And Now, a Jaw-Dropping Performance by Brazilian Musician Danilo Brito: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Danilo Brito is the first mandolin player I’ve seen who’s on the same level of technique and fire and style as Chris Thile. Absolutely amazing playing here.

Tom Cole | May 12, 2017 — After four chords, the notes start to fly — Danilo Brito and his four collaborators, three Brazilians and one American, are off like jackrabbits in front of a hound, having hustled their instruments to the Tiny Desk at the end of a North American tour.

Brito a 32-year-old mandolin player, made his first record when he was a teenager, plays a type of music called choro (pronounced “shore-oo”).

It’s said that choro started in the streets and back yards and made its way to the concert hall. Brazilian musicians of all genres have drawn on choro, from popular composer Antonio Carlos Jobim to Heitor Villa Lobos, one of the giants of Latin American classical music. Its literal translation from the Portuguese is “to cry,” but in Brito’s dextrous hands a better translation may be “crying out to be heard.”

You can hear Brito and his colleagues play their arrangement of Villa Lobos’ “Melodia Sentimental,” originally written for voice and orchestra, behind the Tiny Desk, but what you’re actually hearing is a kind of formal Rodas de Choro, the circles of players who developed this music more than a century ago and have carried it on to the present.

Only — in the backyards, they don’t wear suits and ties.

Danilo Brito is available now:
iTunes: itunes.apple.com

Set List
“Sussuarana”
“Lamentos”
“Tica”
“Melodia Sentimental”
“Pega Ratão”

Musicians
Danilo Brito (mandolin); Carlos Moura (7-string guitar); Guilherme Girardi (guitar); Lucas Arantes (cavaquinho); Brian Rice (pandeiro)

Credits
Producers: Tom Cole, Bronson Arcuri; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Director: Colin Marshall; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: A Noah Harrison; Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR.

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314 comments

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darthstar  May 19, 2017 • 9:27:55pm

Hey everyone…I’m in Mexico and I’m really fucking happy…and the FBI is investigating Jared. Life is good.

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darthstar  May 19, 2017 • 9:28:03pm

Manana.

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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 9:32:32pm

re: #1 darthstar

Hey everyone…I’m in Mexico and I’m really fucking happy…and the FBI is investigating Jared. Life is good.

re: #2 darthstar

Manana.

Just got back yesterday evening from three days in Panama City Beach…life was good:

A 180-degree view from the back of the motel I stayed at (Flamingo Motel & Tower)

I also stopped by and walked through the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker on the way down Monday; it was pretty nice.

Now, back into the reality zone…

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 9:32:59pm
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HappyWarrior  May 19, 2017 • 9:34:24pm

re: #4 Kragar

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Not to mention her Dad tried to get people banned from this country based off their religion. You’re not fooling anyone Ivanka. Just stop acting like you give a shit because you only care about enriching yourself just like your dipshit dad and if people get fucked over, too bad for them, they’re not Trumps.

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 9:38:40pm
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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 9:39:59pm

re: #6 Kragar

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JordanRules  May 19, 2017 • 9:41:58pm

re: #4 Kragar

Girrrrrl, your husband is going to jail!! Peace.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 19, 2017 • 9:42:46pm

re: #8 JordanRules

Girrrrrl, your husband is going to jail!! Peace.

Just like his father. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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JordanRules  May 19, 2017 • 9:45:26pm

re: #6 Kragar

Whew! I needed this. Thank you Patti. Your voice, as always, is amazing.

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BeachDem  May 19, 2017 • 9:47:07pm

re: #4 Kragar

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I have three words for her.

FUCK OFF, IVANKA.

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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 9:47:09pm

re: #10 JordanRules

Whew! I needed this. Thank you Patti. Your voice, as always, is amazing.

Her last sentence was so money.

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Dave In Austin  May 19, 2017 • 9:53:20pm
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austin_blue  May 19, 2017 • 9:55:02pm

Where is Drumpf landing first? Riyadh? Well, at least he doesn’t need to worry about getting a drink. It’s not allowed.

Although, given the last 24-hours, he probably needs one, or six.

Two days in the The Magic Kingdom? The poor man. The culture shock might kill him. Our Friends The Saudis live in a very strange reality.

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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 9:56:58pm

re: #14 austin_blue

Where is Drumpf landing first? Riyadh? Well, at least he doesn’t need to worry about getting a drink. it’s not allowed.

Although, given the last 24-hours, he probably needs one, or six.

Two days in the The Magic Kingdom? The poor man. The culture shock might kill him. Our Friends The Saudis live in a very strange reality.

Trump’s supposedly a teetotaler, remember?

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Eclectic Cyborg  May 19, 2017 • 9:57:05pm

re: #14 austin_blue

In all seriousness I’m reasonably certain Trump doesn’t drink.

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Teukka  May 19, 2017 • 9:58:24pm

re: #16 Eclectic Cyborg

In all seriousness I’m reasonably certain Trump doesn’t drink.

However, given his track record, can his statements be trusted at all?

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 9:59:38pm
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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:02:09pm

Holy crap the news is moving so fast it is red-shifting.

I’m still trying to catch up reading the last thread. I’ll get to this one eventually, but I thought this was pretty funny:

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austin_blue  May 19, 2017 • 10:02:41pm

re: #15 TedStriker

Trump’s supposedly a teetotaler, remember?

re: #16 Eclectic Cyborg

In all seriousness I’m reasonably certain Trump doesn’t drink.

Oh, I’m sure he doesn’t, watching his big brother slowly kill himself and all that. I was just noting that this, being his first overseas trip as President, might bump him into cultures where, if he did drink, he would really, really, want to.

The Magic Kingdom is entirely weird. It’s like stepping into a waterless time slip.

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austin_blue  May 19, 2017 • 10:05:04pm

re: #18 Kragar

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Dear Tom;

God invented opium. The rest is on us, isn’t it?

People seem to like what it does to us. How is God going to help us, you ignorant fuckwit?

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 19, 2017 • 10:06:39pm
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austin_blue  May 19, 2017 • 10:07:26pm

re: #22 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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Duh Duh Daww!

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 10:08:59pm
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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 10:12:02pm

re: #22 klys (maker of Silmarils)

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re: #23 austin_blue

Duh Duh Daww!

Law & Order Sound Effect (HQ) [+Download Link]

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 19, 2017 • 10:14:19pm

Back to some of the more lighthearted controversies from earlier this week:

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prairiefire  May 19, 2017 • 10:14:58pm

re: #20 austin_blue

I think he takes sedatives.

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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 10:15:47pm

re: #27 prairiefire

I think he takes sedatives.

I think Trump does some of that Bolivian marching powder, IMO.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:16:25pm

So when does Hair Force One land in Riyadh? Or are they looking for a non-extradition country now?

An interesting scenario (CT hat on): The FBI asks Interpol to arrest one or more people in Trump’s retinue based on a US warrant. Trump’s team met with Saudi police. (CT hat off)

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Dr Lizardo  May 19, 2017 • 10:16:45pm

re: #22 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Edited: Apparently it’s a nothingburger. Oops - my bad.

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prairiefire  May 19, 2017 • 10:17:46pm

It seems people need to seriously consider his wacky finite body energy issue.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:18:02pm

re: #30 Dr Lizardo

Fake news. FAKE FAKE FAKE!

Truth is he simply hasn’t tweeted and is generally not interested in social media.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:18:18pm

It has a blue tick by his name. Is Mr. Kushner subject to records-keeping laws?

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austin_blue  May 19, 2017 • 10:19:00pm

It’s late, I’m pouring a dram of Highland Park, smoking a cig, and going to bed.

Oh, the triplet ‘dildos have been out twice today. Their bodies are approaching small cantaloupe size. They are still remarkably tame when I’m out there, walking around my feet and smelling my shoes and pant legs. They are cute in the same way that a miniature Ankylosaurus is cute. Little alien creatures.

Night all. Sweet scaly dreams. Touchdown in Riyadh in three hours or so. Rage tweets! Can’t wait.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:19:45pm

Guys, it’s fake news.

washingtonexaminer.com

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:20:07pm

Well, that was entirely too much white space in a comment. I put it behind a hide bar.

On the other hand, Mr. Trump’s cabinet is filled with entirely too much white space.

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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 10:22:26pm

re: #34 austin_blue

It’s late, I’m pouring a dram of Highland Park, smoking a cig, and going to bed.

Oh, the triplet ‘dildos have been out twice today. Their bodies are approaching small cantaloupe size. They are still remarkably tame when I’m out there, walking around my feet and smelling my shoes and pant legs. They are cute in the same way that a miniature Ankylosaurus is cute. Little alien creatures.

Night all. Sweet scaly dreams. Touchdown in Riyadh in three hours or so. Rage tweets! Can’t wait.

Wha???

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 19, 2017 • 10:22:51pm

re: #37 TedStriker

Wha???

Armadillos.

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TedStriker  May 19, 2017 • 10:23:56pm

re: #38 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Armadillos.

LOL

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prairiefire  May 19, 2017 • 10:23:59pm

...

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:24:13pm

re: #35 teleskiguy

Guys, it’s fake news.

washingtonexaminer.com

Well, looking at the Internet Archive’s snapshots of Mr. Kushner’s Twitter account, it would appear the Washington Examiner is correct.

