Great Interview: Seth Meyers w/ Sarah Kendzior, on the Systemic Issues That Will Outlast Trump

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Writer Sarah Kendzior talks about studying dictators for her PhD, why she loves complaining and the systemic problems that will still exist once Trump is out of office.

In the Trump era, Sarah Kendzior has been one of the most prescient and accurate writers and prognosticators about our benighted political hellscape. Here she is with Seth Meyers discussing her PhD background in studying authoritarianism, and making appropriately pessimistic predictions about the coming days of the Trump Horror.

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248 comments

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:21:48pm

Very good.

Trump did not pop out of a vacuum like some subatomic particle pair.

Trump is part of an expression of a deep problem in our society, where religion and authoritarianism is being welded into a single force for atavism.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:23:11pm

That’s my worry. We had systematic problems before Trump and he’s created new ones. You know what I worry about? Something similiar happen. We get a successful center-left President like Obama again and because he’s not perfect enough for the purer than thou, they have a tantrum and someone like Trump does this again in 2028. I geuss, one step at a time.

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Ace-o-aces  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:28:23pm
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Charles Johnson  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:29:21pm

The late night “comedy” shows are much more informative and interesting than most of what’s on cable news these days.

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scottslemmons  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:36:36pm

The best thing today is reading Patton Oswalt’s timeline on Twitter.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:37:23pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:38:05pm

re: #5 scottslemmons

The best thing today is reading Patton Oswalt’s timeline on Twitter.

Wish his wife was here to see this. It was really a nice gesture that he helped finish her work when she died.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:38:34pm

re: #6 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Not much has changed unfortunately sigh.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:40:27pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

My take is that our society is now so successfully fragmented into different spheres-of-information that the “cable news” is really about narrow-casting to very tightly defined audiences.

This is not journalism in the sense that we understood journalism during the heyday of TV network news.

Rather, these “cable news” outlets are about highly targeted marketing projects, where advertisers are attempting to match up to their most-likely customers.

Sure, there may be a specific program here or there - such as Maddow - which can do good work.

But on the whole, cable networks are like the old advertising fliers we’d get packed into our newspapers, back when we got such things.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:45:07pm

I’m amused by the Kanye love by the people who flipped their shit when he said Bush didn’t care about black people.

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ckkatz  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:45:31pm

From the previous thread:

re: #126 whitebeach

I agree with ckkatz’s list with one exception: Unless you have a deep interest in naval aviation, scratch Virginia Beach off the list. I recall its beach as being one of the ugliest in the continental US, and if you do decide to stop there, don’t book a room near the top of the hotel, as the naval jets will sound like tornadoes going overhead.

Once you’re in NC, if you like barbecue, I’d detour a little from the coast to the Rocky Mount area, a mecca for eastern-NC style BBQ. I wish I could send you to the great Melton’s, but it was wiped out years ago in Hurricane Floyd. Even so, you can’t go very wrong here. When you smell the hickory smoke and you’re hungry, pull in. Keep in mind this is eastern NC. Don’t look for gooey red sweet/sour sauce. Eastern BBQ is mainly about vinegar and peppers.

Enjoy your trip.

I am glad that someone spoke up on the merits of the North Carolina bbq. I, regrettably, lack the expertise to do it justice.

Also, it is very true that the Virginia Beach/Hampton/Newport News area can be noisy and very congested due to the constricted geography. Another naval history point (I believe) is that the Monitor-Merrimack battles occurred in the area.

Here are what I came up with:
Virginia
- Jamestown
- Richmond-Petersburg (2 hour drive inland)

This area can be very congested due to how geographically constricted it is:
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Yorktown
- Virginia Beach
- Newport News
- Hampton
Monitor vs Merrimack
- Norfolk
Great Dismal Swamp
(Officially the northernmost Alligators are just south of the swamp, in Merchants Millpond, North Carolina. But…)

North Carolina
Outer Banks
- Kitty Hawk
- Roanoke-Croatan colony
- Edward Teach/Blackbeard at Ocracoke
- The local North Carolina dialects (such as High Tiders and, further south Lumbee) are fading as the area is no longer isolated. But linguists love to talk about them.

Now off to Dulles to pick up my lady. Who is returning from a chaplain’s conference in New Orleans.

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wheat-dogg  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:56:00pm

Says Who Cohen says he will plead the Fifth.

washingtonpost.com

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen on Wednesday told a federal judge that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in a lawsuit brought by adult entertainer Stormy Daniels.

Cohen’s declaration, in support of his request to pause proceedings in the civil case, cited an “ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.”

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 4:56:23pm
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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:01:31pm

The “systemic issues” will not be really addressed until we can convince enough Americans that the Constitution is not a magic document inspired by some god.

The Constitution has some deep flaws which were brought to light very early in our country’s history, then again in the time of the Civil War, and now again in the era of corporate-friendly, religiously-fuel atavism.

We need to fix the Constitution and the government it outlines.

We simply can not continue to allow fictitious persons (corporations) to be treated as equal to humans.

We also have to remove the profit-motive from elections.

And we need more checks on Executive malfeasance.

And finally, or perhaps firstly, we need to have a truly representative government.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:04:16pm

That is one FUGLY dress. It’s a fashion war crime.

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prairiefire  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:05:50pm

Oh my gosh, an intellectual, where have these people been? I know, trapped in a snowball of chaos energy that has no time or money for acedemics.

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prairiefire  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:06:48pm

re: #15 The Vicious Babushka

Yes but I think she pulls it off. Frosted complicit corruption in tulle.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:07:28pm

re: #15 The Vicious Babushka

That is one FUGLY dress. It’s a fashion war crime.

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She probably thought it was so “French.”

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b.d. (Perfect Smokey Eye)  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:08:03pm

re: #15 The Vicious Babushka

That is one FUGLY dress. It’s a fashion war crime.

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Daddy likes it.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:08:21pm

re: #12 wheat-dogg

Says Who Cohen says he will plead the Fifth.

washingtonpost.com

Just reading through some armchair lawyers’ opinions now. It seems like Cohen may have just shot himself in the foot dick.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:08:29pm

This white person doesn’t have to be a Democrat either, but they’re the party closest to my beliefs.

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Skip Intro  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:09:16pm
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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:09:40pm

re: #15 The Vicious Babushka

If I were a fashionista, I think I’d point out that the real problem is with Jared.

He’s not match or complementing his wife.

Her dress is intentionally an echo of earlier centuries, with frills, the color, and the pattern. The only thing that is really post-19th century is the sleeveless nature. Thus it is an intentional blending of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

His threads, though, are very blase, as if they’re straight out of the Men’s Wearhouse back rack, for bog-standard two-piece formal wear.

Instead, Jared needs to also blend different eras. He should also echo his wife’s colors, or complement them.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:10:47pm

re: #22 Skip Intro

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You mean a private company doing what a private company wants to do? Gee Steve aren’t you part of the people that raise a shit fit when people call out anti-gay business owners for refusing to serve gay people? And as far as I know, people like you are still on FB blabbering. But hey if it makes your conservative persecution complex feel better, by all means have Diamond and Silk.

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prairiefire  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:11:39pm

re: #23 freetoken

Just imagine a dark charcoal suit with a magenta tie.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:14:04pm

re: #25 prairiefire

Just imagine a dark charcoal suit with a magenta tie.

