Another Storm of Rage-Tweets From Our So-Called President, With a Vicious Attack on Jeff Sessions

He’s gearing up to cross the red line and fire Mueller
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Another day, another demented barrage of rage-tweets from our so-called president; today he returned to his bizarre obsession with Hillary Clinton again, and attacked his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, calling him “VERY weak.”

Never mind that Hillary Clinton is not actually accused of any crimes, and never mind that Trump himself stated that he wouldn’t pursue prosecuting Clinton for any of these imaginary crimes. This is all about maintaining his delusional base of supporters at a constant rolling boil of incoherent rage, and invoking Hillary Clinton always works for that purpose.

But his attack on Jeff Sessions is more serious, because it’s a harbinger of things to come — a sign that Trump is beginning to get very serious about trying to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, to shut down the investigation into his dealings with Russia.

Replacing Sessions is viewed by some Trump associates as potentially being part of a strategy to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and end his investigation of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:26:19am
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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:26:27am

Mah heart goes out to our valiant Confederate Attorney General.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:27:19am

re: #2 Decatur Deb

Mah heart goes out to our valiant Confederate Attorney General.

Someone has to get tossed under the bus, might as well be someone not in the Trump family or inner circle…

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:27:24am

Maybe Jeffrey can salvage his soul, realize he can be a hero, undo this malignancy, help the nation, the flag, mom and dad, apple pie baseball and throw himself on the mercy of the court and turn Federal evidence and we……………..I’m sorry….got lost there….

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:28:10am

re: #1 Charles Johnson

“We now have the votes necessary to drown puppies on live TV…”

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:32:00am
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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:32:07am

Ben, Ben, Ben…are you on the Trump train or not? Make up your mind.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:33:31am

“…just as Sean Spicer endlessly debased himself by telling Trump’s lies and undermining the media’s institutional role in holding Trump accountable for months, only to find himself cast aside in humiliating fashion, Sessions may be discovering that no amount of loyalty to Trump is ever enough, should Trump irrationally decide that you are failing him (nothing, needless to say, is ever Trump’s fault). As former Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller points out, “Trump will always demand more.”washingtonpost.com

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:34:09am
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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:34:28am

re: #4 nines09

Maybe Jeffrey can salvage his soul, realize he can be a hero, undo this malignancy, help the nation, the flag, mom and dad, apple pie baseball and throw himself on the mercy of the court and turn Federal evidence and we……………..I’m sorry….got lost there….

I’m surprised that you could type that out and keep a straight face.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:34:54am

Sanity break

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:35:56am

re: #5 nines09

“We now have the votes necessary to drown puppies on live TV…”

A fait accompli. It was bound to happen because Republicans.

Only question now will be the death count.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:36:49am
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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:37:09am
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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:37:31am

re: #10 Myron Falwell

You cannot see my face…

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:37:39am

Missed this earlier

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:37:48am
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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:38:28am
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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:42:02am
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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:42:31am

Senator McCain; “Without that health care that I enjoy as being your Senator from Arizona, I’m not sure I would be able to be here today to take that away from 23 million Americans. You have no idea how proud that makes me.”

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:42:44am

re: #18 Charles Johnson

I’m glad McCain returning to vote in favor of the motion to proceed has pulled me out of my momentary bout of empathy that I was feeling towards him.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:43:09am
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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:43:39am
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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:44:38am

re: #23 jaunte

The Reich Chancellor is demanding that Parliament give the Reich Chancellor all legislative powers.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:44:55am
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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:45:14am

Gee. Maybe Johnny Maverick pulls out his 45 and guns down Liberty Valence and saves the day…. Maybe I hit Mega Millions….

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:46:24am

re: #18 Charles Johnson

Capito could have done the right thing for her poor state. Could have.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:46:35am
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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:46:59am

re: #26 nines09

Gee. Maybe Johnny Maverick pulls out his 45 and guns down Liberty Valence and saves the day…. Maybe I hit Mega Millions….

More likely he drops dead after casting an affirmative vote.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:47:00am

I just entertained 9 girl scouts (11 counting the adults) for 45 minutes. They left me a bag of cookies. I told them they can come back anytime, individually or as a group.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:47:02am
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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:47:43am
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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:47:44am

re: #25 FormerDirtDart

MORE: I will only vote to proceed to repeal legislation if I am confident there is a replacement plan that addresses my concerns.

— Shelley Moore Capito

So what is the replacement plan that got you to vote yes to proceed?

“Well, I haven’t seen it yet, but Leader McConnell promises me it will be good.”

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:48:03am

re: #29 Myron Falwell

Maybe right as he stands to speak he eats carpet….

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:49:04am

re: #32 Charles Johnson

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They’re ramming it through just like Obama did with the ACA…

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:49:36am

re: #30 wrenchwench

I just entertained 9 girl scouts (11 counting the adults) for 45 minutes. They left me a bag of cookies. I told them they can come back anytime, individually or as a group.

With cookies.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:49:49am

re: #32 Charles Johnson

The hottest new thing in legislation: pass a bill that isn’t written and won’t be written.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:50:15am
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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:51:01am

I won’t feel bad about Sessions being fired, as he is the Cabinet member most committed to advancing Trumpism by persecuting immigrants and minorities. The next AG’s only assignment will be protecting the Trump crime family.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:51:06am

re: #38 Charles Johnson

State spox Nauert says of Tillerson: He’s taking a little time off.

— Laura Rozen

What the hell does this mean?

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:51:13am

Remember these people go home, kiss their children, hold their wives, go to church and say nice things about totally vicious motherfuckers who would throw you and yours through a plate glass window and go have pizza and beer and laugh about it.

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:51:48am

re: #40 Sir John Barron

What the hell does this mean?

He’s quitting.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:52:10am

re: #39 Big Beautiful Door

I won’t feel bad about Sessions being fired, as he is the Cabinet member most committed to advancing Trumpism by persecuting immigrants and minorities. The next AG’s only assignment will be protecting the Trump crime family.

It’s the Zodiac Killer’s job to lose.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:53:04am

re: #7 Ace-o-aces

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Ben, Ben, Ben…are you on the Trump train or not? Make up your mind.

Ben is hopeless.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:53:09am

re: #40 Sir John Barron

What the hell does this mean?

Tillerson will resign by next Friday.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:53:13am

re: #40 Sir John Barron

What the hell does this mean?

Wants to spend more time with his Gulfstream.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:55:03am

re: #40 Sir John Barron

What the hell does this mean?

We will no longer have a SoS.

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:55:05am

But her emails!

Benghazi!!

She would have done much worse.

And now the ACA is about to be repealed but Hillary.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:55:29am

re: #45 Ace Rothstein

Tillerson will resign by next Friday.

Ladies and gentlemen, Lizards of all ages, I present to you Secretary of State Ivanka Trump.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:55:44am
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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:56:25am

Excuse me.

FUCK!

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:57:11am
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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:57:26am

This isn’t the final vote, of course - it’s just a motion to proceed with debate. But if this passes, it’s pretty much over.

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:57:28am
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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:58:09am

re: #47 MsJ

We will no longer have a SoS.

Bad.

re: #49 Dr Lizardo

Ladies and gentlemen, Lizards of all ages, I present to you Secretary of State Ivanka Trump.

Worse.

re: #51 ObserverArt

Excuse me.

FUCK!

Yep.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:58:10am

re: #50 FormerDirtDart

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Could Ron Johnson of all people kill it?

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:58:42am
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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:59:04am

re: #53 Charles Johnson

This isn’t the final vote, of course - it’s just a motion to proceed with debate. But if this passes, it’s pretty much over.

And worse, Trump will take credit for it, by demanding the GOP stay in session after it looked like they were going to fuggetaboutit.

Prepare for insufferable tweets about WINNING.

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:59:20am
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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 11:59:53am

re: #56 Big Beautiful Door

He’s holding it for McCain.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:00:04pm

re: #56 Big Beautiful Door

Could Ron Johnson of all people kill it?

Has McCain arrived?

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:00:04pm

re: #53 Charles Johnson

This isn’t the final vote, of course - it’s just a motion to proceed with debate. But if this passes, it’s pretty much over.

I don’t know. Again, it’s a vote without real consequence. Is there anything they actually have lines up that the Senate would pass?

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:00:18pm

Ron Johnson. Of Wisconsin?

The world is completely upside down.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:00:48pm

re: #53 Charles Johnson

This isn’t the final vote, of course - it’s just a motion to proceed with debate. But if this passes, it’s pretty much over.

I don’t think so. At best they can pass skinny repeal, with no guarantee they can craft a compromise with the House that can pass both chambers.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:00:48pm

Ron Johnson the Ninja?

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Skip Intro  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:00:51pm

Is McCain waiting for his chariot to arrive to make his entrance?

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:01:21pm
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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:01:37pm

re: #62 Ace-o-aces

I don’t know. Again, it’s a vote without real consequence. Is there anything they actually have lines up that the Senate would pass?

Why did Capito vote for MTP? What excuse did she offer? (I can’t read the Twitter today at work).

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:02:02pm
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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:02:09pm

re: #67 Kragar

Well there ya go.

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:02:36pm

re: #67 Kragar

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McCain is a real profile in courage.

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Franklin  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:02:44pm
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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:02:47pm

Okay, Trump cultists. You wanted it, you got it.

Fucking choke on it.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:03:08pm

re: #68 Sir John Barron

Why did Capito vote for MTP? What excuse did she offer? (I can’t read the Twitter today at work).

Trump probably threatened her during their trip to the Jamboree

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nowherenorth2  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:03:26pm

And the senate did exactly as expected. And all of the senators are now enemies that voted against keeping the aca.

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:03:35pm

re: #62 Ace-o-aces

I don’t know. Again, it’s a vote without real consequence. Is there anything they actually have lines up that the Senate would pass?

Agree with this. I’d feel much better if the motion to proceed failed, but I’m not sure what they can cobble together that will suddenly appease everyone that killed the substantive bill in the first go round.

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:03:54pm
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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:04:10pm

Gee I guess I’ll be praying for headlines reading: “GOP Senator (fill in blank) dies in horrific fiery car crash.”

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:04:31pm
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I Would Prefer Not To  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:06:03pm

of course

The president of the Boy Scouts needs the Trump administration to approve his mega-mergerYahoo Finance

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nowherenorth2  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:06:07pm

McConnell, McCain, every fucking one of them. Sold their soul to trump and didn’t get fuck all from it.

Bastards one and the same. The turtle neck, the veteran, and the god fearing hate the poor and middle class

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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:06:41pm
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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:07:33pm

re: #79 FormerDirtDart

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Laughable doesn’t begin to cover it. This isn’t legislating. This isn’t governance.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:07:34pm

re: #73 makeitstop

Y’know, I’m almost *happy* that I’ll die some time around next March becuase I need care that only insurance can buy.

