Mueller Crosses Trump’s “Red Line,” Expands Investigation to Include Trump’s Businesses

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Yesterday we noted that in his latest interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller, and hinted that he might fire Mueller if the investigation expanded to include Trump’s business transactions.

Today Bloomberg reports that Robert Mueller’s investigation has expanded to include Trump’s business transactions.

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Trump’s threats are really working for him; let’s hope he keeps it up. We don’t know if the timing of Trump’s warning and Mueller’s expanded investigation is just a coincidence, but it’s certainly LOL-worthy.

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162 comments

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retired cynic  Jul 20, 2017 • 12:53:17pm

I don’t think it is a coincidence. I think DT knew it was coming, because of subpoenas being in the air, and he fired a shot across the bow. Mueller may have speeded it up a day or so just for the LULZ, but I bet he just said, shure!, and kept plowing straight ahead.

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piratedan  Jul 20, 2017 • 12:53:28pm

I think in common political parlance this translates to “Come at me! ‘Bro”

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KGxvi  Jul 20, 2017 • 12:54:11pm

For some reason I don’t think Trump’s strategy is going to work out as well as it did for Bugs Bunny:

Cross This Line

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 20, 2017 • 12:55:39pm

I read the entire NYT interview transcript this morning. I’ll never get those fifteen minutes back.

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BlueSpotinAL  Jul 20, 2017 • 12:57:19pm

Whatever you do, don’t mention the Trump business transactions! I may have done once, but I think I got away with it.

Youtube Video

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retired cynic  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:03:50pm

Just FYI, it’s 100° on my front porch, and humid. My hair dryer is blowing cooler than the wind. And I have to go out shopping. fooey BBL

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:04:30pm
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Charles Johnson  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:05:45pm

Nailed it.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:05:47pm
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Charles Johnson  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:05:55pm
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Sir John Barron  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:06:11pm

re: #7 FormerDirtDart

“Our plan will be terrific, the best plan. Believe me.”

/

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:06:39pm

re: #7 FormerDirtDart

Healthcare > Healthcare Insurance > “Access” to “Healthcare Insurance”

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Charles Johnson  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:07:12pm
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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:07:28pm

re: #10 Charles Johnson

They just love their magic words.

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wrenchwench  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:08:25pm

re: #10 Charles Johnson

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How cute, its second tweet.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:08:54pm

re: #9 FormerDirtDart

Trump made 17 false claims in his New York Times interview.

The rest were too incoherent to score.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:10:05pm

re: #15 wrenchwench

How cute, its second tweet.

Oh, it’s THIS weirdo again.

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Interesting Times  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:11:18pm

re: #17 Charles Johnson

Remember when LGF used to have the Rotating Comment* feature?

*Not to be confused with literally spinning comments. These were pithy random quotes that appeared near the top of the page…

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Decatur Deb  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:13:06pm

re: #17 Charles Johnson

Oh, it’s THIS weirdo again.

Dims gag out choke lies from there brute froth holes.

There’s a certain poetry to that, as though Ginsberg had been bitten by an uptown rat.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:13:14pm

re: #9 FormerDirtDart

[Embedded content]

“I’ve given the farmers back their farms. I’ve given the builders back their land to build houses and to build other things.”

Source: Interview with the New York Times

In fact: This is simple nonsense.

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dangerman  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:15:12pm

re: #9 FormerDirtDart

[Embedded content] Trump made 17 false claims lied at least 17 times in his New York Times interview.

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wrenchwench  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:17:16pm
LOL-worthy

Needs to be a tag.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:17:39pm

Exhibit:

who howled on their knees in the subway and were dragged off the roof waving genitals and manuscripts,

vice:

Dims gag out choke lies from there brute froth holes.

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sagehen  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:17:45pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

No problem, I’m sure he has a daughter he can sell.

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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:21:22pm
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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:22:13pm
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Skip Intro  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:22:50pm

Mayoral Candidate Tells Rival’s Supporters To ‘Go Back To Africa’

“Mr. Nevel, you and your people, you talk about reparations,” Congemi said to Nevel, who is white. “The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations. Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama.”

“Get out of here!” someone can be heard yelling at Congemi.

“My advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport,” the candidate continued. “Go back to Africa! Go back to Africa! Go back!”

