It’s Official: “MRA” Robert Stacy McCain Is Permanently Suspended From Twitter

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Over the weekend we reported that Robert Stacy McCain, formerly known as a racist and neo-Confederate with white supremacist associations but now self-rebranded as a rabid “men’s rights activist,” had been suspended from Twitter.

We also noted that McCain had a second account, @SexTroubleBook, and was publicly tweeting from that account about his suspension, raging and whining about being persecuted just because he was a “conservative.” Of course, that’s absurd; for years McCain has been blatantly violating Twitter’s rules against targeted harassment, doing that misogynist “anti-feminist” MRA thing so popular with the GamerGate crowd.

Well, folks, today we learn that McCain’s second account has also been suspended. It’s beginning to look like Robert Stacy McCain has joined stalker Chuck C. Johnson in permanent ban land.

UPDATE at 2/22/16 11:47:39 am by Charles Johnson

At his blog, McCain has posted the notice he got from Twitter; yep, it’s a permaban, all right.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:45:53am
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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:48:11am

Yep, it’s a permaban.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:48:52am

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Yep, it’s a permaban.

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Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:50:57am
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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:53:53am

Speaking of the Confederate sympathizers, National Racists Online are desperate to stop Trump. They have put up several articles lamenting Trump in the past 24 hours. But it doesn’t go so well for them with most of their commenters.

It’s all sadly hilarious.

The hate right is collapsing into its event horizon.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:56:10am

butthurtz

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retired cynic  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:56:37am

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yay for our side!

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:57:09am
The Bull • 5 minutes ago
Without a White demographic super majority, the GOP is finished. Trump’s proposals will stave off the ethnic cleansing of America for a few more years. Why is it that you all hate him when he is the most “conservative” on the only issue that matters in the long run?

They’re kind of straightforward, really. There is no mystery here.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:57:12am

re: #5 freetoken

Speaking of the Confederate sympathizers, National Racists Online are desperate to stop Trump. They have put up several articles lamenting Trump in the past 24 hours. But it doesn’t go so well for them with most of their commenters.

It’s all sadly hilarious.

The hate right is collapsing into its event horizon.

The poisons they have been cultivating in the muck are hatching out, and its an ugly brood.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 11:59:49am

re: #5 freetoken

Speaking of the Confederate sympathizers, National Racists Online are desperate to stop Trump. They have put up several articles lamenting Trump in the past 24 hours. But it doesn’t go so well for them with most of their commenters.

It’s all sadly hilarious.

The hate right is collapsing into its event horizon.

And this is the Event Horizon I think of when you make that reference:

Event Horizon Trailer HD

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lockjawcanbefun  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:00:42pm
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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:00:45pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

People who don’t read the TOS are shocked when all accounts of a person permanently banned are likewise permanently banned.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:00:48pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

Oh man. Now they’re all using McCain’s stupid graphic for their avatar. These people.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:01:16pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

Oh man. Now they’re all using McCain’s stupid graphic for their avatar. These people.

#IStandWithDumbass

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blueraven  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:02:42pm

LOL

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:02:52pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:03:23pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

Oh man. Now they’re all using McCain’s stupid graphic for their avatar. These people.

And they are blocking and boycotting all companies that do promoted tweets until Stacy is freed…

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:03:51pm

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

And they are blocking and boycotting all companies that do promoted tweets until Stacy is freed…

IT’S TEH DREADED TWITTER GULAG!!!!!

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:05:29pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

Oh man. Now they’re all using McCain’s stupid graphic for their avatar. These people.

Maybe we should use jaunte’s graphic of RSM and his “hat collection”

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:05:38pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

butthurtz

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When you tweet from your alternate account bitching that you’ve been suspended by twitter, well, connect the dots.

Stupid SHOULD be painful.

RBS

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Franklin  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:06:08pm
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Anymouse  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:06:13pm
IT’S TEH DREADED TWITTER GULAG!!!!!

I am so glad I am not on Twitter’s drama stream. (Or Facebook’s.)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:06:34pm
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Danack  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:08:01pm

re: #5 freetoken

Speaking of the Confederate sympathizers, National Racists Online are desperate to stop Trump.

It’s all sadly hilarious.

Seriously though, it isn’t funny at all. I can’t see any way that Trump isn’t the GOP nominee, unless he actually withdraws his candidacy or otherwise quits the race.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:09:06pm

re: #24 Danack

Seriously though, it isn’t funny at all. I can’t see any way that Trump isn’t the GOP nominee, unless he actually withdraws his candidacy or otherwise quits the race.

I think a stray N-bomb could do it, but I’m alarmingly unsure at this point.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:09:20pm
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lockjawcanbefun  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:09:29pm

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

This is going to end up like all those patriots who just chomping at the bit to head to Oregon, but their government cheques hadn’t come in yet.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:09:49pm

re: #15 blueraven

LOL

I’m assuming “You have my vote, but these are literally all nouns. Every single one of them.” is in reply to some tweet. What was the original tweet (the company blocks twitter, so I only see a little of what’s embedded).

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Testy Toad T  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:10:59pm

re: #28 Belafon

“‎@BernieSanders
Greed, fraud, dishonesty, arrogance. These are just some of the adjectives we use to describe Wall Street.”

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:11:25pm

re: #26 Kragar

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I simply don’t have enough facepalms for this.

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Franklin  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:11:47pm

re: #28 Belafon

I’m assuming “You have my vote, but these are literally all nouns. Every single one of them.” is in reply to some tweet. What was the original tweet (the company blocks twitter, so I only see a little of what’s embedded).

It’s been deleted, here it is here:

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:11:57pm

re: #26 Kragar

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The plus side, each twitter perma-ban comes with a complementary 50 dollar commissary credit for the FEMA camps.

RBS

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:12:39pm

re: #26 Kragar

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:13:42pm

re: #29 Testy Toad T

re: #31 Franklin

Thanks.

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:13:54pm

Heh.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:16:18pm
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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:18:01pm

re: #36 Dr. Matt

Oh please do. In fact, make it a permanent boycott since RS McCain is now permanently banned.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:19:16pm

re: #36 Dr. Matt

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:19:55pm

re: #26 Kragar

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Franklin  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:20:09pm

Maybe they can combine it with a solidarity exercise, like wearing the same color shirt? Brown perhaps?

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:20:10pm

re: #36 Dr. Matt

Priceless:

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LOL they can start their own site and call it
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SHITTER!!

Thanks I’ll be here all week. Tip your server!

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:21:10pm

re: #41 The Vicious Babushka

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lockjawcanbefun  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:21:33pm

re: #41 The Vicious Babushka

But Chuckie C might take it as a command.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:22:13pm

#FreeStacy is a treasure trove of butthurt conservatives tweeting companies they are “blocked”.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:22:15pm

I’m in love.

instagram.com

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darthstar  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:22:20pm
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Franklin  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:23:17pm

re: #46 darthstar

But…but…gateway drug!?!?!?

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darthstar  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:25:12pm

re: #47 Franklin

But…but…gateway drug!?!?!?

I took speed before I tried weed.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:25:29pm

Morning Joe TrumpComedian and voice actor Harry Shearer somehow got his hands on audio of Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough chatting behind-the-scenes with Donald Trump in between breaks of their MSNBC town hall, playing it on his weekly radio show Le Show.

Throughout the six minutes or so, Trump and the MSNBC hosts chat amiably about a variety of topics, including politics, the primaries, golf, Morning Joe’s coverage of Trump’s campaign, and their fellow journalists. On at least one occasion, the duo appear to discuss questions for the next segment within earshot of Trump. At times it can be difficult to determine who is speaking to who; Brzezinski and Scarborough appear at several points to be speaking to producers who were not picked up by the mics at the same time they were speaking to Trump.

RELATED: MSNBC’s Donald Trump ‘Town Hall’ a Joke, and Not a Funny One

In his intro, Shearer explains that he was broadcasting the audio after news reports suggesting the Morning Joe hosts were too close with the Republican presidential candidate. “You can cut the adversarial tension there with a knife,” Shearer jokes. “A butter knife, but still.”

“You know what I thought was kind of a wow moment, was the guy you brought up on stage,” Brzezinski began by telling Trump.

“We played it several times this morning,” Scarborough put in.

“I watched your show this morning,” Trump responded. “You have me almost as a legendary figure, I like that.”

After that, Brzezinski thanked Trump for agreeing to the interview. “You, you get great ratings and a raise,” he told her. “Me, I get nothing.”

“This will make us all look good,” Trump said, to which Scarborough replied, “Exactly.”

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:26:03pm

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:26:03pm
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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:27:22pm

re: #25 Testy Toad T

I think a stray N-bomb could do it, but I’m alarmingly unsure at this point.

A stray N-bomb would likely ensure that Trump is the Republican nominee.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:28:09pm

re: #46 darthstar

And it has fewer side effects than opioids like morphine (or stronger stuff like Dilaudid), including those that other drugs would need to treat (see anti-constipation meds advertised during Super Bowl).

For someone dealing with pain and having cancer, pot could offer relief and actually stimulate appetite, which is also a problem.

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Mike Lamb  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:28:24pm

From the dead thread below—why is the (apparently) no. 1 issue for the “Home School Legal Defense Fund” the 2nd Amendment?

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:29:23pm

Meeting time. Ciao all! BBIAB

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:29:49pm
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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:35:54pm

re: #56 The Vicious Babushka

And there was much rejoicing.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:37:31pm
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BeachDem  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:38:10pm

re: #37 Lidane

Oh please do. In fact, make it a permanent boycott since RS McCain is now permanently banned.

The dramatic Michelle Malkin in 2012:

The Left wants to wear down conservatives until they crawl away defeated, tails between their battered and bloody legs. Silencing the Right is not enough; they want conservatives to disappear from the public sphere. We hope these Twitter vigilantes aren’t holding their breath—conservatives don’t retreat, we reload.

Oh, the humanity!

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:39:02pm

Heh.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:39:07pm

re: #58 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Well, technically the French beat the British, we just kinda helped.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:39:26pm

re: #50 The Vicious Babushka

Nothing says weapon safety like a pistol falling out of your ass crack

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:39:54pm

re: #59 BeachDem

We hope these Twitter vigilantes aren’t holding their breath—conservatives don’t retreat, we reload.

Reloading the gulag as we type.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:40:01pm

what in the utter fuck

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:40:32pm

re: #64 The Vicious Babushka

So this is how people “critique” these days? By doxxing, stalking, threats of violence?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:41:41pm

re: #61 thedopefishlives

Well, technically the French beat the British, we just kinda helped.

god is French???

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:43:21pm

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

god is French???

That explains a whole lot!