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wheat-dogg  May 19, 2017 • 10:24:31pm

re: #37 TedStriker

Wha???

I am thinking armadillos autocorrected, but y’know, it’s Texas so anything’s possible. Motile dildoes — some kind of weird cybernetics experiment out of UT-Austin.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  May 19, 2017 • 10:24:58pm

re: #42 wheat-dogg

I am thinking armadillos autocorrected, but y’know, it’s Texas so anything’s possible. Motile dildoes — some kind of weird cybernetics experiment out of UT-Austin.

Nah, that’s just what he calls them. He posted pictures a few days back. :)

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Dr Lizardo  May 19, 2017 • 10:25:15pm

re: #41 Anymouse

Well, looking at the Internet Archive’s snapshots of Mr. Kushner’s Twitter account, it would appear the Washington Examiner is correct.

Yeah; still, sort of weird signing up and not doing much. Maybe he just doesn’t have a lot of time for social media……fair enough.

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 10:25:37pm
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Dr Lizardo  May 19, 2017 • 10:26:27pm

re: #30 Dr Lizardo

Edited: Apparently it’s a nothingburger. Oops - my bad.

I deleted that.

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prairiefire  May 19, 2017 • 10:26:38pm

Apparently American Gods on Starz has hit all the bases.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:30:12pm

Paraphrasing Alec Baldwin in “Glengarry Glen Ross,”

Always
Be
Checking to see if the latest liberal conspiracy theory is bullshit.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:31:05pm

re: #48 teleskiguy

Had to make a number of edits, please reload.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:31:55pm

re: #44 Dr Lizardo

Yeah; still, sort of weird signing up and not doing much. Maybe he just doesn’t have a lot of time for social media……fair enough.

Or he just likes reading what others write on Twitter. (You don’t really need an account for that though … I don’t have one.)

Especially funny, smart people:

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Dave In Austin  May 19, 2017 • 10:31:57pm

re: #34 austin_blue

It’s late, I’m pouring a dram of Highland Park, smoking a cig, and going to bed.

Oh, the triplet ‘dildos have been out twice today. Their bodies are approaching small cantaloupe size. They are still remarkably tame when I’m out there, walking around my feet and smelling my shoes and pant legs. They are cute in the same way that a miniature Ankylosaurus is cute. Little alien creatures.

Night all. Sweet scaly dreams. Touchdown in Riyadh in three hours or so. Rage tweets! Can’t wait.

I walked by a young one last nite on my building walk around. I think they hear better than they see. Strangely, considering the number of skunks, dillos, foxes. and trash pandas around here, I haven’t seen any young ones.

On another note, the owl box is empty and cleaned out. The whole family does flybys of the deck and hunt in the back yard in the evenings. So awesome.

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 10:33:08pm

re: #50 Anymouse

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:39:46pm

This should be good.

Iframe

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:40:07pm

re: #52 Kragar

LOL. Stand by for Dr. deGrasse Tyson to get a dogpile on Twitter.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:41:36pm

re: #53 teleskiguy

I totally posted the WRONG video. I’m not on it tonight. Please reload.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:44:48pm
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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:45:04pm

re: #53 teleskiguy

I’m reading that this film is a tad over four hours long. Yikes!

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 10:46:26pm
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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:46:57pm

Stalking scientists’ funny tweets today …

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William Lewis  May 19, 2017 • 10:47:56pm

re: #53 teleskiguy

This should be good.

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Pity it’s not 4 hours of footage of The Who instead… //////

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 10:49:48pm

Another …

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 10:51:28pm

I hadn’t looked at them before, but I might need to pick up a Genestealer Cult for playing the new Armageddon Rules

Genestealer Cults Cinematic Trailer

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Pineapple Pizza  May 19, 2017 • 11:01:16pm

re: #28 TedStriker

I think Trump does some of that Bolivian marching powder, IMO.

“diet pills”

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:02:17pm

re: #63 Pineapple Pizza

“diet pills”

Infowars’ Super Male Vitality tincture.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:03:51pm

Scientists from Colorado State University conducted a study to see if mosquitoes could carry multiple diseases, specifically, Dengue Fever, Zika virus, and chikungunya. The reason those three is because initially they all present pretty much with the same symptoms, and if a physician suspects one will rarely diagnose the other two. Additionally, viruses are fairly easy to detect but hard to differentiate.

Turns out, yes, mosquitoes can carry all three diseases at the same time. As such, a physician diagnosing one disease (say Dengue Fever) may entirely miss that there is another or two others there, making treatment or recovery more difficult.

abcnews.go.com

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prairiefire  May 19, 2017 • 11:05:36pm

re: #65 Anymouse

Bad news.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:06:56pm

Too bad our voters can’t be so engaged. It looks like Iran’s incumbent president is going to be elected to a second term in office.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:09:51pm

re: #66 prairiefire

Bad news.

Well, it was only one study. That said, of the group of twenty mosquitoes they looked at, nineteen picked up multiple infections. That by itself is pretty convincing.

So I suppose if you were to get bit by one of these super-infected mosquitoes, for Republicans that would just indicate you weren’t living a sufficiently moral life or something and deserved to get sick.

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wheat-dogg  May 19, 2017 • 11:14:28pm

re: #68 Anymouse

Well, it was only one study. That said, of the group of twenty mosquitoes they looked at, nineteen picked up multiple infections. That by itself is pretty convincing.

So I suppose if you were to get bit by one of these super-infected mosquitoes, for Republicans that would just indicate you weren’t living a sufficiently moral life or something and deserved to get sick.

Most of those moseys live in “third world” countries, so their victims would be written off as unimportant anyway.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:16:37pm

Grifter Kim Dotcom chatting amicably with propagandist Sean Hannity, who is still copulating with that chicken.

The family got a restraining order against the private eye they didn’t hire; they really ought to go after Hannity and/or FOX for harassment.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:19:03pm

Blow Up The Outside World

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:19:22pm

Not sure why that posted twice. I would edit it but I can’t figure out from reading the Twitter code where I should delete the excess.

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wheat-dogg  May 19, 2017 • 11:19:45pm

re: #70 Anymouse

Grifter Kim Dotcom chatting amicably with propagandist Sean Hannity, who is still copulating with that chicken.

The family got a restraining order against the private eye they didn’t hire; they really ought to go after Hannity and/or FOX for harassment.

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Kim Dotcom is a fraud.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:20:36pm

re: #73 wheat-dogg

Kim Dotcom is a fraud.

So is Sean Hannity.

Not that I promote fraud, but in a grifting competition with each other, I wonder who comes out on top?

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piratedan  May 19, 2017 • 11:20:52pm

re: #70 Anymouse

if not, I’m sure that they’ll just make something up… when has that ever stopped these guys, they make scandals just like omelets. With little or no regard for the eggs.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:22:29pm

re: #72 Anymouse

Not sure why that posted twice. I would edit it but I can’t figure out from reading the Twitter code where I should delete the excess.

When in doubt, cut all the offending code and post the link to the tweet again. That’s what I do.

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Kragar  May 19, 2017 • 11:23:47pm
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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:25:36pm

re: #77 Kragar

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 19, 2017 • 11:25:51pm

re: #50 Anymouse

I’ve never witnessed Angels licking their own balls and sniffing each other’s butts, so I must reserve judgment until then.

I think some people’s idea of heaven is to be able to lick your own balls and sniff butts with impunity…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 19, 2017 • 11:27:26pm

re: #61 Anymouse

And science develeloped bacon, quid pro quo.

Bacon existed before science, but it took science to combine it with the cheeseburger.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 19, 2017 • 11:28:05pm

re: #28 TedStriker

I think Trump does some of that Bolivian marching powder, IMO.

His doctor certainly has access to some potent stuff.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:28:28pm

Sean Hannity’s Twitter timeline is a Dumpster fire of derp.

Though my village overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump, pretty much no one in town is talking favourably about him now.

Right after the election I got the “har har” treatment from a few (minority number) of people over my support for Hillary Clinton.

Now? It’s been damn silent as folk seem to have figured out they were hosed by the GOP.

That probably won’t turn them into overnight Democrats. Too much conditioning from the GOP that liberals are evil, godless (well, I am but not most Democrats), anti-American, yadayada.

However, if they feel the GOP sold them down the river, that might depress turnout in a future election.

The way I see it, Democratic messaging shouldn’t be about trying to flip Republican votes (except for a small minority of voters that won’t likely happen). It should be (especially in Red states) trying to a) Present the Democratic platform to show how it helps individual voters and b) Hang Trump and his entire cabal around every Republican running for office that hasn’t specifically disavowed him.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 19, 2017 • 11:31:02pm

re: #82 Anymouse

Though my village overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump, pretty much no one in town is talking favourably about him now.

I think the new message will be that DT was not a True Republican or a True Conservative.

And somehow blame the Democrats for foisting him on the GOP.

Don’t worry, it will work.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:31:45pm

re: #82 Anymouse

Bruce Bartlett is spot on with this in re: politician/constituent relationship.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:32:06pm

re: #77 Kragar

Does fleeing to a non-extradition country count as an accomplishment?