At least I won’t be around long enough to be imprisoned for the crime of insufficient loyalty to Donald Trump.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:07:55pm

It’s going to be hot at home during recess for some of these folks.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:08:38pm

But what did you expect. No surprise. Senator Maverick and Senator Concern and Senator Kabuki and Senator God and Senator Freedom and Senator Guns For All and Senator We need Jesus In The ER and Senator 4th wife and counting and Senator Spineless…. I could go on and get real base….F these maggots. And the people who vote for them.
Back to work.

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:08:44pm

re: #41 nines09

Remember these people go home, kiss their children, hold their wives, go to church and say nice things about totally vicious motherfuckers who would throw you and yours through a plate glass window and go have pizza and beer and laugh about it.

Just like Good Germans back in the day.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:09:04pm
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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:09:33pm
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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:09:53pm

It. Is. Not. Over.

FIGHT, don’t stop.

Do not give up.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:10:03pm
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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:10:47pm

re: #81 nowherenorth2

McConnell, McCain, every fucking one of them. Sold their soul to trump and didn’t get fuck all from it.

Bastards one and the same. The turtle neck, the veteran, and the god fearing hate the poor and middle class

And each and every one of them will 100% get away with it.

Best you can hope for is that the republic permanently disintegrates.

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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:11:03pm

re: #90 Stanley Sea

It. Is. Not. Over.

FIGHT, don’t stop.

Do not give up.

Be angry now. Be angry tomorrow. Use that anger to fight.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:11:12pm

re: #88 FormerDirtDart

McCain will never face another election. Never gain or lose a committee chairmanship. What he does now tells you who he really is.

And he’s exactly who we thought he was.

I’ll refrain from further comment on the Senator.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:11:26pm

This is not the rot that is in the trunk and branch of the GOP. This is simply part of the documentation.

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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:12:01pm

re: #92 Myron Falwell

And each and every one of them will 100% get away with it.

Best you can hope for is that the republic permanently disintegrates.

Nope.

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:12:09pm

And to return momentarily to the topic of the post, Trump is oddly aggressively passive-aggressive with this Sessions crap. Just fire the fucking guy.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:12:09pm

re: #73 makeitstop

Okay, Trump cultists. You wanted it, you got it.

Fucking choke on die from it.

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:13:15pm
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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:13:30pm

re: #97 Mike Lamb

And to return momentarily to the topic of the post, Trump is oddly aggressively passive-aggressive with this Sessions crap. Just fire the fucking guy.

He wants Sessions to quit so that he didn’t fail.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:14:01pm

re: #100 Belafon

He wants Sessions to quit so that he didn’t fail.

Exactamundo.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:14:50pm

I feared all along that this was the RepubliKKKlan Kabuki theater yet again…

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:15:09pm

re: #88 FormerDirtDart

There has rarely been a better occasion for the “don’t tell me what you believe, show me what you do and we’ll both know what you believe” attack.

McCain is a terminally ill man who has just voted to fuck up health care for everyone in the country except the ultra-rich. In other words, he’s just another Republican. They are all this evil.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:15:12pm

John King on WGBH today explained McCain’s vote today as “old school.” Said McCain has always believed that nearly anything that can be debated should be debated and brought to the floor. Forgot to mention that there isn’t anything really to debate.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:16:08pm
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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:16:21pm

re: #92 Myron Falwell

And each and every one of them will 100% get away with it.

Best you can hope for is that the republic permanently disintegrates.

Yep. I know the original California-secesh movement was run by Putin puppets *itself*, but since the country Washington DC is in is basically a permanent Russian ally now, maybe it’s time for *anyone* west of the Kansas-Colorado line to see just whether they can pull themselves from the country.

And if I can’t leave the country to the State of my birth, then I’ll have to hope that Canada starts letting in Americans as political refugees.

‘Cause I *can’t* support myself; my intelligence is high enough but my brain’s too broken otherwise.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:16:52pm

Of course I had to write Portman one more time. You can skip it if you want, it doesn’t mean much now anyway. It may not be any good, but I had to say it,

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:16:55pm

I just said it may get hot for Republicans, but I’m afraid this is true:

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:17:05pm

re: #102 Joe Bacon 🌹

I feared all along that this was the RepubliKKKlan Kabuki theater yet again…

Obamacare has survived the last 6 months solely because of GOP incompetence. They were going to get lucky if they kept trying.

Not voting has consequences.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:17:57pm

re: #105 Charles Johnson

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Fuck you, John, and thank you for your service.

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thecommodore  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:18:42pm

This is a sad day for our country.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:18:42pm
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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:19:58pm

re: #108 Barefoot Grin

I just said it may get hot for Republicans, but I’m afraid this is true:

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What lies at the core of the GOP’s ideology is a highly romanticized - and thus distorted - view of feudalism.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:20:22pm

re: #94 makeitstop

Fuck McCain. I lost friends in Vietnam and some who came back from Nam. Far too many tales to tell. That part of his life is over. That ride is over. What you do after is who you are. I knew folks who “served” and thought you owed them. Knew folks who “served” and beat their wives and children. Terrorised people. Became a worse mother fucker with a whole new skill set. McCain served. Millions did. He came back. Thousands did not. He rose to a place of influence where he could have made a difference. Fought for his “brothers”. He choose not to. He choose to do today what he has done for decades: Fuck Americans. Fuck Vets. Fuck Johnny Ambien. Trump spit in his face and his call to answer was to bend over. Repeatedly. Eat me.

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FormerDirtDart  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:24:06pm

In other legislative circle jerks…

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:24:17pm

re: #114 nines09

Fuck McCain. I lost friends in Vietnam and some who came back from Nam. Far too many tales to tell. That part of his life is over. That ride is over. What you do after is who you are. I knew folks who “served” and thought you owed them. Knew folks who “served” and beat their wives and children. Terrorised people. Became a worse mother fucker with a whole new skill set. McCain served. Millions did. He came back. Thousands did not. He rose to a place of influence where he could have made a difference. Fought for his “brothers”. He choose not to. He choose to do today what he has done for decade: Fuck Americans. Fuck Vets. Fuck Johnny Ambien. Trump spit in his face and his call to answer was to bend over. Repeatedly. Eat me.

I’m not a veteran and I hope I’m not out of line here but being a vet isn’t a get out of criticism jail free card.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:24:53pm

re: #113 Dr Lizardo

What lies at the core of the GOP’s ideology is a highly romanticized - and thus distorted - view of feudalism.

Not even that. They’re white supremacists simply fulfilling what America was founded on in their eyes.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:24:59pm

Don’t give up hope yet. The GOP could only get 50 votes for a blank page. They don’t have 50 votes for any actual bill they have proposed so far.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:25:51pm

First he gave us Sarah Palin, and now this shit.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:26:24pm

Thanks for your service, now shut the fuck up.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:26:25pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:26:50pm

We see once again that McCain’s hatred of the Black President TRUMPED everything else.

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petesh  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:27:26pm

Spare a quick thought for Collins & Murkowski. The rest of them can jolly well go to aitch-eee-double-hockey sticks. (Sometimes one has to let one’s inner Brit out.)

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Skip Intro  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:27:50pm

re: #118 Big Beautiful Door

Don’t give up hope yet. The GOP could only get 50 votes for a blank page. They don’t have 50 votes for any actual bill they have proposed so far.

51 with Trump’s pet hemorrhoid Pence.

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Skip Intro  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:28:37pm

re: #121 jaunte

I think we all knew who McCain is when he picked Sarah Palin.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:28:58pm

barf

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:30:28pm
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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:30:43pm

re: #96 Belafon

Nope.

The Republican Party has completed their transformation into the NSDAP V2.0, and we are totally powerless to stop them.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:30:57pm

Well, I wonder how all those health care stocks are doing on the market right now?

Looks like a little slip but going back up…

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Franklin  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:31:23pm

re: #114 nines09

Fuck McCain. I lost friends in Vietnam and some who came back from Nam. Far too many tales to tell. That part of his life is over. That ride is over. What you do after is who you are. I knew folks who “served” and thought you owed them. Knew folks who “served” and beat their wives and children. Terrorised people. Became a worse mother fucker with a whole new skill set. McCain served. Millions did. He came back. Thousands did not. He rose to a place of influence where he could have made a difference. Fought for his “brothers”. He choose not to. He choose to do today what he has done for decades: Fuck Americans. Fuck Vets. Fuck Johnny Ambien. Trump spit in his face and his call to answer was to bend over. Repeatedly. Eat me.

We’re going to need a bigger bumper sticker. Well said.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:31:38pm
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Patricia Kayden  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:32:29pm

re: #85 Barefoot Grin

It’s going to be hot at home during recess for some of these folks.

Doesn’t matter. They’ve voted to destroy healthcare. They’ve done what they promised to do. I assume people who voted for them are quite happy now.

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:33:13pm
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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:34:19pm

re: #131 Backwoods_Sleuth

What the fuck is this shit? John McCain went the fucking extra mile to demonstrate what a horrible human being he is today.

You don’t get to vote the Republican party line of ‘death to all but the ultra-rich’ and be insulated from criticism for that evil act by something trivial like terminal brain cancer.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:34:27pm

To all the CENSORED Jill Shills who bought into the bullshit…I hope y’all happy now…

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:34:43pm

re: #116 HappyWarrior

He could have been that somebody. He had the chance. He made it back and was able to be that voice, could have been that voice, for those tore up beyond recognition. He did not. And the only reason he was able to be there today to put that nail in that coffin was because he had what he just voted to deny all you other suckers who think you owe his ass something for surviving. Healthcare. Like I said. F Johnny.

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:35:24pm

re: #123 petesh

Spare a quick thought for Collins & Murkowski. The rest of them can jolly well go to aitch-eee-double-hockey sticks. (Sometimes one has to let one’s inner Brit out.)

Maybe. It’s impossible to know if they were allowed to vote no because they had everyone else lined up.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:35:34pm

Not sure what narrow approval of a Skinny Repeal gets anyone, especially the GOP Senate. If the House doesn’t approve the Senate bill it will go to Conference, and the resulting bill would then still have to get 50 votes in the Senate. Any bill from a conference committee would likely be worse than anything Senate GOP “moderates” have been against in the Senate already.

But what do I know?

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Kragar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:35:52pm
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Patricia Kayden  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:35:54pm

re: #108 Barefoot Grin

I just said it may get hot for Republicans, but I’m afraid this is true:

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This. I expect Trump supporters to blame Obama and Hillary for all of their future healthcare problems. And somehow they’ll find a way to reward Trump for their suffering because Jesus and MAGA and all such nonsense.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:36:01pm

re: #51 ObserverArt

Excuse me.

FUCK!

I’m not sure which is worse—having a senator who you have some small modicum of hope that he will do the right thing (you) or having two asswipes like mine (“perpetually concerned” Lindsey and do-nothing Tim Scott) who you know will always do the wrong thing and who don’t even respond to email, snail mail or in-person office visits.

Every day since November 9 has been tough, but today is just unbelievably depressing. Can’t stop crying.

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:36:28pm

Not sure what this guys issue is….

