Full Video: Matt Damon’s Impression of Brett Kavanaugh Is Scarily, Hilariously Accurate

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Matt Damon) takes questions from Senators Chuck Grassley (Alex Moffat), Dianne Feinstein (Cecily Strong), Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch), Thom Tillis (Mikey Day), Cory Booker (Chris Redd), John Kennedy (Kyle Mooney), Sheldon Whitehouse (Pete Davidson), Lindsey Graham (Kate McKinnon) and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell (Aidy Bryant).

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unproven innocence  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:25:55am

Saw that this morning. Uncanny.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:26:40am

I cannot find this stuff funny anymore, no matter how well done.

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plansbandc  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:28:04am

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:30:43am
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:32:54am

re: #4 jaunte

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Ralph definitely means puke. I can remember my Dad using that one.

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Alephnaught  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:34:11am

From dead thread:

re: #87 Anymouse 🌹

When the world looked around after World War 2, the only major power that was not smashed into rubble was the United States. At that moment, we were effectively an empire (even if we didn’t call ourselves such).

Actually, that’s similar to what Immanuel Wallerstein has been saying for ages, albiet from a more geopolitical sense: that the US has been an empire (He uses the term “hegemon”.) since the end of WW2.

However, the difference is: he’s been arguing since I don’t know when- I first came across his work in the early 2000s- that the US actually lost it’s hegemony at the start of the 1970s, and has since been fighting a rear-guard action to mitigate the effects of this, and the most effective Presidents have been the ones that mitigate the effects well, and the Presidents that fight against mitigating the effects are in fact accelerating the decline of the US’s geopolitical power.

He’s also arguing that capitalism, as it is, is reaching its limits, and is becoming increasingly unstable.

I don’t always agree with what he says, but I find his bi-monthly commentaries are definitely an interesting read.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:34:28am

From dailykos.com:

Most of the fastest growing districts in the country are in Texas.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:35:42am

re: #7 Belafon

From dailykos.com:

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Most of the fastest growing districts in the country are in Texas.

Are those in places good for us?

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:38:08am

Kanye West is fucking out of his mind.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:39:42am

re: #9 Charles Johnson

Kanye West is fucking out of his mind.

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He’s entirely focused on the part that says that people can still be slaves if they’re incarcerated. That needs to be fixed, but his wording, and most likely understanding, seriously sucks.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:39:49am

re: #9 Charles Johnson

Kanye West is fucking out of his mind.

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This is why people laugh at you Kanye.

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BigPapa  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:40:35am

re: #9 Charles Johnson

But he means to abolish the 13th Amendment with love. Who could be against love?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:41:32am

re: #12 BigPapa

But he means to abolish the 13th Amendment with love. Who could be against love?

Well I’m not fond of Mike Love particularly.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:43:58am
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:45:47am

re: #14 Charles Johnson

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He could have said something like fix or revise the 13th amendment to include prisoners being immune from slavery he didn’t. I don’t think Kanye knows what the fuck he wants or he really thinks there’s a niche of Trump supporters that will start buying his music now.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:45:48am
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BigPapa  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:46:41am

Ye would be a senior adviser on President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho’s Cabinet.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:47:06am
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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:47:33am
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:47:37am

re: #16 Backwoods_Sleuth

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You’re an idiot as is Kanye. Our country would be better off with both of you attention junkies.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:48:17am

Of course, he watched it. He watches everything in the hope that they talk about him.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:54:15am

I want to say I hope I didn’t offend when I commented about mental health words being used as description of bad behavior and then put autism under the mental health category in the previous thread.

I have mentioned in the past a great friend of mine, since passed, and his wife, my friend from Puerto Rico, raised a severely autistic son.

What helped them was the fact my friend worked in mental health and he had the patience and understanding to work with his son. He always considered it part of mental health. Maybe he was wrong to think that way, but he knew his stuff and helped his son a lot to the point he and his wife helped get programs going for Columbus Schools.

Also, it was my understanding the debate still goes on about whether it should be classified neurological, mental or both. Right now I think many of the people in the field come from the psychological discipline.

I am still learning.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:55:51am

re: #2 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I cannot find this stuff funny anymore, no matter how well done.

I laugh so I don’t cry. And if it helps get more people to understand this mess through humor, then more please.

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Jay C  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:56:12am

re: #21 HappyWarrior

Of course, he watched it. He watches everything in the hope that they talk about him.

And if they don’t, he can still bitch about it on Twitter.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:57:53am

re: #23 ObserverArt

I laugh so I don’t cry. And if it helps get more people to understand this mess through humor, then more please.

I have a book of cartoons from the Nazi era. This one will always be my favorite.

Important not to let the bastards take away our sense of humor.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:58:24am
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BigPapa  Sep 30, 2018 • 11:58:27am

My assessment of the Bob Woodward book Fear, hidden in case you want to read it.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:01:14pm

re: #7 Belafon

I propose that any states with two or fewer House seats must be merged with neighboring states.

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b.d.(soros funded)  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:01:24pm
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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:01:40pm

JFC!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:02:49pm

re: #26 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Pedophile Biden? Oh and it’s hilarious how cocky Trumpers are about a president with historic lows in popularity. I don’t count anything out but Trump won’t have the benefit of running against HRC this time and the years of hatred directed her way and he won’t be able to act like Mr. I’ll fix everything up because we know he’s full of shit.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:03:23pm

re: #30 Charles Johnson

JFC!

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This is a fucking farce.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:04:04pm

re: #6 Alephnaught

From dead thread:

Actually, that’s similar to what Immanuel Wallerstein has been saying for ages, albiet from a more geopolitical sense: that the US has been an empire (He uses the term “hegemon”.) since the end of WW2.

However, the difference is: he’s been arguing since I don’t know when- I first came across his work in the early 2000s- that the US actually lost it’s hegemony at the start of the 1970s, and has since been fighting a rear-guard action to mitigate the effects of this, and the most effective Presidents have been the ones that mitigate the effects well, and the Presidents that fight against mitigating the effects are in fact accelerating the decline of the US’s geopolitical power.

He’s also arguing that capitalism, as it is, is reaching its limits, and is becoming increasingly unstable.

I don’t always agree with what he says, but I find his bi-monthly commentaries are definitely an interesting read.

America’s power peaked in September 1973. The decline began with the first OPEC embargo in October 1973 and its been on an irreversible decline since. Union power began to decline in 1073 when Steelworkers President and Nixon backer I W Abel surrendered the union’s right to strike. That opened the door to cripple labor and led to the decline and collapse of the middle class.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:04:04pm
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retired cynic  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:04:10pm

CL’d…

re: #288 retired cynic

Here in west-central Illinois, we have been dry for several years. We had a low spot on our farm where the water table was always just below the surface, and a track hoe just dug a big, big hole to bury our old house and a big tree stump. Going down 20 feet, it was dry. I’m scared we are heading toward a dust bowl here.

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Alephnaught  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:05:38pm

re: #9 Charles Johnson

Kanye West is fucking out of his mind.

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Hmmm, “We will no longer outsource to other countries.”, eh? So, where was that baseball cap made?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:06:57pm

re: #35 retired cynic

CL’d…

Hey regarding your acquaintance downstairs and law. For me, I think it helps that it’s something I’m into. But I really think when it comes down to it, I needed someone to take a chance on me two years ago and I was given that. The irony is I think I may actually be the most extroverted of my brothers and I. I actually like people and being around them. I get lonely easily.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:07:20pm

re: #2 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I cannot find this stuff funny anymore, no matter how well done.

Same. Too scary how real things are right now.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:07:33pm

re: #36 Alephnaught

Hmmm, “We will no longer outsource to other countries.”, eh? So, where was that baseball cap made then?

I think the MAGA hats are actually American made but his other merch and definitely his daughters are made in the American state of Chyna.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:08:43pm

usatoday.com

Free Peach warriors who think Milo should have been able to harass transgender students on campus are of course silent.

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Dr. Matt  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:09:24pm

FWIW. This was on FB.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:09:45pm
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Dr. Matt  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:10:09pm

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lizardofid  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:10:22pm

re: #36 Alephnaught

Hmmm, “We will no longer outsource to other countries.”, eh? So, where was that baseball cap made then?

How about those $500 Yeezys?

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Jay C  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:10:46pm

re: #26 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yet another aspect of the Orange Anus regime that goes generally unexamined by pretty much everybody: the staged bogosity of Trump’s idiot “campaign” rallies. Only in selected “supportive” areas; carefully set up to maximize crowd for venue; said crowds often padded by paid attendees; carefully photographed/videoed to inflate actual size: any protests kept at a distance and studiously unreported in the media. Yeah: President Popularity on wheels…

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:11:52pm

re: #41 Dr. Matt

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Kavanaugh has serious credibility issues. They’ve been trying to suggest Ford does but I haven’t seen anything from her that suggests that. Kavanaugh? Where the hell do I begin?

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Dr. Matt  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:14:17pm

re: #46 HappyWarrior

Kavanaugh has serious credibility issues.

That’s what makes him a textbook Republican.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:14:38pm

re: #47 Dr. Matt

That’s what makes him a textbook Republican.

I mean even more than your typical one. Hot damn.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:16:20pm

re: #36 Alephnaught

Hmmm, “We will no longer outsource to other countries.”, eh? So, where was that baseball cap made?

Are we about to increase the number of legal immigrants we accept? Because I’m not entirely sure how we are going to have this magically robust manufacturing sector that we apparently don’t have now when we have 95%+ employment

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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:19:17pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:19:42pm

re: #30 Charles Johnson

JFC!