Trump voter.

huffingtonpost.com

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Belafon  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:22:59pm

re: #25 Kragar

Yep. The only threat to Western Civilization I see are evangelicals that want to outlaw abortion, block science, kill gays, and return women to being the property of men.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:25:52pm

re: #27 Skip Intro

Mayoral Candidate Tells Rival’s Supporters To ‘Go Back To Africa’

Trump voter.

huffingtonpost.com

Go Back to Africa?
It is 20fucking17. This dude should at least give his racism a modern upgrade.

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:27:57pm

Morale Is Low At The Justice Department As Trump Again Attacks Jeff Sessions

“I would say the mood is one of sober resignation,” a current Justice Department attorney who has served over the past two decades told BuzzFeed News in a written message. “I’m not hearing anyone complain about the criticism of Sessions himself (who commands little respect), but Trump’s attitude that the AG, and by extension the Department as a whole, exists solely to defend him is deeply concerning. The same goes for his inexplicable chumminess with Putin.”
…..
“You have a president who is criticizing an attorney general who he picked for essentially following the rules of legal ethics,” the former DOJ attorney said, referring to Trump’s criticism of Sessions for recusing from the Russia probe. “And that invites the kind of question that, ‘When I, a career prosecutor, has to follow the rules of ethics, what does that mean for me?’”
buzzfeed.com

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HappyWarrior  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:29:28pm

re: #27 Skip Intro

Mayoral Candidate Tells Rival’s Supporters To ‘Go Back To Africa’

Trump voter.

huffingtonpost.com

Kkklassy.

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:30:30pm

re: #27 Skip Intro

Someone whose grandparents were told “Go Back To Italy.”

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HappyWarrior  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:30:56pm

re: #25 Kragar

[Embedded content]

Most of the Muslim immigrants I’ve known are far more respectable and knowledgeable of Western Civ than nutbars like Bachman.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:31:20pm

re: #32 jaunte

Someone whose grandparents were told “Go Back To Italy.”

But it’s different.//

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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:31:33pm

re: #27 Skip Intro

Mayoral Candidate Tells Rival’s Supporters To ‘Go Back To Africa’

Trump voter.

huffingtonpost.com

My dog

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:33:20pm

re: #27 Skip Intro

Related:

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:33:34pm

re: #18 Interesting Times

Remember when LGF used to have the Rotating Comment feature?

It still does. (Several people here objected to it when I last used it so I don’t any more.)

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:35:08pm

How the 2000 Election in Florida Led to a New Wave of Voter Disenfranchisement

Before the election, Florida sent its county election supervisors a list of 58,000 alleged felons to purge from the voting rolls. Florida was one of eight states that prevented ex-felons from voting. The felon-disenfranchisement law dated back to 1868, when the state banned anyone with a felony conviction from voting unless the governor issued a pardon. The law targeted newly emancipated African-Americans, who during slavery were far more likely to be arrested than whites, including for such offenses as looking at a white woman. This racially discriminatory policy was still on the books in 2000. Blacks made up only 11 percent of registered voters in the state, but 44 percent of those on the purge list, which turned out to be littered with errors.
thenation.com

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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:36:33pm
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MsJ  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:37:31pm

re: #37 Anymouse 🌹

It still does. (Several people here objected to it when I last used it so I don’t any more.)

Good. It’s horrible.

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dangerman  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:37:55pm

re: #39 Kragar

[Embedded content]

that there’s some leadership!

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Interesting Times  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:38:17pm

re: #37 Anymouse 🌹

It still does. (Several people here objected to it when I last used it so I don’t any more.)

Ah, but this was different - not the spinning comment, but a random quote that would appear near the top of the page, in fine print (I think it used to be Frank Zappa quotes only, but then was expanded to include anything sublime, surreal, or just plain weird - at least I think “Rotating Comment” is what it used to be called…)

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:38:27pm

Quick OJ Related Hot Take by me:

1. OJ is a murderer. I’ve never met a conflict free murderer, but whatevs Juice.
2. The LAPD framed a guilty man. Mark Furhman is going to be frothing at the mouth tonight on FOX.

Number 1 and 2 mean nothing relative to today(for me at least).

Regardless of how you feel about Simpson, his 33 year prison sentence in the armed robbery case was bullshit. He only received that sentence, I believe, because he was found not guilty in the murder case. His sentence should have been a maximum of 10 years. He is getting out of prison about when he should have been.