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Dr Lizardo  May 19, 2017 • 11:33:15pm

re: #83 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

That’s pretty much exactly what’ll happen. “Trump wasn’t a real conservative!! He was a registered Democrat for many years…..he was a DNC plant to discredit the GOP!!” or some iteration of that kind of bullshit.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:36:47pm

re: #83 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

If that’s the case (they try the “not true conservative” or “the Democrats stuck Trump with the GOP”) then the message is even simpler: Why was the GOP so clueless the party could be so easily manipulated if you believe that?

Ted freakin’ Cruz (R-Alberta) was one of the candidates. He is so far to the right that his steering is stuck. And he endorsed Trump when the primaries wound up.

The GOP voters could have voted for Cruz. Or Kasich. Or Bush. Or any of the people in their clown-car. Instead, they voted for Trump.

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:39:17pm
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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:42:10pm

Time for your daily guinea pig:

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:44:30pm

Here’s me, screaming at a wall.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:45:47pm

re: #90 teleskiguy

This tweet clocked in at exactly 140 characters, BTW.

Heh!

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Anymouse  May 19, 2017 • 11:51:51pm

re: #91 teleskiguy

This tweet clocked in at exactly 140 characters, BTW.

Heh!

You should write slogans for the Democrats.

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teleskiguy  May 19, 2017 • 11:55:16pm

re: #92 Anymouse

You should write slogans for the Democrats.

I became a Democrat last summer after being third party since I was 18. I plan on working with my local Democratic Party during future elections. The day I changed my registration I went to their office and gave them my information.

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 12:01:18am

re: #93 teleskiguy

I became a Democrat last summer after being third party since I was 18. I plan on working with my local Democratic Party during future elections. The day I changed my registration I went to their office and gave them my information.

This kills me. I saw the operation the Democrats were pulling here in ski town Colorado and the things Hillary was pulling off as far as campaigning, messaging, social media, the works, was nothing short of well-oiled. I was impressed. Hillary, in effect, convinced me persuasively to vote for her, and on down the chain of the Democrats was solid messaging and information. I was happy and proud that I voted for Hillary Clinton, still am.

She fuckin’ won, damn it!

This is bullshit.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:02:48am

re: #93 teleskiguy

I became a Democrat last summer after being third party since I was 18. I plan on working with my local Democratic Party during future elections. The day I changed my registration I went to their office and gave them my information.

Do the Democrats have an equivalent greeting to “welcome, Hatchling?” /s

I’ve always been a Democrat since I first registered to vote in the 1980 election. My wife started as a Republican, became a Libertarian in Colorado and actually rose in the party ranks to campaign treasurer, but in the primaries in this election abandoned the Libertarians and became a Democrat.

I would be active in my county party but my county party’s two presidents (88 and 87 yo) don’t want this long-haired hippie stinkin’ up the place. My wife offered to provide her services to the county party free (the county Website had not been updated since 2011), they simply pulled the Website down.

The county party treasurer is a fellow from New York City originally, about ten years younger; we get along well, so perhaps in the future something can be done with our county party.

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Kragar  May 20, 2017 • 12:03:00am
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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 12:06:10am
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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 12:09:16am

re: #95 Anymouse

My county’s Democratic Party presence is well represented. Hell, they have an office 10 miles from my house, where I was able to give them a name and phone number the day I became a Democrat. My district in the statehouse is served by two Democratic women.

Our mission in 18 months is to get rid of our congresscritter Scott Tipton, a right-winger who represents Colorado’s 3rd district (largest by geographical area). He’s a shill for energy companies and stupid right-wing causes like shutting down Planned Parenthood.

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goddamnedfrank  May 20, 2017 • 12:10:13am

re: #91 teleskiguy

This tweet clocked in at exactly 140 characters, BTW.

Heh!

FYI @PangramTweets is a bot that automatically retweets any tweet that uses every letter in the English alphabet. Here was mine from last year, created totally by accident.

This was when the National Inquirer was trying to ratfuck Ted Cruz’s campaign with the unproven assertion he was involved in a sex scandal (barf).

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:10:14am

re: #94 teleskiguy

Yup. I started out as a Sanders supporter, but Clinton convinced me of the error of my ways.

In the meantime, my wife was arguing for a couple days on a forum with a twenty-something glibertarian who’s sum of knowledge of libertarianism comes from reading Ayn Rand.

He attacked her claiming she had no idea what libertarianism is (a former state Libertarian Party campaign chair). She is had him for lunch, in tiny-bite sized pieces.

Most of the people on the forum lean toward the Democrats, though there are plenty of Republicans as well. If you could get a standing ovation on the Internet when she was done with the fellow, they would have given him one.

(Guy even tried to argue today what a wonderful libertarian anarchy Somalia was until we messed it up. She had to straighten him out on Siad Barre being a Marxist supported by the Soviet Union, not an anarchy.)

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2017 • 12:10:20am

re: #97 JordanRules

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“Sir, the engines are off, but there’s still this high-pitched whine coming from the back.”

“That’s the president, son. He must have just turned on the news.”

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 12:10:42am

AF1 WHEELS DOWN!!!

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 12:10:51am

re: #94 teleskiguy

This kills me. I saw the operation the Democrats were pulling here in ski town Colorado and the things Hillary was pulling off as far as campaigning, messaging, social media, the works, was nothing short of well-oiled. I was impressed. Hillary, in effect, convinced me persuasively to vote for her, and on down the chain of the Democrats was solid messaging and information. I was happy and proud that I voted for Hillary Clinton, still am.

She fuckin’ won, damn it!

This is bullshit.

If politics operated the same way as scientific investigation, or engineering practices, people would look at the fucked-up presidential election process last November and realize that something was seriously wrong. The loser of the race gained almost 3 million more votes than the nominal winner — that’s an indication that the democratic process was compromised, and that it requires a re-examination or re-tooling to correct the errors.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 12:13:20am

He thinks this is how he should be treated here too. Ugggh.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:13:55am

re: #99 goddamnedfrank

LOL. Saw this on @pangramtweets

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 12:14:11am

re: #102 teleskiguy

Overweight American leader in ill-fitting clothes, accompanied by stylish, younger wife, is met by contingent of Saudis who pay more attention to wife than to out-of-element leader.

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 12:14:52am

re: #99 goddamnedfrank

Every letter in the alphabet. Impressive!

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William Lewis  May 20, 2017 • 12:17:34am

re: #90 teleskiguy

Here’s me, screaming at a wall.

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Nugent and Spencer bring more eyes and clicks so they’re worth more. Twitter only cares about money.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:17:40am

re: #103 wheat-dogg

If politics operated the same way as scientific investigation, or engineering practices, people would look at the fucked-up presidential election process last November and realize that something was seriously wrong. The loser of the race gained almost 3 million more votes than the nominal winner — that’s an indication that the democratic process was compromised, and that it requires a re-examination or re-tooling to correct the errors.

That retooling would be get rid of the Electoral College. That ain’t happening (it’s been tried before; the time to have done it and succeed would have been right after the Civil War). The alternative would be the Interstate National Popular Vote Compact, but I don’t really see that happening either unless voters climb all over their state legislatures. (Who knows, it has been introduced in Kansas so maybe?)

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:29:58am

At this point, I think we need extreme vetting of Trumps before they are allowed into the USA.

To re-purpose that racist analogy used against Muslims:

“If you had a bowl of Skittles, and there were a few Trumps mixed in, would you eat one?”

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 12:33:54am

His fuckin’ tie. I can’t get over it. When he was a young man he wore a tie and looked in the mirror and thought to himself “this points right to my yuge cock!” and has wore his ties the same ever since.

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Dave In Austin  May 20, 2017 • 12:35:45am

I believe we have a winner for the day.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 12:35:46am

Dang Melania. Cheer up.

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 12:42:08am

re: #113 JordanRules

Melania’s crossed her legs, which is Just Not Done in an Arab country. The sole of the foot is considered one of the dirtiest parts of the body, and exposing it to another person is extremely insulting. So, if you examine photos of Arabs and non-Arabs meeting with them, generally everyone has their feet flat on the floor while seated in chairs.

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 12:43:19am

re: #113 JordanRules

Trump, as usual, looks uncomfortable and out of place, perched on the edge of his chair, hands folded between the knees.

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Dave In Austin  May 20, 2017 • 12:45:11am

re: #115 wheat-dogg

Like he’s taking a dump……

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 12:46:01am

re: #115 wheat-dogg

Trump, as usual, looks uncomfortable and out of place, perched on the edge of his chair, hands folded between the knees.

He’s surrounded by powerful Muslim men with keffiyehs on. He’s in over his head.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:47:16am

I think someone mentioned it before, today is Armed Forces Day, set in statute and defined in the US Flag Code as a particular day to fly the flag. The statue requires the President to issue a proclamation every year.

(I send proclamations around the Panhandle for every such day designated in the Flag Code, but my proclamations don’t seem to have the gravitas of a Presidential or gubernatorial proclamation for some reason. /s)

My state governor did not issue a proclamation. (Not surprised there).

Donald Trump did. His proclamation’s title (and a paragraph in the proclamation) say the same thing:

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims the Third Saturday of Each May as Armed Forces Day.

Each May? Is this a one-off for him?

whitehouse.gov

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Dave In Austin  May 20, 2017 • 12:47:25am

re: #117 teleskiguy

He’s surrounded by powerful Muslim men with keffiyehs on. He’s in over his head.

