The Bob Cesca Show: Cruel Whimsy

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Today’s program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Cruel Whimsy: Not Safe For Work; Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News & Comment is here; Russia barred from 2018 Winter Olympics; Mueller subpoenas Trump’s Deutsche Bank records; Bombshell Mike Pence story in the Atlantic; The Intercept reports Trump considering private spy firm; Liddy and Watergate; Trump’s historical ignorance; Trump goes to war against the National Parks; John Oliver hammers Dustin Hoffman; and much more.

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Brian J.  Dec 5, 2017 • 6:55:04pm

Bad news from Massachusetts, as it appears that GOoPer Dean Tran has picked up a state senate seat in a special election there. Haven’t found the vote totals yet, but here’s a blurb from the local paper.

sentinelandenterprise.com

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Stanley Sea  Dec 5, 2017 • 6:55:27pm

The sanity we need

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 6:57:54pm

re: #1 Brian J.

Bad news from Massachusetts, as it appears that GOoPer Dean Tran has picked up a state senate seat in a special election there. Haven’t found the vote totals yet, but here’s a blurb from the local paper.

sentinelandenterprise.com

I wish some of those MA people would come down here to Texas so I can show them why they shouldn’t be electing Republicans.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:00:39pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:01:15pm
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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:02:50pm

re: #5 teleskiguy

That’s who he blames for making him hang around malls and teen dance recitals.

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:05:00pm

re: #5 teleskiguy

Something about a favorable remark about the devil to Parliament.

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:05:58pm

My favorite part of the TV show Lucifer is still where he won’t let humans get away with blaming him for their actions.

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Jay C  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:07:14pm

re: #8 Belafon

My favorite part of the TV show Lucifer is still where he won’t let humans get away with blaming him for their actions.

Well, at least he isn’t a Republican, obviously…

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ObserverArt  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:08:25pm

re: #5 teleskiguy

Brian Tashman
@briantashman
Roy Moore says he is engaged in a spiritual battle against demonic powers

I hope Spiritual Battle is old enough to be engaged.

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fern01  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:08:50pm

re: #1 Brian J.

Bad news from Massachusetts, as it appears that GOoPer Dean Tran has picked up a state senate seat in a special election there. Haven’t found the vote totals yet, but here’s a blurb from the local paper.

sentinelandenterprise.com

It seems nothing will stop people voting against their own interests - deserve all they get.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:09:02pm
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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:16:14pm
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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:23:16pm

:) (Daily Kos link)

Apparently Robert Mueller is more than just a spectacularly qualified candidate to take Trump behind the woodshed. He’s also a survivor, and he’s flexing some of those muscles right about now.

Everybody is starting to sweat bullets about the possibility of Trump trying to fire Mueller if the heat gets too high on this Trump-Russia thing. This would be a risky move, since it might force the GOP dominated congress to pass a Special Prosecutor law and bring Mueller back, or else face the wrath of an increasingly educated and motivated electorate.

But, Mueller is feathering his nest. NBC news is reporting that they found something odd in Mueller’s plea agreement with Michael Flynn. Not only will Flynn cooperate with the federal investigators, and testify in federal court if necessary, but he also greed to cooperate with applicable state and local authorities, as well as testifying in state court cases if necessary.

Mueller has thrown a gauntlet to Trump. “Go ahead and fire me Herr Twitler, and I’ll just turn over alllll of this juicy shit to the New York Attorney General. You can’t pardon yourself, or your idiot monley spawn out of state convictions.” And what state Attorney General wouldn’t love to have the entire investigative efforts of the FBI to use in a state court case, including a star witness handed to them in a pretty pink wrapper?

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Interesting Times  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:24:38pm
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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:26:22pm
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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:29:05pm
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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:30:09pm

Whoa, Time - 65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes

The approximately 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton should pledge that in the future if a Republican wins the presidency with fewer votes than a Democrat for the third time in our era, we won’t pay taxes to the federal government. No taxation without representation!

Twice in the past 16 years, a Republican candidate who finished second in the popular vote has won the presidency. This year, Donald Trump won the electoral vote with about 46% of the popular vote, while Hillary Clinton received about 48%. If the parties stay this evenly divided, another electoral mishap is more likely than not in the next 20 years.

Most Republicans are quite content with this system. Appeals to fairness have not persuaded them of the need to amend the Constitution to establish direct presidential elections, preferably with a runoff if no one wins 50% of the vote. Nor does the real chance that a Democrat could win the presidency with fewer votes than a Republican alarm them. Even the taunt, “Are you afraid of a direct election? Can’t you win a straight-up vote?” doesn’t faze them. Democrats must, therefore, pester Republicans where it hurts: the pocketbook.

Is signing a pledge to not pay taxes legal? Yes, if no overt act of conspiracy is involved, and the pledge itself is hypothetical. No one knows when or if it would be carried out.

A national movement not to pay federal taxes in the future would put Republicans on notice: they do not have the right to impose a hard-right, second-place presidency on a moderate nation every dozen or so years. If the Republicans won’t help amend the Constitution so that America can resume being a democracy, then Democrats, lacking the representation that supporters of a future popular vote-winner ought to have in the executive branch, should not submit to paying taxes to the federal government.

Hell, I’m in.

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electrotek  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:31:42pm

For anyone who thinks right-wing stupidity is only limited to America and Europe (by way of the UK), here’s some amusement in the wake of a pedophile apologist’s tour in Australia:

I ask how Sharia law is rising in Australia.

“They’re trying to….” she turns to her partner. “What are they trying to do?”

“I don’t really know what Sharia law is,” David replies.

“They’re trying to change our holidays… yeah, like Australia Day - which is ridiculous. And I don’t like the fact that they are trying to say their culture is very feminist - their law basically shuns women. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe they don’t. But that’s how I see it”.

….

I move inside. I try to listen to what people are saying - one supporter asks his friend where all the “beautiful blonde Aryan chicks are”. His name is Carlos, and he is here with his friend Hayden - both are in their 20s, and both work at the same pizza shop.

“He’s for freedom of speech,” Carlos tells me, speaking of Milo. “I’m a bit worried about this country - I feel like I can’t state the wrong opinion or look in the wrong direction without having the wrong intention. I feel like I can’t manspread. I get looks - it’s a bit disconcerting to me.

The writer of this brilliant piece of writing is 19 years old!

So don’t give up the youth guys!

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plansbandc  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:31:48pm

re: #18 makeitstop

Interesting. I was thinking about this earlier today.

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Brian J.  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:32:12pm

re: #18 makeitstop

Whoa, Time - 65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes

Hell, I’m in.

Works for me. And here is professional advice on how to avoid problems with the IRS:

You Can Be A Millionaire

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Brian J.  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:34:52pm

re: #19 electrotek

For anyone who thinks right-wing stupidity is only limited to America and Europe (by way of the UK), here’s some amusement in the wake of a pedophile apologist’s tour in Australia:

I guess Milo heard that Australia was entirely peopled with criminals and thought he’d fit in.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:37:21pm

Lubbock’s Mr. Conservative openly worships Putin.

Facebook Post

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:38:56pm

I want to ask a question to clarify things. It’s a comparison of the Steele dossier vs. Trump and Co’s asking Russia for dirt on Hillary. Ignore the middle men (which is easy in Trump’s case). Is there a difference between the getting the information? What I’m really trying to find out is when someone says “Yeah, well, Hillary went and got information about Trump” I’m not completely stumped.

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danarchy  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:39:38pm

re: #3 Belafon

I wish some of those MA people would come down here to Texas so I can show them why they shouldn’t be electing Republicans.

MA republicans would be democrats in Texas.

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electrotek  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:40:03pm

re: #22 Brian J.

I guess Milo heard that Australia was entirely peopled with criminals and thought he’d fit in.

Given that this is a country that has a recent history with racial riots being spun as a ‘defense of Western civilization’ such as Cronulla, he probably saw the potential for exploitation.

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:40:42pm

It may soon be Pence’s turn in the barrel, so to speak…

Vice President Pence’s aides are anxious that Pence will be summoned for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reported Tuesday.

Those close to Pence’s office told CNN that since former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and Pence, it will open the door for Mueller to question Pence.

Pence knew that Flynn had contacted Russia but didn’t know the two had discussed Russian sanctions, transition officials told the network. Pence was leading the Trump transition when Flynn called then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to discuss sanctions implemented against Russia by the U.S.

A person close to Pence told CNN that his aides are “preparing” to be called for an interview with Mueller.

“Chairing the transition would make it possible regardless of who it was,” the person said.

Pence’s office denied that they are preparing for a possible interview with Mueller.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:42:14pm

re: #21 Brian J.

every time a music vid is posted, I think of Dangerman.

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:42:22pm

re: #24 Belafon

I want to ask a question to clarify things. It’s a comparison of the Steele dossier vs. Trump and Co’s asking Russia for dirt on Hillary. Ignore the middle men (which is easy in Trump’s case). Is there a difference between the getting the information? What I’m really trying to find out is when someone says “Yeah, well, Hillary went and got information about Trump” I’m not completely stumped.

I got that the other day. My response was that while all political campaigns collect oppo research on their opponent, very few go to a hostile foreign government to get it.

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:42:36pm

re: #25 danarchy

MA republicans would be democrats in Texas.

I used to think that. I spent three years in college in Worcester, and I would joke that I probably would have been a Republican in Massachusetts. But these days I don’t think so, and I’m really of the conclusion that a lot of Republicans will vote Republican whereever they go. What keeps the MA governor from being too radical even though they can be Republican is Democrats there cross over.

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:46:58pm

Heh.

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Interesting Times  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:47:32pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:47:47pm

re: #29 makeitstop

I got that the other day. My response was that while all political campaigns collect oppo research on their opponent, very few go to a hostile foreign government to get it.

And, please note that many of the Steele doc’s facts have been verified.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:50:21pm

re: #31 makeitstop

Heh.

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Hah! Didn’t know Doug had that in him.

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plansbandc  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:50:43pm

Does anyone here not fully believe there’s a pee tape? I have zero doubt there’s a pee tape. The regrettable thing is, if it shows up on the internet, I will probably end up seeing it. I don’t want to see it. I never want to see it. There’s a reason why I didn’t watch 2 girls 1 cup. That shit would be permanently damaging.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:51:54pm

re: #35 plansbandc

Does anyone here not fully believe there’s a pee tape. I have zero doubt there’s a pee tape. The regrettable thing is, if it shows up on the internet, I will probably end up seeing it. I don’t want to see it. I never want to see it. There’s a reason why I didn’t watch 2 girls 1 cup. That shit would be permanently damaging.

The reaction videos ought to be entertaining, they definitely were with Two Girls One Cup.

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garzooma  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:53:38pm

re: #24 Belafon

I want to ask a question to clarify things. It’s a comparison of the Steele dossier vs. Trump and Co’s asking Russia for dirt on Hillary. Ignore the middle men (which is easy in Trump’s case). Is there a difference between the getting the information? What I’m really trying to find out is when someone says “Yeah, well, Hillary went and got information about Trump” I’m not completely stumped.

Russia stole the dirt on Hillary. Stealing private information is a crime — it’s what Nixon’s plumbers were doing. We don’t know yet that the Trump campaign participated in the crime while it was happening (although there are some indications). But in any event, Trump made himself an accessory after the fact by obstructing the investigation — in the same way that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends, by throwing away his backpack, made themselves part of the Marathon bombings.

There’s no indication that Steele, or any of the middle men, did anything illegal.

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plansbandc  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:53:40pm

re: #36 teleskiguy

Oh most definitely. Reaction vids are quality entertainment. Pee tape reaction tapes might actually break the internets.

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danarchy  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:54:48pm

re: #35 plansbandc

Does anyone here not fully believe there’s a pee tape? I have zero doubt there’s a pee tape. The regrettable thing is, if it shows up on the internet, I will probably end up seeing it. I don’t want to see it. I never want to see it. There’s a reason why I didn’t watch 2 girls 1 cup. That shit would be permanently damaging.

Isn’t the alleged pee tape just supposed to be prostitutes peeing on a bed? While not really my bag, that would hardly be scarring.

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:56:06pm

re: #34 HappyWarrior

Hah! Didn’t know Doug had that in him.

Earlier today he said that Moore belonged in prison, not the Senate.

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Stanley Sea  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:56:24pm

re: #35 plansbandc

Does anyone here not fully believe there’s a pee tape? I have zero doubt there’s a pee tape. The regrettable thing is, if it shows up on the internet, I will probably end up seeing it. I don’t want to see it. I never want to see it. There’s a reason why I didn’t watch 2 girls 1 cup. That shit would be permanently damaging.

there’s a pee tape.

there’s more, hidden by greedy mofos

complicit vichy

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Cheechako  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:56:27pm

re: #14 Belafon

I expect every plea deal will have the same or similar language. So, would Kushner, Ivanka, Donny Jr , and Eric be willing to enter a plea under these circumstances? Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

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plansbandc  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:56:47pm

re: #39 danarchy

I have a real bad feeling that there’s a bit of comrade combover playing with baby comrade combover while watching the hookers pee. *shudder*

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retired cynic  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:57:59pm

re: #35 plansbandc

Does anyone here not fully believe there’s a pee tape? I have zero doubt there’s a pee tape. The regrettable thing is, if it shows up on the internet, I will probably end up seeing it. I don’t want to see it. I never want to see it. There’s a reason why I didn’t watch 2 girls 1 cup. That shit would be permanently damaging.

My husband always said watch out what you let into your mind. You might find it lodges and takes up space you might want for something else!

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:58:01pm

re: #37 garzooma

Russia stole the dirt on Hillary. Stealing private information is a crime — it’s what Nixon’s plumbers were doing. We don’t know yet that the Trump campaign participated in the crime while it was happening (although there are some indications). But in any event, Trump made himself an accessory after the fact by obstructing the investigation — in the same way that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends, by throwing away his backpack, made themselves part of the Marathon bombings.

There’s no indication that Steele, or any of the middle men, did anything illegal.

That’s what I was looking for. Steele collected information. The Russians stole it.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:58:18pm

re: #43 plansbandc

I don’t want to see it, I just want to hear Trump protesting about how cold it was.

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Interesting Times  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:59:41pm

re: #36 teleskiguy

The reaction videos ought to be entertaining, they definitely were with Two Girls One Cup.

If only it could somehow be leaked for the first time on a jumbotron during next year’s SOTU…

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 7:59:57pm
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Stanley Sea  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:00:54pm

re: #43 plansbandc

I have a real bad feeling that there’s a bit of comrade combover playing with baby comrade combover while watching the hookers pee. *shudder*

They were smart spies, they got the yams comments on tape.

Let’s regroup with this comment in 1 (I hope 6 mo) years

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:00:55pm

re: #40 Belafon

Earlier today he said that Moore belonged in prison, not the Senate.

He ain’t wrong.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:01:23pm
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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:02:23pm

re: #33 Stanley Sea

And, please note that many of the Steele doc’s facts have been verified.

Not only that, it was initiated by Republican’s (most likely some of Jeb’s backers).

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Brian J.  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:05:08pm

re: #1 Brian J.

Bad news from Massachusetts, as it appears that GOoPer Dean Tran has picked up a state senate seat in a special election there. Haven’t found the vote totals yet, but here’s a blurb from the local paper.

sentinelandenterprise.com

Here are the vote totals:

Tran (Rep) 7240
Zephir (Dem) 6633
Freda (Ind) 1554
DiCalogero (Grn) 200

Yep, the spoiler effect strikes again.

sentinelandenterprise.com

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:05:37pm

re: #52 austin_blue

Not only that, it was initiated by Republican’s (most likely some of Jeb’s backers).

Hell Mueller is a Republican himself. Republicans in Congress are trying to sell their base that Mueller is a DNC/Democratic guy but he’s very independent minded. The pathetic thing I see the conservative memes really spreading the Flynn as an Obama appointee bs. Well, my mom spent years working for a sister agency of Flynn’s DIA so she knew the rumors about Flynn, a terrible person to work for who rightfully was fired by Obama. And that’s not even pointing these things out: Trump made him one of his key advisers, Trump even had him vetted for VP, and he chose Flynn as his National Security Adviser against Obama’s wishes and I know you can’t prove this but i don’t doubt it was just to say fuck you to Obama.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:08:24pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:10:25pm

re: #55 jaunte

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I know he’s talking about the masses and not junkies like us but yeah I haven’t forgotten that Moore wants religious tests for officeholders, was removed not once but twice for refusing to follow federal law, etc. There’s so much wrong with Moore.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:10:54pm
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Brian J.  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:11:07pm

Despite the best efforts of BernieBros, Atlanta appears to have just elected a Democratic mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, keeping the job away from crypto-Republican Mary Norwood in the latter’s second try at the job.

Going from the combined totals from Fulton and DeKalb Counties, with over 90% in:

Bottoms 42,294
Norwood 40,043

(Norwood lost by just 700 votes in 2009.)

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:11:13pm

re: #54 HappyWarrior

Hell Mueller is a Republican himself. Republicans in Congress are trying to sell their base that Mueller is a DNC/Democratic guy but he’s very independent minded. The pathetic thing I see the conservative memes really spreading the Flynn as an Obama appointee bs. Well, my mom spent years working for a sister agency of Flynn’s DIA so she knew the rumors about Flynn, a terrible person to work for who rightfully was fired by Obama. And that’s not even pointing these things out: Trump made him one of his key advisers, Trump even had him vetted for VP, and he chose Flynn as his National Security Adviser against Obama’s wishes and I know you can’t prove this but i don’t doubt it was just to say fuck you to Obama.

This! But Mueller has put some poison pills into his acceptance of plea agreements, to his great credit. He’s an old school, law and order, shellback Rockefeller New England republican, which, quite frankly, no longer exists in the clown car remnant that is left of the modern GOP.

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Weaselone  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:11:27pm

re: #3 Belafon

I wish some of those MA people would come down here to Texas so I can show them why they shouldn’t be electing Republicans.

I’d humbly suggest convincing more Texans not to vote for Republicans. It sucks that the seat was lost, but we’ll probably get it back in a year and until then the Senate will only be 33 D to 7 R.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:11:41pm
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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:13:06pm

re: #58 Brian J.

Despite the best efforts of BernieBros, Atlanta appears to have just elected a Democratic mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, keeping the job away from crypto-Republican Mary Norwood in the latter’s second try at the job.

Going from the combined totals from Fulton and DeKalb Counties, with over 90% in:

Bottoms 42,294
Norwood 40,043

(Norwood lost by just 700 votes in 2009.)

82,000 votes in Atlanta? For Mayor? And people wonder why Dems lose in the South. Just pitiful.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:15:22pm

re: #24 Belafon

I want to ask a question to clarify things. It’s a comparison of the Steele dossier vs. Trump and Co’s asking Russia for dirt on Hillary. Ignore the middle men (which is easy in Trump’s case). Is there a difference between the getting the information? What I’m really trying to find out is when someone says “Yeah, well, Hillary went and got information about Trump” I’m not completely stumped.

In the Fusion GPS / Steele case the information wasn’t being supplied by a foreign government. In other words it was not an illegal in kind contribution by a foreign source of something that had value. Instead the money flowed the other way, first from the conservative Washington Free Beacon during the GOP primary & later from a DNC affiliated law firm TO Steele FOR legal opposition research. Steele wasn’t giving anything away, he was just providing a standard service at market rates. The fact that Steele provided these for profit services to both sides during this period bolsters the idea that this wasn’t done with ulterior motives.

What the Trump team did by comparison was:

A. an explicit violation of campaign finance law by soliciting and accepting help from a foreign government, help that had real material value that they did not pay for. As far as the law is concerned that’s no different than accepting millions of dollars in illegally laundered campaign funds.

B. arguably part of an ongoing conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act via the laundering of stolen information (Podesta / DNC emails) through a third party (Wikileaks.) This speaks to consciousness of guilt.