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:36:33pm
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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:36:49pm
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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:36:52pm

re: #138 Sir John Barron

Not sure what narrow approval of a Skinny Repeal gets anyone, especially the GOP Senate. If the House doesn’t approve the Senate bill it will go to Conference, and the resulting bill would then still have to get 50 votes in the Senate. Any bill from a conference committee would likely be worse than anything Senate GOP “moderates” have been against in the Senate already.

But what do I know?

There’s my whole ouroboros with its head up its ass eating its own shit image again.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:37:18pm

re: #85 Barefoot Grin

It’s going to be hot at home during recess for some of these folks.

Nope. They’ll have no town halls and use the Republican Party’s information ministries — Sinclair Broadcasting and Fox News — to blame Democrats and call for their forced removal.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:37:31pm

I’m off to the decompression chamber……

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:37:32pm

TBH McCain lost my respect when he didn’t defend Kerry against the Swift Boating. Kerry had defended him loudly when the Bush campaign and its allies went after him.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:38:09pm

re: #143 Charles Johnson

Trump’s doing everything he can think of to pressure Sessions into resigning. It might not work, though; if anything, it could cause Sessions to double-down.

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goddamnedfrank  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:38:17pm
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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:38:25pm

re: #143 Charles Johnson

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Smart move Donald. Hopefully Sessions squeals.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:40:22pm

re: #143 Charles Johnson

WSJ INTERVIEW: Trump says Sessions—only senator to endorse him in primary—did so bc of big crowds, not loyalty
— Michael C. Bender

Jesus H Kristof

Interesting Trump doesn’t say how aligned he and Sessions were, are, on immigration. For Dump, it’s all about “crowds” or “loyalty”.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:40:39pm

And now I get relatives sending me “Praise Jesus, Obamacare is finished”…

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:41:06pm

re: #153 Joe Bacon 🌹

And now I get relatives sending me “Praise Jesus, Obamacare is finished”…

Assholes. Sorry, I know they’re your family but Jesus Christ.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:41:09pm

re: #151 HappyWarrior

Smart move Donald. Hopefully Sessions squeals.

That’s what I’m crossing my fingers for.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:41:56pm

re: #88 FormerDirtDart

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McCain will never face another election. Never gain or lose a committee chairmanship. What he does now tells you who he really

Only to newcomers to the “Straight Talk Express.” I’ve known what and who McCain is for a very, very long time.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:43:52pm

re: #118 Big Beautiful Door

Don’t give up hope yet. The GOP could only get 50 votes for a blank page. They don’t have 50 votes for any actual words bill they have proposed so far.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:44:51pm

re: #104 Barefoot Grin

John King on WGBH today explained McCain’s vote today as “old school.” Said McCain has always believed that nearly anything that can be debated should be debated and brought to the floor. Forgot to mention that there isn’t anything really to debate.

I have two words for John King’s analysis of the situation.

One is horse and the other is shit.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:45:07pm
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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:45:18pm

The very concept of ethics is foreign to him.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:45:35pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:46:02pm
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Belafon  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:46:28pm

re: #137 Mike Lamb

Maybe. It’s impossible to know if they were allowed to vote no because they had everyone else lined up.

They voted no the last time, when it stopped a vote.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:47:04pm

re: #159 The Vicious Babushka

When ACA passed with no GOPs vote it was DEMS RAMMED VERY PARTISAN ACA DOWN OUR THROATS IN THE DARK OVERNIGHT WITHOUT GETTING REPUBLICAN INPUT!!!!

Now when GOP MTP passes its: GOP PASSES HEROIC MOTION TO PROCEED DESPITE UNANIMOUS DEMOCRATIC OBSTRUCTION!!!!

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:47:18pm

re: #139 Kragar

[Embedded content]Apparently @SenJohnMcCain didn’t want Sarah Palin to top the list of “Worst Things He’s Ever Done To America.” #SaveACA

no worries

we can remember both at the same time

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:48:11pm

re: #160 Ace-o-aces

WATCH LIVE: Trump: I’m not pressuring Sessions to resign, but recusal is “unfair” to me

Why is it “unfair” and why does whether his recusal is “unfair” matter?

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:48:55pm
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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:49:23pm
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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:49:28pm

I feel no empathy or sympathy for John McCain. This whore has lived off taxpayer-provided health care his entire life. Karma is a bitch, Johnny.

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austin_blue  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:49:59pm

re: #116 HappyWarrior

I’m not a veteran and I hope I’m not out of line here but being a vet isn’t a get out of criticism jail free card.

You are not out of line, you are correct. I’ve always felt that any vet, but especially an Officer who swore to “Defend the Constitution of the US Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic, &c”, kinda took that oath for life. To break that oath by voting to remove an Act that Provides for The Common Good is pretty heretical. Just my $.02.

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sagehen  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:51:03pm

re: #135 Joe Bacon 🌹

To all the CENSORED Jill Shills who bought into the bullshit…I hope y’all happy now…

And the Bernie-or-Bust’ers.

There’s a special place in hell for Susan Sarandon.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:51:17pm

re: #157 dangerman

Don’t give up hope yet. The GOP could only get 50 votes for a blank page. They don’t have 50 votes for any actual words

Is that as bad as giving them a blank check? Is it possible to know when they are procedurally wild?

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:51:30pm

re: #142 Ace-o-aces

See. They’re already dissing the ACA and ready to embrace whatever nonsense that Republicans come up with. Just watch. I hope Democrats aren’t thinking that the repeal of the ACA and the passing of Trump Care will make any difference to Trump supporters next November. We better get our butts up and vote or we’re going to be very disappointed.

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Mike Lamb  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:52:17pm

re: #166 Sir John Barron

Why is it “unfair” and why does whether his recusal is “unfair” matter?

It’s unfair if you think of the AG has the President’s own personal attorney/lackey/ball gargler.

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:52:36pm

re: #169 Dr. Matt

I feel no empathy or sympathy for John McCain. This whore has lived off taxpayer-provided health care his entire life. Karma is a bitch, Johnny.

This guy is totally speaking for me right now:

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sagehen  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:53:35pm

re: #144 Interesting Times

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I used to like him. Until the mask was peeled off.

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Dr. Matt  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:53:54pm

Are these fucking assholes having another beer party at the White House?

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:54:05pm

re: #175 Interesting Times

This guy is totally speaking for me right now:

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He’s spent much more time than that. Pretty sure he got government health care when his Dad was in the Navy.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:54:54pm
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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:55:24pm

re: #161 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]Off his prepared remarks, Trump doesn’t seem to know much about Hezbollah.

see my thought experiment yesterday - cant even do 5 minutes. on any policy topic.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:55:36pm

Sunday at my uncle’s birthday, my other uncle told me with a straight face that Obama killed my grandmother so the government could save money on Medicare.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:55:45pm

re: #179 jaunte

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Maverick. //

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:56:32pm

re: #179 jaunte

So McCain really is a maverick. 9% deviation from the GOP fuhrer is a hell of a lot for a Republican.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:56:35pm

re: #181 Ace Rothstein

Sunday at my uncle’s birthday, my other uncle told me with a straight face that Obama killed my grandmother so they could save money on Medicare.

Obama also blew a hole in the budget with the ACA.

///

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:58:47pm

I’m pretty sure the only issue most of them differ from Trump is the Russian sanctions.

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 12:59:00pm

The Texas DPS office is a very interesting place to people watch. I’m here to renew since I completed my 45th solar orbit yesterday.

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Franklin  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:00:21pm

re: #186 Ace Rothstein

The Texas DPS office is a very interesting place to people watch. I’m here to renew since I completed my 45th solar orbit yesterday.

On which planet?

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plansbandc  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:01:55pm

When it is repealed tomorrow, my husband and I are going to be completely fucked. We have prohibitively expensive preexisting conditions. We will not be able to afford insurance or our drugs.

When we can’t afford to pay the fine for not being able to afford insurance, I wonder if we will be put in one of the orange piece of shit’s friend’s private prisons.

We. Are. Fucked.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:01:58pm

Go home, Jon, you’re drunk.

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:02:11pm

re: #138 Sir John Barron

Not sure what narrow approval of a Skinny Repeal gets anyone, especially the GOP Senate. If the House doesn’t approve the Senate bill it will go to Conference, and the resulting bill would then still have to get 50 votes in the Senate. Any bill from a conference committee would likely be worse than anything Senate GOP “moderates” have been against in the Senate already.

But what do I know?

I’m hopeful at least one more GOP senator will join Collins and Murkowski to kill it. I will call my senator Rand Paul to vote no on anything that’s not full repeal.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:02:20pm
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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:02:53pm

On a lighter side, my sil told me that when my niece woke up yesterday, the first thing she talked about was it being my birthday. I’m known as the guy who remembers birthdays in our family so maybe my niece had the same good memory for dates.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:03:31pm

re: #189 BeachDem

Go home, Jon, you’re drunk.

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A dysfunctional Senate he’s been part of.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:04:19pm

as to the OP topic at hand

my likely incomplete and probably wrong understanding of the AG post opening up:

senate confirmation of anyone is not going to be easy (news today)

enough of the senate seems ready to work to prevent a recess appointment (news today)

if rosenstein is elevated to acting AG (because that has to be someone internal), he’s limited on what new policies he can muck around with (think i read it a few days ago)

he could fire mueller now in his current position anyway

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:04:57pm

re: #142 Ace-o-aces

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Not sure what this guys issue is….

this

Pro-guns Anti-SJW whiskey enthusiast #MugClub Member

MugClub is something to do with Stephen Crowder.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:05:36pm

re: #189 BeachDem

Go home, Jon, you’re drunk.

[Embedded content]NOW — Great moment in Senate history. 11 days after brain surgery, @SenJohnMcCain gives a powerful wake-up call to a dysfunctional Congress

after having just demonstrated he was as dysfunctional as the rest

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:06:30pm

re: #193 HappyWarrior

A dysfunctional Senate he’s been part of.

beat me to it

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:06:36pm

re: #187 Franklin

On which planet?

Texas.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:09:19pm

re: #189 BeachDem

Go home, Jon, you’re drunk.

Just kill me now.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:09:46pm

re: #189 BeachDem

Go home, Jon, you’re drunk.

Senate is Woke, huh Jon?

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:10:42pm

re: #189 BeachDem

NOW — Great moment in Senate history. 11 days after brain surgery, @SenJohnMcCain gives a powerful wake-up call to a dysfunctional Congress

— Jonathan Karl

And what “wake-up call” would that be, Jon?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:11:49pm

re: #177 Dr. Matt

Are these fucking assholes having another beer party at the White House?

I’m waiting for their pajama party where they invite Blake the Blimp and his Ducky PJ’s!

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:12:06pm

So is Obamacare officially dead now?

And if so, what the hell did we replace it with?

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:12:21pm

re: #202 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m waiting for their pajama party where they invite Blake the Blimp and his Ducky PJ’s!

And his hooker “friends”. Don’t forget them.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:12:46pm

re: #203 Eclectic Cyborg

So is Obamacare officially dead now?

And if so, what the hell did we replace it with?

They’ve yet to negotiate the specific murder details.

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JordanRules  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:14:17pm

Here’s the procedural lineup.