And he plans on giving a speech on Islam….!!??

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:48:03am

re: #117 teleskiguy

He’s surrounded by powerful Muslim men with keffiyehs on. He’s in over his head.

Evergreen statement… .

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 12:49:01am

re: #119 Dave In Austin

And he plans on giving a speech on Islam….!!??

Reportedly written by Stephen Miller. I fear the worst.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 12:51:01am

re: #121 wheat-dogg

Reportedly written by Stephen Miller. I fear the worst.

I wonder if they know that Saudi Arabia jails people for insulting their religion.

It would be a disaster of the first order if Mr. Miller went off on some wingnut rant about Islam in Saudi Arabia, however, the Saudis might jail them over it. Is that a push?

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 12:54:48am

re: #122 Anymouse

I wonder if they know that Saudi Arabia jails people for insulting their religion.

It would be a disaster of the first order if Mr. Miller went off on some wingnut rant about Islam in Saudi Arabia, however, the Saudis might jail them over it. Is that a push?

If Trump spouted some anti-Arab or anti-Islam BS, the repercussions would go way beyond arrests. There’d be mass protests in every Muslim country and likely reprisals by ISIS, Taliban, or whatever. That said, I doubt the Saudis would arrest anyone in Trump’s contingent, but they would make it clear the whole lot should hurry up and leave town ASAP before something bad happens.

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Dr Lizardo  May 20, 2017 • 12:58:34am

re: #123 wheat-dogg

If Trump spouted some anti-Arab or anti-Islam BS, the repercussions would go way beyond arrests. There’d be mass protests in every Muslim country and likely reprisals by ISIS, Taliban, or whatever. That said, I doubt the Saudis would arrest anyone in Trump’s contingent, but they would make it clear the whole lot should hurry up and leave town ASAP before something bad happens.

This, pretty much exactly. It would be a disaster of the first magnitude and seeing as it’s alleged that Miller wrote this speech, well……….I gotta ask myself, does Miller have the tact to write a speech about Islam, a religion he despises, that wouldn’t provoke an international crisis?

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 1:01:11am

re: #123 wheat-dogg

I suppose that’s so.

We can hope Mr. Miller isn’t going to stick his foot in it with that speech.

I’m not even sure the White House has a protocol officer at the moment; that would be the person that brief the President on proper etiquette for each foreign leader or governmental official he or she might meet.

With this band of highwaymen, I can’t imagine what disaster they might perpetrate. Trump wanting to land his helicopter on the top of Israel’s Masada was bad enough: Imagine if he wanted to land it at the Kaaba.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 1:04:38am

It’s just above freezing here and snowing.

I went out yesterday afternoon and it was about forty and raining. I think my car has sunk into the street up to its axles.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 1:08:26am

Worldwide Effort to Keep Trump Happy on First Trip Abroad (goes to SFGate), with more (gaaaaaaaa):

When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup [emphasis mine] - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.

At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule.

It’s all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America’s homebody president on a voyage with increasingly raised stakes given the ballooning controversy involving his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. For a former international businessman, Trump simply doesn’t have an affinity for much international.

Even before Trump’s trip morphed from a quick jaunt to Europe into a nine-day behemoth, White House aides were on edge about how the president would take to grueling pressures of foreign travel: the time zone changes, the unfamiliar hotels, the local delicacies. Two officials said they feared that a difficult trip might even lead the president to hand off future traveling duties to Vice President Mike Pence.

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2017 • 1:09:37am

re: #127 Anymouse

Worldwide Effort to Keep Trump Happy on First Trip Abroad (goes to SFGate), with more (gaaaaaaaa):

What Trump eats is not steak, it’s shoe leather with pretensions of being edible.

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 1:16:48am

So, Fuckface Von Clownstick is going to be out of the country for nine days???

Color me skeptical.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 1:17:38am

It’s hard to believe that all of this nonsense started with two self-serving lies that actually served no purpose at all:

1) Mr. Pence claiming he knew nothing of Gen. Flynn’s foreign contacts and payments when Pence was in charge of vetting him.

2) Mr. Trump claiming then-President Obama had him “wire tapped.”

Then the press started digging. Too bad they didn’t do that during the campaign.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 1:20:52am

Probably posted somewhere here already, but bears repeating:

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 1:21:49am
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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 1:23:09am

re: #132 Anymouse

Popcorn Time!
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Targetpractice  May 20, 2017 • 1:26:05am

re: #132 Anymouse

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Don’t say anything critical of Islam? From a guy whose entire schtick last year was portraying Muslims as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers? Oh, this should be a sight to behold.

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Dave In Austin  May 20, 2017 • 1:26:17am

re: #133 teleskiguy

No shit……

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Shiplord Kirel  May 20, 2017 • 1:31:38am
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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 1:35:24am

Bill Maher is a fuckhead. But when he’s right, goddamn it he’s right.

New Rule: Orange Sphincter to the Rescue | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Shiplord Kirel  May 20, 2017 • 1:40:09am

Pence will almost certainly not succeed to the presidency if\when Trump goes. Ryan is kind of wobbly. 83 year old Orrin Hatch is the highest person in the order of succession who seems clean (of Russian cooties, that is; he is still a filthy poltroon of a Republican of course).

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:08:27am

re: #138 Shiplord Kirel

Pence will almost certainly not succeed to the presidency if\when Trump goes. Ryan is kind of wobbly. 83 year old Orrin Hatch is the highest person in the order of succession who seems clean (of Russian cooties, that is; he is still a filthy poltroon of a Republican of course).

We’ll have to see about Paul Ryan. Despite Trump attacking him, like John McCain he ended up supporting Trump.

It may be that the “policy zonk” is not so much involved in the Russia scheme, he is just clueless (like so much else). Clueless is not a disqualification for President (see also Donald Trump).

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:15:55am

And, off Chris Hayes’s joke about Jared Kushner, a wag has responded on Twitter:

(BaredTushner account, put an “at” sign in front of the name)

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:19:21am

Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton being an idiot:

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 2:24:04am

re: #140 Anymouse

Might be best to display individual tweets as opposed to his entire fuckin’ feed.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:28:51am

re: #142 teleskiguy

Might be best to display individual tweets as opposed to his entire fuckin’ feed.

Oops. Lemme go fix.

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fern01  May 20, 2017 • 2:36:00am

re: #113 JordanRules

Dang Melania. Cheer up.

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They both look like they would rather be anywhere else but here

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:38:03am

My regional newspaper entirely avoiding anything Donald Trump related.

They do have this interesting gem about Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado:

Colorado Governor Pardons Felon to Stave Off Deportation (goes to the Scottsbluff, Nebr. Star-Herald more at the link)

I’m guessing that won’t work if ICE wants to take him. That said, Colorado isn’t going to help them out with that.

Colorado’s governor on Friday pardoned a Cuban immigrant for an armed robbery he committed 19 years ago in an effort stave off the man’s deportation after immigration authorities detained him following a judge’s ruling that he should no longer be imprisoned.

The pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was the latest twist in the saga of Rene Lima-Marin, 38. He came to the U.S. as a toddler as part of the 1980 Mariel boat lift from Cuba and had legal residency until it was revoked following his 2000 criminal conviction. Lima-Marin was sentenced to 98 years in prison for the robbery. But he was mistakenly paroled from Colorado state prison in 2008.

Lima-Marin married, had a child and got a steady job installing glass before state authorities realized their mistake in 2014 and sent him back for the remainder of his 98-year prison sentence.

A Colorado judge earlier this week ordered Lima-Marin released from state prison, saying it would be “draconian” to keep him incarcerated. But before he could return to his family, immigration authorities picked him up, citing a still-active deportation order from 2000. His lawyers said a pardon was his only chance to stave off deportation.

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Timothy Watson  May 20, 2017 • 2:40:49am

re: #132 Anymouse

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I read online that anything other than a gentle headshake was considered rude.

So, yeah, Trump’s doomed.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:42:11am

re: #146 Timothy Watson

I read online that anything other than a gentle headshake was considered rude.

So, yeah, Trump’s doomed.

Perhaps Melania will put him in a straightjacket.

(Then forget to take him out when they leave.)

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:45:58am

Donald Trump Is Not a Child: He’s Something Much Worse (Goes to the Chicago Tribune, opinion, more at the link):

We were wrong, it turns out. Anyone cannot be president. Anyone can be elected president (any man, that is), but not anyone can be president.

After the careless, boastful revelations of his great intelligence to Russia, the firing of the FBI director, the new allegations that he asked James B. Comey to just “let this (Michael Flynn investigation) go” and the months of conducting himself without any curiosity, reverence for history, or ability to avoid mistakes, many columnists lately have been calling President Donald Trump a child, or a bull in a china shop.

This is, I think, unfair to children, and to bulls. Bulls have done a good job running Wall Street. Sometimes children are not cruel on purpose. Children can sit still and are often unable to stick their feet into their mouths, and sometimes will let you get more ice cream than they get.

He is something more terrifying than a child. Children can learn.

