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PRD Mais - Vivo Grilo/Bora Bira
From the upcoming PRD Mais record “Rittenhouse,” out now on GroundUP Music.

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Vivo Grilo written by Guilherme Oliveira and Gustavo Oliveira
Bora Bira written by Bernardo Aguiar and Brian Potts

Musicians:
Bernardo Aguiar (pandeiro and musical direction)
Gabriel Policarpo (repique and musical direction)
Brian Potts (xylosynth)
Bóka Reis (timbal)
Guilherme Oliveira (tamborim, electronic percussion, and effects)
Gustavo Oliveira (tamborim and effects)
Carlos Malta (piccolo, pife, bass flute, and flute)
Chris Bullock (flute, pife, and tenor sax)

Concept by: Bernardo Aguiar and Gabriel Policarpo (Pandeiro Repique Duo)
Produced by: Pandeiro Repique Duo and Brian Potts
Executive Producer: Bernardo Aguiar
Directed and Filmed by: Daniel Lobo
Cinematographer: Micael Hocherman
Technical Director: Jim Hamilton
Cameraman: Matthew Hamilton and Josh Magnitzky

Filmed at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia PA

Audio Engineer: Peter Tramo
Mixed by: Marcos Suzano
Mastered by: Alexandre Rabaço

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190 comments

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:35:17pm
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retired cynic  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:37:45pm

re: #1 JordanRules

No.

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:43:38pm

re: #2 retired cynic

Worse, food or clothes from the 70s?

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:44:33pm

Carried over from the last thread on the issue of cathedral glass:

Trinity College (Dublin) recorded a pitch tar (asphalt) drop after the experiment ran for sixty-nine years.

tcd.ie

Begun in October 1944, the Pitch Drop experiment, at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics, is one of the world’s oldest continuously running experiments.

This curiosity of an experiment demonstrates that pitch is a material that flows - albeit it with an incredibly high viscosity. Whilst pitch has been dropping from the funnel since 1944, nobody had ever witnessed a drop fall - they happen it happens roughly only once in a decade! In May 2013, with the latest drop about to fall, Prof. Shane Bergin broadcast the experiment via the web. On July 11th 2013, the drop dripped. You can see a time lapse video of this here. Tracking the evolution of the drop, Profs. Weaire & and Hutzler, and Mr. David Whyte calculated the viscosity of the pitch to be 2x107 Pa s - approximately 2 million times the viscosity of honey.

The time-lapse video has attracted considerable global media attention. Discover Magazine named the Trinity Pitch Drop in their top 100 science stories of 2013 and a feature article in Nature News was the 3rd most-read piece on their website in 2013.
(more at Trinity College’s link above)

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retired cynic  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:44:43pm

re: #3 JordanRules

Worse, food or clothes from the 70s?

Why not both of them?

(Actually, I wore jeans every day since then, so I guess I would have to say the food.)

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:49:00pm

I’m Hungry! Let’s go to the Monty Python Meat-O-Rama!

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:55:05pm

Things I should have known but didn’t.
I did know that more than 500 sites were considered for the location of the US Air Force Academy, with Colorado Springs announced as the winner on 24 June, 1954.
What I didn’t know was that the original 584 had been reduced to just 3 by the time of the announcement and that the other two finalists were Alton, Illinois and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
I also knew that Lubbock had submitted its own candidacy early on and seemed like a decent possibility because of favorable weather and the presence of Reese Air Force Base. It was eliminated in the first round though.
I have wondered if this had to do with the severely strained community relations during that period. The murder of a high school girl by a Reese airman, soon duly tried and executed, had driven a prolonged series of mob attacks on airmen by locals and these had escalated into riots. The entire city was placed off limits to Air Force personnel who did not have homes there. The off limits order remained in force for more than a year, long after the offending airman had been executed. It took several years for the bad blood to subside and some say it never truly did.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 9:56:32pm

All I can say is I’m glad we left Oklahoma before wingnuts collapsed the state budget. The Guardian calls Oklahoma a “failed state.”

The state’s teacher of the year in 2016 upped stakes and moved to Texas, because Quik Trip employees make more and the state has completely gutted its education system (they are down to four-day weeks because they can’t afford more).

The state is a Dumpster fire of libertarian conservatism. What a change when it was a powerhouse of the Socialist Party before the First Red Scare.

wonkette.com

Essentially, when wingnuts gained control of the legislature (the time we left), they got a referendum before the populace raising taxes on the oil industry and slashing taxes on property, then imposed a 3/4 majority requirement to pass a tax increase in the legislature.

Then the price of oil collapsed. With people fleeing the state, the entire state economy is collapsing.

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Targetpractice  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:01:34pm

re: #8 Anymouse 🌹

All I can say is I’m glad we left Oklahoma before wingnuts collapsed the state budget. The Guardian calls Oklahoma a “failed state.”

The state’s teacher of the year in 2016 upped stakes and moved to Texas, because Quik Trip employees make more and the state has completely gutted its education system (they are down to four-day weeks because they can’t afford more).

The state is a Dumpster fire of libertarian conservatism. What a change when it was a powerhouse of the Socialist Party before the First Red Scare.

wonkette.com

Essentially, when wingnuts gained control of the legislature (the time we left), they got a referendum before the populace raising taxes on the oil industry and slashing taxes on property, then imposed a 3/4 majority requirement to pass a tax increase in the legislature.

Then the price of oil collapsed. With people fleeing the state, the entire state economy is collapsing.

It’s like they looked at Kansas and declared “Pansies! We can crash our economy even faster and in a bigger fireball!!!” The hilarious part is the same story is playing out in red states across the board: “We’ll bet big on oil prices never going down to balance our budgets. Wait, why is oil getting cheaper? FUCK, WE’RE DOOMED!!!!”

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:02:19pm

re: #8 Anymouse 🌹

All I can say is I’m glad we left Oklahoma before wingnuts collapsed the state budget. The Guardian calls Oklahoma a “failed state.”

The state’s teacher of the year in 2016 upped stakes and moved to Texas, because Quik Trip employees make more and the state has completely gutted its education system (they are down to four-day weeks because they can’t afford more).

The state is a Dumpster fire of libertarian conservatism. What a change when it was a powerhouse of the Socialist Party before the First Red Scare.

wonkette.com

Essentially, when wingnuts gained control of the legislature (the time we left), they got a referendum before the populace raising taxes on the oil industry and slashing taxes on property, then imposed a 3/4 majority requirement to pass a tax increase in the legislature.

Then the price of oil collapsed. With people fleeing the state, the entire state economy is collapsing.

Grandma told me how radical Oklahoma was before the Palmer Raids. But toss in 100 years of Right Wing Jesus and Ayn Rand and POOF!

North Dakota actually had a Socialist government in the 1910’s calling itself the Non-Partisan League. Several legacies of the NPL remain in North Dakota such as the state-owned bank, grain elevators and cement companies.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:04:34pm

re: #9 Targetpractice

It’s like they looked at Kansas and declared “Pansies! We can crash our economy even faster and in a bigger fireball!!!” The hilarious part is the same story is playing out in red states across the board: “We’ll bet big on oil prices never going down to balance our budgets. Wait, why is oil getting cheaper? FUCK, WE’RE DOOMED!!!!”

While Nebraska isn’t a big oil producer, we have some. Our state budget isn’t predicated on the price of oil.

