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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:26:24pm

Can the committee vote or decide to get rid of this guy?

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TedStriker  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:30:12pm

re: #1 Eclectic Cyborg

Can the committee vote or decide to get rid of this guy?

Don’t think so…committee assignments are up to Ryan and the House leadership.

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Kragar  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:32:58pm
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Targetpractice  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:45:13pm

It really says alot about the present situation that the Senate is taking the whole Trump/Russia matter more seriously than the House is. That’s because the fuckers there know they can’t rely upon “safe” districts to save their asses next year.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:47:18pm
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Joe Bacon  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:49:24pm

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JordanRules  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:50:24pm

re: #4 Targetpractice

Great point. Cumulative effect of gerrymandering has not been touched on enough IMO.

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TedStriker  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:52:43pm

re: #6 Joe Bacon

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And a waste of skin.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 27, 2017 • 9:57:55pm

What kills me is how the Berniebots and Jill Shills are pulling out all the stops to defend Trump and they are STILL attacking Hillary!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:00:54pm

re: #9 Joe Bacon

Like mindless automatons. Lest you think the only loud, delusional people in politics are on the far right.

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Apocalypse  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:01:37pm

re: #8 TedStriker

A waste of organs, oxygen, gravity, etc.

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piratedan  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:02:54pm

over at Balloon Juice, one of the frequent discussions is regarding how far down does this go….

sure, we only have seen circumstantial evidence so far, but the coincidences are starting to rack up past the 12 Angry Men zone of being able to have any faith at all that our GOP politicians are simply stupid and have essentially colluded with a foreign government to seize control of the country.

If that is indeed the case (and it sure looks that way based on the snippets of twitted foreboding from Jester and Schindler and Nance), we have an idea that the inner and outer circles around Trump are completely compromised (Bannon, Stone, Page, Flynn, Manafort, cabinet members and perhaps Jared K. too) but how much of the GOP leadership is also complicit… (Ryan, McConnell, and Nunes) and how deep are the ties with the Media establishment that swims in the alternate facts… are they also guilty of using the CDS (Clinton Derangement Syndrome) to press an agenda or were they being paid to do so, knowing that the narratives being spun were false. Is the FBI also involved, given Comey’s behavior and that of the NY Branch office going rogue in setting their own narrative and agenda.

I think the next 6 to 9 months are going to be very trying for us as a nation as it becomes readily apparent that the GOP will tolerate anything in order to stay in power and simply hope to brazen it out.

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Apocalypse  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:04:04pm

re: #9 Joe Bacon

As if they are ever going to admit they may have been very wrong.

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Ubiq  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:04:30pm

Just a periodic reminder that I have too much time on my hands: a full Trump-themed Magic card set.

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KGxvi  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:17:42pm

re: #12 piratedan

I don’t need think (many of) McConnell, Ryan, and the rest of the GOP establishment types knowingly worked with the Russians. And I get the sense that they know Trump is compromised. But they also think they need Trump at the moment.

Ryan and McConnell could go to Pelosi and Schumer and get votes for impeachment and removal. But that is also going to require some form of compromise that the GOP back benchers are generally unfamiliar with. It would also mean a large part of their base would turn on them, they might be willing to deal with that if they got some of their agenda passed first - they could gum up the works enough as a minority party to keep it in place for a while. But they know a Pence Administration would be weak - and delayed because Pence would likely replace most/all of Trump’s appointments.

I still expect Trump to be the patsy when this all goes down

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:26:36pm

re: #15 KGxvi

I don’t need think (many of) McConnell, Ryan, and the rest of the GOP establishment types knowingly worked with the Russians. And I get the sense that they know Trump is compromised. But they also think they need Trump at the moment.

Ryan and McConnell could go to Pelosi and Schumer and get votes for impeachment and removal. But that is also going to require some form of compromise that the GOP back benchers are generally unfamiliar with. It would also mean a large part of their base would turn on them, they might be willing to deal with that if they got some of their agenda passed first - they could gum up the works enough as a minority party to keep it in place for a while. But they know a Pence Administration would be weak - and delayed because Pence would likely replace most/all of Trump’s appointments.

I still expect Trump to be the patsy when this all goes down

If Pence is also compromised the GOP establishment gang can remove him too, which would leave Ryan as President. I suspect that most of the GOP back benchers, indeed, any Republican who is not personally implicated, could get behind that. It would be disgusting in the extreme to see the granny starver touted as Savior of the Nation by the sycophantic media, but we could probably survive till 2020, something that is definitely not assured if Trump stays.

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bratwurst  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:31:55pm

WATCH: Kayleigh McEnany: Obama rushed off to golf after Daniel Pearl was beheaded.

Pearl was killed in 2002. Obama was a state senator.

Trump lies. The people who make a living of defending him lie too.

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KGxvi  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:33:23pm

re: #16 Shiplord Kirel

This is total speculation, but we know Trump didn’t really want Pence, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Pence was imposed on Trump by the GOP establishment. At the time it may have been intended to keep Trump in line (hasn’t worked), but now it’s basically an insurance policy.

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petesh  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:36:16pm

re: #18 KGxvi

There are those (notably in the NJ Governor’s Mansion) who say Trump really wanted Christie. Can you imagine?

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piratedan  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:40:14pm

re: #15 KGxvi

as a counterpoint, I’m not sure that Pence is clean. He’s never struck me as being politically astute and considering the shenanigans that took place during the campaign and the transition, he could be just as guilty as the rest of the inner circle.

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Apocalypse  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:43:56pm

re: #19 petesh

He thought Christie was a 10.
//////////

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teleskiguy  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:50:01pm

re: #17 bratwurst

What happens a few years from now? Maybe fucking TIME Magazine is asking the right goddamn question.

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teleskiguy  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:51:50pm

re: #8 TedStriker

And a waste of skin atoms.

FTFY

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Apocalypse  Mar 27, 2017 • 10:54:11pm

Given the speed at which this house of gauze is falling, I’m thinking 180 days is longest (foreign) Agent Orange will be in Office. Rats flee from sinking ships, they don’t stay even if they caused it. The U.S. media has been really slow to call the shit out; they’re putting their heads in the sand and hoping no one points out they are repeating the lies verbatim without question.

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Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:08:58pm

re: #24 Apocalypse

Given the speed at which this house of gauze is falling, I’m thinking 180 days is longest (foreign) Agent Orange will be in Office. Rats flee from sinking ships, they don’t stay even if they caused it. The U.S. media has been really slow to call the shit out; they’re putting their heads in the sand and hoping no one points out they are repeating the lies verbatim without question.

Normally I would agree with you but it has become more and more obvious that the majority of Republicans in Congress have no problem whatsoever in providing cover for even the most blatant of illegal activities, up to and including being in complete collusion with Russia in the effort to steal a Presidential election - the ends totally justify the means. The absolute brazenness of their repeating of completely disprovable lies is indicative that they simply do not care what anyone thinks of them, and they have full confidence that between the gerrymandering and openly disenfranchising minority voters - to the point where they even brag about what they have done - there is full confidence that their seats in power are safe even if a majority of people oppose them.

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Apocalypse  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:30:57pm

re: #25 Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos

I know most Repugs don’t care about the Truth; the thing is though, at which point does it appear they may have liability.

To put it one way, the first to admit the crimes of the group gets the best deal.

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freetoken  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:46:54pm

Meanwhile, back on the teat…

Gaia’s Kittens (fosters for Purrfect Pals)

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Single-handed sailor  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:51:36pm

I was on the Kaiser Medical site and I got this error message

…when calling, and refer to this error number:20170328064722174:21112

Could anybody ever have that many error codes that would require a number that big?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:52:32pm

re: #26 Apocalypse

I know most Repugs don’t care about the Truth; the thing is though, at which point does it appear they may have liability.

To put it one way, the first to admit the crimes of the group gets the best deal.

Somebody has to get cold feet. But as long as a complacent or even cooperative press not only refuses to investigate their lies and fabrications, but actively propagates, rationalizes and defends them, they all have a sense of Herd Immunity.

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Single-handed sailor  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:52:40pm

re: #28 Single-handed sailor

I was on the Kaiser Medical site and I got this error message

Could anybody ever have that many error codes that would require a number that big?

oh wait, time stamp.

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freetoken  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:52:59pm

re: #30 Single-handed sailor

year, month, day, UTC, etc…

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freetoken  Mar 27, 2017 • 11:56:53pm
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teleskiguy  Mar 28, 2017 • 12:11:34am
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Kragar  Mar 28, 2017 • 12:47:10am
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Kragar  Mar 28, 2017 • 1:35:55am
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freetoken  Mar 28, 2017 • 1:39:39am
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goddamnedfrank  Mar 28, 2017 • 1:54:10am

Har har I am man. I no am weak woman. I dumb so I think I no can get boob cancer. I think boob cancer funny.

Boob.

