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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:21:44pm

Nice OG hoops reference.

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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:23:11pm
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ozharas  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:25:32pm

Scrambling to work with a Trump administration, when the traditional structure of government is absent. Basically forget public servants, politicians need to visit regularly and curry favour.

theage.com.au

A report has called for new public service approaches for Australian government dealings with the United States, suggesting traditional bureaucratic practices and diplomatic traditions will prove ineffective with the Trump White House.

Sydney University’s United States Studies Centre has called for personal engagement with key Trump Administration figures and senior members of Congress to be prioritised over traditional diplomatic overtures by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as “bureaucratic dysfunction” sets in at the US State Department because of staff vacancies and political turf wars.

It says inter-agency process, including those established with DFAT, are absent and action by Australian public servants and diplomats will be less effective because key American personnel are not in place or are holdovers from the Obama administration and not respected by Trump appointees.

DFAT actions through embassies in Canberra or Washington are less likely to filter up the chain to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when necessary, made worse by Mr Trump’s delay in naming an ambassador to Canberra and a politically weakened State Department.

“Australian bureaucrats have been hampered in engaging their American counterparts by the lack of appointments to senior Trump administration roles, a weak State Department and an inter-agency process that has limited influence over the president’s decisions,” the report said. …..the Trump administration’s modus operandi does not reward deep bureaucratic engagement by foreign officials.

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retired cynic  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:27:30pm

re: #3 ozharas

Dear God, this is so embarrassing!

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teleskiguy  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:50:27pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:52:36pm

re: #4 retired cynic

Dear God, this is so embarrassing!

Indeed. The rest of the world is pointing and laughing at us while simultaneously being scared shitless we are going to bomb them into oblivion.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:53:17pm

re: #5 teleskiguy

Artificial powder can only go so far.

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teleskiguy  Jul 24, 2017 • 10:57:16pm

re: #7 Eclectic Cyborg

Artificial powder can only go so far.

And it’s not near as fun as the real thing. Artificial snow is some of the worst snow to ski on aesthetically, physically, etc.

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teleskiguy  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:02:11pm

Turn the volume down, it’s loud.

Cracks me up, in a vaguely dark way. Probably seen this damn video over a dozen times by now.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:14:19pm

re: #3 ozharas

No ambassador in Canberra? Hey, I’m available and I even speak the language.

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fern01  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:22:21pm

re: #10 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

No ambassador in Canberra? Hey, I’m available and I even speak the language.

Rather not have an ambassador than someone appointed by Trump. He is so far below the bottom of the barrel. The world is seeing what religious ignorance, lack of education and RW media can do do a once democratic country.

{No offense to you Shiplord Kirel - I doubt the leader of the new “Youth Brigade” would give you the job}

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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:22:48pm
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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:33:52pm
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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:39:10pm
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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:45:46pm
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JordanRules  Jul 24, 2017 • 11:50:41pm

For all of the GOPers….

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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:12:47am

re: #16 JordanRules

For all of the GOPers….

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No offense, but a lot of us also said that the GOP would be wearing the stink of Dubya for years. Then the black guy got elected and suddenly the people decided that the GOP deserved a second chance.

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JordanRules  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:21:24am

re: #17 Targetpractice

Definitely no offense detected. I like the Kennedy quote and considering the Sessions mess and the BSA debacle it seems like a good time to give it some eyes. I said the same about the Dubya admin and it may have lasted the 8 years it could sustain given so many factors - a huge one being, the black guy did it better, now we must erase him.

But it seems like a good time to remember she got more votes, didn’t collude with Russia and the Dems didn’t want the VRA gutted.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:30:07am

Connect the dots and follow the money, as they say.

BOMBSHELL: Trump’s Been Laundering Russian Mob Money For Decades, Allegedly

Yeah, I know, it’s the Young Turks, but nonetheless, they did a good job at putting it all together.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:48:15am

Trump’s at it again.

*headdesk*

Donald Trump has frequently railed against those leaking information, especially intelligence material, to the media.

Now, however, it appears the president himself has inadvertently confirmed the existence of a covert CIA programme.

Mr Trump issued a series of tweets attacking the Washington Post on Monday evening, including one that referred to a story about the termination of US efforts to aid rebels fighting to oust Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

Mr Trump is reported to have made the decision nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with national security adviser H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

telegraph.co.uk

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:43:32am

re: #15 JordanRules

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with his *brother-in-law*

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freetoken  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:05:43am
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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:43:26am
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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:43:42am

re: #1 JordanRules

At least Willis Reed didn’t vote to rip health insurance out of the hands of 32+ million people.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:09:41am

re: #19 Dr Lizardo

Connect the dots and follow the money, as they say.

Yeah, I know, it’s the Young Turks, but nonetheless, they did a good job at putting it all together.

We have all long been aware of DT’s business dealings with Russia and his partners’ close ties to the Russian government.

But nobody in his party was interested in connecting the dots and those who try are met with a wall of obfustication, lies, distractions and even threats…

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I cannot.  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:20:19am

Why am I not getting audio on that TYT video? It happens occasionally on YouTube videos and Twitter videos (whatever format those are), I don’t mind not being able to hear Cenk, but not being able to hear meerkats snore or something, that is SRS BZNISS.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:25:17am

re: #25 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

We have all long been aware of DT’s business dealings with Russia and his partners’ close ties to the Russian government.

But nobody in his party was interested in connecting the dots and those who try are met with a wall of obfustication, lies, distractions and even threats…

Sad but true.

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jeffreyw  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:26:15am

Imgur


Good morning!

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:35:12am

So, DJT is blasting Sessions, his own AG.

Not sure how the country endures four years of this, let alone eight.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:36:45am

have you seen this?

it’s popped up in a number of places

So, if the presidential election were to be held today, and everyone were to vote based solely on their approval or disapproval of Trump (which is what re-election campaigns tend to be about), he would get swamped, 439 to 99

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freetoken  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:48:05am

re: #30 dangerman

But approval ratings don’t map to votes very well. Many of those places would still pick Trump over Clinton.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:53:11am

Boehner says repeal ain’t gonna happen.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:55:02am

re: #31 freetoken

And the bigger issue is that we have people who are going on the record with votes that should be pure political suicide.

Either they care more about erasing everything after the New Deal—and preferably it as well—and making sure it takes a constitutional amendment to reinstate than they do about staying in politics; or (and I find this a lot more likely!) they know that by 2018 and certainly by 2020, with the VRA dead, their districts will be imposing poll taxes and literacy/knowledge tests that only likely R voters will be allowed to pass.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:58:45am

re: #32 makeitstop

Boehner says repeal ain’t gonna happen.

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He said this before too. I think he’s right.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:58:51am

Some sailor is stuck painting decks the rest of his term.
thedrive.com
Report Says Missile Defense Test Failed Because Sailor Pushed The Wrong Button

According to Defense News, the test’s failure occurred because a sailor in charge of tactical data links inside the Combat Information Center aboard the USS John Paul Jones—the Navy’s ballistic missile defense test ship—pressed a button that resulted in the command self-destruct of the experimental missile as it was hurtling towards its target. The button in question is used to designate incoming targets as hostile or friendly. The sailor supposedly pushed “friendly” by accident which resulted in a data-link transmission to the missile to end its intercept immediately. It did just that by blowing itself to smithereens.

One awwwshit = 1000 attaboys right?

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:58:55am

One thing has apparently has been repealed - the ‘Goldwater Rule.’

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:02:23am

re: #36 makeitstop

One thing has apparently has been repealed - the ‘Goldwater Rule.’

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I look at the teabagger trash my insane relatives post and I shake my head. It’s bad enough they tar Ike as a Communist and now according to them Goldwater is a godless atheistic Marxist as well.

They really need to get off of that Jesus juice they guzzle at KKKomunion…

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darthstar  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:03:33am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:03:43am

re: #33 Chrysicat

And the bigger issue is that we have people who are going on the record with votes that should be pure political suicide.

