Trump Says if the GOP Tries to Stop Him, His Followers Will Riot

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In a show of power, Donald Trump is skipping the next GOP debate, and even though he’s been denying any responsibilty for inciting violence, today on CNN he warned that if the GOP tries to prevent him from becoming the party’s nominee his brownshirt followers will riot.

“I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 cause we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically,” Trump said on CNN on Wednesday. “I think you’d have riots.”

“I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things would happen,” Trump said, adding the outcome would “disenfranchise” his supporters.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:14:44am

Maybe he’ll threaten to hold his breath if he doesn’t get the nomination.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:15:40am

Shorter Trumpy: “That’s a nice party convention you’ve got there. It would be a real shame if something happened to it.”

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KGxvi  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:16:04am

nice party youz got there, be a shame if something happened to it

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KGxvi  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:16:16am

re: #2 Lidane

dammit.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:16:34am
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CriticalDragon1177  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:17:15am

Charles Johnson,

Hopefully Trump will lose and his rioting supporters will all go to jail. Even the thought of him being our next president is utterly terrifying. My mom thinks that if Trump is nominated it will guarantee that the Democratic nominee will end up in the White House, but I say we shouldn’t take any chances. Everyone reading this who is an American Citizen, make sure you vote come November and vote for the Democratic nominee, whomever he, or she is.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:19:11am

Wow, wingnuts are having a ragegasm over Merrick Garland

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:19:25am

Time for me to hit the sack. Later on, everyone.

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CriticalDragon1177  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:19:29am

Trump’s racist gun nut supporters seem to be following their candidate’s example here.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:19:40am

re: #7 The Vicious Babushka

Wow, wingnuts are having a ragegasm over Merrick Garland

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Predictable shit.

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Thrazidun  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:20:15am

Yeah that’s a great idea. Doesn’t make a difference who they are or what they stand for. This is modern politics. It’s not about our candidate it’s about making sure theirs doesn’t win. Pathetic.

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SoundGuy 2016  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:20:39am

Wait, so if Trump doesn’t get the Nom all those violent liberals will riot?

Please explain.

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CriticalDragon1177  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:20:52am

re: #7 The Vicious Babushka

Wow, wingnuts are having a ragegasm over Merrick Garland

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No surprise, unfortunately stuff like that is par for the course.

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CriticalDragon1177  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:22:03am

re: #1 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Maybe he’ll threaten to hold his breath if he doesn’t get the nomination.

I doubt he’d be that kind to us.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:22:40am

re: #7 The Vicious Babushka

Wow, wingnuts are having a ragegasm over Merrick Garland

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:22:45am
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:23:37am

Assholes

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cat-tikvah  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:24:12am

re: #6 CriticalDragon1177

And make sure everyone you know is registered to vote and does so.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:25:09am
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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:25:22am

re: #17 The Vicious Babushka

Assholes

Maybe THEIR best traditions, such as killing a few blacks to make sure the rest knew their place. They just got soft, which allowed a black man into office.

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Eventual Carrion  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:26:16am

So destruction, mayhem, and violence for political ends? Terrorism?

ter*ror*ism
ˈterəˌrizəm
noun
the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:27:18am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:27:44am

re: #19 The Vicious Babushka

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I wouldn’t call white supremacy a best tradition.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:28:24am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

I wouldn’t call white supremacy a best tradition.

Up there with rum, sodomy and the lash. In fact, they overlap.

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Tigger2  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:29:13am

re: #15 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:30:31am

If Obama picked LaPierre himself, the NRA would use quotes of past reasonable measures on guns that Wayne once supported to use against him. Honestly, I’m glad the NRA is opposing him. If the NRA is opposed to someone that means they’re probably saen about guns.

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b.d.  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:31:10am

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to DailyKos Obama nominates an ultraconservative for the Supreme Court.

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:32:02am

A reminder that a Justice to the Court has to address all issues, and their policies/outlook can result in outcomes that some find surprising (especially if you don’t watch the court regularly):

One has to take a measure of the person being nominated, and look at their philosophy in total - not just on firearms or abortion. You have to decide what is important, and understand that the overall outlook is what matters.

That’s why I thought Roberts and Alito were fine picks - both had solid credentials, even if I didn’t agree with their philosophies. It is the president’s prerogative to nominate who they see fit; it is the Senate’s job to make sure that the person is qualified - advice and consent.

Roberts has shown himself a capable jurist, Alito less so, but both got their hearings and confirmations. Kagan and Sotomayor likewise were capable and properly confirmed. They both are more in tune with my outlook, but that’s entirely the president’s choice.

Here? Garland is the president’s pick, and he’s universally lauded as a capable jurist who is brilliant and has the skills one associates with someone like Roberts.

Therefore, the Senate must hold hearings and vote up/down (I prefer up, but this is the GOP we’re talking about). It is not obstruct and deny (based on BS reasoning unsupported by precedent anywhere in US history - ever).

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:32:27am

re: #27 b.d.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to DailyKos Obama nominates an ultraconservative for the Supreme Court.

//

If you go there, tell the children not to fret. It will all be for the best.

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b.d.  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:32:59am

re: #29 Decatur Deb

If you go there, tell the children not to fret. It will all be for the best.

Tell them to eat their peas?

:)

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:34:25am

re: #27 b.d.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to DailyKos Obama nominates an ultraconservative for the Supreme Court.

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They have to realize a couple things. 1) The senate we’re dealing with and 2) The person they want would have wanted to go through with this. I admit Garland was not my first choice. I made my preference known last night for a woman and or a racial/religious minority (though Judge Garland is Jewish) because I think we’ve had years of white male Protestant domination on the court but someone who is capable, intelligent, and reasonable for the job is fine. I said it last night. There’s an element of the left that acts like the TP because they don’t understand governance.

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Franklin  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:36:23am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:36:26am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:37:49am

re: #33 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Mitch if you wanted to say you were a spineless weasel, that’s well less than 150 characters, you could have just tweeted that.

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weave  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:38:32am

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:39:48am

re: #35 weave

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

I hope a lot of that is bluster. I won’t lie though. I’ve seen it. And yeah it could be bad for the downticket races. I finally got my brother a little more sympathetic to Clinton by bringing up that she values them more than Bernie does. He’s not a big politics guy but he realizes that Congress is very important.

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Tigger2  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:40:02am

re: #33 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:41:05am

re: #37 Tigger2

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He won’t listen to you. He’ll listen to the guy who says Obama’s name means he wants an ISIS attack on the US though. That’s his base!

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:41:05am

re: #35 weave

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

What percentage of Trump voters will not vote for Cruz or Kasich?

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:41:21am

re: #35 weave

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

You know how we say polls this far out are too early?

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b.d.  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:41:47am

re: #33 Backwoods_Sleuth

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UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!UPORDOWNVOTE!

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:42:20am
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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:42:29am

It’s not been updated since February, . .

NYT POTUS Interactive Fundraising site.

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Tigger2  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:42:44am

re: #38 HappyWarrior

He won’t listen to you. He’ll listen to the guy who says Obama’s name means he wants an ISIS attack on the US though. That’s his base!

I know he wont just wanted to take a poke at him.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:42:59am

re: #42 lawhawk

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Could we see an Oompa Loompa-Voldemort ticket?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:43:31am

re: #44 Tigger2

I know he wont just wanted to take a poke at him.

Oh I know you know. I just wanted to point out that you’re making a reasonable request while the TCOT is filled with people like that.

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KGxvi  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:43:39am

According to SCOTUSBlog, Garland has never had cert granted on one of his opinions.

For a long-tenured judge on a prominent court of appeals, Judge Garland has participated in few cases that resulted in Supreme Court review. The Supreme Court has not granted cert. in any case in which he wrote the court of appeals’ opinion. Of the seven cases reviewed by the Supreme Court in which he has stated (or strongly implied) a position, the Justices agreed with him in four.

That’s a pretty good track record for an appellate court judge.

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:44:21am

Corrupt former businessman endorses Trump™

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:44:29am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:44:31am

re: #35 weave

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

The very first sentence in that opinion piece isn’t even true. Sanders is not a Democrat.

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Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:45:15am

re: #33 Backwoods_Sleuth

Leader McConnell

Let’s see some leadership then, Mitch.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:45:46am

Anyone who hasn’t already done so should read this:

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:46:54am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:47:02am

re: #47 KGxvi

According to SCOTUSBlog, Garland has never had cert granted on one of his opinions.

That’s a pretty good track record for an appellate court judge.

I’m with HRC(Human Rights Campaign though Hillary Rodham Clinton has said this too). I want Judge Garland to get a fair hearing. I think he’s entitled to that and from what I do know, I think he’d be a solid addition to the court. For sentimental reasons, I like that he clerked for Brennan though that doesn’t tell the whole story of what his judicial philosophy will be of course.

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:47:13am
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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:49:15am

re: #47 KGxvi

That suggests a few things:

1) his opinions are well reasoned and founded on solid jurisprudence;
2) there isn’t split of authority with other circuits from which to take case; and
3) his opinions aren’t outside sphere of opinions already on the Court - not an outlier.

Taken together, I think that bodes well.

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I Stand With Planned Parenthood  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:49:24am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:49:41am

re: #55 FormerDirtDart

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So that’s what the McConnell internship entitles. You know, I’d rather work at Best Buy and be paid if that’s what they’re paying some college kid nothing to do.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:50:44am

re: #57 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

If I’m reading it right Clinton got almost double the ACTUAL votes than did Trump.

That would make sense to me. Outside of Missouri, I think she won all of her states with above 50% while Trump never got above that. We’re hearing that Trump has a secret majority but it is better called the Secret Plurality.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:50:46am

re: #57 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Yes but the GOP ticket was split 4 ways vs. 2. The GOP will fall behind Trump and all previous contestants *snicker* will support him and urge their supporters to do the same.

Bernie supporters? Not so much.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:51:38am

With Scott behind Trump now though. Trump has the most governors endorsing him in the race. Granted it’s 3-2-2 and I expect many of those former Rubio governors to line up behind Kasich and Cruz.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:51:58am

re: #60 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes but the GOP ticket was split 4 ways vs. 2.

That is true as well.

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Great White Snark  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:52:19am

There is good news in the polling

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:53:28am
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Dr. Matt  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:53:51am
Trump Says if the GOP Tries to Stop Him, His Followers Will Riot

Subtitle: Trump finally tells the truth.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:53:56am

Profiles in Courage: Rick Scott!

The nomination of Garland is going to put senators like Kelly Ayotte in a bind as she goes up for re-election. I think the majority of New Hampshirites want to see the process move forward. Ayotte has hitched her wagon to McConnell.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:54:55am

re: #35 weave

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

We’ll need to go back to articles from 2007/8 and see how many Hillary voters said they wouldn’t support Obama.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:55:01am

re: #66 Barefoot Grin

Profiles in Courage: Rick Scott!