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“Okay, I need you find out who killed Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson but you can not, repeat NOT talk to O.J.”

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Targetpractice  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:21:08pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson

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The absolute silence from Flake, Murkowski, Collins, and Manchin over this is telling.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:23:41pm

You know if I was with the FBI I would run with Trumps “free rein”’tweet. My senior manager tells me I can do a project how I want then fuck what my middle manager has to say.

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Jay C  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:24:40pm

re: #48 HappyWarrior

I mean even more than your typical one. Hot damn.

And yet, if he had taken an alternative tack on addressing issues from his past - like admitting “Yeah, I was a drunken fuckup when I was a young kid, but I grew up and got over it, and I’m sorry for my past messes, and hope to go on with my life of public service as it is today…”, he’d probably be at a fitting for his SCOTUS robe today.

But NOOOO! The asshole had to try to hide shit from his past (or get his SJC enablers to hide it for him); take the BS “I was a teetotalling virgin all through HS and college” line; blow up in an angry rage of blame-shifting - in public - when called on it, and now: having to blatantly rely on strongarm politics to get his seat, tainted by blatant interference from the White House (who want him so badly mainly because they feel he will reliably rule to shield them from criminal liability for their, well, criminality).

Yep: today’s perfect Republican.

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dangerman  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:25:19pm

Snl:. When you can’t tell truth from fiction

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:28:08pm

re: #53 Eclectic Cyborg

You know if I was with the FBI I would run with Trumps “free rein”’tweet. My senior manager tells me I can do a project how I want then fuck what my middle manager has to say.

I saw a tweet last night (I think) that made the point that DOJ regulations say that a presidential directive doesn’t have to take a specific form. So a tweet can be read as a presidential directive and binding.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:30:36pm

re: #52 Targetpractice

The absolute silence from Flake, Murkowski, Collins, and Manchin over this is telling.

Couple of possible reasons: they’re addressing this behind closed doors; they’re willing to pull a McCain and surprise Trump with a last minute no vote because he fucked this process; this is all kayfabe and they don’t give a fuck

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:33:04pm

re: #56 KGxvi

I saw a tweet last night (I think) that made the point that DOJ regulations say that a presidential directive doesn’t have to take a specific form. So a tweet can be read as a presidential directive and binding.

Exactly.

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dangerman  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:35:33pm

re: #57 KGxvi

Couple of possible reasons: they’re addressing this behind closed doors; they’re willing to pull a McCain and surprise Trump with a last minute no vote because he fucked this process; this is all kayfabe and they don’t give a fuck

sadly the most likely

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:36:01pm

re: #56 KGxvi

I saw a tweet last night (I think) that made the point that DOJ regulations say that a presidential directive doesn’t have to take a specific form. So a tweet can be read as a presidential directive and binding.

re: #58 Eclectic Cyborg

Exactly.

“Do as I say not as I tweet” vs “do as I tweet vs do what I say” vs stick to due process diligence.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:36:18pm

re: #32 HappyWarrior

This is a fucking farce.

Imma use Lindsey’s word. SHAM!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:37:05pm

re: #54 Jay C

And yet, if he had taken an alternative tack on addressing issues from his past - like admitting “Yeah, I was a drunken fuckup when I was a young kid, but I grew up and got over it, and I’m sorry for my past messes, and hope to go on with my life of public service as it is today…”, he’d probably be at a fitting for his SCOTUS robe today.

But NOOOO! The asshole had to try to hide shit from his past (or get his SJC enablers to hide it for him); take the BS “I was a teetotalling virgin all through HS and college” line; blow up in an angry rage of blame-shifting - in public - when called on it, and now: having to blatantly rely on strongarm politics to get his seat, tainted by blatant interference from the White House (who want him so badly mainly because they feel he will reliably rule to shield them from criminal liability for their, well, criminality).

Yep: today’s perfect Republican.

Exactly and frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if he still over indulges. Maybe not to the effects as a teen and college kid but he seemed way way too defensive for someone who has come to grounds with his past.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:38:18pm

re: #61 ObserverArt

Imma use Lindsey’s word. SHAM!

It’s the new SHAM WOW

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:38:21pm

re: #62 HappyWarrior

Exactly and frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if he still over indulges. Maybe not to the effects as a teen and college kid but he seemed way way too defensive for someone who has come to grounds with his past.

I keep thinking of the look on his wife’s face through out the hearing. She did not look like she believed a word coming out of his mouth

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A Mom Anon  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:38:44pm

re: #22 ObserverArt

No offense taken. Many autistic people also have mental health issues along with autism. My son’s best friend is bipolar and has Aspergers. Another friend has a son on the spectrum that has schizophrenia. Co-morbidities. My son has depression and anxiety disorder and has Aspergers. Humans and their brains are complicated.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:38:49pm

re: #62 HappyWarrior

Exactly and frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if he still over indulges. Maybe not to the effects as a teen and college kid but he seemed way way too defensive for someone who has come to grounds with his past.

He hasn’t dealt with his past and never thought he’d have to.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:39:50pm

re: #64 KGxvi

I keep thinking of the look on his wife’s face through out the hearing. She did not look like she believed a word coming out of his mouth

Right. She’s probably seen that Brett Kavanaugh before. I’m not surprised he has impressed some people as charming and likable. Wouldn’t be the first alcoholic to have that duality.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:40:01pm

re: #66 Belafon

He hasn’t dealt with his past and never thought he’d have to.

Precisely.

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Alephnaught  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:41:15pm

re: #33 Joe Bacon 🌹

America’s power peaked in September 1973. The decline began with the first OPEC embargo in October 1973 and its been on an irreversible decline since. Union power began to decline in 1073 when Steelworkers President and Nixon backer I W Abel surrendered the union’s right to strike. That opened the door to cripple labor and led to the decline and collapse of the middle class.

Immanuel Wallerstein posits the US leaving the Bretton-Woods System on 15 Aug 1971 as the point at which the decline started, but that’s just haggling after the fact: it does look like the early 70s when US geopolitical power seemed to decline.

BTW If you want to read the article that clued me into the existence of Immanuel Wallerstein, it’s this article from Foreign Policy magazine, which was originally published in early 2002, but, as you may notice from the updated date, was still exists on their website as a revised article from Nov 2009.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:41:25pm
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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:42:05pm

re: #43 Dr. Matt

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Can you capture a bit more of that image and put it up here? I’d like to see it, but I have no Facebook account.

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TedStriker  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:45:11pm

re: #5 HappyWarrior

Ralph definitely means puke. I can remember my Dad using that one.

His name is Ralph

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:46:56pm

re: #33 Joe Bacon 🌹

re: #69 Alephnaught

The decline of the US in this way coincides with a rise in global cooperation, which I don’t find to be a bad thing. Our recent problems on that front have stemmed from conservatives thinking that we have to maintain US as the number 1 among all nations rather than the central pillar of a group of nations.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:52:08pm

re: #73 Belafon

Conservatives basically want to use the American military and nuclear stockpile to hold the rest of the world at gunpoint.

“Respect us, motherfuckers! Or else…”

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:53:03pm

Let’s have a conversation about Vermont:

Threats on black Vermont lawmaker were so ‘dangerous,’ she dropped re-election bid. Now she has resigned.

A black Vermont lawmaker first suspended her re-election campaign before resigning altogether from her post following racist attacks against her and her family.

When state Rep. Kiah Morris announced August 24 she was abandoning her bid for a third term in the Vermont House of Representatives, she cited disturbing social media messages. The Bennington Democrat intended to finish her current term, though, she said.

“Political discourse, and in particular within the sphere of social media has been divisive, inflammatory and at times, even dangerous,” Morris wrote. “It is my hope that as a state, we will continue to demand greater support and protections for one another from those forces which seek to divide and destroy our communities.”

She did not elaborate, but her husband, James Lawton, has documented several such messages — including one calling their son a “mongrel” — as well as in-real-life harassment in the form of swastikas painted on trees near their home.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:53:47pm

re: #74 Eclectic Cyborg

Conservatives basically want to use the American military and nuclear stockpile to hold the rest of the world at gunpoint.

“Respect us, motherfuckers! Or else…”

Which is why Trump’s doctrine if you can call it one really isn’t too different from Bush’s except it involves autocrats and throwing allies under the bus for those autocrats.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:55:38pm

re: #74 Eclectic Cyborg

Conservatives basically want to use the American military and nuclear stockpile to hold the rest of the world at gunpoint.

“Respect us, motherfuckers! Or else…”

Eventually, when someone around you acts like that, you exclude them.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:56:42pm
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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:57:01pm
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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 12:58:42pm

re: #73 Belafon

The decline of the US in this way coincides with a rise in global cooperation, which I don’t find to be a bad thing. Our recent problems on that front have stemmed from conservatives thinking that we have to maintain US as the number 1 among all nations rather than the central pillar of a group of nations.

Arguably, the idea of a post-war global cooperative system was the plan after WWII. But the rise of the USSR, the communist victory in the Chinese Civil War, and the need for so many other major participants in the war to rebuild, that plan was put on hold a bit. It took the world decades to build international systems that not only creates a situation where a major conflict is incredibly less likely but where American influence can cede a bit. It is really only our moral leadership, the soft power that conservatives are so quick to mock and dismiss, that has kept us a world leader. We’ve seen now, for nearly two years, what happens when we don’t have moral leadership that our allies and partners can trust

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:00:43pm

re: #74 Eclectic Cyborg

Conservatives basically want to use the American military and nuclear stockpile to hold the rest of the world at gunpoint.