Parole in general in this country can be a pretty fucked up prospect. While we all nominally understand how parole works in this country, the process is different state to state, and those differences can produce differing results. The appointments to the parole boards are sometimes controlled by the Governor of a state. The politics of a chief executive can often wind up overriding the correct decision of a parole board.

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makeitstop  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:39:33pm

re: #42 Interesting Times

Ah, but this was different - not the spinning comment, but a random quote that would appear near the top of the page, in fine print (I think it used to be Frank Zappa quotes only, but then was expanded to include anything sublime, surreal, or just plain weird - at least I think “Rotating Comment” is what it used to be called…)

I remember the ‘Frank Sez’ feature when I first came here.

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MsJ  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:41:06pm

re: #43 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

After that exhibition of his remorseless, blaming everyone else spewing all kinds of shit at his parole hearing, I am honestly shocked he got out.

Still having a pool on when he fucks up. I give it two years at most.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:43:27pm

re: #43 Smith25’s Liberal Thighs

100% agree

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:44:37pm

re: #42 Interesting Times

Ah, but this was different - not the spinning comment, but a random quote that would appear near the top of the page, in fine print (I think it used to be Frank Zappa quotes only, but then was expanded to include anything sublime, surreal, or just plain weird - at least I think “Rotating Comment” is what it used to be called…)

re: #44 makeitstop

I remember the ‘Frank Sez’ feature when I first came here.

That was apparently before my time here. You can now tell me to get off your lawns.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:44:38pm

re: #38 jaunte

How the 2000 Election in Florida Led to a New Wave of Voter Disenfranchisement

Was a little shocked when we first ran into that on FL voter registration drives. (The shocking part was how “normal” and unremarkable it was in the communities.) Even Alabama has a much more rational and fair approach to felon’s rights, thanks to a local ex-con pastor who has been busting the state’s chops for years.

al.com

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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:45:03pm
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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:45:33pm

re: #45 MsJ

After that exhibition of his remorseless, blaming everyone else spewing all kinds of shit at his parole hearing, I am honestly shocked he got out.

Still having a pool on when he fucks up. I give it two years at most.

He’s a sociopath like you said.

Regardless, I don’t think they could deny parole for that type of crime based on his not being remorseless. Murder, different story I bet.

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plansbandc  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:46:09pm

re: #27 Skip Intro

That’s a stable individual.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:46:41pm

OT: Today is my mother’s birthday. Need to give her a call.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:47:23pm

re: #49 Kragar

The now near unanimous disregarding and trashing of the Congressional Budget Office by RWNJ in and out of office has developed pretty quickly and is, as might be expected, an extremely disturbing development for those of us who value reality and numbers and things like that.

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Smith25's Liberal Thighs  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:48:52pm

re: #45 MsJ

I looked up the Nevada parole board members. All of them have been appointed by Gov. Sandoval, but all of them have educational, legal, or training backgrounds that I feel would support going into that hearing today predisposed to granting parole. As in they probably knew the armed robbery sentence was incorrect on the merits, and they were going to correct it today. A reminder that he did have a parole hearing in 2013 where it was denied.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:49:32pm

re: #53 Sir John Barron

The now near unanimous disregarding and trashing of the Congressional Budget Office by RWNJ in and out of office has developed pretty quickly and is, as might be expected, an extremely disturbing development for those of us who value reality and numbers and things like that.

And the CBO director is appointed by someone from the majority party in Congress. The current CBO director is someone appointed or recommended by HHS Sec Tom Price.

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makeitstop  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:50:27pm

re: #47 Anymouse 🌹

That was apparently before my time here. You can now tell me to get off your lawns.

You can get off what’s left of my lawn. This heat is making it look like a bigass pitcher’s mound.

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HypnoToad  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:51:49pm

I, HypnoToad, have used my vast intellectual powers to find goodness in the world. It is in the form of: Scoring a last minute (and confirmed) Comic Con ticket! My first time there!

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Sir John Barron  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:52:51pm

re: #55 Sir John Barron

And the CBO director is appointed by someone from the majority party in Congress. The current CBO director is someone appointed or recommended by HHS Sec Tom Price.

The current CBO director is Keith Hall, who is scheduled to speak at an upcoming conference I will be attending next month.

I wonder if he’ll address the current craziness or give a more conventional speech.