The nomination of Garland is going to put senators like Kelly Ayotte in a bind as she goes up for re-election. I think the majority of New Hampshirites want to see the process move forward. Ayotte has hitched her wagon to McConnell.

Portman did in Ohio too and so did Toomey in Pennsylvania. Kirk even if I think it is a pure survival move is taking the opposite approach in Illinois last I heard.

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Tigger2  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:55:25am

re: #60 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes but the GOP ticket was split 4 ways vs. 2. The GOP will fall behind Trump and all previous contestants *snicker* will support him and urge their supporters to do the same.

Bernie supporters? Not so much.

I can’t prove it but I really believe you will have some moderate Republicans voting secretly for Clinton over Trump if he gets the nomination. It’s just a feeling I have.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:55:29am

re: #67 Dr. Matt

We’ll need to go back to articles from 2007/8 and see how many Hillary voters said they wouldn’t support Obama.

That is true as well. I do worry about it a little but I do think the reality will change minds.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:55:58am

re: #69 Tigger2

I can’t prove it but I really believe you will have some moderate Republicans voting secretly for Clinton over Trump if he gets the nomination. It’s just a feeling I have.

I’m sure we’ll find out about it much later when they’re out of office.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:56:43am

re: #68 HappyWarrior

Portman did in Ohio too and so did Toomey in Pennsylvania. Kirk even if I think it is a pure survival move is taking the opposite approach in Illinois last I heard.

Good. I really hope it moves the needle in the D direction for at least a few seats.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:57:39am

re: #7 The Vicious Babushka

Wow, wingnuts are having a ragegasm over Merrick Garland

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On some level I am wondering if Sri is his actual pick and Garland is taking this on knowing he’s going to get skewered.

Cynical? Me? No way.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:57:49am

re: #72 Barefoot Grin

Good. I really hope it moves the needle in the D direction for at least a few seats.

Yeah I expect those of you in states that are competitive presidential races and senate seats will see anti-McConnell ads. No senate race here in Va thankfully and I have two Dems.

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Great White Snark  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:59:10am

Not a peep to his people to stay calm. He wants the riot, sit back smile behind the curtain and wring his tiny hands on camera

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:59:26am

re: #73 MsJ

On some level I am wondering if Sri is his actual pick and Garland is taking this on knowing he’s going to get skewered.

Cynical? Me? No way.

I think Garland is for real. His name has come up before. I think what you could see happen is Sri perhaps get considered if Clinton is elected and there is a vacancy. Sri may not want it at this time either. He was my first choice of the names floated because I loved the idea of the GOP being forced to reject someone they had so recently confirmed but I have no idea how Obama’s conversation with the man went.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:59:48am

re: #75 Great White Snark

Not a peep to his people to stay calm. He wants the riot, sit back smile behind the curtain and wring his tiny hands on camera

Of course. I expect nothing less.

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weave  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:59:53am

re: #39 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

What percentage of Trump voters will not vote for Cruz or Kasich?

Yeah, or Cruz voters won’t vote for Trump if it comes to that.

Only thing for sure here is, this will definitely not be a typical election.

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:00:30am

re: #73 MsJ

On some level I am wondering if Sri is his actual pick and Garland is taking this on knowing he’s going to get skewered.

Cynical? Me? No way.

I’ve thought through that, and I don’t think you can make a cynical pick. What if the Republicans cave? Then you’ve made a mediocre choice that you’ll be stuck with.

Nope, kind of like voting for the Democrat in the primary, make your best choice and live with the choice. He probably got told not today by a few people that would have done it at any other time.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:01:14am

re: #74 HappyWarrior

Yeah I expect those of you in states that are competitive presidential races and senate seats will see anti-McConnell ads. No senate race here in Va thankfully and I have two Dems.

Gov. Hassan, a strong HRC supporter, is running for Ayotte’s seat. Of course, NH went for Bernie, but I think she’ll be helped in the general election by her association. It’ll be close, though.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:02:44am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:03:12am

re: #69 Tigger2

Very true. I know a few. If I can take them at their word. ;)

But just about all the Bernie supporters in my circle say they just won’t vote. It’s frustrating that they can’t think of the big picture.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:03:44am

re: #67 Dr. Matt

We’ll need to go back to articles from 2007/8 and see how many Hillary voters said they wouldn’t support Obama.

THIS. Especially since the media has a vested interest in keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. Who’s gonna click if there’s no drama?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:05:13am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:05:35am

re: #81 Lidane

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I’ll give Kirk credit here.

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:05:38am

That would be delicious…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:05:55am

re: #84 The Vicious Babushka

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Nothing will rehabilitate Hitler’s image, you fuckwad.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:06:06am

re: #75 Great White Snark

Not a peep to his people to stay calm. He wants the riot, sit back smile behind the curtain and wring his tiny hands on camera

It’s par for him, based on his past behavior. See my #52.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:06:56am

Baby Whiplash is taking hits of acid again

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:07:17am

re: #86 Jenner7

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That would be delicious…

knock, knock, knock

[Eye looks through keyhole] “go away, nobody’s here….”

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:08:53am

re: #81 Lidane

Ah, the primary, and Duckworth winning, put the fear of god into Kirk, I see.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:08:59am

Trump’s not on TV. I imagine him bitching.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:09:10am

re: #81 Lidane

Kirk is up for re-election vs. Duckworth. He knows his time is up. This is his last ditch effort to stay employed.

Kirk signed that treasonous letter that was sent to the Iranian leaders. I’ve voted for him a few times honestly, but I’m so done.

Good news for November though, if yesterday was any indication. Duckworth got 265k more votes than Kirk, and that was split 3 ways instead of 2 ways. Looking good for her.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:09:26am

re: #85 HappyWarrior

I’ll give Kirk credit here.

I won’t. This is about his reelection and nothing more.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:09:30am

re: #89 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash is taking hits of acid again

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Still a sad hack. Sad.

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:09:32am

Florida, why oh why must you continue to embarrass yourself…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:09:51am

re: #94 MsJ

I won’t. This is about his reelection and nothing more.

True. Very true.

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Tigger2  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:10:30am

re: #82 GlutenFreeJesus

Very true. I know a few. If I can take them at their word. ;)

But just about all the Bernie supporters in my circle say they just won’t vote. It’s frustrating that they can’t think of the big picture.

I hope some of those Bernie supporters are just a little butthurt right now and will change their minds later. mostly saying this in general for all Sanders supporters.

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withak  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:11:20am

re: #82 GlutenFreeJesus

Very true. I know a few. If I can take them at their word. ;)

But just about all the Bernie supporters in my circle say they just won’t vote. It’s frustrating that they can’t think of the big picture.

I’ve got a live one on Facebook (former co-worker) that I have resisted engaging so far. He’s said he won’t vote for Clinton and will write in Bernie. This is mitigated slightly by the fact that it won’t matter in MN, and apparently he’ll still vote downticket.

He’s younger than me (surprise) and one of the laziest, whiniest sad sacks I’ve ever had the displeasure of working with. I’m honestly not sure why we’re friends on Facebook, and I may rectify that.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:12:00am

re: #96 FormerDirtDart

Florida, why oh why must you continue to embarrass yourself…

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Maybe we need some Iranian officials to oversee Florida’s elections.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:13:20am

So this is where in Ireland where my grandmother’s maternal grandfather probably came from in a OT note. Man really saddens me to think about the Four Courts fire of 1922. So many records lost in that would have made finding my Irish family that much easier but I do at the same time feel some accomplishment. Before I started researching my family, I knew the countries they came from but not when they came to the US or where in these countries they came from. I now know alot of that. I’m just always hungry for more knowledge.
en.wikipedia.org

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:13:26am
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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:14:11am

re: #81 Lidane

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Where’s D_F? Based on the comment he made downstairs, I guess he’d consider his senator a traitor of sorts. or at best an unreliable team player. He seems to be of the opinion that every single person who identifies as Republican thinks like he does. Even if they did, as Kirk pointed out, he was elected to represent ALL the people of Illinois, not just a partisan subset.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:15:06am

re: #102 Lidane

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And if Obama had picked someone who was a racial minority, they’d call it an affirmative action pick. Get the fuck over yourselves conservatives. Oh and Garland is Jewish. for what it’s worth. There’s still only been a handful of Jews on the USSC even with RBG and Breyer presently there.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:15:40am

re: #97 HappyWarrior

True. Very true.

Yeah, I forgot about that.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:16:44am

re: #103 CuriousLurker

Where’s D_F? Based on the comment he made downstairs, I guess he’d consider his senator a traitor of sorts. or at best an unreliable team player. He seems to be of the opinion that every single person who identifies as Republican thinks like he does. Even if they did, as Kirk pointed out, he was elected to represent ALL the people of Illinois, not just a partisan subset.

He left. I do wonder what he’ll think of this since he has praised Kirk alot. The bolded is a great point. Honestly, I think when DF goes into what I’ll call GOPspain mode when he explains what the party’s motivations are or more accurately what he feels they are since he’s not a party operative in the true sense of that word, he makes them look worse to me. Shrug.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:17:14am

re: #105 CuriousLurker

Yeah, I forgot about that.

I’ll take what I can get. I just want this guy to get a fair hearing on his own merits and qualifications.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:17:56am

re: #107 HappyWarrior

I’ll take what I can get. I just want this guy to get a fair hearing on his own merits and qualifications.

Same here.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:18:52am

re: #99 withak

I’m honestly not sure why we’re friends on Facebook, and I may rectify that.

Sounds like a good idea. I hate FB.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:19:11am

re: #108 CuriousLurker

Same here.

I do love that he clerked for Brennan though just as I loved seeing Kagan clerking for Marshall. I mean who you clerk for doesn’t necessarily always tell the philosophy of that person but it’s still neat to know.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:19:54am

re: #57 I Stand With Planned Parenthood

If I’m reading it right Clinton got almost double the ACTUAL votes than did Trump.

This reminds me a bit about Ohio. There was a lot of coverage of Democrats going into the polls and requesting GOP ballots to vote for Kasich just to block Trump. I wonder how much larger her margin would have been if that had not happened?

I’m sure it is safe to say the Bernie backers would not be using their vote to do the same.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:20:39am

Someone’s hungover today:

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:21:14am

LAMEST. ATTACK. AD. EVER.
Did some Drumpfenjugend send him this lame video for free?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:21:28am

A lot of my Bernie fan friends are talking about how his best days are to come and I just don’t see that. Frank pointed it out last night but 12/14 next states are closed primaries. Bernie’s losing big among registered Democrats and whether they want to admit it or not, momentum does happen. Honestly, I think Bernie is a poor choice to be the leader of the party’s progressive wing. I hate to sound ageist but the guy’s seventy four and represents a very white state. Progressives should be looking to someone younger and who represents or governs a more diverse bunch of people than an elderly senator from Vermont. That doesn’t mean I want Bernie out of the race per say or that he should shut up. It’s just I don’t see him as a great leader.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:21:59am

re: #112 Lidane

Someone’s hungover today:

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I get it, Reince, you’re afraid of the awful shit Scalia stood for being changed. Fuck off you pathetic troll.

