Overnight Jam: Billy Talent, “Afraid of Heights”

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Here’s a great animated video from one of my new favorite rock bands.

Billy Talent - “Afraid Of Heights” official lyric video. Designed and Animated by Peter J Arvidsson.
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teleskiguy  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:14:48pm
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teleskiguy  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:22:32pm

7,000?!? I graduated high school in 2000 and there were maybe a thousand students in the same county.

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:24:22pm

Boxing corruption at the Rio Olympics. Kinda sad. Kids work towards their Olympic goals and get screwed by judges.

theguardian.com

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Ace-o-aces  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:29:19pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:29:51pm

re: #3 MsJ

Boxing corruption at the Rio Olympics. Kinda sad. Kids work towards their Olympic goals and get screwed by judges.

theguardian.com

So they’re not changing anything? At least after the ice-dancing scandal in Salt Lake City they gave the Canadian couple medals too (though without taking away the Russians’ medals.)

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Nyet  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:30:40pm

All the Olympics seem like a waste of time to me.

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:32:05pm

re: #5 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

So they’re not changing anything? At least after the ice-dancing scandal in Salt Lake City they gave the Canadian couple medals too (though without taking away the Russians’ medals.)

From the article, it seems not. Which sucks. It looks like they don’t want to admit to the whole thing.

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William Lewis  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:32:36pm

re: #3 MsJ

Boxing corruption at the Rio Olympics. Kinda sad. Kids work towards their Olympic goals and get screwed by judges.

theguardian.com

Does boxing exist without corruption? It’s kind of like the Teamsters of sports… O_O

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Charles Johnson  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:33:34pm
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retired cynic  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:35:07pm

re: #9 Charles Johnson

He corrects his mistakes? What a shock! WOW!

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:37:40pm

re: #6 Nyet

All the Olympics seem like a waste of time to me.

I didn’t think I’d watch but I have every night. The gymnastics was great and the two team beach volleyball was amazing. I could watch that every day. That’s some serious athletics.

The Ryan Lochte thing is weird. I have no idea what happened to Lochte but my husband was robbed in Lima exactly how Lochte said he was robbed in Rio.

I hope they (Lochte and the three other swimmers) didn’t make that shit up because that would suck. But reading about it, it really seems like the Rio cops are doing some pretty heavy intimidation tactics.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:44:50pm

The Olympics are absolutely the only sporting events I pay any attention to at all, and about half the time I give them a pass—like this year. The Winter Games are more interesting to me anyway.

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:49:26pm

re: #12 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

The Olympics are absolutely the only sporting events I pay any attention to at all, and about half the time I give them a pass—like this year. The Winter Games are more interesting to me anyway.

I prefer winter games but I’m finding stuff I like now.

I used to play volleyball so I’m loving this (the gold metal match is on now). And I’ve always liked gymnastics. The rest I can take or leave but I find its our go to channel every night no
matter.

And I’m hardly a sports person. Short of my addiction to curling and poker, that’s about my sports love.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:50:52pm

Water polo is the most underrated sport. I’m biased but I played in high school and college. It’s tough on the horses too. And armpit hair.

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William Lewis  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:51:57pm

Sailing, fencing and modern pentathalon.

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gwangung  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:51:59pm

I like track and field. Very pure in a lot of ways, and easy to understand. Run fast, jump far, toss something a long way.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:52:33pm

Adam Silverman over at Balloon Juice links to a great piece in The Guardian:

The dark history of Donald Trump’s rightwing revolt

The Republican party, its leaders like to say, is a party of ideas. Debates over budgets and government programmes are important, but they must be conducted with an eye on the bigger questions - questions about the character of the state, the future of freedom and the meaning of virtue. These beliefs provide the foundation for a conservative intellectual establishment - thinktanks such as the American Enterprise Institute, magazines such as National Review, pundits such as George Will and Bill Kristol - dedicated to advancing the right’s agenda.

Over the last year, that establishment has been united by one thing: opposition to Donald Trump. Republican voters may have succumbed to a temporary bout of collective insanity - or so Trump’s critics on the right believe - but the party’s intelligentsia remain certain that entrusting the Republican nomination to a reality television star turned populist demagogue has been a disaster for their cause and their country. Whatever Trump might be, he is not a conservative.

That belief is comforting, but it is wrong. Trump is a unique character, but the principles he defends and the passions he inflames have been part of the modern American right since its formation in the aftermath of the second world war. Most conservative thinkers have forgotten or repressed this part of their history, which is why they are undergoing a collective nervous breakdown today. Like addicts the morning after a bender, they are baffled at the face they see in the mirror.

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:56:00pm

Wait, the Olympics are going on now?
/

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 9:58:39pm
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goddamnedfrank  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:02:04pm

I’m not usually into sports but I’ll pretty much watch women’s team anything, soccer, rugby, volleyball, you name it.

I’m a perv.

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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:05:07pm

re: #20 goddamnedfrank

I’m not usually into sports but I’ll pretty much watch women’s team anything, soccer, rugby, volleyball, you name it.

I’m a perv.

Field hockey. Brutal sport with hickory sticks. No American coverage, of course, so I have no idea how it works.

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:05:11pm

re: #20 goddamnedfrank

I’m not usually into sports but I’ll pretty much watch women’s team anything, soccer, rugby, volleyball, you name it.

I’m a perv.

Watch the beach volleyball. They’re barely dressed. 😎

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Lidane  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:05:18pm
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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:06:27pm

re: #23 Lidane

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No! What’s on second!

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:15:08pm
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goddamnedfrank  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:16:45pm

re: #22 MsJ

Watch the beach volleyball. They’re barely dressed. 😎

There’s no challenge in that. You need to add a degree of difficulty otherwise the perv label just doesn’t feel earned.

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:18:54pm
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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:19:08pm

re: #13 MsJ

I prefer winter games but I’m finding stuff I like now.

I used to play volleyball so I’m loving this (the gold metal match is on now). And I’ve always liked gymnastics. The rest I can take or leave but I find its our go to channel every night no
matter.

And I’m hardly a sports person. Short of my addiction to curling and poker, that’s about my sports love.

Poker?

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:21:40pm

I’m waiting for super squad to become an Olympic event

“The Marines started off with a gear inspection, went immediately into a combat fitness test then directly did a 100-question written test which covered basic infantry skills,” said Vasseur. “Afterward, they were issued their operation order for a patrol to conduct daylight patrolling.”

The patrol took place in the Juliet Training Area aboard Camp Pendleton where the Marines and sailors were required to navigate through harsh terrain to locate six checkpoints and call for fire from notional supporting assets such as mortars.

The Marines seemed to never stop moving, coming straight out of the patrol, they shifted into a defensive posture for the next portion of the competition.

“They set into the defense, got attacked and the next day started a timed nine-mile movement to Range 408,” explained Vasseur. “They conducted a live-fire attack and moved into another three-mile movement completing an unknown distance range as a marksmanship test for the last part of the competition.”

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:22:14pm

re: #28 austin_blue

Poker?

Hold ‘em. I used to go all over playing in tournaments. I love it. Love it, love it. I watch it on tv often.

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teleskiguy  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:23:46pm

re: #12 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

The Winter Games are more interesting to me anyway.

My favorite Winter Games moment. I and the others in the room watching TV thought we just watched a dude die on live TV.

Hermann Maier, going 70+ m.p.h. in mid air, about to crash …
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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:23:58pm
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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:25:39pm

Germans took the gold. I really wish the US could have played Germany. The only game they lost at the Olympics was the semi which put them in the bronze game which they won. I was pretty bummed. Those gals are amazing.

I love me some volleyball b

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William Lewis  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:25:41pm

re: #29 Kragar

Is that the Marines equivalent to the Army Expert Infantry Badge?

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:26:37pm

re: #32 Kragar

[Trump media holding]

Well, Ailes is available.

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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:26:47pm

re: #30 MsJ

Hold ‘em. I used to go all over playing in tournaments. I love it. Love it, love it. I watch it on tv often.

Maybe in the Mind Game Olympics but, really, poker is no more a sport than chess, and maybe a lot less. There’s no bluffing in chess. Pure intellectual war.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:26:47pm

re: #20 goddamnedfrank

I’m not usually into sports but I’ll pretty much watch women’s team anything, soccer, rugby, volleyball, you name it.

I’m a perv male.

Fixed for you.

re: #21 austin_blue

Field hockey. Brutal sport with hickory sticks. No American coverage, of course, so I have no idea how it works.

My dad was watching that on TV today when I called and chatted with him for a bit on the way home from the eye doctor. (My glasses prescription remains unchanged. He expects this situation to carry on for the next 5-6 years. I continue to be able to wear them as I choose.)

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MsJ  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:27:37pm

re: #36 austin_blue

Maybe in the Mind Game Olympics but, really, poker is no more a sport than chess, and maybe a lot less. There’s no bluffing in chess. Pure intellectual war.

I play chess, too. I’m just better at Hold ‘em.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:27:38pm

given who brannon is and the fact that the campaign is about to unleash a buncha ads, i suspect we’re about to be inundated by one minute versions of ‘clinton cash’ kangaroo court briefs

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:31:02pm

trump/brannon figure they can innuendo the hillary campaign to death hillary im sure is preparing for this shitstorm

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:33:33pm

re: #34 William Lewis

No, its not a normal citation, but a competition between infantry units. The winners are awarded a badge, as well as a trophy.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:34:26pm

My biggest takeaway from the Olympics this year has been a lot more personal.

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William Lewis  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:40:30pm

re: #41 Kragar

No, its not a normal citation, but a competition between infantry units. The winners are awarded a badge, as well as a trophy.

I hadn’t heard of it before so I was wondering. Wish the Army had done something like that when I was in.

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KGxvi  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:41:21pm

re: #14 GlutenFreeJesus

Water polo is the most underrated sport. I’m biased but I played in high school and college. It’s tough on the horses too. And armpit hair.

Also a former water polo player. It’s weird seeing Acevado and Moses as the old guys on the team. And I don’t recognize any names on the women’s team (there was a time when I knew most of the team and my sister probably should have been on it).

As for the armpit hair, that’s not even top ten of bad things that happen under water. I’ve two or three chipped teeth that can attest to that

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:41:39pm
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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:42:11pm

re: #34 William Lewis

Is that the Marines equivalent to the Army Expert Infantry Badge?

No, that is standard Marine squad level training. They make terrible policeman. They make excellent killing machines.

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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:47:28pm

re: #46 austin_blue

Basic Tenet of USMC infantry: If something is worth doing, its worth doing it as violently as possible. It saves time later.

Case in point, SOP for dealing with a close range ambush: Turn into the ambush and assault through until the enemy is dead.

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teleskiguy  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:47:40pm

re: #46 austin_blue

No, that is standard Marine squad level training. They make terrible policeman. They make excellent killing machines.

Full Metal Jacket Joker’s assignment

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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 10:56:06pm

re: #47 Kragar

Basic Tenet of USMC infantry: If something is worth doing, its worth doing it as violently as possible. It saves time later.

Case in point, SOP for dealing with a close range ambush: Turn into the ambush and assault through until the enemy is dead.

Yup. That’s the idea. And it works a treat. Don’t fuck with the Marines. They are a much better trained and armed force than you can imagine. You may scratch them, but you will end up a corpse dead bang.

My dad is, and always will be, a Marine and is buried in Arlington.

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VegasGolfer  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:05:13pm

re: #21 austin_blue

Field hockey. Brutal sport with hickory sticks. No American coverage, of course, so I have no idea how it works.

You should check out hurling. I watched a couple games while I was in Ireland. It’s a tough game, really fast and those guys are on another level with how tough they are.

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austin_blue  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:16:41pm

re: #50 VegasGolfer

You should check out hurling. I watched a couple games while I was in Ireland. It’s a tough game, really fast and those guys are on another level with how tough they are.

Well, I’m Irish and have been to the Old Country several times and seen many a hurling match. Not for the faint hearted. There Will Be Blood. Large quantities of poteen are required for recovery after a game.

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Ace-o-aces  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:20:15pm
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Kragar  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:25:26pm

re: #52 Ace-o-aces

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Nyet  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:29:21pm

re: #53 Kragar

Kif = RNC.

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teleskiguy  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:29:46pm

Now this is some John Ford western shit at its finest!

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Ia! Ia! Trump Ftaghn! (née Sophist)  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:39:53pm

Was gonna put this in the last thread:

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Anymouse  Aug 17, 2016 • 11:45:10pm

re: #2 teleskiguy

7,000?!? I graduated high school in 2000 and there were maybe a thousand students in the same county.

My graduating class had seventeen in 1978. I haz oldz.

My wife the former Libertarian has expressed interest in the organisation Bugles Across America. (The organisation provides buglers and trumpet players to play “Taps” for veterans and active duty at the request of families, due to the shortage of military buglers.)

On expressing that desire, my brother-in-law mailed her his bugle.

Went into town today: someone set up at one of the motels a “Trump gear store” where you can get everything Trump (except a refund from his university). They’ve taken over a third of the parking lot and the closed restaurant attached to the building for the store.

That is in a town of 1,100 people. I really don’t see that as a successful money-raiser for the Trump campaign (though this could be someone grifting off his name, I didn’t check).

Nate Silver has this district (NE3) as the most likely to vote for Mr. Trump.

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Anymouse  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:05:29am

A physician tears apart Mr. Trump’s “health letter” line by line
huffingtonpost.com

A few commentators note the signature looks an awful lot like Mr. Trump’s handwriting style as well. (I am not a trained handwriting analyst, but “many people are saying… .”)

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:27:51am
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TK-421  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:33:17am

re: #19 Kragar

Forced to release for free. Moochers!

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Single-handed sailor  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:34:07am

re: #59 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It’s a powder, how bad can it get in 8 years?

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Anymouse  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:34:33am

re: #59 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Tells husband “make your own damn cake.”

Goes to bed.

Gaaa… . now my wife is listening to forty different YouTube videos of Taps played by military and civilian buglers… .

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:34:56am

re: #61 Single-handed sailor

It’s a powder, how bad can it get in 8 years?

That’s what I said but noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Granted it was one of those “just add water” deals.

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Anymouse  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:37:03am

Gaaa … threaten wife that I will play “Taps” on the hammered dulcimer all night if she keeps this up… .

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:45:21am

Meanwhile in Russia:

Russian Muslim official defends female circumcision after researchers discover its practice in Dagestan

But you know, Putin defeated Islamists and all.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:51:08am

So, this popped up:

Two independent sources told euractiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara .

According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms.

“It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity.

euractiv.com

This is uncorroborated at the present; please bear that in mind. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is denying it with the following statement:

The Romanian foreign ministry strongly denied the information that the country has become home of US nukes. “In response to your request, Romanian MFA firmly dismisses the information you referred to,” a spokesperson wrote.

So for the time being, this is unconfirmed. But if it is in fact true, than that’s a major development.

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Anymouse  Aug 18, 2016 • 1:18:55am

Tony Perkins, the raging homophobe of the Family Research Council (wingnut for Hate Gays and Liberals with a charity tax exemption), lost his home to the flooding in Louisiana.

I do not wish ill on Tony Perkins (and certainly not Louisiana, which has to put up with him besides all the rain). Mr. Perkins however, continually rants about how earthquakes and floods and hurricanes and whatnot are because of the “geyh agenda and liberal political correctness.” God either has a sense of humour or very bad aim.

Mr. Perkins is on vacation this month but called into his own radio show to tell how he and his family had to escape by canoe, and that his home will take some six months to rebuild. He then spins this disaster into an opportunity to “suffer for God’s sake” (as if suffering is a good thing).

joemygod.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 1:20:18am

re: #59 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Husband desires cake.

I found mini cake mixes in the pantry.

He threw them out.

Something about the “best by” date being 2008.

For anything perishable, I respect the best-by date, but when it comes to process industrial by-product food, there are no germs or microbes hardy enough to decay it.

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 1:22:22am

re: #61 Single-handed sailor

It’s a powder, how bad can it get in 8 years?

Old yeast might cause it to not rise.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 1:25:21am

re: #69 Timothy Watson

Old yeast might cause it to not rise.

Ye of little faith…

Just give it three days!!!

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:02:20am

The best organizing, bigly!

“I actually believe [Trump] will take Virginia,” said Michael Hirsch, chairman of the Fredericksburg Republican Committee and the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots. “The primaries have been attended with record-breaking attendance. I believe that groundswell is going to make the difference.

“People are just tired of a broken Washington, broken politics. … America is saying ‘enough is enough.’ Bring on the outsider. I believe that what he will stir as a response in Virginia will give us back statewide races.”

Hirsh said Trump’s planned appearance underscores Virginia’s position as a battleground state this fall. He said Clinton’s selection of Kaine “is indication of how weak she saw herself here.”

Hirsch said local Republican committees have been working to bring Trump to Fredericksburg. He learned around noon Wednesday that the nominee would hold a rally here in just three days and was working to get the word out to fellow supporters.

fredericksburg.com

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Dave In Austin  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:35:23am

A little Godwin for the day

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Ming5000  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:36:43am

In last thread, Mikhail Baryshnikov spoke of “dangerous totalitarian opportunists” like Donald Trump. Nice video.

Sounds about right to me.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:39:10am

re: #66 Dr Lizardo

The forward positioning of nuclear weapons is shrouded in some mystery, unless they are on our subs (whose locations are usually a mystery) or ships (and only a few of those.)

I have been under the impression that the US does not permanently maintain nuclear weapons on land (i.e., for distribution by the USAF) outside the US anymore save perhaps for a NATO-use stockpile.

But those would be held only in NATO countries, and I suspect only today in the UK.