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:44:36pm

re: #58 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I thought it was the French.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:45:05pm

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

re: #67 Not a Sparkly Vampire

re: #68 Blind Frog Belly White

Late to the party again, I see.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:45:58pm

re: #69 Blind Frog Belly White

Late to the party again, I see.

Fashionably late.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:46:52pm

I blocked Ms. Lennox, no point in arguing with someone like that.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:47:57pm

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

god is French???

What, didn’t you ever read the Da Vinci Code?///

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:48:24pm

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

god is French???

One might think so if you ever had a really good Bordeaux.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:49:41pm

re: #60 lawhawk

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Heh.

Jesus, how bad of a liar do you have to be to be tossed out of the Cruz campaign?

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:50:59pm

re: #74 Blind Frog Belly White

Jesus, how bad of a liar do you have to be to be tossed out of the Cruz campaign?

On a scale of 1 to Donald Trump…

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:51:38pm

re: #75 thedopefishlives

On a scale of 1 to Donald Trump…

Winner of the Internets!

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:52:03pm

re: #76 lawhawk

Winner of the Internets!

Yay! I haven’t won an Internet in a while. I needed a good win.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:56:47pm

re: #73 Dr. Matt

One might think so if you ever had a really good Bordeaux.

this bad:
The GOP Is In The Middle Of A Holy War, But Voters Might Not Care

It’s getting ugly out there in Jesusland.

The GOP presidential primary waded into something akin to spiritual warfare this weekend, with Ted Cruz’s campaign releasing a video ostensibly showing political rival Marco Rubio remarking on the Bible. The audio of the encounter is faint, but the caption on the Cruz video quoted Rubio saying the following as he pointed to the holy scripture: “Got a good book there. Not many answers in it — especially in that one.”

The revelation, if true, would have cast Rubio as a Bible basher — a literal sin among most evangelicals. But Rubio’s campaign quickly issued a statement saying the captions were, in fact, incorrect, and that Rubio actually said the exact opposite, quipping, “All the answers are in there — especially in that one [the Bible].”

The Cruz campaign immediately apologized for the mix-up, acknowledging that their characterization of the incident was false

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:57:37pm

Can someone give me a short description of what the GamerGate controversy is all about? I have tried to follow it but I just don’t get it. There was some issue with female game developers being harassed or was it the fact that games are for guys and they don’t want girls developing or even playing.

I mean, obviously, female characters in gaming have some weird body configurations, just like in comic books, but that’s a typical male fantasy, were developers suggesting they should be more like real life?

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:57:57pm

Thinking about working up enough where-with-all to write up all that’s wrong with Mooney’s latest article about Antarctica…

It’s probably futile.

Mostly, I concluded that dealing with climate change is too hard for our politics. Our system of governance just isn’t designed to deal with such a problem. Part of the problem is that some large share of the electorate just doesn’t care, but even for those who do care the problem is just too complex to be packaged into operable bits.

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Skip Intro  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:58:05pm

re: #78 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yes, all the answers are in there as long as the questions are really stupid.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:58:12pm

oops, replied to wrong comment.
should have been to this one:
re: #74 Blind Frog Belly White

Jesus, how bad of a liar do you have to be to be tossed out of the Cruz campaign?

re: #78 Backwoods_Sleuth

this bad:
The GOP Is In The Middle Of A Holy War, But Voters Might Not Care

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:59:05pm

re: #78 Backwoods_Sleuth

this bad:
The GOP Is In The Middle Of A Holy War, But Voters Might Not Care

Playing right into Trump’s hands.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 12:59:12pm

re: #79 The Vicious Babushka

It’s about ethics in gaming journalism.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:00:38pm

re: #79 The Vicious Babushka

Can someone give me a short description of what the GamerGate controversy is all about? I have tried to follow it but I just don’t get it. There was some issue with female game developers being harassed or was it the fact that games are for guys and they don’t want girls developing or even playing.

I mean, obviously, female characters in gaming have some weird body configurations, just like in comic books, but that’s a typical male fantasy, were developers suggesting they should be more like real life?

GamerGate is, on its face, a reaction to a female game developer who was accused of sleeping with reviewers in exchange for positive reviews of her games. This, of course, spiraled into a massive MRA clusterfuck about women and video games, but when asked, it was always about “ethics in gaming journalism”.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:02:37pm

The Donald is ON IT:

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:02:52pm

re: #85 thedopefishlives

GamerGate is, on its face, a reaction to a female game developer who was accused of sleeping with reviewers in exchange for positive reviews of her games. This, of course, spiraled into a massive MRA clusterfuck about women and video games, but when asked, it was always about “ethics in gaming journalism”.

By a butthurt ex.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:03:16pm

I’ve seen Rick Tyler (Cruz’s campaign manager) on Tweetie Matthews. I always wondered how he could work with Teddy as he seemed normal.

Odd. It seems like he was just doing what Ted would normally do on his own.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:03:31pm

re: #87 Not a Sparkly Vampire

By a butthurt ex.

Yeah, there is that little detail. The original offending blog post was written by a jealous ex-boyfriend who was looking to trash her reputation.

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:03:50pm
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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:04:35pm

Wow.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:05:01pm

re: #89 thedopefishlives

Yeah, there is that little detail. The original offending blog post was written by a jealous ex-boyfriend who was looking to trash her reputation.

OK so it had nothing to do with actual gaming or actual journalism.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:05:10pm

re: #90 wrenchwench

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Ok…
Which stupid tweet?

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:05:11pm

re: #79 The Vicious Babushka

Basically, it started with a bunch of dudebros accusing female game developers of sleeping with men or entering into relationships with them to get positive press coverage for their games. It started with the bitter ex-boyfriend of one of the female devs accusing her of all these things and escalated from there. That’s where the whole “ethics in game journalism” garbage came from.

Since then, the GamerGate idiots have doxxed, harassed and threatened various women in gaming, including a friend of mine, for any perceived sin that upsets them.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:05:37pm

re: #92 The Vicious Babushka

OK so it had nothing to do with actual gaming or actual journalism.

No, absolutely not. It was all about a stupid lovers’ feud that escalated into “ZOMG WIMMINZ HAS NO BUSINESS IN TEH VIDEO GAMES”.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:05:58pm

re: #78 Backwoods_Sleuth

Very much, and I realize I’m getting really repetitive here, this election and a great deal of the “anger” about which pundits are now talking arises from the worldview collapse that is ongoing.

But the pundits and the candidates will never discuss the problem analytically. They just play their parts.

When do you ever see a talking head on these news programs inquire about what is really behind churn in “evangelical” support for Cruz instead of for Trump, or vice versa?

Never do they follow up with detailed questions.

Hidden, but in clear view, is the real problem: All the Bible beating and preaching doesn’t address the problems people are facing.

That means the Bible and Je$u$ may not, after all, be “the answer”. Especially to modern complex questions like international trade deals and climate change.

But that is heresy, so they dare not utter it.

Thus the inner conflict that cannot be resolved.

Thus the “anger”.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:06:51pm

re: #91 Jenner7

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Wow.

Man, oh man! I knew they were in the tank, but I didn’t know they were THAT DEEP in the tank.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:08:28pm

re: #95 thedopefishlives

No, absolutely not. It was all about a stupid lovers’ feud that escalated into “ZOMG WIMMINZ HAS NO BUSINESS IN TEH VIDEO GAMES”.

So it didn’t have anything to do with female game developers allegedly introducing female characters with anatomically correct breast movement which would have utterly spoiled all the games for the boys?

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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:08:28pm
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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:08:30pm

re: #94 Lidane

Basically, it started with a bunch of dudebros accusing female game developers of sleeping with men or entering into relationships with them to get positive press coverage for their games. It started with the bitter ex-boyfriend of one of the female devs accusing her of all these things and escalated from there. That’s where the whole “ethics in game journalism” garbage came from.

Since then, the GamerGate idiots have doxxed, harassed and threatened various women in gaming, including a friend of mine, for any perceived sin that upsets them.

I’m kinda surprised Mrs. Fish hasn’t run into any of these idiots yet; she’s active in the female gamer community, runs her own gaming blog and has a live stream of our World of Warcraft raid nights. She’s also a feminist of the first order and a certified badass, so I’ve no doubt she could handle herself, I’m just surprised she hasn’t had a run-in yet. Perhaps due to her lack of fame.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:09:23pm

re: #91 Jenner7

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Wow.

I doubt the behind the scenes powwow with The Donald does much, but I would love to see Joke Scarborough out of his TV gig.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:09:49pm

re: #98 The Vicious Babushka

So it didn’t have anything to do with female game developers allegedly introducing female characters with anatomically correct breast movement which would have utterly spoiled all the games for the boys?

Nope, not even that. I’m sure it may have come up during the conversation; after all, boys will be boys. But first and foremost, it was about defending the Good Ol’ Boys Club that is gaming and nerddom.

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:10:00pm

re: #79 The Vicious Babushka

Mostly it was a bunch of asshole misogynists worried that women game designers were going to make video games ‘politically correct’. That, to them, meant no more Call of Duty, no more Grand Theft Auto, no HALO.

Instead it was going to be all ‘socially adjusted’ or some shit like that.

They said it had to do with ‘Ethics in gaming’ but it was just asshole misogynist leets protecting their turf.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:10:58pm

Cruz’s comm guy is just a fall guy. The entire Cruz manifesto is to bring theocracy. The only problem with that one tweet is that it exposed the agenda a bit too much.

Note that no one got fired for those fliers in Iowa, or the Ben Carson thing, or for the photoshop of Rubio and Obama.

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:12:14pm

re: #100 thedopefishlives

I’m kinda surprised Mrs. Fish hasn’t run into any of these idiots yet; she’s active in the female gamer community, runs her own gaming blog and has a live stream of our World of Warcraft raid nights. She’s also a feminist of the first order and a certified badass, so I’ve no doubt she could handle herself, I’m just surprised she hasn’t had a run-in yet. Perhaps due to her lack of fame.

The GamerGate assholes tend to attack women that work for game developers or gaming magazines. It makes them feel more manly, I guess.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:12:24pm

I’m getting a whole bunch of derp in my mentions now, which I brought on myself for tweeting to the #FreeStacy hashtag. I’m just mute them all, why should I let them think I give enough of a shit to block them.

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:12:45pm

re: #98 The Vicious Babushka

So it didn’t have anything to do with female game developers allegedly introducing female characters with anatomically correct breast movement which would have utterly spoiled all the games for the boys?

It has expanded to include that, in some circles. Because female characters that aren’t just eye candy are Oppression of the Menz and Social Justice Warrioring.

Which also expanded to Diversity in Gaming is teh White Genocide, and any protagonist that isn’t a straight white male is also Social Justice Warrioring.