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withak  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:22:20am

re: #109 CuriousLurker

Sounds like a good idea. I hate FB.

At the very least, I need to prune my friends list. I haven’t seen this guy since I left my last job in 2011, and I wasn’t even that fond of him then…

Facebook has its purposes, and it’s the best way to communicate with a lot of my actual friends, but I explicitly avoid religion and politics on it; it’s my happy place for pictures of vacations, babies, and pets.

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Bubblehead II  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:22:25am

re: #112 Lidane

Someone’s hungover today:

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:22:42am

re: #68 HappyWarrior

Portman did in Ohio too and so did Toomey in Pennsylvania. Kirk even if I think it is a pure survival move is taking the opposite approach in Illinois last I heard.

I hope that puts ‘paid’ to Portman’s whole run for Senate and Ted Strickland clobbers him in November.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:23:17am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

LAMEST. ATTACK. AD. EVER.
Did some Drumpfenjugend send him this lame video for free?

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:23:18am

Speaking of…

Duckworth got more votes than Kirk. And dems got more overall votes than the GOP. Kirk is counting days unless he does something to show moderation. Unfortunately, if anyone buys it he will be back being his asshole GOP self.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:23:27am

re: #118 ObserverArt

I hope that puts ‘paid’ to Portman’s whole run for Senate and Ted Strickland clobbers him in November.

Strickland is a great candidate.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:24:41am

re: #120 MsJ

Speaking of…

Duckworth got more votes than Kirk. And dems got more overall votes than the GOP. Kirk is counting days unless he does something to show moderation. Unfortunately, if anyone buys it he will be back being his asshole GOP self.

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I totally expect when Kirk leaves office, he’ll do one of two things, he’ll either bash the party for what it is now that he doesn’t have to worry about re-election or he’ll go the route of another “moderate” Scott Brown and go full wingnut (Brown’s backing Herr Drumpf.).

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:24:51am

Reminder: Alex Jones has been screaming about concentration camps outside of Fort Hood for decades now. Reasonable people tuned him out a long, long time ago.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:24:52am

re: #81 Lidane

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Oh…that is going to burn the butt of one Republican LGF member for sure.

Get out the RINO rubber stamp.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:25:36am

re: #107 HappyWarrior

What drives me especially nuts is that D_F keeps talking about what “the party base” wants. He (and the rest of the GOP) seems to completely missing the fact that said base isn’t enough to win back the White House—if it was, they would’ve won it back in 2012. Yet they just keep doubling down on the stupid. *smh*

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Franklin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:25:39am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

LAMEST. ATTACK. AD. EVER.
Did some Drumpfenjugend send him this lame video for free?

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Dave In Austin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:25:51am
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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:26:03am
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:26:29am

re: #123 Lidane

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Reminder: Alex Jones has been screaming about concentration camps outside of Fort Hood for decades now. Reasonable people tuned him out a long, long time ago.

If there are actual concentration camps how come he isn’t in one?

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:26:37am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

An attack ad a 12 year old would do. Very high school.

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:27:11am

re: #114 HappyWarrior

A lot of my Bernie fan friends are talking about how his best days are to come and I just don’t see that. Frank pointed it out last night but 12/14 next states are closed primaries. Bernie’s losing big among registered Democrats and whether they want to admit it or not, momentum does happen. Honestly, I think Bernie is a poor choice to be the leader of the party’s progressive wing. I hate to sound ageist but the guy’s seventy four and represents a very white state. Progressives should be looking to someone younger and who represents or governs a more diverse bunch of people than an elderly senator from Vermont. That doesn’t mean I want Bernie out of the race per say or that he should shut up. It’s just I don’t see him as a great leader.

Agree. As he loses ground each week, they’ll get more and more shrill, but they’ll have to see the loss on their own. My 20 year old son is like that on a lot of things (though he did switch from Sanders to Clinton right before Iowa): He’s still at that stage where my advice doesn’t really sink in until he runs smack dab into reality.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:27:24am

re: #130 MsJ

An attack ad a 12 year old would do. Very high school.

More 4th grade level.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:27:27am
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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:27:46am

re: #123 Lidane

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Reminder: Alex Jones has been screaming about concentration camps outside of Fort Hood for decades now. Reasonable people tuned him out a long, long time ago.

I’m still waiting for someone to find, and photograph, one of those damned prison trains…
With said prisoners…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:27:55am

re: #123 Lidane

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Reminder: Alex Jones has been screaming about concentration camps outside of Fort Hood for decades now. Reasonable people tuned him out a long, long time ago.

Right, he was talking about this in the Bush years.

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:28:44am

re: #130 MsJ

An attack ad a 12 year old would do. Very high school.

12 year old is 6th or 7th grade.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:29:12am

re: #114 HappyWarrior

A lot of my Bernie fan friends are talking about how his best days are to come and I just don’t see that. Frank pointed it out last night but 12/14 next states are closed primaries. Bernie’s losing big among registered Democrats and whether they want to admit it or not, momentum does happen. Honestly, I think Bernie is a poor choice to be the leader of the party’s progressive wing. I hate to sound ageist but the guy’s seventy four and represents a very white state. Progressives should be looking to someone younger and who represents or governs a more diverse bunch of people than an elderly senator from Vermont. That doesn’t mean I want Bernie out of the race per say or that he should shut up. It’s just I don’t see him as a great leader.

If there is going to be any momentum it will be going Hillary’s way from now on. This is the point where the wagon starts to pick up those that no longer want their vote to be a waste and also want to be part of the winning.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:29:32am

re: #122 HappyWarrior

I totally expect when Kirk leaves office, he’ll do one of two things, he’ll either bash the party for what it is now that he doesn’t have to worry about re-election or he’ll go the route of another “moderate” Scott Brown and go full wingnut (Brown’s backing Herr Drumpf.).

I see K Street in his future.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:29:37am

re: #125 CuriousLurker

What drives me especially nuts is that D_F keeps talking about what “the party base” wants. He (and the rest of the GOP) seems to completely missing the fact that said base isn’t enough to win back the White House—if it was, they would’ve won it back in 2012. Yet they just keep doubling down on the stupid. *smh*

Well he’s talking about how the “sane ones” keep power and what I keep on asking him and never getting a true answer about why it’s acceptable to appease a bunch of lunatics. Kirk’s statement even if it is political in nature is correct. He’s the Senator of all the people of Illinois. Even those Cook County Democrats that DF loses sleep over.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:30:00am

re: #138 MsJ

I see K Street in his future.

That’s a good one too.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:31:34am

re: #136 Belafon

12 year old is 6th or 7th grade.

Sheesh, it’s been a long time. Stop making me use my toes to count! :-)

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:33:13am

re: #135 HappyWarrior

Right, he was talking about this in the Bush years.

Jones: “ZOMG! ARMY INSTALLATION OUTSIDE KILLEEN! CONCENTRATION CAMPS! ELEVENTY!”

Normal Texans: “Yeah. That’s Fort Hood. It’s an Army base.”

Jones: “THAT’S WHAT THE BILDERBERGS WANT YOU TO THINK!”

Normal Texans: “…..”

Etc. Lather, rinse, repeat since the late 90’s.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:35:59am

re: #128 Lidane

Oh dear, MUSLIMS!!

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:37:17am

re: #142 Lidane

Jones: “ZOMG! ARMY INSTALLATION OUTSIDE KILLEEN! CONCENTRATION CAMPS! ELEVENTY!”

Normal Texans: “Yeah. That’s Fort Hood. It’s an Army base.”

Jones: “THAT’S WHAT THE BILDERBERGS WANT YOU TO THINK!”

Normal Texans: “…..”

Etc. Lather, rinse, repeat since the late 90’s.

I do wonder if he’s an act because this has made him a wealthy man. If I had no scruples, I’d consider it but I value my integrity.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:42:42am

Wingnuts don’t waste any time getting out their hate memes==>

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:43:27am

Wait for the Anti-Semitism. Just wait for it.

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:45:06am

In context:

These are the same people who bitch that RW’s take Obama out of context. Sigh. Another reason I don’t watch his show.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:45:39am

re: #146 The Vicious Babushka

Wait for the Anti-Semitism. Just wait for it.

Is Garland Jewish?

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:45:57am

re: #146 The Vicious Babushka

Wait for the Anti-Semitism. Just wait for it.

“But his last name is Garland! How can he be Jewish?!” — TCOT

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Franklin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:45:59am

re: #145 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts don’t waste any time getting out their hate memes==>

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Can you “overturn” an amendment?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:46:30am

re: #148 Decatur Deb

Is Garland Jewish?

Yes.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:46:52am

re: #146 The Vicious Babushka

Wait for the Anti-Semitism. Just wait for it.

Yep, I was just checking to see if he was Jewish.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:47:53am

re: #151 HappyWarrior

Yes.

He’ll still be welcome at the SC Catholic pancake breakfasts, just be careful about the sausage.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:49:20am

re: #147 Jenner7

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These are the same people who bitch that RW’s take Obama out of context. Sigh. Another reason I don’t watch his show.

Really disappointing to see this from “our side.” This is why I hate Twitter though. It makes it hard to talk in context. It’s clear seeing the entire statement which if Hayes was a responsible journalist, he would have found that it indicates Garland is dedicated to seeing that all legal procedures are practiced. It’s actually something I as someone who thinks suspected criminals are villanized too much by society (too much presumption of guilt by society) really like.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:49:24am

re: #149 Lidane

“But his last name is Garland! How can he be Jewish?!” — TCOT

They’re idiots.

His mother, Shirley (née Horwitz), was a director of volunteer services, and his father, Cyril Garland, headed Garland Advertising, a small business run out of the family’s home. […]

en.wikipedia.org

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KGxvi  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:50:47am

re: #147 Jenner7

Some people consider “technicalities” to be the “due process of law”. It’s one of my concerns about prosecutors getting seats on the bench over defense attorneys. But given the context, I have to say, I admire Garland for doing it the right way. One of the things that annoy normal people about lawyers is that we tend to harp on the fact that process matters.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:50:52am

re: #148 Decatur Deb

Is Garland Jewish?

Yes.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:51:59am

re: #153 Decatur Deb

He’ll still be welcome at the SC Catholic pancake breakfasts, just be careful about the sausage.

Plenty of potatoes though. That’s something the two faiths can bond over.