Either they care more about erasing everything after the New Deal—and preferably it as well—and making sure it takes a constitutional amendment to reinstate than they do about staying in politics; or (and I find this a lot more likely!) they know that by 2018 and certainly by 2020, with the VRA dead, their districts will be imposing poll taxes and literacy/knowledge tests that only likely R voters will be allowed to pass.

I believe the Republicans are going to pass a mandatory Voter ID law and that rubber stamp judge will now force every state to use Kobach’s Crosscheck to throw millions of Democrats off the rolls.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:05:05am

re: #31 freetoken

But approval ratings don’t map to votes very well. Many of those places would still pick Trump over Clinton.

And the Jill Shills will still throw their votes away on the Green Party.

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darthstar  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:06:14am

re: #29 Sir John Barron

So, DJT is blasting Sessions, his own AG.

Not sure how the country endures four years of this, let alone eight.

He’s also blasting Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director. He’s fucking losing it.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:07:24am

re: #38 darthstar

Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!

— Donald J. Trump

Anybody know what this is supposed to mean?

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:08:30am

re: #41 darthstar

He’s also blasting Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director. He’s fucking losing it.

Either the NYT or the Post has got some seriously damaging stuff in the pipeline.

My guess is they’ve got Evita tangled up in something.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:08:37am

re: #38 darthstar

Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!

— Donald J. Trump

Why is there an “acting head of the FBI”? Oh, yeah because you fired the actual FBI director because of Russia.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:09:54am

re: #41 darthstar

He’s also blasting Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director. He’s fucking losing it.

And over at the Kremlin, Putin and his pals are partying like it’s 1999 knowing that Trump and his Republican syncopates are fucking up America according to their plan.

Putin succeeded where Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev failed—he has destroyed America.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:14:38am

re: #45 Joe Bacon 🌹

And over at the Kremlin, Putin and his pals are partying like it’s 1999 knowing that Trump and his Republican syncopates are fucking up America according to their plan.

Putin succeeded where Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev failed—he has destroyed America.

He, dRumpf, has another tweet blasting the Ukraine for supposedly aiding Hillary’s campaign.

Keep yapping pal.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:15:36am

re: #19 Dr Lizardo

Connect the dots and follow the money, as they say.

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Yeah, I know, it’s the Young Turks, but nonetheless, they did a good job at putting it all together.

These are people I would expect to ratfuck in a glorious way. I wouldn’t trust anything they said. These are the type of people Maddow warned about.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:15:37am

re: #45 Joe Bacon 🌹

Yeah.

Thank heaven that at least we have Germany and France left to defend the Free World. Maybe they can liberate us if we don’t have the ability to do it ourselves.

Though it’d be nice if we also had the English helping out–heck, anyone in the UK, since the Scots aren’t pro-Trumputin like England apparently is, but they are so opposed to military action that they might as well be, with revanchist authoritarians all over the world–as well.

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I cannot.  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:17:03am

re: #42 Sir John Barron

Anybody know what this is supposed to mean?

Forget it, he’s rollin’

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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:17:34am

re: #30 dangerman

I’ve seen that; it’s a Gallup poll by state. There are states like Texas where he’s significantly underwater, while he’s still got above 50% in places like West Virginia.

You can’t assume that because he’s underwater in Texas that they wont vote for him. They’re upset he isn’t going far enough with some of his insane regressive policies - not that he’s done too much.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:17:50am

re: #46 Sir John Barron

Oh, Lord. And I’ll bet it literally says “the” Ukraine too.

Is that back to being its official name in English?

Because if so, every part of it Russia wants will be under a red, blue, and white striped flag by Christmas.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:20:46am

re: #31 freetoken

But approval ratings don’t map to votes very well. Many of those places would still pick Trump over Clinton.

I would hope she wouldn’t be running in 2020

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:21:11am

re: #49 I cannot.

Forget it, he’s rollin’

Likely a mushmatch from Rush Limbaugh and Steve Bannon with a sprinkling of Alex Jones.

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fern01  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:22:40am

re: #23 Dr. Matt

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What a legacy, crawling to the man who attacked him every which way.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:25:31am

From Slate

In reality, Jill McCabe received nearly $500,000 in donations for her Virginia state senate campaign in 2015 from Common Good VA, the political action committee of Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally.

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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:25:42am

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area. Kushner’s gonna get grilled by Congress today in closed door testimony, which is sad, because if he had nothing to hide, he wouldn’t have lied on his SF-86 multiple times (in direct violation of 18 USC 1001).

Multiple submissions that keep omitting the same meeting? Yeah, how do you miss the focus of the meeting where the email invite subject line is Hillary, Russia, private and confidential.

Being incompetent is a prerequisite for being in this administration. It isn’t an excuse for seditious or other criminal activities.

And yet, the GOP continues covering for this administration all while they’re forging ahead with a bill that absolutely guts the safety net destroying Medicaid and Obamacare, all so they can rub out Obama’s signature legacy achievement.

That goes to the single minded nature of the GOP to redistribute wealth and benefits to the rich from everyone else. Their tax plans are the same. Even Trumpcare is a tax plan that guts health coverage for tens of millions of Americans (who are in bottom 50% of the income range) so that millionaires like Trump get fat tax breaks.

Trump will sign anything put before him, because that’s what he cares about. He doesn’t care about what the repercussions of these bills are. He doesn’t care that he’s breaking all his campaign promises about how he’ll have more coverage for more people at lower cost than under Obamacare. That’s not what the GOP is doing - they’re simply repealing, because replacement is impossible. They’ve got vaporware despite 8 years of claiming they had a better way.

Turns out that has always been a lie. All the GOP has done on health care is lie. That’s all they’re still doing.

Pence is out front today spewing nonstop lies about how Trumpcare will be better than Obamacare, when the CBO savages the GOP plans and shows that Trumpcare will leave Americans other than the rich in a far worse off position. That’s a feature, not a bug with Pence, Trump, or the GOP.

The GOP response? They want to gut the CBO so that they can’t do proper scoring (that’s after they tried to force the CBO to change how they score so that they can make their shifty trickle down tax plans look better than they actually are).

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:27:36am

re: #42 Sir John Barron

Anybody know what this is supposed to mean?

McCabe’s wife ran for the state senate here. But no way she got 700K from Hillary.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:29:26am

re: #38 darthstar

Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!

I can’t say how much this bothers me. This is 3rd world Zimbabwe level dictatorship shit where they jail or kill political rivals. There are already people who believe all the BS the GOP has been throwing around for years and will settle for nothing less than jail or execution.

This is extremely dangerous. I fear for Clinton’s life.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:29:38am

re: #42 Sir John Barron

Anybody know what this is supposed to mean?

It’s probably Link

I’m ona phone

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:30:11am

re: #55 I Would Prefer Not To

From Slate

In reality, Jill McCabe received nearly $500,000 in donations for her Virginia state senate campaign in 2015 from Common Good VA, the political action committee of Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally.

I voted for her. Our state senator literally is an Assad admirer.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:30:11am
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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:30:27am

re: #42 Sir John Barron

Anybody know what this is supposed to mean?

He wants the FBI to be his personal SS or Gestapo delivering whatever justice he wants.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:30:44am

re: #58 MsJ

I can’t say how much this bothers me. This is 3rd world Zimbabwe level dictatorship shit where they jail or kill political rivals. There are already people who believe all the BS the GOP has been throwing around for years and will settle for nothing less than jail or execution.

This is extremely dangerous. I fear for Clinton’s life.

The shit with Obama too.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:36:59am

re: #55 I Would Prefer Not To

From Slate

In reality, Jill McCabe received nearly $500,000 in donations for her Virginia state senate campaign in 2015 from Common Good VA, the political action committee of Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally.

Which is like Hillary literally handing his wife $700k.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:38:08am

re: #60 HappyWarrior

I voted for her. Our state senator literally is an Assad admirer.

Assad and Putin are the good guys now. “The Ukraine”, Germany and France all suck now.

Get with the program.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:38:17am

He just talks up bullshit and his cult eats up every word of it.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:38:24am

re: #49 I cannot.

Forget it, he’s rollin’

Let’s just bypass the Niedermeier threats and bring out the “Eat Me” cake float.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:39:07am

re: #65 Sir John Barron

Assad and Putin are the good guys now. “The Ukraine”, Germany and France all suck now.