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Targetpractice  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:05:12am

I found myself earlier thinking that what the DNC should do now that Trumpcare has failed is latch on to the sudden boost in good favor Obamacare is enjoying to push for reforming it. Don’t overreach by broaching single payer or Medicare-for-all, save that for the midterms next year. Instead, get out there and say if the GOP feels the law has serious problems, then the DNC is open to fixing them. And when the GOP inevitably balks at such a suggestion, point out that both parties agree that these problems exist, but the GOP would rather millions of Americans suffer than fix them.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:16:28am

re: #38 Targetpractice

… get out there and say if the GOP feels the law has serious problems, then the DNC is open to fixing them. And when the GOP inevitably balks at such a suggestion, point out that both parties agree that these problems exist, but the GOP would rather millions of Americans suffer than fix them.

They do not want to fix it. They want to bury it.

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Targetpractice  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:19:23am

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

They do not want to fix it. They want to bury it.

Yes, but as we’ve seen in the past couple weeks, there’s a lot of Americans who do want to fix it. So make it clear that next year is a vote to keep and fix Obamacare or junk it and in favor of Trumpcare.

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freetoken  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:25:41am

re: #38 Targetpractice

Not sure if you are the one who posted it or not… but do you remember the image from the other day, which showed the inter-party and intra-party voting on bills in Congress, over time, each year shown as clusters? I remarked that it looked like a cell undergoing mitosis.

Anyway, the point of that image was the increase of partisanship over the decades. At one time it was not unusual for members of different parties to vote for a bill sponsored in part by congressmen of the other party.

Not so much today.

Part of this, I propose, is a simple reflection of our society, with an increase in informational isolation (“epistemic bubbles”) as well as a deepening rift in this country between the religious and non-religious, as well as increased skill on the part of information brokers in working the urban-rural divide in culture.

If indeed our scheme of governance is breaking down, that is, laws are not passed as society needs them, and the executive branch does not execute the will of the people as expressed by Congress as it should, then worrying about fixing small parts of this or that law isn’t going to matter much any more.

In other words, I’m not sure the ACA can be repaired in where it needs it, as until the Democratic party holds a veto-proof majority in both houses any sense of a national agenda for health care is dead.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:27:33am

re: #41 freetoken

Anyway, the point of that image was the increase of partisanship over the decades. At one time it was not unusual for members of different parties to vote for a bill sponsored in part by congressmen of the other party.

Not so much today.

Remember the Hastert rule, designed to keep GOP nucleotides from splitting off into smaller blobs to recombine with DNC DNA

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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:34:24am

re: #42 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Remember the Hastert rule, designed to keep GOP nucleotides from splitting off into smaller blobs to recombine with DNC DNA

Cats and dogs living together, as it were.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:35:48am

re: #43 wheat-dogg

Cats and dogs living together, as it were.

Which is why all this talk about “reaching out” to the Black Caucus and moderate Dems is all just hapless thrashing about for solutions.

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freetoken  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:51:20am

I don’t get out anywhere near as much as I used to, so my circle of friends has shrunk quite a bit.

But from what I gather from my online-connections, from relatives to simple online acquaintances, there are a couple of social divisions that are really, really hard and which our leaders seem to shy from addressing.

One of these divisions is on what I’ll call the religion parameter. I bring that up here often.

Another aspect of our society though which is getting more attention, slowly, is that in rural areas particularly a sense of “stuckness”, for lack of a better word, has set in. That is, a kind of physical fatalism, where Americans feel unable to really go out and change where and how they are living.

I wonder how this has come about, and from my research in my genealogy I know that my American ancestors were always moving. No one seemed to stay in one place for more than a single generation.

Today, those of us in urban areas are used to moving every once in awhile, perhaps more often for renters than homeowners. But besides physically relocating, more so we are able to find new jobs, maybe even new types of careers, new friends, etc. There is an urban dynamic that is stressful but also rewarding, in the continual change.

For my friends and relatives in more remote (sometimes much more remote) locales, I gather from what they write/say that there is much more fatalism about their lives. And it is this discomfort with the inevitability of their lives that Trump played upon so well.

But I don’t hear our leaders willing to more openly discuss these existential problems. Oh, here and there some politician will raise the problem of rising drug addictions… but all too often it is just to push for yet another war on drugs.

But they don’t delve into the real problem.

That Americans are having existential crises because life isn’t what they’ve been promised.

Preachers promised. Politicians promised. Advertisers making slick commercials promised.

They’ve all promised what life is supposed to be as an American.

But life isn’t what has been promised.

For the most part life is boring or tragic, sometimes oscillating between the two. And then you die.

What you make of those years of boredom or tragedy or whatever in-between… varies from person to person. But the bottom line is that the preacher and politician and Madison avenue advertiser have all painted a picture of what life was supposed to be like. And when that doesn’t come to pass then the real problems set in.

I’ve known enough addicts (alcoholics, etc.) to know that once one goes down that path the corrective is hard, really hard. And while the peddlers of salvation (religious and secular) will always be there to ply their wares, my belief is that the actual response is idiosyncratic enough that one can never know what will work, and for how long.

Getting this back to politics and our society - I’ve seen folk I know become Trumpers and they willfully blinded themselves to Trump’s overt bigotry and sexism. When something like this happens, I believe we are just looking at a symptom of a deep problem, of a person who is actively seeking to escape the real world.

Trying to cut political deals with such a group is going to be very difficult. Outside of some national crisis that I can’t imagine has a high probability of occurring, I believe we will have to wait until another whole generation dies off before we can overcome the current stuck-ness of American politics.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 2:58:49am

re: #45 freetoken

I don’t get out anywhere near as much as I used to, so my circle of friends has shrunk quite a bit.

First thing I do on FB every day is to go through and delete all the political postings, be they pro or anti-Trump. If I wanna discuss politics, I come to blogsites like this one. And I have unfriended or blocked a few people who just would not let up with the politicking there.

Getting this back to politics and our society - I’ve seen folk I know become Trumpers and they willfully blinded themselves to Trump’s overt bigotry and sexism. When something like this happens, I believe we are just looking at a symptom of a deep problem, of a person who is actively seeking to escape the real world.

People are fed up with politicians and politics as usual. Trump and the GOP managed to successfully sell themselves as the anti-politicians and anti-government party.

I am also convinced that we are paying for all the cuts we made in basic education dating back to Reaganism in the 80’s…a lot of people seem totally clueless on basic issues like civics, government, media, science or history.

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freetoken  Mar 28, 2017 • 3:08:22am

re: #46 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

People are fed up with politicians and politics as usual.

About this I am not so sure.

As I get older one thing I’ve come to accept is that the mark wants to be worked.

American politics is 200 years of ugly. There were times when arguments were even more heated than today.

What has changed compared to previous generations in our ability to communicate to each other, to bring the pains or pleasures of our lives to our friends/acquaintances in almost real-time.

I wonder if this sense of immediacy has heightened our sensitivity to the changes in life… or has it dulled us?

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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 3:17:24am

re: #45 freetoken

I’m not in much of a position to comment on the sitch back in the USA, since I spend 11 months of the year outside its borders. My family, though, seems to lean toward the Democrats — or at least away from Trump — save for a few diehard Republicans who would support a farmyard scarecrow if it had an R after its name. With few exceptions, my family is gainfully employed, or on some kind of pension/support, and not facing the kind of existential crises you mention. IOW no one’s hooked on opiates, joined a white supremacist group or militia, or concluded that immigrants and Muslims will be the death of America. I suppose I’m lucky.

OTOH I know from my occasional Facebook visits that Trump supporters exist among my former high school classmates, who have no real excuse to be Trumpists other than the aforementioned club loyalty. They’re reasonably well off, and not threatened by anything AFAIK.

The folks in those underserved rural areas, who seem to be true believers in The Donald, are not in my circles. I know of them only anecdotally, but your portrayal of their situation is a fair one. The kind of jobs high school graduates (or even drop outs) could once obtain are gone. Now small town folks only have low paying retail jobs to choose from, and we know those wages are not enough for a family of four to survive on, even in the sticks. What puzzles me is their unwillingness to leave their hometowns to look for jobs where the jobs are. Millions of people have done this in China, despite a social welfare system that is stacked against migrant workers. Yet, in the USA, where everyone is entitled to the same access to public services wherever they work or live, rural people stay at home, expecting some miracle to bring factory jobs to their little neck of the woods.

Meanwhile, we’ve got a concomitant problem of education being undervalued in rural areas as a way to get out from the cycle of poverty. Those preachers even deride public education as sinful, and church schools certainly don’t offer the kind of education needed for a skilled labor force.

Sad to say, the federal government is the only agency capable of tackling these systemic problems, but the GOP is adamantly opposed to “Big Government” social welfare programs. Whether a Democratic majority could do a better job is a matter of debate, but at least they would try. The Republicans seems content to line their own pockets and dismiss their rural electorate as mere nuisances.

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Targetpractice  Mar 28, 2017 • 3:26:22am
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freetoken  Mar 28, 2017 • 3:27:24am

re: #48 wheat-dogg

At least from where I came… and people I still know back in the great expanse of this country… value education very much.

What has happened, though, is the loss of jobs.

And unlike in the major urban areas, when a small town loses a major employer, there may never be a new employer show up to hire the unemployed.

This is the local malaise into which Trump tapped, in the old industrial and mining areas of this country.

