Video: Trump Condones Death Threats Against Journalist Who Profiled His Wife

“I don’t have a message to the fans”
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In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night, Donald Trump was asked about the horrific death threats and antisemitic hatred his supporters have been sending to journalist Julia Ioffe after her profile of Melania Trump was published in GQ Magazine.

And Trump refused to say a single word to discourage his followers. In fact, he incited them even further, saying about Ioffe and other journalists, “They shouldn’t be doing that.”

Blitzer: You hated this article in GQ about your wife Melania. Julia Ioffe wrote it. Since then, some of your supporters have viciously attacked this woman, Julia Ioffe, with antisemitic attacks, death threats. What’s your message to these people when something like that happens?

Trump: I’ll tell you, I haven’t read the article, but I hear it was a very inaccurate article and I heard it was a nasty article. They shouldn’t be doing that with wives, I mean they shouldn’t be doing that.

Blitzer: These death threats that have followed these antisemitic…

Trump: Oh, I don’t know about that. I don’t know anything about that. You’ll have to talk to them about it.

Blitzer: But your message to these fans is?

Trump: I don’t have a message to the fans.

Let’s face it. He knows exactly what he’s doing when he refuses to condemn threats against journalists, or violence at his rallies. He’s trying to bully and threaten people out of criticizing or protesting him, like a true fascist.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 6:08:36pm

Krauthammer laments
Glenn Beck dements
Hillary cements
Neo-fascism increments.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 6:08:58pm
Trump: I’ll tell you, I haven’t read the article, but I hear it was a very inaccurate article and I heard it was a nasty article. They shouldn’t be doing that with wives, I mean they shouldn’t be doing that.

I read the GQ article. I thought it was kind of a puff piece.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 6:11:00pm

What a loathsome piece of work he is. OTOH, maybe we should continue to insult his imported trophy wife, for doing a job no domestic American would do…..

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 6:11:07pm

This general election is going to be something behold. Even on their worst days, McCain and Romney never pulled this shit. Even Dubya didn’t hold unspoken threats over the heads of journalists to silence them. The lengths that the media will go to to maintain their “Both Sides” mantra will be the stuff of song and legend.

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 6:11:39pm
And Trump refused to say a single word to discourage his followers. In fact, he incited them even further, saying about Ioffe and other journalists, “They shouldn’t be doing that.”

American Psycho

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 6:15:39pm

Comment on Krauthammer’s latest at NRO:

Jake_Miami • 28 minutes ago
To answer your question Charles, as you and the establishment know but don’t have an answer for, it’s about illegal immigration. It’s about Hillary Clinton and the liberals bestowing amnesty on law breakers. It’s about open borders and twenty million illegals multiplying into fifty million in four years. It’s about replacing our culture, traditions, work ethic, and language. It’s about a crime wave, a depression, and riots.
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Verner Hornung Jake_Miami • 13 minutes ago
Indeed. The Latinization the millions of migrants and their high birthrates will bring. The open border has more serious potential consequences than we think. I don’t really want to have to take Spanish lessons.
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Explains Drumpfskind’s core supporters.

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 6:17:10pm

Every fucking night Trump gets free tv time? Maybe the FEC ought to be taking a look at this.

JUST KIDDING!

I crack myself up sometimes.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 6:18:03pm

Apropos of that video, Donald Trump is the only white person I know of who deliberately goes for the pink look.

And I’m Irish-Dutch, the pinkest you can get south of Iceland.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 6:18:15pm

Because “race” is an outdated concept I don’t like to use the words racism and racist.

Xenophobia works well but sounds more erudite than what we really need. And as a word it doesn’t carry the visceral quality that “racist” carries.

“Bigot” is probably the best compromise, to describe Drumpfskind’s core constituency.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 6:18:16pm

Who would a Scientologist back?

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 6:21:18pm

re: #10 Eric The Fruit Bat

Who would a Scientologist back?

L. Ron Hubbard, because according to them he’s still alive.

Hubbard/Miscavige 2016 to Forever!

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b_sharp  May 5, 2016 • 6:24:02pm

Bernie fans sure are stubborn. Even in the face of 538’s stats analysis, they think Sanders ‘has a chance’. This is creationist level motivated reasoning.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 6:26:06pm

Shows you also how horrible of a so-called journalist Wolf Blitzer is.

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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 6:26:22pm

Going to Las Vegas tomorrow.

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 6:26:27pm

re: #11 De Kolta Chair

The Billion-year contracts have barely begun.

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EmmaAnne  May 5, 2016 • 6:28:09pm

re: #9 freetoken

Because “race” is an outdated concept I don’t like to use the words racism and racist.

Xenophobia works well but sounds more erudite than what we really need. And as a word it doesn’t carry the visceral quality that “racist” carries.

“Bigot” is probably the best compromise, to describe Drumpfskind’s core constituency.

Disagree. Race may be an outdated concept, but racism isn’t , and we need to call it what it is.

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 6:28:26pm

re: #6 freetoken

Comment on Krauthammer’s latest at NRO:

Explains Drumpfskind’s core supporters.

This is a familiar song to any history buff. Hitler rode to office on a wave of fear, fear that all that was good about Germany was in danger and only he could save them. And who was it that a danger to Germany? It was communists, it was Gypsies, it was Jews, it was invalids, homosexuals, the aristocracy, and so on. For every fear, there was a scapegoat and the figure of Hitler there to save the German people.

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 6:28:48pm

They shouldn’t be doing that with wives, I mean they shouldn’t be doing that.

But you can.

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Der Flohgeisteffekt  May 5, 2016 • 6:33:44pm

re: #18 Skip Intro

They shouldn’t be doing that with wives, I mean they shouldn’t be doing that.

But you can.

The license to be openly hypocritical is part of his appeal. It’s what his supporters aspire to.

They’ll never be in the wrong. They’ll always be “defending themselves.”

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 5, 2016 • 6:34:11pm

re: #12 b_sharp

Bernie fans sure are stubborn. Even in the face of 538’s stats analysis, they think Sanders ‘has a chance’. This is creationist level motivated reasoning.

Hillary could win Cali by 20 and Bernie will still call it a victory. “All the polls had us losing by 21%. We have the momentum!”.

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 6:34:38pm
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No Depression  May 5, 2016 • 6:35:22pm

Apparently Trump has the support of Iranian hardliners. I wonder why…

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 6:35:36pm
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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 6:36:17pm

re: #14 teleskiguy

Going to Las Vegas tomorrow.

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Any chance you’ll visit the Hoover Dam? I’ve been there a dozen times, and it never ceases to amaze me. And that high desert is pretty cool, and really eerie during the winter.

Anyway, have a safe trip and a good time!

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b_sharp  May 5, 2016 • 6:36:21pm

re: #16 EmmaAnne

Disagree. Race may be an outdated concept, but racism isn’t , and we need to call it what it is.

Exactly. Racism is based on belief, not physical reality.

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No Depression  May 5, 2016 • 6:39:50pm

Gotta love media vultures…

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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 6:40:33pm

re: #24 De Kolta Chair

I am going to the Hoover Dam! On Sunday. Now they have that bridge, too. Very high concentration of engineering marvels there near Boulder City.