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VegasGolfer  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:15:42pm

re: #203 Eclectic Cyborg

its got an aggressive cancer like McCain has

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:16:06pm

re: #196 dangerman

after having just demonstrated he was as dysfunctional as the rest

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:16:30pm

Ummm, Charles…

Does this qualify for worst ad judgment in history?

Do some of your advertisers even know you broke with the Red Side almost a decade ago?!?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:17:41pm

re: #203 Eclectic Cyborg

So is Obamacare officially dead now?

And if so, what the hell did we replace it with?

Well, Joni Ernst says the churches will help the truly needy.

And don’t forget private charity—those coin collecting cans in the 7-11’s will be making a comeback.

Oh, and don’t forget GoFundMe!

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Big Beautiful Door  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:17:50pm

re: #203 Eclectic Cyborg

So is Obamacare officially dead now?

And if so, what the hell did we replace it with?

No the GOP merely kept it’s repeal efforts on life support.

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Franklin  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:19:37pm

re: #206 JordanRules

Here’s the procedural lineup.

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Updated:

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:21:34pm

Well, good night Lizards.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:22:01pm

re: #189 BeachDem

Dick watches dick be dick and falls over dick to congratulate dick. Dick Fest 2017. Buy the whole live CD here…

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:24:40pm

re: #181 Ace Rothstein

Sunday at my uncle’s birthday, my other uncle told me with a straight face that Obama killed my grandmother so they could save money on Medicare.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:29:10pm

re: #142 Ace-o-aces

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Not sure what this guys issue is….

English

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:29:12pm

re: #181 Ace Rothstein

Sunday at my uncle’s birthday, my other uncle told me with a straight face that Obama killed my grandmother so the government could save money on Medicare.

Now just imagine his “dark moments”.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:29:31pm

re: #77 Kragar

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this is a half step away from voting for a ham sandwich

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:29:33pm

re: #206 JordanRules

Here’s the procedural lineup.

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Wonder how quickly those steps will take. Republicans are eager to jam through Trump Care so I guess this could wrap up pretty soon.

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plansbandc  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:29:55pm

re: #203 Eclectic Cyborg

Not quite yet, but soon enough. And it will never be replaced.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:31:07pm

So the GOP Senate not only screwed everyone over, they gave the stage to McCain so he could feed his ego. He got to have a deciding vote and he got to have everyone kiss his butt for being strong and coming back to vote.

But then he had the audacity to get up and criticize everyone for doing what they just did. He got to preach how he sees all this bad in congress. Bad he willingly took part in.

He lectured us. He has no standing today to lecture anyone.

I guess we should have known all along he was always just a showboating jet jock that was almost kicked out of service for being a dick. A hard drinking womanizer that liked the pilots life more then being a pilot.

He hasn’t changed. He likes the Senate life more than being a hard working Senator.

Today was perfect for McCain. He got his ego stroked and he was the man again.

Fuck him. He may have served at one time, today he did this country a huge disservice.

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:31:41pm

re: #203 Eclectic Cyborg

So is Obamacare officially dead now?

And if so, what the hell did we replace it with?

The ACA is on life support.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:31:57pm
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Major Tom  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:35:48pm

People appalled that a terminally ill baby was denied experimental treatment, couldnt care less millions are about to lose their healthcare

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Teukka  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:36:33pm

re: #224 Major Tom

People appalled that a terminally ill baby was denied experimental treatment, couldnt care less millions are about to lose their healthcare

The power of misdirection.
*sigh*

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Interesting Times  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:37:55pm

Ewww (but true):

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JordanRules  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:38:00pm

re: #219 Patricia Kayden

That’s what I’ve been virtually running around trying to figure out. If anyone has any idea please chime in.

I’ve got an email thread going with some liberal friends a bit less engaged than us and a couple of them are thinking this step was just a symbolic vote they can take back home to tell the cultists that they voted to repeal. They’re not feeling the urgency. I’d like to help inform them either way.

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petesh  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:38:29pm

re: #137 Mike Lamb

Maybe. It’s impossible to know if they were allowed to vote no because they had everyone else lined up.

True, but Collins said no one had even talked to her for days; she was a “lost cause” to Mitch. They did keep trying to bribe Murkowski on board, and I would give a shiny new dime to know what Johnson and McConnell were discussing while they waited for McCain to show up. Maybe they were just stalling, or maybe Johnson belongs in a hot circle of hell.

I suspect we’re going to get the worst of all worlds now: higher premiums, much higher deductibles, insurance market collapses, death and chaos ensue. Unless ONE more Rep Senator bucks the system. Or dies. (Note: this is not a threat!)

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:42:23pm

re: #190 Big Beautiful Door

Why exactly are you here in this era if you want Aqua Buddha to insist on full repeal?!?

And is there any way we can convince you that that’s a VERY. BAD. IDEA, and that we need at least to maintain the exchanges and the mandate, with single-payer a final goal?

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:43:35pm

re: #227 JordanRules

That’s what I’ve been virtually running around trying to figure out. If anyone has any idea please chime in.

I’ve got an email thread going with some liberal friends a bit less engaged than us and a couple of them are thinking this step was just a symbolic vote they can take back home to tell the cultists that they voted to repeal. They’re not feeling the urgency. I’d like to help inform them either way.

If the GOP has no idea what they did today, and the Democrats are trying to figure out WTF is going on how is anyone going to provide you the slightest clue to help you figure it out and give some solid answers to your friends.

Tell them this is what happens when they are not engaged and not feeling the urgency.

Fire ‘em up. We need to take this and bludgeon every Republican with it. Your friends need to get in gear and help.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:44:39pm

re: #229 Chrysicat

Why exactly are you here in this era if you want Aqua Buddha to insist on full repeal?!?

An appeal to Aqua Buddha’s worst angels.

He’s more likely to listen to a plea to go full Draconian than a plea to be reasonable.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:44:39pm

re: #228 petesh

Is it a prayer for McCain to stroke out on the floor of the Capitol because that flight reopened his surgical wounds?

‘Cause I might even agree with that…and that’s the worst thing I hope I ever say!

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Weaselone  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:44:54pm

re: #206 JordanRules

Here’s the procedural lineup.

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It’s not really relevant.

1. Motion to proceed
2. Democrats stall
3. We finally get to see what’s in the bill when the Republicans pass the final amendment that wipes all the preceding amendments and replaces the repeal bill.
4. Vote to pass
5. Bill becomes law because House is going to accept the Senate version without conference and Trump will sign.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:45:03pm

re: #221 ObserverArt

So the GOP Senate not only screwed everyone over, they gave the stage to McCain so he could feed his ego. He got to have a deciding vote and he got to have everyone kiss his butt for being strong and coming back to vote.

But then he had the audacity to get up and criticize everyone for doing what they just did. He got to preach how he sees all this bad in congress. Bad he willingly took part in.

He lectured us. He has no standing today to lecture anyone.

I guess we should have known all along he was always just a showboating jet jock that was almost kicked out of service for being a dick. A hard drinking womanizer that liked the pilots life more then being a pilot.

He hasn’t changed. He likes the Senate life more than being a hard working Senator.

Today was perfect for McCain. He got his ego stroked and he was the man again.

Fuck him. He may have served at one time, today he did this country a huge disservice.

Quoting your whole post for truth.

Every time I see the media fawn and drool over John McCain, I think of how they mocked and ridiculed James Stockdale and I am filled with rage.

Being the highest-ranking Navy officer to serve as a prisoner of war during Vietnam isn’t what made Stockdale legendary or earned him the Medal of Honor. Nor was it the 26 combat decorations, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Distinguished Service Medals, four Silver Star medals and two Purple Hearts.

It was how he led his fellow prisoners by example for nearly eight years in captivity in the Hanoi Hilton and a special hellhole they called Alcatraz.

usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:45:07pm

re: #229 Chrysicat

Why exactly are you here in this era if you want Aqua Buddha to insist on full repeal?!?

And is there any way we can convince you that that’s a VERY. BAD. IDEA, and that we need at least to maintain the exchanges and the mandate, with single-payer a final goal?

I saw it as applied realpolitik. We don’t care why Rand Paul votes no on this crap, and the most likely reason for him to vote no is because it is not vicious enough. Therefore call his office and argue accordingly.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:45:54pm

re: #235 EPR-radar

I saw it as applied realpolitik. We don’t care why Rand Paul votes no on this crap, and the most likely reason for him to vote no is because it is not vicious enough. Therefore call his office and argue accordingly.

That’s how I saw it too.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:46:09pm

re: #231 makeitstop

Oh, sorry. Thought for a minute you were a pre-Obama holdover who somehow hadn’t flounced or triggered Stinky yet, unlike DF.

Boy is my face red!

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:47:21pm

re: #228 petesh

True, but Collins said no one had even talked to her for days; she was a “lost cause” to Mitch. They did keep trying to bribe Murkowski on board, and I would give a shiny new dime to know what Johnson and McConnell were discussing while they waited for McCain to show up. Maybe they were just stalling, or maybe Johnson belongs in a hot circle of hell.

I suspect we’re going to get the worst of all worlds now: higher premiums, much higher deductibles, insurance market collapses, death and chaos ensue. Unless ONE more Rep Senator bucks the system. Or dies. (Note: this is not a threat!)

Sadly insurance market collapses, death and chaos ensuing may be the only thing that wakes people up to reality.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:48:18pm

re: #237 Chrysicat

Oh, sorry. Thought for a minute you were a pre-Obama holdover who somehow hadn’t flounced or triggered Stinky yet, unlike DF.

Boy is my face red!

I didn’t make the original suggestion - but despite its surface counter-intuitiveness, I figured that’s what BBD was aiming for. Lizards have employed the same tactic in the past, myself included.

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:50:36pm
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JordanRules  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:51:19pm

re: #233 Weaselone

Thank you, that’s helpful additional information!

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Weaselone  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:57:47pm

re: #241 JordanRules

Thank you, that’s helpful additional information!

I could be wrong. I’d assumed they would introduce the actual bill at the last possible moment, but if they’re testing the waters with Republican Senators they’ll probably introduce the various versions as amendments during the first phase of the amendment process in order of decreasing negative impact.

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 1:59:35pm
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JordanRules  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:00:07pm

re: #230 ObserverArt

Everybody is feeling stressed right now. Lots of folks online asking the same questions. Even super engaged folks don’t get into the weeds sometimes and like you intimated - we’re in procedural no man’s land.