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gocart mozart  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:54:31pm
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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:55:00pm

re: #57 HypnoToad

I’ve lived in San Diego for 15 years now and have never attended it.

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dangerman  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:57:08pm

re: #49 Kragar

[Embedded content] Ryan says the CBO’s 22 million uninsured a “bogus number” because “people will choose not to buy” insurance. It’s “not a credible number.”

i wonder though if the cbo hasnt taken that into account and when they say xx people will be uninsured they mean will *lose* coverage through some nonqualification or cant afford it.

that they’re not counting those who would opt to not have it who right now are “forced” to pay for it

i dont know their methodology, just guessing.

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Citizen K  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:57:48pm

The only response this tired out argument really deserves:

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Sir John Barron  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:57:58pm

re: #58 Sir John Barron

The current CBO director is Keith Hall, who is scheduled to speak at an upcoming conference I will be attending next month.

I wonder if he’ll address the current craziness or give a more conventional speech.

Hall, it should be appointed out, served time at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, a Koch funded enterprise.

So even that’s not good enough for the maniacs in congress now.

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lawhawk  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:58:20pm
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dangerman  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:58:39pm

re: #57 HypnoToad

I, HypnoToad, have used my vast intellectual powers to find goodness in the world. It is in the form of: Scoring a last minute (and confirmed) Comic Con ticket! My first time there!

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Sir John Barron  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:59:08pm

re: #62 Citizen K

The only response this tired out argument really deserves:

Fortunately, it doesn’t or very, very rarely occurs. So we don’t have to worry much about canceling out votes unless your voter suppression commission purges the rolls of legal voters.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:59:33pm

re: #56 makeitstop

You can get off what’s left of my lawn. This heat is making it look like a bigass pitcher’s mound.

When we left for Cheyenne yesterday it was 106. I’m surprised the lawn isn’t just dead but burnt.

It’s a bit cooler today, but we’re expecting another round of severe thunderstorms tonight (driving home in those was fun last night).

Our county is already declared a disaster area from the tornadoes in June (by the state, FEMA couldn’t be reached for comment), we don’t need any more of that.

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prairiefire  Jul 20, 2017 • 1:59:56pm

re: #57 HypnoToad

I, HypnoToad, have used my vast intellectual powers to find goodness in the world. It is in the form of: Scoring a last minute (and confirmed) Comic Con ticket! My first time there!

Enjoy! Bring back stories, please!

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:00:59pm
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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:01:10pm

re: #60 Kragar

I’ve lived in San Diego for 15 years now and have never attended it.

We missed our opportunity back in the beginning.

It still would be fun.

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Citizen K  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:02:27pm

re: #66 Sir John Barron

Fortunately, it doesn’t or very, very rarely occurs. So we don’t have to worry much about canceling out votes unless your voter suppression commission purges the rolls of legal voters.

I mean, the argument itself is a false premise to begin with. A ‘fake’ vote doesn’t magically invalidate a real one, and it doesn’t magically count all one way. That’s just not how it fucking works at all. Add on top the rarity as you pointed out, we’re still stuck with the same solution in search of a problem that this has been from the bloody start.

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HypnoToad  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:05:27pm

re: #68 prairiefire

Enjoy! Bring back stories, please!

I certainly hope so! Charging camera batteries now. (and wallet for swag)

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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:06:18pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:06:52pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:06:55pm

Pacific hurricane Fernanda crosses into Central Pacific area, downgraded to a strong tropical storm.

Hawai’i is in the extended forecast area, but the storm is expected to be downgraded further to a depression.

nhc.noaa.gov

Tropical Storm Don, like its namesake, got tired and wore itself out after only a few hours and has dissipated in the eastern Caribbean Sea.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:08:22pm

re: #72 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Conservative media outlets stoke fears that “gypsies” are coming to America and defecating in the streets.
Who else was mad at Gypsies?

Yesterday, Tucker Carlson went on about that on FOX News Channel, inviting a Romani on his show “for balance.”

That person directly compared him to Hitler, which caused Carlson to blow his top.

Since it was on FOX, I expect that will be part of the Wingnut Canon by tonight.

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gocart mozart  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:11:10pm
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dangerman  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:13:37pm

re: #69 FormerDirtDart

[Embedded content]

damned scathing

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Nyet  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:13:42pm

Howdy, y’all.