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KGxvi  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:53:20am

re: #158 HappyWarrior

Plenty of potatoes though. That’s something the two faiths can bond over.

Is breakfast without potatoes really breakfast?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:53:23am
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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:55:43am

re: #159 KGxvi

Is breakfast without potatoes really breakfast?

Mmmm colcannon. Speaking of which, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.

epicurious.com

We’re having it tomorrow with cabbage from the winter garden.

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:55:44am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:56:08am

re: #155 CuriousLurker

They’re idiots.

I don’t know if any of them have actually said that yet but yeah there are surnames that are both Jewish and non-Jewish. I didn’t know he was Jewish before today though. It’s not a name I would think Jewish upon hearing but I wouldn’t express skepticism over either. I still love Yogi Berra’s response when he got told that Dublin had a Jewish mayor. “Only in America.”

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:56:22am

Oh, ick. I was just looking at responses to Baby Whiplash’s tweet about the antisemites so I could do my usual preemptive blocking and saw this in the timeline of a Holocaust denier. Guess she’s gonna be called a RINO now:

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:56:26am

re: #144 HappyWarrior

I’ve ran into him a few times at a popular Austin sushi restaurant. He’s doing it just for the $.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:57:16am

re: #159 KGxvi

Is breakfast without potatoes really breakfast?

Or any meal really.
#WestofConnacht.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:57:33am

re: #164 CuriousLurker

Oh, ick. I was just looking at responses to Baby Whiplash’s tweet about the antisemites so I could do my usual preemptive blocking and saw this in the timeline of a Holocaust denier. Guess she’s gonna be called a RINO now:

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I was just talking about Ms. Ayotte upthread…..

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:57:51am

re: #164 CuriousLurker

Oh, ick. I was just looking at responses to Baby Whiplash’s tweet about the antisemites so I could do my usual preemptive blocking and saw this in the timeline of a Holocaust denier. Guess she’s gonna be called a RINO now:

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Heh too late to primary her. She’s feeling the heat though. Good.

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SirMixALot  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:58:10am

The Trump Mobility Scooter Army of Doom! I’m so escared! Looking forward to these old fools and obese white supremacist getting stomped by the police. Liberals need to stay out of it. Don’t turn the cops attention to them.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 9:59:21am

re: #69 Tigger2

I can’t prove it but I really believe you will have some moderate Republicans voting secretly for Clinton over Trump if he gets the nomination. It’s just a feeling I have.

I’m a moderate Republican and it’s no secret at all that I’ll be voting for Clinton, no matter who ends up with the GOP nomination.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:00:42am

re: #169 SirMixALot

The Trump Mobility Scooter Army of Doom! I’m so escared! Looking forward to these old fools and obese white supremacist getting stomped by the police. Liberals need to stay out of it. Don’t turn the cops attention to them.

There is still an SDS. Now it’s Seniors for a Democratic Society. Time is a bitch.

facebook.com

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:01:40am
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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:03:03am

re: #163 HappyWarrior

I don’t know if any of them have actually said that yet but yeah there are surnames that are both Jewish and non-Jewish. I didn’t know he was Jewish before today though. It’s not a name I would think Jewish upon hearing but I wouldn’t express skepticism over either. I still love Yogi Berra’s response when he got told that Dublin had a Jewish mayor. “Only in America.”

You can’t go by last names since there are Jewish women who marry non-Jews, but their children are still considered Jewish as Judaism is matrilineal.

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:04:26am

re: #172 lawhawk

Poor Utah. Getting screwed at the last minute. One thing I’ll say for my state, they don’t like Trump.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:04:56am

re: #173 CuriousLurker

You can’t go by last names since there are Jewish women who marry non-Jews, but their children are still considered Jewish since Judaism is matrilineal.

That’s true as well. Good point.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:04:56am

I just had a 9 year old tell me how to make my own cursor. Thank you YouTube.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:05:28am

re: #167 Barefoot Grin

I was just talking about Ms. Ayotte upthread…..

Yep, I saw that. It’s part of the reason her name jumped out at me in the timeline.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:05:38am

re: #173 CuriousLurker

You can’t go by last names since there are Jewish women who marry non-Jews, but their children are still considered Jewish since Judaism is matrilineal.

Cohen is also an Irish name, and I think it’s totally separate philologically.

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Dave In Austin  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:07:23am

Break time: Monkey Magic!
Baboon Is Amazed By Man’s Magic Trick

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:07:24am

re: #178 Decatur Deb

Cohen is also an Irish name, and I think it’s totally separate philologically.

Thought that was Cohan.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:07:51am

re: #178 Decatur Deb

Cohen is also an Irish name, and I think it’s totally separate philologically.

Seriously? (I can never be 100% sure when you’re being serious and when not ;-)).

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:09:56am

re: #180 HappyWarrior

Thought that was Cohan.

Could be, though the Ellis Island blender would make short work of that.

re: #181 CuriousLurker

Seriously? (I can never be 100% sure when you’re being serious and when not ;-)).

Serious, but perhaps mistaken (180 above).

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:10:15am

re: #172 lawhawk

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Ha. I take it this is caused by Trump. What, is he going to refuse to debate from here on out now? Maybe he thinks this is how he eliminates Cruz and Ohio Johnny.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:10:37am

re: #177 CuriousLurker

Yep, I saw that. It’s part of the reason her name jumped out at me in the timeline.

I really want to like Kelly Ayotte. She can be so reasonable on some issues but then lurch right when McConnell leans on her. Looks like NH voices carry more weight this time. (If she could be primaried, I bet they’d go with someone like Susan Delemus, the state rep. and nutbag wife of the nutbag who got involved in the Oregon standoff.)

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:12:01am

re: #184 Barefoot Grin

I really want to like Kelly Ayotte. She can be so reasonable on some issues but then lurch right when McConnell leans on her. Looks like NH voices carry more weight this time. (If she could be primaried, I bet they’d go with someone like Susan Delemus, the state rep. and nutbag wife of the nutbag who got involved in the Oregon standoff.)

I find Republicans like that much more frustrating to figure out. With a Cruz, I know I’m getting a dishonest partisan hack but with someone like that who can be reasonable but goes partisan hack with the push of a button is frustrating.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:12:33am

re: #181 CuriousLurker

Seriously? (I can never be 100% sure when you’re being serious and when not ;-)).

I go with not serious at first, then work form there. He eventually reveals himself if he is serious after he confuses the hell out of everyone. : )

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:13:21am

re: #186 ObserverArt

I go with not serious at first, then work form there. He eventually reveals himself if he is serious after he confuses the hell out of everyone. : )

I’m always being serious, but sometimes I’m not joking.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:14:04am

re: #182 Decatur Deb

Could be, though the Ellis Island blender would make short work of that.

Serious, but perhaps mistaken (180 above).

I thought you’d know George Cohan. Cagney even played him in a movie.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:15:14am

re: #185 HappyWarrior

I find Republicans like that much more frustrating to figure out. With a Cruz, I know I’m getting a dishonest partisan hack but with someone like that who can be reasonable but goes partisan hack with the push of a button is frustrating.

Yeah, it is frustrating. I think a significant part of her base are upper-middle class folks who have gotten fed up with the Romneys and have gone full Trump. She gets battered between those extremes.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:15:33am

re: #188 HappyWarrior

I thought you’d know George Cohan. Cagney even played him in a movie.

That’s what started me off track. Assumed once that he was Irish of Jewish ancestry.

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:16:11am

Hatch told a local news station that Obama called him to give him a heads up about his own comments on Merrick. Leave it to Obama to let Hatch know he’s going to troll him on live TV. lol

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:16:29am

re: #183 ObserverArt

Ha. I take it this is caused by Trump. What, is he going to refuse to debate from here on out now? Maybe he thinks this is how he eliminates Cruz and Ohio Johnny.

Suffocate Cruz and Kasich by not giving them free airtime that they’d get from debates.

It’s a sound strategy actually.

Considering how much free time Trump gets compared to everyone else running, Trump knows how to play the media angle well. Debates no longer favor his campaign strategy since it exposes his weaknesses more than it benefits.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:16:49am

re: #182 Decatur Deb

Could be, though the Ellis Island blender would make short work of that.

Serious, but perhaps mistaken (180 above).

This is an old joke so stop me if you’ve heard it.

There was a Jewish man and an Asian man who were both named Sean Ferguson. How did that happen? They were standing in line at Ellis Island. The Jewish man did not speak English but he had been told “At Ellis Island they will ask you where you’re from, what’s your name, and where do you intend to live.”

The Jewish man kept repeating the 3 questions to himself in Yiddish, from, name, where. But when he got to the head of the line instead of asking “where are you from?” they asked him “What’s your name?” He got confused and blurted out “Oy ich hob shoyn fergessen!” (I forgot already). The immigration officer wrote down “Sean Ferguson” stamped his papers and waved him on.

When it was the Asian man’s turn they asked “What’s your name” and he said “Sam Ting”

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:17:04am

re: #190 Decatur Deb

That’s what started me off track. Assumed once that he was Irish of Jewish ancestry.

Aha ha. en.wikipedia.org
Apparently it’s Gaelic in origin. Many of the Irish names in my Irish lineage have Gaelic roots or becoming more Irish than the Irish themselves like the Welsh Joyces.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:17:34am

re: #191 Jenner7

Hatch told a local news station that Obama called him to give him a heads up about his own comments on Merrick. Leave it to Obama to let Hatch know he’s going to troll him on live TV. lol

The slow blade penetrates the shield.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:18:08am

re: #193 The Vicious Babushka

This is an old joke so stop me if you’ve heard it.

There was a Jewish man and an Asian man who were both named Sean Ferguson. How did that happen? They were standing in line at Ellis Island. The Jewish man did not speak English but he had been told “At Ellis Island they will ask you where you’re from, what’s your name, and where do you intend to live.”

The Jewish man kept repeating the 3 questions to himself in Yiddish, from, name, where. But when he got to the head of the line instead of asking “where are you from?” they asked him “What’s your name?” He got confused and blurted out “Oy ich hob shoyn fergessen!” (I forgot already). The immigration officer wrote down “Sean Ferguson” stamped his papers and waved him on.

When it was the Asian man’s turn they asked “What’s your name” and he said “Sam Ting”

Reminds me of the Deng Xiaoping visiting America joke that my Chinese hitsory professor told us.

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KGxvi  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:18:18am

re: #185 HappyWarrior

I find Republicans like that much more frustrating to figure out. With a Cruz, I know I’m getting a dishonest partisan hack but with someone like that who can be reasonable but goes partisan hack with the push of a button is frustrating.

It’s old party politics. My guess is that McConnell does the traditional leadership thing of threatening committee assignments and primary campaign funding or blocking bills/amendments. One would hope that if this is happening to a not insignificant portion of the caucus, they’d challenge the leadership, but for whatever reason right now, they can’t (probably because the caucus has moved quite a bit to the right).