The answer is relocation - but therein lay the problem. My ancestors could relocate with a lot of effort, but they always had new land to go to. I’ve got 300 years of ancestors in this country who always moved westward, buying new land as the previous natives were killed off or forced off.

But that can’t happen any more. Now, to move, one has to go somewhere already “improved”. This makes things much more expensive and not as easy.

My ancestors had hard lives, but they always could find new land.

There is no more new land.

And now America has a sad.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 3:28:54am

re: #47 freetoken

About this I am not so sure.

As I get older one thing I’ve come to accept is that the mark wants to be worked.

I am convinced that the body politic has grown stupider and more easily manipulated over recent decades.

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Targetpractice  Mar 28, 2017 • 3:48:56am
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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:10:44am

Have y’all seen this Trump regrets entry?

not a poe

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:17:43am

re: #53 wheat-dogg

Have y’all seen this Trump regrets entry?

[Embedded content]

not a poe

Gitouttahere, they’re all Poes.

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The Crusher  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:39:37am

Teen Planned Shooting, Bombing at Her Maryland High School

Parents turned her in.

A female high school student had immediate plans to bomb her school in Frederick County, Maryland, and shoot students and teachers, police say.
Nichole Cevario, 18, stockpiled bomb-making materials and had a shotgun to attack Catoctin High School on April 5, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. She wrote about her plans in detail in a diary her father found.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:41:45am

re: #55 Battling McGook

Teen Planned Shooting, Bombing at Her Maryland High School

Parents turned her in.

Checked the article…saw no information on her motives.

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The Crusher  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:45:02am

re: #56 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I could take a stab at it, long time bullying, but that is a guess.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:46:22am

re: #57 Battling McGook

I could take a stab at it, long time bullying, but that is a guess.

and if she is white and Christian then that rules out terrorism…

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The Crusher  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:48:45am

re: #58 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I blame violent video games.

half /

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:51:49am

re: #59 The Crusher

I blame violent video games.

half /

secular humanist LGBT-friendly educational agenda

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Decatur Deb  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:53:17am

re: #60 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

secular humanist LGBT-friendly educational agenda

Researching a novel.

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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:55:04am

Knucklehead is awake

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Decatur Deb  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:55:52am

re: #62 wheat-dogg

Knucklehead is awake

[Embedded content]

Carnival barker.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 4:58:54am

re: #62 wheat-dogg

Knucklehead is awake

[Embedded content]

Sent from iPhone.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:07:06am

If Mango mussolini is ranting about Russia today, there’s a good chance that something is going to be breaking very soon.

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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:10:59am

re: #65 Dr. Matt

If Mango mussolini is ranting about Russia today, there’s a good chance that something is going to be breaking very soon.

I wish something would. The suspense is killing me. I’m getting tired of the endless, breathless tweets from Mensch, Palmer and Dworkin predicting the End of Trump™ any minute now!

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Joe Bacon  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:11:13am

re: #35 Kragar

[Embedded content]

Somebody didn’t go to Men’s Wearhouse! 😏

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:12:15am

re: #66 wheat-dogg

I wish something would. The suspense is killing me. I’m getting tired of the endless, breathless tweets from Mensch, Palmer and Dworkin predicting the End of Trump™ any minute now!

Do not look for a silver bullet that is going to rid us of the Trumpstain…it is going to be (at best) an ugly, drawn-out process.

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Joe Bacon  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:25:57am

re: #53 wheat-dogg

Have y’all seen this Trump regrets entry?

[Embedded content]

not a poe

She sounds precisely like the crackpots I deal with every day.
The same ones who are far more than a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
The ones who have Fox News going in the background as they scream over the phone about how they love Trump and they can’t wait for him to kick the colored people and the queers off of Social Security.
And they’re too dumb to realize that the Republicans they vote for want to do away with their Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare and VA.
The same ones who whine about lazy colored people buying filet mignon and lobster tails with “food stamps”…while they are on SNAP buying corn flakes—They’re too stupid to realize that SNAP is “food stamps”.
The same fools who are absolutely certain that we are living in the End Times and in a couple weeks JC and his Sonshine Band are going to turn on the Holy Hoover Heavenly Vacuum Cleaner and suck them up to heaven.

When the successor to William Gibbons writes “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire” he’s going to conclude that the main reason for the collapse was the total embrace of ignorance and stupidity by the masses.

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jeffreyw  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:33:13am

Imgur
Good morning!

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Dave In Austin  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:38:07am

re: #70 jeffreyw

Diversion training (I hope)?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:50:37am

BLIND TRUST Y’ALL

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:55:31am

re: #72 The Vicious Babushka

BLIND TRUST Y’ALL

trust them blindly…

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jeffreyw  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:57:26am

re: #71 Dave In Austin

Diversion training (I hope)?

Maybe he is training the turtle. The collar doo-dad is a GPS locator, it radios the info to a hand held unit that gives direction and distance to the dog on a small screen.

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 5:57:42am

re: #38 Targetpractice

I found myself earlier thinking that what the DNC should do now that Trumpcare has failed is latch on to the sudden boost in good favor Obamacare is enjoying to push for reforming it. Don’t overreach by broaching single payer or Medicare-for-all, save that for the midterms next year. Instead, get out there and say if the GOP feels the law has serious problems, then the DNC is open to fixing them. And when the GOP inevitably balks at such a suggestion, point out that both parties agree that these problems exist, but the GOP would rather millions of Americans suffer than fix them.

I’ve heard numerous quotes from Dems saying exactly that in the past couple of days.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:03:27am

re: #75 makeitstop

I’ve heard numerous quotes from Dems saying exactly that in the past couple of days.

except, again, the GOP has no interest in doing anything that will make ACA more successful or appealing, they want to shrink it down to a size that they can drown in a bathtub.

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:04:12am

re: #17 bratwurst

WATCH: Kayleigh McEnany: Obama rushed off to golf after Daniel Pearl was beheaded.

Pearl was killed in 2002. Obama was a state senator.

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Trump lies. The people who make a living of defending him lie too.

That’s just a snippet, but was she challenged on air for those claims? I can’t tell.

If she wasn’t, that makes those running the show complicit in allowing such fact-free unhinged baffling bullshit to air.

These are the same people who blame Katrina on Obama.
They’re the same people who think Obama is blamed for the Great Recession, or that the economy got worse during Obama’s 8 years (it got better, significantly so).

The right wing has completely and utterly divorced itself from reality and facts. That’s from Trump on down.

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The Crusher  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:09:31am

re: #77 lawhawk

Senators don’t golf?!

/

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Dave In Austin  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:10:39am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:15:22am

Harmful fish and wildlife…are we talking about giant man-eating catfish and killer grizzlies or what?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:15:51am

re: #80 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Harmful fish and wildlife…are we talking about giant man-eating catfish and mountain lions?

Hibernating bear cubs.

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:17:32am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:23:08am

re: #82 lawhawk

This was a thing for a hot second. He didn’t apologize, actually doubled down and it just kind of…went away.

that is a scary example of how mainstreamed that sort of shit has become…

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:24:28am

Before people get complacent on the GOP efforts to sabotage Obamacare and that they’re going to use all the measures at their disposal to make their promises that Obamacare will self-destruct come true, this is their ultimate goal.

But their goal runs headlong into the fact that they control Congress and the White House. They break it, they own it.

There’s no one else to blame and no one will bail them out. Democrats definitely have no intention on bailing out a flailing GOP that wants to gut the safety net or eliminate health coverage for millions.

The GOP insanity has reached a breaking point as some state GOPers are realizing that they’ve been conned, and that their states have lost out on significant improvements to health coverage by refusing Medicaid expansion. They held off on considering expansion until after the election, when they thought that repeal/replace was still possible. Now?

They may go ahead with expansion even though the national level GOP is still intent on sabotaging the system. Medicaid expansion is likely to continue, and that a significant portion of the uninsured population in GOP states will find new coverage as a result of the expansion.

Charles Gaba runs through what he’d consider as ways to improve the ACA (which has lots of room for improvement, if the GOP ever considered such a thing).

But he also points out the problems the GOP face by their continued actions; where even when they’ve won in court, they lose because the house of cards would collapse on them and they’d be holding the bag:

While they seem very similar on the surface (I’ve even referred to the current suit as “House vs. Burwell Jr.”), there are some major differences between the two cases…the major one being that the House case seems to have a bit more merit than King ever did. The federal judge in the case, Rosemary Collyer (a George W. Bush appointee), shot down part of the original case but has ruled in favor of the Republicans on the most critical part: That CSR reimbursements to insurance carriers were never explicitly authorized by Congress. They’ve been allowed to continue for the time being, but it’s a month-to-month sort of thing. Donald Trump could, at any moment, tell the Dept. of Justice/HHS Dept. to stop defending against the lawsuit and stop CSR payments. If this happened, it would trigger an exit clause in the contracts between the carriers and the HHS Dept., allowing them to terminate most of the exchange policies immediately.