I am continuing to bring the fire to light under everyone’s ass, as are others, including a fellow McCain constituent fighting terminal cancer. If I can supply helpful information too, I don’t think that hurts.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:02:13pm
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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:02:40pm
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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:05:36pm

re: #246 jaunte

The timeline sounds about right. Even this crew of GOP idiots can write down “Undo everything done in office by that ______” given a crayon and three days.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:06:33pm
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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:10:39pm
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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:12:24pm

On the subject of McCain’s vote, the RudePundit does not disappoint rudepundit.blogspot.com

The saddest response to McCain’s announcement yesterday that he was returning early to Washington to vote on the motion-to-proceed was the hope that the mythical maverick McCain would show up and, likely having no more elections to run, would do the right thing by voting “No.” That McCain never existed, and, except for issues like torture, he has been as loyal a Republican as any flea on the hairs on Mitch McConnell’s waxy balls. Of course he was coming back to dick people over. It’s what he does. He’s a motherfucker, like every other Republican motherfucker. Motherfuckers fuck mothers. How many times do I have to say this? They fuck mothers. It’s right there in the word. If they get a chance to fuck a mother, they will fuck that mother because they are motherfuckers. And the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is like a sticky blood orgy of motherfuckery. By the time the process is over, Republicans will fuck every hole and carve some new ones to fuck.

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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:15:08pm

re: #249 jaunte

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That is good messaging for AARP, but I’d replace “the Senate” with “Republicans.”

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:16:21pm

Well, looks like the health care components of the Dow Index had a slight drop.

Now watch what happens as the Senate proceeds to kill the ACA…

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:17:55pm
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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:18:11pm

re: #245 Stanley Sea

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:19:38pm

re: #251 Barefoot Grin

Just say; Republicans want to take your kids fishing and gut them to chum for a more bigger, brighter future for them and theirs. Senate is far too complicated. Republicans did this. Not one solitary Democrat voted for this. Not one. Nary a one. No. BUT the REPUBLICANS got the votes with REPUBLICANS voting for it.
But what do I know? Can’t call out the blood on the floor. Might upset some…

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ajcharnc  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:21:01pm

re: #4 nines09

Or maybe he has the goods on Trump and is just daring him to fire him.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:22:07pm

re: #250 EPR-radar

On the subject of McCain’s vote, the RudePundit does not disappoint rudepundit.blogspot.com

And all over the media, people acted like fuckin’ Lancelot had just come riding in to save the day when it was really just a filthy one-eyed poodle with a chip on its shoulder and ankles to bite.

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:24:05pm

The AARP is fishing for votes from a lot of easily spooked, brainwashed members. I think they’re doing the right thing to be cautious and just lay out the facts.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:24:25pm

Goddamnit. What the hell is wrong with people like Blumenthal?

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:24:35pm

The facts are pretty bad.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:26:00pm

re: #256 ajcharnc

Or maybe he has the goods on Trump and is just daring him to fire him.

Yeah. Have his “good ‘ol boys come over and light up his house”. After witnessing John McCain suck ass 30 years, I doubt Jeffry has any scruples or soul. Not holding my breathe. Haves. Have nots. Never more clear. He’s an agenda. Pot, seizure, prisons, sentencing…. $$$$$$ for the $$$$$$$$

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:26:17pm

re: #258 jaunte

The AARP is fishing for votes from a lot of easily spooked, brainwashed members. I think they’re doing the right thing to be cautious and just lay out the facts.

There is already a push to get conservatives to ignore AARP and look to some conservabullshit senior group who will, of course, lie to them. This has been going on for years now.

Until they see it in their bank accounts, nothing is real and everything is ok.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:27:17pm

re: #259 Charles Johnson

Goddamnit. What the hell is wrong with people like Blumenthal?

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:31:43pm

re: #259 Charles Johnson

Goddamnit. What the hell is wrong with people like Blumenthal?

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Misplaced sentimentality. Mistaking the horror of the nearby imminent death of one for a thing more important than the distant death of many, because he doesn’t know any of them.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:35:59pm

Gon’ be some tweetstorm tonight…

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:42:30pm

re: #265 makeitstop

House overwhelmingly approves Russia sanctions 419-3

Ooh! Let’s play ‘Guess the 3!’

Rorabacher’s a given. Who are the other two good Russian stooges?

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RinaX  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:43:00pm

I’m seeing people saying all sorts of terrible, awful things about John McCain. Mean, terrible things.

It warms my heart.

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dangerman  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:43:48pm

re: #77 Kragar

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retired cynic  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:44:13pm

McCain lost me forever when he called Cindy the c-word in front of several people, including a reporter. Sarah Palin was just overkill.

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KGxvi  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:47:09pm

re: #266 makeitstop

Ooh! Let’s play ‘Guess the 3!’

Rorabacher’s a given. Who are the other two good Russian stooges?

Shockingly, Dana wasn’t one of the three. He actually voted in favor (probably because it included sanctions against North Korea and Iran… or to get the heat off of him for a bit).

Nays were:

Amash
Duncan (TN)
Massie

Republicans all.

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nines09  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:47:22pm

Trump 2020 if he makes it that far. GOP is perfectly fine with this. You know they are.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:48:04pm

re: #270 KGxvi

Shockingly, Dana wasn’t one of the three. He actually voted in favor (probably because it included sanctions against North Korea and Iran… or to get the heat off of him for a bit).

Nays were:

Amash
Duncan (TN)
Massie

Republicans all.

Good thing I was sitting down. I thought Moscow Dana was a lock.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:51:04pm
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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:52:34pm

So I wake to see that the BSA copped out, McCain voted to fuck over the millions who are paying the taxes that are keeping him alive, and Trump continued slamming Sessions. All of which I had foreseen.

Now I just need to predict tonight’s Lotto numbers and I’m gold.

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BlueGrl21  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:52:48pm

I don’t think Sessions will resign. He’s going to make Trump fire him. Force the moment to its crisis, as it were.

I’m watching very closely to see when the GOP 4th dimensional chess starts to isolate Trump. They know darn well the midterms are shaping up to be a slaughter, do they want him in place afterwards, or Pence?

They’re more scared of being primaried by Trumpsters than being defeated by Democrats. Bloodbath. Every vote like the healthcare vote today, every Trump tweet, everything is just more and more piling onto a tidal wave.

But I will give them credit for the Russia sanctions today. Trump will be chewing on the furniture.

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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:54:54pm

re: #275 BlueGrl21

I don’t think Sessions will resign. He’s going to make Trump fire him. Force the moment to its crisis, as it were.

I’m watching very closely to see when the GOP 4th dimensional chess starts to isolate Trump. They know darn well the midterms are shaping up to be a slaughter, do they want him in place afterwards, or Pence?

They’re more scared of being primaried by Trumpsters than being defeated by Democrats. Bloodbath. Every vote like the healthcare vote today, every Trump tweet, everything is just more and more piling onto a tidal wave.

But I will give them credit for the Russia sanctions today. Trump will be chewing on the furniture.

I suspect Jefferson Beauregard’s lawyers have informed him it would be better (at least visually) to be fired by Trump than resign at this point. Even if it’s only for the sympathy he can play upon in the Court of Public Opinion.

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Timothy Watson  Jul 25, 2017 • 2:55:25pm

Fuck John McCain. I have no sympathy for that son of a bitch.

There are plenty of people who were POWs in Vietnam and there are many more who have inoperable brain cancer.

How many are spending their last days taking health insurance from tens of millions of people?

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jaunte  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:00:10pm
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Cheechako  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:02:09pm

OT - The neighborhood alert system just reported another black bear a block or two from my house. These critters are getting to be real frisky. A bear raided our strawberry patch a couple of nights ago and destroyed every plant and ate every berry. Black bears had a very successful birth rate this spring so there are a lot more rummaging around. Many twins and triplets and one sow with four cubs! Plus the salmon have been slow returning so the bears are looking else-where for food. The salmon-berries and raspberries are just now ripening so they are the bears primary food stock (along with unsecured garbage cans).

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:02:33pm

re: #265 makeitstop

Gon’ be some tweetstorm tonight…

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I think this is Trump’s test to how far in Putin’s pocket he really is. This goes against what the Trumpers pushed into the Republican platform and obviously what Putin is keen to eliminate.

If he does everything he can to stop this it is going to be pretty clear he made promises to Putin.

Hmmm. Maybe that would make a good book. Promises to Putin - What brought Trump Down,

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Timothy Watson  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:03:08pm

re: #279 Cheechako

A bear raided our strawberry patch a couple of nights ago and destroyed every plant and ate every berry.

Sure, bears…

*shifty look*

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Unshaken Defiance  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:03:10pm

re: #273 wrenchwench

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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:03:11pm

Would it surprise anybody at this point if we found out the reason that El Jefe Naranjo is frothing at his buddy Jefferson Beauregard is because he told him privately to fire Mueller and was informed that wasn’t happening?

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:03:33pm

re: #266 makeitstop

Ooh! Let’s play ‘Guess the 3!’

Rorabacher’s a given. Who are the other two good Russian stooges?

Imma guess Devin Nunes has got to be one.

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:05:02pm
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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:05:55pm

re: #280 ObserverArt

So we’ll get to see if tr*mp is stupid enough to veto these sanctions. My guess is he won’t.

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Cheechako  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:07:02pm

re: #281 Timothy Watson

Sure, bears…

*shifty look*

Yah, bears did it. Broke the side of the raised bed to get in. (Cross my heart and hope to whatever)

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:07:07pm

re: #272 makeitstop

Good thing I was sitting down. I thought Moscow Dana was a lock.

Hmmm. Maybe the guys you and I thought of have to lay low on this so it isn’t too damn obvious.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:11:26pm

re: #288 ObserverArt

Hmmm. Maybe the guys you and I thought of have to lay low on this so it isn’t too damn obvious.

Well, Rorabacher got hit with a sanctions violation charge this morning, so maybe that factored into his vote. Laying low, indeed.

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ipsos  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:13:42pm

I’m trying so hard to find the pony at the bottom of this pile of political shit.

The only thing I can come up with is that if Mueller thinks his back is up against the wall, how much of a complete investigation could he complete this week before the Senate goes into recess, allowing for a recess appointment of an acting AG who can fire him?

I mean - there’s no shot clock on Mueller’s investigation, right? He could release whatever he wants now, if he has the dirt…yes?

I can’t imagine he’s going to just go quietly, no matter what. And if I hadn’t been disappointed by him so many times over, I’d love to believe that Speechy McCain would stand up for Mueller’s findings in the Senate. But I know Votey McCain is a completely different barrel of marshmallow.

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wheat-dogg  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:15:33pm

Here’s a video from PBS Newshour about the all-girl Afghan robotics team

video.edweek.org

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:17:58pm
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Barefoot Grin  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:19:18pm

re: #279 Cheechako

OT - The neighborhood alert system just reported another black bear a block or two from my house. These critters are getting to be real frisky. A bear raided our strawberry patch a couple of nights ago and destroyed every plant and ate every berry. Black bears had a very successful birth rate this spring so there are a lot more rummaging around. Many twins and triplets and one sow with four cubs! Plus the salmon have been slow returning so the bears are looking else-where for food. The salmon-berries and raspberries are just now ripening so they are the bears primary food stock (along with unsecured garbage cans).

Same problem around here, supposedly (I’ve never seen one). Signs were up discouraging people from having bird feeders.

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Cheechako  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:21:19pm

re: #293 Barefoot Grin

Same problem around here, supposedly (I’ve never seen one). Signs were up discouraging people from having bird feeders.