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:15:37pm

re: #60 Weaselone

I’d humbly suggest convincing more Texans not to vote for Republicans. It sucks that the seat was lost, but we’ll probably get it back in a year and until then the Senate will only be 33 D to 7 R.

I’m working on telling people as many people as I can. The problem here is that so many people around me make enough money that they’ll still have a tax break in 2027.

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retired cynic  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:15:37pm

Beautiful!

apod.nasa.gov for today, 12/5/17.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:16:57pm

re: #59 austin_blue

This! But Mueller has put some poison pills into his acceptance of plea agreements, to his great credit. He’s an old school, law and order, shellback Rockefeller New England republican, which, quite frankly, no longer exists in the clown car remnant that is left of the modern GOP.

If there were more Republicans like Mueller in the party the past 40 years, we wouldn’t have this mess. I genuinely appreciate men like Mueller who dedicate their careers to public service. Mueller is a man who comes from a well to do background who first was decorated in Vietnam and then became a federal prosecutor. He’s a fine man which makes the right wing smear campaign at him all the more fucked up. He’s the kind of a man a sensible GOP would want to be AG.

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whitebeach  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:17:47pm

re: #39 danarchy

Isn’t the alleged pee tape just supposed to be prostitutes peeing on a bed? While not really my bag, that would hardly be scarring.

Well, my god, everybody here has peed the bed at one time or another. But I’m pretty sure none of us ever got paid for it. And I’m also pretty sure none of us thought we’d end up in Siberia if we didn’t do it.

These Republican family values are so confusing.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:17:56pm

This is amazing.

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mmmirele  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:19:16pm

re: #19 electrotek

For anyone who thinks right-wing stupidity is only limited to America and Europe (by way of the UK), here’s some amusement in the wake of a pedophile apologist’s tour in Australia:

I was waiting for one of the interviewees to start talking about “Shakira Law” or something equally absurd.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:19:49pm

re: #39 danarchy

Isn’t the alleged pee tape just supposed to be prostitutes peeing on a bed? While not really my bag, that would hardly be scarring.

Raised 4 kids. I’ve seen pee.

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Belafon  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:23:07pm

re: #70 Decatur Deb

Raised 4 kids. I’ve seen pee.

Have you not been peed on?

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Weaselone  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:24:35pm

re: #59 austin_blue

This! But Mueller has put some poison pills into his acceptance of plea agreements, to his great credit. He’s an old school, law and order, shellback Rockefeller New England republican, which, quite frankly, no longer exists in the clown car remnant that is left of the modern GOP.

re: #62 austin_blue

82,000 votes in Atlanta? For Mayor? And people wonder why Dems lose in the South. Just pitiful.

That percentage is pretty normal for a large urban area in an odd year election. Boston has about 675K in the city proper and had about 106K votes in the mayoral runoff. Atlanta has 475K and seems to be on target for about 90K votes, which is actually better than what we had here. Of course, both of our candidates were Democrats.

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danarchy  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:27:09pm

re: #72 Weaselone

That percentage is pretty normal for a large urban area in an odd year election. Boston has about 675K in the city proper and had about 106K votes in the mayoral runoff. Atlanta has 475K and seems to be on target for about 90K votes, which is actually better than what we had here. Of course, both of our candidates were Democrats.

That election was more or less formality. Tito wasn’t ever really in it.

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Weaselone  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:28:45pm

re: #73 danarchy

That election was more or less formality. Tito wasn’t ever really in it.

He should have been. Walsh is an asshat. Better than any Republican and several of the other options when he was first elected, but still an asshat. Boston can do better and it’s a shame we haven’t.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:32:22pm

re: #63 goddamnedfrank

Going back to A. The fact that so many people within the Trump campaign have been caught lying about their contacts with Russia during the campaign and transition also speaks to consciousness of guilt. How many SF-86 revisions has Kushner had to file? He and Jr almost certain have lied to Congressional investigators. We know they lied egregiously in their public statements about not having any contacts with Russia. Why did Flynn, Papadopolous, Manafort & Gates feel the need to lie to the FBI about their Russian contacts? Why did Sessions lie under oath in his confirmation hearing? Why did Pence lie about not knowing about Flynn’s contacts when he clearly had to have by virtue of running the transition team? Why did Trump lie about not having any connections to Russia? It can’t all have been to save face, that makes no sense, the stakes were so high and they all knew better. They lied to cover up their illegal conspiracy against the laws of the United States.

Compare this with the Clinton Campaign, whose law firm kept all receipts of their expenses and payments to Steele, and provided this information to the FEC & congressional oversight committees as part of their standard election filings.

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:36:57pm

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:37:34pm

re: #73 danarchy

That election was more or less formality. Tito wasn’t ever really in it.

Exactly. Atlanta had a Mayoral election between a D and an R and the D is ahead by 2000 votes out of 82,000 cast. That’s a pitiful turnout by the Ds. I don’t know what to do about D outreach to get black and brown people to vote in local, state, and national elections, all I know is that it just isn’t working right now. The “voter repression” meme is real, but it pales in comparison to the real fact that Latino and African American voters don’t turn out in elections.

Immigrant and established East Asian, neo-African, and South Asian communities don’t seem to have this lever-pulling ennui. It’s a puzzlement.

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danarchy  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:39:08pm

re: #74 Weaselone

He should have been. Walsh is an asshat. Better than any Republican and several of the other options when he was first elected, but still an asshat. Boston can do better and it’s a shame we haven’t.

Walsh is a union guy and in Boston that is still important. As long as he doesn’t do something to piss them off he will be mayor as long as he wants.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:40:56pm

re: #76 makeitstop

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Damn. Tarzana is on the south central side of the San Fernando Valley, isn’t it? That fire started on the northeast side.

Oh, shit, oh dear.

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:41:27pm
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Weaselone  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:45:05pm

re: #77 austin_blue

Is it a racial issue, or an economic one? I know that statistics show that whether a person votes is highly correlates with income and educational level, so is the issue that black and Latinos don’t vote, or that poor people without college educations don’t tend to vote and blacks and Latinos are more likely to be poor and lack college degrees?

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:48:51pm

Umm…what the fuck, Chuck?

Schumer advised Trump to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘undevided’ capitol

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised President Trump to declare Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of Israel ahead of Trump’s expected announcement on the matter this week, Schumer told The Weekly Standard.

The White House said Tuesday that Trump will announce that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will delay moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to there.

Trump had suggested in an October interview that he was planning to make a decision regarding the embassy, but wanted to give an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan “a shot” first, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).

Schumer himself told JTA that he supported the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and criticized Trump over his “indecisiveness” on the issue.

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Weaselone  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:50:10pm

re: #78 danarchy

Walsh is a union guy and in Boston that is still important. As long as he doesn’t do something to piss them off he will be mayor as long as he wants.

The exception is the BTU. They endorse him, but only because they don’t really have any choice.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:50:15pm

re: #82 makeitstop

Umm…what the fuck, Chuck?

Schumer advised Trump to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘undevided’ capitol

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised President Trump to declare Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of Israel ahead of Trump’s expected announcement on the matter this week, Schumer told The Weekly Standard.

The White House said Tuesday that Trump will announce that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will delay moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to there.

Trump had suggested in an October interview that he was planning to make a decision regarding the embassy, but wanted to give an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan “a shot” first, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).

Schumer himself told JTA that he supported the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and criticized Trump over his “indecisiveness” on the issue.

What the hell was he thinking? The only people this move satisfies are hardliners and the Christian Right who could care less about the safety of our diplomats and the the Israeli people. I like Schumer but this was stupid.

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:55:03pm

re: #79 austin_blue

Damn. Tarzana is on the south central side of the San Fernando Valley, isn’t it? That fire started on the northeast side.

Oh, shit, oh dear.

I’m not totally clear on the geography, but what makes me worry is that my friend is usually pretty laid back about stuff like this, and even in the text I could sense his concern. Totally unlike him. He’s about the most unflappable guy I know. He handles the chaos of touring the world like it’s nothing.

But I know fire don’t care about that. Not really going to sleep too well tonight.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 8:59:58pm

re: #81 Weaselone

Is it a racial issue, or an economic one? I know that statistics show that whether a person votes is highly correlates with income and educational level, so is the issue that black and Latinos don’t vote, or that poor people without college educations don’t tend to vote and blacks and Latinos are more likely to be poor and lack college degrees?

An excellent question! I can’t speak for all states, but in Texas, it may also be a social one. A latino friend of mine raised in south Texas says the people he grew up with had priorities that included family, church, sports, BBQ, hunting, family, and church. Politics was for “gueros” (whites) because they ran everything in the valley.

His succinct comment: “My peeps don’t vote.”

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:02:24pm

re: #86 austin_blue

An excellent question! I can’t speak for all states, but in Texas, it may also be a social one. A latino friend of mine raised in south Texas says the people he grew up with had priorities that included family, church, sports, BBQ, hunting, family, and church. Politics was for “gueros” (whites) because they ran everything in the valley.

His succinct comment: “My peeps don’t vote.”

It’s too bad because they really could get their voices heard if they voted.

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Brian J.  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:03:39pm

The AJC now shows 100 percent of precincts in for the Atlanta mayoral race and…

Bottoms 46,464
Norwood 45,705

By 759 votes, Bottoms prevails. Norwood loses another agonizingly close race.

Two things made Norwood competitive that you folks aren’t taking into account: Norwood never actually said she was a Republican, claims to have voted for Hillary, and supported some liberal causes (notably same-sex marriage) before many Democrats. Also, Atlanta isn’t as black as it used to be: the black share of the population fell from 61% in 2000 to 54% in 2010, and is probably still falling.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:07:10pm

re: #87 HappyWarrior

It’s too bad because they really could get their voices heard if they voted.

Yes, they could, both on a local and State level, but if it is not built into their culture, if they don’t think it matters on a fundamental personal level, then that is a bitch kitty of a problem to solve to bring them into the clade of annual voters.

As I said, it’s a puzzlement.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:07:59pm

re: #76 makeitstop

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:10:11pm

re: #89 austin_blue

Yes, they could, both on a local and State level, but if it is not built into their culture, if they don’t think it matters on a fundamental personal level, then that is a bitch kitty of a problem to solve to bring them into the clade of annual voters.

As I said, it’s a puzzlement.

I think we just gotta keep on trying. It does suck because I really do greatly admire the values of especially the Hispanic community, I’ve seen it with my own eyes how my brother’s in laws and extended family welcomed my brother into their extended family. I feel so bad at their gatherings because even my SiL’s cousins know me by name and I feel bad because I don’t know names. We’re fairly tight knit too but it’s not like my Mom’s cousins know my Dad’s brothers and sisters or vice versa.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:12:00pm

re: #90 goddamnedfrank

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Thanks. I’ve got some family friends in Tarzana. The thought of that monster ripping through the middle of the San Fernando Valley was pretty scary.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:13:13pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:14:46pm

re: #93 teleskiguy

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Tell us more Roy about how immorality is ruining this country when you coveted thy neighbor’s wife and thy neighbor’s daughter.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:15:07pm

re: #93 teleskiguy

Divorce records obtained by @dcexaminer show that Roy Moore first started dating his current wife Kayla before she had even filed for divorce from her first husband

Didn’t he see her first?

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:17:34pm

re: #91 HappyWarrior

I think we just gotta keep on trying. It does suck because I really do greatly admire the values of especially the Hispanic community, I’ve seen it with my own eyes how my brother’s in laws and extended family welcomed my brother into their extended family. I feel so bad at their gatherings because even my SiL’s cousins know me by name and I feel bad because I don’t know names. We’re fairly tight knit too but it’s not like my Mom’s cousins know my Dad or vice versa.

Societal inertia is one of the hardest things to dislodge. If you have been told you are a dog, and treated like a bad dog for generations, it’s hard to get your mind around the fact that you might be a good dog, or maybe even a real human. This is the real condition for black and brown communities in this country. It’s a national shame.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:17:59pm

re: #95 jaunte

Didn’t he see her first?

I guess Heald never heard of the time honored legal concept of “Dibs.” This is exactly why I hate the religious right by the way. Moore makes a career out of railing against so called immorality while having the crap he has lurking in his past and when it does come out, the religious right either attack the accusers or say it wasn’t a big deal.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:18:56pm

Newt Gingrich, Ted Nugent, Roy Moore, Donald Trump.

It’s like the GOP is casting a Dirty Dozen remake.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:19:05pm

re: #96 austin_blue

Societal inertia is one of the hardest things to dislodge. If you have been told you are a dog, and treated like a bad dog for generations, it’s hard to get your mind around the fact that you might be a good dog, or maybe even a real human. This is the real condition for black and brown communities in this country. It’s a national shame.

Yep. You’re right that the racism and discrimination has kept those groups down. My SiL’s older sisters are both politically engaged and involved.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:20:01pm

Blake Fahrenthold is killed by Telly Savalas in a training accident.

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retired cynic  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:20:01pm

re: #96 austin_blue

Societal inertia is one of the hardest things to dislodge. If you have been told you are a dog, and treated like a bad dog for generations, it’s hard to get your mind around the fact that you might be a good dog, or maybe even a real human. This is the real condition for black and brown communities in this country. It’s a national shame.

Not just black and brown. I have some specific peeps in mind!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:20:50pm

re: #98 jaunte

Newt Gingrich, Ted Nugent, Roy Moore, Donald Trump.

It’s like the GOP is casting a Dirty Dozen remake.

The Dirty Dozen were the good guys though. These guys are more Hedley LaMarr’s rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists. And yes I looked it up to get it all right.

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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:21:27pm

re: #90 goddamnedfrank

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:21:49pm

re: #88 Brian J.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:22:00pm

Propaganda unfortunately works. It’s why many less well off whites see racial minorities and liberals as their enemies and they keep on voting for a party and ideology that could care less about them.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:22:05pm

re: #102 HappyWarrior

and Methodists Prosperity Gospel Evangelists.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:23:12pm

re: #106 jaunte

and Methodists Prosperity Gospel Evangelists.

Well Hedy wanted the Methodists not me :).

That’s Hedley.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:26:06pm

Look, it’s Putin’s Trump plan:

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:27:42pm

re: #108 jaunte

Look, it’s Putin’s Trump plan:

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re: #108 jaunte

Look, it’s Putin’s Trump plan:

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Technically O.S.S. I believe but still fascinating.

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jaunte  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:29:34pm

re: #109 HappyWarrior

“Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.”

“Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.”

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Citizen K  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:30:00pm

re: #102 HappyWarrior

Fun fact courtesy of TV Tropes (Careful, deadly timesink, that site)

A bit of Genius Bonus as back in the bad old days Methodists were some of the few people who would minister to those in prison and people of color without reservation, and were also anti-slavery, both in the US and UK. This didn’t do their faith’s reputation much good among the white majority in many states, hence Hedley tacked them onto his list of scumbags.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:31:24pm

Longform report on the Bannon/Moore rally near Mobile. Both spent most of their time attacking GOP leadership. And there were handmaids.

al.com

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:32:56pm

re: #111 Citizen K

Fun fact courtesy of TV Tropes (Careful, deadly timesink, that site)

Ha, did not know about that. I did know about their abolitionism though. Totally different than the Baptists who split over the issue.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:33:31pm

re: #112 Decatur Deb

Longform report on the Bannon/Moore rally near Mobile. Both spent most of their time attacking GOP leadership. And there were handmaids.

al.com

Gotta love Moore attacking GOP leadership after they’re still supporting his sorry ass.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:34:33pm

I’m not impressed by Jeff Flake. He’s as slimy as the rest of ‘em.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:34:54pm

re: #103 makeitstop

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:43:40pm
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makeitstop  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:46:21pm

Looks like the RNC has upped the ante.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:51:56pm

[[[Blind Frog White Belly]]] I am terribly sorry about your loss.

(I’ve been playing catch up for a couple days worth of threads.)

For the Secret Santas who extended gifts to others here at Mr. Johnson’s Home for Thoughtful Posters, they deserve thanks. (Mr. and Mrs. Scrooge McDuck, is that really George Soros? /s)

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:52:02pm

“He was embarrassed by it, he thought it was so low class,” the adviser said, according to the publication. “He thinks the Pences are yokels.”

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fern01  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:53:18pm

re: #115 teleskiguy

Voted to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy & wrote a $100 check to Jones - don’t even know if he posted the check

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Decatur Deb  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:53:55pm

re: #118 makeitstop

Looks like the RNC has upped the ante.

NEW: Republican National Committee has transferred $170,000 to the Alabama Republican Party to bolster @MooreSenate campaign

Shoot, a fellow could have a nice time at the mall with that kind of money.

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Single-handed sailor  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:54:32pm
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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:54:54pm
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whitebeach  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:55:24pm

re: #122 Decatur Deb

Fellow could have a nice time at the mall with that kind of money.

Maybe, maybe not. Depends on whether the mall takes rubles.

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Kragar  Dec 5, 2017 • 9:59:02pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:00:36pm

re: #120 teleskiguy

I don’t like Pence at all obviously but low class? This guy. He’s the weird one here. Presidential pets are a time honored tradition.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:01:41pm

re: #126 Kragar

If we needed another reason to dislike him. JFC.

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whitebeach  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:04:12pm

re: #127 HappyWarrior

I don’t like Pence at all obviously but low class? This guy. He’s the weird one here. Presidential pets are a time honored tradition.

Hell yes. Even Trump’s got Ivanka.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:04:24pm

re: #18 makeitstop

Whoa, Time - 65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes

Hell, I’m in.

Such a move would break the country. Guess where the cuts would come? (If you guessed social programmes, you get a kewpie doll.)

Moreover, while floating such an idea, there are two other issues:

a) Not everyone pays taxes (as a disabled vet, I am one of Mitt Romney’s famous 47% moochers)
3) If such a theoretical move were to become a reality, then it really is a conspiracy, and whoever promoted it would be tried for promoting non-payment of taxes.
%) Libertarians would be all in on this too (as they want the government essentially eliminated).

A better method would be GOP delenda est.

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Citizen K  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:07:01pm

re: #126 Kragar

And to think my dad is considering going back there to start up practice again.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:14:09pm

re: #126 Kragar

Okay, I’m not saying don’t read it, but…

“Neonnettle” has headed the article with a title and first paragraph about Duterte and anti-vax autism claims that the quotes cited don’t back up, and furthermore there’s no such thing present in the NYT article linked to.

It’s seems there’s a an issue that the producer of a dengue fever vaccine, has called out, and suspending the vaccine program is the response.

ETA: okay, that linked to site is extremely sketchy and click-baity. Go find the NYT report on the same subject. Not only doesn’t it mention Duterte, but the whole point is there’s an actual issue with the vaccine and the government at first wanted to continue using it. If there’s some other occasion where Duterte said something dumb about autism…I dunno, that’s entirely possible, but it’s not in the presented content.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:16:00pm

re: #127 HappyWarrior

I don’t like Pence at all obviously but low class? This guy. He’s the weird one here. Presidential pets are a time honored tradition.

I can see why Trump would hate pets and have distain for pet owners. Pets are physically and emotionally needy, they require work to train properly and care for. You literally have to deal with their shit and over time they reflect who you are, at least to a degree. You have to at least have some small modicum of empathy to relate to and care for a pet and Trump at his core is a deeply abusive, toxic narcissist. So the idea that any animal could ever possibly enrich his life is anathema to his entire self image which is built on dominating the people around him. The love of a dog or cat would probably just enrage someone like Trump, because there’s no real victory in degrading the animal into a subservient position. From his perspective pets are, at best, zero calorie thralls.

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:16:20pm

I wonder what the ACLU mascot would be?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:16:28pm

re: #129 whitebeach

Hell yes. Even Trump’s got Ivanka.