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b_sharp  May 5, 2016 • 6:42:41pm

re: #20 GlutenFreeJesus

Hillary could win Cali by 20 and Bernie will still call it a victory. “All the polls had us losing by 21%. We have the momentum!”.

That’s motivated reasoning run amok.

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b_sharp  May 5, 2016 • 6:43:04pm

re: #21 jaunte

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OFFS.

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Great White Snark  May 5, 2016 • 6:44:40pm

This gets worse before it gets better. Brace up, thicken the skin.

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Belafon  May 5, 2016 • 6:44:56pm

re: #21 jaunte

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The problem Trump has is that he hasn’t been hit by his own past.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 6:45:10pm
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KGxvi  May 5, 2016 • 6:45:24pm

re: #14 teleskiguy

Remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you post it on social media. So in the immortal words of Herm Edwards: don’t press send!

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 5, 2016 • 6:46:23pm

re: #27 teleskiguy

I am going to the Hoover Dam! On Sunday. Now they have that bridge, too. Very high concentration of engineering marvels there near Boulder City.

My dad lives in Vegas. Can’t wait to go out for another visit!

ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 6:46:24pm

re: #27 teleskiguy

I am going to the Hoover Dam! On Sunday. Now they have that bridge, too. Very high concentration of engineering marvels there near Boulder City.

I shot this there a couple of years ago:

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 5, 2016 • 6:47:17pm

re: #32 Kragar

But he’ll still vote for him I bet.

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KGxvi  May 5, 2016 • 6:48:06pm

re: #31 Belafon

The problem Trump has is that he hasn’t been hit by his own past.

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

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No Depression  May 5, 2016 • 6:49:29pm

re: #37 KGxvi

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

That’s what happens when the media values ratings more than reporting.

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 6:50:24pm

re: #37 KGxvi

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

That’s like how Bernie has had little more than a cursory examination of his past and faced no real criticism of his record, and why he would be an absolute disaster in the general election.

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KGxvi  May 5, 2016 • 6:50:48pm

re: #38 No Depression

But we didn’t even see it from the other campaigns. Once he started polling well any decent campaign should have assigned ten people to do opposition research

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 5, 2016 • 6:51:17pm

re: #37 KGxvi

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

Because the Democrats want him to be the nominee. And if you used it now, it would be old news by November. Timing is everything.

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Belafon  May 5, 2016 • 6:51:26pm

re: #37 KGxvi

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

The other Republicans couldn’t afford to lose his followers. It’s the same reason Clinton never put out a negative ad against Sanders. But Clinton doesn’t have to try for Trump’s supporters.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 6:51:58pm

re: #39 Targetpractice

BUT HE’S GOT MOMENTUM!

Then again so does pigeon shit, for a while at least.

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CuriousLurker  May 5, 2016 • 6:52:33pm

Excuse me for changing the subject, but WTFF?? Yesterday, someone here (IIRC) posted this tweet about some Muslim women who are suing an eatery in OC for discrimination. Today, OC Weekly reports that the cafe has hired guess who to represent them and counter-sue the Muslim women? Wait for it…
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David Effing Yerushalmi. You can’t make this shit up. Seriously.

Urth Caffe Defends Against Anti-Muslim Allegations…By Hiring Anti-Muslim Lawyer

A day after the Muslim women held a press conference in SanTana announcing their legal action, the restaurant chain fired back, calling it “fraudulent.” Urth Caffé plans to countersue by retaining the services of David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center. Only problem? Yerushalmi is anti-Muslim as hell!

“The lead plaintiff (Sara Farsakh) in the frivolous lawsuit is … a college-age activist for Palestinan [sic] causes,” Yerushalmi told the Orange County Register. “We intend to sue Farsakh and her co-conspirators for tresspass [sic] and to seek damages.” (quick aside: did the Reggie fire all its copy editors?). The paper never bothered taking a peek at the New York-based lawyer’s greatest Islamophobic hits. For anyone interested, don’t do it at Urth Caffé during rush times, lest you lose your seat to its 45-minute policy before barely scratching the surface! […]

ocweekly.com

This asshole says Farsakh is an “activist for Palestinan [sic] causes,” (I have no idea why that should matter in the least) and then he refers to her “and her co-conspirators for tresspass [sic].” Are you effing kidding me? Co-conspirators? Trespass?? They met friends there for pizza, pie and coffee according to the LA Times story. They weren’t disrupting business, bothering anyone, or otherwise misbehaving in any way. When the police were called “they very respectfully left, having paid their bill,” said Laguna Beach PD spokesman, Jason Kravetz. Is this a preview of Trump’s “Great” America?

That crap is NOT gonna fly.

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lawhawk  May 5, 2016 • 6:52:50pm

re: #27 teleskiguy

Was there a few years back. It really is a marvel. Definitely do the tour. Well worth it. And it’s not a long drive to catch the Glen Canyon Dam too.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 6:52:51pm

I don’t think Donald Trump set out to win the nomination. He set out to promote himself and make money. Now that he has the nomination he’s like the dog that chased a fire truck—and caught one! Now what is he going to do with it?

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KGxvi  May 5, 2016 • 6:53:06pm

re: #42 Belafon

The other Republicans couldn’t afford to lose his followers. It’s the same reason Clinton never put out a negative ad against Sanders. But Clinton doesn’t have to try for Trump’s supporters.

Eh, I don’t buy that. Turnout in the general is four times that of primaries, they could have survived.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 6:53:34pm
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Belafon  May 5, 2016 • 6:54:38pm

re: #47 KGxvi

There’s a reason Trump kept threatening a third party run.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 6:54:41pm

re: #44 CuriousLurker

Excuse me for changing the subject, but WTFF?? Yesterday, someone here (IIRC) posted this tweet about some Muslim women who are suing an eatery in OC for discrimination. Today, OC Weekly reports that the cafe has hired guess who to represent them and counter-sue the Muslim women? Wait for it…
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David Effing Yerushalmi. You can’t make this shit up. Seriously.

This asshole says Farsakh is an “activist for Palestinan [sic] causes,” (I have no idea why that should matter in the least) and then he refers to her “and her co-conspirators for tresspass [sic].” Are you effing kidding me? Co-conspirators? Trespass?? They met friends there for pizza, pie and coffee according to the LA Times story. They weren’t disrupting business, bothering anyone, or otherwise misbehaving in any way. When the police were called “they very respectfully left, having paid their bill,” said Laguna Beach PD spokesman spokesman, Jason Kravetz. Is this a preview of Trump’s “Great” America?

That crap is NOT gonna fly.

TRESSPASS? If they wear hijab they take a pass on the tresses. *groan*

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Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 6:57:04pm
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No Depression  May 5, 2016 • 6:57:19pm

re: #48 Kragar

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wtf I was, like, sooooo fair to him smh

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Aunty Entity Dragon  May 5, 2016 • 6:57:24pm

re: #37 KGxvi

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

Because the GOP ignored him until they had to be frightened of him and their own voters. Hillary isn’t competing for the same voting bloc…and the Clintons know how to hit below the belt when they have to.