I guess I find it a bit troubling to think we would still have nukes stationed in AF bases in Turkey.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:46:16am

Wikipedia sez:

On 10 June 2013, former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers confirmed the existence of 22 shared nuclear bombs at Volkel Air Base.[

There just aren’t very many US tactical nukes left. The Obama administration decided to go ahead to extend the lifetime of the current stock - a decision which many of the more progressive elements in US politics found disappointing. But I bet nearly all the remaining stock are in the US, with only a few in a few NATO countries.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:48:11am

Finding hard to sleep with the temps being so warm. Outside now it has dropped to a comfortable temp, but the heat in the structure remains so if I close the windows it gets quite warm inside.

My least favorite time of the year.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:48:26am

… save for the fig harvest.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:57:14am
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Romantic Heretic  Aug 18, 2016 • 2:59:56am

re: #49 austin_blue

And yet the Three percenters and similar nutbars think they’ll win when the revolution comes.

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Romantic Heretic  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:09:26am

re: #17 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Interesting article.

On thinking about it though it seems that Burnham, and especially Francis, made the mistake of deciding on a conclusion and then coming up with data to support that conclusion.

It wasn’t, “Society is ruled by an uncaring, technocratic elite therefore the white proletariat should unite to seize power.” It was, “White people should unite to seize power and an uncaring, technocratic elite is the reason we’ve chosen to do so.”

What’s most amusing is I’ve heard the ideas of Burnham and Francis before in the writings of John Ralston Saul who is about as far from a conservative and racist as it is possible to be. Saul isn’t a Marxist either.

I guess that’s why he has so little influence. Saul doesn’t fit in the standard left/right political matrix.

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Patricia Kayden  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:10:35am

re: #11 MsJ

I’m trying to figure out why they would make up such a story. Plus, other athletes have come forward with similar stories of being robbed. Perhaps the officials in Brazil are just embarrassed and are trying to discredit Lochte.

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William Lewis  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:23:44am

re: #81 Patricia Kayden

I’m trying to figure out why they would make up such a story. Plus, other athletes have come forward with similar stories of being robbed. Perhaps the officials in Brazil are just embarrassed and are trying to discredit Lochte.

The most interesting theory I’ve heard is that the police tried to shake them down for a bribe after catching them partying in a bad part of town. They reported it as an armed robbery to the massive embarrassment of the police and judiciary. Hence the current state of freak out by them.

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A Mom Anon  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:25:06am

re: #69 Timothy Watson

Cakes don’t have yeast in them. Baking powder is the usual thing.

Yes I have been up half the night. Nope, not worried about the daughter and her kids, nope, not this mommygrandmaperson…..I had a nightmare someone hurt them, heard a gunshot in my sleep and everything. Sigh. Just gotta keep moving forward. Another busy day awaits.

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Anymouse  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:27:53am

re: #83 A Mom Anon

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Alyosha  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:41:14am

re: #83 A Mom Anon

Trying to come up with something pithy by way of encouragement.
I read your travails with the requisite sympathy, bemusement and frustration, depending on the news you offer.
I don’t really have much to offer except this:

You’re an incredibly resilient human being.
You’re a keen mind amongst dullards.
And you’re doing good things, especially now.
I’m rootin’for ya :)

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A Mom Anon  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:45:07am

re: #85 Alyosha

{{{{{hugs}}}}} Sigh. Between crying and then being happy and then scared out of my mind, I feel a bit, well, unhinged right now. Lots of deep breaths….

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:51:23am

re: #80 Romantic Heretic

Interesting article.

On thinking about it though it seems that Burnham, and especially Francis, made the mistake of deciding on a conclusion and then coming up with data to support that conclusion.

It wasn’t, “Society is ruled by an uncaring, technocratic elite therefore the white proletariat should unite to seize power.” It was, “White people should unite to seize power and an uncaring, technocratic elite is the reason we’ve chosen to do so.”

What’s most amusing is I’ve heard the ideas of Burnham and Francis before in the writings of John Ralston Saul who is about as far from a conservative and racist as it is possible to be. Saul isn’t a Marxist either.

I guess that’s why he has so little influence. Saul doesn’t fit in the standard left/right political matrix.

I’ve always thought Voltaire’s Bastards should be required reading for anyone contemplating running for political office.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:54:36am

On the news feeds I’m seen an increasing amount of science-y click bait.

Well, it’s what passes today for “news”.

Sad.

To borrow a phrase from Dumfpskind-land.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:56:23am

It’s all down to magick words.

We need ‘dem magick words.

Science provides lots of big fancy words… they can work as magick words.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:56:54am

I hatez dental work.

Especially the kilo-buck variety.

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A Mom Anon  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:11:37am

re: #88 freetoken

Facebook is a black hole of doom with that crap. I want to slap people who pass that shit around. My personal favorites are the clickbait articles that don’t even match the headlines. Or the insinuation that one study, often poorly done, is THE PROOF that something causes cancer or autism or hangnails or body odor or nightmares, etc. My FIL’s sister was texting me yesterday (about the grandkids and donating clothes) and said one of her granddaughters “doesn’t believe in vaccinating her children” because of the Wakefield Study. This is the kind of shit that makes me want to go all stabby.

More proof we need to place a higher value on education based on fact, not feelings or religion.

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A Mom Anon  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:13:50am

OK that dog isn’t going to wash herself, so out we go. I’ll be back occasionally. Be Excellent to One Another.

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Ming5000  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:21:04am

Newest newsfeed added to my Google news “rarely” list: TheBlaze,com

yuck

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:28:30am

New targets of hate for the RWNJs today?

Olympic hurdler Kristi Castlin used the occasion of her bronze-medal performance to speak out about gun violence.

Castlin’s father was murdered when she was 12 by someone who broke into the hotel he managed and demanded money. She also attended Virginia Tech at the time of the 2007 massacre that killed nearly three dozen people.

After a race in which she, Nia Ali and Brianna Rollins completed a first-ever American sweep of the medals in the 100-meter hurdles, Castlin used her platform to discuss a topic that has affected her deeply.

“I’ve been around a lot of gun violence in my life,” Castlin said. “Not just Americans, but all over the world, we’re always touched by gun violence, always touched by tragedy. It feels good to be an example, not just for Americans but families all over the world.”

Ali has been affected by gun violence, too.

In 2009, Ali’s father, Aleem, a supervisor in the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, walked up to a car and shot his ex-girlfriend to death, then killed himself.

summergames.ap.org

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:30:14am

Hindu-nationalism vs. Amnesty International:

Amnesty International India asks employees to work from home

With protests expected to reach their door step, Amnesty International India has informed their employees to work from their homes on Thursday.

Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which has intensified their protests against the human rights organisations for alleged anti-national slogans raised during a recent programme, was scheduled to gather at Amnesty’s Indira Nagar office. Pre-empting the protest, local police officials requested the office to remain shut - while a large number of police personnel stood guard outside the office. Around 86 employees worked out of the office on Thursday.

[…]

Wikipedia sez this about ABVP:

ABVP is a right-wing all India student organisation affiliated to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). It participates in joint activities with BJP’s official youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.[2][3] It claims to be India’s largest student organisation.[

Over the last week or so I’ve been posting about Hindu extremists attacking beef-eating Dalits, and the accusations that the BJP is not doing enough to counter that.

This time, Amnesty is in the crosshairs, because they have been noting what is going on in Kashmir. And Amnesty is apparently getting under the skin of some Indians:

Sedition charge is silly but Amnesty’s moth-eaten credibility has taken further beating

The row over the sedition charge — an archaic and colonial law that needs to be scrapped without delay — has taken away from the core questions surrounding Amnesty International India’s programme on Independence Day where it sought to flag the Indian state’s human rights violations in Kashmir. This was the first part of a multi-city event designed to draw attention to New Delhi’s alleged excesses in the strife-torn region.

[…]

So what could Amnesty possibly do that was so horrible?

[…]

Amnesty’s shtick is that it is a non-partisan institution. Its entire moral legitimacy stems from that premise. Was it innocent to the response such an event with blatant political overtones might trigger especially at a time when India is battling a secessionist struggle fuelled by an aggressive neighbouring country that uses terrorism as state policy?

While Amnesty is well within its rights to flag reports of excesses by Indian security forces in Kashmir, the Bengaluru event went much beyond that. There was a talk show, video screening, theatre performance and even a performance by a Kashmiri hip-hop artiste.

[…]

Oh dear… a theatre performance and a hip-hop artist.

And look at how this writer develops his argument that what Amnesty did was wrong:

[…]

Amnesty will fool no one if, in this case, it seeks to hide behind the ruse of “freedom of speech and expression”. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo killings, it held that freedom of expression “is not absolute and it may be subject to certain restrictions…”

Patel, executive director of its India chapter, had written in a Livemint column in 2012, Learnt in Godhra, forgotten in Jaipur that “the critical learning was that freedom of speech in India must be regulated” in the context of the Salman Rushdie affair in Jaipur. Elsewhere in the column, he wrote: “The damage is done by a Hindi-medium world view. Trying to fight it with English-medium tools will end in frustration. This is why a debate about free speech here has no meaning. All these things dissolve to nothing in the knowledge that a real price is extracted for this freedom. The men who read Rushdie aloud in Jaipur and fled after lighting the fuse were neither brave nor considerate. Such deliberate mischief has consequences.”

[…]

More collapsing worldviews colliding.

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Patricia Kayden  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:36:59am

re: #94 Timothy Watson

We all should be appalled at gun violence even if we do not know any victims personally. Good for Castille.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:37:55am

Reading the comments on that FirstPost editorial… it’s kind of scary. While using a few more syllables than the Bratfrats, the comments are packed full of blind nationalism.

R. Singh • 7 minutes ago
Amnesty org has been hijacked since a long time by fascists and Jihadis

Interesting that this Xtian missionary conversion outfit theological is supporting Jihadis ?

Abrahamicist malware needs to be cleaned out

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:42:43am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:43:18am

re: #95 freetoken

Hindu-nationalism vs. Amnesty International:

More collapsing worldviews colliding.

Remember: the Clash of Cultures is not about Islam vs Christianity, or one religion against any other. It is about Fundamentalist absolutism vs. secular progressivism.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:47:00am

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:47:05am

Watch wingnuts twist this into something horrible==>

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Alyosha  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:47:37am

re: #95 freetoken

A little op-ed on the squat toilet craziness you posted about the other night.

Basically, the thrust is a hopeful one. That the power of One Nation is in the electoral act of protest; not particularly coherent, or even unified.
I’m a little more cynical, however. I know that the Tea Party’s rich supporters don’t really have an antipodean equivalent (the mining concerns still largely back the Liberal Party who have to entertain a coalition with their agricultural partners, the Nationals), but if education in this country declines in the face of a culture clash, all bets are off.

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freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:53:51am

re: #99 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Mostly, but I think we need to be careful about becoming too reductionist.

“Fundamentalist absolutism” can apply to any action by a human.

What I think we are seeing in India has more to do with old fashioned nationalism, which rides on the back of an older angst by Hindus of encroaching “Abrahamicists.”

The nationalism gets particularly amped up in this current context of Kashmir, where the political boundaries, of Pakistan vs. India, is a prominent force in Indian political life.

So this then becomes a chicken-n-egg problem (which is not really a problem in biology - the egg came first). Does war over a boundary drive religious hatred, or did religious hatred drive the political border?

Yet clearly the turmoil of Hindu nationalism in India has a religious component - which is why I posted about the Dalits getting attacked by Bos fundamentalists.

It can be nearly impossible, and in some cases truly impossible, to divorce a person from their religious indoctrination. It’s very, very hard to unlearn a pattern.

Centuries of a growing secular worldview, combined with the enormous success of the undertaking of “science” as a human endeavor, puts all the old belief systems at risk.

And they know it.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 4:54:17am

re: #70 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Ye of little faith…

Just give it three days!!!

no knead bread

18 hours or so anyway

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:00:18am
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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:04:58am

re: #74 freetoken

The forward positioning of nuclear weapons is shrouded in some mystery, unless they are on our subs (whose locations are usually a mystery) or ships (and only a few of those.)

I have been under the impression that the US does not permanently maintain nuclear weapons on land (i.e., for distribution by the USAF) outside the US anymore save perhaps for a NATO-use stockpile.

But those would be held only in NATO countries, and I suspect only today in the UK.

I guess I find it a bit troubling to think we would still have nukes stationed in AF bases in Turkey.

There is next to zero risk of Turkey seizing and using any US nuclear weapons. In an extreme instance of stupidity, they might find themselves with a very tricky Superfund site. Trust me.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:15:25am

re: #103 freetoken

Mostly, but I think we need to be careful about becoming too reductionist.

“Fundamentalist absolutism” can apply to any action by a human.

Yes, that is a reduced version of a much bigger picture:

Absolutism in the notion that one’s religion/race is the One True Religion/One Master Race and all others are not only just false, but hostile.

Which turns it into a handy tool for promoting a political agenda based on creed or race.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:20:39am

re: #107 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Yes, that is a reduced version of a much bigger picture:

Absolutism in the notion that one’s religion/race is the One True Religion/One Master Race and all others are not only just false, but hostile.

Which turns it into a handy tool for promoting a political agenda based on creed or race.

Trump, the Tea Party, the Republicans and the Other

this is a current LGF feature page

look at the picture and ask the guy with the sign to define “people”

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b.d.  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:37:39am

I can’t believe that Obama has let Brazil take our swimmers hostage. ATTACK!!!

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:37:43am

re: #97 freetoken

Reading the comments on that FirstPost editorial… it’s kind of scary. While using a few more syllables than the Bratfrats, the comments are packed full of blind nationalism.

I once spent too much time reading the “reviews” of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History at amazon. Completely hijacked by Indian ultranationalists.

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jeffreyw  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:40:45am

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Good morning!

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:43:36am

re: #111 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

Well, my cholesterol just went off the charts.

:p

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Joe Bacon  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:44:05am

re: #67 Anymouse

Tony Perkins, the raging homophobe of the Family Research Council (wingnut for Hate Gays and Liberals with a charity tax exemption), lost his home to the flooding in Louisiana.

I do not wish ill on Tony Perkins (and certainly not Louisiana, which has to put up with him besides all the rain). Mr. Perkins however, continually rants about how earthquakes and floods and hurricanes and whatnot are because of the “geyh agenda and liberal political correctness.” God either has a sense of humour or very bad aim.

Mr. Perkins is on vacation this month but called into his own radio show to tell how he and his family had to escape by canoe, and that his home will take some six months to rebuild. He then spins this disaster into an opportunity to “suffer for God’s sake” (as if suffering is a good thing).

joemygod.com

He isn’t going to suffer. He’s laughing all the way to his Swiss bank account as he loads it up with tax-free cash from the brainwashed marks that he repeatedly fleeces in the name of Je$u$!

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:44:29am

re: #111 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

you cook (eat?) a lot of eggs

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:48:34am

re: #111 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

A long time ago, in the mid eighties, we were the house band at the Stockman’s Club in Flagstaff, Arizona. We were not allowed to drink while performing, but to make up for that, the staff would turn us loose behind the bar afterwards. So we would drink ourselves silly until they were done counting and cleaning up, then head next door to Mary’s Cafe for a big plate of eggs, biscuits and gravy to soak up the alcohol enough to risk driving home…

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Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:53:49am
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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 5:55:16am

re: #116 Franklin

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What an idjit.

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:01:43am

re: #116 Franklin

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I see he got his phone back somehow.

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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:06:21am

re: #95 freetoken

At my last job, we had some coworkers working in India. There’s an annual date every year where protests occur, and white collar workers like ours knew not to leave their houses those couple of days.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:06:52am

re: #118 Timothy Watson

I see he got his phone back somehow.

And I see that Bannon and Conway’s influence is going so so well.

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Dr Lizardo  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:08:25am

re: #119 Belafon

At my last job, we had some coworkers working in India. There’s an annual date every year where protests occur, and white collar workers like ours knew not to leave their houses those couple of days.

One of my students, a Czech, he got caught up in that. He’d mentioned it awhile back when we were talking. Said is perhaps the only time in his life he was scared shitless. He usually travels to India for business a couple times a year on average.

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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:09:00am

Overheard at my government contracting job where >80% of the employees are conservatives: I’m anti-Hillary, I’m not really for Trump.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:09:50am

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. I see Trump somehow managed to get his phone back and is tweeting once again nonsensical ramblings indicating a lunatic mind.

He’s now rambling on how he’ll be known as Mr. Brexit.

For what exactly?

As Geoff points out, Washington was the original Mr. Brexit.

Trump isn’t even tangentially involved in British politics and needed to get schooled on what Brexit was.

Meanwhile, the GOP is busy setting up the Permanent Committee to Investigate Hillary Clinton:

Oh, if you think this is just a temporary thing, you’ll be mistaken. They know that they don’t have a political agenda or a policy platform that has a chance of winning, so they’re left with investigating Clinton for the 100th time. They are hoping to catch her or people she works with in a perjury trap, because they also know there’s nothing there that reaches the level warranting so many investigations in the first place.

They’ve nearly given up on Benghazi except they’ll use the email “scandal” to reach back and give Benghazi some CPR.

The GOP never gave any of the attacks on US diplomatic facilities during a GOP administration this kind of scrutiny. Ever. It’s a witch hunt pure and simple.

And it’s a clash of GOP memes - that she’s simultaneously both the most evil and diabolical person to ever have a say in US politics and the most inept and caught. How else can you explain right wing belief that Clinton has killed so many and gotten away with it.

