ruboto

Because he’d get nowhere running as an independent.

I know, but he must have realized sooner or later he was going to have to bite the hand that feeds him. I guess he got into it to push the convo left, and then things just got carried away.

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KGxvi  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:05:27pm

re: #143 retired cynic

It makes one wonder why he is running as a Democrat, then.

Can’t change the system from the outside, man.

In all honesty, though, I think this first part of the 21st century in America has been defined by people losing faith in institutions - from churches to banks to insurance companies to politics. When there’s an undercurrent of antiestablishmentarianism in the body politic, it ain’t a bad idea to go with that as part of your campaign. Of course, it may end up being a case of hoping the crocodile eats you last…

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:11:04pm

re: #114 jaunte

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Taking all the guns to take the guns to ready the ground for gun taking.

I still remember when The BBC tore Asshole Alex Jones to pieces. It was glorious!

BBC sunday politics show, bilderberg - Alex Jones interview

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ausador  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:12:42pm

Alex Jones has some pretty stiff competition out there…

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BeachDem  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:13:00pm
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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:19:37pm

re: #152 ausador

Alex Jones has some pretty stiff competition out there…

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And these insane cranks are now the base of the RepubliKKKLAN Party!

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Mattand  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:27:25pm

re: #51 jaunte


“Religious liberty is under attack in America.

Your freedom to believe may not last much longer.”

OMG!!!!

I believe Eric Ericsson is a fuckIng idiot.

There. Freedom intact.

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VegasGolfer  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:28:14pm

re: #147 Eric The Fruit Bat

I was ATC for 26 yrs. and at least half the time there was talk of privatization and it always never went anywhere. We went though good times under both republican and democratic administrations. We got whacked when GWB got in office. Morale was never so low as it was during his 8 years.
If privatization goes through, it will be a race to the bottom of both service to the users and saftey. I loved the job and was blessed with the opportunity to retire early (age 50) with an great pension, and feel I am lucky to have gotten out when I did.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:29:56pm

Finally got caught up on all the threads since my power came back on Saturday. You lizards have been very chatty!
A few days ago I had mentioned that Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, has elected canines as mayor since 1998.
Saturday night the Rabbit Hash General Store was destroyed in a fire.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was the heart of Rabbit Hash and has been in operation since 1831.

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CleverToad  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:39:18pm

re: #157 Backwoods_Sleuth

Finally got caught up on all the threads since my power came back on Saturday. You lizards have been very chatty!
A few days ago I had mentioned that Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, has elected canines as mayor since 1998.
Saturday night the Rabbit Hash General Store was destroyed in a fire.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was the heart of Rabbit Hash and has been in operation since 1831.

Oh, that’s sad, losing history. Hope no one was hurt.

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:39:42pm

re: #141 Kragar

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:47:18pm
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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:49:00pm

Missed this one. lol?

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CuriousLurker  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:51:17pm

re: #157 Backwoods_Sleuth

Good to have you back, but sorry it was with sad news.

I was just thinking of you, trying to decide whether to post this now or wait until I saw you, but you’ve solved that little dilemma for me.

I know everyone is prolly sick of hearing about the Oregon militia guys, but, incredibly, when I spoke to my son earlier this evening he said he hadn’t even heard of it because he’s been busy with school. Anyway, I gave him a quick overview and he howled with laughter over the mocking hashtags and the “supplies” & snacks people sent them.

Anyhoo, in sending him links I came across this timeline over at The Oregonian website that chronicles everything going back to the Hammonds being convicted in 2012. I thought some of you might want to bookmark it as it makes for a handy reference.

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KGxvi  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:51:56pm

re: #160 Stanley Sea

I’ll be 38 in a month, and went to Chapman law, so I know plenty of movement conservative types, I can probably still speak their language well enough to make them think I’d be a suitable replacement for Scalia. Where do I send my resume?

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:53:19pm

re: #163 KGxvi

I’ll be 38 in a month, and went to Chapman law, so I know plenty of movement conservative types, I can probably still speak their language well enough to make them think I’d be a suitable replacement for Scalia. Where do I send my resume?

@potus !!!

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:56:24pm

No other Walking Dead people here? My hair is still blown back.

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CuriousLurker  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:56:46pm

re: #164 Stanley Sea

@potus !!!

Or FLOTUS. She’s a lawyer too, right? And they hate her as much as they hate POTUS.

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:00:04pm

re: #166 CuriousLurker

Saw a tweet #flotus for #scotus

They’d lose their shit.

KGxvi needs to submit his CV with an exceptional cover letter.

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:01:40pm

What a cool photo of my old stomping grounds. Mt. Crested Butte from 22,000 feet.

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CuriousLurker  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:03:17pm

Oh lordy…

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:03:34pm
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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:04:55pm
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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:05:41pm

re: #170 Charles Johnson

Naked Gun — Pillow

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Single-handed sailor  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:06:40pm

re: #171 Kragar

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:07:40pm
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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:09:26pm
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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:11:30pm

Oh boy. It’s an article of faith now.

Next step, Gubner Abbott will call for an investigation.

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:13:17pm

re: #175 Kragar

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:13:23pm

President Obama shouldn’t name a new justice until the investigations and Senate committees have been completed.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:13:56pm

re: #178 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

President Obama shouldn’t name a new justice until the investigations and Senate committees have been completed.

All twenty of them!

SCALIAGHAZI

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:15:26pm

re: #165 Stanley Sea

No other Walking Dead people here? My hair is still blown back.

Saw a tweet recap

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:15:33pm

re: #178 SteveMcGaziBolaGate RN

…or at least until he has been cleared as a suspect.

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KGxvi  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:16:07pm

re: #167 Stanley Sea

Saw a tweet #flotus for #scotus

They’d lose their shit.

KGxvi needs to submit his CV with an exceptional cover letter.

It’d probably go wrong about the time I dropped an f-bomb on a judiciary committee member at a confirmation hearing due to the stupidity of their question.

Not going to lie though, it’d probably be a pretty cool gig. And in all honesty, I’m probably nowhere near qualified for the job.

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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:16:18pm

re: #177 teleskiguy

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Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:19:10pm
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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:22:07pm

A Valentine’s Day story.

My good friend and semi-pro skier Mark proposed to his girlfriend Ashley a week or so ago on top of one of the rowdiest lines you can ski on Mt. Crested Butte, a place called High Life (I’ve skied High Life a handful of times, it’s freaking scary!). He bought the ring two summers ago but he couldn’t ask Ashley to marry him at this spot last winter because there wasn’t enough snow to open it. He waited a year and took advantage of the deep snow this year, brought a photo crew along, and now they’re the talk of Crested Butte.

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Stanley Sea  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:22:48pm

Clean sheets. No Monday holiday for me :(. My job has been insane busy. See ya’ll tomorrow.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:23:58pm
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Great White Snark  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:27:06pm
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Sophist: A life of quiet Jebsperation.  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:27:15pm

re: #187 Charles Johnson

This may be the weekend the conservative movement _totally_ jumped the shark. For good.

If only I could believe that. I’ve felt that way pretty much every week for the last seven years, and here we are, still dealing with the same GOP applesauce.

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freetoken  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:28:53pm

So, this apparently is going to happen:

Prominent Televangelist Says He Will Endorse Donald Trump

Days before the first Southern primary of 2016, Mike Murdock, a prominent Texas-based televangelist, will formally endorse Republican Donald Trump for president at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, on Monday.

The question is, why would such a person do that:

“He has a warrior spirit for restoring America in the eyes of the world and he has a warrior’s heart,” said Murdock, the head pastor at the Wisdom Center ministry, told Bloomberg News in an interview. “I am endorsing him for president.”

Fundamentalism in America, especially the wacky TV kind, is very centered on ancient urges, in this case for warfare.

Very much so, “prosperity gospel” is about the elevation of social status to the divine. Another very old idea.

Now, you and I may ask, doesn’t Trump’s past infidelities mark him out as being, well, something less than an ideal figurehead for Christianity? But the gospel preacher sez:

“I don’t trust a man who is too calculating in his talk,” Murdock said. . “I like a man who is thoughtful and I like a man that tells me his heart. [Trump’s] face always says me what his mouth is saying and I enjoy that.”

Yup, for sure….

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gwangung  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:29:00pm

re: #187 Charles Johnson

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Ehhh…at least 27% of America is going over the shark with ‘em….

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Lidane  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:31:40pm

Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead is easily one of the best in the series. WOW.

Up next: Spending my day off tomorrow watching Deadpool. :D

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:31:47pm

I hate those prosperity Gospel types.

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BeachDem  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:35:13pm

re: #187 Charles Johnson

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When I click on his link, ads for pillows (2 memory foam pillows for $29, y’all) along with all these other right wing sites—but DimJim’s doesn’t. I guess I consider myself lucky.

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:36:05pm

re: #192 Lidane

Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead is easily one of the best in the series. WOW.

Up next: Spending my day off tomorrow watching Deadpool. :D

Currently scoring 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, made double what 50 Shades of Grey made last Valentine’s Day weekend, and by far, a much better love story.

George Michael - Careless Whisper

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:41:15pm

This pillow business makes me so sorry for his family. They don’t deserve that!

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:43:24pm

re: #190 freetoken

So, this apparently is going to happen:

Prominent Televangelist Says He Will Endorse Donald Trump

The question is, why would such a person do that:

Fundamentalism in America, especially the wacky TV kind, is very centered on ancient urges, in this case for warfare.

Very much so, “prosperity gospel” is about the elevation of social status to the divine. Another very old idea.

Now, you and I may ask, doesn’t Trump’s past infidelities mark him out as being, well, something less than an ideal figurehead for Christianity? But the gospel preacher sez:

Yup, for sure….

I have no love for these Pulpit Pimps who promise pie in the sky when you die as long as you follow your corporate masters on Earth, vote Republican and tithe to the TV Preacher of your choice.

Remember that to get to heaven, you got to be preyed up AND paid up!

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:44:18pm

re: #197 Joe Bacon

Pulpit Pimp. I’ve got to remember that!

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freetoken  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:44:18pm

re: #197 Joe Bacon

Remember that to get to heaven, you got to be preyed up AND paid up!

Oh, they are preyed upon, for sure.

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:47:23pm

Hey freetoken, thanks for being you. I’m glad you’re here.

:-D

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freetoken  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:47:55pm

Some unknown-to-me Australian celeb sez:

Shane Warne believes alien experimentation turned monkeys into humans

SHANE Warne reveals some rather unorthodox views on evolution in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here — namely, that modern human life is the result of alien experimentation on monkeys.

“If we’ve evolved from monkeys, then why haven’t those ones evolved?” Warne asks in a clip from tonight’s episode, prompting a half-hearted “Yeah …” from fellow contestant Bonnie Lythgoe.

[…]

Shane Warne’s Theory Of Evolution.

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:52:17pm

re: #201 freetoken

Some unknown-to-me Australian celeb sez:

Shane Warne believes alien experimentation turned monkeys into humans

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I’ll believe that when they uncover a giant black monolith on The Moon…

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Ubiq  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:01:14pm

There are a lot of ways that dragging out Scalia’s replacement can hurt the Republicans. First up, the press can start grilling each candidate about who THEY would choose. In Primary season. Could be pretty impressive to see if they’re willing to try to outdo each other, leaving the ‘winner’ with an anchor around his neck for the general.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:04:34pm

re: #203 Ubiq

Welcome, hatchling!

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freetoken  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:06:27pm

I wonder what % of Americans could have named Scalia as a SC justice, if polled before his death?

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:07:33pm

Kanye West is having another meltdown on Twitter. At least this one doesn’t involve his butthole.

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:12:53pm

re: #203 Ubiq

Hey d’ere, new Lizard! Welcome to the most sane insane place on the web! Feel free to get weird, like I’m about to, right now.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:13:47pm

re: #207 teleskiguy

What do we do with the extra 6 hours?

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:15:14pm

So, I have just traveled 2 hours by car to enjoy Mt. Kinabalu National Park, where just as I arrived, torrential rains began. At least they have a nice restaurant with coffee to enjoy as I watch the downpour.

Yeah, I know. Cry me a river.

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:19:52pm

re: #206 goddamnedfrank

Kanye West is having another meltdown on Twitter. At least this one doesn’t involve his butthole.

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Or does it?

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:20:27pm

re: #210 Kragar

Or does it?

I can’t tell anymore, which is kind of scary.

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:23:20pm

re: #206 goddamnedfrank

Dats wut happens wen dey throwin dis much money money money round.

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:25:11pm
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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:27:04pm

re: #206 goddamnedfrank

Seriously, I don’t know what to think of this bullshit. I see “I’m rich, too! Hey rich guy, can I hang out with you even though you’re more rich than me?!?”

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:31:03pm

re: #206 goddamnedfrank

Kanye West is having another meltdown on Twitter. At least this one doesn’t involve his butthole.

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Somebody never got over missing out on that $1.5 Billion Powerball Jackpot…

OTOH—he could take a cue from M.C. Hammer and get into the TV Pulpit Pimping business. All he has to do is have Kim do the Jan Crouch Thing with the mascara running down her face and that tax free cash will flow right into his Swiss Bank Account!

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:34:35pm
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Alyosha  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:45:50pm

re: #201 freetoken

A much-celebrated if extremely douchey spin bowler whose dopey ideas suggest he plays another sport with a higher rate of contact and traumatic brain injury than cricket…

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:46:05pm

How does a person get 53 million dollars in personal debt?

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teleskiguy  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:51:16pm

re: #218 goddamnedfrank

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:52:54pm
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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:57:28pm

re: #220 Kragar

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Deserves a million up dings!

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Joe Bacon  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:59:00pm

re: #218 goddamnedfrank

How does a person get 53 million dollars in personal debt?