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Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 6:57:58pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 5, 2016 • 6:58:44pm
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Aunty Entity Dragon  May 5, 2016 • 6:59:49pm

re: #54 Charles Johnson

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The media has already pushed the meme that Obama ‘failed’ to deal with the racial backlash to his own presidency.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:00:59pm

re: #27 teleskiguy

I am going to the Hoover Dam! On Sunday. Now they have that bridge, too. Very high concentration of engineering marvels there near Boulder City.

No way in hell am I ever going across that bridge! Okay, maybe just once, peeking through my fingers and shrieking like the cockatoo in Citizen Kane.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 7:01:06pm
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KGxvi  May 5, 2016 • 7:02:08pm

re: #44 CuriousLurker

The trespass part is utter bullshit, as is the bit about the cop saying a business can refuse service to anyone. The place is open to the public and they served the women. At that point, the store’s argument is shit, legally speaking

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 7:02:25pm

re: #56 Aunty Entity Dragon

The media has already pushed the meme that Obama ‘failed’ to deal with the racial backlash to his own presidency.

That’s partly a means of the media trying to make up for their breathless predictions made immediately after his election in ‘08 that it was a sign that racism was a dead/dying issue in America.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 5, 2016 • 7:02:38pm

Sacramento police probe leaflets targeting Muslims, Latinos in midtown Sacramento

The letter ends with the sentence: “If you have not secured a body dump-site, do so now! Kidnap, rob, torture for information and execute all Muslims and Latinos. Leave no survivors.”

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 7:04:25pm

re: #61 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Check Trump campaign headquarters.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 7:05:18pm
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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:05:29pm

re: #27 teleskiguy

I am going to the Hoover Dam! On Sunday. Now they have that bridge, too. Very high concentration of engineering marvels there near Boulder City.

The first time I saw it, I thought the Masonic memorial was awfully corny, but a minute later, tops, I was tearing up.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:07:06pm

re: #63 Kragar

In other words, just another Republican administration.

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goddamnedfrank  May 5, 2016 • 7:09:12pm

re: #37 KGxvi

I never understood this about the primary: this jackass has been in the public eye for going on 40 years, he’s said and done a slew of stupid shit… And yet, nothing

Because all of his primary opponents knew the GOP base was abjectly racist they cravenly avoided every effective avenue of attack they could have used against him. They pointedly did not call him out on his racism, bring up the 1973 DOJ Fair Housing Act lawsuit, attack his birther nonsense, etc. The same thing goes with regards to the endemic misogyny in the party, when he mentioned Megyn Kelly’s menstruation and derided Fiorina’s face as too ugly to vote for nobody really took him to task, they just clucked a little bit and tried to cast themselves as being more adult.

This chickentshit refusal on the part of the other candidates to attack Donald in starkest and most accurate terms came from their own insight into what the Republican Party base truly is, a dysfunctional claque combining rabid white nationalists, repressed hypocrites wrapped in a cloak of Christian identity, and economic sociopaths.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:09:43pm

re: #58 The Vicious Babushka

That more than makes up for being totally wrong about Hillary winning Indiana.

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CuriousLurker  May 5, 2016 • 7:10:07pm

re: #59 KGxvi

The trespass part is utter bullshit, as is the bit about the cop saying a business can refuse service to anyone. The place is open to the public and they served the women. At that point, the store’s argument is shit, legally speaking

Thanks for the legal insight. I just…ugh.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 7:10:43pm

Remember folks, according to some, women have no place in combat roles

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Jenner7  May 5, 2016 • 7:12:10pm

Again, no words.

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ObserverArt  May 5, 2016 • 7:13:31pm

re: #2 The Vicious Babushka

I read the GQ article. I thought it was kind of a puff piece.

It didn’t heap enough praise and it didn’t say enough about how this great woman was lucky she met and married A Great Man like Trump.

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Whack-A-Mole  May 5, 2016 • 7:14:37pm

re: #70 Jenner7

I just cannot see him in a hard hat without thinking “Greg Stillson.”

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 7:16:23pm

re: #66 goddamnedfrank

Because all of his primary opponents knew the GOP base was abjectly racist they cravenly avoided every effective avenue of attack they could have used against him. They pointedly did not call him out on his racism, bring up the 1973 DOJ Fair Housing Act lawsuit, attack his birther nonsense, etc. The same thing goes with regards to the endemic misogyny in the party, when he mentioned Megyn Kelly’s menstruation and derided Fiorina’s face as too ugly to vote for nobody really took him to task, they just clucked a little bit and tried to cast themselves as being more adult.

This craven refusal on the part of the other candidates to attack Donald in starkest and most accurate terms came from their own insight into what the Republican Party base truly is, a dysfunctional claque combining rabid white nationalists, repressed hypocrites wrapped in a cloak of Christian identity, and economic sociopaths.

The other half to that is that Trump benefits from the self-delusion that is a trademark of the GOP base, the ability to convince themselves that they’re not racists/misogynists/bigots/etc despite all the evidence to the contrary. So to attack Trump as a racist means to imply that his supporters are racists by association and that does little but piss them off. Especially when the party’s views and policies are not just nicer ways of expressing the same ideas that Trump is saying aloud.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 7:16:24pm
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GlutenFreeJesus  May 5, 2016 • 7:16:57pm

re: #32 Kragar

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He will come around.

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 7:17:20pm

re: #72 Whack-A-Mole

I just cannot see him in a hard hat without thinking “Greg Stillson.”

Funny, I can’t look at him without thinking the same thing. He really does strike me as the sort of man that would order a nuclear strike on a whim, then justify it with some self-delusion about how it’s his “destiny.”

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:17:28pm

re: #70 Jenner7

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Again, no words.

Next thing you know he’ll be handing out dimes to street urchins.

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 7:19:36pm
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Whack-A-Mole  May 5, 2016 • 7:21:09pm

re: #76 Targetpractice

So much of what DT does and says reminds me of that character. The bullying and threatening of critics, the shameless populist pandering, the ultra tough guy image.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 7:24:14pm

re: #69 Kragar

Remember folks, according to some, women have no place in combat roles

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The fat chick is BADASS. I get warm feels thinking about how much ass she can kick.

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goddamnedfrank  May 5, 2016 • 7:24:47pm

re: #73 Targetpractice

The other half to that is that Trump benefits from the self-delusion that is a trademark of the GOP base, the ability to convince themselves that they’re not racists/misogynists/bigots/etc despite all the evidence to the contrary. So to attack Trump as a racist means to imply that his supporters are racists by association and that does little but piss them off. Especially when the party’s views and policies are not just nicer ways of expressing the same ideas that Trump is saying aloud.

Right, which is why the strategy that worked so well for him in the primaries is cancer in a general election. There is absolutely no incentive for Hillary or other Democrats to soft peddle the message, they can unload on Trump and all Republicans by association, using readily available facts and Trump’s own statements to keep him and the entire party painted firmly into that corner.