“Respect us, motherfuckers! Or else…”

The US military is a hammer. And when the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:04:38pm
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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:05:42pm

re: #65 A Mom Anon

No offense taken. Many autistic people also have mental health issues along with autism. My son’s best friend is bipolar and has Aspergers. Another friend has a son on the spectrum that has schizophrenia. Co-morbidities. My son has depression and anxiety disorder and has Aspergers. Humans and their brains are complicated.

Did you know the early cases of people with severe Autism, before it was classified and beginning to be understood, were thought to be Schizophrenic?

Many ended up in institutions, which is really sad now that more is known about them.

I can’t imagine either my friend’s now 24 year old son, or my next door neighbor’s 14 year old son institutionalized.

Mental institutions as they were in the past were some of man’s worst creations ever.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:05:54pm

re: #82 Charles Johnson

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Hello! You’re an asshole who nominated this asshole.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:06:52pm

re: #83 ObserverArt

Did you know the early cases of people with severe Autism, before it was classified and beginning to be understood, were thought to be Schizophrenic?

Many ended up in institutions, which is really sad now that more is known about them.

I can’t imagine either my friend’s now 24 year old son, or my next door neighbor’s 14 year old son institutionalized.

Mental institutions as they were in the past were some of man’s worst creations ever.

The way autism spectrum people used to be treated is why I raise my old stink eye to people who romanticize the so called good old days.

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:07:01pm

re: #6 Alephnaught

From dead thread:

Actually, that’s similar to what Immanuel Wallerstein has been saying for ages, albiet from a more geopolitical sense: that the US has been an empire (He uses the term “hegemon”.) since the end of WW2.

However, the difference is: he’s been arguing since I don’t know when- I first came across his work in the early 2000s- that the US actually lost it’s hegemony at the start of the 1970s, and has since been fighting a rear-guard action to mitigate the effects of this, and the most effective Presidents have been the ones that mitigate the effects well, and the Presidents that fight against mitigating the effects are in fact accelerating the decline of the US’s geopolitical power.

He’s also arguing that capitalism, as it is, is reaching its limits, and is becoming increasingly unstable.

I don’t always agree with what he says, but I find his bi-monthly commentaries are definitely an interesting read.

To be nitpicky, the US became an empire when we acquired the Phillippines and Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American war. For that matter, we arguably became an empire when we took the West from Texas to California in the Mexican-American War.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:07:19pm
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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:07:30pm

Granted, there’s a bit of both-siderism in this article…

…but this paragraph is spot-on, and something even genuine Never-Trumpers like Rick Wilson are loathe to admit:

There was always been a dark side to American conservatism, much of it originating in the antebellum curse of a society, large parts of which favored slavery and the extermination of America’s native population, the exclusion of immigrants from American life, and discrimination against Catholics and Jews. Many of us had hoped that the civil-rights achievements of the mid-20th century (in which Republicans were indispensable partners), changing social norms regarding women, and that rising levels of education had eliminated the germs that produced secession, lynching, and Indian massacres. Instead, those microbes simply went into dormancy, and now, in the presence of Trump, erupt again like plague buboes—bitter, potent and vile.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:08:34pm

Emptywheel:

Kavanaugh’s Tell: “Revenge on Behalf of the Clintons,” Plural

“…In using that word “revenge” and imagining that Democrats are exacting revenge for both the Clinton impeachment and the use of corrupt means as a means of winning the 2016 election, Kavanaugh admits that he’s just getting a taste of the medicine he once administered. But his response to that is not to take a step back from the edge of the abyss that he himself created (and imagines himself to be standing on), take a step back with the recognition that he himself is not immune from his own tactics, but instead to complete the next logical step, the adoption of those same measures on the highest court of the land.

emptywheel.net

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:10:15pm

re: #88 Interesting Times

Granted, there’s a bit of both-siderism in this article…

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…but this paragraph is spot-on, and something even genuine Never-Trumpers like Rick Wilson are loathe to admit:

The EC, gerrymandering, Citizens United, and complacency have granted them way more power than they should have gotten. They’re a minority that is going to have to keep getting more ruthless in order to keep power.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:12:18pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:12:27pm

re: #88 Interesting Times

Granted, there’s a bit of both-siderism in this article…

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…but this paragraph is spot-on, and something even genuine Never-Trumpers like Rick Wilson are loathe to admit:

That paragraph is spot on and the inability of modern conservatives to admit is why I don’t have much respect for the ideology.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:12:40pm

re: #82 Charles Johnson

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“Look! Listen!”

(Kudos to anyone who gets the reference)

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:16:05pm

Examples of judicial misconduct may include the following:
……
engaging in partisan political activity or making inappropriately partisan statements;

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:16:39pm

re: #94 jaunte

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Examples of judicial misconduct may include the following:
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engaging in partisan political activity or making inappropriately partisan statements;

Oooh.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:17:26pm

re: #94 jaunte

Thomas, Alito, and Kavanaugh all come to mind.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:18:50pm

For DoRango fans, another pic from their game of Hide and Seek….

Rango: “Boo.”
Dory: “Oh, shit! He can see me! Now what?”

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A Mom Anon  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:19:07pm

re: #83 ObserverArt

Yep. I always recommend Steve Silberman’s book Neurotribes for people who want to understand. We’re really only seeing understanding and acceptance of autism in really the last decade and we’re still not there. Our brains are amazing and complex, lots more research is being done so hopefully we’ll keep learning.

My biggest peeve though is using autism as an insult. To denote either low intelligence or anti social behavior. As Happy pointed out, he doesn’t like being solo that much, and likes people. My son is the same way, unless he’s at home, then he shuts down because he needs to recharge, even after positive social gatherings. If you’ve met an autistic person, you’ve met one, not all. I’m also still in advocate mode, lol, it’s kinda hard for me to shut that off, even though I’m not needed for that much these days.

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TedStriker  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:20:02pm

re: #81 KGxvi

The US military is a hammer. And when the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail

And while it’s a big-ass hammer, every tool eventually wears out or can be broken beyond repair.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:21:30pm

re: #75 Belafon

Let’s have a conversation about Vermont:

Threats on black Vermont lawmaker were so ‘dangerous,’ she dropped re-election bid. Now she has resigned.

Speaking of Vermont.

This was one of the sketches on SNL last night. I think Happy Warrior and others that mention this particular state often in our discussions will find this amusing.

Hmmm…I wonder what message they were sending? I have an idea…

Neo-Confederate Meeting - SNL

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:21:57pm

re: #81 KGxvi

The US military is a hammer. And when the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail

When you’re hammered, everything looks like an ale.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:23:01pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:24:45pm

Rango and I found a new trail last week. Last week, it was a gradual climb followed by a steep descent. So we did it the other way - climbing is actually easier than descending. Here’s the easier part of the trail…

C’mon, Dad! Lots of trail ahead!!
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:25:46pm

re: #100 ObserverArt

Speaking of Vermont.

This was one of the sketches on SNL last night. I think Happy Warrior and others that mention this particular state often in our discussions will find this amusing.

Hmmm…I wonder what message they were sending? I have an idea…

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Haha.

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sagehen  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:26:19pm

and yet another of last night’s SNL — it really was an exceptionally good ep.

80s Party - SNL

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:28:35pm
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BigPapa  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:30:36pm

re: #106 Unshaken Defiance

Totally sinister. Pure evil.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:31:56pm

re: #107 BigPapa

Totally sinister. Pure evil.

But totally in line with the gop playbook.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:39:18pm

Allentown police presser:
The Latest: 3 dead after Pennsylvania car explosion

4:20 p.m.

A coroner says three males are dead after a car explosion in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said at a news conference Sunday that authorities are working to identify the victims.

Authorities say the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead on the investigation. The FBI and local authorities are assisting.

Saw the excruciatingly long winded press conference. Officials went to some lengths to emphasize that there was no remaining threat, which means they are fairly sure the perp died in the explosion. Authorities in neighboring Bucks County released an alleged serial bomber on bail at the end of June, despite finding a cache of bombs and bombs making materials in his house. One of the confiscated bombs was quite large, 18” high and 5” in diameter, which is unusual in cases like this. A bomb that size would also seem to be consistent with the massive damage to the car last night.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:41:16pm

re: #106 Unshaken Defiance

I know lots of people are. But the real question is: Considering the precedent set by Gerald Ford in pardoning Nixon before charges, why is the ACLU so eager to back it?

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:43:40pm
A little over 15 years after the United States invaded and occupied Iraq on false pretences, the Department of State has been forced to close the US consulate in Basra because the US cannot guarantee its security.

Basra has been roiled this summer by huge protests against lack of services and mass sickenings of thousands caused by inadequately purified water. Infuriated crowds burned down the Iranian consulate in protest against Iran’s influence on the Iraqi state. Just last week, Basra activist Soad Ali was gunned down. (Then instagram model and rights activist Tara Fares, who had 3 million followers on Instagram, was gunned down on a visit to Baghdad from Erbil this week, as well).

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked all Americans to leave Basra, and State has issued a travel advisory for Americans warning them against travel to Iraq.