With a good gilded-age top-hat.

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b.d. (Perfect Smokey Eye)  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:14:38pm

re: #22 Skip Intro

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oh dear lord, I can’t wait for King to ask them about Kanye.

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TedStriker  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:14:56pm

re: #26 freetoken

With a good gilded-age top-hat.

And a monocle.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:15:06pm

I must say I am not surprised to see Trump aligning with the Kardashian Empire, though I am still a little fuzzy about what exactly Kardashians are.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:15:45pm

re: #29 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I must say I am not surprised to see Trump aligning with the Kardashian Empire, though I am still a little fuzzy about what exactly Kardashians are.

Hobbits if I remember correctly.

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b.d. (Perfect Smokey Eye)  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:15:48pm

re: #29 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I must say I am not surprised to see Trump aligning with the Kardashian Empire, though I am still a little fuzzy about what exactly Kardashians are.

They’re a lot like Trump but a west coast version

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:16:07pm

re: #29 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I must say I am not surprised to see Trump aligning with the Kardashian Empire, though I am still a little fuzzy about what exactly Kardashians are.

They are the epitome of shallow-made-rich.

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retired cynic  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:16:08pm

re: #28 TedStriker

And a monocle.

The New Yorker symbol chappie.

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The Major  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:17:16pm

re: #22 Skip Intro

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:19:46pm

Well, what with today’s data dump of the Gaia results momentarily reminding us that the human race are not all idiots, this flat-earther should bring us back to reality. He’s been spamming this all over YouTube today:

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I think we found the new Presidential Science Advisor!

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prairiefire  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:20:13pm

re: #26 freetoken

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wheat-dogg  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:22:27pm

re: #23 freetoken

If I were a fashionista, I think I’d point out that the real problem is with Jared.

He’s not match or complementing his wife.

Her dress is intentionally an echo of earlier centuries, with frills, the color, and the pattern. The only thing that is really post-19th century is the sleeveless nature. Thus it is an intentional blending of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

His threads, though, are very blase, as if they’re straight out of the Men’s Wearhouse back rack, for bog-standard two-piece formal wear.

Instead, Jared needs to also blend different eras. He should also echo his wife’s colors, or complement them.

Jared should try wearing a tan suit sometime.

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Citizen K  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:24:34pm

Oh, and because rather related:

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:25:51pm

re: #35 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Amazing, isn’t it?

There is no doubt a deep frustration felt by some who are, frankly, not very educated, when they are confronted with the 21st century, which so far has been the “information era”.

So they lash out.

I used to despise them, but finally decided I was wrong to do that. Currently I reserve my spite for the immoral who know better (e.g., Trump, Steve King, and the rest).

Still, I don’t think we should give the ranting fools a pass. It takes a lot of work, but if enough people together keep working on building knowledge and educating others, then the society can keep moving forward, tiny bit by tiny bit.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:26:39pm

re: #22 Skip Intro

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The Major  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:28:48pm
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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:30:24pm

re: #32 freetoken

Well, the Kardashians are largely self-made rich courtesy of sex tapes.

They were under the radar well off thanks to Bob Kardashian’s legal career. They capitalized on fame of being famous following the infamous sex tapes and proximity to other well to do types like the Hiltons.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:35:15pm
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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:35:17pm
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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:36:44pm

re: #42 lawhawk

Well, the Kardashians are largely self-made rich courtesy of sex tapes.

They were under the radar well off thanks to Bob Kardashian’s legal career. They capitalized on fame of being famous following the infamous sex tapes and proximity to other well to do types like the Hiltons.

So Alek Minassian is a mooslin terrist, but the Kardashians aren’t?

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:38:44pm

re: #43 Charles Johnson

I find it interesting that he’s attacking Joy for blog posts which have zero comments when you’d expect scores of comments pushing back against Joy’s alleged homophobia. I believe her.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:39:26pm

re: #30 HappyWarrior

Hobbits if I remember correctly.

Kim is a hobbit, and Kanye is a gay fish.

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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:39:48pm
Reid warns Democrats to lay off impeachment talk
‘I think the less we talk about impeachment, the better off we are as a country,’ the former party leader said.
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:40:18pm

re: #41 The Major

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I dunno Joe but I do know you voted for him and told us he was so much better than the awful Hillary.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:40:27pm

re: #40 Stanley Sea

As Happy Warrior said above, Facebook can censor whoever they want. Ditto Twitter. What is the purpose of Diamond and Silk’s testimony. I hope Democrats grill them.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:40:31pm

re: #47 The Vicious Babushka

Kim is a hobbit, and Kanye is a gay fish.

That’s right.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:41:31pm

re: #50 Patricia Kayden

As Happy Warrior said above, Facebook can censor whoever they want. Ditto Twitter. What is the purpose of Diamond and Silk’s testimony. I hope Democrats grill them.

The purpose is simple. Get Z list celebrities if you can even call them that to cry about how unfair Facebook is ot conservatives. Facebook definitely doesn’t censor conservatievs. You know how I know that because I have to see right wing crap in my TL all the time from my uninformed conservative friends.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:42:03pm

Happy Warrior if you are around…just saw your buddy the Cleveland baseball player whack a nice homer that hit dead on the left field foul pole off Jon Lester of the Cubbies. It was tall too. So, if it had been inside the pole it would have gone to the back of the left field deck.

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lawhawk  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:42:47pm
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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:43:06pm

re: #50 Patricia Kayden

Remember, Congressional hearings are not about actual investigations.

Hearings are public so soundbites can be recorded, to send to constituents to ask for money and reelection.

Diamond and Silk are tokens that racist conservatives trot out as their “black friends.”

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:43:12pm
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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:43:21pm

re: #25 prairiefire

Just imagine a dark charcoal suit with a magenta tie.

Regency dress coat, buttoned and cut to the waist in front and knee length tails. Black silk with light grey trousers and knee high riding boots. Walking stick & top hat a bonus.

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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:43:34pm

re: #29 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I must say I am not surprised to see Trump aligning with the Kardashian Empire, though I am still a little fuzzy about what exactly Kardashians are.

For all y’all wondering about Kanye, look up when he was last spotted at Trump tower. It was right after he had a breakdown because he needed a big time cash infusion. He was begging some guy on Twitter for money and it got out of hand. Then like a week later, he’s in NY taking pics in front of the elevator at Trump tower.

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piratedan  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:43:35pm

I have no idea why anyone would think they could take GG seriously on LGBT rights, is he here working in America to advance them with the legal chops… No.. he’s in Brazil, which is even worse than the US regarding those very said same civil affairs…

that fucker only comes out of the woodwork when there is some ratfucking and obfuscation to be performed.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:43:59pm

re: #53 ObserverArt

Happy Warrior if you are around…just saw your buddy the Cleveland baseball player whack a nice homer that hit dead on the left field foul pole off Jon Lester of the Cubbies. It was tall too. So, if it had been inside the pole it would have gone to the back of the left field deck.

He killed Lester in the WS too :). He hits lefties very well. That’s the one thing I have in common with Arodis Chapman and Jon Lester. We’ve both allowed hits to Brandon except my fastball isn’t nearly as fast as Arodis’ and I don’t have Lester’s repertoire. I can pitch sidearm though!