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 2:47:52am

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:49:20am

re: #149 teleskiguy

We can hope not … but as a wag on Twitter noted, this week seems like a year.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 2:52:54am

Well, it turns out there is no extradition treaty between Saudi Arabia and the USA. (Search engines are my friend.) Mr. Trump owns a property there. Perhaps he’ll just move in?

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teleskiguy  May 20, 2017 • 3:00:01am

re: #149 teleskiguy

If you clicked the button and wish for the spinning to stop, just press ‘enter.’

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Dave In Austin  May 20, 2017 • 3:01:18am

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:01:54am

re: #152 teleskiguy

If you clicked the button and wish for the spinning to stop, just press ‘enter.’

Isn’t that like suddenly hitting the brakes on a merry-go-round? Everyone flies forward? /s

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 3:08:48am

re: #144 fern01

They both look like they would rather be anywhere else but here

she would like to be anywhere he is not

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:11:47am

re: #155 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

she would like to be anywhere he is not

Well, she signed up for the gig. She went all-in on the Birther nonsense herself. I have no sympathy for her. Their minor son, yes, he had no say in this nonsense, but Melania, nope.

Looking for humour on Twitter sometimes comes up with pretty funny stuff (for varying values of funny, it’s not hard to humour me):

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:13:59am
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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:24:21am

Seen on-line:

Trump: “Look everybody, Mohammed is the greatest, really a great guy. Look, I drew a picture of him! Isn’t he cute?”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 3:26:48am

re: #158 Anymouse

Seen on-line:

Trump: “Look everybody, Mohammed is the greatest, really a great guy. Look, I drew a picture of him! Isn’t he cute?”

I wonder when he is going to mention all those people cheering on the rooftops after 9/11…

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:30:11am

re: #159 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I wonder when he is going to mention all those people cheering on the rooftops after 9/11…

If this trip doesn’t turn into an absolute disaster, I will be dumbfounded.

I can’t see how they can fail to foul this up.

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William Lewis  May 20, 2017 • 3:33:24am

re: #160 Anymouse

If this trip doesn’t turn into an absolute disaster, I will be dumbfounded.

I can’t see how they can fail to foul this up.

Well, the Saudis probably expect him to be nothing but a fool since they have experience with him as a businessman​. I’m sure they’ll ignore what he blathers so long as they get the arms sales they want to keep their peons in place.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:35:45am

Then there’s this: Tens of thousands planning to protest Trump when he arrives in Brussels:

trumpnotwelcome.be (in English)

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 3:43:29am

re: #162 Anymouse

Then there’s this: Tens of thousands planning to protest Trump when he arrives in Brussels:

trumpnotwelcome.be (in English)

He can send his security guards out to beat them up, just like his friend Erdogan did in the US

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:46:30am

Well, if he manages to get out of this trip without humiliating the entire country, stand by for the magic balance fairy press to proudly proclaim “this is the moment he became presidential… .”

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Targetpractice  May 20, 2017 • 3:52:29am

re: #164 Anymouse

Well, if he manages to get out of this trip without humiliating the entire country, stand by for the magic balance fairy press to proudly proclaim “this is the moment he became presidential… .”

FNC is already pushing the “He’s more macho than Obama and his ‘apology tour’!” BS.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 3:56:22am

re: #165 Targetpractice

FNC is already pushing the “He’s more macho than Obama and his ‘apology tour’!” BS.

Look for their “War on Christmas” stories to start earlier this year to provide another distraction… .

As I noted above, my nice conservative-leaning newspaper isn’t covering Trump at all now …

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 4:04:39am

re: #164 Anymouse

Well, if he manages to get out of this trip without humiliating the entire country, stand by for the magic balance fairy press to proudly proclaim “this is the moment he became presidential… .”

Yeah, like when he gave that inaugural address that truly sucked as an inaugural address. Good times!

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 4:07:48am

re: #167 wheat-dogg

Yeah, like when he gave that inaugural address that truly sucked as an inaugural address. Good times!

And yet daily humdrum life goes on … I have to go to one of the village’s wells/pumphouse to take water samples for a coliform lab test in a couple days. That will be my first time doing it, so I will be under training.

It’s actually nice to have some boring intrude into these interesting times once in a while.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 4:20:32am

Well, I see he either still has access to Twitter, or someone’s doing it for him:

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 4:30:00am

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren grilled Steve Mnuchin over a bizarre statement.

huffingtonpost.com

Mnuchin said the administration supports a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, but firmly opposes separating investment and commercial banks.

Senator Warren asked him what he thought the Glass-Steagall Act was about, since that was the centrepiece of the original legislation.

The 2016 Republican Party Platform had this plank:

“We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment.”

Of course Steve Mnuchin could be angling for a definition of “high-risk investment” not being the same as investment banking. Alternatively, the Treasury Secretary thinks we’re as dumb as much of Trump’s cabinet. On the third hand, the GOP could have just been lying to take in a few gullible voters.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 4:56:24am

re: #170 Anymouse

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren grilled Steve Mnuchin over a bizarre statement.

huffingtonpost.com

Mnuchin said the administration supports a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, but firmly opposes separating investment and commercial banks.

Senator Warren asked him what he thought the Glass-Steagall Act was about, since that was the centrepiece of the original legislation.

The 2016 Republican Party Platform had this plank:

Of course Steve Mnuchin could be angling for a definition of “high-risk investment” not being the same as investment banking. Alternatively, the Treasury Secretary thinks we’re as dumb as much of Trump’s cabinet. On the third hand, the GOP could have just been lying to take in a few gullible voters.

Do recall that Glass-Steagall was repealed under Clinton…

But it was the totally lax regulatory climate under Bush that allowed things to overheat and collapse.

As long as home mortgages are (indirectly) subsidized by mortgage interest tax deductions and federal housing loan guarantees, that money should not be allowed to be used as collateral for speculative purposes; it distorts the market and leads to unsustainable bubbles.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 5:11:31am

re: #171 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Do recall that Glass-Steagall was repealed under Clinton…

But it was the totally lax regulatory climate under Bush that allowed things to overheat and collapse.

As long as home mortgages are subsidized by mortgage interest tax deductions and federal housing loan guarantees, that money should not be allowed to be used as collateral for speculative purposes; it distorts the market and leads to unsustainable bubbles.

It was repealed under Bill Clinton with a veto-proof Republican Congress.

Moreover, by the time that bill came up, all but two of the Act’s provisions had been struck down by the Supreme Court.

In my opinion, Bill Clinton should have vetoed the bill, if nothing else but to show that the GOP was not looking out for the interests of the voters with a veto override.

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lawhawk  May 20, 2017 • 5:18:00am

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the much more seasonable NYC metro area. We had ourselves a genuine heat wave here that broke this morning. Woo.

And then we get right into Trump being in KSA.

Trump does all the things he bitched Obama did when visiting Saudi Arabia. The bows. First Lady not wearing head scarf. All of it.

Trump’s desperate to spin all this as a success, when the reality is that foreign policy and trips are usually a refuge for a president who faces trouble at home, and boy does Trump have trouble. Between all of yesterday’s epic news breaks that occurred minutes after Trump went wheels up, and the ongoing Russia-Trump scandal, Trump has to rely on Faux News to continue throwing chaff against the wind.

And what better way than for Hannity to spew nonsensical ravings in tweets with Jimmy Woods.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 20, 2017 • 5:18:35am

re: #164 Anymouse

Well, if he manages to get out of this trip without humiliating the entire country, stand by for the magic balance fairy press to proudly proclaim “this is the moment he became presidential… .”

If he and Melania aren’t caned, this trio will be a yuge “turn-around” during the deep state “witch hunt”.

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William Lewis  May 20, 2017 • 5:28:35am

Off to bed, wondering what will be on the news when I get up hours from now…
Screw it, here’s something nice to sign off to instead.

The Cars - My Best Friend’s Girl - Live 1978

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 5:30:54am

re: #172 Anymouse

It was repealed under Bill Clinton with a veto-proof Republican Congress.

Moreover, by the time that bill came up, all but two of the Act’s provisions had been struck down by the Supreme Court.

In my opinion, Bill Clinton should have vetoed the bill, if nothing else but to show that the GOP was not looking out for the interests of the voters with a veto override.

That first part I did not know.

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Jay C  May 20, 2017 • 5:33:28am

Morning all.

One piece of semi/sorta/kinda/FWIW good news from abroad today: despite the predictions and hopes of various RW neocons and warmongers over here, Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a decisive victory for a second term in yesterday’s election (57% with high turnout). This dashing the hopes of the Iran hawks that the hardliners would scam out a win and “show the world what they really are” (Elliot Abrams must be crying into his beer 25-year-old single-malt). It’s not an unalloyed positive, of course; Iran’s “reformers” are still nowhere near as powerful as their popular support would warrant, and the top leadership is still a vicious theocracy/oligarchy: thoroughly loathed by a non-trivial segment of the population fwiw, but never mind. But worth noticing that despite the reflexive Axis-Of-Evil demonization common in too much US reportage (and, of course, the Trump malAdministration), the recent election in Iran -despite its systemic flaws - was far more inclusive, fair and peaceful than in a lot of other countries in the region.