Get with the program.

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Black was an Assad fan before it was cool.// He also doesn’t believe spousal rape is a thing.

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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:41:17am

What Trump did at the BSA jamboree is antithetical to all what the BSA claims to stand for. Trump turned it into a little Trumpworld political rally, rather than anything that would approach what the BSA stands for.

Commentators indicated it was like a Hitler Youth rally, and the similarities are truly worrisome, down to the cheering over attacking political rivals.

This is what Trumpworld is all about - a cult of personality and absolute loyalty to Trump. Competence and knowledge are irrelevant.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:42:04am

re: #66 HappyWarrior

He just talks up bullshit and his cult eats up every word of it.

His lies represent the universe they believe in.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:42:30am

re: #66 HappyWarrior

He just talks up bullshit and his cult eats up every word of it.

I’m slowing listening to The Rise And Fall of The Third Reich on audible and I’m at the part where the author is describing how the Nazis took over the production and control of news and education. The way he describes how the rank and file citizenry just took all this in and reflexively parroted out the Nazi version of truth is a snapshot of today.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:44:35am

re: #24 Myron Falwell

At least Willis Reed didn’t vote to rip health insurance out of the hands of 32+ million people.

But Kyrie Erving might!

(A little inside Ohio Pro Basket Ball comment borne of frustration)

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:44:48am

re: #69 lawhawk

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What Trump did at the BSA jamboree is antithetical to all what the BSA claims to stand for. Trump turned it into a little Trumpworld political rally, rather than anything that would approach what the BSA stands for.

Commentators indicated it was like a Hitler Youth rally, and the similarities are truly worrisome, down to the cheering over attacking political rivals.

This is what Trumpworld is all about - a cult of personality and absolute loyalty to Trump. Competence and knowledge are irrelevant.

I heard about that. He really is an ass.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:45:12am

re: #69 lawhawk

What Trump did at the BSA jamboree is antithetical to all what the BSA claims to stand for. Trump turned it into a little Trumpworld political rally, rather than anything that would approach what the BSA stands for.

Commentators indicated it was like a Hitler Youth rally, and the similarities are truly worrisome, down to the cheering over attacking political rivals.

This is what Trumpworld is all about - a cult of personality and absolute loyalty to Trump. Competence and knowledge are irrelevant.

But the crowd appeared to like it. That’s what’s the most disturbing. DJT keeps pushing the boundaries of decency and no one with any influence over him calls him to account. Some in the media and on social media are trying. But he’s too insulated for now. Only an electoral rebuke will help stem the tide of destruction—and I don’t use this word lightly. I’m not convinced that Republican members of congress will challenge him—although the sanctions bill is a promising start.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:45:44am

re: #72 ObserverArt

But Kyrie Erving might!

(A little inside Ohio Pro Basket Ball comment borne of frustration)

Hey, but you got Derrick Rose.
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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:46:37am

This is a very cool experiment. We had visited Lead, South Dakota a few years back, and had heard about the various science experiments planned for a now defunct gold mine.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:48:52am

re: #73 HappyWarrior

I heard about that. He really is an ass.

Polluting a speech to the BSA is like messing up pizza. But yet, he persisted.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:50:18am

re: #75 makeitstop

Hey, but you got Derrick Rose.
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At least Derrick Rose, one knee and all, thinks the world is round.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:53:02am

re: #77 Sir John Barron

Polluting a speech to the BSA is like messing up pizza. But yet, he persisted.

There’s not a single thing he can do right. He’s created a frightening new normal for our nation.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:54:47am

Good morning, all. I donated to Snopes last night, so I woke up to an email that they were close. Went to their gofundme page, and they were at $500,001.

So they got there in less than a day. I feel better about my fellow (blue) man.

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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:55:21am

Cue the 5A statements…

I’m sorry Senator, but I refuse to answer the question on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

I am asserting my rights against self-incrimination under the 5A.

I am indicating my 5A rights.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:57:23am

re: #81 lawhawk

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Cue the 5A statements…

I’m sorry Senator, but I refuse to answer the question on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

I am asserting my rights against self-incrimination under the 5A.

I am indicating my 5A rights.

Yet they allow Kushner to do a private appearance and espouse any damned thing he wants from a podium.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:00:26am

re: #82 MsJ

Yet they allow Kushner to do a private appearance and espouse any damned thing he wants from a podium.

He still can’t lie to Congress. I hope it becomes some sort of perjury trap (but he was obviously coached by his lawyers with weasel words like “rely” on Russian funding).

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Lupin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:02:01am

re: #71 Sir John Barron

I’m slowing listening to The Rise And Fall of The Third Reich on audible and I’m at the part where the author is describing how the Nazis took over the production and control of news and education. The way he describes how the rank and file citizenry just took all this in and reflexively parroted out the Nazi version of truth is a snapshot of today.

I used to think that Shirer’s COLLAPSE OF THE THIRD REPUBLIC was where we were (roughly speaking, no analogy is ever perfect, history stuttering, etc.) but we have now easily moved into the early chapters of RISE AND FALL. I can’t recommend reading these two books highly enough — if you haven’t already.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:02:51am

re: #78 Myron Falwell

At least Derrick Rose, one knee and all, thinks the world is round.

Wait, Kyrie’s a flat-earther?

Seriously?

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:03:58am

Lovely.

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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:06:58am

re: #82 MsJ

Kushner can still end up in serious legal trouble for lying to Congress, even if he isn’t under oath.

Kushner should be familiar with this one, because it’s the same law he’s repeatedly broken as it relates to his SF-86.

18 USC 1001.

Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:07:10am

I understand Trump was presented with one of these yesterday.

…and he deserves it.
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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:08:41am

Has Sessions resigned yet?

half sarc

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:11:47am

re: #85 makeitstop

Wait, Kyrie’s a flat-earther?

Seriously?

I wish I was making this up.

And Shaq jokingly agreed.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:12:10am

re: #65 Sir John Barron

Assad and Putin are the good guys now. “The Ukraine”, Germany and France all suck now.

Get with the program.

///

We have always been at war with eastasia!

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:12:36am

re: #90 Myron Falwell

I wish I was making this up.

And Shaq jokingly agreed.

Holy shit. World’s just gone nuts.Nuts.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:14:51am

re: #91 Hecuba’s daughter

We have always been at war with eastasia!

And for a brief shining moment, Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.

Edit: I forgot a few “bekis.”

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:16:12am

Lindsey Graham is being all ‘concerned’ again.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:17:49am

re: #94 makeitstop

Lindsey Graham is being all ‘concerned’ again.

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Since McCain will soon be out of the picture, Lindsey has to step up his concern trolling.

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lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:18:37am
97
Lupin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:21:50am

US trying to lower UK food standards

guardian

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:26:05am

re: #97 Lupin

US trying to lower UK food standards

guardian

I wonder about the quality of Chinese chicken that’s supposedly now allowed into the US market. Makes a guy think seriously about becoming a vegetarian.

99
Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:26:38am

Sorry if posted - but I finally had a good morning wake up.

100
lawhawk  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:28:58am

re: #97 Lupin

Trump was going on this morning on Twitter about how he’s doing a trade deal with the UK and complaining that the EU is protectionist:

As always, Trump slams our allies and close trading partners - chaos here in the US and the disruptions he’s making to the international order benefit Putin and Russia.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:29:26am

re: #85 makeitstop

Wait, Kyrie’s a flat-earther?

Seriously?

He said something to that effect. No one knows if he was serious.

However, he cannot defend himself…or anyone else.

102
Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:29:56am
103
Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:30:01am

re: #100 lawhawk

Trump was going on this morning on Twitter about how he’s doing a trade deal with the UK and complaining that the EU is protectionist:

As always, Trump slams our allies and close trading partners - chaos here in the US and the disruptions he’s making to the international order benefit Putin and Russia.

But Trump is protectionist. Oh well…..

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:30:59am

re: #101 ObserverArt

However, he cannot defend himself…or anyone else.

i see what you did there…

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:31:01am

re: #98 Barefoot Grin

I wonder about the quality of Chinese chicken that’s supposedly now allowed into the US market. Makes a guy think seriously about becoming a vegetarian.