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:44:15pm

re: #28 TedStriker

And a monocle.

Nah, Pince-nez would suit him better.

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:47:32pm

re: #48 Unshaken Defiance

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If we have a majority in both house come January, then and only then should the I word be spoken.

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The Major  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:48:03pm

Sure, I know it’ll be lost on this douchecanoe….

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Charles Johnson  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:49:47pm
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prairiefire  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:50:29pm

re: #57 William Lewis

Exactly correct!

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:51:11pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:52:26pm

re: #62 William Lewis

If we have a majority in both house come January, then and only then should the I word be spoken.

Funny how that guy is a stronger gun control advocate than Trump control advocate. Go figure. My take is the impeachment threat is what helps keep the pressure on. And I’m in favor of unrelenting pressure on Trump.

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austin_blue  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:53:26pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

The late night “comedy” shows are much more informative and interesting than most of what’s on cable news these days.

They are, and good for the networks for allowing them to be so. This is a corporate decision that makes them money and keeps us informed. This may be why they are doing so.

By putting the hammer to the slow-motion disaster that is threatening our democracy through the lens of late-night vs. the lens of traditional news reporting (which is The Evil MSM and Fake News, after all), it allows the networks to broadcast the truth in the news lens and avoid being labelled as “biased” by Faux News and the other gaspers, by putting commentary on late-night.

It’s actually a damn smart move by the Networks. And the late-night hosts, who are really smart people, are fully capable of giving as good as they get in regard to the shade thrown by the gaspers. They have been brilliant against the Conservative counterforce.

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b.d. (Perfect Smokey Eye)  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:55:33pm
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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:57:41pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:57:49pm

re: #67 Unshaken Defiance

Funny how that guy is a stronger gun control advocate than Trump control advocate. Go figure. My take is the impeachment threat is what helps keep the pressure on. And I’m in favor of unrelenting pressure on Trump.

I tend to agree with you and I know we don’t always see eye to eye on guns. I have no problem talking about impeachment. He deserves it.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:58:38pm

re: #70 gocart mozart

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Macron who isn’t from this country and was born after the 1960’s knows more about John Lewis than Trump and I’d say most Republicans.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 5:59:51pm

re: #64 Charles Johnson

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Butter emails and she isn’t BERNIE!

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:01:07pm

re: #73 HappyWarrior

Butter emails and she isn’t BERNIE!

The latter is a feature, not a bug.

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:02:50pm

re: #67 Unshaken Defiance

Funny how that guy is a stronger gun control advocate than Trump control advocate. Go figure. My take is the impeachment threat is what helps keep the pressure on. And I’m in favor of unrelenting pressure on Trump.

For me it’s partly this poll: npr.org Even the folks who are souring on Trump are still leary of the I word around here. Let Mueller keep the pressure on but don’t push that until we can make it happen.

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austin_blue  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:03:08pm

re: #35 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Well, what with today’s data dump of the Gaia results momentarily reminding us that the human race are not all idiots, this flat-earther should bring us back to reality. He’s been spamming this all over YouTube today:

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(Crazy e-mails enclosed)

I think we found the new Presidential Science Advisor!

Well, woof! That’s as rabid a series of screeds as I’ve seen in a while.

Thank you (I think) for posting that. I’ll just take a shower, now.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:03:19pm

re: #74 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

The latter is a feature, not a bug.

Yeah I’m glad she’s not Bernie. Because Bernie wouldn’t have anything accomplished of substance right now if he were President. He’d be in gridlock without a clue of how to get anything passed Congress. Sanders may have some good ideas but he doesn’t know how he’ll pay for them or get them passed Congress.

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Unshaken Defiance  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:03:24pm

re: #71 HappyWarrior

I tend to agree with you and I know we don’t always see eye to eye on guns. I have no problem talking about impeachment. He deserves it.

He’s rolling over for the Presidential signature on hoped for legislation.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:03:25pm

re: #48 Unshaken Defiance

Why are so many Democrats so wimpy when it comes to impeachment the criminal currently occupying the White House? Yes, we need to impeach Trump before he drags us all down with him. We cannot survive a full term of this. Sigh.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:04:13pm

re: #73 HappyWarrior

Butter emails and she isn’t BERNIE!

A good time to resurrect this Photoshop, my touch-up of an existing idea.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:05:51pm

I plead guilty, I’m trying to trigger the few Trumpkins I have on my Facebook friend list but I did it by insulting Kanye too lol.

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fern01  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:06:30pm

re: #46 Patricia Kayden

I find it interesting that he’s attacking Joy for blog posts which have zero comments when you’d expect scores of comments pushing back against Joy’s alleged homophobia. I believe her.

I would believe her regardless, but your point adds to my conviction. She apologized for the post she authored. Funny how some media women on MSNBC get attacked - trying to pinpoint the reason.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:06:37pm

re: #70 gocart mozart

That is so sweet. A very genuine moment between them. That’s why I feel that Macron’s behavior towards Trump is a put on. He’s trying to pander to Trump to save the Iran agreement and soften Trump’s stance on climate change.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:09:09pm

re: #81 HappyWarrior

I plead guilty, I’m trying to trigger the few Trumpkins I have on my Facebook friend list but I did it by insulting Kanye too lol.

Do not feed the trolls.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:09:10pm

re: #82 fern01

I would believe her regardless, but your point adds to my conviction. She apologized for the post she authored. Funny how some media women on MSNBC get attacked - trying to pinpoint the reason.

The subject of who she attacked apologized too, Crist accepted Joy’s apology. As far as I know, Glenn has never apologized for his past views. I’m not asking him to but if he’s going to attack Joy for something then while ignoring his own past, he can really fuck the fuck off.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:09:36pm

re: #84 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Do not feed the trolls.

But it’s so much fun! To be honest, I’ve been more subtle about it in the past.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:09:37pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:10:08pm

re: #87 gocart mozart

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Macron sounds more like an American President than Trump ever does.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:10:40pm

re: #83 Patricia Kayden

That is so sweet. A very genuine moment between them. That’s why I feel that Macron’s behavior towards Trump is a put on. He’s trying to pander to Trump to save the Iran agreement and soften Trump’s stance on climate change.

I think he is showing Trump up by forcing Trump to act. It gives some contrast between the two and shows Macron to be the much better man.

Donny doesn’t know it though. He’s too arrogant to see he is being mocked subtly and has been taken out of his own game.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:14:48pm

Yeah I definitely think Macron is using Trump in a clever way. I don’t know if it will work but it’s an interesting bit of strategy.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:16:50pm

re: #86 HappyWarrior

But it’s so much fun! To be honest, I’ve been more subtle about it in the past.

Trolls are not toys, except for here, where we use them as small mental punching bags until the boss comes along to take them away.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:17:35pm
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The Major  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:20:16pm

re: #89 ObserverArt

I think he is showing Trump up by forcing Trump to act. It gives some contrast between the two and shows Macron to be the much better man.

Things aren’t all that rosy in France, if you listen to Auntie Beeb’s World Service - Macron runs the risk of becoming - or already is - a neoliberal, with all of its downsides as we saw what happened with Obama during his two terms - the biggest being no one held to account for the cause(s) of The Great Recession (in Obama’s case.)

Something tells me that Macron’s nicey-nice with Hair Furor isn’t going to go over very well with the French populace, short of the LePen’s….