And an interesting tidbit buried in that BBC piece in Iran: apparently, despite all the fuming rhetoric about the Iran nuclear deal our Imbecile-in-Chief has loved to spout: when it had to make its required quarterly decision about the sanctions-relief policy, the WH quietly did nothing. So Obama’s “worst deal ever” is still in place. Funny about that…

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lawhawk  May 20, 2017 • 5:35:52am

re: #177 Jay C

Trump admin had to admit that the Iranians are holding to the terms of the deal.

Same with Israel. They’ve gone silent over the Iran deal too, mostly because they know it’s at least delaying Iran’s nuclear program. Recall Bibi consistently claimed Iran was 3-6 months from having nuclear weapon capabilities, and now that has been pushed off.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 5:39:10am

re: #178 lawhawk

Trump admin had to admit that the Iranians are holding to the terms of the deal.

Same with Israel. They’ve gone silent over the Iran deal too, mostly because they know it’s at least delaying Iran’s nuclear program. Recall Bibi consistently claimed Iran was 3-6 months from having nuclear weapon capabilities, and now that has been pushed off.

Stop now, what’s that sound?

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Jay C  May 20, 2017 • 5:47:03am

re: #178 lawhawk

Trump admin had to admit that the Iranians are holding to the terms of the deal.

Same with Israel. They’ve gone silent over the Iran deal too, mostly because they know it’s at least delaying Iran’s nuclear program. Recall Bibi consistently claimed Iran was 3-6 months from having nuclear weapon capabilities, and now that has been pushed off.

Well, from what I have read here and there, the Israelis (in general) still view Iran as an implacable enemy, still aren’t confident in the JCPOA, and still pissed that the US hasn’t/won’t greenlight a military attack on their nuke facilities. But I’m sure Bibi will find some new set of cartoons to show off…

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lawhawk  May 20, 2017 • 5:51:04am

re: #180 Jay C

Well, now they’ve got Trump’s fucking over the Mossad’s asset that was providing intel to the US on IS. So, there’s that.

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Barefoot Grin  May 20, 2017 • 5:52:36am

re: #181 lawhawk

Well, now they’ve got Trump’s fucking over the Mossad’s asset that was providing intel to the US on IS. So, there’s that.

Mossad is a pretty lighthearted organization, so…. //

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 5:59:48am

Good morning.

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steve_davis  May 20, 2017 • 6:06:08am

re: #79 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I think some people’s idea of heaven is to be able to lick your own balls and sniff butts with impunity…

or in the words of George Carlin, “If I could do that, I’d never leave the house.”

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garzooma  May 20, 2017 • 6:07:37am

re: #173 lawhawk

Trump does all the things he bitched Obama did when visiting Saudi Arabia. The bows. First Lady not wearing head scarf. All of it.

Trump bowed? Where was this shown?

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Decatur Deb  May 20, 2017 • 6:15:02am

re: #185 garzooma

Trump bowed? Where was this shown?

Who is on the press plane, if there is one?

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 6:16:59am

re: #176 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

That first part I did not know.

The act that repealed it was the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

According to Wikipedia, that font of all human ken [citation needed], the makeup of Congress at the time was:

House
R-207
D-155

Senate
R-52
D-38

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mmmirele  May 20, 2017 • 6:18:41am

David French of the National Review misgendered Chelsea Manning, he was justifiably chewed out in social media, and then he went back to National Review to whine again. I decided to pile on, in part because one of my dearest friends is transitioning right now and because I remembered the weirdness last year when French was bandied as a possible presidential candidate.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 6:20:07am

What finally forced the Act to be repealed (note CitiGroup is the guilty party here):

Prior to the Act, most financial services companies were already offering both saving and investment opportunities to their customers. On the retail/consumer side, a bank called Norwest Corporation, which would later merge with Wells Fargo Bank, led the charge in offering all types of financial services products in 1986. American Express attempted to own participants in almost every field of financial business (although there was little synergy among them). Things culminated in 1998 when Citibank merged with Travelers Insurance, creating CitiGroup. The merger violated the Bank Holding Company Act (BHCA), but Citibank was given a two-year forbearance that was based on an assumption that they would be able to force a change in the law. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act passed in November 1999, repealing portions of the BHCA and the Glass-Steagall Act, allowing banks, brokerages, and insurance companies to merge, thus making the CitiCorp/Travelers Group merger legal.

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 6:20:51am
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jeffreyw  May 20, 2017 • 6:37:17am

Imgur
Good morning!

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fern01  May 20, 2017 • 6:47:30am

re: #155 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

she would like to be anywhere he is not

Wonder what he promised to get her to go? Given she had the brains to stay home alone in NY, I guess she thinks there’s safety in a world trip - lots of minders around.

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mmmirele  May 20, 2017 • 6:52:16am

re: #189 Anymouse

Curiously, my evil too big to fail employer is said to be exploring the sale of its insurance unit.

charlotteobserver.com

I work in a locked space in an operations center; but in the open area next to the locked space is a huge cube farm full of people who work for insurance and more space is being made over for them. If the business were sold off, they’d presumably/eventually have to move somewhere else besides a wholly owned and operated building.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 6:55:42am

I tell a story that I personally collapsed Washington Mutual bank.

My wife and I were visiting my mother in Chicago. Prior to my marriage, during the brief time I sofa-surfed at my mother’s house, I opened a checking account at WaMu across the street. (My sister held an account at WaMu and was impressed with the customer service: It seemed everyone in the bank remembered every customer’s name when they walked in.)

About ten minutes before closing time, I wandered across the street to close my account; I had about $100 in it. When I told the teller I wanted to close my account (I had not used it in at least a year), she took me to the manager’s office, who grilled me on why I wanted to close it. (Are you unhappy? Is there some way we can improve our service? &c)

I told them no, I lived in Oklahoma where there were no WaMu banks, he could check my address in the computer to verify that. He directed the teller to clean out my account and give me my money. I was the last customer in the bank that day.

Next day, they were closed for good. I figure my $100 was the only money WaMu had in relation to their massive debt.

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wheat-dogg  May 20, 2017 • 7:15:05am

re: #194 Anymouse

Cool story. Your $100 withdrawal was the least of WaMu’s troubles. WaMu is the prime example of a decent savings bank getting too greedy and trying to cash in on subprime mortgage lending by violating almost every rule of prudent banking and investing.

First big mistake: buying Long Beach Mortgage Co., probably the shadiest mortgage lender in the USA.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 7:18:01am

re: #186 Decatur Deb

This is what I’m wondering too. Let’s hope the leaking continues apace while they are abroad.

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:28:27am

re: #186 Decatur Deb

Who is on the press plane, if there is one?

The press plane, like a tourist’s luggage, somehow wound up in southeast Asia.

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:29:30am
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Dr. Matt  May 20, 2017 • 7:30:00am
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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 7:32:53am

re: #195 wheat-dogg

Cool story. Your $100 withdrawal was the least of WaMu’s troubles. WaMu is the prime example of a decent savings bank getting too greedy and trying to cash in on subprime mortgage lending by violating almost every rule of prudent banking and investing.

First big mistake: buying Long Beach Mortgage Co., probably the shadiest mortgage lender in the USA.

I realise my $100 had no effect on WaMu. It’s just a story I tell (WaMu only had a hundred dollars and I took it).

The thing that got me when the news came out that the Feds had closed the bank was the grilling by the bank manager. In retrospect it seems that he knew the bank was about to be closed (though in the last ten minutes of the day there could hardly be an in-person bank run) and I might have some outside information (the Feds kept it secret right up until they closed the bank).

My wife and I went through another failed bank (we sure know how to pick em). Before we met, my wife opened account at Home National Bank in Oklahoma when she moved there. Home was seized by FDIC the same year, and sold to Roger County Bank (RCB currently).

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Ace-o-aces  May 20, 2017 • 7:35:00am
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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:37:48am

re: #199 Dr. Matt

Jimmy and Barack are missing.

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sagehen  May 20, 2017 • 7:39:57am

re: #202 darthstar

Jimmy and Barack are missing.

and GHWB

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 7:40:08am

re: #202 darthstar

Jimmy and Barack are missing.

And the special prosecutor appointed for Bill Clinton was mostly BS fiscal conservatives wasting our money while cheating on their own wives (cough cough the Holy See’s new ambassador and her hub)

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:44:26am

re: #203 sagehen

and GHWB

So three out of eight were prosecutor free…that’s 37.5% over the last 44 years!

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Dr. Matt  May 20, 2017 • 7:44:32am
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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 7:44:48am

A claim from Motherboard that Disney World is in dispute on whether to add Donald Trump to its Hall of Presidents.

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:47:45am
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451_Montag  May 20, 2017 • 7:50:16am

re: #207 Anymouse

A claim from Motherboard that Disney World is in dispute on whether to add Donald Trump to its Hall of Presidents.

I’m hoping it’s because they don’t want to spend the money to build an animatronic for just the next few weeks.

Also I’m hoping this goes so bad for Trump he’ll be willing to stand there himself for minimum wage.

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:52:37am
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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 7:52:42am

Russia story has so many tentacles. Damn you Pootie.

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 7:52:50am
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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:54:25am

I hope Trump doesn’t start an international incident by giving the Saudis Sarah Hucka-Boo-Boo as a token of his appreciation…not that I’d miss her.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 7:54:59am

re: #210 darthstar

“the pomp and circumstance and the respect he feels he doesn’t get at home.” …so they can get favorable arms deals and continue empowering terrorist orgs on the low.