It’s basically MRA/alt-right culture with a Steam account.

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:12:48pm

re: #89 thedopefishlives

Yeah, there is that little detail. The original offending blog post was written by a jealous ex-boyfriend who was looking to trash her reputation.

Gamergate was also spawned in one of the sewers of the internet. 4chan, IIRC.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:13:01pm

re: #86 Backwoods_Sleuth

The Donald is ON IT:

Such presidential very leadership.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:13:04pm

re: #103 Romantic Heretic

How this normally worked:

“I designed a game where a kitten has to explore a house looking for its lost ball of yarn.”

“WHY DO YOU HATE CALL OF DUTY?”

“I don’t. I just made a game other people might enjoy.”

“FUCK YOU YOU UGLY SLAG!”

“There is no need for that.”

“HEY GUYS, CHECK OUT THIS BITCH TRYING TO TELL US WHAT TO DO!”

repeat times infinity

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:13:27pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:14:04pm

re: #106 The Vicious Babushka

I’m getting a whole bunch of derp in my mentions now, which I brought on myself for tweeting to the #FreeStacy hashtag. I’m just mute them all, why should I let them think I give enough of a shit to block them.

That reminded me to do this…

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:14:22pm

re: #107 withak

It’s basically MRA/alt-right culture with a Steam account.

That’s the best description of GamerGate I’ve read in a while. I like that.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:16:06pm

If you’re banned, how am I getting your tweets? Communing with a Ouija board?

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:16:27pm

I was so flattered when my granddaughter (13) said she wants to learn Computer Science “So I can be just like you Bubbbie!” but then she said she wants to create GAMES.

I’m like no, nope, learn how to make CARS instead.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:17:11pm

re: #107 withak

It has expanded to include that, in some circles. Because female characters that aren’t just eye candy are Oppression of the Menz and Social Justice Warrioring.

Which also expanded to Diversity in Gaming is teh White Genocide, and any protagonist that isn’t a straight white male is also Social Justice Warrioring.

It’s basically MRA/alt-right culture with a Steam account.

They must hate Borderlands.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:17:14pm

re: #78 Backwoods_Sleuth

this bad:
The GOP Is In The Middle Of A Holy War, But Voters Might Not Care

Trump could light a Bible on fire and some of his “evangelical” backers would just say “Oh that’s OK, it wasn’t the King James version that I read.”

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:18:04pm

re: #107 withak

My brain, nowadays, sees the word ‘rights’ and replaces it with ‘power’. So ‘Mens Power Activists’, ‘Religious Power Act’.

It’s closer to the truth of the matter most of the time.

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:18:05pm

re: #116 Belafon

They must hate Borderlands.

We’re talking about the same social rejects who boycotted Mad Max Fury Road because strong female characters in an action movie emasculate all teh menz.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:18:07pm

re: #115 The Vicious Babushka

I was so flattered when my granddaughter (13) said she wants to learn Computer Science “So I can be just like you Bubbbie!” but then she said she wants to create GAMES.

I’m like no, nope, learn how to make CARS instead.

The video game industry is insanely competitive, incredibly abusive, and highly sexist. I’m all for girls in computer science, but I really recommend she find a less combative path. There’s plenty of room for lady programmers in business software development.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:18:14pm

re: #115 The Vicious Babushka

I was so flattered when my granddaughter (13) said she wants to learn Computer Science “So I can be just like you Bubbbie!” but then she said she wants to create GAMES.

I’m like no, nope, learn how to make CARS instead.

At 13 my kids were trying to figure out all sorts of things. And learning how to write games would actually be useful in a whole lot of places in software, not just games.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:18:18pm

And if Twitter were serious about harassment from the start, and applied the ban-hammer early and often, much sorrow could have been avoided. And for the right wingers, they claim it looks like selective banning based on viewpoint, when it’s for conduct. Anyone who engages in TOS violations should be banned. Harassment is ban-hammer worthy.

For Chucky, it was revolving door treatment for months. McCain’s ban-hammer was long delayed.

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:19:54pm

re: #115 The Vicious Babushka

I was so flattered when my granddaughter (13) said she wants to learn Computer Science “So I can be just like you Bubbbie!” but then she said she wants to create GAMES.

I’m like no, nope, learn how to make CARS instead.

I wouldn’t be so fast to discourage her from making games. That shouldn’t be a career goal*, but a hobbyist interest in coding games can be a great benefit.

*Given the state of the industry right now, anyway; it may improve.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:21:18pm

Trump is supposed to be in Las Vegas tonight:

LIVE Donald Trump Las Vegas Nevada Rally South Point Arena FULL SPEECH HD February 22 2016 ✔

Supposedly he was in Elko earlier, but for video all I can find is one of his sons, I think.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:21:40pm

re: #116 Belafon

Very much so:

Axton From Borderlands 2 is Bi-sexual Due to a Programming Error

According to Burch though, this was purely an oversight and it was never intended for Axton to be anything other than a guy who just really liked shooting people in the face with increasingly hilarious looking guns. When he dropped this bit of information in the Borderlands 2 forums and saw that fans were disappointed that Axton wasn’t intentionally written as being bi-sexual, he had a revelation. Why the fuck couldn’t Axton be a bi-sexual? It’s not like Axton’s sexuality had any impact on the story.

With this in mind, Burch got in contact with Axton’s voice actor and had him record new dialogue for the character to make his bisexuality a little more obvious and then went ahead and made this facet of his character official in terms of canon. Of course after this was announced Burch got a ton of hate-mail from a fans who didn’t like that they’d been tricked into playing through the game as a bi-sexual character, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the not noticing or caring about Axton’s sexuality was supposed to be the fucking point. But hey, the kind of people who complain about that sort of thing tend to be dickheads anyway, so we can’t really be surprised that they got freaked out when a guy who likes having sex with men and women was in their game about shooting giant robots with exploding laser guns.

Unperturbed by the complaints of whiny piss-baby man-children, Burch doubled down and made sure everyone knew that he’d intentionally filled the world of Borderlands 2 with gay and bi-sexual characters purely because he wanted a game full of diverse characters representative of every walk of life and also because why the hell not? Being gay doesn’t mean you can’t be a badass, hell, the arguably the coolest (and most popular) characters in the entire game, Sir Hammerlock, a gentlemen hunter with a robot arm and Mister Torgue a muscle-bound, board game loving gun nut who tasks you with blowing up the entire ocean are gay and bisexual respectively.

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:22:05pm

re: #117 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

Trump could light a Bible on fire and some of his “evangelical” backers would just say “Oh that’s OK, it wasn’t the King James version that I read.”

Evangelical support for Trump in the GOP caught me by surprise. Now that I’ve seen it in action, I think the answer is really very simple.

For most of the US religious right, their religion serves mainly as a socially approved way to do their hating.

Trump offers the same kind of satisfaction, without pesky underlying messages like “love thy enemy” getting in the way.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:22:06pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Yep, it’s a permaban.

[Embedded content]

“Your account was suspended because you were harassing people.”

See, people! It’s just because I’m a conservative!1

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:22:24pm

re: #120 thedopefishlives

I wouldn’t discourage her from going down that path, but let her be aware of the problems and let her make that choice. The only way things improve is if enough women get into the industry and make the changes themselves. It can’t and shouldn’t be just a boy’s club because the guys are misogynistic and sexist.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:23:57pm
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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:24:24pm

re: #128 lawhawk

I wouldn’t discourage her from going down that path, but let her be aware of the problems and let her make that choice. The only way things improve is if enough women get into the industry and make the changes themselves. It can’t and shouldn’t be just a boy’s club because the guys are misogynistic and sexist.

Well, I’d also recommend against video game development for guy programmers, too. I almost wish developers would unionize and bust these stupid video-game magnates right in the mouth. Some of the stories I’ve heard coming out of these places are on par with early 1900’s abusive management.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:24:43pm

re: #125 Kragar

Very much so:

Axton From Borderlands 2 is Bi-sexual Due to a Programming Error

Interesting and cool. I bring up the Borderlands games because the females in those are all sorts of shapes and provide many ways of kicking ass and blowing things up.

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:25:22pm

re: #128 lawhawk

I wouldn’t discourage her from going down that path, but let her be aware of the problems and let her make that choice. The only way things improve is if enough women get into the industry and make the changes themselves. It can’t and shouldn’t be just a boy’s club because the guys are misogynistic and sexist.

I don’t think the gamergate narrative will survive, long term. It doesn’t do well when confronted with reality.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:25:46pm

re: #126 EPR-radar

For most of the US religious right, their religion serves mainly as a socially approved way to do their hating.

This.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:26:13pm

re: #130 thedopefishlives

Well, I’d also recommend against video game development for guy programmers, too. I almost wish developers would unionize and bust these stupid video-game magnates right in the mouth. Some of the stories I’ve heard coming out of these places are on par with early 1900’s abusive management.

Programming isn’t the biggest part of video game development anyway.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:26:28pm
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blueraven  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:26:32pm

All the best to Claire McCaskill. I read her tweet about her breast cancer diagnosis and the replies. They were all supportive except for one.

The far lefties can be vicious.

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:27:20pm

re: #130 thedopefishlives

Well, I’d also recommend against video game development for guy programmers, too. I almost wish developers would unionize and bust these stupid video-game magnates right in the mouth. Some of the stories I’ve heard coming out of these places are on par with early 1900’s abusive management.

Yeah, I was speaking more about the working conditions in general in the video game industry, which are horrendous. I’d love to work on games, but it’s not worth the sacrifices.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:28:26pm

I’m very happy to work in a place where the UAW is active.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:29:38pm

re: #137 withak

I haven’t been the same since John Romero threatened to make me his bitch.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:30:52pm

re: #137 withak

Yeah, I was speaking more about the working conditions in general in the video game industry, which are horrendous. I’d love to work on games, but it’s not worth the sacrifices.

I would think video game skills would be useful in a lot of places, such as simulation in engineering, medicine, AI, and defense.

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withak  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:32:00pm

re: #140 Belafon

I would think video game skills would be useful in a lot of places, such as simulation in engineering, medicine, AI, and defense.

Dingdingding! That’s my career.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:35:43pm

re: #136 blueraven

All the best to Claire McCaskill. I read her tweet about her breast cancer diagnosis and the replies. They were all supportive except for one.

The far lefties can be vicious.

A real sweetheart this tweeter, and very wise. Knows politics very well.

///

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:35:58pm

re: #135 Charles Johnson

[Insignificant jealous asshat.]

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:36:28pm

re: #140 Belafon

I would think video game skills would be useful in a lot of places, such as simulation in engineering, medicine, AI, and defense.