Fairly certain that Chinese chicken treats killed my Sami a few years ago. I’ll take a pass on the imports. (If they keep up the labelling requirements.)

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:31:24am

re: #100 lawhawk

Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!

— Donald J. Trump

Sounds like something a third-grader would write.

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Lupin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:33:19am

re: #100 lawhawk

Trump was going on this morning on Twitter about how he’s doing a trade deal with the UK and complaining that the EU is protectionist:

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As always, Trump slams our allies and close trading partners - chaos here in the US and the disruptions he’s making to the international order benefit Putin and Russia.

The “America First” idiot is complaining about protectionism?

He’s like Grandpa Simpson,if he were a nazi.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:33:26am

re: #105 Decatur Deb

Fairly certain that Chinese chicken treats killed my Sami a few years ago. I’ll take a pass on the imports. (If they keep up the labelling requirements.)

Sorry to hear that. We’re taking pass, too. Abundance of caution….

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Lupin  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:34:27am

The nazi boot starts coming down

guardian

30^% of nazis in the US is a higher % than what Hitler had to work/start with.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:34:35am

re: #108 Barefoot Grin

Sorry to hear that. We’re taking pass, too. Abundance of caution….

Yep, if the dog treats say ‘Made in China,’ back on the shelf they go.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:36:24am

The whole BSA debacle has planted this song in my head.

Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Live in Cuba)

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:40:17am

re: #111 makeitstop

The whole BSA debacle has planted this song in my head.

The lyrics, for those unfamiliar:

The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
“So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists”
Bullets for your brain today
But we’ll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young and being so vain
Holes in your head today
But I’m a pacifist
I’ve walked La Ramblas but not with real intent
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next

And on the street tonight
An old man plays with newspaper cuttings of his glory days
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:41:19am

re: #100 lawhawk

Trump was going on this morning on Twitter about how he’s doing a trade deal with the UK and complaining that the EU is protectionist:

[Embedded content]

As always, Trump slams our allies and close trading partners - chaos here in the US and the disruptions he’s making to the international order benefit Putin and Russia.

As I’ve said. He always trashes our allies but never Russia. They got shit on him. I have no doubt of that at all.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:42:09am

re: #109 Lupin

The nazi boot starts coming down

guardian

30^% of nazis in the US is a higher % than what Hitler had to work/start with.

Check the link—that one doesn’t seem to address percentages.

115
makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:49:03am

Hm.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:54:32am

Anyone think Trump will acknowledge he was out of line at the Boy Scout Jamboree and say he was sorry?

Yeah, I can’t believe I typed that too.

I look at it as Trump turning off more and more people in a bipartisan way. Sooner or later he might start to make it extremely* clear he is killing the Republican party and they are going to have to do something about it.

*It is already pretty clear he is hurting them, these are not normal times. These are extreme times.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:56:07am

re: #116 ObserverArt

Anyone think Trump will acknowledge he was out of line at the Boy Scout Jamboree and say he was sorry?

Yeah, I can’t believe I typed that too.

I look at it as Trump turning off more and more people in a bipartisan way. Sooner or later he might start to make it extremely* clear he is killing the Republican party and they are going to have to do something about it.

*It is already pretty clear he is hurting them, these are not normal times. These are extreme times.

I think the only way they’ll worry about him within the GOP is when he becomes poison to the base. Right now, Trump is more popular with the GOP base than the other GOP elected officials are.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:57:47am

re: #117 HappyWarrior

I think the only way they’ll worry about him within the GOP is when he becomes poison to the base. Right now, Trump is more popular with the GOP base than the other GOP elected officials are.

But neither the GOP nor the Dems can reliably win elections by resting on their base. The Mushy Middle is the real ‘base’.

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:58:37am

re: #116 ObserverArt

*It is already pretty clear he is hurting them, these are not normal times. These are extreme times.

Read the whole thread and figure out how to prevent what she’s predicting :/ Obviously mass protests are needed, but they have to be of the sort that would actually be effective and not easy to immediately snuff out…

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 7:59:35am

re: #118 Decatur Deb

But neither the GOP nor the Dems can reliably win elections by resting on their base. The Mushy Middle is the real ‘base’.

True but they need to be nominated first.

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:00:58am

re: #118 Decatur Deb

But neither the GOP nor the Dems can reliably win elections by resting on their base. The Mushy Middle is the real ‘base’.

There’s so much thing as a “mushy middle” anymore. Only apathetic non-voters and ill-informed cranks.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:02:52am

re: #121 Interesting Times

There’s so much thing as a “mushy middle” anymore. Only apathetic non-voters and ill-informed cranks.

No matter how passionate the individual’s expressed ideology, if they don’t turn out to vote and more, they are functionally part of the mushy middle.

123
Dave In Austin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:03:47am

Well, now that part of my youth has been perverted……

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Lupin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:06:40am

re: #114 Decatur Deb

Check the link—that one doesn’t seem to address percentages.

No the remark about % is my own, based on what i recall of Shirer’s RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:09:02am

re: #107 Lupin

The “America First” idiot is complaining about protectionism?

He’s like Grandpa Simpson,if he were a nazi.

Obligatory viewing.

Grandpa simpson as a German cabaret singer

…and Homer isn’t a communist!

The Simpsons - Could Homer Simpson be a Communist?

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:11:05am

re: #105 Decatur Deb

Fairly certain that Chinese chicken treats killed my Sami a few years ago. I’ll take a pass on the imports. (If they keep up the labelling requirements.)

Which is exactly why we’re likely to see all federal labelling requirements abolished, possibly along with a law that States can’t impose labelling requirements as it impinges on federal territory.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:11:35am

re: #124 Lupin

No the remark about % is my own, based on what i recall of Shirer’s RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH.

Ah. That puts us in the situation of dialing-in a percentage by variably defining “Nazi”. If we make it broad enough, we’re at c.30%. Narrow enough, and we’re in better shape. Reducing that, many of the generation that fought the Nazis might be defined as Nazish.

128
Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:17:14am

Someone reminded me on FB that whenever Barack Obama spoke to young people Fox would screech about how he was trying to indoctrinate children. Wonder what their take on Trump’s Boy Scout speech was this morning (I didn’t check today).

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:18:52am

re: #128 Barefoot Grin

Someone reminded me on FB that whenever Barack Obama spoke to young people Fox would screech about how he was trying to indoctrinate children. Wonder what their take on Trump’s Boy Scout speech was this morning (I didn’t check today).

I’m sure Faux will love it while complaining that Obama never showed up at one of these jamboree things in person (apparently).

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:20:24am

re: #129 Sir John Barron

I’m sure Faux will love it while complaining that Obama never showed up at one of these jamboree things in person (apparently).

Was the invitation extended, one wonders. Off to check.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:21:43am

re: #128 Barefoot Grin

Someone reminded me on FB that whenever Barack Obama spoke to young people Fox would screech about how he was trying to indoctrinate children. Wonder what their take on Trump’s Boy Scout speech was this morning (I didn’t check today).

What, we’re assuming that they’d apply a smidge of “both-sidesing”? (even if that would be a radical change for Fox)

132
Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:22:32am

re: #130 Barefoot Grin

Was the invitation extended, one wonders. Off to check.

Reading BSA stuff that the invitation is de rigeur. (Several Dem and GOP presidents have not attended.) Obama responded with a proper video presence.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:22:33am

re: #130 Barefoot Grin

Was the invitation extended, one wonders. Off to check.

He did speak via video link (again, based on what I heard).

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:23:05am

re: #87 lawhawk

Kushner can still end up in serious legal trouble for lying to Congress, even if he isn’t under oath.

Kushner should be familiar with this one, because it’s the same law he’s repeatedly broken as it relates to his SF-86.

18 USC 1001.

Thus far with no consequences.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:24:54am

re: #132 Decatur Deb

Reading BSA stuff that the invitation is de rigeur. (Several Dem and GOP presidents have not attended.) Obama responded with a proper video presence.