All this is going on with the following backdrop:

The GOP refuses to act on a clean Zika funding bill, which means that the federal government is delaying on giving assistance to southern states dealing with mosquito control as well as basic research into Zika and how to prevent the disease’s spread.

The GOP also has a nominee in Trump whose top honcho is up to his eyeballs in connections to the Russians, complete with payments that can’t be explained (and are likely illegal). Yeah, that’s Paul Manafort. But the rest of the Trump campaign isn’t any better, having gotten an influx of alt-right extremists who want to double down on Trump’s hate/bigotry to unleash to bigot brigade in November.

After all, who else but Trump would claim that he’s trying to reach out to minorities by talking to an all white audience in Wisconsin.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:12:09am

Boiling: “Stop with the polls…”
Translated Perino : “No you idiot…”

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jeffreyw  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:14:21am

re: #114 dangerman

you cook (eat?) a lot of eggs

Eggs are an important part of a well balanced breakfast photo.

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:15:31am

A commenter over at TPM made an astute observation -

Melania hasn’t been at a single campaign even since the plagiarism scandal
Uday and Kusay are off killing things
Ivanka is vacationing in Croatia, with or without Putin’s GF

Have the kids bailed on the campaign altogether at this point?

It would be irresponsible not to speculate….

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:16:57am

re: #119 Belafon

At my last job, we had some coworkers working in India. There’s an annual date every year where protests occur, and white collar workers like ours knew not to leave their houses those couple of days.

Sounds like S.Korean student unrest, which always seemed to coincide with final exams.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:17:20am

re: #123 lawhawk

House panel to probe claims of Clinton perjury

As long as they can deep the words “FBI”, “perjury”, “e-mails” and “investigation” in the headlines in connection with HRC, it is a net gain and distracts from the ongoing dumpster fire.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:18:52am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:20:17am

Yeah, we dug ourselves halfway to China, but that’s a ~good~ thing. Said no politician or campaign staffer EVER.

We need a horse race. Now anytime Trump edges up by a few tenths of a percentage point, it will be presented as a major news item.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:20:29am

re: #122 Belafon

Overheard at my government contracting job where >80% of the employees are conservatives: I’m anti-Hillary, I’m not really for Trump.

re: #129 lawhawk

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That’ll be news to all those who insist Trump is actually winning like VB’s “friend”, Mr. Mitchell.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:20:39am

re: #129 lawhawk

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The Martyrdom of Blessed Donald.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:21:46am

re: #131 HappyWarrior

That’ll be news to all those who insist Trump is actually winning like VB’s “friend”, Mr. Mitchell.

I got bored of him and removed him from the hate-follow list.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:21:50am

Reminder. The GOP wants to launch an investigation into the FBI treatment of the Clinton email issue. This is the FBI response to the GOP demand to turn over information:

This is what the GOP wants to do. Waste everyone’s time trying to re-investigate and litigate a matter that found no criminal wrongdoing and for which FBI Director Comey said that no reasonable prosecutor would ever bring forth. Not only does the FBI identify how this case differs from other recent cases involving classified info and misuse (Petraeus among others), but this is an explicit action by the GOP to show that they are not reasonable.

They’d rather spend their time investigating than governing or legislating.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:22:02am

re: #124 FormerDirtDart

Boiling: “Stop with the polls…”
Translated Perino : “No you idiot…”

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It’s sad when the “unskewed”/poll denial bit isn’t even finding much purchase at Fox News. I guess they don’t want another Karl Rove “TURN THE MACHINES BACK ON!” meltdown.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:22:52am

re: #133 The Vicious Babushka

I got bored of him and removed him from the hate-follow list.

Yeah one trick pony.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:24:26am

re: #134 lawhawk

Reminder. The GOP wants to launch an investigation into the FBI treatment of the Clinton email issue. This is the FBI response to the GOP demand to turn over information:

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This is what the GOP wants to do. Waste everyone’s time trying to re-investigate and litigate a matter that found no criminal wrongdoing and for which FBI Director Comey said that no reasonable prosecutor would ever bring forth. Not only does the FBI identify how this case differs from other recent cases involving classified info and misuse (Petraeus among others), but this is an explicit action by the GOP to show that they are not reasonable.

They’d rather spend their time investigating than governing or legislating.

Legislating is hard LH, witch hunts to satisfy their base’s desires are more easier. It’d be nice if their base realized how utterly useless they are as legislators and started voting them out but they won’t and if they do, they almost always replace them with people even worse.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:25:50am

Guess who else refused to release his tax returns!

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:27:16am

re: #138 The Vicious Babushka

Guess who else refused to release his tax returns!

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I still do not get why he didn’t. Everyday though, I’m glad we didn’t nominate Bernie because Clinton is a much better candidate and will make a better President too.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:32:23am

re: #139 HappyWarrior

I still do not get why he didn’t. Everyday though, I’m glad we didn’t nominate Bernie because Clinton is a much better candidate and will make a better President too.

Simple answer: He had something in there that would have been impossible to reconcile with his “man of the people” mystique. My guess is he’s paying a pittance in taxes while sitting on a sizable fortune.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:32:50am

huffingtonpost.com
Can’t these people ever find real jobs?

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:34:03am

re: #140 Targetpractice

Simple answer: He had something in there that would have been impossible to reconcile with his “man of the people” mystique. My guess is he’s paying a pittance in taxes while sitting on a sizable fortune.

That’s my only guess. It’s something that had the primary gotten more competitive, I would have thought fair game for the Clinton campaign to hammer him on.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:34:36am

re: #134 lawhawk

Reminder. The GOP wants to launch an investigation into the FBI treatment of the Clinton email issue. This is the FBI response to the GOP demand to turn over information:

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This is what the GOP wants to do. Waste everyone’s time trying to re-investigate and litigate a matter that found no criminal wrongdoing and for which FBI Director Comey said that no reasonable prosecutor would ever bring forth. Not only does the FBI identify how this case differs from other recent cases involving classified info and misuse (Petraeus among others), but this is an explicit action by the GOP to show that they are not reasonable.

They’d rather spend their time investigating than governing or legislating.

We’ve been here before with Whitewater, we know the routine by now. Dig in one spot until you finally cannot find anything worth digging further, then you dig through the scraps until you find a new hole to dig. It started with “BENGHAZI!!!” and then moved to emails, and now the effort is to move from the emails to the Clinton Foundation. Why? Because Benghazi petered out due to no crimes, “Emailgate” is turning up nothing upon which to base criminal charges, so their next hope is they can catch the CF in corruption charges.

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ObserverArt  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:34:58am

re: #105 The Vicious Babushka

Talking Points Memo ✔ @TPM
Trump said he’d throw Orlando shooter’s dad, a US citizen, out of country bit.ly
7:59 AM - 18 Aug 2016
7 7 Retweets 6 6 likes

He’d throw him out for extreme views. Most likely the extremist view was him showing up at the Clinton rally and being in the background.

His rhetoric is getting more and more fascist.

I think Obama should throw him out of the country for extremism and as a danger to the world. He likes Gitmo so damn much, maybe they gold paint some gold paint on the bars and ship his fat orange ass there.

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:35:45am

re: #134 lawhawk

Where did that PDF originate from? I might need to copy to refute the idiots that keep comparing Clinton to Nishimura.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:37:34am

re: #145 Timothy Watson

It was released by Rep. Cummings as he received a copy as the minority leader on the committee. That’s why there’s a check mark on the pdf next to Cummings’ name on the header.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:38:02am
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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:38:20am
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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:39:35am

re: #147 FormerDirtDart

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I have more followers than that on my Instagram.

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Le Lapin Tueur  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:40:11am

re: #65 Nyet

Defending the indefensible.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:40:18am

GOP’s really killing two birds with one stone here: They’re continuing their crusade against the Clintons and they’re continuing to convince millions of Americans that government doesn’t work and nothing gets done.

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:40:44am

re: #148 lawhawk

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And, FFS, wingnuts are saying that the Louisiana flooding is Obama’s Katrina.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:41:22am

re: #151 Targetpractice

GOP’s really killing two birds with one stone here: They’re continuing their crusade against the Clintons and they’re continuing to convince millions of Americans that government doesn’t work and nothing gets done.

O’Rourke’s Republicans campaign on the fact that government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it. The thing is though, government can and does work when you don’t have jackasses like the GOP wielding power.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:41:48am

re: #152 Timothy Watson

And, FFS, wingnuts are saying that the Louisiana flooding is Obama’s Katrina.

That’ll be news to the Louisiana wingnuts who think Katrina is Obama’s Katrina.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:42:25am

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

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ObserverArt  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:42:26am

re: #126 makeitstop

A commenter over at TPM made an astute observation -

Melania hasn’t been at a single campaign even since the plagiarism scandal
Uday and Kusay are off killing things
Ivanka is vacationing in Croatia, with or without Putin’s GF

Have the kids bailed on the campaign altogether at this point?

It would be irresponsible not to speculate….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I’ll skip age. Once past a certain point it just matters you’re still here. Keep plucking them strings and forming those chords and patterns. Have a good one.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:42:41am

re: #150 Le Lapin Tueur

Defending the indefensible.

And yet Putin’s admirers here in the US insist that Putin is oh so tough on Islamism while Obama waves a white flag.

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:46:36am

re: #83 A Mom Anon

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:49:22am

re: #44 KGxvi

Also a former water polo player. It’s weird seeing Acevado and Moses as the old guys on the team. And I don’t recognize any names on the women’s team (there was a time when I knew most of the team and my sister probably should have been on it).

As for the armpit hair, that’s not even top ten of bad things that happen under water. I’ve two or three chipped teeth that can attest to that

Had to wear at minimum 3 suits too. I can’t tell how many the Olympic teams are wearing. I’ve had a busted nose on more than one occasion. Fingers. Toes. Fun times!

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:52:57am
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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:53:22am

re: #156 ObserverArt

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I’ll skip age. Once past a certain point it just matters you’re still here. Keep plucking them strings and forming those chords and patterns. Have a good one.

Thanks! But I’m on the other side of your birthday - mine’s Saturday. :)

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:55:11am

re: #160 The Vicious Babushka

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Shocker.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:55:23am

re: #134 lawhawk

Not like there are any wildfires, floods, or viruses threatening the lives of millions or anything.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:55:24am

Behold it’s the circle of derp.

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BigPapa  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:55:33am
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ObserverArt  Aug 18, 2016 • 6:56:17am

re: #161 makeitstop

Thanks! But I’m on the other side of your birthday - mine’s Saturday. :)

Aw shoot!

I thought you were a day before.

I take it back then…and will wish it again on Saturday.

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BigPapa  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:00:30am

Watch this video.

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Skip Intro  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:04:09am

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:04:24am

re: #159 GlutenFreeJesus

Had to wear at minimum 3 suits too. I can’t tell how many the Olympic teams are wearing. I’ve had a busted nose on more than one occasion. Fingers. Toes. Fun times!

So the Hungary vs. USSR match in 1956 called “Blood on the Water” was actually just water polo as it’s played?

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Patricia Kayden  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:04:28am

re: #147 FormerDirtDart

So let me get this right, Crazy Raccoons predict a Trump win? Hmmkay. That makes a lot of sense.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:05:43am
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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:05:46am

re: #167 BigPapa

Bless him for putting it right out there in the open.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:06:00am

Speaking of people being in denial, I’ve got a Bro on another board who’s insistent that it doesn’t matter if Trump wins, because he won’t have the support to make anything he wants become law. And that’s just classic Naderite thinking, something they told themselves all through 2000 about Dubya: “Even if he wins, he won’t be able to do anything.”

4 years later, we were involved in two foreign wars, had laws that infringed upon our civil rights, had massive tax cuts that have done our economy no favors, and Bush’s poll numbers were high enough that he won reelection.

If Trump wins the presidency, odds are that Republicans retain Congress. And if that happens, then it doesn’t matter how unpopular Trump’s ideas are, the GOP will see them made law. And that’s atop all the shit they can think up that he will happily sign into law.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:06:58am

re: #169 Barefoot Grin

So the Hungary vs. USSR match in 1956 called “Blood on the Water” was actually just water polo as it’s played?

Yup!

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:09:33am

re: #168 Skip Intro

At this rate, the #TrumpTrain will overtake Downfall as the go-to video for parodying in the future.

Your opening scene is Cohen’s claims about polling showing Trump behind.

Which ones?
All of them.

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(((The Engineer Lobuno)))  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:09:55am

re: #152 Timothy Watson

And, FFS, wingnuts are saying that the Louisiana flooding is Obama’s Katrina.

That makes Louisiana what, Obama’s 20th Katrina?

//-semi

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Timothy Watson  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:11:11am

re: #171 lawhawk

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How long until Trump promises to invade Brazil to “rescue” these idiots?

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:12:38am

re: #177 Timothy Watson

How long until Trump promises to invade Brazil to “rescue” these idiots?

I won’t be surprised if Republicans start screaming in the next few days for the President to spring them from Brazilian custody, else he’s “leaving them behind.”

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:14:24am
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Patricia Kayden  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:15:44am

re: #173 Targetpractice

I’ve got a Bro on another board who’s insistent that it doesn’t matter if Trump wins, because he won’t have the support to make anything he wants become law.

How does that argument make any sense? If you’re President, you have the power to pass Executive Orders. Plus, you get the opportunity to nominate Judges which ends up shaping the law through out the country. Your Bro is delusional.

I had a girlfriend who was planning not to vote because she didn’t like Secretary Clinton. Thankfully, after she’s seen how hateful and dangerous Trump has been (as well as his supporters), she’s completely changed her mind and is on Team Clinton.

Hoping that Trump will be a powerless President is beyond naive. It’s dangerous thinking.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:20:25am

re: #180 Patricia Kayden

I’ve got a Bro on another board who’s insistent that it doesn’t matter if Trump wins, because he won’t have the support to make anything he wants become law.

How does that argument make any sense? If you’re President, you have the power to pass Executive Orders. Plus, you get the opportunity to nominate Judges which ends up shaping the law through out the country. Your Bro is delusional.

I had a girlfriend who was planning not to vote because she didn’t like Secretary Clinton. Thankfully, after she’s seen how hateful and dangerous Trump has been (as well as his supporters), she’s completely changed her mind and is on Team Clinton.

Hoping that Trump will be a powerless President is beyond naive. It’s dangerous thinking.

Like I said, it’s magical Naderite thinking. It’s how they convinced themselves that there was no need to vote for Gore, because either he’d win and they had nothing to worry about or Dubya would win but be so unpopular that he’d get nothing accomplished. Then 9/11 happened, Dubya’s popularity shot into the stratosphere, and their only excuse was “I didn’t vote for him!” No, you dingbat, you made a “protest” vote that cost Gore the election, and then thought that protesting against the war would be enough to sway Congress.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:27:37am
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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:28:03am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

Damn you

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:28:35am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

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*wipes away drool*

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:29:37am

At this point, I’m not as worried about Trump winning as I am about the long term implications of a Trump candidacy and what it means for our political landscape. As that video showed, white supremacists are emboldened by Trump in a way they have never been before. If this can happen in a time of economic prosperity, what can happen in a time of economic troubles? I do agree with Bernie Sanders a little that bad economic conditions help breed these types.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:29:53am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

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Aww come on, I just had breakfast.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:31:24am

re: #173 Targetpractice

Speaking of people being in denial, I’ve got a Bro on another board who’s insistent that it doesn’t matter if Trump wins, because he won’t have the support to make anything he wants become law. And that’s just classic Naderite thinking, something they told themselves all through 2000 about Dubya: “Even if he wins, he won’t be able to do anything.”

4 years later, we were involved in two foreign wars, had laws that infringed upon our civil rights, had massive tax cuts that have done our economy no favors, and Bush’s poll numbers were high enough that he won reelection.

If Trump wins the presidency, odds are that Republicans retain Congress. And if that happens, then it doesn’t matter how unpopular Trump’s ideas are, the GOP will see them made law. And that’s atop all the shit they can think up that he will happily sign into law.

I’m sick of the bros, sick of the wingnuts. Both are fucking assholes in their own way. The former because he didn’t get his purity candidate, he shits all over Clinton and acts like there’s no difference between Clinton and Trump. The latter because knows the difference and he wants that X1000.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:32:22am

US is out of the Women’s 4X100 relay, failed to execute first baton exchange

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Romantic Heretic  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:32:35am

re: #83 A Mom Anon

Sending strength and positive vibes your way.

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Romantic Heretic  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:33:35am

re: #87 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

I’ve always thought Voltaire’s Bastards should be required reading for anyone contemplating running for political office.

Same.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:34:06am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

jeffreyw; izzat you?

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:34:26am

re: #185 HappyWarrior

It’s all about a black man in the White House. Any of their excuses about “economy” are just that. Excuses.

“Go to school. Get a better job.” doesn’t apply to them. Only minorities.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:36:10am

re: #192 GlutenFreeJesus

It’s all about a black man in the White House. Any of their excuses about “economy” are just that. Excuses.

“Go to school. Get a better job.” don’t apply to them. Only minorities.

It’ll be about the woman next. No, I agree with you about the economy being an excuse but I do agree that economic downturns enable fascists. That said, the fact that these people have gotten as successful as they have in a time of economic prosperity versus a time of economic recession shows me that you’re correct that it’s definitely about the black guy in the WH.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:37:09am

re: #188 FormerDirtDart

US is out of the Women’s 4X100 relay, failed to execute first baton exchange

Might still advance.
Looks like Brazilian runner made contact with US runner in the US lane in exchange zone

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:37:53am

This happened in our garden today - an acorn hits a leaf on a cucumber plant with sufficient force to break through the leaf, but not enough to go all the way through.