I’m sure you mean video game programming skills, rather than video game playing skills. Alas. Not that I’m good at any games that require skill, anyway.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:38:50pm
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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:39:33pm

re: #142 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

A real sweetheart this tweeter, and very wise. Knows politics very well.

///

That tweeter is an idiot. There are times and places to go after McCaskill on the issues. This is neither the time nor the place.

She’s a Democratic Senator from Missouri. I’ll take what I can get from that state.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:47:35pm
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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:49:54pm

re: #79 The Vicious Babushka

Can someone give me a short description of what the GamerGate controversy is all about? I have tried to follow it but I just don’t get it. There was some issue with female game developers being harassed or was it the fact that games are for guys and they don’t want girls developing or even playing.

I mean, obviously, female characters in gaming have some weird body configurations, just like in comic books, but that’s a typical male fantasy, were developers suggesting they should be more like real life?

Actually, it’s about ethics in…oh, never mind. :)

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:51:25pm

re: #1 Kragar

TWITCHY TEAM IS ON IT!!!!!11

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:52:19pm

Gus is so good.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:52:41pm

re: #147 Charles Johnson

GodGraceNGuns makes me wonder Who Would Jesus Shoot?

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TedStriker  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:54:35pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Yep, it’s a permaban.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:56:21pm

re: #150 wrenchwench

Gus is so good.

[Embedded content]

I miss that boy. Good to see he’s in fine form.

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:57:05pm

Drive-by: I was going thru the Twitchy article picking out wingnuts to proactively block and came across this little bit of melodrama:

*SNERK* Evil liberals tricked them all into signing up for Twitter and now they’re being cut off. Poor, poor widdle wingnuts. What happened to free market capitalism and the Randian notion of I’ve-got-mine-so-screw-you and all that? They could’ve started their own micro-blogging platform—they still can. C’mon all you conservative manly men, stop sniveling, put on your big boy panties, and grab those boot straps!

Okay, back to the salt mines for me…

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:58:01pm

re: #154 CuriousLurker

Okay, that shit’s funny, I don’t care who y’are.

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:59:03pm

re: #154 CuriousLurker

The left-wing fascists roped us into a monopoly and then swung the ax. t.co
— John Nolte

Yeah we’re pretty crafty like that.

//

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ausador  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:59:11pm

Almost…

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 1:59:15pm

I spent all night last night, after watching the Snarky Puppy video, wondering where I’d heard the name ‘Metropole Orkest’ before.

This morning it came to me. They did a concert in Amsterdam with Todd Rundgren, which is on YouTube as a brilliant crowd-sourced video. The guy who produced the video grabbed the mix from the radio broadcast and put out a call for anyone who took video of the show to send it along. The result is this (which if I’m not mistaken, Charles once posted here).

Todd Rundgren and The Metropole Orchestra Amsterdam 2012

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BeachDem  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:04:50pm

re: #126 EPR-radar

Evangelical support for Trump in the GOP caught me by surprise. Now that I’ve seen it in action, I think the answer is really very simple.

For most of the US religious right, their religion serves mainly as a socially approved way to do their hating.

Trump offers the same kind of satisfaction, without pesky underlying messages like “love thy enemy” getting in the way.

Horry County, South Carolina (SC) Religion Statistics Profile
Adherents
Religion 2010
Evangelical Protestant 61,718 (22.9%)
Mainline Protestant 18,278 (6.8%)
Catholic 18,159 (6.7%)

city-data.com

Trump got 49% of the votes—highest percentage in the state.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:07:25pm

re: #154 CuriousLurker

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:07:39pm

meanwhile in Oregon:

the patritos will start screaming about collusion with the feds or something…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:08:47pm

and in Kentucky, something that is very long overdue:

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:10:02pm

re: #154 CuriousLurker

The left-wing fascists roped us into a monopoly and then swung the ax. t.co
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) February 22, 2016

So how is John Nolte still on Twitter? Where is our ax?

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ausador  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:11:50pm

I follow this guy because I agree with him about everything else, but one of the worst cases of HDS I have seen yet on the left.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:14:45pm
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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:14:57pm

Oh, well that explains why MSNBC covered it then.

Sigh.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:17:05pm

Ah yes, it makes perfect sense now…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:22:08pm

oh, lookie who is missing from this lineup:

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blueraven  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:27:46pm

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh, lookie who is missing from this lineup:

[Embedded content]

Mika and Joe immediately books Trump for another MSNBC prime time love fest. /

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Dr. Matt  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:33:46pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:39:59pm

re: #167 Kragar

Ah yes, it makes perfect sense now…

[Embedded content]

A Catholicaliphate?

/

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:41:27pm

re: #168 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh, lookie who is missing from this lineup:

[Embedded content]

Amazing as it sounds I honestly believe some wingnuts are rebelling against Fox News for becoming “too Liberal” and are backing Trump specifically because Fox wants nothing to do with him.

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Kent Dorfman  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:41:51pm

If Tetris has taught me anything, it’s that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:42:33pm

LMAO, how is it I totally missed this before now?

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:43:07pm
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Barefoot Grin  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:46:02pm

re: #158 makeitstop

I spent all night last night, after watching the Snarky Puppy video, wondering where I’d heard the name ‘Metropole Orkest’ before.

This morning it came to me. They did a concert in Amsterdam with Todd Rundgren, which is on YouTube as a brilliant crowd-sourced video. The guy who produced the video grabbed the mix from the radio broadcast and put out a call for anyone who took video of the show to send it along. The result is this (which if I’m not mistaken, Charles once posted here).

[Embedded content]

Video

Cool. But I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it to the end. Promises to keep and all that.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:47:52pm

re: #167 Kragar

Ah yes, it makes perfect sense now…

[Embedded content]

Yawn. Try again Frank, you’re drunker than usual.

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Danack  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:48:58pm

re: #175 Kragar

Er - wow. popehat.com

So, will I say #FreeStacy? Absolutely! For every hour McCain is gone, some feminist remains unfrothed-at. For every absent moment, there’s a dead black kid whose Facebook page hasn’t been thoroughly vetted.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:49:56pm

re: #162 Backwoods_Sleuth

and in Kentucky, something that is very long overdue:

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I guess even Bevin, who appeared at a cockfighting event, can’t stoop as low as supporting dogfighting.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:51:38pm
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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:53:06pm

Apparently Chucky getting banned wasn’t a big enough blow to the MRA crowd to get them really riled up. They needed a true white supremacist to get shitcanned before they began running for their fainting couches.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:54:55pm

re: #180 Charles Johnson

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Lidane  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:55:21pm

Sure, that sounds totally rational:

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:57:10pm
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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:58:08pm

For some reason, I strongly suspect most of those screaming “Censorship!” to RSM’s permaban are the kinda guys who respond to stories about rape allegations involving a fraternity with “She was asking for it!”

Can’t figure out why I’d think that…

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 22, 2016 • 2:58:25pm
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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:02:10pm

re: #183 Lidane

Sure, that sounds totally rational:

[Embedded content]

Boy, are they going to be disappointed next January when Hillary is getting sworn in and Obama still hasn’t declared martial law.

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:02:26pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:04:43pm

Will they ever understand that Twitter has the right to censor WHATEVER THE FUCK IT WANTS on account of being a PRIVATE CORPORATION and not the GOVERNMENT????

No wait, don’t anwer that. I don’t want to know.

I understand the RW quandry when it comes to Twitter. A lot of them can’t stand Twitter, they’d rather go to an alternative where they can hate as much as they want to with impunity.

The problem is Twitter is where their audience is and they need that audience for clicks because they need the clicks for money and they need the money to continue hating.

As badly as they want to leave, it’s too economically damaging to them to actually do so. So they stay. And whine. And bitch. And moan.

I’ve dabbled with Twitter several times but the stupidity and anger and hatred of some of the people on there makes me fearful of what could potentially happen to me if I try and build a stronger presence there.

And I’m not alone. There’s a reason their company is struggling. There’s a reason they’re having a hard time bringing in new users.

Banning CCJ and Robert Stacy Mccain is good but there’s still SO much more to do before I honestly believe Twitter is serious about cleaning itself up.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:05:41pm

Also, I checked out the quitter. se place mentioned in the Popehat tweet…that place looks dangerous.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:06:20pm

re: #184 Charles Johnson

*snicker*

Irrelevant, my ass.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:06:28pm
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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:07:13pm

re: #189 Eclectic Cyborg

I don’t think Twitter can be a viable business if it were to spend what it would take to control its trolls to an acceptable level.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:07:38pm

re: #190 Eclectic Cyborg

Also, I checked out the quitter.se place mentioned in the Popehat tweet…that place looks dangerous.

Ditto.

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:08:36pm

re: #189 Eclectic Cyborg

I understand the RW quandry when it comes to Twitter America. A lot of them can’t stand Twitter America, they’d rather go to an alternative where they can hate as much as they want to with impunity.

The problem is Twitter America is where their audience is and they need that audience for clicks because they need the clicks for money and they need the money to continue hating.

Works that way, too.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:08:45pm

“We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.”

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:09:12pm
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A Mom Anon  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:09:56pm

re: #189 Eclectic Cyborg

A lot of them may carry around those pocket Constitutions, but I doubt they’ve read them.

I usually get silence and the occasional sputter when I point out that the Constitution ONLY prevents the actual government from silencing or punishing you for your speech. It doesn’t mean you can say what you want (though you can say it) UNCHALLENGED. You don’t get to be an asshole and everyone else has to just take it.

God these people need a Civics 101 class SO badly.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:10:22pm

re: #196 Kragar

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Good, there is something to be said for not vomiting $150 million worth of CGI onto the screen.

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:11:56pm

re: #199 Big Beautiful Door

Good, there is something to be said for not vomiting $150 million worth of CGI onto the screen.

I’ve been relieved to see that modern franchises have been swinging back the other direction from the Avatar-fueled orgy of CG. Nothing wrong with it when it’s used properly, but too many people don’t use it properly.

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A Mom Anon  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:12:56pm

re: #196 Kragar

I LOVED this movie. So much. The Husband wanted to see it and I (who am not into comics or video games or any such thing, even a little) went along to see it in IMAX , reluctantly. I’m so glad I did. It was hilarious and really well done. I can’t wait for the next one.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:13:02pm

re: #198 A Mom Anon

A lot of them may carry around those pocket Constitutions, but I doubt they’ve read them.

I usually get silence and the occasional sputter when I point out that the Constitution ONLY prevents the actual government from silencing or punishing you for your speech. It doesn’t mean you can say what you want (though you can say it) UNCHALLENGED. You don’t get to be an asshole and everyone else has to just take it.