State laws preventing immediate termination notwithstanding, this could cause 6-7 million people to lose their policies and scare every carrier out of the individual market starting in 2018. It’s such a daunting prospect that the House Republicans themselves, having realized the implications of their “win”, have even asked the judge to delay the final ruling even though it was in their favor.

The assumption on the part of the GOP was that the ACA would be wiped out by now anyway, making their lawsuit moot. Instead, the ACA lives on and they control every branch of the federal government now, meaning they’d be left taking the blame for the chaos which would follow from them “winning” their case.

Now, the House v. Burwell (House v. Price??) case could still be shot down by the Supreme Court (and in fact, University of Michigan Law Professor Nicholas Bagley is fairly confident that it would be based on a lack of standing), but it might not…and CSR payments could still be cut off by Trump in the meantime. Therefore, the simplest solution at hand would be for them to drop their lawsuit…or for Congress to pass a simple amendment to the ACA specifically authorizing CSR payments to nip it in the bud.

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Timothy Watson  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:28:05am

re: #84 lawhawk

They may go ahead with expansion even though the national level GOP is still intent on sabotaging the system. Medicaid expansion is likely to continue, and that a significant portion of the uninsured population in GOP states will find new coverage as a result of the expansion.

And the anxious WWC will credit Trump for their health care.

*spit*

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:29:30am
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Timothy Watson  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:36:19am

Facebook Post

Speaking of Medicaid expansion, it will never happen here in Virginia as long as there’s a GOP controlled General Assembly.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:39:17am

Hilarious

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darthstar  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:42:51am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:46:59am

re: #89 darthstar

Imagining a closed door GOP session right now:
Ryan: Guys, we can’t fuck this tax reform thing up.
“End the Fed!”
Aw, shit…

Disband the IRS and institute a universal national sales tax!!!

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:47:33am

re: #90 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

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Timothy Watson  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:48:42am

re: #91 lawhawk

Somewhere, @speakerBoehner is smiling and smoking a cigar

With Eric Cantor.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:53:36am

re: #92 Timothy Watson

With Eric Cantor.

and Cantor is smoking a boner

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:56:27am
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Belafon  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:57:56am

When you see Jared and Ivanka in Aspen, know this: “Roman Abramovich, who has been described as ‘one of Putin’s closest confidants,’” owns a house in Aspen.

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 6:58:35am

Hey you guys, guess who scrubbed his Twitter account….

ON EDIT: It turns out he’s never tweeted, according to this site. Never mind, carry on.

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Belafon  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:02:03am

re: #84 lawhawk

“But the law never says anything about making these payments on Tuesday, or any other day of the week for that matter. Shouldn’t the payments only be made on days specified in the law?!”

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:03:17am

re: #96 makeitstop

That’s not entirely clear. I’ve seen reports indicating that he did no such thing; he simply has an account but doesn’t tweet.

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:04:30am

re: #98 lawhawk

That’s not entirely clear. I’ve seen reports indicating that he did no such thing; he simply has an account but doesn’t tweet.

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Yep, I just saw that and edited accordionly.

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:06:34am
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Dave In Austin  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:08:12am

Small warm packages should be opening anytime now. In the meantime, sleeping owl.

I keep her open in another tab and watch with the same attention as a rocket launch.

grapevineowlcam.org

I can’t see inside my box but the activity level is rising. We finally determined there is a male in the nearby oak tangle who sings to her at nite. Seriously…

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Skip Intro  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:09:31am

re: #98 lawhawk

So he has 37000 followers who watch him do nothing? I guess they could all be bots that he bought.

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Belafon  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:28:43am

dailykos.com

If I were at home, I would embed the comic.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:37:05am
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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:37:28am

Episode 9 of Iron Fist was marginally better than Ep. 8, but still I remain unimpressed. Also, the practicalities of the plot bothers me. I’m pretty sure the showrunners wanted a live-action comic book, because there are just too many holes in the subplots for a show supposedly geared toward an adult audience.

In Ep. 8, Danny, Claire and Colleen fly in Danny’s private jet (!) to China. After they subdue Mme. Gao, they decide to take her back to New York for interrogation. Ep 9 has them all in Colleen’s dojo with Mme. Gao tied to a chair. Poof!

So, here’s my beef with just this part. It takes about 15 hours to fly from NYC to Beijing. You need passports and visas to enter the country. Danny entered the USA with a stolen passport, so presumably he has none of his own. Also, the visas take several hours to process, at least. Then, there’s the question of re-entry. Wouldn’t people wonder why three young people have an older woman involuntarily under their control, or are we to presume no one checks private jet occupants for such details as immigration and customs, either in China or in NYC?

Plus, why did the poisoned weapons kill the bad guys immediately, but the wound Colleen got took more than 15 hours to affect her?

Of course, in a show that features a guy with a glowing right hand, (Why not both?) and a dead guy who won’t stay that way, I suppose quibbling over quotidian details like passports, visas and jetlag is silly.

Why is Joy not scared shitless or at least more animated seeing her father alive after 13 years?

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:49:00am
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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:55:08am

insert *well that escalated quickly*

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:55:13am

Whoa

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:55:42am

re: #106 electrotek

That is a wee bit brave. I don’t know if I would have done that in her position with all the crazy SOBs (especially in AZ).

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:57:06am

re: #108 The Vicious Babushka

Former VP Cheney says Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election could be interpreted as an “act of war”

I do not fully agree with that…but actively colluding with a foreign government to interfere in an election (especially to one’s own benefit) is clearly an act of treason

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Interesting Times  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:57:27am

An unusually optimistic message from Sarah Kendzior:

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 7:59:37am

re: #110 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I do not fully agree with that…but actively colluding with a foreign government to interfere in an election (especially to one’s own benefit) is clearly an act of treason

Well, if Russia committed an act of war by interfering in our election, then colluding with them would meet the definition of treason.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:00:32am

re: #9 Joe Bacon

What kills me is how the Berniebots and Jill Shills are pulling out all the stops to defend Trump and they are STILL attacking Hillary!

Then treat them like Rightwingers. If they have nothing productive to say about resisting Trump, they’re useless as far as I’m concerned. Let them argue amongst themselves and continue to be irrelevant. Our side doesn’t need them and shouldn’t get caught up with responding to their nonsense. We need to focus on minimizing the damage Trump is about to unleash on this country and the world at large.

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:00:46am

re: #109 CongoJack

That is a wee bit brave. I don’t know if I would have done that in her position with all the crazy SOBs (especially in AZ).

They are the ones that always talk about how they’ll defend oppressed women overseas.

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:02:09am

re: #109 CongoJack

That is a wee bit brave. I don’t know if I would have done that in her position with all the crazy SOBs (especially in AZ).

Facebook Post

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bratwurst  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:04:26am

Glad I am not the only one for whom this is a burgeoning pet peeve:

And please PLEASE don’t retweet every installment of a Jeet Heer epic…just to name one of the regular 20+ tweet stormers out there.

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ObserverArt  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:04:46am

re: #46 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I am also convinced that we are paying for all the cuts we made in basic education dating back to Reaganism in the 80’s…a lot of people seem totally clueless on basic issues like civics, government, media, science or history.

This is the biggest issue this country faces.

As far as why those cuts were made in basic school curriculum by many a Republican…they worked!

Keep ‘em dumb and they are more susceptible to believing dumb crap from sources like Fox News, Rush, Alex Jones, etc.

I had a friend, since passed, that was in education. He long contended they wanted to destroy the liberal education which was big on humanities and sciences for a more vocational/technical “worker bee” school.

Worker bees that aren’t educated enough to know their situations are good for jobs.

Worker bees that also know their shit tend to be problematic with wanting things like fairness, good pay, good work conditions…all that stuff that costs too much and takes away from a companies earnings.

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:05:37am

re: #115 electrotek

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Christ.

That one asshat sent her info off to Dept of Homeland Security and ICE. I just cant.

Just another reason why I refuse to have a Facebook/Twitter/etc as I would blow a blood vessel.

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austin_blue  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:06:57am

So, the Daily Mail in London did this, this morning:

theguardian.com

Did they apologize? Nope. They told the tender snowflakes to grow a pair.

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Broad With Sass  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:08:33am

re: #107 Dr. Matt

bwahhaaa..my alma mater’sgirls take no shit…there had been issues earlier in that game

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:08:56am

Bill O’Racist: I didn’t hear a thing she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:10:47am

re: #17 bratwurst

WATCH: Kayleigh McEnany: Obama rushed off to golf after Daniel Pearl was beheaded.

Pearl was killed in 2002. Obama was a state senator.

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Trump lies. The people who make a living of defending him lie too.

And hopefully someone screamed at her that she was a liar. That’s what needs to start happening when these idiots lie.

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Interesting Times  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:13:07am

re: #116 bratwurst

Glad I am not the only one for whom this is a burgeoning pet peeve:

@tomtomorrow
hey guys I am just thinking out loud but I wonder if there’s a more efficient way to post a long essay to the internet than on twitter

There’s a reason people do this, though, best explained by this writer I follow:

Yes, it’s true. Social media has made us so frickin’ lazy that we’d rather wade through a tweet thread than click a link -_-

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GlutenFreeJesus  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:15:53am

I mean, why not? The head of the investigation against your father-in-law, who was also a part of his Presidential transition team, shows no signs of stepping down. And you just deleted every tweet you’ve ever made.