The State Department spokesperson blamed the closing on “Iran-backed militias,” which is silly, since Iran’s own consulate was burned down and the militias’ target appears to have been the airport. Iran doesn’t seem to be in control of Basra. The Trump administration habitually lies about Iran just as it lies about everything else. Of course, there are pro-Iranian militias in Iraq. If Washington did not want that, they shouldn’t have overthrown the Iraqi government and dissolved the army.

juancole.com

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:44:46pm

re: #110 Belafon

I know lots of people are. But the real question is: Considering the precedent set by Gerald Ford in pardoning Nixon before charges, why is the ACLU so eager to back it?

Thats a mystery to me too.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:50:57pm

Doesn’t mean we can’t

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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:55:13pm

re: #110 Belafon

I know lots of people are. But the real question is: Considering the precedent set by Gerald Ford in pardoning Nixon before charges, why is the ACLU so eager to back it?

Well, here’s the explanation right from the horse’s mouth, as it were:

And yet, for nearly 100 years, the same Supreme Court has sanctioned a gaping loophole to this principle: the “dual-sovereign” exception. Under this doctrine, state and federal prosecutors may indeed prosecute a person for the same underlying crime, under the specious logic that different “sovereigns” make for different “offenses” under the text of the Double Jeopardy Clause. In effect, the Court has given state and federal governments the green light to do together what they cannot do alone.

Now that states cannot prosecute people for the same crime twice, and neither can the federal government, it makes no sense to allow them to do so in tandem.

They seem to be saying that, if someone is first tried and acquitted for a federal crime, they shouldn’t be subjected to state charges and vice versa. But if someone hasn’t been charged either federally or at the state level, would this ruling prevent both in the case of a federal pardon? They don’t say.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 1:57:36pm

re: #114 Interesting Times

Well, here’s the explanation right from the horse’s mouth, as it were:

They seem to be saying that, if someone is first tried and acquitted for a federal crime, they shouldn’t be subjected to state charges and vice versa. But if someone hasn’t been charged either federally or at the state level, would this ruling prevent both in the case of a federal pardon? They don’t say.

I would kind of be on board with their interpretation if it weren’t for Ford-Nixon. I also suspect, though, that this ruling will be way more lopsided than 5-4. It has that generic-ruling smell to it that will probably also sway some of the liberal judges.

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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:00:41pm

re: #115 Belafon

I would kind of be on board with their interpretation if it weren’t for Ford-Nixon. I also suspect, though, that this ruling will be way more lopsided than 5-4. It has that generic-ruling smell to it that will probably also sway some of the liberal judges.

If a state wants to work their way around it, however, what if they were to file charges before a federal pardon for similar crimes? I don’t see how this ruling would permit a US president to directly issue a pardon for state charges already in effect.

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Skip Intro  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:03:19pm

re: #82 Charles Johnson

“Stay tuned and watch”. This moronic shithead STILL thinks he’s the king turd on a fucking TV show!

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:04:31pm

re: #116 Interesting Times

If a state wants to work their way around it, however, what if they were to file charges before a federal pardon for similar crimes? I don’t see how this ruling would permit a US president to directly issue a pardon for state charges already in effect.

And the states could probably argue that if a president pardons before conviction, then the person hasn’t been tried and they can proceed. But that will be another run through the judicial system.

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BigPapa  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:06:54pm

Trump allegedly watches 6-8 hours of TV a day. Any time he says he never watches something.. he’s watching it.

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A Mom Anon  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:07:06pm

So it’s coming across my newsfeed that Tom Cotton is yapping that there’s going to be an investigation into Diane Feinstein’s handling of Dr. Ford’s letter to her. JFCWTF!!?!!!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:08:25pm

re: #120 A Mom Anon

So it’s coming across my newsfeed that Tom Cotton is yapping that there’s going to be an investigation into Diane Feinstein’s handling of Dr. Ford’s letter to her. JFCWTF!!?!!!

Pretty rich shit considering that Kavanaugh leaked all the time in the Clinton years. The R’s really are showing what an ugly bunch of fucking assholes they really are and it will be a happy day when they’re all gone.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:10:18pm

re: #114 Interesting Times

I was looking at the filings in that case. Not a single amicus brief in support of keeping the doctrine in place. I suspect this might well be a near unanimous opinion doing away with the doctrine (Ginsburg and Thomas both seem to favor doing away with it).

On the question of a pardon, that’s not necessarily before the Court. But I suspect it will be addressed at least tangentially.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:10:59pm

re: #120 A Mom Anon

So it’s coming across my newsfeed that Tom Cotton is yapping that there’s going to be an investigation into Diane Feinstein’s handling of Dr. Ford’s letter to her. JFCWTF!!?!!!

pretty sure Sen Feinstein has already made that request to the FBI

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:11:19pm

re: #114 Interesting Times

Well, here’s the explanation right from the horse’s mouth, as it were:

They seem to be saying that, if someone is first tried and acquitted for a federal crime, they shouldn’t be subjected to state charges and vice versa. But if someone hasn’t been charged either federally or at the state level, would this ruling prevent both in the case of a federal pardon? They don’t say.

They also ignore the key distinction between the term crime, which is imprecise, and specific statutory offense. The cops who beat Rodney King were charged in Los Angeles County Court with assault and excessive force, and after the Simi Valley jury acquitted them the feds charged them with violating King’s civil rights. So, two totally different statutes stemming from the same underlying conduct. So, the question before SCOTUS also becomes can the President issue pardons for things that aren’t even technically crimes under federal law just to prevent State and local courts from punishing the underlying conduct? I think it’s far better that they leave things as they are because otherwise they’re going to end up deep into the weeds.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:16:59pm

re: #124 goddamnedfrank

They also ignore the key distinction between the term crime, which is imprecise, and specific statutory offense. The cops who beat Rodney King were charged in Los Angeles County Court with assault and excessive force, and after the Simi Valley jury acquitted them the feds charged them with violating King’s civil rights. So, two totally different statutes stemming from the same underlying conduct. So, the question before SCOTUS also becomes can the President issue pardons for things that aren’t even technically crimes under federal law just to prevent State and local courts from punishing the underlying conduct? I think it’s far better that they leave things as they are because otherwise they’re going to end up deep into the weeds.

The NAACP filed an amicus brief addressing this issue

Also, related to my last post, the government hasn’t filed its brief yet, so amicus briefs that support their position won’t be due just yet

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A Mom Anon  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:20:55pm

re: #123 Backwoods_Sleuth

Sigh. This whole thing is a freak show. We’re not a sane country. I bet the FBI gets a lot more leeway in investigating this than they do the Drunken Judge.

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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:23:25pm

re: #124 goddamnedfrank

They also ignore the key distinction between the term crime, which is imprecise, and specific statutory offense.

And I would hope (I know, lol) that the actual arguments before and decision from SCOTUS would address this. From the original amicus brief:

Petitioner Terance Gamble was convicted in Alabama state court for being a felon in possession of a firearm and served a one-year sentence. The federal government, through the Alabama U.S. Attorney’s Office, then charged Gamble with being a felon in possession of a firearm under federal law for the very same conduct giving rise to his state conviction.

In this case, it does indeed sound like the exact same statutory offense, and he was already convicted at the state level before the federal government pressed charges.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:26:30pm

re: #123 Backwoods_Sleuth

pretty sure Sen Feinstein has already made that request to the FBI

But obviously she didn’t politicize it like Cotton will. Then Trump will jump in too. This is what working for the people means to a Republican.

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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:27:56pm

re: #125 KGxvi

The NAACP filed an amicus brief addressing this issue

Do you have a link? I can’t find anything on the NAACP site.

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jeffreyw  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:29:53pm

re: #116 Interesting Times

If a state wants to work their way around it, however, what if they were to file charges before a federal pardon for similar crimes? I don’t see how this ruling would permit a US president to directly issue a pardon for state charges already in effect.

IANAL, but I would think that if the feds charged a crime, say, Citizen X laundered money for Y in that they defrauded Bank A by inflating a mortgage on Condo F, and were convicted and then pardoned for that crime, a state DA could then charge Citizen Y if they laid state charges for defrauding the same bank in the same manner for Condo G. They just could not do it for Condo F.
IANA Good Explainer, Also.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:36:55pm
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wrenchwench  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:39:46pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:48:09pm
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wrenchwench  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:51:46pm

This one is for the Dragon_Lady:

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mmmirele  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:54:01pm

re: #45 Jay C

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:54:27pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:55:49pm

re: #134 wrenchwench

This one is for the Dragon_Lady:

Wow. She is out at her greenhouses today.

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wrenchwench  Sep 30, 2018 • 2:58:02pm

re: #137 Unshaken Defiance

Wow. She is out at her greenhouses today.

It is an orchid, right? I just followed the guy who took the photo. He has some BEES on flowers.

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steve_davis  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:01:10pm

re: #4 jaunte

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that’s true, but I think technically, that’s legal realism, which people like scalia would have hated to be associated with. basically, the law is “whatever the judge had for breakfast.”

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:01:50pm

re: #138 wrenchwench

Oh yes but I can’t identify it.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:02:23pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:03:58pm
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wrenchwench  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:04:33pm

re: #140 Unshaken Defiance

Oh yes but I can’t identify it.

If it were an animal, I’d want genus and species. Since it’s a plant, common name is good. I think I’m a pro-animal plant bigot. Or something.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:05:51pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:06:00pm

I have some sad news, if expected. Our oldest cat, Silver has taken a turn for the worse, and it’s terminal. The last couple weeks have been completely indulgent for her. But despite the best food and care her weight and sight are declining fast, already deaf. In the next few days she will go in for a kindly final visit to the vet. I can’t ask more, she gave us her entire life. The other two seem to know, deferring to her at every turn. But… damn.