I believe the proper term for Ivanka is daughter-wife. Seriously though, can anyone remember a WH without an animal? Wiki says Trump is the first President since Andrew Johnson not to have any and even he apparently fed mice he found in his bedroom.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:17:14pm

re: #133 goddamnedfrank

I can see why Trump would hate pets and have distain for pet owners. Pets are physically and emotionally needy, they require work to train properly and care for. You literally have to deal with their shit and over time they reflect who you are, at least to a degree. You have to at least have some small modicum of empathy to relate to and care for a pet and Trump at his core is a deeply abusive, toxic narcissist. So the idea that any animal could ever possibly enrich his life is anathema to his entire self image which is built on dominating the people around him. The love of a dog or cat would probably just enrage someone like Trump, because there’s no real victory in degrading the animal into a subservient position. From his perspective pets are, at best, zero calorie thralls.

He’s also fond of using dog as an insult.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:18:46pm

re: #136 HappyWarrior

He’s also fond of using dog as an insult.

This is correct.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:20:26pm

This image ought to make MAGA fucks’ blood boil.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:21:25pm

re: #134 JordanRules

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I wonder what the ACLU mascot would be?

The Megafro?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:24:04pm

re: #137 teleskiguy

This is correct.

I remember it being brought up in a piece in how Trump would be unique for being a non pet owner potus.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:24:07pm

re: #134 JordanRules

The Constitution.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:24:32pm

re: #138 teleskiguy

This image ought to make MAGA fucks’ blood boil.

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Baby’s got back!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:24:48pm

re: #134 JordanRules

I wonder what the ACLU mascot would be?

Easy, the Statue of Liberty.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:25:14pm

Kap’s fro is awesome.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:25:37pm

re: #120 teleskiguy

I knew that Trump was an awful person, but seriously? Fuck that guy.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:25:54pm

re: #139 austin_blue

The Megafro?

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:26:31pm

re: #142 austin_blue

Thicker than a Snickers!

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:27:29pm

re: #141 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes! The Fighting Constitutions!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:28:44pm

I’m on two thoughts
Even Hitler loved dogs and this line from the Simpsons:
Smithers: People like dogs, Mr. Burns.
Burns: Nonsense, dogs are idiots. Think about it Smithers, if I came into your room and started sniffing at your crotch and slobbering all over your face, what would you say?
Smithers: Umm…if you did it, sir?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:30:27pm

re: #145 Blind Frog Belly White

I knew that Trump was an awful person, but seriously? Fuck that guy.

Indeed, what kind of asshole hates pets. By the way, sorry for your loss. I know how tough that is. But seriously though, I didn’t know a single person even among Bush’s most staunchest critics who hated Barney. The only person I know who did was Putin and that’s because Putin’s a petty man who’s all about size dynamics.

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:31:03pm
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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:34:02pm
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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:35:31pm

re: #147 JordanRules

Thicker than a Snickers!

No shit. When I read Jay-Z’s interview I thought to myself “You self-absorbed fuckwit, what the hell did you think you were doing cheating on Beyonce?” And then I realized he was a self-absorbed fuckwit who didn’t give two fucks about cheating on Beyonce.

Nice private jet, though. Bet he votes Republican.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:35:50pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:36:54pm

re: #152 JordanRules

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Boom!

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:38:06pm

re: #154 Anymouse 🌹

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I hate that my demographic is a GOP bloc. Feel even worse for my Dad who is a huge minority politically in his bloc- high school educated and over 65 and definitely not a Trump fan or a GOP fan by any stretch.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:40:25pm

Oh the irony of wingnut pundits pushing anti NN propaganda. Hey guys, you know how you support bakers and florists being bigots to gay people because they don’t like gay people, ISPs could easily charge you more for quicker service because tehy don’t like your politics but hey go ahead and act like Net Neturality is just George Soros and “left wing moochers”.

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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:40:38pm

re: #153 austin_blue

No way he votes Republican. He’s been a good stumper for Obama and HRC. He’s also very much involved with criminal justice issues which aligns mostly with Dems. But yeah, he’s also a cheating dumb fuck.

Even most rich black folks that turn to the GOP when they get a little scratch, usually come back to their senses. i.e Charles Barkley

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:44:54pm

re: #158 JordanRules

No way he votes Republican. He’s been a good stumper for Obama and HRC. He’s also very much involved with criminal justice issues which aligns mostly with Dems. But yeah, he’s also a cheating dumb fuck.

Even most rich black folks that turn to the GOP when they get a little scratch, usually come back to their senses. i.e Charles Barkley

I always thought Barkley’s conservatism or the idea that he is was overblown. I wouldn’t call Sir Charles a liberal but he’s no conservative/wingnut either. I don’t always agree with him but I believe he comes by his positions honestly and thoughtfully But yeah Jay is definitely a Democrat. I don’t get why he’s cheat on Beyonce either. Anyhow, the most interesting African-American Republican I know from history is Jackie Robinson. He supported Nixon over Kennedy with some justification, Nixon did in fact have a good Civil Rights record going into 1960 and Kennedy had been a bit weak on it until his presidency. This all coming from a guy whose Catholic family loved the Kennedys and hated Nixon btw but I’m also a historian :). Anyhow, Jackie was disgusted by the GOP nominating Goldwater in ‘64. He supported Nelson Rockefeller in ‘68 but when Nelson lost to Nixon who by then was using the Southern Strategy, he supported Hubert Humphrey who had one of the best records on Civil Rights in that era.

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Kragar  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:49:19pm
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JordanRules  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:50:25pm

re: #159 HappyWarrior

Agreed regarding Barkley but for a bit he claimed the GOP mostly for economic reasons and he got a side-eye from lots of folks. But he eventually found his sense. Well, some sense.

I’m sure my paternal grandfather was also a black Republican back when Jackie was.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:52:11pm

So I’m listening to music on my iTunes playlist which is kept on shuffle in perpetuity, keeps it interesting. This comes on.

It’s grandiose, cheesy, beautiful, and dumb. I think I was a teenager the last time I heard anything off that album. Now? I oddly *enjoy* it.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:53:33pm

re: #158 JordanRules

No way he votes Republican. He’s been a good stumper for Obama and HRC. He’s also very much involved with criminal justice issues which aligns mostly with Dems. But yeah, he’s also a cheating dumb fuck.

Even most rich black folks that turn to the GOP when they get a little scratch, usually come back to their senses. i.e Charles Barkley

Well, I hope he doesn’t change based on his new very large tax cut. But damn, what kind of functioning human being, sleeping with Beyonce on a nightly basis, would think “Hmm, I think I’ll walk out and get me some strange trim this evening.”

What an idiot.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:53:43pm

re: #152 JordanRules

Wow. That is how you slap down a “casual racist” who thinks it’s fine to just send that sort of crap to someone they don’t know.

And that note of Mark Twain’s about upsetting someone who buys ink by the barrel? Yeah, people who own powerful broadcast stations are not the right folk to upset either.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:54:37pm

Skire: #161 JordanRules

Agreed regarding Barkley but for a bit he claimed the GOP mostly for economic reasons and he got a side-eye from lots of folks. But he eventually found his sense. Well, some sense.

I’m sure my paternal grandfather was also a black Republican back when Jackie was.

I found out my great grandfather was a Republican in a biography I found of professionals in Pittsburgh. I was lol disappointed but he shaped my dad’s Dad who was quite liberal so he probably wasn’t right wing at least lol.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:58:18pm

re: #156 HappyWarrior

I hate that my demographic is a GOP bloc. Feel even worse for my Dad who is a huge minority politically in his bloc- high school educated and over 65 and definitely not a Trump fan or a GOP fan by any stretch.

I guess I feel the same: White, tail-end baby boomer with a high school education.

I can’t do much for the other folk in my voting bloc other than to try to inform them why I feel the way I do.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 10:59:46pm

Anyhow the thing is the right has gone totally bonkers. Gone are Republicans who believe in practical government. In fact, the Dems of today have more in common with Ike’s brand of Republicanism aka the brand that saved their sorry asses than the GOP does. The GOP is Wallace’s American Independence Party if it married Ayn Rand’s economic views, in short Von Mises.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:01:21pm
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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:01:51pm

re: #166 Anymouse 🌹

I guess I feel the same: White, tail-end baby boomer with a high school education.

I can’t do much for the other folk in my voting bloc other than to try to inform them why I feel the way I do.

Living by example is good too. I still remember how my Dad totally flustered an antisemite at Costco once. The guy was raving about Jews and Dad said he was Jewish-he’s not but the point was this guy had no idea whom he was ranting at.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:01:59pm

Shit. The Ventura fire has jumped the 101 and burned through town down to the Pacific Ocean. This is not good. The whole city may go:

latimes.com

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:02:17pm

re: #168 Anymouse 🌹

Preach it Doug!

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:04:51pm

re: #170 austin_blue

Yet another major catastrophe that Fuckface Von Clownstick will blithely shrug off like Puerto Rico, ‘cause Hillary won by 30 points in California.

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:13:17pm

re: #172 teleskiguy

Yet another major catastrophe that Fuckface Von Clownstick will blithely shrug off like Puerto Rico, ‘cause Hillary won by 30 points in California.

Yup, if you lost your home to a climate change fire today, well, you are just shit out of luck with this Admin. Like Elaine Chao says, “Let it go!”.

Cocksucking motherfucking gaping asshole feeble minded halfwits.

Our civil masters! Yay, us!

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austin_blue  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:15:07pm

Oh, and good night. Good wishes and best dreams to you all in another nightmare day for America.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:19:18pm

re: #170 austin_blue

Shit. The Ventura fire has jumped the 101 and burned through town down to the Pacific Ocean. This is not good. The whole city may go:

latimes.com

This is absolutely awful. Fire is terrifying: I recall the two prairie fires we had close (in Chadron and just south of my town). Even with the right equipment they are hard to fight (my village fire brigade was in the rills and canyons around town for a week trying to keep the fires here away from the village).

This looks like it is going to be something like the Fort McMurray fire. It is so frustrating that neither firefighters nor the weather service can do much.

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Dr Lizardo  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:22:30pm

re: #174 austin_blue

Oh, and good night. Good wishes and best dreams to you all in another nightmare day for America.

And good morning from Europe.

So, looks like Trump is still planning on provoking a potentially serious international crisis with moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite the fact that the international community is almost entirely against it. Hell, opposition to such a precipitous step has even united the Turkish political parties in condemnation against it.

Trump’s opening a can of worms.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:23:38pm

WTF?

post-gazette.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

HARRISBURG — Conservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe wants everyone to know that he’s heterosexual, has a wife, and doesn’t want to be touched — at least not by a male colleague.

The Republican from Butler County made that clear Tuesday during a meeting of the House committee he chairs.

Mr. Metcalfe’s comments, captured on video, came after the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Matt Bradford of Montgomery County, was trying to make a point about a bill having to do with land use and, for a split second, put his hand on Mr. Metcalfe’s left forearm. The two were seated side by side at a conference table.

(more)

Sounds like “gay panic” to me (or projection)

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:25:46pm

It’s Zappadan! I’ve tweeted about Frank Zappa a fuckton, you can peruse those tweets here, lots of good Zappa stuff in there!

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:29:53pm

re: #176 Dr Lizardo

And good morning from Europe.

So, looks like Trump is still planning on provoking a potentially serious international crisis with moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite the fact that the international community is almost entirely against it. Hell, opposition to such a precipitous step has even united the Turkish political parties in condemnation against it.

Trump’s opening a can of worms.

A can of snakes. Mean, poisonous, bitey snakes.

And on that note, good night from the west coast.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:30:55pm

I’m not on Twitter, but I understand what “the ratio” is. And oh, man, Senator McCain got it bad.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:31:34pm

re: #176 Dr Lizardo

Mike Pence talked Fuckface Von Clownstick into it. It feeds his armageddon rapture bullshit he’s been dreaming about since he got out of college.

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teleskiguy  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:35:03pm

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:36:41pm

re: #177 Anymouse 🌹

WTF?

post-gazette.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

(more)

Sounds like “gay panic” to me (or projection)

FFS grow up. He accidentally touched your forearm.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:42:37pm

ijr.com

Jeff Sessions is on the “the President can’t obstruct justice” train from the GOP.

That is much different than when he was a freshman senator and Bill Clinton was the one being investigated.

On C-SPAN at the time:

“I hope that he can rebut that and prove that did not happen. I hope he can show that he did not commit obstruction of justice and that he can complete his term. But there are serious allegations that that occurred.”

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HappyWarrior  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:46:05pm

re: #184 Anymouse 🌹

ijr.com

Jeff Sessions is on the “the President can’t obstruct justice” train from the GOP.

That is much different than when he was a freshman senator and Bill Clinton was the one being investigated.

On C-SPAN at the time:

Yeah NPR brought that up. Hypocrisy at its finest.

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 5, 2017 • 11:52:04pm
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sagehen  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:11:07am

re: #18 makeitstop

Whoa, Time - 65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes

Hell, I’m in.

Is tax evasion illegal? Sure… but there’s nowhere near enough cops and judges to pursue charges against 65 million people.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:16:37am

re: #186 goddamnedfrank

More conservatives who don’t care about the US Flag Code. It’s almost as if they only use that for selective outrage. (The Flag Code prohibits wearing the flag or part of the flag as clothing. Someone ought to point that out to these patriots.)

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Single-handed sailor  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:18:14am

re: #187 sagehen

Is tax evasion illegal? Sure… but there’s nowhere near enough cops and judges to pursue charges against 65 million people.

shhhhhh. you’ll give away my secret.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:18:34am

re: #187 sagehen

Is tax evasion illegal? Sure… but there’s nowhere near enough cops and judges to pursue charges against 65 million people.

There are enough GOP congressvarmints to end any social programmes entirely to make up the difference though.

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sagehen  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:18:40am

re: #67 whitebeach

Well, my god, everybody here has peed the bed at one time or another.

Not on purpose.

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Kragar  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:21:13am

re: #190 Anymouse 🌹

Of course if they gut those social programs first, well then why not?

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:21:16am

re: #187 sagehen

Is tax evasion illegal? Sure… but there’s nowhere near enough cops and judges to pursue charges against 65 million people.

Royalties from strip-mining the Grand Canyon or selling scenic views of Old Faithful at Yellowstone to the ultra-wealthy should make up the difference.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:27:35am

re: #192 Kragar

Of course if they gut those social programs first, well then why not?

They’re already coming for my VA disability and medical care and there’s nothing I can do about it. I can say that I do not have a mortgage on my home or car, but that doesn’t mean a lot if I wind up not being able to afford a can of beans.

OT: I know my subscription to Mr. Johnson’s Home for Wayward Sane Voters is about to expire, though I can’t figure out what the date is. (I may have to go a few days beyond before my next VA payment goes through in January to make a payment …)

us/H0gwUQSPBowFNjoRMHLGynLFQl1vEXC6lPvaYwwT23NKQFQybNryxqWD+4r2ihWqEY7xsDo/bJm9aqPmtu51QSfHrbaY9yyq6v7GTZwehDYM+4HFU5lVPNr3Zjc0iK6YBQlSQ3hdiMJMSkCkxslpZnEUb3kHCnac/sQIRbsIg7d0CveQrVq4/+Mi/dYaiqsmNixExk3SGxS28hdDlUX9SLjg/gvi4y+RhxA+kNKxzA4tPDa2+OB/8O/+jqOoE

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sagehen  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:29:19am

re: #133 goddamnedfrank

I can see why Trump would hate pets and have distain for pet owners. Pets are physically and emotionally needy, they require work to train properly and care for. You literally have to deal with their shit and over time they reflect who you are, at least to a degree. You have to at least have some small modicum of empathy to relate to and care for a pet and Trump at his core is a deeply abusive, toxic narcissist.

That’s not why.

It’s because dogs and cats are excellent judges of character; and everybody in the room can see when a dog or cat thinks poorly of you.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:29:25am

re: #59 austin_blue

This! But Mueller has put some poison pills into his acceptance of plea agreements, to his great credit. He’s an old school, law and order, shellback Rockefeller New England republican, which, quite frankly, no longer exists in the clown car remnant that is left of the modern GOP.

so this is why bannon, breitbart news and hannity are all raging against the establishment GOP nowadays?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:37:32am

re: #154 Anymouse 🌹

OK. I totally understand the gist of this headline, but I feel obligated to do the “Hold the fuck on, not ALL white people” thing here.

yes, almost as if they are trying to generate outrage

I have given up on Newsweek as well

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:40:06am

re: #176 Dr Lizardo

And good morning from Europe.

So, looks like Trump is still planning on provoking a potentially serious international crisis with moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite the fact that the international community is almost entirely against it. Hell, opposition to such a precipitous step has even united the Turkish political parties in condemnation against it.

Trump’s opening a can of worms.

Again, you have to look at it from the MAGA point of view: why should we bow to PC pressure or accede to the demand of Mooslims? That makes us look weak! And heck, it says right there in the Bible that Jerusalem is the capital!!!

This cannot play out well in any respect.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:51:36am

re: #177 Anymouse 🌹

HARRISBURG — Conservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe wants everyone to know that he’s heterosexual, has a wife, and doesn’t want to be touched — at least not by a male colleague.

Sounds like “gay panic” to me (or projection)

Part of the accepted dogma is that gays have to actively recruit and seduce men (especially young boys) to swell their ranks, because nobody could be possibly born that way.

That is the logic behind a lot of anti-gay propaganda laws in many nations, and it is not a coincidence that a derogatory term for gay in many languages is derived from the word for “pederast”.

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Cheechako  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:51:42am

What the Southern California wild-fires look like from space:

Image: SoCalFiresSatPhoto.jpg

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 12:53:42am

re: #195 sagehen

That’s not why.

It’s because dogs and cats are excellent judges of character; and everybody in the room can see when a dog or cat thinks poorly of you.

WC Fields on why he hates kids and dogs: “Because no matter how well dressed you are, they can always smell the bum on you!”

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:00:50am

Founding Fathers Didn’t Intend the Constitution to Be Interpreted (Goes to the Scottsbluff, Nebr. Star-Herald)

Oh, boy, a conservative where I live (Conservatopia) doesn’t understand much about history or the Constitution.

He wrote in response to a letter written by a liberal regarding the II Amendment. I responded, but since my regional paper has already printed a letter from a liberal this month, they probably won’t print my response.

His letter:

I have to say I am in disagreement with Thomas Gribble and his editorial on Nov. 30.

First of all, I’m not sure where you, Mr. Gribble, got your version of a “militia,” but I can assure you that if more people like you have that frame of mind, it’s not the end of the discussion.

The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Our founders never intended for the second amendment to be “interpreted.” It was meant to be plain. Hence the way it was written back in their day.

The people were not free to own guns under British rule and many states would not have ratified the Constitution had there not been safeguards (Second Amendment being one). Our founders hated standing armies and were very suspicious of an out-of-control federal government.

My response (which I expect they won’t print):

Mr. Boyd Dohse wrote on Dec. 5 that the Founders did not intend the Constitution to be interpreted. That of course ignores the Constitution has a Judicial branch which does exactly that, along with an amendment process that has been used to strike large portions of the Constitution (notably slavery and Native citizenship, women’s right to vote, &c).

Regarding the issue he wrote about, the II Amendment and the DC v Heller Supreme Court decision which (ironically) interpreted the II Amendment, that decision did not strike down all regulations regarding firearms. It struck down banning an entire class of firearms (pistols), while noting that jurisdictions could still ban other classes (machine guns, for example).

As for people “not being able to own firearms” under British rule, that is simply untrue. There was no massive smuggling operation to arm colonials so they could hunt prior to the Revolution.

As for being suspicious of an “out-of-control” government, it was General George Washington who demanded of the Continental Congress people to train a professional army. It was President George Washington who personally led the Army against the Whiskey Rebellion (a revolt against Federal taxes).

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Lupin  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:07:46am

The notion that Mueller is somehow going to save you from Trump strikes me as somewhat naive in light of what we’ve seen so far.

Even if Mueller fully and incontrovertibly exposes Trump for the criminal money laundering Russian puppet that he is, nothing will happen, because of Congress, and the Supreme Court, and the millions of homegrown nazis supporting him. The rule of law, which was always perilously fragile in the US , will not apply to him.