Russian banker who met with Jared Kushner has ties to Putin

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Franklin  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:19:54am

With the season 3 premier of Better Call Saul coming up in a few weeks, I present you with Lenny Kosnowski Chuck McGill himself:

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I cannot.  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:22:59am

re: #123 Interesting Times

Another thing I’ve learned. I can write some things of EPIC length without realizing that I have done so, and I’ve noticed that much of that is fluff, off-topic, etc. Twitter encourages me to go straight to the point, and then leave a link to a source.

Boom, done.

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Major Tom  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:23:01am

Happy late morn.

Remember remember the eighth of November
The election; the treasonous plot
I see no reason why the Trump-Russia treason
should ever be forgot.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:23:07am

Well what else did you expect?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:26:45am
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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:27:46am
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Patricia Kayden  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:29:38am

re: #84 lawhawk

Absolutely love Charles Gaba and hopefully Democratic politicians are reading him on how to improve the ACA. If Trump wants to listen to our side, he’ll get an earful on what needs to happen so that the ACA can help even more Americans. His glee that the ACA may self-destruct is pathetic. As President he should be concerned that millions will lose healthcare if that happens.

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Belafon  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:33:03am

re: #128 The Vicious Babushka

Well what else did you expect?

Democrats should keep hammering Nunes, and also start talking about how Ryan is only worried about one thing, how to get his tax cuts and starve your granny, and that he’d sell the country off to Russia if that’s what it took.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:34:16am

The Death of the White Working Class Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
Why does the Brookings Institution want us to think white people are in more trouble than they are?

That problem is called “lagged selection bias,” and this is how it works: If you’re measuring long-term phenomena, there’s a risk that the pool of people you’re looking at will change while you’re looking at them, owing to a separate trend. For example, if you were looking at the relation between 12th-grade cigarette smoking and income 10 years later, I’m sure that you’d find a serious drop during the past decade. But that wouldn’t necessarily mean the salaries of former teenage smokers are actually going down. Rather, smoking in the 12th grade has become a much rarer phenomenon — falling from 25 percent in 1997 down to 6 percent today — and it’s negatively associated with socioeconomic status. The 19 percent of high school seniors who would have smoked in the 1990s but wouldn’t think of it in 2017 throws off your analysis. What you’d actually end up detecting is not so much the relationship between teen smoking and future income, but changes in youth smoking behavior over time. The (ex-)smokers’ salaries could be increasing normally and you’d never know it by that method.

wiki on cognitive bias

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mmmirele  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:36:20am

re: #129 The Vicious Babushka

Well, that answered the question I had. That whole family is a bunch of grifters.

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Interesting Times  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:37:27am

re: #133 Birth Control Works

On another note, did you see this? I could’ve sworn you’ve mentioned the same syndrome before: The US beauty queen making her invisible illness visible

Victoria Graham, a 22-year-old student from Manchester in the US state of Maryland, had an untraditional journey into the glitzy world of US beauty pageants.

She may look like any other contestant at first glance, but Victoria has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) - a rare genetic condition that affects her connective tissues.

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BeachDem  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:41:23am

re: #96 makeitstop

Hey you guys, guess who scrubbed his Twitter account….

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ON EDIT: It turns out he’s never tweeted, according to this site. Never mind, carry on.

So 38,000 people have been waiting for 8 years to see what he tweets? I don’t get it.

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:44:18am

re: #112 The Vicious Babushka

Well, if Russia committed an act of war by interfering in our election, then colluding with them would meet the definition of treason.

Right. Collusion minus war = sedition.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:47:15am

The Demographics of Genocide: Who Commits Mass Murder?

“We were surprised that perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda were, on average, 34 years old,” Brehm says. “Much research in criminology would point toward much younger participants — late adolescence and early twenties — in most any form of crime.”

The team also found that men between the ages of 18 and 45 were responsible for 75 percent of the Rwandan atrocities, representing a demographic slice that does not reflect the age or gender distribution of Rwanda’s larger population. (It’s worth noting that more than 10 percent of Rwanda’s population took part in inflicting the genocide, compared to a 0.0097 percent homicide rate in America in 1994.)

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SteveMcG RN  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:47:44am

re: #137 makeitstop

I may be nitpicking, but I find appeals to patriotism, and consequently, accusations of treason and sedition, unappealing. However, if you want to treat these guys like the vermin they are, how about racketeering?

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:48:21am

re: #123 Interesting Times

I’ve seen it too. A blog post might get a few hundred to thousand views. When I was posting on my blog regularly, I’d get 100k page views in a month.

Some of my tweets have gotten over 100k. Now, my tweet feed is getting around 3 million impressions. I get more engagement, either in retweets or replies.

I don’t think my messaging has changed, but how people consume it has.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:48:42am
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SteveMcG RN  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:50:40am

re: #140 lawhawk

I’m not a twitterer. I guess the closest I would come to seeing this is either here or Stonekettle. Jim Wright probably posts one essay about every three weeks, and they aren’t the kinds of pieces you can read on your phone.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:51:35am

Prison officials appear to have shelved controversial ‘pay-to-stay’ lawsuits

The Illinois Department of Corrections appears to have shelved its widely criticized practice of suing prisoners to recover the costs of their incarceration in spite of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s support for the strategy.

State prison officials have not referred a single case to the Illinois Attorney General’s office for possible litigation for nearly 1 1/2 years. And the last case, submitted in December 2015, was rejected by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office because it lacked key information about the prisoner’s financial assets.

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Franklin  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:51:38am

On March 20, 2017, the ACLU of Massachusetts together with Ropes & Gray, the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Federal Immigration Appeals Project submitted an amicus brief in Commonwealth v. Lunn. The case, which is scheduled to be argued at the Supreme Judicial Court on April 4, 2017, addresses whether local and state officials who hold undocumented immigrants on “ICE detainers” are in violation of the Massachusetts state constitution and the United States constitution.

The brief was filed on behalf of several defense attorney organizations arguing that the state’s cooperation with ICE detainers not only violates constitutional protections against warrantless arrests but also creates a substantial risk of discriminatory - and unlawful - enforcement.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:52:07am
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ObserverArt  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:52:07am

re: #108 The Vicious Babushka

Whoa

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Warning: Everything looks like war to Dickless Cheney.

…and a great opportunity to make some more money!

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:54:08am
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gocart mozart  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:54:33am
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FormerDirtDart  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:55:34am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:55:58am

re: #139 SteveMcG RN

I may be nitpicking, but I find appeals to patriotism, and consequently, accusations of treason and sedition, unappealing. However, if you want to treat these guys like the vermin they are, how about racketeering?

The entire Trump Presidency has been a racket since the days of the campaign…the trick is finding a means to prosecute him on it…

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:56:15am
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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:56:18am

re: #139 SteveMcG RN

I may be nitpicking, but I find appeals to patriotism, and consequently, accusations of treason and sedition, unappealing. However, if you want to treat these guys like the vermin they are, how about racketeering?

Yeah, you’re nitpicking. If proven, anyone involved should be tried for sedition. It’s undermining of our government, pure and simple.

But hey, if the best we can get is a RICO case, I’ll take that. They are behaving like a crime organization at this point, and have been since taking the White House.

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ObserverArt  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:56:45am

re: #118 CongoJack

Christ.

That one asshat sent her info off to Dept of Homeland Security and ICE. I just cant.

Just another reason why I refuse to have a Facebook/Twitter/etc as I would blow a blood vessel.

And they call it social media.

When are some of them going to actually be social?

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 8:58:50am

re: #154 wrenchwench

Thank you for sharing that.

Made me giggle.

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ObserverArt  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:01:47am

re: #123 Interesting Times

There’s a reason people do this, though, best explained by this writer I follow:

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Yes, it’s true. Social media has made us so frickin’ lazy that we’d rather wade through a tweet thread than click a link -_-

Does Twitter tell you how many people actually click on or read a tweet?

If it just goes out to a hundreds or thousands of followers and people look past it, are you reaching more people?

At least with a blog, you are pretty well assured they came to it, so they are taking the time to read.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:02:14am

Seems to me that Nunez is incapable of running a fair investigation.He was part of the Trump transition team after all.

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SteveMcG RN  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:03:13am

re: #150 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I happen to think that charges of sedition or treason can easily be brushed aside. Trump and the Trumplets just have to argue that they sincerely believed the country would be saved by their ascendance, and that any Russian involvement was incidental and had no bearing on their campaign. Further, it just reeks of a political prosecution. Racketeering on the other hand, is just a straight criminal investigation.

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wheat-dogg  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:05:45am

re: #141 The Vicious Babushka

I think Trump’s mental acuity is failing, so he assumes anything he reads about or sees today on the TV, happened like yesterday.

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Franklin  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:05:53am

re: #156 ObserverArt

Does Twitter tell you how many people actually click on or read a tweet?

If it just goes out to a hundreds or thousands of followers and people look past it, are you reaching more people?