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Targetpractice  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:14:48pm

re: #74 Kragar

[Embedded content]

See, Americans don’t need health insurance! They can solve their own medical matters on their own initiative!

//

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Decatur Deb  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:16:11pm

re: #80 Nyet

Howdy, y’all.

Working up a Texas used-car dealer disguise?

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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:17:26pm

re: #80 Nyet

Howdy, y’all.

Been traveling? Post photographic proof.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:17:28pm

re: #80 Nyet

Howdy, y’all.

Howdy back.

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Nyet  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:18:11pm

re: #82 Decatur Deb

Working up a Texas used-car dealer disguise?

Yes, the moose and squirrel will be caught whatever it takes.

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Nyet  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:18:32pm

re: #83 Stanley Sea

No, but soon.

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Targetpractice  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:18:47pm

re: #82 Decatur Deb

Working up a Texas used-car dealer disguise?

Authentic slack-jawed yokel camouflage.

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MsJ  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:19:13pm

re: #80 Nyet

Howdy, y’all.

Hey! Haven’t seen you in a while.

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wrenchwench  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:21:05pm

My shop is closed today, as it is each Thursday. Today has been the busiest day of the month. I should close more often.

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piratedan  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:22:07pm

re: #89 wrenchwench

WW is your shop still here in Tucson?

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wrenchwench  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:23:12pm

re: #90 piratedan

WW is your shop still here in Tucson?

Never was, still isn’t. I’m in an undisclosed location in NM.

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KGxvi  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:23:29pm

re: #89 wrenchwench

My shop is closed today, as it is each Thursday. Today has been the busiest day of the month. I should close more often.

I’d suggest this sign for future use:

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piratedan  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:23:44pm

re: #91 wrenchwench

mea culpa then, pardon moi

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:25:17pm

re: #79 dangerman

My sister-in-law (also from the Soviet Union) doesn’t care much for Mr. Putin.

I imagine she’d put Dana Rohrabacher (R-SVR) in his place.

She’s afraid to travel out of the country now (though she is a citizen of the USA), because of fear ICE would do some stupid crap like detain her because of her Russian accent or skin colour.

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:26:10pm

re: #72 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Conservative media outlets stoke fears that “gypsies” are coming to America and defecating in the streets.
Who else was mad at Gypsies?

Don’t they know they should defecate on the dorm room floor like good conservatives?

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wrenchwench  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:27:29pm

re: #93 piratedan

mea culpa then, pardon moi

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Jack Burton  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:28:54pm

re: #60 Kragar

I’ve lived in San Diego for 15 years now and have never attended it.

15 years ago it was worth going to. Up until about 2010 or so it was worth going to. Not so much now, and I’m not one of those “there’s hardly any comic book stuff there” hand-wringers. It’s Disneyland to the Disneyeth power as far as the crowds go. It takes all day, or sometimes camping from the day and night before to do almost anything worth doing there.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:32:42pm
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Stanley Sea  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:33:07pm

re: #92 KGxvi

I’d suggest this sign for future use:

[Embedded content]

I did work for a high end tile showroom in La Jolla. On their door was:

Open: 9-ish
Closed: 5-ish

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wheat-dogg  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:33:46pm

re: #91 wrenchwench

Never was, still isn’t. I’m in an undisclosed location in NM.

Area 51?

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piratedan  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:34:02pm

re: #96 wrenchwench

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:35:06pm

re: #100 wheat-dogg

Area 51?

That’s in Nevada.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:36:10pm

re: #95 jaunte

Don’t they know they should defecate on the dorm room floor like good conservatives?

It’s as though persecuting Mexicans and Syrians has become old-hat and the jerks have to find someone new to fuck with.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:36:45pm

Yay, heat advisories just went up in the county eight miles to my east… .

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Decatur Deb  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:36:55pm

re: #102 Anymouse 🌹

That’s in Nevada.

Always get it confused with Roswell.

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dangerman  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:38:29pm

re: #102 Anymouse 🌹

That’s in Nevada.

that’s what they always wanted you to believe

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Jack Burton  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:40:57pm

re: #106 dangerman

that’s what they always wanted you to believe

There’s a network of underground bases and tunnels built by MJ-12 and the Grey aliens connecting the two of them.

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Nyet  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:41:02pm

I’ve been preventively banned by Ricky Vaughn lol.

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wheat-dogg  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:42:13pm

re: #102 Anymouse 🌹

That’s in Nevada.