Yes, I just saw that he was a former Boy Scout and attended via video, and in addition held two BSA events at the WH.

136
Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:25:18am

re: #134 MsJ

Thus far with no consequences.

Al Capone got nailed for tax evasion…

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:25:28am

Gotta run. Off to vote in special election for state rep.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:25:53am

re: #135 Barefoot Grin

Yes, I just saw that he was a former Boy Scout and attended via video, and in addition held two BSA events at the WH.

And still the crowd let Trump smear Obama last night.

139
nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:27:29am

re: #105 Decatur Deb

Fairly certain that Chinese chicken treats killed my Sami a few years ago. I’ll take a pass on the imports. (If they keep up the labelling requirements.)

I’ve used these with my small dog for about 6 years. His teeth are white. His health is great. And he loves them. Absolutely loves them. I break them in half. Costco does not have them all the time in house, but when they do they will run sales on them and they will be around $10 a bag. Amazon carries them also. Cannot say enough about them. Pricey, but they work. You can read the reviews on the teeth whitening. Truth. My vet asked me if I brushed his teeth. Nope.

Checkups Dental Dog Treats

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Dave In Austin  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:27:59am

If you can watch anything today. watch this. I am in tears…….

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:31:04am

re: #128 Barefoot Grin

Someone reminded me on FB that whenever Barack Obama spoke to young people Fox would screech about how he was trying to indoctrinate children. Wonder what their take on Trump’s Boy Scout speech was this morning (I didn’t check today).

In his first year in office, President Obama recorded a video for a national address to schoolchildren. The right , of course, freaked out and many kept their kids home that day. They feared Teh Blah man was indoctrinating their lily-white offspring.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:31:28am

re: #139 nines09

I’ve used these with my small dog for about 6 years. His teeth are white. His health is great. And he loves them. Absolutely loves them. I break them in half. Costco does not have them all the time in house, but when they do they will run sales on them and they will be around $10 a bag. Amazon carries them also. Cannot say enough about them. Pricey, but they work. You can read the reviews on the teeth whitening. Truth. My vet asked me if I brushed his teeth. Nope.

Checkups Dental Dog Treats

We’ve been doing OK with ordinary baked biscuit bones for our Pyr mix. The most contentious argument with Wife comes if I try to slip him a serious ham bone.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:37:39am

re: #136 Myron Falwell

Al Capone got nailed for tax evasion…

Capone was a known criminal. Trump is POTUS and his children are little princes and princesses.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:39:49am

re: #142 Decatur Deb

Bones and my mutt don’t mix well. He swallows the pieces too large and then honks them back up. Nope.
Milk Bones and these. Some scraps. Happy mutt.

145
FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:45:38am
146
makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:49:16am

re: #144 nines09

Bones and my mutt don’t mix well. He swallows the pieces too large and then honks them back up. Nope.
Milk Bones and these. Some scraps. Happy mutt.

We buy butcher bones for Scout. He sucks the marrow out and chews on them for a while, then we throw them away. And he gets these as every day treats.

The new male cat has caught on to the ‘treats when dog comes in from outside’ gambit and joins in the begging. I’ve taught him to sit. Barking is next…

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:49:43am

re: #144 nines09

Bones and my mutt don’t mix well. He swallows the pieces too large and then honks them back up. Nope.
Milk Bones and these. Some scraps. Happy mutt.

Yeah, I usually lose the argument. Wife and vet hate me for table scraps, but the stupid dog evolved off table scraps. I feed him horribly unhealthy stuff because I eat horribly unhealthy stuff.

148
FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:51:32am
149
Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:54:13am

re: #84 Lupin

I used to think that Shirer’s COLLAPSE OF THE THIRD REPUBLIC was where we were (roughly speaking, no analogy is ever perfect, history stuttering, etc.) but we have now easily moved into the early chapters of RISE AND FALL. I can’t recommend reading these two books highly enough — if you haven’t already.

My Mom and Dad made sure I read both of those books when I was a teenager because they wanted me to be aware of what could happen without vigorous vigilance.

I still remember how scared Momma was about Perot in 1992. She kept telling me how he reminded her so much of Hitler and Peron…

150
Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:54:28am

re: #92 makeitstop

Holy shit. World’s just gone nuts.Nuts.

I think we’re just finding out how many crazy uncles there are.

151
Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:55:00am

re: #148 FormerDirtDart

Why does it feel like a significant portion of my brain cells died?

152
Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:56:47am

re: #150 Belafon

I think we’re just finding out how many crazy uncles there are.

They were always there, at the end of the bar near the pickled eggs.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 8:59:20am

re: #143 MsJ

Capone was a known criminal. Trump is POTUS and his children are little princes and princesses.

Not that different from Capone at his height. Capone may not have been an elected official but he ruled/terrorized Chicago. (Plus both Capone and Trump had/have blatant ties to the mob scene.)

154
Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:04:03am
155
Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:04:14am

Sorry, Keith, but it’s not “trying to weaponize.” The weaponizing has already been completed.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:05:33am

re: #155 Myron Falwell

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Sorry, Keith, but it’s not “trying to weaponize.” The weaponizing has already been completed.

Exactly. Do something. You’re a Senator.

157
Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:06:40am

Looks like Rand Paul is voting ‘yes’ today. Little weasel fucktard.

158
FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:06:45am

Ignore what Rieger is tweeting, listen to the audio clip. Most of it is them tearing Trump down.

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:07:29am

re: #148 FormerDirtDart

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Evasive, cowardly turd.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:08:23am

President Trump’s tweet today suggesting Attorney General Sessions pursue prosecution of a former political rival is highly inappropriate.

I love Graham’s genteel southern accent. He says “Third-World bullshit” and it sounds just like “highly inappropriate”.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:08:31am

re: #146 makeitstop

We buy butcher bones for Scout. He sucks the marrow out and chews on them for a while, then we throw them away. And he gets these as every day treats.

The new male cat has caught on to the ‘treats when dog comes in from outside’ gambit and joins in the begging. I’ve taught him to sit. Barking is next…

Anything pre-manufactured is potentially deadly. I don’t give rawhides or any treats other than soup bones or RAW chicken wings/necks. Raw treats are good for cleaning out anal glands as well as keeping the teeth clean. (Must be raw! Cooked bones are brittle. Raw bones are like animals in the wild eating other animals {sorry!!])

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:09:47am

re: #157 Dr. Matt

Looks like Rand Paul is voting ‘yes’ today. Little weasel fucktard.

Called it. Watch as they all fall in line. All of them.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:12:44am

re: #162 Myron Falwell

Called it. Watch as they all fall in line. All of them.

They needed McCain back to get to 50. And they will get there to kill ACA.

164
Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:13:04am

re: #157 Dr. Matt

snip…Little Weasel Fucktard.

Good name for a children’s book.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:13:52am

re: #153 Myron Falwell

Not that different from Capone at his height. Capone may not have been an elected official but he ruled/terrorized Chicago. (Plus both Capone and Trump had/have blatant ties to the mob scene.)

True. But he had an FBI dead set on getting him. Trump is repeatedly shopping for someone to stop the FBI. He has the power to do so.

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:15:42am

re: #162 Myron Falwell

Called it. Watch as they all fall in line. All of them.

Let us hope the senate GOP women are the ones with actual balls in that vile cult-like party.

167
Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:15:59am

Still no official statement from the Boy Scouts.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:16:01am

re: #146 makeitstop

My mutt is too small for that. He’s got a bell that goes off in his head and knows when he should have one. I oblige. I used them as a treat to reward him for pooping before I had to leave for 6 hours everyday. Wife at work, me driving 100 mile round trip to take my daughter to her gymnastics club. Didn’t need surprises when mom got home. Or me. Worked. Now he does his dirt and races over to let me know…..

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:16:58am

re: #167 Eclectic Cyborg

Still no official statement from the Boy Scouts.

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy,” BSA wrote. “The invitation of the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:17:05am
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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:17:40am

re: #167 Eclectic Cyborg

Yes they did. About as gutless as you could expect.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:18:54am

re: #158 FormerDirtDart

Ignore what Rieger is tweeting, listen to the audio clip. Most of it is them tearing Trump down.