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:19:47am

re: #195 Decatur Deb

The slow blade penetrates the shield.

Muad’Dib!

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:19:55am

Here it is: or at least a variation of it. The way my professor told it, Xiaoping is at customs explaining why he’s in the US.
Deng Xiaoping is visiting the US. Tired of being shadowed by his entourage at all times, he decides to go for a walk on his own. This alarms his translators and bodyguards who fear that Mr. Deng will get into trouble since he does not speak any English. However, realizing that they cannot change his mind, they decide to at least prepare him in case he gets stopped by the police. “If you get stopped”, they coached him, “they’ll first ask for your surname and then they’ll ask for your given name. Just tell them and everything will be fine”. So Mr. Deng goes out and enjoys himself. A policeman recognizes him. Having heard that Mr. Deng prides himself in his knowledge of American history, he decides to start a conversation with an
Policeman: Who was the first president of the U.S?
Mr. Deng: Wo xing Deng [我姓鄧: My surname is Deng]
Policeman: Yes, Washington. And what are you doing in the U.S?
Mr. Deng: Xiaoping [小平]
Policeman: Ah, shopping. Very good. Have nice day!.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:20:04am

re: #104 HappyWarrior

And if Obama had picked someone who was a racial minority, they’d call it an affirmative action pick. Get the fuck over yourselves conservatives. Oh and Garland is Jewish. for what it’s worth. There’s still only been a handful of Jews on the USSC even with RBG and Breyer presently there.

Kagan is also Jewish.

re: #148 Decatur Deb

Is Garland Jewish?

Russian Jewish, no less.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:20:17am

re: #197 KGxvi

It’s old party politics. My guess is that McConnell does the traditional leadership thing of threatening committee assignments and primary campaign funding or blocking bills/amendments. One would hope that if this is happening to a not insignificant portion of the caucus, they’d challenge the leadership, but for whatever reason right now, they can’t (probably because the caucus has moved quite a bit to the right).

True.

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:20:18am

re: #112 Lidane

We won’t stand by while Obama attempts to install a liberal majority on #SCOTUS to undermine our Constitution & protect his lawless actions

Why not, Rinse? You guys have done nothing but ‘stand by’ for seven years now.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:20:39am

re: #200 Backwoods_Sleuth

Kagan is also Jewish.

Russian Jewish, no less.

Forgot about Kegan.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:21:19am

The Nile.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:21:50am

re: #184 Barefoot Grin

I really want to like Kelly Ayotte. She can be so reasonable on some issues but then lurch right when McConnell leans on her. Looks like NH voices carry more weight this time. (If she could be primaried, I bet they’d go with someone like Susan Delemus, the state rep. and nutbag wife of the nutbag who got involved in the Oregon standoff.)

Hmm, I see that even though she can’t be primaried Americans for Prosperity threw her under the bus (WRT financial support). Always nice to know your loyalty will be rewarded. //

In February 2016, the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity announced that Ayotte was the lone vulnerable Republican U.S. Senator the group would not be supporting in the 2016 election cycle, saying Ayotte was too moderate to warrant the conservative group’s financial backing. […]

en.wikipedia.org

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:21:51am

Unreal.

Fox just caved to Trump’s unilateral bullshit.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:22:01am

re: #194 HappyWarrior

Aha ha. en.wikipedia.org
Apparently it’s Gaelic in origin. Many of the Irish names in my Irish lineage have Gaelic roots or becoming more Irish than the Irish themselves like the Welsh Joyces.

There is debate about the derivation of our name. It means either “Horse Lord (Horsethief)” from Gaelic, or “Spawn of Hell” if you trace it to latinized Gaelic.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:22:31am

re: #204 Nyet

The Nile.

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I count three losses and two close states.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:23:03am

re: #179 Dave In Austin

Here’s the orangutan version. Both crack me up.

A Must See - Orangutan Loves Magic Trick ! HD

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:24:00am

re: #198 lawhawk

Muad’Dib!

A killing word.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:24:14am

re: #206 goddamnedfrank

If I was somehow involved in Havana Ted’s campaign I’d be livid right now. With Kasich and Trumpy bowing out of the debate, they could’ve retooled that time into a live town hall meeting for him.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:24:46am

re: #204 Nyet

Hillary’s performance in MI was not a loss. It was a close state./

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:25:15am

re: #204 Nyet

Maths is hard.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:25:23am

re: #208 HappyWarrior

I count three losses and two close states.

I count 5 losses.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:25:31am

re: #193 The Vicious Babushka

re: #196 HappyWarrior

That reminds me of this (which, to this day, the thought that an actual news station ran this, makes me laugh uncontrollably - and I mean tears streaming down my face uncontrollably).

Please, no offense meant.

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KerFuFFler  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:25:39am

re: #169 SirMixALot

The Trump Mobility Scooter Army of Doom! I’m so escared! Looking forward to these old fools and obese white supremacist getting stomped by the police. Liberals need to stay out of it. Don’t turn the cops attention to them.

I’m not sure how the liberals can stay out of it if Trump’s supporters start looming menacingly at polling places next Fall. I worry that many cops support Trump and won’t do a good job checking the bad behavior of his supporters. Like the cops who handcuffed the black guy after a Trump supporter sucker-punched him. The cops ended up arresting the violent white guy eventually but only after a huge outcry. When the actual violence occurred though, the cops on the scene turned a blind eye to it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:25:44am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:26:13am

re: #207 Decatur Deb

There is debate about the derivation of our name. It means either “Horse Lord (Horsethief)” from Gaelic, or “Spawn of Hell” if you trace it to latinized Gaelic.

Damn you get the fun ones. I think you mentioned you had family out of Mayo. It’s pretty certain that that’s where some of mine came from. It’s a shame though. Not any records. Damn fires, wars, and the English.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:26:37am

re: #78 weave

Yeah, or Cruz voters won’t vote for Trump if it comes to that.

Only thing for sure here is, this will definitely not be a typical election.

It is spiraling out of control and I worry that there will be chaos & bloodshed before it is all over…

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:26:40am

re: #204 Nyet

The Nile.

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Heh, not just a river in Egypt.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:26:50am

re: #214 Nyet

I count 5 losses.

True.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:26:50am
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nines09  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:27:20am

So I wonder what color shirts or hats his devotees will wear so they don’t assault each other? Maybe a hat? Red? The GOP is the machine that enabled this toad to be able to get this far along with the useless MSM. They all think it’s a game. Ratings. Oh the drama. What will he say next? Each and every news outlet has failed to do their job. So if and when it comes to actual bodies in the street, I wonder who will blame the enablers? Who will look back at the bull shit reporting that downplayed all the horrible remarks and words that Trump has spewn. FAIL. And me, I’m going to watch the GOP turn on itself. Eat one another. All the rubes who bought the pile of shit the GOP was selling, are now lining up to kiss another ass. A bigger ass. A more dangerous ass.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:27:22am

re: #130 MsJ

An attack ad a 12 year old would do. Very high school.

I think the only attack ad needed to down tRump permanently would be one quoting his butler describing tRump’s preference for a brick-like steak.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:27:29am

re: #217 Backwoods_Sleuth

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So that’s three. Collins of the three doing this I think is the most genuine.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:27:50am
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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:28:57am

re: #192 lawhawk

Suffocate Cruz and Kasich by not giving them free airtime that they’d get from debates.

It’s a sound strategy actually.

Considering how much free time Trump gets compared to everyone else running, Trump knows how to play the media angle well. Debates no longer favor his campaign strategy since it exposes his weaknesses more than it benefits.

Exactly what I thought. But a good PR/Marketing firm can make this work for either of the other two. And if the GOP is serious about “dump the Trump” they would put the debate on and play up the missing man and call him out for being chicken to debate now that there is some heat on him. Have the empty podium and just rip on Trump and provide his answers in snarky ways.

Problem is…will the GOP risk pissing off the TRUMP®?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:29:08am

Obama like I predicted did not pull a Reagan and choose someone he knew would be controversial like Reagan did with Bork.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:29:55am

re: #214 Nyet

I count 5 losses.

But Bernie won second!!

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:30:19am

Explain to me why some lefties are leery of Garland?

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:30:52am

re: #35 weave

33% of Sanders supporters will not vote for Clinton

Really? WTF is the matter with people? Of course, “not vote” means stay home to many of them and that spells trouble for downticket races…

Because for too many people elections are about ‘winning’. So if they can’t win they take their bat and ball and go home.

All ideologues across the board have this mind set. For them governance is a goal, not a journey. Which is why they fail so badly at governing.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:31:07am

re: #215 MsJ

That reminds me of this (which, to this day, the thought that an actual news station ran this, makes me laugh uncontrollably - and I mean tears streaming down my face uncontrollably).

Please, no offense meant.

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Oh man that was wrong heh. The professor who told the Deng joke by the way was one of the best professors I’ve ever had. He’s part of why I view China and its government in complex terms and why I gave props to Huntsman for not doing what Romney and now Trump do with it- use it as a boogeyman to scare people.

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goddamnedfrank  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:31:11am

re: #211 Lidane

If I was somehow involved in Havana Ted’s campaign I’d be livid right now. With Kasich and Trumpy bowing out of the debate, they could’ve retooled that time into a live town hall meeting for him.

They should have in defense of their own brand if for no other reason. Just rolling over and enabling Trump’s little tantrum is a terrible move.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:31:32am

re: #227 ObserverArt

Honestly I think it was more of a network decision than a GOP decision. Trump = rowdiness and ratings. Without Trump what do you have left? I doubt many people would tune in to watch Kasich and Cruz go at each other.

Trump has the GOP by the balls now and he knows it, especially with Rubio having dropped out. Without Trump there can’t really BE any true debates. Wait until you see all the stipulations Donald puts on the next debate…

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:31:54am

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:33:01am

re: #225 HappyWarrior

So that’s three. Collins of the three doing this I think is the most genuine.

To be fair to Kirk, he didn’t suddenly today do this. He was one of the first (if not the first) Republican to go against McConnell on this issue last month.

“I recognize the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider,” Kirk wrote in a Monday op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times.

talkingpointsmemo.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:33:40am

re: #230 Nyet

Explain to me why some lefties are leery of Garland?

He is not a woman of color.

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:33:44am

re: #179 Dave In Austin

Break time: Monkey Magic!
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Video

Monkeys love magic!

Monkey Sees A Magic Trick

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:34:03am

re: #51 Sophist, Vogon Poet Laureate

Let’s see some leadership then, Mitch.

He lead just fine. He notes which direction the parade is marching and jumps in front of it.

Looks just like actual decision making to the rubes and marks.