Governor Heineman (the last governor) even once proposed (though Christians made him back down really quick) the idea of laying property taxes on churches.

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Kragar  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:07:13pm
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Targetpractice  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:13:00pm

re: #11 Anymouse 🌹

While Nebraska isn’t a big oil producer, we have some. Our state budget isn’t predicated on the price of oil.

Governor Heineman (the last governor) even once proposed (though Christians made him back down really quick) the idea of laying property taxes on churches.

I’m just finding myself marveling at how many similar horror stories are playing out in red states. Oklahoma, North Dakota, Alaska, Louisiana, Wyoming, all states where the state GOP declared that the oil boom was never going away and they could win favor with voters by cutting income taxes (or, in Alaska’s case, go without one). And in every single one, it’s bit them in the ass and hard.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:23:38pm

re: #10 Joe Bacon 🌹

Grandma told me how radical Oklahoma was before the Palmer Raids. But toss in 100 years of Right Wing Jesus and Ayn Rand and POOF!

North Dakota actually had a Socialist government in the 1910’s calling itself the Non-Partisan League. Several legacies of the NPL remain in North Dakota such as the state-owned bank, grain elevators and cement companies.

Because of the wingnuts in Oklahoma’s legislature who think they can still cut their way to prosperity, the (slightly saner) GOP needs the minority Democrats in the legislature to pass a tax increase.

To do that, the GOP wants a concession from the Democrats: Cut more social safety network programmes.

When the Democrats say “no,” the GOP will claim that the Democrats are destroying their budget, not their own party.

Propaganda’s a helluva drug; like Kansas and Wyoming, the voters will believe them.

Nebraska is benefiting from all the businesses leaving the states around us. So far, our own GOP legislature isn’t on that path, though right now they are arguing about cutting the budget of the University of Nebraska’s various state campuses.

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fern01  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:31:13pm

If anyone looked at the big GOP win in the GA election - did they notice that turnout was under 10% - is this the norm for this type of election? Is a dem win reliant on GOTV everywhere?

results.enr.clarityelections.com

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:31:44pm
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retired cynic  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:32:21pm

re: #15 fern01

Sounds like the candidate was not good, or the GOTV system, or money system, failed.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:35:37pm
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retired cynic  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:35:40pm

re: #17 retired cynic

That big, it couldn’t be totally voter suppression.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:36:38pm

re: #10 Joe Bacon 🌹

Grandma told me how radical Oklahoma was before the Palmer Raids. But toss in 100 years of Right Wing Jesus and Ayn Rand and POOF!

North Dakota actually had a Socialist government in the 1910’s calling itself the Non-Partisan League. Several legacies of the NPL remain in North Dakota such as the state-owned bank, grain elevators and cement companies.

New York expelled five Socialists elected to the state assembly as well, accused of “disloyalty.”

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:41:20pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 10:55:10pm

Several conservative states considering legislation pushed by Christians to charge $20 for porn over the Internet. Presumably small-government conservatives would need to set up giant new apparatus to collect and monitor porn activities in their states.

The bills are identical and couched in terms of “human trafficking.”

Examples:
South Carolina gizmodo.com.au

Virginia nydailynews.com

The Libertarian Reason magazine weighs in on this:

Draft bills in at least 13 state legislatures would require all internet-enabled devices to come installed with an anti-porn filter, which adult consumers could choose to have removed for a fee of $20. They’re calling it the Human Trafficking Prevention Act. The Daily Beast does a nice job today of exposing the huckster behind this legislation, a 40-year-old EDM musician and anti-porn crusader named Chris Sevier who tried to marry his computer in protest of same-sex marriage, was released early from an Iraq tour for mental-health issues, sued Apple over the dissolution of his marriage, and has been charged with harassing a teen girl as well as country singer John Rich.

Beyond Sevier’s questionable and colorful past, however, a bigger question remains: why are so many state lawmakers—overwhelming Republican—supporting this sort of nonsense? A cabal of legislative cheerleaders from Alabama to Wyoming has embraced the idea that we should require manufacturers of computers, tablets, iphones, smart TVs, and the like to equip devices with the anti-porn filters and require consumers to pay to remove the filters from their devices. South Carolina state Rep. Mike Burns, who co-sponsored one bill in his state, told the Beast that they “do not want more taxes. Period. But we are trying to make a statement, and $20 ain’t gonna kill anybody.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation notes this isn’t about human trafficking, it’s about making lists of people who access Internet porn by the government.

stopsesta.org

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Cheechako  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:01:24pm

re: #13 Targetpractice

I’m just finding myself marveling at how many similar horror stories are playing out in red states. Oklahoma, North Dakota, Alaska, Louisiana, Wyoming, all states where the state GOP declared that the oil boom was never going away and they could win favor with voters by cutting income taxes (or, in Alaska’s case, go without one). And in every single one, it’s bit them in the ass and hard.

Actually Alaska did have an income tax many years ago. But, like the other states mentioned, the State went on a spending spree once the oil money started rolling in and decided they didn’t need an income tax anymore. It took a Constitutional Amendment by the voters to get the Permanent Fund established and a following amendment that specifies the voters have to give a 2/3 majority to spend from the principle of the Fund. The dividend to the residents and the share that can be spent by the Legislature can only come from the earnings of the fund. For years they had a special fund from the earnings called the Special Budget Reserve for any big emergencies (like the 1964 earthquake). Four years age the Reserve was $13 billion. Today it’s just $3 billion.

The State has drastically trimmed their spending but the Republicans are still yelling for more cuts and not add any additional income or sale taxes. True to form and being an election year, the Republicans are still kicking the can down the road.

The State also cut the annual PF Dividend to half of what the formula called for. From $2K to $1K. If they don’t fix the situation next year we might not get a dividend. Also, the dividend is the 3rd rail of politics up here.

FYI - Currently the Permanent Fund has about $64 Billion in the various accounts.

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austin_blue  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:02:13pm

Just a drive-by, but I’m really liking Mike Tirico as the Winter Olympics host. Great interviewer.

OK, off to bed. Night all. Sweet scaly dreams.

Oh, and could the White House be more dysfunctional if it tried? I don’t think so. This is maximum chaos writ large. They have simply no idea what they are doing or how to govern.

Dog help us.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:12:01pm

My issue here isn’t Louise Linton’s pose. I could not care less about her pose, and this “liberal librarian” is simply shaming an actress for making a glamour pose.

My issue is Louise Linton’s heartless treatment of others less fortunate than herself.

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:12:55pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:17:28pm

re: #26 JordanRules

But were any guns injured in the incident? = wingnuts

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:22:38pm

re: #25 Anymouse 🌹

It was posted here this morning with folks unfortunately not making the distinction you are.
I like the blue heels in the pic myself.

Knowing Louise probably was really enjoying trending this morning because of the Elle article and this pic, I kinda got a kick out of Nazi BFF Quinn Norton and the NYT mess stealing some of her shine.

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:25:40pm

re: #28 JordanRules

It was posted here this morning with folks unfortunately not making the distinction you are.
I like the blue heels in the pic myself.

Knowing Louise probably was really enjoying trending this morning because of the Elle article and this pic, I kinda got a kick out of Nazi BFF Quinn Norton and the NYT mess stealing some of her shine.

I think if I wore heels like that they would be really uncomfortable. Plus they would clash with my trilby.