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He should have thought about that property tax bill when he moved into that Beverly Hills mansion…

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makeitstop  Feb 15, 2016 • 12:59:23am

re: #31 Danack

The command line version is definitely easier to use when you have fixed, simple things to do. Even though I maintain the extension, I don’t think using the PHP extension is actually valid for most simple things people use it for.

btw You might want to make sure you are using ImageMagick version 6.9.2 or greater…..I’ve spent a lot of time not actually working on the extension code…but instead just tracking down errors in ImageMagick itself.

Because things like this happening aren’t that great:

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Dunno, I kinda dig it.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 1:04:34am
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Ace-o-aces  Feb 15, 2016 • 1:31:52am

Like most conspiracy theories, one most simultaneously believe the participants to be superhumanly skilled, and completely incompetent.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 1:41:08am
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Ace-o-aces  Feb 15, 2016 • 1:51:08am

Once again people, real life is not like an episode of CSI.

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Kragar  Feb 15, 2016 • 2:09:53am

re: #227 Ace-o-aces

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 2:32:28am

re: #228 Kragar

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 15, 2016 • 2:33:57am

At least Kanye married a woman who values love over money. He’ll always have that.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 15, 2016 • 3:12:38am

re: #230 Barefoot Grin

At least Kanye married a woman who values love over money. He’ll always have that.

Came back too late to edit. I regret this. Shouldn’t claim to know about someone else’s capacity for love. Apologies. Have a nice day.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 4:40:36am
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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 4:45:39am

Trump understands that the Tea Party does not like either GOP or Democrats. They went along with the GOP to the extent that a number of their candidates embraced a lot of TP agenda but are prepared to turn on either party because they are ornery bastards

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 4:56:29am

And DT has based his reputation on being spokesman for the ornery disillusioned voters

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 4:58:28am

Meaning no disrespect for Justice Scalia, but his death may very well have been the first step on the long, hard road to saving the planet.

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court surprised everyone by voting 5-4 to issue a stay and delay enforcement of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a major EPA rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from the electricity sector. That suggested the Court’s five conservative justices — Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, Kennedy — harbored serious doubts about the plan and would eventually strike it down. Analysts worried that this, in turn, would cause the international climate deal forged at Paris to unravel.

But everything changed with Scalia’s passing and the Supreme Court split 4-4 between conservatives and liberals (assuming Republicans refuse to confirm a new Obama nominee). The plan’s fate now rests with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. And that’s good news for Obama.

vox.com

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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:05:44am

re: #73 The Vicious Babushka

Hillary and Bernie are addressing issues that affect Black people, which is more than can be said about any of the GOP candidates including the somnolent token Dr. Carson.

There’s that GOP outreach we know and loathe. Shapiro epitomizes exactly what’s wrong with the GOP. They don’t care that minorities are getting screwed. They don’t care that minorities are getting left behind, because the GOP’s economic policy is to shift burdens from those who can afford them to everyone else.

And they’ve managed to convince people that if only the rich get richer that they too will benefit. 40 years of the Laffer Curve being shown to be BS isn’t enough; they keep pushing the same policies.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:12:20am

Trying to figure out when to start the drive from Atlanta back to Lexington. I-75 still snowy, and there is some freezing rain, snow/rain mix going through Tennessee.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:13:23am

re: #236 lawhawk

There’s that GOP outreach we know and loathe. Shapiro epitomizes exactly what’s wrong with the GOP. They don’t care that minorities are getting screwed. They don’t care that minorities are getting left behind, because the GOP’s economic policy is to shift burdens from those who can afford them to everyone else.

And they’ve managed to convince people that if only the rich get richer that they too will benefit. 40 years of the Laffer Curve being shown to be BS isn’t enough; they keep pushing the same policies.

How are the GOP voters supposed to figure that out they are under a constant barrage of propaganda from FOX and rightwing radio telling them it works.

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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:16:34am

re: #238 Tigger2

Look in their pocketbooks? 40 years of trickle down and lower tax rates haven’t resulted in their wealth increasing. All that’s happened is more national debt and the rich gaming the tax system in their favor.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:18:50am

re: #239 lawhawk

Look in their pocketbooks? 40 years of trickle down and lower tax rates haven’t resulted in their wealth increasing. All that’s happened is more national debt and the rich gaming the tax system in their favor.

They would just blame it on something else those people are really clueless.

I have a couple that live down the block from me that are broke as hell but they blame it on they are taxed to much in Fed taxes even tho they don’t make enough to pay a lot of Fed taxes which they will get back most is just state and withholding.

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No Depression  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:22:40am

re: #240 Tigger2

They would just blame it on something else those people are really clueless.

They would just blame it on blacks getting any kind of welfare benefits. I have relatives that honestly believe that blacks have it better than whites do today.

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sagehen  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:24:53am

re: #236 lawhawk

And they’ve managed to convince people that if only the rich get richer that they too will benefit. 40 years of the Laffer Curve being shown to be BS isn’t enough; they keep pushing the same policies.

The Laffer Curve isn’t BS exactly; they’ve just been lying about where it peaks (somewhere between 55% and 75%, depending which economist is picking the variables for calculations).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:25:16am

re: #237 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Trying to figure out when to start the drive from Atlanta back to Lexington. I-75 still snowy, and there is some freezing rain, snow/rain mix going through Tennessee.

Winter Weather Advisory in Kentucky until noon, then a flood watch, then more snow tonight.
Not fun if you have to travel.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:29:31am

OT, In re: Peyton Manning

Whenever you hear the story out about him and an alleged sexual harassment, just know that the story has been around, just not as publicly known for almost 20 years. I heard it for the first time in 1999.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:30:15am

re: #236 lawhawk

There’s that GOP outreach we know and loathe. Shapiro epitomizes exactly what’s wrong with the GOP. They don’t care that minorities are getting screwed. They don’t care that minorities are getting left behind, because the GOP’s economic policy is to shift burdens from those who can afford them to everyone else.

And they’ve managed to convince people that if only the rich get richer that they too will benefit. 40 years of the Laffer Curve being shown to be BS isn’t enough; they keep pushing the same policies.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:30:37am

re: #243 Backwoods_Sleuth

Winter Weather Advisory in Kentucky until noon, then a flood watch, then more snow tonight.
Not fun if you have to travel.

We didn’t have school scheduled for today, and we’ll see if it gets called off tomorrow.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:31:03am
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Timothy Watson  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:33:12am

Remember, the GOP loves the Constitution, except for that annoying First Amendment part:

A bill that would strip the names of public employees from salary databases released by the government cleared the state Senate Friday.

Senate Bill 202 passed 27-10. Under this bill, carried by state Sen. Richard Stuart, employee names could still be tied to a salary via individual Freedom of Information requests, but electronic databases couldn’t include those names.

dailypress.com

Prior restraint, how the fuck does that work?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:37:53am

re: #246 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

We didn’t have school scheduled for today, and we’ll see if it gets called off tomorrow.

I think Lexington got about 4 inches of snow. Here in the backwoods we got 4.5 inches. So far the freezing drizzle is staying pretty much in Tennessee and central Ohio.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:39:37am

re: #249 Backwoods_Sleuth

I think Lexington got about 4 inches of snow. Here in the backwoods we got 4.5 inches. So far the freezing drizzle is staying pretty much in Tennessee and central Ohio.

No school today where I live because of snow and ice but it’s going to be 60 here Thursday.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:41:23am

re: #250 Tigger2

No school today where I live because of snow and ice but it’s going to be 60 here Thursday.

We supposed to get to 60s by Friday. Yay!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:41:36am

my surprise, etc.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:44:13am
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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:44:28am

re: #252 Backwoods_Sleuth

my surprise, etc.

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Why do they keep repeating this shit when it’s so easily debunked?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:45:32am

re: #254 The Vicious Babushka

Why do they keep repeating this shit when it’s so easily debunked?

They are ridiculous.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:46:36am

re: #252 Backwoods_Sleuth

my surprise, etc.

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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:55:56am

re: #253 Backwoods_Sleuth

RINO!

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:56:16am
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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:56:32am

I’d add province known for inciting insurrection.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:57:03am

Cruz has a conflict of interest here. Maybe he should recuse himself from voting on a nominee.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 5:57:40am

re: #201 freetoken

Some unknown-to-me Australian celeb sez:

Shane Warne believes alien experimentation turned monkeys into humans

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“If English is a Germanic language, then why does German still exist?”

Just thought of that one this morning.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:00:42am

LOL…my observation has been unskewed and thus is invalid:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:02:31am

Funny that Reagan (as a real lame duck) could nominate someone for SCOTUS and it’s no problem…

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sagehen  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:04:05am

re: #253 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Hmmm. How to react when somebody I have no respect for, somebody who’s been wrong about almost everything and unethical in the highest degree… accidentally says something reasonable and true?

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:04:55am
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danarchy  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:05:16am

re: #263 Backwoods_Sleuth

Funny that Reagan (as a real lame duck) could nominate someone for SCOTUS and it’s no problem…

Reagan was no more a lame duck than Obama is.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:05:45am

“President Obama, North Korea has launched missiles at Seoul!”

“I’m sorry, it’s my last year in office. There’s nothing I can do.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:07:39am

re: #266 danarchy

Reagan was no more a lame duck than Obama is.

You are correct. I was a year off.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:08:04am

I posted a quick image yesterday in honor of the Republican thinking and President’s Day. Imma start the federal holiday morning off by posting it again.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:08:10am

need more coffee…

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:09:13am

re: #220 Kragar

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But you know that Republican voters like Dark Falcon are perfectly fine with what Erick Erickson is encouraging Republican Senators to do, right? There is no downside to Republican obstructionism when it comes to their electorate. None.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:10:16am
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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:11:26am

re: #233 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Trump understands that the Tea Party does not like either GOP or Democrats. They went along with the GOP to the extent that a number of their candidates embraced a lot of TP agenda but are prepared to turn on either party because they are ornery bastards

The Tea Party is a creation of the GOP though as a negative reaction to President Obama’s election. They are not an independent, grassroots political organization. They support GOP candidates all the time.

Can you name even one Democratic candidate who has gotten the support of Tea Partiers? Just one?

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:12:43am

re: #265 The Vicious Babushka

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And the thing about bitcoins, once they’re gone, there’s no getting them back again.

Too bad, so sad for ShmirkFace Shkreli.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:13:40am

re: #262 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOL…my observation has been unskewed and thus is invalid:

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When they say “standard practice” that implies that there’s been a vacancy that began in an election year that was not filled. All they mean is that no Justice died or retired in an election year during for that long. That’s not a tradition, that’s just blind luck.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:16:01am

re: #275 goddamnedfrank

When they say “standard practice” that implies that there’s been a vacancy that began in an election year that was not filled. All they mean is that no Justice died or retired in an election year during for that long. That’s not a tradition, that’s just blind luck.

Making up rules.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:20:16am

re: #265 The Vicious Babushka

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Not buying it. Pretty sure that he’s lying, inventing paper losses in an attempt to hide and shield his remaining assets.

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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:21:30am

re: #275 goddamnedfrank

And there was a time when Justices were confirmed within days of being nominated. Heck, some were even confirmed on voice vote.

The process has evolved over time. But what the GOP is proposing doing here is breathtaking in its audacity. They want to deny the President the opportunity to even nominate someone.

If the GOP wants to block the confirmation of someone obviously qualified for the Court, that’s on the GOP, and it will haunt them into November. Because you know that the GOP would scream bloody hell if the Democrats tried pulling this stunt.

And no, Bork wasn’t an equivalent situation. Bork got his hearings - Reagan should have withdrawn him after the Judiciary Committee found him wanting. Yet, Bork/Reagan wanted the full Senate to vote. That prolonged his confirmation, which also voted against confirming.

Yet Reagan came back and nominated Kennedy, who was easily confirmed. Funny how that works.

The GOP doesn’t even care about qualifications of Obama’s nominee. They’re opposing on sheer spite.

And for that the GOP deserves to lose the Senate. Democrats better use all these sound clips/statements in every election ad going forward.

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:22:05am

Kanye West is $53 million in the hole. I wonder if he can transfer some money from his Presidential campaign? He certainly would get along with tRump.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:22:25am

I missed this, Trump’s spokesPierson went Truther.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:23:49am

re: #280 goddamnedfrank

Anything to get attention. Attention=Votes

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:24:18am

re: #277 goddamnedfrank

Not buying it. Pretty sure that he’s lying, inventing paper losses in an attempt to hide and shield his remaining assets.

A $15M transaction(s) would show up in the Bitcoin blockchain ledger somewhere. It’s publicly searchable, so his story could be checked out. Also, by admitting he had that much capital invested in bitcoins, he’s tipped off prosecutors who will now look for assets he tried to hide in bitcoins. I guess he figures law enforcement types are not as clever as he.

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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:28:04am

re: #282 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

He’s too clever by half. Often when you say you’re the smartest guy in the room, you aren’t. You’re hiding the fact that you’re insecure and underestimate everyone else.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:28:20am

re: #280 goddamnedfrank

I missed this, Trump’s spokesPierson went Truther.

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Is this the bullet-necked babe?

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:28:29am

re: #239 lawhawk

Look in their pocketbooks? 40 years of trickle down and lower tax rates haven’t resulted in their wealth increasing. All that’s happened is more national debt and the rich gaming the tax system in their favor.

But that effect is due to the Muslims and immigrants stealing from them. Fox told them so.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:28:49am

re: #284 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Is this the bullet-necked babe?

The very same.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:30:24am

re: #249 Backwoods_Sleuth

I think Lexington got about 4 inches of snow. Here in the backwoods we got 4.5 inches. So far the freezing drizzle is staying pretty much in Tennessee and central Ohio.

No freezing drizzle here in Columbus…so far. It might get above freezing temps before it starts a bit later. Tonight we might get a tad bit more snow.

I await the 40s to 50s at the end of the week. I hope this is the last of the snow. Overall, we escaped this winter pretty well.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:30:33am

re: #283 lawhawk

He’s too clever by half. Often when you say you’re the smartest guy in the room, you aren’t. You’re hiding the fact that you’re insecure and underestimate everyone else.