At least with a blog, you are pretty well assured they came to it, so they are taking the time to read.

Yes, they have analytics you can view, here is an example off google images:

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:08:02am

re: #155 CongoJack

Thank you for sharing that.

Made me giggle.

And some say Twitter increases stress.

It’s all in how you operate it.

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:08:12am

re: #157 HappyWarrior

Seems to me that Nunez is incapable of running a fair investigation.He was part of the Trump transition team after all.

I believe that is a feature and not a bug.

I am afraid to say that the bulk of Republican leadership may be complicit in all this Russian meddling. What would it look like if all of the Republican leadership in the house and senate (keep in mind Sen. McConnell was oddly really sure the Rs would pick the next SCOTUS appointee) and the WH all get brought in together for the crimes during the election.

Thus Russia has achieved their goals either way. Either they break the system by having Republicans arrested en masse. Or they have the orange one break it.

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The Ghost of Senator Incitatus  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:08:24am

re: #146 ObserverArt

“It’s amazing how much better home-grown tomatoes are. This could be an act of war.”

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Belafon  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:09:18am

re: #156 ObserverArt

Does Twitter tell you how many people actually click on or read a tweet?

If it just goes out to a hundreds or thousands of followers and people look past it, are you reaching more people?

At least with a blog, you are pretty well assured they came to it, so they are taking the time to read.

Or at least reading the headline, deciding on whether or not the article is too long, whether to skim it and claim they read it but really didn’t, or maybe possibly read the whole thing. And if they didn’t read it, at least they might have a headline to quote out of context.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:10:21am

re: #158 SteveMcG RN

I happen to think that charges of sedition or treason can easily be brushed aside. Trump and the Trumplets just have to argue that they sincerely believed the country would be saved by their ascendance, and that any Russian involvement was incidental and had no bearing on their campaign. Further, it just reeks of a political prosecution. Racketeering on the other hand, is just a straight criminal investigation.

That is what they would argue: lying about colluding with Russians is not perjury just like beating your wife is not assault (in Russia).

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:13:11am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:14:24am

re: #162 CongoJack

I believe that is a feature and not a bug.

I am afraid to say that the bulk of Republican leadership may be complicit in all this Russian meddling. What would it look like if all of the Republican leadership in the house and senate (keep in mind Sen. McConnell was oddly really sure the Rs would pick the next SCOTUS appointee) and the WH all get brought in together for the crimes during the election.

Thus Russia has achieved their goals either way. Either they break the system by having Republicans arrested en masse. Or they have the orange one break it.

That’s why it needs to be independently investigated.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:14:50am

re: #165 The Vicious Babushka

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Heh.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:14:58am

re: #135 Interesting Times

On another note, did you see this? I could’ve sworn you’ve mentioned the same syndrome before: The US beauty queen making her invisible illness visible

Hey, thanks!

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:15:02am

re: #118 CongoJack

Christ.

That one asshat sent her info off to Dept of Homeland Security and ICE. I just cant.

Just another reason why I refuse to have a Facebook/Twitter/etc as I would blow a blood vessel.

Even worse are those with Hispanic last names telling her to go back home.

I just can’t even…

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:15:33am

we’ll know things are really heating up when the white house starts sacrificing underlings to try to stave off the investigators

or is that already happening?

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:15:39am

re: #167 FormerDirtDart

A 3/24 letter from DOJ to Sally Yates states she must get authorization from WH to testify about convos w/ WH, CBS News can confirm

Didn’t they have a term for this back in Nixon’s day?

‘Stonewalling,’ was it? Yeah, I think it was…

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:16:20am

re: #171 electrotek

Even worse are those with Hispanic last names telling her to go back home.

I just can’t even…

Some people are just the worst.

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:17:51am

re: #171 electrotek

Even worse are those with Hispanic last names telling her to go back home.

I just can’t even…

As I have had brought home to me in New Mexico, a Spanish surname means nothing when evaluating a stranger.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:18:15am

Am I the only one detecting a strong air of misogyny realting to the Trump admins handling of Yates?

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Belafon  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:19:57am

re: #176 Eclectic Cyborg

Am the only detecting a strong air of misogyny realting to the Trump admins handling of Yates?

Possibly, though they seem to be going after them more for being Democrats.

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:20:55am

re: #171 electrotek

Even worse are those with Hispanic last names telling her to go back home.

I just can’t even…

Yeah…
I am in a town that is split between white and Hispanic mostly (with a few Somali refugees). I am quite surprised the amount of Prison Planet and InfoWars bumper stickers I see with “Lock Her Up” on them. When I see one of these I usually attempt to see the driver and to my surprise it was a young Latina woman. The only thing I could think was why would this person vote in a way that would have herself persecuted.

Oh and - as we round up Rs for charges - hasn’t it been shown that InfoWars, Breitbart, and other right-wing news outlets were complicit in helping Russia spread fake news during the election? I await their arrest with glee.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:21:00am

re: #176 Eclectic Cyborg

Am the only detecting a strong air of misogyny realting to the Trump admins handling of Yates?

That is just an inherent feature of them dealing with anyone female…

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:25:20am

re: #175 wrenchwench

Especially when she is more white than the ones telling her to go home, ironically enough. But since she is a female undocumented immigrant with an obvious Hispanic surname and a Bernie supporter on top of it, she becomes an easy target.

Sure we can question why she would support Bernie as Bernie has a history of supporting legislation backed by Minutemen types in the past, but now’s not the time to pour salt in to the wounds IMO. I’d gladly extend my full support to her.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:25:53am

Bill Moyers:

That was then. Now we have a president who, when he speaks, spatters the air with unfinished chunks, many of which do not qualify as sentences, and which do not follow from previous chunks. He does not release words into a stream of consciousness but into a heap. He heaps words on top of words, to overwhelm meaning with vague gestures. He does not think, he lurches.

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Jay C  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:26:53am

re: #135 Interesting Times

On another note, did you see this? I could’ve sworn you’ve mentioned the same syndrome before: The US beauty queen making her invisible illness visible

RE: EDS

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:27:22am

re: #178 CongoJack

Yeah…
I am in a town that is split between white and Hispanic mostly (with a few Somali refugees). I am quite surprised the amount of Prison Planet and InfoWars bumper stickers I see with “Lock Her Up” on them. When I see one of these I usually attempt to see the driver and to my surprise it was a young Latina woman. The only thing I could think was why would this person vote in a way that would have herself persecuted.

Oh and - as we round up Rs for charges - hasn’t it been shown that InfoWars, Breitbart, and other right-wing news outlets were complicit in helping Russia spread fake news during the election? I await their arrest with glee.

Sometimes people surprise for all the wrong reasons.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:28:15am

re: #181 electrotek

Especially when she is more white than the ones telling her to go home, ironically enough. But since she is a female undocumented immigrant with an obvious Hispanic surname and a Bernie supporter on top of it, she becomes an easy target.

Sure we can question why she would support Bernie as Bernie has a history of supporting legislation backed by Minutemen types in the past, but now’s not the time to pour salt in to the wounds IMO. I’d gladly extend my full support to her.

I think a lot of Bernie’s supporters were unaware of how poor his immigration record was. I wouldn’t give this woman a hard time for not knowing that. Note: That’s something I was unaware of and I’ve been aware of Sanders for a lot longer than your average Sanders diehard is.

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:29:20am

re: #185 HappyWarrior

I think a lot of Bernie’s supporters were unaware of how poor his immigration record was. I wouldn’t give this woman a hard time for not knowing that.

Exactly.

I’m surprised she hasn’t been called a Nazi yet by these blowhards, given that she’s from Argentina.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:29:53am

re: #185 HappyWarrior

I think a lot of Bernie’s supporters were unaware of how poor his immigration overall record was.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:30:26am

re: #186 electrotek

Exactly.

I’m surprised she hasn’t been called a Nazi yet by these blowhards, given that she’s from Argentina.

Why would that be a bad thing?

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:30:40am

re: #187 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I’m talking strictly immigration here though.

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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:31:10am

Trump can’t handle disapproval by crowds, which is probably why he’s skipping opening day and throwing out the first pitch. He might have a scheduling conflict, or not.

Depends on whether he’s reserved a tee time. /half

I don’t think it’s because of this reason though:

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blueraven  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:31:45am

TOPEKA — With nearly a veto-proof majority, the Kansas Senate passed and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a bill to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a program that President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress tried and failed to repeal last week.

The bill earlier passed the House with 81 votes, three fewer than the 84 needed for a veto override.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:32:08am

re: #186 electrotek

Exactly.

I’m surprised she hasn’t been called a Nazi yet by these blowhards, given that she’s from Argentina.

Would they get that reference? Or would they think it’s a bad thing? Anyhow, South America is an amazingly diverse place. Something I’ve seen with my own SiL’s family.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:32:11am

re: #189 HappyWarrior

I’m talking strictly immigration here though.

point was, he was to a great extent just a projection surface for certain progressives’ idea of the ideal non-Hillary candidate

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:32:13am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:32:43am

re: #191 blueraven

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Glad to see even Kansas GOPers are fed up with Brownback’s crap.