[Embedded content]

What pajamas? What bunny? Huh?

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:20:48am

re: #169 Dr. Matt

[Embedded content]

Predictably weasel-wordy. Bastards.

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:20:52am

re: #167 Eclectic Cyborg

Still no official statement from the Boy Scouts.

But, technically you’re correct since the BSA’s non-statement statement is basically fucking weak sauce. They were better off just ignoring it then releasing that pathetic cop-out.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:22:02am

re: #172 MsJ

What pajamas? What bunny? Huh?

I believe that’s a reference to Fahrenthold posing in bunny jammies at a party.

176
Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:22:44am

re: #162 Myron Falwell

Called it. Watch as they all fall in line. All of them.

This is just for the Motion To Proceed, right?

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:23:04am

re: #171 nines09

Yes they did. About as gutless as you could expect.

[Embedded content]

That was their chance to scrape the trump off. They blew it.

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:23:40am

re: #173 makeitstop

Predictably weasel-wordy. Bastards.

For what it’s worth: A Copy and Paste from CandL:

The Mormons took over the BSA, long ago, and turned it into a drooling conservafilth hate cult.

My former mother-in-law had been a Cub Scout den mother for decades. But because she wasn’t christfilth, they told her she could no longer be in charge of anymore troops. She cried for hours over being betrayed that way.

When these traitorous trash declared that no atheists were welcome in their organization, my atheist ex, an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, sent back all of his awards/badges, and told them what they could do with them for insulting all of his hard work in their worthless club. He also canceled the thousands of dollars a year he sent to them through his CFC. When they called him to plead with him not to cancel the money, he said he’d donate again when they stopped being deluded bigots. Until then, they could fuck right off.

And he’s never given a dime to them since.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:24:06am

re: #172 MsJ

What pajamas? What bunny? Huh?

re: #175 makeitstop

I believe that’s a reference to Fahrenthold posing in bunny jammies at a party.

And, it’s still what their taking away from that clip. Not two senators basically remarking that the Trump Admin is clueless, and has no damn plan

180
Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:24:38am

re: #177 Decatur Deb

That was their chance to scrape the trump off. They blew it.

Trump contaminates everything he touches.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:25:00am

re: #177 Decatur Deb

I guess any day now the BSA will create a few new Merit Badges.

Move On Them Like A Bitch

Grab Them By The Pussy

When You Rich They Let You do Anything

I Can Spot A Boob Job At 100 Paces

I Hate Muslims, You Hate Muslims Too?

Build That Wall To Show We Are Free

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:25:29am

re: #170 FormerDirtDart

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That’s rich.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:25:45am

re: #179 FormerDirtDart

“Two Gold Diggers and The Septic Tanks”

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:26:38am

re: #181 nines09

I guess any day now the BSA will create a few new Merit Badges.

Move On Them Like A Bitch

Grab Them By The Pussy

When You Rich They Let You do Anything

I Can Spot A Boob Job At 100 Paces

I Hate Muslims, You Hate Muslims Too?

Build That Wall To Show We Are Free

Don’t forget: HitlerTrump Youth Pride

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:27:37am

re: #177 Decatur Deb

That was their chance to scrape the trump off. They blew it.

This from the BSA leadership is the kind of leadership you don’t want to step in.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:28:01am

re: #175 makeitstop

I believe that’s a reference to Fahrenthold posing in bunny jammies at a party.

I have it handy in my image library.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:28:03am

re: #184 Dr. Matt

Torchlight Parade Participant

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:29:27am

re: #181 nines09

I guess any day now the BSA will create a few new Merit Badges.

Move On Them Like A Bitch

Grab Them By The Pussy

When You Rich They Let You do Anything

I Can Spot A Boob Job At 100 Paces

I Hate Muslims, You Hate Muslims Too?

Build That Wall To Show We Are Free

This one should cover just about all of them…

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:29:44am

Trump is basically begging for opposition at his speaking appeareances. This is the environment he is creating, where everything he utters is a political attack, which in turn must be countered.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:30:12am

re: #186 ObserverArt

I have it handy in my image library.

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Looks like Fahrenthold started his own church - with hookers.

I guess blackjack’s next?

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:30:30am
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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:30:31am

re: #189 Sir John Barron

Trump is basically begging for opposition to his speeches. This is the environment he is creating, where everything he utters is a political attack, which in turn must be countered attention.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:30:48am

re: #188 makeitstop

Too kind…

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wheat-dogg  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:31:08am

re: #129 Sir John Barron

I’m sure Faux will love it while complaining that Obama never showed up at one of these jamboree things in person (apparently).

Obama skipped the 100th anniversary Jamboree and instead apparently appeared on The View. He recorded a short speech to share with the Scouts, rather than make a personal appearance. The RW media screeched bloody hell.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:31:49am

There have been well-meaning and ill-meaning attempts to create alternative scouting options. Most died in infancy. There really is a niche for a 21st Cent. wilderness adventure movement—one that integrates genders and parents. Better make it compatible with single-parent and non-traditional families, but require parental involvement at every step. Looking at you, Sierra Club.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:32:33am

re: #189 Sir John Barron

Remember, as the anti-politician, DT is somehow exempt from the rules and conventions that govern politics for nearly everyone else. Starting with conflict of interest issues…

But as long as he is President and his party has a majority of Congress, do not look for him to be called to face consequences for anything. At most, he will toss a few of his own people under the bus and then whine about how they were victims of an unfair witch hunt.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:33:58am

I’ve been trying to call Robby Portman’s Columbus Office all morning to get in one more vote no to him, but his line has been busy the entire time.

The Ohio Democrats have been very active almost daily emailing and calling people to email and call Portman. I bet he hasn’t gotten this many calls and emails ever. Lat night I got a call from a local Democratic party woman asking me to call and email. They are working hard, so I have to give them credit for that. Now we wait to see if it actually does anything.

Oh yeah, I did get through to his DC phone line and left a no there too.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:35:46am

re: #181 nines09

I guess any day now the BSA will create a few new Merit Badges.

Move On Them Like A Bitch

Grab Them By The Pussy

When You Rich They Let You do Anything

I Can Spot A Boob Job At 100 Paces

I Hate Muslims, You Hate Muslims Too?

Build That Wall To Show We Are Free

I am tweeting every damned one of those. Good job.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:36:50am

re: #195 Decatur Deb

There have been well-meaning and ill-meaning attempts to create alternative scouting options. Most died in infancy. There really is a niche for a 21st Cent. wilderness adventure movement—one that integrates genders and parents. Better make it compatible with single-parent and non-traditional families, but require parental involvement at every step. Looking at you, Sierra Club.

There was one way back in the day - I don’t remember the name now. Wildlife Rangers maybe? Something with Rangers in it, I think.

I had one of their books as a kid……how to make things from leather, wood, etc. It was pretty cool. I think they’re defunct now.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:37:58am

Pat Toomey, that gutless wonder boy has his calls going to voicemail. I lost track of the times I called. Got to talk to a young man once. Asked him to explain the bill. Let him talk. Asked him if he agreed with it. He refused to say. So I said, “well it’s a paycheck then, right? Who care who gets hurt. You get paid.” Then I told him to tell his “boss” to vote to not hurt and kill people. Could he do that? Sure. He’ll let him know I’m against it.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:41:22am

off to choreville….

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:42:06am

re: #199 Dr Lizardo

There was one way back in the day - I don’t remember the name now. Wildlife Rangers maybe? Something with Rangers in it, I think.

I had one of their books as a kid……how to make things from leather, wood, etc. It was pretty cool. I think they’re defunct now.

Nevermind - I just found the answer.

Woodcraft Rangers. Apparently, they’re still around. It’s a Los Angeles organization - I remember getting that book from a library sale when I was about six or so; makes sense, as it was from a branch of the L.A. County Library system.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:48:48am

re: #184 Dr. Matt

Don’t forget: HitlerTrump Youth Pride

Fucking right.

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Weaselone  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:48:59am

re: #202 Dr Lizardo

Nevermind - I just found the answer.