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makeitstop  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:10:01pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

I have some sad news, if expected. Our oldest cat, Silver has taken a turn for the worse, and it’s terminal. The last couple weeks have been completely indulgent for her. But despite the best food and care her weight and sight are declining fast, already deaf. In the next few days she will go in for a kindly final visit to the vet. I can’t ask more, she gave us her entire life. The other two seem to know, deferring to her at every turn. But… damn.

So sorry to hear that. But you’re doing the right thing for Silver and you’ve given her a good life. Sympathies to your family and your surviving pets.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:10:03pm

re: #134 wrenchwench

This one is for the Dragon_Lady:

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That image has nice 3D feel to it the way the focus works. Great shot.

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PhillyPretzel  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:10:24pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

I am sorry to hear that.

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wrenchwench  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:13:39pm

re: #147 ObserverArt

That image has nice 3D feel to it the way the focus works. Great shot.

The tweeter is the photographer, and his pinned tweet asks for attribution so he doesn’t need to watermark them. Maybe a retweet is not sufficient. What do you think?

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:13:53pm

September 17:

ATF and FBI are satisfied that the perp died in the Allentown explosion, waiting only for notification of next of kin. I usually don’t speculate about perp identities but this is too much for coincidence. It would be amazing if this is not him. No information on the other two victims. They could be accomplices, innocent associates, or just passersby. Condition of the bodies suggests they were inside the car though and nobody in the neighborhood has come forward to report a missing relative.

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wrenchwench  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:15:28pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

I have some sad news, if expected. Our oldest cat, Silver has taken a turn for the worse, and it’s terminal. The last couple weeks have been completely indulgent for her. But despite the best food and care her weight and sight are declining fast, already deaf. In the next few days she will go in for a kindly final visit to the vet. I can’t ask more, she gave us her entire life. The other two seem to know, deferring to her at every turn. But… damn.

{{{ Silver }}} *gentle scritches*

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:16:25pm

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:19:28pm

re: #135 mmmirele

fauw0TC1xw+H3dJkhcoHXXc8N5JqUGCgEkZvP31vrZ0MZL60kTG8FhKioSZsECvSGIVLjfpf+6CF9UCxj43z6z6YqhXXvwZarDdpQ9/wv9HdYIczjfL867VLA4g+n8WIq+j2vVzj4hyS8M781R10HWXa8bsHBArgb66ScDl+77+95DJNTOAyLpVSuBL6mEzwnmQzSSCGawOsgEEG2B/0ew==

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mmmirele  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:19:32pm

re: #105 sagehen

and yet another of last night’s SNL — it really was an exceptionally good ep.

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I can’t even tell you how many memories this brought back, and I didn’t live in a frat. I lived in a co-op, a co-op notorious for our parties. We had a beer machine (a worked over Coke machine with a key lock that had to be engaged before you could buy Shiner Bock), Friday Bar (after school on Fridays, alcohol on the patio, unless raining, otherwise in the dining room), and great parties. These were all house positions. The beer machine and Bar were illegal, btw.

I have one swimming pool story. It was Halloween, oh probably around 1982. One of my friends dressed up in a black suit and tie and recruited two other friends to do the same. She also had a tape recorder with the Godfather theme song on it. As she was wandering around the pool, one woman was so stunned she jumped into the pool to get away. Apparently she thought Abby was her dad. That might have been the year someone won the costume contest dressed up as a carton of Dannon Sinsemilla yogurt. And we never found out who the person was who dressed up in a full scarlet tux topped with a devil’s face mask and plastic pitchfork with red tines was. But he showed up every single year.

But one thing is for damn sure. We cleaned up the next day after the party because we had Sunday lunch. We had no vomit lying around.

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:23:03pm

re: #150 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

September 17:

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ATF and FBI are satisfied that the perp died in the Allentown explosion, waiting only for notification of next of kin. I usually don’t speculate about perp identities but this is too much for coincidence. It would be amazing if this is not him. No information on the other two victims. They could be accomplices, innocent associates, or just passersby. Condition of the bodies suggests they were inside the car though and nobody in the neighborhood has come forward to report a missing relative.

Amazing that they let a terrorist out on bail. Of course he was white.

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plansbandc  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:23:41pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

I’m so sorry.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:24:28pm

re: #155 Big Beautiful Door

Amazing that they let a terrorist out on bail.

A white terrorist? Whodatunkit in our CCCP (Corporate Controlled Conservative Press)?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:25:08pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

Sorry to hear. Sending a hug!

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:25:09pm

re: #150 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Might as well spell it out. I’m really thinking this is white privilege in action. The guy was charged with having a WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, which was seized and photographed, for fucks sake, and they still let him out on bail. It also reflects a fair amount of privilege that he was able to raise 750 large to pay bail.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:26:02pm
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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:26:32pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

I have some sad news, if expected. Our oldest cat, Silver has taken a turn for the worse, and it’s terminal. The last couple weeks have been completely indulgent for her. But despite the best food and care her weight and sight are declining fast, already deaf. In the next few days she will go in for a kindly final visit to the vet. I can’t ask more, she gave us her entire life. The other two seem to know, deferring to her at every turn. But… damn.

Awwww. Sorry to hear about Silver.

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mmmirele  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:27:23pm

re: #150 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

If that was the guy, he should have been locked up! Especially since he owned a chemical company! (From the previous incidents)

Surman owns Consolidated Chemicals & Solvents, a small-scale company that sells chemical-based products mostly through online retailers, including eBay. He’s currently locked in a legal battle with his local township over the company, which officials say operates without proper zoning permits.

www2.philly.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:27:56pm
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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:28:27pm

re: #149 wrenchwench

The tweeter is the photographer, and his pinned tweet asks for attribution so he doesn’t need to watermark them. Maybe a retweet is not sufficient. What do you think?

I think you covered him for use here by having his name and twitter info.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:29:13pm

re: #163 Backwoods_Sleuth

I’m glad “not normal” is on our side this time.

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Ace-o-aces  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:29:27pm
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Ace-o-aces  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:31:22pm
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retired cynic  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:33:25pm

re: #137 Unshaken Defiance

Wow. She is out at her greenhouses today.

How have her greenhouses recovered after the storm damage? I hated to hear about that.

The new owner who bought our farm just tore down a 100+ year old silver maple that was in the yard. Wanted a wider area to swing big farm machinery through. I knew the house was coming down, as it was beyond reasonable repair, but I was sure sorry to see that old tree go. It must have been the home of a veritable army of creatures.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:33:58pm

Sorry I fumbled the photo upload. Now it’s there.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:34:32pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:34:48pm

The Hat in Pasadena beckoned me to appear this morning and I had to answer the call!

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:37:12pm

re: #168 retired cynic

The heat wave took out a bunch of really rare orchids. In the most heartwarming turn of events, fellow growers replaced all they could from their own collections. Some personal collections. Nobody would take a dime. I suppose no one here would know this guy but Fred Clarke at Sunset Valley Orchids (Vista Ca) has been an outstanding supporter of her learning and growing.

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Jay C  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:40:35pm

re: #166 Ace-o-aces

Actually, I’m guessing Erick² probably does live in a “quaint Southern suburb” (gated wouldn’t surprise me): close enough to Atlanta proper to get the advantages of urban amenities, but without having to actually live too near to Those People (i.e. further than a five-minute drive from a Whole Foods).
Putz.

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retired cynic  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:43:06pm

re: #172 Unshaken Defiance

Ah, I was mis-remembering that it was a storm. Do a lot of mis-remembering lately. Ugh!

I am so glad she has been able to make back some of the ground she lost, and grateful to those who helped make it possible.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:43:36pm
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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:43:40pm
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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:46:31pm

re: #167 Ace-o-aces

As opposed to the theology of the suburbs.

You know, the places developed so that wealthy people could flee from cities and have privacy but still be close enough to take advantage of some features of urbanization…they’re just fuckin’ dandy. Full of wholesome people.

Absolutely nothing sinister or perverse happening on those enclosed lots, shrouded by insularity and money….

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:47:44pm

re: #177 The Ghost of a Flea

As opposed to the theology of the suburbs.

You know, the places developed so that wealthy people could flee from cities and have privacy…they’re just fuckin’ dandy. Full of wholesome people.

Absolutely nothing sinister or perverse happening on those enclosed lots, shrouded by insularity and money….

pool parties…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:49:22pm
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BlueSpotinAL  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:51:54pm

re: #177 The Ghost of a Flea

As opposed to the theology of the suburbs.

You know, the places developed so that wealthy people could flee from cities and have privacy…they’re just fuckin’ dandy. Full of wholesome people.

Absolutely nothing sinister or perverse happening on those enclosed lots, shrouded by insularity and money….

What city did Cain murder Abel in? By the way, how many people were there? Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel so population 4?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:52:28pm

re: #167 Ace-o-aces

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You’re a supporter of Trump and Kavanaugh who are hardly rural people. STFU with your anti urban bs.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:52:46pm
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BlueSpotinAL  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:52:58pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:53:57pm

re: #182 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Judge deserves everything and then some. But make him the real victim Cornyn.

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BeachDem  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:54:20pm

And just what the doctor ordered—Ben Shapiro has a special on Fox tonight where he will:

break down the Kavanaugh accusations; the hearings; D.C. hypocrisy.