Let’s hope one day he jumps in front and forgets to march.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:34:55am

re: #237 Backwoods_Sleuth

He is not a woman of color.

He’s as close to the Golden Retriever Puppy with an Appeals Court seat and unanimous Senate confirmation as you’re gonna get.

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:35:09am

re: #230 Nyet

Explain to me why some lefties are leery of Garland?

He’s not a minority.

He’s not a woman.

He’s not sufficiently liberal. (This Slate piece hits those three chords simultaneously).

He is too accepting of law enforcement (insufficient check against police brutality).

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jaunte  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:35:23am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:36:08am
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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:36:47am

re: #237 Backwoods_Sleuth

He is not a woman of color.

Know nothing about the guy. Solidly liberal?

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b.d.  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:36:55am

re: #238 makeitstop

Monkeys love magic!

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[way too serious douchebag] An orangutan is not a monkey an orangutan is an ape [/way too serious douchebag]

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:37:02am

re: #230 Nyet

Explain to me why some lefties are leery of Garland?

From what I can gather it’s that he has a reputation as a centrist and his record on criminal justice issues is more aligned with conservatives than liberals. I don’t knwo what they expected honestly. I said it earlier. I preferred Srinivasan but he may not have wanted it at this time or at all.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:37:15am

I always thought that was the entire point about Maseratis.
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:37:25am

re: #236 Backwoods_Sleuth

To be fair to Kirk, he didn’t suddenly today do this. He was one of the first (if not the first) Republican to go against McConnell on this issue last month.

talkingpointsmemo.com

Yeah that is fair. My apologies to him.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:37:27am

re: #244 Nyet

Know nothing about the guy. Solidly liberal?

No, a moderate.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:37:39am

re: #243 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I keep saying Obama should tell them that unless they confirm before the election, if the Dems retake the Senate, he’ll nominate himself and the new Dem Senate will confirm him before the inauguration.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:37:45am

re: #241 lawhawk

Ah, thanks, that seems to answer it.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:38:22am

re: #244 Nyet

Know nothing about the guy. Solidly liberal?

More of a centrist. Older. 63 years old and clerked for Brennan (a liberal.) Wouldn’t have been my pick but he’s perfectly qualified for the job IMO.

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:38:25am

re: #209 GlutenFreeJesus

Here’s the orangutan version. Both crack me up.

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I posted the same on. That’ll teach me to read ahead a little.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:38:57am
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jaunte  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:39:13am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I always thought that was the entire point about Maseratis.
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They’re having a new brain installed to allow rilly rilly high speed.

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:39:20am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

I always thought that was the entire point about Maseratis.
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Yeah, but they went plaid.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:40:39am

More about that police officer killed in Maryland:

jeebus

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:40:52am

He’s Jewish, so pretty much a minority.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:41:01am
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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:41:53am

re: #257 Backwoods_Sleuth

More about that police officer killed in Maryland:

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jeebus

Black guy with a gun…

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:03am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

Mine does 185!

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Jenner7  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:18am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:22am

re: #258 Nyet

He’s Jewish, so pretty much a minority.

That is true as well.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:32am

re: #253 makeitstop

It’s worth posting. All. Day. :)

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:36am

re: #228 HappyWarrior

Obama like I predicted did not pull a Reagan and choose someone he knew would be controversial like Reagan did with Bork.

Oh, he’s still controversial. The Left doesn’t like him, and the Right is befuddled.

You know what they say - ‘When you piss everybody off…’

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:50am

re: #252 HappyWarrior

More of a centrist. Older. 63 years old and clerked for Brennan (a liberal.) Wouldn’t have been my pick but he’s perfectly qualified for the job IMO.

Obama made the choice to send up a nominee the GOP would take in a heartbeat any other time. They’ve even said (quietly) they’d confirm him in the lame duck session if the Dems take the WH. Essentially he’s painted them into the corner, where their only choice is to stand on obstruction.

If Obama nominated (essentially) a 45 year old RBG, the GOP would be able to claim the pick was too liberal. Garland cuts off that line of attack.

So, Dems may be mad that they didn’t get their pony, but they weren’t going to in any case.

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Great White Snark  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:42:50am

By the way did you guys notice donotlink is gone? Damn, too bad.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:43:18am

re: #241 lawhawk

He’s not a minority.

He’s not a woman.

He’s not sufficiently liberal. (This Slate piece hits those three chords simultaneously).

He is too accepting of law enforcement (insufficient check against police brutality).

Angela Davis is available. She’s got all that covered.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:43:31am

re: #254 Lidane

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Andrea Tantaros? OF COURSE it’s the dumbest argument you’ll hear all day.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:43:55am

re: #265 makeitstop

Oh, he’s still controversial. The Left doesn’t like him, and the Right is befuddled.

You know what they say - ‘When you piss everybody off…’

… you’re Hitler./

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BeenHereAwhile  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:44:22am

re: #30 b.d.

Tell them to eat their peas?

:)

“If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.”

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:44:33am

re: #265 makeitstop

Oh, he’s still controversial. The Left doesn’t like him, and the Right is befuddled.

You know what they say - ‘When you piss everybody off…’

To be fair, the only real complaint I saw was from NOW who think he’s an empty slate on women’s issues which I must confess confusion to since I thought he would have an extensive record on that since he’s been on the bench since Clinton was president. I get emails from the HRC. Theirs wasn’t a tact endorsement of him per say but more so what I’ve been saying since Obama announced he would replace Scalia and that’s the man deserves a fair hearing.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:44:45am

re: #234 Eclectic Cyborg

Honestly I think it was more of a network decision than a GOP decision. Trump = rowdiness and ratings. Without Trump what do you have left? I doubt many people would tune in to watch Kasich and Cruz go at each other.

Trump has the GOP by the balls now and he knows it, especially with Rubio having dropped out. Without Trump there can’t really BE any true debates. Wait until you see all the stipulations Donald puts on the next debate…

You are right to a large degree. But, as a one-time thing you could sell a two-man debate without Trump by letting it slip it was going to be ‘take down of Trump…no holds barred’ show and the Trump defenders would have to tune in to be outraged. Like I said, a good creative team could sell this. Trump brings so much attention that a Trump “Roast” would get some of that attention. But you couldn’t do it to many times.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:45:21am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:45:23am

re: #257 Backwoods_Sleuth

Now imagine a mob of panicked 2A’ers running around shooting at each other in a dark, crowded movie theater.

And these cops receive regular training.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:45:34am

I’m sure there were some people unimpressed with RBG when Clinton picked her on the left too. I know for a fact that Souter had liberal detractors even to the point where he had a few senators vote against him.

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:45:43am

re: #266 Blind Frog Belly White

So, Dems may be mad that they didn’t get their pony, but they weren’t going to in any case.

This would fall under the term “consequences of elections.” Republicans are in charge of the Senate. If the Democrats had voted better in the midterms, there wouldn’t be this outcome. It works both ways.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:45:51am

re: #205 CuriousLurker

Hmm, I see that even though she can’t be primaried Americans for Prosperity threw her under the bus (WRT financial support). Always nice to know your loyalty will be rewarded. //

I did not know that. Asshats for Prosperity strikes again!

I need to look up Ayotte on Planned Parenthood. Some NH politicians have been gutless wonders on PP.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:46:16am

re: #247 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I always thought that was the entire point about Maseratis.
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It would not surprise me if loose floor mats have actually killed people. The Subaru floormat used to slide forward every time I got in the car. The hooky thing that prevented this broke in the first 2 years I owned it. I ended up zip-tying it to the seat frame.

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:47:02am

re: #254 Lidane

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All I need to see is that face, and it’s a gimme that whatever she’s saying is dumb.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:47:30am

When people stay home at midterms, they can’t then whine about a less than perfect candidate. Should have voted.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:47:50am

re: #274 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Seems pretty weak sauce to me. But as I said from the get go, I fully expect the Obama pick in this case Garland to be made out to be an extremist. As for the Obama cabinet member pick, so the fucking fuck what, there’s been cabinet members that have been named to the USSC before and done a fine job.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:47:56am

re: #277 Belafon

This would fall under the term “consequences of elections.” Republicans are in charge of the Senate. If the Democrats had voted better in the midterms, there wouldn’t be this outcome. It works both ways.

Exactly. You can’t win if you don’t play.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:48:40am

re: #277 Belafon

This would fall under the term “consequences of elections.” Republicans are in charge of the Senate. If the Democrats had voted better in the midterms, there wouldn’t be this outcome. It works both ways.

Great minds think alike. (Idiots do too.)

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:48:47am

re: #281 Nyet

When people stay home at midterms, they can’t then whine about a less than perfect candidate. Should have voted.

Exactly. I guarantee if Obama had a Democratic majority in the senate, he’d go with someone more favorable to the left but Obama’s shrewd. He understands reality and the reality is a centrist mind is more likely to pass approval.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:48:48am

re: #254 Lidane

Uhm…what??

But I do want to quickly talk about the political aspect of this. Merrick Garland was the one who prosecuted right-wing extremists in Oklahoma City. You heard him mention this. This is Obama’s effort to look bipartisan and reasonable. He knows that the right is divided. He’s capitalizing on that division. He knows that he is going to call them ‘allegedly violent’ Trump supporters — [they’re] going to stand up and he’s gonna say, “You’re blocking him because this is payback because he prosecuted the Oklahoma City Bombers!” He knows that that attack is coming. I believe it is a political trap.

Anyone got their wingnut decoder ring handy?

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:48:49am

re: #257 Backwoods_Sleuth

More about that police officer killed in Maryland:

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jeebus

That was my first thought when I saw he was black. I was hoping I was wrong.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:48:56am

re: #236 Backwoods_Sleuth

To be fair to Kirk, he didn’t suddenly today do this. He was one of the first (if not the first) Republican to go against McConnell on this issue last month.

talkingpointsmemo.com

I’d love to see some of the ‘communications’ coming from Mitch today. I bet he can be extremely nasty toward anyone not following in lock step.

Nothing would be richer than over half of the GOP Senate joining together and getting their nerve and going against him. It may be their opportunity to break him and his stubborn obstruction that has the whole congress in the 10% favorable ratings.

Get the popcorn…this could get big.

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Khal Wimpo (not-so-Super Tuesday's Child)  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:49:39am

For your Hump Day Schadenfreude amusement: I just paged an article about how Breitbart is now threatening to sue Shapiro, Fields, and any other former employees unless they stop talking smack about Breitbart: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/319601_Breitbart_Sends_Cease-and-Desi

No more of this!

Recursive alert: the former bullies who worked for a bullying site are now being bullied because said bullying site is totally in the tank for a political bully campaign.

Phew!