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:26:01pm

re: #16 JordanRules

More in this thread:

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:27:52pm

re: #30 JordanRules

Posted wrong tweet initially. Copy paste fail now fixed!

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:28:58pm

re: #28 JordanRules

It was posted here this morning with folks unfortunately not making the distinction you are.

I get irked when people bring up Melania Trump’s nude modelling photos as well.

Nude modelling is legal. Melania Trump wanted to do it. I’m pretty sure she got paid well for it. No one complained about it before she was the First Lady. Who gives a crap with what someone does on their own time?

I really hate moral scolds.

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freetoken  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:32:25pm

re: #32 Anymouse 🌹

While such modeling is legal, the hypocrisy of the religious right in their support of Trump makes such an item front and center.

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:36:43pm

re: #33 freetoken

Yes. Michelle showed her arms! Oh noes!

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:37:58pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:38:10pm

re: #33 freetoken

While such modeling is legal, the hypocrisy of the religious right in their support of Trump makes such an item front and center.

Oh I agree, the religious right is being hypocritical about the issue. They are opposed to the idea of nude modelling but are fine with a nude model for First Lady.

The moral scolds I have a problem with in the case of both Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Linton are on the left.

If I let our purity ponies decide, I couldn’t even get elected to a village board in a town of 128 (wait wut?) They’d be all over me over my book editing job (and other stuff I won’t mention here because this is a family blog).

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:38:33pm

re: #25 Anymouse 🌹

My issue here isn’t Louise Linton’s pose. I could not care less about her pose, and this “liberal librarian” is simply shaming an actress for making a glamour pose.

My issue is Louise Linton’s heartless treatment of others less fortunate than herself.

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The pose plays into the image Linton has developed as another disaffected Marie Antoinette among this claque of financial elites plundering the country to further their own enormous wealth. If she wanted to be taken seriously as anything other than a rich man’s materialistic play thing this was not the path to that destination.

That said the problem isn’t that we never saw other cabinet secretaries’ spouses in similar poses, it’s that we never saw them at all and properly shouldn’t have unless they were doing legitimately newsworthy shit on their own steam. She’s cynically boosting her own position within the public mindshare as an unserious distraction from the real crimes being perpetrated by this administration.

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JordanRules  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:40:04pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:41:54pm

re: #37 goddamnedfrank

Well, she was an actress before Steve Mnuchin was selected as Treasury Secretary: I don’t necessarily think she should give up her job in the public eye because of what her husband is doing now.

No doubt being married to the Treasury Secretary boosts interest in Mrs. Linton because of her public persona before Mr. Mnuchin was selected. Should she just disappear from the public eye because she is married to a powerful man in the government now?

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:54:11pm

Now I’m stuck in the position of defending Mrs. Linton and Mrs. Trump. I need a drink.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 13, 2018 • 11:58:14pm
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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 14, 2018 • 12:01:12am

re: #26 JordanRules

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OK son, this is how to be grossly irresponsible; don’t make dumbass decisions like this when you grow up!

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 12:04:29am

Well, I’m off to bed. I have to deal with our five water test stations that are frozen in the morning, plus getting an r/o unit repaired that failed a state arsenic test. (I volunteered for this job. I was in the NAVY, I know what that acronym means… .)

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Amory Blaine  Feb 14, 2018 • 12:31:02am

Single Trapped Atom Captures Science Photography Competition’s top prize

An image of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’, by David Nadlinger, from the University of Oxford, shows the atom held by the fields emanating from the metal electrodes surrounding it. The distance between the small needle tips is about two millimetres.

When illuminated by a laser of the right blue-violet colour the atom absorbs and re-emits light particles sufficiently quickly for an ordinary camera to capture it in a long exposure photograph. The winning picture was taken through a window of the ultra-high vacuum chamber that houses the ion trap.

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JordanRules  Feb 14, 2018 • 12:59:24am
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Patricia Kayden  Feb 14, 2018 • 1:22:22am

re: #22 Anymouse 🌹

Sounds unconstitutional. Didn’t this country go through this with porn magazines via a lawsuit against Hustler? Republicans should find something else to worry about.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2018 • 2:05:33am
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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Feb 14, 2018 • 2:14:53am

re: #47 goddamnedfrank

Same face as *ucker Carlson and any number of other Republican stooges. Don’t they have laxatives where these guys live?

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Amory Blaine  Feb 14, 2018 • 2:39:44am

I thought Piers Morgan was the stool softener?

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wheat-dogg  Feb 14, 2018 • 3:16:45am

re: #35 JordanRules

Someone live tweeted her reading of Hillbilly Elegy, and it was not complimentary. Trying to recall who it was now.

Twitter search to the rescue!

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wheat-dogg  Feb 14, 2018 • 3:20:42am

re: #48 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Same face as *ucker Carlson and any number of other Republican stooges. Don’t they have laxatives where these guys live?

Tucker always looks like his guest is speaking a foreign language Tucker doesn’t know.

Probably gave the same look to all his teachers.

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JordanRules  Feb 14, 2018 • 3:28:16am

re: #50 wheat-dogg

Oh! I actually remember that she was going to do this but I’d forgotten about it.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Feb 14, 2018 • 3:56:15am

I thought this might be useful in our ongoing discussions of the current administration and its supporters:

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wheat-dogg  Feb 14, 2018 • 4:20:22am

United Airlines. ‘Nuff said.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2018 • 5:15:10am
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jeffreyw  Feb 14, 2018 • 5:34:52am

Imgur


Good morning!

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 5:48:20am
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Dave In Austin  Feb 14, 2018 • 5:51:11am
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Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:04:42am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:07:34am

re: #58 Dave In Austin

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:08:58am

I expect, at some point, to start hearing statements like “Democrats are going to sweep into power. That means you should vote for candidates that support [ your pet issue ]. What’s the party afraid of and why won’t they back it?”

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GlutenFreeJesus  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:12:01am

Someone tried ramming through the security gate at Ft. Meade where the NSA is.

cnn.com

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:17:02am

re: #59 Belafon

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Imagine that, the general world populous isn’t going to like it when you are a petty, vindictive, political dick at what is a fun, light hearted, unifying event.

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:17:28am

re: #61 Belafon

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I expect, at some point, to start hearing statements like “Democrats are going to sweep into power. That means you should vote for candidates that support [ your pet issue ]. What’s the party afraid of and why won’t they back it?”

Another possibility is this is a set up to delegitimize the upcoming D wave wins

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:18:29am

re: #63 bill d. (b.d.)

Imagine that, the general world populous isn’t going to like it when you are a petty, vindictive, political dick at what is a fun, light hearted, unifying event.

Yep, especially THE event designed to be apolitical.

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Unshaken Defiance  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:20:03am

Happy Valentines Day people. Get those cards and flowers. I have my annual challenge-A gift fit for a woman who made my life wonderful, spent decades in the jewelry biz and is now an Orchid judge for AOS. I guess I’m lucky she never worked for See’s chocolates.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:20:40am

re: #59 Belafon

diplomatically outmaneuvered the Trump administration

To be fair, you can drop this phrase just about anywhere and it would be valid.

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:22:20am

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area.

While Congress occasionally gets what we call Votearama, Trumpworld is scandalarama, and we’ve got a shit-ton of them going on at the same time.