God these people need a Civics 101 class SO badly.

Yep, listening to them defend the free speech rights of Texas A&M students who used the n word at visiting African-American high school students sickened me.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:14:57pm

re: #192 Charles Johnson

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plansbandc  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:15:38pm

Quitter won’t be any fun for them. They’ll have to harass and dox themselves. Of course Chuck likes to do that, so there are exceptions.

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A Mom Anon  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:16:38pm

re: #203 Big Beautiful Door

It’s a two way street. Sure, be an asshole, go ahead, but do not expect everyone to bow to your prowess as a shithead. Their rights stop where the rights of others begin, they seem to conveniently forget that small detail.

Fuck these people. With rusty farm implements. They are why we aren’t moving forward and why we can’t have nice things.

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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:19:27pm

Just a heads up, this week:

Tuesday is the Democratic Town Hall at 7 and Thursday is the Republican debate at 6:30. Both on CNN.

Tuesday is Republican Nevada Caucus, Saturday is Democratic SC primary.

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Jenner7  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:21:12pm

Speaking of Quitter, where has Sarah Palin been?

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A Mom Anon  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:22:51pm

OK Lizards, lasagna is ready and so is the family. I have been up to my eyeballs in busy lately, hope to be back in the morning, have a good night all.

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makeitstop  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:23:48pm

re: #176 Barefoot Grin

Cool. But I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it to the end. Promises to keep and all that.

Save it for later, it’s excellent.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:24:11pm

Well, well. What do you know. Chuck C. Johnson’s new pal Pax Dickinson was operating the Twitter account @jokeocracy that spewed a constant stream of vile racism and white supremacism. He says it was “performance art” - and to prove it he gave an interview about it to a white supremacist website.

Uh huh.

webcache.googleusercontent.com

This guy is a real obnoxious racist cretin who thinks he’s fooling people with this “performance art” bullshit. You can see why he and Rage Furby get along.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:24:27pm

re: #202 A Mom Anon

I LOVED this movie. So much. The Husband wanted to see it and I (who am not into comics or video games or any such thing, even a little) went along to see it in IMAX , reluctantly. I’m so glad I did. It was hilarious and really well done. I can’t wait for the next one.

“I don’t have time for your X-Men bullshit, Colossus! Besides, nobody’s getting hurt!”

*body falls off a overhead traffic sign*

“That guy was up there before I got here.”

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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:25:59pm

re: #211 Charles Johnson

“Performance art” is their excuse to let their freak flag fly, and then claim First Amendment infringement when they get their chops busted for it.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:26:32pm

re: #139 Kragar

I haven’t been the same since John Romero threatened to make me his bitch.

Hahaha!
That was an epic fail of a game.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:29:49pm
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thedopefishlives  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:30:14pm

re: #215 GlutenFreeJesus

I fear the man who shaves a bear and lives to tell about it.

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Jebediah, RBG  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:30:34pm

re: #183 Lidane

If martial law were actually implemented, what the fuck could Scalia have done to stop it? Block it with all his chins?

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:30:41pm

re: #185 Targetpractice

For some reason, I strongly suspect most of those screaming “Censorship!” to RSM’s permaban are the kinda guys who respond to stories about rape allegations involving a fraternity with “She was asking for it!”

Can’t figure out why I’d think that…

What I’d like to know is WTF these people are always whining about political correctness. Try dropping the PC stuff at work with your boss. Try it with a cop. Try it at a restaurant, bar, or party. Hell, I don’t care how old you are, go ahead try it with your mom and let me know how it works out for you, m’kay?

BTW, all this whiny crap also reminds me of a former lizard constantly bitching about how awful boycotting is, how it’s a kind of censorship. Yes, it IS a form of censorship—one that’s protected by the First Amendment. I was just looking up censorship according to the ACLU (who can be annoying at times, but still):

What is Censorshop?

Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive,” happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others. Censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional.

In contrast, when private individuals or groups organize boycotts against stores that sell magazines of which they disapprove, their actions are protected by the First Amendment, although they can become dangerous in the extreme.

aclu.org

So yeah, assholes, you’re 100% free to be total douchebags and private citizens and organizations are 100% free to tell you to they’re not going to listen to your B.S. Free speech is a two-way street—deal with it.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:32:32pm

Obama should totally find some guy named “Marshall Law” to nominate for SCOTUS.

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blueraven  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:32:52pm

re: #217 Jebediah, RBG

If martial law were actually implemented, what the fuck could Scalia have done to stop it? Block it with all his chins?

ouch!

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:33:27pm

re: #175 Kragar

Not to put too fine a point on, but Ken White is a dick. He’s also a friend of Patterico.

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Brian J.  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:37:26pm

re: #188 wrenchwench

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One hundred and two delegates at stake in the Georgia primary. One thousand and thirty-two delegates in the 11 Confederate states, all of which will vote by March 15. The Sandbaggers are cruising for an epic bruising, and they still don’t know it.

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:38:24pm

re: #203 Big Beautiful Door

Yep, listening to them defend the free speech rights of Texas A&M students who used the n word at visiting African-American high school students sickened me.

You know what I wanna see? I wanna see some of these brave defenders of free speech ride the train up into Harlem and start walking around using the n-word (or any place where they’re outnumbered & unarmed and want to try being abusive).

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:39:10pm

re: #212 Kragar

“I don’t have time for your X-Men bullshit, Colossus! Besides, nobody’s getting hurt!”

*body falls off a overhead traffic sign*

“That guy was up there before I got here.”

“Did you ever see 127 Hours? Spoiler alert.”

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:39:22pm

re: #222 Brian J.

One hundred and two delegates at stake in the Georgia primary. One thousand and thirty-two delegates in the 11 Confederate states, all of which will vote by March 15. The Sandbaggers are cruising for an epic bruising, and they still don’t know it.

You mean Southerners might not have been waiting for a Jewish guy from New England?

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:40:02pm

re: #222 Brian J.

One hundred and two delegates at stake in the Georgia primary. One thousand and thirty-two delegates in the 11 Confederate states, all of which will vote by March 15. The Sandbaggers are cruising for an epic bruising, and they still don’t know it.

Anyone know off the top of their head which are proportional and which are winner take all?

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:40:11pm

re: #224 Targetpractice

“Did you ever see 127 Hours? Spoiler alert.”

Bob?

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:40:23pm

re: #223 CuriousLurker

You know what I wanna see? I wanna see some of these brave defenders of free speech ride the train up into Harlem and start walking around using the n-word (or any place where they’re outnumbered & unarmed and want to try being abusive).

Its easy for them to racially harass a bunch of kids in a place that is 97% white.

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Brian J.  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:40:33pm

re: #225 Kragar

You mean Southerners might not have been waiting for a Jewish guy from New England?

Judah Benjamin aside (and he never faced the voters), there haven’t been many politically successful Jewish candidates in the South. Neither have there been many successful socialists, no matter what they might try to tell you about Huey Long.

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:41:38pm

re: #218 CuriousLurker

Dolores Huerta headed up the boycott I grew up on: the grape boycott.

. The strike began on September 8, 1965, and lasted more than five years. Due largely to a consumer boycott of non-union grapes, the strike ended with a significant victory for the United Farm Workers as well as its first contract with the growers.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:41:54pm

re: #226 Belafon

Anyone know off the top of their head which are proportional and which are winner take all?

I think all the democratic primaries are proportional, though I could be wrong.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:41:55pm

re: #222 Brian J.

One hundred and two delegates at stake in the Georgia primary. One thousand and thirty-two delegates in the 11 Confederate states, all of which will vote by March 15. The Sandbaggers are cruising for an epic bruising, and they still don’t know it.

But how can that be? I’ve been told repeatedly that Bernie is leading a revolution and his supporters will come out in droves to support him!

///

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BlueSpotinAL  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:42:18pm

re: #219 Eclectic Cyborg

Obama should totally find some guy named “Marshall Law” to nominate for SCOTUS.

Make sure he is imposing.

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Jebediah, RBG  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:42:54pm

re: #220 blueraven

It is a cheap shot against someone I despised, but I really do wonder how they thought Scalia could prevent martial law. If one is illegally imposing martial law, it seems to follow that courts and their orders are going to get some kind of Andrew Jackson response.
Unless Scalia was secretly some kind of superhero, and his “death” was really a ruse to get The Weak Usurper Muslin Dictator to drop his guard - then WHAM out of nowhere, Scalia-Man streaks runs jogs waddles onto the scene!

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:44:51pm

re: #234 Jebediah, RBG

LOL, sounds like your imagination is as overactive as mine!

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:45:53pm

re: #215 GlutenFreeJesus

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Jebediah, RBG  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:47:06pm

re: #233 BlueSpotinAL

Obama should totally find some guy named “Marshall Law” to nominate for SCOTUS.

Marshall Lee the Vampire King

Closest I could find.

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:47:31pm

Disturbing story about Black American soldiers being subjected to racism in Estonia.

observer.com

I wonder why Eastern Europeans have such strong anti-Black sentiments given that they have no history of interacting with large Black populations. Sorry if I am generalizing but I’ve heard about anti-Black racism in Russia and Ukraine for example and am puzzled where that animus comes from.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:47:32pm

re: #222 Brian J.

One hundred and two delegates at stake in the Georgia primary. One thousand and thirty-two delegates in the 11 Confederate states, all of which will vote by March 15. The Sandbaggers are cruising for an epic bruising, and they still don’t know it.

Hey, but those don’t matter since they’ll go red in Nov.!!

Or something.

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Jebediah, RBG  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:48:04pm

re: #235 CuriousLurker

That, and I am easily amused!

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:48:12pm

Apparently I’m now the model for any right wing blogger who starts to come to his or her senses. Man, I really left a mark on their psyches, didn’t I?

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:49:17pm
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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:50:30pm

re: #241 Charles Johnson

Apparently I’m now the model for any right wing blogger who starts to come to his or her senses. Man, I really a left a mark on their psyches, didn’t I?

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Who’re they talking about, that Ace of Spades guy? Is he finally packing it in?

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:50:30pm

Oops! I just took a look at the Ace of Spades site, and these freaks don’t need to worry. He’s definitely not coming to his senses any time soon.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:51:16pm

re: #242 Kragar

Federalism. How does it work?

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:51:35pm

re: #242 Kragar

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“Small government.”

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William of Orange  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:51:47pm
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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:52:10pm

re: #243 CuriousLurker

Who’re they talking about, that Ace of Spades guy? Is he finally packing it in?

re: #244 Charles Johnson

Oops! I just took a look at the Ace of Spades site, and these freaks don’t need to worry. He’s definitely not coming to his senses any time soon.

Never mind.