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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:39:27am

re: #193 HappyWarrior

It’ll be about the woman next. No, I agree with you about the economy being an excuse but I do agree that economic downturns enable fascists. That said, the fact that these people have gotten as successful as they have in a time of economic prosperity versus a time of economic recession shows me that you’re correct that it’s definitely about the black guy in the WH.

When they’re in charge and the economy is doing great, they’re all about how well their policies are doing. When they’re in charge and the economy sucks, it’s all about how the “others” are getting stuff the whites aren’t.

When they’re not in charge and the economy is doing great, they’re all about how the others are getting free stuff. When the economy is doing poor, they’re all about how the Democrats policies are failing.

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Eventual Carrion  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:39:29am

re: #57 Anymouse

My graduating class had seventeen in 1978. I haz oldz.

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I had 23 in my graduating class in ‘79. But it was a very small, private school in Mississippi. There wasn’t even a building, was just separate small classrooms. When changing classes you went outside, under a covered walkway to your next classroom.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:40:53am

re: #196 Belafon

When they’re in charge and the economy is doing great, they’re all about how well their policies are doing. When they’re in charge and the economy sucks, it’s all about how the “others” are getting stuff the whites aren’t.

When they’re not in charge and the economy is doing great, they’re all about how the others are getting free stuff. When the economy is doing poor, they’re all about how the Democrats policies are failing.

No doubt about that at all. It’s definitely not a coincidence that visible racism has been increasing since Obama became President. Now, maybe it was something that has always been here and we see it more since we’re a more connected world than ever via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

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Jenner7  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:41:42am

This is fucking insane.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:42:02am

re: #196 Belafon

When they’re in charge and the economy is doing great, they’re all about how well their policies are doing. When they’re in charge and the economy sucks, it’s all about how the “others” are getting stuff the whites aren’t.

When they’re not in charge and the economy is doing great, they’re all about how the others are getting free stuff. When the economy is doing poor, they’re all about how the Democrats policies are failing.

They’re not in charge and the economy is great, but they ignore facts and tell you that the economy sucks.

In 2008 Obama was getting massive crowds at his rallies and the wingnuts were all DON’T ANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE JOBS!!!!

You could say the same thing about the crowds at Trump rallies.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:42:11am

re: #199 Jenner7

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This is fucking insane.

He’s pivoting all right.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:43:35am

re: #193 HappyWarrior

The misogyny will make the racism seem like a picnic.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:44:03am
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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:44:17am

re: #200 The Vicious Babushka

They’re not in charge and the economy is great, but they ignore facts and tell you that the economy sucks.

In 2008 Obama was getting massive crowds at his rallies and the wingnuts were all DON’T ANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE JOBS!!!!

You could say the same thing about the crowds at Trump rallies.

Pretty much, I was talking about the rise of fascism in Europe in the 30’s. The global depression definitely enabled fascism in a way that had times been more economically prosperous had not. However, it’s not just economics, it IS that they are threaten by African-Americans like the President and other minority groups holding more influence then they had in the past. It’s sort of why the KKK was never really that big in places that had smell percentages of African-Americans or that pogroms were more rare in Siberia versus the Pale in the Russian Empire.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:44:51am

re: #199 Jenner7

“What do we do when we find somebody that has extreme views?” Hannity asked in a town hall that was taped Tuesday but aired Wednesday so that it wouldn’t interfere with the live broadcast of Trump’s speech in Milwaukee. “Do we throw them the hell out?

“I’d throw him out,” Trump said of Mateen, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen. “If you look at him, I’d throw him out.”

They really don’t see the irony in this kind of belief, with their views also being extreme.
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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:44:58am

re: #202 GlutenFreeJesus

The misogyny will make the racism seem like a picnic.

It’s going to be ugly I’m afraid.

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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:45:19am

re: #203 The Vicious Babushka

If Trump’s BS gets the other news outlets to finally turn on Fox, I’ll thank him after the election.

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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:46:11am

re: #200 The Vicious Babushka

They’re not in charge and the economy is great, but they ignore facts and tell you that the economy sucks.

In 2008 Obama was getting massive crowds at his rallies and the wingnuts were all DON’T ANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE JOBS!!!!

You could say the same thing about the crowds at Trump rallies.

And I realize all of us play the “yeah, our side doesn’t suck like yours” but they do carry it far beyond the bounds of reasonableness.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:46:21am

Funny, for all their complaints about Obama abusing power, they seem just fine with Trump thinking HE has the ability to throw naturalized citizens out. This ideology is a lot of shit and it’s always has been. Perhaps that’s what the Never Trumpers really fear. Trump exposes conservative ideology in the United States for the bullshit fraud it is.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:47:46am

When we kick David Duke out, where should he go? I have some ideas.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:48:38am

re: #210 GlutenFreeJesus

When we kick David Duke out, where should he go? I have some ideas.

To Russia but the really cold and not what he imagines as “real Russians” type.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:49:21am

re: #203 The Vicious Babushka

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This was the thinking of the Bros: “Bernie’s bringing in huge crowds, that’s more important than polling well! All those people will leave the rally, talk up their friends, and spread the word.”

Except it never happened. The rally goers left the rallies thinking their work was done, and those that tried to talk up their friends came off as entitled assholes who thought that anybody who wasn’t “Feeling the Bern” was actively against them.

Nothing we’ve seen so far would seem to indicate that Trumpers are any less deluded.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:50:03am

re: #209 HappyWarrior

Funny, for all their complaints about Obama abusing power, they seem just fine with Trump thinking HE has the ability to throw naturalized citizens out. This ideology is a lot of shit and it’s always has been. Perhaps that’s what the Never Trumpers really fear. Trump exposes conservative ideology in the United States for the bullshit fraud it is.

shine a light on it and the jig is up

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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:50:22am

re: #202 GlutenFreeJesus

The misogyny will make the racism seem like a picnic.

It will, but I think it’s going to have a really nasty consequence for Republicans in future elections. Everyone is either a woman or has a mother.

I think one of the things that helped gays was that in the last decade or so, as gays came out to their families, more and more people found out they knew, or were related to, a gay person. Thus, an attack on gays suddenly became an attack on a friend or family member. It’s going to be the same with attacks on Clinton.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:50:59am

I mean you got an ideology and party that claims that Obama abused executive authority with the immigration executive orders and now your nominee is saying he’d kick out a naturalized U.S citizen who committed no crimes and whose only “sin” is his son committed a mass murder. But yet you don’t see that as an abuse of executive power. Really, Trump’s whole mantra and when the GOP supports him, he shows how full of shit they really are when they claim Obama abuses his executive power. That’s what they fear. It’s that Trump is so brash about being a hypocrite that he doesn’t even attempt to hide it. He can’t be subtle about it like a Romney or even Ted Cruz.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:51:18am

re: #199 Jenner7

Trump Said He’d Throw Orlando Shooter’s Dad, A US Citizen, Out Of Country

This is fucking insane.

Good luck with that…
Trump just doesn’t understand that laws exist.. And, that the President isn’t Emperor of America
Grounds for Revocation of Naturalization

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:51:44am

re: #212 Targetpractice

This was the thinking of the Bros: “Bernie’s bringing in huge crowds, that’s more important than polling well! All those people will leave the rally, talk up their friends, and spread the word.”

Except it never happened. The rally goers left the rallies thinking their work was done, and those that tried to talk up their friends came off as entitled assholes who thought that anybody who wasn’t “Feeling the Bern” was actively against them.

Nothing we’ve seen so far would seem to indicate that Trumpers are any less deluded.

Rallies are nice but they’re not everything. I’m sure George McGovern had some big ones too.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:54:24am

re: #214 Belafon

It will, but I think it’s going to have a really nasty consequence for Republicans in future elections. Everyone is either a woman or has a mother.

I think one of the things that helped gays was that in the last decade or so, as gays came out to their families, more and more people found out they knew, or were related to, a gay person. Thus, an attack on gays suddenly became an attack on a friend or family member. It’s going to be the same with attacks on Clinton.

That is my hope as well. That the attacks on women will be a bridge too far because as you get at womanhood is something very easy to relate to. I think you’re right about LGBT people and why support for LGBT rights has grown which is another strike against those “moderate conservatives” who claim not to be anti-gay but wish those who are gay would “shut up” about it.

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jeffreyw  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:54:59am

re: #191 dangerman

jeffreyw; izzat you?

I wish! Mrs J is the Pie Person hereabouts:

Imgur

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:55:14am

Someone should ask Donald if we should kick out Timothy McVeigh’s father.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 7:58:48am

re: #218 HappyWarrior

That is my hope as well. That the attacks on women will be a bridge too far because as you get at womanhood is something very easy to relate to. I think you’re right about LGBT people and why support for LGBT rights has grown which is another strike against those “moderate conservatives” who claim not to be anti-gay but wish those who are gay would “shut up” about it.

not to be too contrarian. and it is 2016. i would not be surprised to learn how many people think women shouldnt have right to the vote

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:01:34am

re: #221 dangerman

not to be too contrarian. and it is 2016. i would not be surprised to learn how many people think women shouldnt have right to the vote

I believe Ann Coulter bemoaned that women vote and said if it wasn’t for women voting, we would never have any Democrats in the WH.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:02:12am

I don’t know how serious she was when she said it but but the fact that she did say it suggests to me the mindset is there though.

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Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:04:50am
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Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:06:02am

re: #221 dangerman

not to be too contrarian. and it is 2016. i would not be surprised to learn how many people think women shouldnt have right to the vote

It’s never 100%, but some views become part of the majority. And a lot of people just don’t give it much thought until they’re confronted with it. One of the lessons of the Civil Rights movement was that a lot of whites had to be shown (on television) what was being done in their name in order for them to finally oppose it.

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Eventual Carrion  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:06:22am

re: #155 The Vicious Babushka

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

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Where … where … where to?
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:07:16am

re: #151 Targetpractice

GOP’s really killing two birds with one stone here: They’re continuing their crusade against the Clintons and they’re continuing to convince millions of Americans that government doesn’t work and nothing gets done.

as long as they keep Clinton, FBI, e-mail and investigation circulating in the headlines, it is a net gain for them.

I am about to write another nasty letter to my GOP representative and ask them why they are not putting more emphasis on repealing ACA…

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Bubblehead II  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:07:48am

re: #222 HappyWarrior

I believe Ann Coulter bemoaned that women vote and said if it wasn’t for women voting, we would never have any Democrats in the WH.

She did. Along with a bunch of other hateful stuff.

rightwingwatch.org

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:08:27am

re: #198 HappyWarrior

No doubt about that at all. It’s definitely not a coincidence that visible racism has been increasing since Obama became President. Now, maybe it was something that has always been here and we see it more since we’re a more connected world than ever via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

Visible is better.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:10:52am

re: #217 HappyWarrior

Rallies are nice but they’re not everything. I’m sure George McGovern had some big ones too.

Rallies only speak to the intensity of feeling of your supporters, not their numbers, and certainly not what portion of the population supports you. Trump seems to have intense support from maybe 30% of the population overall, grudging support from maybe 8-10% more, and intense opposition from 60%. That’s not a winning formula.

I saw this morning Dana Perino had to push back on Fox Moron Eric Bolling about this;

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:11:03am

re: #198 HappyWarrior

No doubt about that at all. It’s definitely not a coincidence that visible racism has been increasing since Obama became President. Now, maybe it was something that has always been here and we see it more since we’re a more connected world than ever via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

And yes, it is possible to criticize a black or woman President without being a racist/sexist.

But it is hard to criticize a black or woman President for the very things that you never criticized (or even praised) in a white male President without being seen as a racist/sexist.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:13:03am

Baby Whiplash was totes OK with the Breitbart being an open sewer of racism and bigotry right up until the inevitable swarm of anti-Semites, nurtured and encouraged by him as long as their targets were “Leftists” (who Li’l Whiplash doesn’t think are “real Jews” anyway) turned on him. Too bad, so sad.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:13:14am

re: #231 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And yes, it is possible to criticize a black or woman President without being a racist/sexist.

But it is hard to criticize a black or woman President for things that you never criticized (or even praised) in a white male President without being seen as a racist/sexist.

Exactly.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:13:20am

re: #231 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And yes, it is possible to criticize a black or woman President without being a racist/sexist.

But it is hard to criticize a black or woman President for things that you never criticized (or even praised) in a white male President without being seen as a racist/sexist.

The other thing is simply the level of disrespect.

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fern01  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:13:32am

re: #134 lawhawk

I do not understand how the fbi can send information related to the interviews to congress. Isn’t this similar to revealing information from a Grand Jury - for which the AG from PA has just been tried and found guilty?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:14:21am

re: #232 The Vicious Babushka

Shapiro at ‘Washington Post’: The Breitbart Alt-Right Just Took Over The GOP

Just?

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:14:41am

re: #232 The Vicious Babushka

Baby Whiplash was totes OK with the Breitbart being an open sewer of racism and bigotry right up until the inevitable swarm of anti-Semites, nurtured and encouraged by him as long as their targets were “Leftists” (who Li’l Whiplash doesn’t think are “real Jews” anyway) turned on him. Too bad, so sad.

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I have no sympathy for him. He was in fact fine with Milo for a long time as you would often show us. Maybe if Ben stopped crying about transgendered people having the same rights as he did and took a honest look at the movement he’s attached himself to, he wouldn’t be doing this but introspection seems a bridge too far for him.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:14:53am

re: #227 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

as long as they keep Clinton, FBI, e-mail and investigation circulating in the headlines, it is a net gain for them.

I am about to write another nasty letter to my GOP representative and ask them why they are not putting more emphasis on repealing ACA…

i think this will be true for a while longer
there will be a tipping point when its over-obvious that they dont actually *do* anything.

they investigate and hold hearings and all that. they obstruct nearly all legislation, appointments, etc. yes, and the argument is were preventing the d’s from making things worse.

at some point R’s are going to say what are you *doing* for me - i dont mean where’s my free stuff. i mean what are you doing thats productive. there are small examples and it has to get bigger - cause they are doing mostly nothing

arent there republicans in zika areas or baton rouge or…?

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:15:10am

re: #234 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing is simply the level of disrespect.

That too. The “You lie” or the constant implications and even outright saying that he doesn’t respect our values.

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Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:16:41am

Speaking of food porn…

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:17:15am

re: #231 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

And yes, it is possible to criticize a black or woman President without being a racist/sexist.

But it is hard to criticize a black or woman President for things that you never criticized (or even praised) in a white male President without being seen as a racist/sexist.

they seem to have no real trouble finding pretzel logic to do it.
its all done so seriously and with straight faces that the fact that the rest of us see it for what it is seems to not bother them at all.

(unless they are drinking heavily alone at night)

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:18:36am

re: #240 Franklin

Speaking of food porn…

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“So, I asked myself, ‘Where can a man get a really BIG frog, and a damned fine peach as well?’”

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:20:29am

Activism protip:

Spend a few decades getting your head straight, then fuck re-consideration. Do something. You don’t have much time left.

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Kryptik: Just Done With It.  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:20:36am

re: #202 GlutenFreeJesus

The misogyny will make the racism seem like a picnic.

Unfortunately, the inevitable misogyny will only pile atop, rather than supplant, the open racism, and add on to the manure pile.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:21:07am

re: #242 Blind Frog Belly White

“So, I asked myself, ‘Where can a man get a really BIG frog, and a damned fine peach as well?’”

At the Peche ala Grenouille.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:21:50am

The problem with continuing to push “Emailgate” is that it’s gotten into the oversaturation point and will soon begin netting them negative returns. 63% of the nation has already decided they’ve heard too damn much about her emails, so we’re edging into that territory where continuing the crusade against her will actually begin to hurt them in the polls. Republicans taking to the campaign trail with the promise that they’ll impeach her over the emails may work in the deep red regions of the US, but in purple or blue states it’s going to leave them open to accusations that they’re putting past grievances over fixing shit back home.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:21:52am

re: #242 Blind Frog Belly White

“So, I asked myself, ‘Where can a man get a really BIG frog, and a damned fine peach as well?’”

is that you , Sir Arthur?

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:24:28am
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Kryptik: Just Done With It.  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:25:09am

re: #246 Targetpractice

The problem with continuing to push “Emailgate” is that it’s gotten into the oversaturation point and will soon begin netting them negative returns. 63% of the nation has already decided they’ve heard too damn much about her emails, so we’re edging into that territory where continuing the crusade against her will actually begin to hurt them in the polls. Republicans taking to the campaign trail with the promise that they’ll impeach her over the emails may work in the deep red regions of the US, but in purple or blue states it’s going to leave them open to accusations that they’re putting past grievances over fixing shit back home.

At some point, I wonder if they really care how much it hurts them, as long as they can drag Clinton down with them. They might see it as worth the pain, long as they leave the impression of ‘both sides same thing’.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:25:30am

re: #234 Blind Frog Belly White

The other thing is simply the level of disrespect.

Those who would criticize a GOP President are disrespectful of America. Those who would criticize a Democratic President are just Patriots exercising Free Speech (otherwise known as pre-Second Amendment rights).

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:25:59am

re: #246 Targetpractice

The problem with continuing to push “Emailgate” is that it’s gotten into the oversaturation point and will soon begin netting them negative returns. 63% of the nation has already decided they’ve heard too damn much about her emails, so we’re edging into that territory where continuing the crusade against her will actually begin to hurt them in the polls. Republicans taking to the campaign trail with the promise that they’ll impeach her over the emails may work in the deep red regions of the US, but in purple or blue states it’s going to leave them open to accusations that they’re putting past grievances over fixing shit back home.

That is what did them in when they impeached her husband.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:27:10am

re: #238 dangerman

i think this will be true for a while longer
there will be a tipping point when its over-obvious that they dont actually *do* anything.