The reason that so many primary forecasters called Trump’s nomination wrong was because they refused to believe the polls, which accurately reflected his support within the GOP all along. The general election polls aren’t lying either, the man is absolutely toxic outside of the GOP voting base.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:25:03pm

re: #74 Kragar

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 7:26:42pm

re: #76 Targetpractice

Funny, I can’t look at him without thinking the same thing. He really does strike me as the sort of man that would order a nuclear strike on a whim, then justify it with some self-delusion about how it’s his “destiny.” “somebody was UNFAIR to him”

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 7:31:04pm

I feel safe in saying that a Trump presidency will be like no other in this country’s history, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

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Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 7:31:12pm

re: #44 CuriousLurker

Excuse me for changing the subject, but WTFF?? Yesterday, someone here (IIRC) posted this tweet about some Muslim women who are suing an eatery in OC for discrimination. Today, OC Weekly reports that the cafe has hired guess who to represent them and counter-sue the Muslim women? Wait for it…
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David Effing Yerushalmi. You can’t make this shit up. Seriously.

This asshole says Farsakh is an “activist for Palestinan [sic] causes,” (I have no idea why that should matter in the least) and then he refers to her “and her co-conspirators for tresspass [sic].” Are you effing kidding me? Co-conspirators? Trespass?? They met friends there for pizza, pie and coffee according to the LA Times story. They weren’t disrupting business, bothering anyone, or otherwise misbehaving in any way. When the police were called “they very respectfully left, having paid their bill,” said Laguna Beach PD spokesman, Jason Kravetz. Is this a preview of Trump’s “Great” America?

That crap is NOT gonna fly.

I’m behind on the thread but I betcha he ambulance chased the cafe owners.

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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 7:32:13pm

re: #84 Skip Intro

I feel safe in saying that a Trump presidency will be like no other in this country’s history, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see if a US president orders a nuclear strike for no reason other than feeling cranky that day?

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goddamnedfrank  May 5, 2016 • 7:32:27pm
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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 7:32:28pm

re: #84 Skip Intro

There’s not going to be a Trump Presidency. I’m not too worried.

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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 7:33:36pm
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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 7:35:00pm

re: #89 teleskiguy

There’s still a lot of time between now and Election Day, and it’s still not guaranteed that Trump won’t win.

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 7:35:52pm

re: #88 teleskiguy

There’s not going to be a Trump Presidency. I’m not too worried.

Well, we’ve been 100% wrong about Trump so far, so I’m not as confident as you.

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ObserverArt  May 5, 2016 • 7:36:28pm

One day after it became clear Donald Trump would become the GOP candidate for president Trump is tearing into Republicans with aplomb.

I mentioned in a comment the other day a friend has been pretty set on thinking there would be no way they (the real Republican power brokers) would allow him to actually run. His words…he will never see election day.

After some of the stuff Trump has said today I have to believe some people in this country are growing real sick of his act and are very worried about how much a danger he presents not just to this country but to them. And when big powerful people feel threatened they are capable of putting that power to work in ways ordinary men/women cannot.

I am getting the same feeling my friend has…maybe it is rubbing off on me. But today when Trump said he didn’t want to work with Paul Ryan and could care less about the GOP establishment and what they think all kinds of signals went off. The GOP will do everything they can to stop Trump.

And I don’t think they will stop with anything less than making sure. How drastic? We might just see.

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 7:37:56pm

Trump wooing the coal miners with hairspray.

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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 7:39:07pm

re: #81 goddamnedfrank

Right, which is why the strategy that worked so well for him in the primaries is cancer in a general election. There is absolutely no incentive for Hillary or other Democrats to soft peddle the message, they can unload on Trump and all Republicans by association, using readily available facts and Trump’s own statements to keep him and the entire party painted firmly into that corner.

The reason that so many primary forecasters called Trump’s nomination wrong was because they refused to believe the polls, which accurately reflected his support within the GOP all along. The general election polls aren’t lying either, the man is absolutely toxic outside of the GOP voting base.

Trump’s general election strategy is likely to be to try and etch-a-sketch his primary into complete non-existence. He may even pretend to not be a Republican. Trump will start telling lies he thinks Democrats/Sanders supporters want to hear. If so, the media can be counted on to provide an endless uncritical tongue-bathing of this bullshit, the better to prop up their both-siderist fantasy.

I can’t think of anyone better to run against this nonsense than Hillary Clinton and her operatives.

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Jenner7  May 5, 2016 • 7:39:21pm
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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 7:39:33pm

re: #93 jaunte

That bit about hairspray in a closed room is from an old rant of his, from some time ago.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:39:44pm

Because I have way too much time on my hands…

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 7:40:09pm

re: #96 freetoken

He’s very serious about his hairspray.

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 7:40:18pm

re: #93 jaunte

Well if the coal miners don’t want any regulations in the mines Trump’s the right guy for them.

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CuriousLurker  May 5, 2016 • 7:40:23pm

Okay, I’m gonna go read, but before I do here a short article:

Refuge occupiers concerned about liberal Portland jury

The trial for Ammon Bundy and 25 others is set for September. At Wednesday’s status hearing, a defense attorney suggested the possibility of change of venue, and asked a federal judge to approve funding for an analysis of the media attention the case received and, possibly, a survey of community attitudes. […]

koin.com

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown: Um… NO.

G’nite, lizards.

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Reality Based Steve  May 5, 2016 • 7:40:59pm

re: #93 jaunte

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Trump wooing the coal miners with hairspray.

Yea, all those damn rules about dust control, safety equipment, black lung. Just keeping the owners from scraping by.

RBS

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jaunte  May 5, 2016 • 7:41:00pm

re: #99 Skip Intro

He’s somehow going to claim to protect the miners but not the air.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 7:41:21pm

re: #94 EPR-radar

Almost certainly Drumpfskind will keep up his “outsider” gimmick, which is why public battles with the likes of Ryan only helps his cause.

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Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 7:41:44pm
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goddamnedfrank  May 5, 2016 • 7:42:06pm
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Reality Based Steve  May 5, 2016 • 7:42:26pm

re: #97 De Kolta Chair

Because I have way too much time on my hands…

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This is why we need the ability to have the once-weekly Uber-Mega-Ding.

RBS

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 7:42:30pm
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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 7:43:01pm

re: #103 freetoken

Almost certainly Drumpfskind will keep up his “outsider” gimmick, which is why public battles with the likes of Ryan only helps his cause.

Agreed. Picking fights with GOP establishment types has little risk of losing his GOP supporters, and may impress the feeble-minded in the media and among non-GOPers.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 7:43:13pm

re: #107 The Vicious Babushka

Of course, they’re all falling in line.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 7:43:47pm

re: #108 EPR-radar

And it will appeal to those “independents”, even those who have felt the bern.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 7:44:04pm

re: #107 The Vicious Babushka

What do you expect-he’s one of his own kind!

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The Vicious Babushka  May 5, 2016 • 7:44:23pm

re: #93 jaunte

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Trump wooing the coal miners with hairspray.

WINGNUTS JUST LOVES A MANLY HE-MAN!

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 5, 2016 • 7:45:08pm

re: #91 Skip Intro

Well, we’ve been 100% wrong about Trump so far, so I’m not as confident as you.

I quit worrying after the ‘88 Republican convention. “George Bush and Dan Quayle? This is a losing ticket if I ever saw one!”

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Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 7:45:31pm

re: #79 Whack-A-Mole

I’m still trying to catch up. Thinking of Stillson made me check Stephen King’s timeline.