That’s what they want you to believe.

Damn, y’all beat me to it.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:46:28pm

re: #107 Jack Burton

There’s a network of underground bases and tunnels built by MJ-12 and the Grey aliens connecting the two of them.

That would be Area 52.

en.wikipedia.org

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makeitstop  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:52:07pm

Annnnd severe weather advisories have gone up for my county.

It’s like a pressure cooker out there, so the wife and I are doing the only sane thing - heading out somewhere for dinner. Later.

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Jack Burton  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:53:26pm

re: #110 Anymouse 🌹

That would be Area 52.

That’s (or was, I haven’t played it in 7 years) in World of Warcraft.

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gocart mozart  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:53:34pm
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makeitstop  Jul 20, 2017 • 2:59:01pm

Following the money.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:00:06pm

re: #111 makeitstop

Annnnd severe weather advisories have gone up for my county.

It’s like a pressure cooker out there, so the wife and I are doing the only sane thing - heading out somewhere for dinner. Later.

Enjoy your dinner out! Don’t go to a place with a metal roof… .

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:07:59pm
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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:08:39pm

re: #100 wheat-dogg

Area 51?

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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:14:47pm
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Kragar  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:16:13pm
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FormerDirtDart  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:20:21pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:20:57pm

re: #118 Kragar

What’s up with all the people dressed in tomato-worm green slickers?

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Myron Falwell  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:23:03pm

re: #116 jaunte

I would think Dennis the Milquetoast Menace’s sham “university” would have been enough of an indicator.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:26:53pm

re: #121 Anymouse 🌹

What’s up with all the people dressed in tomato-worm green slickers?

Those look like reflective florescent yellow jackets for the police.

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:27:08pm

re: #118 Kragar

irishexaminer.com

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:28:21pm

re: #121 Anymouse 🌹

I think that’s the anti-gay forces uniform; makes them more visible.

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whitebeach  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:28:25pm

re: #102 Anymouse 🌹

That’s in Nevada.

If you believe the government.

ETA: God, I got beaten by a whole stampede of better lizards. Excuse is, just had my first cataract surgery today and reading through a plastic shield over that eye and with the original failing other eye makes me take shortcuts. And wave my hand at the first opportunity, like the rest of yez sleazy claimjumpers.

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:29:35pm

Nah, looking closer, it is the Korean police.

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gocart mozart  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:30:12pm
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Myron Falwell  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:34:37pm

re: #119 Kragar

Correct me if I’m wrong, but someone in Muller’s position wouldn’t be revealing this… unless there’s something really big there. I would have to think that’s the case… right?

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allegro  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:37:34pm

re: #129 Myron Falwell

Correct me if I’m wrong, but someone in Muller’s position wouldn’t be revealing this… unless there’s something really big there. I would have to think that’s the case… right?

Seems that with every “leak” the Trumps start spewing and making Mueller’s job a lot easier. They point him right to where he should be looking. Seems like an effective strategy.

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:37:50pm

re: #36 jaunte

Related:

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We keep talking about this. What is being done to change this? It feels like talking is all that happens. Yes, I am frustrated.

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No Depression  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:38:09pm

I’m beginning to think that Trump is actually a robot that’s been programmed to spit out random sentence fragments from a database of Mad Libs filled out by a third grader.

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:40:07pm

Motel Emolumenta:

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jaunte  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:41:17pm

After a $50,000 campaign contribution…

A promotional video for the new Trump American IDEA Hotel brand that aired at the announcement event describes it as a mid-scale chain — “flea market chic,” Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger says — and “rooted in local culture and history and powered by gracious hospitality.”
propublica.org

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ObserverArt  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:45:14pm

More damn therapy. Reading the CBO BS above from Paul Ryan caused this need.

So, I found the contact form for Paul Ryan and wrote him a little more heated version of one of my comments. You can read it or move on. But as always, I encourage all of you to go to this link and write your thoughts too.

If you bitch about the Republicans then bitch at them. Do some damn good instead of wallowing in your depression. Who knows maybe aiming that concern at the real targets will make you feel better for a couple minute at least.

Contact Form for Paul Ryan House Speaker

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:47:48pm

re: #13 Charles Johnson

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Freedom!!!