I think we have passed that point, they are just oblivious to it. Just like they did not understand that the politics of personal smears that worked so well against Dukakis and Kerry were totally counterproductive against Obama and are only marginally effective against HRC.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:27:35am

re: #249 Kryptik: Just Done With It.

At some point, I wonder if they really care how much it hurts them, as long as they can drag Clinton down with them. They might see it as worth the pain, long as they leave the impression of ‘both sides same thing’.

I strongly suspect their overall plan is to just keep digging into the emails with the hopes that it will lead them to a “scandal” the finally hits pay-dirt. Hence the sudden fascination among wingnuts about talk that the FBI is looking into corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation. Like Whitewater, they keep hoping that if they can’t manage to get the Clintons directly, they can do so indirectly via “guilt by association.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:28:04am

re: #239 HappyWarrior

That too. The “You lie” or the constant implications and even outright saying that he doesn’t respect our values.

You mean his “anti-colonialist worldview”?

Our Founding Fathers never would have tolerated anything like that.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:28:30am

re: #253 Targetpractice

I strongly suspect their overall plan is to just keep digging into the emails with the hopes that it will lead them to a “scandal” the finally hits pay-dirt. Hence the sudden fascination among wingnuts about talk that the FBI is looking into corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation. Like Whitewater, they keep hoping that if they can’t manage to get the Clintons directly, they can do so indirectly via “guilt by association.”

I like the way it’s working so far.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:29:48am

re: #254 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

You mean his “anti-colonialist worldview”?

Our Founding Fathers never would have tolerated anything like that.

That was my favorite heh.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:30:14am
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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:31:13am

re: #248 The Vicious Babushka

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:31:28am

re: #257 lawhawk

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So do I get to go to Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, or Slovakia or is it something Hair Fuehrer choeses?

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:31:55am

re: #252 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I think we have passed that point, they are just oblivious to it. Just like they did not understand that the politics of personal smears that worked so well against Dukakis and Kerry were totally counterproductive against Obama and are only marginally effective against HRC.

and you may be right

i wonder if “blocking everything the dems try and do” will stop being enough to keep their jobs

at some point you have to govern…oh what am i saying? nevermind

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:32:38am

re: #251 HappyWarrior

That is what did them in when they impeached her husband.

“So, I asked myself, ‘Where can a man get a really BIG frog, and a damned fine impeachment as well?’

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Jenner7  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:32:42am
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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:32:46am

re: #259 HappyWarrior

So do I get to go to Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, or Slovakia or is it something Hair Fuehrer choeses?

You don’t get to choose. You just get dumped on the other side of the Mexican Wall and make your own way from there.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:32:53am

re: #257 lawhawk

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Yeah, I don’t imagine Trump really wants the discussion on what constitutes “extremism” in this country. Because most of the GOP’s base would likely fall somewhere in the spectrum.

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:34:31am

re: #262 Jenner7

First ad buy from Trump is modest. $270k in FL, $72k in OH, $78k in PA.

That might get you a couple of 30 second spots at 1AM in most markets.

They’re depending on a big assist from Hannity and Dead Breitbart, I’m thinking.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:34:39am

re: #255 Decatur Deb

I like the way it’s working so far.

As do I, but I don’t hold out the hope that it will continue like this forever. Clinton “scandals” have a way of eventually turning into “all or nothing” gambles that have little long-term blowback for the GOP. Yeah, they took it in the ass in the ‘98 elections, but then came back two years later to win the presidency. Nowadays, a lot of people are convinced that there had to be “something” there because Bill lost his law license for 5 years.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:35:12am

re: #264 Targetpractice

Yeah, I don’t imagine Trump really wants the discussion on what constitutes “extremism” in this country. Because most of the GOP’s base would likely fall somewhere in the spectrum.

same as asking who are “people” in those “we the people” signs they hold up

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:35:50am

re: #263 The Vicious Babushka

You don’t get to choose. You just get dumped on the other side of the Mexican Wall and make your own way from there.

Time to brush up on my Spanish then.

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Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:36:13am

re: #258 lawhawk

C’mon Google Translate, you’re better than this:

- They stopped on the side of the post, left pissing side of every post. Have to butt the image of one, arriando pants. They were appointed to go in the bathroom but peed on the side wall. Obeyed not the board, were not the bathroom. A lady denied to spend minutes before - said the trader, who declined to be identified.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:36:51am

re: #266 Targetpractice

As do I, but I don’t hold out the hope that it will continue like this forever. Clinton “scandals” have a way of eventually turning into “all or nothing” gambles that have little long-term blowback for the GOP. Yeah, they took it in the ass in the ‘98 elections, but then came back two years later to win the presidency. Nowadays, a lot of people are convinced that there had to be “something” there because Bill lost his law license for 5 years.

and that’s the effective part through this whole thing i hear over and over

she must have done something … lookit all those investigations. she’s just “slippery”

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:37:01am

re: #266 Targetpractice

As do I, but I don’t hold out the hope that it will continue like this forever. Clinton “scandals” have a way of eventually turning into “all or nothing” gambles that have little long-term blowback for the GOP. Yeah, they took it in the ass in the ‘98 elections, but then came back two years later to win the presidency. Nowadays, a lot of people are convinced that there had to be “something” there because Bill lost his law license for 5 years.

Voted for him twice, but WJC really did piss me off.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:37:24am

re: #259 HappyWarrior

So do I get to go to Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, or Slovakia or is it something Hair Fuehrer choeses?

No, you get dumped in San Angeles.

Escape From LA Intro

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Thanos  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:38:09am

Here’s one for your autoblock lists fellow lizards:

@KraftyWurker

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:38:33am

re: #269 Franklin

C’mon Google Translate, you’re better than this:

It works if you read it with an accent.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:38:36am

re: #273 Thanos

Here’s one for your autoblock lists fellow lizards:

@KraftyWurker

Blocked that asshole years ago.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:38:44am

re: #272 lawhawk

No, you get dumped in San Angeles.

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Don’t touch my bag if you please, Mr. Trump Man.

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Jenner7  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:38:47am
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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:39:23am

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:39:26am

re: #277 Jenner7

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Awesome news.

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Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:39:53am

re: #274 Barefoot Grin

It works if you read it with an accent.

I did it in my Bahstin accent. Still didn’t get it.

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Kryptik: Just Done With It.  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:40:13am

re: #277 Jenner7

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That’s pretty damn huge. And about time, considering the horror stories.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:40:20am

re: #277 Jenner7

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Excellent. And if he finally empties Guantanamo, I’ll build a freakin’ shrine to Obama on the mantlepiece.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:41:13am

re: #278 FormerDirtDart

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Well, I guess this means we can now expect Comrade Combover to come out in favor of private prisons.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:43:07am

The state-contracted prisons remain. Love to see Fed funds cut to state corrections programs that use them.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:44:47am
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calochortus  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:46:14am

re: #284 Decatur Deb

The state-contracted prisons remain. Love to see Fed funds cut to state corrections programs that use them.

We can hope this is a big part of turning that around. There are already rumblings of change. I’ve seen more stories about the shortcomings of private prisons in the news and Univ. of CA recently divested their private prison holdings after students demonstrated over the issue.
It will all take time, but I am hopeful.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:46:36am

re: #285 The Vicious Babushka

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Well, that settles it, the GOP will want the President to intervene now. There’s no way they’ll allow these morons to remain in Brazilian custody.

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Archangelus  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:46:55am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:47:30am

The Kids for Cash documentary is horrifying stuff. I am not sure if it’s still on Netlfix or not but damn.

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Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:47:41am

re: #287 Targetpractice

Well, that settles it, the GOP will want the President to intervene now. There’s no way they’ll allow these morons to remain in Brazilian custody.

Obama’s Katrina

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:48:26am

re: #290 Franklin

Obama’s Katrina

Nah, Obama’s Iranian Hostage Crisis. Gives them a chance to bitch about Carter too.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:48:47am

re: #286 calochortus

We can hope this is a big part of turning that around. There are already rumblings of change. I’ve seen more stories about the shortcomings of private prisons in the news and Univ. of CA recently divested their private prison holdings after students demonstrated over the issue.
It will all take time, but I am hopeful.

Alabama has been contracting with Texas to ship our women prisoners there (probably for-profit contractors as well). It removes them from any reasonable chance of family visits.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:49:32am

re: #284 Decatur Deb

The state-contracted prisons remain. Love to see Fed funds cut to state corrections programs that use them.

Yes. Most of the questionable private prison activities is managed by the states. The entire privatization in criminal justice services needs to be reversed.

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MsJ  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:49:42am

re: #139 HappyWarrior

I still do not get why he didn’t. Everyday though, I’m glad we didn’t nominate Bernie because Clinton is a much better candidate and will make a better President too.

Because Bernie is not the Every Man he wants people to believe. He just bought a $600k summer home. You cannot be the Every Man if you (or your spouse) make a shit ton of money and don’t give a decent amount to charity or you (or your spouse) take money from those who you rail against.

Skeletons, my friend. That is why Bernie is not releasing that information.

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calochortus  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:49:50am

re: #292 Decatur Deb

Alabama has been contracting with Texas to ship our women prisoners there (probably for-profit contractors as well). It removes them from any reasonable chance of family visits.

Yeah, CA had a serious overcrowding problem and took up sending prisoners out of state too. Bad idea all around.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:50:21am

re: #288 Archangelus

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there’s pie???

There’s pie?????

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:50:24am

re: #288 Archangelus

Was a big fan of this place up in Albany NY. Great pies (love their chocolate creme) and good food.

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:51:11am

re: #266 Targetpractice

As do I, but I don’t hold out the hope that it will continue like this forever. Clinton “scandals” have a way of eventually turning into “all or nothing” gambles that have little long-term blowback for the GOP. Yeah, they took it in the ass in the ‘98 elections, but then came back two years later to win the presidency. Nowadays, a lot of people are convinced that there had to be “something” there because Bill lost his law license for 5 years.

Yeah I hold no illusions about how peaceful or even successful a Hillary presidency will be because there will be so much crap spewing from the rwnj sewer. Things will be better if the Dems can win at least one house of Congress this fall. But more and more I see electing Dems as a way to genuinely “conserve” what we have already built. The R’s want to destroy the 20th century, take us back to…some glorious era when government did little to nothing to protect civil rights, allowed local and corporate—mostly white—power centers to largely control the workings of democracy.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:52:00am

re: #294 MsJ

Because Bernie is not the Every Man he wants people to believe. He just bought a $600k summer home. You cannot be the Every Man if you (or your spouse) make a shit ton of money and don’t give a decent amount to charity or you (or your spouse) take money from those who you rail against.

Skeletons, my friend. That is why Bernie is not releasing that information.

I do wonder if something really damaging to his reputation is there. Honestly every day I am glad he’s not the nominee. He wouldn’t be a good President.

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:52:11am

re: #292 Decatur Deb

Alabama has been contracting with Texas to ship our women prisoners there (probably for-profit contractors as well). It removes them from any reasonable chance of family visits.

This is the kind of stuff that just goes on unmentioned in our public discourse. It’s completely off the radar screen.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:53:02am

re: #298 Sir John Barron

Yeah I hold no illusions about how peaceful or even successful a Hillary presidency will be because there will be so much crap spewing from the rwnj sewer. Things will be better if the Dems can win at least one house of Congress this fall. But more and more I see electing Dems as a way to genuinely “conserve” what we have already built. The R’s want to destroy the 20th century, take us back to…some glorious era when government did little to nothing to protect civil rights, allowed local and corporate—mostly white—power centers to largely control the workings of democracy.

The R’s want to take us to our great grandparents childhoods and tell us that was a golden age. Me? I’m glad to live in a time where parents losing children in childhood is a very rare thing thank you very much.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:53:12am

Classy Donny:

Nothing like shacking your mistress in one of your hotel suites while still married to wife number 1 and moving them both around like chess pieces for his amusement.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:53:25am

re: #297 lawhawk

Was a big fan of this place up in Albany NY. Great pies (love their chocolate creme) and good food.

Riverhead

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:53:55am

re: #188 FormerDirtDart

US is out of the Women’s 4X100 relay, failed to execute first baton exchange

re: #194 FormerDirtDart

Might still advance.
Looks like Brazilian runner made contact with US runner in the US lane in exchange zone

After lodging an official appeal, the United States 4x100 relay team has been offered a chance of redemption.

Allyson Felix had been handing over to English Gardner at the second exchange when she was nudged by a Brazilian sprinter.

The Brazilian team has now been disqualified, and the US team will return to the track for a re-run at 20:00 local time.

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lizardofid  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:54:42am

re: #271 Decatur Deb

Voted for him twice, but WJC really did piss me off.

Priorities, amiright?

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:55:35am

I think one thing that the far left and far right have in common is a lack of appreciation for progress and how it was made.

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Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:55:39am

re: #304 FormerDirtDart

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Yeowch, that’s gotta sting.

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:57:05am

re: #300 Sir John Barron

This is the kind of stuff that just goes on unmentioned in our public discourse. It’s completely off the radar screen.

The most revealing thing to me about the Ferguson unrest was the discovery of how scammed the justice system was there, the fines and crap like that that kept people in debt, in and out of the court system, etc.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:58:07am

re: #298 Sir John Barron

Yeah I hold no illusions about how peaceful or even successful a Hillary presidency will be because there will be so much crap spewing from the rwnj sewer. Things will be better if the Dems can win at least one house of Congress this fall. But more and more I see electing Dems as a way to genuinely “conserve” what we have already built. The R’s want to destroy the 20th century, take us back to…some glorious era when government did little to nothing to protect civil rights, allowed local and corporate—mostly white—power centers to largely control the workings of democracy.

i think she will do largely what obama has done - govern. sanely and prudently

they’ll continue to flail away mostly as ineffectively as they do now

the contrast will continue to be stark

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:58:08am

re: #306 HappyWarrior

I think one thing that the far left and far right have in common is a lack of appreciation for progress and how it was made.

Both would blow up the system to create something new. I don’t trust either to make things work.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:58:13am

re: #305 lizardofid

Priorities, amiright?

If your blowjob arrangements are going to have world-wide consequences, you really need to get better at it.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:58:24am

re: #308 Sir John Barron

The most revealing thing to me about the Ferguson unrest was the discovery of how scammed the justice system was there, the fines and crap like that that kept people in debt, in and out of the court system, etc.

It was a great argument for why the Feds absolutely do need to get involved.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 8:58:37am

re: #310 Sir John Barron

Both would blow up the system to create something new. I don’t trust either to make things work.

Nor should you.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:00:11am

re: #260 dangerman

and you may be right

i wonder if “blocking everything the dems try and do” will stop being enough to keep their jobs

at some point you have to govern…oh what am i saying? nevermind

all they have to do to keep their jobs in many districts is to simply not be a Democrat.

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:01:03am

re: #308 Sir John Barron

The most revealing thing to me about the Ferguson unrest was the discovery of how scammed the justice system was there, the fines and crap like that that kept people in debt, in and out of the court system, etc.

The Baltimore riots have generated a similar uncovering of practices and conditions. The Obama DOJ has been kept busy. The RWNJ hate this—they haven’t wanted these practices exposed to the light. Yet, they wail incessantly about “emails”, The Rule of Law, etc. Complete BS.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:01:10am

re: #308 Sir John Barron

The most revealing thing to me about the Ferguson unrest was the discovery of how scammed the justice system was there, the fines and crap like that that kept people in debt, in and out of the court system, etc.

Thing is, it’s not just the greater STL area, but large parts of the nation have a justice system that is so thorough fixed - it is rigged against minorities. Whether it’s law enforcement racial profiling or towns or counties that treat minorities as a piggy bank and criminalize the inability to pay fines, therefore creating a spiral of law breaking/poverty/criminalization for infractions that shouldn’t be anywhere near the kind of thing resulting in jail sentences, let alone the use of deadly force all too often.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:01:47am

re: #314 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

all they have to do to keep their jobs in many districts is to simply not be a Democrat.

yeah… i caught myself too late there…

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:02:18am

re: #314 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

all they have to do to keep their jobs in many districts is to simply not be a Democrat.

A very well-run and funded DCCC could take a lot of the fun out of that. Needs a bit of bloody-mindedness.

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:02:50am

re: #316 lawhawk

right, exactly. Where else is this kind of stuff happening.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:02:52am

re: #278 FormerDirtDart

washingtonpost.com: justice-department says it will end use of private prisons

Thanks, Obama!!!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:03:15am

re: #283 Targetpractice

Well, I guess this means we can now expect Comrade Combover to come out in favor of private prisons.

Or lambaste Obama for coddling criminals

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:03:28am

re: #318 Decatur Deb

A very well-run and funded DNCC could take a lot of the fun out of that. Needs a bit of bloody-mindedness.

and more cowbell (sorry)

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Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:07:31am

re: #316 lawhawk

Thing is, it’s not just the greater STL area, but large parts of the nation have a justice system that is so thorough fixed - it is rigged against minorities. Whether it’s law enforcement racial profiling or towns or counties that treat minorities as a piggy bank and criminalize the inability to pay fines, therefore creating a spiral of law breaking/poverty/criminalization for infractions that shouldn’t be anywhere near the kind of thing resulting in jail sentences, let alone the use of deadly force all too often.

We have this problem in more than one city. We’ve made a good bit of progress on it recently.

SPLC lawsuit: Alabama city operating debtors’ prison

splcenter.org

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:09:46am

“…Twitter has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts since February for violating a policy related to the promotion of terrorism, the company said on Thursday.

