Tech Note: New Feature! Easy Embedded Instagram Photos and Videos

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We have a new feature to announce today: you can now embed photos and videos from Instagram very easily.

To embed an Instagram post, don’t use the embed code; just post the address of the photo’s page. If you’re looking at an index page with more than one photo on it, just right-click the timestamp in the upper right, copy the link address, and paste that into an LGF comment.

If you’re on an individual photo’s page, just copy the address in your browser’s address line and paste that.

The address will look something like this:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCHEbp9Cd3y/

And when you paste it into an LGF comment or an LGF Page, it will be automatically transformed into this:

Instagram

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222 comments

1
Testy Toad T  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:29:56pm

Just please let this feature end up used more for photographs of silly-looking cats and less for more dumb RWNJs spewing their stupid onto social media.

I already know where to find RWNJ stupid on social media.

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Great White Snark  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:35:42pm

I have avoided Instagram, in no small part to you Charles what with the image and Page features already. But okay with your endorsement, I’m in. Heh, how many new media accounts can one juggle and really participate in? I’m going to find out if one more fits in.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:36:15pm

re: #1 Testy Toad T

Just please let this feature end up used more for photographs of silly-looking cats and less for more dumb RWNJs spewing their stupid onto social media.

I already know where to find RWNJ stupid on social media.

I am totally using it for cross stitch and cats. Maybe the occasional landscape.

Instagram

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:38:14pm

re: #3 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I am totally using it for cross stitch and cats. Maybe the occasional landscape.

[Embedded content]

Who knows? There may be a cat in that landscape.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:38:24pm

Relevant to the topic. Nickleback parody

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:43:34pm
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iossarian  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:45:20pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Messy time”? WTF? Is that something that happens to clocks when black people are in power?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:46:15pm
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Testy Toad T  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:46:45pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

“This messy time” OF A WHOLE FUCKING YEAR.

Don’t shit the troops, please. It’s debasing, and you’re not fooling anybody.

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Skip Intro  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:49:47pm

I had no idea that Orrin Hatch was still alive.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:51:18pm

re: #9 Testy Toad T

“This messy time” OF A WHOLE FUCKING YEAR.

Don’t shit the troops, please. It’s debasing, and you’re not fooling anybody.

Gus puts it best, I think.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:52:51pm

re: #9 Testy Toad T

“This messy time” OF A WHOLE FUCKING YEAR.

Don’t shit the troops, please. It’s debasing, and you’re not fooling anybody.

Seriously. I could see it after the election, and arguably after the nominations, but during the Primary Campaign? BULLSHIT!!! This is ‘Don’t Let The N****r Do His Job’, pure and simple.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:53:36pm

re: #12 Blind Frog Belly White

Seriously. I could see it after the election, and arguably after the nominations, but during the Primary Campaign? BULLSHIT!!! This is ‘Don’t Let The N****r Do His Job’, pure and simple.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:53:47pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

“Excuse me, Senator? Just one question. How stupid do you think we are?”

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:55:38pm

re: #13 klys (maker of Silmarils)

[Embedded content]

Conservatives are nothing if not great rationalizers. Once someone comes up with something that even comes close, they grab onto it and cling like grim death.

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Jenner7  Feb 23, 2016 • 2:58:12pm

re: #13 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Um, Senator, a majority want a nominee.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:01:03pm
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Lidane  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:01:53pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

The Republican SCOTUS strategy, in a nutshell:

The Simpsons : Sideshow Bob Steps On Rakes (15 minute)

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Testy Toad T  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:01:54pm

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

Rubot’s GPS can’t find a signal indoors.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:03:56pm
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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:04:30pm

World, meet Toast. The cutest rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Instagram

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Jenner7  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:04:41pm

Sorry if this was posted already, but this is another example of Bernie fibbing.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:05:07pm

re: #13 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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Testy Toad T  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:05:10pm

I will be curious to see how an embedded-instagram-heavy comment section performs. I’ve noticed that a twitter-heavy page loads wretchedly slowly up above about 300 comments.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:07:49pm
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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:08:45pm

For those who haven’t read the NYT review of Cruz’s campaign manager, it is recommended:

Behind Ted Cruz’s Campaign Manager, Scorched Earth and Election Victories

[…]

“Jeff Roe does not know the difference between fact and fiction,” said Joe Brazil, a county councilman in Missouri who unsuccessfully sued Mr. Roe for defamation after a 2006 blog post days before Mr. Brazil’s primary in a State Senate race.

The item focused on a sad event from Mr. Brazil’s youth, when, at 17, he killed a classmate in a dump-truck accident. Mr. Roe’s post suggested Mr. Brazil had consumed “quite a few beers.” But Mr. Brazil had not been drinking, the police said, and was not charged.

[…]

Roger Ailes has a successor to his crown.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:08:53pm

re: #24 Testy Toad T

I will be curious to see how an embedded-instagram-heavy comment section performs. I’ve noticed that a twitter-heavy page loads wretchedly slowly up above about 300 comments.

Guess we’ll find out.

I really just wanted to embed my sister’s photo of a not-very-majestic owl last night.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:10:02pm

re: #27 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Guess we’ll find out.

I really just wanted to embed my sister’s photo of a not-very-majestic owl last night.

It looked majestic, to me!

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:10:16pm

The magnificent rolling-up-side-eye is the thing I like about the pic.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:10:57pm

This sets a really fucking awful precedent, and there’s absolutely no reason to think that ‘election year’ will be any kind of bright line, either.

Cornyn’s argument - “they spoke in 2014, too” could apply at any time. Let’s say the Dems take the Senate this year, but not the White House. Cornyn has just provided the rationale for them to refuse to consider ANY nominations from a Republican President.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:11:08pm

re: #23 MsJ

[Embedded content]

And yet the Democrats still gave Reagan’s nominees a hearings after 1986. What a fucking hack.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:12:04pm

re: #28 MsJ

It looked majestic, to me!

I love her derpy face.

She gets to take her for a walk on the weekends, which is where the photo is from.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:12:16pm

Fortunately from what I’ve been reading that a majority of voters aren’t falling for the GOP’s shit on this so hopefully it will bite them in their asses.

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:12:39pm

At Ted Cruz rallies, Glenn Beck has been showing off his copy of “Don Quixote,” which he claims was Geo. Washington’s. And then this happened…

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HappyWarrior  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:13:34pm

re: #34 De Kolta Chair

At Ted Cruz rallies, Glenn Beck has been showing off his copy of “Don Quixote,” which he claims was Geo. Washington’s own. And then this happened…

[Embedded content]

Well I would hope that it would be in their hands and not in some shitface who cries himself all the time.

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Skip Intro  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:15:16pm

Hitler’s Mein Kampf now a German best-seller

No comment.

sanluisobispo.com

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:15:32pm

re: #30 Blind Frog Belly White

This sets a really fucking awful precedent, and there’s absolutely no reason to think that ‘election year’ will be any kind of bright line, either.

Cornyn’s argument - “they spoke in 2014, too” could apply at any time. Let’s say the Dems take the Senate this year, but not the White House. Cornyn has just provided the rationale for them to refuse to consider ANY nominations from a Republican President.

All this nonsense is about one simple fact. Senate GOPers think this kind of pure unadulterated obstruction is better for them politically than anything that could come from holding hearing and having votes (i.e., doing their jobs).