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:33:04am

re: #181 electrotek

Especially when she is more white than the ones telling her to go home, ironically enough. But since she is a female undocumented immigrant with an obvious Hispanic surname and a Bernie supporter on top of it, she becomes an easy target.

Sure we can question why she would support Bernie as Bernie has a history of supporting legislation backed by Minutemen types in the past, but now’s not the time to pour salt in to the wounds IMO. I’d gladly extend my full support to her.

One of the sciences needing the most positive attention is Political Science. It doesn’t render everything clearly, but it gives a coherent vocabulary in which the topic can be discussed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:33:37am

re: #190 lawhawk

White House has announced due to scheduling conflict, President Donald Trump will not be throwing out 1st pitch at Nats opener on Monday.

yes, I will be interested to see just what he is up to on Monday.

He knows he will get booed.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:33:50am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:33:59am

re: #193 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

point was, he was to a great extent just a projection surface for certain progressives’ idea of the ideal non-Hillary candidate

I know and agree. My biggest problem with him is that he’s been in Congress since I was in pre-school yet has very little legislation to his name. He’s not an outsider because he stands up for things that are unpopular, he’s an outsider because he doesn’t know how to get a key part of his job done.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:34:32am

re: #194 Birth Control Works

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Glad to see her speaking out on this.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:35:03am

re: #190 lawhawk

Trump can’t handle disapproval by crowds, which is probably why he’s skipping opening day and throwing out the first pitch. He might have a scheduling conflict, or not.

Depends on whether he’s reserved a tee time. /half

I don’t think it’s because of this reason though:

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Remember all the wingnut memes of OBAMA THROWS LIKE A GIRLY as if the POTUS is supposed to pitch like a major leaguer?

Yeah I’d like to see Trump’s pitching stance.

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electrotek  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:35:16am

re: #192 HappyWarrior

Would they get that reference? Or would they think it’s a bad thing? Anyhow, South America is an amazingly diverse place. Something I’ve seen with my own SiL’s family.

I’m saying I’m surprised her haters haven’t called her a Nazi as another insult…especially since Argentina was known for being a refuge for Nazi officials after World War 2.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:36:07am

re: #197 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

yes, I will be interested to see just what he is up to on Monday.

He knows he will get booed.

Well he’s definitely not going up to Baltimore to do it either. The Angelos family may not be great owners but politically they’re in the right place. But yeah it will definitely be interesting to see since he claimed he was “busy” but was spotted with golf shoes.

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Teukka  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:36:09am

re: #194 Birth Control Works

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re: #194 Birth Control Works

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:36:20am

re: #182 Birth Control Works

Bill Moyers:

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:36:42am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:37:24am

re: #201 The Vicious Babushka

Remember all the wingnut memes of OBAMA THROWS LIKE A GIRLY as if the POTUS is supposed to pitch like a major leaguer?

Yeah I’d like to see Trump’s pitching stance.

It was so stupid. Obama’s first pitch wasn’t as good as W’s in the WS that one year but A) POTUS isn’t supposed to be a pitcher, B) I bet Obama’s basketball game is better than W’s, and C) It was far from the worst first pitch I’ve ever seen.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:37:48am

re: #202 electrotek

I’m saying I’m surprised her haters haven’t called her a Nazi as another insult…especially since Argentina was known for being a refuge for Nazi officials after World War 2.

No, no I know that. I am wondering if they would know that though.

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Patricia Kayden  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:38:43am

re: #187 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

LOL!! You’re killing me with that.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:38:48am

Since I’m coming back from NYC on a bus Monday, this will be the first opening day on TV I’ve missed in a long time. I do have the MLB At Bat app though.

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:39:51am

re: #199 HappyWarrior

I know and agree. My biggest problem with him is that he’s been in Congress since I was in pre-school yet has very little legislation to his name. He’s not an outsider because he stands up for things that are unpopular, he’s an outsider because he doesn’t know how to get a key part of his job done.

Sanders received a decent progressive following I would assume because of his hour long discussions with people on the Thom Hartmann show (that I once listened too and can no longer). Sanders always gave glowing answers to people aligned to the progressive ideology but when it came down to action all he said is get active in politics but offered no pathway for legislation (like Trump - its easy to say you can get things done but actually doing them is entirely different).

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:40:28am

re: #206 The Vicious Babushka

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That’s gotta be twice as hard with four feet. EACH!

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:43:05am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:43:48am

re: #211 CongoJack

Sanders received a decent progressive following I would assume because of his hour long discussions with people on the Thom Hartmann show (that I once listened too and can no longer). Sanders always gave glowing answers to people aligned to the progressive ideology but when it came down to action all he said is get active in politics but offered no pathway for legislation (like Trump - its easy to say you can get things done but actually doing them is entirely different).

Right. I mean, I can see why people especially young people found Sanders appealing. I think if I hadn’t been as experienced with politics, I probably would have fallen in with him but you’re right. He offered no real pathway to legislation and I really think he would have been unable to make the changes he wanted to be long lasting change since I think he would be forced into making a lot of EOs that could be either reversed by Congressional action or by the judiciary.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:44:21am

re: #213 Birth Control Works

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Not so fun when you’re the one being called unpatriotic is it Fox and Frauds?

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:44:41am

re: #205 wrenchwench

You of all people should list your Pages link as your website in your Account Settings. Becomes a handy reference to those of us who halfway remember things.

I have a Pages Link?

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:45:07am

Page pimpery promotion:

Allen Clifton of Texas-based Forward Progressives lays it out:
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:47:00am

re: #18 KGxvi

This is total speculation, but we know Trump didn’t really want Pence, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Pence was imposed on Trump by the GOP establishment. At the time it may have been intended to keep Trump in line (hasn’t worked), but now it’s basically an insurance policy.

It wasn’t the GOP establishment, Manafort is the one who picked Pence.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:47:28am

Pitbulls in Pajamas

I LOVE THIS PIC

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:47:42am

re: #218 Backwoods_Sleuth

It wasn’t the GOP establishment, Manafort is the one who picked Pence.

The Trump kids preferred Pence too IIRC.

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:49:01am

re: #216 Birth Control Works

I have a Pages Link?

Mine looks like this: littlegreenfootballs.com (Click or houver* to see. Hoover to clean up.)

*OK, ‘hover’.

re: #217 Shiplord Kirel

Page pimpery promotion:

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You need one, too.

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Skip Intro  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:49:27am

re: #190 lawhawk

Trump can’t handle disapproval by crowds, which is probably why he’s skipping opening day and throwing out the first pitch. He might have a scheduling conflict, or not.

Depends on whether he’s reserved a tee time. /half

I don’t think it’s because of this reason though:

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Let Jared Do It!! He’s doing everything else.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:50:33am

re: #222 Skip Intro

Let Jared Do It!! He’s doing everything else.

He might be busy being Trump’s Groom of the Stool though.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:51:22am
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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:51:26am

re: #222 Skip Intro

Let Jared Do It!! He’s doing everything else.

IVANKA

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:52:28am

re: #194 Birth Control Works

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:52:42am

re: #225 The Vicious Babushka

Ha - and 10 updings if I could - and now cleaning my tea off my keyboard.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:52:49am
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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:53:58am

Let’s go to the video tape? Where’s Warner Wolf!?

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nines09  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:55:29am

re: #216 Birth Control Works

In your account settings. Link for your website. If you never posted a page, I’m not sure you could do anything, no link. But if you posted pages, open it, copy the URL and paste in the account settings. Capisce?
Click on my avatar to the left. My pic will come up and my web link will be my pages link.

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FormerDirtDart  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:55:36am

re: #190 lawhawk

Trump can’t handle disapproval by crowds, which is probably why he’s skipping opening day and throwing out the first pitch. He might have a scheduling conflict, or not.

Depends on whether he’s reserved a tee time. /half

I don’t think it’s because of this reason though:

Yeah, likely he wouldn’t go all “Fiddy” or “Baba Booey”
There’s a good chance he can throw a ball at least straight
(seated center)

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:55:47am

re: #224 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The social psychology guy that NPR has on from time to time (or maybe it’s Marketplace) discussed research into how the brain allows lying to become habitual (like anything) as the neurological consequences such as feelings of guilt and discomfort diminish with repetition. I’d say that by the time one is 70 the brain of the habitual liar has no way of distinguishing truth from lies anymore.

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:56:34am
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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:57:50am

re: #227 CongoJack

Ha - and 10 updings if I could - and now cleaning my tea off my keyboard.

Instaed of a 10-upding button, we can use this tag: T

Bold ‘T’, means ‘tea-on-keyboard’.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:58:16am

We thought @realDonaldTrump’s tweets were as sad as it gets, until we turned his speeches into an early 2000s emo song.

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 9:59:12am

re: #231 FormerDirtDart

Yeah, likely he wouldn’t go all “Fiddy” or “Baba Booey”
There’s a good chance he can throw a ball at least straight
(seated center)

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Eh, he’d prolly offer to pay someone to throw it for him, then stiff them for the dough.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:02:43am
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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:02:55am

re: #229 lawhawk

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Let’s go to the video tape? Where’s Warner Wolf!?