That brings the total to 360,000 suspensions since the middle of 2015, with daily suspension up 80 percent since last year, Twitter said…”

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:11:46am

re: #300 Sir John Barron

This is the kind of stuff that just goes on unmentioned in our public discourse. It’s completely off the radar screen.

Too many people have bought into the idea of privatization. They’ve been told the government can’t do anything right, so we should just contract the services to private companies.

Of course, they ignore the fact that the only way for private companies to do things cheaper and still make a profit is to cut corners, not provide equivalent service and to lie/cheat about the quality of the services they provide.

So we have private schools that opt out of standards testing. Prisons that allow rampant abuse, feed rotten food to prisoners and hire poorly trained guards. Background screeners who outright lie about how thoroughly the checks were performed (Hi Snowden!), mercenary outfits providing security and doing jobs that should be done by our military, etc.

I think we should privatize the jobs of the congress-critters who vote for such changes. Heck, I’m sure we could find people equally qualified who’d work for less than the salary currently provided to those idiot elected officials. I smell profit!

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:12:08am
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Bubblehead II  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:19:34am

re: #277 Jenner7

Good. Idaho dropped private prisons a couple of years ago because of prisoner abuse and shady books.

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ObserverArt  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:19:51am

re: #264 Targetpractice

Yeah, I don’t imagine Trump really wants the discussion on what constitutes “extremism” in this country. Because most of the GOP’s base would likely fall somewhere in the spectrum.

I posted this in #144 above earlier regarding Trump tossing out American citizens he sees as extremists.

I think Obama should throw him (Trump) out of the country for extremism and as a danger to the world. He likes Gitmo so damn much, maybe they paint some gold paint on the bars and ship his fat orange ass there.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:20:13am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:20:17am

re: #325 A Cranky One

I think we should privatize the jobs of the congress-critters who vote for such changes. Heck, I’m sure we could find people equally qualified who’d work for less than the salary currently provided to those idiot elected officials. I smell profit!

and look at the links between congresspeople who take corporate donations and ones who vote for privatization measures involving those very corporations

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:24:19am

Former Nine Inch Nails keyboard player James Wooley dead at 50

He played on what may be my favorite two NIN records - the ‘Broken’ EP and ‘The Downward Spiral.’ 50 is way too soon to go.

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ObserverArt  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:27:50am

re: #294 MsJ

Because Bernie is not the Every Man he wants people to believe. He just bought a $600k summer home. You cannot be the Every Man if you (or your spouse) make a shit ton of money and don’t give a decent amount to charity or you (or your spouse) take money from those who you rail against.

Skeletons, my friend. That is why Bernie is not releasing that information.

Bernie is no longer needed by the progressives, so anything taxes is also no longer needed.

I’ve seen some former Bernie Bros say once Bernie endorsed Clinton he was dead to them. Both he and Liz Warren are on the outs having sold their souls to Hillary and The “Party.”

They want Hillary to screw up the economy, get us in further wars and make sure she is gone in 2012 when some unknown liberal progressive will rise up and take over The Revolution™.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:29:25am

re: #332 ObserverArt

Bernie is no longer needed by the progressives, so anything taxes is also no longer needed.

I’ve seen some former Bernie Bros say once Bernie endorsed Clinton he was dead to them. Both he and Liz Warren are on the outs having sold their souls to Hillary and The “Party.”

They want Hillary to screw up the economy, get us in further wars and make sure she is gone in 2012 when some unknown liberal progressive will rise up and take over The Revolution™.

A lot of them are all board the Stein Crazy Train.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:33:24am

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:34:06am

re: #333 HappyWarrior

A lot of them are all board the Stein Crazy Train.

I’ve got a young former co-worker on FB who was a Bernie guy, and now has gone full-on Trumpanzee. He even posted that story about Soros being a Nazi sympathizer this morning.

Sad to see. He’s a smart kid, but he sucked right into that vortex of Derp.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:34:32am

re: #334 The Vicious Babushka

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

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Explains why mass shootings happen everywhere with strict gun laws. Oh wait, no they don’t.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:36:02am

re: #335 makeitstop

I’ve got a young former co-worker on FB who was a Bernie guy, and now has gone full-on Trumpanzee. He even posted that story about Soros being a Nazi sympathizer this morning.

Sad to see. He’s a smart kid, but he sucked right into that vortex of Derp.

Jesus. That is too bad. I am glad that my brothers, both staunch former Bernie guys didn’t fall into that. They’ve always seen Trump as dangerous and I imagine my one brother especially worries about Trump given that his wife is an immigrant.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:37:25am

re: #336 HappyWarrior

Explains why mass shootings happen everywhere with strict gun laws. Oh wait, no they don’t.

Explains why concealed-carry handgun owners have always stopped a mass shooter in his tracks. Oh wait they never have.

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Bear  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:37:33am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

Glad that such a pie shop is not in my town. If one were here, I would weigh several hundred pounds more that I do.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:37:48am
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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:38:18am

re: #338 The Vicious Babushka

Explains why concealed-carry handgun owners have always stopped a mass shooter in his tracks. Oh wait they never have.

Yep. I mean. You know what? I get it. I get that they want to be heroes and save the day but the fact is their attitude is just dangerous and would get more people killed.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:38:56am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:41:43am

re: #336 HappyWarrior

Explains why mass shootings happen everywhere with strict gun laws. Oh wait, no they don’t.

Also assumes that all those people depicted have nerves of steel, excellent situational awareness, years of training and experience, and are immediately identifiable as “good guys” to any LEO arriving on the scene.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:42:41am

This meme being circulated that Manafort warned Trump not to Tweet out the “taco bowl” picture and he did anyway begs the question, Trump was not even in New York on Cinco de Mayo, so when was the “taco bowl” picture actually taken?

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:43:39am

re: #343 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Also assumes that all those people depicted have nerves of steel, excellent situational awareness, years of training and experience, and are immediately identifiable as “good guys” to any LEO arriving on the scene.

I liked the test that I believe ABC News did proving how foolish many of them are. Honestly, I think it just makes an already chaotic situation that much more worse. It’s very easy to believe “If only a good guy with a gun” stopped the shooter but it’s fantasy. It’s the same fantasy that fuels “Well if only people had guns during the Nazi occupation.” Because civilians would be able to stop the Nazis in ways professional armies did not.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:44:17am

re: #343 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Also assumes that all those people depicted have nerves of steel, excellent situational awareness, years of training and experience, and are immediately identifiable as “good guys” to any LEO arriving on the scene.

Especially the little old lady with the cane. One assumes she has arthritis, so she is going to drop the cane to retrieve the weapon and handle it with precision?

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:44:19am

re: #179 The Vicious Babushka

Anna German is a notorious sleazebag.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:44:23am

re: #344 The Vicious Babushka

This meme being circulated that Manafort warned Trump not to Tweet out the “taco bowl” picture and he did anyway begs the question, Trump was not even in New York on Cinco de Mayo, so when was the “taco bowl” picture actually taken?

I imagine it was an old photo. How anyone thought that was a good is beyond me.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:45:51am

re: #346 The Vicious Babushka

Especially the little old lady with the cane. One assumes she has arthritis, so she is going to drop the cane to retrieve the weapon and handle it with precision?

Oh come on, everyone turns into Charles Bronson in Death Wish when confronted with bad guys.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:46:22am

re: #334 The Vicious Babushka

Yeah, how’d that work in Dallas? It didn’t? You mean that the concealed carry folks went running for cover and didn’t put down the shooter? I’m shocked.

You mean that all those guns in Dallas didn’t stop a mass shooter, but it took law enforcement with a robot carrying a bomb to do it?

Yeah, of course concealed carry will stop crime. Except for all those it didn’t - which is like all of them.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:47:43am

Of course, the fucked up thing is many of these people who post the memes about guns if you really press them actually do believe a lot of the same things we do that there should be background checks but they’re convinced that Obama is out to take their guns. I flat out told my friend who posts gun memes that if he believes there should be background checks on guns, he merely believes that Obama does and that he shouldn’t view Obama as out to get his guns. Too bad he didn’t listen to me.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:49:33am

re: #346 The Vicious Babushka

Especially the little old lady with the cane. One assumes she has arthritis, so she is going to drop the cane to retrieve the weapon and handle it with precision?

You should know that the only way to stop a bad grandma with a gun is a good grandma with a gun.

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:49:33am

re: #334 The Vicious Babushka

STUPIDEST MEME OF THE DAY==>

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Unless of course, the mass shooter is the guy at the back of the line who pulls out his gun and shoots those in front of him before they can react.

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gwangung  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:51:09am

re: #343 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Also assumes that all those people depicted have nerves of steel, excellent situational awareness, years of training and experience, and are immediately identifiable as “good guys” to any LEO arriving on the scene.

Not to mention coordination between them…..it’s a quality that’s way undervalued by armchair generals and tacticians.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:52:03am

re: #352 I Would Prefer Not To

You should know that the only way to stop a bad grandma with a gun is a good grandma with a gun.

I’m a good grandma with a pie.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:52:29am

re: #346 The Vicious Babushka

Especially the little old lady with the cane. One assumes she has arthritis, so she is going to drop the cane to retrieve the weapon and handle it with precision?

She is a sassy granny from hell who already has seven notches in her pistol from thugs she has blown away

(this is what becomes of all those buxom women in gunhumper porn fantasies when they age)

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:52:52am
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BeachDem  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:52:52am

re: #338 The Vicious Babushka

Explains why concealed-carry handgun owners have always stopped a mass shooter in his tracks. Oh wait they never have.

And why, according that graphic, you’re more likely to shoot your own dick, foot or the person behind you in line.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:53:09am

Getting rid of private prisons is definitely a start. But there’s still places in the country where the local law enforcement has more of an OCP feel than a police force that is there to protect and serve the public.

It’s still policing through racial profiling and using fines/arrests to fund local government operations, which means that poor communities stay poor and can’t get out of the orbit of funding the very institutions that keep these people poor, underserved, and in jails.

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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:53:16am
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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:55:02am

re: #355 The Vicious Babushka

I’m a good grandma with a pie.

The only thing that can stop a good grandma with a pie is a good grandma with a pie and ice cream too!

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I Would Prefer Not To  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:55:22am

re: #355 The Vicious Babushka

I’m a good grandma with a pie.</blockquote

grandmas with pies are the best.

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Skip Intro  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:55:40am

re: #302 lawhawk

Classy Donny:

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Nothing like shacking your mistress in one of your hotel suites while still married to wife number 1 and moving them both around like chess pieces for his amusement.

This is why the evangelicals love him so much. So Jesus-like.

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BeachDem  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:56:14am

re: #340 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

Oceans rise, empires fall
We have seen each other through it all
And when push comes to shove
I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!

You’ll Be Back

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:56:36am
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Stanley Sea  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:56:56am

No one has posted this? Totally NSFW & Gross, but it’s real in I’m guessing SF.

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:57:11am

re: #6 Nyet

All the Olympics seem like a waste of time to me.

It’s not for the athletes

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:57:30am

re: #357 The Vicious Babushka

Some good writers, some awful editorial policies, and destroyed by a billionaire with a vendetta. Welcome to 21st Century journalism.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 9:59:24am

re: #368 lawhawk

Some good writers, some awful editorial policies, and destroyed by a billionaire with a vendetta. Welcome to 21st Century journalism.

I will miss Jezebel, Jalopnik and Gizmodo :(

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:00:08am

A nude statue of Donald Trump appeared in Union Square today.

Since it’s around lunch time, I thought I would be considerate

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:00:39am

I was warned. I guess. Soon time for some leftover fried chicken.

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:01:45am

re: #366 Stanley Sea

No one has posted this? Totally NSFW & Gross, but it’s real in I’m guessing SF.

[Embedded content]

Hands are too big!

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:02:02am

Really just stopping in to say, Hey!

Have a round if doctor’s appt coming up, not looking forward to it.

How is everyone?

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:02:19am

So what’s stopping him? Putin says to lay off as long as Donald pays the vig?

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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:02:28am

re: #366 Stanley Sea

No one has posted this? Totally NSFW & Gross, but it’s real in I’m guessing SF.

[Embedded content]

This city rocks.

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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:02:56am

re: #370 FormerDirtDart

A nude statue of Donald Trump appeared in Union Square today.

Since it’s around lunch time, I thought I would be considerate

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Hey, I know that guy…it’s Mr. Brexit!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:04:02am

re: #359 lawhawk

Getting rid of private prisons is definitely a start. But there’s still places in the country where the local law enforcement has more of an OCP feel than a police force that is there to protect and serve the public.

It’s still policing through racial profiling and using fines/arrests to fund local government operations, which means that poor communities stay poor and can’t get out of the orbit of funding the very institutions that keep these people poor, underserved, and in jails.

I left Maricopa County, Arizona, before they elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But people there wanted Law and Order writ big, and Low Taxes writ even bigger. Sherrif Joe was simply the logical outcome of that constellation.

And he has gone on to cost the county millions in lawsuits…

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:04:41am

re: #369 The Vicious Babushka

I will miss Jezebel, Jalopnik and Gizmodo :(

I miss Al Jezerra

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sagehen  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:04:47am

re: #148 lawhawk

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Louisiana aid and Zika funding are related; all that standing water? That’s mosquito heaven.

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:05:18am

re: #366 Stanley Sea

No one has posted this? Totally NSFW & Gross, but it’s real in I’m guessing SF.

[Embedded content]

Hey, Charles - the ‘refresh post’ button is cool, but cold you start working on an ‘un-see’ button? Thx.

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:06:23am

re: #374 The Vicious Babushka

So what’s stopping him? Putin says to lay off as long as Donald pays the vig?

[Embedded content]

That Wanker! He just loves to see himself in the media. He’ll play it for all it’s worth.

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Skip Intro  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:06:57am

re: #370 FormerDirtDart

A nude statue of Donald Trump appeared in Union Square today.

Since it’s around lunch time, I thought I would be considerate

[Embedded content]

Hands are too big.

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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:07:22am

re: #380 makeitstop

Hey, Charles - the ‘refresh post’ button is cool, but cold you start working on an ‘un-see’ button? Thx.

That which is seen cannot be unseen. Or hit F5 and refresh the page.

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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:07:52am

re: #383 darthstar

That which is seen cannot be unseen. Or hit F5 and refresh the page.

Refresh comment does the same.

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:08:27am

There is no F5 on my phone …

Oy

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:08:40am

re: #369 The Vicious Babushka

I will miss Jezebel, Jalopnik and Gizmodo :(

It’s not clear to me if the shutdown includes all the sites or is limited to just Gawker itself.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:09:02am

re: #376 darthstar

Hey, I know that guy…it’s Mr. Brexit!

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Stanley Sea  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:09:49am
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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:09:53am

Butt shot.

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:10:02am

re: #384 darthstar

Refresh comment does the same.

By then it’s too late. We need one of these:

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:10:32am

re: #380 makeitstop

neuralizer

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:11:08am

re: #390 A Cranky One

By then it’s too late. We need one of these:

Would hypnosis work?

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:11:59am

re: #383 darthstar

That which is seen cannot be unseen. Or hit F5 and refresh the page.

I need a refresh button for my eyeballs.

Or eye bleach. Stat.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:12:03am

re: #389 darthstar

Butt shot.

[Embedded content]

Dude…
You couldn’t be bothered to hide that????

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Birth Control Works  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:12:11am

Arghhhh. BBL

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:12:29am

re: #389 darthstar

Butt shot.

[Embedded content]

The best ass crack, the best !

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Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:13:15am

re: #396 HappyWarrior

The best ass crack, the best !

but not the biggest…

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A wild WITHAK appeared!  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:13:17am

re: #393 makeitstop

I need a refresh button for my eyeballs.

Or eye bleach. Stat.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:13:35am

re: #396 HappyWarrior

Just say no to crack!

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:13:44am

re: #392 Birth Control Works

I’ll ask the therapist I’ll be needing now.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:13:57am

re: #389 darthstar

Butt shot.

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Put that in spoiler tags.

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plansbandc  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:14:50am

That puckered little butt just permanently scalded my retinas.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:15:36am

re: #391 lawhawk

Yeah, didn’t work…

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TedStriker  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:15:54am

re: #369 The Vicious Babushka

I will miss Jezebel, Jalopnik and Gizmodo :(

re: #386 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It’s not clear to me if the shutdown includes all the sites or is limited to just Gawker itself.

From what I’ve been able to see, Gawker proper is the only site that’s being shuttered; Univision is supposedly keeping the other six (soon-to-be-former) Gawker Media sites up and running.

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:18:10am

re: #393 makeitstop

I need a refresh button for my eyeballs.

Or eye bleach. Stat.

Sorry, but my brain bleaching powers can’t cope with that.
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Skip Intro  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:18:52am

re: #366 Stanley Sea

Melania gets to see that every day. Lucky girl.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:19:53am

re: #406 Skip Intro

Melania gets to see that every day. Lucky girl.

It’d be funny as shit if she left him and called him a loser.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:20:55am

What if somebody decides to put up a “naked Hillary Clinton” statue? That would be all kinds of horrible.

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Lidane  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:21:28am

re: #182 The Vicious Babushka

Some of the best pie I ever had was in a small town just outside of Austin called Round Top. There’s a place out there called Royers that’s known for their pies. Haven’t been there in a while, but the last time I went they charged extra if you DIDN’T want ice cream on your pie. Hah.

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A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:22:44am

re: #406 Skip Intro

Melania gets to see that every day. Lucky girl.

Wasn’t she supposed to be giving a press conference to prove she didn’t work in the country illegally?

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makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:23:07am

re: #398 A wild WITHAK appeared!

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MUCH better. Thank you.