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The globulosus alpuzzzzz from Wisconsin  May 5, 2016 • 7:46:16pm

re: #98 jaunte

He’s very serious about his hairspray.

The Donald has been huffing it in closed quarters for decades. Saving the ozone, ya know.

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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 7:46:46pm

re: #110 freetoken

And it will appeal to those “independents”, even those who have felt the bern.

Trump’s only possible path to victory in the general election is to assemble a true confederacy of dunces.

He needs to be able to say contradictory lies to different groups of people who are all stupid enough to believe what they want to believe to get their support, which is only going to work on idiots.

This is a very dangerous way to test just how much rampant stupidity we have in the US electorate.

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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 7:47:39pm

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Skip Intro  May 5, 2016 • 7:47:50pm

re: #116 EPR-radar

He’ll have 100% media assistance all the way.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:48:44pm

According to GOP insiders, Trump will take the oath of office using the nom de plume “Donald of Orange.”

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makeitstop  May 5, 2016 • 7:49:32pm

OT: Attention, fellow gear geeks - we talked about this pedal a while ago. I finally ordered one, it’ll be here Saturday. Thanks, Amazon Prime!

Electro-Harmonix Mel9 Tape Replay Machine

Can’t wait to lay my mitts on it.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 5, 2016 • 7:49:54pm

re: #119 De Kolta Chair

According to GOP insiders, Trump will take the oath of office using the nom de plume “Donald of Orange.”

Will the book he swears on be “The Art of the Deal”?

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blueraven  May 5, 2016 • 7:50:01pm

re: #55 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Trouble in Paradise?

Trump Says Russian Planes Should Be Shot Down ‘At Certain Point’

from the linked article

British-based research firm YouGov also found that Trump was the most popular U.S. presidential candidate among Russians back in April, with his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton supported by 10 percent of Russian voters.

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Jebediah, RBG  May 5, 2016 • 7:51:23pm

re: #120 makeitstop

tengo jealousy

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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 7:52:11pm

re: #121 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Will the book he swears on be “The Art of the Deal”?

A Donald Trump swearing-in would be huge and classy. No hands needed.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:52:23pm

re: #114 Stanley Sea

I’m still trying to catch up. Thinking of Stillson made me check Stephen King’s timeline.

Samuel L. Jackson in “a pretty cool movie”? Haven’t heard that in a while.

Just partly kidding. I liked The Hateful Eight quite a bit, and Jackson was terrific in it.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 7:53:38pm

re: #117 teleskiguy

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Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 7:53:39pm
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The globulosus alpuzzzzz from Wisconsin  May 5, 2016 • 7:54:57pm

re: #120 makeitstop

ooph, I don’t know.

Another OT but the youtube vids for pedals always seem really cheezie to me.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 7:55:20pm

re: #127 Charles Johnson

Good lord, we are fucked.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 7:55:32pm
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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 7:57:33pm

re: #129 Eric The Fruit Bat

Good lord, we are fucked.

I’m not recognizing the names here (assuming this John Oliver is not the John Oliver of the Daily Show).

If these are just two random idiots on Twitter, this is pretty meaningless.

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Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 7:57:37pm
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Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 7:58:18pm

re: #93 jaunte

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Trump wooing the coal miners with hairspray.

Beyond.

And the crowd walked out of the arena thinking they’re gonna be rich.

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makeitstop  May 5, 2016 • 7:59:06pm

re: #128 The globulosus alpuzzzzz from Wisconsin

ooph, I don’t know.

Another OT but the youtube vids for pedals always seem really cheezie to me.

I’ll be running my guitar through my regular amp, this pedal through our PA.

I’ve already got their B9 (Hammond organ emulator), and it works a lot better than I ever expected. The tracking is really good, and I expect this one to be much the same.

I’m in a three-piece band, so this will open up a lot of sonics that we currently don’t have. I’m stoked.

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Whack-A-Mole  May 5, 2016 • 7:59:54pm

re: #114 Stanley Sea

That’s one I never got around to reading. Didn’t realize a film adaptation was on the way. May have to move it up on the reading queue.

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Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 8:00:25pm

re: #104 Charles Johnson

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I bet Trump signed a new media buy today.

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The globulosus alpuzzzzz from Wisconsin  May 5, 2016 • 8:01:36pm

re: #134 makeitstop

Well hell then, have fun! That’s what it’s all about. Check these guys out.

dwarfcraft.com

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:02:49pm

The King of Comedy imo:

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EPR-radar  May 5, 2016 • 8:04:28pm

re: #138 De Kolta Chair

I like the simplicity of “vulgar talking yam” (Charlie Pierce).

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stpaulbear  May 5, 2016 • 8:04:45pm

re: #138 De Kolta Chair

He forgot Bimbo.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  May 5, 2016 • 8:05:01pm

Last year, for example, prosecutors in the district won a conviction of a former CIA officer who was involved in a highly secretive operation to give faulty nuclear plans to Iran and accused of leaking details of the effort to a reporter.

huh!

washingtonpost.com

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 8:08:08pm

How about some good news?

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:09:52pm

re: #121 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Will the book he swears on be “The Art of the Deal”?

Twenty copies, stacked like pancakes, which he’ll autograph and sell to the highest bidders in the dome of the Capitol Building. That oughta take care of the national debt.

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stpaulbear  May 5, 2016 • 8:10:52pm

re: #142 Kragar

How about some good news?

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Reunions aren’t always good news.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  May 5, 2016 • 8:12:32pm

wall to wall trump

if you never stop eating those tasty snax that you just cant stop eating, at a certain point you’ll get really sick of them and never want to look at them again

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Kragar  May 5, 2016 • 8:14:44pm
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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 8:14:51pm

The mob metaphor writes itself:

Sessions: Ryan made ‘big mistake’ not backing Trump

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Thursday said that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) flubbed by withholding his support from Donald Trump.

“I think this was a big mistake, I really do,” he said on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” “I’m surprised, frankly, because he’d indicated that he would support whoever the nominee was.

“The Speaker of the House is a big leader and an important figure in the Republican Party. He calls on House members every day to stand with him in unity. He needs to set a good example for Republicans.”

[…]

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Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 8:15:49pm
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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 5, 2016 • 8:18:05pm

Cosplay in Myanmar, photos from the BBC.

bbc.com

On a related note, three of my students here have bleached their hair. One girl’s hair turned out bluish-gray (a DIY job) and the other two went for a salon job that made them blondes. To see a Chinese person with blonde hair is visually arresting, at least for me.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:18:57pm

re: #142 Kragar

How about some good news?

That is indeed good news.I’ve been hearing rumors about that for the past week, which might explain my Chantix-induced deep dreams of hanging out with the delightful Tina Weymouth. Nothing sexual mind you (alas), just us hanging out (sometimes with Chris Frantz, nice guy) at the Mudd Club and CBGB’s, and shooting pool with Lydia Lunch in a dive bar in Paterson, New Jersey.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:19:42pm

re: #138 De Kolta Chair

The King of Comedy imo:

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My late grandfather had a record of Carl and Mel Brooks’ famed skit. He also was a staunch liberal through and through. I think if my grandfather were still with us, he’d be heartbroken to see a man like Trump actually nominated for President. Reagan’s popularity disturbed him but I don’t even want to think what Trump’s would do.