I’d really like to see the voters punish the GOP severely for making this calculation. Loss of both houses of Congress and failure to win the presidency would be a decent start.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:15:33pm

re: #30 Blind Frog Belly White

This sets a really fucking awful precedent, and there’s absolutely no reason to think that ‘election year’ will be any kind of bright line, either.

Cornyn’s argument - “they spoke in 2014, too” could apply at any time. Let’s say the Dems take the Senate this year, but not the White House. Cornyn has just provided the rationale for them to refuse to consider ANY nominations from a Republican President.

McConnel said something about not looking at SCOTUS replacements in 2017 if a dem wins.

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:16:14pm

I guess I’m going to have to come up with some instagram photos that are actually interesting now. In the meantime, here’s the Lone Sailor Memorial in Long Beach and the view a few blocks from my home:

Instagram

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lawhawk  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:16:33pm

GOP excuses continue to run thin because what they’ve done today is something never before stated in the history of the nation.

There was a time when the Senate would even voice vote nominees. Then came hearings and the GOP lost their crap over Bork, who was afforded both committee hearings and a full Senate vote despite the Judiciary voting not to confirm because he was batcrap crazy.

The Senate then confirmed Kennedy in an election year unanimously. Good nominees get confirmed. That’s the lesson learned by all but the GOP.

The GOP has decided that this President shouldn’t be able to even discharge his Constitutionally mandated power to nominate. They refuse to hold hearings or a vote, which shows that they aren’t following their own strict constructionist take on the Constitution’s obligation to provide advice and consent. Refusing to hold hearings or votes without even knowing who the nominee exposes the craven GOP actions and further supports my belief that every last GOPer must be challenged and tossed from office, starting with the Senate.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:16:44pm

re: #33 HappyWarrior

Fortunately from what I’ve been reading that a majority of voters aren’t falling for the GOP’s shit on this so hopefully it will bite them in their asses.

Me too. Obama is most likely carefully considering the appointment with a view to making the GOP’s obstruction of the normal process as politically damaging for the GOP as possible. The President is good at that kind of thing.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:17:40pm

re: #36 Skip Intro

There’s quite a bit of latent Aryanism coming out of the closet lately.

Hmmm… must be Strong Man meme going around for some reason….

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Testy Toad T  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:17:50pm

re: #41 EPR-radar

Me too. Obama is most likely carefully considering the appointment with a view to making the GOP’s obstruction of the normal process as politically damaging for the GOP as possible. The President is good at that kind of thing.

If you find yourself playing the long game against Obama, if you are wise you do something to accelerate the game. I can’t think of a counterexample.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:18:34pm

re: #30 Blind Frog Belly White

This sets a really fucking awful precedent, and there’s absolutely no reason to think that ‘election year’ will be any kind of bright line, either.

Cornyn’s argument - “they spoke in 2014, too” could apply at any time. Let’s say the Dems take the Senate this year, but not the White House. Cornyn has just provided the rationale for them to refuse to consider ANY nominations from a Republican President.

It’s typical GOP short term thinking. I hope Schumer remembers Cornyn’s argument if this situation happens in a Republican presidency. Unbelievable that they think they can do this. It really is so pathetic yet so telling of what their party is that they’re doing this tantrum.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:18:50pm
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Great White Snark  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:19:20pm

Instagram
Okay there we go for a quick test

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:19:30pm

re: #36 Skip Intro

Hitler’s Mein Kampf now a German best-seller

No comment.

sanluisobispo.com

I had said it was a bad idea…
The idiots at the Institute of Contemporary History “knew better” of course…

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mmmirele  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:19:47pm

I don’t think this got mentioned, but the FBI moved into Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ (the twin towns run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and arrested 11 people, including the “bishop” (read: Warren Jeffs’ enforcer) Lyle Jeffs. Charges are: SNAP fraud and money laundering.

I did a happy dance around my home office this afternoon.

Here’s the story:

sltrib.com

In a case that some say could destroy Utah’s largest polygamous sect, federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced indictments against leaders and members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on charges related to food stamp fraud.

Lyle Jeffs, who has been running the FLDS for his imprisoned brother, is one of nearly a dozen people named in an indictment that was unsealed Tuesday while FBI agents and sheriffs deputies searched businesses in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., that are owned by members of the FLDS.

Here’s the indictment:

Scribd Document

The funniest thing about this is that apparently the LaVoy Finicum family, who are bog standard Mormons, live down the road in Cane Beds, and they thought the FBI was coming to raid them (at least to some hair on fire people on the Book of Face). Nope, just the polygamists.

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Testy Toad T  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:20:05pm

re: #44 HappyWarrior

It’s typical GOP short term thinking. I hope Schumer remembers Cornyn’s argument if this situation happens in a Republican presidency. Unbelievable that they think they can do this. It really is so pathetic yet so telling of what their party is that they’re doing this tantrum.

It’s pathetic, and it’s infuriating, but it’s also funny. It’s plain as day they’re scared shitless and really have no idea what to do. They were just so sure Scalia would hang on until the obviously-GOP next president had a chance to replace him. There was no backup plan.

Faith-based governing.

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:20:54pm

re: #40 lawhawk

GOP excuses continue to run thin because what they’ve done today is something never before stated in the history of the nation.

There was a time when the Senate would even voice vote nominees. Then came hearings and the GOP lost their crap over Bork, who was afforded both committee hearings and a full Senate vote despite the Judiciary voting not to confirm because he was batcrap crazy.

Hell, the Senate has actually confirmed several lower court (both Court of Appeal and District Court) appointments during Obama’s presidency either by unanimous consent or voice votes. They’re playing this game because it sells with their (donor) base - they’ve spent decades promising that they’re one Supreme Court Justice away from overturning Roe v Wade but Scalia’s death means they could be forced to be two justices away, and then… it’s game over man, game fricken over

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:24:15pm

Allegedly, haven’t verified:

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lawhawk  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:25:39pm

re: #48 mmmirele

The funniest thing about this is that apparently the LaVoy Finicum family, who are bog standard Mormons, live down the road in Cane Beds, and they thought the FBI was coming to raid them (at least to some hair on fire people on the Book of Face). Nope, just the polygamists.

For now… For now…

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:26:38pm

538 folk pondering today’s caucus:

What’s Going To Happen In Nevada Tonight?

[…]

clare.malone: I am still in Vegas, a city that very much appears to not know there is an election today. Like most of America, probably.

harry (Harry Enten, senior political writer): I, for one, look forward to a completely inept state party running a caucus where they will record votes on the back of an envelope, take pictures of those results and send those pictures into headquarters.

natesilver: Nevada: the state where you have no idea who’s going to win before the caucus, and also no idea who won after the caucus.

[…]

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VegasGolfer  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:27:04pm

re: #34 De Kolta Chair

At Ted Cruz rallies, Glenn Beck has been showing off his copy of “Don Quixote,” which he claims was Geo. Washington’s. And then this happened…

[Embedded content]

Beck also has the tablet that has the 11th to 15th Commandments.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:27:35pm

re: #40 lawhawk

I agree that the Republicans are being assholes of the highest order in this case.

However, I believe it is a weak argument to regard their refusal to hold hearings and votes for an Obama nominee as being unconstitutional. Their suggestion that Obama make no nomination is where they were being unconstitutional.

It is entirely the prerogative of a Senate majority to ‘discharge’ their constitutional duty to advise and consent with fart noise, as they apparently plan to do.