At best, like Mugabe, Trump will be “retired” with honors by your oligarchs and sent back to Mar-a-lago to bask in glory and sink further into dementia, still convinced he was the greatest president ever and worshiped by millions of said nazis; while the rest of the kleptocracy goes on unimpeded. He’ll just have to anoint an heir (Ivanka?) for the 2020 campaign if his mind is already too far gone by then. Or he might swing a second term.

After that, it’s hard to predict what the long-term will be like… There is an ebb and flow in history, so I presume by 2030 things my look very different, but right now, I would expect things to get worse, not better.

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wheat-dogg  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:10:20am

Angry white lady, part CXXXVIII

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:11:11am

re: #203 Lupin

The notion that Mueller is somehow going to save you from Trump strikes me as somewhat naive in light of what we’ve seen so far.

Even if Mueller fully and incontrovertibly exposes Trump for the criminal money laundering Russian puppet that he is, nothing will happen, because of Congress, and the Supreme Court, and the millions of homegrown nazis supporting him. The rule of law, which was always perilously fragile in the US , will not apply to him.

There is enough evidence out there without a Mueller investigation: obstruction of justice, conflict of interest, violation of the emoluments clause, etc., but the political will is lacking.

I do not see how that is going to change.

The only good thing I see coming out of this is DT’s tax records being made public. That in itself might not be enough to sink him, but it will take a lot of the wind out of his sails.

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Lupin  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:16:14am

re: #205 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

There is enough evidence out there without a Mueller investigation: obstruction of justice, conflict of interest, violation of the emoluments clause, etc., but the political will is lacking.

I do not see how that is going to change.

I couldn’t agree more. (At least for the short-term.) The rules applying to the US today might be formulated as WWZD — What Would Zimbabwe Do. Does anyone expect Mugabe or his wife to pay for their crimes? No. Is his successor any better? No. End of story.

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Cheechako  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:22:58am

re: #205 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

There is enough evidence out there without a Mueller investigation: obstruction of justice, conflict of interest, violation of the emoluments clause, etc., but the political will is lacking.

I do not see how that is going to change.

The only good thing I see coming out of this is DT’s tax records being made public. That in itself might not be enough to sink him, but it will take a lot of the wind out of his sails.

Yes, the DOJ and Congress will settle for trump resigning but New York State is going to throw a ton of bricks on the trump clan.

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:25:09am
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goddamnedfrank  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:41:30am

re: #203 Lupin

I definitely agree that the US is probably in for a very politically unstable decade at least. Trump and his nativist supporters won’t give up power gracefully and the sensible, pragmatic center-left will have a hard time competing as long as extreme leftist populists continues to value their own economic purity over defeating the modern robber barons and their weaponized white nationalism. I can see America lurching back and forth reflexively for awhile between various iterative populist reactionary movements, but I’ve kind of given up on predicting much else beyond US society as a whole remaining immune to the learning of long term lessons.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 1:45:33am

re: #209 goddamnedfrank

As long as political discourse is carried out in the form of tweets, talking points, Internet memes and media sound bytes there will be no meaningful or nuanced discussion on how to solve the problems we are facing.

We came to look on public education as just another operating expense to be cut to a minimum in order to lower taxes (or increase profits when taken in the economic sense) instead of as an investment in society, the economy and democracy. We are paying the price for that now.

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VegasGolfer  Dec 6, 2017 • 2:08:49am

patch.com

Yesterday someone posted a tweet of a woman stealing Doug Jones yard signs.
Now it is being reported in a few communities.
Scumbags

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 2:20:43am

re: #211 VegasGolfer

patch.com

Yesterday someone posted a tweet of a woman stealing Doug Jones yard signs.
Now it is being reported in a few communities.
Scumbags

There are several solutions to prevent that sort of thing:

a) cover the edges of the yard sign in Vasoline mixed with Rit clothing dye (my method for my yard signs)
b) chain the yard sign down (with a stake driven in the ground)
c) put a small sign on the top reminding theft is a violation of the X Commandments for alleged Christians

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Anymouse 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 2:27:42am

In the 2012 election, the then chairwoman of our village board complained prior to the meeting that her yard sign supporting then-candidate for the Senate Ben Sasse kept getting uprooted and thrown in her back yard.

I noted my sign for Dave Domina (who ran against him) wasn’t being tampered with, and that tampering with signs is a Federal offence. If she could identify who was tampering with her Ben Sasse sign she could press charges.

She said heck, no, it was her son doing it, and her son hated Ben Sasse. Every time he mowed the lawn he would uproot the sign and throw it over the fence to her back yard.

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Sea Mexican!  Dec 6, 2017 • 3:34:08am

re: #8 Belafon

My favorite part of the TV show Lucifer is still where he won’t let humans get away with blaming him for their actions.

Dang! Thank you for reminding me! I didn’t know there was a new season.

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dell*nix  Dec 6, 2017 • 3:41:17am

re: #126 Kragar

Vaccinations permit visas.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 4:45:31am

I wouldn’t hang my hat on this as some kind of sea change, but

But the RWNJ comments, though…. Mueller’s corrupt! Hired Clinton hacks! argle bargle

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 6, 2017 • 4:48:13am

re: #216 Barefoot Grin

I wouldn’t hang my hat on this as some kind of sea change, but

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 4:49:48am

re: #217 bill d. (b.d.)

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 4:51:54am

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:02:20am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:08:22am
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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:08:28am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:09:22am

re: #222 makeitstop

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:10:42am

re: #221 The Vicious Babushka

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:10:50am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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Decatur Deb  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:11:04am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:11:24am

re: #224 makeitstop

Whatsisname will not be pleased. Good

He certainly is a silence breaker though…..

//

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:13:19am

remember yesterday’s poll on the unpopularity of the tax bill?

electoral-vote.com

To make it worse, few people understand what is in it (and that includes the members of Congress who voted for it). When the final bill is announced and people begin to understand its consequences for them, it is only going to get less popular.

and this IS an administration of firsts:

FiveThirtyEight has looked up the popularity of past tax bills and noted that this tax-cut bill is less popular than previous tax increases. The approve/disapprove for the 1993 Bill Clinton tax increase scored 34%/44% and the George H.W. Bush tax hike of 1990 was 41%/52%. For a tax cut to be less popular than a tax increase is unprecedented. No tax cut in the past 35 years has been underwater, and certainly not under water by 20 points.

that’s some special talent right there

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Decatur Deb  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:15:01am

re: #223 The Vicious Babushka

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:15:31am

Silence breakers is a great choice. This has been a key issue we’ve discussed.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:19:01am

re: #228 dangerman

To make it worse, few people understand what is in it (and that includes the members of Congress who voted for it). When the final bill is announced and people begin to understand its consequences for them, it is only going to get less popular.

It is designed so that enough middle-income people will get enough short-term tax relief that they continue to vote GOP

it is designed to create such a budget deficit that the GOP can then insist that it is necessary to cut spending even more on everything that is not military spending or corporate welfare.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:22:02am

re: #229 Decatur Deb

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:28:24am

Tonight we’re heading to the Bowery Ballroom to see what all the hype is about.

“Flower Power (Dedicated to Tom Petty)” Greta Van Fleet@Camden, NJ 10/7/17

GVF is literally the hottest ticket in New York City today. I bought our tickets the day the shows were announced (and still couldn’t get opening night) for $25 plus service charges, and current listings on StubHub are going for right around 10 times face value.

It warms my cold, black heart to see the youngs wielding guitars and wailing like Robert Planet.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:35:27am

re: #231 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

To make it worse, few people understand what is in it (and that includes the members of Congress who voted for it). When the final bill is announced and people begin to understand its consequences for them, it is only going to get less popular.

It is designed so that enough middle-income people will get enough short-term tax relief that they continue to vote GOP

it is designed to create such a budget deficit that the GOP can then insist that it is necessary to cut spending even more on everything that is not military spending or corporate welfare.

true and true

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Bubblehead II  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:37:38am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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wheat-dogg  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:38:51am

Just got an email from my former employer, a high school in the USA. Seems two alumnae have come forward with accusations that a present faculty member back in the ’80s did some in appropriate things with them. Since there are only three faculty members still there from those days, that kinda narrows down the field of suspects.

Said unnamed teacher has been put on leave pending a more thorough investigation.

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Eventual Carrion  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:42:46am

re: #233 makeitstop

Tonight we’re heading to the Bowery Ballroom to see what all the hype is about.

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GVF is literally the hottest ticket in New York City today. I bought our tickets the day the shows were announced (and still couldn’t get opening night) for $25 plus service charges, and current listings on StubHub are going for right around 10 times face value.

It warms my cold, black heart to see the youngs wielding guitars and wailing like Robert Planet.

I was turned on to them a little while ago. Really like their stuff. Does have a very strong Zep feel.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:46:09am

re: #217 bill d. (b.d.)

One picture is worth a thousand of Newt’s groupies…
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:49:47am

anymouse, have you heard anything else on this modern american clusterf*ck?

slate.com

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:51:06am

re: #237 Eventual Carrion

I was turned on to them a little while ago. Really like their stuff. Does have a very strong Zep feel.

I can only imagine where they’ll be in five or ten years, once they’ve grown past their influences. They really do have some impressive chops for their age.

And a young band can do a lot worse than using the mighty LZ as a template.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:53:04am

My work computer won’t let me add photos to this site, so instead, go see the healthcare ad picture at this link: dailykos.com.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:55:29am

re: #200 Cheechako

Yesterday I was not sure if Angeles Shooting Ranges still exists as a facility. Yesterday I found out it almost all burned completely out. 49 people temporarily out of work. It’s gone.

We will rebuild. Here is an aerial video I did last spring that shows the place. Ironically they had hired me and my small crew to do a major promotional video. Two actually, now all that stays in the can. Both 95% done. Now I think we will document the rebuild and restart.

A drones eye view of Angeles Shooting Ranges

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:55:41am

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:55:46am

re: #203 Lupin

The notion that Mueller is somehow going to save you from Trump strikes me as somewhat naive in light of what we’ve seen so far.

Even if Mueller fully and incontrovertibly exposes Trump for the criminal money laundering Russian puppet that he is, nothing will happen, because of Congress, and the Supreme Court, and the millions of homegrown nazis supporting him. The rule of law, which was always perilously fragile in the US , will not apply to him.

At best, like Mugabe, Trump will be “retired” with honors by your oligarchs and sent back to Mar-a-lago to bask in glory and sink further into dementia, still convinced he was the greatest president ever and worshiped by millions of said nazis; while the rest of the kleptocracy goes on unimpeded. He’ll just have to anoint an heir (Ivanka?) for the 2020 campaign if his mind is already too far gone by then. Or he might swing a second term.

After that, it’s hard to predict what the long-term will be like… There is an ebb and flow in history, so I presume by 2030 things my look very different, but right now, I would expect things to get worse, not better.

Luckily, lots of people aren’t waiting for Mueller. That’s why Democrats are finally running for local offices, especially women. In a special election in Georgia yesterday, Democrats broke the Republican supermajority in the state Senate.

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mmmirele  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:57:08am

re: #221 The Vicious Babushka

And Donald Trump was one of six runners up.

I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t a double slap in the face to Trump. Not only are you not number 1, but we’re making the people who have come forward about sexual harassment and assault number 1. Since Trump is credibly accused of sexual assault…well, you fill in the blanks.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 6, 2017 • 5:57:19am
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Decatur Deb  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:01:32am

re: #242 Unshaken Defiance

That’s a big hit. Place has beautiful backstopping, and that won’t burn away.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:05:00am

re: #68 teleskiguy

This is amazing.

Reminds me of this.

Crying Japanese Politician Guitar Cover

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:05:28am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:06:00am

re: #249 ObserverArt

I think you have enough members to start a political party.

What should we call it?

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:06:26am

re: #247 Decatur Deb

It’s all insured. But right this minute the Getty Center is almost burning with the latest fire in Brentwood. The hell days are not over.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:10:11am

re: #242 Unshaken Defiance

Yesterday I was not sure if Angeles Shooting Ranges still exists as a facility. Yesterday I found out it almost all burned completely out. 49 people temporarily out of work. It’s gone.

We will rebuild. Here is an aerial video I did last spring that shows the place. Ironically they had hired me and my small crew to do a major promotional video. Two actually, now all that stays in the can. Both 95% done. Now I think we will document the rebuild and restart.

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That sucks, man. Good luck with the rebuild.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:10:50am

re: #250 The Vicious Babushka

The Pie Party. Everybody is welcome to a nice slice.

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Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:10:57am

re: #248 makeitstop

Reminds me of this.

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That’s brilliant. Haha!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:11:37am

re: #253 Unshaken Defiance

The Pie Party. Everybody is welcome to a nice slice.

and legalize marijuana so we can make the pie higher!

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jeffreyw  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:13:58am

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Good morning!

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:14:55am

Stunning fire video on local news. We could lose Getty Center. OMG.

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:17:10am

re: #253 Unshaken Defiance

The Pie Party. Everybody is welcome to a nice slice.

Good name!

Everyone gets a piece of the pie.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:18:01am

re: #257 Unshaken Defiance

Stunning fire video on local news. We could lose Getty Center. OMG.

Have they evacuated the collection? Major museums have well-considered plans.

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Lupin  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:18:08am

re: #244 Belafon

Luckily, lots of people aren’t waiting for Mueller. That’s why Democrats are finally running for local offices, especially women. In a special election in Georgia yesterday, Democrats broke the Republican supermajority in the state Senate.

I completely agree with you — but do not share your optimism re the power of the ballot box, at least the way it’s been interfered with and corrupted in the US. Nine years ago when Obama got elected, I thought a trend had been stopped, but overall I don’t see it today. Obama may well be a blip in a line that runs from Reagan to Trump.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:18:38am

re: #254 Barefoot Grin

That’s brilliant. Haha!

I still laugh like a fool every time I watch it.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:25:31am
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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:26:35am

re: #259 Decatur Deb

Have they evacuated the collection? Major museums have well-considered plans.

No word. But I would expect they can shelter in place. It’s built extremely well. Lavishly well.

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:29:12am

re: #263 Unshaken Defiance

Closed to protect the collections.

getty.edu

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:29:30am

re: #260 Lupin

I completely agree with you — but do not share your optimism re the power of the ballot box, at least the way it’s been interfered with and corrupted in the US. Nine years ago when Obama got elected, I thought a trend had been stopped, but overall I don’t see it today. Obama may well be a blip in a line that runs from Reagan to Trump.

It took a major economic disaster to get us to Obama, and I am afraid that the economic/political/military disasters that DT causes will totally wreck the system’s ability to self-correct.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:31:55am

re: #263 Unshaken Defiance

No word. But I would expect they can shelter in place. It’s built extremely well. Lavishly well.

THis is where you see if the fire code works. Doors and walls should be rated to withstand in mins or hrs. That plus sprinklers. Ironically, water damage may be the killer.

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Unshaken Defiance  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:32:47am

re: #252 makeitstop

Thanks. It’s a sport, and a business. The real deal this week is homes or lives lost. That fact tempers my worry about ASR. Our neighbors in Kagel canyon really took a hit. I’m hoping the range can help them some while we rebuild

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:33:03am

re: #266 Dave In Austin

So, cedar shake siding isn’t a good idea. (Randomness, I have cedar shake siding on my garage and camp).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:34:01am
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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:36:30am

re: #260 Lupin

I completely agree with you — but do not share your optimism re the power of the ballot box, at least the way it’s been interfered with and corrupted in the US. Nine years ago when Obama got elected, I thought a trend had been stopped, but overall I don’t see it today. Obama may well be a blip in a line that runs from Reagan to Trump.

Trump did the one thing that Obama couldn’t: He woke Democrats to the fact that they can’t wait for someone else to fix things. Too many Democrats thought things were OK and they would stay that way, and, if not, the president could stop them. That has changed, finally. Democrats are finally running for local offices in places they haven’t in a long time.

Now, I’m not saying everything will be rosy, or that we’ll recover tomorrow. And I’m definitely not saying we’ll be the same country we were before. But that, in part, is a good thing. The US has dealt with corruption before. We will just have to adjust to the reality that corrupt morons can get elected to office under our current system, and try to minimize it. Things like requiring disclosure of taxes would be a start.

And the EU and Asia are obviously learning that they can’t rely on us to protect them. As an American, I cannot say that’s a bad thing. I’m also the kind of person who hates being the only one who knows something at work. I’m not big into the idea of job security.

Edit: I would like to see the US be more of an equal partner among all of these groups. And I think we need to build these alliances up more to keep China and Russia from becoming the dominant power.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:39:25am

re: #260 Lupin

I completely agree with you — but do not share your optimism re the power of the ballot box, at least the way it’s been interfered with and corrupted in the US. Nine years ago when Obama got elected, I thought a trend had been stopped, but overall I don’t see it today. Obama may well be a blip in a line that runs from Reagan to Trump.

I am more optimistic. SCOTUS could decide this term that gerrymandering is unconstitutional, which will help a lot. Remember, Trump’s election was a fluke; he only won with a pathetic 46% of the vote because Clinton was nearly as unpopular as he was. If the Democrats nominate a candidate with average popularity they should beat Trump easily if he runs again.

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:42:33am

Little Lord Storm, now 6 months old, is at the vet today for his “procedure”. Poor little guy. I was in tears leaving him there all scared and and confused by this abandonment. :(

Moment of silence for Stormie McStormface Thunder Nuts that are no more.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:43:34am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:43:58am

re: #270 Belafon

Trump did the one thing that Obama couldn’t: He woke Democrats to the fact that they can’t wait for someone else to fix things. Too many Democrats thought things were OK and they would stay that way, and, if not, the president could stop them. That has changed, finally. Democrats are finally running for local offices in places they haven’t in a long time.

We need to learn that all the progress we have made in the the past 50 years or so in personal freedoms, women’s and minority rights cannot be taken for granted and have to be defended or even reclaimed at this point.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:45:41am

re: #272 allegro

Little Lord Storm, now 6 months old, is at the vet today for his “procedure”. Poor little guy. I was in tears leaving him there all scared and and confused by this abandonment. :(

Moment of silence for Stormie McStormface Thunder Nuts that are no more.

Ouch.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:47:39am
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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:49:26am

The burns on Bannon continue.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:49:36am
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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:50:42am

re: #278 Backwoods_Sleuth

“We’ve gone from a top five state to a top ten state!”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:54:15am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:56:03am

*blink*

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:56:17am

re: #270 Belafon


Now, I’m not saying everything will be rosy, or that we’ll recover tomorrow. And I’m definitely not saying we’ll be the same country we were before. But that, in part, is a good thing. The US has dealt with corruption before. We will just have to adjust to the reality that corrupt morons can get elected to office under our current system, and try to minimize it……

and hope, trust, pray, plan that with the passage of time and dulling of memory, we dont drop our guard again

all in all very well said

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Dave In Austin  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:56:27am
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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:57:29am

re: #272 allegro

Little Lord Storm, now 6 months old, is at the vet today for his “procedure”. Poor little guy. I was in tears leaving him there all scared and and confused by this abandonment. :(

Moment of silence for Stormie McStormface Thunder Nuts that are no more.

+1 for any riff on boaty mcboatface

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sagehen  Dec 6, 2017 • 6:59:50am

re: #270 Belafon

Trump did the one thing that Obama couldn’t: He woke Democrats to the fact that they can’t wait for someone else to fix things. Too many Democrats thought things were OK and they would stay that way, and, if not, the president could stop them. That has changed, finally. Democrats are finally running for local offices in places they haven’t in a long time.

“Be the change you want to see”

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:03:01am

re: #278 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Nice group of smiling White faces.