Stormy Daniels seems like a small story, until you get news that Trump’s lawyer was the one who paid for her silence. That’s a huge problem for Cohen and Trump. Was it a violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility or a violation of campaign finance law? Well, in either case, this opens the door for Mueller to consider using the crime fraud exception to pierce the attorney client privilege between Trump and Cohen on this matter.

We have already seen Mueller’s investigators use that very tactic elsewhere, and this is a tailor made situation where following the money means asking Trump and Cohen about the money, why it was paid, who paid it, and for what purpose was it paid.

That’s a pretty significant scandal in its own right, but the ongoing shitshow around the Porter domestic violence situation is worse. That has direct consequences for national security because the administration continues lying about how Porter stayed on staff despite the FBI saying he was not entitled to clearance. The admin ignored the FBI judgment and gave him interim clearance.

This puts national security at risk, and this is the same kind of situation with Kushner, who should have been perp walked for lying on multiple submissions of his clearance application.

Everything this administration is doing is undermining national security, and on foreign policy, the direction always seems to favor Russia’s benefit.

So, with all that, the people who knew or had reason to know of Porter’s inability to get clearance are on the hot seat and all they’re doing is lying about their timeline and when they knew - Porter lied about everything, Kelly is lying, McGahn is lying, and Sanders does nothing but lie for Trump.

Oh, and the kicker is that the admin is pointing fingers at others in the WH that dropped the ball. This shouldn’t end well, but thus far all these scandals haven’t dented Trumpworld the way a fraction of the problems would derail any other politician anywhere.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:22:22am

re: #57 Belafon

SCOOP > Michael Cohen, lawyer for Trump, says he paid $130k to Stormy Daniels from his own pocket. Says he told FEC that in response to complaint from Common Cause nytimes.com

— Maggie Haberman

I thought this Stormy Daniels story was a complete lie FAKE NEWS?!

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:26:35am

Hm.

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:27:50am
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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:28:54am

re: #71 makeitstop

John Edwards was indicted for his attorney/friend (Fred Baron) paying $200K in Rielle Hunter’s expenses in order to get her to cover up an affair during his presidential campaign.

— Jesse Ferguson

That was completely different because

//

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:34:03am

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:38:01am

re: #68 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area.

Oh, and the kicker is that the admin is pointing fingers at others in the WH that dropped the ball. This shouldn’t end well, but thus far all these scandals haven’t dented Trumpworld the way a fraction of the problems would derail any other politician anywhere.

from today’s electoral-vote.com

a short, appalling paragraph on the state of this administration

Could this be the one that sticks? Hard to say “yes,” given that he’s danced his way around
pu**ygate,
and the Gold Star family,
and the “he knew what he signed up for” dead soldier,
and Roy Moore,
and the mockery of the handicapped reporter,
and the insults of Megyn Kelly,
and the adulterous affair with the porn star

i reformatted it a bit

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:38:20am

re: #71 makeitstop

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He should give $130K to Jenna Jameson. She’s a good Republican.

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sagehen  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:44:54am

re: #53 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

I thought this might be useful in our ongoing discussions of the current administration and its supporters:

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“Deplorable” isn’t on the list.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:48:18am

re: #58 Dave In Austin

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sagehen  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:51:39am

re: #66 Unshaken Defiance

Happy Valentines Day people. Get those cards and flowers. I have my annual challenge-A gift fit for a woman who made my life wonderful, spent decades in the jewelry biz and is now an Orchid judge for AOS. I guess I’m lucky she never worked for See’s chocolates.

Would she appreciate a spa day? Or a couple of visits from a chef? An accessory for her car?

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Jay C  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:54:22am

re: #67 Sir John Barron

re: #59 Belafon

diplomatically outmaneuvered the Trump administration

To be fair, you can drop this phrase just about anywhere and it would be valid.

The WaPo comments on Drezner’s Korean piece were pretty illuminating: many simply ignored Dan’s main point in favor of Pavlovian castigation of “the liberal media” for what they see [i.e. persist in misinterpreting] as “cheerleading” for the DPRK regime. By which they seem to mean ANY reportage of any kind on North Korea that doesn’t include (or obsess on) virulent denunciation of the whole country and its ruling regime. I wonder if these wingnuts actually DO believe that “libruls” either don’t know the nature of the NK state, or think it’s somehow benign/praiseworthy (Sadly, the answer is probably “yes)?

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darthstar  Feb 14, 2018 • 6:54:24am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:02:16am

Ever since Mom died and certain people insisted that her funeral be held on Valentine’s Day, this is a hard day to get through. Have no desire to think of flowers, candy or hearts…

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:06:59am

re: #81 Joe Bacon 🌹

Ever since Mom died and certain people insisted that her funeral be held on Valentine’s Day, this is a hard day to get through. Have no desire to think of flowers, candy or hearts…

I’m sorry to hear this. Last night I was talking to my 85yo mother who is in ok health and she said out of the blue “I’ve been discussing my funeral with our new minister.” It sent me reeling even though she assured me there’s no hidden news and she’s just being pro-active. Even now I take her existence for granted and I know I can’t.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:11:22am

re: #79 Jay C

The WaPo comments on Drezner’s Korean piece were pretty illuminating: many simply ignored Dan’s main point in favor of Pavlovian castigation of “the liberal media” for what they see [i.e. persist in misinterpreting] as “cheerleading” for the DPRK regime. By which they seem to mean ANY reportage of any kind on North Korea that doesn’t include (or obsess on) virulent denunciation of the whole country and its ruling regime. I wonder if these wingnuts actually DO believe that “libruls” either don’t know the nature of the NK state, or think it’s somehow benign/praiseworthy (Sadly, the answer is probably “yes)?

Wingnuts claim to believe that states such as North Korea and Venezuela are models of what liberals want here, rather than the stable prosperous social democracies we see in Canada and Europe.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:11:49am

re: #73 makeitstop

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Junior is a cartoon villain, no way somebody this goony awful could be real.

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:12:59am

Kristol should send Trump flowers. Because of Trump, Kristol is no longer The Guy Who’s Always Wrong.

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Jay C  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:19:06am

re: #83 Big Beautiful Door

Wingnuts claim to believe that states such as North Korea and Venezuela are models of what liberals want here, rather than the stable prosperous social democracies we see in Canada and Europe.

Again, the usual foundation of most RW opinionizing: more projection than IMAX on the Moon: I’m sure there are a (depressingly large) number of Americans who would be just as happy if Donald Trump ran his country the way Kim Jong-Un runs his: secure, of course, in the “knowledge” that they would be the ones wearing the jackboots, not being kicked by them…..

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CleverToad  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:21:31am

re: #3 JordanRules

Worse, food or clothes from the 70s?

The clothes.
This particular abomination seems to be a leftover from the Jello & casserole heyday of the 50’s & 60’s.
Double-knits were in a class of h-e-double-toothpicks all by themselves.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:23:33am

re: #83 Big Beautiful Door

Wingnuts claim to believe that states such as North Korea and Venezuela are models of what liberals want here, rather than the stable prosperous social democracies we see in Canada and Europe.

Exactly. I see wingnuts claiming all the time we want Venezuela and Venezuela is somehow proof that our policy beliefs are a failure. Venezuela’s failure is not socialism, it is authoritarianism just as what made Pinochet evil wasn’t being a capitalist but being a dictator.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:33:21am

re: #88 HappyWarrior

Exactly. I see wingnuts claiming all the time we want Venezuela and Venezuela is somehow proof that our policy beliefs are a failure. Venezuela’s failure is not socialism, it is authoritarianism just as what made Pinochet evil wasn’t being a capitalist but being a dictator.