It is then up to the voters to lovingly and thoroughly apply the rod of correction by voting them out of office all the way from the Senate to the county dogcatcher.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:27:55pm

re: #31 HappyWarrior

And yet the Democrats still gave Reagan’s nominees a hearings after 1986. What a fucking hack.

After 1986? How about AT ALL?!?

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:30:30pm

re: #48 mmmirele

I don’t think this got mentioned, but the FBI moved into Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ (the twin towns run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and arrested 11 people, including the “bishop” (read: Warren Jeffs’ enforcer) Lyle Jeffs. Charges are: SNAP fraud and money laundering.

I did a happy dance around my home office this afternoon.

Here’s the story:

sltrib.com

Here’s the indictment:

[Embedded content]

The funniest thing about this is that apparently the LaVoy Finicum family, who are bog standard Mormons, live down the road in Cane Beds, and they thought the FBI was coming to raid them (at least to some hair on fire people on the Book of Face). Nope, just the polygamists.

Nice. I was just about to post this:

Private investigator Sam Brower, who has spent years investigating the group, says the case targets a new hierarchy in the group.

“This is a huge blow,” Brower said. “Combined with everything else, it’s incredible.”

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Skip Intro  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:31:27pm

re: #57 wrenchwench

Will what’s left of the Bundy Militia come riding to their rescue?

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:31:57pm

re: #34 De Kolta Chair

I should hope so. The idea of a grubby crank like Glenn Beck having his meathooks on a rare book like Washington’s copy of Don Quixote is vile.

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:32:06pm

re: #58 Skip Intro

Will what’s left of the Bundy Militia come riding to their rescue?

Why would they defend the heretics?

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:32:34pm

re: #58 Skip Intro

Will what’s left of the Bundy Militia come riding to their rescue?

Nope.

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:33:27pm

re: #60 Nyet

Why would they defend the heretics?

A bit heretical themselves, I think.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:33:31pm

Wait… I thought all those food-stamp-bums were… you know… those people in the inner city…

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:34:12pm

re: #62 wrenchwench

A bit heretical themselves, I think.

All believers are heretics in some other believers’ eyes.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:35:00pm

re: #48 mmmirele

What’s a “constitutionalist” to do?

WE GOT RIGHTS! FREEDUMB OF RELIGION!!

Yeah, but they’re polygamists.

SHIT! WE HATE THE FEDS!

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Skip Intro  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:35:18pm

re: #60 Nyet

Why would they defend the heretics?

Because they were ripping off the federal government that the Bundy’s don’t acknowledge legally exists. That’s as good a reason as any for these cranks.

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KingKenrod  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:35:20pm

One of my favorite instagrammers is the musician Taylor Deupree. Lots of icy, serene abstracts.

instagram.com

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KingKenrod  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:37:40pm

Charles, I’ve noticed that the “Preview” function for Instagram (and some other embedded content) often gets cut off at the bottom. You can can’t scroll down to the “post it” or “close” buttons.

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Bill and Opus for 2016!  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:37:56pm

From my Twitter feed today:

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:38:34pm

re: #66 Skip Intro

Because they were ripping off the federal government that the Bundy’s don’t acknowledge legally exists. That’s as good a reason as any for these cranks.

The heresy factor would win any day among closely related groups.

“Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879 or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912!” I said, “Die heretic!” And I pushed him over.

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:39:57pm

re: #69 Bill and Opus for 2016!

That’s what they want you to think!/

So, weak sauce ;)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:41:16pm

reposted from downstairs for those who may have missed it:

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:41:58pm

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:43:16pm

Last week:

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will not support a new Supreme Court nominee from President Obama unless it is a consensus choice that both parties can agree on.

This week:

Republicans on the Judiciary committee submitted a letter to the Republican leaders unanimously opposing any hearing for a nominee to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said that’s the “consensus” view among Republicans on the committee and Cornyn said the same.

Graham told CNN separately he would not even meet with any nominee, should he or she make courtesy calls on the Hill.

2010 (re: Kagan)

We lost. President Obama won. I’ve got a lot of opportunity to disagree, but the Constitution, in my view, puts an obligation on me not to replace my judgment for his, not to think of the hundred reasons I would pick someone different… I view my duty as to protect the Judiciary and to ensure that hard-fought elections have meaning in our system

What a fucking profile in courage. (And he just won re-election last year, so he could have behaved like an adult, but NOOOO.)

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:44:19pm

re: #73 Aunty Entity Dragon

{{{AED}}}

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:45:21pm

re: #74 BeachDem

What are Obama’s options? Asking for a friend.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:45:57pm

re: #58 Skip Intro

Will what’s left of the Bundy Militia come riding to their rescue?

If anything, one might limp up there. There ain’t a bunch of Bundy folk who ain’t sittin’ in the slammer these days.

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Jenner7  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:48:05pm

re: #73 Aunty Entity Dragon

Man, what bullshit. Hang in there Aunty!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:48:30pm

re: #74 BeachDem

Re: Kagan
Scalia liked her as a pick for SCOTUS.
He liked her a lot.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:50:48pm

re: #74 BeachDem

I’d call Lindsay Graham a craven dog, but that would be a totally unfair insult to craven dogs everywhere.

So I’ll have to content myself with this: Lindsay Graham is a ‘moderate’ Republican.

One of the spineless wonders of the world, the moderate Republican differs from its more aggressively noxious relatives by occasionally sounding reasonable. This never lasts long. Such reasonableness is usually heavily contaminated with both-siderist bullshit, and is invariably part of a talking point emission reflex (much like that of a squid) in response to perceived threats from the center or left. In response to perceived threats from the right, the ‘moderate’ Republican adopts a protective coloration camouflage, and Tea Parties right along with the most dim-witted and malicious members of the GOP base.

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calochortus  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:51:18pm

re: #73 Aunty Entity Dragon

You’re just a private citizen trying to get on with life. Why should this be a problem for anyone? Yeah, I know. We’re all a bunch of voyeurs peeking in other people’s windows.

If I may quote Jenner7-What bullshit. Hang in there.

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Skip Intro  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:51:28pm

re: #77 MsJ

If anything, one might limp up there. There ain’t a bunch of Bundy folk who ain’t sittin’ in the slammer these days.

I thought he had something like 50 grandkids.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:54:24pm

re: #55 EPR-radar

I agree that the Republicans are being assholes of the highest order in this case.

However, I believe it is a weak argument to regard their refusal to hold hearings and votes for an Obama nominee as being unconstitutional. Their suggestion that Obama make no nomination is where they were being unconstitutional.

It is entirely the prerogative of a Senate majority to ‘discharge’ their constitutional duty to advise and consent with fart noise, as they apparently plan to do.

It is then up to the votes to lovingly and thoroughly apply the rod of correction by voting them out of office all the way from the Senate to the county dogcatcher.

I don’t agree. If that were so, ANY Senate would have the authority to deny ANY nominations to ANY President.

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:55:24pm

re: #81 calochortus

You’re just a private citizen trying to get on with life. Why should this be a problem for anyone? Yeah, I know. We’re all a bunch of voyeurs peeking in other people’s windows.

If I may quote Jenner7-What bullshit. Hang in there.

That’s what it feels like. You would not believe how bizarrely intrusive it feels when a television personality is actually calling you to pry into your private life and professional life. I have never experienced anything like this.