I’m sure that was accidental though…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:06:47am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:09:48am

All caps…he might be upset…

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:10:04am

Here’s a challenge for everyone: Try to come up with a working system where no single entity is in charge. There’s a reason the world tends to favor a superpower or dominant empire; it’s the same reason the US went from a confederacy to a strong central government: At certain times, an organization requires a single head to make decisions. How can we build a system such that the groups are loosely connected, but when decisions have to be made, they can be made quickly, and no minor subset of the group can thwart the decision?

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:10:21am

re: #288 Backwoods_Sleuth

All caps…he might be upset…

Mueller’s working on it, Donald.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:10:45am

re: #286 ObserverArt

Nice group of smiling White faces.

I’m sure that was accidental though…

Yeah, the dude to Walkers right (holding the sign) doesn’t scream White Privilege at all…

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JordanRules  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:12:46am
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Bubblehead II  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:13:28am

re: #288 Backwoods_Sleuth

All caps…he might be upset…

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:15:52am

re: #292 JordanRules

AFP news agency

@AFP
#BREAKING Putin says will seek new six-year term as president in March polls
9:30 AM - Dec 6, 2017
30 30 Replies 165 165 Retweets 69 69 likes

I wonder if Donny Trump and Clan will be working to bring Vlad a victory? Maybe Fox News can be the Russia Today media in this run.

I’m sure Facebook and Twitter are looking forward to this too. Think of the money to be made.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:23:11am

How many times will Fuckface Junior perjure himself?

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mmmirele  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:23:21am

Diana Butler Bass is a progressive religious scholar. She has some insight into how Evangelical supporters of Trump see moving the embassy to Jerusalem. She doesn’t mention this, but it’s worth noting this action would definitely shore up Evangelicals’ support of Trump.

On a personal note, I had more of my share of dreams of missing the Rapture and having to live through Armageddon in the 1970s and 1980s. Today I think it’s complete bullshit, but these people are delusional.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:26:46am

Easy for this little fucker to say, does he have loved ones who live there?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:28:59am

re: #295 The Vicious Babushka

How many times will Fuckface Junior perjure himself?

All of them, Katie.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:30:13am

re: #296 mmmirele

Bingo. All of Trumps RWNJ, “judeo Christian values” buddies are pushing him to do this.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:30:59am

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:31:00am

re: #295 The Vicious Babushka

How many times will Fuckface Junior perjure himself?

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How many questions will he be asked? That’s your answer.

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:33:09am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

Easy for this little fucker to say, does he have loved ones who live there?

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Yeah, takes great moral courage to start a war over an office building.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:36:08am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

Easy for this little fucker to say, does he have loved ones who live there?

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Fuck you Ben, it won’t be your loved ones whether they be Israeli civilians or American embassy officials in danger because of this move.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:36:35am

re: #302 allegro

Yeah, takes great moral courage to start a war over an office building.

It takes great moral courage to place your lips firmly on both Franklin Graham and Bibi’s asscheeks.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:37:56am

This is truly the root of the problem.

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DodgerFan1988  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:38:53am

Alt-Right and Trump cult followers are going batshit crazy on social media over Time’s pick for Person of The Year.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:39:26am

re: #277 makeitstop

The burns on Bannon continue.

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He’s not wrong about that last point about Romney but uh Steve, your own boss Trump, what was he doing during that time? And what have all the young men your brand has inspired been doing? And Romney’s father did have integrity. He defied his church’s bigotry and supported civil rights. Oh and by the way Steve, you talk that way about Mitt yet you and the other losers at Breitbart gladly shilled for him to beat Obama in 2012.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:40:36am

re: #306 DodgerFan1988

Alt-Right and Trump cult followers are going batshit crazy on social media over Time’s pick for Person of The Year.

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Are they denying that this issue has created a conversation? For fuck sake, I would have despised Hitler and Stalin had I been alive in the 30’s and 40’s but their winning Man of the Year made sense just as Trump unfortunately last year did too.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:41:13am

There is now another woman accusing Al Franken of trying to kiss her.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:42:10am

re: #307 HappyWarrior

He’s not wrong about that last point about Romney but uh Steve, your own boss Trump, what was he doing during that time? And what have all the young men your brand has inspired been doing? And Romney’s father did have integrity. He defied his church’s bigotry and supported civil rights. Oh and by the way Steve, you talk that way about Mitt yet you and the other losers at Breitbart gladly shilled for him to beat Obama in 2012.

Remember when conservatives used to bitch about ‘situational ethics?’ Good times, good times…

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:42:56am

re: #303 HappyWarrior

Fuck you Ben, it won’t be your loved ones whether they be Israeli civilians or American embassy officials in danger because of this move.

From the moving vans?

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:42:58am

re: #307 HappyWarrior

He’s not wrong about that last point about Romney but uh Steve, your own boss Trump, what was he doing during that time? And what have all the young men your brand has inspired been doing? And Romney’s father did have integrity. He defied his church’s bigotry and supported civil rights. Oh and by the way Steve, you talk that way about Mitt yet you and the other losers at Breitbart gladly shilled for him to beat Obama in 2012.

It is depressingly amazing how Trump and his cult get away with accusing other people of acting just like Trump.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:43:21am

re: #305 makeitstop

This is truly the root of the problem.

The way to defeat this is:
1. Don’t play their game because they’re the experts.
2. Don’t appease them because they can’t be appeased.
3. Do the right thing because it’s the right thing.
4. Give them enough rope to shoot themselves in the foot.

2&3 apply to both MSNBC handling Reid (don’t fire her) and Franken (wait until the investigation is done). It also applies to why Conyers needs to resign.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:44:23am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

Easy for this little fucker to say, does he have loved ones who live there?

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And we know that chicken hawk is too scared to volunteer to fight for this country.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:44:25am

re: #308 HappyWarrior

Are they denying that this issue has created a conversation? For fuck sake, I would have despised Hitler and Stalin had I been alive in the 30’s and 40’s but their winning Man of the Year made sense just as Trump unfortunately last year did too.

Rowling had it right in Harry Potter regarding Voldemort. He was a great man, and he did evil things. The same applies in the real world.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:44:39am

re: #311 Shropshire Slasher

From the moving vans?

Are you that naive? Ask VB why this is a bad move. She actually knows something about the issue rather than religious right cowards who know nothing about the realities of the ground situation there.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:44:55am

re: #314 Joe Bacon 🌹

And we know that chicken hawk is too scared to volunteer to fight for this country.

Yep. Screw him.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:45:06am

re: #314 Joe Bacon 🌹

And we know that chicken hawk is too scared to volunteer to fight for this country.

I’m sure Ben would take a religious deferment.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:45:52am

What utter bullshit. I visited East Jerusalem last week.

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:45:53am

re: #316 HappyWarrior

Are you that naive? Ask VB why this is a bad move. She actually knows something about the issue rather than religious right cowards who know nothing about the realities of the ground situation there.

Troll be trollin’.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:46:42am

re: #318 Belafon

I’m sure Ben would take a religious deferment.

He could serve in the IDF Nahal Haredi like my son did.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:48:15am

re: #315 Belafon

Rowling had it right in Harry Potter regarding Voldemort. He was a great man, and he did evil things.

I like that. I mean too often people have this impression that Time’s Person of the Year has to be someone they like. Even if you aren’t sympathetic towards women and men coming out about sexual harassment and because- I certainly am but the title is about the impact and this certainly has had an impact this year.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:50:07am

re: #321 The Vicious Babushka

He could serve in the IDF Nahal Haredi like my son did.

Super Chicken Benjyboy is too busy being a Keyboard Kommando!

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Jay C  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:50:20am

re: #256 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

That look on Momdog’s face! Like “OK! I popped out NINE of them! What more do you want??

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:50:34am

re: #318 Belafon

I’m sure Ben would take a religious deferment.

The Romney mission thing always rubbed me the wrong way. My grandfather served with LDS guys, they weren’t as connected as Mitt’s family though. He liked them. I joked that maybe it was because he could bum cigarettes off them in their rations more easily but as I recall, he said even they needed a smoke sometimes. That’s America for you though, Slovene immigrant’s kid from a coal town in the East serving with Mormons from the West. It’s actually that principle that has my dad supportive of national service requirements- doesn’t have to be military.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:50:50am

re: #323 Joe Bacon 🌹

Super Chicken Benjyboy is too busy being a Keyboard Kommando!

Now now, he’s also a Campus Commando.

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:51:06am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

Easy for this little fucker to say, does he have loved ones who live there?

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It wouldn’t be surprising if he has family there. However, since it seems that Netanyahu favors this, it’s possible that is why Ben supports it too. If Bibi objected, I bet Ben would too.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:51:47am

re: #319 The Vicious Babushka

What utter bullshit. I visited East Jerusalem last week.

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It’d be nice if he were stopped being used as if he’s an expert on anything other than being a pompous gas bag.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:55:34am

In the words of Mick Jagger - ‘Pile it high, on a platter!’

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:55:54am

re: #327 Hecuba’s daughter

It wouldn’t be surprising if he has family there. However, since it seems that Netanyahu favors this, it’s possible that is why Ben supports it too. If Bibi objected, I bet Ben would too.

I dunno if he does or not. It does go to show you though that he has no original thoughts of his own. I definitely take VB’s words on this issue seriously since she’s got family there and she rightfully worries for them when politicians whether they be Bibi or Trump play cynical games like this. What I wasn’t aware of until yesterday until VB pointed it out, the strategic importance of the capital being in Tel Aviv over Jerusalem..

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:56:04am

re: #328 HappyWarrior

It’d be nice if he were stopped being used as if he’s an expert on anything other than being a pompous gas bag.

Benjy reminds me of Gene Wilder in Silver Streak. He always gets thrown off of the Alt-Right train yet hops back on…

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:57:25am

re: #320 allegro

Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel right before Christmas? Priceless.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:57:35am

re: #331 Joe Bacon 🌹

Benny reminds me of Gene Wilder in Silver Streak. He always gets thrown off of the Alt-Right train yet hops back on…

Never saw that one! But yeah he wants them to like him even though he’s targeted by them for being Jewish. You know what, I’d almost feel sorry for him but his propaganda has poisoned too many damn minds in my generations and he’s a hateful little prick who can’t admit that right wing ideology spawned Nazism and VB will vouch for this too, his attacks on liberal Jews are despicable too.

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Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:58:32am

re: #324 Jay C

That look on Momdog’s face! Like “OK! I popped out NINE of them! What more do want??”

I thought I counted 11. Either way, that’s a pile of puppies!

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 7:59:24am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

Easy for this little fucker to say, does he have loved ones who live there?

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Has the decision been made? The Fox Tweet makes it sound like a done deal.

I thought I had heard something about this could be some kind of a start to consider the recognition but may not be an official statement.

And this is Trump. He may see this as some kind of a ploy to get the acclaim and then not do anything to please the military people and the Middle East countries.

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mmmirele  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:00:27am

re: #325 HappyWarrior

The Romney mission thing always rubbed me the wrong way. My grandfather served with LDS guys, they weren’t as connected as Mitt’s family though. He liked them. I joked that maybe it was because he could bum cigarettes off them in their rations more easily but as I recall, he said even they needed a smoke sometimes. That’s America for you though, Slovene immigrant’s kid from a coal town in the East serving with Mormons from the West. It’s actually that principle that has my dad supportive of national service requirements- doesn’t have to be military.

I can tell you why that is. Back during the 1960s, the Mormon church had an unwritten policy that only a few young men in each ward were to be allowed to serve missions and thus, get an exemption from military service. Romney was one of the lucky young men; many others got drafted into the Vietnam meat grinder and some never came home.

One of my friends, Mormon in Utah, well, his parents were (unusually for Utah) antiwar and they were going to ship him off to relatives in Canada to avoid the draft. He, however, had come up with a solution on his own. He was going to literally shoot himself in the foot. Thankfully for all concerned, the war started winding down and the draft was discontinued. But he was dead serious about the shooting himself in the foot part. He was not going to Vietnam.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:00:51am

re: #335 ObserverArt

Has the decision been made? The Fox Tweet makes it sound like a done deal.

I thought I had heard something about this could be some kind of a start to consider the recognition but may not be an official statement.

And this is Trump. He may see this as some kind of a ploy to get the acclaim and then not do anything to please the military people and the Middle East countries.

So, his ultimate outcome would be to piss everyone off. Sounds like Trump.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:01:50am

He’s going to withdraw from the peace negotiations.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:02:35am

re: #336 mmmirele

I can tell you why that is. Back during the 1960s, the Mormon church had an unwritten policy that only a few young men in each ward were to be allowed to serve missions and thus, get an exemption from military service. Romney was one of the lucky young men; many others got drafted into the Vietnam meat grinder and never came home.

One of my friends, Mormon in Utah, well, his parents were (unusually for Utah) antiwar and they were going to ship him off to relatives in Canada to avoid the draft. He, however, had come up with a solution on his own. He was going to literally shoot himself in the foot. Thankfully for all concerned, the war started winding down and the draft was discontinued. But he was dead serious about the shooting himself in the foot part. He was not going to Vietnam.

I have respect for people like your friend since he genuinely thought Vietnam was a bad idea. Mitt famously was protesting in favor of the draft/war and then got a deferrment. I just think that’s low. I think Mitt more or less took advantage of his family name even though he favored the draft and war to get out of it. It sucks but Bannon’s words about Romney aren’t wrong. Of course, Bannon also supported President Bonespur too.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:03:05am

I hate health insurance companies sometimes. My mother in laws insurer is trying to get out of having to foot the bill to get an in home oxygen concentrator set up for her.

This woman has diabetes and congestive heart failure and COPD. She could easily die if we can’t get this approved.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:04:52am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

On fox and friends, bens hapiro praised POTUS’s Jerusalem decision.

Again, the MAGA mentality viewpoint: We are America! We are Great! We are not going to let Mooslims or PC’s tell us what we can or cannot do! And the Bible is clear that Jerusalem in the Capital of Israel!!!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:08:32am

re: #340 Eclectic Cyborg

I hate health insurance companies sometimes. My mother in laws insurer is trying to get out of having to foot the bill to get an in home oxygen concentrator set up for her.

This woman has diabetes and congestive heart failure and COPD. She could easily die if we can’t get this approved.

The same tea baggers who whine about alleged government rationing of healthcare don’t utter a peep when a corporate bean counter does it…

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:09:11am

re: #324 Jay C

That look on Momdog’s face! Like “OK! I popped out NINE of them! What more do want??”

Heh. I thought the same type of thought. I am not sure if this is the same momma doggy with the pack of pups Jeffery had posted a couple days ago, but she had that same “what happened to cause this” look on her face.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:09:26am

re: #342 Joe Bacon 🌹

The same tea baggers who whine about alleged government rationing of healthcare don’t utter a peep when a corporate bean counter does it…

The profit motive makes all the difference.//

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:09:47am

re: #342 Joe Bacon 🌹

The same tea baggers who whine about alleged government rationing of healthcare don’t utter a peep when a corporate bean counter does it…

That’s the thing that infuriates me about them. I’m okay with skepticism of the government but many people who have absolute skepticism of the government had zero for corporate America.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:11:06am

re: #344 Big Beautiful Door

The profit motive makes all the difference.//

They like their Soylent Green.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:11:56am

re: #345 HappyWarrior

That’s the thing that infuriates me about them. I’m okay with skepticism of the government but many people who have absolute skepticism of the government had zero for corporate America.

Yep, a bunch of CEOs as much as said they won’t be using the corporate tax breaks to invest in new jobs; the money will go to share buy-backs. The GOP keeps bleating the same lies anyway.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:13:25am

re: #347 Big Beautiful Door

Yep, a bunch of CEOs as much as said they won’t be using the corporate tax breaks to invest in new jobs; the money will go to share buy-backs. The GOP keeps bleating the same lies anyway.

Supply Side Economics is a myth. It’s funny to me to see the same people who belittle doctrinaire socialists believe something equally prosperous.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:14:42am

re: #348 HappyWarrior

Supply Side Economics is a myth. It’s funny to me to see the same people who belittle doctrinaire socialists believe something equally prosperous.

they are cynical enough to know that it is just an excuse to concentrate more wealth into fewer hands.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:14:49am

re: #334 Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch

I thought I counted 11. Either way, that’s a pile of puppies!

It’s like trying to count the jellybeans in a jar! In this case, all Licorice.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:16:45am

re: #349 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

they are cynical enough to know that it is just an excuse to concentrate more wealth into fewer hands.

The theorists yes? The every day rube? No I don’t think so. I think it’s more simple than that. They really think we’ve always been an extremely capitalist country and Obama “ruined” that.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:18:34am

re: #351 HappyWarrior

The theorists yes? The every day rube? No I don’t think so. I think it’s more simple than that. They really think we’ve always been an extremely capitalist country and Obama “ruined” that.

The every day rube thinks Republicans are keeping the money out of the hands of those “others” but fail to realize that as far as the wealthy are concerned, they are the “others.”

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:18:41am

re: #351 HappyWarrior

The theorists yes? The every day rube? No I don’t think so. I think it’s more simple than that. They really think we’ve always been an extremely capitalist country and Obama “ruined” that.

The cynics have sold that fairy tale very successfully to their followers, yes.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:22:04am

re: #306 DodgerFan1988

Alt-Right and Trump cult followers are going batshit crazy on social media over Time’s pick for Person of The Year.

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This does a great deal more than clear out an infestation of dirty old men. It will revolutionize the media/entertainment world, bringing a permanent end to an open secret that has corrupted that industry since its very beginnings. It is also spreading to other fields of endeavor, with women everywhere empowered to bring our society’s behavior into line with its stated principles.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:22:06am

re: #352 Belafon

The every day rube thinks Republicans are keeping the money out of the hands of those “others” but fail to realize that as far as the wealthy are concerned, they are the “others.”

Just like they were Romney’s “47%”.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:22:33am

re: #306 DodgerFan1988

Alt-Right and Trump cult followers are going batshit crazy on social media over Time’s pick for Person of The Year.

I’m shocked, just absolutely shocked they aren’t taking this in good stride.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:23:35am

That’s so vague, it could practically mean anything.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Few details are being released on a wide-ranging law enforcement operation involving multiple agencies in the D.C. region this morning.

According to Kadia Koroma, spokeswoman for the FBI Washington Field Office, the court authorized law enforcement activity is happening in the DC region, and involves multiple federal, state, and local agencies.

No further details are being released at this time, however an update is expected from the FBI later Wednesday afternoon.

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CleverToad  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:24:09am

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:24:13am

re: #356 Sir John Barron

I’m shocked, just absolutely shocked they aren’t taking this in good stride.

Imagine if it had been Mueller.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:24:34am

re: #357 FormerDirtDart

Here’s what we know:

…pretty much nothing.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:25:16am

re: #353 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The cynics have sold that fairy tale very successfully to their followers, yes.

I find the whole thing sad really to be honest with you. People who benefit and will benefit most from Net Neutrality pushing anti-NN propaganda. SMDH.

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bratwurst  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:25:36am
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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:25:48am

5 pound avocado would be a good name for a band.

Facebook Post

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:26:15am

re: #357 FormerDirtDart

That’s so vague, it could practically mean anything.

“The EPA, in conjunction with local sanitation officials, is performing a free garbage pick up in the DC area.”

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:26:41am

Thank you to everyone for the hugs and comments about my sweet Zeena girl. It actually helps.

She chose us.

We went to a Meet and Greet, put on by Golden State Greyhound Adoptions - a fantastic group, BTW! - and as we were talking to the volunteer, this beautiful brindly girl unobtrusively got up and came over, and before I knew it, I’d been petting her for a minute or two as she leaned against my legs. No jumping up, no licking, she just came over and let us know.

The GSGA doesn’t let adopters pick their dogs, because they’ve found people don’t always choose well, and then dogs come back. But in this case, they agreed with Zeena that we were her family.

There’s an old saying, “Three years a young dog, three years a good dog, three years an old dog. All else is a gift from God.” With Zeena, we missed the first three, but I feel like we got six years a good dog, and as an old dog she was still a delight.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:27:20am

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

5 pound avocado would be a good name for a band.