Remember the argument I had with Milton Friedman about Chile. I pointed out that was a country with a free market and a dictatorship which flew in the face of his insistence that free markets go hand in hand with democracy. His reply—Chile was a “special case”…

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:39:51am

re: #71 makeitstop

Full statement from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on his payment to Stormy Daniels:

IF this is true then there isnt an NDA between trump and daniels

daniels could talk?

trump should be asked directly - because he cant hide behind not being able to answer because of an nda

now ianal and i know the whole thing is bullshit - still

if the lawyer gave her cash in the hopes she would be silent or discrete- that’s one thing

but if he negotiated in any way a cash exchange for her silence that benefited trump, and did it with a written agreement doesnt that link trump in-kind?

if i pay a debt you owe a third party you are relieved of the debt. you benefit. you’re linked whether you asked for it or like it or not.

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:46:30am

re: #66 Unshaken Defiance

Happy Valentines Day people. Get those cards and flowers. I have my annual challenge-A gift fit for a woman who made my life wonderful, spent decades in the jewelry biz and is now an Orchid judge for AOS. I guess I’m lucky she never worked for See’s chocolates.

for my one ever and only:
obligatory cards and flowers
i’m cooking lamb chops, green beans and a side to be named later, plus red wine

and i’m making an aeolian window harp for when we can turn off the a/c and open the windows

ours is a different design - vertical

and probably wont look this good

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 14, 2018 • 7:55:18am
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steve_davis  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:05:59am

re: #91 dangerman

for my one ever and only:
obligatory cards and flowers
i’m cooking lamb chops, green beans and a side to be named later, plus red wine

and i’m making an aeolian window harp for when we can turn off the a/c and open the windows

ours is a different design - vertical

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I have no idea why lamb and green beans go well together, but they really do, don’t they?

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ObserverArt  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:06:16am

Morning!

So cocky big mouth lawyer Michael Cohen seems to be in a jam. Good. A guy with his attitude is always his worst enemy. Hell of a lawyer.

Will Stormy be called in for a visit with Mueller?

Does anyone else get the feeling there are more stories like Stormy, Porter and the Trump Tower meeting that haven’t been revealed yet? It almost seems like every rock Mueller turns over, there are more rocks under it. And as we know, lots of strange creatures under rocks trying to stay out of the light.

Mueller probably asks himself from time to time…how far does this all go?

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:07:46am

re: #94 ObserverArt

Morning!

So cocky big mouth lawyer Michael Cohen seems to be in a jam. Good. A guy with his attitude is always his worst enemy. Hell of a lawyer.

Will Stormy be called in for a visit with Mueller?

Does anyone else get the feeling there are more stories like Stormy, Porter and the Trump Tower meeting that haven’t been revealed yet? It almost seems like every rock Mueller turns over, there are more rocks under it. And as we know, lots of strange creatures under rocks trying to stay out of the light.

Mueller problem asks himself from time to time…how far does this all go?

“The best people”

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:07:54am

re: #92 bill d. (b.d.)

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Come at me Bro’

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:08:11am

yesterday i made an, ahem, right turn and ended up on some way wrong websites

some discussions focused on the food boxes for snap etc

many “conservatives” seem to think “since they arent paying for it they should be grateful for whatever ‘we’ give them”

i was just thinking - when someone treats you to dinner, who decides what you order?

further, many snap recipients do work and gasp, pay taxes too

i know why bother

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:11:20am

re: #81 Joe Bacon 🌹

I lost my mom the day after Valentine’s day, and so this day has always been hard for me too. She was on hospice care and my sister and I were taking care of her at home, and the morning of Valentine’s day was when we knew for sure that her death was imminent. We stayed up late with her and after midnight we told her that it was OK for her to go and promised her we would always take care of each other, and she passed within an hour. That it was 19 years ago doesn’t make today and tomorrow any less painful (I’m crying as I type this). I still remember everything about those two hard days. I’ve been dreaming of her every night for almost a week.

I understand what you are going through and the fact that it is marked by a holiday makes it impossible not to think about it. Hugs to you, friend. (((Joe Bacon)))

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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:15:25am

A just read this entry from Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches): DId Murdoch Try to Ratf*ck Facebook to Save MySpace?

Back in 2007, Facebook had come under criticism from 49 state attorneys general for failing to protect young Facebook users from sexual predators and inappropriate content.

[…]

“We traced the creation of the Facebook accounts to IP addresses at the Apple store a block away from the MySpace offices in Santa Monica,” the executive says. “Facebook then traced interactions with those accounts to News Corp lawyers. When it comes to Facebook, Murdoch has been playing every angle he can for a long time.”

If proven true, this is fucking huge.

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:26:47am

re: #81 Joe Bacon 🌹

Ever since Mom died and certain people insisted that her funeral be held on Valentine’s Day, this is a hard day to get through. Have no desire to think of flowers, candy or hearts…

like any other it’s your day and your time. you, not hallmark, decides what to do with it.

as an aside, my dad died on my mom’s birthday. it’s hard to celebrate her birthday while we’re remembering him and she’s thinking of her one and only. 18 years and we’re still navigating it

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:29:28am

re: #93 steve_davis

I have no idea why lamb and green beans go well together, but they really do, don’t they?

they do
and they are mrs dm’s favorites

the green beans shall be roasted with garlic and lime juice
lamb chops grilled with oil, fresh garlic, s&p

simple stuff

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Dave In Austin  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:30:04am

Rogers on a roll this morning. Thanks for the help guys. We really need to move this guy out.

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Shropshire Slasher  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:33:06am

Who wants to go ski Whiteface!?
timesunion.com
Meth is a helluva drug.

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:34:05am

Josh Marshall points out a crucial distinction about Says Who Cohen - he’s not Trump’s lawyer as much as he’s Trump’s fixer. As in Mob type of fixer.

Cohen came to Trump’s attention in the first years of the century because he was buying up large numbers of units in Trump properties, for himself, his family, his Ukrainian immigrant in-laws. He made himself handy by helping to quell a shareholder revolt in one building. Trump saw that Cohen was a conduit for money from Russia and Ukraine. And Cohen wanted to be helpful. That’s how and why Trump brought Cohen into the Trump Organization.

I don’t doubt that Cohen, who has a law license, made ample use lawyer-client privilege. But in the sense people think of, he was never Trump’s lawyer. Not even in the Tom Hagen sense in which he sometimes presents himself. He worked on business deals. But mostly he took care of problems for Trump and served as a conduit for money. While that was happening, Cohen continued to build his own real estate mini-empire from his perch at the Trump Organization, working with his original sources of money and pull and adding the resources of the Trump Organization to enable him to operate on a larger scale.

That was the essence of the relationship. Cohen brought in money and connections. He also made big money under the Trump Organization umbrella - not only by whatever he made from Trump directly but far more from the deals he was doing on his own operating in Trump’s orbit. One key part of the arrangement though was total loyalty and maximal expressions of loyalty, making messes go away. You can see this in how Cohen talks about his relationship with Trump and the mix of aggressive bullying and lavish toadying he shows when he discusses Trump on TV.