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wrenchwench  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:52:10pm

re: #244 Charles Johnson

Oops! I just took a look at the Ace of Spades site, and these freaks don’t need to worry. He’s definitely not coming to his senses any time soon.

He has a much longer journey than you did, I’d say.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:52:14pm

re: #243 CuriousLurker

Who’re they talking about, that Ace of Spades guy? Is he finally packing it in?

No - here’s what they’re freaking out about…

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:52:41pm

re: #247 William of Orange

The all words in all caps thing is masterful.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:53:25pm

re: #250 Charles Johnson

No - here’s what they’re freaking out about…

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And nothing of value was lost

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:54:25pm

re: #242 Kragar

I’m surprised he’s not wanting to abolish the ATF altogether.

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Kragar  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:56:10pm

re: #253 Eclectic Cyborg

I’m surprised he’s not wanting to abolish the ATF altogether.

Under Trump, the mission of the ATF will focus on distribution

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:56:47pm

re: #253 Eclectic Cyborg

I’m surprised he’s not wanting to abolish the ATF altogether.

He’s got to have a roulette wheel of “Crazy Shit I’ll Say Today” which drives his Twitter feed, teevee appearances and general stream of consciousness.

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b.d.  Feb 22, 2016 • 3:59:27pm

re: #250 Charles Johnson

No - here’s what they’re freaking out about…

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It’s not like he is leaving at all

My guess that is 99.9999% of his tweets anyways.

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William of Orange  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:00:54pm

Aweful news.

Senator Claire McCaskill confirms she’s suffering from breast cancer.

clairecmc.tumblr.com

Be better soon.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:05:20pm

Reince speaks.

And if you say you don’t agree?

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:07:10pm

re: #242 Kragar

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Great, then every lone-wolf jihadi & wingnut would have it even easier.

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Reality Based Steve  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:09:28pm

re: #258 MsJ

Reince speaks.

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And if you say you don’t agree?

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So, for all the constitutional scholars on the right. Please tell me exactly where in the enumerated powers listed in the constitution, the president loses the right and responsibility to appoint judges during his last year in office. Thank you.

RBS

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:09:49pm

re: #258 MsJ

So… it’s okay for SCOTUS to have a conservative majority, but not a liberal one? Is that in the Constitution somewhere? //

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:10:17pm

re: #207 Jenner7

Just a heads up, this week:

Tuesday is the Democratic Town Hall at 7 and Thursday is the Republican debate at 6:30. Both on CNN.

Tuesday is Republican Nevada Caucus, Saturday is Democratic SC primary.

I wonder if there’s a way to know how many hours until….

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:10:44pm

Well, Trump wins the polls today - NC and IL. Last night with MA.

Tuesday is the NV caucuses for the GOP - there will be machinations.

Then there is another “debate”, Thursday on CNN.

Then next week is Super Tuesday.

Should be a wild 8 days.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:11:22pm

re: #262 Barefoot Grin

I wonder if there’s a way to know how many hours until….

Trump is live again? Less than 3, from Vegas.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:11:33pm

re: #215 GlutenFreeJesus

It took them 4 hours to correct themselves. lol

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:11:52pm

re: #263 freetoken

Well, Trump wins the polls today - NC and IL. Last night with MA.

Tuesday is the NV caucuses for the GOP - there will be machinations.

Then there is another “debate”, Thursday on CNN.

Then next week is Super Tuesday.

Should be a wild 8 days.

IL? We don’t vote until 3/15.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:12:44pm

re: #266 MsJ

Oh, polls. Nevermind.

Very sad my state is going Trump. Shit.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:13:57pm

Another dope.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:14:40pm

re: #260 Reality Based Steve

They will point to a nonexistent Thurmond Rule. Or that Obama did it. Or Biden.

Except that Thurmond rule doesn’t exist. Never has.

And Obama’s vote to filibuster was on the losing end, and the SCt. nominee was confirmed in a timely fashion. Same with Biden. Neither stopped a vote or confirmation process before it even began.

The GOP is simply trying to subvert the Constitution by claiming the President shouldn’t even nominate someone, which is his Constitutional obligation.

By trying to keep the President from even nominating, it takes pressure off GOP from having to actively block a nominee, especially one that is likely to be supremely qualified to do the job. But that’s exactly the boat the GOP is in. They might delay as much as possible, but in the end, they’ll only look bad.

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Brian J.  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:15:29pm

re: #267 MsJ

Oh, polls. Nevermind.

Very sad my state is going Trump. Shit.

Yeah, it’d be so much better if your state voted for… Cruz the Dominionist? Rubio the badly programmed robot? Kasich the faux sane person? Carson the grifter? No good or even acceptable options there.

The real good news is that your state will soon be the home state of the next President.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:15:54pm

re: #264 freetoken

Trump is live again? Less than 3, from Vegas.

nerts!

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:16:03pm

re: #267 MsJ

He just dissed the Ricketts. That could change. (half //)

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:16:59pm

So what are the GOP going to do? Try and sue Obama if he nominates someone?

I’d love to see the lawyer who will take THAT case!

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:18:17pm

I just flipped on Hard Ball, and there are some people behind Matthews and his guests carrying cards that say “Don’t Trust the Liberal Media” and a big guy pointing at them and then giving the thumbs down.

American political activity…people exercising their patriotic duty!

(Now to the hockey game…just wanted to see what Matthews had to say about his old guest Rick Tyler late of the Cruz campaign)

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:19:43pm

re: #263 freetoken

Well, Trump wins the polls today - NC and IL. Last night with MA.

Tuesday is the NV caucuses for the GOP - there will be machinations.

Then there is another “debate”, Thursday on CNN.

Then next week is Super Tuesday.

Should be a wild 8 days.

Menawhile, rightwingers are arguing over whether Rubio or Cruz should drop out of the race to save the party from Trump. Pass the popcorn, please!

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:20:27pm

re: #238 Patricia Kayden

European racism didn’t start with the Germans or Nazism. Nasty, deeply held xenophobia all over the place.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:21:04pm

re: #273 Eclectic Cyborg

So what are the GOP going to do? Try and sue Obama if he nominates someone?

I’d love to see the lawyer who will take THAT case!

Challenge Accepted /Orly Taitz.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:21:14pm

re: #269 lawhawk

They are blaming Biden:

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:23:41pm

re: #275 Big Beautiful Door

Menawhile, rightwingers are arguing over whether Rubio or Cruz should drop out of the race to save the party from Trump. Pass the popcorn, please!

interestingly, Kasich is doing relatively well in the large populations northern states, just like he did in NH. If he can hang on through IL, OH, and MI, Kasich might be the monkey wrench the RNC needs to ensure that Cruz won’t win also.

Certainly the ideal (from the RNC view) ticket would be Rubio/Kasich. That’s Florida+Ohio, young+old, newbie+oldtimer, brown(ish)+lilywhite, etc.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:23:49pm

re: #270 Brian J.

Yeah, it’d be so much better if your state voted for… Cruz the Dominionist? Rubio the badly programmed robot? Kasich the faux sane person? Carson the grifter? No good or even acceptable options there.

The real good news is that your state will soon be the home state of the next President.

Again!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:24:33pm

Back to news from Kansas:
Kobach calls out ‘communist League of Women Voters’

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach labeled the ACLU and the League of Women Voters as “communists” for challenging the state’s voter ID law, The Tonganoxie Mirror reports.

Kobach, who pushed for the law, which requires voters to show proof of citizenship in order to register, made the comments Saturday at the convention of the Kansas Republican Party. He made sure those in attendance knew where he stood when commenting about challenges to the law by the American Civil Liberties Union and League of Women Voters.

“The ACLU and their fellow communist friends, the League of Women Voters — you can quote me on that, the communist League of Women Voters — the ACLU and the communist League of Women Voters sued,” Kobach said.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:26:15pm

re: #276 freetoken

European racism didn’t start with the Germans or Nazism. Nasty, deeply held xenophobia all over the place.

Fuck those Neanderthalers! Heidelbergenses rule!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:28:32pm
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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:28:55pm

re: #266 MsJ

IL? We don’t vote until 3/15.

Trump will be looking to seal the deal before California. I don’t think he can do it, but maybe he’ll surprise us.

As I wrote the other day, it looks like for the first time since I’ve lived here, California’s GOP primary, the ultimate primary, might be crucial.

Cruz will not do well here.

Rubio will do well here.

Trump may do well here.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:29:46pm

re: #281 Backwoods_Sleuth

Back to news from Kansas:
Kobach calls out ‘communist League of Women Voters’

This asshole needs to be barred from ever holding public office again. Instead he’ll likely be a presidential candidate in 2024.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:30:33pm

I think I still have time to re-register… maybe I should do that, just so I can vote in the GOP primary?

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:32:03pm

re: #284 freetoken

That Trumps doing well anywhere makes me nauseous. But the same can be said for every GOPer whose hat is in the ring.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:32:18pm
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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:32:48pm

I think it would be hilarious to go to the local GOP meeting where the candidates’ reps try to put on a show… and I ask them about which version of the Bible they support.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:34:08pm

re: #288 Charles Johnson

ATTENTION ASSHOLES: There is NO FREE SPEECH ON TWITTER!!

No love,
Me.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:35:15pm

I went and read the comments at the Popehat site. Which. Okay.

I realize that the people of color and women and other minority users who have just stopped using Twitter - with little to no fanfare, mind you - because of the constant trolling and harassment just don’t exist to them, but it’s this gaping blind spot that shows up when you read through the arguments.

There’s a reason my Twitter account pretty much talks about hockey and cross stitch and other non-offensive personal stuff. I’m never going to get a huge following that way, and I’m okay with that. I don’t have the time or patience to deal with harassment. It makes me sad that some of my favorite people on Twitter have had to quit for their own sanity because of that harassment.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:35:38pm

Apparently I face a quandary. Do I go to vote in the VA primary for Hillary just to taste the delicious tears of Sandbaggers…or vote in the GOP primary just to further fuck with the party.

Decisions, decisions…

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:36:25pm

From that article about Estonian racism, a comment:

Michael Kaplun
Given that population of Estonia is less than 2 million, their racism can be understood. If they allow inter-racial breeding, there will not be any Estonians left very soon.
Like * Reply * 29 * 4 hrs

He gets some pushback, but a supporter too:

Gerald Martin
Absolutely correct. There should be no American troops, period, in Estonia, but Estonians are still wise to resist the presence of blacks, who bring miscegenation and higher crime rates, especially violent crime.
Like * Reply * 3 * 3 hrs

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:36:30pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:37:45pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:38:16pm
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Brian J.  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:38:25pm

re: #292 Targetpractice

Apparently I face a quandary. Do I go to vote in the VA primary for Hillary just to taste the delicious tears of Sandbaggers…or vote in the GOP primary just to further fuck with the party.