Our bears like bird feeders and hummingbird feeders. Lots of sweet nectar.

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fern01  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:24:43pm

Trump issues commands through tweeting - sure got McConnell to do his bidding - now waiting for Sessions to bring some charges against Hillary Clinton. They won’t stand up in court - but will keep the lunatic happy. He looks more and more like the leader of a failed democracy as every day passes. The minions are too scared to tell him the truth so they lie to appease him.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:26:12pm

John McCain is the perfect American Lie

Today, Senate Republicans moved one step closer to dismantling Obamacare, potentially leaving millions of people uninsured, jacking up their premiums, and letting insurance companies cover only what they feel like covering. John McCain voted for that bill because of course he did. He has always been a big talker, but when it comes to the actual meat-and-potatoes voting process, he falls in line. He didn’t do the right thing. He didn’t even come within 500 yards of doing the right thing. For the past two decades, he has never done the right thing. He’s a fucking fraud. Alex Pareene had him nailed ages ago. In fact, it’s “nice” Republicans like McCain who provide cover for evil swine like Mitch McConnell, allowing them to gut the American security net and fuck over anyone who doesn’t live behind an iron gate.

But that didn’t stop McCain from having the gall… the unmitigated, repulsive GALL, to stand up in front of the Senate today and put on his Maverick jammies and deliver a sermon bashing the very non-legislation that, only minutes earlier, he had flown cross-country to help will into being.

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fern01  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:26:15pm

re: #292 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Like that trump cannot refer simply to FLOTUS. Has to add Melania. The word FLOTUS equates to Michelle Obama - has since 2009 and will continue to for the foreseen future.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:36:31pm

re: #296 makeitstop

John McCain is the perfect American Lie

On the same theme:

It was an ugly day in the United States Senate on Tuesday, as ugly a day as has been seen in that chamber since the death of Strom Thurmond, who used to make a day ugly simply by showing up…

But the ugliest thing to witness on a very ugly day in the United States Senate was what John McCain did to what was left of his legacy as a national figure. He flew all the way across the country, leaving his high-end government healthcare behind in Arizona, in order to cast the deciding vote to allow debate on whatever ghastly critter emerges from what has been an utterly undemocratic process…

For longtime McCain watchers, and I count myself as one of them, this is something of a pattern… By 2006, he was on Meet The Press, which ultimately always was the constituency he cared most about, saying that the late Jerry Falwell was no longer an agent of intolerance. He was hugging Bush, and he was speaking at Liberty University…

So he got a standing ovation when he walked into the chamber, and that was all right, and then he cast the vote to proceed. And then, having done so, he climbed onto his high horse and delivered an address every word of which was belied by the simple “yes” he had traveled so far to cast.

esquire.com

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:37:23pm

Common people, spread the word. Trump is trying to destroy healthcare to make us too weak to fight off a Russian invasion.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:37:48pm

re: #295 fern01

Trump issues commands through tweeting - sure got McConnell to do his bidding - now waiting for Sessions to bring some charges against Hillary Clinton. They won’t stand up in court - but will keep the lunatic happy. He looks more and more like the leader of a failed democracy as every day passes. The minions are too scared to tell him the truth so they lie to appease him.

Not Trump’s bidding. Republicans are doing their own bidding. 60 plus votes to date to repeal Obamacare was *long before Trump. Republicans fucking Americans will continue *long after Trump. Trump is an idiot. Republicans are the problem.

*fixed

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:41:07pm

re: #298 BeachDem

On the same theme:

It was an ugly day in the United States Senate on Tuesday, as ugly a day as has been seen in that chamber since the death of Strom Thurmond, who used to make a day ugly simply by showing up…

But the ugliest thing to witness on a very ugly day in the United States Senate was what John McCain did to what was left of his legacy as a national figure. He flew all the way across the country, leaving his high-end government healthcare behind in Arizona, in order to cast the deciding vote to allow debate on whatever ghastly critter emerges from what has been an utterly undemocratic process…

For longtime McCain watchers, and I count myself as one of them, this is something of a pattern… By 2006, he was on Meet The Press, which ultimately always was the constituency he cared most about, saying that the late Jerry Falwell was no longer an agent of intolerance. He was hugging Bush, and he was speaking at Liberty University…

So he got a standing ovation when he walked into the chamber, and that was all right, and then he cast the vote to proceed. And then, having done so, he climbed onto his high horse and delivered an address every word of which was belied by the simple “yes” he had traveled so far to cast.

esquire.com

Yep.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:42:41pm

re: #300 MsJ

Not Trump’s bidding. Republicans are doing their own bidding. 60 plus votes to date to repeal Obamacare was looking before Trump. Republicans fucking Americans will continue looking after Trump. Trump is an idiot. Republicans are the problem.

As I said often in the primaries, Trump is a symptom not the GOP’s illness. The GOP had a lot of problems when Never-Trumpers like Ana and Rick Wilson were still helping them out.

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fern01  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:47:31pm

re: #300 MsJ

Not Trump’s bidding. Republicans are doing their own bidding. 60 plus votes to date to repeal Obamacare was *long before Trump. Republicans fucking Americans will continue *long after Trump. Trump is an idiot. Republicans are the problem.

*fixed

In regard to the petty things - they do trump’s bidding. It suits their agenda to keep him happy. The Senate would have postponed the health care debate until September but the tweeter wanted it earlier. They know there is nothing against Clinton but the tweeter wants a mock trial. Guarantee that there will be some sort of charge brought against Hillary - or there will be a new AG.

As for the rest - I agree - the GOP agenda will long outlive trump.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:54:03pm

re: #292 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:55:01pm

You want to know why Jefferson Beauregard sticks around, it might have something to do with shit like this:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:55:03pm

re: #270 KGxvi

Shockingly, Dana wasn’t one of the three. He actually voted in favor (probably because it included sanctions against North Korea and Iran… or to get the heat off of him for a bit).

Nays were:

Amash
Duncan (TN)
Massie

Republicans all.

Massie (my congresscritter) is a Freedumb Caucus asshole.
Oh, and a Libertarian masquerading as a Republican.

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:55:24pm

What is up with Democrats (+Bernie Sanders) hugging John McCain after he voted to fuck over millions of Americans? What kind of milquetoast bullshit is that?

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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:57:11pm

re: #307 No Depression

What is up with Democrats (+Bernie Sanders) hugging John McCain after he voted to fuck over millions of Americans? What kind of milquetoast bullshit is that?

Low expectations of the press. Gotta be seen, even if you hate his ass, of being compassionate about his illness.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:57:43pm

re: #305 Targetpractice

You want to know why Jefferson Beauregard sticks around, it might have something to do with shit like this:

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Read about this too. This is pretty scary stuff. But no one is against legal immigration. //
politico.com

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 3:58:43pm

I mean I feel bad that McCain is sick but where is his compassion for other people?

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:00:10pm

re: #310 HappyWarrior

I mean I feel bad that McCain is sick but where is his compassion for other people?

I don’t feel bad for him anymore. Fuck him.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:00:22pm

re: #310 HappyWarrior

I mean I feel bad that McCain is sick but where is his compassion for other people?

It died a slow, horrible death back in 2007.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:01:55pm

re: #312 Eclectic Cyborg

It died a slow, horrible death back in 2007.

I personally think McCain’s always been a bit of a jerk. To me, the final straw with political respect personally came in 2004 when he stood quiet when John Kerry’s military record was attacked. Kerry had defended him in 2000 when his own record was attacked.

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ipsos  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:05:13pm

re: #313 HappyWarrior

I personally think McCain’s always been a bit of a jerk. To me, the final straw with political respect personally came in 2004 when he stood quiet when John Kerry’s military record was attacked. Kerry had defended him in 2000 when his own record was attacked.

He’s had so many final straws. For me it was the Palin pick.

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Jebediah, RBG  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:06:49pm

re: #313 HappyWarrior

I personally think McCain’s always been a bit of a jerk. To me, the final straw with political respect personally came in 2004 when he stood quiet when John Kerry’s military record was attacked. Kerry had defended him in 2000 when his own record was attacked.

He should have defended Kerry regardless, but to have done nothing after being defended is particularly prickish.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:07:23pm

re: #315 Jebediah, RBG

He should have defended Kerry regardless, but to have done nothing after being defended is particularly prickish.

That’s what I mean.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:07:38pm

re: #303 fern01

In regard to the petty things - they do trump’s bidding. It suits their agenda to keep him happy. The Senate would have postponed the health care debate until September but the tweeter wanted it earlier. They know there is nothing against Clinton but the tweeter wants a mock trial. Guarantee that there will be some sort of charge brought against Hillary - or there will be a new AG.

As for the rest - I agree - the GOP agenda will long outlive trump.

If charges are brought against Hillary, every American needs to decide whether we are a democracy or a third world sustainable dictatorship. And fight accordingly. Like jail time fight. Like I will. Die or not. That absolutely cannot stand. Period.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:08:11pm

re: #314 ipsos

He’s had so many final straws. For me it was the Palin pick.

I think for a lot of people it was too. A lot of people didn’t like Kerry so that made many in the media ignore that about him.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:08:23pm

‘I’m done’: Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas

Focuses on failed GOP Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, who ran as a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-faith conservative Republican” in California’s 31st District.

I guess it’s a values thing:

He and his wife, Brenda, moved their four children to the suburban town of McKinney, Texas, a Republican stronghold about 30 miles north of Dallas in Colin County. Dotted with new subdivisions, golf courses, artificial lakes and strip malls, the area reminds him of Orange County in the 1970s and 1980s.

“It’s like living a dream,” he said as he steered his golf cart down his cul-de-sac on a muggy afternoon recently, past large brick homes decorated with American flags and meticulously trimmed lawns.

Yes, some people actually like suburban kitsch. To me; and many others, I suspect; it would be a living hell.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:09:08pm

re: #317 MsJ

If charges are brought against Hillary, every American needs to decide whether we are a democracy or a third world sustainable dictatorship. And fight accordingly. Like jail time fight. Like I will. Die or not. That absolutely cannot stand. Period.

Dammit. How the hell did “sustainable” get in there. Gahhhhh!

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:09:47pm

re: #319 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

‘I’m done’: Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas

Focuses on failed GOP Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, who ran a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-faith conservative Republican” in California’s 31st District.

I guess it’s a value thing:

Yes, some people actually like suburban kitsch. To me; and many others, I suspect; it would be a living hell.

It’s an improvement from them fawning over Russia I guess.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:10:42pm

If charges do get brought against Hillary they will be from a kangaroo court.

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ipsos  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:11:28pm

re: #319 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Yes, some people actually like suburban kitsch. To me; and many others, I suspect; it would be a living hell.

And you know, that’s OK by me. It’s a big country and there’s room for all kinds of living - but I’d be a hell of a lot more tolerant of a McKinney suburban-sprawl right-winger if they’d be a little more tolerant of my lifestyle, too.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:12:52pm

re: #313 HappyWarrior

I personally think McCain’s always been a bit of a jerk. To me, the final straw with political respect personally came in 2004 when he stood quiet when John Kerry’s military record was attacked. Kerry had defended him in 2000 when his own record was attacked.