Explaining his relationship to Trump to ABC News Cohen said: “It means that if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn’t like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump’s benefit. If you do something wrong, I’m going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I’m not going to let you go until I’m finished.” As he said in his statement on the Stormy Daniels payment, “I will always protect Mr. Trump.”

Think Harvey Keitel’s Winston Wolf in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and you’re there. Cohen’s the guy who comes in and cleans up the blood.

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:38:48am

re: #75 Barefoot Grin

He should give $130K to Jenna Jameson. She’s a good Republican.

Assumes facts not in evidence….. that maybe he did, given that he’s also been associated with another porn star - Jessica Drake.

That’s a rather interesting circle of people Trump associated with.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:40:49am

re: #89 Joe Bacon 🌹

Remember the argument I had with Milton Friedman about Chile. I pointed out that was a country with a free market and a dictatorship which flew in the face of his insistence that free markets go hand in hand with democracy. His reply—Chile was a “special case”…

You need political freedom before you have everything else. Chile is proof that capitalism does NOT mean democratic. Our fuckups in the Cold War were that we went with anti-communist regimes rather than anti-authoritarian regimes.

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Aussie Apocalypse  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:41:00am

re: #47 goddamnedfrank

No one tell him about Michael Jordan saving the Looney Tunes, in “Space Jam”.

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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:42:44am

re: #105 lawhawk

Assumes facts not in evidence….. that maybe he did, given that he’s also been associated with another porn star - Jessica Drake.

That’s a rather interesting circle of people Trump associated with.

Ha! Indeed.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:45:01am

re: #107 Aussie Apocalypse

No one tell him about Michael Jordan saving the Looney Tunes, in “Space Jam”.

He really seems only to be happy when belittling people. Other than that, he always seems to have that “I just ate a fart” look on his face. And yes i know you literally can’t eat farts.

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:45:15am
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Dave In Austin  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:45:18am
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ObserverArt  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:49:27am

re: #104 makeitstop

Josh Marshall points out a crucial distinction about Says Who Cohen - he’s not Trump’s lawyer as much as he’s Trump’s fixer. As in Mob type of fixer.

Think Harvey Keitel’s Winston Wolf in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and you’re there. Cohen’s the guy who comes in and cleans up the blood.

I was wondering if the $130,000 payoff might have been Ukrainian money. Again, it allows them to say Trump had no part in the payoff.

And really, what is the connection between Manafort and Cohen? Seems rather convenient both are involved with Ukraine connections.

But they are not Russians!!! Very important as I was saying last night…Cohen and Trump seem to play the literal word games to use as wiggle room. Trump always says I have never dealt with the Russians. I am beginning to believe him. He got all the Russia funding etc. from Ukrainians.

It’s too bad some bold media types didn’t ask Trump if he had been helped by Ukrainian money. Mueller probably is asking just that…and by now may know the answers.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:52:26am

re: #106 HappyWarrior

You need political freedom before you have everything else. Chile is proof that capitalism does NOT mean democratic. Our fuckups in the Cold War were that we went with anti-communist regimes rather than anti-authoritarian regimes.

Capitalism has nothing to do with political freedom. In fact, it probably fits in more comfortably with certain types of authoritarian regimes. After all, each company is a mini-dictatorship where employee voices can be silenced and employees have few, if any, rights, except those forced on the company by the government.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:52:53am

re: #110 lawhawk

.@Theonlyhonest: “The moral deficit at the White House is starting to look like the Grand Canyon.” pic.twitter.com

— Fox News

Just all part of MAGA.

//

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:54:57am

Charlie Pierce pulls Guantanamo back up to the top of the pile. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, and if the DT adminis… oh, just call them mob… didn’t keep adding to it daily.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 14, 2018 • 8:57:50am

re: #105 lawhawk

Assumes facts not in evidence….. that maybe he did, given that he’s also been associated with another porn star - Jessica Drake.

That’s a rather interesting circle of people Trump associated with.

Sane, rational, reasonable people want nothing to do with Trump.

By default he’s stuck with the criminals, the manipulators, the con men and the sociopaths.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:01:07am

re: #114 Sir John Barron

Just all part of MAGA.

//

This is why the right love him. Morality + Decency = weakness

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:02:30am

re: #117 Dr. Matt

This is why the right love him. Morality + Decency = weakness

The equation of Christianaryanism, with an emphasis on Aryan.

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rhuarc  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:05:49am

washingtonpost.com

Only the best people!

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:07:32am

And that doesn’t even begin to take into account the fact that there’s 100s of positions Trump hasn’t even filled.

Trump is actively sabotaging functioning government through incompetence, indifference, malice, and sheer dumbfuckery.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:12:22am
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wrenchwench  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:13:14am

I saw an old couple in the coffee shop and wished them a happy Valentine’s Day, and asked them how many years they’ve had together, and at the same time they said,

‘52’
‘53’

I said, ‘uh oh.’

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:13:52am

re: #116 Eclectic Cyborg

Sane, rational, reasonable people want nothing to do with Trump.

By default he’s stuck with the criminals, the manipulators, the con men and the sociopaths.

But that defines him: he’s a criminal, manipulator, con man, and sociopath. What is most troubling is that he wasn’t imprisoned years ago for his criminal activity. OTOH, mob bosses tend to survive and prosper. So maybe, his escape so far from deserved punishment is the way the system works.

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:20:55am

re: #122 wrenchwench

I saw an old couple in the coffee shop and wished them a happy Valentine’s Day, and asked them how many years they’ve had together, and at the same time they said,

‘52’
‘53’

I said, ‘uh oh.’

Close enough for government work. /

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:21:01am

re: #123 Hecuba’s daughter

Even John Gotti was busted eventually.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:21:25am

Remember the ruling that a dog couldn’t run for governor of Kansas? Who made that ruling? Our Friend Kris Kobach. Juanita Jean has some snark for him:

I’m not saying this is dirty politics or anything but, Kobach has announced that he’s running for Governor. I think he’s afraid the dog would beat him. I mean, tis sweet dog has never said anything incredibly dumb or destroyed a whole Integrity Commission. And part of the dog’s platform is that he has a “completely anti-squirrel agenda.” I think Kobach took that personally.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:22:26am

re: #124 lawhawk

Close enough for government work. /

Probably using different rounding algorithms.

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wrenchwench  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:25:52am

re: #127 Dr. Matt

Probably using different rounding algorithms.

One of them is counting that year they lived together.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:29:54am
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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:32:12am
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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:32:39am

re: #128 wrenchwench

One of them is counting that year they lived together.

SIINNNNERZZ!!!

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:34:54am

re: #122 wrenchwench

I saw an old couple in the coffee shop and wished them a happy Valentine’s Day, and asked them how many years they’ve had together, and at the same time they said,

‘52’
‘53’

I said, ‘uh oh.’

I could have been their anniversary and one of them was counting exact hours…..

What the heck, I’ll be kind.

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Hecuba's daughter  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:35:05am

re: #125 Eclectic Cyborg

Even John Gotti was busted eventually.

Our local mob boss Tony Accardo did quite well and never was imprisoned for his many crimes.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:36:03am

re: #129 Ace-o-aces

#InfrastructureWeek is going great so far!
— aceoaces (@aceoaces) February 14, 2018

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:37:20am

Everything Newt talks about is a goddamned lie/obfuscation/misinformation.