I predict he’s going down hard, once prosecutors take a long, hard look at his finances and assets. If the IRS gets involved, his ass is grass.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:30:44am

re: #285 Feline Fearless Leader

But that effect is due to the Muslims and immigrants stealing from them. Fox told them so.

It is from welfare moochers getting Free Government Stuff

And intrusive Government regulation stifling our competitiveness

And Government grazing fees…

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danarchy  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:31:44am

re: #289 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

It is from welfare moochers getting Free Government Stuff

And intrusive Government regulation stifling our competitiveness

And Government grazing fees…

NAFTA

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:32:44am

re: #254 The Vicious Babushka

Why do they keep repeating this shit when it’s so easily debunked?

Because to be a Republican job #1 is to find the days/weeks talking points and you ram that crap into everything you say.

Sometimes I wonder if they get paid by the instance.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:35:05am

re: #254 The Vicious Babushka

Why do they keep repeating this shit when it’s so easily debunked?

It’s only easily debunked if you’re willing to accept facts.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:38:54am

re: #233 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Trump understands that the Tea Party does not like either GOP or Democrats. They went along with the GOP to the extent that a number of their candidates embraced a lot of TP agenda but are prepared to turn on either party because they are ornery crazy bastards

FTFY.

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:42:52am

It’s not just Kennedy, by the way. Here are some other recent justices who assumed office in election years:

Clarence Thomas nominated in July/August 1991, assumed office in October 1991.

John Paul Stevens assumed office in December 1975.

Lewis Powell assumed office in January 1972.

Thurgood Marshall assumed office in October 1967.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:44:45am

re: #294 KGxvi

It’s not just Kennedy, by the way. Here are some other recent justices who assumed office in election years:

Ted Cruz said it’s tradition not to nominate a SC judge in an election year, so how dare we question his judgement?

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:44:55am

re: #294 KGxvi

Election years are even numbers. Plus, the argument is that he shouldn’t be nominating in the last year.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:46:55am

Wow, there is a guy by the name of Jason Whitlock (Fox Sorts) on the Dan Patrick show talking about the new/old story about Peyton Manning and his alleged sexual assault story.

He is ripping on Shaun King who he says is behind the new article coming out. He is ripping Shaun for being a race baiter and full of crap when it comes to facts. He claims he interviewed King for a job and found that he liked to stretch the truth with out factual backup. He is going so far as to call King a fake Black guy who really is white.

He is thinking it is a tit-for-tat race story to cover for the actions of Cam Newton after the Super Bowl. He is thinking all the TMZ and Gawker rush to judgment and exaggeration is a big issue. He is wondering what happened to journalistic standards and fairness on a story?

No shit. We all wonder that Jason.

Edit: Shaun, not Sean

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:47:44am

Good morning fellow Lizards. Went and saw Deadpool last night. It was epic!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:48:06am

They’ve been saying 80 years right?
en.wikipedia.org
Meet Frank Murphy, nominated to the Supreme Court in January of 1940 by FDR. There wasn’t much controversy about FDR nominating him (And remember FDR did have USSC controversies with the infamous packing) plan but there was apparently no controversy about Justice Murphy given he was confirmed twelve days after FDR nominated him by a voice vote.

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danarchy  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:48:35am

re: #294 KGxvi

It’s not just Kennedy, by the way. Here are some other recent justices who assumed office in election years:

um, isn’t 72 the only presidential election year in that list?

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:48:41am

re: #254 The Vicious Babushka

Information disease.

They’ve been fed so much bad information, from FOX et. al., that they literally can no longer hear or see contrafactual evidence. The second a fact does not fit the poisoned information already in their brains that fact is either distorted (It’s not 2% of those on welfare taking drugs, it’s 100%! Drudge says so!) or rejected forcefully. (Lamestream media lies!)

In many ways, in my uninformed opinion, information disease bears a lot of resemblance to psychosis. The sufferer can no longer recognize reality. It’s why the revolutionaries masquerading as conservatives behaviour is so strange, and extreme.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:49:13am

re: #258 The Vicious Babushka

What Ted means is, “That’s my job!”

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:50:50am

re: #298 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Good morning fellow Lizards. Went and saw Deadpool last night. It was epic!

I’m going to go and see it this afternoon.

RBS

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dharmamark  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:51:35am

re: #297 ObserverArt

If I recall correctly, didn’t Whitlock have some truthiness issues a few years ago himself?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:51:47am

Anyhow the vacancy Kennedy assumed happened earlier in 1987 when Justice Powell resigned. So that’s not the best example but as I’ve gotten at repeatedly, there are examples of a President doing a nomination even after he had lost an election. And George Washington even had two nominees in 1796. This whole thing as tradition is a load of bs. There just haven’t been vacancies in Presidential election years in some time. And when LBJ did try to nominate Justice Fortas to CJ in 1968 and Judge Thornberry, while there was controversy, it was more over their judicial ideology rather than that LBJ had decided to appoitn them in an election year.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:53:07am

re: #294 KGxvi

It’s not just Kennedy, by the way. Here are some other recent justices who assumed office in election years:

Is this right?

Kennedy — nominated by a Republican
Thomas — nominated by a Republican
Stevens — nominated by a Republican
Powell — nominated by a Republican
Marshall — nominated by a Democrat

Maybe the GOP is afraid of getting another Marshall on the Court.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:53:19am

re: #274 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

I’m beginning to wonder if BitCoin was a false flag operation to demonstrate that national currencies were not created by force but by the realization that private currencies are unstable and can be gamed way too easily.

If not it demonstrated that anyway.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:53:59am

re: #278 lawhawk

And there was a time when Justices were confirmed within days of being nominated. Heck, some were even confirmed on voice vote.

The process has evolved over time. But what the GOP is proposing doing here is breathtaking in its audacity. They want to deny the President the opportunity to even nominate someone.

If the GOP wants to block the confirmation of someone obviously qualified for the Court, that’s on the GOP, and it will haunt them into November. Because you know that the GOP would scream bloody hell if the Democrats tried pulling this stunt.

And no, Bork wasn’t an equivalent situation. Bork got his hearings - Reagan should have withdrawn him after the Judiciary Committee found him wanting. Yet, Bork/Reagan wanted the full Senate to vote. That prolonged his confirmation, which also voted against confirming.

Yet Reagan came back and nominated Kennedy, who was easily confirmed. Funny how that works.

The GOP doesn’t even care about qualifications of Obama’s nominee. They’re opposing on sheer spite.

And for that the GOP deserves to lose the Senate. Democrats better use all these sound clips/statements in every election ad going forward.

Heh, In my 20 minutes of Morning Joke opening in the morning to get a feel for today’s talking points Joke Scarborough was moaning about the absolutely horrible way one Robert Bork was treated when he was a nominee.

Yeah, right Joke.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:54:06am

re: #306 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Is this right?

Kennedy — nominated by a Republican
Thomas — nominated by a Republican
Stevens — nominated by a Republican
Powell — nominated by a Republican
Marshall — nominated by a Democrat

Maybe the GOP is afraid of getting another Marshall on the Court.

We could use another Marshall on the court but I’d settle for another Powell given the Senate.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:55:01am

re: #298 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Good morning fellow Lizards. Went and saw Deadpool last night. It was epic!

I just came back from seeing it. Really good flick!

The subtle digs at the Green Lantern movie were much appreciated.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:55:55am

re: #308 ObserverArt

Heh, In my 20 minutes of Morning Joke opening in the morning to get a feel for today’s talking points Joke Scarborough was moaning about the absolutely horrible way one Robert Bork was treated when he was a nominee.

Yeah, right Joke.

And yet Kennedy easily got confirmed. Bork wasn’t treated horribly because Reagan appointed him, Bork got treated the way he did because he was a judical extremist. Even some Republicans agreed.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:58:43am

re: #292 Belafon

It’s only easily debunked if you’re willing to accept facts.

And of course those facts can’t be from the lamestream media (even FOX News now) and surely there is zero trust of anyone liberal/Democrat.

You do get to choose though. Pick from Drudge, Breitbart, InfoWars…blah de blah blah.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:59:12am

When you have a position that is for life or until retirement like a federal judgeship then the President should be able to make appointments regardless of what year it is. If this genuinely bothers Republicans, maybe they should push for an amendment to the Constitution that changes how long federal justices are appointed for, let’s say 30 years versus life but they can NOT I repeat reject a nominee or refuse him a hearing simply because it’s Obama’s nominee.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2016 • 6:59:24am

re: #254 The Vicious Babushka

Why do they keep repeating this shit when it’s so easily debunked?

Look who they’re saying it to. These folks still think Obama was president during Katrina (see common clay etc.)

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:01:29am

I hope the Senate Republicans do know they’re giving ammo to Democrats of future generations ammo if a vacancy opens up again in a presidential election year because this will happen again.

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danarchy  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:01:43am

re: #311 HappyWarrior

And yet Kennedy easily got confirmed. Bork wasn’t treated horribly because Reagan appointed him, Bork got treated the way he did because he was a judical extremist. Even some Republicans agreed.

Kennedy was Reagan’s 3rd nomination for the spot after Douglas Ginsburg had to withdraw after marijuana use in the 60’s and 70’s came to light. Seems quaint by todays standards.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:01:53am

re: #304 dharmamark

If I recall correctly, didn’t Whitlock have some truthiness issues a few years ago himself?

I don’t know much about the guy. I’m going to look into him. I was just amazed it all came out the way it did. I remember all the stuff thrown around the ‘net about Shaun King last year. He seems to be a rather large lightening rod in the Black community.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:02:02am

re: #307 Romantic Heretic

I’m beginning to wonder if BitCoin was a false flag operation to demonstrate that national currencies were not created by force but by the realization that private currencies are unstable and can be gamed way too easily.

If not it demonstrated that anyway.

One of the big names in Bitcoin recently published an article claiming there are other big names deliberately dragging their feet in implementing necessary changes to the blockchain code. The result, he said, is a massive time delay between initiating a transaction (buying a movie ticket, for example) and that transaction being confirmed (the seller’s account gets credited).

Needless to say, that prompted a minor shitstorm within the Bitcoin community, especially among the True Believers who assume Bitcoin will replace ALL fiat currencies within their lifetimes.

Given the number of multi-million-dollar scams and losses from failed exchanges, only a True Idiot would keep more than $50 in Bitcoin anywhere.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:03:14am

re: #315 HappyWarrior

I hope the Senate Republicans do know they’re giving ammo to Democrats of future generations ammo if a vacancy opens up again in a presidential election year because this will happen again.

They don’t think that far ahead.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:05:42am

re: #316 danarchy

Kennedy was Reagan’s 3rd nomination for the spot after Douglas Ginsburg had to withdraw after marijuana use in the 60’s and 70’s came to light. Seems quaint by todays standards.

I’m aware. The point is Bork wasn’t rejected for being a Reagan nominee. Bork was rejected for being Bork.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:05:56am

re: #319 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

They don’t think that far ahead.

Lucky for us.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:10:04am

Reporter interviews crazy as fuck Texas board of Education candidate, presses her on bigoted crazy bullshit until she runs away.

But it’s Bruner’s voluminous Facebook posts, not her endorsements, that have generated the most buzz in the race. A majority of them echo the kind of anti-Muslim, anti-gay or anti-science opinions commonly spouted by members at education board meetings of yore, but observers — and detractors — say she takes it to a whole other level.

“Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties,” Bruner said last October in a now-deleted post on the wall of her personal Facebook page, where she also has posted campaign materials and solicited votes.

Bruner, who worked for 36 years in East Texas schools as a teacher, counselor and educational diagnostician, said she stands by all her posts but deletes the ones she comes to learn are inaccurate and also publicly apologizes.

“I’m not ashamed of anything that I have ever said,” Bruner said, noting she plans to bring to same zeal to the state board, speaking her mind even if she’s outvoted. “If I’m on the State Board of Education, I’m going to speak up for the things that I believe because I have a First Amendment right.”

The Tribune could not, however, locate a public apology for that post on Obama, which Bruner has since deleted from her Facebook page. Asked specifically about the post and whether she still believes the president used to be a gay prostitute, Bruner said: “You are obviously a hostile and biased reporter pretending to be a friendly reporter to gain my confidence. The interview is over.”

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:10:51am

Here’s the thing. We haven’t had a true presidential election year vacancy open up since 1968. LBJ’s two picks did not get confirmed that year but it was on count of their judicial views. And they’ve been saying 80 years. Well, look at 1940 and Justice Murphy. You’d think that FDR of all people would have had a battle given the controversy of the court packng plan just a few years before but nope Justice Murphy was confirmed very easily. It’s a load of rubbish to claim that there are no appointments in presidential election years. I challenge the Republicans blocking Obama’s presumptive pick based on this to ask why was George Washington able to do this, hell John Adams did it after he had lost, etc. If they had merely said “We’ll reject anyone we deem too extreme for the job, that’d be fine and standard procedure” but that is NOT what McConnell, Cruz, Paul, and the others are saying. They’re saying they’ll oppose any nominee. This is all politics at its worst.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:11:26am

Here is the New York Daily News Story about Peyton Manning by Shaun King. Damn it is long. Even the headline is long and loaded.

New York Daily News - KING: Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies, as detailed in explosive court documents showing ugly smear campaign against his alleged sex assault victim
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

And Dan Patrick just said…”man we are so loose when it comes to journalism.”

Yes Dan, too many writers/story tellers* are way too loose with facts, or the lack thereof.

And he is now wondering about King “not being Black enough” and wondering WTF?

I know it is a sports show, but Patrick is good, he knows when to heat it up and when to back it off.

* I am getting to the point I almost refuse to use the word journalist.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:12:09am

re: #322 goddamnedfrank

Reporter interviews crazy as fuck Texas board of Education candidate, presses her on bigoted crazy bullshit until she runs away.