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thedopefishlives  May 20, 2017 • 7:56:44am

Morning Lizardim. What fresh hell awaits on this rainy, gloomy, cold Saturday?

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 7:56:59am

re: #212 Anymouse

The Israelis are calling Trump “Mr Balagan?” - I had to look it up.

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Ace-o-aces  May 20, 2017 • 7:57:18am
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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 8:00:08am

The travels and travails of Bilbo Balagan.

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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 8:03:16am

re: #218 darthstar

Balagan receiving the Precious

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 20, 2017 • 8:04:46am

re: #188 mmmirele

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Anymouse  May 20, 2017 • 8:05:14am

Trump will likely manage to insult Muslims, Jews, and Christians (via his meeting with the Holy See, not to mention Callista Gingrich) all in one week. All he has to do now is go after Hinduism and Buddhism to collect the set. (I’m not sure about China’s traditional religions, but he can go for them too I guess.) He would certainly score a first for a president with that.

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Dr. Matt  May 20, 2017 • 8:05:25am

Drump gets a participation medal. How cute. Now he gets to go to McDonald’s for a sundae.

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Jay C  May 20, 2017 • 8:09:34am

re: #216 darthstar

The Israelis are calling Trump “Mr Balagan?” - I had to look it up.

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Oy gevalt!

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BeachDem  May 20, 2017 • 8:11:34am

re: #223 Jay C

Oy gevalt!

From Yiddish Curses for Jewish Republicans:

May you make a fortune, and lose it all in one of Sheldon Adelson’s casinos.

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Barefoot Grin  May 20, 2017 • 8:12:00am

But all will be forgiven because it was Obama who hated Israel. //

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thedopefishlives  May 20, 2017 • 8:15:46am

re: #218 darthstar

The travels and travails of Bilbo Balagan.

We are going to get so much mileage out of this, it’s fantastic. Thank you, Israel!

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Jay C  May 20, 2017 • 8:17:08am

re: #210 darthstar

re: #214 JordanRules

“the pomp and circumstance and the respect he feels he doesn’t get at home.”

IOW, fawning deference and center-of-attention ego-fluffing carried out in gaudy settings of conspicuous wealth-display.*

Nice to know our President has his priorities straight….

* Maybe someone had the “right” idea for Trump to visit KSA first: they’re really good at doing the overdecorated garish/gilded/fancy-marble stuff (just like Trump’s apartment). He’ll feel right at home

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freetoken  May 20, 2017 • 8:19:14am
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Unshaken Defiance  May 20, 2017 • 8:23:54am

Hmmmm

Hahaha

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freetoken  May 20, 2017 • 8:32:35am

Black faced Vervets at the river:

African Animal Lookout Camera powered by EXPLORE.org

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Le Coquí Résistance  May 20, 2017 • 8:32:36am

re: #47 prairiefire

Apparently American Gods on Starz has hit all the bases.

I’ve been watching it so far. Some of the iconic scenes from the book are well played.

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sagehen  May 20, 2017 • 8:37:25am

re: #216 darthstar

The Israelis are calling Trump “Mr Balagan?” - I had to look it up.

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In Yiddish, it’s mishegas.

There’s an extra layer of insult that they’re choosing to use the Russian word instead.

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Dr. Matt  May 20, 2017 • 8:41:55am
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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 8:45:54am

Just about to go for a walk here in Punta de Mita, and they’re starting a yoga class on the roof…sent my wife up to join as she loves that shit. Gives me another hour to mock our dear leader online for Democracy.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 8:46:56am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 8:47:44am
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I cannot.  May 20, 2017 • 8:51:51am

Oh shit. I just realized that I forgot my anti-seizure medication. Fortunately, its not something where if I’m off by a bit, my brain goes ‘splodey, but I did start feeling that woowoo feeling that I get

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Blind Frog Belly White  May 20, 2017 • 8:51:51am

I’d ask in what world hiding out in a foreign embassy to avoid extradition to face a rape charge qualifies as being ‘detained without charge’, but the simplest answer is ‘Trump’s World’.

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alloutofcrazyhere  May 20, 2017 • 8:55:27am

re: #237 I cannot.

Been there, done that. Usually takes longer than a day for me to notice a difference, so missing one dose isn’t a total catastrophe.

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 8:56:49am
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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 9:01:18am

re: #238 Blind Frog Belly White

I’d ask in what world hiding out in a foreign embassy to avoid extradition to face a rape charge qualifies as being ‘detained without charge’, but the simplest answer is ‘Trump’s World’.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 9:02:58am

re: #188 mmmirele

David French of the National Review misgendered Chelsea Manning, he was justifiably chewed out in social media, and then he went back to National Review to whine again. I decided to pile on, in part because one of my dearest friends is transitioning right now and because I remembered the weirdness last year when French was bandied as a possible presidential candidate.

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He’s just another ignorant asshole who loves to bully people. Just like every other frustrated freak who posts their misogynistic trash at Buckley’s literary litter box!

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 9:07:00am
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makeitstop  May 20, 2017 • 9:09:32am

They’re just going to keep Trump away from the press altogether while he’s on this trip, aren’t they?

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 9:10:43am

Webster’s dictionary - still subtly trolling Trump.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 9:11:41am
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thedopefishlives  May 20, 2017 • 9:11:51am

re: #245 darthstar

If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 9:12:56am
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austin_blue  May 20, 2017 • 9:13:51am

re: #244 makeitstop

They’re just going to keep Trump away from the press altogether while he’s on this trip, aren’t they?

Well for the love of Dog, wouldn’t you?

Send Spicey and Huckabucka out to throw raw meat textured protein filler to the baying hounds.

The Drumpf has got some diplomacizin’ to do!

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 9:19:23am

$380 billion…these are imaginary numbers, people. But if you’re up early on Monday, buy General Dynamics stock.

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Joe Bacon  May 20, 2017 • 9:19:32am

Want an idea of how Trump’s diplomacy is going to go on this trip?

Hint: Google Wheeler & Woolsey’s Diplomaniacs…

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darthstar  May 20, 2017 • 9:26:12am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  May 20, 2017 • 9:29:18am

re: #238 Blind Frog Belly White

I’d ask in what world hiding out in a foreign embassy to avoid extradition to face a rape charge qualifies as being ‘detained without charge’, but the simplest answer is ‘Trump’s World’.

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Stanley Sea  May 20, 2017 • 9:30:04am

re: #186 Decatur Deb

Who is on the press plane, if there is one?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 9:38:29am

heh

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Schweppes7  May 20, 2017 • 9:39:54am

Link

“The draft of the speech includes no mention of “radical Islamic terrorism” — a phrase that candidate Trump regularly criticized opponent Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for shying away from. His speech calls terrorism a widespread problem plaguing everyone who loves peace.”

I don’t understand. I thought that calling the problem “radical Islamic terrorism” is the key to defeating ISIS and the reason Trump was best suited to solve this problem? Apparently he is too cowardly to use his “magic words” when faced with a majority Muslim audience, which is not too surprising…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 9:44:22am

re: #256 Schweppes7

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austin_blue  May 20, 2017 • 9:44:23am

re: #256 Schweppes7

Link

“The draft of the speech includes no mention of “radical Islamic terrorism” — a phrase that candidate Trump regularly criticized opponent Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for shying away from. His speech calls terrorism a widespread problem plaguing everyone who loves peace.”

I don’t understand. I thought that calling the problem “radical Islamic terrorism” is the key to defeating ISIS and the reason Trump was best suited to solve this problem? Apparently he is too cowardly to use his “magic words” when faced with a majority Muslim audience business partners, which is not too surprising…

There ya go…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 9:45:36am
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stpaulbear  May 20, 2017 • 9:49:14am

This is a great op-ed in the WaPo by someone who’s obviously a mom. I read it via a post at Balloon Juice that blockquoted a different section. The whole thing is wow.

Merely watching this, you are now 600 years old. (Have you written this before? Hundreds of years have passed since Tuesday. You have no memory of the Time Before.) It is as though all of your involuntary muscle functions now require conscious effort. Everything you assumed would take care of itself so that you could go about your life now requires you to watch it and hold your breath. You are holding your breath all the time.

It is bringing your drunk relative to a party where you need to impress people for work, but 24 hours a day, and your co-workers are the entire world, and some of them have nukes.

It is like expecting a cardboard cutout of a pro wrestler to perform open-heart surgery.

It is like watching a golden retriever try to disable a bomb. The dog can’t determine which is the red button and which is the green button. It can’t see color. It’s a dog, for Pete’s sake. What did you expect?

It is like leaving a horse unsupervised in a room with cake, only the cake is also your child.

It is the vague worry I feel in the back of my mind all the time about the Yellowstone Caldera, but it is running the country.

The president is not a child. Children can improve. Children speak with inside voices. Children ask for help when there are things they cannot reach.

He’s a human Failure to Read the User’s Manual.

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wrenchwench  May 20, 2017 • 9:51:46am
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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 9:54:39am
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piratedan  May 20, 2017 • 9:57:27am

re: #260 stpaulbear

Ms. Petri has been absolutely awesome over her last few WP articles… bringing both the exasperation and helplessness that we all feel, laced with the absurdity and comedy of the complete ineptness of this administration along with the trepidation that yes, THEY are in charge and all we can do is hope to survive the ride.