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So that would be used for an Avocado loaf. Damn Millenials.

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bratwurst  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:27:27am

Oh, and if you are here to point out the hilarious side of people’s lives being put in danger so Trump can deliver red meat to apocalyptic Christians & Bibi’s settler friends GO FUCK YOURSELF.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:27:49am

re: #359 HappyWarrior

Imagine if it had been Mueller.

They’d be calling for Time’s publisher to be impeached.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:28:29am

Yeah, I’m not driving that way.
How do you justify “This is my normal commute route, so I have to drive toward the fiery hellscape”
(and why the hell do I need to add hellscape to the spellcheck dictionary?)

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:28:42am

re: #362 bratwurst

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This tax bill sounds better every day. Restricting the SALT deduction is probably a good thing, and when the Democrats regain power they can hike taxes for the rich to pay for socially useful programs like single payer healthcare and free college tuition.

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Lupin  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:29:09am

French playwright Marcel Pagnol once wrote a rather dark humored play about those who preach war while having avoided it themselves — Les marchands de gloire (The merchants of glory). I have zero problem with those who did whatever it took to not serve in Vietnam; but I totally deny them the right to wrap themselves in the flag and act and behave like “merchants of glory” later in life.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:29:54am

re: #365 Blind Frog Belly White

Thank you to everyone for the hugs and comments about my sweet Zeena girl. It actually helps.

She chose us.

We went to a Meet and Greet, put on by Golden State Greyhound Adoptions - a fantastic group, BTW! - and as we were talking to the volunteer, this beautiful brindly girl unobtrusively got up and came over, and before I knew it, I’d been petting her for a minute or two as she leaned against my legs. No jumping up, no licking, she just came over and let us know.

The GSGA doesn’t let adopters pick their dogs, because they’ve found people don’t always choose well, and then dogs come back. But in this case, they agreed with Zeena that we were her family.

There’s an old saying, “Three years a young dog, three years a good dog, three years an old dog. All else is a gift from God.” With Zeena, we missed the first three, but I feel like we got six years a good dog, and as an old dog she was still a delight.

I remember how we chose my childhood dog. We went up to a breeder’s house in rural Maryland. There were two puppies, the puppy that became my dog, Brady and his brother. Their grandmother was there too and my then six year old brother really wanted the grandmother lol because she was bigger. We had him for eleven wonderful years. It’ll be ten years soon since we lost him. You never stop loving a dog.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:30:01am

re: #369 FormerDirtDart

Yeah, I’m not driving that way.
How do you justify “This is my normal commute route, so I have to drive toward the fiery hellscape”
(and why the hell do I need to add hellscape to the spellcheck dictionary?)

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The same kind of people who drive into raging floods and drown.

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Sir John Barron  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:30:25am

re: #370 Big Beautiful Door

This tax bill sounds better every day. Restricting the SALT deduction is probably a good thing, and when the Democrats regain power they can hike taxes for the rich to pay for socially useful programs like single payer healthcare and free college tuition.

As a Maryland resident, I would hate to have the state and local tax deduction eliminated.

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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:32:55am

re: #369 FormerDirtDart

Yeah, I’m not driving that way.
How do you justify “This is my normal commute route, so I have to drive toward the fiery hellscape”
(and why the hell do I need to add hellscape to the spellcheck dictionary?)

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The new normal in SoCal?

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:39:52am

re: #374 Sir John Barron

As a Maryland resident, I would hate to have the state and local tax deduction eliminated.

I would change it to only allow a deduction of income tax to try to force states to use an income tax.

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Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:44:18am
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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:44:46am

OK, this is just freakin’ crazy.

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Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:47:19am
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Jay C  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:47:44am

re: #369 FormerDirtDart

Yeah, I’m not driving that way.
How do you justify “This is my normal commute route, so I have to drive toward the fiery hellscape”
(and why the hell do I need to add hellscape to the spellcheck dictionary?)

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I was born and brought up in that area, and used to drive the 405 a few times a week at the least: what’s amazing is that even after the mumble, mumble years since I lived there, the 405 Freeway remains the only big N-S connector between the West Side of L.A. and the San Fernando Valley for 15-20 miles. Which seems kind of a moot point today, as a friend of mine in L.A. said everyone there has been advised to stay home.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:49:18am

This is the hour that Winter started here. Temps have been falling since midnight, will fall all day. Breath started condensing and glasses fogged as I came in from working.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:54:36am

re: #377 Ace-o-aces

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Hey Hitler only killed six million Jews. //

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:55:50am

re: #372 HappyWarrior

I remember how we chose my childhood dog. We went up to a breeder’s house in rural Maryland. There were two puppies, the puppy that became my dog, Brady and his brother. Their grandmother was there too and my then six year old brother really wanted the grandmother lol because she was bigger. We had him for eleven wonderful years. It’ll be ten years soon since we lost him. You never stop loving a dog.

My wife follows a Long Island pet adoption service on Facebook. One day she sent me a Skype message saying there was the cutest puppy on their page. Then another, and another.

I took the hint and drove out to Middle Island, and by the time she got home from work that day, there was a cute puppy waiting for her.

Three years on, and that cute little puppy has turned into this lug somehow.

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7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:57:25am

re: #336 mmmirele

One of my friends, Mormon in Utah, well, his parents were (unusually for Utah) antiwar and they were going to ship him off to relatives in Canada to avoid the draft. He, however, had come up with a solution on his own. He was going to literally shoot himself in the foot. Thankfully for all concerned, the war started winding down and the draft was discontinued. But he was dead serious about the shooting himself in the foot part. He was not going to Vietnam.

I have a good friend who got numb with vodka and amputated his trigger finger with a knife to avoid the draft.

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gocart mozart  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:58:07am

New Roy Moore campaign theme song

Everyone’s Gone To The Movies

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:59:24am

re: #377 Ace-o-aces

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The argument also strongly implies that there are many more Moore victims who have chosen not to come forward.

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Decatur Deb  Dec 6, 2017 • 8:59:39am

re: #383 makeitstop

My wife follows a Long Island pet adoption service on Facebook. One day she sent me a Skype message saying there was the cutest puppy on their page. Then another, and another.

I took the hint and drove out to Middle Island, and by the time she got home from work that day, there was a cute puppy waiting for her.

Three years on, and that cute little puppy has turned into this lug somehow.

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Phone call from Wife a few years ago:
“We just came down to the pet supply store to see the Rescue puppies who are visiting. There’s a cute fluffy puppy just like Chloe was.”

That was 85 lbs ago.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:01:13am

re: #387 Decatur Deb

Phone call from Wife a few years ago:
“We just came down to the pet supply store to see the Rescue puppies who are visiting. There’s a cute fluffy puppy just like Chloe was.”

That was 75 lbs ago.

Yep. Scout’s pushing 90 at this point, despite our efforts to feed him right.

He has a knack for stealing cat food, which I guess is a step up from the days when he used to snack out of the cat box.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:02:06am

re: #374 Sir John Barron

As a Maryland resident, I would hate to have the state and local tax deduction eliminated.

That elimination hits upper income individuals who itemize their taxes, which most Americans don’t.

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lawhawk  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:02:39am

Four Democratic US Senators are now calling for Franken to resign.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:03:58am

re: #390 lawhawk

Four Democratic US Senators are now calling for Franken to resign.

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Yeah he should. It’s time for him to go. A shame.

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:04:00am

re: #390 lawhawk

My Senator has included herself in that group. A very brave thing to do.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:04:58am

re: #390 lawhawk

Four Democratic US Senators are now calling for Franken to resign.

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I like Franken, but enough is enough. Adios.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:05:50am

currently:

YouTube

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:06:59am

re: #390 lawhawk

Four Democratic US Senators are now calling for Franken to resign.

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I hate to say it but they’re right. I was willing to give Al the benefit of the doubt but we’re up to six accusers now.

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Romantic Heretic  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:07:17am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

Ben has no loved ones anywhere. I’m betting he doesn’t even see himself in the mirror any more as his reflection can’t stand to be in the same room with him,

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:07:27am

re: #393 Ace Rothstein

I like Franken, but enough is enough. Adios.

Same.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:08:15am

re: #395 Eclectic Cyborg

I hate to say it but they’re right. I was willing to give Al the benefit of the doubt but we’re up to six accusers now.

Seven, actually. I asked when the first accusations broke what number it would take before people starting asking for his resignation, and it looks like we finally hit it.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:08:25am

How sad though will it be if Franken drops out and Roy Moore gets elected in?

You talk about a double fucking standard.

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Citizen K  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:09:00am

Franken should resign. That much is undeniable at this point.

So when is the same going to be asked of literally every GOP pol with the same brand of scandal? When is Dem calls for contrition, conciliation, and actual consequence not going to be treated as proof of party-wide guilt, while persistent DARVO means inoculation of blame for the GOP? When is the standard going to prevent Moores rather than protect them?

Yes, I know the answer is probably ‘never’. But it’s a fucking question that needs to be asked of the media at this point, because fuck all.

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:09:27am

re: #387 Decatur Deb

Phone call from Wife a few years ago:
“We just came down to the pet supply store to see the Rescue puppies who are visiting. There’s a cute fluffy puppy just like Chloe was.”

That was 85 lbs ago.

When my husband and I were first married and just moved into our new home we went to meet buddies for Friday happy hour at Rice U. grad students pub (aka Valhalla). Sitting outside on the grass slurping beer we see a couple of people carrying armloads of puppies walking towards us.

Husband: We’re going home with a dog, aren’t we.
Me: Yup

We went home with 2.

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lawhawk  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:10:00am

So, let’s get this straight. Women come forward against Franken and we believe them and Democrats start calling on Franken to step down - resign from the US Senate.

Trump has multiple credible accusers claiming that Trump did far worse than what Franken is accused of, but no one on the GOP side is demanding he step aside and resign. They’re defending Trump.

Moore is accused of much worse, and the RNC is financially backing his run for the US Senate. The GOP is defending Moore.

Both Moore and Trump call the accusers liars, plants, or worse. They, and their supporters are smearing the accusers.

But yeah, let’s roast Franken while Moore gets elected to Senate where an “investigation” will occur that will end up taking months all while Moore cast approving votes on the GOP’s extremist agenda.

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7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:10:35am

re: #340 Eclectic Cyborg

I hate health insurance companies sometimes. My mother in laws insurer is trying to get out of having to foot the bill to get an in home oxygen concentrator set up for her.

This woman has diabetes and congestive heart failure and COPD. She could easily die if we can’t get this approved.

I’ve been investigating portable oxygen concentrators for my mother in law. It turns out that for portables, there are $400 machines that can do what the $2,500 ones do but the cheap ones aren’t certified to be prescribed. Just ordered her one of the cheap ones because her insurance is fighting about a new portable one.

I think the prices are artificially inflated from some kind of monopoly situation. Just a quick Google around and I found some in home ones for about $600. Best!

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lawhawk  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:11:47am

re: #297 The Vicious Babushka

It’s easy to say there’s moral courage, but there’s no actual intelligence behind the decision.

Trump’s not only putting Israelis at risk of violence, but US citizens around the world, because terrorists will consider this yet another reason to attack US institutions, facilities, and citizens overseas.

There’s a reason the State Department issued new travel warnings.

But for Trump’s decision, there’d have been no new warnings.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:12:04am

re: #390 lawhawk

Four Democratic US Senators are now calling for Franken to resign.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:12:40am

re: #402 lawhawk

Meanwhile Barton whipped out his Vienna Sausage and the GOP gives him a pass…

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:13:39am

re: #402 lawhawk

53% of white women approve of this arrangement. I hate to stick in just on them, but since I don’t understand how they accept it, I’m going to put a huge amount of blame on them. Not for sexual harassment, but for accepting men who are proud of it.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:14:37am

re: #289 Belafon

Here’s a challenge for everyone: Try to come up with a working system where no single entity is in charge. There’s a reason the world tends to favor a superpower or dominant empire; it’s the same reason the US went from a confederacy to a strong central government: At certain times, an organization requires a single head to make decisions. How can we build a system such that the groups are loosely connected, but when decisions have to be made, they can be made quickly, and no minor subset of the group can thwart the decision?

respectfully, it’s not the system, its the voters and who they vote for

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Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:14:58am
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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:15:40am

I think Brown now makes it 9 Dem. Senators

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freetoken  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:15:53am

re: #369 FormerDirtDart

So far down here we’ve been fortunate in that while it is very dry the winds have yet to pick up.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:17:40am

I am all for Franken to resign as long as he makes a departure speech which will go down in the history books.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:18:05am

re: #399 Eclectic Cyborg

How sad though will it be if Franken drops out and Roy Moore gets elected in?

You talk about a double fucking standard.

the idiodic, moronic effin difference is moore’s and trump’s voters voted them in knowing the accusations. and sadly that’s not a disqualification from running for either office

the idiodic, moronic effin argument is that franken’s didnt

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gocart mozart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:18:47am
The Painful History of a Confederate Monument Tells Itself

The stated goal of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this year was to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. In the wake of the events that erupted, filmmaker Sierra Pettengill closely followed the debate surrounding the legacy of Confederate monuments. “I was struck by the way the word ‘history’ was blankly lobbed as a defense of the monuments,” Pettengill told The Atlantic. “Take Trump’s reaction, for one: ‘They’re trying to take away our history.’ My instinct was, ‘Okay, then: Let’s look at the history.’”

theatlantic.com

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:20:36am

re: #414 gocart mozart

Sounds interesting. I’ll read it at home. But we know that in this case, history is just a euphemism for white power. There are so many euphemisms for white power.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:22:10am

re: #400 Citizen K

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Franken should resign. That much is undeniable at this point.

So when is the same going to be asked of literally every GOP pol with the same brand of scandal? When is Dem calls for contrition, conciliation, and actual consequence not going to be treated as proof of party-wide guilt, while persistent DARVO means inoculation of blame for the GOP? When is the standard going to prevent Moores rather than protect them?

Yes, I know the answer is probably ‘never’. But it’s a fucking question that needs to be asked of the media at this point, because fuck all.

I think we are going to see a lot of GOP politicians told to retire by voters next November. The GOP’s support for Trump and Moore is going to help Democrats a lot with energized women voters and women candidates for office.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:23:04am

Add Donnelly, so now 10 Dem. Senators, 10% of the Senate.

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Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:23:29am
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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:24:54am

re: #416 Big Beautiful Door

I think we are going to see a lot of GOP politicians told to retire by voters next November. The GOP’s support for Trump and Moore is going to help Democrats a lot with energized women voters and women candidates for office.

That’s only true if Democrats vote them out of office. Republicans aren’t going to do it. They like their power too much.

Which means that the election is not going to be decided because of this issue.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:25:12am
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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:25:22am

re: #418 Ace-o-aces

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Maybe because they actually have morals and integrity but nah you never thought about that did ya Benny?

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:26:04am

re: #421 HappyWarrior

Maybe because they actually have morals and integrity but nah you never thought about that did ya Benny?

He doesn’t know what those words mean. He just hears the adults using them.

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CleverToad  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:26:53am

re: #405 FormerDirtDart

Short-sighted, knee-jerk move.

I still say Due Flipping Process.
Have the Ethics Investigation and follow the procedures.
Suit the punishment to the severity of the offense, the frequency of the offense, and the consequences to the victims of the offense.

As an old woman myself, I’ll say it again: blind, unilateral ‘zero tolerance’ isn’t going to fix this deep-rooted societal problem, but it WILL hand more power to the bastards who will go out of their way to make things worse.

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ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:27:36am

re: #399 Eclectic Cyborg

How sad though will it be if Franken drops out and Roy Moore gets elected in?

You talk about a double fucking standard.

Get ready, because that is probably what will happen. It always goes that way with Democrats trying to do the right thing.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:28:00am

re: #422 Belafon

He doesn’t know what those words mean. He just hears the adults using them.

He’s just a pathetic little shithead hack. It’s going to be funny as shit when he he’s no longer young and useful to trying to recruit college kids to the right wing fold.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:28:32am

re: #424 ObserverArt

Get ready, because that is probably what will happen. It always goes that way with Democrats trying to do the right thing.

I don’t doubt it but I’m afraid Franken made this mess himself.

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:28:43am

re: #423 CleverToad

Short-sighted, knee-jerk move.

I still say Due Flipping Process.
Have the Ethics Investigation and follow the procedures.
Suit the punishment to the severity of the offense, the frequency of the offense, and the consequences to the victims of the offense.

As an old woman myself, I’ll say it again: blind, unilateral ‘zero tolerance’ isn’t going to fix this deep-rooted societal problem, but it WILL hand more power to the bastards who will go out of their way to make things worse.

Not enough updings.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:28:48am

re: #400 Citizen K

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Franken should resign. That much is undeniable at this point.

re: #416 Big Beautiful Door

I think we are going to see a lot of GOP politicians told to retire by voters next November. The GOP’s support for Trump and Moore is going to help Democrats a lot with energized women voters and women candidates for office.

the only way (so far) i can organize this in my mind is the dem response is if we knew, neither the party nor dem voters would have supported him to run. since we didnt, we’re cleaning it up now and fast.

that’s the comparison:
- we didnt know, we’re cleaning it up as soon as we found out
- you know, and are still voting for the guy

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:29:08am

re: #402 lawhawk

So, let’s get this straight. Women come forward against Franken and we believe them and Democrats start calling on Franken to step down - resign from the US Senate.

Trump has multiple credible accusers claiming that Trump did far worse than what Franken is accused of, but no one on the GOP side is demanding he step aside and resign. They’re defending Trump.

Moore is accused of much worse, and the RNC is financially backing his run for the US Senate. The GOP is defending Moore.

Both Moore and Trump call the accusers liars, plants, or worse. They, and their supporters are smearing the accusers.

But yeah, let’s roast Franken while Moore gets elected to Senate where an “investigation” will occur that will end up taking months all while Moore cast approving votes on the GOP’s extremist agenda.

There is still hope that Jones will pull it out Tuesday. Don’t give up on him yet.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:29:53am

re: #402 lawhawk

But yeah, let’s roast Franken while Moore gets elected to Senate where an “investigation” will occur that will end up taking months all while Moore cast approving votes on the GOP’s extremist agenda.

HA! What investigation? He’ll get in; nothing else will happen.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:30:52am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:30:59am

re: #424 ObserverArt

Get ready, because that is probably what will happen. It always goes that way with Democrats trying to do the right thing.

How can you ever be expected to win when your side has to play with stricter rules than the other?

Democrats holding the moral high ground just leaves them at a huge disadvantage vs the GOP.

I’m not keen on the idea of Dems following the GOP into the cesspools but I fear at some point it may be the only option lest we accept permanent GOP control of this nation.

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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:31:04am

re: #421 HappyWarrior

Maybe because they actually have morals and integrity but nah you never thought about that did ya Benny?

He has no problem flirting with neo-Nazis as long as they are anti-Muslim so what integrity does he have?

He reminds me of that Zuhdi Jasser clown.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:31:34am

re: #433 electrotek

He has no problem flirting with neo-Nazis as long as they are anti-Muslim so what integrity does he have?

He reminds me of that Zuhdi Jasser clown.

Seriously, this is a man who was whining about Obama on the day of his daughter’s birth.

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rhuarc  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:32:00am

Lets continue to shoot ourselves in the foot and handicap ourselves even more. Fuck resigning. Fuck the moral high ground. The moral high ground means nothing to Republicans. It means nothing to their supporters. It means nothing to the media. The only place it means something is with Democrats. This is a war. Sometimes we have to make due with what we have albeit in an imperfect form. We can’t continue to fight this war with one hand tied behind our back at all times. Go on the offensive.

If I was Franken I would put out a statement that he’ll resign as soon as every single Republican politician on a national level resigns over accusations that are even worse. Put the story back to the Republicans elected a serial sexual predator as President. They are about to elect a serial child molester to Senate. There are others in national office that have done worse.

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ipsos  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:32:09am

Call me ornery. (I am.)