CLICK

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:55:08pm

re: #177 The Ghost of a Flea

As opposed to the theology of the suburbs.

You know, the places developed so that wealthy people could flee from cities and have privacy but still be close enough to take advantage of some features of urbanization…they’re just fuckin’ dandy. Full of wholesome people.

Absolutely nothing sinister or perverse happening on those enclosed lots, shrouded by insularity and money….

And gosh if they ever did something rather naughty they know that JC will wash the sins away so they will be white as snow…

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:55:45pm

re: #185 BeachDem

And just what the doctor ordered—Ben Shapiro has a special on Fox tonight where he will:

break down the Kavanaugh accusations; the hearings; D.C. hypocrisy.

CLICK

Why should anyone take him seriously? And Kavanaugh is Washington ffs. Shapiro really needs to get the fuck over himself for once.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:57:02pm

re: #187 HappyWarrior

Why should anyone take him seriously? And Kavanaugh is Washington ffs. Shapiro really needs to get the fuck over himself for once.

I’m sure he’ll bring up that naughty little tweet he sent to Maria Shriver AND he won’t utter a peep about those naughty things Gym Jordan did with young boys!

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Jay C  Sep 30, 2018 • 3:58:01pm

re: #186 Joe Bacon 🌹

And gosh if they ever did something rather naughty they know that JC will wash the sins away so they will be white as snow...

Just like their suburbs!!

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Targetpractice  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:00:02pm

re: #182 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The GOP’s idea of an investigation:

“Mr. Judge, do you deny everything?”

“Yes, I do!”

“Thank you, sir. Sorry to bother you.” *click*

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:00:23pm

re: #188 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m sure he’ll bring up that naughty little tweet he sent to Maria Shriver AND he won’t utter a peep about those naughty things Gym Jordan did with young boys!

Yeah Ted Kennedy. And a nasty tweet at someone who was a child when what happened happened. So it’s clear Jordan merely was indifferent to the OSU crimes not a participant.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:01:04pm

re: #190 Targetpractice

The GOP’s idea of an investigation:

“Mr. Judge, do you deny everything?”

“Yes, I do!”

“Thank you, sir. Sorry to bother you.” *click*

“Now let’s get back to investigating Hillary’s e-mails!”

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Alephnaught  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:04:44pm

re: #82 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content: Donald Trump starting a comment with “Wow!”]

From my 20 plus years experience of the internet: when an North American right-winger starts a social media comment with “Wow!”, it’s usually an involuntary reaction to having been blindsided by the 2x4” thwack of someone replying to them from a real-life perspective, then doubling down on what they said, and acting like it’s the other person’s fault that they felt this reaction.

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jeffreyw  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:04:58pm

re: #171 Joe Bacon 🌹

The Hat in Pasadena beckoned me to appear this morning and I had to answer the call!

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We had BLTs. I asked for eggs in lieu of lettuce.

Imgur

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:05:47pm

Kavanaugh is the ultimate Washington insider type. Claiming this is a Washington double standard is hilarious.

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:07:13pm

re: #163 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Could have two African-American Governors elected in the South! I don’t know why, but there is very little polling of the Georgia race.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:07:51pm

re: #178 Backwoods_Sleuth

pool parties…

…and upstairs bedrooms.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:14:25pm

re: #196 Big Beautiful Door

Could have two African-American Governors elected in the South! I don’t know why, but there is very little polling of the Georgia race.

There’s a poll released/commissioned by Abrams’ campaign from last week showing her up 48-42. Older polls had it even or within the margin of error.

On election night, those two races are going to be leading indicators of what kind of night it will be

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:17:49pm

The sad sack Cleveland Browns are about to have a 2 game win streak. I think they’ve found their Quarterback after 20 years of futility.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:18:25pm

re: #199 Big Beautiful Door

The sad sack Cleveland Browns are about to have a 2 game win streak. I think they’ve found their Quarterback after 20 years of futility.

I’m happy for them & I’m a Pittsburgh fan. Their fans are loyal as it gets.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:20:09pm

re: #196 Big Beautiful Door

Could have two African-American Governors elected in the South! I don’t know why, but there is very little polling of the Georgia race.

Last time I checked there was very little polling going on in the Ohio governors race. I checked a couple weeks ago and only saw one poll from early summer.

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Ace Rothstein  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:21:16pm

re: #199 Big Beautiful Door

They could be 4-0 right now.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:22:08pm

re: #199 Big Beautiful Door

The sad sack Cleveland Browns are about to have a 2 game win streak. I think they’ve found their Quarterback after 20 years of futility.

Hey…watch it. The game is not over.

And tell me about Browns fans. This one is very accustomed to not counting a win before time runs out.

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:22:15pm

re: #201 ObserverArt

Last time I checked there was very little polling going on in the Ohio governors race. I checked a couple weeks ago and only saw one poll from early summer.

NBC News/Marist polled it as a tie 10 days ago.

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:22:55pm

re: #182 Backwoods_Sleuth

Note that Republicans aren’t interested in getting at the truth. They are using the FBI investigation as a cloak to justify their inevitable vote to confirm a possible attempted rapist to the Supreme Court. This is beyond shameful.

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:23:01pm

re: #203 ObserverArt

Hey…watch it. The game is not over.

And tell me about Browns fans. This one is very accustomed to not counting a win before time runs out.

I spoke, and suddenly the Raiders are in the Red Zone!

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:24:54pm

re: #206 Big Beautiful Door

I spoke, and suddenly the Raiders are in the Red Zone!

Whoa. Phew. Four downs and no score.

Fingers crossed!

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:25:32pm

Raiders fail on 4th Down, but they still have all their time outs so they should get the ball back.

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freetoken  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:25:34pm

Humidity has been going up… but the weather service has continually been reducing the amount of expected rainfall here, now down to a trace.

You can see the rain on the SD radar, down in Baja:

So close, yet so far…

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:26:26pm

re: #201 ObserverArt

Last time I checked there was very little polling going on in the Ohio governors race. I checked a couple weeks ago and only saw one poll from early summer.

There’s been quite a few in the last two weeks or so. Looks like it’s dead even

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:27:38pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:28:53pm

re: #211 Patricia Kayden

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This guy does not belong on any court let alone scotus.

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ObserverArt  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:31:56pm

re: #211 Patricia Kayden

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It is going to be one crazy week. The pressure on Trump, Republicans and the entire Justice Department up to and very much including the FBI is going to be epic.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:32:01pm

Best vetting in history? Fah! They didn’t even talk to Kavanaugh’s bartender.

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plansbandc  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:35:55pm

re: #199 Big Beautiful Door

I’ve sort of adopted them until my team gets rid of their (alleged) sexual abuser and wildly incompetent coach.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:36:08pm

re: #209 freetoken

Humidity has been going up… but the weather service has continually been reducing the amount of expected rainfall here, now down to a trace.

You can see the rain on the SD radar, down in Baja:

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So close, yet so far…

They said that Tuesday was going to be the big rain day here in Los Angeles but now they have moved that to Wednesday. The rain cycles begin around Columbus Day and continue on and off till March/April.

When I moved here in 1982 I noticed that it doesn’t do all day rains or nighttime thunder storms like Pittsburgh had. And it didn’t have the sticky humidity from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Here the rain comes in pulses.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:38:11pm

My favorite part of the Browns being good is going to be Cowherd having to admit that Mayfield is actually good

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:38:22pm

re: #215 plansbandc

I’ve sort of adopted them until my team gets rid of their (alleged) sexual abuser and wildly incompetent coach.

The Steelers?

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:38:30pm

re: #166 Ace-o-aces

As I see all the people preening about the massive numbers living in urban areas and how superior urban areas are, I’m reminded there is a theology of cities and very little of it is good. In scripture, the first cities were built by Cain and his descendants.

However, we must remember the story of Noah tells us everyone on earth are descendants of yachtsmen.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:39:42pm

Tie now.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:41:48pm
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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:43:20pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:43:41pm

I’m really curious to find out what Avenatti will do. Something tells me he has a lot of cards up his sleeve to play tomorrow or Tuesday!

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Dave In Austin  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:45:40pm

If I can go out like Terry, I’ll know that I have won……

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:46:29pm

Mre: #222 jaunte

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Yeah because no one has ever hidden in plain sight before.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:48:15pm

Apparently one of the R talking points they have settled on is to say Dr. Ford is “being used” by Democrats. True to form, they continue to deny a woman agency.

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gwangung  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:48:35pm

re: #222 jaunte

Yeah, given that a proven child molester rose to be Speaker of the House, this isn’t a good argument to make.

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plansbandc  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:48:37pm

re: #218 Big Beautiful Door

Broncos

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:49:05pm

re: #227 gwangung

Yeah, given that a proven child molester rose to be Speaker of the House, this isn’t a good argument to make.

Someone who Graham worked with too. Idiot.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:49:39pm

re: #227 gwangung

Yeah, given that a proven child molester rose to be Speaker of the House, this isn’t a good argument to make.

And if the Republicans get their way another one who looked the other way when kids were molested will get in the Speaker’s chair.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:49:44pm

re: #228 plansbandc

Broncos

Whoa whoa hadn’t heard allegations about Case Keenum.

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Skip Intro  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:50:02pm

re: #223 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m really curious to find out what Avenatti will do. Something tells me he has a lot of cards up his sleeve to play tomorrow or Tuesday!

Hope so. Time’s running out.