Or, as Baby Snidely Whiplash said it: “”That is not something I can back, that’s not something anybody decent should back,” Shapiro continued, “and I’m disgusted by the fact that my mentor Andrew Breitbart”—the late founder for the site who died in 2012—“started this organization to fight bullies and, in my opinion, this organization has turned into an organization that actually promote bullies in order to get close contact with the bullying campaign.”

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:49:52am

The TPGOP Senate can take Obama’s best offer, or they can take their chances with HRC’s picks and a Dem majority.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:50:01am

re: #286 MsJ

Uhm…what??

Anyone got their wingnut decoder ring handy?

God these people are fucking helpless.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:50:09am

re: #237 Backwoods_Sleuth

He is not a woman of color.

May I add: He is not a extremely liberal woman of color?

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:50:43am

I hope Obama made sure that he’s good on reproductive and 1st amendment rights. I understand that different people care about different issues, but those should be a given.

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blueraven  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:50:47am

re: #113 The Vicious Babushka

LAMEST. ATTACK. AD. EVER.
Did some Drumpfenjugend send him this lame video for free?

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Yet MSNBC keeps running this lame shit today. WTF? Stop with the free stuff for Trump you fucking idiots.

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:51:00am
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jaunte  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:51:14am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:51:27am

re: #295 lawhawk

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Good statement Bernie.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:52:19am

re: #295 lawhawk

Headsplosions.

(See, that’s Bernie’s pragmatic side.)

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:52:45am

re: #272 HappyWarrior

To be fair, the only real complaint I saw was from NOW who think he’s an empty slate on women’s issues which I must confess confusion to since I thought he would have an extensive record on that since he’s been on the bench since Clinton was president. I get emails from the HRC. Theirs wasn’t a tact endorsement of him per say but more so what I’ve been saying since Obama announced he would replace Scalia and that’s the man deserves a fair hearing.

There have been lots of tweets - from Garland not being a woman of color, too being too moderate, to the NRA saying he’s Obama’s ticket to finally takin’ away yer gunz…

Ain’t nobody happy. Except me - I’m glad O is going to make this a very public confrontation. I’m sure he’s got an accompanying strategy to make the GOP look every bit as hypocritical and obstructionist as they are.

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jaunte  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:53:03am

A block of ice the size of Rhode Island just broke off into the ocean

The chunk, which sits in the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, took just two days to separate from the surrounding ice.
And thanks to NASA we can actually see it happen.
uk.businessinsider.com

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:53:07am

re: #290 Decatur Deb

The TPGOP Senate can take Obama’s best offer, or they can take their chances with HRC’s picks and a Dem majority.

Wait wait wait, maybe we should wait after all…
//////

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:53:45am

Sergey, there may be some stuff in here about his views on first amendment issues and honestly a lot of issues. It is from 2010 though.
scotusblog.com

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:54:09am

re: #302 HappyWarrior

Thank you!

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wrenchwench  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:54:50am

re: #290 Decatur Deb

The TPGOP Senate can take Obama’s best offer, or they can take their chances with HRC’s picks and a Dem majority.

I don’t think they’re smart enough to ‘get’ that information even if you wrote it on their hands.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:54:51am

re: #293 Nyet

I hope Obama made sure that he’s good on reproductive and 1st amendment rights. I understand that different people care about different issues, but those should be a given.

From what I’ve learned about Garland, I get the sense that he clearly focuses on law as opposed to personal ideology.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:55:32am

re: #305 Backwoods_Sleuth

From what I’ve learned about Garland, I get the sense that he clearly focuses on law as opposed to personal ideology.

Which you think would get him praise from the conservatives but nah party above all else.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:56:35am

re: #306 HappyWarrior

Which you think would get him praise from the conservatives but nah party above all else.

Interesting how DF will try to slime him ;)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:56:37am
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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:56:58am

re: #257 Backwoods_Sleuth

More about that police officer killed in Maryland:

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jeebus

If this doesn’t show the world that being an African American brings about bigoted, overly-quick judgement by cops nothing will.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:57:15am

re: #304 wrenchwench

I don’t think they’re smart enough to ‘get’ that information even if you wrote it on their hands.

They set this trap for themselves in January 2009.

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wrenchwench  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:57:35am

re: #308 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I never see them that small, but I hear them!

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:58:06am

re: #308 Backwoods_Sleuth

Fuzzy and pissed off.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:58:11am

npr.org
Praise from Frank Keating, former Republican governor of Oklahoma.
Gorelick says one of the Garland traits she treasured was his instinct to “question the received wisdom” and not to jump to conclusions. That paid off again and again, she says, when initial evidence seemed to point in one direction in major cases, only to evaporate on later inspection.
I really like reading this as well. He’s a thinker, not an ideologue.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:58:40am

Note the operative word, however: “voted”.

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:59:09am

re: #261 GlutenFreeJesus

Mine does 185!

I lost my license, now I can’t drive!

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:59:41am

re: #290 Decatur Deb

The TPGOP Senate can take Obama’s best offer, or they can take their chances with HRC’s picks and a Dem majority.

Part of me keeps hoping they’ll refuse, HRC will win and we’ll have a Dem majority, then she’ll nominate Obama for SCOTUS and they’ll have to live with him for decades.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 10:59:49am

re: #307 Nyet

Interesting how DF will try to slime him ;)

I imagine the guns angle knowing DF but really DF’s just being a GOP footsoldier in some ivory tower bullshit about how the Republicans can’t play footsie with the Democrats and Obama anymore which really I thought sounded like crap. I like DF personally but he’s obnoxious as hell when he’s in GOP face paint mode .

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:00:02am
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Dr Lizardo  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:00:28am

re: #308 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s a fuzzy little ball of “I’m gonna fuck you up!”

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:00:36am

re: #308 Backwoods_Sleuth

That little guy reads “Do. Not. Fuck. With. Me.” all over his little face.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:00:37am

re: #314 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Note the operative word, however: “voted”.

Which was their right. No one’s saying that Garland shouldn’t get no votes, Trey but that the man deserves a hearing which is exactly what Alito and Roberts got you goofy chode.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:00:47am

Wingnuts seem to think that you can just imprison people because you don’t like them.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:00:53am

re: #316 CuriousLurker

Part of me keeps hoping they’ll refuse, HRC will win and we’ll have a Dem majority, then she’ll nominate Obama for SCOTUS and they’ll have to live with him for decades.

Lovely threat, even if he doesn’t want it.

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Stanley Sea  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:01:03am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:01:03am

re: #318 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Flake sometimes seems reasonable. He praised the Cuban deal IIRC too and he’s not anti-immigrant too.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:01:12am

re: #318 Backwoods_Sleuth

Cracks in the dam.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:01:22am
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:02:02am

re: #324 Stanley Sea

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SCIENCE FACT: It’s a tall building and has a lightning rod on top.

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Franklin  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:02:09am

re: #314 Backwoods_Sleuth

Note the operative word, however: “voted”.

Why is the actor that plays Draco Malfoy commenting on the Supreme Court nomination?

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wrenchwench  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:02:17am

re: #315 ObserverArt

I lost my license, now I can’t drive!

That’s how I get new customers.

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Mike Lamb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:02:19am

re: #274 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I like the part about Garland having a long track record of “deference” to “unaccountable bureaucrats”. Newsflash chuckleheads…every federal appellate court judge has a similar track record of deference to administrative agencies. There’s about eleventy billion written decisions mandating judicial deference to agency decision making…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:03:40am
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jaunte  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:03:41am

re: #327 Backwoods_Sleuth

Those of us who have neglected our children by not soaking them in fish-egg moisturizer have to feel a sense of shame today.

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:03:56am

re: #315 ObserverArt

I lost my license, now I can’t drive!

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:04:07am

FOX News blames Kasich for Mar. 21 debate cancellation…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:04:41am

re: #333 jaunte

Those of us who have neglected our children by not soaking them in fish-egg moisturizer have to feel a sense of shame today.

I’m trying to figure out how something as salty as caviar works a moisturizer…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:04:46am

re: #332 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Someone should send that to Lindsay.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:05:02am

re: #333 jaunte

Those of us who have neglected our children by not soaking them in fish-egg moisturizer have to feel a sense of shame today.

90 weight gear oil works just as well.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:05:09am

re: #279 Blind Frog Belly White

I had a Bronco II in college in the early 90s. The floor at would get stuck in the accelerator mechanism going into the floorboard. Needless to say. I didn’t keep that truck for very long. Few first times I really did panic.

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jaunte  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:05:26am

re: #336 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s amazing the crap rich people will buy if it makes them feel richer.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:07:03am

A Moderate But Persuasive Liberal

On the appeals court, Garland has been a moderate liberal, with a definite pro-prosecution bent in criminal cases. Indeed, his views in the area of criminal law are considerably more conservative than those of the man he would replace, Justice Antonin Scalia.

But Garland also has been a persuasive voice for liberals, managing to bring conservatives over to his side on issues ranging from the environment to national security. For example, in a case involving Chinese Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Garland asked the Justice Department for the particulars of its evidence and then wrote an opinion for himself and two conservative judges that concluded that the Bush administration’s claim that they were enemy combatants was utterly unsupported by the evidence.

So respected is Garland as a judge that Chief Justice Roberts, at his confirmation hearing, answered a question about one of his majority opinions by noting that Judge Garland had dissented and, said Roberts, “Anytime Judge Garland disagrees, you know you’re in a difficult area.”
So yeah it’s true that he probably does lean right in criminal matters but I like this a lot.

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Bubblehead II  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:07:06am

re: #318 Backwoods_Sleuth

And the crack widens. Mitch is going to be in for a rough ride.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:07:37am
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:08:07am

Jeebus Freaking Pizza Crust

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:09:05am

re: #343 Backwoods_Sleuth

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He’s going again with the it’s an election year fallacy. If that’s the best they got and not you know actual legitimate concerns than they’re fucked in the eyes of the public as far as I’m concerned.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:09:08am

re: #344 The Vicious Babushka

Jeebus Freaking Pizza Crust

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Shouldn’t he be at the Unemployment Office?

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:09:23am

re: #334 Nyet

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

I can’t complain but sometimes I still do…
Life’s been good to me so far!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:09:26am
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:09:59am

re: #346 Decatur Deb

Shouldn’t he be at the Unemployment Office?

You can apply online these days.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:10:09am
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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:10:34am

re: #349 The Vicious Babushka

You can apply online these days.

With his Obamaphone?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:10:41am

re: #344 The Vicious Babushka

Jeebus Freaking Pizza Crust

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Are you really shocked? Everything’s leftist this and leftist that with this little brat. Ben flat out stated that only an identical replacement to Scalia would be acceptable to him which is so stupid even for a blatant partisan hack like him.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:10:56am

re: #346 Decatur Deb

Shouldn’t he be at the Unemployment Office?

They do have a Twitter app.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:11:05am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:11:22am
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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:11:25am

re: #338 Decatur Deb

90 weight gear oil works just as well.