Decisions, decisions…

Democratic primary, please. After all, you’ll have voted for a Republican candidate if you vote in their primary, and do you really want that on your conscience? Besides, which of those clowns would provide satisfaction? Carson’s too far gone, Kasich probably won’t play well in what is still the South, Cruz is playing with forces even he knows are wrong, let’s just dispel with Rubio, and Trump… the man you vote for in jest wins in earnest.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:39:23pm

re: #292 Targetpractice

Apparently I face a quandary. Do I go to vote in the VA primary for Hillary just to taste the delicious tears of Sandbaggers…or vote in the GOP primary just to further fuck with the party.

Decisions, decisions…

Wife and I had that discussion today, about keeping Cruz in the race. We agreed it’s basically Limbaugh fuckery, so I won’t. She also said I couldn’t ride to the polls in the Mommyvan if I planned to.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:39:43pm

re: #297 Brian J.

Democratic primary, please. After all, you’ll have voted for a Republican candidate if you vote in their primary, and do you really want that on your conscience? Besides, which of those clowns would provide satisfaction? Carson’s too far gone, Kasich probably won’t play well in what is still the South, Cruz is playing with forces even he knows are wrong, let’s just dispel with Rubio, and Trump… the man you vote for in jest wins in earnest.

You’re right, I wouldn’t know who to vote for, and I’d just come away feeling dirty. Dem primary it is.

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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:40:48pm

re: #292 Targetpractice

re: #297 Brian J.

Seconded.

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:40:56pm

re: #258 MsJ

What a bunch of gutless wonders the Republicans are. They are trying to drum up support for this nonsense that the next president should make this SCOTUS appointment for no better reason than ‘party uber alles’, as usual.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:41:17pm

Alex Jones Takes Credit For Trump Tweet In Favor Of Auditing The Federal Reserve

Leading conspiracy theorist Alex Jones suggested he was behind Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s recent call to audit the Federal Reserve. According to Jones, he passed the suggestion through high-profile Trump supporter Roger Stone.

Of course.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:42:11pm

re: #302 freetoken

[Embedded content]

Alex Jones Takes Credit For Trump Tweet In Favor Of Auditing The Federal Reserve

Of course.

I see Trump has taken to rummaging through the dumpster behind Rand Paul campaign headquarters.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:42:16pm

re: #298 Decatur Deb

Wife and I had that discussion today, about keeping Cruz in the race. We agreed it’s basically Limbaugh fuckery, so I won’t. She also said I couldn’t ride to the polls in the Mommyvan if I planned to.

Yeah, I’m not a fan of that stuff. Will GOPers mess with the Dem primary? Likely. (Just like the only case of voter fraud was by a republican operative.) But I simply couldn’t make myself do that. I think it’s wrong.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:43:31pm
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CuriousLurker  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:43:33pm

Okay, I’ve had my fill of right-wing nonsense for the evening. Besides, I still have three more episodes of “The Americans” to watch…

G’nite, lizards.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:43:53pm

I mean I was just going to sit out the primary this year because I figured that it was a done deal. But now…now I feel a calling to take part if only to watch Hillary crush her enemies, see them driven before her, and hear the lamentations of the Bernie Bros.

308
Aunty Entity Dragon  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:45:25pm

Frakking wonderful.

I went to go clock out today at the school where I am working with profoundly delayed EC kids again…and the secretary had a sealed envelope for me. It turns out to be from this alleged newspaper wanting to dig into some rumor that I am a she/male or somesuch alternating as a guy and a gal to the students.

Since Feb.11, I’ve been contacted by several parents about you substituting as a teacher at (redacted) while dressed some days as a man and others as a woman…it has stirred up quite a bit of conversation (and yes, controversy) among parents and students, as well as some concerns and questions.

The letter went on to tell me to contact (redacted) before Wednesday when they run this “story”.

The secretary had no idea what was in the envelope and apologized when I showed it to her. My supervisor was horrified. I immediately took the letter to the district office, where my recruiter told me (unsurprisingly) to not contact these people and that they would investigate. Also, I was to call immediately if I was approached in any way. Guilford County Schools has a definitive policy of GLBT inclusion for students and staff.

My spouse totally freaked and wants me to quit. She thinks we are being stalked now and I that I might be assaulted.

All this for frakking showing up teaching the lesson plan of the day, week in and week out, in size 18 black pants, flat boots from Torrid and a top from Belks.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:45:41pm
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Decatur Deb  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:45:43pm

re: #307 Targetpractice

I mean I was just going to sit out the primary this year because I figured that it was a done deal. But now…now I feel a calling to take part if only to watch Hillary crush her enemies, see them driven before her, and hear the lamentations of the Bernie Bros.

Hillary’s problem isn’t to win, but to win softly enough that she doesn’t alienate a valuable part of the Dem family.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:45:55pm

re: #279 freetoken

interestingly, Kasich is doing relatively well in the large populations northern states, just like he did in NH. If he can hang on through IL, OH, and MI, Kasich might be the monkey wrench the RNC needs to ensure that Cruz won’t win also.

Certainly the ideal (from the RNC view) ticket would be Rubio/Kasich. That’s Florida+Ohio, young+old, newbie+oldtimer, brown(ish)+lilywhite, etc.

I’ve been saying that for how long now? Many a LGF member has downplayed Kasich from the beginning. You shouldn’t. He will do well in the Midwest. Get rid of Cruz and Carson and watch Kasich pass Rubio.

I bet the establishment would throw everything they can behind Kasich because he is a known entity and is electable. Kasich has also in a way boxed Trump in as the nutty campaigner and blowhard. Trump attacking him the way he does the junior Senators will not work as it will play into Kasich’s characterization of Trump. He really could be the Trump killer the Repubs are looking for.

And I doubt Kasich would share a ticket as a VP candidate. His ego will not allow that. It’s presidential candidate or back to Ohio to finish his term as governor and then retirement.

This is not an endorsement, just the facts.

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:46:17pm

re: #305 Charles Johnson

He can use Facebook, right up until he violates the TOS there too. Ditto for all the rest.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:48:31pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:49:05pm
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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:50:46pm

re: #310 Decatur Deb

Hillary’s problem isn’t to win, but to win softly enough that she doesn’t alienate a valuable part of the Dem family.

She could give him the Fredo Corleone treatment: Keep him happy until after the election, then…

‘The Godfather 2’ 1011 Fredo’s Death

//(Yes, I’m joking)

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:53:04pm

The Republican party around here is not what it is in Texas. Certainly there are plenty of atavists. The key for local Republicans is to be pro-development in pretty much any circumstance. However, they tend to support strange combinations of “crunchy” and “development”.

To whit, the local GOP is urging people to go out tomorrow and vote for this:

The Republican Party of San Diego County urges all City of Carlsbad Republicans to vote Yes on Measure A in the February 23rd special election.

Among other things, Measure A supporters claim:

MEASURE A COMMITMENT: TO THE ENVIRONMENT LAGOON PRESERVATION

DOES MEASURE A MEET OR EXCEED ALL OF THE CITY’S AND STATE’S WATER QUALITY CODES AND IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN THE LAGOON?

Yes. According to the City’s independent analysis, Measure A includes an array of steps to improve water quality and protect the lagoon; and Measure A must be approved by the California Coastal Commission and meet the State of California’s water quality control standards.

Measure A also fully funds water quality innovations that are specifically designed to protect the habitat and waters of the lagoon and to ensure runoff is clean and healthy for families, the area’s habitat, and the wildlife that lives there.

WATER CONSERVATION WILL MEASURE A CONSERVE WATER?

Yes. As the City’s independent analysis outlines, the plan will use less drinking water (potable water) than with “no project” because of water conservation efforts and the required utilization of recycled water throughout the plan area for all non-human consumption uses.

DOES MEASURE A ADDRESS ALL OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS?

Yes. According to California State law, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), is not required, but as stated on the city’s website, the plan provided more than 4,000 pages of environmental analysis and in keeping with what would be included through CEQA in a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and includes comprehensive environmental protection measures to mitigate environmental impacts.

Which sounds nice… and perhaps it will be.

But Measure A is really about building a new mall, but trying to ensure it is an upscale mall, and not one for the riff-raff:

Yes on Measure A, supported unanimously by the Carlsbad Mayor and City Council, is a community-based plan for 203 acres of land between the on the south shore of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Cannon Road that enhances the Carlsbad way of life by preserving 176 acres of new open space with miles of hiking trails, sustaining strawberry farming for generations to come, and creating an open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining promenade with lagoon vistas, that will be anchored by Nordstrom.

To emphasize:

DOES MEASURE A PROHIBIT CERTAIN TYPES OF STORES?
Yes. Measure A prohibited uses include discount stores, outlets, gas stations, supercenters and automotive stores, to name a few.

So the whole thing is about presenting an upscale lifestyle, while making the aging yuppies feel good about preserving the lagoon and some strawberry fields.

Anyway, that’s what Republicanism is all about here in California.

Which is why Ted Cruz won’t do so well here.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:53:32pm

re: #315 Targetpractice

She could give him the Fredo Corleone treatment: Keep him happy until after the election, then…

[Embedded content]

Video

//(Yes, I’m joking)

Nah. We’ll need Bernie’s kids forever, and perhaps someday we can elect a Bernie.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:55:36pm

re: #310 Decatur Deb

Hillary’s problem isn’t to win, but to win softly enough that she doesn’t alienate a valuable part of the Dem family.

Are you raining something like 51-49? Because that will make the conspiracy theories fly. It needs to be decisive enough that a personal foul doesn’t affect the outcome.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:57:39pm

re: #318 Belafon

Are you raining something like 51-49? Because that will make the conspiracy theories fly. It needs to be decisive enough that a personal foul doesn’t affect the outcome.

No. The Dems need a wide enough margin, but no invective before and no gloating after.

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Belafon  Feb 22, 2016 • 4:58:45pm

Ok.

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MsJ  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:01:03pm

re: #317 Decatur Deb

Nah. We’ll need Bernie’s kids forever, and perhaps someday we can elect a Bernie.

I’d be thrilled to vote for a Bernie once realism and plans of (realistic) action comes into play.

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freetoken  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:01:06pm

re: #309 Backwoods_Sleuth

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, flatly disagreed with them, however, siding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and GOP leaders have seized on a Joe Biden speech from 1992 to make their case.

Neat thing about being Vice President of the United States is that one Presides over the US Senate.

Which means Biden can just walk on down to the Senate, pick up the gavel, cut himself some time on the schedule, and straighten them out on his position.