Take his nonsense about space exploration and rocket launches:

Congrats to SpaceX for the Falcon Heavy. You’ve just managed to reengineer something NASA did 50 years ago when the engineers had slide rules and African American women were the computers.

The US gave up that heavy lift capability to pursue the space shuttle to get to low earth orbit. Turned out that was a costly mistake as the shuttle never lived up to its lofty ambitions of a safe reusable and low cost method to get to space.

Now, we’ve got SpaceX competing with longstanding defense contractors like SLS (Boeing) who don’t want to see their contracts lost. That’s where the competition is.

NASA isn’t the problem. NASA continues doing the basic science and deep space exploration and manned space program.

But the GOP doesn’t consider basic science to be a priority (or even a thing).

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I Would Prefer Not To  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:37:28am

re: #69 Sir John Barron

I thought this Stormy Daniels story was a complete lie FAKE NEWS?!

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Only her orgasms were fake.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:42:18am

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from the truest true lovers, so much in love, in the entire history of the world of love! Buleeve me!

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:42:36am

re: #129 Ace-o-aces

I love infrastructure week

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:43:11am

re: #134 Dr. Matt

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#ShartWeek

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plansbandc  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:43:36am

Dude and I will be going out to Dinner tomorrow night. Just would be too annoyingly crowded today. Hope everyone has as good a day as they can.

Trumpland sucks.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:43:50am

re: #135 lawhawk

National Space Council needs to build off Falcon Heavy momentum and actively pursue public-private partnerships with innovative companies, like @SpaceX, who are out-competing government programs so that America can start winning the space race again. gingrichproductions.com pic.twitter.com

— Newt Gingrich

Gonna go out on a limb here and say I don’t think Newt knows what he’s talking about.

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Dr Lizardo  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:44:07am

re: #135 lawhawk

IIRC, the USSR had a couple of space shuttles (Buran-class, I believed they were called) and they launched one of them one time. I think they’re now quietly falling apart in a hangar somewhere.

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:45:49am

re: #140 plansbandc

Dude and I will be going out to Dinner tomorrow night. Just would be too annoyingly crowded today. Hope everyone has as good a day as they can.

Trumpland sucks.

The Mrs and I don’t go out on Valentine’s Day. I make a nice dinner special for the occasion (I do all the cooking anyways, so I try to do something a little different).

We go out some other day when prices aren’t jacked up for prix fixe meals that aren’t as good as what those restaurants normally serve. She gets me flowers. I get her chocolates.

And we are quite happy with this arrangement.

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Interesting Times  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:47:16am

I can’t believe I didn’t see this earlier:

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:47:47am

re: #124 lawhawk

Close enough for government work. /

Hey! Cut me a break ! 😉

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:48:34am

re: #140 plansbandc

Dude and I will be going out to Dinner tomorrow night. Just would be too annoyingly crowded today. Hope everyone has as good a day as they can.

Trumpland sucks.

We have big plans - we’re going food shopping! :)

We’ll make a dinner with what we buy, and I bought my wife’s fave cheesecake from the local chi-chi bakery for dessert.

We have an iron-clad rule about not going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. We’ll do that tomorrow.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:48:36am

re: #140 plansbandc

Dude and I will be going out to Dinner tomorrow night. Just would be too annoyingly crowded today. Hope everyone has as good a day as they can.

Trumpland sucks.

Wife and I did it this past weekend. Late lunch, movie, wasn’t too cold so a little walk around the park, couple drinks listening to music at a friends bar.

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gocart mozart  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:48:51am

A lunatic

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Anymouse 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:50:41am

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email in an effort to cover up travel expenses for Shulkin’s wife, according to a VA inspector general’s report released Wednesday.

The report found that Shulkin’s chief of staff, Viveca Wright Simpson, made changes to an official email to get approval for taxpayer funding for Shulkin’s wife’s flights costing more than $4,000.

The report also finds Shulkin misused government resources by accepting Wimbledon tickets and airfare for his wife when he took a trip to Europe last summer, according to USA Today.

(more)

thehill.com

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lawhawk  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:51:02am

re: #144 Interesting Times

It’s actually a back to the future moment, as Trump’s real estate fortune was spawned by his dad who did lower/middle class apartment buildings. Donny decided to get into luxury buildings with gold plated crap everywhere. But the lower/middle class apartment buildings are the core of his portfolio.

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:51:22am

re: #148 gocart mozart

A lunatic

Welcome to Rhonda’s 2018 Conspiracy Theory Cliche Fest!

Clever little parrot, ain’t she?

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Interesting Times  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:51:45am
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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:52:08am

BTW - if you haven’t seen this, some nutjob tried to crash the NSA. The car has multiple bullet holes in the windshield - viz:

Soon to be part of an elaborate theory on InfoWars

Bets on whether the driver had a head filled with the crazy shit being spewed by Fox, Hannity, Jones, Trump, et al.?

Could just be another rando having a bad reaction to his opioids.

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bill d. (b.d.)  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:54:12am

re: #149 Anymouse 🌹

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email in an effort to cover up travel expenses for Shulkin’s wife, according to a VA inspector general’s report released Wednesday.

The report found that Shulkin’s chief of staff, Viveca Wright Simpson, made changes to an official email to get approval for taxpayer funding for Shulkin’s wife’s flights costing more than $4,000.

The report also finds Shulkin misused government resources by accepting Wimbledon tickets and airfare for his wife when he took a trip to Europe last summer, according to USA Today.

(more)

thehill.com

DRAIN TEH SWAMP!!

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 9:54:30am

Bitcoin is back over $9K. I earned $30 worth on NiceHash last week at around $8.5K

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:02:17am

re: #66 Unshaken Defiance

Happy Valentines Day people. Get those cards and flowers. I have my annual challenge-A gift fit for a woman who made my life wonderful, spent decades in the jewelry biz and is now an Orchid judge for AOS. I guess I’m lucky she never worked for See’s chocolates.

You’re a thoughtful husband. I am a Valentines Day baby, so I have always taken the extreme position that it’s my day and as such, all stuff should head towards me and not from me. This has not always been shown to be a particularly bright approach, but I’m stubborn.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:03:03am

Stonekettle’s most recent essay was posted here earlier, but it just reached the top of my stack. Absolutely one of his best. And this comment from “Sheila” summarized things for me:

I often think about Trump’s remarks on Iraq, why, he wanted to know, didn’t we take the oil? Why didn’t we take the riches? Or, why didn’t we take over the country and force submission.
Looking at what trump has attempted thus far in his administration one can easily see that he wants retribution from those who did not support him and his goals. He’s attacking the old, the disabled, POC, women, Hispanics- those groups that typically vote democratic.
In another day we would call trump’s aspirations those of Imperialism. Today that word has a negative connotation but only to those with morals, not Trump. And if one had all the military at one’s command could he not take over countries? Would Trump take over a “shithole” as he put it? A shithole country that has rich veins of precious metals, minerals, and diamonds.
Trump will never stop his greed, his need to acquire things. He is empty, soulless, simply seeking that thing that will satisfy and satiate but nothing will ever fulfill his desires. Nothing, not battleships or missiles can ever be enough. Power is a state of mind and Trump’s mind is wildly twisted. What he wants isn’t something that can be bought or sold. He’s made a deal with the devil and that’s too good for him.