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cat-tikvah  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:54:26pm

re: #145 Unshaken Defiance

Heart broken.
We lost our 19 year old tabby Caramel this past August.
It was time and her passing was peaceful but oh, it still hurts.
Comfort to you and yours.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:56:48pm

More reports

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Single-handed sailor  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:58:09pm
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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:58:20pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:58:25pm

re: #234 jaunte

More reports

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He definitely lied about it. He not Dr. Ford is the one with the credibility issues.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 4:59:11pm

re: #235 Single-handed sailor

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Haha VB and I have been saying he reminds us of Issac from Children of the Corn for years but Damien works too.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:00:25pm

re: #235 Single-handed sailor

C’mon guys, a little respect. Ben’s practiced that look at home in the bathroom for hours.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:00:27pm

Rep. Devin Nunes is head of the House Intelligence Committee and one of President Trump’s biggest defenders. For years, he’s spun himself as a straight talker whose no-BS values are rooted in his family’s California dairy farm. So why did his parents and brother cover their tracks after quietly moving the farm to Iowa? Are they hiding something politically explosive? On the ground in Iowa, Esquire searched for the truth—and discovered a lot of paranoia and hypocrisy.

esquire.com

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:00:56pm

Here’s the trap I think the GOP got themselves in again. Kavanaugh I imagine is pretty popular with core GOP voters but he’s continuing to lose ground. There are many important districts and mine is one of them where we have a Republican Congresswoman who won a Clinton district.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:01:06pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:01:47pm

Could Cleveland be the first team to twice in one season for the first time in years?

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Dave In Austin  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:04:15pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:06:29pm

re: #242 Charles Johnson

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Criswell Bacon predicts that Chuck C Cheeto went a little too far and now it’s karmic payback time!

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Lidane  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:11:46pm

Kavanaugh absolutely assaulted Ford. There’s no doubt in my mind, because her story was far too believable. They knew each other. She isn’t confusing him with anyone else. She knows what he did.

I ALSO believe that Kavanaugh’s well established history of being such a heavy drinker and a sloppy, fall-down drunk means that after the assault happened, he continued to drink with his buddies to the point where he passed out and blacked out. Again. That’s why he’s so adamant that he’s being falsely accused. He doesn’t remember the night at all. And honestly? That makes everything WORSE, not better, because it means he acted like this all the time. It was entirely routine for him.

In any event, he proved he’s unfit for the Court. And Republicans have proven their total moral bankruptcy as a party by continuing to support him and continuing to attack Dr. Ford and his other accusers.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:13:33pm

re: #246 Lidane

Kavanaugh absolutely assaulted Ford. There’s no doubt in my mind, because her story was far too believable. They knew each other. She isn’t confusing him with anyone else. She knows what he did.

I ALSO believe that Kavanaugh’s well established history of being such a heavy drinker and a sloppy, fall-down drunk means that after the assault happened, he continued to drink with his buddies to the point where he passed out and blacked out. Again. That’s why he’s so adamant that he’s being falsely accused. He doesn’t remember the night at all. And honestly? That makes everything WORSE, not better, because it means he acted like this all the time. It was entirely routine for him.

In any event, he proved he’s unfit for the Court. And Republicans have proven their total moral bankruptcy as a party by continuing to support him and continuing to attack Dr. Ford and his other accusers.

Absolutely. I doubt he remembers that night or many of those nights at all.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:14:26pm

re: #246 Lidane

What really galls me is seeing all those Right Wing Pulpit Pimps coming to his defense.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:15:34pm

The Simpsons is hilarious.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:15:53pm

re: #248 Joe Bacon 🌹

What really galls me is seeing all those Right Wing Pulpit Pimps coming to his defense.

Yeah but are you surprised? I’m not at all. They don’t even pretend to hide that they’re partisan hacks.

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Dave In Austin  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:17:29pm

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Interesting Times  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:17:49pm

re: #236 Patricia Kayden

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If you read the whole article, however, there are all sorts of arguments (as the headline itself claims) that Beer-Keg-Brett will help GOPer Senators. Also, this maddening-as-fuck detail:

The bifurcated campaign over the Supreme Court nomination came into focus quickly at the end of the week, as Democratic House candidates criticized Judge Kavanaugh, while their Senate counterparts treaded far more carefully.

In Nevada, Representative Jacky Rosen, a Democrat who is challenging Senator Dean Heller, released a new ad on Friday right as tensions were running highest about whether Republicans had the votes to confirm the would-be justice. But the ad trumpeted Ms. Rosen’s willingness to “work with both parties,” noted Mr. Trump had signed a veterans health care bill she had sponsored and highlighted her willingness to take on Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader.

How fucking idiotic is this?! A surge in Dem turnout ought to help Senators as well, so why the fuck are they acting like they have to appeal to GOPers in order to win?? Also, the best ad Senate Dems have - even if they’re in the reddest of red states like WV - is highlighting how, if they can’t get control back, SCOTUS will be stuffed with 1%-er hacks who’ll destroy the ACA and other aspects of the social safety net.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:18:13pm

re: #251 Dave In Austin

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“When your Frat conference is in a Dry County.”

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:19:07pm

re: #252 Interesting Times

If you read the whole article, however, there are all sorts of arguments (as the headline itself claims) that Beer-Keg-Brett will help GOPer Senators. Also, this maddening-as-fuck detail:

How fucking idiotic is this?! A surge in Dem turnout ought to help Senators as well, so why the fuck are they acting like they have to appeal to GOPers in order to win?? Also, the best ad Senate Dems have - even if they’re in the reddest of red states like WV - is highlighting how, if they can’t get control back, SCOTUS will be stuffed with 1%-er hacks who’ll destroy the ACA and other aspects of the social safety net.

I seriously do not get why so many Dems happily aide the GOP’s perception of Pelosi.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:20:40pm

I mean I get that you run in Nevada a little different than California but come on. Pelosi isn’t the problem.

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William Lewis  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:21:03pm

re: #254 HappyWarrior

I seriously do not get why so many Dems happily aide the GOP’s perception of Pelosi.

Misogyny is not a GOP only sin.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:21:52pm

re: #256 William Lewis

Misogyny is not a GOP only sin.

No, it’s not. Learned that in the Clinton-Sanders campaign.

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Dave In Austin  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:24:19pm

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:30:30pm

re: #246 Lidane

Kavanaugh absolutely assaulted Ford. There’s no doubt in my mind, because her story was far too believable. They knew each other. She isn’t confusing him with anyone else. She knows what he did.

I ALSO believe that Kavanaugh’s well established history of being such a heavy drinker and a sloppy, fall-down drunk means that after the assault happened, he continued to drink with his buddies to the point where he passed out and blacked out. Again. That’s why he’s so adamant that he’s being falsely accused. He doesn’t remember the night at all. And honestly? That makes everything WORSE, not better, because it means he acted like this all the time. It was entirely routine for him.

In any event, he proved he’s unfit for the Court. And Republicans have proven their total moral bankruptcy as a party by continuing to support him and continuing to attack Dr. Ford and his other accusers.

Totally agree that he assaulted Dr. Ford. I actually had a tiny bit of doubt until he came out on Thursday raging like a lunatic and weeping. This is SUCH a tell for an abusive person.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:31:46pm

re: #211 Patricia Kayden

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:33:20pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:33:21pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:34:35pm
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:36:13pm

The family values party is recycling vintage soft core porn in their desperate campaign to smear Christine Blasey Ford.

Possibly NSFW

Snopes: Is this a Photograph of Christine Blasey Ford Partying?

Besides, even if these were CBF, it would not be a justification for assaulting her.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:37:46pm

re: #264 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

The family values party is recycling vintage soft core porn in their desperate campaign to smear Christine Blasey Ford.

Possibly NSFW

Snopes: Is this a Photograph of Christine Blasey Ford Partying?

Besides, even if these were CBF, it would not be a justification for assaulting her.

And people wonder why people don’t come forward.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:38:40pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:39:03pm

re: #266 Backwoods_Sleuth

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More serious than Sasse who is a professional concern troll.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:44:04pm

re: #259 Charles Johnson

Totally agree that he assaulted Dr. Ford. I actually had a tiny bit of doubt until he came out on Thursday raging like a lunatic and weeping. This is SUCH a tell for an abusive person.

The really weird part for me is how many people saw Kavanaugh’s performance and thought it was a legitimate reaction for an adult.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:44:39pm

re: #268 jaunte

The really weird part for me is how many people saw Kavanaugh’s performance and thought it was a legitimate reaction for an adult.

Partisanship makes people weird.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:44:57pm

There are a lot more road ragers among us than I thought.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:46:35pm
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Ace-o-aces  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:47:10pm

I’m not saying Kanye should, “shut up an sing”, but maybe have Kim review his tweets before he hits send.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:47:47pm

Does Don Jr. realize this would open the FBI investigation up wider than Don McGahn (Trump) directed?

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:48:22pm

re: #134 wrenchwench

The guy blocked me.

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PhillyPretzel  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:48:56pm

re: #274 Unshaken Defiance

:(
Can you get another picture of a similar flower?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:51:08pm

re: #272 Ace-o-aces

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I’m not saying Kanye should, “shut up an sing”, but maybe have Kim review his tweets before he hits send.

He’s entitled to his opinions but the whole statement was bizarre.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:53:11pm

re: #274 Unshaken Defiance

The guy blocked me.

Seems to be a Randroid. “i must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. i will not reason & compare, my business is to create “

He probably said something derpy at some point, and you replied, getting blocked.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 5:54:33pm
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freetoken  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:01:57pm

Sigh…

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:02:07pm
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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:02:22pm

Forget the Supreme Court, I wouldn’t hire Kavanagh to work at a Tennis Court.