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It’s beyond disturbing to think that someone like this could very well be setting standards in the education of our kids when they believe easily dispelled right wing crazy shit.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:13:30am

Meanwhile, in Iowa ….

a Chinese student posts to his Chinese Weibo (Twitter-like thing) a photo of himself brandishing a firearm and threatening a professor, and promptly gets expelled and sent home to Hangzhou.

Says the student in a later Weibo post:

In fact I didn’t even know exactly what that [Gang Lu] was about. The point is, the post was in Chinese, because I didn’t hope there would be misunderstanding. And I thought the “normal people” should have known that my point was just trying to tell people I study very hard.

shanghaiist.com

In other words, “When I said I was going to ‘take out’ that professor, I didn’t mean shoot him. You people are just not clever enough to understand my meaning!”

Law enforcement types in Iowa also say “quirks” in the system permitted the student, a foreign national, to buy the guns and get permits for them.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:15:16am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:17:17am

I wish at these debates, one of the moderators would ask the Republicans:

Ok. Let’s say you’re ek card President and you manage to repeal Obamacare… What happens to those people with pre-existing conditions who were finally able to get insurance? What of the millions who were previously uninsured that are now currently covered under the Affordable Care Act? What happens to them?

Ah. But I give a shit and I’ll never be a media talking head.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:17:42am

re: #327 goddamnedfrank

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Frank point out to this person that Adams pushed and got Marshall confirmed after Jefferson beat him if you don’t mind. I’m really tired of this crap. All this is, they’re afraid of the conservative bloc losing its stranglehold.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:18:14am

re: #328 GlutenFreeJesus

I wish at these debates, one of the moderators would ask the Republicans:

Ok. Let’s say you’re ek card President and you manage to repeal Obamacare… What happens to those people with pre-existing conditions who were finally able to get insurance? What of the millions who were previously uninsured that are now currently covered under the Affordable Care Act? What happens to them?

Ah. But I give a shit and I’ll never be a media talking head.

That needs to be asked. Hell I would ask of Sanders too.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:18:44am

re: #322 goddamnedfrank

Mary Lou Bruner has been a consistently crazy element in Texas education for years. Here’s Texas Freedom Network’s dossier on her.
tfn.org

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:19:17am

re: #329 HappyWarrior

Frank point out to this person that Adams pushed and got Marshall confirmed after Jefferson beat him if you don’t mind. I’m really tired of this crap. All this is, they’re afraid of the conservative bloc losing its stranglehold.

That’s why they include “the last 80 years.” It won’t be long until they say “no black president.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:19:20am

Priorities!!!!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:20:48am

re: #332 Belafon

That’s why they include “the last 80 years.” It won’t be long until they say “no black president.”

Frank Murphy in 1940 then which would be perfect given that FDR actually did have a rocky relationship with the Senate over other USSC matters but this one apparently wasn’t a big enough deal since Murphy was confirmed two weeks after being picked.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:21:24am

re: #331 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Mary Lou Bruner has been a consistently crazy element in Texas education for years. Here’s Texas Freedom Network’s dossier on her.
tfn.org

Texas scares me. I know there are good people there, but damn all you get to hear about are the nuts. So many nuts. I hope the good people grow sick of them and boot them outta the picture.

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danarchy  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:21:28am

re: #328 GlutenFreeJesus

I wish at these debates, one of the moderators would ask the Republicans:

Ok. Let’s say you’re ek card President and you manage to repeal Obamacare… What happens to those people with pre-existing conditions who were finally able to get insurance? What of the millions who were previously uninsured that are now currently covered under the Affordable Care Act? What happens to them?

Ah. But I give a shit and I’ll never be a media talking head.

you’d just get the same old answers. We’ll allow consumers to shop for insurance across state lines, introduce tort reform, maybe set up a catastrophic pool for those that are uninsurable in the private marketplace yadda yadda yadda

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:23:00am

re: #333 Backwoods_Sleuth

Section. 10.

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:23:38am

re: #333 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Priorities!!!!

And where do they intend to get these gold, silver and platinum coins? Will KY create its own mint? Or will KY buy the coins on the open market, thereby risking taxpayers’ money when metal prices inevitably dip?

Someone has not really thought this idea through very well. Besides, didn’t some other state try this nonsense, and it failed?

Also see Belafon’s remark just above this one.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:24:24am

re: #336 danarchy

you’d just get the same old answers. We’ll allow consumers to shop for insurance across state lines, introduce tort reform, maybe set up a catastrophic pool for those that are uninsurable in the private marketplace yadda yadda yadda

I don’t understand this talking point of BUY INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES!!!1!!!. I mean what’s the point of having an insurance carrier whose member physicians are in Colorado if you live in Florida? That doesn’t even make any fucking sense!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:24:42am

re: #337 Belafon

re: #338 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Pesky details….

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:25:47am

SMOTI has invoked the Magical Balance Fairy. ALL YOU ARGUMENTS ARE INVALIDS!!11!!!!

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:25:49am

LOL

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:26:22am

re: #340 Backwoods_Sleuth

Pesky details….

Bevin’s election win has brought out the true craziness among KY’s already loopy state legislators. I’m afraid to go back for a visit now.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:27:24am

re: #341 The Vicious Babushka

SMOTI has invoked the Magical Balance Fairy. ALL YOU ARGUMENTS ARE INVALIDS!!11!!!!

The problem for him is that it’s really easy to verify that the Senate did it anyway. District court judges were confirmed in August 2008.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:28:12am

re: #344 Belafon

The problem for him is that it’s really easy to verify that the Senate did it anyway. District court judges were confirmed in August 2008.

WELL THERE WERE NO SUPRENE COURT JUSTICES CONFIRMED AFTER HE SAID THAT.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:28:43am

re: #341 The Vicious Babushka

SMOTI has invoked the Magical Balance Fairy. ALL YOU ARGUMENTS ARE INVALIDS!!11!!!!

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And what happened in reality, despite Schumer’s remarks, was rather different.

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Great White Snark  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:29:40am

Good Morning.
You know that moment when you get up, still very sleepy, step in the kitchen, start coffee and realize your feet are in a quarter inch of water? A kitchen thoroughly flooded, seal let loose on our reverse osmosis filter.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:31:18am

I rad the King story on Manning. Damn if all this is true.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:31:22am

re: #347 Great White Snark

Good Morning.
You know that moment when you get up, still very sleepy, step in the kitchen, start coffee and realize your feet are in a quarter inch of water? A kitchen thoroughly flooded, seal let loose on our reverse osmosis filter.

Look on the bright side — you didn’t touch any open wires while doing it.

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Great White Snark  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:35:37am

re: #349 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Look on the bright side — you didn’t touch any open wires while doing it.

Inorite? Good thing we cook with gas.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:36:54am

re: #341 The Vicious Babushka

SMOTI has invoked the Magical Balance Fairy. ALL YOU ARGUMENTS ARE INVALIDS!!11!!!!

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In SMOTI world, does FLASHBACK! carry as much weight as BREAKING!??

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:41:18am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:41:31am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:44:42am

re: #352 Tigger2

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I think this is Rubio’s Paul Ryan moment calling the Ryan Bill a “conversation starter.” Man Rubio really is a loathsome piece of shit. Loves to talk about his son of a Cuban immigrant roots but careless about other immigrants out there. Really Marco, go fuck yourself seriously. You’re no different from Ted Cruz.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:46:24am

re: #353 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Wait so genetic variation is proof that evolution is a fairy tale in Ken’s eyes. Ken might want to have a talk with my niece who despite having a blue eyed father and brown eyed mother is green eyed.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:51:52am

re: #347 Great White Snark

Good Morning.
You know that moment when you get up, still very sleepy, step in the kitchen, start coffee and realize your feet are in a quarter inch of water? A kitchen thoroughly flooded, seal let loose on our reverse osmosis filter.

I hope you have flooring that can take a flood. But that may only cover ceramic tile. Good luck!

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:54:04am
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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:56:28am

re: #343 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Bevin’s election win has brought out the true craziness among KY’s already loopy state legislators. I’m afraid to go back for a visit now.

The Democrats still control the Kentucky House for now. They’ll block the craziest bills.
But the dam will burst as soon as the GOP gains control, which could happen in the upcoming special elections next month.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:56:46am

re: #357 The Vicious Babushka

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Brought to you by the party of personal responsibility.

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Great White Snark  Feb 15, 2016 • 7:57:40am

re: #356 ObserverArt

Seal team 7 is on the way…
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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:02:43am

When Michele Bachman agreed with you it is time to check your premise.

All this whining about super delegates is already getting old, how about waiting till after a few more primaries to see if it is even a valid issue.

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CuriousLurker  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:03:42am

re: #347 Great White Snark

Good Morning.
You know that moment when you get up, still very sleepy, step in the kitchen, start coffee and realize your feet are in a quarter inch of water? A kitchen thoroughly flooded, seal let loose on our reverse osmosis filter.

Ouch. Sorry to hear that. Happy Monday! //

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:05:53am

re: #361 ausador

When Michele Bachman agreed with you it is time to check your premise.

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All this whining about super delegates is already getting old, how about waiting till after a few more primaries to see if it is even a valid issue.

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Jenner7  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:06:42am

TWD

Too much to handle right now. Holy poop!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:07:26am

re: #361 ausador

When Michele Bachman agreed with you it is time to check your premise.

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All this whining about super delegates is already getting old, how about waiting till after a few more primaries to see if it is even a valid issue.

If Bernie was getting more Congressional endorsements, you know his co-workers would we be seeing this? I’m sorry but so much of this seems to be that Bernie resents that Hillary has Congressional and support from elected officials. It makes sense that they should have some say. That kid who just found about Bernie last year shouldn’t be able to influence the debate in a way the lifelong Democratic legislator who will actually have to deal with a President Sanders or Clinton. I mean I’m not saying that voters should have no say in who their party nominates but rather that the people who actually put their effort into politics all the time should have a bit more influence in teh process.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:08:21am

So, I was thinking this. Man oh man I wish I had gotten that SCOTUS blog job I applied for this summer. But alas sigh.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:10:50am

Here’s why I think any Democrat saying, “I can skip voting for president/write in whoever I want because I live in a solid red/blue state, so my vote won’t affect the outcome” should reconsider that thinking.

Refuting the GOP bullshit that “the people should have a voice in the Scalia replacement, Elizabeth Warren wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “In fact, they did—when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.”

If all of the people saying they can vote however they want don’t vote for our Dem nominee, our candidate could actually win the electoral college but lose the popular vote (or win it by a very slim margin.) And, dog forbid if a situation arises that throws the election to the Supreme Court, who knows what could happen.

We not only have to win—we have to try to win BIG to shut down some of the noise on the right that is sure to follow the November election. MANDATE—the Republicans claim it when they win by one vote; Dems are required to win by several points, and even then, it is usually ignored.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:12:46am

re: #367 BeachDem

Here’s why I think any Democrat saying, “I can skip voting for president/write in whoever I want because I live in a solid red/blue state, so my vote won’t affect the outcome” should reconsider that thinking.

Refuting the GOP bullshit that “the people should have a voice in the Scalia replacement, Elizabeth Warren wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “In fact, they did—when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.”

If all of the people saying they can vote however they want don’t vote for our Dem nominee, our candidate could actually win the electoral college but lose the popular vote (or win it by a very slim margin.) And, dog forbid if a situation arises that throws the election to the Supreme Court, who knows what could happen.

We not only have to win—we have to try to win BIG to shut down some of the noise on the right that is sure to follow the November election. MANDATE—the Republicans claim it when they win by one vote; Dems are required to win by several points, and even then, it is usually ignored.

They want to be able to keep their true progressive street creds by saying “Well I voted for so and so instead of Obama” I mean fine but don’t bitch at me when the Democratic Party decides to nominate someone more moderate than you because you clearly are NOT your party’s base if you’re doing that sort of thing.

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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:13:36am

They should be glad the Democratic party eliminated winner take all primaries. Fairer than the Republican system for lesser known/popular candidates.

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Great White Snark  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:14:29am

re: #361 ausador

When Michele Bachman agreed with you it is time to check your premise.

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All this whining about super delegates is already getting old, how about waiting till after a few more primaries to see if it is even a valid issue.

Everybody that only worries about this only in election years can be safely ignored. Self serving whine-o-matic. Drudge ran a “Corruption” headline about HRC getting as many delegates as Bernie in one state. Looking about one thin onion skin deeper, it’s the same rules as since long ago. The opportunity to change the rules was there the previous 3 years after all…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:14:48am

re: #369 ausador

They should be glad the Democratic party eliminated winner take all primaries. Fairer than the Republican system for lesser known/popular candidates.

And I’m honestly glad they did do that but I am also glad we have the Superdelegates too because I do think the people who actually work in politics on a daily basis should have a little bit more of a say of who their party’s standard bearer is going to be.

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withak  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:15:22am

re: #361 ausador

When Michele Bachman agreed with you it is time to check your premise.

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All this whining about super delegates is already getting old, how about waiting till after a few more primaries to see if it is even a valid issue.

Ugh. Can you just go away, Michele?

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:16:08am

re: #367 BeachDem

Here’s why I think any Democrat saying, “I can skip voting for president/write in whoever I want because I live in a solid red/blue state, so my vote won’t affect the outcome” should reconsider that thinking.

Refuting the GOP bullshit that “the people should have a voice in the Scalia replacement, Elizabeth Warren wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “In fact, they did—when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.”

If all of the people saying they can vote however they want don’t vote for our Dem nominee, our candidate could actually win the electoral college but lose the popular vote (or win it by a very slim margin.) And, dog forbid if a situation arises that throws the election to the Supreme Court, who knows what could happen.

We not only have to win—we have to try to win BIG to shut down some of the noise on the right that is sure to follow the November election. MANDATE—the Republicans claim it when they win by one vote; Dems are required to win by several points, and even then, it is usually ignored.