But I don’t think Franken should resign. Let the investigation run its course. But while it does, when there’s even a fraction of a chance that there could be another Senate vote on the conference-committee version of the tax bill, practical politics dictates that we don’t leave a Democratic seat vacant for even a moment.

If the Republicans don’t give a rat’s ass about the morals of the person sitting in their seat, so long as that person is a guaranteed yes vote, we have to play the same game they’re playing. Or else we are guaranteed to lose. Every time.

Cynical? Hell yes. But this is a cynic’s game right now.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:33:14am

re: #432 Eclectic Cyborg

How can you ever be expected to win when one side has to play with stricter rules?

Democrats holding the moral high ground just leaves them at a huge disadvantage vs the GOP.

Yes, this is a case of the Morally Right Thing vs the Politically Right Thing,

although when we look at it, that is pretty much the argument the GOP is using to support Roy Moore

yep, we are fucked as a nation and have really gone into a tailspin.

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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:34:04am

This is why I really wished I had never got into politics. Stuck between doing the morally right thing and the politically right thing makes my head hurt on straddling strong-held principles.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:35:15am

I never would have believed that a major political party in this country could come out in favor of a child molester and still be a viable option to the voters.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:35:24am

The whole thing just makes me so sick. I understand where y’all are coming from. It’s beyond disgusting to me that Franken could well resign and Alabama could well elect Moore next week.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:35:53am

re: #439 Eclectic Cyborg

I never would have believed that a major political party in this country could come out in favor of a child molester and still be a viable option to the voters.

Well they came out last year as David Duke’s party of choice and that didn’t hurt them.

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lawhawk  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:37:25am
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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:37:49am

re: #440 HappyWarrior

The whole thing just makes me so sick. I understand where y’all are coming from. It’s beyond disgusting to me that Franken could well resign and Alabama could well elect Moore next week.

What makes me even more furious is that these scumbags will STILL go around calling Muslims pedophiles even after electing one.

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gocart mozart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:38:06am

re: #415 Belafon

Sounds interesting. I’ll read it at home. But we know that in this case, history is just a euphemism for white power. There are so many euphemisms for white power.

Actually, it’s a video with archival footage of the klan lobbying for Stone Mountain. Proves it was carved as a monument to white supremacy.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:38:17am

re: #436 ipsos

Call me ornery. (I am.)

But I don’t think Franken should resign. Let the investigation run its course. But while it does, when there’s even a fraction of a chance that there could be another Senate vote on the conference-committee version of the tax bill, practical politics dictates that we don’t leave a Democratic seat vacant for even a moment.

If the Republicans don’t give a rat’s ass about the morals of the person sitting in their seat, so long as that person is a guaranteed yes vote, we have to play the same game they’re playing. Or else we are guaranteed to lose. Every time.

Cynical? Hell yes. But this is a cynic’s game right now.

The Governor of Minnesota can appoint a replacement the same day Franken resigns.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:38:37am

re: #423 CleverToad

Short-sighted, knee-jerk move.

I still say Due Flipping Process.
Have the Ethics Investigation and follow the procedures.
Suit the punishment to the severity of the offense, the frequency of the offense, and the consequences to the victims of the offense.

As an old woman myself, I’ll say it again: blind, unilateral ‘zero tolerance’ isn’t going to fix this deep-rooted societal problem, but it WILL hand more power to the bastards who will go out of their way to make things worse.

I have to agree with you.

Franken’s a damn fine senator. He’ll be replaced by another Dem, but Jesus.

Nose, face, etc.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:39:26am

re: #443 electrotek

What makes me even more furious is that these scumbags will STILL go around calling Muslims pedophiles even after electing one.

I know what you mean. Fuckers.

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makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:40:27am

re: #429 Big Beautiful Door

There is still hope that Jones will pull it out Tuesday.

Isn’t that what we’re so upset with Moore about?
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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:41:41am

You know what’s sick? If Jones or any Democrat had Moore’s past, the Republican Party would be using it left and right to attack the MORALITY of all liberals, democrats, adn left of center people. But the RNC is okay with this. Fuck them. I want the Republican Party to be in taters forever.

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lawhawk  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:43:09am

re: #449 HappyWarrior

You know what’s sick? If Jones or any Democrat had Moore’s past, the Republican Party would be using it left and right to attack the MORALITY of all liberals, democrats, adn left of center people. But the RNC is okay with this. Fuck them. I want the Republican Party to be in taters forever.

tl;dr:

GOP delenda est.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:43:42am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:43:48am

re: #449 HappyWarrior

You know what’s sick? If Jones or any Democrat had Moore’s past, the Republican Party would be using it left and right to attack the MORALITY of all liberals, democrats, adn left of center people. But the RNC is okay with this. Fuck them. I want the Republican Party to be in taters forever.

tater tots?

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Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:44:01am

re: #435 rhuarc

Lets continue to shoot ourselves in the foot and handicap ourselves even more. Fuck resigning. Fuck the moral high ground. The moral high ground means nothing to Republicans. It means nothing to their supporters. It means nothing to the media. The only place it means something is with Democrats. This is a war. Sometimes we have to make due with what we have albeit in an imperfect form. We can’t continue to fight this war with one hand tied behind our back at all times. Go on the offensive.

If I was Franken I would put out a statement that he’ll resign as soon as every single Republican politician on a national level resigns over accusations that are even worse. Put the story back to the Republicans elected a serial sexual predator as President. They are about to elect a serial child molester to Senate. There are others in national office that have done worse.

This is an idea I can get behind.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:44:12am

The only way the GOP goes down is if they do something that seriously pisses off their base.

Short of deciding to support Muslims/abortion or Gay marriage I don’t know what that would be. They have built a voter base willing to overlook just about any criminal or moral offense and used them to seriously cripple the Democratic cause in this country.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:44:33am

i’m gonna save these two quotes and pull them out in the future whenever necessary, because this is it, distilled:

re: #442 lawhawk

The difference is clear. The Democrats are willing to sack their own when they engage in abuse.

The GOP elevates them to the WH and US Senate to further their craven extremist agenda

re: #428 dangerman


that’s the comparison:
- we didnt know, we’re cleaning it up as soon as we found out
- you know, and are still voting for the guy

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:44:59am

re: #444 gocart mozart

Actually, it’s a video with archival footage of the klan lobbying for Stone Mountain. Proves it was carved as a monument to white supremacy.

Thanks. It’ll be even easier to read then.

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dangerman  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:46:16am

re: #449 HappyWarrior

You know what’s sick? If Jones or any Democrat had Moore’s past, the Republican Party would be using it left and right to attack the MORALITY of all liberals, democrats, adn left of center people. But the RNC is okay with this. Fuck them. I want the Republican Party to be in taters forever.

gotta have a little fun

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:46:21am

re: #426 HappyWarrior

I don’t doubt it but I’m afraid Franken made this mess himself.

As another old woman, here’s the thing… I have known so many men like Franken. They’re generally playful huggers, kissers, and fanny patters in relaxed social settings. Go too far? Yeah, a little too friendly and close sometimes but harm is never intended, no threat is implied, and most of us women just step away and laugh. I honestly believe that Franken is horrified by this now because no one ever expressed to him that he was doing anything wrong. Women don’t tell them. We just don’t for a myriad of reasons.

I believe Franken is not only getting a serious education but that as a result he can be an even greater ally to women that he already is now.

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plansbandc  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:46:30am

re: #401 allegro

After many years of pleading for a dog, I saw my little fellow at the shelter. Called dude to come look at him. He reluctantly said OK, and told his manager why he had to leave early. Manager said, “Congratulations on your new dog.” :D :D

He was right. But I had to cry a bit to seal the deal.

Dude loves the little fellow, of course.

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Skip Intro  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:46:37am

re: #390 lawhawk

Four Democratic US Senators are now calling for Franken to resign.

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Some us here were saying this from day one. We were savaged for the effort.

This could already be behind us if our advice had been taken.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:47:48am

So, both Franken replacement and Klobuchar would be up for election in ‘18

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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:48:03am

re: #454 Eclectic Cyborg

The only way the GOP goes down is if they do something that seriously pisses off their base.

Short of deciding to support Muslims/abortion or Gay marriage I don’t know what that would be. They have built a voter base willing to overlook just about any criminal or moral offense and used them to seriously cripple the Democratic cause in this country.

How about apologizing for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:48:07am

re: #458 allegro

As another old woman, here’s the thing… I have known so many men like Franken. They’re generally playful huggers, kissers, and fanny patters in relaxed social settings. Go too far? Yeah, a little too friendly and close sometimes but harm is never intended, no threat is implied, and most of us women just step away and laugh. I honestly believe that Franken is horrified by this now because no one ever expressed to him that he was doing anything wrong. Women don’t tell them. We just don’t for a myriad of reasons.

I believe Franken is not only getting a serious education but that as a result he can be an even greater ally to women that he already is now.

I can see where you’re coming from. I definitely don’t see him as the same as Moore or Trump FWIW. And I hope should he resign or not, he is getting that education and can become a greater ally.

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lawhawk  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:48:26am

I caught this earlier today, when I was resisting going back to sleep while commuting in the NYC metro area.

Yeah, it’s an incestuous little world in DC where everyone knows everyone, and the same faces appear over and over.

In this case, we’ve got Trump defense lawyers claiming that cases should be punted because he doesn’t have the time to respond (just ignore all the rounds of golf, flights to Mar a Lago or Bedminster).

It just happens that the same lawyer had demanded the Clinton testify in the Paula Jones case while he was still in office.

Attorneys are supposed to push their clients cases to be zealous representatives. That’s their job, but the hypocrisy here is just too rich to ignore. Conway set the precedent by getting Clinton to testify. Now, he’s hoping the court ignores that precedent to get Trump out of an abuse case of his own.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:48:56am

re: #462 electrotek

How about apologizing for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

I dunno. Trump dissed the idea of American Exceptionalism and tehy still love him. I think Trump could actually say “Marx was right” and a lot of Republicans would suddenly find themselves thinking Marx had some good ideas.

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:49:12am

Savage Arms is suffering blowback from possibly defective muzzleloaders that were designed to withstand the use of smokeless powder after several have exploded.

It was the opening day of deer hunting season, and Ronald Hansen says he loaded his rifle the same way he had countless times before, aimed at a target and fired a shot.

This time, the gun barrel exploded, knocking the farmer from Hampton, Iowa, backward, severely damaging his right hand and ear and burning his face.Unknown to Hansen, the manufacturer of the rifle that injured him in 2014 had received other complaints of explosions and injuries over the prior decade. Customers repeatedly reported that the barrel of the stainless steel 10 ML-II muzzleloader exploded, burst, split or cracked, according to thousands of court documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

I am not a big fan of the use of stainless steel in gun barrels. If it was designed to operate using smokeless powder, then you don’t have to soak the barrel in soapy water after use.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:49:39am

re: #464 lawhawk

I caught this earlier today, when I was resisting going back to sleep while commuting in the NYC metro area.

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Yeah, it’s an incestuous little world in DC where everyone knows everyone, and the same faces appear over and over.

In this case, we’ve got Trump defense lawyers claiming that cases should be punted because he doesn’t have the time to respond (just ignore all the rounds of golf, flights to Mar a Lago or Bedminster).

It just happens that the same lawyer had demanded the Clinton testify in the Paula Jones case while he was still in office.

Attorneys are supposed to push their clients cases to be zealous representatives. That’s their job, but the hypocrisy here is just too rich to ignore. Conway set the precedent by getting Clinton to testify. Now, he’s hoping the court ignores that precedent to get Trump out of an abuse case of his own.

This also from the campaign that attacked Bill Clinton too. JFC these people.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:49:49am

re: #460 Skip Intro

Some us here were saying this from day one. We were savaged for the effort.

This could already be behind us if our advice had been taken.

Like how Benghazi and private email server are behind us.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:50:06am

re: #458 allegro

As another old woman, here’s the thing… I have known so many men like Franken. They’re generally playful huggers, kissers, and fanny patters in relaxed social settings. Go too far? Yeah, a little too friendly and close sometimes but harm is never intended, no threat is implied, and most of us women just step away and laugh. I honestly believe that Franken is horrified by this now because no one ever expressed to him that he was doing anything wrong. Women don’t tell them. We just don’t for a myriad of reasons.

I believe Franken is not only getting a serious education but that as a result he can be an even greater ally to women that he already is now.

Open-mouth slobbery wet kissers were always ewww gross.

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:51:23am

re: #452 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Napoleon Dynamite - Gimme Some of Your Tots

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:51:23am

re: #464 lawhawk

“We can’t bother with investigating Roy Moore. Look at how Democrats taking accusations against Franken seriously distracted them.”

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Bubblehead II  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:51:28am

re: #466 Shropshire Slasher

Savage Arms is suffering blowback from possibly defective muzzleloaders that were designed to withstand the use of smokeless powder after several have exploded.

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I am not a big fan of the use of stainless steel in gun barrels. If it was designed to operate using smokeless powder, then you don’t have to soak the barrel in soapy water after use.

Since when do muzzle loaders have a bolt action?

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:51:34am

Drain the swamp? What a load of shit. It’s more like “Let’s prove everyone right about how terrible Washington is.” And of course the Trumpers don’t give a fuck mostly because he’s giving them what they really wanted- an unapologetic bigot in chief.

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Mike Lamb  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:53:38am

re: #418 Ace-o-aces

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We already had it, Ben.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:53:55am

re: #472 Bubblehead II

Since when do muzzle loaders have a bolt action?

Wait until you see the automatic.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:54:14am
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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:54:43am

re: #472 Bubblehead II

Muzzleloader technology has come a long way from flint and steel. Still one shot one kill though. It uses the new 209 primer, it looks like a bolt action but isn’t.

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Jay C  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:54:52am

re: #466 Shropshire Slasher

Savage Arms is suffering blowback from possibly defective muzzleloaders that were designed to withstand the use of smokeless powder after several have exploded.

Ummm, even disregarding the apparently unironic use of the term “blowback” here, one has to wonder exactly what - other than a little bad press - Savage Arms is worried about? IIRC, thanks to some well-NRA-lobbied legislation a while back, aren’t firearms manufacturers exempt from the usual consumer-safety/product-liability laws ?

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:55:32am

re: #472 Bubblehead II

Since when do muzzle loaders have a bolt action?

I think it’s to load a primer.

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Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:56:48am

re: #419 Belafon

That’s only true if Democrats vote them out of office. Republicans aren’t going to do it. They like their power too much.

Which means that the election is not going to be decided because of this issue.

There are lots of independent voters as well, and I believe this issue can energize the democratic leaning ones to vote and discourage the GOP leaning ones to stay home.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:58:03am

re: #481 The Vicious Babushka

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Burn!

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:58:35am

re: #481 The Vicious Babushka

What’s in the picture?

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Shropshire Slasher  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:59:08am

Black powder is notorious for not firing in damp weather. In line ignition for black powder rifles is the newest tech. Notice the holes in the pellets. It is so the primer properly ignites the powder.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:59:28am

re: #483 Belafon

What’s in the picture?

Trump and Moore.

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Skip Intro  Dec 6, 2017 • 9:59:53am

re: #468 Belafon

Like how Benghazi and private email server are behind us.

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:00:15am

re: #483 Belafon

What’s in the picture?

Trump, Moore and a little girl.

Trump: “In a few years I’ll be dating her.”
Moore: “I already am.”

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:01:00am

re: #486 Skip Intro

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

Was it Tom Cotton or Trey Gowdy that had a private email server?

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Interesting Times  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:01:01am

re: #486 Skip Intro

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

They’ll just default to Huckabooboo’s excuse, i.e. Franken admitted wrongdoing but GrOPers never do.

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Citizen K  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:01:10am

re: #486 Skip Intro

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

It hasn’t stopped them before. What’s stopping them now?

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:01:15am

re: #483 Belafon

What’s in the picture?

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:01:23am

re: #486 Skip Intro

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

LOL

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:02:27am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:02:53am

re: #473 HappyWarrior

Drain the swamp? What a load of shit. It’s more like “Let’s prove everyone right about how terrible Washington is.” And of course the Trumpers don’t give a fuck mostly because he’s giving them what they really wanted- an unapologetic bigot in chief.

they wanted an anti-politician, it allowed him to get away with saying and doing things that would have wrecked the campaign or even the career of any professional politician. and he is still wearing that title nearly a year into office

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Bubblehead II  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:03:41am

re: #477 Shropshire Slasher

Muzzleloader technology has come a long way from flint and steel. Still one shot one kill though. It uses the new 209 primer, it looks like a bolt action but isn’t.

re: #479 FormerDirtDart

I think it’s to load a primer.

So I see. Guess I should have googled it first.

Savage 10ML-II

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:05:16am

He’s definitely resigning tomorrow.
Hopefully they’ve coordinated with Gov. Dayton

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:05:51am

Democrats should do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, but, politically, there will be very little come of this. Republicans - hell, Moore - will attempt to paint the Democrats as the party of sexual aggressors, and Republican women will buy it. It will be used by Republicans as a justification to vote for far worse Republicans. Democrats will agree that he should be gone, but it’s already baked into their calculus. It’s not going to suddenly make them say “Hey, that was enough for me.”

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Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:06:18am
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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:06:44am

re: #498 Ace-o-aces

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Life finds a way.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:06:58am

re: #497 Belafon

It’s not going to suddenly make them say “Hey, that was enough for me.”

If the Pussy Grabbing tapes weren’t enough, then nothing will be.

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allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:07:37am

As a Democratic woman voter I am more offended by the calls for Franken’s resignation without investigation or due process. If they won’t fight for one of their own they won’t fight for us.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:08:43am

Though, I have a challenge. Prove me wrong. Find someone, anyone, who says that Franken’s resignation and Trump’s presidency caused them to either vote when they wouldn’t have or has caused them to actually switch parties.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:09:12am

re: #476 The Vicious Babushka

According to one reply to your tweet, you “Got Lucky.”
……

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Citizen K  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:09:26am

re: #497 Belafon

Democrats should do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, but, politically, there will be very little come of this. Republicans - hell, Moore - will attempt to paint the Democrats as the party of sexual aggressors, and Republican women will buy it. It will be used by Republicans as a justification to vote for far worse Republicans. Democrats will agree that he should be gone, but it’s already baked into their calculus. It’s not going to suddenly make them say “Hey, that was enough for me.”

Yep. Once again, Dem good faith gets punished, GOP bad faith gets rewarded, because our system is fucking backwards and acting with contrition just gets taken as proof of further guilt all around.

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:10:49am

re: #503 Colère Tueur de Lapin

According to one reply to your tweet, you “Got Lucky.”
……

Must be somebody that I muted because I didn’t see that.

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CleverToad  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:11:07am

re: #501 allegro

As a Democratic woman voter I am more offended by the calls for Franken’s resignation without investigation or due process. If they won’t fight for one of their own they won’t fight for us.

THIS!!!!

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Bubblehead II  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:11:42am

Oh fuck. tRump just publicly announced U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital. Stand by for the shit to hit the fan.

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FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:12:08am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:12:17am

Uh oh, he just called Islam great.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:13:01am

re: #501 allegro

As a Democratic woman voter I am more offended by the calls for Franken’s resignation without investigation or due process. If they won’t fight for one of their own they won’t fight for us.

What? You mean there’s more to this situation than just women accusing men? ///

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electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:14:05am

re: #509 Eclectic Cyborg

Uh oh, he just called Islam great.

He said that back in May while in Saudi Arabia, hasn’t helped dissipate his rabid base much.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:14:26am

He always looks awkward as hell reading from a Teleprompter.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:15:04am

re: #486 Skip Intro

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

Sen Byrd would like to ask a question…

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The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:15:04am

Who wrote this speech? Because Trump can barely read it.

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:15:08am

If I were the Palestinian leadership, I would just announce that we’re ignoring Trump since the US is obviously abdicating it’s responsibility.