He has been a jerk his whole life. Compassion has never really been a part of his character. His ego has always been way too big to allow thinking of others.

You a want nice long read on Johnny…read this Rolling Stone article written back when he ran for president in ‘08 if you haven’t before.

Rolling Stone - John McCain: Make-Believe Maverick

A little taste:

McCAIN FIRST

This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

In its broad strokes, McCain’s life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers’ powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives’ evangelical churches.

In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.

This, of course, is not the story McCain tells about himself. Few politicians have so actively, or successfully, crafted their own myth of greatness. In McCain’s version of his life, he is a prodigal son who, steeled by his brutal internment in Vietnam, learned to put “country first.” Remade by the Keating Five scandal that nearly wrecked his career, the story goes, McCain re-emerged as a “reformer” and a “maverick,” righteously eschewing anything that “might even tangentially be construed as a less than proper use of my office.”

It’s a myth McCain has cultivated throughout his decades in Washington. But during the course of this year’s campaign, the mask has slipped. “Let’s face it,” says Larry Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. “John McCain made his reputation on the fact that he doesn’t bend his principles for politics. That’s just not true.”

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:13:01pm

re: #321 HappyWarrior

It’s an improvement from them fawning over Russia I guess.

Oh, they won’t stop fawning over Russia. They will probably get worse in fact since they are now supported by the local majority.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:15:00pm

re: #319 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

‘I’m done’: Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas

Focuses on failed GOP Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, who ran a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-faith conservative Republican” in California’s 31st District.

I guess it’s a value thing:

Yes, some people actually like suburban kitsch. To me; and many others, I suspect; it would be a living hell.

I was there, then and in the 60s:

Orange County in the 1970s and 1980

I survived, and so did 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Not one of us lives there now. Only my crazy mother.

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Ace-o-aces  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:15:01pm

re: #319 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

‘I’m done’: Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas

Focuses on failed GOP Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, who ran a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-faith conservative Republican” in California’s 31st District.

I guess it’s a value thing.

Fastest growing city in Texas is Austin.

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:15:12pm

Incidentally, Trump really looks like shit the last couple of days. I mean, even worse than his usual.

I hope the scrutiny and criticism is dissolving his guts in bile.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:15:17pm

re: #315 Jebediah, RBG

He should have defended Kerry regardless, but to have done nothing after being defended is particularly prickish.

I think he was jealous of Kerry. It would have been too much for McCain to stand up for someone he probably didn’t like military career wise.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:17:31pm

re: #324 ObserverArt

He has been a jerk his whole life. Compassion has never really been a part of his character. His ego has always been way too big to allow thinking of others.

You a want nice long read on Johnny…read this Rolling Stone article written back when he ran for president in ‘08 if you haven’t before.

Rolling Stone - John McCain: Make-Believe Maverick

A little taste:

Props and thanks for posting the article—I have posted it so many times, I was afraid people would be running me over with their cars.

Never been a McCain fan—and as an “old,” my disdain goes back to Keating Five days. A

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:18:25pm

re: #328 makeitstop

Incidentally, Trump really looks like shit the last couple of days. I mean, even worse than his usual.

I hope the scrutiny and criticism is dissolving his guts in bile.

I hope tr*mp remembers the vote totals 98-2 and 419-3 to his dying day. It would be even better if he makes long lists of enemy Republicans that voted for the sanctions and acted on those lists via primary challenges etc.

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:19:10pm

Well at least the House Democrats did something today. It’s small, but it sends the GOP a big message: House Democrats stun GOP by sinking veterans, intel bills

The upshot: The Democrats punished Republicans for suspending the rules (allowing for less than one hour of debate on bills but requiring a 2/3 majority) by tanking ostensibly bipartisan legislation to force the GOP’s hand in allowing amendments. Nancy Pelosi is a great leader, I don’t care what anyone says.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:19:37pm

re: #233 Weaselone

It’s not really relevant.

1. Motion to proceed
2. Democrats stall
3. We finally get to see what’s in the bill when the Republicans pass the final amendment that wipes all the preceding amendments and replaces the repeal bill.
4. Vote to pass
5. Bill becomes law because House is going to accept the Senate version without conference and Trump will sign.

Yup. A fait accompli. Game over.

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Jack Burton  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:19:39pm

re: #324 ObserverArt

He has been a jerk his whole life. Compassion has never really been a part of his character. His ego has always been way too big to allow thinking of others.

Well, not defending douchebaggery, but he was a naval aviator, which makes saying he has a giant ego a tautology. It’s sort of a requirement for that job.

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Skip Intro  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:20:23pm
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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:21:29pm

re: #332 No Depression

Well at least the House Democrats did something today. It’s small, but it sends the GOP a big message: House Democrats stun GOP by sinking veterans, intel bills

The upshot: The Democrats punished Republicans for suspending the rules (allowing for less than one hour of debate on bills but requiring a 2/3 majority) by tanking ostensibly bipartisan legislation to force the GOP’s hand in allowing amendments. Nancy Pelosi is a great leader, I don’t care what anyone says.

Fucking right she is. Pelosi knows how to get shit done. Everytime I see about “new leadership” or whatever other bullshit they throw at her, all I think is Fuck You. She gets stuff done.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:21:30pm

re: #327 Ace-o-aces

Fastest growing city in Texas is Austin.

Somehow, I don’t think Chabot and his clients would be interested in Austin. Travis County is probably outlined in red on his maps, like a plague zone or Chernobyl.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:22:33pm

re: #334 Jack Burton

Well, not defending douchebaggery, but he was a naval aviator, which makes saying he has a giant ego a tautology. It’s sort of a requirement for that job.

True. But I keep in mind that other big naval pilot egos saw him as an asshole.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:22:33pm

re: #333 Myron Falwell

Yup. A fait accompli. Game over.

Nope. Whatever they come up with, parts are going to need 60 votes.

Quit quitting.

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:23:48pm

re: #334 Jack Burton

Well, not defending douchebaggery, but he was a naval aviator, which makes saying he has a giant ego a tautology. It’s sort of a requirement for that job.

If one is going to have that kind of attitude, it’s probably best to not crash as many warplanes as McCain did.

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:26:58pm
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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:28:05pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Nope. Whatever they come up with, parts are going to need 60 votes.

Quit quitting.

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Is that still true if they go with the “Skinny Repeal”* though?

*God this shit is dumb.

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petesh  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:29:27pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Nope. Whatever they come up with, parts are going to need 60 votes.

Quit quitting.

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And if they try to do something that does not require 60, they might well drive some of their own into the No column. Both my Senators are Dems and solid No’s, so I’m a little frustrated (OK, a lot frustrated) because I think lobbying is most effective coming from constituents. But all we can do now is crank up the pressure …

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Weaselone  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:29:53pm

re: #333 Myron Falwell

Yup. A fait accompli. Game over.

That’s not really what I meant.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:29:57pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Nope. Whatever they come up with, parts are going to need 60 votes.

Quit quitting.

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From the article:

Senate Republicans could theoretically overrule the parliamentarian — but it would gut an age-old tradition in the Senate and essentially eliminate the legislative filibuster. Enough Republicans are wary of doing so, even if they liked the bill, that this isn’t going to happen.

It’s right up McConnell’s alley to eliminate the legislative filibuster. Especially if it’s the only practical roadblock remaining in their lust to kill millions in the name of their god.

And they’ll fall in line. They always fall in line. Kabuki theatre with old angry male WASPs.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:31:17pm

re: #342 No Depression

When

Is that still true if they go with the “Skinny Repeal”* though?

*God this shit is dumb.

What’s the skinny repeal’s CBO score?

This is not over. If enough people feel like this blog tho, jesus christ.

Go down fighting as hard as you possibly can.

Fucking Rah

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:31:22pm

re: #338 ObserverArt

True. But I keep in mind that other big naval pilot egos saw him as an asshole.

And naval pilots like James Stockdale rose above it—

“We had a war to fight and were committed to fighting it from lonely concrete boxes,” Stockdale said during his Academy of Achievement interview. “Our very fiber and sinew were the only weapons at our disposal. Each man’s values from his own private sources provided the strength enabling him to maintain his sense of purpose and dedication. They placed unity above self. Self-indulgence was a luxury that could not be afforded.”

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:32:09pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Realistically, the Republicans managed to get 50 votes + Pence for a blank sheet of paper that spiritually repudiates the ACA. They always had the votes for that.

Let’s see what happens when there are words on that sheet of paper that mean millions will lose coverage and thousands will die each year. Maybe one of these sociopaths will blink.

And if they pass it and tr*mp signs it, well that is exactly what to expect from a GOP president with full GOP control of Congress. Any voters still capable of learning how evil the Republicans are will apparently have to learn this the hard way.

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:33:13pm

re: #347 Myron Falwell

From the article:

It’s right up McConnell’s alley to eliminate the legislative filibuster. Especially if it’s the only practical roadblock remaining in their lust to kill millions in the name of their god.

And they’ll fall in line. They always fall in line. Kabuki theatre with old angry male WASPs.

Yeah, I wouldn’t put it past that fucker. He’s already broken the Senate enough, why not break it some more?

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makeitstop  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:33:50pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Quit quitting.

So. Much. This.

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petesh  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:34:22pm

Talking point for Republican Senators (with a few irredeemable exceptions): Trump hates you, you know that. Vote No just to piss him off.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:35:41pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Nope. Whatever they come up with, parts are going to need 60 votes.

Quit quitting.

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I see Republicans and conservative political yakkers saying they are not going to get a bill done. So, I keep that in mind when I look at this whole process.

It is interesting how there are people fighting or giving up on both sides.

I’m still hoping it is the American people that get this healthcare thing done. Just because McConnell passed something and will try to shove it down everyone’s throat
does not mean all the bitching at home has stopped. Who knows, today may bring it up to a high level and all these congress people are going to hear it. If they pass something hopefully it will be the worst thing they have ever done.

And, if they take down the ACA, what ever GOPDonTCare comes to be it too can be torn down.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:35:52pm

re: #353 makeitstop

So. Much. This.

It is really up to our loud voices. Not our whiny ones.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:35:57pm

re: #333 Myron Falwell

Yup. A fait accompli. Game over.

Not giving up. If you are, do it somewhere else.

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:37:16pm

re: #352 No Depression

Yeah, I wouldn’t put it past that fucker. He’s already broken the Senate enough, why not break it some more?

The only reason that Republicans might find convincing is the thought that they won’t have a Senate majority forever, and would not be able to obstruct as they have in the past if they kill the filibuster. The Senate filibuster is a tool for preventing change, and so it inherently favors Republicans over the long haul.

Of course if these GOP weasels think voter suppression etc. really will give them a permanent majority, then anything goes.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:39:25pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:39:32pm
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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:39:52pm

re: #330 BeachDem

Props and thanks for posting the article—I have posted it so many times, I was afraid people would be running me over with their cars.

Never been a McCain fan—and as an “old,” my disdain goes back to Keating Five days. A

So you disdained McCain before it was cool!