I will vote, even though I know Kentucky will go to the Republican.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:16:35am

I’ve been out of the loop since Scalia’s death. What have happened over the last 36 hours? Is Obama under indictment yet for Scalia’s death murder?

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Great White Snark  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:18:43am

re: #371 HappyWarrior

Take the lyrics with a sarc tag…

Video

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Stanley Sea  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:19:25am
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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:20:17am

Looks like Drudge is going full bore conspiracy freak:

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lawhawk  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:20:22am

re: #361 ausador

That’s the same Bachmann who lauded Anthony Scalia, not Antonin Scalia on his passing. Pardon me if I don’t care what she says about anything. Uninformed. Ignorant, and religious theocrat who wants to impose their views on everyone else is no way to go through life. Yet, she’s pushing that very view day in day out.

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BeenHereAwhile  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:20:23am

re: #237 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Trying to figure out when to start the drive from Atlanta back to Lexington. I-75 still snowy, and there is some freezing rain, snow/rain mix going through Tennessee.

As long as you cross over Mount Eagle during daylight you should be OK.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:22:20am

re: #377 Dr. Matt

Looks like Drudge is going full bore conspiracy freak:

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How many InfoWars & WND links?

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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:26:17am

Awaiting the furious article by Glenn Greenwald…oh wait, Russia? Never mind then, he won’t care…

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:28:28am

re: #377 Dr. Matt

‘I would not like to be replaced by someone who would undo everything I did’

Thurgood Marshall would like to have a talk with you.

I doubt Scalia cares any more.

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Jenner7  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:31:47am

re: #376 Stanley Sea

Good riddance.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:32:09am

Might not be a bad idea to do that for a while.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:36:02am
Guevara also rebutted a report by a Dallas TV station that quoted her as saying that Scalia had died of “myocardial infarction.” In an interview with The Washington Post, she said she meant only that his heart had stopped.

“It wasn’t a heart attack,” Guevara said. “He died of natural causes.”

“Natural causes” is one of the improperly overused term in medicine. It drives me crazy when I hear that. There is ALWAYS some sort of underlying pathology in any death. People do not die “naturally”.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:38:03am

re: #202 Joe Bacon

I’ll believe that when they uncover a giant black monolith on The Moon…

…to the sound of a chorus singing, “eeeeeEEEEEeeeeeEEEEEEeeeeeeeEEEEEEEE”

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Jenner7  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:39:08am

Sigh…

Our media is just as racist as the GOP, doing their bidding.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:39:27am

re: #328 GlutenFreeJesus

Uh. “ek card” = elected. Silly iPad.

———

I hope the President has several potential Scalia replacements lined up. Save the better choices for latter because the Republicans are going to deny anyone he chooses. I have hope in my fellow citizens for them to see how unworthy the Republicans are of any leadership roles after they refuse to vote on any of the President’s nominees simply because he’s the one that put them forth. Time and time again.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:41:55am

re: #377 Dr. Matt

Looks like Drudge is going full bore conspiracy freak:

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If he’s referring to Marshall. Thomas succeeded Marshall in 1991. It was inevitable that Bush would replace Marshall with someone more conservative. I just think Marshall rightfully hoped that his successor wouldn’t undo a lot of the progress he was part of when it came to Civil Rights. Drudge really is pathetic.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:44:08am

re: #388 GlutenFreeJesus

Uh. “ek card” = elected. Silly iPad.

———

I hope the President has several potential Scalia replacements lined up. Save the better choices for latter because the Republicans are going to deny anyone he chooses. I have hope in my fellow citizens for them to see how unworthy the Republicans are of any leadership roles after they refuse to vote on any of the President’s nominees simply because he’s the one that put them forth. Time and time again.

I assume with this being his third, he knows exactly who he wants for the position and has contacted that person.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:44:58am

re: #382 Belafon

‘I would not like to be replaced by someone who would undo everything I did’

Thurgood Marshall would like to have a talk with you.

I doubt Scalia cares any more.

Thomas but yes.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:47:08am

BTW, last night’s Walking Dead episode was friggn’ awesome.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:48:53am
Game, Set, Match. #Scalia
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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:49:23am

re: #393 Dr. Matt

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Oh snap.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:51:43am

re: #335 ObserverArt

One of the reasons why Texas has been snatching away many corporate headquarters is the lack of a state income tax. So the CEO’s move and put a stake in the ground, but many of the core operations of corporations still operate where they originally domiciled. Comerica is a prime example-the CEO decided to relocate corporate headquarters to Texas, but the key operations are still in Auburn Hills, MI. Fascinating, eh?

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:52:36am

re: #393 Dr. Matt

That’s surprising, especially coming from an Opus Dei member.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:53:31am

re: #396 Eric The Fruit Bat

That’s surprising, especially coming from an Opus Dei member.

I thought Thomas was the OD member. Or was it both?

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:54:17am

re: #397 HappyWarrior

I think Nino dragged Thomas into joining.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:55:46am

I wonder what the Republicans would be saying now if President Romney were in this situation. Hmmmm.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:56:52am

re: #396 Eric The Fruit Bat

That’s surprising, especially coming from an Opus Dei member.

I thought Scalia was a just a standard, bread-and-butter, Roman Catholic

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:57:14am

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is running a poll as to whether the Senate should delay on approving a Obama SCOTUS nomination.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:57:32am

re: #398 Eric The Fruit Bat

I think Nino dragged Thomas into joining.

I think you’re right about that. I know Thomas is a RCC convert.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 8:57:53am

re: #400 Dr. Matt

I thought Scalia was a just a standard, bread-and-butter, Roman Catholic

Maybe that’s Santorum. It really surprised me to read that Santorum is not OD.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:00:00am

re: #399 BeachDem

I wonder what the Republicans would be saying now if President Romney were in this situation. Hmmmm.

If President Romney was in office right now, they would be too busy adding him to Mount Rushmore for turning around the economy, gas prices trending towards $1.50, and an unemployment rate hovering around 5%.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:01:14am

re: #400 Dr. Matt

Opus Dei does not publish a list of its rank-and-file members, but there has been circumstantial evidence floating about to pin him and Thomas to the cult.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:02:23am

Now:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) joined a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers calling for the Senate to delay nominating a Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, who died this weekend during a hunting trip in Texas, until after the presidential election.

snip

During a 2008 Senate Republican Conference hearing on “removing politics from the judicial confirmation process,” Grassley expressed his displeasure with what he called “unjustified slowness” of the confirmation process, and the Senate Democrats whom he felt were holding up President George W. Bush’s court appointments for partisan reasons.

“Unfortunately, the Democrats have been employing some fast and fancy footwork to avoid their Constitutional responsibility…” Grassley said during the meeting, adding that “Democratic leadership is putting partisan advantage ahead of the health of our judicial system.”

thinkprogress.org

Then:

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:03:43am

re: #405 Eric The Fruit Bat

Opus Dei does not publish a list of its rank-and-file members, but there has been circumstantial evidence floating about to pin him and Thomas to the cult.

I know for a fact that OD has a church in Great Falls, Va I believe where a lot of its members go, St. Catherine of Siena.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:04:09am

re: #406 Backwoods_Sleuth

Now:

snip

thinkprogress.org

Then:

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Busted Grassman.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:05:22am

re: #406 Backwoods_Sleuth

During a 2008 Senate Republican Conference hearing on “removing politics from the judicial confirmation process,”

Politicians discussing removing politics. Up next, water discusses removing all the wet stuff from the oceans.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:05:38am

Exactly how many Senators need to vote Nay to block a SCOTUS nominee? Can the GOP effectively shut things down with the majority they have or will they need some Dems to help them out?

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:06:19am

LOL

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:06:29am

Also here’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head: Term limits for SCOTUS. Obviously longer than your average political term. Maybe 10 or 15 years? Bad idea?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:06:52am

re: #410 Eclectic Cyborg

Exactly how many Senators need to vote Nay to block a SCOTUS nominee? Can the GOP effectively shut things down with the majority they have or will they need some Dems to help them out?

I think a simple majority against is all they need because even when the Senate Judiciary committee rejected Bork’s nomination, he still went through with a full vote on the floor in which he was rejected for good.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:06:52am

re: #407 HappyWarrior

That’s the church that Scalia used to attend.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:07:31am

re: #412 Eclectic Cyborg

Also here’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head: Term limits for SCOTUS. Obviously longer than your average political term. Maybe 10 or 15 years? Bad idea?

Why change what’s worked for over two centuries honestly here?

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:08:15am

re: #368 HappyWarrior

They want to be able to keep their true progressive street creds by saying “Well I voted for so and so instead of Obama” I mean fine but don’t bitch at me when the Democratic Party decides to nominate someone more moderate than you because you clearly are NOT your party’s base if you’re doing that sort of thing.

Did you see the opening to SNL this week? Check it out…(pardon if already posted)

Hillary For President Cold Open - SNL

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:08:40am

re: #415 HappyWarrior

Why change what’s worked for over two centuries honestly here?

I thought there was a lot of legitimate grumbling over the fact they were lifetime appointments? I guess maybe I was mistaken.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:08:49am

re: #410 Eclectic Cyborg

Exactly how many Senators need to vote Nay to block a SCOTUS nominee? Can the GOP effectively shut things down with the majority they have or will they need some Dems to help them out?

41, it can be filibustered

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:09:07am

re: #331 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Mary Lou Bruner has been a consistently crazy element in Texas education for years. Here’s Texas Freedom Network’s dossier on her.
tfn.org

I clicked on the link, Ray. o_O

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:09:21am

re: #414 Eric The Fruit Bat

That’s the church that Scalia used to attend.

Thanks. Not surprised about them not being able to find a record of Kennedy. Kennedy given his views on choice and gay rights would really surprise me if he was OD. I am surprised about Alito though I guess.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:09:53am

re: #370 Great White Snark

Everybody that only worries about this only in election years can be safely ignored. Self serving whine-o-matic. Drudge ran a “Corruption” headline about HRC getting as many delegates as Bernie in one state. Looking about one thin onion skin deeper, it’s the same rules as since long ago. The opportunity to change the rules was there the previous 3 years after all…

And Sanders should know it. He wanted to run under the Democratic banner. Here are the rules.

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wrenchwench  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:10:04am

re: #412 Eclectic Cyborg

Also here’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head: Term limits for SCOTUS. Obviously longer than your average political term. Maybe 10 or 15 years? Bad idea?

They are limited to one term. The length of that term is up to them, except when, as with Scalia, it isn’t. That works for me.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:11:18am

re: #417 Eclectic Cyborg

I thought there was a lot of legitimate grumbling over the fact they were lifetime appointments? I guess maybe I was mistaken.

I’ve never seen that honestly. Honestly, I like that judges are lifetime appointments so there’s not as much political pressure. Stevens was sitting on the court after the man who appointed him died. I always gave Ford props for standing up for Stevens whenever wingers would bitch about JPS for not being right wing enough. Ford always gave the answer that Stevens has served with honor and distinction which he did. Hard to believe he’s still around. I think he turns 95 or 96 this year.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:11:48am

re: #418 Big Beautiful Door

41, it can be filibustered

Ah that’s right.

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:11:53am

re: #404 Dr. Matt

If President Romney was in office right now, they would be too busy adding him to Mount Rushmore for turning around the economy, gas prices trending towards $1.50, and an unemployment rate hovering around 5%.

If it was Romney, that situation would not apply!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:12:41am

re: #416 ObserverArt

Did you see the opening to SNL this week? Check it out…(pardon if already posted)

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Nah, I’ll give it a watch though.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:13:13am

Here is an interesting factoid for Republicans to mull over. Since 1980 for the GOP, and 1988 for the Democrats, every nominee has won either the NH or SC primary. Three non-incumbent Republicans have won both NH and SC, and all three became the nominee (Reagan ‘80, Bush ‘88 and McCain ‘08).

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:16:20am

Baby Whiplash is having a rage fantasy==>

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:18:05am

re: #395 Eric The Fruit Bat

One of the reasons why Texas has been snatching away many corporate headquarters is the lack of a state income tax. So the CEO’s move and put a stake in the ground, but many of the core operations of corporations still operate where they originally domiciled. Comerica is a prime example-the CEO decided to relocate corporate headquarters to Texas, but the key operations are still in Auburn Hills, MI. Fascinating, eh?

The guy I last worked for was born in Ohio. He had many companies. He moved to Florida years ago when he inherited his family wealth. So, his companies were all in Ohio, but he resides in Florida for taxes purposes. He would spend May through the beginning of October in Ohio and the rest of the time in Florida to qualify as a Florida resident.

STATES RIGHTS for the rich!

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unproven innocence  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:18:08am

re: #326 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Meanwhile, in Iowa ….

a Chinese student posts to his Chinese Weibo (Twitter-like thing) a photo of himself brandishing a firearm and threatening a professor, and promptly gets expelled and sent home to Hangzhou.

Says the student in a later Weibo post:

shanghaiist.com

In other words, “When I said I was going to ‘take out’ that professor, I didn’t mean shoot him. You people are just not clever enough to understand my meaning!”

Law enforcement types in Iowa also say “quirks” in the system permitted the student, a foreign national, to buy the guns and get permits for them.

Dark Matter is an excellent movie that dramatized the Nov 1991 University of Iowa shooting by Gang Lu.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:18:12am

re: #428 The Vicious Babushka

Seems Ben didn’t get the message about not showing the Republican hand.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:19:16am

re: #428 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash is having a rage fantasy==>

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So basically just reject because you’re a permanent toddler who thinks because he hates who is President they shouldn’t get to appoint who they want. Man you’re a waste of a Harvard education, Ben. Oh and I guarantee you Ben if you succeed in the first stunt, you’ll fail in the second since the Dems will have the Senate for Hillary and Hillary will give you a Supreme Court nominee far more liberal than Obama would since she’d have a Democratic Senate Majority. Your hatred of Obama may get you another Sotomayor or Kagan and hey I guess I wouldn’t complain too much if that did happen.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:19:31am

re: #431 Belafon

Seems Ben didn’t get the message about not showing the Republican hand.