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:56:21pm

Reportedly, they were both dating a llama handler. No, srsly…

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Jenner7  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:57:07pm

BBL for Nevada results and town hall…

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:57:07pm

re: #76 Nyet

What are Obama’s options? Asking for a friend.

I guess he can pretend he’s actually the, you know, President, and fulfill his Constitutional duties. Probably won’t get him far, being black and “lawless” and all.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:58:36pm

re: #69 Bill and Opus for 2016!

I bet soup to nuts the NSA has already done it, but they can’t let that get out into the public.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:59:11pm

re: #86 Jenner7

BBL for Nevada results and town hall…

The results will be rather late, from what I’m reading.

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calochortus  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:59:36pm

re: #88 Eric The Fruit Bat

I bet soup to nuts the NSA has already done it, but they can’t let that get out into the public.

I suspect there is a lot of theater involved (on both sides) in the iPhone issue.

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 3:59:44pm

Do they breed them at that naval college or whatever?

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:00:08pm

re: #83 Blind Frog Belly White

I don’t agree. If that were so, ANY Senate would have the authority to deny ANY nominations to ANY President.

That’s exactly right. They do have that authority, and have always had it. Before this crop of Republicans, pretty much nobody was stupid enough to actually go there.

The constitution actually doesn’t say very much, and there is certainly nothing in there that forbids the Senate from having fart noise express its lack of consent to a presidential nominee.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:00:40pm

OFFS! I just saw this on my FB feed - Autism Awareness, reduced to clickbait:

The Top 9 Signs That Your Infant May Have Autism. #6 Really Surprised Me!

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:01:49pm

re: #91 Nyet

If Donald Trump manages to destroy US movement conservatism without destroying the US or the world, they should put him up on Mt. Rushmore.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:01:49pm

Cruz: I Won’t Gamble Daughters’ Futures with Trump

Ted Cruz pointedly said on Tuesday that he does not trust Donald Trump to lead the country.

“Frankly, I’m not willing to gamble my daughters’ futures with Donald Trump,” Cruz told reporters after a campaign event in Minden, Nevada - just hours before the state’s caucuses.

[…]

Subtly reminding people that Trump is a casino owner.

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:02:02pm

re: #93 Blind Frog Belly White

OFFS! I just saw this on my FB feed - Autism Awareness, reduced to clickbait:

Go freak out more parents. great.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:02:27pm

re: #92 EPR-radar

That’s exactly right. They do have that authority, and have always had it. Before this crop of Republicans, pretty much nobody was stupid enough to actually go there.

The constitution actually doesn’t say very much, and there is certainly nothing in there that forbids the Senate from having fart noise express its lack of consent to a presidential nominee.

Yeah…no. I’d say it’s pretty much unarguable that the Founders never intended for the Senate to be able to deny a President’s authority to make nominations.

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:02:53pm

re: #91 Nyet

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:03:01pm

re: #73 Aunty Entity Dragon

{{{Aunty Entity Dragon}}}

Customers slowed me down! Have a second one!

{{{Aunty Entity Dragon}}}

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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:03:38pm

re: #94 EPR-radar

If Donald Trump manages to destroy US movement conservatism without destroying the US or the world, they should put him up on Mt. Rushmore.

Just don’t give him any rope to climb back down ;)

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:04:20pm

re: #80 EPR-radar

I’d call Lindsay Graham a craven dog, but that would be a totally unfair insult to craven dogs everywhere.

So I’ll have to content myself with this: Lindsay Graham is a ‘moderate’ Republican.

One of the spineless wonders of the world, the moderate Republican differs from its more aggressively noxious relatives by occasionally sounding reasonable. This never lasts long. Such reasonableness is usually heavily contaminated with both-siderist bullshit, and is invariably part of a talking point emission reflex (much like that of a squid) in response to perceived threats from the center or left. In response to perceived threats from the right, the ‘moderate’ Republican adopts a protective coloration camouflage, and Tea Parties right along with the most dim-witted and malicious members of the GOP base.

The only stance Graham has ever taken that was, in my mind, moderate was his willingness to consider and vote for a justice who was qualified, regardless of his/her leanings, because a president has the right to select someone he/she wants. Now, even that paper-thin patina of rationality is gone.

I’d send him a letter, but Lindsey, after a few years of responding to my missives with form letters, stopped responding completely. My other worthless senator, Tim Scott has said the same thing as Lindsey—and he’s also totally unresponsive. It was bad enough when he was my representative and would not even acknowledge an in-person visit to his office. Now, he wouldn’t spit on me if I were on fire.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:04:34pm

re: #96 Aunty Entity Dragon

Go freak out more parents. great.

And complete with the “Number (X) will surprise you!”, just like ‘Celebrities who died young’, ‘Child Actors who got real ugly’, ‘Signs of an impending heart attack’, ‘Ways to tell if an asteroid will destroy the Earth’, etc.

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:05:18pm
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Nyet  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:06:03pm

re: #103 wrenchwench

knowyourmeme.com

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:06:25pm

From the Nevada caucus website:

[…] To begin with, you must physically attend your precinct caucus on Tuesday, February 23rd. Precinct caucuses will start between 5:00pm - 7:00pm and may vary by county. Absentee voting is available for disabled veterans and active duty military, plus their dependents, serving outside of their home county. You can only vote at the caucus location assigned to your precinct.

In addition, not only will you be voting for the Presidential candidate of your choice in the Presidential Preference Poll, you will also be electing delegates and alternate delegates to the county conventions in the spring. And if you want to, you can also help the Party shape its platform.

I imagine that if the Trumpiots write the platform, there will be torture racks for aliens.

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Decatur Deb  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:07:03pm

re: #54 VegasGolfer

Beck also has the tablet that has the 11th to 15th Commandments.

And the DMV registration for Mussolini’s chariot.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:07:49pm

re: #68 KingKenrod

Charles, I’ve noticed that the “Preview” function for Instagram (and some other embedded content) often gets cut off at the bottom. You can can’t scroll down to the “post it” or “close” buttons.

This is now fixed, but you’ll need to reload the page to get the new Javascript in place.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:08:39pm

re: #97 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah…no. I’d say it’s pretty much unarguable that the Founders never intended for the Senate to be able to deny a President’s authority to make nominations.

That isn’t precisely what the Senate is doing (although it has the same effect in practice). Once Obama has made a nomination, he had done his constitutional duty. The rest is up to the Senate, and if there is no ‘advice and consent’, the nomination doesn’t go through.

To put the question another way, what provision of the constitution would the Senate be violating if Obama makes a nomination and the Senate takes no action at all on it? One might argue that the Senate has an obligation to vote, but would things really be much better if any Obama nomination got a same-day rejection on a party line vote?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:12:14pm

re: #108 EPR-radar

That isn’t precisely what the Senate is doing (although it has the same effect in practice). Once Obama has made a nomination, he had done his constitutional duty. The rest is up to the Senate, and if there is no ‘advice and consent’, the nomination doesn’t go through.

To put the question another way, what provision of the constitution would the Senate be violating if Obama makes a nomination and the Senate takes no action at all on it? One might argue that the Senate has an obligation to vote, but would things really be much better if any Obama nomination got a same-day rejection on a party line vote?