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CongoJack  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:04:25am

re: #236 makeitstop

tRump would ask for a Abrams tank to be made available, driven to the mound, then he can go full Dukakis and then throw (shoot) the first pitch.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:05:46am
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The Ghost of Senator Incitatus  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:05:56am

re: #225 The Vicious Babushka

{slow clap}

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:06:01am

re: #230 nines09

In your account settings. Link for your website. If you never posted a page, I’m not sure you could do anything, no link. But if you posted pages, open it, copy the URL and paste in the account settings. Capisce?
Click on my avatar to the left. My pic will come up and my web link will be my pages link.

I think I did it!

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:07:03am

re: #235 The Vicious Babushka

We thought @realDonaldTrump’s tweets were as sad as it gets, until we turned his speeches into an early 2000s emo song.

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That’s freakin’ brilliant.

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:07:55am
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Skip Intro  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:09:09am

re: #225 The Vicious Babushka

IVANKA

Trump will never attend any event that allows anyone besides his followers to attend. He’s only president of the 36% of the country that loves him.

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nines09  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:09:10am

re: #242 Birth Control Works

Yes you did!

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:09:19am

re: #221 wrenchwench

Mine looks like this: littlegreenfootballs.com (Click or houver to see. Hoover to clean up.)

You need one, too.

Here ya’ go

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:09:20am

Lather.Rinse.Repeat

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:09:54am

Just reached 79,987 updings…please pile them on, people, I am about to break 80K on my way to the big 100K!!!

(I just live for life’s little arbitrary milestones like this)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:10:56am

re: #248 Dr. Matt

Freedom Caucus member introduced bill to force ObamaCare repeal vote

That is all they would have voted for in the first place. Ryan could have just asked and spared himself the work and the embarrassment.

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:10:59am

re: #235 The Vicious Babushka

We thought @realDonaldTrump’s tweets were as sad as it gets, until we turned his speeches into an early 2000s emo song.

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That’s hilarious and brilliant.

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:13:27am

re: #230 nines09

In your account settings. Link for your website. If you never posted a page, I’m not sure you could do anything, no link. But if you posted pages, open it, copy the URL and paste in the account settings. Capisce?
Click on my avatar to the left. My pic will come up and my web link will be my pages link.

I used to be able to ‘splain things like you did. Thanks!

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Timothy Watson  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:13:50am

re: #238 Dr. Matt

there’s a difference between merely stepping on a rake and buying an expensive rake, carefully laying it on the floor, and stomping it

This is a standard Spicer press conference:

Sideshow bob stepping on rakes

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nines09  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:14:02am

re: #252 wrenchwench

Who are you again? /

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Franklin  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:15:16am
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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:16:02am

re: #254 nines09

Who are you again? /

You have no excuse when my avi is a selfie.

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blueraven  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:16:07am

wow

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:16:59am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:17:05am

re: #257 blueraven

wow

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I guess Fox missed it when Republican Congresspeople were calling Obama Hitler.

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nines09  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:17:35am

re: #256 wrenchwench

I know I’m going to be a handful in 20 years. In fact I’m intent on getting there. You have big ears.

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caseyjr  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:19:46am

re: #167 FormerDirtDart

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3/24 DOJ letter to Yates is jut a gag order in service of WH stonewalling so no biggie.

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Charles Johnson  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:19:53am
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Charles Johnson  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:20:08am
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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:20:39am
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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:21:17am

Okay, this is pretty horrifying.

(In case the FB link doesn’t load, the story is here.)

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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:21:20am

re: #263 Charles Johnson

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You can’t expect coal miners to pay for that. //

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KGxvi  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:23:26am

re: #263 Charles Johnson

To answer Corn’s question: most Trump voters probably don’t know what the NIH is or what it does, so they probably don’t care beyond “he said cutting wasteful spending”

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Dr. Matt  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:26:55am

re: #265 makeitstop

Okay, this is pretty horrifying.

(In case the FB link doesn’t load, the story is here.)

A comment from the link:

Jacqlene D Clark
Teresa Smith Have ever heard of someone using a child to hide a weapon? Unheard of huh?

What sort of people does Jacqlene Clark hang out with?

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:27:04am
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nines09  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:27:37am

re: #265 makeitstop

I’ll be blunt. Looks like a pedophiles wet dream. Right out in public. If that was my kid, I would be “film at 11.” JFC.

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Jay C  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:27:59am

re: #249 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Just reached 79,987 updings…please pile them on, people, I am about to break 80K on my way to the big 100K!!!

(I just live for life’s little arbitrary milestones like this)

There you go: next milestone, 40,000 comments?

Reasonably impressive Lizarding!

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KGxvi  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:28:45am

re: #265 makeitstop

Okay, this is pretty horrifying.

[Embedded content]

(In case the FB link doesn’t load, the story is here.)

I’ve maintained since 2002 that TSA is at best security theater and at worst a complete mess. Usually it’s both. Everyone complains about it, Yet nobody wants to try and fix it for fear of looking weak on terrorism or making us “less safe”

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Stanley Sea  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:29:53am

re: #232 Barefoot Grin

The social psychology guy that NPR has on from time to time (or maybe it’s Marketplace) discussed research into how the brain allows lying to become habitual (like anything) as the neurological consequences such as feelings of guilt and discomfort diminish with repetition. I’d say that by the time one is 70 the brain of the habitual liar has no way of distinguishing truth from lies anymore.

Shankar Vedantam

LOVE his segments

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:30:31am

re: #257 blueraven

wow

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:31:08am

re: #271 Jay C

There you go: next milestone, 40,000 comments?

Reasonably impressive Lizarding!

I don’t even count the number of comments posted; the trick is getting you guys to upding!

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:31:48am

Grump Tower!

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Skip Intro  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:32:25am

re: #267 KGxvi

To answer Corn’s question: most Trump voters probably don’t know what the NIH is or what it does, so they probably don’t care beyond “he said cutting wasteful spending”

Native Informants for Hillary funding gutted by President Trump will be on the Fox BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!! banner all day.

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Shiplord Kirel  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:32:41am

re: #263 Charles Johnson

Dovetails nicely with the story about the new measles outbreak in Europe. The RWNJs encourage epidemics with their anti-vaxx bullshit, then reduce our ability to cope with those epidemics by gutting CDC. These people are monsters.

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gocart mozart  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:34:48am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:35:16am

re: #279 Birth Control Works

Bill O’Reilly: I “Didn’t Hear A Word” Rep. Maxine Waters Said Because Of Her “James Brown Wig”

Stay classy Bill. You should be lucky that you still have a job given your past treatment of women.

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The Vicious Babushka  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:35:44am

Spicer gets angry, says Trump is accused on colluding with Russia every time he uses Russian salad dressing

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Citizen K  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:36:04am

re: #281 HappyWarrior

Stay classy Bill. You should be lucky that you still have a job given your past treatment of women.

Luck nothing. I’m pretty sure these kind of comments are pre-requisites for Fox employment.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:37:04am
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carey94tt  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:37:33am

my morning wakeup view

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Timothy Watson  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:37:58am

re: #265 makeitstop

Okay, this is pretty horrifying.

[Embedded content]

(In case the FB link doesn’t load, the story is here.)

But, but, don’t you feel safer?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:38:28am
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HappyWarrior  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:40:01am

re: #283 Citizen K

Luck nothing. I’m pretty sure these kind of comments are pre-requisites for Fox employment.

True that given Ailes treatment.

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Decatur Deb  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:40:24am

re: #280 gocart mozart

House votes Tuesday on letting your ISP sell your browsing history to the highest bidder

How much would 538 browsing histories from the Maryland-Virginia area cost?

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jaunte  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:40:45am

Spiceflake

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:42:00am

re: #284 Backwoods_Sleuth

[“Please stop shaking your head again.” Spicer to @AprilDRyan]

Later I’ll look up how to put the times in the link, but it’s the second minute, in this case:

Vaughn Meader “The First Family” 1962 FULL ALBUM

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:42:59am
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gocart mozart  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:45:56am

“As a nation, we begin by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
- Abraham Lincoln

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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:47:43am
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Birth Control Works  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:49:40am
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lawhawk  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:51:46am

re: #282 The Vicious Babushka

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makeitstop  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:52:05am

re: #285 carey94tt

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I sent my wife that pic - she loves your puppy and wants to know where you got the sheets.

She really likes the sheets…

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Single-handed sailor  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:56:05am

re: #291 wrenchwench

Later I’ll look up how to put the times in the link, but it’s the second minute, in this case:

[Embedded content]

I have that record.

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Barefoot Grin  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:56:18am

re: #273 Stanley Sea

Shankar Vedantam

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LOVE his segments

Thank you!

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wrenchwench  Mar 28, 2017 • 10:59:11am

re: #299 Single-handed sailor

I have that record.

When I was a kid, it got a lot of play in our house.

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gwangung  Mar 28, 2017 • 11:38:50am
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EmmaAnne  Mar 28, 2017 • 11:57:12am

re: #198 Birth Control Works

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Thanks! Signed up for Facebook


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