He probably hangs out with Kevin McCarthy.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:21:43am

Good SNL cold opening.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:21:47am

re: #385 Dr. Matt

“Natural causes” is one of the improperly overused term in medicine. It drives me crazy when I hear that. There is ALWAYS some sort of underlying pathology in any death. People do not die “naturally”.

Unless a mountain lion or crazed snow weasels get them.

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:23:28am

re: #428 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash is having a rage fantasy==>

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:23:38am

re: #428 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash is having a rage fantasy==>

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ONLY ZOMBIE SCALIA CAN REPLACE SCALIA!!!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:23:53am

Ire: #436 Tigger2

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Well obviously not the Republican politicians that read his trashy website.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:24:12am

re: #437 Big Beautiful Door

ONLY ZOMBIE SCALIA CAN REPLACE SCALIA!!!

I think Ben would reject that if Obama nominated him since you know Obama.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:25:58am

re: #428 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash is having a rage fantasy==>

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Good God, he’s seriously proposing rejecting GOP nominees and leaving the vacancy open for FOUR YEARS???

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:26:04am

re: #410 Eclectic Cyborg

Exactly how many Senators need to vote Nay to block a SCOTUS nominee? Can the GOP effectively shut things down with the majority they have or will they need some Dems to help them out?

One. McConnell can simply refuse to put the vote on the floor agenda.

If it gets to a vote I think it’s simple majority. So the GOP can reject a nominee on a straight party-line vote.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:26:58am

re: #412 Eclectic Cyborg

Also here’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head: Term limits for SCOTUS. Obviously longer than your average political term. Maybe 10 or 15 years? Bad idea?

Simply becomes something that is gamed more often and more predictably than it is currently.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:26:58am

re: #441 Feline Fearless Leader

One. McConnell can simply refuse to put the vote on the floor agenda.

If it gets to a vote I think it’s simple majority. So the GOP can reject a nominee on a straight party-line vote.

That’s what I was afraid of. Our political system is so fucked right now.

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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:27:37am

Getting louder, will be an article of faith with half the GOP Voters by the end of the week.

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sagehen  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:27:42am

re: #416 ObserverArt

Did you see the opening to SNL this week? Check it out…(pardon if already posted)

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I really liked the “OMB Beyonce is black!!” sketch…

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Tigger2  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:28:37am

re: #438 HappyWarrior

I

Well obviously not the Republican politicians that read his trashy website.

I did say “With a Brain” that weeds out the Republican politicians.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:28:48am

re: #440 Eclectic Cyborg

Good God, he’s seriously proposing rejecting GOP nominees and leaving the vacancy open for FOUR YEARS???

Yep and if Hillary were to win re-election, he’d probably propose the same be done. He really wants to have tantrum over the fact that the court’s making a left ward turn with Scalia’s passing and he doesn’t like it. Well tough shit, Ben, that’s part of how things go. You don’t see me complaining that a Democrat hasn’t gotten to chose a Chief Justice in over 60 years. When you have a lifetime position like a federal judgeship have a vacancy, this is what happens. Really how the fuck did he get into Harvard being this simple minded.

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No Depression  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:29:17am

re: #428 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash is having a rage fantasy==>

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I’m getting really sick of these fuckers constantly trying to hold our political institutions hostage to advance their psychotic ideology.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:29:25am
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Emoprog Refugee  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:29:46am

re: #254 The Vicious Babushka

Why do they keep repeating this shit when it’s so easily debunked?

They’ve gotten used to being able to say whatever the hell they want on whatever national platform they can fine, and have no one call them on their bullshit. They’ve been getting away with it for ~2 decades.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:30:00am

re: #444 ausador

Getting louder, will be an article of faith with half the GOP Voters by the end of the week.

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OFFS. Wasn’t this guy a big time Republican donor anyhow? And man what a load of disrespect being sent to Scalia’s family. I couldn’t stand the guy but it really does his family a disservice to spread this crap about him.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:30:34am

re: #450 Emoprog Refugee

They’ve gotten used to being able to say whatever the hell they want on whatever national platform they can fine, and have no one call them on their bullshit. They’ve been getting away with it for ~2 decades.

Yep very few in the media call them out on their crap because they’re afraid of being called the liberal media.

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:32:03am

re: #450 Emoprog Refugee

They’ve gotten used to being able to say whatever the hell they want on whatever national platform they can fine, and have no one call them on their bullshit. They’ve been getting away with it for ~2 decades.

I would say >four decades. I remember Reagan.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:32:33am

re: #432 HappyWarrior

So basically just reject because you’re a permanent toddler who thinks because he hates who is President they shouldn’t get to appoint who they want. Man you’re a waste of a Harvard education, Ben. Oh and I guarantee you Ben if you succeed in the first stunt, you’ll fail in the second since the Dems will have the Senate for Hillary and Hillary will give you a Supreme Court nominee far more liberal than Obama would since she’d have a Democratic Senate Majority. Your hatred of Obama may get you another Sotomayor or Kagan and hey I guess I wouldn’t complain too much if that did happen.

Hey now. He is a permanent toddler that is just speaking for a party of permanent toddlers…now in Depends.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:33:30am

re: #453 retired cynic

I would say >four decades. I remember Reagan.

Reagan got away with pandering to segregationists, absolutely agreed. i forget who called him the Teflon President but that was spot on.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:34:11am

re: #444 ausador

Getting louder, will be an article of faith with half the GOP Voters by the end of the week.

I want them to answer the question: Why would Obama wait until the end of his presidency? Why not do it at the beginning, when it would actually benefit him?

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No Depression  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:34:31am

re: #444 ausador

Getting louder, will be an article of faith with half the GOP Voters by the end of the week.

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Fuck. This.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:34:44am

Really why kill Scalia when the Republicans have a majority in the Senate. Why not Roberts who actually does have a history of medical problems and would open up the CJ spot. The man was 79 years old and was no disrespect overweight. It’s not crazy to think that he would have a heart attack and die in his sleep.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:34:50am

Hmm. Feline Overlord watching the snow fall from the window. Pity the camera is not at hand.

How are the Lizards doing personally today?

(Not well in my case. My head cold started to clear out, and I caught some other bug while out shopping yesterday. :( )

(Only plus from that is that I cannot risk taking the pie I made yesterday into work since it might be carrying cooties. So I have to eat it all myself.)

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:35:07am

re: #456 Belafon

I want them to answer the question: Why would Obama wait until the end of his presidency? Why not do it at the beginning, when it would actually benefit him?

Exactly.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:35:24am

re: #456 Belafon

I want them to answer the question: Why would Obama wait until the end of his presidency? Why not do it at the beginning, when it would actually benefit him?

Or they dig deeper and find the Pelican Brief.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:36:14am

Wingnuts are already nominating their favorites: Judge “Crazypants” Napolitano and Judge “Ducklips” Pirro

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:36:50am

re: #462 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are already nominating their favorites: Judge “Crazypants” Napolitano and Judge “Ducklips” Pirro

Hahahhaha. Of course.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:38:46am

re: #463 HappyWarrior

Hahahhaha. Of course.

What?! Where’s the love for Judge Roy “10 Commandments” Moore?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:39:28am

re: #464 Feline Fearless Leader

What?! Where’s the love for Judge Roy “10 Commandments” Moore?

Yeah good point heh. By the way that raging nutcase is exactly why I’m against democratically electing Supreme Court judges.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:41:05am

re: #444 ausador

Getting louder, will be an article of faith with half the GOP Voters by the end of the week.

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Fuck it…just name the GOP the Alex Jones Party and get it over with. The whole lot of them are wingnuts who somehow think the entire country is filled with Jones followers.

And since they like polls so damn much, how have they failed to read one of the most important ones that pertains directly to them.?

Congressional Approval rating: 13.3 % approve - 63.5% disapprove.

realclearpolitics.com - Congressional Job Approval (1/2 to 2/3)

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:41:11am

re: #462 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are already nominating their favorites: Judge “Crazypants” Napolitano and Judge “Ducklips” Pirro

In other words, we will sit on this issue until after the election in the hopes that one of our loony candidates actually wins…

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:42:28am

re: #445 sagehen

I really liked the “OMB Beyonce is black!!” sketch…

I missed it. I conked out shortly after the opening. All the eggcitement of the GOP debate done wiped me out!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:43:41am

re: #467 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

In other words, we will sit on this issue until after the election in the hopes that one of our loony candidates actually wins…

That’s exactly the hope and the Permanent Toddler, Shapiro is already planning for Phase 2, if Hillary wins, reject her choice too. I guarantee you if they do this, Hillary will win the Presidency and the Dems will win back the Senate. If they did block a candidate, I would want to send a message to the Republicans and conservative movement and htat would be to nominate the most liberal qualified candidate for the job that they could find. You want to reject a centrist like Judge Srinivasan or some of the other names that have been floated then you can have someone as liberal in their interpretation of the Constitution as Scalia was conservative.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:44:08am

re: #468 ObserverArt

I missed it. I conked out shortly after the opening. All the eggcitement of the GOP debate done wiped me out!

Oh man, the Beyonce one is great. I saw a clip of it on another site.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:44:51am

I am currently in a coffee shop/internet cafe waiting for my appointment with my accountant. I went to the Acme to pick up a soda and a bagel. I politely asked the cashier not to give me any game pieces and do not scribble on my receipt. She did both. I said cancel the order and came to this nice little cafe in the same building as my accountant. They are so nice and polite here.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:45:33am

re: #449 Backwoods_Sleuth

SarcasticRover @SarcasticRover

FYI: There’s nothing in the constitution that says a robot on Mars can’t be a supreme court justice.

12:22 PM - 15 Feb 2016

They sent Marco Robotio to Mars???

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sagehen  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:45:47am

re: #468 ObserverArt

I missed it. I conked out shortly after the opening. All the eggcitement of the GOP debate done wiped me out!

Not to be missed.


Hulu Video

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:45:56am

re: #469 HappyWarrior

That’s exactly the hope and the Permanent Toddler, Shapiro is already planning for Phase 2, if Hillary wins, reject her choice too. I guarantee you if they do this, Hillary will win the Presidency and the Dems will win back the Senate. If they did block a candidate, I would want to sent a message to the Republicans and conservative movement nominate the most liberal qualified candidate for the job that they could find. You want to reject a centrist like Judge Srinivasan or some of the other names that have been floated then you can have someone as liberal in their interpretation of the Constitution as Scalia was conservative.

The entire issue will only backfire: it will demonstrate that they are an obstructionist party that wants to turn back all the progress we have made over the past 50 years in personal freedoms, women’s, LGBT & minority rights, not to mention work safety and environmental legislation.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:46:44am

re: #474 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

The entire issue will only backfire: it will demonstrate that they are an obstructionist party that wants to turn back all the progress we have made over the past 50 years in personal freedoms, women’s, LGBT & minority rights, not to mention work safety and environmental legislation.

And increase Democratic turnout. It really amuses me how foolish they’re being on this but I guess it’s like immigration, they know their time is running out so they’re like fuck it.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:49:23am

re: #459 Feline Fearless Leader

Hmm. Feline Overlord watching the snow fall from the window. Pity the camera is not at hand.

How are the Lizards doing personally today?

(Not well in my case. My head cold started to clear out, and I caught some other bug while out shopping yesterday. :( )

(Only plus from that is that I cannot risk taking the pie I made yesterday into work since it might be carrying cooties. So I have to eat it all myself.)

The cold you had…you may still have. I had it and my guitar jamming buddy has it now, only now new location and improved. It seems to move around from sinus to lungs to throat and back around. Nasty stuff. Pile on the blankets and cook it out. Take care!

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:50:43am

re: #300 danarchy

um, isn’t 72 the only presidential election year in that list?

The rest were all within a year (plus or minus a month) of the election. This is probably the closest we’ve had to the end of a presidential term in quite a while, but there’s precedent for similar situations.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:50:50am

re: #462 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts are already nominating their favorites: Judge “Crazypants” Napolitano and Judge “Ducklips” Pirro

Hmmm. Song title: Place Your Ducklips on My Crazypants (Let’s Boogie to FOX News)

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:50:55am

re: #475 HappyWarrior

And increase Democratic turnout. It really amuses me how foolish they’re being on this but I guess it’s like immigration, they know their time is running out so they’re like fuck it.

They mainly fear being primaried by a crazier wingnut; allowing Obama to appoint a Justice to replace Scalia guarantees a primary challenge. They are hostage to the most extreme elements of their party, which is why Trump will be the nominee.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:51:58am

re: #476 ObserverArt

I had that one too. I got it from my supervisor. Thank G-d I have a supply of Benadryl that will dry it up. :)

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:52:32am

re: #479 Big Beautiful Door

They mainly fear being primaried by a crazier wingnut; allowing Obama to appoint a Justice to replace Scalia guarantees a primary challenge. They are hostage to the most extreme elements of their party, which is why Trump will be the nominee.

Yeah that is a big part of it too. Really crazy to think that there are people more wingnutty out there but there are. We read about it all the time when we read about what goings on of state legislatures.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:52:36am
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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:54:31am

McConnell before the Tea Party craziness took over…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:54:46am

re: #477 KGxvi

The rest were all within a year (plus or minus a month) of the election. This is probably the closest we’ve had to the end of a presidential term in quite a while, but there’s precedent for similar situations.

I did find one in the last 80 years that happened in a presidential election year. Murphy and I think that one is really worth citing given FDR was criticized heavily by the Senate for the court packign scheme that happened two years prior but Justice Murphy was still given a quick hearing and voted on. It’s all about who is making the nomination to these shitheads. If Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died in 2008, Bush would have nominated a successor no problem.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:55:26am

re: #473 sagehen

Not to be missed.