That IS precisely what the Senate is doing. His job is to fill the positions, as long as the Senate accepts his nominee. The Senate is refusing to consider ANY nominee. And they’re not playing around about it, either. They bluntly stated they would not spend any time considering any nominations - not even meeting with the nominee, let alone holding hearings or a vote.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:12:43pm

Why results of tonight’s contest will come in late:

[…]

Caucuses start between 5 and 7 p.m. PT, or 8 and 10 p.m. EST. Caucuses end at 9 p.m. PT or midnight EST. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be facing off at a CNN town hall Tuesday evening as they prepare for South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Saturday. Clinton won Nevada’s Democratic caucuses last Saturday.

[…]

Unlike the process for the Democrats, Republican voters will mark their preferred candidate on a secret ballot and they don’t have to stay for speeches. But the Nevada GOP allows participation over a long time period, up to a four-hour window in some counties. People can walk in and cast a presidential preference ballot during that window. And some caucus locations open and close at different times, depending on the county.

Nevada has 30 delegates available for the Republican National Convention, and they’re distributed proportionally based on the results of Tuesday’s primary.

[…]

I imagine a close result will foment lots of accusations from this or that candidate.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:13:40pm

re: #91 Nyet

Do they breed them at that naval college or whatever?

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Tom Nichols is so full of shit.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:14:07pm
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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:14:35pm

re: #73 Aunty Entity Dragon

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:14:37pm

re: #108 EPR-radar

That isn’t precisely what the Senate is doing (although it has the same effect in practice). Once Obama has made a nomination, he had done his constitutional duty. The rest is up to the Senate, and if there is no ‘advice and consent’, the nomination doesn’t go through.

To put the question another way, what provision of the constitution would the Senate be violating if Obama makes a nomination and the Senate takes no action at all on it? One might argue that the Senate has an obligation to vote, but would things really be much better if any Obama nomination got a same-day rejection on a party line vote?

What you’re saying is that the Founders wrote the Constitution so as to allow the Senate to prevent the President fulfilling his Constitutional obligations. That’s a bit farfetched.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:15:41pm

re: #84 Aunty Entity Dragon

That’s what it feels like. You would not believe how bizarrely intrusive it feels when a television personality is actually calling you to pry into your private life and professional life. I have never experienced anything like this.

{{{ hugs }}} I can’t imagine. I wish you peace.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:16:54pm

re: #88 Eric The Fruit Bat

I bet soup to nuts the NSA has already done it, but they can’t let that get out into the public.

Then they’re doing a really bad job of keeping this close to the vest.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:18:03pm
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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:21:10pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:21:15pm

re: #117 goddamnedfrank

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Conservatism has always been about preserving the current power structure - politically, economically, and socially. That means that it BY DEFINITION supports racism and religious intolerance. He’s just mad that Trump has made their support of those things so blatant.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:22:23pm

re: #118 De Kolta Chair

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He’s just afraid that electoral tragedy might be averted if those people were allowed to carry guns.
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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:22:27pm

re: #109 Blind Frog Belly White

That IS precisely what the Senate is doing. His job is to fill the positions, as long as the Senate accepts his nominee. The Senate is refusing to consider ANY nominee. And they’re not playing around about it, either. They bluntly stated they would not spend any time considering any nominations - not even meeting with the nominee, let alone holding hearings or a vote.

The Senate is not stopping Obama from making a nomination. If attempted, e.g., by passing a law to the effect that a president in the last year of office can’t even make a nomination, that would certainly be unconstitutional.

The Senate is saying, with an unprecedented level of dickishness, that all such nominations are pointless because none will ever get the advice and consent of the Senate.

Again, what exactly about this nonsense is unconstitutional?

The reason I’m harping on this is that if something is unconstitutional, one of the remedies to consider is filing a law suit. If something odious is constitutional, the lawsuit is a waste of time and resources that would be better spent on political agitation against the perpetrators of the outrage.

Plus I don’t like giving RWNJs easy points for swatting down loose talk about this being unconstitutional.

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calochortus  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:22:31pm

Time to go rustle around in the freezer and see what can be turned into tonight’s dinner.

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wrenchwench  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:22:51pm
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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:23:08pm

Other news out of Canada

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:25:12pm
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calochortus  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:25:14pm

re: #121 EPR-radar

I don’t think it’s unconstitutional, but the idea that the all-important Founding Fathers wanted “the people” to have a voice in picking a supreme court justice (as the GOP is suggesting,) when they didn’t want those same people to directly elect senators is ridiculous.

BBL

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Billy Batts  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:25:25pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:25:39pm

re: #121 EPR-radar

The Senate is not stopping Obama from making a nomination. If attempted, e.g., by passing a law to the effect that a president in the last year of office can’t even make a nomination, that would certainly be unconstitutional.

The Senate is saying, with an unprecedented level of dickishness, that all such nominations are pointless because none will ever get the advice and consent of the Senate.

Again, what exactly about this nonsense is unconstitutional?

The reason I’m harping on this is that if something is unconstitutional, one of the remedies to consider is filing a law suit. If something odious is constitutional, the lawsuit is a waste of time and resources that would be better spent on political agitation against the perpetrators of the outrage.

Plus I don’t like giving RWNJs easy points for swatting down loose talk about this being unconstitutional.

If the Senate refuses to fulfill their own constitutional duties and in doing so prevents the President from fulfilling his, is that ‘unconstitutional’? Their constitutional duty is to consider the President’s nominees and determine whether they consent to THAT NOMINEE.

I think you’re interpreting it so broadly as to rob it of any meaning.

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Billy Batts  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:25:56pm
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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:26:04pm

re: #114 Blind Frog Belly White

What you’re saying is that the Founders wrote the Constitution so as to allow the Senate to prevent the President fulfilling his Constitutional obligations. That’s a bit farfetched.

Not really. A majority in the house and 2/3 in the senate, for any reason at all (or even no reason), and the president is out of a job. Congress really is the big dog in the constitution, even though it has given up tons of power to the executive over time.

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:26:52pm

I’d forgotten about the Trump University scam. Has The Donald?

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:26:57pm

re: #126 calochortus

I don’t think it’s unconstitutional, but the idea that the all-important Founding Fathers wanted “the people” to have a voice in picking a supreme court justice (as the GOP is suggesting,) when they didn’t want those same people to directly elect senators is ridiculous.

BBL

That I certainly agree with. The GOP talking points on this topic are all bullshit.

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danarchy  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:31:10pm

re: #114 Blind Frog Belly White

What you’re saying is that the Founders wrote the Constitution so as to allow the Senate to prevent the President fulfilling his Constitutional obligations. That’s a bit farfetched.

It could be worse. Instead of stonewalling they could try to pass legislation to reduce the number of seats on the supreme court like they did to Andrew Johnson.

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:33:05pm

re: #126 calochortus

I don’t think it’s unconstitutional, but the idea that the all-important Founding Fathers wanted “the people” to have a voice in picking a supreme court justice (as the GOP is suggesting,) when they didn’t want those same people to directly elect senators is ridiculous.

BBL

Not only did the Founders not want the people to directly elect senators, they didn’t want the people to directly elect the president (both were left to state legislatures). The only part of the federal government that the “people” had a direct say in was the House of Representatives, and all the important stuff - like confirming treaties, executive appointments, and judicial appointments were specifically excluded from the House’s domain.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:34:13pm

re: #133 danarchy

It could be worse. Instead of stonewalling they could try to pass legislation to reduce the number of seats on the supreme court like they did to Andrew Johnson.