Woodcraft Rangers. Apparently, they’re still around. It’s a Los Angeles organization - I remember getting that book from a library sale when I was about six or so; makes sense, as it was from a branch of the L.A. County Library system.

I agree with you, I definitely think there is probably room for a new organization. I think the Boy Scouts actually get critiqued from both directions in a way that isn’t necessarily incompatible. Many people compare the skills taught in the old Scouts and existing Scouts and find them a bit lacking, at the same time the organization isn’t exactly friendly and open to many demographics. It would be interesting if you could fuse together some of the old school skills with a more accepting social environment and updated values.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:50:16am

Looks like Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is going to throw down the gauntlet. The gauntlet, I say, suh!

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:50:56am

re: #204 Weaselone

I agree with you, I definitely think there is probably room for a new organization. I think the Boy Scouts actually get critiqued from both directions in a way that isn’t necessarily incompatible. Many people compare the skills taught in the old Scouts and existing Scouts and find them a bit lacking, at the same time the organization isn’t exactly friendly and open to many demographics. It would be interesting if you could fuse together some of the old school skills with a more accepting social environment and updated values.

The fact that the BSA leadership rolls over for tr*mp like this is evidence the BSA leadership is proto-fascist at least, and possibly worse.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:52:27am

re: #205 makeitstop

Looks like Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is going to throw down the gauntlet. The gauntlet, I say, suh!

My WH is the most organized, highly efficient, we’re getting things done, don’t have time to watch TV.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:52:30am

re: #204 Weaselone

I agree with you, I definitely think there is probably room for a new organization. I think the Boy Scouts actually get critiqued from both directions in a way that isn’t necessarily incompatible. Many people compare the skills taught in the old Scouts and existing Scouts and find them a bit lacking, at the same time the organization isn’t exactly friendly and open to many demographics. It would be interesting if you could fuse together some of the old school skills with a more accepting social environment and updated values.

Here’s the Woodcraft Rangers site: woodcraftrangers.org

Now that I’m recalling more about it, my dad told me when I picked up that book that he was in it; that would’ve been in the 1930’s. So it’s been around a long time, but it seems to be largely in and around the greater Los Angeles area.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:52:44am

Never gonna happen.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:52:45am

re: #205 makeitstop

Looks like Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is going to throw down the gauntlet. The gauntlet, I say, suh!

How cool would it be if Trump actually succeeded in driving Sessions into the Mueller camp?

Talk about an own-goal…

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:53:51am
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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:54:04am

re: #210 makeitstop

How cool would it be if Trump actually succeeded in driving Sessions into the Mueller camp?

Talk about an own-goal…

tr*mp vs. The Racist Keebler Elf? Time to root for debilitating casualties all around.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:55:09am
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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:55:43am

The Mooch Purge has begun.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 9:56:21am

2020.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:00:35am

re: #212 EPR-radar

tr*mp vs. The Racist Keebler Elf? Time to root for debilitating casualties all around.

By taking Mah Esteemed Former Senator out of his senate seat and torturing him for a few months, Trump might earn a debt of gratitude.

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:01:41am

The column everyone has been waiting forever not to be written has alas sadly been written. Behold: David Brooks on what it means to be “cool”

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:02:03am

re: #214 makeitstop

The Mooch Purge has begun.

Who?

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:02:42am

re: #217 gocart mozart

The column everyone has been waiting forever not to be written has alas sadly been written. Behold: David Brooks on what it means to be “cool”

We tried. Oh well….

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:04:04am

re: #218 Sir John Barron

Who?

Assistant Press Secretary.

Or as Breitbart is calling him, ‘Suspected Leaker.’

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:04:38am

re: #217 gocart mozart

The column everyone has been waiting forever not to be written has alas sadly been written. Behold: David Brooks on what it means to be “cool”

The country’s at the breaking point six months into this maniac president’s term but sure, yeah, let’s write about celebrity coolness.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:07:51am

re: #221 Sir John Barron

The country’s at the breaking point six months into this maniac president’s term but sure, yeah, let’s write about celebrity coolness.

Driftglass is gonna have a field day with that column, if he hasn’t written about it already.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:13:10am

re: #220 makeitstop

Assistant Press Secretary.

Or as Breitbart is calling him, ‘Suspected Leaker.’

Mooch said he is willing to fire everyone in the Press office.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:13:35am

Donald Trump (In Foghorn Leghorn Voice) to Jeff Sessions: “Pay attention, boy, I’m cuttin’ but you ain’t bleedin’!”

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:15:34am

re: #221 Sir John Barron

The country’s at the breaking point six months into this maniac president’s term but sure, yeah, let’s write about celebrity coolness.

He might as well. His political offerings are worthless.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:17:13am

re: #216 Decatur Deb

By taking Mah Esteemed Former Senator out of his senate seat and torturing him for a few months, Trump might earn a debt of gratitude.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:17:15am
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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:18:00am

re: #154 Stanley Sea

[In a study of 111 brains of NFL players, 110 had CTE, the degenerative disease caused by repeated blows to the head ]

Football needs to go the way of boxing, which needs to go the way of bullfighting, which needs to go the way of jousting.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:19:02am

Hmm, what have I been saying? Looks like Princess Evita is going to have her turn in the barrel…

Might be why Trump was so ragey last night.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:21:44am

re: #229 makeitstop

Hmm, what have I been saying? Looks like Princess Evita is going to have her turn in the barrel…

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Might be why Trump was so ragey last night.

So Ivanka’s lawyered up too? Yeah, that’d explain it nicely.

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:22:10am
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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:22:28am

re: #229 makeitstop

Hmm, what have I been saying? Looks like Princess Evita is going to have her turn in the barrel…

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Might be why Trump was so ragey last night.

Part of me want’s all this to be some complicated plot by Tiffany Trump to gain control of the family business. I just envision her, sitting behind a big desk in Trump tower, leaning back and chuckling to her self, “…to a lesser extent my ass!”

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:22:36am
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A Mom Anon  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:26:52am

re: #60 HappyWarrior

I meant to wish you a Happy Birthday yesterday and missed it (family craziness and the like). Have fun and enjoy being 30!

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:30:31am

So, don’t know how I missed this bit of pop-culture doggerel. Victor Willis is back with the Village People.

An out-of-court settlement reached in New York last week has ended a 10-year-legal battle between original Village People lead singer Victor Willis and Paris-based Scorpio Music and its U.S. affiliate, Can’t Stop Productions.

The out-of-court settlement, which was announced Tuesday, comes on the heels of oral arguments that took place May 11 before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena. A ruling on the appeal could still be made, if the appeal is not withdrawn. But it would have no effect on the binding settlement, which follows a precedent-setting 2012 music copyright case in a San Diego court.

As a result of last week’s settlement, Willis is set to rejoin the Village People. He co-founded the pioneering disco music group — best known for such enduring hits as “Y.M.C.A,” “In the Navy” and “Macho Man” — in 1977. He hopes to begin performing with the group by August, with a new album to follow.

“I’ve come full circle, back to something I started and created 40 years ago with the help of my partners,” Willis said in a Tuesday interview with the Union-Tribune.

sandiegouniontribune.com

I remember the Village People from my childhood - and yeah, Victor Willis is, for me at least, the one and only voice of the group.

Village People - Macho Man OFFICIAL Music Video (short version) 1978

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Alephnaught  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:30:58am

re: #217 gocart mozart

The column everyone has been waiting forever not to be written has alas sadly been written. Behold: David Brooks on what it means to be “cool”

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Not sure I can bring myself to read it, but I expect it would go something like this:

The Day Today - Is This Cool?

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:32:25am

re: #229 makeitstop

Hmm, what have I been saying? Looks like Princess Evita is going to have her turn in the barrel…

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Might be why Trump was so ragey last night.

This is pretty stunning to me.

“It’s just standard operating procedure,” Sorkin [attorney] said. “My own feeling is that every individual working in the administration is going to have to get their own lawyer. It’s just the right [thing] to do.”

Funny, I don’t recall people in the Obama admin all needing an attorney.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:33:13am

re: #228 wrenchwench

Football needs to go the way of boxing, which needs to go the way of bullfighting, which needs to go the way of jousting.