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:20:21pm

re: #91 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Trolls are not toys, except for here, where we use them as small mental punching bags until the boss comes along to take them away.

I haven’t got a reaction tbh yet.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:21:10pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:22:36pm

II don’t see Trump asking Jackson to withdraw in person. Now, I could see Kelly doing it

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austin_blue  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:23:29pm

re: #79 Patricia Kayden

Why are so many Democrats so wimpy when it comes to impeachment the criminal currently occupying the White House? Yes, we need to impeach Trump before he drags us all down with him. We cannot survive a full term of this. Sigh.

I’ll tell you why. It’s the story of Donald Trump and the Central Park Five. By demanding punishment before all the facts were in, he made himself look like a buffoon. Then, when all the facts came in he then doubled down. And looked even worse.

There is ample evidence that the Rs have happily assisted Drumpf in his assfucking of the American people. That is a winning strategy for gaining shitloads of seats at the table this fall. Federal, state, and local.

Mueller’s investigation has been and will continue to bear fruit. If you let it run its course rather than screaming Central Park Five! Convict them now!!! we will eventually see Drumpf scurry off the stage like the incompetent idiot he is. And he will do so legislatively hamstrung.

You can’t pass up the tasty meal that is on the table waiting for you just to push for the banquet for which you dream.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:25:21pm

re: #94 HappyWarrior

I haven’t got a reaction tbh yet.

Maybe you broke its brain. They are rather fragile little things.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:25:43pm

Tomorrow has all the makings of a serious downward plunge off of “hump day”, a roller coaster first drop like plunge

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Archangelus  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:26:15pm

re: #47 The Vicious Babushka

Kim is a hobbit, and Kanye is a gay fish.

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gwangung  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:27:17pm

re: #97 austin_blue

I’ll tell you why. It’s the story of Donald Trump and the Central Park Five. By demanding punishment before all the facts were in, he made himself look like a buffoon. Then, when all the facts came in he then doubled down. And looked even worse.

There is ample evidence that the Rs have happily assisted Drumpf in his assfucking of the American people. That is a winning strategy for gaining shitloads of seats at the table this fall. Federal, state, and local.

Mueller’s investigation has been and will continue to bear fruit. If you let it run its course rather than screaming Central Park Five! Convict them now!!! we will eventually see Drumpf scurry off the stage like the incompetent idiot he is. And he will do so legislatively hamstrung.

You can’t pass up the tasty meal that is on the table waiting for you just to push for the banquet for which you dream.

Personally, I’d keep impeachment in my back pocket. Not gonna talk about it now—-got wayyyyy too many other things to club Republicans for.

Doesn’t mean I’d NEVER use it….

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meteor  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:27:36pm
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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:27:39pm

re: #96 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

II don’t see Trump asking Jackson to withdraw in person. Now, I could see Kelly doing it

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On Nicole Wallace’s MSNBC show today she was saying that she has heard that Kelly is pretty much being ignored by Trump and has given up trying to control The Don. I guess all he does now is try to keep the rest of the staff going and maybe influence them.

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:28:30pm

re: #15 The Vicious Babushka

That is one FUGLY dress. It’s a fashion war crime.

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We had a long discussion of it last night—gag inducing. But, earlier in the year, when 14-year old Millie Bobby Brown wore it, she looked adorable.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:29:02pm
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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:30:33pm

re: #18 ObserverArt

She probably thought it was so “French.”

Except that it’s Rodarte, an American company based in LA. (Of course, fashion mogul Ivanky might not have known that.)

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:30:46pm

re: #104 BeachDem

We had a long discussion of it last night—gag inducing. But, earlier in the year, when 14-year old Millie Bobby Brown wore it, she looked adorable.

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Is it the same color? I actually think the dress’s shape is kind of cute on both of them, but that pink on Ivanka just doesn’t work so well.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:31:11pm
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Charles Johnson  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:32:15pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:33:25pm

re: #102 meteor

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Love that guy.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:34:17pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:35:11pm

oh…

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:35:35pm

re: #38 Citizen K

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This, Federalist people from previous threads, is how the system is stacked against blacks.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:35:56pm

Fiddy got smart almost eight years ago.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:35:58pm

re: #106 BeachDem

Except that it’s Rodarte, an American company based in LA. (Of course, fashion mogul Ivanky might not have known that.)

I meant the froufrou aspects.

I’ve no idea who the nationality of the designer and where it was made.

I can just see her saying “oh that has a French frilly feel to it.”

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:36:15pm

re: #108 gocart mozart

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Hey, now, don’t be insulting the Dragoons. We fielded some fine cavalry troops under that name!

:)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:36:18pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:36:45pm

re: #117 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Suuuuuuuure ya do, you putz. Your ass is grass.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:37:04pm

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’…

Bet it was something like a mag 4 out in the mountains.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:37:29pm

heh

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:38:16pm

And with this comment, I am mere steps below the summit of Everest. And I definitely remember a lot less than half of them. Man, how the time has flown.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:38:23pm
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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:38:33pm

re: #104 BeachDem

We had a long discussion of it last night—gag inducing. But, earlier in the year, when 14-year old Millie Bobby Brown wore it, she looked adorable.

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The black and white is far less princessy and much cuter. For a 14 year old.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:38:39pm

re: #48 Unshaken Defiance

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I hate talking about people needing to be punished for crimes as well, but sometimes people have to be punished for crimes or our laws are meaningless.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:39:34pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:40:15pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

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I admire the hell outta him.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:40:34pm

re: #119 freetoken

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’…

Bet it was somelike like a mag 4 out in the mountains.

Didn’t feel it!

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austin_blue  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:41:04pm

re: #101 gwangung

Personally, I’d keep impeachment in my back pocket. Not gonna talk about it now—-got wayyyyy too many other things to club Republicans for.

Doesn’t mean I’d NEVER use it….

And that is exactly my point. It will happen. Mueller will get the fucker. But that’s not the strategy to run on this fall. The winning strategy is that Drumpf has gleefully assfucked the American people and that the Rs have gleefully assisted him in doing so.

Full stop. That’s a stone cold winner.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:42:51pm

re: #37 wheat-dogg

Jared should try wearing a tan suit sometime.

The only color suit I want to see him wearing is orange.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:42:55pm

re: #125 freetoken

Good guess:

M 3.8 - 16km NNE of Borrego Springs, CA

How did I not feel it?

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:43:39pm

re: #81 HappyWarrior

I plead guilty, I’m trying to trigger the few Trumpkins I have on my Facebook friend list but I did it by insulting Kanye too lol.

Kanye deserves to be insulted. What an idiot. I hope his fans are outraged and desert him.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:44:18pm
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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:44:38pm

re: #130 Stanley Sea

How did I not feel it?

It was not very strong. Just a small jolt followed by two pulses.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:44:56pm

re: #131 Patricia Kayden

Kanye deserves to be insulted. What an idiot. I hope his fans are outraged and desert him.

I’m trying to get the Trumpers to admit they’re on the same page as Kanye lol.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:45:12pm

re: #107 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Is it the same color? I actually think the dress’s shape is kind of cute on both of them, but that pink on Ivanka just doesn’t work so well.

That’s what I was thinking. I also think it needs to be a little looser than the way Ivanka is wearing it. Not much, but not tight.