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Your link just did something strange…I clicked on it and it tried to download and gave me a strange download message about “content could do harm” or some such. Never saw that before.

I am going to the SNL site and see if it is up there or maybe a YouTube.

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:55:58am

re: #479 Big Beautiful Door

They mainly fear being primaried by a crazier wingnut; allowing Obama to appoint a Justice to replace Scalia guarantees a primary challenge. They are hostage to the most extreme elements of their party, which is why Trump will be the nominee.

I’m guessing the deadline to register for the primaries has already passed for this year’s election. I can’t imagine that those up in 2 or 4 years would factor that into their equation. But maybe they are.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:57:12am
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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:58:01am

re: #486 KGxvi

depends on your state of residence. In PA you can still register to vote for the primaries.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:58:10am

re: #480 PhillyPretzel

I had that one too. I got it from my supervisor. Thank G-d I have a supply of Benadryl that will dry it up. :)

The cold drained out heavily yesterday morning and early afternoon. Which is interesting since barring an infection getting the sinuses completely stopped up the most miserable part of the cold is when it is draining and you are getting better.

What I caught yesterday is either minor food poisoning or some other GI infection. General malaise, low fever, nausea (luckily not too bad), and other effects. Drinking tea and seltzer water to keep hydrated, bundled up to keep warm (with auxiliary feline heaters nearby), and expect to crash for a 2-3 nap by mid-afternoon.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:58:25am

re: #483 ausador

McConnell before the Tea Party craziness took over…

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Right. I honestly don’t think ideology should totally be discounted myself but the President should have some leeway there given people do elect the President and part of the President’s job is choosing judges. DF the other night was trying to say that Obama needs to pick a center right choice to placate the Republicans. Uh no, a centrist like Judge Srinivasan would be fair especially given that he’s someone that many of these same Senate Republicans saw fit to vote yes on for his current job but a center right pick in the vein of a Tony Kennedy no, it wouldn’t have been right for hte Democrats to expect Bush to appoint someone like RBG when Rehnquist died and Sandra Day O’Connor retired and they didn’t. They did have problems with Roberts and Alito but despite being much more conservative than Kagan and Sotomayor are, Alito and Roberts got more votes of support from the Democrats han the Republicans gave Obama’s nominees.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:58:43am

re: #487 Backwoods_Sleuth

Jeb put a cork in it.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:58:45am

re: #487 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yeah fuck this party.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:58:49am

re: #488 PhillyPretzel

depends on your state of residence. In PA you can still register to vote for the primaries.

I think he meant as a candidate.

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 9:59:53am

I wonder if Clinton and/or Sanders will say that if the Senate refuses to vote for Obama’s nominee that they will immediately, upon assuming office make the same appointment?

I think that’d help in the primary as well as put more pressure on the Senate to get a vote done.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:00:12am

What it boils down to me is that conservatives are scared that a now much more centrist court is not going to uphold or overturn the things they want. It’s not about this “tradition.” It’s about fear of the most moderately minded court in years.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:00:20am

re: #493 Belafon

To be on the ballot in PA I think you have to have your petitions certified by the end of this week.

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:00:33am

re: #488 PhillyPretzel

depends on your state of residence. In PA you can still register to vote for the primaries.

Register to vote, yes, I meant qualify for the ballot as a primary challenger.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:01:41am

re: #494 KGxvi

I wonder if Clinton and/or Sanders will say that if the Senate refuses to vote for Obama’s nominee that they will immediately, upon assuming office make the same appointment?

I think that’d help in the primary as well as put more pressure on the Senate to get a vote done.

I don’t know. I kind like the fuck of mind-fucking them by letting them have the fear and knowledge that Clinton or Sanders could with a Democratic senate nominate someone even liberal than Obama would. They don’t want to cooperate then they can get someone to swing the pendulum of the court even more to the left. Hard ball for these assholes.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:05:07am

Honestly I hope Obama goes with Judge Srinivasan and dares the Senate Republicans to block someone who was universally supported three years ago and had praise form many Republican and conservative jurists. Not to mention, it would be the Republicans spitting in the face of immigrants yet again. I mean in an ideal world, I’d look for someone more progressive minded but I realize the Senate is the Senate. Not sure how Judge Nguyen, another qualified judge who is also an immigrant did in her confirmation. He’s got a lot of capable choices though and I’m confident he’ll make a good one.

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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:06:25am

Yep…

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:07:19am

re: #499 HappyWarrior

Honestly I hope Obama goes with Judge Srinivasan and dares the Senate Republicans to block someone who was universally supported three years ago and had praise form many Republican and conservative jurists.

This is probably what I’d do in Obama’s position.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:07:22am

re: #499 HappyWarrior

Honestly I hope Obama goes with Judge Srinivasan and dares the Senate Republicans to block someone who was universally supported three years ago and had praise form many Republican and conservative jurists. Not to mention, it would be the Republicans spitting in the face of immigrants yet again. I mean in an ideal world, I’d look for someone more progressive minded but I realize the Senate is the Senate. Not sure how Judge Nguyen, another qualified judge who is also an immigrant did in her confirmation. He’s got a lot of capable choices though and I’m confident he’ll make a good one.

It will be someone the GOP cannot reject without looking like hypocritical, arrogant, obstructionist assholes, but that is a trap they will walk into with open eyes, as those are all traits they have come to pride themselves on in the name of ideological purity.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:08:53am

re: #499 HappyWarrior

Honestly I hope Obama goes with Judge Srinivasan and dares the Senate Republicans to block someone who was universally supported three years ago and had praise form many Republican and conservative jurists. Not to mention, it would be the Republicans spitting in the face of immigrants yet again. I mean in an ideal world, I’d look for someone more progressive minded but I realize the Senate is the Senate. Not sure how Judge Nguyen, another qualified judge who is also an immigrant did in her confirmation. He’s got a lot of capable choices though and I’m confident he’ll make a good one.

Nguyen was confirmed 97-0 on Dec 1, 2009.

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:09:08am

re: #499 HappyWarrior

Judge Nguyen was approved 91-3. The three nays were Toomey, Lee, and Vitter.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:09:20am

re: #502 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

It will be someone the GOP cannot reject without looking like hypocritical, arrogant, obstructionist assholes, but that is a trap they will walk into with open eyes, as those are all traits they have come to pride themselves on in the name of ideological purity.

That is a trap they have created for themselves but absolutely.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:09:28am

re: #503 Feline Fearless Leader

Nguyen was confirmed 97-0 on Dec 1, 2009.

Thank you.

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KGxvi  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:09:58am

re: #503 Feline Fearless Leader

Nguyen was confirmed 97-0 on Dec 1, 2009.

That was for the District Court appointment, it was 91-3 for the Court of Appeal.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:09:58am

re: #500 ausador

Yep…

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Oh lord, she’s going to get dumped on for that one.

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PhillyPretzel  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:10:31am

re: #504 KGxvi

It figures Toomey would say “nay.”

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:10:33am

re: #503 Feline Fearless Leader

Nguyen was confirmed 97-0 on Dec 1, 2009.

Oops. That was the District Court approval. The Court of Appeals approval was the 91-3 vote in 2012.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:10:48am

scotusblog.com
SCOTUS Blog’s thoughts on it. They think he will consider an African-American for the post and two names stand out to them, Kamala Harris of California and current AG, Loretta Lynch. Of the two, I think Lynch would be the better choice and I think would fit the President’s calculus too.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:11:09am

re: #509 PhillyPretzel

I figures Toomey would say “nay.”

I can only hope Toomey sees a lot of “nay” votes this November.

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retired cynic  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:11:21am

re: #455 HappyWarrior

Reagan got away with pandering to segregationists, absolutely agreed. i forget who called him the Teflon President but that was spot on.

There were many other things. Climate change denial, trickle-down voodoo economics, interfering with the middle east, pushing violent dictatorships in central and southern America. Tax changes that destroyed the industry we happened to be in. Union busting. On and on, plus covering up how deep into dementia he was. You could watch it happening, even in the first term.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:11:36am

re: #510 Feline Fearless Leader

Oops. That was the District Court approval. The Court of Appeals approval was the 91-3 vote in 2012.

But in any case, she had 90+ members of the Senate have no problem with her.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:12:21am

re: #512 Feline Fearless Leader

I can only hope Toomey sees a lot of “nay” votes this November.

I think he will. Who’s the favorite Dem to win the nomination? I’ve heard that really tall mayor of that one Pittsburgh burb is running.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:12:38am

re: #513 retired cynic

There were many other things. Climate change denial, trickle-down voodoo economics, interfering with the middle east, pushing violent dictatorships in central and southern America. Tax changes that destroyed the industry we happened to be in. Union busting. On and on, plus covering up how deep into dementia he was. You could watch it happening, even in the first term.

Right.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:13:29am

re: #365 HappyWarrior

Exactly. Didn’t Senator Sanders and his supporters know about Super Delegates prior to his campaign? It’s part and parcel of the primary system. It doesn’t disappear just because it doesn’t work in his favor. Perhaps Senator Sanders needs to spend time trying to woo some of Secretary Clinton’s Super Delegates to his side instead of railing against the system.

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Kragar  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:13:35am
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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:13:53am

Okay…I watched SNL’s “The Day Beyonce Turned Black” at the SNL web site.

Good stuff. I got a kick out of Kenan Thompson saying “Okay, she was white in that one” to The Pink Panther movie…and Cecily saying Kerri Washington can’t be…she was on ABC.

Heheheheee.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:15:36am

re: #519 ObserverArt

Okay…I watched SNL’s “The Day Beyonce Turned Black” at the SNL web site.

Good stuff. I got a kick out of Kenan Thompson saying “Okay, she was white in that one” to The Pink Panther movie…and Cecily saying Kerri Washington can’t be…she was on ABC.

Heheheheee.

On another note, it’s hard to believe Kenan has been on SNL for well over a decade now. I remember him as a kid on Nickeldeon and in the Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights movies.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:15:39am

re: #511 HappyWarrior

scotusblog.com
SCOTUS Blog’s thoughts on it. They think he will consider an African-American for the post and two names stand out to them, Kamala Harris of California and current AG, Loretta Lynch. Of the two, I think Lynch would be the better choice and I think would fit the President’s calculus too.

The wingnuts will flip their shit no matter who he nominates but they would REALLY flip their shit if he nominates Lynch.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:15:43am

re: #435 Feline Fearless Leader

Unless a mountain lion or crazed snow weasels get them.

That’s death by Mother Nature. Alternatively known as, Mother Nature can be Biatch.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:16:09am

re: #517 Patricia Kayden

Exactly. Didn’t Senator Sanders and his supporters know about Super Delegates prior to his campaign? It’s part and parcel of the primary system. It doesn’t disappear just because it doesn’t work in his favor. Perhaps Senator Sanders needs to spend time trying to woo some of Secretary Clinton’s Super Delegates to his side instead of railing against the system.

Absolutely.

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:16:25am

re: #502 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

It will be someone the GOP cannot reject without looking like hypocritical, arrogant, obstructionist assholes, but that is a trap they will walk into with open eyes, as those are all traits they have come to pride themselves on in the name of ideological purity.

Looking like? I think they are…

: )

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:16:41am

re: #374 Dr. Matt

I’ve been out of the loop since Scalia’s death. What have happened over the last 36 hours? Is Obama under indictment yet for Scalia’s death murder?

You mean tried and sentenced to death by hanging by a jury of his White male angry T Bagger peers? Not yet. But it is to be expected once President for Life Trump gets into the White House.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:17:12am

re: #517 Patricia Kayden

Exactly. Didn’t Senator Sanders and his supporters know about Super Delegates prior to his campaign? It’s part and parcel of the primary system. It doesn’t disappear just because it doesn’t work in his favor. Perhaps Senator Sanders needs to spend time trying to woo some of Secretary Clinton’s Super Delegates to his side instead of railing against the system.

Ew. That sounds suspiciously like compromise. I expect, nay, DEMAND nothing less than a shining pure progressive white knight unicorn.

///

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:17:12am

re: #513 retired cynic

There were many other things. Climate change denial, trickle-down voodoo economics, interfering with the middle east, pushing violent dictatorships in central and southern America. Tax changes that destroyed the industry we happened to be in. Union busting. On and on, plus covering up how deep into dementia he was. You could watch it happening, even in the first term.

It was a personality and charisma thing that he had going. Even people who disliked his politics often had a hard time not finding him charming and affable.

People like Kerry and Dukakis did not have that, which made it easy to make them the victims of smear campaigns.

But it all backfired when they tried to use the same tactics against Obama, who shares a number of those charismatic qualities which help deflect negative attributes.

And outside a vocal and hardcore minority of ODS sufferers, a lot of people actually do admire him for his intelligence and accomplishments.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:17:23am

re: #515 HappyWarrior

I think he will. Who’s the favorite Dem to win the nomination? I’ve heard that really tall mayor of that one Pittsburgh burb is running.

I haven’t been following it closely yet. Just see mentions of who is raising money is getting endorsements now and then on DK on their daily article following the state and local campaigns. I think Sestak (who ran against Toomey the last time) is in the running, but is not getting any love from the state Democratic Party establishment.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:17:42am

re: #521 Eclectic Cyborg

The wingnuts will flip their shit no matter who he nominates but they would REALLY flip their shit if he nominates Lynch.

I think they’re going to flip their shit with whoever he picks. My only objection to Lynch is she may have to sit out some cases involving things implemented by the Obama DOJ during her time as AG but I think she’d be a good pick. There’s lots of capable candidates out there though and I think Obama will find a good one.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:18:04am

re: #524 ObserverArt

Looking like? I think they are…

: )

It will be highlighted an put on a shining pedestal for all to see and admire.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:19:12am

re: #483 ausador

You mean, Senator McConnell before there was a Black Democratic President. Everything has changed now.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:19:15am

re: #528 Feline Fearless Leader

I haven’t been following it closely yet. Just see mentions of who is raising money is getting endorsements now and then on DK on their daily article following the state and local campaigns. I think Sestak (who ran against Toomey the last time) is in the running, but is not getting any love from the state Democratic Party establishment.