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Bubblehead II  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:15:11am

Will move embassy to Jerusalem. Shit is really going to hit the fan now.

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Skip Intro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:15:31am

re: #490 Citizen K

It hasn’t stopped them before. What’s stopping them now?

Maybe if Franken had been able to keep his hands to himself we wouldn’t be in this situation now. It was bad to begin with. Now it’s worse because 11 Dems have called for him to resign.

Watch what the GOP does with that.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:17:10am

re: #498 Ace-o-aces

I’m not. Right now I’m praising the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

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Hecuba's daughter  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:18:00am

re: #416 Big Beautiful Door

I think we are going to see a lot of GOP politicians told to retire by voters next November. The GOP’s support for Trump and Moore is going to help Democrats a lot with energized women voters and women candidates for office.

And how many toxic laws will they pass in the interim? And how much disenfranchisement will happen between now and then?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:18:42am

“Possible and possibilities”

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Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:18:51am

re: #498 Ace-o-aces

What’s “this”?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:19:04am
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Citizen K  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:19:11am

re: #517 Skip Intro

Maybe if Franken had been able to keep his hands to himself we wouldn’t be in this situation now. It was bad to begin with. Now it’s worse because 11 Dems have called for him to resign.

Watch what the GOP does with that.

More than likely, those charges would have come out after the fact as well, and Franken would still be used to attack Dems as a whole, much like they’ll probably use him still even months and years after he’s stepped down. The point is acting to blunt off attacks by the GOP with preemptive contrition never works. Never. The GOP, and their lickspittles in the media, simply take contrition as proof of further guilt and use it as a bludgeon anyway.

Franken should resign at this point simply because it’s the right thing to do now and a larger pattern has been established. Not because this might be the first time a Dem accepting guilt and consequence finally breaches through the GOP-installed double standards we operate under.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:19:36am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:21:14am

re: #504 Citizen K

Yep. Once again, Dem good faith gets punished, GOP bad faith gets rewarded, because our system is fucking backwards and acting with contrition just gets taken as proof of further guilt all around.

that is how it will be spun in the conservative press

526
JordanRules  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:22:09am

re: #458 allegro

As another woman, I think you are giving his possible intent way too much benefit of the doubt. It’s possible you’re right, but also very possible that he’s a foul ass grabber and informed habitual line stepper.

I just can’t even grok playful “fanny patting” when it’s strangers. Keep your hands off people’s asses. I’m sorry, it’s just not as benign to me.

527
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:22:22am

re: #508 FormerDirtDart

It seems fitting to me, GOP Israel policy is more about Evangelical Zionists than about Jewish people.

has “support for Israel” ever meant anything to them than helping to bring about their morbid End Times prophecies?

528
ipsos  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:23:11am

I have seen our president* give much worse speeches than this, which is admittedly a low bar.

I think he’s at his worst, from a standpoint of power and influence, when he’s doing these bad teleprompter reads of speeches that were obviously written by someone else. It’s hard to imagine that a mushy, everything-for-everyone speech like this one will make him any new friends, so beyond reinforcing the evangelical base that was already behind him, what good does this do him in the long run?

(And there was enough “Islam is a religion of peace” mush that was written into the speech that maybe the fundies won’t be happy about not getting enough red meat?)

Still a terrible decision, but it could have been handled even worse. Sigh.

529
Skip Intro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:23:38am

re: #523 Citizen K

He should have resigned earlier because giving the GOP the gift of a 12 month show trial during 2018 would be poison for Dems chances of turning the Senate. That’s the bottom line.

Do people here really think Franken would get “due process” from a GOP kangaroo court?

If so, maybe it’s time I find somewhere else to post. I prefer reality based sites rather than ones based of fantasy.

530
The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:24:13am

re: #527 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

has “support for Israel” ever meant anything to them than helping to bring about their morbid End Times prophecies?

Trump’s “support for Israel” has to do with Jared making a shitload of money from some scam.

531
wrenchwench  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:24:39am
532
allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:24:53am

re: #526 JordanRules

As another woman, I think you are giving his possible intent way too much benefit of the doubt. It’s possible you’re right, but also very possible that he’s a foul ass grabber and informed habitual line stepper.

I just can’t even grok playful “fanny patting” when it’s strangers. Keep your hands off people’s asses. I’m sorry, it’s just not as benign to me.

Hey, here’s a thought… how ‘bout we have an investigation to find the answers to those questions before tying an ally to the tracks?

533
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:25:52am

re: #530 The Vicious Babushka

Trump’s “support for Israel” has to do with Jared making a shitload of money from some scam.

and that is the GOP in a nutshell: cynical deal makers playing fundamentalists or bigoted rubes with a veneer of ideological or moral/religious fervor

534
Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:26:33am
535
Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:26:40am

Douchebags gotta doucebag:

536
HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:27:56am

re: #535 Barefoot Grin

Douchebags gotta doucebag:

These two tools.

537
Jebediah, RBG  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:27:59am

re: #233 makeitstop

I want that SG.

538
The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:28:47am

re: #532 allegro

Hey, here’s a thought… how ‘bout we have an investigation to find the answers to those questions before tying an ally to the tracks?

I fail to see how open mouth slobbery wet kisses would be welcomed by anyone with whom one is not already in a consensual intimate relationship.

539
Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:28:51am

re: #535 Barefoot Grin

Douchebags gotta doucebag:

[Embedded content]

fascinating that two actual sexual predators are so comfortable flinging around that label.

540
Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:29:42am
541
Citizen K  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:29:55am

re: #529 Skip Intro

He should have resigned earlier because giving the GOP the gift of a 12 month show trial during 2018 would be poison for Dems chances of turning the Senate. That’s the bottom line.

Do people here really think Franken would get “due process” from a GOP kangaroo court?

If so, maybe it’s time I find somewhere else to post. I prefer reality based sites rather than ones based of fantasy.

The point is, show trial or not, GOP has already made this a kangaroo court. Look at the continued bludgeoning of ‘But Her Emails’, Bengazhi, the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton meeting, ACORN for god’s sake, etc., etc. No amount of contrition has stopped them from using any bit of Dem malfeasance, real or hypothetical, as a rhetorical and political bludgeon to great effect.

If we had a system that didn’t have a blatant double standard, then yeah, maybe preemptive stuff like that might be worth it. But as it is, nothing we do is actually going to stop the GOP from using this against us for the next election cycle or more, show trial or not.

542
Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:30:16am

re: #539 Backwoods_Sleuth

fascinating that two actual sexual predators are so comfortable flinging around that label.

That was my thought. Shame is an alien emotion to these folks.

543
HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:31:18am

re: #539 Backwoods_Sleuth

fascinating that two actual sexual predators are so comfortable flinging around that label.

Absolutely.

544
Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:31:41am
545
Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:32:08am

re: #505 The Vicious Babushka

Smart

546
JordanRules  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:32:12am

re: #532 allegro

I didn’t even comment on that subsequent comment yet, I’m talking about really leaning in to write this off as possible he didn’t know he was grabbing strange women’s asses and moving in for opened mouth kisses and that it was playful or some such.

Yes, all the women could be lying I suppose.
Sigh.

547
Jebediah, RBG  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:32:13am

re: #250 The Vicious Babushka

What should we call it?

Has anyone said Pie Party yet?

548
electrotek  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:33:25am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Embedded content]

I literally just laughed out loud in the office.

549
plansbandc  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:33:30am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

Can you imagine ever being able to lie with pure ease like this??

550
Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:33:36am

re: #539 Backwoods_Sleuth

fascinating that two actual sexual predators are so comfortable flinging around that label.

Because their party is OK with it. And, like I said above, Democrats will be the party of sexual aggressors because we punish our own.

551
Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:33:40am

re: #531 wrenchwench

Wait, what?!? Does that mean that Trump named Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but other than that, nothing changes? Who died and made Trump the King of the World where he gets to make decisions for other countries?

552
allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:33:42am

re: #546 JordanRules

I didn’t even comment on that subsequent comment yet, I’m talking about really leaning in to write this off as possible he didn’t know he was grabbing strange women’s asses and moving in for opened mouth kisses that it was playful or some such.

Yes, all the women could be lying I suppose.
Sigh.

I have never suggested that any of the women are lying. I believe them completely.

553
ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:34:30am

re: #426 HappyWarrior

I don’t doubt it but I’m afraid Franken made this mess himself.

I’m not doubting that. I am just saying the Republicans will somehow make this all about Democrats. I’ve been around long enough watching politics to know that.

By the way. I just set a new personal record for changing from summer hi-perf tires to dedicated winter tires in just over 45 minutes.

That’s counting taking them from the basement out to my garage, the floor jacks and other accessories out too, removing and replacing one side, backing car out to flip to the other side, making sure they are properly tightened with a torque wrench, getting all the hubcaps on the winter wheels and hauling all 4 summers back down to the basement.

All I do now is make sure they are inflated to satisfy my digital tire pressure indicators and I am good to go for the snow. Yay!

554
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:34:36am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

Conway defends Trump’s endorsement of Moore: “The president has tremendous moral standards”

Allan Brauer:
We have a serious contender for Lie of the Year here.

But you see, this is the point: these are all subjective and unquantifiable statements, and as such cannot be lies in any objective sense.

And that is how they work.

555
HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:34:52am

re: #544 Backwoods_Sleuth

Lol. Yeah okay.

556
Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:35:10am

re: #531 wrenchwench

557
HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:35:38am

re: #549 plansbandc

Can you imagine ever being able to lie with pure ease like this??

It helps if you don’t have a conscience.

558
The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:36:21am
559
Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:37:04am

re: #551 Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch

Wait, what?!? Does that mean that Trump named Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but other than that, nothing changes? Who died and made Trump the King of the World where he gets to make decisions for other countries?

Combine that with Russia’s announcement, and I would be willing to entertain the idea that Putin and Trump coordinated this to once again weaken our standing in the world.

560
Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:37:34am

re: #547 Jebediah, RBG

Has anyone said Pie Party yet?

That’s the ONLY thing people have said. LOL.

561
Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:37:58am

re: #549 plansbandc

Can you imagine ever being able to lie with pure ease like this??

Just like Trump but she does it dancing backward in heels (or something like that).

562
HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:38:04am

re: #558 The Vicious Babushka

Easy, it’s okay if it’s a Republican and not if it’s a Democrat.

563
Hecuba's daughter  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:38:38am

re: #556 Ace-o-aces

aceoaces
@aceoaces
This is Trump. I can almost guarantee the embassy will not move. No following though is his most consistent attribute.


12:33 PM - Dec 6, 2017

A discussion last night on MSNBC said that it would take years to implement this policy. But, as you said, saying one thing and doing the opposite is Trump’s trademark.

564
Barefoot Grin  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:39:03am

If there’s good news it’s Russia’s olympic federation getting banned from the next Winter Olympics. Sucks for South Korea, though.

565
makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:39:28am

re: #537 Jebediah, RBG

I want that SG.

That’s most likely a ‘61 Les Paul. After 1960, Gibson changed the body design out of concern for declining sales and to compete with Leo’s Stratocaster. That big plate on the bottom is the ill-considered ‘sideways tremelo.’ The arms had a propensity to snap off, and they eventually replaced it with the Gibson Vibrola. Bad, bad design.

Lester hated it, and demanded they take his name off of it. The ‘SG’ nomenclature was an abbreviation for ‘solid guitar.’

A friend actually has one that I got to play. It was, indeed, a solid guitar.

566
Jay C  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:40:09am

re: #529 Skip Intro

He should have resigned earlier because giving the GOP the gift of a 12 month show trial during 2018 would be poison for Dems chances of turning the Senate. That’s the bottom line.

Do people here really think Franken would get “due process” from a GOP kangaroo court?

If so, maybe it’s time I find somewhere else to post. I prefer reality based sites rather than ones based of fantasy.

Actually, a “court” consisting exclusively of Franken’s fellow Democratic Senators would be sufficient: the endgame here ought to be taking just enough of the high ground to sway (perhaps) the Alabama special election, and spotlight Republicans’ hypocrisy/double standards regardless. Franken resigning in the near future will not affect the partisan balance: the Dem Governor would appoint a Franken-replacement, and even though they will have to run next year for the remainder of the term, said replacement will have a year to amass a record: and 2018 may still yet see a “blue wave.

567
ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:40:11am

re: #449 HappyWarrior

You know what’s sick? If Jones or any Democrat had Moore’s past, the Republican Party would be using it left and right to attack the MORALITY of all liberals, democrats, adn left of center people. But the RNC is okay with this. Fuck them. I want the Republican Party to be in taters forever.

They are going to do that anyway. Just watch.

And their reason…Franken is an ADMITTED sexual abuser.

Roy Moore and Donald Trump are alleged.

And the allegations are all dirty Dem tricks.

See how easy that is. Sarah Hucklebumble Sanders already got that ball rolling…and it was accepted.

568
JordanRules  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:40:15am
569
Ace-o-aces  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:40:46am

re: #563 Hecuba’s daughter

A discussion last night on MSNBC said that it would take years to implement this policy. But, as you said, saying one thing and doing the opposite is Trump’s trademark.

There’s already a US consulate in Jerusalem. How long does it take to change a sign?

570
Skip Intro  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:40:47am

re: #558 The Vicious Babushka

Because TRUMP DENIES EVERYTHING.

571
The Vicious Babushka  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:41:52am
572
HappyWarrior  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:42:06am

re: #568 JordanRules

Sigh Bernie. Just stop infantizing these people and yes, what pray tell did he say that made sense?

573
JordanRules  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:43:33am
574
CleverToad  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:43:49am

re: #497 Belafon

Democrats should do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, but, politically, there will be very little come of this. Republicans - hell, Moore - will attempt to paint the Democrats as the party of sexual aggressors, and Republican women will buy it. It will be used by Republicans as a justification to vote for far worse Republicans. Democrats will agree that he should be gone, but it’s already baked into their calculus. It’s not going to suddenly make them say “Hey, that was enough for me.”

Punting Franken without the Ethics Investigation isn’t the right thing to do.
And no, it won’t work, and I don’t kid myself it will suddenly inspire a lot of female Independents to vote for the ‘righteous’ Dems. That’s a (usually male) fantasy.

575
FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:43:50am
576
Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:44:03am

re: #568 JordanRules

We’ve already had this discussion, Bernie. Most of the Trump supporters are not feeling economic anxiety. It’s entirely race based. But you probably know that, because you seem to use the word “economic” to mean white just like Republicans.

577
Belafon  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:45:22am

re: #574 CleverToad

Punting Franken without the Ethics Investigation isn’t the right thing to do.
And no, it won’t work, and I don’t kid myself it will suddenly inspire a lot of female Independents to vote for the ‘righteous’ Dems. That’s a (usually male) fantasy.

It’s definitely a fantasy of some here.

578
ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:45:51am

re: #460 Skip Intro

Some us here were saying this from day one. We were savaged for the effort.

This could already be behind us if our advice had been taken.

Savaged?

Come on Skip, you come off as a bit of a tough guy, if that was savaged you don’t know what savaged is.

579
FormerDirtDart  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:46:14am

re: #573 JordanRules

580
danarchy  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:46:31am

re: #551 Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch

Wait, what?!? Does that mean that Trump named Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but other than that, nothing changes? Who died and made Trump the King of the World where he gets to make decisions for other countries?

To be fair Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as their capital, he isn’t making a decision for them. He is just saying the US now recognizes Jerusalem as their capital.

581
CleverToad  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:51:09am

re: #501 allegro

As a Democratic woman voter I am more offended by the calls for Franken’s resignation without investigation or due process. If they won’t fight for one of their own they won’t fight for us.

Stole this for my emails to Senators Klobuchar and Bennet.
And they have to go and pull this crap while we’re in the middle of fighting the damn tax bill and Net Neutrality and CHIP and keeping the damn government lights on?
This really has my knickers in a twist.

582
Sionainn, the Nasty Devilbitch  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:51:14am

re: #580 danarchy

To be fair Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as their capital, he isn’t making a decision for them. He is just saying the US now recognizes Jerusalem as their capital.

I thought about that after I posted. Thanks for confirming!

583
ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:52:12am

re: #486 Skip Intro

Even the GOP will have a hard time attacking a Senator who’s gone for doing things they still support their people doing.

Skip, you okay???

You do realize that 95% of the time you would say just the opposite and go with something like “Republicans will attack Franken anyway while they ram Moore through and ignore the Trump allegations.”

584
makeitstop  Dec 6, 2017 • 10:53:39am

re: #563 Hecuba’s daughter

A discussion last night on MSNBC said that it would take years to implement this policy. But, as you said, saying one thing and doing the opposite is Trump’s trademark.

Meanwhile, the terrorist retaliations will commence directly.

Stupid move. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

585
Colère Tueur de Lapin  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:01:27am

re: #538 The Vicious Babushka

I fail to see how open mouth slobbery wet kisses would be welcomed by anyone with whom one is not already in a consensual intimate relationship.

I’ve been known to get whacked on the nose for giving slobbery kisses to one whom I’ve been in a consensual relationship for more than 25 years….

586
Skip Intro  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:01:56am

re: #578 ObserverArt

Savaged?

Come on Skip, you come off as a bit of a tough guy, if that was savaged you don’t know what savaged is.

How about trashed? Is that ok?

587
ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:03:48am

re: #535 Barefoot Grin

Douchebags gotta doucebag:

[Embedded content]

And there it is.

Franken is admitted. Trump/Moore…nope.

And do I expect a GOP kangaroo court to give Franken a fair shake. Nope.

But I would go with it anyway because there are enough people in this country that are starting to learn how this is working out and a kangaroo court would be seen as just that…like another Benghazi and Email scandal.

But let’s all run away from the 25% of this country that are wingers, forget the 10% that voted for Trump and probably regret it and can be taught a lesson and not work to get the other 20% of the Democrats that never vote probably because they are confused by it all and wonder why Democrats are so wimpy.

588
allegro  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:08:14am

re: #586 Skip Intro

How about trashed? Is that ok?

Now disagreements = trashed? I have had several people in this thread disagree with me. I gave them updings because this is a conversation we need to have.

589
Big Beautiful Door  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:09:08am

re: #449 HappyWarrior

You know what’s sick? If Jones or any Democrat had Moore’s past, the Republican Party would be using it left and right to attack the MORALITY of all liberals, democrats, adn left of center people. But the RNC is okay with this. Fuck them. I want the Republican Party to be in taters forever.

I think the GOP is in a downward spiral, and at the end of the day, with another disgraced Presidency brought down by its own crimes, and its one major legislative achievement being a massively unpopular giveaway to the rich, if they can even pass that, there is going to be massive waves such as we saw in 2006 and 2008 throwing a bunch of the scumbags out of office. Having high moral standards isn’t our weakness; its our strength.

590
ObserverArt  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:11:46am

re: #586 Skip Intro

How about trashed? Is that ok?

It was a good solid debate. How about that?

591
CleverToad  Dec 6, 2017 • 11:21:09am

re: #587 ObserverArt

And there it is.

Franken is admitted. Trump/Moore…nope.

And do I expect a GOP kangaroo court to give Franken a fair shake. Nope.

But I would go with it anyway because there are enough people in this country that are starting to learn how this is working out and a kangaroo court would be seen as just that…like another Benghazi and Email scandal.

But let’s all run away from the 25% of this country that are wingers, forget the 10% that voted for Trump and probably regret it and can be taught a lesson and not work to get the other 20% of the Democrats that never vote probably because they are confused by it all and wonder why Democrats are so wimpy.

I agree.
I don’t expect the kangaroo court to be fair.
Wet, slobbery kisses should be left to the province of puppies. And kept off movie screens (ick).
Al Franken has acted like a jerk, and he should have kept his hands off non-consensual fannies.
Dumping Franken for the sake of ‘purity’ won’t win any voters and won’t shut the GOP up any time in the next ten years or more.
But for the sake of sanity and governance, we should insist on the Ethics Investigation anyway.
This is a set-back for the necessary and reasoned discussions of sexual behavior, not a win.


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