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Barefoot Grin  May 20, 2017 • 9:58:17am

The Saudis are throwing all the bling at Trump. They know their mark.

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 9:59:53am
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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 10:04:25am
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ObserverArt  May 20, 2017 • 10:05:31am

Well, it appears the Saudis knew exactly how to blow smoke up Donny’s ass. Give him a big colorful welcome full of the trappings fit for a king…like right out of a bad movie called something like “The King of Iamthabhest”

Long carpet walks, flashy graphics cast on a building at night, sitting in gold embellished chairs in big halls with fancy decor with gold accents. And of course, a gold medallion, placed over your bowed head by a king.

Donny writes back: “Dear America, This is how a president should be treated. Not like you treat me in America. They make you feel like a King here. It’s the best. They know I won the election too. They know it was the Greatest Victory ever, they told me. They treat me nice. I might stay…Melania can go back.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 10:07:34am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 10:10:53am
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GlutenFreeJesus  May 20, 2017 • 10:11:15am

re: #169 Anymouse

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Jay C  May 20, 2017 • 10:16:56am

re: #250 darthstar

$380 billion…these are imaginary numbers, people. But if you’re up early on Monday, buy General Dynamics stock.

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So: leaving aside Trump’s numbers (and “jobs, jobs, jobs!” claim) which are most likely bullshit, is it too cynical* to assume that whatever “deal” Trump makes with the Saudis is basically a giant bribe from them to us to:

1. Ignore/overlook (and/or actively abet) their destruction of Yemen.
2. Ignore/overlook any other troublemaking they get up to in their neighborhood.
3. Keep blaming Iran for any and all troublemaking in the ME.
4. Let them keep buying our armaments (which I’m guessing is the real “benefit”) to keep those “jobs” - but only in the MIC.

* It’s Trump: I don’t think there IS such a thing as “too cynical” myself: YMMV.

ETA: seen it reported that the Saudi “deal” is for the $110 billion in arms: don’t know if there’s anything else in store (and $110B isn’t exactly chump-change) but the armaments are not only (as I’ve posited) a sop to the MIC: but also old news: that figure has been posted around for weeks.

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 10:23:42am

Mayor defeated in Dem Primary, no Rep. on Nov ballot…

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Jay C  May 20, 2017 • 10:29:32am

re: #269 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Jeez, for once (a VERY rare occasion!) I’ve got to say Jim Wright is a tad off-base here.
While Richard Rojas’ car attack in Times Square doesn’t come anywhere near the usual definition of “terrorism”, it does seem to most definitely be an “attack”: he drove into the crowd on purpose, and was quoted as saying he “wanted to kill” people.
And while Rojas was assuredly drunk (and stoned, and a certifiable whacko), it’s not just a “drunk driving” thing. Though in Manhattan, it’s all too easy to have these unfortunate vehicle/pedestrian “encounters” even with sane, and stone-cold-sober operators.
Can’t think of too many times I’ve disagreed with anything Jim’s posted: but this is one.

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petesh  May 20, 2017 • 10:31:06am

re: #237 I cannot.

Oh shit. I just realized that I forgot my anti-seizure medication. Fortunately, its not something where if I’m off by a bit, my brain goes ‘splodey, but I did start feeling that woowoo feeling that I get

My deepest sympathies. I missed my prednisone yesterday morning and was stupid enough not to realize why I felt so shitty until I went to take it today. I pass this on so neither of us feels so alone and dumb.

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 10:31:23am

Notice, tRump is touching the King’s arm, likely to maintain his balance

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 10:32:44am
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meteor  May 20, 2017 • 10:37:36am

re: #259 Backwoods_Sleuth

Squeeeeeeeee!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 10:38:16am

re: #210 darthstar

Kim Dozier on CNN: the Saudi monarchy wants to show Trump “the pomp and circumstance and the respect he feels he doesn’t get at home.”

Saudi Arabia is a hereditary feudal monarchy. The US is a constitutional democracy. Tell us which one Trump prefers…

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ObserverArt  May 20, 2017 • 10:40:34am

re: #277 FormerDirtDart

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Gotta give a creative writing credit to Fox News headline writers.

A future Fox Headline:

Donald Trump doesn’t appear to be as bad a President as he really is.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 10:43:04am

re: #269 Backwoods_Sleuth

So … we’re now calling drunken driving terrorism? But, not mass shootings by white people, right?

These people would love to see a clear-cut case of Islamic Terrorism perpetrated by an illegal immigrant to unite America behind its President.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 10:45:31am
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thedopefishlives  May 20, 2017 • 10:52:21am

re: #284 FormerDirtDart

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That cat is in heaven.

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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 10:53:12am

What will Breitbart think?

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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 10:54:37am
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Skip Intro  May 20, 2017 • 10:56:55am

Bible-quoting preacher attacks 76-year-old man with whipped cream container, cops say

KEY WEST, FLA.

Three weeks after Terry Backus allegedly stomped a homeless man while inhaling “whip-its,” he used a commercial grade metal container to strike a 76-year-old man in the head, police say.

Backus, a self-styled Bible-quoting preacher from North Carolina, admitted to Key West Police Officer Carter Sims he indeed struck Mustafa Abadal-Khallaq Tuesday afternoon while in a small park at 200 Front St. in Truman Annex. Backus was booked on a charge of felony aggravated battery.

“He spoke of God and how he was a holy man, etc.,” Sims wrote.

A witness said Backus struck Abadal-Khallaq in the head with the container and was “ranting about Jesus Christ the savior and how this was his world,” Sims wrote.

Read more here: sanluisobispo.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 10:57:18am

re: #286 jaunte

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What will Breitbart think?

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Belafon  May 20, 2017 • 10:57:43am
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Belafon  May 20, 2017 • 10:58:12am

re: #284 FormerDirtDart

They misspelled catnap.

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thedopefishlives  May 20, 2017 • 10:59:06am

re: #291 Belafon

They misspelled catnap.

I’d gladly pay $2.00 for a fresh catnap. I think I’ll stock up, in fact.

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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 10:59:16am

Fox News still trying to hang on to an alternate reality.

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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 11:00:02am
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jaunte  May 20, 2017 • 11:04:59am
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Dave In Austin  May 20, 2017 • 11:05:31am

re: #294 jaunte

Ya know…..
It’s just different when Republicans do it……

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 11:06:01am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  May 20, 2017 • 11:06:04am

re: #294 jaunte

Btw, campaign arm for GOP senators raised money off Obama “bowing” to Saudi king in 2009:

Trump’s cachet of immunity to the consequences of anything he says or does has started to rub off on the entire GOP, which is why they are so fond of keeping him on regardless of what he says or does.

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Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  May 20, 2017 • 11:07:50am

re: #152 teleskiguy

If you clicked the button and wish for the spinning to stop, just press ‘enter.’

Thanks for that. I couldn’t give you an upding because it wouldn’t stop spinning. LOL.

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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 11:08:45am
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HappyWarrior  May 20, 2017 • 11:12:13am

So did Trumo rage at Twitter yet or is he too busy doing to the Saudis exactly what he whined about Obama doing.

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stpaulbear  May 20, 2017 • 11:16:11am

re: #300 FormerDirtDart

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I hope Rachel Maddow sees that. She’ll LOL, and then use it as the warm-up portion of her reporting on Pence.

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Romantic Heretic  May 20, 2017 • 11:16:58am

re: #231 Le Coquí Résistance

Haven’t read the book but the series is blowing me away.

Also tonight is series end for Samurai Jack. On tenterhooks here.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 20, 2017 • 11:19:01am
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KingKenrod  May 20, 2017 • 11:21:30am

Giant asshole joins group of other giant assholes.

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wrenchwench  May 20, 2017 • 11:25:37am

re: #304 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Are they making those rodeo belt buckles square now?

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Single-handed sailor  May 20, 2017 • 11:27:42am

The Council for National Policy, a highly secretive group, is a key venue where mainstream conservatives and extremists mix.

The Council for National Policy (CNP) is, in the words of The New York Times, “a little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country,” an organization so tight-lipped that it tells its people not to admit membership or even name the group. It is important enough that last fall, according to an account in The National Review, Donald Trump and five other Republican presidential candidates each took 30 minutes to address the group; the conservative journal reported that Trump was by far the favorite candidate.

…read more at SPLC

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Romantic Heretic  May 20, 2017 • 11:27:47am

re: #277 FormerDirtDart

Doesn’t matter. To Trump’s cultists reality is what The Ministry of Truth says it is.

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Timothy Watson  May 20, 2017 • 11:41:59am

re: #265 FormerDirtDart

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QueenCersei - That was the worst curtsey I’ve ever seen

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 11:46:15am
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FormerDirtDart  May 20, 2017 • 11:52:24am

re: #310 JordanRules

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JordanRules  May 20, 2017 • 11:58:53am

re: #311 FormerDirtDart

Thumbs up update!

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BeachDem  May 20, 2017 • 12:14:50pm

re: #233 Dr. Matt

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Eventual Carrion  May 20, 2017 • 3:52:41pm

re: #81 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

His doctor certainly has access to some potent stuff.

They all do


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