Which the President would veto.

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:34:35pm

re: #133 danarchy

It could be worse. Instead of stonewalling they could try to pass legislation to reduce the number of seats on the supreme court like they did to Andrew Johnson.

That’d at least be constitutional (as was FDR’s court packing plan).

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:35:26pm

Why, Charles Darwin, why???

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:35:58pm

re: #45 Charles Johnson

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Having painted melty things in a small still-life several times, and going by the brushwork and size, I think that painting was done in less than half a workday… Like maybe 4 hours, even though it’s about 20” on a side.

From wikipedia, a poorly written theory:

The painting has thick marks after the artist’s brushwork, probably meant to illustrate the marks after the butter knife used to spread butter with or the wooden spatula, used to spread the butter with and also used in producing the butter.

I’m going to call bullshit on deeper meaning. It’s impasto because he was working fast with ten pounds of melting milkfat, so there was no time or point to try and be super-subtle and smooth. This was a quickie domestic painting to make a buck (I know, I’ve done about 100 of them myself) and he did a phenomenal job conveying all kinds of subtlety in lighting and texture in a hurry. That’s mad skill.

Sometimes I wish the art academics would do a little painting themselves before they wrote up stuff about deeper meanings.

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:36:45pm

re: #125 Charles Johnson

I have a feeling this new feature is going to result in me having a lot more accounts to follow.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:39:02pm

re: #128 Blind Frog Belly White

If the Senate refuses to fulfill their own constitutional duties and in doing so prevents the President from fulfilling his, is that ‘unconstitutional’? Their constitutional duty is to consider the President’s nominees and determine whether they consent to THAT NOMINEE.

I think you’re interpreting it so broadly as to rob it of any meaning.

If the Senate were to announce “We’ll reject anybody you nominate unless that person is Zombie Bork”, that would IMO clearly infringe on the president’s job of making nominations.

A blanket refusal to consider any nominations is a murkier issue. A SCOTUS appointment requires a nomination from the president and consent from the Senate, and I just think it’s really hard to get any more than these bare bones out of the constitution.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:40:17pm

See, by pulling this, the GOP has taken the gloves off. But now they come off both sides. The only way this doesn’t burn them in the future is if they never, ever lose the majority in the Senate, but this very act could trigger that. If it does, there’s no reason the new Democratic Senate can’t just approve whoever Obama nominates after they’re seated and before the inauguration. If the Republicans are going to be THIS extreme, there’s no reason the Democrats should continue to respect traditions like holds or the filibuster. They could set new rules that prevent filibusters on SCOTUS nominations, and confirm any nomination on a simple majority vote with no hearing.

The Republicans have really pulled a pin on a grenade, IMO.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:40:20pm

The U.S. Senate Oath of Office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

They may not be UN-Constitutional by the letter of the law, but they sure are being anti-Constitutional. Because, you know… N*gger President.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:41:21pm

re: #140 EPR-radar

If the Senate were to announce “We’ll reject anybody you nominate unless that person is Zombie Bork”, that would IMO clearly infringe on the president’s job of making nominations.

A blanket refusal to consider any nominations is a murkier issue. A SCOTUS appointment requires a nomination from the president and consent from the Senate, and I just think it’s really hard to get any more than these bare bones out of the constitution.

I think you have that exactly backwards.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:44:41pm

re: #134 KGxvi

Not only did the Founders not want the people to directly elect senators, they didn’t want the people to directly elect the president (both were left to state legislatures). The only part of the federal government that the “people” had a direct say in was the House of Representatives, and all the important stuff - like confirming treaties, executive appointments, and judicial appointments were specifically excluded from the House’s domain.

Good points all. Many people don’t seem to realize that there is absolutely nothing in the constitution that gives them a right to vote in presidential elections. It is entirely up to the state legislatures to determine how a state’s electoral votes are to be cast, and whether or not any voting is done to determine how the electoral votes will go.

It would be perfectly legal for the Wisconsin state legislature to simply give all of Wisconsin’s electoral votes to the Republican candidate for president in the 2016 election, assuming the deadline for making the necessary changes to state law have not yet passed.

This probably won’t happen, but only because something like this really would get people’s attention.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:44:44pm
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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:44:46pm

re: #137 De Kolta Chair

That’s…uh….bleh.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:45:44pm

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:47:14pm

Internet news isn’t what is used to be.

Google keeps returning an AP headline that says:

Casino workers to protest during Nevada caucuses

But the stories on sites like Yahoo and WaPo that one gets when clicking on that link are other stories.

Anyway, the NYT story is available:

The Latest: Casino Workers to Protest During Nevada Caucuses

Members of the Culinary Union are planning to protest in front of Trump Hotel Las Vegas while Nevada voters weigh in on the resort’s polarizing namesake.

Culinary Union, the casino workers union, is staging a rally from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the same time as Nevada’s Republican caucus. Donald Trump is expected to do well in the contest.

The union wants to represent the hotel’s workers, but the hotel is objecting to a recent union vote.

Culinary officials say the hotel’s management wants to draw the matter out in a lengthy legal battle, and point out that Trump made a deal with his employees in Canada.

[…]

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darthstar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:47:36pm

Go on…click the link…you know you want to.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:47:56pm
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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:48:26pm

Heh

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:49:01pm

re: #143 Blind Frog Belly White

I think you have that exactly backwards.

I’m not following here. Surely the Zombie Bork hypothetical is more clearly unconstitutional than a total shutdown.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:50:05pm

re: #152 EPR-radar

I’m not following here. Surely the Zombie Bork hypothetical is more clearly unconstitutional than a total shutdown.

Not at all! They’re advising the President on a nominee they’ll accept, indeed the ONLY nominee.

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darthstar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:50:37pm

Stolen from fb…

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:51:51pm

re: #144 EPR-radar

I vaguely recall some talk in 2000 that Florida was considering doing something similar (talk about a real constitutional crisis) if the recount wasn’t resolved before the electors had to vote. As fucking crazy as that election was, there were about 2000 scenarios where it could have been worse.

But your point about it getting people’s attention is also why I doubt the attempts to award electors either proportionally or by district will ever gain traction.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:53:23pm

re: #155 KGxvi

I vaguely recall some talk in 2000 that Florida was considering doing something similar (talk about a real constitutional crisis) if the recount wasn’t resolved before the electors had to vote. As fucking crazy as that election was, there were about 2000 scenarios where it could have been worse.

But your point about it getting people’s attention is also why I doubt the attempts to award electors either proportionally or by district will ever gain traction.

I note those plans are always contingent on someone else doing it first. I.e., the bills are generally written to be triggered only if enough OTHER states do the same.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:53:59pm

re: #85 De Kolta Chair

I like meerkats better than monkeys, but the monkey girl is hot… Even if she sounds kind of catty and bitchy. Office romance is often a bad idea, especially at the zoo.

I feel like there’s a Rom-Com subplot in here somewhere.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:55:26pm

From that same AP storyboard:

CNN says it will no longer book Donald Trump supporter Roger Stone as a guest on the network, after he tweeted profane remarks about one of the network’s political commentators.

Stone Monday questioned on Twitter why CNN’s Anderson Cooper would ask contributor Ana Navarro about politics, since she’s “dumber than dog——.” In another tweet, he called her an “abusive diva.”