Yes, and the Trumps would use a high-temp synthetic racing gear box oil…cuz it is way more expensive! Only the best.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:11:32am

re: #353 HappyWarrior

They do have a Twitter app.

Bummer for CCJ.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:11:44am

re: #348 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She wants to have it both ways. Coward.

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lawhawk  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:11:45am

re: #314 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Note the operative word, however: “voted”.

Reminds of a line in Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders, in which President Ryan is sued by former VP Kelty because he doesn’t think he should be president (Congress and POTUS killed in terror attack in Capitol as Ryan was being sworn in as VP himself from Debt of Honor). The lawsuit, which Kelty brought himself, addresses Ryan as President - and the lawyer representing Ryan notes that Kelty was never much of a lawyer.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:12:45am

re: #356 ObserverArt

Yes, and the Trumps would use a high-temp synthetic racing gear box oil…cuz it is way more expensive! Only the best.

That’s silly. If you go with the used oil, the kids get their Recommended Daily Allowance of beryllium.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:13:26am

re: #357 Decatur Deb

Bummer for CCJ.

Double bummer for Rage Furby because to qualify for unemployment one has to have had an actual job.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:13:32am

re: #355 Backwoods_Sleuth

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You fucking suggested that he name him, you asshole. And again please stop insulting our collective intelligence with this it’s an election year shit. John Adams appoitned John Marshall no less after he had lost the election. FDR appointed Frank Murphy when he had been criticized two years earlier for attempting to pack the court and was facing heat for seeking an unprecedented third term. Just say it, Orrin, you know that Garland is going to reverse a lot of the bad decisions that Scalia was part of and that’s what you’re really afraid of here.

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Belafon  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:14:11am

re: #354 Lidane

If he’d just picked someone else, both the left and right could have hated the choice together. Or something.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:14:13am

re: #357 Decatur Deb

Bummer for CCJ.

Ha I meant more in that he was on his smartphone on the Twitter app while waiting in line.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:15:06am

Hatch absolutely fails to recognize the irony of saying a “toxic presidential election season”.

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blueraven  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:15:45am

Kennedy should start voting with the liberal justices on every single case until SCOTUS has a full slate of 9 judges. That would move the GOP to act.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:15:49am

re: #347 ObserverArt

I can’t complain but sometimes I still do…
Life’s been good to me so far!

lucky I’m the same after all I’ve been through…

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Nyet  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:16:13am

Why did Jill Stein use her most smug photo for avi?

Image: 5-fFEb07.png

She has much better photos.

Image: Cdom8XeUAAEdmIu.jpg

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cat-tikvah  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:16:20am

re: #318 Backwoods_Sleuth

Paging Senator Pat Toomey of PA, paging Senator Toomey, up for re-election this fall…hello? hello? anyone there?

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:16:22am

re: #355 Backwoods_Sleuth

Senator Hatch on Merrick Garland

toxicity is no excuse

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:16:28am

re: #354 Lidane

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I am glad he admits it once and for all. It’s not about who Obama chose, it’s about Obama having the choice in the first place because they resent the fact he’s President and still can’t get over he got over 50% of the vote not once but twice. Napolitano because he’s a stupid partisan hack has no concept of the President realizing that the Republicans control the Senate and he couldn’t choose someone like Kagan or Sotomayor.

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Franklin  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:16:37am

re: #365 Backwoods_Sleuth

Not only that, but he is implying the resultant elected president from said toxic swamp should be the one to fill the vacancy.

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:17:46am

re: #367 Barefoot Grin

lucky I’m the same after all I’ve been through…

I always heard that as ‘lucky I’m sane.’

Then again, it is Joe Walsh singing it…

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:20:03am

re: #373 makeitstop

I always heard that as ‘lucky I’m sane.’

Then again, it is Joe Walsh singing it…

That makes more sense. I smoked a few bowls the summer that song came out.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:20:58am

I actually do like what I know about Garland. Sure, know some times my philosophy will contrast with his but what I like is knowing more about the guy. He seems intellectually curious and not firmly set in his ways like Scalia was. A flexible guy who attempts to persuade colleagues who may not always agree to his side. NPR did a nice job citing an example of something that happened in Gitmo in the Bush years.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:21:22am

The whole GOP facade is falling apart.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:21:36am

Fast and furious editing happening at Garland’s wiki page.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:22:44am

re: #377 Backwoods_Sleuth

Fast and furious editing happening at Garland’s wiki page.

Your hard working GOP and right wing think tank interns at work.

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Bubblehead II  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:23:05am

re: #355 Backwoods_Sleuth

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ObserverArt  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:23:17am

I gotta go and get something done. But I wanted to add that Obama is a hell of a carpenter. He builds a mighty fine box to to hold GOP Congress members! He even invites them in and they jump right to it.

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makeitstop  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:23:19am

re: #374 Barefoot Grin

That makes more sense. I smoked a few bowls the summer that song came out.

Didn’t everybody? :)

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EPR-radar  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:23:23am

re: #125 CuriousLurker

What drives me especially nuts is that D_F keeps talking about what “the party base” wants. He (and the rest of the GOP) seems to completely missing the fact that said base isn’t enough to win back the White House—if it was, they would’ve won it back in 2012. Yet they just keep doubling down on the stupid. *smh*

After decades of propaganda from hate radio and Fox News, the GOP base is a collage of every form of resentment based politics in America.

I could not possibly care less what the GOP base wants. They simply need to be opposed at every available opportunity. Republican ‘moderates’ who enable this filth need to be booted from office as well.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:26:20am

heh

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:27:10am

re: #344 The Vicious Babushka

Jeebus Freaking Pizza Crust

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And ‘conservative’ means ‘Some one who will set fire to the Constitution and then piss on the ashes. Unless the case has to do with the 2nd Amendment is which case he is an originalist.’

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:29:24am

re: #384 Romantic Heretic

And ‘conservative’ means ‘Some one who will set fire to the Constitution and then piss on the ashes. Unless the case has to do with the 2nd Amendment is which case he is an originalist.’

HURR HURR HEAR IS A PICHUR OF OBUMMER HOLDING UP A CONSTITUTION WHAT HE HAS LIGHTED ON FIRE HIM SELF!!!11!! SO WHO IS BURNING TEH CONSTITION LIBTARDS!!! IT IS UR DEMERCRAPZ!!!!!!111

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:30:36am

re: #383 Backwoods_Sleuth

heh

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He’ll attack him on what I’ve been reading about his criminal justice record and cite Scalia’s somewhat decent record on the issue to suggest that Obama’s pick is worse than Scalia.

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Lidane  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:31:00am
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BeachDem  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:31:28am

re: #173 CuriousLurker

You can’t go by last names since there are Jewish women who marry non-Jews, but their children are still considered Jewish since Judaism is matrilineal.

You also have to take into account that many names were changed/misunderstood during immigration. My family name was changed due to a mixup in translating Russian letters.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:32:19am

re: #387 Lidane

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He played this very well.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:33:07am

re: #308 Backwoods_Sleuth

Ever wondered what a baby raven looks like

I used to, but nevermore.

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CuriousLurker  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:34:31am

Just came back to say that 100% of the votes in Missouri have finally been counted:

Clinton 310,602 (49.6%)
Sanders 309,071 (49.4%)
Other: 6,404 (1.0%)

Trump: 382,093 (40.9%)
Cruz: 380,367 (40.7%)
Kasich: 92,533 (9.9%)
Rubio: 57,006 (6.1%)
Other: 21,784 (2.3%)

Souoce: nytimes.com

Gotta get some work done—BBL.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:34:37am

re: #388 BeachDem

You also have to take into account that many names were changed/misunderstood during immigration. My family name was changed due to a mixup in translating Russian letters.

That is true. I think a lot of those names I was thinking of were changed. It’s interesting isn’t it? My mom’s dad’s parents are buried under one name but he and I think all of his siblings are buried under another. The story he always told and maybe you guys with parents that were the children of immigrants can help out here but he always insisted that a teacher changed it. However, when I started chatting with his older sister’s daughter, she said her mother told her a similar story.

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Romantic Heretic  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:34:44am

re: #359 lawhawk

Generally like Clancy’s books but hated his politics.

Larry Bond wrote better techno-thrillers in my opinion. His book The Enemy Within showed exactly how to defeat the US in a war.

It’s a strategy the GOP has used against the nation it claims to love.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:40:00am

re: #376 Charles Johnson

The whole GOP facade is falling apart.

CONFIRMED: The GOP debate scheduled for Monday has been cancelled after Trump and Kasich declined to participate.

this is like the bridesmaids not showing up for the wedding rehearsal…really makes them look like what they are: not a party but a group of ornery individuals all out looking after their own.

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BeachDem  Mar 16, 2016 • 11:41:18am

re: #238 makeitstop

Monkeys love magic!

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Then they’re covered by the very important, oh so serious, latest Republican bill.

abcnews.go.com

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BeachDem  Mar 16, 2016 • 12:00:13pm

re: #392 HappyWarrior

That is true. I think a lot of those names I was thinking of were changed. It’s interesting isn’t it? My mom’s dad’s parents are buried under one name but he and I think all of his siblings are buried under another. The story he always told and maybe you guys with parents that were the children of immigrants can help out here but he always insisted that a teacher changed it. However, when I started chatting with his older sister’s daughter, she said her mother told her a similar story.

My father’s family is almost impossible to keep track of because many of them took the surname of their sponsors when they came over, so, for example, my grandfather had two brothers who had different American surnames than his.

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MsJ  Mar 16, 2016 • 12:01:48pm

re: #391 CuriousLurker

Just came back to say that 100% of the votes in Missouri have finally been counted:

Clinton 310,602 (49.6%)
Sanders 309,071 (49.4%)
Other: 6,404 (1.0%)

Trump: 382,093 (40.9%)
Cruz: 380,367 (40.7%)
Kasich: 92,533 (9.9%)
Rubio: 57,006 (6.1%)
Other: 21,784 (2.3%)

Souoce: nytimes.com

Gotta get some work done—BBL.

The thing I think I most love about this GOP disaster is that it was brought on and allowed to flourish by the RNC chair. Allowing all these people to continue on did nothing but split the Base, which gave them Trump.

Gotta love that.

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Tigger2  Mar 16, 2016 • 1:10:43pm

re: #112 Lidane

Someone’s hungover today:

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retired cynic  Mar 16, 2016 • 4:17:33pm

re: #338 Decatur Deb

90 weight gear oil works just as well.

Stinks!

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Eventual Carrion  Mar 16, 2016 • 8:49:31pm

re: #333 jaunte

Those of us who have neglected our children by not soaking them in fish-egg moisturizer have to feel a sense of shame today.

I used tuna oil I drained from cans on my child. He loved it, the cats played with him.


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