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Belafon  May 5, 2016 • 8:19:48pm

re: #91 Skip Intro

Well, we’ve been 100% wrong about Trump so far, so I’m not as confident as you.

We’ve been right about Trump. Actually, after Perry dropped out, we were actually fairly accurate about Trump’s chances because we stopped ignoring the stuff the press blinded itself to. He reflects the Republican party like no other candidate, the second closest being Cruz. Trump just says out loud what all the Washington Republicans think, and most of the Republican base says.

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stpaulbear  May 5, 2016 • 8:20:01pm

re: #147 freetoken

The mob metaphor writes itself:

Sessions: Ryan made ‘big mistake’ not backing Trump

It is going to be somewhat satisfying to watch the house and senate republicans slowly tear themselves to pieces. I don’t think they’ll reach a point to where they all come around, and the jerks like Sessions are just going to keep twisting the knife.

And busTED will be back with them! That’ll be fun.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:20:37pm

re: #147 freetoken

The mob metaphor writes itself:

Sessions: Ryan made ‘big mistake’ not backing Trump

I am glad the media is listening seriously to a man who once “joked” that he liked the KKK until he found out that some of them smoked pot.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 8:21:55pm

Speaking of the House and Senate:

iemweb.biz.uiowa.edu

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 5, 2016 • 8:22:28pm

re: #121 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

Will the book he swears on be “The Art of the Deal”?

MAD Libs. It’s how he’d run the country.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:24:04pm

re: #152 Belafon

You’re grandfather sounds like my kind of guy. I suspect that if my very cynical grandfather came back to life today he’d say something like “The way we’ve fucked up the planet, we probably deserve this.”

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 5, 2016 • 8:26:04pm
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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:26:24pm

re: #157 De Kolta Chair

You’re grandfather sounds like my kind of guy. I suspect that if my very cynical grandfather came back to life today he’d say something like “The way we’ve fucked up the planet, we probably deserve this.”

Heh I think you meant to quote me there. I never actually knew the man but from what I’ve been told he had a wonderful sense of humor. Him and my grandmother would go to movies together. One of my cousins was telling me that they went to see the Exorcist together and found it amusing. He really was so ahead of his time in many ways. He really treated my grandmother as his equal and really valued her. Through his shaping of my own father, he’s probably why I’m such a liberal today.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:27:28pm

theonion.com
This proved actually to be quite prophetic. I think the white hot sphere of rage was a bit more coherent though.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  May 5, 2016 • 8:27:28pm

On Inauguration Day, he would go to a “beautiful” gala ball or two, but focus mostly on rescinding Obama executive orders on immigration and calling up corporate executives to threaten punitive measures if they shift jobs out of the United States.

And by the end of his first 100 days as the nation’s 45th leader, the wall with Mexico would be designed, the immigration ban on Muslims would be in place, the audit of the Federal Reserve would be underway and plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be in motion.

mobile.nytimes.com

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  May 5, 2016 • 8:32:15pm

“As president, I’ll be working from the first day with my vice president and staff to make clear that America will be changing in major ways for the better,” Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview on Saturday. “We can’t afford to waste time. I want a vice president who will help me have a major impact quickly on Capitol Hill, and the message will be clear to the nation and to people abroad that the American government will be using its power differently.”

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  May 5, 2016 • 8:33:56pm

america will be changing in major ways for the better… will be using its power differently…

reminds me of something not sure what…

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Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 8:33:57pm

Since it slowed down a little, time for a kit update!

She totally fits in this little bed, but wanted to be weird.

She’s getting braver but it is one step forward, 2 steps back. Yesterday UPS delivered a very heavy box, dropped it in the living room. She scattered out from under the ottoman across the living room then retreated under the sofa till 11 pm when I went to bed.

She’s very active while I sleep, all her toys are in different places when she wakes me up at 530 :/.

Any litterbox tips & tricks are welcome. It’s fine, but it is definitely the main upset to my pristine life.

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goddamnedfrank  May 5, 2016 • 8:36:11pm
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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 8:36:50pm

re: #162 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

“As president, I’ll be working from the first day with my vice president and staff to make clear that America will be changing in major ways for the better,” Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview on Saturday. “We can’t afford to waste time. I want a vice president who will help me have a major impact quickly on Capitol Hill, and the message will be clear to the nation and to people abroad that the American government will be using its power differently.”

re: #163 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

america will be changing in major ways for the better… will be using its power differently…

reminds me of something not sure what…

You were about to go Godwin on us, weren’t you?!?

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Mattand  May 5, 2016 • 8:36:58pm

So I’m listening to Philly’s all-news station on the way home tonight, and one of their top stories was Pat Toomey, GOP PA Senator, giving the typical spineless, contradictory endorsement of Capt. Orange Tinyfingers that’s becoming the in-thing for Republicans (not sure where it falls on TPM’s Trump endorsement scale.)

This guy actually said that Trump was not his first, second, or third choice, but, by God, he’s a Republican and he needs to prevent Clinton from furthering the damage Obama has caused the US.

Like the lowest unemployment rate in years.

Record high stock market.

Uninsured rates among the poor dropping like a stone.

It’s just amazing grown, educated adults can say this and still manage not to puncture their pancreases when putting on their underwear in the morning.

I got into it with two Tea Party morons whose pollute the FB feed of a guy I used to work with. One keeps repeating that people are angry. I keep pointing out that the people who are angry are conservatives who are pissed that a black man got convincingly elected POTUS for two terms, and nothing they did could drive him out of office.

They then get all pissy and want to know why I’m playing the race card. The fucking denial and cognitive dissonance is stunning. At least one of these triffids keeps insisting he’s an independent, who just happens to despise Obama and always votes GOP.

I then think about how a Trump presidency is a frighteningly real possibility. The GOP will fall in line like mindless drones, as they always do. Meanwhile, the Bernie Bros are going to rumble into Philly trying to fuck up the Democratic Party as much as possible, because if they don’t get their way, they’re going to burn the whole deal to the ground.

From there, our precious independent voters will look at the two parties and go “Wow, the GOP really seems to have gotten their act together! Let’s give them a chance.” Completely ignoring how Obama has put out the flaming pile of dogshit Bush left for him, and how utterly decayed and vile the soul of the GOP has become.

It’s amazing. If the GOP had worked with Obama, we would be along soooooo much further than we are now.

But, no. Republicans now support Trump because party fealty is what matters most to them, despite a good chunk of the GOP openly admitting that Trump is a fucking psycho.

Fuck these people and what they’re doing to our country. Said it before, say it again: Republicans are bigger menace to the US than ISIS or Al Queda ever will be.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:39:45pm

re: #165 goddamnedfrank

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I’m getting sick of this.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:39:48pm

This had to be the least blue collar political event since Taft ran against Bryan:

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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 8:39:55pm
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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:40:13pm

re: #167 Mattand

So I’m listening to Philly’s all-news station on the way home tonight, and one of their top stories was Pat Toomey, GOP PA Senator, giving the typical spineless, contradictory endorsement of Capt. Orange Tinyfingers that’s becoming the in-thing for Republicans (not sure where it falls on TPM’s Trump endorsement scale.)