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:45:19pm

re: #72 HappyWarrior

Macron who isn’t from this country and was born after the 1960’s knows more about John Lewis than Trump and I’d say most Republicans.

And even some Bernie Bros…

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:46:48pm

Regarding Kanye being in the sunken place:

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:46:54pm

re: #128 austin_blue

And that is exactly my point. It will happen. Mueller will get the fucker. But that’s not the strategy to run on this fall. The winning strategy is that Drumpf has gleefully assfucked the American people and that the Rs have gleefully assisted him in doing so.

Full stop. That’s a stone cold winner.

Only the lost causes are not going to think Trump is the worst president ever and should be driven out. No need to harp on that as everyone else just needs to concentrate on the issues like you say.

Let Mueller heat up and come to a boil. A watched pot and all that…

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:47:58pm

re: #138 ObserverArt

We are very good at watching that pot.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:48:58pm
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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:49:08pm

re: #132 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Max tongue slippage. Oh those belly rubs.

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:49:10pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

Love Colin to pieces but he needs to recognize that voting is a must. A President Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have called kneeling Black NFL players “sons of bitches” or encouraged ESPN to fire Jemiele Hill for her political commentary. Elections have consequences. Sitting out elections isn’t an option.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:52:32pm

re: #140 teleskiguy

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My son has learned a whole lot of politics from her. He can identify more admin officials - and those that have left - than his friends or his mother.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:53:33pm

re: #136 BeachDem

And even some Bernie Bros…

Yep.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:54:15pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:54:50pm

re: #143 Belafon

My son has learned a whole lot of politics from her. He can identify more admin officials - and those that have left - than his friends or his mother.

All the talk about Jackson has allowed Pompeo’s nuttery to be forgotten. If I were more conspiratorial in my outlook, I’d say that was on purpose but it’s really due to how incompetent these guys are.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:55:16pm

re: #145 teleskiguy

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The hunt for Booth really should be a movie or miniseries. I read a gerat book on it.

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:55:40pm

re: #107 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Is it the same color? I actually think the dress’s shape is kind of cute on both of them, but that pink on Ivanka just doesn’t work so well.

Millie Bobby Brown wore it in white—Kirsten Dunst (unfortunately for her and all who saw her) wore it in the pepto pink that Ivanka chose. I think, whichever color—it is a cute dress for a young teenager and that’s about it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:56:21pm
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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:56:42pm

re: #148 BeachDem

Millie Bobby Brown wore it in white—Kirsten Dunst (unfortunately for her and all who saw her) wore it in the pepto pink that Ivanka chose. I think, whichever color—it is a cute dress for a young teenager and that’s about it.

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Well, that is how her father fantasizes about her…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:58:06pm

tiny violins…

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:58:25pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 6:59:09pm

re: #151 Backwoods_Sleuth

tiny violins…

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I don’t have much sympathy for her considering how she belittles everyone who questions Trump. No one forced her to take this job.

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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:00:16pm

re: #145 teleskiguy

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It remains a great tragedy that he was not taken alive so that he could hang as the traitorous assassin he was.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:00:18pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:01:07pm

Car buyers these days love SUVs. They don’t, however, love actual cars like hatchbacks and sedans —as Ford has learned.

Ford (F) said on Wednesday the only passenger car models it plans to keep on the market in North America will be the Mustang and the upcoming Ford Focus Active, a crossover-like hatchback that’s slated to debut in 2019.

That means the Fiesta, Taurus, Fusion and the regular Focus will disappear in the United States and Canada.

Ford will, however, continue to offer its full gamut of trucks, SUVs and crossovers.

By 2020, “almost 90 percent of the Ford portfolio in North America will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles,” the press release says.

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CleverToad  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:01:12pm

re: #104 BeachDem

We had a long discussion of it last night—gag inducing. But, earlier in the year, when 14-year old Millie Bobby Brown wore it, she looked adorable.

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The old phrase “mutton dressed as lamb” comes to mind.

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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:01:30pm

re: #150 freetoken

Well, that is how her father fantasizes about her…

Must please daddy!

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:02:49pm

re: #151 Backwoods_Sleuth

Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on a lengthy rant about how reporters are mean to her.

Good. I hope she’s every bit as miserable as she looks most of the time.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:04:29pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:04:40pm
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ObserverArt  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:05:52pm

re: #156 Backwoods_Sleuth

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How sad. As a car guy, this hurts.

Oh well, hopefully VW (my fav) and other European and Asian car makers will offer hatchbacks and smaller sedans as they fit their markets more than ours anymore.

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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:06:29pm

re: #148 BeachDem

Millie Bobby Brown wore it in white—Kirsten Dunst (unfortunately for her and all who saw her) wore it in the pepto pink that Ivanka chose. I think, whichever color—it is a cute dress for a young teenager and that’s about it.

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The length also makes that dress worse. Tea length cuts or two rows of ruffles. There are WAAAAAAY too many ruffles on that thing. It really is an abomination. I wonder if fashion police got on it. I wouldn’t be surprised.

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wheat-dogg  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:06:53pm

re: #156 Backwoods_Sleuth

I may reconsider my ownership of Ford stock. Long-term, this is a very bad strategy for the US market, *unless* Ford intends to import smaller vehicles from its offshore plants. Here in China the top selling Ford model is the Focus.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:07:33pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:07:51pm

re: #161 Backwoods_Sleuth

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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:07:53pm

re: #152 teleskiguy

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:09:02pm

re: #162 ObserverArt

How sad. As a car guy, this hurts.

Oh well, hopefully VW (my fav) and other European and Asian car makers will offer hatchbacks and smaller sedans as they fit their markets more than our anymore.

When the Trump administration got with the car manufacturers and started rolling back fuel efficiency standards, we said we’d buy foreign. But I noticed that Toyota was one of the companies that participated in those discussions.

I went to go look up the Focus Active, and noticed that in Europe, they offer a Fiesta Active. I wish I could get one of those.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:09:07pm

On the whole frilly dress discussion: All three examples up above are kind of old-fashioned-looking, but what’s really wrong about them all is that the waist is way too low—something like that with radically different textures top and bottom, really needs to be an Empire style. IMO.

The $14,600 is another matter. I don’t think my entire wardrobe combined is $146!

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:09:18pm

re: #151 Backwoods_Sleuth

tiny violins…

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I think somebody should do a study on which kinds of lies the Huckster tell when she wears her hair straight and which kind she tells when she wears it curly.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:10:25pm

re: #170 BeachDem

I think somebody should do a study on which kinds of lies the Huckster tell when she wears her hair straight and which kind she tells when she wears it curly.

Does it curl when she’s practicing in the back?

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:11:07pm

re: #148 BeachDem

Millie Bobby Brown wore it in white—Kirsten Dunst (unfortunately for her and all who saw her) wore it in the pepto pink that Ivanka chose. I think, whichever color—it is a cute dress for a young teenager and that’s about it.

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My granddaughter would look totes adorbs in that dress. But she is 4.

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:11:13pm

re: #156 Backwoods_Sleuth

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And will they all come with a coal rolling option so folks can, ya know, burn as much fuel as possible?

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:12:28pm

re: #154 William Lewis

It remains a great tragedy that he was not taken alive so that he could hang as the traitorous assassin he was.