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:23:19am

re: #407 HappyWarrior

It’d be funny as shit if she left him and called him a loser.

Actually, isn’t it about time that Trump traded in again on a younger lady?

///

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:23:45am

That’s all well and good, but that understates how badly the GOP looked at the RNC. At the RNC in Cleveland, there were 18 delegates who were African American out of 2,472. That comes out to 0.7%. That’s not just spectacularly low, but so low that you actually have to try hard to make sure that you drive the number to those levels since African Americans account for roughly 12% of the population.

How was this accomplished? Simple. Engage in decades of irrational hate and anger towards minorities who sought equal rights and protections and the GOP decided that it was more important to protect the primacy of angry whites who thought that someone else exercising the same right that they had was depriving them of something in some fashion.

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dangerman  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:23:46am

re: #409 Lidane

Some of the best pie I ever had was in a small town just outside of Austin called Round Top. There’s a place out there called Royers that’s known for their pies. Haven’t been there in a while, but the last time I went they charged extra if you DIDN’T want ice cream on your pie. Hah.

that’s all i can stands and i cant stands no more

going to make pie

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BeachDem  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:23:52am

How I got on a Trump email list, I do not know, but I am now being advised to:

Please _ - consider it your duty to take the Trump Campaign Strategy Survey now. >>

NOPE. No way.

(came from mediadc dot com, and I don’t believe I’ve ever been to any of their sites—time to delete cookies, I guess.)

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ObserverArt  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:24:54am

re: #369 The Vicious Babushka

I will miss Jezebel, Jalopnik and Gizmodo :(

I miss Jalopnik. Sounds like Univision is keeping 6 of the sites, I would imagine all of the ones you mentioned will be kept.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:25:20am

re: #410 A Cranky One

I don’t think she been at Trump’s appearances since the whole kerfuffle erupted over her education background and whether she was in the US illegally.

Very low key since the RNC.

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The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:25:59am
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Shiplord Kirel  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:28:28am
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Stanley Sea  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:29:17am

re: #406 Skip Intro

Melania gets to see that every day. Lucky girl.

She’s MIA

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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:29:26am

Poor Craig…he just wants to sleep. Now Eartha has him boxing her on the chair. Here was his first attempt to calm her…didn’t work.

Grooming the vampire.

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Lidane  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:29:43am
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darthstar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:29:47am

re: #398 A wild WITHAK appeared!

Corgi alert!

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Stanley Sea  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:30:59am

re: #413 lawhawk

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That’s all well and good, but that understates how badly the GOP looked at the RNC. At the RNC in Cleveland, there were 18 delegates who were African American out of 2,472. That comes out to 0.7%. That’s not just spectacularly low, but so low that you actually have to try hard to make sure that you drive the number to those levels since African Americans account for roughly 12% of the population.

How was this accomplished? Simple. Engage in decades of irrational hate and anger towards minorities who sought equal rights and protections and the GOP decided that it was more important to protect the primacy of angry whites who thought that someone else exercising the same right that they had was depriving them of something in some fashion.

Fucking A

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Lidane  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:34:53am

Another awkward family dinner is in their future:

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:35:37am

re: #368 lawhawk

Some good writers, some awful editorial policies, and destroyed by a billionaire with a vendetta. Welcome to 21st Century journalism.

They weren’t destroyed by a billionaire. There was a trial. They lost it fair and square. Their own behavior destroyed them.

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Semper Fi  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:36:21am

re: #405 A Cranky One

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“I broke my ear.”

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:36:23am

re: #374 The Vicious Babushka

So what’s stopping him? Putin says to lay off as long as Donald pays the vig?

[Embedded content]

Years ago Assange promised some dirt on Russia. Still waiting.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:36:31am

re: #425 Lidane

Another awkward family dinner is in their future:

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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:36:38am

re: #415 BeachDem

How I got on a Trump email list, I do not know, but I am now being advised to:

Please _ - consider it your duty to take the Trump Campaign Strategy Survey now. >>

NOPE. No way.

(came from mediadc dot com, and I don’t believe I’ve ever been to any of their sites—time to delete cookies, I guess.)

Take the survey. Tell ‘em they should start campaigning in November.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:38:55am
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Patricia Kayden  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:41:11am

re: #418 The Vicious Babushka

Oh dear. Why? Cannot imagine what they thought they would get out of making up a story like that.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:41:20am

re: #426 Nyet

The case was funded by a billionaire who basically gave Hogan all the money needed to kill Gawker. Without that kind of backing, there’d probably have been an undisclosed settlement for a couple million dollars and Gawker would have continued operations.

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Stephen T.  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:41:42am

re: #350 lawhawk

I’m thankful that the CCW holders in Dallas, didn‘t act. If they had, the outcome would have been so much worse.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:42:04am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:42:14am
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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:43:01am
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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:43:07am

re: #433 lawhawk

The case was funded by a billionaire who basically gave Hogan all the money needed to kill Gawker. Without that kind of backing, there’d probably have been an undisclosed settlement for a couple million dollars and Gawker would have continued operations.

Yes, Thiel made the ground level and allowed justice to take place. The rest was the court’s job based on Gawker’s behavior.

Good riddance.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:43:28am

re: #436 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:47:10am

re: #439 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

Those poor guys.

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Big Beautiful Door  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:49:22am

re: #81 Patricia Kayden

I’m trying to figure out why they would make up such a story. Plus, other athletes have come forward with similar stories of being robbed. Perhaps the officials in Brazil are just embarrassed and are trying to discredit Lochte.

There is video of them breaking a door to a men’s room at a gas station.

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Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:50:20am
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Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:51:57am

re: #442 Kragar

The things people do to get a position at Fox News or on the Trump Campaign.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:52:03am

re: #442 Kragar

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I’m sure this is BLM’s fault somehow. //

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:53:02am

re: #438 Nyet

Yes, Thiel made the ground level and allowed justice to take place. The rest was the court’s job based on Gawker’s behavior.

Good riddance.

The same Thiel tried to do the same thing to Mother Jones last year, and lost, but it cost MJ millions. The fact that justice was arguably served in each case doesn’t make it any less chilling, that billionaires may choose to spend small fractions of their fortunes bankrupting publications they don’t like, even without a good cause of action, because they can.

One of the problems of our civil justice system is that it favors the very rich, who can pay lawyers to fuck around with less well-heeled folks for years.

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:55:44am

re: #445 Blind Frog Belly White

One can also see it the other way: without Thiel’s money the justice system would favor the rich Gawker.

So all I can say about this particular case is meh.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:56:26am
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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:56:35am

I’m heartened that even no one at reddit buys Chucky’s smear about the Khans.

m.reddit.com

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Alephnaught  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:57:28am

re: #415 BeachDem

How I got on a Trump email list, I do not know, but I am now being advised to:

Please _ - consider it your duty to take the Trump Campaign Strategy Survey now. >>

NOPE. No way.

(came from mediadc dot com, and I don’t believe I’ve ever been to any of their sites—time to delete cookies, I guess.)

I wonder if you should just take it to mess with them, and deliberately select the most insane options, whilst screen grabbing the whole lot, (Obviously, blot out any personal info.) and then report back with your findings.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 10:57:39am

re: #446 Nyet

One can also see it the other way: without Thiel’s money the justice system would favor the rich Gawker.

So all I can say about this particular case is meh.

It seems unlikely that Hulk Hogan was without resources.

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:00:00am

re: #450 Blind Frog Belly White

It seems unlikely that Hulk Hogan was without resources.

Why would he need Thiel’s money then?

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:02:21am
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Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:03:21am

Support a candidate because she believes in science? Get behind a politician because she approaches policymaking like a professional? Maybe you were hoping to be more inspired. We think the opportunity presented to us is more than inspiring enough. The country can go one of two ways, right now: toward a future where working together in good faith has a chance, or toward nihilism.

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Interesting Times  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:04:27am

re: #433 lawhawk

The case was funded by a billionaire who basically gave Hogan all the money needed to kill Gawker. Without that kind of backing, there’d probably have been an undisclosed settlement for a couple million dollars and Gawker would have continued operations.

And as I pointed out earlier, Peter Thiel likes to play footsie with crypto-nazis.

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lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:05:38am

re: #451 Nyet

This is the background. Thiel decided to underwrite Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) legal team to the tune of $10 million. That’s a lot more legal firepower than if Hogan did the funding himself.

Speculation that a secret benefactor was backing Mr. Bollea’s case was whispered during the trial but largely dismissed as a conspiracy theory. It gained currency in large part as a result of an unusual decision Mr. Bollea’s legal team made: It purposely excluded a claim that would have allowed Gawker’s insurance company to help pay for its defense as well as damages. The move struck observers as odd because most plaintiffs seeking damages usually hope to settle the case by leveraging the deep pockets of an insurer.

Mr. Thiel said, “I figured it would eventually come out,” adding that he was happy his role might spur a conversation about it being “extremely hard for the most common victims to get justice.”

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Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:06:04am

re: #451 Nyet

Why would he need Thiel’s money then?

Who says he needed it? Getting someone else to pay for it would be a sensible business decision.

The point is, this is not a case of MegaGigaCorp against Joe Blow. And whatever you think about the merits of THIS case, it should be obvious what someone with Thiel’s wealth could choose to do to innocent publications that he just didn’t like. There’s leveling the playing field, and then there’s tilting it in the other direction.

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:06:09am

re: #455 lawhawk

Exactly. Made the ground level.

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TedStriker  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:07:31am

re: #433 lawhawk

The case was funded by a billionaire who basically gave Hogan all the money needed to kill Gawker. Without that kind of backing, there’d probably have been an undisclosed settlement for a couple million dollars and Gawker would have continued operations.

re: #438 Nyet

Yes, Thiel made the ground level and allowed justice to take place. The rest was the court’s job based on Gawker’s behavior.

Good riddance.

re: #445 Blind Frog Belly White

The same Thiel tried to do the same thing to Mother Jones last year, and lots, but it cost MJ millions. The fact that justice was arguably served in each case doesn’t make it any less chilling, that billionaires may choose to spend small fractions of their fortunes bankrupting publications they don’t like, even without a good cause of action, because they can.

One of the problems of our civil justice system is that it favors the very rich, who can pay lawyers to fuck around with less well-heeled folks for years.

re: #445 Blind Frog Belly White

The same Thiel tried to do the same thing to Mother Jones last year, and lots, but it cost MJ millions. The fact that justice was arguably served in each case doesn’t make it any less chilling, that billionaires may choose to spend small fractions of their fortunes bankrupting publications they don’t like, even without a good cause of action, because they can.

One of the problems of our civil justice system is that it favors the very rich, who can pay lawyers to fuck around with less well-heeled folks for years.

re: #446 Nyet

One can also see it the other way: without Thiel’s money the justice system would favor the rich Gawker.

So all I can say about this particular case is meh.

re: #450 Blind Frog Belly White

It seems unlikely that Hulk Hogan was without resources.

re: #451 Nyet

Why would he need Thiel’s money then?

Thiel brought in money, money that Hogan didn’t have to front, but Thiel basically handpicked Hogan’s legal team, who pointedly pursued a strategy that would leave Gawker’s insurers off-the-hook and extracted the most monetary damage from Gawker and Denton.

This wasn’t about Hogan being made whole, this was about Thiel using Hogan to get even with Denton and Gawker; while I think that Nick Denton is an asshole and yellow journalist in the worst tradition of the phrase, what Thiel and Hogan were able to accomplish was, while completely legal, something that can have long-lasting chilling effects.

459
makeitstop  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:07:31am

re: #451 Nyet

Why would he need Thiel’s money then?

The difference between a legal battle and a rout.

460
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:07:45am

re: #456 Blind Frog Belly White

Who says he needed it? Getting someone else to pay for it would be a sensible business decision.

The point is, this is not a case of MegaGigaCorp against Joe Blow. And whatever you think about the merits of THIS case, it should be obvious what someone with Thiel’s wealth could choose to do to innocent publications that he just didn’t like. There’s leveling the playing field, and then there’s tilting it in the other direction.

Google says Hulk is worth $8M. Lawhawk above that Thiel sponsored him for $10M. Do the math.

Let’s worry about other cases some other time.

461
A Cranky One  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:07:45am

Raw Story headline:

Scientists think Bronze Age brain surgeons used cannabis, shrooms and dancing as painkillers

Upcoming headline:

Scientists think US citizens watching the election using cannabis, shrooms and dancing as painkillers.

;-)

462
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:09:37am

re: #457 Nyet

Exactly. Made the ground level.

And you missed a key point. Here, let me highlight it:

It gained currency in large part as a result of an unusual decision Mr. Bollea’s legal team made: It purposely excluded a claim that would have allowed Gawker’s insurance company to help pay for its defense as well as damages. The move struck observers as odd because most plaintiffs seeking damages usually hope to settle the case by leveraging the deep pockets of an insurer.

IOW, Thiel’s legal team was acting for Thiel more than for their nominal client. Their goal was not to get Hogan the best monetary result, but rather to kill Gawker.

463
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:10:56am

re: #460 Nyet

Google says Hulk is worth $8M. Lawhawk above that Thiel sponsored him for $10M. Do the math.

Let’s worry about other cases some other time.

You mean, like the Mother Jones case that already happened? That would make now rather a good time to worry about it, I’d say.

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Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:10:59am

re: #462 Blind Frog Belly White

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shouldn’t have been acting like douches.

465
Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:11:10am
466
TedStriker  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:11:16am

re: #462 Blind Frog Belly White

And you missed a key point. Here, let me highlight it:

IOW, Thiel’s legal team was acting for Thiel more than for their nominal client. Their goal was not to get Hogan the best monetary result, but rather to kill Gawker.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

467
jaunte  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:11:35am
468
BeachDem  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:12:06am

re: #449 Alephnaught

I wonder if you should just take it to mess with them, and deliberately select the most insane options, whilst screen grabbing the whole lot, (Obviously, blot out any personal info.) and then report back with your findings.

Here’s a link to the stupid thing (Minus my email info)—30 questions, as if Trumpkins have that kind of concentration ability. I’m not going to take it because it is just too nauseating.

action.trump2016.com

469
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:12:15am

re: #463 Blind Frog Belly White

I don’t know about Mother Jones case and am frankly too tired to read up on it. I was discussing a particular case that was, as far as I could tell, fair. If there is another case that is unfair, we can talk about it some other time.

470
KGxvi  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:12:33am

re: #123 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the NYC metro area. I see Trump somehow managed to get his phone back and is tweeting once again nonsensical ramblings indicating a lunatic mind.

He’s now rambling on how he’ll be known as Mr. Brexit.

For what exactly?

As Geoff points out, Washington was the original Mr. Brexit.

Trump isn’t even tangentially involved in British politics and needed to get schooled on what Brexit was.

He’ll be known as Mr. Brexit because the first time he tries to visit the UK, they’ll tell him to go right on back home.

471
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:12:51am

re: #458 TedStriker

Thiel brought in money, money that Hogan didn’t have to front, but Thiel basically handpicked Hogan’s legal team, who pointedly pursued a strategy that would leave Gawker’s insurers off-the-hook and extracted the most monetary damage from Gawker and Denton.

This wasn’t about Hogan being made whole, this was about Thiel using Hogan to get even with Denton and Gawker; while I think that Nick Denton is an asshole and yellow journalist in the worst tradition of the phrase, what Thiel and Hogan were able to accomplish was, while completely legal, something that can have long-lasting chilling effects.

And if you don’t believe that, check out the reactions of any number of folks who publish/provide content.

472
TedStriker  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:13:41am

re: #471 Blind Frog Belly White

And if you don’t believe that, check out the reactions of any number of folks who publish/provide content.

The truth may no longer be an affirmative defense.

473
Alephnaught  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:13:43am

re: #467 jaunte

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Errrr, by his own terms, hasn’t he just blasphemed God by presuming to know what’s in God’s mind?

474
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:13:50am

re: #471 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah, it will make them think twice before publishing someone else’s purely private stuff.

475
Targetpractice  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:14:54am

re: #465 Kragar

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Tell that to Bernie Sanders, Bill. He’s still trying to understand how he could have lost by 3 million votes when his rallies were drawing such huge crowds.

476
Big Beautiful Door  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:15:09am

re: #461 A Cranky One

Raw Story headline:

Scientists think Bronze Age brain surgeons used cannabis, shrooms and dancing as painkillers

Upcoming headline:

Scientists think US citizens watching the election using cannabis, shrooms and dancing as painkillers.

;-)

Good segue to mentioning the excellent 9th Circuit decision prohibiting the DOJ from going after medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Why they are still fighting on the wrong side on this issue is beyond me. Prosecuting people for growing, selling or using marijuana is a destructive waste of taxpayer money.

477
Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:17:10am

re: #464 Nyet

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shouldn’t have been acting like douches.

Like Mother Jones?

478
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:17:53am

re: #477 Belafon

Like Mother Jones?

Were we discussing MJ?

479
Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:19:14am

If being a douche were an actual crime, there would be a lot less people here.

And using the money to sue a company out of business rather than trying to settle and possibly change their behavior is the kind of influence we don’t want. That is something only the rich get to do, and it favors the rich.

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FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:20:03am
481
Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:21:16am

There are lots of times in our justice system where less than honorable characters get defended not because we want them around, but because of what not defending them would mean for the rest of us.

482
jaunte  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:21:34am

re: #480 FormerDirtDart

I had no idea the Clinton Foundation had detained Assange.

483
Big Beautiful Door  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:21:50am

re: #480 FormerDirtDart

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I did not know that the Clinton Foundation had a prison or that it had been holding Assange in it!