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Single-handed sailor  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:06:17pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:06:26pm

re: #280 Charles Johnson

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Donald Trump can’t be racist because of what the parties were 65 years ago? God these people are stupid.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:07:23pm

re: #282 Single-handed sailor

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And? Donald Trump literally sold vodka for a living and while he’s an asshole, no one’s calling him an alcoholic. Stop digging Bryon. Your boy Kavanaugh is a drunk.

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teleskiguy  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:10:03pm
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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:10:45pm
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PhillyPretzel  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:11:15pm

re: #285 teleskiguy

Happy Birthday Mr President Carter.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:12:37pm

re: #282 Single-handed sailor

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This was the kind of retort I kept struggling to think of:

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:12:44pm

re: #285 teleskiguy

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I can’t believe we went from having a man like him as our President to Trump. Always a pity he didn’t get to appoint anyone to SCOTUS. I’m sure he would have made some good points.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:13:19pm

re: #288 Belafon

This was the kind of retort I kept struggling to think of:

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How about a Vodka salesman who is a teetotaler? I wonder who Bryon knows that fits that description.

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BeachDem  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:14:04pm

re: #282 Single-handed sailor

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The funniest response:

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:14:57pm

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:15:27pm

Oh and I would think an alcoholic would actually be better equipped to call Kavanaugh’s behavior out. Not saying Eddington is an alcoholic of course. York’s tweet is stupid.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:15:37pm
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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:19:21pm

re: #294 Charles Johnson

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Time for earliest actual internet access/use, which would be October-Novemberish 1988 for me, when I went to college in Worcester and got on IRC.

Looking at history, I was born right after they did their first computer-to-computer connection, but right before the first permanent connection that would become the internet.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:20:46pm
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makeitstop  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:25:39pm

re: #281 Eclectic Cyborg

Forget the Supreme Court, I wouldn’t hire Kavanagh to work at a Tennis Court.

Someone said it best the other day - this guy shouldn’t be able to own a pet, let alone be a judge.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:27:02pm
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mmmirele  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:29:08pm

re: #263 Backwoods_Sleuth

More about this guy, the kittens, and more about the papyri and the scribal hand and other details:

(Scroll past the German for the juicy English details!)

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:29:31pm

On the NY Supreme Court building.

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Single-handed sailor  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:29:54pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:30:27pm

re: #301 Single-handed sailor

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Jen, Cotton IS nuts and a pathetic asshole who outdoes Cruz in that regard.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:33:38pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:34:12pm

re: #303 Charles Johnson

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This guy is going to benefit from this whole thing somehow whether on SCOTUS or as a professional right wing victim on FNC.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:42:18pm

re: #304 HappyWarrior

This guy is going to benefit from this whole thing somehow whether on SCOTUS or as a professional right wing victim on FNC.

He can have go number 2.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:42:33pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:42:40pm

re: #305 Belafon

He can have number 2.

Oh absolutely.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:43:07pm

re: #305 Belafon

Refresh.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:43:08pm

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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BeachDem  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:43:14pm

re: #302 HappyWarrior

Jen, Cotton IS nuts and a pathetic asshole who outdoes Cruz in that regard.

Maybe you’ll run into Jen while you’re canvassing.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:44:02pm

re: #310 BeachDem

Maybe you’ll run into Jen while you’re canvassing.

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I might. I think Jen is probably in Fairfax County though. I always canvas in Loudoun.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:46:40pm

No boofin kidding.

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guachi  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:46:50pm

I just can’t wait for things to get back to normal where I disagree with everything Jennifer Rubin writes.

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:49:07pm

re: #36 Alephnaught

The state named China.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:49:52pm

re: #313 guachi

I just can’t wait for things to get back to normal where I disagree with everything Jennifer Rubin writes.

And where Joe Walsh is still a dick all the time?

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:50:58pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:52:19pm

re: #315 Eclectic Cyborg

And where Joe Walsh is still a dick all the time?

And where John Kasich isn’t a moderate.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:53:06pm

re: #316 Charles Johnson

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Can’t trust a man who could have the same first and last name.

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:54:32pm

re: #316 Charles Johnson

Isn’t saying “nothing good can happen in seven days other than calling a vote” sort of tipping the hand? Like Trump saying someone won’t flip on him? You only say things like that if you’re guilty. If an investigation can’t be good for someone, that means there’s something there. Just like, you can’t flip on someone who hasn’t participated/led criminal acts

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KGxvi  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:55:25pm

re: #318 HappyWarrior

Can’t trust a man who could have the same first and last name.

That’s about the only thing I learned from Catch-22

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:55:51pm

re: #320 KGxvi

That’s about the only thing I learned from Catch-22

Haha I haven’t read that one yet but yes.

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:57:41pm

re: #280 Charles Johnson

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Just ask them which party is supported by the KKK and White Supremacists today. We all heard Trump praise White Supremacists as good people. There’s so much evidence that I could go on and on.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:59:32pm

re: #275 PhillyPretzel

Not an Orchid, a lily as Dragon_Lady tells me

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Charles Johnson  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:59:32pm

re: #319 KGxvi

Isn’t saying “nothing good can happen in seven days other than calling a vote” sort of tipping the hand? Like Trump saying someone won’t flip on him? You only say things like that if you’re guilty. If an investigation can’t be good for someone, that means there’s something there. Just like, you can’t flip on someone who hasn’t participated/led criminal acts

Exactly. They keep telling us what they’re up to, but the media doesn’t seem to be listening.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 6:59:50pm

re: #322 Patricia Kayden

Just ask them which party is supported by the KKK and White Supremacists today. We all heard Trump praise White Supremacists as good people. There’s so much evidence that I could go on and on.

David Duke loves Trump. That should tell them everything. A literal Neo-Nazi is running for Congress as a Republican. Then again these are the same dumb shits that liken us to the Nazis and then bitch about diversity. You can’t complain about promoting a melting point and then liken your opponents to Nazis. Well you can if oyu’re a moron who learns what he learns about history from the likes of D’Souza or Charlie Kirk.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:00:02pm

re: #322 Patricia Kayden

Just ask them which party is supported by the KKK and White Supremacists today. We all heard Trump praise White Supremacists as good people. There’s so much evidence that I could go on and on.

They will answer that Democrats want to keep people of color on the welfare plantation. Just like that ass Kanye uttered last night.

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Belafon  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:00:15pm

re: #322 Patricia Kayden

Just ask them which party is supported by the KKK and White Supremacists today. We all heard Trump praise White Supremacists as good people. There’s so much evidence that I could go on and on.

“If Democrats are the party of the KKK and the Confederacy, then let us take all of the statues down and put the flags away.”

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:00:45pm

re: #327 Belafon

*heads exploding*

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:02:30pm

re: #326 Joe Bacon 🌹

They will answer that Democrats want to keep people of color on the welfare plantation. Just like that ass Kanye uttered last night.

I’m old enough to remember when they hated Kanye when he said Bush didn’t care about black people.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:02:58pm

Who could have imagined

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:03:44pm

re: #330 jaunte

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Who could have imagined

And the MAGA Cult could care less. They’ll just see it as good business not realizing that this is what they’re supposed to be against.

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steve_davis  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:04:26pm

re: #113 I Would Prefer Not To

Doesn’t mean we can’t

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the only thing lindsay will get to the bottom of is a rent boy.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:05:45pm

re: #223 Joe Bacon 🌹

I’m really curious to find out what Avenatti will do. Something tells me he has a lot of cards up his sleeve to play tomorrow or Tuesday!

I think this whole back-and-forth about the scope of the FBI investigation is a concerted effort to keep him from making a public splash with Julie Swetnick’s charges.

As I understood it, he was ready to do that over the weekend. Then the deal with the investigation happened, and he probably figured he’d better hold off until the FBI talked to her.

Then the story came out about the limitations, and I’ll bet he was ready to go on Sunday. Then the tRump tweet denying the limitations. Now we learn that was bullshit.

They’re hoping to keep wrong-footing him day by day till they run out the clock, but I don’t think they can keep it up for a week.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:12:06pm

“…I am on a HAIR TRIGGER HERE! I coach little league! Yes! Maybe you’ve seen guys like me round your kids’ sports games. On the sidelines, right? Maybe you’ve seen me screaming my unique blend of judicial calm about disputed calls at second base. And if you have, you will have thought: I really want that guy to be in charge of my uterus.”
theguardian.com

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:14:28pm

re: #323 Unshaken Defiance

Not an Orchid, a lily as Dragon_Lady tells me

I’m so sorry to hear about Silver. It sounds like you’ve given her a long and happy life, and that’s all you can do. Happy thoughts!

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:16:09pm
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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:17:24pm

re: #336 jaunte

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I have to admit I had forgotten about that too. There’s so much wrong with this whole goddamned thing.

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jaunte  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:24:01pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:25:38pm

re: #338 jaunte

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More proof that the Republican 24/7 Bullshit Machine has been cranked up to 12.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:29:29pm

re: #338 jaunte

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Delusion sells.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Sep 30, 2018 • 7:55:20pm

re: #309 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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Wrap your mind around this: Orrin Hatch was already an adult (age 20) at the time of the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. He has been in the Senate since 1977. Term limits were his pet issue in his first senatorial campaign. He asserted that 3 term incumbent Frank Moss had been there too long.


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