Mary Surratt took his place on the gallows.

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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:12:45pm

re: #164 wheat-dogg

I may reconsider my ownership of Ford stock. Long-term, this is a very bad strategy for the US market, *unless* Ford intends to import smaller vehicles from its offshore plants. Here in China the top selling Ford model is the Focus.

It’s the market. Small cars sell overseas better than here. I’m surprised about Canada, though.

Here’s the biggest issue with this, they won’t build brand loyalty. Start 20 year olds with a Focus and when they’re 30 they get a Taurus (or what have you, the family car) and at 50 a Lincoln.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:12:55pm

with that, I bid everyone a good night!

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Patricia Kayden  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:13:00pm

re: #160 Backwoods_Sleuth

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:13:07pm

re: #148 BeachDem

Millie Bobby Brown wore it in white—Kirsten Dunst (unfortunately for her and all who saw her) wore it in the pepto pink that Ivanka chose. I think, whichever color—it is a cute dress for a young teenager and that’s about it.

I profess no knowledge of fashion. But, I’m pretty sure the only time an adult women is to be seen in a pink dress is when they’ve been sentenced to serve as a brides maid.

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:16:13pm

re: #163 MsJ

The length also makes that dress worse. Tea length cuts or two rows of ruffles. There are WAAAAAAY too many ruffles on that thing. It really is an abomination. I wonder if fashion police got on it. I wouldn’t be surprised.

When Millie Bobby wore it back in February, Tom and Lorenzo gave it a thumbs up (they announced that they would not review Trump fashions)

Millie Bobby Brown Floats Prettily By in Rodarte at the 2018 Brit Awards

tomandlorenzo.com

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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:18:49pm

re: #179 BeachDem

When Millie Bobby wore it back in February, Tom and Lorenzo gave it a thumbs up (they announced that they would not review Trump fashions)

Millie Bobby Brown Floats Prettily By in Rodarte at the 2018 Brit Awards

tomandlorenzo.com

I was wondering about Dunst. Brown is a kid and that’s a cute dress for a kid.

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:19:09pm
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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:24:15pm

re: #156 Backwoods_Sleuth

Very sad.
I’m on my 3rd focus. Love that car. At the rate I’m going, I’ll prob have this one for a looong time. Officially an old lady car, 2 yrs old this memorial day, 7400 mi. I work from home!!!!

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:24:32pm

re: #180 MsJ

I was wondering about Dunst. Brown is a kid and that’s a cute dress for a kid.

Ask and I will seek—eww, I’m shocked (and disappointed) that T&L actually liked it when Dunst wore it (and she wore it way back in September, so Vanky was really behind the curve.)

Kirsten Dunst WERQs that Rodarte at the Venice Film Festival

tomandlorenzo.com

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:25:50pm

re: #182 Stanley Sea

Very sad.
I’m on my 3rd focus. Love that car. At the rate I’m going, I’ll prob have this one for a looong time. Officially an old lady car, 2 yrs old this memorial day, 7400 mi. I work from home!!!!

My problem with this is that the trucks and SUV’s are more expensive, which means my chances of buying a new car effectively just went to zero. I’m going to be buying used for the next 20 years, probably.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:27:55pm

re: #183 BeachDem

Ask and I will seek—eww, I’m shocked (and disappointed) that T&L actually liked it when Dunst wore it (and she wore it way back in September, so Vanky was really behind the curve.)

Kirsten Dunst WERQs that Rodarte at the Venice Film Festival

tomandlorenzo.com

More unsolicited fashion advice from me: The only time you should wear an outfit the exact same color as your skin is if you’re wearing a flesh-color body stocking trying to look like you’re naked.

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MsJ  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:28:12pm

re: #183 BeachDem

Ask and I will seek—eww, I’m shocked (and disappointed) that T&L actually liked it when Dunst wore it (and she wore it way back in September, so Vanky was really behind the curve.)

Kirsten Dunst WERQs that Rodarte at the Venice Film Festival

tomandlorenzo.com

Man. Looking at that dress from every angle makes it that much worse. It’s horrible no matter how you look at it.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:29:06pm

re: #186 MsJ

Man. Looking at that dress from every angle makes it that much worse. It’s horrible no matter how you look at it.

I do kinda like the white version that Millie wore. I think it looks a lot worse on a tall woman (not sure about Dunst, but isn’t Ivanka kinda tall? Definitely very skinny.)

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gocart mozart  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:29:31pm
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William Lewis  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:29:52pm

re: #174 The Vicious Babushka

Mary Surratt took his place on the gallows.

Yes, unfortunately.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:30:37pm

I don’t think Ford has jumped in the electric market like other car companies, including GM. It will interesting to see what happens to them when the market goes south, or gas prices jump back to $4+ per gallon here in Texas.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:32:44pm

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland recently examined more than 2.7 billion tweets posted between 2009 and 2016, and found that Twitter users are exposed mainly to political opinions that agree with their own. The results indicate a strong correlation between biases in the content people both produce and consume, leading the researchers to conclude that echo chambers are very real on Twitter. Said Aalto’s Aristedes Gionis, “An echo chamber exists if the leaning of the content received by Twitter users is in par with the leaning of the content they share.” The study identifies three main roles for Twitter users: partisan users who both consume and produce content with a one-sided leaning; gatekeepers, who have a central role in the formation of echo chambers; and bipartisan users who produce content with both leanings and try to bridge echo chambers. The researchers developed machine learning algorithms to predict the roles of users in several data sets. The team was able to predict partisan users with nearly 80 percent accuracy and gatekeepers with 70 percent accuracy based on their tweets and network.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:36:07pm

re: #167 MsJ

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:37:22pm

re: #188 gocart mozart

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Mom used to make those dolls!

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:38:01pm

re: #184 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

My problem with this is that the trucks and SUV’s are more expensive, which means my chances of buying a new car effectively just went to zero. I’m going to be buying used for the next 20 years, probably.

Exactly. And gas. Don’t need/want big car.

Sigh, time for my lament…everything I need close is in my hotel room & car. I don’t think it will all fit in the car at once. My storage unit it packed to the gills, I haven’t seen it, but packing Co took my desk (basically a kind of antique table where you cant/didn’t remove the legs) and my sofa to their own storage.

Will have to hire people to help pack 10’ uhaul & sort the boxes, leaving stuff behind. obviously everything was packed, I didn’t have the time to whittle down my possessions.

In other news I met a family here at the Marriott residence who’ve been here 8 MONTHS. Fire. So shut up complainer.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:38:26pm

I fuckin’ love The Onion.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:40:40pm

re: #194 Stanley Sea

I definitely want to upgrade to have at least one bigger vehicle later, because being able to haul furniture and stuff is extremely handy here in the outer suburbs. But I don’t need to be driving a tank to work every day, my little turbo girl does just fine for that and at 35 mpg, I really can’t complain.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:41:41pm

re: #195 teleskiguy

For quite some time now, The Onion has demonstrated just how more powerful satire is compared to the lame “both sides” approach of for-profit news outlets.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:42:52pm

re: #196 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I definitely want to upgrade to have at least one bigger vehicle later, because being able to haul furniture and stuff is extremely handy here in the outer suburbs. But I don’t need to be driving a tank to work every day, my little turbo girl does just fine for that and at 35 mpg, I really can’t complain.