[…]

Stone, author of “The Clintons’ War on Women,” tweeted Tuesday that “Funny — seems the Clintons have ordered CNN not to interview me in the future because I am not PC.”

Well, CNN is hosting the next debate on Thursday. That would be a good opportunity for CNN to raise these sort of issues with Trump campaign tweets, including Trump’s own.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:55:36pm

re: #157 Pawn of the Oppressor

Never dip your pen in the company inkwell…..

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:56:47pm

re: #141 Blind Frog Belly White

See, by pulling this, the GOP has taken the gloves off. But now they come off both sides. The only way this doesn’t burn them in the future is if they never, ever lose the majority in the Senate, but this very act could trigger that. If it does, there’s no reason the new Democratic Senate can’t just approve whoever Obama nominates after they’re seated and before the inauguration. If the Republicans are going to be THIS extreme, there’s no reason the Democrats should continue to respect traditions like holds or the filibuster. They could set new rules that prevent filibusters on SCOTUS nominations, and confirm any nomination on a simple majority vote with no hearing.

The Republicans have really pulled a pin on a grenade, IMO.

Doesn’t matter. Dems don’t do that shit. Not without cause. The GOP has gone further and further and further since Clinton in the 90s.

And if they did, the “liberal” media would excoriate them so none ever got reelected.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:57:19pm

Embedded Instagram images will now also show any captions that exist. The caption is added as a blockquote immediately below the embedded image.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:57:52pm

Instagram

A horse drawn carriage in Cienfuegos, Cuba travels past a billboard calling for an end to US sanctions on the island. Cuban government propaganda still paints the US as a hostile force but officials here have said they welcome President Obama’s visit to the island next month. Almost every Cuban I know is excited for the long delayed thaw in relations that is happening before their very eyes.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 4:59:31pm

re: #156 Blind Frog Belly White

I note those plans are always contingent on someone else doing it first. I.e., the bills are generally written to be triggered only if enough OTHER states do the same.

I don’t recall linking to other states’ actions being part of the GOP proposals to mess with electoral votes. Plus it make no sense. The whole point of that bit of ratfucking is to steal electoral votes for the GOP from blue states under GOP rule, while keeping Texas etc. winner take all.

You may be thinking of the national popular vote idea where a states’ electoral votes are assigned to the winner of the national popular vote. This is already in law in several states and will take effect if enough states enact this into law to make it decisive (which is unlikely to happen any time soon).

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KGxvi  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:00:09pm

re: #156 Blind Frog Belly White

I note those plans are always contingent on someone else doing it first. I.e., the bills are generally written to be triggered only if enough OTHER states do the same.

There’s a few ideas floating around. There’s one that would be an interstate compact where the states agree to award all electoral votes to which ever candidate wins the national popular vote, regardless of what happens in each individual state (small states are never going to go for that). Then there’s occasionally a push in some states to do what Maine and Nebraska do where the statewide winner gets two electoral votes and the rest are awarded by congressional district - that usually comes up in states where with jerrymandered districts that would result in the party who loses statewide getting more electoral votes. Then, even more rare, is an idea to award electors proportionally based on the vote in the state - that one never gets anywhere because partisans realize that it basically makes the state obsolete in the general election (because it’s going to be a historical anomaly to see an election with a gap bigger than 55-45).

Personally, I’m not a fan of any of them. I might be sympathetic to the Maine/Nebraska policy if legislatures gave up the right to draw district lines, but even then, it seems like a less than good idea because it increases the odds of an election being thrown to Congress.

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:02:47pm

LMFAO

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:05:54pm

re: #158 freetoken

From that same AP storyboard:

Well, CNN is hosting the next debate on Thursday. That would be a good opportunity for CNN to raise these sort of issues with Trump campaign tweets, including Trump’s own.

The same Roger Stone who founded Citizens United Not Timid in 2008, an anti-Hillary Clinton Super PAC whose acronym was deliberately designed to spell C.U.N.T.

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Charles Johnson  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:09:55pm
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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:10:13pm

re: #168 goddamnedfrank

The same Roger Stone who founded Citizens United Not Timid in 2008, an anti-Hillary Clinton Super PAC whose acronym was deliberately designed to spell C.U.N.T.

The logo. I will never forget or forgive.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:12:03pm

So, with all this background, why was CNN using him in the first place?

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:13:13pm

re: #171 freetoken

So, with all this background, why was CNN using him in the first place?

Because “Both sides are bad LOL!”

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:13:16pm

re: #158 freetoken

From that same AP storyboard:

Well, CNN is hosting the next debate on Thursday. That would be a good opportunity for CNN to raise these sort of issues with Trump campaign tweets, including Trump’s own.

The question is, why did CNN wait so long? Stone’s been tweeting ugly shit for a long time.

talkingpointsmemo.com

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:13:38pm
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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:13:44pm

re: #171 freetoken

So, with all this background, why was CNN using him in the first place?

Because he committed the sin of trashing a media personality.
That’s what caused his ban.

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lawhawk  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:13:56pm
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jaunte  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:15:12pm

re: #168 goddamnedfrank

The same Roger Stone who founded Citizens United Not Timid in 2008, an anti-Hillary Clinton Super PAC whose acronym was deliberately designed to spell C.U.N.T.

The CREEP Behind Citizens United Not Timid
jezebel.com

“Legendary” GOP Strategist Launches Hillary Namecalling Effort
talkingpointsmemo.com

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:15:40pm

re: #174 freetoken

I’m confused. Didn’t NV do its thing over the weekend?

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:17:25pm

re: #178 MsJ

I’m confused. Didn’t NV do its thing over the weekend?

For the Dems.
Now it’s for the clowns.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:17:28pm

re: #175 Not a Sparkly Vampire

Because he committed the sin of trashing a media personality.
That’s what caused his ban.

I guess Roland Martin didn’t count.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:18:21pm

Looks like Trump voters?

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:18:33pm

re: #180 BeachDem

I guess Roland Martin didn’t count.

Funny how that works, eh?
e_e

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:19:56pm

re: #170 MsJ

That is truly vile. Is this the ‘Citizens United’ of the SCOTUS money = speech case?

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:21:01pm

re: #183 EPR-radar

Nope. AAMOF, Citizens United filed suit against Stone’s 527 due to similarity of naming as to causing confusion.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:21:02pm

re: #179 Not a Sparkly Vampire

For the Dems.
Now it’s for the clowns.

Ah. How did I miss that? Thanks.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:23:02pm

Equally bizarre is that Larry Clayman’s goons at Judicial Watch are going to get to question Hillary aides and State Department folks. JUDICIAL WATCH, PEOPLE!!

rawstory.com

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:24:12pm

Holy shit, he’s right: en.wikipedia.org

I did not know that.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:24:15pm

re: #179 Not a Sparkly Vampire

For the Dems.
Now it’s for the clowns.

SC splits the days up too. SO inefficient making the State pay election costs twice.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:24:50pm
190
BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:25:19pm

re: #185 MsJ

Ah. How did I miss that? Thanks.

You were probably mesmerized by the Republican shit show in South Carolina last Saturday, when all the ANGRY REPUBLICANS showed their Trump love. Our Dem primary is this Saturday.

And I get to go see Hillary Thursday night at a GOTV rally. Yay me!

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:25:35pm

Seems appropriate:

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:25:43pm

re: #189 freetoken

[Embedded content]

Oi, he thinks he’s a teddy boy.