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:52:22pm

re: #116 jaunte

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Not surprising that the extreme Right hates the fact that universities (except those run by Rightwingers) teach such “controversial” topics as evolution. They prefer the electorate to be dumb and get its worldview from Breitbart and Fox News.

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stpaulbear  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:53:14pm

Oh lookie! I got a letter from Bernie Sanders asking me to sign up for an ‘aggressively progressive’ newsletter. Oh, goodie! It comes with a postage paid reply envelope so I can send money, and a nice clean white surface on the back of the subscription card so that I can send them a nice reply telling them that it’s cool to be progressive, but it’s stupid to lose elections over it. Go home, Bernie.

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EPR-radar  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:53:40pm

re: #69 FormerDirtDart

The executive summary for this report should read something like this:

The Trump administration has been a world-class shit-show since well before inauguration day. The fact that the most important issue from that day in Trump’s tiny mind was delusions about his crowd size compared to Obama’s crowd size was an exceedingly accurate portent of everything that was to come after.

Trump is completely incapable of being either truthful or non-criminal. His every waking moment is devoted to narcissistic delusions, with occasional interruptions for lies and criminality. Hunter S. Thompson once famously noted that Nixon was so crooked he needed a servant to screw him into his pants each morning. Trump makes Nixon look like the best parts of Christ, Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed synthesized.

Nothing in US Federal politics can be remotely close to normal or acceptable until Trump is impeached and removed from office, and Republicans and his voters are fully remorseful for the damage that they have done by supporting this abomination.

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No Depression  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:54:49pm

Allow me to whip out my tinfoil hat and ask a couple of questions:

1. Is Trump targeting Indian-American motel owners with ties to the BJP in India?

2. And if he is, is he doing it with the intention of accepting bribes from the Indian government via money laundering?

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ObserverArt  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:58:10pm

re: #70 Stanley Sea

We missed our opportunity back in the beginning.

It still would be fun.

Is the San Diego comic con the same as the one held here in Columbus?

Here is a link to the one here.

Wizard World Columbus Comic Con and Gaming

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 3:59:20pm

re: #78 gocart mozart

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I can remember back in the late 70s when Doofus Dana was a Libertarian Party activist. Remember him campaigning for Ed Clark and David Koch in 1980.

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Jack Burton  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:00:04pm

re: #142 ObserverArt

Is the San Diego comic con the same as the one held here in Columbus?

Here is a link to the one here.

Wizard World Columbus Comic Con and Gaming

As far as I know the company that runs the SDCC only runs it, Wondercon, and the Alternative Press Expo.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:05:39pm

Interesting tidbit in the targeted advertising department … I’m guessing they have more work to do on that.

Watching the Atheist Experience channel on YouTube, and got a targeted advert: Are you Muslim and single? (goes to a Muslim dating site)

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Skip Intro  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:10:53pm

Trump wants a talk-radio host to be the USDA’s chief scientist

Yesterday, the Trump administration formally named its candidate for the Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary of research, education, and economics, a post that serves as the agency’s chief scientist. Its choice? Sam Clovis, who has no scientific background but is notable primarily for having been a conservative talk-radio host. If approved by the Senate, the US’ attempts to understand climate change’s impact on agriculture will be led by someone who called climate research “junk science.”

Clovis, who has also taught economics and management at an Iowa liberal arts college, was an early supporter of Trump’s candidacy. He’s been working at the USDA as a White House advisor since shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Suggestions that he’d be nominated to this position have been circulating for a while, but his official nomination only came yesterday.

….

In 2014, when Clovis was running for senate in Iowa, he did an interview with the state’s public radio station in which he was asked about climate change. After the interviewer highlighted the widespread acceptance of climate change within the scientific community, Clovis responded by saying, in effect, that scientists were trying to fool him. “I have looked at the science, and I have enough of a science background to know when I’m being boofed,” he said. (Pro Publica checked and found that Clovis had never even taken an undergraduate level course in any science.)

Trump has an infallible ability to find the worst possible person to fill every government post.

arstechnica.com

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HappyWarrior  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:12:15pm

re: #146 Skip Intro

Trump wants a talk-radio host to be the USDA’s chief scientist

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Trump has an infallible ability to find the worst possible person to fill every government post.

arstechnica.com

Who’s next, Rush for FDA, Lumpy for FCC?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:13:02pm

re: #146 Skip Intro

Trump wants a talk-radio host to be the USDA’s chief scientist

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Trump has an infallible ability to find the worst possible person to fill every government post.

arstechnica.com

This is in part due to any semi qualified person telling him to go fuck himself.