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wrenchwench  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:08:29am

re: #156 Colère Tueur de Lapin

You’re a thoughtful husband. I am a Valentines Day baby, so I have always taken the extreme position that it’s my day and as such, all stuff should head towards me and not from me. This has not always been shown to be a particularly bright approach, but I’m stubborn.

Happy Ash Wednesday. And birthday.

159
Dr Lizardo  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:09:05am

re: #148 gocart mozart

That person is pretty far gone.

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JordanRules  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:10:39am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:11:05am

re: #158 wrenchwench

Happy Ash Wednesday. And birthday.

I’m hoping Catholics will have hearts drawn on their foreheads with ash today.

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:11:46am

re: #152 Interesting Times

BREAKING: AP Sources: Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to announce Utah Senate campaign Thursday.

you’re announcing that he’s gonna be announcing?

dont we, like, know now?

163
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:12:43am

re: #150 lawhawk

It’s actually a back to the future moment, as Trump’s real estate fortune was spawned by his dad who did lower/middle class apartment buildings. Donny decided to get into luxury buildings with gold plated crap everywhere. But the lower/middle class apartment buildings are the core of his portfolio.

He has always been a slumlord. The trick is that he builds slums for rich people. But what kind of rich person wants to live in a gold plated slum?

Answer: a shady crook who is using the gold-plated slum as a money-washing machine.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:13:14am

re: #160 JordanRules

Top-right is cute. Is that GWB?

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:14:12am

re: #160 JordanRules

[Embedded content]

sure
stop short of the full beards and muttonchops

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JordanRules  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:14:39am

re: #164 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Yes. Very cute. Looks like Jenna.

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wrenchwench  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:15:13am

re: #161 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

I’m hoping Catholics will have hearts drawn on their foreheads with ash today.

So many senses of humor would be required for that. From people who are not known for those.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:19:27am
169
Joe Bacon 🌹  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:21:37am

re: #148 gocart mozart

A lunatic

[Embedded content]

More than a few fries short of a Happy Meal…

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:22:17am

re: #168 Ace-o-aces

Racists seem to know racism is bad, or they wouldn’t project it onto people who oppose racism, but they persist in being racists.

171
Skip Intro  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:24:29am

re: #125 Eclectic Cyborg

Even John Gotti was busted eventually.

John Gotti wasn’t the president.

172
Targetpractice  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:25:00am

Hillary won the popular vote and lost the electoral college vote by less than 1% in several states: “Go knit, Hillary! You’re a loser and nobody wants you around anymore!”

Willard lost both the popular and electoral college votes by wide margins: “SAVE US, MITT!!!”

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makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:27:25am

re: #164 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Top-right is cute. Is that GWB?

Looks like Jenna!

And one of those older presidents on the bottom row looks suspiciously like Debbie Harry.

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:31:23am

guy doesnt get a security clearance and so he resigns

Banks said he was told that his clearance would not be granted because he admitted to smoking marijuana in 2013

he admitted it. use. no arrest or conviction.

have an actual, you know, due process restraining order against you - dont admit anything - here’s a promotion

175
Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:33:38am

re: #174 dangerman

guy doesnt get a security clearance and so he resigns

he admitted it. use. no arrest or conviction.

have an actual, you know, due process restraining order against you - dont admit anything - here’s a promotion

You don’t understand. It’s marijuana! He could have turned into a bat, flown to Cuba, and revealed state secrets.

I also admit to smoking marijuana in 2013. By 2015 I was vaping.

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Ace-o-aces  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:34:10am

re: #170 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Racists seem to know racism is bad, or they wouldn’t project it onto people who oppose racism, but they persist in being racists.

The entire white genocide in South Africa narrative is rejection from racists who would commit genocide against minorities if they had a chance. The reality is that SA has a high murder rate, and sometimes the victims are white.

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:37:06am

re: #174 dangerman

guy doesnt get a security clearance and so he resigns

he admitted it. use. no arrest or conviction.

have an actual, you know, due process restraining order against you - dont admit anything - here’s a promotion

Security clearances are Deep State coup against Trump MAGA. Drain the Swamp of Security Clearances!

/////

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:37:40am

re: #18 goddamnedfrank

re: #90 dangerman

The Blast

Stormy Daniels Warns Trump & Lawyer: You Breached Our Agreement, Now I’m Free to Talk!

Sources close to Daniels tell The Blast that her legal team notified President Trump’s legal team, including attorney Michael Cohen, that they are in violation of the agreement they made back in 2016.

the story says “their contract”
but it doesnt say whether that means with her and cohen or her and trump

179
wrenchwench  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:38:58am

I’m no meteorologist. The forecast for today has a 90% chance of rain. The amount is forecast to be ‘near a quarter of an inch’. It seems to me that if the amount is expected to be so small, they wouldn’t be so sure of any rain happening. Or they should start measuring in millimeters.

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dangerman  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:41:19am

re: #177 Sir John Barron

Security clearances are Deep State coup against Trump MAGA. Drain the Swamp of Security Clearances!

/////

smoked marijuana in 2013 - no clearance for you
beat up women - clearance not even necessary - no worries
(oh, and promotion)

181
makeitstop  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:42:42am

re: #178 dangerman

The Blast

the story says “their contract”
but it doesnt say whether that means with her and cohen or her and trump

Stormy sees an extension of her 15 minutes coming over the horizon.

She should be careful - she could end up falling out a window while installing a bathtub.

/// (a little, considering Says Who Cohen’s willingness to protect Babyhands.)

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Patricia Kayden  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:48:45am

re: #176 Ace-o-aces

This “Whites are the real victims” nonsense is stale. I noticed that when Whites left Zimbabwe in droves after Mugabe’s land grab, there was little if any international outcry. And I actually felt a bit of sympathy for those farmers.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:49:27am

Someone Is Sending Amazon Sex Toys to Strangers. Amazon Has No Idea How to Stop It. (The Daily Beast)

The first time Nikki unexpectedly received a sex toy in an Amazon box, she thought there must have been a mix-up at the factory. She’d bought some mascara that hadn’t arrived yet.

“At first I believed it to be a mistake,” she said.

But then the other packages came, one by one. A cord to a Bluetooth device was next. No gift receipt, no footprints and, as she’d discover over the next week, no help. The last package had headphones.

Women freak out from this, because they think it may be a stalker, but maybe we should send the 4Chan boys unsolicited Fleshlights to chill them out.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:51:29am

re: #183 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Someone Is Sending Amazon Sex Toys to Strangers. Amazon Has No Idea How to Stop It. (The Daily Beast)

Women freak out from this, because they think it may be a stalker, but maybe we should send the 4Chan boys unsolicited Fleshlights to chill them out.

Skynet has a kinky side.

185
FormerDirtDart  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:51:30am
186
Belafon  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:52:55am

re: #185 FormerDirtDart

May I ask what’s in the picture (can’t twitter at work)?

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Kragar  Feb 14, 2018 • 10:56:57am
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FormerDirtDart  Feb 14, 2018 • 11:00:11am

re: #186 Belafon

May I ask what’s in the picture (can’t twitter at work)?

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Feb 14, 2018 • 11:02:39am

re: #187 Kragar

Here comes the tell-all book. Good for her. Porn-star is not a career that lasts.

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retired cynic  Feb 14, 2018 • 11:28:52am

re: #185 FormerDirtDart

[Embedded content]

Same thing that upset him with the island in Wonder Woman.


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