I was getting 35 mpg when I was commuting with the 2012 model!! You can’t beat that.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:43:28pm

So, for those of you who have followed my postings of Don Lincoln’s videos on Special Relativity, and especially the so-called Twin Paradox, in order to get a feel for how the internet has been handling this (surprisingly I’ve never googled this before), all I can say is wow, so many bits spilled over some questionable “explanations”.

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TedStriker  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:45:25pm

re: #156 Backwoods_Sleuth

re: #184 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

My problem with this is that the trucks and SUV’s are more expensive, which means my chances of buying a new car effectively just went to zero. I’m going to be buying used for the next 20 years, probably.

I can understand why Ford is looking at something like this, because the margins on cars tend to be much thinner than on trucks and SUVs, which still command a premium, new or used. But, this from the last paragraph of the CNN story:

And it’s not just Ford. Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) did away with the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 more than a year ago. And General Motors (GM) decided to scale back production of the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac ATS and CTS.

That said, I think it’ll be a huge short-sighted mistake for Ford (as well as for GM and FCA); not everyone wants, needs, or can afford mommyvans and Canyoneros. I just bought a pre-owned 2016 Nissan Sentra, loaded with only 1900 miles on the clock, for about $16000 last month; a similarly-equipped SUV/crossover would have easily cost me at least $5000-6000 more, way out of my budget.

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BeachDem  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:46:31pm

JFC—why oh why is the WaPo giving fucking Kevin Williamson space to spew his view on
“The Punishment I Favor for Abortion.”

Will not click and will not provide the link.

Do better, WaPo.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:48:07pm

re: #201 BeachDem

JFC—why oh why is the WaPo giving fucking Kevin Williamson space to spew his view on
“The Punishment I Favor for Abortion.”

Will not click and will not provide the link.

Do better, WaPo.

How about not having a punishment for abortion since it’s you know legal and not a crime. Williamson needs to get over his obsession with punishing people who get abortions.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:48:26pm

It’s past my bedtime now so I’m not going to rattle on about the issues in understanding SR, but here is something about reality that even people who ought to know better miss in their explanations of the so-called Twin Paradox:

There is no such thing as absolute time.

For anyone.

Ever.

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Scout  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:48:42pm

Sarah Kendzior is a Cassandra of our time.

One of several, and one of the best, IMHO.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:48:49pm

re: #200 TedStriker

A Sentra was on my short list for a daily driver, along with a Jetta TDI (before the cheating scandal). I will always try to buy Chevrolet if I can, because two of them have saved my life and my wife’s life, respectively, and because it’s in the family; but if they take away my options, I won’t play their game.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:49:15pm

re: #204 Scout

Sarah Kendzior is a Cassandra of our time.

One of several, and one of the best, IMHO.

Along with Hillary Clinton and Propane Jane.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:51:33pm

In other news, Black Mirror is freaking me the hell out.

I’m on ep 4, but the one with the blond architect murderer blew me away. I fucking dreamed about it.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:52:36pm
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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:55:42pm

Man Smart, Woman Smarter

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:56:34pm

Y’all seriously if you want a long term economical commuting car look at the modern compact all electrics like the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, or Tesla 3. Well over 100 mpg equivalent and a $7500 federal tax credit on top of any rebate your State offers. SUVs are fun until Trump goes to war with Iran and gas suddenly costs $15 / gallon.

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freetoken  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:57:09pm

For those of you who want a more physics-y answer:

Two people, in different reference frames, if said frames are in motion relative to each other, will only agree on one thing in regards to the motion/time of anything, and it’s this:

The invariance of the speed of light in a vacuum.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Apr 25, 2018 • 7:59:02pm

“… Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday unveiled a plan that would triple the rent for Americans on housing assistance, as well as impose work requirements for the program.

Carson’s plan, proposed in the form of congressional legislation, would raise from 30 percent to 35 percent the amount of their income that Americans on housing assistance pay toward their housing. It would also require that the money be made by at least 15 hours of work at the federal minimum wage level.

That plan would cause rent payments for low-income families to rise from about an amount not exceeding $50 per month to $150 per month, The Washington Post reported. …”

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:01:10pm

Since I’m a little bit of a car nut, an eccentric one at that, my buying decisions may not be relevant to anyone else’s situation. That out of the way, I have bought just one new car in the last 30 years, a 2014 Toyota Avalon that I still have. I actually drive my 2004 Dodge Caravan, now named Caravan of Destruction in Trump’s honor, more often, and I’ve thought about selling the Toyota. The Caravan did indeed go over 200,000 miles last week and is still going strong. Far down on the mileage list but probably tops on cab time is my 1977 Ford F-350. I use this on the farm and spend a lot of time in it at either low or no speed. Besides carrying lot of stuff, it is a handy portable office and power source. It has about 96000 actual miles and is still going strong.

I’m still toying with the idea of a Tesla but my compulsive cheapness and other priorities keep getting in the way.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:04:02pm

re: #213 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Mrs. Fish acquired - by means of her dad having one which he gifted to us - a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. For most non-car-nuts that may not mean much, but you probably know that the Town Cars of that era were built on the Ford Crown Victoria platform, also known as the Indestructible Cop Car of the 1990’s. It is sitting somewhere in the neighborhood of 205k miles at the moment, and aside from an A/C issue that I need to get resolved soon and a driver’s side window that doesn’t work, it shows no signs of stopping any time soon (although it may fall apart from rust consumption before it dies). The damn thing is practically bulletproof, and I’m hoping it can carry her through the next couple of years until my car is paid off and I can turn the savings from not having a car payment to invest in a new vehicle for her.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:08:46pm

A thought: Any company that is making a profit isn’t paying their employees at the right level.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:11:44pm

re: #215 Belafon

A thought: Any company that is making a profit isn’t paying their employees at the right level.

You’re right. The CEO needs another 10x multiplier over the peons who serve him.///////////

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retired cynic  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:11:44pm

re: #156 Backwoods_Sleuth

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:11:52pm

re: #213 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Since I’m a little bit of a car nut, an eccentric one at that, my buying decisions may not be relevant to anyone else’s situation. That out of the way, I have bought just one new car in the last 30 years, a 2014 Toyota Avalon that I still have. I actually drive my 2004 Dodge Caravan, now named Caravan of Destruction in Trump’s honor, more often, and I’ve thought about selling the Toyota. The Caravan did indeed go over 200,000 miles last week and is still going strong. Far down on the mileage list but probably tops on cab time is my 1977 Ford F-350. I use this on the farm and spend a lot of time in it at either low or no speed. Besides carrying lot of stuff, it is a handy portable office and power source. It has about 96000 actual miles and is still going strong.

I’m still toying with the idea of a Tesla but my compulsive cheapness and other priorities keep getting in the way.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:12:13pm

Gillibrand is introducing a bill to allow banking at Post Offices:

“It is really an elegant solution,” said Gillibrand, who emphasized that benefits to the postal system, though significant, were a secondary consideration. “You have a system that already works. And you have the ability to let the unbanked have banking in a way that’s affordable.”
Under Gillibrand’s proposal, Americans could cash paychecks and deposit money in accounts free of charge at each post office location. Deposits would be capped at the larger of two amounts ― $20,000, or the median balance in all American bank accounts.