I hope Biden does something like that.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:03:09pm

re: #322 freetoken

Neat thing about being Vice President of the United States is that one Presides over the US Senate.

Which means Biden can just walk on down to the Senate, pick up the gavel, cut himself some time on the schedule, and straighten them out on his position.

I hope Biden does something like that.

…Like a boss.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:03:17pm
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gocart mozart  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:08:17pm
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scottslemmons  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:09:55pm

re: #324 Charles Johnson

I’da blocked that nazi shithead way, way before this point.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:11:41pm

Who the fuck is Adam Baldwin and why should I give a shiny shit that he flounced his ass off Twitter?

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lawhawk  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:12:41pm

re: #327 The Vicious Babushka

Actor unrelated to the Baldwin brothers. His best known role is from Firefly/Serenity.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:13:34pm
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Charles Johnson  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:14:12pm
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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:14:27pm

re: #325 gocart mozart

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Check and see if the drivers are up to date.

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jaunte  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:19:35pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:20:05pm
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Reality Based Steve  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:23:16pm

re: #333 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

It’s hard to imagine doing “Shake and Bake” at an Embassy Suites.

RBS

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Stanley Sea  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:23:46pm

re: #333 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

Nice!

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Whack-A-Mole  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:25:20pm

This came across my FB feed just a bit ago. I thought the many lizard musicians might appreciate the ingenuity of the designs.

recycling…

Posted by Juarjuarjuar on Monday, February 8, 2016
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:26:13pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:27:08pm

re: #337 Backwoods_Sleuth

Duckworth…is she the Iraq vet that won a couple of years ago?

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:27:58pm

re: #337 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

Don’t they just love & honor the vets!

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:28:30pm

Welcome to Kentucky ‘yall

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jaunte  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:29:13pm

re: #340 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

I like a hoarder that’s right up front with it.

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Stanley Sea  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:30:17pm
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Reality Based Steve  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:30:21pm

re: #340 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Welcome to Kentucky ‘yall

[Embedded content]

Yea, about your trade-in, we aren’t going to be able to give you book value on that….

RBS

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:31:00pm

re: #340 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

Welcome to Kentucky ‘yall

[Embedded content]

Damn thing looks like its all the way down on it’s rear springs. I hope they don’t actually drive it too far.

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EPR-radar  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:32:30pm

re: #344 ObserverArt

Damn thing looks like its all the way down on it’s rear springs. I hope they don’t actually drive it too far.

This idiot’s main issue seems to be anti-smoking laws.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:33:15pm
347
Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:33:49pm

re: #345 EPR-radar

This idiot’s main issue seems to be anti-smoking laws.

She’s known around here as The Smoking Granny

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:37:06pm

*facepalm*

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retired cynic  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:37:07pm

re: #337 Backwoods_Sleuth

WTF!!!!?

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:37:16pm

Shot from the backside.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:38:35pm

re: #350 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

PRAY THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:38:39pm

re: #337 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

The “sane” Republican of IL, ladies and gents.

////

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Feline Fearless Leader  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:38:41pm

re: #238 Patricia Kayden

Disturbing story about Black American soldiers being subjected to racism in Estonia.

observer.com

I wonder why Eastern Europeans have such strong anti-Black sentiments given that they have no history of interacting with large Black populations. Sorry if I am generalizing but I’ve heard about anti-Black racism in Russia and Ukraine for example and am puzzled where that animus comes from.

Piratical attacks by Dutch Elves in the 1600s. All the cookies were stolen.

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retired cynic  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:40:05pm

re: #352 Targetpractice

The “sane” Republican of IL, ladies and gents.

////

I sent Tammy some more money. So there!

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jaunte  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:40:23pm

re: #350 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

EncrusTED.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:41:21pm

Anyone think Mika and Joke care one bit about being seen as not-exactly-nuetral when dealing with TRUMP®?

I didn’t think so.

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Targetpractice  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:42:03pm

re: #356 ObserverArt

Anyone think Mika and Joke care one bit about being seen as not-exactly-nuetral when dealing with TRUMP®?

I didn’t think so.

Morning Joke is why I double over with laughter any time I get told that MSNBC is part of the “liberal media.”

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retired cynic  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:42:19pm

RudePundit rocking…
rudepundit.blogspot.com

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:53:02pm

re: #330 Charles Johnson

I think that in its first six months of operation, The NeckBeard Nutz who run their fancy new extortion market (based on previous comments by Le Furby au Rage) will become a place for lawsuit futures. And in two years, a source for prosecution futures.

Still hard to see how they’re going to monetize something that in all likelihood is going to wind up being free. Thankfully, given how incredibly (cohgh) successful (cough) the GotNews empire has been up to this point, I suspect there isn’t going to be much to worry about, as the ol’ boy seems to have this nasty habit of pulling a Kristol everytime he gets near something. At least it appears he got smart enough to burn someone else’s capital in this dubious dalliance.

This team has all the makings of giving Winchellism a bad name.

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BeachDem  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:54:44pm

re: #311 ObserverArt

I’ve been saying that for how long now? Many a LGF member has downplayed Kasich from the beginning. You shouldn’t. He will do well in the Midwest. Get rid of Cruz and Carson and watch Kasich pass Rubio.

I bet the establishment would throw everything they can behind Kasich because he is a known entity and is electable. Kasich has also in a way boxed Trump in as the nutty campaigner and blowhard. Trump attacking him the way he does the junior Senators will not work as it will play into Kasich’s characterization of Trump. He really could be the Trump killer the Repubs are looking for.

And I doubt Kasich would share a ticket as a VP candidate. His ego will not allow that. It’s presidential candidate or back to Ohio to finish his term as governor and then retirement.

This is not an endorsement, just the facts.

All I can say/hope for is that Johnny’s true personality comes out eventually. Looked and looked for his obnoxious Plain Dealer performance with FitzGerald. The Plain Dealer tried to deep six it big time, but VOILA—found a LiveLeak version of the most obnoxious part at Wonkette.

wonkette.com

He really is an asshole.

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 5:55:40pm

I think I will definitely watch the opening of Morning Joke tomorrow. I have a feeling Joke Scarborough is going to try to bellow his way out of being seen by the world as a Trump butt kisser. Mike will act like she just got caught in Trumps magnetic personality.

By the way…I just saw this image at Media Matters. It says it all.

Joke Scarborough: Have I told you how much I love you Donald? Maybe I should tell you again, and again, and again. Mika: Sigh. I know I shouldn’t but I want to!

Link to story and picture: Media Matters - 8 Things Trump And Morning Joe Hosts Discussed When Cameras Were Off

The 8 overheard exchanges.

- After Scarborough told Trump that “all the polls out today look great in South Carolina,” Trump asked Scarborough if he thinks super PAC ads against him are catching on, noting, “they’re spending $75 million in negative ads on me over the last two weeks.” Scarborough replied, “No.”

- Brzezinski pointed out what she described as a “wow moment” on the campaign trail when Trump brought two supporters up on stage. Scarborough told Trump, “We played it several times this morning.” Trump responded by telling the pair that he watched the show that day and observed, “You had me almost as a legendary figure.” Indeed, Gawker highlighted video of the hosts airing the video of the supporters that day on Morning Joe, which concludes with Scarborough calling the moment “quite powerful”

- Scarborough told Trump “we were completely wrong” in thinking he did poorly in the February 13 Republican debate. He later told the candidate that “the people who mattered” thought he did well.
- After Brzezinski thanked Trump for participating in the town hall event, Trump said, “I’m doing this because you get great ratings and a raise — me, I get nothing.”
Brzezinski can be heard asking, reportedly to a producer, “You don’t want me to do the ones with deportation?” which is followed by Trump saying, “That’s right, nothing too hard, Mika.”

- Trump asked Scarborough, “So what are the chances that something bad can happen on Saturday for me?” — an apparent reference to the South Carolina primary. Scarborough reassured Trump by pointing out that polls in the election so far have done a good job of predicting primary results.

- Trump and Scarborough discuss Trump’s golf game.

- Scarborough told Trump that National Journal columnist Ron Fournier “understands” Trump’s campaign now after visiting Michigan, where he “got an earful” from Trump’s supporters. (Trump said Fournier “has been brutal.”) Scarborough added that The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza “has completely changed,” and Trump responded, “Cillizza’s been fantastic.”

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ObserverArt  Feb 22, 2016 • 6:05:25pm

re: #360 BeachDem

All I can say/hope for is that Johnny’s true personality comes out eventually. Looked and looked for his obnoxious Plain Dealer performance with FitzGerald. The Plain Dealer tried to deep six it big time, but VOILA—found a LiveLeak version of the most obnoxious part at Wonkette.

wonkette.com

He really is an asshole.

Yep, that is Kasich. Look at him slacking down in his chair like a bored 15 year old that doesn’t want to hear anything about women and their issues.

I wonder how much this gets out in the media? If he starts to gain, we will see.

And damn, that is not The Cleveland Plain Dealer I knew. So sad. They used to be the liberal paper in Ohio. I guess it’s just more of the liberal media.

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SirMixALot  Feb 23, 2016 • 1:44:57am

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

Shouldn’t Twitchy be banned from Twitter next? Don’t they get their followers to engage in targeted harassment? They seem to be the leader of the mob.

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makeitstop  Feb 23, 2016 • 6:04:35am

re: #336 Whack-A-Mole

This came across my FB feed just a bit ago. I thought the many lizard musicians might appreciate the ingenuity of the designs.

[Embedded content]

I can’t see doing that to a guitar, even a cheap one.

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taserian  Feb 23, 2016 • 6:22:34am

re: #316 freetoken

Agua Hedionda Lagoon

As a Spanish-speaker, I’m just chuckling at the literal translation of this to “Stinky Water Lagoon”.

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Ubiq  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:00:54pm

re: #115 The Vicious Babushka

I was so flattered when my granddaughter (13) said she wants to learn Computer Science “So I can be just like you Bubbbie!” but then she said she wants to create GAMES.

I’m like no, nope, learn how to make CARS instead.

I’m in the games industry. The games industry itself is mostly fine and getting better, although we still do have a hell of a gender gap in our employees. Most game devs tend to be artists, live in socially liberal places, and if/when we are sexist, do so out of ignorance rather than malice. Note: this is a massive generalization.

The fans are another thing altogether. As games become more acceptable by more people, the hardcore gamers who feel like the hobby is moving away from them have become more indignant and defensive about that fact. This will change over time - we’re already at the state where more women game than men, but most of that is in ‘non-gamer’ games (i.e. mobile games, for example) that these hardcore gamers have utter disdain for. But the next generation of kids is going to grow up with both genders having gamed heavily from a very young age.


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