This guy actually said that Trump was not his first, second, or third choice, but, by God, he’s a Republican and he needs to prevent Clinton from furthering the damage Obama has caused the US.

Like the lowest unemployment rate in years.

Record high stock market.

Uninsured rates among the poor dropping like a stone.

It’s just amazing grown, educated adults can say this and still manage not to puncture their pancreases when putting on their underwear in the morning.

I got into it with two Tea Party morons whose pollute the FB feed of a guy I used to work with. One keeps repeating that people are angry. I keep pointing out that the people who are angry are conservatives who are pissed that a black man got convincingly elected POTUS for two terms, and nothing they did could drive him out of office.

They then get all pissy and want to know why I’m playing the race card. The fucking denial and cognitive dissonance is stunning. At least one of these triffids keeps insisting he’s an independent, who just happens to despise Obama and always votes GOP.

I then think about how a Trump presidency is a frighteningly real possibility. The GOP will fall in line like mindless drones, as they always do. Meanwhile, the Bernie Bros are going to rumble into Philly trying to fuck up the Democratic Party as much as possible, because if they don’t get their way, they’re going to burn the whole deal to the ground.

From there, our precious independent voters will look at the two parties and go “Wow, the GOP really seems to have gotten their act together! Let’s give them a chance.” Completely ignoring how Obama has put out the flaming pile of dogshit Bush left for him, and how utterly decayed and vile the soul of the GOP has become.

It’s amazing. If the GOP had worked with Obama, we would be along soooooo much further than we are now.

But, no. Republicans now support Trump because party fealty is what matter most to them, despite a good chunk of the GOP openly admitting that Trump is a fucking psycho.

Fuck these people and what they’re doing to our country. Said it before, say it again: Republicans are bigger menace to the US than ISIS or Al Queda ever will be.

Party first. Country after nachos.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:40:36pm

re: #169 De Kolta Chair

This was the least blue collar political event seen since Taft ran against Bryan:

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But yet somehow we get told that Trump is the blue collar candidate. Puh-lease.

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Belafon  May 5, 2016 • 8:40:53pm

re: #165 goddamnedfrank

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It would be nice if Bernie could get a few wins in states that at least look like the country, even if that’s not the current representation in the Democratic party. WV is 94% white.

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Belafon  May 5, 2016 • 8:42:08pm

re: #169 De Kolta Chair

This was the least blue collar political event seen since Taft ran against Bryan:

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When I stare at that picture, it looks like everyone was photoshopped in.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:42:19pm

re: #173 Belafon

It would be nice if Bernie could get a few wins in states that at least look like the country, even if that’s not the current representation in the country. WV is 94% white.

The most diverse state he’s won is Michigan I believe. I take that back. Hawaii is probably more diverse.

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HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:43:38pm

I stand by what I said earlier though, I really do not think Bernie Sanders values social liberalism. He may have a socially liberal record but I don’t think he sees its importance. He cares more about bringing people back into the party who left it because they bought Nixon and Reagan’s fearmongreling shit.

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Great White Snark  May 5, 2016 • 8:44:27pm

re: #72 Whack-A-Mole

I just cannot see him in a hard hat without thinking “Greg Stillson.”

I keep wanting to add a little propeller on top.

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majii  May 5, 2016 • 8:44:51pm

re: #162 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

Many on the right must be cowering in their boots in fear right about now because Trump is promising to change America in major ways. I say this because they’ve screamed and howled for eight years because the current president wants to “transform” America. They mocked his campaign slogan “Hope and Change” for years and made it very clear to me that they reject change. If I were a betting person, I’d put money on them not saying one word in opposition to the change Trump is promising. The reality is that they don’t really mind change as long as it’s implemented by someone they like/approve of. “W” changed the U.S. and the world, to, for the worse, but a majority of the GOP/TPers still think he was the greatest president evah.

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Reality Based Steve  May 5, 2016 • 8:45:07pm

This is my town. Dog bites man… somebody else bites the dog, and a woman threatens someone with a butter knife.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) - Montgomery County Animal Care and Control (MCAC) is investigating after a dog bit an individual at a house party Wednesday evening.

The human was not the only victim, however. According to officials, the dog was also bitten by an unknown person.

- See more at: clarksvillenow.com

And the weird part, this really doesn’t surprise me in the least.

RBS

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:45:09pm

re: #170 teleskiguy

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I watched MST3K’s riff on that a couple of months ago. One of their funniest episodes.

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freetoken  May 5, 2016 • 8:45:10pm

Canada Fire Hit as Government Cut Spending on Prevention, Planes

Alberta’s cash-strapped government cut funding for wildfire prevention, including millions for programs created in response to the province’s last major fire disaster, just weeks before a raging fire swept across the city of Fort McMurray, forcing a mass evacuation as hundreds of homes burned to the ground.

The cuts, some of which have not previously been reported, came as Alberta struggled to cope with a prolonged slump in oil prices that has reduced tax revenue, and as climate change makes fires more frequent and damaging in Canada’s vast boreal forest.

[…]

Live by the price of oil, die by the price of oil. Clearly Alberta didn’t properly prepare for this disaster.

I wonder if this will cost the NDP their recent rise to power, and the old conservatives move back into power.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  May 5, 2016 • 8:48:46pm

re: #14 teleskiguy

Going to Las Vegas tomorrow.

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Gods, if there’s anybody we need now, it’s HST. Only he could digest this madness and make it bearable to read.

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Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 8:50:04pm

re: #179 Reality Based Steve

This is my town. Dog bites man… somebody else bites the dog, and a woman threatens someone with a butter knife.

And the weird part, this really doesn’t surprise me in the least.

RBS

This is how far I got in the comments

Wow the owner probably bit the dog Idk if a stranger could get away with it smdh???
Jules Randall Hagewood • 5 hours ago

That could be the case. Bite your own dog and blame it on the victim. Stranger things have happened. She sounds crazy as bat shizz. A butter knife can kill BTW. It could cause a Fleishman wound…

184
De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 8:51:45pm

re: #172 HappyWarrior

But yet somehow we get told that Trump is the blue collar candidate. Puh-lease.

I read the other day that the mine owner who was recently convicted — a first! — led the recent protest the other day in coal country against Secretary Clinton that got a lot of press (not surprisingly, he wasn’t mentioned in most reports).

185
majii  May 5, 2016 • 8:52:25pm

re: #167 Mattand

One can say those kinds of things when one thinks of politics as a game and ignores all of the real life consequences of a group of politicians’ bad decisions. One of those guys also seems to think that his should vote count more than any group of persons’ votes. Life must be hard for him because the election of a Black American as POTUS for two terms in office upsets him. Their words tell me, a black person, that much of their opposition to President Obama has been based on his race and not so much on his policies, many of which are middle-of- the- road and some have been downright right-leaning. They want the power and ability to dictate who occupies the WH, and when they don’t have their choice, they go to doom and doom and the sky is falling modes. It must be a helluva way to live.

186
HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:52:42pm

re: #184 De Kolta Chair

I read the other day that the mine owner who was recently convicted — a first! — led the recent protest in coal country against Secretary Clinton that got a lot of press (not surprisingly, he wasn’t mentioned in most reports).