484
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:22:14am

re: #465 Kragar

A poll is a hypothesis. Rallies and social media presence are empirical evidence. A hypothesis unsupported by empirical evidence is wrong.

A poll is an experiment. It tests the hypothesis that voters feel differently about the candidates. It tests that hypothesis by asking them. That is an observation. This observation may allow the pollster to reach a conclusion that one candidate is favored by more voters than the other.

Numbers and enthusiasm at rallies are also an observation. They tell you about the people AT THAT RALLY. They tell you nothing about the people NOT at that rally, who vastly outnumber the people at that rally.

Social media presence is also an observation that tells you only about the participants.

The thing is, of these three types of observations, one has proven a reliable predictor of election results, and the other two have not. Ask Bernie Sanders.

485
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:22:27am

re: #479 Belafon

If being a douche were an actual crime, there would be a lot less people here.

And using the money to sue a company out of business rather than trying to settle and possibly change their behavior is the kind of influence we don’t want. That is something only the rich get to do, and it favors the rich.

Publishing private sex tapes because they can, and assuming (this time wrongly) that they won’t have to answer for it is not the kind of behavior we want. It’s only what the rich [corporations] get to do. Until someone more rich than them comes along.

486
Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:22:28am

re: #482 jaunte

I had no idea the Clinton Foundation had detained Assange.

I had no idea he was being “unlawfully detained”, period.

487
The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:23:16am

re: #483 Big Beautiful Door

I did not know that the Clinton Foundation had a prison or that it had been holding Assange in it!

Very clever and diabolical of them to pretend to be the Ecuadorian Embassy.

488
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:24:02am

re: #474 Nyet

Yeah, it will make them think twice before publishing someone else’s purely private stuff.

489
Big Beautiful Door  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:24:21am

re: #486 Backwoods_Sleuth

I had no idea he was being “unlawfully detained”, period.

The scandal of taking money from Sweden while the Swedes treated Assange so despicably is definitely the game-changer the Trump Campaign has been looking for!

490
Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:24:40am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s harvest time for New Mexico’s green chile. And some residents say peels from the state’s staple crop are creating a hot mess.

The KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (goo.gl) that some trucks transporting green chile are dropping peels in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Residents say the peels are sloshing and are spilling out of the trucks and onto roads.

Drivers say one intersection even is covered in green chile.

Andres Garcia says the wet peels are dangerous. He told KOAT-TV he recently had to hit his brakes at a stop sign because his truck kept sliding.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says it is a misdemeanor crime for any truck to spill loads.

491
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:24:45am

re: #488 Blind Frog Belly White

That’s all you got.

492
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:25:05am

re: #472 TedStriker

The truth may no longer be an affirmative defense.

And even if it is, that’s cold comfort to the publication bankrupted by legal fees to win a case.

493
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:28:32am

re: #491 Nyet

That’s all you got.

No, that’s not all I got. BTW, I was mistaken that it was Thiel against Mother Jones. It was ANOTHER rich asshole.

494
Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:28:59am

huge crowd for Rand today (he was disturbingly close to my part of the Backwoods):

495
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:29:48am

re: #493 Blind Frog Belly White

No, that’s not all I got. BTW, I was mistaken that it was Thiel against Mother Jones. It was ANOTHER rich asshole.

ETA: I was reacting to your repeated ignoring of the Mother Jones case, because it contradicts your desired conclusion, so I was rolling my eyes at how obtuse you chose to be.

496
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:29:57am

Let’s put it another way. There may be any number of cases to illustrate the true principle that justice should not depend on the size of your wallet because good guys may suffer as a result. Thiel v. Gawker is certainly not one of them.

497
freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:30:55am

re: #471 Blind Frog Belly White

What I find interesting is how people perceive this case, and how the truth gets lost.

For example, HH made it seem like he lost millions of dollars from WWE because Gawker released a sex tape.

But, that’s not what WWE did.

WWE released Hogan from his last contract because of the story that broke (not just by Gawker) that he went on racist rants. This is the kind of bad publicity from which public companies shy, and given WWE’s product’s background (lots of racism in wrestling), WWE reacted accordingly.

498
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:31:08am

re: #493 Blind Frog Belly White

No, that’s not all I got. BTW, I was mistaken that it was Thiel against Mother Jones. It was ANOTHER rich asshole.

So it does turn out that that’s all you got on this case, so you have to jump to another one. In which the plaintiff lost btw.

499
Romantic Heretic  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:31:36am

re: #451 Nyet

Why would he need Thiel’s money then?

If you’re going to fight a war it’s better if someone else pays for it.

500
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:31:44am

re: #495 Blind Frog Belly White

ETA: I was reacting to your repeated ignoring of the Mother Jones case, because it contradicts your desired conclusion, so I was rolling my eyes at how obtuse you chose to be.

I haven’t ignored anything. #469.

501
Sir John Barron  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:33:51am

re: #453 Kragar

Ok but if we choose nihilism we can destroy the system and get a pony.
/

502
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:34:01am

re: #499 Romantic Heretic

If you’re going to fight a war it’s better if someone else pays for it.

Sure, that’s always true, but the simple fact is that Gawker could afford to spend much more than Hogan until Thiel came along.

503
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:34:20am

re: #498 Nyet

So it does turn out that that’s all you got on this case, so you have to jump to another one. In which the plaintiff lost btw.

Yeah, and the money Mother Jones spent defending that case, which ran to over $600,000, is just pocket change.

Wow.

504
Franklin  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:34:31am

re: #484 Blind Frog Belly White

Numbers and enthusiasm at rallies are also an observation. They tell you about the people AT THAT RALLY. They tell you nothing about the people NOT at that rally, who vastly outnumber the people at that rally.

Social media presence is also an observation that tells you only about the participants.

To expand on this, it only tells you that people were AT THAT RALLY, or ARE FOLLOWING him on social media. But gives no indication their motivations for doing so.

505
Romantic Heretic  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:34:44am

re: #454 Interesting Times

Thiel has also made it clear that he no longer believes freedom and democracy are compatible.

506
Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:35:12am
507
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:35:23am

re: #505 Romantic Heretic

Thiel has also made it clear that he no longer believes freedom and democracy are compatible.

But hey, that’s okay, because Gawker was BA-A-AD!

508
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:35:49am

re: #503 Blind Frog Belly White

Yeah, and the money Mother Jones spent defending that case, which ran to over $600,000, is just pocket change.

Wow.

Well, maybe for you. As for me, #469.

509
No Depression  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:36:52am

=re: #490 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Is it bad that this story is making me hungry for green chile stew?

510
The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:38:25am

re: #504 Franklin

To expand on this, it only tells you that people were AT THAT RALLY, or ARE FOLLOWING him on social media. But gives no indication their motivations for doing so.

Not to mention that the majority of Trump’s followers on social media are offshore bots, not even actual people (not to mention not registered voters)

511
Varek Raith  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:38:28am

Gawker is bottom feeding tabloid rubbish.
This simple fact is why they lost that case.

512
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:39:20am

re: #508 Nyet

Well, maybe for you. As for me, #469.

IOW, you don’t want to discuss another case of Lawfare against a publication, because it contradicts your point.

Fine. Understood.

513
Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:40:15am
514
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:42:32am

re: #512 Blind Frog Belly White

IOW, you don’t want to discuss another case of Lawfare against a publication, because it contradicts your point.

Fine. Understood.

It’s the other way round - you cannot stay on the case under discussion because you know that there are no good arguments in defense of Gawker.

So you have to jump to a wholly separate case which has other players, other underlying facts and other power differentials.

515
freetoken  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:44:18am

re: #511 Varek Raith

Gawker is bottom feeding tabloid rubbish.
This simple fact is why they lost that case.

I agree on both counts.

Yet I too am a bit bothered by a Gawker case, as to me the result is more about targeted revenge than justice.

In other words, did the punishment fit the crime?

516
Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:44:48am
517
lawhawk  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:45:17am

Oh look, more anti-Semitic BS surrounding Trump’s inner circle.

For a party that claims that they’ve got Jews’ intentions and Israel’s safety/security in mind, it’s mind boggling insane that they’ve got this many white supremacists/KKK/anti-Semites in and around the nominee.

But they sure do project that the Democrats are the ones with the “Jewish” problem.

518
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:45:51am

re: #514 Nyet

It’s the other way round - you cannot stay on the case under discussion because you know that there are no good arguments in defense of Gawker.

So you have to jump to a wholly separate case which has other players, other underlying facts and other power differentials.

Perhaps you missed this, but we were discussing not the merits of the Gawker case in isolation, but rather the larger implications of billionaires using the legal system to bankrupt publications and other entities they dislike. The MJ case is an example of such, and so is germane to the discussion.

If you want to have a discussion of whether or not Gawker was a bad actor in this case and this case alone, well, you can have that discussion, but the rest of us were not limiting ourselves to that.

Sorry if this was confusing for you.

519
FormerDirtDart  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:45:54am
520
KerFuFFler  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:47:35am

re: #406 Skip Intro

Melania gets to see that every day. Lucky girl.

Well, they do say immigrants take the jobs no American is willing to do.

521
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:50:23am

re: #518 Blind Frog Belly White

Perhaps you missed this, but we were discussing not the merits of the Gawker case in isolation, but rather the larger implications of billionaires using the legal system to bankrupt publications and other entities they dislike. The MJ case is an example of such, and so is germane to the discussion.

If you want to have a discussion of whether or not Gawker was a bad actor in this case and this case alone, well, you can have that discussion, but the rest of us were not limiting ourselves to that.

Sorry if this was confusing for you.

Since you cannot exclude rich people from the legal system, the discussion is rather pointless. The only point worth discussing is what to do with the expenses, like the $600,000 you mentioned, in case the court case is found to be without merit. Since such was not the case in Gawker’s court case, there’s nothing further to discuss.

522
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:51:58am

re: #521 Nyet

Since you cannot exclude rich people from the legal system, the discussion is rather pointless. The only point worth discussing is what to do with the expenses, like the $600,000 you mentioned, in case the court case is found to be without merit. Since such was not the case in Gawker’s court case, there’s nothing further to discuss.

So, all those writers and publishers who are talking about the chilling effect of this are just being silly. I’m sure your opinion will be comforting to them.

523
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:53:44am

re: #522 Blind Frog Belly White

So, all those writers and publishers who are talking about the chilling effect of this are just being silly. I’m sure your opinion will be comforting to them.

A non sequitur reply, as it were.

524
Kragar  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:53:50am

Let me reiterate the accusations of Milo’s colleagues so that it is perfectly clear: Milo took donations for a charity designed to help underprivileged kids go to school and POCKETED THEM.

The participants of the livestream as well as the former director are demanding answers. The grant never materialized, and everyone involved has been left in the dark.

525
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:54:25am

re: #523 Nyet

A non sequitur reply, as it were.

That you think it is, explains the difficulty you’ve been having following the discussion.

526
The Vicious Babushka  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:55:35am

re: #524 Kragar

[Embedded content]

He can always say that he is white and “underprivileged” because of “feminist culture oppressing white men” or something and also that he was never specifically excluded from receiving funds from his foundations.

527
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:58:03am

re: #525 Blind Frog Belly White

That you think it is, explains the difficulty you’ve been having following the discussion.

If you think insulting my intelligence helps you to win an argument or two, you’re welcome to continue of course, though it is also very telling.

528
Charles Johnson  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:58:24am

re: #524 Kragar

I’m hearing from some sources that this report may be either a hoax or jumping to conclusions, though. I advise skepticism until it’s either confirmed or debunked, because the people pushing it are known for deliberately floating false stories to game the media.

529
Decatur Deb  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:58:47am

re: #482 jaunte

I had no idea the Clinton Foundation had detained Assange.

Assange has detained himself. It’s on a list of things he can go do to himself.

530
Belafon  Aug 18, 2016 • 11:59:15am

There are lots of reasons to hate on Gawker, and I’m not going to lose any sleep over Gawker not being there. But, no court case exists in isolation, and it’s what the Gawker case - being pursued to the destruction of the company rather than a settlement that would have been pursued under the situation where Hogan was not being financed by someone not involved in the case - represents that’s the unsettling part. Allowing the wealthy to pursue cases until the defendant is forced out of business or into bankruptcy is wrong. It’s not right when a mom and pop shop is sued by a large company because the big company knows it can outlast the smaller company, and it’s not right in this case.

531
Big Beautiful Door  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:03:51pm

re: #516 Kragar

[Embedded content]

Dana apparently wants to retain some shred of credibility; very unFox-like. If Roger were still there he would explain to her the need to toe the party line while he was unzipping his pants.

532
Big Beautiful Door  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:05:20pm

re: #528 Charles Johnson

I’m hearing from some sources that this report may be either a hoax or jumping to conclusions, though. I advise skepticism until it’s either confirmed or debunked, because the people pushing it are known for deliberately floating false stories to game the media.

And that is the other sides game; we still have some integrity.

533
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:06:17pm

re: #527 Nyet

If you think insulting my intelligence helps you to win an argument or two, you’re welcome to continue of course, though it is also very telling.

Well, dude, nobody but you seemed to be having difficulty understanding the points under discussion, so I decided condescension was in order.

534
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:06:52pm

re: #533 Blind Frog Belly White

Well, dude, nobody but you seemed to be having difficulty understanding the points under discussion, so I decided condescension was in order.

I’m afraid the misunderstanding is all yours.

535
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:07:54pm

re: #534 Nyet

I’m afraid the misunderstanding is all yours.

Ri-i-ight.

536
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:10:02pm

re: #535 Blind Frog Belly White

Ri-i-ight.

And has been from the start. Especially liked your #503. Nice, strawy man.

537
Blind Frog Belly White  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:12:19pm

I believe I’ll join everyone else in ignoring your willful obtuseness on this. Go in peace.

538
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:13:02pm

re: #537 Blind Frog Belly White

I believe I’ll join everyone else

Nice trick, “smart guy”.

539
gwangung  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:32:11pm

re: #474 Nyet

Yeah, it will make them think twice before publishing someone else’s purely private stuff.

That’s a plain bullshit argument totally ignorant of the law.

540
gwangung  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:34:31pm

re: #523 Nyet

A non sequitur reply, as it were.

No, it isn’t. It cuts directly to the issue.

541
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:36:30pm

re: #539 gwangung

That’s a plain bullshit argument totally ignorant of the law.

If you say so.

542
Nyet  Aug 18, 2016 • 12:36:48pm

re: #540 gwangung

No, it isn’t. It cuts directly to the issue.

It really doesn’t.

543
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:14:29pm

re: #413 lawhawk

How was this accomplished? Simple. Engage in decades of irrational hate and anger towards minorities who sought equal rights and protections and the GOP decided that it was more important to protect the primacy of angry whites who thought that someone else exercising the same right that they had was depriving them of something in some fashion.

And frame any attempt at addressing issues of racial or sexual inequality as PC gone mad, white genocide or feminaziism

544
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:15:59pm

re: #418 The Vicious Babushka

The video evidence that Ryan Lochte lied about an armed robbery in Rio

I have been paying no attention to the Olympics at all, and whatever info about it finds its way to my brains just affirms my decision to ignore the games entirely.

545
vgranucci  Aug 18, 2016 • 3:38:02pm

re: #350 lawhawk

IIRC, there were two “good guys with guns” (legal concealed carry permit holders) at the Gabby Gifford shooting. They nearly shot each other.


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Orkestra Obsolete Play Blue Monday Using 1930s Instruments - BBC Arts More information: bbc.in New Order's Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a ...
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Tune-Yards - ABC 123 (Official Video) 'ABC 123' by Tune-Yards. New album 'I can feel you creep into my private life' is released January 19th 2018: smarturl.it Director: Dear Mr QuistgaardProducer: Abi Atkinson, LS ProductionsCommissioner: Gabe Spierer, Beggars GroupExec Producer: Saskia Whinney, SomesuchDOP: Deepa KeshvalaEditor: ...
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Funding Restrictions Have Made Gun Violence Researchers Get Creative A study published Thursday concludes that a subsequent increase in gun exposure led to more accidental firearm deaths than otherwise would have occurred in the months after the school shooting. "It was the spike [in sales] itself that sort ...
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Recycling Chaos in U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’ Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They recycle their rainwater, compost their food waste and carefully separate the paper and plastic they toss out. But recently, ...
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Trump Jerusalem Move: Tear Gas at Lebanon US Embassy Protest There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back ...
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Trump Says He and Trudeau Disagree on Trade Deficit. U.S. Stats Seem to Be on the PM’s SideHair Furor just can't seem to catch a break these days....Despite Trump's insistence the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada, statistics from the website of the office of the U.S. Trade Representative -- the office handling NAFTA negotiations -- ...
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Blondie - Doom or Destiny (Official Video)Blondie performing "Doom or Destiny" from the new album "Pollinator".Out Now: blondie.lnk.to Follow Blondiefacebook.cominstagram.com@BlondieOfficial vevo.ly
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Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Black Coffee (Official Music Video) Official video for Black Coffee from the new Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa album Black Coffee. Pre-order: smarturl.it BLACK COFFEE is available to pre-order on CD and vinyl. The limited CD box includes 2 coasters, a postcard and an ...
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Sparks - ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us’ (Live at WFUV) wfuv.org • Follow @wfuv: ow.ly Sparks (allsparks.com) performs "This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us" live in Studio A. Recorded 10.12.17. Host: Darren DeVivoAudio: Jim O'HaraCameras: Dan Tuozzoli, Kristal Ho, Monica Fafaul, Alexandra Brennan and Liz CarrEditor: ...
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Conyers Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi informing them of his decision to step down from Congress as of Tuesday, amid allegations of sexual misconduct leveled by multiple ...
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