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:40:30pm
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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:40:31pm

re: #349 BeachDem

And naval pilots like James Stockdale rose above it—

“We had a war to fight and were committed to fighting it from lonely concrete boxes,” Stockdale said during his Academy of Achievement interview. “Our very fiber and sinew were the only weapons at our disposal. Each man’s values from his own private sources provided the strength enabling him to maintain his sense of purpose and dedication. They placed unity above self. Self-indulgence was a luxury that could not be afforded.”

Explains why Stockdale didn’t run as a Republican.

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HappyWarrior  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:40:34pm

re: #359 Charles Johnson

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If it’s so easy, you sure never do it. It’s not a fucking game, you fucking asshole.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:41:43pm
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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:41:54pm

re: #359 Charles Johnson

“I can be more presidential than any president who has ever held this office. It’s so easy”, says Trump

He thinks he’s been elected to run a country club, not a country. Someone should have explained that to him.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:42:19pm

Golfed all weekend, went to WV to make an ass of himself with the scouts and now in OH to run his mouth some more.

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:42:52pm

I don’t think that the ACA repeal is necessarily a fait accompli, but I’m very aware of the fuckery that the GOP is capable of. Maybe Mitch McConnell won’t nuke the Senate if it comes to that, if only to protect the GOP and himself in the future when Republicans are the minority in the Senate. But he is cynical and craven enough to do it.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:43:02pm

re: #365 wrenchwench

Golden hour from the Colorado River @GrandCanyonNPS by Evan Kokoska #Arizona

Wow!

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:43:18pm

re: #366 Decatur Deb

He thinks he’s been elected to run a country club, not a country. Someone should have explained that to him.

He thinks he’s playing one on TV.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:43:59pm

re: #370 wrenchwench

He thinks he’s playing one on TV.

Sheen did it better.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:44:34pm

re: #369 ObserverArt

Wow!

They haven’t wrecked everything, yet. Not even Arizona, where they got a head start.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:45:19pm

re: #352 No Depression

Yeah, I wouldn’t put it past that fucker. He’s already broken the Senate enough, why not break it some more?

McConnell would smash the Senate into a million pieces just so the top 1% can pay zero taxes.

Brazen criminals with zero accountability are like that.

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:46:41pm

re: #359 Charles Johnson

“I can be more presidential than any president who has ever held this office. It’s so easy”, says Trump

Tomorrow: “Who knew that being presidential was so complicated?”

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:46:45pm

re: #361 HappyWarrior

So you disdained McCain before it was cool!

fuckin’ a.

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wrenchwench  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:47:05pm

Imma take my girl scout cookies and go home.

I’m leaving the best ones here, of course.

Smores!

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gocart mozart  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:49:41pm

Did not know this existed.

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BeachDem  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:50:03pm

re: #363 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Explains why Stockdale didn’t run as a Republican.

Honest to dog, I will never get over how they treated Stockdale when he ran with Perot. OK—Perot was nutty, but the mocking of Stockdale, after all that man had been through, made me want to puke.

I had read his and his wife’s book “In Love and War” long before that election, and had been so impressed with his story and his life. The media went for cheap shots and laughs and never told his real story.

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plansbandc  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:52:44pm

re: #351 EPR-radar

My husband and I don’t NEED to learn the hard way. It’s our fucking lives at stake.

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ObserverArt  Jul 25, 2017 • 4:58:43pm

re: #379 plansbandc

My husband and I don’t NEED to learn the hard way. It’s our fucking lives at stake.

That is the truly sad fact in all of this. People are going to get hurt by the politics.

It can be fought over again and again and fixed, but at what cost in casualties while they fight.

Comments about learning the hard way are aimed at the people that for them to learn anything…that is the only way.

And they say we are civilized.

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VegasGolfer  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:02:29pm

re: #321 HappyWarrior

It’s an improvement from them fawning over Russia I guess.

If they took all the crazy conservatives withem them, i might move back to Ca.

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Skip Intro  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:03:29pm

re: #339 Stanley Sea

Nope. Whatever they come up with, parts are going to need 60 votes.

Quit quitting.

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Rules are for losers.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:03:39pm

JFC

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Ace Rothstein  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:04:13pm

I still say McCain votes “No.” He has to get his chance to shove it up Trump’s fat ass after the “soldiers” comment before he assumes room temperature.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:04:42pm

Insane work load. Dude who is supposed to be helping me casually said he’ll be away till Thursday & then proceeded to tell stories about visiting relatives like I give a fuck.

I’m not up to people at the moment.re: #359 Charles Johnson

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CNN isn’t/didn’t show it.

Very glad.

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Targetpractice  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:05:46pm

re: #383 The Vicious Babushka

JFC

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This is the rascist fuckhead that millions of our fellow Americans voted for why insisting “I’m not a racist!”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:07:15pm
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Skip Intro  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:07:16pm

re: #348 Stanley Sea

You act as though there are still rules to follow, ethics to obey, and a sense of right and wrong. All those things died six months ago.

Sorry if you find that defeatist, but that’s the new reality and it does no good to pretend it isn’t.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:08:21pm

re: #383 The Vicious Babushka

He’s winding up for “The Eternal Mexican”, “The Eternal Muslim”.

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BigPapa  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:08:59pm
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nowherenorth2  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:12:38pm

1. Fuck McCain. Pity for non of them
2. He basically told the senate to hold his beer and proved who he was, when he showed he was part of thw machine with Palin as his choice.
3. They dont care and that speech is ridiculous. Fuck it.

Kind of felt bad until he daid he was coming back. To vote. While people pay for it all. He took it away. Just like every other person being bent over by trump he toed the line and it among the rank of the rest.

As for the gop. Way to go all fascist and autocratic dictatorship like we knew you were. Freedom of choice means we choose for you with money.

Shower of fucks

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No Depression  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:13:30pm

re: #383 The Vicious Babushka

JFC

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A guy that looks like a disfigured orangutan has no right to call other people animals.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:14:28pm

re: #383 The Vicious Babushka

JFC

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Pol Pot territory
Hitler territory

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teleskiguy  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:14:31pm

re: #78 nines09

Fuck this shit. Wishing death on anybody is wrong, asshole.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:15:26pm

re: #393 Stanley Sea

Pol Pot territory
Hitler territory

Heading that way, feeling the waters.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:17:56pm

re: #395 Decatur Deb

Heading that way, feeling the waters.

And the crowd cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeered

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teleskiguy  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:18:41pm

I get rubbed raw sometimes with “I pray for someone to die” bullshit. You’re no better than RWNJs if you do that.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:18:55pm

re: #396 Stanley Sea

And the crowd cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeered

That’s why the rallies—learning what will play in Peoria.

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Stanley Sea  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:20:33pm

re: #398 Decatur Deb

That’s why the rallies—learning what will play in Peoria.

What are Barack, W, Bill & Jimmy thinking?

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BigPapa  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:20:55pm

re: #393 Stanley Sea

Pol Pot territory
Hitler territory

That’s no joke. I see we’re on our way to that, or somehow Mueller starts a landslide or extinction level event politically on these cretins.

I don’t see it petering out. We’re in for a ride and it’s going to get nuts.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:22:12pm

This is why we can’t have nice things. Saw this earlier today:

What horseshit! Nobody on the Left is defending that asshole! What we’re pointing out is that the ONLY THING that Sessions has done RIGHT is the ONLY REASON Trump wants him gone.

All that other shit that asshole has done? That’s why Trump wanted him in the first place.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:22:20pm

re: #399 Stanley Sea

What are Barack, W, Bill & Jimmy thinking?

Dunno, but Jimmy is still betting he’ll outlive the Guinea Worm.

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MsJ  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:24:06pm

Thread of insanity.

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allegro  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:29:40pm

Kitten update… Princess Onyx and Little Lord Storm have reached the ripe old age of 5-1/2 weeks. They are fully weaned and have mastered the litter box. (Yay us!) Their little personalities are really starting to come out and shine. Brightly. Aaaaaand they got me. In spite of my protestations and all of the very good and valid reasons to not do this, it appears that my family has increased by two. Forever. I love them. They love each other and they love me. How can I say no to this?

Home alterations are required to incorporate felines into a human-dog-cockatoo-fish world contained in a 34’ motorhome. They begin asap since the kittens are fast outgrowing the bathroom. We’re gonna soon find out how good a mom I am managing this mix. I’m fucking Gaia herself if I can pull this off without blood being drawn. LOL

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:30:26pm

re: #400 BigPapa

That’s no joke. I see we’re on our way to that, or somehow Mueller starts a landslide or extinction level event politically on these cretins.

I don’t see it petering out. We’re in for a ride and it’s going to get nuts.

We are already ON THE RIDE, and it’s already nuts. Sarah Kendzior and others who said we would be amazed how quickly it all goes South were absolutely right.

Just in the last few days, Trump has exhorted serving members of the military to take particular political actions; turned the Boy Scout Jamboree into a political rally; called on his AG to prosecute a political enemy and castigated that same AG for following the law and not being able to shut down an investigation that’s making him upset.

And that’s just the President, but he’s really the nexus of it. His success at continuous lying with impunity has freed the GOP to do the same, and to give up all shreds of honesty, decency, and lawfulness, because they, too, can get away with it.

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:33:56pm

re: #393 Stanley Sea

Pol Pot territory
Hitler territory

And he has a GOP rank-and-file intent on passing their own Enabling Act… coupled with a crooked FCC lusting after the killing of Net Neutrality so dissenting opinion can be shut down and destroyed, and a two-faced Goebbels-esque information ministry called Sinclair Broadcasting and Fox News set to further poison people’s minds and make them willful collaborators.

At least when this Reich instigates a nuclear war mankind (boy, what an oxymoron!) will be eliminated quickly.

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EPR-radar  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:39:23pm

re: #379 plansbandc

My husband and I don’t NEED to learn the hard way. It’s our fucking lives at stake.

Since you didn’t vote for tr*mp, you have nothing to learn on this front. The people that are going to have to learn this are the mushy middle and habitual non-voters.

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retired cynic  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:40:39pm

re: #377 gocart mozart

Did not know this existed.

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I remember that!

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Myron Falwell  Jul 25, 2017 • 5:40:54pm

re: #407 EPR-radar

Since you didn’t vote for tr*mp, you have nothing to learn on this front. The people that are going to have to learn this are the mushy middle and habitual non-voters.

They’ll blame Obama and Clinton because Fox News, Rush and Lumpy, and Sinclair all tell them to. No want to engage in any critical thinking… just easy answers, both-sidesing and whataboutism to the nth degree.

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Chrysicat  Jul 25, 2017 • 6:21:37pm

re: #389 Decatur Deb

Worst part of all is, we now have the technology that could uncover everyone’s genetic heritage. Watch as he orders an ancestry test for every american, so he can uncover the hidden targeted minorities as well.

And watch me pray that the one ancestral line out of 8 I have, that was in this country before 1875, did a whole lot of slave-diddling so I don’t have to feel ashamed of my own heritage.


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