Ah okay. We don’t have an election here this year so I’m going to watch my ancestral home state’s race heh as if it were my own. I think there’s a good chance you guys knock out Toomey. I mean we obviously have elections here but I mean not a Senate one.

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No Depression  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:20:25am

re: #517 Patricia Kayden

Exactly. Didn’t Senator Sanders and his supporters know about Super Delegates prior to his campaign? It’s part and parcel of the primary system. It doesn’t disappear just because it doesn’t work in his favor. Perhaps Senator Sanders needs to spend time trying to woo some of Secretary Clinton’s Super Delegates to his side instead of railing against the system.

This transparent whining by Sanders is yet another thing that’s extinguishing the Bern for me. If he wants the benefits that running for the Democratic nomination provides, he should abide by the rules and the procedures that the Party agreed on. It’s that simple. Nothing turns people off more than a persecution complex.

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ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:20:34am

Don’t actually try this, it could be fatal, and not just by alcohol poisoning.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:20:41am

What’s the over-under on the amount of time before one of the GOP candidates (See Trump) start floating conspiracy theories about Scalia’s death?

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ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:20:52am

re: #511 HappyWarrior

scotusblog.com
SCOTUS Blog’s thoughts on it. They think he will consider an African-American for the post and two names stand out to them, Kamala Harris of California and current AG, Loretta Lynch. Of the two, I think Lynch would be the better choice and I think would fit the President’s calculus too.

In keeping with the SNL sketch…

OH NO! Obama is electing a Black Supreme Court Justice!!! Thank God the Republican’s Would Never Nominate A Black Man/Woman as a Supreme Court Justice!?!?!?

But Justice Thomas is Black.

“Ayeeeeee…the White World is Coming to an End!!!

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Kafitrar  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:21:10am

My wife made me a Oreo-crusted Brownie pie with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day. I made her chocolate truffles.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:21:45am

re: #536 ObserverArt

In keeping with the SNL sketch…

OH NO! Obama is electing a Black Supreme Court Justice!!! Thank God the Republican’s Would Never Nominate A Black Man/Woman as a Supreme Court Justice!?!?!?

But Justice Thomas is Black.

“Ayeeeeee…the White World is Coming to an End!!!

Hahaha. But yeah I enjoyed the sketch. SNL still has its moments.

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:22:18am

re: #518 Kragar

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CIA Superior: What did we learn, Palmer?
CIA Officer: I don’t know, sir.
CIA Superior: I don’t fuckin’ know either. I guess we learned not to do it again.
CIA Officer: Yes, sir.
CIA Superior: I’m fucked if I know what we did.
CIA Officer: Yes, sir, it’s, uh, hard to say
CIA Superior: Jesus Fucking Christ.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:22:30am

re: #537 Kafitrar

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My wife made me a Oreo-crusted Brownie pie with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day. I made her chocolate truffles.

Yum.

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Belafon  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:23:24am

re: #536 ObserverArt

In keeping with the SNL sketch…

OH NO! Obama is electing a Black Supreme Court Justice!!! Thank God the Republican’s Would Never Nominate A Black Man/Woman as a Supreme Court Justice!?!?!?

But Justice Thomas is Black.

“Ayeeeeee…the White World is Coming to an End!!!

“President Obama, you’re nominating another woman for the Supreme Court.”
“Well, over half the country is female. The court will finally reflect that.”

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BeachDem  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:24:14am

re: #526 Testy Toad T

Ew. That sounds suspiciously like compromise. I expect, nay, DEMAND nothing less than a shining pure progressive white knight unicorn.

///

Thank you for inviting me over for dinner. I prefer hardwood floors, so excuse me while I rip out your carpet.
//

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:26:28am

re: #541 Belafon

“President Obama, you’re nominating another woman for the Supreme Court.”
“Well, over half the country is female. The court will finally reflect that.”

Oh yeah, if he nominates a woman, they’re going to flip their shit. I think he does go with a woman or a racial minority. Obama I remember as a candidate talked about wanting judges with empathy. I remember McCain slammed him on that, saying that’s not something that should be looked for i na judge but what Obama meant is he wanted more judges from diverse cultural backgrounds. An overwhelming majority of our judges have been white male Protestants. It’s high time that other voices get their voices heard. I have no problem with him doing that as long as it’s a qualified candidate and I know he will choose one.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:27:01am

LOL!

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:27:03am

re: #532 HappyWarrior

Ah okay. We don’t have an election here this year so I’m going to watch my ancestral home state’s race heh as if it were my own. I think there’s a good chance you guys knock out Toomey.

Maybe, maybe not. Pennsylvania seems to run a standard where they have 1 GOP Senator, 1 Democrat Senator, and exchange the governorship every few terms. The state legislature is currently firmly GOP due to gerrymandering. But the state goes Democrat in the POTUS elections consistently since 1992.

There seems to be a GOP meme that “this year is the year” for both PA and NJ to go GOP. So they pour money and advertising into the two states, and they vote Blue anyways. (Though I guess it does help with other elections on the ballot.)

546
HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:28:18am

re: #545 Feline Fearless Leader

Maybe, maybe not. Pennsylvania seems to run a standard where they have 1 GOP Senator, 1 Democrat Senator, and exchange the governorship every few terms. The state legislature is currently firmly GOP due to gerrymandering. But the state goes Democrat in the POTUS elections consistently since 1992.

There seems to be a GOP meme that “this year is the year” for both PA and NJ to go GOP. So they pour money and advertising into the two states, and they vote Blue anyways. (Though I guess it does help with other elections on the ballot.)

Yeah that is true, you’re right. I just think with how wingnutty the GOP has become, that it may change that math a little since when you had that in the past, the Republican was a moderate like Specter or John Heinz.

547
ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:29:01am

I get a feeling Bernie is thinking he needs to attack the Democrat Party itself now…to make him stand out more from the establishment. If Hillary pounds on him for being a one-note singer, he can just say she is reflective and protective of The Big Party Machine and part of his revolution is to change that.

In other words…entering dangerous territory Bernie.

548
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:29:07am

re: #537 Kafitrar

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My wife made me a Oreo-crusted Brownie pie with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day. I made her chocolate truffles.

Dayum.

549
retired cynic  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:29:44am

re: #527 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Oh, I couldn’t stand him, forever!

550
HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:30:18am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOL!

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I want to know what was inaccurate about the attacks on Bork. Ted Kennedy found a quote of Bork arguing that a small poll tax I believe here in Va no less wasn’t a big deal since it was small during his solicitor general appointment seventeen years prior. Bork made his reputation as being an out of touch extremist on judicial matters and the Senate rejected him for that and there were Republicans who actually agreed with that.

551
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:31:16am

I have been trying to give up sugar as much as possible. That means NO MOAR PIES in the foreseeable future.

The cravings are horrific.

552
HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:31:47am

re: #547 ObserverArt

I get a feeling Bernie is thinking he needs to attack the Democrat Party itself now…to make him stand out more from the establishment. If Hillary pounds on him for being a one-note singer, he can just say she is reflective and protective of The Big Party Machine and part of his revolution is to change that.

In other words…entering dangerous territory Bernie.

I almost want her to attack him for only joining the Democratic Party to seek its nomination while having done little work to actually get Democrats elected over the years. I mean if he wants to play hardball, she should return the favor here. I like Bernie okay but I resent the narrative of Saint Bernie up against the bad Democratic machine that his supporters push. It’s really not that simple.

553
Kragar  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:32:04am

re: #551 The Vicious Babushka

I have been trying to give up sugar as much as possible. That means NO MOAR PIES in the foreseeable future.

The cravings are horrific.

Yeah, been having to adjust my diet as well. Had to cut way down on carbs

554
WhatEVs  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:32:22am

re: #253 Backwoods_Sleuth

JUST NOW: Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said there is NO QUESTION that POTUS should fill the SCOTUS vacancy….@CNN

I am weirded out by agreeing with Gonzales. This election is, indeed, making history.

555
ObserverArt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:32:38am

re: #551 The Vicious Babushka

I have been trying to give up sugar as much as possible. That means NO MOAR PIES in the foreseeable future.

The cravings are horrific.

Good luck VB! Hang in there…

556
ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:33:52am

Bernie supporters in a nutshell?

557
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:35:07am

re: #553 Kragar

Yeah, been having to adjust my diet as well. Had to cut way down on carbs

I can’t give up sugar and carbs at the same time so I’m focusing on no sugar and no highly processed carbs.

I gave up soft drinks at the turn of the century.

558
Testy Toad T  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:35:37am

re: #556 ausador

Bernie supporters in a nutshell?

So yeah, uh, if y’all black folks would just go ahead and line up behind the grumpy old white guy who is pretty sure solutions to all of your problems will just kinda flow from his personal issue, that would be great.

I can’t believe this stupid primary is as close as it is.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:36:25am
560
jaunte  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:36:31am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

He already has schadenfreude over R’s opposing anyone for SCOTUS?

561
Kragar  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:36:36am

re: #557 The Vicious Babushka

I can’t give up sugar and carbs at the same time so I’m focusing on no sugar and no highly processed carbs.

I gave up soft drinks at the turn of the century.

I gave up most sugars and high fructose anything a few years ago. Now I need to give up breads, pastas, and potatoes.

562
withak  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:37:15am

For every carb you guys don’t eat, I’ll eat three.

///

563
Emoprog Refugee  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:38:58am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

I was a young man working in DC during the disgraceful attack on Bork. I can’t lie about the Schadenfreude 30 yrs later.

For the sake of argument, I’ll give him “disgraceful” attack on Bork. In his mind, I’m sure it was “disgraceful.” But exactly who is being disgracefully attacked right now, for Nichols to feel all Schadenfreude about? There is no nominee!
Petty, shameless morons. I’m so tired of these children.

564
Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:40:28am

Since I value all of you as internet compadres, I caution you before you click on the following hashtag. It’s quite the shit-show.

565
Kragar  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:41:20am
566
Dr. Matt  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:42:00am

re: #553 Kragar

Yeah, been having to adjust my diet as well. Had to cut way down on carbs

I haven’t had pasta in over 3 years and rarely ever eat bread. I dropped 15 pounds (and maintained it) since cutting out most carbs.

567
Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:44:09am

re: #565 Kragar

Republicans Are Already Tearing Each Other Apart Over Scalia Successor Fight

Something that only Trump and Cruz seem to understand: the TPGOP will turn on their own party members if they are found lacking in ideological purity

568
HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:44:48am

re: #565 Kragar

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I don’t think Ted had really much to do with the Roberts choice. I know he did speak positively of him when Bush chose him but I doubt a 35 year old Ted Cruz had that much input on the selection. But this is great.

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:45:31am

re: #553 Kragar

Yeah, been having to adjust my diet as well. Had to cut way down on carbs

I need to do that as well. At this point I think I have to mark a firm date on the calendar and at that point cut out even more. No more pie, no more naan, etc. etc.

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gwangung  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:45:47am

re: #547 ObserverArt

I get a feeling Bernie is thinking he needs to attack the Democrat Party itself now…to make him stand out more from the establishment. If Hillary pounds on him for being a one-note singer, he can just say she is reflective and protective of The Big Party Machine and part of his revolution is to change that.

In other words…entering dangerous territory Bernie.

How did the Far Right get so powerful?

They took control of the Republican party structure.

Bernie should do that…but I don’t think his message is focussed enough to do it.

571
Stanley Sea  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:46:10am

re: #537 Kafitrar

Embedded Image

My wife made me a Oreo-crusted Brownie pie with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day. I made her chocolate truffles.

I love how you don’t fool around with portions. 4 is just fine.

572
HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:47:36am

re: #570 gwangung

How did the Far Right get so powerful?

They took control of the Republican party structure.

Bernie should do that…but I don’t think his message is focussed enough to do it.

I’ll be honest. I don’t want that element of the left taking over the Democratic Party infrastructure. I may be more ideologically lined up with them than I am the current Dem establishment but I’m also more temperament wise lined with them. I don’t think they understand the big picture.

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WhatEVs  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:47:40am

re: #280 goddamnedfrank

I missed this, Trump’s spokesPierson went Truther.

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So Trump is going for the lunatic fringe voters on both sides of the aisle.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:52:57am

re: #554 WhatEVs

I am weirded out by agreeing with Gonzales. This election is, indeed, making history.

Well remember Gonzales has been a member of a Presidential administration so he knows how this stuff works. I do appreciate him being honest here though when he could go the partisan hack route. i do remember when his name was floated for a replacement for O’Connor or Rehnquist that a lot of the wingnuts scowled since Alberto Gonzales is on record of seeing the constitutionality of affirmative action and I think he may feel the same about choice too. Wingnuts love him now but they flipped out on even St. Reagan when he picked O’Connor.

575
ausador  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:54:15am

The American finance sector is one of the last places we hold global dominance. Everyone comes to us to raise money or try to make it. Bernie straight up is telling people he will destroy all of that and people cheer him on. WTF?

I want to see firm regulation and control over the sectors worst instincts, not it’s destruction. Altough I guess the “Mom & Pop” neighborhood bank of pity/love is what many of his supporters are more comfortable with.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 15, 2016 • 10:56:01am

re: #575 ausador

The American finance sector is one of the last places we hold global dominance. Everyone comes to us to raise money or try to make it. Bernie straight up is telling people he will destroy all of that and people cheer him on. WTF?

I want to see firm regulation and control over the sectors worst instincts, not it’s destruction. Altough I guess the “Mom & Pop” neighborhood bank of pity/love is what many of his supporters are more comfortable with.

Indeed, it needs regulation not destruction.


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