Yeah I did see that. There’s another scumbag.

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teleskiguy  May 5, 2016 • 8:52:59pm

re: #182 Pawn of the Oppressor

Gods, if there’s anybody we need now, it’s HST. Only he could digest this madness and make it bearable to read.

Agreed. Him and George Carlin and Bill Hicks and Christopher Hitchens and…

188
HappyWarrior  May 5, 2016 • 8:53:00pm

Okay calling it a night.

189
Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 8:54:16pm

re: #184 De Kolta Chair

I read the other day that the mine owner who was recently convicted — a first! — led the recent protest in coal country against Secretary Clinton that got a lot of press (not surprisingly, that wasn’t mentioned in most reports).

But CDC’s!!! Shitty hairspray!

190
Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 8:58:38pm

re: #180 De Kolta Chair

I watched MST3K’s riff on that a couple of months ago. One of their funniest episodes.

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“PACKERS!”

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Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 9:04:02pm
192
De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 9:11:32pm

re: #190 Targetpractice

“PACKERS!”

Ahhh, good times don’t cha know ;-)

MST3k says: Packers win the Super Bowl!

193
Reality Based Steve  May 5, 2016 • 9:21:16pm

Well, I’m off to bed. Catch you all later on.

There’s pre-packed salad in the fridge, help yourself.

RBS

194
De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 9:21:19pm

Anybody else think the Saudis are bluffing about pulling out their $ from the US of A if the Congress releases those eleven or so pages? I mean, switching it to China might not be a good idea right now.

Frankly, I’d like to see them put a huge chunk o’ cash into Ireland, and lord knows Greece and Spain would be most appreciative (ironically so in the case of Spain).

195
De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 9:22:38pm

re: #193 Reality Based Steve

Well, I’m off to bed. Catch you all later on.

There’s pre-packed salad in the fridge, help yourself.

RBS

I’ll send my rabbit over asap. ;-)

196
Single-handed sailor  May 5, 2016 • 9:28:39pm

go sharks, eh.

197
Charles Johnson  May 5, 2016 • 9:28:47pm
198
Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 9:29:05pm
199
Stanley Sea  May 5, 2016 • 9:30:20pm

re: #197 Charles Johnson

Weird. Went to FB & found it.

200
De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 9:31:49pm

re: #197 Charles Johnson

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Cute girl and cute video. Has it really been almost eight years since that gentleman was first elected president? Impossible.

201
KingKenrod  May 5, 2016 • 9:32:49pm

Chuck “I’m not gonna use Facebook” Johnson has only posted 19 items today.

202
Targetpractice  May 5, 2016 • 9:34:59pm

CNN reports today that FBI sources say there’s “scant evidence” that Hillary intentionally violated the law, cue Bernie Bros screaming “THEY INTERVIEWED HUMA! YOU DON’T DO THAT IF THERE’S NO CRIME!!!”

203
wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 5, 2016 • 9:36:45pm

re: #201 KingKenrod

Chuck “I’m not gonna use Facebook” Johnson has only posted 19 items today.

Yeah. He lied again. I know we are all surprised.

204
Ziggy_TARDIS  May 5, 2016 • 9:39:14pm

re: #198 Stanley Sea

The Republicans and the Tory Party are tied at the hip, through the International Democrat Union.

This doesn’t surprise me, especially considering that Cameron and Obama have been testy recently, and that Boris Johnson is a stark raving bigot.

205
FormerDirtDart  May 5, 2016 • 9:41:06pm
206
Ziggy_TARDIS  May 5, 2016 • 9:43:01pm

Spain apparently decided today was the day to piss off the UK.

The Royal Navy’s HMS Sabre fires warning shots at a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel after it twice attempted to cut across the path of United States Navy submarine USS Florida during an incursion into Gibraltar’s territorial waters. Gibraltar officials say Spanish vessels regularly stray deep into its territorial waters and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has attacked the incursions as provocative.

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De Kolta Chair  May 5, 2016 • 9:54:32pm

re: #206 Ziggy_TARDIS

Spain apparently decided today was the day to piss off the UK.

208
Anymouse  May 5, 2016 • 10:27:15pm

re: #23 jaunte

Wow, I’m sure that will endear Mr. Trump to my state’s voters, attacking Governor Ricketts’s family.

There are already several Republicans in my town who say they are not going to vote at all.

209
Snarknado!  May 5, 2016 • 10:34:12pm

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210
Anymouse  May 5, 2016 • 11:30:52pm

re: #209 Snarknado!

Yes, I live in the path.

eclipse2017.org

That provides information about the total solar eclipse in USA on August 21, 2017.

My wife has a Website up for a local bed and breakfast here that is advertising the eclipse.

As for information about where to stay, if you look at the charts at the eclipse site above, it shows all the cities and towns in the path, thus you could pick a town then call around or use the Web for a hotel/motel reservation.

Info about my town is here:
eclipse2017.org

Alliance is right on the centre of the path of totality.

211
Donnie With The Good Hair (AKA Sophist)  May 6, 2016 • 12:56:20am

re: #179 Reality Based Steve

This is my town. Dog bites man… somebody else bites the dog, and a woman threatens someone with a butter knife.

And the weird part, this really doesn’t surprise me in the least.

RBS

So in your area, “man bites dog” is a “dog bites man” story?

212
cinesimon  May 6, 2016 • 1:16:26am

Another thing Trump has in common with most republicans: violence and terrorism is quite OK, if the ideology or message is in line with their own.

213
Shimshon  May 6, 2016 • 1:36:23am

re: #6 freetoken

“Open borders”

ice.gov

Before the recent drop due to the economy, the border patrol was arresting record numbers of illegal immigrants.

If only there were real journalists out there calling out any politician that tried using the phrase “open borders” and any other right wing lie that supporters have now taken as gospel.

214
steve_davis  May 6, 2016 • 4:50:25am

re: #10 Eric The Fruit Bat

Who would a Scientologist back?

WWLRHD?

215
meteor  May 6, 2016 • 6:01:07am

re: #139 EPR-radar

I like the simplicity of “vulgar talking yam” (Charlie Pierce).

Or, “a thirteen-year-old girl trapped inside a spoiled ham.” - Michael K., of dlisted.com.

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mr.fusion  May 6, 2016 • 8:30:56am

Media Matters:

Trump’s refusal to condemn their behavior has thrilled Trump’s neo-Nazi fans. Daily Stormer editor Andrew Anglin responded to the interview with the headline, “Glorious Leader Donald Trump Refuses to Denounce Stormer Troll Army.” He began:

Asked by the disgusting and evil Jewish parasite Wolf Blitzer to denounce the Stormer Troll Army, The Glorious Leader declined.

The Jew Wolf was attempting to Stump the Trump, bringing up stormer attacks on Jew terrorist Julia Ioffe. Trump responded to the request with “I have no message to the fans” which might as well have been “Hail Victory, Comrades!”

The pro-Hitler writer explained that “we are his most ardent supports. We will be on the ground, getting him elected. By the way: You all need to get ready to volunteer. We’re going to need a lot of boots on the ground to ensure the evil bitch Hillary is vanquished from the realm.”


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