When you’re stuck scraping the bottom of the barrel…

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ObserverArt  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:14:40pm

re: #144 Jack Burton

As far as I know the company that runs the SDCC only runs it, Wondercon, and the Alternative Press Expo.

I always wondered about that…thinking maybe there was a west and east versions. I never thought to look into it until I saw the comments here today. Thanks.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:16:09pm

Thunderstorms all over northern Colorado and southern Wyoming now
wunderground.com (goes to Weather Underground’s NEXRAD radar from FE Warren AFB)

I guess we’ll be battening down the hatches here in an hour or two… .

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Myron Falwell  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:17:11pm

re: #147 HappyWarrior

Who’s next, Rush for FDA, Lumpy for FCC?

FCC Commissioner Ajti Pai instituted an obsolete rule (the “UHF Discount” rule) whose only benefit was to aide fascist operation Sinclair Broadcasting’s illegitimate purchase of Tribune Broadcasting.

Lumpy would have been far too stupid to think of such a crooked move.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:18:44pm

re: #151 Myron Falwell

FCC Commissioner Ajti Pai instituted an obsolete rule (the “UHF Discount” rule) whose only benefit was to aide fascist operation Sinclair Broadcasting’s illegitimate purchase of Tribune Broadcasting.

Lumpy would have been far too stupid to think of such a crooked move.

True and Pai is trying to do away with Net Neutrality too.

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Skip Intro  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:19:34pm

re: #151 Myron Falwell

Lumpy’s Supreme Court material.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:20:22pm

re: #152 HappyWarrior

True and Pai is trying to do away with Net Neutrality too.

And if he succeeds there, places like Little Green Footballs, Wonkette, or even my wife’s little-trafficked Websites could be in danger.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:21:03pm

re: #133 jaunte

Or a President-to-be calling on a hostile foreign government to give him information on his opponent…

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HappyWarrior  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:21:06pm

re: #154 Anymouse 🌹

And if he succeeds there, places like Little Green Footballs, Wonkette, or even my wife’s little-trafficked Websites could be in danger.

Yep.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:22:20pm

re: #152 HappyWarrior

True and Pai is trying to do away with Net Neutrality too.

Paid Off’s killing of Net Neutrality is a 100% slam dunk fait accompli. He’s corrupt in every which way but Sunday.

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ObserverArt  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:24:26pm

re: #154 Anymouse 🌹

And if he succeeds there, places like Little Green Footballs, Wonkette, or even my wife’s little-trafficked Websites could be in danger.

I have a hope that should that happen some very creative types will create an alternate net or something that allows us to get around the big companies. Whenever there is a chance for money to be made, someone will step up.

Who knows, maybe there will be Amazon Net, or NetX run by someone like Elon Musk.

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Franklin  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:25:31pm

Quick vacation anecdote:

Making a sand castle with my 6yo who insists on using dry sand. I tell her to go closer to the water to get the wetter sand. She insists and I tell her I have 35 years of experience and she should take my advice.

She builds her dry-sand castle and it falls over quickly.

I turn to my wife and tell her this is what Hillary must feel like.

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Dave In Austin  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:26:11pm

MAGAnomics???? Oh please……

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Myron Falwell  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:28:52pm

re: #158 ObserverArt

You’re much more optimistic than I could ever be. We’re headed for the literal Dark Ages as Paid Off greedily counts the millions he pockets from Sinclair and Comcast.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 20, 2017 • 4:32:04pm

re: #158 ObserverArt

I have a hope that should that happen some very creative types will create an alternate net or something that allows us to get around the big companies. Whenever there is a chance for money to be made, someone will step up.

Who knows, maybe there will be Amazon Net, or NetX run by someone like Elon Musk.

I’m not sure how that would work. I have to connect to the Internet through my telephone company. Therefore my telephone company can restrict where I go (including Amazon if they were to set up some competing service).

Moreover, Amazon could itself restrict access through its own service.

Setting up a competing Internet would require setting up all the infrastructure already present in the Internet. That would be a massive expenditure to set up something that already exists. All I can see would happen is that existing corporations will work to carve out their own little bubbles on the Internet where they allow some things and deny others, all originally paid for with tax money.


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