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lawhawk  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:26:10pm
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Major Tom  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:26:37pm

re: #191 freetoken

If you eat the donuts you’re for Trump.

If you drink the coffee, you are for Cruz.

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:27:29pm

@Charles..

Just got back from a call…could you please go ahead and put my first comment behind a private filter? The editing function has timed out.

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:28:20pm

So, I wonder how many votes are going to go for the dropouts?

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Stanley Sea  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:28:22pm

re: #189 freetoken

[Embedded content]

Who’s the woman fixing his collar??

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freetoken  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:28:44pm

re: #197 Stanley Sea

Who’s the woman fixing his collar??

Perhaps some concerned fan?

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nines09  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:29:27pm

I’m not going to tune in or even pay attention to the shit fest that is about to unfold in Vegas. As far as I’m concerned it’s just a horrible display of every base human behavior. All hard guys and the world will pay. It’s like a bad movie. All trigger men and the crowds just gather to cheer on the impending murder. I hold those who would support any of these cretins in utter contempt. One, for being gullible. Two, for wishing to hurt others, thinking your world will somehow magically turn better from that. So I will just post this and go do something productive. Or at least fun. Then……..

Was digging around in my photos. I took this in June 2013. If ever in BWI check this out. It’s beautiful.


The 500 Pound Crab
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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:29:42pm

Huh. Bernie just emailed me that Hillary had a fundraiser last night where some high-dollar donors bundled $27,000. I guess it must have been a small party—10 people/$2,700 each—$27,000. Doesn’t seem like very high-dollar shit.

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Great White Snark  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:30:22pm

re: #73 Aunty Entity Dragon

I can not imagine your circumstance. I do though wish you the very best, urge you to let that sharp intelligence take point, lean on your confidence which will blunt anyone’s imposed emotional baggage. We are all humans first and all other labels take a distant second or third or further less important aspect. Human, teacher than whatever you say next.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:31:35pm

re: #188 goddamnedfrank

SC splits the days up too. SO inefficient making the State pay election costs twice.

Worse—the parties have to pay. In SC, the Dems pick a date that falls within the DNC guidelines, then the Republicans pick a day a week earlier.

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:32:04pm

re: #183 EPR-radar

That is truly vile. Is this the ‘Citizens United’ of the SCOTUS money = speech case?

Yes. It’s the reason I hate it being called Citizens United and not ****. Because that’s what it was all about; the ability to create bullshit “documentaries” 90 (or 180, don’t recall which) days before a election.

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Billy Batts  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:32:10pm

re: #189 freetoken

Is Beck there selling gold and survival seeds?

205
MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:33:12pm

re: #184 Eric The Fruit Bat

Nope. AAMOF, Citizens United filed suit against Stone’s 527 due to similarity of naming as to causing confusion.

Really? Link? (I’m on my phone)

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Major Tom  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:33:41pm

re: #200 BeachDem

It was a staffer who has to write maybe two or three of those a day. I really don’t think Bernie is writing those. And I’m sure the amount was symbolic.

I learned long ago to have a junk email account. I left it alone for a while, and was so alarmed by the sheer amount of DNC emails I had to relegate them to spam and unsubscribe. It was in the thousands.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:33:59pm

re: #194 Major Tom

If you eat the donuts you’re for Trump.

If you drink the coffee, you are for Cruz.

Screw that, I’m taking both!

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MsJ  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:35:09pm

re: #190 BeachDem

You were probably mesmerized by the Republican shit show in South Carolina last Saturday, when all the ANGRY REPUBLICANS showed their Trump love. Our Dem primary is this Saturday.

And I get to go see Hillary Thursday night at a GOTV rally. Yay me!

If I’m gonna watch something angry, I’m sticking with that bird in the last thread. :-)

It’s my new Toucha the Fishy.

209
darthstar  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:35:15pm

re: #174 freetoken

I see white people.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:36:53pm

re: #206 Major Tom

It was a staffer who has to write maybe two or three of those a day. I really don’t think Bernie is writing those. And I’m sure the amount was symbolic.

I learned long ago to have a junk email account. I left it alone for a while, and was so alarmed by the sheer amount of DNC emails I had to relegate them to spam and unsubscribe. It was in the thousands.

Oh, I know that—I just thought the outrageous outrage over $27,000 was funny. The DCCC emails are the ones that are truly laughable. Each and every one a hair on fire calamity. Can’t believe they actually raise money with that drivel, but apparently they do, or they would change tactics.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:37:59pm

re: #200 BeachDem

Huh. Bernie just emailed me that Hillary had a fundraiser last night where some high-dollar donors bundled $27,000. I guess it must have been a small party—10 people/$2,700 each—$27,000. Doesn’t seem like very high-dollar shit.

That’s really pretty sad. It’s just dumb to make a mountain out of a molehill like that.

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Major Tom  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:39:02pm

re: #210 BeachDem

DCCC That’s what they were. Yeah “Calamity!” “Tragedy!” smh.

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Major Tom  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:39:32pm

re: #211 EPR-radar

That’s really pretty sad. It’s just dumb to make a mountain out of a molehill like that.

Have you ever read a fundraising email? That’s all they do.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:40:22pm

I’m glad I don’t get political mail/emails.
:P

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Blind Frog Belly White  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:40:58pm

re: #194 Major Tom

If you eat the donuts you’re for Trump.

If you drink the coffee, you are for Cruz.

The vessel with the pestle has the pellet with the poison - that’s a vote for Trump.

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BeachDem  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:43:02pm

re: #214 Not a Sparkly Vampire

I’m glad I don’t get political mail/emails.
:P

Cripes—I’ve had 10 in the last 4 hours—some from candidates in other states whom I’ve never even heard of. (You make ONE donation to an out-of-state candidate and you end up on every email list in perpetuity.)

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:44:01pm

re: #199 nines09

Was digging around in my photos. I took this in June 2013. If ever in BWI check this out. It’s beautiful.

Cool . Reminds me of the late Louise Bourgeois’ Freaky Giant Spiders series.

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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:47:48pm

re: #213 Major Tom

Have you ever read a fundraising email? That’s all they do.

I’ve been careful about not giving out my email address for that kind of stuff. But really? I sure hope the Democrats hit the Republicans with better stuff than this rinky-dink crap.

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Not a Sparkly Vampire  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:48:32pm

re: #217 De Kolta Chair

Cool . Reminds me of the late Louise Bourgeois’ Freaky Giant Spiders series.

[Embedded content]

KILL IT WITH FIRE

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Major Tom  Feb 23, 2016 • 5:59:25pm

re: #218 EPR-radar

It wasn’t always like this. But it is surprisingly effective. They’ve made quite a bit with this tactic. And there are positions for people, recent college grads, or if your lucky and prolific, interns with no experience work long hours and write emails responding to current events as they happen: when bills are coming to vote, the actual vote, the results, each will have a fundraising email. It is weirdly informative, but relentless and constant. For every tidbit of info, is an ask for more money, many times, just a dollar.

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De Kolta Chair  Feb 23, 2016 • 6:02:29pm

re: #219 Not a Sparkly Vampire

KILL IT WITH FIRE

Shades of one of my fave MST3K episodes

The Giant Spider Invasion
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EPR-radar  Feb 23, 2016 • 6:06:43pm

re: #219 Not a Sparkly Vampire

KILL IT WITH FIRE

That’s more of a ‘nuke it from orbit’ situation.


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