The postal banks would be able to distribute loans to borrowers of up to $1,000 at an interest rate slightly higher than the yield on one-month Treasury bonds, currently about 2 percent.

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scottslemmons  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:12:30pm

re: #212 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Most Christian politicians ever.

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Dave In Austin  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:12:33pm
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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:13:12pm

re: #216 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

You’re right. The CEO needs another 10x multiplier over the peons who serve him.///////////

I did actually think about that. I was hoping we’d make it two replies before this appeared. :)

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:13:50pm

Look at the second bullet point in this graphic.

No wonder they’re all bugshit crazy.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:13:51pm

re: #222 Belafon

I did actually think about that. I was hoping we’d make it two replies before this appeared. :)

Sorry. I’m too cynical for that. Also, I speak fluent wingnut.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:18:01pm

re: #223 makeitstop

Dude. DUDE. Jackson is in some serious shit. Prescription drugs is on a level of fucking about with the IRS.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:18:41pm

Ah, here’s why Trump is doing an interview with Fox and Friends tomorrow morning at 8:00…

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:18:42pm

re: #223 makeitstop

Look at the second bullet point in this graphic.

No wonder they’re all bugshit crazy.

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I read that writing himself scripts is the killer.

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Skip Intro  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:19:19pm

re: #223 makeitstop

How the hell do we get rid of these god damned people? Seriously, how? Hope for the Chinese to invade us?

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Skip Intro  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:20:10pm

re: #227 Stanley Sea

I read that writing himself scripts is the killer.

It’s a medical license killer for sure.

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makeitstop  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:23:33pm

re: #227 Stanley Sea

I read that writing himself scripts is the killer.

I would not be the least bit surprised to learn that Trump hits him up for drugs before doing press conferences and the like. It would certainly explain the mindless jabbering that we all have to listen to.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:24:14pm

re: #228 Skip Intro

How the hell do we get rid of these god damned people? Seriously, how? Hope for the Chinese to invade us?

Voting. Running for office and voting.

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Mattand  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:27:26pm

re: #213 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I’m still toying with the idea of a Tesla but my compulsive cheapness and other priorities keep getting in the way.

If you’re looking to go electric, look at the Chevy Bolt. I got one in October. It’s a fantastic car and the range is decent: 238 miles on a full battery on average. With the warmer weather, I’m actually closer to 260 this week.

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Skip Intro  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:29:07pm

re: #231 Belafon

Voting. Running for office and voting.

We don’t have that much time any more.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:31:18pm

This would be interesting to see, but getting to Alabama would be hard:

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

“Just seeing the names of all these people,” said Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit organization behind the memorial. Many of them, he said, “have never been named in public.” […]

Inspired by the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Mr. Stevenson decided that a single memorial was the most powerful way to give a sense of the scale of the bloodshed. But also at the site are duplicates of each steel column, lined up in rows like coffins, intended to be disseminated around the country to the counties where lynchings were carried out. People in these counties can request them — dozens of such requests have already been made — but they must show that they have made efforts locally to “address racial and economic injustice.”

For Mr. Stevenson, the plans for the memorial and an accompanying museum were rooted in decades spent in Alabama courtrooms, witnessing a criminal justice system that treats African-Americans with particular cruelty, or indifference.

Make sure you click on the NYT link, and see the picture of the pillars hanging from the ceiling with the names of those lynched on the bottom.

h/t Daily Kos

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retired cynic  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:33:19pm

re: #234 Belafon

This would be interesting to see, but getting to Alabama would be hard:

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

Make sure you click on the NYT link, and see the picture of the pillars hanging from the ceiling with the names of those lynched on the bottom.

h/t Daily Kos

I heard a long sequence about that on NPR today. Tears.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:33:40pm

re: #233 Skip Intro

We don’t have that much time any more.

We don’t have time for the Chinese to invade us either.

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Belafon  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:34:21pm

We can’t look for others to solve our problems.

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Skip Intro  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:36:44pm

re: #236 Belafon

I guess this is how a country dies. Never thought it would happen here in my lifetime.

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retired cynic  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:39:47pm

re: #238 Skip Intro

I guess this is how a country dies. Never thought it would happen here in my lifetime.

Don’t need that tonight.

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fern01  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:42:54pm

re: #104 BeachDem

We had a long discussion of it last night—gag inducing. But, earlier in the year, when 14-year old Millie Bobby Brown wore it, she looked adorable.

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She absolutely did - the colors were just right (not too babyish) and it really suits a 14 year old.

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mmmirele  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:51:01pm

Amazing news…and journalism still has a place in the world.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:55:27pm

re: #232 Mattand

If you’re looking to go electric, look at the Chevy Bolt. I got one in October. It’s a fantastic car and the range is decent: 238 miles on a full battery on average. With the warmer weather, I’m actually closer to 260 this week.

FYI, random. I’m staying in a brand new Marriott. They have 5 spaces with plugs.

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teleskiguy  Apr 25, 2018 • 8:56:11pm

re: #241 mmmirele

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Hecuba's daughter  Apr 25, 2018 • 9:01:22pm

re: #232 Mattand

If you’re looking to go electric, look at the Chevy Bolt. I got one in October. It’s a fantastic car and the range is decent: 238 miles on a full battery on average. With the warmer weather, I’m actually closer to 260 this week.

But how long does it take to charge the car? And how many places are available? I am far more interested in Volt because of the backup fuel supply.

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austin_blue  Apr 25, 2018 • 9:04:55pm

re: #212 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Fuck the poor!

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Stanley Sea  Apr 25, 2018 • 9:05:22pm

re: #241 mmmirele

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majii  Apr 25, 2018 • 9:56:55pm

re: #58 MsJ“For all y’all wondering about Kanye, look up when he was last spotted at Trump tower. It was right after he had a breakdown because he needed a big time cash infusion. He was begging some guy on Twitter for money and it got out of hand. Then like a week later, he’s in NY taking pics in front of the elevator at Trump tower.”

The best way to describe Kanye is to call him what PBO called him—-a jackass. I’ve never bought and will never buy one piece of his music because he is a jackass of the 1st order. The Trumps can praise him to the hills and tweet about how wonderful it is to watch blacks slowly move over into the Trump camp, but while they’re doing it, they need to pay attention to the fact that most of us can’t stand Trump, his offspring, everyone associated with him, Shania Twain, Kanye, and all of their supporters. We have as much respect for them as we do with the offal we flush down our toilets. I had six brothers, and unsurprisingly, my parents didn’t name any of them Donald Trump.

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thecommodore  Apr 25, 2018 • 10:43:38pm

re: #48 Unshaken Defiance

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I agree that the Democratic candidates should not make impeachment the main focus of their campaign. One of Hillary’s downfalls, in retrospect, was not taking Trump seriously as a candidate and focusing extensively on how unfit he was to be President, rather than promoting her own platform. You can hardly blame her, because this kind of candidate getting so far in the process was unheard of, and she, by contrast was very focused and serious and eminently qualified. But what she didn’t read was that enough people were becoming willing to overlook the many troubling aspects of his character and give him a chance. Democrats will win big in November if they show they are a clear and positive alternative to Republicans. I fear if they promise to vote to impeach Trump, they may alienate voters who might otherwise be willing to support them.


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