What’s wrong with jousting? It’s the state sport of MD, too. And, I think MDers should be jousting at people on horses, too, instead of rings.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:33:20am

re: #232 Ace-o-aces

Part of me want’s all this to be some complicated plot by Tiffany Trump to gain control of the family business. I just envision her, sitting behind a big desk in Trump tower, leaning back and chuckling to her self, “…to a lesser extent my ass!”

I could see Ivanka doing that. Tiffany doesn’t strike me as any where near smart enough.

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:35:20am

re: #239 MsJ

I could see Ivanka doing that. Tiffany doesn’t strike me as any where near smart enough.

Just as Tiffany planned it

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:35:41am

re: #239 MsJ

I could see Ivanka doing that. Tiffany doesn’t strike me as any where near smart enough.

We won’t know until she’s sitting in the Big Chair at Trump Maples Tower.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:36:15am
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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:39:45am

Dana Rorabacher (R-Moscow), come on down!

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:41:14am
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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:43:21am

re: #228 wrenchwench

Football needs to go the way of boxing, which needs to go the way of bullfighting, which needs to go the way of jousting.

My elementary school had mandatory boxing during the school year and volunteer prize fighting during the Summer. We had a regulation ring that took an afternoon to set up or tear down.

Regulation gloves, no helmets.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:43:35am

re: #243 makeitstop

This just gets crazier every day, doesn’t it? It’s like Trump and the GOP are some kind of weird ouroboros, except instead of a snake swallowing its own tail, it’s a snake with its head up its own ass, eating its own shit.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:46:08am

re: #228 wrenchwench

Football needs to go the way of boxing, which needs to go the way of bullfighting, which needs to go the way of jousting.

It is not only a multi-billion-dollar industry, it occupies a place in the Mythology of What Makes America Great.

So little to no chance of that happening until enough parents wise up and refuse to let their children participate.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:46:55am

re: #244 I Would Prefer Not To

Slate describes “skinny repeal”

The only thing that Republicans care about is saying WE SCORED something. We passed SOMETHING. We Won! It’s the nothingbun to go with the nothingburger.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:48:40am

re: #248 MsJ

The only thing that Republicans care about is saying WE SCORED DESTROYED something. We passed destroyed SOMETHING. We Won! It’s the nothingbun to go with the nothingburger.

Grand old Daleks

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:49:48am

re: #246 Dr Lizardo

This just gets crazier every day, doesn’t it? It’s like Trump and the GOP are some kind of weird ouroboros, except instead of a snake swallowing its own tail, it’s a snake with its head up its own ass, eating its own shit.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:54:04am

re: #250 Interesting Times

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Yep. Pretty much says it all. A Pyrrhic victory.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:54:18am
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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:57:31am

re: #252 MsJ

Yeah……it’s getting to him. Sure, he’s had scandals in the past, but he’s never, ever been under this level of scrutiny before.

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CongoJack  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:57:41am

re: #250 Interesting Times

Not too certain it is about the “win.”

I feel its more likely they want to say that they did anything. Its not like they’ve been prolific this year and the people will start asking (with Rs in control of all branches) why the hell they aren’t getting anything done.

But that is secondary.

Their first and most important thing is to dismantle anything advanced by the Ds and President Obama. They essentially want to do the Ancient Egyptian analogous of destroying the former Pharaoh’s statues just out of spite and jealousy.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 10:58:34am

re: #154 Stanley Sea

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But Rome must have its’ gladiators!

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:06:29am
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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:10:00am
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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:10:28am
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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:12:22am

Sorry ObserverArt :(

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:15:14am

re: #259 Interesting Times

Update: Sen. Rob Portman will vote in favor of Senate motion to proceed with debate on an Obamacare replacement

That’s a pretty benign description, since most of the legislative details that have been reported are more repeal than replace.

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VegasGolfer  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:15:16am

re: #256 FormerDirtDart

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I knew heller would vote yes after he voiced all his “concerns” about his constituents.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:16:20am

re: #261 VegasGolfer

I knew heller would vote yes after he voiced all his “concerns” about his constituents.

Still time to pressure him and others to vote no on whatever bill is ultimately considered.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:17:29am

yes we are, Ben. Yes we are

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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:18:31am

re: #247 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

It is not only a multi-billion-dollar industry, it occupies a place in the Mythology of What Makes America Great.

So little to no chance of that happening until enough parents wise up and refuse to let their children participate.

As its been said, they own a day of the week. That it also haapens to be the sabbath for the largest religion in this country isn’t a coincidence. So, no, that wont change easily. And, as long as it’s a way for a hard working kid to make a lot of money, there will be volunteers.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:19:59am

re: #264 Belafon

As its been said, they own a day of the week. That it also haapens to be the sabbath for the largest religion in this country isn’t a coincidence. So, no, that wont change easily. And, as long as it’s a way for an elite handful of hard working kids to make a lot of money, there will be volunteers.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:20:09am

Mitch McConnell will demonstrate the “Skinny Repeal” as thus; A tub of water will be brought on stage. Then 6 puppies will be brought out. But only one will be drowned today…..
See? Not bad at all……Who wants to get pizza and beer and knock over a few wheelchairs? You in? Great…

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:20:23am
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sagehen  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:24:06am
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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:24:13am

Fuck this==>

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VegasGolfer  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:24:30am

re: #262 Sir John Barron

Still time to pressure him and others to vote no on whatever bill is ultimately considered.

Absolutely. But he has shown he won’t listen to his voters, but fall in line

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:28:26am

re: #269 The Vicious Babushka

Fuck this==>

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Sold out for a ride on AF1—cheap date.

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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:29:47am

re: #265 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

No doubt. But they’re willing to try. Which is another reason it’s bullshit that younger people, and in particular blacks, won’t work hard.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:29:52am

They kept us as slaves: AP reveals claims against church

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers. Any deviation from the rules risked the wrath of church leaders, he said, ranging from beatings to shaming from the pulpit.

Just had one of those “Ah hah!” moments. Last year I walked by a group of panhandlers, apparently a family, on my way into a mall in Weatherford. There was a couple and 3 small children. They had a well crafted sign in perfect English informing passersby that the man had lost his job and they needed money for milk for the children. A security guard was trying to talk to the group in Spanish, he had apparently already tried English. They didn’t seem to understand Spanish either, at least not well to really communicate. I recognized something in the man’s accent though and offered to help. I translated the security guard’s English warning into Portuguese. Sure enough, the family was Brazilian. I told them they had to leave because what they were doing was illegal. I also asked how they had gotten the sign. The man said it came from “a church.” He did not really know what it said. I tried to give them the address of my church’s outreach program, which was close by and could help with food but they wouldn’t hear of it. The security guard called, not the police, but CPS because the group had children out in the heat begging. The group piled into the minivan and left. The vehicle had North Carolina license plates.

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:30:31am

re: #263 I Would Prefer Not To

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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:38:18am

re: #273 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

They kept us as slaves: AP reveals claims against church

Just had one of those “Ah hah!” moments. Last year I walked by a group of panhandlers, apparently a family, on my way into a mall in Weatherford. There was a couple and 3 small children. They had a well crafted sign in perfect English informing passersby that the man had lost his job and they needed money for milk for the children. A security guard was trying to talk to the group in Spanish, he had apparently already tried English. They didn’t seem to understand Spanish either, at least not well to really communicate. I recognized something in the man’s accent though and offered to help. I translated the security guard’s English warning into Portuguese. Sure enough, the family was Brazilian. I told them they had to leave because what they were doing was illegal. I also asked how they had gotten the sign. The man said it came from “a church.” He did not really know what it said. I tried to give them the address of my church’s outreach program, which was close by and could help with food but they wouldn’t hear of it. The security guard called, not the police, but CPS because the group had children out in the heat begging. The group piled into the minivan and left. The vehicle had North Carolina license plates.

Thanks for the info. I’m at the opposite side of the metroplex. I will look out for these things.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:44:09am

re: #186 ObserverArt

I have it handy in my image library.

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I sure am glad no picture of Blake the Blimp shows him just wearing a jockstrap!


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